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5 Things You Can Do to Help Prevent Breast Cancer

5 Things You Can Do to Help Prevent Breast Cancer

 

5 Things You Can Do to Help Prevent Breast Cancer

 

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and a good time to think about the preventative measures that women can take to help reduce their chances of getting breast cancer. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), one in every eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime, and although men can also get breast cancer, women are 100 times more likely to get it than men. The National Cancer Institute reports that over 207,000 women diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010, and nearly 40,000 of them died from it.

 

Just Had Surgery? Feeling Swollen and Sore? Lymphatic Drainage Therapy May Be Your Answer!

Just Had Surgery?  Feeling Swollen and Sore?  Lymphatic Drainage Therapy May Be Your Answer!

McLean, VA – October 13, 2011– Lymph-drainage therapy is a deeply relaxing massage that is useful for relieving chronic and subacute inflammations. While it is most commonly used in the treatment of cancer-related lymphedema (swelling from fluid retention), it also has many other applications. For example, it can relieve post-surgical edema, it can help remove residual anesthesia from the body, and it can assist in relieving pain and anxiety in patients suffering with fibromyalgia symptoms. In addition, by helping to remove toxins from the body, it also can be a valuable therapy for patients undergoing detoxification treatments for heavy metal or mold toxicity.

Explains Certified Massage Therapist Linda Glick, “The lymphatic system is a complex network of lymph vessels and organs that circulates lymph fluid and specialized cells throughout the body.

Learning How To Balance Our Energy

     Socrates said, “the unexamined life is not worth living.”  While I always recommend positive self-talk, (the examined life is a joyful experience, for example), Socrates is suggesting that we step back from the hustle and bustle of day-to-day life and have a look at who we are and what we have become. Perhaps you will agree, the wise teacher has a point! Where, you might ask, do we start?

     A great starting place for self-examination is comes in the form of an intriguing question:  Are we human beings or human doers?  Sometimes, I believe we should call ourselves human doers because it feels like we are always in action… we are doing this and doing that.  We all have such busy lives – going to meetings, conference calls, our kids’ sports games, carpooling, running errands, and so on…like well-oiled machines. 

How Creativity Can Help Reduce Stress

How Creativity Can Help Reduce Stress

 

Creative outlet gives people purpose, allows them to vent, share.

Stress is something that millions of people are plagued with, throughout the year. It may be brought on by work or our daily life duties, but the fact is that many of us feel the strain that leads to emotional issues, muscle tension, stomach and digestive problems, and more. One of the most satisfying ways to combat stress is to engage regularly in a creative activity that brings enjoyment. For many, that outlet is creativity, whether it involves writing, photography, or drawing.

“Having a creative outlet can be both fun and therapeutic,” says Sarah Gilbert, the director at Lulu (www.lulu.com).  “Today people can also share their creative work with the world.”

Using Acupuncture to Boost Fertility. What's new in treating infertility may surprise you!

Using Acupuncture to Boost Fertility. What's new in treating infertility may surprise you!

McLean, VA – September 20, 2011 - The problem of infertility can be emotionally and financially draining, and it is also far from rare – with fully 10-15% of couples in the US having difficulty conceiving.  But what’s new in the arena of infertility treatment may surprise you: According to Lisa Lilienfield, MD, at The Kaplan Center for Integrative Medicine in McLean, Virginia, “Medical research demonstrates that acupuncture is clinically effective in boosting fertility.”

“Overall, the research is very strong,” Dr. Lilienfield explains. “In general, a woman may be up to 65% more likely to become pregnant if she is receives acupuncture combined with IVF treatments, as compared to receiving IVF treatments alone.”

So, how does this procedure, which has been used for thousands of years to alleviate pain and boost the body’s immune system, help to improve fertility in women? In three ways, explains Dr. Lilienfield:

 

Meditation: Can It Help Reduce Your Pain? by Dr. Gary Kaplan

Meditation: Can It Help Reduce Your Pain? by Dr. Gary Kaplan

Meditation, which can be practiced in many different forms, has been used for thousands of years to benefit the mind, body and soul. Now there is a growing body of medical research proving that meditation not only modifies brain function, it can actually change the way we experience physical pain.

A recent study reported in the Journal of Neuroscience showed that patients who had received only a little more than 60 minutes of meditation training were able to dramatically reduce their experience of pain. Patients experienced a reduction in "pain intensity" of about 40 percent and a reduction in "pain unpleasantness" of 57 percent. According to the lead author of the study, Fadel Zeidan, "Meditation produced a greater reduction in pain than even morphine or other pain-relieving drugs, which typically reduce pain ratings by about 25 percent."

Washington Sports Clubs Opening Doors to Hurricane Irene Victims

Although Hurricane Irene is long gone, her fury is still being felt by millions of east coast residents as they wade through her aftermath in an attempt to return to normalcy.  From severe flooding to lost power and water supply, the stories of all of our friends in all our communities affected are as expansive as those who have felt her aftermath.