Rick Blatter B.Ed., M.Sc.
Exercise Physiologist, Writer, Speaker, Health, Wellness & Safety Consultant

is available for

SPEAKING  ENGAGEMENTS


info@RickBlatter.com


(Corporate rate: $5000 per day; small businesses $1000 per day;  private individuals & not-for-profit organizations $100 per hour; telephone consultations $25 per 15 minutes, first consultation is free.)


ConferenceTopics:



* HAD BAD experience
 Teaching Models/ Counselling Tools,
 (a REVOLUTIONARY NEW
GRIEF Counselling
 and stress management tool)

see also: www.GoHAPPINESS.com





*   FITNESS with PLEASURE  
(pill, potion & drug free)

"Fitness"  is not something you do three (3) or four (4) times per week for one (1) hour or so per day. Fitness is an ENJOYABLE  way of Life!  Your body adapts to whatever you do with it/ to it.  Learn how your:  Physical Activity, Lifestyle, Nutrition, heredity, and perhaps some presently unknown factors interact to make you look and feel the way you do...  while having  FUN  and enjoying life to its  fullest!




*
FITNE$$ for BU$INE$$
 
How to keep yourself and your employees    HAPPY  ,  HealthyMotivated  and  Productive





*
  WELLNESS with PLEASURE   
(pill, potion and drug free)

Sixty (60%) to Eighty (80%) percent of all Accidents, Sickness and Disease can be prevented. Learn how to live the "WELLNESS Way", while  looking  and  feeling  great, enjoying life to its fullest, and having FUN! 






* What YOU need to know about
 "Scientific Research" 
... stop watching, start THINKING !
 Much of what passes as "Scientific Research" is actually advertising, or even worse: propaganda orchestrated by commercial interests to sell you
something you don't really need.
Please watch the movies: "The Insider"  and
  "The Corporation"  to see how this is done.






* Is "The News" always "News",
 or is it often paid advertising, or even worse: contrived, manufactured propaganda designed to deceive?  How can you differentiate between "News" and propaganda?
Please watch the movies: "Good Night, and Good Luck",




"Advertising"     or       Mass  Brainwashing  ?

(Brand  Washed?)
Please watch the movies: "The Yes Men"  and
  "The Corporation"  to see how this is done.




* Global Warming/ Global Pollution:

Practical things you can do EVERY DAY to help while having fun, saving money, getting fit and enjoying life... the conscientious WELLNESS way.   Please  also see  the  Al  Gore  documentaries:

 "An Inconvenient Truth"  and visit:  www.ClimateCrisis.net 

  An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power  





* Living without terrorism:  How to prevent terrorism by giving people    HOPE.   Diffusing "dangerous" situations with love, empathy, compassion and charitable basic human decency costs far less than a  "war on terrorism",  both in terms of dollars spent and through loss of innocent lives, (the latter which invariably tends to exacerbate the problem).

Please watch the movie:  "Charlie Wilson's War", (TRUE STORY).

Also watch the ridiculous, fictitious but hilarious

comedies: "American Dreamz" &

"You don't mess with the ZOHAN".

They have very important messages: treat ALL PEOPLE

with dignity  and  respect, and BE KIND.

Don't tread on peoples emotions.





 


HAPPINESS
stress
and
$UCCE$$




* LIFE SUCCESS
  =   Living  a  SUCCESSFUL LIFE !

ENLIGHTENMENT, Self-Actualisation,
Sage-like Spirituality, Becoming The Best YOU Can Be:
as an individual, as a society, as humanity.
Did you help make the world a Better Place,
for EVERYONE, everything, everywhere?


God's Test Questions
(The "final exam"):


Based on "Near Death Experience" (NDE) research,
 regardless of your religion, belief system, or lack thereof,
 these are the 3 (three) test questions you will be asked:

1) What did you learn about  L❤VE ?    (LOVE)

2) What did you do with the special skill/gift you were given?

3) How did you make the world a better place for
EVERYONE, everything, everywhere?









Politics

* DEMOCRACY for EVERYONE:
 A humorous but sadly true look at how the
 "political  system"   really works...
and what YOU can do to IMPROVE it.

