Dr. Antoinette Thaxton-Brooks

  • MD, MRO
  • Better Health Consultants Corporation
  • Alpharetta, Georgia   
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Dr. Antoinette Thaxton Brooks, MD, MRO is an internal medicine physician and a certified Medical Review Officer with over 18 years of experience. She is an expert in the dermatologic manifestations of internal diseases and an expert in the diagnosis and treatment of diabetes and hypertension. She has also served as in an administrative capacity as Medical Director of a Utilization Review Management company. Dr. Thaxton-Brooks is a sought after consultant, speaker, mentor and author and serves on the advisory board of a grassroots non-profit organization serving at-risk mothers and their minor children.

Expert Articles by Dr. Antoinette Thaxton-Brooks

Burns

Treat your sunburn right away to reduce the pain of hot dry skin
A single mild sunburn is not likely to cause much damage long term, but repeated sunburns may increase the risk of skin cancers such as basal cell carcinoma and melanoma. Lighter skin is at increased ...

Expert Articles Sponsored by Dr. Antoinette Thaxton-Brooks

Internet, Technology and Gaming Addiction

Kick your smartphone habit and lower stress with this expert advice
Try to do other things besides mindlessly and automatically staring and surfing your phone. The first part of reclaiming real-time living is to take control of your use and fighting the neurochemical ...
Improve personal communication by putting computer and phone away
The greatest asset to our success comes not necessarily from the number of degrees that may hang upon our wall—it comes from our people skills. People skills help us to foster and build lasting rela...
Online gambling out of control? How to treat this Internet addiction
With gambling addiction, problems tend to mount over time until you’re forced to acknowledge that you’ve been dealt a hand you can’t win on your own. Addiction is a chronic disease that, like ot...
Video game addiction: Recognize the problem in yourself or others
Video games can be both rewarding and potentially addictive. If you have a friend, loved one, or family member you think might be addicted to video games, it is important that you research all about b...

Coping with Death and Grief

Cope with grief in a culture that tends to not honor bereavement
Perhaps you’ve already noticed, the most important thing we need to do when we’re grieving is to love ourselves deeply. This is easier for some and not as easy for others. If we already know ourse...
Learn how to cope when a loved one commits suicide
I hope that this discussion of an admittedly difficult topic helps. Perhaps the best reaction to suicide is re-dedicating our lives to creating a better world in which those who are suffering so have ...
Use memories of the person you lost to help you grieve
There are many ways to use your memories to help yourself through the loss of a loved one. You can enjoy thinking about the happy memories, and you do not have to stay angry, sad, or have regrets. Goi...
Participating in a grief support group can benefit your well-being
Groups that are created to support and provide community for those dealing with grief make an important impact. There is one constant in the journey of someone who has lost a loved one: something big ...
Grieving is normal, but it's vital to do so in a healthy way
While grief is often described as a “process,” the truth is the process is never the same for anyone. Just as our interpersonal relationships with friends and family are different and ever-changin...
How to explain death and terminal illness to your loved ones
Knowing how to start this important conversation and what to say and what not to say can help ease your own fear and anxiety during this time. Odds are you are also grieving over this diagnosis or los...
How to respond to a friend when their loved one has passed
While you may feel awkward in knowing how to respond when a friend loses a loved one, this is a time when you can show your support and true friendship. Ignoring the death is the wrong reaction. Keep ...

Death of a Spouse

Advice for surviving the death of a spouse or partner at a young age
The journey of young widowhood is not easy. However, there are many healthy ways to cope with your loss that will help you move through it and even uplift you. Reach for support when you need it, spea...
Learn to accept and embrace the death of a loved one
Can you recall all the love, intellect, caring, humor and other positive qualities of your departed loved one? All that continues on beyond bodily death! That’s the great news that will help you get...
Advice on helping a loved one through the first year of grieving
Supporting a loved one through their grief journey can be challenging. You might feel a bit lost at times and unsure about how to best offer support. There are many tips and tools that can help you as...
The death of a spouse: Rebuilding your life after the first year
The second year after the loss of a spouse is a time of change. Grieving takes second place to refiguring and rebuilding your life. This is a time to not only reclaim your life and refocus on a new, s...
Live, love and laugh again after the loss of a loved one
At first it’s hard to make the transition to a new ‘you’. It requires not feeling guilty for smiling again, laughing again….to face your fears head-on by taking risks again. Above all else, th...
Take care of yourself emotionally after a loved one dies
Coping techniques may help you emotionally after someone dies. Help yourself by learning to identify what normal grief reactions are and then utilize the coping techniques that best work for you. If y...

Health Insurance

Manage your health savings account
When managing your HSA, you should always keep in mind the fine print. In particular, it is important to be aware of your deductible, your maximum out of pocket payment, and your annual contribution l...
Selecting disability income insurance
Income protection is important because your income is important. Your ability to earn an income is the basis for your standard of living, your financial goals and your retirement savings. Look at it t...
Why you need travel insurance for your trip
Good travel insurance coverage shouldn’t cost you a fortune. In fact, you should expect to budget no more than an additional 7 to 8 percent of the cost of y...
Purchasing travel medical insurance
Travel medical insurance is an integral part of your next international vacation. Make sure you go over plans carefully and ensure that you are getting the best deal and coverage for your specific tra...
Dealing with a family member's long-term care insurance
In reality, long-term care insurance policies are expensive but we can’t disregard the fact that they are very valuable. Getting one for yourself or for a loved one ensures that the beneficiary will...
Considering a Flexible Spending Account (FSA)?
FSAs or Flexible Spending Accounts offer a valid and easy vehicle to utilize pre-tax dollars and achieve significant tax savings for common eligible expenses. Given the wide array of eligible expenses...
No longer covered by your parents’ health insurance?
Since the late 1970’s, we have been conditioned that health care should be free or almost free. Consumer’s wanted low-co-pays and low premiums. With the advent of an amazing amount of medical adva...
Buy travel medical insurance for a safe study-abroad experience
As you can see, travel medical insurance is an integral part of your next trip to study abroad. Just as important as broadening your educational horizons, so to is making sure your health and wellness...
Best pet insurance policy to protect your cat or dog and budget
For many of us, dogs and cats are not just pets – they’re members of the family. While every parent wants to provide their pets with the best care possible, sometimes the high costs can force you ...
Long term care insurance ensures you're covered for medical costs
Following this suggested advice should give you a good idea of what the costs are and which long term care option works best for your particular situation. Every person has different needs, but it is ...
Know how to navigate the Affordable Care Act to get the best coverage
The ACA aims to transform the U.S. healthcare system, and has already expanded coverage of young adults, eliminated lifetime limits on what insurance will cover, lowered the cost of drugs for seniors ...
Recent college grads should understand their health care options
Young, health Americans make up a large percentage of America’s uninsured. In fact, 16 million young adults are uninsured in the U.S. Under the Affordable Care Act, 82% of them will qualify for fede...
Prepare for higher medical costs during senior and retirement years
Heathcare could bankrupt this country as it has millions of Americans. There is still no real assurance that you can avoid a catastrophe if something unexpected happens. But if you do the best to prep...
Plan ahead for Alzheimer's and obtain long-term health insurance
Alzheimer’s is a debilitating disease that is on the rise as the baby boomer generation reaches retirement age. It behooves Americans to prepare for this disease by making sure the proper insurance ...
Advice for women on getting long-term care insurance
Long-term care insurance is an important part of an overall financial plan, especially for women. By doing a bit of homework, you can be prepared and put a plan in place to cover any future long-term ...
Health and disability insurance can protect you when playing baseball
You may not think of disability insurance as a necessity for your career but disabling sports injuries seem to be happening with increasing frequency. The benefits from this insurance will keep you an...
How to get the right health insurance coverage for you and your family
Health insurance and the cost of medical care can be intimidating, but there are creative ways to save money within the system. To learn more about your health insurance options and what the health re...
Protect your family's financial security with the right insurance
Insurance has become an important part of life, as it should be. The likelihood of disability or a significant injury increases every year, not to mention disasters that can destroy your home in a spl...
Determine your need to buy a long-term care insurance policy
Not everyone needs a long-term care insurance policy but it always pays to be well informed. Get in touch with your insurance agent or a trusted expert to talk to you about your current insurance need...
Think ahead when purchasing a long-term care insurance policy
Many states offer a list of websites and companies you can go to with questions regarding a LTC insurance policy. By taking the time now to decide on your long-term care, the more stability and comfor...
How to apply and receive veteran's benefits and services
Many veterans are eligible for benefits and services as a result of their military service. Although the process can be frustrating, there are a lot of options that can help you work through it to rec...
How to mitigate and avoid the denial of a health insurance claim
When a health insurance claim is denied or delayed, it only adds to the existing problems for customers. That is why it is so important to know what your policy covers and the steps you can take to he...
Understand the financial benefits of voluntary insurance
If you were to become disabled or ill for a long time, hopefully you and your family would be taken care of. However, if you're uncertain of your financial situation, now is the time to cover that ris...
Advice to recent college graduates on buying necessary insurance
These are not the only insurance policies out there. Have someone guide you through which policies are the most important for you to have upon graduation and save the others for when you have the stab...

Running

Advice for running ultramarathons
There is something life changing about finishing a goal that you didn’t think you could accomplish. Whether or not that is running an ultramarathon, challenge yourself to take on that one thing you ...
Boost core strength with yoga in your running program
If you’re a runner, yoga is definitely in your best interest. Not only is it a great way to stretch out sore muscles, you’ll also build strength and stability essential for the road. Take things s...
Advice on how to prevent running injuries
While running does generate more injuries than other non-contact sports, it isn’t a given that you have to be injured. Most running injuries fall under the category of “too much too soon, on a bod...
Advice on nutrition fueling for the marathon to maximize energy
Your race performance is about thorough preparation. That includes proper nutrition, hydration and mental approach. A good training plan needs to include a good nutrition and fuel plan. Follow simple ...
Running can heal your heart and strengthen your soul
Whenever there is a stressful situation, whether it is a death or tragedy, running can be the aid that is needed to release, relieve and rejuvenate your mind. Running helps you prepare for your next s...
Advice on how to improve your triathlon time in your next race
As you can see, improving your time in triathlon races must come from a multifaceted approach. You must improve the fitness of your body, but you also must learn to execute a race properly. Time, expe...
Proper hydration for runners and endurance athletes
The effects of mild dehydration have been long overstated. Winners of major running races and triathlons are commonly 5 percent dehydrated, with no apparent cost to their performance. Overhydration ma...
What every runner must know about returning to running after injury
After an injury, returning to running will be different for each runner. Key components of a successful return to running include a sensible plan to gently increase distances, rest days to allow for r...
Muscle strengthening and stretching can prevent running injuries
Preventing injuries while running is all about knowing your limits, adequate stretching, and cross training to help strengthen areas of your body that support you while running, like your core muscles...
Advice for first timers on training and preparing for a Marathon
Running a marathon can be fun, rewarding and exhilarating. There’s definitely a lot to keep in mind when tackling the challenge, though, so make sure you research carefully (and consult with your ph...
Take your running to another level and hire a running coach
With so many things to consider, you may not be sure if hiring a coach is right for you. Don’t worry – you still have options. Many coaches offer free trial sessions, so you can decide if this is ...

Golf

Plan the ultimate Hilton Head golf vacation for leisure and recreation
Hilton Head Golf Island features more than 20 member courses on Hilton Head and Fripp Islands, as well as Bluffton, Beaufort, and Jasper counties. Golf enthusiasts can enjoy Hilton Head’s southern h...
Expert advice on planning the dream golf vacation with the family
Planning a dream golf vacation can be daunting, but with a little preparation you and your family can have a wonderful time wherever you go. Be sure to research ahead of time to find deals and turnkey...
Playing golf has many health benefits and can help you stay in shape
Getting and staying in shape is fun and easy to do if you actively play golf, which is just another great reason to get out there and play. Walk the course when you can and be patient as your game dev...
Excel at golf by developing a strong mental game on and off the course
It may be helpful to choose one or two of these ideas and attempt to put them into practice on a daily basis. When healthy and productive effort becomes habit, success is not too far from reach....
Plan a fun family vacation at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort
Sandestin is the No. 1 resort on the Emerald Coast (Emerald Coast Magazine), and was recently named one of iVillage’s “Best Beaches for Families.” Guests are invited to a world of 2,400 acres an...
Expert advice on choosing a golf instructor to improve your game
Finding a golf instructor doesn’t have to be a tedious task. The point is to choose an instructor that is in tune with your level of experience, and help you to improve your skills while also having...
Expert advice on choosing the right golf clubs for yourself
Choosing the right clubs for your swing to help you improve your distance and/or accuracy is a wonderful investment to make if you are looking to spend the money. You can custom fit your clubs to fit ...
Spend time at the driving range to help improve your golf game
Working on your game off the course, consistent practice, and having patience are all keys to lowering your handicap. Spend some time on the range and putting green, and focus on obtaining your goals ...
Help dealing with the mental stress of playing in a golf tournament
Tournament play induces stress by challenging golfers to push their personal limits. To improve your game and stretch your comfort zones, get out and compete on a regular basis. Enjoy the challenge, m...

Kids with ADD/ADHD

Your child with ADHD needs your support to help them grow and succeed
Raising a child with ADHD does not come without its challenges. Knowledge about ADHD and understanding who to call for help are the key components of parenting your child with ADHD. Some very simple s...
Embracing differences and strengths will help your child manage ADHD
Having a diagnosis of ADHD is not a bad thing. It is just different. Help your child embrace these differences, learn to live with them and focus on their strengths, instead of their weaknesses. Remem...
Understanding ADD/ADHD drugs will help families make good choices
Ultimately, the decision to begin drugs for a child with ADD/ADHD rests on parents--and should be made with confidence and security. It is essential for parents to get the facts and understand the ram...
A parent's approach can set the tone for how kids manage ADHD
As parents, how you approach your child’s ADHD will set the tone for how your child manages ADHD. When you show your kids compassion and understanding, you teach them to love themselves and see thei...
Improve attention span at home for your child with ADD/ADHD
By following these tips for home structure, children with ADD/ADHD learn proper study habits, improve hygiene and take back control of their lives. This way, parents reduce the chaos and create succes...
Understanding natural treatments for kids diagnosed with ADD/ADHD
The common solution for parents raising kids with ADD and ADHD is to hastily medicate. Many parents are not given suggestions for natural treatments and lifestyle modifications. Consequently, it is vi...
Recognizing the possible signs of ADD and ADHD in your children
The first step to addressing ADD/ADHD is recognizing the signs and symptoms. If your child does receive a diagnosis of ADD/ADHD, work with your pediatrician, therapist and school to develop a personal...
Parents must understand the causes of ADHD and then seek solutions
While ADHD is widely recognized, it is not well understood. Rather than a specific disorder, it is a collection of symptoms that can be brought on by many different things—some which took place befo...
Provide support and guidance for your child diagnosed with ADHD
If you are comfortable with the decision that your child has ADHD, or characteristics of ADHD, then you know it will not be effective to make the task easier, more challenging, or more suitable to the...
Parents can improve sleep habits for children diagnosed with ADHD
Many behaviors, such as those related to ADD/ADHD, are exacerbated by a lack of sleep. The effects don’t stop with the child, but invariably affect at least one of the parents. Take some time to fig...
Focus on structure and passions when raising a child with ADD/ADHD
The most important thing to remember is that you, as your child’s parent, serves as his or her best advocate. Raising children with ADD/ADHD can be challenging, but it also can be an immensely rewar...

