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sleep APNEA Achieving Restorative Sleep. Eliminating Sleep Apnea. p. 35

city of CHAMPIONS Transforming Colorado Springs into an International City. p. 23

stress and KIDS Stress and raising kids. p. 56

dr. nancy SALTZMAN One Colorado Woman’s Story of Survival and Making the Most of Life. p. 28


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you just have TO LAUGH True story about a man with an illness and how he deals with it. p. 6 3

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Why you need to stop bragging about how busy you are. Companies should stop rewarding overworked employees and focus on productivity instead. p. 50


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sleep APNEA All of us should get a good nights sleep. p. 35

stress & KIDS Could there be a connection?

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Nutrition healthy eating & VITAMINS If you eat healthy does your family need to take a multi vitamin? p. 42

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iEmpathize Battling the fastest growing criminal industry in the world. p. 11

city of CHAMPIONS What is it - and why does it matter? p. 23

a balanced PLACE The biggest mistakes homeowners make and how to overcome them. p. 45

amy’s HOUSE

A girl’s life is stolen when trafficked... p. 15

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Welcome to Healthy Coloradan! Dear Healthy Coloradans! We are pleased to be here with you this May in wild and wonderful Colorado. Now that April is behind us, we have Colorado’s world famous summer weather to look forward to. This month, we present one of our favorite people, Nancy Saltzman, PhD. Dr. Saltzman’s life journey will break your heart, then rebuild it right along side her own. A bright and prominent community leader, Nancy has confronted and overcome some of life’s most challenging circumstances. At this point in her life, she’s very comfortable talking openly about her personal story – the days and years after her family was lost in a plane crash – her two bouts with cancer … And now she tells her story of hope and endurance and a new life.

Dirk Hobbs

Also in this edition we profile two Colorado-based organizations whose missions are tangential: iEmpathize is an emerging powerhouse of influence on the topic of human sex trafficking. Their story will touch your heart, and more importantly, bring awareness to the evil that is taking place right here in Colorado. The flip side of those who are fortunate enough to have gotten out of the sex trade is Amy’s House. A Ft. Collins nonprofit, Amy’s House is a safe haven for young women who where abducted, abused and forced into prostitution or trafficking. We hope these profiles give you pause and awareness about the lives of our youth and how precious they are!

Dr. Randolph Robinson

LaTroy Hawkins

We also want to draw your attention to a very serious public health message regarding obstructive sleep apnea. This is not just another clinical article; rather, this is a potent message for those who are using CPAP, but who have difficulty with compliance or the prospect of having to deal with the equipment for the rest of their lives. Fortunately, we here in Colorado have a one of a kind resource in SleepApnea Surgicure and Denverbased surgical team: Randolph Robinson, MD, DDS and Stephen Ochs, MD, MBA, JD. Dr. Robinson was fellowship trained by Paul L. Tessier, MD, the world’s “Father” of Craniofacial Surgery who first helped many of the war-wounded with severe needs for facial reconstructive surgeries, then practiced at the Clinique Belvediere in Paris, France. Their Get2REM® procedure ends sleep apnea once and for all. Of course, there’s a lot more inside, so enjoy! Next month we’ll so excited to present the 41-year old, Colorado Rockies relief pitcher extraordinaire, LaTroy Hawkins, who by April 30th had saved nine straight games for the Blake Street Bombers. LaTroy talks about longevity in the Major Leagues, the joy of aging well, and reflection on his journey in Major League Baseball. Keep and eye out for our June 2014 edition.

Make sure to join our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/myhealthycoloradan and our new Website is coming in May! We’re so excited and we think you will be to. New video formats, iconic navigation, more local stories about amazing Coloradans! Our new radio show launches May 10th on AM1300 or you can listen in iHeartRadio, or our podcast which will be placed on our Web site and links from Facebook. See you in June!

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iEmpathize Battling the fastest growing criminal industry in the world.


It shouldn’t be a great surprise that human trafficking is the fastest growing criminal industry in the world; it’s an industry that generates $32 billion a year. Sex trafficking is especially lucrative; it makes up about 79 percent of all trafficking.* In Denver, the average pimp makes $31,200 a week selling women and girls for sex. According to a Denver Law Enforcement Official, “Most girls will tell us they have an $1,000 day quota. Seven days a week, 365 days a year.”+ Unlike a drug, which can be sold only once, a human being can be sold over and over again. In the United States, between 100,000 and 300,000 minors are estimated to be at risk of commercial sexual exploitation and trafficking each year.** While there are many variables that can make a youth at-risk, homelessness is a significant factor. One in three teens will be recruited by a pimp within 48 hours of leaving home and becoming homeless. In Colorado, there are an average of 1,135 homeless teens in the Denver Metro Area each night. As a non-profit organization

established to combat crimes against children, iEmpathize is committed to eradicating child exploitation, particularly exploitation through sex trafficking. It is a lofty goal, but not an unobtainable one. Founder Brad Riley likes to explain it this way: “There are always more good guys in the world than bad guys. The problem is that the good guys don’t always know how to make a difference. They just need the knowledge and tools, and then they will make a difference.” iEmpathize exists to help people to do just that. Driven by a fundamental belief in the concept of empathy, the organization believes that if each one of us chose to be actively involved in prevention, intervention, restoration, or advocacy, we could solve great injustices, even injustices as severe as human trafficking. Empathy is that step of action. Empathy is obviously enormously different than apathy (disregard for the suffering of others). Apathetic cultures prove to be fertile ground for injustice. But empathy is also far more


impactful than sympathy (feeling badly about the suffering of others). Empathy is choosing to do something in response to suffering. When you choose empathy, you are choosing the justice, restoration, and hope that makes a difference in the lives of others, including kids right in your own neighborhood. Join the movement of empathy. Learn how you can make a difference in the lives of vulnerable and victimized children at www. iempathize.org.

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Where: Race starts at the intersection of Pearl Street and 30th Street in Boulder, CO

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Vision Our hope is to see communities and individuals across Colorado who want to help us help kids by running (or walking!) the BolderBoulder to raise significant funds for iEmpathize’s projects and partners. Be a team captain and create a team, join a pre-existing team, or run as an individual participant. Visit donate.iempathize.org/bolderboulder to learn how you can be a part of this vibrant community gathering together to demonstrate our commitment to kids.

• Metro Denver Homeless Initiative Be Relentless for Kids at the BolderBoulder On March 1st of this year, ultra-athlete Norma Bastidas began the first day of the world’s longest triathlon as a demonstration of her commitment to ending human trafficking. Her triathlon includes a 700 mile run from La Grange, Georgia to Washington, D.C. On May 26th, iEmpathize supporters will come together to demonstrate that same relentless commitment to the protection and restoration of vulnerable children. Join us in raising funds and standing in solidarity with Norma on behalf of our community’s kids! May 2014

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Amy’s House A girl’s life is stolen when trafficked... battered and broken, in need of help... and a new tomorrow at is almost impossible to find.


The FBI and National Center for Missing and Exploited Children report that every day in the United States 100,000 to 300,000 children are at risk of becoming trafficked for commercial sex, forced into prostitution, pornography, sex tourism, and other forms of abnormal sexual activities. Human trafficking is a rapidly growing criminal industry that is now tied for second as the most lucrative crime in the world, generating over 32 billion dollars a year in revenue. In Colorado, 300 Denver homeless youths are involved in sex trafficking each night, according to a 2007 study by Urban Peak, a Colorado nonprofit organization. In 2013, 61 minor girls were rescued in Colorado, sadly, with very few options for restoration. These girls were arrested and then sent to foster care, placed in juvenile detention centers, sent out of state or, in a few minor cases, returned home. As one can surmise, this is inadequate care for young girls suffering the complex trauma of the brutality forced on them by others and falls short of meeting the emotional and psychological needs for successful restoration. It is not enough to just survive this injustice. The need is to provide restorative care that enables them to thrive. The glaring problem is there are few residential treatment facilities ready and capable of serving girls rescued by law enforcement from this heinous crime. Fewer than 150 beds in non-profit residential treatment facilities are available for minor girls, ages 12-17, who 16

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have been rescued from sex trafficking in the United States. A residential treatment program is necessary for minor-aged victims because the majority (over 90%) do not have appropriate homes or families to return to. Awareness and education about this tragedy in America is necessary. So too, is the necessity of pursuing and prosecuting the abductors, the traffickers, and the buyers. But the follow-up to rescue that matters most is the treatment and healing of the victims. After rescue, the next step is a “safe place” for the victim to live, to cope and eventually heal from the layers of trauma, and to be empowered once again as a young woman of worth. It is time to stand up and deliver hope to the victims through treatment, healing, education, and personal empowerment. This can best be accomplished through professional residential treatment programs. Amy’s House is that safe place for rescued girls who on a daily basis were forced into prostitution for the financial gain of their captors. Amy’s House is a safe place for the process of restorative care. Nestled in the foothills of Colorado, an incredible view of the mountains and valleys, in and of itself, a healing balm to the soul. Amy’s House is a place that elevates every component of the daily schedule into an amazing growth experience inspiring each girl’s core being – living, laughing, loving: experiencing, maybe for the first time, happiness and the joy of self and others.


