Improving Your Appearance and Loving Your Smile Just Got Easier

 New product helps people love their teeth and lose the bad breath

When it comes to loving what we see in the mirror, our teeth and smile have a lot to do with how we feel about ourselves. The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry reports that 86 percent of those getting cosmetic dentistry do so to improve their physical appearance. One of the most popular services that people seek cosmetic dentistry for is teeth whitening. Now people can save money, whiten their teeth, and love the smile they see in the mirror once again with a new, patent pending product that has hit the market called WhitenFresh.

“We have created the product that just about everyone can benefit from,” explains Dr. Michael Florman, a Los Angeles-based orthodontist and the chief executive officer of EverSmile, Inc. “Not only is it more affordable than making a cosmetic dentistry appointment, but it’s also simple to use, tastes great and helps with oral hygiene on the go.”

NY Jets Darryl Roberts

NY Jets Darryl Roberts

The product is so revolutionary in the industry that it’s sure to put smiles on faces from coast to coast. WhitenFresh is a product that comes in a small airless spray bottle that can be carried in your purse or pocket. It has been specially designed to whiten teeth, get rid of bad breath and kill germs at the same time. Plus, it’s something that has been formulated so it won’t cause sensitivity. People can use it up to six times per day.

Bravo star Gretchen Rossi

Bravo star Gretchen Rossi

WhitenFresh has numerous benefits, including:

  • High bacteria-killing power. According to the National Institutes of Health, bad breath is often caused by bacteria that builds up in the mouth. WhitenFresh gives people a way to quickly get rid of the bacteria that may lead to bad breath.
  • Providing a great whitening tool for sensitive teeth. Those with sensitive teeth may find it difficult to use other tooth whitening products, because they often make the condition worse. WhitenFresh does not cause sensitivity because it uses a low dose of hydrogen peroxide to whiten gradually.
  • Keeping the mouth fresh between brushing and flossing. Since it’s easy to carry in a purse or pocket, people can freshen up on the go, even when they are not near their toothbrush. It can be used before or after meals, drinking coffee, after wine, before heading into a meeting, or anytime a fresh mouth is needed.
  • Having a great flavor. Nobody likes to try to whiten their teeth with products that are messy or don’t taste good. WhitenFresh has a great mint flavor and there is no messiness.
  • Offering versatility. Just spray and go. WhitenFresh can be used by just about everyone, and they can all benefit. It’s effective at helping to diminish wine and smoking stains.
  • Being simple to use. You just spray one pump into the mouth on the teeth and tongue, swish it around for up to 20 seconds, and then spit out the excess or swallow it. The formula is so gentle that it can be swallowed if spitting is not convenient.

“No matter where you are or who you are with, you want great breath, clean teeth, and a nice white smile. It gives us confidence and makes us feel good,” added Dr. Florman. “WhitenFresh has been designed to help people love their smile and feel confident with their look.”

Bravo star Brandon Liberati

Bravo star Brandon Liberati

EverSmile has created a line of products that will help those with braces, aligners, and retainers keep their devices clean. At the same time, they will be able to clean their aligners, whiten their teeth, and freshen their breath. The products are now available in 4,600 CVS stores around the nation. The line of products includes EverSmile WhiteFoam, which gently cleans aligners or trays, EverSmile OrthoFoam, which cleans under and over braces, and EverSmile WhitenFresh, which is a freshening and tooth whitening spray that kills bacteria that cause bad breath and tooth decay on the go.

EverSmile products use patent pending EverClean™ technology, which cleans and whitens using proprietary surfactants, solvents, and hydrogen peroxide. It breaks up organic stain particles that discolor the teeth and dental appliances.

Dr. Florman, who practices in Los Angeles, is considered to be one of the top Invisalign providers in the country and has over 25 years of consulting experience for oral care companies including for Colgate, Arm & Hammer, and others. Dr. Florman has invented multiple dental products and has brought several products from inception to commercial success. For more information about the company and products, visit their site at:

About EverSmile

Located in Los Angeles, EverSmile’s mission is to create new and advanced oral care products that will change patients’ lives. Currently in development are our new sensitivity-free whitening agents, dry mouth formulations, low-abrasion toothpastes, and a complete children’s dental line. For more information about the company and products, visit their site at:


American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. AACD survey results.

