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February/March 2014

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As we endure the challenges of the winter months and the recent snow that paralyzed our community, we encourage you to find some place warm and cozy and take a few minutes to peruse this current edition of the Fulton County Women’s Journal. Our contributors have delivered some wonderfully compelling content that we are confident will educate, empower and enrich you. Contained in this edition, you will find articles that will; equip you to protect your ears and conserve your hearing, help you remove the emotional obstacles that might be getting in the way of your weight-loss goals, and open your mind to the possibilities of creating a tax-exempt organization that can empower you to become a change-agent for good while you achieve financial freedom! All of our contributors love the responsibility they have in bringing you quality, educational content to make a positive impact on the lives of the women of Fulton County and their families. As always, we are honored and privileged to bring you this edition of the Fulton County Women’s Journal. We are also delighted that so many of you have taken the time to email us with your feedback and encouragement. We hear repeatedly that you want more local contributors that you can patronize. We are making increasing our local representation a priority. Feel free to let us know if there is a specific business, professional or charitable organization that is making a positive difference in our community or that delivers outstanding care or service. We want to spotlight them and bring them to you! We welcome your contributions and feedback, so please keep your emails coming! It is through your feedback that we can shape the Fulton County Women’s Journal into the publication that you want and deserve. Email us at or call us at 678-250-3319 and let us know what you think! We love to hear from you, so that we can serve you better. Please also contact the contributors with any questions that you may have. They love to hear how their articles are received by YOU! Thank you again for allowing us to serve you.

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By Dr. David Shapiro Dr. David Shapiro is a board-certified, licensed chiropractor, and the founder and clinical director of WellSource Spine & Wellness. He is a graduate of Life Chiropractic College, and serves as faculty. Dr. Shapiro is a member of the Georgia Chiropractic Association and the International Chiropractic Association. He regularly donates his time and services to community causes, such as the local food bank, Operation Homefront, Tucker High School Scholarship fund, Special Olympics, Salvation Army and more. WellSource is a designated facility to care for active duty and first year veterans at no charge, and is a training facility for new doctors of chiropractic through Life University and Palmer College of Chiropractic. Dr. Shapiro is a published author and engaging speaker on topics of natural health.

Relief For Headaches In Women


Headaches can be annoying, painful and downright debilitating. They can affect all aspects of life including work, leisure activities, and most importantly, relationships. It is important to understand that this pain is not normal. It is your body’s warning sign that something is amiss and needs to be addressed. Prestigious medical research shows that most headaches originate in the neck. Women experience headaches 50% more often, for longer periods of time and more severely than men do and are two and a half times more likely to suffer from migraines. Two common spinal conditions of the neck that contribute to headaches, regardless of whether they are tension or migraine headaches: hypolordosis, loss or even reversal of the normal neck curve in the spine; and forward head posture (FHP), when the head does not sit squarely over the shoulders, putting pressure on the muscles, ligaments, discs and the spinal cord. Natural and painless correction of these structural abnormalities is our clinical specialty and expertise at WellSource Spine & Wellness. A majority of our patients report a decrease or elimination of headaches within days or just a couple of weeks. WellSource Spine & Wellness is Atlanta’s premiere and most

technologically advanced, state of the art, Whole Body Comprehensive Spine and Wellness Center. Located in Tucker, Georgia, our mission is to be the community source for optimal health and healing in the greater Atlanta area. We have created an all-natural, comprehensive wellness facility to empower you to live a happier, healthier, longer life. To that end, headaches and other pain often get in the way of reaching your health potential. To see if your headaches might be a result of poor spinal structure that is correctable, mention this Women’s Journal article for a FREE consultation. Just call our office to schedule a potentially life-changing meeting.

scientific approach to care, which allows us to achieve consistent, predictable results over time. We can actually restore the spine to an optimal position for the vast majority of our patients by combining restorative spinal adjustment techniques with stretching and strengthening exercises specifically designed for each patient’s needs. Our advanced therapies and treatments lead to highly successful outcomes, as compared to traditional chiropractic or physical therapy regimens. We strive to take our patients from pain relief into full spinal restoration, for life long health and vitality, not just a short term fix. With our Spinal Restoration protocol, we treat the cause of health issues, not just the symptoms. This is because postural misalignment of the spine can lead to a wide variety of other problems. The spinal cord transfers energy from our brain down into every nerve, cell, tissue, muscle, organ, and system in the body. When the spine is misaligned, it decreases the flow of this energy in our spinal cord like a dam in a river. When the energy cannot flow properly through the spine, the nerves, organs, and body systems, cease to function to their potential and symptoms often arise. Misalignment can be caused by stress, overexertion, trauma, car accidents, or even normal, everyday activities. Spinal misalignments can cause pinched nerves, muscle spasms, headaches, back pain, neck pain, slipped discs, and sciatica. Application of WellSource Spinal Restorative care has helped to relieve or eliminate these symptoms, as well as a host of other conditions, such as ADHD, allergies, asthma, stomach problems, bedwetting, carpal tunnel syndrome, colic, ear infections, PMS, scoliosis, whiplash, etc. As the spine returns to proper positioning, the stress on the nervous system is reduced and the body begins

Our Well-Coaches create a healing, enthusiastic environment, focusing on positive reinforcement, encouragement, and patient education. Ultimately, we want to prevent disease and illness in order to make this world a better, healthier, more vibrant place. We encourage patients to change their language and lifestyles from a focus on pain to a focus on healing, including newborns to the elderly and everyone in between. Through the WellSource Spinal Restoration Protocol, we utilize a comprehensive, systematic,


to heal itself. As such, we can often bring our patients out of pain and back to normal function without the need for medications or surgery. WellSource offers a full menu of services, utilizing the latest in therapeutic technology: WellSource Spinal Restoration: Proper Structure = Proper Function Have you ever driven your car when it was out of alignment? The car does not perform at its best, but even more troubling is what is happening to different parts of the car. The tires are wearing on one side, the mechanical system is wearing down, and extra stress is being put on the components. Over a period of time, things start to break down. It is the same with the spine. If your spine is not in the proper positioning, your vertebrae, like your tires, will wear thin. This is called degenerative arthritis. We cannot reverse the degeneration that has already taken place, but we can work to stop its progression. Our restorative protocol is pleasant, not painful. It is permanent, not temporary. It is exciting and life changing.

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Power Plate® Advanced Vibration Technology: Vibrate Your World We are proud to be one of very few facilities in the greater Atlanta area to offer Power Plate® Acceleration TrainingTM to our patients. We craft specific exercise protocols to each patient in order to maximize the benefits of this exciting technology! Whole Body Vibration therapy has been shown in numerous studies to help build core strength, muscle tone, and bone density. It can help decrease pain and increase flexibility, endurance, circulation, range of motion, coordination, stability, and balance. Regular use of the Power Plate® can reduce cellulite and increase metabolism, promoting weight loss and proper body fat composition. K-Laser®: Drug Free, Surgery Free, Pain Free At WellSource, we promote healing at the cellular level with our pain free Class IV K-Laser® therapy. Laser therapy has been shown to reduce pain and inflammation, and to improve healing time and circulation. The laser’s infrared light interacts with the body’s tissues, bringing nutrients, hydration and oxygen to the injured areas. This therapy can help to improve pain and mobility in shoulders, elbows, wrists, knees, and ankles. Studies have shown laser therapy to be effective in the treatment of arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, ligament sprains, muscle strains, plantar fasciitis, osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, burns, scars and more. Disc Decompression: Decompress to De-stress Our Decompression Therapy can help relieve sciatic, low back, neck pain and headaches. Most importantly, it can also help avoid back surgery by allowing bulging, herniated, or degenerated discs to naturally re-seat themselves to normal

position. Decompression Therapy works by specifically targeting and stretching the problem areas of the spine, thus creating a controlled unloading of the vertebra. This targeted traction technique relieves pressure on the discs, allowing blood and nutrients to nourish the damaged discs, which encourages the discs to gradually heal from the inside out over the course of treatment.

to flex for your foot type and weight. These full arch contact orthotics work dynamically during weight-bearing activities, and work in a biomechanically correct way to correct your foot posture and position over time. With a stable foundation, posture can improve, and whole body functionality can be enhanced. Digital X-ray: Seeing is Believing and Understanding We are proud to be one of the few private practices in the area to offer digital orthopedic quality films, which is a low radiation exposure system that uploads your films directly into our computer. We then use digital software to analyze and mark the images to allow you to actually see the position of a normal healthy spine in comparison with your own image.

WellSource Weight Loss: Fat Loss Forever! We all want to be healthy and that means getting our bodies back to a healthy condition. WellSource is proud to offer the Ideal Protein® nutritional weight loss protocol. Get your body back on track by losing weight, looking great and KEEPING IT OFF FOREVER! The four phase approach is scientifically designed to target the burning of fat through ketosis, which means using fat for energy instead of storing it, all while retaining lean muscle mass. With affordable, gourmet foods that actually taste great, plus lean meats, fish and veggies, this diet is easy to stick to, and leaves you feeling full and satisfied, with cravings becoming a thing of the past. You can even stick to the protocol while eating out with friends and family!

FREE Community Workshops, Every Tuesday and Thursday Night Twice weekly, from 6:15-7 p.m. at WellSource, the doctor leads interactive, very informative and highly entertaining workshops entitled “Regain Your Youth and

The protocol is designed to detoxify and actually “reset” your body so that you can metabolize foods normally going forward after meeting your weight loss goal. Resetting your metabolism, in conjunction with fat loss, allows many dieters to positively impact a wide variety of health concerns.

Vitality” and “Fat Loss Forever!” Our motto is: “stop suffering and start enjoying life again,” because where other systems have failed, ours has been successful. The only side effects are improved health and vitality. In “Regain Your Youth and Vitality,” the doctor shares with the community how to reverse the aging process of the spine and nervous system through our highly effective and life-changing Spinal Restoration Protocol. In “Fat Loss Forever!” he shares the keys to successful, permanent fat loss, including resetting your body’s metabolism and the elimination of cravings. There is no charge to attend our community workshops, and bringing friends, loved ones and co-workers is highly encouraged. You might just change a person’s life. We ask that you RSVP as seating is limited: 770938-4606. WellSource: 2347 Brockett Road in Tucker, at the corner of LaVista Road. Come Discover Why WellSource is Your Source for Optimal Health & Healing

770 938 4606 2347 Brockett Road Tucker, GA 30084 Monday 10:00 - 1:00 & 3:30 - 6:00 Tuesday 3:30 - 6:00 Wednesday 10:00 - 1:00 & 3:30 - 6:00 Thursday 10:00 - 1:00 & 3:30 - 6:00 Friday 10:00 - 1:00

Customized Orthotics: Stabilize Your Foundation WellSource’s customized foot orthotics are more than just a shoe insert, they are custom molded to your feet in our office, and individually calibrated


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Tell me about Probiotics and GI Disorders

By Maria Georgsson, M.D.

Dr. Maria Georgsson is a gastroenterologist at Hunterdon Gastroenterology Associates in Flemington, NJ. She completed her medical school and internal medicine residencies at Columbia University College Physicians andindicates Surgeons NYC, andGG did Lactibacillus her gastroenterology at SUNY Stony uncover & Active of Cultures seal which that in rhamnosus, immune system. The information acidophilus, fellowship Brook, NY. Sheproduced has been practice 1996. She lives inand Hunterdon County with her husband when initially theyincontained at since by scientists and healthcareand providers to da Lactobacillus bulgaricus other bacterial three daughters. least 100 million cultures per gram of viable strains either alone or when used in combi- appear to support the use of probiotics fo

bacteria. In addition, not all probiotics are nation with other bacterial strains. variety of gastrointestinal disorders. Th alike and given the many thousands of bactesaid the truth remains that the long-te ria that are available it should not be surpris- Other medical studies have evaluated the role benefits of probiotics at the present time a ing that there is considerable debate and un- of probiotics in irritable bowel syndrome and unknown. It remains the consensus opini certainty about which strains of bacteria are the results suggest that patients with diar- among healthcare providers that a healt most benefi cial to patients. A useful websiteOther rhea-predominant and gas /bloat symptoms diet high in fiber and low in fat as well relatives (parents, siblings, foods casetoat aplenty gluten free bakery (above). that you may wish to visit should you want of exercise is the best medicine for t appear to benefi t the most. It is The important children) of those who have that frequently Gluten free biscotti (below). See... it’sprese more information is majority of the population. At the note that there is little consistent data on the been diagnosed.   Interestingly, contain gluten-  possible to eat yummy gluten free!probi time the longand term be benefi ts of using best dose of probiotics that should be used there also a high has incidence pastas, A roleis for probiotics long beenofrecog-marinades. and the most advantageous time to use them. ics are unknown as are the long term risk gluten intolerance degree coating mixes, nized by the alternativeinorfirst “complementary” In addition, many of the studies were only In addition the benefits of using probiot relatives patientsbutdiagnosed medicine of proponents, only recently havecommunion conducted forwakers, a short period of time and with are not long lasting and will likely disa probiotics been viewed by more members ofcroutons, with celiac disease. broth,enrollment so that definitive pear within 2 to 4 weeks after you stop usi limited patient the medical community as having beneficialbreading, basting, answers were not obtained. Further research them. It is important to remember that if y How is a gluten allergy/ properties. More specifi cally, celiac some membersimitation seafood or have any serious medical problems or lon into the use of probiotics is on-going. of the medical community now see the use of disease diagnosed? standing medical problems that you spe bacon, processed probiotics in a favorable especially its Probably the best studied diseases that have with your health care provider before taki The diagnosis is initiallylight made meats, sauces, suppression of the growth of diseasewith a blood test.  These tests produc-stuffings, shown patient benefit from the use of pro- probiotics. ing bacteria, as well its favorable biotics are the inflammatory bowel diseases have improved in as recent yearsimpactcommercial on improving the barrier function of the gut, -- ulcerative cereals colitis and Crohn’s Disease -and are now extremely good altering the immune system to reduce inflam- which can cause diarrhea, abdominal pain, at detecting celiac disease.  that are mation, and even pain perception. Foods Pagealtering 2 August/September 2013 intestinal blockage and rectal bleeding. Once a patient is found to allowed:   Dr. Maria Georgsson is a gastroenterolog There is consistent data that probiotics, in What adata exists? blood Certaintest, medical have positive an studiestapioca, quinoa, conjunction with the other medications used at Hunterdon Gastroenterology Associates have shown the potential benefi ts of for probiot-rice, endoscopy is recommended beans, treat thesemillet, diseases, have helped to reduce Flemington, NJ. She completed her medic ics in visualization a variety of intestinal disordersofsuchnuttoflours, school and internal medicine residencies direct and biopsy potato, as antibiotic-associated This is the the incidence of some of the debilitating Columbia University College of Physicia the small bowel.  Thisdiarrhea. is a simple corn, sorghum, soy, symptoms. setting where probiotics are most commonly

The Problem With Gluten

By Maria Georgsson, M.D.


