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Beating the Odds: One Woman's Story of Survivorship

Beating the Odds: One Woman's Story of Survivorship

Written by Heather Von St. James
on Monday, 12 September 2016

Life as I knew it changed very drastically in 2005. Not once, but twice. 

In August 2005, I gave birth to my beautiful daughter, Lily Rose. She was a true blessing, and my husband Cameron and I could not have been more excited. Three months in, we were still learning the ropes of parenthood; so excited and so blessed. The only problem was that I felt absolutely awful. I was losing weight, I couldn’t breathe... I knew something was wrong.

In November of 2005, I got my diagnosis: mesothelioma. Malignant pleural mesothelioma, to be specific. My husband saw the terror in my eyes when the words came from the doctor's mouth. From researching online, you can quickly find out that the prognosis of mesothelioma is grim. Most patients are given about 15 months to live after diagnosis. I knew that I couldn’t be a part of that statistic. I needed to beat this.
Year of Pulses: 10 Protein-Rich Recipes

Year of Pulses: 10 Protein-Rich Recipes

Written by Carolina Lima Jantac, MS, RD, LD
on Wednesday, 31 August 2016

The United Nations declared 2016 as the International Year of Pulses. 

The hope is to position pulses as a primary source of protein and other essential nutrients all over the world. By doing so, the goal is to promote broad discussion and cooperation at the national, regional and global levels to increase awareness and understanding of the challenges faced by pulse farmers. 

If you’re scratching your head and wondering what are “pulses,” you’ll be pleased to know you are not alone.
Cupping: More than an Olympic Trend

Cupping: More than an Olympic Trend

Written by Jennifer Haythe, MD
on Sunday, 21 August 2016

We have been seeing evidence of cupping for years. 

Gwyneth Paltrow famously sported the spots on the red carpet. And, more recently, Olympians have been showing the distinct signs of the ancient practice throughout Rio. 

What is this fascination with cupping, and does it work?
6 Home Remedies for Weight Loss

6 Home Remedies for Weight Loss

Written by Surbhi Bhatnagar
on Monday, 15 August 2016

In our eat-and-run, massive portion-sized culture, maintaining a healthy weight can be tough, and losing weight even tougher. 

While there’s no easy fix to dropping pounds, there are plenty of steps you can take to develop a healthier relationship with food, curb emotional triggers that lead to overeating, and achieve lasting weight-loss success.

If your spouse has ever bought you ice cream to “reward” you after a week of hard workouts, if your friends and family have ever pressured you to eat or drink more, or if your job or commute is just too time-consuming to allow time for fitness, these “Home Remedies for Quick Weight Loss” may work for you.
Zika Virus & Travel: Are You Protected?

Zika Virus & Travel: Are You Protected?

Written by Iveta Dubravec, MD, MPH, MBA
on Monday, 15 August 2016

The news is filled right now with reports of Zika, the virus carried and transmitted by bites from two main species of mosquitoes. 

Zika virus was first discovered in monkeys in Uganda in 1947. Zika outbreaks did not occur outside of Africa until 2007, when it spread to South Pacific and later to South and Central Americas. The latest locally acquired cases are reported in Miami, Florida (around 15 diagnosed at the time of this writing, starting in June 2016). 

The mosquitoes capable of carrying Zika have even made it as far North as Chicago. 

One thing about Zika is that 80 percent of people who have it don’t even have symptoms. It is, for most people, a silent disease. Although the CDC is conducting testing to achieve more diagnoses, they are only testing people who show symptoms of fever, rash, joint pain and/or red eyes; these are generally on the mild side and last less than a week. 

However, more deleterious complications can arise from the virus, including paralysis associated with Guillain-Barré Syndrome and, in pregnant women, birth defects in their newborns, including (but rarely) microcephaly.
Contact Lens Care 101: DON’T Do These 5 Things

Contact Lens Care 101: DON’T Do These 5 Things

Written by Tara Heath
on Monday, 15 August 2016

Wearing contact lenses, instead of bulky prescription lenses, has been a choice available to eyeglass wearers for many decades. The downside to using these insertable lenses is they need more care than traditional eyeglasses. 

For whatever reason, some people have some really odd ways they may treat, disinfect and take care of these devices.

For example, some people will use tap water or their own saliva to moisten lenses before inserting them back into their eyes. This can blur vision and repeated practice can cause a number of problems, including poor vision. 

While the clouding of your eye’s lenses as a result of something like cataracts can be corrected with surgery, potential disease from bacteria transferred from tap water or your mouth to your eyes is a different case altogether. 

Whether users simply ran out of regular disinfection solution, believe this bodily fluid is acceptable or they’re just being lazy, any excuse is dangerous for vision. 

To avoid potential problems with your invaluable vision, please take notice of these five things you shouldn’t be doing as a wearer of contact lenses...
Wake-Up Call: Are You Starving Your Relationship?

