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A note from the Editors | Publishers Unequivocally, going to print is always somewhat of a traumatic experience. It’s never the normal madness associated with producing a print publication; which in its self can be traumatic at times, well maybe not traumatic, but always eventful without any added interruptions or events. Although I must say the news I share with you this month is definitely one of the worst deadline happenings. I would gladly trade it for almost any other deadline event that we have experienced, even last month’s snake. It is with a broken heart and great sadness that I share the news of Valentino’s passing. Valentino suffered from Wobblers Disease and complications from Wobblers for more than four years. We had been making trips to The University of Pennsylvania, regular visits from an animal chiropractor, pain medications and holistic remedies, Valentino’s body had finally had enough. On August 15, 2013, in the comfort of his own backyard, Valentino peacefully left his pain ridden body to run free in a place we refer to as Savendale. Savendale is a book that was created by our son, Sean. When Sean was about eight years old, he created this book to help ease the pain of losing our beloved pets. Savendale is a wonderful place that takes all of the pets you have ever loved, reuniting them, and forever running and playing healthy and free with an endless supply of dog or cat treats. It is during times like these that you have to remind yourself that without the pain of loss you cannot experience the joy that we were so fortunate to have with Valentino for ten years. On a happier note, Valentino will continue to live within the pages of LWM, always choosing a new advertiser to visit each month and continuing to reward all of the wonderful Advertising Inquiries: readers who for eight years now have religiously continued to seek him out. So let your mind run free and help us keep Valentino’s memory alive by joining us each Brian Strauss -Publisher month in the quest for “Where’s Valentino”. This month in honor of Valentino, Sales@livingwellmagazine.net everyone who finds him is a winner! Just email us at: email@example.com 302-355-0929 with Valentino’s location and LWM will make a donation to the Delaware Humane Society Capital Campaign by creating a memory brick in Valentino’s name. Lita Latham - Account Executive Only when you drink from the river of silence shall you indeed sing. Lita@livingwellmagazine.net And when you have reached the mountain top, then you shall begin to climb. 302-750-0898 And when the earth shall claim your limbs, then shall you truly dance. Sara Smith - Account Executive From “The Prophet” by Kahlil Gibran Sara@livingwellmagazine.net 302-540-4443
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READ BEFORE Reuse or Recycle Wood Pallets Wood pallets are a great product to reuse/recycle and there are 1000’s of great ideas you can build .But depending on your planned project you should be certain that they are safe for reuse. Remember some of the pallets have carried chemical,machinery and food. A recent report from the FDA showed that some wood pallets have been contaminated with e-coli. So befroe you reuse/recycle investigate the pallet. Most wood pallets will have an IPPC logo, since they oversee internationally-shipped pallets. Pallets that ship overseas are the ones usually treated or fumigated to prevent the spread of invasive pests. Here are the marks to look out for. Most pallets should be marked with the IPPC logo. Pallets are either heat-treated (heated to a high temperature in kilns to seal the wood) (HT) or treated with methyl bromide –(MB) a toxic pesticide that has been linked to human health problems and ozone layer depletion. Recently, the use of MB is slowly diminishing but some of the older pallets in use may have been treated. Avoid unmarked pallets or those stamped with an “MB” for methyl bromide. source: earth911.com, FDA, NWCPA.org 6
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The Mediterranean â€œ Diet â€œ In our present era where the public is bombarded with Fad Diets and costly vitamin supplements the facts belie the sobering reality. A staggering 75% of Americans are now overweight or obese. The incidence of Cardiovascular Disease, Diabetes and Cancer are rampant.
95% of all individuals who embark on any Diet Program, fail to sustain weight loss within 1 year. Furthermore, there is negligible data that the billion dollar vitamin and supplement industry offers anything more than illusions and wasteful spending. Our present public health epidemic calls for serious and prompt measures by The Health Care System, physicians and most importantly, â€” continued on next page 8
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patients themselves. A reasonable initial start is creating and adopting a healthy dietary lifestyle that is sustainable and will endure. This is in contrast to a formal “ Diet “. In the past year, we have seen a marked resurgence and up-tick in public interest of The Mediterranean Diet. This appears to have several stimuli. The explosive obsession and marketing of anti-oxidants accompanied by 2 robust and impressive studies published in The New England Journal of Medicine ‘. The term “ Mediterranean Diet “ initially came into formality in the late 60’s with the completion of the first landmark epidemiologic study looking for a correlation between diet and cardiovascular disease: “ Seven Countries Study “. The lead investigator, Dr. Ancel Keys, systematically examined the relationship between diet and cardiovascular disease in several representative populations from different regions of the world. The results revealed that inhabitants of countries along the Mediterranean basin, particularly the island of Crete, had the lowest rates of cardiovascular disease and the longest life expectancy. This spurned a critical examination of the components of each population’s diet as well as their lifestyles In 2001, The Lyon Heart Study was published which actually randomized individuals with known coronary artery disease to a “ Mediterranean Style Diet “ vs. The American Heart Association (AHA) Step I dietary guidelines. The results were both confirmatory and most impressive. The individuals assigned to the “ Mediterranean Diet “ had a 50-70% lower risk of cardiovascular events compared to the AHA diet. This degree of risk reduction far exceeded expectations. In fact, the risk reduction was significantly greater than was seen in all of the “ Statin Trials “ !
So what are the typical components of a Mediterranean Diet ?
minerals, anti-oxidants and Omega-3 Fatty Acids while limiting the most atherogenic substances; toxic fats and sugars with high glycemic indices. Fruits and vegetables have long been known to be the most potent source of anti-oxidants as well as rich in essential nutrients. Pure Virgin Olive Oil is the single most potent anti-oxidant per unit of concentration that exists in nature. The collective properties constitute a systemic anti-inflammatory effect on both an intracellular and extracellular level. In contrast, transfatty acids, saturated fats and high fructose corn syrup ( the principal sweetener in soft drinks, baked goods and processed foods ) are highly toxic to the arterial wall and thus very atherogenic. The debate regarding the incomplete understanding of how all of these factors exert their beneficial effects will certainly continue as will the scientific inquiry. Nutrition is complex and to isolate and champion a “ magic bullet “ , while seductive is rather naïve and frankly irresponsible. There has been no clinical evidence to date that has demonstrated efficacy and outcomes data by any of the myriad of mind-bending products that are touted as cure-alls for anything and everything that ails us. The soundest position at this point is to embrace the value of the whole package and the likely interplay among the various components of The Mediterranean Diet. A return to fundamental basics, which are the cornerstone of a Mediterranean style diet will serve most people quit well. There of course is no doubt that many other factors play a significant role such as family unit, lifestyle, daily activity and stress relief. Therefore, enjoy your meals with family and friends, walk daily and take time to relax. Your quality of life will improve and your likelihood of Coronary Disease, Diabetes, Cancer and Depression will diminish. What was true 2500 years ago is still true today.
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High Fiber Grains Almost exclusive use of Olive oil or Canola oil Almonds and Walnuts Modest daily alcohol intake. Usually 1-2 glasses of wine Modest intake of Red Meat Low intake of Dairy Products. Very low intake of Saturated Fats and Trans-Fatty Acids Very low intake of simple carbohydrates and refined sugars In summary, this diet was intrinsically comprised the highest concentration and most potent sources of essential vitamins, www.livingwellmagazine.net
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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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What is Upper Cross Syndrome?
Do you spend more than an hour on the computer every day? Upper Cross Syndrome is one of the most common overuse injuries of the upper body. It deals with several muscles that have become short and tight due to repetitive use and other muscles that have become stretched and strained. In today’s society computers, cell phones and tablets are more widely used than ever before. 12
This is a very “normal” part of everyday living, but it is certainly not natural. The human body is naturally designed for motion. We are made to crawl, walk, run, throw, jump, stretch and turn. Our bodies are not meant to be in the same position for a long period of time. The human head weighs on average, 8-12 lbs. With ideal posture your body doesn’t feel the effects of that weight. However, with every inch that the head moves away from the center of gravity, your upper back and neck perceive the head to weigh twice as much! The extra pounds increase the pressure on the cervical discs, or the shock absorbers of the spine. This biomechanical fault is known as “forward head posture” and plays a big part in Upper Cross Syndrome. When we sit at our computers we have www.livingwellmagazine.net
a tendency to lean forward because our attention is on the monitor in front of us. As our upper body and neck lean toward the screen our head naturally follows. But in order to see the screen, we have to tilt the head back and bring our chin and eyes upward. This motion engages the muscles in the back of the neck to constantly pull, causing the head and neck to get “locked” in a problematic position. It’s like the muscles in the neck are acting as suspension cables to a tower. If the tower begins to lean in one direction the cables in that direction shorten while the cables still trying to prevent the tower from falling become tightened and overworked. Our head and neck muscles work in a similar fashion. — continued on next page
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Another aspect of Upper Cross Syndrome deals with the shoulders. Working on a computer, driving, texting, and even reading a book can put a strain in on our upper back because the shoulders are automatically brought forward. The muscles in the front of your chest become short and tight while the muscles in the back become long and strained. Over time, the muscles will begin to memorize this new “normal” positioning. This wreaks havoc on proper posture and decreases lung expansion because it limits the ability for your lungs to fill with air. As a result, oxygen getting to your brain and body is limited. This is a common cause of headaches and trigger points.
