The classically-trained chef spent years cooking aboard yachts, traveling the globe and honing his appetite for inventive cuisine along the way. He’s also an accomplished sportsman who spends much of his spare time hiking, hunting, surfing and skate boarding. But perhaps most stunning is Garcia’s recovery following an accidental electrocution in 2011 that resulted in the loss of his left hand. This month, the chef received a bionic hand — a game changer for his performance in the kitchen.
In the above video by Portland Fox affiliate KPTV, Garcia demonstrates his new abilities.
Garcia’s new hand, designed by Portland firm Advanced Arm Dynamics, represents the most advanced prosthetic technology on the market. The motorized, wireless hand can grip in 25 different ways and is controlled by muscles in Garcia’s forearm. With the hand, Garcia is able to perform tasks requiring a high level of dexterity, like gently removing the seeds from a thin vanilla bean.
Garcia, who owns specialty food store Montana Mex, is now back in the kitchen — and back in nature. He tells his story in a different remarkable video by Citizen Pictures, which looks like it was shot both before and after Garcia’s accident. If it doesn’t make you a bit teary-eyed, you might be made of stone.
Seriously, someone give this guy a TV show.
Not only is Newson running a candle company with her dad called “Super Business Girl,” she also has ambitions to go on to become mayor of the city, and ultimately the president of the United States.
And based on her track record, we won’t be surprised if we see her in the White House in a few years. Thus far, the spunky 10-year-old has achieved whatever she has put her mind to. For example, she pitched Quicken Loans founder, Dan Gilbert, on the street and convinced him to meet with her.
In an interview with Local 4 WDIV Detroit, little Newson’s infectious energy shines through as she explains her business and her mission.
“I teach young people like myself how to make their own money,” she tells the reporter.
Watch the video of her amazing story and how she runs her company above.
See deep wants.
I did my Ph.D. dissertation by videotaping 20 mother-toddler pairs and analyzing what happened when the mom offered an alternative to a problematic want (“not the chainsaw, sweetie, how about this red truck”). Hundreds of bleary-eyed hours later, I found that offering alternatives reduced child negative emotion and increased cooperation with the parent.
Pretty interesting (at least to me, both as a new parent and as someone desperate to finish grad school). And there’s an even deeper lesson. Kids — and adults, too, — obviously want to get what they want from others. But more fundamentally, we want to know that others understand our wants — and even more fundamentally, that they want to.
Consider any significant relationship: someone at work or a friend or a family member. How does it feel when they misinterpret what you want? Or worse, when they could care less about understanding what you want?
When you recognize the deeper wants of others, they feel seen and are less likely to be reactive. Plus you’ve gained lots of valuable information. And it becomes easier to ask them to do the same for you.
This approach also gradually reveals the profound desires at the center of being. Each person must come to know these in his or her own way. These quintessential leanings of the heart are beyond language. Diffidently and with respect, I could offer three words — fingers pointing at the moon but the not moon itself — that are suggestive: to be conscious, free and loving.
For you, what are the deepest wants of all?
With a friend or a stranger, look deeper, behind the eyes, beneath the surface. You might sense a wish for pleasure, a commitment to others, a priority on security, a delight in life, a valuing of autonomy or a need for love.
Look down into your own core of being and into its longings, and you’ll find many of the same wishes. They’re just as powerful and precious to the other person as they are to you.
Deep down, most wants are positive. The means to these ends may be misguided, but the fundamental ends themselves are usually good ones. Typically, even horrible behaviors are misguided efforts to gain positive things like pleasure, independence, recognition, control or justice. Of course, this is not to justify these actions in any way. But grounding oneself in the truth, the whole truth, means seeing the whole picture, including the good intentions poignantly producing bad behavior.
Try applying this truth to yourself, regarding some act you regret. What positive aims did the act serve? What’s it like to recognize this? For me, opening to see the good aims underlying bad acts actually softens my defensiveness and helps move me to appropriate remorse, and to greater resolve to find better ways to pursue those aims. It also cuts through harsh self-criticism and encourages self-compassion.
Then, during an interaction with someone who is difficult for you — or while reflecting about the relationship as a whole — try to see the deeper wants in the other person, behind the acts of thought, word, or deed that have bothered or hurt you. (I suggest you don’t do this if you tend to blame yourself when others mistreat you.) You may not like how the other person is pursuing the deep want, but at least you can align with that want — all deep wants are positive — and if you like, try to figure out less-harmful ways to fulfill it.
Last, on the fly or at particularly quiet moments, open to listen to the soft murmurs of your own most fundamental wants. In what ways are you sincerely trying to fulfill them?
Also: are there any of your deepest wants that it feels right to do more for? What would that look like, concretely, in everyday life?
Imagine your deepest wants like a soft warm current at your back, gently and powerfully carrying you forward along the long road ahead. How would this feel?
Where would this road lead?
Rick Hanson, Ph.D., is a neuropsychologist and author of Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm, and Confidence (from Random House in October, 2013; in 4 languages), Buddha’s Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom (New Harbinger; in 24 languages), Just One Thing: Developing a Buddha Brain One Simple Practice at a Time (New Harbinger; in 12 languages), and Mother Nurture: A Mother’s Guide to Health in Body, Mind, and Intimate Relationships (Penguin). Founder of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom and an Affiliate of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, he’s been an invited speaker at Oxford, Stanford, and Harvard, and taught in meditation centers worldwide. A summa cum laude graduate of UCLA, his work has been featured on the BBC, NPR, CBC, FoxBusiness, Consumer Reports Health, U.S. News and World Report, and O Magazine and he has several audio programs with Sounds True. His weekly e-newsletter – Just One Thing – has over 92,000 subscribers, and also appears on Huffington Post, Psychology Today, and other major websites.
