Jul 022014

Averill Park, NY (PRWEB) July 02, 2014

Physician burnout and patient self-care will be topics discussed at The American Meditation Institutes (AMI) sixth annual mind/body medicine CME conference on meditation and yoga November 5-9, 2014 at the Cranwell Resort and Spa in Lenox, Massachusetts. Entitled American Meditation: The Heart and Science of Yoga, this comprehensive physician training is accredited through the Albany Medical College Office of Continuing Medical Education.

Physician burnout is on the rise! Thats according to a June 5, 2014 report by Jeff Burger in the Gallup Business Journal. According to Burger, Approximately 42 percent, or four in ten physicians, report feeling dissatisfied in their medical practice.

Even though doctors tend to be a physically healthy group, Carol Cassella, MD, board certified in both internal medicine and anesthesiology, sadly admits in a June 14, 2014 Wall Street Journal blog that, We dont always manage our mental health with the same vigilance and compassion that we offer our patients. Doctors suffer from career burnout at higher rates than their college educated peers, and depression and suicide rates exceed the norm–particularly among young doctors still in training.

And the problem is not just with U. S. physicians. According to Brian Goldman, MD of the Schwartz Reisman Emergency Centre at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, an increasing number of Canadian doctors are riding the express lane to burnout. According to Goldman, Burnout is a problem that affects established physicians and a disturbing number of ones just starting out. Commenting on a June 2, 2014 editorial published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal Goldman states the rate of burnout among Canadian medical residents is an astonishing fifty percent. One out of every two young MDs just starting out suffers from burnout. Burnout is defined by three characteristics: it means they’re exhausted emotionally, they feel as if they have accomplished nothing, and tend to withdraw both from patients and colleagues. The figure of fifty percent of residents is true for all specialties and for all years of residency–from the greenest rookie to the senior fellow who is about to embark on a career as an attending physician or surgeon.

As part of AMIs Yoga of Medicine program, this conference is dedicated to providing quality, comprehensive and evidence-based education to physicians and other health care providers. This CME course will offer a broad curriculum of Yoga Science as mind/body medicine to ward off stressful burnout and disease. Topics include mantra meditation, diaphragmatic breathing, Yoga psychology, chakra system therapy, mind function optimization, nutrition, functional medicine, epigenomics, ayurveda, easy-gentle yoga and lymph system detoxification.

Each faculty member at this years CME conference is committed to the advancement and training of Yoga Science as holistic mind/body medicine. Presenters will include Leonard Perlmutter, AMI founder, meditational therapist and award-winning author; Mark Pettus MD, Director of Medical Education and Population Health at Berkshire Health Systems; Susan Lord MD, faculty member and holistic health consultant for Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health; Kathie Swift MS RDN LDN, leading educator, practitioner and author in the field of integrative nutrition; Beth Netter MD MT, holistic physician and acupuncturist, Albany, NY; Rosy Mann BAMS, Ayurvedic practitioner specializing in womens health and senior faculty member of Kripalu School of Ayurveda; Jenness Cortez Perlmutter, co-founder and faculty member of The American Meditation Institute.

Since 1995, Mr. Perlmutter has lectured extensively on the health benefits of meditation and yoga as mind/body medicine, including talks at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Albany Medical Center, Stratton VA Medical Center, Berkshire Medical Center, University of Colorado Medical School, University of Wisconsin School of Nursing, Washington University Medical School, the United States Military Academy at West Point, and the Commonwealth Club of California. He also served on a distinguished New York Times panel of Yoga experts with Dr. Dean Ornish. Noted physicians Mehmet Oz, Dean Ornish, Bernie Siegel and Larry Dossey have endorsed Mr. Perlmutters treatise on Yoga Science, which serves as the primary curriculum for the course.

According to AMI founder Leonard Perlmutter, The more consistently the therapeutic practices of meditation and yoga are incorporated into daily lives of physicians and patients, most symptoms of stress related burnout and chronic complex diseases can be diminished or eliminated. Joel M. Kremer, MD, who is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology in Albany, New York and a recent AMI conference participant is in full agreement. This teaching has been an enormous benefit in my personal and professional life. I have less stress, more focus, and am able to serve my patients with greater clarity. It becomes surprisingly easy now to recognize the many clinical situations in which patients with somatic manifestations of ‘dis-ease’ could greatly benefit from Yoga Science.


About the American Meditation Institute

The American Meditation Institute is a 501(c)3 non-profit educational organization devoted to the teaching and practice of Yoga Science, meditation and its allied disciplines as mind/body medicine. In its holistic approach to wellness, AMI combines the healing arts of the East with the practicality of modern Western science. The American Meditation Institute offers a wide variety of classes, retreats, and teacher training programs. AMI also publishes Transformation, a bi-monthly journal of meditation as holistic mind/body medicine. Call 800.234.5115 for a mail or email subscription.

