Becoming Super-Human Through Toxin Elimination And Nutrition

Author: Hakeem  

The great Brasilian Jiu-Jitsu GrandMaster Helio Gracie, who passed this year at a very strong, active and alert age of 95, has often been heard saying that disease enters through the mouth. These are tremendous words of wisdom and may be expanded upon to illustrate that diseases must enter somehow. My experience shows that as a first action to be healthy and vibrant is not to add more to our systems to achieve health, but simply to eliminate the poisons entering from the outside, through food and the environment. The next step if necessary, is to then rebuild using natural supplementation, not synthetic pharmaceuticals. This is because the imperfect science behind creating these synthetic technologies and products are the very reasons for our toxic overload in the first place.

We must create a new and cleaner supply of agricultural, industrial and environmental products by demanding better quality. The way we do this is by recognizing through personal experimentation, the differences in quality of certain food, household products and the like. By choosing to purchase the better for us products and ingredients, we send a message for the supply of these to increase.

When we take a simple step such as this we come closer to cleaning up our environment and thereby improving the quality of our life experience and allowing our bodies and minds to evolve to the maximum and optimum functioning possible.

There is a popular D.C. Comic Book character named SuperMan. Whenever he is exposed to a fragment of his home planet Krypton, which is called Kryptonite, he becomes weak, mortal, falls ill, and if he does not get away from it, he will die.

A few year ago, I watched a supplementary video to the books 8 Weeks to Optimal Health and Spontaneous Healing by Dr. Andrew Weil. In the video, Dr. Weil relates a story that was told to him by another physician. It was about a river that was full of life until a paper making factory was situated and operating on the riverbank and began polluting it with the chemicals from the factory.

Eventually most, if not all of the life in the river died off. Then, later on, the paper plant closed shop, or for whatever reasons moved on, leaving the dead river behind. However, since the river was no longer being poisoned, it eventually revitalized itself.

Dr. Weil compared the human body and its health to the river, and I agree. I am also taking it a step further and comparing the toxins on our planet to Kryptonite, and we humans to SuperMan.

In the case of the river and of SuperMan, it is obvious that there is a toxic situation, but most people are totally unaware of the way they are being slowly poisoned by the foods and products they trust and use every day. There is a whole lot of debate over whether or not the so-called organic foods, and certain nutritional supplements have any benefits beyond conventionally produced foods or not using supplementation.

I have created simple elimination diet experiments called Food Awareness Subjective Testing (F.A.S.T), published previously here, and used them myself to determine the truth of these situations for myself. Basically, I discovered that organic foods are less toxic than conventionally produced foods, and that using nutritional supplements such as herbs, vitamins and minerals, do have therapeutic and healing qualities. I feel and function like a Super-Human!

Unfortunately, most people are living in a state of diminished health and consider it to be normal, because most others around them generally experience the same quality of health.

When SuperMan was on his home planet Krypton, he and the other inhabitants were all mortal, as we are on Earth, because of the environment of Krypton and its red sun. With us humans, it is our man-made toxic environment that keeps us from being Super-Human.

In one of my favorite cartoons growing up called the ThunderCats, there were a group of villains from the Moons of Plundar called the Lunattacks. Three of theses Lunattacks have special abilities that are noticeable when they go to Earth where the environments are not as demanding as their places of origin.

One is from an ice moon and she is called Chilla. Because of her cold origin, she can spit ice and survive extreme cold environments. Next there is Red Eye who comes from a dark moon. He can see in the dark through infra-red vision. Another one called Tug-Mug, comes from a moon with very powerful gravity and has very strong legs and can jump very high on 3rd Earth where the gravity is not nearly so strong.

In all of these sci-fi examples there is a very relevant truth regarding human health and vitality. I theorize that if we could visit a planet identical to Earth as far as the composition of its plant-life, minerals and atmosphere, water content etc., without any inhabitants polluting it, we would probably go into shock. If we had any dis-eases, we would rapidly begin to heal, and then go on to experience Super-Human abilities in contrast to what we experience here on our polluted Earth.

