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07/01/15

5 Amazing Things You Didn't Know About Marijuana

By Jack Giddingson, October 17, 2013 at 6:51 pm – Chicago Medical Center

It's no coincidence that marijuana legalization support has surged with the growth of social media. The voices of the Reefer Madness era are silenced daily as studies and testimonials continue pouring in about this often misunderstood plant. Ignorance still remains, however, and this fight won't be won without continued education of the masses.

It takes one fact that hits home to sway someone's opinion. Maybe one of the following will do that for you. Here are five things about marijuana you may not have known:

1.  THC and CBD, marijuana's primary cannabinoids, are both cancer killers.

No, I'm not talking about using marijuana to help manage cancer's effects. It's actually anti-cancer.

Recent research out of Spain suggests that THC, marijuana's psychoactive ingredient, kills brain cancer cells. Study co-author Guillermo Velasco claims that when THC was applied to cancerous brain tissue, the cancer cells were killed while healthy cells were left alone.

CBD apparently does the same; a pair of scientists from California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco demonstrated the cannabinoid's ability to stop metastasis in many kinds of aggressive cancer.

Imagine if this plant were discovered in a jungle two weeks ago. What would the news be saying? The CBD article goes as far as to say the breakthrough could "potentially alter the fatality of the disease forever." The lack of media coverage for this is astounding, but that doesn't diminish the research.

2. Marijuana triggers neurogenesis. Layman's terms: It leads to brain cell growth.

Wait....marijuana is supposed to kill brain cells, right?

Wrong.

The roots of the marijuana-kills-brain-cells myth are deep despite the lack of credible evidence. The original study supporting this notion is questionable at best and recent research suggests exactly the opposite.

In 2005, a study showed cannabinoids' ability to promote neurogenesis in the adult hippocampus, the brain region responsible for many important brain functions including mood and memory. The authors also cited anti-anxiety and anti-depressant effects that accompany the neurogenesis. This explains why people across California, Colorado, Washington and other marijuana-friendly states often turn to the herb for a mood-boost instead of pharmaceutical drugs. It also supports research that marijuana helps improve cognitive function in bipolar disorder patients. This brings us to our next fact....

3. Suicide rates are lower in areas where medical marijuana is available. 

A Denver state-level study analyzed the statistical trend of suicide after introduction of medical marijuana.

From the study:

"Our results suggest that the passage of a medical marijuana law is associated with an almost 5% reduction in total suicide rate, an 11% reduction in the suicide rate of age 20-29 males, and a 9% reduction in the suicide rate of 30-39 males."

It's interesting this hasn't become mainstream data in a country so focused on suicide prevention. Not surprisingly, one of the main reasons cited by the study's authors for the decrease was connected to the at-risk population (20 and 30-something males) replacing alcohol with marijuana. This data makes the strictness of Illinois' new medical marijuana policy even more laughable.

"Don't let usage get out of control! Less people might commit suicide!" 

Speaking of marijuana's effects on well-being, I highly recommend this very personal, heart-wrenching article.

But what about the physical effects?

4. There is zero evidence that marijuana causes significant lung damage. 

While vaporization is always touted as the safest method of marijuana ingestion, the largest study of its kind suggested marijuana-only smoking is harmless as well:

"We hypothesized that there would be a positive association between marijuana use and lung cancer, and that the association would be more positive with heavier use. What we found instead was no association at all, and even some suggestion of a protective effect."

The above words come from UCLA Medical Doctor Donald Tashkin, author of the study and marijuana researcher of more than 30 years.

Considering the tar in marijuana smoke was found to contain as many harmful carcinogens as cigarette smoke, this study actually strengthens the notion that marijuana is anti-cancer. The plant itself seems to have an offsetting effect for the harmful properties of smoke.

5. There are two completely different types of marijuana, both with different effects on the user.

One of the biggest mistakes made by people who first try marijuana is immediately thinking that it's "not for them." It certainly isn't for everyone, but what if they just tried the wrong kind?

There are hundreds of different strains of marijuana, tagged with names like Blue Dream, OG Kush, Trainwreck or Pineapple. All of these are categorized as "Sativa" or "Indica." Here's a simple-as-possible explanation on the difference:

Sativas are usually day-time strains, used to enhance the experience of social events, time in nature or listening to new music. Caregivers often recommend sativa strains for patients seeking relief from depression, PTSD, fatigue and some types of anxiety and pain. Some patients even report positive effects on ADHD while medicating with sativa strains. Although sativas produce an enjoyable effect, they usually are the culprit for an inexperienced user "tweaking out" during one of their first times smoking.

Indicas are often smoked at night due to their narcotic effect on the user. Indica strains are perfect for users suffering from any type of pain, nausea or anxiety. They're also preferable for novice users as they acclimate themselves to the herb. This variety is popular for meditation or yoga due to its mind-calming qualities.

Researched and edited by Dr. Kelly Brennan for the Terry Boyd’s World Radio Show on AM 860 KPAM. Portland, Oregon. July 01, 2015.

 ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________06/17/15

12 Traits of a Great Father

 By Julian Marcus, Relationship Expert

1- He's a good disciplinarian

A good father loves his children, but he doesn't let them get away with murder. He strongly disapproves of his children's misdeeds, using tough love to prove a point. He does this through the power of his words, not his fists.

Likewise, a father doesn't reward his children for actions that are expected of them, such as helping with house chores or performing well in school. If his child drops out of school, the father demands that he provide for himself, considering the child no longer wants to invest in his own future.

2- He allows his kids to make some mistakes
A good father realizes that his children are human, and that making mistakes is part of growing up. Spending money recklessly, getting into minor car accidents, getting drunk and sick for the first time, even dating questionable women are rites of passage, and a good father recognizes this. However, he makes it clear that repeated irresponsibility won't be tolerated.

3- He's open-minded
A good father understands that times, people and tastes change over the years, and doesn't try to maintain some gold standard of his own time. For instance, he realizes that body piercings are more commonplace than before, that more couples have premarital sex, and that people talk more candidly about personal issues. In other words, he allows his children to be citizens of their day and age.

He shows his kids that everything has its value...

4- He teaches his children to appreciate things
A good father never lets his children take what they have for granted. From the food on the table to the good education he's paying for, a good father will make his children see the value in everything they have. He'll ask his child to get a job to help pay for a part of his first car, and take the time to illustrate how important a good education is. He doesn't let his kids treat him like an ATM.

5- He accepts that his kids aren't exactly like him
Everyone is different and a father knows this well. He won't expect his kids to live the same kind of life he does, and do the same kind of work. He also respects their values and opinions, as long as they don't harm the family or anyone else.

To use a pop culture example, he's like Martin Crane from Frasier ; the everyman blue-collar dad who allowed his pompous sons to steer their lives in a different direction, even if he didn't quite agree with them.

6- He spends quality time with his children
A dad knows how to have fun with his kids too, taking them out to games, movies, and supporting their sports teams by attending their matches. He takes the time to listen to his kids and have a good, easy chat with them. He also makes time to help them with their homework, every night if necessary.

7- He leads by example
A good father is above the old "do as I say, not as I do" credo. He will not smoke if he doesn't want his kids to do it, and definitely won't drink heavily. He teaches them to deal with conflict with a family member and with others by being firm but reasonable at the same time.

A good father also illustrates the importance of affection by professing his love for their mother in front of them. And he won't fight with her in their presence. In all, he adheres to the values he'd like his children to follow.

He's fiercely loyal to his family...

8- He's supportive & loyal
Although he may be a football fanatic, if his son doesn't share his love for the game, he accepts it. He may be loyal to his alma mater and dream of having his kid follow his legacy, but if his son prefers to study abroad, he'll support his decision to take a different path.

A good father is also his children's public defender, standing up for them when needed. He waits for privacy to administer discipline. A safety net, a good father is also the person his kids turn to when things go wrong.

9- He challenges his kids
A father wants his children to be the best they can be, and gives them challenges that help them grow as human beings. This means giving them some liberty to face setbacks and resolve conflicts on their own. Or it could be a task, such as building something for the house.

If a father wants his children to take over the family business, he teaches them how to keep it flourishing — provided that's the path they want to take.

10- He teaches his children lessons
A father figure is the prime source of knowledge in the ways of men, and teaches his kids accordingly. From shaving to being courageous, a father molds his kids into well-rounded members of society. He especially instructs them in proper etiquette, on being honest and keeping their word, and on being thankful.

A great father knows he must sacrifice his own comfort for his fatherly duties. For instance, if he comes home from a hard day at work and catches his kids looking at porn on the Net, he'll take the time to address an awkward situation even though he's tired.

11- He protects his family at all costs
As the main provider of security and necessities, a father will do whatever he can for his family. He'll take a second job to provide for them, and he'll put his own safety on the line to keep them out of harm's way. This is how a father instills in his children the importance of personal sacrifice.

12- He shows unconditional love
This is the greatest quality of a good father. Even though he gets upset at his children's faults and may lament that they did not attain what he hoped for them, a father loves his children no less for it.

Give props to dad

In these days of polarized sexual politics, the value of a great father is often overlooked. But there are few things as valuable as a father who will do everything he can, and provide all the tools he has so that his children can become better than him.

This Father's Day, show your dad you appreciate what a great man he is. Take the time to make yourself just as grand.

Researched and edited by Dr. Kelly Brennan for the Terry Boyd’s World Radio Show on AM 860 KPAM, June 17, 2015. Portland. Oregon.

____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________6/03/15

Weird Phobias of Hollywood Celebrities that effect their Relationships: What are Your Relational Phobias?

By, OMG.com, Factslides.com, and American Psychological Association (APA.com)

You might imagine, what with the electric gates, CCTV cameras and burly security guards, that aside from the odd stalker the celebs would have little to fear. But it seems they’re actually freaked out by the strangest phobias in medical dictionary that affect their relationships. Some of their phobias are:

Philophobia is the fear of falling in love

Gamophobia is the fear of relationships.

Monophobia is the fear of being alone.

Vestiophobia is fear of clothes.

Andgymnophobia is fear of nudity.

So here I have compiled a list of some of really weird phobias of famous Hollywood celebrities that have effected their relationships and possibly your relationships.  See if these phobias effect your relationships:

David Beckham

David Beckham is a terrific athlete, a great dresser, and well, quite perfect-looking physically. Perhaps that can all be attributed to his ataxophobia, or fear of disorder. He’s said to line up soda cans a certain way in the refrigerator.

Madonna

Madonna’s always been a fearless femme fatale in our eyes. But even kickboxing, leather corset-wearing megastars are afraid of thunderstorms. YES, Madonna suffers brontophobia, the fear of thunder.

Orlando Bloom

Orlando Bloom is just too cute for words, but the green-living British actor has a strange phobia, swinophobia. It’s the fear of pigs, and rumor has it that Orlando’s participation in the Animal Farm remake could be compromised because of it.

Nicole Kidman

Lovely Nicole Kidman has admitted to suffering panic attacks when she steps out onto the red carpet, but she has another, ironic phobia. She’s afraid of butterflies. Who knew that something so delicate and ethereal could freak out, well, someone so delicate and ethereal?

Christina Ricci

I was surprised to learn that Christina Ricci has botanophobia, or intense fear of houseplants. She thinks they’re dirty, and they “freak [her] out.” This means she doesn’t have a gardern fore sure.

Pamela Anderson

Anderson has eisoptrophobia, or a fear of mirrors. Anderson’s phobia is probably really a fear of seeing her own reflection of herself. Maybe plastic surgery and implants are just too much to handle?

Kelly Osbourne

Kelly has Haphophobia which is the fear of being touched, and her brother Jack once said in an interview, “All you have to do is just touch her collarbone. It’s awesome, she starts dry-retching.”

Billy Bob Thornton

We all know that Billy Bob Thornton is a pretty eccentric character who does what he wants. But he’s also plagued by chromophobia and a fear of antique furniture. Thornton admitted that he’s “creeped out by old furniture,”

Matthew McConaughey

Come on, Matthew McConaughey isn’t afraid of anything, is he? Turns out, the outdoorsy guy is petrified of tunnels and revolving doors, saying that he gets anxious as soon as he sees the spinning doors.

