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“A Dual Citizen” When The Doctor Becomes The Patient

Written by Dr. Debra Copit. Posted in Women's Health.

Healthy living Breast Cancer

On the evening of Wednesday, March 9, 2011, I sat down with my family to watch television after a typical day at work. I’d performed ultrasounds and examined mammograms that day, as Director of Breast Imaging at Einstein Healthcare Network in Philadelphia, and reviewed some of my research into 3-D mammography.

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.

Living the UnBalanced Life

Written by Melissa Crispell. Posted in Integrative Health.

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We are taught to strive for balance. How many times have you sworn that you’ll do better, be better, and “get more balance” in your life?  Google “living a balanced life” and you’ll find over 8 million results in only .92 seconds so I’d say it’s something people are really interested in. If that weren’t true there wouldn’t be books, blogs, coaching events, and Facebook posts galore about “ how to achieve balance.” This isn’t another one of those articles.  This article isn’t a “5 steps to a completely balanced, perfect, unobtainable life.” It’s designed to ask a few questions, maybe raise a few more and spark a healthy conversation about what we are all looking for. 

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.

Making the Best of The Empty Nest

Written by Dianna Palimere, PhD, LCSW . Posted in Sexual Health and Healing.

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Parenthood…it’s one of the most difficult jobs any of us can hold. The people who choose to take on this monumental task are committing decades of their lives, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year—to being parents. Regardless of all of the other roles and responsibilities in their lives, being a parent becomes a large part of their identity. Through all of the trials and tribulations that come with raising children, their parent’s lives become less focused on their marriage and more focused on the lives of their children.

Writer's Bio: Dr. Dianna Palimere is a Psychosexual Therapist and Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She has been working in the field of mental health for the past 16 years, dedicating the past 13 years to specializing in clinical sexuality. She holds a Bachelors degree in Psychology, a Masters degree in Social Work, a Masters degree in Human Sexuality Education, and a PhD in Clinical Human Sexuality. Utilizing a holistic approach to therapy, she incorporates a variety of clinical interventions in her work with individuals, couples, and families. She is devoted to helping people achieve sexual health and healing through her work as a psychotherapist in her private practice in Pike Creek, DE; as well as in her work with local nonprofit organizations. To learn more about her or to schedule an appointment, visit her website: www.SexTherapyInDelaware.com Join her on Facebook, keywords: Sex Therapy in Delaware.

Pets and Humans: Summer Safety Tips

Written by Caroline M. Wieczorek, VMD. Posted in Pet Health.

Healthy Living,Keep you pets safe during hot weather

Summer and warm (hot) weather are upon us shortly. This means a few extra precautions for our furry friends.

SUN PROTECTION:
We protect ourselves from the harmful rays of the sun and should do the same for our pets. Animals can get sunburn, too! Apply small amount of pediatric SPF 30 to pale nose tips and bridges of noses, and ear tips. White animals, especially, are prone to melanomas on their ear (pinna tips) and eyelids when exposed to harsh summer sun for long periods of time. Animals that are coated and are shaved for the summer may need sun protection on their backs until their fur grows back, for at least a month or so.

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.

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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.

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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.”

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.

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)

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

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.

The Journey To Becoming A Survivor Instructor

Written by Melisa Wilson. Posted in Health.

Breast Cancer Survivor Melisa WilsonMy name is Melisa Wilson and I am 38 years old. I have been married to my best friend for 15 years, Joshua. Together we have a wonderful 4 year old son, who is a miracle. In late 2011, our son was born premature at 23 weeks, weighing just 1.4 lbs. and only 11 inches long. The hospital would be his home for the next four almost five months. When he finally came home, he weighed 6 lbs. 6 ounces. He continues to do remarkabley well; thanks to prayers, lots of love, outstanding medical care and extremely supportive family and friends.

Understanding a Breast Cancer Diagnosis

Written by Dr Karen Tedesco. Posted in Health.

Breast Cancer Surviving Diagnosis
Receiving a breast cancer diagnosis can be overwhelming.  In the United States up to 1 in 8 women will receive a breast cancer diagnosis in her lifetime and despite those odds, many women who do not have a family history of breast cancer, are shocked when they receive their breast cancer diagnoses.  In addition to the obvious immediate concerns about prognosis, treatment side effects, and managing other components of one’s work and personal life, there also comes a deluge of new information, new terminology, multiple doctor visits and a multitude of advice; both the solicited and unsolicited varieties.

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."

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

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.

Are Your Vitamins And Supplements Safe?

Written by Melissa Crispell. Posted in Vitamins,Supplements & Herbs.

vitamin and supplement can help you Live Well!Consumer Reports recently stated, “In 2015 Americans spent over $35 Billion on dietary supplements.” But did you know that supplement manufacturers aren’t required to prove to the Food and Drug Administration that their products are effective, or even safe, before putting them on the market? As a clinical nutritionist, it is my mission to empower people to make educated choices that will enhance, not compromise, their health. If you are using, or considering using, vitamins and supplements, it will be helpful to consider these important guidelines:

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.

How to Talk to Your Primary Physician about Alternative Care

Written by Dr Scott Rosenthal. Posted in Health.

In the U.S., drug companies spend about $3 billion each year on advertising to consumers. You can’t turn on a TV, go online or open a magazine without seeing a drug advertisement staring you in the face. Despite this massive figure, it pales in comparison to the amount of money that goes toward influencing doctors. In 2012, the pharmaceutical industry spent an estimated $24 billion directly marketing to health care professionals. The enormous advertising investment has paid big pharma huge dividends, with Americans spending $329.2 billion on prescription drugs in 2013.

Current Research in Acupuncture

Written by Dr. Kelly Brown. Posted in Health.

Acupuncture,Integrative HealthOne in four people suffer from some type of chronic pain. Medications for chronic pain, specifically opioids, have gotten a lot of attention lately with the side effects, risks, and possibility of addiction. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recently published opioid prescribing guidelines for medical professionals. The first of these guidelines states, “Nonpharmacologic therapy and nonopioid pharmacologic therapy are preferred for chronic pain,” . Suggested therapies include acupuncture, chiropractic, and massage.

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

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