Family Health

Pet Therapy Teams Bring Comfort & Joy to Many

Written by LWM Staff. Posted in Family Health.

Living Well with Paws for People

• Students, anxious about final exams, seem less stressed and more focused

• Elderly residents in assisted living facilities are less solitary, more engaged and active …

• Alzheimer’s patients find comfort and feel calmer…

• Children, struggling with reading, become more relaxed and receptive…

What’s the common denominator? All of these individuals are benefiting from a visit with a PAWS for People pet therapy team.

PAWS for People is a nonprofit volunteer organization that provides one-on-one animal-assisted therapy to children and adults with physical, social and emotional challenges.

A Lesson From The Kittens

Written by Karen Jessee. Posted in Family Health.

Kittens Living Well

Sarah – she’s feral, the boys love her, and she’s fertile. For several years, she has blessed my backyard with litters of kittens birthed somewhere in the city and presented to me for feeding.
Nine lives go quickly here, but Sarah has beaten all odds, outliving her own broods that have died in traffic or that have simply disappeared. Sarah has been around for a while.

Pet Dogs Help Kids Feel Less Stressed

Written by Brian Strauss. Posted in Family Health.

Healthy Living Dogs and Kids

A recent study found that pet dogs provide valuable social support for kids when they’re stressed, according to a study by researchers from the University of Florida, who were among the first to document stress-buffering effects of pets for children.

How to Survive Living with (in) Air Pollution

Written by Dr Scott Rosenthal. Posted in Family Health.

Living Well and surviving air pollution

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), outdoor air pollution may be the 9th leading cause of death and disability in the world. Hearing that around 3 million people die from contaminated air worldwide each year makes me want to gasp (or actually avoid gasping). Science clearly links air pollution to many diseases such as cancer, heart disease, stroke, asthma, and liver disease. It even has been shown to increase the risk of diabetes. Since avoiding air is not an option for more than a minute or so, how can you help yourself remain healthy in a polluted world?

Before flushing medications READ THIS...

Written by LWM STAFF. Posted in Family Health.

Health Living Don't flush medications

As recently as a few years ago, that was the default. But now pretty much everyone agrees it’s a bad idea, because some of the more than $230 billion worth of prescription drugs used by Americans every year will make it through the sewage treatment process and into the waterways. (The FDA still recommends flushing OxyContin, Percocet, morphine, and a couple of dozen other drugs so kids and pets can’t fish them out of the trash.

The Secret Weapon for ADHD

Written by LIz Brown, PCC, CWC, CACP, CPRC. Posted in Family Health.

What is not as commonly known are the cognitive benefits of exercise, especially for those with ADHD. In fact, studies have shown that aerobic activity has provided some with ADHD the same benefits as stimulant medications. Many have been able to work with their physician to adjust their medication when following a consistent fitness routine.

Harvard Acknowledges Laughter Can Do Things Medical Science Can’t

Written by Karen Carlson. Posted in Family Health.

Living Healthy Laugh

“Welcome. And congratulations. I am delighted that you could make it. Getting here wasn’t easy, I know. In fact, I suspect it was a little tougher than you realize,” writes Bill Bryson in his introduction to A Short History of Nearly Everything (Random House, NY, 2003).


Trillions of Uncomplaining Atoms

“To Begin with, for you to be here now trillions of drifting atoms had somehow to assemble in an intricate and intriguingly obliging manner to create you. It’s an arrangement so specialized and particular that it has never been tried before and will only exist this once. For the next many years (we hope) these tiny ‘particles’ will uncomplainingly engage in all the billions of deft, cooperative efforts necessary to keep you intact and let you experience the supremely agreeable but generally underappreciated state known as existence.”

Writer's Bio: Karen is a naturopathic physician who has taken holistic healing and education into the realm of quantum physics. She is credited with “the first major breakthrough in Swedish Massage ~ research demonstrating energetic interconnections ~ since Peter Ling systemized it in the early 19th century.” International recognition for her healing and educational work includes an honorary degree, a silver medal, listing in Who’s Who of Professional and Business Women, appearances on TV and radio, lecturing in Europe and in the U.S. for professional symposia, colleges, corporations, community groups, and being featured in professional journals, magazines and newspapers. She has published more than 200 articles on holistic health and education. She has facilitated joyful well-being and health for hundreds of students she has personally certified in holistic healing and holistic massage and for hundreds more clients she has personally touched including luminaries in science, medicine and religion. iamholistic@gmail.com

Alcohol Consumption Healthy... In moderation

Written by LWM Staff. Posted in Family Health.

