38 Vermont towns will share $347,291 for planning projects

first_imgThe state has awarded nearly $350,000 in Municipal Planning Grants to thirty-eight communities across the state to help them plan for growth and development. Officials at the Vermont Department of Economic, Housing and Community Development announced the Municipal Planning Grants of up to $15,000, which can be used for a variety of planning projects. These grants support the planning activities that are at the heart of Vermont s Smart Growth strategy, said Tayt Brooks, Commissioner of the Department of Economic, Housing and Community Development. While the budget crisis has curtailed the amount available, these investments will help promote economic activity, community development and housing in our downtowns and village centers, while protecting Vermont s working landscape.The Municipal and Regional Planning Fund was first established in 1988 as a way to support municipal planning and development.  The program offers grants of up to $15,000 to help Vermont municipalities develop their town plans and to conduct special planning projects. Through a competitive process, 38 towns across the state were awarded funds for a diverse collection of planning projects.  A number of projects are planning activities to support updating town plans, maps and zoning bylaws. There are also projects relating to downtown and village revitalization, growth center planning and economic development planning efforts.As part of Governor Jim Douglas E-State Initiative, these grants are now applied for, approved, and administered completely on-line. This is how we are using technology to be more efficient in state government, Brooks said. Making the process of applying for and administering grants paperless makes the process faster, less costly, and less time-consuming for both the applicant and our staff.With no local matching funds required, this is one of the few state grant programs accessible to even the smallest of Vermont municipalities.  Communities have 18 months to complete their planning projects. For more about the Municipal Planning Grant site please visit:  www.dhca.state.vt.us/Planning/MPG.htm(link is external)Source: Economic Development. 6.2.2010. $26,153 GRANT AWARDS Northern Vermont Development AuthorityTown of BurkeTown Plan and Zoning Update$14,655 Town of ConcordZoning and/or Subdivision Bylaw Update$8,655 Town of DerbyMunicipal Plan Update$7,175 Town of GranbyZoning and/or Subdivision Bylaw Update$4,940 Total Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional CommissionTown of Bradford Zoning and/or Subdivision Bylaw Update$4,540Town of BarnardZoning and/or Subdivision Bylaw Update$2,825Town of Hartford Highway Specifications$9,650Town of PlymouthMunicipal Plan Update$2,545Town of Randolph Economic Development Plan$7,475Town of StraffordUnified Bylaws$11,425Town of TopshamMunicipal Plan Update$3,075Town of West Fairlee Municipal Plan Update$5,540Total $19,328 $38,774 Southern Windsor County Regional Planning CommissionTown of ChesterZoning and/or Subdivision Bylaw Update$10,150Town of LudlowMunicipal Plan Update$10,350Total Windham Regional CommissionTown of BrattleboroMunicipal Plan Update$15,000Town of GuilfordZoning and/or Subdivision Bylaw$5,000Town of PutneyMunicipal Plan Update$12,450Total Northwest Regional Planning CommissionCity of St. AlbansMunicipal Plan$15,000Town of North HeroZoning and/or Subdivision Bylaw$10,000Town of St. AlbansZoning and/or Subdivision Bylaw Update$15,000Total $32,450 Lamoille County Planning CommissionTown of BelvidereHistoric Schoolhouse Feasibility Study$6,721Town of Hyde ParkMunicipal Plan Update$12,740Town of JohnsonMunicipal Plan Update$2,325Total Chittenden County Regional Planning CommissionCity of BurlingtonMunicipal Plan Update$14,999Town of HinesburgGrowth Center Plan$15,000City of South BurlingtonZoning and/or Subdivision Bylaw Update$8,775Total $27,350center_img $47,075 $40,000 Central Vermont Regional Planning CommissionCity of BarreMunicipal Plan Update$15,000City of MontpelierZoning and/or Subdivision Bylaw Update$15,000Town of WaitsfieldOther$8,450Total  Bennington County Regional CommissionTown of BenningtonMunicipal Plan Update WT other$3,500Town of StamfordMunicipal Plan Update$7,428Town of WoodfordMunicipal Plan Update$8,400Total  $38,450 Addison County Regional Planning CommissionMunicipalityProject TypeOffered Town of BristolZoning and/or Subdivision Bylaw Update$12,350City of VergennesZoning and/or Subdivision Bylaw Update$15,000Total $35,425 Rutland Regional Planning CommissionCity of RutlandDowntown Traffic Study $15,000Town of KillingtonOfficial Map $1,870Town of Mount HollyAffordable Housing Studies $4,283Town of PoultneyMunicipal Plan Update $5,000Total $21,786 -30- Grand Total   $347,291 $20,500 last_img read more

