Become a Probiotic Pro to Keep Summer Wellness on Track

Become a Probiotic Pro to Keep Summer Wellness on Track

Written by James B. LaValle, RPh, CCN
on Thursday, 18 July 2019

Summertime is hectic. 

Between traveling with family and balancing responsibilities at home and work, our active summer schedules can challenge our immune system. Visiting new locations, and eating local food can expose us to different bacteria, putting you at risk for traveler’s diarrhea or getting sick. 

That’s why taking probiotics is an essential step in your daily summer routine.
I’m Self Taught at Trying Medical Marijuana for Arthritis

I’m Self Taught at Trying Medical Marijuana for Arthritis

Written by Tien Sydnor-Campbell
on Wednesday, 10 July 2019

For nearly a decade, I’ve been working with my healthcare team to find an effective management strategy for my rheumatoid arthritis (RA). My team includes a rheumatologist, a pain management specialist and, soon, a pain doctor specially licensed to prescribe medical marijuana, which recently became legal in Pennsylvania where I live.

Medical marijuana (and CBD products, which I’ve also tried) hasn’t been studied for the treatment of arthritis or other chronic conditions because it is classified by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as a Schedule 1 drug. It can’t legally be studied with the same rigor as is required of FDA approved medications, which take years to come to market as they are studied in carefully designed studies to test their safety and effectiveness to treat specific symptoms or cure a disease. 

However, that hasn’t stopped many people in the arthritis community, including me, from trying medical marijuana.
5 Steps to Banish Drug Addiction Once and For All

5 Steps to Banish Drug Addiction Once and For All

Written by Luke Douglas
on Thursday, 27 June 2019

The road to banishing drug addiction from your life or the life of your loved one starts by acknowledging the problem. 

If you are reading this, then you understand that a problem exists, that it is negatively affecting your life or the life of someone you care for deeply, and that you need to do whatever it takes to make a change in the positive direction.
Strategic Use of Color and Sound with Neurodivergent Children

Strategic Use of Color and Sound with Neurodivergent Children

Written by Ainsley Lawrence
on Tuesday, 25 June 2019

When neurodivergent children experience distress due to triggering colors and sounds in their environment, we want to help. 

How can we support children so that they do not experience pain and are able to explore their environments with our guidance? Neurodivergent children who are overwhelmed by specific sounds and color have several therapeutic and options, though conditions like misophonia are still often under-diagnosed and misunderstood.
5 Important Factors that Help Cancer Patients in Remission

5 Important Factors that Help Cancer Patients in Remission

Written by Anica Oaks
on Tuesday, 25 June 2019

Being in cancer remission is the opportunity you need to improve your life. You have a chance to enjoy better health by making lifestyle changes. 

Commit to take care of yourself by staying healthy and having a positive mindset.
How Do Allergies Affect Your Heart?

How Do Allergies Affect Your Heart?

Written by Lauren Laporte
on Monday, 24 June 2019

Although allergies do not cause heart disease, there is a correlation between the two. According to several studies, common allergies and cardiovascular diseases are connected, with the latter being the leading cause of death in countries such as the United States. 

What researchers found was that with wheezing comes an increased risk of heart disease, while rhinoconjunctivitis, a combination of allergic symptoms such as runny nose and itchy, watery eyes, came with a 40% higher chance of heart disease, which was particularly noticeable in tested women who were under 50. 

So, the question arises: How exactly do allergies affect your heart? Let’s find out.
Don't Let Your Fear of Flying Ground You This Summer

Don't Let Your Fear of Flying Ground You This Summer

Written by Sanam Hafeez, PsyD
on Tuesday, 18 June 2019

More Americans will travel the skies this summer than ever before, an aviation trade group said in a recent study. Airlines for America said it expects nearly 260 million travelers will fly U.S. airlines this summer. 

Even with those statistics, as many as 25% of all Americans suffer some nervousness about flying and remain grounded due to fear. The most extreme suffers have a condition called aviaphobia, where the mere thought of air travel causes them to shudder. 

How can people break this cycle and see the skies as “friendly?”
Effective Ways to Deal with Stress-Induced Psychosomatic Illness

Effective Ways to Deal with Stress-Induced Psychosomatic Illness

Written by Nora Mork
on Monday, 10 June 2019

Stress-related illnesses are actually extremely common and are one of the most difficult things to combat. Part of this is identifying an illness as related to stress. When you get sick, the immediate response is rarely thinking that you are simply stressed, it’s to assume that it’s an illness. 

The other problem is the cyclical nature to psychosomatic illness, where stress induces an illness and then being in the state of having the illness causes more stress, which in turn continues to propagate the illness etc. 

Given the frustrating and difficult nature to it all, let’s take a look at some ways to help you cope with it and, ultimately, try to eliminate it.
What Can Happen If Dual Diagnosis Is Left Untreated

What Can Happen If Dual Diagnosis Is Left Untreated

Written by Hailey Parks
on Monday, 10 June 2019

Individuals who suffer from co-occurring mental illness and addiction often face unique obstacles to overcome in sobriety. 

Unfortunately, many symptoms of mental health conditions are similar to the symptoms of substance abuse, so co-occurring disorders can be difficult to diagnose. Furthermore, this makes it important to diagnose and treat dual diagnosis patients for both disorders simultaneously.
How Pets Benefit Your Mental and Physical Health

How Pets Benefit Your Mental and Physical Health

Written by Ainsley Lawrence
on Tuesday, 04 June 2019

After a long, difficult day, you turn the key in your front door and your mood instantly improves... you know you’re going to be greeted by your comforting pet who is supremely happy to see you. 

While pets (especially dogs) give owners an obvious boost in their mood, pets help their humans improve their mental and physical health, too. 

Even more, these benefits aren’t limited to dogs, and may even include some alternative pets you’d never considered.
Keep a Healthy Home for a Healthy Body

Keep a Healthy Home for a Healthy Body

Written by Lily Williams
on Tuesday, 04 June 2019

A few years ago, I had some family staying at our home. While watching a movie, one of my nephews stood up in the middle of the room and began puking. I will save you the details, but know it was not a pleasant sight. 

A few minutes later, his brother joined in. We all stood around in shock; they had obviously come down with the stomach flu. 

No one likes getting sick, but I must confess that I am a really big wimp when I do catch the dreaded bug. Eager to defend my home, I grabbed my bottle of cleaner and several rags, ready to clean up.
How to Survive and Thrive the Summer as a Single Person

How to Survive and Thrive the Summer as a Single Person

Written by Sanam Hafeez, PsyD
on Tuesday, 04 June 2019

Summer can be one of the toughest times to be single.

There’s nothing worse than looking at Instagram or Facebook and seeing your married/couple friends off on vacation in the South of France or spending the weekend at a BBQ in the Hamptons while you stare longingly at your dog in your cramped apartment wishing your fire escape could morph into the Caribbean Sea or a gondola in Venice. 

If you haven’t met Mr. or Ms. Right by Memorial Day weekend how can you salvage your summer?
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