Jake Carney CEO & co-Founder of The Alternative Daily Jake also hosts a weekly podcast. When not working, he surfs, plays his ukulele and spends his days by the ocean with his wife, daughter and two dogs. You can follow him on twitter @JakeSurfs.
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“When I was four years old, I experienced the most frightening, heart-pounding nightmares. These weren’t your typical nightmares of being chased by a gorilla or bear. These were deep, frightening nightmares that would shake me to my core. I would wake up sweating, out of breath, in absolute fear.
These nightmares, which are still hard to put into words today, were about things like contemplating infinity, trying to count the total number of grains of sand on the beach, infinite blackness and infinite depth. And when I would wake up, the thought of dying was always on my mind. Pretty heavy for a little four-year-old dude.
It was impossible for me to describe these dreams to my parents at the time, with my limited vocabulary and all. It was more of a feeling than actual visions, but one thing I was certain about was that it had something to do with death.
These dreams continued into elementary school and then middle school. It was at this point that I realized I had a massive fear of death and dying. It was always in the back of my mind and plagued me every single day and every single night before I went to sleep.
In eighth grade, I remember being so consumed by this fear that I was able to convince my mother I was sick for a week. I couldn’t bear the thought of being in class with my happy friends, while I was haunted by the idea of imminent death at any moment.
It’s important to note that it wasn’t the idea of dying that would break me, but more so the thought of what happens at the time of death and afterwards. Infinity is very hard for our intellectual brain to contemplate. This contemplation of death and infinity would throw me into panic attacks. Contemplating this at such a young age was pretty heavy.
Fast-forward to high school and nothing changed. The constantly whirring thoughts of death and infinity were always in the back of my brain. While taking tests, studying, eating, hanging out with friends and family, any lapse of “intellectual doing” would allow this fear to surface. I just couldn’t shake it. However, I was able to convince myself that I would be going away to college soon and it would surely pass by then.
I was lucky enough to earn a scholarship to play soccer at Longwood University. I was literally in the prime of my life. All of the perfect distractions were right at my fingertips: dating, drinking, drugs, soccer and very occasionally some schoolwork. The perfect concoction to completely avoid and suppress any feelings or upwelling of the demon lurking in my mind.
But it never went away.
The buzzing thoughts of death were always in the background. I remember a particular moment in a huddle right before a soccer game. I could feel the fear creeping in. I tried my best to put it out of my mind. “I have to play this game.” “Don’t worry I’ll have some drinks after the game and feel better.” “I’ll call this person to hang out, that would be a good distraction.”
But it didn’t work. I had to separate myself from the huddle, and I had a panic attack. These attacks were luckily very short — maybe 5–10 seconds. It is a feeling that I would never wish on any other life-form in this universe. Anyone who has ever had a panic attack can relate to the immersion into that deep, dark place. Your entire world caves in. A million pounds of pressure immediately lands on your chest. You are literally entering into the worst place on earth. In that moment, there is no end. It is literally hell, infinite, unbridled hell. No way out.
Then it passes. But it never goes away. It’s as if the fear smiles at you and says, “I’ll be sitting over here for a bit, but I’ll be back.”
As college wore on, I found myself drinking as much as possible, because I knew if I went to bed completely sober, the fear would rear its ugly head. If I drank, I would fall into a drunken slumber until the morning. However, this temporary suppression didn’t come without consequences. Sure, hangovers suck and you feel bad, but anxiety is also a well-known byproduct. And when you are already a ball of anxiety and fear, this hangover anxiety can throw you into a panic attack in seconds. So the drinking could commence again.
A literal and vicious cycle.
I somehow managed to graduate college in four years. I moved to Florida with my then girlfriend (now wife) where we were going to live by the beach Endless Summer-style. I surfed, free-dove, fished, and literally submerged myself in the ocean culture. I’ve always been drawn to the ocean. In fact, when I was by the water, I never had panic attacks and that fear was always subdued. Even with the early nightmares of counting sand grains on the beach (a contemplation of infinity), it never occurred while standing on those same grains. It was (and still is) my safe place. It’s where I go when things get really rough and heavy. It’s where I go when things are really good. It’s where I go when things are balanced. It’s where I go.
