When is Alcohol a problem?

Alcohol Awareness

Alcohol Awareness Month

Alcohol has been part of the tapestry of human life for thousands of years. Fermented beverages date back to China from around 7,000 B.C. Time has brought nearly every civilization and culture “a drink” which down the road turned into extreme consumption. For example, in the eighteenth century gin consumption reached eighteen million gallons in Britain, lighting alcoholism on fire. The nineteenth century brought a push to moderate consumption, leading to prohibition in the U.S. in the twentieth century. However, the illegal making and selling of alcohol boomed and by 1933 prohibition came to an end. read more

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A Leading Cause of Cancer-Related Deaths

Colorectal Cancer Awareness

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

According to the American Cancer Society, colorectal cancer is expected to cause about 50,630 deaths during 2018. Knowing the proper information, including your own risk factors and getting screened as needed could save and add years to your life. We encourage you to take a few minutes, read, and start with these basics.

What is colorectal cancer?

Both the colon, which is about six feet long, and the rectum are parts of the large intestine and the body’s digestive system. Every day our bodies in general, including the digestive system, undergo massive processes of destruction and repair because our cells wear out and need to be replaced. In the complex processes of replacing cells, errors may occur, and cancer of the colon and rectum start when these processes of normal replacement go awry. As these abnormal cells grow and divide and multiply, they can lead to growths inside the colon called polyps. Often these polyps grow slow and may be precancerous tumors that don’t produce symptoms. Over time, some of these polyps can become cancerous, which is how most colorectal cancers begin: silent. read more

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The Heart – More Than Just a Pump

Heart Awareness

Your Heart Awareness

February is Heart Awareness Month, and our goal is to make sure we open the digital dialogue about the organ that sustains all the others and your precious life. The heart is more than just a pump. It has great intelligence. How you treat your heart will affect your life and your overall health.

A heart’s inner nature

Our organs, especially the heart is sensitive and reactive. Every thought and feeling and a deluge of emotions course through it constantly. While we will address the physical side of the heart, as to what creates disease states, realizing the subjective content of the heart has tremendous merit. We remind you to be— gentle, kind, patient, caring, considerate, respectful, peaceful, and compassionate— toward your self, life circumstances, and others. Exercises in thoughts, feelings, actions, and reactions also help build a healthy pump. These are the ingredients of one of the heart’s life-sustaining tonics. read more

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Renewal — It’s Not Just a Spring Thing

Seasonal Affective Disorder

Seasonal Affective Disorder & Renewal

We have moved into to deep, dark chill of winter. The alarm goes off, it is still dark outside, yet work calls, “Get up, get up, you have to get moving.” Inside you answer, “I’m tired, it’s cold and dark and snowy; I need to sleep.” Your arm reaches out from under the warm covers and brushes against the cool comforter as you hit the snooze alarm several times. Your eyes open heavily. The glitter has fallen. The packages are unwrapped. All that time consumed in shopping, purchasing, wrapping, giving, receiving, and enjoying—now what? The ball has dropped, the horns have blown, the fireworks have boomed, and the party that streamed on for weeks has ended. Now what? read more

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The Gift of Giving

Gift Of Giving Healthy Living

Improve your Health

The Holidays! They are everywhere we look. Before Halloween is over the stores are busy stocking their isles and shelves with all kinds of decorations, wrapping paper, tinsel and bows, food goodies, toys, something special for everyone on your list, 50% off this and buy-one-get-one-free on that, and so it goes on and on. Stores open until midnight. Cyber Monday ends up turning into everyday of the week. Neck strain is produced sitting over the computer deliberating between which Amazon supplier has the better deal, and all those last minute details can really raise the tension barometer. Are you exhausted yet? read more

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