Distracted Driving Can Kill You Like Patrick Dempsey’s “McDreamy” on “Grey’s Anatomy”


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using cell phones while driving

In short, do you drive while distracted?

If so, you can end up dead, as last night’s episode of the ABC medical drama “Grey’s Anatomy” shockingly showed, much to the horror, disappointment, and devastation of fans of the 10-year old show.

In the upsetting episode, actor Patrick Dempsey’s beloved fictional neurosurgeon character—aka “McDreamy”—did something appallingly inappropriate and incongruous for a talented brain doctor on TV (or a real M.D., for that matter).

Dempsey’s Dr. Derek Shepherd drove while distracted, which triggered his untimely death.

More specifically, after rescuing and helping four people from a massive car wreck that he witnessed, he leaned over to hunt for and then answer his ringing cell phone.

But in those few seconds, he didn’t pay attention, a huge trucker sped towards him.

McDreamy’s stupid split second decision to pick up his cell phone cost him his life.  The four-wheeler came blazing out of nowhere and smashed into him, leading to his demise hours later.


Anita Moorjani: On Cancer, Near Death & Treasuring Our Magnificence

Dying To Be MeAs a journalist, author and radio host, I’ve interviewed hundreds, if not thousands of people on a variety of topics, from sugar addiction to vision boards to forgiveness to the power of the Law of Attraction.

Today, I was deeply honored and profoundly touched by my interview with Anita Moorjani on my Gab with the Gurus Radio Show.

Anita — whose story about her remarkable journey back from a near-death experience and her subsequent spontaneous remission of cancer is rapidly spreading on the Internet — gave a truly spectacular interview.

If you haven’t yet heard of Anita, you need to discover her and her riveting, magnificent, new book, Dying to Be Me: My Journey from Cancer, to Near Death, to True Healing.

Dying to Be Me has a foreword by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer, the internationally renowned speaker and author in the field of self development.

In our Gab with the Gurus interview, Anita offered her compelling thoughts and insights about a variety of topics, such as:

  • Why she got cancer in the first place.
  • How emotions play a “grossly overlooked” role in the development of cancer.
  • Her key to healing so quickly.
  • The role of fear in getting cancer and not recovering from it.
  • Why she chose not to undergo chemotherapy.
  • What her near-death experience was like.
  • How it’s important — imperative, if you will — to live fearlessly, joyously and authentically.

In particular, for you skeptics out there, I asked a number of questions to clarify for you her unique claims. For instance, you’ll discover:

  • How ample medical proof documents her claims of having a near-death experience and spontaneous remission of her cancer.
  • How recognized oncologist Dr. Peter Ko of the University of Southern California carefully reviewed her medical chart and was simply astounded by her recovery
  • How other medical professionals also are intrigued by her experiences.

Listen now to this fascinating Gab with the Gurus interview with Anita Moorjani. Remember, you can listen anytime.

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Now, share this fascinating interview with your Facebook friends, Twitter followers, family members, and loved ones.

Dr. Bernie Siegel, Dr. Daniel Amen, Brian Tracy, Kathy Smith, Jeff O’Connell, Etc. Endorse Beyond Sugar Shock

Beyond Sugar Shock

Awesome news! Thrilling!

My upcoming book, Beyond Sugar Shock — which is due out in June from Hay House — has been endorsed by a Who’s Who of health and empowerment experts.

To date, the following gurus have endorsed this follow-up to my first book, Sugar Shock.

Read  what people are saying about Beyond Sugar Shock, which provides a six-week Mind-Body-Spirit adventure so you can easily break free of your sugar addiction:

“If you are ready to love yourself and your body, abandon the wounds of your past, and free yourself from unhealthy addictions, then read Beyond Sugar Shock. Then, combine the information it contains with your new-found inspiration.” –Bernie Siegel, M.D., author of A Book of Miracles and Faith, Hope & Healing

“We are born loving sugar for its sweetness and its ability to help us store up fat for lean times. Times are no longer lean for most and too much sugar is ruining our health and our lives. Beyond Sugar Shock gives you everything you need to bring more sweetness and health into your life….. without the risk of sugar!” Christiane Northrup, M.D., ob/gyn physician and author of the New York Times bestsellers: Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom and The Wisdom of Menopause

“Sugar is NOT good for your brain. It increases erratic brain cell firing, promotes inflammation and is clearly addictive.  Beyond Sugar Shock can help you get sugar out of your life and replace it with health and vitality.  It is a powerful program full of easy tips and tactics.” –Daniel G. Amen, M.D., bestselling author of Change Your Brain, Change Your Body, Magnificent Mind at Any Age, and Change Your Brain, Change Your Life

“Break free! This refreshing and enlightening book shows how to release sugar addiction easily. It can save your life. Read it!” –Dr. Joe Vitale, author, The Attractor Factor