Wake-Up Call: Are You Starving Your Relationship?

Written by Harshith Joseph
on Sunday, 07 August 2016

It’s quite impossible for a couple to have never experienced a bump in the relationship road. These blips come as a part of the package. 

The tricky part is how you address them. Ignoring conflict and allowing it to cause irreparable damage can be extremely detrimental. 

A once-stable relationship doesn’t break overnight; the signs show up fairly early… long before things get messy. When you deal with the initial signs the right way, you can nurture your relationship and get back on track. 

A relationship requires daily care. Just like you water a plant and make sure it gets adequate sunlight, you need to sprinkle some love and shine a little more attention each day. 

If you haven’t made any effort to fix things or don’t realize what went wrong, consider these seven factors.
Recipe Round-Up: Stay Cool with 10 Yummy Popsicles

Recipe Round-Up: Stay Cool with 10 Yummy Popsicles

Written by Carolina Lima Jantac, MS, RD, LD
on Thursday, 04 August 2016

The sunny, long days of summer combined with the thought of frozen treats can awaken the child-like excitement inside each one of us.

Popsicles are magnificent portable summer snacks for all ages. You can buy them, of course, but it’s arguably more fun (and healthier) to make them at home. It involves a little patience while waiting for them to freeze, but that’s what swimming pools or slip and slides are for.

We scavenged through several food blogs to find the top ten recipes... hopefully you will find a new favorite.

Not only will these recipes satisfy your summer cravings, but also provide some nutrients and benefits you may not expect. A few are rich in fiber, while others give you a protein boost and are naturally filled with vitamins and minerals.

The best part of popsicle making is that it takes hardly any skills whatsoever. If you can mix and pour, you are an expert. More importantly, if you can taste and critique it, you’ve just upgraded to a popsicle connoisseur.
Cancer Moonshot Initiative: 3 Things You Need to Know

Cancer Moonshot Initiative: 3 Things You Need to Know

Written by Sarah Wallace, Mesothelioma + Asbestos Awareness Center
on Wednesday, 03 August 2016

In May 2015, Vice President Joe Biden lost his son Beau Biden to a fight against brain cancer.

He was only 46 years old, and had served as the Delaware attorney general, and also served in the Army National Guard.

Crushed by the loss of his eldest son, VP Biden responded shortly after with a nationwide initiative that will eventually help others battling cancer, and lessen the number of families suffering after the loss of a loved one.

The National Cancer Moonshot 2020 is an initiative that aims to change the way we see and deal with cancer. With additional efforts, a noteworthy budget, and all hands on deck by 2020, the initiative will be capable of moving mountains in terms of where we are in cancer research. Our nation will again be able to do things that we once thought were impossible… just like landing on the moon.
The Angels Appeared: How I Was Led to My Life Calling

The Angels Appeared: How I Was Led to My Life Calling

Written by Karen Luise, PhD
on Thursday, 28 July 2016

Have you ever looked back on childhood and realized that you were being given divine guidance at a young age? Perhaps it was even clearer to you then and now you are again looking for the same peace and clarity you felt then.

Over the years, your spirit is always in the creative mode, forming a pathway toward the divine unfolding of your soul’s journey. Your inner guidance responds to your requests and desires by attracting the pieces and the people into your life that will help you grow and find purpose.

Into your twenties... thirties... forties... and onward, you will ultimately witness the perfect alignment of God’s hand in your life, even when through the most challenging times. As you seek supernatural inspiration, it will emerge in perfect time.
A Walk in Nature Can Cure All Things

A Walk in Nature Can Cure All Things

Written by Carolina Lima Jantac, MS, RD, LD
on Thursday, 28 July 2016

When is the last time you explored a new nature trail? 

Research says spending time outside and being close to nature is good for your health. As a matter of fact, simple walks in green parks can lift your mood considerably and help with treating mild depression… perfect reasons to start planning some hikes, even if they are short, one-day hikes.

Each day’s adventure requires some real work and preparation. Once you’ve picked the trail, you can easily make a list of essential items to bring along. For me, that list always starts with the same five things. I will never go without these items for safety reasons, as well as to ensure an enjoyable and memorable trip.
10 Tips for Fighting Fair with Your Teens

10 Tips for Fighting Fair with Your Teens

Written by Brittany N. Barber Garcia, PhD
on Thursday, 28 July 2016

Parents can turn disagreements with their teens into teachable moments by being fair and not losing their cool.

“Even though teens tend to be unreasonable, don’t let your teen push your buttons in those heated moments,” says Brittany Barber Garcia, PhD, a pediatric psychologist at Spectrum Health Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital. “Their raging hormones, egocentric world view and developing brains can put them on a collision course with adults.”

So what’s a parent to do? Dr. Barber Garcia offers these 10 tips for parents...
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