80% VOTER PARTICIPATION is required for DEMOCRACY to function properly
What can we do to  MOTIVATE  more  VOTER  PARTICIPATION?


Sample voter PARTICIPATION rates in elections:
Quebec voter
participation:

Federal: 65%

Provincial: 70%

Municipal: 45%

Montreal: 43%

Laval: 36%

Ontario voter participation:

Federal: 65%

Provincial: 55%

Municipal: 43%

Toronto: 43%

Mississauga: 36%


USA voter
participation:

Federal: 60%

State: 40%

Municipal: 20%


If you don't like any of "them", RUN YOURSELF!
Run for one of the "other" parties,
 (many are ALWAYS short of candidates),
start your own party, or run as an Independent Candidate.
Sometimes "losers" are winners.

Some HILARIOUS  (but fictitious)  movies that can give you
Also, TRUE STORIES: "Recount" (Gore/Bush recount), and
"Iron Jawed Angels",  what women went through to
 WIN THE RIGHT TO VOTE:
Quebec: single women 1940, married women 1964;
Canada 1940; USA 1920; Manitoba 1916.


MILLIONS  of men DIED over hundreds of years to
 WIN THE RIGHT TO VOTE  for YOU.
If  MILLIONS of people lost their lives for the "DREAM OF DEMOCRACY",
shouldn't you at least exercise that right?
DEMOCRACY cannot and will not function properly without YOU !





* THREE (3) STRIKES RULE for RAH
(Responsible, Accountable, Honest)
Politicians/ Government(s):
WHO do we believe?
Trump? A President Like No Other
Clinton? What Happened
Comey? A Higher Loyalty. Truth, Lies, and Leadership.


THREE (3) STRIKES RULE for RAH (Responsible, Accountable, Honest) Politicians/Government(s):


1)  Any Elected / Appointed Government Official caught in a  FLAGRANT LIE pertaining to "false election promises" or the direct execution of their job, will be fined ONE YEAR'S SALARY for the first  LIE,

2) TWO YEARS SALARY for the second  LIE, and

3)  THREE YEARS SALARY for the third  LIE, at which time the thrice lying Government Official will be IMMEDIATELY  IMPEACHED  and  Fired.







* Gilles Vaillancourt
The KING of CORRUPTION
(in Laval, Quebec, Canada)
Lessons you can learn to PREVENT,
expose and apprehend CORRUPTION
 in your City,
Province/ State,  and/or Country.
 





GRIEF/ Adversity
* Overcoming Adversity:

 How  to  convert  the worst  tragedy  into a

learning/ growth experience

with    OPPORTUNITY   and   HOPE.

Please visit:  www.HadBadExperienceTeachingModels.com

shortcut:   www.HADBADtm.com






  GoHAPPINESS  





FASTING can SAVE YOUR LIFE !

FASTING for spiritual growth and/or HEALTH is as old as The Bible.

ALL the Prophets of the Great Religions FASTED for "40 (forty) days and 40 (forty) nights"Abraham  (Judaism, Christianity & Islam), Moses (Judaism, Christianity & Islam), Jesus (Christianity & Islam),  Muhammad (Islam)... The Buddha  (Buddhism),  and MANY more.

Mahatma Gandhi (Hindu) undertook 17 FASTS during India's freedom movement. His longest FAST was 21 days.


At least two (2) Canadian Politicians FASTED for political purposes.


Elizabeth May  (Green Party) went on a 17 day hunger strike on Parliament Hill in 2001 to protest against the Sydney Tar Ponds in NS.


Jacques Hebert  (Liberal Senator) went on a 22 day hunger strike at the Senate in 1986 to protest the cancellation of the Katimavik program he helped found a decade earlier.


Rick Blatter (Candidate for Mayor of Laval) went on a 44 day hunger strike on the front lawn of Laval City Hall in 2005 to demand a PUBLIC INQUIRY into CORRUPTION in Laval. CORRUPTION EVERYONE KNEW ABOUT FOR DECADES, but those who should have know and done something about it continued to pretend that "No one knew anything".


