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Oncology Massage and Healing Arts Conversations

The benefits of oncology massage, reviewed and researched for as long as I have been working in cancer centers as a Massage Therapist, encourage us, as Massage Therapists, to become vital support team members. Research indicates the possibilities of helping with the side effects of cancer treatment when patients, staff and physicians recognize what massage can do throughout treatment. Just as important is engaging with survivors and asking them the question, "What hobby gives you peace and comfort in difficult times?"

During massage therapy encounters in a chemotherapy unit I often have conversations with individual patients in regards to their art or craft history; painting, pottery, knitting, scrap booking, music, jewelry making, weaving, dance and other healing arts that are equally important. These conversations allow us to share our creative endeavors and serve as distraction therapy during their chemotherapy treatment. A simple lesson on the mindfulness of creative arts…

Type 2 Diabetes - Lower Your Blood Sugar Levels and Body Weight Without Goal Setting

Our suggestion to not set health and fitness goals may come to you as a surprise. Most people believe in setting goals, which is not inherently wrong. It is ambitious, it can be fruitful, and it may even be fulfilling. But you should note there are no guarantees - whether it ultimately proves successful is entirely conditional. As you are about to discover, more often than not health and fitness goals lead to disappointment, if not outright failure.

The alternative is to set your sights on the process, or system, instead of the objective. While you could argue doing so implies you are striving towards an ultimate goal regardless, the difference is what merits your attention. And it is where your focus lies that determines your chances of succeeding.

To clarify, let us go over an example. We will start with a health and fitness goal of losing 20 pounds and lowering your blood sugar levels.

We are not suggesting you do not do your best to lose weight or reverse your prediabetes or Type 2 d…

5 Reasons Why Knee Replacements Fail

Today, due to the development of new surgical techniques and treatments, the accuracy of this procedure is increased and the recovery time is decreased.

However, not all surgical procedures have the desired outcome even though knee prosthesis is built to last for decades. Sometimes, due to various reasons, the replacement fails.

Signs and Symptoms
In most of the cases, you will feel knee pain, which is the most common warning sign that something is wrong. You may also notice swelling of the knee, reduced range of motion, knee stiffness and sometimes even inability to walk.

Why do knee replacements fail?
They can fail for various reasons.

With infection at the operation site or stiffness of the knee can cause loss of ability to move the knee leading to a knee replacement failure. The surrounding soft tissue can be so weak that it can no longer provide the necessary support for the new knee, making the prosthesis fail.

An injury to the replaced knee or bone fractures can lead to failures. In …

What Is Carotid Artery Disease?

What is a Carotid Ultrasound?

Carotid ultrasound is sometimes called Doppler testing. It's able to determine if your artery walls are narrowed and if you have some plaque in your arteries. It also shows a number of other important factors that include the direction and speed of your blood flow. It also includes the pressure of the blood on the artery walls, as well as the location of any potential blood clots.

If you have recently undergone surgery on your carotid arteries, this ultrasound will show how effective the procedure has been. It's also used to determine the placement of a stent. It is a specialized type of mesh tube that is carefully inserted into the artery to help improve the blood flow by keeping the artery open and clear. A carotid ultrasound can also determine the effectiveness of the stent during follow-up visits with your cardiologist.

Will This Test be Uncomfortable or Painful?

The really nice thing about this test is that it is completely painless and non-invas…

Traumas Are Portals To Awakening

Like many people in the early 70's, trauma forced me into questioning what life meant to me. My particular trauma at age 27 was being left with two small children after the death of my first husband, David. This was during an expansion of consciousness rising time when events such as the Viet Nam War, the Kent State shooting of students rebelling against it, birth control and the sexual revolution leading to flower children and love-ins, kicked us into gear. Many people began testing the waters of what we could experience - drugs, sex and rock n' roll. After David's death, I broke out of my protective shell and went looking for my own answers because what I knew no longer made sense; I became a seeker. I knew I would remarry and I wanted to marry an educated man, someone who liked to travel, was domestic, and although I didn't put it down as a requirement at the time, had a spiritual bent.

I met Bill. He was a meditator, also widowed, had a young child close to my two c…

Gut Health and Autoimmune Disease

One of the biggest recent medical revelations is the vital connection between gut health and wellness. Ongoing scientific research suggests that the microbiome, the good bacteria in our gut, helps prevent (perhaps even heal) autoimmune diseases. In fact, our bodies are full of more healthy bacteria than actual human cells!

