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So, here’s my biggest idea on how to save the world.

The largest area of our lives in terms of consumption is food.

Everybody knows that. It’s third economically, but pretty much informs all the other sectors including transportation and fuels, thus dominating on a foundational level.

So, trees. For us to really own this whole restoration thing, we need trees. Everybody also knows this. However, getting people to plant more trees based just upon an idea or an ethic is clearly not working. We’re putting up more suburbs and offices every day at record rates, scraping from the land what is supposed to feed and help our children breathe.

One single tree will transform 730 KILOGRAMS of carbon over its lifetime. There’s 40 billion tons in the air. And, with all our amazing technology, we have nothing else to sequester that carbon with. How do we get these things in the ground faster???

So, enter our diet. Since the food production system on this planet is the most important (we all need to eat), the global economy has the greatest stake in it. Any change in that would dictate global politics, the relations between nations, and, of course, the overall health of people and the environment.

So, how do we get more trees on this planet? Hmmm.

We eat the stuff that comes from trees. We make trees the greatest, most valuable resource we have by investing in them in our day-to-day lives by what we put in our bodies.

Apples, oranges, hazelnuts, pecans, tangerines, pears, pineapples, coconuts, papayas, nectarines, peaches, plums, Chickasaw plums, Mexican plums (two native to my part of the world), cashews, almonds. A full and healthy diet if I ever heard of one.

What’s so incredibly interesting is that we have so much carbon in our atmosphere, yet hardly any nutrition in our food anymore. Why is this? Because our food is made with carbon.

The health of our bodies is connected to the health of our soil. How do I know this? Because the quality of the soil is directly linked to the nutritional density of our food. And our food currently is 3-8 times less nutritious than it was in the 1950s*.

Basing our lives on perennial, or seed-bearing, agriculture is a severely beneficial change to our world. In doing so we strengthen our bodies, and pass on real and physical restoration of future generations.

And then, animals.

We all know animal agriculture is f*cked. But what many of us don’t know is how essential animals are to the planet being alive at all. Aka for us to be alive at all. Or our kids.

Animals, through grazing and roaming, once perpetually restored the land to greater nutrient density. They increased the nutrient density of all other food that came from the ground, and strengthening all those (like us) who fed off that whole system. Now that we have established property lines, put up fences, and made borders and boundaries, few animals can roam and heal the land like they once did. And especially with factory farms, the land is absolutely dying because of the removal of these animals and treatment of waste (check the link below) which effectively poisons us all.

However, there’s a big shift going on that you can be a part of.

Companies like Epic Bar are transitioning the culture. They are transforming the way humans interact with animals interacting with the land*. I won’t pretend to know a whole lot about it since my primary interest is perennial plants, but from what I’ve seen thus far the work is pretty amazing. Check out the Patagonia documentary below* for more.

Also, to Christians, or Jesus-people, or anybody who digs the Bible at all or just likes solid ancient wisdom for being a person: real food and interaction with the land is the main original ingredients for an awesome life and knowing G-d/the Divine/The Unnameable Thing We All Come From.

Genesis 1:29:
Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food.”

Genesis 2:7: Then the LORD God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.

Y’all, whoever you are, whatever your religion or denomination, we’re wired to be with the land, to be with the soil. This is our purpose. This is our deepest intention: to actually be free by resting in a simple state of being, in simply being.

Reality is that the most important thing we can do is get real with our bodies, the soil, and each other and live in such a way as restores. Because if one loses, we all lose. And even if we don’t see that loss, our kids certainly will.

I love you all and hope nobody freaks out about where we are in history. Yes, we’re in a rough spot currently, but each of us has the opportunity to work in the real joy of being alive at this awesome time. And the truth is that the most important works we can do are to move into what we are made of: real food, real community, real communion with G-d through the land. In short, real life.

It doesn’t have to be stressful to change everything.

It’s actually restorative.



