Self Help – Mind Body Spirit Information That Will Challenge The Way You View Life!

Regardless of personal viewpoint about spirituality, many have wondered what would have happened if Saddam Hussein hadn’t been stopped when he first invaded Kuwait back in the early nineties? Well, this story explores that scenario to its surprising conclusion and then reinvents the scene time and again in a sequence similar to ‘Groundhog Day’ but in a self help mind, body, spirit theme. The result is a story that has led many readers to question their concept of so-called reality!

I initially believed I was writing a fictional story about angel ET benefactors influencing our world. But when I completed the first book, The Blue Star Millennium, found on , many readers were convinced that the depicted world events had actually happened, even though recorded history shows a different outcome. That’s when the concept of an alternative reality suddenly gelled into the possibility that world events could change depending on the will of the masses.

As far as I was concerned, I was simply writing an inspirational mind, body, spirit story about angel extraterrestrial intervention, but I didn’t know where the story was going until it unfolded before me … and I have to admit, I was surprised at some of the content.

The story largely centered on the Gulf War and the changing of events under the influence of a benevolent, angelic race of Beings in the form of extraterrestrial benefactors. The central character in these books is an angel who integrates with human society under the watchful influence of his mentor, the White Star.

Many who have read these esoteric books have queried whether the White Star is real … and if so, did he help change world events in keeping with the will of the masses – the ones currently inhabiting our world … You and me? From that angle, did he also influence my writing in a more spiritual slant?

To be honest, I don’t know!

If he did, I am grateful that he shared this metaphysical knowledge, but a little confused why he would choose me. I’m just an ordinary guy who grew up on the rougher side of town with few privileges, and new age spirituality was not part of my upbringing. I’ve had my share of knocks that life tends to deal out to all those who walk this earth. However, I’ve also had my share of unusual (for want of a better term) experiences … but I’m getting off the track here.

If we take this concept of ET extraterrestrial angels to its logical conclusion, are we not all such Beings? After-all, we are simply visiting this planet for a short while to experience our individual lessons and then we depart so how can we say that we are of this planet? We simply inhabit a body here temporarily so that we can function in this world.

So, whether these metaphysics philosophy books are influenced by extraterrestrial angels, or resulted from my own tapping into the higher consciousness that is the source of us all … what is the difference? The result is equally fascinating and the concepts that these self improvement stories present will challenge your view of life as you know it.

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Positive Effects On The Mind And Body While Maximizing Power Efficiency

Our environment and surroundings have the capacity to effect us in both positive as well as negative ways. A bright and sunny weather can provide us a cheerful atmosphere, exuding happiness and positivism. However a gloomy and dull weather tends to make us feel sad, lazy and even depressed. Constant inclement weather can take its toll on our general moods and mindsets and can effect the overall quality of life.

If you are one of those suffering from such constant bouts of rain, snow or sleet, making you feel dreary and dull, the unique sunlight lamp is just the right accessory for your home or office. Designed to provide a day-light spectrum for health and well-being, these sunlight lamps are highly useful in helping with such seasonal affective disorders. Easily available online, these sunlight lamps are perhaps the best possible solution in face of such vagaries of weather.

One of the most practical accessories you can find for your home, the sunlight lamp recreates the optical brilliance of real sunlight, all with a flick of a switch. It possesses a unique technology that simulates the sun’s visible wave lengths, thus providing the same effect. In fact, while using a sunlight lamp indoors, you will actually be able to see the details more clearly and colors accurately. This kind of a lamp surely provides you with the clearest, brightest and most comfortable intensity of light you can ever find.

Besides, the sunlight lamp considerably helps in reducing eyestrain and computer screen glare than the conventional 26-Watt compact fluorescent lamps. Even the black and white contrast is heightened for easier reading. The soft and pure white light reflected by the lamp is easy on the eyes as it spreads to clearly illuminate the working area. Convenience is further augmented by the gooseneck that is fully adjustable to any angle. This makes it very convenient for working on a whole, especially for close up tasks and hobbies.

Owing to its fine design and appearance, the sunlight lamp looks good in every setting, be it office or a home setting. To add on to your performance and efficiency, you can simply switch on the sunlight lamp to literally switch on the sunlight indoors, every day of the year.

The sunlight lamp is now widely available on the internet. You can view its various features through various websites offering such products. In fact, the concept of online shopping has made it extremely easy to view and purchase such products from the convenience of your home. All you have to do is to confirm the authenticity of the website and the online merchant you are dealing with. The best way to do is to look for the signs of the website security. It is also advisable to maintain printed records of your transactions for future reference.

