Ohio Can Purge Inactive Voters, Federal Judge Rules

By Kim Palmer

CLEVELAND (Reuters) – A federal judge ruled on Wednesday that Ohio’s secretary of state was within his rights to strip thousands of inactive voters from the rolls, rejecting a legal challenge by civil liberties activists who claimed that the purge disenfranchised minorities and the poor.

The decision by U.S. District Judge George C. Smith in a lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union could impact the presidential race in Ohio, a key swing state seen as potentially pivotal in the Nov. 8 election. No Republican has won the White House without carrying Ohio.

The ACLU charged in its lawsuit that Ohio Secretary of State John Husted’s policy of removing from the rolls voters deemed inactive over a six-year period violated the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 because it targets minorities and lower-income voters who tend to favor Democrats.

Smith disagreed, finding that the policy was not illegal because it removed voters from the rolls only after they failed to vote and then did not respond to a change of address confirmation.

“Ohio’s procedures of maintaining the voter registration rolls ensure the integrity of the election process,” Smith wrote.

Husted has said that the policy has been in place since the 1990s under both Republican and Democratic secretaries of state.

“While today’s ruling reaffirms that the process Ohio has used for over two decades is constitutional and in line with state and federal law, the best news is that we can put another wasteful lawsuit behind us and focus on the important work of running elections in Ohio,” Husted said in a statement.

(Reporting by Kim Palmer in Cleveland; Editing by Dan Whitcomb and Leslie Adler)

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The American Consultants Rx discount prescription cards are to be given free to anyone in need of help curbing the high cost of prescription drugs.

Due to the rising costs, unstable economics, and the mounting cost of prescriptions, American Consultants Rx Inc. (ACRX) a.k.a (ACIRX) an Atlanta based company was born in 2004. The ACRX discount prescription card program was created and over 25 million discount prescription cards were donated to over 18k organizations across the country to be distributed to those in need of prescription assistance free of charge since 2004.

The ACRX cards will offer discounts of name brand drugs of up to 40% off and up to 60% off of generic drugs. They also possess no eligibility requirements, no forms to fill out, or expiration date as well .One card will take care of a whole family. Also note that the ACRX cards will come to your organization already pre-activated .The cards are good at over 50k stores from Walgreen, Wal mart, Eckerd”s, Kmart, Kroger, Publix, and many more. Any one can use these cards but ACRX is focusing on those who are uninsured, underinsured, or on Medicare. The ACRX cards are now in Spanish as well.

American Consultants Rx made arrangements online for the ACRX card to be available at http://www.acrxcards.com where it can also be downloaded. This arrangement has been made to allow organizations an avenue to continue assisting their clients in the community until they receive their orders of the ACRX cards. ACRX made it possible for cards to be requested from online for individuals and organizations free of charge. Request for the ACRX cards can also be made by mailing a request to : ACRX, P.O.Box 161336,Atlanta,GA 30321, faxing a written request to 404-305-9539,or calling the office at 404-767-1072. Please include name (if organization please include organization and contact name),mailing address,designate Spanish or English,amount of cards requested,and telephone number.

American Consultants Rx is working diligently to assist as many people and organizations as possible. It should be noted that while many other organizations and companies place a cost on their money saving cards, American Consultants Rx does not believe a cost should be applied, just to assist our fellow Americans. American Consultants Rx states that it will continue to strive to assist those in need.

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Agency wants proof the products kill bacteria and are harmless over time
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Sacred Sexuality

I joyfully present the first in a remarkable series of conversations about the Divine Feminine. Diva Carla Sanders talks about sensuality, healing and reveals why the Divine Feminine is needed today.
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Be uplifted by Diva Carla’s story. Find inspiration in this discussion of sacred sexuality and its connection to the Divine Feminine.

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The Call of the Divine Feminine

You can say that the Divine Feminine called to me and I heeded that call! I joyfully handed over the platform of my show, Paint Yourself Into the Picture, for this sacred exploration. Together with my guest experts, we probe the meaning of the Divine Feminine.

Why was I seeing so many women labeling themselves as ‘Goddesses’? What did this trend mean?

Why is it important? Why now?

Is it ‘for real’? Does it hold benefit for everyone? Does one have to don a headband and live on a beach? Engage in tribal rituals full time?

I needed to know if this is something women in all walks of life could incorporate into their lives!

These are the questions that danced in my head and heart as I launched into this remarkable series on the Divine Feminine. Believe me, the interviews have proven that this is a subject whose time has come. Without further ado, I invite you to immerse yourself in this sacred ongoing conversation. Click here to watch the video

About the Divine Feminine Series:

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I’m honoring the Divine Feminine in both content and form. My new distribution schedule makes sense to my playful feminine side. The show will air on days that are multiples of my lucky number ’9′ – that is, the 9th, 18th and 27th of each month, or the closest weekday thereto.

On weeks that do not contain one of those shows, an episode will be released on a day of the week that has not been represented. In other words, if there are shows released on Mon, Tues and Thurs, then I will release the ‘odd week’ shows on a Weds or Fri. In addition to being fun, creative and quirky, this will enable me to better gauge which days of the week garner the best responses.

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I’ve been blessed to receive so much help and healing in my life and this show is my way to pay forward the many blessings that I received. It is a labor of love, my gift to the world.

May your generous help in sharing it is also be a gift that will be returned multiplied to you. May healing thoughts, healing messages and divine healing energy always be readily available to you whenever you need them!

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Adios To Severe Spring Allergies: Natural Warriors

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If you want to escape the sneezing, congestion and itchy eyes of spring, some great new warriors can bring on the adios chorus for you! Most recently, my family and have felt the spring allergies arriving with the blooming of the lovely bushes and trees.

Imagine the ability of elements, including good fatty acids, pepper pigment and ginger, helping to ease that spring congestion. Great news that common foods contain these elements and are easily accessible for those in need.

The latest allergy busters can be found closer to you than you think… Avocado, ginger and bell peppers may be the natural remedies for you. Even better that these remedies are available at your local grocery and natural food stores!

The first of these is the avocado* and can be found at just about every food store. The power of the avocado is delivered through its ability to boost the immune system. Other great fatty acid sources come from fish, nuts and flax. Just a few ounces of these foods daily is sufficient.

The second powerful food comes in the form of peppers. Pepper as in bell peppers*, whether they are green, red, yellow or orange, deliver allergy busting power (up to 40%). This comes from the pepper pigments providing the vibrant colors. The amount recommended is a daily serving of 2/3 cup of any one of these peppers.

A third effective natural food source to battle spring allergies is ginger.** Some easy ways to have ginger are by drinking ginger tea, adding ginger flavor to meals and eating a ginger candy. Ginger acts to suppress the immune system reaction to major spring allergens present in the greenery and flowers.

Now comes the fun part – Create a tasty, “adios to spring allergy treat “

Avocado and Red Pepper Guacamole

3 avocados (peeled and mashed)
Add:
fresh cilantro 1/3 cup (diced),
lime juice( 1 tbsp),
garlic minced 1 tsp.
red pepper 2/3 cup (cubed),
salt (to taste)
Chill your homemade guacamole for one hour.

Top it off with some Ginger Tea!! Enjoy!!

*Public Health Nutrition Journal (study co-author Joachin Heinrich)
**Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry 2016
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After the wedding of Diana Goode and Andrew Douglas, Diana teases that they will make a baby on their honeymoon.��But long afterward, she is still not pregnant.��As Diana and Andrew wait out each month only to be bitterly disappointed, they are forced to question just how much they are willing to go through to have a baby.��Charlie Winwood dreams of a house filled with children.��His bride, party-girl actress Barbie Mason, has other ideas.��When he discovers he is sterile, Charlie has to rethink his deepest values — and his marriage to a woman who shares none of his dreams.After ten years of living together, Pilar Graham, a prominent Santa Barbara attorney, marries Judge Brad Coleman, who is nineteen years her senior and father of two grown children.��They are happy with their comfortable life together, � deux, until Pilar begins to wonder if she will someday regret not having a baby with Brad.��Are they crazy to begin now — with Brad about to become a grandfather and Pilar with a busy career, and in her early forties, possibly putting herself at risk?Through the lives of these couples, Danielle Steel shows us the mixed blessingswe face as we build our families and live our modern lives.��She touches us with the triumphant people who prevail, their victories, their defeats, their tragedies and joys, their compromises, their lives.
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Pivot? Trump Doesn’t Need No Stinkin’ Pivot

ST. CLAIRSVILLE, Ohio — Donald Trump on Tuesday evening declared his fondness for torture, likened a new trade deal to the “rape of our country,” and joked with a man wanting a job by offering him one if he agreed to a 10 percent pay cut.

In other words: If last week was Trump’s “pivot” to becoming a more serious presidential candidate, it’s been followed by a pivot right back.

The 48-minute speech to several thousand supporters crowding the Ohio University Eastern Campus’s gym was trademark Trump, meandering across topics ranging from his various successes, to the “stupidity” of the country’s leaders, to his views of torture in the fight against ISIS.

On waterboarding — a technique that makes subjects feel they’re drowning – for example, Trump recounted what he’d said at a Republican primary debate. “I like it a lot, but I don’t think it’s tough enough,” he said to cheers and laughter.

Salted throughout were insults and attacks against Democratic rival Hillary Clinton — “You think she looks presidential? I don’t.” — as well as factually dubious claims that have become a hallmark of his campaign.

At one point, he claimed Syrian Christians who want asylum in the United States face far tougher hurdles than Syrian Muslims. At another, he asserted that weaponry provided to and then abandoned by U.S.-backed fighters and subsequently picked up by ISIS was somehow better than what U.S. soldiers have.

“And we fight the enemy with better equipment than we have. Their equipment is newer and better than what we have,” he said.

One notable omission: Any mention of Monday’s Supreme Court ruling that struck down strict abortion clinic restrictions in Texas. Trump, who once favored abortion rights, but said when he entered the GOP race that he had changed his position, didn’t issue a statement on the ruling Monday, when it was being roundly condemned by anti-abortion groups.

Even that, though, did not appear to bother fans at Tuesday’s rally.

Robert McCracken, an 80-year-old retiree from neighboring Mt. Pleasant who wore a small cross on his shirt collar, called Trump a “common-sense Republican,” and said his election was the only thing that can save the country. “We’ll have the end of the American republic,” he said. “He has to win.”

And Bernard Merritt, 22, called Trump’s remarks “amazing” as he showed off a signed Trump hand towel – the payoff for arriving five hours early and getting a spot next to the stage. “I fall in love with him every time he opens his mouth,” said the cellphone repair business owner, who drove an hour from a suburb of Steubenville to attend. “I’m going to put it in a frame and hang it up,” he said of the hand towel.

Unlike Trump’s rallies earlier in the primary season that drew a fair number of uncommitted or curious voters, his eastern Ohio speech appeared to be pulling in primarily hard-core supporters.

Brenda Johnson, 62, arose at 5 a.m. in her home in a Cincinnati suburb to drive four hours at attend her fourth Trump rally. She was in the entry line by 9 a.m. — 10 hours before the start of the event. She said she has been a supporter since she watched a Trump speech months ago in Las Vegas about building a wall on the southern border to stop illegal immigration. “I about jumped out of my chair. Because finally somebody was saying what needs to be said,” she said.

Belmont County, which includes St. Clairsville, is among the many rural, sparsely populated ones in Ohio that supported Trump over native son and statewide winner Gov. John Kasich in the March 15 primary. The area is reliably Republican, and went for Mitt Romney in 2012 by 8 points, even as President Barack Obama narrowly carried the state.

It is among the Midwestern Rust Belt states that Trump’s campaign believes he can win — along with Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin — because of all the manufacturing jobs that have been lost over the decades, and which Trump attributes to bad trade agreements.

“I’m not angry at Japan. I’m not angry at China. I’m not angry at Mexico,” Trump said Tuesday. “I’m angry at our leaders, who are so stupid.”

Editor’s note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims — 1.6 billion members of an entire religion — from entering the U.S.

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The American Consultants Rx discount prescription cards are to be given free to anyone in need of help curbing the high cost of prescription drugs.

Due to the rising costs, unstable economics, and the mounting cost of prescriptions, American Consultants Rx Inc. (ACRX) a.k.a (ACIRX) an Atlanta based company was born in 2004. The ACRX discount prescription card program was created and over 25 million discount prescription cards were donated to over 18k organizations across the country to be distributed to those in need of prescription assistance free of charge since 2004.

The ACRX cards will offer discounts of name brand drugs of up to 40% off and up to 60% off of generic drugs. They also possess no eligibility requirements, no forms to fill out, or expiration date as well .One card will take care of a whole family. Also note that the ACRX cards will come to your organization already pre-activated .The cards are good at over 50k stores from Walgreen, Wal mart, Eckerd”s, Kmart, Kroger, Publix, and many more. Any one can use these cards but ACRX is focusing on those who are uninsured, underinsured, or on Medicare. The ACRX cards are now in Spanish as well.

American Consultants Rx made arrangements online for the ACRX card to be available at http://www.acrxcards.com where it can also be downloaded. This arrangement has been made to allow organizations an avenue to continue assisting their clients in the community until they receive their orders of the ACRX cards. ACRX made it possible for cards to be requested from online for individuals and organizations free of charge. Request for the ACRX cards can also be made by mailing a request to : ACRX, P.O.Box 161336,Atlanta,GA 30321, faxing a written request to 404-305-9539,or calling the office at 404-767-1072. Please include name (if organization please include organization and contact name),mailing address,designate Spanish or English,amount of cards requested,and telephone number.

