Why Actress, Lauren "Lolo" Spencer Deserves an Oscar Nomination?



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Actress, Lauren "Lolo" Spencer and Oscar

It matters not whether or not we are disabled or not, what connects us all is our humanity”

— Gail Gibson, President, MIMPA

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Why Actress, Lauren “Lolo” Spencer Deserves an Oscar Nomination?

The Multicultural International Motion Picture Association asks the hard questions to The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences regarding Actress, Lauren “Lolo” Spencer in her breakout role as the first African-American disabled lead female in “Give Me Liberty”, a wild ride, according to several film critics. Not since “Rocky” has a film received so many wonderful reviews. Will Oscar ignore this performance and other small budgeted independent films because, “Oscar’s So Rich”? Is there a place in Hollywood for disabled actors?

If we focus on the fact that this is Actress, Lauren “Lolo” Spencer’s first feature role, there is one thing that cannot be ignored, she delivers on all fronts in “Give Me Liberty”, and captivates the viewer with her abilities with such honesty in her role as Tracy the film’s leading female role, stated MIMPA President, Gail Gibson. Lolo, as she is fondly referred to, plays opposite Actor, Chris Galust, and other cast members who are virtually unknown.

Lauren braved the cold of Milwaukee, Wisconsin against all odds to make it clear that disabled artist exist and have a place in Hollywood. Stricken with ALS at the age of 14, Lauren Spencer has turned her disability into advocacy for the disabled, as she demonstrates on a daily basis her life with this disease, and although wheel-chair bound, watching her YouTube Channel “SittingPrettyLolo” or her Instagram “it’sLoloLove” have both garnered her a following, making her a champion and inspiration in the eyes of thousands of followers, proving that whether we are disabled or not, the one thing that connects us all, is that we are human.

Nominated for her role in “Give Me Liberty” in the Best-Supporting Actress category at the upcoming Film Independent Spirit Awards, where the movie has also garnered nods in three additional categories, Best Actor, Best Editor, and the Cassavetes Award, and she is slated to receive the Trailblazer Award at MIMPA’s 11th Annual Lady in Red Diamond Rose Awards Gala for her advocacy and her role in Give Me Liberty, February 21, 2020 in Beverly Hills.

Described by Manohla Dargis of the New York Times as hilarious, poignant, completely delightfully unpredictable”, it follows medical transport driver Vic, who agrees to deliver his Russian grandfather and émigré friends to a funeral, disrupting scheduled clients, particularly Tracy, a young black woman with ALS, played by Lauren “Lolo” Spencer. Vic’s day goes from hectic to off-the-rails as their collective ride becomes a hilarious, compassionate, intersectional portrait of America, that “celebrates the connective tissue of humanity” and “reaffirms the resilience of the American Dream”.

The ultra-low budget underdog of a film was made with non-professional local cast and shot entirely on location in Milwaukee, America’s most segregated city. “Give Me Liberty” premiered at and opened the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, also the 2019 Cannes Film Festival where it was received with an over 10-minute ovation. The film has been released in a number of countries, including France, where it has been playing to great critical and audience acclaim on 100 screens for five straight weeks.

Manohla Dargis describes, “Give Me Liberty” as “A JOLT OF A MOVIE, AN ANARCHIC DEADPAN COMEDY THAT EVOLVES INTO A ROMANCE JUST AROUND THE TIME THE STORY EXPLODES…. IT’S IRRESISTABLE”, while Variety calls it, “A BOISTEROUS, FREEWHEELING JOYRIDE”. RogerEbert.com hails it as, “ELECTRIC, A FRESH ALL-AMERICAN CROWD-PLEASER” and The Hollywood Reporter praised it as “EXHILARATING! ONE OF THE BEST OF SUNDANCE…. REAFFIRMS THE RESILIANCE OF THE AMERICAN DREAM”. –these are just a few of the worldwide reviews garnered by this incredible cast thus far, which makes it a “MUST SEE”.