Healing begins with an environment that is grounded in routines of nourishment and fitness for the physical body, therapy for the emotional and mental wounds, and education that challenges the intellect while enriching one’s character via discovered values. Holistic healing also needs to encompass activities that inspire trust and enhance the opportunity for healthy relationships like recreational activities that facilitate joy and fun. The hallmark programs at Amy’s house that encompass holistic healing are our Equine Therapy, Wilderness Adventures, dance and art therapy, Greenhouse Gardening and Workability – Our “Coined” Phrase for the Work Ethic Program which teaches the joy of hard work and accomplishment. The daily routine must also include a dose of reality – an opportunity to face head-on personal fears and demons and time for the client to confront, forgive, and to grow strong – having one’s voice heard and respected. To heal a broken psyche requires a holistic treatment that includes body, mind, and spirit. For, these human powers are interconnected and as dependent upon each other as the tides are to the moon and the earth is to the sun. Therefore, treatment modalities, if effective over time, must include sacred practices – those spiritual activities that awaken all levels of the human brain to the miracles that can be facilitated by belief and faith, compassion and forgiveness.

spirit. The girls have been beaten-down, traumatized, and brutalized and we pump them up full of hope, heal their physical injuries, and empower their psyches – motivating them to think big and to dream dreams that are off their mental charts! Their past does not have to equal their future. Amy’s House provides long-term, traumafocused restorative care facility will instill the courage to change from a life of a trafficked victim to that of a healthy, prospering young woman. In essence, this is a “social Investment” reaping a huge. Restorative care is just the beginning. It is the work to be done. No short cuts! Therefore, the beautiful comes forth to behold. As the cocoon is to the caterpillar, so Amy’s House is to our girls – transformation; health and wellness that empowers body, mind, and spirit. When a girl walks through the door at Amy’s House for the first time, at that very moment, her soul is bathed in the power of love. She is confident that she is at the right place to heal and to grow into an empowered woman of worth. Visit our website www.AmysHouseForGirls. org to learn more and to make a donation. You may also contact Sarah Morales, Director of Fundraising at smorales@amyshouseforgirls.org.

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childhood REGAINED When children with with chronic diseases such as asthma and eczema repeatedly fail to respond to treatment, physicians around the country often refer them to the Pediatric Day Program at National Jewish Health, where comprehensive evaluation, extensive education and novel treatments give them a truly new lease on life.


Wellness Failing out. Wasting. Families exploding under stress. Sound like asthma, multiple food allergies and eczema to you? If it doesn’t, perhaps it should. Says Dr. Erwin Gelfand, chairman of the department of pediatrics at National Jewish Health in Denver, “The big concern for us is, many people see asthma and eczema as trivial diseases, versus cancer or heart disease. The fact is, people die every year of these diseases. And many, many children and their families are suffering with these chronic diseases and illnesses.” At the Pediatric Day Program at National Jewish Health, children and their families receive more than a balm for the chronic issues of their disease. The program literally gives many kids their first chance of living a real childhood.

Team Effort The program, which treats about 16 pediatric patients at a time, cares for kids with major, chronic allergic and immune-system diseases: asthma, food allergy, eczema and immunodeficiency. It uses a unique team approach to first undertake a comprehensive, thorough evaluation, followed by team-led therapeutic treatments and extensive education. The program serves those children and their families whose management of the disease is no longer working: whether that be a lack of effective outcomes, the number of medicines taken, the safety of the medicines prescribed, too much school absenteeism due to the disease, or a basic sense that the family is suffering under the stress of managing the child’s illness. The children and their families come from across Colorado and the country and frequently stay one to two weeks. They spend their days in the hospital but stay in an outpatient setting such as a hotel, with relatives or at the Ronald McDonald House. Each child has a primary team of an attending physician, an allergy fellow-in-training or physician assistant, and a nurse. Because chronic illness affects the emotional and social well being of everyone in the family, a psychosocial clinician also is part of the team. Says Gelfand, “Any disease that’s chronic leaves a scar on the emotional behavior of the entire family.” Other providers who may be consulted include speech therapists, rehabilitation therapists, dieticians, 20

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pulmonologists, gastroenterologists and immunologists. “It’s really an integrated team,” says Gelfand. “Unlike most places, all the specialties involved are right here, so we talk to each other on a regular basis. We make rounds together, have our planning sessions together.” Dr. Dan Atkins, head of the division of ambulatory medicine in pediatrics at National Jewish Health and a clinician in the Pediatric Day Program, says that the multidisciplinary nature of the program is one reason for its success. “The child might be seeing an allergist and a gastroenterologist at home, but they’re usually not talking to each other,” he says.

What is it, Really? The first order of business for any patient is a thorough, comprehensive evaluation. Gelfand says that some diseases are so complex they masquerade as another disease. For example, the team will often pose the question, which foods is a child truly allergic to, and which foods can be added to his diet? “We have kids who have been taken off foods because of their alleged sensitivities,” says Gelfand. “They actually come in wasting away.” The program administers food challenges under careful diagnosis and supervision. They often find up to 80 percent of foods can be reintroduced into a child’s diet. This can be the difference between a child who doesn’t eat and one who enjoys pizza and cake at a birthday party. Atkins says other common issues are not understanding what exacerbates the underlying problem, not taking prescribed medication or poor technique in administering medications, treatments that are so stressful to the child that the family finds it almost impossible to administer them, or families who hear so many opinions they become “paralyzed by the differences of opinion.”

One-on-One Education Once the disease has been accurately diagnosed, patients and their families receive one-on-one instruction on how to manage the disease and provide optimal treatments, including answers to all the parents’ questions and concerns. Says Atkins, “It’s hard to teach them as much as they need to know in the time allotted to an office visit.” In the day program, for example, a nurse can help an eczema patient who fears getting in the tub due to burning of her skin. Through reassurance and careful,


trained supervision of the appropriate bathing process, including hydration of the skin with moisturizers and topical steroid ointments, the child’s skin has usually improved within 24 hours to the point where she can bathe without pain. Gone are the days of the child’s screams and the family’s tension at bath time. Each patient and family learns about treatment, early warning signs, triggers to avoid, medications to take and practical solutions and techniques to use at home. Throughout each procedure, a nurse stays with each child, one-on-one. “The nursing staff is superb,” says Gelfand. “They’re with the families eight hours a day, and they’re sort of our conduit with the physical and behavioral needs of the family.”

Family Matters Caring for a child with chronic illness inherently brings significant family stress. Thus, the day program has psychosocial clinicians who work with each family to identify the sources of stress and explore ways of improvement. The goal is to reduce the overall level of family stress and improve the quality of life as much as possible. For the patient, there are a number of interventions such as art and play therapy that help the child cope with feelings and fears. Art therapists, psychologists and social workers are an integral part of the program.

“called on more and more by doctors and parents, but insurance became an issue with an overnight unit.” National Jewish moved to a day program to avoid overnight costs. They created a program where “kids come in the morning and were exposed to the most intensive diagnostic and therapeutic interventions,” says Gelfand. As the program became adept at the day model, length of stays decreased to the current five- to 10-day average. A key component in this was the coordination “with all the team in order to achieve the outcomes that we desired,” says Gelfand. The result had an enormous, positive impact on the cost. The team also is involved in research, and new methods are applied within the program. Says Gelfand, “We’ve understood severe asthma based on research that was done here. We’ve looked at eczema and the risk and importance of topical infections.” He says that, for example, about 40 percent of children with eczema have Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), which poses a major challenge because the kids have to be isolated. “So a lot of our interventions have actually come from both the bench and clinical research,” he says.

The Ultimate Outcome Once a stay is over, the team creates a triangle of care between the referring local physician, the family and National Jewish. “It’s a partnership,” says Gelfand.

For the whole family, there are group sessions with parents and kids. Says Gelfand, “There’s an ambiance that is very conducive to a cathartic experience.”

And the children emerge into a brave new world. Atkins relates the example of a 9-year-old patient who, upon arrival, was asked what would happen if a school bully rubbed peanut butter on him. The boy’s response was, “I would die.”

One of the biggest concerns is often financial and how the child’s care affects the family’s resources. As for the day program, most insurance covers it, often at a negotiated rate. Because of the very time-intensive nature of the program, though, many things are not reimbursable. Gelfand says the program provides a lot of subsidized care and “we turn nobody away based on their ability to pay.”

After evaluation, the team found that not to be the case. They talked him through his fears and true issues, and then rubbed peanut butter on his skin in the safety of the hospital environment. With the burden of fear lifted, the boy went home with more than a manageable allergy. “Our expectation,” says Gelfand, “is that any child who comes through the door will see such significant improvements in health that he will leave as a different child.”

Model Day Program

Each patient and family learns about treatment, early warning signs, triggers to avoid, medications to take and practical solutions and techniques to use at home.

In fact, the Pediatric Day Program was born out of an insurance challenge. About 15 years ago, insurance carriers pushed back on allowing kids to come for what was then extended hospital stays for what they termed “diseases that are so common.” Says Gelfand, “It was clear that we needed to change the way we approach the treatment of these diseases.” At that time, the staff saw both the frequency and severity of these chronic allergic diseases increasing significantly. Gelfand says that National Jewish was

For the whole family, there are group sessions with parents and kids. Says Gelfand, “There’s an ambiance that is very conducive to a cathartic experience.” “It’s really an integrated team,” says Gelfand. “Unlike most places, all the specialties involved are right here, so we talk to each other on a regular basis.” May 2014

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City for Champions What is it—and why does it matter?

City for Champions involves four projects: • A United States Olympic Museum • A C olorado Spor ts and Event C enter • A Spor ts Medicine and Performance C enter • A Gateway Visitor C enter, just outside the United States Air Force Academy.


Imagine a city so vibrant, a Colorado Springs so electric it pulses with adventure—outdoors, culturally, eclectic urban dining, wellness spas—that driving to Denver for the evening or weekend seems secondary to your own backyard—even to out-of-state friends from San Francisco or Seattle.

