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Carlotta Luis Offers Helpful Facts about Sustainable Travel and Tourism

In Travel on March 15, 2011 at 7:22 am
Carlotta Luis

Carlotta Luis

Travel consultant Carlotta Luis loves her job. Based in the Miami, Florida area, Carlotta Luis embraces every opportunity to open new doors for curious travelers. Given her considerable knowledge of travel and tourism, Carlotta Luis is often asked to comment on the latest trends and values in the industry.

Carlotta Luis cites industry statistics from Sustainable Travel International and the World Tourism Organization. “Tourism is by far one of the largest industries in the world,” reports Carlotta Luis. Over 10% of the jobs on the entire planet, notes Carlotta Luis, are jobs created by the travel and tourism industry. In 2010, global international tourism arrivals numbered approximately one billion.

With the tremendous scale of global travel and tourism, explains Carlotta Luis, comes a significant environmental impact. Carlotta Luis finds that recent generations are faced with the ecological impact of travel now, more than ever. The sheer amount of machinery and fuel used to move one billion tourists per year around the world, says Carlotta Luis, has produced discernible affects on global climate change.

On a cultural level, Carlotta Luis reports that countries hosting tourists often pay a cultural cost in the form of land-use conflicts as well as the encroachment upon their indigenous identity. Carlotta Luis suggests that travel and tourism must adapt to meet the needs of the 21st century by addressing these issues.

Sustainable travel and sustainable tourism, explains Carlotta Luis, are terms that describe a host of far reaching methods and considerations dedicated to socially and environmentally responsible travel. Carlotta Luis offers an example of sustainable tourism based on visiting the natural wonders and indigenous people of a destination country. Rather than thinking of out-of-the way destinations as developers’ opportunities, Carlotta Luis suggests marketing such destinations on their natural merits. In other words, concludes Carlotta Luis, a beautiful beach does not need a wasteful, sprawling, glittering luxury resort to be an ideal tourist spot.

About Carlotta Luis:

Carlotta Luis has spent a great portion of her career focused on Caribbean travel. Providing solid basic information helps vacationers make the right choice and for Carlotta Luis and those she serves, the U.S. Virgin Islands remain an affordable, friendly and beautiful destination for vacationers looking for sand, sun and hospitality.

For more information, Carlotta Luis can be contacted at

Tamara Mariea and Internal Balance Offer Neurostructural Integration Technique (NST) to Middle Tennessee

In Health and Beauty on March 14, 2011 at 10:53 am
Tamara Mariea

Tamara Mariea

Neurostructural Integration Technique (NST) has come to Middle Tennessee. The service is now available at the Internal Balance clinic, according to Tamara Mariea. “Internal Balance is a wellness clinic where we support and assist the body in doing what the human body was meant to do–heal itself,” says founder and director Tamara Mariea. In addition to her Internet radio show, Tamara Mariea has helped hundreds of clients ranging from children with autism to adults dealing with the onset of Alzheimer’s. Known by many as the “Diva of Detox”, Tamara Mariea has been published by the Australasian College of Nutrition and Environmental Medicine.

Tamara Mariea explains that NST is a technique for lasting pain removal. “This is a leading technique for spinal and structural therapy. Its results are amazing!” notes Tamara Mariea. Patients who undergo this type of therapy, according to Tamara Mariea, experience a speedy elimination of unwanted symptoms and witness an increase in energy and a new sense of well-being. “I am excited to offer NST to our Middle Tennessee clients at Internal Balance, especially since there are only forty-four certified providers of this life-changing technique in North America,” Tamara Mariea states.

According to Tamara Mariea, NST is a suitable and safe pain-removal therapy for all ages from newborns to the elderly. As well, NST provides relief from a wide range of painful conditions from acute to chronic, adds Tamara Mariea. “But the great news is that our expansion at Internal Balance does not stop there!” proclaims Tamara Mariea.