American Consultants Rx is working diligently to assist as many people and organizations as possible. It should be noted that while many other organizations and companies place a cost on their money saving cards, American Consultants Rx does not believe a cost should be applied, just to assist our fellow Americans. American Consultants Rx states that it will continue to strive to assist those in need.

Old Drug Boosts Brain’s Memory Centers

But more research needed before recommending methylene blue to those with memory loss, scientist says
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If Grief Could Speak, Here Are Five Things It Would Say

If grief could speak it would say, I’m sorry.

I’m sorry it’s me that arrived at your doorstep instead of love. But I am made of love too. In fact, it’s because I love so much that I hurt so much when I lose the people I love.

If grief could speak it would say, You can survive.

I know you may not want to. I know life may not be worth living without them. I know the earth collapsed beneath your feet. I know a part of you died with them. And I know you can survive, one breath at a time, one moment at a time, one day at a time.

If grief could speak it would say, Please don’t hide me away.

I know when people see you with me they get uncomfortable. I know your friends don’t know what to say to me. I know it’s easier to hide me away when you have company over for dinner.

But I’d like a seat at the table. Will you let me speak? Will you listen to me? I can’t promise I’ll be polite or calm. I may raise my voice because I’m angry or I may collapse in a pile of tears, but if I can let it out then I don’t have to hold it in here, in you. I’d like to create some more space inside you for all of us to coexist. You, me, love, anger, laughter, peace, hope, joy… there’s enough room for all of us in your heart.

If grief could speak it would say, I love you.

You may not love me, but I love you. I love how you love so big. I love how you keep taking care of your babies who lost their papas or their mamas. I love how you keep taking care of that space your loved one took up even though they’re gone. How you leave their favorite book in the same place, how you leave their clothes folded, how you let them live a little longer in the things left behind. I love how you don’t let the world forget they were here, that they mattered, that they were a part of you. I love you.

If grief could speak it would say, Find your own way.

There seem to be a lot of “experts” out there about me. They say I work in stages and they make it sound like I’m something to get over, like the flu. What I can tell you is there is nothing wrong with me and there is nothing wrong with you. I am not a sickness, I am grief. I am a valid experience and emotion and there is no right way to hold me. There is just your way. No two people receive me the same way. Let’s find our own way to dance together, to cry together, to break together, to heal together.

Let’s find our own way through this brief and beautiful life.

Monique Minahan writes about grief, loss and being human. She offers Yoga & Grief classes to bereavement groups. She believes in standing up to live before sitting down to write and listens to her heart to keep her words alive and authentic. Connect with her at moniqueminahan.com and on social media here and here.

This post is part of Common Grief, a Healthy Living editorial initiative. Grief is an inevitable part of life, but that doesn’t make navigating it any easier. The deep sorrow that accompanies the death of a loved one, the end of a marriage or even moving far away from home, is real. But while grief is universal, we all grieve differently. So we started Common Grief to help learn from each other. Let’s talk about living with loss. If you have a story you’d like to share, email us at strongertogether@huffingtonpost.com.

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Are Anxiety Drugs Making Us Less Eager To Lend A Helping Hand?

Antianxiety medications can be enormously helpful to people bedeviled by severe anxiety — no doubt about that. But by tamping down anxious feelings, could it be that these so-called “anxiolytic” drugs are blunting our empathy and rendering us less willing to lend a helping hand to those in need?

That’s the word from the scientists responsible for a provocative new study showing that lab rats given a drug called midazolam (MDZ) were less willing than untreated control rats to help release a trapped cage mate.

“With the MDZ on board, they were unable to feel/catch/’contage’ the trapped rat’s distress and thus were not motivated,” Dr. Peggy Mason, a professor of neurobiology at the University of Chicago and the leader of the research, told The Huffington Post in an email.

She called the finding “really amazing,” adding in a videotaped statement (above) that “in the context of today’s society, which is a highly medicated society, where lots of people are taking psychoactive drugs that might blunt their experience of negative affect, our results would suggest that that will also blunt helping.”

That sounds scary. But is it really the case?

Dr. Norman Sussman, a professor of psychiatry at New York University Medical Center, isn’t convinced. He said it’s notoriously difficult to draw conclusions about humans from studies involving rodents or other animals. What’s more, he said, midazolam is a powerful injectable drug that generally is used not for anxiety but as a sedative for surgical patients.

“In every way you look at it, this study is not relevant to clinical experience,” he said. “There are too many questions about why it was set up this way. You can’t draw very much from this at all.”

For the study, which was published June 8, 2016, in the journal Frontiers in Psychology, the researchers watched what happened when rats were placed inside a cage containing a rat trapped inside a clear plastic tube.

Untreated (control) rats were quick to open the door to the restraint to free the trapped rat. But rats injected with the midazolam made no effort to open the door even though they could see and hear their trapped cage mate.

It wasn’t that the rats on midazolam were physically unable to open the restraint door. When it was chocolate chips instead of another rat inside the tube, the drugged rodents had no trouble opening the door to get at the treat. It was that they simply didn’t care that the other rat was trapped.

Mason said the new research might lead people to rethink their choices when it comes to coping with anxiety.

“One approach is to dull or dampen uncomfortable emotions and another approach is to learn to tolerate these unpleasant experiences,” she said in the email. While drug therapy might be a good choice for people with crippling anxiety, others “may want to take a different approach given this information.”

But Dr. Dolores Malaspina, another professor of psychiatry at NYU, sounded a different note. In an email to HuffPost Science, she said that even if certain medications do blunt empathy, “suffering from an anxiety disorder has an even greater disruptive effect.”

In any case, Sussman said, good medical care requires doctors to prescribe anxiolytic drugs only in the case of severe anxiety.

Whatever the takeaway from the new study, previous research suggests that psychiatric drugs may be messing with our empathy. The popular painkiller acetaminophen has been tied to a reduced ability to show empathy, and certain antidepressants have been linked to indifference.

Whatever.

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Supreme Court Abortion Decision Will Affect These States Next

Now that the Supreme Court has struck down abortion restrictions in Texas that would have forced most clinics in the state to close, judges are likely to block similar laws in seven other states. 

Six of those states – Alabama, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Wisconsin – have laws being challenged in courts that require abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at local hospitals. The Supreme Court ruled 5-3 on Monday that the Texas version of that law is unconstitutional because the requirement is medically unnecessary and ”places a substantial obstacle in the path of women seeking a pre-viability abortion.” 

Tennessee also has three anti-abortion laws being litigated in the courts, and those cases were put on hold pending the outcome of the Supreme Court case. At least two of those laws — the admitting privileges requirement and a stipulation that most abortion clinics be turned into ambulatory surgical centers, or mini-hospitals — are likely to fall as a result of Monday’s ruling. 

Republicans swept into state legislatures in 2010 have enacted an unprecedented wave of abortion restrictions that have shut down dozens of clinics across the country. Many of these laws, instead of directly banning abortion, attempt to close clinics by making it logistically or financially impossible to operate. The Supreme Court effectively slapped down these so-called TRAP laws (Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers) in Monday’s ruling in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt

“We conclude that neither of these provisions offers medical benefits sufficient to justify the burdens upon access that each imposes,” Justice Stephen Breyer wrote in the majority opinion. “Each places a substantial obstacle in the path of women seeking a previability abortion, each constitutes an undue burden on abortion access, and each violates the Federal Constitution.”

The seven states with pending abortion cases are likely to be the first to feel the legal consequences of the decision. But the ruling may have a much broader impact on abortion laws across the U.S.

Four more states – Michigan, Missouri, Pennsylvania, and Virginia — have clinic regulations similar to the ones struck down in Texas, although those states haven’t yet been challenged in court. Missouri, North Dakota, and Utah also have admitting privileges-requirements that wouldn’t likely withstand a future legal challenge. 

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg warned lawmakers in her concurring opinion on Monday that these types of laws “do little or nothing for health, but rather strew impediments to abortion” and “cannot survive judicial inspection.” 

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Why My Success Lies Within My Imperfections

I’m a recovering, aspiring perfectionist. I say aspiring, because let’s be clear, I never actually reached perfection. Here is what I mean by that….

Up until recently, I wanted my life to be perfect.

And if it wasn’t perfect – I made damn sure that y’all thought it was.

I would frantically clean my house before you came over – because I couldn’t let you know that sometimes it would get dirty, or lived in, or that there was clutter on our countertops.

This drove my husband nuts, because we have different levels of cleanliness – and he doesn’t see the value in it as much as I do. So as I would be frantically doing dishes, he would be frantically staying out of my way, so as to not get yelled at TO CLEAN FASTER BECAUSE PEOPLE ARE COMING OVER.

You see, when I tried to be perfect, I wasn’t always nice either.

Trying to be perfect put a lot of pressure on me.

I would create unreasonable goals for myself, and then of course I would never reach them, because they were never attainable in the first place.

And when I wouldn’t reach them, I would inwardly beat myself up about it.

Or shut down.

Or stop trying.

For the longest time I lived in Latin America and I rarely spoke Spanish because I was afraid of making mistakes while speaking, so I just shut down and didn’t speak at all.

It took a long time for me to start speaking Spanish again. And do you know what got me speaking?

It wasn’t the lessons (though they helped).

It was that I started allowing myself to make mistakes. I started loving myself through my imperfections and forgiving myself for the judgments that I placed against myself.

I started letting myself be seen as someone who is learning, and stumbling, and not always getting it right.

And when I did that, it started to take the pressure off of myself. And I started speaking Spanish again.

People could see and accept me as me.

I could see and accept me as me.

I felt human again.

But it isn’t always easy. Sometimes when I share vulnerably, it makes me want to barf a little bit, because I get nervous of what other people will think of me and I wonder if maybe I shouldn’t have shared so honestly.

Brené Brown calls it a Vulnerability Hangover.

She says it is a good thing – it is a sign that you have courageously shared.

I find that as I allow myself to share openly that it gives others the permission to do the same.

I recently started sharing on Tuesdays my #Truesdays as a way to bring more humanness to Facebook.

And as I’ve opened up and allowed others to see my imperfections – my friends are starting to share as well….

They are sharing about their divorces, their eating disorders, their pursuit for perfection, their loneliness, how they feel fat, their sexuality, and how parenting is hard.

It’s happening.

We are coming together and breaking down the walls of imperfection and letting love and acceptance in.

I find that the more that I allow myself to be authentic, to share from my heart and to quiet my ego – that the more I am able to love myself.

As I share, I create more gentleness. For myself and those I love most, as I’m not so uptight all the time trying to be perfect.

After I move past the vulnerability hangover of my share – it actually feels quite good. It’s liberating.

This is a journey that I’m committed to.

It’s a journey that feels important for humankind. That we stop judging one another and start accepting one another – regardless of race, creed, color, situation or circumstance.

However, if I want Peace on this Earth – then I need to let it begin with me. It doesn’t work to beat myself up, and then expect others to always be kind to me, or to accept me – especially if I can’t accept myself exactly as I am.

You see there is power in my self-acceptance.

For in that self-acceptance is more love. For myself….and for me to share with my world.

There is freedom in that self-acceptance.

Freedom to keep creating, and falling and making mistakes. For I can’t succeed without falling down a few times – no one ever has.

The irony of this all is – the more that I vulnerably show my imperfections. The faster I’m succeeding and growing on the “goal line” of life – something that I would have never believed when I was aspiring towards perfection. I only thought I could be successful once I was perfect.

Ha. I was so far from the truth – as my success actually lies within my imperfections.

So, in the name of self-love, self-acceptance, freedom, success and world peace – I dare you to try sharing your imperfections. Share your #Truesday.

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Revolutionary Way To Be Healthy #21: Keep Your Body Clean, Inside And Out

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Your body is smart. But it does not necessarily know what to do with the chemical compounds manufacturers have been adding to their products (or making the basis of their products) over the past several decades. And whether that newfangled chemical stuff is entering your body through your food, personal-care products, or household goods, the net result can be nasty.

Your body is a creative problem solver, though. So it might stash some of those chemicals in your fat cells. It might try to exude them through your skin. Or it might try to flush them out in your body’s waste streams (think sweat, urine, poo).

But all of that requires some doing on the part of your body. And a lot of things can go wrong along the way.

Like what, you ask? Well, some of those chemical compounds can irritate and inflame your body’s tissues (causing anything from skin rashes to gut leakage). They can also contribute to your body’s toxic load or “body burden,” which in turn puts an extra strain on your organs and immune system.

Some chemicals, known as neurotoxins (including many found in artificial sweeteners, colors and flavors, and preservatives), can mess with your brain and nervous system, causing severe headaches and fatigue, as well as mood and behavior problems.

Some compounds, known as endocrine disrupting chemicals (or EDCs for short), can mimic or confuse your body’s hormones, interfering with normal sexual development and reproductive function, and increasing the risks for certain types of abnormal growths (such as fibroids) and cancers.

A subclass of EDCs, affectionately known as “obesogens‚” can alter both appetite and metabolism, causing weight gain. Obesogens were recently named an “emerging threat to public health” in a research review published by the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

You might be thinking: But surely there’s no way that our government would allow anything but 100 percent safe and carefully tested chemicals in our food and body-care products! Isn’t that what the USDA and FDA are for?