Dr. Miller is a native of Naples, Florida where she graduated from Baron Collier High School. She received her undergraduate degree in Health Sciences from the University of Central Florida in Orlando. Dr. Miller graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic in Port Orange, FL. She also received her certification in Acupuncture and Webster’s Technique which addresses specific adjustments related to the pelvis in order to promote a healthy pregnancy and delivery.
Upper Cross Syndrome can lead to inflammation, pressure and damage to surrounding nerves, decrease range of motion, shoulder pain, muscle spasms and cause trouble breathing. All of these body changes can negatively impact how your body functions on a daily basis. Some of the common symptoms associated with Upper Cross Syndrome are headaches, migraines, numbness or tingling in the hands, burning pain in upper back, jaw pain, shoulder pain, mid-back pain, allergies, fatigue, and injuries to the spinal discs.
Dr. Kris Kondrad is a native of northern Delaware where he graduated from Tatnall High School and University of Delaware with his Bachelor’s Degree in Biological Science. Dr. Kondrad graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic in Port Orange, FL. It was there that he focused his passion on learning a number of highly specialized techniques in order to treat his patients at the highest level. Dr. Kondrad received several certifications in Active Release Technique which addresses soft tissue complaints, acupuncture therapy which balances the body’s natural energy flow and flexion distraction technique which is especially useful for disc injuries.
Proper ergonomics are important and can lessen the problems. Chiropractors deal with these types of injuries and Upper Cross Syndrome on a regular basis. by addressing the muscles, joints, and nervous system.
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What Are “Ghost Factories?” Unsafe levels of lead contaminate soil in hundreds of neighborhoods around the U.S. where lead smelting facilities operated between the 1930s and 1960s. Children under the age of six are especially vulnerable to lead poisoning, which can severely affect mental and physical development. Pictured: Rusty remains at an old lead smelting mill. Credit: Simon Bowen
In April 2012, USA TODAY published a series entitled “Ghost Factories,” a report on an investigation into lead contaminated soil in hundreds of neighborhoods around the U.S. where lead factories once operated. The investigation addressed the lack of action taken by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to test and clean up these sites despite having been warned in 2001 about the dangerous levels of lead contamination around the areas of these old facilities. The factories, which used a process called smelting to melt down lead, were in operation from the 1930s until the 1960s when they began to shut down. While the factories themselves may now be gone, their toxic legacy remains, as they have left behind significant amounts of poisonous lead particles in surrounding soils. The lead particles are particularly dangerous for children who live and play in these areas. “Lead poisoning occurs when lead builds up in the body, often over a period of months or years,” reports the Mayo Clinic, adding that even small amounts of lead can cause serious health problems. “Children under the age of 6 are especially vulnerable to lead poisoning, which can severely affect mental and physical development. Lead at very high levels can be fatal. Environmental scientist William Eckel warned government officials of the dangers of old lead factories in his research article “Discovering Unrecognized Lead-Smelting Sites by Historical Methods,” which was published in the American Journal of Public Health in April of 2001. Eckel used EPA databases along with lead industry directories to compile a list of more than 400 possible factory sites around the country that may have been unknown or forgotten over time. In an effort to create some urgency for federal regulators, he paid to have the soil around eight of the sites tested 14
and all but one exceeded the EPA’s hazard level for residential areas. More recent soil tests done by USA TODAY revealed that all 21 areas that were examined in 13 states had potentially dangerous enough lead levels that children should not be playing in that dirt. This meant, of course, that cleanups of these sites had not been done. In response to Eckel’s findings and the USA TODAY series, EPA has initiated work with states to survey the majority of the sites on the 2001 list, although records for many of the affected areas are incomplete. “I am convinced we have addressed the highestrisk sites,” reports Elizabeth Southerland, director of assessment and remediation for the EPA’s Superfund program. She says her agency is open to reassessing sites that may need another look thanks to more recent information uncovered by USA TODAY. Unfortunately, ongoing federal budget woes mean that resources are severely limited. In fact, the EPA lacks funds to complete even previously scheduled Superfund remediation projects. In the meantime, individual homeowners can determine whether or not they live near a former lead smelter and can apply pressure to local authorities accordingly. USA TODAY has posted a free online map to help people figure out exactly where the danger zones might be. Source: USA TODAY “Ghost Factories,” http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/ nation/lead-poisoning; “Discovering Unrecognized Lead-Smelting Sites by Historical Methods,” www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1446633/pdf/11291377.pdf. EarthTalk® is written and edited by Roddy Scheer and Doug Moss and is a registered trademark of E - The Environmental Magazine (www.emagazine.com). Send questions to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subscribe: www.emagazine.com/subscribe. Free Trial Issue: www.emagazine.com/trial.
FOOD WASTE to ENERGY?
The Kroger Co. unveiled anaerobic digestion system to convert food that can’t be sold or donated into biogas that will help power its distribution center in Compton, Calif. The Cincinnati, Ohio-headquartered retailer expects the system will process more than 55,000 tons yearly of unsold organics and food processing effluent, roughly 150 tons per day. The energy produced will provide 20% of the energy needed by the distribution center, the company said in a news release.
Food waste is indeed an untapped resource with great potential for generating energy. Some one third of all food produced around the world gets discarded uneaten, and environmentalists, energy analysts and entrepreneurs are beginning to take notice. Diverting even just a portion of this waste to so-called waste-toenergy (WTE) systems could free up large amounts of landfill space while powering our vehicles and heating our homes, and thus putting a significant dent in our collective carbon footprint. Perhaps that’s why WTE is one of the fastest growing segments of the world’s quickly diversifying energy sector.
opportunity for WTE, expects waste-to-energy to grow from its current market size of $6.2 billion to $29.2 billion by 2022. “With many countries facing dramatic population growth, rapid urbanization, rising levels of affluence, and resource scarcity, waste-to-energy is re-establishing itself as an attractive technology option to promote low carbon growth in the crowded renewable energy landscape,” says Navigant’s Mackinnon Lawrence. “China is already in the midst of scaling up capacity, and growth there is expected to shift the center of the WTE universe away from Europe to Asia Pacific.”
Currently there are some 800 industrial-scale WTE plants in more than three dozen countries around the world, and likely thousands of smaller systems at individual sites. Most employ anaerobic digesters, which make use of microorganisms to break down and convert organic waste into a fuel such as biogas, biodiesel or ethanol. With some 70 percent of food waste around the world still going into landfills, there is a lot of potential feedstock to keep this environmentally friendly carbon neutral fuel source coming.
The question is whether governments and individuals will make the effort to support diversion of waste into yet another separate stream. In areas where such systems are working, individuals are incentivized to separate out their organic and food waste because it saves them money on their trash pick-up bills. And bakeries, restaurants, farms, grocers and other big producers of organic or food waste provide an endless source of feedstock for WTE systems as well.
“Waste-to-energy doesn’t involve drilling, fracking, or mining, and it doesn’t rely on scarce and politically-charged resources like oil,” reports RWL Water Group, an international company that installs water, wastewater and waste-to-energy systems. The waste from small slaughterhouses, breweries, dairy farms and coffee shops can power hundreds of typical homes each day if the infrastructure is in place to sort, collect and process the flow of organic material.
“We’re barely scratching the surface of this potential—dumping over 70 percent of the world’s food waste into landfills, rather than harnessing it for fuel and electricity,” reports RWL. “Over the next 25 years, global energy demand will grow by 50 percent, while global oil supply dwindles at a rapid pace. Waste-to-energy is an obvious solution to meet the world’s burgeoning energy demand.”
