Life and family: Six tips for a stress free summer

It is the summertime and we hope the living is easy but sometimes the least expected happens. Families face all kinds of pressure during the summer time: the kids are bored; there’s not enough money to go on that perfect vacation; the job is stressing you out and you have no idea how prepared you or the kids will be by the time for everyone to go back to school and work when it’s all over. Luckily veteran holistic physician and author of The Emotion Code, Dr. Bradley Nelson, has tips to share on how to enjoy a stress-free summer.

Beating the Summertime (Stress) Blues

Even though summers are supposed to be relaxing, they can be stressful. In one survey, a third of Americans reported that they find themselves more stressed during the summer than any other season. Here are some of Dr. Nelson’s tips for enjoying a more relaxing summer:

1. Plan ahead and be flexible about your expectations, whether it’s summer activities for the kids or vacation plans. Everyone else has expectations and sometimes they won’t match with yours. Plan for spontaneity. If you allow the plans that others have to be a part of what brings you joy, you’ll have more fun as everyone shares ideas and activities. Be the one who makes the vacation fun for others and it will be more joyful for you.

2. Be aware of what your body needs. This includes healthy food, plenty of water, rest and exercise. So don’t throw your routines out the window when you’re on vacation. Get plenty of exercise so you’ll feel good. Continue eating healthy. You’ll feel better about yourself if you’re really taking care of your body.

3. Decide to take care of yourself emotionally. You may need specific things such as the emotional support of a spouse, a lunch date with a friend or even just some time alone. Decide how busy you want to be ­– or not be. Say “no” to trying to do too much if it interferes with your health, family time or if it feels like it’ll cause too much stress for you.

4. Communicate with love. If you’re feeling stressed by interactions with family or others, take a breather. You might go outside for a few minutes to get some fresh air. Be kind to everyone, including yourself. Give hugs. Make sure you’re not overreacting. None of us communicate perfectly. Try to see what others really mean, not just what they say. Give them the benefit of the doubt because it’s likely no offense was meant. Ask for clarification and react appropriately, with kindness, love and forgiveness. Some people really don’t have a handle on their behavior but it doesn’t have to affect how you feel or be your problem.

5. Choose Your Emotions: Most people have this mistaken belief that our emotions choose us; that we are at the mercy of whatever emotions we tend to start feeling. But the reality of it is, no matter what the circumstance is, we always are choosing our own emotions. It’s important to recognize that fact. You don’t always have control over what happens to you but you can choose to respond proactively.

6. Identify and release “trapped emotions,” unresolved feelings from past negative and traumatic events emotional baggage can cause us to make wrong assumptions, react emotionally and contribute to anxiety, depression and most forms of illness.

About Dr. Bradley Nelson

Dr. Bradley Nelson has lectured internationally on the natural healing of chronic illness and successfully treated patients from across the US and Canada for more than 20 years. Dr. Nelson has trained more than 3,200 practitioners worldwide on how to help people overcome unresolved anger, depression, anxiety, loneliness and other negative emotions and the physical symptoms associated them. He is one of the world’s foremost experts in the emerging fields of Bioenergetic Medicine and Energy Psychology. His bestselling book “The Emotion Code” is helping people all over the world to improve their lives. Download a free copy of The Emotion Code in both audio and .pdf versions, including step-by-step instructions for working with the body’s healing power at EmotionCodeGift.com or the app that works on iPhones, iPads and other Apple devices.

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June 2 lecture ‘Babel through Latin-American Jewish eyes’

On Friday, June 2, artist Mirta Kupferminc and psychoanalyst Tova Shvartzman will discuss art, Judaism and psychoanalysis in conversations with University of Maryland professor Saul Sosnowski, at the Library of Congress. The lecture and short film will take place at noon, in Dining Room A on the sixth floor of the Library’s James Madison Memorial Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington D.C.

The event is free and open to the public.  Tickets are not needed.

