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PhD Student Fighting Biotoxins by Paula Dec

paulaMy name is Paula, and until very recently I was a productive grad student and aspiring researcher. I wanted to do research integrating neuroscience, genetics, and psychology, since high school (about 10 years ago), and I started a PhD program in clinical psychology in August 2015 to do just that. It was amazing. I was part of a great laboratory in Indiana, and I have co-authored peer-reviewed publications. I was excited to truly be on the path to becoming an academic researcher. Here’s my profile on Research Gate:https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Paula_Decrescenzo

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Ultimate 20-Minute Flat-Belly Workout by Sharon Arangio

10Ultimate 20-Minute Flat-Belly Workout These back-to-back moves torch belly fat and boost fitness BY SHARON ARANGIO, CERTIFIED HEALTH COACH If you want the secret to amazing abs, skip the boring abdominal crunches. According to a study published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research[1], traditional sit-ups, crunches, and other ab exercises won’t magically “melt away” belly fat. It’s true that popular abdominal moves will strengthen your core; however, bodyfat is burned in the kitchen. So combine this calorie-torching workout routine with a diet of vegetables, fruits, healthy protein, and unprocessed foods to get lean and fit. 20-MINUTE FAT-BURNING WORKOUT DIRECTIONS: In this 20-minute workout you’ll perform four bodyweight moves. Do exercise 1A, 1B, … Read more

Well of Life Center for Natural Health to Celebrate 10 Year Anniversary with the Community

Holistic healthcare leader celebrates a decade of service and plans a day to honor their milestone year and say “thank you” to their clients and community.

Ottsville, PA – The Well of Life Center for Natural Health is pleased to announce that this May marks their 10th Anniversary. The company was founded on the belief that the body has the ability to heal itself, and offers a holistic approach to wellness through the modalities of nutrition, chiropractic, massage, fitness, and more. The Well of Life’s mission statement reveals a passion for offering hope and healing to their clients, while empowering and educating them to change their own lives and their community at large. Founded by Cynthia Hofmann-Coale, the organization has grown from a dream to a thriving business with locations in Ottsville, Doylestown, and Bethlehem. Read more

Deep Brain Stimulation Reduces Parkinson’s Symptoms

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Bethlehem, PA (04/28/2016) – St. Luke’s functional neurosurgeon Steven Falowski, MD, encourages patients to learn more about Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) during April, National Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month.

Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) is a neurological surgical procedure that has been shown effective in reducing the symptoms of Parkinson’s and other movement disorders. The first physician in the region to perform the procedure, Dr. Falowski, has since treated more than 100 patients with great results. Most of these patients have experienced considerable reduction of their motor symptoms and have been able to reduce their medications. Dr. Falowski continues to work with Medtronic, the company that developed the device, to improve it. Read more

Exploring the Differences Between Commonly Mixed-up Yoga Poses by Karen Shelley

Mixed_up_3-01_760_428auto_intIn every language, when words sound alike, life can get really confusing. I remember traveling (briefly) as an American in Paris and, since I don’t speak French, I took out my English-to-French dictionary (this was the mid ’90s so I didn’t have a smartphone in my pocket). I pieced together and memorized one statement in French: “I am not from here. I do not speak French. Do you speak English?” I was extremely proud of myself that everyone who I spoke to was able to understand me. It felt good to be able to at least approach people in their language in order to ask for help, instead of assuming that everyone I approached spoke English. Read more

 

A Team Approach to Healthcare by Destinee Deely

destineeI have been working with the Muscular Dystrophy Association for two years.  MDA fights to free individuals – and the families who love them – from the devastating effects of muscular dystrophy, ALS and related life-threatening diseases, so they can live longer and grow stronger.  There are almost 1,500 clients in Northeast Pennsylvania serviced out of our Allentown based office. Muscular dystrophy is a broad term which encompasses the 43 different types of muscle wasting diseases. When I first began with MDA my role was as a Heath Care Services Coordinator – ensuring that those we served were receiving excellent care at our care center, running a week-long summer camp for children ages 6-17, working with schools and workplaces to educate individuals on muscular dystrophy and ultimately … [Read more]

 

 

St. Luke’s Hospice Hosts Charity Bike Ride

LUKE’S UNIVERSITY HEALTH NETWORK FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Mariella Miller, Senior Director, Corporate Communications, 484-526-4134, Mariella.Miller@sluhn.org Bethlehem, PA (4/8/2016) – St. Luke’s Hospice hosts its 6th Annual Charity Bike Ride to raise funds and awareness of hospice care while at the same time encouraging exercise. The event, sanctioned by St. Luke’s “Get Your Tail on the Trail” program, begins at 10 a.m. on Sunday, June 5.   Bike enthusiasts at all levels of ability will be able to participate in either the 15-mile or 30-mile trail ride, which begins on the D&L National Heritage Trail, Lehighton Trailhead, 200 North Main Lane, Lehighton, PA 18235 (just south of Jim Thorpe).   The 15-mile option is a one-way ride that begins in … [Read more]

St. Luke’s Telemedicine Provides Doctors Any Time, Anywhere

St. Lukes Care AnywhereBethlehem, PA (1/18/2016) – St. Luke’s University Health Network now offers Care Anywhere, a convenient way for patients to be treated by a doctor anywhere in Pennsylvania at any time of day or night. St. Luke’s Care Anywhere is the first service of its kind in the region.  The service allows a patient to communicate quickly with a physician from a smartphone, tablet or computer. During a live, private, on-screen video visit, a doctor evaluates, diagnoses, and treats the patient’s condition and also prescribes medication if needed. “The convenience of this service is incredible. Smartphones and mobile devices are used for almost everything and now they can be used for a doctor’s visit as well” said Ray Midlam, VP, Planning and Business Development, St. Luke’s University Health … [Read more]

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 Is There a Fountain of Youth? By Tori Lee K

Tori Lee K 2016…if so I’m jumping in! It’s funny how when I was younger I thought being over 40 meant someone was OLD! Now that I am over 40 I beg to differ! We’ve all heard the expression ‘age is just a number’ and in theory that sounds great. It really is JUST a number. However, that number also represents changes to our bodies that occur that we basically have no control over. Sure we can get tummy tucks, liposuction, Botox, fillers, face lifts, and heck we can even get Brazilian butt lifts! The truth of the matter is that when we age, unfortunately so do our bodies. Do we let ourselves age naturally, or do we help slow down aging by whatever means necessary. To have work done or to not have work done, that is the question! I am leaning towards the realization that the answer is a delicate … [Read more]

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Pharmaceutical Industry Administrators “Steering” Profits to Themselves, Denying Patients a Choice

Pharmaceutical Industry Administrators “Steering” Profits to Themselves, Denying Patients a ChoiceBy Andrea Hartley We have all heard about wasteful spending; but many of us are unaware of how much wasteful spending occurs in the pharmaceutical industry resulting in higher insurance premiums.  Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs) are third party administrators of prescription drug programs charged with the responsibility of processing and paying drug claims.  They are also responsible for developing and maintaining the list of prescription drugs to be covered by a particular drug plan, contracting with pharmacies, and negotiating discounts and rebates with drug manufacturers.  Today, more than 210 million Americans  receive drug benefits administered by PBMs, but many are saying these PBMs are not only failing to curb waste but also receiving huge profits.  Many also feel that their … [Read more]

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 Is Happiness a Choice? By Meg DeakIs Happiness a Choice? By Meg Deak

Do you think happiness is a choice? What if you could choose to be happy, often? What would your life be like if you simply expected to feel happy most of the time? Can you name some of the blocks to happiness? I started to write that I didn’t want to sound Pollyanna-ish, but maybe I do.  Maybe we all could use a little more of her magic. Remember the story? Pollyanna played “The Glad Game” where she looked for, and found, something positive about every situation no matter how depressing. This is one way to overcome a significant block to feeling happy – holding a pessimistic mindset. My Aunt Lillian was a master of pessimism. She would bring news about family members, and it was … [Read more]

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The Art of Letting Go by Teresa J. Williams ©The Art of Letting Go by Teresa J. Williams ©

There is something profoundly important about learning how to let go, it is having the ability to surrender and dispose of unhealthy events, memories, habits, ideas, possessions and behaviors. For some of us, as we begin to grow older we realize what is important in our lives and what we must let go of. Unfortunately, for some this process can be a painful and difficult task, even though, they may be saying good-bye to those very habits, behaviors or people that have created their pain or situations, it is where they have found themselves to be the most comfortable. It is the infamous “comfort zone” that so often is the culprit in aiding our fears and apprehension toward change, this is the … [Read more]

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December’s Yoga Pose of the Month: ADHO MUKHA VRKSASANA—Downward Facing Tree Pose By Katja HuirasDecember’s Yoga Pose of the Month: ADHO MUKHA VRKSASANA—Downward Facing Tree Pose By Katja Huiras

Namaste everyone and happy Holidays! So what is Downward Facing Tree Pose? Well, it is better known as Handstand or Full Arm Balance. I want to align and refine this pose practiced against a wall with you. It really is a fun pose to play with once you have overcome any fear of being upside down. It is an excellent arm and shoulder strengthener. If you are still working on that and even working on overcoming fear, I have some nice Handstand variations at the end of the article you can work with. Either way, this pose is wonderfully energizing. Give it a try!     Instructions for getting into the pose: Place your yoga mat perpendicular against the wall. Facing … [Read more]

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 November’s Yoga Pose of the Month: VIPARITA KARANI – Upside Down Pose By Katja HuirasNovember’s Yoga Pose of the Month: VIPARITA KARANI – Upside Down Pose By Katja Huiras

Namaste everyone and happy autumn season! To pamper our bodies, I would like to “work” on the Upside Down Pose with you. This inversion, Viparita Karani, feels so restoring to me, especially when my legs are tired. When you look up this pose on the internet, you will hear great things about it: it rejuvenates the body because the blood returns from the legs to the heart without the heart putting much effort into it; also the lymph fluid is returned throughout the body. The only hard work you are required to do is simply let go of the day and relax. So, let’s take a look at the set up and then practice and enjoy the pose.   Props needed: 1 bolster (if not available, 2 … [Read more]

