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Dispelling Myths about Hospice Care by Janice Valentino

Despite the growth of hospice awareness, myths about hospice still are prevalent in our culture. These misconceptions contribute to many of patients and families not receiving the 180 day hospice benefit allowed under Medicare. Far too often, patients come on a hospice program for only a few weeks, days or even hours. This is unfortunate, since so many patients who are in need of expert pain and symptom control, as well as emotional, social, and spiritual support, does not receive them.

What are these myths that are so detrimental to the care of the dying?

Myth #1: Hospice Care Means Giving Up Hope

Choosing hospice care in no way means a patient is giving up hope. It may mean redefining hope.

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New Year, New You! Medically Supervised Weight Loss Program

Dr. Lisa Heuer’s medically supervised weight management program offers a very unique approach to finally taking off the weight once and for all. It is a comprehensive medical approach that is not available with existing commercial weight loss programs. “Losing pounds should mean losing fat, but many people on traditional, restricted diets lose muscle, not fat,” says Dr. Heuer. “This ultimately causes the regaining of weight.” According to Dr. Heuer, approximately 95 percent of people who lose weight on a low calorie regimen gain the weight back within a year.

Dr. Heuer’s program is very flexible and can be adjusted, as necessary,

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Minimize Pregnancy Side Effects by Dr. Alexander Rosado, DPT

Let me start by saying that if you or someone you know is pregnant, congratulations. Bringing a new life into this world is an exciting and beautiful moment in time. During this time, there will be emotional and physical changes that affect the majority of pregnant women. During pregnancy, a woman’s body undergoes physical adaptations in preparation for delivery. Most women will experience a few or all of the following: low back pain, foot pain, hip and sacral pain, mid-back pain and/or carpal tunnel syndrome. The majority of these discomforts are related to one concept— the loosening of ligaments.

Chemically or “hormonally,” the body begins to loosen joints to assist the body in the delivery of the baby. These chemicals are in the blood and circulate throughout the body to loosen the pelvic area. As this chemical circulates throughout the body, the pelvis will loosen along with all of the other joints. The loosening of joints is what causes muscles to be overworked in an attempt to stabilize the joints.

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Awareness Through Movement Series in Montgomery

MoveBeWell Studio is pleased to announce that they are joining forces with Yoga on the Wallkill in Montgomery to offer a new 8-week series entitled “Feel Younger, Move Better with Awareness Through Movement.” The class will be held Tuesday mornings from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. starting January 15.

Lynn Kenny of MoveBe- Well Studio is a Guild Certified Feldenkrais practitioner who has been practicing yoga for over 12 years. “There are so many great crossovers between Feldenkrais and yoga that it just makes sense to have these two beautiful offerings under the same roof,” says Kenny. “The awareness that people have developed in their experience with yoga can be very useful in studying Awareness Through Movement, and at the same time, further development of using the whole self in every action you take can lead to greater flexibility and freedom that is useful in yoga.”

No prior experience with either yoga or Feldenkrais is necessary to benefit from this offering. “Awareness Through Movement is so gentle with continuous reminders to stay where each movement is very easy and comfortable,” says Kenny, “that it is accessible to people of all ages and levels of fitness.”

MoveBeWell also continues to offer Awareness Through Movement classes through the Pine Bush Continuing Education program on Thursday evenings at 6:30 p.m. The new session will begin on January 10.


Location: Yoga on the Wallkill, 100 Ward St., Ste. B, Montgomery. Cost: $96 for series. To register and for more information, call 978-6506 or visit


Bixby & Co. Wins Best New Packaging at Candy Show

Bixby & Co. is proud to announce its first place award for best new packaging at the 169th annual Philadelphia National Candy Show, America’s largest trade show dedicated to retail confections. The show, which was held in September, is sponsored by the Retail Confectioners Association of Philadelphia.

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Not Forgetting After the Storm by Jennifer Moccio

Why does it take a disaster like Hurricane Sandy to make us recognize the important things in life? We become full of gratitude and good will. We are thankful to have whatever we have left. First, we are thankful that we have our lives and our families. We are thankful that we have a roof over

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Awakening Humanity by Diana Underwood

Today, no one is completely independent. We are all interdependent as human beings, families and communities. The recent hurricane is a perfect reminder of that. Therefore, we always should be developing and increasing our interactive nature.

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Local Author and Therapist Publishes New Book

Local author, clinical hypnotherapist and spiritual counselor Rachel Astarte Piccione has released a new book, Celebrating Solitude. Piccione maintains that developing a regular solitude practice will help us "recharge our batteries" so that we can give even more to our loved ones as well as ourselves.

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Helping Parents Conquer a Child’s Challenges

Every child deserves the opportunity to reach their fullest social and academic potential. It is important to conquer a child’s challenges and not just compensate for them. That is the goal at the Brain Balance Achievement Center in Allendale, New Jersey. As center director, Dr. Yola Barbosa shares, “At Brain Balance Achievement Centers, we don’t just work with a child’s strengths or provide strategies to compensate for a weakness,

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An Ever Clean Life Adds Organic Cleanses

An Ever Clean Life has added Advanced Naturals cleanse products as a complement to their colon cleansing service. The product line includes formulations for first-time cleansers; those with candida, parasite and heavy metal concerns; and liver and weightloss cleanses. All formulations are soy and gluten-free and contain 100 percent organic whole herbs,

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