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CHRISTMAS Build happy memories that will last all year long by giving these safe and healthy toys for the holidays.
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Claudia Portillo Editor in Chief The Time That Counts As many of you know, the holiday season is one of my favorite times of the year, and it’s not about getting caught up in the shopping and exchange of gifts but in the exchange of love. For me it’s a special time for sharing joy, food and laughter with the people I love the most. December brings back so many memories, the most cherished ones being of my childhood, for which I give abundant thanks to my parents, who filled my childhood with so many wonderful experiences. And the gifts, I have to say, were always an accessory to the amazing life and the critical teachings that helped me become the person I am today.
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During the Christmas season, it is the time that counts, which is why this month we decided on the idea of including an old-fashioned Christmas article, full of toys and gift ideas that are great not just for children to enjoy but for the family to enjoy together, as these oldfashioned gifts encourage families to share time with each other. Who knows, enjoying your family just may be the most precious gift you could give each other this year. Before moving on to the next holiday affair, we can’t forget to mention one of the most important reasons you pick up this magazine each month – to be able to achieve a healthier state of being and, as our health coach shares with us this month, enjoy the parties, but be conscious about food and exercise. Happy and healthy holidays to all! Claudia Portillo firstname.lastname@example.org
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SHE OF THE TWISTED MOUTH
COLD, FLU AND SINUS
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Her husband is in the room. He stands on the opposite side of the bed and, together, they seem to dwell in the evening lamplight. Isolated from me, private. Who are they, I ask myself, he and this wry-mouth I have made, who gaze at each other and touch each other generously, greedily? The young woman speaks, “Will I always be like this?” she asks. “Yes,” I say. “It’s because the nerve was cut.” She nods and is silent. But the young man smiles. “I like it,” he says. “It’s kind of cute.” He bends to kiss her crooked mouth, and I am so close that I can see how he twists his own lips to accommodate hers, to show that their kiss still works. I remember that the angels sometimes appeared in Bible times as mortals, and I hold my breath and wonder.
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TWISTED MOUTH By Rubel Shelly
Dr. Richard Selzer was simultaneously a professor of surgery at Yale Medical School and a teacher of writing at Yale University. He wrote a number of books about his experiences in medicine. One of the most touching is from his Mortal Lessons: Notes on the Art of Surgery. Dr. Selzer once removed a tumor from a young woman’s face. In the process of excising the growth, it was necessary for him to sever one of her facial nerves. One side of her mouth was left insensitive and unresponsive. Concerned about how the woman and her husband would deal with her crooked mouth, he tells what happened:
Angels sometimes appear as mortals? Yes. And God himself made such an appearance as Jesus – Beloved Son, God Incarnate, Emmanuel. And he adjusted his appearance, his words and his touch to our sin-contorted frames. It would be so easy to communicate judgment and rejection. How could a Holy God not reject our misshapen, fallen form? Why would he not flee our very presence? It would be unthinkable to any logical mind that he would embrace what we have become – both as a human race and as individuals. Then we hear the Christmas Story, and we know that God does not run from us. To the contrary, he has become one of us to heal and rescue us. “Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might destroy him who holds the power of death – that is, the devil – and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death.” (Hebrews 2:14-15) Christmas reminds and reassures us all that God’s tender love is real.
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There are more than 100 viruses that can cause the common cold. The strains of the flu virus are evolving constantly. The common cold may persist and evolve into a sinus infection.
COLD, FLU AND SINUS By Dr. Ritu Goel
Cold, flu and sinus infections are preventable illnesses, if appropriate preventive measures are taken.
The cold weather brings with it the menace of the common cold, flu and sinus infection. Although the symptoms of all three illnesses overlap, there are distinctive features of each. “Flu” is the short form of “influenza,” a contagious disease of the respiratory tract that is caused by the influenza virus A or B. The common cold is also a viral infection affecting the respiratory tract, though it is less severe than the flu. Sinusitis is characterized by the inflammation or swelling of the sinuses and may be either viral or bacterial. SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS Both the common cold and flu begin with a sore throat, nasal congestion, runny nose and sneezing. Other symptoms are also present, such as a headache, cough and discomfort in the chest. In addition to these symptoms, the flu is also characterized by symptoms of high fever, muscle pain and generalized malaise and fatigue lasting for a period of several days. The common cold may lead to infection of the sinuses, characterized by pain and pressure in the area of the infected sinus (usually forehead and eyes); thick, yellow or green colored and foul smelling discharge from the nose; post nasal drip; chronic cold cough; and nasal obstruction. CAUSES Both the common cold and flu are caused by viruses. More than 100 different types of viruses are responsible for causing the common cold, whereas the flu is caused by different strains of the influenza virus A, B and C. Sinusitis occurs when the drainage channels of a sinus cavity are blocked by causes such as a cold, nasal polyps, and allergic and non-allergic rhinitis. A sinus infection may also occur due to structural abnormalities such as a deviated nasal septum. TREATMENT The common cold is self-limiting and there are no specific medicines to treat it; however, antiviral medicines are available to treat the flu. Antibiotics are prescribed to treat any secondary infection caused by bacteria. Patients are advised to get adequate rest and drink plenty of fluids. Steam inhalation is also advised to alleviate congestion. The symptoms of sinusitis are treated with decongestant medications and antibiotics are prescribed to treat the infection. Your physician may advise steam inhalation and nasal saline washes to loosen and drain the mucus from the sinuses. Surgery may be required in chronic cases. PREVENTION Follow the below mentioned strategies to decrease your likelihood of getting a cold, flu or sinus infection. • Get regular flu shots. • Do not come into contact with people who are suffering from any of these illnesses. • Wash your hands often. • Install a humidifier in your home.
