Saturday, October 31, 2009

Guest Blogger - Catharina De Swardt - Butterfly Children


Katherine is a spunky eight-year-old. She does what every child her age does. She runs outside, climbs trees she can’t get down from, and enjoys having her friends over to her house. The only difference is that most of the time Katherine is wrapped in bandages. Almost her entire body is covered with bandages.

Katherine has Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB). It is a genetic skin disorder that causes blisters on the skin. These wounds are very similar to third-degree burn wounds.

Katherine was five weeks old when her mother spotted a blister on her hand. The blister got bigger and bigger until it burst.

The blisters are very painful, even with the slightest touch. Katherine says that when she meets someone for the first time, she tells them: “Be careful, I am fragile.” She wants people to understand they must be gentle around her.

EB is a very rare disease and affects both boys and girls. About 1 out of every 50,000 children are born with it. There are different types of EB, ranging from mild to severe.

Katherine suffers from Recessive Dystrophic EB. It gets worse the older Katherine gets.

“Sometimes I just want to carry a sign above my head saying ‘I’ve got EB’ so people will stop asking. I want to carry a video explaining to people what it is,” Katherine says.

Because their skin is so fragile, children affected by the disorder are often referred to as “Butterfly Children.”

Epidermolysis Bullosa is a chronic disease. There is no cure for it, and the only thing you can do is make the patient comfortable and provide good wound care.

Children suffering from this disease need a lot of care. Bandages need to be replaced daily. It is very important to keep the blisters from getting infected and prevent friction on the skin.

There are a lot of specialized bandages and ointments designed to improve wound care for EB patients. Katherine and her mother spend two to three hours every day dressing her wounds.

Very often the healing wounds itch, and kids must refrain from scratching themselves, as it will only make the skin worse.

In more severe cases the disease not only affects the outer layers of the skin but also the eyes, intestines, and esophagus. Children with EB normally have to be on a special diet. Sometimes they can only drink liquids because it hurts too much to swallow.

The important thing to know about EB is that it is not contagious. Despite the physical problems, there is no impairment of intelligence. Many children suffering from EB can still have normal, active lives.

Katherine loves to read, and her favorite subjects are math and science. She is in the gifted program for languages and social studies at her school.

Katherine is very fortunate that she does not have web fingers, like some children with EB do. She plays the piano and performs recitals for patients at the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.

Katherine loves to dance. She dances competitively and won a scholarship in her jazz class to attend the Jump Convention. Katherine says it doesn’t matter how much it hurts as long as she can keep on dancing.

If you would like to learn more about EB, visit http://www.debra.org/.







Friday, October 30, 2009

The Noticer

Could we change our lives, our very beings, by changing our perspective on our circumstances?

Jones, the old, grey-haired gentleman drifter carrying a well-worn brown suitcase has a very special gift:

He Notices.

His kind manner, to-the-point directness, and common sense wisdom give the folks of Orange Beach, Alabama, new hope. Jones says, “A grateful perspective brings happiness and abundance into a person’s life.”

However, will the poverty-stricken man living under the pier, a couple whose marriage is failing, and the other hurting residents of this small coastal town embrace his wisdom?

“Everybody wants to be on the mountaintop, but if you’ll remember, mountaintops are rocky and cold. There is no growth on the top of a mountain. Sure the view is great, but what’s a view for? A view just gives us a glimpse of our next destination—our next target” (excerpt from The Noticer).

Jones sets his sights on several different people with not-so-different problems. All they need is a little perspective and old Jones to guide them along the way.

If you only read one book this year, make it The Noticer. It’s uplifting and inspirational, and unlike so many other books on the market today, this book will leave you feeling like there’s still hope left in this dog-eat-dog world.

I caught up with Andy Andrews and asked him about The Noticer. He says, “I was inspired [to write The Noticer] by the time I spent homeless as a young adult and a man named Jones (the first chapter of The Noticer is true). That time spent diligently searching for wisdom has become a lifelong process. Now my mission is to share what I have learned with others in story form.”

Andy didn’t only write a fiction story. When I asked him if he actually lives the “Jones” philosophy, he replied, “Absolutely! My time with him [Jones] impacted me in such a way that I have become a second generation noticer. I think most of us need a ‘Jones’ and can become one for other people.

“The message of The Noticer is that there are things that we can do to make us better parents, better spouses, better friends, and more successful in life. There are better choices we can make and huge hope to be gained with an open mind, a little reading, and some perspective.”

For more information on Andy Andrews or his books, visit his web site at http://www.andyandrews.com/. You can also follow Andy on Twitter at http://www.Twitter.com/AndyAndrews.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

A Lion Called Christian - John Rendall Interview

It has received over 60 million hits on YouTube: Christian the Lion reunites with his “foster parents,” Anthony Bourke and John Rendall. If you haven’t seen it yet, I dare you not to cry.

After watching this remarkable video I just had to talk to one of the men responsible for this “once in a lifetime” phenomenon. John Rendall has been kind enough to answer my questions and give us a bigger glimpse into this remarkable story. I have left it Q/A style so as to not leave out anything.

1. Can you tell us a bit about yourself and what you're up to now?

I am currently in London spending time with my daughter Tallulah, who is a singer/songwriter (tallulahrendall.com). I have one son at Sydney University and another at a college in Massachusetts, so all I seem to do is chase them around the world!

2. Have you always been an animal/cat enthusiast?

Always. I grew up in the oldest country town in New South Wales—Bathurst, which was founded in 1813. We had working cattle dogs, house pet dogs, cats, birds, native galahs, frill-necked lizards, snakes, and kangaroos. Young kangaroos, “joeys,” were hand-fed in the laundry room with milk and honey until they were old enough to set free in the garden and later in the paddocks.

The first lions I saw were part of a travelling circus that came to town when I was eight or nine years old. They were so exotic and frightening I didn’t really think about the grim cages they were kept in. I was just glad the bars were strong. It is only right that such circuses no longer exist. What terrible lives those animals lived.

3. Did you have any second thoughts about taking in a lion cub?

Of course. It was a huge challenge, but I could not bear the thought of this beautiful cub staying any longer in the small cage at Harrods. I knew so much more about animals.

4. Most people "fall in love" with the idea of having an exotic pet, but you know firsthand what that entails. What would you tell people today about having a pet like Christian or any other exotic animal?

Don’t. We were incredibly lucky with Christian. He had been hand-reared and well–looked after at Harrods, within the confines of his small cage. But I would never do it again. By buying Christian we had inadvertently bought into the trade in exotic animals. Since the Endangered Species Act was implemented in 1973, it has been illegal for pet shops to deal in exotic animals.