Sound like only a dream? Since Oklahoma City, Okla., imagined and revitalized its downtown with nine projects, people from the Bay Area fly there for the weekend to enjoy the culture and walkable downtown. When General Palmer founded Colorado Springs in 1872, he envisioned the city as a Little London—with a multitude of cultural options, art institutions, boutique stores and the energy and vitality of a thriving metropolis. Although yet to achieve his vision, by 1918 our city had become a national destination for health and wellness, with visitors imbibing the dry air, soaking in local springs and basking in the sunshine. Fast forward to today. Currently in the planning stages is the vision that once glimmered in General Palmer’s eye. A project of such magnitude that the potential for economic vitality with increased jobs, compelling retail, restaurant and entrepreneurial opportunities, and overall urban sophistication is city-defining and legacy-making. Nearly 150 years ago, Little London was just a vision.

Today its close cousin, City for Champions, received a landmark $120.5 million award in December 2013 from the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade. The state saw what locals already know. Colorado Springs is one-of-a-kind: visually inspirational with spectacular towering mountains and abundant trails—scalable by bike or foot—and home to the Olympic Training Center and 23 National Governing Bodies. But even inspiration and breathtaking scenery cannot keep a region financially solvent. Unfortunately, this beautiful city lags behind others in the state and nation due to its dependence on tourism and military, which were both hard hit after 9/11 and the Base Realignment and Closure Act of 2005. With that loss, many young professionals were forced to move on to find higher-paying jobs in other communities and several corporate headquarters chose to locate elsewhere. Sales tax revenue has declined, leaving the city challenged to provide basic services, such as maintaining roads and watering parks.

We ’ v e n e e d e d a t ippin g p oi n t of gr ow t h . We n e e d C i t y f or C h a m p i o n s . Not since the Pikes Peak Center became a reality in 1982 and the World Arena in 1998 has much, if any, large-scale progress been made to improve cultural and economic opportunities in the region.

Unite d States Olympic Museum


C olorado Spor ts and Event C enter “It’s time that Colorado Springs wins for a change,” said Luke Travins, co-owner of Concept Restaurants and a 24year resident of the city. “These funds awarded by the state were earmarked for somewhere in Colorado—I believe the Springs more than deserved our fair share. And this set of projects will enhance our community by truly making us the Olympic City, while increasing tourism and more importantly increasing jobs,” Travins added.

City for Champions involves four projects: a United States Olympic Museum, downtown; an adjacent Colorado Sports and Event Center, with a 10,000-seat outdoor stadium and 3,000-seat indoor arena; a Sports Medicine and Performance Center at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs; and a Gateway Visitor Center, just outside the United States Air Force Academy. After the state’s $120.5 million sales tax revenue award to the city, most of the remaining $129.5 million in

Sports Medicine and Performance Center


Visitor Center at the Untied States Air Force Academy funding will come from private donations, although the city may need to offer bonds (totaling about $50 million) to investors to fund infrastructure needs for the two downtown projects. With momentum gathering around this $250 million project, Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach appointed a 16-person Regional Tourism Act board on April 11 to facilitate regional collaboration and planning. City for Champions doesn’t require any tax increases—it simply allows the state and local L aura Neumann government to use future new sales tax revenue (or sales tax increment financing) from the projects to fund them, similar to the way Ivywild School, Copper Ridge, University Village Colorado, Gold Hill Mesa and other development projects in Colorado Springs have been funded. City for Champions would brand the city as the health and wellness capital of the nation, attracting amateur and professional sports organizations, sports-medicine 26

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research, and athletes seeking acute medical care, along with their visiting families and coaches. “All the City for Champions projects promote healthy living and are family-friendly venues,” said Travins, who

Imagine Colorado Springs as “America’s Olympic City.” has two sons. “C4C will truly benefit the whole city—I encourage people to learn more and support C4C.” Imagine Colorado Springs so energetic, thriving and culturally sophisticated that local college graduates would compete for the chance to stay in the city, live downtown, walking or cycling distance of, say, Plaza of the Rockies on Tejon Street and Colorado Avenue—rather than moving away from home to Portland, Ore., or Austin, Texas, or Chicago, taking their brilliant ideas and entrepreneurial spirit with them. Colorado Springs is at a tipping point—of moving forward or falling further behind. It’s time to seize this unprecedented opportunity and create a city where we and our children and future generations want to hike, play, be healthy, live and thrive.

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dr. nancy SALTZMAN Life Is An Adventure!! One Colorado Woman’s Story of Survival and Making the Most of Life


“Life is an adventure.” This is the perspective of Dr. Nancy Saltzman, a woman who’s experienced more than her share of tragedy. A woman who defies expectations. Unspeakable loss On September 24, 1995, Nancy’s life changed forever. Husband, Joel, had taken their two boys Adam, 12, and Seth, 10, to Las Vegas to watch the Davis Cup tennis finals. The trip was a special adventure since a pilot-friend flew them in a small, rented plane. Late in deciding to make the trip, Nancy joined them via a commercial flight. They all enjoyed dinner and a Cirque du Soleil show together to celebrate Seth’s eleventh birthday. After breakfast the next morning, Nancy prepared to return to Colorado Springs. Everyone said their goodbyes nonchalantly, the way any family would who assumed they’d see each other again soon. My flight left on time and the trip was uneventful…As we flew into Colorado the weather turned bad…I imagined that the boys wouldn’t fly in this weather but when I arrived home there was a message from Joel. “Hi. It’s about three thirty and we’re just getting ready to get on the plane to come home. See you tonight around seven. I love you.” (P. 5, Radical Survivor: One Woman’s Path Through Life, Love, and Uncharted Tragedy.) The small plane carrying her family, could not handle the weather it encountered. No one survived the crash landing in Westcliffe, Colorado.

Radical Survival, a surprising love story Nancy’s memoir captures her remembrance of the tragic crash, which serves as bookends around her life story. “I wrote the book to honor Joel. The book is my voice; it’s a reflection of me. It’s really a love story.” Nancy’s quick to add, “I’m not a counselor; it’s definitely not a self-help book. I just tell what I did to survive, and hope to give readers hope.” Part of how she encourages readers who’ve experienced loss, is to share personal notes people sent her after the crash. “At first I thought I’d create a whole book just filled with letters. I received thousands of them! I thought these could help people write something they didn’t think they could.” Instead, she scatters notes around her larger family story. “I want my book to give hope, perspective, and even help people laugh.”

Hard-wired to achieve A large part of what Nancy did to survive seems to be DNA driven: “Smart was very big in my family. Smart, accomplished and self-sufficient.” (P. 10.) “My mother and father were loving parents. But there were high expectations of us–subtly expressed but keenly felt.” (P.11.)


The book is my voice; it’s a reflection of me. The “scars” have made It’s really a love story. Carissa beautiful inside and out.


Perhaps such expectations were understandable, since Nancy’s mother earned both bachelor and master degrees in psychology, and her father had a Ph.D. in psychology. Nancy followed her parents’ intellectual pursuits by earning a Ph.D. in education. In retrospect, it’s clear that my parents instilled in all of us a drive to do our best, and to make good use of the gifts we had been given, by either nature or circumstance. A well-informed, active and resourceful mind was highly valued. Strength was something to be cultivated, and we learned that it came in many forms… From their unique child-rearing recipe, I and my brothers and sister emerged with the pragmatism, fortitude, self-possession, stamina, and ability to give and accept love that are the hallmarks of survivors. (p. 18.)

Strength through re-entry Nancy explains how much of her strength developed by quickly getting back into everyday life. “It came from my family that I don’t get to wait.” Not waiting meant returning to her very visible role as principal at Seth’s school, just one week after the crash. “I was grateful that everyone trusted me to do what I thought was the right thing to do. “I kept thinking of the kids at school. They had questions that I wanted to answer. Their parents and teachers all had to face loss, too.” Nancy writes that she was lucky to have a job that made a difference in young people’s lives. My sense of purpose there fueled me…I recognized both my responsibility and opportunity to model…self-affirming ways to move through hard–even catastrophic–times. I took strength from the students seeing me choose to keep going in the face of a very big challenge. It was, and still is, one of my core beliefs, and it sustained me in those first awful days after the crash. (p. 155.) Looking back, Nancy says she sees how people watched her to learn how to grieve. Her healing journey also included grief counseling and developing a set of personal coping tools. She stresses that she doesn’t want to pressure others to follow her way of working through pain. “No one grieves in the same way.” This is just how I survived. People always need to be allowed to deal with loss in their own way.” 32

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No adversity score Life doesn’t’ keep track of your adversity score, and it certainly doesn’t offer exclusions from further grief and sadness. (P. 217.) Even before the plane crash, Nancy faced tremendous personal challenges. She was diagnosed twice with breast cancer, which she says forced her to face her own mortality. She also endured one mastectomy and breast reconstruction. “I’ve got a tattoo now,” she says, modestly exposing part of a surgery scar. “During my first cancer, my mother said I had to treat it as an adventure…to just get through it. My family didn’t view it that way,” she adds half-smiling. “But my mother taught me skills of knowing how I can survive.” She also has suffered the loss of both parents: her father to cancer and her mother after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s. And in 2005 her sister, Linda, died of cardiac arrest in her sleep.

Keeping on

Having survived through so much adversity, it makes sense to wonder how Nancy keeps going? “Part of survival is living in the present,” she states firmly. She also appreciates her relationships with many friends; and especially with Greg Roman, her fiancé of eight years. “Greg is really wonderful, and he’s great at living in the moment.” A retired Air Force Colonel and is a defense contractor, he also co-owns Rhino’s, a sports bar on the east side of Colorado Springs. “That’s his true passion!” Nancy says she tries to keep things in perspective and takes pleasure in life’s tiny gifts more and more. Not being particularly religious, she believes it’s important to make a positive difference in this world. Proof of practicing this belief and of her caring heart, she gives back to society. Nancy served 32 years in public education. She was honored as Colorado’s National Distinguished Principal and received the prestigious Milken Family Foundation Award. Further, the American Cancer Society awarded her with their Sword of Hope. I do have a wonderful life today, but it’s definitely in spite of my losses, not because of them. I will never get over losing Joel, Adam, and Seth. I miss them too much. I read a quote that said, ‘Grief is love that will not go away.’ What has changed is the intensity of the pain I feel when I think about people I have lost. (P. 221.)