This purpose of this article is to provide some answers to questions by patients about Recently, glutenraised has been much probiotics and gastrointestinal disorders. maligned as a cause of a variety Probiotics are beneficial bacteria, grown eiof therunpleasant in a laboratorygastrointestinal or in cultured milk prodsymptoms.  Gluten freeintestinal diets health ucts that have shown certain have become very popular, benefits such as reducing unpleasant symptouted improve general toms (gas,tobloating, diarrhea and abdominal cramping) as well as boostingWhat the immune health and well-being.  system. is the basis of these beliefs?  Is

a gluten free diet something In order for a patient to understand the poyou may tentialhave beneficonsidered? ts of probiotics it Ithelps to have be of help to understand some a basic understanding of the bacterial makefundamental about up of the colon. facts The colon is the last part whether a gluten diet is healthy of the intestine and infree an average individual contains notfirst billions, but rather right for you. Let’s answer trillionsbasic of bacteria. More specifically, scisome questions. 

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By Dr. Norma Rivera Mraz

Dr. Norma Rivera Mraz earned both her Bachelor of Arts (1985) and Master of Arts (1987) degrees from the University of Florida. She earned her Doctor of Audiology degree (2004) from the Arizona School of Health Sciences. After 10 years practicing audiology in Florida, she moved to Atlanta, GA in 1997, where she focused her efforts in the treatment of individuals who are afflicted with tinnitus and hyperacusis (abnormal sensitivity to sound). Dr. Rivera Mraz currently owns and operates Mraz Audiology Consulting, Inc., which specializes in hearing conservation, hearing loss, tinnitus, and hyperacusis. The patient population served is newborn to adults. Mraz Audiology Consulting, Inc. focuses on providing the highest quality of care and professionalism to address each patient’s individualized hearing healthcare needs. Dr. Rivera Mraz speaks fluent English, Spanish, and Sign Language.

Ear Protection? Really?


We’re ready to take that long-awaited, fun-in-the-sun summer beach holiday. Let’s get packing! Swimsuit – check, towel – check, flip flops – check, water – check, suntan lotion – check, check, check! Every one of these items serves a purpose: swimsuit to cover up appropriately, towel to dry off and wipe away the sticky sand, flip flops to avoid scorched feet, water to stay hydrated, and sunblock to keep that beautiful skin from burning! Why does all of this matter? Well, let’s focus specifically for a moment on the largest organ of the body – the skin – and the effects of sunburn. Direct sun exposure on unprotected skin not only turns the skin tomato red, but it also hurts at the slightest touch and can even blister (not to mention how unattractive it is to later have flaky skin fall off and peel away). The pain keeps you from wearing form-fitting clothes (or wanting to wear any at all); the water from a shower feels like pieces of broken glass raining down on your skin; quality sleep is not possible because laying down causes every part of your skin to feel like hot lava when it touches even the softest of sheets, which makes being “comfortable” a relative term. Neglecting to apply sunblock once or twice may be only temporarily problematic, but if the unprotected exposure becomes habitual, it can potentially lead to permanent or serious skin problems, from freckles to squamous cell carcinoma. So, how does sunburned skin relate to our ears? Simply put, just like our skin, our ears need proper protection. Unlike our skin, ears don’t shed and regrow. We get only one pair, and if we abuse them, they will surrender by way of hearing loss, tinnitus (ringing ears), and/ or sound sensitivity.

Holiday gift giving is behind us, but the cool toys for the kiddies are worth mentioning. Be sure to research the noise levels of the toys you are considering before wrapping any dangerous “audible” gifts. Toy manufacturers offer an assortment of toys, from frivolous to educational. Some of these toys produce sound levels that exceed safe volumes for our little tykes (e.g., the Leap Frog Chat & Count Cell Phone emits 100 decibels of sound). The child gleefully pushes the brightly colored buttons and holds the phone close to his ears, and has unknowingly begun exposing his ears to dangerous noise levels that can cause permanent ear problems. Because these conditions are invisible, they can go undetected for a period of time. Since a child may not be able to clearly verbalize the problem, he may demonstrate it with inattentiveness, mood swings, behavior problems, and comprehension difficulties.

Loud noise doesn’t bother me. Besides, I’m no sissy!

As adults, we all like to think we’re invincible, but as incidents and accidents occur in our lives, we realize that’s not the case. Using the proper ear protection germane to any loud activity in which we participate doesn’t make us weak; on the contrary, it demonstrates that we understand the importance of protecting our ears so we can maintain our quality of life.

“Isn’t it too late for me to do anything about it now that the damage is done?”

True. But it’s not just a function of what bothers you at the moment but, rather, the longterm effects. As young, healthy adults, we don’t think that excessive noise exposure (or excessive anything for that matter) is now or ever will be a problem in the future, but it will in some way or another. A person afflicted with hearing issues, whether it be hearing loss, tinnitus, or sound sensitivity, will inevitably ask one or both of these excellent questions: “Why didn’t anyone ever tell me how to properly protect my ears?” Sadly, there is no good answer to this question other than to say that it’s a shame our education and medical communities have not put forth the necessary public awareness efforts to enable people to make smart choices in conserving their hearing.

Absolutely not! Education empowers us with the knowledge to take care of ourselves and our loved ones. It also teaches us to how to preserve what we still have and be proactive in addressing the ear problem that exists. Hearing conservation products are readily available today. Call your audiologist to help you implement a hearing health care plan that addresses your particular needs.

But isn’t it true that exposing our ears to loud noise makes them stronger? FALSE! Exposure to loud noises doesn’t build calluses in our ears that make them able to withstand damage. Our ears are delicate yet dynamic instruments that can endure a lot, but only within reason. In order to maintain our ears’ optimal performance, we need only give them due attention. In return, our rewards are brilliantly experienced, from richness of sound to beauty of silence!


Peanut Allergy


Signs and symptoms There’s a difference between peanut allergy and peanut intolerance. Sometimes it can be difficult to know whether you are allergic or intolerant to peanuts. Peanut intolerance - If you have peanut intolerance, you usually can eat small amounts of peanuts with only mild symptoms, such as indigestion or heartburn, or no reaction at all. A peanut intolerance doesn’t involve your immune system. Peanut allergy - An allergy to peanuts involves an immune system response. Even a tiny amount of peanuts may trigger a serious allergic reaction. Tests can help determine whether you have true peanut allergy. Peanut allergies trigger an immune system response. Your immune system reacts to proteins found in peanuts. Exposure to peanuts or traces of peanuts may cause immediate reactions, such as itching, redness, swelling, shortness of breath, wheezing, nausea, abdominal pain, lightheadedness or loss of consciousness (anaphylaxis).The chemicals in peanuts can cause hives to develop on the areas of your skin that have come in contact with peanuts or traces of peanuts. Hives may spread to the rest of your body. Allergic reactions to peanuts usually occur within minutes after exposure, although reactions within an hour or so after ingestion are possible. Signs and symptoms can range in severity depending on which body systems are involved in a reaction and how much peanut protein you’ve been exposed to. The most serious and potentially deadly allergic reaction to peanuts is an anaphylactic response. If you are highly sensitive, an anaphylactic reaction can develop immediately after peanut exposure, causing the airways (bronchi) to constrict, making breathing difficult. Blood pressure may drop to life-threateningly low levels, making you feel dizzy or lose consciousness. Other serious signs and symptoms of an anaphylactic reaction include: • Wheezing

Arachis oil - This is another name for peanut oil. Pure peanut oil usually doesn’t trigger allergic reactions because peanut proteins are usually removed during processing. However, peanut oil can become contaminated with peanut proteins. Artificial tree nuts - Peanuts can be flavored to taste like other nuts, such as walnuts or pecans. Chocolate candies - Some chocolate candies are produced on equipment that is also used for processing peanuts or peanut-containing foods.

Histamine and other body chemicals cause a range of allergic signs and symptoms. Histamine is partly responsible for most allergic responses, including runny nose, itchy eyes, dry throat, rashes and hives, nausea, diarrhea, labored breathing and even anaphylactic shock.

Cultural foods - Some African, Chinese, Indonesian, Mexican, Thai and Vietnamese dishes often contain peanuts or are exposed to peanuts during restaurant preparation. Nut butters - Nut butters, such as cashew nut butter, are often processed by the same equipment used to make peanut butter.

Exposure to peanuts can occur in three ways: Direct contact - The most common cause of peanut allergy is direct contact with peanuts. This means exposure via all routes of contact usually through eating peanuts, but including kissing or touching someone who’s been in direct contact with peanuts.

Specialty items - Foods sold in bakeries and ice cream shops may come in contact with peanuts.

Cross contact - This is the unintended introduction of peanuts into a product. It’s generally the result of exposure to peanuts during processing or handling of a food product.

Risk factors It isn’t clear why some people develop allergies while others don’t. However, people with certain risk factors have a greater chance of developing peanut allergy:

Sunflower seeds - Many brands of sunflower seeds are processed on equipment also used to produce peanuts.

Inhalation - An allergic reaction may occur if you inhale dust or aerosols containing peanuts, such as that of peanut flour or peanut oil cooking spray.

Family history of allergies You’re at increased risk of peanut allergy if other allergies, especially other types of food allergies, are common in your family. A child’s first allergic reaction to peanuts usually occurs between ages 1 and 2.

Common food products that can trigger peanut allergy symptoms if they contain peanut proteins include:

Personal history of peanut allergy - About 20 percent to 25 percent of children with peanut allergy outgrow it. However, even if you seem to have outgrown peanut allergy, there is still a small risk it will recur.

• Peanut butter • Peanut flour • Ground or mixed nuts • Baked goods, such as cookies and pastries • Ice cream and frozen desserts

• Blueness of your skin, including your lips and nail beds

• Salad dressing

Altered immune system According to recent studies, the prevalence of peanut allergy has doubled in young American children in the last five years. Although reasons are unknown, some scientists believe that the destroying of many infectious diseases may have altered the immune system. Other experts suggest that improved hygiene

• Cereals and granola • Grain breads

• Dizziness

• Marzipan (a molding confection made of nuts, egg whites and sugar)

• Loss of consciousness

• Nougat

Peanuts may be present in notso-obvious foods including:

Causes Peanut allergy is caused by an immune system malfunction. Your immune system identifies peanuts as harmful triggering the production of immunoglobulin E (IgE) antibodies to neutralize the peanut protein (allergen). The next time you come in contact with peanuts, these IgE antibodies recognize it and signal your immune system to release histamine and other chemicals into your bloodstream.

• Energy bars

• Nausea and vomiting


Seek emergency medical care if you or someone else develops an anaphylactic reaction.

• Rapid or weak pulse

• Diarrhea

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is involved, proposing that higher standards of cleanliness in Western countries may have confused our immune systems, increasing the chances of developing allergies later in life, when the immune system is usually more prepared to prevent allergies from occurring. When to seek medical advice Talk to your doctor if you think you’re allergic to peanuts or if you have peanut allergy symptoms. If possible, see your doctor while you have symptoms. Seek emergency medical treatment if you develop any signs or symptoms of anaphylaxis. Screening and diagnosis Your doctor will want to know your signs and symptoms and may want to conduct a physical examination to identify or exclude other medical problems. He or she may also recommend one or both of the following tests: Skin test - In this test, your skin is pricked and exposed to small amounts of the proteins found in peanuts to see if you have a skin test response. If you’re allergic, you develop a raised bump (hive) at the test location on your skin. Allergy specialists usually are best equipped to perform allergy skin tests. Blood test - A blood test can measure your immune system’s response to peanuts by measuring the amount of certain antibodies in your bloodstream, known as immunoglobulin E (IgE) antibodies. A blood sample is sent to a medical laboratory, where it can be tested for evidence of sensitivity to peanuts. Treatment Medications, such as antihistamines, may reduce symptoms of peanut allergies. These drugs can be taken after exposure to peanuts to control your reaction and help relieve discomfort. However, the only way to prevent an allergic reaction is to avoid peanuts and peanut proteins altogether. Despite your best efforts, you may still come into contact with peanuts and have a severe reaction. In this case, you may need an emergency injection of adrenaline (epinephrine) and a trip to the emergency room. If you’re at risk of having a severe reaction, you may need to carry injectable epinephrine with you at all times. For more information call your pediatrician.