Trail Mix – Whitney Rose Song Premiere!!

first_imgCountry music is as American as baseball and apple pie.Is it wrong, then, to look north to Canada for country music’s next great female voice?I hope not, because Whitney Rose, whose second record, Heartbreaker of The Year, which releases on August 21st, is ready to lay claim to that mantle.Rose’s new record, produced by Raul Malo, front man for longtime country stalwarts The Mavericks, was recorded in just four days and has been described by the singer as both a little weird and quirky while remaining rooted in classic country influences.Trail Mix happily included “Little Piece of You” this month and is thrilled to offer up the premiere of “Ain’t It Wise.”“‘Ain’t It Wise’ is about love, but I wouldn’t really call it a love song,” says Rose. “It’s all about the complication that comes with finding love and how difficult it can be to maintain. Love is a universal feeling that most people have felt in one way or another, so it should be simple. Just love someone. But it sure as hell isn’t that easy.So, here it is, folks.  Enjoy!Whitney Rose will be in Hamilton, Canada, at the Festival of Friends on Sunday, August 9th. September finds Whitney back in the Southeast, with dates in Tennessee, North Carolina, and Virginia.For more information on Whitney Rose, the new record, or when she might be on a stage near you, please check out her website. And if you dug “Ain’t It Wise,” make sure you check out “Little Piece of You” on this month’s Trail Mix.Photo by Jen Squires.last_img read more

Cricket News India in Australia: Down Under – The making of Virat Kohli, the modern legend