Have a beer and Live Well

A National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism review of research studies from at least 20 countries around the world demonstrate a 20- to 40-percent lower coronary heart disease (CHD) incidence among drinkers compared to nondrinkers. It asserts that "The totality of evidence on moderate alcohol and CHD supports a judgment of a cause-effect relationship... There are cardioprotective benefits associated with responsible, moderate alcohol intake."

How Technology and Health Influences the Beer Industry

Written by LWM Staff. Posted in Family Health.

Healthy Living,Living Well,healthy recipes

Living Well, Tech Addicted


Technology has worked its way into every aspect of daily life. Technology has impacted everything from health to toys to “Infinity and Beyond.” The researchers of the future may consider our generation as an evolution point where smart phone and person have become one. Through sites like Twitter and Facebook, never ending conversations have been started about everything under the sun, as well as the sun. Trends come and go daily; one thing that was popular a week ago will be lost and forgotten one week later or less. In this article, we are going to be covering a topic that is near and dear to me, Beer. For American’s Friday

Is Your Smartphone Giving Your Teenager Horrible Posture?

Written by Dr Scott Rosenthal. Posted in Family Health.

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Let’s face it. Looking up at the sparkling night sky simply can’t compete with the magnetic draw of looking down at your smartphone. Handheld devices have become so much a part of our lives they may soon be sandwiched somewhere between food and shelter as top human necessities. Unfortunately, there are many negative health consequences resulting from this excessive act of bowing one’s head, especially when it comes to those most addicted: teenagers!
If you fear I am going to declare that everybody needs to stop using smartphones, I will provide an answer in the exotic language of the common American teen: “Seriously? Why are you being SOOO mean? STOP!!! You don’t get it! Leave ME alone... don’t talk to me!” (Followed by the distinct sound of a bedroom door slamming shut.) Two minutes later, “what’s for dinner?”

Achieve Joy and Happiness Through Bach Flower Remedies

Written by Melissa Crispell. Posted in Family Health.

living well family health bach flowers remedies

If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly,
our whole life would change.”
—Buddha

When we realize the real cause of disease in our own personality is within our control, we can fearlessly move forward knowing the remedy lies within us. Dr. Edward Bach had a vision for the future physician when he created his flower remedy therapies (known as Bach Flower remedies). “So the physician of the future will have two great aims: the first will be to assist the patient to a knowledge of himself and to point out to him the fundamental mistakes he may be making. Such a physician will have to be a great student of the laws governing humanity and of human nature itself, so that he may recognize in all who come to him those elements that are causing a conflict between the soul and personality.”

HOW LONG CAN YOU SURVIVE THE RISING COST OF HEALTH CARE?

Written by Dr Scott Rosenthal. Posted in Family Health.

Rising cost of HealthcareAre you angry with the American health care system? If so, you are not alone! It costs a fortune and many people question if they are getting their money’s worth. Even with countless “experts,” guidelines, task forces, and government agencies and interventions, Americans are sicker than ever and the costs continue to rise.
Reform is essential, but perhaps too much attention is placed on how to pay for it

Changing The Conversation One Day At A Time

Written by LWM Staff. Posted in Family Health.

The Real Truths about Breast Cancer1. Over 2 ½ million women in the United States have a history of breast cancer.

2. About 40,000 women and 450 men die from breast cancer each year in the United States.

3. Breast cancer accounts for nearly a quarter of all cancers in women worldwide.

4. Men do get breast cancer.

5. The biggest risk factors

How Safe is Chiropractic?

Written by Dr Scott Rosenthal. Posted in Family Health.

