Saturday, March 3, 2018

Year of the Dog

Year of the Dog
The Dog is eleventh of the 12 year cycle of animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac. Individuals who are born in 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994,    2006, 2018 or will be born in 2030 according to the Chinese zodiac fall under the symbol of Dog. People born in the year of the Dog possess the best traits of human nature.
They tend to be honest, friendly, loyal, smart, straightforward, and venerable with a strong sense of responsibility. There are always two sides or a Yin and Yang to all things. The negative sides of a Dog personality are likely to be cold, self-righteous, stubborn and critical of others.

At the Ki Energy Center we often use an individual’s blood type as the foundation for wellness strategies in areas of diet, and life style. The Chinese also make use of an individual’s blood type to suggest personality traits. Individuals born under the Dog symbol who are blood type O tend to be brave, clever, honest and optimistic. Blood type A individuals who fall under the Dog symbol tend to be good at helping others which is considered to be one of their greatest virtues.

Blood type B Dog people are usually honesty and very optimistic, and those who are blood type AB tend to have a great deal of self-control and can  be prudent in their nature. This ancient Chinese method of using DNA to identify personality traits are not unlike wellness strategies used by Dr. Peter J. D’Adamo in his book “Live Right 4 Your Type”.

If you were born under the Dog symbol you should be very proactive with your health and wellness strategies. If you have an unhealthy diet, something that can also be determined by your DNA (see D’Adamo’s Eat Right 4 Your Type), age will begin to create problems with your digestive system. Activity in the workforce can create high levels of stress in a greater degree for individuals under the Dog symbol. Yoga, meditation, and Ki Treatments can be a proactive way of addressing that issue.

Men born in a Dog year can be very opinionated and at times pessimistic and stubborn. They have a deep appreciation for family and have the ability to be very understanding and non-critical of family members and loved ones. Women born in the year of the Dog tend to be independent and very indifferent towards people that do not like. They are also very protective of their friends and family. Women born in a Dog year work very hard to secure a stable income and security for themselves and their loved ones, and will suffer with high levels of stress when they are not able accomplish these goals.

Team work and loyalty is the overall energy that we all should aspire to during the year of the Dog. It is very important to create positive partnerships during this time. Compromise and understanding are always very important factors in developing and maintaining holistic harmonious relationships with family and in commerce; during the Year of the Dog, they have  a greater significant.

Whole Brain Thinking

Whole Brain Thinking
Scientific research has shown that two different sides, or hemispheres, of the brain are responsible for different manners of thinking. Modern society has programed the average person to favor the left brain modes of thinking that focus on logic, accuracy, rational, and an analytical approach to life. The right brain thinking modes of aesthetics, creativity and feeling have not been considered the most effective pathway to financial and professional success over the past century.

In the last twenty years science and spirituality have grown closer together due to scientific evidence that supports the ancient wisdom of thought manifestation through creative mental imaging. Today we see more individuals understanding and practicing whole brain thinking to improve the quality of their lives. The secret is out, but it is old news to some of the most powerful business, scientific and political leaders in American history who used whole brain thinking to influence the lives of millions in this country.

Whole Brain Thinking is using both the lift and right brain to strategically address areas such as health, wealth and peace of mind. When Andrew Carnegie one of the most wealthiest men of his day disclosed his formula for personal achievement to Napoleon Hill in early 1900’s it inspired Hill to write his famous personal achievement book “Think & Grow Rich”.
In 1910 Wallace D. Wattles published “The Science of Getting Rich: Financial Success Through Creative Thought” and in 1912 Charles F. Haanel published “The Master Key System”. Each of these timeless classics provides the reader with detailed instructions on ways to use the creative strategy of whole brain thinking for personal achievement.

The lift brain thinking majority might not logically accept creating wealth and personal achievement through thought manifestation, which is why many will allow the objective conditions of everyday life and the lack of understanding of their mental abilities prevent them from achieving personal and financial success. Fear and Doubt will be the two major factors in their failure to reach their highest potential.

Whole Brain Thinking will be the master key system to the science of getting rich in the 21st century and beyond. We must learn to use the powers of both our right and left brain to visualize and manifest our dreams into reality. We must learn to think and grow rich.
I f you visit you can learn how to productively use the left and right brain to improve your life I would also suggest picking up the three book I listed if you have not read them.

