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'THE 10 FEATHERS OF HAPPINESS'. Motivational, inspirational health & wellness video. Natasha Saltzer

THE 10 FEATHERS OF HAPPINESS by Natasha Saltzer. A video to inspire you on how to bring more self-nourishment into your life, in 10 simple steps. Natasha has…
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Question by Dawn Burkeen: What is the difference between health and wellness?
I need help on a Health assignment! Please help me if you can. Thank you!

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Answer by USPassportServiceGuide
For the WHO Health is a state of physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well being and not merely the absence of disease of infirmity. Wellness is a similar term to health but usually refers to being physically and mentally sound or balanced.

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Question by Claire: Where do health and wellness practitioners work?
Where do health and wellness practitioners work? In clinics? Do they just speak to people? Do they have clients that they teach to be more healthy? I can’t find a good website about what they exactly do!

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Answer by Cindy P
They can work in any holistic health office. In the area I’m from (Los Angeles area) most will train for a specific specialty such as herbs, colon therapy, lymphatic drainage, etc. These specialties help one build a clientele since in this economy not many people want to pay to be talked to and when so much info can be easily found through books and such. Then many will rent office space – usually a room – in a larger office where there is already client traffic. This is the normal starting course as in this area there are a lot of people, a lot of practitioners, but not a lot of places that “hire” for that type of work.

In my case, I started out as a Nutritional Counselor, then trained for massage therapy and then colon therapy. I started out as a receptionist in an office while I was studying and getting my training in these areas. I worked in an office for a couple years as a therapist doing colonics, lymphatic drainage and reflexology. Then I rented a room in an office and built my own clientele then eventually I had my own office where I mainly taught people about colon and body cleansing (which turned out to be my specialty). I sold that and now have an on-line business.

Once you start training, you will find your area that you are most interested in – your area of expertise. I gave you a couple links that might tell you a little more about using this type of education. Good Luck.

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Weaving Mental Health First Aid into Workplace Wellness

Article by Linda Rosenberg

Weaving Mental Health First Aid into Workplace Wellness – Health – Mental Health

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Every month Anne LaFleur sends employees in her office a quiz about various wellness topics. When the topic was depression, she received twice as many responses as usual from co-workers.

When LaFleur, vice president of human resources at a credit union in Pawtucket, RI, took a Mental Health First Aid course in February, she quickly understood the reason for the high level of interest in mental health issues. The training also helped her identify people in her office who may be suffering a mental health problem and taught her how to provide help and refer people to self-help and professional resources. “The training made me realize that mental health issues are very common, yet one of the least talked about problems,” LaFleur says.

More than one in four people suffer from a diagnosable mental health problem in any given year. Mental illness likely costs businesses more than $ 79 billion a year, $ 63 billion of it in lost productivity. The statistics point to the significant need to incorporate mental health into burgeoning employee wellness programs, which have received a shot in the arm with the passage of federal healthcare reform legislation.

Mental Health First Aid has proved to be an ideal program to promote improved mental health in workplaces across the country.

LaFleur is one of more than 6,000 people certified in Mental Health First Aid since the training was introduced in the United States two years ago by the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare along with the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the Missouri Department of Mental Health.

Those who participate in the 12-hour Mental Health First Aid course learn a five-step process to assess a situation, select and implement appropriate interventions and help a person developing signs and symptoms of mental illness or in crisis receive appropriate care. Participants also learn about the risk factors and warning signs of specific illnesses such as anxiety, depression, psychosis, and addiction.

Evaluations show that the evidence-based Mental Health First Aid program saves lives, expands people’s knowledge of mental illnesses and their treatments, and reduces the stigma associated with mental illness by helping people understand and accept mental illness as a medical condition. One trial of 301randomized participants found that those who took the training had greater confidence in providing help to others, greater likelihood of advising people to seek professional help, and decreased stigmatizing attitudes.

Unexpectedly, the study also found that Mental Health First Aid improved the mental health of the participants themselves.

“By understanding the signs and symptoms of depression, I learned to recognize this in myself,” says Kellie-Ann Heenan, director of human resources at a company in Lincoln, RI.

Heenan, who had the training in February, has an adopted son from Russia who suffers from a number of emotional issues.

“The tools I learned made it easier to connect with him and better understand where he’s coming from,” she says. “In the end, the training improved my own mental health.”

LaFleur has also applied the lessons she learned in the course to her home life.

“My kids are in their 20s and they go through the typical ups and downs,” says LaFleur, “I use my Mental Health First Aid training to see how my kids are feeling.” LaFleur says she was surprised by the range of mental health issues covered in the course.

“We looked at how to deal with both crisis and non-crisis situations, and it made us very aware of the terminology we use that may not be socially correct,” she says, noting that describing co-workers as “crazy” or a “nut case” may be hurtful to people going through an emotionally trying time.

The training proved to be particularly helpful to Lynn Corwin last January when two fellow employees walked into her office in a panic. They told Corwin, director of human resources at the organization, that a co-worker was extremely upset about the recent earthquake in Haiti. The distressed young woman had a close friend in Haiti and had been unable to contact the person for five days. Fearing the worst, the woman was having difficulty managing her emotions, let alone being able to work.

While the two workers had no idea how to deal with the situation, Corwin sprung into action.

“I used what I learned in the course to calm the woman down and talk with her about how she’s feeling,” says Corwin. “I explained to her that it was OK to be upset, and to not be embarrassed about it.”

“The training left me with a greater sense of confidence about how to deal with a variety of people issues that come up in every office,” concludes Heenan. “There’s such a stigma around mental health and people don’t want to talk about it, so having the information gives me confidence that I’ll be able to handle these types of situations when they arise.”

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Linda Rosenberg is the president and CEO of the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare. TNC specializes in lobbying for mental and behavioral healthcare reform. Lean more at

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Pharma Not in Business of Health, Healing, Cures, Wellness

Be My Friend – Ex-Pharma Sales Reps Speaks Out – Pharma Not in Business of Health, Healing, Cures, Wellness. Gwen Olsen spent fifteen years as a pharmaceutical sales rep working for such healthcare giants as Johnson & Johnson, Bristol-Myers Squibb, and Abbott Laboratories. She enjoyed a successful, fast-paced career until several conscious-altering experiences began awakening her to the dangers lurking in every American medicine cabinet. Her most poignant lessons, however, came as both victim and survivor of life-threatening adverse drug reactions. After leaving pharmaceutical sales in 2000, Gwen worked in the natural foods industry first as an Account Manager for Nature’s Way, and then as a Regional Sales Manager for Gaia Herbs. She is currently a writer, speaker, and natural health consultant. The United States health care system is killing Americans at an alarming rate, even though we spend over fifteen percent of the Gross National Product (GNP) on health care. According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, our health care outcomes ranked only fifteenth among twenty-five industrialized nations worldwide. Adverse effects from prescription drugs have become the third-leading killer of Americans. Only heart disease and cancer claim more lives. We trust our doctors to inform us and our government to protect us from medical malfeasance that may put profits ahead of consumer health and safety. But the fine line walked by the FDA between the