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March 24, 2017

Garden Club of Santa Barbara Celebrates at the University Club of Santa Barbara

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Garden Club of Santa Barbara Celebrates
at the University Club of Santa Barbara

Luncheon with Garden Club of Santa Barbara. Allison from Bragg visited with
President Robert Allen and Marine Biologist Deron E. Birkpile, who shared
an interesting presentation on his Work Adventures in Africa.

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Allison with Robert Allen and Deron Birkpile

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March 23, 2017

Health Care With No Worries

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Health Care With No Worries

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The U.S. spends more on health care per person, and as a percentage of gross domestic product, than any other advanced nation in the world, including Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Japan, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. But all that money has not made Americans healthier than the rest of the world. Quite simply, in our high-priced health care system that leaves millions overlooked, we spend and end up with less.

Other industrialized nations are making the morally principled and financially responsible decision to provide universal health care to all of their people—and they do so while saving money by keeping people healthier. Those who say this goal is unachievable are selling the American people short.

Americans need a health care system that works for patients and providers. We need to focus our federal investments on training the health care providers. We need to ensure a strong health care workforce in all communities now and in the future. We need to build on the strength of the 50 years of success of the Medicare program. We need a health care system that significantly reduces overhead, administrative costs and complexity. We need a system where all people can get the care they need to maintain and improve their health when they need it regardless of income, age or socioeconomic status. We need a system that works not just for millionaires and billionaires, but for all of us.

Under Bernie’s plan, Americans will benefit from the freedom and security that comes with finally separating health insurance from employment. That freedom would not only help the American people live happier, healthier and more fulfilling lives, but it would also promote innovation and entrepreneurship in every sector of the economy. People would be able to start new businesses, stay home with their children or leave jobs they don’t like knowing that they would still have health care coverage for themselves and their families. Employers could be free to focus on running their business rather than spending countless hours figuring out how to provide health insurance to their employees. Working Americans wouldn’t have to choose between bargaining for higher wages or better health insurance. Parents wouldn’t have to worry about how to provide health insurance to their children. Americans would no longer have to fear losing their health insurance if they lose their job, change employment or go part-time. Seniors and people with serious or chronic illnesses could afford the medications necessary to keep them healthy without worry of financial ruin. Millions of people will no longer have to choose between health care and other necessities like food, heat and shelter, and will have access to services that may have been out of reach, like dental care or long-term care.

Simply put, Bernie’s plan will provide all Americans with the sense of freedom and peace of mind that comes from knowing you always have access to the health care you need.

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This Blog is moderated. It is created to be informative, inspiring and uplifting. Our positive philosophy at Bragg is to communicate with love and respect. As Paul and Patricia Bragg teach, in expressing your thoughts and opinions to others, ask yourself: "Is it good, is it kind, is it necessary?" All comments that do not fit this philosophy will not be posted.

Health Care With No Worries

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Health Care With No Worries

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he U.S. spends more on health care per person, and as a percentage of gross domestic product, than any other advanced nation in the world, including Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Japan, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. But all that money has not made Americans healthier than the rest of the world. Quite simply, in our high-priced health care system that leaves millions overlooked, we spend more yet end up with less.

Other industrialized nations are making the morally principled and financially responsible decision to provide universal health care to all of their people—and they do so while saving money by keeping people healthier. Those who say this goal is unachievable are selling the American people short.

Americans need a health care system that works for patients and providers. We need to focus our federal investments on training the health care providers. We need to ensure a strong health care workforce in all communities now and in the future. We need to build on the strength of the 50 years of success of the Medicare program. We need a health care system that significantly reduces overhead, administrative costs and complexity. We need a system where all people can get the care they need to maintain and improve their health when they need it regardless of income, age or socioeconomic status. We need a system that works not just for millionaires and billionaires, but for all of us.

Under Bernie’s plan, Americans will benefit from the freedom and security that comes with finally separating health insurance from employment. That freedom would not only help the American people live happier, healthier and more fulfilling lives, but it would also promote innovation and entrepreneurship in every sector of the economy. People would be able to start new businesses, stay home with their children or leave jobs they don’t like knowing that they would still have health care coverage for themselves and their families. Employers could be free to focus on running their business rather than spending countless hours figuring out how to provide health insurance to their employees. Working Americans wouldn’t have to choose between bargaining for higher wages or better health insurance. Parents wouldn’t have to worry about how to provide health insurance to their children. Americans would no longer have to fear losing their health insurance if they lose their job, change employment or go part-time. Seniors and people with serious or chronic illnesses could afford the medications necessary to keep them healthy without worry of financial ruin. Millions of people will no longer have to choose between health care and other necessities like food, heat and shelter, and will have access to services that may have been out of reach, like dental care or long-term care.

