Our Universe Is A Symphony / Stay In Your Lane / School Calendar 2020-21

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Our Earth is so Precious,
and filled with
pure Beauty.

We do not have the words
to even describe this Amazing, Lovely, Marvelous
and very vibrant Home
that God Loved us so very much
to provide.
The World
brings us to the very Gates
of Heaven,
and gives us
enough Beauty
to Grace our sensitive Hearts
and fragile minds
with Peace.

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Every atom,
every emotion,
every Living Being,
every thought,
and everything
is a frequency, a vibration.

Everything is energy,
and everything is connected
to everything else.
Everything is one.
Thoughts and feelings are energy,
so everything we think and feel
influences everything and everyone
on the Earth.
Consciousness creates our


Space, Universe, Space Travel

Our Universe
is a Symphony
of frequencies and sounds.

at the center is a calm
and complete stillness,
a point in space
where frequencies come together
and cancel each other out.
 And there is calm and stillness,
with Infinite potential
and every frequency.

Our thoughts and emotions
have an Electromagnetic Frequency vibration
that is perceived by every cell in our Body.
we are in constant vibration –
in constant motion.

Galaxy, Sombrero Fog, Spiral Galaxy

One day,
we can come to discover
the Infinite Love of God,
Singing in Higher Dimensions
the Beauty of Songs
we cannot even imagine.
We may
come to realize
His Love
projects ourselves into
this material plane.
The Glorious Music
found in the Forests of our World,
plays the harp-strings of our Heart,
with fingers soft as velvet,
that pierce us
like arrows.

When we Pray,
we meditate upon the Love
of God,
and our mind is quiet.
Our Heavenly Father
can hear the vibrations of our Souls.
You feel
your consciousness expanding its vibrations,
like an ever enlarging Sphere,

Planets, Man, Galaxy, Universe, Space

When our trust
turns into Faith,
by Praying for help and guidance
from the unseen Mystery of God,
our Prayer becomes a relationship,
and something truly wonderful happens
– our Soul takes a leap of Faith,
and a marked change occurs
in the vibrational alignment with you
and your Spirit.

you are One
with God.
God wants you

to be One with Him,
united in Holy Love,
in the deepest possible relationship.
You were created
for this.

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“One day Áron Farsang
Life’s gonna flash before your eyes.
Make sure it’s worth watching.”
 Aron Farsang

As Human Beings,

 we are on a Journey,
trying to understand our World
and the complex relationships
that are shaping who we are becoming.

“We meet no ordinary people in our lives.”
  – C.S. Lewis

I want to share with you
a powerful message,
as you move forward on this
Journey of Life.
It is a message
you can take to Heart,
and apply it in your Life
and become astounded by the
Spiritual transformation

that results.

Astronaut, Astronomy, Satellite, Moon

 I am in reference to
a change in Spiritual Vibration.
It is something that comes from

deep within you.
As you progress 
down the Sacred Path that leads to
an ultimate transformation of Eternal consequence,
you become One with,
and in union with,
the Divine.
“Exceedingly great and precious promises
are given to us,
that by these you might be partakers
of the Divine Nature.”
2 Peter 1:4

Dove, Universe, Cross, Explosion, Cosmos

Children are afraid of the dark,
and adults are afraid of the light.

is only vibrating slow enough
for us to see.
the descendants of the Atlanteans,
called matter
frozen music.

At the highest frequency,
we can heal Mankind and our Planet.
People in group meditations
managed to reduce the crime rate in cities
by just sending the frequency of Peace every day.
We have the power.

In a review of various research conducted on
city, state, national, and international levels,
15 published studies showed strong evidence
that group meditation was able
to reduce crime rates.
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We need to unite
in our goals
of the Life we are Living.
have to enjoy Living
and Live Life each day,
as it was the final day
of our existence.

we think the end of wars together
we can think wars away,
and en masse
Peace shall overcome
the order of the day.
can be championed for the future.
positive causation of thought
can cause battles
to be stilled.
And Peace
is the prize.

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We are
Star Seeds. 

It is the most Beautiful Gift.
And the Beauty transcendentally evoked
the sun and the moon,
may be found in all our skies,
  in surprise and wonder.
“If we find ourselves with a desire
that nothing in this World can satisfy,
the most probable explanation is
that we were made for another World.”

C.S. Lewis

Life goes on.
Before Humanity had not counted on us,
but now,
it counts on us
to move forward, towards the future.
Let us
learn more about Life
and gain Wisdom
from the Holy Word of God,
in order to have strength
to take the next step
in the space of time
that we Live.

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  You can feel
like you are flying
among the birds,
near the Lighthouse
of God’s Love.

You are not alone.
We are not alone.

Let us Pray
to have the courage
to be gentle to other
Living Beings.

can take us from a depressive mood,
to one of quiet reflection.
God has gifted each of us
with the freedom
to seek the Beauty of God
that resides within
our Hearts.

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My Dear Friend,
are very special.
You are the star in someone’s night.

You shine a Light
into their darkness.

You are the reason they smile.
make a difference.

From the darkness
you will understand the night,
the dreams that flow,
the stars that shine
and rise out
of the darkness.
is a language
that everyone can understand.

 Being at Peace
is the fundamental experience
of our existential Life.

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Let your Flow of Life
be filled with good vibrations,
clarity and Blessings.
your Heavenly Father,

as you feel the Earth

The Music
of Life and Living
arises from a place
deep within the Human Heart.
It comes not
from a mad world we live in.
Faith comes thru listening.
is trying to tell us

We are all so Loved
and worthy
just as we are.

Love is the answer.

If you want to know what Love is,
isten to the Music
of the Moment.

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To Believe in God,
is to Believe in Love.
God is Love.
And our Spiritual Being
is Eternal Light and Love.

The fragile World
we live on
is a Sacred Journey
we are allowed to experience.
To Truly feel ourselves,
and our Soul,
we must learn how to Truly Live,
and how to find our way
back to who we Truly are.
The pathway
may be found
through the Love
expressed in the serenity
and calmness found in


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“We cannot change anything until we accept it. Condemnation does not liberate, it oppresses.”
Carl Jung

It’s a given, we want to control the irrepressible parts of our life, believing we will attain happiness then.

I liken the thought to catching fireflies at night, certain you have caught them all. It is only later you realize there are more around and so you concede defeat.

I wish to emphasizes one important key principle in this article. The rest is details:

Happiness = Accepting what is and letting go of what you cannot control.

It sounds simple right?

Then why aren’t we happy?

Because what looks easy is often difficult to apply in real life. We want happiness to fill a void in our lives, but we don’t want the struggle and difficulties that go with it. Yet the pain and struggle serve as a reminder to stop influencing circumstances beyond our control.

I often remind others to stay in your lane. Meaning, you have no business poking around in matters outside your control because life is bigger than you and will impose itself upon you each time. It has many millennia of experience and a toolbox of tricks, compared to your humble few decades of life.

“If you believe the outer circumstance is yoked inevitably to your story about it, then you will surely be at the mercy of whatever is going on in your life,” explains author Jan Frazier in The Freedom of Being: At Ease with What Is.

I’ve researched countless books on happiness over the past decade, including attending seminars by respected psychologists and concede that happiness is much simpler than we think. Whilst I do not discount their tireless work and research, I am of the opinion happiness is accessible once our thoughts are in harmony.

It is our thinking that gets in the way of achieving happiness, not having a bank account full of money, fancy cars or luxury homes. Whilst these are good things to have, they wear off after a while and are meaningless if you cannot find peace and contentment within.

The Meaning You Give Your Experiences

“We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.”
Joseph Campbell

Man is responsible for his problems because he creates them through his thoughts. Nothing outside you has meaning save for the meaning you give it. Your brain assigns meaning to life’s events to make sense of what takes place.

Tony Robbins says: “Meaning equals emotion and emotion equals life. The meaning you give your experiences will always change how you feel — and the emotion you feel always becomes the quality of your life.”

Yet the meaning you give can be inaccurate if viewed through a distorted lens. For example, if you’ve been cheated on in a relationship, the meaning you ascribe to future relationships will be based on a lack of trust. This is neither right nor wrong, but one aspect of the picture.

Robbins says: “Are your patterns helping or harming you? It’s vital to remember that our perceptions are creative in nature — if we define something as negative, that’s the message our brain receives and responds to by creating an emotional state to reinforce that reality.”

This is an ideal point to reinforce the main point of this article. Your happiness lies in re-framing events to accept what is and let go of what you cannot control.

Psychotherapist David Richo writes in The Five Things We Cannot Change: And the Happiness We Find by Embracing Them: “We can learn to accept life on its own terms. We can even find its terms satisfactory. We do not have to shake our fist at Heaven. We do not have to demand an exemption or take refuge in a belief system that muffles the wallop of the givens by promising a paradise without them. We can craft a sane and authentic life by saying yes to life just as it is. Indeed, our path is “what is.

Referring to our earlier example where your trust was squandered through infidelity, the lesson gained is that you are likely to choose a trustworthy partner in your next relationship, given its relationship to your happiness. Contrast helps to shed light on what you value most and will be important to you.

To further emphasise the point, you accepted your previous partner’s transgression, noting you may have played a role in co-creating an unbalanced union. Note, I am not implying you consented to the unfaithfulness, however as a complying party you are still responsible for the events that took place.

Therefore, your lesson is to accept the dissolution of the relationship and release all judgement, anger and hate by healing and forgiving yourself and your former partner.

Learn From The Experience

“Change the changeable, accept the unchangeable, and remove yourself from the unacceptable.”
Denis Waitley

To continue harboring anger and resentment ties you to the other person and does little to help you heal. In fact, you are likely to bring the toxic emotions into the next relationship, repeating the damage of the past and labeling future relationships as toxic.

Robbins reaffirms the need to re-frame how we interpret life’s events: “Re framing is the difference between being constantly disappointed and being consistently satisfied.”

