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When affection is discussed in circles, the word family always seems to find its way in. But it is tough to find good movies sometimes, let alone for families. According to Fandango, these are the up and coming, good for all audiences, viewer-friendly movies coming to town in 2013. Escape from Planet Earth


Releasing 2/14/2013

Releasing 8/9/2013

The first animated move of the year featuring an all-star cast including Sarah Jessica Parker, Jessica Alba, Sofia Vergara, Jane Lynch, and Brendan Fraser as a space pilot whose arrogance lands him in hot water. Jack the Giant Slayer Releasing 3/1/2013

Nicholas Hoult (About a Boy, Warm Bodies) stars as Jack, an innocent farmhand who, despite his best intentions, sets off a series of highstakes conflicts between our world and a land of fearsome giants. The Croods Releasing 3/22/2013

Prehistoric family, The Croods, led by patriarch Nicolas Cage, are in for several surprises when they’re forced to abandon the cave they’ve always called home, and venture into the larger, animated world around them.

Turbo Releasing 7/19/13

In this family animated adventure, Ryan Reynolds provides the voice of Turbo, a turtle who longs to become the greatest racer in the world, just like his hero, 5-time Indianapolis champ, Guy Gagne. Epic Releasing 5/24/2013

The makers of Ice Age and Rio present an animated tale about an ongoing struggle deep within the forest between forces of good and evil. A teenager finds herself transported into this world, and teams up with the inhabitants to save their world and her own. Monsters University Releasing 6/21/2013

Pixar’s offering this year is a prequel to their 2001 hit, Monsters, Inc., which takes us back to Mike and Sully’s college days – a time when they weren’t necessarily the best of friends. Despicable Me 2 Releasing 7/3/2013

Those crazy minions are back in Universal’s sequel to the 2010 smash hit. Steve Carell returns to voice Gru as he, his girls and their hoard of minions face a new villain, voiced by Al Pacino. The Smurfs 2 Releasing 8/2/2013

Gargamel’s up to his usual dastardly deeds, here creating smurf-like baddies called‘The Naughties,’who kidnap Smurfette, take her to Paris, and try to get her to be a bad girl smurf. It’s up to Papa Smurf, Clumsy, Grouchy and Vanity, along with their human friends, to rescue her and save the day.

Originally slated as a direct-to-DVD release, Pixar’s sort-of spin-off from the Cars franchise flies into theaters in the late summer months. What’s next? Boats? The Little Mermaid 3D Releasing 9/13/2013

Ariel, Sebastian, Scuttle, Flounder and the rest of the underwater gang return in three dimensions as the classic Little Mermaid is re-released to theaters, along with its amazing score, songs and timeless tale of a mermaid who sets out on a journey to find her prince and save her father’s kingdom. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 Releasing 9/27/2013

Menacing hybrid food-animals are causing problems and it’s up to Flint Lockwood (Bill Hader) to put a stop to it in this sequel to Sony Animations’2009 hit. Anna Faris, Neil Patrick Harris Terry Crews and James Caan return. Mr. Peabody & Sherman Releasing 11/1/2013

The classic cartoon is revisited and refreshed, but the basic story about a smart dog named Peabody and his boy Sherman remains the same. This time, when Sherman gets a hold of a time machine, the animated duo take a fantastical joyride through the ages. Frozen Releasing 11/27/2013

This animated tale about the journey of a hopeful girl, an extreme mountain man, and his sidekick to find the girl’s sister, the Snow Queen, and end her icy reign over the lands, promises lots of adventure, laughs, and the heart expected from the folks behind Tangled, Surf’s Up, and Wreck-It-Ralph. iwj