“As I’ve discovered myself, one of the keys to being happy is eating well, which includes limiting sugar consumption. But as any sugar addict knows, this is a tough habit to kick! In Beyond Sugar Shock, Connie Bennett shows you an easy and empowering way to say farewell to those `sweet poisons.’”
Marci Shimoff, NY Times bestselling author, Happy for No Reason and Love for No Reason

Beyond Sugar Shock ambitiously breaks new ground in the field of sugar addiction! Connie shows you how to bravely and easily shift away from negative and harmful thinking to positive and productive thinking to help get you healthier and happier. She will show you how to develop hobbies and activities that nurture and nourish you; and use cutting-edge techniques that lift you to a higher plane. You must read this book if you are serious about making a change in your health and lifestyle to finally live the life you want and more importantly, deserve!” —John Assaraf, New York Times Bestselling Author, The Answer and Having It All and featured in the featured in the Blockbuster Movie, “The Secret”

Beyond Sugar Shock fearlessly tackles the nation’s Number One health crisis – the diabesity epidemic. Connie Bennett offers real life solutions, recipes, take-action programs and spot on science to help break the sugar addiction that is fueling our nation’s health epidemic.  In the right hands,  this book could change the course of America’s health with Connie Bennett’s unique 6-week plan for a slimmer, sexier and sweeter YOU!” –Ann Louise Gittleman, Ph.D., C.N.S. author of The Fat Flush Plan and Fat Flush for Life

“If you’re a sugar addict like most people, you need to read Beyond Sugar Shock. This compassionate, comforting, uplifting book will change your life.” —Kathy Smith, International Fitness Expert

“Connie has written another engaging book that makes the reader a participant in a fun ride to better health. Beyond Sugar Shock offers an engaging, interactive, approach to quitting sugar and losing weight in which the reader not only becomes an active participant but becomes the conductor to gain control of his or her own health.  Bravo, Connie!” –Richard J. Johnson, M.D.,  Tomas Berl Professor of Medicine, Chief, Division of Renal Diseases and Hypertension, University of Colorado, Denver, and author, The Sugar Fix: The Sugar Fix: The High-Fructose Fallout That Is Making You Fat and Sick

“Connie Bennett’s Sugar Shock! is one of the best books ever written about the toll taken by excess sugar consumption, and Beyond Sugar Shock! is a worthy and logical follow-up. Anyone can use her six-week action plan to break their sugar addiction—and make no mistake, sugar is addictive, not to mention complicit in diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, and an long list of other health calamities when consumed to excess. Ms. Bennett is a true expert in the field, and this latest book of hers represents yet another major contribution. I give it my highest recommendation.” –Jeff O’Connell, Bodybuilding.com Editor-in-Chief, author of Sugar Nation 

“This enjoyable book shows you how to change your diet, reduce your sugar intake, lose weight and enjoy greater energy than ever before.” –Brian Tracy, motivational speaker and author, Earn What You’re Really Worth 

“If we as a nation are going to stop the obesity crisis, we must overcome our addiction to sugar.  We have raised a generation of children, who think sugary cereals, chocolate milk, gummy candies and the like are part of every meal: This must change.  We absolutely must overcome our sugar addiction, and Beyond Sugar Shock—with its powerful tips, stories and recipes—can help you. This book is an important tool in the fight against obesity.” —Ann Cooper, “The Renegade Lunch Lady” and author of Lunch Lessons: Changing the Way We Feed Our Children

Beyond Sugar Shock masterfully shows us how to finally get control our sugar or carb addictions — and go from self-loathing to self-love.” –Ken Druck, Ph.D., pioneer of life coaching and author, The Real Rules of Life: Balancing Life’s Terms With Our Own

“Tired of being a sugar junkie? Ready to feel better instead of guilty? Then this book is for you. Connie Bennett, Sugar Freedom Coach extraordinaire, will show you how to ditch your sugar addiction by treating your body, mind and spirit with tenderness, compassion, and even humor!”–Jacob Teitelbaum, M.D., integrative physician and author, Beat Sugar Addiction Now!

“Wow! Beyond Sugar Shock is a must-read book for millions of overweight and sugar-addicted people worldwide. At the end of this six-week program, you’ll wonder why you ever wanted sweets in the first place, because your life will be so much happier, fuller, and healthier without those nasty insulin-blasting non-foods.“ –Oz Garcia, Ph.D., Celebrity Nutrition Expert, whose clients include Oscar winner Hilary Swank and singer Roberta Flack

“Quitting sugar is no easy feat, but Connie Bennett’s life-changing book, Beyond Sugar Shock, makes it simple, fun, and do-able. I’ll be recommending this book to my clients.” – JJ Virgin, Ph.D., Celebrity Fitness Nutrition & Fitness Expert, author of Six Weeks to Sleeveless and Sexy co-star of the TLC reality series, “Freaky Eaters”

