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A note from the Editor | Publisher One thing I can absolutely promise is that I will never again begin by discussing the weather. The weather is just too erratic in our area and by the time you end up reading what I have written ,we have already moved on to a whole new weather pattern. ANOTHER WINNER! We would like to acknowledge and congratulate one of our favorite contributors and friend, Karen Jessee, who won first place at the Delaware Press Association Awards for two of her articles and is now a member of the National Foundation of Press Women, enabling her two winning articles to compete at the national level. LWM can now boast a total of 75 Delaware Press Association Awards in the categories of design, articles, layout and cover art. Good luck to Karen at the national level! We would also like to express our gratitude to Lauren Golt who has written the “Style Files” column for the past several years. In 2011, Lauren received a Delaware Press Association Award for her column, “Style Files” as well as an award from the National Foundation of Press Women. I have no doubt that Lauren will be doing great things in the future with her newest venture, Social Stylate. But it’s not the end of “Style Files”. It’s the beginning of a new “Style Files”, continuing to highlight people in our community and their personal sense of style, whatever that may be. If you are interested in being profiled in “Style Files” and or know someone who would? Contact us at: Advertising Inquiries: This month ‘s recipes are incredible! They are brought to us by international Brian Strauss -Publisher chefs who have written cookbooks. We are sharing a selection of some of their favorite recipes. The author and chef of, Le Pain Quotidien Cookbook’s, Alain Coumont will be at Le Pain Quotidien Bakery, 1423 Walnut Street in 302-355-0929 Philadelphia on June 14th between 11:00 and 2:00, visit www.lepainquotidien. Lita Latham - Account Executive com for more information and other stops on his USA tour. If you are looking for a fun family day that supports a great cause, then you need to sign up for The Delaware Kids Fund, 5K Run/Walk for KIDS on Saturday, 302-750-0898 August 4th, starting at 8:30 am, at James Street Tavern, Newport, Delaware. For Sara Smith - Account Executive more information about this event, see their ad on page 7. Find Valentino this month and you could win a copy of the book everyone is talking about, Solomon Speaks On Reconnecting Your Life, Dr. Eric Pearl and 302-540-4443 Frederick Ponzlov. You can get a sneak peak of this phenomenal book on page Monika Borkowska 34. Also this month a Cancer Survivor /care provider Deborah Cornwall (p12) PA Account Executive shares her story. We hope to have a few books to giveaway too. Congratulations to all of the new graduates and their families. Now the journey gets a bit more interesting. Enjoy the month! 484-557-6645 Editors / Publishers Happy Fathers Day! Looking to start your own business? Diane and Brian Peace! Diane and Brian Strauss Become a LIVING.WELL MAGAZINE Associate Editor: ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER Michael Strauss Living Well Magazine is expanding into puppy love™ Creator all areas of the country. Sean Strauss Business Opportunities are available: Executive Assistant Nick E. Daum Resident Artist and Creator of the Valentino caricature. Liam McWilliams Design and Graphics dcfine LIVING.WELL MAGAZINE © is a monthly publication distributed regionally. All articles and advertisements are accepted in good faith. Living Well Magazine assumes no responsibility or liability for any claims, conditions, products, services, errors, and/or opinions expressed through articles and advertisements appearing in this publication. Please check with your primary health care provider before making any changes. Living Well Magazine welcomes your comments and suggestions. No part of LIVING WELL MAGAZINE™ may be reproduced in any form without permission and written consent. Copyright, All rights reserved. 2013 Various Trademarks Used By Permission Of Their Respective Owners

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Water’s Extreme Journey Opens June 15! Special exhibit explores the water cycle on a quest for clean water.


Explore the water cycle and discover Water’s Extreme Journey, on display at the Delaware Museum of Natural History June 15 through September 2, 2013.

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When an undersea oil well blew out 50 miles off the Louisiana coast on April 20, 2010 and caused an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig above it (killing 11 workers), no one knew that an even bigger disaster was yet to come. Over the next three months, 4.9 million gallons of crude poured into the water before BP could get the wellhead capped to stop the flow of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. According to BP, which has already spent $14 billion on clean-up and restoration, the Gulf is returning to baseline conditions prior to the disaster. “No company has done more, faster to respond to an industrial accident than BP did in response to the Deepwater Horizon accident in 2010,” reports the company. But not everybody sees the situation that way. Many environmentalists are concerned that, while BP has done a thorough job removing visible oil from the water column and surface, little has been done to repair damage to marine life and ecosystems. “Three years after the initial explosion, the impacts of the disaster continue to unfold,” says Doug Inkley, senior scientist at the National Wildlife Federation (NWF). A recent report by the group found that the three-year-old spill is still having a serious negative effect on wildlife populations in the Gulf. For one, dolphin deaths in the region have remained above average every single month since the disaster. In the first two months of 2013, infant dolphins were found dead at six times pre-spill average rates. Says Inkley: “These ongoing deaths—particularly in an apex predator like the dolphin—are a strong indication that there is something amiss with the Gulf ecosystem.”

Gulf dolphins aren’t the only ones suffering. NWF found that more than 1,700 sea turtles were stranded in coastal areas of the Gulf between May 2010 and November 2012—almost three times the pre-spill rate for the animals. Researchers have also detected changes in the cellular function of Gulf killifish, a common bait fish at the base of the food chain. And a coral colony seven miles from the offending wellhead struggles due to oil and dispersants compromising its ability to rebuild itself. “The oil disaster highlighted the gaps in our understanding of the Gulf of Mexico,” says Florida State University oceanographer Ian MacDonald. “What frustrates me is how little has changed over the past three years. In many cases, funding for critical research has even been even been cut, limiting our understanding of the disaster’s impacts.” MacDonald and others are optimistic that a federal court will find BP accountable for further damages in a civil trial now underway. NWF says that substantially more money is needed to carry out restoration efforts vital to the biological and economic stability of the Gulf region. “Despite the public relations blitz by BP, this spill is not over,” says NWF’s David Muth. “Justice will only be served when BP and its co-defendants pay to restore the wildlife and habitats of the Mississippi River Delta and the Gulf of Mexico.” CONTACTS: BP Gulf of Mexico Restoration, ryId=47&contentId=7081352; NWF, EarthTalk® is written and edited by Roddy Scheer and Doug Moss and is a registered trademark of E - The Environmental Magazine ( Send questions to: Subscribe: Free Trial Issue:

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Whether you are willing to admit it or not, we know everyone has searched for Waldo at least once or twice in his or her lifetime. Actually, we have a complete set of the “Where’s Waldo” Books and have successfully found him in all of them, ...Well almost all of them, except for one. We have made up our minds that the one page that we cannot find him on must be a mistake, a misprint maybe, and he is not on there at all. Looking and re-looking over the years has never allowed us to rest, and we occasionally pull the book out for what we profess to be the very last search…of course until the next time we feel compelled to look. We desperately needed something to take our minds off Waldo and that page; you know the one they forgot to place him in anyway, because what other logical reason could there possibly be for us not being able to find him? Therefore, we decided to create something that would divert our energy away from you know who, and brilliantly came up with “Where’s Valentino?” Only thank goodness we are not the ones that have to find him... you do. So you see we can drive everyone else crazy looking for Valentino and we can relax because of course we know where he is.



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Sustaining Hope in the Face of Cancer By Deborah J. Cornwall

Hope is a curious thing. It’s about looking forward to something positive and refusing to give up. It’s about persisting in the face of adversity, even when the odds and the facts seem to be working against you. It’s about creating positive energy that can nourish both body and soul. Interviews with 86 personal caregivers who cared for 107 patients ranging in age from 2 to 92, from 19 states, with over 40 different cancers, and interaction with dozens of local families affected by cancer revealed that sustaining hope in the face of cancer is both critical and problematic. All of these caregivers agreed that you aren’t your cancer, and that looking beyond the cancer to envision a “new normal” was key to their hope. Set realistic goals. Is the feasible objective to become cancer-free, prolong life despite cancer, or help relieve patient pain and anxiety as death approaches? The more realistic the goals, the more likely they are to inspire hope, even if the patient is terminal.

Live life while you have it, and create joy every day. No matter how sick, the person you’re caring for will always appreciate a surprise. Maybe it’s a bouquet of the first daffodils of spring, the opportunity to snuggle with a favorite pet, or even a single chocolate-covered strawberry. Creating pleasure for the person with cancer creates positive and hopeful memories for both of you. Preserve perspective. Rob’s wife admits she was having a meltdown about his chordoma diagnosis when she “read about a guy who was killed when his all-terrain vehicle flipped over. I looked at Rob and I realized he’s here right now, and he has a chance, and he feels good, so I can’t dwell on poor me when people can lose a loved one in a flash.” For Carl’s wife, it was about focusing less on what they had lost (independence, control, and their normal life) when Carl lost a leg to bone cancer, but more on what they had left. “He couldn’t control losing his leg, but he could control what he does with the 12

rest of him. We just applied our own optimism;instinctively we wanted to get on with it and not get stuck.” For both, regaining perspective took deliberate choice.

Cultivate humor. Many caregivers found that humor was an important stress reliever, even toward the end of a patient’s life. When he knew he was dying, David told his sister he’d given up buying green bananas. It was black humor, but it lightened the mood. Less morbid humor can be generated by playing games to create captions for cartoons, or watching a funny movie together.

Manage information to your advantage. Know what you’re dealing with. For many patients, information was a source for hope. It might have been clarity about the diagnosis, or treatment options, or a physician’s depth of expertise treating a particular type of cancer. A physician’s candor about the potential consequences of each option and the range of outcomes he’s achieved stimulated hope, even in the most serious of situations. Mimi was a stage 3 pancreatic cancer patient whose options were limited after two years of rigorous chemotherapy and radiation. Committed to evidence-based medicine, she found a transplant surgeon willing to do ground-breaking 20-hour three-team “ex vivo resection” surgery removing six abdominal organs so he could remove a deadly tumor that was wrapped around several of her blood vessels and vital organs. Once Mimi knew what she was dealing with, her rigorous research created optimism. The first person in the world to experience this surgery, Mimi is alive and well today, one year after making medical history.

