Book Review: Mirrors of Life – Part 2: Fight for Political Power


Neal Owens has come up with another riveting story. in “Mirrors of Life – Part 2: The Fight for Political Power”. The book is not merely about a struggle to replace an existing government for the sake of power. Rather, it’s more about non-violent reforms to change a corrupt system.

“Mirrors of Life – Part 2: The Fight for Political Power” is a continuation to Owens’ debut novel. The book is filled with Bible verses that inspire and empower even the lukewarm heart. It’s set to be released on September 15, 2020.

But, in the meantime, please read my review of “Mirrors of Life – Part 2: Fight for Political Power” at my main website. And, don’t forget to subscribe to The Catalyst to keep you updated.

Infographics: Benefits of Intermittent Fasting


Intermittent fasting and regular multi-day water fasts are your powerful strategy for better health and longevity. How? They initiate a metabolic process in your body called autophagy. Autophagy – a combination of auto, which means self, and phagos or phagy, which means eating. In other words, in the autophagy process, your own body starts “eating itself”. When you’re fasting, there’s no external fuel source, and so your body will start looking for things to chew up.

If you’re massively overweight and choose the fasting approach, instead of doing the usual low-calorie diet, do you know what will happen to you? You’re NOT going to have excess skin folds because your body eats the damaged or unnecessary tissues.

Anyway, here’s a quick look at how intermittent fasting works to benefit you.

Intermittent Fasting

Intermittent fasting is not a form of starvation but a way for you to time your meals to maximize your body’s ability to burn fat. Embed this infographic on your site to serve as a guide for you to create a healthy eating plan, and reap the many benefits of fasting done the right way.

 

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Infographics courtesy of Dr. Joseph Mercola

Quote of the Day: Don’t Judge Others


Photo credit to the owner.

That’s picture perfect…!

Until we make an opinion out of it.

You see, sometimes it’s easy for us to judge a person based on the visual appearance of the subject. And most often than not, we succumb to the temptation of making a statement [usually negative] about what we just saw at a glance and start spreading rumors around against the person, as if we’ve stumbled upon a scoop.  And the most painful part is that the victim is oftentimes someone we have known or acquainted with.

Because of our action, we tear a relationship apart and ruin a reputation of another.

For Christians, we surely are familiar with this verse from Matthew 7: 1-2.

Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.

Why, then, should we not just stick to this teaching? Spreading gossip does not add glamour to our being. Instead, it marks our character.

Gossip is trash,
a poison
that kills.

Gossip is a kind of tool
of global warming,
a destroyer of
human relationships.

Would you prefer to be a destroyer? Or, a builder?
It’s your choice!

June is Philippine Environment Month


Pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 237 signed in 1988 by then President Corazon Aquino, the month of June is declared as the Philippine Environment Month.

The Philippines does not commemorate only a day for the environment. Rather, it dedicates the entire month of June as Philippine Environment Month. Even as it celebrates World Environment Day on June 5, the country also launches varied environmental events for the whole month, including the Philippine Eagle Week (June 4 – 10), DENR Founding Anniversary (June 10), and Philippine Arbor Day (June 25).

While World Environment Day carries the theme ‘Air Pollution’, the different regions of the country interprets it in ways that conform with their respective (local) circumstances.

In Region 8 (Tacloban), for example, the local DENR office modifies the theme and make it “Connecting People to Nature”, which “seeks to encourage people to go outdoor, appreciate the beauty and importance of nature, and take part in the call to protect Mother Earth”. Their activities include an exhibit of DENR milestone in environmental protection from 1987 – 2017 in the region, the opening of the DENR mini-park, tree planting, clean-up, conferences, and media orientations.

Meanwhile, in Region 11 (Davao), DENR’s regional and provincial offices raise the theme “Green Economy: Does it include You?”, which focuses on “the need of the communities to shift into more environment-friendly, low-carbon, and resource-efficient approach such as using biodegradable products and avoiding the use of harmful chemicals”. Their activities include tree and mangrove planting, coastal clean-up, estero (estuary) clean-up, and information campaign centered on climate change mitigation, among others.