  You can also email me at or call my office at 646 329-6727 for more information on this subject.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Black Female Inventors Then and Now

Black Female Inventors Then and Now
As we come to the close of Black History Month and begin the celebration of Women’s History Month in March I thought it would be a good idea to write about a few of the many Black female inventors then and now. Many of the inventions that we often take for granted were created by black inventors. 

There was a time when the U.S. patent office would not recognize inventions created by blacks, allowing whites to take credit for black inventions. Women inventors not only had to deal with racism but they also had male chauvinism to contend with.

Sarah Goode was the first African American female to receive a U.S. patent in 1885, born a slave Mrs. Good and her husband moved to Chicago after the civil war to open a furniture store. Many of her customers lived in very small apartments. Mrs. Good invented a folding cabinet bed, which could be converted into a cabinet desk when not in use. This was the forerunner of the Murphy and sofa bed.

Mariam Benjamin was the second African American female to receive a U.S. patent in 1888 for inventing the Gong and signal chair. This type of chair allowed for hotel guest to push a button to request waiter service. This invention was later adopted by the United States House of Representatives. Ms. Benjamin’s invention became a precursor to the signaling systems used by airlines that allow passengers to reach flight attendants for service.

Dr. Patricia Bath was the first Africa American women to receive a patent for a medical purpose in 1988 for her invention the Laserphaco Probe a medical device that makes use of a laser to remove cataracts quickly and nearly without pain. Dr. Bath was born in Harlem received her B.A. in chemistry from Hunter College and her Doctoral degree from Howard University’s Medical School.

Marie Van Brittan invented the first close circuit TV security system in1969. Born and raised in Jamaica Queens Mrs. Van Brittan and her husband Albert Brown who worked as an electronics technician installed the first home  audio and video security system in their home at 151-58 135th Avenue Jamaica, New York, their address is listed on the patent.

Dr.  Hadiyah Nicole Green became an orphan at an early age she was raised by her Aunt and Uncle. Dr. Green lost both her aunt and uncle to cancer. Her aunt refused to be treated with chemotherapy and she watched her uncle suffer from the side-effect of chemo until he died.

This experience motivated Dr. Green to become a distinguished physicist. Dr. Green’s ground breaking research of using laser technology to insert nanoparticles to kill cancer cells has a great deal of promise. This type of laser technology has shown a 100% cancer tumor regression in mice and my one day replace the need for chemotherapy.

The future is bright for African American female inventors and they are getting younger. Maddy Maxey at the age of 20 is the first African American female to interface fashion with technology creating electronic textile making clothing with intelligence at her workplace in the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

At the age of 7 Zora Bell became the youngest person to create a mobile APP video game. The first grader from West Philadelphia presented her full version mobile game at the University of Pennsylvania’s Bootstrap Expo in 2012. We are who we think we are, never allow fear and doubt keep you from being all that you can be.

The Father of Black History

The Father of Black History
I was raised by my grandparents Elizabeth and Joseph Woodson in Williamston South Carolina until it was time for me to start school, and every summer after until I was about thirteen.  My grandfather died in 1952 two years after his famous cousin Dr. Carter G. Woodson also known as the “Father of Black History”.

Carter G Woodson was born in New Canton, Virginia on December 19, 1875, his parents James Woodson and Eliza Riddle Woodson had seven children Carter was their fourth child. Young Carter worked as a sharecropper and a miner to help his family, he did not begin high school until his late teens. He was a brilliant student and completed a four year course of study in less than two years.

Carter Woodson attended Berea College in Kentucky for about two years; he left college to work for the United States in the Philippines as an education superintendent. After returning to the United States he continued his studies at the University of Chicago where he earned a bachelor’s and Master’s degree. Woodson went on to become the second African American to receive a Ph.D from Harvard University after W.E.B. Du Bois. Woodson became dedicated to the field of African American history.

In 1915 Dr. Woodson returned to Chicago to participate in a national celebration of the 50th anniversary of emancipation. The exhibits highlighting achievements of Black people since the abolition of slavery inspire Woodson to do more to celebrate black history and heritage. Before leaving Chicago he helped form the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH) a year later in 1916 Woodson developed the Journal of Negro History.