But anywhere else, the anxiety and fear got worse.
When we moved to Florida, we were extremely lucky to be befriended by a beautiful soul named Danielle. She came from a big family, like my wife and I, and we instantly hit it off. Her family, and parents specifically, welcomed us into their hearts and home. They were our parents away from ours. We spent so much time at their house, we never had to knock to go in.
After being close with them for a few years, in a completely freak accident, Danielle’s father was killed by a drunk driver on a Saturday night going to get Chinese food. Her mother, who was a stage-four breast cancer survivor, succumbed to that very disease three months later. My best friend’s world was turned upside down. Two people that I had become very close with, were now completely gone. Three months later, I lost my last remaining grand-parent, my grandmother.
Death was no longer buzzing in the background, it had just punched me right in the damn face.
At this point in my life, I had a work-from-home job and rarely left the house. I despised being in the outside world.
I recall trying to go for a walk, and my sister very sincerely asked me what was wrong. I told her there was no way I could ever explain it.
On one occasion I did make it out of the house and went to the mall with my wife. I began looking around at all the happy people carrying their shopping bags, and I thought, “How can they be this happy? Don’t they know they are going to eventually die? How can you be happy if you know you are going to die?”
I was done. I was completely miserable. I found myself yelling out loud to try and suppress and drown my fear of death and what happens after death. The thought of living like this was its own version of hell. I didn’t want to live anymore. I had plenty of thoughts about killing myself so I could no longer deal with the fear and the constant worry that it would come back. The future was bleak, dark and heavy, and I wanted nothing to do with it.
One evening, my wife and mother forced me to run an errand with them. At this point in my life, I was pale and skinny. The taste of food sucked, and I had zero energy. While waiting for the garage door to open, my mom asked me the question that I had heard a million times: “Are you okay?”
Now my mother, who I love dearly, is a devout Catholic. Growing up, everything was answered by simply saying, “Just go to church.” And so I was hesitant to open up at the point, because I knew what she was going to say, but I looked up, tears in my eyes, and said, “No. No I’m not.”
There was a brief pause. I knew the whole “church” thing was coming.
She then said, “You need to find balance.”
“Yes, you need to find balance in your life. I don’t care if it’s religious or not, you just need to find a balance.”
This was the first time I felt a small opening of energy. I was not being told to go to church, or told that I was weird for feeling that way. It was an invitation to find myself.
The next day, I decided to start looking for myself — on the Internet, of course.
I searched high and low for the meaning of death and what happened afterwards. I read books, and listened to audiobooks. What do doctors say? What do Jews say? What do Hindus say? What do Buddhists say? What do Christians say? What do Muslims say? Hell, what do atheists say? I was open to anything and everything.
And there was one topic that every one of those particular philosophies mentioned: Meditation.
So I tried a few guided meditations, and read about meditation, but nothing really “did” anything. So I was pretty close to giving up.
It’s funny how you find answers in life when you stop searching.
Being an ocean lover, Surfline was a site I would visit daily. It’s a surf forecasting website that tells you when there will be waves coming your way and how big they are. They also have some great editorial pieces. One day, I checked the forecast and came across a featured piece about one of my favorite surfers, Taylor Knox. The article was discussing how he kept in shape during the grueling year-long professional surfing season.
Taylor went through his diet and fitness programs. But he talked about a certain meditation that he did and how he was able to relax and not feel wound up all the time. This meditation he spoke of was Kelee® meditation.
I loved surfing and was a big fan of Taylor Knox, so why not give it a shot, right?
I went online and found The Kelee meditation book Taylor was referring toand began reading it every morning and doing the meditation practice. This specific method is not guided, there is no specific seating or stance, no candles, no incense, no cushions, no breath watching. It is about getting your mind to a still point.
For someone who had spent their life with their brain constantly screaming at them, this was extremely difficult to do. Quieting my mind after decades of the hamster wheel spinning at hyper speed was one of the most difficult things I had ever done. It took discipline. Ten minutes in the morning and in the evening.