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Press Release- International Survivors of Suicide Day event on November 21

Press Release- International Survivors of Suicide Day event on November 21

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Bethlehem, November 6, 2015 – The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention – Greater Lehigh Valley Chapter will observe AFSP’s International Survivors of Suicide Day on Saturday, November 21. This 17th annual event will be held in Conference Room B at Lehigh Valley Hospital – Muhlenberg in Bethlehem. Check-in and registration will begin at 10 a.m., followed by a video featuring a diverse group of survivors of suicide loss at 10:30 a.m., and then a closing program at 12 noon. Each year, thousands of survivors of suicide loss gather at multiple locations around the world on the Saturday before Thanksgiving weekend for mutual support and practical guidance on … [Read more]

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Fitness and Fall Prevention, Part 2 by Lisa Snow

Fitness and Fall Prevention, Part 2 by Lisa Snow

Whether you’re concerned about fall risk for yourself or for a parent or other family member, the good news is that many falls are preventable. In Part 1 of this article, we looked at some of the aspects of fall prevention outside fitness, such as getting a medication screen from your doctor, reducing tripping hazards in your home, and drinking enough water. (Amazingly, dehydration mimics the symptoms of dementia.) Now it’s time to explore how fitness can help. One of the main reasons people are afraid of falling is because they already have osteoporosis, its precursor (called osteopenia), or are at high risk for these conditions. In the past, we thought of osteoporosis as a women’s … [Read more]

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How I Gained Great Help For Food Allergies and Chemical Sensitivities by Andrea HartleyHow I Gained Great Help For Food Allergies and Chemical Sensitivities by Andrea Hartley

Would it be helpful for you to learn how to test your food, supplements and even your living space with a high degree of accuracy, to determine what is good for you and what causes reactions? Before learning how to test, I was at the mercy of chance.   There was a 50/50 chance that I would get a reaction to something that I ate.  Those aren’t great odds.  Now, I would say my testing is between 97 and 98% accurate. I have eliminated so many reactions.  I feel more confident now that I am eating what is good for my body or at least what it is able to tolerate without placing too much stress on it.   I test before I buy a food and then again before I eat it. It has enabled me to eat much more than I  used to. The GREATEST benefit was learning that  was not sensitive to ALL tomatoes, nor to ALL potatoes, nor to ALL milk, nor to ALL beef, nor to ALL chicken, nor to ALL eggs, etc.  I found out that there were SOME tomatoes, potatoes, milk, eggs, beef that I could eat.  So rather than having to give up this food completely, I could not eat it if I found the right ones.   Why is this so?? … [Read more]

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October’s Yoga Pose of the Month: DANDASANA – Staff Pose by Katja Huiras

October’s Yoga Pose of the Month: DANDASANA – Staff Pose by Katja Huiras

Namaste everyone! Dandasana or Staff Pose is a seated pose which is the foundation for all seated forward bends and seated twists. It looks like an easy pose to practice but I remember as a beginning yoga practitioner that this posture was not at all effortless for me – it can be quite the work out to sit in Dandasana for a while. Experiment with me and let’s take a closer look at Dandasana. Our path into the pose: (Note: If you have tight hamstrings and you cannot sit without slouching in your lower back, sit on a few folded blankets until your whole spine is upright) Sit on your yoga mat and stretch your legs out in front of you. Bring and keep your legs together and … [Read more]

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Fitness and Fall Prevention Part 1 by Lisa Snow

Fitness and Fall Prevention Part 1 by Lisa Snow

Many people in their 70s, 80s, and 90s are increasingly concerned about falling in their home or out on the sidewalk, and their boomer children are just as concerned for them.  But many falls are preventable.  Increasing various aspects of fitness – strength, balance, coordination, etc. – can significantly reduce fall risk.  But exercise is only part of the story.  Many other factors are equally important.  Here are some tips you can use immediately to reduce fall risk for yourself or for your elderly parents. When couples have their first child, they know they need to baby-proof their house.  Cover plug-ins, keep cleaners out of the child’s reach, etc.  But how many people think to … [Read more]

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 Do You Have an Emotional First Aid Kit?Do You Have an Emotional First Aid Kit?

Did you ever consider that you need an emotional first aid kit? Having something you can do for stuck, painful or overwhelming emotion is as important to your health as having ointment and bandages for cuts and sprains. We call emotions “feelings,” because we feel them – in our physical bodies. If wefeel them, physically, then they are affecting us, physically – for good or ill. Laugh and you strengthen your immune system.  Rage and you increase your blood pressure and inflammation triggering cytokines. Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) is a perfect addition to your first aid kit. My first experience of the power of EFT came when I had a panic attack at a concert. It wasn’t the music … [Read more]

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Exploring Alternative Cheeses by Lisa Snow

Exploring Alternative Cheeses by Lisa Snow

As more and more people are exploring healthier cheeses, demand for dairy-free options has dramatically increased.  People buy dairy-free cheese for very diverse reasons.  Those with true dairy allergies have a life and death cause to avoid cow’s milk cheeses.  Because dairy is an inflammatory food, people with arthritis are increasingly avoiding dairy.  Since cow’s milk cheeses are high in cholesterol, people who are already taking cholesterol-lowering medications are shying away from dairy products.  For those on a kosher diet or who are keeping a kosher home, meals with meat need to be dairy-free; cheeses made from cashews, almonds, or macadamia nuts can be a good alternative.  Vegans are … [Read more]

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September’s Yoga Pose of the Month: UTTANASANA – Standing Forward Bend Pose By Katja Huiras

September’s Yoga Pose of the Month: UTTANASANA – Standing Forward Bend Pose By Katja Huiras

September’s Yoga Pose of the Month: UTTANASANA – Standing Forward Bend Pose By Katja Huiras Namaste everyone! The last few weeks were filled with personal loss and lots of traveling to my family overseas.  So my yoga practice had to take a back seat in my life and I allowed my nervous system to be overwhelmed with sadness.  Now I’m back in the area and am ready to get back into things.  …..And geez, did my body and mind stiffen up.  Good that there is Yoga! For this month’s yoga pose I would like to explore Uttanasana – a standing forward bend pose with you.  My hamstrings sure can use this work out and the fact that forward bends have a soothing effect on the nervous system, suits … [Read more]

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Mama McFoodie by Aubrey Hendricks

Mama McFoodie by Aubrey Hendricks

I’m the woman beside the Dude, the Food Dude. As we embark on our food blogging journey, which has been in discussion for nearly two years, we are both very excited. We are very fortunate to share a common passion for not only food, but for the entire dining out experience. We do it well and we do it often. William, The Lehigh Valley Food Dude, chose our first location. Dartos in Bethlehem, it was chosen first because we’ve never been there and realized recently it was local and established. Twice we’ve tried to go and it was closed, not a good start, but I was assured by William that it’s rated 4.9 out of 5 stars on the internet somewhere, so it must be true. We walked in the door with … [Read more]

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August’s Yoga Pose of the Month: VIRABHADRASANA 3 – Warrior 3 pose By Katja HuirasAugust’s Yoga Pose of the Month: VIRABHADRASANA 3 – Warrior 3 pose By Katja Huiras

Namaste everyone. This time around  I was quite indecisive about what yoga pose I wanted to break down for you to practice. It feels like my mind is on summer vacation but looking through the past articles, I saw that Virabhadrasana 1 and 2 have been aligned and refined……So, why not look at one of my most favorite yoga poses,  the 3rd of the Warrior Poses, namely Virabhadrasana 3.  When practiced in the Iyengar Method, this pose is entered from and exited via Virabhadrasana 1 (pose of the month for March).  It requires intense focus, much strength and a lot of balance. The Journey into and out of the Pose: Stand in Tadasana/ Mountain Pose in the middle of your mat facing its long … [Read more]

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Why Should We Honor Our Bodies? by Amber Pinkey NYSLMT

Why Should We Honor Our Bodies? by Amber Pinkey NYSLMT

What if people were given the only oxygen they would ever need in a canister and made to protect it in order to breathe?  They would likely find a way to take great care so as not to suffocate.  Ironically, people rarely think of their bodies in that regard. The body must be maintained and protected from harm in every way in order to survive.  Many people tend to accumulate bumps and bruises, emotional and physical pains, stress and scar tissue from simply living their lives, and think nothing of it becomes it seems inevitable.  As we begin to be aware of our bodies, as an awesome gift and honor them, we naturally begin to approach life with an awareness of prevention. Western medicine … [Read more]

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lisa-snow-2Head & Shoulders, knees & toes, knees & toes… by Lisa Snow

When we’re young, most of us have an amazing amount of ankle mobility—think of a diver flying off a springboard, a ballerina poised gracefully on her toes, or a kid chasing a ball in the park.  As we get older (and more frequently parked at our desks), we tend to move our ankles less.  We walk more than we run, rarely jump, and often only walk or run forward.  Kids, on the other hand, go forward, backward, side to side, “cut” and change directions, etc.  But if we’re not playing sports, does this lack of ankle flexibility matter much? As we age—and our ankles get stiffer—our knees, hips, and low back tend to pick up the slack, doing the work that the ankle should take care of.  In the … [Read more]

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July’s Yoga Pose of the Month: JANU SIRSASANA – Head of the Knee Pose by Katja HuirasJuly’s Yoga Pose of the Month: JANU SIRSASANA – Head of the Knee Pose by Katja Huiras

For this summer month I would like to explore a seated forward bend pose called Janu Sirsasana. If practiced correctly, this pose can be wonderfully calming and cooling for our nervous system- ideal for hot summer days. Janu Sirsasana is very often translated as a Head-to-Knee Pose. After a bit of research I came across another English translation—Head-of –Knee Pose. If we practice the ‘head-to-knee’ aspect, most likely we will have a pose with a rounded spine which is not a good thing. In a 1982 Yoga Journal article, Judith Lasater justifies the ‘head-of-knee’ aspect as that we need to practice the pose with strongly drawing up the kneecap. The Yoga Art and Science blog by Withold Fitz-Simon also uses this translation and explains the head of the knee as referring to the bent … [Read more]