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healthy body If this job description sounds familiar, you are likely one of the more than half a million Texans who served as a caregiver for an elderly or ailing loved one this year, including the 110,000 Texans diagnosed with cancer in 2012. If this position is not familiar but strikes you as overwhelmingly challenging, then I ask you to think of your friends or relatives who hold this job and consider how you can help them. In our community-based practice, I frequently meet the unsung heroes who assume the “always on” positions alongside their loved ones who are cancer patients. My colleagues and I are deeply moved by their unlimited compassion. We thank them for all their sacrifices and support. Every cancer “case” is a story about real people – the patient and their supporting cast of loved ones. For example, when Texas Oncology patient Barbara Warf was diagnosed with lymphoma, friend Violet Parsons and her husband accepted the job without hesitation – attending appointments, making daily calls and so much more. The Parsons even scheduled a family vacation so that they could support Barbara during chemotherapy. Barbara’s reaction: “Violet is my angel.” Caregivers indeed are angels. But they are angels who need angels.
YOUR NEW JOB: HELPING CAREGIVERS, THE UNSUNG HEROES OF CANCER CARE By Billie Marek, M.D., Medical Oncologist HELP WANTED: Rewarding, demanding opportunity in strategic healthcare support, including medical technology, complex medicine administration, and general nursing care; household maintenance; meal preparation; lawn care; financial management; chauffeuring; counseling. Part-time (i.e., position often is additional to full-time employment) with potential for long-term engagement.
Researchers have confirmed that the emotional, physical and financial toll caregivers pay is significant and that they need support, encouragement and respite in order to stay effective in this demanding role. Caregivers, like cancer patients, are at high risk for depression and anxiety, stress-related health problems and loss of income due to missed work. THANK A CAREGIVER – EVERY LITTLE BIT HELPS I urge you to take time to express your thanks for these critically important partners in the cancer fight. Many caregivers who could use help the most are least likely to ask for it. Your support can take many forms. Even a simple acknowledgement can make a big difference. The Texas Oncology team encourages you to devote at least one hour this month to helping a caregiver. Here are a few suggestions: • Give a caregiver day off – guilt free • Drop off supplies for a favorite hobby (such as knitting yarn or a new book) • Invite the caregiver’s children for a play date • Ask for a list and run errands • Organize and schedule other friends to provide dinner • Mow the lawn • Donate house cleaning services • Stay in touch and be a good listener Caregiving is extraordinarily difficult, but meaningful and rewarding. For the job of supporting caregivers during this season of gratitude and giving, I hope that you agree with me that we all are hired.
Skills needed: ability to manage multiple competing urgent priorities; deftness in understanding and communicating medical concepts; steadiness amid crisis, including life and death situations; ability to function with little sleep, amid high stress, and for extended periods of time without time off; wisdom of Solomon, patience of Job.
McALLEN For more information about thanking and supporting caregivers, please visit www. TexasOncology.com/Giving Thanks. Billie Marek, M.D.
Dr. Billie Marek is a medical oncologist at Texas Oncology–McAllen, 1901 South Second Street in McAllen, Texas.
FIGHT L U N G CANCER When I was diagnosed with lung cancer, I chose to partner with Texas Oncology. They’re part of the largest network of cancer specialists, researchers and treatment centers in the country, yet they’re right here in my hometown. My primary care doctor works side-by-side with my Texas Oncology team to coordinate treatment and make sure I have access to the latest cancer-fighting tools. In fact, Texas Oncology participated in more than 100 clinical trials during 2010. I’m confident I can fight this battle with Texas Oncology on my side. TEXAS ONCOLOGY–MCALLEN 1901 South 2nd Street McAllen, Texas 78503 956-687-5150 1-888-864-I CAN (4226) • www.TexasOncology.com
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McALLEN Texas Oncology delivers high-quality cancer care with leading-edge technology and advanced treatment options to help patients achieve “More breakthroughs. More victories.” in their fights against cancer. Texas Oncology, a pioneer in community-based cancer care, is an independent oncology practice with sites of service throughout Texas and southeastern New Mexico. Texas Oncology patients have the opportunity to take part in some of the most promising clinical trials in the nation for a broad range of cancers. In fact, Texas Oncology has played an integral role in gaining Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for 29 of the latest cancer therapies.