Kupferminc is director of “LABA-BA: Laboratorio de Arte y Cultura Judía” and Shvartzman is its director of content.  The program, which supports artists’ fellowship programs in Argentina, is based on “ LABA: A Laboratory for Jewish Culture” at the 14th Street Y in New York, where a mix of visual artists, writers, dancers, musicians and actors are brought together to study classic Jewish texts in a non-religious, open setting. Kupferminc will share her recent works including a video presented in Venice during the commemoration of the 500 years of the Venetian Ghetto and images for her site-specific installation in the third Jerusalem Biennale in Israel. The installation, “Traduttore-Traditore” represents a destroyed Tower of Babel. Shvartzman, a writer, poet and psychoanalyst by profession, will discuss the Tower of Babel, as it appears in the Bible, in conjunction with “The Library of Babel,” by Jorge Luis Borges.

Moreover, Sosnowski, professor of Latin American Literature and Culture at the University of Maryland at College Park, will moderate the panel.  He has written many books including “Borges and the Kabbalah: Paths to the Word” (images by Kupferminc and text by Sosnowski). The program is sponsored by the Library’s Hebrew Language Table and the Hispanic Division, in cooperation with the Embassy of Argentina. Visit loc.gov for more information.

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Loss for diversity: ‘East Los High’ cancelled on Hulu

Today Hulu announced that the Emmy-nominated series East Los High will end with an hour-long finale this fall. The show was one of the few scripted digital realm series created by Latinos with an all-Latino cast and majority Latino writing staff. The National Hispanic Media Coalition says the cancellation of East Los High is a loss for diversity in entertainment. The series became one of the Hulu’s top 10 shows, helping draw one million unique visitors monthly to its Hulu Latino page. Additionally, East Los High won the award for Outstanding Online Series at last year’s Latino Impact Awards, hosted by the National Hispanic Media Coalition.

Alex Nogales, president and CEO of the National Hispanic Media Coalition said:

“The ending of East Los High on Hulu is a tremendous loss of a show that celebrated diversity through the story it portrayed and the way it broke barriers in the entertainment industry as one of the only series to be created, produced, written by and starring Latinos. Viewers are already looking for the next series that will boldly represent them behind and in front of the camera and NHMC will continue to work with Hulu in their future efforts to support diverse and culturally relevant programming over the long-term.”

The show was the first original series on Hulu to be granted a fourth season – the big break that Latino creatives needed. The series has staffed Latino writers, including alumni of NHMC’s TV writers program, on every season and they need more opportunities to tap into the immense talent in their communities and put their stories on the screen.

Mauricio Mota, executive producer of East Los High, accepted NHMC’s Latino Impact Award for the series saying, “We are still going through what I call a “Rosita Parks” situation with Latino content both with studios and media: You can be here, but please stay in the back of the bus. We want your eyeballs but not your stories. East Los High was created knowing audiences were starving for content that was diverse, edgy, and creative. It’s a show about English-speaking Latinos, but it relates to audiences everywhere.”

Watch Mota’s acceptance speech here:

Nine graduates of NHMC’s Latino TV Writers Program were staffed on East Los High. The writers program, accepting applications, is a five-week, total immersion workshop that simulates an actual writer’s room and participants develop an original pilot, practice pitching their writing and learn how to market themselves and get an agent.

The NHMC Television Writers Program, sponsored by NBCUniversal and Disney/ABC Television Group, was created to expand the number of Latinos working behind the camera, as a way to increase fair and accurate portrayals of Latinos on television. During the 2013-14 television season, Latinos composed only 2.8 percent of writers staffed on TV shows, despite that Latinos make up 17% of the U.S. population.

About the National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC)

The National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC) is a media advocacy and civil rights organization for the advancement of Latinos, working towards a media that is fair and inclusive of Latinos, and towards universal, affordable, and open access to communications.

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Healing relationships by mending with our parents

Bad parenting and to mend relationships with parents

With Mother’s Day and Father’s Day coming up, people are searching for ways to honor their parents. But what about those who have unhappy or estranged relationships with their parents? Veteran holistic physician and author Dr. Bradley Nelson is here to discuss how to let go of emotional baggage we hold onto from our relationships with our parents.

