When I first studied genetics in undergraduate school I realized that humans would soon gain control over the very mechanism of creating human life. I then watched decade after decade as the goal of literally being able to create like a god drew closer to attainment. Let's face it, human beings can never close the cookie jar once the lid is off; they just consume/expand until they create havoc and destruction. A tribe of aboriginals in Tasmania realized the potential of fire to fundamentally alter their way of life towards materialism so they entrusted only a certain family to handle fire. Good try, but the rest of the world didn't have this level of self-control and opened pandora's box. Nuclear energy was to solve all of our energy problems but this was a thinly veiled excuse for creating more powerful weapons of destruction. In my 10th quarter of post-grad, bored to tears in Neuromuscular Diagnosis I, I decided to read Frank Herbert's amazingly prophetic series of novels - the Dune series. In it he described how riff-raff radicals on the edge of the galaxy would re-create or re-enliven dead people in vats of chemicals that stimulate the DNA. No longer science fiction - we are here now. I don't think the question is whether we can control genetic customization. We cannot. We've never been any good at that. Instead we should be looking forward to the unknown and embrace the unexpected...you never know, it could be amazing. Certainly it will be interesting.
-Kol Martens (Dharma Bodhi)
Journalist: Clyde Haberman (New York Times)
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It is with great sadness in my heart that I announce the passing of our dear brother Nadi Rajendran-ji.
During the Body Journey, we ask members to keep track of their grams of protein to make sure they are getting enough fuel for health maintenance, muscle building and to avoid overall depletion.
The science is in and we can finally lay to rest the controversy raging since the 1970’s that had people avoiding dairy fat at all costs in order to prevent heart disease.
After over 43 years of working with people's health complaints and life challenges, I continually return to one overarching truth - modern human beings are progressively distancing themselves from all of the factors that create health, longevity, and a sense of abiding contentment. And just how are they accomplishing such an astounding feat?
I will briefly describe the most popular types of yoga in the U.S. Many of the others are searchable online.
According to Pāṇini, the term yoga can be derived from either of two roots, yujir yoga (to yoke) or yuj samādhau ("to concentrate"). In the context of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, the root yuj samādhau (to concentrate) is considered by traditional commentators as the correct etymology. In accordance with Pāṇini, Vyasa who wrote the first commentary on the Yoga Sutras, states that yoga means samādhi (concentration).