Free Discount Cards Donated To Most Precious Blood Church By Charles Myrick of ACRX

ACRX Recognition Gallery: American Consultants Rx
http://www.acrx.org -As millions of Americans strive to deal with the economic downturn,loss of jobs,foreclosures,high cost of gas,and the rising cost of prescription drug cost. Charles Myrick ,the President of American Consultants Rx, announced the re-release of the American Consultants Rx community service project which consist of millions of free discount prescription cards being donated to thousands of not for profits,hospitals,schools,churches,etc. in an effort to assist the uninsured,under insured,and seniors deal with the high cost of prescription drugs.

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.

Free Discount Cards Donated To Montgomery County Emergency Assistance By Charles Myrick of ACRX

ACRX Recognition Gallery: American Consultants Rx
http://www.acrx.org -As millions of Americans strive to deal with the economic downturn,loss of jobs,foreclosures,high cost of gas,and the rising cost of prescription drug cost. Charles Myrick ,the President of American Consultants Rx, announced the re-release of the American Consultants Rx community service project which consist of millions of free discount prescription cards being donated to thousands of not for profits,hospitals,schools,churches,etc. in an effort to assist the uninsured,under insured,and seniors deal with the high cost of prescription drugs.

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.

Free Discount Cards Donated To Monongalia County Schools By Charles Myrick of ACRX

ACRX Recognition Gallery: American Consultants Rx
http://www.acrx.org -As millions of Americans strive to deal with the economic downturn,loss of jobs,foreclosures,high cost of gas,and the rising cost of prescription drug cost. Charles Myrick ,the President of American Consultants Rx, announced the re-release of the American Consultants Rx community service project which consist of millions of free discount prescription cards being donated to thousands of not for profits,hospitals,schools,churches,etc. in an effort to assist the uninsured,under insured,and seniors deal with the high cost of prescription drugs.

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.

Free Discount Cards Donated to Mental Health Associates by Charles Myrick of ACRX

ACRX Recognition Gallery: American Consultants Rx
http://www.acrx.org -As millions of Americans strive to deal with the economic downturn,loss of jobs,foreclosures,high cost of gas,and the rising cost of prescription drug cost. Charles Myrick ,the President of American Consultants Rx, announced the re-release of the American Consultants Rx community service project which consist of millions of free discount prescription cards being donated to thousands of not for profits,hospitals,schools,churches,etc. in an effort to assist the uninsured,under insured,and seniors deal with the high cost of prescription drugs.

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.

Free Discount Cards Donated To Mecca Services By Charles Myrick of ACRX

ACRX Recognition Gallery: American Consultants Rx
http://www.acrx.org -As millions of Americans strive to deal with the economic downturn,loss of jobs,foreclosures,high cost of gas,and the rising cost of prescription drug cost. Charles Myrick ,the President of American Consultants Rx, announced the re-release of the American Consultants Rx community service project which consist of millions of free discount prescription cards being donated to thousands of not for profits,hospitals,schools,churches,etc. in an effort to assist the uninsured,under insured,and seniors deal with the high cost of prescription drugs.

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.

Free Discount Cards Donated To MDJ Ministries By Charles Myrick of ACRX

ACRX Recognition Gallery: American Consultants Rx
http://www.acrx.org -As millions of Americans strive to deal with the economic downturn,loss of jobs,foreclosures,high cost of gas,and the rising cost of prescription drug cost. Charles Myrick ,the President of American Consultants Rx, announced the re-release of the American Consultants Rx community service project which consist of millions of free discount prescription cards being donated to thousands of not for profits,hospitals,schools,churches,etc. in an effort to assist the uninsured,under insured,and seniors deal with the high cost of prescription drugs.

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.

Free Discount Cards Donated to Mayor Wayne Smith & Township of Irvington by Charles Myrick of ACRX

ACRX Recognition Gallery: American Consultants Rx
http://www.acrx.org -As millions of Americans strive to deal with the economic downturn,loss of jobs,foreclosures,high cost of gas,and the rising cost of prescription drug cost. Charles Myrick ,the President of American Consultants Rx, announced the re-release of the American Consultants Rx community service project which consist of millions of free discount prescription cards being donated to thousands of not for profits,hospitals,schools,churches,etc. in an effort to assist the uninsured,under insured,and seniors deal with the high cost of prescription drugs.

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.

Don’t Take It Personally When I Tell You ‘No.’ I’m Using It On Everyone This Year

We live in a culture of Yes. The common self-help wisdom is that we benefit from seizing opportunities, embracing the unknown, soaring headfirst into the possibilities presented to us. And this is all well and good: yes, do try hiking in Fiji! And yes, accept a date with that handsome Italian who works at the bar you frequent, even if it might make things awkward down the line.

A well-timed yes can expand our world in beautiful and unexpected ways. But I am writing now to espouse the power of another simple word: no.

In fact, 2015 was my year of no (not as inspiring as Shonda Rhimes’ Year of Yes but effective nonetheless) and I plan to make 2016 an even NO-ier one.

I am in YES recovery. Like many humans, many women, I am a people pleaser. Can I be there at noon? Sure can! Will I bring three hundred bucks in foreign currency? Absolutely! Will I also promise to help a friend move, be late meeting them because I also agreed to babysit another friend’s sick rabbit, then disappoint everyone in the process? I sure will!

“No” is a word that could have served me well many times, but I didn’t ever feel I had the right to use it.

A delightful cocktail of self-doubt blended with the need for constant approval had me convinced that “yes” was the key to my like-ability. Without “yes” what did I have to offer? And so I sprinkled it liberally, and as my obligations built up, so did my resentments, so did my feelings of inadequacy. Nice cycle, that one. (For more on this, see Whitney Cummings’ incredible piece on codependency on Lenny Letter.)

It’s easy to relegate this phenomenon to our personal lives, and for a long time it remained there. As I twisted on the vine, desperately trying to keep my friends and family satisfied–unable to realize the expectations I was running so hard to meet were expectations I had myself created–I thought of my “yes” problem as exclusive to my personal relationships. After all, work is all about working hard, taking on the challenge. Work is, organically, a place of yes. In the television business we take on too much, race against the clock, do our best on little sleep and lots of caffeine and random bursts of inspiration. Because I had so much shame about the private strings of unanswered texts, broken plans, re-made promises, at work it became my mission to answer every email no matter the hour, agree to every added task, finish the day off by reading a link sent by a colleague rather than a book for pleasure. Even as a boss, I often refused to delegate, instead taking on added jobs for my employees in hopes that they’d be impressed by just how on the ball I was. If there was an extra-curricular writing assignment, I took it.

If there was a chance to run like a maniac from work to a panel, toilet paper trailing from my heel, tea stains on my blouse, I was doing that too. And for awhile, it worked like a charm. A compliment like “you’re the fastest email-er I know,” or “how do you do so much at once?” was better than a romantic sweet nothing to me. It fulfilled my desire to be seen as unsinkable, reliable. And in the deepest place, lovable.

But we can only pull off a high wire act for so long before gravity does its job. The more my personal relationships suffered, the more I wanted to work. The more I worked, the more work I had to do. Meanwhile, a part of my job involves being creative, dipping deep into the well of experience, leaving time to dream. That had been replaced with a busy iPhone and a to-do list that never ceased to multiply. I wish I could say my bottom was sleeping through my friend’s baby shower, or falling in a pothole because I was texting “be there in five” and spraining my knee. But every painful reminder of what Yes had gotten me and where No had failed only pushed me further.

One night, third season of Girls, I was on deadline, finishing a script, and I found my eyelids growing impossibly heavy. I called Jenni, my partner: “I’ll send this in tomorrow. Too exhausted. Sorry.”

“I knew tonight wasn’t a realistic goal,” she said gently.

I grew defensive, listing the range of activities I had already undertaken that night, the pressures I was under, the exhaustion and the bla bla bla–

She cut me off: “And I just wanted you to listen so you could enjoy your night, not place this pressure on yourself. I just want you to be realistic about what you can do and save yourself this stress.”

It was a small, empathic moment– Jenni reminding me that meeting a deadline wasn’t the reason I was loved or not loved, respected or not respected, and that life didn’t have to be an endless jog to accommodate all the Yes’s.

It was a slow process, but a polite “no” soon entered my vernacular. “I can’t do it realistically by Friday,” or “I wish I could be on that panel but my week is insane,” or even “no, I’m not comfortable with this dynamic.” And something miraculous happened: my personal life followed suit. I can’t be at the birthday party. I don’t want to go to laser tag ever as long as I live. I am exhausted. People respond well to honesty, to reality. They understand. And so with those no’s, YES sprung back up everywhere. Funny how that works.

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Special News Bulletin-http://www.acrx.org -As millions of Americans strive to deal with the economic downturn,loss of jobs,foreclosures,high cost of gas,and the rising cost of prescription drug cost. Charles Myrick ,the President of American Consultants Rx, announced the re-release of the American Consultants Rx community service project which consist of millions of free discount prescription cards being donated to thousands of not for profits,hospitals,schools,churches,etc. in an effort to assist the uninsured,under insured,and seniors deal with the high cost of prescription drugs.-American Consultants Rx -Pharmacy Discount Network News

Free Discount Cards Donated to Mayor Michael Blunt by Charles Myrick of ACRX

ACRX Recognition Gallery: American Consultants Rx
http://www.acrx.org -As millions of Americans strive to deal with the economic downturn,loss of jobs,foreclosures,high cost of gas,and the rising cost of prescription drug cost. Charles Myrick ,the President of American Consultants Rx, announced the re-release of the American Consultants Rx community service project which consist of millions of free discount prescription cards being donated to thousands of not for profits,hospitals,schools,churches,etc. in an effort to assist the uninsured,under insured,and seniors deal with the high cost of prescription drugs.

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.

Free Discount Cards Donated to Masonboro Baptist Church by Charles Myrick of ACRX

ACRX Recognition Gallery: American Consultants Rx
http://www.acrx.org -As millions of Americans strive to deal with the economic downturn,loss of jobs,foreclosures,high cost of gas,and the rising cost of prescription drug cost. Charles Myrick ,the President of American Consultants Rx, announced the re-release of the American Consultants Rx community service project which consist of millions of free discount prescription cards being donated to thousands of not for profits,hospitals,schools,churches,etc. in an effort to assist the uninsured,under insured,and seniors deal with the high cost of prescription drugs.

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.

Overweight? Johnson & Johnson’s Dream Is Your Nightmare

Suppose there were:  (1) a widely held but false perception that gays had lower productivity and higher healthcare costs than straights; (2) false literature that companies with gay conversion programs outperformed the stock market; and (3) a mandate that companies disclose to shareholders the percentage of gays they employ.

Obviously, many corporate CEOs would stop hiring gays, de facto require gay conversion among current employees, and fire gays who failed the program, in order to maximize stock price and hence their own wealth.

Preposterous? Of course, but if Johnson & Johnson (J&J), Vitality Group (a wellness company), and a few pharmaceutical companies get their way, this exact same scenario will befall overweight employees.  Indeed, two-thirds of this dystopian scenario is already in place:

  1. Despite proof to the contrary, the popular misperception is that working-age thin people have higher productivity and spend less on healthcare than working-age overweight people;
  2. To help bring weight discrimination into the boardroom, some wellness apologists published a facile and misleading study in a third-tier journal (that had already admitted poor peer review practices) showing companies with wellness programs (the obesity equivalent of gay conversion in ineffectiveness, and almost as likely to harm participants) outperformed the stock market. The opposite is actually true.  That’s no surprise given the proven fact that conventional workplace wellness loses money, period. (False savings claims abound, but the New York Timeseconomists have eviscerated them.)

To complete this trifecta of weight discrimination, all that remains is to require publicly traded corporations to disclose the weight of their employees…and that’s exactly what this cabal — led by J&J and Vitality —  proposed at Davos.  (They also want companies to disclose their stress levels. I have no idea how one measures stress. The one wellness vendor that tried measuring stress failed both miserably–and, this being the wellness industry, hilariously.)

Weight measures used by companies are also facile and misleading.  Typically — as with Vitality Group, an outspoken advocate of this proposed regulation — they use the Body Mass Index, or BMI. The BMI was invented by a mathematician 200 years ago, using a simplistic formula that he could never really justify…and yet is the de facto standard for measuring employee weight. It’s misleading along many dimensions. Further, it now turns out that the whole workplace BMI obsession might be pointless, as people with normal BMIs are at higher risk than people with high BMIs, if their weight is distributed badly.

The agendas of J&J and Vitality are quite clear: a regulation that worker weight be disclosed to shareholders would encourage publicly traded companies to use workplace wellness services, which they coincidentally happen to provide.  (The drug companies involved, such as Novo Nordisk, stand to benefit from selling more drugs.)

Unintended Ironies: A Hallmark of Wellness  

Ironically, though, during that same Davos meeting, Vitality also candidly admitted that their wellness services don’t work even in the best-case scenario of their own employees.  That admission undermines the entire fiction that this requirement would somehow benefit the employees being fat-shamed.

Here is another irony.  (One hallmark of the workplace wellness industry is its obliviousness to its own many ironies.) This industry thrives on being totally unregulated — uniquely in healthcare, wellness companies and individuals face no licensing, education, training, oversight or certification requirements.  Consequently they can and do get away with whatever they want because employees usually lose money if they don’t submit. Wellness vendors are even allowed to harm employees. And yet now they want every other company to be regulated, for no purpose other than enhancing their own bottom lines.

Still another irony: The prime schemer behind this initiative, David Yach of Vitality, assured STATNews that existing laws would prevent employees from bring fired due to weight. But “existing laws” don’t prevent anything in wellness now. A federal court says it’s fine to fire employees for failing to participate in wellness. And despite flouting established clinical guidelines with impunity, no wellness vendor has ever been prosecuted for doing things to employees that would get doctors sent to jail.  And wellness companies can lie as much as they want about anything — including saving the lives of cancer victims who don’t have cancer — and not be prosecuted. Indeed, no wellness company or program has ever been successfully prosecuted or sued for anything under “existing laws.”

The Inevitable Result: Institutionalized Weight Discrimination

Many things in life have unforeseeable consequences. However, the consequence here is perfectly foreseeable:  If you are overweight or especially if you are obese, you should be able to keep your current job if your company likes your work. But your chances of getting hired anew by a publicly traded company — if you are competing for the job with an almost-but-not-quite-equally qualified thin person — would nosedive.

I rarely editorialize about wellness, because I don’t have to — facts are the wellness industry’s worst nightmare.   However, I’ll make an exception here: I find it appalling that J&J, Vitality, and Novo Nordisk advocate expensive and intrusive regulations subjecting huge numbers of employees both to institutionalized discrimination, and to programs that they admit don’t work, simply to make a few bucks.

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Healthy Living – The Huffington Post
Special News Bulletin-http://www.acrx.org -As millions of Americans strive to deal with the economic downturn,loss of jobs,foreclosures,high cost of gas,and the rising cost of prescription drug cost. Charles Myrick ,the President of American Consultants Rx, announced the re-release of the American Consultants Rx community service project which consist of millions of free discount prescription cards being donated to thousands of not for profits,hospitals,schools,churches,etc. in an effort to assist the uninsured,under insured,and seniors deal with the high cost of prescription drugs.-American Consultants Rx -Pharmacy Discount Network News

The unbearable whiteness of money in politics

The 2016 presidential election will be the second since the court’s disastrous Citizens United decision and the first without the full protections of the Voting Rights Act in place. That means big donors will have more sway over elected officials to dictate the agenda.

Already the wealthy are pouring money into the election: Politico reports that the 67 biggest donors, who have each given a million dollars or more have donated three times more than 508,000 small donors combined. A new report from Every Voice Center finds that individuals living in 1 percent of the nation’s zip codes (equal to 4 percent of the population) are responsible for half of the $ 74 million the 10 candidates who have raised the most so far. Every Voice reports that just three rich, and heavily white neighborhoods gave more to politicians than 1,248 majority African-American districts. But what do donors want?

Spencer Piston, Assistant Professor of Political Science at the Campbell Public Affairs Institute at Syracuse University, examined 2014 Cooperative Congressional Election Studies (CCES) data for Salon, and finds that “donors are more likely than non-donors to oppose the downward redistribution of wealth.” He finds that the mean income for donors is $ 74,999, but for non-donors in the sample, the mean income is $ 54,999. He finds that while 20 percent of non-donors in the sample consider themselves poor, only 7 percent of donors do.

There were gaps on class issues as well: with non-donors more likely to say the poor pay too much in taxes, and donors more likely to say the rich pay more than they should. While 46 percent of donors strongly agree that lawsuits are interfering with free enterprise, only 28 percent of non-donors strongly agree. Finally, 46 percent of donors say their first priority with respect to the budget is to cut domestic spending, compared with 36 percent of non-donors.

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Obviously, these data are examining the smaller donor pool; the policy preferences and views of the wealthiest mega-donors are incredibly hard to discover. But they offer a key benefit over much of the other research on the effect of campaign contributions. Data that examine campaign contributions tend to focus solely on a broad left-right axis that combines economic and social issues. This makes it far more difficult to discern the influence of the wealthy specifically on class related issues. Research suggests that the richest Americans are rather liberal on social issues, but far more conservative on economic issues, but this nuance is lost on a one dimensional scale.

What about the race bias of the donor pool? Previously, I’ve discussed the work of Page, Bartels and Seawright, showing that the wealthiest Americans are far more likely to oppose government action to remedy inequality than the least wealthy (see chart). Their sample is nearly all (96 percent) white, and comprises 68 percent donors, suggesting that the views Piston finds at the lower levels of the donor rung are true at the highest levels as well, if not even more pronounced.

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The rise of big donor plutocracy is especially disturbing given the rising evidence that African-Americans and Latinos have little influence over policy. A recent working paper suggests that African-Americans, and in particularly Black women, enjoy far less policy representation than whites. They even find that the Black/white representation gap might be bigger than the class gap. Another recent paper by Nicholas Stephanopoulos that used Martin Gilens’s massive database of public policy and opinions as well as state level exit polling found that women, people of color and low-income people have their preferences ignored by politicians. While it’s difficult to know what exactly is driving the differences, the authors of the above mentioned working paper suggest that partisanship, voter turnout and the strength of the views cannot fully explain the Black/white representation gap.

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It’s clear that to truly be a democracy, the United States needs to reckon with money in politics. We need policies to create an inclusive democracy. That means requiringfull disclosure of all political spending, curbing the influence of lobbyists and eventually overturning the disastrous Supreme Court precedents regarding campaign finance. But simply reducing the influence of the wealthy isn’t enough. We need to empower ordinary citizens. That means fostering small donor democracy through public financing, which a 2012 study suggests could increase the diversity of the donor pool. A recent Demos report finds that at the lower levels, the donor pool is more diverse than at higher levels. Finally, we need to reduce turnout inequality, which further exacerbates class biases in political contributions. Automatic voter registration and non-partisan get out the vote operations and a re-invigorated Voting Rights Act can all work to ensure inclusive democracy.

This article originally appeared on Salon

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SPECIAL NEWS BULLETIN!-http://www.acrx.org -As millions of Americans strive to deal with the economic downturn,loss of jobs,foreclosures,high cost of gas,and the rising cost of prescription drug cost. Charles Myrick ,the President of American Consultants Rx, announced the re-release of the American Consultants Rx community service project which consist of millions of free discount prescription cards being donated to thousands of not for profits,hospitals,schools,churches,etc. in an effort to assist the uninsured,under insured,and seniors deal with the high cost of prescription drugs.-American Consultants Rx -Pharmacy Discount Network News-
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http://www.acrx.org -As millions of Americans strive to deal with the economic downturn,loss of jobs,foreclosures,high cost of gas,and the rising cost of prescription drug cost. Charles Myrick ,the President of American Consultants Rx, announced the re-release of the American Consultants Rx community service project which consist of millions of free discount prescription cards being donated to thousands of not for profits,hospitals,schools,churches,etc. in an effort to assist the uninsured,under insured,and seniors deal with the high cost of prescription drugs.

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.

The Definitive Guide to Creativity

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Let’s pretend we can rewind time. That’s right, let’s hop in our sweet time travel machine and go back to a simpler way of life, a time when our lives were significantly less cluttered and the ability to create was something we had access to. If this were possible, when would you choose to travel to? Not where, when. What age were you when creativity was labelled as something to be considered taboo or shunned?

While it may be impossible to travel back in time to revisit our childhood to nurture creativity through adulthood, it is possible to begin capturing our creative intuition as we are. I want to give you three simple ways to nurture creativity.

Before I give you some of my creative secrets, let’s answer a few questions together.

What do you want to create? Are you so overwhelmed with life that you have no idea what to create or where to begin? Maybe this is the case for you. Maybe you have been so inundated with the stress of live, negativity, and being told “that’s impossible”, you choose to not explore this side of your brain and your being. Let this question roll around a bit in your mind.

Why do you want to create? Musicians create what? Music. Of course. The same goes with artists, as they create wonderful masterpieces of art. Writers create visual images in the minds of their readers, creating an experience. Restaurant owners create a memorable experience for their guests, hotel owners create relaxing environments for patrons, I could go on.

If you are a small business owner, to remain competitive, you must remain creative. Answer the “what” and the “why” relative to creativity and you will begin the journey.

Here are three simple secrets, often overlooked, to nurturing your creativity:

Declutter: Don’t slam your smartphone on the ground, hear me out. Declutter your life doesn’t mean I am telling you to go on a total diet and give everything up. Decluterring your life simply means eliminating that which does not benefit you. Remove the garbage from your desk at work, eliminate the negative components in your life, clear your agenda of the wasteful events. Set a certain time to check your emails instead of impulsivelly checking them every thirty seconds.

Destress: Take time to nurture yourself. You can accomplish this through a walk alone, with a partner or friend, or with your pet. However, allow me to issue a challenge on this one: Don’t listen to music, audiobooks, walk in silence. Listen to your thoughts. Watch them. See what heppens when you are decompressing from life for a few moments.

Delegate: Possible one of the most difficult tasks for business owners, entrepreneurs, or anyone else for that matter. Give up some of the tasks you can delegate to free up some of your time. This will enable you to have creative time in your schedule.

Give yourself the freedom in your schedule to establish habits that contribute to the success of your creativity. Look at life from different perspectives. For example: If you are a business owner, look at your business development process from the client perspective, if you are in sales, look at the approach from the customer’s perspective, if you are a physician, look at the care you render from the patient’s perspective.

Often times, I have discovered, the lack of creativity, or the inhibition of creative thinking, is simply due to perspective, busyness, or a cluttered life. Seeking remedies to these areas of our lives will render great rewards as it relates to the creative mindsets we desire.

As a parent, we have a responsibility to nurture the creative minds of our children, as the development of this can be powerful and beautiful. When we look at some of the most powerful, most successful creative humans in our history, there are many lessons we can learn. Seek to be mentored through reading their work, studying their art, and following a pattern of success laid out before us.

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GPS for the Soul – The Huffington Post
Special News Bulletin-http://www.acrx.org -As millions of Americans strive to deal with the economic downturn,loss of jobs,foreclosures,high cost of gas,and the rising cost of prescription drug cost. Charles Myrick ,the President of American Consultants Rx, announced the re-release of the American Consultants Rx community service project which consist of millions of free discount prescription cards being donated to thousands of not for profits,hospitals,schools,churches,etc. in an effort to assist the uninsured,under insured,and seniors deal with the high cost of prescription drugs.-American Consultants Rx -Pharmacy Discount Network News

Free Discount Cards Donated to Mar-Main Arms Apts. by Charles Myrick of ACRX

ACRX Recognition Gallery: American Consultants Rx
http://www.acrx.org -As millions of Americans strive to deal with the economic downturn,loss of jobs,foreclosures,high cost of gas,and the rising cost of prescription drug cost. Charles Myrick ,the President of American Consultants Rx, announced the re-release of the American Consultants Rx community service project which consist of millions of free discount prescription cards being donated to thousands of not for profits,hospitals,schools,churches,etc. in an effort to assist the uninsured,under insured,and seniors deal with the high cost of prescription drugs.

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.

10 Books for a Healthy Relationship Every Couple Should Read

As a therapist, I work with a lot of couples. While we can do important work during our sessions, they are limited to 45-60 minutes every 1-2 weeks. There are so many tools and techniques for the couples to practice between sessions, not to mention all the additional information many of them are seeking to supplement their sessions with. There are many resources available to help couples learn new ways to examine and strengthen their relationships. Here are 10 of my top picks from the last few years.

1. “The Five Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts” By Gary D Chapman

This book by Dr. Gary Chapman looks at one of the most common issues in relationship issues, that we speak different love languages. The languages he has identified are: Words of Affirmation, Quality Time, Receiving Gifts, Acts of Service, and Physical Touch. Chapman is able to demonstrate each of our unique needs, and how they must be met for effective relationships. Examples from his own practice are used to illustrate his concepts. The book contains a questionnaire, questions and answers throughout the book, and a journal for further consideration

2. “Couple Skills: Making Your Relationship Work” By Matthew McKay PhD and Patrick Fanning

This book will demonstrate how to work effectively in your relationship. Some skills focused on are: improved communication, coping with problems, and resolving conflicts in healthier ways. This version of the book teaches the reader acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). ACT helps each person to accept his or her partner’s feelings and emotions, without resorting to judgment. This book helps the couple decide what is important to them, and put these skills into practice.

3. “Deal Breakers: When to Work On a Relationship and When to Walk Away” By Dr. Bethany Marshall

This book discusses emotionally unhealthy men. It has you examine the people you choose, and the patterns you repeat. It makes you ask yourself while relationships can and cannot succeed. It is based in the reality of people’s willingness to change, or likelihood to remain in their same bad habits. The book helps women examine what their deal breakers are. What they will and will not tolerate in a relationship. When it is worth fighting for, and when it is time to leave. They learn to set healthy boundaries, and to stick to them.

4. “The Relationship Cure: A 5 Step Guide to Strengthening Your Marriage, Family, and Friendships” By John Gottman

John Gottman is probably the most well know couples expert we have. He has authored numerous books that help people turn troubled relationships into positive and workable ones. This book is based on 20 years of proven research. He discusses what a healthy relationship consists of, looks at emotional connections, and how the couple responds to each other’s needs

5. “When the Past Is Present: Healing the Emotional Wounds that Sabotage our Relationships” By David Richo

In this book, David Richo explores how being stuck in the past can destroy our present relationship. He states, “We all have a tendency to transfer potent feelings, needs, expectations, and beliefs from childhood or from former relationships onto the people in our daily lives, whether they are our intimate partners, friends, or acquaintances.” If we can become more aware of dysfunctional patterns, we can prevent ourselves from repeating them. This can be the key to a healthy relationship in the present.

6. “Relationships: The Ultimate Guide to Better Relationships! – Communication in Relationships to Handle Dysfunctional Relationships And Create Lasting Relationships” By Mia Conrad

This book looks at ending dysfunctional relationships. Mai Conrad wants her readers to have stronger and healthier relationships than they have ever had. She examines identifying and removing toxic people from your life. This enables a person to have relationships that give them more peace than relationships have before. She looks at: what breaks down and ruins relationships, what makes a relationship strong, what makes certain relationships last, why certain relationships are romantic, and having healthier and happier family connections.

7. “I Love You But I Don’t Trust You: The Complete Guide to Restoring Trust in Your Relationship” By Mira Kirshenbaum

Mira Kirshenbaum states, “Whether broken trust is due to daily dishonesties, a monumental betrayal, or even a history of hurts from the past, it can put a relationship at risk.” This book helps the couple to rebuild mildly to severely damaged trust between a couples. She looks at the stages if trust, and when a couple has reached a stage that is appropriate to attempt to rebuild that trusts. She shows you that you can heal and trust each other again, that there is hope for the relationship if you both truly want it to work.

8. “Love, Sex and Staying Warm: Creating a Vital Relationship” By Neil Rosenthal

Neil Rosenthal states that his book helps a couples to, “Reignite Your Passion, Strengthen Your Relationship, and Keep the Romance Alive.” The intent is to prevent couples from having their relationships slowly fracture and come apart over the years. Learning to notice the warning signs before they become major concerns can strengthen the bonds of a couple. The book contains techniques and strategies that the couples can apply to reinforce their bond, and restore the passion they have for each other. Fill out a quiz, practice techniques, and examine the current state of your relationship.

9. “Too Good to Leave, Too Bad to Stay: A Step-by-Step Guide to Help You Decide Whether to Stay In or Get Out of Your Relationship” By Mira Kirshenbaum

Mira Kirshenbaum states that she asks the reader, “36 questions and self-analysis techniques designed to get to the heart of relationship and marriage problems.” This book is simple and direct, and works for relationships that are at any stage. It gets to the root of whether a relationship is worth working out, or whether it is comes to its natural conclusion. It helps the reader step back and look at the relationship in a practical manner, and offers guidance on what is in their long term best interest.

10. “47 Little Love Boosters For a Happy Marriage: Connect and Instantly Deepen Your Bond No Matter How Busy You Are” By Marko Petkovic

This book addresses relationships ranging from early days, to decades old. Many couples struggle to keep the romance and passion going. The book uses couples who are successful as examples to live by and model your relationship over. It demonstrates that it literally takes only minutes per day to connect with your partner and let them know they are loved. She uses techniques called “Little Love Boosters for a Happy Marriage.” This is due to the fact that an individual can do them, they are very time limited, they can be done without ever leaving your house, and they cost you nothing! The book comes with an easy to use checklist, so that you can track what you have and have not done for your partner. It even comes with an audio book you can listen to on the train, or while you are driving.

With the help of these aides, most couples can strengthen their marriage to a state that it has not been in years, perhaps ever! For those wanting to build awaken the passion, connection, and intimacy they once had in their relationship, it would seem the price of a book or two would be well worth it. Happy Reading!

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GPS for the Soul – The Huffington Post
Special News Bulletin-http://www.acrx.org -As millions of Americans strive to deal with the economic downturn,loss of jobs,foreclosures,high cost of gas,and the rising cost of prescription drug cost. Charles Myrick ,the President of American Consultants Rx, announced the re-release of the American Consultants Rx community service project which consist of millions of free discount prescription cards being donated to thousands of not for profits,hospitals,schools,churches,etc. in an effort to assist the uninsured,under insured,and seniors deal with the high cost of prescription drugs.-American Consultants Rx -Pharmacy Discount Network News

Free Discount Cards Donated To Manchester Salvation Army By Charles Myrick of ACRX

ACRX Recognition Gallery: American Consultants Rx
http://www.acrx.org -As millions of Americans strive to deal with the economic downturn,loss of jobs,foreclosures,high cost of gas,and the rising cost of prescription drug cost. Charles Myrick ,the President of American Consultants Rx, announced the re-release of the American Consultants Rx community service project which consist of millions of free discount prescription cards being donated to thousands of not for profits,hospitals,schools,churches,etc. in an effort to assist the uninsured,under insured,and seniors deal with the high cost of prescription drugs.

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.

Bill Maher Is Also Confused About Those Oregon Militias

Remember when those militiamen broke into Oregon’s Malheur Wildlife Refuge for pretty unclear reasons?

Bill Maher took a moment to address his own confusion at the situation during the New Rules segment on “Real Time With Bill Maher” Friday night. 

