By Dr. Nina Radcliff
Health Benefits of Relaxation & Refreshment
Research continues to underscore the great health benefits from the simple act of relaxation. Of course for many, taking time to relax is not so simple. Facts are that it may be hard to take a break or to even plan to take a day off “to relax” or chill on vacation. But rest and relaxation is important to maintaining your physical and mental health.
Giving ourselves a break, and some quality downtime – away from the daily hustle and bustle – works!! And it doesn’t really matter what the “relaxation”activity or inactivity is but rather to give yourself (body, mind, heart, and spirit) a chance to relax, refresh and recharge. While being “on” 24/7 is a part of our modern day, we are not designed to go 24/7/365.
Rest and relaxation are essential if we wish to function properly and effectively. And doing so will leave you feeling ready to take on the world once more – along with added health benefits.
Dr. Nina’s What You Need to Know: About Relaxation and Health Benefits
Sources define relaxation in psychology, as the emotional state of low tension, in which there is an absence of arousal that could come from anger, anxiety or fear – or a too demanding, busy lifestyle. According to the Oxford dictionary, “Relaxation is when the body and mind are free from tension and anxiety (resting mind and body). It may mean re-establishing equilibrium after a disturbance.” [Read more…]
By Dr. Nina Radcliff
Our pools, lakes, beaches, ponds and waterparks offer refreshing fun along with an oh-so-welcomed cooldown on hot days. And enjoying the water is a great way to spend time with family and friends (and get some exercise)—but as these water times arrive, so does the need for extra precaution!!
It’s a very sad fact that everyday 10 people die from unintentional drowning–and too that it is the second leading cause of unintentional injury related deaths to children under 14 years of age. And of those who survive, many receive emergency care for nonfatal submersion injuries including severe brain damage. This may result in long-term disabilities such as memory problems, learning disabilities, and permanent loss of basic functioning (e.g., permanent vegetative state).
These facts are staggering – and heartbreaking!! While we do not want to think about the chances of tragedy striking while we enjoy our fun, it is vital to take safety precautions to ensure a healthy, happy and safe time in the water.
Dr. Nina’s What You Need to Know: Drowning and Water Safety
What is drowning?
The World Health Organization (WHO) defines it as the “process of experiencing respiratory impairment from submersion or immersion in liquid.” This definition encompasses both fatal and non-fatal events. When water enters our lungs, it impedes the exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide. Our lungs are meant to be sterile, meaning only air should enter—other elements are not welcome. And if these other elements enter, our body reacts with inflammation and swelling which further impairs air exchange. [Read more…]
Here’s the fast, hassle-free way to buy or sell these treasures.
Demand for classic cars is rising. This may sound like good news, especially if you have one to sell, but there are drawbacks. Once you list your antique or classic car for sale, brokers will inundate you with requests for photos. Strangers will want to come to your home, or worse may want you to take your precious car to an unknown mechanic for inspection. Then there’s the buyer’s financing: Will their bank approve it? How long will it take to get in place?
Classic Cars to look for
“There is a better way,” comments Peter Kumar, owner of Gullwing Motor Cars, the largest buyer and seller of classic and antique cars in America.
Gullwing Motor Cars buy mostly European classic cars, in any condition. At any one time, there are as many as 120 to 130 cars in its inventory. And that inventory is constantly changing. From Austin Healeys and Triumphs to Ferraris, Mercedes and Rolls Royces, the company sold more than 600 cars in 2014.
Based in New York, Kumar literally travels the world to replenish the supply. “I make 50 to 70 trips a year either by car or plane,” he confirms. Each trip is like a treasure hunt. He recently flew to Louisiana to buy a $200,000 Aston Martin that had been sitting in the owner’s barn for 30 years. And there was the whirlwind three-day period when he bought a Maserati in Chicago, a Lamborghini in Boston and an Aston Martin in New York. “I purchased three incredible cars in 72 hours,” he recalls. [Read more…]
By Dr. Nina Radcliff
Just about everyone reading this would agree that mobile phones continue to greatly impact our lives everyday – we connect easily with family, friends and business associates; gain insightful information; search new places and track key data – just to mention a very few ways. I love the technology, but I also know that mobile phones are impacting our health everyday – and well, not always in a good way. So where is all that mobile phone information and connection leading us with respect to our health? It’s convoluted.
