Hello from Jane and Lino!
Here we are in beautiful Hope Town, Bahamas years ago at the home of Patty and Michael Myers. We love these cherished beach memories! A Speedo, Lino? Really?

Enjoy our August newsletter and discover truly effective ways to “Chill Out” mentally and physically to find more inner peace and joy, especially to benefit our heart. One way is Laughter Therapy. Laughter is the language of the heart, the organ to focus on healing this season. This summer breaks all records for hot weather, wild fires, assault, and gun violence…which are predictable, because heat, destruction, and anger are related. That is why we call an angry mood a “Hot Temper” and sharp arguments “Heated Discussions.” Now with news of more international tensions, our own stress can get "fired up."

How can we stay more sane and healthy? We share foods and lifestyle methods proven to help provide a more relaxed mind, refreshed home, and healthy heart and small intestines. Review life-saving signs of Heart Attacks and Stroke. Discover the pros and cons of Air Conditioning. Dance to the amazing, award-winning song and video, “Smooth,” to inspire sensuous summer moves and "feel good" endorphins. Cook up our mouthwatering chickpea recipes to spice up your late summer meals with satisfying heart-healthy protein. Enter book give aways!

May people throughout the world find greater peace, wellness, and joy of life. May you and your loved ones enjoy the remainder of the summer. 
Stay safe, positive, happy, healthy…and COOL! 

 
 
OUR SUMMER ISSUE PRESENTS
 
 Warning Signs of Heart Attacks and Stroke 
 Laughter: The Best Medicine! 
 Hot Music to Celebrate Life 
 Air Conditioning: Pros and Cons 
 Scrumptious Chickpea Recipes
 Why Wait to be Happy? Book Give-Away 
 
 
 
HEALING OUR HEARTS

A definitive meta-analysis study of 1.4 million people over 30 years confirms what we have been teaching. Eating red and processed meat raises the risk for coronary heart disease. A plant-based diet was recommended in their conclusion. 
          Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition*. 

Eating a plant-based, organic, whole foods diet and leading an active lifestyle with exercise, fresh air, and purpose is the best way to prevent heart disease, the leading cause of death worldwide. We recommend getting check ups with macrobiotic counselors, health professionals, and medical professionals on a regular basis. Study our macrobiotic and holistic signs of early-stage heart disease. These are followed by conventional warning signs for Heart Attack and Stroke. Share these with loved ones. They might save a life!

1. Reddish color to the face, not related to sunburn or blushing, may show congestion of coronary arteries and possible contraction of the heart muscle. Deeper purple or pale facial color indicate overworking of the heart and low blood pressure.  

2. A swollen nose correlates with consumption of excess sugar, alcohol, or drugs and may signal weakened and overtaxed circulatory system.

3. Hardening on the tip of the nose is related to accumulation of fat around the heart due to over-consumption of animal fats, hydrogenated fats, and build up of cholesterol in the arteries. 


4. A cleft or indention down the center tip of the nose can show heart murmur or irregular heart beat (arrhythmia) in which the chambers of the heart do not function in tandem. When Jane began macrobiotics in 1981, she had a cleft in her nose that has now disappeared. 

5. The heart meridian or energy pathway, as in acupuncture, runs through the arms to the small fingers and center of the palm. Often in heart attacks, there is severe pain down one arm (usually the left) or both arms into the center palm and small finger. Lino once revived a man who was experiencing a heart attack on a NY subway by biting the man's small finger as he learned. We understand that this technique is now taught in certain CPR training. 

6. Heart distress most often occurs in the hours between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm and in the summer months. The intensity of the midday heat can dangerously over-stimulate and contract the heart muscle, leading to a heart attack if there is internal congestion. Those with suspected or diagnosed heart disease should go into the shade or house, drink a beverage, take it easy during these hours, and avoid strenuous activity that overheats the body. 

7. Symptoms of indigestion can also signal heart distress. 

Eating an organic diet rich in whole grains, legumes/beans, dark greens, abundant colorful vegetables, salads (pressed and raw,) sea vegetables, fermented foods/pickles, fresh fruits, and daily miso soup, protects against heart disease. Chew well! Our US Department of Agriculture RDA recommends a diet quite similar to the one we recommend above, including reducing consumption of meat and other animal foods. 
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Studies have shown that people who never eat miso soup had a 43% higher incidence of coronary heart disease than those who ate miso soup daily. 
          Nutrition and Cancer, 3:223-33,1981  


Books for HEALTHY HEART EDUCATION:

  DIET FOR A STRONG HEART, Michio Kushi and Alex Jack:        St. Martins Press

  MACROBIOTIC PATH TO TOTAL HEALTH, Michio Kushi and Alex Jack, Ballantine Books 

 PREVENT AND REVERSE HEART DISEASE: The Revolutionary, Scientifically Proven, Nutrition Based Cure, Caldwell B. Esselstyn Jr., M.D. 

