Saturday, December 17, 2011
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Greetings and salutations! My name is Reggie Smith and I am the editor-in-chief of “RISE” – THE MULTIMEDIA MAGAZINE.
We believe that now is the time for us to raise our consciousness about our responsibility for our own wellness. There is very little, if anything, preventing us from heightening our awareness about how we can recover from the multitude of maladies that are plaguing minority communities.
One thing we can do to better participate in our own survival is to create an atmosphere that is more conducive to healing. That is why we have created “RISE” – The Multimedia Magazine, so we can focus on spiritual, mental and physical wellness, self and community awareness, and recovery from the addictive behaviors that are at the core of many of our health issues.
“RISE” multimedia magazine will be delivered in an interactive format, which includes audio, and video interviews, featured articles, and reported information concerning local individuals and organizations in the wellness arena.
There will be a calendar of events and resources available for those interested in spiritual, mental and physical wellness.
The content is being written and produced by various contributors and edited primarily by accredited, experienced persons with the direct support of healthcare providers from the National Minority Clinical Research Association (NMCRA).
The news and education in the magazine WILL be produced on a monthly basis, and distributed in various multimedia formats (delivered by email, video on phone, Twitter, Facebook, video on web, video in waiting room)
As an added attraction for our growing database of opt-in magazine recipients, we will include music, discounts and FREE giveaways provided by our advertisers and underwriters.
So thank you for your time and trust! We know we will all benefit by your decision to check out – and possibly contribute – to “RISE” THE MULTIMEDIA MAGAZINE!
Friday, November 4, 2011
I am pleased...beyond words, that my friend Denise Stokes is blessing us with this look into her inspiring journey - in an attempt to inspire hope to those who would receive it. May God continue to bless you!! I hope to be among the first to interview you on "RISE" - The Multimedia Magazine!!
Thursday, November 3, 2011
When we were navigating the myriad of emotions we felt about living with HIV back in the 1980's, I never envisioned something like what I had the great blessing to observe and enjoy recently at Georgia State University.
My friend, Dr. Larry Bryant, a professor at Georgia State University, has created an accredited course on HIV Awareness (HIV 101) that is very well thought out and it is having a wonderful effect on the 60+ students enrolled this semester. Imagine, an actual accredited course on HIV, with a text book and everything!!
I was blessed to have the opportunity to share my experiences as a person living with AIDS for the past 25 years. The bredth of the knowledge exhibited by the students was refreshing! Thanks to Dr. Larry Bryant for inviting me to speak and listen. Thanks go to him for having the vision and perserverance needed to make it haopen. I pray that every college and university follow his lead and institute a cousre just like it. Among these students is the person who will discover the cure for HIV.
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
The fact that people with HIV are living longer than ever before, we seem to have developed a complacency about the emotional effect that our relationships have suffered as a result of how we have to negotiate with each other as a result of HIV. Friends and family are experiencing a post traumatic emotional disorder that is predicated on the memory of those lost, and the fear of personal exposure to the virus as a result of unchanged behavior.
Love, unconditional love, can be a strong part of the healing process. Lets not forget those who have gone too soon, but let's not allow our trauma to dictate our future.
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Recovery from addictions is an important step towards wellness. You are not alone! Check out the links for some great resources
Saturday, October 8, 2011
Thursday, June 9, 2011
Listening to public radio today, I heard a really inspiring interview on "Hardknock Radio" w/ Davy D. He was speaking with "Stic Man" from Dead Prez about his latest musical poetry that is focused towards so many of the things that I have been espousing all these years.
He spoke about really taking care of one's spiritual, mental and physical being, being conscious about all things involved! Wow!!! He promoting health and wellness through hip hop culture. I have GOT to get with this soldier, and I have GOT to support his message. The RBG Fit Club (rbgfitclub.com) is a place to visit, or SticRBG.com is the place to keep up with this motivational young brother.
Friday, May 6, 2011
There is a reason why we are still here on the planet. Some of us are more aware of the tenuous nature of life as a result of the life threatening experiences we have had. those experiences have made us more acutely aware of how important it is to be grateful, and the importance of actually living in thankful contemplation. I choose to show my thanks by working actively to create an atmosphere that is more conducive to healing.
Music has always had a healing effect on me. As a DJ, I always try to listen to the lyrics and mix music together to create a tapestry of a musical spiritual mosaic that can energetically lift those who are moved by my interpretation of the work of others. Like this tune by Alicia Myers "I Want To Thank You", which has always been a favorite of mine because it is a great song that bridges spirituality and movement! I have not been spinning for a while, but mixes are always going around in my head. Once a DJ...
In my book, "Surrender To Heal" - 7 Ways to Rise Above The Battlefield of Life (available on this homepage) I used the titles of songs as the chapter titles so as to conjur up the energy that I thought was appropriate to help the reader to receive the information as best as possible. Everyone has expressed that they remembered something special about their own life that rang true when they read the book, and many talked about what they were doing when the particular songs were being played.
As the editor for RISE - THE MULTIMEDIA MAGAZINE, as well as here on this blog, I am going to use some of those same methods for communicating information and ideas. I hoe you enjoy the information and can appreciate the atmosphere we are working to create, and use it to participate in your own survival. Either way...I want to thank you!
