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2016 Best Kept Secret winner, Lisa Cypers Kamen, Celebrates New Book Release

It’s safe to say that 2016 was a tough year and, with the start of 2017, things don’t seem much brighter. From political upsets to the loss of major icons, and anger-filled social media feeds to daily violent news reports, it’s understandable that stress levels are running high. Internationally recognized positive psychology coach and talk radio show host, Lisa Cypers Kamen’s powerful message of how to take control of your own happiness is not only relevant but desperately needed.

Internationally recognized positive psychology coach and talk radio show host Lisa Cypers Kamen’s powerful message of how to take control of your own happiness is not only relevant but desperately needed. “It’s not enough to just think happy thoughts,” says Cypers Kamen. “We must take action to create happiness.” And thankfully she’s sharing just how to do that in her new book, Are We Happy Yet? Eight Keys to Unlocking a Joyful Life, a no-nonsense fusion of science and heart, filled with proven tools and techniques for creating your very own “happiness revolution.”

In Are We Happy Yet? Cypers Kamen reveals her breakthrough system for cultivating sustainable happiness and well-being, regardless of life’s drama, trauma, or challenges. Through practical tips, tools, and exercises, she shows readers exactly how to boost their “Happiness-Factor” to new levels, and tap into the joy and peace they deserve. Through her wide-ranging, decades-long career, Cypers Kamen has redefined — for herself and many others, worldwide —the pursuit of happiness, even during life’s most challenging times. Are We Happy Yet? draws on that expertise and shows readers how to take the applicable principles of positive psychology, and start using it in their daily lives.

“Positive psychology focuses on what’s right with life here, now and tomorrow, rather than ruminating on what’s wrong with it and what happened in the past,” says Cypers Kamen. “Are We Happy Yet? helps readers embrace the absolute best parts of life, each and every day.”

Are We Happy Yet? is available for pre-order on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, IndieBound and neighborhood booksellers and will be released on March 20, 2017 —the United Nations International Day of Happiness.

Keep reading as Lisa gives you a taste of the powerful tools “Are We Happy Yet?” can offer!

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Feature Friday: Martinus Evans – Obesity/Weight Loss Patient Leader

After 20 weeks of physical therapy for a hip pain, Martinus Evans visited an orthopedic specialist hoping for some answers.

“Mr. Evans, it’s because you’re fat and you need to start walking and losing weight.”

Although shocked and embarrassed, Martinus’ response was clear.

Screw walking, I’ll run a marathon.

His doctor said it was the stupidest thing he’s ever heard (#WhatTheHealthcare) but Martinus was determined to do what his doctor felt was the impossible.

Martinus left the doctor’s office, bought some running shoes and created his blog, 300 Pounds and Running.

Starting his blog wasn’t a hard decision, “When someone tells you no you have to prove them wrong.”

And prove him wrong he did. Martinus has ran numerous races the past couple of years.

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Tardive Dyskinesia Side Effect, Not Side Show.

Have you ever felt that you were the one patient who just couldn’t be helped? That was my mindset three years into my search for relief from Tardive Dyskinesia. My only saving grace at that point was my husband; he didn’t entertain that thought and wouldn’t let me. We were both up every morning at 5am, googling “movement disorder specialists,” “neurology,” “extrapyramidal symptoms,” “Tardive Dyskinesia,” and more.

Tardive Dyskinesia (TD) is a chronic condition some people develop after taking anti-depressants, certain GI medications, and atypical antipsychotics.

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A Look Back on 2016 and the Cancer Moonshot Initiative

 

“For the loved ones we’ve all lost, for the families that we can still save…let’s make America the country that cures cancer once and for all.” This powerful statement from President Obama came just under a year ago, as he gave his final State of the Union Address. It was then, he announced a nationwide Cancer Moonshot initiative – an initiative with the end goal to cure cancer!

At the charge of this initiative we have Vice President Joe Biden. VP Biden has had a very personal connection with cancer. In May 2015, he lost his son, Beau, to brain cancer. Beau passed away at the very young age of 46. He was a lawyer by training, and joined the Delaware National Guard in 2003 serving as a major in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps. In 2008, he was deployed in Iraq – during his father’s run for Vice President.

Vice President Biden explained how the Moonshot is not necessarily a time bound campaign. It’s more than that. “The Cancer Moonshot is a movement that lives in communities across the United States and the world — and it will live long after we leave office,” He continued, “Mr. President, we can’t afford for it not to, because the need is too great and the promise even greater.”

