Monday, November 5, 2012

White Contact Lenses

Contact lenses come in a variety of colors and effects these days. These include basic white contact lenses. Courtesy of the fact that many of these lenses are now created for cosmetic purposes, with a power of 0.00, basic white contact lenses can be made available for all, not just those with poor eyesight.
One must wonder of course, how basic white contact lenses could affect poor vision, and the answer is that they couldn't of course.
However, at a party, the effect of pure white in one's eyes could be very striking, if not a little bit scary .....
In a dramatic sense, theatrical contact lenses are used to help portray specific characters, or idiosyncrasies that these characters may possess. If a character were blind, then having basic white contact lenses could have a significant effect on the portrayal of that character. Having said that, basic white contact lenses will have a 'pupil hole' which would show up as a black dot in the eye. Without this hole, you wouldn't be able to see anything of course.
Taking this theme a bit further, it is possible to get other color lenses which give an 'all out' effect. By this I mean which are made of a solid color, with only the pupil hole showing. These solid color lenses are available in colors such as silver, black, red, yellow and violet. Again the effects of these types of lenses would be considered theatrical in nature, or perhaps used to add an effect for a night out.

Monday, October 22, 2012

The Best Scary Contact Lenses

Technology works wonders in all areas of life, and contact lenses are no exception. With the increased technology, and the popularity of colored lenses, a new trend has developed with scary contact lenses.
These lenses have been around for awhile and were basically used in movies, plays and other theatrical endeavors. The popularity and desire for these lenses began to increase and the contact lens industry responded with a huge selection of scary contact lenses for anybody with a prescription and also for those without.
These lenses are wonderful for individuals who really enjoy getting into complete costume for Halloween, costume parties or simply enjoy being eccentric and having scary contact lenses.
The best scariest contact lenses really depend on your sense of scary and style. The selection of scary lenses runs from the mild to the extreme. These lenses come in blood red, cat eye, hourglass, stitches, tempest, demon, mummy, berserker and other scary styles. You can even get a lens that is completely white.
The total blackout lens that makes the entire eye white is one of the scariest lenses because it is incredibly freaky and disconcerting for all who see the person wearing them. It looks like the person is walking dead or something scarier.
The Banshee style contact is another incredibly scary lens, and in my opinion the scariest. The colored part of the lens is shaped like a cat eye. The black pupil is surrounded by yellow flames which are encapsulated by blood red. These contacts will scare everyone in your presence and will perhaps convince your friends you have been taken over by an evil spirit. Fortunately, these contact lenses are available on the Internet and do not require a prescription or a visit to an optometrist. However, this might be a good idea especially if you have never worn contact lenses before and don't know the diameter of your eye. You don't want to buy a lens and then it not fit, so consider visiting your optometrist before purchasing these scary lenses.

Monday, October 15, 2012

My Sharper Image Ionic Breeze Air Purifier

In a word - this air purifier is great. I bought one and let me tell you about it. I needed an air purifier for allergies. Too much dust and all the trees and plants in bloom it was causing quite a stir in the air. I borrowed an air purification unit from my mom. I'll just leave this brand name out of it, but it was a HEPA filter type unit with a fan and such. It was large and round in shape. First thing when I turned it on was it smelled like my mom's house. So, I needed to buy a new filter element and those dudes aren't cheap. Reluctantly, the air filter went to the garage since I didn't want any further smells entering my house.
I purchased the Sharper Image Ionic Breeze off of Ebay. It was a returned unit and I got it from Sharper Image. They sell returns or refurbish units at significant savings. I was lucky to get this unit shipped and everything for about $130. That is a savings, and I thought if it really does work, then I'll buy a brand new one.
I got it in and couldn't tell that anyone had used it or anything. It looked like brand new. I plugged it in and turned it on. Nothing happened. No noise. Then I felt the breeze blowing from the front. Here I want to take the thing apart to find the fan. But there isn't a fan in there at all. The way it charges the collector plates causes air to flow through the unit. It really is remarkable just for the fact that it can get the air to stir silently. And they say silent, and I'm here to tell you the unit is silent.
So I let it run a few days and sure enough, it has collected dust on the collectors. It really does work. I can tell the air is charged or something. Maybe its just because its clean now. I keep mine in a high traffic area and I don't notice the unit at all. So here's the big test. I have some gerbils. They don't stink, but their bedding is a little aromatic and they do get to digging and stirring up dust. I put the ionic breeze by their cage. I wanted to see what it could do. No smell from the cage. I kid you not. Nothing. I shut it off and then I started to smell the gerbils. It is truly amazing.
When the collectors start to get full, I notice it makes a little zit noise. I take the fins and rinse them. They say to use a damp cloth, but I run them under the faucet and let them dry good before re-inserting them. This is one of the best purchases I have ever made and I see it as being something I have in my house for years. I put some pictures of it on my website.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Could You Answer These 15 Questions

