03/17/16 RTIR E-zine: – DARK Act, Opioid Guidelines, Music in our Schools

March 17, 2016

01. Risks in Putin’s Syria Withdrawal
02. Would Rank Voting Flip Trump Victories?
03. Why Aren’t Candidates Talking about Education?
04. Environmentalist Praises DARK Act Defeat
05. Let’s Talk March Madness
06. CDC Opioid Guidelines Fall Far Short
07. Are You Getting the Right Retirement Advice?
08. Heartburn Drugs/Dementia Link
09. New Birth Trend – Vaginal Seeding
10. Celebrity Couple Make-Ups and Break-Ups
11. Pets Get Spring Allergies Too!
12. March is Music in Our Schools Month
13. Fun Nutrition for Kids – Eat a Rainbow
14. When You Hate Your Daughter’s Boyfriend
15. Do Small Hands Really Mean…???

1. ==> Risks in Putin’s Syria Withdrawal

According to foreign-affairs journalist Joe Lauria,
“Russian President Vladimir Putin’s surprise
announcement to withdraw most Russian war planes and
personnel from Syria has left the public in the dark
about his motives, raising troubling questions about
whether the move will provide an opening for the U.S.,
Turkey and their Gulf allies to resume their drive
towards ‘regime change’ in Damascus.” Invite him to
discuss speculation that perhaps Putin made a deal with
the U.S., a grand bargain of sorts. “Maybe Washington
has offered a major concession on Ukraine, something
President Barack Obama may gladly concede given what a
disaster the U.S. adventure in that country has
become.” Lauria is a veteran foreign-affairs journalist
based at the UN since 1990. He has written for the
Boston Globe, the London Daily Telegraph, the
Johannesburg Star, the Montreal Gazette, the Wall
Street Journal and other newspapers. Contact him (in
Iraq, 7 hours ahead of U.S. EST) at (917) 310-1118;
joelauria@gmail.com, @unjoe

2. == > Would Rank Voting Flip Trump Victories?

Rob Richie, executive director of FairVote and a
leading advocate of electoral reform, advocates the
adoption of ranked choice voting, an instant runoff
system that allows voters to rank candidates 1-2-3. He
says the Republican nomination process is dramatic
evidence of the failure of its voting rules. “If Super
Tuesday contests had been conducted with ranked choice
voting — a proven system that empowers voters to rank
candidates by preference in order to elect the
candidate with the strongest support and the one most
likely to garner the support of a majority — the
results would look very different. Our models suggest
that Trump would have won Alabama and Massachusetts,
competed in toss-up races in Tennessee and Vermont, and
lost the remaining seven states.” Ranked voting will be
on the November ballot in Maine. FairVote recently
partnered with the College of William and Mary and
YouGov to produce the report “What Republican Voters
Really Think.” Contact Richie at (301) 270-4616; (240)
393-2420 (cell) or rr@fairvote.org, @fairvote

3. ==> Why Aren’t Candidates Talking about Education?

This week, John King was confirmed by the Senate as
education secretary, but Diane Ravitch says nobody
noticed because no one is talking about education. “The
2016 presidential campaign is notable for the near
total absence of discussion of K-12 education.” Ravitch
will discuss the issues of standardized testing as the
measure – and purpose – of schooling, and the
privatization by public funding of privately managed
charters. She says, “Hundreds, perhaps thousands, of
public schools have closed because of low test scores,
and thousands of teachers and principals have been
fired because of low test scores. Education has
increasingly become a commodity in a marketplace, where
parents are expected to choose their children’s school.
Typically, school choice is an illusion. It is the
schools that choose their students, and they don’t want
the kids who might get low scores.” Ravitch is a leader
in education and the author of ten books, including
“The Death and Life of the Great American School
System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining
Education.” She’s a research professor of education at
New York University and served as Assistant Secretary
of Education and Counselor to the Secretary of
Education from 1991-1993 under the George H. W. Bush
administration. Contact her at gardendr@gmail.com,

4. ==> Environmentalist Praises DARK Act Defeat

Products with GMOs have been ubiquitous on grocery
shelves in America for more than two decades, but in
recent years, consumers have become more vocal in
wanting to be informed if the food they buy contains
GMOs. Yesterday, Senators blocked a bill that would
have prohibited states from issuing their own mandatory
GMO labeling laws. Environmentalists called it the DARK
Act (Deny Americans the Right to Know) and fought hard
against it. Ph.D. environmental engineer and
sustainability consultant Ellen Moyer hails the defeat
and says, “The government’s decision-making about GMOs
has huge ramifications for our health, the environment,
and our democracy. The U.S. government has refused to
call for GMO labeling, unlike 64 other countries –
including China – and is now considering overturning
hard-won state laws that require GMO labeling. People
deserve to know what is in their food.” Ellen is an
independent environmental consultant with more than 30
years of professional experience. She works on projects
for federal agencies and Fortune 500 companies to clean
up hazardous waste sites contaminated by a wide array
of harmful chemicals. She’s a Huffington Post
contributor and the author of several books. Contact
her at (413) 862-3452; ellenmoyer@em-green.com