The only exotic animal dealing/trading I condone is the swapping of animals between institutions involved in the breeding of endangered species. Examples are Taronga Zoo in Sydney; the Western Plains Zoo in Dubbo, New South Wales; Chester Zoo in the United Kingdom; Frankfurt Zoo in Germany; and the San Diego Zoo in the United States. These institutions are no longer “zoos” by definition as simply “show places” for exotic species but are centres of exotic species breeding programmes that protect gene pools and aid in the research of diseases in exotic species.

I am a Trustee of the George Adamson Wildlife Preservation Trust, which administers and funds the Mkomazi National Park in Tanzania. We breed endangered species, protect the game and environment, and educate local children. We have recently received three black rhinos from Czechoslovakia. They are from a separate gene pool than those we are breeding in Tanzania and are a bonus to our programme. This gene pool may well have died out if the rhinos had not been taken to Czechoslovakia.

5. Do you agree with circuses’ having large animals, such as lions and elephants, as part of their acts?

This is certainly no longer acceptable. It never has been. Cirque de Soleil has shown that circuses no longer need to have animal acts to bring the exotic to an audience. Sadly, there are still some old-style circuses featuring exotic animals in parts of Europe and Asia.

6. How did you find the courage, despite the odds, to do what you did?

It was a determination to try and find a better life for this beautiful animal. Even if it was only in the short-term, we felt we must be able to provide a better life than that in a small cage in a department store. We were young, fit Aussies and fortunately had enough resources to be able to look after Christian. Also, the owners of the pine furniture shop where we worked were very supportive: Joe Harding and John Barnardiston; the manageress, Jennifer-Mary (who was my girlfriend at the time); our daily, Kay Dew; and a girl called Unity Jones who came in to play with Christian every day (she had raised a lioness in Rome!).

7. Did you ever think, “What did we get ourselves into?" with Christian?

Only when he began to outgrow the shop. He was 35 lbs when we bought him, and by one year old he weighed 175 lbs. We were worried he might fall against a window and hurt himself and others. When we received the offer from George Adamson to rehabilitate him, we immediately accepted.

8. If you could do it all over again, would you?

No. First, I really do believe that Christian was a very special lion, and I would never be lucky enough to find another equally special lion. I have subsequently met many other lions, and none of them matched Christian’s accepting and trusting nature. Of course I am biased, but George Adamson, the “lion whisperer,” the man who knew more about lions than anyone else in the world, became totally besotted with Christian. Despite his first reservations about the chances of Christian succeeding in the wild, George wrote in his autobiography, My Pride and Joy, “The easiest lion to rehabilitate was a brave and mischievous little lion from London, Christian.”

9. Could you tell us a bit about your experience in Africa?

When we took Christian to Africa, it was my first visit to that magnificent continent. I was immediately entranced by the sights and smells. To see Christian in his right environment was so exciting. Suddenly he blended into the landscape. Instead of being “exotic” he instantly fit in, blending into the landscape.

10. What was your first thought when you saw Christian again after he'd spent a year in Africa?

First, his size! When we bought Christian he weighed 35 lbs. When we left him with George a year later, he weighed 175 lbs. Now, a year later, he was over 350 lbs. But we recognised him instantly. We also realised he had matured and was confident. The way he walked toward us was so impressive: calm, curious, unafraid, and certainly not in hunting “mode.” He did not stalk us—he just walked purposefully towards us . . . until we called him, and then he started to run. He was so excited.

Raising Christian has had an incredible impact on my life. Without Christian I would not have had such a unique introduction to Africa and the opportunity to meet and work with George Adamson. For the past 40 years I have worked to raise money for George, the George Adamson Trust, and other conservation charities. The renewed interest in Christian is helping continue to stress the importance of wildlife and conservation issues.
He was a magnificent lion, and it appears he still has a job to do.

For further information about Christian and the George Adamson Trust, visit these web sites: Wildlife Preservation Trust: http://www.georgeadamson.org/,
http://www.wildlifenow.com/, and http://www.christianthelionprints.com/.

You can also get the whole story in A Lion Called Christian: The Remarkable Bond Between Two Friends and a Lion by John Rendall and Anthony Bourke, which is available at bookstores everywhere and is on the New York Times bestseller list.
If you haven't seen the A Lion Called Christian YouTube Video, check it out below under our New & Now section :)

Sunday, October 25, 2009

SproutBaby

Want a product for your baby that’s all-organic, convenient, tastes great, and is good for the planet? Sound too good to be true?

Well, look no further. When your baby is ready to start experimenting with solid foods, SproutBaby has everything you need.

Stage One (for 6 months and older) offers your baby choices like:

· Fruits: Roasted Banana, Roasted Apples and Roasted Pears

· Veggies: Sweet Peas, Roasted Butternut Squash, Baked Sweet Potatoes

Stage two (for 7 months and older) offers baby choices like:

· Fruits/Veggies: Sweet Baby Carrots, Apple & Mango

· Oatmeal with Roasted Cinnamon Applesauce

· Peach Rice Pudding

In addition, these delicious meals are carefully packed in eco-friendly, 3.5-ounce serving pouches, perfect for one-meal servings.

SproutBaby says, “This is our attempt to reduce the waste created by our products and to reduce energy consumption in the manufacturing and transportation of our products while still providing the customer with a high-quality convenience product.”

Along with food products, SproutBaby also offers a full line of baby skin care products like Balm, Shampoo, Lotion, Body Wash, and Sanitizers, as well as all-natural colic and gas relief remedies. And don’t feel left out, Mom—SproutBaby has products for you too. You can find everything you need in the way of Teas, Balms, Body Butters, Sprays, books and more at http://store.sproutbaby.com/.

Good news! SproutBaby is offering one of its newest products, the Thinkbaby Stainless Steel feeding set to one of our lucky readers. This set offers the latest in 100% sustainable and certified organic utensils, especially crafted for newborns and babies. The Thinkbaby specialized feeding sets boast unique assets, including:

· reusable feeding sets reduce waste.

· the sets are BPA, Phthalate, PVC, and Polycarbonate-free

· all containers come with lids for easy travel.

Check them out at http://store.sproutbaby.com/product-p/tb-cbpaffs.htm.

How can you enter SproutBaby’s giveaway to win the Thinkbaby Stainless Steel feeding set?

· Simply pick a number between 1 and 50 and put your guess in the comments section (be sure to check back on November 7th to see if you won and I can get contact info from you)

· The closest number wins.

· Only one guess per entry

· Contest ends on November 5th , 2009.

· Please remember to leave some contact information in the comment section or check back at the end of the contest to see if you’ve won. Good luck!