Navigant Research, which produced the 2012 report “Waste-toEnergy Technology Markets, which analyzes the global market
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Life Long Obesity Increases The Risk Of Subclinical Heart Disease
WHAT: The length of time a young adult is obese is associated with the development of silent, or subclinical, heart disease in middle age, independent of body mass index (BMI) or waist circumference, according to National
development of subclinical heart disease.
The researchers collected and examined data from 3,275 Caucasian and AfricanAmerican adults, ages 18-30 years, who were enrolled in the NIH’s National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute-
Since the mid-1980s, obesity has become increasingly prevalent in the United States with over one-third of adults now obese. In addition, people are becoming more obese at earlier ages. The study results
Institutes of Health-supported research. Each year that a young adult is obese increases that person’s risk of developing coronary artery calcification, a subclinical predictor of heart disease, by 2 to 4 percent.
(NHLBI) supported Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults Study (CARDIA) in the mid-1980s, around the start of the obesity epidemic in the United States.
suggest that this trend of increasing lifelong obesity may have important implications for the future burden of subclinical heart disease and potentially for rates of clinical heart disease in the United States.
Obesity is a risk factor for subclinical heart disease, when people exhibit mild or no symptoms so it’s seemingly silent. This is the first known study to show that a longer duration of obesity also contributes independently to the
The study participants were recruited from Birmingham, Ala.; Chicago; Minneapolis; and Oakland, Calif., and followed for 25 years, from young adulthood to middle age. Every 2 to 5 years, participants were examined to determine if and when they became obese and how long they stayed obese. CT scans given at years 15, 20, or 25 determined the presence of coronary
These findings were published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
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THE IMPORTANCE OF CAT HEALTH! It’s been a long time coming, but I finally have to make a plea for our cat lovers and their special pets. First off, cats are NOT dogs. They do not react the same way as dogs to infection or disease. Cats are notorious for hiding the signs and symptoms of disease. For example, cats tend to get osteoarthritis (arthritis) symmetrically, meaning the same on both sides. As a result, you may not notice that they are painful or walking differently because it is the same on both sides of say, his/ her hips or knees. Remember, cats, infrequently cry out in pain, so if your cat is crying or moaning, it is likely that they are in very severe pain. Many times clients will say to me that their cat is fine with its arthritis because it is not crying. This is far from the truth. Often times, by the time a pet’s person realizes that something is not right, the illness has become more serious than expected. You may notice that your cat is sleeping more, may be lethargic and may hide. Difficulty jumping and difficulty getting into the litter box may be the first sign you notice that something is wrong. Additionally, they may exhibit vocalization, especially at night. Multiple treatment modalities exist that can make your cat feel better including, but not limited to, acupuncture, chiropractic, homeopathy, laser therapy, herbal therapy and various supplements. It is, therefore, very important to have your cats taken to the veterinarian at least once a year. If your cat is over 7-8 years old, I recommend having them examined twice a year. At that time, they should have a complete blood count, a blood chemistry panel, a thyroid level, a urinalysis and, possibly an x-ray. This will give your veterinarian enough information to determine if issues or illness are developing. If something seems out of line, then your veterinarian can advise you what further testing or treatment needs to be initiated. Dental disease, for example, is present in most cats over 3 years old. Most people do not realize this is a problem until they see their pet salivating or having trouble eating. By this point, things have deteriorated so far that tooth extractions may need to be done. At this point, your cat is in distress and painful (ever have a cavity that was not fixed??). It may even require a visit to a veterinary dental specialist if things are really bad. The bottom line is to take your cat to the veterinarian at least once a year for a physical examination and twice a year if they are over 7 years old or have other medical conditions that need to be monitored. Your cat will love you and you will have many more years of companionship if you act in a proactive manner. 18
My doctor told me that I am allergic to dogs, cats and horses. I would like to get a puppy. Is there anything all natural I can do to make this possible?
Generally, it is the dander and the saliva of pets that make us have an allergic reaction, such as itching and hives on the skin. It is the allergens in the saliva that causes these reactions. The amount of allergens will determine if a reaction occurs or not. This is why you may react to one dog or cat and not another. The first thing I would recommend is to consider a dog that has short hair, minimal hair or sheds very little. This would include the Chinese-crested, Poodle, Bichon, Yorkie, Shih Tzu, Basenji or Italian Greyhound. Dust and vacuum regularly and wash your dog’s toys and bedding weekly. Bathing your dog in distilled water, especially when a puppy, is suggested to reduce allergens as well. The use of a HEPA filter may be of benefit. Many people have hard wood floors rather than carpet to; again, reduce the allergens in the area. I would certainly discuss these recommendations with your doctor and get his opinion. You would not want to risk your own health. Good luck!
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Sarah Evans | Ovarian Cancer Survivor
n the weeks leading up to being diagnosed with ovarian cancer, I knew something wasn’t right with my body. While I couldn’t quite identify what it was, I could tell something was off – something was very different. A long-time fitness instructor and a healthy, active 37 yearold, the 20 pounds that I had quickly gained didn’t seem logical, and on top of that, it seemed like one side of my stomach was bloating out more than the other. I asked a friend, who is studying nursing, to take a look at my side. She pressed hard on multiple areas around my abdomen, an examination technique called “palpating,” and discovered something hard as a rock. I immediately went in to see my gynecologist, only to be told that I could possibly be six months pregnant. I knew this wasn’t possible since my husband of 17 years had been working overseas in Afghanistan during this time. My gynecologist ordered an ultrasound to take a closer look. As the test was being administered, the room grew quiet. I knew it wasn’t good news. From there things went quite quickly. My doctor ordered an OVA1 diagnostic test to determine the likelihood of the mass being benign or malignant, and the results came back a six on a 10-point scale: a high risk of malignancy. The news hit me like a ton of bricks. I had heard of ovarian cancer but I didn’t think much about cancer, being in my thirties and in great shape. Coming from the fitness world, I really thought if I took care of myself, I wouldn’t have to worry about cancer. Boy, was I wrong.
My cancer was found in an early stage, 1C, grade three, which has a five-year survival rate of 93 percent, according to the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance. The doctors went on to stage and remove the tumorous ovary, which had grown to about 17 inches long and 10 inches in diameter; almost the same diameter as a basketball. I had to go through four five-day rounds of chemo, which I thankfully finished on June 1. Today, I am cancer free. I was able to start back at the gym in July, and I’m teaching fitness classes again. Again, what a surprise to find I had cancer! It was easy to have children, my menstrual cycle was always very regular and there was nothing about my reproductive system that would have made me think that I would have a problem. The reality is most women who suffer from this disease are not so fortunate. The American Cancer Society estimates that this year more than 22,000 new cases of ovarian cancer will be diagnosed. I was one of them. Additionally, more than 14,000 women in the United States will die from this disease this year. And yet, 40 years since the “war on cancer” was declared, mortality rates for ovarian cancer have barely budged, while battles against other cancers have made huge progress – breast cancer being one of them. It’s time to fight back. It’s time to stand up to this silent killer that has quietly been taking lives for far too long. I am grateful they have a simple blood test to help diagnose this often silent cancer.
About Sarah Evans: Sarah Evans is a 37-year-old woman from Washington State. A mother of four, she stays quite busy between keeping up with her family as well as her love of fitness. Sarah hopes more than anything that her story will help educate women and bring light to this silent killer that takes the lives of more than 14,000 women every year in the United States.
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Using the same gusto and energy we’ve put into making women and their loved ones aware of breast cancer risks, we should do the same for ovarian cancer, which happens to be the deadliest of all gynecologic cancers. Unless and until we speak for women who have gone before us, ovarian cancer will continue to go unnoticed. Women, we must know the symptoms. The key is having these symptoms for more than two weeks with an increased intensity. In retrospect, I had all of them.
Medical professionals, please get us to the right physicians. My doctors were awesome. I was sent to a gynecologic oncologist for treatment, but a recent study showed that most ovarian cancer patients don’t get that care. For insurance providers, provide coverage for the tests and treatments we need. I was shocked to receive a bill for the OVA1 test, the tool that indicated likelihood of malignancy and ultimately led my gynecologist to refer me to the gynecologic oncologist. We need support
from the entire medical community, and that includes insurance companies. That test saved me from having two surgeries. Why not cover it? We’re in this fight together. Now is the time, it’s time to fight back and paint the town teal.