How Safe is Chiropractic?Due to the physical nature of chiropractic care and the fact that it involves performing maneuvers to the neck and back,people sometimes question its safety. As with any medical procedure, it is wise to consider the risks. Being an informed patient can help bring about better choices for yourself and your loved ones. Before we look into the safety of chiropractic, I’d like to provide some perspective.
The following is a list of the most common causes of death in the U.S. (including the number of people who die from these causes each year):

Heart disease: 614,348

Cancer: 591,699
Chronic lower respiratory diseases: 147,101
Accidents (unintentional injuries): 136,053

How to Avoid a Crisis of Illness!

Written by Dr Scott E Rosenthal. Posted in Family Health.

Family Health“But doctor, I didn’t do anything! I don’t know what happened! It’s just my bad luck!” Have you ever made such a statement? One day you feel great and the next it all seems to fall apart.
The “surprise attack” of illness is due in part to the silent nature of the disease process. Symptoms may wait to appear after weeks, months, or years have passed. Sometimes they never arise and no warning is given. It is not uncommon to hear about a “perfectly healthy” person suddenly passing away. The real question is, “What qualifies as healthy?”

NEW HELP FOR TOUGH HEADACHES

Written by Dr Scott Rosenthal. Posted in Family Health.

HeadachesA SEVERE HEADACHE CASE STUDY
Several years ago, a women visiting from out of town came into the office with the worse headache pain I have ever seen. Her neck bowed forward, struggling to carry her head’s weight. Her eyes were heavy, as if she could barely keep them open. She was suffering from pain that only comes with an extremely SEVERE headache. I soon learned that this was a part of her regular life. She had already seen a neurologist and was on powerful drugs that offered no relief.

Arthritis and Acupuncture

Written by Dr Kelly Brown. Posted in Family Health.

Arthritis and AcupunctureAcupuncture and Pain
The weather is getting cooler, and winter is on its way. As the cold settles in, less outdoor activities are performed. Therefore, joint stiffness can become more noticeable. Some arthritis sufferers are able to relocate during cold months, but many people have to suffer through the winter months in pain. Medications can be expensive and have side-effects that can make winter more difficult to get through.

UA Study Finds Owning a Dog Provides Health Benefits for Postmenopausal Women

Written by Brian Strauss. Posted in Family Health.

Menopause and dogsWorking to identify effective strategies to increase physical activity among older adults, particularly women, University of Arizona researchers have identified dog ownership as a key to better health. The findings were published in the January journal Preventive Medicine, Volume 70.
Regular physical activity can positively affect health outcomes in older adults

Pregnancy and Chiropractic: Happier Mom! Healthier Baby!

Written by Dr Scott Rosenthal. Posted in Family Health.

Pregnancy and Chiropractic: Happier Mom! Healthier Baby!Celeste was expecting. She felt great and welcomed each miraculous change. The baby moved easily into the head-down position. She walked comfortably with a steady confidence throughout her last trimester. The birth went smoothly and as desired. Her midwife commented on the joy of assisting in such a wonderful delivery experience. Her recovery quickly unfolded.

How close is your vision of a "normal" pregnancy and delivery to the above? First of all, IT IS POSSIBLE! With the right game plan, the odds of a "perfect" pregnancy and delivery can be greatly improved. The purpose of this article is to introduce the many, but often little-known, benefits of chiropractic care for the expecting mother and developing fetus.

Glaucoma: Early Detection Can Save Your Sight

Written by Robert L. Stamper, M.D.. Posted in Family Health.

Glaucoma is the second most common cause of preventable blindness in the U.S. Approximately 2 million Americans have glaucoma. Another one million do not know they have the disease. With early diagnosis and treatment, the vast majority of people can retain their vision for life. The key is early diagnosis, which can only be obtained by regular, routine eye exams.

In a healthy eye, fluid is constantly being made and drained through a microscopic, drainage canal. When something blocks or prevents this natural drainage, the pressure inside the eye goes up. Glaucoma is often caused by increased pressure that can develop when the fluids in the eye are not draining properly. This condition eventually damages the nerve that connects the eye to the brain (the optic nerve) and leads to loss of vision. In most cases, a person's side vision (peripheral vision) is noticeably affected.

What you should know about Ovarian Cancer

Posted in Family Health.

