09/26/17 RTIR E-zine: Graham- Cassidy, World Heart Day, Scary Clowns

September 26, 2017

01. 7 Ways Graham-Cassidy Fails
02. Coping with a Puerto Rico-like Disaster
03. What to Say When Disaster Happens
04. World Heart Day, Sept. 29
05. Take an International Us vs. Them Quiz
06. Football and Politics Go Together
07. Why Cats Really Are Purr-fect
08. Coffee: A Cure for Loneliness?
09. Be a Great Parents to Your Inner Child
10. Keep Cool During Toddler Tantrums
11. Solve Any Problem in Your Life for Sure
12. Relieve Your Own Anxiety
13. Why Do Clowns Scare Us?
14. Small Biz Social Media Dos and Don’ts
15. What Your Bad Nights Cost Your Boss

1. ==> 7 Ways Graham-Cassidy Fails

Republicans are continuing their assault on the
Affordable Care Act with the Graham-Cassidy Health Care
Bill. For a look at the seven key things that are wrong
with the bill, interview Timothy Jost, an emeritus
professor of law at Washington and Lee University, who
writes for CNN. Among the faults he finds with the bill
are that it transfers the health-care problem from the
federal government to the states, it doesn’t stabilize
health-insurance markets short-term, and undermines the
protections the ACA provides to people with pre-
existing conditions. Jost says, “Graham-Cassidy
proposes a poorly thought out, poorly understood
radical experiment with America’s health care.” Reach
him at (540) 458-8510; jostt@wlu.edu

2. ==> Coping with a Puerto Rico-Like Disaster

Imagine what it would be like to live with no
electricity, no internet, no cell phone reception and
no idea when any of that might return. In the wake of
Hurricane Maria, the people of Puerto Rico are living
through that nightmare and worse. Robin Burk, Ph.D.,
MBA, explains the cascade of other failures that
follows from the grid being down across the island and
why any of us could be just one hurricane, earthquake,
cyberattack or nuclear attack from North Korea from
facing similar devastation. Burk offers important steps
you can take now to plan for potential attacks and
disasters that could badly disrupt the systems we often
take for granted. Burk’s message is all the more
powerful because of who she is: She was in charge of
the Defense Threat Reduction Agency’s interdependent
networks research and is an expert on network science.
The DTRA is an organization tasked with safeguarding
national infrastructure against weapons of mass
destruction. Burk has been featured in Wired, on MSNBC
and on dozens of radio shows. She is the author of the
upcoming book “How to Thrive in an Uncertain World.”
Contact her at (703) 346-4448; robin.kowalchuk.

3. ==> What to Say When Disaster Happens

A tidal wave of natural disasters has left many people
struggling for the right words to say to comfort
friends and relatives. Say the wrong thing and you can
make things worse, notes grief expert Aurora Winter,
founder of the Grief Academy and author of “From
Heartbreak to Happiness.” The former film and TV
executive producer says the best way to comfort someone
who is heartbroken over all that they have lost is to
listen without attempting to fix their problems. She’ll
share the best things to say and the phrases you should
never utter like “don’t feel bad” and “it must be God’s
will.” Reach her at (866) 344-3108; PR@AuroraWinter.com

4. ==> World Heart Day, Sept. 29

Every minute of every day a man or woman suffers a
heart attack and yet over 80 percent of them can be
prevented. Sudden first-time heart attacks claim the
lives of many men with no apparent risk factors. Men
who have healthy cholesterol levels, normal blood
pressure, active lives and no family history of heart
disease may still be at risk. Victoria Dupuy’s husband
Dean died at 46 of a heart attack even though he was a
runner and had been proclaimed in excellent health
during a routine physical just months before his sudden
death. In time for World Heart Day, Sept. 29th,
Victoria wants to tell your audience about a simple,
noninvasive, affordable test that detects heart disease
in its earliest, most treatable stage. It’s called a
Coronary Artery Calcium Scan (CACS) and it detects
calcium buildup in arteries. She’ll explain why your
physician is unlikely to suggest you have this test,
how to demand that he or she order it for you or even
how to arrange for the man in your life to have the
test. Victoria heads the nonprofit No More Broken
Hearts, whose mission is to promote awareness of the
CACS. Reach her at (408) 981-1744; vdupuy@sbcglobal.net

5. ==> Take an International Us vs. Them Quiz

You probably don’t realize it but as an American, you
are automatically doing some things that people in
other countries will find odd. You’ll find out what
they are—and get some laughs—when author Susanna
Janssen takes a more lighthearted approach to Us vs.
Them traveling style. For example, will your listeners
know which two countries besides the U.S. do not use
the metric system? Or how the rest of the world writes
the month, day and year and why getting this wrong on
your way to Cuba could cost you $100? Do you know why
many foreigners think Americans don’t know how to use a
knife and fork? Susanna will have you saying vive la
difference. She is a newspaper columnist and the author
of “Wordstruck!: The Fun and Fascination of Language.”
Reach her at (707) 272-1351 or sjanssen106@gmail.com