Kim Basinger

Basinger has agoraphobia, which is the fear of open spaces, and, as People.com reports, “has twice confined her to home for six-month stints.” Side effects of agoraphobia include extreme shyness and a fierce need for privacy.

Here are phobias that effect relationships:

1. Ablutophobia  is the phobia of washing, cleaning and bathing

2. Estiophobia is the fear of clothes

3. Chorophobia is the fear of dancing

4. Spectrophobia is the fear of mirrors

4.  Anthophobia is the fear of flowers

5. Hedonophobia is the fear of pleasure

6. Caligynephobiais the fear of beautiful women

7. Cherophobiais the fear of being too happy because "something tragic" will happen

8. "Pistanthrophobia"is the fear of trusting people due to bad past experiences

9. Ommatophobiais the fear of eyes

10. Odontophobiais the fear of dentistry and of receiving dental care.

Researched and edited by Dr. Kelly Brennan for the Terry Boyd’s World Radio Show on AM 860 KPAM, June 03, 2015. Portland. Oregon.

____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________5/20/15

What Does My Eye Color Mean?

Have you ever wondered if the color of your eyes meant anything? Oddly enough studies have actually indicated that there are common personality traits among people with the same eye color. It doesn’t matter if you have brown eyes which are the most common or green eyes which are the least common, this article will have something in it for you. I have put together a list of traits that are associated with the many different types of eye colors. Does the color of your eyes actually have a meaning, well you can be the judge!


1. Blue Eyes     

1 in 6 people in the world have blue eyes.  Blue-eyes are commonly known as the prettiest eye color, and people who have blue eyes are associated as being good looking. People with blue eyes have the longest lasting relationships. They tend to be kind and are very good kissers. One of their main goals is to make people happy.

You are seen as balanced, peaceful and tend to be spiritual. People turn to you for stability. You don't let other people see you sweat.  In fact, you don't even usually let yourself sweat.  You are an accepting, mild mannered person. You are very observant and can quietly assess a situation, no matter how good or bad it may be.  You don't have much of a temper, and it's hard to make you angry.  You would rather move on than hold a grudge.

 2. Green Eyes    


1-2% of the world population has green eyes.  Green-eyed people are known as being very special due to the rarity of green eyes. Green eyes are typically associated with magic. People with green eyes tend to have long lasting relationships and have the most passion when they are in relationships. People with green eyes are also associated as being very good looking and some-what mystical. Green eyed people long for the touch of another.

You are seen as friendly and approachable. It's easy for you to relate to people.  You don't let other people see you irritated. You try to keep any negativity to yourself.  You enjoy the company of others. You are always happier when you're with friends.  Other people inspire you and enrich your life. You are a true extrovert. People who green eyes have an incredible zest for life who want to live life fully!

3. Brown Eyes  


More than 50% of the world population has brown eyes.  Whether you have the darkest shade of brown to the lightest shade, Brown-eyed people are associated as being very normal. Brown eyes are one of the most common eye colors and therefore this color is known as being average. People with brown eyes are very attractive, adorable and aim at making new friends. They are very trustworthy and will do anything for people that are special in their lives. Brown eyed people are kind and love to cheer people up. They are the greatest kissers of all.

You are seen as brilliant and irreverent. You speak your mind, and people love you for it.
You don't let other people see any insecurities you might have. You like to present a brave front.  You are sharp as a tack and very quick on your feet. You're the first to get or tell a joke.
You are also clear thinking in a crisis. You are an excellent problem solver.

4. Hazel Eyes  


20-23% of people in the world have hazel eye.  People with hazel eyes tend to be gorgeous. They have very unusual relationships that tend to be short. Hazel eyed people are very diverse and love to try new things. They are risk takers and rarely will say no to a challenge. Hazel eyed people are also the best in bed.

You are seen as artistic and perceptive.  People are delighted by your original ideas.
You don't let other people see all the hard work you do to be creative.  You may it seem effortless.  You are very ambitious and at times ruthless. You are determined to get what you want.  You will step over someone to get to the top, but you're so charming that no one will notice!

5. Black Eyes  

Less than 1% of the world population had black eyes.  Though rare, Black-Eyed people are not surprisingly, very mysterious and secretive. They rarely give out information about themselves and it is because of this that they are very interesting to most people. They are associated with mystery, darkness and are typically the hero in many vampire stories.

People who have black eyes are known to be sensual in nature and very secretive. They also possess the capacity to develop psychic powers by using their inner energy. People with black eyes don’t leave their friends in need and are very loyal and sincere towards them. They are optimists and won’t rest when they have to demonstrate they have to do something.  They know how to prove their worth to others.

6. Gray Eye  

Though very rare (no percentage recorded) people with Gray eyes are very adaptable to any situation they may find themselves in. They are very strong and know themselves very well. They are also very bright but are sensitive about how they are portrayed to others.

You are often seen as serious and rational. You are hard to read.   You don't let other people see your true emotions. You believe your mood is private.   You see things logically. You are good at not judging until all the facts are in.  You are sure of what you know, and you have no problem defending your beliefs to others.  You possess a style of analytical thinking and are rational and clear in your thoughts.

If you are not happy with your eye color or what it represents you can thank your parents. More specifically you can thank the parent that carries the dominant gene of a specific eye color because that is who you got that beautiful color from!

Researched and edited by Dr. Kelly Brennan for the Terry Boyd’s World Radio Show on AM 860 KPAM, May 20, 2015. Portland. Oregon.

 

____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________5/13/15

The 10 Worst Things You Can Say to Your Girlfriend or Boyfriend: Don't dare utter any of the following phrases to the woman or man you love!

By Ashley McDonald

What did you just say?” I ask with hands on hips, fiery eyes, and a scowl so deep even Rizzo from Grease would be proud.

Usually men are smart enough to know what not to say…usually. Especially since they already know exactly what they'd never want a girlfriend to say to them. But some boyfriend slip-ups are so frustrating that they can cause a woman to ball her fists and silently count to ten while practicing Guided Imagery mediation.

Pay attention, men and women: here are the 10 worst things you could possibly say to your lady or man:

1. “Calm down." / "Relax.”

Ugh. Dudes, I cannot stress this enough: directing either of these phrases at us will mean a metaphorical hail/thunder/fire/ice storm coming your way. It might not be logical, but when you say “calm down,” we're only going to rev up. A lot.

2. “How can you have so much stuff?”

We have a lot of crap, alright? We’re women. We like clothes. And makeup. And hair products. Andshoes. And no, we can’t “throw out” any of it. How could you even suggest such an atrocity? Make room, men. Our stuff’s not going anywhere.

3. “I like you better without makeup.”

Sure, we love to hear this when we’re in bed, stuffing our faces with puffy Cheetos while watching “Mad Men” and allowing our French Green Clay mud masks to dry. But if it’s said after we spend an hour and a half curling our hair and perfecting the cat eye/red lip combo applied just to impress you…BAD. GO STAND IN THE CORNER.

4. “You left your hair in the shower drain.”

Look, guys: we have hair, and we work hard to make it pretty by purchasing expensive conditioners and flat irons. You could show a little love for it by picking out the curls in the shower drain yourself once in a while. We promise you won’t die or actually chuck up your lunch.

5. “Can you cook tonight?”

No, we cannot cook tonight, because we’re in the mood for take-out Chinese or pizza after a long, demanding day at work. Sometimes, a lady’s gotta rest and just enjoy the perks of ordering in. This is the 21st century and we’re not obligated. But if you do want to put in a request for a homemade dinner, we need at least 24 hours notice (hello, prep work).

6. “Your hair spray/lotion/perfume smells like crap.”

Um, maybe you should get your nose checked out, because no it doesn’t. But if you do think our beauty products smell bad, say it nicely and maybe we’ll replace them. For example, “The way your hair mousse smells gives me a bit of a headache,” is a much preferred alternative to "Your head stinks."

7. “Can you turn off the vacuum? I’m trying to nap.”

FYI, the apartment became dirty when YOU invited your friends over to watch “Jackass: The Movie Part 6,” and now we’re cleaning up after you. Put on earmuffs. Invest in a sound machine. DO WHATEVER IT TAKES while we're sucking up the doughnut crumbs in the living room.

8. “Want to do something about it?” [wink]

This is totallynot the way to ask us to get you off when your little guy is poking us in the middle of a cuddle sesh. Kiss us passionately. Caress our skin. Remind us why you think we’re fabulous. And maybe then we’ll help you out there.

9. “You stole all the blankets in the middle of the night / took up three quarters of the bed / drooled in your sleep.”

We can’t control our sleep habits, just as you can’t do much about that habitual extreme snoring. I mean, I guess we can try to work on it…but we’re not sure how, because we’re sleeping. Go watch some TV.

10. “Hurry up, we’re already late.”

Yes, we understand that we’re running ten minutes behind, but reminding us is only going to make us want to snap your head off (we’ve been taking secret karate lessons behind your back…and now you know). While we’re doing our best to get our tights on and remove the hot rollers, why not just “calm down” and “relax”?

The 10 Worst Things You Can Say to Your Boyfriend:

1. "I hate your friends."

You may not appreciate the way Billy chugs beer and smashes cans on his head in our living room, but hate is a terribly strong word.  Our friends are extensions of ourselves, representing at least one or more of aspect of our personalities -- we will take any unfounded criticism of our friends just as personally as you would any similar affront to your lady pals.

2. "Well, Trevor never did that."

Great, so your ex-boyfriend never accidentally farted in front of you. Does that excuse him for the facts that he had no personality and dressed like a homeless magician? Hey, if you miss Trevor so much, why aren't you with him now? Men absolutely hate being compared to other guys you've dated.

3. "Aw…Trevor used to do that!"

You know what? It's probably best not to talk about previous relationships in any capacity whatsoever. We hate Trevor.

4. "How do I look?"

Ask this only if you honestly, truly want to know. Otherwise you can't be surprised when we tell you what we really think of that unflattering dress or bizarre new makeup technique clearly inspired by circus clowns. With that said, a guy should complement a lady on those things he does like before she even has to ask.

5. "I'm fine."

Are you, though? Are you really? We know that "I'm fine" after a big fight, crying bout, or a merely difficult conversation indicates that you're actually anything but fine. It's fine if you're fine, but don't use "I'm fine" as a passive aggressive way of testing us…or buying time to silently plot our murder. (The same goes for "nevermind.")

6. "If you loved me…"

Just because we don't feel like administering a foot massage the moment we are commanded to doesn't mean that we don't love you. Have faith and be patient.

7. "Don't look at her!"

No, we don't like being told what to do, especially when it's to not glance at another human being. Sure, commenting about or acting upon our primitive urges is unquestionably unacceptable, but we men are visual beasts. We will look at Kate Upton, and we will like what we see. It doesn't mean that we're going to leave you for her! (Unless Kate begs.)

8. "So what if we're a little late?"

Of course it's anything but the end of the world to show up a little bit late to any event (short of your own wedding, perhaps), but to blatantly dismiss a guy's concerns is a sure way to frustrate him even further. If you're late, apologize and talk about how it can be addressed in the future. Trust me, we already know how much you hate being told to "hurry up."

9. "When we're married…"

If it hasn't already been explicitly discussed, a guy will freak out about the assumption that marriage is inevitable. And if a guy is on the fence about it, strong-arming him will more than likely just push him in the opposite direction.

10. "You're not able to sexually satisfy me."

Oh, boy. If there's one way to deflate a man's ego, these are the magic words. Uttering such a phrase will make his poor manhood wither like a soggy, limp French fry, and it may never recover. If you're truly sexually incompatible, you should find another partner -- but don't allow temporary frustration to inspire hurtful, defeatist, blanket statements.

Researched and edited by Dr. Kelly Brennan for the Terry Boyd’s World Radio Show on AM 860 KPAM, May 13, 2015. Portland. Oregon.