Current research reports how mobile phones are impacting our mental and physical health, neurological development and personal relationships, not to mention safety on our roads and sidewalks. Let’s start with some questions —
- When was the last time you cleaned your mobile phone?
- Have you noticed some finger cramping or sore hand muscles when scrolling or texting?
- Experiencing blurred vision? Eyestrain? Neck aches?
- Have you ever held a mobile phone while driving? Have you ever attempted to read or send a message? Even look at it when operating a vehicle?
- Ever awakened by a news alert or incoming email?
- Have you noticed people at a restaurant, an event, standing in line connecting to their phones…many times?
Here is what you need to be aware of in order to make wise decisions and minimize harms that this piece of technology may pose. [Read more…]
Let’s talk fat. Specifically, saturated fat. If you’ve banished red meats and egg yolks from your diet for health reasons, there’s reason to rejoice. “I think the notion that saturated fat and cholesterol are the demons in the diet is 100 percent wrong,” says Dr. Jonny Bowden PhD, CNS, a nationally known expert on weight loss, nutrition and health. “When you look at the data, it’s very clear: Most of what we’ve been told about saturated fat and cholesterol is simply not so.”
Bowden, a board-certified nutritionist and author of 14 books including The Great Cholesterol Myth co-authored with cardiologist Stephen Sinatra, explains that, “I’m out to rehabilitate the reputation of saturated fat, a perfectly healthy fat that we collectively demonized when we wrongly believed it lead to heart disease.
Recent research has shown that there’s no connection between saturated fat in the diet and the incidence of heart disease. Instead of saturated fat and cholesterol, most leading edge experts are now looking at inflammation as a prime mover in the development of heart disease. [Read more…]
By Dr. Nina Radcliff
Know the Signs of Dry Drowning, Secondary Drowning
As temperatures rise, millions upon millions throughout our nation respond to the call of sparkling bodies of water in our backyard or community swimming pools, lakes, beaches, ponds and waterparks, “to hop in, get wet, enjoy and cool down!”
It is so true, water can be refreshing and fun – but we must be prepared for serious fun as it can also be deadly – in less than a minute, without even a sound or a splash. Drowning, near-drowning and water submersion injuries are highly prevalent, yet preventable causes of death and injury for all ages. This week and next I am providing vital information on water safety.
You may have heard the tragic news that almost a week after playing in the water on a family vacation, a 4-year old boy from Texas took his last breath from what has been reported as a “Dry Drowning.” Reportedly, the young boy was playing in knee-deep water during a weekend trip in the waters of the Galveston Bay when he was knocked down by a wave from a distant ship. The young child’s head went under water but he was quickly picked-up by an accompanying family friend and “seemed okay.”
In fact, it was reported that the child had fun the rest of the day and it was not until the next day that the child began vomiting and having diarrhea. His parents had in the past taken him to the doctors for similar symptoms and they were advised it was the stomach bug, so they decided to treat him at home–the thought of a submersion injury did not cross their mind. [Read more…]
Charlene Ryan had never been political, but the polarizing candidates in 2016 changed that. For the first time, she worked to elect a candidate and even donated money. This year, she feels ready to increase her influence in business as well as her community, but where to begin?
The first step is to lean into her circle of women friends. The 20 women now in the US Senate – from both sides of the aisle – have made news by meeting for dinner every quarter to work together. One of their most notable agreements prevented a government shutdown in 2013. One commentator joked, “The women are the only grownups left in Washington.”
In business as in politics, women know how to work together to increase value for everyone, and the more influence we have, the more good we can do. Here are a few useful strategies I’ve learned from the smart, amazing women co-authors of my book, Leading Women: 20 Influential Women Share Their Secrets to Leadership, Business and Life. These strategies will increase your ability to advance your goals in any arena.
Since Father’s Day and Graduations are just around the corner, to help prepare you to find the perfect gift for Dad and the grads in your life, we’ve assembled our annual Dads & Grads Day Gift Guide. A special thank you to those of who sent in your gift ideas and suggestions for this occasion.
If you’re looking for a gift idea, our annual gift guide features a wide variety of ideas.