In 2013 the CORRUPT Mayor of Laval was finally arrested for CORRUPTION, (eight years later).


The Charbonneau Commission eventually exposed/revealed the fact that Vaillancourt's  illegal construction kickback election campaign financing scheme was actually rampant throughout the Province of Quebec. It was being used throughout the whole Province of Quebec by many corrupt municipal politicians and ALL the major Provincial Political Parties:
PLQPQ & ADQ.


This is why "no one knew anything", ALL the major provincial political parties in Quebec were doing the same thing. Only Vaillancourt took CORRUPTION to whole new EXTREMES.



FASTING vs starving & hunger strikes:

FASTING for spiritual growth and/or  HEALTH is used to cleanse the body of toxins stored mostly in FAT, while also burning excess fat stores.


Healthy fasting requires lots of water to flush out toxins from the body (through urination) and to PREVENT DEHYDRATION. Pure FAT METABOLISM (ketosis) requires copious amounts of water, in EXTREME HEAT this can mean about a sip of water every 5 to 10 minutes.


The danger of Radical weight loss diets is not their caloric restriction, but rather the DEHYDRATION caused by almost pure FAT METABOLISM (ketosis). Far more water consumption than usual would make the wackiest diet "safe" if not carried out for more than 30 to 40 days. Longer than this may cause "nutrition deficiencies" to begin to appear.


The average adult can live approximately 65 days without eating under "ideal conditions" before they die of "starvation". After about 50 days of fasting all of an average adult's FAT RESERVES are depleted. This is when lean body mass: musclestissues and organs begin to be metabolized/ cannibalized. This is when actual "starvation" begins. Death shortly ensues. FASTS are terminated when FAT RESERVES are depleted, or in shorter fasts (2 to 7 days) long before this point is even approached.



Fasting is the voluntary and complete abstinence of all food
 and beverages except water, while nutritive reserves remain
adequate for normal body function.
It has been used for thousands of years
 and is used extensively in the animal kingdom.



Conversely hunger strikes are used to SHAME guilty parties into making redress. If hunger strikers HYDRATE themselves adequately they can FAST until their FAT RESERVES are depleted without danger. However, without proper HYDRATION, usually due to a lack of knowledge, or less than "ideal" environmental conditions, DEHYDRATION in EXTREME HEAT can occur within hours causing death.


Under "ideal conditions" the average adult cannot survive without water for more than 2 to 3 days,  maximum 6 days.  In EXTREME HEAT death can occur within hours without adequate water/ hydration.


Kindly note, my experience and research in FASTING dealt primarily with survival fasting. FASTING in the wild outdoors while fighting for survival and life against the elements, in EXTREMES of temperature and weather: "wilderness camping", hunger strikes, airplane crashes... and active living while fasting.

FASTING indoors in a cool relaxed COMFORTABLE CLINICAL or SPA SETTING with an IDEAL temperature controlled and humidified environment optimized FOR YOUR COMFORT will require less water, and less hydration.

The best "rule of thumb" is to take a couple of sips of water whenever you feel thirsty, or even think about food. Thinking about food? Take a couple of sips of water.


Dr. Alan Goldhamer, D.C. on:
FASTING Can Save Your Life
(21 mins)



Dr. Herbert M. Shelton, ND.
The most widely used and read book on FASTING:

   






3, 7, 15 second RULE for Staying Alive on the Highway:

( Coming soon: www.3715secondRULE.com   shortcut: www.3715rule.com )



In the USA (& Canada), the Leading

 Cause of Death from ages 8 to 25

is  MV (Motor Vehicle) Accidents.




3, 7, 15 second RULE for Staying Alive on the Highway for CARS:



Drive Safe: The 3 second RULE that could  SAVE YOUR LIFE  (1 min.):



Safe Distances when driving - Part 1 (3 second RULE) (4 min.):



NRSF Tailgating and  The 3-second  RULE (3 min.):



Pedestrians & Cyclists:

1.5 meters (5ft) minimum SAFETY Buffer Zone for Pedestrians & Cyclists:


Cars need to give Pedestrians & Cyclists a minimum of 1.5 meters SPACE as a SAFETY Buffer Zone. Ideally, when SAFE and possible, give them an Entire Lane: 3 meters (10ft) SPACE.