Some links:

*Quality of our soil=quality of our food=quality of our bodies=quality of our lives…/soil-depletion-and-nu…/

*Epic bar restorative animal ag…/land-l…/regenerative-agriculture

*Patagonia awesome food documentary

*Factory farming poop pools

*Food in the economy via USDA…/ag-and-food-sectors-and-the-eco…/

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I Stole a Pregnant Mannequin So Now I’m a Man (Well, Almost)

2 AM on a Deep Ellum night and I’m again haunting the streets of Dallas.

Blackland Fever just got done playing one of the best sets I’ve ever heard. The whole place was rocking and moving and really getting into it. Guitar solos and cheap beer went hand in glove throughout the dank sweaty night.

I’d just rolled in from Bastrop, Texas where running and camping were my two primary activities. The Colorado River was nice that morning, and nearly 24 hours later, I was in the hot midst of a wild Texas shuffle.

What a scene change.

In the streets there was mirrored the wild reckonings of the barspace. Throngs of people railed through barriers and intersections alike. White and black grouped typically together, enmeshed by attitude as by intoxication. Where seething country jams were heard on our side of the street, slams of thunderous rap sounded the other.

Inside the party was gauged by the catcalls received by the band. I knew all the players, as well as most in the crowd. As a crew we were lighting things up, both on stage and off. Some wild acid burnout danced at the threshold, an appropriate divider to serve the spirit of the cosmic group. We all took turns dancing with him, and speaking occasionally to another of the bar mascots, a pair of painted mannequins leaned in the far corner near the emergency exit, one pregnant.

The bar was a ragged space with photos and sheets of black marking and pale usury hanging from the walls. Stickers and posters of bands stuck fast to the brick and matched neatly the rows of bottles trembling with every bass strike. The patrons lined the receding service area, we friends held the stage space.

At the end of the show there was not much to do but pack and haul off. We most of us were taken lads, girlfriends in tow, and I with a deep and obvious need for sleep, having kept angry watch the night before due to the cattle lowing at the coyotes and rednecks blasting country music near my Colorado River campsite. So we set to hauling the gear out.

I helped shuffle the drums, and immediately encountered leaning next to the venue an old indigent lighting a crack pipe under his shirt and another flashing bills before stuffing them away. And all through the streets on the way to the loading truck mad souls slapped their carrion beings, letching off the pavement whatever release this young society could bother to spend on its sapped seekers.

There was no one to blame them. After chasing a couple off the loading pallet (they attempted to use it as a skateboard) we set back to the venue.

And myself and Fred returned to an idea we’d had an hour or so earlier upon dancing with the flowing tie-dyer. There was something about the poor pregnant mannequin with the monster painted on its belly; surely she would want a better home than this old Deep Ellum bar…

We told the band to wait with the car and went through the front. Everyone was winding down, last call and a plea for absent attention.

We stopped by the emergency exit where the two girls rested. We looked at each other. Small talk. Below the surface was some longing: we’d found some beauty in this damned dark hole of the world, how could we stop in lifting it out?

Fred bust open the emergency exit and I clasped her by the plexus. We rolled through and out and blue pumped in my ears like secret sky and said forget the yells from behind and how large the bouncers, make it to the vehicle, make it to the vehicle.

The black Suburban lay like a great cave two steps from me. I threw her in and had the presence to check for Fred when I did indeed see the threatening mannequin avenger, lunging for our plastic chastity.

He was indeed big. The bouncer was a crewcut motherfricker and with his eyes he said he’d do much less than he wanted to deal with at the end of this long terrible night of miniskirts and gluten breath. Instead he just seized sweet preggers and said “not in a million years” (Fred: “So, maybe in 2?”).

I wish he had hit me. Then I would’ve known the completion of the primary impulse which set me to this ardent rescue in the first place. Good G-d, I had known something of chivalry in this brief moment, and the dragon would not even strike me with its talons. There was a great shame and letdown as we rode back to my car, mostly upon my shoulders.

On the way to the band’s apartment where I spent the night, Fred and I spoke well of those moments.

I mentioned that in all the shenanigans I had performed before there had been some thread of strange terror, a terror which had me put my hand out to stop myself at most times I would succeed. Even in these foolish things there was some great significance, some breach of code. The will to disappoint can underwhelm the will for praise and knock one to the point of abject surrender in minimum time flat.