National Institutes of Health. Halitosis.

Don’t Forget This Travel Must Have in Your Toiletry Bag!

It’s the summer travel season.

When you travel make sure you add Dr. Ronald Plotka’s Mouth Watchers travel toothbrush to your packing list. Don’t sacrifice clean teeth on your trip with a cheap disposable toothbrush. Dr. Plotka is a nationally renowned Boston area dentist with over 40 years of dentistry leadership.

Dr. Plotka’s travel toothbrush will keep the germs away while you’re on vacation with their silver bristle technology and foldable version. With 10x thinner bristles than your average brush, these bristles help to properly reach and brush away food and plaque in normally missed areas, you will be glad your brought this with you.

Pack your bags but don’t forget your travel toothbrush. Explore the features of this travel essential:


For Better Health - Infused with silver to naturally eliminate 99.9% of bacteria that grows on the bristles between uses, this innovative tool is always clean and ready for the next use! Doctor Plotka’s™ helps achieve better overall health by not reintroducing harmful bacteria into your mouth and body.


Revolutionary, dual-layered bristle structure provides superior cleaning: the outer bristles, thin as a human hair, gently brush away food and plaque in places other brushes miss. Getting deep down the groves, this toothbrush cleans where 90% of cavities form. With thicker inner bristles, you’ll get a complete cleaning of the teeth and gums every time.


You’ll get up to one extra month worth of use thanks to the polyester bending and upgraded properties. (The ADA – American Dental Association- recommend changing your toothbrush every three months. The Doctor Plotka’s brush will last about four.)

Dentist Developed 

Dr. Ronald Plotka designed this innovative toothbrush as part of his thriving 40+ year Boston-based dental practice. Its technology has helped hundreds of his patients prevent cavities and achieve better oral health.

According to William Jackson, Chief Business Officer of InFluential Magazine, “My mouth felt amazing after just one use of Dr. Plotka’s Mouth Watcher tooth bruch.  Due to my sensitive gums and teeth, my dentist has recommended I only use brushes with soft bristles and my Mouth Watcher is superb in this regard. I recommend it highly”.   

Read more about Mouth Waters by visiting

Older Americans Who Neglect Oral Care Put Overall Health at Risk

Written By Dr. Harold Katz

Dr. Harold Katz

Dr. Harold Katz

Conscientious parents constantly remind their children to brush and floss, and routinely schedule dental checkups to make sure their teeth and gums are healthy – and staying that way.

But youngsters aren’t the only ones who who can use such reminders. Older Americans need to put a priority on their oral health as well, and research shows that as a group they aren’t doing so.

In fact, the statistics are grim. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that almost every single American over age 65 (96 percent) has had a cavity, and 20 percent have untreated tooth decay. Another 65 percent suffer from gum disease, an ailment that has been linked to a host of other problems, such as strokes, heart disease and diabetes.

“Anyone who thinks they can ease up on dental care as they age is making a big mistake,” says Dr. Harold Katz, a dentist, bacteriologist and developer of TheraBreath Healthy Gums Oral Rinse (

“Not only do poor dental habits affect what’s going on in your mouth, they also affect your overall health.”

Some of the CDC’s findings that Katz says are troubling include:

  • Tooth loss. Nearly one in five adults aged 65 or older have lost all of their teeth. Complete tooth loss is twice as prevalent among adults aged 75 and older (26 percent) compared with adults aged 65 to 74 (13 percent).  The CDC points out that having missing teeth, or wearing dentures, can have a detrimental effect on nutrition. “It’s not surprising that people who have lost teeth, or wear denture, often are going to choose soft food they chew easily,” Katz says. “They will pass up fresh fruits and vegetables that are more nutritious, but are more difficult for them to eat.”
  • Oral cancer. Cancers of the mouth (oral and pharyngeal cancers) are primarily diagnosed in older adults; median age at diagnosis is 62 years. “That’s another reason it’s important for older people to have regular checkups,” Katz says. “Your dentist can check for signs of oral cancer during those visits.”
  • Dry mouth caused by medications. Most older Americans take both prescription and over-the-counter drugs, many of which can cause dry mouth. Reduced saliva flow increases the risk of cavities. Saliva helps prevent tooth decay, gum disease and bad breath, and also lubricates the mouth, making it easier to eat, swallow, speak and taste food. “Sometimes dry mouth might just cause mild discomfort,” Katz says. “At other times it can lead to significant oral disease that can compromise the person’s health, dietary intake and quality of life.”