“Recently, the Tennessee State Board of Health for Massage Therapy approved Internal Balance for an establishment license,” says Tamara Mariea. Tamara Mariea points out that massage therapy can accomplish many things including the reduction of stress and increase of joint flexibility. “Massage therapy has increased the quality of life for millions of people,” notes Tamara Mariea.

With these new expansions in therapies and help for those hurting came the opportunity to add additional team members to the staff at Internal Balance, says Tamara Mariea. “We are excited to announce that Annie Waugh, who is certified in NST, and Cherrie Lefevers, certified massage therapist who specializes in lymph drainage, have joined our team!” Tamara Mariea says. Tamara Mariea concludes, “We love our Internal Balance clients. We are so excited that this new license and these new team members providing new therapies will help us continue to bring hope and help to our current and future clients.”

For more information about Internal Balance, please visit or call (615) 818-0074.

About Tamara Mariea

In 2000, Tamara Mariea opened a private wellness practice called Internal Balance Inc. She founded the clinic based on the research and principles of Dr. Roger Williams who authored a landmark article in 1950 at The University of Texas, Austin entitled “Biochemical Individuality”. Since the inception of Internal Balance, Inc., Tamara Mariea has branched out into other synergistic disciplines such as environmental wellness, detoxification, physiology and bioenergetics. Some of the developed strategies and principles offered by Tamara Mariea include practices based on Einstein’s theories of quantum physics, encompassing Tamara Mariea’s approach with bioenergetic therapeutics.

Although Tamara Mariea has been highly sought after and received accolades for her work with some of the biggest names in professional baseball, football and basketball, Tamara Mariea has also helped hundreds of clients that include children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and brain injuries, as well as adults battling the onset of Alzheimer’s, Dementia, Lyme’s Disease, and other neurodegenerative conditions. Tamara Mariea has successfully helped many women with chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia along with hormonal imbalances. Tamara Mariea seeks to balance individuals so that literally their bodies resume the fight to return to a healthy state. Tamara Mariea cares distinctly for each client according to his/her individual biochemistry and unique toxic imprint, which is determined by a highly specialized clinical assessment and metabolic testing.

Through Internal Balance, a private clinic located in Brentwood, Tennessee, Tamara Mariea is helping hundreds of clients. These clients may be electromagnetically sensitive, may have multiple chemical sensitivities, and suffer from Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Autism and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis.

People from around the world seek out treatment from Tamara Mariea. Tamara Mariea has developed a system that allows her to custom formulate nutrients and support mechanisms for optimum health and or detoxification that are specific to each individuals needs. These products, trademarked by Tamara Mariea, are called VibroNutrients® and are accessible to clients worldwide. Tamara’s Mariea’s greatest satisfaction comes from working with special and difficult cases such as autism, neuro-degenerative conditions, multiple chemical sensitivities and immune deficiency syndromes. Tamara Mariea has had outstanding results treating autistic children, debilitating illnesses and chronic pain.

Tamara Mariea has been featured as one of the country’s leading experts in the detoxification of the ASD child and is frequently requested as a featured guest on radio talk shows such as “Wellness in Practice” and The Frankie Boyer Show, “Your Voice for Healthy Living”. Tamara Mariea has contributed several chapters to the book, “Super Health”…7 Golden Keys to Unlock Life Long Vitality. Tamara Mariea hosts her own internet radio talk show on LA Talk Radio.

Tamara Mariea can be reached at Internal Balance at 615-818-0074 or by email at

Stephanie Izen Discusses Top 3 FREE Money Management Applications for BlackBerry

In Finance, Law Firm, Legal on March 10, 2011 at 8:58 pm
Stephanie Izen

Stephanie Izen

According to Stephanie Izen, one of the most useful groups of BlackBerry apps is made up of money management apps. Consumers can download apps that help manage bills, make budgets, or read financial news, reports Stephanie Izen. There are also apps that allow individuals to perform banking transactions or manage their investment portfolios, notes Stephanie Izen.