Simply put, Bernie’s plan will provide all Americans with the sense of freedom and peace of mind that comes from knowing you always have access to the health care you need.

This Blog is moderated. It is created to be informative, inspiring and uplifting. Our positive philosophy at Bragg is to communicate with love and respect. As Paul and Patricia Bragg teach, in expressing your thoughts and opinions to others, ask yourself: "Is it good, is it kind, is it necessary?" All comments that do not fit this philosophy will not be posted.

March 22, 2017

Dr. Patricia Bragg Supports Jyl Steinback

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Dr. Patricia Bragg supports Jyl Steinback

#Clap4Health℠ is a unique #cardiovascular disease and #obesity prevention campaign that promotes #physical activity through clapping. What could be easier? This program partners the feel-good activity of clapping with #dance and exercise to encourage kids to engage in #physical movement.

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March 21, 2017

Santa, Taking a Spring Break at the Bragg Organic Farm?

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Santa, taking a Spring Break at the Bragg Organic Farm?

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Forget Sugar-Coated Santa; Meet Sustainable Santa

Richard Eckfield and Wife Helen, founders of “Sustainable Santa” visited us at the Bragg Offices this week, as they traveled from San Francisco to San Diego, sharing their program promoting health to children. Their non-profit organization’s “Outreach” during the Holidays includes teams of Healthy Santa’s with real white beards, visiting Farmers Markets in California. They take photos and share healthy treats. Their message is that Santa wants them to be “Good” by being “Healthy, Happy and Fit for Life.”  Forgetting sugar-coated Fat Santa, who is out-of-date, and instead introducing modern Healthy Santa who is a kids counselor and urges kids to eat a healthy diet and live a sustainable lifestyle.

Richard tells us that sugar is the new tobacco, and just as dangerous. There is a sharp rise in Childhood Obesity and Diabetes and they are preventable and the result of food, beverage and Lifestyle choices.  Dr. Patricia Bragg agrees, and her Bragg Health Kids program is also working to reverse this trend and promote optimum health for children. Her goals are aligned with those of the Eckfield’s, and Patricia has been visiting and supporting Farmers Markets for decades sharing her educational literature. Patricia has been a financial contributor to some of the Farmers Markets in Hawaii where she visits every year. “We have to fight the big corporations who are more interested ion profits than the health of their customers and the health of the planet. Children our our future, and they must understand that overuse of sugar, GMO crops, pesticides, preservatives, plastic packaging, are not healthy choices. Growing our own veggies and berries, supporting local Farmers Markets, and avoiding processed foods, is how they can help restore their health.

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This Blog is moderated. It is created to be informative, inspiring and uplifting. Our positive philosophy at Bragg is to communicate with love and respect. As Paul and Patricia Bragg teach, in expressing your thoughts and opinions to others, ask yourself: "Is it good, is it kind, is it necessary?" All comments that do not fit this philosophy will not be posted.

New Study: A Healthy Plant-Based Diet Can Cut Type 2 Diabetes Risk by a Third

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A Healthy Plant-Based Diet Can Cut
Type 2 Diabetes Risk by a Third

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The study, published online in the journal PLOS Medicine and funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health, surveyed 200,000 health professionals for more than 20 years.

Researchers used a diet index in which plant foods received positive scores and animal foods and less healthy plant foods (sweet beverages, refined grains) received reverse scores.

Study Results

  • Overall, a healthy plant-rich diet that was low in animals foods was associated with a 20 percent reduced risk of type 2 diabetes.
  • The most healthy plant-based diet (centered around whole grains, fruits, vegetables, legumes, and nuts) was associated with a 34 percent reduced risk of type 2 diabetes.
  • A less-healthy plant-based diet (more refined and processed foods and sugary drinks) was associated with a 16 percent increased risk of type 2 diabetes.
  • Even a modest reduction in animal-based foods (from 5-6 servings to 4 servings per day) was associated with a lower risk of type 2 diabetes.

“This study highlights that even moderate dietary changes in the direction of a healthful plant-based diet can play a significant role in the prevention of type 2 diabetes,” said lead study author Ambika Satija, a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Nutrition.

This Blog is moderated. It is created to be informative, inspiring and uplifting. Our positive philosophy at Bragg is to communicate with love and respect. As Paul and Patricia Bragg teach, in expressing your thoughts and opinions to others, ask yourself: "Is it good, is it kind, is it necessary?" All comments that do not fit this philosophy will not be posted.

