WATCH: What’s the one thing to do every day? Deepak Chopra explains

WATCH: What’s the one thing to do every day? Deepak Chopra explains

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Last week’s failed Republican health care bill, and any iteration of an American health care plan, misses the mark on creating a foundation of true wellness, according to author Deepak Chopra.

Speaking with Salon about his New York Times bestselling new book, “You Are the Universe: Discovering Your Cosmic Self and Why It Matters,” Chopra talked about his definition of health care.

“What we’re calling ‘health care’ is health insurance. It has nothing to do with true health care,” the doctor and world-renowned pioneer of transformation said.

Chopra’s idea of “true health care” is a combination of stress management, good sleep and exercise, learning to be emotionally and socially intelligent, and harnessing the powers of intuition and creativity. Those components are missing from our national conversation on health, he says.

“True health reform will happen when we all collectively participate in the right information, the right knowledge and then help each other to create an ecosystem where we can actually create a more meaningful, purposeful life for ourselves,” Chopra said. Ultimately, it can lead to a more peaceful, healthier and sustainable world.

Chopra said he sees a shift in the medical and business fields towards more of a holistic vision, but progress is slow. The key to wellness actually rests within one’s self, he says.

If you do one thing for yourself a day, he says, you should meditate. Chopra, who meditates and practices yoga daily, says even one week of meditation practice can “change your life.”

The benefits of meditation, according to Chopra, include decreased blood pressure and hypertension, lowered cholesterol levels, reduced production of “stress hormones,” including cortisol and adrenaline, more efficient oxygen use by the body, increased production of the anti-aging hormone DHEA, improved immune function, and decreased anxiety, depression and insomnia.

“If people knew the benefits of meditation, they’d fit it into their schedules, just like brushing their teeth or taking a shower,” he said.

Chopra leads guided meditation through the digital platform Jiyo. And starting April 10, he is teaming up with Oprah for a free 21-day meditation experience, “Hope in Uncertain Times.”

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Trump pressures House Intelligence Committee to probe Clintons’ ties to Russia, not his

Trump pressures House Intelligence Committee to probe Clintons’ ties to Russia, not his

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President Trump sought Monday to pressure the House committee investigating Russia’s interference in the 2016 U.S. election, arguing that the panel should be probing Bill and Hillary Clinton’s ties to the country instead of those of his own campaign advisers. In a pair of evening tweets, Trump wrote that the “Trump Russia story is a hoax” and listed […]

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Devin Nunes says he won’t step down as chair of House Intelligence Committee

Devin Nunes says he won’t step down as chair of House Intelligence Committee

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, told reporters Monday he won’t give in to demands from Democratic leaders that he recuse himself from the House’s Russia investigation.

Voice of America’s Katherine Gypson reports that Nunes said he has no plans to step down, adding, “Everything is politics here.” Nunes then appeared on The O’Reilly Factor, and told host Bill O’Reilly, “I’m sure the Democrats do want me to quit because they know I’m quite effective.”

Nunes has admitted he visited the White House the day before he went to President Trump to tell him he had seen evidence that communications made by members of his transition team had been picked up incidentally by intelligence. Schiff, the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, said in light of this, the public cannot have “the necessary confidence that matters involving the president’s campaign or transition team can be objectively investigated or overseen by the chairman.” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California told CNN Nunes has a “serious responsibility to the Congress and the the country,” and his “discredited behavior has tarnished that office.” She then called on House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) to “insist that Chairman Nunes at least recuse himself from the Trump-Russia investigation immediately. That leadership is long overdue.”

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