Guest: Nelson Simon
"Soul of the Hurricane: The Perfect Storm and an Accidental Sailor" is a true story that begins with an unexpected invitation to transport a Norwegian schooner from Brooklyn to Bermuda but ends with a Coast Guard helicopter rescue in the dead of night. It was October 1991 and the ship was Anne Kristine, the oldest continuously sailing vessel in the world. What awaited them was Hurricane Grace, the southern end of what came to be known as the "Perfect Storm."
This Episode features Nelson Simon, survivor and author of the book, "Soul of the Hurricane: The Perfect Storm and an Accidental Sailor."
To purchase "Soul of the Hurricane: The Perfect Storm and an Accidental Sailor" visit:
This Episode features three experts uniquely qualified to speak about the gambling industry, addiction, and recovery: Dr. Timothy Fong, Jack O'Donnell, and Arnie Wexler.
In 2018 the Supreme Court overturned a federal law that had blocked sports gambling, putting legalization in the hands of each state. Currently, 30 states and Washington, D.C. have made it legal. About 100 million people can now make wagers from their homes and on their phones. The landscape is changing quickly. For many, gambling offers a harmless and entertaining diversion from everyday life. For others, the simple act of placing a bet is a very different experience. When does gambling become problematic for a person? Who is at risk?
Dr. Timothy Fong, Jack O'Donnell, and Arnie Wexler share their insights as we talk about the changing terrain of sports betting; the proliferation of advertising; gambling addiction; suicide; integrity in sports; and finding resources for help.
Dr. Timothy Fong is a Professor of Psychiatry, board-certified in Addiction Psychiatry, at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA. He is the director of the UCLA Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship, a one-year program that provides clinical training in the management of addictive disorders, and the co-director of the UCLA Gambling Studies Program.
Jack O’Donnell is the CEO of C4 Recovery Foundation. C4 is a non-profit that advocates and develops policy, treatment systems, and educates on addiction and behavioral health issues throughout the world. Prior to joining C4 he was CEO of two private treatment facilities. For 26 years prior to entering the addiction field, Jack was a successful executive in the casino gaming industry. He was President and COO for Merv Griffin and Donald Trump in Atlantic City. He also developed 5 casino projects for his own company in four states and Greece.
Arnie Wexler is a Certified Compulsive Gambling Counselor and was the Executive Director of the Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey for eight years. His book, "All Bets Are Off. Losers, Liars and Recovery," provides a revealing picture of how compulsive gambling ravages the lives of both the addict and those around him or her. It is also an inspiring story of hope and healing for anyone affected by problem gambling. Arnie placed his last bet on April 10, 1968.
Resources for anyone concerned about their gambling or for a loved one:
National Council on Problem Gambling: Website: https://www.ncpgambling.org/National
Council on Problem Gambling: 24 Hour Confidential National Helpline: Call 1800-522-4700 Chat ncpgambling.org/chat Text 1-800-522-4700
Council on Compulsive Gambling of NJ confidential helpline: 1-800-GAMBLER
Gam-Anon for Family & Friends: https://gamblersanonymous.org/ga/content/gam-anon-help-family-friends
Book: “All Bets Are Off: Losers, Liars, and Recovery from Gambling Addiction”: https://www.amazon.com/All-Bets-Are-Off-Addiction/dp/1937612759/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=
Arnie Wexler's hotline: 1-888-LAST-BET
For more information about C4 Recovery Foundation visit: https://c4recoveryfoundation.org/
Politico Article "The Ugly Truth Behind All Those Fun Gambling Ads:" https://www.politico.com/news/magazine/2022/02/13/ugly-truth-behind-fun-gambling-ads-00008380
Follow Jack O’Donnell on Twitter: @jackODspeaks
Follow Dr. Fong on Twitter: @fongster98
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline number: 1800-273-TALK (8255)
Recent article in The Guardian about a young athlete with CTE, gambling addiction and suicide: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2022/mar/17/he-was-just-a-baby-cte-robbed-footy-player-of-his-brain-and-then-his-life
Lynch syndrome is a common and often under-diagnosed inherited condition that increases one's risk for a variety of cancers, including colon, rectal, uterine, ovarian, urinary tract, and others. Many individuals with a Lynch mutation develop related cancers at a much younger age than the general population. According to the National Cancer Institute, “It is estimated that 1 in every 280 Americans are living with Lynch Syndrome." Most people living. with this inherited condition are unaware of it, or are diagnosed only after they have developed cancer. Dave Dubin, Founder of “Alive and Kickn”and three-time Lynch Syndrome cancer survivor shares his personal story and talks about the inspiring work his organization is doing through research, advocacy, education and screening.
