Upside Down!

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Your Adventure Goddess keeps raising the bar on fun for the ladies! The last date was an aerial dance & fitness adventure at Sukah Arts Center in North Jersey; all of the women laughed, bonded and discovered new abilities with the support of suspended silks, an energetic teacher and each other.

Bettina Peets of Adventure Goddess invites local ladies to let down their hair at the meet and greet tomorrow in Montclair’s Pig & Prince Restaurant & Gastrolounge during happy hour. Click on the flier below to sign up in advance and bring a friend; it will be a great opportunity to meet other adventure-minded women and hear about the upcoming grown-up playdates for women.

Photos from the Aerial Dance event:

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Bettina Peets, Your Adventure Goddess

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Dr. Nina’s What You Need To Know About Keeping Personal Items Personal

We love to share great times, secrets, and thoughts with our loved ones. But when it comes to our personal makeup and beauty items, they need to be kept personal. These seemingly harmless items can become a vector for passing germs—Staph infections, herpes simplex virus, fungus, hepatitis, the seasonal flu—from one person to the next. Sharing is caring, except when it comes to germs!

Dr. Nina’s What You Need To Know About Keeping Personal Items Personal:

JARS OF LOTION
• Many of us can recall the famous argument on Seinfeld where George Castanza was confronted for double-dipping. He was at a funeral, dipped a chip in a bowl of dip, took a bite off the chip, and then dipped it back in the bowl. Germs—bacteria and even fungus–can be transferred from our hands into these jars on the first “dip.” And the thick consistency of these items are similar to that of a Petri dish. Some solutions to allow our loved ones to moisturize include transferring the product into a pump dispenser, spooning a small portion into a travel jar and washing it regularly, or using a spatula or spoon to share.

LIP GLOSS
• This is an absolute NO-NO! Our mouths are dirtier than a toilet in terms of the number of bacteria per square inch as well as the types of bacteria. It is estimated that our mouths contain 600-some different species of bacteria! Herpes simplex virus—the organism responsible for those pesky cold sores can also be transmitted through lip gloss. Additionally with flu season in full swing and the common cold always a clear and present danger, we want to stay away from lip gloss, lip balms (including chapsticks), drinking after someone, or sharing utensils. The solution: just say no!

MASCARA
• Our lashes were meant for more than batting our eyes. They were designed to keep debris and germs out of them. Sharing mascara can lead to the transfer of a number of germs, including those that cause pink eye and keratitis, an inflammation of the cornea. It can even cause herpes simplex virus. Although it usually clears without any permanent problems, in some instances it can cause scarring to the transparent front part of they eye (the cornea) which can lead to permanent loss of vision. Solution: DON’T DO IT. No one ever got hurt from not having killer lashes.

TWEEZERS
• This may surprise some: when we pluck a hair, bleeding may occur. As we know blood contains bad bacteria such as HIV, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C, to name a few. We should never share personal items such as tweezers, razors, or nailcutters. The solution is to pick up some disposable razors the next time you are at the store. If you are at a salon, make sure that they observe proper disinfecting technique.

TOOTHBRUSHES
• This reminds me of a quote by Denis Waitley: “A smile is the light in your window that tells others that there is a caring, sharing person inside.” Let’s share a smile often, but when it comes to sharing toothbrushes: “fuggedaboutit.” A reminder, our mouths are dirtier than a toilet. So if you think you want to clean your mouth, do it, but not with someone else’s toothbrush. The solution: pick up a few extra toothbrushes the next time you are at the store. And in general, make sure to get a new toothbrush every 2-3 months so we can keep our pearly whites shining.

Ann Landers stated: “Love is friendship that has caught fire. It is quiet understanding, mutual confidence, SHARING and forgiving. It is loyalty through good and bad times. It settles for less than perfection and makes allowances for human weaknesses.” Let’s choose to smile, forgive, love, and share….while keeping our personal items, personal.

Click here to watch Dr. Nina discuss the 5 Things You Should Never Share in Your Makeup Kit.

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Notice: This information is solely for informational purposes. IT IS NOT INTENDED TO PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. Neither Dr. Nina Radcliff or Kimberly Cecchini take responsibility for any possible consequences from any treatment, action or application of medication which results from reading or following the information contained in this information. The publication of this information does not constitute the practice of medicine, and this information does not replace the advice of your physician or other health care provider. Before undertaking any course of treatment, the reader must seek the advice of their physician or other health care provider.
Before engaging in any complementary medical technique, including the use of natural or herbal remedies, you should be aware that many of these techniques have not been evaluated in scientific studies. Use of these remedies in connection with over the counter or prescription medications can cause severe adverse reactions. Often, only limited information is available about their safety and effectiveness.

Viet Cong

@KralTunes

The hype machine was in full effect for the debut release from Canada’s VIET CONG. How can I describe this quartet? Cue visions of bobbing for apples; band members Matt Flegel, Mike Wallace, Scott “Monty” Munro, and Daniel Christiansen dunking their heads into a bucket of sounds and coming up with whatever will fit in their mouths (boy, that sounded a heck of a lot better in my head).