However, since it may be a long way off before we leave for another Earth-like world, we must take steps now to demand a cleaner environment by choosing the highest quality foods and products that we can find.

SuperMan’s incredible strength and other powers are fueled and supplemented by the yellow sun of our solar system. Similarly, every cell of our bodies are dependent for optimum health on vitamin-D produced when we are exposed to adequate amounts of sunlight. Perhaps through this type of natural sun exposure and supplementation with vitamin-D and other nutrients when necessary, we may all find ourselves feeling and functioning our natural and Super-Human best!

Wide Awake Living

Life has a way of bringing us exactly the experiences that are needed to awaken us (even if they are not the ones we might choose) and we can notice the same process in our collective experiences as participants in our governments and economies.

If you have looked deeply into this for yourself, or if you happen to have read my book Life Beyond Belief you are quite familiar with how the circumstances of our everyday lives support awakening out of our ideas, and into the reality of what is happening beyond our thoughts about it.

One of the collective experiences of our time is in the political arena, whether it be between different political parties or different countries. In politics in America for instance, although we of course remain individuals, many of us classify ourselves as being Republicans or Democrats. This is one more label (not so unlike calling ourselves Israelis or Palestinians) with which we categorize our thinking. Whichever particular category we choose represents particular sets of ideas about how things like governments and economies work. In the present climate of economic downturn, bank failure and unemployment, the outstanding characteristics of these categories are differing ideas about what we should do to set things right.

If we look into both sets of ideas, we can notice that although these categories of thinking are different one from another and go on to discount each others points of view, they also have something in common. Both political categories are the same in that they each consist of ideas only (or call them ideologies) and people who internally categorize themselves in this way are constructing their own mentally derived realities based on those ideas. They are seeing the world through an ideological filter.

So here we are. The economy is messed up and it continues to go in an uncomfortable direction. Its easy to see that we could become fearful over this and polarize further into our ideological corners. That is one invitation life makes–and perhaps we need to further explore our fears before we are ready for another option. If we have looked into it deeply however, we know better than to act out of our fears. We know where that takes us. We know the end result. We see it in all the wars going on in the world. We see it in the ideological gridlock on Capital Hill. Life is showing us something here.

Here in the 21st century, we have somehow now developed a capacity to respond to life in a different way–a way that is not an externalization of our fears, such as war, hatred and self-righteousness have been in the past. We find that there is another possible response now. We no longer are tied into being a Democrat who resists Republicans or visa versa. We are becoming aware of who we are (before thought arises) and are moving beyond this old ideological narrowness into a deeper and more satisfying human experience.

We can begin to see a third optional response to our circumstances being demonstrated by the world around us, in nature and in whatever particular circumstances we find ourselves in. Of course I write this without knowing what is happening in the life of each reader, but I write it nonetheless out of a trust in how life works. Life gives us each exactly what we are ready to see in each moment. I look around and I see morning coming. I see the morning light meeting the darkness without hatred or resistance. I see the pull of gravity pressing downward on the upward growth of my houseplants and the trees outside my window without rancor. I notice the ideas passing through my mind, flowing like water, doing what they do, going where they go, without having to be either right or wrong; without needing to make others right or wrong.

Without categorizing, ideas flow with grace and openness. Life is at ease with itself. Difficulty and opportunity, dark and light, gravity and growth are two sides of the same coin. Discomfort simply guides the attention to what we need to notice in each moment. All is well each moment, and yet action is unhampered. In fact action is freed. The freedom from inner categories, the embracing of seeming opposites in ourselves, seems to imbue our actions with an impact beyond what was previously possible. We fulfill our parts in the collective experience with the vitality of life flowing through us, moving us in unique and perhaps unexpected ways.

by Alice Gardner

Spotlight Artist Featured Article

Hi everyone,

First I wanted to inform everyone that Amy of the website Collected Sounds did a Spotlight Artist featured article:)  You can check it out at the following link:

Spotlight on: Tiffany Apan

You can also check out some of the other great Spotlight Artists and the rest of the website.  It is a great music site and worth checking out.