“Someone needs to tell those wackadoodle militiamen who took over a federal building in the middle of nowhere in Oregon that to be a hero, you need something to be heroic about,” he said. “These guys keep promising to occupy that building until, well, we’re not sure. And they’re not sure.”

The segment went on to wonder why, on their list of requested supplies, they included such vital staples as French vanilla coffee creamer. 

Elsewhere in the episode, Maher spoke with panel members Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas), Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla), Jon Meacham, Liz Mair and Seth MacFarlane about a potential Jeb Bush presidency, MacFarlane’s turn hosting the Oscars and the Republican candidates’ stances on Homeland Security. 

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SPECIAL NEWS BULLETIN!-http://www.acrx.org -As millions of Americans strive to deal with the economic downturn,loss of jobs,foreclosures,high cost of gas,and the rising cost of prescription drug cost. Charles Myrick ,the President of American Consultants Rx, announced the re-release of the American Consultants Rx community service project which consist of millions of free discount prescription cards being donated to thousands of not for profits,hospitals,schools,churches,etc. in an effort to assist the uninsured,under insured,and seniors deal with the high cost of prescription drugs.-American Consultants Rx -Pharmacy Discount Network News-
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Free Discount Cards Donated to Manassas Park Department Of Social Services by Charles Myrick of ACRX

ACRX Recognition Gallery: American Consultants Rx
http://www.acrx.org -As millions of Americans strive to deal with the economic downturn,loss of jobs,foreclosures,high cost of gas,and the rising cost of prescription drug cost. Charles Myrick ,the President of American Consultants Rx, announced the re-release of the American Consultants Rx community service project which consist of millions of free discount prescription cards being donated to thousands of not for profits,hospitals,schools,churches,etc. in an effort to assist the uninsured,under insured,and seniors deal with the high cost of prescription drugs.

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.

Your 2016 Competitive Advantage? Learning as Much About YOU as Possible

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For 2016, I want you to commit to a competitive advantage you’ve known about longer than you’re willing to admit: learning as much as possible about you and what works for you. Let’s call that continuous learning.

The truth is that today’s most productive, successful people know that continuous learning provides a competitive advantage.

What do I mean by “continuous learning”? Your natural ability to learn and then adapt your behavior.

How and what you want or need to learn is personal and depends on your life, career and the impact you want to create.

As much as this is about learning to appreciate what works for you — this is just as much about being honest with yourself about what doesn’t work.

We cannot change what we are not aware of, so all learning and change efforts must start with awareness which means we need to become more aware of what’s working — and not working.

There are four big things that frequently derail us when we try to learn something new or change a behavior.

1. You’re trying to change too much at once. How often has your New Year’s resolution been something along these lines: “I am going to exercise for 60 minutes every day.” A full hour every day? Really? This is a significant change, especially if you have not been exercising at all or have only been exercising once or twice a week. The enormity of this change is overwhelming and you become paralyzed unable to take any action. Be mindful of taking on too much in one fell swoop.

2. You don’t make the desired changes real. We all have big, bold, abstract goals; for example “get healthy in 2016” Unfortunately though, we don’t back it up or follow it up with a feasible plan on how we’re going to get there — or even how we’re going to start. When the gap between where we are and where we want to be is too big, we feel overwhelmed, which creates anxiety — so much so, that we often avoid taking any action at all.

3. Your mindset is primed to expect failure. We’ve all been here before — we’ve tried something, and it hasn’t worked out; so, because you failed in the past, you expect to fail again. For example, every time you open your closet you see your dusty, unused running shoes staring back at you reminding you of your failure this year to exercise more regularly.

4. Your environment or social surroundings aren’t setting you up well. Our physical and social environments are powerful influences. If they are not shaped to support the change you desire, you will be undermined at every turn. Staying on the healthy example theme, keeping a jar of M&Ms right in front of me on my desk makes it very difficult for me to choose a healthy snack.

Think about what’s not working for you — it might be one of these four or it might be something that’s a slight deviation from one of these four.

Regardless, it’s personal — there’s something that’s holding you back from learning something new or changing a behavior that is no longer serving you.

Now, let’s go about identifying what does work for you.

Get Clear

“It is hard to see if your windshield is dirty.” This is a lesson I learned from one of my favorite teachers, Sonia Choquette. Her advice: examine what is holding you back and clouding your vision. Acknowledge it and then remove the dirt.

Is there any dirt and grime on your windshield? What is getting in the way of you seeing clearly? Where have you fallen prey to the busyness epidemic? What is driving your busyness? Is it shaped by your need to feel important, worthy, and valuable, and the abiding fear that the “real me” falls short? Is it fueled by the imperative that you stay at the office to be seen even if your most meaningful work is already finished? Is it technically-driven busyness, where your tools, systems, strategies and techniques for understanding, organizing, and managing work have simply failed to keep up with changing demands? Or is your busyness a combination of these?

Olivia, an attorney and book agent, was frantically busy juggling the demands of her career, her two children, her husband, her mother, her sister, her friends, the parent-teacher organization, her blog, and her volunteer commitments. At times, all these demands felt as if they were all in competition with each other. Olivia’s windshield had become almost completely caked over with dust, dirt, and grime. She had tried the usual strategies to stop being busy–an email management course, a new planner, and ideas and tips from friends and colleagues. None of it worked for more than a few days, because Olivia had not addressed what was driving her busyness.

Olivia’s busyness was driven by the belief that if she was not always available to and for her clients, then she was not providing value and was unworthy of her compensation. It was also driven by tools and systems that were not aligned to her Productivity Style and the way she actually worked. Only after examining both the psychological and technical drivers of her busyness did Olivia begin to make lasting changes that would help her create the life she wanted.

Take a look at the dirt and grime that impedes your vision. Acknowledge it, and then take the necessary steps to scrub your windshield clean. Until it is clean, it is going to be difficult for you to find greater personal freedom, creativity, and joy. And isn’t that the real goal?

Embrace Your Productivity Style

T-shirts labeled “one size fits all” never fit properly. The arm holes are too small, the neck opening is too large, or the sleeves are too long.

The same applies to one-size-fits-all approaches to personal productivity. Maybe you have tried to use a calendar tool you received in a time-management workshop or those colored Post-it notes that a friend recommended. If the results were disappointing, the fault is not yours — it’s the fault of tools and techniques that do not match your Productivity Style.

So instead of fighting against your natural thinking, learning, and communicating preferences, work with them. Identify your Productivity Style and then embrace it. Use your understanding to guide the choices you make to manage your attention, invest your time, get work done, tame your inbox, and design your work space in ways that are customized for you — not for someone else.

Know Where You Really Want to Go

At the beginning of each new coaching engagement, I give my client a magic wand — an imaginary one, of course. “Ta-da!” I declare. “Today, everything in your life is exactly the way you want it!” This never fails to elicit a smile and a laugh. Who wouldn’t want a magic wand accompanied by a promise like that?

But then the work begins, starting with some serious questions. Now that your life is exactly the way you want it, what has changed? What does your life — professional and personal — look like and feel like? What are you doing? Who are you doing it with?

It is amazing to listen to the shift in my clients’ voice as they describe their magic-wand life. There is a new tone reflecting feelings of excitement, joy, fun, meaning, and purpose.

So now it’s your turn. You have just been handed a magic wand. What do you really want? What are your dreams? Do not get bogged down in shoulds — you should want this because you are the partner in a consulting firm, you should want that because you are a loving husband or wife, son or daughter, you should want fill-in-the-blank because that is what everyone wants. Don’t should all over yourself.

Instead, imagine what you really want — and get ready to go for it.

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Here’s How To Improve Your Chances Of Surviving Cardiac Arrest

People who go into cardiac arrest (their hearts stop beating) on the middle or upper floors of high-rise buildings may be less likely to survive the ordeal than those on the lowest floors, found a new study from Canada.

Over the five-year study period, 4.2 percent of patients in Toronto who went into cardiac arrest while located below the third floor survived, whereas 2.6 percent of those on floors 3 and above survived, according to the study. In fact, less than 1 percent of those above the 16th floor survived, and in the data set, there were no cardiac-arrest survivors from above the 25th floor.

To improve survival of people experiencing cardiac arrest in high-rise buildings, bystanders should do everything possible to reduce delays for first responders, said Ian Drennan, an author of the new study, an advanced-care paramedic and a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Toronto.

“If they can notify somebody at the front desk, the security concierge or anyone there that 911 responders are coming, let’s make sure that the building’s open, that the elevators are waiting and that they have access to get on the elevators to get up to the floors,” then that can increase survival, Drennan said. 

Heightened risk?

Once a patient’s heart stops beating, his or her chance of survival decreases by 7 to 10 percent for every minute that passes before the use of defibrillation (electrically shocking the heart back into action), the authors wrote in their study.

Previous research had found that longer times spent waiting for first responders to arrive on the scene were associated with lower survival rates after cardiac arrests, the authors wrote. Research had also found that in high-rise buildings, it could take several minutes for first responders to reach a patient after arriving at the building, adding an additional delay, the authors wrote.

For example, a 2007 study in New York City measured the time it took first responders to reach patients after arriving on scene at different types of buildings and locations — the “vertical response time,” as the study termed it.

“We found that when EMS [emergency medical services] was called for an medical emergency, there were substantial delays in reaching the patient, and particularly from the time the medics left the ambulance in search of the patient,” said Dr. Robert A. Silverman, who was the first author of that 2007 study and is an associate professor of emergency medicine at Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine in Hempstead, New York.

“The greatest delays were found in multistory, residential buildings,” Silverman told Live Science.

“Barriers to reaching the patient included the height and complexity of the layout of the building, locked lobby doors, and the lack of an escort that could have facilitated movement to the location of the patient,” along with slow-moving elevators, Silverman said.

But it was unknown before now how such delays affected patient survival, Drennan said.

To find out, Drennan and his colleagues analyzed data from a medical database of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests that occurred in private residences in Toronto and the surrounding area between 2007 and 2012.

The researchers also measured the “vertical response time” and found that emergency workers took 3 minutes, on average, to reach patients below the third floor, but an average of nearly 5 minutes to reach patients on the third floor or above.

Recommendations

People can help by getting trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and making sure that automated external defibrillators (AEDs) — which are defibrillation devices designed for bystander use — are available, Drennan said.

‘Time is everything in a cardiac arrest. The sooner the patient receives care, including bystander CPR, the more likely [he or she is] to survive,” Silverman added.

The study appeared Monday (Jan. 18) in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

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10 Mistakes Smart People Never Make Twice

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Everybody makes mistakes–that’s a given–but not everyone learns from them. Some people make the same mistakes over and over again, fail to make any real progress, and can’t figure out why.

“Mistakes are always forgivable, if one has the courage to admit them.”
– Bruce Lee

When we make mistakes, it can be hard to admit them because doing so feels like an attack on our self-worth. This tendency poses a huge problem because new research proves something that commonsense has told us for a very long time–fully acknowledging and embracing errors is the only way to avoid repeating them.

Yet, many of us still struggle with this.

Researchers from the Clinical Psychophysiology Lab at Michigan State University found that people fall into one of two camps when it comes to mistakes: those who have a fixed mind-set (“Forget this; I’ll never be good at it”) and those who have a growth mind-set (“What a wake-up call! Let’s see what I did wrong so I won’t do it again”).

“By paying attention to mistakes, we invest more time and effort to correct them,” says study author Jason Moser. “The result is that you make the mistake work for you.”

Those with a growth mind-set land on their feet because they acknowledge their mistakes and use them to get better. Those with a fixed mind-set are bound to repeat their mistakes because they try their best to ignore them.

Smart, successful people are by no means immune to making mistakes; they simply have the tools in place to learn from their errors. In other words, they recognize the roots of their mix-ups quickly and never make the same mistake twice.

“When you repeat a mistake it is not a mistake anymore: it is a decision.” – Paulo Coelho

Some mistakes are so tempting that we all make them at one point or another. Here are 10 mistakes almost all of us make, but smart people only make once.

#1 – Believing in someone or something that’s too good to be true.

Some people are so charismatic and so confident that it can be tempting to follow anything they say. They speak endlessly of how successful their businesses are, how well liked they are, who they know, and how many opportunities they can offer you. While it’s, of course, true that some people really are successful and really want to help you, smart people only need to be tricked once before they start to think twice about a deal that sounds too good to be true. The results of naivety and a lack of due diligence can be catastrophic. Smart people ask serious questions before getting involved because they realize that no one, themselves included, are as good as they look.

#2 – Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.

Albert Einstein said that insanity is doing the same thing and expecting a different result. Despite his popularity and cutting insight, there are a lot of people who seem determined that two plus two will eventually equal five. Smart people, on the other hand, need only experience this frustration once. The fact is simple: if you keep the same approach, you’ll keep getting the same results, no matter how much you hope for the opposite. Smart people know that if they want a different result, they need to change their approach, even when it’s painful to do so.

#3 – Failing to delay gratification.

We live in a world where books instantly appear on our e-readers, news travels far and wide, and just about anything can show up at our doorsteps in as little as a day. Smart people know that gratification doesn’t come quickly and hard work comes long before the reward. They also know how to use this as motivation through every step of the arduous process that amounts to success because they’ve felt the pain and disappointment that come with selling themselves short.

#4 – Operating without a budget.

You can’t experience financial freedom until you operate under the constraint of a budget. Sticking to a budget, personally and professionally, forces us to make thoughtful choices about what we want and need. Smart people only have to face that insurmountable pile of bills once before getting their act together, starting with a thorough reckoning as to where their money is going. They realize that once you understand how much you’re spending and what you’re spending it on, the right choices become clear. A morning latte is a lot less tempting when you’re aware of the cost: $ 1,000 on average per year. Having a budget isn’t only about making sure that you have enough to pay the bills; smart people know that making and sticking to a strict budget means never having to pass up an opportunity because they’ve blown their precious capital on discretionary expenditures. Budgets establish discipline, and discipline is the foundation of quality work.

#5 – Losing sight of the big picture.

It’s so easy to become head-down busy, working so hard on what’s right in front of you that you lose sight of the big picture. But smart people learn how to keep this in check by weighing their daily priorities against a carefully calculated goal. It’s not that they don’t care about small-scale work, they just have the discipline and perspective to adjust their course as necessary. Life is all about the big picture, and when you lose sight of it, everything suffers.

#6 – Not doing your homework.

Everybody’s taken a shortcut at some point, whether it was copying a friend’s biology assignment or strolling into an important meeting unprepared. Smart people realize that while they may occasionally get lucky, that approach will hold them back from achieving their full potential. They don’t take chances, and they understand that there’s no substitute for hard work and due diligence. They know that if they don’t do their homework, they’ll never learn anything–and that’s a surefire way to bring your career to a screeching halt.

#7 – Trying to be someone or something you’re not.

It’s tempting to try to please people by being whom they want you to be, but no one likes a fake, and trying to be someone you’re not never ends well. Smart people figure that out the first time they get called out for being a phony, forget their lines, or drop out of character. Other people never seem to realize that everyone else can see right through their act. They don’t recognize the relationships they’ve damaged, the jobs they’ve lost, and the opportunities they’ve missed as a result of trying to be someone they’re not. Smart people, on the other hand, make that connection right away and realize that happiness and success demand authenticity.

#8 – Trying to please everyone.

Almost everyone makes this mistake at some point, but smart people realize quickly that it’s simply impossible to please everybody and trying to please everyone pleases no one. Smart people know that in order to be effective, you have to develop the courage to call the shots and to make the choices that you feel are right (not the choices that everyone will like).

#9 – Playing the victim.

News reports and our social media feeds are filled with stories of people who seem to get ahead by playing the victim. Smart people may try it once, but they realize quickly that it’s a form of manipulation and that any benefits will come to a screeching halt as soon as people see that it’s a game. But there’s a more subtle aspect of this strategy that only truly smart people grasp: to play the victim, you have to give up your power, and you can’t put a price on that.

#10 – Trying to change someone.

The only way that people change is through the desire and wherewithal to change themselves. Still, it’s tempting to try to change someone who doesn’t want to change, as if your sheer will and desire for them to improve will change them (as it has you). Some even actively choose people with problems, thinking that they can “fix” them. Smart people may make that mistake once, but then they realize that they’ll never be able to change anyone but themselves. Instead, they build their lives around genuine, positive people and work to avoid problematic people that bring them down.

Bringing it all together

Emotionally intelligent people are successful because they never stop learning. They learn from their mistakes, they learn from their successes, and they’re always changing themselves for the better.

Do you operate from a growth mind-set or a fixed mind-set? What other mistakes do smart people never make twice? 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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Bo And Sunny Obama Are Having A Great Snow Day

As snow began to blanket Washington, D.C. and beyond, Bo and Sunny Obama went for a walk on the White House grounds.

Lucky for us, several photographers were there to capture the adorable moment.

Bo and Sunny might want to stay inside 1600 Pennsylvania for the rest of the weekend — the nation’s capital may get more than two feet of snow. 

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http://www.acrx.org -As millions of Americans strive to deal with the economic downturn,loss of jobs,foreclosures,high cost of gas,and the rising cost of prescription drug cost. Charles Myrick ,the President of American Consultants Rx, announced the re-release of the American Consultants Rx community service project which consist of millions of free discount prescription cards being donated to thousands of not for profits,hospitals,schools,churches,etc. in an effort to assist the uninsured,under insured,and seniors deal with the high cost of prescription drugs.

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.

Avoiding Enantiodromia and a Serious Loss of Money

Around the new year, instead of asking, “What do you do?” I’m asked about my resolutions and the conversation centers on the meaningful changes we all want to have in our lives.

What a beautiful time to experience such collective positive energy. It’s palpable — like a race car driver waiting for the green flag to start: one foot on the brake, the other revving the supercharged engine as the crowd grows wild.

What I’ve struggled with, however, is that I work so hard at achieving goals that the year passes by in the proverbial blink of an eye. You know what I mean?

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That’s when we can enter what Carl Jung calls enantiodromia, aka mid-life crisis. One day, says Jung, after many years of working so hard that keeping busy becomes habit, we lift our heads up from work and realize time has seemingly flown by. And then we go selling all our stuff and buying that Tiny Home we saw on that Netflix documentary or empty the bank account with a spiffy new object.

If what we do every day is work so hard that we lose sight of the present, then we’re missing the whole point. So, how do we “soak up the marrow of life” without being too focused on an outcome?

Practice and Non-Attachment

Practice intentions which could lead to the yearly goals on a daily basis. If you intend to be more mindful, then set up a daily meditation practice, join a yoga studio, or find a new church or mindful mastermind group that builds you up to be a better person. If you intend to attract a positive cash flow in your life, then set up a daily practice towards building passive income, mastering a skill that would increase your hourly freelance cost, or delegate more tasks to automation or a team of assistants so you can focus on expanding your business.

Dig deep into your practice. Work to achieve mastery. Just don’t get too caught up in it.

Be non-attached to the goal. If you have a goal to make “X” amount of money this year, Patanjali reminds us to not be so attached to that number that it causes you to act in a malevolent way towards another person and be less humble. If you have a goal to lose 25 pounds by summer time, don’t get down on yourself if you lose 20.

Treat the means to the goal (each day) with just as much love and appreciation as the intended outcome. Goals can help us drive forward and live out the greatest version of ourselves only when we’re not blinded by them.

Perhaps attachment to resolutions and goals comes from a source of emptiness, as if we need a goal to feel a sense of being. This makes sense too, considering the overwhelming amount of messages that we get through media that tell us that our lives are not complete without a new gadget, a slimmer waistline, or more money.

If we allow this type of messaging to control our feeling of well-being, we’re attached to the outcome that a goal may bring and we’ve already lost the whole point of setting goals. The point of setting goals is to build us to be a better person so we can live out the greatest version of ourselves, or as Abraham Maslow would put it “living self-actualized.”

Note to Self: Practice. Practice. Practice. Just be open to spontaneity.

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Special News Bulletin-http://www.acrx.org -As millions of Americans strive to deal with the economic downturn,loss of jobs,foreclosures,high cost of gas,and the rising cost of prescription drug cost. Charles Myrick ,the President of American Consultants Rx, announced the re-release of the American Consultants Rx community service project which consist of millions of free discount prescription cards being donated to thousands of not for profits,hospitals,schools,churches,etc. in an effort to assist the uninsured,under insured,and seniors deal with the high cost of prescription drugs.-American Consultants Rx -Pharmacy Discount Network News

Free Discount Cards Donated to Lutheran Services Florida by Charles Myrick of ACRX

ACRX Recognition Gallery: American Consultants Rx
http://www.acrx.org -As millions of Americans strive to deal with the economic downturn,loss of jobs,foreclosures,high cost of gas,and the rising cost of prescription drug cost. Charles Myrick ,the President of American Consultants Rx, announced the re-release of the American Consultants Rx community service project which consist of millions of free discount prescription cards being donated to thousands of not for profits,hospitals,schools,churches,etc. in an effort to assist the uninsured,under insured,and seniors deal with the high cost of prescription drugs.

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.

We Are All Foodies Now

With the price of gas falling below $ 2 a gallon in the U.S., consumers are reallocating spending not on more “stuff,” but on experiences. And one of the most popular experience-spending categories is food.

In fact, in America, there’s evidence that we’re all foodies now.

That phenomenon was explained to me by Phil Lempert, the famed SupermarketGuru, who led a webinar on food trends for 2016 this week. I carefully listened, and wove his observations into my own lens on the growing world of retail health.

What’s underneath this foodie phenomenon? Putting on my economic specs, I can tell you that The Great Recession of 2008 transformed the way consumers consume and spend money. It’s a DIY culture now, with more people wanting to cook at home. Home-cooking is healthier, cheaper, and tastes better – when you have the skills and the best ingredients at hand.

But there’s another new consumer behavior emerging, which Shawn DuBravac of the Consumer Technology Association found in analyzing 2015 holiday shopping behavior. While consumer holiday spending held flat between 2014 and 2015, what people are spending their hard-won dollars on has shifted. Spenders are spending less on stuff and things, and more on experiences. Furthermore, American’s aren’t spending more of their gas dividend – the saved margin on cheaper petrol – on hard or soft goods. They’re spending on experiences.

Food is one of those things that we experience, and people are willing to spend more money on food for the experience, and for health benefits.

Fred shared statistics that paint a clear picture of a consumer increasingly seeking health at the retail food store. 59% of Americans actively seek out information about nutrition. 68% of people want to know where their food comes from (known as traceability). According to Euromonitor International’s Top 10 Global Consumer Trends for 2016, the most important food attributes consumers seek are “all natural,” limited sugar or no added sugar, and limited or no artificial ingredients.

On the DIY front, 9 in 10 people cook food at home at least three times a week. But they say they want to gain skills to be better cooks in the kitchen. Witness the growth of subscription food kits that ship direct to peoples’ homes; among a growing list, there are Blue Apron, HelloFresh, PeachDish, Plated, PlateJoy, and for vegans, the Purple Carrot co-founded by the ultimate foodie Mark Bittman.

These subscription packages fit new foodie consumers’ demands: most of them are portion controlled, offer value for money, high quality ingredients, no-waste, and are an on-ramp to new adventures in taste – part of that foodie experience people increasingly look for. “Consumers’ taste buds are bored,” Phil said. 74% of people in the U.S. seek more adventures and flavor in food choices. We’re adventuring in food: sprinkling in more spices, trying novel ingredients, and traveling the globe for new-new taste journeys.

While taste and quality are the most important factors for food choices, price is not a consideration that falls into the top ten attributes people shop for in food purchases. Eaters have a new way of eating: first to lose weight and eat healthier. 58% of people say eating healthier is important to them, according to the Supermarket Guru’s consumer survey.

This new foodie is empowered and engaged in health and nutrition. So food manufacturers are responding with announcements like removing artificial “everything” from foodstuffs, and shortening the list of ingredients in packaged foods. The magic number of ingredients, Phil said, is “five.” In addition, foods labeled with some kind of health attribute increase sales by about 13%. So the reason food companies are going healthier isn’t just to be good citizens: it’s to help them make more money.

The traditional grocery store is being challenged by the new foodie, who is shopping for food across a long list of retail options. Consider: supermarkets, Big Box stores, convenience (“C”) stores, drug stores, warehouse clubs (like BJ’s Warehouse, Costco and Sam’s Club), food trucks, dollar stores, mass market, vending, meal kits, home delivery, restaurants, and online (think: Amazon’s growing footprint in food delivery, and the growing home delivery channel (such as FreshDirect and InstaCart).

Beyond pure delivery convenience, foodie-consumers are also looking for counsel and support on nutrition and cooking. The advent of grocery stores hiring retail dieticians that provide real-time assistance to store shoppers is the beginning of this growing trend. With shoppers increasingly turning to mobile phones for shopping lists, nutrition label reads, and product comparisons, the mobile channel will increasingly support foodies in their search for health and nutrition empowerment as people look to substitute or complement food as medicine.

I asked Phil about the role of the pharmacy in the supermarket as a health destination. He said that most supermarkets first got into the pharmacy business because it was profitable. Today, there is a blend between the pharmacy and the food aisles, where registered dieticians can work hand-in-hand with pharmacists to put together symposia in the store. Often, registered dieticians have offices adjacent to the store pharmacies. Phil’s vision is for these two professionals to work with a third, the store culinarian-chef, to capitalize on this triple-threat’s full complement of skills and counsel for consumers’ health benefit.

Think about how you currently curate your health and wellness in your food shopping at grocers and the growing array of retail food shopping channels and platforms. You may be surprised where you find health and wellness. ALDI, which features low prices, is removing certified synthetic colors, partially hydrogenated oils, and added MSG to their private label offerings (which make up 90% of the store’s products) and is using the mantra “Eat Good. Feel Good. Spend Less.”

No longer will we be limited to shopping around the perimeter of the supermarket for health. Health will be embedded everywhere in the retail food ecosystem.

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#Roe43: What Every (Progressive) Boy Should Know

A couple of years ago, the Pew Research Forum surveyed Americans under 30 years old, asking them questions about abortion and, specifically, Roe v Wade. The survey revealed the following:

  • 41 percent thought Roe v Wade involved the death penalty or the environment, or they could not name the subject matter.
  • 16 percent thought Roe v Wade was a case about school desegregation.

  • 68 percent of respondents who identified as Republicans knew what Roe was about, versus 57 percent of Democrats,

  • For the 74 percent who wanted to see Roe overturned, abortion was a “crucial issue” or “one of many crucial issues,” but among those who support a woman’s right to choose, that number was 31 percent.

This week marks the 43rd year since the passage of Roe v Wade which, in legalizing abortion, extended several previously withheld constitutional rights, having to do with privacy, autonomy and due process, to women. It took time and involved endless constitutional interpretations. In theory, our bodies, we get to decide what happens in and to them. In practice, not so much. The right to abortion, like other “women’s issues,” remains one that is constantly under attack and considered negotiable.

In 1912, maybe in between the jail time she served for providing sex ed and control to women, Margaret Sanger wrote an article about birth control called “Things That Every Girl Should Know.” Almost 100 years later, echoing Sanger, Gail Collins updated it, penning her own “Things That Every Girls Should Know” about Sanger and the transformative impact of safe birth control. The problem is, given the political reality of our lives, and the continued male domination of our governance, boys and men, especially liberal and progressive ones, are the ones who need to do more of the knowing.

Today, men and women are equally likely to say they either support or don’t support women’s rights to safe and legal abortion.  However, they are not equally likely to be in positions to do something about that fact.  Roe isn’t an abstraction for women as it is for men who make up more than 80% of Congress, 78 percent of state political executives, 75 percent of state legislators, 84 percent of mayors of the top 100 cities,  64 percent of newsroom staffers,  87 percent of police departments and 68% of US Circuit Court Judges. In the US, these men are overwhelmingly white and they continue to make paternalistic, ill-informed, epistemologically distorted decisions on behalf of women, especially lower status, less privileged, poor women of color.

Even our news coverage denies women anywhere near parity in story telling about abortion and women’s reproduction.  A study released yesterday by the Women’s Media Center found that during 2014-2015, in the nation’s top 12 newspaper outlets, “male journalists wrote 52 percent of the articles focused on reproductive issues,” and that “41 percent of all quotes in these pieces were attributed to men.” 

Other studies confirm these demographics and the abortion stigma that they produce. One, conducted in 2012, found that in election stories about birth control, 75 percent of quotes came from men, 67 percent in stories that named Planned Parenthood. Even more appalling, something that should be an affront to anyone who cares about women, a study of nightly news broadcasts between 2010-2014 found that Catholic Church leaders were used as a source on stories about women’s reproductive health care at a rate of six times that of OB/GYNs.

This is criminal. Public understanding, and the ability to shape political life and social norms in a way that reflects women’s experiences, bodies and needs, is degraded by decisions that result in this pervasive marginalization.  How any of these corporate bodies can claim moral authority, different from legal or political authority, is gobsmacking.

Time and time again women are paying for the fact that legislators and voters don’t know that 60 percent of women seeking abortions are already mothers, that they rarely feel guilt, and, indeed, express relief and happiness; that abortion is one of the safest of modern medical procedures; or that Catholic hospitals, growing in number, are endanger the lives of pregnant women.

“Our laws and ‘morality’ continue to reflect, or seek to reproduce, a reality in which reproduction takes place and is managed outside of a body, the way reproduction is experienced by men.”

Denying women safe and legal access to abortion is a human rights violation, even in the United States which likes to pretend that human rights violations only happen in other countries. The legal right to abortion, however, is treated like some kind of perk, something to be negotiated, a matter of opinion, subject to the eternal intervention of men. We thoughtlessly elect careless and ignorant people, many of whom demonstrate that they know virtually nothing about science, physiology, economics or their relationship to women’s rights and lives. Most of them are people for whom control of reproduction can be reduced to a 12,000-year old, $ .50 micro-thin shealth

How, it seems reasonable as many men suggest, could the problem of reproduction be so critical to women’s entire lives? How could anyone think that things as banal as birth control and safe abortion be considered “Very Important Transformative Technologies,” globally?

Our laws and “morality” continue to reflect, or seek to reproduce, a reality in which reproduction takes place and is managed outside of a body, the way reproduction is experienced by men.  For women, the experience cannot be separated, yet, from our bodies.  That fetuses are not part of men’s bodies doesn’t make them less part of women’s. That’s the bitterest pill, the one no one wants to swallow because of all its implications.

Boys and men never have to talk about their “reproductive rights” because the norm, plain old “rights,” is male.  “Rights” are only qualified by “reproductive” when we’re talking about women — because what we have is thought of as “different,” and requires “fixing,” as opposed to normative to what it means to be human.  This is evident, materially, for example, in the way that abortion and health as they pertains to women’s reproductive organs are isolated in “clinics” outside of “regular” care and in specialized practices that are considered “extra” and somehow mysterious.

What every boy and man should know is that the rights of the women they know, who look like they are functioning as equals in schools and work,  have never been as inalienable and fundamental as their own. A woman’s right to abortion, to decide if and when and how, to reproduce is a fundamental human right specific to being a human female. 

Roe is meant to protect this right for American women. It confirms our right to life, privacy, health, physical integrity and security. It respects women’s freedom of thought, freedom of and from religion. It confirms our rights not to be subject to inhumane and degrading treatment, such as coerced or compelled pregnancy. Denying women safe and legal abortion the way states are today — whether by law or by regulating access out of practical existence — is the perpetuation of widespread human rights violations in the United States.  Every year since 2011 has hit new records of legislative attempts (and successes) to erode or eliminate Roe.