“If you’re one of millions who feels trapped by your sugar and carb addiction, you want to get Beyond Sugar Shock from Connie Bennett, a former sugar addict-turned-life-and-health coach. This book will take you on a fun, exciting, transformative six-week adventure, from which you’ll emerge healthier, sexier, slimmer, and happier. Plus, you’ll finally feel free!” –Colette Baron-Reid, internationally renowned intuitive coach and author of the groundbreaking new book and program Weight Loss for People Who Feel Too Much and The Map: Finding the Magic and Meaning in the Story of Your Life

“’Avoid Sugar!’ That’s a reminder we can’t hear often enough—this substance is so bad for us!  So why are you still eating it? Connie Bennett knows exactly how to help you break your habit. She struggled with and conquered the addiction herself. Now, her easy-to-read and solidly convincing book, Beyond Sugar Shock, is full of soul-satisfying tools you can implement immediately to nourish your natural, innate desire for a sweeter life. A must read!” – Donna Gates, author of The Body Ecology Diet and The Baby Boomer Diet: Body Ecology’s Guide to Growing Younger: Anti-Aging Wisdom for Every Generation

“Sugar is a DRUG! Sugar feeds cancer cells, robs you of vital energy, and keeps you hooked. If there is one item to leave out of your diet, it’s sugar! Connie Bennett shows you how to do it easily in her book, Beyond Sugar Shock.” –Caroline Sutherland, bestselling author of The Body knows…How to Stay young

“There’s no more time to waste when it comes to empowering ourselves around diet and health. Connie Bennett has taken on perhaps the most powerful nutritional challenge of all – sugar – and has come out victorious. With an approach filled with the right ingredients – good facts, smart suggestions, and topped with a little Vitamin L, Love, Beyond Sugar Shock is a powerful tool for transforming your health, weight, and happiness.” –Marc David, bestselling author of Nourishing Wisdom and The Slow Down Diet and Founder of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating 

“Thank you, Connie, for continuing your important mission to WAKE America up to our S.A.D. relationship with SUGAR and what to do about it!!!!! Your new book, Beyond Sugar Shock, answers a huge hunger millions have for an easy way out of their horrible addiction. You’re changing people’s lives with your powerful, amazing books!–Kathie Dolgin (a.k.a. “High Voltage,” health & wellness pioneer; addiction expert; author of Energy Up, and founder of the Energy Up Voltage-Approved (EUVA) inner city health and wellness program, which is spearheading the first Sugar Free public school in New York City

“Thank you, Connie for writing Beyond Sugar Shock. It’s amazing! I am telling everyone about it! I love how easy to read and yet how informative it is!” –Patricia Moreno, Founder, intenSati, and author of The intenSati Method.

“If you have a sugar addiction, who should you turn to for help? Someone who walks their talk and has been there too! In her book, Beyond Sugar Shock, Connie Bennett—a journalist and former sugar addict-turned-life-and-health coach, who runs the groundbreaking Sugar Freedom Now program—presents a brilliant, foolproof plan to rescue you even if you’ve been trapped for years.” –Janet Bray Attwood, – Co-author of the New York Times Bestseller, The Passion Test – The Effortless Path To Living Your Life Purpose

Beyond Sugar Shock is fabulous!!! It’s loaded with secrets to for you to release your sugar addiction and create what Connie calls a Sweeterlicious Life.  Follow this program and  break free to real happiness and joy!” –Diana Kirschner, Ph.D., author of Love in 90 Days and Sealing the Deal: The Love Mentor’s Guide to Lasting Love

“Are you hooked on sugar and fed up with your excess weight? If you’re like most people, you’ve been trapped for years and keep failing over and over again. There’s good news for you sugar addicts. Beyond Sugar Shock is the only book you’ll ever need on the subject. Read this book, and you’ll release your addiction at long last—and be able to get a balanced, peaceful, delicious life in the process.” –Lauren Mackler, author of the bestseller, Solemate: Master the Art of Aloneness and Transform Your Life

Beyond Sugar Shock is a must read for everyone who’s got a sweet tooth that just won’t quit. Connie will show you how to say no with sass, so you can say YES to more life.” –Stacey Morgenstern & Carey Peters, Creators of Holistic MBA 

Beyond Sugar Shock spells out the insidious and destructive nature of how sugar addiction robs you of your health. But once you discover that you are addicted you realize that stopping the addiction is not simple. Experts have shown that every effective health change always has better success with a concrete plan and  this book does just that.” —Roberta Lee, M.D., Vice Chair , Department of Integrative Medicine, Continuum Center for Health and Healing, Beth Israel Medical Center, and author, The SuperStress Solution

“Connie Bennett’s Beyond Sugar Shock is a valuable and important addition to the growing literature on sugar addiction.” — Jonny Bowden, PhD, CNS, aka “The Rogue Nutritionist”(TM) author of Living Low Carb and The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth

“Connie Bennett’s determination to educate people about sugar’s devastating effects are nothing short of impressive!  Since learning she had hypoglycemia in 1998, Connie has valiantly forged a campaign to empower millions so they, like her, can successfully triumph over their horrible habit. Now, in her latest book, Beyond Sugar Shock, Connie compassionately presents amazing tools that really work! To everyone who has a sugar problem—and that’s almost all of us—you must read this remarkable book!” –Roberta Ruggiero, President/Founder  The Hypoglycemia Support Foundation, Inc. and author, The Do’s and Don’ts of Hypoglycemia: An Everyday Guide to Low Blood Sugar

“Kicking your sugar addiction is one of the most difficult challenges on the path to healthier eating. Beyond Sugar Shock provides you with a powerful and valuable program to do it once and for all.–Jared Koch, nutritional consultant and founder, Clean Plates, guides (in various cities) to the healthiest, tastiest, and most sustainable restaurants for both vegetarians and carnivores

“Connie’s new book, Beyond Sugar Shock, is written from her heart and soul. This amazing wan really walks her talk—and has since 1998! Now, let Connie help you kick sugar to the curb like she has countless others.  I will definitely recommend this book to my audience—women and men, who use facial exercise to maintain their youthfulness. Let Connie transport you Beyond Sugar Shock so you can stay healthy and whole on the inside and have healthiness show on your face and body.” –Cynthia Rowland, anti-aging specialist and creator of Facial Magic® and Luscious Lips®

“Finally a book that teaches one to let go of sugar addiction by following a personal body, mind and spirit program that gets to the emotional core of sugar addiction, allowing those hooked on sugar to be their own best ally in letting go of a harmful substance.” —Brigitte Mars, author of Rawsome!, Addiction Free Naturally, The Country Almanac of Home Remedies and The Sexual Herbal.

“People crave sweetness in their lives, but as Connie Bennett wisely points out, you have many more choices than refined sugar. If you’ve substituted sugar for love, you can find out how to get the Real thing by following Connie’s 6-Week Plan.” —Carolyn Dean MD, ND, creator of the Completement Now! Online Wellness Program.

“Connie Bennett has done it AGAIN!  More succinct and 100% empirically valid assistance on how to not be poisoned, by the food and beverage chain.  We are grossly over fed in current western dietary intake, we are heavily under nourished.  Connie provides straight forward FACTS and SOLUTIONS on how to take back your life and not be harmed by food and beverage companies and (and death profiteers and regulators harming you and your family).  I STRONGLY recommend this book for anyone seeking how to make at least 100 years of quality life through good nutrition! —Russ Bianchi, Managing Director & CEO, ADEPT SOLUTIONS, INC., A Global Food, Beverage, Drug, Cosmetic, Flavor, and Functional Nutrition Product Development Corporation

“As a health expert and hypnotherapist, I know how tough it is for people to quit sugar and processed carbs. But Connie Bennett has made the process smooth, simple, and powerful in her book, Beyond Sugar Shock. You must read this book if you’re among the millions who can’t say no to cookies or candies.” –Mark Patrick, author of Wake Up Skinny

“Connie Bennett has done it again!! Beyond Sugar Shock gives us the tools and techniques to deal with our sugar addiction and affliction.  She empowers us to move beyond our need for sugar, and in the process, she helps us create a life of balance and health.  I can’t wait to recommend this book to my patients!” –Jill R. Baron, M.D., P.C., Integrative Physician and Weight Loss Coach

“Beyond Sugar Shock is a not your average healthy-eating book, but it offers a complete life transformation! Unlike other health books that just tell you about the right foods to eat, Connie Bennett helps you get to the root of your eating behaviors and heal the body, mind and spirit for lasting change. The book is informative, fun and easy to follow to make the shifts you need to live healthy and happy ever after.” –Debra Berndt, author of Let Love In: Open Your Heart & Mind to Attract Your Ideal Partner

“WOW!! Connie is so right on target. When you read this book, you’ll become a happy sugar kicker, too. It’s been three years since I gave up sugar, thanks to Connie and her fabulous coaching. I owe my freedom from sugar to her. You, too, will never have to go back to that pain.  I recommend this book to all those who want energy, feel good, and reach their full potential.” –Dawn Strickland, D.C., CFT (chiropractor and certified fitness trainer) and former coaching client of Connie’s

Now, can you help me build the buzz?

Are you friends with or have friends of friends of any celebrities or bestselling authors, who you think should know about Beyond Sugar Shock?

Please contact me here and let me know to whom you can spread the word. And please click “like” on this page and spread the word to your friends on Facebook and Twitter.

Also, stay tuned for my upcoming announcement. Soon, I’ll be leading a group of people to Break Free of Sugar.