 

____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________5/06/15

Body Hacks: 10 Weird Body Hacks That Will Help You Get The Most Out Of Life!

Your body is a pretty well-oiled machine, but that doesn't mean everything always runs smoothly. You hop off a plane, and you're jet-lagged. You wake up one morning and you've got a scratchy throat, or you head into the office meeting and wonder why your hearing is worse than everybody else's.


Fortunately, for as long as we've have these problems, we've been working on ways to fix them. We've looked up and down for the best tips out there to cure common woes, and compiled them here. Check it out!

10.  Quiet A Throat Tickle By Scratching Your Ear

There’s nothing more annoying than a tickle in your throat that just won’t go away. When you scratch your ear, you stimulate nerves that can cause a muscle spasm in your throat. The spasm can sometimes relieve the tickle and urge to cough. The body is loaded with spurious “pressure points,” but this is one that’s truly helpful. 

9. Cure A Nosebleed With Your Gums

All pinching your nose and leaning backward will do is cause you to choke on your own blood. Instead, apply pressure to your upper gums, directly under your nose. There’s a vein in there that should stop the nosebleed when compressed. If you’re going to lean anywhere, make it forward, not back. Leaning forward will at least let the blood drip out through your nose instead of your throat.

8. Avoid Jet Lag With Food

Everyone knows the circadian rhythm (or body clock) is controlled by light. Most people don’t know about the suprachiasmatic nucleus, which tells the brain when it should be awake based on when food is available. When planning for a trip, switch your meal schedule as close as possible to your destination -- sleep may follow. This is also an excellent excuse to indulge in a full meal at midnight.

7. Level Up Your Hearing

It turns out our ears are not created equal. When trying to zero in on a conversation happening away from you, angle your right ear in its direction (it's better at picking up speech patterns). The left, on the other hand, is your go-to ear for trying to remember the artist who sings the song on the radio (it's better at identifying music). If you pay attention, people do this naturally. Remember the last time you and a girl tried to shout at each other in a loud club. Which ear did you turn toward one another?

6. Stop Hiccups By Breathing Out, Not In

People are told to hold their breath when they have the hiccups, but that’s counterintuitive. The diaphragm, the spasming muscle responsible for hiccups, can only make you hiccup when there’s air in your lungs. Instead, breathe out as completely as you can, and then hold it and distract yourself by swallowing repetitively. With nothing pressuring your diaphragm, it will calm down.

5. Cure The Spins When Drinking

When you’ve had a few too many, the spins make everything worse. The fix is simple -- plant your hand down on something flat and stable, like a desk or countertop. Your overindulgence made your brain unable to sort out its equilibrium, so contacting a flat surface will remind it that you’re on terra firma. No one’s 100% sure why this works as opposed to, you know, just standing on solid ground, but some suspect that it’s because our hands are much more sensitive than our feet.

4. Extinguish Spicy Foods With White Russians

Generally speaking, the culprit behind most spicy food is the chemical capsaicin. Next time you overdo it at the Thai restaurant, order a White Russian. Capsaicin is both fat- and alcohol-soluble, and this drink has both of those in spades, thanks to the cream and vodka. If a boozy cure isn’t an option, even warm water will provide a little relief -- just remember to spit it out.

3. Cure Motion Sickness By Cracking A Window

Thanks to the holidays, we’re just as likely to take long trips in the winter as we are in the summer. Motion sickness occurs when your body senses one thing (motion) while your eyes tell your brain you’re sitting still. The disconnect between the two is what results in that queasy feeling. While focusing on the horizon is the best option, others suggest cracking a window and breathing in cold air, as well. No one’s quite sure why it works, but it’s suggested that cold, clear air removes any odors that can make nausea even worse.

2. Brain Freeze from Ice Cream?

You can prevent brain freeze by pressing your tongue flat against the roof of your mouth, covering as much surface area as possible. Brain freeze (also known as  Ice-cream headache) happens because the nerves in the roof of your mouth get extremely cold, so your brain thinks your whole body is cold. It compensates by overheating which causes your head to hurt. By warming up the roof of your mouth, you’ll chill your brain and feel better.

1. Get Your Metabolism Moving (With Tap Water)

When you sleep, your body goes into shutdown mode so the brain can handle its business. As soon as you wake up, suck down a glass of water or two -- it’ll wake up your internal organs and prepare your body for the day ahead., and increase your metabolism. If that sounds ridiculous, it’s not: If you’re a healthy person, you sip on water all day. A good night’s rest means a solid eight hours you spent not drinking any. Make water, not coffee, your first priority in the morning.

Bonus: Use Jessica Alba To Last Longer On Road Trips

Nothing kills momentum on a long car ride like having to pull over and pee. Next time nature calls, picture something that turns you on. Just the act of thinking about sex turns your body’s attention away from your bladder. 

Researched and edited by Dr. Kelly Brennan for the Terry Boyd’s World Radio Show on AM 860 KPAM. Portland, Oregon. May 06, 2015

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Chocolate: The Language of Love: The 10 Most Influential Candy Bars of All Time!

By Sarah Begley, Time Magazine – Feb. 18, 2014

We interviewed candy experts and historians along with men and women to determine which bars made the biggest impact on the chocolate-bar industry—and the world at large.

1. Wonka Bar

Spencer Platt—Getty Images

People were so enamored with the concept of this treat—as depicted in the 1964 Roald Dahl novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory—that Quaker Oats Company, which financed the 1971 film version, decided to make it a reality. The promotional stunt—which marked the first time a fictional candy bar had come to life—“was a big sensation at the time,” says candy historian Darlene Lacey, and the bars remain popular today.

2. Milky Way

Mars, Inc.

When this bar debuted in 1923, it was the first to take inspiration from a real dessert: the milky way malted milkshake. (That’s right—it was not named after the galaxy.) Decades later, that same gimmick would spawn products like PowerBar’s Dulce de Leche-flavored snack and Kit Kat’s Strawberry Cheesecake bar in Japan.

3. Baby Ruth

Nestlé

When this bar launched in 1921, its makers claimed it was named after President Grover Cleveland’s daughter Ruth (who had died 17 years earlier at the age of 12). But at that time, the more obvious association was with new Yankees star Babe Ruth, making this the first candy bar to profit from the success of a public figure—even though he wasn’t being compensated.

4. Nestlé Crunch

Nestlé

Prior to this bar’s introduction in 1937, candy-bar fillings were somewhat rich: nuts, caramel, etc. By using dirt-cheap puffed rice, however, Nestle helped mainstream the notion that candy could be almost anything you put into chocolate—an idea that brought candy-bar prices down and spawned treats like Krackel and Thingamajig.

5.  Cadbury Milk Chocolate

Mondelēz International

The Cadbury family’s idyllic factory village in Birmingham, England—where these bars were created in 1897—helped inspire Milton S. Hershey’s own facility in Pennsylvania. “It was a sort of social utopia,” explains Deborah Cadbury, a family descendant and author of Chocolate Wars. “The Cadbury brothers as Quakers were the first to really look after their employees and provide pensions and security of employment and a living wage.” Although the Cadburys no longer own the company, its influence still looms large: its Dairy Milk and 5-Star bars are some of the world’s best-selling confections.

6.  Snickers

Mars, Inc.

More than 80 years after its launch in 1930, this Mars bar is the world’s best-selling international confection. And although it may not have revolutionized candy-bar taste or distribution, it’s unparalleled at selling itself: its star-studded ad campaign “You’re Not You When You’re Hungry” helped sales hit around $3.5 billion in 2012, outpacing M&Ms, Reeses and Kit Kat. Also, says Kimmerle, it helps that Snickers offers the holy trinity of confection: nougat, caramel and peanuts—coated in chocolate, of course.

7.  Nestlé Milk Chocolate

Joe Lacey—candywrappermuseum.com

Prior to this bar’s introduction in 1875, bar-form cocoa was bitter, chewy and dark. And chocolatiers couldn’t sweeten it with regular milk, as the liquid invited mildew growth. By adding the condensed milk pioneered by Henri Nestlé for infant formula, however, Swiss chocolatier Daniel Peter solved that problem—his product was smoother, sweeter and had a longer shelf life. That breakthrough paved the way for almost every modern-day chocolate bar, including Hershey’s, Lindt and Godiva.

8.  Toblerone

Mondelēz International

This now-iconic triangular prism of chocolate, nougat, almonds and honey, which debuted in 1908, was the first flagship bar to debut with a filling, upending the traditional model. (That same year, Hershey’s launched a milk chocolate bar with almonds.) Today, Lacey calls the Swiss treat “a juggernaut in terms of the global candy market” and filling is standard in bars like Almond Joy, Mounds and Three Musketeers.

9.  Hershey’s Milk Chocolate

The Hershey Company

Nestlé may have invented milk chocolate, but Hershey’s made it mainstream. By building his factory right in the middle of dairy land—and using local milk to amp up production volume—Milton Hershey powered an unparalleled distribution network, says Sweet Tooth author Kate Hopkins, turning chocolate into an American obsession. Since its first bar debuted in 1900, Hershey’s has become one of the world’s most recognizable brands: its treats fed soldiers during World War II; its ad campaigns were revered; and now, there’s a $23.5 million museum dedicated to its legacy.

10.  Kit Kat

The Hershey Company

Beyond being the first candy bar to be marketed around sharing, which helped turn chocolate into a social snack, Kit Kat was also the first to gain a global following. Whereas Hershey’s and Cadbury cornered different markets with similar products, the wafer-filled Kit Kats launched in both Europe and the U.S. before entering Australia, Asia and Africa—paving the way for other blockbuster bars like Snickers and Butterfinger. Decades later, Kit Kat remains a global obsession: last year, Google’s Android announced its new operating system would be called “KitKat,” and in January, Tokyo welcomed the first all-Kit Kat store, featuring flavors like edamame soy bean, purple sweet potato and wasabi.

Knowing chocolate is the language of love, what is your favorite candy bar?

Researched and edited by Dr. Kelly Brennan for the Terry Boyd’s World Radio Show on AM 860 KPAM. Portland, Oregon. April 29, 2015

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Top 10: Things Only Real Men Can Do -  By Askmen.com

It’s long been believed that 18 is the age when a boy turns into a man. A high school diploma, a driver’s license and moving out to go live in a college dorm all instill a new sense of freedom in young men. Unfortunately, an 18-year-old still knows very little about the real world.

Some feel that 21 is the real “coming of age” for boys, since the law recognizes them as adults of drinking and gambling age. This is also a misconception, since those two vices tend to regress the boys who can’t handle the fact that they’re suddenly able to do everything without parental consent.

So when does a young boy become a man? Becoming a man has nothing to do with surviving puberty or reaching a certain milestone in age. A boy becomes a man through his actions -- when he begins to take responsibility for his own behavior and carry himself in a certain way.

An adolescent evolves into an adult when he can handle the bulk of these 10 tasks that prove any boy is a man in the eyes of the world.

10. Drop Bad Influences

Justin Bieber is an example of what happens when a boy allows outside influences to run his everyday life. Sure, the Biebs is no saint, but allowing other juveniles to surround him and act as his yes men is a recipe for disaster. A real man knows when it’s time to ditch the sophomoric childhood friends or the guys dragging him down. It’s not easy breaking off friendships, especially those that have lasted decades, but life goes on -- and dumping those influences sooner rather than later is the best solution.

9. Own His Body

No one was built with the perfect body, and even though modern science has made it possible to sculpt the human physique into moving marble statues, every man will find flaws in himself. The danger lies in obsessing over those flaws instead of just accepting the fact that no human is perfect. A real man embraces his issues with his body and learns that true beauty comes from the inside and not the outside.

8. Mean The Words "I Love You"

Any man can utter the phrase “I love you” (get a few drinks into a guy and he’ll tell anyone in the room he feels this way about them), but it takes a true man to understand the concept of love. Once a guy understands what it means to be in love, or to love another human, only then can he really say the phrase “I love you” and genuinely mean what he says.

