Puttin’ the bass in Buti

Puttin’ the bass in Buti

Rebecca Hart teaches a fusion of tribal dance and power yoga designed to transform and heal women from the inside out. She’s taking it to the mainland for festival season 2016 and she’s bringing her own bass with her.

That’s because Hart has just wrapped up producing a five-track album with Steel Pulse’s574a9c5fe00f5.image David Elecciri Jr., and she’s going to use the music in the classes she’ll be teaching nationwide.

Hart teaches Buti Yoga, named with the Indian Marathi word that means “a hidden cure.” It’s setting women all over the world on fire for themselves, creating a space where women can experience their own individual power and encourage one another at the same time.

The intense workout also has a formidable reputation for reshaping women’s bodies.

“It’s created specifically for women to heal from the inside out and it stimulates your endocrine system,” Hart said. “You sweat so much, and you really dig in and really move with Buti.”

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Breadfruit: The answer to hunger?

Breadfruit: The answer to hunger?

Breadfruit is incredibly versatile.  You can bake it, fry it, boil it, mash it, pickle it, or turn it into dough.

In fact, the National Tropical Botanical Garden’s Breadfruit Institute is still finding new and innovative ways to use the starchy, potato-like staple food.

“Right now, we’ve just finished our Plant a Tree of Life project and so we’re focusing on education and teaching people how to use this fruit,” said Diane Ragone, director of the Breadfruit Institute.

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Suicide in Paradise

Suicide in Paradise

Suicide might be considered a taboo topic, but when it’s the leading cause of death for people ages 15-74 in your state, as is the case in Hawaii, it’s time to start the conversation about prevention.

That’s the opinion of Gina Kaulukukui, executive director at Life’s Bridges, an organization established on Kauai in 2007 that provides bereavement services, information and support for people dealing with death.

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Cancer linked to processed meat

Cancer linked to processed meat

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Angel Marshall, from Lihue, eats rice to balance out the amount of Spam in his diet. 

The World Health Organization declared Monday that eating processed meats raises the risk of colon and stomach cancer, and that eating red meat is probably harmful as well.

That means there’s more to your Spam than just various animal parts.

Processed means any meat that has been altered to create a product, for preservation, or improve the flavor, such as hot dogs, smoked meats, sausage, or jerky.
The WHO suggests that eating a 50-gram portion of processed meat daily increases the risk of colorectal cancer by about 18 percent over a lifetime.

“That’s like if people eat two pieces of bacon every day,” said Carrie Brennan, a naturopathic physician that serves clients mostly on the Eastside of the island. “Basically, the bottom line is that to cure meats, they add nitrates or nitrites and those go through a process in your body that turns them into something else that damages your DNA.”

It took a group of about 22 scientists from the International Agency for Research on Cancer to study over 800 studies from around the world about meat and cancer. Those studies looked at more than a dozen different types of cancer in several populations with different diets over the span of 20 years.

“I think the information from the study is good, because it gets people thinking about what kinds of foods they are eating,” Brennan said.

Angel Marshall, from Lihue, who was shopping at the Lihue Safeway on Monday, said he grew up eating Spam and Vienna Sausages, and he’ll keep eating it in spite of the WHO’s announcement.

“I eat a lot of rice to balance it out and I work construction, and hunt and fish, so I work it off really fast,” Marshall said. “I wouldn’t recommend someone who just sits on their ass all day in front of the TV to eat a ton of Spam. They’d get all kinds of diseases, for sure.”

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