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A Restful Mind: Learning How To Stay Positive In The Face Of Chronic Pain And Mental Illness

Teresa Moseley
Ascot Media Group, Inc.
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The Woodlands, TX 77393
Office: (281) 333-3507
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A Restful Mind: Learning How To Stay Positive In The Face Of Chronic Pain And Mental Illness

Little Canada, MN – There’s no big secret to staying positive: all we have to do is look for the positive side in any situation. In A Restful Mind — Daily Meditations for Enhancing Mental Health (Hazelden) and Living With Chronic Pain One Day at a Time (Freedom Enterprises), Mark Zabawa helps us achieve a better outlook, even when life is difficult.

There are about 40 million or more people with a mental illness diagnosis or a problem with chemical dependency. About 118 million people have been diagnosed with chronic pain, says author Mark Zabawa. “I wanted to let people with mental illnesses and chronic pain know there is help available,” he explains. “They can live with their illnesses and be successful and follow their dreams and goals. If my books or public speaking helps prevent just one person from committing suicide, it’s all worth the effort.”

Zabawa is involved with a number of charitable organizations, including NAMI (the National Alliance on Mental Illness), S.A.V.E. Suicide Awareness and the Minnesota Association of Community Mental Health Programs.

“Recovery from mental illness is a process,” he continues. “It means taking care of ourselves each and every day — spiritually, emotionally, and physically. It means actively working towards change. A Restful Mind is a testament to experience, strength, and hope.” Its daily meditations speak to all of us, regardless of our diagnosis.

Zabawa has found that the same is true for Living With Chronic Pain. “In my workshops I share my experiences of coping with a mental illness for the past 22 years and chronic pain for the past 31 years. My talks empower, inform, inspire, and make a positive difference to anyone who is affected directly or indirectly by mental illness and chronic pain.”

Mark Zabawa has a degree in Chemical Dependency Counseling and Human Services (A.A.S.) and he has worked at Abbott Northwestern Hospital Chronic Pain Program as a patient monitor and counselor for 10 years. He has had appearances on Knowledge for Wellness, Channel 6, and he’s been a Guest Speaker on C.H.U.M. Live Radio Show in Canada.

For more information, visit: http://www.markzabawaauthorspeaker.com.

A Restful Mind – Daily Meditations for Enhancing Mental Health
Hazelden
Living With Chronic Pain One Day at Time
Freedom Enterprises
Available from the author’s website: markzabawaauthorspeaker.com

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Nationally-recognized, Award-winning Dietician Shows How Super Foods Are Transforming Lives

Kim Weiss
Director of Communications
HCI Books, The Life Issues Publisher
3201 SW 15 Street
Deerfield Beach, FL 33442
(800) 851-9100 ext. 212
KimW@hcibooks.com
www.hcibooks.com/trade

Nationally-recognized, Award-winning Dietician Shows How Super Foods Are Transforming Lives

Whole Body Reboot: The Peruvian Super Foods Diet To Detoxify, Energize,
And Supercharge Fat Loss
By Manuel Villacorta

What exactly is the Super Food Incan diet, and what makes eating the Peruvian
way so beneficial?

San Francisco, CA – In his third book Whole Body Reboot: The Peruvian Super Foods Diet to Detoxify, Energize, and Supercharge Fat Loss (HCI Books/Dec 2014 $18.95), Manuel Villacorta lays out the important elements that make his dieting plan a well-seasoned recipe for long-lasting health.

Super food refers to foods that are low in calories and high in nutrients.

“Superfood” is not just a buzz-word or a passing vogue; it’s the integral component to leading a healthy lifestyle, a word many of us are recognizing by the minute. As these once obscure products find broader distribution and consumers have greater access, super foods are finding their way into mainstream supermarkets, gradually becoming a staple to the American diet. The benefits of consuming Peruvian super foods are astonishing: from fighting cancer and reducing inflammation to boosting energy and enhancing memory – these foods have it all.

In his Peruvian super foods diet, Villacorta provides simple yet thorough explanations of weight-loss, anti-aging, and disease-fighting concepts by using an appealing page layout displaying beautiful color photography, easy-to-read bullet points, and sidebars summarizing each health benefit.

What makes Villacorta’s book so enticing, aside from his mouth-watering recipes, is that he offers specific meal plans geared towards both men and women looking to lose weight and lead a healthier life. He has also created custom 7-day meal plans for vegans, vegetarians, omnivores, and gluten-free diet preferences. By using the core principles from his first book, Eating Free, and referencing his second book Peruvian Power Foods, Villacorta proves to his readers that they can successfully follow a super-health weight-loss plan, easily gain the skill in cooking from scratch, dine with elegance, and reduce everyday stress.