Ovarian cancer is cancer that begins in the ovaries. Ovaries are reproductive glands found only in females (women). The ovaries produce eggs (ova) for reproduction. The eggs travel through the fallopian tubes into the uterus where the fertilized egg implants and develops into a fetus.

Uncovering the SECRET: How Chiropractors Magically Reveal Your Problems!

Written by Dr.Scott Rosenthal. Posted in Family Health.

“Wow... how did you know doc?”

“That’s right where I feel it!”
“You always seem to know right where to go!”


I hear these wonderful exclamations from patients every day. Some patients even throw the word “magician” around. My father, also a doctor of chiropractic, has had me as a patient ever since I was a baby. He amazed me, inspiring similar exclamations. Once his magic fingers were on me, he quickly found tender spots I never knew I had. Even though I felt fine and was receiving preventive care, I always felt better afterward! It was like he had special laser-guided sensors in his fingers...

Going to the Doctor?... Better be Prepared

Written by Dr.Scott Rosenthal. Posted in Family Health.

“Hospitals haven’t given safety the attention it deserves,”
—says Peter Pronovost, M.D., senior vice president for patient safety and quality at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore.

You secure your SCUBA mask and jump through the water’s surface, leaving only a splash as you begin your 100 meter descent into the watery depths. The water is murky and filled with unforeseen horrors that can rip the life from your body in a second. Sharks. The sharp steel of shipwrecks. Gear malfunctions. Such territory requires split second decisions for survival.

January is Glaucoma Awareness Month

Posted in Family Health.

What do Heavy Winter Rains Have in Common

with Glaucoma?

Every winter across the US, heavy rains bring thoughts of flooding, backed up drainage systems and overflowing streets. When the drains and city sewers get clogged, the overflow of winter rains can bring a once bustling community to a grinding halt.

America's Future Vision

Written by Robert Abel Jr.MD. Posted in Family Health.

America's Future Vision

Vision is paramount in this day and age; 80% of our sensory perception to the world is through our eyes. There are a hundred times as many nerve fibers devoted to vision than to hearing. In fact 40% of the brain is devoted to what we must see and perceive around us.

The Law of Attraction for Greater Health

Written by Dr Scott Rosenthal. Posted in Family Health.

 Who wants better health, greater wealth and more rewarding relationships? The real question is “who doesn’t?” Why do some seem to easily attain all they desire, while others are left with constant yearning? You can gain the answer to that question through better understanding of what is commonly known as the “Law of Attraction.” 

MATTERS OF THE HEART: Supporting Cardio Health, Naturally!

Written by Melissa Crispell. Posted in Family Health.

Cardio Health


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported that “nearly 800,000 Americans die each year from heart disease, stroke, and other cardiovascular diseases, accounting for one in every three deaths. About one in every six U.S. healthcare dollars is spent on cardiovascular disease.”
Cardiovascular disease is largely preventable, despite misconceptions. Through lifestyle and health management it is possible to promote and even restore healthy heart function. Appropriate nutrition and fun, sweaty, activities (exercise) can significantly reduce chances for a heart related problem.

Jurdy Hero of Happiness

Written by LWM Staff. Posted in Family Health.

Jurdy Hero of HappinessSince 2008 Jurdy® has appeared on the pages of Living Well Magazine. We thought you would like to know more about Jurdy and how this character has matured throughout the years. Jurdy is more than a cartoon character, meet the mascot and hero of “happy-ness”.
Jurdy® was born of a deep desire to share universal well-being the way Superman came to Earth to protect humanity.

Acupuncture and Adjunctive Techniques

Written by Dr. Kelly Brown. Posted in Family Health.

Acupuncture Adjunctive Techniques to help you achieve pain freeDuring the Olympics last month, there was some excitement around the circular marks on some of the athletes. Cupping therapy has been used for centuries in many cultures, including China, Greece, and Russia. Cupping is only one of the many adjunctive therapies in acupuncture practice. Other techniques include Gua Sha, Moxibustion, and Tui Na. Safe and Effective Each of the listed techniques are useful in treating various conditions when combined with acupuncture. All of these therapies are safe when performed by a properly trained professional.

Conservative Care for Back Surgery

Written by Dr Douglas Briggs. Posted in Family Health.