Feb/Mar 2013




& How to Save Both Dr Yvonne Fedewa

This is the season where money is lost from using sick days during flu season, being called by the children’s school because of fevers, and indirectly for other businesses because of cancelled appointments. There are too many myths associated with this season of runny noses, fevers, and feeling like a truck laid tracks. Here a few misnomers to get around the season. Myth: I can’t get the flu because I got my flu shot. Ding, ding, not so. The flu is a widespread epidemic. Many who get the flu vaccine actually can still get the flu. There are many reasons for this, but one of them is because the vaccine isn’t the right strain for protection. In other words, it’s a vaccine for a different flu strain. The recommendation is to know what is in vaccinations. Myth: Germs cause disease. Again, not exactly. Germs do not cause disease. The inability for the body to adapt to an ever changing environment is what causes the family to feel “under the weather.” Bacteria aids health when in proper numbers. When bad bacteria outweighs the good, that is when sickness surfaces or “expresses itself.” Balance can be thrown off by eating too much food that supports bad bacteria. Foods rich in sugar and bad fats.

Myth: Fevers are bad. Wrong again. The body is smart, it knows that bacteria cannot live in an environment over a certain temperature. The temperature increase will destroy the protein components in bacteria, viruses, and parasites.Taking Motrin or Tylenol can be counterproductive to the body’s defense mechanisms. A body temperature of 104 can be scary especially in kids. Fevers in a healthy individual will spike up and down. One minute a fever sits at 102, then it spikes to 104, and then back to 102. This is the body’s way to spike just long enough to keep the foreign attacker on the run. With fevers it is best to break a fever. This can be done through a slightly warm bath in Epsom salts, hot tea with lemon, and could include a warm blanket to sweat the fever and the foreign invader out.

Although these cannot be used in place of seeking out knowledge from experts and researching, they can however, give you a running chance over runny noses. iwj

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MAMMOGRAMS: Early Detection is Best


Dr Shashi Ajmani Obstetrics & Gynecology Women’s Health Associates

Mammography, however, does because it can detect a cancer that a woman and her doctor cannot feel. Breast self-examination may be helpful if done properly and routinely in order to find a mass while is smaller.

When looking at big pictures as the February theme suggests, there are huge considerations in a woman’s health. In discussing the saturated discussion of breast cancer, there are still so many who are unaware of how critical the topic remains. Breast cancer continues to be the leading cause of death in women. However, there is a difference in pre-screening versus treatment. Some believe screening is a method to confirm a horrible fate. This is not the case. Screening for breast cancer with mammograms has been shown to reduce mortality or death from breast cancer. The diagnosis of breast cancer increased in the 1990’s due to routine screening and early detection with mammogram. As a result, the deaths from breast cancer have decreased. The earlier a cancer is found the more treatable it is. This is the value of pre-screening Screening implies detection of a disease before there are symptoms or obvious signs. Breast self-awareness is recommended but breast self-exam has not been consistently found to reduce deaths from breast cancer.

Screening also requires that a disease be relatively common so that testing everyone is cost-effective in regards to the number of years of life saved. There are differing expert recommendations as to the age of initiating mammograms and their frequency. The U.S. Preventative Task Force recommends mammograms every 2 years from age 50 to 74, and individualized screening from 40 to 50, if any. The American College of Obtetricians and Gynecologists firmly recommends initiating mammography at 40, either every year or 2 years until 50, and then annually. Most OB/Gyns recommend annual screening from age 40 on, with the rationale that if a woman gets a cancer in her forties, it is more likely to be an aggressive cancer so better to not wait longer for mammograms in that age group. Furthermore, the number of years of life saved in this age group is felt by most to be worth the increased cost of screening all those women.   It is important for all women to see their doctor or healthcare provider annually and assess their risk of breast cancer, among other things. The provider can discuss the appropriate imaging routine and order it at a breast imaging facility in the patient’s area. There are many quality imaging centers in the Treasure Valley from which to choose. It is essential that women pursue this screening and potentially save their lives. It is recommended that women begin annual mammograms at age 40. There are many lives that have been preserved by early detection, long before it would have been noticed externally. iwj

Feb/Mar 2013


Karleen Andresen W

hen Karleen Andresen, publisher and owner of the revised Idaho Women’s Journal, works with you, she makes the impossible feel like a stepping stone and cradles your heart while urging you to reach higher. She’s dying to tell her own story, and have no more secrets. Andresen told her life shredding secret for the first time publicly in October. Her husband suffers from a traumatic brain injury that turned their lives upside down18 years ago. The journey has been chaotic and difficult, but it also brought her to this point – a wonderful place of overcoming, loving and inspiring women in life and business.

