SET YOUR GOALS, drops off 4 days of AP tour due to illness

Due to an unforeseen health issue with one of their members, Bay Area pop core sextet Set Your Goals have had to drop off the first four stops of the AP Tour Fall Ball. The band’s statement is re-posted below:

“We just wanted to let you guys know that unfortunately, we have to cancel our performances on the AltPress Fall Ball ‘09 Tour in Pontiac, MI, Columbus, OH, Grand Rapids, MI and Chicago, IL. One of the members of Set Your Goals is very ill right now and is unable to make it to the first several dates. We will know more about his condition and when we’ll be able to re-join the tour by Monday. Thanks to everyone at Alternative Press for their amazing support and to all our fans in advance for their understanding. We wish our brother a speedy recovery, and will talk to you soon.”

The Fall Ball will still go on as scheduled with the Academy Is…, Mayday Parade, the Secret Handshake and You Me At Six all performing; SYG is currently slated to re-join the tour in Milwaukee on Sept. 30.

Sponsor NeverShoutNever’s healthcare, get VIP rewards!

You have the opportunity to help NeverShoutNever with something musicians desperately need: healthcare! ROCK FOR HEALTH is giving you the chance to sponsor your favourite band’s healthcare for one year! Maybe you’ve bought CDs, t-shirts, and travelled far and wide to see them play, but now you can do something unique and personal for Christopher Drew,  the band, and their crew!

You’re probably wondering…how can I help?! See the link below, and check out our auction. The winning fan will be improving the lives of an entire band and crew for one year. The auction starts at $360, which covers the band’s monthly healthcare fee for an entire year. Additional proceeds benefit Rock For Health, which is a registered 501c3 non-profit organization. NeverShoutNever has catered their own prize pack specific to the winner of their auction. Prizes Include:

  • 1 limited edition autographed Never Shout Never skateboard
  • 2 giant 24 x 17 inch autographed Never Shout Never posters
  • 1 copy of the Summer EP
  • 1 copy of the out of print YIPPEE EP
  • 2 VIP tickets to a Never Shout Never concert (excluding NYC area shows)
  • meet and greet session with the band before the show
  • 1 NSN t-shirt
  • a thank you phone call from the band
  • autographed copy of their upcoming 2010 full length signed by the
  • band (mailed to you on release date)

Rock For Health will include for the winner:
(2) Rock For Health T-shirts
(2) Rock For Health Stickers
(2) Rock For Health Wristbands
(2) Rock For Health Buttons

Because the auction prizes are time sensitive, immediate payment through PayPal is required, otherwise, early tour dates will not be eligible to the winner. Payment must clear before prizes can be received. All prizes from the band will be received at the date of the winner’s choice (excluding NYC area shows). Prizes from Rock For Health will be mailed directly to the winner. The donation is tax deductible and the winner will receive a receipt for tax purposes. 
Transportation to and from the event, as well as lodging, are the responsibility of the winner of this auction. 
If you are the winner, please include your name, phone number and email when making the payment. You will be contacted to make arrangements within one business day of payment. Thanks for reading, and happy bidding!