Amid the backdrop of acceptance is the invitation to let go of what you cannot control.

In this example, you cannot control other people’s actions.

You cannot control whether they will return your love.

You cannot control if they will be faithful to you.

However, you can control your response to what happens.

You can control the meaning you give to the event.

You can control the lessons gained from the experience and carry them into the next relationship.

You can control whether you remain a victim or an ambassador for inner peace and harmony. These are powerful lessons, yet we ruminate on what went wrong in the past rather than how to carry the lessons forward.

George Bernard Shaw wrote: “We are made wise not by the recollection of our past, but by the responsibility for our future.”

I’m not saying it is easy and it may take years to achieve. It is a more worthwhile path than being a victim to your circumstances.

Dr Alex Lickerman says in The Undefeated Mind: On the Science of Constructing an Indestructible Self: “Approaching painful internal experiences with an attitude of acceptance, in contrast — accepting that sometimes we’re weak — paradoxically may be the key to our becoming strong.”

It is a given whilst we cannot control the circumstances of life, we can control how we respond to what happens to us.

This is a measure of our commitment to accept life as it is and let go of what we cannot control.

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The Last Choice / Brain Supplements for a Mental Edge / School Calendar 2020-21

Silhouette of Tree Near Body of Water during Golden Hour

you go outside

and close your eyes
and listen,

really listen to every sound,
your Soul will feel
and you will cry.

You precious Heart
will slow down,
and tears
will be found,
as they stream down.

The path to knowing,
what needs to be known,
leads through the Natural World

and beyond.

The Abyss
that lies between
what we know,
or think we know,
and what is truly possible in this Life,
can only be crossed
by a leap of

Girl, Red Hair, Freckles, Portrait

Our Trust in God,
is the Last Choice

we must make,
before we arrive
at the endless possibilities
of Love, 
and of Truth.

The Holy Spirit
can take form
in the sounds
of your precious Heart
the beautiful birds
in unbelievably Beautiful skies,

in the leaves dancing for Joy
in the gentle wind.

Brown Hummingbird Selective Focus Photography The sounds
only found
in Nature,
are like standing
with your arms outstretched,
looking up and into the Face of God,
while His Love
is showering down upon you,
like warm rain,
refreshing and soothing,
cleansing and Healing.

Freedom, Girl, Dress, Hands Up, Blonde

So moved
can you become,
by resolute, strong Faith
in the Love of God
you find
all around,
that the veil between Earth and Paradise
can be parted,
and you realize how small you are,
and how very deeply
you are Loved.

My Dear Parents,
for the Children of the future
the road is not going to be easy.
They will need
our thoughtful guidance,
and our Prayer.

We pitiful and often pitiless Humans,
have created a World
highly destructive to ourselves.
Simple answers
are seemingly
no longer available.

Lady in Beach Silhouette during Daytime Photography

“If Life’s essence
is securely hidden,
it may be for a good reason:
should man uncover
many more of its secrets
while he is still Spiritually so immature,
it seems he could do himself
and his World
serious harm.”
Guy Murchie
The Seven Mysteries of Life
An Exploration of Science and Philosophy

The clash
between the values we have cherished,
and a mindless Tomorrow,
is becoming the core
of our future.
Our focus upon,
and surrender to
is blurring our vision
of Tomorrow.
The line between sanity and insanity
may not be clearly viewed
one day,
how that line
easily blurs
for our fragile
and precious

a microchip implant that fits IN the skull
has been developed.
It is a device the size of a coin
that is inserted into the skull
with a series of metallic filaments
that are inserted into the brain.

The dangers of these implants
are well known and widely documented.
such technology needs to come with
a stern warning to all Humanity
about the potential dangers
to something called our FREEDOM,
and our safety
and our Society.

This technology
may be the ultimate danger
to Humankind.

From gloria.tv comes this warning:

“Here is another problem: we received a really CAPITAL information: RFID CHIP IMPLANTS ARE CANCEROUS! This was discovered through several academic studies lead on laboratory animals. These animals (rats, mice and dogs) had developed malignant tumors at the very location of the implant and around the chip itself, and most of these animals died from those tumors! The American organization CASPIAN has published a 52 pages report on these academic studies with lab animals. This report proves that the cancerous property of RFID chip implants is a fact and a reality. The report can be read and downloaded at www.antichips.com/cancer/albrecht-microc….
Given the content of that report, CASPIAN called for a complete abandon of RFID chip implants for humans and for the suppression of the mandatory chipping of animals and pets! We even know the reason why those implants are cancerous: radiofrequency waves, that are used in ANY RFID DEVICE, break DNA strands within the cells, allowing a mutation of the cells and the development of tumors.”

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Symmetrical Photography of Clouds Covered Blue SkyDear Friends,
pour out your Heart

to God,
and ask Him
to lift your Spirit.

All of us,
with the help of our Lord,
can feel as if
all the things weighing us down
have been lifted,
and our Soul
is now free,
free to truly Love Life
and spread our Joy
all around.

To reflect
upon the passion,
the struggle,
and the relentless hardships
of Life and Living,

is the pursuit
of Wisdom.

Illustration of Moon Showing during Sunset

is that which aspires to bring
to our Lives.
And Beauty,
in all its forms,
is a masterpiece for Humanity,
and a Glorification
from Above.

fulfills our very Human need.
 And Love
  we don’t really pay attention to much anymore.
we need the Beauty of Love
in Life
that touches our Soul,
and makes Life
worth Living.

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we can feel overwhelmed by the complexity
and the Miraculous Nature
of Human Beings.

I have been witness
to precious Lives
that became the saddest
piece of Music ever written.

But no matter how far apart
we are from each other,
in any form
or matter,
we can Love
one another.

is the only possible way
to GOD.
And Hate,
is the path
to Hell.

Waterfalls during Sunset

All of us
yearn for the splendor,
and the Beauty,
that dwells deep within
buried deep
in our Hearts.
we can accept

that we are capable
of Mystical and Spiritual Beauty
in our Dreams,
in our thoughts,
in what we do,

and in our Prayers.

 The duality,
that is the Human condition
we need to recognize.
The Future
is filled with Promise
 or failure,
Peace or agony,
just Life
or a Beautiful Existence.

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Life is just too short.
Be Happy,
and be at Peace with

Forged in every breast
is a Soul
beyond the ribs of death.

“One short sleep past,
we wake eternally”.

The most melifluous and transending Music,
found only in Nature,
that I have ever heard,
will get you closer
to God.

This trying Time
can make us better
not bitter,
and more Loving.

Every moment is a Gift.
Get into the moment,
and do all you can
listen to it.


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We must enjoy Life,
from every point of view.
Life can become
pure art.
The Music of Nature
opens the eyes to new promises
and all the Wonders of Life.
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“We were a family.
How’d it break up and come apart,
so that now we’re turned against each other?
Each standing in the other’s light.
How’d we lose that good that was given us?
Let it slip away. Scattered it, careless.
What’s keeping us from reaching out,
touching the Glory?”
James Jones

Houses Near Body of Water

“Let’s invite one another in.
Maybe then we can begin to fear less,
to make fewer wrong assumptions,
to let go of the biases and stereotypes that unnecessarily divide us. Maybe we can better embrace the ways we are the same.
It’s not about being perfect.
It’s not about where you get yourself in the end.
There’s power in allowing yourself to be known and heard,
in owning your unique story,
in using your authentic voice.
And there’s Grace in being willing to know and hear others.
This, for me,
is how we become.”

– James Jones

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Top 15 Brain Supplements for a Mental Edge

Edited and medically reviewed by Patrick Alban, DC |
Written by Deane Alban
➤ Balanced information, research-based

Learn about the top brain supplements that can improve memory, mood, and productivity and protect against mental decline, depression, anxiety, and dementia.

Table of Contents

1. Citicoline: Potent Brain Protector
2. Curcumin: Nutritional “Gold” for Your Brain
3. Acetyl-l-Carnitine: For More Mental Energy
4. Bacopa: For Balanced Brain Chemistry
5. American Ginseng: Best-in-Class Brain Booster
6. Alpha-GPC: Top Memory Enhancer
7. Lion’s Mane: A “Smart” Mushroom
8. Magnesium L-Threonate: Patented Brain Mineral
9. Tryptophan: Proven Mood Booster
10. Vinpocetine: A Natural “Smart Drug”
11. Huperzine A: Powerful Memory Remedy
12. Ginkgo: Timeless Brain Tonic
13. DHA: Critical Brain Cell Building Block
14. Phosphatidylserine: Versatile Brain Enhancer
15. L-Theanine: Meditation in a Cup or Capsule

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Research has shown that taking the right supplements can help your brain health and fitness.

But picking the right one(s) for you can be a challenge.

There are literally hundreds of individual supplement ingredients to choose from — vitamins, minerals, herbs, amino acids, and phytonutrients — and thousands of combinations of ingredients.

So how do you choose?

Finding the best supplement largely depends on the results you are looking for.

Are you looking to increase your attention and concentration?

Is your biggest concern reversing memory loss or preventing age-related mental decline?

Or are you feeling stressed out, depressed, or anxious?
How To Get the Most From This Guide

In this guide, you’ll find the overall best brain supplements — those proven to be safe and effective, and those that cover a wide variety of needs.

We’ll examine the unique properties of each, and include recommended dosages and side effects or interactions, so that you can make an informed decision.

Keep in mind that almost all of these supplements have multiple brain health benefits, not just the one shown in the section header.

So read the whole section for each supplement.

To get more in-depth information, read the related articles within each section.

Also, when you look to buy, you will find a lot of choices.

We urge you to read our guide on how to choose a good supplement.
1. Citicoline: Potent Brain Protector

Citicoline is a naturally occurring compound found in every cell of your body.

It’s less widely known that many other brain supplements that made this list, yet it’s one of the best brain boosters available.

Citicoline helps build healthy brain cell membranes.