Billie J. Marek, M.D., FACP Medical Oncology/Hematology Dr. Marek is board-certified and specializes in medical oncology and hematology. He currently serves as a director of Texas Oncology and is the medical director for Texas OncologyMcAllen. He has served the Rio Grande Valley for the past 22 years as a medical oncologist and hematologist, has been recognized as a “Super Doctor” in oncology for five years in a row, and was recognized as Doctor of The Year for Rio Grande Regional. Dr. Marek received his medical degree from The University of Texas Medical School at San Antonio. He completed his fellowship at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center.
Alvaro Restrepo, M.D. Medical Oncology/Hematology “I can be part of your team… and together we can fight the battle.” Dr. Restrepo specializes in, medical oncology and hematology. He completed his fellowship at the University of Miami. He also serves on the Breast Cancer Committee of US Oncology and has completed a fellowship in breast cancer treatment. Through the Life Beyond Cancer Fundation he established the Texas Oncology–McAllen Breast Cancer Ride/Walk fundraiser to raise funds for Rio Grande Valley cancer patients. To date approximately $30,000 has been donated to cancer patients in the Rio Grande Valley.
Suresh Ratnam, M.D., FACP Medical Oncology/Hematology Dr. Ratnam has been with Texas Oncology-McAllen for 13 years, which he joined after completing his fellowship at the renowned National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health. He has co-authored several research publications and is passionate about cutting-edge oncology care. He currently serves on the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee of US Oncology and chairman of the Credentials Committee for South Texas Health System.
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Nurul Wahid, M.D. Medical Oncology/Hematology Dr. Wahid was fellowship-trained in medical oncology and hematology at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York. He has been recognized as Physician of the Year at Rio Grande State Center in Harlingen where he has served as senior attending physician for the past 13 years.
Joseph Litam, M.D. Medical Oncology/Hematology Dr. Litam was fellowship-trained at The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. He is well known in the community and was in private practice for 27 years before joining Texas Oncology. He has special interest in treating solid tumors.
Guillermo Lazo, M.D. Medical Oncology/Hematology Dr. Lazo specializes in medical oncology and hematology. He completed his fellowship at The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. He is a recipient of several awards including the American Society of Clinical Oncology Merit Award and is the author of several peer-reviewed medical publications as well as book chapters. He received the highest honors on the professional examination for his medical doctorate degree.
Marcelo Boek, M.D. Medical Oncology/Hematology Dr. Boek is board-certified in internal medicine, medical oncology and hematology. Prior to him joining Texas Oncology, he conducted clinical research as part of the North Central Cancer Treatment group.
Nirupama Shekar, M.D. Medical Oncology/Hematology Dr. Shekar specializes in medical oncology and hematology. She completed her fellowship at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland and trained at The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.
Benjamin West, M.D. Radiation Oncology Dr. West is a board-certified radiation oncologist. He was a physicist prior to becoming a physician.
Rogelio Salinas, M.D. Radiation Oncology Dr. Salinas is a board-certified radiation oncologist. He completed his residency training at Memorial Sloan–Kettering Cancer Center in New York followed by his fellowship at The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.
Debbie Gillett, R.N., N.P. Nurse Practitioner “Cancer prevention is a high priority. My aim is to identify individuals who may be at high risk for cancer and work with them to develop a plan to reduce that risk.” Debbie Gillett is a nurse practitioner.
WESLACO Daniel Farray, M.D. Medical Oncology/Hematology Dr. Farray is board-certified in medical oncology, hematology, and internal medicine. He received his medical degree in 1998 from the Universidad Nacional Pedro Henriquez Urena in the Dominican Republic and completed his residency in internal medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland, Ohio. He completed his fellowship in medical oncology and hematology in 2006 at Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center/Loyola University Chicago. Dr. Farray ranked first in his medical school class. He is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology and American College of Physicians.
Habib Ghaddar, M.D., FACP Medical Oncology/Hematology Dr. Ghaddar specializes in medical oncology and hematology. He is board-certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in hematology and medical oncology. He received his medical degree from the American University of Beirut in Beirut, Lebanon. He completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at the Good Samaritan Hospital/John Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. He completed his fellowship in hematology/oncology at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX. He has been in practice with Texas Oncology since 1995.
HARLINGEN Marco A . Araneda, M.D. Medical Oncology/Hematology Dr. Araneda specializes in medical oncology and is board-certified in internal medicine and medical oncology. He received his medical degree from San Carlos University in Guatemala and completed a medical oncology fellowship at East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, Tennessee, as well as a fellowship in bone marrow transplantation at the University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida. He has special interests in breast cancer, gastrointestinal malignancies, hematologic malignancies, and molecular targeted therapy.