7. Constructively Express His Feelings

Men can show emotion, but they don’t always do it constructively -- some show it through anger, others completely shut down and a few will shed tears to express unhappiness about a given situation. A true man knows how to not only channel his emotions, but express them in a way that’s beneficial to both himself and those around him.

6. Hold A Conversation

The art of conversation isn’t as hard a task as people believe. Some men can only carry on a conversation if the topics involved are of interest to them personally. A real man can carry on a conversation about any topic, as long as he keeps an open mind and leaves the flow of conversation open for questions. Even if he doesn’t have a wealth of knowledge, a real man will ask questions to get a better understanding about a topic -- which itself keeps a conversation going.

5. Forget A Grudge

Confucius said, “To be wronged is nothing, unless you continue to remember it.” Everyone is wronged in life. It’s human nature to remember those moments and allow them to fester inside for years. It’s also incredibly unhealthy. There is never a reason to hold on to grudges. It’s fine to use those slights as motivation to succeed, but to harbor ill will against an individual isn’t a healthy reaction. A real man forgets the past and doesn’t allow past grievances to get in the way of future happiness.

4. Hold His Liquor

There is nothing wrong with enjoying a cocktail or two once in a while. In fact, a small amount of alcohol might even be good for a man’s health. The problem is some men don’t understand the concept of moderation. Look around the room at any bar and separating the men from the boys is a simple task. A real man can go out with friends, family or his significant other and have a few drinks and still carry himself in a manner that shows he’s a respectable man.

3. Control His Temper

Research shows that occasionally losing your temper might be good for men. The reaction can ease a man’s mind, improve athletic performance, boost his libido and even help facilitate business negotiations. The issue is some men don’t understand the word “occasionally” and instead lose their tempers “frequently.” It’s rare that losing your cool helps a situation, so it’s best to remain calm. A real man knows when it’s time to let off some steam and lets his words, and not his anger, do the talking.

2. Treat Women Right

In youth, men spend a significant amount of time chasing the opposite gender. It becomes a game. For some men, the game gets old. It’s in that moment men realize it’s time to treat women with the same respect they expect. Sadly, some men never come to this realization, and spend their lives mistreating women and playing “the game.” A real man knows when to put the game pieces away and call it a tie. It takes men a long time to realize the key to a happy life is a happy romantic partnership, but eventually, a real man learns.

1. Embrace His Age

Every man grows old but not every man grows up. Some men attempt to stay young forever. This is evident by the way they talk, act and dress. In the end, all they are doing is attempting to cope with the fact that all of us will one day cease to exist. Unfortunately, acting younger doesn’t make a man live forever.

There is nothing wrong with getting older. In fact, some men get better with age. They look better, carry themselves in a more mature way, and even live their lives with less regulation and control. A real man embraces his age and lives his life like every day could be his last.

Researched and edited by Dr. Kelly Brennan for the Terry Boyd’s World Radio Show on AM 860 KPAM, April 22, 2015. Portland. Oregon.

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4/15/15

10 Interesting Facts about the IRS

By http://m.articlesbase.com/taxes-articles/15-interesting-facts-about-the-irs-363017.html

February is the month that most Americans begin focusing on their income taxes.  After gathering all tax income forms, deduction receipts and sitting down, American start the dreaded process of discovering if they get a refund or owe their government money.  54% of Americans’ fear the IRS.  Who are the biggest tax cheats in America?  Sixty-four percent of people who admit to fudging their taxes were single men, and 55 percent were under 45, according to a recent survey by Today Money.com

Here are some interesting facts about one of the most feared agencies of the federal government, the IRS:

1. The initial income tax was only 3% tax on individuals making over $800. Today the top tax bracket consists of a 35% tax.

2. The IRS was created by President Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War to help pay for the military expenses.

3. In order for the IRS to print the necessary forms and documents over 300,000 trees are cut down every year.

4. The IRS collected $2.2 trillion in 2006, with $1.2 trillion coming from just federal income taxes.

5. Prior to the introduction of the Taxpayer Bill of Rights in 1998, the burden of proof was put entirely on taxpayers, meaning taxpayers had to prove themselves innocent.

6. The IRS sends out an average 8 billion page of paper every tax season. If all the pieces of paper were laid out end-to-end, it would wrap around the earth 28 times.

7. The federal government spends $200 billion per year on federal tax compliance, which is more money than it takes to produce all of the cars in the United States.

8. The IRS employs over 114,000 people at the pay rate of $10 billion per year. That's over double as many as the CIA and five times more than the FBI.

9. The average family pays over 38% of their total income to the IRS, which is more than the average family spends on food, clothing, and shelter combined. The United States tax systems is widely known for being confusing and difficult to understand. Therefore, over 60% of taxpayers seek professional help preparing their tax returns.

10. The IRS has a whistleblowers program designed to help catch tax evaders. In 2005 they paid over $27 million to informants that resulted in nearly $350 million in revenue.


Researched and edited by Dr. Kelly Brennan for the Terry Boyd’s World Radio Show on AM 860 KPAM, April 15, 2015. Portland. Oregon.

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10 Disgusting Common Ingredients In Cosmetics

By Beverly Jenkins, Weird Science and Randy Schueller

Reading labels on your cosmetics and lotions seems to require an advanced degree, so we've deciphered some of those ingredients for you. After reading this list of nasty stuff that's commonly used to make us feel prettier, we suddenly have an urge to toss out all of our products and go au naturale!

1.  Expensive Perfume Contains Whale Poop

Well, it's either poop or vomit, depending on which end of the whale it comes out of.  This material called Ambergris is useful as a fixative in perfumes. It has a sweet, earthy odor and is usually found washed up on a beach in South America or Australia. It's often called the "gold of the sea." Just one pound of the stinky stuff can earn its finder up to $10,000. Whales either pass the substance along with their feces, or they can occasionally cough it up if there is a blockage.  The unique scent of ambergris is often used in expensive perfumes, and it is sometimes eaten. It is considered a delicacy.

2.  Most Lipstick Contains Crushed Parasitic Beetles

Cochineal Beetles (Dactylopius Coccus) are tiny insects that feed on cactus plants in Central and South America. Female cochineal beetles eat the red cactus berries, so when the beetles are crushed, a very powerful red dye is produced.

Cochineal dye has been used for centuries, and it is very safe for most people, so it is commonly used in lipstick, ice cream, candy, yogurt, and eye shadow. In fact, Starbucks recently admitted to using cochineal dye in some of their beverages, causing a big problem for their many Vegan fans.

3. Fish Scales are in Nail Polish and Mascara

It is a common misconception that mascara contains bat guano, but in reality, mascara contains fish scales. That's... better?


According to Snopes, the confusion arose because mascara does contain something called Guanine, which many people confused with guano. Guanine is a crystalline material that produces a shimmering or light-diffusing coloring ingredient in products like mascara and nail polish. It is made not from bat feces, but from ground-up fish scales, and it is commonly used in the formulation of bath products, cleansing products, fragrances, hair conditioners, lipsticks, nail products, shampoos and skin care products.

 

4. Roadkill in Lipstick, Eye Shadow, and Soap

Tallow is a common ingredient in many products, including eye makeup, lipsticks, makeup bases and foundations, shampoos, shaving soaps, moisturizers and skin care products. It's made from animal carcasses.


Tallow is made by rendering animal fat, which means boiling the carcasses to create fatty byproducts. The dead animals used to make tallow come from many different sources, including labs, slaughterhouses, zoos, shelters, and yes, roadkill.

5. Bull Semen in Hair Products

Because of its high protein content, bull semen has become a popular ingredient in hair products. Used particularly for dry or damaged hair, the semen is mixed with a plant called Katera and applied to the hair in swanky salons. The process takes about 45 minutes, costs about $90-120 USD, and has been described as "Viagra for hair."

6. Dynamite in Deodorants and Exfoliates

Diatomaceous earth (DE), a soft rock that is easily crumbled into a white powder, is one of the two components in dynamite. DE is also an abrasive substance that is used in most mild exfoliators, natural toothpastes, deodorants and powders.

7. Snail Ooze in Moisturizers

Snail ooze is collected and used as an ingredient in many famous moisturizers. The glycolic acid and elastin in a snail's secretion protects its own skin from cuts, bacteria, and UV rays, making it a great source for proteins that eliminate dead cells and regenerate skin. It is also helpful for removing scars, stretch marks and curing acne.

8. Shark Liver Oil in Lipbalm, Sunscreen, and More

Squalane is a naturally-occurring oil that almost all plants and animals produce, including humans. The squalane that is extracted from the liver of sharks goes into creating Shark Liver Oil, which is used in many products. Its greasy consistency is easily absorbed into the skin, making it a perfect ingredient for many products like lip balm, sunscreen, and moisturizers. Though many companies have stopped using Shark Liver Oil due to environmental concerns, it is still a widely-used ingredient in beauty products.

9.  Infant ForeskinsIn Moisturizer

TNS Recovery Complex by SkinMedica claims to use cells derived from human infant foreskins (NouriCel-MD) in their "revolutionary" line of anti-aging products. Using a combination of soluble collagen, antioxidants, natural growth factors, and matrix proteins, they claim to slow the aging process and encourage new cell growth to promote a youthful complexion.


10.  Cow DungMakes Vanilla!

 It turns out you can make an incredibly pleasant smelling vanilla fragrance from extracts of cow dung. It’s not just a fertilizer any more.

We hope you enjoyed that stroll through the cosmetic chemist’s raw material wonder land. Have you heard of any other strange ingredients used in cosmetics?

Researched and edited by Dr. Kelly Brennan for the Terry Boyd’s World Radio Show on AM 860 KPAM. Portland, Oregon. April 08, 2015

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10 Interesting Facts About April Fool's Day

Ever wonder why we celebrate April Fool’s Day, where it originated from or how it is celebrated around the world?  

April Fools is celebrated in many countries.  For example in France, Italy and Belgium people celebrate April Fools by trying to stick paper fish on someone without them noticing then yell April Fish in their language.  In Sweden and Denmark April Fools is celebrated on April 1st and May 1st and are called “Day of Jokes”.   In Spanish speaking counties such as Spain and Mexico April Fools is celebrated on December 28th the Day of Holy Innocents.

In celebration of one of the most lighthearted occasions of the year, here are some interesting facts about April Fool’s Day, which is celebrated every April 1:

1.The exact origin of April Fool’s Day is unknown however the most popular theory has to do with a change of a calendar.  It is believed that April Fool’s Day may started in France when Pope Charles IX changed the calendar to go with the Roman calendar. In France before 1582 the new year started on April 1st.  It was changed to January 1st in 1582. Some of the people there did not know about the change and continued to celebrate the New Year on April 1st.  Those people were considered “April Fools.”  So April Fool’s Day became the annual tradition popularized by English pranksters by playing practical jokes on each other.
 
2.  The Scottish really like April Fools’ Day. Actually they really like it so much; they enjoy it for two days.  In Scotland they describe it “hunting the gowk” (the cuckoo), and if you are deceived, you are an “April gowk.”  To really get “behind” the vacation, the 2nd day, known as “Taily Day,” is dedicated to practical humor relating to the back part of the body.  The “butt” of this joke may often have a “kick me” sign placed on their back.
 
3.  In Belgium, kids lock out their mother and father or instructors and only let them in if they promise to provide them candies.

4. A number of movies revolve around the April Fool’s tradition, among them the 2008 horror flick “April Fool’s Day.”

5. Google has been consistent in its April Fool’s pranks. Some examples: “officially” changing its name to “Topeka” in 2010, and releasing a new product in 2011 called “Gmail Motion” that supposedly lets users send and receive e-mails using gestures. This year, the company announced the shutdown of its popular video-sharing site YouTube.