Conservative Care for Back Surgery for Family HealthBack pain is an extremely common medical ailment, affecting eight of 10 people during their lifetimes. Lower back pain is the most common type of back pain, and is the No. 2 reason people in America visit the doctor. So it goes without saying that back pain is the most common reason that patients come to our office.
Lower back pain can be sharp, stabbing, tingling

TRUST YOUR GUT WHEN IT COMES TO YOUR HEALTH

Written by Dr Jessica Bohl. Posted in Family Health.

Trust your Gut

The phrase ‘gut health’ describes effective digestion and an optimal state of well-being. Just like the saying ‘happy wife, happy life’, ‘healthy gut, healthy life’ may be true as well.

Our digestive tract acts as a guardian between the outside world and the internal workings of our bodies.  If this barrier is healthy, it allows nutrients into the body while at the same time blocking foreign invaders.

Top 3 Hearing Protection Myths

Written by Carol Meyers, Au.D.. Posted in Family Health.

Hearing MythsProtecting yourself from noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) should be a year-round consideration. With more options than ever to keep your ears safe in a wide variety of loud settings, there is really no reason to take chances with your hearing anymore although many people will likely continue to use the same old excuses for not doing so. Here are three of the most common reasons given for skipping hearing protection and why they don’t hold up under scrutiny.

Living With TYPE 1 DIABETES A Mindset Of Acceptance

Written by Melissa Gray. Posted in Family Health.

Melissa Gray
No-one’s life is perfect, everyone has challenges and diabetes is just one of mine. I can’t control it or change it so I have accepted it and continued living my life.
Melissa Gray, 2009- Living Well Magazine

As I enter my eleventh year with type 1 diabetes, I can joyfully say that I have lived up to these hopeful words of the young, open-minded, and maybe even somewhat naïve 14-year old girl who wrote them upon entering high school.
Now, as a more mature, experienced,

Turning Back the Clock: BEATING “BOOMERITIS®”

Written by Dr. Nicholas DiNubile. Posted in Family Health.

Beating BoomeritisMusculoskeletal (bone and joint) problems are on the rise in the United States. They are now one of the top reasons that people see a doctor in this country. In fact, in recent years, they have become the #1 reason for physician visits! In my orthopedic and sports medicine practice, I noticed a tremendous increase in these types of symptoms, ailments and injuries, especially in active individuals.

The Offseason

Written by Danny Singles, PT, DPT, MA. Posted in Family Health.

OffseasonNoted orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews recently authored a book about the current injury epidemic in youth sports.

Reading this book reinforced some beliefs about what I see daily in my clinic. Pre-teen and teenage athletes are constantly coming into the clinic with sports related injuries. They trickle in during the summer like drips of water from a leaky faucet. By midway through fall and into the spring, there is a steady stream of young athletes who do not make it through their seasons. Some of these injuries are traumatic, some are not. Almost all have one thing in common. The athletes who sustain them seem to be the ones who play a single sport all year round. This leads me to the topic of this month's article. What happened to the offseason?

Movement = Life

Written by Danny Singles, PT, DPT, MA. Posted in Family Health.

movement=life

This is where we start. This is not unique to me; on the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) webpage, the APTA describes Physical Therapists (PT's) as highly trained medical professionals that "understand how the body works and how to get you moving again." This boils down to "Movement = Life."

Can Stretching make your Back Pain worse?

Written by Dr.Scott Rosenthal. Posted in Family Health.

Are you like so many of my new patients - suffering from severe, one-sided lower back pain that came on abruptly? Are you anxious because it’s not getting better and pills hardly touch the pain? 

Are the muscles in your lower back and buttocks gripping with an aching persistence that is only interrupted by periodic jolts of sharp pain? Does your pain surge when you change positions,

When To Fire Your Doctor!

Written by Dr.Scott Rosenthal. Posted in Family Health.

“You can fire your doctor, or fire him or her up. Help your doctor be a better doctor for you during your visits. Become more efficient and prepared without wasting precious appointment time.”

