Digital Detox, Replenish from technology and Balance your Life — October 10, 2014

Digital Detox, Replenish from technology and Balance your Life

Digital intoxication or gadget addiction is no longer exclusive to young people and children; it is a disease that can reach anyone. Learn how to identify if you are at risk.

If your first act of the day is to turn on your iPad or tablet and the last thing you do at night is to look at your computer, or even at your cell phone, you could be a digital addict. Numerous studies have linked extreme tech use to uncontrollable cravings for wanting more screen time, or answering messages, or documenting everything people do. It is not hard to enter a restaurant and see all members of a family at their table staring at the cellphone. But what happens when the complexity of permanent global interconnections starts to generate health and social relationship problems?

Liza Pitsirilos, a Pritikin Longevity Center yoga instructor in Miami and Los Angeles, and lifestyle expert defines it as digital intoxication, a dependence on a sensation that comes along with loads of technology contact. “We always think that dependence is only to a substance, like a drug or alcohol, but screen time is similar. Tech devices create a chemical reaction that happens in the body, and that your body finds pleasurable.” See more body and soul here.

Digital Detox

Constant tech exposure triggers the need to respond to email messages, tweets or blog posts the minute you receive them.  Immediately, the human body releases hormones that recreate behavioral addiction. “What we are seeing in new research is that when people are interacting with technology they crave for more. Behaviors that involve pleasure can develop addiction if they are not well balanced. The body releases dopamine.

Scholarly studies have linked the obsessive use of electronic devices, with a sense of not being able to disconnect from them. The University of Maryland researched college students who manifested anxiety when being forced to leave electronics behind. In the 2010 study, many college students, selected from different universities in the United States, felt anxious and lonely without their cellphones. For many people, not having electronic communication has become unbearable. Lolo Evans, co-facilitator of the Pritkin Center Detox Program explains. “Generational shifts and how technology is changing the way people are connected is creating substantial change in the way people socialize, the important thing is not to let technology rule people.  We need quality relations and quality of life and many elements can be red flags for digital intoxication.

Increased tech stress happens by using without limits tech devices in bed, when neck pain or eye limitations develop, or when anxiety is felt without technology.  “People even feel vibrations when away from their phones, like if the phone is still there!” emphasizes Evans. “If you check your feeds more than once per hour, refresh your email every minute, have more than one technical device within reach all day and to the extreme, if there is a fire you feel like you will go in and rescue your laptop! Those are all red flags.

Liza Pitsirilos and Lolo Evans work with individuals, companies and schools to train them on how to use technology wisely and how technology it is evolving with humanity. “Generation Y or Millennials were lucky enough to see the change  from not having technology 24/7 to now, Generation X and Baby Boomers still know very well how to make and enjoy social connections outside from the internet. Technology should enhance connections,” they explain.

Digital Detox

Overdoing screen time not only can create psychological and social problems, but very serious disease. Screen apnea is one that has been identified recently. According to Linda Stone, former Microsoft and Apple Executive, it is generated by the way we lean forward to read our email or watch the screen, which is not proper posture and blocks healthy breathing. Stone is the creator of “The Attention Project”, which explores “the physiology of our relationship with technology and how our relationship with technology can evolve.

But detoxification is possible according to Liza Pitsirilos and Lolo Evans; we should stand or make a pause every twenty minutes and do an activity without a tech device in our hands, and also take twenty-second breaks from screen time to reconnect and refocus our eyesight. A great way is to plan our technology time, “Don’t open 15 windows in your laptop at a time, it creates stress and anxiety, make and plan for your tech time and stick to it,” adds Evans.

“Reconnect back to your breath.” Says Pitsirilos. “It resets the nervous system and prolongs your life. It replenishes and blends breath with movement. Check out yoga for example. It provides physical strength, toning of the muscles and builds internal self-confidence to align really to who you are.”  Without doubt, balance is all. Even in our technology plagued world.  ■

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Dior’s Online Auction Benefits the Look Good Feel Better Foundation —

Dior’s Online Auction Benefits the Look Good Feel Better Foundation


Until the 10th of October, astonishing products will be available in an online platform for a good cause.