Among the myriad of recipes offered in Whole Body Reboot, here is a sample:

Day 1: Red Reboot
Red represents energy, strength, power and courage, according to color psychology. Red fruits and vegetables are rich in lycopene and anthocyanins, powerful phyto-chemicals that possess the characteristic red pigment. Lycopene and anthocyanins are linked with:

• Reduced risk of certain cancers
• Heart, lung, and urinary tract health
• Improved memory
• Ability to ward off infection

Ingredients for 1 Serving

1 ½ cups Strawberries, fresh or frozen
½ cup Tomato
½ cup Cooked Beets
1 tablespoon Chia seeds
1 teaspoon Camu Camu powder*
¼ teaspoon Cinnamon
1 cup Coconut water
20-25g protein, Protein powder (rice, pea, or whey)

*Note: Camu Camu is a Peruvian super food that provides therapeutic levels of vitamin C in its natural form. Refer to Appendix C to find where to buy camu camu. If you choose not to purchase camu camu, skip this ingredient. Another great alternative to include a Peruvian super food with Camu Camu is to add a shot of youthH2O.

1. Put all the ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth. Add tap water until it reaches the desired consistency.

Note: if making the smoothie the night before, the chia seeds will absorb some of the water and it could thicken the smoothie. No worries; just add more tap water the next day and shake or stir the smoothie to the desired consistency.

Per Serving: Kcal 349, Protein 31g, Carb 48g, Fat 5g, Sodium 327mg, Dietary Fiber 15g
Daily Value: Fiber 58%, Vit C 1429%, Vit A 18%, Vit D 0%, Calcium 20%, Iron 47%

Recipe may be reprinted with the following credit: Recipe from Whole Body Reboot by Manuel Villacorta / HCI Books/December 2014 – ISBN: 9780757318214

About Manuel Villacorta:

Health is not a diet plan, but a lifestyle. Understand your body, your strengths, and your limits and use this knowledge to make a change. Stop dieting, start living.
— Manuel Villacorta

Registered Dietitian. Educator. Author. Speaker. Spokesperson.

A nationally recognized, award-winning registered dietitian with more than 16 years of experience as a nutritionist, Manuel Villacorta, M.S., R.D., is a respected and trusted voice in the health and wellness industry. He is the founder of Eating Free, an international weight management and wellness program, and one of the leading weight loss and nutrition experts in the country. He is the author of Eating Free: The Carb-Friendly Way to Lose Inches, Embrace Your Hunger, and Keep the Weight off for Good (HCI, May 2012) and Peruvian Power Foods: 18 Super foods, 101 Recipes, and Anti-aging Secrets from the Amazon to the Andes (HCI, October 2013).

Manuel served as a national media spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (2010-2013), and currently acts as a health blog contributor for The Huffington Post, an on-air contributor to the Univision television network, and a health and lifestyle contributor for Fox News Latino. Manuel is the owner of San Francisco-based private practice, MV Nutrition and the recipient of five ‘‘Best Bay Area Nutritionist’’ awards from the San Francisco Chronicle, ABC7 and Citysearch.

His warm, approachable style and his bilingual proficiency in English and Spanish have made him an in-demand health and nutrition expert on local and national television and radio channels, as well as in articles appearing in print publications and online. Manuel is a compelling, charismatic speaker.

Manuel has acted as a media representative for food companies such as Foster Farms, Eggland’s Best “California Latino 5-A-Day Program” and “Got Milk.” He is now the chief of public relations and spokesperson for the Pichuberry Company.

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Proven Methods Offer Hope To Lost Or Forgotten Kids That They Can Achieve Their Dream Life

Monica Foster
Ascot Media Group
Post Office Box 133032
The Woodlands, TX 77393
281.324.2180 – Office
281.333.3507 – Main
713.446.8815 – Cell
mfoster@ascotmediagroup.com
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Proven Methods Offer Hope To Lost Or Forgotten Kids That They Can Achieve Their Dream Life

Lawrenceville, GA – Passionate about youth, Manny Scott spends over six months of the year on the road, talking to educators and inspiring young adults to realize their true potential. His new book, Your Next Chapter: How to Turn the Page and Create the Life of Your Dreams, provides the necessary tools to help anyone begin their journey of transformation from a life with no hope to a life filled with success!

Scott applies the principles in his book to those in schools and jails around the nation who have been labeled ‘unreachable’ and ‘unteachable,’ with remarkable results, and this moving testimonial is evidence of how he saves lives: “Mr. Scott, I spent almost 45 minutes to an hour online looking up how to kill myself … I almost ended my life. When you came and you gave that speech, I was crying inside. Because I knew then and still know now that my life has meaning. I am important and I do deserve to live.”

