Fighting the Silent Killer

Over the next few episodes of Life in HD, we will focus on improved health for a better life.  There’s no question that declining health (physical, mental, financial) poses a threat to your quality of life.  And if we want to experience a rich life full of special moments and meaningful connections, we must make sure that we are physically, emotionally, and financially able to do so.

Nearly half of American Adults have hypertension..including me.  And most of us treat it with prescribed medications.  Those can often come with side effects that impact the quality of life.  In this episode, I speak with alternative medicine specialist Dr Steven Helschien, founder of Level 1 Diagnostics, a comprehensive testing program to detect and prevent cardiovascular disease.  He talks about the bad habits that lead to high blood pressure, the side effects associated with prescription meds, and alternative ways to address the issue.

Information on the “hand grip therapy” mentioned in this episode can be found at Zona.  (Mention of this product does not equal an endorsement).

Information on Level 1 Diagnostics can be found in the link in paragraph 2.

General information on heart health and hypertension can be found here.

Music in this episode is composed and performed by:  “Butterfly Peace” by Rod Hamilton & Tiffany Seal under Creative Commons License.

The Diaper Bank

Cayla Clark (left) Michela Hugo (2nd from left)

We take basic necessities like diapers for granted.  However,  what you and I consider a necessity millions of people in this country find to be a daily struggle.  About 15 million children in America live in families that fall below the federal poverty rate.  That’s 21% of all children.  Many of these families work but earn low wages or have unstable employment; leaving basic necessities like diapers difficult to come by.  And this can have a cascading affect on the health and well being of bother mother and child.

Young Violet helps her mom Cayla collect and distribute diapers.

I sat with two women to get educated on the issue and to find out what kind of work that the CNY Diaper Bank was doing to make an impact in our community.  In this episode of Life in HD you’ll meet Michela Hugo, founder of the local non-profit Diaper Bank, and Cayla Clark, volunteer and former board member.  Their work is inspiring.

For more information and to learn how you can help mother’s in need, visit the CNY Diaper Bank.

Music in this episode is courtesy of:

“Summer’s Grace” by Ketsa under Creative Commons License

Rise Above Poverty

There are roughly 1.3 million homeless school aged children in America.  And research has shown that children who experience homelessness face a wide range of challenges related to their health, emotional well-being, and safety.  In this episode of Life in HD, you’ll meet Reggie Kelley who is the founder and director for the charitable organization Rise Above Poverty.  Reggie’s organization collects basic necessities for homeless school kids to help them worry less about their physical condition and appearance and concentrate more on learning.  This is his story. To learn more about homeless school children in America, see this PBS article. Music featured in this episode is provided by:
  1. Nicholas Mackin – The Beginning or the End – under Creative Commons License
  2. Yan Terrien – My Algo2  – under Creative Commons License – no changes were made to the song.

Mindfulness

Mindfulness is the psychological process of bringing one’s attention to experiences occurring in the present.  To be fully present and aware of one’s self is actualized living.  That’s according to Kirk Abner, author of the book Flower Dog Man.  In this episode of Life in HD, I chat with Kirk about how living an actualized existence saved him from a life of depression and meaningless pursuits.  I’ll also share 5 simple tips to help you cultivate more focused behavior on your journey to be fully present and aware of what’s happening in the moment.

Notes

Music featured in this episode – Warm Morning by Ketsa under Creative Commons License

Flower Dog Man by Kirk Abner

More information on Mindfulness can be found HERE.

Tips for practicing mindfulness mentioned in the episode can be found HERE.

I Chose Defiance – Part 2

This episode of Life in HD continues with Carol Barbour’s story of turmoil and abuse of power.  Her tumultuous year in DC public schools ended with her school being closed and no new administrative assignment.  She picks up the pieces and gets a fresh start in North Carolina only to return to PG County where her career began.  But PG County offered nothing but barriers to entry.  This episode explores how a woman, when faced with daunting obstacles, refused to give up and reclaimed control of her life.

Music for this episode includes:

  1. Lobo Loco  Deeply Dungeon – under Creative Commons license
  2. Cutside Rain Drop – under Creative Commons license
  3. AllIknow (Hip Hop) by Makaih Beats is licensed under  CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

I Chose Defiance by Carol Barbour is available at Amazon

I Chose Defiance with Carol Barbour

When a butterfly flaps its wings in New Mexico, it grants power to cause a hurricane in China.  The “Butterfly Effect” is one of the principles of Chaos Theory.   In this latest episode of Life in HD, author and educator Carol Barbour shares her intriguing story of how a personal relationship as a private citizen ultimately led to her being blackballed as a public school administrator.  A series of events that negatively impacted her career and caused her to consider ending her life.  But she stood her ground and fought back.  And she tells her story in her book I Chose Defiance.

We hear about blackballing all the time but the stories usually involve high profile people in the entertainment industry.  Most recent examples include Collin Kaepernick vs the NFL and Janet Jackson vs Les Moonves of CBS.   This is part one of a two part episode about an average citizen who accuses a school district from denying her opportunities for reasons beyond professional performance.  It’s an example of Chaos Theory playing out in everyday life.

Music for this episode includes:

  1. Lobo Loco  Deeply Dungeon – under Creative Commons license
  2. Cutside Rain Drop – under Creative Commons license

I Chose Defiance by Carol Barbour is available at Amazon

 

Uprising

BAFG

In  April 2015, 25 year old Freddie Gray died in while in Baltimore City Police custody after being severely beaten upon arrest.  On the day of his funeral, the city had had enough and erupted as riots broke out in protest.  In this episode of Living in HD, I speak with activist-journalist Sean Yoes who has authored the book Baltimore After Freddie Gray: Real Stories From One of America’s Great Imperiled Cities.  The book features a carefully selected compilation of articles and editorials written by Yoes that chronicles the events of 2015 and the subsequent years after Freddie Gray’s death.  The focus of my story is how this native son of Baltimore uses his voice and platform to push for police reform and works to protect the narrative of the events surrounding Freddie Gray’s death and the healing in the aftermath of chaos.

Notes

Montage of voices in the open: Byron Pitts ABC News; former Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake; Gray family attorney William “Billy” Murphy, Jr; and Sean Yoes.

Music:  Ketsa Incandesence licensed under Creative Commons; Drake Stafford Wierder licensed under Creative Commons

Reference to Forbes Most Dangerous Cities – Baltimore #7

A Force of Change

We are judged every day of our lives.  Some of us even hold back from being our true selves for fear of being judged.  We won’t speak up in meetings or spark a conversation at a bar for fear of how we will look to others.  Often, this fear is linked to the desire to be liked at all times.

This edition of Life in HD looks at first generation Arab American Shadia Tadros who, despite a tendency to avoid the spotlight, is putting it all on the line to run for public office.  Putting yourself out there for a public vote is a scary proposition, but for Shadia Tadros…the impact that she hopes to make in her community is well worth it.  A record number of women have decided to run for office this election cycle.  Life in HD examines the motivations of one who wants to be a force of change.

Show Notes

For more information on Shadia Tadros visit #TeamTadros

Music featured in this episode includes:

“Soul Box” by Dustmotes under Creative Commons

“Different” by Suhov under Creative Commons

 

 

Life in HD Show #1 – The Power of One

Take a look at the person that you are standing next to on the subway or behind you in line at Starbucks.  That ordinary person just might have an extraordinary story to tell.  I this first episode of Life in HD, I introduce you to a man who lived for 10 years homeless on the streets of Atlanta.  Today, he runs a nonprofit that offers services to the homeless.  It’s an amazing story of redemption.  I hope it motivates you to do something impactful.