More than 106 million American adults have a blood cholesterol level high enough to require medical advice. High cholesterol claims thousands of lives every year and the really sad thing is that it’s treatable as long as you don’t ignore it.
The chances of you not having this condition are slim to none ... most Americans do have cholesterol, it’s a natural part of our physical makeup. Like everything in nature, it only becomes a problem when there is an imbalance.
The 15 questions that most people ask about cholesterol are:
# 1 - What is cholesterol?
# 2 - How does it affect my health?
# 3 - How do I know if I’m at risk?
# 4 - Is there a test that will tell me if I have it?
# 5 - How does it affect my lifestyle?
# 6 - What are my LDL and HDL levels?
# 7 - Will I need medication?
# 8 - Is it affected by diet?
# 9 - What can I eat?
#10 - Will it go away with exercise?
#11 - Should I take supplements?
#12 - Is it possible to get rid of it?
#13 - What are some of the treatment options?
#14 - When is medication necessary?
#15 - Are natural treatments effective?
Do you know the warning signs for high cholesterol?
Are you aware of your LDL and HDL levels … do you even know what they mean?
If you don’t know the answers to these questions and how to lower your cholesterol, you owe it to your family and yourself to find out. You can find the answers to all these questions in an outstanding book titled "Lowering Your Cholesterol []. Now is the time to take control of your cholesterol and your life.
Sadly, thousands of men and women ignore the warning signs until it’s too late!

Monday, October 1, 2012

Ruin Your Summer Fun

I love summer! Summer is my favorite season of the year. I love playing sports outside and walking on the beach. I especially enjoy being at an outdoor barbecue. Maybe you enjoy summer activities as well. Imagine with me for a moment being at an outdoor barbecue. Just a little distance away from you there's a swimming pool full of kids who are having fun playing, laughing and splashing in the water. In another spot there might be a horseshoe game playing. You can hear the "clank" of the horseshoes hitting the posts as the players are trying to get a ringer. And of course there's the barbecue grill. On the grill might be hamburgers and hot dogs, chicken or steaks. The only thing better than the smell coming from the grill is the taste of the food when it's time to eat. Can you just imagine the fun that you will have this summer?
Now fast forward with me a few hours. You are at home and your skin is starting to itch. Just before bedtime you're taking your shirt or blouse off to get into your bed clothes and just the material rubbing up against your skin is painful. When you do go to bed that evening you toss and turn trying to get into a position that isn't painful so that you can go to sleep. However, you spend hours awake only thinking about the pain that your body is experiencing instead of the tremendous fun you had that day. What is the reason for this itching and pain? You have probably guessed it. You have a sunburn!
Fortunately you can do something about it before it happens. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has provided us with some steps that we can take to help reduce our chance of having to deal with sun damage. These seven simple action steps are as follows:
1. Limit Time in the Midday Sun - The sun's rays are strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Whenever possible, limit exposure to the sun during these hours.
2. Wear a Hat - A hat with a wide brim offers good sun protection to your eyes, ears, face, and the back of your neck - areas particularly prone to overexposure to the sun.
3. Cover Up - Wearing tightly woven, loose-fitting, and full-length clothing is a good way to protect your skin from the sun's UV rays.
4. Wear Sunglasses that Block 99-100% of UV Radiation -Sunglasses that provide 99-100% UVA and UVB protection will greatly reduce sun exposure that can lead to cataracts and other eye damage. Check the label when buying sunglasses.
5. Always Use Sunscreen - Apply a broad spectrum sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of at least 15 or higher liberally on exposed skin. Reapply every 2 hours, or after working, swimming, playing, or exercising outdoors. Even waterproof sunscreen can come off when you towel off, sweat, or spend extended periods of time in the water.
6. Avoid Sunlamps and Tanning Parlors - The light source from sunbeds and sunlamps damages the skin and unprotected eyes. It's a good idea to avoid artificial sources of UV light.
7. Watch for the UV Index - The UV Index provides important information to help you plan your outdoor activities in ways that prevent overexposure to the sun. Developed by the National Weather Service (NWS) and EPA, the UV Index is issued daily in selected cities across the United States.
Why am I telling you about these simple action steps that can help protect you from the sun? I want you to have fun this summer. I want you to have fun this summer under the sun.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Four Powerful Keys To Healing