Here’s the nicest way I can put this: In principle, yes. In practice, alas, not so much.

The problem is that the majority of chemicals used in conventional body-care products have never been tested for long-term safety. And even those studies that have been done on chemicals used in brand-name food and household cleaning and furniture products typically screen for evidence of immediate toxicity, not necessarily for the effects of repeated, long-term, or combined exposures.

In truth, even if our regulatory agencies tried harder, it would be almost impossible for them to study how all the various intermingling chemical compounds present in countless foods, cosmetics, and personal-care, cleaning, and household products might interact in the complex and constantly changing petri dish of the human body. We are talking about thousands of chemicals here, and an almost endless number of different exposure scenarios.

It’s worth noting that many of the chemicals that are widely used here in the United States are banned in the European Union. That’s because European manufacturers are required to observe what’s known as the Precautionary Principle, which dictates that chemicals must be presumed potentially dangerous until proven safe.

Here in the United States, we operate on the opposite assumption, regarding most chemicals as safe until they are proven dangerous. The problem with this strategy, of course, is that it turns U.S. consumers into guinea pigs — unwitting subjects in a long-term “study” with a variety of negative implications for human health.

The net result: Most of us have our bodies bathed, inside and out, with potentially dangerous industrial chemicals on a daily basis. Some of those chemicals are routinely found not just in the blood and tissue samples of virtually all U.S. adults, but also in the umbilical cords of newborn babies.

Eager to clear some potentially dangerous chemicals out of your own body? Here are some ways to start:

  • Make whole foods the center of your diet. Choosing single-ingredient whole foods and drinking simple, homemade, unsweetened beverages (like water, tea, and coffee) spares you from ingesting a great many chemical-laced ingredients and additives. Eating fresh or frozen whole foods also lets you avoid a lot of chemical preservatives (you’ll still want to wash or peel most produce, though, as it may have been sprayed or waxed or otherwise come into contact with chemical residues during storage and transport).
  • Choose foods grown and raised in healthy environments. You want your food as free as possible from chemical pesticides, herbicides, antibiotics, and heavy metals. Certified organic and biodynamic foods are a good start, but you can also choose foods from growers whose methods you know and trust, or consider growing some of your own. Be aware that both wild and farmed fish, seafood, and meat products will typically contain traces of any chemicals or other pollutants present in those animals’ food and living environments, so choose your meat and seafood sources carefully.
  • Use cleaner personal-care and household products. Whatever goes on your skin, hair, lips, and nails — along with pretty much everything else you touch, wear, or breathe — ends up on the inside of your body. So take a close look at the products you are using on yourself and in your home. Weed out conventional, chemical-laden products in favor of certified organic, simply formulated, plant-based, or homemade options. Avoid dry-cleaned, flame-retardant, and other chemically treated fabrics: The chemicals used in those processes, along with nonstick coatings and plastic food-storage ingredients, are among the most commonly found in human blood and urine samples.
  • Read ingredient labels carefully. Many products marketed as “natural” — or that use the word “organic” somewhere on the label — still may contain a host of troublesome ingredients, like parabens, phthalates, artificial fragrances, dyes, pigments, and petroleum byproducts that are anything but wholesome.
  • Study up. The list of problematic chemicals is constantly evolving. For the best current guidance, check out the Environmental Working Group’s handy guides to cleaning up your food, personal-care products, and household goods. Don’t trust a “seal of approval” unless you know what it means.
  • Do a seasonal detox. Following a simple, whole-food detoxification program a few times a year can go a long way in helping your body dump what it doesn’t want and repair the damage done by toxic compounds. Commit to keeping your body’s elimination channels working smoothly on a daily basis by eating plenty of fiber-rich, colorful produce and drinking plenty of clean water.
  • Final suggestion: Don’t panic. Once you’ve done what you can to reduce your chemical exposure, stop obsessing about it. Yes, our world is full of toxins. But stress and anxiety produce toxic chemical byproducts of their own. And the only one who can keep those out of your system is you.

REVOLUTIONARY READING

“Beauty Beware” — The not-so-pretty truth about toxins in most personal-care products, and how to avoid them.

“8 Hidden Toxins: What’s Lurking in Your Cleaning Products?” — How to spot the potentially dangerous chemicals in your cleaning arsenal.

“How to Detox Your Life, Save Money, and Change the World” — Stacy Malkan’s 10-point guide to lightening your toxic load.

“Fast Track Liver Detox” — A healthy way to help your body ditch toxic gunk, drop unwanted weight, and feel better than you have in years.

Pilar Gerasimo is a nationally recognized healthy-living expert, author of A Manifesto for Thriving in a Mixed-Up World, and the creative force behind the 101 Revolutionary Ways to Be Healthy. She is currently working on a book about the art of being healthy in an unhealthy world. Learn more about Pilar’s work and connect with her via social media at PilarGerasimo.com.

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Trump And Gingrich: Two Men. Six Wives. Family Values.

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Assuming he isn’t ousted as the GOP’s presidential nominee at the party’s Cleveland convention next month, who will be Donald Trump’s vice presidential running mate? The field keeps narrowing, as more and more Republicans – including Florida Gov. Rick Scott, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice — distance themselves from Trump. As the pickings get slimmer and slimmer, Trump will have to figure out who can best help him climb out of the quicksand he’s jumped into with his big mouth, excessive ego, and lack of impulse control.

In handicapping the VP sweepstakes, many pundits think former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is the most likely choice. If Trump picks Newt, they could adopt the slogan: “Two men. Six wives. Family values.” Or, as UCLA law professor Jonathan Zasloff suggested, they could call themselves the “Henry VIII ticket” in honor of their multiple marriages during their (combined) 143 years. Their campaign film could be called the “Six Wives Club.”

We all know about Trump’s misogynyst attitudes toward women, his obsession about the size of his penis, his boasts about his sexual conquests, and his three marriages. When he was deposed in the 1991 divorce proceedings with his first wife, Ivana, he invoked the Fifth Amendment 97 times, mostly in response to questions about “other women.” During the divorce contest, Ivana accused Trump of having raped her. (Would anyone be surprised if we start hearing more women accusing Trump of being a sexual predator?).

So perhaps, in Trump’s eyes, it would help “balance” the GOP ticket by adding another three-marriage adulterer.

Gingrich cheated on his first wife, Jackie, while she was recovering from treatment for cancer in 1980 and asked her for a divorce. Then he cheated on his second wife, Marianne, while having a six-year affair with a staffer, Callista Bisek (23 years his junior), who is now his third wife. In 2012, Marianne Gingrich told ABC News that her husband had asked her for an “open marriage.” “And I just stared at him and he said, ‘Callista doesn’t care what I do,’” she revealed. “He wanted an open marriage and I refused.”

Gingrich’s other ethical problems also won’t help Trump clean up his act. Gingrich violated campaign finance laws while in Congress. His House colleagues fined him $ 300,000 for his breach of ethics standards. The entire House passed the ethics report by 395 to 28 vote, including by a 196-26 margin among Republicans. He was the first Speaker in American history to be sanctioned in this way.

Like Trump, Gingrich also has a precarious relationship with the truth. Politifact and FactCheck has consistently found that many of Gingrich statements are misleading or outright lies. When he was running for president in 2012, for example, he repeatedly claimed that “more people have been put on food stamps by Barack Obama than any president in American history.” He was wrong. More people were added under George W. Bush than under Obama. Over the years, Gingrich has been a bottomless pit of wacky ideas. During his presidential campaign he proposed doing away with child labor laws, which he called “truly stupid.” He suggested that children should be allowed to work as janitors at their schools.

After he left Congress, Gingrich made a fortune as a corporate lobbyist and influence peddler. In 2003, for example, Gingrich met with two dozen Republican House members, trying to persuade them to to support a Medicare prescription drug benefit at the same time that he was soliciting funds from drug companies for his consulting firm.

On a practical side, it isn’t clear that Gingrich helps Trump win any states. And although Gingrich is a right-wing extremist, he’s much more articulate than Trump, which makes him look smarter – something that Trump might not be able to handle.

How do Newt’s leading rivals for the VP slot compare?

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Chris Christie. Like Gingrich, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie desperately wants the VP job. He’s certainly been willing to humiliate himself to be seen with Trump over the past few months, serving as Donald’s errand boy. (Trump even had Christie fetch him a Big Mac). The combination of Trump’s Trump University controversy and Christie’s George Washington Bridge-gate crisis would make it easy for the media to portray a Trump-Christie ticket as the “Scandal Twins.” Plus, Christie wouldn’t help Trump win key states. He won’t even help Trump win New Jersey because the governor is so unpopular in his home state. Seven New Jersey newspapers, including the Star-Ledger, the state’s largest daily, have called on Christie to resign.

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Ted Cruz. The Democrats would love to replay the videos of Trump and Cruz attacking and insulting each other during the GOP primaries. Cruz called Trump a “serial philanderer,” a “pathological liar” and a “narcissist.” Trump accused Cruz’s father – a right-wing evangelical extremist – of playing a role in the Kennedy assassination. Plus, Cruz is so unpopular with his GOP Senate colleagues that it will not bring any reluctant Senators on board the Trump train.

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Susana Martinez. Absolutely the best person to help Trump would have been New Mexico’s Republican Governor. She might have muted (somewhat) Trump’s attacks on women and Latino/as. But Trump blew that chance with his nasty comments about Martinez when she wouldn’t endorse him. He might have been able to cultivate her, but no longer.

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Carly Fiorina. It might be awkward for the fired Hewlett Packard CEO and failed Senate and presidential candidate to serve as Trump’s VP running mate. During the primaries, Trump indulged in his instinct for insult when, referring to Fiorina, then his rival candidate for the GOP nomination, he said: “Look at that face! Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president?” Trump might be tempted to ask another corporate CEO — or retired CEO – to join him on the ticket. But that would mean that the GOP would have two candidates from the business sector, both without any political experience (unless he picks former CEO’s Dick Cheney or Donald Rumsfield). That won’t fly.

So who’s left? It boils down to the following list:

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Richard Burr. The Senator from North Carolina is not well-known outside his home state, where he now faces a tough re-election campaign. Polls show that he currently leads his Democratic rival, former NC state Rep. Deborah Ross, by a narrow margin, but with Trump at the top of the ticket, Burr will have an even harder time getting re-elected in that swing state. So he might want to get out of that race while the getting’s good. (He can’t run for his Senate seat and VP simultaneously.) Burr is on the Senate Intelligence Committee, which could help Trump by picking someone with foreign policy experience, but he might balk at having a VP candidate with intelligence.

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Brian Sandoval. The Nevada governor might be Trump’s best bet – a Latino Republican in a swing state who has already endorsed The Donald. (He initially endorsed Kasich but switched to Trump after Kasich dropped out). But given the likelihood that Trump will lose to Clinton in a crushing landslide, accepting the VP nomination might end Sandoval’s political career. (He might want to wait four years and be Paul Ryan’s VP pick, if Susana Martinez doesn’t get it). A former federal judge, Sandoval is quite conservative, but within the GOP he’s considered a “moderate.”

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Mary Fallin. The Oklahoma governor, whom some have called “America’s worst governor,” is an extreme right-winger, which could appeal to some Tea Party voters who somehow think Trump isn’t conservative enough. Tea Partiers will have an easy time remembering her name, because it sort of rhymes with Palin. It is hard to imagine that anything could help Trump gain support among women, but putting a woman on the ticket might get him a few more female votes. Given Trump’s deeply-ingrained misogyny, however, he’s likely to insult Fallin during the campaign.

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Jeff Sessions. The Senator from Alabama is as racist and as fierce an opponent of immigration as Trump. In 1986, Reagan nominated Sessions to be a judge of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Alabama. The Senate Judiciary Committee killed Sessions’ nomination, partly after hearing witnesses report on some of his racist views. He was only the second nominee in 50 years to be rejected by the Senate judiciary committee. If Trump can’t win Alabama on his own, he’s in huge trouble. But Sessions has the advantage of being a veteran Senator with political experience, offsetting Trump’s inexperience. An upside for Republicans of picking Sessions is that if he loses, he can return to the Senate, since he’s not up for re-election until 2020. And if, by some chance, Trump and Sessions win, Alabama’s Republican governor Robert Bentley will pick his successor, assuming that Bentley hasn’t already been impeached as a result his current sex scandal.

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Bob Corker. The Senator from Tennessee has endorsed Trump and was reportedly high on the VP list, he’s recently criticized Trump for some of his more outlandish comments, such as Trump’s racist attacks on a federal judge presiding over the case against Trump University . Corker is chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which would help Trump, whose bombastic shoot-from-the-hip remarks don’t give people confidence in his diplomatic skills. But Corker also comes with some serious negatives. It’s hard to believe that America is ready for a ticket comprised of two men who made millions in the real estate business. And, like Trump, he’s got his own tax scandals. Corker failed to disclose $ 2 million dollars worth of hedge fund profits and millions more of income from his commercial real estate business.