Kids with Speech Challenges

Understanding stuttering is the first step in helping your child
The main point to remember about childhood stuttering is that your son or daughter is experiencing an involuntary form of interference in the ability to initiate words. Stuttering is a disorder of spe...
Help your child with speech and language skills for academic success
The first seven years of your child’s life is when he will learn 90% of his speech and language skills. This is the time that a parent can assess and enhance their child’s speech. Educational acti...
Understanding a child’s language and literacy development
Each of the four language systems--listening, speaking, reading and writing--begin to develop at birth and expand in the weeks and months that follow. These systems develop at the same time and in int...
Helping kids with disabilities develop language and literacy
Young children with disabilities face numerous obstacles to joining in the kinds of early literacy and language experienced by typically-developing kids. Consequently, it is clear how children with di...
Help your child with selective mutism transition back to school
It is vital to keep in mind that children suffering from selective mutism are not choosing to be silent, refusing to speak or being oppositional. Instead, their silence stems from extreme anxiousness ...
Using daily routines to support communication skills in children
There are many things that parents can do to help their child learn to communicate within everyday routines at home. Simply slowing down, tuning into a child’s interests and following the child’s ...
Facilitating language with children while cooking in the kitchen
Facilitating language during cooking or baking is a great activity for families. The ideal time to starting cooking or baking with your child is as young as possible. Follow these simple tips to help ...
Learning to use fingerspelling as a hands-on communication system
Fingerspelling is similar to handwriting; it is okay to develop your own style. You will notice many variations in the way people fingerspell. Timing is very important for clarity and development of f...
Learn the American Sign Language (ASL) fingerspelling alphabet
Kids need support and guidance to become confident communicators
Communication is so much more than just saying words. Have fun throughout your day, finding opportunities for you children to communicate with you. Build on what they are already doing, and you will s...

Children and Sleep

Patience and tenacity are key in helping children stop wetting the bed
While bedwetting can be an embarrassing issue for children, it is not uncommon. When your child is ready to focus on ending bedwetting, alarms speed up the entire process and are the most effective wa...
Helping your child learn to sleep will foster much-needed development
For parents, the most crucial step in supporting your children’s development is to help them get the sleep that they need. All children deserve to have the help of their parents in guiding and shapi...
Establishing healthy sleep habits early promotes growth in kids
The important thing to remember is don’t give up. Establishing healthy sleep routines is very important for your entire family. Stick to the schedule and make sure your partner and family support th...
Your baby can sleep a lot better with the use of acupressure
Babies benefit immensely from Chinese medicine’s unique perspective on pediatric sleep and its gentle and effective acupressure solutions. Regardless of parenting style and sleep philosophy, all fam...
Valuable advice for turning babies into good nighttime sleepers
Having a baby in the house can be exhausting--even on a good day. The sooner you start implementing a healthy sleep schedule, the better rested both you and your baby will be. Follow this advice, and ...
Help your child to sleep better, longer and in their own bed
Helping your child to sleep in his own bed is not something you should do, it is something you must do! A good night sleep is critical to physical health, brain development, and daily functioning. As ...
Making sleep, health and wellness a priority for kids and parents
Sleep, diet and exercise make up the foundations of a healthy lifestyle, and should be equally prioritized for maximum physical and psychological benefits. Sufficient sleep is critical to each family ...
The ins and outs of bedwetting and helping your child stay dry
There are plenty of things parents must worry about and strive to change. However, bedwetting is typically not one of these things. The best thing to do is to be patient. In time, it is likely that yo...
Using behavioral interventions to help kids manage sleep anxiety
While sleep anxiety in children is common, it responds well to behavioral interventions. Ensure that your child has a regular bedtime and sleep routine, and get rid of common problems that interfere w...
Understand nocturnal enuresis and help your child achieve dryness
Bedwetting is a common problem. Most children who wet the bed will eventually stop with time. Through patience, open discussions with your child and pediatrician, and understanding that there are opti...
Laying the foundation for healthy sleep in babies and children
The key to preventing sleep problems and maintaining healthy sleep in children is a solid foundation. Make sure that your child’s sleep environment is cool, dark and quiet. Ensure that you know when...

Kids with Eating Disorders

Coping with a teenage daughter suffering from an eating disorder
On the surface it may look like a teenager is controlling eating habits in a desire to be thin, but in reality dangerous behaviors are a response to deeper emotional pain, depression, anxiety and othe...
Help your child struggling with an eating disorder such as anorexia
If your child is battling an eating disorder, the best thing that you can do is keep on loving and supporting them. If you ever feel that you need help with your child, don’t ever hesitate to get tr...
Supporting your child with an eating disorder is vital to recovery
Education and understanding are keys that will help you prevent, and if necessary, effectively deal with disordered eating or an eating disorder. Your attitudes about health and wellness will impact y...
Advice for parents to help their child overcome an eating disorder
Eating disorders are challenging and scary. Parents don’t cause their child’s eating disorder, and they aren’t to blame. It is equally important not to blame the child for his or her eating diso...
Advice for parents to help their child who binge eats
Failure to address binge eating can lead to binge-eating disorder, a life-threatening illness. Taking action by seeking professional help and talking to your child can lead to a full recovery, so if y...
I think my child might have an eating disorder. What should I do?
Eating disorders are serious illnesses that can be life threatening if not treated. Remember to act quickly and seek support for your child and yourself, so you can begin your path toward recovery....
What parents should do if they think their child has anorexia
Anorexia has the highest mortality rate of any psychiatric disorder and should be taken seriously. If you suspect that your child has anorexia or is developing unhealthy eating habits, talk to your ch...
Helping your child with an eating disorder move towards recovery
Recovering from an eating disorder is a road full of big challenges and little triumphs. It is a lengthy process without quick fixes or miracle cures. Have patience and compassion, and don’t come up...
Helping children who may be struggling with an eating disorder
Any child can find themselves dealing with the challenges of body image or eating disorder issues. It is vital for parents to understand what they are dealing with, so they can feel comfortable and co...

Child Safety

Teaching children to be safe, strong and free
Parents, grandparents, teachers and others who take care of children can be afraid to talk with them about potential abuse. They worry they might say the wrong thing and make things worse. They worry ...
Navigating the many risks of summer begins with parental awareness
Summer affords a welcome change of pace from the hectic school year. It is a time for families to connect and enjoy each other. However, with increased outdoor time and freedom come unique challenges ...
Keep kids safe outdoors from bees, wasps, ticks and mosquitos
While summer is the perfect time to get your family outdoors into the fresh air and sunshine, it does not necessarily mean you will get eaten alive by the outdoor bugs. These simple tips will help you...
Expert advice for surviving a school shooting
A school shooting incident is dynamic and ever-changing. Actions taken by victims must be based on the information they have at the time of the event, making the best decisions possible based on the c...
Create a safe family home by minimizing your exposure to toxins
To create a safe, healthy and happy home for yourself and your children, it is vital to reduce your family’s exposure to environmental toxins. The first step is learning about the toxins and their e...
Keep children safe and secure during the holiday season
If you have a young child who can crawl, toddle or walk, it is always best to be safe rather than sorry. You don’t have to avoid holiday decorations altogether, but in some instances, cutting back o...
Parents must communicate with their children about internet safety
With parenting, nobody gets a second chance. We do the best we can with what we have. If you are a parent of tweens and teens, you need to understand technology and what your child is exposed to via t...
Educating your kids about body safety can help prevent sexual abuse
Knowledge is power, and children need to learn to be assertive over their body from a very young age. They need to grasp the importance of always speaking out if they are touched inappropriately or to...
Sports safety: Make eye protection a priority for your child
It’s important for parents to take the proper precautions to protect their children’s eyes and vision during sports games and practices. Educating children early on about the importance of eye pro...

Tackling Family Problems and Conflict

Cooking as a family fosters fun and creativity in the kitchen
Getting kids cooking in the kitchen is beneficial in so many ways. The no-pressure environment fostered by cooking as a family creates fun and creativity in the kitchen.Here’s a great recipe to try ...
Recipe: Black-eyed pea salsa
Embracing and accepting autism can help kids build friendships
Our world is made up of many different kinds of people. Embracing and accepting difference, and being open to friendships with individuals who are unique creates strength and compassion. Remember: nev...
Good parenting can help prevent teens from using drugs and alcohol
Remember that you can influence your teen, even though you may feel powerless at times. Do your best to be supportive, interested and knowledgeable about your child’s life. Talk to your teen about d...
Supporting kids through the healing process after a disaster
As a parent, remember that you know your child better than anyone else. Therefore, if a disaster occurs, you will already have a good sense of how to speak to your child and how to help him or her und...
Manage difficult child behaviors with collaborative problem solving
Parenting kids with challenging behaviors can be exhausting and frustrating when the behaviors result in explosions, meltdowns or behaviors, such as shutting down or withdrawing. Rewards and punishmen...
How can families successfully manage their stress together at home?
Stress can be quite difficult to manage, but is easier when approached as a family. Using easy techniques, such as affirmations, visualizing and mindfulness, you will find success in your stress manag...
How can parents support children when a marriage turns rocky?
Life can be challenging and marriage is difficult. Marriage with children is even harder. It is impossible to agree with your spouse about everything. There are days when agreeing with your spouse abo...
Put an end to clutter and arguments by organizing your playroom
In today’s fast-paced world, getting organized is not a luxury--it is a necessity. By implementing some simple organizing systems and regular routines, you and your child can create a functional pla...
Positive prevention strategies can decrease a child's behaviors
Teaching positive behaviors and decreasing challenging behaviors can seem daunting. But with a few changes to your approach, you can achieve real change. Don’t get bogged down in negative behaviors,...

Raising Healthy and Happy Kids

Helping kids feel comfortable and safe in the water is key
Time spent at the pool can be some of the happiest experiences in a person’s life. Enjoy these moments, always stay positive, and laugh and play with your children. Pick out fun bathing suits, caps,...
Optimizing brain enrichment through positive digital screen time
MRI studies show that the use of imagination and multisensory experiences increase blood flow to the brain. This is connected to neuronal activity, where new synapses can be created and dormant ones a...
De-stressing doctor visits fosters a lifetime of health for kids
By following this advice, regular doctor visits will be a piece of cake. Remember, it is possible to turn potentially dreadful experiences into fun events for your children. And making a visit to the ...
Being proactive can help emotionally traumatized kids to heal
Children can be traumatized as a result of bullying, violence or threats. However, by being prepared and knowledgeable, parents can help minimize the effects and begin the healing process....
Proper nutrition can improve kids' learning and behavior problems
Providing and encouraging a healthy diet can be a big challenge for busy parents. And in some homes, a child’s diet is non-negotiable because it is so important for health. However, the bottom line ...
Help guide your child’s path to effectively coping with anxiety
Anxiety is a normal emotion that all humans--including children--experience on a routine basis. However, children can experience anxiety to such a degree that it negatively impacts life or causes subs...
Establishing safe, fun and productive bath time for children
Safely bathing oneself is an extremely important skill for children to learn as they develop and become independent. However, bath time tends to be a stressful experience for many parents and children...
Jumpstart your family’s day with a positive morning routine
The morning routine contributes to children’s overall health and happiness. Following a good morning routine can squash speed bumps and get the day started in a positive way for the entire family....
Parents should influence their children to eat healthy and exercise
Don’t let your child be a statistic in the obesity epidemic. Start putting these tips into practice, creating healthy habits for you and your children, who will then be more likely to do the same fo...
Finding a happy medium when enrolling kids in afterschool activities
Before you commit your child to an activity, make sure you examine your needs, your child’s needs and what is best for the entire family. Remember to focus on the big picture when making these decis...
Advice for raising emotionally happy and healthy twins and triplets
Raising multiple-birth children is a challenge. It is important to avoid or diffuse competition and fighting. Additionally, respecting your children’s need for individuality, while respecting the tw...
Creating healthy and happy mealtimes for children and parents
Family mealtime is a crucial time to connect with your children and family--and to truly embrace each other. This is the time to create rituals and togetherness, as well as to serve healthy, nutritiou...
Helping the entire family achieve a stress-free holiday season
The holidays are a wonderful time of year because they encourage families to spend time together. The season also presents the perfect opportunity for parents to reinforce the importance of giving, sh...
How you can boost your children’s self-worth and self-esteem
Via positive reinforcement, strength based therapy and promoting socialization along with several group activities, children can become the most productive, capable citizens they can be as opposed to ...
How can parents raise happy children with balanced priorities?
There is no magic bullet that will guarantee your child’s long-term happiness. But the good news is that parents are in the best possible position to help their children develop a skill set that wil...
Family meals foster healthy eating habits and close connections
While many parents understand that family meals are important, they are not making the effort, due to conflicting schedules and the need to multitask. But separate meals result in a lack of cohesivene...
Advice for motivating your kids and supporting their successes
Every child wants to achieve success. No child wants to fail. So it is important to protect your child's motivation. If you see your children becoming discouraged in their school work or in a new acti...
Parents can help kids make a difference in the lives of others
The benefits that kids get from volunteering are quite amazing and life changing. It is important to show children early on that they can have a positive impact on the lives of others. While Alex woul...
Help your children develop confidence and a healthy body image
The Girl and Boy World will inevitably attempt to convince your children that they must conform to a specific way of looking and acting. While it is extremely difficult to completely protect your chil...
Teach your anxious child better ways to cope and manage behaviors
Remember that anxiety is a normal part of life, but some children struggle with it more than others. Collaborate with your children to find effective strategies to decrease their anxiety, such as an a...
Helping girls love their bodies and cultivate healthy self-esteem
Girls must stop viewing themselves as imperfect pieces, but rather as unique and a one-of-a-kind creations. They must be taught to practice self-acceptance in each moment, and to stop hating themselve...
How can parents help their children minimize unnecessary stress?
You cannot escape all stress. While it is important to recognize that some stress is good, when your child becomes anxious, weepy and unable to focus, it is time to make changes in your family’s lif...
Parents can teach children to recognize and label their emotions
Young children deal with many of the same emotions that adults do. They feel happy, angry, embarrassed, sad, frustrated and nervous. However, they often do not have the words to talk about how they ar...
Expert advice for parents trying to raise emotionally-healthy twins
Whether it is relationship problems, career concerns or existential dilemmas, if you have a close connection to each of your twins, they will likely come to you for your guidance and input. Understand...
How can you raise body-confident kids in an image-obsessed society?
While body image issues are on the rise in children, parents are not powerless when it comes to helping their kids grow up with the confidence they deserve. By being vigilant of the messages they are ...
Expert advice on raising honest children
Being honest is a lifelong process that begins early. Use every opportunity to nurture and grow your child's honesty....
Broaden your child's diet and establish healthy eating behaviors
Every parent wishes to raise a good eater who is excited to experiment with new foods. But kids are notoriously picky. Instead of giving up and making the same three dishes over and over again, try to...

Improving Family Communication

Strong parent-child relationships start with boundaries
As parents, you are the role models for your children. To create healthy relationships, you must be present and attentive to their needs, take interest in their hobbies and activities, and carve out t...
Teach polite communication to kids and put an end to backtalk
Backtalk is a rite of passage. Almost all children try it on for size, so it is actually “normal” childhood behavior and communication. However, how parents respond to backtalk will determine whet...
Nurturing your family relations by encouraging strong communication
Due to our fast-paced lives, effective communication is essential to maintaining strong family connections. By encouraging each other to communicate freely with love and respect, family members will f...
Accepting differences to create effective family communication
The key to strong family communication is understanding each other’s beliefs on what it means to communicate and by regularly and openly discussing opinions, feelings and ideas with one another.Tony...
Teaching kids about money will help them avoid debt issues as an adult
Teaching kids about money and debt will have a profound effect on their futures in virtually every area of life. Taking the time to model responsible choices, discuss the realities of debt and focus o...
Accept differences to create effective family communication
The key to strong family communication is understanding each other’s beliefs on what it means to communicate and by regularly and openly discussing opinions, feelings and ideas with one another.Tony...
Your child's challenging behavior is their way of communicating
All behaviors carry a message. Quite often the message is about a basic human need going unmet. It is necessary to take the time to form a relationship with the person and discover what message is bei...
Strengthening communication brings family members closer together
As with most parenting techniques, love, understanding and patience prevail over aggression and frustration. Always take a moment to cool down and approach the situation in a calm and concise manner. ...
Recognize the best ways to discuss serious family issues with kids
After slowing yourself down, getting clear on how you are feeling and connecting with your children, communicate. Let them know what’s going on and keep them posted as things unfold. Reach out for s...
Support your child athlete to create great experiences and memories
In every athletic competition there are only four roles: players, coaches, spectators and officials. Before you get to the game, it is better for the athlete if everyone just chooses one of those role...
Fostering a positive communicative environment for all children
Declarative language encourages experience sharing. This is the essence of what communication and language use is all about....
Talking to your children about coping with the loss of friendships
Friends are friends because they support our decisions and stand behind us when we feel weak. A friendship is about sharing these times and being there for each other’s support. When this ends, it c...