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Make deliberate choices when accessing information. Several patient / caregiver teams found that they each had a different appetite for data, and so one would become a data fiend while the other kept more distance and only accessed the broader data about the disease and its prognosis when specific information was needed. They preserved hope by being selective.

Interpret data cautiously. Several patient / caregiver teams decided that statistics about the broader patient population with a particular diagnosis weren’t necessarily relevant to them. This wasn’t denial; rather, it was recognition that every projection of aggregate survival rates includes a full range of outcomes, some more desirable than others. René and his wife explained that: “The survival facts [the doctor] gave were tough, so we decided to ignore them because he didn’t say that was true in 100% of the cases. Whatever the low percentage is who live longer, we decided that we’d be in it. Now we’re at four years, so it’s working.”

Decisions about when a patient will die, and where, are part of creating hope for loved ones. As Tim’s wife said, “We had to be ready because we had to go on. There was a point where it’s all about the people who live. It’s not about the person who dies. It’s about what will make it OK for the ones who live.” Orchestrating the readiness of children for such an outcome is part of this planning. The Russian author Fyodor Dostoevsky said “to live without hope is to cease to live.” Hope feeds the courage to keep going during challenging and uncertain treatments. It’s what allows family cancer caregivers to carry on every day. It’s what allows people like Mimi to undertake unthinkable treatments, and it’s what allows exhausted caregivers to heal in the aftermath.

Forestall later regrets. Almost every caregiver described trying to do everything possible to ensure they’d have no regrets, no matter how the course of treatment ended. That meant not only going through the normal routines of treatment, but also pressing for management of side effects like pain and nausea to increase patient comfort and expressing love for the patient every day. Hope isn’t restricted to survival situations. Mike and his wife lost his battle with pancreatic cancer over 13 years ago. Her dedication to his care and her passion for seeking out clinical trials and breakthroughs in treatment gave him hope and options that kept him alive for 27 months in the face of a diagnosis that offered a sixweek death sentence. She describes their experience as a victory, in spite of his death, and she’s been a passionate advocate for cancer research funding ever since.

Deborah J. Cornwall is an experienced advocate on behalf of cancer patients and their families. She is a cancer survivor herself and has over twenty years of experience as a leadership volunteer for the American Cancer Society at national, regional and local levels. She is the author of Things I Wish I’d Known: Cancer Caregivers Speak Out, a new book based on interviews with 86 cancer caregivers and dozens of patients and survivors. For more information or to purchase the book, go to www.


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Power Play By Suzanne Eder

et’s talk about power. Not power over anything or anyone, but power to create a life you love. How powerful do you feel? Do you believe you have the power to create what you deeply want to experience in life? Do you have the power to stay centered and calm and make necessary course corrections when things get a little wobbly?

myopic or rigid or one-dimensional. The focus I’m talking about is cultivated through what I think of as light-hearted persistence. A willingness to, again and again, notice what you’re paying attention to and how you feel about it, then choosing to shift your attention toward something that aligns more with who you are and what you want. Think about all the places your attention wanders throughout the day. How much time is it focused on what matters to you or what lights you up or what relaxes and comforts you? How much time, instead, might your attention be absorbed in ways of thinking that upset or frustrate or bore you?

But when you’re feeling badly, it’s a signal you’re focused in a way that is cutting you off from your own power. Imagine what it would be like to stand in your full power, knowing you had all the inner and outer resources to navigate through life. Feelings of frustration or upset would be very rare. You might still encounter unexpected speedbumps or losses or setbacks, but you would respond to them from your powerful center, knowing that moving through them opens you to growth and expansion and even greater experiences of what you truly want.

One of the most direct routes to gaining – or reclaiming – your personal power to create a life you love is to develop your ability to focus. And I don’t mean thinking about something with such intensity that your head hurts and your eyeballs bulge from their sockets. It’s not about being

You would feel capable, or accepting and peaceful, or willing, or resourceful, or curious, or creative, or energized, or maybe even inspired by a new challenge. Notice the emphasis on feelings. How You would feel effective. You might even you feel is crucial to understanding be able to find some humor in whatever your level of personal power. Feelings of was going on. worry, frustration, resentment, blame, resignation, etc., reflect varying levels of Obviously no one feels this way all the feeling powerless. time. And that’s perfectly fine, we’re human! Our job isn’t to make feelings go Pause to really let that sink in. away, it’s to understand their immense The worse you feel, the less powerful you value. Our feelings are exquisitely tuned indicators, informing us when we’re in are. alignment with our authentic selves and Or to be more precise, the worse you feel, when we’re leaking power. The more aware the less powerful you believe yourself to we are of how we feel, the more quickly be. In truth you are innately powerful. and smoothly we can shift into a more empowered place.


Power is all about energy, because energy is the fundamental basis of reality as we experience it in this universe. And being powerful is not just about having “big” energy, but having coherent, aligned and focused energy. Ah, focus.

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Having worked with countless people over the years, helping them reclaim their personal power to create lives they love, I can tell you that many people give a tremendous amount of their power away. They give it away to people and institutions and things over which they have no direct control. So it’s more like throwing it away, now that I think about it. Pause and consider how much time you may spend thinking or talking about what’s wrong with… …the government …the healthcare system …big corporations …our legal system …your boss …your co-workers …your spouse or partner …your dysfunctional family of origin …your favorite thing to complain or be upset about Notice that as you blame or complain or worry, you feel powerless. You are focused in a way that robs you of power, and aspects of your life which you could directly influence or improve are being ignored. Consider which, of the following pairs of options, is a more empowered way to live:

Complaining about the healthcare system or committing to being as healthy as possible? Worrying about whether Social Security will be there when you retire or exploring ways to generate more income now? Blaming management for creating a hostile environment or getting really focused on the kind of work you want and taking steps toward finding it? Gossiping about your lazy coworkers or taking the time to acknowledge and appreciate yourself for your talent and contributions? (And, on a good day, taking the time to acknowledge and appreciate their talent and contributions!) Resenting your father for not really being there for you when you were young or finding ways to “be there” for yourself, right now? You get the idea, I’m sure. And I’ll be the first to admit that it isn’t always easy to let go of resentment and blame and worry, because when we’re insecure it feels good to be “right” about how “wrong” others are. But when you pause to consider the quality of your life experience in terms of empowerment, it quickly becomes evident that being “right” often carries a high cost: peace of mind and creative control over your life. — continued on next page

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So am I saying you should just give up and not try to create positive change in an area such as healthcare? Not at all. I’m saying that the quality of your life experience matters, and the better you feel, the more able you are to create a life you love. I’m saying that true power is reflected not in your ability to control others, but to influence and uplift them. And the better you feel – the more grounded and peaceful and inspired - the more able you are to do that without creating a backlash of resistance or resentment. I’m saying that being powerful is a good thing, and the more empowered we are, the more fun we can have co-creating an amazing world. So let’s take our power back. Here’s how. First, notice where you focus your attention and how you feel when you do. Whenever you feel worried, bitter, resentful or frustrated - pause. Take some deep breaths and feel your feelings, without adding fuel to their fire by continuing to think worried or complaining thoughts. Say firmly to yourself, “I’m not giving my power away to this. I’m taking it back.”

fulfill your sincere desire to be a part of something fulfilling and meaningful to you? If so, honor yourself by honoring that desire. Just remember that what we focus on is what we create, so as you move into action, remain focused in “solution consciousness” rather than “problem consciousness.” Hold a vision for what you want to create, don’t keep railing against what you don’t like. What we resist, persists. And what if you discover that championing this cause really isn’t, in your heart of hearts, what you feel called to do? Then honor yourself by letting it go. Invest your priceless energy and attention in the people and things that bring you joy or matter deeply to you. As always, taking the time and care to slow down and listen to your heart of hearts – and then honoring what you hear – is your path of greatest fulfillment. Your willingness to do that again and again - with loving, light-hearted persistence – connects you with your innate power. And what better experience of power could there be than the power to live a fulfilled life?

Next, give your mind something constructive to play with. Learn to ask open-ended questions that point you toward possibility and growth, such as: What good could come from this? How might this help me see more clearly what I want and what is important to me? What if intelligent, caring people are already working to shift this? Is there one step I could take right now to move this in a direction I prefer? Where could I focus to feel more empowered? What am I learning about myself through this? What is the best possible outcome I can imagine? And finally, when you’re feeling calm, clear and centered, consider the things that often upset or frustrate you and ask yourself, “Is this something I feel strongly enough about to make a stand for positive change?” Be completely honest with yourself and respond intuitively, not analytically. Would championing this cause light you up and



Suzanne Eder is award-winning writer, teacher and transformational life coach, Suzanne Eder started her professional career as a CPA and enjoyed a highly successful corporate career in both Finance and Human Resources. She is a graduate of the Barbara Brennan School of Healing’s intensive four-year program in mind-body-spirit healing, and is a former fitness instructor who taught aerobics, body sculpting and yoga for 16 years. She has also been initiated in Divine Openings, an extraordinary evolutionary process which powerfully supports clients in awakening to their magnificence. Through her writing, classes and workshops she offers inspired and practical counsel in all areas related to personal growth and transformation. Suzanne can be reached at see@mysolidground. com or (302)888-2138.

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Blueberry Julep Makes 6 Preparation time: 10 minutes, 30 minutes infusing Freezing time 6 hours


1/2 cup superfine sugar 4 sprigs mint 2 cups blueberries 6 tablespoons bourbon Use the whole mint sprigs, stalks included, for a good minty hit. Place the sugar and mint in a saucepan with 1 cup water and slowly bring to a boil, allowing the sugar to dissolve. Let simmer gently for 5 minutes, then remove from the heat and allow to infuse for 30 minutes. Place the blueberries and bourbon in a food processor or blender, and pour over the syrup, mint sprigs included. Blitz until completely smooth. Pour into six popsicle molds. Place the molds in the freezer. Let set for 2 hours, insert the popsicle sticks, and allow to freeze until completely solid (about 4 more hours).