Healing Relationships and Preventing Drama for Adult Kids

As grownups we often have a hard time letting go of painful emotions associated with our parents due to our vulnerability when we were kids – the people who know us the best sometimes can hurt us the most. Dr. Nelson, author of the bestselling book The Emotion Code, has been treating patients and researching and lecturing internationally for more than 20 years on healing “trapped emotions” that damage our health and wellbeing.

“All of us experience negative emotional extremes at times. Sometimes, for reasons that we do not yet understand, emotions do not process completely. In these cases, instead of us simply experiencing the emotion and then moving on, the energy of the emotion somehow becomes ‘trapped’ within the physical body,” he explains. “So instead of moving beyond your angry moment, or a temporary bout with grief or depression, this negative emotional energy can remain within your body, potentially causing significant physical and emotional stress.”

Dr. Nelson can expand on these tips for releasing emotional baggage:

  1. Take into account your parents’ emotional baggage. Heart-Walls™ are energetic barriers made of accumulated trapped negative emotions that can prevent people from freely giving and receiving love. When we understand that our parents’ hearts may be blocked by fear, anger or other negative emotions, it can help us to have compassion, forgive and let go of our own emotional baggage.
  1. Speak your mind without creating drama. Dr. Nelson shares how to cope with insensitive family members – and where to draw the line. The key: “Make it a non-emotional situation.”
  1. Learn from your parents’ mistakes. Look at mistakes in a positive light – they helped you learn what NOT to do.

Above all, we should seek to approach our relationships with our parents with humility rather than blame. “Your parents are just human, they’re not supposed to be more,” he advises.

About Dr. Bradley Nelson

Dr. Bradley Nelson has lectured internationally on the natural healing of chronic illness and successfully treated patients from across the US and Canada for more than 20 years. He has trained more than 2,500 practitioners worldwide on how to help people overcome unresolved anger, depression, anxiety, loneliness and other negative emotions and the physical symptoms associated them. Dr. Nelson is one of the world’s foremost experts in the emerging fields of Bioenergetic Medicine and Energy Psychology. His bestselling book “The Emotion Code” is helping people all over the world to improve their lives easily and quickly. Download a free copy of The Emotion Code in both audio and .pdf versions, including step-by-step instructions for working with the body’s healing power at EmotionCodeGift.com.

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Support The Ride 4 Breast Cancer Campaign

Thomas Hammond, the owner of the new start-up Hammond e-Bike Technology LLC, is working on a project close to my heart. Hammond lost several loved ones to breast cancer and other form of cancer over the years. Instead of looking back with regret of time he wish he still had with them, he remembers his loved ones by doing good deeds in their name. In particular he is doing good deeds in the name of Breast cancer and cancer overall. His latest project is manufacturing electric bikes.

This is right up his alley because Hammond is an entrepreneur at heart. His company Hammond e-Bike Technology LLC have created a new design electric bike and painted it pink for Breast Cancer awareness month. Their goal is to give 30 of these bikes away in October to take action during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Cancer is a cruel, horrible illness. It can happen to anyone at anytime because all have cells that grow.

“The Hammond collection was built out of the necessity to satisfy a community of bikers that appreciate diversity, technology, and functionality. The bikes will eliminate a lot of problems bikers face and help them enjoy their hobby like never before. We implore everyone to join in and take part in this great assignment, by supporting our Indiegogo campaign and spreading the word on social media,” said Thomas Hammond, CEO.

 

What we can do is offer support to those who have suffered. We can brighten someone’s day with Hammond’s beautiful bikes. With your help, they can reach their campaign goal on Indiegogo.com. Support the cause today.

Hammond E-Bike Technology pink bike for breast cancer awareness month 2017

About the Electric Bike

The electric folding bike collection is available in 3 unique designs including The Hammond 500 (500-watt motor), The Hammond 1000 (1000 watt motor) and The Hammond unlimited (1000-watt motor. Each bike comes in a coordinated custom-made bike bag and includes a newly designed GPS, touchscreen bike computer called The Hammond X5. Hammond collection is the first ever fully loaded folding, electric smart bike in a custom bag. To join in this revolution, visit their campaign page and support this project at Hammond ebike.