It improves blood flow to the brain and also brain plasticity, your brain’s ability to change throughout your lifetime.

It increases brain energy by firing up your mitochondria, the powerhouse of each cell.

Citicoline reduces the harmful effects of free radical damage and inflammation, two major causes of brain aging.

It raises levels of two important neurotransmitters, acetylcholine and dopamine.

Acetylcholine is the primary brain chemical involved with memory and learning.

Low acetylcholine is implicated in serious neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s, dementia, and multiple sclerosis.

Dopamine is linked to motivation, productivity, mood, and your “pleasure-reward” system.

Citicoline supplements can significantly improve memory, concentration, focus, and attention.

Doctors throughout Europe prescribe citicoline for serious neurological disorders such as age-related memory loss, stroke, brain injury, dementia, Parkinson’s disease, and Alzheimer’s.

Citicoline is sometimes sold as a single-ingredient supplement, but is often included in nootropic brain supplement formulas.

One study comparing citicoline to several popular nootropics concluded that it improved memory and cognition as well as the study drug piracetam.

Consider citicoline if you take any medications that are anticholinergic, those that work by blocking the action of acetylcholine.

A surprising number of drugs, both prescription and over-the-counter (OTC), fall into this category.

A good rule of thumb is that any medication whose name starts with “anti” is likely to lower your acetylcholine level.

This includes antihistamines, antidepressants, antipsychotics, antibiotics, antispasmodics, and antihypertensives.
Citicoline Dosage

A typical dose of citicoline is 250 to 1,000 mg, twice a day, for a total intake of 500 to 2,000 mg.

A daily dose of 1,000 to 2,000 mg is recommended to support thinking skills.

Citicoline: An Impressive Brain Protector and Enhancer

When looking for a citicoline supplement, you are likely to come across CDP-choline (cytidine 5′-diphosphocholine).

This is simply another name for citicoline; these are two names for the same compound.

You may also see the brand name Cognizin.

This is a highly bioavailable form of citicoline that’s got research to back up its claims as a cognitive enhancer.
Citicoline Side Effects and Warnings

Side effects of citicoline include insomnia, headache, diarrhea, low or high blood pressure, nausea, blurred vision, and chest pains

Do not mix citicoline with levodopa, a medication used to treat Parkinson’s disease, without talking to your doctor.

Citicoline can amplify this drug’s effectiveness which may require a change in its dosage.
2. Curcumin: Nutritional “Gold” for Your Brain

Curcumin is the main bioactive compound in the Indian spice turmeric (Curcuma longa).

It’s responsible for turmeric’s brilliant gold color and most of its health benefits.
curcumin supplements and turmeric powder
Curcumin powder and capsules.

Curcumin protects your brain in an impressive number of ways.

It increases levels of dopamine and serotonin,
the “happiness brain chemical.”

In fact, curcumin is as effective for depression as the popular antidepressant Prozac.

It increases blood flow to the brain as effectively as physical exercise.

Curcumin reduces the compulsiveness and associated memory loss of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).

Impressively, curcumin was found to improve both memory and attention in healthy seniors within an hour after taking a single dose!

These study participants additionally showed significant improvements in working memory, energy, mood, and stress after taking curcumin for one month.

Curcumin’s potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties help to reduce brain inflammation and break up brain plaques associated with Alzheimer’s.

Seniors in India who consume turmeric as a regular part of their diet have some of the lowest rates of Alzheimer’s in the world.
Curcumin and Turmeric Dosages

You can get your curcumin from either curcumin or turmeric supplements.

A typical turmeric dosage is 500 mg, one to three times per day.

The recommended daily dose of curcumin is 80 mg to 500 mg, provided that the supplement manufacturer has taken steps to enhance bioavailability.
The Impressive Brain Benefits of Curcumin Supplements

Curcumin supplements are poorly absorbed, but there are measures that overcome this problem.

The addition of piperine, a compound found in black pepper, is one of the most common ways to enhance bioavailability.

Its addition can increase curcumin absorption by a remarkable 2,000%.
Curcumin and Turmeric Side Effects and Warnings

Turmeric consumed as a spice in food is very safe.

Turmeric supplements can cause nausea and diarrhea, especially in high doses.

Both turmeric and curcumin supplements have quite a number of possible side effects, interactions, and warnings.

These supplements can interact with medicines like aspirin, NSAID painkillers, statins, diabetes drugs, blood pressure medicines, and blood thinners.

They may also interact with natural supplements with blood-thinning properties such as ginkgo, ginseng, and garlic.

The piperine often added to turmeric and curcumin supplements can also increase the side effects of a number of drugs.

However, you can increase the bioavailability of curcumin and turmeric supplements by taking them with phosphatidylserine instead.

If you take any medications, check for possible interactions between them and turmeric or curcumin with a reputable online interaction checker.


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 Acetyl-l-Carnitine: For More Mental Energy

Acetyl-l-carnitine (ALCAR) is an amino acid that increases both mental and physical energy.

It acts as a powerful antioxidant, protecting your brain from free radical damage.

ALCAR is a precursor of acetylcholine, the neurotransmitter of memory and learning.

It also increases the neurotransmitters serotonin and norepinephrine, both of which play a role in depression.

In fact, acetyl-l-carnitine is a fast-acting antidepressant that usually brings some relief within a week.

It improves mental clarity, focus, mood, processing speed, and memory and has strong anti-aging effects on the brain.

It can be a helpful adjunct for chronic fatigue syndrome, multiple sclerosis, and Alzheimer’s.

One study found that acetyl-l-carnitine stabilizes the proteins which produce the neurofibrillary tangles found in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients.

It increases the insulin sensitivity of brain cells to help them utilize blood glucose, the brain’s main fuel source.

There’s evidence that it may prevent brain damage from excessive alcohol intake.


The generally recommended dose range is from 630 to 2,500 mg per day to up to 4,000 mg for treating Alzheimer’s patients.

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When buying a brain supplement, look for acetyl-l-carnitine rather than l-carnitine.

ALCAR is a form of l-carnitine that more readily crosses into the brain to better support cognitive function.
Acetyl-l-Carnitine Side Effects and Warnings

Acetyl-l-carnitine is generally considered safe but there are a few side effects, mainly digestive upset, restlessness, or a fishy body odor.

If you take a blood thinner such as coumadin, avoid taking ALCAR as it can increase the drug’s blood-thinning effects.

There’s some concern that acetyl-l-carnitine interferes with thyroid hormone, so discuss this with your doctor if you have low thyroid function. 

Bacopa: For Balanced Brain Chemistry

Bacopa (Bacopa monnieri) is a traditional Ayurvedic herbal remedy.

Its use as a nerve and brain tonic for improving memory, learning, and concentration dates back at least 3,000 years.
bacopa monnieri
Bacopa monnieri flowers.

According to legend, it was used by ancient scholars to help them memorize lengthy hymns and scriptures.

It increases cerebral blood flow, delivering more oxygen, nutrients, and glucose to the brain.

When tested against two very different kinds of cognitive enhancers — the ancient herbal remedy ginseng and the popular smart drug Modafinil — bacopa came out on top.

Bacopa is among the handful of herbs considered adaptogenic.

Adaptogens have the ability to lower stress and increase energy without being either sedating or stimulating.

In this way, adaptogens act like a thermostat that keeps you in an emotional comfort zone.

Bacopa works, in part, by balancing the levels of the neurotransmitters dopamine, serotonin, and GABA, while reducing the level of the stress hormone cortisol.

It’s this ability to restore balance that makes bacopa an excellent choice if you are looking for a natural cognitive-enhancing supplement that also alleviates stress, anxiety, or depression.
Bacopa Dosage

So far, about a dozen bioactive compounds have been found in bacopa, the most important being bacopaside A and bacopaside B.

Look for a supplement with a standardized content of 55% bacopasides.
Read more —
Bacopa Benefits: 12 Reasons It’s Good for Your Brain

A typical dose is 300 mg of bacopa per day.

One brand of bacopa that has studies to support its use as a cognitive enhancer is KeenMind.
Bacopa Side Effects and Warnings

Bacopa is considered very safe, safe enough to give to children. (51)

Side effects of bacopa are rare, but the most common ones are dry mouth and digestive upset.

These can largely be avoided by taking it along with meals. (52)

Traditionally, bacopa is administered as a food that is cooked with ghee (clarified butter).

Bacopa should not be combined with antihistamines, antidepressants, glaucoma medications, drugs taken for Alzheimer’s, or thyroid hormones.

American Ginseng: Best-in-Class Brain Booster

Ginseng may be a classical Asian herb, but American ginseng is now considered the best in the world.

American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius) belongs to the same genus as Asian ginseng (Panax ginseng), but is a unique species.
ginseng root in a bowl
Ginseng root.

In an ironic twist, the Chinese now prefer American ginseng for its superior quality and ability to upgrade brain function.

American ginseng is mostly cultivated in Wisconsin and Canada, where growing conditions are ideal for encouraging a higher concentration of ginseng’s active ingredients, ginsenosides.

Cereboost is a patent-pending extract derived from American ginseng with clinical studies to support its effectiveness as a cognitive enhancer.

Study participants given a mental aptitude test after ingesting Cereboost performed significantly better.

It worked quickly to improve memory, mental clarity, and sharpness within just a few hours after taking a single dose. (57)

Cereboost is neuroprotective and increases acetylcholine levels. (58)

American ginseng is a better choice than Asian ginseng if you tend towards anxiety since it is less stimulating.

Like bacopa, American ginseng acts as an adaptogen, promoting physical strength and mental energy while dialing down the damaging effects of stress.

It also reduces postprandial hypoglycemia, a common underlying cause of anxiety.

American Ginseng Dosage

Standard doses have not been established, but a typical dose of American ginseng is 100 to 200 mg daily. (61)

Brain supplements that contain Cereboost usually contain 200 mg of American ginseng.