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Caregiver Burnout


Being able to cope with the strains and stresses of being a Caregiver is part of the art of Caregiving. In order to remain healthy so that we can continue to be Caregivers, we must be able to see our own limitations and learn to care for ourselves as well as others. It is important for all of us to make the effort to recognize the signs of burnout, In order to do this we must be honest and willing to hear feedback from those around us. This is especially important for those caring for family or friends. Too often Caregivers who are not closely associated with the healthcare profession get overlooked and lost in the commotion of medical emergencies and procedures. Otherwise close friends begin to grow distant, and eventually the Caregiver is alone without a support structure. We must allow those who do care for us, who are interested enough to say something, to tell us about our behavior, a noticed decrease in energy or mood changes. Burnout isn’t like a cold. You don’t always notice it when you are in its clutches. Very much like Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome, the symptoms of burnout can begin surfacing months after a traumatic episode. The following are symptoms we might notice

in ourselves, or others might say they see in us. Think about what is being said, and consider the possibility of burnout. • Feelings of depression. • A sense of ongoing and constant fatigue. • Decreasing interest in work. • Decrease in work production. • Withdrawal from social contacts. • Increase in use of stimulants and alcohol. • Increasing fear of death. • Change in eating patterns. • Feelings of helplessness Strategies to ward off or cope with burnout are important. To counteract burnout, the following specific strategies are recommended • Participate in a support network. • Consult with professionals to explore burnout issues. • Attend a support group to receive feedback and coping strategies. • Vary the focus of caregiving responsibilities if possible (rotate responsibilities with family members). • Exercise daily and maintain a healthy diet. • Establish “quiet time” for meditation.

• Get a weekly massage

their caregiving journey.

• Stay involved in hobbies.

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By acknowledging the reality that being a Caregiver is filled with stress and anxiety, and understanding the potential for burnout, Caregivers can be forewarned and guard against this debilitating condition. As much as it is said, it can still not be said too often, the best way to be an effective Caregiver is to take care of yourself. Article by Dr. M. Ross Seligson M. Ross Seligson, Ph.D., P.A., is a Licensed Psychologist in Ft. Lauderdale Florida. He has supported Caregivers in his community for a number of years, including participation in AIDS, Mental Health, Cancer and Educational organizations. © and Today’s Caregiver magazine, 1-800829-2734 Reprinted with Permission Testimonial As Family Caregiver Coordinator with an Area Agency on Aging, I was familiar with Gary’s work through Today’s Caregiver magazine and the book The Fearless Caregiver. Gary was a great choice as our keynote speaker. His message of how to become a fearless caregiver was truly appreciated by our audience. He gave them encouragement and hope in

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By Maurice Nahabedian, MD, FACS Professor of Plastic Surgery Georgetown University Hospital Maurice Nahabedian, MD, FACS is currently a Professor of Plastic Surgery, Vice Chairman for Clinical Affairs, and Chief of the Division of Microvascular Reconstruction in the Department of Plastic Surgery at Georgetown University Hospital. His primary clinical and research interests are focused on breast as well as abdominal wall reconstruction. He has published over 130 manuscripts, editorials, and discussions as well as 42 book chapters on a variety of topics that include breast reconstruction and

Breast Reconstruction...


Recent studies have demonstrated that only about 33% of women diagnosed with breast cancer will receive breast reconstruction following removal of all or part of the breast. This number seems alarmingly low when one considers the advancements and benefits that breast reconstruction can provide. Advancements in breast surgery have occurred based on our improved understanding tumor biology as well as our ability to reconstruct a breast with very natural shape, contour, and volume. Some of the advancements include partial mastectomy instead of total mastectomy, oncoplastic surgery, nipplesparing mastectomy, autologous reconstruction using perforator flaps, and prosthetic reconstruction with various shaped devices and biologic materials. Some of the benefits of breast reconstruction include improved body image, improved self-esteem, reassurance that a normal appearance can be achieved, and a willingness to educate and help other women who have to make many difficult decisions regarding their reconstructive options. Who are Candidates for Breast Reconstruction? All women that are diagnosed with breast cancer that will be having surgical removal or the tumor or breast (partial or total mastectomy), should be provided the opportunity to consult with a plastic surgeon. Not all women will need breast reconstruction because the majority of women with breast cancer will choose to have breast conservation in which the treatment is a lumpectomy (tumor excision with a 1-2 mm margin) and postoperative radiation therapy without the need for reconstruction. However, in women that will

need a partial mastectomy (tumor excision with 1 – 3 cm margin) or total mastectomy (complete removal of the breast tissue), most will be able to undergo either immediate reconstruction (at the same time as the partial or total mastectomy) or delayed reconstruction (following the partial or total mastectomy). The main advantage of immediate reconstruction is that a woman will go to sleep with her breast and wake up with a new breast. Candidates for immediate reconstruction typically include those with early to mid stage breast cancers that are generally healthy. Delayed reconstruction is usually considered in women that have very advanced cancers or who have significant health related conditions such as cardiac disease, refractory tobacco use, or morbid obesity. The good news is that breast reconstruction will not interfere or impede with breast cancer surveillance. The reconstructive options for immediate and delayed reconstruction are generally the same; however, in women that had had prior radiation therapy, the reconstructive options may have to be individually tailored. Partial Mastectomy and Oncoplastic Surgery Oncoplastic surgery is a relative new reconstructive option that consists of partial mastectomy and immediate or staged-immediate breast reshaping. Staged-immediate breast reshaping is considered in some women when total removal of the breast cancer is uncertain immediately following tumor removal. In these cases, once the pathology confirms complete removal, the reshaping is scheduled. The options for breast reshaping include breast reduction, mastopexy, use of implants, or


the use of flaps. Breast reduction is most often considered in women with large or ptotic breasts that would otherwise be good candidates for this operation. Even though the breast cancer may be in only one breast, the reshaping procedures are typically performed on both breasts at the same time in order to achieve balance and symmetry. A required component of oncoplastic surgery is postoperative radiation therapy. The purpose of radiation is to destroy microscopic cancer cells potentially remaining in the breast. The goal of oncoplastic surgery is to perform the breast reshaping prior to the radiation therapy. This is because revising a breast after radiation is associated with more difficulty and can sometimes result in delayed healing and suboptimal contour. The advantages of these oncoplastic procedures are that patient satisfaction is very high because a mastectomy is avoided, the nipple areolar complex is usually preserved, and surgical outcomes are usually excellent. Nipple Sparing Mastectomy In most women with breast cancer that are having a mastectomy, a skin sparing (SSM) approach is used. With this technique, the nipple and the areola are removed with a small rim of adjacent breast skin. Nipple sparing mastectomy (NSM) is relatively novel approach to improving surgical and aesthetic outcomes following total mastectomy. With this technique, the nipple and the areola are not removed. Although NSM has aesthetic advantages, it is not recommended for all women having mastectomy. This approach is frequently performed in women having prophylactic mastectomy (no breast cancer) who have mild

to moderate breast volume. Women with “D” cup or larger breasts are sometimes not candidates because of the risk of nipple death or necrosis. NSM is sometimes recommended for women with breast cancer that have certain tumor and breast characteristics. The primary tumor characteristics are that the tumor be less than 2.5 cm in diameter and that it be at least 3 cm away from the nipple-areolar complex. These distances are recommended to reduce the risk that tumor cells would be left behind following the mastectomy because many of the sites where the tumors are located are ultimately connected to the nipple via a systems of ducts. Consultation with a breast and plastic surgeon is necessary to determine candidacy for NSM. It is important to keep in mind that whether the mastectomy is nipple sparing or skin sparing, excellent aesthetic outcomes are possible. Reconstruction following NSM can be completed using either autologous tissue or prosthetic devices. Autologous Breast Reconstruction Breast reconstruction using ones own body tissues has been available since the early 1980’s. The primary donor sites at that time were the back (latissimus dorsi flap) and the abdomen (TRAM flap). Both of these options are still in use today and utilize the muscle, fat, and skin in the area. The tissues are tunneled under a skin bridge to the breast pocket and shaped into a breast. These flaps can create a nicely shaped breast but occasionally result in adverse events related to the donor sites because the muscle has been removed. Recent advancements with breast reconstruction using ones own tissues include the

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abdominal wall reconstruction. Dr. Nahabedian has been the principal editor of 3 textbooks and co-edited 2 textbooks focused on reconstructive and aesthetic breast surgery and is in the process of completing a 6th textbook on abdominal wall reconstruction. He is the Section Editor for Breast Surgery with the Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (PRS), serves on the editorial board for 3 other journals, and has reviewed manuscripts for 23 different journals. Dr. Nahabedian currently serves on the clinical symposia committee and the instructional course committee for the American Society of Plastic Surgery, is the PRS representative to the Joint Business Operations Committee, and is a frequent oral board examiner for the American Board of Plastic Surgery. In 2012, Dr Nahabedian chaired three national symposia that included the 4th Annual Abdominal Wall Reconstruction Conference, the Santa Fe Breast and Body Contouring Symposia, and the Challenging Complications in Plastic Surgery Conference. Dr. Nahabedian has also been a visiting professor 55 times over the past 8 years at various universities and hospitals around the country.

Considering Your Options and lasts forever. Women are usually able to continue with there normal activities without restriction. Women considering these options should be seen in consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon.

use of more donor sites without the need to remove any of the muscle. The reconstructions are performed using only skin and fat and are referred to as perforator flaps. It is the skin and fat that make up the important components of a reconstructed breast. The most common and popular perforator flap is the DIEP flap (deep inferior epigastric artery perforator) but other options include the SIEA (superficial inferior epigastric artery), SGAP (superior gluteal artery perforator), TAP (thoracodorsal artery perforator), IGAP (inferior gluteal artery perforator), and the PAP (profunda artery perforator). Although these perforator flaps are capable of producing excellent results, they are associated with more complexity because most require microsurgery. A small artery and vein associated with the flap has to be attached to a small artery and vein at the breast site using an operating microscope. These flaps can be performed for unilateral or bilateral breast reconstructions and typically require 4-6 hours and 6-10 hours respectively depending on the skill and experience of your plastic surgeon. The main risks associated with these flaps is that there is a 1-3% chance of failure and a 4-6% chance of a donor site abnormality such as a bulge or fluid collection. The main advantage is that the reconstructed breast is usually soft and supple, resembles the original breast,

as well as the experience of the plastic surgeon.

Prosthetic Reconstruction Breast reconstruction using prosthetic devices remains the most common method of reconstruction in the USA and is utilized in approximately 75% of women. This is because it is relatively simple, has the potential for excellent aesthetic outcomes, and allows women to resume their normal activities sooner than some of the more complex operations. Ideal candidates for prosthetic reconstruction include women that are generally healthy, have a body mass index less than 30, and have mild to moderate breast volume. These operations can be performed in 1 or 2 stages. With the 1-stage reconstruction, a permanent implant is inserted following the mastectomy. This usually requires close coordination between the breast and plastic surgeon to ensure that the mastectomy is performed accordingly. With the 2-stage reconstruction, a tissue expander is temporarily inserted to either maintain the space or to further stretch the remaining breast skin following the mastectomy. The tissue expander is partially inflated during the initial operation and further expanded in the office. Once complete, the tissue expander is removed and replaced with a permanent implant. The permanent implants come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and types. They can be round or contoured, saline or silicone gel filled, smooth or textured surface. Selection of the optimal device will depend on the woman’s body and breast characteristics


The use of acellular dermal matrices has facilitated the reconstructive process using prosthetic devices. These cadaveric skin materials have been demonstrated to possess regenerative properties and have been useful for improving surgical outcomes. A key point to remember with prosthetic devices is that they do not last forever. Most devices will last somewhere between 10 and 15 years so additional operations are typically required. The main adverse events associated with these devices include but are not limited to infection, capsular contracture, and rupture. It is also important to remember that silicone gel devices have been cleared by the FDA and deemed safe and effective for this purpose. Silicone gel implants are ideal for women that have had a mastectomy because the remain skin and fat of the breast is sparse and the silicone gel mimics the normal breast feel more closely that saline implants.

have improved, as have the results. Breast reconstruction is one of the best ways to facilitate the transition from being a breast cancer victim to a breast cancer survivor.

With these recent advancements in breast cancer awareness and reconstruction, more women are now opting for breast reconstruction following mastectomy. The techniques

Testimonial I developed an inverted nipple in 2006 but didn’t think much about it until one morning I woke up with my T-shirt dappled in blood stains in the chest area. A mammogram revealed abnormalities and was told I should see a surgeon as soon as possible. I began my search and knowing Georgetown had great reputation I called Dr. Shawna Willey office. I was in her office the next day. Six months later I developed breast cancer in the opposite beast, and after two lumpectomies Dr. Willey sent me to Dr. Nahabedian to discuss DIEP Flap surgery. At the time Dr. Nahabedian was the only surgeon in the area who had the knowledge and expertise to do DIEP Flap surgery. I underwent mastectomy by Dr.Willey and followed by immediate DIEP Flap by Dr. Nahabedian. I am forever grateful for the concern and care I received and count myself very lucky to have had Dr. Nahabedian care for me. I have total faith in both doctors, they put my mind at ease and help me recover quickly. - Erna H Pomrenke

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By Dr. Daemon Jones Dr. Dae is a licensed naturopathic physician, author and international speaker specializing in the treatment of diabetes, balancing hormones, metabolism and weight loss. Dr. Dae uses a combination of safe and effective conventional and natural therapies to help you achieve your health goals. She earned her naturopathic medical degree from the University of Bridgeport’s college of Naturopathic Medicine in 2002.  Dr. Dae conducts virtual appointments to support you in your hometown. Dr. Dae’s book Daelicious! Recipes for Vibrant Living can be purchased at or at her website, www.

