9 Tips to Prevent Social Media's Negative Impact on Relationships

9 Tips to Prevent Social Media's Negative Impact on Relationships

Written by Sylvia Smith
on Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Social media is so much a part of our lives these days, it’s easy to forget there was ever a time without it. 

It can be wonderful… it’s a great way to keep up with friends and family and share news, pictures and your thoughts with the world.

But, like most things on the Internet, social media has a dark side. A lot of drama happens there, and the effects might be more wide-ranging than you imagined. Remember, something shared just once on social media is out there on the Internet forever.

Even if you manage to avoid getting sucked into the harmful online drama, social media can affect your marriage by making you less attentive towards each other. How many times have you seen a couple out enjoying a coffee together, with both of them scrolling through their phones and ignoring each other? 

Social media can bring people closer together, but it can also create barriers and shut you off from your partner.

Here is how you can protect your marriage from social media. Try out these nine tips to reduce negative impact on marriage caused by social media.
A Primer on Ear Tube Surgery: What to Expect Before, During & After

A Primer on Ear Tube Surgery: What to Expect Before, During & After

Written by Ann L. Edmunds, MD, PharmD
on Thursday, 06 July 2017

Parents of children with frequent ear infections are familiar with the routine: sleepless nights and frequent visits to the doctor’s office, often accompanied by rounds of oral antibiotics. 

For some, the doctor will recommend ear tube placement surgery, which can bring a sense of relief, especially if they have already had a child who underwent tube placement. 

For others, although they are excited about the idea of something that can reduce the number of ear infections in their child, this can be a stressful time as well. 

Five out of six children will have at least one ear infection by their third birthday. These infections can be quite painful, but fortunately for most children, this doesn’t become a chronic problem. 

When ear infections or fluid in the middle ear become chronic problems (which may lead to hearing loss, speech problems, behavior problems, or difficulty in school), placement of ear tubes by an otolaryngologist may be considered as a treatment option.
5 Foods to Defy Post-Flight “Dehydration Face”

5 Foods to Defy Post-Flight “Dehydration Face”

Written by Dr. Christopher Calapai, DO
on Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Fourth of July weekend in front of us means it’s officially high summer and most people are gearing up for their vacations. 

For many, that will include air travel, and possibly a long haul flight. 

You know the drill: they give you some pretzels, the drink cart makes a couple of rounds, they bring you your sad little tray of airplane food and then before you know it, it’s wheels down. 

Your flight attendant hands you a moist towlette and you hope it’ll revive your dried skin and make you look a little less haggard but it does neither, and you chastise yourself for not downing more little cups of water. 

But, drinking water on a plane is a double-edged sword. If you don’t, your entire epidermis dries up; if you do, your lower body retains the liquid. 

So, what’s a non-ankle-swell-enthusiast to do?

Dr. Christopher Calapai DO, an anti-aging and stem cell expert and long-time health advisor to the New York Rangers hockey team, tells us how to fight post-flight dehydration with foods.
Healthcare Reform: A Changing Ballgame

Healthcare Reform: A Changing Ballgame

Written by John Newport, PhD
on Tuesday, 20 June 2017

The GOP alternative to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), dubbed the American Healthcare Act, was hastily crafted and doomed to failure from the start. 

Tweaking the initial draft withdrawn from the House floor in mid-March due to lack of sufficient support, Trump and his cronies strong-armed Republicans in Congress to garner a narrow margin of 217 to 213 when the bill passed the House on May 4. 

Rather than devoting the time and effort necessary to achieve consensus on a sound proposal that would benefit all Americans, Trump was driven by an overriding obsession to replace Obamacare within his first 100 days, come hell or high water. 

A reckless gamble, and a pyrrhic victory at best.
Can You Die from Too Much Caffeine?

Can You Die from Too Much Caffeine?

Written by Dr. Christopher Calapai, DO
on Thursday, 15 June 2017

Too much caffeine caused the death of a 16-year-old high school student from South Carolina who collapsed during class. 

Davis Allen Cripe died from a caffeine-induced cardiac event causing a probable arrhythmia. 

During an arrhythmia, or abnormal heart rhythm, the heart may not be able to pump enough blood to the body, and lack of blood flow affects the brain, heart and other organs. 

The teen consumed three caffeine-laced drinks -- a cafe latte, large Diet Mountain Dew and an energy drink -- in a two-hour period before collapsing in his classroom at Spring Hill High School on April 26.

So, where does this tragic news leave adult java lovers?
Surprising Summertime BBQ Ideas

Surprising Summertime BBQ Ideas

Written by Jennifer McGuire, MS, RD
on Thursday, 08 June 2017

Backyard grills beckon as the schoolyear schedule lets up a bit, the weather gets warmer, and the thought of turning on the oven makes you break into a sweat. 

Summertime is made for barbecuing. But, to make as many of your summertime meals on the grill as possible, you have to add variety to the usual hamburgers and hotdogs. 

Many less expected foods for the grill – fruits, vegetables, seafood – are also more healthful than the top-of-mind meats. 

Read on for some surprising ways to expand upon your grilling go-tos this summer.
You Look Great! 5 Ways to Lighten Up on Physical Appearance

You Look Great! 5 Ways to Lighten Up on Physical Appearance

Written by Sanam Hafeez, PsyD
on Tuesday, 06 June 2017

Go on your Facebook or Instagram feed and you’ll be hard pressed not to find selfies of people flexing at the gym or sunbathing in a bikini. 