In February 1924 Dr. Woodson began his campaign to create a week to celebrate Negro History. Dr. Woodson chose the third week in February in recognition of the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln February 12th and Frederick Douglass February 14th. Douglass was born a slave so his actual birthdate was unknown but he chose the 14th as his birthday.

Negro History week was officially launched in 1926. During the rise of the civil rights movement younger members of ASNLH (which was changed to the Association for the Study of African American History) urged the organization to shift to a month long celebration of black history. In 1976 on the 50th anniversary of the first Negro History Week, the association officially made the shift to Black History Month.

Dr. Woodson in his famous book “The Miseducation of the Negro” writes that “If you control a man’s thinking you do not have to worry about his actions. You do not have to tell him not to stand here or go yonder. He will find his proper place and will stay in it” My mom Anna Woodson-Rogers often told me about her dad reading to her about black history from The “Negro History Bulletin” a mail order bulletin published by his cousin Dr. Carter G. Woodson. Black history was not taught in schools at that time.  

In this digital age it is still extremely important for members of the African diaspora both young and old to learn and understand their history. “Know Thy Self” is an ancient Kemetic saying inscribed at the entrance of temples of wisdom and ancient mysteries.  I would recommend the Hidden Colors video series produced by Tariq Nasheed for family viewing in celebration of Black History Month.

Muscadine the Super Grape

Muscadine the Super Grape
I recently learned about the health benefits of muscadine grapes, this might be old news to many reading this article but it is new news to me.  I am sharing this information because I am sure that I am not the only one that was not aware of why muscadline grapes are known as the super grapes. There are many reasons why this title is a scientific fact. Muscadine grapes have the highest rating on the ORAC Scale for fruit, and berries. ORAC stands for Oxygen Radical Absorbing Capacity.

The ORAC scale is an antioxidant rating of foods and beverages,  muscadine grape seed has a ORAC rating of 895, the next highest rating is Vinfera grape seed at 273. We all know apples are healthy because of their antioxdent content. An apple a day will keep the doctor away, but apples have a rating of 30 on the Antioxidant Oracle Scale. One would have to eat 30 apples a day to match muscadine grape’s ORAC  rating of 895.

Most grapes have 19 pairs of chromosomes, muscadine grapes are the only grapes that has 20 pairs of chromosomes which contributes to the fact that muscadine grapes have 6 times the Resveratrol content of regular grapes and the only grapes that contain Ellagic acid. Scientists led by Dr. David Sinclair have proven that Resveratrol is the strong antioxidant found in red wine which provides the answer to the question as to why the French who have a diet high in fat and tend to smoke more than Americans have a very low rate of heart disease.

Dr. Sinclair’s research along with other researchers have concluded that resveratrol is a natural substance that can prolong life. Ellagic acid is currently the subject on numerous scientific studies due to its possible anti-cancer and tumor fighting effects. The National Cancer Institute (NCI) published the results of a study on September 1, 2007 concluding that laboratory experiments showed that the skin of muscadine grapes can inhibit growth of prostate cancer cells in the laboratory. Is there any wonder why muscadine grapes are called supper grapes?

Muscadine grapes have a very thick skin and a lot of seeds which is why you don’t see them much in super markets, they grow in the SouthEastern part of the United States with some of the largest farms being in North Carolina. The harsh and unpredictable weather of states like North Carolina make the muscadine grape stronger than any  other grape, no other grape can survive in the climates that Muscadine grapes thrive in which is why these grapes are stronger and have more antioxidants and nutrients than any other grape.

Now you know that the healthiest wine you can drink is made from the muscadine grape I have yet to taste any so I can’t make any recommendations, if you find a good one please let me know. The Ki Center will have a supply of Muscqy by the end of this month. The Muscqy natural veggie caps are one of the best ways for young and old to experience the many positive health effects of muscadine grape seed.
For more information on the health benefits of muscadine grape seed google it there is a lot of information and studies online. You can also send me an email at or call 646 329-6727 if you would like to purchase a bottle of Muscqy from the Ki Center when the supply comes in at the end of this month