What you should know about Ovarian Cancer Ovarian cancer is cancer that begins in the ovaries. Ovaries are reproductive glands found only in females (women). The ovaries produce eggs (ova) for reproduction. The eggs travel through the fallopian tubes into the uterus where the fertilized egg implants and develops into a fetus. The ovaries are also the main source of the female hormones estrogen and progesterone. One ovary is on each side of the uterus in the pelvis. Ovarian cancer accounts for about 3% of cancers among women, but it causes more deaths than any other cancer of the female reproductive system. The American Cancer Society estimates for ovarian cancer in the United States for 2013 are: About 22,240 women will receive a new diagnosis of ovarian cancer. About 14,230 women will die from ovarian cancer. Ovarian cancer is the ninth most common cancer among women, excluding nonmelanoma skin cancers. It ranks fifth in cancer deaths among women, accounting for more deaths than any other cancer of the female reproductive system. Ovarian cancer accounts for about 3% of all cancers in women. A woman’s risk of getting ovarian cancer during her lifetime is about 1 in 72. Her lifetime chance of dying from ovarian cancer is about 1 in 100. (These statistics don’t count low malignant potential ovarian tumors.) This cancer mainly develops in older women. About half of the women who are diagnosed with ovarian cancer are 63 years or older. It is more common in white women that African-American women. The rate at which women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer has been slowly falling over the past 20 years. source: www.cancer.org/cancer/ovariancancer
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How is Ovarian Cancer Diagnosed? Unfortunately, most women with ovarian cancer are diagnosed with advanced-stage disease (Stage III). This is because the symptoms of ovarian cancer (particularly in the early stages) often are not acute or intense, and present vaguely. In most cases, ovarian cancer is not detected during routine pelvic exams, unless the doctor notes that the ovary is enlarged. The sooner ovarian cancer is found and treated, the better a woman’s chance for recovery. It is important to know that early stage symptoms are not silent - so women should be extra alert and watch out for early symptoms.
Potential symptoms of ovarian cancer include: Bloating Pelvic or abdominal pain Trouble eating or feeling full quickly Feeling the need to urinate urgently or often Other symptoms of ovarian cancer can include:
More to know about Ovarian Cancer Types of Ovarian Cancer Different types of ovarian cancer are classified according to the type of cell from which they start. Epithelial tumors: About 90 percent of ovarian cancers develop in the epithelium, the thin layer of tissue that covers the ovaries. This form of ovarian cancer generally occurs in postmenopausal women. Germ cell carcinoma tumors: Making up about five percent of ovarian cancer cases, this type begins in the cells that form eggs. While germ cell carcinoma can occur in women of any age, it tends to be found most often in women in their early 20s. Six main kinds of germ cell carcinoma exist, but the three most common types are: teratomas, dysgerminomas, and endodermal sinus tumors. Stromal carcinoma tumors: Ovarian stromal carcinoma accounts for about five percent of ovarian cancer cases. It develops in the connective tissue cells that hold the ovary together and those that produce the female hormones estrogen and progesterone. The two most common types are granulosa cell tumors and sertoli-leydig cell tumors. Unlike with epithelial ovarian carcinoma, 70 percent of stromal carcinoma cases are diagnosed in Stage I. Small cell carcinoma of the ovary: Small Cell Carcinoma of the Ovary (SCCO) is a rare, highly malignant tumor that affects mainly young women, with a median age at diagnosis of 24 years old. The subtypes of SCCO include pulmonary, neuro-endocrine and hypercalcemic.SCCO accounts for 0.1% of ovarian cancer cases. Approximately two-thirds of patients with SCCO have hypercalcemia. The symptoms are the same as other types of ovarian cancer.
Prognosis Specific risk factors for ovarian cancer causes are not known, but risk factors that may increase your chances of getting ovarian cancer may include:
High fat diet Never having children Infertility, or not having children until late in life Using infertility drugs but not becoming pregnant Starting your periods at a young age, or going through menopause at an older than average age Use of talcum powder on the genital area Caucasian race Have an Eastern European (Ashkenazi) Jewish background. Family history of ovarian cancer, breast cancer, or colon cancer A test called OVA1 is meant to be used Peronal history of breast, uterine or colon cancer in women who have an ovarian tumor. It measures the levels of 4 proteins in the Of these ovarian cancer risk factors, the most significant is a family history of ovarian cancer blood. The levels of these proteins, when and /or breast cancer Having one close relative with ovarian cancer increases a woman’s risk of looked at together, are used to put women developing ovarian cancer by nearly three times. Having additional family members with breast with tumors into 2 categories − low risk cancer, ovarian cancer or colon cancer increases the risk even further. and high risk. The women labeled low There are a number of factors that are associated with lowering the risk of ovarian cancer. risk are not likely to have cancer. The women called high risk are more likely Use of birth control pills to have a cancer, and so should have Having multiple children surgery by a specialist (a gynecologic Breast feeding oncologist). This test is NOT a screening Tubal ligation test − it is only meant for use in women Having the ovaries removed (prophylactic oophorectomy) who have an ovarian tumor. For those women diagnosed with ovarian cancer limited to the ovary (stage I), over 90 percent will be alive at five years. This contrasts dramatically with approximately 25 percent for those Source: www.ovarian.org | Risk Factors & Prognosis women diagnosed with stage III and stage IV ovarian cancer. Fatigue Upset stomach or heartburn Back pain Pain during sex Constipation Menstrual changes
A Father’s Legacy; A Wife’s Gift By Peggy Dickerson
My father’s legacy started in high school when he started writing journals. These weren’t fancy, manufactured journals like we see today. His journals were school composition books or any small, inexpensive notebook with blank pages. I don’t know why he started, even when asked, he couldn’t express to me why he began writing. But after high school, he continued to write in the service ( he was in the Coast Guard) and when he met my Mother, then while they raised their 3 children and on into their golden years, when they traveled.
What an amazing gift! If we could all be given such a gift in our golden years we would be so lucky, blessed, and fortunate! I am in awe of what my Mother has done for my Father during his twilight years.
I don’t know how or when my Father became a professional writer, but he is one. As he continued to write journals, he started a weekly article in the local paper. He wrote about our local natural history and a multiple of experiences which many people enjoyed and became fans for 50 years. His articles were called, appropriately; FOCUS ON NATURE. So, at some point, I am not sure when in my parents’ life, my father asked my mother (a secretary by profession) to type his journals he had written by hand for so many years. And she did, because she is an incredible dedicated wife. So, she typed his high school journals, his service journals, his friends sailing and hunting adventures, his married life with children journals and camping journals and finally, their amazing, incredible, retired years, traveling the world together. However, this is where the story begins…when my Father was diagnosed with Parkinson’s many years ago, he was angry. Angry that he couldn’t do all that he used to do and all that he still wanted to do. So as the years passed and my Mother tried her hardest to help him deal with his disease and his age (he is 91 at the time of this writing), she started reading his journals back to him…what a priceless gift! And so, on quiet days, when there are no doctors’ appointments, she reads and reads and reads. She searches for old photos to enhance the journals. And when she has finished a “chapter” in his life, she organizes all of the pages that she has retyped and collated and takes them to a local printer to publish for the family and my Dad. Now he can relive the amazing life he has lived and his children and grandchildren can read about the details of a life lived so fully.
How do you thank your Mother for giving your Father such an amazing gift? Write an article in a national magazine that will be published.
Peggy Dickerson was born and raised in Cutchogue, New York, on Long Island. A retired elementary teacher of 30 years, raised 2 children and awaiting her 5th grandchild. During her teaching career she was elected to a part time town position and taught environmental programs for local ecology organizations. In her retirement, Peggy enjoys teaching lessons in school and for some of the local environmental groups like the Audubon Society and our local Peconic Land Trust, among others. Her time is also filled with child care for her son and daughter’s children, along with helping her parents when ever she can. Peggy says, “I feel very blessed to have them in our lives and truly lucky that all of my family live close by so that we all see each other often”. September 2013
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Can Your Thyroid Affect Your Sexual Health?
hen someone first calls my office and requests treatment to help them with low sexual desire, or problems with sexual functioning, one of the first questions I ask them is, “Have you already seen your doctor to have blood work done to rule out a possible medical condition?” Most people are aware, at this point, that low levels of testosterone can affect male libido. I don’t know about you, but I can’t watch an hour of television without seeing a low testosterone commercial! For the most part, I think women are also aware that normal levels of estrogen and testosterone are necessary for their sexual desire (although, for some reason I do not see those commercials). If potential clients have answered “yes” to the blood work question, I follow it up with, “Did you also have your thyroid levels checked?” In general, people either don’t know if they did or don’t understand why I’m asking about it. Your thyroid is a gland in your neck, just above your collarbone. It is one of your endocrine glands, and it is responsible for the production of hormones. Most people have no idea that a normally functioning thyroid is necessary for normal sexual functioning. In fact, it wasn’t until a 26
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study was done in 2005 and published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism that the medical field really became aware that thyroid disorders were linked to problems with sexual functioning. Unfortunately, the study didn’t include any female participants. The study looked at 48 adult men, 34 with hyperthyroidism and 14 with hypothyroidism. Hyperthyroidism is an overactive thyroid, which makes more hormones than your body needs. Hypothyroidism is an underactive thyroid, which is not making enough hormones for your body.