New chapter in life

The future is wide open with exciting opportunities, according to Nancy. “Book clubs are what I’m doing now. I love that people give me hugs and say it’s like they already know me, after reading the book. “It’s so much fun, but also humbling. What I have to say is important, but so is what others say to me.” May 2014

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Life also continues to surprise her. “I’m happy promoting my book. Here I am, in my 60s with a purpose. I’m pleasantly surprised by how proud I am of the book. It’s had such a positive impact and helped people so much. “Now we’re even working on an audio version. The taping is going well. I had a couple of people listen to the first recording and they were very encouraging. They thought it sounded great. It will probably take all of spring to get it recorded and mixed. I’m excited!” Could another book be part of the future? Nancy smiles while shaking her head no. “You write about what you know. I wrote everything in the book.” Then after a quick pause she adds, “Well I am working on an article. It’s about what you can do if you’re struggling with a significant illness or someone dying.” She explains that there are so many complicated aspects to grieving. For instance, “A grieving person hates if you ask, “How are you?” And at the same time, we hate it if you don’t!” (She attributes this statement to the chapter, ‘How Are You?’ in Stephanie Ericsson’s book, A Companion Through Darkness.) She says there was one particularly hard lesson for her to learn. “Other people really want and need to do something for the person who is grieving. It was hard for me to receive help.” Now that she’s cared for others through grief and dying, Nancy says she understands the importance of letting people do something for you. “Like, why not allow someone to bring a pan of lasagna?!”

Looking ahead Pondering the future, Nancy considers what matters most to her. She asks several questions out loud: “When did you last learn something new? I’m learning photography with one of those big cameras. “Are you doing everything you want to do with your life? Do you love getting up in the morning? “I love my life. I love getting up with my dogs and Greg. In fact, Nancy is seldom far from her two canine companions, Nacho and Macy, or her fiancé. “It is my new family,” she says, adding, “We are getting married in August!” Finally, she asks, “Do you live in the moment? I do.” According to Nancy’s personal lessons of survival, this may be the most essential part of living the adventure called life.


Changing Your Life... While You Sleep?

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A Bad Night’s Sleep Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) occurs when the airway gets blocked while a person sleeps. A sensation of not breathing causes gasping for air and wakes the person up. “It’s not just the blockage that’s a problem,” explains oral maxillofacial surgeon Dr. Randolph C. Robinson, surgeon-in-chief at Sleep Apnea Surgicure in Denver, Colorado. “It’s also that the patient wakes up, almost at a subconscious level, so that they’re not rested. They go through this cycle through the night. It can adversely affect multiple organ systems.” Stephen D. Ochs, M.D., M.B.A., chief anesthesiologist and medical director at Sleep Apnea Surgicure, further details what happens in patients with OSA. “You will snore and eventually collapse the airway. Therefore you don’t exchange air, and don’t oxygenate your vital organs including your brain, as you should.” “Fortunately nature has seen fit to alert us, even in the unconscious state, that we’re not breathing. You awaken to the extent that you clear your airway, and exchange air in and out. You re-oxygenate your brain, heart, liver, and all vital organs that need oxygen minute to minute.”

No Small Problem Think only a few people are affected by OSA or other sleep problems? Think again. Eighteen million people in the United States suffer from OSA, and 40 million have a chronic sleep disorder, according to surgeon Randolph Robinson, M.D., D.D.S. “Sleep apnea is an epidemic.” It’s been shown that probably one out of five adult men and women in the United States suffer from OSA. And most of those people are unaware. “The majority of our patients are men in their mid-30s to 60s,” comments Dr. Ochs. “They often come here because their wives can no longer sleep with them, due to their snoring or even 36

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choking.” “Symptoms can be as simple as awakening after seven to eight hours in bed and you wake up feeling exhausted,” states Dr. Ochs. “That’s a very common complaint.” What may sound like a small annoyance is extremely serious, he says. “There are tests to determine how often a person’s airway is obstructed. Some may do this every 45 seconds. This over and over throughout night.”

Identifying Symptoms Wonder if you or someone you know may have a sleep problem? Warning signs are relatively straightforward.

Do you:

• Snore • Wake up choking or gasping for air • Often wake up with a sore throat • Feel tired most days • Experience chronic fatigue, perhaps bordering on depression • Need several cups of caffeine or energy drinks a day to keep going • Boost your energy with energy bars, carbohydrates and sugar • Have experienced significant weight gain over several years • High blood pressure, often resistant to medical treatment • Feeling chronically depressed • Poor job performance issues While these are several indicators you should pay attention to, the real diagnosis is made by a sleep study or polysomnography (PSG), according to Dr. Robinson and Dr. Ochs. Sleep studies are performed in sleep clinics or in the patient’s home. The PSG monitors the heart rate and rhythm, brain waves, breathing rate, chest movements, eye movements, nasal airflow, blood oxygen concentration, blood carbon dioxide concentration, and leg muscle moments.

The Obesity Factor Obesity is one of the most common associations with sleep apnea. This is because extra weight often occurs as excessive soft-tissue under the chin in the throat area. This makes breathing more difficult during sleep and often exacerbates the severity of OSA. Dr. Ochs notes, “This is what medicine calls a comorbidity and creates a vicious cycle.” “You wake up tired, so you eat foods that elevate the blood sugar. These can be white or whole grain bread, donuts, certain cereals, and candy bars–anything that gives a sugar-high.” “The problem is taking more calories in than they burn off; so over a period of time, they gain weight.”


Restorative REM Sleep It’s only been in last 15 to 20 years that obstructive sleep apnea has been researched and publicized, according to Dr. Ochs. Today we’re aware of the integral connection between OSA and the Rapid Eye Movement (REM) dream stage of sleep. REM sleep, where our eyes move back and forth, is very important to psychological and physiologic health. Most important, it’s restorative sleep necessary to help refresh us. “During OSA, you’re disturbing your sleep so you never get into a full REM cycle,” Dr. Robinson explains. Ironically, people who have OSA can move into a REM cycle faster than most people. “However, it’s interrupted, so they start to feel this fatigue.”

Curing a Sleepless Night with CPAP For someone diagnosed with OSA, the initial recommended medical treatment is CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure). “Because sleep apnea is caused

Sleeping With a “Bucket of Monkeys” The person diagnosed with sleep apnea isn’t the only one who suffers. So does whoever tries to sleep beside them. 37

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by blockage in back of the throat, the positive pressure of a mask over the face can keep the airway open,” shares Dr. Robinson. Dr. Ochs explains how CPAP works while a person sleeps. “The mask is not unlike what a jet pilot wears. They strap it on their face–it has to be strapped on securely–and it generally covers the nose and/or mouth.” CPAP is successful in the vast majority of patients, according to Dr. Ochs, as long as people use it as prescribed. Therein lies the main problem with CPAP–compliance is not very good. “We know that approximately 65 percent of people prescribed to use nightly CPAP fail to use it over one year,” says Dr. Ochs. “That’s important because CPAP is generally prescribed to be used every night and all night.” Why such low compliance? Dr. Ochs continues, “The majority of our patients come to us already diagnosed and treated with CPAP. They say it’s uncomfortable. Every time there’s a change of position, there’s always a risk the mask will become dislodged. CPAP also can cause teeth to move, chronic sore throat, facial rashes or sinusitis.” Amy Thomas-Blakely of Colorado Springs, shares her experience of sleeping with a husband who suffers from sleep apnea. “Sleep apnea affects us both because of Chris snoring or waking up all night. Starting right after he falls asleep, he wakes up because his body is saying his airway is closing up. “There’s lots of tossing and turning. It’s like sleeping with a bucket of monkeys! And then we both wake up cranky in the morning.” Looking for relief through CPAP, Amy says that also has its downside. “If Chris wears the CPAP mask, there’s so much noise from the machine. May 2014

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And if there’s no noise, it means he’s stopped breathing.” So ultimately, neither person sleeps well. “It’s also inconvenient. Chris has to sleep on his back. If he rolls on his on side, the mask will come off or the straps will move.” In either case, the CPAP won’t be able to provide oxygen. Chris’ work requires long road trips. CPAP machines also must plug into a wall and recharge their seven-hour battery power, which can be inconvenient for people who travel or work on the road. “CPAP is clunky and you have to wash it out; so it’s a hassle. The cab of Chris’ truck is small, so he’d be dragging around a piece of machinery with nowhere to put it.” Currently, Chris and Amy are sleeping without the machine. “We discovered Chris can tilt his head or put his face downward to reduce his snoring.” For now, Amy says their solution is just learning to live with sleep-apnea interruptions while hoping no related illnesses might later occur.

Surgical Solutions So what’s a sleep-apnea sufferer to do, if CPAP isn’t a good fit? Several surgical treatments may be helpful, including:

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Some of these surgeries have a good effect as far as treating snoring and breathing through the nose, according to Dr. Robinson. However, only the last one has a good track record of “treating sleep apnea in a predictable, curative way.”