Your Mindset Could Be Keeping You Fat


Have you been constantly on a diet yet you always stay around the same weight? Have you been trying to lose weight, but it keeps finding you again a couple months after you have stopped your diet? Have you tried every weight loss program in the world and have decided that none of them work? If you are reading this and nodding your head up and down or you know someone that falls into this category, then I have a new concept for you to consider. The problem with your weight loss may not be your diet program, but instead, your thoughts and feelings that are sabotaging you. Stressful situations or stressful decisions about your weight loss can derail your weight loss goals and success. In my 10 years of practice I have learned that if you don’t address the emotional side of weight loss, you will not be successful at losing weight. As humans, we are emotional beings and it doesn’t matter how much you are an expert about a particular subject, your decisions will often be affected by your emotional state of mind. So you could know every fact about healthy eating and exercise routines but the minute you get upset with a family member about something, the next thing you know you are on your second piece of chocolate cake. If you don’t recognize when your emotions are controlling your eating decisions, you will not be successful at losing weight or keeping it off. According to a survey conducted by the Consumer Reports National Research Center, over 1,300 licensed psychologists agree that any successful weight loss plan must take into consideration that “understanding and managing the behaviors and emotions

related to weight management is essential to weight loss.” So what are examples of these emotional behaviors they have identified? • Emotions about making healthy food choices • Emotions related to maintaining a regular workout • Gaining self control over behaviors related to weight loss • Feeling guilty about poor behavioral choices that cause you to fall off your diet regimen • Emotions related to other stressful situations in your life How in the world can you manage your emotional behaviors to create successful and sustainable weight loss? Simply put, you have to start with the right emotional attitude about your weight loss goals. In order to have sustainable weight loss (weight loss that you can keep off for a long period of time), you have to have realistic expectations for the amount of weight that you want to lose. Realistic expectation for weight loss is 1 – 2 pounds per week. Many of us want to lose too much weight too fast so that when we can’t lose 10 pounds in 10 days, we get emotionally frustrated and we give up.

emotional, your ability to make effective decisions regarding your weight loss program can become compromised. When you create strategies for how you will deal with common weight loss problems, before they happen, you are more likely to be successful with your weight loss goals. Having a plan allows you to execute your plan before the stressful situation arises.

• What are the best times and amounts of food to eat daily

In my practice, I have created a protocol that includes strategies focused on education about proper eating behaviors, combined with education to deal with stressful situations related to your dietary plan as well as your life.

• Motivational approaches to stay on track with goals

Here are the key components that have created success for my patients. • Goal-setting before we start the program • Record-keeping of successes and setbacks during the plan • Therapies to identify and address negative emotions that trigger unhealthy eating and avoiding those triggers • Detailed balanced whole food plan

You also need to have a weight loss plan that includes some strategies geared to managing your emotions. The list falls into three categories. The first is preparation and planning to reduce negative emotions related to following your dietary program. Second, is learning strategies to implement during stressful moments in your life that can impact your diet plan. The third, and perhaps most important, is learning to deal with stressful situations that occur in your life. Emotions are strong catalysts. When you feel stressed or


• What is a realistic exercise regiment for your lifestyle • Finding solutions to setbacks and obstacles (before they arrive) • Mindfulness training to reduce judgment and self-punishment for bad behaviors

• A supportive accountability partner to help keep focused This effective combination of dietary planning, exercise regiments and mind-body strategies will help you to easily uncover the reason your emotions are sabotaging your weight loss plan. You will see and feel how much easier it is to be successful with your weight loss efforts when you think about your emotions as part of your treatment plan. For more information on how join Dr. Dae’s successful weight loss program visit her website

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By Gretchen Makai, M.D. Gretchen Makai, M.D., is a gynecologist and Director of Minimally-Invasive Gynecologic Surgery for Christiana Care’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Makai earned her medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, where she won the Thomas F. Cook Prize for Excellence in Obstetrics and Gynecology. She completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the combined program between Brigham and Women’s and Massachusetts General Hospitals in Boston, Mass.  After residency, Dr. Makai completed a Fellowship in Gynecologic Endoscopy at Newton-Wellesley Hospital in Newton, Mass.



Fibroids are non-cancerous (benign) tumors of the uterus. While many reproductive-age women have uterine fibroids, less than half of these women are symptomatic. Still, hundreds of thousands of doctors’ visits each year are attributed to uterine fibroids and the problems they cause, and more than 600,000 hysterectomies are performed each year in the U.S. as a treatment for fibroids. Numerous studies have tried to determine who gets fibroid tumors and why. They tend to run in families, and black women are more likely to have fibroids than white women. In addition, black women may develop symptoms earlier than others, and grow more and larger fibroids than others. While there are some associations between foods and fibroid development, these tumors are not easily preventable or avoidable with lifestyle changes alone. Fibroids develop from the muscle cells in the uterus – each tumor growing from one muscle cell which starts to grow abnormally. For this reason, these tumors usually take a while to grow to a large size. They are hormonally-sensitive tumors, and may continue to grow while a woman is menstruating, They tend to shrink at the time of menopause. Fibroids are not cancerous, and they are highly unlikely to turn into cancer. The size, number and location of uterine fibroids affect the symptoms women have as well as their treatment options. Common symptoms caused by fibroids include abnormal uterine bleeding, pain and pelvic pressure, bladder and bowel problems (if large enough), and fertility-associated

problems. Along with a pelvic exam, pelvic ultrasound, MRI and office hysteroscopy are common ways for doctors to exam fibroids. While many fibroids may never be noticed by a woman and warrant no treatment, there are many medical and surgical treatment options for women who do have symptoms. Those options range from hormonal treatments, to anti-bleeding medications, to pain control options . Many minimallyinvasive surgical treatments are available to women as well, and special consideration is given to women wishing to have children after fibroid treatment. No medical regimens are currently available to “cure” fibroids. Hysteroscopy, or looking in the uterus with a camera, is often important for diagnosis and treatment of submucosal fibroids (those in the lining of the uterus). Hysteroscopy can be performed in the doctor’s office, where women can find out immediately if they have fibroids in the lining of

the uterus. This information is helpful for determining whether hysteroscopic myomectomy (removing fibroids through the cervix, without any “incisions” in the vagina or the uterus or skin), is a treatment option Laparoscopic myomectomy and robotically-assisted laparoscopic myomectomy are procedures whereby uterine fibroids can be removed through small incisions in the abdomen. Women who are candidates for these procedures may desire to preserve fertility, preserve the uterus, and these who have relatively few fibroids. Large fibroids can often be removed this way as well. Using these small incisions, women have less pain, and are more likely to return to normal activities sooner. Other surgical procedures targeting symptoms of fibroids include endometrial ablation (burning the lining of the uterus to reduce bleeding), uterine artery or fibroid embolization (to decrease bleeding and fibroid size), abdominal myomectomy (to preserve the uterus when

there are many fibroids), and hysterectomy (removing the muscle of the uterus and the fibroids, to both treat symptoms and prevent new fibroid growth). All of these procedures are common and successfully treat fibroids. Women with fibroids can become more informed by searching for fibroid at http:// healthencyclopedia or looking through patient information, and as always, by visiting with a skilled clinician. The Christiana Care Center for Women’s Health provides a select group of women’s health specialist focused on gynecologic issues that may become more complex for women beyond their child bearing years – conditions that can often only be addressed by special consultation, advanced treatment or surgery. The Center for Women’s Health is located at 3706 Kennett Pike in Greenville. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 302-623-6320

That pain that just won’t go away, somewhere below your belly button? The specialists at the Christiana Care Center for Women’s Health know just how to identify – and deal with – this commonly ignored problem. We’re here to support you and your doctor with the latest diagnostic tools and treatments to minimize symptoms and correct problems. It’s just the kind of expert help you need to live pain-free.

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By Cora T. Huitt PT, DPT, BCB-PMD Cora Huitt has been practicing physical therapy for forty-one years. She has been an adjunct professor and clinical instructor at several universities. She is a certified women’s health specialist in pelvic floor dysfunction. Her clinic Women’s Health Physical Therapy is one of six credentialed by the American Physical Therapy Association in the United States and specializes in treating women and pelvic floor dysfunction. Cora is an affiliate member of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, International Continence Society, National Vulvodynia Association and International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health. She earned her Bachelors of Science at Ohio State University, Masters in College Teaching at University of North Carolina, and her Doctor or Physical Therapy at Alabama State University.

Incontinence News Release


Cora T. Huitt, P.T., D.P.T., B.C.B.P.M.D. and Women’s Health Physical Therapy are helping postpartum women find their voice after decades of silence. Urinary stress incontinence, the involuntary loss of urine after coughing, sneezing, or during exercise, affects up to 50% of postpartum women. Unfortunately, over 60% of postpartum women experiencing leaking do not seek medical help. Instead, they chose to unnecessarily suffer in silence by quietly treating the symptoms with pads and hygiene products. Yet the National Institute of Health Care Research and Policy endorses that there is at least an 85% improvement in women who treat urinary stress incontinence with a behavioral approach. This approach currently includes pelvic floor muscle strengthening, bladder retraining, and diet and liquid counseling. However, a new medical biofeedback device paired with innovative healthcare providers promise to grow both improvement rates and awareness. InTone™ is the first medical device that combines muscle stimulation and patientdirected exercises with visual biofeedback into a single device. Cora T. Huitt, P.T., D.P.T., B.C.B.-P.M.D. of Women’s Health Physical Therapy is currently the only registered physical therapist in Virginia specially trained to provide patients with InTone treatments. Cora Huitt is hopeful that the message will spread: “InTone provides patients with a powerful treatment tool. Postpartum women are in a life stage when they need medical treatments to be quick, simple, effective, and able to be done in the privacy of their home. InTone meet these criteria. My hope is that as more women

find that they do not have to live with incontinence they will share this knowledge and empower other women. For far too long women have found leakage acceptable.” After prescribing InTone, Cora Huitt of Women’s Health Physical Therapy customizes the settings and teaches the woman how to use the device at home. A pressure squeeze sensor in the unit measures the patient’s performance. The hand-held control unit uses voice-guided instruction to assist the patient through her exercise routine while reminding her to maintain relaxation of her abdomen, buttocks, and leg muscles. Each daily session lasts about 10 minutes and data from each session is automatically recorded.

physical therapy. As a result, I have been under the care of an excellent women’s health physical therapist who suggested electrical stimulation as part of comprehensive pelvic health therapy. I like working with the InTone device because of the audio supervision. To my delight I have noticed good results. After twelve treatments I have

tripled my initial pelvic floor muscle squeeze pressure. I was able to go to a local chocolate festival and enjoy myself with my husband and make it to the bathroom without leaking. Thank you for the high level of medical care to reduce my leaking by isolating pelvic muscle strength and endurance.” - Patient of Dr. Huitt’s

In two weeks the patient has a follow-up appointment with Cora Huitt who analyzes the recorded data, modifies the InTone settings appropriately, and teaches how to incorporate pelvic floor muscle function with other trunk muscles and proper breathing techniques with daily tasks. The patient continues to follow-up for 14-26 weeks based on her individual diagnosis. InTone is the only device on the market that provides the patient with a full money-back guarantee on the cost of the device if she does not experience improvement after following the recommended protocol. Testimonial “My use of the Intone Device has been to reduce incontinence. As a 55 year old, I did not want to stop my social activities like going to craft classes due to leakage of urine. Whenever I sneezed, coughed, or laughed I had a problem. My gynecologist recommended pelvic floor


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By Louise Thayer-Lee, CMT., PhD. As the sole owner of Alternative Health & Healing for 18 years, Dr. Louise has over 12 years of professional hypnosis experience. Her goal is to guide people to become the best version of themselves. She began her career as a dental hygienist in 1985, practicing in all areas of dentistry for sixteen years. In 1995, she trained and became licensed with the Board of Nursing to start a second career as a massage therapist, and this was the birth of Alternative Health & Healing. However, she wanted to work with the whole person, mind, body and spirit, so in 2002, she trained and became certified through the National Guild of Hypnotists in her third career as a Hypnotherapist. Louise continued her education in hypnosis and in 2013 earned her Doctorate in Clinical Hypnotherapy.

Understanding Hypnosis


What is Hypnosis? Before considering what hypnosis is, perhaps it would be appropriate to establish what it is not.

hypnotherapist will discuss with you how hypnosis will help you accomplish what you want to achieve.