March 20, 2017

Court Case That May Change Fate of Monsanto

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Court Case That May Change Fate of Monsanto

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For years, Monsanto has been trying to hide the detrimental risks their leading herbicide, Roundup, poses to human health and the environment. Over the years, numerous studies have been published proving that the active ingredient in Roundup, glyphosate, can cause cancer, miscarriages, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s, and more.

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Despite the overwhelming amount of evidence in support of the harmful effects of Roundup, Monsanto continues to monopolize the entire North American seed industry without government intervention. Roundup can be found all over any non-organic food, golf courses, and soil, despite the fact that it is a known carcinogen. However, thanks to a federal court judge in California, Monsanto may finally be tried for its wrongdoings and secrecy, shedding light on the truth about Roundup and the company’s ties to the U.S. government.

The Court Case That May Change the Fate of Monsanto

On February 27, 2017, Judge Vince Chhabria declared to Monsanto that, despite the company’s objections, numerous documents will not be kept sealed and turned over to be used against the company. Judge Chhabria is currently overseeing over 55 lawsuits against Monsanto in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. He even threatened Monsanto that if the company continues to pursue extensive efforts to keep important documents out of the hands of the public, he would impose sanctions.

The court cases were filed as a result of numerous claims that Monsanto’s Roundup caused non-Hodgkin lymphoma, a type of cancer that originates in the lymphatic system and could potentially be caused by Roundup. These specific lawsuits are being handled together as “multi-district litigation” (MDL) in San Francisco, although there are tons more claims from people all over the U.S. who developed the same type of cancer after being exposed to the herbicide.

“I have a problem with Monsanto because it’s —- it is insisting that stuff be filed under seal that should not be filed under seal,” Judge Chhabria explained in the hearing. When documents are “relevant to the litigation, they shouldn’t be under seal, even if they are not – are embarrassing to Monsanto, you know, even if Monsanto doesn’t like what they say.”

Another questionable subject that was brought up in the hearing is the fact that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) maintains that glyphosate is “likely not a carcinogen.” Why would the government knowingly support a false claim, as it has been proven that glyphosate can cause cancer? As a result of the EPA’s stance, there was some concern during the hearing as to whether or not those involved in the trial would even believe experts who explain the science behind glyphosate being carcinogenic.

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People trust the establishment so readily, yet the EPA has, on numerous occasions, colluded with oil companies and Monsanto, all of which threaten the environment, which the EPA claims to protect. However, this case is expected to blow the lid off Monsanto’s close ties to EPA higher-ups, including Jess Rowland, head of the EPA’s Cancer Assessment Review Committee (CARC). A report by that committee was “accidentally” leaked to the public at a time that was favorable to Monsanto given its latest lawsuits.

According to court filings by plaintiffs’ attorneys, discovery documents “strongly suggests that Mr. Rowland’s primary goal was to serve the interests of Monsanto.” Mr. Rowland has yet to publicly address these allegations; however, he has since left the agency and retired.

Plaintiffs state that the litigation has revealed documents proving that Rowland was “straining, and often breaking, ethics and rules to benefit Monsanto’s business.” Internal Monsanto communications exposed that the company pushed this report to be published immediately in order to “preempt other potential actions or inquiries about the dangers of glyphosate,” according to a court filing.

Further proof lies in the form of a letter from a former EPA scientist to Rowland stating that there were significant scientific grounds for the EPA to reclassify glyphosate from a “possible human carcinogen” to a “probable” cancer-causing agent, but clearly, Rowland ignored this expert’s opinion.

The controversy surrounding the cancer-glyphosate relationship is strange, as even the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classified glyphosate as a probable human carcinogen years ago. Numerous studies have proven the cancer-glyphosate link (examples 123), but despite the overwhelming amount of evidence, it is still being debated in U.S. courts.

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Fortunately for California consumers, another California judge just ruled against Monsanto in a case that aimed to enforce mandatory cancer warnings on Roundup labels. Judge Kristi Kapetan finalized her ruling last week, confirming that California will now classify glyphosate as a chemical “known to the state to cause cancer,” in accordance with the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, otherwise known as Proposition 65.

In  January 2016, Monsanto filed a lawsuit against the State of California Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) over the agency’s notice of intent to list glyphosate as a Prop 65 chemical. After a long battle, the company finally lost and will be forced to put cancer labels on their most popular herbicide, Roundup, in California.

