09/07/16 RTIR E-zine: Fracking and the Earthquake, Safety after 9/11, Suicide Prevention Month

September 7, 2016


01. Did Fracking Cause OK Earthquake?
02. 15 Years After 9/11 – Are We Safer?
03. Why SpaceX Explosion Could be a Good thing
04. Inspiring Stories from the Louisiana Flood
05. Trump and the Real Root of Narcissism
06. Politicians Make Lousy Leaders
07. Tame Teen Back-to-School Crazies
08. Heavy Backpacks Lead to ‘Backpack Brain’
09. The Science of Raising Brilliant Children
10. Does Your Job Fit You?
11. Save Lives During Suicide Prevention Month
12. Laugh Your Way thru Grandparents Day
13. September is Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month
14. What is Bach’s Flower Remedy?
15. C’mon, Who Brushes Pets’ Teeth?

1. ==> Did Fracking Cause OK Earthquake?

One of the strongest earthquakes ever recorded in
Oklahoma rattled a state where seismic activity has
become a growing concern, sending tremors through six
neighboring states. The earthquake, which had a depth
of 6.6 km (4.1 miles), offers fresh ammunition to
environmentalists concerned about the side-effects of
oil and gas production, which has been blamed for a
spike in minor to moderate quakes in the region.
Executive director of Food & Water Watch Wenonah Hauter
says, “The 5.6 magnitude earthquake that occurred in
Oklahoma and was felt throughout the Midwest on
Saturday threatened countless homes and businesses, and
put lives at risk. But it could have been prevented.
This earthquake, like hundreds of others over the last
few years, was the direct result of the underground
disposal of fracking wastewater. There can’t be
fracking without disposing of fracking waste, and there
is no safe way to do so. This is just one of many
reasons why fracking is inherently dangerous and must
be banned.” Contact Seth Gladstone at
sgladstone@fwwatch.org; @foodandwater
2. ==> 15 Years After 9/11 – Are We Safer?

This year marks the 15th anniversary of the day that
changed America forever: The Sept. 11, 2001 attack on
the World Trade Center and the Pentagon when several
thousand people lost their lives. In honor of that day,
it’s fitting to take stock of the progress we have or
haven’t made. Professor Gwen Griffith-Dickson can
answer such questions as: has the terrorism threat
receded, worsened or stayed the same? What do recent
attacks on the U.S. and Europe tell us? Is ISIS more of
a threat than Al-Qaeda was? Would Trump’s proposed
Muslim ban make us safer? Griffith-Dickson is the
creator of a program taken by more than 2,000 people
that prevented a terrorist attack. She also managed the
UK’s de-radicalization program. She has worked with
both the UK and U.S. governments and police. Born and
raised in Hawaii, Griffith-Dickson is the author of the
counterterrorism-based novel “Bleedback.” Reach her at

3. ==> Why SpaceX Explosion Could be a Good thing

An unmanned SpaceX rocket topped by an Israeli
satellite was being prepped for a test firing last week
at Cape Canaveral when something went wrong and an
explosion quickly enveloped the launch pad in flames.
But NASA expert Rod Pyle says the accident may actually
be a good thing. “While they are surely not the most
efficient way to learn about potential design flaws in
a rocket or procedural errors the launch process, such
accidents are generally instructive. The Falcon 9 will
soon be lofting astronauts to the International Space
Station and anything that can be learned about how to
make the rocket safer and more reliable are best
learned now.” He adds, “These type of accidents
contribute to the overall safety database for the
industry. Any such mishap has a source, and these are
usually found by dedicated and clever engineers who
simply cannot stand it when things go wrong, and who
will doggedly pursue the answers to exhaustion.” Rod
Pyle has written several books and produced numerous
documentaries for the History Channel and Discovery
Communications, including the acclaimed Modern Marvels:
Apollo 11. He has lectured at NASA’s Johnson Space
Center, and written for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory,
Caltech, LiveScience, and Space.com. He’s the author of
numerous books including “Curiosity: An Inside Look at
the Mars Rover Mission” and the upcoming “Amazing
Stories of the Space Race.” Contact him at (626)
399-4440; rodpyle@yahoo.com

4. ==> Inspiring Stories from the Louisiana Flood

The recent flooding in Louisiana is historic. More than
one-third of the state’s 64 parishes had widespread
flooding. Even the governor’s mansion flooded and he
had to evacuate. While the disaster is real, it’s
accompanied by heartwarming stories of neighbors
helping neighbors. Melinda Walsh, who grew up in Baton
Rouge, had to rescue her 85-year-old mother in a
borrowed boat and has 15 other family members affected
by the flooding. Walsh can talk about why the locals
are counting their blessings. “Politics these days is
all about divisiveness,” Walsh says. “But the
atmosphere after a disaster is about connection and
community, bringing people together. The water doesn’t
discriminate, but touches all equally.” She can share
inspiring and funny flood stories, explain what you can
do to help (hint: chocolate, Facebook posts and gift
cards) and offer tips on how to stay resilient in the
face of so much loss. Walsh is an author, voiceover
artist and marketing consultant. Contact her at (225)
772-7161; melinda@melindawalsh.com