17 Interesting Tricks of the Body

  1. If your throat tickles, scratch your ear.
    When you were 9, playing your armpit was a cool trick. Now, as an adult, you can still appreciate a good body-based feat, but you’re more discriminating. Take that tickle in your throat; it’s not worth gagging over. Here’s a better way to scratch your itch: “When the nerves in the ear are stimulated, it creates a reflex in the throat that can cause a muscle spasm,” says Scott Schaffer, M.D., president of an ear, nose and throat speciality centre in Gibbsboro, New Jersey. “This spasm relieves the tickle.”
  2. Experience supersonic hearing!
    If you’re stuck chatting up a mumbler at a cocktail party, lean in with your right ear. It’s better than your left at following the rapid rhythms of speech, according to researchers at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine. If, on the other hand, you’re trying to identify that song playing softly in the elevator, turn your left ear toward the sound. The left ear is better at picking up music tones.
  3. Feel no pain!
    German researchers have discovered that coughing during an injection can lessen the pain of the needle stick. According to Taras Usichenko, author of a study on the phenomenon, the trick causes a sudden, temporary rise in pressure in the chest and spinal canal, inhibiting the pain-conducting structures of the spinal cord.
  4. Clear your stuffed nose!Forget Sudafed. An easier, quicker, and cheaper way to relieve sinus pressure is by alternately thrusting your tongue against the roof of your mouth, then pressing between your eyebrows with one finger. This causes the vomer bone, which runs through the nasal passages to the mouth, to rock back and forth, says Lisa DeStefano, D.O., an assistant professor at the Michigan State University college of osteopathic medicine. The motion loosens congestion; after 20 seconds, you’ll feel your sinuses start to drain.
  5. Fight fire without water!
    Worried those wings will repeat on you tonight? “Sleep on your left side,” says Anthony A. Star-poll, M.D., a New York City gastroenterologist and assistant professor of medicine at New York Medical College. Studies have shown that patients who sleep on their left sides are less likely to suffer from acid reflux. The oesophagus and stomach connect at an angle. When you sleep on your right, the stomach is higher than the oesophagus, allowing food and stomach acid to slide up your throat. When you’re on your left, the stomach is lower than the oesophagus, so gravity’s in your favour.
  6. Cure your toothache without opening your mouth!
    Just rub ice on the back of your hand, on the V-shaped webbed area between your thumb and index finger. A Canadian study found that this technique reduces toothache pain by as much as 50 per cent compared with using no ice. The nerve pathways at the base of that V stimulate an area of the brain that blocks pain signals from the face and hands.
  7. Make burns disappear!
    When you accidentally singe your finger on the stove, clean the skin and apply light pressure with the finger pads of your unmarred hand. Ice will relieve your pain more quickly, Dr DeStefano says, but since the natural method brings the burned skin back to a normal temperature, the skin is less likely to blister.
  8. Stop the world from spinning!
    One too many drinks left you dizzy? Put your hand on something stable. The part of your ear responsible for balance—the cupula—floats in a fluid of the same density as blood. “As alcohol dilutes blood in the cupula, the cupula becomes less dense and rises,” says Dr Schaffer. This confuses your brain. The tactile input from a stable object gives the brain a second opinion, and you feel more in balance. Because the nerves in the hand are so sensitive, this works better than the conventional foot-on-the-floor wisdom.
  9. Unstitch your side!
    If you’re like most people, when you run, you exhale as your right foot hits the ground. This puts downward pressure on your liver (which lives on your right side), which then tugs at the diaphragm and creates a side stitch, according to The Doctors Book of Home Remedies for Men. The fix: Exhale as your left foot strikes the ground.
  10. Stanch blood with a single finger!
    Pinching your nose and leaning back is a great way to stop a nosebleed—if you don’t mind choking on your own O positive. A more civil approach: Put some cotton on your upper gums—just behind that small dent below your nose—and press against it, hard. “Most bleeds come from the front of the septum, the cartilage wall that divides the nose,” says Peter Desmarais, M.D., an ear, nose, and throat specialist at Entabeni Hospital, in Durban, South Africa. “Pressing here helps stop them.”
  11.  Make your heart stand still!
    Trying to quell first-date jitters? Blow on your thumb. The vagus nerve, which governs heart rate, can be controlled through breathing, says Ben Abo, an emergency medical-services specialist at the University of Pittsburgh. It’ll get your heart rate back to normal.
  12. Thaw your brain!
    Too much Chipwich too fast will freeze the brains of lesser men. As for you, press your tongue flat against the roof of your mouth, covering as much as you can. “Since the nerves in the roof of your mouth get extremely cold, your body thinks your brain is freezing, too,” says Abo. “In compensating, it overheats, causing an ice-cream headache.” The more pressure you apply to the roof of your mouth, the faster your headache will subside.
  13. Prevent near-sightedness!
    Poor distance vision is rarely caused by genetics, says Anne Barber, O.D., an optometrist in Tacoma, Washington. “It’s usually caused by near-point stress.” In other words, staring at your computer screen for too long. So flex your way to 20/20 vision. Every few hours during the day, close your eyes, tense your body, take a deep breath, and, after a few seconds, release your breath and muscles at the same time. Tightening and releasing muscles such as the biceps and glutes can trick involuntary muscles—like the eyes—into relaxing as well.
  14. Wake the dead!
    If your hand falls asleep while you’re driving or sitting in an odd position, rock your head from side to side. It’ll painlessly banish your pins and needles in less than a minute, says Dr DeStefano. A tingly hand or arm is often the result of compression in the bundle of nerves in your neck; loosening your neck muscles releases the pressure. Compressed nerves lower in the body govern the feet, so don’t let your sleeping dogs lie. Stand up and walk around.
  15. Impress your friends!
    Next time you’re at a party, try this trick: Have a person hold one arm straight out to the side, palm down, and instruct him to maintain this position. Then place two fingers on his wrist and push down. He’ll resist. Now have him put one foot on a surface that’s a half inch higher (a few magazines) and repeat. This time his arm will fold like a house of cards. By misaligning his hips, you’ve offset his spine, says Rachel Cosgrove, C.S.C.S., co-owner of Results Fitness, in Santa Clarita, California. Your brain senses that the spine is vulnerable, so it shuts down the body’s ability to resist.
  16. Breathe underwater!
    If you’re dying to retrieve that quarter from the bottom of the pool, take several short breaths first—essentially, hyperventilate. When you’re underwater, it’s not a lack of oxygen that makes you desperate for a breath; it’s the buildup of carbon dioxide, which makes your blood acidic, which signals your brain that somethin’ ain’t right. “When you hyperventilate, the influx of oxygen lowers blood acidity,” says Jonathan Armbruster, Ph.D., an associate professor of biology at Auburn University. “This tricks your brain into thinking it has more oxygen.” It’ll buy you up to 10 seconds.
  17. Read minds!
    Your own! “If you’re giving a speech the next day, review it before falling asleep,” says Candi Heimgartner, an instructor of biological sciences at the University of Idaho. Since most memory consolidation happens during sleep, anything you read right before bed is more likely to be encoded as long-term memory.