Here is a simple process to become pro-active with your health.
Many people with an illness waste a lot of time on future events that have not or will not happen. A future event is anything not in the NOW. For example: I might not feel like going out tonight because I am might be tired (notice the words-might be tired).
I had a friend that was HIV (diagnosed with AIDs) and every statement he made was like this: "Let's go to the beach today because I might be dead tomorrow."
Starting today be aware of your words because they have power. Here is an easy technique to focus on all the good in your life and NOT on what may or may not happen in the future.
Write this format on a piece of paper:
Example One
I am always in pain.
I have friends that always sympathize with me and I get attention.
I wish I could spend more time with my grandchildren.
I felt great this morning.
(NOTICE: I did not say, "I was pain-free in the morning" because that would still be focusing on the pain.)
Pick-up the phone and say Hi to your grandchildren. Ask them how THEY ARE---focus on the good and positive of other people. DO NOT talk about how much pain you were in before.
In addition after you have worked with one statement you can also take a sentence from your PRO or CON list and apply it to this format. Pick the ones that have the most "charge" or emotions attached to them.
Example Two
I have friends that always sympathize with me and I get attention.
I feel like I am needed.
I feel useless.
I get attention by listening to other people.
(This is NOT about having a pity party and sharing negative stories. Focus on the good and positive aspects of the day. Take action and direct the conversation to a place of joy.)
I do things that are helpful around the house.
This simple process is easy to do and it works. The best way to starting using this process is today. Be aware of what you are saying and then immediately write it down.
To help you stay in the moment say, "I am healthy whole and complete and I love myself for who I am right here, right now."
Remember, be pro-active with your health and keep all conversations positive. Make a sign that says, "No Whining Allowed" to remind you of your commitment to health. People will notice you have changed. Focus on the good in your life and the beauty around you. Soon you will be feeling better, doing more and living a more fulfilling life.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Contact Lens Thermal Cleaner