Media Contact:

Mary Helen Holloway

60 Garner Road, Averill Park, NY 12018

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Franklin, Massachusetts (PRWEB) June 27, 2014

Just in time for holiday travel planning season, St. Barth Properties, Inc., the islands leading provider of luxury villa rentals, has unveiled a fantastic opportunity for those looking to bid adieu to 2014 on a high note. Villa La Plage ( http://www.stbarth.com/Villas/plage.shtm ), a sumptuous seven bedroom estate and one of very few beachfront luxury villas on the island is now available for Holiday 2014 through St. Barth Properties. With a two-week minimum and weekly rate of $ 160,000, the holiday booking of Villa La Plage comes at a starting price of $ 320,000.

Villa La Plage is one of the most coveted rental properties on the island, commented Peg Walsh, President of St. Barth Properties. My team and I receive hundreds of requests for beachfront villas every year, and we happily explain that with the volcanic mountainous landscape of St. Barth, the vast majority of luxury villas are high up in the hills with amazing views. However one of the great joys of having Villa La Plage in our portfolio throughout the year is that we are able to deliver on a beachfront request in a truly extraordinary way.

An exquisite oasis surrounded by palm trees, you need only step a few yards beyond Villa La Plages discrete access gate to find your feet in the warm sand of Lorient Beach and the refreshing water of the Caribbean Sea. Sinfully gorgeous and simply gigantic, Villa La Plage is home to a stunning swimming pool that is one of the islands largest with dimensions of 65.6 x 16.4 feet.

Enter the main house and you will find yourself in a striking living room. Complete with two sitting areas, you wont be able to help but admire the magnificent ocean view while you relax with friends and listen to the surf. Privately ensconced in the back is an expansive lounging deck that features a fountain, a wet bar, and a 10-person Jacuzzi. You will enjoy meals in the open dining area at the front of the villa. There are two kitchens, one designed for a gourmet home cook and another suited for a professional chef. The main house boasts five French style bedrooms, with two additional bedrooms in the more casual Beach House.

Located in a separate pavilion, the Beach House is perfect for teens or a nanny. In addition to the two bedrooms, there is a full kitchen, living area, and a deck that is perfect for sunbathing.

For questions about renting Villa La Plage for Holiday 2014, or for any time throughout the year, Peg Walsh can be reached by phone at 508-570-4476 or by email at pegwalsh@stbarth.com.

About St. Barth Properties

St. Barth Properties, Inc. ( http://www.StBarth.com ) is a boutique travel company specializing in vacations exclusively to St. Barth, FWI. The company has a portfolio of over 160 carefully selected private villas, a branded collection of the islands most distinctive hotels and offers a full range of concierge services. Founded in 1989, with the maxim Live Your Dream

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Jun 272014

Los Angeles, California (PRWEB) June 27, 2014

Adams Kessler PLC continues its growth with the addition of Russell Higgins, Esq. as a Senior Associate. Mr. Higgins joins the firm with a strong corporate counsel and litigation background. He began his legal career as a criminal defense attorney where he honed his litigation skills. Because of this experience, Russell works diligently with boards of directors to advise them on techniques that reduce the need for costly litigation and, if necessary, steers them towards mediation and arbitration as an alternative.

Mr. Higgins began representing HOA’s five years ago through the coaxing of a close friend. Since then he has been advising clients on enforcement of governing documents, architectural guidelines, contract negotiations, ADA issues, insurance coverage issues and a myriad of other legal matters affecting both residential and commercial associations.

Russell earned his BA in Literature from Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama. He went on to earn his Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Pepperdine University School of Law in Malibu, California. In addition to winning multiple awards and commendations, Russell served as senior staff member of the Pepperdine Law Review.

Russell is passionate about board-member and manager education. He believes that it creates effective governance and harmonious communities. He is a member of Community Associations Institute (CAI) where he has taught the Board Member Fundamentals course for the Greater Los Angeles Chapter and taught the Board Member Essentials course for the Greater Inland Empire Chapter. In addition, he regularly participates in the California Association of Community Managers (CACM).

Adams Kessler PLC is one of Californias premier common interest development law firms. The firm represents a mixture of small and large, mixed-use, senior, commercial and recreational associations throughout California.

Adams Kessler PLC focuses on providing its clients with exceptional legal services in a cost effective manner. Their attorneys are extremely knowledgeable about common interest development law and are well qualified to handle the legal issues faced by community associations and their directors. The firm also has retired judge and author of the Davis-Stirling Act, Honorable Lawrence W. Stirling, of counsel with the firm.