States are closing clinics, regulating doctors out of practice, taking away insurance health benefits, and barring the use of modern, medically safe chemical abortion, forcing patients to be subjected to outdated medical, riskier procedures. They have made it almost impossible in state after state for girls and women to access their rights safely. It’s happening despite seven in ten Americans support a woman’s right to choose.

As beleaguered as it is, Roe still means we are far, far less likely to die, or be mutilated or suffer from infections.  It means no one can legally, if not practically, “let us” die if we desperately want to live.  It means doctors can save our lives if we have ectopic pregnancies or cancer.  It means we don’t have to be tied for life to abusive, violent spouses. Or to men who deliberately sabotage our birth control. 

“Denying women safe and legal abortion the way states are today … is the perpetuation of widespread human rights violations in the United States.”

It means we should be able to use modern medicine and procedures to intervene, to end miscarriages safely and quickly, even though that’s not happening. It means that we should no longer be forced to carry rape pregnancies against our wills even when our rapists want us to.  It means we shouldn’t have to think about facing imprisonment and impoverishment for something all women, by virtue of having female bodies, must seriously think about during roughly 30 years of fertility.

Every boy and man should know that the right to make decisions regarding our own bodies, to manage our own reproduction, has practical impacts that many people, in the everyday way of sexism, like to write off as selfish, unnatural and not “maternal.” We get to participate in the world more equally. Go to school. Get and keep jobs. Run for office. Have sex without “ruination.” Take care of our families. Trust that the children we have will be loved, safe and well. Roe is not sufficient in terms of Reproductive Justice, but it is a necessary prerequisite.

The only way you can justify a position in which a woman does not make her own reproductive decisions is if you believe she is not ethically and morally capable, as a function of her gender, and, in the U.S., race.  It means you do not trust her to be a fully adult, fully human, being.

Roe was originally based on “four constitutional pillars” of which only two remain today.  Opponents to women’s rights are using laws never intended to apply to abortion to intimidate, investigate, arrest, prosecute and imprison women. They do this in denial of medical facts, scientific research and with no virtually no regard or recognition of the complicated, often dangerous, urgent contexts that are unique to every pregnancy.  

In December last year, a 31-year-old Tennessee woman was charged with attempted first-degree murder after she tried to self-abort, at 24-weeks, in her bathtub.  Last Spring, Purvi Patel, a 33-year-old Indiana woman was sentenced to 20 years in prison after she was charged with both feticide and felony child neglect. They join a long list of women, mainly poorer, darker women who pay the highest price for attacks on Planned Parenthood and women’s health.

Today, advocates fear that as clinics are shut down and laws make access difficult, risky self-abortions will grow. Last year, the Texas Policy Evaluation Project, found that between 100,000 and 240,000 women, ages of 18 and 49, have already tried ending pregnancies by themselves.  The most reported method was the use of Misoprostol, but others, such as “herbs or homeopathic remedies, getting hit or punched in the abdomen, using alcohol or illicit drugs, or taking hormonal pills,” were also cited.

It pays to explain why, to quote a Twitter friend, Roe V. Wade, is not “Two ways to cross a river.”

It doesn’t inspire confidence that the younger a survey respondent was, the less important they thought a woman’s right to an abortion was. It is particularly worrisome though that liberals, men and women, were the least well informed or committed.  There are good reasons why NARAL, Human Rights Campaign, and Planned Parenthood endorsed Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sander’s dismissal of these organizations as members of the “establishment” is either a deeply cynical or deeply ignorant appeal, either way, it trades on people’s, especially progressive men’s, lack of information, understanding and education.

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http://www.acrx.org -As millions of Americans strive to deal with the economic downturn,loss of jobs,foreclosures,high cost of gas,and the rising cost of prescription drug cost. Charles Myrick ,the President of American Consultants Rx, announced the re-release of the American Consultants Rx community service project which consist of millions of free discount prescription cards being donated to thousands of not for profits,hospitals,schools,churches,etc. in an effort to assist the uninsured,under insured,and seniors deal with the high cost of prescription drugs.

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.

WATCH: Feeding the Right Wolf

You’ve likely heard the story of the old man telling his grandson about the two wolves battling inside each of us, and how the one we feed wins. I hope this tapping round will help you feed the right one.

If you are new to tapping, it will be beneficial to also watch the first episode in the “Tap Out Your Fears” series — which explains the basics of EFT — click here.

As with any of my tapping videos, this is an abbreviated process for releasing uncomfortable feelings and enhancing good ones. Some folks may find their fear dissolve after just one tapping session, but for others, it will take some repetition, bringing the discomfort down little by little each time. (Still others may uncover specific issues that are best addressed directly with a wellness practitioner.) In any event, this brief video should help at least take the edge off the discomfort, freeing you up to enjoy life much more. Let us know how it helped you!

For a picture of the tapping points — and more info on EFT — click here.

Tapping can sometimes bring up long-buried emotions, which is why I state that, before tapping along, folks must take full responsibility for their own well-being. For more information about that, please read this disclaimer.

Until next time, feel free to tap along with any of the many videos I have on YouTube or the many recordings I have at www.TapWithBrad.com.

For EFT with kids, please visit: www.TheWizardsWish.com.

For more by Brad Yates, click here.

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#Roe43: What Every (Progressive) Boy Should Know

A couple of years ago, the Pew Research Forum surveyed Americans under 30 years old, asking them questions about abortion and, specifically, Roe v Wade. The survey revealed the following:

  • 41 percent thought Roe v Wade involved the death penalty or the environment, or they could not name the subject matter.
  • 16 percent thought Roe v Wade was a case about school desegregation.

  • 68 percent of respondents who identified as Republicans knew what Roe was about, versus 57 percent of Democrats,

  • For the 74 percent who wanted to see Roe overturned, abortion was a “crucial issue” or “one of many crucial issues,” but among those who support a woman’s right to choose, that number was 31 percent.

This week marks the 43rd year since the passage of Roe v Wade which, in legalizing abortion, extended several previously withheld constitutional rights, having to do with privacy, autonomy and due process, to women. It took time and involved endless constitutional interpretations. In theory, our bodies, we get to decide what happens in and to them. In practice, not so much. The right to abortion, like other “women’s issues,” remains one that is constantly under attack and considered negotiable.

In 1912, maybe in between the jail time she served for providing sex ed and control to women, Margaret Sanger wrote an article about birth control called “Things That Every Girl Should Know.” Almost 100 years later, echoing Sanger, Gail Collins updated it, penning her own “Things That Every Girls Should Know” about Sanger and the transformative impact of safe birth control. The problem is, given the political reality of our lives, and the continued male domination of our governance, boys and men, especially liberal and progressive ones, are the ones who need to do more of the knowing.

Today, men and women are equally likely to say they either support or don’t support women’s rights to safe and legal abortion.  However, they are not equally likely to be in positions to do something about that fact.  Roe isn’t an abstraction for women as it is for men who make up more than 80% of Congress, 78 percent of state political executives, 75 percent of state legislators, 84 percent of mayors of the top 100 cities,  64 percent of newsroom staffers,  87 percent of police departments and 68% of US Circuit Court Judges. In the US, these men are overwhelmingly white and they continue to make paternalistic, ill-informed, epistemologically distorted decisions on behalf of women, especially lower status, less privileged, poor women of color.

Even our news coverage denies women anywhere near parity in story telling about abortion and women’s reproduction.  A study released yesterday by the Women’s Media Center found that during 2014-2015, in the nation’s top 12 newspaper outlets, “male journalists wrote 52 percent of the articles focused on reproductive issues,” and that “41 percent of all quotes in these pieces were attributed to men.” 

Other studies confirm these demographics and the abortion stigma that they produce. One, conducted in 2012, found that in election stories about birth control, 75 percent of quotes came from men, 67 percent in stories that named Planned Parenthood. Even more appalling, something that should be an affront to anyone who cares about women, a study of nightly news broadcasts between 2010-2014 found that Catholic Church leaders were used as a source on stories about women’s reproductive health care at a rate of six times that of OB/GYNs.

This is criminal. Public understanding, and the ability to shape political life and social norms in a way that reflects women’s experiences, bodies and needs, is degraded by decisions that result in this pervasive marginalization.  How any of these corporate bodies can claim moral authority, different from legal or political authority, is gobsmacking.

Time and time again women are paying for the fact that legislators and voters don’t know that 60 percent of women seeking abortions are already mothers, that they rarely feel guilt, and, indeed, express relief and happiness; that abortion is one of the safest of modern medical procedures; or that Catholic hospitals, growing in number, are endanger the lives of pregnant women.

“Our laws and ‘morality’ continue to reflect, or seek to reproduce, a reality in which reproduction takes place and is managed outside of a body, the way reproduction is experienced by men.”

Denying women safe and legal access to abortion is a human rights violation, even in the United States which likes to pretend that human rights violations only happen in other countries. The legal right to abortion, however, is treated like some kind of perk, something to be negotiated, a matter of opinion, subject to the eternal intervention of men. We thoughtlessly elect careless and ignorant people, many of whom demonstrate that they know virtually nothing about science, physiology, economics or their relationship to women’s rights and lives. Most of them are people for whom control of reproduction can be reduced to a 12,000-year old, $ .50 micro-thin shealth

How, it seems reasonable as many men suggest, could the problem of reproduction be so critical to women’s entire lives? How could anyone think that things as banal as birth control and safe abortion be considered “Very Important Transformative Technologies,” globally?

Our laws and “morality” continue to reflect, or seek to reproduce, a reality in which reproduction takes place and is managed outside of a body, the way reproduction is experienced by men.  For women, the experience cannot be separated, yet, from our bodies.  That fetuses are not part of men’s bodies doesn’t make them less part of women’s. That’s the bitterest pill, the one no one wants to swallow because of all its implications.

Boys and men never have to talk about their “reproductive rights” because the norm, plain old “rights,” is male.  “Rights” are only qualified by “reproductive” when we’re talking about women — because what we have is thought of as “different,” and requires “fixing,” as opposed to normative to what it means to be human.  This is evident, materially, for example, in the way that abortion and health as they pertains to women’s reproductive organs are isolated in “clinics” outside of “regular” care and in specialized practices that are considered “extra” and somehow mysterious.

What every boy and man should know is that the rights of the women they know, who look like they are functioning as equals in schools and work,  have never been as inalienable and fundamental as their own. A woman’s right to abortion, to decide if and when and how, to reproduce is a fundamental human right specific to being a human female. 

Roe is meant to protect this right for American women. It confirms our right to life, privacy, health, physical integrity and security. It respects women’s freedom of thought, freedom of and from religion. It confirms our rights not to be subject to inhumane and degrading treatment, such as coerced or compelled pregnancy. Denying women safe and legal abortion the way states are today — whether by law or by regulating access out of practical existence — is the perpetuation of widespread human rights violations in the United States.  Every year since 2011 has hit new records of legislative attempts (and successes) to erode or eliminate Roe.

States are closing clinics, regulating doctors out of practice, taking away insurance health benefits, and barring the use of modern, medically safe chemical abortion, forcing patients to be subjected to outdated medical, riskier procedures. They have made it almost impossible in state after state for girls and women to access their rights safely. It’s happening despite seven in ten Americans support a woman’s right to choose.

As beleaguered as it is, Roe still means we are far, far less likely to die, or be mutilated or suffer from infections.  It means no one can legally, if not practically, “let us” die if we desperately want to live.  It means doctors can save our lives if we have ectopic pregnancies or cancer.  It means we don’t have to be tied for life to abusive, violent spouses. Or to men who deliberately sabotage our birth control. 

“Denying women safe and legal abortion the way states are today … is the perpetuation of widespread human rights violations in the United States.”

It means we should be able to use modern medicine and procedures to intervene, to end miscarriages safely and quickly, even though that’s not happening. It means that we should no longer be forced to carry rape pregnancies against our wills even when our rapists want us to.  It means we shouldn’t have to think about facing imprisonment and impoverishment for something all women, by virtue of having female bodies, must seriously think about during roughly 30 years of fertility.

Every boy and man should know that the right to make decisions regarding our own bodies, to manage our own reproduction, has practical impacts that many people, in the everyday way of sexism, like to write off as selfish, unnatural and not “maternal.” We get to participate in the world more equally. Go to school. Get and keep jobs. Run for office. Have sex without “ruination.” Take care of our families. Trust that the children we have will be loved, safe and well. Roe is not sufficient in terms of Reproductive Justice, but it is a necessary prerequisite.

The only way you can justify a position in which a woman does not make her own reproductive decisions is if you believe she is not ethically and morally capable, as a function of her gender, and, in the U.S., race.  It means you do not trust her to be a fully adult, fully human, being.

Roe was originally based on “four constitutional pillars” of which only two remain today.  Opponents to women’s rights are using laws never intended to apply to abortion to intimidate, investigate, arrest, prosecute and imprison women. They do this in denial of medical facts, scientific research and with no virtually no regard or recognition of the complicated, often dangerous, urgent contexts that are unique to every pregnancy.  

In December last year, a 31-year-old Tennessee woman was charged with attempted first-degree murder after she tried to self-abort, at 24-weeks, in her bathtub.  Last Spring, Purvi Patel, a 33-year-old Indiana woman was sentenced to 20 years in prison after she was charged with both feticide and felony child neglect. They join a long list of women, mainly poorer, darker women who pay the highest price for attacks on Planned Parenthood and women’s health.

Today, advocates fear that as clinics are shut down and laws make access difficult, risky self-abortions will grow. Last year, the Texas Policy Evaluation Project, found that between 100,000 and 240,000 women, ages of 18 and 49, have already tried ending pregnancies by themselves.  The most reported method was the use of Misoprostol, but others, such as “herbs or homeopathic remedies, getting hit or punched in the abdomen, using alcohol or illicit drugs, or taking hormonal pills,” were also cited.

It pays to explain why, to quote a Twitter friend, Roe V. Wade, is not “Two ways to cross a river.”

It doesn’t inspire confidence that the younger a survey respondent was, the less important they thought a woman’s right to an abortion was. It is particularly worrisome though that liberals, men and women, were the least well informed or committed.  There are good reasons why NARAL, Human Rights Campaign, and Planned Parenthood endorsed Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sander’s dismissal of these organizations as members of the “establishment” is either a deeply cynical or deeply ignorant appeal, either way, it trades on people’s, especially progressive men’s, lack of information, understanding and education.

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What Socialism Requires

We’ve heard a lot about democratic socialism lately, as the self-described socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders poses an ever-bigger threat to Hillary Clinton. But what is democratic socialism?

Wikipedia defines it as “a political ideology advocating a democratic political system alongside a socialist economic system, involving a combination of political democracy with social ownership of the means of production.” The Democratic Socialists of America explain that “democratic socialists believe that both the economy and society should be run democratically.” That doesn’t sound so bad — running things “democratically.” But what it means is that the government would run the entire economy and society, and all decisions would be made by the political process.

Now, Sanders dances around just how far his own socialism goes. At a recent speech he said,”I don’t believe government should own the grocery store down the street or control the means of production, but I do believe that the middle class and the working families who produce the wealth of America deserve a fair deal.” But he has spoken at numerous DSA events, and in the past he has written about putting television under “democratic control.”

I doubt that the 26 percent of young people who tell pollsters that they have a favorable view of socialism actually want television put under the direct control of politicians. But be careful what you wish for.

Robert Heilbroner, perhaps the best-selling socialist writer of the 20th century, was more honest than many socialists. He wrote in Dissent magazine:

Socialism…must depend for its economic direction on some form of planning, and for its culture on some form of commitment to the idea of a morally conscious collectivity….

If tradition cannot, and the market system should not, underpin the socialist order, we are left with some form of command as the necessary means for securing its continuance and adaptation. Indeed, that is what planning means…

The factories and stores and farms and shops of a socialist socioeconomic formation must be coordinated…and this coordination must entail obedience to a central plan…

The rights of individuals to their Millian liberties [are] directly opposed to the basic social commitment to a deliberately embraced collective moral goal… Under socialism, every dissenting voice raises a threat similar to that raised under a democracy by those who preach antidemocracy.

Not only does a socialist economy require a central plan, he said, but a plan will require us to subordinate our personal liberties — liberties of choice and free speech, associated with John Stuart Mill — to the plan of the government. That hardly seems like a future today’s millennials — or any other American — would want to live in.

By the way, Dissent republished this article this past November under the heading “What Is Democratic Socialism?”

Heilbroner also noted that “democratic liberties have not yet appeared, except fleetingly, in any nation that has declared itself to be fundamentally anticapitalist.”

Heilbroner understood socialism. Sanders is evasive about just what he means by socialism. And recently, both Hillary Clinton and Democratic national chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz refused to answer the question, “What’s the difference between a Democrat and a socialist?”

Real socialism has been a disaster in countries from the Soviet Union to Tanzania. Attempts to move sharply toward socialism have produced results such as today’s Venezuela, with shortages of toilet paper and soap. And even the European countries that Bernie Sanders praises, such as Sweden and France, have higher unemployment rates and lower overall incomes than the somewhat more capitalist United States.

Voters should take note of socialism’s failures and of Heilbroner’s warning about what socialism requires. And they should be very skeptical of any candidate who speaks warmly of socialism or can’t explain how his or her own political views differ from socialism.

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http://www.acrx.org -As millions of Americans strive to deal with the economic downturn,loss of jobs,foreclosures,high cost of gas,and the rising cost of prescription drug cost. Charles Myrick ,the President of American Consultants Rx, announced the re-release of the American Consultants Rx community service project which consist of millions of free discount prescription cards being donated to thousands of not for profits,hospitals,schools,churches,etc. in an effort to assist the uninsured,under insured,and seniors deal with the high cost of prescription drugs.

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.

Service Is Addictive

Here’s your mentality when you’re a servant leader. You say, “I’m going to take my leadership skills and use them to serve.”

That’s the whole concept of servant leadership, in a nutshell. You lead with the understanding that you’re going to serve others. And when you start doing that your life changes. It transforms! You’ll find joy.

One place you’ll find joy is in your job. When you serve, you will find that you’re not just going through the motions anymore. So many of us are doing that! Or at least trying to do it. You find a job where you have some stability and you’re earning a good living, and you’re not thrilled, but it’s a good gig. “So,” you say, “I guess I’ll keep doing it.”

It doesn’t have to be that way. It doesn’t even make sense to live that way! Try an experiment. Ask yourself, why do you do your job? Obviously, making money is great, and making a lot of money is even better. But what happens when you go home? What happens when you look at yourself in the mirror? Are you happy? Do you love what you see? If not, then making money isn’t enough.

And the point is, money never is enough. There’s always going to be more to a fulfilled life than the money you earned. Check out those people that enjoy their jobs because they’re helping. Think about them. They go home fulfilled. It makes them better husbands and wives. They’re better parents. They’re better in their families. That’s what comes of being fulfilled in your job. Those people have it figured out. They’re not just working to make ends meet, and they’re not just working to make tons of money. They’re doing that, sure, but they’re also working because it helps other people. They serve others.

When you take your leadership skills and use them to serve, your soul literally is healed. Your soul is healed simply through helping other people. You feel better as a person. You know who you are, and exactly why you walk this earth. There’s a reason for you to be here, and you know what it is. You’re fulfilling your mission. You feel a sense of accomplishment. This is addicting!

We’re starting to figure it out. Leaders are using their skills to create companies that are committed to a cause. We’re finding out that when they do that, people want to buy their products. These leaders are founding companies, producing goods and services, and creating jobs, all for the purpose of service to humanity.

We’re talking about entrepreneurship and hard work that isn’t driven by greed. It’s driven by a commitment to service. We’re seeing a whole new generation arise that is saying, “We’re tired of just making money for ourselves. We’re tired of all these things. You know what? I’ve got a gift. I’ve got a gift of marketing, or I’ve got a gift of invention. I’ve been given a mind that can design a product, or a concept, or an idea. I take pleasure in that, personal pleasure, and I take pride in it. I even make a living doing it. But above all, I know that it’s going to help somebody else, and this is why I want to continue doing it.”

You see? It’s addicting! What happens once you get past the whole do-it-for-yourself mentality? What happens when you start a business or take on a job simply because it allows you to help somebody else? What happens when you do this, and your concept works? I’ll tell you what happens. You get addicted! You want to keep doing it!

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Jeremy Affeldt, pitcher for the three time Baseball World Champion San Francisco Giants and Major League pitcher for 14 years, recently retired. His streak of 22 consecutive scoreless appearances in the post season trails Mariano Rivera’s mark by only one. He is an all-time leader in postseason ERA, with a minimum of 30 innings, with an 0.86.

Jeremy is a humanitarian, philanthropist, author, public speaker, and co-founder of Generation Alive. He works to end human trafficking, feed the hungry and end poverty. He is the author of To Stir A Movement, Life, Justice, and Major League Baseball. His second book is expected to be released in 2016. Follow him on twitter, Instagram and Facebook @JeremyAffeldt.

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An Illustrated Guide To The Zika Outbreak

In October 2015, Brazilian health authorities notified the World Health Organization that an alarming number of Brazilian babies had been born with microcephaly, a rare, debilitating birth defect with lifelong consequences.

Researchers quickly linked the spike in birth defects to the outbreak of a little-known tropical disease called Zika virus, which is transmitted by mosquito.

Since its discovery in Uganda in 1947, Zika virus has popped up in different African and Asian countries, but no widespread outbreaks had occurred until 2013, when the virus infected an estimated 11 percent of the population of French Polynesia and spread to neighboring Pacific islands.

Then, in 2014, Brazil hosted a series of international sporting events — the FIFA World Cup and the Va’a World Elite & Club Sprint Championships canoe race. Researchers suspect that this is when people from the Pacific islands who were infected with Zika virus first introduced it to South America. 

Since then, the virus has spread across South and Central America, as well as the Caribbean — reaching as far as the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico.

So far, two people have tested positive for the virus in Spain, and approximately a dozen people in the U.S. have tested positive for it since 2015. The virus has also been linked to a microcephalic baby born in Hawaii.

However, it’s important to note that the U.S. and European cases of the virus were acquired by travelers who had recently visited areas already affected by Zika. The virus has not necessarily reached the places where these people were diagnosed.

Here’s what you need to know about the virus and where it has traveled.


Zika Virus Is In Central And South America

As of Jan. 22, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have graded 22 countries and territories with a “Level 2” travel health warning because of reports of local Zika virus transmission. This means travelers should be extra vigilant to protect themselves from mosquito bites and prevent Zika.


The countries and territories are: Barbados, Bolivia, Brazil, Cape Verde, Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Martinique, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Saint Martin, Samoa, Suriname and Venezuela. 


Pregnant Women Are Most Affected

The CDC warning, issued Friday morning, advises pregnant women in any trimester to avoid traveling to these areas, if possible. Women who want to become pregnant should also first consult with a health care provider before going.

If travel is unavoidable, the CDC says, pregnant women and women who want to become pregnant should follow the strictest protocols to guard against mosquito bites. This means using products with active ingredients like DEET or picaridin on exposed skin. (The CDC says these products are considered safe for pregnant and breastfeeding women.)

The agency also advises wearing long sleeves and pants and sleeping in air-conditioned, screened-in rooms.


Zika Travels Well 

Zika virus started popping up across Africa and in some Asian countries in the decades after it was discovered. However, because the virus’ symptoms seemed relatively mild — temporary fever, rash, joint pain and red eyes — it wasn’t considered much of a threat compared to other mosquito-borne diseases.


That started to change in 2007, when Zika virus broke out in Yap, an island in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. It was the first time the virus had been found outside the African or Asian continents, researcher Edward Hayes noted at the time. While the symptoms were again relatively mild, Hayes said the outbreak should “prompt awareness of the potential for ZIKV to spread to other Pacific Islands and the Americas.” 

Then, as Hayes predicted, French Polynesia suffered a large outbreak of Zika virus in 2013. This time, however, it also happened to coincide with a 20-fold increase in Guillain-Barré syndrome, a rare autoimmune disorder in which the body’s immune system attacks the nerves, causing tingling, muscle weakness and even temporary paralysis in the worst cases.  


Zika Virus May Have A Devastating Effect On Babies

Zika virus made its way to the Americas by 2015, and Brazil bore the brunt of the outbreak. As many as 1.5 million people in Brazil contracted Zika virus that year, and an alarming potential side effect of the virus began to emerge.


The Zika virus outbreak seemed to coincide with a sharp increase in babies born with a birth defect called microcephaly, which is when the brain doesn’t develop normally in the womb and babies are born with abnormally small heads. This can have lifelong consequences for the child, including intellectual disabilities, developmental delays and seizures.

From 2010 to 2014, Brazil had seen an average of 156 babies born every year with microcephaly. But from October 2015 to January 2016, that number had spiked to almost 4,000 babies. Researchers suspected that these infants may have been infected with Zika virus when in the womb, and that the virus may have adversely affected their development.

Like French Polynesia, Brazil has experienced an uptick in Guillain-Barré syndrome. However, Brazilian officials have not been able to quantify it because the condition was previously so rare that health officials saw no need to record cases, reports The New York Times. To date, there is no vaccine or cure for Zika virus.


Here’s What Could Happen Next

Researchers are still confirming the link between Zika virus and conditions like microcephaly and Guillain-Barré syndrome, but countries where the virus is widespread — including Brazil, Colombia and El Salvador – are already advising women to delay pregnancy. Jamaica issued a similar warning, but hasn’t seen a single case of Zika virus case yet. However, Jamaican officials assume it will arrive soon because it’s already endemic in neighboring countries, The Associated Press reports.

While people in the U.S. have already been diagnosed with Zika virus, they are though to have contracted the disease while traveling abroad. The mother of the baby born with microcephaly in Hawaii likely contracted the virus while she was in Brazil.

Yet based on the migration of other mosquito-borne diseases, it may only be a matter of time before states like Texas, Florida and Hawaii start seeing cases that emerge locally, experts say. 

The migratory patterns of the mosquitos that carry the Zika virus, as well as global travel patterns, may mean Zika will continue to spread before the outbreak dies out. Experts say that the best way to guard against Zika is to wage war on mosquitoes by eliminating stagnant pools of water where they breed and by fumigating areas with mosquito repellant.

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http://www.acrx.org -As millions of Americans strive to deal with the economic downturn,loss of jobs,foreclosures,high cost of gas,and the rising cost of prescription drug cost. Charles Myrick ,the President of American Consultants Rx, announced the re-release of the American Consultants Rx community service project which consist of millions of free discount prescription cards being donated to thousands of not for profits,hospitals,schools,churches,etc. in an effort to assist the uninsured,under insured,and seniors deal with the high cost of prescription drugs.

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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http://www.acrx.org -As millions of Americans strive to deal with the economic downturn,loss of jobs,foreclosures,high cost of gas,and the rising cost of prescription drug cost. Charles Myrick ,the President of American Consultants Rx, announced the re-release of the American Consultants Rx community service project which consist of millions of free discount prescription cards being donated to thousands of not for profits,hospitals,schools,churches,etc. in an effort to assist the uninsured,under insured,and seniors deal with the high cost of prescription drugs.

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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http://www.acrx.org -As millions of Americans strive to deal with the economic downturn,loss of jobs,foreclosures,high cost of gas,and the rising cost of prescription drug cost. Charles Myrick ,the President of American Consultants Rx, announced the re-release of the American Consultants Rx community service project which consist of millions of free discount prescription cards being donated to thousands of not for profits,hospitals,schools,churches,etc. in an effort to assist the uninsured,under insured,and seniors deal with the high cost of prescription drugs.

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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http://www.acrx.org -As millions of Americans strive to deal with the economic downturn,loss of jobs,foreclosures,high cost of gas,and the rising cost of prescription drug cost. Charles Myrick ,the President of American Consultants Rx, announced the re-release of the American Consultants Rx community service project which consist of millions of free discount prescription cards being donated to thousands of not for profits,hospitals,schools,churches,etc. in an effort to assist the uninsured,under insured,and seniors deal with the high cost of prescription drugs.

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.

Free Discount Cards Donated to KnoHoCo Senior Services by Charles Myrick of ACRX

ACRX Recognition Gallery: American Consultants Rx
http://www.acrx.org -As millions of Americans strive to deal with the economic downturn,loss of jobs,foreclosures,high cost of gas,and the rising cost of prescription drug cost. Charles Myrick ,the President of American Consultants Rx, announced the re-release of the American Consultants Rx community service project which consist of millions of free discount prescription cards being donated to thousands of not for profits,hospitals,schools,churches,etc. in an effort to assist the uninsured,under insured,and seniors deal with the high cost of prescription drugs.

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.

Free Discount Cards Donated To Knights Inn Maingate By Charles Myrick of ACRX

ACRX Recognition Gallery: American Consultants Rx
http://www.acrx.org -As millions of Americans strive to deal with the economic downturn,loss of jobs,foreclosures,high cost of gas,and the rising cost of prescription drug cost. Charles Myrick ,the President of American Consultants Rx, announced the re-release of the American Consultants Rx community service project which consist of millions of free discount prescription cards being donated to thousands of not for profits,hospitals,schools,churches,etc. in an effort to assist the uninsured,under insured,and seniors deal with the high cost of prescription drugs.

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.

Free Discount Cards Donated To Kingston School District By Charles Myrick of ACRX

ACRX Recognition Gallery: American Consultants Rx
http://www.acrx.org -As millions of Americans strive to deal with the economic downturn,loss of jobs,foreclosures,high cost of gas,and the rising cost of prescription drug cost. Charles Myrick ,the President of American Consultants Rx, announced the re-release of the American Consultants Rx community service project which consist of millions of free discount prescription cards being donated to thousands of not for profits,hospitals,schools,churches,etc. in an effort to assist the uninsured,under insured,and seniors deal with the high cost of prescription drugs.

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.

Free Discount Cards Donated To Kids Who Count By Charles Myrick of ACRX

ACRX Recognition Gallery: American Consultants Rx
http://www.acrx.org -As millions of Americans strive to deal with the economic downturn,loss of jobs,foreclosures,high cost of gas,and the rising cost of prescription drug cost. Charles Myrick ,the President of American Consultants Rx, announced the re-release of the American Consultants Rx community service project which consist of millions of free discount prescription cards being donated to thousands of not for profits,hospitals,schools,churches,etc. in an effort to assist the uninsured,under insured,and seniors deal with the high cost of prescription drugs.

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.

You Don’t Need to Make Time for Mindfulness

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By Melissa Dahl

In November, a studio opened in Lower Manhattan that is devoted to just one thing: mindfulness. It’s called MNDFL, and it has been called (by this magazine, actually) the “SoulCycle for meditating“: You drop in, spend 30 minutes in mindfulness meditation, and you leave.

Related: Mindfulness Is Great, But Spacing Out Is Good for You, Too

It sounds like a pretty good idea. If you want to make meditation a regular part of your life, it makes sense to set aside a time and a place for the habit. But it also is a great example of the point psychology writer Oliver Burkeman makes in his latest column for The Guardian: Taken as a whole, the recent proliferation of mindfulness apps and books and coloring books seems to imply that mindfulness is something that requires a specially designated time and place. It’s one more thing that’s really good for you — because the scientific evidence does indeed show a strong association between mindfulness and improved mental and physical health — and that you now, annoyingly, must add to your day. Kind of like apple-cider vinegar.