Heart Attacks and Strokes

Know what to do if you or someone you know is having a heart attack
When someone has a heart attack, the goal is to prevent or limit damage to the heart muscle. Know the signs of a heart attack, and seek medical help the moment you think you might be having one. Fast ...
What to do if you think you are having a stroke
The bottom line is clear: Know the symptoms of stroke and act quickly if you or someone you love experiences the signs and symptoms. Prompt medical attention can prevent a life of disability, or even ...
What you do during a heart attack could save your life
When it comes to heart attacks, it pays to be prepared. Having a fast-acting aspirin on hand, and knowing your medical information and the name of your doctor may just save your life. Call 911 right a...

Urgent Mental Issues

Help your friend who is having major depression and suicidal thoughts
We want to think that those whom we love and care about will lead happy, healthy and fulfilling lives. When we are faced with the reality that someone close to us is in pain, unable to function, losin...
Help your loved one who is having a PTSD episode
PTSD can occur following a traumatic event. PTSD develops differently in people and one may not experience all of the symptoms. The symptoms can occur immediately, gradually, or over a period of time....
Help calming yourself down when having a panic attack or anxiety
Remember that in many cases panic is a habit, and the neural pathways have been established over years of believing that panic was your only answer to a problem or crisis. Perhaps someone stepped in a...
Help your loved one heal after a suicide attempt by drug overdose
Here the advice surrounding the support of a loved one who has tried – or you think will try – to commit suicide. Remember to be supportive and watch the warning signs of suicidal behavior. Though...
Learn to heal and take back your life after a attempting suicide
This difficult chapter in one’s life is likely to be agonizingly stressful. Suicide attempts and all the factors leading up to it are traumatic. Having the courage to seek professional help, and cre...
What to do if your loved one is having a severe panic attack
Panic attacks can be a debilitating experience for an individual, as he or she is faced with terrifying anxiety and subsequent feelings of embarrassment, isolation, and even helplessness. Watching a l...
What to do if you walk in on someone trying to commit suicide
Suicide can affect all individuals regardless of their age, gender, cultural background, socioeconomic status, or religious affiliation. People who have attempted suicide are typically overwhelmed by ...
Managing migraine triggers and help getting treatment
We all want our headaches to have a clear cause. We also want the cause to be avoidable! When we are in pain, we often attribute the attack to an immediate event. These observations are not always acc...
Get past the danger zone safely when having suicidal thoughts
It is a most heartbreaking situation when someone takes their life. Those that knew the person wish they had known the pain this individual was experiencing. They wish they had the opportunity to help...

West Nile

What is the West Nile Virus?
Advice for those living in high-risk areas for the West Nile virus
Remember that you don’t have to sequester yourself indoors for the rest of the season in fear of WNV. By following these simple tips, you can still enjoy your favorite outdoor activities and greatly...
Precautions for West Nile virus
You can make a difference in controlling the spread of West Nile virus by being aware of your surroundings and being proactive in protecting yourself and your loved ones. Be vigilant. Take steps to co...
Protect yourself from West Nile Virus by preventing mosquito bites
Anyone can help to reduce mosquito populations by simply being aware of the places mosquitoes breed. Getting rid of mosquitos will greatly decrease the chance you and your family have for getting West...

Food Allergies

Do not let food allergies hold you back
Food allergies can feel limiting and frustrating if you don’t know how to manage them. By working with medical professionals, experimenting with new foods and taking your allergy seriously, you will...
Manage your child's food allergies successfully
Food allergies can be overwhelming and confusing to most parents. Education and experimentation will be your greatest tools in managing your child's food allergies. Teach your child about what you lea...
A calcium rich diet with a milk protein allergy is possible
Keep in mind this advice, and remember that a milk allergy is more serious than an intolerance. Knowing which one you have can help you find alternatives for dairy and keep living a healthy and happy ...
Calcium rich diet when lactose intolerant is possible
Educate yourself on what lactose intolerance is, how to identify the symptoms and how to properly test for it. Be sure to know how to appropriately read food labels and identify the presence of lactos...
Advice for managing food allergies and ensuring the optimum health
Managing your food allergy is all about knowing as much as you can about it, what types of foods you are allergic to so that you can avoid exacerbating your symptoms, and being prepared if something d...
How to safely adopt a gluten-free diet and lifestyle
A gluten-free diet is a necessity for many people, so being properly informed and armed with the facts about gluten is a must if you have celiac disease or gluten intolerance or sensitivities. Even fo...

Digestive Health

Prevent stomach aches and abdominal pain in your child
Frightening and perplexing as it may be, most types of abdominal pain are not serious and resolve quickly, however parents should be mindful of duration and accompanying symptoms....
Use kegels to prevent and treat urinary incontinence
Your pelvic floor will sag and be responsible for many symptoms. First, be aware that these muscles exist. The pelvic floor and the pelvic floor muscles are invisible, so it is easy to forget about th...
Kegels can help frequent urination and healthy bowel movements
Some habits can be good. Developing a habit to workout your PC muscles, that will effect everything that you do, will stand you in nothing but good stead. It usually takes 6-8 weeks to embed a thought...
Learn how to manage Crohn’s disease both physically and emotionally
Managing and getting treatment for Crohn’s disease can often be difficult, but luckily there is treatment and medication available that can help you feel well. A healthy lifestyle, both physically a...
Get help if you suffer from chronic indigestion, GERD, or acid reflux
Feeling, looking and being your very best isn’t that difficult, but it does require a little time, energy and money. If your car’s carburetor or fuel-injection system isn’t functioning normally,...
Maintain a healthy liver with diet and exercise to prevent disease
Liver disease can be potentially life threatening, but many cases are preventable. Making regular appointments with your doctor, following healthy habits like diet, exercise, lifestyle changes and bei...
Know what to do if you are diagnosed with celiac disease
Celiac disease is a journey and your doctor will be a very important resource in educating you about your condition, helping you to make the necessary lifestyle changes and monitoring your response to...
Bloated, heartburn, or bitter taste after eating? It might be GERD
Sometimes we think that if we wait long enough, whatever symptoms we are having will just disappear. However, there is no reason to suffer needlessly if you have acid reflux that refuses to go away. C...
New treatments for Crohn's disease can help you manage the symptoms
There are many autoimmune and immune-mediated diseases—including Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, multiple sclerosis, type-1 diabetes, autism and psoriasis—whose symptoms researchers think c...
How fitness can help you maintain your overall digestive health
Whether you want to improve digestion, or speed up your metabolism, yoga is an excellent way to do it! Yoga poses like Chair, Childs Pose, and Cat/Cow will ensure that your body runs like clockwork!...
Treat and manage symptoms of GERD to help keep you healthy
For anyone diagnosed with GERD, or for individuals who experience periodic heartburn, it’s important to understand that GERD is a permanent condition whose symptoms will typically progress over time...
Important tools for identifying and monitoring GERD
Preventing heartburn is easy to do with simple lifestyle changes
Heartburn is felt when stomach acid flows back up into the esophagus. At least 15 million Americans experience heartburn every day, according to the American College of Gastroenterology.It’s better ...
Take control of acid reflux with good dietary and lifestyle habits
There are a whole host of things you should and shouldn’t do when it comes to acid reflux. However the most important aspect to remember is that acid reflux is an individualized condition. Meaning w...
What to do and when to seek help when you get kidney stones
Kidney stones can have multiple causes and can present with flank pain, blood in the urine, nausea/vomiting, fever and kidney obstruction. Timely visits to a urologist or Emergency Department can quic...

Hearing Disorders and Deafness

Get help from an audiologist or ENT doctor to treat tinnitus
Today, there is real hope for tinnitus sufferers with greater understanding of the condition, more audiologists with knowledge, and more effective treatments than ever before. For those been recently ...
Get the support you need from your network when having tinnitus
Today, there is great hope for tinnitus sufferers, with more and better effective treatments on the market. Professional audiologists and ENTs who specialize in tinnitus can help individuals determine...
Assess your risk for tinnitus to ensure a high level of health care
Tinnitus causes include everything from exposure to loud noises and certain medication use to underlying neurological damage. While tinnitus can affect anyone at any time, those particularly at risk c...
Prepare for your audiologist appointment to help with hearing loss
For people experiencing hearing loss, each day can seem darker and quieter. With more and more tools available to help, though, there’s much more hope for improvement. Making an appointment with a q...
Know what to ask your audiologist or ENT about tinnitus
Understanding how the brain perceives tinnitus can provide more hope for tinnitus sufferers today. More professional audiologists are able to help individuals determine their degree of tinnitus than e...
Coping and supporting your child who is deaf
The final stages of coping and support lie in training the child with hearing loss to advocate for him/herself. It is only through their own realization of their strengths and weaknesses that they wil...
Strategies for coping with hearing loss or deafness
Hearing loss continues to be one of the most pervasive conditions that adults, especially aging adults must address. As the baby boom population reaches 65 the number of individuals with hearing loss ...
Advice for choosing a hearing aid that best fits your lifestyle
Hearing loss is ranked as one of the most prevalent medical conditions today. It impacts your entire life, including your relationships, career, and leisure activities. Once you make a decision to do ...

Respiratory Diseases

Recognize the symptoms of COPD and get the help you need
The frequent coughing of a smoker is well known, whether it’s experienced by people who smoke, or overheard by those who don’t. Unfortunately, there’s no way to know if this cough is only relate...
Know the differences between COPD and asthma to get the help you need
Asthma is a disease of the lungs marked by hyper sensitivity and chronic inflammation that responds well to treatment. COPD is often caused by prolonged exposure to lung irritants and permanent lung d...
Breathing techniques for people with chronic lung diseases like COPD
Having a chronic lung disease makes it harder to breathe. And when it’s hard to breathe, you may tend to decrease physical activity and become deconditioned, leading to more breathlessness, inactivi...
Advice for treating and managing COPD symptoms during the winter
Severe COPD exacerbations require treatment in the hospital for a few days, while others can be safely treated at home. In some severe cases, people with COPD exacerbations may need to be on a ventila...
How to treat and reduce mold allergies in your home
Mold allergies have many of the same symptoms of other allergies, so it can often be difficult to diagnose. If you suspect your allergies may be more significant than seasonal allergies and allergy me...

Heart Disease

A heart healthy diet is your first step to prevent heart disease
Follow this advice for a healthier heart and healthier you. Instead of viewing these guidelines as a new diet, instead try to make changes that become incorporated into your healthy eating lifestyle. ...
Reduce your sodium intake to help lower your blood pressure
Reducing your sodium intake doesn’t have to be difficult, but it will require some small changes in how you buy, prepare and think about food choices. Try implementing these simple steps to see your...
Stay healthy and out of the hospital when living with heart failure
Heart failure is a chronic medical condition and has become a major burden on our healthcare system resulting in multiple hospitalizations annually. Heart failure is also generally a progressive disea...
Achieve balance emotionally to ensure the best heart health
Our emotional health is intimately tied into our physical health. Every thought and every emotion leads to the instantaneous cascade of neurotransmitters and hormones that either orchestrates a benefi...
Expert advice on diagnosing and treating atrial fibrillation
Atrial fibrillation can hijack a person’s life. The heart beats irregularly and can affect everyday living, making even small chores, such as carrying a basket of laundry up the stairs, difficult. N...
Expert advice for managing Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)
PAD is a prevalent disease but can easily go undetected and untreated. Make sure to take charge of your health as a patient and consult with your physician if you experience any symptoms, even if they...
Simple lifestyle changes that will boost your heart health
Achieving an optimal lifestyle is a key part of improving heart health. With such pleasurable and easy changes as adding chocolate to your diet, getting enough sleep, and laughing, following this pres...
Ensure you are ready for sexual activity after having a heart attack
Engaging in sexual activity following a heart attack is safe and even healthy when precautionary measures are taken. Work with your doctor to better understand your health status and physical capabili...
Prevent heart disease with simple lifestyle changes
Small changes can reduce your risk of heart disease stroke and cancer. Keep a positive attitude, engage a buddy and start today to make healthy choices. You’ll love the way you look and feel. Rememb...

Eating Disorders

How to stop binge eating and live a healthier life
All in all, trust yourself and listen to your body. All of the above is just an elaboration of that one basic piece of advice....
Support your loved one to help them overcome an overeating problem
The best thing you can do when a friend or family member has an overeating problem is to just be there for them no matter what. Be a ready and willing listener and a constant support. Be the cheerlead...
Treat compulsive eating by taking the power away from food
I encourage you to take a minute and ask yourself, “Does food feel more powerful than me?” If the answer is yes, even sometimes, and you really want to find a way to improve your relationship with...
Expert advice to help you address anorexia and bulimia
Getting help for a feeding or eating disorder can be scary. It requires you to be vulnerable and to ask for help. You will have to face and discuss aspects of your life that may not make you proud. Re...
Navigating insurance coverage for the treatment of eating disorders
Many people are unsure about what to do when an insurance denial occurs. When your insurance company denies access to health benefits, it only intensifies an already distressing situation. It is imper...
Midnight snacking out of control? It's called night eating syndrome
Night Eating Syndrome is a real problem for many people. If this resonates with you please seek assistance with a licensed professional. Even if you don’t fit the description exactly but you believe...
Overcome compulsive, binge, and over-eating with this advice
Binge eating, like most compulsive behaviors, is merely a distraction from feeling your emotions. You learned this way of feeling a shot of pleasure at an early age and have practiced many times since...
Athletes are more susceptible to eating disorders: Get help now
Eating disorders are life threatening; in fact, they have the highest mortality rate of any psychiatric disorder. At the very least, they can hamper an athlete’s performance and make the athlete mor...
Advice for avoiding midnight snacking
Late night eating doesn’t have to be a lifetime struggle. The more we understand about the reasons it might be happening, the better chance we have of changing the pattern. Eating regular and balanc...
How to end emotional eating once and for all
Basically, turning to food when you’re upset is less an eating problem and more an emotional one. If you never learned effective emotional management skills as a child, it’s time to learn them now...
Lose weight by breaking free of emotional eating
When you make the decision to never diet again, you let yourself out of the food prison. By focusing back on nutrient dense food choices, you are essentially embracing a ‘Live-It’, a lifestyle shi...
How athletes can beat anorexia, bulimia and other eating disorders
Athleticism is seemingly so positive—especially in our country where obesity is such a growing concern. However, there is a dark side to the world of athletics. Eating disorders are more prevalent t...