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A retired general. Many ex-military brass and a bipartisan group of national security heavyweights think Trump is a reckless lunatic. Both camps have issued statements questioning Trump’s qualifications to conduct military and foreign policy. But if Trump can find a former military leader who also has some foreign policy experience, and would be willing to serve as his VP, it might help him gain some credibility and offset some of the crazy ideas he has been promoting, like cozying up to Putin and endorsing the spread of nuclear weapons. He’d have to be careful to vet the retired general to make sure that he hasn’t made a fortune as a lobbyist for a military contractor or called for a nuclear attack on Iraq. Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn (pictured above) — a retired soldier who deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan.– is rumored to be on Trump’s short list. In 2012 he was named director of the Defense Intelligence Agency but was forced out in 2014. He is working as an adviser to Trump and has been very critical of both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. He has a book coming out next month, “The Field of Fight: How We Can Win the Global War Against Radical Islam and Its Allies,” that sounds right up Trump’s alley. But Flynn has made a number of controversial statements that could backfire during the campaign.

Peter Dreier is professor of Politics and chair of the Urban & Environmental Policy Department at Occidental College. His most recent book is The 100 Greatest Americans of the 20th Century: A Social Justice Hall of Fame.

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The American Consultants Rx discount prescription cards are to be given free to anyone in need of help curbing the high cost of prescription drugs.

Due to the rising costs, unstable economics, and the mounting cost of prescriptions, American Consultants Rx Inc. (ACRX) a.k.a (ACIRX) an Atlanta based company was born in 2004. The ACRX discount prescription card program was created and over 25 million discount prescription cards were donated to over 18k organizations across the country to be distributed to those in need of prescription assistance free of charge since 2004.

The ACRX cards will offer discounts of name brand drugs of up to 40% off and up to 60% off of generic drugs. They also possess no eligibility requirements, no forms to fill out, or expiration date as well .One card will take care of a whole family. Also note that the ACRX cards will come to your organization already pre-activated .The cards are good at over 50k stores from Walgreen, Wal mart, Eckerd”s, Kmart, Kroger, Publix, and many more. Any one can use these cards but ACRX is focusing on those who are uninsured, underinsured, or on Medicare. The ACRX cards are now in Spanish as well.

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This Too Shall Pass

Last year at this time, I was in the thick of it. I was six weeks in with a gassy baby who didn’t sleep. My husband and I were at each other’s throats. My family was on the other side of the country. My hormones were raging. My house was a mess.

When a mom friend innocently asked how it was going, it all word vomited out of my mouth.

“This too shall pass,” she said -– a little sadly. I didn’t really get it until now.

Maybe because when you are in the thick of it, you can’t see past your nose. You think your baby will always be a baby. He will never grow up and he will always be crying and you will never sleep, ever. In the new mother haze, all the crazy that’s in your head comes out to play. You believe your baby will never grow out of the dream feed, he’ll forever need to be swaddled and he’ll always fall asleep in the car.

This, of course, is not true.

But, no matter how many times completely sane people say that you won’t have a college freshman that needs to be rocked to sleep at 3 am, you don’t believe them.

I tried to remember “this too shall pass” whenever I got fried. During those 3 a.m. rocking sessions, it was something I could say to comfort myself. I rocked and rocked and wished so hard that I had could hit the fast forward button.

I wanted to fast forward till he was sleeping through the night. I wanted to fast forward till he stopped crying. I wanted to fast forward to not sterilizing everything. I wanted to fast forward past breastfeeding. I wanted to fast forward past early solids -– steamed sweet potatoes again? I wanted to fast forward through so many things. Milestones, really.

And guess what? It worked. My plea was answered. Somehow, I had found a magical baby fast-forward button. Time bent, the minutes sped up, and the baby grew and grew.

Fast forward to a year later. My friends are all having babies. They are so very tired. They are breastfeeding. They are up all night. I want to tell them that it won’t always be like this.

“This too shall pass,” I say. But I don’t just mean the night waking, tired arms, and the watery poop.

I mean everything. The newborn smell. The baby falling asleep on you. The quiet night bonding. The first smiles. The first foods. The first crawls. The first steps. Everything will pass so very fast.

A year later, I wish I never found that stupid fast forward button.

This morning, we walked to the corner -– picked up croissants and headed to the park. A mom was walking by with a new baby.

“He only sleeps in the stroller!” She said from across the street.

“Oh man, I remember that!” I said.

“It gets better, right?” she said.

I nodded. It gets so much better, but it’s never the same.

Right now, my toddler walks like a drunken man –- off balance and gesticulating dramatically. Curls fall in his blue eyes as his chunky legs stamp down in the ground. He babbles on and on as he walks. He sounds like an ewok. He is hilarious.

My husband is showing him a flower and he is touching it gently with his pointer finger. “Dat!” he says. “Dat! Dat! Dat!”

And I think, right now, this moment, this right here, I don’t want this too to pass.

I close my eyes and think, “Hello out there, if you’re listening –- I’d like to press the pause button. Does anybody know how to press pause?”

 

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Yes, You Can Train Yourself To Be More Creative. Here’s How.

People often think that creativity is something you’re born with or you’re not. “My sister is the creative one in the family; she goes to art school,” you might hear an accountant say. Advertising agencies even label their departments as such: project managers deal directly with clients, while “creatives” are given the space to write and direct campaigns.

It turns out that narrative is flawed. A new book, Building Your Creativity: Tools For Having Ideas And Bringing Them To Be, argues that creativity is hardly a fixed trait. Rather, like any other skill, creativity is something you can train yourself to cultivate with the right kind of practice. In fact, it’s more of a science than an art.

I talked to one of the book’s authors, Esteban Gast, to find out what that kind of training looks like. Gast teaches a course on creativity at an unexpected place: the University of Illinois’ College of Engineering. “Creativity and engineering have been separated culturally, but at their core, they’re both systematic disciplines,” he says. “People are shocked to find that there are multiple studies that show creativity can be enhanced. You can teach yourself to be creative just as you can teach yourself any skill, be that piano or long division.”

According to Gast, this process requires more than just “believing in yourself” — a common refrain in many of the creativity self-help guides out there. His team’s approach involves tangible techniques and specific action plans, which his book brings to life for readers through a series of hands-on exercises.

Gast is quick to point out that, like piano and long division, building creativity requires patience and hours of practice. So reading all the way to the end of this blog post won’t make you instantly more creative. But it will give you seven things you can start doing now, whether you’re an accountant or an art student, to bring more creativity into your life.

Push past your first ideas. Experts define the act of creativity as coming up with an original idea, something nobody else has thought of before. Our brains, however, are wired to focus on concepts we already know. “If someone tells me to design a car, my mind will first go to something that already exists, like Tesla,” Gast explains. But this pattern can be broken with what his book calls provocations: simple, unexpected prompts or word associations that force our brains to connect seemingly unrelated concepts. “If that same person who told me to design a car then threw out the word ‘nature,” Gast adds, “I might instead think of something entirely new. Tires that can plant seeds, for example.”

Don’t self-edit (especially at the beginning). One of the biggest obstacles to coming up with creative ideas is our tendency to edit them along the way. Any creative act, whether brainstorming or writing or solving a problem, will be more effective if you give yourself the freedom to go in all sorts of directions and then evaluate your ideas afterwards. Gast calls this the “diverge and converge” method: first let your ideas flow freely, then look at them more critically.

Give yourself time, and then even more time. Researchers say time is one of the most important indicators of creativity. “People are usually really excited during the beginning of a brainstorming session,” Gast says. “Then there’s almost always a dip in energy after the initial burst of ideas. And then you’re likely to be reinvigorated again. But most people give up before reaching that third phase.” Being patient enough to sit within the discomfort of feeling like you’ve run out of ideas — knowing that it’s simply a matter of time before your brain starts making breakthroughs again — will help you reach new creative edges.

Take a break. Our best ideas often happen during what scientists call the creative pause. “Our students echo what most people say: they come up with great ideas in the shower, driving their car, or on a walk,” Gast says. That seemingly idle time gives your subconscious the space and freedom to make connections. Working on something creative, taking a break to do an easy task while those thoughts marinate, and then deliberately coming back to whatever you were working on is an extremely effective strategy.

Personalize your space. What can you do to be inspired by your surroundings? Gast suggests setting up your personal space in a way that is conducive to your most creative self, whether that means natural light, candles, your favorite art pieces, or ensuring you always have access to notebooks and pens. “Research even shows that the way schools are designed can impact creativity,” Gast says. “Your work, mental state, happiness and creativity are a reflection of your environment more than you realize.”

Go outside. Studies have shown that spending time in nature can have a number of positive psychological effects, from stress reduction to improvement in memory. This extends to creativity. Immersing yourself in the natural environment, away from digital devices and the other distractions of a bustling 21st-century life, can give your mind the space it requires to be open and imaginative. Take a hike without your iPhone, go on a day trip to the ocean or lake, or simply sit under a tree with nothing but a journal.

Make it a habit. Like mastering any skill, becoming more creative takes practice. It’s important to engage in regular habits that both directly and indirectly allow you to cultivate creativity. Activities that help prime the brain for creative thinking, such as meditation, yoga, reading fiction and surrounding yourself with people who inspire you, are just as important as creativity exercises themselves, be them prototyping or problem-solving. “Infuse creativity into every part of your life,” Gast says. “If you do your best to build a lifestyle that encourages creativity, your creative ideas will be unlimited.”

“Building Your Creativity” is available on Amazon or the publisher’s website for bulk orders.

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This week, as Britain broke with the EU, some in the U.S. media broke with reality by continuing to normalize the unreal candidacy of Donald Trump. After a speech on Wednesday focusing on economics and attacks on Hillary Clinton, many pundits gave Trump the gift of analyzing the speech as if it had been delivered by someone other than the most dangerous and unstable nominee in modern history. “That’s called the pivot,” said Joe Scarborough, while Mark Halperin allowed that “the themes Trump chose… were well chosen,” the speech “decently written,” and that Trump is “better on prompter.” In other words, focusing on weeds in a forest of demonstrable lies: the U.S., for example, is not “the highest taxed nation in the world.” As noted by Politifact, which has debunked this claim three times, the U.S. is “nowhere near the top.” Meanwhile, Democrats broke with House rules and staged a sit-in on the House floor to demand votes on gun control legislation. The effort was labeled a “publicity stunt,” by Paul Ryan — a break from irony from a man who endorsed Donald Trump.

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The American Consultants Rx discount prescription cards are to be given free to anyone in need of help curbing the high cost of prescription drugs.

Due to the rising costs, unstable economics, and the mounting cost of prescriptions, American Consultants Rx Inc. (ACRX) a.k.a (ACIRX) an Atlanta based company was born in 2004. The ACRX discount prescription card program was created and over 25 million discount prescription cards were donated to over 18k organizations across the country to be distributed to those in need of prescription assistance free of charge since 2004.

The ACRX cards will offer discounts of name brand drugs of up to 40% off and up to 60% off of generic drugs. They also possess no eligibility requirements, no forms to fill out, or expiration date as well .One card will take care of a whole family. Also note that the ACRX cards will come to your organization already pre-activated .The cards are good at over 50k stores from Walgreen, Wal mart, Eckerd”s, Kmart, Kroger, Publix, and many more. Any one can use these cards but ACRX is focusing on those who are uninsured, underinsured, or on Medicare. The ACRX cards are now in Spanish as well.

American Consultants Rx made arrangements online for the ACRX card to be available at http://www.acrxcards.com where it can also be downloaded. This arrangement has been made to allow organizations an avenue to continue assisting their clients in the community until they receive their orders of the ACRX cards. ACRX made it possible for cards to be requested from online for individuals and organizations free of charge. Request for the ACRX cards can also be made by mailing a request to : ACRX, P.O.Box 161336,Atlanta,GA 30321, faxing a written request to 404-305-9539,or calling the office at 404-767-1072. Please include name (if organization please include organization and contact name),mailing address,designate Spanish or English,amount of cards requested,and telephone number.

American Consultants Rx is working diligently to assist as many people and organizations as possible. It should be noted that while many other organizations and companies place a cost on their money saving cards, American Consultants Rx does not believe a cost should be applied, just to assist our fellow Americans. American Consultants Rx states that it will continue to strive to assist those in need.

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8 Ways Smart People Use Failure to Their Advantage

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One of the biggest roadblocks to success is the fear of failure. Fear of failure is worse than failure itself because it condemns you to a life of unrealized potential.

“Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” -Winston Churchill

This sounds rather easy and intuitive, but it’s very hard to do when the consequences of failure are severe.

The people who make history–true innovators–take things a step further and see failure as a mere stepping stone to success. Thomas Edison is a great example. It took him 1,000 tries to develop a light bulb that actually worked. When someone asked him how it felt to fail 1,000 times, he said, “I didn’t fail 1,000 times. The light bulb was an invention with 1,000 steps.”

That attitude is what separates the successes from the failures. Thomas Edison isn’t the only one. J. K. Rowling’s manuscript for Harry Potter was only accepted after twelve publishers denied it, and even then she was only paid a nominal advance. Oprah Winfrey lost her job as a Baltimore news anchor for becoming too emotionally involved in her stories, a quality that became her trademark. Henry Ford lost his financial backers twice before he was able to produce a workable prototype of an automobile. The list goes on and on.

“If you think you can do a thing or think you can’t do a thing, you’re right.” -Henry Ford

So, what separates the people who let their failures derail them from those who use failure to their advantage? Some of it comes down to what you do, and the rest comes down to what you think.

The actions you take in the face of failure are critical to your ability to recover from it, and they have huge implications for how others view you and your mistakes. There are five actions you must take when you fail that will enable you to succeed in the future and allow others to see you positively in spite of your failure.