Is Sugar as Toxic as Alcohol? Researchers Say Yes


In recent years, scientists have theorized that sugar can be as addictive as alcohol or tobacco. 

You, of course, know how easy it is to get hooked on sweets — and how incredibly challenging and difficult it can be to break free of your sugar addiction.

(In fact, because breaking free from sugar is so tough, I've devoted an entire book to take you on a fun, empowering journey so you can easily let go of your addiction. Beyond Sugar Shock — which will be published in June and which you can pre-order now — is designed to hold you by the hand and guide you to what I call Sugar Freedom.)

So since sugar is addictive, should this commonplace but potentially harmful (even deadly) substance be regulated?

Acclaimed researcher Robert Lustig, M.D. and a team of UCSF researchers say yes.

They argue that sugar should be controlled like alcohol and tobacco to protect public health.

Indeed, Dr. Lustig, along with Laura Schmidt, Ph.D., Claire Brindis, D.P.H. and colleagues at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), contend that sugar’s potential for abuse, coupled with its toxicity and pervasiveness in the Western diet, make it a primary culprit of this worldwide health crisis.

They maintain that sugar is fueling a global obesity pandemic, contributing to 35 million deaths annually worldwide from non-communicable diseases like diabetes, heart disease and cancer.

The authors then advocate taxing sugary foods and controlling sales to children under 17.

According to their statistics, reported on CBS New’s HealthPop, worldwide sugar intake has tripled in the last 50 years, and the average person is taking in a whopping 500 calories from added sugar in processed foods alone.

So what do you think? Should sugar be regulated?

A special thank you: Photo credit is due here (flickr) and here (DailyBurn).

Post your ideas here on this Sugar Shock Blog and/or on my Facebook Smart Habits Fans page.


Zumba Fitness is Fun! Listen to Founder “Beto” Perez on My Radio Show

If you’re a sugar addict, you may be looking for sugar to get you “high” and to soothe you.

Beto A much more fun, healthier way to calm down and cheer up is Zumba Fitness.

Zumba® is an exhilarating, effective, easy-to-follow, calorie-burning, Latin-inspired, downright-addictive dance-fitness party™, that blends red-hot international music, created by Grammy Award-winning producers, with contagious moves.

Since its inception in 2001, Zumba Fitness — created by “happy accident” by Alberto “Beto” Perez — has grown to become the world’s largest and most successful dance-fitness program, with more than 10 million people of all shapes, sizes and ages taking Zumba classes in 90,000-plus in 110-plus countries.

In today’s special Gab with the Gurus Radio Show, the famous Zumba founder, Beto, will tell you how Zumba can help you, why it’s become so popular, and how you can benefit the American Heart Association or other groups with a “Party Hearty” event in your area.

Learn about this exhilarating workout today on my Gab with the Gurus Radio Show with founder Alberto “Beto” Perez.

Listen live at 2 pm EST, or later, at your convenience.

FYI, I’m a HUGE fan of Zumba myself and am excited about tonight when he will be teaching a class in New York City.

At tonight’s event (at 7 p.m. at the Grand Ballroom in NYC), “Today” show co-anchor and NBC Dateline correspondent Hoda Kotb, along with Zumba Fitness creator and celebrity trainer Beto, will lead Manhattan’s movers and shakers in a flagship Zumbathon charity class as part of Zumba’s Party Hearty™ program.

Party Hearty is a partnership between the dance-party fitness brand Zumba Fitness and the American Heart Associations’ Go Red Por Tu Corazón- the bilingual arm of the Go Red movement- to build awareness on the dangers of heart disease.

Listen to today’s Gab with the Gurus Radio Show anytime.

Let me know when you try Zumba and how you feel afterward!

Bye-Bye, Holiday Blues… This is Filling Fast! Announcing Sweeter Holiday Summit

SweeterHoliday_16 Let’s face it, every holiday season, many women and men over spend, overeat, get anxious, depressed, drink too much alcohol, gain five pounds or so, get in a fight with a relative or loved one, become overwhelmed and have no time for themselves. When the holidays are over, they may even need a vacation from their vacation but instead are stuck with horrible gifts, excess weight, exhaustion and unbearable stress.

No more! 

What if you could discover how to “design” your ultimate holiday season?  Well, you can.

I have a special treat for you…

It’s the exciting, first-of-a-kind Sweeter Holiday Summit, a F*R*E*E teleseminar/webinar series from Nov. 8 to Dec. 14.

In this revolutionary event — which you can read about at www.SweeterHoliday.com — you’ll have access to thirty-plus (30+) of the greatest minds in:

  • Health
  • Wealth
  • Vitality
  • The Law of Attraction
  • Fitness
  • Visioning
  • Hypnosis
  • Weight loss
  • Sugar addiction
  • Beauty
  • Gift-giving
  • Personal development
  • Inner peace
  • Hypnosis
  • Self-esteem
  • Relationships
  • Herbs and aromatherapy
  • Feng Shui
  • Office Yoga
  • Chinese medicine
  • EFT
  • Meditation and Mindfulness
  • Emotional Eating and
  • Stress Management.

f you’re in a hurry, go here now to register for the Sweeter Holiday Summit.