Being that the gut is the center of our immune system (making up almost 80 percent), it's incredibly important to develop nourishing routines and practices. Although a healthy microbiome is partially inherited, there are many choices you can make to ensure a functioning, protected, and flourishing immune system - read on below to learn more!

Link to Autoimmune Diseases.

Characterized by the immune system targeting normal proteins as though they are harmful invaders, there are over 80 types of autoimmune diseases. This high alert reaction results in a chronically inflamed immune system. Often debilitating, autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis or celiac…

Amazing Health Benefits of Cashew Nuts - Are You Eating Them?

The cashew plant is native to Brazil and was introduced to India in the latter half of the 16th century as a crop to check soil erosion. Today it is a valued cash crop, grown on the slopes of the hilly regions of the east and west coasts of India.

All those pictures with the cashew nut perched on top of its parent fruit should tell you that cashew nuts are seeds of the cashew plant- but with a difference. They grow OUTSIDE the core or heart of the fruit!

Uses of cashew nuts

A handful of cashew nut or kaju is the tastiest of snacks. Cashews are used for garnishing of curries and sweets, and made into a paste and used to enrich gravies. Who hasn't heard of or yearned after kaju barfi or spooned up the garnish of slivered kajus on top of a halwa!

Nutritional value

A 100 gm. serving of kaju provides 553 calories. The nuts are high in fats, protein, and dietary fibre. They are rich sources of minerals including iron, potassium, zinc, selenium, copper, manganese, phosphorous and magnesium. K…

The Truth Behind Calories

Calories are basically a measure of the overall energy contained in food. Caloric values of food do not take into account the macro-nutrients that make up those calories. All calories are not created equal and if you only use calories to plan your diet, you probably won't reach your weight-loss goals.

Common misconceptions about calories:

1. Less calories are better

Just because there are less calories in a particular food, does not mean that it is necessarily better for you or your diet. Often, less nutritious foods will have less calories, but will also have less nutrients.

Low calorie foods can also leave you feeling hungry and empty. This will ultimately lead you to having more cravings for unhealthy foods.

2. Zero calorie drinks are good for dieting

Just because a drink does not contain any calories, does not mean that it will not have any effect on your body. Often, zero calorie drinks will contain carbohydrates, which are processed by your body and, if not used, stored …

How to Boost Female Libido Naturally and Safely

Sex is an intrinsic part of both your life and relationship. Good sex begins with a robust libido. Unfortunately, most women lose their sexual appetite as they move towards middle age. A couple of factors such as a change in your hormonal production, stress, relationship issues, medications and their side effects etc. bear a negative impact on your sexual desires.

However, you do not have to accept it as your fate. Here are some simple and effective ways to boost libido in women:

1. Try to Change Your Medicines - Medicine required to treat conditions such as hypertension, type II diabetes etc. can take a toll on your libido. Even birth control pills can also affect your sexual urge. If you feel this is the case, talk to your doctor and he might suggest alternatives.

2. Talk to Your Partner - More often than not, better communication with your partner can be a big step towards greater intimacy. Spend some quality time alone with your partner. Go out for a stroll holding hands or enjoy a c…

5 Tips to Be Naturally Happier

It's just about everyone's life goal to be happy. But how do we achieve it? Life is a journey and finding happiness is generally the goal for most people. Don't turn to drugs and alcohol though; here are 5 tips to be naturally happier.


Food can be a tricky pattern to break. Those fast food chains are usually easier to turn to than cooking at home. But the clich� "you are what you eat" is definitely true. Instead of eating fatty, non-nutritious foods, you want to be eating fresh fruits, nuts, vegetables and lean meats. This kind of diet will leave you feeling lighter, more energized and believe it or not, happier.

Meal prepping (where you make all your meals for the week in one day) can make this kind of diet much easier to achieve. But everyone is different, for some cooking alone can be a fun hobby that will also increase your happiness factor.

Achieving something

A sense of achievement is definitely a happiness factor in life. We want to be moving forward, gett…

Why Exercise Shouldn't Be Just One Thing

Because I work in different fitness environments, I see different approaches to health and fitness.