1. Break the bad news yourself. If you’ve made a mistake, don’t cross your fingers and hope that no one will notice, because someone is going to–it’s inevitable. When someone else points out your failure, that one failure turns into two. If you stay quiet, people are going to wonder why you didn’t say something, and they’re likely to attribute this to either cowardice or ignorance.

2. Offer an explanation, but don’t make excuses. Owning your mistakes can actually enhance your image. It shows confidence, accountability, and integrity. Just be sure to stick to the facts. “We lost the account because I missed the deadline” is a reason. “We lost the account because my dog was sick all weekend and that made me miss the deadline” is an excuse.

3. Have a plan for fixing things.
Owning up to a mistake is one thing, but you can’t end it there. What you do next is critical. Instead of standing there, waiting for someone else to clean up your mess, offer your own solutions. It’s even better if you can tell your boss (or whomever) the specific steps that you’ve already taken to get things back on track.

4. Have a plan for prevention. In addition to having a plan for fixing things, you should also have a plan for how you’ll avoid making the same mistake in the future. That’s the best way to reassure people that good things will come out of your failure.

5. Get back on the horse. It’s important that you don’t let failure make you timid. That’s a mindset that sucks you in and handicaps you every time you slip up. Take enough time to absorb the lessons of your failure, and as soon as you’ve done that, get right back out there and try again. Waiting only prolongs bad feelings and increases the chance that you’ll lose your nerve.

Your attitude when facing failure is just as important as the actions you take. Using failure to your advantage requires resilience and mental strength, both hallmarks of emotional intelligence. When you fail, there are three attitudes you want to maintain.

6. Perspective is the most important factor in handling failure. People who are skilled at rebounding after failure are more likely to blame the failure on something that they did–the wrong course of action or a specific oversight–rather than something that they are. People who are bad at handling failure tend to blame failure on their laziness, lack of intelligence, or some other personal quality, which implies that they had no control over the situation. That makes them more likely to avoid future risk-taking.

7. Optimism is another characteristic of people who bounce back from failure. That sense of optimism is what keeps people from feeling like failure is a permanent condition. Instead, they tend to see each failure as a building block to their ultimate success because of the learning it provides.

8. Persistence. Optimism is a feeling of positivity; persistence is what you do with it. It’s optimism in action. When everybody else says, “Enough is enough” and decides to quit and go home, persistent people shake off those failures and keep going. Persistent people are special because their optimism never dies. This makes them great at rising from failure.

Bringing It All Together

Failure is a product of your perspective. What one person considers a crushing defeat, another sees as a minor setback. The beauty is that you can change how you see failure so that you can use it to better yourself.

How do you handle failure? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below as I learn just as much from you as you do from me.

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Would You Be Better Off Spending More Time Alone?

By: Lodro Rinzler

A meditation teacher unpacks an ancient Buddhist text that reveals the answer. It might surprise you.

Maybe you’re like me and you live in a packed city, in a cramped apartment, with a partner and/or roommates, and spend your morning commute cramped amongst people to get to a job where you are constantly surrounded by other beings. And maybe you’re like me in that in the middle of your day you hear a nagging inner voice that says, “You know what? I bet I’d be better off if I had some quiet solo time once in a while.”

There is a beautiful Buddhist text dating back to the 14th century known as the 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva. Bodhi can be translated from Sanskrit as “open” or “awake” while sattva can be translated as “being,” so it is an open-hearted being. A meditation master known as Ngulchu Thogme composed these verses so that we could live a full life with open hearts in order to be helpful to those around us. Many of these practices revolve around applying virtue to even the toughest of our everyday situations. He has one that specifically encourages us to take time to ourselves in order to have the mental and emotional fuel to show up fully for others:

Giving up negative places, mental afflictions gradually decrease.
With no distractions, virtuous activities naturally increase.
When mind becomes clear, certainty in the Dharma is born.
To rely on solitude is the practice of a Bodhisattva

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When you hear the term “negative place” what comes to mind? It could be a loud, raucous environment where it’s hard to concentrate on even the simplest of tasks. Or maybe it’s the sort of place that brings out the worst in you–a crowded party with unlimited alcohol and the company of three or more of your exes, a hectic workplace environment, or a bar that you frequent when you feel lonely or ashamed. Whatever your version of a negative place may be, Ngulchu Thogme says that it is important to our spiritual path to give those up. You can discern what this sort of negative place means to you and, as soon as you do, resolve to stop spending so much of your time there.

“Why?” you may ask. “Sure, I’m not my best self when I’m there but that bar has cheap drinks and good music.” Well, according to our friend Ngulchu, giving up negative places is how we calm the mind. Without being provoked by a lot of mental afflictions (read: exes, work stress, alcohol-fueled pity parties) you have the time and space to connect with yourself. The more you take the time to connect to yourself the more at home you are with who you genuinely are. And when you’re actually at home with who you are you’re more likely to engage in virtuous behavior.

Continue reading to learn how to cultivate more solitude.

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Abraham Lincoln Predicted Brexit and Trump’s Rise. Hillary Should Pay Attention

On August the 21st, 1858 Abraham Lincoln said:

Public sentiment is everything. With public sentiment, nothing can fail; without it nothing can succeed. Consequently, he who molds public sentiment goes deeper than he who enacts statutes or pronounces decisions.

Donald Trump and the pro-Brexit politicians such as Boris Johnson have benefitted from Lincoln’s assertion. Others haven’t learned from it. Some even insist on addressing public sentiment from a rational perspective. They throw facts and arguments at the people, thinking they can change public sentiment with information. Public sentiment is not rational, it’s emotional. I hate to point out the obvious but after all, it is a sentiment. Or does anyone think with their heart and feel with their mind? Can one easily think one’s way out of sentiments of defeat, impotence, anxiety or fear?

Here we are, wondering how Trump gained millions of supporters or why the pro-Brexit politicians won, since in both cases their arguments don’t make sense and there is a battery of logical reasons, facts and examples that clearly contradict them? Well, again, it’s not rational, it’s emotional.

In Britain, the English (not the Scottish or the Irish, the English) have been closet anti-Europeans since the creation of the EU. No surprises there. They were never very convinced about the Schengen Treaty to allow the free transit of people so they stayed out of it. They were skeptical about the Euro so they kept the Pound. And then there are the stereotypes and so on. They see themselves as the heart and soul of Britain, the Great Britain. They were an empire but their sentiment is that they still are and so they feel uncomfortable sharing sovereignty with Brussels or being part of the EU because that doesn’t fit their sentiment. Fair enough. So some politicians took that sentiment and fed it with fears of immigrants taking their jobs or Britain having to take Syrian refugees that could be terrorists for example. Despite the solid arguments in favor of the “remain”, regardless of Cameron’s renegotiation of the conditions with Europe and even after one prominent and charismatic politician who supported the “remain” was murdered, the Brexit won. So far the consequences of the Brexit are as bad as they anticipated. It turns out that the pessimistic scenarios were true. So how come the Brexit won despite the multiple arguments and clear warnings?

The British voted in favor of Brexit with their hearts, not with their minds. And in the case of Trump, the supporters who are backing him are also motivated by their sentiment.

In general, voting for someone or something is not essentially a rational decision made after a thorough process of reflection and assessment of the options or based on analysis of the facts, campaign platforms and consequences. Most people vote for someone or something predominantly motivated by emotional factors, with some facts in mind. In general, they vote for values and principles, not for complex proposals. They support those who validate their views and empathize with them. Liking the candidate (or disliking the opponent) is a must. Understanding the public sentiment and addressing it is the key to winning. Yes, the key.

Effective communication is achieved through empathy. Emotionality is essential to empathize and to connect. Take Donald Trump for example, he can be criticized for his racist and misogynous views, his temper or radicalism, but few can doubt his communication skills. The guy is a natural communicator with a superb capacity to connect with his crowd and deliver his message no matter what. Ask him his opinion about astronomy and he would probably reply he “loves” astronomy so much because it’s about stars, each one representing a state in the flag of America, and he will “make America great again.” How many facts or figures he refers to? Very few, but how about the times he says: “We don’t win anymore. When I am President we are going to win again, believe me folks.” Trump and his advisors probably found that their target audience felt defeated, excluded from progress and evidently frustrated. Some maybe lost their jobs and others can’t find a good one or make enough money. Instead of explaining to them how he would solve their problems, Trump addresses their sentiment, empathizes and tells them he will make things better. In short, find a sentiment, validate it, and promise to solve it. Keep the messages short so the media cannot edit them, the people cannot forget them, and repeat the message over and over again to maintain the emotion. That’s the recipe and what a recipe it is.

Does Hillary Clinton do the same? Nope. She reads speeches, explains a lot, argues, invokes her experience, changes the message before it sticks, doesn’t display too much emotion, and rarely talks spontaneously about her personal life. Politically correct, very experienced, presents thoughtful proposals to solve issues but she doesn’t fully connect. Can anyone remember one of Clinton’s phrases that sticks? Nope. It is almost as if she wouldn’t want to be liked, just respected. She does good with the already democratic more rational-informed voters but she could add so many more if she and her team addressed public sentiment.

It’s time for politicians to learn the lesson: Elections and referendums are won by candidates who win the public sentiment. Despite being racist, misogynous, populist, radical, and having the wrong ideas, arguments or solutions, they can still win. A millionaire businessman can earn the trust and support of the working class he exploits and a politically correct former First Lady can be distrusted by women. An entire country can leave the European Union. Great Britain could dissolve and Trump could win. Because public sentiment is everything, with it nothing can fail, without it nothing can succeed.

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American Consultants Rx made arrangements online for the ACRX card to be available at http://www.acrxcards.com where it can also be downloaded. This arrangement has been made to allow organizations an avenue to continue assisting their clients in the community until they receive their orders of the ACRX cards. ACRX made it possible for cards to be requested from online for individuals and organizations free of charge. Request for the ACRX cards can also be made by mailing a request to : ACRX, P.O.Box 161336,Atlanta,GA 30321, faxing a written request to 404-305-9539,or calling the office at 404-767-1072. Please include name (if organization please include organization and contact name),mailing address,designate Spanish or English,amount of cards requested,and telephone number.

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3 Life-Changing Reasons To Kick The Gossip Habit

Several years ago I made a vow to give up gossiping and doing so has made me realize how dangerous it is, truly dangerous.

It’s so easy to get caught in an enticing yet unkind conversation about someone else. But if you’ve ever been the target of gossip, as I have been, you know how painful it is. No matter how we excuse it, talking behind another’s back is a harmful habit. My definition of gossip is simple:

Anything you wouldn’t say to
the person you’re talking about

The joke is that a secret is something you tell only one person at a time, but the result is a rumor that spreads like wildfire and alters how another person is perceived. Haven’t we all heard tittle-tattle and thought, Who knew? I had no idea! Beatle George Harrison said it memorably ~

Gossip is the Devil’s radio.

I know you don’t want to be known as a gossip, but it can be so tempting. So here are three reasons to motivate us to kick the habit and make a more positive impact on those around us.

  1. Gossip kills organizations. Whether it’s a global business, a school, a church, or a small partnership, talking behind others’ backs is death to the office. Fueling a negative perception about the boss, a direct report, or even a client saps positive energy from all concerned and diminishes the success of the organization.

    In his Forbes magazine article Mike Myatt names it the fastest way to kill corporate culture: “The emotional distress and political discord associated with gossip undermines workplace performance, and can be nothing short of disastrous.”

  2. Gossip kills families. Being part of a strong and loving family is our greatest blessing, one that creates a safe and secure place for everyone fortunate enough to be part of it. Yet when an estrangement occurs, members take sides, and attention is pulled away from taking care of one another and doing our best to contribute to this gift.

    My family is a large and loving one, but it too has fallen into this trap. Someone makes a mistake, the finger pointing begins, and the altered perception of this person grows until it’s no longer just gossip but a reason to pull back from the greater family. Fortunately our grandparents and parents were extraordinary models for us, so time goes by, wounds are healed, and we move on together.

  3. Gossip kills relationships. Women sitting around complaining about their husbands, men sharing jokes about wives, friends gossiping about the one who isn’t there. We might as well shoot ourselves in the foot, as the saying goes.

    Only once in our 35-year marriage did we gossip about one another, and that was our darkest time. Fortunately we each realized the stories were of our own creation, and we let go of self-fulfilling prophecies that were killing the loving relationship we’d enjoyed for so long.

This habit is indeed the most dangerous one, and the cost is beyond measure. If you’re serious about breaking it, ask yourself, What can I do to break this habit? In addition, here are solutions that are working for me.

  1. Be aware of the pain I have caused others with my gossip.
  2. Let go of my stories about others, one by one, until they’re all gone.
  3. Be present and positive.

And let’s all remember the wisdom of Socrates:

Strong minds discuss ideas, average minds
discuss events, weak minds discuss people.

I’d love to hear about your plans to break this habit! Either leave a comment by scrolling to the bottom of this page or write to me directly at jinny@bestyearyet.com.

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The One Factor In The Brexit Vote No One Is Talking About

The U.K.’s historic vote to leave the European Union, many people believe, was driven by opinions on immigration

And it likely was influenced by the way people are psychologically wired. Analysts on Friday repeatedly cited voters’ emotions as the driver of Brexit. Many people may have voted with fear or anger as their primary motivator, even though it had been well known that leaving could have widespread consequences, including economic turmoil and adverse effects on public health

“We are leaving the EU and entering a dark and uncertain period,”Gary Younge, editor-at-large for The Guardian, wrote after the “leave” vote won Thursday’s referendum. “Offered a choice between fear of the unknown or fear of the foreigner, fear inevitably won. Britain lost.”

