Natural High News
DONOR EDITION - APRIL 2009
In this Issue...

 Jon Sundt in Risen Magazine

 Natural High Approved by the CA Healthy Kids Resource Center

 Marijuana Linked to Testicular Cancer

 Voice in the Trenches; Parents on Social Networks

 Interesting Natural High: Fighting Drugs

Dear Supporter,

Jon Sundt, Founder of the Sundt Memorial Foundation, was just featured in a National Publication called Risen Magazine. The piece was called, "Escape from Reality" and was an interview based on the stories of Jon's life that ultimately led to the creation of the Natural High DVD Series that is now helping thousands. Whether your friends with Jon or just want a more in-depth look within the heart and soul of the DVD Series, this article is a must read.

Jon shares his opinions on drugs, the media, and how kids struggle now and then. His approach is different then the norm with a strong emphasis on the positive. The questions and answers written can lead to deeper discussions with those around you. Please share this article with others who may be directly or indirectly affected by drugs and alcohol.

Read full article here.

Kelly Frank
Manager of Marketing and Communications
Sundt Memorial Foundation

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Natural High Approved by the California Healthy Kids Resource Center

The Material Review Board at the California Healthy Kids Resource Center (CHKRC) has recently approved Natural High 3 and added us their exclusive library. The CHKRC loans high quality materials to public and private K-12 schools, youth service agencies and teacher training programs with free delivery in California. CHKRC is considered the "Consumer Reports" for prevention resources because the Material Review Board (comprised of comprised of teachers, health education professionals, and university faculty) has reviewed all of the materials using uses research-based evaluation instruments 

The center is a unique project funded by the California Department of Education and the California Department of Public Health. Its library lends thousands of items out each year and the site receives more than a million unique visitors per year from across the country.  

Marijuana Linked to Testicular Cancer

Do you perceive Marijuana as less harmful then other drugs? According to a new study recently published by the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, frequent and/or long term Marijuana use has now been linked to a man's risk of developing the most aggressive type of testicular cancer called nonseminoma. According to the report, nonseminoma is a fast-growing testicular malignancy that tends to strike early, between ages 20 and 35, and accounts for about 40 percent of all testicular-cancer cases. The researchers found that being a marijuana smoker at the time of diagnosis was associated with a 70 percent increased risk of testicular cancer. The risk was particularly elevated (about twice that of those who never smoked marijuana) for those who used marijuana at least weekly and/or who had long-term exposure to the substance beginning in adolescence.

Read more about additional risk factors and why researchers took on this study.

Voice in the Trenches; Parents on Social Networks 

We asked our Student Contributor, In your opinion, are parents, relatives and educators who join social networking groups like Facebook, Myspace, etc to keep an eye on their teens, imposing on their teen's privacy?

"Yes and no. It's kind of annoying from the teen's perspective because they want to keep some parts of their life private. If an adult joins Facebook or Myspace to keep an eye on their teens, it also means that they don't trust the teen enough to have a page without being monitored. However, from the adult's perspective, they don't want to see the teen post anything online that they might regret later, as well as to insure that they are only interacting with friends, not strangers. I know they're only trying to help, but sometimes adults end up interfering more than they should. It's a tough line to walk, and I think that talking to your teen about it can help you reach an agreement that you're both happy with. There has to be a certain degree of trust between the teen and the parent: that the teen won't post anything derogatory on their page, and that the parent won't "creep" on their teen's page." -Anonymous student contributor

Interesting Natural High: Fighting Drugs

For some, fighting the war on drugs is as great a Natural High as it comes. Such seems to be the case with the new recently appointed Drug Czar, Gil Kerlikowske. Already known for working 70 hours a week at his previous job, Gil has now dedicated his life to an even higher calling as Head of the Office of National Drug Control Policy. Gil has served in law enforcement for over 30 years and has worked as an undercover narcotics detective, an internal affairs investigator and a police hostage negotiator. In 2000 he became Seattle's police chief and brought the city's crime rate to a 40-year low. Among other issues, Gil is a strong advocate for the use of Tasers as an alternative to lethal force. To demonstrate the safe use of Tasers, he agreed to be shot with one in front of police and reporters in 2004. Read more about his stances and record.

"I loved Natural High 2 and I greatly appreciate all the time and effort that goes to putting such prevention and real life reflective messages together. Our students loved them! Keep up the great work!" - Lisa, Counselor, Connellsville Area School District, PA

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