But this was different. I explained to Fred that I had felt that sensation only briefly, and that I rather saw a clear and exhilarating way through the social muck to the achieved goal. And he felt the same. We couldn’t decide if it was the practice of meditation, the increase in anti-inflammatory dieting or simply the reality of a couple years added that shifted the scales, but something had indeed shifted.

I remember saying to Fred, that something in these risky, even distinguishably foolish events of life held something of the trials of becoming a man. Because it seems the arduous trials of becoming in this world had dropped off: short of joining the military, how would one know whether a status of manhood had been achieved but through genuine and genuinely hilarious breaches of social norm? Do you suggest college? Please.

No, this mannequin was some other trial. And Fred and myself both saw that. We recognized in it the need for rescue, truly the rescue of our own bearing into this society. Because in reality, the streets that night were truly insane, but no one was getting knifed. No blood was spilled.

The only thing there to prove ourselves was a mannequin, all pregged up with a monster painted on its stomach.

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Sterling Coker’s Vision of Sound (Roam Free 006)

On a gray day in San Marcos, Texas, I sat in the apartment of Sterling Coker and Samantha Savage, listening to Sterling talk life, music and motivation.

Sterling Coker has been a friend now for a few years. He heads up the excellent TX pop-punk band All Nighter, which is hammering out their latest work as I write.

The night before I rode down with the band to a strange building in Austin, a hall of rooms wherein All Nighter jammed late. The new songs sounded fresh yet freshly polished, newborn and already walking. I was able to convince him to play one of the new tracks acoustically on the ‘cast, as well as a version of City and Colour’s “Bring Me Your Love.” I loved both of them, and I think you will too.

Check out All Nighter’s latest work below

and check out Sterling and the band’s social media pages to keep updated for their next release that they just recorded,

Sterling is @fameismyquest (yes we make fun of him for that) everywhere, and here’s his Insta and Twitter

Band’s is @allnightertx everywhere, and Facebook and Instagram links,

(their Fbook page is bada$$ btw).


Also, here’s the latest two blog posts,

“The Best Natural Drugs You Never Heard of”

The Best Natural Drugs You Never Heard of


“3 Wellness Tips if You’re Broke AF”

3 Best Wellness Tips if You’re Broke AF

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3 Best Wellness Tips if You’re Broke AF

Amazing image by Gemma Correll. Real the whole comic, pls.

So, I’ve been livin cheap these past few months.

Between starting my online content business, traveling for the podcast, trying to eat way more raw organic food, and saving up to move around, it’s been a bit of a penny pincher. On top of all that, I ran into some nasty health issues earlier this year, which obviously kept me from clocking too many hours.

But interestingly enough, I’m feeling the best I’ve ever felt.

I was thinking about this tonight while watching the sun set and of how I’ve found ways to not only survive on very little, but to thrive in terms of wellness. So, here’s my top three free or cheap ways to really own great health when you’re strapped for cash.

1. Meditate.

I know I harp on this. BUT IT’S SO REAL. Nearly every post I’ve written has included the massive benefit that meditation has brought to my life.

If you look up the causes for most disease, it’s inflammation. Inflammation is basically stress or tension, creating the inability for a cell to get oxygen, the most vital nutrient. Meditation helps reset your breath, the central component to your being, to relax you and provide you with a well-circulating system.

And what is so awesome about it is that some of the best guided meditations are FREE. While I like to use the app Simple Habit for what I do, you can find a massive amount of high quality, guided meditations 100% free on YouTube. My favorites are Rasa Lukosiute, this Sufi bit by Dr. Llewellyn Vaughn Lee, and the abundance meditations of Amanda Flaker (just so we don’t stay broke af for too long lol).

And of course, I will ALWAYS harp the Wim Hof Method.

2. Buy local

Get your produce in bulk from a local organic garden. When I was really living on the cheap in college, and I mean REALLY cheap, I would carpool with a friend to Gray Gardens in Buda (check out my podcast episode #5 for it) to volunteer. For half a day’s work, I would get a full bag of fresh, organic produce and as much kombucha as I could haul. I was living high on the hog, my friends.

