New Teeth-Whitening Trend Looks Like A Horror Movie In Your Mouth

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(PCM) There are plenty of tutorials circulating the internet with various beauty tips and trends, however some are definitely a bit more odd than others. One of the latest trends in teeth-whitening involves using activated charcoal and makes your mouth resemble something straight out of a horror flick.

People all over the internet are posting images and video of themselves trying out this rather disgusting looking beauty trend and the results are a bit disturbing. Who would have ever thought that coating your teeth in charcoal would have whitening properties, especially considering the fact it turns them a lovely shade of black during the application process. Yuck! Keep in mind that these individuals are using activated charcoal, not the same stuff that you would throw on your backyard grill.

Those who have tried this trend claim that it will make your teeth shades whiter in just a few brushings, however this method has not yet been endorsed by the American Dental Association and they warn those willing to experiment to proceed with caution. Would you be willing to give this one a try?

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My Journey To Health, Beauty

asunriseBeauty is something that is very important in a journey to health.  Actually life itself, at least all human life, cannot be totally fulfilled unless some sort of beauty exists within that life.  You can certainly live but you cannot live well.

In The Bible The Apostle Paul closes his letter to the Christian church in Philippi in this way, “Finally brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praise worthy – mediate on these things.”  Let’s think about these words for a moment.

First you don’t have to be a Christian to appreciate them.  These words are good advice for anyone.  Second let’s get rid of that word meditate.  To meditate simple means to think about.  To take some time and quietly think about something is meditation.  You don’t have to be a priest or a monk or guru living in a cave, you just have to be a person who takes some time to think about something without interruption.  The last thing I would like to point out is that we know when Paul wrote these words he was in Prison.  And two thousands years ago prison was a lot worse than it is now and yet he encourages people to think well and several times in this letter he talks of rejoicing.

You and I probably have very different ideas of what beauty is.  We were all created with different tastes and ways of thinking.  You might see beauty is a large bowl of steaming broccoli, I, however do not.  Beauty is in the eye of the beholder is very true.

I spent some time this morning floating on my back in a pool.  My ears were below water level so I could hear very little but my eyes were open.  The sun was almost up and it’s brightness was on a very tall tree a little away from me.  There was a moderate breeze blowing and I saw the green leaves dance against the aqua blue sky.  It was peaceful, it was gentle and it was beautiful.

Being on the rigorous new diet and limiting sugar has kept me away from desserts.  I am allowed to cheat on occasion and a few weeks back I had the opportunity to have some chocolate.  I hadn’t had any in weeks and the experience was like tasting chocolate for the first time.  It was the best thing I had ever eaten.  Before things like chocolate were ordinary, now they are beautiful.

The work of Leonardo DaVinci, Michelangelo Renoir and Van Gogh and other world renowned painters and sculptures continue to take my breath away, more so as I have gotten older.  I loved the song Vincent long before I saw the beauty in Starry Night, probably Van Gogh’s most famous painting.  In fact I didn’t enjoy paintings much at all until I heard experts discuss it and then I could see what I could not see before.

Music is also a source of great beauty as well as solace for our souls.  In music we can hear tragedy and comedy.  There are symphonies that can bring us to the height of joy and songs that can break out hearts but music and it’s beauty fills a need in us that I don’t think that we ever actually even acknowledge we have.  Music is also something you should learn more about.  People say that they don’t like classical music and they lump many different types of music into that category.  I did this once as well.  But when I learned about it and when I learned what different composers were trying to say I began to see its beauty.

The theory of learning about and experiencing music does not just apply to classical music it applies to today’s popular music as well.  I never liked Hip Hop.  I felt that it disrespected many of my values and was almost impossible to listen to.  And then Lin Manuel Miranda wrote the musical Hamilton and I now have respect for Hip Hop and see its value.  It can be enjoyable and tell a story.  I hope to find more like this.

Novels and poetry are also sources of beauty.  The works of Dickens and Shakespeare can at times bring us both tears and happiness.  The last chapter of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens tells us of the actions of a reformed Scrooge.  I Challenge you to read the chapter.  You know the story but read the chapter and feel the joy that Dickens fills it with.  You see the beauty of a reformed man as well as the magnificence of Christmas day.

