Come Celebrate Life – For Those Touched By Cancer

Come Join The Party and Celebrate Life – For Those Touched By Cancer

 

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If you’ve been touched by cancer, whether you’re a patient, survivor, or caregiver, please join us for the first of The Celebrate Life events. We’ll have great music, food, tips and tricks, Healing Touch, giveaway’s, information on services and products to help those going through and recovering from treatments, a fabulous guest speaker, and a showing of the documentary ” C – A Celebration of Life “.

It all happens on April 2nd from 2pm to 5pm, at The Ward Warehouse 2nd Floor Conference Rooms – 1050 Ala Moana Blvd. Honolulu, Hawaii, and it’s free to the public.

Great Guest Speakers

We are honored to be joined by two wonderful speakers. Hawaii State Senator Breene Harimoto, who is winning the fight against Pancreatic Cancer, will tell us about his journey, and Dr. Elizabeth Elliott will be discussing how Naturopathic Medicine can aid during and after standard treatments.

Great Food

Get your taste buds ready. There will be delicious pupu’s provided by Kincaid’s, Kaka’ako Kitchen, The Old Spaghetti Factory, and Big City Diner.

YUM !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Great Gifts

The drawing is filled with special gifts from these wonderful stores.

Big Bad Wolf, Buca Di Beppo, Crazy Shirts, Dave and Busters, Downtown Gifthings, Famous Footwear, Happy Wahine, Island Olive Oil, Merle Norman, Noa Noa, Paul Brown, The Pet Corner, Pictures Plus, Rix Island Wear, Sedona, UIltimate Foot Store, and The Wedding Cafe.

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Great Sponsors

Thanks to Ward Village, Ben Franklin Crafts, Menehune Water, Presentation Resources, Rich Proctor with Jerry Hay Insurance, and The Mens Warehouse.

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Need Your Help with The Celebrate Life Events

We need volunteers to help at the Celebrate Life Honolulu event. If you would like to be involved, please Email info@missionpositivefilms.com or call 808-741-4089

We are looking for photos of those that have dealt with cancer. If you are fighting cancer, have beaten cancer, or cared for someone with cancer, we would love to include your picture in the slideshow presentation during the Celebration of Life Events. Please send your photos to info@missionpositivefilms.com or send them to our Facebook page.

If you have something you would like to donate to the Giveaway Drawing, please contact us at info@missionpositivefilms.com

If you have products or services that help those dealing with cancer and would like to have a table at the event, please Email info@missionpositivefilms.com.

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MPF Eye on Shorts – Paragliding With The Northern Lights

Paragliding with the Northern Lights

This is one of the those have to share videos. The images are gorgeous, and I’m as green as the northern lights with envy. Horacio Llorens, one of the world’s best acro-paragliders, had the opportunity to fly during one of planet earth’s great spectacles, and I can only imagine what an amazing experience it must have been. If you haven’t had an opportunity to see the Northern Lights in person, please, please, put it on your list. No video can ever do it justice.

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MPF Eye on Health – The Impact of Dancing on People With Parkinson’s

This is a very interesting story from NPR on the positive impact dance is having on those suffering from Parkinson’s Disease. At the end of the article, there is a link to the NPR website that includes an audio version as well. Enjoy.

Dance Returns The ‘Joy Of Movement’ To People With Parkinson’s

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The routines that students learn at Dance for PD classes in Venice, Calif., can be quite challenging, instructors say.

Courtesy of Joe Lambie and Laura Karlin

If you pictured a dancer, you probably wouldn’t imagine someone with Parkinson’s disease. Worldwide, there are 10 million people with the progressive movement disorder, and they struggle with stiff limbs, tremors and poor balance.

But over the past 15 years or so, a few thousand have taken dance classes that are part of a program called Dance for PD. It began in Brooklyn and has spread throughout the country and around the world. It has also attracted the attention of scientists interested in the ways dance might ease symptoms.

The program in Venice, Calif., is in its fifth year. One recent afternoon, “Broadway Baby” blasted from the sound system as nearly two dozen people tried to imitate the movements of instructor Linda Berghoff. The students are people with Parkinson’s and their spouses or caregivers. For the moment, everyone was seated, but with bodies pulled upright, arms stretched and fists pumping in time to the music.

It was a challenging routine, keeping a one-two beat with one arm, and a three-part rhythm with the other. Berghoff shouted encouragement over the music. She’s lean and fit and looks younger than her 65 years. Though never a professional dancer, she’s danced all her life — even after her own diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease 10 years ago.

“When I was diagnosed, the thought that I would no longer dance again terrified me,” she tells Shots. “I’d be stripped of the thing I love the most.”

The diagnosis was also a blow to Laura Karlin, a long-time friend who describes Berghoff as her second mother.

Karlin was looking for something she could do to support her friend. She asked Berghoff, “Do you want to do yoga together? Do you want to dance together? Do you want to start a dance class together?”