Mrs. Lamb tells everyone that she LOVES her doctor! Sometimes she is lucky enough to be kept waiting in Dr. Badside’s reception room for TWO hours past her appointment time. To top it off, the receptionist keeps to herself and never smiles. This gives Mrs. Lamb the opportunity to catch up on all the old, torn fashion magazines and Hollywood gossip rags from 2008 that are spread across the table in the corner of the room. There Mrs. Lamb sits, turning the dog eared pages until, with a whistle in her voice, the receptionist announces that the doctor is ready and herds Mrs. Lamb into a room down the hall.

Have Back Pain? Are You Overpaying For Relief? Are You Getting The Best Care?

Written by Dr.Scott Rosenthal. Posted in Family Health.

Are you overpaying for back pain?

Ever see the majestic figure of a Humpback whale off the bow of a boat? Ever feel the rush of hitting the lottery? Ever experience the accomplishment of pushing to the end of a marathon? Ever shout with joy from winning a reality game show? Ever gaze down at the earth from Mount Everest? I certainly hope that you polish off many of the items that fill your bucket list. Unfortunately, another bucket list exists with items that most Americans will experience, but wish they wouldn’t! This list contains events that embarrass, terrify and hurt. I may not be able to help you avoid producing an unexpected bodily sound at a board meeting, or keep bad luck or poisonous spiders out of your way, but I can provide you with valuable insights for the best and most cost-effective ways for handling an event that happens to nearly all Americans - lower back pain!

Chiropractic Care Can Prevent the need for Back Surgery

Written by Dr Scott Rosenthal. Posted in Family Health.

What do toddlers, laundry baskets and 56 cans of cat food have in common? Not sure? How about an untied shoe, an auto accident and your golf swing? I think you are getting closer. All are common objects lifted or actions referred to by many of my patients when citing the many different causes for the same debilitating symptom- Sciatica! 
The most common statement made by a patient suffering with sciatica to his or her chiropractor, besides, “OUCH!” is, “I don’t want surgery!” New research now allows the chiropractor to firmly state what has been known and seen for years: chiropractic helps many patients suffering with sciatica get better without surgery.

Glaucoma

Posted in Family Health.

 Every winter across the US, heavy rains bring thoughts of flooding, backed up drainage systems and overflowing streets. When the drains and city sewers get clogged, the overflow of winter rains can bring a once bustling community to a grinding halt. Like the back up caused by winter's inevitable down pour, poor drainage of a person's eye can lead to high eye pressure which is a cause of Glaucoma. The vision loss can be devastating and drastically change the life of a once active adult. In fact, nearly three million people have glaucoma, but half do not realize it because there are often no warning symptoms. 

Teen Pregnancy Is a Public Health Issue, Not a Political One!

Written by Dr. Michelle Golland. Posted in Family Health.

 “The story about first graders possibly getting condoms in Massachusetts showed, yet again, how the issue of sex education in our country has become politicized in such a ridiculous way that we lose sight of the importance of informing our children about their sexuality and reproductive health. This issue should not be placed in the Liberal vs. Conservative category. Rather, it squarely falls within “public health.”  - Dr. Michelle Golland


 Teen pregnancy is a public health issue that should cause us all a great deal of concern. 

The problem is that when we look at it with a religious or political view, too many people arm themselves with "family values" and claim that they don't want our public schools to address these "value" decisions. Unfortunately, birth control and teen pregnancy aren't "value" issues. They're very critical issues of child development. 

Summer: The Season for Fireflies, Flashlights and Fractures

Written by Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Posted in Family Health.

Tips for Diagnosing Common Summer Injuries from Children's Healthcare of Atlanta

It’s not a coincidence that the season for extended daylight and outdoor activity is also the season for broken bones. Increased physical activity leads to increased likelihood of bone fractures.

Summer vacation means many children are heading outdoors to participate in their favorite sport. The football field, baseball diamond and soccer pitch all see extensive action during this time of year.

New Methods of Resolving Knee Pain without Drugs or Surgery

Written by Dr Scott Rosenthal. Posted in Family Health.