6. ==> Football and Politics Go Together

President Trump’s tweets and campaign rally comments
about firing NFL football players who kneel during the
National Anthem and the pushback he is receiving from
club owners and athletes has even non-sports fans
talking about the intersection of freedom of speech,
patriotism and football. Among the more articulate
voices is that of Samuel G. Freedman, who can talk
about the role college and professional football has
played in the civil rights movement, the talented black
NFL quarterbacks who never got their due because of
their skin color and why Trump guessed wrong when he
thought he held leverage over the NFL owners who
donated to his campaign. Freedman writes, “If Trump
sought to divide players from owners and from one
another, he appears to have done just the opposite.
Whatever he might hear from his base in a supremely red
state, American’s aren’t nostalgic for the benighted
days when Jim Crow rules the gridiron. I have long
admired the strength, guile and intelligence of NFL
players, and on Sunday they gave me renewed cause to
honor their social conscience.” Samuel Freedman teaches
journalism at Columbia University’s Graduate School of
Journalism. His latest nonfiction book is “Breaking the
Line: The Season in Black College Football That
Transformed the Sport and Changed the Course of Civil
Rights.” Reach him at sgf1@columbia.edu

7. ==> Why Cats Really Are Purr-fect

September is Happy (Healthy) Cat Month, a time to
celebrate the loving yet independent nature of felines
who graciously share their house with us. But did you
know that cats, in their own way, can also promote the
health of their humans? Carlyn Montes De Oca can
discuss the myriad ways cats enrich people’s lives and
why keeping our kittens and cats healthy ultimately
benefits us. For example, she’ll explain everything you
need to know about purring; did you know that a cat’s
purr can help them heal their bodies while at the same
time can calm our minds? She’ll also share how we can
learn to be more fit by emulating our cat’s behavior
(think performing stretches, eating smaller meals and
getting better sleep) and why you should be happy when
your cat walks on your computer keyboard when you are
trying to get work done. Carlyn is the author of the
award-winning “Dog As My Doctor, Cat As My Nurse: An
Animal Lover’s Guide to a Healthy, Happy and
Extraordinary Life.” She is also the founder of The
Animal-Human Health Connection, which focuses on
bringing awareness to the many powerful ways that
animals enhance human health, happiness, and longevity.
Reach her at (415) 306-1853;

8. ==> Coffee: A Cure for Loneliness?

In time for International Coffee Day, Sept. 30, Émile
Odback, a Swede living in Santa Barbara, wants to
introduce Americans to the Swedish concept of Fika
(pronounced fee-kah) as an antidote for loneliness and
divisiveness. The Swedes enjoy multiple 15-minute
coffee breaks a day in which no work is discussed, no
one checks their cellphones and everyone talks to each
other—all while enjoying coffee and delicious baked
goods. He says, “We want to make International Coffee
Day a day that celebrates coffee and connection. On
this coffee day, as we celebrate something so
universally-loved, what better way is there to show
your enthusiasm than by buying somebody else a cup of
coffee, or inviting somebody to share a Fika and a nice
chat?” The 23-year-old can explain how to incorporate
Fika into your life, share interesting coffee facts and
reveal the role Fika plays in making Swedes among the
happiest people in the world. Émile is a recent
graduate of the University of California Santa Barbara
where he edited the newspaper and served as a
commencement speaker. His new book is “Fika Fix: How a
New Take on the Coffee Break Can Cure the Loneliness
Epidemic.” Reach him at (805) 551-4455;

9. ==> Be a Great Parent to Your Inner Child

Just when you thought you had only one inner child,
William Kaplanidis (Kap-la-nee-diss) comes along to
suggest that you may have multiple inner children—one
for every major trauma experienced in your early
childhood, some of which you may have pushed away
instead of dealing with. “Being bullied by peers,
criticized by parents and living through a parental
divorce are all possible ways children end up with a
damaged heart,” says William. You’ll learn the real
reason some people overreact to certain situations, the
triggers that activate a person’s normally hidden inner
children, and how to tell if your symptoms and ailments
are connected to stuck energy. With advanced training
in psychology, East-Asian medicine and martial arts,
William (L.Ac., M.S., M.A) fuses Eastern and Western
healing methods. He’s an internationally renowned
healer and teacher who has worked with Olympic
athletes, professional dancers, corporate executives
and many other individuals who have experienced stress
and pain. His new book is “How to be a Great Parent to
our Inner Child: Connect with Your Heart and Higher
Purpose.” Contact him at (646)265-0606; william@acudragon.us

10. ==> Keeping Cool During Toddler Tantrums

Toddler tantrums are stressful on parent and child.
Therefore, the knowledge of what can start, maintain,
and stop them is crucial. Vonda Scipio, who holds a
doctorate in early childhood education, can share the
No. 1 secret parents can use to maintain self-control
when their child has a tantrum. She can also explain
how parents can anticipate and neutralize their child’s
triggers preventing tantrums in the first place as well
as what to do before, during and after a tantrum takes
place. Dr. Scipio is the author of “Let Babies Teach”
and “Let Me Teach You, Baby.” A mother and grandmother,
she has been a kindergarten teacher, adjunct professor,
and early intervention specialist. Reach her at
(901)567-4176; info@fromthestarttraining.com)