The “Get to REM” Solution “The MMA or maxillomandibular advancement surgery has a 90 to 95 percent cure rate, according to Dr. Robinson. “We call it ‘Get2REM.’ Adds Dr. Ochs, “That’s what we accomplish. We get you breathing properly, curing the sleep apnea. This procedure allows people to go into normal sleep cycle, into normal restorative portions of sleep they should get seven to eight times a night.” The outpatient MMA surgery has clinically cured obstructive sleep apnea for several hundred of Dr. Robinson’s patients. Together with Dr. Clark O. Taylor, another associated oral maxillofacial surgeon based in Missoula, Montana, Sleep Apnea Surgicure has successfully operated on over 600 OSA patients the past decade. Performed under general anesthesia administered by Dr. Ochs, MMA takes only about three hours. “Our surgery is very successful,” explains Dr. Robinson, “because it treats three areas at once: the nasal passage, soft palate and back of the throat at the base of the tongue.” He explains, “Cuts are made through the bones, so the bones are broken and then advanced into new position. This pulls the soft palate, chin and tongue forward. Now the airway is open.” Once the lower jaw is advanced, it’s held in position using titanium bone plates. “One question


everyone usually asks is, ‘Is it enough metal to set off the airport detectors?’ “It’s not. They’re also nonmagnetic, so people usually can have MRIs.” The surgery is performed through the mouth, eliminating any incisions on the outside, and the stitches simply dissolve inside of the mouth. Teeth are not held together unless just slightly, with guiding rubber bands for about six to eight weeks. During that time, patients take off the rubber bands to eat a nonchew diet. “They can eat anything from protein shakes and scrambled eggs to mashed potatoes. Whatever suits them,” says Dr. Robinson.

Several benefits make the Get2REM procedure especially desirable. Patients: • Can go home the day after surgery, saving them significant cost • Usually lose 10 to 12 pounds during the specialdiet phase of recovery • Experience minimal pain, bruising or swelling • Return to work after about 2 wks • Resume mild exercise in two weeks and their regular workout routine in about four weeks

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Patients tell Dr. Robinson that the difference in their breathing and sleeping is almost immediate. “They take a breath after surgery and say their airway is more open. It also helps them when they work out and when they’re running. It’s a huge change for them.”

MMA, Historically Speaking Dr. Paul Tessier, a world famous maxillofacial surgeon based in Paris, developed and refined the surgical techniques for breaking the bones and moving them into new positions for correcting facial deformities. As that process evolved, they discovered, “We’re actually opening the airways of these kids that have facial deformities,” explains Dr. Robinson. “From there, it was realized, that for patients who have OSA, partially due to fact that their face may be too small both in the upper jaw and in the lower jaw, they now can benefit from this type of surgery.” Dr. Robinson is one of only a few surgeons in the country who perform this procedure. He actually trained in Paris under Dr. Tessier, who is considered the father of cranial facial surgery. “I’m passionate about this procedure and how can help people,” he says.

Facing Fear Is Life-Changing A lot of people will avoid getting treatment out of fear. “If someone suspects they have sleep apnea,” stresses Dr. Robinson; “it can affect their life in a serious way. “From heart disease to diabetes, to obesity and respiratory problems, it’s very serious. They should get it checked.” Adds Dr. Ochs, “I

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can’t urge you enough, if you think you may have it, get tested. It is a preventable disease. By treating it, we can generally reduce the risk of developing all the other adult disease processes that are leading to early death in this country.” Dr. Ochs says these include diabetes, which will increase risk of heart disease and stroke; chronic depression, weight gain and obesity. Risk of sudden death also is higher across all parameters if you have sleep apnea. “So we’re not only talking about longevity here, but also quality of life. I am passionate about people being diagnosed and properly treated,” Dr. Ochs emphasizes. While Dr. Robinson agrees, he acknowledges that the financial consideration also is an important one. “For most patients, OSA is due to a medical condition, so it should be covered under major medical insurance. Our office will help with that determination.” Ultimately, sufferers of sleep apnea should look into the many possible solutions for their problem. “MMA is one solution, but it’s not for everyone,” says Dr. Robinson. And then he concludes, “The patient has to realize the value of what can be accomplished by MMA, our proprietary Get2REM surgical procedure. “It can be life-changing.” In its 2012 Sleep in American poll, the National Safety Foundation noted, “train operators and pilots report the most sleep dissatisfaction.” Statistics expose how numerous transportation accidents have related to sleep deprivation or sleep apnea:

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Transit Industry. Chicago O’Hare train derailment, March 2014. Under investigation for possible driver sleep deprivation. Airline industry. Air India, 2010. The pilot’s snoring can be heard on an audio recording. Air France 2010. The pilot reportedly only slept one hour the night before flying. Train Industry. Two trains collide, Michigan 2001. Engineer’s and conductor’s fatigue said to be due to untreated OSA. Shipping Industry. Exxon Valdez 1989. Documented statement says, “It’s clear the entire crew suffered from fatigue.” Truck Industry. 100,000 accidents and 1,550 fatalities a year due to sleep deprivation. It’s estimated that 20 percent of all truck-car collisions are caused by sleepdeprivation or sleep apnea. Congress and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), which oversees commercial truck drivers, are working on regulations requiring testing for OSA. “It’s estimated that 40 percent of all commercial truck drivers are at risk of sleep apnea with a 60 percent overall incidence of overweight or obesity,” notes Dr. Ochs.

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If You Eat Healthy, Does Your Family Need To Take a Multi Vitamin There is no question that the best source from which to get your vitamins and minerals is by eating plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, dairy, grains, protein and omega 3 rich fish. The fact is many families are on the go and busy and quite often the side of vegetables is not served at the drive thru and the only fruit you may get your kids to eat is a glass of orange juice. Whether or not to take a multi vitamin, or any vitamin, depends on a number of factors.  If you eat a well balanced diet that includes fruits, vegetables, fatty fish, dairy, eggs, grains and meat and alternatives then it is likely you don’t need an additional source of vitamins. If you are lactose intolerant, your kids are picky eaters, there

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are food allergies in your family or you are eating on the run more nights than you are sitting at the kitchen table, then there may be health benefits to taking vitamins.

Key Vitamins This list shows the key nutrients that should be a part of your families diet to maintain optimal health. If you know you are not getting these vitamins on a regular basis, then looking for a multi vitamin that includes this alphabet on its ingredient list may be a good option for your family.

Vitamin A For the eyes, the skin and the immune system. Found in mango, sweet potatoes, carrots, spinach, and grapefruit.

Vitamin B For energy and creating red blood cells. Found in peas, spinach, sweet potatoes, avocado, bananas and mango.

Vitamin C For growth and tissue repair and stronger immune system. Found in oranges, red peppers, broccoli, grapefruit and strawberries.


Vitamin D For strong bones, teeth, nerves, muscle and immune systems. Found in eggs, dairy, chicken, beef and fortified juice and cereals.

Vitamin E is an antioxidant important to boost your immune system and fight viruses. Found in spinach, blackberries, kiwi and raspberries.

Omega 3s protect against heart disease, reduces symptoms of hypertension, depression, attention deficit disorder (ADHD), dementia, joint pain and boosts immune system. Found in fatty fish such as mackerel, sardines, salmon and in some fortified eggs and juice.

Fiber in addition to preventing constipation it helps lower blood cholesterol, controls blood sugar levels and may also help prevent and treat a variety of diseases and conditions, including heart disease, cancer, diabetes and obesity. Good amounts of fiber is found in peas, apples, pears, grains, barely, and beans.

If you have healthy fruit and vegetable eaters but they don’t like fish, then perhaps just an Omega 3 supplement is what is right for your family. Talk to your family doctor to determine if you or your kids need to take a multi vitamin.  They will review your typical weekly meal plan to determine what nutrients may be lacking and then look to increase those foods in your diet, or consider a supplement. Remember, it’s the nutrients we need and not artificial coloring, flavors or sweeteners. Read the label carefully for the medicinal and non-medicinal ingredients and choose one that is specially formulated to meet your needs. Good nutrition for all ages starts with serving a wide variety of whole, fresh foods as much as possible. A good multivitamin acts like a back up plan and is a great way to enhance this balanced, healthy diet – not replace it.  Including a daily multivitamin alongside fruits and vegetables will help to ensure your family gets all of the vitamins they need to be healthy and active!


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Take the Ugly Out of Your Home! (The biggest mistakes homeowners make and how to overcome them.) Whether you call ‘home’ an apartment, condo, or a single family residence, it is the backdrop of your life. Think about it…that corner of the counter that you always set your keys on, your favorite sofa that you fall onto after a tough day, the hallway that displays your children as babies, that patio where you laughed with old friends, that guest room with family heirlooms that remind you of where you came from… our homes are a vital part of our lifestyle. They’re the backdrop in so many photos, they can add a warm mood to our days, store our life’s memories, and tell ‘our story.’ They encapsulate our most valued treasures and memories. They can even remind us to smile when the world has gotten the best of us. Our homes are important because they are extension of who we are. Given all that, don’t they deserve our best? So what if your home isn’t that sanctuary that you’ve always wanted? Look around your home and ask yourself, “Is my home the one I always wanted or see in magazines and I think, I want that?” If it is, kudos to you! If it’s not, stop admiring your friend’s home and put your heart back in yours! I’m here to share some easy and valuable insights with you. Apply this approach to the spaces in your home and I can promise you that you will love the results!

Clutter is Never Fashionable I can’t tell you how many homes I have been in where this is one of my biggest frustrations. Countertops filled to the point you barely have work space, clothes piled on the floors of bedrooms, tacky ‘knick-knacks’ that you couldn’t even give away, dried florals one inch of dust on them…the list goes on. My motto has always been “I’d rather have an empty room with a fabulous sofa in it then a cluttered room with eyesores.” This may be too harsh of a reality for some, I realize that. But challenge yourself with this task: Go room by room in your home. Look at each item from the furniture down to the décor and ask yourself if you would purchase that item today in a store or see it in your favorite magazine? If the answer is no, it’s time to get rid of it. Why have items in your home that you don’t absolutely love? ….because you can!