5. ==> Trump and the Real Root of Narcissism

Most people would agree that Donald Trump is a
narcissist, but Rick Patterson says most people don’t
realize that narcissism is actually rooted in self-
contempt and shame. He says, “When we come to
understand that the degree of narcissism one exudes is
frequently inversely proportional to the shame and
self-loathing we carry, we begin to see the extent to
which Donald Trump is possessed by a deep and sincere
concern about his own self-worth. This is further
demonstrated by the need he has to defend himself while
frequently tearing down others in the process.”
Patterson adds, “This is also why Trump is unable to
express remorse or regret or acknowledge any past
‘failures’ as his frail inner world might collapse
around such an admission.” But Patterson says these
attributes are easy to manipulate in someone to your
advantage. He believes Russian President Vladimir Putin
likely knows this as well, as he publicly lauds Trump
because he understands that direct confrontation with
such a person will get you nowhere, but manipulation
through admiration will work. Reverend Dr. Richard R.
Patterson is the author of the upcoming book “Shame:
The Root of All Evil.” Contact him at (269) 217-7987;

6. ==> Politicians Make Lousy Leaders

Many Americans are frustrated and angry about the lack
of quality candidates on the ballot. Why are we so
disappointed with those who choose to run for office?
Jackie Freedman says, “The characteristics and
strategies of politicians are inconsistent with those
of great leaders. For instance, politicians are often
motivated by the desire for power and recognition while
great leaders desire neither. Politicians often like to
show us who to blame for problems while great leaders
don’t, for several reasons. They recognize that blaming
divides rather than unites us and that it focuses us on
the past rather than on solutions for the future.”
Jackie Freedman is a leadership expert, consultant and
facilitator. She’s the author of “Updraft: The
Aerodynamics of Great Leadership.” Contact her at (908)
996-1003; jfreedman@deltavstrategies.com.

7. ==> Tame Teen Back-to-School Crazies

As a marriage and family therapist and parent of two
former teenagers, Colleen O’Grady has heard it all and
has the advice to go with it. Now that back-to-school
time is upon us, and parents are recovering from their
summer-induced amnesia, will your listeners know how to
respond when their teen says: “all high school students
stay out until 2 a.m. on weekends”; “they don’t give us
any homework ever”; “I stayed up until 3 a.m. doing my
English homework on my laptop”; “I will eat this waffle
on my way to school” (while intentionally dumping it in
the neighbor’s yard every morning). She’ll even share
why, tempted though you may be, you don’t want to drag
your kid out of bed after he sleeps through the fourth
alarm and why parenting teenagers doesn’t have to be a
test of wills. There will be no need to go through the
Back-to-School crazies again this year after she talks
to the parents in your audience. She is the author of
“Dial Down the Drama.” Reach her at 713-408-6112;

8. ==> Heavy Backpacks Lead to ‘Backpack Brain’

Since the mid-90s, school children have been carrying
heavy backpacks back and forth to school every day.
Doctors and parents have expressed concerns that these
heavy backpacks may be contributing to musculo-skeletal
problems. But Bob Prichard has found another, much more
serious hazard—less oxygen to a growing brain. “The
only way you can carry loads that are up to 30% of your
body weight is to massively tense up the muscles in
your shoulders, chest and stomach. Overusing muscles
like this creates microfibers, or mild scar tissue, in
the connective tissue between the muscles. These
microfibers tend to accumulate over time, restricting
the normal expansion of the chest during breathing and
reducing the amount of oxygen going to the brain 24/7.
We call this ‘Backpack Brain’.” Prichard says the
problem may be even more serious. He believes heavy
school backpacks may have contributed to the rise in
depression in young adults. Bob Prichard is president
of Somax Performance Institute, which uses motion
analysis and microfiber reduction techniques to
increase the flow of oxygen, enhance athletic
performance and reverse age-related stiffness. Contact
him at (415) 435-9880 (CA); bprichard@somaxsports.com

9. ==> The Science of Raising Brilliant Children

Does ‘how’ you answer a child’s question make a
difference? Some scientists say it most certainly does.
Two distinguished psychologists are putting forward a
new framework, based on the science of learning and
development, to help parents think about cultivating
the skills people really need to succeed. Leeza
Steindorf says it’s no surprise that the first – and
most important—part of the formula involves
collaboration. Leeza, an expert in parenting and
communication, will explain what that means in terms of
day-to-day interactions with kids, how it changes as
kids age, and why teaching kids to collaborate is such
an integral part of raising them to become happy,
successful adults. Leeza Steindorf is a communications
and conflict resolution expert, international
consultant and speaker. She’s founder and director of
CORE Success, a training program that uses proven,
practical tools and insights to achieve one’s goals, no
matter the circumstances. She’s the author of
“Connected Parent, Empowered Child: Five Keys to
Raising Happy, Confident, Responsible Kids” and “CORE
Success® for Schools: The Practical Guide Book for a
Positive School Climate.” Contact her at (541) 550-
0451; Leeza@CoreSuccess.com

10. ==> Does Your Job Fit You?