Laura E. Cisneros, M.D. Medical Oncology/Hematology Dr. Cisneros specializes in hematology and oncology. She completed her residency in internal medicine as well as her fellowship in hematology and oncology at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, KS. She is board-certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology.
Carlos Gonzalez-Angulo, M.D. Radiation Oncology Dr. Gonzalez specializes in radiation oncology and internal medicine. He is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine as well as the American Board of Radiology, and is a member of the American Society of Therapeutic Radiation Oncology (ASTRO), American College of Radiation Oncology (ACRO). He completed his fellowship in radiation oncology at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, in Buffalo, New York, and also completed a second residency in radiation oncology at Jackson Memorial Hospital/Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, in Miami, Florida. Aside from his medical practice, Dr. Gonzalez is a Christian lay minister and a student of ancient Greek.
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FASHIONABLE PROSTHETICS Beauty and self-expression come in many forms available to all sorts of people. For example, consumers are able to change their look to match how they feel simply by changing what they wear. This cultural custom has spread to a new genre that was previously untouched: prosthetic limbs. By Kayna Hobbs, University of Minnesota Aimee Mullins has paved the way for amputees to express themselves through their prosthetics. Aimee was born with fibular hemimelia and both of her lower legs were amputated when she was one year old. Since then, Aimee has been an inspiration to not only amputees, but to all those dealing with adversity. At age 36, she has participated in athletics, modeling and acting, and is currently a motivational speaker. Her topics include “Cultivating Healthy Body Image” and “Seeing Opportunity in Adversity.” One of Aimee’s TED Talks is called “It’s Not Fair Having 12 Pairs of Legs,” during which she explains that she is able to change her legs just as she changes her outfit. She can even alter her height between 5’8” and 6’1.” Alexander McQueen designed a pair of legs made of solid ash wood for Aimee, which she modeled on the runway. When Aimee competed in the NCAA in college, she wore a pair of legs designed for running that were modeled after that of a cheetah and on August 29th, 2012, she uploaded to Twitter a picture of her new prosthetics that featured long feathers painted on the legs. Aimee’s story is not a common one. Her success has come from her ability to oversee challenges and reach for her goals. A leg collection like Aimee’s may not be available to all amputees, but there are emerging designers and companies that are creating more beautiful and personalized prosthetics for any customer. Because a prosthetic is a part of an amputee’s body, the ability to personalize it may create a greater acceptance of the prosthetic by the wearer. Bespoke Innovations calls their
prosthetics “fairings,” and describes them as “a positive experience” and “an uncomfortable glance is now an admiring gaze.” The positive attitude about their fairings is supported by the ability to customize them with numerous colors, prints and finishes. Another notable prosthetic designer is Aviya Serfaty, the designer of Outfeet, a transformable prosthetic aimed toward female users. Serfaty’s website says that “Outfeet allows the amputee to express and recreate herself according to her mood, special events or desirable look.” The prosthetic can transform from flat to having a short heel, an activewear cover or a black cover. Outfeet was designed to embrace and emphasize feminine curves. Its design is more sleek and open than that of Bespoke Innovations, providing a distinct difference between the two. With options like these, amputees have less of a reason to feel different. Companies like Bespoke Innovations and Outfeet are transforming prosthetics into a positive and fashionable experience. While accessories like necklaces and bracelets are predictable, a personalized prosthetic fairing is unique and stunning. Living as an amputee, as Aimee Mullins demonstrates, doesn’t have to be a disability. Opportunities, goals and dreams are the same for everyone and customizable, unique, personalized prosthetics are giving confidence and expressive powers to amputees, allowing them to continue to reach their goals while catching admiring gazes along the way.
Lifetime prevalence of aura is 4% in males and 7% in females, while migraines without aura affect 8% of men and 16% of women. People aged 50 and above are less likely to experience aura.
AURA By Elza Vasconcellos, M.D.
Certain foods are thought to increase the risk of experiencing aura, so make sure to eat them moderately or avoid them if you suffer from recurrent migraines: • Chocolate • Bananas • Plums • Avocado • Citrus fruits • Cheese • Sweeteners • Preservatives • Cold foods • Alcoholic beverages
(MIGRAINE AURA) One in 5 people experiencing migraines have some uncommon symptoms known as aura, manifesting before the headache and lasting for about 20 minutes. Unlike regular headaches that go away more quickly, migraines can last up to 72 hours and when they’re accompanied by aura, they come with additional symptoms.
and changes in sleep patterns are also believed to contribute to aura’s occurrence. Women are more prone to experiencing these unpleasant manifestations, and teens and young adults are more likely than adults to have migraines with aura.
Some of these manifestations are less severe while others are very disturbing and perceived as threatening by most sufferers. How does aura manifest more specifically? First symptoms are usually changes in vision, such as flashes of light, blind spots, shimmering stars and zigzag patterns floating across the field of vision.
Preventive measures and treatment for aura are similar to those recommended for migraine headaches, so the unpleasant manifestations mentioned above can be kept away.
