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Epigenetics: The Mind-Body Connection in the Treatment of Cancer The diagnosis is shocking, the fight is overwhelming and the battle can be daunting. Dealing with cancer - as a patient, caregiver, family member or friend - will include dealing with a variety of emotions and feelings. Yet new research shows that scientifically based techniques can help patients, not only cope, but achieve optimal immunity. Over the last decade, we have learned that shocking risk factors - greater than smoking, diet, or cholesterol - can make the difference between robust health and life-threatening disease. Even you might have imagined! “If you already enjoy great health, these skills and techniques can help you keep it; but if
facing illness, you will find ground-breaking discoveries from leading experts,synthesized so you can harness all the available technologies quickly and easily” explains Brenda Stockdale, behavioral medicine practitioner.“The result is a compendium for a lifelong program of how to stay strong and healthy. Whether facing a cancer diagnosis or recovering from treatment, recent discoveries in mind-body medicine can help you meet that challenge. While there is no oneanswer fits all there are techniques that fit most.” Al Siebert, PhD and other researchers have identified three immune enhancing traits, dubbed the 3 Cs for: • Commitment • Control
• Challenge For example, finding new ways to feel in “control” of your life, exhibit “commitment” to yourself, and reframe the crisis as a “challenge” to be met has a potent effect on immunity. To read how Danny, a 9-year old boy in a seemingly hopeless situation met all 3 Cs, visit Brenda Stockdale’s website and preview chapter 8 of her book, You Can Beat the Odds (available as a downloadable PDF). Cultivating the 3 Cs leads to the gold standard of survivor research: resilience. Resilience is linked to an increased ability to find meaning in suffering and thrive in the face of adversity. To see how resilient - flexible, resistant, strong, buoyant - you are, download the test provided at the
following link: http://magellanofaz.com/media/74224/res_q uiz.pdf (From The Resiliency Advantage by Al Siebert, PhD). “... give hugs, take naps and have a happy heart!” Lawrence Albert “Al”Siebert (1934-2009). Brenda Stockdale is the author of the book You Can Beat the Odds, a guide that condenses hundreds of studies, letting you focus on what really works without complicating your life. For more than a decade, working with feedback from hundreds of patients, Stockdale has further developed this successful research-based program as the ideal companion for any treatment options patients choose. Visit her website at www.brendastockdale.com for more information.
Advanced Technologies Aid in Early Breast Cancer Detection Breast cancer is the most common cause of cancer among women in the U.S., other than non-melanoma skin cancer. It is the second leading cause of cancer death in women. The chance of a woman having invasive breast cancer in her life is about one in eight, while the chance of dying from breast cancer is about one in 35.The good news is breast cancer death rates are going down.This is,in part,due to newer technologies that are being used to find the cancer early. One of the most recent advances in x-ray mammography is digital mammography. The switch from x-ray film to digital mammography has led to an increase in breast cancer detection rates. With digital mammography, an electronic image is taken and stored in a computer. Much like the conversion to digital photography, the benefit is that the image can then be
manipulated and the radiologist can use software (Computer Aided Detection) to help find breast abnormalities. Although ultrasound is not a new technology, it is frequently used to evaluate breast abnormalities that are found either with mammography, MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging), or during a physical exam. One application of ultrasound is differentiating a mass as cystic or solid. MRI of the breast is an excellent problem-solving technology. It is often used to investigate breast concerns or abnormalities first detected with mammography, physical exam or other imaging exams. MRI is also useful for staging breast cancer, determining the most appropriate treatment and for follow-up after treatment. When a breast biopsy is recommended, patients may be considered a candidate for a minimally
invasive alternative to an open surgical biopsy known as image-guided needle biopsy or stereotactic biopsy. This type of biopsy can be performed using ultrasound, mammography, or MRI guidance. Benefits include minimal scarring/small incision, reduced post procedural pain and risk of infection, shorter recovery time, and potentially lower hospital costs. Unfortunately, there is currently no cure for breast cancer, so women must take a proactive approach to find it in its earliest stage. Routine physical exams, annual mammograms and these advanced technologies help us meet this goal. For more information about the Imaging Services of Northeast Georgia Medical Center, please call 770-219-3840. Written by Julie Presley, MD, a radiologist and medical director of Women’s Imaging Services at Northeast Georgia Medical Center.