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American ginseng supplements are available as capsules, tablets, powders, and liquid extracts.

You can also buy tea bags, loose bulk tea, and dried roots that are used to make tea or are added to cooked foods.
American Ginseng Side Effects and Interactions

American ginseng can cause some side effects such as diarrhea, itching, insomnia, headache, and nervousness.

Since its ginsenosides can act like estrogen, do not take American ginseng if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or have a hormone-sensitive cancer.

Discuss taking American ginseng with your doctor if you take an MAOI antidepressant, diabetic medication, or immune suppressant since it can affect the effectiveness of these drugs.
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Alpha-GPC: Top Memory Enhancer

Alpha-GPC (alpha-glycerophosphocholine) is a synthetic form of choline.

Choline is an essential nutrient for brain development, healthy brain cells, and neurotransmitter formation.

It is a precursor of acetylcholine, the brain chemical of learning and memory.

Unfortunately, choline supplements do not effectively enter the brain.

However, the alpha-GPC form quickly and efficiently moves choline into the brain where it’s used to form brain cell membranes and stimulate the growth of new brain cells.

Alpha-GPC also increases levels of the neurotransmitters dopamine, serotonin, and GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid), the neurotransmitter associated with relaxation.

Signs of low GABA include being easily overstimulated, overwhelmed, and stressed out.

Alpha-GPC studies show that it consistently improves memory and attention span in people of all ages, while warding off age-related mental decline.

Alpha-GPC is sold as a memory supplement throughout much of the world.

In Europe, it is used as a prescription medication for Alzheimer’s, helping to increase acetylcholine levels.

Alzheimer’s patients’ have low levels of acetylcholine along with fewer acetycholine receptors.

It can also help the brain recover after a stroke, injury, or transient ischemic attack.
Alpha-GPC Dosage

A typical dose of alpha-GPC is 300 to 600 mg, but the ideal standard dose is yet to be determined.

In almost all studies on mental decline, participants were given 400 mg, three times a day.

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Alpha-GPC Side Effects and Warnings

Alpha-GPC is generally considered safe, but possible side effects include headache, insomnia, dizziness, mental confusion, heartburn, and skin rash.

Alpha-GPC supplements are derived from either soy or eggs, two of the most common food allergens, so be mindful if you have a known food allergy.

The only known drug interaction is with scopolamine, a drug often used for motion sickness and nausea following surgery.
 Lion’s Mane: A “Smart” Mushroom

Lion’s mane (Hericium erinaceus), also known as yamabushitake, is an edible mushroom native to parts of Asia, North America, and Europe.

It’s been used medicinally and as a culinary delicacy for thousands of years.
lion’s mane mushroom growing on a log
Lion’s mane mushroom.

Now it’s sold as a brain supplement.

It’s been said that lion’s mane can impart
“nerves of steel and the memory of a lion.”

World-renowned fungi expert Paul Stamets calls it the
“first smart mushroom.”

Lion’s mane is a popular nootropic — a substance that improves mental functions such as memory, intelligence, motivation, attention, and concentration — while simultaneously making your brain healthier.

It excels at improving cognitive function and treating neurological disorders.

Lion’s mane contains two unique groups of compounds, hericenones and erinacines, that stimulate the formation of nerve growth factor (NGF).

NGF is a protein that is crucial to the growth and maintenance of certain types of neurons.

Lion’s mane can also be helpful for anxiety, depression, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s.
Lion’s Mane Dosage

Optimal dosages have not yet been established, but a typical dose of lion’s mane extract is 1,000 mg taken three times a day.

In one study, seniors with mild cognitive impairment, which can be a precursor to dementia, experienced significant cognitive improvement taking 3,000 mg of lion’s mane powder daily.

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Lion’s mane is available in capsules, powder, liquid tincture, or tea.

You may even find it fresh in Asian or gourmet food stores.
Lion’s Mane Side Effects and Interactions

Lion’s mane is extremely safe.

The only known side effect is itchy skin which is believed to be caused by the increase in nerve growth factor.


 Magnesium L-Threonate: Patented Brain Mineral

Magnesium is an essential dietary mineral that is required for over 600 metabolic functions.

Unfortunately, magnesium deficiency is the second most common nutritional deficiency in developed countries.

Signs of magnesium deficiency include brain fog, lack of focus, inability to handle stress, insomnia, caffeine addiction, and generally feeling tired but wired.

Magnesium supplementation has proven beneficial for numerous mental health conditions including depression, anxiety, ADHD, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia.

There are many forms of magnesium to choose from, but only magnesium l-threonate readily crosses the blood-brain barrier.

Its unique ability to permeate brain cell membranes and elevate magnesium concentrations in the brain makes it an excellent choice for improving memory, attention, depression, and anxiety.

Look for supplements that contain Magtein, a patented brand of magnesium l-threonate that’s a proven cognitive enhancer.
Magnesium Dosage

The Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) for magnesium is generally 420 mg for men and 320 mg for women, but that can vary slightly depending on age.

The manfacturer of Magtein suggests taking 1,000 mg twice a day for optimal cognitive benefits.

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This dose isn’t as high as it sounds, since only a fraction of Magtein is elemental magnesium, the amount of pure magnesium available in a supplement.

According to the Original Formula Magtein label, 2,000 mg of magnesium l-threonate yields just 144 mg of elemental magnesium.
Magnesium Side Effects and Interactions

Magnesium can cause digestive upset and loose stools, particularly if you take too much or take inexpensive forms of magnesium such as magnesium oxide or magnesium sulfate.

You should not take these anyway since they are the least bioavailable forms of magnesium.

Magnesium sulfate, the kind found in Epsom salts, can cause dramatic diarrhea and disrupt your electrolyte balance, leading to a potentially serious condition known as hypermagnesemia.

There are currently 32 official FDA reports of magnesium sulfate triggering brain fog, short-term memory loss, amnesia, blackouts, and other kinds of mental distress.

The only reported side effects of magnesium l-threonate are headaches and drowsiness the first week or so.

Discuss taking magnesium with your doctor if you take antibiotics, high blood pressure medications, osteoporosis medications, or muscle relaxants.

Magnesium can affect the effectiveness of these drugs.
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Tryptophan: Proven Mood Booster

Tryptophan is an essential amino acid that’s a precursor to serotonin.

Serotonin plays a large role in mood, sleep, learning, and appetite control.

A low serotonin level is widely believed to be a major cause of depression.

The most popular antidepressant medications like Prozac and Zoloft are selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), thought to work by making more serotonin available in the brain.

You can increase serotonin levels naturally by providing more of its building blocks in the form of tryptophan.

By increasing serotonin levels, tryptophan can improve the quality of life for those with a wide variety of brain-related and mental health issues.

Studies have found tryptophan to be as effective for depression as antidepressant drugs.

Tryptophan has been found useful for reducing general anxiety, social anxiety disorder, panic attacks, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and seasonal affective disorder.

Low levels of tryptophan are associated with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Children with ADHD have 50% lower than average blood levels of tryptophan.

Low tryptophan has also been linked to memory loss and other measures of cognitive impairment.

Tryptophan Dosage

There is no official recommended dosage for tryptophan and suggested doses vary widely.

As little as 250 mg has been found to improve the quality of sleep.

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On the other hand, up to 12 grams per day has been suggested for depression.

Most supplement manufacturers suggest a daily dose of
1,000 to 1,500 mg.

We suggest starting with 500 mg a day, then working up to a higher dose.
Tryptophan Side Effects and Interactions

The most common tryptophan side effects are digestive upset, loss of appetite, headache, and drowsiness.

Tryptophan should not be taken with SSRI antidepressants.

When taken together, they can cause a potentially serious condition known as serotonin syndrome.

Tryptophan should also not be taken with drugs with a sedating effect such as Ambien, Ativan, Valium, and Ultram.
Vinpocetine: A Natural “Smart Drug”

Vinpocetine is a relatively new brain booster that blurs the line between brain supplement and smart drug.

It’s based on vincamine, a chemical found in periwinkle (Vinca minor).
periwinkle flowers
Periwinkle, source of vincamine.

This flowering vine has been used since medieval times to treat headaches, memory loss, and vertigo.

Vinpocetine supplements are usually taken to improve memory, overcome brain fog, increase mental clarity, protect the brain against aging, and promote overall mental well-being.

It rapidly enters the brain to increase blood flow, decrease brain inflammation, protect against free radical damage, and balance neurotransmitter levels.

Its ability to protect the brain from degeneration makes it a potential treatment for Alzheimer’s.

Vinpocetine can help to prevent the short-term memory loss that often accompanies benzodiazepine anti-anxiety drugs.

It improves the brain’s ability to use glucose, its main source of energy, after a stroke.

In some parts of the world, vinpocetine is available by prescription only.

Here in the US, it’s available as a brain supplement, at least for now.

The FDA has initiated proceedings to take vinpocetine off the shelves, not because there have been any safety issues, but because they believe it should be classified as a drug and not a supplement.

While studies show that vinpocetine looks like a promising treatment for mental decline, dementia, and Alzheimer’s, there’s not a lot of research yet to back up claims that it makes cognitively healthy adults smarter.
Vinpocetine Dosage

Most clinical studies on vinpocetine have used a dose of 10 mg, three times daily.

A good place to start is to take 5 mg with each meal.

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Then you can work up to as high as 20 mg with each meal for maximum neuroprotective benefits.

Avoid taking vinpocetine on an empty stomach since it’s absorbed up to 100% better with food.
Vinpocetine Side Effects and Warnings

Vinpocetine is generally considered safe with few side effects.

Potential side effects include digestive upset, insomnia, headache, dizziness, nervousness, skin rash, and flushing.

However, it’s advised that you avoid vinpocetine if you take a blood thinner like warfarin (Coumadin) or any over-the-counter medications that can interfere with clotting such as ibuprofen or naproxen.
Huperzine A: Powerful Memory Remedy

Chinese club moss (Huperzia serrata) is a small plant native to parts of Asia that’s a traditional Chinese treatment for improving memory and circulation and reducing inflammation.