In addition, sufferers can experience numbness in one hand or in the face area, problems speaking, ringing in the ears, dizziness and, rarely, muscle weakness, but these manifestations are only temporary. All these symptoms are followed by the typical signs of migraine – intense headache, increased sensitivity to sounds and light, and nausea. In some sufferers, vomiting, low blood pressure, irritability and sensitivity to motion also occur. However, given that the signs of aura can signal the presence of a more serious condition, such as retinal tear or stroke, one should immediately see a doctor if the previously mentioned symptoms are recurrent. People who are obese and those with a family history of aura or migraine are more likely to experience aura. Fatigue, stress, bright lights
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It is important to be aware of and avoid the potential triggers of aura, such as lack of sleep, skipping meals, stress, certain foods known to be triggers, excessive caffeine intake, alcoholic beverages and not drinking enough water. Once an aura or migraine has begun, staying in a quiet and dark room, placing cold compresses on the forehead or other painful areas, taking over-the-counter pain killers or NSAIDS (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) such as ibuprofen or naproxen sodium as well as resting can help to relieve symptoms. More specific migraine medications, called triptans, can be prescribed by a physician to relieve migraine pain. In patients with recurrent aura, medications like antidepressants, beta-blockers and anticonvulsants may also be prescribed. -----------------------------------------------------------------------------Elza Vasconcellos, MD Pediatric Neurologist UCNS Certified in Headache Medicine WeMInd Institute.
Choose one to love, then love the one you chose! By Andreea Macoveiciuc
Engaging in a new relationship is always exciting as everything’s easy like Sunday morning in the early months. But as time passes, one realizes that building a long lasting relationship takes more than walks in the park, saucy talks and that dizzying sensation of being swept off your feet when looking into your lover’s eyes. Building a healthy and mature relationship takes time, effort, involvement, communication and the willingness to share your most intimate thoughts, feelings and fears with your significant other. Unless you’re ready to open your heart and let your partner see you as you are, you shouldn’t start investing in a relationship, as love takes two. Is your motivation the right one?
THE THREE PILLARS OF A HEALTHY RELATIONSHIP
These aren’t good reasons for getting involved in a relationship!
01. COMMUNICATION They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but this rule doesn’t really apply to relationships. One of the surest ways to get engaged in the wrong relationship is to pick the most attractive partner possible and just skip the wonderful early stages when the two of you should just sit, talk and get to know each other.
long as you’re ready to find a way to compromise, things can work perfectly between the two of you. Stay rational and mature when it comes to conflicts and talk about your problems the moment they occur; this way you’ll both understand what makes the other unhappy and what aspects of your relationship or personalities need to be improved.
Communication doesn’t mean small talk, although it does have to start somewhere and talking about your hobbies can be a good starting point. But if all your discussions start and end with weather predictions, then you’re definitely not on the good road. If you’re really interested in a person, leave your shyness behind, be open and let your true self be seen.
03. TRUST If you’re absolutely sure you’re next to the right one, show your trust by asking for opinions and pieces of advice when it comes to tough decisions and by sharing your stories and past experiences, your dreams and failures as well. Be supportive and encourage your partner, as this shows you trust the person that they are now, regardless of their past. Apologize when you hurt their feelings and show that what you most want is to build a strong foundation of trust, respect and appreciation.
1. EVERYONE HAS A LOVER AND YOU’RE THE ONLY ONE WHO’S STILL SINGLE. Tip: Instead of wasting time complaining about your status, why not invest your energy in activities that can help you grow? You’ll have so much more to offer when the right person appears in your life! 2. I DON’T HAVE ANYONE TO TALK TO ABOUT MY PROBLEMS. Tip: Your lover will be your best friend indeed, but one needs to have other friends as well, for a healthy relationship. So instead of looking for a lover, why not dedicate time to your old friends? 3. EVERYONE PRESSURES ME TO GET MARRIED. Tip: Marriage is not for everyone, which is why 1 in 2 relationships ends up in divorce. What’s worse: being single and investing in yourself, or being in an unhappy marriage, just to please your relatives and friends?
02. RESPECT You can love and be loved in return if you don’t show respect to your partner. Just like you, that person has feelings, fears, desires, dreams and stories from the past, so try to make the effort of not pushing things to the limit and of not asking uncomfortable questions. Respect the boundaries that exist, understand their perspective and let it be known that you’re not there to judge. You’re there to build a strong relationship. You’re there because you care and you already accepted that person for what they are! You may not agree on all points but as
Be honest. Don’t try to change your partner’s preferences, tastes and opinions, as you two have to maintain your separate identities. Just because you’re together doesn’t mean that you have to have the same likes or go out with the same people. A healthy relationship is the one that gives you the freedom of staying who you are while motivating you to become the best version of yourself! .