Recipes from: Poptails OVER 40 ALCOHOL-INFUSED POPSICLES, ICES, AND SLUSHES By Laura Fyfe Combining classic cocktails with the fun of popsicles, poptails are the latest trend. With mouthwatering recipes from creamy Irish Coffee, fruity Appletini and exotic Flamingo Fling, discover new ways to enjoy your favorite spirits and entertain with style. Laura grew up in Scotland. She is a trained chef, specializing in French cuisine. Now a food writer and stylist, she loves nothing more than feeding family and friends and growing vegetables in her small London garden. Barnes & Noble

Directions for The Jaliscito: Fresh tropical, and full of Mexican color. This poptail is really delicious served as a slush. Put the sugar and lime zest in a saucepan with 1 cup water. Place over low heat. Gently bring to a simmer, allowing the sugar to dissolve. Let bubble gently for 5 minutes, remove from heat, and pour in the lime juice. Place the chopped watermelon in a food processor or blender, add

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The Jaliscito Serves 6 as a slush preparation time: 10 minutes Freezing time: 6 hours Ingredients 1/2 cup superfine sugar grated zest of 1 lime 1/3 cup lime juice (from 3 or 4 limes) 2 cups chopped watermelon 6 tablespoons tequila 2 tablespoons Grand Marinier 2 tablespoons agave nectar the lime syrup, tequila, Grand Marnier, and agave nectar and blitz until well combined. Pour into a freezer-safe container, cover, and place in the freezer for up to 6 hours, giving it a good stir every 2 hours. Remove from freezer, blitz in a food processor or blender, and pour into glasses. Allow to thaw a little (approximately 10 minutes), then serve. 17

recipes: by the book

Spicy shrimp & avocado tartine 10 shrimp (prawns), cooked and peeled

Strawberry jam with thyme Makes 11/4 cups

2 cherry tomatoes, cut into chunks

2 cups (10 oz)strawberries, hulled and halved, or quartered if large

1 tsp thinly sliced jalape単o pepper 2 tbsp finely chopped scallion (green part only)

11/2 cups (10oz) superfine sugar

1/4 garlic clove, crushed

juice of 1/2 lemon

1 tbsp finely chopped cilantro

1 spring of thyme

sea salt

Start by sterilizing the jam jars. Preheat the oven to 250oF

juice of 1 lime

Wash the jars and their lids in hot, soapy water, rinse thoroughly and place in the oven for 10 minutes while you prepare the jam.

1 avocado, just ripe, peeled and pit removed

Meanwhile, place all the ingredients in a saucepan with a heavy bottom. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally to dissolve the sugar, then reduce the heat and simmer gently for 15-20 minutes, or until the jam has thickened to a sticky consistency.

1 lime peeled

Remove the pan from the heat, lift out the thyme sprig, then pour the jam into the warm sterilized jars and seal with the lids. Store the jam in the refrigerator and use within a month.

2 slices of sourdough bread (recipe can be found on page 16 of the cookbook) Cut the shrimp or prawns in half across their length and then their width if they are very large. Put the shrimp into a bowl with the tomatoes, jalape単o, scallion, garlic and cilantro. Season with salt, then add half the lime juice and mix well. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 10 minutes. Mash the avocado flesh with a fork together with the remaining lime juice. Spread the avocado on the bread slices, and pith. Place the lime slices on top of the shrimp mixture and serve immediately.

Both the jam recipe and the shrimp recipe are from Le Pain Quotidien Cookbook Delicious recipes from Le Pain Quotidien Alain Coumont and Jean-Pierre Gabriel Le Pain Quotidien began in 1990 as an artisan bakery in Belgium and has evolved into a chain of 172 restaurants worlwide serving slow-fast food that is all handmade with the best organic and local ingredients.


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Wasabi Salmon and Sesame Seed Balls 1 lb skinless salmon fillet 1 medium free-range egg 3 spring onions, thinly sliced 1 tablespoon chopped pickled ginger 1 teaspoon wasabi powder 2 tablespoons chopped coriander 1 tablespoon freshly-squeezed lemon juice 1 tablespoon soy sauce or tamari 1/2 cup breadcrumbs 1 teaspoon salt freshly ground black pepper 3 tablespoons black sesame seeds, toasted 3 tablespoons white sesame seeds, toasted Preheat the oven to 425ºF, Gas Mark 7 and line a large baking tray with non-stick baking parchment. Cut the salmon into 2cm cubes and place in the freezer for 20 minutes. Once chilled, pulse in a food processor. Don’t over-process, as you want to retain some pieces of fish for texture. Beat the egg in a large mixing bowl. Add the spring onions, pickled ginger, wasabi powder, coriander, lemon juice, soy sauce, breadcrumbs, salt and a sprinkling of pepper. Heat a small frying pan over a high heat. Break off a small amount of the mixture, flatten between your fingers and fry until cooked. Taste to check the seasoning and add more lemon, ginger or wasabi powder if necessary. Mix the two types of sesame seeds together and spread out on a plate. Form the salmon mixture into 12–16 balls each about 5cm in diameter, packing each one firmly. Roll the balls in the sesame seed mix and place them on the prepared baking tray. Bake for 10 minutes, turning the tray halfway through – the balls should begin to brown on the top. Keep an eye on them to make sure that they don’t get burnt underneath.

from The Meatball Cookbook Great Balls of Fire Recipes from The Bowler Meatball Truck Jez Felwick Jez Felwick, known as The Bowler and the talent behind the hottest food truck on the streets of London. Renowned for his gourmet meatballs, fishballs and vegetableballs, made with the finest free-range meat and quality ingredients. Jez Felwick, author of The Bowler’s Meatball Cookbook, said: “Wasabi is a Japanese root, from the same family as horseradish. When I first saw it I was surprised to find that it isn’t green, as the dye in many shop-bought varieties may lead you to believe. I love the hit you get from having slightly too much wasabi; when it connects with the roof of your mouth – eye watering, brain tingling, nasal passage-cleansingly great. I have increased my tolerance over time, taking the pain along the way. I love it with salmon, so I had to use it in this recipe. Be careful not to overcook the salmon otherwise it will dry out.”

Serve with Citrus Ponzu dipping sauce recipe can be found on page 113 of the cookbook. Both cookbooks are available at: Barnes & Noble and

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The Voices in Your Head By Karen Jessee

My sister says I have to keep the family furniture. It’s in the garage, and I have no room for my car.

our house that we can’t use or clean because they’re piled high with her boxes.

My brother wants me to keep all the family photos at my house. The hall closet is filled with boxes of them.

My parents said this will all be valuable some day. What am I supposed to do with all this?

My daughter left her stuff here. Her prom gowns, books and papers from school are in the basement. She’s 40.

I’ve heard all this and more. These are clients I call “The Guardians of All,” those designated to be the family “keepers.” They have become victims of voices who live in their heads; voices who speak with the assumption that a chosen family member should have a home of free and endless storage for the benefit of the rest of the family. Everything is wrapped in guilt; everything has strings attached. Should the guardian want to make changes, the voices inside begin to whisper.

Our granddaughter loves our old dining room set, but she’s been living in a tiny apartment in Washington DC for 10 years and has no room for it. We’ve been paying for public storage. We’re hoping to move to senior living soon. My son’s auto store just closed. That’s a fender and some car parts you see in the living room My mother moved in with us four years ago and moved all the things from her apartment here as well. We have two rooms in


Passing down heirlooms and memories to our families is our way of documenting and sharing the past. Once upon a time, those memories could be passed down in a few boxes and a hope chest. Today, they might require a moving van.

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These are delicate moments for me; emotional ones for the clients. I hear the anger; I know they’re overwhelmed. I am quiet and smiling as the story continues, and at some point I might ask how it feels to be part of the Smithsonian. Gradually, as our process continues, the guardians let go of the frustration and begin to see the humor in this; gradually they confront the voices.

I know the pride they once took in being asked to be the keeper of all. What had once been a duty and an honor had slowly become a thankless job rife with frustration, sometimes depression. They struggle with change, a new paradigm, but they recognize that their home had become a museum to everyone else’s past but their own.

As one who has always believed that we can’t handle the little stuff until we answer the big questions, I begin to ask the questions that focus on the client, the guardian, and not on the things and clutter that have rendered entire homes and rooms useless. In my hands is a list of resources to help the guardians through this followed by the mantra, “Someone else might need this; someone else could love this.”

In my twenties, I moved out of the family house, clearing out and taking what was mine. I didn’t expect my parents to harbor anything, and I knew I wasn’t going back. However, ten years later, my mother handed me a small, worn cardboard box.

And as these guardians begin to answer the questions, they begin to hear something they haven’t heard in a long time; their own voice. It’s an empowering moment. Some guardians are content to work a little at a time, in layers, taking small bites out of it all over a period of time. Some guardians are ready to call in the trucks to haul it away. All guardians want me to produce pixie dust and make their home look like something out of a glossy magazine; to erase the years of collecting and saving for others with a sweep of a magic wand. As we begin work together, they call family members to let them know what is happening to the house full of things. Often the family doesn’t care so much; they have their own dramas where they live. Some have forgotten the request. The guardians see the advantages of taking things to auctions and donating to thrift stores and charities. They feel the redemption as non-profits gain from their cast-offs. They are willing to call in trucks and clean out companies to march things off to warehouses for sale. They give toys to day care centers and art supplies to after-school programs and art centers. They take pictures and awards out of frames and either file them away or mail them out to family. They call in book buyers and antique dealers, knowing that the true reward is a simpler life and the real treasure is taking back their home. They gift the family those treasures they were asked to guard all these years. They edit down to what they love. It is not my job to stay to the very end; it’s my job to help the guardians begin, to see their situation with new eyes, and to give them the resources that will continue to help them once I’ve left. I’ve taken them past the emotional sphere and into the logical one and given them the permission and freedom to do what they needed and wanted to do all along. I have given them hope as they begin to feel welcomed and proud in their own homes again.