Both can have detrimental effects on one’s sexual desire and sexual functioning. The study results for those 48 men produced the following figures: Hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid)—50% reported Premature Ejaculation; 18% reported low sexual desire; 15% reported Erectile Dysfunction 3% reported Delayed Ejaculation. Hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid)—64% reported low sexual desire, delayed ejaculation, and erectile dysfunction; and
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7% reported premature ejaculation. As you can see, there is an obvious reason why I ask the question, “Have you had your thyroid levels checked recently?” when a client is concerned about problems with sexual responding.
What about women? The scientific study of female sexual dysfunctions really didn’t start until about 10-12 years ago, with serious study happening only within the past few years. While I was not able to find a scientific study done with women, I was able to find several articles documenting the links between problems in female sexual functioning and thyroid disorders. In a 2002 article by Salunn Boyles on WebMD, she reported, “As many as 10% of women over 50 have some degree of thyroid hormone deficiency, with low thyroid production being most common.” While pre and post menopause are common times for women to have low hormone production, I believe that there are women much younger with thyroid disorders, who have problems with sexual responding that are going undiagnosed (and vice versa).
most people report that they no longer have problems with sexual functioning. It is of note that in some cases, even after 16 weeks on a thyroid medication, the person is still struggling with a sexual problem. In these cases, it is usually the psychological effect of having dealt with the issue for so long, not knowing that it had a medical cause. For example, after having a problematic sex life with your spouse over a prolonged period of time, you may need to repair the damage that has been done to your sexual relationship. In these cases, I recommend seeking professional help from a therapist that specializes in sex therapy.
Medical resources for women report: Hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid)—Reduced menstrual bleeding; in some cases it can stop the woman from having her menstrual cycle. Hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid)—Decreased sexual desire/libido; menstrual irregularity, in some cases it can cause infertility; and in extreme cases miscarriages.
The Good News? The good news is that thyroid disorders can be easily diagnosed and treated. The next time you’re getting blood work done, ask your doctor to screen you for Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) to detect if your thyroid gland is producing the right amount of hormones for your body. If you find out that it is too little or too much, there are several medications that are available to help restore balance. Two that I recommend, based on user reviews are: Nature Throid or Armour Thyroid—both seem to have less negative side effects than the more widely prescribed meds, Synthroid and Levoxyl. It could take 8 to 16 weeks for hormone levels to return to a normal range, but when they do,
Sexual Health and Healing with Dianna Palimere, PhD, LCSW 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: www.SexTherapyInDelaware.com or email her directly at: email@example.com Join us on Facebook, keywords: Sex Therapy in Delaware.
An Open Letter to... Anyone Who Feels Stuck in a Job They Hate There is something I want you to know. You are not here just to pay the bills. You are not here to sacrifice everything that enlivens you so you can retire (much later, of course) and then start to enjoy life. You are not supposed to be chained to a job that demands relentless productivity and ignores your creative spirit. Being unhappy and resigned does not serve you…or your family. And there is something else I want you to know. You are brilliant in a way that only you can be. And your special brand of brilliance is revealed through your longings. What you want is an expression of who you are, so honoring what you want is the most essential way to honor yourself. And honoring yourself is the most essential way to liberate the innate creativity and generosity that uplifts everyone around you. I have coached countless people over the years and find, time and again, that the starting point (or restarting point!) for living a deeply fulfilled life is to give yourself permission to want what you really want. Not what you think you should want, or what others think you should want, or what you think is practical right now. What you truly, deeply want. What you wish for. I’ve always felt that wishful thinking gets a bad rap. Empowered with your focus and devotion, wishful thinking becomes a visionary, creative force. And that’s because your innermost wishes and dreams are neither foolish nor impractical. They are not random. They are specific to you, and they are your calling to the life you came here to live. 28
You may have heard all this before and possibly dismissed it as just so much – well, wishful thinking. It probably seems especially impractical if you’re buried in an overcommitted life with a demanding job and a parade of never-ending expenses to cover. But consider this: the very thinking that dismisses wishful thinking is what got you to this place. Maybe it’s time to consider a new perspective. Which, happily, is the one thing that will shift your life in amazing ways: a change in perspective. Here is a little-understood dynamic that, as you begin to work with it, creates what most people would consider miracles: what you focus on is what expands in your life. Another way to say it is that energy follows attention – or, as a friend of mine who recently became certified as a yoga instructor so eloquently stated, “Where the mind goes, the prana follows.” I think we have only begun to understand the vast creative power of our attention. What we attend to is what we create and experience. So when you start attending to your wishes and dreams, rather than dismissing them, you realize them. Can you let that sink in, deeply? When you pay attention to your dreams – earnestly, with love they become real. You may think you already know this – well, you do already know this – but chances are, if you’re not yet living a deeply fulfilled life, you haven’t fully trusted it. You’re not living from this simple yet challenging truth…yet. Your attention is diverted in countless ways to things you’ve been taught to believe are important, but
may have nothing to do with how you want to live your life. Like many of us, you may have taken on the conditioning of a fearbased culture that is quick to tell you what is wrong and maybe downright ludicrous with your dreams. You may have unwittingly learned how to doubt your talents and abilities. You may have dismissed your dreams because you can’t see a way, right this minute, for them to generate income. You haven’t been taught how to honor and nurture and develop your dreams. You haven’t been encouraged to listen deeply within for guidance about next steps. You haven’t yet noticed that the voice you think is “practical” is really just scared. You haven’t been shown how to sift through the myriad thoughts and experiences of your life and consciously choose to align with the ones that light you up. But you can, and you will – all it takes is your intention, your willingness…and maybe some loving support from a good friend or coach. And let me tell you, it is well worth the effort. You can start right here, right now by simply deciding to change your perspective. Decide that you will pay attention to your dreams, and begin to notice any thought, memory, idea or experience that lines up with them. Look for things to line up with them. This is a deceptively simple yet potent practice that yields surprising results, and it works because of two related dynamics of energy and attention. The first is that we tend to see only what we’re looking for, and the second is the one I mentioned above: what we focus on is what expands in our lives. So first you need to make the choice to look for anything and everything that lines up with your dreams. Start by spending some quality time with your innermost thoughts and wishes…then begin to consider all the ways your dreams might be possible rather than all the ways they aren’t…then decide to look for anything in your outer world that already displays elements of your dream, or could be a resource needed to bring it to life. Keep deepening and expanding your focus on those things. Be willing to let your newly-focused
attention open you to fresh insights, ideas and next steps. Just start there. Pay attention to where you are paying attention, and keep choosing to pay attention to what you know, in your heart of hearts, matters to you. Choose again and again. Give yourself some quality time and space to listen inward and see what your inner Wise One is nudging you to do. Then do it. And let me know what happens.
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What Will It Take For Change? The Three Catalysts of Change
t happens often when we hit a birthday with a “0” at the end of it. Other times, it is an unexpected turn in life; being let go of a job, end of a relationship, health scare, or loss of a loved one. But is seems all of a sudden, where we thought we should be and where we are currently are not even close to each other. We may look ahead at the years left and wonder if we can do it or look back at the work we did in the past and wonder if we have what it takes to do it again. Either way, it does not matter. What matters is now; it is time to a change even if we think we are not ready.
People often ask me, “why do people come and see you?”. Well, as we prepare to enter our 15th year and after having the privilege of working with over 13 thousand people, I can say that we all change when one or more of The Three Catalysts of Change are in effect. The first two, I would do anything to avoid. Change does NOT have to take a long time nor does it need to be painful. If you feel you are readying yourself to change or perhaps that birthday with a “0” is approaching, then this article may just save you some pain, discomfort and a whole lot of time.