“Her husband suffers from a traumatic brain injury that turned their lives upside down 18 years ago.” “There is nothing I can hear that I don’t think we can’t get over,” Andresen says. “I had to be in business because it was a survival thing. I had the knack. I had the talent. I was pushed against a wall and it forced me into a place where I had to carve out a business for myself, and I had to carve it out so I could care for the people in my home. I had to make something impossible, very possible. When I look at other people now, women specifically, there’s not a woman who I have met that I don’t look at and say, you can do this.”
 Andresen, a mother of seven children ages 17 to 30, recalls life before her husband had three car accidents in nine months, none of them his fault. “Our marriage wasn’t perfect but he was perfect,” she says. “It was like I was willing to deal with whatever that baggage was because I adored him. We adored each other so much, and it was deep and wide. When he did a dumb guy thing, it was really OK in that package and in that love fest.” photo by Rob Ayers



is Telling... Sandra Wurdemann

They were in sync as a couple. They had their roles. He was the sole wage earner; she was mother, wife, companion, friend, lover, good neighbor. Both were leaders in church and community, and supported each other. Together, they were a force. That all changed in the end of 1994 during a business trip. “He left about 4 o’clock in the morning to catch the airplane. I remember hugging him at the bottom of the stairs, and I remember looking at him and saying, ‘Be careful, just be careful.’ And then he called me about 11ish and said he’d gotten in the accident. He doesn’t remember anything really after that.” The hospital wanted him to stay. He refused and flew home instead, she says. “He had incredible head pain. The first thing he said was, ‘I don’t want to talk to anybody.’ We had no idea that we’d be sitting here 18 years later in a different world. It was just another accident.” It didn’t occur to her that he was suffering from brain damage, though she noticed changes in his personality and actions. “He wasn’t himself. He was running through stoplights, stop signs, turning opposite down one-way streets. He stood and watched while our daughter was drowning in front of him. Luckily, I was there just in time. He gave our son medicine that put him in the hospital. He never wanted to talk. He had crazy head pain; he would beg me to shoot him. He was completely withdrawn, he didn’t engage with his kids. There was no sexual desire.” It’s like the soul of this person left and this other mechanical robot was in his place, she says. But the mechanical robot was programmed with easy to anger, judgmental – he was harsh. He had no paternal instinct, he had no connect and it was across the board in everything. It was this that fueled a divide and battleground for both of them. A diagnosis took four years. Resources were minimal.

disability, which paid far below the almost six figures he once made. She tried to supplement with a full time job, and the doctors’ appointments and small tribe of children made it excruciating. She juggled. His personality changes and outbursts lost them friends and caused them to recoil. There was very limited income. Their credit was destroyed. “I would just weep sometimes,” Andresen says. “But then what happens is, you climb back on. You pull yourself together and you say, ‘OK, these are the cards I’ve been dealt. I’m going to figure this out. I’m going to push through it. I’m going to survive the period to the best of my ability, and then you figure things out along the way. After the accident, I realized I had to take on a different role: defender, protector, guide, guard.” Because the injury was internal and her husband looked normal, it was difficult to get help. “What happens is you’re in society but you’re invisible, and now you’ve got to function as an invisible player. So socially, you have no friends; from woman to woman, you have no outlets. People passed judgment, some people didn’t think we deserved anything. Some people think they know what your life should be. They have no idea what stuff we’re dealing with on the inside of the four walls of our home. There was no place where we were visible, not even in the medical field, and because we were in the middle of a lawsuit, we could only go to certain people. We could only play certain ways. We could only do what attorneys said we could do or benefits would cease.” The couple moved their family to Idaho in 1997, settled the legal actions and set about rebuilding a life based on their new reality.

