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This is not just for Human Resources. Employers need to use an informed approach to help boost employee satisfaction, retention and productivity while protecting the company’s legal and financial interests. It is the biggest economic burden of any health issue in the world and is projected to cost $6 trillion by 2030. Two-thirds of these costs are attributed to disability and loss of work. And yet shockingly, of the 450 million people worldwide who suffer from mental health conditions 60% do not receive any form of care. “Jobs” is the key word in American politics these days. How to get them back from other countries is important, of course, but what about helping companies retain the employees they have by successfully promoting mental wellness in the workplace?      How? Here are four ways: * Prevention: Promote mental health as part of an overall corporate wellness campaign. For example, bring in professionals who specialize in mental health and substance abuse issues to present mandatory, yet interesting educational seminars. That will help reduce the stigma attached to mental and substance abuse disorders. Businesses who have done this reported reduction in health expenses and other financial gains for their organizations. * Awareness: Changes in sleep, mood, appetite, weight, behavior, and personality are caused by many drug addictions and mental health disorders. Other telling symptoms include tardiness, missed deadlines and unexplained or unauthorized absences from work to counter these problems, it is critical that management and HR be given sensitivity training and that professional information and referral resources are readily available. Taking these steps can help employers manage situations before they get out of control. * Work-Life Balance and Accommodations: The Family Medical Leave Act entitles eligible employees of covered employers to take unpaid, job-protected leave for specified family and professionally diagnosed medical reasons, including mental illness or alcohol/substance use disorders. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires employers to provide “reasonable accommodations” to assist people with disabilities, including mental health impairments, perform job duties. Employers can help employees with mental health issues by encouraging the use of written checklists, instructions and offering more training time. Sometimes providing a mentor for daily guidance and meeting regularly to discuss progress. * Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs designed to address substance abuse and addictions, as well as personal and family problems, mental health or emotional issues, marital or parenting problems, and financial or legal concerns. EAPs have evolved and grown in popularity during the last 25 years. The number of organizations with an EAP increased from 31% in 1985 to 75% in 2009. Providing a variety of treatment options for an employee will not only help reduce their suffering - it will curtail the incidence of impaired functioning at work. More jobs in America? According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, some 60% to 80% of people with mental illness are unemployed. In part, this is the crippling nature of the disease. But a large part of the problem that we have in hiring people who have some mental disorder is that we lack the sophisticated vocabulary to talk and act regarding these illnesses. Managing mental health should hold no fear for managers – whether they realize it or not, they already have many of the skills needed to look after their employees’ well being. Sometimes all it takes is an open mind. Mental health is the mental and emotional state in which we feel able to cope with the normal stresses of everyday life. If we are feeling good about ourselves we often work productively, interact well with colleagues and make a valuable contribution to our team or workplace. The good news is that line managers already have many of the skills needed to promote positive mental health at work. They are usually well-versed in the importance of effective communication and consultation, and the need to draw up practical workplace policies and procedures. Add to these skills an open mind and a willingness to try and understanding mental health problems, and organizations can make real progress in tackling the stigma often associated with mental health. “The problem with the stigma around mental health is really about the stories that we tell ourselves as a society. What is normal? That’s just a story that we tell ourselves.” -- Matthew Quick (Author of The Silver Linings Playbook) Invest in your employee training and development by offering Business Training Seminars that produce tangible results.  
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If you, or anyone you know, suffers with chronic pain, you are not alone. In fact, 47% of all Americans suffer with some form of chronic pain (Huff Post). Conventional medicine is ineffective in eliminating chronic pain, and so is every other alternative treament---this is by definition. We all know what pain is---it's casued by inflammation, it hurts for a while, then it goes away. Sometimes we need help with an owie--ice, heat, drugs, a chiropractor, massage, acupunture, surgery, or just time and rest. But regular pain goes away, and we go on with life.  

Chronic Pain feels exactly the same, is also caused by inflammation, and so it is treated exactly the same---just for a longer period of time, and ineffectively. When you don't recover in a reasonable period of time, or you never recover, or your pain keeps coming back, you are just herded in for more tests. There are no answers here...just a hopeless diagnosis, like fibromyalgia, chronic back pain, migraines, psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, irritable bowel syndrome, and on and on.

In searching for the solution to chronic pain, conventional medicine is looking for the needle in the haystack. They have excellent technology, brilliant researchers, and great scientific techniques.   The problem is, the needle is not in the hastack.   The true solutions are revealed by Dr. Twogood is in books and his presentations.    
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Studies show that persons who are overweight or obese (O/O) are more likely to have ergonomics problems (Kort & Baldry, 2002) and are more likely to have greater workers’ compensation (WC) claims (DukeHealth.org, 2007). Also, persons who are O/O are more likely to get cancer, including breast, colon, lung, prostate and others. Dump the pounds and lower your cancer and ergonomics risks at the same time! There are simple and highly effective ways to help your employees loose weight, make healthy choices and save you money through improved wellness, productivity and less presenteeism, let me show you how.