Trucks should IDEALLY give Pedestrians & Cyclists an  Entire Lane, 3 meters (10ft) SPACE, whenever SAFE and possible. But NEVER LESS than 1.5 meters SPACE as a SAFETY Buffer Zone.






 

Because YOUR SAFETY not only depends upon YOU STOPPING IN TIME, but also on the CAR, SUV, or BIG TRUCK FOLLOWING YOU STOPPING IN TIME, you need to know and be aware of the STOPPING TIME of the vehicle(s) following you.

Whenever you come to an UNEXPECTED MAJOR SLOW-DOWN OR STOP, especially on high speed highways where people do not EXPECT major slow-downs or stops,  IMMEDIATELY  ACTIVATE  YOUR  FOUR-WAY  HAZARD  FLASHER  LIGHTS  to  WARN VEHICLES BEHIND YOU THERE IS AN UNEXPECTED SLOW-DOWN.

In such an UNEXPECTED slow-down or SUDDEN STOP situation KEEP PLENTY OF SPACE BETWEEN YOU AND THE VEHICLE YOU ARE FOLLOWING (MINIMUM  3 TO 7 SECONDS) and look in your rear-view mirrors  to make sure that the vehicle(s) behind you realize you are coming to a SLOW-DOWN or STOP.  KEEPING A SAFETY BUFFER ZONE  (MINIMUM  3 TO 7 SECONDS) will allow you to give the vehicle BEHIND YOU extra space and time to STOP or SLOW DOWN without rear-ending you. This  SAFETY SPACE  will also prevent the car/ truck that rear-ends you from pushing YOU into the rear-end of the vehicle in front of you!

ALSO look for and try to KEEP AN ESCAPE ROUTE OPEN at all times so that you can pull onto the RIGHT or LEFT SHOULDER in case the vehicle behind you cannot, or does not slow down or stop in time because of DISTRACTIONS.


Not only do you have to think for yourself, but you must also anticipate the reaction/ action, or lack there-of, of the driver(s)  behind you. (If you want to stay alive).


ACTIVATING  YOUR  EMERGENCY  FOUR-WAY  HAZARD  FLASHER  LIGHTS  as soon as you see an abnormal SLOWING DOWN or STOPPING of traffic on a high speed highway ALERTS the driver(s) following you of a DANGER. Once you see that  the vehicles behind you have  SAFELY  SLOWED DOWN you can turn off your emergency four-way hazard flasher lights.


Since you are SHARING THE ROAD with BIG TRUCKS, you must learn their STOPPING DISTANCES/ TIME. Especially if one is behind you!


Whereas most cars can stop in 3 to 5 seconds, BIG TRUCKS take at least  7 to as much as 15 SECONDS to stop. So if you stop SAFELY in 3 to 5 seconds, but do not warn the BIG TRUCK behind you that you are making a  SUDDEN STOP,  and GIVE THE BIG TRUCK  7 to 15 SECONDS OF SPACE, that BIG TRUCK will push you and your car forwards for the  EXTRA  4 TO 10  SECONDS  IT NEEDS TO  STOP.  This can have disastrous results for you. 




3, 7, 15 second RULE for Staying Alive on the Highway for BIG TRUCKS/ Professional Drivers:


3 second rule: never follow closer than 3 seconds.


7 second rule: ideally you want to keep seven (7) seconds (or more) separation between you & the vehicle you are following... although in the city, or in converging rush-hour traffic, maintaining  3 seconds  may be a challenge.


15 second rule: on the open highway, and/or pulling LCVs, ideally you want to keep 15 seconds separation (or more) between you and the vehicle you are following.


On multi-lane highways try to remain in a staggered position. Try to always keep an escape route open. Avoid driving side by side with other vehicles when possible.


Keep other vehicles out of your  BLIND SPOTS  if possible, (by slowing down, or even speeding up if absolutely necessary). Double & Triple Check BLIND SPOTS before switching lanes.