The fun doesn't stop there. SproutBaby has also created a special blogger referral code just for Families Matter. This code gives you, the reader, a 15% discount off your first order.

Here's the referral code: SBBL019. Be sure to take advantage of this great deal.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

From Fat to Fit: Turn Yourself into a Weapon of Mass Reduction

Fat Facts:

· Nearly two-thirds of adult Americans are overweight.

· Obese adults have a 50 to 100 percent increased risk of premature death.

· 17 percent of adolescents and 19 percent of children age six to eleven are overweight. (“Foreword” to From Fat to Fit).


It’s bad enough having to go on a diet. Most of us are faced with this dilemma at least once in our lives. We quietly vow to watch our caloric intake as we “try” to exercise more. Now imagine, if you can, making this decision and having an entire front page of your local newspaper cover your diet story, including reporting on all those personal, secretive details—like your current weight and measurements. Plus, this same newspaper would also do a weekly feature tracking your progress. YIKES!!!

Carole Carson knows exactly how this feels: she was the dieter being tracked. “I tried to grasp the implications. Everyone—my neighbors, my friends downtown, everyone!—would know my measurements and weight” (excerpt from From Fat to Fit).

However, the publicity didn’t stop Carole. In fact she embraced the challenge to lose 40 pounds before her 60th birthday (16 weeks away). Carole said, “I would expose my ups and downs, my progress and lapses, my measurements and weight and even my thoughts as I reinvented myself” (excerpt from From Fat to Fit).

Carole Carson’s journey isn’t one of a typical dieter, but it is extraordinary. Discover how her simple decision to lose some weight turned into a county-wide “Meltdown” fitness craze in From Fat to Fit.

This book details Carole’s own personal progress and her tactics in losing the weight and keeping it off, as well as the Nevada County Meltdown phenomenon. From Fat to Fit was an inspirational and motivational read, so much so that I have rededicated myself to losing those few extra “stubborn” pounds and becoming more fit and active. And with the winter months fast approaching, I challenge my fellow “couch-potatoes” to do the same.

To get inspired, pick up a copy of From Fat to Fit by Carole Carson. It’s available at all bookstores. You can also visit her website at http://www.fromfat2fit.com/ for more inspiration and information.













Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Encyclopedia Of Haunted Places


Whether it’s a friendly ghost like Ruth Wooster of the Carousel Gardens Restaurant, leaving coins for her favourite patrons (page 49), or Lincoln’s ghost, walking the halls of the White House (page 98), if it’s a ghost, this book has it.

The Encyclopedia of Haunted Places has over 270 documented “Ghostly Encounters” from all over the world. Written in encyclopedic format, this book starts off with a bit of history of the “presence” (i.e., what happened to the person, the location the ghost inhabits, and the strange phenomena still occurring today). In addition, the book gives the addresses of all the locations as well as pictures, some of which are even of the “ghosts” themselves.

Think you have a ghost? Who are you gonna call? The Encyclopedia of Haunted Places also gives profiles of some of the leading paranormal investigators as well as a directory of paranormal investigators from all over the United States, Canada, Europe, Central America, Asia, and South Africa.

However, you don’t have to have a ghost to read this fascinating book. The shocking stories and eyewitness accounts of floating orbs, cold spots, footsteps, slamming doors, and being touched when no one else is around are enough to run shivers down the spines of even the steeliest of folks. And with Halloween right around the corner, this book would make the perfect “late night ghost story” read . . . if you dare.

Encyclopedia of Haunted Places: Revised Edition (EAN 978-1-60163-799-8, pages: 360, price: $19.99) has been published by New Page Books. The book is available at Barnes & Noble, Borders, Amazon.com, and many other booksellers.

For more information about the Encyclopedia of Haunted Places: Revised Edition and other new releases, visit the website of publisher New Page Books at http://www.newpagebooks.com/.










Tuesday, October 20, 2009

The Baby Fat Diet


Eating for two? Did you know:

· A few hundred extra calories from healthy foods is all the “extra” you actually need?

· An occasional small piece of chocolate won’t do you any harm? In fact, one study showed that women who ate a little chocolate every day while pregnant had happier babies than those who didn’t!

· According to a study at St. George’s Hospital in London, the scent of vanilla helps curb the appetite? (Chapter 1 of The Baby Fat Diet)

So you’ve had your sweet little bundle of joy. You’re elated, exhausted—and still look like you’re pregnant. Some post-pregnancy weight is to be expected, but you are probably anxious to get that old body back (or at least come close to getting back to your old weight). But where does one start? There’s always some fad diet or another that promises quick results with minimum effort, but these can be ineffective and sometimes unhealthy.

The Baby Fat Diet, by Monica Bearden, RD, and Shara Aaron, MS, RD, is a practical guide to losing those extra baby pounds and keeping them off. Designed for the busy mom, this book has 34 short chapters plus an entire chapter (35) dedicated solely to “Your Ready-to-Go Grocery List for All the Baby Fat Diet Essentials.”

In addition, each chapter has quick “fabulous facts” and ends with “baby fat tips” and a lined section on which you can write down the changes you plan to make based on what you’ve read in that chapter. There’s even an entire chapter (33) that gives you easy-to-follow sample menus for 1600–2400 calories per day, along with their nutritional analysis.

The Baby Fat Diet leaves nothing out and is the one book you’ll want to read cover to cover and keep handy for a quick reference. From teaching facts about vitamins and minerals, organic foods, your metabolism and portion sizes, and food labels to helping you choose (and look forward to) eating properly, this book is “tailor-made for a woman with demands on her coming in every direction. It’s flexible and easy to follow” (Chapter 30). You also don’t need to be pregnant or have just given birth to read this book. The information is good, practical, sound advice that will work for anyone: mom, mother-to-be, or somewhere in between.

The Baby Fat Diet can be purchased online and at most major bookstores. Or check out their web site at http://www.babyfatdiet.com

Monday, October 19, 2009

Dream Baby Product Review






As parents, we can’t wait to witness our babies pulling themselves up, crawling, and, of course, taking those magical first steps. However, with mobility comes curiosity, and curiosity will inevitably lead to getting into trouble. As any busy parent will attest, you can’t be watching Junior every minute of the day. So how can we keep our babies safe and still give them the freedom to explore their surroundings?

Dream Baby is making this job easier than ever with the Dream Baby Cable Lock and Dream Baby No Tools-No Screws Safety Kit.

The Dream Baby Cable Lock keeps children safe by preventing them from opening cabinets and deters stroller theft and secures a multitude of items with an adjustable 40-cm (15.75") cable loop. Cable Lock is perfect for kids who are able to unlock traditional safety locks, as it utilizes a built-in combination locking system. This clever product can also be used on mushroom-shaped knobs or D-shaped handles.