first_imgNew Delhi: Virat Kohli is one of the modern-day greats of cricket when it comes to the art of batting. His reputation was made and enhanced due to stellar performances in tough conditions in Australia during the 2011 and 2014 series.STARTSAustralia has been a kind nation when it comes to making Indian cricketers legends. Vijay Hazare became a certified genius not only because he became the first Indian to score a ton in both innings of a Test, but because he achieved it in Australia, in Sir Don Bradman’s backyard. Sunil Gavaskar struck five centuries Down Under in the 70s and 80s. Sachin Tendulkar was the designated gold standard because he provided so many memorable knocks against Australia. Be it the 114 on a fast and bouncy Perth wicket in 1992, 116 in Melbourne 1999 or a disciplined 241 in Sydney 2004, every knock of Tendulkar in Australia enhanced his greatness. In addition to Gavaskar and Tendulkar, Australia has given birth to one more Indian legend. His steel was forged during the team’s dark times in 2011/12 when they were whitewashed 4-0. From the ashes of those humiliating losses, there arose a fiery individual that would ensure Indian cricket would not take a back step, verbally or in the field. Virat Kohli is a modern great of the game and it was in Australia where the legend was established.Also Read | Rohit Sharma’s Indian cricket team masters the art of a last ball finish 2011/12 – First glimpse of the legend Before the Australia tour, Kohli had acquired a reputation as a batsman to watch out for in ODIs but his Test career had hardly taken off. After failures in Melbourne and Sydney, there were murmurs that maybe Kohi is not suited for Test cricket. However, like Tendulkar in 1992, Perth was the venue where Kohli showed he belonged in Tests.On a difficult track, Kohli was the only one who showed application in weathering the Aussie bowlers who regularly touched 90 mph. His knock of 44 and 75 might not have been big scores, but it gave India a glimpse of a bright future. When all was lost in Adelaide, with India whitewashed, it was Kohli’s 116 and his aggression towards the Australians that gave India a moral victory.His good form continued in the CB series and one particular knock, 133 off 86 balls against Sri Lanka in Hobart 2012 cemented his super stardom. His batting and his assault on Lasith Malinga, the best death overs bowler at that time, represented the moment when Kohli the youngster evolved into Kohli the megastar. The Delhi lad’s exploits on the 2011/12 tour gave Indian fans the hope that life ahead will be good once the likes of Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman quit. 2014/15 series – Legendary batting Kohli arrived in 2014/15 Down Under with some fresh doubts. His technique was shredded in England by the likes of James Anderson and critics said that Kohli was a player who could not play against the seaming ball.  This time, Kohli chose the moment to silence his detractors and blasted centuries in both innings of the Adelaide Test. His knocks of 115 and 141 was still not enough to give India victory in what was an emotionally-draining Test, played in the backdrop of Phillip Hughes tragic death. After a blip in Brisbane, Kohli showed his fondness for Australian conditions with knocks of 169 and 147 in the Melbourne and Sydney Tests. His 692 runs in the four Tests at an average of 86 was the best-ever tally by an Indian in Australia, more than Gavaskar or Tendulkar. Overseas yet again, Australia enhanced Kohli’s stature when it came to batting.Read More | Dhawan returning to form crucial ahead of Australia tour: Rohit Sharma 2018/19 series – conquering the final frontier? Heading into this series, Kohli has proven without a shadow of doubt that he is the best. He has ensured his detractors have no place to hide after he conquered his demons in England. He has shown his brilliance in South Africa. He did well in New Zealand and his record in Australia is simply outstanding.  With Australia depleted and with Kohli in the form of his life, the chance is bright for India to register a first-ever Test series win. In the last two trips Down Under, Kohli the legendary batsman was created. A series win in Australia this time could herald the arrival of Kohli as a legendary captain. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Selects send message to rest of zone with lopsided win at Creston Blitz tourney

first_imgThe Nelson Selects looked good in a tune up for the Kootenay Zone Playoffs by sweeping away the competition in the U14 Boy’s Division of the Creston Blitz Youth Soccer Tournament Sunday in the East Kootenay City.The Selects, defeating Columbia Valley 4-0 in the Final, outscored the opposition 17-1 in the tournament.Micah May and Sam Woodward, jumping on a rebound from a James Miller shot, scored late in the first half to give Nelson all the goals it would need.May and Nolan Percival completed the scoring in the second half.“This was a dominant performance by Nelson over the team that knocked them out at provincial playdowns last season,” said coach Dan Szabo.
Trevor Giles registered the shutout in goal for Nelson.The Selects host the Kootenay Zone playdowns June 11-12 at Lakeside Pitch in Nelson.The Selects opened the tourney with two wins Saturday, overcoming very poor field conditions.Spencer Szabo scored three times to lead the Nelson past Kootenay East of Cranbrook 4-0. Percival had the other goal.Nelson then advanced to the final with a one-sided 9-1 rout of Kootenay South.The Selects were no match for Kootenay South, scoring the first goal a minute into the contest. Nelson added two more goals before the five-minute mark.Percival, U13 call-up Quinn Dawson and May each scored twice while Nicholas Wethal, Galen Boulanger and Szabo added singles.Four teams, including Nelson, Columbia Valley, Kootenay East and Kootenay South, will meet for the Kootenay title.The winner represents the zone at the B.C. Provincial B Cup in July. The tourney is hosted in [email protected]last_img read more

