Watch for bee stings and outdoor poisons

School may be starting soon, but there’s still warm weather left. Head outside and enjoy the rest of summer, but watch for bee stings and outdoor poisons. Here’s a video with more information.

Build a lucky life-put as many steps between you and guns as possible

I once heard a successful businessman tell the story of how, as a teen, he got really angry about how he was treated. He was so angry that he grabbed the only weapon he could find, a sharp screwdriver, and went after the person who treated him badly. Luckily, he didn’t find the guy. It was also lucky that the businessman did not have a gun-he could have killed someone before he had a chance to think about the consequences. So, build a lucky life for yourself by not reacting in anger, and by putting yourself as far away from a gun as possible.

Real voyage of discovery

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The answer is right here

I speak to young people and their families about many vaccines, but the vaccine parents have the most questions about is the HPV one. Below is a graphic that shows why this vaccine is so important, it shows that the HPV vaccine can prevent genital warts and many types of cancers. The answer is right here.

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Let’s Cook with Richard Sherman

It’ll be football season soon. I found this video of Richard Sherman of the champion Seattle Seahawks cooking a healthful lunch. Enjoy.

Suicide is preventable

Suicide is preventable. There are many people and organizations that are able to help keep you safe if you are thinking of killing yourself, including the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. They are always available at suicidepreventionlifeline.org and 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

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Your brain on marijuana-risking addiction and IQ

A recent Columbia University study found that more teens admitted to drug treatment programs were addicted to marijuana more than any other drug. The researchers also say that teens who start smoking marijuana are at particular risk of getting addicted. Also, smoking marijuana as a young person can lower IQ and cause learning, memory, attention and concentration problems. So, I ask you, why risk addiction and your IQ by smoking marijuana? It’s not worth it.

Healthy teeth needed for overall health

I’m amazed at how many young people I meet who do not brush their teeth every day. Healthy teeth are so important for overall health, so do the work of keeping them healthy. Brush and floss everyday, and visit the dentist regularly.

 

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Avoid the enemy of the good

I know that I have to organize the posts on this blog a little better because, if I did, different topics would be easier to find. Oh well, one day. But, for now I keep writing-I’m not going to stop just because all of my work isn’t perfect. It should be the same for many things, don’t let perfect be the enemy of good. Do what you need to do, get things done-they may be good, maybe very good, but not perfect and that’s probably okay.

It’s a jungle out there

It’s like a jungle out there. The roads are dangerous because so many people are distracted by their phones. This morning, again, someone almost hit me as they veered into my lane. When I drove past the car I saw that the guy was looking at his phone. It’s a jungle out there and I’m the innocent prey about to be killed by a predator who keeps looking at his phone as he drives by me!

James Brady, 1940-2014

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Today James Brady died. He was President Reagan’s press secretary in 1981 when he was shot in the head. After he recovered, he and his wife, Sarah, founded the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. This organization has truly led to “Millions marching to end gun violence.” Lend your voice of support today.

Genesys Works revisited

I met a young intern this week who is part of Genesys Works. I have written about this organization before, but this work training program is worth revisiting. They do such good work. Here’s a video about them.

 

It’s school and sports physical time

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I refer to August and early September as school and sports physical time because so many of these are done at this time of the year. I have two pieces of advice for parents and teens-first, if you need a physical, make an appointment soon because appointments fill up. Second, use that visit with your healthcare provider to get what you need to remain healthy. Get your shots, your medication refills, your STD checks, whatever you need. If you do this, you will start the school year, your sports season ready to go.

Help making yourself stupid

I heard John Hickenlooper, the Governor of Colorado on the radio today. You probably know that Colorado recently legalized the use of marijuana. Anyways, Governor Hickenlooper was asked why he and his staff don’t smoke marijuana. He said, “We don’t need any help trying to make ourselves stupid.” Do you need any help making yourself stupid? I don’t need help doing this either, so I don’t smoke.

Far too many of you dying

I heard the Marvin Gaye song, “What’s Going On” recently and thought of the lyrics when reading about the shooting of young people. This song is really appropriate today.