Why don’t we ignore this awkwardness and get right to it?

From looming and distorted primitive beats, a distorted cadence of the vocals, buzzing guitars, and a lighter,  synth-ey conclusion, opener ‘Newspaper Spoons’ warns the listener that this will be a chaotic ride riddled with unexpected twists and turns.

Similarly, ‘March of Progress‘ is 3 minutes of simplistic industrial beats on loop before a mandolin or sitar (Don’t ask me which.  What-just because I write music reviews, I’m supposed to know about things like instruments?) ushers in a focused, almost ‘Beatles-esque’ section (at least to these ill-informed ears), before morphing again into another sunny 80’s synth finale to complete the journey.  I appreciate it as an interesting experiment, yet I am not sure how I feel about it overall.

The repetitive new wave guitar tones and vocals make ‘Bunker Buster‘ sound as if it would fit in with Tiny Gifts-era Stone Temple Pilots, which makes it an early favorite for me.  In fact, the lyrics could fit well into Scott Weiland’s liner notes:

Go where, go where fluorescent primates teem and walk through the neon streets that stand over mutant lips on Japanese hips.”

The rest of this short release (7 tracks) continues blending genres with mostly positive results. The vibrant 80’s influenced bounce fest of the fantastic ‘Silhouettes’, the artsy, darker ARCADE FIRE influenced ‘Continental Shelf‘ (with a confusing and equally awesome video that is NSFW), and the almost 12 minute finale ‘Death’ takes so many detours that it sounds like a daunting task to listen to are fortunately amazing!  The only real ‘eh’ moment on this album is ‘Pointless Experience’ (they called it like I hear it).

An album that dips into so many different influences can quickly unravel into a chaotic mess, but VIET CONG avoids these trappings and delivers 7 tracks that herald a refreshing change from the repetitiveness of the musical landscape over the past decade. Even though their debut is not a complete home run, it leaves me genuinely interested to listen for the VIET CONG’s next evolution.

http://vietcong.bandcamp.com

President Obama Befriends India

Text by K. Cecchini/Feature Photo: AP Photo/Saurabh Das

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Prime Minister Modi greets President Obama in New Delhi with the First Lady in the background. Image tweeted from @PMOIndia

 

If this welcoming hug between Prime Minister Modi and President Obama is indicative of diplomatic goals, then President Obama is ready to Think India.

These two move fast.

Up until last year, Modi would not have passed through customs in the United States because of the deadly anti-Muslim riots of 2002 during his governance over Gujarat state. He was never indicted for having any role in the event and so the US government is willing to forge stronger relations with the new PM. Modi has already visited Washington this past September and now Obama is wrapping up a 3-day visit in India.

Author Vinay Rai believe that it is in the self-interest of both nations that relations have been evolving for the better in recent years; it has been inevitable for India and America to develop a relationship because both societies value democracy and “…both are enterprising and flexible and adaptable to change…”

According to Julie McCarthy, India’s government expresses a similar sentiment; a foreign ministry spokesman said that his nation is working to ‘re-energize’ engagement between the democracies which has been developing more under the Obama administration. This 3-day date was highlighted with Obama being honored as the Chief Guest at the Republic Day festivities in the capital for the anniversary of its constitution’s implementation.

Besides the pomp and circumstance that symbolizes a burgeoning relationship (perhaps to the dismay of our greatest ally in the area and India’s greatest enemy, Pakistan), these are some of the topics shared between the two leaders:

1-Renewal of a 10-year defense agreement.

2-A climate agreement (albeit, largely weak according to the New York Times, it is a sign of India’s ownership of responsibility for climate issues)

3-Civil nuclear cooperation

During an appearance, President Obama remarked, “This new partnership will not happen overnight. It’s going to take time to build and some patience. But it’s clear from this visit that we have a new and perhaps unprecedented opportunity, and deepening our ties with India is going to remain a top foreign policy priority for my administration.”

Dr. Nina’s What You Need To Know About Snoring To Improve Our Sleep, Relationships, And Health

Text by Dr. Nina Radcliff/Photos by K. Cecchini

“Laugh and the world laughs with you. Snore and you sleep alone.” Unlike high blood pressure or blood sugars, snoring is unique in that it causes problems not just to the person with the issue, but to both partners. As a result, 25 percent of married couples state that they sleep separately because their partners snore. Besides sleeping alone, it can also adversely affect our health. Fortunately, there is a lot that can be done to turn down the noise, improve our relationships, and maintain our best health.

Dr. Nina’s What You Need To Know About Snoring To Improve Our Sleep, Relationships, And Health:

Why all that noise? A partial obstruction of our breathing passages can cause our respiratory structures to vibrate when we breathe. The vibration results in the harsh sound that we call snoring. To get a better understanding of this, try to create a snoring sound so we can feel the vibration.