Put Some Paint on Those Walls The walls in your home should serve as a backdrop to the foundation and color palette in your space. You can never go wrong putting some color on your walls. It could be the difference between a


room hugging you or not. Inviting you in or asking you to leave. Soothing you, or creating tension. Yes, color has that much of an impact on us. Scared of color? Even an off-white color is still a color. Stark white walls are difficult to live with, especially if you have children or pets. The psychology of colors are proven to influence our moods. Consider a neutral color. Neutrals are warm, inviting, and easy to coordinate any color palette. Here is my list of fail-proof colors from various paint brands. Now get your paint brushes and have some fun!

potato casserole or the people in the room, that one item keeps grabbing your attention. If you have to work hard to make an item fit in your space, chances are it doesn’t belong there. It’s like having a great outfit but you put on the wrong pair of shoes and ruin the entire look. People often do this with their homes. Remember: Consistency, not eye sores. You may want a great focal point in your space (which is a good thing), but remember that it should make a statement that compliments all of the other elements and colors in your space, not dominate the space all together.

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Don’t Create Distractions. You’ll Irritate Yourself…And Others! We’ve all been in someone’s home and can’t help but notice that piece of furniture, wall color, décor, or picture on the wall that holds our stare (and not in a good way). You may have wondered, “what were they thinking?!?!” And instead of enjoying that awesome

Too often we confuse a space and in turn, we confuse ourselves. We start adding traditional designs, then we throw in a modern chair, a French Country table, an inherited piece of art featuring a Native American Indian… and before we know it we’re all over the place. Our space ends up looking like a flea market mish-mash then a cohesively thought out space! Avoid this common problem by choosing one theme or style and stick to it. A good rule: 2-3 colors only, one style throughout. If you desire a modern space, keep your colors, furniture, rugs, décor, art, window treatments, and even your candle sticks ‘modern.’ If you love horses, make the theme of the room horses. If you’ve always wanted a spalike bathroom, keep the colors, textures and lighting soothing like a spa. It’s really that easy.


Decorating Balance Your Space Too many reflective surfaces such as ceramic tile, glass windows, cold counter tops, and hard wood floors, give spaces a cold feel. Balance your spaces by adding soft textures such as rugs, pillows, table runners, fabric window panels, ottomans, and inviting textures. If you have a space with a lot of windows or hard flooring, add window treatments, greens and plants, rugs, plush textures and even candles to soften the look and feel. Rugs and greenery are the most under-used design elements in a space. If you have a dining table over hardwood floors, consider putting a rug under the table and complimenting it with window panels or upholstered chairs. Add floor plants (live or artificial), wild grasses, or branches to make the space more cozy and inviting. Your space will give you an immediate hug! Use these above guides when creating your spaces and you’re sure to love your home! The elements that come together when the right approach is achieved transform a room into a seamless combination of functionality and style. When you have the knowledge, you have the confidence! Happy Decorating!

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Why You Need to Stop Bragging About How Busy You Are By Lisa Evans

Author Brigid Schulte says companies should stop rewarding overworked employees and focus on productivity instead. Do you rush through the morning paper, barely skimming the headlines while answering emails and making kids’ lunches? Do you compete with coworkers over how late you stay at the office each night? When journalist Brigid Schulte found herself immersed in one of the most hectic, time-crunched industries, she, like many of her busy coworkers, was feeling overworked and overwhelmed by the demands of her work and home life. “I was just feeling so busy and holding on by my fingernails through every day, trying to work crazy hours, not only being good at what I did, but great and amazing at what I did, and then [at home] I was trying to be supermom,” she says. Baking cupcakes until 2 a.m. and hosting professional interviews while sitting on the floor outside her kids’ dental office was the norm for Schulte. Logging in long hours and complaining about not having any time in the day is considered a status symbol and a sign of success. Yet even though she was working as though her hair was on fire, she felt unproductive and

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inadequate. Schulte had bought into a “culture of busy.” That is, a work environment where logging in long hours and complaining about not having any time in the day is considered a status symbol and a sign of success. Now, in her new book Overwhelmed: Work, Love and Play When No One Has the Time, Schulte argues a workplace culture that rewards those who are overworked is flawed and she challenges managers, business owners and leaders to adopt a new attitude of work, one where performance rather than time, and a life outside of work rather than a life consisting of work is the norm.

A culture of busy “In our workplace culture, we reward people who work all hours, are completely workdevoted, and don’t care if they have a life [outside of work],” says Schulte. This culture of busyness began in the 1980s as economic uncertainty set in and white collar workers began logging in more hours, trying to make themselves stand out amongst the regular 9 to 5ers. “There are many workplaces that still measure hours and not performance even when hours aren’t really what matter.”


Leisure time...where the best ideas are born In her book, Schulte recounts a study by Florida psychologist Anders Ericcson who wanted to understand what it took to be the best at something. He went to Berlin to examine the time logs of the most successful musicians and discovered that the virtuosos were those who practiced the hardest for no more than 90 minutes and took more breaks and naps than the musicians who weren’t as good. there’s such great evidence that working all of those hours really doesn’t get you where you want to go. “In the breaks, that’s where the ‘aha moment’ comes,” says Schulte. It’s in the moments of leisure time that the brain is working to solve issues so you can begin your next burst of intense work with a renewed perspective. “When you look at human performance science, there’s such great evidence that working all of those hours really doesn’t get you where you want to go,” says Schulte. While you may be able to work a few 60-hour weeks, eventually you will be so burnt out that you lose the ability to be creative and innovative.

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Schulte sought out real-life examples of workplaces that implemented this theory in practice and found it in one of the most shocking places-the Pentagon. Long hours at the office were leaving Pentagon staff burnt out and struggling to balance the demands May 2014of family and personal time. Alternative work schedules and flexible work policies were

implemented that reflected a fundamental shift in cultural values. “People were no longer bragging about long hours. If they bragged at all, it was about how they got their work done more efficiently,” says Schulte. After this cultural shift that invalidated busyness rather than rewarding it, the Pentagon noticed the quality of work improve and thinking became sharper.

If you cannot figure out how to do your job in 40 hours, we will fire you. Schulte also examines a software company, Menlo Innovations, where staying late at the office is viewed as a sign of inefficiency and can result in dismissal. “[This company says] if you cannot figure out how to do your job in 40 hours, we will fire you,” says Schulte. This from a company in an industry that is notorious for overworking employees.

The boss has to go home first Rewiring a company culture to value leisure time rather than busyness makes economic sense, but Schulte warns, it’s a process that is top-down. “The culture is set by what the leadership does. If you work crazy hours, even if you [tell employees] to go home and be with their kids, no one will do that. They’re going to work how the boss works,” says Schulte.

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Dr. Emerson Eggerichs (EGG-er-RICH)

Dr. Emerson Eggerichs is an internationally known public speaker on the topic of male-female relationships and family dynamics. Based on over three decades of counseling as well as scientific and biblical research, Dr. Eggerichs developed the Love and Respect Conference which he presents to live audiences around the country. This dynamic and life-changing conference is impacting the world, resulting in the healing and restoration of countless relationships.

honoring to him was being invited by the militar y brass to speak to the troops in the Middle East.

Well known as a dynamic speaker, Dr. Eggerichs has spoken to audiences across the spectrum, including the NFL owners and coaches, the PGA players and their spouses at the Player’s Championship, and the New York Giants. But most

Prior to launching the Love and Respect Conferences, Dr. Eggerichs was the senior pastor of Trinity Church in Lansing, MI for nearly 20 years. Emerson and Sarah have been married since 1973 and have three adult children. He is the Founder and President of Love and Respect Ministries. Shortened Version (without Education and Background) Dr. Emerson Eggerichs is an internationally known public speaker on the topic of male-female relationships and family dynamics. Based on over three decades of counseling as well as scientific and biblical research, Dr. Eggerichs developed the Love and Respect Conference which he presents to live audiences around the country. This dynamic and life-changing conference is impacting the world, resulting in the healing and restoration of countless relationships.

Dr. Eggerichs has graduate degrees from Wheaton College and Dubuque Seminary and a Ph.D. in Child and Family Ecology from Michigan State University. He has authored several books, including the national bestseller Love & Respect, and most recently, Love & Respect in the Family.

Dr. Eggerichs has authored several books, including the national bestseller Love & Respect, and most recently, Love & Respect in the Family. Emerson and his wife Sarah have been married since 1973 and have three adult children. He is the Founder and President of Love and Respect Ministries. Bio with Conference Focus Excited yet burdened about male and female relationships, Dr. Emerson and Sarah Eggerichs launched the Love and Respect Conferences in 1999. Based on over three decades of counseling as well as scientific and biblical research, Dr. Eggerichs and his wife Sarah present the Love and Respect Conference around the country. This dynamic and life-changing conference is impacting the world, resulting in the healing and restoration of countless relationships.


Prior to launching the Love and Respect Conferences, Dr. Eggerichs was the senior pastor of Trinity Church in Lansing, MI for nearly 20 years. He has authored several books, including the national bestseller Love & Respect, and more recently, Love & Respect in the Family. Emerson and Sarah have been married since 1973 and have three adult children. He is the Founder and President of Love and Respect Ministries.

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Three major questions are addressed in the Love and Respect Message. One, why do we negatively react to each other? Two, how can we energize our spouse to respond more positively? And, three, what can we do when our spouse continues to be negative while we are trying to be loving and respectful? Will God help? Both men and women are responding to the answers to these three questions, which we address in our marriage conference.