After about 3–4 months of doing the practice every day, I sat down one evening, my wife already in bed. I started my meditation practice. Brain chatter at hyper speed. Whirring and buzzing.
Then it started to slow down a bit, which felt good. Feeling good at this point in my life was something that rarely happened, so I sat with that good feeling. No judging, no describing, just feeling good.
The chatter slowed even more. It slowed, and slowed, and slowed.
Until there was nothing.
For the first time in 25 years, there was no worry, no background fear, no thoughts. Nothing but complete stillness — for a few seconds — then brain chatter slowly came back and I was done with my practice.
It was at that moment I realized that the same feeling I had when I was 4, 13, 18 21, 26 years old — the same feeling of infinite depth, infinite space, and what happens after death, all the things that scared me to no end — I had just experienced in that moment of stillness. It was the most peaceful feeling I had ever felt in my entire life.
(As a side note, I took a deep pause after writing that. Still to this day, it’s a deep feeling of peace that will never go away.)
Since that very moment, I have never had another panic attack. My depression is gone. I have completely detached from my fear. Thoughts of killing myself and suicide are gone. This meditation literally saved my life.
A lot of people ask me how and why I started The Alternative Daily. And this is exactly how it began. I wanted to provide thoughts, ideas, outlets and information to empower people to make the best change they can in their world. Change happens only when you initiate it for yourself.
Just when you think you can’t go on, you find your strength from within.
I encourage you to share this with friends and loved ones who you may feel could benefit from my experience and words.
If you are interested in learning more about Kelee meditation, you can find out more here.”
There have been some very interesting studies done on the relationship between coconut oil (or any type of coconut fat, including coconut milk and coconut cream) and how it can affect your body fat. The findings may surprise you.
A 2009 study published in the Journal Lipids consisted of testing the effects of either 2 tablespoons of coconut oil or 2 tablespoons of soybean on a group of 40 women over the span of 28 days. Results showed that the group that ate the coconut oil had a decrease in abdominal fat, while the soybean oil group actually showed a slight increase in belly fat. Additionally, the group that ate the coconut oil showed increased HDL ‘good’ cholesterol levels, while the soybean oil group had decreased HDL cholesterol and increased LDL ‘ bad’ cholesterol.
The Journal of Nutrition published a study where researchers investigated all studies relative to medium chain fatty acids (MCFAs) that are abundant in coconut fat and weight management. The studies showed that diets rich in fats such as those found in coconut oil prompted a boost in metabolism, increase in energy, decrease in food consumption, reduced body weight and lower body fat mass. The study authors highly recommend using oils that contain MCFAs, such as coconut oil, as a tool to drop extra abdominal fat, manage a healthy weight, and even as a way to treat obesity.
Yet another study that assessed body weight and fat storage relative to three different types of diets including a low-fat diet, high-fat diet with long chain fatty acids (LCFAs) and a high fat diet with MCFAs. In order to bring about weight gain, caloric intakes were adjusted for the diets. At the end of the research period (which lasted 44 days), the low-fat diet group stored an average of 0.47 grams of fat per day, the LCFA group stored 0.48 grams of fat per day, and the MCFA group only stored a mere 0.19 grams per day (despite purposely increasing calories). Those in the MCFA group (coconut fat) had a 60 percent reduction in body fat stored compared to the other diets.
Another added bonus of consuming organic coconut oil (and coconut cream or milk) is that it tends to make us feel fuller for longer. Studies indicate that MCFAs help increase feelings of fullness and lead to a reduction in calorie intake when compared to the same amount of calories from other fats. When MCFAs are metabolized, ketone bodies are created in the liver – these have been shown to have a strong appetite reducing effect helping you to lose fat faster.
If you thought from reading about how using coconut oil daily for helping to reduce abdominal fat is pretty incredible, you’re going to be blown away by the powerful health benefits of coconut oil on the page: 9 Reasons To Use Coconut Oil Daily, including benefits to thyroid, brain, skin, oral health, heart health, detoxing, cancer, and more.
Study: Apple Cider Vinegar Slashes Blood Sugar (The Secret Is In The Mother)
Yes, believe it or not, the same stuff your grandmother used to make you drink when you had a cold, or what your great Aunt used to kill weeds in the garden, is powerful enough to regulate blood sugar - better than many conventional therapies.