Children's Health

You can survive the NICU
Your infant’s time in the NICU can very stressful. But there are a few things you can do to manage the stress and become more confident as a parent. By actively participating in your infant’s c...
Acupressure is a wonderful, gentle remedy for your child’s ailments
There is nothing esoteric or complicated about practicing acupressure on your children. Anyone can do it with some simple instruction and then it is literally in your hands for whenever it is needed. ...
Teach your children about healthy nutrition and wise choices
Life is all about choices. Some are easy and yield immediate reward, others are more difficult and the benefit is not seen for some time. Making healthy life choices may at first seem difficult for ou...
An acupuncturist can help treat your child's health conditions
If you are struggling with your children’s health issues, be it constipation, cough, teething pain or sleep issues, consider acupuncture and Chinese medicine as a possible alternative treatment. A v...
Ensure the top level of care for your baby’s eye health
Your baby is the most important thing in your life; you constantly worry about your baby's well being; you never let your guard down. You naturally want the best for your baby's health and for your ba...
Parents guide on how to prevent hearing loss in your children
Hearing loss caused by noise can be caused by overexposure to any loud sounds such as fireworks, power tools, machinery, motorcycles, sporting events, gunfire and music. The risk of hearing damage dep...
Maintain your child’s vision and eye health to optimize learning
The bottom line is to make sure that kids have complete eye exams regularly to assure that they are seeing the way that are supposed to be seeing. Remember, they think everyone sees the way they thems...
Prevent childhood obesity by making healthier food choices
Childhood obesity can be prevented and even reversed if the family is willing to commit to living a healthy lifestyle incorporating eating nutritious foods as well as exercising. It is a win-win situa...
Battle obesity in children by fostering an active family lifestyle
A fit and active lifestyle is an important part of maintaining overall health. By encouraging healthy habits at a young age, parents can help children improve academic performance, build self-confiden...
Encourage mental health in children with a psychological evaluation
Doing what you can as a parent to ensure your child’s mental health is essential in helping them develop into a well-rounded adult. Heed this advice to help you understand and choose a doctor to und...
Protect your baby during the winter: Know the facts about RSV
Speak to your child’s pediatrician to determine if your baby is at high risk for RSV disease, and if so, what additional steps may be recommended. For more information about the risk factors for RSV...
Cord blood banking can help your children stay healthy
Getting your child interested in sports will help prevent obesity
Kids who participate in sports are more likely to adopt healthy habits, succeed academically, and have higher self-esteem and self-confidence. They also learn skills like group goal setting and teamwo...
Know the warnings signs and symptoms of depression in your child
Symptoms of depression in children can differ from the symptoms associated with depression in adults. It is important to consult with a licensed mental health professional, like a counselor or psychol...
Cooking healthy foods for picky eaters to help them eat healthier
The process of developing a child’s culinary palette takes time and effort, but most children really enjoy variety and the process of exploring food options. If you present cooking well and clean as...
Be proactive when getting your child treatment for scoliosis
Raising awareness of this condition is important so parents know what signs to look for and what to ask their doctors. Early diagnosis is imperative to ensure your child gets treatment right away. Tak...

Skin Treatment

Advice for those considering a chemical peel
In short, chemical peels are safe, fun, and effective when chosen and applied correctly for each person. You need to do your homework to make sure you are getting the best treatment possible for your ...
Be informed and learn how microcurrent skin treatment works
Microcurrent skin treatment can help you have younger and healthy looking skin
Microcurrent skin toning has been a Hollywood beauty secret for many years. Today, it has become the skin rejuvenation treatment of choice for the growing number of individuals, men and women alike, w...
How to get rid of your unwanted hair with laser hair removal
Laser hair removal should be a dependable, relatively safe procedure with excellent long term results. Doing a little bit of homework and checking out the facility and the provider prior to any proced...
Treat unsightly varicose and spider veins with laser treatment
Lasers, particularly the latest generation, are highly effective in the treatment of unsightly small, reticular varicose veins, cherry hemangiomas, spider veins and telangiectasia for most but not all...
Eliminate puffy eyes and dark circles for healthier appearance
Puffy eyes and dark circles under the eyes tend to be a temporary cosmetic concern. Short-term solutions include cold compresses, which can work wonders, as can natural astringents, such as wet tea ba...
Control and attain healthy skin by reducing stress and harmful toxins
Everything is connected.As Plato said, “The part cannot be well until the whole is well.”In the quest to heal our skin, we must look at our entire being – mind, body, and spirit. When we are hea...
Skincare advice to help you achieve beauty from the inside out
Whatever your age or your skin type, remember to enjoy experimenting with new colors and seasonal trends. There are many wonderful and nutrient-rich products that exist to simplify your daily routine,...
Anti-aging and skincare secrets to help you look and feel younger
Don’t be afraid to start your anti-aging routine now. Start it on your kids for them when they are little by incorporating sunscreen into their morning routine. Start a little over the counter retin...
Eating the right types of healthy foods can help cure acne
Now, a good diet alone will not defeat the most serious skin conditions (though there have been cases where a change of diet has caused a huge turnaround in severe cases of acne, eczema and psoriasis)...
Microdermabrasion can help achieve smoother skin and treat acne
Microdermabrasion treatments are extremely popular and effective. As you can see, microdermabrasion is wonderful to help combat the signs of anti-aging, scarring, hyper-pigmentation, blackheads and ac...
Ensure the highest level of hygiene at your nail or waxing salon
A reputable salon should do everything in their power to make sure that their salon is clean and sterile for their clients. Anything less is unacceptable. They should understand how important this is ...
Improve skin and decrease acne breakouts with a healthy diet
The primary cause for breakouts is virtually always gut inflammation and when your gut is inflamed it sends into the bloodstream and tissues inflammatory chemicals, which activate the acne gene in you...
Yoga can help you improve skin and reduce breakouts and blemishes
Remember that the key to better skin is as close as your next Namaste. Yoga gets your heart pumping and blood flowing to help you sweat through your bad skin problems. Another key factor to bad skin i...
Treatment and prevention methods for varicose and spider veins
Cosmetically varicose/spider veins can be unappealing, but you should also keep in mind that they can be a symptom of something worse. Consult with your doctor about treatment options and prevention, ...
Sclerotherapy can help treat spider and varicose veins
Sclerotherapy is a great way for you to treat your varicose and spider veins. Consult with a doctor to help you create a treatment plan that is customized for your needs, and so that you can bring up ...
How teenagers can treat acne and prevent outbreaks
If you are a teenager with acne, don’t despair. When treated properly, acne is 100 percent treatable. If you allow for the proper amount of time and compliance with a regimen, acne should resolve on...

Cosmetic Surgery

Cosmetic and dermal fillers create younger looking skin without surgery
Every face is different and so is every patient’s goal for using injectable fillers or Botox for facial rejuvenation. Depending on your age and many factors such as your skin’s condition, facial c...
Choose the right injectable facial rejuvenation treatment for you
In short, aging gracefully is very possible with the correct use of Botox, Dysport and Xeomin, in combination with facial fillers such as Restylane, Perlane, Radiesse, Sculptra, Juvederm, and Belotero...
Feel younger, build confidence and look sexier with mommy makeover
Mommy makeovers are extremely popular procedures with very high satisfaction rates for women. The key points are for patients to make sure they’re ready for the procedure, research their surgeon, an...
Collagen injections and dermal fillers help smooth out wrinkles
Reducing wrinkles and adding volume to the face are the primary aesthetic procedures for regaining a youthful appearance and a refreshed look. Collagen was originally our only choice. Science has sinc...
Rhinoplasty or nose job can improve your facial appearance
Have clear and reasonable expectations about what cosmetic nasal surgery can or cannot do. Ask your surgeon plenty of questions so you understand the procedure and your post-operative care, which is i...
Breast implants or augmentation can restore a youthful contour
Over time, your breasts can change due to aging, weight fluctuations, hormonal factors and gravity. If after a period of years you become dissatisfied with the appearance of your breasts, you may choo...
Liposuction is an excellent way to contour areas of unwanted fat
The successful liposuction surgery patient is the well-informed patient. You can do this if you learn all about your choices, choose your surgeon wisely and listen to his or her advice. Trust in your ...
When getting plastic surgery, go with a board certified surgeon
Aesthetic (cosmetic) plastic surgery is elective surgery to enhance one’s appearance. As such, it requires much thought and patience on the consumer’s part. Choose a plastic surgeon who is certifi...
Make an informed decision before undergoing breast implant surgery
There are many variables and approaches to breast implant surgery. Gathering information and having interactive consultations is a critical step in a successful plastic surgical journey. You should co...
Obtain balance, contour, and dimension by getting facelift surgery
With proper focus, facelift results can be remarkable without being remarked on. The traditional consult of “What do I need?” needs to be replaced by “What would you do? How, why, and toward wha...
A breast lift can enhance your overall appearance and youthful contour
Breast lift surgery is a great solution for patients who are looking to correct breasts that sag from loss of shape and volume, nipples/areolas pointing downward, one breast lower than the other, or n...
Advice for men on getting calf augmentation (implants)
Calf augmentation is a serious surgery that can improve the appearance of the lower leg. Selecting an experienced, board certified surgeon who performs surgery in an accredited facility is crucial to ...
Male breast reduction can give you a natural looking chest
If you are considering a male breast reduction, make an appointment with your internist first to rule out any underlying causes that may need other forms of treatment. Your internist can also help you...
Short scar facelift and neck lift surgery helps you look younger
The short scar facelift procedure is a great way to tighten saggy skin and get rid of unwanted fat without unsightly scars that come with other facelift procedures. It is important to do your research...
Get upper and lower eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) and look younger
If you are a good candidate, blepharoplasty can change the way you see yourself as well as how others see you. With our aging population and the baby boomers living longer and being healthier than gen...
Revision rhinoplasty improves the look of your original procedure
Although it can be devastating to undergo a rhinoplasty and be dissatisfied with the end result, secondary or revision rhinoplasty can make your nose look better and improve nasal function. Unsuccessf...

Assistance Dogs

Is getting a service dog the right decision for you and your family?
Bringing a service dog into your life is a big decision. Before committing, be sure a dog will help make your life better. Be certain that you can provide a dog with the love, care and patience he/she...

Nutrition

Eating at the right time during the day affects your overall health
Eating right is about so much more than just what you put in your mouth. Eating the majority of your day’s calories in the first part of the day not only more natural for your system, but it is also...
Maintain a healthy voice for singing, speaking, and vocal health
The best news about following this simple advice for maintaining a healthy voice is the positive benefits it can have on your overall health. Being hydrated, getting enough rest, and keeping a consist...
Healthy choices to reduce toxins and exposure to harmful chemicals
The social tide is changing and many more individuals are conscious about the impact that toxins present in our everyday lives have on our health. To minimize our exposure it may require significant s...
Stay healthy and eat nutritiously in a high pressure desk job
Use these tips to help you get through your busy day with more energy and less stress. Here’s to many vacation days and a big raise!...
Enhance your quality of life with proper exercise and nutrition
Consistent exercise and a balanced nutrition program are necessary for all people, for their entire live to help defy the aging process. Our body is like a battery; the only way to naturally recharge ...
Detoxify and cleanse your body to lose weight and become healthier
A detoxification and cleanse diet might take some getting used to, but sticking with it has many positives. You will find you have more energy, improved sleep, better digestion, clearer, bright skin, ...
A plant based diet is a great way to enhance your overall health
The most perfect diet we have available to us that improves vitality, decreases risk for chronic disease, and enhances energy is a whole food, plant-based diet. When transitioning to eating this way, ...
Plant-based dietician's food guide pyramid
Living healthy means watching your diet and consistent exercise
Healthy living does not need to drastically alter how you live your life. By just implementing healthier food choices, physical activity, daily relaxation exercises, getting the restorative sleep your...
Healthy snacking can help maintain metabolic and overall health
It is a great idea to choose snacks wisely. But many foods that seem to be of a great nutritional value, are not. Bran muffins and cereal bars can be packed with unhealthy fats and added sugar. Fat-fr...
Incorporate dried chickpeas into a balanced diet
Chickpeas are a welcome addition to any kitchen. After properly preparing and cooking chickpeas, these tender, flavorful legumes can be embraced into a variety of dishes to add a nutritional punch whi...
Advice on maintaining a healthy digestive system
While it may seem difficult to maintain, good digestive health can be achieved by following a few simple rules, such as incorporating healthy foods like a nonfat or lowfat yogurt with probiotics into ...
Difficulty swallowing pills or vitamins? Follow this advice
Swallowing your medication doesn’t have to be a daunting task, though for some people it is. Take comfort in knowing that patience and practice can be key to learning how, but there are thankfully o...
Before buying dietary supplements, follow this advice
Dietary supplements have become very popular in recent years as consumers have become more interested in leading healthier lives. Looking for certified supplements takes the guesswork out of choosing ...
Incorporating wheatgrass into your diet has many health benefits
Wheatgrass is a tender green powerhouse full of nutrients that can be easily incorporated into any diet. While disease claims in the media are not strongly supported by scientific studies, consuming w...
Pack healthy snacks for a work conference or long meeting
Long conferences and meetings don’t have to mean dietary sacrifices. Whole food snacks can be easy to make with a little preparation, and the benefits are significant. Not only do natural snacks pro...
Reduce advanced glycation end-products to slow aging and prevent degenerative diseases
Eating and living well can stop the progression, and in many cases, reverse the damage of AGEs. And through simple things like avoiding processed, overcooked, caramelized, high-sugar and high-fat food...
Create a simple menu plan that’s healthy for you and your family
Having a healthy and simple menu plan for you and your family can make mealtime a breeze. It not only keeps your budget in check, it reduces food waste and time spent at the grocery store. And, don’...
Energy drinks are not sodas or sports drinks: Consume carefully
If you choose to consume energy drinks, carefully read labels and thoroughly research the contents. Understand that these products are not like other beverages, but rather are considered dietary suppl...
Multivitamins and nutritional supplements: What you need to know
This is not the first time we have seen a study or opinion attacking nutritional supplements, and there are countless studies and evidence to counter each assertion. The fact is simple: premium supple...
Restore neurotransmitter function with brain healthy foods
Neurotransmitter deficiency is very common - 80% of people in the US suffer from low serotonin. Proper brain nutrition can correct these deficiencies even more effectively than an antidepressant. Ther...
Spring detoxification can help reduce toxins and lose weight
Springtime detoxification for body and mind is a great way to shed off the extra weight gained over the wintertime, recharge one’s energy levels, clear one’s mind, lose weight, gain beautiful glow...
Mothers can eat to cultivate well-being, self-love and gratitude
Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D., (founding Executive Director of the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School) says that mindfulness is abou...
How to start a plant based diet for more energy and vitality
Embarking on a plant based nutrition plan will up your energy and your spirits. Remember to keep it simple, try a few new recipes at a time, and to use some of the many resources out there for recipes...
How to transition to a vegan or vegetarian diet with ease
Your dietary life and relationship with food is meant to bring you vibrant health, balance and energy. Choosing a plant-based diet brings lots of fresh foods into your life. It also brings more awaren...
Eating a healthy, well balanced diet starts with smart shopping
Healthy food shopping is closely tied to time management, developing strategies, research, and common sense. It just takes practice! And truly, it’s a lifestyle. Shop for health, not for speed. Even...
Minority communities can combat obesity-related health crisis
As a cardiologist, I have seen firsthand the importance of maintaining one’s health, and it all starts with small steps. While it can seem difficult to maintain a healthy lifestyle with time and bud...

