Posts Tagged ‘elixir’

الإكسير

Friday, December 31st, 2010

الإكسير in Arabic means al-ikseer, which is the source of the word . The essence being the of life… something alchemists have been seeking since the dawn of civilization. There may not be a potion that allows us to live forever, but the reality is that the elixir of life does exist.

The basis is an engine… a thinking engine that drives sustainable development, and more specifically, the of the world. How do you create something in which the consumption heals the body and the production heals the earth?

Think about it

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California Dreaming

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

I’ve been in California for about 3 weeks now, and it’s been a vortex of amazing people, inspiring farms, and tasty elixirs. Right off the plane in San Francisco, I met a girl crazy passionate about sustainable development and permaculture with extensive experience in sustainable natural building… and she just so happens to love doing promotions. She was meeting a friend out here, who is an amazing young sustainable farmer and loves fermenting and home brewing. I really couldn’t have connected with people more aligned with my own passions… talk about synchronicity.

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The Truth About Resveratrol

Monday, July 12th, 2010

The source of red ’s benefits has been up for debate for some time now. Is it the alcohol, is it the , or is it some magical blend of all its components?

There are more and more health studies piling up showing the powerful effects of Resveratrol. As we noted over 3 years ago (The Human Elixir), there are companies, such as Sirtris, in existence specifically to synthesize this molecule into an anti-aging drug. Supposedly Resveratrol helps the production of more efficient mitochondria, whereas most antioxidants only neutralize free radicals in the system. This is like creating a more efficient engine that pollutes less vs. sequestering carbon. Beyond this, there have been numerous tests showing Resveratrol’s ability to kill forms of cancer, help with caloric restriction, increase life expectancy through diminished probability of contracting diseases like Alzheimer’s and diabetes, and many say it is the reason for the famous French Paradox. As a result of all this press and consumer awareness, the market is flooding with Resveratrol pills and supplements, claiming to extend life and end all ailments.

However, interestingly enough, there is evidence that suggests that it is not the Resveratrol that gives red wine its health benefits…

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Visit to Vinci

Monday, October 5th, 2009

I had a chance to visit Vinci, this past weekend, the hometown of one of GrapeThinking’s great inspirations, . Below, I share my thoughts and sights on his balanced way of thinking and being, leading to unmatched accomplishments in both the arts and sciences. Everything he did was in brilliant harmony, whether it was the science of painting or the of engineering and exploring human anatomy. He was a true master of the … and body.

My theory is he used his infinite curiosity as a feedback loop to direct his body, hands, and eyes to work and operate in a balanced fashion (ambidexterity), which resulted in greater structural and energetic harmony between the two sides of his mind. This allowed him to have clear and simple insights into innovation…. lol, I know. Just being there filled me with a type of inspirational energy I’d never felt before.

Odd Art Plaza outside of Museum

Vitruvian Man, the ESSENCE

There was a wedding in Da Vinci’s home the day we were there

Striking view from Da Vinci’s home

Full Moon on the ride home

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Vigneto delle Sangiovese

Sunday, September 27th, 2009

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