The Three Catalysts of Change: Satiation You have most likely heard of the phrase, sick and tired of being sick and tired? Well that is Satiation; when we can no longer bear any more pain. When we feel like a sponge so filled with water that even one drop more will cause the sponge to lose water. The good news is that when we hit the point of satiation, we will do almost anything to change! The bad news is for most people, our ability to suffer is great. We can “think” we are close to satiation but still have years, even decades to go before we reach the point of breakdown. 30
This Catalyst of Change is very effective but it will cost you years of your life that you will never be able to get back. I highly discourage the use of Satiation as your Catalyst of Change.
A Significant Emotional Event Part of the human conditioning is that we don’t like to know the eventable truths of life. We would rather live in a bubble, feeling protected then to be truly free. That is true until something comes along and burst this bubble. It could be a health scare, end of a relationship, termination of a job position. It is something that we never see coming and it tends to rock us to our core. This often becomes the wake up call needed and the Catalyst of Change. A significant emotional event gets us to reevaluate our lives and priorities and creates the motivation needed to change. This Catalyst of Change is very powerful but it is extremely risky and painful. The thought of waiting for something big enough to go wrong so that you can feel enough pain to change is costly and dangerous. I highly discourage the use of a significant emotional event as your Catalyst of Change.
Proactivity - Choosing More You don’t need to waste years of your life, nor do you need to wait for enormous pain. You can choose to change now, be proactive. We all must grow. It is part of life’s law, in nature whatever doesn’t grow, dies and we are part of nature. We can understand that it is in our dna to grow and become more. We are designed for a life of happiness and abundance. Abundance of love, joy, great times, wealth, health... abundance of life. Yes, It is easy to get caught up in life and lose focus on moving forward. And yes, it is often uncomfortable when you grow but when you look at the
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alternatives, it seems like the obvious choice. We are all capable of having an outstanding life but to do so we must choose proactive change. We change and grow because we want more and we believe we deserve more. At times it is the road less traveled but fortune favors the brave. We have one life to live and it must not be wasted, it needs to be embraced and nurtured. Until next issue, I wish you love and passion!
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How would you define your own sense of style, and how it exemplifies your personality? I would describe my style as classic with a touch of trendy and preppy thrown in. I love quality fabrics and comfortable, stylish clothes. I love accessories! I am not a super loud, flashy person but I love to dress stylishly and stand out a bit. I don’t want to wear what everyone else is wearing. I used to love getting dressed up for work. Now that I am home, I tend to dress for comfort but I still love dressing up. I always try and add a little extra to my outfit even if it means I’m a little overdressed for the park. I look for any excuse to dress up!
Vanity, comfort or both?
I try to find a nice balance between both. I know myself and know that if I am not comfortable in something I will never wear it. I try on everything and make sure that I feel good in it before I buy it. If I put something on that looks great on the hanger and is just not good on me, I have to walk away even though I love it which is very hard sometimes!
Is your wardrobe based on current fashion trends? Are you comfortable sporting your own style, regardless of what is “in style” at the time?
Jennifer Ulizio A University of Delaware graduate, Jennifer Ulizio is taking this time to enjoy marriage and staying at home raising her three children.
I try not to go crazy with trends because they come and go so fast. I tend to stick to my basic pieces and then add trends into my outfit with accessories. I do try to keep up with trends and love to pin outfits and looks that I like on Pinterest. I love to go out searching for similar pieces that I see in things that I pin.
What is the one piece of clothing or accessory from you wardrobe that you could not live without? My scarves! I love how versatile they are. They can change the whole look of an outfit. They can make an outfit more formal or more casual depending on the scarf and you can wear them so many different ways. They are also an inexpensive way to incorporate a trend into your outfit. I pick them up everywhere and can tell a story about each and every one I own!
What is the one piece of clothing or accessory you wish you owned, but would never buy yourself? Anything cashmere. I simply cannot justify the cost, but I do hope to splurge on a piece or two one day.
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Does a designer name mean anything to you? If so, who are your favorite designers? Not really, I just buy what I like. However, I do get super excited when I find a designer piece that I love at T.J.Maxx or Marshalls. Some day it would be nice to have a Chanel piece (anything!) and a pair (or several) of Louboutins but they are simply not in the budget at the moment.
Do you look for a bargain or is price not an issue if you really love it? I am always looking for bargains! If I find something that I love that is pricey, I will be on a mission to find it cheaper.
What are your favorite local and online shopping spots? My favorite places to shop are T.J. Maxx, Marshalls, J Crew, Banana Republic, Anthropologie, H&M and Forever 21. For jewelry and accessories I love Accents in Rehoboth and Old Navy has really cute costume jewelry. Online I love Piperlime.
What wardrobe essentials do you think are vital to pull off the perfect look for you? I love my accessories! I will totally buy an outfit to go with a necklace!
What is the best piece of style advice you would like to share with our readers? Wear what you love! Don’t be a slave to trends or you will end up with a closet full of clothes and nothing to wear. Set your own style. Don’t worry so much about “what’s in”, wear what you feel good in and you will not only look great but exude confidence and maybe even set a few trends yourself! www.livingwellmagazine.net
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If We Do Not Change Our Direction, We Are Likely To End Up Where We Are Headed.
My recent columns have focused on enjoyable ways to reduce carbon emissions and actually raise quality of life (QoL). Food— how it is grown, transported and stored —constitutes one very broad arena within which every one of us who eats can cut CO2e without lowering QoL. I’ve pointed out ( July Living Well) that discarded food represents an especially scandalous waste because those carbon emissions from producing, marketing and preparing food have been needlessly incurred, even if scraps are composted. How can we end food waste? How can we eat or use every fruit, vegetable, nut, and mushroom that we grow? How can we move toward zero-waste and enjoy our lives in the process? Shop Farms First
Perhaps my personal experiences may inspire your creativity to lower CO2e. But first, a mandate: buy locally raised produce and livestock. It’s harvest time. Get into the season by scheduling your food shopping so that you start restocking your larder with farm fresh goodies. Roadside stands, farmers’ markets, orchards are all over the place. Before going to the grocery, go to a farmer. Buy the farmer’s fresh fare and then fill in any remaining food needs at the super. Carbon-Free Ambience mbience is a no-carbon benefit to shopping in these markets. A Please leave your cell phone in the car. Notice the fresh air. Look at the sky. Do you hear birds nearby? The retirement community where I care for an elder client displays locally grown veggies and fruits that residents may purchase at nominal prices. Succulent melons whole or halved or quartered, dew-kissed blueberries, bouquets of autumn chard—choices vary each week depending on what’s ready for harvest. It feels like a farmer’s market niche. Browse and Taste Make local food shopping a family outing, like going to a county 34
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fair or church social. Browse among the colors and textures. How about each family member selects a food that he or she will prepare that week? Actually taste test samples before buying. Adopt a no-food-waste objective. Plan the time and energy to prepare leftovers for storage or another meal. Pick a few bushels of apples for sauce easy to freeze for winter breakfasts or desserts. Perfect your recipe to make great low-CO2e gifts. National Parks Buy Local Our national parks have begun to seek concessioners who offer healthy, sustainable and reasonably-priced food. Conserving CO2e, this initiative has proven popular with visitors and profitable for vendors. “As the story goes, the legendary late superintendent of Golden Gate national Recreational Area, Brian O’Neill, was approached in 2003 by a funder who criticized the disparity between the parks’ offering the best of nature but the worst of gastronomy,” writes Kallie Markle in National Parks, The Magazine of the National Parks Conservation Association. “The café at Muir Woods National Monument, in Mill Valley, California [read about John Muir in April Living Well]…partnered with local farms and bakers for a variety of sustainable ingredients…. The menu eschews forgettable standards like fried chicken strips and feckless bagged salads, offering flavorful alternatives such as turkey chili, organic pastries, and a grilled cheese sandwich featured on the Food Network Series, ‘The Best Thing I Ever Ate.’ Spirit of Conservation “Muir Woods Café’s dining room is as appealing as the edibles,” Markle reports. “Tabletops are made from recycled beverage bottles, counter fronts are reclaimed sorghum straw, and the flooring keeps it in the family: repurposed picnic tables from Carlsbad Caverns National Park. Local farmers are profiled on