“What happens is you’re in society but you’re invisible, and now you’ve got to function as an invisible player. So socially, you have no friends; from woman to woman, you have no outlets.”

“Eighteen years ago, if you weren’t drooling or wetting yourself, they didn’t think there was a problem,” she said. “People don’t understand that traumatic brain injury happens when you have a repeated knocking of the head.” Those years were spent surviving. Doctors’ appointments, sometimes four days a week, and trying to meet all the requirements of workers compensation insurance and battling a civil lawsuit. Meanwhile, he was on temporary

“Once a big thing happens in your life, that never goes away. How you manage it changes. You mature and your emotions catch up. You fine tune how that affects your life and how it plays into the future.”

In 2007, Andresen returned to college through the University of Phoenix and earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing. Marketing brought together the skills and strengths she’d been using all her life in every business venture and each political campaign. “I loved college” she said. “I read everything, every page. That’s when I started knowing there was a me in there.” Andresen started a public relations company while in school with 30 clients her first year. In 2011, the owners of the Feb/Mar 2013


“There’s no darkness that we can’t pull out of, no negative current that we can’t push aside or get over. There is nothing that I don’t look at a woman and say, we can get over.”

Idaho Women’s Journal asked her to take them on as a client to figure out why the magazine hadn’t taken off in its first few years. Andresen quickly realized that the owners didn’t want to be in the publishing business. The owners offered to sell the IWJ and Andresen purchased it in October 2011. Andresen used all her marketing knowledge to redesign the magazine with tips, tools and information that capture the reader’s attention. A double-flip cover allows her to highlight twice as many women. A Who’s Who page features decision makers and those making a difference in business. “The Journal lends a very unique authenticity in this community of women. It’s genuine, relevant.” In the first 90 days of her ownership, attendance at IWJ’s networking events jumped from six to 60 people. More than 700 women have attended events in 2012. Distribution points have increased 25 percent to 300 locations. People who liked the IWJ on Facebook soared from 153 to more than 700. The IWJ offers marketing workshops, a book on social networking, and an annual women’s show is in the works.

“Today I know that life, back there, was a very different world, but I’ve carved that out and made it useful. Today, there is no darkness that we can’t pull out of, no negative current that we can’t push aside. I am in love with my women. I am so madly in love with these people and what each has done with their challenge or secret. They may not have had it as hard or they might have had it harder. It doesn’t matter. We are capable of so much more. We have such strength, we have such power. My message in all of this: find those people who support and sustain you, people who do not judge but guide you. If you come to the IWJ, we are going to love you. Come with a wanting heart and never leave empty.” iwj


Have Karleen Andresen share her story, “I’m Dying to Tell, No More Secrets: How to Break the Silence”, with your group. Email her at: She can be found at

photo by Rob Ayers

When asked why she’s telling her secret now, Andresen explains, “Secrets are demons to the heart and destroyers of our best success. As an advocate for women, we needn’t go there.” Andresen has launched a book writing project to allow women to tell their secrets in a safe environment. She is publishing a book of women’s secrets this year. It will launch on Kickstarter.



For Me

Weight Loss Positive Changes Hypnosis


oing to a gym or watching your diet comes with hurdles called desire and drive. For most people, being deprived of their favorite food is not fun. Going to the gym is more like going to the dentist; you know you’ll be in pain, but you hope it’s worth it. If only they had laughing gas at the gym! Among the many choices, one alternative surfaces as a viable option among experts. Hypnosis.

and your subconscious mind becomes more focused. And assuming there is desire, the more exposure to hypnosis, the easier it becomes and the suggestions start to become your new behaviors. Hypnosis can begin influencing the idea of liking different foods. The subconscious voice can introduce this suggestion along with enjoying the gym. However, this is not always an instant fix.