The Dream Baby No Tools-No Screws Safety Kit is a 35-piece set of child accessories that don’t require any tools for installation. This set includes:

· 24 outlet plugs

· 4 corner protectors for coffee tables or sharp-edged furniture

· Secure-A-Lock, which prevents the opening of cabinets

· Angel Lock, which keeps drawers closed

· Appliance Latch, which keeps the refrigerator from being opened by baby

· Adhesive Double-Lock, which fastens in position with a strong bonding tape

· Door Stopper, which keeps little fingers from being pinched in a slamming door

With no tools required, this kit is perfect for your home, daycares, or a nanny’s home. To check out Dream Baby products or to find an upcoming trade show location, please visit the website at http://www.dream-baby.com/.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Artichoke Spinach Dip

Lovely wine and pesto flavours give this rich dip a real bistro feel—it tastes fabulous served with fresh baguette slices.

* Jar of marinated artichoke hearts, 12 oz.
(340 ml) drained and chopped
* Herb and garlic cream cheese 1 cup (250 mL)
* Dry (or alcohol-free) white wine 1/2 cup
(125 ml )
* Coarsely chopped fresh spinach leaves,
4 cups (1L) lightly packed
* Basil pesto 1/4 cup (60 mL)
Combine first 3 ingredients and a sprinkle of pepper in 3 1/2 to 4 quart (3.5 to 4 L) slow cooker.
Cook, covered, on Low for 4 to 5 hours or on High for 2 to 2 1/2 hours. Stir until smooth.
Add spinach and pesto. Stir.


Makes about 2 1/2 cups (625 mL).
1/4 cup (60 mL): 113 Calories; 8.8 g Total Fat (0 g Mono, trace Poly, 4.1 g Sat); 26 mg Cholesterol; 4 g Carbohydrate; trace Fibre; 3 g Protein; 256 mg Sodium

Reprinted from 5-Ingredient Slow Cooker Recipes © Company's Coming Publishing Limited
http://www.companyscoming.com/

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Tips on Halloween Candy and Tooth Decay


By Dr. Margaret Mitchell, DDS

Kids love candy, and Halloween is a great time to celebrate that love. However, what are parents to do if they are worried about tooth decay from all this candy consumption? As the owner of the Mitchell Dental Spa in Chicago’s Water Tower Place, I would like to share some thoughts on this subject.

Candy usually contains sugar, which the bacteria that cause tooth decay dine on. So eating a food loaded with carbohydrate or sugar feeds the bacteria that cause tooth decay. Consequently, to avoid negative impacts from candy, we have to do two things:

1) Avoid excessive consumption of these sugary treats

2) Lessen the amount of time the sugar is present in the mouth

Here are some of my suggestions:

· Examine your child’s candy to see if it meets your approval.

· It is okay for your child to eat any candy that you approve of, but to help lessen the chance of tooth decay, have them brush as soon as possible after eating the candy. If a child or adult brushes right after, the impact of the candy on the teeth is minimal.

· Avoid sticky candy, such as taffy, gummy bears, caramel, etc. Sticky candy adheres to teeth and causes decay.

· Kids can eat candy ANYTIME; there is not a good time of day or night to eat candy.

· Prior to Halloween, visit your dentist to have sealants put into the child’s teeth grooves.

If brushing soon after eating is not possible, then try the following:

· Consume the candy with a meal. The increased saliva production while eating will help wash the sweet residue off the teeth.

· Rinse the mouth with water.

· Chew a sugarless gum (especially one containing xylitol) after snacking on candy. The increased saliva from chewing will help wash the sugar off the teeth, and xylitol-fortified gums help control the bacteria that cause tooth decay.

· Eat the candy quickly in one sitting to decrease the amount of time it is in direct contact with the teeth. Avoid eating any candy slowly over an extended time or over multiple sittings. Recent studies have shown that the length of time spent eating a sweet can be more harmful than the amount of candy consumed. This means hard candies, breath mints, etc. (candy with a long residence time in the mouth), can actually be worse for your teeth than a chocolate bar (candy with a shorter residence time in the mouth).

· Avoid sugary sodas. They are: 1) loaded with sugar (often over 10 teaspoons per 12-ounce serving), 2) are acidic enough to dissolve away tooth enamel, and 3) are often sipped for long periods of time, resulting in teeth that are being bathed with sugar and acid almost continuously throughout the day.

For more information, please visit http://www.mitchelldentalspa.com/.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Sweet on Sweets?

by Dr. Kristina Sargent


Does your sweet tooth get the best of you? Let me guess, about 10:30 in the morning and/or sometime between 2 and 4 in the afternoon, you’re feeling tired and in need of a pickup. Sometimes you even feel shaky or light-headed at those times. You may get downright mean and irritable when you don’t eat at a regular interval. You know that something sweet will usually make you feel better - at least temporarily. These and other symptoms may signal a problem with blood sugar control.

We call this the “vicious cookie cycle”. Basically, if you eat a carbohydrate - something with primarily white sugar, flour, chips and other junk food - this sends your blood sugar soaring. When your sugar is high your body produces insulin to bring it down, however, when there is excess sugar, your body takes it to the liver where it is converted to triglycerides - FAT! When your blood sugar drops too fast or from skipping meals, your body, in order to feed your brain, goes into compensation mode. Your adrenal glands make cortisol, which will increase your blood sugar, and also insulin and ultimately fat storage - right around your middle - where you don’t want it.

Fat stored around our waist has been shown to contribute to inflammation. Inflammation produces other disorders such as diabetes/metabolic syndrome, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, arthritis pain and some autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis and lupus. Your particular disease process is ultimately determined by several other factors, as well. Those factors include genetics/family history, hormones, stress, immune function, digestive health, vitamin D status and the liver’s ability to clear toxic substances.

The following are some easy ways to maintain your blood sugar throughout the day:

1. Do not go longer than 4 hours without eating.

2. Eat smaller amounts - no more that 3-400 calories per meal/snack.

3. Add protein and fiber to your snacks - lean meats, almonds, walnuts or any nut butter. These foods will slow the release of sugar into your blood.

4. Exercise 30 minutes 5 days per week. Muscle mass plays a direct role in blood sugar maintenance.

5. Stay away from the “white foods” - sugar, flour - even whole wheat, potatoes, and rice. Good substitutes are agave nectar, high-fiber breads (>5 grams per slice), sweet potatoes and unprocessed brown rice.