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café signage, and diners are directed to receptacles for ‘compost,’ ‘recycle,’ or ‘landfill,’ harmonizing the concession experience with the park’s spirit of conservation.” Eat Local at Yellowstone Muir Woods Café serves about 780,000 visitors annually with revenues exceeding $3 million, and spares our atmosphere tons and tons of CO2e. But the California parks were not the first to focus on a low CO2e high QoL culinary strategy, according to Markle. “The Yellowstone Lodges at the Wyoming Park have served locally sourced foods since the early 2000s [to 3.3 million visitors annually, which would garner more than $10million/ yr]; local vendors provide almost everything from bison to huckleberries. 91,000 Meals per Year “The big park concessioners aren’t the only environmentally conscious menu makers, and the healthy foods initiative isn’t limited to cafes and restaurants,” Markle asserts. “The kitchen at NatureBridge, inside Golden Gate National Recreation Area, serves 91,000 meals a year, mostly to K-12 students attending two- to five-day field science programs. Chef Thomas Dreke and Director Aaron Rich don’t lower the culinary standards simply because of the youth and captivity of their diners. On the contrary, Dreke and Rich relish the opportunity to serve healthy
food to their young charges and heighten the students’ instructive experience. Kids Learn Garbology “Food education is part of the educational experience here, including garbology: following every meal, the students weigh the waste after everything compostable is removed. They present their findings at their meetings striving to be a zero-waste school, even competing with other schools attending this NatureBridge program. Instructors cover the whole spectrum of food, from production to disposal: ‘They talk about energy it takes to get food here, about water use, where that food would go if it did go in the trash, landfills, and so on,’ says Rich. There’s philosophy, science, and to drive the points home, there is salad….The centerpiece of every dinner is an extensive salad bar, which the students consistently devour…,” observes Markle. Aim Towards Zero Waste Zero waste may not be an attainable goal, but it is a direction on our compass of sustainable living. Towards this end, waste-tocompost facilities divert waste from landfills. Current Yellowstone concessioner, Xanterra, reports converting 2.2 million pounds of waste into compost each year, diverting 73% of its waste from landfills. New York City is beginning a food scraps composting program. It provides residents with covered bins to collect — continued on next page
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Zero-Waste Mushrooms Here’s my latest zero waste story. Exercising two of my doggie ‘clients’ through fields and forests one morning last week, I discovered a clutch of oyster mushrooms (Pleurotus ostreatus) growing on a fallen deciduous tree. I harvested about 30%, roughly four pounds of them, using two clean poop bags to carry them home in. (The bags were later used for their marketed purpose.) The remaining ‘shrooms would serve another roaming mycologist and leave enough to assure spore dispersal for future crops. These satiny delicacies were vibrantly ready for harvest, with the first fruit flies just beginning to arrive for the decomposition party which would start in a few days. What’s Your Zero-Waste Story? That ‘shopping trip’ left no carbon footprint. No machines or tools or even efforts were employed. No time pieces, communication devices or special clothing needed. No money, either. A few carbon molecules were used when I filled a mixing bowl with water and a half teaspoon Clorox to carefully rinse the gills of each mushroom, removing an insect or two and maybe a bit of soil. The electricity to gently sauté them 15 – 20 minutes maybe equals burning a couple teaspoons gasoline. I ate a sumptuous serving for three consecutive dinners. Very low CO2e. Zero waste. Awesome taste. Richly therapeutic nutrients. Free entertainment. Very high QoL. What progress have you made towards zero waste? Let’s keep the ideas circulating as we all move towards greater sustainability. Thank you for your ecological contributions to better living.
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A friend who had tried the Watsu Water Therapy recommended it for me, for my upper back and right arm pain. She knows how to swim, but I don’t swim. Could I still do that type of therapy?
Yes, one doesn’t need to know how to swim to be able to utilize the Watsu Therapy. It can be done in as little as one foot of water, but usually in a pool of three foot deep, warm water. Watsu is a gentle form of therapy which utilizes elements of muscle stretching, joint mobilization, shiatsu and other techniques. You are supported throughout the process by me and by pool noodles, while being floated, rocked, stretched and massaged into a state of release and relaxation. No swimming skills needed; all you need is a swim suit and the willingness to reach a new level of wellness.
Are children able to do your Watsu Water therapy? My son is 13 and injured his left knee playing baseball; it’s not healing. He is also a swimmer.
I am 6 months pregnant , have sciatica in my right leg, and low back pain, and have difficulty laying down on a table. I heard about Watsu Water Techniques and wondered if I could do this even if I’m pregnant?
Watsu Therapy is a perfect technique for pregnant women, for many reasons. It is healthy for women throughout pregnancy even as a modality for labor and delivery. The warm water provides a very relaxing medium and fluidity of the water allows for a 3D motion and articulation of the joints, which cannot be as fully accessed as when on the table. Our bodies are 90% water, the baby is living in a fluid environment, and when the mother is also in water, the buoyancy deepens the connection and resonance for each, allowing for a deeper relaxed state, floating in bliss. We would be able to gently stretch and massage your back and hips to help release the compressions causing the sciatica. This technique would be perfect for you
With my younger athletic clients, I teach them good body and joint mechanics, so they understand the correct way to support and to protect themselves. After an injury, we look to helping their body heal and the Watsu process is an excellent one in cases like this. Using the pool, hot tub and creek, I can guide them in progressive strengthening using the water’s depth and current to naturally stimulate and offer resistance and resonance, mimicking real life challenges for their joints and muscles. The additional benefit to them is that they learn how to better care for their body and have fewer injuries. www.livingwellmagazine.net
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Listen to the Healer Within or Listen to Your Inner Healer
If the wisest and most skilled doctor offered you advice about your body or mind, would you take it? Let’s pretend you don’t. Again he or she offers it, this time with greater vigor and volume! Still you heed NOT the warnings. Desperately falling to one knee, the wise healer looks up with pleading eyes and begs for your final acceptance. Peering down in annoyance, you declare that you do not have time for these trifling concerns. You plug into your iPod and stride away, happily shutting the healer’s warnings out of your consciousness. You won’t be happy for long. Unbelievably, this brilliant doctor resides not at Harvard or the Mayo Clinic, but within each of us. It lives in our inner intelligence! It uses a language of symptoms to help us learn how to maintain or regain a state of wholeness. Your deaf ear to your body’s many cries for change is one of the greatest threats to your good health. Let’s face it; symptoms are not very pleasant. Pain hurts! It’s hard to make it through life depressed, inflamed, aching, swollen, bloated, itchy and smelly––in any combination or all at once. Who wouldn’t want to escape with the handsome orange bottle 38
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When followed, they can lead us out of a labyrinth of disintegrated health, dysfunction and breakdown. Early recognition of the presence of symptoms can spur us into action weeks, months or years prior to the onset of a major life-threatening illness.
The following types of questions should be asked in order to better differentiate between a symptom and its underlying problem: Is my heartburn a result of poor coping mechanisms for stress or having too few antacids in the bloodstream? Is my back pain from spinal weakness, misalignments and lack of maintenance or inadequate amounts of hot baths and antiinflammatory and muscle relaxant drugs in my veins?
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Symptoms are a trail of breadcrumbs set forth to lead us out of a labyrinth of lost health. Each time we choose to ignore the messages sent from within, we wander deeper into the cavernous depths of impending illness. Be willing to take the high road to wholeness, follow the crumbs, listen to the wise doctor within and make appropriate changes… this is one case where ignorance is NOT bliss!
If my shoulder pain is relieved by over-the-counter pain medications, is it wise to pop a few prior to playing softball or golfing each week? High blood pressure, fatigue, menstrual pain, headaches, elevated cholesterol levels, asthma, diabetes, and anxiety are not only problematic, but can be outward signals of deeper issues.
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Help! We’re Moving Part II
By Karen Jessee
You’re moving from a 4 bedroom home where you lived for over 30 years to a 2-bedroom apartment. You have things from your family, your spouse’s family, things the children left behind and things you’ve collected and kept over the years. Suddenly your charming home feels like a row of storage units. Overwhelmed? Maybe you could use some help.
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Who Do You Call? That depends on the answers to these questions: Who does stairs, what’s your budget, and what’s your time frame? (Please note who is and who is not insured to do stairs and what that means.)
down to business and the bottom line. I shed some tears over it…and then I got over it. If I had wanted these items to go to auction, I would have had to get all that furniture…somehow… to curb level.