Happy Holidays!

– Kristina

Common Musculoskeletal Disorders

Sprains and Strains

A sprain is a stretched or torn ligament. Ligaments are tissues that connect bones at a joint. Falling, twisting, or getting hit can all cause a sprain. Ankle and wrist sprains are common. Symptoms include pain, swelling, bruising and being unable to move your joint. You might feel a pop or tear when the injury happens.

A strain is a stretched or torn muscle or tendon. Tendons are tissues that connect muscle to bone. Twisting or pulling these tissues can cause a strain. Strains can happen suddenly or develop over time. Back and hamstring muscle strains are common. Many people get strains playing sports (and also being a rockin’ musician! –Ed). Symptoms include pain, muscle spasms, swelling and trouble moving the muscle.

At first, treatment of both sprains and strains usually involves resting the injured area, icing it, wearing a bandage or device that compresses the area, and medicines. Later treatment might include exercise and physical therapy.

If rest and ice do not improve the sprain or strain seek medical attention as special exercise and physical therapy may be needed to ensure a full recovery.

Fractured and Broken Bones

A fracture is a break, usually in a bone. If the broken bone punctures the skin, it is called an open or compound fracture. Fractures commonly happen because of car accidents, falls or sports injuries (again, also because of over-rocking’-out). Another cause is osteoporosis, which causes weakening of the bones. Overuse can cause stress fractures, which are very small cracks in the bone.

Symptoms of a fracture are:

  • Out-of-place or misshapen limb or joint
  • Swelling, bruising or bleeding
  • Intense pain
  • Numbness and tingling
  • Limited mobility or inability to move a limb

You need to get medical care right away for any fracture. You may need to wear a cast or splint. Sometimes you need surgery to put in plates, pins or screws to keep the bone in place.