For the Home and Dorm
Lasko Fans — electric fans that can be used in the home while dad’s watching television, outdoors while he’s working out, or in his office while he’s finishing up assignments.
The fans also come in various shapes and sizes, making them a stylish addition to any dorm room or apartment for the new graduate! In addition to these perks, using a fan can save dad or the graduate 10% in home energy use.
Here are several Lasko fans for the dad and grad in your life: [Read more…]
By Dr. Nina Radcliff
If you think you have everything figured out about ticks, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) wants you to revisit “what you know” – warning that it could be one of the worst summers on record. In fact, infections from tick-borne diseases in the United States are steadily increasing — and too, new tick-borne diseases have been discovered in recent years. Add to all of this, the geographic ranges of ticks also are expanding.
Most of us know that ticks are small insects (arachnids) that bite to fasten themselves onto the skin of an animal or human – and feed on blood. When an infected tick bites a person or an animal, the tick’s saliva transmits infectious agents—bacteria, viruses, or parasites—that can cause illness. They include: Lyme disease bacteria, Babesia protozoa, Anaplasma, Ehrlichia, and other rickettsia, even encephalitis-causing viruses, and possibly Bartonella bacteria. While “back in the day,” tick bites were more of an annoyance, today a bite is much more likely to make you sick and can even change your life!
And it is “tick season.” The CDC reports that from May through August, people get tick bites and tick borne diseases more often than any other time of year. Let’s look at important information, measures for prevention and symptoms to watch for – for your safety. [Read more…]
By Daniel Casciato
Whether you’re at a networking event or a conference, a great ice breaker can help you make a memorable first impression with someone you meet for the first time. That encounter can ultimately lead to a long-lasting friendship, relationship or a valuable partnership. Below are some specific tips on effective ice breakers you can use in different scenarios to get those conversations started.
1. Wear a Conversation Starter
Marcia Rhodes, regional managing director for Amendola Communications, was out with her girlfriends one evening and began posing for group photos at a Scottsdale, AZ restaurant when one guy approached her and asked, “Do you actually enjoy having your photo taken?” Rhodes replied that she’s in PR and therefore it’s part of the job. That started a warm conversation which led to several dates.
“I wear items that people can easily comment on, such as a pin, scarf or unusually large watch,” she says. “Sports jerseys almost always trigger a conversation. Last month, I wore my Seahawks shirt to a sports bar and a fellow Seahawks fan spotted me and gave me the thumbs up from a distance. So I approached and we chatted for half an hour. When I see someone wearing something unusual, be it man or woman, I always ask where they got it and they are always eager to tell me about the item.”
Robin Randall, creator of Curioso Cuff, an interactive wrist accessory, agrees. “Not only does a great piece of jewelry or a fashion accessory add a crisp accent finish to any outfit, but it also makes a great conversation starter.”
Randall designed her Cuff—an opalescent stone that lights up three ways by pressing it—to be an ice-breaker that can spark conversation and even curiosity.
“We named it Curioso Cuff because we wanted it to be a little mysterious,” Randall says. “The filigree weave design is adjustable and designed to be full of whimsy. If you remember the mood ring, that was a conversation piece, as well. This is a similar thing.”
Randall and some friends have worn them out on several occasions and it generates the interest — and conversations — she had hoped it would. “Women in boutiques have come up to me and asked about it. I remember one man in a bar at La Guardia Airport in New York ask me if there a reason that my bracelet is lit?”
2. Focus on the One Individual
For Jeanne Achille, chief executive officer of the DEVON Group, the most effective ice breakers are those focused on the individual with whom you’re seeking to converse – far more impactful than some contrived, canned sound bite.
“Compliment the individual on their smile, their great handbag or ask what they think of the signature drink being served at the event and you’re well on your way to further dialogue,” she says.
For people who aren’t generally outgoing, they might not realize that approaching someone and asking them about their self is often very pleasing to the person, notes Julie Talenfeld, President of Boardroom Communications.
“I always think of ways to go up to a stranger at a networking event to incorporate what I do for work by asking them what they do,” she says.
For instance, she would say, “Hi, I’m Julie, I have a public relations company, what do you do?” It’s basic and it shows the person that you are interested in him or her.