Each of these points are called a cycle. 1. The Crazy Cycle! When suddenly the issue isn’t the issue, what is the issue? We reveal what you and your spouse really mean when you negatively react. A wife wears pink sunglasses and a husband wears blue sunglasses. God made them male and female. This colors what each sees and explains the negative reactions. 2. The Energizing Cycle! How is your spouse best motivated or energized God’s way? Knowing another’s deepest need is the key to motivating that person. Because God made us male and female, He has revealed a powerful truth about what best motivates a husband and wife. 3. The Rewarded Cycle! What unexpected rewards come to a person who acts on Ephesians 5:33? Five real benefits come to the spouse who understands why there are negative reactions and grasps how to energize the marriage God’s way - even when a spouse is less responsive. We believe God is there. We believe He intervenes. We do not believe God is silent or indifferent. According to Christ “Abba Father” is real. He intends to help us. Paul continues in Ephesians 6, “whatever good thing each one does, this he will receive back from the Lord” (6:8). We explain what those good things are that a person receives. My wife Sarah would like to subtitle the Love and Respect Marriage Conference, “The conference men want to attend.” We believe this is a fair and balanced approach for both husbands and wives. We believe this reflects the essence of what the Bible teaches about marriage. Check out the schedule for our Love and Respect Conferences on this web site – we’d love to see you there.  If you can’t attend, pick up a copy of the book Love and Respect (available on this site), which unpacks these three questions in detail. May 2014

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Keep Mosquitoes and Ticks From Bugging You This Summer

Take Steps to Prevent Bites Generally speaking, we don’t associate a heavy mosquito experience with Colorado outdoors; however, that does not make us bulletproof from mosquito bites and all the not-so-fun things they bring along, like the dangerous West Nile virus. Ticks are a fairly wellknown issue in Colorado, picked up easily on hikes, bike-rides, campouts and even gardening. Summer allows more time for children to play outdoors, but when kids are covered with bug bites after spending time outside, parents may start to worry about disease spread by ticks, such as Lyme disease, or by mosquitoes, such as West Nile virus. Luckily, parents can take simple steps to prevent bites and diseases spread by bugs.

Use an effective insect repellent

Parents may feel overwhelmed by the many bug protection products in the grocery aisle, wondering which ones are best. CDC recommends a variety of effective products. Check the label for one of the following active ingredients:

• DEET • IR 3535

• Picaridin • Oil of lemon eucalyptus

Most pediatricians recommend using products with 30 percent or less of these ingredients on kids. Once you’ve bought an insect repellent, use it whenever you and your children are outdoors. Put a few bottles or jackets of repellent anywhere you might need them in the car, by the door, in your bag. Make it easy so you’ll remember.


Parents should check themselves and their children for ticks under the arms, in and around the ears, inside the belly button, behind the knees, between the legs, around the waist and especially in the hair. If you find a tick, remove it using fine-tipped tweezers as soon as you notice it. If a tick is attached to your skin for less than 24 hours, your chance of getting Lyme disease is extremely small. But to be safe, watch for signs or symptoms of Lyme disease such as rash or fever, and see a doctor if they develop. Bathing when you get inside can also help you find ticks and remove them. Additionally, you can tumble clothes in a dryer on high heat for an hour to kill any remaining ticks.

As hard as it may be to think about, any single bug bite has the potential to bring illness, so it’s worth taking a moment for prevention.

By following simple prevention steps, parents and kids can keep pests away so they can focus on fun outdoor activities like gardening, camping, hiking and just playing outdoors.

Make your backyard a tick-safe zone While you may think that ticks only live in the woods, ticks can also lurk in backyards. You can take some simple steps to make your backyard more tick-safe. Keep patios, play areas, and playground equipment away from shrubs, bushes, and other vegetation. Also, tick control chemicals are available for use by homeowners, or can be applied by a professional pest control expert.

Check for ticks After playing outside, don’t make ticks an uninvited guest in your home. Ticks can ride in on parents, kids, and even the family pet, so check your gear and pets as soon as you get inside, even if your outdoor adventures were only in the backyard. May 2014

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stress and KIDS Could there be a connection? I’m counting down. In twenty months, there will be four teenagers living in my house! For that reason alone, I feel qualified to talk about stress. For the moment, my wife and I are attempting to manage the schedules, behaviors, conflicts, appetites and, hormones of 4 kids, ages 16,15,11 & 11. There is also the added pressure of working for ‘Parenting Experts’ (I speak and write for the Love and Logic Institute, Inc.) and being a self-proclaimed ‘Stress Expert’ (my latest book is entitled ‘Shrink Your Stress in 5 Steps’. So, I’m supposed to know my stuff – and I often don’t. But that is my life – KIDS and STRESS (in no particular order) and I love it. I started speaking to schools and companies about stress over fifteen years ago. Twenty years ago, I was running a program for troubled teens and training staff how to deal with extreme misbehavior. Fortunately, I still get to do both jobs and I love empowering adults to be more effective with kids – by first becoming more effective at managing their own behavior. After working with kids in trouble for twenty years, I have realized that kids are thermometers and sponges. We (adults) make the weather. We set the tone. Kids are thermometers, reflecting the temperature we dictate. They pick up and respond to on our non-verbal communication

more than we ever realize. If you walk into a roomful of adults with a huge frown on your face, how many will notice? How many will have their faces stuck in their phones? Try walking into a roomful of little kids with the same frown. Some little ones will look worried or even cry. Unfortunately, if I am carrying a lot of stress, my kids will sense it even if I never overtly express it. Kids (aka sponges) also pick up way more behavior by modeling than we ever realize. According to my friends at the Love and Logic Institute, as much as 90% of what kids learn comes from example and experience. Only 10% comes from being told. We often do too much telling and not enough intentional modeling. Okay, so kids are thermometers (they reflect the temperature of mood that I set) and they are sponges (they soak up the behaviors, values and habits I display) – what does that mean in terms of my daily stress level? It means that if I control my stress and manage it in healthy ways, I am accomplishing two huge goals!

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I am setting the tone (think safety and security) for my kids to be able to learn. When their brains feel safe, learning can be accomplished. Conversely, brains focused on threat have trouble focusing on much else. Think about airline pilots. How do they sound? Excited? They sound bored. And that’s a GOOD thing! Part of their job is to convey calm. I do not want a pilot who sounds excited, scared or stressed out. Give me that nottoo-worried guy. We are the pilots and kids look to us to feel safe. If we are freaked out, they don’t feel as safe and it inhibits their ability to learn.


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Managing my stress is modeling for my kids how to manage their stress. When kids see us handling hard times and curveballs with grace, they are learning (in the most effective way) to handle hard times and curveballs. Few adults are intentional about modeling for their kids how to manage stressful situations. Much the opposite. Sometimes, my kids are a great captive audience for me to complain about my day. Very often, my kids hear me complaining about them. Double-fail. Bad modeling and a message is sent that I can’t handle them. So what if, instead, I went out of my way to talk about how thankful I am - in front of my kids? What if I told stories of bad moments in my week when I kept my cool and did the right thing? “I felt like doing _____, but instead, I took a few breaths and thought about it…” Some of these stories might even be true. Like everyone, I struggle to do this. Keeping cool is as difficult as it is important. And I wouldn’t suggest we all become emotionless robots. It’s okay to be upset. It’s okay to be real. It’s even okay to be real upset. But if I want to raise kids who handle life’s challenges and remain rational when upsetting things happen, I have to remember that I am the leader of the house. Just like a pilot is intentional about conveying calm, I must make my ‘passengers’ feel that they are safe and in good hands.

raise more responsible, respectful kids since 1977. Their materials are guaranteed to lower your parenting stress, empower your kids to solve problems and help you set better limits. I am biased, but trust me. www.loveandlogic. com or call (800) 338-4065 (M-F) to speak with a live person. Take time to calm down and seek wisdom before making big discipline decisions. When we are upset and our kids are upset, our interactions are the least productive. Ignore the voice that says you must do something immediately. Slow the process down and you’ll come up with more sensible solutions. Reach for healthier stress relievers. There is a reason tobacco, alcohol, junk food and junk TV purveyors make lots of money off our attempts to relieve stress in unhealthy ways (so much for that modeling). Many of the healthiest things you can do when stressed are cheap or free: take a walk outside, take some deep breaths, do some stretches or quick exercises (I’m a fan of some yoga moves – the ones I can do), repeat affirmations, give yourself a quick neck massage – there are tons of things you can do that will serve you (and the sponges watching you) better than reaching for the drink, the remote or the lighter.

Here are a few parenting/stress hints:

This parenting stuff can be stressful, but, ultimately, there is good news! You can do it and your kids will learn that they can do stressful stuff too. The better you manage your stress as a parent, the better parent you will be.

Set better limits with your kids. These are the opposite of empty threats and warnings. My friends at the Love and Logic Institute can help you do this with practical audios and books. These guys have been helping

Remember to have fun with your kids. Enough said.

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what happens to your brain on sugar EXPLAINED BY SCIENCE

On the left is your brain on sugar. On the right side is your brain on drugs. Notice the similarities?

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For comparison, this image shows PET scans of obese and cocaine-addicted brains. Notice that the normal brain has a lot more red stuff in it—called Dopamine. This chemical is produced in the part of the brain that is associated with reward. When someone experiences a reward—say while eating a really good meal—their Dopamine (red stuff) level spikes. For addicts, the opposite is true: that spike in Dopamine only comes in anticipation of the reward, as opposed to the actual reward itself. Later, once the reward is gotten, the effects are blunted because the brain has been flooded with dopamine as it thought about eating.


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Let’s take another look: This PET brain scans show chemical differences in the brain between addicts and non-addicts. The normal images in the bottom row come from non-addicts; the abnormal images in the top row come from patients with addiction disorders. These brain scans show that that addicts have fewer than average dopamine receptors in their brains, so that weaker dopamine signals are sent between cells. This is what sugar does to your brain — the exact same thing smoking, alcohol and cocaine do.