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Department of Environment and Natural Resource (DENR) chief, Roy Cimatu

DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu reminds newly elected city and municipal mayors to give attention to the implementation of environmental laws, particularly the Republic Act 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000. He also calls on local government officials in the Manila Bay region to cooperate with the DENR-led inter-agency task force for the Manila Bay rehabilitation.

June 5 is World Environment Day


June 5 is World Environment Day (WED). Bearing the theme ‘Air Pollution’, let’s talk about how air quality affects you, your community, and the country where you live right now.

The United Nations General Assembly established World Environment Day (WED) in 1972 on the first day of the Stockholm Conference on the Human Environment. This was the result of the delegates’ discussions on the integration of human interactions and the environment. Its primary objective was – and still is – to raise “worldwide awareness and action for the protection of the environment”.

It was only in 1974, however, that the first WED was launched, setting June 5 as the day to celebrate it. Year after year since its launching, the number of participant countries joining the celebration keeps on growing. Today, more than 140 countries are taking part in the promotion of awareness on the emerging environmental issues like human overpopulation, marine pollution, air pollution, wildlife crime, global warming, and sustainable consumption, among many other issues.

Each WED celebration is spearheaded by a host country and carries a specific theme. Spokane (United States) was the host city of the first World Environment Day with the theme, ‘Only One Earth’ in 1974. This year, 2019, China takes the lead of the WED celebration, carrying the theme, ‘Air Pollution’.

air pollution
Smoking causes air pollution aside from making you sick with cancer.

Now, on the context of this year’s theme, I invite you to please share your personal thought about air pollution. How you and your family may contribute (or are contributing) to help reduce air pollution? Write your comments below.

Let me start with my version of helping minimize air pollution. My little contributions to reducing air pollution include:

    1. Not burning dried leaves and other household garbage. We have an unused septic tank where we deposit our backyard and household trash into, leaving it there to rot and become useful later on. While our non-biodegradable trash is collected by the local community’s garbage collector.
    2.  Making it a habit to walk when the place of destination is just close by. For one, it’s a form of exercise, and two, it helps reduce vehicular traffic and air pollution (caused by combustion).

Fun Facts About the Verdant Broccoli


DID YOU KNOW?

Broccoli has a cancer-fighting substance called sulforaphane which, according to a study made by Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, helps activate the body’s immune cells, called the helper T-cells. This may also help the liver in detoxifying potential carcinogens like cigarette smoke, exhaust fumes, drugs, and alcohol.

Scientists in World Cancer Research Fund found that the cruciferous veggie can lower the risk of developing cancers of the skin, breast, oral cavity, throat, stomach, esophagus, lung, pancreas, and colon.

Dr. Joel Fuhrman, M.D., says we should eat large portions of green foods to achieve superior health and lean body. So,, whenever we can and wherever we are, let’s make this a healthy habit.

As a superfood, the broccoli has more vitamin C than an orange and as much calcium as a glass of milk. One medium-sized stem has three times more fiber than a slice of wheat bread.

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Content and Featured Photo courtesy of the Department of Agriculture (DA) Region VII, Central Visayas, Philippines

Quote of the Day: EAT HEALTHY


“Obesity and chronic diseases are the inevitable consequence of your poor food choices… Every time you eat processed foods, you exclude from your diet hundreds of undiscovered phytochemicals that are crucial for normal human functions.”

This is what Dr. Joel Fuhrman emphasizes in his book, Eat to Live.

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Photo credits: RealFarmacy.com

Quote of the Day: PERSEVERE


The Chinese are one of the handful civilizations that still keep their ancient traditions and customs up to this day. They formulated proverbs and shared their words of wisdom based on their own life experiences. And such proverbs are handed down to many generations.

Here’s one proverb that inspires me, which I thought might also inspire you.

 “It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.”

 

Sometimes, you don’t need to rush things to conform to the standards of other people. it’s up to you to define the path towards your goals and dreams. Just take your time, work hard, but don’t stop. Keep going!

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