Aging and Longevity

Your elderly parent fell? This could change everything
There are rarely any easy answers when circumstances for seniors change quickly due to illness or injury. The best approach for adult children is to gather as much information as possible, turn to tru...
Choose a trustworthy and qualified caregiver for your elderly parent
Choosing a caregiver for your parent is an important decision, and it can be an emotional one as well. The caregiver that you choose assumes a great deal of responsibility; he or she becomes a part of...
Empower yourself as a senior because you deserve a better lifestyle
This may seem pretty serious and business-like, but when you think about it, the business of life is very serious and your future independence relies on it. You have earned your seniority position in ...
Prevent falls as a senior by creating a safer living environment
Fall prevention is protecting our seniors. This issue has become such a meaningful matter that our Senate has passed a bill making September 22, National Fall Prevention Awareness day. We don’t want...
Discover in-home healthcare options that are safe and comfortable
Today’s healthcare options range from home care and medical alert systems to assisted living and skilled nursing homes. When choosing the right care option, it’s important to consider your health ...
Live longer and feel younger by delaying old age as late as possible
Aging is inevitable, however, old age is optional and personal. It depends on your state of mind and your beliefs about aging. Becoming a vibrant youthful thinking independent 80 year old is far more ...
Embrace the change of moving into an assisted living facility
You can choose to view your move to an assisted living facility as a life sentence or as a new chapter, brimming with possibilities. The way in which you view your circumstances is your choice to make...
Choose a qualified in-home caregiver from a reliable provider
Everyone is different and has unique support needs, so the biggest piece of advice I can offer is to ask a lot of questions and get to know the individuals and companies well before committing to them...
Keep your independence with the help of an in-home care agency
Choosing a caregiver agency can be a daunting prospect, but the information presented here should provide a checklist to make the interviewing and selection easier.The main things to remember are that...
Reduce the effects of aging using vitamin and nutrient supplements
Supplementing your diet with the correct amount of vitamins and other dietary supplements is key in optimizing your health, especially at old age. Make sure you get your fill of omega-3 fats, probioti...
Overcome your fear of death by embracing love and happiness
So as you can see, most of this advice is about living with love, and in the present moment. Whether we’re living a normal life in normal time, or whether we’re in the end or last stages of life, ...
A life coach can help you reduce stressful decisions in retirement
Those of us who have coached clients know the extraordinary impact coaching can have on people’s lives. Be committed to having a fulfilling life and don’t settle for anything less. Feel empowered ...
Planning and preparation can help with the care of aging parents
While no one likes to talk about these issues, it is critical to have a legal and financial plan in place. There are many situations in which a medical crisis occurs, and while last minute planning ma...
Age gracefully with a positive attitude, strong mind and healthy body
The secret to aging gracefully is taking good care of yourself as you age. Drastic measures like plastic surgery can be avoided by taking the right steps to stay healthy, strong and lean. The sooner y...
Expect spiritual expansion and change when experiencing hospice
The above material hopefully has help you see how your spiritual life can greatly expand through the hospice experience. Let’s all take the time and energy to dive deeper into our spiritual lives an...
Forgetful? Memory enhancement is still possible as you age
Medical advances have made it possible for us to have a much longer lifespan. We all know we should eat a healthy diet, exercise regularly, and control our stress, but now there is another factor to c...
Help managing Parkinson's disease symptoms and getting treatment
There are still many questions that need to be answered about PD related to causes, diagnosis, symptoms and treatments. Studies and clinical trials are being conducted around the globe. It is imperati...
Embrace hospice as a guide on the journey through terminal illness
There arguably is no more compelling example of compassionate care in our healthcare system today than hospice. Hospice staff and volunteers can be angels on earth, whether they are providing care in ...
Ensure you track and take your medications on time
It is very important that you take your medications as prescribed, on time, and in the correct dosage. It is also equally important to ensure you are taking the medication you are supposed to be takin...
What can older adults expect from assisted living communities?
Assisted living communities provide a wonderful option for seniors to maintain as much independence as possible, with the security of knowing that, as their needs change, they can receive support and ...
Understand Alzheimer’s disease and the care options available
The prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease in our country is increasing rapidly. It is critical to understand the distinctions between normal memory loss associated with aging and very specific impairmen...
Using modern technology can help elderly people with dementia
While researchers and scientists focus on finding a cure for dementia, the person living with the disease is often left out in the cold. Technology, when delivered appropriately, can be a huge tool in...
Age beautifully and gracefully to help stay healthy and happy
Aging well is really all about being happy and healthy at each stage of life. No age is better than another and being young is no better than being old- each one has its charm. You are the creator of ...
You may be able to stay in your house with home care assistance
Home care is right choice for millions of Americans to help them stay in their homes for many years safely and comfortably. Often times this option is more cost efficient than skilled nursing homes fo...

Tobacco Addiction

Successfully quit smoking by knowing what to expect in cessation
You can be successful in your bid to quit smoking. The keys are to be prepared and have a realistic view of the process of quitting. This change will improve your health and can be the first in a seri...
Nicotine gum can help you quit smoking and chewing tobacco
Used properly with an awareness of the potential for addiction, nicotine gum could be the quit strategy that finally frees you from nicotine dependence. Even if it takes multiple attempts, the payoff ...
Stop smoking cigarettes with help from hypnosis
Addiction is a moment in time, not a lifetime event. If you treat your addiction as a phase, you’ll be right. Your mindset is the ultimate determinant of your success. You were born without a cigare...
Convince yourself that now is the time to beat your nicotine addiction
To beat a nicotine addiction, you will need all the focus, motivation, and determination that you can muster. Take the time that you need to convince yourself that now is truly the time to quit. The s...
Nicotine patch can help you quit cigarettes and chewing tobacco
The nicotine patch is a useful tool in achieving what many people describe as one of the most difficult things they’ve ever done: quitting smoking. But the patch is just one tool. The real driver of...
Stop smoking cold turkey without using nicotine replacement therapy
You can quit smoking cold turkey. It will require a change of perspective. Prime yourself for a flash of clarity that will deliver a new point of view. It can give you all the focus, motivation, and c...
Meditation and quitting smoking: how nicotine hijacks your brain
Practicing mindfulness to help you break the habit of smoking
Let’s face it, it is not easy to be human. We have many pressures and stressors and life keeps changing. It is natural to seek a way to relax and balance ourselves as we face all of the demands of s...
Quit smoking and resist the cravings with a strategy that works
Quitting smoking is a process, not a single event. Once you make the decision to quit, cravings and triggers to use require you to make a series of ongoing decisions to “stay quit.” Many people sl...

Accident and Personal Injury Law

Car accident? Know the facts in filing insurance claims
Always remember that insurance companies are a business and as such they will always try to pay out the minimum amount of money to victims of an accident. So never accept the first settlement offer fr...
Expert advice when you are involved and hurt in a car accident
A car accident is often a very physical and emotional personal crisis that will consume a lot of your time long after the accident occurred. Remember to stay calm, get medical attention, contact the ...
Preparation is key to overcoming a medical malpractice situation
Be very careful when taking the steps to start a medical malpractice case. Malpractice cases are not quick, so take your time when choosing the right medical malpractice lawyer....
Protect your health and accident case with a traumatic brain injury
Traumatic brain injuries are painful for the victim and their loved ones. Have a family member research injury attorneys while you rest and receive treatment. As long as you have the proper documentat...
Take action to avoid becoming a victim of medical malpractice
Most doctors, physician assistants, nurses, and other providers are competent, caring professionals who do the best they can to treat their patients. But there can be big differences in terms of their...
Essential advice for filing a worker's compensation claim
These “dos” and “don’ts” are a brief overview of the worker’s compensation system in most states. However, each state has specific laws that may differ. It is important to consult with an ...
How to file a successful product liability lawsuit
Consumers are always at risk when using products, but they should not be the victim during a defective product lawsuit. These suits are often complicated for a number of reasons. An attorney will coor...
What to do when assaulted or attacked by someone
An assault is an intentional and unlawful “touching” causing injury to another person and can be anything from just touching to serious injury or death. The police will investigate the assault and...
Expert advice for veterans on successfully suing the VA
Bringing a lawsuit against the federal government is never an easy path, but there are steps that can be taken to minimize the hardship. By staying organized, gathering evidence and consulting with ex...
Expert advice for consumers when filing and litigating a civil lawsuit
Litigation is never completely secure; there is always some element of risk involved. However, you can mitigate your risk by gathering and organizing as much information as possible, preparing a conci...
Be prepared when suing for wrongful death due to medical malpractice
Nothing can bring back a close family member, and you may experience their loss for the rest of your life. But the wrongful death suit you bring on their behalf can help reduce the chance that someone...
Before signing a waiver, you should consider this expert advice
These days, a waiver is exchanged right along with a greeting as you enter into a facility – or even your friend’s backyard. Read up on the common language and types of waivers that companies use....
Sue for medical malpractice due to misdiagnosed breast cancer
Breast cancer misdiagnosis cases stem from a variety of medical errors and oversights, from misinterpreted imaging to poorly performed biopsies. Their impact may be severe, but with the right attorney...
Should you settle or go to court for a medical malpractice lawsuit?
There is no magic formula when it comes to deciding whether or not you should take your malpractice lawsuit to trial or settle out of court. Instead, the decision should be born out of experience, und...
Know how to file a workers' compensation claim when injured at work
Protect yourself and your family. You’ve worked hard, don’t let an injury ruin you. Find a qualified workers’ compensation attorney, and do your due diligence in researching what benefits you ar...
Advice for what to do if your homeowner's association is sued
A lawsuit is a serious matter that a homeowner’s association must respond to within the time afforded to it. The association should notify the professionals it works with, namely its attorney and in...

DUI and DWI

17 Questions to ask yourself after being arrested for a DUI
Calculate your blood alcohol content for a DUI
Don't let a DUI ruin your life
Being charged with a DUI can be an emotional and stressful event that will take time and money to address. If charged, you need to act quickly and hire a qualified and experienced DUI lawyer. You or y...
Drunk driving terminology by state
Contact the DMV immediately when charged with a DUI
Understanding a DUI defense in a court trial
Protect yourself with a good DUI lawyer
Tests used to determine if you are driving drunk
Advice on refusing DUI field sobriety tests and knowing your rights
Majority of motorists are not fully aware of the legal provisions and implications surrounding DUIs or DWIs. Contrary to Miranda Rights where officers are mandated to inform an apprehended offender of...
Advice when you fail the field sobriety test and are charged with DUI
If you find yourself confronted by an officer for a possible DUI, don’t dig a bigger hole of fines and penalties by not knowing your rights as a motorist. Familiarize yourself with the sobriety test...

Weight Loss Surgery

Make the most of your weight loss surgery
Successful weight loss surgery requires constant communication with your bariatric surgery team, a strong support system, and participation in support group. By following these do’s and don’ts, yo...
Bariatric surgery can help you lose weight and drastically improve your health
The successful weight loss surgery patient is the well-informed patient. You can do this, if you learn all about your choices, if you choose your surgeon wisely and listen to his or her advice, if you...
Get a psychological evaluation before deciding on bariatric surgery
The psychological evaluation is an important part of a bariatric surgery work-up. An individual's eligibility depends upon a positive recommendation. The overall work-up is extensive and includes medi...

Colds, Flus, and Sickness

Treat the common cold by strengthening your immune system with zinc
And there you have it. Making sure you keep a healthy and strong immune system is key in fighting your cold off for good. Not doing little things like smoking or drinking alcohol can greatly reduce th...
Get rest to treat fever and chills and monitor your temperature
At some point, everyone will experience the wave of chills and exhaustion that accompanies a fever as part of a common cold or mild infection. With a cautious eye, routine monitoring, rest, fluids, an...
Treat symptoms and causes of the common cold and flu with Qi
You can eliminate the common cold and flu by treating their symptoms and causes with NBE therapy and balancing the body’s Qi. Contact an experienced acupuncturist or practitioner to help you prevent...
Treat the stomach flu right away to have you feeling better in no time
Gastroenteritis or the stomach flu, is caused by a number of issues, and is often accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. For most individuals, rest and fluids will help these tummy troubles go...
Beat the cold and flu this season with natural remedies
Hopefully you will find yourself healthy and well this year, but if not, try out some of these tips above to help you get better. Staying hydrated and taking natural remedies is important, but also re...
Prevent and treat the cold and flu to help you stay healthy
Following these simple dos and don’ts for this cold and flu season will assure you a healthy season. You can do your part in not spreading illness by not getting sick at all. Getting enough rest, ea...
Arm yourself against the spread of the cold and flu viruses
Since there is no known cure for cold and flu, prevention is key. While you can’t guarantee that you will avoid it completely, you can take steps to stay healthy and prepare yourself if someone you ...
Natural methods to help treat nasal issues
Overall, nasal and sinus issues can be diminished or avoided altogether without having to resort to conventional medications. Making these simple lifestyle modifications and opting for natural relief ...
How your doctor can help you manage and overcome allergies
If you’re one of the more than 60 million Americans who suffer from seasonal and perennial allergies, don’t wait to take action. Visit your primary care physician today and ask about allergy testi...

Marriage and Couples

Get help if you are unsure of your marriage or relationship
Making a decision about changing a relationship is one of the hardest things that people do. When there are kids involved, that decision making process is even harder. Give yourself the time that you ...
Date night is a must for parents to ensure a healthy relationship
Finding the opportunity, and the courage, to spend time alone with your partner isn’t easy for many parents. Not only are there the very real demands of modern family life, fear and hesitation may b...
Parents can still have a romantic relationship while raising kids
Most long-term couples - especially parents - go through periods when their romantic life loses its vitality. While it can be pretty distressing, try to regard it as a normal stage in the life span of...
Admitting when you are wrong supports a healthy relationship
Remember, the one who apologizes or gives into their partner is not admitting they are wrong, but supporting their relationship over their point of view. And true love always overcomes self-righteousn...
Save your relationship with an experienced marriage counselor
You want to pick a marriage counselor who has a good amount of experience and who focuses on marital issues as his focus of work. It is also important to get a counselor who will help you experience c...
Expert advice for a strong and passionate marriage and relationship
Strengthening your marriage is a necessity, not a luxury. Marriages cannot afford to be in an inert or status quo state. We need to work on ourselves and the relationship to get the most out of it. As...
Expert advice on meditation and how it can improve your relationship
Meditation, being mindful, and appreciative will improve all aspects of your life and relationship. Just like going to the gym, the most important thing is to start and be consistent, and all the bene...
Get the love you want in your relationship with help from a therapist
You may ask yourself, what can I get out of couples therapy? The answer lies in what you are hoping to learn about yourself, your partner and/or your troubled relationship. People go to couples counse...
Maintaining sexual and emotional intimacy is vital for parents
Many couples will make changes in their lives for the sake of their children before they will do it for themselves. But having a thriving, robust sex life is possible when you have children. In fact, ...
Expert advice for keeping the romance alive after having a baby
Most new parents feel daunted by the difficulty of keeping their sex life alive. Faced with the multitude of challenges that come home with the baby, it can feel like an unsolvable riddle. But with so...
Do you tell your fiancee that you don't love the engagement ring?
The Maybe Factor: If it’s a family heirloom, all bets are off and a whole new set of rules apply.Prevention is always best. If you slip your partner hints from the beginning, most of this could have...
Emotionally connect to make it a good relationship and marriage
Emotional connection is an essential ingredient in a healthy relationship. It is built and destroyed by the way you handle little everyday things. As the saying goes “The devil is in the details.”...
Parents can rekindle their intimacy to create a strong marriage
Intentional acts of love, kindness and sensuality stimulate the part of our brain that thinks, “Yes, I am a sexy person and not just a parent.” These small connections may not be explicitly sexual...
Great first wedding anniversary gift ideas for your husband
Whether it’s a special watch, cufflinks or a ring, there are many unique jewelry pieces that you can purchase for your husband on your first wedding anniversary. Consider these tips to find the perf...
Fostering strong connections is essential to family well-being
Creating traditions of connection in your relationship is vital for building a lasting bond. Work with each other on introducing and nurturing behaviors that will put you back on the path towards each...
Create meaningful relations by nurturing fulfillment and intimacy
Sustaining long-term intimacy is real and attainable. By following these steps and making a commitment to practice, you can achieve new levels of happiness and fulfillment with your partner and in you...
Understand the 4C's and get the best value when buying a diamond
From understanding diamond grades to knowing your lady’s preferences, from asking if a diamond is color treated to watching out for simulants, it’s important to have background knowledge before yo...
How to create the perfect marriage and avoid divorce
The power to create a successful marriage lies in our very own hands. Divorce can truly be avoided if we each do our part to foster a climate of love, devotion and commitment. We must recognize the pa...
Plan the perfect Valentine's Day for your wife or girlfriend
Valentine’s Day is about celebrating your relationship, and expressing your love. It’s the thoughtful little things that show you truly care; so swap the pricey present for a new experience togeth...
Tips to ensure parenting does not interfere with your marriage
Being a parent is tough. But it doesn’t have to interfere with your marriage. Parenting and marriage should both be fun. And if one is causing problems for the other, that’s a sign that you are do...
How to put the sizzle in your sex life regardless of your age
Acknowledge, address and resolve your issues in and out of the bedroom. We all need more fun in our lives. So beginning today, talk to your partner and jointly make a decision to take whatever steps a...
Improve your marriage and relationship through better communication
Even if your relationship is on a rocky road at the moment, smoother sailing can be just ahead. Strengthening your communication skills and making time to connect every day will go a long way to impro...
An unplugged weekend getaway will do wonders for a relationship
A change in scenery and pace creates the opportunity to change your perspective. Getting out of your routine shakes things up and helps you rediscover and rejuvenate yourself and your relationship. Th...
How can married couples thrive when one partner has adult ADHD?
It is possible that you are one of the millions of couples whose relationship is on the rocks because of undiagnosed adult ADHD. If you think you detect symptoms of ADHD, such as chronic distraction a...