One of the most striking effects of breast cancer or any other type of cancer is the deterioration of the patient’s physical appearance. As hard as it is to cope with chemotherapy, and in some instances, surgery, pain, loss and recuperation, emotions are triggered when patients realize the changes to the body, especially hair and weight loss. The Look Good Feel Better Foundation was created with the mission of supporting women with cancer who are going through this tough transition to enhance their appearance and make their lives better.

Since 1987, the Foundation offers a global public service program with the objective of making women feel better about the disease inside and out. Women undergoing radiation or chemotherapy can benefit from the organization’s initiatives, which have served about 900,000 women in more than 2,500 locations.

The story of the Look Good Feel Better program started when Ed Kavanaugh, president of the Personal Care Products Council of the US at the time, organized a “makeover” for women with cancer who didn’t even feel like getting out of their treatment rooms. The outcome transformed their outlook, as they felt happier and more hopeful. According to physicians, laughter is a healing therapy, and feeling better, without a doubt, helps the treatment. The programs are supported and funded with the help from private donations and collaborations from The American Cancer Society Professional Beauty Association | National Cosmetology Association.

Dior and Look Good Feel Better

Every year, the French fashion house Dior joins the effort through an online charity auction where bidders can obtain exclusive Dior products and experiences, all benefiting The Look Good Feel Better programs, which operate via workshops in hospitals and other recuperation facilities. Auction items include the Parisian diva visit to the Dior Couture Salon & Perfumery with round-trip business class airfare for two courtesy of Delta Airlines and three nights at a luxurious hotel in the heart of Paris; Dior Vintage handbags, internships at Dior, the opportunity to experience the Academy Awards in Los Angeles, California with beauty preparation included, closet organization by a fashion editor; The Hamptons, a Polo program; makeover transformations entirely created by Dior experts, lunch with Dior’s CEO Pamela Baxter and many other unique opportunities that can be found at

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Forgiveness is like a muscle that needs coaching and practice —

Forgiveness is like a muscle that needs coaching and practice


Diseases like back pain or depression and blood pressure problems could be caused by our inability to forgive. Research shows that learning to forgive has multiple health benefits.

Forgiveness is like a muscle
that needs coaching and practice

By Sabina Covo

It is very common to have been offended or mistreated by someone during the course of our frantic lives. No matter how harsh the situation may have seemed at the time, pain is one of those feelings that is as relative; what is very painful for some may not be so for someone else. The common denominator is the presence of anguish and that is when the person fights to get rid of the debilitating pain and begins to recuperate. Learning how to forgive can be the answer to rid us of negative feelings and emotions, but it can also be the most challenging moment in the process of rehabilitating from a wounding situation. Read here more about health.


One of the most common misconceptions about forgiveness is that we should forget what happened. Forgiveness doesn’t mean to forget, it means to heal and be able to go on without resentment in our lives. Dr. Jeanette Raymond Ph.D., a psychologist in Los Angeles, CA explains, “Research published in the Journal of Behavioral Medicine has shown that forgiveness has multiple health benefits, including lowering blood pressure, improving sleep, maintaining energy levels and reducing medications for anxiety.”

Forgiveness has also been found to decrease psychological distress including restlessness, hopelessness and nervousness. “It is about disliking the hurt but seeing the perpetrator as human and about equalizing the playing field as humans rather than trying to make up for the pain by exerting power and holding onto hurt” she adds.

Once we forgive, we can remember what was hurtful and feel no pain. “If we keep in our mind the suffering, we generate a series of physical and emotional illnesses, which can lead to states of depression and likewise, create serious ailments like cancer”, Says Rommy Wi, a life coach and motivator in Miami, FL. The technique she recommends is “to stand in front of a mirror and repeat that we forgive ourselves and the person or persons who we think did us harm”.


Personal forgiveness of painful events and actions has proven to be both healthy and beneficial as a start for the restorative process. “Un-forgiveness is like an emotional prison – we lock up our negative feelings about a person and we hold onto them. It actually ties us to that person – even if the person is someone we’d rather forget.” Explained Sandy Walker, a member of the American Counseling Association.

