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Hospice Helps the Whole Family by Dr. Timothy Domer

The patient was a frail, elderly woman who was in the hospital for the fourth time in six months. Her loving daughter had made a promise that she would never let her mother go to a nursing home, yet now she was facing a heart-wrenching dilemma. She knew her mother needed more nursing care than she knew how to provide. She also realized that the repeated hospitalizations and trips to the doctor were taking a toll on her mother and herself. The daughter began to remember what she had gone through with her father a few years earlier and tears welled up in her eyes.

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Experience Healing with the Emotional Freedom Techniques by Andrea Amador

As children we’re just like sponges, taking everything in and believing all that we’re told. If you were used to living with people who were constantly finding fault with themselves, you, or others, you may have learned to speak to yourself with disdain or feel ashamed. It’s these assumptions and negative beliefs that something is wrong with you that triggers you to feel unsafe in so many situations.

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What to Eat or Not to Eat by Jaynet C. Levitsky

One of the latest health topics circulating the Internet revolves around food combining, specifically the alkaline versus acidic debate. My advice to anyone seeking more information on how and what to eat boils down to the following basic guidelines: drink more water; eat fruit between meals; consume plenty of vegetables; stay away from overly refined or processed foods; and avoid mixing highly concentrated proteins with highly concentrated carbohydrates.

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Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome by Isadora Guggenheim

In 1988, the Centers for Disease Control formally defined fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. Diagnostic criteria for both conditions can include mild fever, painful lymph nodes, muscle weakness and unrelenting muscle pain, sleep disturbances, recurrent sore throat, impaired mental function, headaches, irritable bowel, depression, chronic fatigue and night sweats.

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More Summer Skin Care Tips by Debra McClennan-Wagner

To maintain your healthy skin, it is important to have a good skin care regime throughout the summer. You always should cleanse and moisturize twice a day and use an SPF in the morning. During the summer months, you may want to use lighter products. An aesthetician can help you select what is best for you. Additionally, exfoliating once or twice a week and applying a mask weekly can help keep your skin looking and feeling its best. (See sidebar for recipes.)

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Are You Making Empowered Decisions? by Elaine Torrance-Gingrich

We make decisions all the time — every second of every day—day in and day out. But are we examining those decisions with respect to how they affect our best selves? Do we take the time to examine our beliefs when we make those decisions? If we don't take the time to look at our decisions and the beliefs we hold behind them, how can we ever expect to let go of those beliefs that no longer serve the person we are becoming?

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Financial Fitne$$ for Life An Interview with Susan Valentine

We all have to deal with money; however, the approach we take to it can make a huge difference. Susan Valentine, a financial services professional with MassMutual, is dedicated to educating woman about financial planning, often by planning entertaining events where women can learn while enjoying an evening out. Here she shares with us a new perspective for our relationship with money.

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A Hands-on Approach to Healing by Barbara Gordon-Cohen

What is Osteopathy?

Andrew Taylor Still, a medical physician in the late 1800s, pioneered osteopathic medicine as a way to treat the entire patient instead of just addressing immediate symptoms. This study of the entire functioning of the human system has led to various means of diagnosis and treatment, including one of the most recognizable means of treatment: manipulation. A doctor of osteopathy, or D.O., uses this hands-on approach to assure the free motion of the body which allows the innate healing systems of the body to work unimpeded.

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Preventing and Rehabilitating Injuries by Chuck Walker

This is the time of year we all enjoy; however, in taking advantage of the warmer weather by becoming more active— particularly with exercise and sports— injuries can occur. Common injuries include sprains and strains, knee and ankle injuries, swollen muscles, fractures and dislocations.

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Find Your Wellness Plan by George Toth

Seeking wellness has long been a topic of interest and goal for everyone. What is the right wellness plan for you? What are the best ways for you to be as healthy as you can be? Every person is unique and should develop his or her own personalized plan. Individuals, however, often do not know where to start or feel overwhelmed. It becomes more manageable when you divide your wellness plan into basic key areas. Choose one of the following areas with which to begin and build from there.

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