Loreto Milford students dress to impress at festive prom – Picture Special

first_imgStudents from Loreto Milford celebrated their prom on Friday last – with plenty of glitz and glam on display.The night of fun made for a great occasion in the Silver Tassie Hotel in Letterkenny.Clive Wasson was in attendance to capture some of the best moments: Hannah Hunter, Kate Kemp and Zoe Brady at Loreto Milford Prom in the Silver Tassie Hotel on Friday last. Photo Clive WassonMicheal Shields, Peter Carr, Cian Harkin and Ronan Sweeney at Loreto Milford Prom in the Silver Tassie Hotel on Friday last. Photo Clive WassonAisling Irwin, Emma Gallagher, Molly Kennedy and Molly Wheeler at Loreto Milford Prom in the Silver Tassie Hotel on Friday last. Photo Clive WassonDainelle Kerr and Daithi McFadden at Loreto Milford Prom in the Silver Tassie Hotel on Friday last. Photo Clive WassonConor Smith, Tyler Durning, Oran Dunwurth and Mark Gallagher at Loreto Milford Prom in the Silver Tassie Hotel on Friday last. Photo Clive WassonConor McFadden and Lara Barrett at Loreto Milford Prom in the Silver Tassie Hotel on Friday last. Photo Clive WassonKevin Gormley and Molly Gallagher at Loreto Milford Prom in the Silver Tassie Hotel on Friday last. Photo Clive WassonCaolin Multagh and Peter Carr at Loreto Milford Prom in the Silver Tassie Hotel on Friday last. Photo Clive WassonProm King, Leo Blaney at Loreto Milford Prom in the Silver Tassie Hotel on Friday last. Photo Clive WassonCaoimhne Herron, Jodie McGrory and Nicole Coyle at Loreto Milford Prom in the Silver Tassie Hotel on Friday last. Photo Clive WassonHannah Firel and Cain McFadden at Loreto Milford Prom in the Silver Tassie Hotel on Friday last. Photo Clive WassonKeenan Barrett, Ella Khavia and Thomas Kees at Loreto Milford Prom in the Silver Tassie Hotel on Friday last. Photo Clive WassonDainelle Keer, Hannah Firel, Rosha Robinson, Riannan Mottran, Laura McGeehan and Megan McGettigan at Loreto Milford Prom in the Silver Tassie Hotel on Friday last. Photo Clive WassonAt Loreto Milford Prom in the Silver Tassie Hotel on Friday last front from left Mark Smith, Diane Jones and Luke McKeane. Back from left are Emma McNutt, Jennifer Burns, Aine McCaughan, Oisin Haley and Conor McLaughlin. Photo Clive WassonChloe Keer, Finn Curran and Caoimhe Roache at Loreto Milford Prom in the Silver Tassie Hotel on Friday last. Photo Clive WassonDaragh Sweeney, Harrison Ferris, Mark Gallagher, Ronan Sweeney and Ciaran McDevitt at Loreto Milford Prom in the Silver Tassie Hotel on Friday last. Photo Clive WassonLoreto Milford students dress to impress at festive prom – Picture Special was last modified: December 7th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

So, how did Khalil Mack do in his Chicago Bears debut?

first_imgGet Raiders news in your inbox. Sign up now for the free Raiders HQ newsletter.Let’s hope, for Jon Gruden’s sake, he didn’t watch this one.If he did, he might regret trading Khalil Mack, who simply did Khalil Mack things as he tortured the Packers in his debut with the Chicago Bears.How does being the first player since 2016 with a sack, interception, forced fumble, fumble recovery and defensive touchdown in a single game sound? Who was the player to fill the stat sheet like that two …last_img read more

Stupid Evolution Quote of the Week: The Evolution of TV Dinners

first_imgHumans still have genetic memories of feasting and telling stories around the campfire, says Martin Jones at Cambridge University.  That’s why we gravitate toward eating TV dinners in front of the telly.  This opinion is expressed in all seriousness by United Press International, titled “Television dinners linked to evolution.”  Jones calls today’s TV dinners “today’s campfire.”  The article explains, “Martin told the London newspaper [The Telegraph] he believes it is natural for humans to gather and to eat while also consuming information and entertainment.”    Other scientists are not sure about this idea.  “Martin’s theory has been called ‘unhelpful,’ particularly by groups who attribute child obesity to eating in front of the television.”    Perhaps a few Darwinians worry that the all-seeing eyes of Creation-Evolution Headlines are ever lurking about the internet, searching for candidates for the SEQOTW prize.Perhaps there is something to this idea – but in a philosophical, not evolutionary sense.  Lost humans have always amused themselves in Plato’s cave, thinking they understand the world, when in reality, their backs are to the light, and they see mere shadows projected on the wall.  Now, we have Hollywood to deliver the shadows to us in our own homes.  Goes best with the Swanson Pterodactyl Pteriyaki.(Visited 14 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Muck Crops Field Day

