Good seeds are anything that helps you grow and flower. Something I didn't know during the gardening adventure I told you about in the last article but that I know now is that the pros will put plants together that benefit one another. For example, one plant might keep pests away from another plant, or one might help make the soil better for another plant. When these seeds work in tandem, the whole garden is better for it. Good seeds are kind of like that for you, and in lots of ways they're the exact opposite of bad seeds. If that number is too big to mean anything to you, here's another way of looking at it: those minutes add up to 99,103 years. As the Hollywood Reporter's Rick Porter puts it, this is an amount of time that would stretch back to the Pleistocene epoch, around when, scientists hypothesize, pre-modern Homo sapiens began to use language. And that's just for a single show! If our brains' chemical reward system prompts us to stay glued to our screens, streaming services' autoplay feature makes it even easier, serving up the next episode of a show while the credits are still rolling on the episode we just watched. With 150 million Netflix subscribers, 100 million Amazon Prime subscribers, 28 million Hulu subscribers, and over a hundred other streaming services to choose from, it's no surprise that the US Bureau of Labor Statistics found that we spend more time streaming shows than exercising, reading, and socializing with friends combined--and nearly twice as much time watching TV as we do bonding with family. All that streaming takes a toll, not just on our social lives but also on our health. When asked about his biggest competitor, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings replied, We actually compete with sleep. And we're winning! In addition to cutting into our sleep time (and making it harder to fall asleep when we finally turn in), experts warn that extended periods of sitting can lead to a higher risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and obesity. Heavy TV consumption can also impact our mood and worldview: a 2015 Boston University study found that the more hours viewers spend watching shows that portray violence, the more likely they are to see the world as a mean and scary place. Many commercial carpets are produced with synthetic fibers, including vinyl, that have been made with PVC backings and treated with dyes, stain repellents, flame retardants, anti-microbial chemicals, and glues that emit VOCs. William McDonough--architect, author, designer, innovator and friend--has recently released a new line of eco-friendly carpets in partnership with Shaw, using Cradle to Cradle design--an approach to design co-developed by McDonough, which is mindful of recycla-bility, renewable energy use, water efficiency and quality, and social responsibility. I had a chance to see one of his carpets laid out on an office floor and it was beautiful. Be on the lookout for more Cradle to Cradle Innovations designs in the future.

Whether you choose bare floors or carpeting, once again one of the most eco-friendly and sustainable choices available today is bamboo. It's natural, fast growing, free of VOCs, safe, and durable. My bed is a place of well-being. The bed is where we lay our heads to rest after a long day, exchange intimate moments with our partner, sleep to rejuvenate ourselves for our tomorrows, and spend almost a third of our life! We bring a lot to bed with us--the best and the worst of our day, our joys and our fears and our worries. Much of that we can't control, but what we can control is the environmental toxins we let in while in our restorative state. This intervention has a strong effect and must be carried out with sensitivity to the listener, because a change in the usual posture can sometimes be irritating for some people. The position of the hands for aligning the listener's upper body is the same as for moving her around in the room. If the shoulders change their alignment after the head has been aligned--which is not unusual--then do not correct the shoulders, as the overall body geometry is always determined by the head geometry. Gently align the head. Alignment of the head from a lateral perspective. Correction of the person's posture and body geometry, especially the orientation of the head, is especially important if the position of the water noise is not found unambiguously from the front and/or if the head position is lopsided, as often happens with weak hearing. People usually position their head so that the stronger ear faces forward. However, in this position the head is not clearly aligned to the sound source, making it hard to correct the difficulty in finding location of the sound source. If it is not possible to touch the listener (because she doesn't want to be touched or you don't want to touch her), the correction can be done verbally. For example, the partner might say, Please turn your head slightly to the right if the listener's head geometry is off (just remember that your right is the person's left, and vice versa). Available evidence by no means rules out benefits of multivitamins, to say nothing of more targeted nutrient supplementation. We are well advised to recall that absence of evidence does not equate to evidence of absence. In other words, nutrient supplements may offer benefits the sellers of patented pharmaceuticals prefer never see the light of day. Periodic headlines telling us to skip supplements or stop wasting our money on them are, in my opinion, based on conclusions the authors must have reached before ever the new research came along, not on any of the actual data.