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According to The Handbook of Venous Disorders, 20-25 million Americans suffer with varicose veins and recent literature suggests that number is closer to 30-35 million Americans. If the latter figures are to be believed, Superficial Venous Reflux Disease (the official name for the disease that causes varicose veins) is three times more prevalent than Coronary Artery Disease, and three and a half times more prevalent than Congestive Heart Failure and Peripheral Arterial Disease combined. Venous reflux, often
the underlying cause of varicose veins, frequently forces people to dramatically alter their lifestyles, especially if they can no longer tolerate being on their feet for portions of the day. Varicose veins, known for their distinctive blue color and bulging appearance under the skin, stem from leaky valves. The saphenous vein, which runs from ankle to groin, helps return blood to the heart through a series of valves. However, if the valves don’t function properly -- Superficial Venous Reflux Disease -- the faulty
valves cannot circulate the blood flow causing swelling, pain, leg fatigue, varicose veins, and in some cases, ulcerations around the ankles.The problem occurs most frequently in the legs because gravity causes those vessels to experience a higher level of pressure to return the blood to the heart. Treatment options are varied, depending on the severity of the disease. Patients with mild symptoms will benefit from a conservative approach of exercise, weight loss or wearing support hose to control the
symptoms of pain and swelling. If the disease is more severe,the treatment is more involved. Replacing the old vein stripping operation is radiotherapy venous closure procedure, which can be done in the office or the hospital under local anesthesia. This procedure begins with noninvasive ultrasound imaging of the diseased vein to trace its location. A catheter is then inserted into the vein and advanced to the uppermost segment of the vein. The tip of the catheter begins to heat the vein wall, causing the vein to shrink as the catheter is gradually withdrawn. After treatment, ultrasound imaging is used to confirm closing of the vein before the patient is discharged. The narrowed vein becomes fibrous and gradually redirects blood flow to healthy
veins. The length of this procedure varies, depending on the patient, but can usually be done in 20-30 minutes. The radiotherapy venous closure procedure has a 90% success rate and patients may resume normal
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It’s all in your head ... the Importance of Brain Health on overall Well-Being The nature of healthcare is changing across the world. More and more healthcare providers from all disciplines are realizing the importance of brain function. We know that the brain controls all of the functions of our body. The last 10 years have been explosive in the growth of knowledge about detecting and correcting improper brain function. One way to know what the functional capacity is in an adult and in a child is through a process called brain mapping. I am proud to be one of the few to offer brain mapping to the people of Gwinnett County. By placing small EEG sensors on the scalp of an individual, a doctor is able to find out how the brain is functioning. The brain works by using electrical current and by using specific chemicals called neurotransmit-
ters. Let’s focus on the electrical function of the brain. The small leads on the head can measure and record the electrical current. These recordings are then compared to a normative data base at a university?s research department. The slow waves are called delta waves. The next wave up is called theta waves. The next waves are called alpha. The highest waves we usually measure are called beta waves. Once we collect the data provided by the brainmap and send it off to the university, we get a report that shows how the brain is functioning. The treatment to correct the improper brainwaves is really amazing to watch. We use a treatment called neurofeedback or EEG biofeedback. Basically the same type of EEG sensors are placed on the scalp according to what area of
the brain needs work. We use different colored blinking lights to suggest to the brain to speed up or slow down based on what the brainmap has told us. We use movies as rewards for the adult or child.When the brain is performing like we want,the movie will continue. When the brain starts to perform in an improper way, the movie will pause. A feedback loop is created with this treatment.We are able to train the brain what the proper and improper wave function is. This technology has been very beneficial in helping patients of all ages deal with: • ADD/ADHD • Anxiety • Chronic Pain • Learning Disabilities • Insomnia
Many times with ADHD and learning disabilities there will be too much of the slow wave and not enough of the fast wave in the front part of our brain. Many times with chronic pain,anxiety and insomnia there will be too much fast wave at the top or front part of our brain. The bottom line is that we can measure, record, and many times fix dysfunction of the brain with this technology. I am very fortunate to have been able to be apart of the healing process with many patients using this technology. If you have any questions about the symptoms we have listed or any other type of health problem,feel free to contact my office. Dr. Jeremy Martin, DC 770.237.3970 drjeremymartin.com
Understanding Chemotherapy When diagnosed with cancer, patients often begin working with their doctors immediately to develop a course of action with respect to treatment. For many cancer patients, that course of action includes chemotherapy. Chemotherapy is a treatment that uses certain medications to target rapidly dividing cancer cells and scale them back. It can also involve medication to reduce tumor size or to alleviate pain. An oncologist, or doctor who specializes in cancer treatment, will develop a chemotherapy regimen that fits with the type of cancer, its stage and the severity of symptoms. There is no one magic medicine that is used. Oftentimes, the treating oncologist will customize a cocktail of medications to treat the cancer. Chemotherapy may be administered by oral medications or through an intra-
venous drip. The frequency of the medication dosages are determined by the doctor. As with any medication, chemotherapy may result in certain side effects. The severity of side effects can differ depending on how aggressive the chemotherapy treatment is and the types of medications being used. Generally, these are the side effects one can expect. • Nausea • Fatigue • Hair loss • Dry skin • Sexual changes • Constipation or diarrhea • Taste changes • Low platelet counts Over time, treatment can grow cumbersome. Should that occur, patients should consult their oncologist and he or she may be able to devise a different regimen of drugs.