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Katie FykeAre You Happy? Yes or Yes? by Katie Sara Fyke

If you’re happy and you know it chap your hands.. We learn about happiness from the time we are able to learn anything. Knowledge is power; but in all cases is it really? We begin life with ignorance to the world around us. Children appear to be so happy most of the time. Is this because of the lack of knowledge of the world around them? As we mature, as we age, we are educated with many topics, including happiness without even realizing it sometimes. Is your goal in life to be successful? Is your goal in life to be happy? Do the two go hand in hand? How do you know if you are really happy? Is happiness temporary, like most other things? There are many questions and many answers when it comes to the question of happiness. How to “be” happy, how to “achieve” happiness. One common goal … [Read more]

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lisa-snow-2What’s Holding You Back from Fitness? by Lisa Snow

When people think about getting in shape, they typically ask questions like “which form of cardio burns the most calories per hour?” or “how can I get/stay motivated to exercise?”  But these people are on page 20, and I’m still back on page 1.  Before the answers to these questions can have any meaning, we need to rewind and find out what’s holding you back from getting in shape in the first place.  After all, if nothing was holding you back, you would have already achieved your fitness goals. Actionable Knowledge Most people either have very little knowledge about nutrition and fitness, OR a lot of knowledge of random facts about the science and research, but aren’t sure how to actually apply it to their lives. Examples of people whose limiting factor is knowledge include someone … [Read more]

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Katja HuirasJune’s Yoga Pose of the Month: SUKHASANA – Easy Seat, By Katja Huiras

Namaste everyone! Do you ever feel like just sitting around?  Well, there is a yoga pose for that: it’s called Sukhasana – Easy Seat or Comfortable Pose.  If you regularly go to yoga classes, you most likely are familiar with this cross legged sitting position.  Very often this pose is used at the beginning of a practice for tuning into the present moment. It can also be practiced more actively.  After the aligning part I will show you some variations where Sukhasana will be the base for practice. So let’s take a closer look at this Comfortable Pose – no slouching allowed though! Instructions : Preparation: Sit on your mat with your legs extended out in front of you. Now cross your legs at the center of the shins so that your feet are close to resting under the opposite …[Read more]

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Heather ShoupAcupuncture and You: Spring Showers Bring May Headaches? By Heather Shoup, L.Ac.

Treating migraine and headaches with acupuncture. Spring is officially here. The weather is finally changing, the trees are blossoming, and the temperatures are rising. All these wonderful changes that we have been waiting for can come with a price for some. For many this is a flare up of migraine and headaches. The body is a very sensitive thing.  Due to its composition, our bodies are easily affected by seasonal changes. The spring is a beautiful season. Everything comes to life. In this part of the world we see a lot of fronts moving in giving us the April showers that will cause the May flowers to blossom. The increase in the fronts that move in affect the delicate balances of he body I,particular the vessels and brain giving rise to migraines.  A lot of migraine suffers will … [Read more]

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 Kevin McKim, Temple/St. Luke’s Class of 2015, educated students about why hand washing is vital to not spreading colds and other diseases. After washing her hands, this sixth grader sees how well she did.

Temple/St. Luke’s Medical Students Engage Bangor Area Sixth Graders in Active Learning About Health

TEMPLE/ST. LUKE’S MEDICAL STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN BANGOR SIXTH GRADE HEALTH EDUCATION SESSIONS BANGOR, PA (4/10/2015) – This week students from The Medical School of Temple University/St. Luke’s University Health Network visited Bangor Area School District’s sixth graders at DeFranco Elementary School to provide an interactive health education and science assembly to interest students in healthy living and disease prevention. Each of the topics involved a hands-on activity to help demonstrate the functions of the systems of the body; balanced nutrition; proper hand washing and the importance of vaccinations/immunizations. St. Luke’s Anderson Campus has partnered with Bangor Area School District and the Slater Family Network since January 2014 with a collective goal of improving … [Read more]

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TeresaHave You Heard of MCS? May is MCS Awareness Month by Teresa

This article originally appeared in Living Natural Today Have you heard of MCS? MCS stands for Multiple Chemical Sensitivity. MCS is also sometimes referred to as EI (Environmental Illness). It is estimated that 15% of the population has MCS; however, we rarely hear about it. I had never heard of it until I did a lot of research and figured out it was what I had. I so wish I would have known about MCS in the beginning. Unfortunately, many doctors are not aware of it either. MCS reactions can range from mild to severe. Personally, my reactions started off as mild. I didn’t even know I had a problem until it was too late. Unfortunately, since I dismissed my symptoms, they only progressed until they became debilitating. There isn’t an easy, one-time cure for MCS. However, I’m happy to say that I am better today than I once was. Still, I believe I will always have to take precautions regarding toxins as certain chemicals and neurotoxins can still create horrible symptoms, but I can … [Read more]

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Katja HuirasMay’s Yoga Pose of the Month: VRKSASANA – Tree Pose by Katja Huiras

Namaste everyone!  With nature finally awake, Vrksasana – Tree Pose would be a wonderful pose to practice in more detail this month.  As you all probably know, Vrksasana is a balancing pose where we need to root down through one foot in order to stretch up and grow tall. But did you also know that if this pose is aligned correctly, it is a great hip opener as well. Join me now to align and refine our Vrksasana:       How to get into the pose: (notice in the middle picture how one arm is not straight.  It is better for me to practice the pose with arms apart) Stand steady and tall in Tadasana – Mountain pose. Bring your awareness into your feet: -how is your weight distributed in your feet? – is it more in one foot or the other? -can you … [Read more]

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May is MCS awareness monthMCS-Aware.org: What is MCS?

What is MCS? Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS) is a chronic, physical illness affecting people of all ages and backgrounds. It causes sufferers to have allergic-type reactions to very low levels of chemicals in everyday products. Put simply the immune and detoxification systems stop working properly and the body cannot process toxins efficiently. Besides reacting to things like cleaning products, shampoo, perfumes and pesticides, many sufferers are also sensitive to food, medicines, moulds and electromagnetic fields. Who gets MCS? MCS is a devastating and isolating illness that has many different triggers and can start at any age. It may develop after a single particular exposure to a toxic substance such as pesticides or industrial solvents (sometimes from a newly decorated … [Read more]

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Heather ShoupAcupuncture and You: Spring has Sprung! Dealing with All that Spring has to Offer. By Heather Shoup, L.Ac.

We have all been anxiously awaiting the arrival of spring. After the long and cold winter we have dealt with this year, the sunny days of spring are welcome. As spring arrives, the grasses grow, the trees blossom and the flowers bloom. Spring is a time of regrowth and rebirth. Our body’s go through a new phase as well.  During winter our bodies go into a sort of hibernation mode. We slow down slightly to conserve energy.  As spring approaches, our body goes through a period of rebirth, so to speak, as our energies shift and our bodies prepare to be more active.  For many of us we may notice that we become slightly irritable, or easily agitated for the first few weeks of spring. This is common as spring rules the Liver Channel in Chinese medicine..  As the Liver Channel becomes more … [Read more]

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GTSeeking Balance: How a healthy diet with the right foods can help balance your hormones

Day 1: Nutrition & Hormones Overview The impact of diet and hormones on health, mood, longevity, and happiness Balancing blood sugar: the importance of carbohydrate type, glycemic index, and insulin sensitivity Lowering inflammation to balance hormones Gut health and hormones: supporting the immune system, digestion, and the microbiome Day 2: Support Common Hormone Imbalances with Diet & Supplements Thyroid Disorders: Hypothyroidism, Hyperthyroidism, Hashimoto’s Blood Sugar Dysregulation: Insulin Resistance, Diabetes, Hypoglycemia Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Adrenal Fatigue Space is limited Wayne Counseling Center 987 Old Eagle School Road Suite 719 Wayne, PA 19087 Erin Murphy has her M.S. in Nutrition and Integrative Health from Maryland … [Read more]

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Katja HuirasApril’s Yoga Pose of the Month: Salamba Sarvangasana with a chair – Chair Shoulderstand by Katja Huiras

Namaste everyone!  I’m so ready for warm weather and some sunshine on my skin to fill up my energy reserves. Since spring this year requires us to be patient for higher temperatures, how about practicing a yoga pose that allows your body to take a little spring break?  Salamba Sarvangasana with a chair is one of my favorite yoga poses. This is a wonderful restorative pose that allows you to be inverted with very little effort – so it is really easy to hold the pose for a longer while, letting your body rest, relax and renew itself. The only tricky aspect for the Chair Shoulderstand is the journey getting into the pose. For this month I would like to show you a detailed way on how to get into and out of this pose. Yoga props you will need: a sturdy chair (I am using a “yoga … [Read more]

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GTMagnesium – What’s the Right Amount? by Dr. Georgia Tetlow, M.D.

Magnesium is one of the most important molecules in the body, secondary to only potassium. It is involved in over 300 biochemical reactions, including activation of enzymes, relaxation of smooth muscle (gastrointestinal), skeletal muscle and is key in membrane transport, energy metabolism of carbohydrates, fats and proteins, as well as calcium and phosphorus metabolism. If you are low, you may have tight muscles, constipation, difficulty sleeping or anxiety. Or all of these! Deficiency can also cause cardiac arrhythmias, vertigo, seizures, bone loss, depressed immunity, fatigue, hypertension, poor wound healing…also slow transit time in the gastrointestinal tract leads to hyper-absorption of hormones like estrogen, which can increase your risk of estrogen sensitive cancers (breast and … [Read more]

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lisa-snow-2Staying Fit after Hip Replacement by Lisa Snow

Have you or a loved one had a single or double hip replacement?  As you or they near the end of rehab, you may be wondering what’s next.  Some hip replacement patients are eager to get back to the gym to resume a beloved activity, such as a dance class with all their friends or a yoga class with a favorite instructor.  Other patients may not love to exercise, but are highly motivated to get back to the gym to work toward the weight-loss goals that were put on hold by their injury.  A third group of hip replacement patients hasn’t worked out in many years, and may be too scared of reinjury to even get started at the gym—the one place they could accelerate their recovery.  Here are some simple tips for a seamless transition from rehab into exercise. Go the distance.  Many patients assume … [Read more]

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Heather ShoupAcupuncture and You: It’s all about the Gut; Digestion Issues and how Acupuncture can Help By Heather Shoup, L.Ac.