I realized this when I read a single phrase from the Center for Disease Control report that’s getting so much attention right now: “poor antimicrobial stewardship.” With those three words, I felt I was glimpsing a new worldview. In the future, the environment inside the human body is going to require just as much care, thought, and protection as the environment outside. Otherwise — like the environment outside — it will kill us.
In case it hasn’t been trending on your social media, the take-home from the report is that drug-resistant diseases are multiplying and growing stronger. We are approaching “a post-antibiotic era,” a world where a bug from the playground, a dinner plate, or a hospital visit can invade your body and sicken you beyond any medical help. These “superbugs” are the products of lightning-fast evolution under conditions of intensive, and often sloppy, antibiotic use. The superbugs are the survivors, the ones that have withstood onslaught after onslaught of antibiotics and survived to reproduce.
This is just as scary as it seems. It is easy to forget that we live in an unprecedented situation. For us, dying young, or mysteriously, is a catastrophe and a tragedy. For every other human population, it has been business as usual. Only the strong and lucky made it to old age. You expected to see people fall away: any infection, any scrape or congestion, could be the one that took them. Mastering those cruel and arbitrary fates is one of the great ways that technology has humanized the world. A post-antibiotic era would be a world dehumanized again.
So, back to antimicrobial stewardship. What the CDC report means is that people are using antibiotics in stupid ways that help the superbugs evolve. Hospitals use too many antibiotics, and aren’t careful enough about how they use them. Maybe even worse is the agricultural use. Livestock producers manage to keep animals alive until slaughter in crowded, filthy conditions only by pumping them full of antibiotics until slaughter. When you buy a hamburger, you might as well be contributing your dollars to biological warfare research — aimed at us.
There’s some venality here, but there’s also a lot of ignorance. The ecological complexity of the microbe world — the world of guts (human and animal), soil, and every other substance that houses life — is basically invisible to most people, most of the time. It’s out of sight and out of mind, and that puts it totally outside anyone’s circle of responsibility. If it helps them to do their jobs — raising meat or processing sick kids — people will drop some antibiotics into those ecosystems without thinking about what happens to them next. It’s as if anything that went into the body — a human or another mammal’s body — fell into a black hole.
That is exactly how people used to think about what they dumped into rivers, winds, and soil. It’s how they thought about sewage, industrial waste, and smokestack emissions. You put it out of sight, and it went away. The age of political ecology, of modern environmentalism, began when people realized that everything they threw away was coming back, because everything — winds, waters, soil — is connected, and it all connects back to the human body. We discovered the big, interdependent world outside us, we called it the environment, we started trying to take responsibility for it (if only to save ourselves), and environmentalism was born. Now it makes sense to talk about environmental stewardship; in fact, it’s almost banal. But that’s only because people learned to see the world outside themselves as one complexly linked whole, a beautiful thing but also dangerous, and requiring stewardship and care.
Now we need to do the same thing for the inner world. It won’t be enough to think of hospitals as processing sick people, anymore than it’s enough to think of factories as producing chemicals and tires. We have to think of what they put into the ecosystem. The same goes for factory farms — and we have to decide that those are just too harmful to the inner environment, as we did about the worst forms of pollution in the outside environment. We’ll have to look at all the institutions that shape the inner ecology — the ones that administer antibiotics, the ones that manage soil, the ones that shape kids’ diets — as potential polluters, the way the first environmental generation had to look anew at every player in the economy.
The optics may not be as pretty as NASA’s earth photograph, which helped so many people envision the planet as a single, delicate organism; but with any luck we will learn to think of the world inside as precious, fragile, and essential to our survival and flourishing. That will help microbial stewardship to become real, as surely as recognizing the interdependent world outside helped inspire people to save it, and themselves.
Modern environmentalism began in a sense of crisis, with Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring. But from the beginning, ecology was also a positive ideal of health, an integrated relation between a good way of life for humans and a flourishing natural world. That’s part of why environmentalism is inspiring as well as scary, and why so many environmentally minded people these days are doing positive things like working on local food systems and renewable energy sources.
Microbial stewardship, too, has a positive side. All the new, popular, and uncertain science about the importance of gut ecologies to health is the non-catastrophic version of a post-antibiotic world — a world where we learn to work with, not just against, healthy communities in the ecology inside us all.
To do that, though, we will have to stay alive and healthy in the first place. And that will require environmentalism for the ecology of the gut.
The endangered black rhino calf made his public debut Tuesday before a crowd of people so delighted by his cuteness, a few fought to hold back tears.
(See photos of King below.)
“I tried not to cry because it was so exciting,” Dr. Rachel Santymire, director of the Davee Center for Epidemiology and Endocrinology told DNAinfo Chicago. Dr. Santymire told the site, “The poaching pressure the species is facing is just enormous … So, to bring another one into the world is just amazing — and he’s just so cute.”
Named after King Harris, a longtime Lincoln Park Zoo supporter and member of the Board of Trustees, the calf has already grown from 60 pounds when he was born late last month to a healthy 130 pounds.
Zoo officials described him as “a little timid at first” during his debut, but said he was soon trotting around with mom Kapuki, 8, and sniffing out new scents.
King’s birth was no small matter when he came into the world Aug. 26. Eastern black rhinoceroses are a critically endangered species and King was the first one born to the zoo in 24 years.
“Breeding programs at zoos are of crucial importance to the survival of these remarkable animals, particularly as the numbers in the wild continue to dwindle,” said Mark Kamhout, Lincoln Park Zoo curator of mammals, in a release. “King will serve as an excellent ambassador for his species.”
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