The film features and includes a cast with some disabled individuals and stars, one of them being “Lauren “Lolo” Spencer”. RogerEbert.com put “Lauren “Lolo” Spencer on the list of ten best performances at Sundance, calling it “ONE OF THE MOST MEMORABLE…A SCENE STEALING STRAIGHT WOMAN AGAINST THE CHAOS OF THE OTHER RIDERS ON THE VAN”
For more information or interviews please contact Gail Gibson, Gibson Public Relations at (323) 799-6266 or visit www.mimpa.org, Email: gail@gibsonpublicrelations.com For Multicultural International Motion Picture Association visit www.mimpa.org

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Lebanon Center for Rehabilitation and Healing Earns Deficiency-Free State Survey

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LEBANON, TENNESSEE, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, December 31, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — Lebanon Center for Rehabilitation and Healing, formerly Lebanon Health and Rehabilitation Center recently earned Deficiency-Free Status during this year’s annual health state survey.

The annual survey is conducted by the Office of Health Care Facilities (OHCF) for the Tennessee Department of Health during an unannounced visit that evaluates the center’s commitment to quality and compliance with industry state and federal regulatory guidelines. This year’s survey for Lebanon Center issued zero citations. In an executive summary issued to the Tennessee General Assembly, roughly only 15% of all nursing homes in Tennessee received Deficiency-Free status last calendar year. This year’s health survey success places Lebanon Center in the top 10% for performance in the state of Tennessee.

“At Lebanon Center, we pride ourselves on providing excellent care to the residents we serve, and our 2019 Annual Recertification Survey confirmed it,” shared Andrew Jackson, Administrator of Lebanon Center for Rehabilitation and Healing. “Our center is so proud to share with the Lebanon community our zero deficiency report offered by the Tennessee Department of Health. We are thankful for each and every team member here at Lebanon Center, who go above and beyond daily to ensure the very best for our patients, residents, and families,” continued Jackson.

Lebanon Center for Rehabilitation and Healing is a proud member of the CareRite Centers Network, supporting those in need of skilled nursing care and short-term rehabilitation throughout New York, New Jersey, Tennessee, and Florida. As part of the CareRite Centers mission, all employees serve as the vital link; they are the core of excellence and compassion that the organization is committed to at large. For more information or to schedule an exclusive press inquiry, please contact Ashley Romano, Vice President of Branding and Experience.

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Happy New Year and Tamils’ wish

Go around the world and ask the Tamils what is their need now. They will say that they need Vigneswaran-Ponnampalam's joint leadership.

NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK, USA, December 31, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — Happy New Year and Tamils’ wish

We want to wish for a happy, healthy and prosperous year to our readers and the Tamils in the northeast and the rest of the world.

For the last last ten years, Tamil leadership enjoyed the perks given by Sri Lanka and forgot about the promise that they gave to the Tamils in their election manifesto.

The Tamil leadership weakened the Tamils and made the Tamils to lose their bargaining power. Their approach never brought any resolution or benefit for the Tamils.

It is time for the current elected leaders to go home and for different leaders to take control of the Tamils' political effort.

Therefore we wish to form a new leadership. Gajendrakumar Ponnampalam is a strong Tamil nationalist. We saw his action during the 13 points request from the presidential candidates.

It shows that Mr. Gajendrakumar is very knowledgeable and brave concerning the Tamils’ political future.

Former Chief justice and chief minister of the northern provincial council Mr. Vigneswaran's knowledge of our history and communication skills are also very important. He will be able to help explain to the world why Tamils need protection and self-rule.

Therefore our wish is that the two Tamil leaders should join together and take control of the Tamils’ future.

Go around the world and ask the Tamils what is their need now. Also travel around the North-east and ask the Tamils. They will say that they need Vigneswaran-Ponnampalam's joint leadership.

Let us pray to make our dream come true

Thank you,

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Tamil Diaspora News: Person of the Year in 2020.

To remind the world the suffering of the Tamils, we would like to nominate the war criminal and monster Gotabaya Rajapaksa as the person of year for 2020.

NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, December 31, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — The continuous struggle and suffering of the Tamils is not ending soon. The only way this can be solved is by finding justice for the Tamils who lost more than 145,000 loved ones and are still missing more than 25,000. The war created 90,000 widows and left 50,000 children orphaned. The Sinhalese must be held accountable.

The last government by the UNP was a fake. It said that it cared about the Tamils, but in practice it did the opposite. Since the UNP had Western connections, it was able to do anything and avoid international scrutiny.

The UNP government in the northeast instilled many racist Sinhalese Buddhist symbols, settled many more Sinhalese in the region, destroyed Hindu temples, and blocked any effort by the United Nations Human Rights Commission to investigate war crimes.

In addition, the elected Tamil MPs were bought by the Sinhalese government with perks and positions, including a mansion in Colombo-7 with many luxury cars for Tamil leader Mr. Sampanthan.

Tamil leaders in the name of reconciliation have given up on the northeast merger, federalism, and searching for missing people and international investigation of the Sri Lankan war crimes.

During the last government, all paths for the Tamils were blocked by the UNP and TNA.

Gotabaya Rajapaksa's visibility in Sri Lanka as the new president will shine a light on the war crimes and the necessity of a political settlement to protect the Tamils.

Even though Rajapaksa is a war criminal and engineered the mass killings and genocide of the Tamils, it is good to have such a figure in power so that every international player will remember the carnage that happened to the Tamils.

To remind the world the suffering of the Tamils, we would like to nominate the war criminal and monster President Gotabaya Rajapaksa as the person of the year for 2020.

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As 2020 Arrives, So Many Urgent Issues Command Our Urgent Action

Ivory from Elephant Tusks is Commonly Trafficked

WASHINGTON, DC, USA, December 31, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — By Wayne Pacelle

It’s an axiom of our age that the pace of change is breakneck. When I started college in the 1980s, I completed my papers using a typewriter, but by the end, those machines were in the closet attracting dust bunnies. PCs claimed their former territory on our work desks and cubicles. The internet was once a futuristic concept, but almost overnight, search became a central way to gather information at work and at home. Smart phones killed off the rotary phone, palm pilot and the flip phone and gave us access to websites, maps, language lessons, books, podcasts, music, and videos at the touch of a finger.

The world is also changing when it comes to animals. Tomorrow, Pasadena, California hosts the Rose Bowl parade before the game between Oregon and Wisconsin. A century or so ago, the Rose Bowl parade drew fans by conducting chariot races. Parade organizers also had a competition between elephants and camels, and even an ostrich race.

Tomorrow, on the day of the Rose Bowl, California’s ban on the use of wild animals in circuses takes effect. A ban on all forms of fur trapping for recreation or commerce goes into force there, closing that state’s centuries-long chapter involving the fur trade. Times change.

But the changes aren’t just happening in California. Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s have been running print ads in the New York Times announcing they are getting out of the fur business and selling their inventory at bargain-basement rates. Who would have thought that the once-ubiquitous fur ads in newspapers around the holidays would evolve into major retailers announcing a fire sale to prepare for the closure of their salons?

But none of this change is self-executing. It comes through human agency. Raising issues, gathering the facts, making logical arguments, pressuring companies or politicians, and pointing to a new way forward, for us as individuals and for the whole of society.

That’s where Animal Wellness Action, founded in April 2018, comes in. Any serious-minded social movement must have a sophisticated political arm that turns ideas into policy and gets involved in elections for candidates and issues. As we turn into 2020, Animal Wellness Action, allied with its sister organization the Animal Wellness Foundation, will have a Political Action Committee, a team of lobbyists on Capitol Hill, a growing set of state directors, a National Law Enforcement Council, a Veterinary Council, and a growing International Program.

• We are passing new laws to stop cruelty at the federal level. The House and Senate passed the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act to establish a national anti-cruelty law for the first time, and President Trump signed it a month ago. Public Law 116-72 is a milestone for our movement. In July, AWA led the fight on the House floor to pass the Prevent All Soring Tactics Act to stop this form of horse abuse by a vote of 333–96. We led efforts to secure 290+ cosponsors for PAST and PACT, activating a new House rule that triggers automatic floor action.