According to Fred Luskin, Ph.D., cofounder and director of the Stanford University Forgiveness Project “Forgiveness is like a muscle: When you practice on smaller things, you gain the skill to deal with bigger ones. Learning to practice it today can make you more resilient against future hurts.” The benefits of forgiving don’t stop there, “The International Journal of Cardiology published this year a study that suggests that forgiving and treating anger is related to a healthier heart and lowers the risk of heart disease. Acknowledge the pain, recognize responsibility and offer forgiveness. “Adds Walker. And be happier. ■

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From Sabina Covo Interviews Maggie Henriquez, CEO KRUG Champagne — September 24, 2014

From Sabina Covo Interviews Maggie Henriquez, CEO KRUG Champagne

With 26 years in the wine and spirits industry and an exceptional career leading companies in South America and France, Venezuelan born and raised Maggie Henríquez, CEO of Krug Champagne, is admired as a business leader and an exceptional woman. Dressed in a classic navy blue outfit – she likes and wears Fendi and Dior- and while sipping Krug Champagne, she spoke about her life as the head of one of the world’s most iconic champagne houses, how she made it to the top, and her life’s choices and concerns.

Maggie Henríquez
Maggie Henríquez, CEO of Krug Champagne.

I had the pleasure of sharing a glass of Krug with Maggie in Miami, who when not travelling the world is at Krug’s headquarters in Champagne, France, managing the house’s international operations. One may ask how she made it to the top of a highly competitive world. She is the first Hispanic woman to hold a position of this prestige in the industry.  “It was a mixture of coincidences”, says Maggie, “I’ve always enjoyed what I do, every minute of my life, I never complain and I don’t like people who complain so combined with lots of dedication, compromise and hard work, that is how I made it.”

The wine industry was not Maggie Henriquez’s first career choice, but it was part of the family tradition. “My dad was the director of Morris E. Curiel group – Macosarto, in the cosmetics division, it also distributed wine and spirits, and I started working with him but in the systems department because I am a systems engineer, and at the time most systems didn’t work, I did a good job and in 1982, at a very young age they asked me to be in charge of all systems for this company. In 1986, I wanted a change to the world of wine and spirits and I got it.”   Since then, she has been in the industry with one exception. “In 1995, I left to Harvard”– Maggie has an Advanced Management degree from the prestigious university- “to study and update my career, and I was then recruited by Nabisco Foods Mexico.” It was a good decision at the time because I was alone with my two boys who were 11 and 15 and this was an industry that I could share with them. They would participate in the events; imagine it was all about cookies and kids’ foods.”  After that, she received an offer to lead the Moët Hennessy house in Argentina. Her career at Nabisco, and the way she overturned the billing efforts in the middle of a crisis was the determinant for the offer.

Maggie Henríquez

Maggie defines the wine and spirits world as “full of history and tradition, an industry hard to leave behind”. She remembers that from a very young age, she would have a sip of Moët Chandon on New Year’s Eve, which would eventually develop her curiosity for this business. But she immediately clarifies that her favorite drink in the world is Krug Champagne. “I never get bored of it. My husband calls me boring but for me it is not.” Her husband is Gerard Sibourd-Baudry, managing director, of Caves Legrand, the Parisian wine sellers house, they both live in Paris. Her two adult sons from her previous marriage reside in Mexico. “I am a grandmother of a three year old and the second grandchild will be born in October.”

Henríquez describes her arrival to Paris as the hardest to adapt away from Venezuela, her homeland. “But it wasn’t because of the city, it was the business moment, I couldn’t solve what I set out to do in Krug right away. Krug is full of history and luxury and that was the challenge, to communicate that.” She adds, “in real luxury, communication is totally related to the brand’s history and the connection to its founders.” Maggie merges easily into the Parisian scene, rides her bicycle around the city, including to the train station from where she shuttles to Champagne daily.

When speaking about her hometown in Caracas, Venezuela she sounds a bit nostalgic. “I wanted to leave my apartment, horizontal –meaning the day she left this world-. I thought I never wanted to leave Venezuela. But I did.” And she did it to keep searching for her success. “For women, and for Hispanic women like me, the recommendation is to take on opportunities. We have everything that companies look for now in a business leader, we have negotiating skills, family values, tradition, women bring this innate. And that is a huge plus. We have a lot of emotional balance that companies need today.”

Maggie Henríquez
Maggie Henríquez.

She describes her key to success as freedom. “I have a free relationship with my profession because I also have my children. They grew understanding the value of my work and they are my source of satisfaction, it is not only my profession. And at the same time, I have a very free relationship with my sons as well, because they are not the only source of satisfaction for me. And that feeling of freedom is fabulous.”