It is not sleep, nor surrender of control of the mind, nor is it magic. Hypnosis cannot be sleep as the subject is fully aware of communication and is able to respond on request either verbally or by signal. A subject asked to make a specific movement will comply unless it is objectionable, in which case there will be a refusal. There is no surrender of mind or control. A person who does not want to be hypnotized cannot be hypnotized nor be induced to do or say anything which violates personal standards of behavior or integrity. Hypnosis is better described than defined. It is often described as a state of extreme focus of the mind. Where the subject chooses to see only what is relevant, blocking out everything else. Hypnosis involves guided concentration, which can be provided by a qualified practitioner or, in the case of self-hypnosis, by the individual. Hypnosis is a very natural state that everyone has been in almost every day. For instance, when watching a movie that is scary, sad or funny and you feel those emotions, you are in hypnosis. When reading a book or engrossed in a hobby, you are in hypnosis. If you have ever driven to a regular location and realized you did not pay attention to how you got there, that is highway hypnosis. Even staring out the window and daydreaming about something is hypnosis. Where did Hypnosis Originate? The basics of hypnosis go back to ancient times. Prehistoric

What It Is and How It Works

clans had medicine women who performed healings, revelations and the like. Wider usage began in the 1700’s in several forms under different names. There have been periods of progress and periods of stagnation in the development of modern hypnosis Medical interest and acceptance came in 1951 with the AMA’s endorsement of Hypnosis as a therapeutic tool. Does It Work? Yes! Hypnosis works and it lasts, once the situation is resolved, it is resolved for good.

If you both feel that it will be worthwhile to proceed, your hypnotherapist may give you some small tests to determine your type of suggestibility, you ability to relax, your skills at visualization – all which are used to adapt to you as an individual. To design programming personalized for you which will be acceptable to your subconscious, retained and acted upon in a manner leading to full achievement of your goals. Testimonials “It has been amazing! I feel like I’m taking control and have

control over decisions – not just food decisions. I has also improved my relationship – I feel, more open, so we have better communication. It’s fun! I look forward to it and wish it were fore frequent! This is an incredible service to people. I’m sold on it and recommend everyone try it, it works!” - Paul “I’m pleased with hypnotherapy because it helped me in many ways. I find it relaxing, calming, and it’s helped with addictions including fast food. I’ve lost 30 pounds! I now exercise and have more energy and self-confidence which is enforced by hypnotherapy.” - Sandra

In essence, hypnosis is a means of communication between the conscious mind and the subconscious mind. Many problems, habits, stresses, attitudes or deficiencies can be traced to interpretations by the subconscious mind which, when understood by the conscious mind, can reduce or resolve specific problems. The subconscious is also the seat of all memory. Traumatic events can be buried there until the mind is able to process it safely. A major benefit of hypnotherapy is its ability to uncover and bring into the light of understanding the information or experience which may be the cause of a troublesome habit or disorder.

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By Adrien Trevisan, RD, LDN Adrien Trevisan is a registered dietician at Brandywine Hospital. Adrien, along with the nutrition services department at Brandywine offer outpatient nutrition counseling, evaluations, and follow-up sessions for a variety of nutritional concerns including diabetes, weight management, cancer, celiac disease, liver disease, and more. For additional information, feel free to call 610-383-8082. For registration and scheduling information, please call 610-383-8760.

Realistic Resolutions


Every year on January 1st, millions of Americans become overachievers by setting New Year’s resolutions which typically involve health and weight loss. The bar is set high, but often by February, those goals have been long forgotten. Is it because we’re weak? Lazy? Unmotivated? No—it’s because we are busy. How can we accommodate goals for healthier behavior into our hectic lifestyles? It’s simple: Be realistic in our intentions. Healthier eating doesn’t need to be achieved by eliminating certain foods from our diet. Take a positive approach - what could you add to your diet each day to make it more balanced? Do you eat five servings of fruits and vegetables daily? Do you eat foods containing omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon and walnuts, regularly? Do you consume enough calcium? Are you regularly eating 25 grams or more of fiber each day? By analyzing what we could be eating for optimal health and adding the necessities, junk foods can be eliminated without intentionally removing them from the diet—there simply won’t be enough room for junk once you’re meeting your nutritional needs. Have you made a deal with yourself to join a gym and spend one hour there every day? It may seem like a big commitment - because it is. Take the pressure out of the physical activity by making a resolution to try many various types of exercise until you find several that you like. Working out in a gym setting isn’t for everyone. Exercise can be incorporated into the lifestyle easily if it is enjoyable. For example, instead of meeting a friend for breakfast on the weekend, meet at a park and walk instead. Consider trying a yoga class. Browse workout routines on-demand. Don’t find yourself in a gym rut which you

may cause you to abandon your fitness goals. Keep exercise fresh by incorporating variety. Being flexible in our expectations can allow us to be creative and enjoy working towards our goals. This year, set realistic resolutions and be prepared to have fun along the way. Healthy Eating Tips Here are some simple strategies to avoid overeating and packing on the pounds. By planning ahead and sticking to your resolve, you can follow a healthy diet all year long.

Remain active Physical activity reduces stress and gives us more energy. If you know you will indulge a bit, increase your exercise time a bit every day. Remember, if you increase your exercise, that splurge won’t ruin you. Drink lots of water Adequate water intake keeps your metabolism humming along at a maximum rate and

Eat regularly Grabbing meals on the run while shopping or grazing the buffet at social events only encourages you to eat unhealthy or more than usual. If you must skip a meal or eat at an abnormal time, keep healthy snacks nearby, such as oatmeal, almonds, cereal, fruit or string cheese.

staves off hunger cravings as well. Mild dehydration can mimic hunger. The best way to avoid becoming dehydrated – and that hungry sensation and excess pounds – is to drink plenty of water.


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Sneaky beverages Avoid beverages high in sugar and calories, or at least limit your intake to a single drink. Also, alcohol adds extra unwanted calories and, if too much is consumed it lowers inhibitions and can lead to overeating. Have a glass or two of water before you start drinking alcoholic beverages, and have one in between drinks, to slow your alcohol consumption.


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What You

Should Know

About Mammograms

information provided by Care First –Blue Cross BlueShield

Many women are afraid of mammograms but having one is definitely worthwhile. In fact, it can even save a woman’s life. If the test is normal, you will feel better knowing that you are OK. If however; there is a problem, it is better to know early. Regular mammograms can detect breast cancer BEFORE it spreads. Treatment works best when the cancer is found early. Make an appointment to see your Doctor for a mammogram if you fall under any of these categories that pose a higher risk: •

Your Mother OR sister has/had breast cancer

You have Jewish ancestors from Eastern Europe (A certain gene is carried among this group)

You had your first menstrual period before age 12

You NEVER had children OR you had your first child after age 30

You had radiation treatments to your chest area

You have a lump, nipple, discharge, breast pain or dimpling of skin on the breast

Breast cancer is NOT a death sentence when detected early. Detection at later stages may be managed with all the new technologies and treatment available. It is never too late to be evaluated and undergo treatment. There is life after the diagnosis. FACE YOUR FEAR and TAKE CHARGE!!

Starting at age 40 women should have a mammogram every 1 – 2 years. If you feel a lump, see or have questions about anything unusual in your breast contact your health care provider.

When should I have a mammogram?

How do I get ready for my mammogram? • Make the appointment for 1 week after your period, when the breasts are less sensitive. • Wear a shirt with shorts, pants or skirt. This makes easier to undress from the waist up. • Do not wear deodorant, perfume, lotion or powder under arms or on your breasts on the day of your appointment. These products make shadows on the mammogram.


For resources and additional information: Contact your Doctor American Cancer Society 1-800-ACS-2345 The National Cancer Institute


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By Deborah Lanham As Director of Member Services, Deborah Lanham leads and directs all sales and business development, membership services and member retention efforts for the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce including managing a sales team of six. She is responsible for the planning and execution of several chamber events such as Lunch Connection, Chamber101, Young Business Professionals and the Women in Business Annual Luncheon. Deborah also serves as the point person for the chamber’s Inclusion Committee which encourages dialogue, education and special events for Women In Business, International Business and Diversity. In the past year alone, the GNFCC experienced a 20% increase in new member revenue growth under Deborah’s leadership demonstrating the continued desire businesses have to be successful in North Fulton.

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The history of the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce is quite remarkable when you consider the sheer tenacity, perseverance and forward thinking it required to lay a solid foundation of service to the business community. Officially chartered in 1972 with two new members the chamber humbly launched its mission-to be the catalyst for economic development, business growth, and improving quality of life. The northern tier of Fulton County was full of promise and at the cusp of transformation. Business and Community leaders were invited to meet together to share their dreams for the future, invest time in the work and prepare a strategy to give business a voice. Today North Fulton is home to six cities; Alpharetta, Johns Creek, Milton, Mountain Park, Roswell and Sandy Springs, three Fortune 500 companies, two Fortune 1000 companies, five world class hospitals, fifteen International Consulates, and over three million square feet of financial services, insurance and telecommunications office space. Flavorful descriptions like the “Crown Jewel of Metro Atlanta” “Atlanta’s Golden Corridor” and the “IT Hub of the Southeast” are now used to help brand and add value to one of the greatest places on earth to do business. Yet at the core of our region’s success is the unyielding entrepreneurial spirit of the small business owner. Over 50% of the GNFCC’s member blend is small businesses with twenty employees or less. Finding the right tools and resources can often be the biggest challenge for owners and the Chamber takes the guess work out by providing a variety of programs designed to educate, equip and encourage the

business community. Through partnerships with organizations like SCORE, SBDC and the SBA, businesses receive outstanding assistance and training from counselors that collectively have many years of experience as owners, senior level executives and managers. Free or low cost workshops and webinars are offered covering a wide range of business topics relating to finance, creating a business plan, marketing, human resources and legal issues. In addition, the GNFCC has partnered with the Georgia Chamber strengthening advocacy for our members through the Small Business Alliance program. We have also enjoyed a partnership with the Technology Association of Georgia offering our members access to monthly meetings within our footprint.

A Rich History Paves The Way For A World-Class Market The communities in the area at this time included Alpharetta, Crabapple, Fields’ Cross Roads, Midway, Ocee, Shakerag, Warsaw, Newtown, Birmingham, Hopewell, and Webb. In those days, Roswell was part of neighboring Cobb County. Cotton was the primary cash crop, and Alpharetta’s and Crabapple’s cotton gins and mills were bustling with business. After the Civil War, cotton production and milling again became Milton County’s major industry, as well as that of the surrounding counties when Roswell Mill was rebuilt. The economic and employment

strength of cotton and textiles continued well into the 20th century. Due to the calamitous economic downturn of the Great Depression, the counties of Milton and Campbell sought to reduce the expenses of administering a county government by merging with neighboring Fulton County in 1932. Roswell was ceded by Cobb County to provide a land connection between Fulton and Milton Counties. Milton County became a footnote in history and the stage was set for the economic machine of Atlanta to extend northward.

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Most of Greater North Fulton County was once Milton County, created in 1857 from parts of Cherokee, Forsyth, and Cobb counties and christened in honor of John Milton, Georgia’s first secretary of state. The town of Alpharetta was chosen as the Milton County seat. The Milton County lifestyle was vastly different from the bustling atmosphere of urban Atlanta. Milton County was a quiet rural area where the gristmill served as the local “meeting place” and neighbors were seldom encountered except during trips to “town” and at church on Sunday.


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It’s important to reflect a positive attitude at work. Your actions can express how well people respond to you, and your words can leave a lasting impression. Anything you put in writing that is transmitted into the public eye may be viewed by discerning eyes. A poor mistake will not go unnoticed and could cause embarrassment. In today’s challenging job market, why risk being noticed for the unacceptable errors? Most job advertisements require that a prospective hire know how to communicate well, but not everyone can pull off an excellent letter or proposal. An editor can polish up the rough spots to help reflect your ideas. The many different messages in a document should come across clearly. For example, have you ever written a runon sentence that seems like it could go on forever? Simply inserting a period somewhere in the middle of an unnecessarily long sentence may make all the difference in the world when it comes to clarity. Job application cover letters and resumes are also in great demand, with competition for jobs being so high. Human Resource officers are coming across a slew of emails, letters and the like. Reviewers of such materials often skim them. Believe it or not, the eyes of an employer move fast over your credentials on paper.

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By Tanya Madison Morrison, Esquire Tanya is an attorney specializing in business development and charitable organizations. She co-authored COMMUNITY INVESTORS: Making Money While Making Social Change, an inspirational business book that provides strategies for tax-exempt organizations to access alternative sources of money and wealth. She has served as Adjunct Professor at American University in Washington, D.C., and currently travels nationally and internationally, speaking at conferences and seminars on the subjects of leadership, education and college access, professional development, social change and women’s empowerment. Recognized by the United States Small Business Administration as a business leader, Tanya has helped thousands of women pursue their entrepreneurial endeavors.

CAN Kill The Myths About Nonprofits: You Make a Profit!