Products like sunlight lamps are extremely useful in today’s commercial times, when all possible efforts are being made to maximize efficiency and output. With the availability of such products online at reasonable prices, their usability further gets heightened.

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How To Change Perception, Thinking And Behavior

Many addictive and psycho-emotional behaviors are a result of psychological, physical, spiritual, and environmental issues in regard to the individual, and can be successfully treated utilizing a variety of clinical techniques combined with alternative methods. In some cases, medication management may be indicated and can be a helpful adjunct to the therapeutic process. Client success can also be improved if the client’s belief system embraces holistic healing methods.

Rather than employing a directive and controlling approach that may produce a defensive attitude by the client and hamper the change process, indirective and metaphorical techniques allow the client to come to his/her own conclusion. This yields a more productive therapeutic result, not only in the clients’ thinking, but in their behaviors, sobriety and recovery as well.

Below are a list of 15 steps to change perception, thinking and behavior:

1.Begin to open your mind to new concepts.
2.Question, rather than just accept what is being told.
3.Admit to new possibilities.
4.Acknowledge that not everything is either black and white.
5.Understand that what one may believe to be true may just be someone else’s truth.
6.Adopt new ways of viewing one’s own specific situation.
7.Recognize that people behave in the way that they think.
8.Explore philosophies and theories that may help to change the way one perceives.
9.Realize that what works for one may not work for all.
10.Show willingness to recognize a change in perception when it occurs.
11.Seek spiritual enlightenment and understanding.
12.Gain acceptance that the Mind, Body, Spirit, and Environment are all connected.
13.Gain acceptance that we all have an impact on one another and the environment and that in seeking healing for yourself, you are helping another.
14.Become aware of your impact/input on your immediate environment and the global environment.
15.Continually practice building awareness by reviewing your perceptions, thinking and behaviors.

Teaching clients to change their perceptions utilizing the Perception Therapy and Mind-Body-Spirit-Environment approaches, addiction and emotional relapses do not have to occur or get in the way of recovery. People can live happy, healthy, and productive lives without living in fear that they will turn to dysfunctional thinking and behaviors at any moment. The occurrence of relapse is only a perception, not a reality. Anyone has the ability to change their perception, thinking, behavior and reality.

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Study Identifies Factors Leading to Discontinuation of Treatment for Opioid Addiction

Earlier considered as a scourge specific to military veterans, opioid addiction has today spread to each section of the society. Surprisingly, the crisis has largely engulfed teenagers, women or older adults. Addiction to opioids, including heroin, morphine and prescription pain pills, has led to severe physical and mental health problems among Americans, apart from creating a burgeoning and dangerous black market of illegal drugs on the streets.

Results from the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) revealed that of the 20.5 million people aged 12 years or older who were diagnosed with substance use disorders, 2 million were addicted to prescription pain relievers and nearly 591,000 were hooked on heroin.

Getting rid of opioid addiction is tricky due to the involvement of medication. Additionally, opioid addiction recovery treatment requires long-term engagement in therapy for its success, which many fail to follow. Disengagement from treatment has become a norm in people undergoing recovery from an addiction to opioid drugs.

Until recently, a majority of people addicted to prescription pain relievers were treated with buprenorphine. However, a recent study published in the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment has pointed out that many patients undergoing the treatment process tend to give up midway owing to various reasons, such as unemployment, belonging to a particular race or an acute hepatitis C infection.

What causes disengagement from opioid addiction treatment

According to the study by the researchers from the Boston University (BU), individuals with opioid use disorder are more likely to disengage from treatment programs if they are black or Hispanic, unemployed, or have hepatitis C. Buprenorphine – Subutex and Suboxone – is the most widely used drug for the treatment of opioid addiction due to its efficacy in reducing the rates of heroin and prescription opioid use. Additionally, it reduces the chances of “risky behaviors” that are associated with development of co-morbidities such as HIV or viral hepatitis infection.

As part of the study, the researchers evaluated more than 1,200 patients treated at office-based addiction treatment (OBAT) program between 2002 and 2014 to identify the patient-specific factors associated with retention in the treatment program for longer than one year. Factors such as age, gender, race/ethnicity, education level, employment, infection with hepatitis C virus, co-morbid psychiatric conditions, and prior or current use of drugs or alcohol were specifically evaluated.