Maintaining your blood sugar can have a significant impact on your overall health. Your sweet tooth will only serve to temporarily placate your brain’s need for sugar, but in the long run it may only serve to create preventable chronic disease.

For more information visit http://www.chicagohealers.com/

Thursday, October 15, 2009

10 Tips for Breathing Easy This Fall


By Practitioner Dr. Ian Wahl

Brings Relief to Allergy Suffers


Fall is right around the corner, and allergens are in full force! Pollen, ragweed, and mold are still taking their toll on allergy sufferers. These are harmless substances for most, but for some they take the enjoyment out of fall. According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, roughly 20% of Americans suffer from allergies, and another 20% suffer from hypersensitivities to food, environmental substances, or other stimuli.

So what can you do if Fall allergies make you miserable? ChicagoHealers.com practitioner Dr. Ian Wahl, DAc, LAc, CH, is a doctor of acupuncture and an herbalist who specializes in the treatment of children and adults with allergies and hypersensitivities. Dr. Wahl brings relief to sufferers with 10 tips that will help you breathe easier this season:


1) Take a whole food–based Vitamin C.

Vitamin C acts as a natural antihistamine. Dr. Richard Podell, author of When Your Doctor Doesn't Know Best: Errors That Even the Best Doctors Make and How to Protect Yourself, recommends 1000 milligrams of Vitamin C (Ester-C) twice daily to help with allergies and asthma.

2) Use magnesium to ease breathing.

Some immunologists suggest that taking 400 milligrams of magnesium daily helps with nasal allergies and breathing problems. Taking more than that can cause diarrhea. If you want to supplement your diet with magnesium-rich foods, the best sources are nuts, beans, whole grains, leafy green vegetables, and bananas.

3) Wear sunglasses when going outside.

Allergic rhinitis, or hay fever, creates a certain amount of photosensitivity. Wearing sunglasses helps reduce your sensitivity to light and thus helps your eyes from watering excessively.

4) Bring a cold pack.

When you are at an outdoor sports event, periodically place a cold pack over your eyes and on your face to reduce inflammation and help relieve some of your symptoms.

5) Drink a lot of cool water.

Rehydrating is one of the best ways to eliminate toxins from your body. It cools you down and provides some symptom relief.

6) Stay away from dairy.

If you have hay fever, eating dairy will produce even more phlegm and make you feel worse.

7) Use your bathroom exhaust fan when taking a shower.

This will help prevent the growth of mold in the shower. Replace your liner every month or two if you have mold sensitivities or asthma.

8) Keep your dryer vent clear.

Build-up of lint in the dryer vent will cause an excess of dust in your house. Have your vents cleaned regularly to avoid aggravating your allergy symptoms.

9) Get rid of clutter.

Allergy sufferers need to be especially careful about controlling dust in their homes. Clutter is a major source of dust and dust mites.

10) Get tested for food allergies.

Many people who have allergies are also sensitive to certain foods. These multiple sensitivities build on each other and stress the immune system. Find out what foods you are sensitive to and either eliminate them from your diet or get treated for them so you can eat those foods symptom-free.

For more information, please visit http://www.chicagohealers.com/.


Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Save Time, Look Amazing

By Alison Craig of 3 Impressions

Wouldn’t you love to grab something out of your closet every morning when you’re barely awake, and know you’ll go out looking amazing? Alison Craig of 3 Impressions does makeovers of both personal image and office design, and she also teaches us how to put your wardrobe together so ingeniously that all the planning is done, and you just grab one of your fabulous outfits and go.

First, edit your wardrobe so that your closet only holds items that you use at least once every six months. This minimizes those “My closet is full, but I have nothing to wear” moments.

Next make your closet Idiot Proof! Do what your little girls do: invite a girlfriend over, have some fun, and play dress-up. Take your existing clothes and accessories, and spend a few hours to mix and match them into wonderful outfits. Take photos and notes of all the combinations.

I teach people to create an Idiot-Proof Guide so that when you barely have time to change out of your PJs in your rush to work, you will look as amazingly sharp and refined as any day when you had more time. You did think about what to wear; you just thought about it well in advance.

That advance planning will make every following day of your life less stressful. Less stress and look amazing every day. Who wouldn’t want that?

Check out Alison's web site at http://www.3impressions.com/

Eating Healthy This Halloween


By: Dr. Margaret Lewin, Medical Director of Cinergy Health (http://www.cinergyhealth.com/)

Careful as we are all year, we seem to lose our inhibitions against junk food when Halloween rolls around – snacking on the sugar-laden treats we bought for neighbors’ children as well as the ones our own children bring home from their trick-or-treating. Here are some tips for resisting temptation:

• Buy treats only a day or so before Halloween – so they’re not around long to tempt you
• Keep the treats in an inconvenient, difficult-to-reach place till Halloween arrives
• Buy treats which you don’t particularly like, making it easier to resist

Buy healthy mini-packs of:

- raisins or other dried fruit
-100% juice
- Sugar-free hot chocolate mix
- Trail mix
- Cheese and crackers
- Sugar-free gum

Buy non-edible treats such as:
- Stick-on temporary tattoos
- Mini bottles of bubble bath or blow bubbles
- Costume accessories such as wax false teeth or a stick-on mustache
- Sidewalk chalk

• Take your children out after dinner – when you’re not hungry
• Go through the “goodie bag” when you arrive home – discarding any outrageously unhealthy treats or those with questionable packaging
• Put the remaining edible treats in that same difficult-to-reach place – to be dispensed one at a time on a scheduled basis (such as dessert time)
• When you yourself get that urge to indulge, take a look at your watch and wait ten minutes (if you’re lucky, you’ll get distracted and forget about the urge)
• Set a date – maybe two weeks after Halloween – when you’ll dump the leftovers

So… plan ahead and – when it comes to the leftovers – think “waist” instead of “waste”!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Guest Blogger - Eric Sjoberg


An Effective Stress Management Strategy

With the Changing Lifestyle of human being, Stress management has suddenly become very important these days. However stress management is not very easy to do. You need to have an effective management strategy to manage your stress in the right way. However, the real problem is that many people do not know what an effective stress management strategy is. Here is a guide to what an effective stress management strategy should have.

· An effective stress management strategy should help you to avoid unnecessary stress. It should teach you how to say no to added responsibilities that bring added stress to your life. The strategy should also teach you to avoid people who cause some stress. You should be able to use the strategy to take a better control of your environment. Also the strategy should offer you ways to avoid any unpleasant topics or tasks.

· A stress management strategy that helps you to alter the situation can prove to be really effective. The key is to alter the situation rather than avoiding it completely. The strategy should allow you to express your feelings instead of simply bottling them up. The strategy should help you in becoming somewhat more assertive. Since poor time management can be a major cause for stress, the strategy should help you manage the time in a better way.