Resolving Knee Pain

Do you feel like your knee is hanging on by a string? Wonder how you’re supposed to get through life (let alone walk 10 feet) when your knee is swollen, painful and unstable? Having suffered from a sports-related injury that left me in chronic pain for years, I believe my experience, personal struggle and quest for alternative solutions can offer you hope for dealing with your own knee problems without surgery or excessive medication.
First, there are important facts to address about most knee problems to address before a long-term solution can be obtained:
The underlying cause is often not within the knee (think of the chicken and the egg)

Don’t Be Afraid To Be Your Own Advocate

Written by Heather Allen. Posted in Family Health.

Meet Heather Allen a Breast Cancer Survivor
"Women are taught to look for lumps, but my “lump” was better described as a firmness, more akin to superficial inflammation than an embedded lump.  Women are told to have a mammogram to investigate abnormalities, but radiologists told me that my abnormality looked normal on the screen.  Women are told to visit with a surgeon to inquire about a biopsy, but my first surgeon told me that a biopsy was not needed because I did not have cancer.  After 18 months with an undiagnosed firmness, and at my spouse’s urging, I made an appointment with a new surgeon who was willing to perform a biopsy.  Within two days of the biopsy I had the answer of IBC. If I hadn’t been so persistent in seeking a diagnosis, where would I be now?  I was my own best advocate toward getting the help I needed."

The Importance of Exercise for the Aging Brain

Written by Brian Strauss. Posted in Family Health.

Exercise for the BrainAs people age, some regions of the brain begin to shrink. Studies show the hippocampus shrinks one to two percent annually in people without dementia — a loss that is associated with an increased risk for developing cognitive difficulties. This is drawing much interest to the importance of exercise for the aging brain, and how it can alter brain health.

Beware the Leaves of 3

Written by brian. Posted in Family Health.

remedies to relieve the Poison Ivy itchPoison Ivy can grow on the ground, it climbs and sometimes as a shrub. This is the plant that causes most of the misery since it grows on nearly every roadside, path, pond, stream, and beach But if you know what to look you might be lucky enough to avoid it.
Poison Ivy always grows left and then right

Brooklyn Bedding

Written by brian. Posted in Family Health.

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From the editors:
Once Brian and I hit fifty years old (almost simultaneously), our bodies seemed to immediately correspond with our age. Age has also become a contributing factor to the onset of what would soon become many sleepless nights, a result of multiple aches and pains that seemed to appear almost overnight.
Recently, we received a mysterious box sitting on the front stoop of our home. The box was tall but relatively narrow, stamped with the Brooklyn Bedding logo

Unlocking the Secrets of the “Frozen Shoulder

Written by Dr.Scott Rosenthal. Posted in Family Health.

unlock the secrets of the Frozen ShoulderDon’t you just love to watch a great rivalry between epic foes? The Yankees vs. the Red Sox, Superman vs. Lex Luther, Rocky vs. Apollo Creed? Many of us can relate to battling a nemesis, that one opponent who pushes us to our very limits. I must admit, in my 22 years of chiropractic practice, I’ve had a few. I would like to introduce you to a true adversary that has caused me to stretch my abilities beyond almost all others. I am referring to the villainous frozen shoulder!

Your Eyes needs SunBlock Too

Written by Brian Strauss. Posted in Family Health.

SunblockSunglasses have become a large part of our fashion culture, with an incredible variety of shapes, sizes, styles and colors to choose from the possibilities are endless. However, are those great looking shades protecting your eyes from the harmful rays of the sun?

GROW Fresh Air

Written by Peg Castorani. Posted in Family Health.

grow fresh air in your homeEven NASA agrees that the stuffy air in your home and office can be detrimental to your health. They have done the research to provide us with a list of the most air cleansing plants for you, your family and even your pets. 

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, indoor air is often more than 10 times more polluted than outdoor air. Most of us are in our offices or homes most hours of the day, hopefully with good insulation from the winter’s chill. Unfortunately, building materials, paints, finishes, furnishings and carpets release harmful chemicals into our insulated space. Other toxic chemicals are emitted from cleaning products, pesticides, and hazardous household supplies. Do you really know what the cleaning company uses?

Why Control of Your Diabetes Is Essential to the Health of Your Mouth

Written by Andrew Swiatowicz, D.D.S.. Posted in Family Health.