Maggie enjoys relaxing at a spa, good wine or champagne and of course, she finishes talking about it. “Every bottle of Krug now has a I’d, a six digit number in the back label from which you can download the Krug Application from App Store or Google and you can discover all the story of the bottle and in addition a Kezia Jones selection of music that goes with every champagne type has been added. ” A few curious facts about champagne.

And she adds. “There are several ways of knowing if you are sipping on good champagne, when you taste it, it flows into your mouth, it is never aggressive, and you feel that it doesn’t separate and goes to the end, it’s like a curved line, comes in, opens and fills your mouth and has a final that unifies.” Without a doubt, the communications strategy of Krug Champagne is one of Maggie Henríquez’s legacies for the house. ■ – See more at:

SABINA COVO: Pasos descarados — August 4, 2014

SABINA COVO: Pasos descarados

Cuando la guerrilla de las FARC, por medio de un escrito de Timochenko, su líder actual, decide pedirle al gobierno colombiano que responda por la muerte del delincuente guerrillero Alfonso Cano, es claro que el circo mediático que manejan pica y se extiende. Mientras en La Habana se cerró la primera reunión preparatoria para hablar de uno de los temas más complejos, las víctimas del conflicto colombiano (se discutirá la semana entrante), las FARC han decidió recordar a “su víctima” mayor reiterando que fue el presidente Juan Manuel Santos, en el 2010, quien ordenó la operación militar en la que murió el guerrillero.

Nicolas Maduro visita Cartagena

El escrito cínicamente continúa de la siguiente manera: “Esta circunstancia constituye una violación de diversos apartados de los Convenios de Ginebra, Código Penal Colombiano, el Estatuto de la Corte Penal Internacional, así como de la Convención Americana de Derechos Humanos, ya que se trató de una ejecución”. Cuánta desvergüenza. Las ejecuciones, las violaciones, los secuestros, y los crímenes de lesa humanidad han sido el pan de cada día de los subversivos, que no han parado de cometer violaciones a los derechos humanos hasta el sol de hoy.

Los atentados terroristas a la población civil de parte de las FARC y el ELN van en aumento. El mismo presidente Santos, que en su momento no hablaba del tema en su campaña reeleccionista, lo ha aceptado la pasada semana después de un atentado en la costa colombiana del Pacífico que dejó sin electricidad a miles de personas. Hablar de que la guerrilla ha sido víctima del conflicto colombiano es igual de descarado que hablar de paz y derechos humanos desde La Habana, donde claramente se han violado todos esos en los últimos cincuenta años y más que tiene de vida la guerrilla de las FARC. Además, el gobierno en su afán de negociar ha seleccionado a una representación de víctimas con unos parámetros y hay quienes cuestionan que el grupo sea realmente representativo de lo que ha sido la era más sangrienta en la historia del país.

Es entonces cuando queda la sensación de que lo que se adelanta en La Habana echa para atrás fácilmente cuando la guerrilla hace comentarios descarados, aunque no necesariamente lo que se habla en la mesa de negociación o lo que se dice en comunicados a la prensa es lo que realmente se hace. El proceso de paz que ha manejado Santos es hermético. A esto sumémosle la visita de Nicolás Maduro este pasado viernes a Cartagena de Indias, en la que la agenda ha sido para buscar soluciones al contrabando, (los ministros de Defensa de ambos países presentaron sus informes) y la segunda ¡para estrechar lazos con los gobiernos de izquierda para hablar de paz!, reportado así por la prensa colombiana, y dicho por la canciller María Angela Holguín.

Soy complemente partidaria de que se haga la paz con la guerrilla, ojalá pronto y ojalá que los que cometieron crímenes paguen por los mismos. Preocupa un poco que para esto haya que estrechar lazos con gobiernos que expropian bienes (de los mismos empresarios colombianos, se ha dado el caso en Venezuela), se repriman los derechos humanos, se hagan trampas electorales y se enriquezcan unos gobernantes que dicen ser de izquierda y para el pueblo, y que en realidad de democráticos no tienen nada. Debe ser muy astuto el presidente Santos para manejar la situación acorde y no poner a Colombia en riesgo de que se monte en el poder un gobierno parecido a esos mismos, con los que tiene que estrechar lazos. La izquierda en Colombia debe parecerse a la de Chile, y no a la de Venezuela. Y mucho ojo, no sé qué tanto se puedan parecer guerrilleros que han cometido tantos actos terroristas a un político de una izquierda como la de Chile.



