How One Therapist Found Health By Befriending Her Incurable Disease

How One Therapist Found Health By Befriending Her Incurable Disease

“I think she has lupus, an incurable disease, and by your account, she has an incredibly virulent attack. She has only a couple of days to live.” Those are the words a doctor told to Milly Diericx’s mother Christmas Day in 2001. Like 1.5 million Americans, Milly was faced with processing the grief of being diagnosed with a chronic autoimmune disease known for painfully damaging the body’s organs. Explaining how it feels to learn of the diagnosis, she says, “Emotionally, it’s like knowing a sword is going to fall on you at anytime.”

Alive and well fifteen years later, Diericx is sharing how she’s survived, and learned to thrive, in her newly released book, Befriending the Wolf: The Guide to Living and Thriving with Lupus [Morgan James publishing, September 2016]. As an energy therapist and hypnosis psychotherapist, she sits on both sides of the proverbial table as a therapist and patient. She practices the alternative techniques she advises others to use, treating the mind, body, and spiritual ailments of living with Lupus.

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Positive, caring, and warm, Milly has immediate availability for interviews and feature/profile opportunities to discuss:

  • A paradigm shift: How challenging feelings about a Lupus diagnosis is essential in changing the way the ailment affects your life
  • Practical tips, alternative techniques, and resources sufferers of Lupus can access to assist in keeping themselves well
  • The role alternative therapies play in a patient’s overall health plan
  • How she used the methods she proposes in her private practice to heal herself
  • The emotions of being diagnosed with a potentially lethal autoimmune disease, and how to handle the fear and hopelessness associated with Lupus

 

 

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5 Ways Leaders Can Take Charge In An Era of ‘Digital Disruption’

5 Ways Leaders Can Take Charge In An Era of ‘Digital Disruption’

The rapid advancement of technology continues to change the world – and the marketplace – faster than many businesses can keep up, disrupting all their plans and threatening to render them obsolete.

That’s why it may be time for business leaders to take the initiative and start doing a little disrupting of their own, says Dushyant Sukhija (www.dushyantsukhija.com), a former executive with Cisco Systems and author of “The Cisco Way: Leadership Lessons Learned from One of the World’s Greatest Technology Services Companies” (www.theciscoway.com).

“We’re in an era of ‘digital disruption,’ ” he says. “As leaders, if you don’t transform to master the digital era to disrupt, you’ll get disrupted. And it will be a brutal disruption, where the majority of companies will not exist in a meaningful way 10 to 15 years from now.”

“Digital disruption” is how technology can transform everything about the way businesses are run and interact with customers.

 

Sukhija says those in leadership positions can guide their organizations through the new digital era by following a simple five-step operational blueprint:

  • Build and execute a compelling vision. Focus on developing a vision that is disruptive to your industry and think three to five years out. Engage your customers and partners in the process. Clarify and articulate the value to your stakeholders. Ensure that your entire organization and ecosystem internalizes and drives in formation towards that vision. Build robust execution plans to work towards it, review your performance regularly and make course corrections when needed.
  • Adopt a partner-centric model to deliver. Collaboration is core to delivering superior competitive advantage with speed in the new digital world. Pick the right partners to build unique and sustainable value for your customers. Convince them of your vision and strategy. Show them how you innovate and create new markets.
  • Reinvent yourself. A nimble organization that can read market transitions and adapt itself to refocus on cheaper and faster ways to deliver new customer value is best suited to lead through the digital disruption. Deploy a governance process to listen, learn, execute, lead and adjust to changing market dynamics and competitiveness.
  • Turn people into your secret weapon. Employees are the true intellectual capital of every company and that means businesses must invest in their people to enable them to become the catalysts to help you navigate the digital transformation. Align employees to a common goal and create a nurturing environment. Harness their intellectual horsepower to drive exceptional thought leadership and repeatability of proven leading practices.
  • Accelerate the speed of innovation. Innovation is not just about the technology but also about how you organize yourself, how you engage your customers, and how you drive cultural change through your organization. Resource sharing and clustering talent should come into laser-sharp focus to get closer to your customers and streamline your business. Learn from your customers by engaging them in your innovation cycles. Become nimble to react to changing market needs and adapt to them.