Inside was a set of white melamine dishes with little blue forgetme-nots on them. They were a cheap, disgusting plastic, stained yellow with the years and bearing knife cuts across them all. They were ugly. I was 8 when I fell in love with them at our dinner table. They were new and pretty then. I had begged my mother to save them for me. And she did. I had become a voice in my mother’s head. My mother had kept the wishes of a child. I remember feeling a little sad that I had ever made such a request; surprised that she had felt obligated to listen. I had moved on; the dishes had been in the basement. Listen to the sound of your own voice. Let it speak logically to you, kindly but firmly to others. Maybe family members have forgotten their own requests as I had forgotten those dishes. Maybe, years later, with new eyes, they would wonder why they had expected this of you at all. Ask yourself the big questions; make some vital decisions. Take back your life and your home, and love what you have on your own terms. I wish you the best.

Karen Jessee is a professional organizer and founder of Simply Organized. She is a member of the National Association of Professional Organizers and the Philadelphia Chapter of Professional Organizers. She encourages people to simplify their lives and works with those who need to downsize and get organized. Karen helps clients make the decisions and create the systems that are best for them. She also teaches the strategies to help clients gain greater clarity, control, productivity and peace. Karen is a public speaker on these topics. Visit her website at:

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 Is your wardrobe based on current fashion trends? Or, are you comfortable sporting your own style, regardless of what is “in style” at the time?

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How would you define your own sense of style and how does it

exemplifies your personality?

My style is an eclectic mix of sensibilities from all over the world. I grew up living right next to a Country Club but as a professional Dancer I have lived in several urban environments and have traveled a great deal. I believe that clothes and style should be fun and their purpose is to make a person feel good. My daily looks are a blend of classic cuts and colors with street wear and a laid back sense of European non-traditionalism. My clothing pieces and accessories are a carefully chosen catalog of my life experience, they pick me up when I’m down. There is a memory and feeling attached to each and every one of them. I think my style shows that I am an artist, that I like having fun, and that I am not afraid to be who I am.

I have some basic timeless pieces in wardrobe that I will have forever and are the foundation of my daily looks. However, as I like to keep my looks current I do purchase pieces that are more “in style” at times as well.

What was your most recent purchase?

My most recent purchase was a polo shirt from the Ralph Lauren Rugby label, it’s cut perfectly for me, it a beautiful deep navy blue, and the insignia is a scull and cross bones over an old type letter R. It’s different and I bought it at Marshall’s so it was inexpensive, I love it.

What is the one piece of clothing or accessory from you wardrobe that you could not live without? I inherited from my father a vintage khaki Tiger of Sweden blazer, it’s brilliantly tailored and it’s incredibly versatile.

 What is the one piece of clothing or accessory you wish you owned? When I first moved to New York City on the weekend I used to get dressed up and go to the high-end department stores, it was like going to an art museum where you could touch the pieces and of course I couldn’t afford anything. One visit I was in the Bergdorf Goodman men’s store on 5th Avenue and saw this incredible Yves Saint Laurent black chalk-stripe suit. What made the suit incredible, besides the impeccable tailoring, was the chalk stripes were the letters YSL over and over again in very small type. It was thousands of dollars and for me it has always been the one that got away.

Does a designer name mean anything to you? If so, who are your favorite designers? For me a designer name simply signifies a specific concept of clothing, cut, silhouette, etc. There are some designers that I like more than others, for example I tend to look for Ralph Lauren because their cuts usually fit my body very well. I don’t believe however, that a well known fashion label is any indication of quality or beauty.

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Vanity, comfort or both?

Comfort is always a part of my consideration when selecting clothing. As someone who is always on the move, if a piece of clothing isn’t comfortable or doesn’t fit right, it doesn’t matter how fashionable it is.

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 Do you look for a bargain or is price not an issue if

What wardrobe essentials do you think are vital to pull off the perfect look for you?

As someone who lives on a tight budget I don’t buy anything that is not on sale, that being said I also do not buy anything that I don’t love. However, I won’t break the bank for a piece of clothing. I know I can always find something that I love, without it being too expensive.

I believe that basic versatile pieces are vital to any wardrobe. We are all business people at some point, and classic cut basic pieces in black, blue, grey, and khaki are necessary but can still be used in more updated looks.

you really love it?

 spots?

What are your favorite local and online shopping

I don’t buy much from online retailers because I’m usually not in one location for very long, I usually shop at discount stores like TJ Maxx and Marshalls. I find these stores tend to be hit and miss, but I do have the patience to dig through the seemingly endless racks of clothing and or wait to find exactly what I’m looking for.


11  What is the best piece of style advice you would like to share with our readers?

I think the key to good style is to know yourself, and to be brave. It’s important to suspend self judgement and honestly look at your own body shape, once you know this you can begin to find the pieces that truly fit you and make you feel your best. When you find the looks that make you feel your best, be brave enough to wear them without regard for what others might think.

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Green Tips & Tricks By Karen Verna Carlson, N.D., Ph.D. (Hon.)

“Climate change is a big deal. It’s caused by humans. And we can do something about it.” Mike Berners-Lee, How Bad are Bananas? The Carbon Footprint of Everything (GreystoneBooks,Vancouver BC Canada, 2011)

Atmospheric carbon dioxide measurements have just reached a record breaking 400 parts per million according to Associated Press reporter Seth Borenstein. “The level of Carbon Dioxide in the air is rising faster than in the past decades,” he reports, “despite international efforts by developed nations to curb it. Carbon pollution levels that used to be normal for the 20th century are fast becoming history in the 21st century. On average the amount is growing by about 2 ppm per year. That’s 100 times faster than at the end of the ice age.” 7,000 Years’ Increase in 55 “Back then, it took 7,000 years for carbon dioxide to reach 80 ppm,” says senior scientist Peter Tans of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). “Because of the burning of fossil fuels such as oil and coal, carbon dioxide levels have gone up by that amount in the last 55 years. Before the Industrial Revolution, carbon dioxide levels were around 280 ppm,” says Tans. “There are natural ups and downs of this greenhouse gas, which comes from volcanoes and decomposing plants and animals, but that’s not what has driven current levels 28

so high. What we see today is 100 percent due to human activity. Burning coal for electricity and oil for gasoline has caused the overwhelming bulk of the increase.” Pollution Accelerates Annually “Carbon dioxide stays in the air for a century, some of it into the thousands of years. And the world carbon dioxide pollution levels are accelerating yearly,” Tans warns. “Every second, the world’s smokestacks and cars pump 2.4 million pounds of heat-trapping gas into the air.” Dr. Tans says the amount of 400 ppm would be even higher if the oceans weren’t keeping CO2 out of the air by absorbing quite a bit. Upon hearing of this latest measurement, Al Gore declared, “This number is a reminder that for the last 150 years—and especially over the last several decades—we have been recklessly polluting the protective sheath of atmosphere that surrounds the Earth and protects the conditions that have fostered the flourishing of our civilization. We are altering the composition of our atmosphere at an unprecedented rate.”

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Safe Levels Unknown Reporter Borenstein notes measurements of carbon dioxide first taken in 1958 were 315 ppm. “Some scientists and environmental groups promote 350 ppm as a safe level for CO2, but…they don’t really know what levels would stop…global warming. “Carbon dioxide traps heat just like in a greenhouse,” Borenstein reminds us. “It accounts for three-quarters of the planet’s heat trapping gases. There are others, such as methane, which has a shorter life span but traps heat more effectively. Both trigger temperatures to rise over time, scientists say, which is causing sea levels to rise and some weather patterns to change.” Human activity causes gas that causes rising temperatures that cause melting ice that causes rising sea levels and aberrant weather. Faster and Faster Rates This is the time of year carbon dioxide peaks in the Northern Hemisphere, so 2013 will probably average around 396 ppm, states Borenstein. “But not for long—the trend is going up and at faster and faster rates.” James Butler directs global monitoring at NOAA’s Earth Science Research Lab in Bolder, Colorado. He told Borenstein, “Within a decade the world will never see days when the carbon measurement

falls below 400 ppm. The 400 is a reminder that our emissions are not only continuing, but they’re accelerating; that’s a scary trend.” 50 ppm = 2 degrees warmer Penn State climate scientist Michael Mann explains, “Four hundred means we are essentially passing one in a whole series of points of no return.” Climate scientist Michael Oppenheimer at Princeton says the momentum in carbon dioxide emissions has the world heading toward and passing 450 ppm—the level which would warm the world another two degrees. According to Borenstein, Oppenheimer states that next two-degree mark is what scientists think of as dangerous and what much of the world’s nations have set as a goal to prevent. Carbon Awareness And prevention is what Mike Berners-Lee fosters in How Bad Are Bananas? The Carbon Footprint of Everything (Greystone Books, Vancouver BC Canada, 2011). His mission: “I want to help you get a feel for roughly how much carbon is at stake when you make simple choices—where you travel, how you get there, whether to buy something, whether to leave the TV on standby, and so on…. This book is here to help you pick your battles…helping you work out where you can get the best return for your effort…[not] to tell you what to do or how radical to be. Those are personal decisions…. — continued on next page