• We are on the cusp of passing other major animal protection measures. The House passed the Shark Fin Sales Elimination Act on November 20th by a vote of 310 – 107. We’ve pushing hard to pass the Horseracing Integrity Act (to ban race-day doping of horses), the Big Cat Public Safety Act (to stop cub petting and the use of big cats as pets), and the Safeguard American Food Exports Act (to ban horse slaughter), and we expect action on all of these bills.

• We are working to enforce laws against animal cruelty. We won a provision in the end-of-year spending bill to provide $2 million in 2020 to implement the Pet and Women Safety Act. AWA conceived of and won a U.S. House amendment to seek $2 million for an “animal cruelty crimes” unit at the Department of Justice (DOJ). That provision didn’t make it into the final bill, but language to compel DOJ to step up enforcement did, and we’ll keep at it. We’re bringing that same resolve to the effort to get USDA to turn around its sporadic and deficient efforts to enforce the Animal Welfare Act.

• We are focused on ending animal fighting everywhere. AWA in 2018 led the fight to upgrade federal animal fighting to stop cockfighting and dogfighting and is working to compel enforcement of the fighting ban in the five U.S. territories. That ban has been upheld in federal court, and it took effect on December 20th. Especially in Puerto Rico, cockfighters and their political allies are disregarding the law and continuing to stage fights. Seeing that the rule of law is enforced will be one of our top priorities in 2020.

• We are stopping greyhound racing in its tracks. With GREY2K USA Worldwide, we worked to win a phase-out of greyhound racing by 2022 in Arkansas. We are supporting Grey2K USA in similar efforts in West Virginia, and all of this is a follow up to a successful collaboration with that group to pass Amendment 13 in Florida to shut down the 12 tracks in that state by the end of 2020. Florida was the hub of the industry, with two-thirds of all the tracks in the nation.

• We are fighting wildlife trafficking and trophy hunting. We lobbied to pass the Rescuing Animals With Rewards Act, which President Trump signed into law just days ago. We are also campaigning to stop imports of sport-hunted trophies of elephants, lions, and other threatened and endangered species. And we are working to restore Botswana’s ban on trophy hunting of elephants, lions, and other wildlife.

• We are stopping contest killing. With Project Coyote and other wildlife protection groups, we were instrumental in securing a contest killing ban in Arizona in 2019. This is a campaign we are intent on pushing to all other states that allow these mass killing spectacles.

• We are Putting Animals Into Presidential Politics. AWA has developed a national platform on animal protection as a guiding document for the major presidential candidates to endorse as they run for president. Julian Castro, Cory Booker, and Marianne Williamson have issued detailed statements on animal welfare. President Trump himself just announced a petition he’s launched against animal cruelty. It’s an amazing moment when leading candidates in both parties, even if their records are imperfect or far from it, see the political benefit in associating with animal protection.

• We are ousting anti-animal politicians. Last year, AWA helped defeat two virulently anti-animal lawmakers in Texas and California. In 2020, we’ll take a strategic approach to elections again and support candidates and legislators espousing support for animals — and calling out lawmakers who stand in the way.

We are doing this work with a highly unusual degree of efficiency and fiscal responsibility. With no professional fundraisers and very limited overhead (shared office space, and very limited administrative staff), we spend 90 percent of monies on programs and less than 10 percent on administration and fundraising.

Today, we look back and wonder how people could have had chariot races and elephant spectacles at a Rose Bowl celebration. Future generations will shake their heads at the idea of people draping themselves in fur or slipping on athletic shoes made from the hides of kangaroo. They’ll wonder how politicians or regulators could allow people to keep captive lions or tigers in backyard cages or stand aside allowing cockfights, wildlife killing contests or trophy imports of rare species. And they won’t understand the confinement of animals raised for food in cages and crates so small they cannot turn around, or the killing wolves, lions and other predators, or the allowance of exotic animals like cows to degrade our public lands.

We know you’ll fight for these changes to transform society for the better, and we’re grateful to stand shoulder to shoulder with you. In the face of these life-threatening problems for animals, we cannot be bystanders. We know you share our view that helping animals helps us all.