Just how bad is America’s addiction to sugar? The Centers for Disease Control project a double- or triple-fold increase in the proportions of Americans with diabetes by 2050. On the low end, a study published in Population Health Metrics projects 21% of Americans will have diabetes. On the high end ... 33%. In 2013, student-faculty research at Connecticut College found that in lab rats, Oreos, rich in sugar and fat, may be just as addictive as cocaine. Given the option of Oreos and rice cakes, the test rats spent as much time eating cookies as getting high on cocaine or morphine. Furthermore, the rats given Oreos were subjected to a test that measured expression of a protein called c-Fos, a known marker of neuronal activation in the part of the brain that controls the feeling of pleasure. The result was alarming: Oreos beat out both drugs by a significant margin. “Our research supports the theory that high-fat/high-sugar foods stimulate the brain in the same way that drugs do,” said Joseph Schroeder, director of the college’s behavioral neuroscience program. “It may explain why some people can’t resist these foods despite the fact that they know they are bad for them.”’s better than no


Deadly Effects of Alcohol and Sugar

they don’t need a Coke.” And just like illegal drugs, large amounts of sugar can be very bad for you. In addition to obesity and diabetes, sugar can deeply affect your metabolism, impair brain function and make you more susceptible to heart disease and cancer. It can even form premature wrinkles.

Excessive consumption of fructose can cause many of the same health problems as Given all this, it’s pretty likely you’re over-consuming. Almost 40% of children’s diets now come from added sugars and unhealthy fats. To put it in perspective, this infographic from OnlineNursingPrograms. com shows just how much sugar the average American consumes.

Student Jamie Honohan, who contributed to the study, added that “Even though we associate significant health hazards in taking drugs like cocaine and morphine, high-fat/ high-sugar foods may present even more of a danger because of their accessibility and affordability.” So basically, Oreos are legal crack. A 2013 profile in the New York Times revealed the massive amount of scientific research big food companies have poured into developing tastier, more addictive products. Even the way they talk about marketing sugar-filled foods can sound an awful lot like discussing business with a drug dealer. Former Coca-Cola executive and COO Jeffrey Dunn explains the sales logic they’d use: “How many drinkers do I have? And how many drinks do they drink? If you lost one of those heavy users, if somebody just decided to stop drinking Coke, how many drinkers would you have to get, at low velocity, to make up for that heavy user? The answer is a lot. It’s more efficient to get my existing users to drink more.” The tipping point, he claimed, was when he began making frequent marketing trips to Brazil and realized, “these people need a lot of things, but

Fortunately, there are steps you can take to limit your sugar intake, even if the sheer amount of sugary goods on the market makes the sweet stuff nearly impossible to cut out entirely. Brian Wansink and colleagues at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign found that decreasing visibility and convenience helped participants consume less chocolate. Putting it in a drawer, for example, lowered consumption by a third. And these and other findings linking visibility and low barriers to access have major implications for national policy, like removing candy and junk food machines from school. They may be small steps, but they’re something. And if the consumption numbers are any indication that change needs to happen, something’s better than nothing. A new film called Fed Up, produced and narrated by Katie Couric and opening on May 9, hopes to shed some light on the massive junk food industry that’s fueling America’s obesity crisis. “There are 600,000 food items in America. 80% of them have added sugar,” warns the trailer’s Dr. Robert Lustig, the University of California in San Francisco’s professor of pediatric medicine. Another warns that ours is the first generation of U.S. children expected to live shorter lives than their parents. By 2050, it warns, a third of us will have diabetes.


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you just have TO LAUGH True story. Doug has diabetes. He also has a close group friends who always joke around with each other. Dave was one of those guys that constantly got teased because he was short. After Doug had his legs amputated because of diabetes he called Dave and said, “Hey I just got my legs cut off and I’m still taller than you.” If you are not laughing, PLEASE keep reading. If you did laugh - there’s more. Finding humor in tough times is vital to a healthy, balanced life. When our life is physically and emotionally threatened we go into stress mode. Many times that locks us up emotionally - much like a computer when it freezes. Stress can and will leave us paralyzed by fear, sadness and anger. Thinking funny, finding some humorous and laughing frees the emotional paralysis. Back to the computer analogy – when a computer locks we reboot it. Humor reboots us during a stressful time giving us a more balanced approach to our stress. When we are amused in a tough time we quit obsessing about the threat. We quit thinking about it. When we laugh about it - we feel good.

INTENTION

The biggest question many of us have is the appropriateness of humor. The appropriateness of humor

is exclusive to intention. In the above story, Doug’s intention was to lighten the fact he lost his legs. Another intention was to make his friends feel okay about his amputation. Doug also let them know – it was okay to tease him about it.

PERMISSION Doug gave us permission because he joked about his amputation. The teasing continued with some new things to joke about.

The UMBRELLA Using humor in a tough time compares to using an umbrella during a storm. An umbrella shields us from the harmful elements – much like humor does in life’s toughest storms. The umbrella doesn’t make the storm go away any more than humor makes a tough time go away. It simply helps us manage it to ge through it.

CHOICE An umbrella only works when we use. We have to make the choice to bring an umbrella and open in. Humor is the same. We have the make the choice to think funny and laugh. One more Doug story that includes CHOICE, PERMISSION and INTENTION. The disability company sent Doug a letter asking if he was really disabled. Doug had a friend take a picture of him with shorts on – showing his two amputated legs and his only two fingers left on both hands. He sent the picture to the Insurance company with the caption underneath it that read: “What do you think?”

YOU JUST HAVE TO LAUGH make the choice.

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wings over the rockies AIR & SPACE MUSEUM The Wings Over the Rockies Experience Explore the past, present and future of flight as you walk through aviation history in our 1930s Air Force hangar. Discover our collection of current and historic aircraft and space artifacts, including a rare B-18A Bolo—one of only five remaining WWII-era bombers—five Century-Series fighters, an RF-84K Thunderflash and one of only two B-1A Lancers. Experience space exploration as you examine an Apollo Command module. You can also tour Science in Space for Life on Earth, a first-of-its-kind exhibit developed in partnership with the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS). This exhibit draws you into the history and future of the International Space Station and explores how science in space cultivates life here on Earth. View an interstage skirt from a Titan IV rocket and check out our other aerospace exhibits, including models and displays of spacecraft and

missile technology. Visit Aviation Xtreme Flight Simulation Center and climb into a cockpit like the ones used to train real fighter pilots. As you prepare for takeoff, you’ll find yourself surrounded by a massive, 180-degree projection screen that offers a truly oneof-a-kind experience. Fly a wide range of aircraft, like the F-15A Eagle, F-4 Phantom, P-51 Mustang and more. And, don’t forget to take home a unique gift for aviation and aerospace enthusiasts of all ages from our Wings Aeronautica Museum Store.

Colorado’s Official Air and Space Museum Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum is located on the former grounds of Lowry Air Force Base in the heart of the nostalgic Lowry neighborhood. The Museum is housed in the historic Hangar No. 1, built in 1939.

From a B-52 to the Star Wars X-wing signed by Harrison Ford and other members of the cast, Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum features dozens of historic airplanes, space vehicles and interactive exhibits.

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Wings preserves the history of Lowry Air Force Base’s operations from 1938 to 1994 in its collections, archives and research library. In 1997, the Colorado State Legislature passed a House Bill, making Wings Colorado’s Official Air and Space Museum. The year 2014 marks two landmark anniversaries for Wings. As the Museum celebrates 20 years of inspiring people about aviation and aerospace, Hangar No. 1 commemorates 75 years of history in the Lowry neighborhood. At Wings Over the Rockies, we’re always up to something, so be sure to check out WingsMuseum.org for a list of all of our upcoming events.


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We have been providing research, education and patient services for those dealing with neurological conditions since 1985. As the only nonprofit organization in the Rocky Mountain Region of its kind, we offer programs that benefit physicians, affiliate health care providers, patients, caregivers, and the general public. CNI was originally founded by neurosurgeons at Swedish Medical Center, but now CNI’s unique model serves physicians and patients across the region. Member physicians come from private practices and HealthONE hospitals throughout the area and patients come from all over the nation – and even the world.

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For Health Care Professionals

As a member of CNI, you will benefit from:

RESEARCH

EDUCATION

PATIENT SERVICES

Conduct research without the bureaucracy of an academic institution. CNI offers:

Your CNI membership offers you many opportunities to:

Your patients have access to numerous programs, such as:

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Network and learn with the neuroscience community of the Rockies.

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Integrated care across all specialties and a robust referral network.

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Attend conferences & lectures including grand neuro rounds, brain & spinal tumor conferences, web conferences, stroke summits, epilepsy lectures, and more.

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Monthly support groups for nearly all neuro disease lines.

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Earn continuing education credit while networking with professionals across the region.

Quality outpatient neurobased rehab including services for uninsured and underserved patients.

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Patient navigation: access to community resources, help with forms, counseling services, etc.

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Patient assistance funds.

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Support for core research functions: study coordination, fi nancial oversight, risk management, federal grant administration (pre- and post-award), contract negotiation, feasibility and ethics review, clinical trial tracking, outcome data collection, regulatory compliance, investigator development, and training.

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Writing support: Support with writing proposals, seeking publication and preparation of conference presentations.

START ENJOYING MEMBER BENEFITS. Call 303-788-4010 to join. Memberships now open to all neuroscientists, physicians and affiliate health care staff within the HealthONE system, and/or those involved with current CNI programs & services

For Persons with Neurological Conditions We offer comprehensive, integrated, cutting-edge treatment programs. If you or someone you love is suffering from a neurological condition, call CNI today at 303-788-4010. CNI’S PATIENT SERVICES

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Access to internationally recognized physicians and health care providers Programs, activities and integrated care for every neurological condition

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Clinical trials

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Support groups

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Chronic disease management courses

Outpatient neuro-rehab (speech, occupational and physical therapy) Counseling

Patient assistance funds

PATIENTS: For more information, call 303-788-4010.

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