5. ==> Let’s Talk March Madness

Who’s playing? Who should we be watching? And who
should you pick in the office pool? EMMY award winning
sports expert Kate Delaney, aka the Sports Princess,
can help you fill out your brackets and give you the
background on this year’s NCAA Tournament. Kate is one
of the first women to ever host a solo Sports Radio
Talk Show in a Top 10 market – WFAN in New York City
and KRLD in Dallas, Texas. She currently hosts a
nationally syndicated radio show called America Tonight
and is the author of “Level the Playing Field,” a book
of fascinating, little-known sports facts. Contact Ryan
McCormick at (516) 901-1103; (203) 883-8503 or

6. ==> CDC Opioid Guidelines Fall Far Short

In response to the opioid epidemic that’s swept the
country, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
has released long-anticipated guidelines on prescribing
opioid painkillers like OxyContin and Percocet. They
recommend docs sharply deter use of the medicines for
chronic pain and use non-drug approaches like physical
therapy, psychotherapy and exercise. Chronic pain
treatment expert Cindy Perlin says that sounds good,
but many people don’t have access to those services.
“More than 93 million Americans live in areas where
there is less than one mental health provider for every
10,000 people. In addition, most insurance companies
rarely cover more than a few sessions of physical
therapy, which is grossly inadequate to address chronic
pain.” Perlin adds that the CDC guidelines ignore, and
insurance companies rarely cover, other proven
treatments for pain, including chiropractic, massage,
acupuncture, exercise programs, nutritional and herbal
interventions, marijuana and low level laser therapy. A
chronic pain survivor herself, Perlin will discuss what
we need to do now, and how chronic pain sufferers can
find relief without drugs. Perlin is a licensed social
worker, and certified biofeedback practitioner who has
appeared on numerous radio and TV programs. She’s the
author of “The Truth About Chronic Pain Treatments: The
Best and Worst Strategies for Becoming Pain Free.”
Contact her at (518) 439-6431; cperlin@nycap.rr.com

7. ==> Are You Getting the Right Retirement Advice?

Where do most people learn about retirement planning?
Most don’t learn it in school, or from our parents, so
in essence, we’re learning on the street! Invite
financial adviser Rodger Alan Friedman on your show to
discuss the reasons many people don’t get the right
kind of retirement advice, and how to build a
relationship with an adviser that will work for your
individual needs. Friedman will talk about the biggest
risk facing retirees today, why being your own
financial adviser is a big mistake, and how to make
sure your relationship with your adviser is a truly
beneficial one for you. Listeners will also get access
to a free 17 page special report on retirement
planning. Rodger Friedman is the author of “Forging
Bonds of Steel.” Contact him toll free at 1-844 -3- my-
plan or 1-844-369-7526 or

8. ==> Heartburn Drugs/Dementia Link

News outlets have been reporting about heartburn drugs
– proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) such as Prilosec,
Nexium, and Prevacid — and an increase risk of
dementia in people over 75. Dr. Jim Roach says the
observational study’s findings make perfect sense. “You
need acid to absorb nutrients and these drugs result in
deficiencies including vitamin B12, folate, vitamin C,
magnesium, calcium, zinc, and iron. The dementia
connection is obvious as B12 and folate deficiencies
both cause dementia.” Dr. Roach says the drugs are very
dangerous and also carry an increased risk of sudden
death. So what’s a heartburn sufferer to do? Invite Dr.
Roach to share natural ways to address acid reflux. Jim
Roach, M.D., a leading integrative practitioner who has
appeared on numerous radio and TV programs, is a
speaker, consultant, educator, researcher, and widely
sought clinician with patients from across the country.
He is also author of “God’s House Calls” which
discusses spiritual near-death experiences of his
patients and seeks to de-stigmatize spiritual
experiences. Contact him at (859) 846-4453 (office);

9. ==> New Birth Trend – Vaginal Seeding

It’s well-known that babies born naturally are exposed
to a range of beneficial bacteria while moving down the
birth canal, but now mothers who have caesareans are
taking drastic measures to make sure their babies don’t
miss out. The surprising new trend is called vaginal
seeding and involves mothers covering their babies in
their vaginal fluid shortly after birth to increase the
baby’s immune system. Is this crazy? Ob/Gyn Dr. Kathi
Fry says, “On the face of it, it seems like a very good
idea, though I wonder how necessary it is. Babies get
plenty of bacteria from mom via breastfeeding but I see
no reason not to do it if a mom is having a planned C
section.” Dr. Fry has been practicing Homeopathy for
over 25 years and had a regular monthly call in show in
Phoenix for more than 10 years. Her latest book is
“”VITALITY! How To Get It and Keep It: A Homeopath’s
Guide to Vibrant Health Without Drugs.” Contact her at
(480) 695-1383; drkathi@drkathifry.com

