Try A Little Brushing

August 4, 2017

By Rev Paul N. Papas II

August 1, 2017


The world around you may be descending in chaos, but you don’t have to go with it. Try a little brushing.

When the lights go off when you’re in the middle of a project, try a little brushing.

The bird flying overhead may splat something on the top of your head, but you don’t have to let the bird build a nest in your hair.

If you watch the news or many programs on TV you might be getting anxious about the condition of the world. The TV has been pushing violence for awhile now. The days of Ozzie and Harriett and Leave it Beaver on TV are long gone. If you believed most of what is pushed on many TV news and talk programs today you could end up on some heavy anti-depressants and checking your healthcare package to see if you are covered.

It is especially frustrating and down right madding when you have been to a nice family friendly event to see it portrayed as evil on the TV screen.

The violence on TV is part of an agenda and you don’t have to watch it. Try a little brushing.

Brushing your hair or of a loved one, or pet reaps great results.

Benefits of Brushing Your Hair (1)

Brushing Your Hair with a Boar Bristle Brush is Cleansing

Did you know that brushing your hair is a form of dry shampooing! Proper brushing can eliminate waste materials, including deposits of uric acid crystals, catarrh and other acids and impurities that build up and become encrusted on the scalp. (I know, that sentence is totally gross.) With so much talk about the benefits of ditching toxic shampoos, implementing proper hair brushing can help keep your hair hygiene in check. And it’s easy.

Brushing Conditions and Strengthens Your Hair

Yep, the benefits of hair brushing go beyond simply cleaning your hair, it also conditions. (Talk about a two in one shampoo/conditioner!) Scalp stimulation from both hair brushing and scalp massaging help distribute your natural sebum evenly through the hair. This helps your overall hair health and keeps those shiny locks resilient and strong. In addition, as your hair is coated with sebum you’ll find moisture is restored, and the hair is generally more sheen, smooth, and manageable.

Brushing your Hair Helps Prevent Hair Loss

This benefit of hair brushing was surprising to me. I have to admit, hair loss hasn’t been an issue for me (I tend to have more hair than I know what to do with!) But hair brushing with a boar bristle brush stimulates the capillaries, increasing blood circulation in the scalp and transporting oxygen and nutrients to the hair stem, root and bulb. It also helps to balance the sebaceous glands by stimulating them and allowing them to breathe while retaining natural oils. Sebaceous gland imbalance is often to blame for hair loss, as overproduction and underproduction of sebum cause weakening and undernourishment of the scalp.

Cat’s Fur: Problems and Grooming (2)

Brushing your cat not only removes dirt, grease and dead hair from her coat, but it helps to remove skin flakes and stimulates blood circulation, improving the overall condition of her skin. One or two brushings per week will help kitty to keep her healthy glow and allow her to bask in yummy together time-and you’ll find that regular sessions are especially beneficial when your cat ages and is no longer able to groom so meticulously on her own.

Healthy Coat and Skin

Before brushing, check out the condition of your kitty’s coat. If it’s healthy, her hair will have a natural gloss and spring back under your hand when you touch it. There shouldn’t be any bald patches or signs of fleas and ticks, and her skin should be free of wounds and unusual bumps.

Calming A Child By Brushing (3)

Many children with sensory processing disorder or autism spectrum disorder receive occupational therapy. Often times these children are prescribed a sensory diet that may include a brushing technique used for calming. According to occupational therapist Michelle Mitchell, writing for the Sensory Perception Disorder Companion, the Wilbarger Brushing Protocol is the technique commonly used in these cases.

Next time the power goes off get out the brush and start the calming, cleansing, stimulating action of brushing your hair, your loved one’s hair or your kitty.

You might enjoy it enough to shut off the TV and try a little brushing.

When life’s stress gets to you…try a little brushing.

Reverend Paul N. Papas II is a Pastoral Counselor with Narrow Path Ministries (MA, AZ) and Founder of the Family Renewal Center (AZ) and






Where Is Your House Built?

October 2, 2015

By Rev. Paul N. Papas II
September 29, 2015

The power of a storm can be devastating to life and property. Lives can be altered in a few brief moments often without warning. The question for each reader is; are you prepared?