Health Insurance in America

What is unique in the world about the U.S. health care system is the dominance of the private element over the public element. In public programs, the United States offers Medicare and Medicaid services. The private element offers employer-sponsored and private non-group insurance. Employment-based health insurance continues to be the predominant source of coverage for the non-elderly population. Almost two-thirds (62.7%) of the non-elderly population had employment-based health insurance in 2005. Of the total population of people with health insurance, 7% of the population purchases individual plans. The services available through privately owned insurance are similar to those provided through employers; average premiums are generally somewhat higher than those for employer-sponsored coverage but vary by age and occupations. Deductibles and other cost-sharing (a portion of service cost not covered by the plan) are also higher, on average. Musicians and artists are usually generalized as an “at-risk” population. The “at risk” assessment is based on legitimate occupational health risks mentioned before. Another reason insurance companies do not insure artists is because of biases created by the hypothesized decadence of art culture.

Private health insurance plans vary greatly in their benefits to customers. More expensive plans will give the customer the more choice. Being able to choose your doctors is vital with regards to one’s health. One of the major initiatives of ROCK FOR HEALTH is giving the musicians a choice. ROCK FOR HEALTH customers deserves top medical care for the dangerous health risks on tour.

A private health insurance policy is a basic agreement between a customer and the insurance company. The insurance companies manage the customer’s care and act as an intermediary between them and the medical doctor. The more a customer pays the better insurance he or she will have. America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) –a national association representing nearly 1,300 member companies providing health insurance coverage – claims that managed care is nearly everywhere in America. Nearly 90% of insured Americans are now enrolled in plans with some form of managed care.

Two major Managed Care Organizations (MCOs) are Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs) and Preferred Provider Organizations (PPOs). Both of the major MCOs have advantages and disadvantages over each other.

The basic difference between HMOs and PPOs is the cost. HMOs prevent large out-of-pocket expenses for its customers, while with PPOs, the customers will have to pay higher deductibles and will pay a lot of out-of-pocket expenses. The concept of ‘you get what you pay for’ applies to the difference between HMOs and PPOs. In the HMO system, customers are restricted within a certain network of doctors stated within the insurance agreement. The HMO customer is given a primary physician, who is responsible to act as a general doctor for most injuries and diseases. If the primary doctor cannot treat their patient then the doctors will refer their patient to other doctors within a limited network. The customer cannot step outside the network unless approved by the primary physician and it is sometimes difficult finding certain speciality doctors within the network. In a PPO, the customer has access to a bigger network of doctors and they do not need the authorization to seek other doctors outside the larger network. In the PPO system, doctors have agreements with the insurance companies for providing discounted services to insurance companies clients. Customers are not limited to the doctors within the PPO network and have the ability to seek the best care and top specialists in America. The ability to go directly to a specialist is beneficial to customers because they receive immediate care by specialists and do not need to wait for primary physician referrals.

The PPO system tends to have better doctors within the network because the doctors within the network do not want to accept the minimum payments that HMOs companies offer. An HMO system works by pre-paying the doctors for providing care to their clients. This idea of pre-payment is called capitation and is defined as a specified dollar amount a physician gets, for a given time period, to take care of the medical needs of a specified group of people. The amount the doctor gets for a patient is a fixed monthly payment and does not increase on the patients’ unknown visits. This means that if a patient needs a considerable amount of care, and the worth exceeds the fixed monthly amount, then the money could come from the doctor’s budget instead of the insurance companies. Instead of capitation, PPOs uses a fee-for-service method. The fee-for-service method usually attracts better doctors because the payment is guaranteed and usually more.

What is Anxiety/Depression?

Panic disorder is an anxiety disorder. It causes panic attacks, which are sudden feelings of terror for no reason. You may also feel physical symptoms, such as:

  • Fast heartbeat
  • Chest pain
  • Breathing difficulty
  • Dizziness

Panic attacks can happen anytime, anywhere and without warning. You may live in fear of another attack and may avoid places where you have had an attack. For some people, fear takes over their lives and they cannot leave their homes.

Panic disorder is more common in women than men. It usually starts when people are young adults. Sometimes it starts when a person is under a lot of stress. Most people get better with treatment. Therapy can show you how to recognize and change your thinking patterns before they lead to panic. Medicines can also help.