“Mother, mother
There’s too many of you crying
Brother, brother, brother
There’s far too many of you dying
You know we’ve got to find a way
To bring some lovin’ here today, yeah”

Marvin Gaye, “What’s Going On”

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Distracted riders-foolish and dangerous

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The other day I saw a young person with headphones on, typing on his cell phone, while riding a bike on a freeway overpass. Was he a stunt person? No. Was he doing something foolish and dangerous? Absolutely. I suppose those of us driving by were in danger because we were distracted as we stared at him in horror, but he was the person most at risk. I hope he arrived where he was going safely, and I hope that he and others distracted by their electronic devices learn that the text, the Facebook message, the phone call can wait.

No rule against that

I often tell young people that the time to start birth control is before they have sex so that they can find the birth control that works for them safely. What I mean by safely is that they are safe from having a pregnancy. For sure, if you wait until after you are having sex to think about birth control you could be in trouble. Also, you can be on birth control even if you’re not having sex-there’s no rule against that.

Wear your birth control proudly

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I once saw a young lady whose contraceptive patch, Ortho Evra, was visible on her bare arm. Do you know what I thought? I thought, “Good for you. Wear your birth control proudly!”

Guy’s guide to birth control

Bedsider.org now has a guy’s guide to birth control. Here’s a funny video introduction.

Training your taste buds

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I didn’t know that people need to taste a new food between 14-21 times before they start to like that food. I’m not a picky eater, but this is helpful to know if you are a picky eater, or know some one who is. It really is about “training your taste buds” like Dr. John Anderson, a pediatrician who works with me wrote recently. Here’s more advice from him for picky eaters, http://myhealthnewsletter.com/hcmc/healthematters/July2014/article1.html.

To be or not to be

I was talking today with a young person about the Hamlet soliloquy that begins “To be or not to be” today. I then remembered that great video last year of this soliloquy that was made of snippets from performances students submitted via Instagram. Here’s the link http://bit.ly/1e7lH6B.

The Drum Major Instinct

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Try getting a little extra sleep and see how you feel

“Why not do an experiment, go to bed early and see how you feel?” This is the question I asked a young person I know. He didn’t answer-he just shrugged and walked away. Why not try getting a little extra sleep when you can? You never know-you may actually like it.

My best advice for college students

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The best advice I can give a new college student is to make sure that they get enough sleep. I have found that many college students give up on sleep even though they need sleep to do their best in school. I’m happy to report that a young person I know who is beginning college in the fall won’t become sleep deprived. She said that she needs 8 to 10 hours of sleep now and doesn’t plan to change her sleep habits when she gets to college.

Chew it

 I have always admired the ability to bite off more than one can chew and then chew it. ”

— William DeMille

The choice

In honor of the new Harry Potter story:

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It makes too much sense

A young person I know told me recently that he feels tired in the morning if he gets up at a decent hour, and he feels guilty if he sleeps in late. I asked him why he didn’t try going to bed earlier so that he would get up early enough and not be tired. He said that wouldn’t work. Of course, why would this work? It makes too much sense.

Vamping all night

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Have you heard about vamping? I think there are different definitions, but the one I’m referring to is where someone stays up late, texting or being online and not getting enough sleep. There is an article about vamping on the New York Times website, http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/06/fashion/vamping-teenagers-are-up-all-night-texting.html?src=dayp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&module=c-column-above-moth-fixed-region&region=c-column-above-moth-fixed-region&WT.nav=c-column-above-moth-fixed-region&_r=0. Sleep is so important for everyone, especially young people, that sometimes I advise parents to lock up cell phones and turn off the internet at night just to try to get their teen to get some sleep. This may be a harsh solution, but it is what some young teens need until they know how to regulate their media use.

What is trichomoniasis

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Human drama of athletic competition

“..the thrill of victory… and the agony of defeat… the human drama of athletic competition…”

Why do people play sports when defeat is possible? Because the opportunity to compete and the possibility of success is so alluring. Anyway, no matter what your ability, you too can push yourself to improve athletically. Get up, get out, get active, get strong!

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Like a girl

A young period told me about a new commercial that, even though it’s a commercial, explores well why it’s okay to be told you do something like a girl.

Jookin for good

I hadn’t heard about jookin, a type of dance, until today, but I’m now really impressed. I’m impressed by the artistry and I’m impressed by the artist Lil Buck. Here’s a video from the New York Times about him. I like how he describes using his gift for good.

Stick with love

“I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”

Martin Luther King Jr.

Iron Kids

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Iron Kids is a strength training app for iPhones and iPads from the American Academy of Pediatrics. Iron Kids is a safe way for young people to build strength, balance and fitness. The app contains a workout program and instructional videos. The app is only $3.99, so it’s an inexpensive way to become an Iron Kid.