But, don’t trust us ... trust what science has to say about one of Mother Nature’s most healing foods.
Apple cider vinegar is one of the most potent ‘all-purpose’ tonics around. Among its huge array of health benefits, multiple studies have found that it may help lower blood sugar levels.
The traditional uses of apple cider vinegar are vast.
To name just a few, it has been used:
to ease digestion;
to aid in flu prevention;
to reduce inflammation;
to regulate pH balance;
to alleviate allergy symptoms;
to ease nausea and heartburn;
as a staple in detox regimens;
for a number of skin conditions, including reducing acne and smoothing wrinkles.
One study (http://care.diabetesjournals.org/content/30/11/2814.full), conducted at Arizona State University by Doctors Carol S. Johnston and Andrea M. White, PhD, surveyed 11 people afflicted with type 2 diabetes. The researchers found that taking two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar right before bed lowered the blood sugar levels of these individuals by 4 to 6 percent by morning.
Another study (http://care.diabetesjournals.org/content/27/1/281.full) led by Dr. Johnston gave subjects, some with insulin resistance and some without, 20 grams of apple cider vinegar and 40 grams of water. Results showed that the after-meal blood sugar levels of the subjects with insulin resistance lowered by 34 percent when they drank the apple cider vinegar.
Dr. Johnston says, “scientific studies over the past 10 years show benefits from vinegar consumption. It’s inexpensive and can be easily incorporated into the diet. Used in combination with diet and exercise, it can help many people with type 2 diabetes”.
Yet another study (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10702577), performed at Tokyo University in Tokyo, Japan, discovered that the acetic acid found in vinegars inhibits the activity of carbohydrate-digesting enzymes, including sucrase, mastase, lactase and amalase. This inhibition results in select sugars and starches passing through the digestive system without being digested, having less impact on blood sugar levels.
Don’t miss out on the other awesome benefits of apple cider vinegar as follows.
Sunburn Ouch… love the sun but hate the burn? Soak a clean cloth in apple cider vinegar and apply to skin – it will instantly soothe your skin and help the burn to heal faster.
Sore Throat No one like a sore throat – ease the pain naturally. Add about a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to a glass of warm water, and use it to gargle. Then (for adults), swallow one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar.
Heartburn Stop the burning pain in your chest before it begins. Add two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to a glass of water (about six ounces), and drink before meals to ease heartburn.
Mouthwash Commercial mouthwash contain ingredients that only mask the bacteria that cause bad breath, not kill them. Combine about a teaspoonful of apple cider vinegar with ¼ cup of water, and use as a mouthwash after you brush. This will destroy harmful (and odor-causing) bacteria in your mouth and help break down plaque.
Deodorant Sick of conventional deodorants that are full of chemicals? Splash a bit of apple cider vinegar into your palms, and rub under your arms. This will help to kill bacteria, and keep body odors at bay. Mother’s secret is out of the bag!
When choosing an apple cider vinegar, make sure to select one that is organic and unpasteurized, as the pasteurization process can destroy many of the health benefits. Organic, unpasteurized apple cider vinegar may have a cobweb-looking solid floating inside; this is known as mother of vinegar, and is a natural cellulose produced by the vinegar bacteria.
The cloudy and somewhat cobweb-like structure that you may see in raw ACV is endearingly referred to as the mother, because of its life-giving properties. As the vinegar ages, the mother becomes more pronounced, and if you hold the vinegar bottle to the light you can almost always see the makings of the mother - usually suspended close to the bottom of the jar. In the mother are valuable nutrients and beneficial bacteria that make unprocessed ACV so special.
Raw ACV should also have a strong aroma and make you pucker when you taste it. These signs, along with the visible appearance of the mother, are good indications that your ACV is of high quality.
Some of the beneficial ingredients in raw, organic ACV include the following.
Potassium: promotes cell tissue and organism growth, and helps prevent brittle teeth and hair loss.
Iron: important for blood health.
Magnesium: vital to heart health.
Enzymes: boosts chemical reactions in the body.