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Researchers with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University will offer a July 28 field day focusing on the needs of fresh-market vegetable producers that will offer farmers the latest information on diseases facing muck crops.The Muck Crops Field Day is from 9 a.m. to noon at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center’s Muck Crops Agricultural Research Station, 4875 state Route 103 S in Willard.The station covers 15-plus acres of high-organic-matter muck soil in Huron County’s productive “salad bowl” region, said Bob Filbrun, the station’s manager.The workshop will also offer growers information on several research trials being conducted at the station, including a look at herbicides used on nurse crops such as barley and oats, Filbrun said.“The field day will include a session that focuses on what issues local muck crop growers are facing this year on their farms and how things are going for them in production so far this season,” he said. “The second half of the morning will focus on plant pathology, including club rot issues in greens as well as a look at the use of a new fungicide, Orondis, which is used for control of root rot in cucurbit crops.“We will also look at the latest research on carrot weevil control.”The event will also offer updates on the station’s latest research findings on managing weeds, insects and diseases in muck-soil vegetable crops, Filbrun said.The event is being held in collaboration with the Huron County office of Ohio State University Extension. OARDC and OSU Extension are the research and outreach arms, respectively, of the college. The program is free and open to the public and will include a catered brunch.For more information or to RSVP for the program, visit the station’s website at go.osu.edu/MuckCropsStation or contact Filbrun at 419-935-1201 or [email protected]last_img read more

Owen Thomas Is A Shockingly Nice Fellow

first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#ReadWrite 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Owen Thomas is actually a nice guy. The new editor-in-chief of ReadWrite has often been cited for his controversial and influential opinions on sites such as Business Insider, VentureBeat, Suck.com and, of course, Valleywag. Here are seven things you didn’t know about the man who’s been called “the Perez Hilton of the Silicon Valley.” When did you first hear about ReadWrite? In 2003, I first heard about a guy named Richard MacManus who started a site called ReadWriteWeb. This idea of two-way conversations was in the very first spec for the Web, but it’s ultimately larger than the Web itself. When you think about what ReadWrite was trying to do, it was all about building. You can read and consume content online, but you can also write to publish your own views. The third thing that was implicit there was execute, as in “execute code.” That’s all about action, and for me that’s the next big thing in ReadWrite’s mission.Where are you from?I’m from Northern Virginia. I come from a family of programmers. My mother was a programmer at IBM. My dad was a computer hobbyist. My brother was a serious programmer – he won a supercomputer for our high school the summer after he graduated. He also ran a bulletin-board service – a kind of precursor to Internet chat forums. For so many of us who grew up in this networked culture, it was so apparent to us how much better it could be – in a heartfelt way.Where did you work before coming to ReadWrite? I’ve worked at Business Insider, Suck.com, the Red Herring, Time Inc., Valleywag, VentureBeat and numerous other publications. I got my start as an intern at Mother Jones – I just met one of the current editors and regaled her with tales of what it was like to put one of the world’s very first magazines on the Web.What’s your favorite video game?I’m a big fan of classic strategy games, like Civilization. I also love the Sims. It’s all about building for me. We all want to build a better world. You’re known as one of the pioneers of “snark.” What does that word mean to you? I hate that word! I don’t think it means anything. But people have applied it to a lot of places I’ve worked at, going all the way back to Suck.com in the ‘90s. What people forget is the true spirit of Suck. It was a scathing critique of the Web, but not from a malicious perspective – it was all about the idea of the Web as a place for dreamers, where people had perfect freedom to express themselves and realize the greater vision of what the Internet could be. And how far short we fell from that vision. And how frustrating that can be.What do you do for fun on the weekends?My husband and I are actually pretty boring. I spend a lot of time going to the gym. I actually registered the site “fitnessdouchebag.com.” We’re gay, so we brunch. Otherwise, we really enjoy going to Crissy Field with our Jack Russell mix, Ramona the Love Terrier. What’s your favorite spot in San Francisco? I have a key to Jack Early Park right near our home. I had been walking Ramona there for so long that neighbors decided to give me the key to the park’s gate. I’m responsible for opening the park every morning. It’s a really beautiful spot. You can see everything from there. The Bay Bridge and the Golden Gate are both visible, fog permitting. I wrote about Jack Early on question-and-answer site Quora, and now wedding planners call me when they talk about planning engagements!   Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… ReadWrite Sponsorslast_img read more