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Do You Know Your Cancer Risk? Hereditary Cancer Risk Assessment Services at Gwinnett Medical Center Cancer results from changes in a person’s genes that usually occur over many years. Lifestyle factors such as tobacco, alcohol use and exposure to chemicals may contribute to some of these changes. Specific gene mutations (changes) may increase the risk of developing a particular type of cancer. These abnormal genes are passed from generation to generation, and a strong family history of cancer (two or more relatives) may mean that it’s the result of an inherited cancer susceptibility gene. It’s important to remember that only five to ten percent of all cancers are caused by inherited genetic mutations, and not everyone who carries them will develop cancer.
There are many issues to consider before deciding if genetic counseling and testing is right for you. Gwinnett Medical Center (GMC) provides consultations to discuss your concerns and help determine your personal genetic risk for cancer. Counseling Process GMC provides comprehensive information and support for you, your family and your physician.An initial appointment will involve: • A detailed review of your family history • An assessment of cancer risks for you and your family • A discussion of the pros and cons of genetic testing • Supportive counseling to help you make the best decision for you and your family
How is Genetic Testing done? Genetic tests are performed on a sample of blood,or cells from the mouth. The sample is sent to a laboratory where technicians look for specific changes in the DNA. The laboratory reports the test results in writing to a person’s doctor or genetic counselor. Your Dedicated Cancer Genetics Educator Cindy Snyder, RN, MSN, FNP-C, CBCN, is a family nurse practitioner and cancer risk counselor. She is certified by the Oncology Nursing Society as a cancer genetics educator and completed an intensive course in cancer risk assessment at the City of Hope National Medical Center’s Department of Clinical Cancer Genetics. For more information, call 678-312-3235 to talk with our cancer genetics educator.
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You are Invited: Gwinnett Medical Center Celebrates Breast Cancer Awareness Month In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Gwinnett Medical Center is offering two events, one to inform women about breast health and the other to celebrate and honor life at the Fifth Annual Cancer Survivor Celebration. In the Battle Against Breast Cancer, Fight Like a Girl. A healthcare breakfast designed to educate you about breast health. October 22, 2010, 7:30 – 9 a.m. Gwinnett Technical College, 700 Building (Busbee) In recognition of Breast Cancer
Awareness Month, Gwinnett Medical Center and the Gwinnett Chamber are providing a FREE breakfast forum to educate you about breast health. The panel, which will discuss a variety of topics ranging from prevention to detection to cancer research, will include breast health experts:
• Jennifer Beck, American Cancer Society patient resource navigator The first 50 registrants will receive a Fight Like a Girl T-shirt. All attendees will receive a pink Fight Like a Girl bracelet and can have their picture taken in the free photo booth.Also, GMC healthcare professionals will be at informational tables to provide resources • Kimberly Hutcherson,MD,radiol- for breast health. ogist and cancer survivor To register, visit gmc-rsvp.org • Cindy Snyder, RN, MSN, FNP-C, or call 678-312-3452. CBCN, manager of Oncology SerFifth Annual Cancer vices and cancer risk counselor Survivors Celebration
Tuesday, October 26, 2010 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Gwinnett Medical Center Duluth Gallery 3620 Howell Ferry Road Duluth, GA 30096 Join us to celebrate survivorship and life with fun, food and great fellowship. Activities will include educational/awareness displays, Care-aVan and facilities tours, door prizes and survivor stories. Hosted by: Gwinnett Medical Center & Your American Cancer Society Patient Resource Navigator.