Many of us don’t really know what proper digestion feels like. We live in a culture where high stress and poor food choices have led to the majority of people experiencing problems with their digestive tract. Over the last 15 years or so we have seen an increase in diagnosis such as IBS, or irritable bowel syndrome.  Many seek out help for these issues, while others think that their symptoms are just part of normal digestion. So what does normal digestion look and feel like.   When we eat a well balanced meal food in a slow and relaxed manner, food should take 6-8 hours to pass through the stomach and small intestines before reaching the large intestine. During this time we may feel some slight grumbling, as food, fluid and gas moves through the intestines. Proper healthy digestion … [Read more]

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Acupuncture and You: Spring has Sprung! Dealing with All that Spring has to Offer. By Heather Shoup, L.Ac.

We have all been anxiously awaiting the arrival of spring. After the long and cold winter we have dealt with this year, the sunny days of spring are welcome. As spring arrives, the grasses grow, the trees blossom and the flowers bloom. Spring is a time of regrowth and rebirth. Our body’s go through a new phase as well.  During winter our bodies go into a sort of hibernation mode. We slow down slightly to conserve energy.  As spring approaches, our body goes through a period of rebirth, so to speak, as our energies shift and our bodies prepare to be more active.  For many of us we may notice that we become slightly irritable, or easily agitated for the first few weeks of spring. This is common as spring rules the Liver Channel in Chinese medicine..  As the Liver Channel becomes more … [Read more]

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Katja Huiras

MARCH’S YOGA POSE OF THE MONTH: VIRABHADRASANA 1 – WARRIOR 1 POSE By Katja Huiras

Namaste everyone!  Since winter still has a very strong grip on all of us in this area, I would like to practice a very heating yoga pose called Virabhadrasana 1 – Warrior 1 pose with you. This pose incorporates many actions that sure will give us a good workout.  The most obvious characteristic is that it belongs in the standing pose category.  Virabhadrasana 1  requires us to work on balancing, back bending and even twisting.  See if you can recognize this work when we align and refine our pose. Instructions for Virabhadrasana 1: Stand in the middle of your mat facing the long side. Be in Tadasana – Mountain Pose. Bring your fingertips in front of your chest and have the elbows lifted out to the sides.  On an inhale step or jump your feet about 4 to 4 ½ feet apart and extend … [Read more]

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A Surprising and Easy Way to Reduce Inflammatory Foods in Your Diet by Lisa Snow

One of the hidden sources of both cholesterol and inflammatory compounds in our diets is innocent-looking mayonnaise.  Most brands contain low quality oils (which are made from genetically modified organisms or GMOs  ), dairy (a major source of saturated fat), and factory-farmed eggs.  How can you still have awesome sandwiches and hors d’oeurves without mainstream mayo? 1) Experiment with fun flavors Instead of using mayo or miracle whip, another way to add the same texture with a lot more zest is to use Viana sunflower spreads .  Naturally free of gluten, dairy, eggs, soy, and other common allergens, they’re made from real foods.  Veggies, herbs, spices, and sunflower seeds—no ingredients you need to lookup in a dictionary!  With amazing flavors like Wild Herbs, Papaya Curry, …[Read more]

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Acupuncture and You: Change of Life:Menopause and How Acupuncture Can Help By Heather Shoup, M.S., L.Ac.

I am proud to be a woman!  It however has its moments when it is not so fun.  We go through cycles with our hormones causing mood changes, fatigue, and discomfort. We get used to these cycles and learn how to manage them. Then before we know it yet ANOTHER change happens and our body is not the same. It is an inevitability of all women, that we will go through “the change”. For some women this will be a natural progression, and others will be forced into it through other health conditions. No matter how or when we get there Menopause will come with its challenges. It is often a time of grief for many women. Not only is the change in hormones affecting our mood, but it signifies a significant milestone in our life. It is the end of our child bearing years, can this alone can affect our …[Read more]

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FEBUARY’S YOGA POSE OF THE MONTH: PARSVOTTANASANA – EXTENDED SIDE STRETCH POSE By Katja Huiras

Namaste everyone!  The time is here again to align and refine a pose for a new month.  Join me in practicing a standing forward fold called Parsvottanasana – Extended Side Stretch Pose.  The basic shape will have our legs almost in line with each other and facing in the same direction. Our torso extends forward and down with our head centered over our front leg.  As for all forward folds make sure that you are folding at the hip crease and not at the waist- bending at the waist causes the torso to shorten and compromises our spine. You want to keep as much length as possible in your front body so that your back body does not excessively round. In the beginning I will bombard you with lots of photos because we will pay attention to all three stages of Parsvottanasana: getting into the …[Read more]

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Mary OnwukaBioidentical Hormone Therapy, by Dr. Mary Onwuka M.D.

Many studies of synthetic hormone replacement therapy (HRPT) have raised major health concerns.  They show that women who took synthetic hormones had higher instances of cardiovascular disease, breast cancer as well as other side effects.  Conversely, studies on Bio-Identical Hormone Therapy (BHRT) show that with proper administration there is a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, a decreased risk of cancer and a decreased rate of osteoporosis. The most popular and outspoken advocate of (BHRT) Suzanne Somers, writes in her book, Ageless about her own experiences.  She reports feeling more energy, looking better and having a better quality of life since beginning therapy about 9 years ago.  It is most notable that she is a breast cancer survivor for whom (HRPT) is contraindicated.  … [Read more]

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Getting the Most from Your Cardio Workout

When it comes to low-impact cardio exercise there are at least three widely available options.  All three will help you burn calories while working your heart and lungs, and all are great for people recovering from hip, knee, or ankle injuries.  But with limited time at the gym, how can you choose between the recumbent bike, elliptical, and rower? The recumbent bike is a good way to strengthen and tone your legs as well as get cardio.  The bike is a great choice for people who do a lot of upper body lifting and tend to neglect their legs.  And for runners it’s an excellent form of cross-training.  If you’re trying to burn the most calories possible during and after your workout, skip the steady pace rides and try a speed interval or hill interval program.  Or you can create intervals … [read more]

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What is a Wellness Coach? by Andrea Hartley

Ok, so it’s a new year; and you’ve probably made some resolutions.  What kind of progress will you have made on your resolutions by February?  Will you still be working on them in March?  If your resolutions were regarding your health, you owe it yourself and your family to follow through.  Why not give yourself the best chance of following through and actually enjoying it by getting help from a wellness coach. What is a Wellness Coach? A wellness coach is a professional who works with a client to facilitate and empower the client to achieve self-directed goals. What are the benefits of having a wellness coach? A wellness coach will listen to you A wellness coach will assist you in identifying your specific health goals and how to achieve them A wellness coach will provide you with nonjudgmental accountability to help keep you on track. A wellness coach will brainstorm with you to find the best approach for you to implement changes which will improve your health. What are the benefits of having Andrea Hartley as a Wellness coach? She has experienced health issues and had to change her own lifestyle to improve her health. She can understand the challenges … [Read more]

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lisa-snow-2A Creative Addition to Your Fitness Routine—The BodyBlade by Lisa Snow

While fitness is a year-round pursuit, it’s at the top of the list for many in January.  When planning your fitness activities for 2015, the first question to ask yourself is whether you want to work out at a gym or at home…or both.  If you already have a gym membership for the year, congratulate yourself.  Getting there consistently is more important than getting there frequently.  So if your schedule is crazy and you can only get to the gym once or twice a week—but you’re going every single week—that’s a great start.  But if you don’t have a gym membership anywhere, or your schedule is such that you can only make it to the gym once a week, having some simple fitness routines you can do at home could be helpful. If you have no equipment at home other than maybe a mat, yoga, Pilates, or … [Read more]

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Heather ShoupAcupuncture and You: Just Because the Clocks Turn Back doesn’t Mean Our Mood does too! ,By Heather Shoup, M.S., L.Ac.

It’s that time of year again. The leaves come off the trees, the temperatures dip, the wind picks up, and the clocks get turned back.   We are reminded of the impending winter, as the dark approaches earlier and earlier each day. Though I love Fall, I, like many, do not love how I feel when this time of year approaches. With the vast changes that are brought on with the new season and especially the clock change, our bodies and minds respond.   It is common this time of year for people to start feel a little more run down, lethargic, mopey, and depressed.  The temperatures and decrease in daylight keeps people inside more.  Though we all may want to go into hibernation at this time, that is not necessarily possible. Getting regular acupuncture treatments during this season can help … [Read more]

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Katja HuirasNovember’s Yoga Pose of the Month: Ustrasana – Camel Pose by Katja Huiras

Namaste everyone.  Let’s practice a backbend yoga pose to help lift our spirits as the days get shorter. Back bending poses have a way of stimulating our nervous system, helping us feel more awake and alive.  Unfortunately not all of us are happy back benders.  I belong to that category. My shoulders and chest muscles are quite tight, making most of the backbends “not so pretty” and instead of lifting my spirits during my practice, make me frustrated that my body is not willing to bend over backwards beautifully.  Recently a yoga teacher of mine made a very inspiring comment in her class. She told us students to stop performing our poses and rather be practicing them. Work on aspects that don’t come easy—it’s a practice, not the Olympics!  Wow, that takes a whole lot of stress out of doing … [Read more]

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lisa-snow-2Benefits of the Stability Ball, by Lisa Snow

Although stability balls have been around for a long time, they are no less useful today than when they were first invented.  The stability ball is simply a large air-filled ball, which is strong enough to support your weight.  Unlike a medicine ball, the stability ball weighs almost nothing.  Yet it allows users to challenge their strength, balance, and core stability.  While advanced exercisers immediately take to the ball, it may not be as obvious how the ball can be used by beginners.  Here are a few simple exercises for those who have never used the stability ball. Because it’s inherently unstable, many beginners are afraid they’ll fall off.  While your balance will get better with practice (and sitting on the ball will stop being scary), there’s a simple solution you can use … [Read more]

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Katja HuirasOctober Yoga Pose of the Month: UTTHITA TRIKONASANA – Extended Triangle Pose

Namaste everyone.  Let’s take a closer look at the first pose of the month for the fall.  I chose the standing pose Utthita Trikonasana—Extended Triangle Pose. This standing pose allows for opportunities to explore many ranges of motions in our body:  after you align your pose, you can look at working on more extension of your trunk, you can work the pose as a twist, a hip opener and even as a back bending opportunity for the upper back. Join me to align and refine our practice for Utthita Trikonasana.   Instructions for Utthita Trikonasana: Stand in Tadasana (Mountain Pose) in the middle of your mat facing the long edge.  On an inhale step or jump your feet about 4 ft apart and extend your arms out to the sides at shoulder height.  .   Now turn your whole right leg … [Read more]

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BeatCancer.org headerWho is BeatCancer.org?