Saturday, April 30, 2011
This interview is rough, and the production quality will be better when I get finished with it, but I wanted to post it now, mainly because I thught that I had not recorded it. You can see it again here later.
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
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Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Dionne Smith, a HIV negative African American hetero sexual woman, talks about her "Deciding Moment".
Saturday, April 2, 2011
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Do you ever find yourself doing the following?
* Checking your Facebook profile every 10 minutes
* Spending more than half of your day in the social networking website
* Updating your profile and status messages
* Adding plenty of friends
* Tracking your profile even in your mobile phone
Then there's a huge possibility you're already addicted to Facebook.
Today, Facebook is the biggest social networking website, with millions of members all over the world. It has even surpassed search engines when it comes to user views.
Because there are so many things you can do in Facebook, it's not surprising you spend more time in here than anywhere else. It's also not impossible to get hooked or addicted.
The problem is Facebook addiction can get in the way of your normal life. It becomes much easier to build online relationships than personal ones. It reduces your work effectiveness and leads to depression and anxiety if you cannot access it for even just a day.
How to Cope with It
There's nothing wrong with using Facebook, but you need to effectively manage your uncontrollable urge to check it all the time. Though it may take a while before you can get rid of addiction, you can definitely do it. Begin with the following tips:
Reduce Facebook tracking. You can gradually reduce the number of times you open your Facebook account. For example, instead of opening it every 10 minutes, you can do so every 30, then every hour, then every other day, until you can survive not opening it at all.
Consider other alternatives. Substitute the time you spend on Facebook with something else. Rather than sitting there for hours, you can go to the gym or take a stroll around the neighborhood. You can pamper yourself by going to the spa or the salon.
Meet up with your friends. You can utilize Facebook to keep in touch with your friends and schedule meet-ups. After all, the main reason why you're using Facebook is you want to reach out to people, especially those you haven't met for a very long time.
Activate Facebook blocking applications. An excellent Facebook addiction self help is to download applications that can block the social networking website. You can activate it during those times when you need to work or attend to a very important chore.
Buy a mobile phone with no Internet capabilities. The truth is you don't really need a mobile phone with Internet capabilities. When you have to stay connected, you can always look for a café. Besides, non-Internet-capable phones are way cheaper and don't tempt you to download Facebook applications.
Use self help CDs.There are plenty of self help CDs and self help tapes that are customized to those people who want to end their Facebook addiction. Majority of them contain subliminal messages or affirmations, which provide the inspiration and motivation they need to never give up.
Share your thoughts. Your friends and family members can help you eliminate your addiction only if you allow them to. So share your feelings and ask for moral support.
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Sunday, March 27, 2011
The basic chemistry of pH balance
Back in high school chemistry, we learned about pH: acids had low numbers, alkalines had high numbers, and a pH of 7.0 was neutral. And it all meant absolutely nothing in terms of day-to-day life.It now turns out that we have a better shot at long-term health if our body's pH is neutral or slightly alkaline. When we tilt toward greater acidity, which can be measured easily, we have a greater risk of developing osteoporosis, weak muscles, heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease, and a host of other health problems. The solution, according to scientists who have researched "chronic low-grade metabolic acidosis," is eating a diet that yields more alkaline and less acid. Just what kind of diet is that? One that's high in fruits and vegetables. That might not seem like a big surprise, except for a few unexpected twists and turns.
Acid-yielding foods deplete minerals
If the idea of balancing acid and alkaline foods seems a bit off the wall, it does have a somewhat checkered past. Most people, including physicians, aren't familiar with the dangers of acidosis, except in the most extreme situations. Those include lactic acidosis, from overexercise; ketoacidosis, when diabetes start burning their own fat; and renal acidosis, which can be a sign of kidney failure.The original scientific research on acid-yielding and alkaline-yielding foods dates back to 1914 and was remarkably accurate, according to Loren Cordain, Ph.D., a professor and researcher in the department of health and exercise science at Colorado State University, Fort Collins. Then, in the 1930s and 1940s, the acid-alkaline concept was hijacked by early health food "nuts." Among them, William Hay, M.D., proposed an almost ritualistic eating habit based on food acidity or alkalinity. Since then, most doctors have viewed any discussion of acid and alkaline diets with a skeptical eye. But the problem with acid-producing eating habits is very real, contends Cordain, a leading expert on the Paleolithic, or Stone Age diet. "After digestion, all foods report to the kidneys as being either acidic or alkaline," he says. "The kidneys are responsible for fluid balance and maintaining a relatively neutral pH in the body." That's where things get interesting. When acid-yielding foods lower the body's pH, the kidneys coordinate efforts to buffer that acidity. Bones release calcium and magnesium to reestablish alkalinity, and muscles are broken down to produce ammonia, which is strongly alkaline. By the time the response is all over, your bone minerals and broken down muscle get excreted in urine. Long term, excess acidity leads to thinner bones and lower muscle mass, points out Anthony Sebastian, M.D., of the University of California, San Francisco. These problems are compounded by normal aging, which increases acidosis, bone loss, and muscle wasting. Along the way, calcium and magnesium losses can equate to deficiencies, with many ramifications. Both minerals play essential roles in bone formation and normal heart rhythm. Low magnesium levels can cause muscle cramps, arrhythmias, and anxiety.