Malic acid: protects vinegar from viruses, bacteria and fungus.
Acetic acid: slows the digestion of starch.
Calcium: builds strong bones and teeth.
Pectin: helps regulate blood pressure and cholesterol.
Ash: maintains a healthy alkaline state in the body.
Now, we bet you are curious to learn more aren’t you? If you are impressed so far with what apple cider vinegar can do for you ... we have more to share.
5 Reasons To EAT Honey Every Day (#4 Is Cancer-fighting)
Consumed in moderation, sugar is a helpful source of energy, that is, provided you get it from the right sources.
We humans evolved to get our sugar by eating whole foods like fruits, vegetables, and yes, even honey. Your body knows how to extract the maximum benefit from these whole foods.
Honey, in particular, has three critical healing effects.
First, honey supports your immune system and fights off harmful bacteria.
Second, it supplies the “building blocks” for healthy cells.
Lastly, Honey burns differently in your body than Sugar! That’s because all the extra enzymes and nutrients in honey not only help the body rebuild itself - they also regulate how the body uses the sugar.
Lemon Water: Discover One Of The Most Concentrated Sources Of Vitamin C On The Planet
Scientists say eating just one lemon gives you nearly all the vitamin C you need in a day. It’s what allowed the lemon to single-handedly wipe out the greatest killer of European sailors in the eighteenth century ... scurvy.
Of course, today you don’t need to be concerned about scurvy. Yet, the vitamin C packed inside one small lemon is such a potent source of antioxidants, research shows it can help you balance your cholesterol and triglycerides, suffer fewer colds, heal faster, reduce your risk of getting cataracts, experience less muscle and joint aches, and be better protected against many types of cancer.
By simply squeezing the juice from just one-half of this small fruit into a glass of warm water first thing in the morning, you can get the most complete dose of quick energy, immune-boosting, antioxidant protection anywhere on the planet.
Which explains why this healing tonic is fast becoming the “sports drink” of choice among top tier athletes, fitness experts, and health enthusiasts worldwide.
Inflammation Erased by Susan Patterson, B.A., CBHC, CMTA, Content Director @The Alternative Daily
Study: Could This Be The Secret Cause Of Cancer?
In March, 2012, retired heart surgeon Dr. Dwight Lundell made a startling public confession ... he no longer believed high cholesterol caused heart disease.
See, for years, Dr. Lundell “bought” the medical industry’s cholesterol theory on heart disease. Hoping to reduce its toll on human lives, he recommended patients lower their blood cholesterol by cutting saturated fat from their diet, and using prescription statins. However, Americans continued to suffer more heart disease ... not less. All this time, he was sure his advice would help patients feel better and live longer, but it seems it only made things worse. Soon, it became increasingly clear ... heart disease was not the result of elevated blood cholesterol.
So, Dr. Lundell began to dig, and he quickly uncovered some shocking “underground” research on heart disease ... something scientists had been investigating for years. Stunned, he couldn’t believe the overwhelming number of studies, data, and reviews the medical establishment had previously glossed over and concealed from sight. Now, there it was, plain as day, a “new” underlying cause of heart disease that heart health experts like himself hadn’t even considered before.
How This 4,000 Year-Old Golden Miracle Naturally Fights Pain & Inflammation
“Turmeric has more than 100 healing compounds that treat no less than 619 different health concerns. The amazing health properties of turmeric and its healing compound curcumin are so extensive that currently there have been 9,487 peer-reviewed articles published in the U.S. National Library of Medicine at the National Institutes of Health since 1949, making turmeric one of the most frequently mentioned medicinal herbs in all of science, and one of the most effective nutritional supplements of our time.
That’s why you’ll want to grab a copy of The Turmeric Testament, because we’ll show you proven ways to solve minor health concerns - like sore throats, acne and bloating - as well as more serious conditions - like lowering bad cholesterol, detoxing heavy metals and fighting dangerous free radicals.
Think about it ... we created The Turmeric Testament with one thought in mind: restoring true health shouldn’t have to take a lot of work, a lot of time, a lot of money, or, a lot of unnecessary and dangerous prescription medications.