PODCAST #8 is in the can. I’ll reveal the guest when I post it, best to keep this one a secret. Hint: this guy helped invent a small thing called the INTERNET. 🔁🔁🔁🔁🔁🔁🔁🔁🔁 Also, I visited an organic garden in San Antonio about a week ago. @happyearthgarden is a place of beauty and, from what I can tell, the only organic garden running CSA’s (Community Supported Agriculture, weekly bags/boxes of food you can sign up for by season. By far the best way to get extremely fresh, good food) in all of San Antonio. They operate a sizeable yield on only a few acres, and they serve local restaurants as well. Their natural methods ensure that proper diversity exists, letting bugs like the ones above roam while still growing nutrient-dense, beautiful crops that work to restore the soil. Check out their page @happyearthgarden to see more!! 🥘🥘🥘🥘🥘🥘🥘🥘🥘 The next podcast episode is looking to be posted tonight on the blog, iTunes, SoundCloud, stitcher. Check my profile to subscribe and get it immediately. I’ll post here tomorrow morning with some updates on it. So stoked on the support and love for this!! Love y’all! 🌳🌳🌳🌳🌳🌳🌳🌳🌳 #happyearth #happyearthgarden #sanantonio #satx #satxbloggers #csa #local #organic #healthy #garden #sanantoniovegan #vegansanantonio

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In San Antonio that opportunity is a little harder to find. Happy Earth Garden is awesome, but I don’t live anywhere near it. Farmer’s markets for sure offer lower prices for better stuff, especially if you buy in bulk and haggle. A great tip is to show up when they are closing up shop and buy whatever’s left. Either way, with this and a bag of brown rice, you got yourself a kingpin-healthy meal on the dirt cheap.

3. Practice your solitude

These are solitary and often extremely lonely times we are living in. Keying in your solitude not only lets you see G-d in the world, but G-d in others as well. And certainly, G-d composing your very self. 🤘🏼🤘🏼🤘🏼🌴🌴🌴🤘🏼🤘🏼🤘🏼 🌎🌎🌎🍍🍍🍍🌎🌎🌎 Please note that solitude is inherently universal in this current manifestation. Memories, thoughts and emotions are those things pertaining to the aspects of this current state of being alive, not our essence. Yet these pieces are the current tools for understanding our core, who we truly are, which is also our shared link with all life, every living thing, every human being. One of the true secrets to loneliness is that it hides beauty so thinly that you would only have to reach out and taste it to know. Blessings to you on your walk. 🥑🥑🥑👌👌👌🥑🥑🥑 🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽🔔🔔🔔🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽 #guru #gurusingh #prayerwarrior #prayerworks #depressionquotes #empath #hsp #empaths #empathy #lightworkers #lightworker #meditationtime #evenings #loveyall @gurusinghyogi is recommended here

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Be content within yourself and find others drawn to you.

When you construct yourself in a place of deep lack, you are forced to find some edge of abundance to keep you going. When you do so, keep pulling. You reveal with your effort (and it does get easier) the light that runs through all things, and certainly yourself.

Practically this obviously means no going out, or at least to places that don’t require much for you to get in. But this has led me to cut down to only the essentials: punk shows with friend’s bands, dive bars to meed old high school buddies, the homes of neighbors and, especially, family.

Though this certainly is the message of our generation, the truth is that, at some level, the less you spend, the more you have to personally invest. And then, the more you reap as your reward.
I hope this stuff helps y’all out if you find yourself in dire straits. Taking care of yourself is what I’ve found to be the greatest tool for a great life.


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The Best Natural Drugs You Never Heard of

In this modern time, where it’s rush here, hurry there, just to stay afloat, wouldn’t it be nice to have an aid in all the duress? Something not pharmaceutical with all its potential serious side effects, and certainly not illegal?

Enter the world of adaptogenic herbs.

it’s all the good herb, man. (via

What are adaptogens, you might ask? Essentially, adaptogens have an active role in balancing out your hormones and adapting your body to the stress of life itself.

I’ll be touching base on just a few of them. Favorites of mine, that I have been using for quite some time now (and to great effect), to battle anxiety and defeat depression, boost energy, sleep better, and have a noticably improved quality of life. A few years ago my health was in the shambles, and I would have benefited from the knowledge and use of these herbs to ease the blow of stress upon life.