90% of all cancers can be eliminated & science agrees. from wagweb007; WHY: At The Center for Advancement in Cancer Education | BeatCancer.Org we believe that 90% of all cancers can be eliminated through environmental & lifestyle choices alone,and science agrees. WHAT: Therefore, our mission is to help people by providing research-based education on how to prevent, cope with, and beat cancer through diet, lifestyle and other immune-boosting approaches. HOW: We deliver Cancer Education in 4 ways: 1) Educational materials for cancer prevention and control. 2) Free individualized counseling for people battling cancer. 3) Health Professional Training / Certification for Doctors and other Health Professionals. 4) Public seminars and conferences for cancer prevention and … [Read more]

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lisa-snowProtecting the Spine While Stretching Your Hamstrings – Part 3 by Lisa Snow

Part 1 of this article covered how to stretch the hamstrings while protecting your spine.  Part 2 covered why foam rolling by yourself and massage therapy are so beneficial, and how to use these techniques to improve lower body mobility.  Now in Part 3, we’ll explore how strength training not only doesn’t have to make you tighter; it can actually improve your hamstring mobility. Strength exercises that improve mobility can be less boring than stretching for some people, and a worthwhile addition to stretching for others.  When someone does a stretch, they’ve improved their mobility for that day.  But if they follow up that stretch with a strength move that uses their newfound range of motion in those same muscles and joints, they make the flexibility gains permanent.  Strength training … [Read more]

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Frances GoodallWhat is EFT? by Frances Goodall

I thought it may be helpful to go back to basics. So, what is EFT? How may it help me? EFT stands for Emotional Freedom Techniques and is an energy psychology approach that involves working on acupuncture points. Acupuncturists have been working on these for thousands of years. It was developed by Gary Craig, a Stanford engineer and Master NLP practitioner and Coach, who studied Thought Field Therapy or TFT with Roger Callahan. EFT evolved from his work with Roger into an accessible and easy to apply modality that spread around the world, providing thousands with relief from physical, mental and emotional issues. One way of describing EFT could be psychological acupuncture without the needles. Another way could be a talk therapy that also involves working on the body. You start …[Read more]

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Heather ShoupAcupuncture and You: Supporting Cancer Patients: How Acupuncture Can Help, by Heather Shoup, M.S., L.Ac.

, bOctober is breast cancer awareness month.  I am glad we live in a society that puts effort into educating the public about a disease that has affected so many peoples lives. Oncology has come so far to treat and support the patient and their families.  Strides are being made everyday in western medicine to understand not just breast cancer, but all forms of cancer and how to better treat the patients.  These strides are huge but not yet perfect.  Cancer treatment has many side effects on the patient. Western medicine is now, often taking a complimentary approach to treatment recognizing the room for alternative modalities in the world of Oncology.  Acupuncture is one modality that is being utilized in the treatment plan of some oncology patients.  Large hospitals like Sloan-Kettering … [Read more]

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IdealConceptsOpen Enrollment for Affordable Care Act Health Plans Starts November 15th

ALLENTOWN, PA – Oct. 6, 2014 – As the Nov. 15th start date of Open Enrollment approaches, it’s important to remember that 41 million Americans are still uninsured, according to the most recent survey released by the United States Census Bureau. Of those who are privately insured, more than 60 percent have difficulty understanding their health insurance options and almost 40 percent are afraid they picked the wrong plan.* One way of eliminating the confusion surrounding the Affordable Care Act and major medical plans is to work with a broker. Ideal Concepts, Inc. currently contracts with over 2,500 brokers across the country who work directly with clients, to help them enroll in health insurance. Ideal Concepts has relationships with all of the major national health insurance carriers, … [Read more]

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Katja HuirasSeptember Yoga Pose of the Month: SUPTA BADDHA KONASANA—Lying Down Bound Angle Pose, By Katja Huiras

Namaste  everyone.  As school has begun again, we know that the summer is almost over and for a lot of us our everyday has become busier and maybe even more stressful.  For this reason I thought it to be a good idea to break down a restorative pose for you.  Supta Baddha Konasana or Lying Down Bound Angle Pose (or Lying Down Cobbler’s Pose) is a supine resting pose that rejuvenates by creating openness in your body and by calming your nervous system. It can be practiced with or without props. In this article I would like to share instructions of the classical version of the pose.  It requires no props and uses the arms for support.  At the end of the article I will show you some variations with props.  So, lets align the classical pose and as refinement all you need to do is to try to … [Read more]

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lisa-snow-2Protecting the Spine While Stretching Your Hamstrings – Part 2, by Lisa Snow

In last month’s article, you learned how to stretch the hamstrings while protecting the low back.  What else can you do to improve hamstring mobility besides stretching? Foam rolling, also known as self-myofascial release, is a wonderful way to release trigger points and tight spots while improving overall mobility.  Foam rollers come in different densities.  Beginners, older adults, or people with injuries may want to choose a less dense roller (usually white), while younger or more active people might want to choose a firmer, denser roller (usually dark blue or black). Foam rolling doesn’t actually stretch the muscles; instead it focuses on releasing tension in the fascia, the tough layer of tissue that covers and protects the muscles.  People with tight muscles or pain often say … [Read more]

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Heather ShoupAcupuncture and You: Falling into seasonal allergies, By Heather Shoup, M.S., L.Ac.

As the summer comes to an end and the beginning of fall approaches, the temperatures cool down  the humidity lifts, and yes here comes allergy season. Golden rod and ragweed come into bloom late summer. Just as their season comes to an end we see a spike in molds, giving us an extended high allergy season for the late summer and early fall. Late summer/early fall is a beautiful time of year. Temperatures are milder, the leaves are just starting to change color, and the humidity starts to decrease. For allergy suffers it makes this time of year a not so beautiful one.  The pick up of the wind for the season carries pollen for miles.  This can cause sinus congestion, runny nose, sneezing, red and watery eyes, itching, as well as sleep disturbances. There are plenty of over the counter … [Read more]

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Frances GoodallWhy train in EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique)?

For starters, EFT is simply a wonderful and effective therapeutic tool that can be helpful for all. You can train to work towards being a practitioner or you can train simply for your own personal development and healing, or perhaps to develop skills which mean you can swap EFT sessions with others or with therapists of other modalities, and of course a combination of the above. EFT is growing in popularity because of the wonderful results many people experience, and the fact that it works on so many issues. From clearing a phobia in one session, to long term use supporting recovery from trauma and chronic physical health problems such as CFS/ME and even cancer. With therapists who are sufficiently trained or experienced EFT can also lead to the resolution of mental health … [Read more]

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Heather ShoupAcupuncture and You: Ouch Those Aching Knees! by Heather Shoup, M.S., L.Ac.

Young or Old, active or sedentary, thin or overweight, anyone can suffer from knee pain.  The knee is the largest joint in the body. It consists of large bones coming together with ligaments. Muscles feeding into it with tendons and cartilage for shock absorption.  It aids us in walking, bending, standing, and helps us bear our weight.  The knee is a complex joint that therefore is prone to injury and illness, no matter what your circumstance. Knee pain is a common problem, especially during the warmer months when we tend to be more active. Knee pain can be caused by many factors and each case can be very different with one another.  Over-use or over working of the leg muscles, especially the quadriceps muscles, can lead to knee pain, when the muscles are over-used they can tighten up …[read more]

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Katja HuirasAugust Yoga Pose-of-the-Month: Marichysana 3 – a Seated Twist Dedicated to the Sage Marichi, by Katja Huiras

Namaste everyone.  For this month I would like to share some points about the seated twist Marichyasana 3.  Twists in general are a wonderful way to detoxify and energize our bodies:  in a twist our internal tissues are squeezed and compressed, thus ridding our insides of waste products and toxins.  When our bodies then untwist, the cleared inside spaces can fill up with fresh blood, oxygen and nutrients. Our insides have a chance to rejuvenate!  How wonderful is that! When done with awareness to correct alignment, twists can increase flexibility of muscles in the back, of  the abdomen and shoulders and also support healthy spinal mobility. Before we specifically take a look at Marichyasana 3, I would like to mention some practice points for twists in general: Lengthen your spine … [Read more]

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lisa-snow-2Protecting the Spine While Stretching Your Hamstrings, by Lisa Snow

Many people want to improve their hamstring flexibility, and it’s a good goal.  Healthy hamstrings can help you excel at activities from running and biking to dance and yoga.  But whether you’re trying to prevent a back injury or you already have one, it’s important to be kind to your spine while stretching your hamstrings. From gyms to outdoor running trails, exercisers are often seen bending over to touch their toes.  In the best case scenario, they’re reaching down and staying still for at least 30 seconds.  Even there, check out the amount of spine flexion.  The main thing being stretched is the low back—not the hamstrings.  Since many people slump forward at desks all day as it is, the back doesn’t need to be “stretched” forward any more.  Sure, you feel you’re hamstrings when you … [Read more]