“As  you age, proper oral care is just as important as ever,” Katz says. “It’s not something you want to ignore because your overall health is at stake.”

About Dr. Harold Katz

Dr. Harold Katz (, developer of TheraBreath Healthy Gums Oral Rinse, received his degree in bacteriology from UCLA and is the founder of The California Breath Clinics and author of The Bad Breath Bible. He has been featured on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” CBS’s “Early Show” and “The View” with Barbara Walters and countless other TV shows. Dr. Katz has developed oxygenating compounds that have been used by millions around the world to eliminate bad breath. He is also the bearer of the now famous “Halimeter,” which tests the sulfur compounds in the mouth that cause bad breath. Dr. Katz’ website offers a free online bad breath test – as well as a sneaky way to tell someone they have halitosis.


Reader Package: Alzheimer’s: How to Talk to Loved Ones about the Disease

Together with Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month and The Longest Day (June 21), we’re thrilled to share a reader package to help educate readers / viewers to talk to loved ones about Alzheimer’s disease.

The Alzheimer’s Association has published a digital news release that includes b-roll, patient stories and other assets. Additionally, here are anchor / reporter talking points:

  • June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month and June 21st is The Longest Day, a day focused on raising awareness of Alzheimer’s disease, which affects 5.7 million Americans.
  • It is estimated that by 2050, nearly 14 million Americans will be living with Alzheimer’s disease.
  • However, an early Alzheimer’s diagnosis can offer access to more effective medical and lifestyle interventions and the ability to help families plan for the future.
  • An early diagnosis also means spending time with family and friends before the disease progresses.
  • On The Longest Day, take the time to review the Alzheimer’s Association’s 6 Tips for Approaching Alzheimer’s to talk to a friend or loved one that may be showing symptoms.
  • The 6 Tips include:

o    Have the conversation as early as possible

o    Think about who’s best suited to initiate the conversation

o    Practice conversation starters

o    Offer your support and companionship

o    Anticipate gaps in self-awareness

o    Recognize the conversation may not go as planned

  • New findings from the Alzheimer’s Association show that 76-percent of Americans expressed concern about offending family members by raising the issue.
  • Also, 69-percent feared it would ruin their relationship with the person.
  • On The Longest Day, don’t be one of 38-percent of people who said they would wait until a family member’s Alzheimer’s symptoms worsened.
  • To learn more about Alzheimer’s symptoms and resources available for patients and caregivers, visit

5 Tips for Raising Resilient Kids

Parenting, while providing plenty of excitement, comes with a certain set of challenges. With years of outdoor playtime ahead, one of those challenges is ensuring safety while still promoting an adventurous spirit.

A child’s ability to push through, endure struggle, fail and try again can help encourage long-term success and happiness. Still, many parents feel pressure to be overprotective and prevent their kids from any bumps and scrapes along the road of life.

Jessie Graff, Hollywood stuntwoman and a breakout star of NBC’s American Ninja Warrior, and Nexcare recommend these “tough love” tips that encourage parents to overcome their fears, take a step back and let their kids build resiliency and mental toughness by taking reasonable risks.

“As a child, my parents supported me when I wanted to push myself and take some physical risks,” Graff said. “That led to plenty of scrapes and bruises, but ultimately helped me build confidence and mental toughness while I honed my physical skills. That freedom is what helped me accomplish my dreams.”