· Like with the situations, the strategy should help you in adapting to the stressor. Adapting to the stressor or the stressful situations can help you to gain a sense of control by simply introducing a change in your attitude and expectations. The strategy should teach you some ways to see the situations of stress from a comparatively positive point of view. Also it should teach you to look at the big picture, which means that you should look at a situation in a way that how much it will matter in the long run. An effective stress management strategy teaches you ways to adjust your standards according to the situation. It should also help you focus on the positive aspects of every situation.

· One important property of an effective stress management strategy is that it helps you to gain acceptance of the things that you can not really change. It teaches you to always look for the upside of things. It helps you to share your feelings and also teaches you to forgive and forget.

· An effective stress management strategy is one that helps to make time for fun and relaxation. Such a strategy allows you to set some time aside for relaxation and do something that you enjoy every day. It allows you to keep your sense of humor intact and connect with others in a better way.

· An effective stress management strategy teaches you to adapt to a healthy lifestyle. Such a strategy involves exercising regularly, eating a healthy diet, reducing the intake of coffee and sugar, avoiding cigarettes, drugs as well as alcohol and getting enough sleep.


Eric Sjoberg, is a San Diego Therapist and support clients by principles of Somatic Therapy. Contact him if you are looking for therapist in San Diego.
Learn more about Eric at http://www.healing-stress.com/about

Sunday, October 11, 2009

National Positivity Week Oct 11th-17th

Alexa’s Angels Launches National Positivity Movement

In a quest to help inspire people across the country to stay positive and “pass on the positive”, Alexa’s Angels, a jewelry manufacturer known nationally for its inspirational designs, is launching a National Positivity Movement. Individuals, organizations and businesses are all invited to join in the movement by participating in the first National Share Your Positivity Week October 11 – 17, 2009 and by contributing their positive sentiments to the National Positivity Databank at http://www.shareyourpositivity.org/

The positivity concept began in May of this year when Alexa’s Angels founder and owner, Beth Lang, handed out sets of specially designed Posi+ivi+y™ Bracelets to friends and family with instructions to keep one and pass out the others. The wearable reminders to “stay positive” and the “pass it on” concept took off like wildfire with feedback pouring in from across the country in the form of hundreds of letters and emails. “We were overwhelmed by the response. The thoughts, sentiments and feedback were very powerful,” said Lang. “It made us realize a few things – not only is positivity something people really need right now, but attitude is a choice and positivity is contagious!”

The company then held a positivity-themed food drive to help collect funds and donations for a local food shelter and to commemorate the one-year anniversary of a devastating tornado that had ripped through their town. In exchange for a canned good or cash donation, residents were given a Posi+ivi+y™ Bracelet. Word spread quickly throughout the community making the event hugely successful with more than 1,500 contributors.

“The feedback from these two events made us think how cool it would be if other businesses and individuals across the country organized their own goodwill initiatives to help spread positivity.” Lang says. “I think the climate right now is tough for a lot of people for a variety of reasons – and we all can really use a little positive encouragement. Social responsibility and fostering positive connections have always been a part of our company culture and this is a way we’ve found that people and companies can individually affect positive change. It’s just the right thing to do!”

National Positivity Databank

To help jumpstart the movement, Alexa’s Angels is collecting positive quotes, sentiments and thoughts at ShareYourPositivity.org, a specially designed blog where anyone can share their positivity. The goal is to collect a virtual databank of 500,000 positive sentiments that anyone can visit, be inspired by and to help inspire the world at large. The databank already has nearly 2,000 inspirational quotes and stories from people around the country who have shared their heart-warming personal stories. It also features a wealth of resources designed to help inspire positivity including links to articles, fun facts and inspiring videos.

National Share Your Positivity Week

Alexa’s Angels is also declaring October 11 – 17, 2009 as National Share Your Positivity Week and is inviting businesses, organizations and individuals to join them in actively promoting positive behavior during this week. Participation can take many forms whether it is volunteering, collecting funds for a local charity, sending a positive note to a friend, or practicing random acts of kindness.

Participants are asked to commit by signing a Positivity Contract stating their commitment to recognize National Share Your Positivity Week and outlining their “positivity plan” of action. More information about National Share Your Positivity Week and a downloadable copy of the Positivity Contract is available on the ShareYourPositivity.org website.

To date, nearly 50 businesses have signed up to honor National Share Your Positivity Week. “There’s been a real outpouring of enthusiasm from a wide variety of businesses,” says Lang. “It’s just further proof that this concept and movement has struck a chord with people.”

Alexa’s Angels designs are sold at fine retail and department stores across the country or from their website a http://www.alexas-angels.com/.

How will you share your Positivity this week? I challenge all my readers to not just think about this cause, but to really get involved. We may think “there’s so many hurting people, what can I do to make a difference?” It can be as simple as helping someone to their car with a heavy bag of groceries or just sharing a smile, it all makes a difference. Let’s not sit back and wait for the world to change for us, let’s be the catalyst that ignites the change.

If you’ve done something to make a difference in someone else’s life, let me know, I’d love to hear about it.

Share your Positivity…it’s contagious.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Stanley & Tyke's 20 Questions Contest

Submissions will be accepted between October 11, 2009, and October 25, 2009.

Who may enter? Anyone 18 and older or anyone 17 and under with parent permission

Contest Fee: No Entry Fee

Contest Prizes:
1st place ~ Build Your Very Own Robox (Storybook and Robot building kit with stickers) by Award-winning author Mark Rogalski
2nd place ~ Storybook with bonus CD “Tell Me Another Scary Story . . . But Not TOO Scary!” by Award-winning author Carl Reiner and illustrated by James Bennett
3rd place ~ Storybook “But Who Will Bell the Cats?” written and illustrated Award-winning artist Cynthia von Buhler

Contest Description:

Stanley and Tyke have come up with 20 questions about Stories for Children Magazine and the SFC: Families Matter Blog. They want to know how well you know SFC and its many divisions. Do you think you’re up the challenge? Find out by answering the questions and emailing your answers to SFCcontests@StoriesForChildrenMagazine.org by midnight, October 25, 2009.

The first three contest entries with the all or most of the questions correct win. Prizes will be awarded in order of the contest winners’ entries being received.


Submission Guidelines:

All submissions must be emailed as Word.doc attachments to SFCcontests@StoriesForChildrenMagazine.org by midnight, October 25, 2009, with “Stanley & Tyke’s 20 Questions” in the subject line. We are unable to open RTF or DOCX files.