“Digital disruption is bound to propel the rise of new companies that master the digital transformation and bring about the demise of those that fail to do so,” Sukhija says. “As a business leader, you can either take the steps to embrace it or risk being left behind.”

About Dushyant Sukhija

Dushyant Sukhija (www.dushyantsukhija.com), a former executive with Cisco Systems, is author of “The Cisco Way: Leadership Lessons Learned from One of the World’s Greatest Technology Services Companies” (www.theciscoway.com). He has an MBA from Santa Clara University in California and a Bachelor of Technology degree in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in New Delhi, India. As a Silicon Valley thought leader and insider, he now shares his insights as a speaker at forums around the world.

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TOM PETTY AND THE HEARTBREAKERS TO RELEASE TWO COMPANION VINYL BOX SETS FEATURING ENTIRE STUDIO ALBUM REPERTOIRE

 

TOM PETTY AND THE HEARTBREAKERS
TO RELEASE TWO COMPANION VINYL BOX SETS FEATURING ENTIRE STUDIO ALBUM REPERTOIRE

BOX SETS COMMEMORATE 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF
MULTI-PLATINUM BAND’S SELF-TITLED DEBUT ALBUM

AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER NOW

October 25th, 2016 — (Burbank, CA) —Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers will commemorate the 40th anniversary of their self-titled debut album by releasing two companion vinyl box sets featuring their entire studio album repertoire via UMe and Reprise/Warner Bros. Records. Several of these albums have been out of print on vinyl for years and all albums have been remastered for this release except where noted. All LPs in each of the limited-edition box sets will be pressed on 180-gram vinyl with replica artwork.

The Complete Studio Albums Volume 1 (1976-1991) features nine vinyl albums and will be released on December 9th.  Pre-order at TomPetty.com.

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Volume 1 features:

Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers*

You’re Gonna Get It!*

Damn The Torpedoes*

Hard Promises

Long After Dark

Southern Accents

Let Me Up (I’ve Had Enough)

Full Moon Fever

Into The Great Wide Open

*Remastered since 2010

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The Complete Studio Albums Volume 2 (1994-2014) begins with Petty’s first release for Warner Bros Records, Wildflowers (featuring the Grammy-winning single “You Don’t Know How It Feels”), and includes his most recent album, 2014’s Hypnotic Eye, which entered the Billboard album chart at No. 1. This box contains seven albums on twelve pieces of vinyl and will be released on November 25thPre-order at TomPetty.com.

Volume 2 features:

Wildflowers (2-LP)

She’s The One

Echo (2-LP)

The Last DJ (2-LP)

Highway Companion (2-LP)

Mojo (2-LP)    (Original Master, 2010)

Hypnotic Eye  (Original Master, 2014)

 

 
About Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers:

Three-time Grammy Award-winner Tom Petty has charted albums in the Top 5 on the Billboard Top 200 chart in each of his five decades as a recording artist. Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers most recent release, Hypnotic Eye, entered the chart at No. 1. The band released their debut album in 1976 and have since sold over 80 million records. Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002, their first year of eligibility, and in recent years have continued to build on their already legendary success. Their concerts are celebrated by fans and critics alike and their music has influenced numerous young bands and writers around the world. Tom Petty will be honored as the 2017 MusiCares Person of the Year on Friday February 10th, 2017.

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Ban on Kratom/6000-Person Survey – Largest Poll of Kratom Users Ever to Show DEA War on Coffee-Like Herb Should be Halted

Ban on Kratom/6000-Person Survey – Largest Poll of Kratom Users Ever to Show DEA War on Coffee-Like Herb Should be Halted

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Pain News Network Online Poll of Kratom Customers to Gauge How Herb is Used in Real World

MEDIA ADVISORY – With the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) threatening to ban the coffee-related natural herb kratom by as early as October 1st, the nonprofit Pain News Network will release during a live, phone-based news conference at 1 p.m. EDT/10 a.m. PDT on Tuesday (September 20, 2016) the findings of its survey more than 6,000 kratom customers in the U.S.