Physician and author Andrew T. Weil at India Today Conclave 2007

first_imgAndrew T. WeilANDREW T. WEILPHYSICIAN, AUTHOR & PROFESSOR, UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA Despite the undeniable advances in medical science in the past 100 years, we are facing a global crisis in healthcare today. And it has the potential to disrupt the economic growth surging through much of the world. The good,Andrew T. WeilANDREW T. WEILPHYSICIAN, AUTHOR & PROFESSOR, UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA Despite the undeniable advances in medical science in the past 100 years, we are facing a global crisis in healthcare today. And it has the potential to disrupt the economic growth surging through much of the world. The good news is that there are solutions to this predicament. But some of the most effective ones may require out-of-the-box thinking and the development of new paradigms in healing and healthcare. I firmly believe that India is uniquely positioned to address the health challenges of the future.The moot problem is the spiralling cost of healthcare. There are several reasons for this. First, modern medicine has changed the very nature of illness. The rolling back of infectious diseases, the primary cause of disability and death till early 20th Century, has left us saddled with chronic degenerative illnesses, that are much more difficult to treat and much more expensive. Medical advances are also enabling people to live longer. Never before in human history has such a large percentage of population been in the ranks of the old and the oldest-old. This, obviously, has enormous political, economic and social consequences. But the immediate effect is an enormous escalation in healthcare costs.In the US, the healthcare system is on the verge of total collapse. Smaller and community hospitals are going bankrupt. At one end of the age spectrum, there is a huge population of senior citizens. At the other end, there is a generation of unhealthy children, victims of morbid obesity, type-II diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. Modern allopathic medicine has also become far too dependent on technology, which is inherently expensive. In addition, over 40 per cent of the population is uninsured. The problem is that the US spends money not on the promotion of health, but on the intervention of established diseases, a losing proposition. We need to spend money in ways that educate people about health. Our physicians are not trained in simple low-tech, low-cost interventions. A glaring omission is that basic nutrition is still not taught in medical schools. The total instruction I got in nutrition in my four years at Harvard was 30 minutes. The nutritional illiteracy of the medical profession allows the pressure of corporations that make food and the stupidity of governments that should be doing something in this area, to just run rampant over good sense.advertisementFor the past 35 years, I have been working to develop a new paradigm: ‘integrative medicine’. It is the intelligent combination of ideas and practices of conventional medicine and alternative medicine. It begins with the recognition that conventional medicine does some things extremely well. If I were in an automobile accident, I would not want to be taken first to the practitioner of Ayurveda or Acupuncture. If I have acute bacterial pneumonia, I would want to be treated with antibiotics. But in many kinds of other illnesses, and especially the diseases of lifestyle, allopathic medicine is much less effective. Integrative medicine may take longer to work and the effect may be less dramatic, but over time it can produce as good or better results. It also makes economic sense because it is simpler, natural and cheaper.DISEASE IS NOT NECESSARILY A CONSEQUENCE OF AGEING. WORK TOWARD DELAYING THE ONSET OF DISEASES. Integrative medicine means a true marriage, a system that draws on the best aspects, ideas and practices of all systems of healing. It is much more than simply bringing new therapies into the mainstream. Its main purpose is to restore the focus of medicine on health and healing and not solely on disease management. It also insists that people are more than physical bodies. We are mental, emotional, spiritual entities, active in our communities. Unless medicine takes those into account, it cuts itself off from large areas of intervention in which many kinds of disease can be modified. Especially, in