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The US State Department Must Deny Visa to Iranian Regime Foreign Minister

Iran Protests 2019

Iran Protests 2019

Iran Protests 2019

The U.S. State Department must deny visa to Javad Zarif. This would be a strong message to the people of Iran and Iran protesters.

The U.S. State Department must deny visa to Javad Zarif. This would be a strong message to the people of Iran, especially those who lost their loved ones during the recent protests.”

— Iranian Americans

WASHINGTON, DC, USA, December 31, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Iranian regime foreign minister, Javad Zarif, is scheduled to attend a meeting on multilateralism in New York on January 9, 2020. This trip comes at a time where the regime is utterly rejected by the people of Iran in nationwide protests across 191 cities and towns since November 15, 2019. The disgraced Zarif represents a brutal regime responsible for killing more than 1,500 people in recent weeks. More than 12,000 people have been arrested but the protests continue even during the memorial services across Iran. Chanting “down with the dictator,” the people of Iran denounce the regime’s supreme leader, Ali Khamenei, and its president, Hassan Rouhani.
Blacklisted by the US State Department, Zarif personifies a terrorist regime whose crimes against humanity is seen in the 1988 massacre of 30,000 political prisoners. He represents a regime with the highest record of terrorist activities and proxy wars around the world. With such abhorring record of violence and terror, his visit is an affront to the entire framework of the United Nations.
The U.S. State Department must deny visa to Javad Zarif. This would be a strong message to the people of Iran, especially those who lost their loved ones during the recent protests, as well as a clear message to the Iranian regime that the world no longer tolerates its killings inside Iran and terrorism abroad.
Zarif and his regime do not represent the people of Iran. Iran’s UN seat belongs to the people of Iran who stand for humanity, peace, justice and freedom.

Organization of Iranian American Communities (OIAC), www.oiac.org
California Society for Democracy in Iran (CSDI), ww.californiasdi.org
Iranian American Community of Northern California, www.iacnorcal.com
Association of Iranian Americans in New York (AIAINY), www.aiainy.org
The Iranian -American Community of Maryland, www.iac-md.org
Iranian American Community of Virginia, www.iac-va.org
The Iranian American Community of Florida (IAC-FL), www.iac-fl.org
Iranian American Community of Texas, www.iac-tx.org
he Iranian-American Community of North Texas (IACNT), www.iacnt.com
he Iranian American Community of Arizona (IACAZ), www.iacaz.org
Iranian American Community of Massachusetts (IAC-MA.ORG), www.iac-ma.org
Iranian American Community of Wisconsin (IAC-WI),www.iac-wi.org
The Iranian American Community of Tennessee (IAC-TN), www.iac-tn.org

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Olives An Integral Part Of The Mediterranean Diet- Olive Tagliatelle Recipe By The Olive You Campaign

Fresh Olive Tagliatelle

Fresh Olive Tagliatelle

"OLIVE YOU" announces a new delicious European olive recipe, Olive Tagliatelle

Olives have been an integral part of the Mediterranean diet since antiquity; a favorite food in Mediterranean countries to this date, and a centuries-old snack.”

— Olive You

ATHENS, GREECE, December 31, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — NEW YORK, Dec. 31, 2019 / Olives have been an integral part of the Mediterranean diet since antiquity; a favorite food in Mediterranean countries to this date, and a centuries-old snack. "OLIVE YOU" is the three-year promotional program of PEMETE, co- financed by the European Union aimed at informing consumers and professionals about the quality, variety, taste characteristics and benefits of European table olives, increasing demand and developing awareness in the nonproductive countries of the European Zone. Today, "OLIVE YOU" announced a new delicious European olive recipe, Olive Tagliatelle.

