Category Archives: Discussed on the Show

The Hurt Artist: My Journey from Suicidal Junkie to Ironman – Shane Niemeyer, Gary Brozek

10_22_HurtArtist_coversWith troubles beginning as early as childhood, the trajectory of Shane Niemeyer’s life seemed to have only one direction: down. His struggles with heroin addiction led him to jail, and he eventually hit rock bottom. Soon, his two pack a day cigarette habit was the healthiest thing he did. One dark night in jail, his suicide attempt failed. What happened next transcends the term recovery.

The Hurt Artist is the searing yet luminous travelogue of Shane’s powerful journey from suicidal addict to Ironman. He vividly depicts the landscape of pain in which he’s lived his life—emotional and physical pain inflicted upon him and that he inflicts upon himself, pain that pulls him down, and, in detailing his training, the pain he harnesses to lift himself up. Ultimately, Shane’s story is one of redemption and triumph, a lesson in the value of second chances and a clear reminder that nobody, regardless of how seemingly desperate their circumstances, is beyond the reach of salvation.

From inmate #71768 to Ironman Triathlon World Championship competitor #1419, Shane paints a stirring self-portrait in this hilarious, horrifying, and hopeful account that is sure to hook readers of edgy sports biographies.

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How To Be The Most Stressed Out Person You Know

Let’s face it: at this point in our wired, always-working culture, finding someone who isn’t regularly stressed out is a rarity.

If you’ve ever been wound up and totally on the edge, chances are you’ve tried a few tricks in order to banish those anxious emotions. Meditation and even therapy are ways to release yourself from the chains of anxiety — but no matter how many go-to tricks you employ, they won’t make a difference if you continue to practice common stress-inducing habits. Below, find 10 things not to do if you want to reduce those uneasy feelings; your well-being will be much better for it.

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The Incredible Power of a Compliment

Receiving a sincere compliment can have a huge impact on your outlook. The message may surprise you, touch your heart, or catapult you forward into a new career path. The most powerful compliment communicates the message, “I value you.” Here are my tips on delivering an authentic compliment:

– Be specific. I was recently walking out of the grocery store and complimented a well-dressed elderly woman on her colorful blouse. She stopped in her tracks and excitedly said, “Oh, thank you! I recently lost my husband and I was just praying for a sign on whether I should stay in this neighborhood, or move to another city to be closer to my daughter. Your smile caught my attention and when you mentioned my favorite orange blouse, I got my answer.” While I’m not sure of her final decision to stay or leave, our friendly exchange was exactly what she needed at that particular moment in time. Mentioning her orange blouse was the key. Had I not been specific, the experience, and outcome, may have been different.

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People Pleasers Are Underrated

Recently I overheard a mom put a positive spin on the outrageous demands and expectations of her cranky child. With a crinkled nose, she said, “Well, at least my child is not a people pleaser!” Her disgust toward any overly agreeable child was evident. Presumably, such a child would be very weak in character.

I must confess, however, that I very much like children who are people pleasers. It’s wonderful to have them over for playdates with my young daughter. I’m happy to take them sightseeing, buy them new toys, and cook their favorite dinners. The little darlings say, “Thank you so much, Miss Anita.” They take their dinner plates from the table to the sink, brush their teeth when I ask, and giggle when I tell them funny bedtime stories. They wouldn’t dream of complaining when it’s time for lights out.

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Studies Link Running Too Much To Dying Younger

Running is undoubtedly great for your health, but some research suggests that when it comes to pounding the pavement, too much of a good thing might actually have the opposite effect.

A number of earlier studies have suggested that people who run more than 20 miles a week or at an average pace of 7.5 mph or faster are more likely to have shorter lifespans than those who run slower over shorter distances. In other words, when “increasing mileage and pace, the benefits of running seem to disappear,” cardiologist Martin Matsumara told The Huffington Post over the phone this week. “[These studies suggest that] running fast and far may be toxic to the heart in some way.”

But some running enthusiasts are skeptical. In 2012, for example, a writer for Runner’s World took issue with a study linking endurance running with reduced longevity by pointing out that the researchers had not considered other health factors — such as body mass index, smoking habits and hypertension — when making their conclusions.

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Stephen Colbert Is CBS’ Top Choice To Replace David Letterman (Reports)

Stephen Colbert may be CBS’ top choice to replace David Letterman behind the “Late Show” desk, Mashable reports.

According to the site’s sources, Colbert has not had any formal conversations about taking the position, but he is the network’s first pick. CBS did not return HuffPost TV’s immediate request for comment, but a rep told Mashable that the network had no comment. Colbert’s “The Colbert Report” contract with Comedy Central runs through 2014 and Letterman announced that he will retire in 2015, which would make the timing ideal for both hosts.

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Fox Eyes Reality Show About Struggling Couples Who Switch Partners For Weekend

EXCLUSIVE: Is Fox heading back to Temptation Island? I hear that the network is in talks for a pilot order to Couples Retreat, a new reality project that would put couples to the test. Unlike Fox’s controversial Temptation Island, which was trying to break couples whose relationship was not strong enough, Couples Retreat aims at helping couples whose relationships are struggling using an unconventional method: “each agree to go on a fantasy weekend with the opposite-gender partner of a similarly matched couple.” The provocative concept, which likely will draw swinging-couple references, is sure to raise eyebrows. The project, which is now casting, comes from Red Arrow-backed Kinetic Content, run by Chris Coelen, who previously worked on ABC’s Wife Swap.

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New Blood Test May Predict Alzheimer’s, Dementia Risk

A simple blood test that a researcher calls a “game changer” may be able to accurately predict whether older adults will develop dementia.

The experimental test, developed by researchers at six universities, was 90 percent accurate at predicting whether adults age 70 and older would develop either mild cognitive impairment or Alzheimer’s within two to three years. The study was published online Sunday in the journal Nature Medicine.

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The Best Foods for Lowering Your Blood Pressure

Plants – not pills – might be key, according to a study published in February in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Participants who followed a plant-based diet, from vegan to pescatarian to semi-vegetarian, reported lower blood pressure readings than meat eaters. In an interview with U.S. News, study author Neal Barnard, founding president of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, explained how to naturally lower your blood pressure.

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