The main active compound in Chinese club moss is an alkaloid called huperzine A.
chinese club moss
Chinese club moss, source of huperzine A.

Huperzine A works mainly by raising acetylcholine levels, a neurotransmitter involved with learning, memory, sleep cycle regulation, and other brain functions.

Huperzine A works by the same mechanism as the popular Alzheimer’s drug Aricept.

They both work by inhibiting an enzyme (acetylcholinesterase) that deactivates acetylcholine.
Read more —
How Acetylcholine Deficiency Impacts Memory

Huperzine A shows promise for delaying symptoms of Alzheimer’s, especially in the early stages.

It protects the patient’s brain against free radical damage and environmental toxins while promoting new brain cell generation.

Huperzine A is so powerful that it’s been given the status of an approved drug for treating vascular dementia and Alzheimer’s in China.
Huperzine A Dosage

The general recommended dosage is 50 to 200 mcg twice daily and can be taken on an empty stomach.
Huperzine A Side Effects and Warnings

Although huperzine A is a naturally occurring compound, it’s not without side effects.

Reported side effects are significant and include insomnia, anxiety, nausea, diarrhea, blurred vision, slurred speech, restlessness, anorexia, muscle twitching, cramps, incontinence, high blood pressure, and slowed heart rate.

Huperzine A does not mix well with antihistamines, antidepressants, the Alzheimer’s drug Aricept, or the motion sickness drug scopolamine. 

Ginkgo: Timeless Brain Tonic

Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba) is one of the most widely used natural remedies in the world.

It has a long history of use in traditional Chinese medicine.
ginkgo leaves and pills and mortar and pestle
Ginkgo leaves and supplement tablets.

Ginkgo increases circulation to the brain, balances brain chemistry, and protects the brain from free radical damage.

It’s considered so effective that it’s sometimes prescribed as a medication in Europe.

But not all of ginkgo’s reported benefits have held up to the latest scientific scrutiny.

Unexpectedly, two major studies concluded that ginkgo does not improve memory or other cognitive functions in healthy adults.

But this does not make ginkgo useless as a brain supplement.

And, of course, you may decide that its long history of use outweighs the latest scientific findings.

Ginkgo has been proven beneficial for treating stress and anxiety by lowering levels of the stress hormone cortisol.

It reliably improves short-term memory in seniors.
Benefits of Ginkgo Biloba for Memory & More

Ginkgo reduces ADHD symptoms in children and teens, but not as effectively as the ADHD drug Ritalin.

It can increase the turnover of both serotonin and dopamine, neurotransmitters linked to depression.

And lastly, for those diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer’s, ginkgo shows promise for improving memory and day-to-day quality of life.
Ginkgo Dosage

A typical ginkgo dose is 40 to 120 mg, three times a day.

Start with a low dose and take with meals to avoid gastrointestinal distress.
Ginkgo Side Effects and Warnings

Known ginkgo side effects include digestive upset, diarrhea, dizziness, headache, and restlessness.

Ginkgo should not be taken with selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor antidepressants such as Prozac or Zoloft, since together they can cause serotonin syndrome.

Ginkgo reacts badly with a slew of medications.

Drugs.com lists over 250 of them.

If you take any medications, talk to your doctor or pharmacist, or visit Drugs.com to check for Ginkgo biloba drug interactions before taking this supplement.
DHA: Critical Brain Cell Building Block

DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) is an omega-3 essential fatty acid that is not optional if you are seeking optimal brain performance.

Omega-3 deficiency is widespread, linked to dozens of diseases, and contributes to 96,000 preventable deaths per year.
fish oil capsules
Capsules of fish oil, a source of DHA.

Omega-3 fats are so important to health that more than 36,000 studies have been published on their health benefits!

And of all the omega-3s, DHA is the most important one for your brain.

Omega-3 fats are harder to get from diet alone since few people regularly eat the main dietary sources — wild-caught, cold water, oily fish like salmon, herring, mackerel, and sardines.

DHA is a major building block of the cerebral cortex, the part of the brain where higher level functions occur.

It also plays an important role in brain cell communication.

Low DHA levels have been linked to depression, ADHD, serious psychiatric disorders, and a measurable decrease in brain volume.

Memory loss, depression, mood swings, dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, and attention deficit disorder have all been found to improve with DHA supplementation.

Seniors with high levels of DHA have a significantly reduced risk of developing dementia and Alzheimer’s.
DHA and Fish Oil Dosages

DHA is sometimes sold as a single-ingredient supplement, but most commonly it is included as a major component in fish oil or krill oil supplements.

Experts generally recommend 500 to 1000 mg of total omega-3s per day to maintain health and avoid deficiency, but therapeutic doses up to 3 grams are generally considered safe.

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A US National Institutes of Health workshop that included omega-3 experts from around the world determined that 220 mg of DHA is the minimum dose that should be taken for optimal health.

But it’s safe and often beneficial to take more — up to 1,000 mg per day.
DHA and Fish Oil Side Effects and Warnings

DHA is considered generally safe.

It may increase blood sugar in diabetics and lower blood pressure in those with hypertension which can alter your need for medication.

Fish oil can increase the risk of bleeding when taken with aspirin or blood thinners, but DHA alone does not seem to affect blood clotting.
Phosphatidylserine: Versatile Brain Enhancer

Phosphatidylserine (PS) is a phospholipid naturally found in high concentrations in the brain.

It is also a popular brain supplement for boosting memory, cognition, concentration, and learning.

Phosphatidylserine is a major component of human brain cell membranes.

By supporting brain cell membrane integrity, PS helps to keep toxins, pathogens, and other unwanted invaders out of your brain.

It normalizes the level of the stress hormone cortisol to reduce the effects of stress.

Phosphatidylserine is safe and effective for brains of all ages.

It can significantly improve attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) symptoms in children.

It is the primary ingredient in Vayarin, a medical food prescribed for children with ADHD.

It is a favorite memory supplement used by students to perform better on their exams.

Phosphatidylserine is protective against mental decline, can improve mood, and can help with depression, especially in seniors.

Numerous studies conclude that phosphatidylserine may be an effective treatment for Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.

Notably, phosphatidylserine is the only brain supplement that’s received a qualified stamp of approval from the FDA for age-related cognitive decline and dementia in seniors.
Phosphatidylserine Dosage

The general recommended dose of phosphatidylserine is 100 mg, three times a day.

But doses of twice that, 600 mg per day, are considered safe.

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Phosphatidylserine is one of the few brain supplements with dosages determined for children.

A typical dose for children and young teens is 200 mg per day.
Phosphatidylserine Side Effects and Warnings

The most common side effects experienced with phosphatidylserine supplements are digestive upset and insomnia, particularly with high dosages.

Phosphatidylserine should be avoided if you take blood thinners or anti-inflammatory drugs.

It can decrease the effectiveness of antihistamines and antidepressants.

Do not take phosphatidylserine with drugs prescribed for Alzheimer’s, such as Aricept, Exelon, and Razadyne, without talking to your doctor.

Phosphatidylserine can alter these drugs’ effectiveness and magnify their side effects.

Phosphatidylserine supplements are almost always derived from soy.

If soy is a food you avoid, look for one extracted from sunflower oil instead.
15. L-Theanine: Meditation in a Cup or Capsule

L-theanine is an amino acid found in black and green teas (Camellia sinensis) that offers a truly unique set of brain benefits.

One of the ways it works is by altering your brainwave patterns.
pot of green tea
Green tea, a source of l-theanine.

L-theanine induces a desirable state of relaxed attentiveness similar to that achieved during meditation.

It sharpens focus, reduces stress, and imparts a sense of overall well-being.

L-theanine raises levels of several key neurotransmitters — serotonin, dopamine, and GABA — to promote recall, learning, motivation, and positive mood.

It makes you more resilient to stress and helps prevent anxiety.

It won’t make you drowsy, but can improve your quality of sleep.

L-theanine works synergistically with caffeine.

The combination of caffeine and l-theanine can help you perform mentally demanding tasks better than with caffeine alone.

And since l-theanine is relaxing, it won’t leave you edgy.

This unique caffeine-enhancing property makes l-theanine a popular supplement for those seeking optimal mental performance.

Some college students and biohackers use this caffeine-theanine combination in place of smart drugs.

L-theanine improves memory and cognition in seniors, even those diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment.

It is neuroprotective against stroke, Parkinson’s, and Alzheimer’s.
L-Theanine Dosage

The general recommended dosage for l-theanine is 200 to 400 mg per day.

Some people experience noticeable benefits with as little as 50 mg and almost everyone experiences some degree of relaxation with a 400 mg dose.

A mix of l-theanine and caffeine is a popular nootropic “stack” for boosting mood, focus, concentration, and alertness.

One popular name brand of l-theanine is Suntheanine.

This is a patented brand of pure theanine often used in studies when a standardized formula is required.
L-Theanine Side Effects and Interactions

L-theanine supplements are considered very safe.

The few reported adverse reactions include headache, dizziness, and gastrointestinal distress.

If you take high blood pressure medication, use l-theanine cautiously, since it can decrease your blood pressure and change your need for medication.

All essential vitamins and minerals play a vital role in brain function.

Some act as natural antidepressants or combat the effects of stress, while some are essential co-factors in neurotransmitter formation.

Many are antioxidants that protect the brain from the damaging effects of free radicals, inflammation, neurotoxins, and aging.

So before you start taking the brain supplements we’ve discussed here, make sure you’ve got your basic nutritional needs met.

It’s generally thought that vitamin deficiencies are a thing of the past, but that’s not true.

Up to 40% of Americans are deficient in vitamin B12,
77% in vitamin D, and 75% in the mineral magnesium.

Deficiencies in any of these can have a profound impact on your brain.

