Social Media Campaign On Vertigo

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doctorNewport-Mesa Audiology, Balance and Ear Institute announced today the launch of a social media campaign to raise awareness of vertigo, dizziness and balance disorders and engage social communities in productive dialogue on vertigo and dizziness treatment. Through the campaign, the Institute hopes to assist patients and the medical community in gaining a better understanding of the disorders that affect nearly 35 percent of Americans over age 40, as well as gain the unique perspective of social media audiences who live with and treat vertigo, dizziness and imbalance.

The Institute can be found on Facebook and LinkedIn by searching “Newport-Mesa Audiology Balance & Ear Institute.” Founder and executive director, Dr. Howard T. Mango, can be reached on Twitter at, Facebook at and LinkedIn at

“We want to engage with people who experience vertigo, dizziness and imbalance in a meaningful way and facilitate discussions that advance a greater understanding of these debilitating disorders,” says Dr. Mango. “We’d also like to collaborate with the medical community through the forum of social media to enhance how we all work together to care for patients who suffer from these widespread vestibular issues.”

Newport-Mesa Audiology, Balance and Ear Institutes provides diagnosis and treatment of:

* Disabling and severe imbalance without obvious explanation

* History of vertigo or dizziness with resulting falls, especially among the elderly

* Vertigo or dizziness that is unresponsive to typical forms of medical management, either acute or chronic

* Vestibular migraines

Newport-Mesa Audiology, Balance and Ear Institute was founded in 1977 by renowned vestibular (inner ear) physiologist Dr. Howard T. Mango. The Institute is among the nation’s foremost authorities for the research, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of vertigo, dizziness and balance disorders. Dr. Mango and his team have treated more than 30,000 patients with a 93 percent success rate for chronic balance, dizziness and hearing conditions, including tinnitus (ringing in the ears) that many believed to be an untreatable condition.

About Newport-Mesa Audiology, Balance and Ear Institute

The Institute is one of the country’s leading institutes for the research, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of patients with dizziness, vertigo and balance disorders. A team of doctors of audiology work with state-of-the-art technology in the areas of vestibular diagnosis and rehabilitation. The Institute is also one of the nation’s most well-equipped audiological facilities, serving an ever-growing number of adult, teen and pediatric hearing loss patients. The Institute receives referrals from a broad network of physicians including neurologists, otolaryngologists, internal medicine, cardiologists and family physicians. Visit

How Social Media And Texting Actually Help The Grief Process

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By Bob Livingstone

womanI have been one of the fiercest critics of America’s fixation with electronic devices. In an age where adults and children of all walks of life have their heads buried in the latest phone or tablet; face to face communication is at an all time low. Matter of fact, many children are very uncomfortable with direct communication, preferring to text or Facebook their friends.

However, I feel that when someone loses a loved one through death, social media and texting can be helpful tools in the grieving process. The bereaved at one time had to rely on friends or other family members to inform everyone about this devastating and sometimes abrupt loss.

Now the person in mourning can send a group text or a Facebook message to announce the death and to inform what the funeral plans will be. If you have lost a lover, close friend or family member, contacting all the folks who would want to know about the death could be an overwhelming job.

Now through a few clicks, all will be informed. The bereaved can also write down his initial feelings about the loss setting the tone for other’s responses. For example, If John’s wife died after a long battle with cancer, he may write a short profound note or he may share more details about his feelings. His friends can then decide to write a brief response or a longer one.

It is common for friends and family of those who lost a loved one not to know how to approach folks in a traumatic state. There is a school of thought that you shouldn’t bring up anything that will remind your friend of the recent death. There is another belief that those in grieving need to talk so it is fine to bring up issues regarding the death.

The reality is that everyone has different needs. There is no cookie cutter approach that is useful here. However, if you text your friend, “I really miss Emily. Her smile always light up the room.” Your friend may or may not respond. His reply may be one that expresses deep appreciation for your memory or he may be too overwhelmed to answer you. He will have the text on his phone to refer to when he’s ready to face painful memories. You must be prepared that he may not immediately reply and you shouldn’t take it personally.

smartphoneIt is possible to have written conversation with your friend about her loss through electronic devices that may be too painful to have face to face. Lots of folks are too distraught to have much face to face discussion immediately after the death of a loved one. They are reluctant to show their vulnerability to anyone outside their closest circle. They particularly don’t want to cry in front of others because in American society, tears are seen as a sign of weakness. This is an unfortunate myth that is upheld daily.