But mindfulness is most likely something you are already doing, whether you are aware of it or not. “Scratch the surface and you’ll find that almost everyone pursues some activity demanding absolute presence of mind: if not mountain climbing or sailing or bike racing (where a lapse of attention might mean death), then photography or singing or recreational cookery (where a lapse of attention means you’ll screw things up),” Burkeman writes.

Thinking about it this way, it seems my secretly mindful activities are washing the dishes and indoor rock-climbing, neither of which I do as often as I should. But if I really want to integrate more mindfulness into my life, I can do it pretty much whenever and wherever, simply “by focusing on the physical sensations in your hands, or any other body part,” Burkeman writes, something that is easy enough to do “while riding the bus or shopping for dinner.” Mindfulness and meditation and mindfulness meditation are great for your well-being, and you definitely should do them — and, happily, you probably already are.

The Guardian

More from Science of Us:

Mindfulness Could Be a Cheap, Easy Sleep Aid
In Praise of Spacing Out
How to Get Through a Workday on No Sleep
Why You Should Go to the Movies (and Do Other Stuff) Alone
Why Men Always Think Women Are Flirting

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Knowing Where to Look

In one of his final interviews, the author/philosopher Aldous Huxley was asked to sum up his life’s work. What he said was this:

It is a bit embarrassing to have been concerned with the human problem all one’s life and find at the end that one has no more to offer by way of advice than “Try to be a little kinder.”

While I actually think that’s beautiful in and of itself, I also love the question: If you had to sum up everything you’ve learned about life in one or two sentences, what would they be?

When I began studying the principles behind the inside-out understanding, I asked that question of a number of long-term teachers, students, and practitioners. While the answers ranged from “I’ve learned to be grateful” to “It’s all made up and it’s all OK”, when someone asked me the same question recently, I was surprised to hear this answer come out of my mouth:

“I know what to do when I don’t know what to do. When I’m stuck, I know where to look. Better still, I know where not to look.”

There is something so unbelievably comforting to me about that that I wanted to take a bit of time this week to explore it with you…

For many years, I attempted to amass a database of strategies for success and happiness that I could fall back on when my automatic pilot habitual thinking wasn’t enough. Whenever I found myself stuck on a project or a bit down in myself, I would go to that database, represented by over 3000 books that have filled the walls (and at times overflowed onto the floors) of my home over the years.

If I couldn’t find the answer in my memory bank or my books, I’d go off to the bookstore or on to the web in search of the solution to my very real seeming problem.

Until…

One day I realized that if the answers were in those 3000 books, I would be the happiest, most successful person on the planet. And I knew damn well that I wasn’t. So I went on a “book fast”, which was really an “information fast”. I stopped inputting new data into my brain, and decided instead to let the dust settle inside my head and see what was left. To my amazement, in the emptiness that remained, I found my own wisdom.

It wasn’t so much in my head as in my whole body – as much feeling as thought and as much common sense as deep insight. It appeared as a knowing – a warm feeling of “right” without any “righteousness” attached. That feeling has become my friend over the years, even as I’ve fallen back into the strategies and tactics of others from time to time.

In the early days, I tried to encourage myself with positive slogans like “Go with your knowing, even when you’re wrong!” to “I know that I’ll know when I know.” But the truth was, that experience of knowing happened far too seldom for me to rely on it completely, and time and again I’d find myself going back to doing things as I’d always done them.

And then one day it dawned on me that the problem wasn’t that my wisdom only spoke with me sporadically – it was that I only looked inside to find it when I’d absolutely given up on everything else.

Once it became obvious to me where to look – within, away from the known, towards the power and intelligence behind life – I found myself accessing wisdom more of the time and earlier in the game than ever before. Insights became a reliable way to navigate instead of “lucky breaks”, and to this day the quieter I get the more obvious things become.

Here’s a metaphor I sometimes use with clients:

You wake up in a completely darkened room. At first you remain completely still, too afraid to even move, but soon you realize you are not alone. There are others there with you in the dark, and they have learned to function relatively effectively.

Many of them have simply memorized their way around a relatively small area so they can navigate it with confidence as long as nothing out of the ordinary comes to pass. Others have maps, carrying the accumulated wisdom of others but difficult to read in the dark and easy to misinterpret.

There are some who act as a light in the darkness, filled with the flame of their own wisdom and casting enough light to both draw others to them and guide them forward.

But the secret that so few teach because so few know is this:

The divine spark of wisdom is alive and well in all of us, just waiting for the gift of our own attention to help it burst into flame.

It turns out we don’t need to know what to do – we only need to know where to look.

Have fun, learn heaps, and may the light within you illuminate the world around you!

With all my love,
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Which Is Worse: Saturated Fat or Added Sugar?

Which-is-Worse games can be silly, but the fat vs. sugar question might have real health implications. 

The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans target both saturated fats and added sugars as nutrients to limit and seem to give them equal weight: “Consume less than 10 percent of calories per day from added sugars” and also: “Consume less than 10 percent of calories per day from saturated fats”, they advise.

A new paper by James DiNicolantonio, Sean Lucan and James O’Keefe in the journal Progress in Cardiovascular Diseases examines the evidence and comes to a very different conclusion.

One in 6 Americans die of coronary heart disease. Although cholesterol plaques narrow arteries, the cholesterol in our food is not the main culprit in atherosclerosis. Our body produces most of its cholesterol, but what we eat affects cholesterol too. The theory that saturated fats increase blood cholesterol was developed by Ancel Keys, and was adopted in government guidelines. Later on, researchers found that not all cholesterol is the same. How cholesterol is packaged matters, and we came to understand that there’s good (HDL) and bad (LDL) cholesterol, and that total cholesterol doesn’t predict heart disease as much as the ratio between these different molecules.

Some saturated fats elevate bad cholesterol, others have no effect, and others actually increase good cholesterol, and fats in foods never come in isolation – they’re always a mixture. While some foods high in saturated fats, such as processed meats, are connected to heart disease, other high saturated fat foods (such as dairy) have no such effect.

Moreover, since the eat-less-saturated-fat advice has been around for decades, there has been plenty of time to put it to the test. This new article cites several meta-analyses of randomized trials that did not find a connection between saturated fats and heart disease or overall death rates.

Now they looked at sugar. Added sugar, especially fructose, which is a component of table sugar, high fructose corn syrup, and most caloric sweeteners, tends to increase total cholesterol and LDL (bad cholesterol), lower HDL (the good cholesterol) and raise triglycerides.

And here’s an instructive comparison mentioned in the article: to match the damaging cholesterol influences of the added sugar in a typical diet one would have to eat 40 percent of daily calories in saturated fat (which is highly unusual – most people eat only about 10 percent).

Sugar’s negative heart effects don’t end with cholesterol. Diets high in added sugar are linked with insulin resistance, impaired glucose tolerance, changes in platelet function, fatty liver disease, diabetes and obesity, all linked to heart disease.

It’s often hard to pick a winner to Which-is-Worse questions, but the authors argue that excess added sugars are unhealthier.

When it comes to highly processed foods, many of them are high in one or both, which makes this question relevant, but there’s a better response to it.

If you choose whole foods, you shouldn’t have much of a dilemma. Ripe fruit are very sweet, have sugar, most of it fructose, but they are associated with good health, and lower risk of heart disease. The fats in plants are a mix of saturated and unsaturated fats, and while avocado and nuts have mostly unsaturated fats, even coconuts, which are mostly saturated fats, haven’t been associated with disease.

As long as you eat mostly whole foods, mostly plants, you won’t need to pick a lesser evil.

Dr. Ayala

This is a crosspost of my blog, Healthy Food & Healthy Living, where you can reach me at ayala@herbalwater.com.

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Special News Bulletin-http://www.acrx.org -As millions of Americans strive to deal with the economic downturn,loss of jobs,foreclosures,high cost of gas,and the rising cost of prescription drug cost. Charles Myrick ,the President of American Consultants Rx, announced the re-release of the American Consultants Rx community service project which consist of millions of free discount prescription cards being donated to thousands of not for profits,hospitals,schools,churches,etc. in an effort to assist the uninsured,under insured,and seniors deal with the high cost of prescription drugs.-American Consultants Rx -Pharmacy Discount Network News

Free Discount Cards Donated to Journey Care Foundation by Charles Myrick of ACRX

ACRX Recognition Gallery: American Consultants Rx
http://www.acrx.org -As millions of Americans strive to deal with the economic downturn,loss of jobs,foreclosures,high cost of gas,and the rising cost of prescription drug cost. Charles Myrick ,the President of American Consultants Rx, announced the re-release of the American Consultants Rx community service project which consist of millions of free discount prescription cards being donated to thousands of not for profits,hospitals,schools,churches,etc. in an effort to assist the uninsured,under insured,and seniors deal with the high cost of prescription drugs.

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.

Free Discount Cards Donated To JHS 144 Michelangelo By Charles Myrick of ACRX

ACRX Recognition Gallery: American Consultants Rx
http://www.acrx.org -As millions of Americans strive to deal with the economic downturn,loss of jobs,foreclosures,high cost of gas,and the rising cost of prescription drug cost. Charles Myrick ,the President of American Consultants Rx, announced the re-release of the American Consultants Rx community service project which consist of millions of free discount prescription cards being donated to thousands of not for profits,hospitals,schools,churches,etc. in an effort to assist the uninsured,under insured,and seniors deal with the high cost of prescription drugs.

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.

Free Discount Cards Donated To Island Coast Aids Network By Charles Myrick of ACRX

ACRX Recognition Gallery: American Consultants Rx
http://www.acrx.org -As millions of Americans strive to deal with the economic downturn,loss of jobs,foreclosures,high cost of gas,and the rising cost of prescription drug cost. Charles Myrick ,the President of American Consultants Rx, announced the re-release of the American Consultants Rx community service project which consist of millions of free discount prescription cards being donated to thousands of not for profits,hospitals,schools,churches,etc. in an effort to assist the uninsured,under insured,and seniors deal with the high cost of prescription drugs.

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.

Free Discount Cards Donated to Intown Suites Hotel in Greenville,SC by Charles Myrick of ACRX

ACRX Recognition Gallery: American Consultants Rx
http://www.acrx.org -As millions of Americans strive to deal with the economic downturn,loss of jobs,foreclosures,high cost of gas,and the rising cost of prescription drug cost. Charles Myrick ,the President of American Consultants Rx, announced the re-release of the American Consultants Rx community service project which consist of millions of free discount prescription cards being donated to thousands of not for profits,hospitals,schools,churches,etc. in an effort to assist the uninsured,under insured,and seniors deal with the high cost of prescription drugs.

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.

Free Discount Cards Donated To Inroads Counseling By Charles Myrick of ACRX

ACRX Recognition Gallery: American Consultants Rx
http://www.acrx.org -As millions of Americans strive to deal with the economic downturn,loss of jobs,foreclosures,high cost of gas,and the rising cost of prescription drug cost. Charles Myrick ,the President of American Consultants Rx, announced the re-release of the American Consultants Rx community service project which consist of millions of free discount prescription cards being donated to thousands of not for profits,hospitals,schools,churches,etc. in an effort to assist the uninsured,under insured,and seniors deal with the high cost of prescription drugs.

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.

From Public School Teacher to World-Traveling Copywriter

Three years ago, I was a public school teacher, teaching 8th grade English Language Arts in New York City. When Hurricane Sandy slammed our coastline and caused destruction at levels I had never before seen. I took the time during school closures to examine my life. Was I happy? Did I want to continue being a teacher? What else could I do, if I decided to walk away from my 15-year career?

Looking back, I can honestly say that I didn’t know what I could do to replace my income — because teaching is what I had always known. But the possibility of a new career inspired me. I loved teaching (and still do a lot of teaching in my company, The Writing Whisperer), but I desperately needed my quality of life to improve.

I wanted to travel year-round — not just during the holidays and summers. I wanted to eat lunch like a normal person — not scarf food down in the 15 minutes I was allotted. And one of the biggest reasons for leaving? As silly as it sounds, I wanted to pee when I had to pee — not when the bell rang — and I had just three minutes to run up the stairs, use the bathroom, and run back down to meet my students for the next class.

Fast forward to now, almost three years later — and guess what? I wouldn’t trade this life I have intentionally built for anything else in the world! I am writing copy for brands I love. There are days when I write in my pajamas until two or three o’clock in the afternoon. I am traveling the world — because I focused on building a copywriting business where I can work anywhere that has WiFi. In the past two years, I have traveled to Berlin, the Bahamas, Bali, Paris, London, and up and down the East Coast. And yes, you guessed it — I get to use the bathroom when nature calls!

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If you would have told me three years ago that I would be living this life, I wouldn’t have believed you. But, because I have consistently focused on my goals as a writer, I often pinch myself (daily!) as a reminder that I am not living in a dream state.

If you are looking for an additional source of income, or you’d like to make a complete career switch, copywriting is a lucrative option. You don’t have to be a powerhouse writer — so if you are worried about that, please put that fear aside. What you need to possess is a desire to learn about various types of copywriting and then practice on a daily basis.

Just in case my personal story above didn’t quite peak your interest, there are plenty of other reasons you should consider becoming a copywriter. Here are three major ones:

1. Copywriting skills are in-demand: According to the Content Marketing Institute, 70 percent of B2B marketers are creating more content than they did one year ago. That means more and more companies are looking for and hiring copywriters to create this content. Someone has to craft copy that attracts and keeps customers… why not you?

2. You don’t need a formal education to become a copywriter: Getting a formal education isn’t necessary — especially if you plan to freelance. If you’re still feeling a little nervous about the idea, you can get a jumpstart by:

  • Starting a blog and contributing to it regularly.
  • Networking and getting feedback from successful copywriters.
  • Enrolling in online training programs.

These ideas will help you hone your copywriting skills. Don’t let your lack of formal education keep you from pursuing your passion for writing!

3. You have the freedom to work from home or in an office: As a copywriter, you get to choose whether you want to work from home or work in an office. Many other professions don’t have this luxury. So, if you love having the flexibility to choose when and where you want to work, copywriting is a career you should definitely consider.

The reality is that you have been writing since grade school, so I know that you, too, can become a successful copywriter if you put your mind to it!

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How to Keep Your Pet Safe and Warm in Cold Weather

1. Take your pet for a wellness exam. I recommend twice-yearly veterinary exams for all pets, and especially seniors, so making one of those visits in the fall or early winter is a good way to insure your dog, cat, or other companion is in good shape before the cold weather arrives.

2. Have your furnace inspected. It’s a good idea to have your heating unit checked for carbon monoxide leaks before winter sets in. Carbon monoxide is odorless and invisible, but it can cause serious health problems in both people and pets. Since your dog, cat or other animal companion very likely spends much more time at home than you do during the winter months, she’s more vulnerable to carbon monoxide poisoning.

If you use a fireplace or space heater, expect your pet to snuggle up to the warmth. Keep a close watch to insure no part of your pet’s body comes in contact with flames, heating coils or other hot surfaces. Your pet can easily burn herself or knock a heating unit over and put everyone in the house in danger.

3. Keep your pet indoors. I recommend keeping cats inside at all times (unless you have a secure outdoor cat enclosure for use during nice weather, or you take your cat for walks using a harness), but especially during winter. Accompany your dog outdoors when he needs to relieve himself or get some exercise. When you get cold enough to go back inside, chances are your dog is just as cold.

If your dog is a large breed, he’ll be able to tolerate cold temps and snow much better than a smaller dog. Pets with chronic disease, very young and older animals are more vulnerable to the cold than healthy youngsters and adults.

4. Make sure your dog’s ID tag is current and keep him on leash outdoors. More dogs go missing in the winter months than any other time of year. It’s very easy for your pet to lose his scent and get lost when snow or ice is on the ground, and especially during snowstorms. Light-colored dogs with snow on their fur can quickly blend into the background, making them nearly impossible to spot.

5. Keep an eye out for neighborhood cats.
Hopefully you keep your cat inside, but your neighbors may not, or there could be strays or feral cats in the area. Kitties left out in cold temperatures will sometimes crawl up under the hoods of cars or into the wheel wells. Starting or moving the vehicle can hurt or even kill a cat taking shelter inside a car. So during winter months, it’s a good idea to bang loudly on your car hood before starting the engine as a warning to a cat that might be in or around your vehicle.

6. Be careful with your dog near water. If you live near a pond, lake or other inland water source that tends to freeze over during cold weather, take care when letting your dog off the leash. Animals can easily fall through the ice, and it’s very difficult for them to escape on their own, or for humans to rescue them.

7. Wipe down your dog after a trip outdoors. Pets who go outside during the winter months can pick up rock salt, ice, antifreeze, and other toxic chemicals on their footpads. To keep your dog’s paws from becoming chapped and raw, and to prevent ingestion of toxins, thoroughly wipe off his feet, legs, and underside after he’s been outside in the snow and ice. Also regularly check your pet’s paws for any signs of injury or bleeding from walking on frozen or snow-packed surfaces.

8. Consider investing in a sweater for a shorthaired, older or frail pet. Some pets won’t wear items of clothing no matter how chilly they are. But if your pet tolerates it well, a sweater can help keep your dog warm, especially when you take her outdoors. But keep in mind that pets lose most of their body heat through the pads of their feet, their ears and their respiratory tract, so there’s a limit to how much warmth a sweater or jacket will provide.

9. Let your pet’s coat grow. Don’t shave or clip your dog’s (or cat’s) coat short during the winter months. A longer coat will keep her warmer.

10. Be extra-cautious with your senior, arthritic or frail pet. Cold weather can be especially difficult for senior pets and those with degenerative joint disease or another chronic, debilitating condition. Talk with your vet about physical therapy and other safe, natural methods for improving your pet’s comfort and mobility during cold weather. And make sure your pet has a thick, soft bed in a warm room for naps and at bedtime.

Dr. Karen Becker is a proactive and integrative wellness veterinarian. You can visit her site at: MercolaHealthyPets.com

Her goal is to help you create wellness in order to prevent illness in the lives of your pets. This proactive approach seeks to save you and your pet from unnecessary stress and suffering by identifying and removing health obstacles even before disease occurs. Unfortunately, most veterinarians in the United States are trained to be reactive. They wait for symptoms to occur, and often treat those symptoms without addressing the root cause.

By reading Dr. Becker’s information, you’ll learn how to make impactful, consistent lifestyle choices to improve your pet’s quality of life.

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Old Laws, New Enemy — The AUMF Debate and The War on Terrorism

U.S. Congress is witnessing a legal matrix unfolding as it considers whether to create a new law to continue targeting the Islamic State group. The debate surrounding the Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) is more than just language reorganization, as the consequences extend to implications on the ground, the future of war and the means to strike. Some may think: why does the U.S. Congress need this law? Well, it shows seriousness in a conflict, classifies the enemy, justifies spending and empowers political and legal correctness for global multilateral mobilization.

The problem is since the inception of Baghdadi’s “Caliphate,” Congress has passed two laws within the “War on Terrorism;” however, both address different asymmetric battlefields. The 2001 AUMF was passed 14 years ago to avert al-Qaeda, Taliban and associated forces from striking the U.S., not to fight Islamic State that did not exist on 11 September 2001 or take part in it. The 2002 AUMF created for Iraq, targeted the national security threat in in the country and worked to dismantle Saddam Hussein’s military objectives on the basis that he possessed unfounded WMD — not Baghdadi’s “Caliphate.” Hence, both AUMF laws are not suitable to make the fight against the Caliphate lawful. It’s simple, Baghdadi’s Caliphate is not al Qaeda, and vice versa. Moreover, Baghdadi has nothing to do with the activities of 9/11, and hence both laws cannot be applied properly.

In December 2015, Congressman Representative Adam Schiff proposed a draft Islamic State AUMF along with al-Qaeda and Afghan Taliban as enemies. Congress hasn’t voted on this one yet, but if it does, it’ll mean the 9/11 war (AUMF 2001) and Iraq war (AUMF 2002) authorization will be repealed. Islamic state will be the main enemy, with al-Qaeda and the Afghan Taliban still parties to the main conflict on terrorism. This would make the AUMF Islamic State the new law for the global war on terrorism — potentially justifying lethal force anywhere in the word. Schiff’s AUMF draft assumes that the war and military objectives of the Islamic State group, Al Qaeda and the Taliban are one and the same. This potential draft has the ability to declassify fights with the groups and associated forces, and place them under one global war without borders. This causes major tensions with international law, and the need to classify war.

By virtue of international law, use of force in Iraq with local consent could be justified for the interim, particularly to protect U.S. national security or personnel. But within the boundaries of Syria, President Bashar al-Assad’s government has not openly consented to U.S. strikes. Moreover, the military objectives are different — to kill and maim Baghdadi’s leadership, not just to protect U.S. nationals or Syrian civilians, hundreds of thousands of whom have already died. If partner governments such as Iraq and Turkey request strikes from the U.S., the administration could plausibly argue that it is conducting limited military actions in Syria in collective self-defense to protect these countries (strategic partners) from Baghdadi’s ‘Caliphates’ threat to regional peace and security. The administration could justify particular military actions in Syria that are necessary to save American hostages — like the rescue attempt for James Foley, who was an American journalist captured by the Islamic State group, to prevent an imminent attack on U.S citizens, or to avert a mass slaughter of innocents. The U.S may also take necessary and proportionate actions to target particular senior Islamic State group leaders who have taken up arms alongside al Qaeda against the U.S.

Game changer: al-Qaeda groups pledge allegiance to IS

Baghdadi’s Caliphate is a separate entity to al-Qaeda Core, but it is thought he has received a pledge of allegiance from groups in Afghanistan, Libya, Nigeria and other war zones. This is a significant game changer for the War on Terrorism. Internally within Afghanistan, the Taliban and al-Qaeda have already taken up arms against factions who have joined the IS world domination objective. Thus, there’s a new enemy on the block, and not just for the U.S.

The U.S. is fighting two different parties who do not share the same objectives. They are on two different battlefields and competing between each other, along with two separate AUMF laws. Islamic state will not only be operating in Syria and Iraq, but may gain influence in other fronts as al-Qaeda factions pledge allegiance to Baghdadi.

There are some groups that the US will not specifically ink down as enemies, but classify them as Islamic State group affiliates or associated forces, such as the Free Syrian Army, Ahrar ash-Sham and the Khorasan Group — whether the groups will be included in a new AUMF law will be a Congressional debate.

As the U.S. tries to pen down a draft AUMF law to take on the Islamic State group and those it classifies as its affiliates, it’s clear that armed groups in Syria and Iraq are observing any alliances made with the U.S. This directly influences the concept of the pledge of allegiance (bay’ah) system, and how such allegiances between groups can either broaden the global War on Terrorism, or defuse it’s asymmetric influence — creating a new war beyond borders.

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http://www.acrx.org -As millions of Americans strive to deal with the economic downturn,loss of jobs,foreclosures,high cost of gas,and the rising cost of prescription drug cost. Charles Myrick ,the President of American Consultants Rx, announced the re-release of the American Consultants Rx community service project which consist of millions of free discount prescription cards being donated to thousands of not for profits,hospitals,schools,churches,etc. in an effort to assist the uninsured,under insured,and seniors deal with the high cost of prescription drugs.

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.

Untangling Myself From an Emotional Rock Bottom

Not being able to see instant gratification from a newly-incorporated healthier lifestyle can snuff out any enthusiasm for sticking with it. But sometimes we find ourselves in situations where there is no other choice but to stick it out for the long haul, clinging to the promise of an elusive ‘one day’. Because the alternative is to continue down a path of self destruction. whether it be emotional, physical or often times both.

A person does not suddenly wake up one morning and find themselves unexpectedly at rock bottom. The trail is paved by past half-hearted attempts to integrate life enhancing routines and modifications that always seem to be sidelined by discouragement before being forgotten for tried and true habits. The cycle repeats itself indefinitely until the build up of poor choices leads to a derailment of everyday life, serving as a gut-punching S.O.S.

Hitting rock-bottom is similar to sitting on the bottom of a swimming pool and looking straight up to the surface. At the bottom of the swimming pool, there is an awareness of sound and movement whirling above but nothing is clear enough to be understood. Although a person may be able to avoid the wave-making commotion and chaos transpiring above, it comes at the price of never being able to experience the direct warmth of the sun.

Two years ago, I had realized that years of unresolved feelings and continuous unhealthy choices had navigated me to an emotional rock-bottom. At the age of 24, I was forging a bleak future by ignoring friendships, abandoning passions, and isolating myself from countless of opportunities. While emotionally berating of myself was equivalent to being continuously being beaten with a cat-of-nine-tails, the physical impact was also jarring. Lack of energy and depleted motivation coupled with emotional eating led to an unfamiliar bloated appearance that fed into an already heightened self-consciousnesses.

I had already seen the consequences of what was to be if this way of living continued. In a sense, a sort of personal ‘ghost of Christmas future’ can be found on the branches of my family tree. Growing up, I had witnessed first hand the diminished quality of life resulting from unresolved issues that included failing health, struggles with addiction, disintegration of friendships and warped perception of both themselves and their loved ones. It had been my goal to achieve a polar opposite lifestyle, and the fear of ending up in a similar predicament was the fuel that allowed me to continue forging ahead even though my nerves were unraveling.

During that point in time, I was so incredible raw with pain on inside, that any type of interaction felt equally painful on the outside. I was at a crossroad that required me to either follow in the footsteps of dysfunction by continuing the exhausting cycle of being submerged into my own miserableness until it eventually resulted in drowning, or figure out a new, sustainable way of living. Resurfacing alone was not enough this time.Treading water will only keep a head above the surface for so long, until the body exhausts itself to the point where there is no energy left to save itself. In order to put an end to the cycle, my unsustainable, quick fix doggie paddle needed to be replaced with proper techniques that would keep me afloat, even if it took longer to feel the sustainable results.

Getting to that point of rock-bottom was not something that happened overnight, so it is understandable that detangling myself from years of emotional and physical binding would take time. Initially, I often felt incredibly foolish and agitated. Self-care was a foreign term with actions that felt unnatural. Understanding that setting boundaries, limiting time with negative people despite their kinship and taking time to sit with my feelings rather than dismissing them were all self-care techniques that took time to become acquainted with. Some days all of my energy was spent on resisting the urge to run back to enablers of my self-depreciation because the craving for any sort reassurance was so strong. Sifting through my feelings in order to gain a better understanding of their root left me more upset than I initially felt.

On a weekly basis, I sat in my therapist’s office working through the ebbs and flows that were associated with changing my coping strategies. There were some appointments where I would leave Dr. R’s office feeling angry that in the weeks of making adjustments the only noticeable change was going to the grocery store without having a panic attack. Other appointments would be spent sitting in her office releasing unanticipated tears brought on my conversations I had never been able to have before about age-inappropriate situations that transpired when I was kid struggling to cope. As the emotional baggage began to be examined and dealt with, the heaviness that had been weighing me down began to diminish. The ability to move forward towards the surface, away from rock bottom began to be met with less resistance. Continuously incorporating self-preservation techniques rather than reverting to the auto-pilot mode that most of life had been operated by has been something I work towards every day. Reflection and awareness of self has gradually become an integrated lifestyle habit, rather than automatically repressing feelings that feel overwhelmingly complicated to handle.

I have also maintained distance from people, including family members, who subconsciously bring their own cloud of toxicity to all of their relationships. Despite knowing that creating and maintaining boundaries within these relationships has made the most profound impact on my emotional stability, at many points it has been really, really hard to uphold. But you know what else is really hard? Being suffocated by the crushing weight of depression, anxiety and low-self esteem when you are barely an adult. And knowing that there are decades of life ahead that are starting to resemble the sights and sounds of an existence you swore would never be replicated.

In the two years since penning the article about the realization of hitting my emotional rock bottom, keeping afloat is no longer a constant battle draining the quality of my life. During this time, I have been able to flourish at a new job that has brought financial and professional advancements. Friendships have been more enjoyable with a new found ability to be present in the moment rather than distracted by depression.Self-soothing after a difficult day at work involves bubble baths, extra snuggle time with my cat and working through solutions of how to make the following day more manageable. A kinder, internal dialogue filled with self-imposed questions in order to understand my reasoning behind actions and emotions has replaced the previous instinctive mental boxing match where the only results seemed to be nonproductive self-loathing.

Everyday subconscious interactions like entering a room of strangers, genuinely wanting to make plans with friend and even looking at myself in the bathroom mirror while brushing my teeth in the morning are no longer painful. My body has become more comfortable to be in again through my commitment to the nutritional aspect of self-care that focuses on healthier food choices and additional physical activity stemming from increased energy.

Over time, the impact of awareness became noticeable to those around me. While looking back at photos from a few years ago, friends were taken aback of the transformation. As the hollywood starlet Audrey Hepburn once pointed out, happiest girls are the prettiest. There is a genuine smile and a sparkle of life in the eyes of a person who has a strong sense of inner peace that cannot be replicated through cosmetics or weight loss. The warmth and happiness stemming from my healthier sense of self are two of the most appreciated things in my life, and I am respectful of their contributing factors in order to maintain those feelings

Now confident in the ability to keeping my head above the surface, the brokenness of the rock-bottom is clearer than ever. If in the future certain circumstances make staying afloat a challenge again, this time I will have the ability to prevent a full blown downward descent and successfully navigate the waves of change.

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On the Republican Primaries and the Presidential election on this MLK holiday evening

Edward Luce in the Financial Times (http://on.ft.com/1lkZlaL), in seeking to account for the sustained polling earthquake in the current US Republican Presidential primaries, reaches for economic explanations–trends in inequality and median income–suggesting that these distinguish the US from Japan where there been no “Trump or Cruz”. Mr. Luce, like others, gives relatively short-shrift to non-economic factors, noting only in passing what he dubs the accompanying (and symptomatic?) rise of “nativist” sentiment.

On this day commemorating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., we should be more direct in facing the ugly facts as glaringly reflected in the Republican lexicon. In the candidates’ mouths, the old dog-whistle referring to black peoples’ “athleticism”, faced with the President’s intimidating cerebralism, has given way to reference to his “soaring rhetoric”. This new whistle manages not only to tarnish Mr. Obama but even MLK and the causes and people he championed with “all hot air”. Likewise, the old slur at black men–“Boy”–re-reared its ugly head in new guise in the latest Republican TV debate in repeated reference to President Obama as a “child”. And the Republican and Evangelical base doesn’t miss the same messaging in “stop political correctness” and “make America great again”.

To be fair, the whistling has become somewhat more equal-opportunity of late with Muslims and Mexicans finding themselves in the same line of fire. But to retain Mr. Luce’s frame of reference to explain what is going on in the Republican polls, what the Japanese do not have is this deeply poisoned racial legacy, politicians so ready to stoop to it, or their first, successful, and reelected black President as whipping “boy” for it all.