  1. Teach Them How to Fall: When kids know how to fall safely, they have the freedom and confidence to try almost anything. Additionally, it can help reinforce your confidence as a parent that your little ones are watching out for themselves.
  2. Every Fall is a Lesson: After a fall, your first instinct as a parent likely is to run over and coddle your kids. Instead, congratulate them on the risk they took and work on building their mental and physical toughness by reminding them everyone falls and persistence makes them heroic.
  3. Train to Treat a Scratch: Instead of “fixing boo boos,” use every scrape as a lesson on caring for broken skin. One way to promote that healthy way of thinking is with Nexcare Waterproof bandages, which have staying power and provide a four-sided seal, protecting against water, dirt and germs.
  4. Teach Risk Evaluation: Help instill and build the skill of risk evaluation in your kids. Then you’ll be able to trust them – and they’ll trust themselves – to make decisions on their own.
  5. Building Confidence for Both of You: It takes time for kids to be daring on their own, but building trust and confidence in them can be done through practice. Start with small risks, then slowly build in fun, new challenges. This allows them to master risks with you by their side, which makes trusting them to handle it on their own a natural next step.

For more tips on raising resilient kids and taking appropriate risks, visit (Family Features)


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Leaders Call for ‘Revolution’ to Transform Global Food System

Photography courtesy of John Lygrell.

Leaders gathered at the fifth annual EAT Stockholm Food Forum called for a ‘revolution’ to transform the global food system and tackle one of our time’s biggest challenges.

Isabella Lovin

Isabella Lovin, Deputy Prime Minister of Sweden

“We need nothing less than a revolution,” said Isabella Lövin, Sweden’s deputy prime minister and minister for international development cooperation and climate, in her opening speech. “We need to steer our planet in a new direction and a new development paradigm that has the health of the planet and its inhabitants center.”

About half the world’s population is suffering from malnutrition and hunger is again on the rise globally. At the same time, overweight and obesity continue to increase, impacting more than 2 billion children and adults. Food production is also the biggest cause of global environmental degradation, with the agricultural sector being the single-largest contributor to climate change, deforestation and biodiversity loss.

With just 12 years to achieve the world’s most ambitious development targets – the UN Sustainable Development Goals –  there is an urgent need to transform our food system to put us on a path that will support a healthy world population and planet.

Dr. Gunhild A. Stordalen

Dr. Gunhild A. Stordalen

“Until now, we’ve had no goals, facts or narrative for the food system as a whole, to promote the health of both people and the planet,” said Dr. Gunhild A. Stordalen, the executive chair and founder of EAT. “To move forward, we must define a unifying factual baseline for food.”

The EAT-Lancet Commission on Food, Planet, Health will later this year release its report Healthy Diets From Sustainable Food Systems, marking the first collaborative effort to set global, scientific targets for a food system transformation. A key goal is to foster more constructive conversations, collaborations and help track change, Stordalen said.

Stubborn Optimist

Professor Johan Rockstrom

Professor Johan Rockstrom

Professor Johan Rockström, executive director of the Stockholm Resilience Centre, echoed Lövin’s call for a food system revolution.

Rockström and Sania Nishtar, co-chair of WHO’s high-level commission on non-communicable diseases, warned of troubling trends despite mounting international support for transforming the global food system. The prevalence of diabetes has doubled in the last 30 years and global shifts to unhealthy diets risk undermining the health gains of the past 50 years, said Nishtar.

Christiana Figueres,the convenor of Mission 2020, said that not enough progress has been made to meet climate goals for land use and food systems by the end of this decade.

“We won’t meet the 2020 goals for these areas,” said Figueres, who oversaw the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate. “That is a huge concern.”

Still, Figueres, a self-confessed ‘stubborn optimist,’ is encouraged by the increasing attention the world is paying to food system and land use issues.

“This whole topic has finally matured to the point where it is front and center,” she said. “That is a huge opportunity that we can’t afford to miss.”

About the Forum

EAT Stockholm Food Forum is taking place on June 11-12 2018 at the Quality Hotel Globe in Stockholm, Sweden. It is for the first time being jointly hosted by EAT and the Government of Sweden. With more than 600 delegates from over 60 countries, the forum is the largest to date.