Kids listen because they know Manny Scott has truly “walked the talk.” By age 14 he had dropped out of school and at 17 he had already lived in 26 places. After his best friend was brutally murdered and sensing that the end of his own life was near, he sat on a park bench one day and contemplated the deep despair and anger in his soul. Then a total stranger sat down beside him and connected with him, and through his encouragement Manny was inspired to create a new life for himself with a totally different outcome. That day, he turned the page and began a new chapter in his life. Today, this successful entrepreneur is recognized as one of our nation’s most effective speakers.

Manny’s remarkable story was featured in part in the 2007 hit movie, Freedom Writers. He has energized and inspired over a million leaders, educators, volunteers and students, and easily connects with any audience – from inner-city youth to business executives.

In 2007, Manny Scott founded Ink International, Inc., an educational consulting team that is preventing thousands of suicides, raising student achievement, and improving teacher effectiveness. He is a Ph.D. student and private pilot. Happily married and a doting father of three, Manny resides in Georgia. For more information, please visit: www.mannyscott.com.

Your Next Chapter: How To Turn The Page And Create The Life Of Your Dreams
Available at Amazon and the author’s website:
http://www.mannyscott.com/products/your-nextchapter
ISBN-10: 1500938262
ISBN-13: 978-1500938260
$19.99

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Young Author Pays Tribute To A True American Hero In Hal Moore: A Soldier Once…and Always

Peter J. Ryder
Ascot Media Group
Post Office Box 133032
The Woodlands, TX 77393
Office: (281) 333-3507
info@ascotnewsdesk.com
www.ascotmedia.com

Young Author Pays Tribute To A True American Hero In Hal Moore: A Soldier Once…and Always

El Paso, TX – Receiving a prestigious award is always a reason to be proud, but to receive the Gold Medal Book Award from the Military Writers Society of America at age 30 when you have only been writing for six years is extraordinary! Mike Guardia earned this award for his latest book, Hal Moore: A Soldier Once…and Always – a fully illustrated biography of one of our nation’s most respected combat leaders of the 20th century.

Guardia does a superb job of capturing the life and career of this remarkable man who truly was “the real deal!” The exploits of Hal Moore captured the world’s attention in his memoir, We Were Soldiers Once…and Young, and Mel Gibson brought him to life in the box office smash hit, ‘We Were Soldiers.’

With this year marking the 50th anniversary of the Battle of la Drang, the first full-blown battle to take place between U.S. soldiers and the North Vietnamese, we are reminded of the extraordinary combat skills of a man who, while ridiculously outnumbered and nearly overrun, lead his men to victory. It comes as no surprise that this gracious and humble man would astound the world with a compelling display of forgiveness when he returned to Vietnam years later and openly embraced his one-time enemy counterpart.

Until recently, little was known about this American icon beyond the la Drang battle. Mike Guardia impressively changed that in his latest book, Hal Moore: A Soldier Once…and Always. Readers learn of Moore’s heroic battles in the Korean War, his valued service in Occupied Japan, and even his efforts to help rebuild the post-Vietnam Army. Through Guardia’s eloquent words, readers gain insight into not only the heroic deeds of one of the greatest battlefield commanders of our time, but the workings of a man, without bravado or ego, who got the job done with the safety of his men uppermost in his mind.

Today, at age 93, Hal Moore lives a quiet life in Auburn, Alabama. He graciously allowed the author several interviews and granted him full access to his collection of letters, documents, and never-before-published photographs.

Mike Guardia is a Captain in the United States Army Reserve. He served six years on active duty in a variety of leadership and staff positions. He holds a BA and MA in American History from the University of Houston. As an author, his previous works include Shadow Commander and American Guerrilla. He currently lives in Texas. Mike donates a portion of the book sales to one of his favorite charities – the USO.