Do you have a burning desire to start a business? Do you have an idea that you know will serve others in a great way? Are you ready to turn your passion into profits? There is no better time than now! Despite the U.S. recession over the past six years, the number and economic contributions of woman-owned businesses continue to grow. And Georgia leads the nation with the fastest such growth over the past 16 years.* Why is it that we lead the pack in business, but suffer in other areas? If we consider the great strides women have made in business, one might ask why so many social issues still exist. Certainly, women possess the power and wherewithal to make an impact in our communities. Perhaps many have not yet figured out how to merge their desire to “do good” with their need to make a good living. If making a profit while combating social woes resonates with you, you are a Community Investor!

that money and mission are mutually exclusive. As a result, businesswomen, emerging leaders, college students and others with a heart and vision to serve are challenged when making a career or business decision. Well, let’s KILL THE MYTHS about nonprofits! The first myth driving people away from establishing a “nonprofit” corporation is: “Nonprofits cannot make a profit.” To kill this myth, let’s first clarify terminology. Nonprofits are businesses, and the goal of any business, regardless of structure, is to make money. “Profit” is simply the money left over after operating expenses are paid. The word “nonprofit” is a misnomer that should be eradicated from social sector business. A more accurate term is “tax-exempt organizations” (TEOs). Making a profit increases

a TEO’s likelihood of effectively serving the charitable purpose for which it was created. Primary differences between a TEO and a “for-profit” include the following: • a TEO does not have owners but is controlled by a board; • a TEO is created for public benefit whereas a for-profit entity is created for private gain; • a TEO is focused on public impact whereas a for-profit is product/service-focused. In sum, the difference is not whether you can make a profit, but how you use the profits. A TEO is required by law to reinvest its profits into serving its mission, enhancing programs and services. The legal requirements for operating a tax-exempt organization are sensible for any business. For-profit businesses fail for three main reasons: 1) the

owners do not reinvest in the business, 2) there are no cash reserves and 3) owners overpay themselves. Everything a TEO must do is actually just good business sense. To start a business and not strive to earn a profit makes no sense (not to mention cents!). So, a businesswoman who wants to provide a product or service to benefit the public and create social change should not steer away from starting a TEO because she thinks she cannot earn a profit. Not only can she earn a profit; she can also earn a good living running that business that creates social change. Which brings us to Myth #2: “I can’t get paid for running a nonprofit.” We look forward to killing that myth in the next issue of The Fulton County Women’s Journal. * The 2013 State of Women-Owned Businesses Report commissioned by American Express OPEN

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By Ed Hecht, Esq. Ed Hecht is a family law attorney and a single father to two young children. He’s been through his own divorce and he will help you get through yours, as well as handle all post-divorce issues including modifications and contempt proceedings. Ed came to the legal field after a career in other areas, and he understands life as a non-lawyer, including the challenges and frustrations faced by those unfamiliar with the legal system. Ed is available to his clients at all hours via his personal cell phone number, so that they may call or text him whenever he is needed. He is passionate in his commitment to his clients, and patient in helping them understand the big picture as well as the intricacies.You’re just one phone call away from a solution.

Protecting Your Rights And Your Children, When Facing Divorce


They say experience is the best teacher. I have been through a divorce, and now I am an attorney helping couples who are going through a divorce. So I understand both the emotional and the legal aspects of the painful process of divorce. While hardly an exhaustive catalogue of divorce do’s and don’ts, this list presents 7 key steps you must take when going through a divorce. If you follow these rules, the entire process will be easier. After writing this list, an eighth point occurred to me that is actually the most important consideration of all. I certainly found this insight truthful when going through my own divorce. Here it is, in short:

Be Kind and Be Civil Divorce is a raw and painful process, and there is a tendency to grow angry, bitter, and vindictive. Avoid those toxic traps wherever possible. Do not inflict needless emotional pain on your spouse. Don’t become greedy and try to get more than what you’d award yourself as an impartial judge—since you may very well end up in front of one. If you have children, you and your spouse will continue to be partners in the most important project of all: raising wonderful kids that you hope will become productive, contributing, emotionally healthy members of society. Don’t mess up their future with the emotions of your present. The painful emotions associated with your divorce will eventually pass. You do not want these transient problems to wreak permanent damage on your precious children, or your relationship with them, do you? Of course not! With this consideration in mind, here are 7 Key Steps You Must Take to Protect Your Rights and Children:

1. Know the law and your rights as a divorcing spouse While you should not be greedy, there is no reason to give in to your spouse’s demands without knowing your rights. For example, do not move out of your house simply because your spouse demands it, or agree to a seemingly unfair settlement proposal without knowing if you have better options. Obtaining wise legal counsel to guide you through the divorce minefield is absolutely necessary to ensure that all of your rights are preserved.

5. Change your will If your spouse is a beneficiary in your will, this status will not necessarily change when you divorce. Consult a competent wills, trusts, and estates attorney to ensure that your will is revised to reflect your post-divorce wishes. You will also want to ensure that other important documents, such as life insurance policies, are appropriately amended.

2. Know your rights as a parent As a parent, you have rights with respect to custody, visitation, and child support. Your relationship with your children and the material well-being of your children should not suffer because you failed to exercise your rights, and theirs. Obtaining competent legal counsel is essential to ensure that your relationship with your children is fully protected. 3. Know your assets and your spouse’s assets In particular, keep a very careful budget. Divorce can be costly and complicated, and you want to ensure that when everything is over, you will be financially stable. Also, you and your spouse’s available assets will be key to determining child support and alimony. A clear and wellmaintained picture of both parties’ finances will make this process easier and more fair.

6. Do not date until the divorce is finalized Dating during the divorce process can raise suspicions of adulterous behavior and create unnecessary prejudice in the eyes of the judge. This is particularly true if you are cohabitating with someone other than your spouse. Even worse, it can make an already emotionally complicated situation even more difficult and confusing, particularly for children. 7. Decide what you want in an attorney Do you want someone who

4. Know your debt and your spouse’s debt Cancel all joint credit card accounts or lines of credit. You will probably be jointly and severally liable for any charges made on these accounts. You do not want to be on the hook any debts racked up by your spouse. For similar reasons, you should also cancel all joint checking accounts.

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takes an impersonal, hands-off approach, or someone who is available for texts and calls at all hours of the day? Do you want a technocratic practitioner who has no direct experience with divorce, or someone who has been through the process, understands your heartache, and can represent a source of emotional support as well as legal counsel? For many people, having an attorney who understands the heartache, stress, and frustration of divorce is an invaluable asset when going through the process. Disclaimer: This article and the information and “7 Key Steps” discussed are neither advice nor opinion on specific legal questions, but are furnished only as general information on areas of interest. The applicability of the legal principles discussed in this article may differ widely in specific situations. Therefore, the information contained in this article cannot be construed as individual legal advice and no attorney-client relationship shall be construed or created by this article.

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By Samantha Slabaugh Thesaurus addict, twenty-something, and natural born leader with a crush on good vocabulary, copywriting, business development, and strategy, Samantha is the Marketing & PR Manager for Payscape Advisors, an Atlanta-based financial technology company with a passion for delivering simple, cost-savings payment solutions to business owners of all shapes and sizes. A cum laude graduate from The University of Georgia’s Grady School of Journalism, Samantha holds a B.A. in Public Relations and freelances for various publications in her free time. When not helping drive brand awareness to Payscape Advisors’ innovative suite of payment products and services, Samantha can be found soaking up Atlanta’s art and music scenes in an effort to keep the creative juices flowing.

Small Business Owners: Five Tips For Maintaining Cash Flow


As a business owner, you certainly recognize the importance of managing cash flow for business expenses, growth, payroll, and emergencies. Without a healthy level of reserved cash, your days will no doubt provoke sleepless nights.

An exercise that every business owner should perform is a review of monthly expenses with a finetoothed comb. Large expenses will definitely impact cash flow, but the smaller, indiscriminate expenses are the ones that will affect your budget the most. Once you identify and remove or replace exorbitant fixed and variable expenses (keeping in mind that your time is also an expense to the business), you’re ready to begin increasing cash flow. Here are five basic tips for maintaining cash flow: 1. Make it easy for your customers to pay you. Allow customers to pay with a credit card. When you open a merchant account and allow credit cards as a form of payment, the funds flow directly into your business bank account within 48 hours. Compared to a months-long process of billing a customer and waiting for check payment, the cash flow benefits of accepting multiple forms of payment outweigh small credit card processing fees, and your customers will appreciate the convenience, 2. Automate payments. Regardless if your business bills customers on a recurring schedule, investing in billing software saves you time and gets you paid quicker. Eliminate the need for customers to send a check for payment. Instead, provide a detailed electronic invoice that allows for instant online payment. For businesses that consistently charge customers for a product or service, use an automated billing tool to schedule and process recurring payments via

credit card. BillingOrchard is one example of an online billing solution that automates invoices and increases cash flow for small business owners. 3. Negotiate payment terms with vendors. Payment terms with all of your vendors should mirror your customers’ payment terms. Oftentimes, business owners pay receivables on time and without question, yet collect on outstanding customer invoices months later. This discrepancy between outbound and inbound payments significantly reduces cash for many business owners. Ask your vendors to stretch their payment terms to 60 or 90 days so you can deposit collections before paying expenses. 4. Offer incentives for quick and easy payment. Reward your customers for paying with a credit card or e-check. The discount offered will be less than the administrative cost of printing, mailing, and managing the collections process and will increase customer retention. 5. Consider a small business loan. If you’re interested in a small business loan to expand, remodel, or open a new location, invest in a working capital solution that provides funds based on total revenue. Traditional merchant cash advances are contingent on a business’s credit card processing history. A product such as The Loan Express provides capital based on all revenue, meaning you’re qualified for more cash to grow your business.

There are countless resources offering advice and solutions for increasing cash flow, and this article only scratches the surface. Growing your business involves consistently seeking realistic and worthwhile cash flow solutions, including exploring ways to make it easier for your customers to pay you on time. Payscape Advisors (www. is an Atlantabased payment technology company specializing in helping small business owners get paid quicker and easier. We offer a range of merchant processing


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FAQ’s – Healthcare Exchanges


How does the new law affect federal workers? Members of Congress and their personal staff must use the marketplaces; the administration has said the government will continue to pay up to 75% of the premium, as it does for workers in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program. Other federal workers will stay in the FEHSP. What if I am a small business owner? For businesses with 50 or fewer employees, the federal exchange will have a Small Business Health Options Program, or SHOP exchange, that will give employees more options than they now have. What kind of plans will I be able to buy? All plans will offer “essential benefits” that include hospitalization, emergency care, maternity and pediatric care, mental-health care and prescription drug coverage. Plans must cover preventative care – including flu shots, routine vaccinations, and mammograms – at no cost. Insurers will offer four tiers of plans, based on deductibles, co-payments and other costs to consumers: bronze, silver, gold, and platinum. How will this process work? You can create an online account at healthcare. gov or with your state-run exchange. (For Delaware, that’s These sites will require you to provide information such as income and citizenship status. The exchange will determine if you are eligible for Medicaid, but the system won’t be able to transfer your application to the proper state agency for processing until November 1st. (However, your Medicaid coverage will start Jan.1st) If you are not eligible for Medicaid, the exchange will tell you how much of a subsidy you can receive for a private

health plan. In most cases, the government will send subsidies directly to the insurers to pay part of the premium. The exchange will display a list of health plans, their premiums and out-of-pocket costs, including deductibles and copayments. If you decide to buy one of those plans, in most cases, you will be directed to the insurer’s website to make the payment. You can also use the more traditional methods of filling out the paper applications and applying over the phone. What if I can’t afford the premiums? The law provides sliding scale subsidies to help people with incomes up to four times the minimum federal poverty level of $11,490-(about $46,000 for an individual, $62,040 for a couple and $94,200 for a family of four) to pay premiums. There’s additional help with copayments and deductibles for people with incomes up to 250% of the poverty level ($28,725 for an individual or $58,875 for a family of four). People who receive subsidies will be required to pay 2% to 9.5% of their incomes toward premiums, depending on how much money they make.

meaning you can enroll outside the open enrollment season. Because you are under 30, you may qualify to buy a “catastrophic” plan that may include a lower premium but a very high deductible. If you do not get insurance in 2014, you may have to pay a fee. If you enroll between the first and the 15th of any month, coverage will become effective the first day of the following month. If you enroll after the 15th of the month, coverage will be come effective the first day of the

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The Fulton County Women’s Journal

This is what our advertisers say about the Women’s Journals: “This will be our second edition with the Journal. Although, we have not had any direct leads as of yet many of our current and past clients have contacted us to let us know how great it is that we have an article in the Journal. I do believe we will see some leads after we have been in the Journal for a few editions and have a following. Every person we have dealt with on the WJ team has been great. Each person has been quick to respond to any questions or concerns we have had. I just had my first photo shoot a couple weeks ago. The edition has not come out yet so I haven’t seen the pictures but the experience itself was a lot of fun. It was great to have the experience of being in a professional photo shoot. Thanks!” - Christina Lessard, Lessard Builders, Controller “I have worked with the Women’s Journal in two separate areas of my career. Each time, I continue to be impressed by the professionalism and compassion of the staff. The articles and advertisements are always perfect. If I have a problem, Pam is always there to help. What more could a Marketing Director ask for. Thank you!” - Kristy Handley, Marketing Director, State Street Assisted Living “Without question, an outstanding way to educate patients.”

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By Christie Cook Christie Cook is the Publisher of the Chesterfield Women’s Journal in Virginia. A native of New York, Christie makes her home in the Metropolitan area with her husband and daughter . As a breast cancer survivor, Christie works with other newly diagnosed women to help and support them as they meet and conquer the challenge of cancer.