Hand washing contact lenses is not the only way to go. You can use a contact lens thermal cleaner to achieve the same effect. Or at least to do part of the job. You should still use a cleaner to remove dirt and protein deposits from your contacts, and you must rinse them thoroughly afterwards, but a thermal unit can be used to disinfect the lenses afterwards.
The procedure for cleaning your lenses using a contact lens thermal cleaner is as follows.
1. Clean your hand thoroughly with a non perfumed soap, before removing your lenses.
2. Remove one lens at a time and put it in the palm of your hand, so that the rounded part that actually covers your eye is facing upwards. Pour a few drops of your cleaner over the lens, and using one finger, rub the lens gently.
3. Rinse the lens thoroughly using your saline rinsing solution.
4. Fill your lens case with the recommended solution. Put the lens in its case, and repeat these steps with the other lens. Screw the caps on and put the case into the heating unit. Plug in the unit, and then switch it on.
5. Read the thermal cleaner's instructions, regarding how long you should allow it to heat in order to disinfect the lenses, and also how long it needs to cool down before you can remove the lenses. Once this procedure has been followed, you can put your lenses in your eyes.
6. Rinse the case thoroughly with water, and allow it to dry. Be careful that you do not use dirty or oily cloths to dry the case, because some of this matter could end up in your eyes.
Remember that the thermal cleaner is just a tool to use, and that you should continue to take care and responsibility for your lenses.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Adjustable Dumbells Are Part Of Any Balanced Fitness plan

Dumbbell exercise is a key component of every balanced
exercise and fitness regime. Finding the right dumbbells
for your own specific fitness program is important and that
is why adjustable dumbbells are ideal.
Adjustable dumbbells allow you to save space and time
during weight training sessions meaning that you can
purchase a set for your own personal dumbbell exercizes at
home or you can find a set at the gym and use those.
Adjustable dumbbells are even more desirable because you
don't have to purchase a large set of dumbbells in order to
change weight increments so your weights can change as your
increase your strength.
With adjustable dumbbells you can adjust the dumbbells in
five pound increments to increase or decrease the weight
according to the dumbbell workouts you need to do.
To make the increase or decrease in the dumbbell weights
for your dumbbell workout, you merely need to turn a dial
that is situated on the side of the dumbbells.
In order to add or release weight plates in adjustable
dumbbells in the correct way, you should position the bar
and weight plates in the tray where you can then position
the dial to the contoured end of the tray.
This ensures that you are changing the weights safely and
effectively so when you are actually using the dumbbells,
you are able to turn the dial counter-clockwise to release
weights and clockwise to increase weights during your
This is ideal because it means that you can adjust your
workout according to what kind of challenge level you are
looking for in your workout. The real benefit comes with
the fact that you can change these dumbbells every day if
you want to.
Adjustable dumbbells are widely available for purchase from
fitness stores in your local area or from online catalogs
over the Internet. Online companies and fitness stores that
have their own website will quite often offer fitness
equipment at well below retail.
Sometimes you can even have your dumbbell system sent
directly to your home with free shipping, depending on how
much you spend.
Two of the best brands of adjustable dumbbells are ProBell
and Hex. ProBell offers a dumbbell system that sits on a
high-impact nylon storage tray. Its plates are zinc dye
cast and are coated to deliver long term durability. Hex
dumbbells are also made from high quality iron casting that
is very durable over time.