As our plane load of volunteers made its final approach to land in Mississippi almost ten years ago after Katrina hit I thought we were being inserted into a war zone. I wondered which of my skills and training would be most needed here. It turned out the combination of my combat medic, public service (11-5 on the ballot), and Pastoral experiences were a good fit.

We went to lend our hands, our ears, and our hearts to those who had not much more than their lives spared by the powerful wind, rain and ocean. The painted lines on standing building showed the forty foot water levels. The picture which was published Dec 19, 2005 (1) shows the aftermath of the ocean as it plowed into and shredded through the first floor of a home leaving the second floor pretty much in tact.

These Americans gratefully accepted the food, water, clothing, tools, building materials, and other assistance the Salvation Army and their Southern Baptists partners provided at no charge. I was happy to part of that team. This is how the Americans spirit acts in times of trouble.

As I helped serve the Thanksgiving Dinner I was struck by the concern those being served had for us volunteers. They willingly shared with each other and us. We of course wanted to make sure they were cared for. We had homes to go back to, most of them did not. For me this was the best re-enactment of the First Thanksgiving in Plymouth, Massachusetts.

This might sound like a Thanksgiving message; it is if you understand that these Americans were thankful for what they had. They were not focusing on what they lost.

It was surprising to me that I did not witness any major signs of what is generally termed Mental Illness. Sometimes stress would show up and was easily handled. Stress can arrive at any address without an invitation.

Right now our country is experiencing a great amount of stress as a result of minority of very noisy and pushy people who deny the very foundation of our country, God. The noisy and pushy minority try to shout down anyone who disagrees with them. The Silent Majority needs to make its voice heard at each possible legitimate opportunity.

How do you think the scientific oriented nosy pushy minority would feel after they discovered The Beauty Of Laminin in this video.

Most people have seen pictures of sinkholes or homes sliding down a hillside because of a mudslide. Some would saw our country is sliding down a mudslide at this moment. Perhaps they are paying too much attention to the noisy and pushy minority.

Let’s go back to the published picture. This particular home was apparently built on a good foundation and solid construction principles. Even though the first floor was ripped open some of the first floor wall and TV can be seen in the companion unpublished picture. Again, the second floor was pretty much intact. You can call that amazing in an area where the high water marks reached forty feet high.


One reason for this particular home having so much in tact and not been reduced to ruble is where it was built. It was built on good solid ground.

Our country is built on good solid ground and can withstand the storms raging against it. The Silent Majority needs to lend their hands, their ears, and their hearts to our country and reject all those who mean to destroy her.

*In their book I DON’T HAVE ENOUGH FAITH TO BE AN ATHEIST, Norm Geisler and Frank Turek point to the tensions of incoherence inherent in the atheistic worldview. They write, “The very fact that Darwinists think they have reasons to be atheists presupposes that God actually exists. How so? Because REASONS require that this universe be a REASONABLE one that presupposes there is order, logic, design, and truth. But order, logic, design, and truth can only exist and be known if there is an unchangeable objective source and standard of such things… Like all non-theistic worldviews, Darwinism borrows from the theistic worldview in order to make its own view intelligible.”(2) The foundation of atheistic faith allows for an unstable structure of interpretation.

In dire contrast, Christ calls us to consider the foundation of a worldview starting with him. “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand” (Matthew 7:24-26). I am often awed by the glimpses of biblical truths in culture, which often go unrecognized or disregarded as biblical. To hear a psychologist speak of sin and moral accountability as a necessary qualifier in understanding human behavior, or a cultural analyst proclaim the effectiveness of setting aside one day out of the workweek for rest is to hear the stirrings of an efficient and knowing Creator, whose design and purpose surrounds us.(3)

At the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C. there is a large wooden altar from a synagogue that was vandalized by Nazi soldiers who had come to remove the Jewish citizens of the city. Across the altar is a single phrase of Hebrew carved deeply into the wood. Though it bears the hack marks of axes that attempted to delete the words, the phrase is still decipherable. It simply reads: “Know before Whom you stand.”

We can attempt to eradicate the name of God; we can begin without Christ at the foundation of our belief system. But it will never negate His presence.

1. Dec 19, 2005 Page one of the MetroWest Daily News “Minister Recalls Post Karina ‘War Zone’.

2. Norman Geisler and Frank Turek, I DON’T HAVE ENOUGH FAITH TO BE AN ATHEIST (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books, 2004), 130, authors’ emphasis.