-No mail-in entries will be accepted.

-No acknowledgement of receipt of entries will be sent.

-Multiple entries are not allowed.

-Entries that do not follow the guidelines may be disqualified.

-SFC staff members will serve as contest judges and their family is ineligible to enter.


Here we go...Stanley & Tyke’s 20 Questions:


1. What is the mission of SFC: Families Matter Blog?

2. Who is the illustrator of Stanley Bookman and his little brother Tyke?

3. How many SFC Team Members?

4. Where can you find the “Game of the Month”?

5. Can you name at least five awards Stories for Children Magazine has received?

6. What is the title of VS Grenier’s picture book?

7. What is the age range Stories for Children Magazine is written for?

8. Can authors under 18 years of age submit to Stories for Children Magazine?

9. How much does a back issue of Stories for Children Magazine cost?

10. Who produced Stanley Bookman’s music video?

11. When did Stories for Children Magazine publish its first issue?

12. Where can you watch video previews (other than on SFC: Families Matter) of Stories for Children Magazine?

13. How many people have signed the Stories for Children Magazine guest book?

14. Where can you buy Stories for Children Logo merchandise?

15. What book categories can you find in the SFC Bookstore?

16. Who are the SFC Book Reviewers?

17. When does Stories for Children Magazine post a new monthly issue?

18. What Volume number is Stories for Children Magazine on?

19. Where are Stanley Bookman and Tyke from?

20. What is the name of the annual SFC award held in April?

Thursday, October 8, 2009

You've Got to Try This!

Too busy to cook? Tired of fast-food, frozen pizza or that boxed macaroni?

What if I said you could have Beef Bourguignon instead?

It has five, 8oz. portions of prime tender meat, simmered for four hours in a full-bodied red wine sauce with carrots, mushrooms, tomatoes, garlic, shallots, basil and Dijon mustard. Paired with rice, pasta, potatoes, a simple salad, or just on its own, this classic French comfort dish is a restaurant meal on-scale with the finest Parisian dining in the comfort of your own home.

Sound yummy? You could be having this for dinner. The Beverly Hills Kitchen Beef Bourguignon is currently available on QVC for $45 throughtout the month of October.

The Beverly Hills Kitchen was created Alex Hitz whose life-long passion for cooking and hosting elaborate parties for his famous friends, inspired him to start a chef-prepared food line that combines restaurant-quality cuisine with the ease and intimacy of at-home dining.
For those super busy families who love fine dining, but lack the time or skills to cook delicious, classic dinners such as beef bourguignon, The Beverly Hills Kitchen’s entrees are designed for convenience— frozen and ready in ten minutes.
This tasty temptation can be purchased online at the QVC, http://bit.ly/tUOdg
or visit The Beverly Hills Kitchen for the full press release at http://www.beverlyhillskitchen.com/
Meals will arrive at your door within two days of shipment, packaged with dry ice.
(Note: little or no ice may be remaining upon delivery.)
In honour of this new entree, The Beverly Hills Kitchen wants to give two lucky readers a chance to sample this fantastic meal for free. To enter tell me..."The Worst Thing You've Ever Eaten For Dinner."
Rules:
  • only one comment per entry
  • put your sentence in the 'comments' section of this spot/or email it to me at; sandielee@storiesforchildrenmagazine.org with "food contest" in the subject line
  • Must be living within the United States for delivery
  • Contest closes October 17th

Good Luck











Tuesday, October 6, 2009

TIME for Kids Presents President Obama: A Day in the Life of America’s Leader

Guess who: He was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, on August 4, 1961. He’s the 44th president of the United States of America and the first African American president to take office so far. And he may be the most important man in America, perhaps even in the entire world.

He’s President Barack Obama.

What’s it like to be president, to be responsible for the decisions of an entire country? What’s a typical day like for the busiest man in the free world? Find out with TIME for Kids: President Obama: A Day in the Life of America’s Leader.

This beautifully depicted book starts with a brief overview of the election process and goes on to describe the campaign trail and even gives readers a glimpse into the White House itself. It also gives some fun facts about President Obama before he was the “top dog”—for example, growing up, he had a pet ape named Tata.

TIME for Kids: President Obama shows children what a typical day in the life of the President is like with:

· Good Morning, Mr. President

· Busy Day in DC

· Busy Days on the Road

· Good Night, Mr. President

In addition, fun facts are scattered throughout the book, and the book even gives us a glimpse at what President Obama’s appointment book looks like. And with actual pictures of the President, his family, and his team, this book isn’t only educational—it’s beautiful.

President Obama: A Day in the Life of America’s Leader will make the perfect holiday gift for kids between the ages of 6 and 13 years old and is a great aid in helping parents spark up a conversation about politics with their children. This book will be available in stores on October 6, 2009.

Kids, want to win your very own copy of President Obama: A Day in the Life of America’s Leader? Here’s how:

· Tell us in your own words what President Obama would do if he could do ANYTHING in the world.

· It can be fun/funny/serious/work- or play-related.

· Kids 6–13 years of age are eligible to enter.

· One entry per person.

· Put President Obama Contest in the subject line of your email.

· Email entry to SFCcontests@storiesforchildrenmagazine.org.

· Contest closes October 20, 2009.


Good Luck!

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Wonder Rotundra

A Virtual Adventure

With the kids nicely back in school and the Autumn season just around the corner, most people aren’t thinking vacation. However, if you’re looking for a unique, family-friendly adventure to keep your kids “I’m bored” blues under control, why not visit Wonder Rotundra?

This inexpensive “virtual theme park” is some of the most fun you can have without ever leaving the comfort of your own computer chair. And at only $45 dollars per yearly membership, it won’t break your budget either.

Once registered on Wonder Rotundra your kids take their own personalized avatar on a virtual vacation. From zip-lining through the rainforest, visiting Kangaroo Island on a night adventure to propelling through the human digestive system, kids will not only have a blast, they may just learn some things along the way.

In addition to the 15 different adventures, kids can also earn “wonder dollars” to spend on food and souvenirs, find hidden gold coins for added surprises, participate in 13 different game shows and even print out a personalized ‘certificate of completion’ as a keepsake of their virtual tour. Plus, if your little adventurer wants a change, they can try their hand at running their own smoothie stand.

Even though this virtual vacation is designed for children 7-12 years of age, I found it to very educational and a lot of fun.

For more information on Wonder Rotundra or to get a membership visit their web site at http://www.WonderRotundra.com

Great Games Book

With computer technology as it is (including Game Boys, Wii’s, iPods, cell phone texting, and movies available on DVD or TV 24-7), families spend more time with their electronic pals than with their human counterparts.