Key goals of the event are to strengthen existing partnerships and forge new collaborations across a broad range of sectors and groups to compel science-led action, focusing on five main areas:

  • Shifting toward healthy diets
  • Sustainably managing lands and oceans
  • Eliminating food loss and waste
  • Technology that’s transforming our food system
  • Recipes for better yields and better nutrition

Speakers include experts from government, cities, business, academia, philanthropy, the culinary community and civil society, including Mission2020 leader Christiana Figueres, an architect of the historic Paris Climate Agreement; Kristalina Georgieva, CEO of the World Bank; Gilbert F. Houngbo, president of the International Fund for Agricultural Development; Sunny Verghese, co-founder and group CEO of Olam International; Sam Kass, former White House chef and policy advisor for nutrition in the Obama administration; Isabella Lövin, Sweden’s deputy prime minister and minister for international development cooperation and climate; Nikolai Astrup, Norway’s minister of international development; Mark Wilson, CEO of Aviva; HRH Crown Prince Haakon Magnus of Norway; Dr. Ibrahim Assane Mayaki, CEO of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development; zero waste lifestyle practitioner Lauren Singer, founder of Trash is for Tossers and Caleb Harper, director of the Open Agriculture Initiative at MIT Media Lab.

The Diet That Reduces Brain Health Decline And Combats Dementia

Written By Eva Crabtree, Contributing Writer for InFluential Magazine 

What is the MIND diet?

In 2015, a dedicated team of researchers from Rush University, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Brigham & Women’s Hospital, and the National Institute on Aging came together to conduct a study into the impact of diet on brain health decline.

They combined elements of the Mediterranean diet and Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) to create the MIND (Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay) diet. The reason DASH and the Mediterranean diet was selected is because several scientific studies have determined that both these diets already benefit both physical and mental health.

The MIND diet study involved testing over 600 participants of all different heights and weights over the course of a three year period. Researchers then assessed the impact on their brain health and analysed the results.

What’s the purpose of the MIND diet study?

The purpose of the MIND diet study was to encourage people to eat a selection of foods that have been found to prevent a decline in brain health and reduce the chance of developing neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease.

Researchers were keen to find out whether eating large quantities of some foods and reduced quantities of others had a significant or minor effect on brain health.

The results

Upon completion of the study, it was found that following the MIND diet had a significant impact on the participants’ brain health – the exact result the researchers we hoping for.

Participants that closely followed the diet were found to have reduced their chance of developing Alzheimer’s disease by an average of 53% compared to those that followed it the least. However, it was also concluded that even participants that only moderately followed the MIND diet over the 3 year period also saw their chances of developing dementia reduced by 35%.

Although all studies that have been conducted around the MIND diet so far have had similar positive results, more research is yet to be carried out.

To eat or not to eat

As with any diet, there are certain foods that are encouraged on the MIND diet because of their beneficial impact on brain health – there are also foods that should be limited.

So, here are the foods you should be eating:

  • Fish:  Oily fish such as tuna, salmon, mackerel and sardines should be eaten a minimum of once per week.
  • Poultry: Turkey and chicken are 2 of the leanest meats available. Try to eat them at least twice per week.
  • Wine: It’s also recommended that you consume a small glass of red wine everyday because it contains the compound resveratrol which has been shown to protect against Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Green leafy vegetables: Aim to eat 6 or more servings of green leafy vegetables each week including spinach, kale, cooked greens and salad.
  • Other vegetables: Non-starchy vegetables should also be eaten once a day, as well as the green leafy vegetables.
  • Olive oil: Instead of using butter, margarine and other oils, try to use olive oil as your main cooking oil.
  • Nuts: Five or more servings of a variety of plain nuts is recommended 5 or more times per week when following the MIND diet.
  • Whole grains: Whole grains, like oatmeal, brown rice and quinoa, should be eaten 3 times a day.
  • Beans: 4 meals each week should contain a form of beans such as lentils, beans and pulses and soybeans.
  • Berries: Berries contain antioxidants that are beneficial for both physical and mental health. Try to eat them at least 2 times per week.

Here are the foods you should avoid eating too often because they contain high amounts of saturated fat – evidence has shown that saturated fat has a negative effect on brain health.

  • Cheese
  • Red meat
  • Butter and margarine
  • Pastries and sweets
  • Fried food

How does the MIND diet reduce the possibility of brain health decline and dementia?