To RSVP and for more information, please call 678-312-3235. Gwinnett Medical Center-Duluth is located at the corner of Pleasant Hill Rd. and Howell Ferry Rd. Fol-
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Understanding Breast Cancer Each year, Breast Cancer Awareness Month in the United States helps shed light on the problem of breast cancer. Heightened efforts at raising awareness of breast cancer in the month of October include the cooperation of millions of Americans from individuals participating in 5k’s and walks and larger organizations such as the National Football League wearing pink in a show of support for breast cancer victims and survivors. But breast cancer is an issue that extends beyond the month of October, and many people might be surprised to learn of breast cancer’s prevalence. In the United States alone, breast cancer incidence in women is 1 in 8, or roughly 13 percent. In
fact, among women in the U.S., breast cancer rates are higher than those of any cancer besides lung cancer. With such staggering figures, it’s important for both women and men (who can also suffer from breast cancer) to gain a greater understanding of this deadly disease. What Is Breast Cancer? Breast cancer is an uncontrolled growth of breast cells. Any type of cancer is the result of mutations in genes responsible for regulating the growth of cells and keeping them healthy. In a healthy body, the cells replace themselves in an orderly fashion, as healthy new cells take over as old ones die out. When mutations occur,
changed cells gain the ability to keep dividing without control or order, producing more similar cells and forming a tumor. In the case of breast cancer, cancerous cells gradually invade nearby healthy breast tissue and make their way into the underarm lymph nodes, which are small organs that filter out foreign substances in the body. If the cancer reaches the lymph nodes, it then has a pathway into other parts of the body. Upon diagnosis, a patient will be told what stage of breast cancer they are in, which tells how far the cancer has spread beyond the original tumor. Is Breast Cancer Hereditary? According to BreastCancer.org, a nonprofit organization dedi-
cated to providing reliable, complete and current information about breast cancer, only 5 to 10 percent of cancers are due to an abnormality inherited from a parent. While all breast cancers are caused by a genetic abnormality, roughly 90 percent of breast cancer cases are the result of genetic abnormalities that are a result of the aging process and the wear and tear of everyday life. Can Breast Cancer Be Prevented? Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is always an ideal approach, but breast cancer is never the fault of the individual.A balanced diet, a lifestyle that includes abstaining from smoking and drinking alcohol in excess and regular exercise are all ways to stay healthy, Continued on Page 11
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but none will guarantee a woman or man will not get breast cancer. Are There Risk Factors for Breast Cancer? BreastCancer.org notes that there are factors a woman or man can control that might lessen their risk for breast cancer. Those risks include: Weight. Post-menopausal women in particular can reduce their risk of breast cancer by maintaining a healthy weight. Fat tissue is the body’s main source of estrogen after menopause, and having more fat tissue means higher estrogen levels, which increases breast cancer risk. Diet. Many cancers are linked to diet, but studies have yet to show for certain which types of foods
increase the risk for breast cancer. In general, it’s good to restrict sources of red meat and other animal fats, such as fats from dairy products. Some studies have shown that eating a lot of red and/or processed meats is associated with a higher risk of breast cancer. Eating a diet low in fat and rich in fruits and vegetables is often recommended to reduce cancer risk. Exercise. The American Cancer Society recommends engaging in 45 to 60 minutes of physical exercise 5 or more days per week, as evidence continues to mount that exercise can reduce breast cancer risk. Alcohol and smoking. Alcohol limits the liver’s ability to control blood levels of
estrogen, which can increase risk of breast cancer. Similarly, smoking has been associated with a small increase in breast cancer risk. BreastCancer.org also notes additional risk factors for breast cancer can include recent oral contraceptive use, stress and anxiety and exposure to estrogen. While all of the mentioned risk factors are within an individual’s control, there are a host of additional factors beyond a person’s control that can increase risk of breast cancer. These factors include age, family history, personal history, and race among others. For more information on breast cancer, visit www.breastcancer.org.