But you need to act fast, because this event is filling up.
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Just for signing up, you get great Bonus Gifts such as the audio programs, “Relieve Holiday Stress,” “How to Make Your Own Birthday Vision Board” and ““Do You Have What it Take to Earn $1 Million a Year?”

So why did plan this event?

Because this is my chance to serve YOU at the time of year when you most need help.

All 30+ of us experts are determined to encourage and empower YOU so that you can create your Happiest, Healthiest and Most Abundant Holiday Season Ever. 

It’s no surprise that there’s such BUZZ about this Sweeter Holiday Summit.

That’s why thousands of people from 100+ countries are signing up to join the Sweeter Holiday Movement.

Here are a few of the high-profile coaches, bestselling author and empowerment experts, with whom I’ll share the “stage.”

  • “Spiritual Entrepreneur” John Assaraf — Star in “The Secret,” Law of Attraction expert, certified life coach, New York Times bestselling author and founder of four multi-million dollar companies. He’ll help you discover what's blocking you from abundance and how to attract wealth, beginning before the holiday season. (He’ll be in the first program on Nov. 8, which begins at 7:30 pm Eastern.)
  •  "America's Relaxation Expert" Darrin Zeer – Author of the New York Times bestselling book, “Office Yoga: Simple Stretches for Busy People.” He’ll lead you in lunchtime exercises to chuckle, stretch and breathe your way to good cheer. (He speaks Nov. 9 at 12 NOON Eastern for the first Tele-Web Wellness Lunchtime program.)
  • “FlyLady” Marla Cilley – the popular online coach, radio host and bestselling author, who helps overwhelmed, disorganized women living in C.H.A.O.S. (Can’t Have Anyone Over Syndrome).  She’ll help you to relieve holiday stress and have fun so that you’re not pulling your hair out, yelling at your kids, feeling like your head’s about to explode and raiding the refrigerator—and hating afterwards.  
  • "Gift Guru" Robyn Freedman Spizman – New York Times Bestselling Author, Consumer Advocate and TV personality. She’ll save you time, money and energy this holiday season by telling you how to find the perfect gift to wow your loved ones.
  • Renowned Clinical Hypnotherapist Steve G. Jones – He’ll offer valuable help so you can easily pass up on holiday junk food and get into the abundance mindset.
  • Feng Shui Artist & Design Doctor Stephanie McWilliams – host of HGTV’s “Fun Shui.” She’ll reveal how to transform your home or office into a manifesting machine.
  • Success & Abundance Coach Carol Look – She’ll teach you the simple, proven technique of EFT/Meridian Tapping to help you clear limiting beliefs, build a prosperity consciousness, calm you down at family gatherings and stop sugar cravings. 
  • Bestselling author Joyce Schwarz – Author of The Vision Board: The Secret to an Extraordinary Life. She’ll offer tips to create your own vision board to manifest the life of your dreams.
  • The “Ageless Sisters” Cynthia Rowland and Jackie Silver – They’ll share natural secrets to turn back the clock; get more full, kissable lips; and make you look 15 years younger –without going under the knife.
  • Hollywood Love Expert Lauren Frances – author of Dating, Mating and Manhandling. She’ll give you 7 simple steps to build a relationship you love and deserve that's full of passion, harmony and intimacy.
  • Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum, author of Beat Sugar Addiction Now, and Yours Truly (Connie Bennett, author of Sugar Shock) — Dr. Teitelbaum will share The 5 Commandments of Holiday Eating, and I'll share another 5 Commandments. I'll also will share my easy techniques — Magic W.A,N.D., 5 D’s and W.O.W. — to use at holiday parties.

You’ll get all of this and much, more more!

Register now to get your information to either call in or join us via the Web. (Bear in mind that this is a teleseminar and webinar series.)

But you need to act FAST.  There is a huge BUZZ about this Sweeter Holiday Summit, and space is limited. So sign up now.

I invite you to begin now to envision yourself having a happier, more peaceful, contented YOU this holiday season.

Find out how to have it now!

Hope to “see you” there.


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P.S You MUST check out this remarkable Sweeter Holiday Summit schedule now!

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It’s Official: Publisher’s Marketplace Announces The Beyond Sugar Shock Diet for Hay House

Bookcover It's official!

My next book, Beyond Sugar Shock (now called The Beyond Sugar Shock Diet), is on the way, thanks to the amazing publisher Hay House, which brings you a remarkable array of empowering self help, inspirational and transformational books, products and events. (Although I'm a trained writer, I can't even begin to describe my excitement at being with them! It's a dream come true! This remarkable company will help me to serve you better!)