The Harvard School of Public Health advises all adults to take a multivitamin supplement as insurance to fill any nutritional gaps.

We think this is sound advice.

Pound for pound, your brain requires more nutrients than any other organ.

But processed food, factory farming practices, and the nutrient-draining stresses of modern life are just some of the factors that have created a perfect storm of sub-optimal nutrition.

Many studies confirm that taking just a multivitamin can improve memory and overall brain function while increasing longevity and reducing the risk of degenerative brain disease.

There are many reasons to take a brain supplement: to improve mood, memory, and concentration as well as to protect the brain against aging or to prevent or halt cognitive decline.

But there are endless substances and combinations to choose from.

Stick with supplements that are proven to work.

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“What no eye has seen,
what no ear has heard,
and what no Human mind
has conceived – 
the things God has prepared
for those who Love Him”
1 Corinthians 2:9

Lake, Sea, Water, Wave, Sunset

The Window of Heaven
can open,
when our Sacred Hearts
spread their Wings
and fly out
into this World.

My Dear Friends,
Yesterday is the past,
Tomorrow is the future,
and Today is a Gift,
so we may call it the

Let us not
Live in deep regret about the past,
or worry about Tomorrow.
Live for Today,
 the present of this precious moment,
and without worries or fears,
anxiety or tears.

The longer we stay
in this moment,
the longer we pause
to reflect upon our precious gift
of Time,
and the longer we are aware
of Life.

There is nothing to lose
by being in the moment.
We have more choices,
and we can  s t r e t c h  the moment
longer and longer,
until we realize that the real you,
the Spiritual you,

never truly dies.
What is real lives

“How does a moment last forever?
How does our happiness endure?
Through the darkest of our troubles
Love is beauty,
Love is pure

Love pays no mind to desolation,
It flows like a river through the Soul,
Protects, proceeds, and perseveres
And makes us whole.
Minutes turn to hours,
days to years then gone.

But when all else has been forgotten,
Still our song lives on.
How does a moment last forever:
When our song lives on.”
Tim Rice

is a timeless story.

Nature, Lawn, Vista, Outdoors, BeautifulThe people of this frail and fragile World
need our help.

let us Truly Live
in this moment,
by Truly Loving

let us Live
by Loving.
When we Live

in God’s Heart,
we are

“Kind words are like honey –
sweet to the Soul
and healthy for the body.”

Proverbs 16:24
The windows of our homes
allow natural light to enter
and illuminate our Lives
and warm our Hearts.
And in a like manner,
can allow natural
Spiritual Illumination

to emanate from the open window
of our Hearts.

It can pour the pure Light
of our Soul
out and into the precious Lives

all around us.

Silhouette Photography of Mountains and Trees“Be Thou my vision,
oh Lord of my Heart.
Nought be all else to me,
save that Thou art.
Thou my best thought by day or by night
Waking or sleeping,
Thy presence my
St. Dallán Forgaill

The Blessing
of unconditional Love
brings us such abundant


“And the Light shineth in darkness;
and the darkness
comprehended it not.”

The Gospel of St. John 1:5

Such Love
is the Light
that enters the darkness of our Lives.

It is
the Light from which we came,
and will return.
When we surrender

to the Light of God’s Truth in our own lives,
we are enabled to truly see,
and then be a Beacon of Hope and Healing
in our dark world.

The Love
your share with others,
transcends mere appreciation.
We must have God’s Light

in our Hearts,
so that others
may see.

“God is light,
and in Him
is no darkness at all.”
1st John 1:5

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The dire circumstances we all face
enable us to have

to help others
in this World.

Let us find the words,
the smiles and the music
of our Lives
to use like brushes
to paint pictures
of Hope,
and Love.
We are each,
in our own way,
with the ability

to Bless another precious
and Sacred Life.

We often fail to see
the connection of things in themselves,
how they stand in community
with others.

To your thoughts
I’ll soon be list’ning,
In the road I’ll stop and turn.
Then the wind will set me racing
As my journey nears its end,
and the path I’ll be retracing
When I’m homeward bound again.”

Marta Keen Thompson

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People may search for many years
to find
Inner Peace.

It is something you find
inside yourself.
And when you find it,
that is when Life

Once we have opened our Hearts
to the possibility
that there really could be
a Life worth Living
by sharing our Love
with others,
what can we do but weep
for Joy?

how the Heart understands,
when the mind
will never comprehend.

can be loved or hated
unless it is first understood.”

Leonardo da Vinci.

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Every single day 
we can be astonished
by the Joy
we may discover,
in sharing our Love
for one another. 

 Our Hearts
can travel
through space and time
to experience the most beautiful form
of True Love –
an Eternal Journey
enriched with endless, meaningful
The Life Force of God’s Love
is so powerful and enchanting,
that it casts a spell
over us,
and greets us when we
from this Life.
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When you Pray,
the Veil is parted
between you
and our Heavenly Father,
and you realize how much
you are Loved.

The most Beautiful sound ever
is the Human voice
lifted in
Praise of our Creator.

No words
may describe the Beauty
and the Depth
of God’s Love
for us.

Have a wonderful evening,
and Life.


Northern Lights“Your Love
can’t be denied.
The Truth will set you free.
You’ll have what’s meant to be,
All in time you’ll see.”
Lauryn Hill

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8 Safety and First Aid Tips for Kids


Calling 911

Little girl on phone

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As soon as kids can recognize the numbers, they can learn to call 911. It’s important to teach them that 911 is not a toy. Otherwise, you could find yourself talking to a police officer about why Junior was screaming, “My house is on fire!” at the dispatcher. And if the kids are carrying cell phones, they need to know how calling with the cell phone is different than the home phone.

Bleeding Control
Father helping son after bicycle fall. Kid with helmet

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Pressure on a bleeding wound is usually enough to stop the flow of blood. Kids can be taught very early to put direct pressure on a cut. You don’t want Jimmy to wrap his shoestrings around his baby sis’s neck, so tell him not to do tourniquets.


Stop, Drop, and Roll

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If the kids catch their clothes on fire, they need to put them out immediately. Teach them how to stop, drop, and roll. If outdoors, this is something that works better on grass than it does on concrete. If indoors, it’s better to do this on a hard surface than a carpet, where the risk of setting the home on fire is higher. Have the kids practice, so they’ll do this automatically if they need to.


Fire Game Plan

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When the smoke alarms start beeping at 3 in the morning, you really must have a plan. It’s not enough that the kids wake up—they have to know where to go. If they have fire escape ladders in their rooms, do they know how to deploy the ladders? Do you plan to meet at the street corner? What if the kids get out at the back of the house and you get out at the front? All of these issues need to be decided in advance.


When to Teach Them CPR

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Can kids do CPR? The answer to that is different for every child. There’s no question that kids can learn CPR, and there’s no question that in true cardiac arrest, doing nothing is certain death. If you are going to teach the kids CPR, it’s extremely important to stress not practicing on each other. Only practice on mannequins, as pushing on real chests can lead to serious injuries.


Water Safety

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Keep the life jackets on and make sure the kids don’t swim alone. Teach kids to watch out for rip currents; if stuck in one, they should swim parallel to the shore to get out. Have a pool? If so, there needs to be a fence around it or a safety cover on it.


Avoid Dog Bites

Young girls with dog

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Fido might know not to bite Junior, but does he know not to bite Sally the neighbor kid? Does Sally’s dog know not to bite your kid? Worse yet, does Junior or Sally know what to do when the dog is a stray wandering through the park? Dogs bite kids – a lot. Dogs bite kids in the summertime even more, probably because the kids are out of school and the dogs are hot and cranky. Teach Junior what to do when dogs approach.


Avoid Poisoning

Child in danger near chemicals in kitchen

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Keep the kids out of the cabinets and keep the household cleaners in. Cabinets with poisonous substances should be up high and latched or locked. When Junior learns to clean the bathroom, stress how important it is not to mix bleach and ammonia. Post the number for Poison Control next to the phone.

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Embracing Our Legacy of Love / Knowledge That Might Save Your Life / School Calendar 2020-21

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“We shall not
cease from exploration,
and the end
of all our exploring
will be to arrive
where we started
and know the place
for the first Time.”
T. S Eliot

 The compassion
in your expressions
can wrap words

around your Soul.

If you Live
in Beautiful thoughts,
your words and your deeds
will bring soothing

with the music
of your mind.

Deep and penetrating thoughts
of Love
are like a balm on our wounds.
They bring Healing and Peace
to our troubled times.
They take us to a different Dimension,
to another World
where everything can

be understood,
and calm prevail,
and Life be

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Your kind words
and compassionate deeds

touch others so very deeply.
are able
to become one of the Miraculous
Mysteries of Life
and Living.

Your compassion
can fill another precious Life

with Beautiful emotion
and precious memory.
Your dedication

to help others in need,
can influence them
in such a way
that no words will be able
to describe
what you
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The words and music
of your Love
for others

can transition you
from a Living body,
to a Living

350+ Amazing Pictures [HQ] | Download Free Images on UnsplashEmbracing
our Legacy of Love
on this Earth
can lift our Being
and raise us up
And we do so
by knowing
what happens to the Human Heart,
when the Human Mind
into a Beautiful Flower
with the fragrance
of Love.

To decide
to Live in Love,
converts the language of the Mind,
to the language of the Heart.
in the prisons of our Minds
we are friendly
with the guardians
of our bodies.
are we really Witness
to what happens in the

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Every little Child
is truly a Poet,
bringing everything hidden,
in emotion and memory,
to Life
and Light.

My Dear Friends,
the material Blessings we enjoy
from day to day
are temporary.
But the Spiritual Blessings 
encompass Time
unto Eternity.

God’s Blessings
are meant to protect us and guide us
and give us Hope.
The Holy Bible
reminds us of the many Blessings
 we can claim as a
Child of God.