Stephanie Izen recommends the following free money management apps for the BlackBerry:


1. Personal Assistant BBM. According to Stephanie Izen, with the Personal Assistant BBM app, a person can bring all of their financial information to their BlackBerry. The app allows users to consolidate all of their bank accounts and investment accounts in one place, explains Stephanie Izen. Once it is setup to access the user’s information online, reports Stephanie Izen, the app handles all data entry and account syncing tasks automatically. Stephanie Izen notes that the app also sends out due date reminders for bills. The Personal Assistant makes it much easier to remember to pay bills on time, concludes Stephanie Izen.

2. CNBC Pro. Stephanie Izen recommends this app to investors looking for real-time market information and up-to-the-minute financial news. BlackBerry users can get real-time streaming stock quotes, reports Stephanie Izen, and the latest market data on stocks, bonds, commodities, currencies, etc.  Investors can sign up for customized price alerts and news alerts, states Stephanie Izen, as well as watch CNBC TV.

3. ProOnGo Expense with Receipt Reader. Stephanie Izen recommends this BlackBerry app for storing and managing expenses. Users can take pictures of receipts on the fly, says Stephanie Izen, and the app will organize them in customized categories. Then the program creates informative, useful reports, states Stephanie Izen. The reports can be exported to an Excel spreadsheet or synced with QuickBooks Online Edition, concludes Stephanie Izen.

About Stephanie Izen
Stephanie Izen is a financial and legal “hybrid” – an executive leader who utilizes financial analysis, business acumen, and legal expertise to help businesses thrive. Stephanie Izen may be reached at

The Snodgrass-King Pediatric Dental Center Discusses Children’s Cavities

In Health and Beauty on March 7, 2011 at 1:47 pm


According to Snodgrass-King Pediatric Dental Associates, children who visit their pediatric dentist regularly are less likely to have a bad or painful dental experience. Regular visits to the Snodgrass-King pediatric dental offices helps keep their young patients’ teeth healthier, reducing or eliminating the need for major, potentially uncomfortable procedures later in life. The Snodgrass-King team cites a study published in 2007 by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) with some provocative findings. Snodgrass-King reports that the study found the incidence of cavities in preschoolers has jumped to 28%, meaning that at least one in every four preschoolers probably had a cavity.

A Snodgrass-King team member who analyzed the data explains that this means tooth decay and cavities are the leading childhood disease, outnumbering asthma and diabetes. Snodgrass-King dentists have found that many parents consider a toothache a minor problem, but this is not always the case. If the pain is caused by tooth decay, explains a Snodgrass-King pediatric dentist, it can compromise a child’s overall health. A Snodgrass-King dentist explains that a child’s cavity, if left untreated, can sap motivation, ruin an appetite, and eventually lead to infection.

One of the priorities of the Snodgrass-King Pediatric Dental Associates is to provide young patients with a dental “home,” a place for care, knowledge and support. Even though tooth decay is the leading childhood disease, says a Snodgrass-King dentist, it is also very preventable. Snodgrass-King dentists give their visitors the best possible dental care, in and out of the dentist’s chair. Snodgrass-King dentists and staff are committed to giving children and parents the knowledge and support they need to embrace tooth-healthy habits. A child that grows up making regular visits to a Snodgrass-King pediatric dentist is more likely to maintain the simple lifelong habits that ensure excellent oral health. The efforts of the Snodgrass-King pediatric dental center are widely appreciated by the parents and children that make up their community.

Snodgrass-King Franklin (Cool Springs)
125 Cool Springs Blvd.
Suite 140
(in the Aspen Grove Medical Plaza)
Franklin, TN 37067
(615) 771-1111

Snodgrass-King Hermitage
4761 Andrew Jackson Pkwy.
Hermitage, TN 37076
Phone: (615) 885-3525

Snodgrass-King Spring Hill
Spring Hill Medical Plaza
5073 Main Street
Suite 240
Spring Hill, TN 37174
Phone: (615) 302-4200

Snodgrass-King Murfreesboro
Gateway Medical Plaza II
1747 Medical Center Parkway
Suite 300
Murfreesboro, TN 37129
Phone: (615) 225-0700

About Snodgrass-King

Founded by Franklin, Tennessee-based pediatric dentists Dr. David Snodgrass and Dr. John T. King, Snodgrass-King Pediatric Dental Associates has a combined dental experience of nearly 100 years. The staff of Snodgrass-King provides outstanding service and offers an excellent dental experience with convenience for middle Tennesseans.