Hypnosis itself doesn’t get a gal in shape, but it can make someone want to eat healthier foods, drink more water, and move people to show up at the gym or work your tush off.

Negative behaviors have been learned over years. Changing a behavior can take days or weeks to manifest itself. The key to hypnosis is to let it happen!

Wendy Person, a local hypnosis client put it this way, “The thing about hypnosis is that it’s not a diet. I can still eat whatever I want, it just changes what I want to eat. “ Clinical hypnosis is nothing like what is seen on stage. A person can’t be made to cluck like a chicken. That is pure entertainment though most people are truly hypnotized. A person will not do what they don’t want to. Clinical hypnosis is merely deep relaxation, making the subconscious mind deeply focused on the positive suggestions that are offered. The subject doesn’t lose control and can come back to full consciousness at any time. During hypnosis, the body relaxes and thoughts become more focused. Like other relaxation techniques, hypnosis lowers blood pressure and heart rate, and changes certain types of brain wave activity. In this relaxed state, the body is at ease, the mind fully awake, and the mind may be highly responsive to suggestion. The conscious mind becomes less alert

There’s no doubt that some people respond better to hypnotic suggestion than others, and it can be very different for each person, but most everyone can be hypnotized. Desire is key. Allowing the hypnosis to work, and listening and reacting to the subconscious mind is the catalyst. Elizabeth Bauer started noticing changes immediately after her first hypnosis session. “I noticed a difference right after my first personal session. I immediately started to feel like something inside me was changing”, she said. “I lost 25 lbs in the first 2 months and I wasn’t even exercising. Then, in the 3rd month I joined a gym and my progress increased. It’s amazing to think, that with the right tools and support, I had the power within me to overcome such a huge hurdle in my life. I now feel like I can accomplish anything!” Just like any life choice however, you want to make sure you use reputable companies with trained hypnotists and a professional environment. After all, you don’t want to be clucking like a chicken every time you get on the treadmill at your new gym! iwj

Feb/Mar 2013


Food The




IWJ Staff The straw man in the Wizard of Oz was seeking a brain only to find out he always had one. Sometimes in the world of agriculture, straw gets a bad wrap. It can be labeled by some as “waste.” However, according to Glen Edwards, a lifetime farmer and owner of Treasure-View Holsteins, straw has a brain of sorts. Like the Wizard of Oz, straw already has the power and much of the public doesn’t know it. Straw is a bi-product of wheat, barley, oats, and other small grains. In its simplest of processes, it can be plowed back into the soil to create humus which contributes to soil retention. It is also used to keep farm animals dry in wet weather, and some have used it for the same purpose for domestic pets like cats and dogs. It can be used for mulch in gardens to keep the weeds out, and has been used as the backstop for archery enthusiast. House building with straw is becoming more popular as seen on the television station, TLC and How Stuff Works. iwj

Chia Seeds:

for More than Pets

IWJ Staff

If people remember the Chia Pet, the idea of eating chia creates a less than palatable image. However, Chia is considered in many circles as a super food with a nutty flavor. Chia is gluten free and powerful in fiber, protein, omega-3 fatty acids, calcium, potassium, phosphorous, and rich in antioxidants. Some say if needed, a person can survive on Chia for an extended period of time. Although maybe not ideal, in natural disasters, having clean water and bag of Chia seeds could sustain a body for a period of time. To include chia in your diet, sprinkle over cereals, yogurts, and salads. Mixing chia seeds into baking dishes like muffins or sprinkling with seasoning for meats will super charge the nutritional value. Purchasing large quantities of chia can be a food storage staple. iwj To Purchase Chia Seeds:

• Walmart • Walgreens • Amazon • The Vitamin Shoppe


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