Adaptogens usually have a building/cumulative effect (meaning that it can take a moment upon first use to actually feel the benefits, usually a few days). The names might sound funny to you, and you might also wonder how helpful they can actually be since you’ve likely never heard of them. Herbs such as Rhodiola, Ashwagandha, Ginseng, and He Shou Wu.

“He show who?” I’ll tell you.

As a note of transparency, I don’t know all the minute scientific specifics (say that fast three times), or basically jargon, of what makes these herbs function in the way that they do. They each contain active chemical components within that make them each uniquely effective as healing plants. In order to keep this article focused on the easy to remember stuff and not take up your whole day, I won’t be writing much about that.

I mainly know what these herbs have done for me, and what benefits others might reap from them as well. I’m hoping these herbs do the same for you as what they have expressed through my personal life, and more.

Let’s start with Rhodiola:

man and herb’s cosmic dance.

It grows primarily in high altitudes throughout Europe and Asia. It is used in Traditional Chinese Medicine, or TCM, and Tibetan monks revered it as a sacred healing herb and one of spiritual significance. Rhodiola has been used for centuries to treat depression, anxiety, impotence, fatigue, gastrointestinal issues, infections, high altitude sickness, and nervous system disorders. It also aids in exercise recovery, and is an ingredient in many fitness supplements.

Russia is rather fond of it, and they actually experimented with it extensively in studies for helping soldiers cope with fatigue and extreme cold, in the Cold War era. In some online forums, Rhodiola is suggested as an alternative to SSRI’s (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors); a drug made for major depression and generalized anxiety disorder. If that’s not legit, I don’t know what is.

Most notably for myself, Rhodiola has gone a long way towards alleviating anxiety, depression, and fatigue. I feel the effects within minutes of consumption, as it brings my whole world back into alignment, and everything is okay again. Rhodiola has changed my life. I use it in tincture form, non-alcohol extracted version (as a taste preference), from the brand Herb Pharm, at less than $14 for a 1 oz. bottle.

Herb Pharm is a well-trusted, established brand of effective supplements. Careful as a little Rhodiola goes a long way, and it can actually make anxiety worse if you take too much. But it’s easy to find that ‘sweet spot’ in which you can just reap the benefits. Other side effects can include: dizziness, dry mouth, sleep problems, and jittery-ness. In my personal experience, all of those can be negated by taking Rhodiola in small doses with a light snack, and not taking it too late in the day. A couple of small drops in my water does the trick for me, though you can moderate your dosage upon need or tolerance.


from grandma’s book o’ herbs

(also known as “Indian Ginseng, though chemically different from Ginseng in various ways); is one of the staples of ayurveyda, the ancient Indian system of medicine. Its scientific name ‘Withania Somnifera’ literally means “stink of the horse”, due to its pungent properties. Don’t let that deter you from experiencing its various benefits, however.

The root of this herb is used to help those with anxiety, anemia, to provide antioxidants, fight inflammation, improve memory, boost lean muscle mass, provide aphrodisiacal qualities, and even support thyroid health. However, those with thyroid issues would be advised to consult their physician before using it, as it could exacerbate those issues, even though it’s generally one of the safest herbs and one of the healthiest things you could possibly consume.

Namely for me, it helps the most with anxiety, especially of the social nature. It gives what I can only describe as a ‘social lubrication’ (get your mind out of the gutter), helping my words flow better when talking and without hesitation.

As I mentioned previously, many of these herbs’ effects are more noticeable when taken over time. Ashwagandha is definitely this way in my experience, more so even than the other three herbs I’m discussing here. Of the greatest benefit, for some, will likely be its ability to help you sleep better. I’ve only so far tried the ashwagandha from Herb Pharm in 1oz. tincture, alcohol-extract form, usually less than $14. As with the Rhodiola from the same brand, a couple drops mixed with water is usually effective enough for myself.


anything else come to mind? me neither.

this is probably the herb that most might be somewhat familiar with, but aren’t aware of its full potential, or don’t really know what it’s for. It is often an ingredient found on the back of an energy drink can in small dosages. It has energy-enhancing effects, but it goes so much deeper than that.