Experts will tell us that the breakdown of the family unit is only going to get worse unless we as parents make an effort to change the situation. However, before you haul your kids away from that computer, you’d better have a plan.

Enter the book of Great Games, by Matthew Toone. This book is the answer to having more family time and family fun. It has 175 games that you can play as a group with simple things you already have available lying around the house. From indoor games like acting games, drawing activities, brainteasers, card games, funny games, and trivia games to games for the outdoors, including activities for church/youth groups, gym games, night games, and sports events and a special section of games just for the children, this book has something for every taste and every occasion.

Kids drive you crazy while you’re on a road trip? Great Games has you covered there, too, with 13 games specifically designed to entertain and even educate your youngster while you’re busy driving.

I caught up with the author and creator of Great Games, Matthew Toone, to find out a bit more. He says, “I have been collecting and creating games for years—and my siblings, friends, and others have often encouraged me to write a book such as this. There are dozens of games that are your classic games everyone knows. [Plus,] there are also many classics that I have added new and fun twists to.”


Matthew says, “When I originally started this, I was completely committed to doing whatever was necessary to accomplish my goals [and] dreams and bring this idea into reality! I remember making a very specific promise that I would put God and my family first, that I would work extremely hard on this idea and not quit until it was accomplished.”

Matthew did realize his dream with Great Games and says, “I hope it is a fun resource of games for families and people everywhere, but more importantly, I hope it brings families together more and provide wholesome entertainment for everyone. In addition, hopefully in this economy I can help people financially as well—again, each game costs nothing to plan or participate in, and I have made it possible for people to become affiliates of my book and actually get paid for helping promote it.”

To learn more about this program, view the complete list of all 175 Great Games, or purchase a copy, just go to http://www.greatgamesbook.com/.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Help! My Kids Are Driving Me Crazy

Recently, I was passing by a novelty gift shop in my local mall and read this statement on a baby’s onesie: “My Dad’s a Boss, My Mom is Boss over him, and I’m Boss over everyone.”

This may be cute and understandable when our children are babies, but when they grow up (and out of that onesie) their talking back and constant conflicts cease to be fun or cute.

Help! My Kid is Driving Me Crazy by Dr. David Swanson, Psy.D., is the one book you’re going to want to have in your child-rearing arsenal. Unlike other parenting books, this one looks at the emotional responses of the parent. “Every parent has emotional buttons—that is, the triggers to our most sensitive responses” (page 4).

This book’s “primary purpose [is] to educate you on the seventeen ways your child manipulates and to teach you to avoid being manipulated,” says Dr. Swanson.

In addition, this book is broken up into four parts:

Part One: How Did We Get Here?: This section helps the reader break down and understand what the child is really doing and identifies the three “innate desires” that all parents possess. In this part we learn how each child has his or her own “Tools of Power” that trigger emotions in parents when they are in a conflict with their child. “Simply put, the Tools of Power allow your child to push your emotional buttons in a way that serves him best” (page 14).

Part Two: Your Child’s Tools of Power: This segment of the book identifies and discusses the 17 ways kids manipulate their parents. From “Emotional Blackmail” to “Casting Doubt,” this section takes an in-depth look at each one and its effective solutions.

Part Three: Developing an Action Plan to Decrease Problematic Behaviour in the Future: In this section the reader learns about the five reasons children manipulate their parents and how to employ Dr. Swanson’s “Star Method of Temperament.” Done properly, this step-by-step method will identify what your child’s true temperament is.

Part Four: Setting Structure Based on Your Child’s Temperament: This section takes each of the five temperaments and explains each fully with some practical and helpful “proactive measures” for parents.

David Swanson, Psy.D, is a licensed psychologist practicing in Encino, California. To learn more about Dr. Swanson, visit his website at http://www.thehealthychild.info.

Help! My Kid is Driving Me Crazy is available at all bookstores, Amazon.com, and BarnesandNoble.com.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

The Secret Language of Money

“Money talks.”

We’ve all heard and probably used that expression at one time or another, but do we truly know what it means? And if the old adage is correct, what exactly is money saying? Spend? Save? Reinvest? Donate?

If you’re like me, money has definitely been speaking some alien language that even the most devoted Trekkie wouldn’t be able to make sense of. Sound familiar? Well, keep reading because I’ve got some great news for you.

The Secret Language of Money: How to Make Smarter Financial Decisions and Live a Richer Life, by David Krueger, MD, is the translator we’ve all been looking for.

The Secret Language of Money is more than just a “book about finances”—it’s an in-depth self-help guide that just happens to focus on money. This book breaks down money into its basic and primal form. Each chapter is designed to give readers a closer look into their own “money-mentality” with quizzes and questions that prompt immediate and oftentimes very telling answers. Krueger also uses real-life examples of people and situations to further demonstrate his points.

The Secret Language of Money is broken up into three parts:

Part One: Your Money Story helps readers determine the importance of money in their lives and their relation to it. “Our money story isn’t only about money: It’s about everything. It permeates everything we do and ghostwrites every aspect of our lives. What we eat, drink, read, fear, plan, and buy are all affected by our money story” (page 65).

Part Two: Plot Twists forces readers to take a good, hard look at our brain versus our emotions when it comes to finances. “Emotions seize and hold hostage the rational investment mind” (page 105). Chapter 7 in Part Two also lists 18 common neural traps that our minds have a tendency to fall into, hindering our money-mindedness, which are accompanied by the right “Rx” to rectify them, as well as “17 Common Investing Pitfalls and Their Remedies.”

Part Three: Writing a New Money Story helps readers take a closer look at themselves. “Your money story begins with determining not what it is you want to have, but who it is you want to be” (page 210). Scientific studies show that if we can dream it and believe it, we can achieve it. (Chapter 13) “Your life is the manifestation of your beliefs. Change begins when you recognize that the story you’re living is the story you are writing” (page 231).

I highly recommend The Secret Language of Money to anyone. This book gives great insight, whether you’re struggling with financial indecision or not. Everyone will find a situation or a story they can relate to in the pages of this book, and the helpful, practical advice is invaluable.

About the Author

David Krueger has worked as a psychoanalyst for two decades, served as CEO for two healthcare organizations, and served as an executive mentor coach for multinational CEOs, professional athletes, and other prominent achievers for the last decade. He is the bestselling author of fifteen books and seventy-five papers and book chapters on success, money, wellness, and self-development. (His Success and the Fear of Success in Women [Free Press] was included on the Master’s List of the 100 Most Influential Professional Books of the 20th Century.) His regular column, “Your Story,” has been a favourite of Networking Times readers for years.











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