Commentators of a moderate mindset–of whom Mr. Luce is one–are strongly inclined to avert their eyes (and ears) from such Republican talk: it is distasteful; it jarrs the “US is post-racial post-2008” narrative; it is up to those directly targeted, such as Black Lives Matter, to protest the issues; even so, calling it by name risks fanning the flames and drawing more fire onto the “Liberal Media Establishment”; and, absent those, so the story goes, if it continues it will all burn out in the resulting landslide Republican defeat to Mrs. Clinton in the Fall. Even President Obama, rather than call this thing out said simply in his last State of the Union address that one of his few regrets was that he had not more successfully “bridged divisions”, as if that was primarily his own personal fault.

So, and given that equality and median incomes are genuinely in the mix, commentators would rather focus on such “neutral” economic matters or, as the President himself did, new arrangements for redistricting so that “voters choose their politicians rather than politicians choosing their voters”. These are relevant matters. But by their singular emphasis, this other stuff, swirling more deeply, is at best mollycoddled with circumlocuted references to an “exogenous” “rise” in “nativism”, or is at worst overlooked in silence.

Such treatment of these deeper currents is not just mistaken; it is dangerous, in part because if left unchallenged, it may triumph in the Presidential election by default.

MLK himself warned repeatedly about silence:

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

“The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people.”

“We will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”

More immediately, commentators’ silence on this dog-whistling overlooks the compelling explanation for the durability and force of the “anti-establishment” poll numbers in the Republican primaries, not as an alternative to the inequality, median incomes, and money-politics explanations, but as animating those factors and giving them their color and potency. Thus, the failure-to-appear of the ever-and-forever-predicted Trump-cum-Cruz fade.

As is, Republican candidates feel obliged to mine this ugly vein to prevail. So it is little surprise that “outsider” Mr. Carson, who otherwise has much to offer the small peculiar Republican primary electorate, has seen his star fade in the face of failings which fall well short of those of many of his rivals. Even “insider” Mr. Kasich, who has challenged the incoherence of the outsiders’ defining policy positions, has not confronted the whistling. And on this matter as on most, the less said about Jeb, the better.

But silence on this is not just mistaken; it is lethal.

Of course, such dog-whistles stir individual well-armed nut-cases, some of whom are embedded in police forces and protected there by so-called codes of “honor”, cell-phone videos notwithstanding. That white-supremacist groups were amongst the first to flock to Trump is a loud warning about this.

But on the larger stage as well, the comfort taken by moderates from the notion that such a dog-whistling Republican nominee will simply hand the White House and maybe even Congress to the Democrats is a case of hope over experience. It reflects the slender reed of current national polls putting Mr. Sanders and Mrs. Clinton (more narrowly) marginally ahead of Trump-et-al, even though that fight has not even been engaged.

Instead, the weaknesses in the nothing-to-really-worry-about scenario are threefold:

First, its French version–where voters for all the first-round-eliminated-candidates switch in the second round to whomever is “not the National Front” so as to shut them out–has no direct parallel here. Even if all but one of the “insider-establishment” Republican candidates withdraws so as to consolidate the insider bloc, they still barely match the combined poll ratings of the top dogs, even absent any losses from the consolidation. Thus, such an insider bloc candidate only becomes nominee if both top-dogs stay in, stay up, and fail to consolidate themselves. And note that several of the potential “insider bloc” candidates are themselves dog-whistling loudly. Way too many “ifs” for comfort.

Second, if Mrs. Clinton is the nominee against a Republican whistler, some (many?) of Mr. Sanders’ supporters, who are also deeply motivated by the inequality, median-income, money-politics narratives, might abstain or worse rather than back her. His clear plurality over her in a head-to-head polls now against Mr. Trump forewarns of this and remains a danger even as she inches leftwards.

And third, Mrs. Clinton herself, for all her duly celebrated wonkishness, is a fragile political leader: she decisively lost a leadership race in which she was overwhelmingly favored in 2008; she has more than blown a commanding poll lead in 2015 to a septugenarian small-funded New England semi-Socialist totally lacking executive or foreign policy credentials; and she has even slipped dramatically since last Spring among her core constituency of “Democrat-leaning women”–the young ones, especially, just don’t warm to her. All this, as well as her failed health-care initiative, her vote on Iraq 2003, her sotto-voce Neo-Con instincts, her own stoop to dog-whistling via her husband in the North Carolina primary in 2008, and her recent fumblings over Mr. Sanders’ health care plans and her speaker fees are all symptomatic of profound failures of core political judgement. Lacking that, she is self-doubting, which only makes matters and tempers worse. As Democrat nominee, she is no shoe-in, even against a wild dog-whistling Republican.

A direct and determined challenge to the swirling undercurrents in the Republican primaries is therefore needed. Without that, they may well prevail by default. That may not bring “fascism” in any serious sense. But don’t imagine that the ACA, the Supreme Court, or the broader economic recovery, or global economic developments, or the tenor of public discourse and order will remain as they are.

If, as seems, the Republicans will not or cannot muster such a challenge themselves, it must come from elsewhere.

A good start would be made if moderate commentators, to use an unfortunate phrase, would start calling “a spade a spade” when discussing the dog-whistling in the Republican primaries. There is no case for commentators to pull their punches on this out of “political correctness”, especially with Republicans themselves damning such behavior. This MLK holiday would make a good starting gun for such clear consistent commentary.

But beyond that, a much better Democrat candidate is needed. My strong preference is for Michelle Obama to run. Her announcement to that effect would directly change the Trump-centered narrative of the campaign so far, would re-energize the 2008-12 Obama coalition–notably among women and the young–as no other candidate could, and would provide a path for the party to place itself into the hands of someone with formidable judgement, political reach, and brains. The fact that she has no personal ambition for the job speaks to her sanity. The fact that her view, second amendment or no, is that she would want a gun in many circumstances under due control speaks to her ability to reach out to the other side as no other candidate can. And the voice of experience, as may on occasion be needed, would be at hand, though, as on gun issues, she would not depend on it. All this would also set her up to win the nomination.

Who knows: perhaps her sense of duty and concern with national prospects will finally succeed in calling her out of her much-longed-for and much-deserved private life from 2017. In any event, I am encouraged that on this MLK holiday evening, I am not alone in respectfully calling upon her to take up the fight.

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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.

The No. 1 Reason We Struggle With Change

Our initial reaction to the unexpected is usually anything but constructive. We feel vulnerable and even threatened by the changes at hand, including those that we may have already anticipated. As a result, we tend to find ourselves in the midst of three familiar stages as we come to terms with the unknown:

1. Surprise — The first stage is surprise. No matter what’s happened or how much we may have expected the impending changes, once they take place we often find ourselves in an initial state of shock, wondering why it’s happening to us.

2. Panic — The second stage we experience is panic, which is largely focused on how the changes will impact us directly. It isn’t long before we begin to question ourselves and wonder if we are competent and able to handle what’s in store for us.

3. Blame — The third and final stage we encounter is blame. When people feel threatened, they often retreat to the safest belief system they can find. If we can point to external factors such as “unrealistic” customer demands or an unsteady economy to help justify the cause of the change, we will. This relieves us of all accountability and portrays us as a helpless victim in the matter — a very easy and convenient escape, indeed.

If you’ve experienced one or even all three of these phases when faced with change, you are certainly not alone. But the reality is that none of these stages will actually help us cope with what’s in front of us. Why? Because none of them get to the core of the real problem at hand. You see, change in and of itself is not hard to deal with. It’s our readiness for it, or perhaps even more importantly our lack thereof, that truly makes the difference. Simply put, change is only hard for the unready.

For example, imagine that you’ve been relocated for work and you have serious anxiety and stress about your new hometown. What will you do there? How will you make new friends? What if it isn’t what you thought it would be? Before going to the dark side and deeming it a bad place to live, do your research. What does the city have to offer that falls within your personal interests? Are there social groups or networking events you could get involved in to help you meet more people? What are others saying and what serves as a draw for those in the local community? Once you take a closer look, you might find your new home has more potential than you think — and all because you took the time to prepare yourself for what you could expect once you are there. The change, or the move in this case, is no longer as tough to deal with as you thought. You’ve prepared yourself and now have a better idea of what to expect, which is really how we handle life’s major changes.

It’s important to acknowledge that change comes in a variety of shapes and sizes, and some forms will certainly be easier to deal with than others. But resisting or deflecting the inevitable is nothing more than a drain on our time and talents. And when we’ve taken on this mindset and change does come our way, it’s no wonder why we feel backed into a corner or defensive. If we aren’t ready for it, how can we have the knowledge and wherewithal needed to move forward and persevere? This lack of readiness is what causes us to suffer the most during times of change.

Preparing ourselves for what’s next is a much more productive use of energy that will actually help rather than hinder us in moments of uncertainty. So how can we achieve this? My advice is to remain open-minded in times of change. Rather than viewing it as a detriment, see it as an opportunity. Consider a higher reason for why the change could be happening and trust that it’s for your own good. Instead of living in fear, consider whether or not the changes will serve as a teachable moment or make you stronger in the end. And when all else fails, drop the “c” word (change) from your vocabulary and simply reframe the situation by focusing on what’s next.

Life is full challenges. So why do we insist on making it harder than it already is? Whether we believe something to be possible or impossible — either way we are right. Working on our beliefs, staying open to what could be and leaning into change requires less energy and leads to better outcomes. Dealing with change doesn’t have to be a struggle. It’s only as tough as we make it. So let’s be kinder to ourselves and vow to be ready and willing to handle whatever 2016 has to offer for a happier, more productive new year.

I’m up for the challenge. Are you?

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Is Bipolar Still in Disorder Really the Best We Can Do?

A common refrain in the bipolar disorder community is, “I’m doing the best I can.” Every time I hear this or a similar phrase, my heart weeps. I know all too well the feeling of despair and hopelessness that comes with it. There were so many times, while in tears, I used the exact same phrase. Whenever I hear it now, I want to reach out and empathize with the person so she does not feel alone.

But at the same time I find myself conflicted. I know from my own experience, and from helping so many others, that the results we based the statement on was not the best we could do. Not by a long shot. That part of me wants to say, “You are stigmatizing yourself into accepting a life that is far less fulfilling than what you’re capable of.”

I have struggled with this conflict for many years, and I’m finally ready to go public with it. Allowing such statements to go unchallenged not only harms the person saying them but also stigmatizes everyone else into believing that the best we can do is to continue to suffer with a disordered relationship to the bipolar condition.

I wonder if my first compassionate inclination is not really compassionate at all when we consider it prolongs suffering in anyone who buys into the sentiment. The most compassionate thing is to help everyone create better outcomes so that bipolar is no longer a disordered condition and instead becomes an advantage in their lives.

It is especially disconcerting when I hear such statements from people claiming to be “experts” who are giving advice about how to deal with bipolar disorder. I know it gets them sympathetic comments and the feeling that they are relating to their audience, but aren’t they just telling their audience to accept the same limitations that they have accepted?

Whenever we use “can’t” without adding the word “yet” we are proposing a limitation that is harmful to anyone who accepts it. Appending “yet” to the word “can’t” leaves the possibility that sometime in the future we will be able to. That simple addition adds a non-stigmatizing context to the descriptions of our struggle.

The conflict for me is between the emotion we call “feeling compassionate” and the logic that says compassion should be about helping people achieve better outcomes. Better outcomes is the result of much more than just expressing sympathy to sooth their, and my own, distress.

Now that I recognize the conflict, I am looking for a way to reconcile the two and express empathy while helping others to get better results than the diminished lives they are accepting in their statement. I often come across as unsympathetic and hope that I can learn to do much better than that in the future. I have not yet mastered that and struggle every day to live up to higher expectations of myself. See how easy it is to add “yet” and what a difference it makes?

Plus, how do we know it’s the best we can do? Have we bothered to look around and find someone who is doing better? It seems that in every field besides mental health we are always looking for the best results and trying to find out how they were accomplished. In the mental health world it seems too often we are holding up poor results as an example of what people can expect to accomplish while feeding our emotional need to feel compassionate instead of doing what has the best outcome in mind. That is the very definition of stigma.

When a 4-year-old says she’s doing the best she can, don’t we challenge that and encourage her to do better? When we refuse to do that for people with bipolar disorder are we really saying they need to be coddled and not challenged when they say the same thing? I find that not just stigmatizing but insulting.

What do you think? What should we say to people who say they are doing the best they can?

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Special News Bulletin-http://www.acrx.org -As millions of Americans strive to deal with the economic downturn,loss of jobs,foreclosures,high cost of gas,and the rising cost of prescription drug cost. Charles Myrick ,the President of American Consultants Rx, announced the re-release of the American Consultants Rx community service project which consist of millions of free discount prescription cards being donated to thousands of not for profits,hospitals,schools,churches,etc. in an effort to assist the uninsured,under insured,and seniors deal with the high cost of prescription drugs.-American Consultants Rx -Pharmacy Discount Network News

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http://www.acrx.org -As millions of Americans strive to deal with the economic downturn,loss of jobs,foreclosures,high cost of gas,and the rising cost of prescription drug cost. Charles Myrick ,the President of American Consultants Rx, announced the re-release of the American Consultants Rx community service project which consist of millions of free discount prescription cards being donated to thousands of not for profits,hospitals,schools,churches,etc. in an effort to assist the uninsured,under insured,and seniors deal with the high cost of prescription drugs.

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.

15 New Years Resolutions Happy Couples Make

If you want a healthier year in your relationship, you need to start with clear intentions. Without a clear vision- how can you know where you’re going?

I outlined 15 of the intentions I wish more of my couples kept in focus throughout the year to help you and your love stay close and connected all year long.

1. Express gratitude openly

If you do nothing else, saying thank you (with feeling) more often will strengthen your connection. The more specific you can be the better. Try “I love that I can always count on your to take out the trash, you are super reliable with that.” instead of “thanks for helping with the house.”

Seriously, this one tiny practice has turned around so many of my couples in the last seven years. Just set a few minutes aside to share some gratitude with your sweetie each day. Try it tonight!

2. Give them the benefit of the doubt

When we’ve got resentment building we start assuming we know what goes through our partners’ head- and we assume the worst. But the more we assume without asking the further the distance grows between us.

When they don’t respond we think “they never listen” (or worse) instead of “they must not have heard me.” Increase the kindness in your relationship by starting with a baseline of trust and goodwill- challenge yourself to give them the benefit of the doubt.

3. Invest in your friendships

Being good friends with your partner is a really good thing. Friendship is a strong foundation for relationship success. But having your partner as your only source of support increases the pressure on your partnership.

Strengthen your relationship by creating a wider circle of support. Invest in each of your individual friendships for your (and your relationship’s) well-being this year.

4. Move your body

Regular movement is key to happiness. Get out for a walk, try a new sport, or take your sweetie dancing. Your relationship will be better for it.

5. Be fully present for your kisses

When a relationship begins we usually give our full presence and attention to our sweetheart- but over time we start getting lazy. Practice presence by giving your kisses the full attention they deserve this year.

6. Say I love you

Simple.

7. Apologize

Apologize for the mistakes you’ve made or the hurts you’ve caused. Acknowledge your behavior and the impact you made on your sweetheart. Create a plan to do things differently next time- and then follow through.

8. Let them off the hook

Is there something you are still holding on to that you need to let go? Take a breath and wish it well as you move into the future with your sweetie. Let them off the hook.

9. Forgive yourself

Now that you’ve apologized, let yourself off the hook. Forgive yourself for making mistakes- it’s only human. Move forward without the weight of that worry.

10. Try something new

Sit down and make a relationship bucket list- all the things you dream of doing together. And then start checking it off. Ther’s plenty to do together to keep things fresh.

11. Offer support

Challenge yourself to offer help more often this year. Ask your partner what you can do to make their life easier. Then follow through.

12. Share your dreams

Couples who dream together make their dreams reality. Share your dreams and big ideas, brainstorm, and get their support. Make shared dreaming a part of your weekly date night.

13. Adventure

Go somewhere new- a new park, a different restaurant, another country together this year. Learning and adventuring together makes couples stronger. Start now.

14. Prioritize self-care

You cannot love well if you are not well. Couples who report satisfaction in their relationships invest in self-care and support each other in taking good care of themselves. How can you support your partner’s self-care this year?

15. Create a shared vision

Without a clear vision you can’t move toward your dreams. Start future tripping together. Make a vision board of your future and get clear about what you want to be and who you want to be with each other.

Click to download a printable copy to keep your intentions handy all year.

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When Your Knees Hit the Floor: Dealing With Guilt After a Suicide

Since writing a book about losing my brother to suicide, I’ve had the privilege of talking to a couple of book clubs. Yesterday I did a Q&A with a one over FaceTime. It was a great group of women who were friendly and engaged. They had prepared insightful questions and made me feel welcome, even though I was kind of awkward and super nervous. I can’t shake the belief that I’m rubbish in person. I think a lot of writers feel this way. Like, I’m happy to respond to any questions you have, just give me six months to write 15 drafts of my answer. But overall (I think) I managed to sound coherent. Until one woman asked, “How do you deal with the feelings of guilt and helplessness?”

That shut me right up.

You see, this club lost one of their members to suicide last year. They were right there in it, in the messiest, stickiest part of grief.

I floundered. There was a lot of “Ummmm,” and “Wow, that’s a good question,” and a few ramblings about grief as evidence of deep love. I finally said I needed more time to think about it, and asked if I could email them my response. “I want to give you guys a really good answer,” I said.

The problem was that I already knew the answer, and I was worried that it was crappy. Nearly 12 years out from my own loss, I still want to believe there’s something we can do to escape all that pain. There should be a handbook, a manual, or at least a list of helpful suggestions. I know there are a few things we can try: We can read books about grieving; we can talk to our friends and family about what we’re feeling; we can pray, or meditate, or go for walks in quiet places; we can volunteer with suicide prevention efforts. These are all things I did, and they helped, some. But the truth is that the only way to deal with guilt and helplessness is to feel them, to let them soften us, to let them be part of our grief, and to be as gentle with ourselves as possible.

It’s awful. It’s really, really uncomfortable. It hurts. It takes a long time. And it isn’t fair.

All last night I pouted and grumbled about it. I didn’t want to be the bearer of this shitty news. I wanted to be the hero, the sage, the one who knows where all the land mines are buried in the field of grief and, most important, how to dig them up safely. Then I remembered a quote that one of the other women shared at the end of our meeting, from the author Marianne Williamson.

“Something very beautiful happens to people when their world has fallen apart: a humility, a nobility, a higher intelligence emerges at just the point when our knees hit the floor.”

And I realized, “Who am I to stop anyone’s knees from hitting the floor?” The intent — to decrease someone’s suffering — is pure, but the action robs survivors of the validation their grief needs. The most powerful, most helpful thing I know to do is to tell the truth, even when it isn’t what I want it to be. I also remembered that when you stop trying to chase away the guilt and the hopelessness, they have room to become kindness and compassion. When you give them space, they can lead you to empathy and love.

Your knees are going to hurt like hell. You’re going to think you might never stand up again. But you will.

I hope this answers her question.

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Progressive Democrats Met Secretly With Iranian Diplomat In December

WASHINGTON — In early December, six House Democrats traveled to New York for an under-the-radar meeting with Iran’s U.N. Ambassador Gholamali Khoshroo. The topic: Four Americans being detained by Iran.

Notified the night before that Khoshroo would make time to meet with the members during their United Nations visit, Rep. Jared Huffman, a Democrat of California, immediately hopped on a plane. When Huffman arrived, his House colleagues handed the platform over to him.

Sitting in the room with Khoshroo — who joined the meeting unaccompanied by any staff — Huffman, and other members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, got straight to the point: Iran needed to release Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian, former U.S. Marine Amir Hekmati, Christian pastor Saeed Abedini and retired FBI agent Robert Levinson. The latter has yet to released and his whereabouts remain unknown.  

Huffman represents California’s 2nd congressional district, which includes Marin County — where Rezaian and his brother Ali, who has led the push for Rezaian’s release, were born and raised.

“I flew to New York specifically for that part of the [day’s] meetings,” Huffman told The Huffington Post on Sunday — one day after the U.S. secured the release of Rezaian and three other Americans, including Nosratollah Khosrawi-Roodsari, whose imprisonment was not reported previously. 

“My points were very direct,” Huffman continued. “I basically explained that even the most progressive members of Congress were not going to let go of this issue of the wrongly imprisoned Americans, and it was going to be impossible to improve relations as long as they arbitrarily rounded up and imprisoned journalists.”

The tone of the roughly 30-minute meeting, which included Reps. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.), Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.), Suzanne Bonamici (D-Ore.), and Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), was “positive,” according to a source in the room. Huffman described Khoshroo as a “quiet,” and “not particularly warm or engaging” man, but he left the conversation with hope.

One week prior, Huffman and Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Mich.) met with Swiss Ambassador to Iran Giulio Haas. From those two back-to-back meetings, Huffman saw a trend emerge. Both officials were hinting at a “choreography” between the impending implementation day on which the U.S. — in line with the nuclear deal — would lift sanctions related to Iran’s nuclear program, and when the prisoners would finally be released.

“[Khoshoo] reaffirmed, to some extent for me, that while some people thought the Iranian election was the key factor in the release of the prisoners, and that we would have to wait until after that election, implementation day was a much more significant event,” Huffman said. Iran’s election isn’t until the end of February.

Setting up the meeting with Khoshroo wasn’t easy; it took months, Huffman said, but gave him the chance to ask the ambassador to take his message “directly to the supreme leader” — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.

According to Huffman, Khoshroo said he and “President Rouhani thought very highly of Jason and wanted to see Jason released.” The issue, Huffman said, was that there appeared to be some “internal politics at play,” specifically “division within the Iranian government, and the fact that hardliners in the revolutionary guard were driving the contingent imprisonment of all these innocent Americans.”

Huffman said in his conversation late last year with Swiss ambassador Haaus, he came to realize how “advanced” the discussions over the prisoner exchange were, and that “significant proposal and counter proposals had been made.”

As it became steadily clear everyone was moving forward though, Huffman said, negotiators knew Rezaian would become less “politically valuable” to the hardliners.  

While the meeting focused on the Americans imprisoned by Iran, other concerns were raised by the members in attendance. Khoshroo and the members discussed the interest in Syria’s civil war by their two countries. Lawmakers also drew a hard line on Israel, expressing their strong support.

The six members told Khoshroo that Iran’s backing of Hamas and Hezbollah, and “recurring anti-Semitic rhetoric” from its leaders, were “major impediments” to forging a better relationship. That “behavior” the members said needed to change, according to the source in the room.

The source said Khoshroo made one brief comment that “negative rhetoric from folks on the right made diplomacy more difficult for [Iran],” which believes a majority of Congress is filled with hardliners who oppose diplomacy. Indeed, the Republican Party, which controls the House and the Senate, unanimously opposed last year’s nuclear agreement with Iran. That’s why the progressive members wanted “direct parliamentary dialogue” of their own to send a “strong” message that they supported diplomacy efforts and improving relations with Iran from the beginning.

The nature of the meeting, the source added, was “fundamentally different” than those between the State Department and Iranian negotiators because it was more about advocacy, and offered the perspective of members.

Now, six weeks after that meeting, the freed Rezaian, Abedini and Hekmati, arrived in Geneva on Sunday. The fourth freed American citizen, Khosrawi-Roodsari, was not on the flight.

Describing the emotions he felt after getting news from the White House the day prior about the release, Huffman said a wave of “elation, relief — great relief” fell over him.

“There were a lot of false starts and false hopes, but something about the timing, again in light of the conversations, felt real this time,” he said. “Everything is not fixed, but certainly events like this and the successful return of our 10 sailors build the kind of normalcy and confidence that can help improve relations.”

Jessica Schulberg contributed reporting.

CORRECTION: A previous version of this story incorrectly identified Rep. Mike Thompson (D-Calif.) as one of the lawmakers who met with Khoshroo.

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http://www.acrx.org -As millions of Americans strive to deal with the economic downturn,loss of jobs,foreclosures,high cost of gas,and the rising cost of prescription drug cost. Charles Myrick ,the President of American Consultants Rx, announced the re-release of the American Consultants Rx community service project which consist of millions of free discount prescription cards being donated to thousands of not for profits,hospitals,schools,churches,etc. in an effort to assist the uninsured,under insured,and seniors deal with the high cost of prescription drugs.

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.

Happy People Tend To Value Time Over Money

Meet Maggie and Tina.

Maggie is willing to work longer hours in exchange for a fatter paycheck. Tina is willing to take a smaller paycheck so she can work less and have more free time.

Now that we’re all acquainted, who do you think you are more like: Maggie or Tina?

Researchers used questions like this to figure out what people valued more – time or money – and whether that preference affected an individual’s overall well-being. 

Turns out, it does.

According to a study involving more than 4,600 participants recently published by the Society of Personality and Social Psychology, people who value their time more than their money tend to be happier than those who value their money more than their time.

To figure this out, researchers from the University of British Columbia surveyed working American adults, students at the University of British Columbia, and adults visiting a Vancouver science museum who volunteered to participate in the questioning.

Slightly more than half of respondents valued their time over money, and, on average, those individuals were also more likely to report higher levels of happiness than those who valued money over time.

“Imagine that the world is made up of Tinas and Maggies,” Ashley Whillans, the study’s lead author, told The Huffington Post.

“We’re seeing that the Tinas of the world are walking around a little happier than the Maggies of the world because they are making everyday decisions that lead them to prioritize time over money.”

The participants’ income and gender did not affect their answers, although the researchers note that the study did not include participants living at the poverty level, who may need to prioritize money in order to survive.


Setting Up The Surveys

Each survey included at least one trade-off question that involved a major life decision (like the one at the top of this article) in order to determine the individual’s overall preference of time or money.

Participants were then given a series of questions that involved more mundane, everyday decisions, such as if they were willing to drive farther to a cheaper gas station, or settle for a closer, more expensive option. Another survey entered the participants into a lottery, where they were asked to choose between two prizes: $ 50 cash or a $ 120 voucher for a time-saving service, such as housecleaning.

The answers to these questions were then compared to how the participants rated their general happiness or well-being at the start of the survey. 

While the results show that valuing time is linked to greater levels of happiness, Whillans said more research needs to be done to strengthen that connection.


The Takeaway

Whillans said she hopes the study’s findings will inspire people to sacrifice money if it means more time to do things that will make them happier in the long run.

“All these kinds of everyday and major life decisions often require a trade-off between time or money that most people don’t always recognize,” Whillans said.

“Having more free time is likely more important than having more money,” Whillans said in a statement. ”Even giving up a few hours of a paycheck to volunteer at a food bank may have more bang for your buck in making you feel happier.”

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11 Tweaks to Your Morning Routine Will Make Your Entire Day More Productive

I don’t know anyone who couldn’t use a little boost in their energy and self-control.

Researchers at the University of Nottingham recently published findings from their exploration of 83 separate studies on energy and self-control. What they found will change the way you start your day.

The researchers found that self-control and energy are not only intricately linked but also finite, daily resources that tire much like a muscle. Even though we don’t always realize it, as the day goes on, we have increased difficulty exerting self-control and focusing on our work. As self-control wears out, we feel tired and find tasks to be more difficult and our mood sours.

This exhaustion of self-control kills your productivity, and it makes the morning hours, when self-control is highest, the most important hours of the day.

But the trick isn’t just to spend your morning hours working; it’s to do the right things in the morning that will make your energy and self-control last as long as possible.

“For the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: ‘If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?'” And whenever the answer has been ‘No’ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.”

– Steve Jobs

The Nottingham research has led me to uncover ways we can break bad habits in the morning and maximize our energy and self-control throughout the day.

Whether you naturally wake up feeling alert and productive or wake up with the brainpower of a zombie, these tips will help you transform your morning routine and set a positive tone that lasts the entire day.

Start with exercise. Researchers at the University of Bristol found that people who exercise during the workday have more energy and a more positive outlook, which are both critical to getting things done. Getting your body moving for as little as 10 minutes releases GABA, a neurotransmitter that makes your brain feel soothed and keeps you in control of your impulses. Exercising first thing in the morning ensures that you’ll have the time for it, and it improves your self-control and energy levels all day long.

But drink some lemon water first. Drinking lemon water as soon as you wake up spikes your energy levels physically and mentally. Lemon water gives you steady, natural energy that lasts the length of the day by improving nutrient absorption in your stomach. You need to drink it first thing in the morning (on an empty stomach) to ensure full absorption. You should also wait 15-30 minutes after drinking it before eating (perfect time to squeeze in some exercise). Lemons are packed with nutrients; they’re chock full of potassium, vitamin C, and antioxidants. If you’re under 150 pounds, drink the juice of half a lemon (a full lemon if you’re over 150 pounds). Don’t drink the juice without water because it’s hard on your teeth.

No screen time until breakfast. When you dive straight into e-mails, texts, and Facebook, you lose focus and your morning succumbs to the wants and needs of other people. It’s much healthier to take those precious first moments of the day to do something relaxing that sets a calm, positive tone for your day. Jumping right into electronics has the opposite effect — it’s a frantic way to start your day. Exercising, meditating, or even watching the birds out the window are all great ways to start the day.

Eat a real breakfast. Eating anything at all for breakfast puts you ahead of a lot of people. People who eat breakfast are less likely to be obese, they have more stable blood-sugar levels, and they tend to be less hungry over the course of the day. And these are just the statistics for people who eat any breakfast. When you eat a healthy breakfast, the doors to a productive day swing wide open. A healthy breakfast gives you energy, improves your short-term memory, and helps you to concentrate more intensely and for longer periods.

Set goals for the day. Research shows that having concrete goals is correlated with huge increases in confidence and feelings of control. Setting goals specific to the day puts everything into motion. Narrow your goals down to a few achievable ones that can easily be broken down into steps. Vague goals such as “I want to finish writing my article” are counter-productive because they fail to include the “how” of things. The same goal re-phrased in a more functional way would read something like this: “I am going to finish my article by writing each of the three sections, spending no more than an hour on each section.” Now, you have more than simply something you want to achieve — you have a way to achieve it.

Getting your morning started off right at home is important, but it’s only half the battle. If you fail to maintain that tone once you set foot in the office, your morning can lose momentum quickly. Here’s how you can maintain a productive tone once you hit the office:

First, clean your workspace. Even though it’s a pain to clean right when you get into work, it makes a big difference to your ability to concentrate. A Princeton University study found that people who worked in a clean workspace out-performed those who worked in a cluttered one because clutter pulls your attention away from your work. In fact, the effects of clutter on concentration are not all that different from the effects of multi-tasking.

No e-mail until you’ve eaten three frogs. “Eating a frog” is the greatest antidote to procrastination, and the most productive people know the importance of biting into this delicacy first thing in the morning. In other words, spend your morning on something that requires a high level of concentration that you don’t want to do, and you’ll get it done in short order. Make a habit of eating three frogs before you check your e-mail because e-mail is a major distraction that enables procrastination and wastes precious mental energy.

“Eat a live frog first thing in the morning, and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.”

– Mark Twain

Assign times to your to-do list, and monitor your progress against your goals. There’s no point in setting goals in the morning if you don’t check in on them. Look at what you’ve done so far with a critical eye. If you realize you’re behind schedule or doing a shoddy job, it’s important to adjust your goals or your work ethic so that you can move intentionally through your day.

Keep morning meetings on schedule. Meetings are the biggest time waster there is, and they can ruin an otherwise productive morning. People who use their mornings effectively know that a meeting will drag on forever if they let it, so they inform everyone at the onset that they’ll stick to the intended schedule. This sets a limit that motivates everyone to be more focused and efficient. Keep your morning meetings on time, and your entire day will stay on track.