Why do we fall for fear or anger-based arguments?

Brexit supporters argued for strict controls on immigration, and said Britain’s membership in the EU led to loose borders. The EU’s free-movement policy allows European nationals to live and work in any EU state without a work permit. 

The anti-immigration outcry was heightened by the surge of migrants and refugees, including many from the war-torn Middle East. More than 1 million refugees have poured into Europe, primarily in the past year. 

The vote shows deep worry about immigrants and what they mean for job security, safety and economic growth — fears that many consider xenophobic.

It’s not hard to see the fear in Brexit supporters’ tweets:

Political language that incites fear by spotlighting terrorism risks, for example, can sway conservative voters, researchers say. Fearful voters are prone to choosing an outcome based on new information, often abandoning their previous loyalties or affiliations.

Many Brexit voters may have felt neutral or even uninformed about the EU, the alliance they voted to leave. The day after the referendum, many UK residents were Googling, ”What is the EU?”

Those who are angry are less likely to be invested in the political status quo and the options available to them. Studies show angry voters tend to be partisan and unreceptive to points that conflict with their own, according to the American Psychological Association.

Emotions can rule in the voting booth

Psychologists are increasingly finding that emotions can play a major role in elections. 

“Thinking and feeling go hand in hand. In any decision-making — including political decisions — how people feel about the information they’re being given is important,” Tereza Capelos, an expert in political psychology at Surrey University, told the BBC last year. “Emotions help people make decisions.”

Perhaps that’s why the Brexit decision was shocking. Those arguing for Britain to remain in the EU presented sensible reasons (public health, scientific research, the environment, the economy). But many people rejected those rational views and went with emotion. And for many, the result was devastating:

Europe isn’t the only place where fears and frustrations run amuck and influence voting. It’s happening in the U.S. as well, with Donald Trump riding his proposed ban on all Muslims from entering the U.S. to the Republican presidential nomination.

Of course, human nature is a complex construct. There are a lot of other psychological factors that can inform a person’s vote, from attack ads to a candidate’s physical appearance. But they all influence how an individual feels. That means emotions have a very large impact on important choices, like the Brexit referendum.

Fear and anger can have a lot of agency — but they don’t always make the best decisions. (You listening, America?)

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If You’re Younger Than 31, You’ve Never Experienced This

Still not convinced the Earth is rapidly warming? Consider this: The last time the global monthly temperature was below average was February 1985.

That means if you are 30 years old or younger, there has not been a single month in your entire life that was colder than average.

“It’s a completely different world we’re already living in,” Mark Eakin, coordinator of NOAA’s Coral Reef Watch, told scientists gathered this week for the International Coral Reef Symposium in Honolulu. He added it likely won’t be long before that same age bracket has experienced only above-average temperatures.

“It’s happening that fast,” Eakin said.

Michael Mann, a climate scientist at Penn State University, told The Huffington Post that as long as humans continue to warm the planet by burning fossil fuels, there is, in a sense, no “normal” or “average.” 

“What is considered unusually warm today will be considered average in the future,” Mann said in an email. “And for what we call ‘warm’ in the future, there is currently no analog.”

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration recently announced May 2016 as the 13th consecutive warmest month on record – the longest streak since global temperature records began in 1880. 

“The combined average temperature over global land and ocean surfaces for May 2016 was the highest for May in the 137-year period of record, at 0.87°C (1.57°F) above the 20th century average of 14.8°C (58.6°F), besting the previous record set in 2015 by 0.02°C (0.04°F),” NOAA said. 

NASA data shows global temperatures in May were 1.67 degrees Fahrenheit above the 1951-1980 average.

Responding to the May data, David Carlson, director of the World Climate Research Programme, said the state of the planet’s climate so far in 2016 is “much cause for alarm.” 

In a statement, Carlson listed some of the remarkable phenomena: “Exceptionally high temperatures. Ice melt rates in March and May that we don’t normally see until July. Once-in-a-generation rainfall events.”

“The super El Niño is only partly to blame,” he added. “Abnormal is the new normal.”

NASA’s data shows that July 1985 was the last month with a below-average global temperature, meaning there have been 370 consecutive months of average or above-average temperatures – slightly fewer than by NOAA’s count.

Both NOAA and NASA, which use different dates to determine long-term average temperatures, declared 2015 the hottest year on record. The extreme heat was driven by both man-made global warming and the winter’s powerful El Niño event.

And 2016 is already well on its way to toppling last year’s record. In fact, Gavin Schmidt, director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, gives it a near-100 percent certainty. 

Earlier this week, scorching triple-digit temperatures and fires swept across the Southwestern U.S., including Nevada, California, Arizona, Utah and New Mexico. And extreme temperatures in recent years have also been blamed for driving widespread coral bleaching

Ultimately, a world in which temperatures continue to climb, and the definition of “warm” continues to change, is a possible future, Mann told HuffPost. But it doesn’t have to be our future.

“There is still time to act to reduce carbon emissions to avoid truly dangerous warming of the planet,” he said.

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The American Consultants Rx discount prescription cards are to be given free to anyone in need of help curbing the high cost of prescription drugs.

Due to the rising costs, unstable economics, and the mounting cost of prescriptions, American Consultants Rx Inc. (ACRX) a.k.a (ACIRX) an Atlanta based company was born in 2004. The ACRX discount prescription card program was created and over 25 million discount prescription cards were donated to over 18k organizations across the country to be distributed to those in need of prescription assistance free of charge since 2004.

The ACRX cards will offer discounts of name brand drugs of up to 40% off and up to 60% off of generic drugs. They also possess no eligibility requirements, no forms to fill out, or expiration date as well .One card will take care of a whole family. Also note that the ACRX cards will come to your organization already pre-activated .The cards are good at over 50k stores from Walgreen, Wal mart, Eckerd”s, Kmart, Kroger, Publix, and many more. Any one can use these cards but ACRX is focusing on those who are uninsured, underinsured, or on Medicare. The ACRX cards are now in Spanish as well.

American Consultants Rx made arrangements online for the ACRX card to be available at http://www.acrxcards.com where it can also be downloaded. This arrangement has been made to allow organizations an avenue to continue assisting their clients in the community until they receive their orders of the ACRX cards. ACRX made it possible for cards to be requested from online for individuals and organizations free of charge. Request for the ACRX cards can also be made by mailing a request to : ACRX, P.O.Box 161336,Atlanta,GA 30321, faxing a written request to 404-305-9539,or calling the office at 404-767-1072. Please include name (if organization please include organization and contact name),mailing address,designate Spanish or English,amount of cards requested,and telephone number.

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ADVICE 26: Surviving a Long-Distance Relationship

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I’m in a relationship that is long-distance for the summer. I feel like you lose some emotional value when you communicate through text, but my boyfriend prefers to write out what he feels as opposed to talking about it. How should we communicate?

He’s a wonderful man, and we love each other and make each other happy. But it frustrates me that he’s nonchalant about how we spend our time together. If I suggest something, I never get a solid, “Yes, this is what I want.” It’s usually, “Sure,” or “I don’t care, whatever you want to do,” or “I don’t know, you decide.”

I’ve expressed that I dislike making the decisions, and that it feels like he does stuff with me regardless of whether he really wants to or not. His response was that while he doesn’t mind the activities we’ve done, they ultimately don’t matter; he simply wants to spend time with me.

Now we are back on break, and I’m the one to suggest when to Skype or talk. Should I address this with him, or am I overreacting?
–Marie; Scarsdale, NY

I’m going to answer your first question second, and your second question first.

No, I don’t think you’re overreacting. As my mother-the-therapist says, there’s no such thing as a wrong feeling. You are frustrated by something your boyfriend does — or doesn’t do — and that needs to be addressed. If it’s not, it’s going to end up lurking beneath the surface, breeding resentment and discontent.

Every relationship has its own equilibrium, and yours appears to be out of whack. You’re the one putting in all the effort, and I’m guessing it feels that if you didn’t, the only thing that would keep you a couple would be your Facebook status.

In a way, your boyfriend reminds me of me. Shortly after my now-wife, Emily, and I started dating, she asked me what I wanted — to eat, or watch on TV, or do on Saturday night, I don’t remember — and I replied with the dreaded, “Whatever you want,” like I was part of an arranged marriage in Zamunda.

Truthfully, I (idiotically) thought this was the ultimate expression of chivalry. I’m here, at your service, sacrificing my own needs to satisfy yours.

Emily did not see it this way. She couldn’t stand that answer, and she wasn’t shy about telling me so. It made her feel the same way it makes you feel — that I wasn’t invested in the relationship, and I was making her bear the full burden of it.

Of course, nothing could’ve been further from the truth. My indifference had nothing to do with Emily. As long as our weekend plans aren’t filled with my kryptonite — like, say, seafood meals and opera tickets — I generally do not care what we do or where we go, partly because I’m super low maintenance, partly because I don’t like the pressure of making the choice. It stresses me out. I take it too personally. I spend the whole time worried that the other person isn’t having a good enough time, as if their enjoyment is my responsibility. Which, when it’s your call, I guess it kind of is.

But hearing Emily’s frustration, I knew I had to change. It didn’t matter if I had to fake it, and it didn’t matter how uncomfortable it made me. I had to figure out a way to start making decisions. So I did.

Your boyfriend can do the same. But since he hasn’t yet changed, you’re well within your rights to bring it up again. Tell him exactly what bothers you, and exactly what you need. Leave no doubt.

I’d also suggest opening up to the idea of changing yourself. At least a little bit. When you’ve mentioned this topic in the past, think about what he said — that all he wants to do is spend time with you. That’s a pretty big deal. It’s a foundational pillar of any successful relationship, and I wouldn’t take that for granted.

So while he needs to adjust his behavior, it might be worth adjusting your expectations. There’s a happy medium somewhere in the middle.

As for how you should communicate when you’re apart, this is yet another dynamic in which your boyfriend and I are alike. While I agree that emotions can get lost in texts/emails, I am not a fan of the phone. I can’t stand small talk, and when it comes to more important discussions, I like having time to think about what I want to say.

Traditional Skype conversations are even more awkward, because it’s just a phone call where the other person can see that you’re sitting in your underwear.

I’m much more comfortable being face to face, enjoying a shared experience, when every pause isn’t filled with stress. Which is why a few years ago when Emily and I spent four months doing long-distance, we’d coordinate Skype dates that coincided with the airings of our favorite shows. We each sat on our respective couches, and she’d watch on her TV while I’d watch on mine.

It was the perfect solution for us, and it could be the perfect solution for the two of you — an activity you can do together that’s already been suggested and scheduled.

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Medicare Survey Could Be Contributing To Opioid Epidemic

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The nation’s addiction to opioid drugs claimed greater than 28,000 lives in 2014-nearly four times more than they did in 1999–and more than half involved prescription drugs. The tragic growth in opioid-related deaths is not an aberration; it’s part of a 15-year-long trend the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says is now a “national epidemic.”

Researchers have identified numerous contributing factors related to the opioid crisis, including the changing dynamics of the doctor-patient relationship, the creation of more potent and long-acting drugs, and trends started by influential medical experts and academic societies in the late 1990s suggesting total pain control should be treated as an attainable medical ideal–the so-called “fifth vital sign.”

While these concerns are all worthy of significant attention, a seemingly harmless government survey of patient satisfaction may be one of the most overlooked and important causes behind the current opioid epidemic. The survey, the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS), is administered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It was created in 1995 as part of the federal government’s efforts to provide consumers with objective metrics for evaluating health care service providers and to create a way to hold providers accountable for the quality of their diagnoses, treatments, communication, and the comfort provided to patients.

In 2005, the Deficit Reduction Act was passed, requiring HCAHPS scores to be used as a standardized evaluation of health care providers and systems when issuing Medicare reimbursements. Provisions contained within the Affordable Care Act in 2010 further tied reimbursement rates to HCAHPS survey results.

Proponents of these measures state that providing greater transparency for consumers and incentivizing hospitals and other providers to compete with one another simultaneously lowers costs and improves quality and patient satisfaction. But one important and detrimental unintended consequence of HCAHPS and other similar mandates is they encourage physicians and other health care professionals to place a higher value on certain measures of satisfaction–notably pain management–that may put patients at risk.

In addition to assessing the quality of communication from the health care team and the environment of a patient’s room, the HCAHPS survey asks respondents to score a provider’s success at managing pain. There are several questions completely dedicated to pain, including, “How often was your pain well controlled?” and “How often did the hospital staff do everything they could to help you with your pain?”

Controlling a patient’s pain is undoubtedly a crucial part of practicing medicine, but survey questions such as this one have encouraged providers to treat patients with ever-higher dosages of opioids, the consequences of which have proven to be extremely dangerous. Since 1999, the amount of prescription opioids sold in the United States has nearly quadrupled, and opioid-related deaths have risen at a similar rate over the same period. Amongst those addicted to heroin, greater than 70 percent report abusing prescription opioids prior to using heroin.

