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






Other Consequences of Ruling

July 3, 2015

moral compass
June 30, 2015
By Rev Paul N. Papas II

Sometimes we don’t realize all of the consequences of our actions before we embark on a trail.

An experienced hiker or camper probably would not forget his map, compass, and proper footwear. Although an experienced hiker or camper should be able to navigate day or night without a compass, he may navigate as precisely as he would with a compass.

An experienced camper should be able to find or construct a shelter from his surroundings.

Ignoring, loosing or throwing away your moral compass can be harmful in more ways than one. There could be physical, psychological, or spiritual harm done to yourself or those around you when you ignore, lose, or throw away your moral compass. Often times it is hurt people who ignore, lose, or throw away their moral compass to try to dull the pain of the hurts. People who suffer the pain of being hurt often times hurt others.

We may never know the exact reasons why the five Supreme Court justices thought they could redefine marriage. They also may not have thought about all the consequences of their actions. One such consequence of their actions is a weakened U.S. military.

Our military is already stretched thin across the globe. It does not look as though the situation is going to improve in the near future.

As a Veteran I can tell you that from Boot Camp teamwork is stressed, as is leadership. Some of our finest Military leaders produced the most results because they were not afraid to lead the charge, they did not sit in an office dictating the next move. The Military leaders who produced the most results were recognized as part of the team trying to accomplish a mission.

The most effective teams in the military trust each member with their lives. If they don’t trust each other and they have to keep one eye on their team member and the other eye on the enemy their life expectancy is very short.

The consequences of failing to follow the Chain of Command can be seen in military and in civilian life. Look how many civilian Whistleblowers are retaliated against for warning the public of danger that has been hushed up. The situation in the military could prove to be deadly or career ending for failing to follow the Chain of Command.

One consequence of the redefinition of marriage by the Supreme Court is further rise in and greater suppression of rapes and sexual assaults in the military upon men and women.

The normal process in the Military to report a Rape or Sexual Assault is to report it up the Chain of Command. Unfortunately that system usually produces recriminations upon the victims, little or no reporting beyond the unit, and improper handling of the investigation. Congress has failed to pass a bill that would permit military personal to report a Rape or Sexual Assault to a civilian authority.

The redefinition of marriage could see a rise in rapes and sexual assaults upon men and women as we did after don’t ask don’t tell was implemented. The number of reports may well go down so as not to be labeled as homophobic or some such nonsense.

Rapes and Sexual Assaults in the military could lead to distrust among team members. The distrust of fellow team members weakens the team and weakens the military. The distrust of fellow team members could prove deadly in combat and turn a winnable situation into a disastrous defeat for the battle and the nation.

Those who commit rape or sexual assaults in the military have a greater chance of not being brought to justice as a result of the redefinition of marriage and perpetrating the same crimes upon the civilian population.

The cost upon the victims of rape and sexual assaults are not always considered either. Victims of rape and sexual assaults have more and long lasting mental health issues and higher rates of suicide than those who have not been raped or sexually assaulted. There is help available for victims.

Perpetrators don’t usually seek help, however is available.

I believe those five who thought they were redefining marriage never considered they were weakening our military.

Sexual Assualt Military

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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


Time For Jefferson Correction

October 3, 2014

By Rev Paul N. Papas II
September 29, 2014

‘Anarchy could threaten the 2016 vote’, is a recent headline. Our Founders gave us a Republic guaranteeing our God given Rights. See my recent article

Would you leave your doors and windows unlocked, or cash on the table, or your Credit Card with your pin number on the kitchen table, or go on vacation and expect all of that to be there when you returned? You might have been able to do that six decades ago and find everything where you left it, but not today.

In about a month this Country will choose between two main groups.

One Group wants to further escalate their centralization governing agenda to include:

– All your doors and windows unlocked, cash on the table, Credit Card with your pin number left on the kitchen table as you leave the house;

– The home you paid for is no longer yours, as your Right to owning private property has been taken away;

– Your Saturday yard work can’t be done as the local authorities did not give you the required permit;

– You can no longer decide what is best for your family, because the children you brought in this world belong to the state;

– The borders are erased between town, cities, and states with all decisions emanating from one central government; and

– The Fruits of your years of labor are taken from you and given to the many murders, rapists, and terrorists who just waltzed into our Country through the porous unprotected borders.

The Other Group has its roots in places such as Lexington, Concord, and the Old North Church wants us to return us to our Roots:

– The People were the Employer of those they elected to represent them;

– People and Leaders took personal responsibility and did not blame their failures on others;

– Locks on doors, which are only meant to keep honest people honest, were not always used;

– Neighbors knew each other, helped, and protected each other and their families;

– Each town, city, and state decided locally how to address their own issues;

– The Federal Government was responsible for keeping our borders secure and dealing with foreign Nations as their prime responsibility. The Federal Budget was minuscule compared to today’s Federal Budget.

Thomas Jefferson said that when the government goes astray, it is up to the people to make the correction. Too many of today’s elected and appointed officials have the frightening notion that they are the masters and we are their slaves.

Dr Ben Carson recently said that with Ebola unchecked and the heavy burden of those flooding across our unsecure borders reaping the many benefits would overwhelm and collapse our system and could result in anarchy. He said “…you have to recognize that we have a rapidly increasing national debt, a very unstable financial foundation and you have all these things going on like the ISIS crisis that could very rapidly change things that are going on in our nation.” He further explained that anarchy would most likely result in Martial Law and a cancelation of elections leaving the current president in office until some future date.

The One Group who wants centralization would increase their various methods of controlling the people including the weaponization of the mental health facilities and drugs and the cessation of the First Amendment. See my previous articles

Our Nation is at a critical time in its history. Will it survive or will it die and become another great nation that passed into the annals of history? Are you ready to try to explain to your grandchildren what Liberty once was or will you experience it with them?

You decide….then VOTE.

Vote for the One Group to get this….

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

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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