Anxiety and Stress

Reduce and manage stress at work and at home to enjoy life more
Work stress is part of work, but it doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Learning how to manage stress is a challenge and sometimes may feel like too much work, but if you are able to take small steps t...
Reduce stress and anxiety by unleashing your happy hormones
If you find yourself exhausted, overwhelmed, up and down and about to meltdown, its time to stop being stressed and depressed and learn how to unleash your happy hormones.You could be one of the 40 mi...
Manage and reduce stress by turning negative thoughts into positives
With a world filled with stress and us exposed to it at almost every turn, it can seem overwhelming. But these techniques can allow you to decrease your response to that stress and put yourself back i...
Energy EFT Tapping Points
Practicing meditation can help you greatly reduce and manage stress
Above all, enjoy your meditation.Meditation is about you experiencing peace, joy, love, relaxation and more. So relax and have fun. Allow yourself the freedom to discovery your way of meditating. Who ...
Energy EFT and Emotrance can help your body heal from trauma
Energy EFT and Emo-Trance finally help solve problems in life that until now have been confusing and frustrating. With a little bit of help and dedication, you can help your body’s energy heal from ...
Manage your emotions to help you with stress, anxiety, and depression
Taking control of your mental health begins with recognizing what comprises a healthy emotional state and how to maintain it. During any transition, it is vital for students to obtain a healthy mental...
Expert advice for holistically reducing anxiety and learning to cope
Life is a skill that must constantly be developed and adapted with mindful and dedicated attention. To that end, individuals can certainly learn to employ a number of strategies and cultivate certain ...
Hidden stressors to be aware of to help you reduce anxiety and stress
Stress is one of the leading killers in the United States and given our fast paced lifestyle this is not likely to ever change. One area where stress impacts us is its affect on our blood sugar, which...
Holistically uplift your mental state, reduce stress, and enjoy life
Let’s begin to minimize our stress and achieve a clear mind. Try the above tips and remember, a stable mind is the key to total wellness....
Manage and control stress by learning coping techniques
Stress is an intrinsic part of our busy and overscheduled lives. It’s something unavoidable and we all face a certain amount on a daily basis. The amount of stress and how it manifests both physical...
Expert advice for understanding and treating your anxiety disorder
A very important do and don’t for anyone diagnosed with an anxiety disorder is reading all the information available online. There is a lot of great information about anxiety disorders on the intern...
Confront and overcome your fears and phobias with this expert advice
Fear is something that we all live with in some form or fashion. And, despite how real and scary it can feel, it is actually just an illusion we create in our own minds. The good news is we can work o...
Holistically reduce anxiety by instilling a healthy lifestyle
Anxiety affects an overwhelming amount of Americans. While some anxiety and stress can help to optimize your potential, unrelenting anxiety and stress can be detrimental to your health and well-being....
Hypnosis is a great way to help you overcome your fears
Like every kind of treatment, hypnosis doesn’t have a perfect success rate, and it’s not for absolutely everyone. But it can be highly effective for treating fears and phobias. Just make sure you ...
Stress relief advice to help you chill out and enjoy life
Life is not a race, so why rush? Slow down and your stress levels will drop significantly.Many people get so caught up in the stresses of everyday life that they accept that there is nothing they can ...
What you need to know about understanding and overcoming anxiety
Anxiety can easily make us feel trapped and disempowered. However, it is really not the emotion that keeps us stuck, but the ways we approach it. We either start frantically looking for potential dang...
Defeat anxiety by healing past memories and empowering yourself
There are many ways that you can change your thinking when you feel anxious. Apply the techniques and you not only can eliminate anxiety, but you will feel empowered that you can control your thinking...
Overcome your fear of flying when nothing else seems to help
Fear of flying can be overcome. But if the things you have tried have not worked for you, that doesn’t mean you are hopeless. It only means the things you tried were inadequate. ...
Naturally manage stress and anxiety during the holiday season
Adding even just a few of these tips will help you manage stress, reduce anxiety, and enjoy the holiday season more fully! Be sure to breathe, exercise, and not overcommit yourself to too many things....
Talk to a therapist to help manage and overcome your anxiety
Anxiety can be at its worst, debilitating, and at its best, annoying. It is also very common among people for a variety of reasons. If you feel anxious, do not be embarrassed or too stubborn to get he...
Reduce your holiday stress and enjoy the season
By following these steps during Christmas and New Year’s, this time of year can really be an opportunity to make memories that will last a lifetime. Make the decision that this year you’re going t...
Take charge and reduce stress on a daily basis with this advice
Simple, yet powerful, reminders of the heavy loads of life that we carry around with us each day, and that all too often we simply accept rather than address, is helpful in learning how to manage your...
Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) helps treat PTSD
EMDR is a comprehensive treatment approach that incorporates components of a number of different psychotherapies. It proposes that a traumatic event can be so overwhelming that it freezes the informat...
Simple tips to help manage anxiety and stay in control
Be encouraged and enthusiastic! You are not alone and many understand and empathize with your plight and the very real ramifications it can have in one’s life, including damaging relationships in so...
Meditative techniques throughout your workday can reduce stress
Calming the nervous system by engaging the parasympathetic response, lowers stress hormones, signals to the brain that it is ok to relax, and allows the body and mind to start functioning at a more op...
Control your emotions and reduce anxiety without therapy
This article teaches you basic ways to stop feeling the way you do not want to feel. It also helps you to accept your thoughts as they are, so that you are able to move past them, control your emotion...

Raising Teens

Help your teenager cope with their anger management problem
When a person expresses their anger, that is a normal human emotion. To expect people not to get angry is not realistic (unless you have a lobotomy). It is how we present our anger that is important. ...
Viewing your teen as a developing adult can improve your relationship
Your teenager needs your love and support to succeed. Work to see your teen as a developing adult, who can be frustrating, and whose actions can be alarming. Try to treasure the child you have and to ...
Raising preteens and laying a positive foundation for the future
The preteen years can be incredibly fun and enriching for parents and children. However, you must rethink your parenting style from when your children were younger. Be sure to enjoy their energy and e...
Support your teen's academic success and healthy development
Support your teens in their academic pursuits in practical ways, such as leaving time for homework, as well as in emotional ways, such as empathizing with challenges and talking through possible appro...
Helping your teen navigate the college admissions process
The college search and admissions process is a complicated one, and it is natural for parents to want to help their children through it. By following these tips, you can make the process less stressfu...
Independent college consultants can help teens apply to college
Given the lack of college counseling in many of our nation’s high schools, it is completely understandable why families are relying more on independent college consultants. By following the advice i...
Teach your teenager how to avoid substance abuse
Hopefully this article has made it a little easier for you as a parent to understand how to better prevent your child from developing a substance addiction as they grow older. Raising a child can be o...
Keep your teenage driver safe behind the wheel and on the road
When it comes to driving, teens are young and inexperienced. As a result, we expect them to have a few bumps in the road when learning such an important skill. Because this is the first legal responsi...
Learn the facts on teen driving safety
Raise a respectful, polite teen by setting appropriate boundaries
Parenting tweens and teens is tough. They are emotional, dramatic, egocentric and strong in their beliefs. But they are also watching, listening and wanting a parent to parent them. Always keep in min...
Supporting your teenage daughter through the dating experience
The dating experience is full of joy and heartbreak. It is vital to be supportive and encouraging, while also setting boundaries and limits. Remember to help educate your daughter about her body and h...
Improve your teen parenting by understanding the teenage years
When raising teens, remember that children of all ages, including teenagers—replete with raging hormones and drama—make us smile, energize us, frustrate us, annoy us, anger us, pull for others to ...
How do I relate to and communicate with my teenager?
Raising teens in today’s complex world can be quite challenging. The key to success is understanding your teenagers and their behavior, as well as learning to effectively communicate and connect....
Help and protect your teen who practices self-injury and cutting
If you have discovered that your child is self-harming, this is an extremely difficult time for the both of you. Please find professional help for them and for yourself. Cutting, burning, and otherwis...
Are there any signs of abuse in your teenager's relationship?
Teens must understand that healthy relationships are about feeling good and feeling safe. And they should never settle for less. Deciding whom to have a relationship with is one of the most precious g...
Effectively communicate with your teenager about substance abuse
Preventing drug use is an important part of parenting, which can be made easier through awareness, education and understanding. Active involvement in communication and teaching by example are effectiv...
What's the best way for parents to discuss sexuality with boys?
Sexuality is a complex topic that deserves lots of conversation and parental input. For the vast majority of teens and adults, dating, romance, and sexuality form a central part of their identity and ...
Teen sexting: What all parents need to know
With the advent of many new picture/video sharing apps, it’s easier than ever to share with friends, family - and even strangers - across the globe. While picture/video sharing can be a wonderful wa...
Managing the difficult issue of drug and alcohol use in teenagers
This advice is based on an approach, which is supported by strong, scientific research. It has been proven to work for parents of adolescent around the country, and even around the world. Although the...
Help teens build resiliency, improve coping skills and ease stress
Although parents can feel helpless when they see teens suffering from stress, we have the power to greatly reduce their pressures and promote their resiliency. Knowing how chronic stress undermines su...
Managing the difficult issue of drug and alcohol use in your teen
This advice is based on an approach, which is supported by strong, scientific research. It has been proven to work for parents of adolescent around the country, and even around the world. Although the...
Parenting your rebellious teen and encouraging healthy independence
It is a challenging time for the both of you. Your teen is trying to be an individual and may be struggling with low self-esteem, peer pressure, anxiety and depression and you are struggling with thei...
Get a plan and the tools to communicate with your college freshman
Undoubtedly, freshman year is extremely challenging for most families. However, if you keep the communication channels open, the process can be a little less painful and far less stressful—for the e...
Teach your teens to recognize the dangers of distracted driving
There are only two types of distracted drivers: Those who already have caused harm and those who will. Safe drivers are different from lucky drivers. The good news is that distracted driving is preven...
How can you help your child sustain long-term addiction recovery?
Addiction is a disease, and recovery is a process that can be navigated successfully. Like all teenagers, youth with a substance use disorder, who are in recovery, still need structure, reinforcers, c...
How should you talk to your teenage daughter about dating violence?
Make the conscientious decision to discuss dating violence with your daughter as early as possible. By having these conversations with your daughter, she will become educated about what dating violenc...
Parents must create an addiction prevention family plan for teens
Addiction and substance use/abuse is a complex problem. There are no definite rules on how to deal with it in the home. It intersects both biology and behavior, and is one of the most debilitating and...

First Aid for Travelers

Altitude sickness is not a trivial condition
Symptoms of altitude sickness usually occur within 6 to 10 hours after being at the elevation that induced the sickness. This timeline can be accelerated with physical exertion. Once sick, do not go a...
Don't throw yourself overboard because you're seasick
Seasickness can completely ruin a boat trip or cruise vacation. Some people who have a history of getting sick can actually train themselves to overcome becoming seasick. They do this by repeatedly go...
Food poisoning overseas - when to get medical help
How to survive severe altitude sickness
Survive food poisoning in a foreign country
Food poisoning in a foreign country can be frightening and very serious. A mild case can be treated the same way as you would at home, lots of fluids and rest. But if you're in doubt that it is mild, ...
You can beat motion sickness
Motion sickness is not fun and thinking you might get sick and waiting for it to happen can be very stressful. Having motion sickness in public, around strangers, and on a long plane, train or car tri...
Bed bugs in your hotel room? Make sure you don't bring them home
Bed bugs are found worldwide and primarily feed on humans. Regular inspections and precautionary measures with your luggage/ baggage are the best line of defense in preventing an infestation. Inspect ...

Thyroid Disease

Have a thyroid disorder? Work with a health coach to help you heal
Hiring a health coach to help you reverse and eliminate thyroid disease can be a life-changer. It is definitely worth the time and investment to heal your thyroid and reclaim your life. The right heal...
Thyroid disease does not have to stop you from losing weight
Receiving a diagnosis of thyroid disease can be discouraging for a person who wants to lose weight. It is imperative to learn about your condition and the basic function of your thyroid to better unde...
Problems losing weight with thyroid disease? Follow this advice
Making a few tweaks to your diet and lifestyle can have a huge impact on balancing your weight. Try to incorporate just one of these tips every week over the next month. You’ll see the weight meltin...
How to find the best thyroid doctor for you
Although finding the right doctor to support you with thyroid and autoimmune might feel like a daunting task, it’s worth doing your due diligence to find the right fit. Having a compassionate, carin...
Thyroid 101: What is thyroid disease and how does it affect you?

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Advice for helping your teenager overcome OCD
Helping your teenager with OCD can be challenging. Your child needs your support and encouragement. Working with the therapist, encouraging them to improve, and being patient are the best intervention...
To help you treat OCD, you need to develop mental strength
OCD or Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is a common form of anxiety. It includes the repetition of unwanted thoughts and unwanted rituals. Treatment involves changing your thoughts, acknowledging and fac...
Advice for spouses and partners with obsessive compulsive disorder
OCD is a relatively common psychiatric disorder, affecting about 1/40 individuals. It is characterized by repetitive, intrusive thoughts and behaviors aimed at reducing the impact of these negative ru...
Reach out for support to help manage symptoms of postpartum OCD
PPOCD can be scary, and it’s very real. The thoughts and obsessions can make you fear you are going crazy. However, you are not alone, and should not feel ashamed. Reach out for support!...
Teens - Don't be afraid to ask for help with OCD
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) consists of obsessions, compulsions, or both. Obsessions and compulsions interfere with life and cause strong feelings of distress. If you have symptoms of OCD, the...