Olive Tagliatelle


600 g all purpose flour (type 00) 5 free-range large eggs
100 g black olive paste

Knead all the ingredients together until achieving a dough with a silky texture. Cover with a plastic membrane and let in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to rest.
Using flour for the opening, open an oblong sheet of dough, using a rolling pin or a machine with the thickness of a credit card. Four fold along the dough and cut 1 cm strips. When complete, unfold and put in a big cooking pan with boiling water having previously added salt and a small quantity of olive oil. Boil according to taste. Strain, leaving a little from the boiling juice to avoid the tagliatelle sticking to the bottom, and serve. Sprinkle with virgin olive oil, and add cheese according to taste, a little freshly ground pepper and enjoy.

The "Olive You" campaign is a three-year promotional program co-funded by the European Union, that aims to increase the awareness and demand for European table olives to both professionals and consumers, as well as to help increase exports to the United States and Canada. The "OLIVE YOU, European Table Olives" campaign also aims to reach journalists, chefs, foodies, retailers and consumers of all ages, through promotional activities, marketing events, sampling, and publicity in order to familiarize the public with this natural and delicious food product.

For more information, visit www.oliveyou-eu.eu Contact: newswire@successplanmedia.com

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Dr. Srini Pillay, Best-Selling Author, Examines Healing Your Body With Your Mind for the New Year in "Psychology Today"

Srini Pillay, Best-Selling Author and Neuroscientist

By Dr. Srini Pillay.

LOS ANGELES, CA, UNITED STATES, December 30, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — New Year's resolution: Stop ignoring how your mind and body are connected. "Psychological problems" are generally managed by experts of the mind, brain, and behavior (e.g. psychiatrists). Other medical problems are managed by experts of the body in general (e.g. primary care physicians) or people with specific expertise in one particular organ (e.g. cardiologists when there is a heart problem).

On the surface, this may make sense. Yet, historical and emerging research indicates that this makes no sense at all. More and more, we are seeing that your body's wellbeing is inextricably linked with your psychological wellbeing. And by addressing your psychological wellbeing, you can change your body too.

Psychosomatic problems: asthma, gastrointestinal upset, cancer, and other conditions: Prior to the dominance of "evidence-based" approaches to medicine, Sigmund Freud noted four situations in which the psyche and the body appear to be connected: conversion syndromes, in which people may, for example, develop fake paralyses that they are unaware of; neuroses like panic attacks, where patients may develop dizziness or palpitations; hypochondriasis, where patients are almost paranoid that they have physical symptoms; and actual organic illnesses like cancer, where the psyche plays a role (e.g., via health-relevant behaviors that increase risk). In all of these conditions, deep psychological factors likely play a significant role. For example, at "The Paris Psychosomatic School," preliminary studies have indicated that there is a correlation between basic personality structure and the risk of developing cancer.

Action to take: If you have a physical illness, see a therapist to explore whether it may be helpful to investigate the psychological underpinnings of your physical condition. Don't delay psychological examinations. They are not necessarily as disconnected as they may seem.

Depression and your heart: People who have suffered from a cardiac event are more likely to develop depression. While lifetime prevalence rates of major depression are in the order of 17 percent, in those who have suffered a major cardiac event, up to 40 percent of patients meet the criteria for major depressive disorder (MDD). Also, MDD itself places you at a greater risk of heart disease. In fact, the more severe your depression, the greater the risk of coronary artery disease (CAD).

Action to take: Do not assume your depression is "all mental" or that your heart disease is "all physical." Ask your primary care physician (PCP) to check your baseline heart function, and then follow-up as regularly as you both see fit.

If you have heart disease, explore whether you have depression and whether it should be treated. Also, explore the factors common to both. This may help your depression and your heart too.

Anxiety and your heart: It is well-known that symptoms such as palpitations may arise from heart conditions such as arrhythmias, or psychological conditions like panic disorder (PD). However, people often act less on the data that demonstrates that 32 percent of patients with heart failure experience elevated levels of anxiety, or that in a study of nearly 80,000 individuals without pre-established CAD (and half with PD), PD was associated with a nearly two-fold increased risk of incident CAD.

Action to take: If you have heart disease, you must decrease your anxiety. The idea is not to panic even more about this association but to be proactive about protecting your heart. Do regular checks with your PCP, and do not ignore cardiac symptoms by assuming they are always due to panic disorder. Also, ask your mental health provider to connect you with a PCP so that they can help you to discern when to be concerned about your heart. Worsening symptoms or new additional symptoms may, for example, help you decide when to go to an emergency room.

If you have heart disease, explore whether you have conscious or unconscious anxiety and whether this should be treated. This may help your anxiety and heart too.

The gut-brain connection: While the precise bacteria implicated in depression are not certain, there is increasing evidence that abnormal gut bacteria are linked to depression. Bacterial composition may also affect how your body manages stress, and abnormal gut bacteria are associated with greater anxiety.

Action to take: Certain probiotics may reduce anxiety or depression. While conclusive studies are lacking, work with your PCP to see how dietary changes may help your anxiety and depression. A higher quality diet is associated with a lower risk for the onset of depressive symptoms and eating too many refined foods puts you at risk for depression and anxiety too.

If you have an upset GI system, address your diet, anxiety, and mood. They are all connected.

Your immune system and depression: There are many studies that connect poor immunity with depression. Some studies indicate that depression itself may be the result of dysfunction of the immune system. And many studies show that the immune system is impacted in anxiety disorders as well.

Action to take: Discuss the connection between anxiety and immunity with your PCP. Ask, "could my autoimmune disease be linked to anxiety?" or "Should I also be treated for anxiety?" Also, simply getting a better night's sleep can improve your immunity and anxiety as well.

If you have an autoimmune disorder, address your sleep and mood too. This could not only help your mood but also your immune system.

Summary: The argument about whether your mind and body are connected is mostly unnecessary. They are most certainly connected. As to what causes what, the jury is out. Still, from the above associations, we know that your brain, heart, gut and immune system are all implicated in depression and anxiety. You can't ignore your body while attending to your mind, or vice versa.

The functional medicine model of care is based on reversing illness, promoting health, and optimizing function by addressing the nuances in functional imbalances in interconnected biological networks. This model of care that integrates nutritional and lifestyle recommendations also takes into account the fact that your entire body is connected. Recent research suggests that this approach to health is superior.

Mental health probably influences your physical health and vice versa. In the new year, strive to integrate the two. Remember, just because your illness is physical does not mean that a mental or lifestyle intervention is irrelevant. A happy body relies on having a mind that is settled, kind, and compassionate to yourself.




Srini Pillay M.D. is a Harvard-trained psychiatrist, brain researcher, certified master executive coach, technology entrepreneur and musician. He is regarded as a pioneer in the field of transformational neurocoaching and has been extensively featured in the media including CNN, Fox, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Forbes and Fortune. He is an award-winning author of multiple books and an in-demand keynote speaker. His most recent book is “Tinker Dabble Doodle Try: Unlock the Power of the Unfocused Mind”.

Pillay is the founder and CEO of NeuroBusiness Group, voted one of the Top 20 movers and shakers in leadership development in the world by Training Industry. He has worked with leaders internationally in many Fortune 500 companies, and is currently an invited member of The Consortium for Advanced Adult Learning and Development (CAALD) at McKinsey &Co. and The Transformational Leadership Council (TLC). Recently, Pillay created a series of videos on “Managing Depression in the Workplace” for LinkedIn Learning.

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Ophthalmologist Dr. Mark Fleckner Reveals What Autoimmune Disorders Cause Eye Problems

Dr. Mark Fleckner

GARDEN CITY, NY, UNITED STATES, December 30, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — Ophthalmologist Dr. Mark Fleckner says, “There are over 80 different autoimmune disorders, and some can cause eye problems.”

If you have an autoimmune disorder, then you are well aware of how it can change the body, nerves, and joints.

The eyes are also affected by these disorders and can pose a significant risk to your vision. Sadly, there are a lot of people who do not know many details about whether their eyes are undergoing changes.

One such immune disorder attacks and inflames the blood vessels in the back of the eye on the retina, which can affect vision. Yet, it typically manifests itself as a vascular problem. The name of this disorder is autoimmune retinopathy.