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For Peace to prevail
on this fragile and very, very violent Planet,
a grown man
must in his Heart
become a little boy,
a genuine Child and Man
in one adult body.

I say to you,
unless you are converted
and become like Children,
you shall NOT enter the Kingdom
of Heaven.”

Matthew 18:3


you are filled with uncertainty,
 if you don’t even know
how to feel right now,
that you can feel.
And what you can feel,
you have felt
Loving memories
Loving moments
to be.

Lonely Souls
are far from alone
in the here of now,
moment of your Being,

when you are speaking sweetly
through the window of your Mind,
from the Tower of your

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The tears
that lubricate our eyes,
can penetrate directly to the
our feelings
can also be flying with the Beautiful birds,
immersed in the Infinite Beauty
of the Whole of our Being,
feeling touched with gratitude
for Existence,
by Loving others
in so many ways.

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we can go through this Life

blinded by our own thoughts.

But please know,
that every Day of Life

can be a wonderful adventure.

that you are Loved,
you are Blessed,
your Dreams are manifesting
in every moment.
Time really is on your side.
Everything has a way
to work out in your favor,
you ask for

the Favor of God.

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“When Peace
like a River

Attendeth my way,

When sorrows like sea billows roll,
Whatever my lot
Thou has taught me to say
It is well,
It is well with my Soul.
Horatio Spafford

There is something
Holy flowing in your Life.
You can have the Favor of God,
if you simply ask God
for His Favor.

“But let all those that put their Trust in Thee
let them ever shout for Joy,
because Thou defendest them:
let them also that Love Thy Name
be Joyful in Thee. 
For Thou, Lord, wilt Bless the Righteous;
with Favor
wilt Thou compass him
as with a shield.”
– Psalm 5:11-12
You will find
Love and Peace,

you keep searching

in your Heart,
keep shining your Light
in this World.

And please remember,
needs you

and needs your Love.
You pass them by
every day.

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It’s easy to take random pieces of knowledge for granted, especially if you feel they won’t ever apply to you. But never say never—honestly, in this life, anything goes, and we can never tell with absolute certainty whether a particular occurrence will happen to us or not. That’s why it’s important to soak in all of the advice you receive. It never hurts to be prepared for any case scenario. People across the world took the internet to share a random piece of knowledge that they believe might save your life one day. Most of these nuggets of wisdom were based on real-life experiences, so there is definitely merit to them. Read on and educate yourself—you never know if you’ll end up having to deal with one or more these situations in the future:

Don’t forget to check the comment section below the article for more interesting stories!

#1 Fishy Smell

A few months ago I had a fishy smell in my living room. It took me a week to find it. Turned out, one of my outlets on the wall had burned. Thank goodness it wasn’t worse or the whole house could’ve gone up. Usually, an off-smell indicates that there’s a problem.


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#2 Leave A Trail

Polar bears have insane ADHD. If one is chasing you, intermittently drop clothing items like a hat or gloves. It will stop to sniff them. Normal prey animals don’t shed whole pieces of themselves: the bear will be perplexed. Also, in the Arctic, if you sweat, you will not make it. The sweat will freeze in your clothing, which will induce hypothermia much faster. And since you can’t get them dry, you’re basically screwed.


#3 Location Is Key

If you call 911, always say WHERE the problem is first, followed by the problem. If you happen to get cut off before you can say what the problem is, at least the dispatcher has a location to send an officer to check it out and advise if more police or fire is needed.  Location, location, location.


#4 Always Call An Ambulance

Maybe not your life, but someone else’s. If you’re having a party, regardless of nature, and someone needs to go to the hospital, CALL AN AMBULANCE. There are laws to protect you, but getting a citation is a lot less trouble than having someone lose their life in your home. The same goes if you’re attending the party. Don’t worry about the homeowners and tenants, worry about the person whose life is at risk.


#5 As Long As You’re Safe

My friend was carjacked. The guy told her to start driving, so she did… right into a cement pillar. The airbag hit the guy and he broke his arm. She ran into the store while he was disoriented. She kept hitting the lock button on her key fob to keep him in the car until the cops showed up.  Insurance elected to raise on her because of the “accident,” though, so that may not be the best way to handle it. But honestly, as long as she got out safe, what else matters?


#6 Firefighter Training

If there is a fire, crawl out of the building. Do not stand up to run—one or two intakes of the plume are enough to do major damage and require hospitalization. It may be warm where you are crawling, but standing up can cook your skin (and your lungs). The plumes at “eye-level” can be more than 600°C. If you can’t see and don’t know the room layout, crawl with your feet or legs in front of you. Do not crawl face first, or you may take a dive down a staircase in the confusion.


#7 The Importance of Pull-Ups

If you can’t do a pull-up, you probably won’t have the strength to pull yourself up off a ledge. That has stuck with me ever since. In theory, it’s very true… but I would guess most people could if some serious adrenaline is involved. Yesterday, someone posted a LiveLeak video of people who were doing parkour on high rise buildings. Some of them ended up falling. I don’t know why I watched it, but it was interesting—some of those people would do like, three pull-ups before losing their grip. So, it seems like if you can’t do a pull up where you pull yourself up to your waist, you may still be screwed.


#8 Tigers And Wolves

The instinct of wolves will only cause them to attack or hunt you if they can intimidate you into fleeing from them. Standing your ground against a wolfpack will be terrifying, but will eventually cause them to bugger off. Tigers as well. Don’t turn your eyes away from a tiger. There is a story of a boy who had to walk backward for three hours back to his village while being stalked by a tiger. The cost-benefit of a prey animal even slightly hurting a tiger is not worth it. It could mean an end sentence in the wild.


#9 Check For Depth

That water you’re about to dive into might not be as deep as you think. Always step in and swim down to check for depth, then jump. My dad told me a story about a group of guys he knew from school. After graduation, they all went up to someone’s lake house and one guy decided to dive off the dock as soon as they got there. The water was shallow that year and when he dove in, he broke his neck and lost his life on impact.


#10 In The Event Of A Tsunami

If the tide suddenly goes out unexpectedly, run as if you stole it, for higher ground.  I read about a ten-year-old English girl who had just learned this before going on vacation with her family to Thailand. The big tsunami that ended a few hundred thousand came. She saw the water retreat and the other tourists walked out on the exposed seafloor. She freaked out and convinced everybody to run for higher ground. A lot of people were saved by a little girl who had paid attention in school.


#11 Rabies Are No Joke

If you are ever bitten by a bat, raccoon, fox, or skunk go directly to the hospital. There is no cure for rabies once it is fully onset. Out of all history, only five people survived rabies from the full onset, and Meredith Palmer was one of the five.


#12 Moose Chase

If you’re ever charged by a moose, get behind a tree. They have about a ten-inch blind spot and they’ll lose you. That’s what ski patrol would always say when there was an increase in moose sightings on the mountain. They’d tell you to stay out of the trees when skiing… unless a moose is running at you. In such a case, you’d want to find trees because, unless you’ve got a steep hill or are already up to speed, the moose is probably faster than you think.


#13 Chewing Aspirin

When people say to take an aspirin to help during a heart attack, chew the pill, don’t swallow it whole. It gets absorbed much quicker. Also, if at all possible, cough hard in the same rhythm as your heart would normally be beating. The constriction in the chest can help prolong passing out long enough to get help.


#14 Keep Eye Contact

If a person asks you for something in the street—a light, the time, whatever—always keep the person in your sight. So, if they ask for the time, don’t just look down at your watch. Raise your arm slightly so your watch is in your sight. I was told this years ago at a self-defense workshop. I wondered if it was ever going to be useful or just something to pad out the teacher’s session.

Then, a decade later, I was on the street late at night on my way home, and someone approached me to ask for the time. I did this, told him the time, and he just kind of stood there. Then, he started asking some weird, clearly improvised question about how he was looking for his friend’s house, and he was sure it was on that street, and he had a “yellow vehicle” similar to the one behind me. I didn’t look back but just said, “Yeah, yellow, uh-huh” as he pointed directly behind me.

I said, “Yeah, the yellow car, I saw it as I walked by, so?” He paused for a second, looking like that meme of the woman with the equations around her head, then just yelled “Oh, SCREW YOU.” and stormed off. It was only afterward I realized that I think he wanted me to look away so he could slug me, but he wasn’t prepared to attack someone that was looking right at him.


#15 Buried Alive

If you’ve been buried alive in a standard coffin, stay calm. If you are still alive, you haven’t been buried that long. Also, the dirt above you hasn’t set yet. Most coffins are not built to last once buried and as a result have weak siding. So here is what you do: Pull your shirt over your head. You don’t want to be swallowing the dirt. Position yourself so you are as sideways in the coffin as possible with your hands and feet pushing on the long sides. PUSH. You should be able to blow out one of the walls. Then, start crawling up. Do not panic. You may not find a grip immediately. Keep going until you make it out.


#16 De-Victimize Yourself

Always leave your itinerary with someone. If you meet strangers—that is, potential bad people—on the road, always let them know that you are in touch with friends and family and that they know exactly where you are. You become less attractive as a victim. Also, let them know that you have a destination and are expected at a particular time, too.


#17 Tornado Tip

If you’re unsure about the movement of a tornado, put a straight object such as a tree or a street light in between you and the tornado. It’ll make it way easier to see which way the tornado is moving. If the tornado appears to not be moving, it’s coming right at you.  Usually, the only reference you will have is the width. If it doesn’t appear to be moving but is getting wider, it’s coming towards you; at which point you’ll want to move perpendicular to its movement.


#18 Neutral Brakes

If your car suddenly accelerates beyond control and the brakes are unresponsive, shift the car in to neutral and slowly apply the brakes. This situation happened to a family in California some years ago. They had no idea what to do and tragically lost their lives.