Mientras escribo estas líneas Colombia celebra que ha ganado los dos primeros partidos de la Copa Mundial de fútbol en Brasil. Después de un par de horas de desolación total, porque aunque es día laboral la mayoría de la gente ve el partido, ríos de personas con camisetas amarillas se ven en las calles, los autos alzando sus bocinas, casi todos unidos. Por una causa. El fútbol. Ese fútbol que aunque un juego es el sentir de un país que ha vivido más de 50 años en la violencia y que en vez de ver en la televisión noticias de secuestros, asesinatos, capos del narcotráfico y violaciones clama por ver a once hombres sanos, corriendo detrás de una pelota para que el país grite GOL. A los colombianos triunfando.


Hubo muertes violentas ligadas al alcohol y a la celebración del primer partido que Colombia jugó contra Grecia, debido a esto en Bogotá, la capital del país, pusieron el día del segundo partido, contra Costa de Marfil, la llamada ley seca, que prohíbe vender licor en los comercios. Muestras de una cultura que todavía necesita mucha educación, pero que ha cambiado. Antes perdía la selección Colombia y un jugador corría el riesgo de perder la vida. Hace veinte años la selección Colombia no tenía el mismo tipo de jugadores que tiene hoy, enfocados, trabajados, mucho más responsables y menos “estrellas’’ de esas que desafortunadamente se estrellan contra los muros cuando pasan por un minuto de fama. Indiscutiblemente Colombia es una Colombia distinta, en todo sentido. Claro que todavía hay guerra, narcotráfico y violencia, pero hoy es un país próspero y en camino a la paz.

O al menos así lo queremos creer todos los colombianos. Apoyé a Oscar Iván Zuluaga, candidato por el Centro Democrático, pero hoy entiendo que la mayoría de los colombianos optaron por el presidente Juan Manuel Santos, y por la esperanza de las conversaciones de paz con la guerrilla de las FARC. Hay que pasar la página, y entenderlo así. La oposición colombiana debe hacerse a un lado y trabajar desde el Congreso, donde es la segunda fuerza, para crear una Colombia más incluyente. Y para que el proceso de paz con las FARC concluya acorde a la no impunidad y a la organización centrada de un grupo que será incluido en nuestra sociedad.

En Colombia la guerra no ha cesado, pero en esa conversación con la guerrilla, así sea en La Habana, bajo la sombra de los dos dinosaurios Castro y sus secuaces de circo, hay una oportunidad real de que se dé el primer paso a una Colombia sin guerrilla.

Hay que aclarar que no es como dicen muchos que se van a los extremos, asegurando que el país está siendo entregado al castrochavismo. En Colombia sí existe un riesgo de que un grupo guerrillero que ha hecho un daño tremendo al país haga política. Y un riesgo de que una mala memoria haga que la gente vote por representantes de ese grupo. Pero en eso los colombianos tendrán la última palabra.

Podría existir también la posibilidad de que en un futuro quede un presidente de izquierda como Bachelet, o Humala, o Mujica, con figuras diferentes a la guerrilla (que ha sido asesina y terrorista y no me canso de decirlo). Todas esas posibilidades existen, y la historia apenas está empezando a contarse de otra manera.

Lo hecho, hecho está. Santos optó por hablar con la guerrilla pero no paró la guerra. Hay que seguir hacia adelante. Dios quiera que de una vez por todas Colombia pase de haber sido un río rojo de sangre de la guerra y el narcotráfico a un río amarillo de paz y esperanza.

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COLUMNA EL NUEVO HERALD: Armas y otros demonios mentales — June 3, 2014

COLUMNA EL NUEVO HERALD: Armas y otros demonios mentales

La Cámara de Representantes de Estados Unidos, y como parte de un acuerdo bipartidista, que incluyó a demócratas y republicanos moderados, aprobó un proyecto de ley que busca otorgar más fondos al programa de verificación de antecedentes para las personas que quieran adquirir un arma. Lo hicieron a pocos días de otro tiroteo mortal. Esta vez en Isla Vista, California.

