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

4 Ways Poor Hygiene Inhibits Your Social Life

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By Ion Doaga

femalewashingfaceWhat comes to your mind when you think about hygiene?

It’s probably a set of habits like washing hands, teeth brushing, and clean dressing, all aiming to maintain good health, prevent germ spreading and infecting other people. That’s right, but not entirely.

Hygiene isn’t only about personal health. It’s also about the health of the people surrounding you. That’s how great leaders build their relationships. They are very selective to whom they invite into their inner circle. They build win-win relationships, where everybody can share and learn valuable experiences.

Safety is the basis on which successful relationships are built. All candidates, without being informed, are going through an appearance-control where access is restricted to everyone with bad hygiene, because they can serve the development of diseases.

So, before trying to get someone’s attention make sure you don’t do the below mistakes.

Hand washing: let’s imagine you are at Starbucks, waiting for your ordered breakfast. Meanwhile, the waiter comes out of the toilet, wraps your order and handles it to you. Let’s assume that he didn’t wash his hands, and you know about that. Would you still eat that? You’ll feel somewhat uncomfortable about it. Right?

It’s a well-known fact, that not washing your hands after using the toilet, taking the bin out or sneezing may spread germs and infect the people through hand shaking, or handing them food, money or any other object.

When someone notices that you’re not used to wash your hands properly, it raises the red flags for them.

brushteethTeeth brushing: your smile represents you. An attractive smile may predispose, while an unattractive smile may turn you off.

If you don’t brush your teeth, they are likely to become discolored, get cavities and possibly fall out. A smile like this isn’t going to benefit you when you’ll want to impress someone. Not to mention the situation when you speak out and the person smells your bad breath. This is an epic fail.

Bath regularly: bathing keeps your body clean, fresh and odor free. Ignoring showering with shampoo and soap causes bacteria expansion on your body. It settles in the moisturized and hairy parts of the body, which are perfect environments for its development. When it gets in contact with sweat your body eliminates an unpleasant body odor.

Bad body odor isn’t helping you at building relationships. To prevent disturbing people make sure your body is clean and fresh. For improved confidence use a deodorant.

Wear clean clothes: Don’t wear the same clothes for too long. Clothes worn the second day are dirtier than yesterday. They soak the moisture of your body and smell bad, and also get stained, dirty and look bad.

It’s a complete fail showing up in public wearing dirty clothes. This shows your disrespect towards their community. Secondly, it leaves the impression of a careless man about you. And these two circumstances aren’t doing you any favor in building relationships.

Personal grooming: aim to present yourself in the best possible way. The way you look, dress and feel speaks volumes about your character, and how people perceive you.

Personal grooming isn’t just for wealthy people. Anyone can look polished. You need to put a little extra time in your appearance and you’ll look a successful man. Embrace personal hygiene habits, style your hair and dress better. This improves your self-esteem and confidence.

That’s why, apparently more beautiful people, don’t get the opportunities that others have. That’s because well groomed and healthy people are better perceived by the society.

– Ion Doaga is a former athlete who writes on his blog Wellness Owners where he writes about removing the frustration out of living healthier.

Serotonin And The Agony Of Social Comparison

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Private Lives of Primates, inner mammal news from Loretta Breuning

By Loretta Breuning

Fellow mammals,

brainYour brain is always comparing you to others, even if you’d rather not. Our brains evolved to make social comparisons because it promotes survival. In the state of nature, a mammal must accurately compare its strength to others in order to avoid harm and still do what it takes to meet its needs.

Comparing often leaves you feeling bad because your brain scans for signs that others are stronger. Fortunately, it feels good sometimes because you notice that you are stronger. This triggers serotonin, which creates a safe feeling. You may think it’s wrong to feel good about coming out on top, and you probably hate it when others do that. But our ancestors survived by seizing safe opportunities to prevail, and our brains are inherited from them.

Your brain scans for safe ways to trigger serotonin, but risk and uncertainty are inevitable. In the state of nature, you can easily get killed by putting yourself in the dominant position if you are in fact weaker. A monkey can get painfully bitten if it grabs a banana that a bigger monkey had its eye on. Today, we avoid violence most of the time, but we instinctively know the risk of annoying someone by seizing an opportunity they had their eye on.

You can protect yourself from pain by taking the one-down position all the time, but that feels awful. The cortisol is your brain’s way of reminding you that you have needs to meet despite the risks. Your only choice is to make accurate social comparisons, and you have a brain designed to do that.