The phrase “do no harm” may be more complicated than it appears on the surface. Doctors are faced with the challenge of curing patients and treating their pain, but they must also avoid unsafe prescribing practices that could lead to drug tolerance, addiction, or both. The HCAHPS survey inadvertently adds to this dilemma by making patients’ pain management effectively more important than their long-term health.

Providers should always work to find new and effective ways to treat pain, especially now that over one-third of Americans suffer from chronic or acute pain. It is up to the health care community to become responsible stewards for this widespread problem. Providers should emphasize non-opioid classes of pain medications and other holistic strategies for pain management, as well as push for more drug-monitoring programs.

Unfortunately, achieving these goals is made much more difficult as a result of the external pressures placed on providers by government-mandated hospital score ratings such as those produced by HCAHPS, especially when they are used to determine monetary reimbursements.

This article was co-authored by Justin Haskins, executive editor of The Heartland Institute.

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Feeling stressed? You’re not alone. We all have a center of wisdom and balance within us, but sometimes life takes over and we can feel all over the place! We all need a course-correcting tool — A “GPS for the Soul” — to help us find our way back to center. The guide below will give you the tools you need to reach that calmer state of mind.

Sometimes to find strength you must look within. In the GPS Guide below, reader Jennifer Bedell shares some encouraging affirmations to remind you of how strong you are. Bedell also offers a few tips on how to calm down when you’re stressed. Read the guide below and remember that you’re in charge of how you feel.

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Rory McIlroy Pulls Out Of Olympics Over Zika Fears

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LONDON (Reuters) – Northern Ireland’s four-times major winner Rory McIlroy has decided to pull out of the historic golf tournament at the Rio Olympic Games in August because of health fears over the Zika virus.

“After speaking with those closest to me, I’ve come to realize that my health and my family’s health comes before anything else,” the world number four said in a statement on Wednesday.

“Even though the risk of infection from the Zika virus is considered low, it is a risk nonetheless and a risk I am unwilling to take.”

The International Golf Federation (IGF) said it was disappointed with McIlroy’s decision.

The 27-year-old was due to represent Ireland, rather than Britain, at the Games and his withdrawal is the latest blow to golf, which is returning to the Olympics for the first time since 1904.

A number of big names, including Fiji’s Vijay Singh and Charl Schwartzel of South Africa, have also withdrawn because of the virus.

Controversy over the Aug. 5-21 Games has grown as more becomes known about Zika. The mosquito-borne virus can cause crippling birth defects and, in adults, has been linked to the neurological disorder Guillain-Barre.

Last week, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said that the Games did not need to be moved or postponed because there is “a very low risk” that holding the event in Brazil will cause further spread of the virus.

An expert WHO panel on Zika concluded that staging the event during the Brazilian winter means the mosquito population will be smaller and intensified mosquito-control measures in place around venues “should further reduce the risk of transmission”.

MIXED RESPONSE

Medical experts had a mixed response to McIlroy’s decision.

Derek Gatherer, a virus expert at Britain’s Lancaster University, said if the golfer was “contemplating becoming a father within a year or so, then it was a perfectly reasonable precaution to stay away from regions of active Zika transmission”.

But Jonathan Ball, a professor of molecular virology at the University of Nottingham, said: “Obviously I don’t know the reasons for this decision, but it does strike me as being extreme.

“The chances of being infected by the Zika virus is low, especially if you protect yourself from mosquito bites by covering up and using a good insect repellent.”

But there are clearly worries in the golf world. Earlier this month, world number one Jason Day expressed doubts for the first time over whether he would compete and the virus was a hot topic of conversation among golfers at last week’s U.S. Open.

Masters champion Danny Willett, whose wife Nicole gave birth to their first child at the end of March, said he was excited about the Olympic Games but would not to go if his family’s health was at risk.

The list of Rio absentees also includes Australian world number eight Adam Scott and South Africa’s world number 14 Louis Oosthuizen, who both opted out over scheduling conflicts.

FROZEN SPERM

The connection between Zika and microcephaly first came to light last year in Brazil, which has now confirmed more than 1,400 cases of microcephaly that it considers to be related to Zika infections in mothers.

Britain’s Olympic long jump champion Greg Rutherford has decided to have his sperm frozen before the Games.

His partner Susie Verrill, who will not travel to Rio with their young son, said the couple had taken the precaution because they wanted to have more children.

McIlroy, who is engaged to American Erica Stoll, took a long time to decide who he would represent in Rio and threatened to skip the Olympics as he agonized over his choice between Britain and Ireland before opting for the latter in 2014.

“I trust the Irish people will understand my decision (not to go,” McIlroy added. “I will continue to endeavor to make my fans and fans of golf proud with my play on the course and my actions off it.”

Irish golf team captain Paul McGinley said McIlroy would have been a 100 percent certain pick for the Games but fully understood the reasoning behind the player’s withdrawal.

“It’s not for me to influence his decision, it’s a health decision he has discussed with his family and wife to be,” McGinley told Irish national broadcaster RTE.

“Shane (Lowry) and GMac (Graeme McDowell) are the next two in at the moment.”

In a statement the IGF said: “(We) are disappointed with Rory’s decision but recognize that some players will have to weigh personally a unique set of circumstances as they contemplate their participation in golf’s historic return to the Olympic Games in Rio, with the Zika virus foremost among them.”

(Additional reporting by Kate Kelland and Martyn Herman,; Editing by John O’Brien and Ken Ferris)

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Guest Author — Donald Trump, The Apprentice Demagogue

In the online world, people get compared to Adolf Hitler so often that many years ago “Godwin’s Law” was created to give a definition to the phenomenon. In politics, Hitler analogies usually aren’t quite as frequent, but they are getting much more common these days. It’s one thing to see this accusation hurled in an article’s comments section, or even by a late-night comedian (trolling for some laughs), but what is new this year is hearing members of Donald Trump’s own party comparing him to fascist leaders (as Meg Whitman recently did).

So when political science Professor Kenneth Janda asked if he could write a column making a more academic comparison (instead of just hurling insults), I thought it’d be a great idea. Janda is the Payson S. Wild Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Northwestern University, and he’s both written a guest article here before and also been an interview subject (in the midst of the 2008 campaign).

Janda makes a pretty good case, drawing on historical data from Hitler’s own political campaigns as well as quotes from Donald Trump during the past year.

 

Donald Trump, The Apprentice Demagogue

Donald Trump is clearly no Adolf Hitler. Trump does not preach Hitler’s most hateful domestic policies, and Trump’s foreign policy is not imperialist but isolationist. Trump’s slogan, “American First,” resembles “Deutschland über alles” (“Germany above all else”) more in chauvinistic simplicity than evil intent. But it does underscore that Trump is, as Hitler was, a demagogue, appealing to voters’ emotions and prejudices in order to win election.

Others observed similarities between the Trump and Hitler election campaigns quite early. They included Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto, former Mexican president Vicente Fox, and former New Jersey Republican governor Christine Todd Whitman. Recently, major Republican donor and former California gubernatorial candidate, Hewlett-Packard C.E.O. Meg Whitman compared Trump to the fascist demagogues, Hitler and Mussolini. Now that Trump is the presumptive nominee of the Republican Party for President of the United States, we should inquire closely into Trump’s and Hitler’s electioneering.

Did Hitler even campaign in free elections before seizing power? His Nazi party, NSDAP, contested five parliamentary elections, winning 3 percent of the votes (ninth place) in 1928; 18 percent (second) in 1930; 37 percent (first) in July 1932; 33 percent (first) in November 1932; 44 percent (first) in March 1933. Over three elections spanning less than one year, NSDAP emerged as Germany’s largest and most stable party.

Although Germany’s incumbent Paul von Hindenburg defeated Hitler 53 to 37 percent in the April 1932 presidential election, Hindenburg was pressured to appoint Hitler as Chancellor and head of government. With great reluctance, the 84-year-old president complied on January 30, 1933. Controlling the government and banning opposition, NSDAP won all the seats in the November 1933 election. Hindenburg died in August 1934, after which Hitler declared himself head of state.

Let’s examine what some historians wrote about Hitler’s campaigns to gain power. I quote from three books: Richard J. Evans, The Coming of the Third Reich (2003); Ian Kershaw, Hitler (2008); and Laurence Rees, Hitler’s Charisma (2012). These sources support ten similarities between Trump’s 2016 campaign and Hitler’s electioneering.

 

(1.) Hitler was underestimated by political observers at the start. Kershaw wrote: “[M]any contemporaries made a mistake in treating Mein Kampf with ridicule and not taking the ideas Hitler expressed there extremely seriously.” (p. 149) Evans found that “political opponents on the left still found it impossible to take the Nazis’ extremist rhetoric and bullying tactics on the street as anything other than evidence of their inevitable political marginality. They did not conform to the accepted rules of politics, so they could not expect to be successful.” (p. 255)

Trump was not perceived as a “serious candidate” — as Jeb Bush charged in the September 16 Republican primary debate. Trump replied: “I’m a businessman, did really well, really well, and Jeb, what I want to do is put that ability into this country to make our country rich again. And I can do that, and I’m not sure that anybody else in the group will be able to do that.”

 

(2.) Hitler had political experience but no government experience. “Hitler had the advantage of being undamaged by participation in an unpopular government, and of unwavering radicalism in his hostility to the Republic. He could speak in language more and more Germans understood — the language of bitter protest at a discredited system.” (Kershaw: 206)

Trump lacks and denigrates government experience. He said at the February 13 primary debate: “I’m the only one on this stage that said, ‘Do not go into Iraq. Do not attack Iraq.’ Nobody else on this stage said that…. And I was in the private sector. I wasn’t a politician, fortunately.” Trump also responded to Greta Van Susteren on Fox News, “I think the people are tired of politicians, because again: all talk, no action, nothing gets done.”

 

(3.) Hitler benefitted from economic hardships visited on the working class. “The most important precondition for Hitler’s rise in popularity was the apparent failure of democracy in the face of economic crisis.” (Rees: 57) While Hitler did not explain how he would improve the economy, “He presented a vision, a Utopia, an ideal: national liberation through strength and unity. He did not propose alternative policies, built into specific election promises.” (Kershaw: 203)

Trump exploits fears of unemployment and economic insecurity. In the October 28 debate, Trump explained: “Yes, it’s very simple…. We’re going to bring jobs back from Japan, we’re going to bring jobs back from China, we’re going to bring, frankly, jobs back from Mexico…. We’re going to bring jobs and manufacturing back. We’re going to cut costs. We’re going to save Social Security, and we’re going to save Medicare.”

 

(4.) Hitler offered no detailed programs for taxing and spending. NSDAP followers “had no idea of the aims of the party. But they were certain that the government was incapable and the authorities were squandering taxpayers’ money. They were convinced ‘that only the National Socialists could be the saviours from this alleged misery.’” (Kershaw: 192)

Trump says that budgetary salvation is easy. Asked on February 25 how he would cut the federal budget, he replied: “Waste, fraud and abuse all over the place. Waste, fraud and abuse. You look at what’s happening with Social Security, look at what’s happening with every agency, waste, fraud and abuse. We will cut so much, your head will spin.”

 

(5.) Hitler was supremely confident in his judgments. “Hitler’s analysis left no room for any doubt. He never appeared remotely undecided between possible options.” (Rees: 27)

Trump makes bold claims backed by little evidence: Asked on August 6 for evidence that Mexico is sending criminals across the border, Trump answered: “Border Patrol, people that I deal with, that I talk to, they say this is what’s happening.”

 

(6.) Hitler made promises to voters without explaining how he could fulfill them. Hitler “did not concern himself with practical realities, but with ‘eternal truth’, as the great religious leaders had done. The ‘greatness’ of the ‘politician’ lay in the successful practical implementation of the ‘idea’ advanced by the ‘programmatist.’” (Kershaw: 157)

Trump does the same. Asked by Fox news commentator, Bill O’Reilly, on August 4 how he would get Mexico to pay for the wall he promised to build across the border, Trump replied: “I’m gonna say, ‘Mexico, this is not going to continue, you’re going to pay for that wall,’ and they will pay for the wall.”

 

(7.) Hitler was bluntly dogmatic. “There were no qualifications in what [Hitler] said; everything was absolute, uncompromising, irrevocable, undeviating, unalterable, final.” (Rees: 171)

Trump “tells it like it is.” Asked on August 6 about his disparaging comments about women’s looks, Trump responded: “I think the big problem this country has is being politically correct. [APPLAUSE] I’ve been challenged by so many people, and I don’t frankly have time for total political correctness. And to be honest with you, this country doesn’t have time either.”