It’s Time


Not understanding the “Why’s” isn’t always easy. At times, trying to figure out why things happen may be what is hindering us and holding us back. The time spent in looking back, keeps us from moving forward. One can never move to a better place if they are staying rooted in the negative experiences of the present and the past. There may, or may not, be a logical explanation as to why someone may be experiencing the challenges that they are facing. Our challenges can, and have in many cases, taken us to a place of pain, disappointment, hurt, and not being able to fully enjoy life. Many people are now faced with becoming full-time care givers, where there is no plan in place. Many people are feeling unsatisfied in their love relationships. Many people are concerned about their economic situation and providing for their families. Cancer has become so common among us, that it clearly has no regard for age, race, or one’s economic status. The challenges out there in living day-to-day are many, and sometimes the answers appear to be few. Have you ever heard the saying, “As long as you have a breath of air, you have hope”? It’s true, but you have to want to live in the now. Making the best of each moment regardless of how hard it may appear, pressing forward with an expectation that your situation will get better. Everything is not lost, it is not all hopeless. But in order to move to a place of having hope, from being in the place of being hopeless, you have to believe that your situation CAN change. That first step of belief is critical to moving forward; it’s the direction you want to be in. You must move to a place of overcoming. Quick answers and quick fixes don’t exist; it’s not what life is about. Many of the trials and tribulations that we face are experiences that

we would rather not go through if we had the choice. But there are lessons to be learned in every experience. Being unemployed and having to live on very little, teaches the lesson of being a good steward and manager of resources when the money does return. Having a failed relationship allows for the opportunity to be introspective and self-critical, so that we can evolve and be better partners in our next relationships. But you have to be open. You have to look for the lesson in every experience so that you can grow from it and move to a better place. Where you are in this moment does not define who you are and what you can achieve. Choose to not to give up, choose to press forward. Tough times don’t last, tough people do. Don’t allow yourself for a minute to believe that your circumstance can’t and won’t change. How do I know?? I know because I’ve had to make that journey first hand. I had to fight to figure out what a new normal was for me. Through the battle of breast cancer, and literally coming close to death as I fought for that next day, it was a pressing forward time. But I did it, and it wasn’t always happy moments. It was no easy thing to do, but I needed and wanted to be different and to be better. Words have tremendous power. Speak life into your circumstance, and seek the peace to know that it’s okay to take that step forward. Don’t look back, other than to see how far you’ve come. IT’S TIME!


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By Marla Brown Marla Brown is the owner of the Youthtopia Med Spa in Alpharetta, Georgia. Youthtopia Med Spa is a prestigious, life-enhancing, all-encompassing facility, dedicated to its clients’ overall beauty and health. Marla is an Entrepreneur, Consultant, Business Broker and Author.

Igniting Positive Transformation From The Outside-In


The definition of beauty is very diverse. But for a woman to feel beautiful, she must create her own definition of beauty. This must come from the soul to enable her to understand and be comfortable with herself. For me, simple things that make me feel beautiful ultimately impact my emotional and physical health. For instance, a couple of years ago I had a lipodissolve procedure to fix my love handles which had continued to exist regardless of my work-out routine. In my opinion, I never looked good in jeans because of the “hangover.” This noninvasive procedure helped to contour those problem areas and encouraged me to begin a more aggressive exercise and diet plan so that I could maintain the results. Feeling good, and looking good often work in tandem. Sometimes i meet clients who are trying to deal with some issue like divorce, job loss or empty nest syndrome and they use our cosmetic procedures to help motivate a positive change. Sometimes approaching beauty from the outside-in enables the client to jumpstart a beautiful transformation. As we age, our bodies obviously change in many ways. Externally, we begin to lose collagen and elasticity in our skin. This could cause hollowness in the face, sunken eyes, less eyelashes and brows, and less turnover of the skin cells which makes the skin overall, look dry and dull. There are so many options to help alleviate these conditions and enhance the aging process. With our clients, we can often begin with simple and effective solutions like chemical peels and medical grade maintenance programs to use at home. There are more intensive procedures like C02 fractional laser procedures and photofacials that can resurface the skin and rid

a client of age spots and acne scarring. If the client has lost volume in their face or accumulated some extra wrinkles from additional stress and worry, we can erase their tired look with the wonderful affects of botox or fillers like Juvederm or Radiesse. These treatments help rejuvenate multiple problem areas. From smile lines to vertical lip lines or volume loss in cheeks and chins, these products smooth away wrinkles, re-stimulate collagen and restore natural contours. It is amazing how improving one external concern for someone can improve their confidence. For instance, we once had a client leave in joyful tears after our nurse had reconstructed parts of her face with a facial filler after it was damaged from a car accident. Her desire to begin dating again dramatically changed that day. Another client used some of these options to help her compete more effectively against younger females for a new job. And while these enhancements are certainly not the complete answer to many of our client’s changing needs, they often prompt positive outlooks and behaviors that can create a progression of personal growth.

dietary needs. Once a woman has more energy and desire to fix things that have previously gone unattended, we may recommend one of our weight loss options like HCG or Take Shape for Life. If the client wants to smooth cellulite or tighten loose body skin, Velashape or Exilis may be a better solution. These are non-invasive body contouring techniques that use heat, infrared light and radio frequency to rid the body of adipose fat and cellulite. But the effectiveness of any of these procedures relies heavily on the client’s willingness and commitment to improve things that hinder their personality or lifestyle. It troubles me to see women who have lost pride in themselves and stopped caring about their health and appearance. A woman needs to FEEL beautiful to be able to positively impact everything else in her life. Again, feeling beautiful is a very personal and individual choice. It isn’t necessary to alter a person’s appearance to make this happen. Rather, we begin to further accentuate the beauty from within by eliminating some barriers that may be impacting

The aging process also causes many physical changes for women including depression, weight gain, night sweats, anxiety and lack of energy and sex drive. These symptoms are often signs of our changing hormonal needs. As women, we need to pay attention to our internal health which ultimately will enable us to continue taking care of the external needs. We have built a comprehensive approach at our medspa that helps us to work with clients to balance their hormones and assist with their changing


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Dancing And Your Health


Why ballroom dancing? Let me share a bit of my personal experience. Attending my very first ballroom dance class well over a dozen years ago, I found myself in a situation where I felt shy, awkward and unsure that I really wanted to pursue this activity. I struggled to find my place in this new arena. Patient teachers, repetition, and a stick to it attitude helped me gain confidence. I find I now hold my head higher, dress differently and walk with greater assurance. I want the same for my students. I really like to see the light in their eyes when they find joy in movement. My goal is the same; teach, encourage, equip students to experience and enjoy the Gifts of Dance. Including Physical, Mental, & Social Benefits “Dance is a very powerful drug Mr. Keane. If embraced judiciously, it can exorcise demons, access deep seated emotions, and color your life in joyous shades of brilliant magenta that you never knew existed. But, one must shoulder its challenges with intrepid countenance if one is ever to reap its rewards.” - From the 2005 Movie: Marilyn Hotchkiss Ballroom Dancing and Charm School Dance raises our self esteem. Learning to move as one with a partner requires a knowledge of frame and how we move together. By working on this we develop better posture, poise, and balance and so very much more can happen once we take up this incredible hobby.

Just a Few Studies That Confirm the Physical Benefits of Dancing

Dance and Alzheimer’s disease The Einstein Aging Study, summarized in the June 19, 2003 New England Journal of Medicine. The results of the study indicate that ballroom dancing helps prevent dementia. A group of 469 men and women were studied between the years 1980 and 2001. Each member

gave details about participation in six brain stimulating hobbies; reading, writing for pleasure, doing crosswords, playing musical instruments, taking part in group discussions and playing board games and 11 physical activities including: ballroom dancing, team sports, swimming and bicycling. The researchers found no significant association between physical activities and the risk of dementia – except for ballroom dancing. The amazing 76% risk reduction from frequent participation in ballroom dancing by 130 avid dancers was the highest score of all hobbies and physical activities measured in the study. Dr. Joe Verghese, assistant professor of neurology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, New York, offered the theory that the requirements of ballroom dancing: remembering the steps, moving in precise time to the music and adapting to the movements of one’s partner – are mentally demanding exercises. Ballroom dancing offers both physical and mental stimulation. Try Dancing for Heart Health A study conducted by medical researchers in Italy found that people with mild to moderate heart failure who took up waltzing improved their heart health, their breathing and their quality of life significantly more than those who exercised by bicycling or walking on a treadmill.

• Using more of your muscle groups for overall toning • Improving balance, which can help you avoid falling injuries • Reducing stress • Improving your social life and making new friends • Having fun and feeling young • Using Oxygen more efficiently • Patients stuck to their programs longer According to Elliott M. Antman, MD, a heart specialist at Harvard Medical School, “Dancing appears to be an attractive and fun way for heart failure patients to get their exercise,” Antman said. “I highly recommend it.” Tango Classes Put Parkinson’s Patients a Step Ahead From a study published in the Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy. Researchers at the Washington University in St. Louis medical school compared the effects of Argentine tango lessons and exercise classes on the functional mobility of 19 Parkinson’s patients. The patients were randomly assigned to do 20 one-hour tango classes or group strength and exercise sessions designed for Parkinson’s patients and the elderly. All the patients were assessed prior to the start of these activities and after they completed the sessions.

The dancers reported many benefits of dancing: slightly better results for sleep, mood, and their ability to have sex, pursue hobbies and do housework than the group that followed more traditional cardiac rehab. Dancing allows you to work at your fitness level, increasing speed and footwork as your strength and stamina improve. Other benefits of dancing for health include:


The dance classes included stretching, balance exercises, tango-style walking, footwork patterns, experimenting of timing of steps, and dance with and without a partner. By the end of the sessions, both groups showed significant improvements in standard tests designed to measure mobility. People in the tango group showed more improvement in balance than those in the exercise group. “This type of therapy looks to be superior to what is currently offered,” Researcher Madeline E. Hackney, a pre-doctoral trainee in movement science, said in a prepared statement. “The quality of life improved in these patients because of the social aspect of dancing.” Social Ease, Emotional Lifelines & the ‘Hug Theory’ For many people, there is emptiness, loneliness, something missing in their life. Ballroom & Latin Dance offers something wonderful to fill that void and offers so many great benefits too. Regular dance classes give people a chance to become much more at ease in a social situation. The dance position used in Ballroom and Latin Dancing is very similar to a hug. It is believed that this is part of the attraction of getting to dance together in a closed hold and that is a very basic human need for connection.

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Cholesterol: Friend Or Foe?


Cholesterol - Why We Need It Cholesterol is an essential nutrient, as essential to life as water or air. Cholesterol is actually not a fat, it is a hard waxy substance produced by the liver. It performs many vital functions in the human body. It is very protective of the blood vessels, forming as a result of inflammation, to patch and repair the vessel wall. It appears that many people are still under the false impression that cholesterol is not good for them. In fact, “Cholesterol is a fat-soluble steroid from which all of the steroid hormones are made. Cholesterol is also very important to brain function, being a component of the myelin sheath that protects nerves and nerve impulse propagation. Your hormone balance and your brain function suffer when cholesterol is excessively low,” says John R. Lee. An important function is that it acts as a catalyst for the synthesis of important hormones such as sex hormones and adrenal hormones (cortisone). Recently, an important brain protective chemical was identified that is associated with a dramatic slowing or decline in Parkinson’s patients. This novel chemical has been shown to provide aggressive brain antioxidant protection, helping to reduce the damaging effects of villainous toxins called free radicals. What’s more, it has been discovered that this brain protective substance (cholesterol) actually serves as the precursor for such brain supportive chemicals as vitamin D, estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. Yes, the very same cholesterol that has been demonized for decades as the cause of everything from heart attacks to who-knowswhat is actually one of the most important players in brain health. Cardiovascular health is a major challenge. The cardiovascular

system sustains life by providing nutrients and oxygen to all tissues, and its proper function is essential for survival. This includes maintaining normal levels of blood cholesterol, a vital component of cell membranes. Triglycerides from fat tissue and blood glucose provide fuel for energy, and the cardiovascular system transports these. Blood pressure within a certain range allows for proper functioning of the system vessels, heart and other organs and this is also regulated by the heart and cardiovascular network. Maintaining Your CholesterolSolution

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You just joined the ranks of 4.5 Million recent college graduates that now realize you don’t have a job in your chosen area of professional study, and if you do have a job you are most likely receiving 30% of the pay you thought you would be hired at. We have the answer. Do you want to make $100,000 plus this next year in your county - in your state? By Heather Schaffer And Luke Kennedy

By Heather Schaffer And Luke Kennedy

Bypassing The Corporate Ladder


I was lucky enough to grow up in a well educated, affluent family that had the ability to afford me every opportunity parents could want for their child. I went to a prestigious private school, participated in sports, and extracurricular activates. I had great friends and managed to stick to the principles my parents had brought me up to believe in such as hard work, honesty, Integrity, and self sufficiency, effectively keeping me out of harm’s way and trouble. When it was time to go to college, I was glad to go. I had been accepted to a prestigious school In Boston that I was excited about, and felt that it was time to stand on my own two feet and start carving my own way in the world. College accomplished for me what any realistic expectations could hope for: the ability to think analytically and express myself appropriately. However, the reason I chose my school, and the reason most people I know went to college, was not for these rather humble aspirations. I was career focused and wanted college to be my ticket into an amusement park of opportunity. What I found was my analytical mind saying, “You’ve got a $120,000 education. What now, hot shot?� Although I had a good experience at college, I wasn’t an academic at heart and knew that spending another $100,000 for post grad was not for me unless absolutely necessary. Of course it was time to get a job, but where? I started contacting all the advertising companies I had been studying over the past four years and managed to land a handful of interviews. It became quite clear that nobody was hiring, and that the whole industry was slow enough to grant inter­views as a way of distracting themselves from the fact that they didn’t have enough work to do either. The offers I did get would have given “education investment� a return in about 6 years as long as

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By Margaret P. Daniel Considered an expert in her field, Margaret P. Daniel brings her expertise as a Certified Wedding Specialist and Certified Etiquette Trainer to each event she undertakes. With experience in the event sector of the hotel management industry as well as various other industries, she brings her expertise in planning some of Atlanta’s largest events. She is devoted to creating events that will leave lasting memories and satisfied clients. “Our professional staff of planners and coordinators stays abreast of the newest trends in the industry. In designing personalized events for our clients, we often find ourselves not only following customs and traditions, but also creating new ideas and even setting new trends. We believe in bringing innovative and creative ideas to our clients.” -Margaret P. Daniel

7 Sins Of Wedding Planning


Most women look forward to planning their wedding, but often don’t know where to start. They enlist the help of several people or worse yet, too many people. This can lead to mistakes that leave brides in tears, embarrassed or out of unexpected dollars. In order to have a wedding that doesn’t end in heartache or regret, there are 7 points you should remember to make your wedding a happier, regret-free day. The following are 7 Sins of Wedding Planning.