Tolkien’s work in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings creates a world that is both ugly and beautiful.  He paints pictures with words that come to life in your mind.  You can see the places he describes and even believe you are there and he awakes a desire to go to these places, such as The Shire, Rivendell and Loth Lorien because he captures your heart.  The beauty of his words is that he draws you into his world and you want to stay.

Imagine if we all began to to spend our free time thinking about and experiencing beauty.  Our minds may be dragged away from depression and our anxious hearts may be calmed for a while.  We may wake up to a new sense of wonder as we look at the world around us.  Our senses may become more acute and our hearts experience more joy.  This is why beauty is so important in a healthy lifestyle.

So what challenge can I give you today?  Go and spend some time thinking about and experiencing what you consider beautiful or lovely or good.  Immerse yourself in a novel or a symphony.  This is not something that you can just do.  You must look or read or taste or hear the beauty you are seeking.  Interact with it and think about it.  You must experience it.  Chase beauty and you will find it almost wherever you go.

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Did You Know That You Can Actually Hire A Bridesmaid?

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(PCM) Just in case you feel that you can’t rely on your friends in your time of need as a bride, Jen Glantz has your solution with her company “Bridesmaid For Hire“. After many years of being a bridesmaid in all of her friend’s weddings, Glantz decided to use her knowledge and experience to create a company that allows you to hire a bridesmaid to take on all the responsibilities that your friends may not be able to handle.

Talk about a great idea! When checking out Glantz’s website, we see that she offers multiple packages and various levels of consultation to assist with making a brides big day run as smooth as humanly possible. Glantz says that she can be a “personal assistant-on-call therapist- social director-the ultimate peacekeeper”, as well as offering assistance to the Maid Of Honor as well.

Glantz claims that she has no issues with handling some of the less glamorous aspects of being a bridesmaid such as holding your dress up while you pee and dancing with your drunk uncle during the reception, you know, those things your girlfriends most likely wouldn’t want to do!

Check out the video below to learn more:

Glantz certainly has quite an impressive resume, in fact, she has even written a book about her life as a bridesmaid. It is literally like the plot of the film “27 Dresses” come to life!

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Caring Author Changes The World One Child At A Time

MoreHeavenbookcover(PCM) When a young, determined special education teacher takes on the impossible task of teaching six so-called “unteachable” children, she not only transforms their lives; she also opens the doors for all future exceptional students who followed.

This is the premise of “More Heaven: Because Every Child Is Special,” the riveting new book, by International Bestselling Author, Dr. Jo Anne White, a noted motivational speaker, TV & radio executive producer and host of “Power Your Life.”

The book, published by Outskirts Press, has won numerous honors, including the Mom’s Choice Award Honoring Excellence and the Best Ever You Books Blue Ribbon Award for Excellence. It’s also an Amazon top 10 International Bestseller in three categories.

In 1975, the federal government mandated that all children, regardless of disability, be given the right to a public education.As a result of this historic mandate, this young pioneering teacher – with heaping doses of pluck and perseverance – stepped into a Philadelphia classroom of exceptional learners and transformed their world.

This “true life” experiment took place when Dr. White was hired by the Philadelphia Board of Education as the first teacher and program coordinator for children who were either expelled or had never entered the hallways or classrooms of a public school.

The cutting-edge program, which initially was not embraced by the typical education teachers, parents or by the administrators,began slowly. Its success paved the way for more special education classes to open in the public arena. “Not only did we persevere,” Dr. White explained, “we conquered skepticism and won victories for these children to live and thrive in society.”

Dr. White says that she fought hard, alongside the children and their tireless parents, “to restore dignity in their lives. This dignity, the birthright of every human being, had been denied them. The time had come to make things right.”

This pioneer has crucial lessons for all of us today: to learn that despite tremendous obstacles, each of us can use our compassion to bring out the best in our children. By using her common sense, imagination,sheer will, and a caring heart, she truly changed the lives of these formerly“unteachable” students in her class.