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Frances GoodallHealing Our Ancestor’s Pain with EFT, by Frances Goodall

My current area of interest and exploration in terms of my personal process, is healing the impact of the trauma of our ancestors with EFT.  Indeed, not only what has happened to us in this lifetime can remain unhealed and somatised within our own bodies, but also what has happened to our ancestors. I experienced this quite concretely for myself recently, beginning with the sensation of a deeply entangled knot of physical tension in my pelvis area. Through enquiry of its origins, coming to a clear sense of my great grandmother’s abuse and murder during the holocaust. I cried what didn’t feel like my tears, as I connected with her deep emotional pain and wounding. Of course some of it was probably connecting in with my sense of empathy for what family members went through, yet I am clear … [Read more]

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Frances Goodall“EFT Saved my Life” and EFT for Chronic Illnesses such as ME, CFS, FMS and MCS, by Frances Goodall

Someone once told me they should wear a t-shirt that says ‘EFT saved my life’ and I think maybe I should too! I discovered EFT around 8 years ago, when I was almost better from CFS/ME. After having gone through 5 years of chronic illness aged 19-24, I was still working out who I was in the world. Emotionally, mentally and spiritually I was all over the place, with high states of awareness and joy at times, followed by depression and anxiety at others.  I could’ve got a label of bipolar at the time but thankfully I just avoided taking myself to a psychiatrist and preferred the label of ‘spiritual crisis’ or ‘kundalini syndrome’ when I looked into what it could be that I was experiencing (more on this in a future article). I … [read more]

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lisa-snowHealthy Travel Tips, by Lisa Snow

People often wait all year until summer so they (or their kids) can finally have free time to go on vacation.  Here are four ways to make your vacation not just the happiest, but also the healthiest, time of year. Take advantage of free time at the airport Since airports make everyone get there extremely early, travelers often find themselves with an hour or three between finishing security and actually boarding the plane.  While most travelers just park themselves on a bench and wait, this time is actually a great opportunity to get some exercise.  The simplest way to do this is just to take a nice stroll through the airport.  An hour or two of easy pace walking adds up to a lot of steps! For the more adventurous, airports are … [Read more]

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Heather ShoupAcupuncture and You: Summer fun doesn’t have to be a Pain in the Back, By Heather Shoup, M.S., L.Ac.

Summer is here and in full swing.   It is time for the much needed vacations, outdoor activities, and annual summer outdoor work. Most of us enjoy the summer.  It is a time of year when we get to really enjoy all the outdoors have to offer.   Many of us will kick up our exercise regimens in the summer. Bike riding, hiking, swimming, running, playing outside sports are just a few of the activities we do to stay healthy outdoors.  Summer is also the time most people will take some much needed vacation time.  Whether it is taking a car ride to the beach for the week, or flying to a fun location.  Many people will also spend a great amount of time outside gardening, taking care of the pool, or doing yard work.   All of which need to … [Read more]

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Katja HuirasJuly’s Yoga Pose of the Month: ADHO MUKHA SVANASANA – Downward Facing Dog Pose

Namaste everyone.  For this month I would like to align and refine the Downward Facing Dog Pose with you.  This pose can be placed in many categories:  it works as a standing pose, a forward extension and an inversion because in it we have our head lower than our heart.  This posture is probably the most widely known yoga asana (remember that asana is Sanskrit for pose/posture) in and out of the Yoga community.  It is the posture where we can check in with ourselves to become aware of how our body feels in this moment, it strengthens AND stretches our body, as a mild inversion it can calm our nervous system and help relieve stress, and as your practice improves, it can function as your resting pose. Downward Facing Dog Pose …[Read more]

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Heather ShoupAcupuncture and You: How Acupuncture can Improve Your Health, by Heather Shoup, M.S., L.Ac.

Getting to the Point of it: What it’s all about Most of us are only vaguely familiar with what acupuncture is. Yes we all know there are needles involved and that they get stuck all over the body, but why do we do it? How does it work? Who can benefit from this?  These are all valid questions that I myself had before I became an acupuncturist. So let’s get to the point of it all. Acupuncture is an ancient medicine that through years of observation and understanding of the body was developed. Acupuncture, like all Chinese Medicine, deals with the concept of Qi.  Qi is the force that flows through our body animating us, or making everything work.  It is what causes blood to flow through our veins.  It is what causes our muscles to expand and contract, what causes nerve conduction,what … [Read more]

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lisa-snow-2Questions to Ask When Considering Joining a Gym, by Lisa Snow

As a personal trainer, I not only hear people’s success stories, but also the frustrations they have with their gym.  In some cases, the gym’s policies aren’t the best.  But more often, the person just chose a gym that might be great for someone else, but wasn’t right for them.  As summer begins, and people start focusing more on getting in shape, here are some questions to ask to find a gym that’s not just good, but good for you.  Do they offer classes?  What kinds? Most people who join a gym—if they don’t go with a friend and don’t sign up for classes—quit after a month or two.  Gyms know that and count on it.  They make money by charging you for a membership you don’t use.  Signing up for at least one class when you first join dramatically improves … [Read more]

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Katja HuirasJune’s Yoga Pose of the Month: VIRABHADRASANA 2 – Warrior 2 Pose, by Katja Huiras

June’s Yoga Pose of the Month: VIRABHADRASANA 2 – Warrior 2 Pose Namaste everyone. My name is Katja Huiras and I teach alignment based Yoga classes at the Yoga Loft in Bethlehem. I’m very excited to share some ideas for the Yoga Pose of the Month with you today in the Lehigh Valley Woman’s Journal.  As we progress in our asana practice/the practice of yoga poses, we become more aware of how our whole body starting from the toes all the way up to the crown of our head moves, lengthens and expands in space. With this acquired sensibility we can make our movements and actions more precise and accurate for our poses. We find ourselves on a sure path to Sthira Sukham Asanam – this is a Sanskrit wisdom thread written by the ancient Indian sage Patanjali who organized the wisdom … [See the pose and learn how to do it]

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Frances GoodallYou can heal from ME/CFS, FMS and MCS, by Frances Goodall

Ten years ago life looked very different to me as I was two years into CFS/ME and barely able to leave the house; experiencing extreme fatigue, muscle weakness, sleep problems, brain fog and anxiety.  Now I have been fully recovered for 7 years, enjoying developing what feels like my life work of helping people get back to health from chronic health conditions, such as ME/CFS (Chronic Fatigue/Myalgic Encephalopathy), Fibromyalgia (FMS) and MCS (Multiple Chemical Sensitivity). In that time I have also developed my fitness to the point of running a half marathon and last year I became a mother. ME/ CFS, FMS and MCS are all chronic illnesses that can profoundly alter ones quality of life, including symptoms that vary from mildly bothersome to completely disabling for the individual. Yet, … [Read more]

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lisa-snow-2Easy Steps to Reduce Your Osteoporosis Risk, Part 2, by Lisa Snow

New Research on the (Surprising) Best Sources of Calcium and Vitamin D Getting enough of these two key vitamins and minerals is crucial to reducing osteoporosis risk.  Because Americans spend so much time indoors, many of us are lacking in Vitamin D.  While the arcane debate about supplements vs. sunlight rages on, women continue to be deficient and therefore continue to be at high risk for osteoporosis.  Many women whose test results show a Vitamin D deficiency will need both supplements and increased exposure to natural sunlight.  Taking a 10-30 minute daily walk in the morning or evening without sunscreen is often enough to start improving Vitamin D status.  Since you’ll be indoors during the hottest part of the day—or using a natural, nontoxic sunscreen in the scorching … [Find out how to add calcium to your diet without dairy products]

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Build Your Bones by Strengthening Your Muscles & Your Mind Women in their teens and twenties have a golden opportunity to build as much bone as possible, while women in their 30s, 40s, and 50s can prevent bone loss and dramatically reduce their risk of osteoporosis.  Part 1 of this article covers two crucial factors: resistance training and a positive mindset.  Part 2 will cover the astonishing new research on the best ways to meet your needs for two essential nutrients: calcium & vitamin D. Go to the average American gym and you’ll see dozens of young women pedaling stationary bicycles and gliding along on elliptical trainers.  While these two machines do burn calories and get the heart rate up (which is good), they’re the two least effective ways for women to build … [Exercises to reduce risk of Osteoporosis]

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Liz JordonApril’s Yoga Pose of the Month: The Full Yogic Breath, by Liz Jordon

Greetings everyone!   My name is Liz Jordon and I am excited to introduce ‘Yoga pose a month’ to the readership of Lehigh Valley Woman’s Journal.  As a person who leans into a full practice of yogic thinking, on-and-off my mat and in and out of my studio, this adventure is likely to grow and expand as I do; and it is my hope that it will do the same for you.  Yoga truly is for everyone; however it’s expression has everything to do with our individuality and our level of commitment. Asana, a Sanskrit word that translates as “pose, form or position”, is the physical aspect of Yoga.  We invite the body to lengthen and release the hold that tension has on our backs, our joints, our muscles and our minds.  While we move, we breathe, so it seems only natural to begin with … [The Full Yogic Breath]

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lisa-snow-2Healthy Eating Made Easy, by Lisa Snow

Clients often tell me they need “more willpower” to eat healthier.  I disagree!  What if all you really needed were some great kitchen tools?  If you’ve bought healthy food (so it’s already sitting around), and it tastes great, chances are you’ll eat it without any rah-rah motivation.  Here are a handful of kitchen gadgets to make healthy eating effortless: 1) Large Skimmer – whether you’re boiling kale, steaming broccoli, or cooking up a warm, cozy batch of beans, a giant spoon with lots of little holes will come in handy.  This contraption is called a “skimmer,” not a “slotted spoon”—who knew?  You can pick one up at bricks & mortar kitchen stores like Sur la Table or on their website. 2) Citrus Juicer – while I personally love my huge, … [read more]

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Updated: Back Pain, by Lisa Snow