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These pages are written for people who love their lives and for whom that now entails having some carbon awareness alongside everything else that matters to them.”  Practical Simplicity Berners-Lee presents this overwhelmingly complex subject with practical simplicity. “Our carbon instinct needs to be just like the one we have for managing money,” he explains. “Carbon [shorthand for all the different global warming greenhouse gases] is just like money in that you can’t manage it unless you understand it, at least in broad terms. Most of the time we know how much things cost without looking at the price tag. I don’t mean that we have an exact picture, but we know that a bottle of champagne is more expensive than a cup of tea but a lot cheaper than a house. So most of us don’t buy houses on a whim. Our financial sense of proportion allows us to make good choices. If I really want champagne, I know I can have it, provided somewhere along the line I cut out something just as expensive that is less important to me. Consequences Spread Out “That’s where the similarity ends. Unlike with money, we are not used to thinking about carbon costs. It’s also much harder to tell how much we are spending because we can’t see it and it’s not written down. Furthermore, unlike what happens when we spend a lot of money, we don’t personally experience the consequences of our carbon impact because it’s spread across nearly seven billion people and many years.” How to Adjust Just how do we adjust our lives to become carbon neutral? Consider first what constitutes an average carbon expenditure. According to the Nature Conservancy’s website www.nature. org/greenliving/carbon calculator/index.htm our U.S. per

capita annual average is 27 tons, and on a world scale the annual average is 5.5. That’s close to the numbers 28 and 7 Berners-Lee calculates. Another carbon footprint calculator website claims an American averages 20 tons of greenhouse gas emissions, with a global average of two tons per person. These lower numbers are likely based on travel and home energy, without including all of the goods and services you purchase. Realistic, Practical, Honest So there exists no uniform standard of measurement. And climate change is impossible to measure, anyway, reminds Berners-Lee. “This book is about making the most realistic estimates that are possible and practical and being honest about the uncertainty.” He encourages, “…do the best job you can, despite the difficulties, of understanding the whole picture…. An Early Map “That we find footprinting tricky is a problem for us all. The situation we are in is like sailing round the world with a map from the 1700s. How should we respond? Throw that map away and have nothing? Definitely not! Use a high-quality map of just a small part of the ocean and ignore the rest. No way. Use the maps we have but treat them with caution? Absolutely. Try to make better maps? Of course—and the work is ongoing. This book is just an early map. Better ones will follow. And this book is trying to help you improve the carbon map that you carry around in your own head.” Understand the Whole Picture Now, back to your personal challenge to reduce greenhouse gas emissions you generate. I don’t know anyone who’d feel comfortable targeting a 65% reduction as Berners-Lee dreams of, so I’ll sing the refrain, “…do the best job you can, despite the difficulties, of understanding the whole picture….” — continued on next page

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A paperback book or a loaf of bread or igniting two cups of gasoline releases about two pounds CO2e. Bananas are a great value for the 2-3 ounces of carbon cost. “Overall, they are a fantastic component of the low-carbon diet,” states Berners-Lee, who details their high nutrition value and four other reasons: “They are grown in natural sunlight—no hot housing required. They keep well, so although they are often grown thousands of miles from the end consumer, they are transported by boats (about 1% as bad as flying). There is hardly any packaging, if any, because they provide their own. The fair-trade version is readily available.” Scandalous Food Waste True to his pledge of honesty, Berners-Lee does not ignore additional banana environmental issues like monculturing “the single, cloned ‘Cavendish’ variety… degrading the land and requiring liberal use of pesticide and fungicide…and deforestation for plantations. Overall, however, the only really bad bananas are any that you let rot in your fruit bowl. These join the scandalous 40 to 50 per cent of food wasted in the U.S. and many other countries….It is slightly better to compost waste food than to throw it into landfill, but it doesn’t get you away from the main issue that the carbon footprint of that food has been needlessly incurred.” Thank you for whatever you are willing to do to live more carbon consciously. Karen Verna Carlson, N.D., Ph.D. (Hon.) is a naturopathic physician and professor credited with “the first major breakthrough in Swedish Massage—research demonstrating energetic interconnections”—since Peter Ling systemized it in the early 19th century. After 35 years running her own nationally accredited school of holistic healing and massage she has retired to provide a new kind of holistic care for individuals and families. In addition to her specialties of healing massage and bodywork, she provides sensitive, time- and cost-effective services that include child-, pet- and elder-care, green housecleaning and auto detailing, decluttering and reorganizing, garden care, and academic tutoring for elementary, middle and high school students. She has received international recognition for holistic healing and educational work, an honorary degree, silver medal, and Who’s Who listing. She’s appeared on TV and radio and has been featured in professional publications and mass media. Phone (302) 777-3964

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HANDS ON HEALTH by: Ann Wilkinson P.T.M.S,


I have had four back surgeries, I am in my late 20’s and have a young son. Is there any hope that I can gain my mobility? Surgery and injections have not changed the symptoms or the pain.



It is sad that the interventions have not helped. But it offers a hopeful clue. When thorough evaluations, work ups and fairly drastic interventions make no change AT ALL, this tells me something. Many times under these circumstances, the symptoms are coming from something very simple yet obscure and we know from all the tests that there is nothing terrible going on. Trigger points and facial restrictions are those simple yet obscure culprits. that could be the underlying results. A latent or dormant trigger point (a reaction of an injured muscle, a knot, a palpable tender and contracted aspect of a muscle that radiates pain in a pattern sometimes far away from the origin) or a facial restriction (an area of injured fascia where stress and force cause the body to attempt to immobilize a body part by fortifying the restriction over time causing it to become far reaching and progressively more debilitating). In complex patients, when time is taken to peel back the layers of time, layers of trauma, attend to the emotional or consequential overlay and identify the core or initial injury, Miracles can happen. Usually as the issues are attended to sequentially and chronologically the symptoms the patient came in with resolve before you get back to that area of the body. Over and over again I have seen that the area the patient is complaining of, the area that is getting the attention, is not the original source of dis- ease. With myofascial release, craniosacral balancing, osteopathy, reconnective therapy, functional stabilization exercises, restorative Yoga and breath work, many people who are on the brink of giving up get revived. Now however, they are very intune with their body, life is a whole knew experience being aware you have toes and finger and spinal joints. The physical body is not taken for granted or misunderstood. It is good for you to know your body better than anyone else in the world. Transformation to a Blessing in Disguise!

I have told my several medical professionals that the pains I have all over my body started with my knees. But they do not seem to be listening; I am not getting better on pills or with exercise. In fact, overall I feel worse, more crooked and the medicine makes me feel “out of it”. Can a knee problem really snowball into fibromyalgia? How do I reverse this process?


It is good you have the awareness of where your symptoms began. It is a shame no one listened, because it is the key to your recovery. Fibromyalgia often begins with a knee, ankle or foot problem. The compensations that occur around the initial injury cause the compensating muscle to rebel and express that they are fed up with doing work they were not designed to do. The only way to relieve symptoms permanently is to restore function of the knee. This may require mobilization to make more space in the joint itself. It may also require mobilization of the patella (kneecap) to create space between it and the knee joint. The Vastus Medialis muscle must alway be considered in knee pain. Weakness of this muscle is the number one culprit of fairly bad knee pain. Once the joint is restored as far as mobility and the Vastus Media, is working properly (so the knee cap tracts correctly around the other bones), only than can overall conditioning of the knee be considered. When this foundation is restored than attention is given to the hips, pelvis, spine and finally shoulders, neck, head and jaw. If a therapist listens, the patient will usually tell you where the problem is and even how to fix it. Letting go of the book knowledge, LISTENING and than translating terms from layman language back into medical terms will allow the therapist to revisit the book smarts for proper application. Teamwork is always the best. The patient, when willing is your best team mate and the therapist when willing to listen, is a great coach. Ann is an award winning writer,teacher and speaker. Ann is the personal body worker of Her Holiness “Sai Maa”. Ann practices osteopathic physical therapy and has helped thousands of patients. Ann is also an expert on the use of healing foods, homeopathic and herbal consultations, and therapeutic horseback riding. Ann treats her patients in a beautiful country setting which enables her to utilize all of her learned skills as well as some of the healing properties that only Mother Earth can bestow .Ann is available by appointment and can be reached 302-656-7882. The farm is also available for birthday parties, women’s circles, and retreats.


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I have a 14 year old cat that recently started leaving his feces outside his litter box. He does urinate in the litter box though and I’m not sure why this is happening. Can you give me some advice?

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I am very skeptical about giving my pet vaccinations of any kind. He is a little Maltese and only weighs about 18 lbs. soaking wet. He only goes outside with me when I take him for a walk or to the park. I went to one veterinarian who would not see my pet unless I agreed to get all these vaccinations done. Is there anything I can do ??


Vaccinating your pet is very important. I recommend giving a puppy the vaccination series when they are young. After that you can request that your veterinarian do blood titers. Blood titer tests can now be done “in-house”, in other words, in the veterinary clinic, with just a small blood sample. Presently, we can check for protection to adenovirus, parvo virus and distemper. If your dog comes up as protected for all three of these, then they do not have to get vaccinated for these three conditions. I recommend testing again the following year to see if protection is still maintained. Vaccinating your dog for rabies is the law. Depending upon the veterinary clinic you may get a 1 year or a 3 year rabies vaccination. A company named Merial has now developed a thimerosal free rabies vaccine. Thimerosal is a preservative that has been utilized in many vaccinations. The problem is that thimerosal is 50% mercury. Mercury is a heavy metal that is severely toxic to the nervous system. It is also nephrotoxic, meaning it is toxic to the kidneys as well. Symptoms of mercury poisoning include vomiting, nausea, fatigue, tremors, difficulty walking, brain, lung or kidney damage and coma. I recommend using the thimerosal free rabies vaccination. Ask your veterinarian to purchase the thimerosal free rabies vaccines from Merial called Imrab 3-TF. The 3 stands for three year protection and the TF stands for thimerosal free. The cost to the client may be one or two dollars above the other rabies vaccines. Not too much to pay for peace of mind. I particularly think this is important in very young or older pets who may have other concurrent conditions that compromise their immune system.

The situation you describe could be either a behavioral problem or and medical problem or a combination of the two. An example of a medical problem could be the presence of intestinal parasites. The best way to determine this is to bring a fresh stool sample to your veterinarian so they may conduct a fecal examination and determine if parasite eggs can be visualized and identified. If the parasite eggs are present in the sample and identified, then the proper medication can be dispensed and the problem solved. You did not mention if this was your only cat. If it is not then the possibility exists that all the cats in the household will need to be treated. Cats that share litter boxes often can easily be infected from contact with the feces of the effected cat. At 14 years of age your cat can be considered geriatric. As such, other medical considerations need to be addressed. With the high incidence of cancer in our companion animals, it is wise to investigate this as a possibility as well. Behavioral issues can manifest in a number of different ways. Defecating outside the litter box is one of those possibilities. It is always a good idea to have at least one more litter box than the number of cats that you have. In other words, if you only have one cat, you should have two litter boxes. If you have two cats, you should have three litter boxes, and so on. Additionally, the litter boxes should be cleaned every day. Some cats can avoid the litter box if it is too dirty and soiled. I have even seen cats that urinate in one litter box and defecate in another! Other cats may have an aversion to the substrate that you are using, be that clay or pellets, for example. Some cats do not like the smell of scented kitty litter. In any event, I would recommend that you do take your cat to be examined by the veterinarian so it can be determined what the cause of the problem is and get it corrected.