3. Referencing Hobart Mowrer, “Sin, the Lesser of Two Evils,” American Psychologist, 15 (1960): 301-304.) and Douglas Rushkoff, “Remember the Sabbath: An Argument in Favor of a Day Off,” December 1999.

*Copyright 2005 Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM). Reprinted with permission. “A Slice of Infinity” is a radio ministry of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries.

The photos were taken by me and are my own.
Reverend Paul N. Papas II is a Pastoral Counselor with Narrow Path Ministries (MA and AZ) and Founder of the Family Renewal Center (AZ) and

Help With Effects From All This Rain

April 9, 2010

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By Rev. Paul N. Papas II
30 March 10

Help With Effects From All This Rain

I can not remember having this much rain in one year. I recall being dumped upon with heavy snow storms almost every weekend several years ago. Being activated as a National Guard member in the Blizzard of ’78 gave me an education as to how people can pull together and heal. Later as a Katrina volunteer my memories of what large amounts of water did to Mississippi are still fresh and the rebuilding there has not been completed.

When I was young there was a very large hurricane that visited eastern MA. We were on the second floor watching store signs go flying by our window from towns thirty miles away. The next morning I walked down to the town center to see the Police Department patrolling the area in a canoe.

Like they say if you don’t like the weather in New England…wait a minute.

What all these real life examples have in common are: weather related disasters; people being hurt or displaced, and property being damaged.

We can put the snow aside so we can get around.

Sometimes, however, the weight of the snow causes roofs to collapse.

Large amounts of water cause other problems. Seeing a painted line on a building 40 or more feet from the ground is one thing until you’re told that the line represents where the ocean reached its highest point. Seeing houses driven into other houses two streets over was sobering. All that was left of US Senator’s home was some clothes in a tree.

Large amounts of water, fast moving or not can be dangerous and the landscape can be altered. This could come from overflowing rivers and streams, broken dams or the ocean.

Buildings and vehicles can be repaired or replaced. Physical structures can be weakened as can the ground upon which they stand. A simple check to see if the windows and doors still operate smoothly could give you clues the building remains in good stead. If possible try keeping large pools of water away from your foundation. Try to keep your furnace and electrical boxes dry to prevent fires.

One often overlooked problem with any area that is exposed to a lot of moisture is mold. Mold can be harmful to people and pets. You might see it growing on the outside of a house or it could be hidden inside walls. The effects mold has on people can often be misdiagnosed to be many things including a medical condition of mental illness. The effect mold has on people is treatable. Mold can be effectively dealt with on properties, as I witnessed in Mississippi after Katrina.

Please exercise caution on bridges that have fast moving high water and don’t try to drive through flooded roadways. There could be a large sinkhole in that puddle.

In times like these people need to take care of themselves as well as those around them. Yes proper footwear will keep your feet dry and raincoats and hats keep your body dry, but keeping your mental health is very important.

People need to feel safe and secure even it times when everything they count on is washed away, or lost due to fire.

People need be assured that they are loved and cared for and that mean something to someone else. You can be the one to provide that assurance that together you’ll get through this.

Children and adults alike need to know they are secure within their own families.

Chaos can result from any disaster. Pulling together and keeping structure enhances strength and stamina in the face of danger.

People need current, accurate and practical information, reducing anxiety. It reassures, guides, strengthens, supports, and encourages people in all walks of life.

Assisting others by helping a neighbor, checking on the elderly, reading a book to a frightened child will help you stay steady while being part of the solution.

Courage is not the absence of fear; it is helping in spite of your fear. The courage you show will encourage others to pull together and help where needed. Let us all have the courage to face turmoil and dangers ahead, tempered with common sense.
This large volume of rain could turn out to be large natural disaster with large property losses, but you can help keep the loss of lives to a minimum. You can also help others to recover both physically and mentally.

Rev. Paul N. Papas II is a Pastoral Counselor with Narrow Path Ministries (MA and AZ) and Founder of the Family Renewal Center. and

Doing Our Part To Give Thanks and Help

November 8, 2009

November 6, 2009
By Rev. Paul N. Papas II

We have two days this month to give thanks; Veterans Day and Thanksgiving.

Veterans Day celebrates those who made it home, those who did not come home, and those who are trying to make it home after fighting for our freedoms. Freedom is not free as it requires that men and women fight and die far from home.