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For years those of us in the medical professions, at least those of us who chose to be self informed have known a simple fact.  Sugar is bad for you.  There was a great segment last night on 60 minutes about what current research is concluding about sugars in our diets.  We have known for years that to limit refined sugars will reduce obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cancers etc. and now the research is finally catching up with what we already have known.  Anything in excess, from sugars to fats to smoking to drinking will harm us.  What we did not know was that many cancers grow and expand in a high ingested sugar environment.  Add a sedentary lifestyle, high fat diets, lack of high nutrition and high antioxidant foods and folks we have a winner...any you have to pay the medical and absenteeism/presenteeism costs. There are 5 simple things that we can do to make your employees healthier, more productive, sick less and overall more happy!  Let me show you the way!
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The human nervous system has finally mastered the art of employing thought to manipulate objects and even emotional states in real time.  You may think that this technology will be available sometime in the future but that is not the case.  That technology is available today and it has many far reaching applications. It all began with the Electroencephalogram,or EEG.  "EEG refers to the recording of the brain's electrical actitivty.  It's been around for some time, and involves placing a maze of sensors around a person's head often for neuroscience research, and usually in a lab." A neuro-engineering company called Emotiv has built a head set called the EPOC that translates brain activity into computer commands. The EPOC allows an individual to control machinery in real time by cognitive commands or using emotion. "EPOC is one of the first technologiesl allowing machines to understand human emotion in real time," explains Emotiv CEO Nam Do.  "Wearing the headset, you can control computer applications or even chat with another person using an avatar showing your real expressions."  "The most fascinating - and disturbing - thing about the EPOC is that its software can read emotional states like anxiety, frustration, excitement and engagement.  In the calibration software they are shown rising and falling on a graph in real time, like seismic readings." Applications have been suggested in industries such as aerospace, education and health care.  Some people with disabilities are already using the EPOC to control their wheelchairs. We often talk about the psychoneuroimmunologic consequences of poor stress management it is now possible to know what certain stressors are creating within an individual in real time.  "Imagine a world where a physically impaired person can freely compete on a computer game like Street Fighter, a completely paralyzed person is able to communicate with their loved ones, or a Lexus plays the right music to calm you down when it realizes you're stressed. For more topic specific information, please contact MVP Seminars at (510) 558-3495.
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It amazes me, no matter how many times I see it, that employers would rather pay a higher insurance premium and a $50.000 back injury then to put in place an effective and efficient wellness, fitness and injury prevention program.  When normal is unacceptable and the status quo is killing you it is time to make a change.  Make that change work for you and make that change save you time & money.  We can empower your organization and team to be productive, fit, healthy and happy.  Through awareness and teamwork any organization can succeed, let me show you how!
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I am often asked by clients to map out a massive change initiative within their organization.  Change fitness habits, improve nutrition, add pre-shift stretching and improve employee wellness.  As a society we are "I want it now" society, namely give me a pill or a shot and make it all better, but change does not work that way.  Lets examine a few simple ways to bring about lasting change. 1) Map out the course in small but clear steps.  We cant tell employees to get fit, it's to vague.  We must tell employees to do something solid like "do these 3 stretches before every meeting" or all "meetings will be done standing". 2) Utilize team work, peer pressure and herd mentality.  Organizations often under-utilize or neglect the power of group think and herd mentality to move an organization into a state of positive change. 3) Empower all employees.  Any employee from the janitor to the VP must have the ability to step up and champion, lead, design and cajole all employees forward.  Health, wellness and ultimately productivity and happiness are tied together. To make an organization cohesive we must rally the herd while defining a clear and actionable path to employee  fitness, wellness and health.
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Qi and blood are two essential elements to achieve a person's balance of body and mind. A person in the balanced state of body and mind definitely will contribute a marvelous effect in his life and work. Here I like to introduce two formulas for helping our bodies qi and blood. 1. Si Juen Zi Tang (four gentlemen's decoction), for qi boosting, its ingredients as: ginseng, actractylodes, poria coco, licorice root. 2. Si Wu Tang (four agents decoction), for blood boosting, its ingredients as: angelica sinensis, rehamannia, peony bark, ligustic root. If a person who is short of qi and blood, he/she needs to use a formula which includes all these herbal ingredients. Formulas like: Bu Zhong Yi Qi Wan (boost center, increase qi pills), or Gui Pi Wan (return spleen pills) are good choice.
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Ask an10  employee's what wellness is and you will get 10 answers, all different.  When choosing a speaker / trainer for corporate wellness there needs to be an understanding that wellness means a lot of different things to a lot of different people.  When I teach wellness and lifestyle changes to my clients it has to be "dialed down" to some simple key concepts that employee and employer can handle, grasp and manage.  Small changes pay back big dividends in less missed work days, more productivity, better health and superior mental clarity.  These are simple to achieve and will save you money while empowering your employees and business.
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A recent study by UPMC concluded that fatigue increases the risk of safety issues. Decision making, concentration and errors were significantly higher when fatigued. This costs employers money and inhibits productivity.
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