The extensive survey by Pain News Network of kratom customers gauges how they use the natural herb, whether they consider it be beneficial, whether the support or oppose the DEA ban, and how they will react in the event that kratom is categorized by the DEA as a Class I narcotic like heroin or LSD.  For more information about concerns raised about the DEA war on kratom, go to
http://www.painnewsnetwork.org/stories/2016/9/13/kratom-supporters-rally-at-white-house and http://www.snopes.com/kratom-banned-by-the-dea/.

News event speakers will include:

* Susan Ash, director, American Kratom Association;
* Travis Lowin, executive director, Botanical Education Alliance;
* Pat Anson, founder and editor, Pain News Network; and
* A medical expert.

TO PARTICIPATE:  Join the live, phone-based news conference (with full, two-way Q&A) at 1 p.m. EDT/10 a.m. PDT on September 20, 2016, by dialing 1 (800) 860-2442. Ask for the “Kratom Survey” news event.

CAN’T PARTICIPATE?:  A streaming audio replay of this news event and full survey results will be available as of 3 p.m. EDT/noon PDT on September 20, 2016 at http://www.painnewsnetwork.org/.

MEDIA CONTACTS:  Pat Mitchell, (703) 276-3265, or pmitchell@hastingsgroup.com; and Alex Frank, (703) 276-3264 or afrank@hastingsroup.com.

Pain News Network is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, independent online news source for information and commentary about chronic pain and pain management.  The Network’s mission is to raise awareness about chronic pain, and to connect and educate pain sufferers, caregivers, healthcare providers and the public about the pain experience.  http://www.painnewsnetwork.org/overview/

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Author Discovers Secret to a Happy Relationship: Dog Train Your Man

Author Discovers Secret to a Happy Relationship: Dog Train Your Man

 

Twenty-five years of marriage and the experiences of working with both male and female dog trainers provided the inspiration for L.A. Knight’s laugh-out-loud book, Dog Training the American Male; the story of a relationship counselor who can’t seem to make her own relationships work … until she discovers that the techniques used to train her boyfriend’s dog can also be used to train her boyfriend.

Says Knight, “Couples can relate to the fact that men and women may speak the same language but our brains are wired completely different. When a guy speaks to another guy there’s rarely a misunderstanding in the translation. When a man speaks to his woman it can be like walking blindly through a minefield – the wrong word or misplaced syllable has the potential to blow us up. Or it could be totally unrelated – what kind of day our woman had at work, or what so-and-so may have said on a phone conversation ten minutes earlier … and like a dumb animal, we walk right into the crossfire.

“The concept for Dog Training the American Male hit me after a bad argument with my wife. I couldn’t understand how my seemingly innocent statement could be so misunderstood. At the same time, I realized how similar men and dogs are. We’re both simple creatures who want food, sex, and to nap on the sofa.  In the heat of battle my wife yelled at my dog … and there was no miscommunication. How was this possible?

“That night (while sleeping in the guest room), I had an epiphany: If a dog could be trained and man and dog were similar-minded … then man could in fact be trained!  So I wrote Dog Training the American Male, which is a really funny story but it’s also a guide for women to train their men – which is the only way it can happen. See, a man cannot train a woman – it’s a violation of Chaos Theory. Training a woman is like herding cats. Have you ever tried herding cats? It’s chaos.”

The early reviews on Dog have been “Best in Show.” Kirkus Reviews states “Dog Training the American Male is funny in the best way: the humor propels the action rather than pausing it . . . prose flows like a jocular babbling brook. L.A. Knight is a naturally-gifted comic writer; what is more, she is a talented storyteller.”

She?

“I purposely hid my gender and the lead character is a woman so women just assumed L.A. is a woman. But male readers recognize a warped sense of humor when they read it. They also realize who I really wrote the book for,” says Knight.

For information, please visit the website at: http://laknightentertainment.com and see the book trailer at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yzkXbmoIgDE.

Available in bookstores and all online outlets
Dog Training the American Male
A&M Publishers
September 2016
Paperback
ISBN-10: 1943957002
ISBN-13: 978-1943957002

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