I also wanted to thank those who came out to our in store performance at Borders in Northway Mall.  We really had a great crowd.  Unfortunatly, the store’s PA system died shortly after our set began.  We were able to do a couple more songs without the PA but were unable to do the whole show.  We have rescheduled this performance for April 3.  More info is in the show section on my myspace music page.

We are also setting up an in store performance at Hot Topic.  More info on that coming very soon.

Hope everyone has a great weekend,


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Three New Photos

Hello all,

Just a quick update:
I posted three new photos as a sort of preview for the upcoming new website.  The photos were taken by Jenn Transue who served as DOP on my "Run Away and Hide" music video (you may recognize the photos as scenes from the video).  More of these photos will be seen on my new website as well as photos from a shoot I did with Odd.  There will be familiar photos as well as fresh, new ones.  Take a gander at the Jenn Transue photos in my Photo Shoots album and see what kind of stuff you’ll find on the new website.  You can also visit the ‘preview’ of the new website at the following link:
We are also making progress on the "Ashes to Dust" music video, the SECOND music video:)  We are working on this with talented filmmaker, Zane Hershberger.  We only have one more outdoor shot to get and we will be working on the indoor scenes for the video.  We’ve got some really great shots and I’m excited to see how the video turns out. 
As it will already be a year (already) at the end of February since the release of my debut album "Poet," I am beginning production on my second album.  We are in the writing phase of the album and have rough demos for songs entitled ‘Earth,’ ‘The Journey (City of Gold),’ ‘Heaven,’ and ‘Antarctica.’  We plan to begin production in March.  Rowen Poole (of Persephone’s Dream) will be producing the album and we will be recording at StarGlider Studios in Gibsonia, PA.  I’m very much looking forward to the artistic direction in which this album will take.
I also have a new Vlog up on YouTube which will also be on my RoadJournal momentarily.  Swing over to my YouTube page and have a look as I come to you from my Poets Labyrinth office:D  I also have up some of my own personal picks from some of my favorite artists:)
Finally, we are securing some more tour dates.  One in New York City and the  other very close to my hometown where I grew up (Wilkes Barre, PA).  Stay tuned:)

That’s all for now,

9 Dimensions Of Kappaguerra

"The Only War to Wage is Within", is a system of "Healthy Living and Self-Defense" with many internal and external features resembling, or, based on other well known Martial Arts; specifically Afro-Brazilian Capoeira, Boxing and Wrestling.

The name KappaGuerra rhymes with Capoeira from which it derives many movements and much of its culture and philosophy. KappaGuerra is also  structured with the Science of Numerology. Kappa is the 10th letter of the Greek alphabet. 10 is a 1 in numerology as 1+0=1. Guerra is the Portuguese and Spanish word for war; thus "The Only War…"

Numerology also utilizes alpha-numerics. Each letter in the alphabet correspondes with one number from 1 through 9. The following 9-Dimensions are explored as a KappaGuerra Practitioner, and are listed here as a brief and general overview.

1. (AJS) A Journey South- Sweeps, take downs, footwork, falls, rolls, lower-body strikes…
2. (BKT) Black Kite’s Tail- Throws, boxing, acrobatics, climbing, hand/eye coordination…
3. (CLU) Close Lines Unite- Inside fighting, trapping, grappling, wrestling…
4. (DMV) Dark Mind Visions-  Self-Hypnosis Exercise (SHE), psychological strategies, lucid-dream exploration…
5. (ENW) Entering New Worlds- Metaphysics, meditation, Dream Action Yoga (DAY)…
6. (FOX) F O X- Animalistic movement for enhancement of agility, flexility, speed, power, control…
7. (GPY) Group Play Yard- Facing multiple combatants, fighting alongside others…
8. (HQZ) Head Quarter Zone- Protecting and attacking the neck, head, and sense organs…
9. ( I R ) Inner Resolve- Improvisation, spontaneity, Independent, Integrated-Intelligence (3rd-I)

In each Dimension of KappaGuerra, there are 9-Levels or frequencies, represented by 7 colors of the visible spectrum of light, sandwiched between black and white; the absence of all light, and the integration of all colors. The colors from red to violet correspond with the 7 most commonly referenced Chakras of our Kundalini energies. These colors may be used as a general rating of skill level in each dimension.