#19 Forget Being Polite

EMT here! If you’re ever choking on food in a public venue, DO NOT go to the restroom to avoid causing a scene. Almost every tragedy I’ve seen from people choking involves finding the victims unconscious in a bathroom stall because they were too polite to seek help. I feel like if there’s any situation in which it’s okay to not be polite, it’s when you’re choking.


#20 Get Screened

One out of 20 people will get bowel cancer in their lifetime. You need some sort of screening starting at age 45 to 50, depending on your family history. Any blood in the stool needs to be checked out. Early cancers can be completely cured with keyhole surgery. You don’t have to fall victim to bowel cancer. In Australia, when you turn 50, the government starts sending you free testing kits every two years.


#21 The Sun’s Glare

For pedestrians crossing the street: if you can see the sun’s reflection on the windshield of a car, there’s a good chance the driver can not see you. If your shadow points toward the car, the same applies. Basically, always assume the driver can’t see you. You might not feel like it’s “right” and that you have the right of way, but on the other hand, you’ll be alive to complain about it.


#22 Just Wreck-It

If you’ve been carjacked and the carjacker tells you to just drive, take whatever chance you get to wreck. At a minimum, you’re getting emergency services involved (meaning it’s more likely they’ll be caught), and there’s a chance you’ll incapacitate or even end the carjacker. Just tighten your seatbelt beforehand to increase your chances of survival. Of course, there’s also a chance that you might not survive, but, if they’re taking you to a second location, odds are you probably weren’t going to come back anyway.


#23 Self-Heimlich

If you’re choking with nobody around to give you the Heimlich, you can give yourself the Heimlich by using the back of a chair (or similar objects like the sidearm of a couch, or whatever). Forcefully throw your stomach over the back of the chair a few times, try to mimic the motion of the Heimlich: push in above the belly button, then up… kind of like a “J” motion.


#24 Just Float On

If you fall into cold open water, resist the urge to swim and try to float until the onset of panic subsides. Once you have your breathing under control, you can then start to swim to safety. By doing this, you will not hyperventilate and avoid potentially drowning. Also, to float: slowly lift your legs up, keep your arms out at the water’s surface and lean your head back. Yes, you will get water in your ears, just let it be.


#25 Dealing With A Missing Person

Contrary to common myth, you can file a missing person report before 24 hours have passed. Putting it off a day because they went missing that night could very easily be the difference between them being found or not.


#26 First Aid And CPR

 Everyone should have basic first aid and CPR training, if possible. My dad collapsed on Saturday morning when he got up to go to the toilet and neither I or my mom knew basic first aid or CPR. The ambulance took eight minutes to arrive and we only live four streets away from the depot. Luckily, he came too, but there was a point where he stopped breathing. If he continued to not breathe for eight minutes, it would have been too late. Please learn and hope you don’t need it, instead of needing it and not knowing.


#27 Car Going Under

If your car is going underwater, an electronic “roll-down” button will work regardless of the water pressure outside the car. However, a manual handle is much more difficult (you also won’t be able to open the door). It’s better to have something in the glove box (like an ice scraper) to break the window glass with.


#28 Exit Strategy

When you go into a building, look for an exit that is not the one you used to come in. In an emergency, most people will head out their original exit, but you will head out of the exit less traveled… and it may make all the difference. This happened at the Great White Show. People got wedged in the exit they entered through. Meanwhile, other people just easily walked out using the other exits.


#29 Just Let It Go

Let it go. Don’t let road rage influence your behavior. It’s not worth it. Take a deep breath, count to 10. Take your foot off the pedal. Disengage. It’s not worth it.  This sounds like a joke, but the most soul-crushing moment I had while driving was when someone shook their head at me in disappointment because I was blocking a small road due to my own impatience.


#30 The Sleep Trick

A friend who grew up in a “rough” neighborhood taught me this one: if you’re on a bus and robbers get on, you have a chance of not having your stuff taken or being bothered at all if you pretend to be asleep. The robbers have to keep their eyes on a lot of people at once to prevent anyone from calling the police, or prevent the driver from signaling distress somehow, and prevent all passengers from reacting in dangerous ways. If you’re asleep, that’s one person less for a robber to manage, so they may not bother to wake you up.


#31 Be More Specific

If you are in danger or in need of help in a public place, it’s almost always a bad idea to just yell “help.” It’s more important to be specific. Pointing at someone and telling them to call 911 will be more effective. The Bystander Effect can be terrible sometimes. On a related note for adults: if someone tries to get into a vehicle you’re driving, like at a stoplight or a parking lot, punch the gas. Do not drive to wherever this person is telling you to go. Hit whatever is in front or behind you (unless it’s a person, don’t hit a person). A car, a wall, what have you. Accidents draw people and thereby more witnesses.


#32 On Blood Thinners

If you’re taking blood thinners, you should know they increase the risks of bleeding. You should watch out for signs of bleeding like pallor, breathlessness, multiple rashes, bleeding gums, etc. If you accidentally cut yourself, take great care of the cut—you could bleed out if you don’t. At the pharmacy today, a regular patient passed away because she got a cut on her leg while gardening, but didn’t think much about it. Since she was on blood thinners, she bled out during the night.


#33 Seatbelts And Helmets

Wear a helmet, wear a seatbelt. It may not be cool, but you’re more fragile than you lead yourself to believe. I’ve lost three friends because they didn’t wear the appropriate gear or follow simple safety practices. Don’t be a statistic, please. There’s someone out there who would miss you and think, “I just wish they had put a helmet or seatbelt on.


#34 Avoid Electrical Objects

When touching some thing electrical, use the back of your hand. Using your palm on, say, a live wire will cause your hand to grab it and you be unable to let go. Then again, as an electrician, just don’t grab electrical things at all. Let me do it, instead. We have meters and detectors that can sense electricity before anyone ever has to touch it. The price of a service call isn’t worth your life. Electricity will end you and will hurt the whole time that you are being electrocuted.


#35 Downhill To Safety

Bears can climb trees but have trouble running downhill as they gain too much speed. If you’re being chased by a bear, head for a hill rather than up a tree. Or, better yet, know the signs of a bear and have bear spray if you, you know, like wandering around where there are bears. Watch out for black bears, specifically.  They can come in basically every color and shade that human hair can naturally appear. Brown, reddish-brown, black, even blond (though straight-up black is the most common by far). If it’s black, don’t climb. You’d be better off trying to intimidate it.


#36 Practicing Blindfolded

Blindfold yourself and try to find the way out of your own house. You will be surprised how hard it is to find the stairs etc. Practicing this once every three months will allow you to find your way out in case your house is filled with plumes from a fire (which can happen within a minute).


#37 Lock Your Doors

Lock all your doors when you’re in the house. No neighborhood is 100 percent safe. No kidding. I work a night shift and was up at 3 a.m. watching TV. All the lights in the living room were on. This was like, a beacon for people looking to rob houses as they thought the owners left the lights on to go on vacation. I had some guy knock on my front door to see if anyone was home before he busted in. I then heard the handle jiggle.

Needless to say, he was quite surprised when I responded along with three great Danes. It was more than he bargained for and he tried to play it off like he needed a ride into town. I live in a rural area and there isn’t a neighbor within a quarter-mile of me, let alone any sort of business. My wife called the cops but he disappeared before they got there.


#38 Sepsis Scares

When you cut yourself as a kid, your parents always washed and cleaned the wound, then put antiseptic on it before putting a plaster (band-aid) on it. They did it for a very good reason. You should always treat every cut—no matter how superficial—with the same degree of care. No one should never mess around with sepsis. It’s a horrible thing to experience, and an even worse thing to go out on.


#39 Determining Priorities

I’d say the survival rule of three: humans can survive three weeks without food, three days without water, three hours without shelter, and three minutes without oxygen. It helps you get your priorities straight, should it come to it.


#40 Never Relocate

If someone threatens you with violence and orders you to move you to another location, your chance of getting hurt goes up considerably if you agree to relocate. My father was an assistant DA who worked with homicide. He gave me this advice over and over. Years later, someone climbed in my car and threatened me. He told me to drive. And… I said no. I took the keys out and threw them. It wasn’t a conscious decision. My dad had just hammered his advice in so hard that it switched on. The guy got out without saying a word and ran.


#41 Stunt Man Advice

If you have to get out of a moving car, put one foot down and take a step. Don’t just jump out. This will reduce your speed immensely. Sure, you will fall over, but at a much-reduced speed. A stunt man told me this. I had to leave a moving car that was going about 40mph… I was pregnant. I had a medium-sized purse and a pillow. The man driving the car had said he was going to end us both if he couldn’t have me and was going in and out of oncoming traffic. I grabbed my bag and pillow and held the pillow across my stomach while I opened the door. I then stepped out and let myself roll. It was amazing! I ended up with just a handful of bruises and scrapes and I was fine. My daughter is 14 now. We made it.


#42 Predator Kill Zone

If you notice a lack of small creatures or woodlands animals nearby, most fear human interaction but you’ll know they’re there. But if it is noticeably empty, then you’re likely in a predator kill zone. Similarly, if you see a lot of vultures circling, it can mean a lifeless animal or a predator animal cache. So be aware of this when you’re in the outdoors.


#43 Attracted To The Sting

Beekeeper here. For honey bees, it’s a sting that attracts them. If you get stung, they release a pheromone that tells the other bees to sting the same place. Cover the spot with your hand or rub it with something that has a strong smell. Just not something that smells like banana. The chemical that makes the banana smell is the same as bees’ alarm pheromone. If you smell bananas when you’re working your bees, you’ve upset them.


#44 Household Chemistry

Never use bleach and ammonia-based cleaning products at the same time or in the same room. A combination of both their vapors creates chloramine vapor, which can end you if you inhale it. Check your cleaning supplies to see what’s in the, especially toilet and tile cleaners.


#45 Dodging Rhinos

If a rhino is running towards you, wait until the last second, then step out of the way. Rhinos cannot make sudden turns and will give you a couple of seconds of a head start to run in the other direction. Repeat as necessary!



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