Dr. Rose DiLeva is a 1987 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s school of Veterinary Medicine. She practices alternative and conventional veterinary medicine. Dr. DiLeva is a certified veterinary acupuncturist and a certified veterinary chiropractitioner. She can be reached at her Animal Wellness Center in Chadds Ford, Pa. at 610558-1616 for appointments and telephone consultations. Her web site is (see Dr DiLeva on her web site for her interview with both ABC channel 6 and KYW channel 3) and www.

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Dr. Eric Pearl - the founder of Reconnective Healing - was running a successful chiropractic practice in Los Angeles when a series of bizarre occurrences led him to realize that his gift lay far beyond the realm of spinal adjustment. One patient after another reported healings from cancers, epilepsy, cerebral palsy and other severe health conditions, simply when Dr. Pearl held his hands near them. This coincided with an astonishing series of occurrences when patient Frederick Ponzlov - and others - began delivering coherent messages about the healings that were occurring, seemingly coming from a source beyond our fourdimensional existence here on Earth. But there was much more...profound and life-altering information, illumination and wisdom on how we can improve our lives. Those insights came courtesy of Solomon, an extradimensional intelligence that speaks through Frederick. Later, under specific questioning from Dr. Pearl, the vital content in the new book, Solomon Speaks on Reconnecting Your Life (Hay House), came to light. What this book offers is an entirely new perspective on how to reconnect with, tap into, create, utilize, monitor, manage, and flow forward with the unlimited, expansive power of the Universal energy that enables us to heal, thrive and live our most vital, purposeful, productive, balanced and exuberantly happy life. It provides new insights into the intelligent energy that is the extraordinary force of creation, the source of healing and the connection we have to our higher states of being Dr. Eric Pearl has become the preeminent authority and acknowledged visionary on a new level of healing and life evolution on this planet, and has committed himself to sharing the light and information of the Reconnective Healing process through extensive lectures and seminars about The Reconnection ( Dr. Pearl has appeared on countless television programs in the U.S. and around the world including The Dr. Oz Show and CNN. He has spoken by invitation at the United Nations and presented to a full house at Madison Square Garden. Frederick Ponzlov ( is a screenwriter, acting teacher for the past 30 years, and award-winning actor. His first screenplay, Undertaking Betty, starring Naomi Watts, Christopher Walken, Brenda Blethyn, and Alfred Molina, won a BAFTA Award. Solomon has been with him for many years, and after years of silence, Solomon Speaks on Reconnecting Your Life marks his public debut. For more information: www. Dr. Eric Pearl and Frederick Ponzlov. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; continued on next page 34

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The following excerpt from Solomon Speaks is a glimpse into the storehouse of knowledge that Solomon offers, now chronicled in the book, Solomon Speaks on Reconnecting Your Life (Hay House), by Dr. Eric Pearl and Frederick Ponzlov. It is published by Hay House and is available at most bookstores or online at:

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This penchant for human beings to discover how unalike they are, how distinct they are-it all has to do with ego. We have now managed to “create” how different we all are. And in that difference comes disharmony.

happiness. The absolute happiness that comes from within, that’s eternal. It isn’t at the expense of everyone else. When people allow themselves to re-experience that, they recognize the joy that’s in all.

Where we need to put the energy now is in how similar we are, how much we all have that is similar that can be shared. How alike we all are, in terms of joy and pain and suffering and elation. And we need to share that information now.

In many people’s illusion, prosperity is what’s going to allow them to finance happiness somewhere. That’s what prosperity means to them. “Now I can be happy, because now I can buy the house that’s going to bring me happiness.” I know many lonely people with very big houses.

There is no progress to be made by celebrating our differences. We’ve done that. We are now in a state of critical mass. We are so isolated, with our various distinct individualities, that we can wreak havoc on someone else and hope or think that we gain from it. I’m talking about terrorism; I’m talking about hate crimes . . . anything of that ilk. That somehow if we are able to eliminate a reflection of ourselves, we are going to become more whole. It’s a very twisted viewpoint. So that’s what we need to recognize, that we are all, in an umbilical sense, connected to the same force. Like reconnecting strings. Because we’ve lost that connection, that understanding that each individual’s greatness is relied upon by the other person’s greatness, by recognizing their greatness, not their inability. What this simply comes down to is to recognize that every creature has greatness inherent in them. And the suffering of one is the suffering of all mankind. There is a way for everyone to be joyful and not to be dependent upon what I refer to as relative happiness. That happiness has to do with whether or not you have more or less than another individual in terms of material goods, attractiveness, or all those strata that have been created. It’s a very destructive energy, relative

Let’s instead talk about experiencing joy. We were put on this planet to experience joy. To understand the beauty, the depth, the excitement of the life experience. To thoroughly embody it, to become joyful in it, and by doing so, become compassionate with other people. Bottom line. The trouble is that we’re looking in the wrong places for what we think is joy, and we’ve bought into other concepts in which we think joy is experienced. Or we distrust the joy we’re experiencing as not being valid and not being of social worth. So the bottom line here is: joy is something that exists, can happen within you, and can be a part of the light in every second of your being if you choose to live that way. And when you experience it, everything else will be taken care of. You do not have to worry. You must allow yourself to trust your life force and not secondguess it. Trust your instinct. It is a sum total of your entire existence. It is a vast library of information. We blind ourselves to it when we shut down our access to our library. It’s incorporating all of that existence, all that work, into this single moment in time. And breathing through it and allowing that funnel through to create the kind of force that will alter existence... that will change lives.

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Diabetes & Your Sexual Health By Dianna Palimere, PhD, LCSW

More and more Americans are being diagnosed with diabetes each year. Despite the multitude of published research studies, and frightening headlines on magazine covers, like “Diabetes Now an Epidemic!”—the number of people diagnosed in the United States continues to rise. Many of the ad campaigns to try to help combat the issue seem to focus on obesity and how to eat healthier and exercise to manage this issue, all of which is good advice (though, it is of note that those diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes are insulin dependent, and would still need insulin, even if they maintained a regular exercise regimen and healthy diet). As for Type 2, I wonder if they would be more successful in getting people to monitor their sugar intake, exercise, and eat healthier, if they educated people about the common sexual problems diabetes can cause, for example: erectile dysfunction, decreased libido, difficulty with arousal, and difficulty achieving orgasms. Personally, I’d love for

them to include that in their television The ADA reports 13 million, or 11.8% commercials—and believe they should. of all men aged 20 years or older in the United States have diabetes. Erectile According to the American Diabetes dysfunction (ED) is the most commonly Association (ADA), “25.8 million children reported sexual dysfunction for men with and adults in the United States—8.3% of diabetes, occurring in approximately 50% the population—have diabetes.” Both of the patients. This is due to the damage Type 1 (insulin dependent) and Type to nerves, arteries, and smooth muscle of 2 (non-insulin dependent) diabetes can the penis, caused by diabetic neuropathy. lead to problems with sexual functioning, Other problems include a decreased for both men and women. One of the libido, or desire for sex, and difficulty major reasons why so many diabetics achieving an orgasm. In some cases, the experience sexual dysfunctions is due to problem is compounded by feelings of diabetic neuropathy. Diabetic neuropathy anxiety, embarrassment, guilt, or fear is defined as, “damage to the nerves in the related to ED. Thus, in addition to the body that occurs due to high blood sugar physical complications, many men also levels from diabetes.” Over time, diabetic struggle with psychological factors, which neuropathy causes a loss of feeling to the in turn reinforce potential issues of ED. It extremities, due to the nerve damage. I can become a cycle after it happens once believe many people are familiar with the or twice. Fear and anxiety set in about it problems diabetics face in losing feeling happening again—and thus, the cycle in their extremities; however, I’m not sure begins where the anxiety about it possibly many people have considered that it’s not happening causes it to actually happen. just your fingers and toes that are affected! This is now a psychological issue on top of


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a medical issue, and treatment with medication alone has a very low success rate. The ADA reports 12.6 million, or 10.8% of all women aged 20 years or older in the United States have diabetes. While there is more research available on sexual dysfunction in males than in females, more and more diabetic females are talking to their health care providers about problems with sexual responding. As noted by Roszler & Rice, “Both uncontrolled blood glucose levels and diabetes-related complications can play havoc with a woman’s sexual desire and performance.”

Below are some of the most common ways, according to Roszler & Rice, that diabetes can affect female sexual health: Infections and irritation. Chronic high blood sugars promote yeast infections and vaginal irritation. Low blood flow. Vascular damage caused by poorly-controlled diabetes restricts the blood flow to the vagina, which causes vaginal dryness and interferes with arousal.   Nerve damage. Women who have neuropathy to the genital area, the reproductive organs, or the vagina may have difficulty achieving orgasm.   Neurogenic bladder. Women with nerve damage to the bladder may have incontinence problems that make sex difficult and/or embarrassing. It can also make urinary tract infections (UTIs) more common, which may make sex uncomfortable.   Vaginismus. Some women experience vaginismus, a tightening of the vaginal walls which can make penetration painful or impossible (2013).

