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May 13, 2011

1. Health: Discover the Health Benefits of Massage Therapy

2. Health: Dramatic 'Second-Hand Smoke' Ads in NYC Are Dangerous


Health: There Is No Reason to Delay a Skin-Cancer Exam

4. Religion: Debate on Fidelity/Chastity Standard Opening Door for Gay Clergy

5. Travel: Advance Planning Is Key to Insuring Your Travels


BENEFITS OF MASSAGE THERAPY. Susan Zolvinski, allied health chairperson at Brown Mackie College in Michigan City, Ind.: "The benefits of touch have long been associated with relaxation and a sense of well-being. Increasing numbers of people are seeking massage as a way to relax. Forty percent of women and 29 percent of men reported having a massage in the past five years, according to a 2010 Massage Therapy Industry Fact Sheet compiled by the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA). Health care providers and hospitals, too, are embracing massage therapy with growing appreciation for its effectiveness in helping patients. The AMTA's 2010 Industry Fact Sheet shows that 76 percent of massage therapists received referrals from health care professionals, up from 69 percent in 2008. Why? An increasing number of studies indicate that massage therapy produces beneficial results in relieving pain, lowering blood pressure and improving circulation, among other benefits. Massage therapy has become mainstream, but it's rooted in medicine. A simple back rub can reduce the heart rate, lower blood pressure and de-stress a patient. It's a good complement to the wonderful treatments we have. Today, the field has expanded dramatically, with many different sub-specialties within the more than 300 different types of massage." News Contact: J. Stephen Dobbins, Phone: +1-513-830-2005

**2. HEALTH: DRAMATIC 'SECOND-HAND SMOKE' ADS IN NYC ARE DANGEROUS. Michael Ellner, a hypnosis expert: "The New York City Department of Health's new, dramatic 'second-hand smoke' anti-smoking TV ads are not only dangerous to your children's mental and physical health, they ignore the actual evidence and greatly exaggerate the dangers of second-hand smoke. I am concerned because it is widely known that children of all ages tend to be highly suggestible, and I believe the unconscious conditioning and conscious expectations of getting ill that will be generated by these graphic TV ads is far more dangerous to children than the second-hand smoke that the ads are targeting. It would not surprise me if reactions to exposure to these ads produced hyper-sensitivities to tobacco smoke and sociogenic illness with asthma-like symptoms, as well as acute- and post-traumatic stress, which is why similar dramatic anti-smoking ads cannot be aired before 7:30 p.m. in the U.K." Ellner plans to organize an international group of counselors, therapists and mental-health professionals with expertise in hypnotism to join him in challenging these very dangerous ads when he joins a group of 47 international hypnosis experts gathering in Daytona Beach, Fla., where he will be teaching advanced- and continuing-education programs in medical and dental hypnosis in a conference hosted by the International Medical and Dental Hypnotherapy Association and the International Association of Counselors and Therapists, from May 12-17. Ellner: Websites:, and

**3. HEALTH: THERE IS NO REASON TO DELAY A SKIN-CANCER EXAM. Dr. George Hollenberg, dermatopathologist and medical director of Acupath Laboratories on Long Island, N.Y.: "May is Melanoma Awareness Month, and skin-cancer screening is more important than ever. We urgently encourage people to visit a dermatologist for yearly skin-cancer exams. More than 1 million new cases of skin cancer are diagnosed in the United States each year, outnumbering all other cancers combined. One in five Americans will develop the disease at some point, yet it is one of the most preventable types of cancer. There is no reason to delay a clinical exam for skin cancer. The risk is just too big." News Contact: Melissa Chefec, Phone: +1-203-968-6625

**4. RELIGION: DEBATE ON FIDELITY/CHASTITY STANDARD OPENING DOOR FOR GAY CLERGY. Dr. Ronald Scates is the senior pastor of Dallas-based Highland Park Presbyterian Church, which has 5,000 members. The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) (PC(USA)) has voted to allow churches to ordain leaders who do not abide by the fidelity/chastity standard, opening the door for gay clergy. Not all PC(USA) churches agree: "God created us to glorify and enjoy him, so that we might live in loving and joyful fellowship with him and with one another. Unfortunately, this change to the PC(USA)'s standards for church leaders leads us away from what we believe is God's design for human relationships, and only increases divisions within our denomination, moving it further away from the mainstream of the worldwide church of Jesus Christ." Scates is available to speak about this issue. News Contact: Lisa Wilkins, Phone: +1-214-206-7407

**5. TRAVEL: ADVANCE PLANNING IS KEY TO INSURING YOUR TRAVELS. Jim Grace, president and CEO of, a leading online travel insurance comparison website: "The killing of al-Qaida mastermind Osama bin Laden by U.S. forces in Pakistan has led to a worldwide travel warning. Travelers concerned about upcoming trips should know that now is the time to purchase travel protection because trip cancellation and interruption protection is based on the occurrence of unforeseen events. This means you need to purchase travel insurance coverage before something such as an act of terrorism occurs -- afterward is too late. Travel insurance provides undeniable peace-of-mind protection but, more importantly, it also provides consumers very real personal and financial protection if and/or when bad things happen." News Contact: Vikki Corliss, Phone: +1-401-773-9210

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