About the Ride 4 Breast Cancer Campaign

The Ride 4 Breast Cancer Campaign is a campaign within the campaign. We all know someone in our life that has dealt with the affects of Cancer in some form or another. At Hammond e-Bike Technology know first hand about this disease having lost loved one after loved one over the years. They honor their memory by helping others cope and take their mind off the battle. We can help someone feel special and have meaning. Every bike perk purchase helps them give a free bike to a Breast Cancer Survivor or patient plus customers will be receiving an awesome product in the process.

Thomas Hammond Electric Bike Technology bag Breast_cancer_awareness _Fight_Cancer_Pink_Bike_Thomas_Hammond

About the Hammond Bike Collection

The Hammond bike collection is available in different colors and comes in a custom bag for proper packaging, easy mobility, and protection from weather elements. The bike has matching inter-phone bike speakers with bluetooth, compatible with any smart phone up to 20 feet away. It also has wireless rear signal lights and front head light. Hammond ebike technology took bike security to another level by adding a hidden GPS tracker device. The GPS provides double real-time tracking to absolute street address by SMS or online web tracking. Geo-fence capability sends you an SMS if your bike is disturbed or someone is trying to steal it. The GPS tracker and bike computer has some cool features, to many to mention.

The company is offering everyone to own this fantastic product at a discount during the campaign. You instantly become part of The Hammond e-Bike Technology family when you support the campaign. Supporters will receive perks for life. The company is the first to ever offer backers life time discounts in the amount of 5% – 35% from their online store once they reach their campaign goal. Learn more by visiting Hammondebiketechnology.com.

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Best of high tech wedding gifts: The Nucleus Alexa enabled home intercom

Wedding season is approaching and it is time to select the perfect gift for new couples. No matter the time of year, a high-tech gadget that keeps loved ones closer is always a favorite and highly memorable wedding gift. Nucleus , an Alexa-enabled home intercom device, is  a tech gadget that brings loved ones closer together, whether they’re downstairs or across the country. Its full-touchscreen intercom can be mounted or propped anywhere to create instant points of audio and video communication between rooms, homes, or mobile-to-home with its smartphone app. This is the reason why it’s on our list of favorite wedding gifts to give.

About the Nucleus Design

Nucleus is designed to be simple and intuitive so that anyone, at any age, can use it – from grandparents to kids – just tap the device you want to connect with and you’re there instantly. It is also voice-enabled with Alexa Voice technology so you can stream music, add items to a grocery list, check the weather and much more. All you have to do is ask.  And that in itself makes it a perfect gift for busy couples that travel often, have out-of-state relatives, or are planning to expand the family soon. Yes, the Nucleus is a perfect baby monitor.

Product Highlights of Nucleus

  • Nucleus connects to other devices over Wi-Fi or via an Ethernet cable.

  • Nucleus pairs with a smartphone app for iOS and Android, so that users can access their device from any location from anywhere in the world.

  • Users can take control over their privacy with features for do not call (turns off ringer) do not disturb (ring to answer) as well as a physical camera shutter for added privacy. You can also toggle Alexa on/off.

Where to Buy Nucleus

Nucleus retails at $199 and can be purchased in Lowe’s stores across the country, on Amazon.com, or Nucleuslife.com.

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New symptoms of depression toolkit helps patients and caregivers with “More Than Mood” symptoms

Do you or someone you care about suffer from depression? There’s hope; there’s help. Families for Depression Awareness (FFDA) has launched  “More than Mood: A Depression Symptoms Toolkit for Families and Caregivers, which helps equip patients and their caregivers – like Don and his brother Dan – with the tools they need to recognize, describe and treat  “lesser-known” symptoms of depression.