Between every action and reaction

It’s soccer’s World Cup and one well-known soccer player appeared to lose his mind. He bit another player! What was that about I wonder? To me it appears that this player got angry about something and doesn’t know how to control his anger. Have you heard the saying, “Between every action and reaction is a space, you must control that space.” That soccer player doesn’t know how to manage that space, so that he controls his reaction. If you have this problem, if you’re easy to anger, your probably need the help of a counselor so that you can control the space and your reaction.

Athletic and strong or a like a model and weak? The choice is clear (to me)

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With Wimbledon starting soon, I posed the following question to a young woman I know, “Would you rather have the body of an athlete and be strong, or have the body of a model and be weak?” The young woman said that she would rather have an athlete’s body and be strong. I then asked her “Would you rather have Serena Williams’ body, which is obviously strong and powerful, or the model Giselle’s body (she looks like she needs a good meal)?” The young woman answered that she would rather have Giselle’s body. I don’t get it-why is a weak-appearing, too-skinny woman preferred? For me, I would love to have Serena’s body, a body that can beat you at tennis and probably any other sport.

Powerful water

This video shows how powerful water can be. You won’t be swimming in falls, but all water can be dangerous, especially if you don’t know how to swim. To be safe, everyone needs to learn how to swim. The Red Cross website can help you find swim lessons in your area.

Super Smile team

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If everyone brushed twice a day for 2 minutes-they’d have a Super Smile also.

There’s a world waiting for you

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Today is the birthday of James Weldon Johnson. He lived from 1871 to 1938 and was an author, teacher, lawyer, diplomat, civil rights activist, and songwriter. In fact, he wrote the famous song, “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing.” I found that this quote from him still applies today, not only for African American young people, but all young people. “You are young, gifted, and Black. We must begin to tell our young, There’s a world waiting for you, Yours is the quest that’s just begun.”

What it’s like to be transgender

I am always so impressed by strong, independent people. I found this type of person on the GLSEN website. The young person featured in the video speaks so eloquently about their experience and the stigma they face.

Raise strong children

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Close-up of a Hot Cheeto. Yuck!

That’s 2 days in a row that I meet young people who have belly pain when they eat Hot Cheetos. Have they stopped eating Hot Cheetos? No!. Why haven’t they stopped? Well, Hot Cheetos like most junk food is made so that we have a hard time not eating it once we get started. But you must stop because these foods, or whatever they are, are so unhealthy and can even make you sick.

Here’s a close-up of a Hot Cheeto. Yuck!

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It’s World Cup time, go out and play soccer

Many people know that tomorrow the World Cup for soccer begins, but have you heard of blind soccer? I hadn’t until I found this video from the New York Times. Enjoy the World Cup and use that and blind soccer as inspiration for you to get out and play also.

ThinkB4YouSpeak.com

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It’s Lyme disease time

It’s beginning to feel a lot like summer which means that it’s Lyme disease time. Here’s more information about Lyme disease and how to protect yourself.

Decide when sex is right for you

Recently a young person told me that she had decided not to have sex until she was older. I told her that I was happy that she had taken the time to think about it and made a decision. This is what I hope for all young people-that they decide whether and when they plan to have sex. I think that if they are thoughtful they will be less likely to have sex to early, have sex without using condoms, or risk getting pregnant.

Won’t let his circumstance define him

Someone told me about this young man in Folsom California who despite having a difficult upbringing has done so well in high school that he is going to Princeton on a full scholarship. Learn more about him here http://www.sacbee.com/2014/06/04/6455551/folsom-student-finds-path-through.html#mi_rss=Our%20Region.

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James West, scientist and inspiration

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I had the pleasure of hearing James West speak this weekend. He, along with Gerhard Sessler, developed the type of microphone that is the most widely used now-almost 2 billion are made annually. West has also been a mentor to many minority scientists and an inspiration to all. This weekend West spoke about everyone’s responsibility to help others. He advised, “do not be afraid to ask for what you know can make life better for everyone.”

Hate leads to suffering

Yesterday I posted a quote from Yoda because I saw Star Wars movie characters in a parade yesterday. Here’s another Star Wars quote with the life lesson that caring and compassion offers the greatest chance of happiness and success.

“Fear is the path to the Dark SIde. Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, hate leads to suffering.”

Yoda, Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace

Wisdom from Yoda

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