Exercise! Research shows that exercise may help reverse some of the symptoms of diabetes. It also helps increase blood circulation and will increase blood flow to your extremities, including your genitals. Increased blood flow means increased sensation! Buy some adult toys. Due to the decreased blood flow caused by diabetes, there is less sensation in the genitals. For women, I suggest the Hitachi Magic Wand, as it is known to be one of the more strong and powerful vibrators (for external use only). Restore vaginal pH. If you’re experiencing chronic vaginal infections, it may be because increased blood sugar levels can throw off the pH balance in a woman’s vagina. Try an over the counter vaginal gel, like RepHresh, to help restore normal vaginal pH. Choose the right lubricant. Some lubricants actually contain some forms of sugar, like glycerin and propylene glycol. This can also throw off the pH balance in the vagina. I recommend using a silicone-based lubricant. One of my favorites is Pjur Eros Bodyglide (original). Medications for men. For men with ED caused by diabetes, the use of a pharmaceutical vasodilator, to open up the blood vessels and allow increased blood flow may be helpful. For example, Cialis, Levitra, or Viagra. Talk to your doctor to discuss which one may be best for you. Additional Resources: The Secrets of Living and Loving with Diabetes, by Roszler, Polonsky, and Edelman. Sex and Diabetes: For Him and For Her, by Roszler, Rice, and Elders Sex and the Diabetic: Erectile Dysfunction, by B. Piepers Overcoming Impotence, by Dole & Jones.

Sexual Health and Healing with Dianna Palimere, PhD, LCSW

Tips for diabetics If you’ve already been diagnosed with diabetes, and you’re wondering what you can do to limit its effect on your sex life, here are some suggestions: Talk to your doctor about any symptoms you may have noticed. If you have already discussed this with your doctor, and it’s been determined that you may be struggling with some psychological factors, seek out a mental health professional. Control your blood sugar. This will help to protect blood vessels, and prevent further nerve damage. Have open and honest communication with your partner. If they understand what you’re dealing with, it is more likely that they will be able to be a positive support for you.

Dr. Dianna Palimere is a Psychosexual Therapist and Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She has been in the field of mental health for the past 12 years, dedicating the past seven years to specializing in clinical sexuality. She holds a Bachelors degree in Psychology, a Masters degree in Social Work, a Masters degree in Human Sexuality Education, and a PhD in Clinical Human Sexuality. Utilizing a holistic approach to therapy, she incorporates a variety of clinical interventions in her work with individuals, couples, and families. She is devoted to helping people achieve sexual health and healing through her work as a psychotherapist in her private practice in Pike Creek, DE; as well as in her work with local nonprofit organizations. To learn more about her or to schedule an appointment, visit her website: or email her directly at: Join us on Facebook, keywords: Sex Therapy in Delaware.

June 2013


Inspiration on Vacation

By Eric Aber

“What should I eat today?” A common question of course. But what does one do when the answer begins to elude or the responses seem mundane and repetitious. Take a vacation! Now while it might not seem realistic or even responsible to just pack up and jump on the next plane bound to Shangri La; it is possible to take a virtual trip through the culinary landscape of a far off land. The trick is using the thoughts of a far off land to set up the inspiration to discover new flavors, new ingredients and new sources to find these exotic everyday items. When planning a culinary vacation there are a few steps to take to get started. The first and most obvious is to look at cookbooks, websites and travel magazines from the area that the “inspiration vacation” is from. When looking through these sources be careful to search out the smaller seemingly unimportant peripheral sidedishes, sauces and condiments that will truly evolve the meal into a globally transcendent experience. It is in these smaller nuances that the true feeling of being immersed in a culture will take over. Make sure not only to have the main dish but also focus on the beverages, the table setting and the desserts from the region you have chosen to explore. Keep it simple, but be thorough. Plan a simple appetizer, a salad course, an entrée or two and a dessert to complete the meal. If the destination you are trying to replicate has a local beer or wine try to procure it for added authenticity. If there is a special tea or fruit beverage try to include this in the menu and the ingredient sourcing mission. Once the destination has been set, and the menu planned, the fun work begins. Finding ingredients that one has never seen, heard of, and especially never bought can be a road block to some but an opportunity for others. This parallels the idea of travelling to a far off land nicely. First you must find the locaion that might sell the ingredients you are looking for. I enjoy this part of the trip because it is one part treasure hunt and one part cultural clash. I have often found myself in small strange markets where English was not the primary language, trying to poorly pronounce and translate an ingredient from a far off land. It is uncomfortable, but only for the first minute, and then as the stores employees begin 38

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to help and we eventually find what is needed, and everyone is left smiling. If the product cannot be sourced from the local merchant they are often more than happy to recommend another retailer that might have it. Sometimes you will find similar ingredients at very different stores. Take tamarind for example. I have purchased this same fruit/puree in many different forms, from many different stores, ranging from Mexican mercados, Middle Eastern groceries, and Chinatown markets in major cities. So always be on the lookout for your ingredients and don’t be afraid to go in the opposite direction to find what is needed. This shopping experience is the first part of the of the vacation and often the root of new inspiration. When going in search of an ingredient I often find new and unknown products that I have to try. I meet new people and gain a better understanding of the culture I am about to try to replicate and experience. Of course if all else fails and that one special item can’t be found there is always the internet, this is almost a fail safe way to find what is needed but lacks the cultural impact of good old fashioned real world shopping. Now the menu is done the ingredients have been purchased, the true journey can begin. As the cooking process unfolds be sure to pay attention to the smells, the sounds and the techniques of another cooking style. Try to emulate the service style of the culture rather than the old “TV dinner” approach of a small pile of this and that divided up on a platter. The rewards can now be reaped and the fruits of your labor can be savored. All the small additions all the effort will come through as not only an inspired meal but a truly memorable experience that takes you away from daily life and isn’t that what a vacation is all about anyway?

Eric Aber co-owns the award winning restaurant Home Grown Cafe in Newark, DE with his wife Sasha. In addition to the cafe, he enjoys foraging for wild mushrooms and other edibles, traveling, practicing Ninpo, playing music, furthering his culinary knowledge and spending time with his family. June 2013


My Life Has Gone Into A Ditch

(The Secret of Getting Out and Breaking Free) By Joe White

So one day a man was stuck in a hole and could not get out. A priest walked by and the man yelled up, “Hey Father, could you help me get out?” The priest nodded, said a few prayers and left. Later a doctor walked by and the man yelled up, “Hey Doc, could you help me get out?” The doctor nodded, wrote a prescription and threw it to the man and left. Later a friend of the man walked by and the man yelled up, “Hey buddy, could you help me get out?” The friend nodded and jumped down into the hole. The man in the hole was upset and said, “Why did you do something so foolish? Now we are both stuck in the hole.” The friend smiled and said, “True, but I have been down here before and I know the way out!” It is never planned. You don’t wake up one morning and say,”Um, let me see how deep a ditch I can dig.” Sometimes you just take your eyes off what is most important or you get caught up in life or you just forget who you are at your core. But in the end, it doesn’t matter how you got in the ditch; at least not today. What matters is what you are willing to do now to get out. It is time for you to get out. This month’s focus will be on getting you out of the ditch and back on top. Step 1 - Become Aware You Are In A Ditch! I know it seems like overstating the obvious, but it is critical. In my 13 years of coaching, I cannot tell you how many times I meet people who don’t realize they are in a ditch. When I was in my active drug addiction, doing drugs was normal. A couple who constantly fights, it seems normal. We adapt to our surroundings. This is a very valuable skill but it can severely skew your objectivity. In addition, we don’t like pain or being in discomfort. So you naturally will try to move away from pain, distract yourself, or dismiss that you are in pain. In 12-Step Programs it is known as admitting you have a problem; in life it is recognizing you are in a ditch. You cannot get out of what you don’t know you are in.

Step 3 - Take Massive Action Note the key word, MASSIVE. There is no time to dabble or play small. Too often what keeps people from getting out of the ditch is not that they take the wrong action, but just not enough of the right action. I am a firm believer of throwing everything you can against the wall. Something will always stick. As hockey great Wayne Gretzky said, “You miss 100% of the shots you do not take.” Take all the shots. Step 4 - Find and Express Gratitude If you know me, I am not about just thinking positive, nor am I about mystical powers. I am about becoming more of who we are in our hearts. Fear and emotional, spiritual, and physical scarcity are all part of life. We need a tool to fight back. The emotion which can only be found in the realm of abundance is gratitude. Finding and expressing gratitude, in the toughest times, forces you to realign with your values and move back into your heart, away from fear. I understand that this is not always easy and I understand the power of gratitude. It is easy to feel like crap or be down on yourself. But think of what it takes to become more and open your heart up to allow the light to radiate outwards. Gratitude is the answer to fear. Even in the darkest times, find and express gratitude and I promise you that you will not be stuck in the ditch for long. The key to all four steps is you not giving up. We all stumble and backslide. The key is for you to stay committed to getting out of the ditch and leave the rest behind. How do I know all of this? Remember I’ve been down here before and I know the way out. 

I wish you a month of love and passion.

Step 2 - Take Back Control What is the first thing so many people do when they fall into the ditch? Blame and point fingers. If they are in therapy, they blame their parents. If it is a relationship, they blame their partner. If it is business, they blame the economy or whoever is in the White House. Nothing ever changes until you decide to change it. There is no empowerment in blaming others. It is this step where many people won’t go. It is much more comfortable exonerating yourself or creating the excuse of why you don’t need to participate in the solution. It is time to rise up to the challenge. This is not some fluffy positive thinking mantra. It is the the truth. The only way you can have the life you really want is to take full responsibility for what you feel, say, do, and think.

Joe White is the President and founder of Get Life Coaching. Get Life Coaching is the leader in personal and professional development since 1999. Joe recently earned the most Prestigious Award : 2012 Entrepreneur of the year. Joe can be contacted at: 302-832-3424, or email him at: or check out: Follow Joe on @getlifecoaching June 2013


Confessions from a Chiropractor’s Kid! By Dr. Scott E. Rosenthal


grew up in a bubble. Being born into a family with a father who is a chiropractor, I was not raised like most kids. You could say I was a bit odd. Maybe it was all the brown bread and sprouts  my 1970’s parents put on the table. Perhaps it was the toy chiropractic table that I used when I worked on my sister’s dolls. Until my teens, I thought that only sick people in hospitals took drugs. Our medicine cabinet was nearly bare, containing only  tooth paste and cotton balls. We lived by chiropractic principles foreign to the masses back then, but that are now becoming  mainstream in today’s world.  While practicing chiropractic for 20 years, I am often dismayed  when I observe the health of the average American. I will do everything

possible to introduce my patients to the bubble I knew as a child and choose to remain in!