OF CHANGE THIS HOLIDAY SEASON By Patricia Rosenlund
One in every five Americans lives with a disability. Some 6 million school children have disabilities; as a group, too many never finish high school. Thirty-five percent of people with disabilities say they are unable to participate in their communities and only 32% of working age Americans with disabilities is employed. During the holiday season, it is a natural time to reflect on our blessings and think about ways to give back and make a difference. You may have a friend of family member who has a disability and needs to learn more about where to go for help and hope. Together, we can improve opportunities for people with disabilities—so that children and adults with disabilities can live, learn, work and play like everyone else. Ways to earn your wings….. LEARN MORE ABOUT EARLY CHILDHOOD INTERVENTION SERVICES Hundreds of babies are born with disabilities; their futures are uncertain but with the right support–like physical therapy for a toddler learning to walk, or speech therapy for a child with a developmental delay–they will be able to learn, grow and succeed in life. All children learn and grow at their own pace, but some babies and toddlers need a little extra help. Our local Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) program is part of the statewide early childhood intervention services network providing quality services for children from birth up to the age of three. The ECI staff and therapists work with parents as a team in their own homes to show how to help their children develop within daily routines such as mealtime, playtime or bath time–parents are the best first teacher. MAKE THE FIRST FIVE COUNT If you believe all kids deserve to start school ready and able to learn alongside their peers, go to MaketheFirstFiveCount.org and speak out today. When children at risk of developmental delays, disabilities or autism get the support they need, they can be school-ready and build a foundation for a lifetime of learning. And, if you are a parent, you can make sure that
your child is reaching his or her developmental milestones. It’s easy to find out, go to MaketheFirstFiveCount.org and take the free online screening. OPEN THE EMPLOYMENT DOOR FOR QUALIFIED APPLICANTS If you have an employment opportunity, open your door and mind to hiring people with disabilities. Qualified applicants are available to enter the workforce and meet your employment needs. HELP ENSURE A BETTER FUTURE FOR CHILDREN Donations make a difference for children in our community in order to have access to programs and services that provide early diagnosis and treatment. The demand for services grows every year so your support is critical to keep life-changing programs running. Best of all, your gift not only provides critical services for the people who need them most—it sends a message that every person with a disability deserves the chance to achieve his or her dreams. INVEST IN YOUR COMMUNITY THROUGH VOLUNTEERING Donating your time and talent is a wise investment. Giving back through a special skill is a tremendous value. Building a new ramp or making a repair provides cost-savings to the organization and keeps funding going to direct services. Offering your time and personal skills are gifts that keep on giving. SPECIAL NOTE: Easter Seals is celebrating 60 years of service in the Rio Grande Valley and we are blessed by the generosity and support of our community. From our family to yours, we wish you a healthy and happy holiday season.
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CHRISTMAS By Charlotte Libov
This holiday season we’re constantly bombarded with commercials for the latest electronic and video games, but why not choose a different path and give an old-fashioned gift instead. There will be no need for batteries, manuals or intricate set-ups; these are gifts that can begin delighting your child as soon as the wrapping is torn away. And there’s another plus: these are safe toys that have been child-tested for generations.
BLOCKS AND CONSTRUCTION SETS Whether you’re choosing simple building blocks or sophisticated Lego sets to construct skyscrapers, cities or even space stations, blocks come in a variety of choices to suit any child on your list. Blocks help develop motor and spatial skills, hand-eye coordination and creativity. Older kids can create elaborate settings in which to live out imaginary scenarios. For instance, once a city is built, who will live there and what else will they need? The possibilities are endless.
Playing with dolls seems to fulfill an innate human need. Indeed, dolls have been part of mankind since prehistoric times. There is no end to the types of dolls that can be chosen as gifts, and no age group that would not welcome them. Whether plain or beautifully costumed for the young collector, dolls are a way little girls can create their own fantasy worlds and fire their imaginations. The “American Girl” doll series is a recent example of how irreplaceable dolls are in a little girl’s world.
BOARD GAMES AND CARD GAMES While everyone is choosing electronic games this holiday season, why not strike a different path and opt for a board game? Gathering around the table as a family to play board games never goes out of fashion and there is a huge variety from which to choose. There are strategy games, party games, family games and children’s games, with dozens of contenders in every category. Just as books, board games are given awards too, so there are plenty from which to choose.
ARTS AND CRAFTS
Children love doing arts and crafts so much they don’t realize how good they are for their development. Most obvious, of course, is that doing arts and crafts fuels a child’s imagination. But working with art also provides them with the satisfaction of taking raw materials and turning them into their own unique creations. Children learn to use tools, practice manual dexterity and they also may discover talents they didn’t know they had.
A British mapmaker created the first jigsaw puzzle in 1760 by mounting a map on a piece of wood and then sawing around the countries. He did it to create a teaching tool, and puzzles have been used for fun and education ever since. They provide the opportunity to use many skills, including hand-eye coordination, math skills (like cataloguing and organizing), fine motor coordination and, above all, persistence. Several children can work together on a large puzzle, which teaches social skills and teamwork.