The co-founding dentists of Snodgrass-King offer a wide knowledge base that has earned them recognition across the Southeastern United States. Publishing numerous articles in orthodontic and pediatric journals, Dr. David Snodgrass serves part-time at Vanderbilt University as a clinical professor investing in the pediatric dentists of the near future. The Snodgrass-King co-founder is also a recognized lecturer as a member of the American Orthodontic Society, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the International Association of Orthodontics. Snodgrass-King co-founder Dr. John T. King has followed in the footsteps of his father, earning a Diplomat Board Certification with the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. A Franklin, Tennessee native, Dr. King enjoys mentoring other pediatric dentists.

Partnering with the Snodgrass-King co-founders are Dr. Jennifer House and Dr. David Burnside. Prior to joining the staff of Snodgrass-King, Dr. Jennifer House and Dr. David Burnside both completed their education at Boston University Medical Center. In addition to the common alma mater, both Dr. House and Dr. Burnside carry memberships in the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Dental Association, the Tennessee Dental Association and the Nashville Dental Society.

While parents bring their children to Snodgrass-King for the dental expertise, children love coming to Snodgrass-King because of the experience. Snodgrass-King Pediatric Dental Associates offers a unique experience to children who typically have the normal fears of going to the dentist. The moment a child steps into the Franklin, Tennessee office of Snodgrass-King, they are transported to a different dimension. Whether it is the random visits of Chomp, the Snodgrass-King alligator mascot, to the video games, or watching a movie during teeth cleanings, this pediatric dental office is anything but typical. So while mom and dad bring the kids because of the experience and education of the staff, the kids want to come simply because it is fun.

The dental team of Snodgrass-King takes their experience beyond just the local office. Pediatric dentists from the Franklin, Tennessee practice, along with Dr. David Snodgrass and Dr. John King, have taken their talents and expertise to the Dominican Republic and Haiti since 2007. On their most recent trip, the Snodgrass-King team served over 300 patients. In addition, Snodgrass-King has donated previously used dental equipment to the impoverished areas. The pediatric dentists of Snodgrass-King, wherever they are, are committed to serving with excellence.

The Snodgrass-King website ( offers numerous free information resources concerning pediatric oral health, safety tips and what to expect from a visit to the dentist’s office. On the website, parents can also find additional information concerning the services that Snodgrass-King offers including pediatric, orthodontic, and specialty dental work. For children needing specialty services, the Snodgrass-King Pediatric Dental Associates website explains more about the general and cosmetic work offered along with oral and maxillofacial specializations.

Snodgrass-King Pediatric Dental Associates has offices in Franklin, Spring Hill, Murfreesboro and Hermitage, Tennessee. For more information go to or call them at 615-771-1111.

Thaddeus Heffner, MMFT | Boys Are Born, Men Are Built

In Personal on March 2, 2011 at 4:57 am
Thaddeus Heffner headshot

Thaddeus Heffner MMFT

For millennia, notes Thaddeus Heffner, MMFT (Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy), different cultures around the world have had within their traditions what is known as “rite of passage” for their boys to cross the threshold into manhood.  Thaddeus Heffner suggests that in the United States, and Westernized nations in general, rites of passage have long since vanished from the cultural norm.

Thaddeus Heffner suggests that historically the U.S. turned a corner around the time of the Industrial Revolution.  “Fathers and sons used to work side-by-side on the family farm, or whatever the family trade might have been,” points out Thaddeus Heffner.  With the birth of the Industrial Revolution, fathers began to leave their sons at home to work in the cities, adds Thaddeus Heffner.  This was merely the beginning of the rift that has long since widened regarding male gender affirmation.