Highlighting some important disparities in treatment outcomes (especially racial/ethnic), the study observed, “Older age, female, and co-morbid psychiatric diagnosis were associated with greater odds of treatment retention beyond one year, patients who were black or Hispanic, unemployed, and had evidence of hepatitis C viral infection were associated with decreased odds of treatment retention beyond one year.”

The study plays a key role in understanding the potential of opioid agonist buprenorphine to treat opioid addiction at a time when Americans are fighting a tough battle against prescription drug abuse. The study is expected to open newer avenues of treating opioid addiction, apart from encouraging patients to complete the recovery program.

Treating opioid addiction through effective therapeutic interventions

Like any other addiction, opioid abuse is also a brain disease that needs to be treated immediately. Prescriptions for opioid medications written by doctors has resulted in unprecedented level of opioid addiction in the country. While institutions at the federal level are making efforts to address the issue by sharing guidelines on the nature and extent of prescription to physicians, it is important to identify alternate therapeutic interventions that are more effective.

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Cost of Alcohol Abuse is Far Greater Than Drug Abuse in California, Says Study

The misuse and abuse of alcohol and drugs can have various repercussions, not only on the individuals doing that and their families, but also on the society as a whole. One of its major consequences is financial burden. Besides causing health complications and raising concerns for public safety, alcohol and drugs cost the United States billions of dollars every year.

Like the impact, the economic cost of these substances varies immensely from one place to another. In fact, the cost of alcohol misuse is relatively far greater than the cost of drug misuse in most counties in the U.S. Since studies related to economic and social costs of alcohol and drug abuse are generally conducted at the state and national levels, this allows policymakers to better assess the problems within their jurisdiction and come up with countermeasures.

Similarly, a study, led by author Ted Miller and conducted at the Prevention Research Center of Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation, sought to find out the consequences of alcohol and drug misuse in California and was published in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research (ACER).

Alcohol abuse cost California $129 billion in 2010

The study highlighted the eye-opening economic burden of alcohol and drug related problems on the Californian taxpayer’s money across all 58 counties and 50 midsized cities. It was found that alcohol-related problems are more prevalent and costlier than drug-related problems in California. Moreover, both costs and repercussions varied greatly from one place to another. Some other findings are as follows:

While alcohol-related problems cost $129 billion in 2010, which comes to $3,450 for every Californian, drug-related problems cost $44 billion in the same year.
The highest per capita cost ($7,819) of alcohol problem was more than three times the lowest per capita cost ($2,588). Among the counties with drug-related problems the per capita cost varied between $608 and $3,786.
The rates of alcohol and drug-related problems were found to be higher in the Californian cities. The highest per capita cost of alcohol-related problems in a city was $10,734, 11 times higher than the city with the lowest costs. Among the cities, the highest per capita cost of drug-related problems was $7,159, almost 19 times higher than the city with the lowest cost.

Correspondingly, the breakup of alcohol and drug-related costs are as follows:

Crashes and accidents under the influence of alcohol cost $26 billion in 2010.
Of the $10 billion cost borne due to violence associated to substance use, 73 percent was attributed to alcohol, while the remaining 27 percent was attributed to drugs.
Of the $127 billion expenditure incurred due to other illnesses and injuries, 73 percent of the costs resulted from alcohol-related problems. Similarly, 82 percent of the $4 billion cost incurred due to nonviolent crimes were attributed to drug abuse.
74 percent of $2 billion incurred due to treatment expenditure was attributed to drug-related problems.

The study authors believe that the findings can assist policymakers and help the state in planning and allocating resources for substance abuse problems. In addition, this study provides a crucial tool for predicting and averting alcohol and drug-related problems, as well as a crucial means to plot localized cost estimates.

According to Dr. Miller, “Efficient funding of substance abuse prevention, enforcement and treatment hinges upon understanding the variation of alcohol and other drug problems from place to place. Because estimated costs combine data across many health and social issues, they provide an effective, comprehensible, and comprehensive measure for use in understanding how communities shape their distinctive social environments and for monitoring the effectiveness of our intervention strategies.”

Avoid the death trap

In 2010, problems related to alcohol and drugs in California led to 22,281 and 5,533 deaths, respectively. In addition, crimes related to alcohol and drugs were responsible for 350,000 and 164,000 deaths, respectively. These large and unsettling numbers are pertaining to only one of the 50 U.S. states, signaling a far greater magnitude of the problem.

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