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August 28, 2015

The Language of Technology: Is Textese Changing Our Culture?

The most widely used word in 2014 was actually a symbol ❤, according to the Global Language Monitor’s Annual Survey of Global English. This represents the first time in the survey’s 15-year history that a symbol beat out an actual word for top honors. The year before it was the number 404, as in “not found” or “clueless.”

Textese – the word commonly referred to when describing the abbreviated and contextually simplified language (think OMG or PDA) made popular by the rise in cell phones and instant messaging is rapidly making its way into the lexicon of mainstream cultural use. Technological advances in cell phone communication and the now firmly embedded use of social [...]

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August 27, 2015

Crafting a Champion with Guest Jeff Spencer

Some of us might have images of gold medal athletes as being the ones who trained the hardest and that’s what creates champions, but is there more to being an elite athlete besides physicality? Pedram Shojai welcomes Jeff Spencer who has trained not only athletes, but entrepreneurs and entertainers, on finding their best selves. Becoming a champion is more than just hard work and training; there’s a mental component to be factored. Pedram and Jeff dive into how important this factor is in becoming a champion. What does it take to craft champions? How can we all become champions in our lives even if we’re not competing on an Olympic level?  

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August 26, 2015

Becoming A Dad with Guest Nick Polizzi

Pedram Shojai welcomes guest Nick Polizzi to The Urban Monk. Both are new fathers and while the change to becoming a father wasn’t anything unexpected, the changes and effects in their lives as the result of having a child was beyond anything either of them could have imagined. The two discuss in depths the joys and pains of being a father and how all the advice from their friends could not have prepared them at all for the changes that resulted from having a kid.

As this is a new podcast and we’re still messing around with the format, please comment and give us a review on iTunes and let us know what you like about the show and what you would like to see us do [...]

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August 26, 2015

The Problems of Health in the Modern World with Guest David Wolfe

Welcome to the pilot episode of Pedram Shojai’s new podcast, The Urban Monk! You may know him from his other podcast, The Health Bridge, but here Pedram has started another podcast that will focus more on lifestyle rather than health directly. Health Bridge will still continue but another podcast was conceived to allow more of a discussion on a broad range of topics. On this first episode, David Wolfe joined Pedram in studio to discuss the challenges of trying to avoid toxins in the current world we live in. They discuss issues such as indoor air pollution, especially in commercial buildings where thousands of people work. How can you have any control over the air you breathe [...]

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August 25, 2015

Are Skinny Jeans Dangerous To Your Health?

Piercing your ears. Wearing uncomfortable high heels. Bearing the torment of a constraining bra. It seems there is no limit to the suffering women will go through in order to look good. Usually though, the level of discomfort caused by fashion choices and beauty rituals are minor annoyances and nothing serious enough to warrant seeking medical attention. 

However, in a case study published by the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry in June, a 35-year-old woman’s outfit sent her to the hospital.  

The woman spent the day helping a friend move and remained in a squatting position for several hours while she removed items from a cabinet. She was [...]

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