Cancer Moonshot Summit

June 28th, 2016 the Cancer Moonshot Summit was hosted at Howard University in Washington D.C. Not limited to this location, mini-summits were held at more than 270 locations across the country. At this summit, VP Biden, along with over 350 researchers, oncologists, data and technology experts, patients, families and advocates, would come together to discuss the goal to double the rate of progress in cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care.

Treatment

Huge strides have been made in cancer treatment over the last year. One method in particular has been immunotherapy.Immunotherapy is a method of treatment using one’s own immune system to work smarter and harder to combat disease. There are a variety of different immunotherapy treatment types, but one in particular that has shown hope this year is called monoclonal antibody drugs (anti-PD1 or anti-PD-L1).

This targeted therapy can be used on it’s own, or in combination with other types of treatments. The specific drug, Keytruda (generic name pemrolizumab), is one in particular that has been used to treat a variety of different types of cancer. This type of drug targets specific sites or proteins, within cancer cells. The pro to this is that it targets bad cancer cells and leaves your bodies normal cells alone, unlike traditional treatments like chemotherapy and radiation, that can actually hurt the rest of your body, while trying to get rid of cancer cells.

In October 2015, Keytruda was FDA approved to treat non-small cell lung cancer. Just over a year later in October 2016, it was approved as first-line treatment of certain patients with metastatic non-small cell lung cancer. This means, it is not only an approved treatment method, but it is actually the first option – as opposed to traditional treatments like chemotherapy, radiation and surgery. With this drug’s success, it is being used in new clinical trials for other cancers, like mesothelioma.

This is a huge feat, and goes to show that emerging treatment methods can really make a difference in how those with cancer are being treated.

To Infinity and Beyond 2016

Inevitably, along the way to finding a cure for cancer, there will be hurdles and barriers. Luckily, the first year of the Cancer Moonshot initiative has proven to be successful in terms of rethinking how we currently view and deal with cancer. More efforts will be put into technology, data, diagnosis, treatment and prevention. Eventually, the work being done can bring us to a cure. Along the way, the Moonshot will be bringing plenty of benefits to those affected by cancer!


screen-shot-2016-09-23-at-10-29-49-amThe Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance is dedicated to serving mesothelioma victims and their families. Make sure to follow them on Twitter and Facebook for the latest updates!

Guest Post: Debbie Rosas, Co-Founder of Nia Technique

Here is a wonderful guest post and interview with Debbie Rosas, a Health Activist who has received many WEGO Health Activist Award nominations for her work in creating the Nia Technique. We thought this would be an opportunity to learn more about what the Nia Technique is and get to know a bit more about why Debbie is such an inspiration to her community. Thanks to Jenny Block for writing this post – it was fascinating to hear about Debbie’s journey toward advocacy and this new way to seek healing and self-empowerment. –Amanda

 

Debbie Rosas, Co-founder of Nia Technique

By Jenny Block

 

Debbie Rosas spent her childhood plagued by illness – eye, ear, nose, and throat infections; severe allergies; debilitating migraines; psoriasis and eczema from under her arms to her hands; a tumor that required removal when she just two months old. She could go weeks on end without being able to see, hear, smell, or taste.

 

She was diagnosed with learning disabilities, a speech impediment, dyslexia, and labeled “slow” when it came to learning. She didn’t want anyone to touch her. She grew to feel out of touch with her body and even disgusted at the sound of her name, which she associated with being called out of class for “special” classes.

 

It’s hard to imagine that if you meet Rosas now. Teaching, training, writing, speaking, and impossibly in shape. What changed for Rosas? Getting in touch with her body through movement. It started with a class in an all women’s exercise studio, which inspired her to design an aerobics program of her own and start Bod Squad, which ultimately led to her co-founding the Nia Technique.

 

Her early health issues, Rosas said, is “why it became so important for me to design Nia in a fluid, body centered, sensory based, creative way. Why it was so important to me that Nia leave people feeling good about themselves, not only good about their body, but good about who they are, excited about the possibilities available to them. I can feel now, all of my feelings. I can use my mind, my body, my emotions, and most of all, my spirit.”

 

Maybe there was something better that wouldn’t injure people, Rosas thought. Maybe there was something that would actually give people more than a physical workout. Plus, she says, “I wanted to take off my shoes, so that the movement could be better grounded and the feet could benefit.”

 

The turning point was a visit to a dojo where Rosas realized that she didn’t really know how to move her body.  Co-founding Nia was all about discovering what movement really means – to our bodies, to our minds, and to our spirits.