The dance class was the winner. And a reasonable choice, considering that Karlin is the artistic director of the Invertigo Dance Theatre, which has a performing company and also offers classes. Invertigo’s dance class tailored to people with Parkinson’s disease began in 2011; the company now sponsors five such courses around the L.A. area.

Dance students and teachers strike a pose at Invertigo Dance Theatre's class for people with Parkinson's.

Dance students and teachers strike a pose at Invertigo Dance Theatre’s class for people with Parkinson’s.

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And each one is a real dance class, Karlin says.

“We don’t dumb it down. I believe very much in making this a really joyful and challenging experience,” she says. “But it has to be both challenging and kind of satisfying.”

Karlin learned what she needed to know to start her Parkinson’s program at the Mark Morris Dance Center in Brooklyn, where Dance for PD began about 15 years ago. David Leventhal is the director of the Mark Morris program. At the beginning, he says, it was trial and error because “there’s no one type of Parkinson’s, no one set of symptoms.”

There are some small, short-term studies that suggest dance might improve some of those symptoms, especially ease of walking. But Leventhal says the class was never intended as just physical therapy.

“There’s also an artistic quality,” he says, “where we’re hoping people are able to say something with those gestures.” This is particularly relevant to people with Parkinson’s, who start to lose their expressive ability and “feel themselves pull away from who they thought they were.”

The program at the Mark Morris Dance Center began as a partnership with the Brooklyn Parkinson Group. But for the past eight years, Mark Morris instructors have been training other dance companies — like L.A.’s Invertigo Dance Theatre — to conduct classes of their own. There are now programs in 40 states and 13 other countries.

“It’s such a natural, intuitive idea that dance should be a good thing for Parkinson’s, that people have just gone ahead and done it” without scientific verification that it actually helps, says Dr. Pietro Mazzoni. He teaches neurology at Columbia University Medical Center and heads the Motor Performance Laboratory there.

Mazzoni says the few small studies that have been done don’t explain why dancing can help people with Parkinson’s, or what routine might be better than another, or how long the effects last. So he’s beginning a larger study that may answer those questions.

Scientists are only beginning to study whether dance does something for people with Parkinson's that more typical physical therapy can't achieve.

Scientists are only beginning to study whether dance does something for people with Parkinson’s that more typical physical therapy can’t achieve.

Courtesy of Joe Lambie and Laura Karlin

One of the theories he’ll be testing is that people with Parkinson’s move less because the disease triggers more than tremors and other physical symptoms — it also robs them of their ability to enjoy moving.

“I’ve heard patients spontaneously describe the beginning of their symptoms using language like, ‘I didn’t enjoy walking with my husband anymore,’ ” Mazzoni says. ” ‘I could do it; it just wasn’t fun.’ ”

So Mazzoni’s work will look at psychological factors as well as physical ones. Then he’ll compare the dancers to people getting traditional physical therapy.

“It may be that dance is not just a nicer form of physical therapy,” he says. “It may be that it has the key to producing long lasting changes.”

It seems to be helping 76-year-old Willie Marquez. He and his wife Lenore heard about the dance class from his doctor, when Marquez got his Parkinson’s diagnosis three years ago.

“We got in the car and ran over here,” he says.

Marquez says taking the class is a “no brainer” because he and his wife have been dancing together since they met — 52 years ago. Willie Marquez was teaching salsa in those days. The couple still moves confidently across the floor, now side by side, surrounded by fellow students.

They’re all trying out a new routine and it looks pretty rough. But they throw themselves into it. As Laura Karlin always reminds them, there are no mistakes in dance — just solos.

Direct Link to Article:   http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2016/01/23/463222589/dance-returns-the-joy-of-movement-to-people-with-parkinsons

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MPF Eye On Health – The Value Of Being Able To Walk

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A new friend posted a great article on the health benefits of gratitude, and the importance of recognizing daily the good things that affect our lives. Of course that got me thinking about the many simple things I just take for granted without realizing how different my life would be without them. That in turn led me to think about the lovely man who is facing terminal cancer, and is rapidly losing his ability to walk. The reach of that change is staggering, and it impacts every moment of his waking hours.

Most of us that are lucky enough to be able to walk, go through our routine without even considering how easy we really have it. Just think for a moment on all the pieces of our day that involve ambulatory movement. We wake up and usually, our first stop is the bathroom. Then we head to the kitchen for coffee, or out the door to walk the dog, or a quick jog. Now we’re off to get into a car, bus or train, once at work we’re back and forth to meetings, the copy machine, or the water cooler. On the way home, we stop at the grocery store, or take the kids to some after school activity, then dinner, then after dinner chores, then finally plop in bed exhausted from all the moving we did. Now, think about trying to do any of those things without being able to walk. Even the simplest part of our day would involve an enormous effort.