Dr. White still vividly recalls the first day of school when a little girl named Eva, who had autism, arrived for the new program.“There was great skepticism on the part of the faculty and the administration,of the notion of educating Eva. The girl’s driver echoed those sentiments to the young teacher, ‘Believe me,’ he confides, ‘I wouldn’t want your job for nothin’ in the world.’”

Q: How will your book, “More Heaven: Because Every Child is Special,” positively impact parents, teachers and the greater community?

DR. JO ANNE WHITE: I’d like people to understand how wonderful these children are, instead of seeing them as strange or approaching them with great apprehension. We need to be able to co-exist and embrace our differences when it comes to everything: ethnicity, culture, learning,and neurological differences. So, it has always been very important for me that everyone understand the richness and beauty of each child. That is the way to truly embrace humanity.

Q: Please tell me a little bit about your history as a teacher.

JW: I was planning to go to school for English literature and writing, until I became involved in an inclusive camp program. When this visionary director of the program created a division for children with special needs, it opened my eyes and I changed my plan to study education and special education.

Q: That sounds like a life-changing moment.

JW: Yes. When I walked into that camp program I completely fell in love with the children there.

Q: What do you recall from that experience?

JW: I remember working with one little girl who would bite her arms and bite the insides of her cheeks with sores that wouldn’t heal. She hummed and had ritualistic behavior. I immediately took her under wing, and sang to her, and massaged her cheeks, when no one else wanted to go near her. She blossomed under my care. This was such a beautiful life-altering experience and it shaped my future. I thought to myself ‘this is important.’

Q: Did the text books prepare you for that first special education classroom?

JW: No, not with these children. What I learned in school was important and served me; but I also had to bring something else to these kids. I had to reach them with unconventional methods, by getting into each of their worlds and being extremely resourceful, imaginative and creative.

Q: Please talk about being a young special education teacher, what was that like?

JW: I didn’t know what to expect. There were so many unknowns; and the truth be told, not everybody, including the faculty and many parents, wanted this to happen. It was new territory; people were afraid and misinformed. This was a case of sink or swim; I didn’t know what to expect.These children were labeled as more disabled than some of the previous groups of children I had taught. The first girl, who had autism, came to school in a taxi because it was thought ‘how could she function on a bus or relate to other kids.’

Q: But you say you never considered giving up even on the toughest days. So what about you personally made you stick with it, no matter how overwhelming this was?

JW: Something that has served me well over the course of my life is perseverance. I have patience, perseverance and an understanding that the time has to be right for everything. I also know that in life you need to take chances.

Dr.JoAnneWhiteQ: What is the most important life lesson for each of us who work with and care for children?

JW: My book gives you a front row seat where you get to know these six children up close and personal. It’s important to understand that despite the many challenges and mannerisms each child faces and family,each child has special gifts we need to nurture and celebrate every single day.

Q: How is all of this relevant today – some 40 years later?

JW: There are many reasons. One major reason is about bullying, and the way children with special needs are still judged, as opposed to being accepted by their communities. My book, “Bully Free,” which also won awards, ties into “More Heaven.” It focuses on my interviews with parents about their children with autism and special needs who were victims of bullying at school and in the community, and the deep emotional scars left on these families.

Q: How did you know how to teach these so-called“unteachable” children?

JW: I knew that I had to reach these kids, so I did whatever I could do, as long as it was ethical. With the first child, I used play, movement and dance since she was never still for long. Much of this was not a part of typical classroom lessons. I was literally utilizing whatever I could to make that connection, and for each child it was different. I knew I had to reach them and had to figure out how to enter their different worlds so they would eventually embrace and accept the world of learning and socialization.

Q: What was the result?

JW: Each of my students slowly started to accept their surroundings and felt ‘wow, this is okay. My teacher is not telling me I am crazy or ridiculous.’ I was able to get them to trust me, open up to their individual worlds and join our world.

Q: Why are you so proud of this book?

JW: I am repeatedly told that “More Heaven,” captures people’s hearts. It allows the reader to see what went on back then, and to understand that despite the strides we have made we are not there yet. Many parents at that time were told that their children could never learn or would best be served by an institution.

Q: What are the vital life lessons for all of us?