Monday, August 27, 2012

9 Simple Ways to Keep Your Eyes Healthy

Do you eyes feel tired and sore by the end of the day? Modern life puts a lot of stress on our bodies and eyes are among the first things to suffer. But it doesn't have to be this way. Learn simple things you can do for your eye health and your eyes will feel and look much better in only a few days.
Have your eyes checked every 12 month
Uncorrected vision problems can progress, and wearing corrective contact lenses or glasses that are no longer right for you can cause vision problems and severe headaches.
If your contacts don't feel right in your eyes, it is probably time to visit an eye doctor, even if it hasn't been a year since your last visit.
Go for the best quality contact lenses
Not all contact lenses are equal. Some are safe for you, while others put you at risk of damaging your eyes.
See reviews of quality contact lenses. Knowing what the modern contact lens industry has to offer will help you make an educated choice, not just blindly follow what your doctor says.
In summer, always wear sunglasses
It is proven that UV rays can seriously damage your eyes, but good sunglasses can prevent this damage. When buying sunglasses, make sure that they block at least 98% of UV radiation. Contrary to popular belief, light sunglasses can block UV as well as very dark ones, even though dark glasses usually offer more protection against bright sunlight.
By the way, did you know that you need sunglasses on cloudy days as well? Clouds might provide shade, but they are no barrier for UV light. Clouds are basically water, and water is UV-transparent.
Finally, remember that you would need sunglasses even if your contact lenses offer UV protection. Even a very high quality lens can only protect the area it covers, but the entire surface of your eye needs protection.
Eat what is good for you and your eyes
The good news is that there are no foods that would be harmful for your eyes. Most foods don't affect your eyesight at all, although the right vitamins and minerals are helpful. Recent studies have shown that vitamins of the antioxidant group can prevent, or at least slow down, age-related conditions like macular degeneration and the development of cataracts. So a healthy diet won't restore eyesight that is already lost, but it can definitely slow down the process of the disease, or prevent one from starting.
Vitamins C, A and E, folic acid, selenium and zinc are definitely beneficial for the health of your eyes. The effects of the other vitamins and minerals aren't determined yet, but it seems likely that they affect your eyesight as well. Thousand-page books have been written on the topic of nutrition for eye health but, to summarize, it is known that whatever is good for your body is good for your eyes, too. So put a carrot and a bunch of grapes into your lunch box.
When you read or work on the computer make sure that the light is right
It is a common knowledge that working with poor light can cause eyestrain, but light that is too bright can do as much damage.
Keep your blinds down on sunny days and switch off half of the household lights, if possible. The best lighting for working on the computer is a soft desk light, coming from the side. Also, you can try decreasing the brightness of your monitor. The colors won't be so vivid, but your eyes will feel much better by the end of the day
Give your eyes a health break
The great invention of the 20th century - computers - is not so great from the point of view of health. Almost everybody feels discomfort in their eyes after peering at a computer screen all day long. This is because people blink about 25% less often then usual, while working at the computer, which causes eye dryness.
I won't advise you to blink more often - it is almost impossible to control natural reflexes. One thing you can do, though, is close your eyes and count to 5 before opening them, whenever your computer decides to take its sweet time doing something. Another thing is to look away from the screen and focus on some faraway object, as often as possible. If you train yourself into the habit, your eyes should feel much better at the end of your working day.
If you wear contact lenses, take proper care of them
Contact lenses don't require a lot or fuss, but you can't neglect their cleanliness. Every time you put your lenses in or take them out, rinse them. You should also take care to change the solution, when you are putting your lenses to rest for the night.
Wear your contact lenses to the recommended schedule
Daily disposable lenses should be replaced daily, two weeks replacement lenses should be replaced every two weeks, and so on. Some people try to save money by wearing their lenses for much longer than is intended. This isn't a good idea. Even though the quality of the lens itself might not decline, protein build-up will make your vision less clear. Another thing to consider is that the longer you wear your lenses, the higher is your risk of eye infections.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Who Has Had First Hand Experience With Mental Health Treatment