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Oral Cancer: Did You Know? One American dies every hour from oral cancer. Oral cancer now has a mortality rate higher than Hodgkin’s lymphoma, thyroid cancer, acute and chronic lymphocytic leukemia, non-epithelial skin cancer, and testicular cancer. Three times more women will be diagnosed with oral cancer than cervical caner. The majority of oral cancers occur in people over the age of 40; however, there continues to be an increase in the 18-40 group. This is thought to be related to the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). While most oral cancers are directly linked to tobacco and alcohol use, twenty-five percent of oral cancer victims do not smoke or drink. Again, this is correlated with
the Human Papilloma Virus. Some symptoms include bleeding in the mouth or a sore that does not heal, a lump or thickening of the skin or lining of the mouth, loose teeth, problems wearing dentures, tongue pain, jaw pain or stiffness, difficulty or pain chewing or swallowing, and sore throat. Every time you see your dental care provider, make sure you have an oral cancer exam performed. There are multiple early detection screening devices available used to detect abnormal cells beneath the surface of the tissue. An atraumatic brush biopsy, OralDCX, is also available and is used if a lesion is present. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your dental provider.
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More than 25 million Americans suffer from Unsightly Veins Nearly 25 percent of women and 15 percent of men suffer from uncomfortable and unsightly varicose veins.Symptoms include: • Leg heaviness and fatigue • Swollen limbs • Skin changes • Skin ulcers Gwinnett Medical Center-Duluth offers treatment options for spider veins and varicose veins that are more precise and less invasive, so there is no need to worry about those unsightly, uncomfortable veins. What causes varicose veins? When a vein wall weakens or a valve begins to work incorrectly, or when recirculating blood that should be moving toward the heart actually moves away,blood can pool.Pressure can build up,causing veins to become twisted, enlarged and sometimes painful. This venous insufficiency is
known as varicose or spider veins. Contributing factors include: genetics, obesity, multiple pregnancies, trauma and/or a profession that requires standing for long periods of time.Varicose veins are also common in people over the age of 60.Veins that are cosmetically unappealing, cause pain or show other symptoms are prime candidates for treatment. “Venous insufficiency or varicose veins are not just cosmetic issues.” says Brandon Kang, MD, pioneer in vein treatment at Gwinnett Medical Center-Duluth.“If not properly treated,symptoms can progress and cause more serious medical problems.” How can varicose veins be treated? No two veins are the same and treatment options are individually based. Gwinnett Medical Center-Duluth offers both conservative and correc-
tive treatments. Conservation includes compression stockings and leg elevation. Corrective methods include Sclerotherapy and the newest laser treatment,VenaCure EVLT. In Sclerotherapy, a tiny needle is injected into the affected vein, delivering medication that irritates the lining of the vein. The vein collapses and is then reabsorbed. The VenaCure EVLT laser vein treatment uses laser energy that pulses through the vein, causing the vein to collapse and seal shut. This minimally invasive procedure takes less than 45 minutes and can be performed in the physician’s office. The results are more than 95 percent effective. “Laser treatment of varicose veins has revolutionized vein treatcose veins. To learn more about vein ment and is quickly becoming the tive, and virtually painless and no scarring.” With these new treatment options, treatments at Gwinnett Medical Censtandard of care,” says Kang. “This requires minimal recovery time. procedure is safe, quick, very effec- There is no large incision, so there is you no longer have to suffer with vari- ter-Duluth,call 678-312-5000. Gwinnett Daily
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Take time to observe Domestic Violence Awareness Month October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and in Gwinnett and across the country, there are events and activities designed to educate the public about domestic violence. Domestic violence can happen to anyone regardless of race, age, sexual orientation, religion or gender and it isn’t just a women’s issue. It impacts everyone -- men, women, children, families and whole communities each year. “Domestic violence is the will-
ful intimidation, physical assault, battery,sexual assault,and/or other abusive behavior perpetrated by an intimate partner against another.It is an epidemic affecting individuals in every community, regardless of age, economic status, race, religion, nationality or educational background. Violence against women is often accompanied by emotionally abusive and controlling behavior, and thus is part of a systematic pattern of dominance
and control. Domestic violence results in physical injury, psychological trauma, and sometimes death. The consequences of domestic violence can cross generations and truly last a lifetime. Domestic violence is the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and/or other abusive behavior perpetrated by an intimate partner against another.It is an epidemic affecting individuals in every community, regardless of age, economic status, race, religion, nationality or educational background. Violence against women is often accompanied by emotionally abusive and controlling behavior, and thus is part of a systematic pattern of dominance and control. Domestic violence results in physical injury, psychological trauma, and sometimes