Unstable molecules, known also as free radicals, gather in large quantities in the body which can cause cell damage. The brain is most vulnerable to this damage. Additionally, even though inflammation is one of the many ways the body heals injury and infection, if not regulated, it can do more damage than good – especially in the brain.

Following the MIND diet decreases oxidative stress and inflammation in the body and brain, hence, reducing the possibility of brain health decline and neurod

Could You Have PTSD?

Possible Causes of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder  

Typically, when we hear PTSD, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, we think of military veterans who experience vivid and often debilitating panic-inducing flashbacks of their time at war. With June 27th being National PTSD Awareness Day, a condition resulting in over 3 million cases in the US annually, we thought it best to gain some clarity. We connected with Dr. Sanam Hafeez, a PTSD expert and NYC based neuropsychologist and Teaching Faculty Member at Columbia University Teacher’s. Dr. Hafeez who shared some common causes of post-traumatic stress disorder and how to cope.

Understanding the symptoms of PTSD

Typical symptoms of PTSD include distressing nightmares, that awaken you in a state of panic, persistent thoughts and recurring flashbacks about the traumatic experience, numbing or avoidance of memories of the trauma, triggered emotional responses and just an overall on-edge feeling. “Anyone can have PTSD symptoms and oftentimes they may feel judged for not being able to shake off something others may perceive as not being a big trauma. Many people suffer in silence,” cautions Dr. Hafeez who helps people after exposure to these traumas.

Possible Causes of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder 

Motor Vehicle Accidents

One quarter of the population will be involved in automobile accidents that result in serious injuries. “For those who come seeking mental health treatment after a car accident, 60 percent are diagnosed with PTSD, it’s quite common.” Symptoms may include feelings of anxiety, increased heart rate, and a fear of driving or even being a passenger in a car. “Oftentimes people who were injured in a car accident or even perhaps witnessed a fatality will be in shock. Then over time they begin to reply the accident. This is when it’s advised to seek therapy to cope with this trauma, advises Hafeez. 

Military Combat

As stated earlier PTSD is commonly associated with combat veterans with 31% diagnosed. Combat PTSD symptoms can include carrying a weapon when not necessary, seeing threats where none exist, and outbursts of physical violence. “Having these symptoms just means that you are have a reaction of stress to a nearly impossible situation,” says Dr. Hafeez.  Service animals and emotional support pets are a start. Meeting with a PTSD specialist for therapy along with self-calming activities such as meditation, deep breathing, painting or yoga are recommended.

Personal Assaults

Sexual assault, mugging or robbery are life-threatening situations that can instantly trigger post- traumatic stress disorder. When events like these occur, victims will try to avoid reminders of the trauma, always be on guard, and may have problems in daily living. “People who went through assault often report feeling unsafe and on edge as if they are expecting someone to attack them again. They also experience terrible flashbacks with disturbed sleep. Turning to alcohol or drugs isn’t uncommon which is why it’s so important to seek therapy,” explains Dr. Hafeez. Group therapy could be very helpful because there’s comfort in not feeling alone. 

Natural Disasters  

Natural disasters cannot be controlled which makes it more difficult to prevent the anticipatory anxiety. Devastating life altering events such as tornadoes, earthquakes to hurricanes, and fires often put people into a survival mode for up to 18 months, studies show. Symptoms usually peak during the first year and in most cases, survivors get better with time once they have accepted the reality of the event. “When we look at natural disasters that result in loss of lives, assets, and personal property, there’s a sense of hopelessness that can be incredibly overwhelming. The best way to deal with this situation is this is through therapy which is often difficult to receive right away given people get displaced and are focused on basic survival,” says Dr. Hafeez.

Emotional Abuse

Emotional abuse is an attempt to control, it’s more about manipulation through put downs, name calling, blame shifting, instilling fear through ultimatum and threats, and making the person question their recollection of conversations and events. Typically, there is an overstepping of boundaries and the person feels as if they are walking on eggshells. Their every decision comes with doubt and anxiety as whatever they choose may upset their abuser. “Usually the PTSD begins after the relationship has ended or in the case of emotionally abusive parents, when the child leaves the home. They may feel depressed and fearful of being manipulated without knowing it. Helping people establish firm healthy boundaries and identifying “red flags,” empowers the victim,” explains Dr. Hafeez. “Emotional abuse is particularly insidious in that it’s feeds off the vulnerabilities and insecurities of its victims,” she adds.