 REVERSING HEART DISEASE, Dean Ornish, M.D. 

  STUDY: Red Meat and Processed Meat: Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition https://www.stroke.org/en/about-stroke/stroke-symptoms 

 
We recommend that you learn and share the following conventional and medically recommended lists of symptoms of Heart Attack and Stroke from the AHA. Discuss any health concerns with your wellness and medical professional. Stay informed! If you have severe or multiple symptoms, call Emergency Services immediately. 

 
HEART ATTACK SYMPTOMS

CHEST DISCOMFORT 
Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or that goes away and comes back. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain. 

DISCOMFORT IN OTHER AREAS OF THE UPPER BODY 
Symptoms can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach. 

SHORTNESS OF BREATH 
with or without chest discomfort. 

OTHER SIGNS 
may include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness. 

American Heart Association additional information: 
https://www.heart.org/en/health-topics/heart-attack/warning-signs-of-a-heart-attack 

 
STROKE SYMPTOMS (F.A.S.T.)
Spot a Stroke F.A.S.T

FACE DROOPING 
Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? Ask the person to smile. 

ARM WEAKNESS 
Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward? 

SPEECH DIFFICULTY 
Is speech slurred, are they unable to speak, or are they hard to understand? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence, like "the sky is blue." Is the sentence repeated correctly? 

TIME TO CALL 911 
If the person shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 911 and get them to the hospital immediately. 

American Heart Association additional Information: 
https://www.stroke.org/en/about-stroke/stroke-symptoms 

LAUGHTER THERAPY FOR
HEALTH AND HAPPINESS

 

There is no way to happiness. Happiness is the way.  –Buddha 

Laugh, even if there is nothing funny! –Lino Stanchich 

Time spent laughing is time spent with the Gods.
Japanese Proverb 

Today’s turmoil and the yesterday’s traumas can bring heart-wrenching stress and sorrow. Grief is a natural part of life, yet chronic depression is quite different. How can we survive and sustain our inner peace and joy of life when the stress of the world closes in on us? One of the best and most fun ways to relieve this pressure is to simply laugh, even for a few minutes a day. In horrific times, human spirits have been lifted by laughter. Happiness is the emotion of the heart and the heart speaks in laughter. 

Laughter truly is the best medicine! It is proven scientifically! Doctors use laughter to help their patients. Even a chuckle lowers blood pressure, increases endorphins (feel-good brain hormones,) and boosts immunity. Practice our Laughter Break to release negative pressure from the heart and mind. Laugh, even when there is nothing funny. Make it funny!  Learn how and why to bring more laughter into your life.  

 Laughter is proven to:  

 Decrease Pain                    • Lower Blood Pressure 

Reduce Stress                    • Strengthen Immunity 

Improve Circulation           • Dispel Depression 

Decrease Anger                  • Increase Joy 

Read more …

Read exciting scientific evidence, methods, and ideas for Laughter Therapy from our book, LAUGHTER FOR HEALTH AND HAPPINESS, by JANE AND LINO STANCHICH, www.greatlifeglobal.com/shop 

You May Win our Free ebook, LAUGHTER FOR HEALTH AND HAPPINESS! Send us your entry about what makes you happiest with Subject Line: “HAPPY HEART" at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

 
LAUGH FOR THE HEALTH OF IT 
This video is on VIMEO - you do not need an account to watch this sample of our Laugh for the Health Of It.  
 

 
"SMOOTH"
A SONG FOR THIS BLAZING HOT SUMMER

This award-winning song “Smooth,” by Rob Thomas, with the incomparable Carlos Santana, was named the “second most successful song of all time!” Watch the sizzling block party in Spanish Harlem, with sensuous dancing, amazing conga drums, and the magical guitar of the master, Santana. We invite you to listen and let your body go with it. 

Rob Thomas wrote “Smooth” about his wife, Marquita. We dedicate this song to our dear friend, Marquita Wepman, a gracious, beautiful, and dedicated macrobiotic teacher for over thirty years. What amazing times we had with the Wepmans: Cooking classes, (she added the word “class” to any class!) camping and beach trips, dancing, the cruise, elegant dinner parties, and the scrumptious macro potlucks we shared through years! So this song is for you Marquita. 


“Smooth” is one of the best songs to dance to, especially when the heat is…" like seven inches from the midday sun!"  A great live version follows. Enjoy! 