When people first experience back pain, there are so many treatment options that many patients understandably feel confused.  Some people feel that choosing between the various kinds of doctors is overwhelming, and reach for an over-the-counter pain pill instead.  The pain goes away…for today.  But then it comes back even stronger. Ever wonder why professional athletes overcome severe back pain and injuries and are able to return to the field, while ordinary people often have pain for months or even years?  The key is getting immediate diagnosis.  Pro athletes are diagnosed within days (sometimes within hours) of first feeling pain, while the average person waits weeks, months, or even years.  Regular people are hoping the pain will “just go away” or “heal in … [Ways to relieve back pain]

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Choosing the Healthiest Energy Bars in 2014, by Lisa Snow

Every New Year many of us resolve to eat healthier.  Eating at home is the most affordable way to ensure you’re eating high quality food, but a packaged healthy snack is better than what’s in your average vending machine.  With more and more protein bars and energy bars on the market, how can you tell the ones that have real food value apart from the ones that are just candy bars in disguise?  Decoding Labels While the average consumer just reads the calories, most health-oriented consumers are smart enough to read the ingredients.  But what do you look for there?  The best bars have these traits in common: Do NOT have corn syrup, HFCS, white sugar, brown sugar, or other types of added sugar DO contain natural products like dried dates, raisins, … [The Healthiest Energy Bars]

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Helene Leonetti photoHelene Leonetti Discusses Bio-Identical Hormone Therapy, interview by Andrea Hartley

Q. You have been prescribing bio-identical hormone therapy for 24 years, what do you think of Suzanne Sommers approach to bio-identical hormone thereapy? A. With gratitude to Suzanne Sommers for getting the news out to women I provide my perspective: I am a very opinionated lady, and I will be sharing my feelings on some passionate belief systems. Firstly, I am grateful that this lovely lady with her great celebrity status has brought to the forefront a woman’s right to feel vibrant and sexy, regardless of her age. Her work with Life Extension has provided insight into the benefits of transdermal hormones (through the skin).  But I do not agree with doing serum blood testing to follow how these hormones behave in our bodies. Measuring the hormones in the serum (the straw … [read more about bio-identical therapy]

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lisa-snowHave a Home Gym Cheaply and with Little Space, Part 2, by Lisa Snow

In Part 1 of this article, you learned about home exercise equipment for general fitness.  In this part, you’ll learn about home exercise equipment for wheelchair users and other people with disabilities.  The average person often finds choosing home fitness equipment challenging.  For someone with disabilities, it can be even more frustrating.  Luckily, plenty of pieces of “accessible” equipment are actually quite affordable.  Now in the age of online shopping, anything you want can be delivered to your door, so there’s no need to worry about having to haul things home from a store. This article focuses on home fitness equipment for wheelchair users.  However, all the same items are also excellent for older adults who need to do part or all of their workout seated.  While wheelchair users may be a small percentage of the population, they are among the most motivated and determined exercisers. … [Read more about having a home gym with little money and little space]

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Have a Home Gym Cheaply and with Little Space, Part 1, by Lisa Snow

Spend less then you could ever imagine and have a gym at home! No space? No problem! Everything you need will fit in a closet, and you’ll have room to spare! You really can have a great work-out at home. Ask a room full of personal trainers and group fitness instructors what the “best” fitness equipment is, and they’ll each have their own favorite toys and favorite places to buy them.  For example, bands (product) made by Thera-Band (manufacturer) sold by Power Systems (retailer).  But what really makes a particular piece of equipment the “best” for your goals, budget, and the limited space in your home? With a little instruction, you can get a great workout with little or no equipment at all.  Yogis and martial artists have been proving that for thousands of years.  But … [Read more about having a home gym with little money and little space]

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Carol Cannon head shot7 Easy Steps to Create a Healthy, Joy Filled Home for the Holidays, By Carol Cannon

Holidays are the time of year when JOY fills the air.  Everyone is bustling, making plans, cooking special foods and deciding on gifts for loved ones.  It’s easy to get caught up in the frenzy with sounds, scents and visuals.  It might even feel overwhelming if you’re trying to do it all! What if, you took some time to slow down, enjoy the moments, and feel the feelings?  Follow these simple steps, incorporating some ancient tools of Feng Shui, the art of placement, to see how you can stay connected to yourself and your own happiness, during this holiday season!  Keep in mind, that less is more!  A few, beautiful and tasteful decorations will go a long, long way vs. overkill of uncoordinated holiday splash! Create a welcoming approach to your front door.  Lights and color …[Creating a healthy, joy-filled home for the holidays]

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Helene Leonetti photoCleansing from the Inside Out: an Historical Perspective—and Mine, by Helene B. Leonetti MD

In ancient Egypt, colon cleansing was practiced to cleanse the large intestines from food thought to be purified, a condition called ‘auto-intoxication.’  Beginning in the 1960’s medical journals began publishing articles refuting this concept, essentially calling this practice bogus.  May I offer some thoughts. One hundred million Americans have digestive disorders, much of which stem from chronic constipation.  When food does not get metabolized with nutrients being absorbed and waste products excreted through regular, effortless bowel movements, disease occurs.  One just has to see the popularity of laxatives, and colon cleanses lining the shelves of pharmacies, as well as health food stores.  One very popular laxative, brand name Miralax, actually is polyethylene glycol, … [Read more about cleansing]

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Pam Cromwell

Cancer Reveals Her Warrior Spirit

Pam Cromwell doesn’t fit many molds and she likes it that way. At 34 years old she’s in the prime of her life, advancing in her career, traveling with friends and dealing with treatments for Stage IV breast cancer, not exactly what she had in mind for her life but something she’s fighting every day. Pam first found a lump in her breast in the shower. It was just six months before her 30th birthday. At that moment she never thought it could actually be breast cancer and neither did her doctors. “They kept telling me I was too young. I didn’t have a family history of breast cancer. They didn’t think the lump was malignant so they didn’t even want to perform a biopsy,” remembers Pam. She had to stay on top of it and on top of her physicians  to get answers. “This was in March … [PinkforPam]

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lisa-snow-2Back Pain, by Lisa Snow

When people first experience back pain, there are so many treatment options that many patients understandably feel confused.  Some people feel that choosing between the various kinds of doctors is overwhelming, and reach for an over-the-counter pain pill instead.  The pain goes away…for today.  But then it comes back even stronger. Ever wonder why professional athletes overcome severe back pain and injuries and are able to return to the field, while ordinary people often have pain for months or even years?  The key is getting immediate diagnosis and treatment.  Pro athletes are diagnosed within days (sometimes within hours) of first feeling pain, while the average person waits weeks, months, or even years to even try to get diagnosed.  Unlike athletes, regular people are … [read more]

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lisa-snow7 Healthy Snacks to Power You Through Physical Therapy and Beyond, by Lisa Snow

If you’ve suffered an injury, it’s important to begin physical therapy as soon as possible.  Every day and week you delay can further complicate your recovery.  Once you begin PT, you’ll be getting detailed stretching and strengthening advice tailored to your needs.  And if you’ve finished physical therapy, and are transitioning back into fitness or daily life, you can get expert advice from a personal trainer specializing in corrective exercise.  But regardless if you’re working with a trainer or a physical therapist, are you addressing your unique nutritional needs?  Very few people in recovery from an orthopedic injury think to go to a nutritionist.  Most people contacting nutritionists are going for weight loss, and a few are going for help managing a chronic … Healthy snacks

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Gracie HeadshotHealthful Fine Dining at Gracie’s 21st Century Café, by Andrea Hartley and Gracie Skiadas

Gracie began her adult life as a frustrated young artist, working as a server and then in front of the house management for other restaurants to absorb all she could about the trade. A  shared ownership of her first restaurant dissolved along with her marriage, as she states “I needed a project”. . .and found a beautiful old building that “needed” a loving touch.  So goes the union that occurred  in 1985 when  she bought the building and began the much needed restoration of the space now known as Gracie’s 21st Century Café which finally opened November 21st, 1988. The building that houses the restaurant is an historical building in (Pine Forge) built in 1710 by Thomas Rutter, for use as his counting house for the iron forge he created here” Gracie said. She describes her work … [Read more]

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7 Things You Didn’t Know About Juicing, by Lisa Snow

How can you escape the heat and stay in shape this summer?  Why not try a fresh squeezed juice?  Movies like Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead have popularized juicing, and for good reason.  People who drink fresh juices are doing more than just getting more fruits and veggies in their diet.  They are detoxing, getting in shape, and measurably improving their health. 1) Juice fasting vs. adding juice to your normal daily diet Adding fresh squeezed juices to your normal daily diet has many benefits, including helping you stay hydrated and increasing your intake of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, enzymes, and phytonutrients. Juice fasting, on the other hand, involves drinking juice without food for anywhere from several days to several weeks.  Juice fasting is a way of detoxing, … 7 things you didn’t know about juicing

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lisa-snow-2Getting in Shape…with Takeout Food? by Lisa Snow

Much ink is spilled by today’s nutritionists and diet gurus debating “the best” diet.  Is it vegan or Paleo?  (Actually, both those diets are great.)  Should people eat local or certified organic?  (Why not do some of each?)  Should we eat low carb or high carb?  (It depends on your goals.  Are you trying to lose a lot of weight?  Or already slim and training for a marathon?  Or recovering from an injury?) Instead of debating fine points, we as an industry should be focusing on giving people practical tips for health and wellness.  Books and articles supposedly geared toward beginners often recommend a drastic switch to a healthier diet, then proceed to offer a long section of complex recipes.  When we as trainers and coaches and nutritionists recommend these types of … [What are these healthy restaurants?]

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Suffering from Lower Back Pain?