Thanksgiving celebrates the fruits of the first harvest in new home. It was a time when new friends thanked God for seeing them through time times. The new settlers lost many who made the trip from England during the first year. They could not go back to England, so they resolved to put their best effort into making a home here.

War Veterans, the Pilgrims, and many people today have a few things in common. They experienced a lot of trauma; they witnessed one or multiple events that forever changed their very being and lives.

And once you do have such an event it’s your response to that event that makes the difference. In general many people have a great deal of resilience, and when they are presented with extraordinary traumas they march through them, they make their way, they adjust to them.

The stressful event is an out of the ordinary experience that people would go through. So war being one of them that perhaps is most familiar to many people, but there are certainly a variety of childhood traumas and tragedies that can occur that are outside the normal experience. One of the consequences of people experiencing a stressful event is what has become known as post-traumatic stress disorder, PTSD.

The other kinds of things that are more typical of a post-traumatic stress response and post-traumatic stress disorder fall into two broad categories. One is a numbing type of response, and the other is an alerting or alarming response. Numbing response often will occur after or in some cases immediately after the trauma, but the people who get the alerting, agitation, they are very upset by it, that’s the most immediate and the most common response that people are used to thinking about in post-traumatic stress disorder. Reliving traumatic events can produce, sweating, rise in blood pressure, pulse rate is high, and eyes are dilated. It’s a fight or flight type response as it’s been known for almost a hundred years.

There is a lot written on PTSD and some symptoms are worse than others.

Sometimes people get very vivid dreams that will keep them up at night, will wake them up, bordering on nightmares that they will have and that these dreams sometimes start so intrude into their daytime life, and they start to become experienced as almost hallucinations or flashbacks that go back to the traumatic event, and they are constantly re-experiencing it. Things that are just the most subtle reminders will sometimes bring the whole event back, the classic example being from the soldiers from Vietnam when they would smell diesel fuel, that they would start to get the reminders of napalm, and they would then have a whole flashback to a whole series of perhaps traumatic events where they may have been injured themselves or one of their buddies may have been killed. Another example would be when they are hearing helicopter sounds, and it will trigger a flashback to being under fire in a very dangerous situation but again they may have actually gotten injured in. That would cause an alerting, hyper arousal that can be noticed.

Some Veterans do make it back to their home town, but their thoughts and reactions are still stuck in the events. This is what I meant earlier when I said some are still trying to make it home. The Veterans Administration spends a significant amount of time and money trying to bring the Vets home. Vietnam Vets experienced such things as having a “friendly” person by day attacking them by night. A person they trust is actually their enemy. Therefore trusting people can become a major issue.

Some would say that children are very resilient when facing devastating circumstances such as divorce, death of a parent or abuse. It is not true.

To be resilient means that when something happens, you return to your original emotional cognitive shape. That means a child becomes who they were before the traumatic event took place. An abuse child does not become as if he or she were never abused. A child who loses a parent never returns to being the child who had that parent. Children are shaped by those events.

Police Officers and other first responders to an event, such as the twin tower attack on 9-11-01 or a local car accident are among those who suffer from PTSD.

It is significant to note that New York State has authorized Workmen’s Compensation insurance payments for 9/11 volunteers who where not employees of the state or City of New York for such certain claims such as PTSD.

Some Katrina volunteers suffer from PTSD.

PTSD can be an unwelcomed consequence of people helping people or people witnessing or being a part of a traumatic event.

PTSD is not a dreaded disease. There is help and people can get to the point where they are able to function normally. It just takes time and work. PTSD is a medical condition of a mental illness.

I don’t know of any records going that far back, but I would imagine that the Pilgrims also suffered PTSD, especially in their first year here.

It is a great day when a Veteran finally returns home mentally and physically, as some as still on that journey.

As we approach Veterans Day and later Thanksgiving this month let us all remember how we got here and be thankful for what we’ve come through, what we have, and for those who helped get us here.

The celebration continues as each person is made whole. We all have a part and can all join in on the celebration.

Rev Paul N. Papas II is a Pastoral Counselor with Narrow Path Ministries (located in MA and AZ), founder of the Family Renewal Center and past President of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Greater Framingham. NAMI has a variety of support services for family, friends and those who suffer from a Mental Illness,,

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