About Major Depression

Major depression is one of the most common mental disorders in the U.S, with nearly 16 million U.S. adults suffering from a major depressive episode a year. But there is a lack of understanding around one of the more challenging aspects of depression – cognitive impairment. While patients and clinicians are aware that depression affects mood, self-worth and energy, it can also affect reasoning, organization, attention and memory (ROAM). With resources including a symptom tracking chart that caregivers can use as a discussion guide to help describe the difficult-to-verbalize symptoms of ROAM to healthcare providers, as well as videos of two families – both a patient and caregiver – sharing their personal stories. FFDA is working to raise awareness and empower patients and caregivers with the right tools to seek effective treatment. Check out the complete Depression Symptoms Toolkit for Families and Caregivers available online.

The complete “More than Mood: A Depression Symptoms Toolkit” on the FFDA website includes a range of materials:

  • Downloadable fact sheets for patients and caregivers that describe ROAM and the role of the family caregiver in treatment, as well as a discussion guide and symptom tracking chart to help interact with clinicians
  • An online “Depression Wellness Analyzer” to assess symptoms including those related to ROAM
  • Videos featuring patients and their family caregivers sharing their experiences of managing ROAM symptoms
  • A video that demonstrates cognitive impairment in real-life situations;
  • A recorded webinar with a leading researcher about cognitive impairment; and
  • A handbook about cognitive impairment symptoms occurring with mental health conditions.

About Families for Depression Awareness

Families for Depression Awareness is a national nonprofit organization that helps families recognize, address, and cope with depression and bipolar disorder to get people well and prevent suicides. FFDA’s programs provide education, tools, and strategies that equip family caregivers to help those affected by mood disorders. FFDA’s staff, board of directors, and volunteers have professional or personal experience with depression, bipolar disorder, or suicide loss that both motivates and informs their work. Learn more about FFDA at familyaware.org.

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Testicular Cancer Awareness Month: Saving men’s lives

Testicular cancer prevention tips from Men's Health

WASHINGTON — Men’s Health Network (MHN) is joining organizations and communities across the country in April to recognize Testicular Cancer Awareness Month as part of its pledge to advocate for the health and wellness of men and their families.

About Testicular Cancer

Testicular cancer is the most common cancer among men aged between 15 and 35 years old and has one of the highest survival rates if found early. That’s what makes prevention techniques and overall awareness critically important. According to Ana Fadich, MPH, CHES, Vice President at MHN, “Testicular cancer continues to be the leading cause of cancer in young men and boys but remains a very treatable cancer,” Fadich continues, “That is why awareness is essential in reaching younger men who may not receive cancer prevention messages and educate them about the importance of early detection.”

Visit TesticularCancerAwarenessMonth.com for educational resources about risk factors, warning signs, and treatment options for the disease. The site offers videos, a social media toolkit, downloadable brochures, research articles, and examples of awareness activities to turn a difficult-to-discuss problem into an interactive and easier-to-approach learning experience. This month and throughout the year, MHN is urging men to take a more active role in their health and be aware of how to screen for testicular cancer.

“Early detection for testicular cancer is absolutely critical. Many years of life from too many men and boys have been lost because of this disease,” said Dr. Michael J. Rovito, Assistant Professor of Health Sciences at the University of Central Florida and Founder of Men’s Health Initiative, Inc., “It’s time males became more aware of the risks and began to take action to become familiar with their bodies.”

Rovito further recommends that “males should perform testicular self-examination monthly to monitor if anything abnormal develops. If something out of the ordinary is discovered, males should speak to their healthcare provider immediately.”

About Men’s Health Network

Men’s Health Network (MHN) is an international non-profit organization whose mission is to reach men, boys, and their families where they live, work, play, and pray with health awareness messages and tools, screening programs, educational materials, advocacy opportunities, and patient navigation. Learn more about MHN at by following them on Twitter @MensHlthNetwork and Facebook. For more information on MHN’s ongoing Dialogue on Men’s Health series, visit

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Study reveals financial prowess of singles ahead of Tax Day

Treat Yourself Tax Refund Gamut
Plenty of Fish Survey Shows Cars, Las Vegas and Getting Inked Dominate “Craziest Refund Spends” for singles when it comes to tax day refunds.

Tax Day is just around the corner and Plenty of Fish (POF), one of the largest global online dating companies, surveyed 3,000 singles across the U.S. to uncover the finer points of taxes and finances.