Today, Norm Goldman, Editor of welcomes as a guest,
Sheryl J. Stevens, Author of Operation Soul Recovery (From Default To Purpose).
Good day Sheryl and thank you for agreeing to participate in our interview.
Sheryl, could you tell our readers something about yourself and what motivated you to write Operation Soul Recovery (From Default To Purpose)?
Throughout my life I've been faced with mental illness at many different levels, involving my parents and other family members.
While never discussed, their quiet desperation kept inside was at times apparent, even though outwardly, they were able to lead honorable, hard-working lives.
The stable nurturing environment of the whole community seemed to overrule anything bad or unpleasant. Consequently, my childhood was one of contentment, until I left that part of my life. Afterwards, I also struggled with anxiety and depression, seeking help from many sources, though failed to find it.
There was no choice, other than learning to live with the conflicts, and expand my knowledge of the disorders.
When my youngest daughter was 14, her battle with depression began. It manifested first as bulimia, then escalating to other addictions and destructive behaviours, including numerous suicide attempts.
Over a period of 20 years, she likewise sought help from all that was available--countless in-patient and out-patient treatments, anti-depressants, counselling, 12-step programs, religious experiences, without any lasting results.
During Kelly's struggle, my desire to understand the baffling power of addiction and mental illness intensified. Pain, in many forms, became the driving force to continue, which led to realizing that my daughter was far from an isolated case in the failure to find effective treatment. In fact, millions are struggling within the hopelessness of the 'systems' with no end in sight.
At one point in the process, I witnessed an extra-ordinary Vision. It was filled with many of my own learning experiences, including a number of parallels to the gentle farm community. I immediately realized, along with wisdom far beyond my awareness that it all clearly came into focus. Amazing, yet basic, it was a phenomenon that I knew for certain could heal the hearts and minds of desperate people everywhere.
Although, the difficulty was putting the picture into words in order that others would understand, I felt compelled to find a way to describe it. I finally succeeded. Thereafter, the Vision became the central motivation to write the book.
What challenges or obstacles did you encounter while writing your book?
Gathering my thoughts is often a challenge in itself, even though writing has always been my best means of expression. In this case the subject matter was at times very emotionally draining, trying to find words that best described the various ideas I felt were important.
The biggest obstacle I faced was fear that the book would be rejected. What I've noticed throughout my journey is that most people are afraid to even think "outside the box", even though some of the best things in life are beyond all rigid confinements. And this book is definitely outside the box.
Most of it was actually written before September 11th but I allowed the fear of failure to keep me from finishing it until that jolting moment, which became my resolve to complete the book. I realized that I'd lived way too much of my life trying to please people, as though the crumbs of love were better than none at all. But it hadn't worked well. I knew it was time to face the fear and write straight from the heart.
How do you plan to market your book and is there a particular audience you wish to target?
So far I've been playing it by ear, sending press releases through distribution services, as well as using them as promotional material I send personally or email to other potential sources and individuals.
One of my next projects will be emailing a letter along with the latest news release (April 21) to 40+ members of Congress to find out what their response or level of support might be, if any.
Obtaining reviews is another quest. I've now received several with 5-star ratings, which is very encouraging. The book is also entered in 3 different categories with Nautilus Book Awards 2005 in New York on June 2.
I recently ordered John Kremer's book 1001 Ways to Market Your Books. I'm new at this and need all the good advice I can get.
To classify the audience is a bit difficult--perhaps Mental Health professionals, Religious/Spiritual leaders and followers, Non-profit Organizations.
But most of all Dreamers, Visionaries, those who think big, fearless of challenges, and are passionate about changing our troubled world. The question is, where do you find them? I might add that Operation Soul Recovery is also in the process of being established as a non-profit organization.
I once asked a relative of mine, who is a Psychiatrist, what in his estimate has been the biggest advancement in the treatment of mental illness? His reply was the invention of the tranquillizer. Would you care to comment?
Personally, I've tried many anti-anxiety and anti-depressants over the years, but found the side effects to be much worse than dealing with the negative feelings without medication.
I have also watched my daughter, under doctors' care and prescription go through horrific experiences while on certain medications.
However presently she is on 6 different kinds, which altogether appear to be somewhat helpful. Although over time, one or more of them lose their effect, then its back to square one again trying to find balance.
I acknowledge that some people do benefit from certain drug therapies; however there seem to be more who do not, or at least don't find lasting success. I am most concerned about the extreme cases, for example Andrea Yates who killed her five children, or Christopher Pittman, the 12-year old who killed his grandparents. They were both afflicted with mental disorders, though the crimes they committed were completely out of character for their personalities. Also both of them were under the influence of anti-depressants for quite some time before, and during the incidents.
Who will ever know what part the medications played in these tragedies, and countless others we never hear about? Perhaps because the power of the drug companies (and the rest of the system) will never let it be known?
Another consideration is that Americans are notorious for being an impatient, pill-popping society. We want a quick fix for everything from headaches to depression, not to mention the thousands of other advertisements that promise to make our lives better. So we believe them, and buy them, because we're also gullible. When it comes to mental and emotional disorders it seems that the 'wonder drugs' in most cases, are simply dealing with the symptoms and not the underlying causes.
Furthermore, if pills really were the magic cure, why is mental illness continually rising to shocking levels, while the use of anti-depressants has tripled in the past decade? Yet until there is a complete transformation in the treatment of mind and spirit disorders, there will be those who actually need them, and those who at least believe they have found relief in them.