At first glance, Thaddeus Heffner suggests that the growing rates of absentee fathers, divorce, child abuse and addictions within the family system can seem like a bullet train speeding away at an unstoppable rate.  However, Thaddeus Heffner believes that the tide is turning in masculinity, and that slowly but surely men are stepping into wholeness.  Not perfection, acknowledges Thaddeus Heffner, but wholeness.

Thaddeus Heffner comments that, “Men today are being taught by their own inner father wounds. They are learning that they missed receiving something from their own fathers; affirmation, a blessing, to know that they have what it takes.”  Thaddeus Heffner calls this the “Terrible Gift.”

“Many men run from their wounds because they are too painful, explains Thaddeus Heffner.  It is only when a man looks at his wounds that the pain becomes transformative. This is the Terrible Gift,” says Thaddeus Heffner.  This is when men who are fathers begin turning to their own sons to bestow the blessing and affirmation that they themselves may never have received.

“This is my passion,” states Thaddeus Heffner.  “To work with men, wherever they are coming from and whatever wounds they are bringing, that the hearts of fathers and sons might once again be turned toward each other.” Day in and day out, Thaddeus Heffner gets to see his passion become a reality both in working with men in his Brentwood, Tennessee office as well as staffing several different men’s retreats each year.

About Thaddeus Heffner

Thaddeus Heffner holds a Master in Marriage and Family Therapy from Trevecca University.  While he facilitates sessions for couples, groups and individuals, his increasing focus is working with those who wish to reduce their unwanted same-sex attraction and feel whole as men.

After spending several years working with “At-Risk Youth” in the public high school, Thaddeus Heffner went into private practice in 2008.  While his office is located in the heart of Brentwood, TN, Thaddeus Heffner also works with clients internationally who seek to focus on unwanted same-sex attraction.

For the past four years Thaddeus Heffner has involved himself in staffing experiential weekends with organizations such as People Can Change and New Adam.  Thaddeus Heffner also enjoys speaking and teaching on the root causes of homosexuality, as often as he is able.  The passion of Thaddeus Heffner is to help men understand that we each have a unique story, and to see men embrace healing in their lives while getting their needs met through healthy community.

Thaddeus Heffner is a member in good standing with both the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and the National Association of Research and Therapy of Homosexuality. For more information about the work of Thaddeus Heffner please visit

Dr. David Snodgrass DDS Discusses Methods of Treating a Child’s Toothache

In Health and Beauty on March 1, 2011 at 6:39 am

Dr. David Snodgrass DDS

Dr. David Snodgrass DDS is an experienced pediatric dentist with the well-regarded Snodgrass-King Pediatric Dental Associates in Middle Tennessee. For most people, notes Dr. David Snodgrass DDS, dentistry and its associated processes are somewhat of a mystery. When kids in particular experience tooth trouble, says Dr. David Snodgrass DDS, it is not uncommon that the problem will be neglected. However, Dr. David Snodgrass DDS cautions that any sign of tooth trouble, from a chip to a toothache, should be attended to immediately.

Dr. David Snodgrass DDS finds it very helpful when the parents of his patients are informed about basic dental first aid practices. Toothaches are generalized pains that can indicate a more serious condition, says Dr. David Snodgrass DDS. Toothaches may be caused by the gradual affects of decay, explains Dr. David Snodgrass DDS, or by a more immediate injury like a chipped or cracked tooth. Sometimes a tooth may not ache right after it is chipped, if the injury is mild, notes Dr. David Snodgrass DDS, but food will lodge in the affected area and later lead to irritation and pain.

If a child has a toothache, says Dr. David Snodgrass DDS, clean the area around the achy tooth and rinse your child’s mouth with warm water. Dr. David Snodgrass DDS then suggests following up with a bit of flossing to remove any food that may be lodged or impacted near the achy tooth. Dr. David Snodgrass DDS typically recommends against applying heat to a toothache. If the toothache is causing facial swelling, says Dr. David Snodgrass DDS, apply a cold compress and call your Snodgrass-King Pediatric Dental Associates.