Self-Guided Improvement

Use the law of attraction to help you attract good things in life
Since the release of the bestseller The Secret, there has been a great deal of enthusiasm regarding the law of attraction. At the same time, there has also been a lot of confusion and negative critici...
In life be happy and thankful to help reduce worry and anxiety
It takes practice to live a grateful life, but it’s worth the effort. When you develop a life of gratitude, you will see remarkable results, including a less anxious life. You will learn that gratit...
Convince yourself that change is possible and it is what you want
It’s easy to do the same old same old over and over. It’s familiar, predictable and safe. You can have so much more but you have to take that first BIG step. Be aware that you may have pitfalls, b...
Spiritual healing is a great way to find happiness and prosperity
Your emotional and spiritual wellbeing is just as important as your physical self. While you shouldn’t give up on doctors if you happen to be medically ill, you should also not expect them to instan...
Experience joy in your life by focusing on similarity and happiness
When you focus your time and energy into experiencing joy rather than continuing to celebrate your differences amongst others, real progress within the world can occur. Don’t settle for relative hap...
Increase motivation by setting realistic and achievable goals
Motivation is your desire to do something. Although there are many motivational factors, the best is self-motivation. Begin with a goal, write it down, then begin with a plan to action to achieve your...
Achieve sustainable results by setting goals with a clear focus
Using the strategies of goal setting will cause you to map a new course that is thrilling, full of risks and will teach you how to manage time, anxiety, resources, and rejection. Your character will b...
Forgiveness is the key to transforming life and finding happiness
Forgiving yourself is much harder than forgiving others. As you carry around negative and toxic emotions, you are also putting your life on hold. Nothing positive can come into your life when you are ...
Smiling helps boost your mood, increase happiness and lower stress
As all mothers with babies, BFFs and caregivers know, smiling usually elicits positive feelings and often sparks a positive reaction in others.“Research is ongoing into the science behind the phenom...
Get the happiness you deserve and need with this advice
So, the key to experiencing happiness is finding balance in your life, with all the things you love to do. Be good to yourself, you deserve that much! Get to know yourself really well, so that when so...
Start your New Year's resolutions early to help achieve your goals
Resolutions are suppose to help us achieve something and better ourselves – not to make us feel like a failure. Choose goals that are thought out and researched and constantly check yourself and you...
Find success by living with a purpose: You can achieve your goals
Embrace it all! All of the tribulations on your path to success should be taken in stride. You have to learn to embraced pain and discomfort as part of the journey to success that it is like seeing an...
Change your mindset and change your life
There was a public service TV spot that ran awhile back that concluded, “A mind is a terrible thing to waste.” I’ve seen this repeatedly in my life; people dealing with personal issues, which ar...
Achieve happiness by living more mindfully through meditation
Once you bring meditation into your life, you will see how great you feel and how easily your life flows. You can’t control how others behave and what life throws your way, but you can control how y...
How to be happy and single on Valentine’s Day
This Valentine’s Day, focus on what makes you happy and all the amazing things you have in your life. This subtle tweak in the way you think will certainly make your Valentine’s Day better, but al...
Learn to cope and embrace a chronic illness diagnosis
While chronic illness and long term medical conditions can be painfully challenging in everyday life, finding the gift and the messages in the illness, allows one to reframe the negative aspects and e...
Don't let difficult and oppressive people undermine your happiness
Dealing with difficult people is part of your journey to success. Make a decision to rise above negativity and stay focused on being the best you can be. The most important thing is to stay positive y...
Advice for dealing with a setback and getting back to your goals
Dealing with setbacks is a natural part of the success process and quite frankly, most are not good at dealing with it. You can separate yourself from your competition by developing the psychology of ...
How a life coach can help you achieve your goals
Coaching has become a popular service in recent years. It is important to find the coach who can help you acquire the tools to reach your specific goal. You should get one who specializes in your type...
Hiring a personal coach can help you take control of your life
In a way, hiring the right personal coach is like hiring the right doctor or finding the right health or car insurance. You want the best for yourself, so put in the work to find the best. Be ready to...
Finding happiness and feeling loved: How to become a better you
Feeling loved by others and giving that love back is something we need in order to be happy, reduce and manage stress in our lives, and maintain a high level of overall well-being. It is important for...
Mindfulness: A way to resolve stress, anxiety, and free your joy
Life is meant to be a journey of discovery, sharing and creativity. Experiencing our moments fully enhances the journey. Mindfulness grounds us in the present moment. It helps us release stress, shed ...
Mind your manners: proper etiquette at a formal dinner table
Dining is one of our oldest social traditions. It allows for people to gather, have good conversation and enjoy delicious food. The reason we have rules of dining is not to seem pretentious. The rules...

Exercise and Weight Loss

How to burn calories outside the gym to lose weight faster
You just feel better when you move a little bit. And we’re not talking about working out. Just getting up and getting moving a little helps improve your mood and gets your blood moving around. It he...
Cut short cuts and make exercise a priority to loose weight
Write down your goals and your aspirations and review them on a regular basis. Losing weight is not always easy, but it’s always worth it. When it gets tough, just remind yourself that nothing taste...
Get serious about losing weight, getting healthy and into shape
Losing weight, getting healthy, and feeling better really isn’t as daunting as it seems. Just remember to write down your plan, remind yourself why you’re doing it (for yourself, your family, and ...
How to lose the belly fat for a healthier and sexier you
Quick fixes, fads, and short term changes will not eliminate belly fat in the long term. Only a change in your lifestyle that includes consistent cardio exercise, weight training and a balanced diet o...
Hire a personal trainer to help you get in shape and lose weight
If you have trouble getting results on your own, hiring a personal trainer is a very good idea. Too often people want to try it on their own so that they can save money. Personal training tends to hav...
Change your mindset to help you stay on track with your weight loss goals
There is a quote that I live by; “The truth will always set you free. If the thought, feeling or action doesn’t set you free, it isn’t true.” When it comes to mastering your mindset, the easie...
Find the motivation you need right now to workout and lose weight
Can you imagine how much easier this will make things? Once you stop comparing yourself to others and honor the uniqueness of your body, once you set realistic expectations and trust that change will ...
Tight budgets can still afford to lose weight and get in shape
Staying in shape doesn’t have to be costly. Follow these strategies and you won’t have to overspend to find the workout that will keep you healthy in body and wallet....
Lose weight and enjoy your workout routine with Jazzercise
Most importantly, irrespective of what program you choose, take the first step and get started. Your health and wellbeing is important is the most precious resource you have. In order to put your best...
Exercise as a couple for moral support and lose weight together
Some of the happiest and most excited people are couples who’ve decided to get healthy together. There is synergy in the commitment to do so, and both individuals in a relationship benefit from the ...
A 6 week diet and exercise regimen will give you the best results
While the advice here may seem simple, it does require a change in perception regarding how we eat and how we exercise. Fad diets simply do not work, and eating processed foods will cause much more is...
A lifestyle that includes daily exercise has many healthy benefits
Arguably, the best thing that you can do to improve your overall well being, is to add exercise to your life. Remember that exercise can come in many different forms and does not have to take place wi...

Weight Loss Clinics

Join a weight loss clinic to see the best weight loss results
Partnering with a weight loss clinic can mean the difference between success and failure. Doing your homework to choose the right weight loss clinic and then trusting and following their program can g...
Join a weight loss support group to help you lose weight
I’ve run many support groups for people with eating problems and find them a terrific asset for troubled eaters. They offer camaraderie, a sense of being understood and validated, and useful advice ...

Weight Loss and Supplements

Lose weight with diet pills, exercising, and the right diet
There is nothing wrong with wanting to use diet pills to help you lose weight. You just need to make sure those diet pills are backed up by research done by professionals so that you know the pills ca...
Choose the right diet pill to ensure a healthy weight loss
Diet pills can be beneficial to helping you lose weight faster and more effectively. Be sure that you are taking FDA approved weight loss supplements so that you know that you are getting a reliable a...
Natural supplements and hormonal balance can help you lose weight
You can reach your goal weight. Just follow these tips and stay focused on the long-term results that you want. Keep in mind that this is a process and lifestyle shift, so the changes, while they will...
Vitamin injections during weight loss supports healthy nutrition
Always consult your physician if you have any questions regarding the usage of vitamin injections and if they are safe for you. Most people tolerate vitamin injections well as long as the directions a...
Phentermine is an appetite suppressant to help lose weight
Don’t take any appetite suppressants the first 2 weeks in a diet program. When necessary, follow the advice of a weight loss specialist when taking phentermine and be aware of the side effects, and ...
How to boost your leptin hormone to help you lose weight
The best thing you can do to lose weight is to cut out processed foods, sugars and grains, workout regularly, and get the sleep you need. All of this will help boost leptin levels to help make you fee...

Menstruation

Nutritional advice for women to overcome symptoms of PMS
Now that you have a better understanding of how your eating habits can affect your wellbeing, do consider that nutrition is your health foundation for balanced hormones. Choose wisely - start by creat...
Expert advice for reducing and treating premenstrual symptoms
Premenstrual syndrome affects almost all women at some time during their childbearing years. Simple dietary changes, incorporation of a good high quality multivitamin, stress reduction techniques and ...
Yoga can help alleviate cramps, fatigue, and other menstrual pains
No matter what symptoms you suffer from during menstruation, chances are, yoga can help soothe them. Developed over thousands of years, yoga poses and postures are excellent for curing the not-so-grea...
Be proactive in identifying and managing endometriosis
Identifying and managing endometriosis may be a challenging and overwhelming process, but fortunately, there are a number of treatments and medications available that can help you return to living you...

Menopause

Regain your health when suffering from perimenopausal symptoms
Your body is a magnificently self-aware and self-healing organism that, given the right conditions, can heal itself of nearly any disease. One key is to get rid of stressors—the bad things—such as...
Expert advice on getting hormone replacement therapy with pellets
It is of great importance that you discuss your options with your doctor to choose the best course of action for you....
Break the myths of menopause to help celebrate this natural change
There are symptoms that many women get at this precarious time in life, but they must not be blamed on menopause or the natural decline of hormones. Menopause is a natural, once an honored and celebra...
Symptoms to look for when suspecting menopause
Expert advice on treating and preventing hot flashes during menopause
Hot flashes are a common symptom of women experiencing menopause, but you do not have to just sit idly by and suffer through it. There are many things that can help you reduce these symptoms, and reme...
Prevent weight gain during menopause with this expert advice
Weight gain does not have to be an inevitable part of the aging process. As women age, there is a natural decline in hormone levels. Hormonal imbalance causes many unpleasant symptoms including fatigu...
Expert advice for living with someone going through menopause
Menopause is a natural stage of life and a period of time for change. With education, communication, and patience, the woman going through menopause will be okay, and so will you....
Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy can help during menopause
In summary, BHRT offers women an option in the treatment of menopause. Obtaining balance in your hormones is important. Imagine your body as a symphony orchestra. No one instrument in the symphony can...
Advice for selecting a bio-identical hormone therapy for menopause
Hormones are ‘chemical messengers’ that transport information between cells and facilitate communication among different organs, regulating various functions in the body. When hormone levels decli...

Fertility

Expert advice when your having a hard time getting pregnant
The journey of conceiving can be way more difficult than you ever imagined it could be. And while much of it is not within your control, this article highlights some ways that you can take back a semb...
Low sperm count? Consider IVF to improve chances of conception
If you and your partner are having trouble conceiving, it may be that the male is experiencing sperm problems either with their sperm count, motility, progression, or morphology. Because of the great ...
Reduce toxins and increase fertility and chances to conceive
In summary, it is important to be in the best health possible to maximize your chances for conception, and for a healthy baby. Many simple factors are often overlooked that are important for fertility...
Get pregnant faster: Advice for boosting your chances of conceiving
You’re not alone. If you have questions about conceiving, talk to your doctor – whether it’s your regular OB-GYN or a fertility specialist, they are the best sources for accurate information abo...
How to protect your fertility after a cancer diagnosis
Any reproductive age patient receiving chemotherapy or radiation is at risk for reduced fertility. Asking your doctor about options and seeking a consult with a fertility preservation expert can help ...
Considering In Vitro Fertilization? How to pay for IVF costs
Even if IVF costs seem daunting at first, be assured you have many options to help you pay for your fertility treatment. You may be lucky and have insurance coverage for IVF costs. But even if not, yo...
A healthy and balanced diet can have a great impact on fertility
Women and men trying to conceive a child would benefit from eating a healthy and varied diet coupled with moderate exercise. It is best to avoid alcohol, smoking, drug use, and excessive caffeine. Fer...
Having a baby: What you should know when trying to conceive
Following these tips can increase your chances of pregnancy, and remove some of the uncertainty that can arise when trying. While there can be a lot to keep in mind, don’t let the details bog you do...
Couples can make conception more successful and less stressful
Trying to get pregnant can seem like a laborious and lengthy process. Educate yourself, know the facts and recognize when to get help. There are many available resources to help make this process less...
Endometriosis can affect fertility. Here’s how to get help
With proper diagnosis and treatment, the symptoms of endometriosis can be greatly lessened and fertility improved. If you feel as if you are experiencing severe pain during your menstrual cycles, then...

Men's Health

Recognize symptoms of erectile dysfunction and get help
Whomever you receive medical attention from should be able to assess your health concerns, symptoms, and potential treatments tailored to your specific situation. If you don’t feel comfortable with ...
Using marijuana can be a contributing factor to erectile dysfunction
There has been a scientifically proven link between marijuana use and an increased risk for erectile dysfunction due to the discovery that THC inhibits the penile muscles. This does not mean, however,...
Using marijuana can have adverse effects on male fertility
Infertility is a sensitive and complex issue among couples. The best way to combat this issue head on is to speak with a medical professional together as a couple, without placing blame or injecting g...
Address the psychological effects of erectile dysfunction (ED)
Erectile dysfunction can become a serious health concern if left untreated, impacting both your physical and emotional wellbeing. Neither issue should be neglected, as each can negatively influence th...
Satisfy her and have better sex by reducing premature ejaculation
Men can help women achieve more orgasms if they change the way they have sex. Instead of mounting her in missionary position, slow down your movements and focus on what will pleasure her the most. Als...
Men's mental health issues are often misunderstood, get help now
Men can benefit from therapy when they have the right attitude and keep an open mind about it. If you follow the leads from this article, it can help you get the help that you need and maximize your u...
How to speak with your loved one about erectile dysfunction
Although opening up to your partner might seem scary at first, you’ll soon discover that doing so (if done following the above advice) will actually bring you to a place of greater acceptance and re...

Loss of a Child

Creatively coping with the loss of a baby is essential for healing
Losing a baby is one of the most difficult losses that anyone can experience. It is incredibly painful and life-transforming. However, it is important to know that you are not alone and that it is pos...
How can parents manage their grief after the death of a child?
Living after your child has died is difficult at best. The journey through grief is necessary, but there are no maps to get you through to the other side. Hopefully, these suggestions will help start ...
Healing after the loss of your child: Expert advice for parents
Parents who lose their children are survivors. Each parent will travel their own unique path through healing. It is a lonely and arduous journey of losing yourself, losing your child and losing your i...
Learn how to live after loss and cope with the death of a child
The death of a child is an earth-shattering, life-altering event that no parent ever wants to experience. The pain and devastation bereaved parents feel is often overwhelming. Nevertheless, bereaved p...

Schizophrenia

Take a holistic approach to help manage your schizophrenia
When learning to live with your schizophrenia diagnosis, it’s important to engage in a holistic approach to treatment. By working with a multi-disciplinary team of providers, staying on your medicat...
You can help someone close to you with schizophrenia
Supporting a loved one who suffers from schizophrenia can be a very overwhelming task. By learning all you can about the disease, building strong partnerships with your loved one’s medical team, and...
Advice for getting treatment and understanding schizophrenia
There are many treatment options available for people with schizophrenia. You need to find a good psychiatrist and therapist and get support from the people in your life. Schizophrenia is a treatable ...
How parents can help their teenagers who have schizophrenia
If your teenager or adult child has schizophrenia, there are many things that you can do to help them. You can help them understand that they can still be productive people if they get the right help....
Remain happy and in control when living with a manic disorder
This article gives you five things to do and five things not to do if your manic happiness is causing you to be careless and get into trouble. You can still be happy if you do the right things at the ...

Bipolar Disorder

Pediatric bipolar disorder and ADHD: differences and getting help
Accurate differential diagnosis between PBD and ADHD is essential and should include a thorough diagnostic protocol. Misdiagnosis of ADHD in a truly PBD child can have severe adverse consequences....
Advice for getting treatment for bipolar disorder
When you have bipolar disorder, you can still live a healthy and productive life. But only if you get therapy and medication. Mood swings do not have to run your life, and they can be controlled with ...
Find a balanced treatment plan when diagnosed with bipolar disorder
Bipolar illness is a chronic, lifelong illness that requires medical attention. By finding a balanced treatment regimen including medication, social support, talk therapy, exercise and/or alternative ...
Use acupuncture to help alleviate symptoms of bipolar disorder
Acupuncture has been proven in clinical trials to help with moderating the neurochemistry of the brain. Long-term benefits include greatly reduced frequency and severity of mood swings. Acupuncture ca...
If you think you have bipolar disorder, now is the time to get help
It was formerly called manic depression; today, it is called bipolar disorder. This mental disease is characterized by episodes of mania, which is an elevated or agitated mood, followed by episodes of...
Have a healthy relationship with someone who has bipolar disorder
Having a loved one who has bipolar can be challenging. Follow these tips above to help you learn what to do and what not to do to take care of them and take care of yourself....