11. ==> Solve Any Problem in Your Life for Sure

What would your listeners give to learn how to solve
every problem in their lives with no exceptions? Master
problem solver Eldon Grant swears he can teach them to
do exactly that and while he expects you to be
skeptical he’s prepared to make good on his promise.
Put Eldon to the test when you interview him and bring
up any problem you can think of to learn how to solve
it for good. He will also explain how you can
eventually reach the point where you have no more
problems if you adopt the principles he’ll share. Among
the topics he’ll cover in his lively discussion will be
the difference between knowledge and wisdom, the four
components of wisdom and why he believes personal
responsibility is on life support but capable of being
revived. Known as “America’s Wisdom Mentor,” Eldon is
the author of “Solve Every Problem In Your Life: Secret
Ancient Principles Guaranteed to Grant You Wisdom.”
Reach him at (704) Solve-It (704) 765-8348;

12. ==> Relieve Your Own Anxiety

American face a drumbeat of daily anxiety from concerns
about a nuclear North Korea, the Equifax data breach,
Antifa, politics and the natural problems of
hurricanes, earthquakes and floods. But what has an
even bigger impact are the core anxieties and worries
people have from birth, says Johnny Kenley, M.D. Dr.
Kenley says it is possible to treat ourselves without
the help of a professional. He can offer two rapid
methods for dissolving and dispel seven myths about
worry and anxiety. Dr. Kenley is a physician, applied
kinesiologist, acupuncturist, NLP practitioner and
energy therapist. He has successfully treated more than
4,000 clients from ages 8 to 87 by individually
teaching them his REIN system. Dr. Kenley has also
taught his methods to thousands of people in workshops
in eight countries. He has shown his tested REIN™
method on live TV in Kenya, Russia, China, India and
Taiwan. He has been featured in front-page stories in
Tallinn, Estonia, Vladivostok, Russia, and Shenzhen,
China. He is also the author of “Erasing Worry
Rapidly.” Reach him at (757) 214-4800; docjhk@gmail.com

13. ==> Why Do Clowns Scare Us?

Pennywise, the scary clown in the new Stephen King
movie It is bringing out Coulrophobia—the fear of
clowns—in horror fans who see the movie Kalliope
Barlis, an expert on releasing phobias, says fear of
clowns is more common than you’d expect and recalls
treating one woman who was so upset by a clown sighting
on the street that she abandoned her infant in his
carriage. Invite Barlis, a licensed NLP trainer and
doctor of acupuncture, on your show to talk about clown
phobia, what causes it and how it can be treated; the
same process can be used to treat other phobias too.
Barlis is a New York City-based licensed trainer of NLP
who has appeared on CBS, NBC, Fox and SiriusXM, among
other media outlets and has helped thousands of people
conquer their phobias. She is the author of “Phobia
Relief.” Contact her at (718) 751-5105;

14. ==> Small Biz Social Media Dos and Don’ts

Snapchat, Tumblr, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter: Must
small businesses use all of them? That’s a common
misconception, says marketing expert Claudia Newcorn,
who will explain what entrepreneurs and small
businesses need to know about reaching their specific
target audiences, without becoming overwhelmed by
social media, or spending too much time or money. For
example, she’ll discuss who Facebook reaches and when
the best time to post is, or why a Realtor might do
well on Pinterest but a plumber might not. Newcorn, who
has an MBA, is an award-winning strategic marketing
consultant with decades of corporate experience with
such industry leaders as Gillette and E&J Gallo. She
manages her own successful 25-year old consulting firm
and has helped hundreds of small businesses. She is a
frequent radio talk show guest whose book, “Zipline to
Success: Fast-Track Marketing Strategies to Accelerate
Sales & Profits,” is an Amazon bestseller and won a
gold medal at the San Francisco Book Festival. Reach
her at (209) 204-0502; Claudia@ZiplineToSuccess.com

15. ==> What Your Bad Nights Cost Your Boss

If you don’t sleep well you might think that you alone
suffer the consequences. Not true. New research from
the National Safety Council and the Brigham Health
Sleep Matters Initiatives suggest employees’ poor sleep
habits cost average-sized Fortune 500 companies $80
million a year. Those companies pay in the form of
absenteeism, lessened productivity and increased
health-care costs. Research suggests that 43 percent of
us are not getting enough zzzzs impairing our job
performance and safety. And 73 percent of Americans
admit to feeling tired at work. “Sleepless nights hurt
everyone,” says Deborah A.P. Hersman, president and CEO
of the National Sleep Council. The NSC is a nonprofit
chartered by Congress that aims to eliminate
preventable deaths at work, at home, on the road and in
communities. Reach its media department at (630)
775-2307; media@nsc.org

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