Key Findings

  • Only 11 percent of singles said they spend their tax refund, while 65 percent said they like to save some and spend some
  • When it comes to dating and money, 22 percent of women said they would not date someone who makes less money than them
  • More than 85 percent of singles said they tell the truth about how much they make, and fewer than 2 percent make less money than they claim to make
  • 38 singles spent their tax refund on a tattoo, with women out-inking men 22 to 16

Additional data and findings are available on this infographic, including the craziest things singles have spent their tax refund on (download graphic here).

Savvy Spenders and Savers

  • Nearly 26 percent of men said they save their tax refund, compared to less than 20 percent of women.
  • More than 34 percent of baby boomers save their tax refund, making them almost twice as likely to save their refund than any other age group.

Treat Yourself

When asked about the craziest thing singles have spent their refund on, write-in responses from them ran the gamut between practical and NSFW – and highlight a Mars versus Venus divide.

  • Car Parts: More than 190 men claimed their craziest tax return spend was on a car – the highest response by far.
  • Vegas Baby: Vacations made the top three, but Las Vegas hit the jackpot – 27 men and 8 women claimed this popular destination as their “craziest tax refund spend.”
  • Get Inked: 38 singles got tattoos with their refund, with women out-inking men 22 to 16.
  • Honorable Mention:24k gold grill for teeth, 10 gallons of beef jerky, skydiving lessons… and a horse.

Fast and Informed Filers

  • Twenty-eight percent of singles file their taxes in January, as soon as they get their forms, while fewer than 10 percent of singles said they file on Tax Day.
  • The fastest filers are 20-somethings: 35 percent said they are likely to file as soon as they get their forms, versus only 18 percent of baby boomers
  • When asked how they would rate their understanding of the tax filing process, 23 percent of singles said they had excellent knowledge, 34 percent said good and 33 percent said average.

Additional Tax Takeaways

  • On average, only four percent of men and women have looked at a partner’s tax return behind their back. Coming in at around five percent, men 35-44 and women 45-54 are most likely to peek.
  • The percentage of singles who have charitable write-offs increases in every decade of life – with only 27 percent of twenty-somethings taking advantage of this tax write-off, versus 54 percent of baby boomers.
  • More than five percent of men and almost eight percent of single women don’t file taxes.

For Most Singles, Money isn’t Everything

  • A whopping 89 percent of singles said they would date someone who made less money than them.
  • Women tend to be less forgiving on the financial front. More than 96 percent of men said they would date someone who makes less money than them, but nearly 22 percent of women said they would not date someone who makes less money than them.
  • Women 26-34 are most likely to date someone who makes less than them (83 percent), compared to other female age groups.

For those ready to dive deep into financial conversations on their next date, Plenty of Fish can be downloaded for free from the Google Play and iTunes stores. For more details on the survey view here.

About Plenty of Fish (POF)

Plenty of Fish (POF), a Match Group (MTCH) company, is one of the largest global online dating companies. Available in 11 languages and more than 20 countries, Plenty of Fish has more than 100 million registered users, with 65,000 new users signing up every day. Unlike many dating offerings today, POF is all about having great conversations. In fact, singles have more quality conversations on POF than any other dating app, which can lead to stronger connections, smarter matches and better dates. For more information, please visit here or download POF from Google Play or iTunes.

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Video: Israel lobby conference 03-24 | National Press Club

At today’s Israel Lobby and American Policy Conference at the | 9 A.M. to 5:30 P.M.  attendees remarked that this was the best conference thus far. They believe the conference will encourage reporters to cover both sides of Middle East affairs. To watch the program, fast forward to 20 minutes in via the Youtube video.

The speakers appear in order of the program posted on Israellobbyandamericanpolicy.org , where you also will find edited video footage and transcripts. Mondoweiss has already posted the first in-depth article on the conference. Additionally, statistically significant polling results presented by conference co-host IRmep’s Director Grant F. Smith show that Americans oppose many of AIPAC’s core programs.

Let your members of Congress know how the majority feels as they prepare to receive scores of AIPAC supporters urging funding for these unpopular programs.

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