Millions of Americans hate their jobs for various
reasons. There are bad bosses, annoying coworkers, and
a myriad of other factors involved, but sometimes a job
is just a bad fit. Sarah Brown says, “Many people are
in the wrong job for their personality or don’t know
what makes them happy. But there are exercises they can
do that can help them figure out their interests,
strengths and needs. The trick is to incorporate as
many of them in their jobs as they can.” For example,
Brown says someone who loves to spend time outdoors
might move their desk so they can gaze outside as well
as plan outdoor adventures on weekends and vacations.
She’ll share five tips for forever turning this Labor
Day into a celebration of the job you already have.
Sarah E. Brown, Ph.D., is the author of the upcoming
book “Let Your Personality Be Your Career Guide” and
has co-written “Road to Success” with best-selling
author Jack Canfield. Contact her at (302) 521-9739;

11. ==> Save Lives During Suicide Prevention Month

Want to do a show that actually has an impact? Do a
life-saving program on preventing suicide with
internationally bestselling author Greg Jacobson.
Author of “Think Yourself Happy,” Jacobson knows that
suicide—the second highest killer of teenagers and a
big problem for corporate executives—is preventable.
With suicides outnumbering homicides 3 to 1 in the
U.S., the problem doesn’t get nearly enough attention.
Jacobson will explain five simple ways anyone can
change the way they think to become instantly happier,
changes that can be practiced in just five minutes a
day. He’ll talk about visualization, perspective and
gratitude. Jacobson has been a guest on ABC, CNN, NPR,
Sirius/XM Radio, Oprah Radio Network and many other
media outlets. Reach him at (805) 302-0692;

12. ==> Laugh Your Way thru Grandparents Day

Living in close proximity to a toddler isn’t easy but
it is often funny and always survivable. This is
important to keep in mind for National Grandparents
Day, Sept. 11th. So says Howard Eisenberg, who as a
onetime father of three toddlers, grandfather of a
half-dozen, and now, great-grandfather of a two-year-
old, knows whereof he speaks. Who else can tell you
what distinguishes toddlers from puppies and bunnies,
riff about dining out with rugrats in tow, and man chat
about tantrums and toddlers joining you in bed?
Recently featured in the New York Observer, Eisenberg
is the author of “Adorable Scoundrels,” from which he
can read some short bits on the air. His late wife,
Arlene, co-wrote the earliest editions of “What to
Expect When You Are Expecting” and “What to Expect in
the Toddler Years” with present author Heidi Murkoff.
Eisenberg’s work has also appeared in Sports
Illustrated, Parenting Magazine and The Wall Street
Journal.Reach him at (212) 362-8040;

13. ==> September is Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month

This year, half a million people will not survive their
cancer diagnoses. A few with end-stage disease will go
into radical remission. What makes the difference in
outcomes? Heidi Bright was diagnosed with a rare and
aggressive cancer in 2009 and was only expected to live
a few months. After two years of treatment she went
into radical remission. Invite Heidi to share practical
ways to turn the terror of a cancer diagnosis into
genuine hope with options; reduce the impact of
chemotherapy; shorten recovery time after surgery;
manage fear and anxiety; relieve stress; avoid scams;
and develop a genuine good attitude. A journalist,
Heidi is the author of several books including “Thriver
Soup: A Feast for Living Consciously During the Cancer
Journey.” Contact her at (513) 444-019;

14. ==> What is Bach’s Flower Remedy?

In her 30-year-career as a clinical herbal therapist,
Gudrun Penselin has helped thousands of people to
become healthier physically, spiritually and mentally.
And no matter what combination of therapy she has
used—reflexology, herbal medicine, light and color
therapy, iridology, sclerology, energy medicine—she has
also employed the same Bach Flower remedies developed
by Dr. Edward Bach. Bach, the iconic British
herbologist who died 80 years ago, would be 130 on
Sept. 24. Gudrun will discuss why Bach’s remedies are
more important than ever, how to use Bach Flowers, and
how they can help adults, children and pets live
healthier lives. Gudrun maintains a successful clinical
practice in Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada and is a
frequent guest on international radio shows. Her latest
book is “Healing Spirituality: A Practical Guide to
Understanding and Working with Bach Flowers.” Contact
her at (780) 532-2464; gudrun@rainbowhealing.ca

15. ==> C’mon, Who Brushes Pets’ Teeth?

According to studies by the American Veterinary Medical
Association, more than 80 percent of dogs and cats have
periodontal disease with most animals showing signs of
inflammation by their third year of life. As it does in
people, periodontal disease can lead to pain,
infection, lost teeth, kidney disease and heart
disease, says Judy Morgan DVM. She says, “Most pet
owners are unwilling or unable to brush their pet’s
teeth or to pay a professional to do so. And
commercially sold dental treats are of limited use
especially when periodontal disease is already
present.” Morgan will share other ways to keep pets’
teeth healthy, including the use of oral drops with
antibacterial and antifungal properties. Judy Morgan,
DVM, CVA, CVCP, CVFT, is a nationally renowned author,
speaker and holistic veterinarian certified in
acupuncture, food therapy, and chiropractic care for
dogs, cats and horses. She operates two veterinary
practices in New Jersey. Contact her at (856) 881-7470;

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