I started to get a taste of the “real” world in high school. Many of my friends were taking antibiotics regularly for acne or common upper respiratory tract infections. Other kids downed daily pills for headaches or fussy stomachs. When I hit 14 years old, pimples decorated my cheeks and chin. My father decided to intervene, but not with prescriptions. A daily dose of Romaine lettuce and whole grain cereal in my diet was my treatment. Within months my skin cleared significantly. A lesson learned- give the body what it needs and  better health results. Certainly,  my pimples did not result from an antibiotic June 2013

and chemical facial wash deficiency! My childhood was speckled with falls off bikes and from trees. I often nodded off to sleep in an awkward position in a bean bag chair or spent hours studying over a desk with my head bent over my books. Like so many children today, soccer presented my body with regular trauma. Heading the ball whiplashed my neck. It was like having many tiny auto accidents throughout my youth. Avoiding this by not playing was not an option I would have entertained. Soccer was my joy in life. My chiropractor father came to the rescue. He would check my spine on a regular basis and erase the misalignments. He would speak often  of the importance of spinal and neurological health as he adjusted my body. — continued on next page


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When I was very young, my family went to many chiropractic college homecoming seminars. The organizers provided fun activities for the children while the doctors attended continuing educational programs. We played games and jumped on the moon bounce. Once, I sneaked out of the program and explored the campus with another brown-bread and sprout-eating friend. Bravely we wandered into the vacant anatomy lab where the cadavers were studied. I never mustered up the courage to peek under the stainless steel lids that housed the bodies, but I knew they were important to the studies, and I had newly found respect for my father! We children were also given lessons on the chiropractic approach to health. I learned at a young age that the nervous system controls all functions within the body. The stack of bones called the spinal column houses and protects a key component of the nervous system, known as the spinal cord, which extends from the brain to the lower back. If a bone in the back or neck misaligns, it will damage and alter the function of the nervous system. The organ, gland, muscle, etc. fed from the injured nerve will lose normal function. It did not take long for me to understand that balance in the spine and clarity in the nervous system is essential for achieving optimum health. Our perspective is not a rigid religious-like view, but based on a realistic science. Chiropractic principles recognize that a time and place exists for varying interventions such as medication and surgery. In practice, I openly refer to my medical colleagues and was taught in my chiropractic college to know when to direct a patient elsewhere. My father would tell me that drugs and surgery should be a last resort. I was given a healthy fear of the potential side effects of active pharmaceutical agents and the pitfalls of focusing primarily on symptomatic relief. Always search for the underlying cause was the motto drilled into my head through all four of my chiropractic college years. We were taught an important exception: if a medical emergency exists, go to the hospital! Once stable, then one should look for the underlying cause.

in the nervous system created by a misalignment in the spine and/or pelvis. 5.            By gently realigning the bones with chiropractic adjustments, the body will again be able to heal and the problem will often resolve… naturally! 6.            Health is achieved when the body is optimally functional, not just pain-free. 7.       Approach the body in the most natural and noninvasive way. If a disease process continues or urgency exists, use more invasive care as needed. 8.            Other interference to the expression of optimum health can arise from imbalances in our nutrition, levels of exercise, mental attitude and amount of rest. By embracing a healthy lifestyle and maintaining the integrity of the spine and nervous system, as taught in chiropractic, you can overcome illness and appreciate greater health and function. Learning to trust in your body’s inner abilities may be a leap of faith for many, but the rewards are worth it! If you are stuck in a different bubble filled with pills and poor health, I invite you to join me- and please don’t worry… sprouts are not a requirement for membership!

The chiropractic principles that gifted me with an

extraordinary childhood continue to guide me in my personal and professional life. They can be summarized below:

Dr. Scott E. Rosenthal is a dedicated expert in the field of health and wellness. He is a Doctor of Chiropractic, has a B.S. in Nutrition and is a Registered Yoga Teacher. In addition to practicing in Wilmington, DE, Dr. Rosenthal writes and speaks regularly to help people live happier, healthier lives. His entertaining presentations are filled with easy-to-use strategies. Call 302-999-0633 or go to

1.       The body is a self-healing organism. 2.            Sickness occurs when there is interference to the body’s ability to heal. 3.       Healing and function of the body are directed by the nervous system. 4.       A common interference to healing is caused by damage

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Causes And (Natural) Remedies For Migraines By Mark Rosenberg

With all the stressors of today's hectic paced lifestyles and economic uncertainty, less than optimal nutrition, and deprived sleep patterns, it's no wonder more and more of my patients complain of getting headaches. Did you know that about 90% of the population gets at least 1 headache a year? In addition about 16-17% of people get a specific type of headache, a migraine, or vascular, headache at least once in their life. They usually affect women more than men because of hormonal differences, but men certainly do get them. Some people get them as frequently as once a month and can be so intense that they cannot do their everyday activities! If you're one of the people who suffer with migraines frequently, or even occasionally, I'd like to talk to you about what a migraine is and the various causes in order to help you prevent them. Then I'd like to share with you some helpful, nonaddicting, natural remedies for them. What Is A Migraine Headache? Simply stated, a migraine headache is a vascular headache. The term 'migraine' comes from an old French word, megrim, which refers to a syndrome of dizziness, head pain, and nausea. It eventually became known as 'migraine" and people who get them are called migraineurs. It is believed that a migraine headache occurs due to an outside trigger that causes nerve spasms within the brain or the sheath covering the brain. This spasm constricts the blood vessels and creates the migraine "aura", or lights, that people often experience. Next, the blood vessels over relax allowing too much blood flow to the brain. This causes pressure to build and pain to occur. Migraines can last for a few hours or, in some people, a few days! In short, migraines can be short and intense in duration or prolonged and miserable.


• Smoking: Decreases oxygen and introduces chemicals into the bloodstream. • Certain Foods: Chocolate, monosodium glutamate (MSG), nuts, alcohol, cheese, are known irritants to migraine-sensitive people. • Erratic Meals: Eating on the run, missing meals, going without food for long periods of time can cause a shift in these brain chemicals. • Dehydration: Your brain is about 80% water. Dehydration can trigger a migraine. • Erratic Sleep Patterns: Not sleeping enough, or too much, can disrupt brain chemicals. • Hormone Fluctuations: Monthly hormonal shifts of estrogen and progesterone in women can trigger brain chemical imbalances. • Stress: Especially if chronic, can lead to all kinds of chemical imbalances in the body that can have a domino effect, i.e., one causes the other. • Sensory, Environmental Stimulants: Bright sunlight, bright colors, blinking lights, strong unpleasant smells, loud, pounding beat music, altitude and weather changes. • Certain Illnesses: Epilepsy, abnormal cholesterol levels, depression/anxiety, Tourette syndrome, hereditary tumors, stroke, certain eye diseases, inner ear/balance problems.

What Causes A Migraine Headache? Recent research has identified a few neurochemical associations with migraines, namely dopamine and serotonin. These two important substances are "feel good" chemicals. When they become significantly imbalanced it is thought that this shift brings on a migraine headache. There are several causes, or triggers, that can cause these chemical imbalances. They include:


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Symptoms of A Migraine Headache Although many of my patients complain of occasional headaches, not all of them are migraines. Migraine headache shares many characteristics of the common headache but are generally much more intense. Every person who gets a migraine may also have their own specific symptoms, but these are the characteristic symptoms of a migraine headache: • Prodrome - a pre-headache period where you feel out of sorts and spacey • Nausea - intense pain may trigger vomiting.

Nerves trapped between your neck or upper back vertebra of your spine may be triggering the pain. As I tell my patients, headaches, especially migraines, can be miserable. I like to have them try natural remedies first, perhaps a combination of them, before we turn to prescription drugs. In addition, I like to focus on prevention as much as possible. Try some of the suggestions here to both prevent a migraine from occurring and stop it if it does. Keep a log of under what conditions your migraines occur and try to avoid those conditions as best you can in the future.

• Inability to tolerate light or noise - prefer a dark, quiet room. • Irritability and fatigue - person wants to be left alone and to sleep. What Helps A Migraine Headache? There are many prescription drugs on the market called triptans that work to relieve migraine headache pain. However, did you know that there are many natural, alternative treatments that can remedy a migraine headache? Here they are:  Magnesium - many people who get migraines have magnesium deficiencies which can cause the nerve and muscle spasms that bring on the migraine. 400-600 mg a day.  Feverfew - this herb has been used since ancient times as a headache remedy and is popular in Europe as an alternative migraine treatment. If you're allergic to ragweed, chamomile or yarrow, or if you take blood thinners for any reason, do not take feverfew.  5-HTP - produces serotonin which can rebalance natural levels. Research shows it to both prevent and greatly reduce the severity of a migraine headache.  Butterbur - an herb proven effective in double blind studies at 75 mg twice a day to prevent migraines. Again, if you're allergic to ragweed, don't take butterbur.  DLPA - short for DL-phenylalanine, a naturally occurring amino acid/neurotransmitter that stimulates endorphins, another feel good hormone. Rebalances dopamine and serotonin and relieves pain. Research shows people who get migraines are almost always deficient in endorphins so DLPA can be beneficial. Found in health food stores.  Acupuncture/acupressure massage - stimulates certain meridians on the body and has proven effective in relieving stress and migraine pain.  Biofeedback - helps reduce stress if that is a trigger for you.  Chiropractic - an evaluation by a chiropractor can detect if there is a musculoskeletal/nerve component to your migraine.

Mark Rosenberg M.D. is director of the "Institute of Anti-Aging" in South Florida. He is a highly sought-after speaker for lectures on topics such as integrative cancer therapy and anti-aging medicine. Dr. Rosenberg is avidly involved in supplement research and is nutritional consultant for Vitalmax Vitamins.

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