For more, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hal-Moore-A-Soldier-Once-and-Always/1406627382912279

Hal Moore: A Soldier Once…and Always
Casemate Publishers
Available at http://www.casematepublishing.com/title.php?isbn=9781612002071
and at Barnes & Noble, Books-a-Million, and Amazon.com
Available in all major digital tablet platforms
$32.95 Hardcover
ISBN-13: 978-1612002071

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In Behind The Counselor’s Door, Students Learn The Consequences Of Good And Bad Choices Through Other Students’ Experiences

Kim Weiss
Director of Communications
HCI Books, The Life Issues Publisher
3201 SW 15 Street
Deerfield Beach, FL 33442
(800) 851-9100 ext. 212
KimW@hcibooks.com
www.hcibooks.com/trade

In Behind The Counselor’s Door, Students Learn The Consequences Of Good And Bad Choices Through Other Students’ Experiences

Warren, MI – Most adults think the issues that students deal with in a high school aren’t applicable to them. They believe the issues that you deal with in high school are trivial, based off of childish and catty impulses and have no place in the “real world.” They couldn’t be more wrong. Kevin Kuczynski does a compelling job of creating a compilation of real problems that he has encountered over his years as a counselor in a high school from the perspective of the students themselves, and outlines just how big of an impact these issues can have in later life. Behind the Counselor’s Door (HCI Books– $13.95- ISBN: 9780757318412- March 2015) is Kevin’s attempt at bridging the gap between adults and teenagers to better open the lines of communication and to jump-start conversations about these delicate but necessary subjects in homes all around the nation.

Kevin Kuczynski has spent many years behind the door of a counselor’s office, helping teens in need. The issues he covers in his book span school-related issues such as homework and attendance to much heavier subjects such as dealing with grief, drug and alcohol addiction, and pressures of dating. He writes about the experiences of his students to motivate readers to persevere and go on to accomplish their goals, no matter the hand that life dealt them. He offers support through the pages of his book to those who may be lacking it and uses them to motivate teens to take stock in their own life.

“I write about my students’ experiences to inspire you to: always strive to do the right thing even when it’s not easy; take each moment as exactly that; make choices that allow you to live with passion and purpose instead of missteps and regrets.” Kevin Kuczynski states on page 5 in the Introduction of Behind the Counselor’s Door that these are the main reasons he decided to write down his experiences and use them to help others. Kuczynski is a man that doesn’t claim to know all the answers, but one that graciously opens his door wide enough for the reader to get a glimpse of the types of problems that teenagers face today.

One of the key components of Kevin’s book is to place proper emphasis on the future. High school may seem like such an important time and it is – to a degree. The students who lend their stories to the book are representative of the types of issues that run rampant in high schools today; issues such as peer pressure, loss, divorce, and bullying. It is very easy for these students to let these problems control their lives, but Kevin urges them and the reader to not let their past define who they will be in the future. Just like many problems they will encounter in their lifetime, these too will pass.
In Behind the Counselor’s Door, Kevin Kuczynski uses some of the issues he has encountered in his career as a high school counselor as an attempt to reach teenagers and parents alike so they can make smarter life decisions, keeping their futures intact and on track.

Available online and at bookstores everywhere or to order directly from the publisher, contact: www.hcibooks.com or (800) 441- 5569

About the Author:

Kevin Kuczynski is a counselor at Cousino High School in Warren, Michigan, providing responsive services including counseling, consultation, referral and peer meditation. He received his bachelor’s degree from Cedarville University and his master’s degree from Liberty University. He is a current member of the American Psychotherapy Association and serves on the advisory board for a large private counseling center in Southeast Michigan. He also helps students establish personal goals and develop future plans including college and career planning.

BEHIND THE COUNSELOR’S DOOR
Teenagers’ True Confessions, Trials, and Triumphs
By Kevin Kuczynski
ISBN: 9780757318412 – $13.95 – March 2015

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Your Dental Fillings Could Be Killing You! — And Not Just the Mercury in Your “Silver” Fillings

Jackie Lapin
(818) 707-1473
jackie@consciousmediarelations.com

Your Dental Fillings Could Be Killing You! — And Not Just the Mercury in Your “Silver” Fillings

Incompatible Filling Materials Can Suppress Immune Responses, Says Internationally Respected Holistic Dentist Dr. David Villarreal

He Performs a Blood Compatibility Evaluation to Pick the Right Material for Your Body

Newbury Park, CA – You might have heard that mercury in your “silver fillings” could be harmful to your health, but that’s not all that could be slowly killing you!

Any dental material in your mouth that is not compatible with your particular body chemistry is likely to be suppressing and stressing your immune system, says Dr. David Villarreal, an international renowned leader in holistic dentistry. The suppression of the immune system can lead to a host of illnesses from frequent colds to autoimmune diseases to far worse conditions.

“Traditional medical practitioners and the public at large do not realize that what occurs in the mouth doesn’t end at the neck. The mouth is the gateway to our overall health and impacts nearly every aspect of the body.” says Villarreal, a leading spokesman for bio-compatible dentistry.

Villarreal employs a procedure that ensures there is a perfect match between your filling material and individual body chemistry. Performing a blood compatibility evaluation, he pinpoints the right material and offers dozens of different aesthetically pleasing composites – whichever works best to maintain optimum health and help heal the immune system.