Not having a realistic budget. All too often, brides begin planning their wedding without realistic figures of how much items will cost. The best way to start planning a wedding is to determine a range of how much wedding services will cost. Then decide how much you’re willing to spend. Have a number in mind and stick to it! When setting your budget, include everything that is related to the wedding, i.e. from undergarments, and hemming for the tuxedos, to transportation and wedding party gifts.


Not having a realistic vision in mind. You may have seen a wedding created by Celebrity Wedding Planner Colin Cowie, which included the bride and groom entering a scene including pyrotechnics and an ESPN announcer introducing the wonderful couple, and said, “I want that!” Yet, you’ve chosen to hold your wedding in the church dining hall and have your cousins set up your fireworks display. Doing so is the same as cutting your menu down to one entrée, asking for a keg instead of a bar, and wanting a camera man from CNN to come videotape your wedding. If you have grandiose ideas yet you’re working with a very limited budget, this is the time to talk to your wedding planner and share your ideas for a beautiful wedding. A professional can suggest ways to make your dreams come true by offering economical and safe alternatives.


Trying to plan it yourself or not hiring experienced wedding professionals. Would you hire a friend to deliver your baby (another important day of your life)? Then why leave your first introduction as “Mrs. X” in the hands of a non-professional? This may not be the best time to hire your cousin who just finished culinary school as your caterer for 250 people, or allow your friend who has only planned birthday parties to coordinate and facilitate your most important lifetime event. Invest in a professional wedding planner and other wedding professionals and trust that they will work diligently on your behalf.


Neglecting your groom. You’ve planned the reception, picked out the music and flowers, selected the DJ, met with the photographer, and the list goes on. Where is the input of your fiancé in the wedding? Make sure to include him in the decision making and planning. Excluding him could set a negative precedence on the marriage. Also, remember to take time out to be boyfriend and girlfriend. Continue to go on dates and spend quality time together that is void of talking about the wedding. Remember, the wedding is only one day; the marriage is for a lifetime.


It’s all about the dress! The most important aspect of a wedding is making sure that you and your fiancé are officially married at the end of the day. But, the second most important aspect is usually the wedding dress. When you choose that perfect, ideal dress, make sure you get the correct size when ordering. Brides sometimes will order a smaller sized dress in hopes of losing the appropriate amount of weight to fit into it by wedding day, but that is not a good plan. It is best to order the correct size at the time of ordering. Remember, it’s easier to take in a dress than it is to let it out.


Including the gift registration in the invitation. It still amazes me to see wedding invitations with gift registration cards included. This is not only poor wedding etiquette, but it also sends a message to guests that you expect them to bring a gift. The proper way to handle the gift registration is via word of mouth. If guests want to

purchase something off of your Gift Registry, they will call and ask where you are registered. “Margaret Daniel and RSVP Occasions, LLC went above and beyond the call of duty to make sure that my wedding day was flawless. Margaret’s attention to detail and unparalleled personality made me feel at ease throughout the planning process. I can’t imagine how I would have managed without Margaret’s expertise and coordination. Thank you for helping to make my wedding day a pleasurable experience!” - Lashonda Council Rogers, Esq. “Margaret and her R.S.V.P. Occasions team brought my vision to life. She helped me stay on budget and helped me with my timeline. Her team was organized and professional. My wedding party and vendors really enjoyed working with them. I would highly recommend her to anyone in need of a planner.” - Dr. Erika Van Putten, Bride


Not personalizing your wedding. You will receive plenty of advice on how you should plan your wedding, what types of flowers you should have, the type of music you should play, the ideal type of cake you should have and more. But it is a big mistake not to personalize your most important day. You don’t want to look back at your wedding in a few months or years and think, “I wish I would have done...”. This is the time to make your wedding yours and your fiancé’s. Include something that is special and specific only to the two of you. You might incorporate it in the groom’s cakes, the reception centerpieces or maybe even the music. Just make sure you and your groom are comfortable knowing you both did it your way.


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Anytime of the year can be wedding season, however, no matter when you tie the knot, it will be the most important day of your life. One of your favorite things, of course, will be the purchase of a bridal gown. Bare Essentials has some very helpful suggestions that may eliminate a lot of headaches. After 15 years of fitting brides for garments “underneath it all”, here are a few tips. Before you make the final selection of your gown, know what types of undergarments are needed to help you be the most beautiful bride you can be. * If you are a curvy gal, strapless and/or backless gowns can be problematic as these types of undergarments accommodate less of a size range. Choose a figure flattering style that accentuates your assets. We carry a vast selection of strapless options, however, bras or bustiers without straps create support challenges. Be realistic about the design and structure of your gown. You may love

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Hiring a Professional Photographer Helps Preserve Your Family’s Memories


My son loves to play hide and seek. At three, Jackson hides in plain sight. In the middle of the floor under a blanket or under the table are his favorite hiding places. In the mind’s eye of a three-year-old, if I cannot see you, you are not there. Sometimes I wonder if he will hold on to this logic as he grows. When he sifts through our family photos, will he notice something missing? As a mom and a professional photographer, I almost always have a camera with me no matter where we go. I enjoy capturing the big and small moments that occur in life. When he’s older, Jackson will be able to revisit a myriad of firsts and everyday moments: his first haircut, first ice cream cone, playtime with friends, moments shared with his great grandfather, and tender and silly exchanges between he and his dad. But, will he think that since I’m not in the pictures, I wasn’t there? Will he miss my presence? As mothers, we are often the ones behind the camera. When looking through your pictures from family vacations, outings or just day-to-day moments, are you in the picture? If you are anything like me, the answer is most likely “no” or “not enough.” When pieced together, our pictures will tell the stories of our lives. If we’re lucky, the ‘firsts,’ precious, comical, and pivotal moments will be forever preserved in our photographic memories.

By Tiffany Powell allows you to step out from behind the lens and re-insert yourself into your family’s photographic memories. Technology today plasters our lives in cyberspace; tweets and status updates help us know what is going on in the World. Social Media makes us feel connected to people despite physical distance. When photographing your own family, here are a few suggestions to improve the quality of your images. 1. Invest in a decent camera. Camera phones are convenient, but do not underestimate the value of having a real camera adjusting the camera settings as needed. 2. Don’t be afraid to let your children’s personalities shine. Many highly treasured photographs are of unscripted and unexpected moments. 3. Everyone does not need to be looking into the camera or smiling in order for an image to be successful. A strong photograph captures pure emotion and stops time. Images emphasizing details and treasured moments easily transport viewers to another time and place

As a professional photographer, my clients are confident that I will capture important details and moments as they unfold. Regardless of the lighting situation or décor, the resulting photographs show details, emotions and treasured moments. Each image is filled with crisp, vibrant moments. Moms and dads are able to relax, be themselves and be at ease in front of my camera knowing that I am creatively documenting our time together. There is a certain authenticity present in images that are taken when the subject is comfortable and relaxed and in the moment. When client’s view photos from their portrait sessions and see images they don’t remember me taking their reactions are priceless. Motherhood is a journey with some of our most rewarding and demanding moments all wrapped up into one glorious bundle. All too often, we mothers wait to care for ourselves once everyone else is cared for. We tend to the needs of others and forget our own. We wait for the perfect time. Family portraits will be

How will will YOU YOU be be remembered? remembered? How Photographs are so powerful! They capture and preserve happy or even sad memories. As a mother, you are an integral part of these memories and should be in more of the pictures./ Hiring a professional

taken after we get our hair colored, after we lose ten more pounds, or when we can finally find the perfect outfit. Before we know it, the children are older, the occasion has passed and the perfect, and perfectly un-perfect moments have been missed. After fleeting moments, milestone birthdays, holidays, graduations, family outings, favorite -well-worn and well-loved- outfits and toys, After everything disappears; the only things remaining are photographs and memories. Creating and keeping memories of our children is a worthwhile investment. Hiring a professional photographer is a great way to capture and preserve your entire family’s memories. May is the one special month our families honor us as mothers, why not use it as an opportunity to create some meaningful memories and artwork together? Remember that each day is a gift that we cannot get back. A great image will capture and tell a story without words, and help you remember the moment. What’s your story?



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Cooking With Wine: A Healthier Choice


In this day and age, while everyone is either counting every calorie or just giving in to obesity, we all could use a way to make the foods we were raised to love a little bit healthier. Just making a few changes in the ingredients you choose can cut up to half the fat and calories out of your everyday diet without surrendering flavor. In most cases you will find that the dish will maintain its taste, while allowing peace of mind and a healthier diet. To begin, start with a simple switch from white to wheat bread. I resisted this at first but then came to realize how bread can actually taste good, rather than just being something to hold my sandwich together. Little things like this help more than you might realize. I realized that I could continue this nondiet by adding wine to many of my cooking recipes. Wine is a great fat substitute When you take some of the fat out of dishes, you usually need to add another ingredient to replace the lost moisture. Instead of sautéing veggies in heaps of butter or oil, you can sauté them in a smaller amount of oil plus some wine for flavor and moisture. Rather than making a marinade with cup of oil, decrease the oil to ¼ cup and add ¼ cup wine. I just made a garlic thyme butter sauce for some fresh cod and the recipe called for a ½ cup of butter. I simply used a ¼ cup of butter and added a ¼ cup sauvignon blanc. The results was even more flavorful than the original and made my Dietitian wife much happier. Only alcohol and water evaporated when cooking, so you’re left with the essence of the wine itself – namely polyphenols and anti-oxidants. Wine adds moisture and flavor to fish Deep-fried fish dipped in tartar

sauce, while being tasty, defeats the nutritional purpose of eating fish. A way to add flavor and moisture to fish without adding fat is to cook it with wine. Add wine to the pan while the fish is simmering or drizzle the fish with a tablespoon or two of wine and bake it while wrapped in a foil packages.

a bold-flavored dish. Don’t be afraid to do your own thing but, generally, light-colored meats such as chicken and fish are paired with light-colored meats such as chicken and fish are paired with light-colored wines (white), while dark-colored meats such as beef are paired with dark-colored wines (red).

Wine is great in marinades Wine is basically an acidic ingredient (which helps tenderize the outside of the meat), and it has a lot of flavor. A wine-based marinade helps keep meat, poultry, and seafood moist while it cooks as well. Wine can help cook and simmer foods. Add wine to dishes you’re cooking in a skillet on the stove, in a slow cooker, or in the oven. Simmered along with the food, it adds flavor and moisture to whatever dish you’re making.

The basic job of red wine is to marinate, bringing out the food’s innate flavors. Reds are skilled at bringing out the colors and essence of the food, and they add dryness, making dishes taste less sugary. Similar to food/ wine pairings, red wine should be added to dishes containing red meat, or dishes with a lot of vegetables, such as stews.

Keep in mind that wine needs to simmer with the food you’re cooking to enhance its flavor. Don’t add it at the end of cooking or you’ll risk serving a dish with a strong, overpowering flavor. The longer you cook the wine (over low to medium heat), the more subtle the flavors.

While red wine enhances flavor, white wines alter it. This doesn’t mean that white wine will decrease the horrible taste of an already bad dish, but it will add an acidic feature, making the dish more tart. It won’t drastically change the dish, but it will enhance its natural sharpness. White wines are best used for cram sauces, or with chicken and fish.

There is fairly conclusive evidence that wine consumption can lead to many health benefits. There have been no studies about cooking with wine, but we can make some logical assumptions. Only alcohol and water evaporate when cooking, so you’re left with the essence of the wine itself – namely polyphenols and anti-oxidants.

Feel free to experiment while cooking with wine. Get creative, and try to invent new flavor combinations. And, after you’ve created something spectacular, don’t forget to write down how you did it!

The best thing though is that cooking with wine is a great way to add a unique flavor to your cooking. Health benefits aside, food tastes great with it – and if nothing else, it’s healthy for the soul!

Traditional Formula for Pairing Wine with Cooking Young, Full-Bodied or Earthy Red Wine Red meat, soups with root Vegetables, beef stock Young, Full-Bodied, Robust Red Wine Red Sauces Dry White Wine Fish, shellfish, poultry, pork, veal, light or cream sauces Crisp, Dry White Wine Seafood, soups Sweet White Wine Sweet desserts Sherry Poultry, vegetables, soups What type of wine should be used to cook which type of food? Generally, it’s thought that a light-flavored wine goes best with delicately flavored foods. It would follow that a boldtasting, wine might do well in



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