This underlines the importance of sticking to a routine of eye appointments. It is the most effective way to receive the proper treatments and medications. In doing so, you can lessen the impact the autoimmune disorder will have on your vision.

Dr. Mark Fleckner advises that everyone should get an eye screening, especially if they are at the age of 40 and above.

“No matter your age, if you start to experience changes, such as cloudiness, blurriness, pain, dryness, or light sensitivity, contact your local eye professional,” says Dr. Mark Fleckner.

Seeking help can change the course of a likely severe eye condition for the better.

Dr. Mark Fleckner is a highly-trained, board-certified ophthalmologist. He practices in New York and specializes in eye conditions that affect the retina.

Here is a list of some autoimmune disorders linked to vision health:

– Behcet disease
– Lupus
– Multiple sclerosis (MS)
– Psoriasis
– Reiter’s syndrome
– Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)
– Sjogren's Syndrome
– Graves’ disease
– Type 1 diabetes
– Ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease
– Uveitis

Another way autoimmune disorders can cause eye problems is from the medication needed to deal with these ailments. Some are known to affect eyesight as a side effect.

Talk to an ophthalmologist about your autoimmune disorder and the medications you are taking for it—it is vital to the health of your eyesight.

Learn about how the disorder you have might be impacting your eyes. Looking at the side effects medications you take can cause you to better understand if they are hurting your vision.

Regular eye appointments provide the opportunity to ask questions and get solutions before problems increase.

To learn more about ophthalmologist Dr. Mark Fleckner, visit his website: http://drmarkfleckner.com/.

Caroline Hunter
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‘A Public Enemy’: Pan-Religious Leaders Warn Public of Extremist Actions of the Christian Council of Korea

Pan-Religious Leaders discussing Rev. Jun and CCK

On December 28, prominent South Korean religious leaders issued a joint statement declaring the Presbyterian pastor Rev. Jun Kwang-hoon as a “public enemy”

NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, December 30, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — On December 28, approximately 50 prominent South Korean religious leaders issued a joint statement declaring the Presbyterian pastor Rev. Jun Kwang-hoon as a “public enemy” because of sacrilege and criminal activities. In recent months concerns and controversy are growing from his hate speech and anti-government activities.
The event was hosted by the Christian Federation of Anti-Corruption and Sponsored by the Pan-Religion Association. In the statement the religious leaders, “denounce Rev. Jun for the sins committing social conflict and division”. This is due to his remarks including, “God, if you mess around, I’ll kill you.”, “Islam and homosexuality are diseases,” and “Women say Satan’s words.”

In January 2019 Rev. Jun was elected as the President of the Christian Council of Korea (CCK). According to the CCK website, the CCK was established in 1989 and consists of 61 Denominations and 20 Christian organizations. This has given him more influence over conservative Christian groups.

Criticism against Rev. Jun from the religious world was triggered when he said, “Those who believe in Buddhism should go to prison or an uninhabited island.” In his inaugural speech as President of the CCK in February, he stated that his major task is to “block homosexuality, Islam, and Anti-discrimination laws.”

Back in October 2019 in front the Presidential Blue House, Rev Jun hurled insults and offensive curses at South Korean President Moon Jae-In. Rev. Jun has led an anti-government demonstration and insisted that President Moon is a spy for North Korea and that there are 500,000 followers of North Korea who are trying to “drive the country to ruin” by souring relations with the United States.

Massimo Introvigne, Italian sociologist and the director of the Center for Studies on New Religions (CESNUR), the largest international organization studying new religious movements, noted “the activities of the CCK and Rev. Jun Kwang-hoon are causing international concern. In addition to their radical political activities, the CCK and Rev. Jun are spreading religious intolerance in Korea and abroad through hate speech and discrimination against groups they label as ‘heretic.’”

Under the Korean Constitution there is a mandate for the separation of church and state. Collectively, the gathered Pan-Religious Leaders shared growing concerns of the CCK and Rev. Jun over the political activism, anti-religious, and anti-national remarks and behaviors. Ven. Hyewon, South Korean Representative of the World Buddhist Summit called him a “public enemy.”

Jane Jun
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Source: EIN Presswire