Monday, August 20, 2018

Practicing Philanthropy: Positives for You and Your Community

keywords and ideas:  encouraging philanthropy, kindness leadership, practice philanthropy throughout your life, philanthropy and the "blue zones", philanthropy for your health

"Every act of kindness creates a positive change for others, no matter how small.  Plus, when kids take action to be a Changemaker, it helps them be happier, healthier and feel better about themselves.  Ready to transform kind thoughts into kind actions?  Cape optional." --Class Dojo

We've been following the school's summer kindess blogpost series these last couple months.  Here is the most recent installment: Habit #9: Kindness Leadership.
I started the Philanthropy Fridays theme for the Facebook Page a few months ago, and posted about this quote last week.

Goal
Encourage the practice of philanthropy throughout your lifetime and your family's lifetime.  It is good for the giver and the receiver.

Check in:  What and Where

  • What have you done this month to engage your philanthropy "muscle"?
  • Was it local, in your community?  Or was it national or international?
  • What did you give?  Your time?  Your skill(s)?  Your income?

Why?
The practice of philanthropy is an important aspect of what makes the longevity "blue zones"successful.  😊

If you are looking for the best philanthropy fit for you, I recommend mixing it up between your local community and supporting something at a national or international level.  Every nonprofit needs people who can give their time or their skill as well as funders.  So, if you cannot do one, choose the other path.

Reference/Resource
You can find the whole series at the The Class Dojo Summer Kindness Series homepage

Interested in "Blue Zones"?
Dan Buettner's work with National Geographic and subsequent books, like The Blue Zones Solution.

More about Blue Zones work today at their website

More on the Health Effects of Philanthropy in the story of 
Roseto, Pennslyvannia, where the community's health and longevity was not exclusively due to diet, exercise, or genetics, but to philanthropic community networks.  Dr. Wolf's research on Roseto was highlighted in Malcolm Gladwell's book, Outliers:

"What Wolf slowly realized was that the secret of Roseto wasn't diet or exercise or genes or the region where Roseto was situated.  It had to be the Roseto itself.  
[They cooked for each other, lived in multi-generational homes, have high respect for their elders, attend church together regularly, and, in a town of less than 2000 people] they counted twenty-two separate civic organizations..." 
"the Rosetans had created a powerful, protective social structure capable of insulating them from the pressures of the modern world.
The Rosetans were healthy ... because of the world they had created for themselves in their tiny little town in the hills."  --Outliers  [emphasis added]

Non-profits we are currently following:

Want to learn more about the basic principles learned from studying the Blue Zones?
Watch this TED talk by Dan Buettner, start at about minute 15.40 for "common denominators":


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Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Blogpost Review of the 10 Most Popular Posts since January 2018

keywords:  popular posts

This summer has brought my family some big transitions, such as moving from one region of the country to another.  For more information, please see the July newsletter, Roaming with the Bison and John Muir prose-poetry.  


This week, please enjoy a blogroll roundup of the 10 most popular blogposts published since January 2018.  If you have a favorite that didn't make the popularity list, please link to it in the comments section below.  Would love to hear from you!
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The 10 Most Popular Posts since January 2018


  1. New Year 2018 Survey:  Prioritizing the 2018 Projects (Jan 2018)
  2. Research Review:  Discussing Acupuncture for Pain Management with a Physician? Read and cite these Key Research Papers. (Jan 2018)  
    • Mel Hopper Koppleman of Evidence-Based Acupuncture, answers this question in just 16 minutes (perfect to watch on your next lunch break!).  Mel chose several studies that meet 3 useful criteria when talking with a neurologist:  
      • the effects of acupuncture are long-term and thus acupuncture is not a placebo
      • acupuncture treatment improves neuroplasticity
      • acupuncture treatment affects the mu-opioid receptors
  3. The Pain Scale in Your Chart Note, using a Validated Tool
    • With the opioid crisis in the U.S. and Acupuncturists' ability to treat pain and help reduce patient's need for opioids, we, as a profession, need to consistently document patient pain levels.  This is a very useful, easy to learn (and apply) metric.  For a deeper dive into this topic, sign up for the short course.
  4. The VA Occupational Code for Licensed Acupuncturists has been published!  (Feb 2018)
  5. Moving Beyond Medications, the Infographic (Feb 2018)
    • a useful one-pager for primary care providers looking for a quick reference point for referrals for non-pharm pain management therapies.
  6. Acupuncturists officially have a unique BLS Standard Occupational Code since January 1st, 2018!  
    • Monumental news for the profession, and especially for hospital-based providers and their hospital-sponsors (hospital admin)

  7. Research Review:  NSAIDs, electroacupuncture, the COX-2 inflammation pathway. (March 2018)
    • A research article review by one of our volunteer reviewers followed by a useful resource section (with videos) for practitioners to review the COX pathway in the inflammation process and the pharmacology of NSAIDs.  
  8. Find Your Trail Guide:  mentorship in the hospital practice environment (April 2018)
    • This is #4 in the new series, answering the question, How do I get my foot in the door of hospital practice?  The series is currently being converted back into a pdf as a download-able resource.  To pre-order your copy of the download-able pdf, follow this link.
  9. New Hospital Employee?  Shadow Your Team Before You Start Patient Care (May 2018) 
  10. Mission:  Make Integrative Medicine Accessible to Patients in Hospitals  (May 2018)

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