What can cause a partial obstruction?
• When we are overweight, extra fatty tissue accumulates not just on our waist and hips, but also along our breathing passages.
• Drinking, smoking, and certain medications can cause our airway muscles to relax, making them more likely to vibrate when breathing.
• With age cometh wisdom, narrowing of our throats, and decreased airway muscle tone.
• Nasal deviation and sinus problems can narrow our breathing passages.
• Sleeping flat on our backs can cause our tongue or other fleshy structures to relax and block our airways.
• And some of us are just built with long uvulas (the funny looking dangly thing), large tongues, or narrow throats.

Is snoring the same as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)? No. When we snore, we are breathing but the noise we hear is due to a partial (not total) obstruction; there is movement of air. OSA means that our breathing has stopped temporarily due to complete breathing obstruction and there is no movement of air. This causes us to wake up and is often accompanied by a loud snort or gasping sound. Over time, the repeated sleep interference and drops in oxygen levels can result in a number of ill effects on our health.

What are some ill-effects that can occur from OSA? OSA may be dubbed the “not-so-quiet” culprit of a number of chronic and dangerous health conditions. Studies have shown that it can increase our risk for stroke, heart disease, acid reflux, car accidents and other injuries, mental health issues, and weight gain. In other words, we cannot ignore the warning sounds.

What can I do if I snore? Losing weight, quitting smoking, and avoiding heavy meals and alcohol at night are some lifestyle changes that can literally put a stop to the noise. For some, sleeping on our sides, performing throat strengthening exercises, or “clearing” our nasal passages by humidifying the room or nasal sprays may do the trick.

When should I see a doctor? When lifestyle changes do not work; we experience daytime drowsiness; or we gasp or choke while sleeping. Our doctors will take a complete history and perform a physical exam. Based on the findings, he or she may order a radiology imaging or sleep study to determine the cause and best treatment. One option is a CPAP (pronounced cee-pap) machine. This device blows pressurized air into a mask that covers our mouth and nose in order to keep our airway open while sleeping. In some cases, a dental appliance may be used to prevent our lower jaw or tongue from blocking airflow. It may be necessary to undergo surgery to remove tissue or correct abnormalities in order to increase the size of our airway.

Although snoring may cause us to sleep alone, we can solve the problem by coming together. I was once told “Teamwork divides the task but multiplies the success.” Dealing with the problem head on will reap rewards to both our relationships and health. So, let’s breathe easier and not wait to exhale.

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Notice: This information is solely for informational purposes. IT IS NOT INTENDED TO PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. Neither Dr. Nina Radcliff or Kimberly Cecchini take responsibility for any possible consequences from any treatment, action or application of medication which results from reading or following the information contained in this information. The publication of this information does not constitute the practice of medicine, and this information does not replace the advice of your physician or other health care provider. Before undertaking any course of treatment, the reader must seek the advice of their physician or other health care provider.
Before engaging in any complementary medical technique, including the use of natural or herbal remedies, you should be aware that many of these techniques have not been evaluated in scientific studies. Use of these remedies in connection with over the counter or prescription medications can cause severe adverse reactions. Often, only limited information is available about their safety and effectiveness.

Iman Omari, For A Limited Time

@KralTunes

“Part hip hop, part bluesy trip hop instrumental, and perfectly produced 8 tracks”.

If my boss @tonightatdawn let me get away with writing one line reviews for albums, that would be all I need to say about HIGHER-LOOPS, the latest release from Iman Omari.

In a unique marketing strategy, this album is only available to purchase for 8 days (Jan. 18-26), which makes me writing a review seem useless if you’re reading this on the 27th. However, this release can be seen as more of a teaser for his other, more readily available material, which in my case, worked out quite well.

These tracks are more about the feel of the grooves than its scant lyrics. In fact, that sparseness helps creates a mood where the listener can just sit back and drown in the vibe. The hazy beats, sleepy, echoey verses and occasional horn accompaniment make this ideal for a late night comedown, no matter what you need to come down from (wink).

It does have the feel of an artist working out some new ideas, and quickly releasing them without putting too much work and revision into it (or it could be he made a bet with some friends that said he couldn’t drop a new set of minimalist tracks by Jan. 18, 2015).  Regardless, I am picking up what Iman Omari is putting down.

If repetitive loops and verses aren’t your thing, then it is best to skip tracks like ’19th Hour’ (fortunately, they suit me just fine).  Other tracks like ‘Bar w/ Moo’ and “Boogie Bang” quite accurately recreate that late night, smoked-filled-jazz-club feel with a hint of hip hop thrown in for good measure.

The more fleshed out tracks like ‘Set It Off’ and ‘That Girl” are more beat-based and hold more lyrical substance (not a ton more, more like a smidge). Both are really good, but my mind is currently fixated on the jazzier numbers at the moment.

The bottom line? Higher Loopswas a good find for a late Sunday night; it definitely has piqued my interest to explore more of Iman Omari’s sound.

Although, this is a flash review, I feel the abbreviated sales time justifies my brevity. Get it here before its gone:

https://cavalier.bandcamp.com/album/higher-loops