10. ==> Celebrity Couple Make-Ups and Break-Ups

For a fun, unique look at Hollywood stars and their
couplings invite intuitive lifestyle expert Cathleen
Miller on your show. Will Miley Cyrus and Liam
Hemsworth make it down the aisle? Miller says most
folks wouldn’t be on it, but she sees a different
scenario. “I see this one working this year (even with
a few family wrinkles still creating undercurrent).
These two are genuinely connected at the soul level and
I see possible adorable twins not far behind, possibly
early 2017? ” And what about the rumors that Khloe
Kardashian and Lamar Odem are working things out?
Cathleen says, “As much as I appreciate how special
they both are, I do see more recovery challenges for
them both to overcome. Khloe is rocking it right now on
a stronger personal foundation than ever before, but
Lamar has a lot to overcome for them to have a chance.”
From distance alternative energy therapies and life
energy/career coaching, Cathleen can read and shift
magnetic and electrical frequencies in and around the
body to assist in illness or addiction recovery and
activate energies to create the life you were meant to
live. Cathleen also has extensive media experience.
Contact her at (913) 499-8514;

11. ==> Pets Get Spring Allergies Too!

Spring is in the air and that means allergies. But did
you know that animals can also suffer from spring
allergies? Invite veterinarian Dr. Judy Morgan to share
natural treatments for spring allergies in pets. She’ll
also reveal non-toxic, natural ways to fight fleas and
ticks and ways to help pets who suffer from
thunderstorm anxiety. Dr. Morgan says many people don’t
realize some fresh fruits and vegetables can be harmful
to animals. She’ll run down which are safe, and what to
avoid. Dr. Morgan has been a practicing veterinarian
for more than 30 years. She is the author of several
books and is co-host of a podcast on holistic pet care.
Contact Dr. Morgan at (609) 202-0999; (856)881-7470 or

12. ==> March is Music in Our Schools Month

Vincent James is on a mission to promote how valuable
and important music is in all of our lives:
academically, therapeutically or just overall making us
a happier society. To that end, he and the group Keep
Music Alive are marking the 2nd Annual “Teach Music
America” week, a celebration that asks musicians &
music teachers to find at least one new student to
teach a free 30 minute lesson. “We believe that by
encouraging music teachers and potential students to
reach out to each other during the month of March, many
of them will continue to teach and learn music from
each other long after the month is over. Our goal is to
get as many new students starting to learn how to play
music as we possibly can. Only by creating interest in
new students will the art of music continue in our
society.” Invite Vincent on your show to help remind
people how important and valuable music is and all the
reasons why. Vincent James is the founder of
KeepMusicAlive.org and author of the book “88+ Ways
Music Can Change Your Life”. Contact him at (610)
812-5231 (PA); vincent@KeepMusicAlive.org

13. ==> Fun Nutrition for Kids – Eat a Rainbow

Kids don’t care about cardiovascular health or the
nutritional value of their food but they do want to run
faster and do better in school according to nutritional
counselor Kathryn Kemp Guylay. Bring her on your show
to share ways to get young kids – and the whole family
– interested in eating better and enjoying more energy.
After a successful career as a management consultant,
Kathryn founded of the national non-profit organization
Nurture, which provides nutrition and wellness
education to tens of thousands of children and parents
across the country. Her latest book is “Give It a Go,
Eat a Rainbow,” a fun, engaging children’s book.
Contact her at (847) 687-3838; kathryn@guylay.com

14. ==> When You Hate Your Daughter’s Boyfriend

Just because she’s a teen doesn’t mean she still isn’t
your little girl. And now she’s dating a kid you find
annoying. Maybe it’s because he’s over all the time
emptying your refrigerator as fast as you fill it. Or
maybe she fights with him constantly then takes it out
on you, stays up late talking to him and can’t study,
or you’re convinced he isn’t treating her right.
Marriage and family therapist Colleen O’Grady, an
expert on neuroscience, explains how to tell if your
daughter’s boyfriend is merely annoying or dangerous
and what to do about it to preserve her safety and your
relationship. She’s the author of “Dial Down the Drama:
Reducing Conflict and Reconnecting with Your Teenage
Daughter—A Guide for Mothers Everywhere.” Reach her at
(713) 408-6112; colleen@dialdownthedrama.com.

15. ==> Do Small Hands Really Mean…???

GOP contender Marco Rubio went there. In what seems a
misguided attempt to counter Donald Trump’s insults,
Rubio took the presidential campaign to a new low point
when he asserted that Trump’s hands were small, saying
“We all know what that means!” Really, Rubio? Well,
since he brought it up, is the old saying true?
Clinical sexologist and relationship coach Dr. Claudia
Six says, “Well, in most cases yes, because it tends to
be proportionate to body dimensions BUT…size isn’t all
it’s cracked up to be.” Dr. Claudia says women come in
all sizes as well, but since their hardware is on the
inside, nobody really knows. She also says that men who
are less-endowed usually develop other compensatory
love-making skills. Dr. Claudia Six has an M.A. in
counseling psychology and a PhD in clinical sexology.
Her new book is “Erotic Integrity: How to be True to
Yourself Sexually.” Contact her at (415) 453-6218;

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