Diabetes and Healthy teethWhen it comes to diabetes mellitus (DM), patients have enough to worry about. Controlling this disease is essential to maintaining the health of one's blood vessels, eyes, limbs, kidneys and numerous other parts of the body. While most patients who are diagnosed with diabetes are aware of the previously mentioned potential complications, many are surprised to hear that their diabetes can impact their oral health.
Diabetic patients report a variety of oral issues, including xerostomia (dry mouth), oral candidiasis, and poor wound healing following dental surgery. However, what dentists notice the most in their patient with poorly controlled DM is a higher prevalence of periodontitis.

Secrets For Better Health At Lower Costs?

Written by Dr.Scott Rosenthal. Posted in Family Health.

Secrets For Better Health At Lower Costs?

Picture American healthcare as a tin of fish. We pay for caviar, but are we receiving canned mackerel? Statistics from 2009 show that we cast out $7,960 per person per year. We are grossly outspending the rest of the world. Sweden pays $3722 per year per person. The savings alone could buy every U.S. citizen a new Volvo every 10 years! Is greater health being gained from shelling out all those clams?
Sorry Charlie! The level of America health is on a sinking ship. Peering into the depths of the World Health Organization’s “Healthy Life Expectancy Rankings” top ten list, Japan floated to the surface as number one. Then came Australia, France… Greece… Andorra. NO America…and, where’s Andorra?

Why The Pain In Your Arms, Legs, Feet Or Hands Won’t Go Away!

Written by Dr.Scott Rosenthal. Posted in Family Health.

paininarmsdec2012 Yes, you ARE a victim of the modern age! You spend much of your day banished for hours sitting in traffic, locked and chained to a work station or your home computer, and captivated on the couch watching TV. Your body is sustained in awkward positions. Your posture is crooked, compromised and fatiguing. Your neck cocks forward, causing your muscles to grip desperately to the back of your skull. The bands of connective tissue and muscles in your pelvis shorten and tighten for hours while you sit oddly perched on a chair. When the day brings needed breaks to your sedentary punishment, you suffer the results. Standing slowly, you teeter to a balance. Your body rebels against further movement.

Neck Pain Jane

Written by Dr.Scott Rosenthal. Posted in Family Health.

Neck Pain Jane

Jane had neck PAIN. It hurt every morning when she woke up at 5:30 and crept into the shower. Over the past months, she began adding more and more time and hotter water. She thought it would make her neck feel better. The pain returned as fast as the steam and condensation on the mirror cleared. After she came home from work in the evening, Jane’s neck felt raw,

Becoming Your Child’s Bully Coach

Written by Jackie Humans, PhD. Posted in Family Health.

 Whether it is name-calling, peer pressure or physical intimidation, bullying has become a serious  epidemic in schools, neighborhoods, communities and even homes around the world. It can have a  lasting impact on people for life, in some cases resulting in serious depression and suicide.

The Wildebeests vs. The Lions of Lost Resolutions

Written by By Dr. Scott Rosenthal. Posted in Family Health.

The yearly American pilgrimage is soon to come. Like a herd of thirsty wildebeests, thousands will gather under colossal television monitors and millions of shining light bulbs, seeking to quench their thirst for resolution. Out of the grasp of hungry predators and potentially fatal stampedes, resisting crocodile-laden riverbeds (otherwise known as the streets of New York), others observe the extravaganza in the refuge of the living room. Hypnotized by the lights and sounding of the crowd, all watch. The symbolic display of time passing shoots colors through the air. A captivated crowd gasps in amazement as the large pulsating sphere drops from the sky. And so it begins. The New Year’s Ball initiates the deepest introspection that most of us partake in each year.

Sunscreen Facts You Need to Know

Written by Stephanie Tweito Jacob. Posted in Family Health.

You know sunscreen is a must whenever you’re outside, but sunburn has probably still caught you by surprise at some point. By slathering on sunscreen, you may have thought you were playing it safe, but there’s actually more to it than that.

“Sunscreen is a misconstrued skin care category,” says Ranella Hirsch, a clinical assistant professor of dermatology at Boston University School of Medicine. Not applying often enough or misunderstanding labels can add up to lousy protection and sun damage.  

Check out these commonly held sunscreen myths, then the facts that will keep your fun in the sun safe.

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