Therefore it may be easier for your friend to convey her feelings through a text message because the impersonal aspects of indirect communication provide a level of safety for her at this point of her loss.

You may be wanting to reach out to your friend whose mother died. Instead of waiting to get together and losing the momentum of what you want to express, you can text or Facebook him. Social media while reinforcing those who are impulsive, also provides a forum for those who want to pass on a thought or feeling immediately. These thoughts and feelings can be powerful words that provide healing for those in despair. A group discussion can then connect several folks who are hurting and they can find strength and solace together.

Social media and texting don’t take the place of direct, face to face communication. They can be tools for preparing and setting the stage for looking into your friend’s eyes and hearts. You cannot hug your friend through social media. You cannot see their tears and they cannot fully experience your compassion in cyberspace.

Bob Livingstone is the author the critically acclaimed Unchain the Pain: How to be Your Own Therapist, Norlights Press 2011, The Body Mind Soul Solution: Healing Emotional Pain through Exercise, Pegasus Books, 2007 and Redemption of the Shattered: A Teenager’s Healing Journey through Sandtray Therapy, Booklocker 2002. He is a psychotherapist, licensed clinical social worker in private practice in The San Francisco Bay Area and has nearly twenty five years experience working with adults, adolescents and children.

The Influence Of Media On Our Food Choices

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By James Lopez

familytvMass media which includes radio, television and the print media is a great source of information for the society. Every day we are bombarded with images that come out of the television, magazines or the newspapers. The radio is yet another medium that has the potential to captivate our attention. While there are several useful and important messages that are disseminated by these instruments of mass media, it is also important to note that there are some messages that may not be in the best interests of humanity as a whole. The images that we see every day and the message that we hear from these media instruments can have a very profound impact on almost all of the choices that we make. In fact, the choices that we make with regards to our food are also influenced by these very same instruments of the media.

Advertising is the primary source of income for the media. Through advertising, we see several messages on a daily basis. A majority of them will be connected with food and the food industry as a whole. Television channels, radio, print media and the internet are all used to deliver the message about various food items that are in the market. Food manufacturers market their products in these mediums in order to ensure that their products are sold to their target audiences. Millions of dollars are spent by manufacturers in order to make their advertisements attractive. Techniques like attractive jingles, catchy phrases and attractive photography are employed to create an illusory world where the food item that is being marketed will seem irresistible.

Even though this may not have an immediate impact on the consumer, it does make an impact the next time he/she is in a supermarket aisle or in a queue at a fast food outlet. Such aggressive advertising can have a very adverse impact on children and teenagers. This is because children and young adults may not have the intellect to understand that advertising is not for marketing a good product but for selling a product that does not sell well. They will be attracted to the product without even being aware of the ramifications that it may have on their health. In fact, even babies are not spared. The mass media has made young mothers believe that formula feeding is better for the child whereas doctors advise that breast feeding is the best for the baby.

Television in particular has a very profound impact on our food habits. It is the primary influence for children and young adults. A typical American child spends thousands of hours watching television. In fact the child would have spent less time in his/her classroom. The impact that the number of advertisements that he/she must have watched can only be imagined. The messages that are portrayed by these advertisements are then remembered by the child that will then manifest as his/her choices. The media also has a tendency to portray a particular kind of body image as ideal. Celebrities and models are portrayed on television and the viewer is made to get the impression that theirs is the perfect body type. This may lead to many misconceptions about the relation between health and body shape.

obesityMedia instruments like television are also directly responsible for obesity and overweight. Children who watch a lot of television will demand the food items that are in commercials. These need not be healthy food items. Television viewing has even been inversely related to the intake of healthy food items like fruits and vegetables. It also needs to be said that media can also have a positive influence on food habits. When the messages that are being transmitted are accurate and promote healthy food choices, it may have a positive impact on the food habits of the general public. It can be said without any doubt that the media does have an impact on our food habits. It is therefore important to ensure that the messages that are broadcast are accurate and advocate healthy diets and healthy food.

– I’m James Lopez concerning in moderation and preservation of essay writing companies an online community that serves as a stage for college students to cooperate and clarify their doubts about their essay writing requirements.