6. In 2012, US Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney fell for an elaborate April Fool’s Day prank, where his aides and running mate, Paul Ryan of Wisconsin told him just before he was to go out on stage at one of his major campaign rallies; “We didn’t get much of a turnout this morning.” Romney couldn’t believe it and ran out onto the stage without being announced to a crowd of over 20,000 supporters looking confused and disheveled.  Romney being embarrassed he fell for the prank laughed so hard, tears came to his eyes and it took 15 minutes to get his composure back.

7. In 1998, fast food giant Burger King introduced a “Left-Handed Whopper” as an April Fool’s Day prank. The burger supposedly included the usual condiments in Burger King’s original Whopper sandwich, but these were “rotated 180 degrees” to suit left-handed customers.

8. Two years before Burger King’s prank, another fast food chain, Taco Bell, pulled a huge prank on Americans on April Fool’s Day.  In full-page ads in major newspapers in the US, Taco Bell claimed it had purchased the Liberty Bell and renamed it the Taco Liberty Bell.

9. In 1976, BBC radio astronomer Patrick Moore said that at 9:47 a.m., Pluto would pass behind Jupiter, causing a gravitational alignment that would temporarily reduce Earth’s gravity. He told his listeners to jump at exactly that time to experience a strange floating sensation – which did not happen.

10. In 1957, some decades before the planetary alignment prank, BBC pulled another April Fool’s joke by reporting about "spaghetti crops." Millions were duped by the report, with many of them asking how they can grow their own spaghetti trees.

Sources:

Agence France-Presse, History.com, Kidsplayandcreate.com, Museum of Hoaxes, Reuters.com,
Time.com

Researched and edited by Dr. Kelly Brennan for the Terry Boyd’s World Radio Show on AM 860 KPAM, April 01, 2015. Portland. Oregon.

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10 Weird Things Men Love In Women

Want to make everyday a memorable and romantic day. Just know your men and see how beautifully your life changes. Your love life will become intense and hot and your man will be yours only. Spend some in discovering the qualities that he likes and make your love life a wonderfully irresistible experience.

Here are 10 Weird Things Men Love In Women or you can say 10 weird things that men get attracted to:

1. Attire:

They just love women in baggy and casual outfit, walking in style and tremendously beaming with confidence.

2. No make-up:

Usually men are not attracted to heavily painted girls. They love the natural and make-up free look. They rarely pay attention to smokey eyes and dark lipsticks. So ladies do not waste precious time and money and just be natural.

3. Lively wit:

It is not physical contact that can only draw men towards you. Your vivacious wit and sharp humor can do wonders in attracting men towards you. So be smart and witty. Simply crack a joke and get men wooed.

4. Lingerie:

The weirdest thing that men like is the lingerie that does not match. Do not just run after a paired bra and panties, show that you are not prepared and see how hot and desired he will be.

5. Sexy curves:

Curvy is definitely sexy. Flat and skinny figures do not attract men. Love handles and curves never fail to get noticed.

6. Intelligence:

Traits like intelligence, confidence, decisive nature, sexual openness and emotional maturity attract men as they love to be close to intelligent people rather than dumb and beautiful women. Beauty with brains is appreciated. Go ahead and flaunt your real self. Mere display of beauty is not sufficient enough. Show your sensuality and express your wildest fantasies because that is what men like.

7. Baggy tee at bedtime:

Sounds strange, but that is what men love to see a woman in. Men like women in casuals and want to explore. They do not get turned on by women in formals.

8. Eye Contact:

Never shy away from your man. Just put your point emphatically and look into his eyes. Eye contact makes you irresistible and stronger.

9. Unkempt hair:

Women think that men are attracted by properly knit hair which is not true in real sense. Unkempt hairs attract men as they simply love bed-hair and kohl smudged eyes.

10. Orgasm:

Women believe that orgasm should not be expressed before men. This is absolutely false, displaying orgasm is an indication that a woman is strong enough to express her sexuality- something that men just long for.

Sexuality is an intimate and personal thing and should be expressed instead of being bottled up.

So when you look at the love of your life, what turn’s you on?

Researched and edited by Dr. Kelly Brennan for the Terry Boyd’s World Radio Show on AM 860 KPAM, March 25, 2015. Portland. Oregon.

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10 Signs Your Marriage Is In Trouble

By Allison Cohen, M.A., MFT, Relational Expert

We've all heard the dauntingly horrible statistic: 68 percent of marriages end in divorce. No one wants to be a cliché, and everyone wants to find themselves amongst the 32 percent that beat the odds.

What if you could identify the biggest indicators before it was too late? What if you had the chance to turn it all around? Would you seize the moment, even if it meant taking an unpleasant look at the reality of your relationship and digging in to repair the damage? 

Avoid marital distress by learning to recognize these warning signs! Look at the indicators below to see where you fall on the spectrum of marital turmoil:

1. You become a one-woman consulting firm.

You used to ask your partner for their opinions on a variety of subjects. Everything from what you should do about your difficult boss to what plans you'll make for the weekend. Those days are gone, and you find yourself making decisions without consideration for their feelings or how it might affect them.

2. You pull out your scorecard and start tallying. 

The ease of give and take has been replaced with playing "Tit for Tat" and you actively keep mental notes for how much you are contributing versus how much your partner isn't.

3. You anoint yourself king/queen of the castle.

In a successful relationship, no one person's needs are more important. Your desires are equally considered and equal attempts are made to bring them to fruition. However, now that there is stress, resentment and tension, you make your needs priority one.

4.You move from teammates to roommates.

Teammates work in tandem to get goals accomplished. They share ideas for how to succeed and envision home and life plans together. Roommates take on singular projects with no respect or thought towards the other person in the house. They cleantheir space. They do their laundry. Their separate plans become your separate lives.

5. You pull out your needle and start jabbing.

Anyone in a long-term relationship knows their partner well enough to have a keen awareness of their hot buttons. In days past, you accidentally pressed them, learned from your mistakes and vowed not to repeat them. Today, you press them with full awareness, and you like it.

6. You break up with your girlfriend/boyfriend.

When you two were happy and in love, you "dated" each other. You did all the little things that kept the romance alive. You sent the sweet text in the middle of the day. You brought home the dessert from that little café you know they love. You made an effort to keep up your appearance. Now, you see your mate as a ball and chain instead of the hot date you used to roll out the red carpet for.

7. You move your love tank to someone else's truck.

Whether it's emotional or physical, you are reaching out to anyone and everyone other than your mate to connect with and feel connected to.

8. You kidnapped cupid and you're holding him for ransom.

People joke that you stop having sex when you get married because you no longer 'have to.' But the truth is that often times, people stop having sex when they start losing the positive feelings towards their mate. No one wants to have sex with the person they see as an impediment to their happiness. Even if you still have sexual feelings, you stop pursuing them to punish, play games or make a point to your partner. 

9. Words are saved for scrabble.

Gone are the days of staying up late, talking. Conversations with your mate seem futile and exhausting. Instead, you use as few words as possible to convey your sentiments and conversations devolve into what needs to get done around the house or who is running carpool tomorrow.

10. You checked out of your relationship and into your mental hotel.

In happier times, your partner was your refuge because they were your best friend, your comfort and your joy. As tension sets in, you blindly interact with your mate without giving them your presence of mind. Your mindfulness has been replaced with fantasies of your new life, away from your partner. 

If you're determinedly shaking your head in agreement, that's a flashing yellow light that trouble is brewing. No one said it would be a snap, but then again, nothing worth having comes easy. You only have a few finite opportunities to get your marriageout of trouble before that yellow light turns red.

Researched and edited by Dr. Kelly Brennan for the Terry Boyd’s World Radio Show on AM 860 KPAM, March 11, 2015. Portland. Oregon.

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12 Random facts About Dating and Relationships

1.  The curve of the counter in a bar is designed so other customers can easily “check out” other customers. Bars also purposely place mirrors to help create a larger sense of place and to allow a person to scope out other people behind them.

2.  A man’s top dating fears include that a woman will come between him and his friends, won’t allow him free time, will turn out to be a stalker, won’t respect him, or will be too high maintenance.

3.  Five types of women that men tend to avoid are serial flirters, someone who talks about marriage too soon, clingy women, the party-girl, and a woman who talks too much or is drama queen.

4.  Over 50% of all singles in America have not had a date in more than two years.

5.  New York and Washington have the most state residents who are unmarried, 50% and 70%, respectively. Idaho and Utah have the most state residents who are married, 60% and 59%.

6.  A woman can increase the likelihood of a man approaching her if she uncrosses her arms, makes subtle eye contact, and smiles.

7.  In American society, when a man offers his date his palm face up, he is most likely deeply attracted to the woman. In fact, a human’s brain is wired to respond to hand gestures and hand shapes, though the brain’s response depends on the man or woman’s culture and ethnicity.

8.  When a man first approaches a woman, she will base 55% of her initial impression of him on his appearance and body language, 38% on his style of speaking, and 7% on what he actually says.

9.  If you want to create an instant link with a date, say his or her name at least twice in the conversation. This shows attentiveness and connectiveness.

10.  Body language studies show that revealing areas of the body that aren’t usually on display (such as the inner wrist, the inside of the upper arm, ankles, feet, inside calf muscle, and the nape of the neck) has an immediate effect on a date and shows an instant liking.

11.  Psychologists at the University of Pennsylvania studied data from over 10,000 speed daters and found that most people make a decision regarding a person’s attraction within three seconds of meeting.

12.  The online dating industry generates $1.8 billion per year and the matchmaker/dating coach business generates $260 million per year in the United States.

Researched and edited by Dr. Kelly Brennan for the Terry Boyd’s World Radio Show on AM 860 KPAM, March 04, 2015. Portland. Oregon.

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Top 10 Weird, Crazy, and Just Plain Bizarre Facts about Disney World!

It may come as no surprise that the number one wish for Make-A-Wish is a trip to Disney World. However, below are some things you may not have known aboout America's favorite playground. These facts range from shocking, to unbelievable, to just plain weird!

  1. Disney World has a staff of about 62,000 actors, crew, servicemen, etc. That is almost double the population of neighborhoods such as West Hollywood, Los Angeles!
  2. In acreage, all of The Walt Disney World Resort is roughly the size of San Francisco, but only about 35% of its 27,000 acres has been developed.
  3. Mickey Mouse has more than 290 different costumes he rotates threw. That’s enough wardrobe changes to make even diva Mariah Carey jealous!
  4. The staff of Disney World collectively does 18,890 loads of laundry every single day! Oh my tide!
  5. Ever lost something at Disney World? Well you would not be alone! Since 1971, there has been an estimated 1.65 million pairs of sunglasses turned into lost and found. Other figures for lost and found include an annual collection of 6,000 cell phones, 3,500 digital cameras, and 18,000 hats.
  6. The weirdest things ever found? There have been lost and found reports of a glass eye, a potty trainer, and a prosthetic leg. All three of which were eventually claimed!
  7. The biggest theme park is Disney’s Animal Kingdom, which covers 403 acres. The Tree of Life, located at the center of the park, is 14 stories high!
  8. Walt Disney had an apartment built inside of Cinderella's Castle that he intended to use as an apartment for his family and himself. When he died it was left unfinished but in 2006 it was turned into a deluxe suite given to a randomly chosen family every day.
  9. Inside the suite is 24-karat gold tile floors and a television designed to resemble the "magic mirror" from Cinderella.
  10. Main Street, USA is inspired by the hometown of Walt Disney located in Marceline Missouri.

Since Wheels for Wishes benefits Make-A-Wish, your donation can help send a lucky boy or girl to this crazy world of Disney! For more information visit our car donation home page to learn more about the car donation program or www.wish.org for more information on Make-A-Wish.

Researched and edited by Dr. Kelly Brennan for the Terry Boyd’s World Radio Show on AM 860 KPAM, February 25, 2015. Portland. Oregon.

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2/18/15

Nurse reveals the top 5 regrets people make on their deathbed. 

For many years I worked in palliative care. My patients were those who had gone home to die. Some incredibly special times were shared. I was with them for the last three to twelve weeks of their lives.