One of the most popular and highly valued adaptogens, ginseng promotes lean muscle mass, healthy sexual function in men and women (it is androgenic, meaning that it boosts testosterone to some degree, often being a featured ingredient in testosterone supplements), increases focus (great for ADD, I should know), aid in physical endurance and weight loss, and and is even somewhat calming.

There are different types of ginseng with some variance in benefit, namely Panax and then American ginseng. They both share some similar traits, but also differ mainly in the fact that Panax ginseng can has a more aggressive driving force compared to a somewhat calmer energy one might receive from American ginseng. Panax Ginseng is often referred to as “the king of herbs” in Chinese herbalism, due to the breadth of useful restorative properties it is imbued with, and has been a staple of TCM for over 2,000 years. American Ginseng is not as well documented, though it was of great value to Native Americans who used it as medicine, and eventually was known to European settlers.

Side effects for ginseng are more numerous than the other herbs here, though the saying “in moderation” applies as with anything else. Generally speaking, the higher quality the ginseng, the less side effects you are likely to experience. It lowers blood sugar, which can of course be of some benefit to diabetics. If you’re hypoglycemic (prone to low blood sugar), like myself- you can still take it, but at lower dosages or with plenty of food. I don’t have any issues with ginseng if I take it in small amount with a meal or in conjunction with a sugary snack.

The benefits are amazing, and worth it. Also, ginseng doesn’t lower blood glucose as drastically as cinnamon, so don’t worry too much. Of the few ginseng supplements that I’ve tried, Puritan’s Pride Ginseng Complex takes the cake for me. I feel phenomenal when I use it, and I only use half of the recommended serving (so just one capsule). Very economical, being that this product is less than $9 on Amazon including shipping costs.

He Shou Wu (pronounced Ho Shou Wu)

mmmm, tree bark

is likely the most interesting herb on this list, whether you attribute that to the name, its supposed origin of use, or its pristine value as an anti-aging tonic. You have nothing to lose by giving it a whirl, and everything to gain.

For one, it detoxifies and nourishes the liver and kidneys, which are of course two of the most vital organs we possess, thereby restoring natural hair color and reversing graying hair. He Shou Wu is also used by many for fortifying libido, and it’s great for bodybuilding as it does increase testosterone, though it’s not an aggressive herb by any means.

Women need not worry as He Shou Wu is a very balanced, Yin-state herb that will work with their bodies just as well. Don’t believe me? There are numerous testimonies on the internet about this herb in regards to the numerous benefits.

Let’s talk briefly about the history of this magnificent, underexposed herbal miracle.

Ancient Daoist texts report that, in 812 A.D., a weak, sterile old man by the name of He Tianer, discovered the herb when he awoke from a drunken slumber in the woods outside of his village. Not knowing what it was, he saw no harm in using traditional Chinese methods of herbal preparation for its experimental consumption. After decades of frailty and impotence, He began to feel his vitality return within a week and he was able to father a child a few months later. Not only that, but his hair color shifted from an elderly gray to a rich black. He was reported to be 160 years old at the time of his death, having fathered five more children.

get em grandpa! (imtmphoto/iStock/Thinkstock, via

The herb was named after him- “He Shou Wu” meaning He’s Black Hair. It should be noted that He Shou Wu is also called Fo Ti. However, that is actually the name of He Shou Wu in its raw form. Don’t be mistaken in thinking that raw means better. Fo Ti must go through a process in which mature roots are boiled with black beans in order to remove the toxins. Raw Fo Ti is edible, but in more than the smallest of amounts can actually be toxic to the liver, so it’s best to go with prepared He Shou Wu. For those knowledgeable about black beans being estrogenic; the beans are boiled to an extent where their hormonal effects are negated during this preparation, while the nutritional properties of Fo Ti are intact with the toxins removed. Herbal supplement manufacturers will usually tell you about their extraction/preparation method if you contact them about it.

The reason for these herbs sharing some similar benefits lies in their very nature as adaptogens, but they are each unique enough to stand out in their own right, and are each useful enough for a variety of benefactors. Not all herbs do the same thing for everyone, but more often than not you will have a positive experience. With this knowledge now, will you settle for things as they are, or will you adapt? The choice is up to you. Thanks for reading this article, and I hope it was edifying and informative. All the best to your health.