There are so many in the world that deal with the staggering challenges of being confined to a wheel chair or bed, and yet they still embrace life and find ways to be an integral part of society. They are more than inspiring, they are a testament to the strength and courage of the human spirit. So my grateful thought today is being enormously thankful for being able to walk, and hopefully, the next time I start to moan and groan about the little insignificant aches and pains that accompany the passing years, I’ll catch myself and remember that if that’s my biggest issue, I’m truly blessed.

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MPF Eye on Shorts – WWF Hungary from Paper World

WWF Hungary – Paper World

This is a lovely animated short made by Mome Animation for the World Wildlife Fund, to demonstrate the ideas behind the organization. Their main message is that we are all connected. Since animated software has become so accessible, it has become harder and harder to find originality in the field. The filmmakers have definitely accomplished that with this piece, and they stay consistent with the theme from beginning to end. Hope it will bring you a smile.

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MPF World News – Meet The Titanosaur

Meet The Titanosaur

If you haven’t been formally introduced yet, this is the newest member of the group of dinosaurs known as Titanosaurs. Found in Argentina in 2014, this yet to be named Vegesaurus ( as they were called in Jurassic Park ),  measures in at an incredible 122 feet long. It’s new home is in the American Museum of Natural History, where as you can see, it’s actually too big to fit in the 4th Floor Gallery. And just to give you a little bit more perspective on the enormous scale, it’s hind legs are 17′ tall, and the pelvic bone is 9′ x 9′. So next time you make it to New York City, you might want to stop by the museum and meet the titanosaur.

 

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MPF Eye on Shorts – Painting In The Dark by Delve.TV

Painting in the Dark by Delve.TV

This is the 3rd installment of a video essay series, and is for all of you who are art makers or art lovers. It compares the difficulty in finding an audience in today’s digital age, with what the masters went through centuries ago, and specifically Vincent Van Goth. It makes the point that artists continue to create primarily for the love of the creation, despite not attaining what society views as success. A very nice piece with an enjoyable history lesson to boot.

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MPF Eye On Technology – Flying Cars

Flying Cars

 

In a recent post on Autonomous Cars, we mentioned that Flying Cars wouldn’t be too far behind. Literally the next day, a friend posted a YouTube video on just that, a flying car, how’s that for a coincidence ? Right now, there seems to be 2 major players, Terrafugia and AeroMobil.

The FAA has authorized Terrafugia to operate small Unmanned Aircraft Systems for research and development purposes. The TF-X™ is a four-seat, hybrid electric, semi-autonomous, vertical takeoff and landing flying car. The FAA exemption will allow Terrafugia to test the hovering capabilities of a one-tenth scale vehicle up to an altitude of 400 feet, and at speeds under 100 mph.

 

AeroMobil’s flying cars make use of existing infrastructure created for automobiles and planes, to create door-to-door transportation. In car mode, It fits into any standard parking space, uses regular gasoline, and can be used in road traffic just like any other car. As a plane, it can use any airport in the world, but can also take off and land using any grass strip or paved surface just a few hundred meters long. It has been in real flight conditions since October 2014.

So at this point my mind is spinning with how the transportation department is going to manage the 3 dimensional travel created by these flying cars. It’s definitely going to be a very interesting future.

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MPF Eye on Technology – Cleaning Our Oceans – Clever Innovations

Cleaning Our Oceans – Clever Innovations

This wonderful invention known as The Seabin Project, is important on a number of different levels. It’s greatest contribution is that it’s an Eco friendly, simple, and effective means of cleaning some of the waste that is polluting our water. Is it too small to make a dent ? In it’s current form yes, but it’s a great beginning, and hopefully will lead to similar versions that will have an impact. Secondly, its’ creators show us that an individual still has the power to make a difference in this mega corporate world of ours. So kudos to these men for their work and dedication.

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MPF Eye on Technology – The Robotic Kitchen

The Robotic Kitchen

I have always envied those special folks that love to cook. I get the urge on occasion, and we’re talking rare occasion, but most of the time, I’m trying to come up with the fastest, easiest way to get the food on and off the table. Well it looks like technology is coming to the rescue.

In 2017 Moley will launch the consumer version of the Robotic Kitchen featuring a pair of fully articulated robotic arms that can reproduce  the entire function of human hands with the same speed, and sensitivity of movement. The unit includes an oven, a sink, a touchscreen unit, all the utensils needed to create a series of delicious meals, and it can also be operated remotely via smartphone, so you can have it prepare dinner while you’re on your way home.

How does the magic happen ? A chef preparing a meal is recorded in 3D, and the system is able to capture not just the exact movements, but each nuance as well, so the robotic hands are able to duplicate the entire process. There is growing collection of recipes from around the world that will be accessible through an iTunes style library.

I don’t know about you, but I’m definitely putting the Robotic Kitchen on my Christmas wish list. Oh, and by the way, it also cleans up after itself. Wow !

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