Hopefully, now that these labels will be on their herbicides, the courts can stop debating on whether or not glyphosate is a carcinogen. This will likely bode well for the cases in California, but since many of the claims were made outside of the state where the same laws don’t apply, it may have less impact around the country.

Rowland and some of the higher-ups at Monsanto are set to have depositions later in March 2017. A key hearing is set for October 2017, at which time expert witness testimonies are expected to be presented to the judge and then trial dates will likely begin in early 2018.

Just How Toxic Is Roundup for You?

Numerous countries have banned the use of Monsanto’s Roundup, including Russia, Sri Lanka, and much of Europe. Russian Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich announced that Russia had “made the decision not to use any GMO in food productions.” This is namely due to safety concerns surrounding GMOs and toxicity of the active ingredient in Roundup, glyphosate.

Thanks However, in reality, there’s much more to the herbicide to be concerned about. A study published in the journal Biomedical Research International  showed that Roundup is 125 times more toxic than its active ingredient glyphosate studied in isolation. The eye-opening abstract reads as follows:

Pesticides are used throughout the world as mixtures called formulations. They contain adjuvants, which are often kept confidential and are called inerts by the manufacturing companies, plus a declared active principle, which is usually tested alone. We tested the toxicity of 9 pesticides, comparing active principles and their formulations, on three human cell lines. Glyphosate, isoproturon, fluroxypyr, pirimicarb, imidacloprid, acetamiprid, tebuconazole, epoxiconazole, and prochloraz constitute, respectively, the active principles of 3 major herbicides, 3 insecticides, and 3 fungicides.  

Despite its relatively benign reputation, Roundup was among the most toxic herbicides and insecticides tested. Most importantly, 8 formulations out of 9 were up to one thousand times more toxic than their active principles. Our results challenge the relevance of the acceptable daily intake for pesticides because this norm is calculated from the toxicity of the active principle alone. Chronic tests on pesticides may not reflect relevant environmental exposures if only one ingredient of these mixtures is tested alone.

Dr. Stephanie Seneff, a research scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), revealed an even more disturbing truth: Glyphosate is possibly “the most important factor in the development of multiple chronic diseases and conditions that have become prevalent in Westernized societies.” Another studysuggested that glyphosate can cause celiac disease, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, kidney failure, miscarriages, infertility, birth defects, obesity, autism, depression, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and cancer.

“It is commonly believed that Roundup is among the safest pesticides… Despite its reputation, Roundup was by far the most toxic among the herbicides and insecticides tested. This inconsistency between scientific fact and industrial claim may be attributed to huge economic interests, which have been found to falsify health risk assessments and delay health policy decisions.” – R. Mesnage et al., Biomed Research International, Volume 2014 (2014) article ID 179691

It’s not really a surprise that Monsanto refuses to admit the health risks associated with GMOs and Roundup, as the company makes billions of dollars every year from its monopoly on the seed industry. As a result, it’s difficult for consumers to even know when they’re eating GMOs or other products doused in Roundup because there’s a lack of transparency. This isn’t surprising from a corporate perspective; however, it would be reassuring to see the government step in and help the people instead of the corporations.

I think that all of this speaks to corruption inherent in the judiciary system. It has become less about serving the people and more about protecting the corporations. If we could truly trust the government to protect people, then the EPA would not be collaborating with companies like Monsanto. However, perhaps with these new court cases in California, a shift will start to occur and justice will start to be served!

This Blog is moderated. It is created to be informative, inspiring and uplifting. Our positive philosophy at Bragg is to communicate with love and respect. As Paul and Patricia Bragg teach, in expressing your thoughts and opinions to others, ask yourself: "Is it good, is it kind, is it necessary?" All comments that do not fit this philosophy will not be posted.

Study – Vitamin B Reduces Negative Air Pollution Effects

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Study – Vitamin B Reduces Negative Air Pollution Effects

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According to a new study published in PNAS, researchers at Columbia University demonstrated that B vitamins may play an essential role in reducing the impact of air pollution. This is the first study to show possible interventions that may prevent or minimize the adverse effects of air pollution. Specifically, it shows how preventive measures with B vitamins can influence particular pathways that may mitigate these adverse effects.

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that approximately 92% of the population lives in places where air quality levels exceed the limits of 10 μg/m3. Air pollutants can deposit in the respiratory tract, which can result in lung and systemic inflammation. Although there has been substantial lowering of air pollution through large-scale emissions control policies over the past few decades, its negative health effects are still common and may contribute to many complex health issues.