Four out of five people will suffer from back pain in their lifetime. For many, it’s debilitating and impacts their quality of life. Their pain can go on for years without relief. One common cause of low back pain originates from the sacroiliac or SI joint. The SI joint is located in the pelvis and links the iliac bone (pelvis) to the sacrum (lowest part of the spine above the tailbone). This joint transfers weight and forces between your upper body and legs. It is an essential component for shock absorption to prevent impact forces during walking from reaching the spine. Sacroiliac joint disorders are commonly misdiagnosed in patients with low back pain due to the similarity of symptoms with other spinal conditions such as a herniated disc or sciatica. Pain generated from SI … [Read more]

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Andrea HartleySay Yes to Life: The Road Back From Eating Disorders, by Andrea Hartley

Shannon Cutts, who is recovered from an eating disorder believes that the key to beating this disorder is relationships, because it was through being mentored that she recovered.  For this reason,  she founded MentorCONNECT, a national community where mentors and mentees connect to experience the power of caring, “I recovered with the help, love, insight and support of a series of mentors. None of these mentors were particularly knowledgeable about eating disorders per se, but all were quite adept at creatively figuring out how to overcome tough challenges in life – and they guided me to learn the same”,  Cutts said. Cutts has also written a book, Beating Ana, where she shares how she broke free from her 15-year battle with “eating-disordered thinking and living”.  She gives the reader an opportunity to participate along with 5 of her mentees in taking self-quizzes, doing short exercises and using motivational affirmations that are “designed to give those suffering with eating disorders the courage, support and tangible skills to say “no” to eating disorders and say “yes” to life.” MentorCONNECT conducted a research survey in partnership with Texas A&M university in … Eating disorders continued

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lisa-snow-2Gliding Discs for Exercise with Arthritis, by Lisa Snow

Many people with arthritis gradually slip into the habit of moving less and less.  However, once you are diagnosed with arthritis, frequent exercise is more important than ever.  Only doing cardio workouts like walking or cycling isn’t enough; older adults also need strength training to maintain bone density and reduce fall risk.  As long as it’s low-impact, strength training may even help you cope with the symptoms of arthritis.  Some gyms offer Arthritis Foundation classes, and some pools offer workout classes geared toward people with arthritis.  If you live in an area where these … Arthritis exercise photos and instructions

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TMS logo(small)Depression and Anxiety: How TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation) Can Help

Have you ever wondered if you suffer from anxiety or depression?  Would it surprise you to learn that you could be suffering from both?  While depression and anxiety might seem like opposites, they do in fact; affect many people at the same time.  Depression can drain you of energy and anxiety can make you keyed up and afraid.  Depression makes it next to impossible to get out of bed and anxiety leaves you sleepless and pacing.   But the truth is not so simple!  Depression and anxiety often go together.  Mental health experts estimate that more than half the people diagnosed with … Help with depression and anxiety

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“Sexual Problems are as Treatable as Other Physical, Emotional and Behavioral Problems.” Domeena Renshaw, M.D.

by Andrea Hartley   It was an honor to speak with Domeena Renshaw, M.D., a woman who is a true pioneer of the woman’s  rights movement. Born in a day when women were supposed to “stay at home”, Renshaw decided that she was going to become a psychiatrist.  The 83 year old doctor recalls, “My parents threatened to disinherit me.  They said they would never speak to me again and declared that I would be responsible for their early deaths from stroke.”  A heavy guilt trip to lay on anyone.  But Renshaw was used to the clamor and declared that it would pass, and it did. “I … [Read more to find out about self help sex therapy for couples.]

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Fall Prevention for Older Adults

by Lisa Snow As a personal trainer with many clients in their 70s and 80s, I am always amazed to see the class formats most gyms choose to offer older adults.  The typical gym or Y offers water aerobics, which is fantastic for older people.  But their classes outside the pool, in the gym itself, are usually seated classes, meaning students sit in folding chairs for the whole hour.  I’ve never understood the logic of this.  Having chairs available for people who need them is good.  Doing some seated exercises is good.  But you can’t work on balance in a seated class! For most … [Read More…]

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Credo Action: Tell the EPA: Keep Methyl Bromide Out of Our Strawberry Fields

EPA shouldn’t allow use of the globally banned toxic methyl bromide. Last spring, we won a great victory for safe strawberries when our pressure helped get the cancer-causing fumigant methyl iodide off the shelf, and out of our strawberry fields. But instead of looking for non-fumigant alternatives, the pesticide industry is using this as an excuse to bring back the toxic fumigant methyl bromide — which has such negative impacts, it was globally banned over a decade ago. Under pressure from Big Ag, the EPA has been granting exemptions to allow the use of increasing quantities of … [Read More…]

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This St. Patrick’s Day, GoGreen for Real

by Lisa Snow

On St. Patrick’s Day, every imaginable food has been dyed green; Chicago even dyes the river green! This year, why not skip the fake green coloring and go green for real?  Here are 3 easy tips you can use immediately. Read more

 

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When the Student is Ready…The Teacher Shows Up

by Helene Leonetti, M.D.

These last two years have been a very curious time, since leaving corporate medicine after 50 years.  I had some doubts that I could make it on my own after being an employee of a medical center all these years.  Now I would be without the cocoon of protective chairmen of the many disciplines that surrounded me; Obstetrics, Gynecology, General Surgery, Oncology, Endocrinology, Gastroenterology, Neurology, Psychiatry, to name but a few of the myriad of specialists that care for the patient.   Read more

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RLKicking out Restless Legs

by Andrea Hartley

*Author’s note:  This is an article about the author’s own personal experience with restless leg syndrome.   It is not meant as advice or treatment recommendations.

I remember as a teen, I would lie in in bed and my legs would ache.  I was told that it was “growing pains”.  I would raise my legs while lying down and I would do a bicycle pedal in the air.  Then I would suddenly plop my legs down the bed with a bang.  This would provide some temporary relief.  The problem cleared up for many years, only to resurface in my late forties.    At this point, I researched the problem online.  I discovered that it is described as an urge to move your legs while at rest.  The cause is unknown. It produces an aching or crawly feeling in the legs and irresistible urge to move them.  Sometimes they move on their own read more

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lisa-snow3 Tips for Exercising with Multiple Sclerosis

 by Lisa Snow

Sticking to new years resolutions to get fit are hard enough for the majority of people, but MS can make it an even bigger challenge.  Try these 3 tips for … Continue reading →

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lisa-snowFitness for People with Parkinson’s

by Lisa Snow

For many with Parkinson’s, just managing day to day activities and keeping track of medications can be a challenge, so adding a structured exercise program can seem overwhelming.  Even those who do … Continue reading →

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lisa-snowCustomized Exercises for People with Back Pain

by Lisa Snow

Most people’s reason for not exercising, like lack of time, is easily remedied with simple solutions. For example, you can use more effective exercises to get more work done in … Continue reading

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lisa-snowWhat Should People Look for When Hiring a Personal Trainer?

by Lisa Snow

Four things are very important whenlooking for a personal trainer.   First, be sure are certified by an accredited agency, like ACE (AmericanCouncil on Exercise), NSCA (National Strength … Continue reading

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lisa-snowHow do trainers know what program is right for their clients?

by Lisa Snow

Each trainer will have their own approach to Program Design.  For me, questions like these have always proved a strong starting point: – What are the client’s goals?  Weight … Continue reading

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lisa-snowWho Benefits the Most from a Personal Trainer?

by Lisa Snow

While anyone can benefit from a personal trainer, some people need a trainer more than others.  A few groups who can really benefit from the 1-on-1 attention of a … Continue reading →

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lisa-snowMotivate Yourself to Better Health

by Lisa Snow

As a personal trainer, I attend many health fairs and employee wellness events, and people always tell me the same thing: “I know what to do, I just don’t do it.”  While a personal trainer can educate and inspire you … Continue reading

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lisa-snow-2Three Dimensional Fitness

by Lisa Snow

Look around your local gym, and you’ll see people doing what looks like an incredibly wide variety of exercises: machines and free weights, exercises for arms, legs, and abs.  But look closer, and you’ll … Continue reading

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Are You Reacting To MSG?

by Andrea Hartley

If you experience food sensitivities, rapid heartbeat, headache, stomach problems or migraine, you may be reacting to MSG in your food, cleaning products, even lawn fertilizers.  Below is an excerpt from the web site Truth in Labeling… Read more…

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Habits of Healthy People

by David Finkbeiner

Here are a few fitness/health habits we can slowly incorporate into our lives that may eventually bring about dramatic results. read more

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Vitamin D Deficiency Rampant- Linked to Heart Disease, Cancer and Diabetes

By Andrea Hartley

Tired? Muscles aching? Have you had trouble sleeping and just not felt like yourself? You might be deficient in vitamin D. Recent studies indicate that up to 75 percent of the American population may be deficient in vitamin D; a deficiency which has been linked to a plethora of illnesses including the three top killers, heart disease, cancer and diabetes. Darker-skinned individuals, older adults, obese individuals and post menopausal women are at  greater risk for vitamin D deficiency. There are vitamin D receptors all over the human body, therefore, it is involved in many biological processes including cell growth, and immune function. read more

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Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy

 Local Doctor Discusses Suzanne Sommers’s Approach to Aging

By: Dr. Monica Carezani-Gavin

Diplomate, American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine

 Hot flashes, loss of libido, restless nights?  Are all women destined to experience these symptoms associated with menopause? And what about men, do they experience a change of life as well?

The truth is, the human body was originally designed to reproduce offspring, but then die shortly thereafter. With people generally living longer–sometimes well into their 90s and 100s–quality of life issues have now come to the forefront.  Recent studies of synthetic hormone replacement therapy (HRPT) have raised major health concerns with higher instances of cardiovascular disease and breast cancer being reported as well as other side effects among women on traditional HRPT therapies.

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 Asthma on the Increase, Reasons Why

by Andrea Hartley

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If local officials notified you that they were going to build a landfill next door to you, what would your reaction be? Would you be outraged? Would you object? According to Sloan Barnett, a regular contributor to NBC’s “ Today” show and author of the book, “Green Goes With Everything,” the landfill is a lot closer to you than next door.

“Most Americans, but especially children, have dozens of pesticides and other toxic compounds in their bodies, many of them linked to health threats,” she writes. “A source of many of these toxins? Common, everyday, run of the mill household consumer products. read more

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