Do you have any statistics as to the percentage of individuals in the USA who suffer from one kind or another of mental disease?
According to the National Mental Health Association, almost 20% of Americans admittedly suffer from some form of mental illness.
Indeed, mental illnesses are now more common than cancer, diabetes, or heart disease. Due to the hidden nature of these diseases, one can only imagine that to include those who are in denial, the percentage would be considerably higher.
Also the National Center for Workforce Disability confirms that mental illness is fast becoming the leading cause of disabilities. A recent NMHA women's survey revealed that women found depression to be a greater obstacle to professional success than other barriers such as child- and elder care responsibilities, pregnancy and sexual harassment.
Another NMHA survey stated that the U.S. loses $113 Billion annually from untreated and mistreated mental illness. These are merely a few of the grim statistics.
What do you feel are the most pronounced shortcomings of the health system in the USA in the treatment of mental illness?
I think the core of the shortcomings in the system boils down to the lack of money and resources available to obtain adequate treatment.
The vast majority of those suffering from addiction and/or mental illness cannot afford the high cost of psychotherapy, medications, and the more prominent treatment centers that have greater success rates.
If the people in need are fortunate enough to even have insurance, and many do not, the insurance companies are largely unwilling to bear the burden as they do in physical ailments, by refusal to recognize these disorders with the seriousness they deserve.
The next possibility is to meet the criteria for public assistance, which automatically excludes another huge group of people, whose options have suddenly become none. So the remainder, who are in a sense rewarded for owning nothing, are able to reap some benefit at the mercy of the state.
The problem there is that funding for these programs (treatment centers and out-patient therapies) is continually being slashed and weakened by the ignorance of political forces, until these remedial means have significantly lost their effectiveness.
Due to the enormous overload of needy people and the understaffed, underpaid workers in these facilities, the chances of getting the kind of treatment necessary for successful recovery is utterly grim.
Consequently, a great number of those who fall into the latter category remain locked in the system, unable to find the help they need, thus unable to move forward with their lives. Seemingly unaware of the plight of the entire situation, they continue going back to treatment many times over, only too often to reinforce the ever-mounting failure syndrome, believing it is their fault when it is most likely not.
I have spoken with mental health-care counsellors, since writing the book, who are in total agreement with the evaluation of the 'system' as I see it, if not more so. They are the ones who, on a daily basis, are faced with the overwhelming misery of the people, and are very aware of the little time they are able to give each individual. They feel as though their hands are tied, while the burnout period for them also becomes shorter due to the depressing situation.
The whole system, as it is, seems like a waste of everyone's time and money, along with the proof that 2nd rate health-care or none at all is far more costly than 1st rate. Certainly this is the case in the treatment of mental illness.
What has been the reward to you in writing your book?
The greatest reward in writing the book was being able to create an expression on a subject that has burned in my heart for decades, much like putting together the many pieces of a puzzle.
For so many years, what seemed like millions of thoughts and feelings kept churning around inside, to the point I was unsure they could ever be sorted out.
Even though the book reflects merely highlights of what I feel, it was enough to relieve the pressure of trying to contain the passion. Furthermore it wasn't the quantity of words on each concept that was important to me, but that many ideas were brought to light. Until at last I could comfortably say "I've done my best--the picture is finished"! However challenging, the reward was immeasurable.
Have you used the Internet in your research, and do you intend to use the Internet in promoting your book?
Yes, I do use the Internet for research, although my computer skills are somewhat limited and I find the overwhelming amount of information to be rather daunting at times.
I often watch Larry King Live on CNN and other talk shows such as Oprah that are relevant to my interests, where I've obtained many excellent sources of information from various guests. Most of them have web sites, which I usually refer to afterwards.
I also read a lot of books (or used to that is) and I am an avid people watcher and listener. Learning is everywhere we turn in this day and age. I now spend a great deal of time on the Internet promoting my book in one way or another, always looking for new methods and ideas.
Are there any other ideas or thoughts you wish to share with our audience that you have not been covered?
The book is only the beginning of the reward I hope to see. Its objective is not a self-help book of ideas to be implemented here and there; nor is it meant to be just a story about my daughter, or about me and my beliefs to draw empathy for either one of us; nor is it intended to simply bash the many current attitudes and systems as a citizen's right of freedom, to end there. Instead it is a straightforward call for attention and action to an enormous problem with a hopeful solution.
I regard the key to healing mental illness as first of all getting back to basics that consists of many factors including reconnection with the inner-child where our finest resources lie. Without this foundation there is nothing solid to build on.
I was blessed in countless ways for which I am most thankful, and chose to share a small portion of them in the book. I also meant to point out that a safe and secure childhood is no guarantee that we will live happily ever after. It didn't happen to me, but it did remain a constant source of strength
I believe that sometimes God allows us to wander in the wilderness of human suffering in order for a higher purpose to be accomplished. In this case it doesn't matter who I am, only that "Any idea constantly held before the mind MUST come into existence." Yet the Vision cannot manifest into reality by its eyewitness alone, no matter how passionate.
I am well aware of my limitations, likewise strengths. It will take many able, influential, visionaries, lots of prayers and careful organization, and more than volunteers to empower the Plan into existence. Would it be worth it? Absolutely! America needs this Place desperately, ultimately in every locality. My hope and prayer is that this small book will begin to ignite a forest fire that's unstoppable!