People grow a lot when they are faced with their own mortality. I learnt never to underestimate someone’s capacity for growth. Some changes were phenomenal. Each experienced a variety of emotions, as expected, denial, fear, anger, remorse, more denial and eventually acceptance. Every single patient found their peace before they departed though, every one of them. When questioned about any regrets they had or anything they would do differently, common themes surfaced again and again. Here are the most common five:

1. I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.

This was the most common regret of all. When people realize that their life is almost over and look back clearly on it, it is easy to see how many dreams have gone unfulfilled. Most people had not honored even a half of their dreams and had to die knowing that it was due to choices they had made, or not made.

It is very important to try and honor at least some of your dreams along the way. From the moment that you lose your health, it is too late. Health brings a freedom very few realize, until they no longer have it.

2. I wish I didn’t work so hard.

This came from every male patient that I nursed. They missed their children’s youth and their partner’s companionship. Women also spoke of this regret. But as most were from an older generation, many of the female patients had not been breadwinners. All of the men I nursed deeply regretted spending so much of their lives on the treadmill of a work existence.

By simplifying your lifestyle and making conscious choices along the way, it is possible to not need the income that you think you do. And by creating more space in your life, you become happier and more open to new opportunities, ones more suited to your new lifestyle.

3. I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.

Many people suppressed their feelings in order to keep peace with others. As a result, they settled for a mediocre existence and never became who they were truly capable of becoming. Many developed illnesses relating to the bitterness and resentment they carried as a result.

We cannot control the reactions of others. However, although people may initially react when you change the way you are by speaking honestly, in the end it raises the relationship to a whole new and healthier level. Either that or it releases the unhealthy relationship from your life. Either way, you win.

4. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.

Often they would not truly realize the full benefits of old friends until their dying weeks and it was not always possible to track them down. Many had become so caught up in their own lives that they had let golden friendships slip by over the years. There were many deep regrets about not giving friendships the time and effort that they deserved. Everyone misses their friends when they are dying.

It is common for anyone in a busy lifestyle to let friendships slip. But when you are faced with your approaching death, the physical details of life fall away. People do want to get their financial affairs in order if possible. But it is not money or status that holds the true importance for them. They want to get things in order more for the benefit of those they love. Usually though, they are too ill and weary to ever manage this task. It is all comes down to love and relationships in the end. That is all that remains in the final weeks, love and relationships.

5. I wish that I had let myself be happier.

This is a surprisingly common one. Many did not realize until the end that happiness is a choice. They had stayed stuck in old patterns and habits. The so-called ‘comfort’ of familiarity overflowed into their emotions, as well as their physical lives. Fear of change had them pretending to others, and to their selves, that they were content. When deep within, they longed to laugh properly and have silliness in their life again.

When you are on your deathbed, what others think of you is a long way from your mind. How wonderful to be able to let go and smile again, long before you are dying.

Life is a choice. It is YOUR life. Choose consciously, choose wisely, choose honestly. Choose happiness.

Credits: This article first appeared on inspirationandchai.com via Real Farmacy

Researched and edited by Dr. Kelly Brennan for the Terry Boyd’s World Radio Show on AM 860 KPAM. Portland, Oregon. February 18, 2015.

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10 Weird Valentine’s Day Facts

By Melissa Awesome February 10, 2013 3:40 PM

Ahh Valentine’s Day! You either love it or you hate it.  This coming Saturday is the day that some naked baby looking thing with wings will come and shoot you with an arrow shaped like a heart and make you fall in love! I mean seriously who came up with Cupid, and why is he so weird looking? Besides that check out these weird facts about heart day, whether you love or hate the holiday, I bet you’ll find these facts interesting!

1) Cupid was associated with Valentine’s Day because he was the son of Venus, the Roman god of love and beauty (So that’s who he is!)

2) 73% of American men buy flowers on Valentine’s Day while 15% of US women send flowers to themselves…awkward!

3) More than 650 million valentine cards are exchanged by children from ages 6-10 each year. Most of these cards are bought in the last 6 days leading up to Valentine’s Day.  Teachers receive more valentine cards than anyone else followed by children, moms, sweethearts, pets, and then dads. Over 1 billion Valentine’s Day cards are sent worldwide every year.

4) Penicillin, a popular treatment for venereal diseases was introduced on February 14, 1929. How romantic

5) Some people used to believe that if a woman saw a robin flying overhead on Valentine’s Day; it meant she would marry a sailor. If she saw a sparrow, she would marry a poor man and be very happy. If she saw a goldfinch, she would marry a millionaire.

6) King Henry VIII declared February 14th a holiday in 1537. Which is ironic considering he killed most of his wives because they didn’t give him a son (Later science found out that it’s actually the man’s sperm that determines the sex of the child…put that in your pipe and smoke it King Henry).

7) More than nine million pet owners are expected to buy gifts for their pets this Valentine’s Day. I mean I think my dog is cooler than a lot of people I know.  I wasn’t really planning on buying her a Valentine’s Day gift though, but now I feel pressured.  Thanks a lot Hallmark.

8) During the Middle Ages men and women would pick names out of a bowl and the person’s name they drew would be considered their Valentine.  They would wear that person’s name on their sleeve for a week.  This is where the saying wear your heart on your sleeve comes from.

9) The city in Italy where Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet lived, receives about 1,000 letters every year sent to Juliet on Valentine’s Day. Do people not realize that Romeo and Juliet aren’t real?

10) In the middle Ages, people believed that the first unmarried person of the opposite sex you met on the morning of St. Valentine’s Day would become your spouse. Remind me not to leave the house Saturday morning….

One last fact, in 1929 at the height of prohibition Al Capone ordered the killing of members of a rival gang run by Bugs Moran in Chicago on Valentine’s Day which became known as the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre.  Authorities were unable to find any real evidence to tie Capone to the crime and he was never arrested or tried for the murder of these seven men. Instead he served his time for tax evasion and later died of syphilis. I guess Capone could have use some penicillin.

Research and edited by Dr. Kelly J. Brennan for Terry Boyd’s World Radio Show on AM 860 KPAM, Portland Oregon.  February 11, 2015.

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10 really interesting but shocking facts about Facebook By Aseem Guarav

New Delhi: Facebook, over the past few years, has changed the conception of people about how we connect to each other. It’s growing popularity means that we no longer are confined to face-to-face interaction, but see ours and others in the number of people in ‘friends list.’ A simple click on the ‘unfriend’ option makes it easy to cut ties with someone who you have been very close to. The more people in your friends list, the more popular you are perceived to be.

Even in the friends list, we can segregate people into different categories, based on our closeness and level of formality with them. We have ‘family’, ‘best friends’, ‘not-so-close friends’, ‘relatives’ and ‘work colleagues’ lists. If due to geographical barriers, you cannot physically ‘poke a friend’, you can still do so in the world of Facebook and this subtle cue is somehow less offending in the virtual world. Facebook has altogether put a new meaning on the world of ‘virtual friendship’ where it doesn’t matter whether you have met the other person or not. 

Total number of monthly active users on Facebook is 1,310,000,000.  Total number of mobile users on Facebook is 680,000,000.  Google has 343 million users and twitter with 284 million users.  640,000,000 minutes spent on Facebook each month. 18 minutes spent on Facebook per visit daily.

Here’s a look at some quick facts interesting and shocking facts about the popular social network.

#10 The reason Facebook is blue: Zuckerberg is colorblind

According to The New Yorker, Zuckerberg is red-green colorblind, which means the color he can see best is blue. That also happens to be the color that dominates the Facebook website and mobile app.
"Blue is the richest color for me," he told the magazine. "I can see all of blue," he said in an interview.

#9 Hacking Facebook got this man hired

In 2006, a guy named Chris Putnam hacked into Facebook and made thousands of profiles look like MySpace profiles.  Facebook was so impressed they hired him.

#8 Facebook doesn't allow breastfeeding photos

Facebook was criticized by mothers when it yanked photos of breastfeeding babies that women had posted on their personal profiles because it deemed them a little too revealing.

In response to the terse notices alerting mothers that they were violating Facebook's decency policy, "lactivists" responded with a virtual nurse-in; 11,000 women posted photos of themselves breastfeeding and/or updated their profiles to read: "Hey, Facebook. Breastfeeding Is Not Obscene!" The pro-breastfeeding group has attracted over 250,000 members.

#7 Iceland used Facebook to rewrite its constitution!

In 2011, Iceland took the help of Facebook in rewriting its constitution. Two thirds of Iceland's population is on Facebook, so the constitutional council used Facebook to rewrite its constitution where citizens could use the social network to make their own suggestions, engage in online debates, or follow the proceedings in real-time.

#6 Steve Chen worked for Facebook

Steve Chen worked at Facebook for a few weeks before quitting because Mark Zuckerberg didn’t like his idea to add a new service in Facebook, it was called YouTube.

#5 Photo sharing

Mark Zuckerberg didn't want to add photo-sharing to Facebook, but Sean Parker convinced him to making Facebook the most popular photo-sharing site.

#4 Zuckerberg took "CEO lessons" in 2005

After employees and investors began lobbying for his replacement, Zuckerberg took "CEO lessons" in 2005 byXi Jinping's Big Yellow Book of Business.

# 3 Adding the number 4 to the end of Facebook’s URL will automatically direct you to Mark Zuckerberg’s wall.

Just in case you’re not familiar with the term “URL” - type in this web address: www.facebook.com/4. We’re not sure why Zuckerberg chose the fourth ID number instead of number 1, but this is a quick and easy way to get to the original Facebook wall that is owned by its creator.  Adding the numbers 5 or 6 to the end of the URL will take you to the respective profiles of Chris Hughes and Dustin Moskovitz, Facebook co-founders and Mark’s former college roommates.  Tacking a 7 onto the web address leads to the profile of Arie Hasit, another good friend of Zuckerberg from his days at Harvard.

 Basically, if you find an original bug within the Facebook software and system, they’ll reward you with up to $500. There are stipulations to the rules, though. They allow this as showing appreciation for their security researchers. One cannot disclose personal information about others and must give Facebook 24 hours in good faith to fix the issue before going public with the bug. Only one bounty per security bug is given.

#2 Acquisition

Facebook can't talk to Google about an acquisition without telling Microsoft first, thanks to Microsoft's 2007 investment

#1  Facebook has become so popular psychologists identified a new mental health disorder “Facebook Addiction Disorder” that has become one of the leading causes of divorce.

New research suggests that Facebook could be detrimental to your relationship status and your health. A study conducted by the Journal of Cyberpsychology, Behavior and Social Networking, found that people who use Facebook excessively (those who check hourly) are more likely to "experience Facebook Addiction Disorder (FAD) as well as Facebook–related conflict with their romantic partners, which then may cause negative relationship outcomes including emotional and physical cheating, breakup and divorce," according to a press release. In 2011, Facebook was cited as a reason for a third of divorces.

Researched and edited by Dr. Kelly Brennan for the Terry Boyd’s World Radio Show on AM 860 KPAM. Portland, Oregon. January 28, 2015.

 

 

1/21/15

10 Tips for Dealing with Bullies at Work

Dr. Michelle Callahan - Psychologist, TV Personality, Author

There's a new breed of female bullies cropping up in workplaces across the country. According to a nationwide poll by the Employment Law Alliance:

  • 45 percent of American workers say they've experienced workplace abuse.
  • 60 percent of workplace bullies are men while 40 percent of workplace bullies are women, and women bullies pick on other women more than 70 percent of the time.
  • Female bullies want to undermine, berate and intimidate the weaker women in their midst.
  • Being a target of a bully not only affects your work life, but can also affect your health, possibly causing headaches, loss of appetite, high blood pressure, insomnia, clinical depression, panic attacks and even PTSD.

Clearly workplace bullying is not something to be taken lightly. So why do some women do it?

