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TED: The Empowerment Dynamic for Diabetes with David Emerald

David Emerald is the author of TED: The Empowerment Dynamic for Diabetes. David explains the concept of TED: The Empowerment Dynamic which comes out of his work with leadership within various organizations. Three basic questions can answered by TED: What do you put your focus on, problems or outcomes? How do you relate, to others, experiences and yourself? What kind of actions do you take, reacting to problems or do you choose how to respond to life’s circumstances?

Regarding how to relate to others and to various events, he explains the “dreaded drama triangle.” Within it, a person can decide if they want to be a victim of circumstances, a perpetrator or the rescuer within different circumstances. Rather than just reacting, one can choose to be a “creator” when we ask “how can this (person, event, circumstance) enable me to learn and grow from it?” David also explains how to “take baby steps actions in response to events”, thus shifting from drama to empowerment.

He explains his own situation of responding to the health crisis of a diagnosis of Type 2 Diabetes. For him and many others, a common reaction to a crisis includes five stages called SARAH: Shock, Anger, Rejection, Acceptance, and Help. His book was written to be a resource for family and friends of someone who lives with any chronic illness. Tune in to learn how to improve your own health outcomes by using The Empowerment Dynamic, not only for Diabetes, but any challenging situation or crisis. For more information, please visit: http://powerofted.com/

Listen: TED The Empowerment Dynamic for Diabetes with David Emerald

Invisible Men with Michael Addis, PhD

Michael Addis, PhD, is author of Invisible Men: Men’s Inner Lives and the Consequences of Silence. He says that many men have emotional and often physical pain that is often hidden because of cultural pressures that men feel. Although his interest in the invisibility of men was sparked by a specific experience that he observed, much of his work is based upon research done on the psychology of men. Dr. Addis shares some of the statistical differences between men and women including how men have much smaller social networks than women, thus have less support. Men are half as likely as women to be diagnosed with depression or anxiety yet are much more prone to take their own life. Men are less likely to recognize when they need help for emotional issues. Physicians ask men fewer questions than they do of women. Cultural stereotypes also come into play, including how most men feel they must be able to control their emotions so they don’t feel comfortable expressing them. Dr. Addis and host Mary Treacy O’Keefe discuss some specific ways for creating a more supportive environment for the men in people’s lives. For example, women need to stop being emotional caretakers of men as it’s not good for either the man or women. Some ways to be more present to men include respecting the man’s difficulty in talking but let him know you are available if needed. Timing is also important. His book gives specific ideas for helping men become less ‘invisible.’ For more information, please visit http://tinyurl.com/9p385rs .

Listen: Invisible Men with Michael Addis, PhD

The Power of Breath Awareness with Heidi Thompson

Heidi Thompson, author of Calm Focus Joy: The Power of Breath Awareness – A Practical Guide for Adults and Children, speaks passionately about a simple, yet highly effective focus-training and stress-reducing exercise called breath awareness. Breath awareness is one of the simplest and most effective focus training and mind-developing exercises available today. It is proven to promote brain growth, improve learning, increase focus, reduce stress, and develop empathy. Adults and children who practice regularly gain an abundance of self-knowledge and insight into their amazing mind/body phenomenon. Most everyone who practices feels more peaceful and happy. She discusses how this technique differs from other meditation techniques and the benefits of using it. She provides a simple exercise for using the breath awareness technique. For more information, please visit http://www.calmfocusjoy.com

Listen: Power of Breath Awareness with Heidi Thompson

The Miracle of Magnesium with Dr. Carolyn Dean

Dr. Carolyn Dean, a medical doctor and naturopath, is author/co-author of 29 health books. She discusses how up to 90% of health issues are stress related. Magnesium, the ‘anti-stress supplement,’ influences overall health of our mind, emotions and bodies. Lack of this important mineral contributes to heart problems. low energy, and many other serious health issues. Symptoms of magnesium deficiency include anxiety, depression, and being cold. Dr. Dean discusses how traditional western medicine often doesn’t know how to treat magnesium deficiencies. She also recommends other supplements to help treat various ailments. For more information, please visit www.nutritionalmagnesium.org or www.drcarolyndean.com.

Listen: Miracle of Magnesium with Dr. Carolyn Dean

How the Dying Can Teach Us about Living with Becki Hawkins

Former RN, Hospice Chaplain and author Becki Hawkins discusses her new book Transitions: A Nurse’s Education about Life and Death. She first explains how she began her nursing career by working with cancer patients. Then Becki discusses the importance of being a compassionate listening presence to both oncology patients and to those living with terminal illnesses. It’s important for her to take good care of her self while caring for others. She prays and meditates, spends time in nature, has good boundaries in order to be truly present to her patients. Becki shares several inspiring stories from her book that show how the terminally ill can teach us how to live as fully as possible. For more information, please visit www.ladyhawkpublishing.com.

Listen: How the Dying Can Teach Us about Living with Becki Hawkins

Got Cancer, Now What? with Denise Messenger

This show will be helpful to anyone who has been diagnosed with cancer, either recently or years ago. Denise Messenger survived stage four leukemia and breast cancer and now is committed to providing invaluable information in her book, Got Cancer, Now What? She describes her own reaction to being told she had cancer, including getting rid of all chemicals and changing a more healthy diet and life. The importance of being comfortable with treatments is stressed, along with exploring possible side effects and long term survival rates. Denise’s journey provides hope to anyone who lives with a life-threatening illness. She shares some of the research and tips that she found most beneficial when she was sick. For more information, please visit www.gotcancernowwhat.com

Listen: Got Cancer, Now What with Denise Messenger