Professional Organizers often get called in first for consultation to help establish strategies, to give clients options and suggestions, and then to begin the actual downsizing. These are the folks who begin the conversations with you, agree on where to start, and begin to establish clarity. They work with you and go through things with you. They also drive items to charities or resale shops and provide names and numbers of other resources that can help you. Professional organizers will get you through to your time frame, whether you need things done in six days or six months. For people who are moving to another state, I have recommended they get a Professional Organizer at the other end to help them unpack and set up the kitchens and closets. (www.napo.net) The Junk Removal people charge because their workers are insured to navigate stairs. They can go into any corner of your house, take out things heavy, big and bulky, and cart them away. Ask where your stuff is going. Some just get your things to the dump. They charge by how much room items require in the truck.
Clean out / buy out companies are going to come in, assess what you want them to take, and in the end, charge you a fee for their services based on the profitability factor of what they’re taking. They are looking at what money they think they can make from your things and subtracting that from the removal fee. They do stairs and they can take one item or the whole house.
Garage Sale: Community garage sales are the best bet. Attractive display is important. Have bags and change ready, and do this with someone so you can take a break. Weather is an issue as is who is showing up that day. The Secret: do not bring these unsold items back into your home. Have boxes and bags ready to get them to a charity.
They provide the truck and manpower for removal, they pay a staff, they store your things in a warehouse that requires utilities, and they hope to sell those items at a profit. This is how they run their business.
Estate Sales: Not to be confused with or used as a term for garage sales. Usually the occupants of the home have already moved or have passed. The entire contents of the house are for sale, and buyers expect to come inside and walk through the entire house to purchase items. Professionals come in, tag, arrange, advertise, and manage the sales. Professionals have a huge e-mail list that will bring in the buyers and dealers, and they do a brisk business, usually for 3 days. They charge for their services.
Charities which are not insured to do stairs, want things at curb level. The truck may be free and you will get a tax receipt, but getting items to the garage for easy handling by charities is up to you. What that tax receipt means to you depends on your tax bracket and income. Speaking from Experience: I paid less than a thousand dollars to a buy out / clean out company to have seven rooms of furniture in my parents’ house moved down flights of stairs and taken away. I needed to get that house fixed up and sold. Good money well spent and the best first move I could have made, but I won’t be glib about this. It wasn’t easy to learn that cherished pieces meant nothing to anyone else and that it was going to cost me to move them. I simply had to let the emotional value go and get myself
Everyone wants some extra change in their pockets, but getting comfortable with the idea that every path here is a gamble and not a guarantee is helpful.
Moving Sales: I have seen people do this with friends acting as security. Anything not for sale was stashed in a room with the door locked as potential buyers came inside and walked through the entire house. It was advertised via social media. Auction: Think of auctions as paying someone else to have the garage sale for you. Box things up, send them on their way, and let someone else do the selling. I recommend getting a receipt booklet which has carbon paper to make a list of items (generic: kitchen items; specific: the mantel clock) for both you and the auction house. — continued on next page
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Auction houses have storage, utilities, trucks and staff; they make their money by taking a percentage of the proceeds from the sale of your items. There is a charge for a truck, some do not do stairs, and may expect items at curb / garage level. Please, go to an auction and see how they work before going this route; they’re a lot of fun and you might like the idea that someone had a good time buying your things. E-bay: Checking this auction site and the prices of items similar to what you want to sell is an excellent way to get an idea of their value in the market today. Please…look at the bids on the items. I’ve heard numerous people claim they were going to make their fortune selling those magazines, stuffed animals and “collectible” dolls. Paying attention to the bids will tell you whether or not people really care to buy these things.
handy or you can find them on line. (Note: selling art has become challenging in today’s economy. Auctions have been their outlet) Bottom Line: We’re a glutted society. We buy a lot, we have a lot, and we paid a 300% - 400% markup for it. We’re not going to make back the money we spent unless it was unusual or original. If you can keep your eyes on the big picture, the small things and tiny decisions won’t weigh you down. As one of my clients says, “If I don’t get help, I become the hamster in the wheel.” You don’t have to do this alone. A new life and new adventures await you whether you’re moving to a new dwelling or updating the one you live in now. With a few phone calls, you can get the help you need to make this journey a shorter and more pleasant one.
Commercial Listing: Fine if you have a front porch or garage where you can show the sale item to strangers with locked doors behind you. Fine if you have other people in the house or a dog. A safety factor if you don’t. Consignment: Read the contracts carefully and know that you may make something or nothing. Also note that consignment stores today are looking for upscale and designer clothing and accessories. Buyers: There are those who buy antiques; there are those who buy books. Your professional organizer should have those names
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35g (1/4 cup) red onion, diced 2 eggs ½ clove garlic, finely minced 2 Tbs milk Extra virgin olive oil
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If you want to make 2 omelettes at the same time, place the Lekue Omelette Makers on opposite sides of the microwave and double the cooking time on both sides. You can substitute water for milk when making the omelette. Make sure to use room temperature water and the same amount as instructed in the recipe. Note that If you do substitue water for milk the omelette won’t be as fluffy when using water, but just as delicious.
The Pasta Cooker is designed to microwave, drain and serve pasta. The Pasta Cooker saves time because the wáter does not need to be brought to a boil before adding the pasta. The shape of the cooker prevents spills overs. The bowl portion is made of PBT plastic and the lid is made of 100percent platinum silicone.
The Steam Case promotes healthy steam cooking. Delicious steamed microwave-prepared foods retain their nutrients and flavors. Veggies come out crisp and hot. The removable inner tray is perforated to allow for draining. Remove the tray for “stew-type” cooking. The shape of the case provides for ideal steam circulation and faster, more even cooking. 44
Green Pepper, Red Onion and Garlic Omelette 35g (1/4 cup) green pepper, diced
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4. OVO Ovo is the new silicone mould to cook eggs in a practical and original way, giving them a square, cylindrical or semi-sphere shape. Add ingredients to give them more flavour and enjoy a healthy and easy way of cooking eggs. OVO moulds also allow you a great variety of cooking: hard boiled eggs, soft-boiled eggs, boiled egg and even Spanish omelets cooked in bain marie or microwave.
Salt and pepper Procedure: Lightly oil the inside of the Lekue Omelet Maker. Place vegetables and garlic in the bottom of the Omelet Maker. Cook the vegetables in the Omelette Maker for 1 minute, until just tender. Whisk the eggs in a separate dish, adding the milk, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Close the lid and place in the microwave. Cook for 1 minute and 30 seconds, open the microwave, flip the Omelette Maker, and cook for another minute and 30 seconds. Remove from the microwave, eat and enjoy. *The omelette will slide of the silicone with no mess. *Other vegetables can be substituted such as mushrooms, broccoli florets, etc. *Don’t use more than 2 eggs.
Steam Case Perfectly Steamed Vegetables
With the water in the bottom and the vegetables sitting on top allows the vegetables to cook evenly without the worry of becoming too soft. When cooking meat, such as chicken or fish. The tray also allows you to infuse different flavors into your dish without it being a part of the dish. Wine can be placed on the bottom when cooking fish, but when it is finished cooking, the fish won’t have an overwhelming taste of the white wine. You can also add herbs to the bottom cooking liquid, pepper corns, or slices of lemon.
OVO Tomato, Avocado, and Black Bean 1 small tomato 2 tablespoons of black beans, rinsed and drained 1 slice of ripe avocado 1 egg salt and pepper cilantro* Lightly oil the ovo. Cut the tomato into slices. Reserve two slices, and cut the remaining slice into small pieces. Crack an egg into the ovo, season with salt and pepper.
Put the farfalle in the the Lékué PastaCooker and add enough water to completely cover the pasta. Cook for 14 minutes. In the meantime, add the parmesan cheese and olive oil to the peas. Close lids and give it a quick shake. Once pasta is finished cooking, remove from microwave, flip the lid, and drain the water. Add the peas, mozzarella, salt, and pepper into the pasta cooker and mix together gently with a spoon. The cheese will melt and create a delicious sauce.
Farfalle With Peas, Parmesan And Mozzarella ½ cup frozen green peas 2 tbsp water 1 cup farfalle 2 tbsp parmesan cheese 1/2 cup mozzarella, grated 1 tbsp olive oil 1 tsp salt 1/2 tsp pepper In the Lékué Steam Case, place the frozen peas and water. Close lids and cook for 3 minutes and 30 seconds. Remove from microwave keep lids closed, and set aside. Add the tomato and the rinsed black beans. With a small fork, carefully beat the mixture together. Cover and place the ovo on the side if the microwave. Cook in the microwave for 50 seconds. Cut the avocado in half. Using one half slice off two ¼ inch pieces. Stack the avocado and tomato alternating between the two. Place the finished egg on top of the stack and garnish with cilantro if desired.
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