Villarreal’s practice, BioDental Healing in Newbury Park, CA, is also renowned for the strict bio-protective protocols that he employs in removing silver amalgam fillings with mercury in them. Amalgam fillings contain 50% mercury, which is the most toxic, non-radioactive element on Earth—more toxic than lead, arsenic or cadmium, according to scientists. Studies show that mercury—heavy metal poisoning–has been linked to Multiple Sclerosis, ALS, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, Lupus, Parkinson’s, arthritis and many other auto immune diseases, not always apparent until many years after the filling is applied. Removing them can be dangerous to all parties when particles are released into the air. Most European countries banned mercury fillings nearly 40 years ago.

Villarreal employs a host of procedures that protect everyone in the process. The doctor and his team don special protective gear including gas mask, gloves and contamination-free coverings, and the patient is provided complete draping and protective eyewear. Using extra protective covering in the patient’s mouth and a suction system that ensures all significant mercury particles are contained – they take it a step further by using an ionizer in the room and a mercury separator that ensures none gets into water systems or oceans (and which is periodically cleared by the EPA for proper disposal).

A naturopathic doctor is on hand to administer intravenous vitamin C in order to help pull the heavy metals out of the system so they can exit the body as waste. The vitamin C also offsets any possible negative health consequences or withdrawal symptoms that may arise from the extraction of the heavy metals from the system. “This is called Ozone dentistry,” says Villarreal, “We’re purifying and sterilizing the tooth so it can be filled with a more healthful alternative. But it’s important to note that there are many white fillings that also have heavy metals in them.”

People come from as far away as Europe and South Africa to have their mercury fillings removed by Villarreal in a non-toxic and environmentally safe way. He has removed more than 20,000 in his 30-year career. Filling removal accounts for 75% of his practice.

“But what gives me the most satisfaction is that people report back that they have seen significant overall health benefits and often the elimination of specific conditions that they didn’t perceive were related to their teeth at all,” says Villarreal. “Physicians and dentists have been using mercury for more than 200 years. But we are way past old fashioned dentistry. Today, we have the ability to ensure more than oral health with bio-compatible materials and practices.”

For more information, visit www.biodentalhealing.com or call 805 395-2233.

Media Contact:
Jackie Lapin
(818) 707-1473
jackie@consciousmediarelations.com

• It’s All In Your Head: The Link Between Mercury Amalgams and Illness by Dr. Hal A. Huggins

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Johnny Appleseed Did A Lot More Than Sow Apple Seeds On His Journey – He Spread The Word Of God

Gary Simpson
Ascot Media Group
Post Office Box 133032
The Woodlands, TX 77393
Office: (281) 333-3507
info@ascotnewsdesk.com
www.ascotmedia.com

Johnny Appleseed Did A Lot More Than Sow Apple Seeds On His Journey – He Spread The Word Of God

Bartonsville, PA – There’s more to Johnny Appleseed than meets the eye and Dr. Stewart Bitkoff’s new release, The Appleseed Journal, unveils the true story of this American hero, who very few may know was a spiritual man, and further that he went missing in 1843.

Johnny Appleseed is famously portrayed for his impact on growing the apple industry and expansion of his operation throughout the frontier. After a further look at Appleseed and his contributions, we discover that he was quite a spiritual man who ministered throughout his life’s journey. The Appleseed Journal is based on actual events and delves deep into the era when Appleseed went missing on the way to a convention at the Church of New Jerusalem in Philadelphia. It’s uncertain what happened along the way, but what is certain … he never arrived.

“Johnny Appleseed had a spiritual calling and provided apple seedling, a life staple along the frontier, as part of his work,” says Dr. Bitkoff. “It’s rumored that Appleseed planted a message in Hudson Valley, New York so that it could be harvested by spiritual travelers in our time.”

Author of six published books on spirituality, Stewart Bitkoff, holds a doctorate in education and has served as a faculty member for multiple colleges and universities in the Northeast. Dr. Bitkoff is a spiritual traveler and advocate for Sufi mysticism. Additionally, he specializes in therapeutic recreation, psychiatric rehabilitation and mental health treatment. Dr. Bitkoff is a regular contributor to online media outlets such as: Philadelphia Spirituality Examiner, Wisdom Magazine, New Age Journal, and Mystic Living Today.

For more information, visit: www.stewartbitkoff.com.

The Appleseed Journal
By Stewart Bitkoff
Publisher: Abandoned Ladder
Available at Amazon.com
ISBN-10: 0991577515
ISBN-13: 978-09915775414

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