Anyhow, on Oct. 20, Publishers Marketplace, which provides news for publishing professionals, posted this announcement. (FYI, you can't access link anymore unless you're a member.)

Sugar Shock author Connie Bennett's BEYOND SUGAR SHOCK: The 6-Week Plan to Break Free of Your Sugar Addiction & Get a Slimmer, Sexier & Sweeter Life, to Patricia Gift at Hay House, for publication in Winter 2012, by Wendy Sherman (world).

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It bears repeating that I'm really honored, grateful and thrilled to be with the amazing Hay House, which can inspire you anytime, thanks to its amazing the amazing Hay House Radio and its Heal Your Life website.

By the way, in The Beyond Sugar Shock Diet, you'll get a simple, fun, guided mind/body/spirit plan that gives you oodles of juicy, empowering, inspiring information, strategies and systems.

Learn here about how a tweeter named my book!

If you haven't read my first book, Sugar Shock, yet, I invite you to get it now.

If you're frustrated that your addiction to sugar or refined carbs has kept you from being the remarkable person you can be, let me help you achieve Sugar Freedom Now™! You'll be surprised at how just this one change can help you, as I like to say, Get a Life that Rocks!™

Tired of being controlled by your sugar habit? Join liberated (or soon-to-be-liberated) Movers & Shakers at www.Facebook.com/SmartHabitsFans.

And get even more empowered on the Facebook page for Gab with the Gurus, which celebrates its 3rd anniversary in June 2011.

Dr. Mehmet Oz Speaks With Online Journalists

Doctor oz show images Dr. Mehmet Oz, in an effort to drum up support for “New Year, New You” episodes on The Dr. Oz Show, is on the phone now with a number of us online journalists.

Shows in early January will help Americans after they come back from the holidays, because this is, as he put it, “a teachable time in their lives.”

“The most novel thing that we focus on is that you will fail [on your diet],” Dr. Oz points out.  “The question is how you’ll deal with the failure.”

When you drive and go the wrong way, your GPS calmly tells you how to get back on track, Dr. Oz continues, implying that Dr. Oz can serve as viewers’ medical GPS.

Dr. Oz Show images In the “New Year, New You” shows, Dr. Oz says, “we give you tools to cheat and tips to get you back on track.”

“We are flawed,” he observes. “We celebrate Americans where we are and [help  you] get over emotional burdens.”

I was thrilled to have the opportunity to ask Dr. Oz a question, and I jumped in to ask the first question. I wanted to know about his daily routine.  Many of you have been wondering how he looks so good and has so much energy. Here’s what he said:

  • He wakes up at 5:45 a.m.
  • Next comes a seven-minute yoga stretch.
  • Then he has breakfast when he get to work. He advises eating within the first hour of waking and having a high-fiber, high-protein breakfast.
  • Next, he recommends making sure that you begin [your work or everything] on time. “If you’re late, you’re out of control,” he points out.
  • Finally, Dr. Oz goes to sleep “religiously” by 10:30 at night. “That’s an easily achievable goal [for] Americans” in the new year.

Dr-oz-show-054edtagsm-copy1 Stay tuned for other updates, because he’s still answering questions and I’m writing this up quickly.

Quick confession from Connie: This is embarrassing, but somehow my computer just lost a bunch of notes from this interview conference call!

So I won’t be able to get you any more updates. (Guess that’s what I get from still not feeling up to snuff, with being sick and all.)

But Dr. Oz did have some valuable information to impart about the values of sleep and fish oil and tips to get you through the holiday season. One recommendation for the latter had to do with always keeping one hand free when at parties and not drinking one alcoholic drink after another.

You can catch Dr. Oz’s pearls of wisdom every day on The Dr. Oz Show. To learn when the show airs in your area, go here.

Facebook Disabled My Account: Too Friendly too Fast?

Lindsay Lohan Facebook has disabled both my account, www.Facebook.com/ConnieBennett, and my public page, www.Facebook.com/SmartHabitsFans.

(Although I can’t post to the latter fan page, I believe you can still join and post comments to previous posts.)

Suffice it to say that I was quite disappointed upon being told:

Your account has been disabled by an administrator. If you have any questions or concerns, you can visit our FAQ page here.

I finally discovered the error of my ways — my “violation” after carefully reviewing Facebook’s Warnings.

I also absorbed such helpful blog posts as “13 Reasons Your Facebook Acount Will be Disabled” Facebook from Thor Muller of Get Satisfaction and “Facebook Account Deactivation — Can It Be Avoided” from Facebook guru Mari Smith.

Apparently, my offense was this: I wrote too quickly to people who’d
requested to be my friends before accepting them. At the same time, I did what thought was a smart time-saving move — I simply cut and pasted innocuous messages such as “Wow! Lots of friends in common. Look forward to your posts.”