mind-body medicine, which is now well researched with scientific foundation to it. Integrative medicine insists that we look at aspects of lifestyle, how people eat, how they exercise or don’t, how they rest, what they do for fun and how they handle stress. All of this is relevant to the equation of health and illness.Integrative medicine insists that the interaction between doctors and patients is very relevant to the healing process. One of the great tragedies of conventional medicine is that the amount of time doctors spend with patients has come down drastically. In some countries like Japan, this is even worse where doctors now see 30 patients in an hour and are called ‘two-minute doctors’.advertisementI feel strongly that integrative medicine is the way of the future. In North America, it is now an established movement. It is also quite strong in Scandinavia, China and in Japan. But I am fascinated by India. It is a unique example in the world, of a country in which a number of different traditional medical systems have had long illustrious history. At the moment, the integration of these systems has still not really happened here. But I can envision that it is in this country that models of integrative medicine can be developed both for in-patient and out-patient care. And that will serve as models to be replicated around the world.DiscussionQ. How does integrative medicine add to our knowledge of all those lifestyle risk factors that lead to chronic diseases like heart attack? Weil: In cardiology, the biggest omission is in the mind-body area. Recommendations are rarely made on how to change one’s mental health-something that has a very damaging effect on the heart. There are technologies-ancient ones like Pranayam and meditation or modern cognitive and behavioural therapies-that can efficiently show how to identify and change negative patterns of thinking.Q. What’s the key to a good diet? How do you manage yours? Weil: The problem in modern diet is the extent to which manufactured and fast food have displaced natural home-cooked food. Today the percentage of American families that sit down to even one meal together is astonishingly and depressingly low. For many, the idea of preparing a meal from fresh ingredients seems very old-fashioned. They either don’t have the time, or they don’t know how to do it, or find it too labour-intensive. I have always tried to show that it is possible to make foods that are delicious, healthy, easy and quick. I enjoy food, I grow a lot of my own food and I like to prepare food for myself and others. I grew up eating a mainstream American diet. But I became a vegetarian when I was 28. For many years, I was a lacto-vegetarian. And then for a variety of reasons I began eating fish. I am convinced that Omega-3 fatty acids are absolutely essential to optimum health. I do not eat meat or poultry. I eat some diary products. I eat fish and also take a supplement of fish oil. If you choose for vegetarian reason not to eat fish, I would really urge you to think about maximising your intake of vegetarian sources of Omega-3, like algae.Q. The goal of integrative medicine, you have said, is to live longer and live better. What’s the best way of ageing? Weil: Acceptance of the ageing process. The very concept of antiageing medicine bothers me. Ageing is a universal process, written into the laws of the universe. To set your goal as anti-ageing is to put yourself into a wrong relationship with nature. But if anti-aging is not the legitimate goal, then what is? I call it ‘healthy aging’. Focus on maintaining health. At any age, you should have the energy and capability to enjoy life. As people get older, diseases become more frequent. Are these necessary consequences of aging? My answer to that is ‘no’. It is possible to separate aging from age-related diseases. The legitimate goal to me is to work toward reducing the risk and delaying the onset of these diseases. There is a lovely term for it: ‘compression of morbidity’. You try to squeeze the time of disability and decline at the end of life into as short a period as possible. You live long and well and then have a rapid drop-off at the end.advertisementQ. Which form of Pranayam or meditation should we practice? Weil: The first principle of breath work is to try to make breathing deeper, slower, quieter and more regular. If done regularly, breathing would unconsciously tend to move in this direction.last_img read more