JW: People need to recognize the struggles, the passion and determination from families who have done so much to create change. We need to say to the world ‘stop putting blinders on and let’s teach these kids and not hide from it or ignore it.’ All these years’ parents have fought and pushed for change, and there are parents today who are continuing to fight for acceptance, inclusion and dignity for their children.

Q: What makes you believe we need to keep pushing for acceptance?

JW: As an example, in 2014 there was a lawsuit in California involving an autistic boy who was considered to be a trouble maker. Neighbors sued and were also worried about their reduced property values. This action eventually drove the family from their home of seven years.

Q: So is your message that history will keep repeating itself if people don’t step up and make the change?

JW: Absolutely. It’s happening on the playgrounds, in the schools and the communities. There was bullying, judgment and disapproval at the time I taught these children. Unfortunately, it still happens a great deal to children who act or appear different in social or educational settings today.

Q: Ultimately, what do you want your book to accomplish?

JW: I’d like professionals to be open to work with these children even if at times the techniques seem unconventional. I wish for all families and parents to learn to accept their children and guide them to express their talents. And I’d like families, neighbors and the general public to see these children in a warmer light after reading my book and interface with the special needs community. I frequently say that ‘this book reaches in from the heart outward to all children – they will be heard!’

For further information, please go to: http://www.drjoannewhite.com/more-heaven/

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Actor Ian Ziering Opens Up About A Childhood Secret And How He Copes With Stressful Summers As A Parent

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(PCM) We recently had a chance to catch up with actor Ian Ziering where he opened up to us about his own childhood secret and how he copes with stressful summers as a parent. Ziering revealed to us that he suffered from the issue of bedwetting as a child and currently his own daughter is suffering from the same ordeal. However, thanks to GoodNites and some clever parenting techniques the issue of bedwetting has truly become a non-issue at all! For more information, please visit GoodNites.com.

Ziering also spoke to us about how he balances both his acting career and life as a parent with two young daughters as well as his upcoming role in Sharknado: The 4th Awakens and looking back on the days of 90210 after all these years.

One of the challenges that Ian and thousands of other parents deal with is bedwetting. Ian is a former bed wetter, so he knows how embarrassing or shameful it can feel, and now his children are experiencing nighttime wetting as well. Bedwetting can be hereditary, according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. Experts say bedwetting is not your child’s fault, and there are ways you can help your child through the problem. Ian is working to break the stigma associated with nighttime wetting, and to help parents and their children rest easy tonight.

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FDA Issues New Warning About The Dangers Of Consuming Raw Cookie Dough

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(PCM) Those of us who are big fans of taking a few licks of the spoon when making some delicious chocolate chip cookies may want to think twice as the FDA has issued a new warning about the potential dangers from consuming raw cookie dough.

The FDA claims that in addition to any type of raw cookie dough, you should not consume any type of raw batter at all. This is due to the continued outbreak of illnesses that are linked to a particular strain of E.coli that was discovered to be present in flour that has since been recalled.  The FDA goes on to warn that children should not be given any type of raw dough to play with as well, this goes for certain restaurants as well, that would often give children some raw pizza dough to play with while waiting for their food.

The source of the E.coli was discovered in flour which was recalled by General Mills last month and it affected nearly 10 million packages. The outbreak occurred at General Mills facility in Kansas City, MO and the company says a sample of the recalled flour tested positive for the E. coli strain.

Many people infected by the E.coli bacteria can suffer bloody diarrhea and abdominal cramps. Kidney failure is also possible, but not common. At least 10 people have been hospitalized due to the outbreak, however thus far no deaths have been reported. The FDA advises that anyone handling raw dough or flour should immediately wash their hands and anything else the dough or flour may have come in contact. E. coli bacteria can be killed once food is baked, boiled or otherwise heated during preparation.

Prior to the E.coli scare, individuals were warned not to consume raw cookie dough over fear of salmonella poisoning due to the raw eggs present in the batter. It now poses an even more dangerous risk. If you simply must have a taste of raw cookie dough, try ice cream that contains chunks of cookie dough, as those have been made with treated flour and pasteurized eggs.

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