So how can you enjoy more serotonin and less pain? Researchers have found that people who compare themselves “downward” are happier than people who compare themselves “upward.”

I don’t like this solution. It sounds dismal to make myself happy by focusing on the pain of others. I looked for an alternative.

I hit upon the idea of comparing myself to people of the past and the future. I imagine my ancestors whose lives were indeed awful. I imagine people in the future benefiting from the contributions I make today. This puts me in the one-up position and my serotonin flows. I get to enjoy social dominance without being a jerk in real life.

This may seem abstract, fake, and even stupid, but the alternatives are worse. You bounce between two bad choices: the frustration of putting yourself below and the risk of putting yourself above. It’s nice to have a cushion, even an artificial one.

“But we shouldn’t compare ourselves to others at all,” you may say. You may disdain others for indulging in this shameful thought habit and pride yourself on thinking only about equality and oneness. See! You just did it! You put yourself in the one-up position and it felt good. You did it in a instant and the good feeling wired your brain to do it again.

We have to live with the brains we’ve got. The more you understand your inner mammal, the better you can manage it. You can feel good by comparing yourself to ancestors who had less, and to people of the future who will value your present contributions.

That doesn’t feel as good as getting a big promotion and a round of applause for your latest creation and the attention of a special someone. It would be nicer to be high on serotonin all the time. But that’s not realistic, and if you expect that you will face constant threats to your expectations. You will see a world of threats. You will feel the sting of disappointment, a lot.

You have the brain power to try something different. It’s not easy being a serotonin-seeking mammal.

– Loretta Breuning, For more inner mammal books and resources, go to:

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.

Tech Tools – Diana Barsan

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5 Reasons Why You Should Have A Facebook Page

By Diana Barsan

facebookAre you using Facebook but think it’s a waste of time because you are not getting any new leads? Are you debating whether to start, or use additional resources to improve your Facebook business page? It’s easy for you to understand how you can use Facebook to interact with your family and friends, but you question the viability of Facebook as main form of professional communication. It’s well known that Facebook is the largest social network on the planet with over 1 billion active monthly users. Just think about it for a second… if you can get your content in front of so many people, isn’t that worth considering?

Here are some convincing facts that will help you shape your decision.

1. Search – Search is an essential reason why businesses have a presence on Facebook. Pages are public and accessible to Search Engines. This is a great opportunity to drive action or traffic to your website. Remember that Google is not the only search engine. Search is fracturing. Facebook, Yelp, YouTube, Twitter, and LinkedIn have become powerful agents of data and user searches. Custom URLs, page names, information about you company and events are all considered as part of Search Engine Optimization (SEO).

2. Reach – Reach is how far you are able to spread your content. The average person has 130 Facebook friends. Your customers are on Facebook, but don’t forget that their friends are there too. So think about how it really works… For example, when you comment on or like an article on a company’s Facebook Page, that comment, as well as the article from that business, may be shown to other people in your network. This means that your reach goes beyond your network of friends. By sharing valuable content and encouraging readers to comment on or like it, you can increase your rates of engagement.

socialnetwork3. Target – Facebook is a great tool to discover who your true target audience is. Facebook can also develop niche markets. Since you don’t explore niche marketing on your main website, Facebook content that speaks to that niche can have a powerful impact. People like your page because they are aware of your company, and want to learn more. While they get familiar with your business, you can collect useful information about their participation. Facebook Insights provides useful information about your fans and their interactions on your page. Through your fans interaction, comments and feedback, you can make better decisions about your business.

4. Humanize your brand – The way businesses communicate with consumers and prospects is rapidly changing. Facebook allows you to engage your customers and get real-time feedback that could improve your business. For this you need to stop selling your products or services and share captivating content. Facebook also helps organizations to build trust and a sense of community.

5. Competition – Are you still debating whether to create a Facebook page for your business? Remember, your competition is one step ahead of you! They realized the benefits of the new ways of customer interaction. While you are struggling with traditional marketing techniques, your competition discovered that the more “likes” your page has, the greater the chance of it ranking high in the search engines for your specific field and keywords. Facebook is an essential tool in spreading the word about your company and most importantly it’s free and it’s easy. What’s stopping you from using Facebook to grow your business?

– Guest Author Diana Barsan has written articles for Your Health Journal in the past. She is connected to Prosthetic Illusions, a medical office that uses Facebook to grow their business.