Don’t multitask. Multi-tasking in the morning — when you have lots to do, tons of energy, and it feels like you can do two or three things at once — is tempting, but it sets your whole day back. Research conducted at Stanford University confirmed that multitasking is less productive than doing a single thing at a time. The researchers found that people who are regularly bombarded with several streams of electronic information cannot pay attention, recall information, or switch from one job to another as well as those who complete one task at a time.

But what if some people have a special gift for multitasking? The Stanford researchers compared groups of people based on their tendency to multitask and their belief that it helps their performance. They found that heavy multi-taskers (those who multitask a lot and feel that it boosts their performance) were actually worse at multitasking than those who like to do a single thing at a time. The frequent multi-taskers performed worse because they had more trouble organizing their thoughts and filtering out irrelevant information, and they were slower at switching from one task to another. Ouch!

Multitasking reduces your efficiency and performance because your brain can only focus adequately on one thing at a time. When you try to do two things at once, your brain lacks the capacity to perform both tasks successfully.

Finally, say no. No is a powerful word that will protect your precious mornings. When it’s time to say no, avoid phrases such as “I don’t think I can” or “I’m not certain.” Saying no to a new commitment honors your existing commitments and gives you the opportunity to successfully fulfill them while your mind is fresh. Research conducted at the University of California in San Francisco showed that the more difficulty that you have saying no, the more likely you are to experience stress, burnout, and even depression. Learn to use no, and it will lift your mood as well as your productivity.

Bringing it all together

The right morning routine can make your day, every day. The trick is to be intentional about your mornings, understanding that a.m. hours are precious and should be handled with care.

What do you do in the morning to start your day off right? 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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The Sanders Difference

Bernie Sanders’s surge in recent national polls, and hints he might win both the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primaries, have brought inevitable comparisons to an insurgent candidate whose enthusiastic young supporters took Hillary Clinton by surprise eight years ago. But Barak Obama’s 2008 campaign is not the right comparison. Sanders’s campaign is a very different kind, with deeper potential and a different measure of success.

Sanders is running on ideas and policies. Deep, institutionalized inequality is the country’s biggest problem in his view – from gaps in wealth and income to racialized policing and incarceration. The responses are policies that buttress and expand the middle class, protect workers from insecurity and exploitation, and open learning and training to everyone. Sanders argues that economic power and political power are closely linked, and that both need to be widely shared for democracy to work. This means, he argues, a redistribution of effective citizenship from organized money to organized people.

Sanders calls this socialism. It’s extraordinary to older heads that a majority of Democrats and young people now report a positive attitude toward this idea, but maybe it shouldn’t be so surprising. For most of the last 100-plus years in much of the developed world, the parties of democratic socialism have stood for economic security, the dignity of work, and the need to understand the link between economic power and political power. They have offered the most robust and convincing definition of citizenship in a complex economy. In the US, the word was anathema mainly because it was associated with the Soviets’ undemocratic, unequal, and frequently brutal regime, and the copies that the Russians imposed on their communist empire. In Western Europe, though, democratic socialism remained a great tradition. As Cold War memories fade and economic inequality grows, it isn’t so strange that the US should catch up with the rest of the North Atlantic. Anyway, as anyone who listens to Sanders knows, much of his “socialism” is updated New Deal and Great Society liberalism – a comfortably American tradition that has been under attack for four decades and badly needs a full-throated revival.

The Sanders campaign, if it succeeds, will build both a movement and a cohort – a political generation – around the ideas and policies of this new American socialism. The voters, the networks, and above all the ideas that the campaign is cultivating will remain for other candidates to tap and develop, at all levels of government, from city councils and state legislatures to presidential elections.

This is very different from anything Barak Obama did. The first Obama campaign was an instant mass movement. In Durham, North Carolina, to take one example, there was an active local Obama group, canvassing and registering voters, well before the official campaign showed up. Anyone who participated in the 2008 campaign can remember the heartfelt sense of being part of something, of moving history a little.

But the Obama campaigns were ultimately about the candidate: his intelligence, charisma, integrity, and almost preternatural rhetorical gifts. After the long darkness of the Bush years, he brought alive the wish for progress, solidarity, and unity around a better version of the country. Nothing he said was unfamiliar; it was just that he said – embodied it – so well.

Those campaigns gave a generation knowledge of how a movement feels, but not what a movement is. Viewed hopefully, the Sanders campaign is the next stage of maturation in a rebirth of American progressivism. This time, people understand that no personality, however compelling, can ever change a country. Youthful progressive politics is growing up.

This is why the efforts to identify “Bernie’s charisma” – plain talk! half-remembered Jewish grandfathers! – is thankfully misplaced. It’s not that he entirely lacks charisma, but that – unlike in 2008 – charisma is not the key to the campaign.

Better points of comparison are the ideas-based campaigns of the New Right. Barry Goldwater lost badly to LBJ in 1964, but sixteen years later his anti-government program had taken over much of the Republican party, and Ronald Reagan rode Goldwater’s ideas to power in 1980. For real analogues on the left, you have to go back to earlier in the twentieth century, when Progressive reformers worked in cities, statehouses, unions, courtrooms, and universities to build an alternative to the concentrated economic power and laissez-faire political cant of the first Gilded Age. These ideas finally rode into Washington, and then back out into the countryside, with the New Deal, which drew on generations of intellectual work, policy experiment, and movement building.

Sanders supporters are often accused, like Trump’s, of being irascible and self-indulgent – flocking to the guy who shouts the loudest. Overall, this is just wrong. This campaign doesn’t end in Iowa, South Carolina, or even on Inauguration Day, because it isn’t foremost about “the Bern” at all. It’s about rebuilding a progressive politics in which ideas matter, and people mobilize year in and year out for a more just and inclusive future, though candidates come and go. Mobilized people are learning to take the candidate as their vehicle, not the other way around. That is what democracy looks like, when it is worth fighting to build.

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SPECIAL NEWS BULLETIN!-http://www.acrx.org -As millions of Americans strive to deal with the economic downturn,loss of jobs,foreclosures,high cost of gas,and the rising cost of prescription drug cost. Charles Myrick ,the President of American Consultants Rx, announced the re-release of the American Consultants Rx community service project which consist of millions of free discount prescription cards being donated to thousands of not for profits,hospitals,schools,churches,etc. in an effort to assist the uninsured,under insured,and seniors deal with the high cost of prescription drugs.-American Consultants Rx -Pharmacy Discount Network News-
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http://www.acrx.org -As millions of Americans strive to deal with the economic downturn,loss of jobs,foreclosures,high cost of gas,and the rising cost of prescription drug cost. Charles Myrick ,the President of American Consultants Rx, announced the re-release of the American Consultants Rx community service project which consist of millions of free discount prescription cards being donated to thousands of not for profits,hospitals,schools,churches,etc. in an effort to assist the uninsured,under insured,and seniors deal with the high cost of prescription drugs.

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.

Too Much, Too Soon…

I’m sitting here in my long-sleeve t-shirt and boxers in my basement writing this. I used to write these at my office, wearing more clothing, before it flooded on December 26. At first, I thought it would be a seamless transition. My equipment is set-up, working flawlessly, and my commute is so much quicker, clocking in at a paltry two flights of stairs.

That is, until, I went by the office yesterday to get rid of some papers and a bit of furniture that needed to be moved out. As I walked through the building, around the workers putting finishing touches on the drywall and baseboards, I realized that from the time the waters flowed in until that moment yesterday, I had never actually grieved for the loss of my space.

As I walked through the building, I saw what was no longer going to be for me, and a wave of sadness washed over me that I didn’t quite expect. I steeled myself as I walked out the door. “It all happened for a reason,” I kept saying to myself, hoping it would make a dent.

I say that to myself a lot to endure bad things in my life, but sometimes no matter how much I want to believe in my own words, they ring hollow.

It’s been a rough three weeks, and not just for me, but for so many people. It started with the flood, and it went downhill from there. In St. Louis, where I’m from, Rams owner Stan Kroenke took a figurative and almost literal dump on our town by not just moving the Rams back to LA, but pulling a scorched earth, “No team could survive in St. Louis” statement.

It was a shrewd move being able to tell other owners, “Look, fellas, I just laid a Cleveland Steamer on an entire city. If you force me to go back there, I’m a dead man…a really wealthy dead man who could have made you a shit-ton of money by moving to LA. Whaddya say? Amiright?”

But what has really been the worst of all is what cancer has done to so many beloved people. Look how many stars have died since Christmas: David Bowie. Lemmy Kilmister. René Angélil. Grizzly Freaking Adams.

Alan Rickman. That one hurt a lot. We watched The Half Blood Prince last night in honor of what will be remembered as one of the most beloved characters of my children’s childhood.

But the especially hard ones are those to whom we have a personal connection. Charles Rohde, a World War II veteran and dad to a dear friend. Laura Wiley, a mom, a wife, and a woman who touched literally every person she met. We became friends over the last year, and she never failed to encourage me to keep going with telling stories about people with cancer.

So what do you do when you’re surrounded with sadness, regret, and maybe even a tinge of bitterness?

For me…I’m going to suck the marrow out of the pain.

I’m a firm believer that “grief pain” is an affirmation that you’re still here and you still have tales to tell, especially about those who no longer can. The question now becomes, “What’s the best way to let it out?”

Well, I’m a cryer from time to time. A Bach song or a good Mazda commercial is enough to send me over the edge. For starters, I’m going to turn to Adele. For the past two days, I’ve watched her pull off the most ridiculously awesome version of Monster by Nicki Minaj on James Corden’s Late Late Show. It consistently puts a smile on my face. But I’m going to switch from watching the Queen conquer to When We Were Young from her appearance on SNL, which is actually incredibly appropriate considering the circumstances.

And then, for a gut wrenching, snot exploding, wailing and gnashing of teeth eruption, I’m going to pop in What Dreams May Come, now made all the more impactful knowing that Robin Williams is no longer alive.

And I’m not going to do this in front of anyone. It’s going to be me alone, probably at 2:30am some morning when the mood finally hits that I need to let it go.

And what I have figured out for me is that I do have to let things go. When I was younger, I was that typical boy who would take the pain and crunch it and squash it and mash it and fold it and bury it down deep until it was no more. But as I’ve gotten older, I know now that this sort of pain may lay dormant for a long time, but it does revisit you, especially when you least expect it, and until you deal and you vent and you drop the baggage, it’s like actual baggage.

When is that last time you actually threw away a suitcase? It’s not easy. They’re bulky.

I’m not saying this will work for you, and I’m not saying that this will be an end of grief. Just last night, I learned that Chris Mortensen from ESPN, maybe the most dogged NFL analyst ever, has been diagnosed with Stage IV throat cancer. As a former sports guy for the Steve and DC Radio Show, I’ve followed him for years and have a tremendous amount of respect for him.

Though I won’t know when he’ll be coming back on the air for ESPN, as I’m boycotting the N F-ing L for a while.

The punches never stop coming, and while we always keep fighting, eventually we’re not going to be able to defend an onslaught. But I think I’ve learned that it’s okay to stay down for the ten-count and embrace the knockout.

It’s only from the ashes does the phoenix rise again.

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For all of you who have read my book, The Half Book: He’s Taking His Ball and Going Home, I’m so grateful to you. For those who haven’t, if you’d like an unvarnished, painfully humorous look at what a 29 year old “boy” dealt with through a cancer diagnosis, treatment, and aftermath, order your copy here!

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The Truth About How to Become a Morning Person

By Brian Sabin

The ringing of an alarm clock can be a dreadful sound, aggressively yanking people out of a deep sleep. Some folks, however, are spared the jarring noise. The morning person naturally wakes up feeling refreshed, alert, and ready to start the day. It’s a lifestyle preference, many believe, but science says otherwise. Whether or not you can become a morning person has little to do with choice and a lot to do with your DNA, or more specifically, your chronotype.

“It’s not too long ago that the chronotype was a very vague concept. It basically was how you felt about yourself–whether you felt you were a morning person or an evening person,” says Nick Littlehales, advisor on sleep to several corporations and professional sports teams and founder of SportSleepCoach.com.

One of the leading scientists examining chronotypes is Till Roenneberg, Ph.D., of Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich, Germany. In the mid-2000s, he and his staff examined the sleep-wake times of more than 55,000 people. They found within that group, small sets of people followed pretty extreme schedules–night owls preferred to go to bed as late as 5 a.m., which is about the same time that very early wakers (described as larks) get up. The majority of people went to sleep sometime between 11 p.m. and 1 a.m., waking between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m.

Roenneberg and his team used those findings to develop an algorithm that helps people determine their own personal chronotype through an online survey. Try it yourself here if you’d like. More than 250,000 others have, and their results show that, for the most part, humans are very much timed to rise with the sun. Roenneberg says that, within any time zone, there’s a noticeable trend in which people’s preferred sleep schedule becomes slightly later from east to west.

“The mid-point in [respondents’] sleep durations moves with longitudes,” Roenneberg says. “So let’s say the average midpoint on the eastern border of a time zone was a 4 a.m. If you moved one longitude line to the west, it would be 4:04 a.m., and then 4:08 a.m. in the next. Four minutes is how long the sun takes to cross a longitude [line]. “I would have predicted a strong influence of dawn and dusk, but that was astounding,” Roenneberg says.

Related: The Dangers of Accumulating Sleep Debt

Researchers at the Institute of Physiology at the Czech Academy of Sciences in Prague took this intriguing investigation a step further in 2013. Using elements of the questionnaire created by Roenneberg and his colleagues, the Czech team identified six larks and six owls, then took saliva and mucous membrane samples from every person at four-hour intervals. Those samples showed significant differences between the two groups in their levels of melatonin (a hormone that helps induce rest) and in their activity of RNA proteins Per1 and Per2, which play important roles in maintaining a person’s circadian rhythm. Simply put, the late-nighters and early-risers were distinct at a hormonal and cellular level.

To understand what all of this means to you, consider that our daily lives are ruled by two clocks. One is probably best represented by our alarm clock, which rings each day at a time we choose–or more likely, was chosen for us by outside circumstances like work, kids, or a great yoga instructor who for some reason schedules her classes for 6:00 a.m. Roenneberg calls this our “social clock.”

The second clock–our circadian rhythm–is more subtle but very real. This body clock is primarily controlled by the suprachiasmatic nuclei (SCN) within your hypothalamus, but scientists believe that nearly every cell in your body can influence it. That’s why sleep experts, doctors, and others recommend that in the evening you avoid blue light–the type generated by computer, tablet or smartphone screens like the one you’re probably reading this story on right now. Your cells interpret blue light to mean that it’s daytime, and tell the body to up its serotonin and decrease melatonin so feel more wakeful.

In an ideal world, your social clock would mirror your body clock, ensuring that you get sufficient sleep, wake naturally (without the use of an alarm clock), and feel fully awake as you go about your day. When those clocks don’t align, such as when a person with a late chronotype has to wake up for a job with an early morning start time, the result is what Roenneberg and others describe as “social jetlag.” The jetlag comparison is apt, researchers say, because a person who’s out of sync with his or her chronotype will typically get insufficient sleep throughout the week, then try to make up for it by following their more natural schedule on weekends.

Related: Try this 10-Day Meditation Challenge with Dr. Deepak Chopra

Social jetlag is minimal to nonexistent in people who follow the same sleep-wake schedule on weekends as they do on weekdays. But it has a pronounced negative effect on others, especially late-nighters trying to muscle their way through a day job. A 2006 study by Roenneberg and his peers found that late chronotypes with higher amounts of social jetlag consumed more caffeinated beverages, were more likely to smoke, and reported feeling more exhausted during the week. More recent research from Roenneberg indicates a possible link between social jetlag and obesity, as people who reported greater differences between their preferred and actual sleep schedule tended to have higher Body Mass Indexes (BMIs).

There is a bright side to this seemingly dark news: You can reduce the negative health effects of social jetlag and, perhaps, eliminate them entirely. Roenneberg and his team have been working with certain employers to adjust work start times, and found encouraging results.

“We recently redistributed shift-workers according to their chronotype, and found that this gives them up to one hour more sleep on workdays and reduced the amount of compensatory sleep on their free days,” Roenneberg says. That’s not just an added bonus employees, but also it boosts productivity. Well-rested workers are more likely to think clearly when they’re on the job.

Another solution is to adjust your light exposure during the day. Ideally this would mean allowing more sun and sky into our workspaces. “If we would achieve more natural light in buildings, the amount of social jet-lag would be greatly reduced,” Roenneberg says. If you can’t convince your boss to move you to the corner office with floor-to-ceiling windows, try escaping for a short walk at lunch. Exercise has been shown to improve sleep quality, and the dose of sunshine will help keep your body on its natural schedule.

To take part in Roenneberg’s survey and learn more about your personal chronotype, visit the Munich Chronotype Questionnaire.

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Memo to Bernie Re: Tonight


MEMO

January 17. 2016

TO: Bernie Sanders, Socialist

FROM: Arnold Steinberg, Republican Strategist

RE: Tonight’s Debate

It’s highly unlikely you will win the Democratic nomination. But I hope you do. In a general election, you will be this generation’s George McGovern. I still remember when voters, including disaffected Democrats and a majority of independents, saw McGovern as the loony-tunes who would give their hard-earned money to able-bodied Americans who chose not to work. You are an aging white ideologue who will properly be perceived not as a savior of America’s middle class but as a radical who will destroy it. Even for a nation that under President Obama has moved so far to the Left, you will be seen as offering no hope and no change.

It’s not a good sign when Saturday Night Live already parodies a leftist like you. Larry David will make you into a lunatic. And in general election debates when you’re challenged to defend your utopia, you’ll stumble, because you’re a clueless Marxist.

Hardened feminists will see you as an older white guy (all of six years older than Hillary) who stopped the course of human history. It is, they feel, destiny for a woman to become president, and you would have stolen the nomination and thus deprived Hillary of what is rightfully hers. In disgust, some will stay home in November. And don’t expect Hillary to campaign for you. She will not be your running mate unless her 23-and-me DNA suggests that your health is worse than hers.

On the subject of health, I watched your spokesman explain how workers, through higher payroll taxes, will “pay” for “free health care.” Once younger voters realize they will pay for all your “free stuff,” many will not vote for grandpa. And if Donald Trump found Jeb Bush to be “low energy,” wait until the millennials see you campaigning among your peers at an old-age home. They’ll wonder why you don’t just stay there.

Trump has it right. You made a fool of yourself when you let Black Lives Matter steal your microphone. Get some testosterone to bring you up to Hillary’s level. Nearly a half century ago, the president of San Francisco State College stood up to some Black Power protestors. The image of this short guy pulling the wires from the loudspeakers on the protestors ‘van went, as they now would say, “viral” and he ended up being elected to the U.S. Senate. On second thought, you are so far gone that the FDA would never approve the mega-dosage of T for you to be credible in our predatory world.

But if you are not the nominee, you might bloody Hillary, perhaps starting tonight. You are gaining in national polls, and victories in Iowa and New Hampshire could give you momentum. Moreover, if Hillary encounters headwinds, you might poll better in general election polls than she does, an illusion suggesting your viability in November. The resulting synergy would further boost your primary election polling.

Chelsea Clinton has imprudently attacked you as an opponent of Medicare. “I don’t want to live in a country that has an unequal health system,” Chelsea said. “So I don’t want to empower Republican governors to take away Medicaid, take away health insurance for low income and middle income working Americans and I think very much that’s what Sen. Sanders’ plan would do.”

What a stupid maneuver, because (a) it lowered Chelsea into attack mode; (b) it is implausible and thus (c) it gives you the moral high ground. Hillary will not repudiate Chelsea, so Hillary will lose credibility. You will look like an Elder Statesman. Indeed, in response to Chelsea’s attack, you released a photo of you and Hillary. She inscribes the 1993 photo “To Bernie Sanders with thanks for your commitment to real health care access for all Americans.” Perhaps you’ll use the photo tonight as a prop. You look somewhat older, but Hillary has really aged.
“I have never run a negative radio or television ad in my life,” you said the other day while campaigning in New Hampshire. ” It is my very strong hope that I never will.” That’s not exactly a Sherman-like statement about negative campaigning. And, fortunately for you, Hillary now is running scared, so she will, as Tbe Donald would say, “throw the first punch.”

So far, you’ve been very clever. Your “two visions” ad takes on Wall Street and implies that she backs the rich crooks, but you never mention her name. I guess we’ll see more of your veiled attacks tonight. Of course, Clinton pursues the same technique. Her ad doesn’t mention you by name but the script is: -“It’s time for pick a side. Either we stand with the gun lobby, or we join the president and stand up to them. I’m with him.”

Hillary is nervous, and that’s good for you because she gets aggressive. The Cosby melodrama in the age of Law and Order SVU can reprise not Bill Clinton’s infidelity, but rather he allegations of his sexual assaults, and Hillary’s role in trying to silence the alleged victims. You can say that infidelity is not the issue, but a cover-up of sexual assault would be another matter.

The just released 13 Hours may resurrect Benghazi. You can say you have not seen the movie, and criticize Republicans for partisanship. But not coming to the rescue of Americans under siege would be another matter.

And there is the specter of an expanded government investigation of Hillary. You can say that there are more important issues than her personal email. But a violation of the law, or improper influence peddling through gifts to the Clinton Foundation, would be another matter.

Bernie, after tonight, there are only two debates left. You now believe you can win. Tonight is the time to show you intend to make this a fight.

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Hillary Under Siege

Thursday’s Fox Business News Republican presidential debate in Charleston will likely overshadow Sunday’s Democratic debate in that same city.

At least that’s the hope of Debbie Wasserman Schultz , a Hillary sycophant who chairs the Democratic National Committee. She has allowed only a half-dozen debates (recently on Saturday evenings). This is akin to the State Department releasing Hillary’s emails on Fridays. Both obfuscations are not working.

It’s true that Martin O’Malley remains only a distraction, unless he finally challenges Hillary in an unlikely defining moment that goes viral. O’Malley barely qualified for this debate, which may be his last, so why not go for broke?

Thus far, a comparatively vibrant O’Malley, 53, has barely confronted a relatively tired Hillary, 68. Along with NBC, the Congressional Black Caucus Institute sponsors this debate. And O’Malley is, after all, the former Maryland governor, and Baltimore’s riots led to O’Malley’s epiphany that “Black Lives Matter” (BLM) as he repudiated his presumed racist rant that “All Lives Matter.” And, as Donald Trump reminds us, BLM protestors seized the microphone from a docile Bernie Sanders.

In all the pandering, perhaps Hillary on Sunday will reprise her jive-talk or maybe even black face. More seriously, expect Hillary, who, after discouraging polls on Tuesday, toughened her attack on Bernie’s voting record, to blame inner city black-on-black crime on soft-on-gun-control Sanders, who will respond with passionate indignation.

The Congressional Black Caucus is in Hillary’s corner, but Sanders might bring up Bill Clinton’s mass incarceration policies, which the Clintons now disown. Reacting to Tavis Smiley, who said on Monday that on every economic issue black Americans under President Obama have lost ground on the economy, all three Democrats will blame Republicans, not Obama.

The latest polls show that Sanders could win Iowa, especially if he draws new voters. An Iowa victory would ensure that Vermont’s Sanders wins neighboring New Hampshire, where he already is leading. Those results would give Sanders momentum — even in the South.

In an era of “Jeb” and “Hillary,” consider that delusional “Bernie” does not get it: if Hillary falters, party bosses will change the convention rules so that a late entrant — Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, or John Kerry — could be the nominee. Biden’s praise two days ago for Bernie’s “authenticity” over Hillary on economic issues is further evidence he sees Bernie as a possible stalking horse. Nonetheless, Bernie now thinks he can win, so look for him to be more aggressive in Sunday’s debate, especially as he responds in kind to Hillary’s attacks.

Beyond the debate, Hillary is under siege. Developing issues will affect general election polls, effectively helping Sanders claim he would be a better candidate in November.

(1) Benghazi and mistrust of Hillary. Benghazi is not an issue for Democrats, but trust does affect independents. This week, 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi opens in theaters. It doesn’t mention Hillary, but it will impact her, especially among younger voters. And remember, Charles Woods, the father of Navy SEAL Ty Woods (who was killed at Benghazi), says Hillary lied to him at Andrews Air Force Base on the arrival of his son’s casket. Even if O’Malley does not mention the movie or Woods in Sunday’s debate , Benghazi will not go away.

(2) Cosby and victims. Bill Cosby and Bill Clinton each settled a civil suit about possible sexual assault. Sanders has already described Bill Clinton’s conduct as “disgraceful and unacceptable,” then added, “I’m running against Hillary Clinton, not against Bill Clinton.”

Many African-American voters watching Sunday’s debate may believe it’s unfair to hold Cosby accountable, and not Clinton, for long-ago allegations of sexual misconduct. Cosby’s preliminary hearing in the criminal case has been postponed until February 2. Even if Sanders on Sunday will not escalate from Bill’s infidelity to Hillary’s enabling, and then further to Hillary’s intimidation of victims, at least one Cosby criminal case and multiple Cosby civil cases will keep the discussion alive in the age of Law and Order: Special Victims Unit (SVU).

(3) Investigation and possible indictment
. Anyone who has had a high security clearance knows the routine – signing that you understand and will follow the classification protocols. There is a prima facie case for Hillary’s indictment, and failure to indict would undermine the system and compromise future prosecutions of others. If she is not indicted, look for damaging leaks against her. If she is indicted, she’ll claim a witch-hunt like the Whitewater investigation, but this would be Obama’s Justice Department.

Conspiracists will see an Obama fix against her and for Biden, and feminists will see a plot against women. In the first debate Bernie trivialized the emails issue. Now there is at least one public “smoking gun” – Hillary’s written request to remove the classification from a document and send it insecurely. Will Bernie, who couldn’t care less about national security, talk instead about Clinton Foundation gifts from autocratic, anti-women Arab regimes to impact State Department policy? Will he speculate on the investigation’s public corruption angle — “what if” the Clinton Foundation corporate donors were favored to receive State Department contracts?

(4) Health and age. Celebrity television physician Drew Pinsky wonders why Hillary is “getting such shoddy care.” That’s a nice way to inquire into her medical history and about possible lingering effects from her concussion. Pinsky notes recurrent blood clots in her leg, and the risk of pulmonary embolism. Others suggest a troubling matrix of symptoms – fatigue and mood swings, swelling and weight gain.

Trump, as only he can do, has put Hillary on notice about her frequent urination. Hillary’s marathon Benghazi testimony was impressive, but can she handle the physical demands and the constant stress while campaigning and losing in primaries? Slumped-over Bernie, 74, hardly Jack LaLanne, will not question her health, but future comparisons to the elusive Elizabeth Warren will not be flattering.

Months ago Jeb’s ads about his time in Florida backfired, partly because they showed a once energetic Jeb. Photos of Hillary over the years will help only among her true believers. Meanwhile, the mainstream media will be watching for every bathroom break.

Postscript;
The polls continue to worsen for Hillary Clinton. Bill Clinton seemed unsteady at his campaign appearance this week. And they brought out Chelsea Clinton, not to soften Hillary with the grandchild-and-another-one-on-the way routine, but to go for the jugular and attack Bernie Sanders as wanting to eliminate Medicare. In fact, Sanders simply wants a government single-payer system, a sort of Medicare for everyone. This attack makes Cheslea, a supposed health care expert, appear disingenuous.

Look for an angry, contentious debate on Sunday in which Hillary appears under pressure and Sanders appears confident.

The mainstream media for years give Bill Clinton, and thus Hillary Clinton, a pass — not simply on his sexual indiscretions, but on the numerous and specific sexual assault accusations against Bill Clinton,and on his $ 850,000 settlement with Paula Jones. Arguably, more than half of the electorate is (a) too young to remember the earlier allegations or (b) thought they involved only infidelity or (c) never focused on Hillary’s role as enabler, if not intimidator, of the women. The mainstream media is now open to a dialogue, even Trump-style. Senior Los Angeles Times political reporter and columnist Doyle McManus wrote this week: “Hillary Clinton plays the gender card and deploys her husband on the campaign trail. She can’t dodge questions bout his record forever>” He should have added “…or her record involving the women accusers.”

Looking at the gathering storm, if Hillary is her party’s nominee, her hardcore supporters will never leave her. But there could be defections among younger Democrats. And her victory among independent voters is hardly assured.

An earlier version appeared in pjmedia.com
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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.

How to Be Calm Under Pressure

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Most of us have experienced that sickening moment when you realize you’ve made a serious mistake. Perhaps it was a typo that threw off a financial forecast, or maybe you forgot to reserve a venue for an important meeting that’s scheduled for the following day. The details are different for everybody, but at some point, we’ve all felt that rising tide of dread and panic.

Mistakes and pressure are inevitable; the secret to getting past them is to stay calm.

New research from the Harvard Business School shows that most of us go about staying calm the wrong way. People who welcome the challenge of a crisis–so much so that overcoming the challenge excites them–perform far better than those who try to force themselves to be calm.

“People have a very strong intuition that trying to calm down is the best way to cope with their anxiety, but that can be very difficult and ineffective,” said study author Allison Wood Brooks. “When people feel anxious and try to calm down, they are thinking about all the things that could go badly. When they are excited, they are thinking about how things could go well.”

Staying composed, focused, and effective under pressure are all about your mentality. People who successfully manage crises are able to channel their emotions into producing the behavior that they want.

In other words, they turn their anxiety into energy and excitement.

This can’t happen if you don’t engage your logic. Yes, making a big mistake is embarrassing. You might get yelled at by your boss, and the mistake might even show up on your next performance appraisal, but, in all likelihood, it’s not going to result in your getting fired, losing your house, living out of your car, or in any of the other catastrophic thoughts that fuel anxiety and keep you from getting focused.

If you struggle with putting things into perspective, just ask yourself two simple questions: What’s the worst thing that could happen as a result of this? Will this matter in five years? Your answers should put a stop to cataclysmic thinking. You’ll probably realize that you’re panicking due to the anticipation of public embarrassment more than anything else. Once you get over that, you can build confidence by picking up the pieces and making things better.

To help put things in perspective, think about situations that were worse than yours were. More than likely, the people at your company who have made serious mistakes are still there and doing just fine. Those legendary mistakes usually have few long-term effects on otherwise good employees. Remind yourself:

‘There’s more to me than this situation. One honest mistake won’t define me.’

Next, you need to recognize that people are less focused on you than you think they are. It’s easy to see yourself as the center of the maelstrom. You’re embarrassed, and you’re worried about your job. The more you feel judged by others, the more intense your anxiety. But your boss, and everyone else, will spend far less time worrying about you than they will about trying to improve a difficult situation, which is what you should be focusing on in the first place. You need to realize that they won’t have much time to think about you until after the dust has settled, and by that time, you’ll have become part of the solution.

Now, you need to magnify your logic. Nothing helps you maintain the right frame of mind in a crisis like logical thinking. Once you’ve forestalled the panic, it’s time to ask yourself important factual questions: What exactly happened? What are the possible repercussions? Is there still time to avoid those repercussions? If so, how? Who needs to be involved? If it’s too late to head off the repercussions, what can be done to mitigate the damage? Don’t let your mind run off with ridiculous self-accusations.