Drive according to
weatherroad  and  traffic conditions.


Listen to weather & traffic reports. Modern CBs  will CUT IN automatically with HAZARDOUS WEATHER ALERTS in your immediate area warning you of: Freezing Rain, Winter Storms, Heavy Fog, Tornadoes, etc.
Google weather along your route.
Plan ahead.


In adverse weather stay parked.
If driving:

1) get to the nearest full service truck stop.

2) get to the nearest Rest Area or other facility with Truck Parking & Services.

3) get to the nearest safe pull-out off the highway, such as a no-service Rest Area, or even an Exit Ramp. But get off the highway.

4) in extreme emergencies pull off onto the shoulder of the highway. Put on your lights & flashers. If you listen to weather reportscommunicate with other drivers over CB, and observe signs such as igloo or ice-mobiles on the opposite side of the highway, or SEE more & more cars/ trucks in the ditch,  this should never happen ! Get to a SAFE & COMFORTABLE location before you get stuck, or worse, are involved in a collision which may not even be your fault. INEXPERIENCED DRIVERS can lose control of their car and hit you... and this will probably go on your record as a "preventable accident".

But it is safer to be parked on the shoulder, rather than rolled over in the ditch!

However, it is even nicer to watch movies, relax... have showers, have access to heat/ air conditioning and nice restaurants in a FULL SERVICE TRUCK STOP rather be stuck in the middle of nowhere during a weather emergency. 99% of the time there are plenty of  WARNING SIGNS  before you get "stuck" in the middle of "nowhere".



Winter driving/ sliding video:
(Beaver Hall Hill Road, Montreal, QC)
(2 min.), Dec 2016.



In this hilarious video it is interesting to note that although even the best "snow & ice tires" have no traction on pure ice while skidding, if they roll they do offer some steering.

The  green and white  taxi finally eases up on his brakes at the bottom of the icy hill, allowing his wheels to turn, and thus enabling him to steer clear of the collisions at the bottom of the icy hill.

Also note the white van that was the only driver sensible enough to see that the OPPOSING LANE had no ice on it. He cleverly put at least his driver-side wheels onto the opposing lane giving him full control as he descended this notorious hill in downtown Montreal, (Beaver Hall Hill Road).

All the other drivers locked their wheels on pure ice. Locked wheels have no steering capabilities. They just slid down the icy hill like a toboggan, with no steering control.

Also note that these were all  NEWER vehicles with the latest technology. Especially the BRAND NEW POLICE CRUISER. Despite ABS BRAKES and a host of all sorts of other "safety" and "traction control technology", they all skidded down the icy hill with wheels locked, and no control. The technology did not work in this situation.

Had these drivers pumped their brakes the old fashion wayas the green & white taxi finally did at the bottom of the hill, they could have steered towards the opposing lane where there was traction... as long as no vehicle was in that opposing lane. And we see few vehicles coming up the hill, so there was no danger of a head-on collision. The few vehicles we do see coming up the hill obviously have no traction problems. So this side was OK.

Better yet, had these drivers  LOOKED AHEAD 15 seconds, or even 7 seconds, they would have noticed cars coming up the hill OK, but  EVERYONE GOING DOWN  was sliding  OUT OF CONTROL.

In such a situation the RIGHT THING TO DO would be to STOP YOUR VEHICLE, put on your lights and hazard flashers, and try to SAFELY warn other drivers they should STOP and not proceed. Call the police. Shut down the road. (The police officer should have stopped at the top of the hill and done this... but he too was not  LOOKING AHEAD 7 to 15 seconds  so he got involved in skidding down the hill out of control, and crashed too.)

Note the black SUV that turns right at the light at the top of the hill after he sees the bus sliding down the hill out of control. This was also a good decision. This driver was looking ahead. However, had s/he been a GOOD SAMARITAN, they  would have WARNED OTHER DRIVERS instead of just driving away safely.