In one gym, the equipment and the personal trainers focus almost entirely on strength training. Cardio is secondary, and done while watching TV - with that level of intensity, and that level of discipline. Stretching is often skipped.

In gyms with classes, cardio may become the focus. Strength training may become secondary, and flexibility may be limited to a few stretches at the end of the class.

How's This For 'Old School' Thinking?

I've always advocated full fitness programs that include C-V, strength, and flexibility work. This post will cover cardio programs.

The benefits of cardiovascular work are familiar:
• enhanced tidal volume, air to lungs
• greater blood volume
• greater stroke volume, blood ejected by the heart per beat
• expanded capillary network
• greater size and density of mitochondria
• improved sensitivity of muscle to insulin
• enhanced free fatty acid oxidati…

Plastic Surgery - Is It Covered If It Is Not Cosmetic?

Women and men are in a run to attract the opposite sex in any possible way. Sometimes they make various alterations in their body structure to serve the purpose and opt for a plastic surgery without knowing the fact if it is covered or not under their health insurance. After spending a huge amount they usually contact their insurance provider to get the claim and are left disappointed at the end of the task.

There is no doubt that insurance companies pay for the treatment depending on the different terms and conditions of the health insurance plan you have opted for. Now, the question arises, does the insurance providers provides coverage to the plastic surgery? Well, before answering this question you should know that there are two types of Plastic surgeries- Constructive and Cosmetic.

Constructive Surgery: This surgery is performed to resume the proper functioning of the body and improves quality of life.

Cosmetic Surgery: This surgery is usually performed to enhance one's appearan…

Achieve A Non-Invasive Face Lift Using PDO Thread Lifts

When we're young and in our prime, the skin on our face is usually smooth and taut. The jaw-line has a strong definition, and the contour where the cheek meets the chin is smooth. It's quite devastating to get to the age when your features are no longer as sharp or defined as they once were. The facial profile suddenly becomes a bit blurry and we notice that our cheekbones are starting to sag down our face, causing the jaw-line to become undefined and the neck beginning to look wrinkly.

As our skin ages, some of the collagen is lost, making the skin less elastic. The loose skin is gradually pulled downwards, causing the skin around the cheeks to become thinner, and resulting in jowls in the lower face, making us look older. One way to tighten and tone the loose skin without undergoing an invasive surgical procedure is a PDO thread lift. PDO thread lifts can deliver what is essentially a facelift, but without the invasive surgery. There are no incisions or cuts, just simple inje…

Successful Anti-Aging Needs A Few Hard Choices

Every day with have choices to make which can take us where we want to go or in the other direction.

1. Sleep in or go for a walk.

2. Go to sleep, or keep watching those screens.

3. Have a green smoothie for a muffin

4. Smile at a stranger or ignore them.

5. Take some time to relax or work yourself to exhaustion.

6. Eat a quality meal or chow down at the buffet.

The list is potentially endless but there is something interesting about hard choices.

Hard choices are about as hard as we decide they are.

Hard choices disappear instantly we make the choice then they are just the thing we are doing.

The more anti-aging choices we make the easier they become, until soon we create a healthy life style which doesn't require hard choices.

Anti-aging is not about expensive creams, sure they help, it is estimated you can influence the health of your skin about 20% with some skin preparations.

But the real battle is fought internally and the core elements are not expensive or fancy or made in a laboratory…

Quit Smoking - What Is The Brick Wall You Keep Running Into?

Some things in life seem easy to achieve and some seem difficult, and some even feel impossible. If you are struggling to quit smoking, or if you can quit for a while but keep coming back to it then you need to firstly identify your brick wall and then learn how to demolish it, so that you can be a non- smoker.

The first question to ask your self is what does your brick wall look like, or how does it feel. Some examples are stress, anxiety, lack of confidence or self-belief. You may be bored, worried, or even happy.

One client told me he couldn't remember a special time in his life that didn't include a cigarette, so his wall was the bond of friendship he had formed with cigarettes. One level he felt that quitting was like a kind of loss with grieving, even though on a logical level he knew that was silly.

A point here to remember is that your wall doesn't have to be logical. Our worries rarely are. But, they still exist.

Brick walls can be real, or imagined, but like a wall t…