  • They enjoy feeling powerful, especially when the other person doesn't stand up for herself. Also, women are often less confrontational when attacked. They tend to turn their backs on bad behavior in a way men might not.
  • They are threatened by the potential success of others, so they want to stop you before you outshine them or reveal their shortcomings.
  • They have a perfectionist or nit-picky personality combined with superiority about their skills and abilities.
  • They are affected by stress and pressure to be high performing, with more work to do and fewer people to do it.
  • They have mental health problems or a personality disorder.

How do you know whether you're being bullied, or simply dealing with a difficult boss or co-worker?

  • The clearest sign is that bullying is something that happens again and again -- it's not just your boss having a bad day every once and a while.
  • The abuse can include yelling; intimidating or humiliating behavior, like angry criticism and personal insults; or sabotage, whether it's vicious gossip or taking credit for someone else's work.
  • Generally, though, women aren't openly abusive; in fact, there's evidence that their style of bullying is usually subtler than men's.
  • Women are better at reading emotions, so they're good at little digs that most men wouldn't even register: the quick glare, or turning away and talking to someone else.

Ten Tips For Dealing With Being Bullied At Work

  1. Don't get emotional.Bullies take pleasure in emotionally manipulating people. Stay calm and rational to diffuse the situation.
  2. Don't blame yourself.Acknowledge that this is not about you; it's about the bully. Don't lose your confidence, or think you are incapable or incompetent. They are usually beating you at a mind game, not based on your actual work performance.
  3. Do your best work.The bully's behavior will seem more justified if you aren't doing your best work, or if you do things like come to work late, take long lunches, turn in work late, etc.
  4. Build a support network.Instead of allowing the bully to make you retreat into your office, work on building your relationships with your coworkers so that you have support and the bully doesn't turn them against you as well (although she will try and may even be successful).
  5. Document everything.Keep a journal (on your personal computer or in writing, but never leave it in the office) of what happened when (and who witnessed it) so that if you need to escalate this problem to Human Resources, you have the information you need to make your case. Keep emails and notes.
  6. Seek help.If you think you're being bullied, it's time to start talking to others who can help you manage this situation. Try a mentor, advocate, seasoned/experienced friend, even a legal advocate who specializes in bullying and inappropriate or discriminatory behavior in the workplace. Tread lightly when approaching your human resources department. They work for the company, not you, so you have to be careful about what you share depending on how well liked and supported your bully is within the organization. HR doesn't have the luxury of keeping everything you say confidential so don't treat a meeting with them like a counseling session where you should share everything you think/feel or assume that they can or will fix the problem for you.
  7. Get counseling.It will help you deal with the stress, especially if the bullying is already affecting your physical and mental health. You have to take care of yourself.
  8. Stay healthy.Maintain a healthy and balanced lifestyle outside of work to help you cope with the madness at work. Work out, get a good night's sleep and eat a healthy diet.
  9. Educate yourself.Learn everything you can about bullying, your company's policies on inappropriate behavior and occupational law regarding this kind of experience. The more you know, the better your chances of successfully dealing with this situation.
  10. Don't expect to change the bully.Real behavior change is difficult and it takes time. You have no control over a bully's willingness to accept that they have a problem and to work on it. You can do your best to manage the situation, but it's really the company's responsibility to be observant and responsive to the needs of their workers and the general work environment. In the worst-case scenario you may need to leave your job or be prepared for a long hard fight with your bully and your employer.

We train people to treat us the way they treat us.  Knowing how to deal with workplace bullies place the control in you and doesn’t give anyone permission to treat you the way they treat you. 

Researched and edited by Dr. Kelly Brennan for the Terry Boyd’s World Radio Show on AM 860 KPAM, January 21, 2015. Portland. Oregon.

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5 Benefits Of Kissing + Top 10 Reasons To Kiss!

By Silvia Mordini and Rebecca Dube 

A few years ago, I began to notice how open to PDA’s (public displays of affection) people in the USA were in their kissing. I found this interesting and wondered why do people kiss?  Are there benefits to kissing? What do men and women look for in their kissing.

In my research, I discovered there are actual Kiss Scientists who study kissing. They are called Philematologists and they have discovered a wide range of benefits of kissing such as:

1. Kissing lowers stress. 

It decreases the stress hormone cortisol and increases serotonin levels in the brain. Kissing has also been measured to lower anxiety and has similar benefits to meditating.

2. Kissing makes us happier. 

It improves our mood by increasing endorphins, which are our feel-good hormones.

“Happiness is like a kiss - it feels best when you give it to someone else.” ~Author Unknown

3. Kissing keeps us healthy. 

It improves our immunity by releasing antibodies that kill bacteria. And kissing helps us prevent cavities by increasing saliva that washes our teeth. It has also been shown that our saliva secretes natural antibiotics when we kiss.

“Never a lip is curved with pain? That can't be kissed into smile again.”?~Brete Harte

4. Kissing calms us down and promotes pleasure. 

It increases levels of oxytocin otherwise known as the "love hormone" which calms us. Kissing also reduces pain through our saliva which contains a kind of anesthetic and increases pleasure by releasing dopamine.

"Your hugs and kisses are like the stars that light up my life when things get dark." – Author Unknown

5. Kissing strengthens our relationships. 

It promotes togetherness and couples who kiss regularly live five years longer than those who don’t.

"A kiss seals two souls for a moment in time.” ~Levende Waters

Top 10 Reasons To Kiss List:

  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Decreases cortisol stress hormone
  • Increases seratonin
  • Reduces pain
  • Increases oxytocin
  • Improves immunity
  • Fights off cavities
  • Increases dopamine
  • Improves mood
  • Lowers anxiety

Gender Difference in Kissing:

Sure, men's and women's kissing styles differ, but "there are more similarities than differences," says Mr. Christian, who wrote The Art of Kissing under the name William Cane. He thinks the psychology researchers may have overlooked one obvious motivation for puckering up: It's pleasurable.

How do you like your kisses, wet or dry?

According to the study of 1,041 college students at the University at Albany, men and women kiss for very different reasons.  Women kiss to assess the commitment of a mate - is he really that into me?  While men kiss as a means to an end - let's get it on.  The study determined that men like their kisses wetter : to be precise, 33 per cent wetter on average, than women do.

"At the moment of a kiss, there is an exceedingly rich and complex exchange of postural, tactile and chemical cues," says Dr. Gallup.  Swapping saliva involves an exchange of hormones, and one hormone in male saliva is testosterone, which increases female arousal, thus increasing the chances for greater intimacy.

Women in the study rate kissing as more important than men do at all stages of a relationship. Men are much more likely to skip to the main event: 53 per cent said they would have sex with someone without kissing, compared with only 15 per cent of women.  Men are also much more likely to have sex with someone who's a bad kisser.

There are plenty more benefits to kissing...but I am guessing that you already have your favorite reasons.  What’s my favorite kissing moment, you ask? When you can feel your partner smiling as you kiss each other.  Kissing makes us smile more! 

 

Researched and edited by Dr. Kelly Brennan for the Terry Boyd’s World Radio Show on AM 860 KPAM. Portland, Oregon. January 14, 2015.

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10 New Year’s Resolutions To Make If You Want 2015 To Be The Happiest Year Ever

By Ari Eastman -

Happy 2015! Everybody wants to better themselves. Some people want to better their families, their communities or maybe even the world.  Regardless of your level of altruism, New Year's seems to be the iconic time to start your new journey.  Below are the top ten New Year's Resolutions for you to try for the upcoming 2015 year.

1. Get rid of those “goal weight” clothes

We’ve all got some pair of pants in the back of our closet that we fantasize fitting in perfectly one day, or browse outfits that get labeled “once I’m in better shape.” This type of thinking isn’t doing you any good. In fact, it’s probably counteracting any progress you hope to make. If you have this constant image of who you need to be and what you need to look like, you are going to slowly drive yourself nuts. Love who you are in the moment, and don’t treat yourself as a rough draft.

2. Stop skipping meals

Whether it’s a misguided attempt to lose weight, or you just lose track of time and realize you have skipped an important meal, it’s important in the new year to cut this damaging habit. It doesn’t seem like it’s doing much, but in the long run skipping meals can wreak havoc on your metabolism, as well as overall energy levels. Figure out a time that works in your schedule and commit to eating at that time. It may help to prep meals the night before if you know you will have a hectic day.

3. Make a list of the people who have hurt you most, and then burn it

We often talk about this idea of “letting go” and what exactly that entails. It’s not an easy or simple process, and something that can be completely different for the individual dealing with it. When you switch into a mentality that you have the power to decide what hurts you, you’ll find it can help in moving on from a painful situation. There’s something cathartic about using pen and paper, so to start off the new year ready for love and forgiveness, write down the names of people who have caused any hurt that still lingers within you. Take the paper and throw it in the fireplace, and as it goes up in flames, let go of the anger and hurt too.

4. Reorganize your work space

If you’re feeling overwhelmed or unclear with what your objectives are in the workplace/career path, it might help to take a day to just completely rearrange your desk, or other place you do most work. Maybe print off some inspirational quotes you like, and place them somewhere you can see whenever start working. It might boost your motivation.

5. Dedicate a “me” day each week

We get so caught up in taking care of everyone else, that we often neglect our own needs. If you aren’t first making sure you are healthy and happy, what good are you really going to be to those around you? Though this can be a difficult task with responsibilities that get in the way, try to put aside one day every single week that is about YOU. Maybe you carve out a few hours to read a book, or take a class on something you’re interested in learning more about. Take a day that is just about you, and prioritize yourself again.

6. Take a daily walk

Instead of diving into an intense new work out regimen and pushing your body to a point that you’re no longer sure your body works anymore, try starting off with something easy to commit to every day, like a 30 minute walk. Create an awesome playlist that pumps you up, get outside, and just enjoy your surroundings. It’s a small thing you can do every single day that will make you feel better.

7. Make a list of weekly goals that are doable

If you want to be the next Oprah, that’s fantastic, but simply having the goal “be Oprah” might freak you out more than it inspires you. Try making weekly goals that are realistic. Maybe this week you will call and catch up with that friend from college. Next week, you can go through your closet and donate things you no longer need. By breaking things down weekly, it can be easier to get more done and then feel more productive.

8. Go social media free for at least two weeks

This holds truer to some people, but in a time when we are bombarded with constant updates on what those around us are doing, it’s fairly common to slip into a Facebook induced slump. People choose the best light to shine on themselves on social media, so of course you’re going to see only the cool and exciting things. We compare ourselves to each other on the daily, so it can be really refreshing to step away from Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, etc. for a bit and not constantly see who is getting engaged and promoted.

9. Cleanse your life of toxic relationships

This is a tough one, I’ll be honest. We can find ourselves in toxic, unhealthy relationships and not even realize that’s what they were until much later when we are no longer in them. And depending on who the person is, you can’t always just cut the strings. But take a moment to clear your mind, then think of each important relationship in your life. What are these relationships bringing you? Do you feel drained more often than not with this person? Are you always giving, and not receiving the same thing in return? Try to look at these relationships as objectively as you can (though that’s impossible to fully do) and decide which ones are causing more harm than good. Formulate a plan to distance yourself from the damaging ones, and once you have gotten far enough away, do NOT look back. Continue moving forward. You’ll thank yourself later.

10. Practice being honest with yourself

I’ve found that the person we lie to more than anyone is ourselves. We’re incredibly good at it too. We can convince ourselves we’re okay with situations when we truly aren’t. We can bury emotions, bottle up fears and insecurities, and keep it all on lock down for a long, long time. But doing this will eat away at you in little ways. It can show up in your health or general mood. Or maybe, one day you just explode and everything you’ve been secretly lying about exposes itself in a very destructive way. To avoid this, start being honest when you wake up. Check in with yourself and how you feel. Are you sad? Are you angry about something? Are you worried? If you are, admit it to yourself. It’s okay. Being honest and validating your own feelings can be so rewarding and helpful on the path to happiness.

Researched and edited by Dr. Kelly Brennan for the Terry Boyd’s World Radio Show on AM 860 KPAM, January 07, 2015. Portland. Oregon.