What is astounding is that NO DRIVERnor ANY OF THE MANY PEDESTRIANS witnessing this ordeal took the INTELLIGENT INITIATIVE  to stop further traffic from going down the hill at least while the light was red. You should not endanger your own life, nor the lives of others through reckless intervention, but  WHILE THE TRAFFIC LIGHT WAS RED, SOMEONE  SHOULD/ COULD  HAVE  TOLD  DRIVERS  TO  NOT  PROCEED. CLOSE THE ROAD!  SAFELY.

Here is what actually happened on this notorious hill in Montreal that infamous day. Some dispatcher erroneously ordered the  SALT/ SAND  Truck away from this hill after the North-bound (going up the hill) lane was sanded/ salted to do some other road. The South-bound (going down the hill) side was never  sanded/ salted until this hilarious accident occurred.


Good news: no one was injured, and publicity for Montreal went viral and world-wide.


Don't get yourself into a 100 vehicle pile-up!  LOOK FAR AHEAD... as far as possible and keep 7 to 15 secs. (or more) between you and the vehicle you are following.



Video, 100+ vehicle winter pile-up:
(Kalamazoo, MI)
(4 min.), I-94, Jan 9, 2015.



Also, for the winter: keep a sturdy shovel in the truck and a bucket of crushed stone, sand or kitty litter to get you unstuck if necessary. An EMERGENCY winter sleeping bag and emergency warm clothes are also mandatory should your engine (& therefore heating) fail.



Be safe.  Your LIFE depends on it!




NO-ZONES & Blind Spots for BIG TRUCKS
Keep >3 seconds SPACE


NO-ZONES and BLIND SPOTS for Big Trucks (in pdf):

Document




3, 7, 15 second RULE for Staying Alive on the Highway: (summary)

3 second RULE: MINIMUM time it takes to STOP a car IF YOU ARE PAYING ATTENTION. This is on DRY ROADS, under ideal conditions. For wet roads, or on snow it may take DOUBLE these times! On ICE it will take even longer! You should not be driving on ICE unless you are equipped with studded snow tires or chains. Stay home. Stay parked. Stay SAFE.

7 second RULE: MINIMUM time it takes to STOP a Big Truck that is empty, on dry roads, under ideal conditions. Cars/ SUVs may also take up to 7 seconds to stop on wet, or snow covered roads.

15 second RULE: A fully loaded Big Truck can take up to 15 seconds to STOP on dry roads, under ideal conditions. For wet roads, or on snow,  it may take DOUBLE these times!


*DISTRACTIONS: INCREASE these times. Pay Attention. Do not get distracted while driving.

*Rain & Snow: can DOUBLE these times! (Or more if really slippery/ icy!)

*ICE: on pure ice, especially in FREEZING RAIN you have NO CONTROL ! Stay home. Stay parked. Get off the highway/road until the sand/salt truck passes. This includes SUVs/4 wheel Drives: they don't stop any better on ICE either. They have better ACCELERATION traction under slippery conditions, but exactly the same LACK OF STOPPING traction as everyone else.

In  freezing rain  wait it out at home, at work,  or some other safe location. If on the road, STOP at the closest rest area, coffee shop... get off the road! Stay in a hotel or at friends overnight if must be. Usually the next morning the SUN will be shining, roads will be SAFE, and you will see cars and trucks in every ditch because they had "no time to stop". (Now they need a tow truck, and repairs.)

NO-ZONES & BLIND SPOTS for Big Trucks:
NO-ZONES are BLIND SPOTS for Big Trucks that YOU should avoid being in because the Truck Driver might not see you there. Stay out of NO-ZONES/ BLIND SPOTS when possible.



TEST QUESTIONS:

1) What is the 3 second RULE?
2) What is the 7 second RULE?
3) What is the 15 second RULE?
4) What conditions can  DOUBLE  these ideal  STOPPING TIMES?
5) Where are the BLIND SPOTS and NO-ZONES on a Big Truck?  Draw a diagram.



FINAL EXAM:

Staying Alive on the Highway, (using the 3, 7, 15 second RULE for Staying Alive on the Highway).




Kids Corner (for adults too):


Road Rage  behind the wheel. Why do good people turn into monsters behind the wheel?