Finally, take action. Once you’ve figured out the facts and screwed your head on straight, it’s time to own up to the situation. Putting off the hard work of cleaning up the mess just gives your sense of dread more power; pouring your energy into making things better is both empowering and a wonderful distraction from any anxiety that might surface. Remember, getting excited by the challenge of rising from the ashes will improve your performance dramatically.

To keep things humming, don’t be so hard on yourself. Nobody’s perfect. Even the most successful people make serious mistakes. Henry Ford’s first car company failed after just 18 months, Oprah Winfrey was deemed “unfit for television” in an early reporting job, and Walt Disney was fired from the Kansas City Star for his lack of creativity. Beating yourself up might be a tempting option, but it never accomplishes anything, and it certainly doesn’t make you any calmer. Instead, keep your energy focused on the future and the things you can change.

Bringing it all together

The ability to manage your emotions and remain calm under pressure has a direct link to your performance. TalentSmart has conducted research with more than a million people, and we’ve found that 90% of top performers are skilled at managing their emotions in times of stress in order to remain calm and in control.

Nobody likes making mistakes. But no matter how big the mistake is, succumbing to panic isn’t going to help. Giving in to catastrophic thinking undermines your ability to make good decisions and to move forward effectively. Instead, use these strategies to stay calm so you can assess the situation, develop a plan, be accountable, and get busy making things right so you can move on.

What’s the worst crisis you’ve ever dealt with at work? 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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Special News Bulletin-http://www.acrx.org -As millions of Americans strive to deal with the economic downturn,loss of jobs,foreclosures,high cost of gas,and the rising cost of prescription drug cost. Charles Myrick ,the President of American Consultants Rx, announced the re-release of the American Consultants Rx community service project which consist of millions of free discount prescription cards being donated to thousands of not for profits,hospitals,schools,churches,etc. in an effort to assist the uninsured,under insured,and seniors deal with the high cost of prescription drugs.-American Consultants Rx -Pharmacy Discount Network News

Bernie Sanders To Release Medical Records After Pressure From Clinton Ally

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said he will make his medical health records available to the public, as is tradition for those seeking the presidency.

“Of course we’re going to release our medical records,” Sanders said during an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday. “Thank God, I am very healthy. We will get medical records out the same way that Secretary [Hillary] Clinton has gotten her records out. It is not a problem.”

Politico reported Saturday that David Brock, founder of Correct the Record – a pro-Clinton super PAC – was planning to call on the senator to release his records before the Iowa caucuses. Clinton released her medical records in July, which showed she was fit for duty.

The report prompted a rare public reprimand from the chair of Clinton’s campaign.

Last month, The Huffington Post’s Scott Conroy asked Sanders whether questions about his health and age were fair game in the campaign.

“Sure it is. I would not have run if I was not blessed, and I’m very, very thankful — I cannot remember the last day I took off because of illness,” he said.

The 74-year-old underwent outpatient hernia repair surgery in November.

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Special News Bulletin-http://www.acrx.org -As millions of Americans strive to deal with the economic downturn,loss of jobs,foreclosures,high cost of gas,and the rising cost of prescription drug cost. Charles Myrick ,the President of American Consultants Rx, announced the re-release of the American Consultants Rx community service project which consist of millions of free discount prescription cards being donated to thousands of not for profits,hospitals,schools,churches,etc. in an effort to assist the uninsured,under insured,and seniors deal with the high cost of prescription drugs.-American Consultants Rx -Pharmacy Discount Network News

11 Tweaks to Your Morning Routine Will Make Your Entire Day More Productive

I don’t know anyone who couldn’t use a little boost in their energy and self-control.

Researchers at the University of Nottingham recently published findings from their exploration of 83 separate studies on energy and self-control. What they found will change the way you start your day.

The researchers found that self-control and energy are not only intricately linked but also finite, daily resources that tire much like a muscle. Even though we don’t always realize it, as the day goes on, we have increased difficulty exerting self-control and focusing on our work. As self-control wears out, we feel tired and find tasks to be more difficult and our mood sours.

This exhaustion of self-control kills your productivity, and it makes the morning hours, when self-control is highest, the most important hours of the day.

But the trick isn’t just to spend your morning hours working; it’s to do the right things in the morning that will make your energy and self-control last as long as possible.

“For the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: ‘If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?'” And whenever the answer has been ‘No’ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.”

– Steve Jobs

The Nottingham research has led me to uncover ways we can break bad habits in the morning and maximize our energy and self-control throughout the day.

Whether you naturally wake up feeling alert and productive or wake up with the brainpower of a zombie, these tips will help you transform your morning routine and set a positive tone that lasts the entire day.

Start with exercise. Researchers at the University of Bristol found that people who exercise during the workday have more energy and a more positive outlook, which are both critical to getting things done. Getting your body moving for as little as 10 minutes releases GABA, a neurotransmitter that makes your brain feel soothed and keeps you in control of your impulses. Exercising first thing in the morning ensures that you’ll have the time for it, and it improves your self-control and energy levels all day long.

But drink some lemon water first. Drinking lemon water as soon as you wake up spikes your energy levels physically and mentally. Lemon water gives you steady, natural energy that lasts the length of the day by improving nutrient absorption in your stomach. You need to drink it first thing in the morning (on an empty stomach) to ensure full absorption. You should also wait 15-30 minutes after drinking it before eating (perfect time to squeeze in some exercise). Lemons are packed with nutrients; they’re chock full of potassium, vitamin C, and antioxidants. If you’re under 150 pounds, drink the juice of half a lemon (a full lemon if you’re over 150 pounds). Don’t drink the juice without water because it’s hard on your teeth.

No screen time until breakfast. When you dive straight into e-mails, texts, and Facebook, you lose focus and your morning succumbs to the wants and needs of other people. It’s much healthier to take those precious first moments of the day to do something relaxing that sets a calm, positive tone for your day. Jumping right into electronics has the opposite effect — it’s a frantic way to start your day. Exercising, meditating, or even watching the birds out the window are all great ways to start the day.

Eat a real breakfast. Eating anything at all for breakfast puts you ahead of a lot of people. People who eat breakfast are less likely to be obese, they have more stable blood-sugar levels, and they tend to be less hungry over the course of the day. And these are just the statistics for people who eat any breakfast. When you eat a healthy breakfast, the doors to a productive day swing wide open. A healthy breakfast gives you energy, improves your short-term memory, and helps you to concentrate more intensely and for longer periods.

Set goals for the day. Research shows that having concrete goals is correlated with huge increases in confidence and feelings of control. Setting goals specific to the day puts everything into motion. Narrow your goals down to a few achievable ones that can easily be broken down into steps. Vague goals such as “I want to finish writing my article” are counter-productive because they fail to include the “how” of things. The same goal re-phrased in a more functional way would read something like this: “I am going to finish my article by writing each of the three sections, spending no more than an hour on each section.” Now, you have more than simply something you want to achieve — you have a way to achieve it.

Getting your morning started off right at home is important, but it’s only half the battle. If you fail to maintain that tone once you set foot in the office, your morning can lose momentum quickly. Here’s how you can maintain a productive tone once you hit the office:

First, clean your workspace. Even though it’s a pain to clean right when you get into work, it makes a big difference to your ability to concentrate. A Princeton University study found that people who worked in a clean workspace out-performed those who worked in a cluttered one because clutter pulls your attention away from your work. In fact, the effects of clutter on concentration are not all that different from the effects of multi-tasking.

No e-mail until you’ve eaten three frogs. “Eating a frog” is the greatest antidote to procrastination, and the most productive people know the importance of biting into this delicacy first thing in the morning. In other words, spend your morning on something that requires a high level of concentration that you don’t want to do, and you’ll get it done in short order. Make a habit of eating three frogs before you check your e-mail because e-mail is a major distraction that enables procrastination and wastes precious mental energy.

“Eat a live frog first thing in the morning, and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.”

– Mark Twain

Assign times to your to-do list, and monitor your progress against your goals. There’s no point in setting goals in the morning if you don’t check in on them. Look at what you’ve done so far with a critical eye. If you realize you’re behind schedule or doing a shoddy job, it’s important to adjust your goals or your work ethic so that you can move intentionally through your day.

Keep morning meetings on schedule. Meetings are the biggest time waster there is, and they can ruin an otherwise productive morning. People who use their mornings effectively know that a meeting will drag on forever if they let it, so they inform everyone at the onset that they’ll stick to the intended schedule. This sets a limit that motivates everyone to be more focused and efficient. Keep your morning meetings on time, and your entire day will stay on track.

Don’t multitask. Multi-tasking in the morning — when you have lots to do, tons of energy, and it feels like you can do two or three things at once — is tempting, but it sets your whole day back. Research conducted at Stanford University confirmed that multitasking is less productive than doing a single thing at a time. The researchers found that people who are regularly bombarded with several streams of electronic information cannot pay attention, recall information, or switch from one job to another as well as those who complete one task at a time.

But what if some people have a special gift for multitasking? The Stanford researchers compared groups of people based on their tendency to multitask and their belief that it helps their performance. They found that heavy multi-taskers (those who multitask a lot and feel that it boosts their performance) were actually worse at multitasking than those who like to do a single thing at a time. The frequent multi-taskers performed worse because they had more trouble organizing their thoughts and filtering out irrelevant information, and they were slower at switching from one task to another. Ouch!

Multitasking reduces your efficiency and performance because your brain can only focus adequately on one thing at a time. When you try to do two things at once, your brain lacks the capacity to perform both tasks successfully.

Finally, say no. No is a powerful word that will protect your precious mornings. When it’s time to say no, avoid phrases such as “I don’t think I can” or “I’m not certain.” Saying no to a new commitment honors your existing commitments and gives you the opportunity to successfully fulfill them while your mind is fresh. Research conducted at the University of California in San Francisco showed that the more difficulty that you have saying no, the more likely you are to experience stress, burnout, and even depression. Learn to use no, and it will lift your mood as well as your productivity.

Bringing it all together

The right morning routine can make your day, every day. The trick is to be intentional about your mornings, understanding that a.m. hours are precious and should be handled with care.

What do you do in the morning to start your day off right? 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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GPS for the Soul – The Huffington Post
Special News Bulletin-http://www.acrx.org -As millions of Americans strive to deal with the economic downturn,loss of jobs,foreclosures,high cost of gas,and the rising cost of prescription drug cost. Charles Myrick ,the President of American Consultants Rx, announced the re-release of the American Consultants Rx community service project which consist of millions of free discount prescription cards being donated to thousands of not for profits,hospitals,schools,churches,etc. in an effort to assist the uninsured,under insured,and seniors deal with the high cost of prescription drugs.-American Consultants Rx -Pharmacy Discount Network News

11 Tweaks to Your Morning Routine Will Make Your Entire Day More Productive

I don’t know anyone who couldn’t use a little boost in their energy and self-control.

Researchers at the University of Nottingham recently published findings from their exploration of 83 separate studies on energy and self-control. What they found will change the way you start your day.

The researchers found that self-control and energy are not only intricately linked but also finite, daily resources that tire much like a muscle. Even though we don’t always realize it, as the day goes on, we have increased difficulty exerting self-control and focusing on our work. As self-control wears out, we feel tired and find tasks to be more difficult and our mood sours.

This exhaustion of self-control kills your productivity, and it makes the morning hours, when self-control is highest, the most important hours of the day.

But the trick isn’t just to spend your morning hours working; it’s to do the right things in the morning that will make your energy and self-control last as long as possible.

“For the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: ‘If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?'” And whenever the answer has been ‘No’ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.”

– Steve Jobs

The Nottingham research has led me to uncover ways we can break bad habits in the morning and maximize our energy and self-control throughout the day.

Whether you naturally wake up feeling alert and productive or wake up with the brainpower of a zombie, these tips will help you transform your morning routine and set a positive tone that lasts the entire day.

Start with exercise. Researchers at the University of Bristol found that people who exercise during the workday have more energy and a more positive outlook, which are both critical to getting things done. Getting your body moving for as little as 10 minutes releases GABA, a neurotransmitter that makes your brain feel soothed and keeps you in control of your impulses. Exercising first thing in the morning ensures that you’ll have the time for it, and it improves your self-control and energy levels all day long.

But drink some lemon water first. Drinking lemon water as soon as you wake up spikes your energy levels physically and mentally. Lemon water gives you steady, natural energy that lasts the length of the day by improving nutrient absorption in your stomach. You need to drink it first thing in the morning (on an empty stomach) to ensure full absorption. You should also wait 15-30 minutes after drinking it before eating (perfect time to squeeze in some exercise). Lemons are packed with nutrients; they’re chock full of potassium, vitamin C, and antioxidants. If you’re under 150 pounds, drink the juice of half a lemon (a full lemon if you’re over 150 pounds). Don’t drink the juice without water because it’s hard on your teeth.

No screen time until breakfast. When you dive straight into e-mails, texts, and Facebook, you lose focus and your morning succumbs to the wants and needs of other people. It’s much healthier to take those precious first moments of the day to do something relaxing that sets a calm, positive tone for your day. Jumping right into electronics has the opposite effect — it’s a frantic way to start your day. Exercising, meditating, or even watching the birds out the window are all great ways to start the day.

Eat a real breakfast. Eating anything at all for breakfast puts you ahead of a lot of people. People who eat breakfast are less likely to be obese, they have more stable blood-sugar levels, and they tend to be less hungry over the course of the day. And these are just the statistics for people who eat any breakfast. When you eat a healthy breakfast, the doors to a productive day swing wide open. A healthy breakfast gives you energy, improves your short-term memory, and helps you to concentrate more intensely and for longer periods.

Set goals for the day. Research shows that having concrete goals is correlated with huge increases in confidence and feelings of control. Setting goals specific to the day puts everything into motion. Narrow your goals down to a few achievable ones that can easily be broken down into steps. Vague goals such as “I want to finish writing my article” are counter-productive because they fail to include the “how” of things. The same goal re-phrased in a more functional way would read something like this: “I am going to finish my article by writing each of the three sections, spending no more than an hour on each section.” Now, you have more than simply something you want to achieve — you have a way to achieve it.

Getting your morning started off right at home is important, but it’s only half the battle. If you fail to maintain that tone once you set foot in the office, your morning can lose momentum quickly. Here’s how you can maintain a productive tone once you hit the office:

First, clean your workspace. Even though it’s a pain to clean right when you get into work, it makes a big difference to your ability to concentrate. A Princeton University study found that people who worked in a clean workspace out-performed those who worked in a cluttered one because clutter pulls your attention away from your work. In fact, the effects of clutter on concentration are not all that different from the effects of multi-tasking.

No e-mail until you’ve eaten three frogs. “Eating a frog” is the greatest antidote to procrastination, and the most productive people know the importance of biting into this delicacy first thing in the morning. In other words, spend your morning on something that requires a high level of concentration that you don’t want to do, and you’ll get it done in short order. Make a habit of eating three frogs before you check your e-mail because e-mail is a major distraction that enables procrastination and wastes precious mental energy.

“Eat a live frog first thing in the morning, and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.”

– Mark Twain

Assign times to your to-do list, and monitor your progress against your goals. There’s no point in setting goals in the morning if you don’t check in on them. Look at what you’ve done so far with a critical eye. If you realize you’re behind schedule or doing a shoddy job, it’s important to adjust your goals or your work ethic so that you can move intentionally through your day.

Keep morning meetings on schedule. Meetings are the biggest time waster there is, and they can ruin an otherwise productive morning. People who use their mornings effectively know that a meeting will drag on forever if they let it, so they inform everyone at the onset that they’ll stick to the intended schedule. This sets a limit that motivates everyone to be more focused and efficient. Keep your morning meetings on time, and your entire day will stay on track.

Don’t multitask. Multi-tasking in the morning — when you have lots to do, tons of energy, and it feels like you can do two or three things at once — is tempting, but it sets your whole day back. Research conducted at Stanford University confirmed that multitasking is less productive than doing a single thing at a time. The researchers found that people who are regularly bombarded with several streams of electronic information cannot pay attention, recall information, or switch from one job to another as well as those who complete one task at a time.

But what if some people have a special gift for multitasking? The Stanford researchers compared groups of people based on their tendency to multitask and their belief that it helps their performance. They found that heavy multi-taskers (those who multitask a lot and feel that it boosts their performance) were actually worse at multitasking than those who like to do a single thing at a time. The frequent multi-taskers performed worse because they had more trouble organizing their thoughts and filtering out irrelevant information, and they were slower at switching from one task to another. Ouch!

Multitasking reduces your efficiency and performance because your brain can only focus adequately on one thing at a time. When you try to do two things at once, your brain lacks the capacity to perform both tasks successfully.

Finally, say no. No is a powerful word that will protect your precious mornings. When it’s time to say no, avoid phrases such as “I don’t think I can” or “I’m not certain.” Saying no to a new commitment honors your existing commitments and gives you the opportunity to successfully fulfill them while your mind is fresh. Research conducted at the University of California in San Francisco showed that the more difficulty that you have saying no, the more likely you are to experience stress, burnout, and even depression. Learn to use no, and it will lift your mood as well as your productivity.

Bringing it all together

The right morning routine can make your day, every day. The trick is to be intentional about your mornings, understanding that a.m. hours are precious and should be handled with care.

What do you do in the morning to start your day off right? 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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Special News Bulletin-http://www.acrx.org -As millions of Americans strive to deal with the economic downturn,loss of jobs,foreclosures,high cost of gas,and the rising cost of prescription drug cost. Charles Myrick ,the President of American Consultants Rx, announced the re-release of the American Consultants Rx community service project which consist of millions of free discount prescription cards being donated to thousands of not for profits,hospitals,schools,churches,etc. in an effort to assist the uninsured,under insured,and seniors deal with the high cost of prescription drugs.-American Consultants Rx -Pharmacy Discount Network News

Economy Is Stronger Because President Obama Protected the Environment

President Obama gave his final State of the Union this week and in the seven years he’s been president, much has changed. There’s no doubt that in terms of environmental and climate change legacy, the president has much to be proud of, including the Paris agreement, the vehicle fuel efficiency standards, as well as the Clean Power Plan. All of those will significantly reduce U.S. carbon pollution. But, before he leaves office, there is more that can and should be done to address climate change.

Methane is an incredibly potent greenhouse gas — at least 25 times more potent, pound for pound, than carbon dioxide over a 100-year period. The administration set a goal to reduce the amount of methane emissions across the U.S. economy by up to 45 percent of 2012 levels by 2025. Already, the EPA proposed standards to reduce methane leaks in new facilities. That’s a good first step and an indicator that the administration is serious about this issue. But, that’s not enough.

We need to implement standards on existing oil and gas facilities as well if we’re going to truly address the problem. Existing operations represent the majority of methane leaks in the sector. Every year, billions of cubic feet of natural gas are unnecessarily leaked by the energy sector, pouring uncombusted methane into our air. In the United States, we could heat over 5 million homes each year with the tons of natural gas emitted by the oil and gas industry alone.

Those leaks don’t just damage our climate; they waste energy and threaten communities and workers. Union members are at the forefront of advancing safety, training, and quality throughout the energy sector. There are low-cost solutions that already exist to plug these industrial leaks and keep natural gas in the system, which many companies are beginning to adopt. But waiting to make these changes is a squandered opportunity to reduce waste, create jobs and address climate change.

President Obama has shown remarkable leadership on climate change. Before he goes, he should make America’s methane standards complete by extending them to existing facilities. Doing so will ensure the president’s legacy of protecting the environment while creating good jobs. From vehicle fuel economy standards — which are projected to create 50,000 direct jobs in light-duty manufacturing (parts and assembly) by 2030 — to investments and policies driving renewable energy (as of 2014 there were an estimated 78,000 workers in the wind industry and 174,000 in the solar industry), the president’s focus on reducing pollution has also created quality jobs.

Keeping natural gas in the system is a significant opportunity to put American workers squarely at the forefront of developing, manufacturing, and implementing technologies that reduce waste and pollution, and will provide high-quality jobs and stimulate local economies.

Now that would be a great thing to add to his legacy.

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SPECIAL NEWS BULLETIN!-http://www.acrx.org -As millions of Americans strive to deal with the economic downturn,loss of jobs,foreclosures,high cost of gas,and the rising cost of prescription drug cost. Charles Myrick ,the President of American Consultants Rx, announced the re-release of the American Consultants Rx community service project which consist of millions of free discount prescription cards being donated to thousands of not for profits,hospitals,schools,churches,etc. in an effort to assist the uninsured,under insured,and seniors deal with the high cost of prescription drugs.-American Consultants Rx -Pharmacy Discount Network News-
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http://www.acrx.org -As millions of Americans strive to deal with the economic downturn,loss of jobs,foreclosures,high cost of gas,and the rising cost of prescription drug cost. Charles Myrick ,the President of American Consultants Rx, announced the re-release of the American Consultants Rx community service project which consist of millions of free discount prescription cards being donated to thousands of not for profits,hospitals,schools,churches,etc. in an effort to assist the uninsured,under insured,and seniors deal with the high cost of prescription drugs.

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.

How to Bring Self-Confidence to Your Biggest Challenges

How do you bring your “boldest self to your biggest challenges?” That is the question Dr. Amy Cuddy answers in her new book, Presence, which is an extension of her wildly popular TED talk. What is presence, and how does it drive our success in life?

I’ll never forget the first time I had to act in front of drill sergeants. I spent four years working with soldiers after I finished my master’s degree in applied positive psychology. I was part of a team that delivered resilience training to military personnel in the US Army, and as part of the training delivery, I was often selected to demonstrate a skill in front of the plenary group. Even though I speak in front of large groups on a regular basis, the type of demo that was required in this training involved some acting, which made me tremendously nervous and was way outside of my comfort zone. The first time I stood up in front of those brave men and women, my face felt flushed and my heart raced, but I got through it in one piece. I even made a few soldiers laugh, though I’m sure it was more out of pity than anything else.

Since it was the first time I had been asked to demo, I solicited feedback from the primary instructor of the training. He told me I had “presence.” I didn’t know what that meant, but I liked how it sounded.

Dr. Cuddy defines presence as, “believing in and trusting yourself – your real honest feelings, values and abilities.” Presence is a skill that is needed in most areas of your life – job interviewing, raising your hand to speak in a meeting or in a class, standing up for what you believe in, parenting, or asking someone out on a date – literally anything that is challenging. And while you might be able to think of a story where you had presence, it’s likely easier for you to remember a time when you didn’t. You remember the times when you answered the question wrong, stumbled over your words, thought of the perfect comeback 10 minutes after the conversation ended, or when your mind went blank. And if you’re like me, you spend hours re-hashing the event in your head, thinking of all of the things you could have said. The moments where I have lacked presence all have a common theme – I sense that someone is judging me.

According to Cuddy, there are three core elements of presence:

1. Confidence (without arrogance) – this involves seeing a situation accurately. You have to acknowledge both the strengths and weaknesses of your product, idea, or position.
2. Enthusiasm – you have to truly believe in the value and integrity of the relationship, idea, product, or topic. People who are faking enthusiasm are often too low in their energy or too high energy – even aggressive.
3. Comfort – you don’t have to erase all traces of nervousness in order to appear comfortable and have presence. I’m pretty sure some of the soldiers could tell that I was nervous from my flushed face; however, I knew the information I was teaching and had fun, and those things trumped any nervous “tells.”

When you are confident, enthusiastic and comfortable, you come across as your real, authentic self, and that makes people want to buy what you’re selling, follow your message, or say yes to that date. Thinking back on my acting moment in front of the soldiers, what I now realize is that I had figured out a way to bring my authentic self to a really stressful challenge.

If you want to be able to tap into your most authentic self, then you have to get better at stress, which isn’t always easy because your inner critic is on high alert. One way to get better at stress is to view it as a challenge, not as a threat. When you believe that stress is there to challenge you and is not a sign that you’re weak or you’ll blow it, it changes your perception of yourself and your ability to handle the situation.

To develop more of a “stress helps” mindset, practice this three-step process (“ARM”) from psychologist Alia Crum when you feel stressed:

STEP 1: Acknowledge stress when you experience it – notice how and where it impacts you physically.
STEP 2: Recognize that the stress response is linked to something you care about. What is at stake in this situation, and why does it matter to you?
STEP 3: Make use of the heightened energy and focus that stress gives you.

I find the science and psychology of presence fascinating. It’s a topic I will continue to write about, but I’d love to ask you this: What situations do you find most challenging? When have you had presence?
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The End of Dietary Guidelines for Americans?

United States law mandates that Dietary Guidelines for Americans, containing “nutritional information and guidelines for the general public,” be issued every five years. The 2015-2020 edition of Dietary Guidelines for Americans was recently released, the eighth such set of guidelines published since this process began in 1980. Here’s hoping these are the last such governmental guidelines issued.

Does this mean I reject a connection between diet and health? No. Is it because I think these guidelines provide bad dietary advice? Not really — at least, not if the guidelines are judged based on the answer to this question: If the guidelines as written were followed by everyone in the U.S., would this lead to an overall improvement in health? Despite reasonable differences in how people interpret the science behind the guidelines, the answer to that question is most likely “Yes.”


Unfortunately, however, this is the wrong question. The real question we need to ask of the guidelines is this: Will the promulgation of these guidelines (including how they are interpreted and responded to by the public, legislators and regulators, the food industry, lobbyists and other stakeholders) lead to an overall improvement in health? The answer to this question is probably “No.” Worse still, there is a reasonably high likelihood that the totality of effects will lead to a net harm in population health, as past guidelines arguably have.

It isn’t immediately obvious why these two questions have different answers. After all, if it would be beneficial for individuals to follow the guidelines, how could the guidelines lead to harm? As per the quote famously (and, as it happens, inaccurately) attributed to Yogi Berra, “In theory, there is no difference between practice and theory. In practice, there is.” The difference between the theoretical effect on individuals and the practical impact on the population arises because there are powerful groups with huge interests–financial and otherwise–at stake. Whether it’s the food industry formulating and marketing products to align with the guidelines, or policymakers crafting regulations that comport with the guidelines, or journalists and nutritionists and writers of diet books and educators responding to the guidelines, or members of the public who receive these messages while choosing to eat what tastes and feels good to them–these are the folks who ultimately determine the directions in which these guidelines take the public’s health.

Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2015-2020

To see how this has played out in practice, look at the years and years of dietary guidelines that focused on a reduction in dietary fat intake. On its face, this made sense; higher levels of fat (especially saturated fat) in the diet led to higher levels of cholesterol in the blood, which in turn increased the risk for heart disease, so eating less fat (especially saturated fat) made great sense. But we’ve all seen the unintended consequences of this well-meaning advice. One of the ways saturated-fat intake was reduced was by increasing trans-fat intake (for example, replacing butter with margarine), with its attendant consequences. Health educators developed the Food Pyramid–a logical approach that unfortunately led to the belief that people could safely eat as much bread, cereal, rice and pasta (the “base” of a “healthy” diet) as they wanted. The food industry capitalized on this belief, marketing such high-carb, low-fat treats as SnackWell’s cookies–no doubt exacerbating the public’s misconception that food that is fat-free can’t make you fat. We know this was a misconception, because as the population ate less fat (i.e., dietary lipids) it became fatter (i.e., more overweight or obese).

As predictable as this five-year cycle of guideline revision is the Sturm und Drang that accompanies its release, with responses ranging from skepticism to advocacy to outrage. A dispassionate look at the history of dietary advice highlights the uncertainty behind the flip-flops on recommendations. The British Medical Journal published a careful look at the science behind the guidelines that raised questions; predictably, others defended the scientific basis and attacked the critical article. This squabbling and inconsistency leave the public confused and dismissive, opening up huge holes for the food industry to drive its trucks through; no matter what the guidelines say, the food industry will come out ahead, as it always does.

All of this must make it sound as if I feel hopeless, but I’m actually optimistic, because there’s something new this time: in the process of passing this year’s budget, the U.S. Congress has mandated an authoritative review of the scientific basis for the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The National Academy of Medicine will put together a panel of experts, who perhaps will understand that we need more of the right sort of science–the science of public health rather than biochemical/mechanistic/nutrition–to answer the real question: do we know that issuing these guidelines does more good than harm? If the answer to this question is “No,” as I think it is, here’s hoping the 2015-2020 version will be the last such set of guidelines issued.

This post was originally published on The Doctor’s Tablet, the blog of Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

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Hope for Harper: How a Little Girl With CDKL5 Epilepsy Helped Bring Medical Marijuana to Latin America

The story of my daughter Harper is that everybody’s life, even if they have special needs, has a purpose.

My daughter Harper Elle Howard was born on April 12, 2010, with a very rare, non-hereditary, life-threatening genetic disorder called CDKL5 epilepsy — at just two weeks old, she started experiencing seizures that were so severe, my husband Dustin and I (and Harper’s big sister Lily) were very frightened.

We were just a couple from Carrollton, Texas, and were totally unprepared for what lay ahead. But Harper’s journey held more in store both for others and for our family than we ever could have imagined.

When does your absolute terror as a parent turn into an inspiring story for people around the world? While you’re living it, it’s impossible to tell …

The Seizures Stole My Baby Away

At 19 months old, Harper had a huge surge of seizures that seemed to just steal everything from her, and that’s when she became almost like a vegetable. At worst she was having 40-plus seizures a day.

“Traditional” pharmaceutical meds were totally ineffective at controlling Harper’s seizures and, even worse, sometimes left her catatonic.

As hard as it is to say, I used to lay in bed with her every night and cry and every morning in the shower pray that if God didn’t heal Harper he’d just show her mercy and take her home to be at peace.

Looking back, I should have known then that Harper’s life had some kind of greater purpose … but things like that are often impossible to see when you’re living them in the moment, day by day.

Finding CBD … and Hope for Harper

In 2013, after watching Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s CNN special “Weed” and endless hours of research online, we found a CBD oil from hemp called RSHO – and really, that’s the only thing that not only brought us hope, but stopped Harper’s seizures … completely.

I’ll never forget giving the CBD oil to Harper and seeing the immediate impact it had on her quality of life. Within the first three days we had eye contact and verbalization sounds from her, an attempt to interact with us physically and she was now able to show us that she was with us mentally. It wasn’t long before she went a day without a seizure! And then another day without a seizure!

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In this April 29, 2014 file photo, an oral administration syringe loaded with high CBD hemp oil for treating a severely-ill child is shown at a private home in Colorado Springs, Colo. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

Before we knew it she was at 45, 50 then 60 days without a seizure. Harper even came out of her stupor, her shell, and interacted with the family, we got her little personality back. She got to meet her baby brother Seth after he was born late in 2014.

How was this even possible? After three years of living in hell there was finally light! Harper does not simply exist here on Earth but rather she lives!

But, believe it or not, that was nothing. Harper’s miracle actually laid half a world away…

Saving a Desperate Baby Girl in Brazil

Without knowing just how far it might reach, I launched “Hope 4 Harper,” aFacebook and blog where I set out to document Harper’s struggle with CDKL5 and how RSHO hemp oil stopped her seizures and helped give some of her life back.

How could I ever know that Katiele Fischer, a mother of another CDKL5 daughterAnny Fischer in Brazil, would find Harper’s blog from thousands of miles away as she desperately searched for her own answers?

From half a world away, Katiele found Harper’s blog and had RSHO shipped to her illegally from relatives in the U.S. to Brazil. She documented everything with a doctor and lawyer.

