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Lighthouse Network April 5 Luncheon – (week of March 29, 2012)

Lighthouse Network April 5 Luncheon – (week of March 29, 2012)
March 29, 2012 Lighthouse Network
Lighthouse Network April 5 Luncheon – Guiding Childhood Sexual Abuse and Post-Abortion Trauma Victims Through the Acute Storms of Life

Dr. Karl Benzio and Julie Woodley of Lighthouse Network host an afternoon of Lunch, a Clinical and Pastoral Information Exchange, News Tools, Ideas and Networking

Karl Benzio, M.D. and Julie Woodley, M.A. invite you to join Lighthouse Network for a complimentary lunch at Maggiano’s Restaurant in King of Prussia, to network with counseling professionals and clergy while you hear from some of the nation’s top experts on sexual abuse and abortion trauma and how to guide the wounded through the storms of life. Help us build a strong community of professional help in the Philadelphia area and participate in this wonderful afternoon to exchange ideas, learn about excellent tools to help those suffering from trauma, and meet clinical experts from the Philadelphia area as well as from around the U.S.

Date: Thursday, April 5, 2012
Time: Noon – 3 p.m.
Where: Maggiano’s Restaurant
205 Mall Boulevard
King of Prussia, PA 1940

Speakers Include:

  • Karl Benzio, MD, psychiatrist, founder and executive director of Lighthouse Network, a mental health and addiction service agency
  • Julie Woodley, MA, founder and director of Restoring the Heart Ministries, a special service of Lighthouse Network, speaker, author, and counselor
  • Christopher West, BA, MTS, renowned educator, best-selling author, cultural commentator, and popular theologian
  • Dr. Philip Mango, director of St. Michael’s Institute for the Psychological Sciences
  • Theresa Karminski Burke, MA, PhD, DAPA, NCP, LPC, founder of Rachel’s Vineyard, the largest post abortion ministry in the world
  • John Van Epp, MA, PhD, has conducted numerous seminars and workshops over the past twenty years on topics related to marriage, family, recovery, singlehood, emotional make-up, relationships, and divorce

Resources and materials will be available for purchase and review

This event is FREE. Registration deadline is April 4th. Email wstewart@lighthousenetwork.org to register.

This conference is brought to you by Restoring The Heart Ministries, a special division and service of Lighthouse Network and with special recognition and appreciation to Timberline Knolls for sponsoring the luncheon.

News Release: Caffeine a New Danger for Teens
After 14-Year-Old Teen Dies of ‘Caffeine Toxicity,’ Lighthouse Network Says Caffeine is Most Prevalent Addiction in the World

PHILADELPHIA, PA – Amid the numerous dangers facing teens, there’s a new, “seemingly harmless” substance creating a buzz. And it’s perhaps the most readily available addiction, free and flowing in schools, workplaces and even churches.

It’s caffeine. And after one Maryland teen went into cardiac arrest and died from “caffeine toxicity,” many are wondering if caffeine is really as “seemingly harmless” as once thought.

Several months ago, 14-year-old Anais Fournier of Hagerstown, Md., went into cardiac arrest after consuming two 24-ounce Monster energy drinks the day before while at the mall with her friends. She slipped into a coma, never gained consciousness and died six days later. The official cause of death was cardiac arrhythmia due to caffeine toxicity. Today, her family, who never got to say goodbye, is warning others of the dangers of these caffeinated energy drinks aimed at teens and young adults.

Karl Benzio, M.D. is the founder, executive director and a psychiatrist at the Lighthouse Network, an addiction and mental health referral program that also provides the Lighthouse Addiction Helpline, a free, 24-hour counseling helpline. The addiction expert says caffeine is certainly not harmless, and is especially dangerous when we don’t even realize how much we are consuming.

A Comment From Lighthouse Network Founder and Executive Director, Dr. Karl Benzio

“The most prevalent substance addiction in the world is caffeine,” Benzio said. “Caffeine is damaging to your heart and cardiovascular system, your endocrine system as it substitutes for adrenaline and confuses your body’s natural adrenaline manufacturing process. But most importantly, caffeine damages your brain by reducing the blood flow to very sensitive areas that affect emotions and thinking.”