There is some evidence of potential benefit from multivitamins; There is a potential basis in Paleoanthropology for the use of multi-nutrient supplements, and perhaps particularly whole food concentrates that provide all of the nutrients native to diverse plant foods. Because our Stone Age ancestors were thought to have been very physically active, their caloric throughput (ie, total calories in and out daily) was likely much higher than ours, in the vicinity of 4000 calories daily. The net result was an intake of many nutrients at levels well above both the average, and the recommended levels today. Whether this means we would all benefit from the higher nutrient levels to which we are adapted (see: Truth about Adaptation ); While we need research yet to be done to answer such questions decisively, I have some early hints. If a bad seed is someone who reminds you of a time you had trouble with or failed at something, a good seed is someone who reminds you that you've overcome troubles in the past. If a bad seed is a family member who keeps putting you down or limiting your potential, a good seed is a family member who supports your dreams and encourages you to make the most of yourself. If a bad seed is a seriously dysfunctional relationship between your parents, a good seed is seeing your parents be affectionate with one another and be on the same team. For Rehabber Jeannine, a good seed was sown in her life at a time when she desperately needed it. For ten years, she dated a man she describes as toxic. Jeannine's son hated the man, but Jeannine refused to leave him, because she'd convinced herself that she couldn't do any better. Even when this man and her son got into a knock-down, drag-out fight, Jeannine still wouldn't dump the guy. Her parents, from whom she rented her home, demanded that she kick the guy out, and when Jeannine refused, they evicted her. I lost everything, she told me. My home, my job, my son. I love Narcos as much as the next person, but it's good to take a break every once in a while--for our mental and physical health, for our relationships, and in order to remind ourselves of all the other things we could be doing with our time. The great thing about streaming services is that, unlike live TV, you probably won't miss anything by taking some time off. Your shows will still be waiting for you when you sign back on. Commit to a duration for your no-streaming break.

You'll be more likely to succeed if you set a clear goal for yourself. Can you manage a full week streaming-free? What about a month? Mark your chosen end-date on a calendar, and let others know about your intentions to help hold yourself accountable. Even better, ask a friend, partner, or family member to go streaming-free with you, so that you can motivate each other to stick to your goal. Sign out of your services. The average quality mattress lasts seven to ten years, yet most of us have not replaced ours in two decades or more. Beds can become a breeding ground for bacteria, causing mold and dust mites to grow, triggering allergies and asthma. Let's not forget to mention what an old, saggy mattress can do to the the health of our backs. Further, conventional mattresses are often made of petroleum-based petrochemicals, plastics, flame-retardant chemicals, and synthetic latexes like styrene, a known human carcinogen. In combination they may release VOCs, which are linked to a host of problems from the obvious respiratory illnesses to cancer. I know that not everyone can afford to go out and buy a new mattress as a result of reading this article; As the world of environmental goods has grown through the years, it now should be possible to find a green mattress within your budget. Like all things in this article, I recommend that you look for a certified organic mattress, but it might not be as easy as you think to find one without toxins. Years ago, mattress manufacturers started putting fire retardant in their materials to alleviate the risk of mattresses going up in flames from smoking in bed. Although the health dangers of these retardants have been demonstrated, mattress manufacturers have been slow to take them out. Or, for instance, to adjust the height of the shoulders you might say, Please relax the right shoulder and lift the left shoulder a bit. Try not to make more than 2 or 3 corrections in a training session of 20 minutes, because too many corrections made in succession can make the listener feel insecure. For developing balanced body geometry during the times between training sessions, the mirror exercise described in article 2 is recommended. If the listener can clearly identify the direction of the running water upon first try, then a milestone has been reached.

The next training step will be to have the listener clearly identify, from different positions, the location of the running water as coming from the front at least twice in a row. To do the training, follow the procedure from phase 1, part 3 to move the listener into different positions on the front-back axis and test them from these alternate positions. If this fails or takes too long (the total time of the training session should be no more than 20 minutes), then you should stop the exercise and try again after 1 to 3 days have passed. Go to the faucet and turn it off slowly. Then go to the listener and put a chair behind her, so that the front edge of the chair lightly touches the back of her legs. Tell her that the chair is directly behind her and help her sit down by gently but securely grasping her upper arms as you guide her. I published the third edition of my nutrition textarticle, Nutrition in Clinical Practice , in late 2014. This is illustrated vividly by folate, for which the revised RDA of approximately 400 mcg daily is exactly in the middle of the paleoanthropologists' best guesses of our Stone Age intake (380-420 mcg daily). The evidence of benefit from targeted and judicious supplementation is clear. Folate is an example, where the nutrient can come from supplements or fortified foods. The same is true of vitamin D. There is evidence of benefit with omega-3 fatty acid supplementation, with use of probiotics, and with many other nutrients in specific context, from coenzyme Q10 for heart failure, to select antioxidants to protect against progression of macular degeneration. Quite simply, the only summary judgment about nutrient supplements that makes sense based on the science is that summary judgment does not make sense. Supplementation and fortification should be goal-oriented, filling gaps left by diet and/or addressing a particular therapeutic objective or intended effect. Personalizing supplement regimens based on diet, lifestyle, and health status is preferable with rare exception. When there is a population-wide need for a nutrient identified, food supply fortification may prove most effective, as it has with folate and vitamin D. I was homeless. I had nothing. I ended up in a tent. She made some new friends who let her stay with them at a local motel, but when she discovered that they were using heroin, she realized she had to get out of there--but that meant being homeless once again.