LISTEN AND WATCH HERE 

 

AIR CONDITIONING
PROS AND CONS

In this modern world, air conditioning is such a relief! It helps us survive the heat, it refreshes the air, reduces mold, and helps us think and relax. Living without air conditioning is almost unthinkable, though most of the world does. In environments with air pollution, fires, and urban smog, air conditioning helps to filter the air. However there is a price to pay. AC is expensive, for one. Also, living in climate controlled homes separates us from fresh air and our natural environment. While this artificial air dehumidifies our home, it also dries our skin, hair, and eyes. Even our elimination and moods are affected. Discover our effective steps for staying cooler and healthier so you might reduce the air conditioning in your home, auto, and workplace. Read more in our August Healthy Heart Articles (scroll to this AC article.)  

 
HOORAY FOR CHICKPEAS!
Organic Heart-Healthy Chickpea
Recipes for Summer 
 PRESSURE COOKED CHICKPEAS   

 GRAIN-BEAN BOWL with MISO SAUCE   

 QUICK HOMEMADE HUMMUS 

Delicious, creamy chickpeas, also called, Garbanzos (Spanish) and Chi Chi (Italy,) are versatile and satisfying. Chickpeas are one of the earliest cultivated legumes. 9500-year-old remains have been found in Neo-lithic pottery in the Middle East, Turkey, Greece, and India. In southern France, Mesolithic caves at L’Abeurador have yielded chickpeas, carbon-dated to 6790±90 BC. Ancient people credited chickpeas with medical uses such as increasing semen and breast milk production, inducing urination, and helping to treat kidney stones.

In Macrobiotic theory, chickpeas are considered especially beneficial for the heart. Their shape even resembles the human heart, thus illustrating the concept of “signatures,” which relates foods to corresponding body parts. While home cooked beans taste better than canned, we suggest you keep organic canned beans with sea salt in your pantry - ready when you need them. 

Prepared into ever-popular hummus, this chickpea spread is found in virtually every grocery store in America. Top celebrity hosts report serving hummus at their elegant dinner parties. Jane’s first experience eating hummus forty years ago gave her such  immediate relief from her osteo-arthritis that she was led to using the macrobiotic diet with legumes to successfully reverse this painful condition. All legumes are considered beneficial for the kidneys, which influence bone and joint health.

Add chickpeas to appetizers, soups, salads, grains, pasta, and of course, bean dishes. We have used chickpea flour is an addition to pancakes and flatbreads. Be sure to always add kombu and sea salt to your homemade beans to reduce gas. Enjoy our very delicious and digestible chickpea recipes including: 

  BASIC PRESSURE-COOKED CHICKPEAS 

  BOILED CHICKPEAS  

  GRAIN-BEAN BOWL with MISO SAUCE

  QUICK HOMEMADE HUMMUS 
 

LINK TO OUR DELICIOUS CHICKPEA RECIPES  

 


 

WHY WAIT TO BE HAPPY?

Rebecca Gurland’s wonderful book asks us this hugely important question. Why wait? Are we blocked or stuck in our life? What are some practical ways to move forward with health and joy? This prolific author leads us closer to revealing and realizing greater fulfillment of our human potential, emotionally, physically, and mentally. Read her book and discover solutions to some of these vital issues:
1.  Wanting to be Happy
2.  It’s not Easy - the Difficulties
3.  New Empowering Methods
4.  What is Keeping Me Stuck?
5.  Emotional and Mental Blocks 
6.  Eating for Happiness
7.  Energetic Steps to Increase Vitality
8.  Your Core Issues and Questioning
9.  Developing Determination and Discipline
10. Practicing Movement and Rest

BOOK GIVE-AWAY ENTRY and DRAWING:
Simply send us an email in a few words about your thoughts on discovering happiness. You will be entered in the drawing for Rebecca's book. 
Email to us - SUBJECT LINE: "Why Wait to be Happy?" by
September 15, 2021 to   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 
UPCOMING GREAT LIFE GLOBAL
NEWSLETTER TOPICS:

 Marvelous Miso!
 Overcoming Sugar Cravings
The Truth about Chocolate
 Natural Diabetes Solutions
 Health of Our Pancreas and Spleen
 Foods-Recipes to Stabilize Blood Sugar
 Indian Summer Harvest Recipes
 Autumn Joys and Musical Inspiration

SPECIAL THANKS
As always, we want to thank Leslie Simon for her fine editing and advice and to Debi Athos for her expert skills with computer and graphics. 

 
 
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Jane and Lino Stanchich, Licensed Nutritionists and Certified Macrobiotic Counselors and Educators, are available for professional personalized counseling for individuals, couples, and families...even pets. We provide expert online dietary educational guidance for disease prevention and weight loss, as well as expert exercise recommendations. A four-page Detailed Dietary and Exercise Guideline, our unique Macrobiotic Beginners Manual, books, sea salt, and personalized phone/internet follow-up support are invaluable keystones of our highly effective individualized counseling programs.
Contact us at 828-299-8657 and www.greatlifeglobal.com 
 
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