 

(8.) Hitler exploited people’s fears and prejudices. Kershaw wrote, “The more Hitler preached intolerance, force, and hatred, as the solution to Germany’s problems, the more his audience liked it. He was interrupted on numerous occasions during these passages with cheers and shouts of ‘bravo’.” (Kershaw: 179)

Trump capitalizes on xenophobia. On December 7 his campaign called “for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what the Hell is going on.” On December 15, CNN’s Wolf Blitzer asked about banning Muslims and refugees fleeing ISIS, Trump replied: “…tens of thousands of people having cell phones with ISIS flags on them? I don’t think so, Wolf. They’re not coming to this country. And if I’m president and if Obama has brought some to this country, they are leaving. They’re going. They’re gone.” [APPLAUSE]

 

(9.) Hitler enticed voters to view his policies as nondiscriminatory. Rees quoted one Nazi youth who said, “Racist is not the right word in my opinion.” The youth preferred “a ‘belief in natural orders’ that was against ‘multi-culturalism.’” (p. 58)

Trump reassuringly does not oppose all Mexican immigrants. Announcing his intention on June 16, 2015, to seek the Republican presidential nomination Trump said: “They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. [sic] They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”

 

(10.) Hitler promised to restore Germany’s glory. Hitler promised a “new Reich that would rebuild Germany’s economic strength and restore the nation to its rightful place in the world. This was a message that had powerful appeal to many who looked nostalgically back to the Reich created by Bismarck, and dreamed of a new leader who would resurrect Germany’s lost glory.” (Evans: 257)

Trump promises to make America “great again.” On December 15, Trump said, in his closing statement: “Our country doesn’t win anymore. We don’t win on trade. We don’t win on the military. We can’t defeat ISIS…. If I’m elected president, we will win again. We will win a lot. And we’re going to have a great, great country, greater than ever before.”

German voters eventually succumbed to Hitler’s demagoguery and hired him to govern them. Please remind me, did he manage to restore Germany’s glory?

 

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LeBron James might or might not be the greatest basketball player of all time. It’s a pointless discussion, for now, because his career isn’t even close to being over.

He’s probably cemented his legacy as one of the greatest players of all time – 3 championships, 3 Finals MVPs, 4 regular season MVPs, and defeating a 73-9 team in the Finals after being down 3-1 while leading everybody in everything and bringing a championship to a city that hasn’t seen one in 52 years will do that.

I have to admit something though. After game 4 – after an odd and frustratingly passive performance from LeBron James, I’d given up on him. I just didn’t think he could do it. LeBron wasn’t playing like the absolute best version of LeBron – which the Cavs needed him to do if they were even going to have a chance – and the next game was at Golden State.

I thought it was over. And I thought it was LeBron’s fault. And I was irrationally angry and upset.

There’s a quote from former NFL coach Bill Parcells that I like:

“You are what you are.”

I thought Game 4 LeBron was LeBron. Passive, not quite willing to do what it takes, a waste of potential. I know – he was already a two-time champion. But two-time champions are supposed to play like two-time champions, aren’t they? And he wasn’t. He was playing like someone less than that.

I don’t need to tell you what happened next. But I will anyway.

Back to back 41-point games, when scoring isn’t even the thing he does best. Three straight wins against the greatest regular season team of all time, a team that hadn’t lost 3 in a row all season. Two wins on the road, in a building where the Warriors went 39 – 2 in the regular season. Leading everybody in everything – points, rebounds, assists, blocks, steals, which was literally unheard of. His stats in the last three games: 36.3 points per game, 11.7 rebounds per game, 9.7 assists per game, 3.0 blocks per game, and 3.0 steals per game.

Game 5 to 7 LeBron had clearly, well and truly, undeniably vanquished Game 4 LeBron.

Because he had to. Because if winning meant more to him than anything else, including being “himself”, he had to.

It’s like that quote from Henry Sidwick:

“One has to kill a few of one’s natural selves to let the rest grow — a very painful slaughter of innocents.”

And this is what LeBron said after the game, about coming back to Cleveland two years ago, knowing the team had never even been to the playoffs before:

“I told myself, ‘Bron, you gotta be patient’… but I’m not a patient guy.”

He didn’t say he could be patient. Or that he should be patient. Or that he wants to be patient.

He said he had to be patient.

Which meant he had to be something he hadn’t been.

Because his goal – “I set a goal to bring a championship back to the city of Cleveland” – meant more to him than remaining who he was.

I could learn from that. Maybe I’ll have to learn from that.

Here’s what else we have to learn from LeBron James:

“I gave everything that I had. I put my heart and my blood and my sweat and my tears into this game.”

How often do you do that? When I think about that sentence, I honestly kind of doubt it. Can anyone literally give everything they have to anything? I don’t know. Maybe I doubt that anyone could do it because I doubt that I could do it. But I’ve probably, realistically, only felt this way a few times in my whole life. Even though it’s one of the most satisfying feelings I’ve ever had.

“I think about all the doubters. Even with what I’ve been able to do in my career, I still have the same doubters.”

Really, it’s insane that one of the greatest players ever, a three-time champion, a four-time MVP, has doubters. It’s not logical, it’s emotional. Nobody’s career has been scrutinised like LeBron’s – it started when he was on the cover of Sports Illustrated at 16, and it hasn’t stopped since. He has, somehow, against all odds, been even greater than his hype. And people still doubt him. If he still has doubters, then you do too, and you always will.

“During the playoffs, I get off social media. I don’t watch TV. I don’t listen to the radio. Because at the end of the day, the game is won in between these four lines. You can have everybody else talking, everybody else saying what’s going to happen… but the game is won in between these four lines.”

Let everybody else talk. Let them say who’s going to win and who isn’t. Let them gossip about who’s better and who can’t rise to the occasion and who will fail. None of it matters. Not at all. Save your energy for your work.

“I’m my biggest critic.”

If you’re your biggest critic then nobody else can harm you. Your opinion of you means more to you than their opinion of you, so how could they harm you? Their words are just noise – sometimes distracting, but never compelling.

“You practice it every day. Just trust in what you’ve put into the game.”

I worry so much about my writing sometimes. Is it good enough? What if it isn’t? How can I know it’s good enough? When will it be good enough? It’s not good enough. This is shit. Nobody is going to care. And they’ll be right.

It’s exhausting. What’s the point in it? Wouldn’t I be better served by putting my energy into actually writing?

I write every day. Usually for hours. I read every day too. I put a lot of time into it. I put a lot of effort into it. I put a lot of me into it.

I need to get better at trusting myself, and I need to realise that “ego is the enemy” of trusting myself (thanks Ryan Holiday).

“We’ve been through so much adversity these last two years, so I just knew what we were capable of.”

Are you like me, in that you think you can accomplish things without any kind of adversity? I know we all “know” we’ll experience adversity. But do we actually know? Do we actually, with our whole hearts, accept it?

What would happen if we did wholeheartedly accept it? Would there be any downside to that?

Adversity makes us more of who we are because it tests who we are. If we want to get through it, we have to be more. We have to become more. We have to turn adversity to advantage.

Nobody, after they win an NBA championship, says it was easy. Nobody, after writing a book, says it was easy. Nobody, after accomplishing something they desperately wanted to accomplish, says it was easy.

They all talk about how hard it was. How many sacrifices they made. How they wondered whether or not they could actually do this thing that was looking closer and closer to being impossible.

Do you know what else they all say?

They all say it was worth it.

“Cleveland, this is for you.”

We’re back to that cliché of a question, aren’t we.

What’s your why?

It’s a cliché because it’s important.

Is your why big enough to carry you into and through and beyond adversity?

Is it big enough for you to work when you don’t feel like working?

Is it big enough for you to ruthlessly kill the old versions of you that aren’t up to getting the job done?

LeBron James’ why wasn’t about LeBron James.

LeBron James’ why wasn’t even about Cleveland.

LeBron James’ why was Cleveland.

It’s why he came back. It’s why he felt obligated to come back. It’s why he was able to will his team back from a 3-1 deficit against the greatest regular season team in NBA history. It’s why he was able to make history. It’s why he was able to do what he said he was going to do.

It’s why the Cleveland Cavaliers, despite all odds, are the 2016 NBA Champions.

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An Open Letter to My Former Psychiatrist: On Being Right

Dear Dr. Right,

You were right. Ten years ago this August, I left your office with my husband, round belly bulging with my nearly full-term first child, cursing your name. It was our first appointment together and you basically told me I was going to fail. When I explained to you that I had been off meds and symptom-free from my bipolar disorder for almost a year and that I wanted to stay off medication to breastfeed, you nodded with a sympathetic smile on your face, scribbled in your notebook and simply said we needed to have a plan.

A plan for which hospital I’d go to when I became manic to the point of needing that level of care. That level of care that you were so sure I’d need.

You were right.

At that stage of my fight, Dr. Right, I was still in denial about the fact that I had been diagnosed with a mental illness. I thought maybe, just maybe, since I had nearly a full year of stability without meds, the past had been a misdiagnosis. Perhaps those eight psychiatrists I had seen over the years since my two hospitalizations for mania were all wrong. I mean, I hadn’t experienced any significant episodes of depression or mania since 2006 and most importantly, I felt solid and stable. Didn’t that count for anything?

Didn’t that make me normal again?

I was so excited to be a mom and every spare moment I had was spent preparing for this new little life who would soon enter the world. His crib was set up, clothes had been washed and lovingly put away, and diapers and wipes sat waiting on the changing table in his nursery. One of the last things on my list was meeting with you, a psychiatrist who agreed to treat me without medication for the remainder of my pregnancy and beyond, according to my wishes.

Man, am I glad we met when we did. Because you were so right. And when the time came, four weeks after his birth, when the compounded lack of sleep and absence of meds in my bloodstream caught up to me in the form of full-blown postpartum psychosis, my husband had someone to call for help.

He called you.

How terrifying it must have been for him to see me unravel the way I did. How helpless he must have felt watching me slowly lose touch with reality, my eyes glazing over, unable to focus on the simplest task of taking a shower or eating a bowl of cereal. And when the psychosis reached its peak, he saw me scrambling to pull together every journal I had ever written in, piling them up before the blazing gas fireplace in our family room like an offering before I died. My legacy, scrawled in ink for my son to read someday since in my mind, I wasn’t going to make it back to the surface. I was hurling to the depths of hell which to me felt like being dragged to the floor of the ocean, my ankles cuffed with a ball and chain pulling me to the bottom. I was sinking faster than I could breathe. And I was so scared it was my day to die and I’d never see my baby again.

Mania to the point of psychosis can do this to a person.

I was taken under a Temporary Detention Order to the Emergency Room where I was held handcuffed to the bed. The doctors and nurses eventually determined I was a threat to myself or others and the green light was given to find me a bed. I was lucky, beds aren’t always available, as the Deeds’ family tragedy unfortunately proved. I only had to wait overnight and the next morning I was transferred to our local hospital’s geriatric psych ward, the only open bed in the surrounding area.

I made it through. It wasn’t easy, in fact, it was pretty awful being in a psych ward for a week of my new baby’s life. My mental illness had landed a forceful blow to the gut, showing me it was in control of my body. Still, wandering the halls at night I’d stumble, groggy from the antipsychotics, to the nurses station to ask for another dose of whatever sleeping pill they could give me. I knew sleep was my friend in there. After a week, I got well with your help, and with support from my husband and family.

Once home, I focused on getting stable. I followed my treatment plan and took my meds religiously. Then it happened again. I thought I knew what was best for my next baby. I didn’t. Acute mania reared its ugly head to the point of psychosis, repeating the nightmare a year and a half later when I found out I was pregnant with my daughter because I had stopped my medication.

You were right again. At five weeks pregnant I landed in the psych ward again.

Those days are tough for me to look back on, the times I was in the hospital and the weeks and months of recovery afterwards. But I wouldn’t trade them for anything because they are a part of who I am now and they tell the story of how I’ve evolved. Those slices of my life do not define me, but when added into everything else that makes me the person I am today, I am grateful for those agonizing, terrifying, heart-wrenching experiences.

You are the expert when it comes to psychiatry, Dr. Right. Me, I’m just the patient. During one of our sessions, I brought up whether or not to disclose my mental illness, and I asked for your opinion. Of course only I could make that call. You expressed the same sadness that so many in this world share over the injustice mentally ill people experience when they expose their conditions. I was looking for justification that it would be okay if I wrote openly about what I had been through, but I didn’t get that from you. In fact, you recommended that I keep my illness hidden, lest I be discriminated upon because of it. Once more, it was as if I were hearing “destined to fail” all over again.

Good thing I didn’t listen that time.

I’m writing now, Dr. Right. Remember when I told you I wanted to write a book? Well, I still do, but first I’ve started self-publishing online, to gain experience. I have a blog, and over the past two years my readership has grown tremendously, all organically, due to my dedication to sharing my story in order to help others.

I’ve met so many incredible people through blogging and social media. It blows my mind how I can write about the struggles I’ve gone through and in return, I get emails from people saying, “Me too!” and “Thank you so much for being so brave.” My heart is blissfully content because I know I’ve uncovered my purpose in life and my words are having an impact on people, a positive impact. I can feel it. And every time I put my thoughts out there for the world to read, my voice grows a little stronger.

I’ve created a show and non-profit organization called This Is My Brave where others like me who live with mental illness can stand up on stage and share our personal stories, our suffering and our breakthroughs, the hope we’ve found in long-term recovery. This is our chance to show the world our vulnerability in an effort to raise awareness and acceptance.

For years after I was handed my diagnosis I feared the backlash of people who knew me finding out about my mental illness. Conversations were uncomfortable, I cared too much about what other people thought of me. It didn’t take me very long to realize that living in fear is not really living. Taking off my armor and choosing to expose myself and my story was one of the best decisions I ever made about my mental health and my life in general.

Revealing my vulnerability freed me to follow my dreams.

And I have you to thank. Thank you for being right. Thank you for letting me fall. Thank you for being there when I needed you. Finally, thank you for doubting me and advising me to stay silent. Because I needed my chance to prove someone wrong and you were that person for me.

Respectfully yours,
Jennifer Marshall (your patient from 2008-2011)

This letter was originally posted on BipolarMomLife.com.

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