President Obama’s recent visit to a bookstore with his daughters to do some Christmas shopping makes a telling point; there’s no denying that, even with the advent of Kindles and Nooks, there’s nothing like the feel of a book in your hand. The children’s book industry is booming and there is everything from timeless classics to brand-new books available for any child on your list. If you are looking for ideas, check out the lists of children’s book award winners; you’ll find books for every age.
Puppets are an ancient art form, dating back at least to 3,000 B.C. and have been used in performances, children’s shows, carnivals, festivals and all sorts of celebrations. As a holiday gift, though, puppets have an enchantment all their own. You can find them in toy stores or online and, although they come in various styles, including marionettes, finger puppets and shadow puppets, the ones that will probably cause the most delight for younger children are hand puppets, because of their ease of use and their resemblance to the Muppets, of course.
Silent…Make time for some quiet time with your family. One of the things my daughter loves to do is to light all the candles in the house. There is something very soothing and magical about candlelight and sitting in front of the flickering lights of the Christmas tree. On every very holiday, take the opportunity to create positive and strong family unity. Holy…Too many of us forget the meaning of Christmas and let ourselves get caught up with the commercialism and materialism of the holiday. Teach your children the true meaning of Christmas. Calm…Your family will love you more if you are not stressed out. This is easier said than done. Somehow we get so caught up in making everything so perfect that we end up frazzled by the time it’s all over. Keep it simple and learn to say no. Take care of yourself and don’t let others decide what’s important to you. Bright…Christmas is even more special when you can do things for others. With your children, search closets for coats, clothing and toys and give them to the homeless and the needy. Hang mistletoe over doorways in your house to get and give extra kisses during the holiday season. Make time to ride around the neighborhood to see the Christmas lights. When you decorate the tree, tell your children about the ornaments, such as where they came from and what they mean to you.
SIMPLIFYRESTORE YOUR SPIRITS By Maria Luisa Salcines For some people Christmas is a painful time. Loneliness, fatigue and unrealistic expectations can ruin the holidays. Childhood memories aren’t always happy ones and this time of the year often reminds people of the past. I read an article once that said that Christmas was listed on clinical stress tests. The day itself counts for 12 points. When you add all the other activities during the holidays, like social and church activities, family get-togethers and eating more than our share of food, stress points can go up as much as 150 points. The most important thing to strive for during the holidays is creating peace and harmony in your home.
Simplify…If you haven’t received a Christmas card from someone for two years straight, take them off your list. If you have a large extended family, propose to pull each other’s name out of a hat. Make your life easier by planning ahead. Keep a list of gift ideas, holiday supplies and things you need to do. Write everything down in a notebook and carry it with you everywhere you go. Delegate…Let your family help you by allowing everyone to get involved with the preparations. Regardless of your children’s ages, you can always find something for them to do. Encourage your children often and you’ll be surprised how much quicker some of the jobs will get done. Lower standards…Quit being so picky. So what if the ornament your child placed on the tree is not exactly where you’d put it. Let your children set the table and wrap some of the gifts. Remember that your goal is family harmony not perfection. The best Christmas gift you can give your family is yourself. Keep a healthy perspective and enjoy your children. Be happy…Remember that the holidays are a time for joyful celebrations. Maria Luisa Salcines is a freelance writer, and certified parent educator with The International Network for Children and Families in Redirecting Children’s Behavior and Redirecting for a Cooperative Classroom. Follow her on Twitter @PowerOfFamily or contact her at her Web site at www.redirectingchildrenrgv.org.
NO BATTERIES REQUIRED By Lora Incardona
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Picture in your mind a 13-year-old boy. What is he doing? Television advertisements would have you believe that he’s loving every electronic gadget he can get his hands on. Now let me tell you about a real 13-year-old boy. Once a month my friends and I get together to play board or card games, just to have some good clean fun and to socialize. When it was my night to host, my son came home from running errands with his dad and approached the table where we were playing to say hello to my friends. Then, to my surprise, he lingered around the table watching us play. I invited him to sit down and he did. He even began to play with us! Who would have thought that a 13-year-old, boy or girl, would want to hang out with women old enough to be his mother or grandmother? The next month, when game night was mentioned, my son got a glimpse of excitement in his eyes, until I told him that we weren’t hosting, which would prevent him from easily spending time with his dad if he didn’t like the game. With a sad face, he decided not to go to game night with my mom and me. We did, however, promise to have family game day the next day. I encourage parents to leave the batteries behind and give the gifts of table games, especially the ones that require reading, math, fine motor skills, decision making and critical thinking. list of games to the left fit one or more of the skills above that build the brain to give it the strength and abilities to achieve the intellectual feats required of school and life. In addition to brain building, children learn to take turns, respect rules, be aware of proper placement, take care of their things, put things away, roll with the tide of winning and losing throughout an event, be a good sport when competing with others, and be a good winner and loser. Without rejection of the “three R’s,” parents can have their children practice their academic skills and be happy to do so!