When the teen downed the 48 ounces of the Monster energy drink, she unknowingly ingested 480 milligrams of caffeine-nearly five times the limit recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics. The caffeine Fournier consumed that day equaled the amount found in 14 cans of Coke.

Fournier and her family knew she had a common heart condition called mitral valve prolapse, which causes one of the heart’s valves to malfunction. The condition, which affects up to 1 in 20 Americans, usually doesn’t cause many problems, but the amount of caffeine in the teen’s system put her heart on overdrive.

“Caffeine,” Benzio added, “is just a weaker drug in the stimulant family, like cocaine, crack and methamphetamine. It causes increases in edginess, agitation, irritability, anxiety, panic attacks, impulsivity and anger. Caffeine also lowers frustration tolerance and the ability to delay gratification. We wonder why our society is so stressed and agitated with so many ‘random’ impulsive acts, but think about how many coffee shops and drive-thrus dot every corner. Even our churches serve this ‘Christian drug’ in cafes every week to both adults and teens.”

According to a recent report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, visits to the emergency room as a result of caffeine overdose from energy drinks has increased tenfold since 2005, with 1,128 cases reported in 2005; 16,055 in 2008; and 13,114 in 2009.

Critics of the energy drink craze have argued that the marketing of the beverages, with names like Monster, Red Bull and Rockstar, appeals to teenagers and young adults. Another danger is that most don’t realize how much caffeine they are consuming because the makers of energy drinks aren’t required to list the amount of caffeine on labels. The Food and Drug Administration regulates the amount of caffeine in soda, but not in energy drinks.

Earlier this month, the New York State Senate passed legislation that would ban the sale of caffeinated alcoholic beverages such as Four Loko. The super-sweet beverages, also known as FMBs, mix high levels of alcohol with caffeine and other stimulants. Research has shown that FMBs are most popular with underage drinkers. According to the Johns Hopkins Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth, which submitted testimony during a hearing the pass the measure, 78 percent of current eighth-grade drinkers drank FMBs in the past 30 days.

If made law, New York would join five other states with an outright ban of caffeinated malt beverages. The bill is pending in New York’s Assembly.

Upcoming Events
Event: A Journey of Your Heart
Restoring the Heart Ministries and Timberline Knolls Residental Treatement Center. A two-day healing event for those who have suffered from childhood sexual abuse and other types of trauma
Facilitator: Julie Woodley
Date: April 20-21, 2012
Time: 6:00-9:00 PM Friday & 9:00 AM-5:00 PM Saturday
Where: Cambridge United Methodist Church
404 N. Cypress Avenue
Cambridge, MN 55008
Cost: $35 ($25 for Students)

Deadline for online registration is April 15th.

In The Wildflowers

Restoring the Heart Ministries has created In the Wildflowers,” a 10-part DVD series with accompanying curriculum targeted at counseling professionals for use with people who have experienced the pain of childhood sexual abuse. A bonus DVD also helps families, counselors and churches lift up those who have been sexually abused. Restoring the Heart Ministries’ “Into My Arms” program also helps individuals work through the pain of abortion. Through the new services, Lighthouse Network will also be providing these specialized programs and valuable resources.

Field Guide for Early Childhood Parenting – 5hr DVD series

As parents, grandparents, teachers, and counselors we are always look for ways to communicate, understand, and instruct the children we have in our lives to encourage them and help them develop. This DVD series presented by Karl Benzio M.D. and Mike Haney (Teacher, and early childhood specialist) guides you through a biological, spiritual, and mental understanding of your young child. Click here for more information or to order.

Field Guide for Parenting Teenagers – 5 Dvd Series

Being a parent of a teenagers can be frustrating, challenging, and exciting. As parents we know the pressures and stress that this time of life is filled with for our childern, and we want to help them make wise decisions. Sometimes it is hard to know how to encourage, correct, and prepare them as they start to live out their independence. Click here for more information or to order.

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