In this study, researchers gave participants a placebo or B vitamin supplement containing folate, pyroxidine, and cobalamin. Plasma B vitamin levels were assessed before and after, which demonstrated that B vitamin supplementation prevented changes in the genes involved in mitochondrial oxidative energy from air pollution.

The truth is, we all live in an ever-increasing toxic environment. More than 80,000 chemicals are introduced into the world each year and our indoor environment is likely more toxic than our outdoor environment.

We are exposed to pesticides, herbicides, chemical solvents, xenobiotics, and industrial chemicals of all kinds through the food we eat, the water we drink and the air we breathe. These toxins accumulate in our body and contribute to the total toxic load that can cause a variety of health problems. Unfortunately, this exposure to environmental toxins is often unavoidable.

What can we do? Support our detoxification pathways. There is significant evidence of the importance of diet and nutritional supplementation in maintaining detoxification pathways.

This Blog is moderated. It is created to be informative, inspiring and uplifting. Our positive philosophy at Bragg is to communicate with love and respect. As Paul and Patricia Bragg teach, in expressing your thoughts and opinions to others, ask yourself: "Is it good, is it kind, is it necessary?" All comments that do not fit this philosophy will not be posted.

March 17, 2017

Words of Wisdom With Dr. Patricia Bragg

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Words of wisdom with Dr. Patricia Bragg

Filmed in Hawaii. Produced by Leslie Rosa Gil
Dr.Patricia Bragg and Host Scott Nordquist Discussing The Bragg lifestyle.

Part 1, 2 and 3

Words of Wisdom with Dr. Patricia Bragg part 1

Words of wisdom with Dr. Patricia Bragg part 2

 

Words of Wisdom with Dr. Patricia Bragg part 3

This Blog is moderated. It is created to be informative, inspiring and uplifting. Our positive philosophy at Bragg is to communicate with love and respect. As Paul and Patricia Bragg teach, in expressing your thoughts and opinions to others, ask yourself: "Is it good, is it kind, is it necessary?" All comments that do not fit this philosophy will not be posted.

March 16, 2017

Market Rejection of GMOs Grows

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Market Rejection of GMOs Grows

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Four-Year Plan to Topple Toxic Agriculture

Ronnie Cummins, founder of the Organic Consumers Association (OCA) details the current state of the opposition to genetically modified organisms (GMOs). We first met about six years ago, when we collaborated to create the direct ballot initiative to label GMOs in California. A lot has happened since then, including the passing of what’s colloquially known as the Deny Americans the Right to Know (DARK) Act, ironically misnamed “The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act.”

On the upside, in 2016 we saw, for the first time in nearly 20 years, a decrease in the amount of genetically engineered (GE) crops grown around the world, in terms of acreage. As noted by Cummins, “This represents the fact that this technology is failing, in the sense of superweeds and superpests are popping up all over the world.” In the U.S., three-quarters of farmers growing GE crops like soybeans, corn or canola are having problems with these herbicide- and pesticide-resistant pests.

Market Rejection of GMOs Has Grown

Even more importantly, consumers around the world have become aware of the many problems associated with GE crops and the toxic herbicides and pesticides used on them, and do not want any of it on their plates. In other words, the market has started rejecting GMOs, and that’s what we’ve been fighting for all along. Nothing can or will change unless consumers apply pressure in the form of refusing to buy GMOs.

In the European Union (EU), which is the biggest agriculture market in the world, few if any GMOs are found on supermarket shelves. In the U.S. — despite industry spending hundreds of millions of dollars to manipulate market preference — about 40 percent of Americans still believe GE foods and GE ingredients are dangerous. Another 20 percent are unsure whether GMOs are dangerous or not.

“This combination of consumer rejection and, basically, Mother Nature’s resistance, has caused a drop-off,” Cummins says. “I think this is the beginning of the end of at least this generation, the first generation, of GMO crops.

Now, industry is saying, ‘Don’t worry about the fact that we’re using more and more toxic pesticides and herbicides … Don’t worry about these pests spreading across the fields. We’ve got a new generation of GMO crops where we can just do gene editing.

We don’t have to pull some DNA from a foreign species and haphazardly splice it into a corn or a soybean crop.’ But the bottom line is that this gene-splicing and this so-called new gene editing are unnatural processes that disrupt the genetic structure, the natural workings of living organisms. These aren’t going to work either.”

This Blog is moderated. It is created to be informative, inspiring and uplifting. Our positive philosophy at Bragg is to communicate with love and respect. As Paul and Patricia Bragg teach, in expressing your thoughts and opinions to others, ask yourself: "Is it good, is it kind, is it necessary?" All comments that do not fit this philosophy will not be posted.

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