 

“Nia is founded in the idea that fitness meant not only physical but emotional and spiritual well-being, and that pleasure and joy rather than pain and guilt produce lasting results, NIA carved new ground in the field of fitness by combining aerobic movements with T’ai Chi and other martial arts, ballet, modern and ethnic dance, and yoga.  It’s the antithesis of slaving at the gym.”

 

Here’s Rosas on being a health advocate.

 

What’s the best part about leading your community?

 

Debbie: I think the best part is the opportunity to embody somatic leadership. Everything that I do in Nia is meant to enhance the physical experience. Leading from the head or the emotions is one thing. But leading somatically is a very different experience. I have to perceive body language, what I conceive, thoughts I have, I have to separate my emotions from the people I’m leading. The have the opportunity to work on this in all aspects in my life. To lead the body’s way is the most imp thing. I know how to do that on the dance floor. But to do that in an interview or in front of a camera, I et to apply all my sensations scientist knowledge. My body leads me.

 

What has been your proudest moment as a Health Activist?

 

The moment I realized that I was smart that my body was smart, that I could read the body, that I could comprehend sensation in my body, that was a proud moment for my body. I grew up thinking I wasn’t very smart. My spirit had been beaten down so much. I had such a loss of self-esteem and self-respect. I had to reclaim it after I left High School by figuring out how I learned. There was an intelligence no one had taught me to listen to – my body

 

What has been your most challenging?

 

Dealing with people’s concrete attitudes and beliefs about the body, about their body, and about the potential of the human body. It takes a lot to move a mountain when people’s attitudes and beliefs are that people can’t heal. Or they practice self- degradation.

 

It takes a lot to shift that. People dedicated to live in pain instead of choosing pleasure, that’s a big mountain. People conditioned to not express themselves emotionally, that’s a big mountain. Being expressive and having the body heal itself, all of those things are taken away from people depending how we grew up.

 

We feed the brain information and that’s what the brain relies on. The problem then is that we always respond in the same way. People are afraid of something new and that becomes a poison.

 

Is there anything you wish the general public knew about your health community?

 

I wish they knew that we’re not woo woo and we’re not silly and crazy because we want to have a good time and follow pleasure not pain. From the outside something that looks easy just shows the power of the body. I wish people knew how intelligent and deep this work is.

People need tools to deal with stress. The way of the body is how to do that. The way  of the body and of the human spirit. Sadly we need disasters to bring that out. We’ve forgotten the goodness. When we say no to pain and yes to pleasure, we find  the path of least resistance.

 

How do you raise awareness?

You need to educate people that the way of the body is to be aware. It’s not about raising awareness as it is about bringing people into the body. Awareness means when you connect people to sensation, when people live in their body as their laboratory, then people are using the gift of the body, the ability to be aware, to notice. We call that body literacy. Read sensations of the body and make healthy choices.

 

What can others do to get involved?

 

Go to a Nia class so that you have a sensory experience of what the Nia program is about. Go online and sign up for the newsletter to get access to a class and the workshop every month. Go online and look for any one of the special workshops that provide more than the class. Purchase a DVD to try it out on your own. Search nianow.com and read the personal stories to see how Nia can add meaning and purpose in your life. And if Nia’s not for you, you’ll know and you can seek something else out. Take one minute a day and do a movement.

 

What’s next for your community?

The expansion of the training staff from 14 to 60 trainers so more people worldwide can offer Nia. The trainings are great not just for teachers but also for people who want to learn about the body.

And in January 2013, we’re launching a new training program called The Body’s Way designed to provide people somatic understanding of their body

In February 2013, we’re launching an hour-long workout called 52 Moves, based on 60 second intervals to improve movement skills and enhance conditioning. It’s perfect for the beginner as well as an accomplished athlete.

 

What are your goals for your organization and what are you most looking forward to?

 

The long-term goal is to expand the special application of this work for healing, short and long-term illnesses. Nia will be 30 in 2013. Over the past 30 years we have used this work with children and people with cancer, MD MS, arthritis. Since it’s self directed, it can be applied to almost anything. It creates an improvement in function for almost everything.

 

What do you do when you’re not advocating?

 

I explore what it means to live my life in a body as a spiritual, creative being. I really seek to reach a potential that allows me to feel like I am using every single day and moment for evolving myself into the best human bring I can be. I apply all the things I talk about into my life. I’m dealing with something now that could put some in a tailspin, but it gives me a chance to live my faith without worrying about tomorrow.

 

For more information about Nia, visit www.nianow.com and follow Nia on Facebook and on Twitter @niatechnique.

 


 

 

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