Lora Incardona has been a public school teacher since 1993 and holds master degrees in bilingual education and educational leadership. Visit http://LoraTheStudyCoach.com to follow her blog and read more articles about education today.
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HEALTHY SKIN Here are tips to take your skin care regimen from summer to winter:
01. If you find your skin feeling itchy, the problem may be that the products you are using are not the best for you when the climate changes. Try hypoallergenic soaps or skin care products. 02. Is your skin looking older or drier? Try dabbing on moisturizer during the day as well as night or in the morning. 03. Try a new moisturizer. Some products may not work for you as well in the winter as in the summer. The choice you make depends on the dryness of your skin and your tolerance for the greasy feel of moisturizer. While a light moisturizer may suffice in the summer, you may need a heavier, creamier choice in the winter to lock in the moisture. Avoid moisturizers that contain alcohol, which is drying.
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This is the season for looking your best, and everyone wants to achieve their best holiday look. A beautiful holiday look, though, starts with great skin, so here are some tips to achieve a natural holiday glow.
04. Now that cooler weather is here, the idea of soaking in a hot bathtub may seem appealing. Don’t do it – hot water dries the skin. 05. Don’t forget the sunscreen. Everyone knows to put on sunscreen when it’s a blindingly sunny day outside, but even on cloudy winter days, the damaging rays of the sun filter through, aging skin and causing skin cancer as well. So always wear sunscreen, and use an SPF of at least 15 and preferably 30+. Also, don’t forget your lips; use a lip balm with a similar SPF factor as well. NOW THAT YOU’VE GOT YOUR SKIN LOOKING GREAT, TREAT
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• If you know you will be attending a celebration, have healthier, low calorie meals the rest of the day, and do not miss your workout for anything in the world. • If you usually exercise 3-4 times a week, try doing it every day. If you can’t, increase your workout intensity so you burn more calories or extend your cardio routine by 10 minutes each day. Remember that the way you work out will determine how many calories you continue to burn throughout that day, so make it worth it. • It´s ok to give in to desserts every now and then, but when you do, take something else off your plate, like the mashed potatoes or the gravy. You don’t have to try everything on the table of every dinner party you attend. • When you host a celebration, try to use healthy ingredients whenever possible: cook with low-fat dairy products, sugar substitutes, whole wheat, etc.
HOLIDAYS By Carolina Martinez, C.H.C.
IT IS NOT A GOOD TIME OF THE YEAR TO BE ON A WEIGHT-LOSS DIET. THE SEASON BRINGS AT LEAST A COUPLE OF EXTRA POUNDS ALONG WITH THE HOLIDAY SPIRIT, BUT THERE ARE SOME THINGS YOU CAN DO TO MAINTAIN YOUR WEIGHT.
• Eat something healthy before you go to a holiday dinner, that way you won’t feel hungry and overeat. • Limit your alcohol. A cocktail can have as many calories as a meal, so if you are drinking, try to do so in moderation and consider not having dessert. • Most people snack on something while shopping. Carry some healthy snacks in your bag when you go out to do your Christmas shopping so you can avoid eating the unhealthy snacks usually available at the mall. • Watch your portions. Holiday food plates look like big mountains of everything; you can’t even distinguish what´s there. Portion your plate and don’t pile up food. Don’t forget to add salad or vegetables to all your meals. • Stay away from dips, fried foods, fatty cheeses, greasy chips, sodas and doughnuts (the last two should not be only during the holidays, though!!). Enjoy the parties, share with family and friends, but be conscious about eating and exercise. It is harder to get back into your routine once you slip big time, so please, pick your battles and fight them! -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Carolina Martinez Certified Health Coach, Institute for Integrative Nutrition email@example.com
FRUIT CAKE INGREDIENTS •
13 oz mixed sun-dried fruit (date, apple, pear, apricot and cranberries)
15 oz can of apricots, diced (in natural juice) – keep the juice
1 tbsp baking powder
¼ tsp baking soda
1¼ c whole wheat flour
1 tsp all spice
2 eggs, lightly beaten
½ c almond flakes
½ c crushed walnuts
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INSTRUCTIONS 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line loaf pan with baking paper. 2. In saucepan over medium heat, add apricots with juice and dried fruit. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring frequently. 3. Place flour, baking powder, baking soda and all spice in large bowl and combine well. 4. Mix lightly beaten eggs through dry mixture until well combined. 5. Mix in, almonds and walnuts. 6. Pour mixture into loaf pan and bake for 40 minutes.
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Events RIO GRANDE REGIONAL HOSPITAL On November 5th, Rio Grande Regional Hospital opened a 24-Hour Emergency Care Center in McAllen, where patients can expect fast, convenient care by experienced boardcertified physicians. All lab work and imaging are performed and processed on-site to expedite care and an Emergency Department physician will discuss each patient’s diagnosis and review follow-up care. Rio Grande Regional Hospital’s 24-Hour Emergency Care offers superior medical care, close to home.
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