To learn more about Lynch Syndrome, Dave Dubin & AliveAndKickn visit https://www.aliveandkickn.org
For more information about the Lynch Syndrome Center - Dana-Farber Cancer Institute | Boston, MA check out this website: https://www.dana-farber.org/cancer-genetics-and-prevention/syndromes-genes-and-programs/lynch-syndrome-center/
Are you a cancer fighter, survivor, previvor or caregiver looking for one-on-one support? Imerman Angels partners individuals seeking cancer support with a “Mentor Angel,” so that no one has to face cancer alone: https://imermanangels.org
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Guest: Donna Lee
This Episode features the inspiring story of Donna Lee, trauma survivor, entrepreneur and inventor. By day, Donna works in transportation systems management for MassDOT. But in her free time, she began building a yoga-mat business that has gained national attention from celebrities.
Donna considers herself more of a problem solver than an inventor. So when she wanted a sustainable, machine washable yoga mat instead of the ones at the gym which never felt clean enough and were environmentally unfriendly…she found a solution. Create one.
At 58 years old, Donna launched her company, Remember You Only Live Once LLC (R-Yolo), after taking an online manifesting class with Gabrielle Bernstein. Two years later, she was invited to a pre-Academy Awards party, where she presented her yoga mat to Viola Davis and other celebrities as part of their luxury swag bag.
She has since been included GBK Brand Bar’s Gift Guide for the Traveler in GQ, on Chronicle, WCVB Channel 5 in Massachusetts and now on Warrior’s Day Off.
Listen to learn more about R-YOLO and Donna Lee. “Remember, You Only Live Once.”
An enlightening conversation with Ashish Kothari, executive coach, author and founder of Happiness Squad, a company focused on helping individuals and organizations unleash the power of happiness and well-being to achieve their full potential.
Prior to starting Happiness Squad, Ashish was a partner in McKinsey's Leadership Practice. He combines over two decades of consulting experience and formal training as an ontological coach and has helped thousands of leaders and their organizations succeed by building new mindsets and capabilities.
In his book “Hardwired for Happiness,” Ashish Kothari gives you a simple set of practices to unlock more joy, connection, and meaning in your life. If you feel there’s more to life than the constant grind of your “to-do list” , then this is one you need to check out. "Hardwired for Happiness" will take you on a journey inwards to live your best life! It has already helped me.
To join learn more about Ashish Kothari and his book, "Hardwired for Happiness," visit https://happinesssquad.com/
Nutritionist Judy Palken discusses healthy food choices that can help us maintain our cardiovascular and cognitive health, keep our bones strong, and preserve muscle strength as we get older. She provides tips for making healthy food choices every day as well as during the holiday season.
Judy Palken is a registered dietitian with a master's degree in Clinical Nutrition from Cornell University. She has spent many years working in Boston hospitals, with a specialty in cardiac nutrition. She worked in nutrition research in the Division of Preventive and Behavioral Medicine at UMass Medical School in Worcester. She teaches classes in community settings, promoting healthy eating and activity for good health.
I first met Judy Palken at eternalHealth’s “Big Papi Intentional Walk” at the Natick Mall in Massachusetts where she was a guest speaker along with eternalHealth’s CEO Pooja Ika, and Baseball Hall of Famer David Ortiz.
The "Big Papi Intentional Walk" is an eternalHealth community health and wellness initiative, created by Integrated Sports Media, where participants are inspired to “Get Fit & Stay Active.” eternalHealth, is a Boston based, woman built and run Medicare Advantage Plan Company.
To learn more about eternalHealth visit: https://eternalhealth.com/
eternalHealth's community events: https://eternalhealth.com/events/
For information about Integrated Sports Media & Marketing: http://www.integratedsportsnet.com/corpmtg
To follow Judy Palken, MNS, RD, LDN, on Facebook:
Crystal Clear Nutrition Northborough MA: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1597464007040529/
The book by Michael Pollan that Judy recommended:
Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation - Amazon.com
Cocoa Chia Pudding
Recipe by Judy Palken, MNS, RD, LDN
A healthy breakfast, snack, or dessert!
2 cups oat milk
4 Tbsp chia seeds
1 Tbsp cocoa powder
Add oat milk, chia seeds, and cocoa powder to a small pot.
Heat on medium-low, whisking.
Bring just to a simmer, then remove from heat. Pour into 2 small bowls; refrigerate several hours.
Makes 2 servings
It's also good with jam, a dollop of yogurt, and granola instead of cocoa