1. Black; "in the dark", beginner.
2. Red
3. Orange; low vibration
4. Yellow
5. Green; center
6. Blue
7. Indigo; high vibration
8. Violet
9. White; all colors; master.

In numerology 1 is the beginning and 9 is completion. 9 vibrates with the characteristics of the numbers 1 through 8; just as white-light can be separated into all of the other colors, red through violet, by using a prism.

Besides having personal experience using Capoeira, Boxing, and Wrestling as Martial Arts, both in competition and street-fights, and currently as a method of Healthy Living and Self-Defense, here are a few more insights to their combined utility.

Capoeira is primarily explored because of the rich history behind it, the diversity of movement, The Berimbau, music, the rituals and "party" atmosphere of the events (rodas) and training. Technically proficiency with escaping, countering and redirecting rather than blocking attacks. Physically it is an optimum training practice for full body strength, cardiovascular endurance, flexibility and agility. Very good kicking and leg work. Uses lots of close fighting and take-downs which is very congruent with wrestling.

Boxing is effective with learning to protect the head and attack with the hands. Great cardiovascular conditioning. Techniques for causing knock-outs and protecting the bones of the hands. Excellent real-fight preparation: sparring. Includes Thai Boxing (Muy Thai) and Neng Da ("super-punches").

Wrestling is effective for understanding, guarding and countering complex and potentially  dangerous chokes and joint manipulation; moves that may decide a victory in the ring, but can kill or disable in the street. Wrestling, written here, and applied in KappaGuerra, is an open term for all grappling, throwing and submission disciplines.

KappaGuerra is the dynamic, physical discourse that embodies the concept of "Personal Development Through the Love of Learning", or what I call "Heuristic-Philology". The heuristic method, through which pupils are taught to find out things for themselves, is best fueled by philology; the love of learning. Exercise Your Mind; the body must follow.

Our First Release On A Record Label

Hello everyone,

After a VERY intense Super Bowl game, we’re coming at you all with some news:)

One month into 2009, we were notified that we will have our first release on a record label!  "Ghost" has been selected to appear on a compilation CD to be released on a label.  This will mark the fourth compilation CD to include a song off of "Poet."  More info coming soon as I recieve it.

To go with my upcoming Behind the Scenes show, I have some new entries and photos in my road journal of the latter part of our 2008 tour, more studio photos, and photos from a recent trip to Orlando, FL and Amelia Island over Thanksgiving 2008.  My road journal will be linked to my new website when it is up, but you can also visit the journal at

We are also shooting the second music video to follow up the "Run Away and Hide" music video.  The next music video we are shooting for is "Ashes to Dust."  We are shooting with Zane Hershberger and we got some really neat outdoor shots.  We will be shooting some indoor scenes this weekend and hope to have completed the video for "Ashes to Dust" by the end of February. Music videos and live videos can also be seen at:

IndiMusic TV/ WLNY TV (TV and internet station based out of New York…although voting is over, you can still add the video into the top 10 for the next season)

Music Corner TV

The Jay Rossi Project (Cleveland based TV show)

Other places to see videos are at DailyMotion, Spike, Metacafe, MySpace, and Karmacaffe.

We do have a show this month at another Borders.  It is an in store performance and the album is available in the store.  The info is below:

Borders Bookstore at Northway Mall
Pittsburgh, PA 15237
cost: n/a
Feb 13, 2009

More dates in my Concerts section on my myspace and we securing a few more dates so stay tuned:)

On top of being informed of "Ghost" being included on a record label release, we were also informed by the wonderful Ray Dorsey of RaysRealm that my debut album "Poet" was in the RaysRealm Top 10 albums of 2008!  The album was #9 and here is what he had to say about it:

"Having noted the relative shortage of quality Celtic folk releases over the last year or so, it was an absolute pleasure to have this disc come sliding out of the mailbox and into my player. Simply put, TIFFANY has one of those special voices that not only makes a song but completely owns it. Her ability to write top-level songs and then to mold & shape them with a voice like gold is wonderful. Songs like “Ashes To Dust” & “Warrior (Soldier For Myself)” are other-worldly in their depth & soul and Jason English’s sometimes heavy guitar work adds a surprising & welcome edge."

Please check out Ray’s Top 10 as well as his other music reviews and interviews at:

Thank you very much, Ray!

I’m also happy to say that although I didn’t win the Battle of Bands, I did place 3rd (out of 5).  Thank you to all who voted and keep it coming…

Keep it coming to  "Ghost" and "Ashes to Dust" made it from the SongVault Audtions into the SongVault Showcase.  The two songs immediatly made it into the top 40 on the Showcase Charts but need help and votes getting to a high place on the charts so they can make it into the Finals Charts and then recieve a permanent place in the directory for their internet radio station.  "Scarborough Fair" sits at number 23 and also needs help getting into the Showcase with "Ghost" and "Ashes to Dust."  You do need to have an account on to to vote, but it’s free and you can listen to great indie music of all genres and vote for your favorites:)  Visit my link:

I was also notified by that my live video have been entered into their February contest.  My live video of "Ghost" being performed at Club Cafe on December 28. 2008 has been entered in both the Rock and Pop categories.  Please help the video into the top 25 in one or both categories.  Visit and click on the two links in the COMPETING IN category.  There is only a week to get it into the top 25 and onto the next round:)

Finally, another nice thing:  in addition to selling out of "Poet" on CDBaby, Borders in Monroeville, PA had also sold out of their copies of the album!  We did bring them more copies, so the album can still be purchased there.

Thank you to everyone (you all are awesome)!


No Man Is An Island

In this time of job crisis I have started a site which collects job listings from various places and posts them. The intent of the site is that you get a job fast.


John Donne (1572-1631) said "no man is an island". What he meant by that is that we are all a part of the whole and we share the same goals and dreams. What affects one affects the whole. Therefore we all benefit from mutual assistance, support and respect.
I was introduced to a brand new job site called  This site has blogging benefits, meaning that people can reveal details  about any particular job posting, if they choose to.  is committed to helping others find jobs during these challenging times. There are hundreds of listings already in several states, and more are being added daily.
I encourage you to check it out. At the same time may I gently remind you to keep positive, watch your self-talk and help others in any way you can. Helping others will also help you. Do not underestimate the power of a smile and a kind word. It will go a long way.
We can and we will get through this together! 

Om Sai Nath

Sacred Mexico Retreat This March Last Minute Rate Reduction And Invitation

Author: Ginafrans

We would like to extend to you our last minute special to join us for an exciting and unforgettably transformational journey to sacred Mexico this March 5-10, 2009. During this trip we will be visiting the ancient city and temples of Tulum on the sea. We will also participating in a healing ceremony with a Mayan shaman. There will be a workshops on crystal healing and shamanic journeying, as well as opportunities to meditate and raise consciousness on the powerful vortexes of the area. You will have the chance to learn to dowse for ley lines and energy spots; receive reiki treatments; relax on the beach or swim with the dolphins and meet like-minded people.  And yes, there will be plenty of free time for you to enjoy all the amenities of the resort, town, and natural area. We realize that you need this break for yourself and so our program is very relaxed and casual giving space to make this YOUR TIME.

We will be staying at a 5 star resort on the beach on the Playa del Carmen for the all-inclusive rate of $675 per person in a double room. Single rooms are $975 per person. This includes all food, workshops, tour, drinks, activities, and transfers to and from the airport. This is a special rate that we found, but requires the viewing of their timeshare program. We do not benefit from this in any way, except that we wanted to find you the lowest rate possible. If you wish to go, but don’t want to watch their hour presentation, then we can set you up with an all-inclusive rate at a little higher price. If you want to go, but want to find your own hotel nearby, then let us know and we can arrange a rate for you for just the activities and workshops.

This chance won’t last for long. We are extending this offer due to continued interest in our journey. If you or your friends would like to go, please let us know and we will reserve a place for you. We also have a group discount rate if you have several people who would like to be there. The deposit to hold your place is $150 and we have extended the deadline on this until Feb. 5. If you know several people who would like to go, ask us about our affiliate program and receive cash for those you sign up on this retreat or others.

And by the way, airfare has gone down in 2009! So, act now while the prices to travel are low! To give an example, a month ago our airfare went down from $700 to around $350! We don’t include the price of airfare in our offer, but just wanted to give you an example of how the airlines have currently lowered their rates.

Another opportunity for you is that we will allow those who attend to promote their own healing practices or businesses, if you have books, cd’s or healing services that you wish to share. We won’t give a long presentation time for this, but you have to opportunity to network and offer your time if you wish. We do emphasize that this is a relaxed and healing retreat, but we realize that many of you may have creative gifts and healing that you would like to share too and we welcome your participation and interaction.

Contact us here to register or email© or call 479-754-8273 or 479-774-2495

Blessings of Love and Light,
Gina and Frans

Crack The Top 10

Hello everyone,

I received some really nice news from the folks at SongVault.  First, "Ghost" managed to crack the top 10 in the Adult Contemporary Charts peaking at number 5 and remaining in the top 10 for a little over a month.  "Ashes to Dust" cracked the top 10 in their Alternative/Goth Charts also remaining there for about a month.  "Scarborough Fair" cracked the top 20 (number 19) on their World Music Charts.  But that’s not all:)  "Ghost" and "Ashes to Dust" have both been ‘promoted’ to their next tiered station, SongVault Showcase due to their high placements on the charts.  This means that both songs are only two tiers away from being placed in the SongVault Directory and having permanent placement on the SongVault Radio network!  You can visit and vote for my songs as well as check out some other bands and songs.  Cool stuff:)  Hopefully "Scarborough Fair" will make it in there too:)  Though, "Scarborough Fair" has remained in Radio Artistopia’s Top 10 in their World Music Charts for about 4 months!

I also received an email from CDBaby stating that they have officially sold out of their copies of "Poet"!  Time to ship more copies pronto:)

In conjunction with the 2009 Tour, I now have a Demand It Widget from at the bottom of  my myspace page.  One of my favorite things to do is play shows and tour and we like to know where our fans are:)  So that we may plan this tour as well as future tours, we would love it if you would click on the Demand It widget and let us know you would like a show in your city and state.  We want to continue bringing you new songs as well as the old ones:)

I am currently sitting in 4th place on the Battle of Bands.  Continue the votes:)

Well, that’s all for now folks.


La Femme Electrique Cd

Hey all,

Just a quickie update:

First, we have new merch!  I now have new buttons courtesy of decayingyouth.  The La Femme Electrique CD is now officially released with the exclusive track, "Lost Little Girl" and a slightly different version of my song "Warrior."  I will be making pay buttons for them until they are available in my new webstore on my new upcoming website.  Of course, they will also be available at shows.  Some have inquired about shirts and that is the next thing we are working on:)

I now have footage of the performance of our set at the La Femme Electrique concert at Club Cafe that took place just a week ago on my YouTube Channel as well as two vlogs.  Check them out at

The vlogs are also available on my road journal: which will be linked to my new website.

Also, "Scarborough Fair" was be played on the Celtic Myth Podshow straight out of London, England on January 10.  The following is a message from Gary of Celtic Myth Podshow with the info:
"Just a quick note to let you know that Scarborough Fair is available on the New Year  Music Special, (SP08) which is available to all the subscribers to our show as well as online at . To go along with the Show, there is a page in the Shownotes section at ."
You can view my Celtic Myth Podshow page at the following link:
A big thank you to Gary and the rest of the gang at the Celtic Myth Podshow:)  You can still listen to the show in the show’s archives.

For those of you on the mailing list, the January newsletter will be coming within a couple days.  We’ve had some minor computer issues.

Well, that’s all for now but more to come:)