El pistolero, que se quitó la vida después de matar a tres con balas, a otros tres apuñalados, y dejar a trece heridos, había sido entrevistado recientemente por las autoridades, quienes llegaron a él por medio de una terapista que su madre había pedido lo viera, después de preocuparse por unos videos que montó el joven en YouTube. Las autoridades catalogaron al sujeto como tímido, pero dijeron que no presentaba un riesgo para la sociedad. Lamentablemente erraron. Había comprado armas y cientos de municiones. Decía querer vengarse de la sociedad, en especial de las mujeres. Y lo hizo.

Escuchaba el otro día un comercial en una emisora de radio miamense que invitaba a las personas a asistir a un show o a una especie de feria de armas, en las que además dan cursos para portar armas ocultas y muchas cosas más. Me pregunto cuántos sujetos como este, desequilibrados mentalmente, pueden comprar armas en Estados Unidos. En ferias como esta, o por internet. Lamentablemente un sinnúmero. Los tiroteos siguen ocurriendo periódicamente, y nadie está a salvo de ellos. Las mismas autoridades no saben cómo detectarlos o cómo evitarlos, es sin duda muy difícil. Se necesita control legislativo.

No quiero imaginarme el dolor de unos padres que piensan que su hijo está a salvo en su universidad y con ilusión esperan verlo en vacaciones mientras cumplen su sueño de ser profesionales, al recibir la noticia que ese hijo o hija falleció de la manera más inesperada. Si cualquiera puede comprar no una, sino varias armas y miles de municiones, seguramente puede ocurrir en cualquier lugar. ¿Vengarse de la sociedad? ¿Vestimenta de Batman? ¿Cualquier locura justifica una matanza? Y mientras tanto seguimos sin querer, esperando la próxima… Para reportarla, para jugar a la política, para impresionarnos, para entristecernos.

Caramba, ¿será masoquismo? La ley que la Cámara aprobó es solo un porciento de un sinnúmero de medidas que el Congreso podría tomar, sin necesidad de prohibir las armas en el país, para ayudar a evitar las matanzas. Si tan solo ignoraran los millones de la Asociación Nacional del Rifle y sus secuaces y pensaran en las vidas humanas perdidas. Por los niños de la escuela elemental Sandy Hook, por los estudiantes en California, y por tantos más que han perdido la vida a manos de un loco armado. La medida debe pasar al Senado, que entonces estudiará la versión de la ley y la aprobará en algún momento. Mientras tanto, no queda sino sentir miedo. Si seguimos así terminaremos todos encerrados en casa.


Vergonzosa posición para Estados Unidos — May 14, 2014

Vergonzosa posición para Estados Unidos

ImageEn el mes de celebración para las madres, la organización sin ánimo de lucro Save the Children (Salvemos los niños) publica su informe mundial del “Estado de la maternidad” en el mundo. De acuerdo a Carlos Carrazana, COO de la entidad, en los quince años que llevan presentando el informe, Estados Unidos ha caído de ser uno de los diez mejores países del mundo para ser mamá, a una vergonzosa posición número 31. Digo vergonzoso sobre todo si tenemos en cuenta que es un país desarrollado con un sistema de salud costoso y rico en recursos de salud, mal administrados.

Un sistema que a través de los años ha sido construido para que se enriquezcan las aseguradoras, los hospitales y los médicos, que sin desprestigiar la excelente calidad, en algunos casos cobran honorarios excesivos por poco tiempo con los pacientes. Donde la medicina preventiva es un lujo. Estados Unidos gasta más que cualquier otro país en costos asociados con el cuidado de salud de la maternidad, y con todo y esto el riesgo de muerte materna se ha incrementado en más del cincuenta por ciento desde el año 2000. (De acuerdo al informe de 1 en 3700 a 2 en 2400). Los expertos explican que el grave problema es que hay muchas madres que no han tenido acceso a un seguro médico. Hay también factores psicosociales como la negación de algunas a recibir el cuidado necesario o irresponsabilidad en la planeación materna, claro está.