GuyTo put on my playful attitude (you have to in a case like this!), a fun way to describe my Facebook violation is this: I was too friendly too fast for Facebook! That, combined with cutting and pasting messages, was interpreted as being potentially “annoying or abusive.”

As best as I can guess, Facebook erroneously assumed that I was a spamming machine instead of a health-oriented, flesh-and-blood lady, who often encourages people to get on the social networking site, which had 250 million followers as of July 15, 2009, according to CEO/founder Mark Zuckerberg.

Facebook, I’ve now learned, limits the number of times a user can send the same
message or make the same post. (I’ve learned my lesson! So much for saving time!)

Clearly, Facebook needs to set limits to protect users from spam, but unfortunately in its zeal to do so, many of us innocents are wrongly tossed out of the site. If you’re on Facebook, I would strongly advise reading all of Rights & Responsibilities so you don’t suffer similarly. Anyhow, I hope to be back on Facebook soon to connect with you, but in the meantime, here’s what I discovered about the unsettling experience of being booted off the social networking place to be.

Every day, about 6,000 people are banned for a variety of reasons, according a site that helps people, whose accounts have been disabled. (The Facebook Disabled site is not affiliated with Facebook.)

Although I can’t vouch for these figures (trying to reach a Facebook rep to ask questions for a story), if you get on Google to do a search for “Facebook Robert_Scoble_(cropped) account disabled,” you turn up a whopping 38,100,000 hits (as of today).

Among those who’ve been disabled are the renowned Internet marketers/social media gurus/authors Robert Scoble (to your left here) and Guy Kawasaki (above left), as well as actress Lindsay Lohan, who vented about her mistaken identity on MySpace.

You also can read about the travails of Jo-Anne Vandermeulen, author of Conquer All Obstacles, and artist Alyson B. Stanfield, author of I’d Rather Be in the Studio, as well as reporter Craig Daitch of Advertising Age.

Meanwhile, you can get enlightened by Computer World,  (“Disgruntled Facebook Users Look to Get Disabled Accounts Reactivated”). In addition, you can learn from the articles on TechCrunch “Facebook-Stirring Up Anger for Disabling Accounts”) and the Sydney Morning Herald (“Facebook-Giveth, Facebook Taketh Away.”)

Moving over to YouTube, you can watch Dark Angel, whose account was shut down twice because he wasn’t using his real name, according to Facebook, that is. (He had his name legally changed.) You can even watch a parody from Internet strategist  Erin Blaskie. (See video below.)

Despite my challenges of being disabled, I’m still a huge fan of Facebook, which is why I invite you to still be active on it but be careful. Listen now to my radio show about Facebook with the following experts:

Karel Baloun 1265907798a4656712569ml Special thanks to Karel (left), a former Facebook engineeer, for being so nice to me since my account was disabled. Greg was also helpful.

Stay tuned for an upcoming Gab With the Gurus Radio Show –– date is being determined — that will teach you about Facebook’s rules and regulations and help you avoid my fate and NOT to be disabled from the site.

But first listen to the fun Facebook radio show with all the experts cited above. Meanwhile, if you’re a journalist, here’s another great radio show about Facebook with Sree Sreenivasan, Dean of Student Affairs and Columbia University digital media professor.

Now, get entertained by Erin Blaskie’s parody, “I was Banned From Facebook — Game Show Parody.”

Speak Out Against Ill-Advised Coke-Doctors Partnership

Coke with polar bear Please pass this post — which also appears on the Huffington Post — to your friends, family members, colleagues and, in particular, your physician friends and contacts.

Recently, the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP)–in a move away from pharmaceutical funding–accepted a "strong six-figure" grant for a new "consumer alliance partnership" with the Coca-Cola Company, the world's largest beverage company, to create content about beverages and sweeteners for its consumer website.www.FamilyDoctor.org.

The academy–which represented 94,614 family physicians, residents and medical students nationwide as of Dec. 2008–should be ashamed of itself for accepting a six-figure sum from a soda company that sells empty-calorie, sweet drinks–usually with fructose–which numerous peer-reviewed medical studies link to obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, strokes and even premature death.

Fat kids In my opinion, it's a conflict of interest for the AAFP — whose vision is "to achieve optimal health for everyone" — to allow Coke to "educate" visitors to its website in how nutrient-lacking, obesity-generating beverages can fit into a "healthy" lifestyle.

Furthermore, it's hard to fathom how www.FamilyDoctor.org can offer "credible information on beverages and enable consumers to make informed decisions," as a Coca-Cola spokesperson now maintains on the AAFP website.

For a doctors' group to take a high six-figure sum from Coke is like accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars from Big Tobacco to create physician-approved website content that claims smoking cigarettes can be part of a healthy lifestyle.