Just like Harper’s, Anny’s seizures started to disappear. When the worst happened and Katiele was caught importing the CBD oil illegally, Katiele did something that inspired even our family.

In April 2014, Katiele stormed up the steps of ANVISA, Brazil’s FDA, and sued the federal government of Brazil for her right to access RSHO to save little Anny.

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A screenshot from the documentary “Illegal,” which depicts the Fischer family’s struggle to secure CBD oil treatment for their daughter.

In just three days, ANVISA ruled that it would be “inhumane,” to keep CBD oil from Anny, setting a legal precedent that would end up changing the world. Dozens of families across Brazil sued the government after Katiele’s ruling, revolutionizing cannabis laws in the ninth-largest economy in the world forever.

As things stand today, Brazil is not only allowing CBD hemp oil to be imported into Brazil as a medication with a doctor’s prescription, the Brazilian government is subsidizing the payments under their healthcare system. And now, Brazil is allowing CBD from hemp to be imported for more than epilepsy, but also for several other medical indications, including Parkinson’s disease and chronic pain.

What makes me angry that the FDA (our US government) has hesitated to act as quickly for the health interests of our people, freeing them from pain and suffering, in a country known for supposed freedom!

After what happened in Brazil, I now read that Colombia, Chile, and now even Mexico have legalized CBD oil as well. My heart is full! My Harper, unknowingly to us, helped change the world.

Despite all of her struggles and all of her suffering, I like to think that Harper was an angel, and that helping save all of these poor suffering people in Central and South America will be a part of her legacy forever.

Losing Hope …

On Friday, January 8, 2016, our family tragically lost our little angel Harper.

As a mom, I really can’t write into words what it’s like to lose your daughter, it’s a hole inside of you, and really nothing ever fills that, nothing will ever make that better – or make it go away. For five short years that felt forever long we walked this fine line of hope and hopelessness while Harper fought each day simply to survive so she could do her job here on Earth and change the world.

However, on behalf of the Fischers’ bravery, and for suffering families in Brazil, and all of the thousands of Anny Fischers out there around the world, I want the world to know about Harper’s story.

Our family also decided to donate Harper’s body to science to help find a cure for CDKL5 epilepsy, and reach out to seek funding for research. Harper is actually the first-ever brain “banked” to find a cure, making her another first.

In the end, I am honored that she chose me to be her partner in helping her accomplish more in five years than most people do in a lifetime without ever having to utter a single word herself.

hope 4 harper

Please help me urge our U.S. government to take similar steps as the government of Brazil did for the health and wellness of their people. Write your senator or congressman a letter, and urge them to support ending the schedule-1 for THC and to support new research! Or, if you’re not a writer, please donate to help CDKL5 research. Harper is watching all of us, and she would want the world to know.

Penny Howard is a resident of Dallas, TX, proud wife and mother to three beautiful children: Lilly, 8, Harper, 5, (who just left us), and Seth, who is 1. Penny homeschools her children and is a passionate, lifelong advocate for the power of CBD from hemp, after seeing firsthand CBD oil stopping her daughter’s seizures and giving her life. For anyone who would like to donate to help fight CDKL5, please visit www.Hope4Harper.com.

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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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Maddow Accuses Clinton Of ‘Casting Aspersions’ On Bernie Sanders’ Character

MSNBC host Rachel Maddow confronted Democratic presidential candidate Hilary Clinton on her program Thursday, asking about her campaign’s recent attacks against Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who happens to be rising in the polls in early voting states Iowa and New Hampshire.

“Your campaign is essentially fighting with him now in a way that is casting aspersions on his character, calling him dishonest,” Maddow said to Clinton.

Earlier this week, Clinton attacked Sanders for a vote he made in 2005 on a bill backed by the NRA that would provide legal immunity to gun manufacturers if their weapons were used to commit a crime.  

Chelsea Clinton also hammered the candidate on Tuesday over health care, saying he would “dismantle Obamacare, dismantle the [Children’s Health Insurance Program], dismantle Medicare and dismantle private insurance.” 

Maddow called out Hillary Clinton on her campaign’s recent attacks.

“The character of the campaign, the tone of the campaign, the way you are trying to persuade those undecided voters seems to have changed a little bit in the last week or so. Just this afternoon, your campaign, in my estimation, set its hair on fire a little bit,” Maddow told the candidate, pointing to a press phone call that happened earlier that day in which Clinton’s campaign asserted that Sanders attacked her in his latest ad.

Watch the Bernie Sanders’ advertisement “Two Visions,” mentioned by Clinton’s campaign, here:

The ad, as Maddow pointed out on her program, did not explicitly name Hillary Clinton.

When pushed by Maddow, Clinton reiterated that there are genuine policy differences between her and Sanders that need to be debated, but she insisted that the attacks will not be personal.

“On anything personal — we don’t do that in our side of the debate,” Clinton added. “We engage on substantive differences.”

Watch “The Rachel Maddow” clip above.

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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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5 Foolproof Strategies for Getting and Staying Motivated

How do you not only get motivated but stay motivated when it comes to creating a healthier lifestyle? Unfortunately it’s not always as simple as just deciding to make a change. It can take effort to create a new habit and that can seem like a scary thing. I used to struggle with getting and staying motivated and making any kind of lasting change in my life. It was so easy to set a goal and then just forget about it. I never really took goal setting seriously because I was never motivated enough to see them through to completion. It turns out that I was approaching the idea of motivation all wrong. I thought it was something you just had or you didn’t, not something you could work on and develop. After many months of trial and error I have finally figured out what it takes to get and stay motivated and achieve any goal you set for yourself.

1. Get Interested
You need to set a goal that truly interests you and that you’ll want to work towards achieving. There is no point in setting a goal to run a marathon if the thought of lacing up your sneakers makes your skin crawl. You need to find an aspect of healthy living that you’re interested in and run with it. Do you like cooking? Take a cooking class or sign up for your favourite foodies newsletter. Are you a fan of baseball? See if there is a team you can join in your area or head to the local batting cages. Instead of forcing yourself to do something you hate because you think it will give you a desired outcome, instead figure out what it is that you truly enjoy and give that a try. The worst that will happen is that you will find out you don’t like it after all and you can move on and try something else.

2. Follow Likeminded People
Surround yourself with the kind of people that you really admire and wish to emulate. There is nothing more inspirational than seeing someone with a similar goal to yours crush it and show you that anything is possible. Nelson Mandela said “It always seems impossible until it’s done.” Surrounding ourselves with people who take inspired action and surpass their goals can go a long way in keeping us motivated. Podcasts can be great places to find inspiration folks!

3. Submerge Yourself
I want you to bury yourself in whatever world you’re interested in and absorb as much as you can. Let’s say you’re interested in kickboxing for example. I want you to devour everything kickboxing that you can find: go to classes, read blogs and books about kickboxing, follow kickboxing accounts on Instagram and Pinterest, join a kickboxing Facebook group, check out your local boxing club and try a free class. By completely submerging yourself in that world you are keeping it at the forefront of your mind. Have you ever heard the saying “out of sight out of mind?” It’s relevant here too. Don’t give yourself the option of forgetting about your goal. Keep it front and centre in your mind by submerging yourself in it.

4. Be consistent and take action
You cannot simply set a goal for yourself and expect anything to happen if you never take any action. For this step to work you really need to buckle down and commit to being consistent. Think about an Olympic athlete for a minute. They don’t simply decide to break the record for the 100m dash and then do it. Far from it. They are successful because they get out on the track every single day and put in the work. They are consistent with their action and because of that smash through any goal they set.

5. Stay accountable
Finding someone or something to be accountable to can really help you to stay on track with your goals. It can be too easy to let ourselves off the hook when it comes to eating well or working out but a lot more difficult to skip a workout when you have someone waiting for you at the gym. This is why it is so important to ask for help and get support from a professional like a personal trainer or a nutritionist. It can make the difference between meeting a goal and giving up on one.

Once you master these strategies there will be no stopping you!

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7 Reasons Why Your New Year’s Resolutions Are Failing and How to Fix Them to Succeed

It’s only weeks into 2016 and your New Year’s resolutions are already on the fritz.

Sound familiar?

You’re not alone. Only about eight percent of New Year’s resolutions succeed and most go by the wayside within just weeks of the New Year. You had the best of intentions when you made those goals and felt pretty pumped up about them – so what happened?

Turns out that the success of New Year’s resolutions, like any behavior change, is based on many factors. If you fail to consider any one of them, that puts those goals in harm’s way.

Here’s a little 7-step diagnostic to help you figure out why your resolutions aren’t working – and tips to put you on the right track to an enjoyable and prosperous year.

1. It’s not what you really want
Those goals you made – the ones you were so excited about on New Year’s Eve? Well, maybe you didn’t want them enough. At the heart of every transformation is the strong desire to change. To weather the inevitable challenges that come with trying to alter habits, you need to be armed with a high level of motivation. Without that motivation, you’ll have a hard time harnessing the effort necessary to combat and rise above the challenges you face. Fast-forward a few weeks and all of a sudden, you’ve fallen back into your old, unhealthy ways. Dig deep and find what you are most strongly motivated to change, and pursue goals in that area.

2. You’re not ready to change
Even with all the motivation in your world, you need to be ready to make a change. Wanting something badly isn’t enough – you need to be willing to put in the effort and commit to a new habit. If not, you’ll be stuck in neutral mode and end up going nowhere. So ask yourself if you’re willing to make the sacrifices necessary to start and commit to a new behavior. If not, it’s time to re-assess your goals and choose something that you’re ready to tackle head-on.

3. Your confidence is low
We all have that inner naysayer that likes to tell us what we can’t do. We might try to push that self-doubt down, but it will inevitably rear its ugly head if not addressed. Before embarking on any resolution to change, you need to ask yourself if you believe you can achieve your goals. If not, the odds are that you’ll fail. And failure breeds failure, so it’s best to avoid setting yourself up for a toxic chain of events. Instead, identify goals that you are very confident you can achieve. On a scale from 1-10, where 1 is the lowest and 10 is the highest, your confidence for a goal should be at least a 7. If you don’t have that level of confidence, adjust the goals until you do. Just as failure breeds failure, so does success breed success. Set yourself up for actions that you think – no, scratch that – that you know you can achieve.

4. The goal was too ambitious
We are a quick fix society. We want change, and we want it now. The problem is that sustainable behavior change takes time. No matter what the salespeople of those supplements, weight loss programs or self-help guides tell you, you can’t overhaul your habits and become a new person overnight. Successful, long-term change is the result of small, incremental steps. Although shooting for the stars is admirable, if it means that you give up because change is too daunting, then it has backfired. Rewind and rework those goals into something attainable. Goals might be small, or not even a behavior at all – thought processes like writing down reasons for eating healthy could serve as goals too. Achieving small goals will strengthen your confidence and enhance your ability to make even greater gains in the future.

5. The goal was an outcome, not a behavior
Perhaps it’s all those cocktails, but often New Year’s resolutions look something like this – I want to be 30 lbs lighter, fit, and more laid back in 2016. Sound good? As far as a resolution – no. These are what we call outcomes, not behavioral goals. They paint a picture of who we want to be but provide absolutely no information on the steps needed to get there. Goals need to be SMART – Specific, Measurable, Action-oriented, Realistic and Time-bound. For every outcome you want to achieve, be as specific as you can in spelling out exactly what you’ll do to get there. For example, to lose weight, you could write a goal that you’ll go to the gym three nights per week (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday) to attend a 1-hour spin class after work with your spouse. The more detailed you can get with outlining the behaviors you need to reach your desired outcome, the more you can keep your goals in check and measure success.

6. You never made a public commitment
Are you willing to shout your resolutions from a rooftop? No? Shyness is not an excuse, my friends. Making a public commitment is a first step in making you accountable to your goals. By putting yourself out there and announcing your intentions, you are translating what was once a general desire – to be healthier, happier, more productive, etc. – into something concrete and tangible. It also invites other people to help you refine those goals and keep you on track. If you haven’t been willing to make a public commitment, it probably signals that you’re not ready to take action, not motivated or not confident enough. Whatever the reason, it is a signal that you should stop, step back and reassess your resolutions. What goals are you willing to make public? Those are the ones that you should focus on pursuing in the future.

7. You have no social support
Nobody succeeds on their own. We’re social animals, and we need support – not only in helping us keep on track but also in navigating the challenges we will inevitably encounter. If you’re going at it alone, try seeking out others with similar goals who can serve as comrades, helping to talk through challenges and brainstorm strategies to overcome obstacles. A network of like-minded individuals can share tips to succeed, help you get back on your feet after a slip, and just offer support when you need it. If you haven’t yet already, you might try reaching out to others seeking similar goals online, at work or through personal connections to make the path to a better future a little less lonely and a whole lot more fulfilling.

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Female Species VS Male Species- Are We Really that Different?

“The female mind is certainly a devious one, my lord.”
Vetinari looked at his secretary in surprise. “Well, of course it is. It has to deal with the male one.”
― Terry Pratchett, Unseen Academicals

I grew up around girls. Having three sisters and one brother (who is ten years younger than me) our home was always filled with female cousins and friends. I never really realized how men work and how to deal with the opposite sex. Honestly growing up in Pakistan as a Muslim girl, there was never the male/female segregation, yet still I was clueless about the differences or if there were any between men and women.

And as life would have it, I got married at 20 and was in for a big surprise. I entered the marriage thinking that my partner was just as emotionally open as most of the girlfriends I had. However that was not the case. I tried to communicate the way I was used to communicating and it didn’t work.

I played the blame game and begin to blame “men” and the way they thought. I also believed that I was much better because I was able to express my feelings and ask for what I wanted; it was ok for me to cry and laugh if I felt like it. I spent a few years judging the “manly man” I had married. But then God played a joke on me and gave me sons, and I had to figure them out this time!!

When my sons were born, I vowed to raise them to be more open minded and emotionally aware of their feelings. And yes now as they are older I do see them as sensitive young men who are caring and aware of the world around them, yet they are just different.

Sometimes I feel like we were created opposite intentionally, to fill in the blank spots in each other’s soul. But then at other times I believe that we aren’t that different at all, its society that hands us our gender based roles and pitches us against each other. Saying things like “women are just emotional” or “be a man , define us as humans and encloses us in gender boxes. After being married for 20 years (and now single for 5), raising 2 boys and working with numerous males, I have realized three different aspects of the male species

1- They have it hard too-emotionally. They are taught at a very young age “to be a man”. I remember I used to get so upset when my ex would tell my son “stop crying like a little girl”. The world around us forces boys to “put a manly face on”.

2- They feel love and pain just like us, this should be something that we know, yet we assume they don’t have a heart. At times when as women we cry and say what we want to, the male species go quiet. They harbor feelings inside and then it comes out the wrong way. And we as women assume that the opposite sex is heartless

3- They are as if not more scared as we are to open up their heart. As women its easier for us to bear our souls, to love freely and openly. However I think guys find it harder to bear their soul.

And so yes I finally believe that we are more similar then we want to believe we are. All species want to be loved and appreciated. We are all insecure and disheartened when someone judges us and we were created to spread and create opportunities for peace and love!!!

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Can’t Sleep? Try Meditation

Throughout my years as a meditation teacher, I’ve encountered many students who come to meditation from a place of acute anxiety. Meditation, and mindfulness practices in general, are scientifically proven antidotes to anxiety and stress, as they are about focusing the mind on what is rather than allowing the anxiety or stress itself to take over, and lead the mind into labyrinths of self-judgment, comparison, regret and other rumination.

Contrary to popular belief, meditation doesn’t always feel relaxing in real time. When I first came to meditation when I was 18, I was experiencing a lot of suffering, and I was seeking a spiritual practice to “fix” my life. I imagined becoming an instantaneously skilled meditator, and becoming filled with white light and bliss during my formal sittings. Of course, what ended up happening was quite different: my meditation practice gave me the space to see the extent to which my mind was causing my suffering, and I began to practice letting go. Thoughts, self-critiques, comparisons to others and so on would still arise–but rather than “inviting the thoughts in for tea,” I acknowledged them, ushered them out of my mind, and returned to my breath. Negotiating this relationship with the mind is one of the central pillars of meditation.

When we meditate, we are strengthening our “letting go” muscles, which we are not frequently conditioned to train in our competitive, work-focused culture. That’s why I believe meditation is one of the most powerful sleep-aids. (And, in fact, recent studies prove this to be true!) One of my students speaks frequently about her insomnia, which, she tells me, often feels related to obsessional thinking and ritualistic habits of checking and re-checking her phone and email, feeling like the night hours meant for sleeping could be work hours, and therefore are being wasted. Needless to say, this student tells me that she feels tremendous gratitude for her meditation practice, and the space it has created for her to learn to rest, even when it feels difficult.

Sleep troubles often become a vicious cycle. First, we can’t sleep, which is often the result of anxiety or stress–having endured a tough conversation that day, anticipating a big meeting coming up at work, enumerating your to-do list. Then, the mind tends to fixate on sleeplessness as the object of anxiety itself. I can’t sleep. Why can’t I sleep? What did I do wrong today to make me not be able to sleep? Rather than simply recognizing what is–the fact that we’re awake in the present moment–the mind’s stories, judgments, questions and worries enter the scene. Needless to say, rest doesn’t usually emerge naturally from such a tight “grip.”

Another one of my students developed a particular lovingkindness meditation practice for sleeplessness. In traditional lovingkindness meditation, we silently state phrases of lovingkindness to ourselves first, then to another individual– first a loved one, and then someone who we find difficult. Finally, we direct phrases of lovingkindness to all beings. (Examples of phrases include May I/you/all beings be happy, peaceful, healthy, strong.) When this student of mine has trouble sleeping, she likes to imagine “all beings” to whom she is directing phrases of lovingkindess in a state of rest. This helps her mind release its grip on the fact that she is alone, ostensibly the only person awake, and her anxieties around wakefulness dissipate as her focus becomes directed on a more positive, restful thought.

Sure, meditation requires discipline, but the practice is more meaningful when we can find a sense of spaciousness in it. I often say that tuning into the breath, or phrases of lovingkindness, or whatever your object of mindfulness may be, is like noticing a friend in a crowd. Just because we are focusing on our friend doesn’t mean the other individuals in the crowd must be eradicated. But we can still gently rest our attention on our friend, the breath. That way, we move into a place of restful attention rather than fixation. Focus may require energy, but it’s an energy characterized by expansion, rather than constriction. Meditation creates space, and in that space we can rest. We are never alone in our search for peace. We just need to trust that it will come. So may you be happy, may you live with ease, and may you sleep restfully each night.

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5 Takeaways From The GOP’s ‘Congress Of Tomorrow’ Retreat

BALTIMORE — The GOP retreat was a chance for House and Senate Republicans to get on the same page, to skip the Republican debate, see the movie “13 Hours,” and to tell the press that they’re, like, totally going to pass all 12 appropriations bills. 

But past all the happy talk, beyond the George Will speech and the Larry Kudlow panel, the Republican retreat put leaders on the record. Members now have a standard by which to judge leadership, and leaders have something to live up to.

At this point in Paul Ryan’s speakership, members are generally satisfied with the changes the Wisconsin Republican has made to congressional business as usual. But hanging over Ryan is the implicit threat that he could face a conservative mutiny.

“We just had a speaker of the House who had to step down because he lost support of the conference,” one of the founders of the House Freedom Caucus, Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.), told reporters on Friday. “So I don’t think we need to do anything overt to make leadership aware that they’ll be accountable.”

The first step in that accountability is laying out what you want to do. And while GOP leaders stopped short of many specifics — something they contend is instrumental to a new bottom-up approach of legislating — the Baltimore conference was a significant moment in the story of what Republicans intend to do over the next year, even if they don’t intend to actually vote on much of what they propose.Here are five takeaways from the Republican retreat:

Let’s pass some spending bills, shall we?

The dominant theme of the GOP retreat was a commitment to doing all 12 spending bills — or, at least, trying to do them. Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told members they would make a real attempt to fund government departments through individual spending measures. But leaders stopped short of an actual commitment, perhaps because they know the difficulty of actually getting it done; the last time the government was funded through all 12 appropriations bills was 1994.

As McConnell mentioned, passing appropriations bills in the Senate requires the cooperation of Democrats, and it’s uncertain how willing Democrats will be to pass bills largely intended to restrict the Obama administration.

Democrats and Republicans have already agreed to a topline spending number, so finding agreement between the two sides may not be as tricky as previous years on that front. But with so many potential votes on controversial issues, members in both chambers — and from both parties — might want to avoid exposing members to difficult votes during an election year.

Filibustering Senate filibuster changes

There was no commitment to overhauling the Senate filibuster in Baltimore. In fact, the most that senators are discussing is a tweak to eliminate one of the two votes requiring the support of 60 senators. In short, an adjustment to the Senate filibuster won’t change the fact that Republicans need Democratic votes to pass legislation.

As much as House Republicans clamor for something, even the tweak under consideration may not be palatable to Senate Republicans, who’ve seen the value of minority rights in the recent past. But it’s clear there’s growing frustration with the filibuster, and Baltimore was more evidence of that.

While House Republicans complain about the current rules, Senate Republicans report that they’re looking at the changes. In congressional speak, that doesn’t mean much. 

The budget. The budget. The budget.

With the topline spending number set, Republicans plan to tackle a budget blueprint early in the new year. Ryan said the House will start on the budget at least a month earlier than usual, with a target date of early March for House adoption.

But already, conservatives are insisting the budget number Democrats and Republicans agreed to in October is too high, which … good luck getting Democrats and the president to sign off on a new, lower number now. 

In fact, if there’s any movement on the budget, in this year or future years, it seems like the spending number will go up. McConnell told members on Thursday, according to one member present, that for every dollar Republicans add to defense spending, Democrats will get a dollar in domestic spending, which was the equation in recent deals. 

While the House adopting a budget seems likely, the Senate is more in question. Senate Budget Chairman Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) still hasn’t committed to a markup, and there are plenty of questions about whether the dedication is really there.

If the Senate doesn’t act, it might be an early indication of just how unserious that promise to finalize 12 appropriations bills really is. 

Bold agenda, maybe not-so-bold votes

Ryan has made a point to make the words “bold, pro-growth agenda” his new catchphrase in recent weeks, and he used the retreat as an opportunity to sketch out the five topics that are part of that agenda:

  • National security — The No. 1 issue on people’s minds, according to a poll members saw in Baltimore, is national security, and Republicans want to present themselves as the party of military strength.
  • The economy — Republicans contend the economy isn’t reaching its potential and that wages are stagnant. 
  • Health care — Republicans still want to dismantle Obamacare and replace it with a more free-market approach.
  • Poverty — “Right now we have a safety-net that is designed to catch people falling into poverty, when what we really need is a trampoline that gets people out of poverty,” Ryan said.
  • Restoring the Constitution” — Ryan argued on Friday that President Barack Obama’s executive actions had “damaged the people’s trust.”

Ryan has been clear that while he wants Republicans to present ideas to voters, he’s not completely tied to the concept that Republicans actually have to vote on those ideas, particularly when floor time could be valuable during a busy legislative schedule.

Republicans left Baltimore without a commitment that they’ll vote on an Obamacare replacement — and for as many times they’ve voted to repeal the health care law, they’ve never voted on an alternative.

Still, Ryan has said members are going to take tough votes, and some bills might even fail on the floor. 

When National Republican Congressional Committee Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) was asked on Thursday if this retreat was more about putting out proposals than actually voting on those proposals, he said, ”I don’t think one precludes the other.”

It remains to be seen how dedicated Republicans are to voting on their ideas.

A focus on criminal justice reform?

Legislation to reform harsh sentencing laws and alleviate struggling prisons overburdened by a growing inmate population was one of the few policy items Republican leaders cited as something they could get done in the next year. The overwhelming theme of the conference was unity, and proposing strong new ideas, but they didn’t discuss what ideas those would be (at least not with the press). Passing criminal justice reform legislation through both chambers will be an uphill battle, certainly, but it’s one of the few areas where Congress — and the president — could actually change something this year.

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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.

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7 Reasons Why Your New Year’s Resolutions Are Failing and How to Fix Them to Succeed

It’s only weeks into 2016 and your New Year’s resolutions are already on the fritz.

Sound familiar?

You’re not alone. Only about eight percent of New Year’s resolutions succeed and most go by the wayside within just weeks of the New Year. You had the best of intentions when you made those goals and felt pretty pumped up about them – so what happened?

Turns out that the success of New Year’s resolutions, like any behavior change, is based on many factors. If you fail to consider any one of them, that puts those goals in harm’s way.

Here’s a little 7-step diagnostic to help you figure out why your resolutions aren’t working – and tips to put you on the right track to an enjoyable and prosperous year.

1. It’s not what you really want
Those goals you made – the ones you were so excited about on New Year’s Eve? Well, maybe you didn’t want them enough. At the heart of every transformation is the strong desire to change. To weather the inevitable challenges that come with trying to alter habits, you need to be armed with a high level of motivation. Without that motivation, you’ll have a hard time harnessing the effort necessary to combat and rise above the challenges you face. Fast-forward a few weeks and all of a sudden, you’ve fallen back into your old, unhealthy ways. Dig deep and find what you are most strongly motivated to change, and pursue goals in that area.

2. You’re not ready to change
Even with all the motivation in your world, you need to be ready to make a change. Wanting something badly isn’t enough – you need to be willing to put in the effort and commit to a new habit. If not, you’ll be stuck in neutral mode and end up going nowhere. So ask yourself if you’re willing to make the sacrifices necessary to start and commit to a new behavior. If not, it’s time to re-assess your goals and choose something that you’re ready to tackle head-on.

3. Your confidence is low
We all have that inner naysayer that likes to tell us what we can’t do. We might try to push that self-doubt down, but it will inevitably rear its ugly head if not addressed. Before embarking on any resolution to change, you need to ask yourself if you believe you can achieve your goals. If not, the odds are that you’ll fail. And failure breeds failure, so it’s best to avoid setting yourself up for a toxic chain of events. Instead, identify goals that you are very confident you can achieve. On a scale from 1-10, where 1 is the lowest and 10 is the highest, your confidence for a goal should be at least a 7. If you don’t have that level of confidence, adjust the goals until you do. Just as failure breeds failure, so does success breed success. Set yourself up for actions that you think – no, scratch that – that you know you can achieve.

4. The goal was too ambitious
We are a quick fix society. We want change, and we want it now. The problem is that sustainable behavior change takes time. No matter what the salespeople of those supplements, weight loss programs or self-help guides tell you, you can’t overhaul your habits and become a new person overnight. Successful, long-term change is the result of small, incremental steps. Although shooting for the stars is admirable, if it means that you give up because change is too daunting, then it has backfired. Rewind and rework those goals into something attainable. Goals might be small, or not even a behavior at all – thought processes like writing down reasons for eating healthy could serve as goals too. Achieving small goals will strengthen your confidence and enhance your ability to make even greater gains in the future.

5. The goal was an outcome, not a behavior
Perhaps it’s all those cocktails, but often New Year’s resolutions look something like this – I want to be 30 lbs lighter, fit, and more laid back in 2016. Sound good? As far as a resolution – no. These are what we call outcomes, not behavioral goals. They paint a picture of who we want to be but provide absolutely no information on the steps needed to get there. Goals need to be SMART – Specific, Measurable, Action-oriented, Realistic and Time-bound. For every outcome you want to achieve, be as specific as you can in spelling out exactly what you’ll do to get there. For example, to lose weight, you could write a goal that you’ll go to the gym three nights per week (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday) to attend a 1-hour spin class after work with your spouse. The more detailed you can get with outlining the behaviors you need to reach your desired outcome, the more you can keep your goals in check and measure success.

6. You never made a public commitment
Are you willing to shout your resolutions from a rooftop? No? Shyness is not an excuse, my friends. Making a public commitment is a first step in making you accountable to your goals. By putting yourself out there and announcing your intentions, you are translating what was once a general desire – to be healthier, happier, more productive, etc. – into something concrete and tangible. It also invites other people to help you refine those goals and keep you on track. If you haven’t been willing to make a public commitment, it probably signals that you’re not ready to take action, not motivated or not confident enough. Whatever the reason, it is a signal that you should stop, step back and reassess your resolutions. What goals are you willing to make public? Those are the ones that you should focus on pursuing in the future.

7. You have no social support
Nobody succeeds on their own. We’re social animals, and we need support – not only in helping us keep on track but also in navigating the challenges we will inevitably encounter. If you’re going at it alone, try seeking out others with similar goals who can serve as comrades, helping to talk through challenges and brainstorm strategies to overcome obstacles. A network of like-minded individuals can share tips to succeed, help you get back on your feet after a slip, and just offer support when you need it. If you haven’t yet already, you might try reaching out to others seeking similar goals online, at work or through personal connections to make the path to a better future a little less lonely and a whole lot more fulfilling.

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Is This Lip Balm Really Causing Rashes? What To Know About the Lawsuit Against EOS

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By Celia Shatzman

Even if you don’t use EOS lip balm, you probably recognize the cute little orbs from checkout counters, and endorsements by stars like Kim K, Hillary Duff, and Miley Cyrus. But while celebs seem to love the stuff, a few customers are anything but fans.

According to a class action lawsuit filed on January 12 in Los Angeles, Rachael Cronin applied the balm and her lips became dry and coarse (like “sandpaper”) within hours. She then applied more balm to try to smooth her lips, but the symptoms worsened. When Cronin shared a pic of her swollen mouth on Facebook, the post “set off a frenzy of responses from other individuals who shared the identical experience with EOS,” according to the lawsuit.

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The original photo appears to have been removed from Facebook, but Fox 11 Los Angeles tweeted these images included in the lawsuit.

Cronin’s lawyer Mark Geragos wrote in the document that “potentially hundreds of thousands of similarly situated consumers” could be affected. He is asking for damages and corrective advertising.

But EOS–which stands for Evolution of Smooth–is sticking by its product. Health received the following statement from the company: “We firmly believe this lawsuit is without merit. Our products are made with the highest quality ingredients and meet or exceed all safety and quality standards set out by our industry and validated by rigorous testing conducted by an independent lab. The health and well-being of our customers is our top priority and millions of satisfied customers use our products every day, many of whom take the time to share their experiences with us.”

The fact is, there are many things that can cause a rash on the lips. New York City dermatologist Joshua Zeichner, MD–who couldn’t comment on the specific cases in the lawsuit–listed some possible culprits: “an allergy, irritation, lip licking, dry weather, certain foods, some systemic diseases, even excessive drooling.”

He noted that allergies to personal care products are not uncommon. And as any derm will tell you, just because a product says it is 100% natural that doesn’t mean it won’t cause an allergic reaction.

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With lip balms, the problem can get worse when you apply more in an effort to soothe your raw skin, Dr. Zeichner explained. “You are essentially adding fuel to the fire and creating a vicious cycle.” (In general, he recommends steering clear of lip products that contain the potentially irritating ingredients camphor, menthol, and salicylic acid.)

If you develop a rash and suspect a product, stop using it immediately and see your MD. If he or she determines it is an allergic reaction (and not an infection or something else), these are treatable with antihistamines and topical cortisone creams, says Dr. Zeichner. “You can start with OTC products and move over to prescriptions if you’re not improving in a day or two.”

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