Monday, August 6, 2012

Advanced Are We In The Treatment Of Mental Disease

I once asked a relative of mine what he believed to be the biggest advancement in the treatment of mental illness, and his succinct reply, the invention of the tranquillizer.
Unfortunately, as we have no doubt have come to realize, the tranquillizer is not exactly the cure all. Just look at the terrible side effects of such medication as Prozac.
Sheryl J. Stevens, who has first hand experience in dealing with the mentally ill, or as she prefers to call these individuals "lost souls," has written a wake up call in her book Operation Soul Recovery (From Default To Purpose).
The author strikes just the right tone: direct and passionate, in pointing out to her audience that the treatment of these lost souls is very low down on the health care totem pole. Furthermore, as the author asserts, we are lacking in sensitivity in our understanding that there is no physical pain comparable to that of a broken spirit.
As pointed out, we would hardly expect someone with a broken leg to run a race. Instead, we would promptly treat the fracture by a qualified medical doctor. Why then is it so difficult to understand the basic requirements needed to treat the mind and spirit? There seems to be a tendency to cop out and either ignore the gravity of the situation or rely solely on medication. Do we really believe, as Stevens asserts, that these illnesses are incurable?
The book is an engrossing and soul searching read that provides a window into the mistreatment of the mentally ill and in particular with society's obsession in looking for whom to blame, rather than trying to find a solution to the cure. As mentioned, "it is the cure that should be capturing our attention."
After lambasting the system, Stevens does present several constructive ideas for improving the system in her chapter entitled A Manor Of Eden. It is here where she emphasizes the principle that no human being is a hopeless case, and it is essential that we treat the body, mind and the soul simultaneously, and not giving more importance to one over the other.
Furthermore, the program of treatment is to be divided into a series of steps that considers the whole gamut from dealing in depth with the past, recovering the wisdom and value of the inner-child, developing knowledge of healthy living and formal education, job training, and job placement.
There is a great deal here to ponder about, and as Stevens mentioned in her interview with me, the book definitely presents ideas and suggestions that are outside of the box. However, the question that remains is, who will be listening?