Hilarious 1950 Walt Disney Productions cartoon (7 mins) that illustrates how some people develop a Mr Hyde type personality as soon as they get behind the wheel. Very relevant and entertaining cartoon regarding HOW NOT TO DRIVE and ACT behind the wheel.

Clearly illustrates that  Road Rage  has been developing since at least the 1950s!

Watch "Goofy Motor Mania" on YouTube:





















DEPRESSION & SUICIDE PREVENTION



Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide,
and is a major contributor to the overall global burden of
disease.


Top 11 MOST EFFECTIVE treatments for Depression:
(Industrialized nations/ "rich countries")

1) WELLNESS with PLEASURE:
keeping yourself free from debilitating sickness, disease & pain.

2) FITNESS with PLEASURE:
keeping yourself active and "FIT for LIFE".

3) LIFE SUCCESS:
having a usefulconstructive and beneficial purpose in life. Help make the world a better place for EVERYONE, everything, everywhere. Doing good deeds releases serotonin into your bloodstream, the natural intrinsic HAPPINESS drug.

4) Get adequate rest and sleep. Most people require ~8 hrs sleep per night. Respect your Circadian Rhythm more often than not. Pay back sleep debt ASAP on your next regular sleep cycle.

5) Re-create your energy and motivation through healthy RECREATION. Play outdoors. Get plenty of sunshine and sunlight. Sunshine & sunlight causes your body to naturally produce serotonin, the natural intrinsic HAPPINESS drug.

6) EDUCATION & RESOURCES: Learn about what you need to know. Read self-help books, watch inspirational movies, get involved with a constructive support group(s). Learn about stress management & GRIEF Counselling. (See HAD BAD experience Teaching Models/ Counselling Tools.)

7) SUPPORTIVE FAMILY and/or FRIENDS to talk to.


8) LAUGHTER:  Laugh often. Laughing causes your body to produce serotonin, the natural intrinsic HAPPINESS drug in your body. Develop a good sense of humour. Look for and find comedy in everything, or almost everything: books, movies, comedians... jokes.
Laughter is a therapy!

(Watch True Story: Patch Adams,  https://youtu.be/_ZgdyDvPCDE )


9) Counselling if necessary: having someone qualified listen to you constructively, & to talk to.

10) St John's Wort tea. Drinking St John's Wort tea showed more positive results at relieving depression than pharmaceuticals in various studies.

11) If all else fails, you may require pharmaceuticals, perhaps controversial SSRIs. Avoid alcohol & drugs if possible.




MOST EFFECTIVE treatments for Depression:
(Underdeveloped nations/ "poor countries")


Depression & Suicides: industrialized countries  vs  underdeveloped countries.

Depression as measured by suicides due to depression in industrialized countries vs underdeveloped countries is 2:1 (two to one).


Global burden of depressive disorders in the year 2000:

Overall, in high-income countries the burden of depressive disorders was
8.9%,
whereas in middle- and low-income countries the burden was
4.1%
of the total DALYs.



However, the CAUSE of depression is totally different.

In industrialized countries suicide because of depression is usually due to an unhappiness with life as a result of a lack of meaning and purpose in life.

Whereas in underdeveloped countries suicide because of depression is usually due to a lack of economic hope. (Financial HOPELESSNESS.)

The end result is the same: death by suicide. However, the CAUSE and SOLUTION are totally different.

In industrialized nations the SOLUTION is to help those that are "depressed" find a constructive
MEANING & PURPOSE in Life.
Please see:


Whereas in underdeveloped nations the SOLUTION is to help the "depressed" find economic hope.
The better solution would be to help EVERYONE improve their economic outlook and status.
Please see:

The End of Poverty?



☆   Perhaps a viable economic solution would be to connect those suffering from a lack of meaning & purpose in life with those suffering from
economic hopelessness.
Education and mentoring could be mutually beneficial.

☆  Reasonable interest rates.

☆  Debt forgiveness for those that have paid SEVERAL TIMES the principal already.


Rick Blatter  B.Ed., M.Sc.

Fitness, Wellness, Safety & Efficiency.