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Fridays at 11:16, Lance Mayhew (mylifeontherocks.com) joins us.  He is our show bartender!

2/13/15

Pisco Punch

2 oz Encanto Pisco

1 oz pineapple simple syrup (equal parts sugar and water, cooked until clear and then soak pineapple in the syrup for 24 hours)

1 oz lime juice

1 oz Lillet Rouge or sweet vermouth

1 dash Angostura bitters

orange twist

Add first 5 ingredients to a cocktail shaker. Add ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with an orange twist.

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Guest bartender Patrick Bernards from Bull Run Distilling stops by to make the....

Pacific Daiquiri

2 oz. Pacific Rum

1 oz. Fresh Lime Juice

1/2 oz. Falernum

1/2 oz. Pineapple Juice

Combine all ingredients in a shaker, add ice, shake well then strain into a cocktail glass.  Garnish with a lime slice.

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Lynchburg Lemonade

1 part Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey

1 part triple sec (Cointreau)

1 part sweet & sour mix,

4 parts lemon lime soda

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Rum Club Daiquiri

 

2 oz Bacardi 8 rum

3/4 oz Lime juice

1/2 2:1 Demerara syrup

1/4 Maraschino liqueur

2 Dash Angostura bitters

4-6 Drops Absinthe (Herbsaint 100)

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5/23/14

Cuba Libre (original recipe)

 

2 oz Bacardi Gold Rum

Coca-Cola to top

lime squeeze

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5/16/14

 Le Melon Mule 

2 oz Grey Goose Le Melon vodka, ginger beer, squeeze of lemon or lime

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5/02/14

Cazadores Paloma

2oz  Tequila Cazadores Reposado

4oz  Grapefruit Soda

Pinch of Salt

Lime Wedge

Pour Tequila over ice and top off with Grapefruit soda. Add a pinch of salt and garnish with lime

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The Boulevard Cocktail  4/25/14

1 oz Woodford reserve
1 oz averna
1 oz aperol
 
Stir ingredients in a mixing pint
Strain into a Collins glass filled with ice Top with club soda Stir briefly Garnish with an orange peel

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The Moscow Mule 4/18/14

2 oz Grey Goose vodka

Top with Ginger ale or beer, serve with lime wedge

 

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The Coffee Cocktail (caffeine free & coffee free) 4/04/14

1 oz ruby port (Sandeman)

1 oz Remy Martin VSOP cognac

1 egg

3/4 oz simple syrup

 

Add all the ingredients to a cocktail shaker. Add ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a port glass or wine glass. Garnish with shaved nutmeg (optional).

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Caipirinha 3/28/14  (by our guest bartender: Jacob Grier)

2 oz Novo Fogo Silver Cachaça

1/2 lime, sliced

1 1/4 tablespoon sugar

 

Muddle limes and sugar, add cachaça and ice, shake and pour into a glass.

 

 

____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Vodka Martini 1/31/14

 

2 oz Grey Goose vodka

1/2 oz dry vermouth (Noilly Pratt or Martini and Rossi recommended)

 

In a mixing glass, add both ingredients

Add ice.

Stir for 30 seconds

Strain into a chilled cocktail glass

Garnish with a lemon twist or an olive (make it a vodka Gibson with a pickled onion)

 

 

 

 

The Anejo Sage 1/24/14

 

In a pint glass add:

2oz. Cazadores Anejo Tequila.

1/4oz. Aperol.

1/4oz. Green Chartreuse.

1/4oz. Lemon juice.

Dash of Bittermens Burlesque bitters.

Prepare a bottle with Cherry wood smoke and set it to the side.

Add ice and stir down and strain in to the Cherry wood bottle.

Give a quick swirl and pour over ice.

Top with Lemon soda and zest a orange over the top.

Garnish with orange peel and cherry. 

 

 

 

Blueberry Tea 1/17/14

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 oz Cointreau Noir
  • 3/4 oz DISARONNO Amaretto
  • Black tea

Preparation:

  1. Pour the Cointreau Noir and DISARONNO Amaretto  into a preheated brandy snifter or coffee cup.
  2. Fill the fill the glass 2/3 full with hot water.
  3. Add a tea bag and steep
  4. Garnish with an orange slice if you'd like

ServeLance Mayhew's Hot Buttered Rum recipe  1/10/14

 

Hot Buttered Rum Batter
1 stick butter, room temp
¾ c brown sugar
¼ cup agave nectar
½ tsp cinnamon
pinch salt
1/8 tsp nutmeg
1/8 tsp allspice
1/8 tsp clove

To make a hot buttered rum, simply slice a good dollop off of the batter, add to a mug with 2 oz Bacardi 8 year rum, fill with hot water, stir to incorporate, and enjoy.

 

 

Here's the recipe for this week's drink:

9/27/2013

Gentleman Jack Tennessee Celebration Punch

Mix-

4 tblsp sugar dissolved in

1 c  fresh lemon juice

1/4 cup orgeat ( Trader Vics recommended)

1/2 c grenadine

 

For one cocktail-

 In a highball glass, add 2 oz Gentleman Jack Tennessee Whiskey, 1 oz mix and top with sparkling wine

 

For one punchbowl-

One large brick of ice

1 bottle sparkling wine (Cremant de Alsace recommended)

1/2 bottle of Gentleman Jack Tennessee Whiskey

Mix (all of it)

Combine, stir and serve

 

9/20/2013

 

Ingredients:
1 ounce Mt Gay Black Barrel Rum or Bacardi 8 Rum
1 ounce Brewed and Chilled Tazo Mango Tea
1 ounce Fresh Pineapple Juice
Fresh Allspice and Cinnamon Cinnamon Stick for Top Lemon Slices Club Soda
 
 
Preparation:
1. Combine , mango tea and fresh pineapple juice in a highball glass filled with ice and stir well. Top with club soda  2. Put a pinch of allspice and a cinnamon cinnamon stick into the glass.
3. Garnish with lemon slices .

 

9/13/2013

Oriental Cocktail

Ingredients:

Preparation:

  1. Add all ingredients in a mixing glass or cocktail shaker.
  2. Add ice and shake vigorously.

Strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a cherry.9/6/2013

 

Japanese Cocktail

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz Remy Martin VSOP Cognac
  • 1/2 oz orgeat
  • 1/2 oz fresh lime juice
  • dash of Angostura bitters
  • lime peel for garnish (optional)

Preparation:

  1. Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
  2. Shake well.
  3. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Garnish with a lime peel. 

 

8/23/2013

Whiskey Smash

Ingredients:
• 2 oz Woodford Reserve Bourbon Whiskey
• 1 oz simple syrup (1 to 1 ratio)
• 1/4 lemon, cut up into 2-3 pieces
• 3-4 full sprigs of spearmint
Preparation:
1. In a mixing glass, add mint and lemon. Muddle thoroughly to release juices and oils.
2. Add simple syrup and whiskey.
3. Add ice. Shake vigorously for 30 seconds.
4. Strain into a rocks glass filled with crushed ice.
5. Garnish with a mint sprig.
6. Serve
8/16/2013

 

Gin Basil Smash

2oz Bombay sapphire
3/4 oz lemon juice 1 oz simple syrup 
1 handful basil

Muddle basil, add all other ingredients. Add ice, shake and strain. Easy breezy!

 

8/9/2013

Take 3 Cocktail

2 ounces Cynar

3/4 ounce St. Germain liqueur

3/4 ounce lemon juice

club soda      

1 orange wedge, for garnish. 

 

7/26/2013

Orange Creamsicle Cocktail

1 1/2 oz Bacardi Oakheart Spiced Rum

Squirt

 

In a glass of your choosing, add Bacardi Oakheart Spiced Rum, ice and top with Squirt.

 

7/19/2013

Grey Goose Collins

1 1/2 oz Grey Goose vodka

1/2 oz simple syrup

1 oz fresh lemon juice

Club soda or sparkling water to top

 

1- Pour Grey Goose vodka, lemon juice and simple syrup into a highball glass.

2- Add ice.

3- Stir briefly to incorporate.

4- Top with club soda or sparkling water (lemon Perrier makes for an interesting twist)

6- Garnish with lemon wedge and maraschino cherry (optional) and serve

 

 

7/12/2013

Nueva Michelada

1 oz  Herradura Reposado tequila

3/4 oz New Deal ginger liqueur

3/4 oz lime juice

1/2 teaspoon soy sauce

4 dashes Tabasco

top off with half bottle Pilsner

Serve on the rocks

 

6/28/2013

Bacardi Pinapple Fusion Cooler

2 oz Bacardi Pineapple Fusion

Lemonade

Ice

 

Just mix and serve. This is super easy.

 

6/21/2013

Barrel Aged Negroni

1 bottle Bombay Sapphire gin

1 bottle Martini & Rossi Sweet Vermouth

1 bottle Campari

orange twist garnish

 

In a small oak barrel (available at Fh Steinbart or online) combine all three ingredients. Age at least one month before serving.

 

6/14/13

Bacon Whiskey Old Fashioned

 

6 pieces good quality, thick-cut bacon

1 bottle Gentleman Jack Tennessee Whiskey (750 ml)

1/2 ounce brown-sugar simple syrup

2 dashes angostura bitters

 1 small piece cooked bacon, candied (garnish)

 

 Cook the bacon slowly over medium-low heat until all the fat renders. (Save the cooked bacon for another use.) Infuse the bacon fat into the bourbon using the fat-washing technique, which adds the flavors of a fat into the spirit. To do so, pour the fat into a large glass jar and add the spirit, then swirl together. Cover and let the mixture sit in a cool, dry place for three days to one week, then refrigerate for 24 hours. The fat will solidify and separate. Pour through a strainer lined with coffee filters to strain. In a cocktail shaker, combine two ounces of the bourbon, the brown-sugar simple syrup (made by combining equal parts sugar and water and simmering over medium heat until the sugar dissolves), and the bitters. Add ice, shake well, and serve in a rocks glass. Garnish with a candied bacon strip (1/2 slice bacon cooked with brown sugar and black pepper)

 

6/7/13

White Sangria

 

·  2 peaches, sliced

·  2 cups cherries, pitted and halved

·  2 oranges, sliced

·  ½ to 1 cup sugar

·  1 cup Cointreau

·  2 750-ml bottle dry white wine

·  mint sprigs (optional) to garnish and for flavoring

·  Club soda, optional

Combine peaches, cherries and oranges with ½ cup sugar. Add the Cointreau. Chill for about 2 hours. Combine the fruit with the white wine and mint in a large pitcher and chill for a few hours or up to a day. 

 

5/31/13

Sangria

4 bottles cheap red wine (please find an actual varietal, not Carlos Rossi Hearty Burgundy. I like to use Charles Shaw Shiraz at Trader Joes)
6 oz Cointreau
2 oz Remy Martin VSOP cognac
4 valencia oranges sliced thin (don't sub navels)
2 granny smith apples sliced thin
2 cinnamon sticks, broken in 1/2
9 cloves, studded onto 1 slice of apple
1 cup granulated sugar

Combine all ingredients in a large apothecary jar or punch bowl, stir to incorporate sugar into the mix, cover, refrigerate overnight before serving.

Can be cut with sparkling water 50/50 for a lighter option for guests.

 

5/24/13

CITRUS SIPPER

1 bottle of Brugal Extra Dry Rum
20 oz. of Fresh Grapefruit juice
20 oz. of Club Soda
10-12 lime wedges
Pour all ingredients into a pitcher, lightly stir and pour over ice. Garnish with a lime wedge and serve. Serves 12-15 people.

 

5/17/13

PALOMA REDUX

2oz Herradura Blanco Tequila
1oz grapefruit juice
top with Squirt/Grapefruit Jarritos5/9/13

 

Paloma

2 oz Herradura Blanco tequila

Grapefruit Jarritos soda or Squirt to top

 

In a chimney glass, add tequila & ice. Top with soda & serve.

 

The Classic Margarita

2oz Cazadores tequila

2oz Fresh lime juice

1 oz Countreau


 

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