When the times comes to take your child to Dr. David Snodgrass DDS and the pediatric dentists at Snodgrass-King, make the visit as easy on the child as possible. Give the child some form of control over the situation, suggests Dr. David Snodgrass DDS, by allowing them to choose what they will wear or suggesting that they bring along a favorite toy. As a parent, it is important that you remain calm when bringing your child to the Snodgrass-King Pediatric Dental Associates. Children are very intuitive and sensitive, says Dr. David Snodgrass DDS, and if their parents are worried or uneasy, kids will feel the same.

For more information about the pediatric dental services offered by Snodgrass-King Pediatric Dental Associates, visit them online at

About Dr. David Snodgrass DDS

Since 1987, Dr. David Snodgrass DDS has practiced dentistry in the greater Nashville area.  A graduate of the University of Tennessee, he earned his Doctorate of Dental Science in 1984.  In 1986 Dr. David Snodgrass DDS received his pediatric dentistry certificate from Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.  In addition to his practice, Dr. David Snodgrass DDS currently serves at Vanderbilt University in the capacity of a part-time professor of pediatric dentistry.

Dr. David Snodgrass DDS, along with co-founder Dr. John T. King, established Snodgrass-King Pediatric Dental Associates.  Dr. David Snodgrass DDS wanted to establish a dental practice that parents could trust and where children would feel safe and welcomed.  Snodgrass-King Pediatric Dental Associates offers a kid-friendly, carnival-like environment with a focus on pediatric dentistry excellence.  Dr. David Snodgrass DDS’ dream has grown from one to multiple offices serving the greater Nashville area, including Spring Hill, Murfreesboro, Hermitage and Franklin/Brentwood.

Dr. David Snodgrass DDS’ expertise can also be found in numerous publications.  The author of articles concerning growth and development, Dr. David Snodgrass DDS has appeared in several orthodontic and pediatric dental journals. Dr. David Snodgrass DDS holds memberships in the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Orthodontic Society, the International Association of Orthodontics and the Tennessee Dental Association.  Dr. David Snodgrass DDS has numerous awards and accolades including the Achievement, Fellowship and Diplomat Awards from the American Orthodontic Society and the International Association of Orthodontics.  Through orthodontic study organizations, Dr. David Snodgrass DDS is a recognized lecturer and mentor in the Southeastern United States.

Outside of his practice, Dr. David Snodgrass DDS believes it important to use his talents and gifts in the service of humanity.  Since 2007, Dr. David Snodgrass DDS has taken service-oriented trips to Haiti.  Following his initial trip, Dr. David Snodgrass DDS would journey to perform the same work in the Dominican Republic.  After working in the Dominican, Dr. David Snodgrass DDS was flown back into Haiti.  In 2010 on his return trip to the area, Dr. David Snodgrass DDS worked in the dental clinic of Danita’s Children Hope for Haiti Center.  The Hope for Haiti Center dental clinic was fully equipped by Snodgrass-King Pediatric Dental Associates.  In that most recent trip, Dr. David Snodgrass DDS witnessed over 300 Haitians receive cleanings, fillings, sealants, and extractions, stainless steel crowns, as well as having routine procedures performed.  In November of 2010, Dr. David Snodgrass DDS and Dr. King led a team of eleven team members from their dental practice back to Haiti and the Dominican Republic.  A brief stop over in Sousa allowed the team to treat over 200 patients, free of charge.

Most recently a group of 15 Haitian orphans visited the United States and middle Tennessee to record a music project.  Those orphans stopped by Dr. David Snodgrass DDS’ offices of Snodgrass-King and were treated for any and all types of dental procedures.

From his belief in a “kid-friendly” environment to his pursuit of pediatric dental expertise, Dr. David Snodgrass DDS believes excellence in pediatric dental care is essential.  And with that belief in excellence Dr. David Snodgrass DDS has a heart to serve and give that same excellence to those who may never have the opportunity to receive such dental care.

Dr. David Snodgrass DDS and his wife Melody reside with their three children in Brentwood, Tennessee.

For more information about Snodgrass-King Pediatric Dental Associates go to or call them at 615-771-1111.