Also called: Clinical depression, Dysthymic disorder, Major depressive disorder, Unipolar depression.

Depression is a serious medical illness that involves the brain. It’s more than just a feeling of being “down in the dumps” or “blue” for a few days. If you are one of the more than 20 million people in the United States who have depression, the feelings do not go away. They persist and interfere with your everyday life. Symptoms can include:

  • Sadness
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in activities you used to enjoy
  • Change in weight
  • Difficulty sleeping or oversleeping
  • Energy loss
  • Feelings of worthlessness
  • Thoughts of death or suicide

Depression can run in families and usually starts between the ages of 15 and 30. It is much more common in women. Women can also get postpartum depression after the birth of a baby. Some people get seasonal affective disorder in the winter. Depression is one part of bipolar disorder.

There are effective treatments for depression, including antidepressants and talk therapy. Most people do best by using both.


On Sunday, September 13, San Diego based band A City Serene was involved in a major traffic accident resulting in all six members being air-lifted to area hospitals with life-threatening injuries.  The band, who had just released their Debut EP, The Art of Deceiving Perception was on tour travelling north on Interstate 5 near Bakersfield when a truck travelling the opposite direction lost control, crossed the median, and hit their bus head-on.  The incident shut down the freeway in both directions while crews cleared the accident and allowed life support to land. All band members were sent to different hospitals, the closest being nearly three hours from San Diego.

To assist with the financial burden this tragic event will pose to the band’s families, A City Serene fund (click here) has been set up through PayPal, allowing friends and fans to donate anything they can to the cause. A City Serene ranging in age from 19-22, include singers Xander Bourgeois and Carly Baker, guitarists Kris Renfro and Michael Sherman, bassist Michael Koch, and drummer Mike Buxbaum.  The band was looking forward to playing their already scheduled homecoming show in San Diego, CA at SOMA on October 3, which will continue on in their absence with all proceeds raised going directly to the families of the band members. More information can be found

Band representatives, friends, and families are asking for the support of fans at this time to help spread the word about the tragedy, donate to the fund, and stay up to date on new developments.

Please check back for more information on what you can do to help through ROCK FOR HEALTH.


Music exists because of the artists creating it. Record labels exist because of the artists creating that music. The employees of record labels (everyone from the mailroom guys to the CEO) all have health insurance and benefits. Yet – these people all have jobs because of the artists. The artists see no benefits, no health insurance, nothing. Musicians are not seen as employees of a record label. They are “temps” – temporary employees – because of the record contract that they sign. They sign their career and lives over to these labels, which help develop it and help it grow. Nine times out of ten, a band will break up or cancel tours due to prevailing health issues.

ROCK FOR HEALTH is a non-profit organization that seeks to educate artists on health issues, provide necessary medical information and be an advocate for musicians in regards to health insurance coverage and long-term care. A population that is better informed about its health care coverage options will be better able to access needed care. ROCK FOR HEALTH will inform musicians on a wide variety of health issues including preventative health services, social, mental and occupational outreach. Through leadership, communication, and partnerships, ROCK FOR HEALTH is dedicated to the creation of a healthy musical environment in which artists and performers can perform at their peak physical and mental abilities. Without healthy musicians, we will not have music that is created to its highest potential. Sick artists cannot tour. ROCK FOR HEALTH wants to make their life and music healthy by helping them address health problems before they escalate into thousands of dollars worth of hospital bills.

Today, health insurance companies often consider musicians and artists an “at risk” population based on legitimate occupational health risks – road travel, hearing damage, and repetitive stress disorders. Many times, insurance companies stereotype artists because of the way that they look and the generalized idea of “sex, drugs, rock and roll.” Musicians who lack health insurance will very often delay or forgo health care until situations get desperate. At moments of crisis, they are forced to use hospitals, emergency rooms, and trauma centres to seek treatment instead of addressing health problems at a point when less expensive interventions were possible. As a result, the musician as a patient can very easily run up huge medical bills that can put them in thousands of dollars of debt, sometimes causing the band to break up.