About the Doctor:

Dr. Sanam Hafeez PsyD is a NYC based licensed clinical psychologist, teaching faculty member at the prestigious Columbia University Teacher’s College and the founder and Clinical Director of Comprehensive Consultation Psychological Services, P.C. a neuropsychological, developmental and educational center in Manhattan and Queens. 

Dr. Hafeez masterfully applies her years of experience connecting psychological implications to address some of today’s common issues such as body image, social media addiction, relationships, workplace stress, parenting and psychopathology (bipolar, schizophrenia, depression, anxiety, etc…). In addition, Dr. Hafeez works with individuals who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), learning disabilities, attention and memory problems, and abuse. Dr. Hafeez often shares her credible expertise to various news outlets in New York City and frequently appears on CNN and Dr.Oz.

Connect with her via twitter @comprehendMind or

Some like it HOT, and some like it COLD

Written By Jo Ann Simon

May is National ALS Awareness Month.  #ALSAwareness The National ALS Association is asking everyone to join the fight to create a world without ALS.

I lost my husband to ALS and truly understand how important it is to make people aware of how we can all help to find a cure for this devastating disease.

Most of us remember the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge involving the dumping of a bucket of ice and water over a person’s head, either by another person or self-administered.  This was done to promote awareness of the disease ALS amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and raise funds for research with donations.  ALS is also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.  Gehrig was a star player on the New York Yankees baseball team when his body started to not respond to his brain.

What caused it to become viral was that you had to challenge 3 people when you did it.

Some notable information from the Ice Bucket Challenge is more than 17 million people around the world uploaded their challenge videos to Facebook. These videos were watched by 449 million people a total of 10 billion timesand nationally, 2.5 million people donated $115 million to the ALS Association in 2014.

Amazing! It felt good to do it, challenge other people, and contribute to a cure. This was a major phenomenon which changed the world of ALS starting in the year 2014. The amount of money that was raised, how it helped ALS patients and families, and the progress that it has made since then is the most ever accomplished in ALS’s long history.  It is humbling to be able to help in a small way to know that it will help in a huge way in the future for mankind.

Although the Ice Bucket Challenge was an overwhelming success, we need to keep the donations coming in to find a cure for ALS.

Enter, the ALS Hot Pepper Challenge #ALSPepperChallenge

Eat a hot pepper.  Stop ALS cold.

In honor of their mom Patty who was diagnosed with ALS, the Haberstroth family created the challenge and set a goal of raising $1 million dollars for the ALS Therapy Development Institute.  Patty supports this Institute and deeply believes in their motto:

ALS is not an incurable disease.  It is an underfunded one.  

Every dollar counts and can make a difference between life and death.

Since the Hot Pepper Challenge started, just over half of that goal $572,817 has been raised as of 5-13-18 and counting which are impressive numbers since December 2017. Everyone can join in the endeavor. Some folks will still continue the Ice Bucket Challenge, but it has fizzled out and is no longer the hottest thing to do.  No pun intended.  The hottest thing to do now is the Hot Pepper Challenge.  I challenge everyone to join the fun, eat a hot pepper, make a donation to find a cure for ALS, and challenge 3 more people.  Do it and save lives!!!

Here’s what you need to do to get involved:

  • Take a short video of yourself eating a hot pepper
  • Nominate three (3) people to do the same.
  • Encourage your network to donate to tag @alstdi when you post and share on your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or YouTube accounts.
  • If you are not on social media, just send to your 3 people, and donate to ALS TDI

Everyone can do it, and if you don’t want to eat a hot pepper, then just make a donation, challenge 3 people and make a difference.

It was too late for the Ice Bucket Challenge to help my husband, but it is not too late for everyone else has been or will be diagnosed with ALS.

Everyone should be encouraged to support ALS, make donations, do the ALS Ice Bucket or Hot Pepper Challenge and challenge other people to do the same.  Let’s make this viral again and create a world without ALS.

Links to find out more about ALS:

ALS Therapy Development Institute:

The ALS Association: