Wednesday, September 30, 2015

A Recipe for Health, Sex, Happiness and Love

Let’s start with mustard chicken and end with rhubarb pie.  It’s hot and spicy and then sweet and tart.

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Mustard Baked Chicken

4 chicken thighs and legs with bone – remove skin

2 heaping tablespoons of hot mustard (make your own or use a Dijon)

2 tablespoons of white wine or wine vinegar

1 teaspoon of Herb De Provence

2 tablespoons of olive oil

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Remove skin from chicken thighs. In a bowl mix the remaining ingredients except for the olive oil. Heat olive oil in a pan. Spread the sauce on one side of chicken and place into pan. Coat the other side with the sauce and then turn once to brown each side. Remove from pan and transfer to a baking dish and roast the chicken for 30 minutes until the chicken is brown. Let the chicken rest for 5 minutes. Serve with:


Fresh steamed asparagus with balsamic

 Put ¼ cup of white wine and 2 cups of water in a steamer. Place  fresh asparagus on top and steam for 5-10 minutes. Remove and serve with a little balsamic vinegar sprinkled on top.

Or the quick method – place asparagus in a microwavable bowl with 1/4  cup of white wine and a little butter. Cover loosely and cook for 3 minutes. Allow to stand for 5 minutes and then serve with a little balsamic sprinkled on top.


Beer Bread

2 1/4 cups of all-purpose flour

2 1/4 tsp double acting baking powder

Stevia to equal 6 teaspoons of sugar or use the 6 teaspoons of sugar

1 - 12 ounce can of light beer at room temperature

Preheat oven to 375 degrees

In a large bowl sift flour, baking powder and sweetener. Add beer and stir until foam subsides and all ingredients are moistened. Place dough in 4x 8 inch loaf pan that has been sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. Bake for 45 minutes. Cool bread in pan for 5 minutes. Then remove to rack and finish cooling.

For a variation make rye bread. Add 1/8 tsp of garlic powder and 1 tsp of caraway seeds in with the beer.



Rhubarb Pie

Two pie crust for 9 inch pie pan

4 cups of fresh rhubarb cut into bit size pieces.

1 1/3 cup of organic sugar or white sugar

6 Tablespoons of flour

1 Tablespoon of butter.

 I like to buy the Pillsbury readymade pie crust. You can make your own crust, but Pillsbury is delicious and quite frankly I have never been able to make a thin crust. My crust is good, but this is so much easier.

Line pan with one crust. Mix flour and sugar together. Sprinkle about 2 tablespoons over the bottom crust. Fill with rhubarb and then sprinkle remaining sugar and flour mixture on top. Dab with small chunks of the butter. Cover with top crust and seal edges. Cut a few slashes in the top crust to release steam. Bake at 450 degrees for 15 minutes on lowest rack of oven. Reduce heat to 350 degrees and continue to bake for 40-45 minutes. Serve hot or warm with or without vanilla ice cream.

Mustard baked chicken, fresh steamed asparagus, homemade beer bread and Rhubarb pie…just the thought of it should conjure up thoughts of health, sex, happiness and love. If you bake this dinner for your special someone, I guarantee it will be much appreciated. One of the best ways to show someone you care is to prepare a meal. Make it with good intentions and you will be surprised at how fulfilled you will feel. Serve with a chilled Chardonnay.

To Good Food!


Saturday, September 26, 2015

Yoga Today- Obstacles

Why do we practice yoga? Hatha is the physical part which improves the strength, balance and flexibility of the body. The philosophy such as Kriya yoga (which means balance in all things) is a guide for living a spiritual life. With both we encounter obstacles. Sometimes the body has been neglected, injured or is sick and struggles with the poses. With the philosophy we struggle with the obstacles of life. Without the practice such as that in Kriya we can never overcome these obstacles.

The obstacles are ignorance, egotism, attachment, hatred and clinging to physical life. The order of these obstacles is important because from ignorance (unawareness) of self comes egotism and from egotism we get attached to things for the egos pleasure. Because the things we get attached to do not come our way or are taken from us we develop hatred and resentment. And finally because we are attached to things and afraid of death we cling to life.

We cannot overcome all of these obstacles in one yoga class or a hundred yoga classes, but we can begin today to focus on building strength, balance and flexibility. These are the basic elements for overcoming the obstacles of life.

Let’s get started;

To overcome the obstacles is to reach a state of complete peace and serenity.  We may struggle with ignorance, with the ego, with attachment, hatred and clinging to life, but if we practice yoga with sincerity we will eventually be able to bring balance, strength and flexibility to our lives; body, mind and soul; and the obstacles will subside.

Doctor Lynn

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

A Recipe for Love – Raise a Mug or Two

They say when you drink enough of it (beer or love) you get intoxicated and begin to act stupid. However, beer is appropriate for initiating love as it is the potion of Isis, the goddess of matrimony and motherhood, and hops come from barley which is ruled by Venus the goddess of love.

Moderate consumption of alcohol, including beer, raises high-density lipoprotein or HDL, known as good cholesterol, says Dr. R. Curtis Ellison, chief of the section of preventive medicine and epidemiology and professor of medicine and public health at the Boston University School of Medicine. It also appears that drinking moderate amounts of alcohol has a favorable effect on the lining of blood vessels, making them less likely to form a clot or for a clot to rupture and plug an artery.

"People should realize that a little bit of alcohol on a regular basis decreases the risks of aging," says Ellison, who specializes in researching, among other things, the relationship between moderate alcohol consumption and chronic diseases.

Researchers at the National Institutes of Health released a study showing that frequent drinking in moderation may protect men from cardiovascular disease. Men who reported drinking 120 to 365 days a year had a 20% lower cardiovascular death rate than those who drank one to 36 days a year. Overdoing it, however, can have the opposite effect. Men who knocked back five or more drinks when they did indulge had a 30% greater risk for death via heart disease.

Beer may also boost your brain power. Adults over age 65 who drank one to six alcoholic beverages over the course of the week turned out to have a lower risk of dementia than non-drinkers or heavier drinkers, according to a 2003 study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Likewise, a 2006 report that appeared in an American Heart Association journal showed that a drink or two a day might be linked to better cognitive function in women, as well as, it improved sexual functioning.

Hops have bioflavonoid with similar properties to oestrogens which may serve as a natural hormone replacement for women; estrogen is a precursor to vasopressin, a peptide that discourages sexual extremes and encourages monogamy.

In Zulu mythology, Mbaba Mwana Waresa is the Goddess of beer because it is believed that she created the first beer for human consumption. She is also known as the Goddess of rain and the rainbow. She is celebrated for her search of true love.

Ninkasi is the Ancient Sumerian Goddess of beer and brewing. It is said that she provided the world with the secret to making beer. In Sumerian culture, she is known for her power to satisfy human desire.

Desire and love…a mighty potion that should have us raising a mug or two!

Doctor Lynn


Saturday, September 19, 2015

Yoga Today- Verbal Austerity

Be Careful with What and How You Speak – words are powerful so choose them wisely

We all communicate. We use words to express our ideas, our thoughts and our emotions. And it is these words and how we speak them that often times get us into trouble. Yoga is pretty clear about how we should communicate. In the ideal our speech should bring tranquility, and should be truthful, pleasant and beneficial.

We should avoid bitter, harsh and critical words. These only lead to hurt and pain. We should also refrain from giving other people the permission to say hurtful words.

When we speak our words should be meaningful, beautiful and necessary.  If we cannot say something nice; we should not speak. This is verbal austerity. This is not easy. This is why we practice yoga. Yoga teaches us to carefully examine the words we use and the way we communicate. This can only be achieved with awareness and practice. Let’s practice.

We should not speak what is true if it is not pleasant. We should always seek to do no harm.  Yes we should speak the truth, but never with the intention to harm. We also should not speak what is pleasant if it is not true.  This is speaking falsely.  If you cannot say something that is beneficial, pleasant and truthful with an intention to bring tranquility, than take the vow of silence. This is verbal austerity.

Doctor Lynn

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

A Recipe for Happiness Bake Me Tart

Who doesn’t smile at the site of a fresh baked pie? What about a pie that can bring happiness into your life? Serve it up, you say. Welcome to the late spring veggie pie known as rhubarb pie. Yes that’s right, rhubarb is a vegetable best know as a sweet and sour jam, pie and sauce.

When I think of rhubarb I flash back to my farm house in Maine where in the back yard every year in late spring the rhubarb would appear. I would pick it fresh and make rhubarb sauce and rhubarb pie. My rhubarb was red and tart. Some rhubarb is green and also tart. The red rhubarb is called strawberry rhubarb and hence the name strawberry rhubarb pie. However, most people added strawberries to the pie, but the truth is the red stuff is called strawberry rhubarb.

Rhubarb has been used medicinally by the Chinese for thousands of years. It has been used as a strong laxative and as an astringent. The word rhubarb originates from Latin. The ancient Romans imported rhubarb roots from faraway and unknown barbarian lands. The lands were beyond the Vogue River, which was also known as the Rha River. Imported from barbarians across the Rha river the plant became Rha barbarum and eventually rhabarbarum, or the  Latin word for rhubarb. The modern English word rhubarb derives from rhabarbarum.

Rhubarb is now classified as a superfood for its ratio of health benefits to calories – only 7 calories per 100 grams. Wow! And for those who want to lose weight rhubarb actually speeds up the metabolism. High levels of calcium mean it is a fat-free alternative to dairy products which lowers cholesterol. Now if that doesn’t make you happy; here is a song by John Cleeves to entertain and make you happy:

The Rhubarb Tart Song

1. I want another slice of rhubarb tart.
I want another lovely slice.
I'm not disparaging the blueberry pie
But rhubarb tart is oh so very nice.
A rhubarb what? A rhubarb tart!
A whatbarb tart? A rhubarb tart!
I want another slice of rhubarb tart!
2. The principles of modern philosophy
Were postulated by Descartes.
Discarding everything he wasn't certain of
He said 'I think therefore I am a rhubarb tart.'
A rhubarb what? A rhubarb tart!
A Rene who? Rene Descartes!
Poor nut he thought he was a rhubarb tart!
3. Read all the existentialist philosophers,
Like Schopenhauer and Jean-Paul Sartre.
Even Martin Heidegger agrees on one thing:
Eternal happiness is rhubarb tart.
A rhubarb what? A rhubarb tart!
A Jean-Paul who? A Jean-Paul Sartre!
Eternal happiness is rhubarb tart.
4. A rhubarb tart has fascinated all the poets.
Especially the immortal bard.
He caused Richard the Third to call on Bosworth Field:
'My kingdom for a slice of rhubarb tart!'
A rhubarb what? A rhubarb bard!
Immortal what? Immortal tart!
As rhymes go that is really pretty bard!
Doctor Lynn

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Yoga Today - Liberation

When one door closes another opens.
The aim of yoga is liberation. That means we become detached from all of life without indifference. We simply learn to observe all of life as simply a part of living. Things come and things go. One moment we are happy and the next we are sad. The problem is we all want to be happy, but sadness also can bring us liberation.  We are sad at the loss of someone or something, but this presents us with the greatest opportunity to learn to detach and let go. We learn to look upon everything as simply the process of life. We also realize that every time something is lost something is gained. It takes awareness to remember, what is taken away from you is always replaced by that which you more dearly need.

Freedom or liberation is the ability to live your life without being perturb or attached. This brings peace of mind. This is a very difficult task. The yoga poses are easy to learn. It is the yoga of life that is difficult to attain. That is why we practice yoga. Nothing is achieved without practice.


What is the real practice of yoga? It is the complete understanding and mastery over your mind. Then you are liberated. Then you are free. Be at peace with your world.

Doctor Lynn

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

A Recipe for Sex – Serve up the Spear

What is green, long and phallic in nature? The Asparagus of course! In herbal medicine there is a category which certain medicinal herbs and plants fall into called the signature of doctrine. This means that herbs and other healing foods often look like the very thing they heal. Asparagus due to its phallic looking nature is known as an aphrodisiac.

But, does it really elicit sexual excitement? Is there any truth to this spring time vegetable that, let’s be honest, looks like a penis?

 Asparagus is a  member of the lily family The name comes from the Greek word meaning “shoot” or “sprout.”  Widely cultivated throughout the world, this stately vegetable is believed to have originated 2,000 years ago in the eastern Mediterranean region where it was prized for its unique texture and alleged medicinal and aphrodisiac qualities.

When I was a child my mother would gather, in late spring, about a dozen spears of asparagus that grew in her garden. She would cook them fresh picked. She seemed to covet these long slender nutritionally balanced veggies. Now I wonder why she loved them so much. Could it be they put a twinkle in my father’s eye?

Asparagus is high in folic acid and a good source of potassium, fiber, thiamin and vitamins A, B6 and C.  A 5- ounce serving provides 60% of the RDA for folic acid. Asparagus is low in calories. Thiamine and folic acid boost histamine levels in both males and females which is necessary for the ability to orgasm. Asparagus also happen to be a good source of vitamin E which is responsible for the production of the sex hormones. Seems when it comes to asparagus there is more than meets the eye!

The English herbalist, Culpepper wrote that asparagus “stirs up the lust in man and woman.” In 19th Century France, bridegrooms were served three courses of asparagus at their prenuptial dinner to enhance the love making.

Eat raw or slightly steam these little spears. Never over cook asparagus. It should be quickly cooked and slightly crisp. In fact the Romans who perfected the cooking and serving of asparagus had a saying, “Cook it like asparagus.” Which meant, get it done quickly. Do you suppose this also applied to Roman sex?

We don’t always think of hormones and circulation as needing nutrients, but it is good nutrition that is the basis of health, and part of your overall health is your sexual health.

Asparagus is one plant where what you see is what you get. When it comes to sexual health, serve us the spear and “cook it like the asparagus”, slightly raw and steamy!

Doctor Lynn

Saturday, September 05, 2015

Yoga Today – Peace of Mind

Peace of mind is something we all desire. Anguish and stress is a part of life and it is these thoughts, as well as, positive thoughts such as happiness and joy that take us away from a complete state of peacefulness. Peace of mind can only be found when we quiet the mind and stop thinking. Peace is found in complete silence. That is why when we talk about it or try to explain it, peace eludes us. Only in moments of quietude do we truly experience peace. That is why we do the sitting Zen. It gives us a moment to step back from everything and simply be quiet. You can never know a tree-ness until you become a tree.  And it is the same with peace - you can never know peacefulness until you become peaceful.

So take a deep breath and detach. Be present and let’s practice yoga because it is through the practice of yoga that you might have the opportunity to find peace. Nothing is achieved without practice!


Sit quiet and embrace the quietude of peace and serenity. Take this energy with you and apply it to your life for there is nothing more valuable in life than your health and your peace of mind.

Doctor Lynn

Thursday, September 03, 2015

We are made up of layers of energy

We have a body and an aura and then we have the astral layer or the place where our emotions reside. In the astral layer we give emotion to our thoughts. These emotionalized thoughts then penetrate the etheric layer or our aura. Our presence is thus affected by the emotionalized thoughts. If the thoughts are strong enough and have duration they penetrate the gross physical self. If the thoughts are of anger, jealousy, greed and hatred, or if we are over stressed they have the potential to manifest into disease.

For example: stress is about fear and disconnects one from the spiritual essence of self because the spirit exists without fear. The thought (fear) becomes emotionalized and penetrates the aura. Your presence changes from harmony to fear and stress. It is evident in the energy you give off. If the fear and stress are of duration they affect us physically, as we know through the adrenal response. If the fear and stress is a continuum the physiological response manifests into heart disease, cancer and other diseases.

Being spiritually connected we are able to separate the thoughts and the emotions and connect with our eternal self which is void of fear. We literally become the witnessing consciousness to the dynamics of our lives. We learn that we are not our emotions and therefore do not need to keep them. We can release them.

Spiritual Fitness

This does not mean we suppress our emotions, but rather experience them as something separate from our pure and true self, which is void of fear. We begin by catching ourselves having an emotional thought. As if being a separate being we are able to stand back from ourselves and watch the drama unfold. As we watch our actions and reactions we become witnesses to a state of being that we now know we have the full power to change. We literally catch the emotionalized thoughts and release them. This then is how we manage to change fear into harmony.
Doctor Lynn

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

A Recipe for Health – You mustard eat the bird!

Now we all know chicken is a healthy protein and we know that mustard is a healthy condiment, so when we mix the two together we get a very healthy start to a healthy meal. Baking chicken is an age old and simple way to enjoy a healthy meal.

Chicken is the most widely eaten protein in the world. You will find it in just about every culture. Chickens are a descendent of the Red Junglefowl that was first raised thousands of years ago in the Northern parts of India.

Chicken is a versatile protein. It can be baked, fried, stewed, eaten hot or cold. A four- ounce serving of chicken provides 67.7% of your daily protein. As humans we need to get our essential amino acids from protein and chicken is a great source.

Chicken is also a good source of niacin which has anti-cancer properties. Components of our DNA require niacin and a deficiency has been shown to be directly related to genetic damage. Further studies have shown that eating niacin rich foods may help with cognitive decline.

Chicken is also a good source of selenium which is a mineral that supports metabolism and immune boosting. In addition selenium supports one of the body’s most important antioxidants, glutathione peroxidase, which may be the most important antioxidant for cancer protection. When levels of glutathione peroxidase are too low, toxic molecules can be damaging to any cells with which they come in contact, damaging their cellular DNA and promoting the development of cancer cells. Four ounces of chicken supply 40.0% of the daily value for selenium.

As well as the B-vitamins, niacin and selenium, chicken is a great source of tryptophan. Protein supplies the essential amino acids that the body needs in order to survive. Tryptophan is one of these essential amino acids. Tryptophan works as a biosynthesis or building block allowing for the assimilation of important nutrients. It acts as a precursor or gatekeeper for the synthesis of serotonin and niacin. Serotonin is the feel good neurotransmitter that our brain releases in response to tryptophan. That’s why if you are feeling anxious, hyperactive and nervous eating protein will bring on a sense of calmness.

The problem with chicken is that the chicken we buy in the supermarket is often fed antibiotics and the meat has a tendency to get contaminated in handling. Make sure you buy organic and get fresh cut chicken. The best chicken I ever had was a chicken stew I had I Morocco where just a few hours before I was served my Moroccan spicy chicken stew the chicken was beheaded in the marketplace and delivered fresh to the restaurant for cooking. The meat was sweet and pure.

If you add a little mustard to your chicken dish, you get the added benefits of omega 3. Mustard is a great condiment for chicken. Baking chicken with mustard sauce is one of the healthiest ways to enjoy chicken. Removing the skin and fat leaves a lean meat that can be coated with a pungent mustard sauce making chicken a  healthy  dish that is sure to make you understand why you must eat the bird!

Doctor Lynn