Nos preguntaremos entonces que pasa con el Medicaid, el sistema de salud pública estadounidense, si supuestamente está disponible para cualquier mujer embarazada que no tenga seguro médico. El problema es que no necesariamente. Si una mujer no está bajo el índice de pobreza en Estados Unidos, pero tampoco le alcanza para comprar un seguro médico privado que ha sido costoso o su empleador no se lo provee, no califica. Esto, supuestamente debería tener un cambio el año entrante después de que muchas mujeres se unan al nuevo sistema de salud del país. Está por verse.

En Estados Unidos hay otros factores como el rápido paso por los hospitales de las madres. En la ciudad de Nueva York, por ejemplo, me explica Carlos Carranza, las minorías sufren sustancialmente la falta de cuidado médico prenatal, o cesáreas innecesarias. Las mujeres afroamericanas presentaron en el reciente informe una tasa de mortalidad peor que la de países como Siria o Irak.

Las cifras revelan además un contraste en Latinoamérica para resaltar. Países como Perú, Brasil y México han bajado a la mitad el riesgo en que una mujer muera por un embarazo. Nicaragua, Bolivia, El Salvador y Colombia lo han hecho en un 40%. Lo han hecho después de experimentar situaciones climáticas extremas en los pasados veinte años. No nos podemos confundir, la mejoría no significa que estos países están bien: un niño o una niña en Guatemala tienen un riesgo de uno en 31 de no llegar a su quinto cumpleaños. La tasa de mortalidad, sin embargo, se mantiene alta, y los desastres naturales la empeoran.

Los gobiernos, la empresa privada y las entidades públicas deben hacer un mejor trabajo para que toda madre reciba su cuidado prenatal y postnatal, educando, proveyendo los cuidados de salud necesarios y tratando a las madres como lo más preciado de la vida. No olvidemos que todos los seres humanos tenemos una madre en nuestras vidas, ya sea la nuestra viva, nuestra pareja, una amiga, una hermana o una hija. Con madres sanas emocional y mentalmente, hay mucha más oportunidad de que no mueran los niños.


Learning to be happier: Angella Nazarian’s App Teaches How to Improve our Lives — May 3, 2014

Learning to be happier: Angella Nazarian’s App Teaches How to Improve our Lives

ImageLearning to live life to its full potential could now be possible with the help of your smart phone, laptop or tablet. “My Personal Coach” is a new application for iPhone, iPad and iPod from best-selling author and former professor of psychology Angella Nazarian. The author of Pioneers of the Possible: Celebrating Visionary Women of the World and Life as a Visitor starts from what she calls the five core principles of success, bringing together her creativity and her renowned motivational skills. 
Priorities, strengths, thoughts, relationships and the environment build up the application’s sections, which have, as goal, improving the management of the individual’s life. “Personal transformation takes time, accountability, and encouragement. It can happen organically through personal relationships, or through enlisting an outside coach. Since not everyone can afford having a personal coach, I designed the app as a coach that can be carried on the go”, explains Nazarian. The application offers inspirational quotes, a personal survey, and daily challenges. “In L.A., having a coach is getting as popular as having a personal trainer or attending a workshop. Many people want to focus on proactive ways of dealing with present day challenges.”

With an option to set calendar reminders and alerts to track progress and based on studies from Gallop, Meyer- Briggs and Keirsey, the app promises to assist users in discovering their strengths and personality types. For Nazarian, knowing yourself is a good start to changing life’s perspectives; followed by surrounding yourself with people you admire. “I love reading biographies of inspiring leaders – they inspire me to think in new ways and challenge my perceptions. It was out of this inspiration I wrote my second book Pioneers of the Possible: Celebrating Visionary Women of the World.”

Nazarian, an international speaker, has also created dynamic workshops and seminars focused on personal growth and development. Born in Iran, she left her country at the young age of eleven. Faced with Iran’s conflict, she resided in Los Angeles with her older siblings until the arrival of her parents five years later.

She describes her proudest moment in life and inspiration as the day her son, at age eight, gave her a love letter “I keep it in my drawer in my office. He even drew two stick figures hugging each other. To inspire those feelings in another person is a gift onto itself.” She is also an active member of leading cultural, philanthropic and educational institutions in Los Angeles. “There is great power in the life of a person who has the potential to change other people, communities and nations. So, be true to yourself and don’t ever diminish your own potential”, adds the coach.
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