Sprinkled in are ads for skin creams, weight management shakes, hair restoration, cosmetic procedures and butt lifting yoga pants. 

Thanks to smartphones and selfie culture we are all online being bombarded and obsessing over physical appearance, especially our own. 

Dr. Sanam Hafeez, a NYC based licensed clinical psychologist, teaching faculty member at the prestigious Columbia University Teacher’s College and the founder and Clinical Director of Comprehensive Consultation Psychological Services, says it is time to lighten up. 

Here are some common obsessive thoughts and actions on physical appearance and what to do about them.
Job Making You Sick? 7 Work Related Anxiety Triggers & How to Ease the Stress

Job Making You Sick? 7 Work Related Anxiety Triggers & How to Ease the Stress

Written by Sanam Hafeez, PsyD
on Monday, 22 May 2017

Whether you work from home or go to an office daily; you are always working for someone else.

Your services, talents, skills and knowledge are being exchanged for money and that means meeting expectations. It also means dealing with daily triggers that frustrate you to no end. 

According to Dr. Sanam Hafeez, these triggers build up stress which may negatively impact our personal relationships physical health. 

Dr. Hafeez, a NYC based licensed clinical neuropsychologist, teaching faculty member at the prestigious Columbia University Teacher’s College and the founder and Clinical Director of Comprehensive Consultation Psychological Services, offers seven work-related anxiety triggers with tips on what we can do to deal with them.
Tips to Stay Fit When Traveling

Tips to Stay Fit When Traveling

Written by Sloane Davis
on Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Trying to stay fit and healthy can be challenging when traveling. I always tell my clients that the goal should be to maintain, not gain while away. 

And, while I am an advocate for living life and enjoying all that it has to offer, going on vacation shouldn’t become a free-for-all to throw in the towel when it comes to health and fitness.

A common question I receive from many prospective clients is “I am going on vacation soon. Should I wait to start my plan or start right away?” 

My answer is always this: There is never a “good” or “easy” time to start. You have to learn to live a healthy lifestyle, which is what my plans aim to do. In other words, start the plan TODAY. That way, when it does come time for vacation, you have the tools you need to maintain, not gain.

While you won’t track every food particle that goes into your mouth on vacation, subconsciously you are much more aware of how your meals should look and be balanced if you are following a plan prior to vacation. I can’t tell you how many clients come back to have not gained an ounce. THAT IS WINNING!

Here are some tips to help you stay fit and healthy when traveling...
5 Tips for Making the Honeymoon Phase Last a Lifetime

5 Tips for Making the Honeymoon Phase Last a Lifetime

Written by Laura Doyle
on Friday, 12 May 2017

It’s nearly peak wedding season, which also means peak honeymoon season. 

When it comes to keeping the magic alive for a lifetime, here’s what I know now: forget about pre-marital counseling or talking exhaustively about how to parent, where to live, and how much to save for retirement.

Turns out that song about how the greatest thing you’ll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return was right... sustained romance is a matter of learning a few simple skills. 

But, maybe they didn’t offer Relationships 101 at your school, just like they didn’t have it at mine. 

I didn’t learn Intimacy SkillsTM before the wedding, and just a few years later, I thought I had married the wrong man. I dragged my husband to counseling but ended up feeling more hopeless than ever when he didn’t want to spend time with me or even make love to me.

I thought my only options were to spend the rest of my life in a loveless relationship or to divorce. Then, when happily married women showed me a few of their practices, something magical happened. The man who wooed me returned. 

One of the big secrets they taught me was that women are the keepers of the relationship, and that we have more power to make the relationship happy and intimate (or, alternately, stressful and tense). Just as Spiderman learned, with great power comes great responsibility. I believe we women have a responsibility to learn the skills that contribute to lasting love and to pass them on to each other.

Here are things I wish every bride knew, but most don’t...
Top 3 Post-Workout Meals for Vegans

Top 3 Post-Workout Meals for Vegans

Written by Theresa Brawner
on Thursday, 11 May 2017

There are many misconceptions about vegans having a hard time balancing their diet to get enough protein and energy while working out, when in fact, proper fuel isn't that difficult to manage at all. 

Sure, you need a bit more knowledge about what to eat, so that you’re able to ingest all the nutrients you need, but exercising regularly and being a vegan is quite possible and it’s getting easier with every passing day.

With more and more people opting for a plant-based nutrition regime, there are also more and more vegan food options that will keep you full, healthy and energized. 

The post-workout period is important for boosting your metabolism with the right choice of food.

If you’re still uncertain where you stand with balancing your workout regimen and diet, don’t fret. 

Here are the best ingredients to incorporate into your post-workout meals.
From Abyss to Bliss

From Abyss to Bliss

Written by Marcia Galan
on Wednesday, 10 May 2017

It was January 24, 2002, just seven weeks after her adoption and beginning her new life in America, that my daughter Alena was diagnosed with Mucopolysaccharidosis (MPS). 

I felt as if I’d been run over by a train. It was the worst day of my life. I had no idea that her runny nose, her slight heart murmur, her small statute, her little hands, her big blue eyes, and that button nose held anything that could not be corrected or fixed. 

And, I did not know or understand the magnitude of what was to come.
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