death. The consequences of domestic violence can cross generations and truly last a lifetime.” (National Coalition Against Domestic Violence). In addition to promoting awareness, Gwinnett will be home to several events and special projects in recognition of October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
abuse in their life. Do you know the signs? Do you know the questions to ask? Do you know how and where to get help? The Gwinnett County Family Violence Task Force is made up of representatives from criminal justice, the courts, prosecution, law enforcement, parole, probation, faith, mental health, health care, education,social services,businesses,survivors,civic groups and other interested citizens. We invite you to partner with us to stop all forms of violence in our community. For information or assistance visit Gwinnett County www.gwinnettfamilyviolence.org Violence Task Force Check them out the Gwinnett Taking on the County Violence Task Force on Tough Issues and Comcast Channel 23 Offering Solutions and on YouTube, Right now, you or someone you www.youtube.com/user/ know at work, school, or church GwinnettForce may be experiencing violence or
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Tang Soo Do Academy, LLC, with the primary goal of providing women’s self defense instruction. In September 2006 ATSDA transformed into Atlanta Tang Soo Do, Inc., a 501 (3) Georgia non-profit organization, dedicated to providing violence prevention education with the goal of strengthening families…one life at a time. In 2009, the name was changed to Blaze4Life, Inc. Tickets for Gwinnett Gladiators games are available online at GwinnettGladiators.com or visit Heavenly Wheels, Inc. at Discover Mills Mall near the AMC Theaters (Entry #4). Partnership Against Domestic Violence Survivor Speak-Out Thursday, October 28, 2010 PADV will celebrate its ninth annual Domestic Violence Survivor Speak-Out at the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse in Lawrenceville. When: 11:00 a.m.Where: Gwinnett
Historic Courthouse; 185 W Crogan St., Lawrenceville. Partnership Against Domestic Violence (PADV) announces its ninth annual Domestic Violence Survivor Speak-Out commemorating National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.Local women will share their personal stories of abuse. Ending the program, the community will honor victims killed due to domestic violence with a immensely powerful, personalized “Remember My Name”ceremony.
Celebrating its 35th anniversary, Partnership Against Domestic Violence (PADV) is the largest and one of the oldest nonprofit domestic violence organizations in Georgia. Serving metro Atlanta, PADV transforms the lives of
approximately 16, 000 women and children every year through violence prevention, emergency intervention and long-term advocacy. PADV programs and services include a 24-hour crisis line, two emergency safe houses, long-term supportive housing, support groups, legal advocacy, public assistance, corporate and community education, and a teen dating violence prevention program. To learn more about domestic violence and PADV programs and services, please visit www.padv.org or find them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/PADVAtlanta. Additional Featured Resources on Domestic Violence: • National Domestic Violence Hotline, 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) • The Georgia domestic violence hotline, 1-800-33HAVEN (1.800.334.2836)
• Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence, www.gcadv.org • National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, www.ncadv.org
• National Resource Center on Domestic Violence, www.nrcdv.org • The CDC's “Choose Respect”website, www.cdc.gov/chooserespect/
• The Domestic Violence Awareness Project, dvam.vawnet.org • American Institute on Domestic Violence, www.aidv-usa.com
Characteristics of an Abusive Relationship The couple may avoid being around others, often staying home or going out alone rather than in groups. One person appears to be the decision maker for both people. Both people may avoid discussing how their relationship is going or may focus on the good qualities, avoiding discussing problem areas. One person may be the scapegoat, being blamed for all the problems. Abuse, such as yelling & name calling, may be openly observed and marks or bruises may be noticed on one person. One person may exhibit jealously toward the other or may accuse the other of infi-
delity. The couple may openly experience intense and sometimes violent arguments. One person attempts to isolate the other from others and may sabotage friendships or other family relationships to prevent the significant other from receiving support. One person may be quiet and not call attention to self ... unless told to do so by the significant other. Communication appears unhealthy, ineffective and one-sided. One person may begin to do something that the other person clearly does not want to do, such as engaging in sexual behavior.
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Saturday, October 16, 2010 10am-5pm at Discover Mills Sample, enjoy & discover a range of nutritional & wellness products and services from local healthcare providers and related businesses.
Don’t forget to pick up your Health Fair passport at the Gwinnett Daily Post booth or Guest Services. Get signatures from all vendors and return it to the GDP Booth to be entered to win a special prize!
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