Adams Kessler PLC specializes in community association law and is not distracted by unrelated areas of the law. The firm does not practice or accept referral fees for construction defect actions. Each of their attorneys focuses on the needs of the association, which are not for profit corporations and governed by the Davis-Stirling Act.

Adams Kessler PLC emphasizes and promotes education for California homeowners associations through its websites, blogs, newsletters, journal articles, educational forums, and professional affiliations.

Common interest development law encompasses a complex and constantly changing. environment of statutes and cases. The firm provides free educational information and current trends happening in homeowners associations through their award winning website and weekly newsletter, Davis-Stirling.com. The website and newsletter are considered the #1 reference and an authority on the interpretation of the Davis Stirling Act.

Additionally, Adams Kesslers attorneys frequently speak at various functions throughout the state, educating both professionals and volunteers on important subjects relating to Californias community associations.


For more information on Adams Kessler PLC or to contact Mr. Higgins, please call (800) 464-2817 or rhiggins(at)adamskessler(dot)com.

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Jun 262014

Westport, CT (PRWEB) June 25, 2014

The 2014 Youth Achievement Awards were presented at the Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities annual benefit on Friday, April 25, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency in Greenwich, Conn.

This year marks the 11th anniversary of the awards, named after Fred J. Epstein, the pioneering pediatric neurosurgeon who credited his significant learning disabilities as a major factor in his success, and became an inspiration to children with learning disabilities (LD).

The winner of this years award, Alexandra Sheridan, 17, of Marcellus, NY, serves as a Youth Ambassador for the United Nations as a representative of Dr. Jane Goodalls non-profit organization, Roots & Shoots. She has also achieved success as an experiential counselor and an award-winning artist, despite her struggles with dyslexia, ADHD, and dysgraphia.

I never thought in a million years Id be here with my disabilities, she told the audience.

Sheridan said that until she was in fifth grade, she had no handle on reading. But after transferring to a smaller school, and attending after-school learning programs, shes not only back on track, but taking AP classes in high school.

I could never be where I am today if it wasnt for my mother, said Sheridan. She is the only person who believed in me throughout my entire life.

Sheridan said that her mother encouraged her to pursue her passion when she showed an interest in subjects like anthropology that werent taught as part of the regular school curriculum.

I really think it was the support of my family that made me become the person I am, she said. Because without family, I dont think anybody with disabilities could really make it.

Smart Kids with LD received more than 200 applications for the annual competition, which is open to children aged 19 or younger with learning disabilities or ADHD who demonstrate talent and determination, resulting in a notable accomplishment in any field, including art, music, math, athletics, science or community service.

Other Youth Achievement Award winners agreed that the secret to success is to pursue your passion.

At the age of 13, Blake Resnick of Las Vegas, Nev., winner of the Junior Achievement Award, was inducted into the National Honor Society and was chosen to deliver the commencement speech. His proudest moment was winning the Southern Nevada Future City Competition for which he imagined, designed and built a city of the future.

When I was younger, I didnt have the faintest clue what any symbols on a page would mean, and I didnt really have any idea how to read or write, he said. Through extensive remediation, Ive improved to the point where I can pursue these advanced projects quite well.

Focus on your strengths and pursue them with all you have, agreed Brian Meersma of Princeton Junction, N.J., winner of the 2014 Special Recognition Award. At the same time, accept your disability and work on improving it and doing what you need.

Through his involvement with the nonprofit organization, Bookshare and driven by his passion for technology, Brian created a blog reviewing new technologies that assist people with disabilities. Brian was deeply involved with the campaign resulting in signing three dyslexic bills into law in New Jersey.

Two prominent elected officials, Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy and Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), spoke at the gala about the importance of supporting children with learning disabilities. Malloy also credited his mother for helping him to overcome his severe learning disabilities and physical impairments by concentrating on his strengths.

We should work with our children and do everything we can to make sure they get every level of academic success that they can achieve, but our most important job is to make sure our children love themselves, are capable of loving others, and are happy, said Malloy, an honorary board member of Smart Kids with LD.

In fact, Smart Kids with LD founder and executive director Jane Ross told the audience that research has demonstrated that the most important parental factor in children’s success is parents’ expectations. As parents, you need to gain the confidence that your child will be able to learn, that he will get on top of these issues, that he can succeed, she said. Smart Kids helps parents gain that confidence, through parents communicating this message: I have been on this journey before you, and it can be done.


About Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities, Inc.: Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities, Inc. is a Westport, CT-based nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering the parents of children with learning disabilities (LD) and attention deficit disorders (ADHD) via its educational programs, award-winning website and blog, and free e-newsletter at http://www.SmartKidswithLD.org. The organization also educates the public about these childrens gifts and talents. Henry Winkler, Golden Globe award-winning actor, director and author, serves as the organizations Honorary Chairman.


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