Caring for Teens and Adults with Disabilities

Teens with special needs must prep for transition to adulthood
It is important to give teens the tools, strategies and confidence they need to learn about their disability, learning style and strengths. This is necessary so they can develop their self- awareness,...
Achieving inclusion for college students with special needs
Every student--with and without disability labels--deserves the opportunity to pursue higher education. We must move away from the subtle and not-so-subtle discouragement that prevents students with s...
Caring for an aging sibling with disabilities entails teamwork
As your loved one with disabilities ages, the challenges can be daunting. By planning ahead and working with family members and professionals, you will find that you are not alone, and the journey can...
Negotiating adulthood as a teen or young adult with disabilities
It is vital to create a strong vision and transition plan for young adults with disabilities. Approach this vision and plan with creativity, flexibility and commitment. Instant messaging, getting a dr...
Tailoring sex education to teens and adults on the autism spectrum
When kids with ASD start to get older, parents panic. While they used to want their kids to do the same things as their peers, suddenly they no longer want them doing what the “normal” kids are do...
Supporting postsecondary success for teens with learning differences
Embarking on a postsecondary pursuit can be an intimidating venture--for both the student and the parent. Students with learning differences will continue to require support through their postsecondar...
Students with disabilities must plan for postsecondary education
Detailed planning for entrance into postsecondary education is vital for the success of students with ID. Start early and be sure to include high school coursework, which is necessary for entrance int...
Building connections and community for teens with disabilities
As parents raising children with special needs, you can do this. Don’t forget to take care of yourself, get some rest and do some fun things just for you. Who knows? You may meet someone in your yog...
Recreation can help teens with needs transition to community life
For individuals with disabilities, collaboration is the key to success when it comes to transitioning from school to community life. Focus your efforts on developing appropriate social, interpersonal ...
Helping teens with autism spectrum disorder prepare for college
Planning for college is an exciting time. While it can be stressful for any student, it is particularly challenging for students with disabilities. There are many things that can be done well in advan...
Teach kids with social learning challenges to become independent
Being social is an everywhere skill. Whether the setting is at home, at school or in the community, we are constantly using our social sense to figure out how to be around others. Some of us excel at ...
Preparing teens with special needs and learning issues for college
Transitioning a high-functioning child with ASD or other neurologically-based learning disabilities is a long process that does not occur overnight. Working on independent living skills pays off in th...
Making college a reality for youth with intellectual disabilities
Young adults with intellectual disabilities have more college options open to them than ever before. And just like their peers without disabilities, they should start early in preparing for these oppo...
Sexuality education is vital for teens with intellectual disabilities
Because sexuality education is a very important subject for special education students, parents must advocate for a meaningful program in their local school district. A teen or young adult with a disa...
How can individuals with disabilities seek and pursue employment?
Everyone who wants to work can do so--no matter how significant a person’s disability-related employment barrier may be. Supported employment and customized employment technologies often hold the ke...
Help teens on the autism spectrum to navigate social relations
The teenage years are a tough time in the life of teens and their parents. Even though they are looking to be more independent, they still need guidance. Just because their chronological age is that o...
Person-directed planning can empower individuals with autism
In spite of the communication, social and consistency challenges that some individuals with autism spectrum disorder present, many on the autism spectrum are able to partake in a planning process that...
Explore postsecondary options for students with learning differences
At first glance, the college search process can appear overwhelming. However, it can be a very enlightening time for both students and parents. Particularly for students with learning differences, tak...
How can parents help youth with special needs to become adults?
The parents of kids with special needs are tough heroes who climb uphill every day in honor of their kids and their rights. And the parents who are able to let others in and let their kids truly grow ...

Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)

Children with autism need special care to ensure oral health
Children with autism cannot always communicate their needs. Consider the aforementioned tips to make sure your child receives the care he or she deserves. A child’s mouth is a gateway to the rest of...
Early detection for autism can significantly impact your child's life
The best policy is to be open with your pediatrician. No question is a silly question. When it comes to your child’s health and wellness, being a little over-cautious is a good thing. If you find th...
Children with autism spectrum disorder will grow with help at home
Every child progresses at different rates and has different interests. Be patient with your child and celebrate the small achievements. As a parent, join an autism parenting group where you can meet o...
Communicating at home with your child on the autism spectrum can be rewarding
First, take care of yourself. Second, you should start thinking about communicating in a fun way that is natural and doesn’t have to take a lot of time. Think about how to interact with your child i...
Understanding a child on the autism spectrum can help them thrive
Parents raising children with ASD no longer need to feel hopeless and lost. As the number of children with neurobehavioral issues steadily increases, so has the number of resources and programs availa...
Exercise is vital to a healthy lifestyle for kids with autism
Exercise is extremely important for kids, whether it takes place in a class setting or at home. Be sure to make the exercises appropriate for your child by changing the movements, environments or prog...
Doing your homework before using nutrition to treat ASD
Before starting supplements or a new diet, it is important to check with your child’s doctor or a registered dietitian. Because few studies have looked at the total intake of nutrients from food and...
Helping kids on the spectrum learn to use their vision is vital
To function optimally, every individual needs a visual system that works efficiently and correctly. Allowing kids with ASD the opportunity to learn how to effectively use their vision will help them r...
Helping kids on the autism spectrum to use their vision is vital
To function optimally, every individual needs a visual system that works efficiently and correctly. Allowing kids with ASD the opportunity to learn how to effectively use their vision will help them r...
Advice for providing grief support to kids on the autism spectrum
Grief is a chaotic and difficult time for all of us. It is a normal and natural response to the death of someone we love. Each person mourns and grieves through the lens of their own particular way of...
Help kids on the autism spectrum improve language and reasoning
The key to helping children with ASD is to understand what causes them to become emotionally dysregulated. By helping them use language to express their feelings, they can help us better understand wh...
Making exercise part of life for children on the autism spectrum
Exercise is the gateway to improve self-esteem, fitness and relationships for individuals on the autism spectrum. While physical activity promotes a healthy lifestyle, it is vital to adapt to your chi...
Reaping the benefits of exercise for those on the autism spectrum
Physical activity has been shown to improve fitness levels and motor coordination in individuals with ASD. Increasing aerobic exercise can greatly reduce negative, self-stimming behaviors that are com...
Managing picky eating in children with autism spectrum disorders
It can be very difficult when your child doesn’t have a healthy diet and you end up cooking two dinners every night--a hotdog for your child and roast chicken for the rest of the family. But it is n...
Helping your children to understand their autism spectrum disorder
Don’t keep secrets. Help your children to conceptualize their ASD in their own way, on their own developmental terms, so they can explain themselves to themselves--and to others. Not understanding t...
Helping children with autism spectrum disorders face their fears
Children with ASD and anxiety face a variety of obstacles in school, home and community environments. However, these children also have tremendous strength. With the right tools and support from an al...
Teach social skills to individuals with autism spectrum disorder
Social skill proficiency is an integral and essential part of our daily life. By diagnostic definition, individuals with ASD often struggle to learn and demonstrate appropriate social behavior in acad...
Ensuring safety and security for children on the autism spectrum
As adults, we practice our risk management skills every time we lock a door or put on a car seat belt. Taking these precautions becomes part of our daily routine. While developing the resiliency to ad...
Evaluating educational programs for kids on the autism spectrum
Evaluating educational programs and determining which one is best for your child is an arduous task that takes much time and patience. Remember that you are the person who knows your child best. Be pr...
Helping kids with autism spectrum disorder bond over music
Music is a powerful way to express oneself and feel connected with others. Bringing music into the home setting can help family members bond with each other in a creative and motivating atmosphere. No...
Creating Halloween traditions with kids on the autism spectrum
It is vital for kids with ASD to feel safe and comfortable. However, the holiday of Halloween is full of traditions that do not support these needs. As a result, families must find a way to create the...
Teaching vital safety skills to kids with autism spectrum disorder
Safety is critical for all kids--especially kids on the autism spectrum. Teaching the skills necessary to maintain personal safety is essential to promoting independence for those with a developmental...
Learning to connect with nonverbal kids on the autism spectrum
Children with ASD often develop on a different timetable or in a different order than is expected. It is important to relax, respect, and be authentic and humble. Remember to try and connect with the ...
Positive behavioral supports for children on the autism spectrum
When building habits, it is vital to rehearse in order to create synchronicity and behavioral momentum. To implement positive guidance techniques, don’t forget to keep it simple and achievable. Prac...
Build connections and self-esteem with Autism Movement Therapy
By using Autism Movement Therapy with kids on the autism spectrum, the brain can be cognitively redirected or re-mapped. AMT’s repetition of movement patterns and sequences establishes pathways for ...
Kids on the autism spectrum can improve social skills through play
Every child speaks the language of play. Kids know when you are playing to get something versus when you are playing to have fun. All parents have witnessed their child’s tenacity and persistence wh...
Celebrating a happy holiday season with kids on the autism spectrum
Be sure to have fun this holiday with all of the members of your family. Let each one know how much you enjoy their company. Don’t forget to meet kids with ASD at their developmental level, which ma...
Communicate and connect with children on the autism spectrum
Many people have a difficult time communicating with children with ASD. While communication can be challenging at times, it is possible if you meet each child with the intention of connecting and you ...
Managing the wandering tendencies of kids on the autism spectrum
The issue of wandering is a serious concern for many families in the autism community. But with appropriate precautions and education, caregivers can significantly reduce the risk of wandering....
Using service dogs to help kids with autism spectrum disorder
Service dogs can help children and their families--not the disability. A service dog can be valuable medicine for a child with ASD. In a world that is frequently marked by criticism and loneliness, a ...
How can kids on the autism spectrum get the most out of an iPad?
Getting familiar with your new iPad is just the beginning of a steep learning curve. It is not that the iPad is so difficult to access. In fact, it is fairly intuitive and simple. The learning comes w...
How to parent siblings of a child with an autistic spectrum disorder
Parenting is a challenge, and that challenge may be complicated if you have neurodiverse children. Creating a bond between siblings when one has an Autistic Spectrum Disorder takes understanding. The ...
Help young kids on the autism spectrum avoid behavior challenges
Parents usually see a huge improvement in their child’s behavior when they begin to use visual strategies for challenging situations. It’s not difficult for parents to learn how to use simple visu...

Kids with Special Needs

Sustain a happy marriage while raising a child with special needs
Successful marriages lead to successful families. Parents are capable of stronger parenting only when their marital relationship is healthy and solid. As a result, it is important to recognize the imp...
Build a positive sibling relationship within a special needs family
Because a great deal of complexity and individuality exists within families, the effects of having a sibling with disabilities can vary greatly depending on the child. Typical siblings are at risk for...
Giving much-needed support to parents of children with special needs
Parents raising a child with special needs must work to rebuild their dreams to accommodate the reality of their child’s disability and limitations. They must re-imagine the life their child will le...
Educate and communicate with special needs children to prevent abuse
When parents think of abuse prevention for typical children and for children with special needs, they may assume that information should be completely different. In truth, the same information needs t...
Special needs children's skills improve with Applied Behavior Analysis
Starting an ABA program for a child with special needs can be overwhelming for any family. Your ABA providers should help you navigate through the process and create a plan that will help you and your...
Helping your child overcome anxiety is not an impossible task
Helping children overcome anxiety can be quite overwhelming for a parent, caregiver or teacher. However, it is not impossible. Focusing more on “being” with the child, instead of “doing” for t...
What is Applied Behavior Analysis?
Managing a child’s mental illness begins with an informed parent
Parents raising a child with mental illness have a choice: View your child’s illness as a huge life setback -- or consider this an opportunity to grow in a way you never dreamed possible. The tips i...
Successfully tackling learning challenges at school begins at home
Life is one, big learning experience. As parents of students with learning difficulties begin to apply the advice described above, they may witness a renewed sense of academic self-esteem in their stu...
Music therapy can help improve learning, growth and development
Music is an extremely useful motivator for children with special needs. Because they are constantly exploring their environment, music therapy is an excellent modality to achieve learning, growth and ...
What is music therapy?
Successfully manage disagreements and conflict in the IEP process
Parents play an active role in their child’s IEP process, but this experience often feels extremely daunting and overwhelming. Successfully managing disagreements and conflict within the process is ...
Inclusive education for students with disabilities benefits everyone
Inclusion brings about many wonderful benefits for ALL students. With a few simple tools and a strong belief that it can work, teachers will be successful at welcoming students of all abilities into t...
A successful IEP meeting requires effective parent participation
The IEP is the most important tool parents have when their child is receiving special education services. However, in order for the tool to be effective, parents must learn how to navigate the process...
Preparation is critical when relocating a family with disabilities
Relocating a family to a new state or city can be very stressful and overwhelming--and this stress tends to increase when a child has disabilities. Because it is critical for families to be prepared b...
Focus on basic human needs to help kids with difficult behaviors
Children with disabilities have basic needs just like everyone else. If you don't have the time or energy to follow all of these do’s and don’ts, be sure to remember these two critical ideas: Taki...
Animal-assisted interventions are beneficial for kids with needs
AAI can be very helpful for kids with special needs. If you are interested in trying this therapy modality, research local therapy dog groups in your area. Another option is training your own dog -- i...
Ensure a smooth new school year for your child with special needs
It is very important to get the school year off to a great start and keep the momentum going throughout the entire year. Develop positive relationships with your child’s entire educational team, as ...
Well-planned vacations are critical for kids with special needs
Most importantly, never forget that your family vacation is supposed to be FUN. A little extra planning may take time, but could make your adventure more enjoyable....
Planning transportation services for students with disabilities
The best educational program for a child will not be effective if the child can’t get to and from school. Thus, special education law requires that students with disabilities, who need transportatio...
Addressing the issue of sexuality with kids with special needs
As parents and supporters, we need to be ready for puberty. Unfortunately, there are no manuals that tell us how to talk to our children with disabilities about sexuality. This advice provides parents...
Choose a safe therapeutic barn for kids involved in equine therapy
There is a growing trend in the use of horses as a fun, therapeutic tool. This trend ultimately leads to more and more barns and riding centers providing EAAT. Choosing a safe barn with qualified inst...
Dads must be present when helping raise a child with special needs
Raising a child with special needs is a moment-by-moment experience. Average men show their love and support through action. However, sometimes pausing, taking a step back and being calm and present i...
Develop open communication with the teacher of your special needs child
It is very important to create consistent and open communication with your child’s teacher. Keeping a daily communication log is the key to this communication. Be sure to develop two-way communicati...
Emergency preparedness is critical for individuals with disabilities
Emergency preparedness is the personal responsibility of every individual and every family. Individuals have the duty to think about--and plan--for their own safety and the safety of their family. Whi...
Encouraging independence is critical for kids with special needs
Families need to decide how much their child with special needs is able to make educational, vocational and medical decisions. From an early age, children should be encouraged to be as independent as ...
Make airline travel easy for families with physical disabilities
Flying is the most convenient and safest way to travel. Once you master the details, traveling with your disabled child will be no more difficult than getting out of bed every day. The travel experien...
Encouraging friendships between kids with disabilities and peers
The grade school years should be filled with friendships and learning for all students, including those with special needs. Teaching typically-developing students how to be friends with those who are ...
Helping sibs of kids with disabilities manage embarrassment
Growing up is not always easy. Standing out in a crowd and managing extreme feelings of embarrassment can make life even more difficult. While you may just want to belong to a typical family at times,...
Helping sibs advocate for people with intellectual disabilities
Don’t be afraid to use your creative skills in advocating for individuals with disabilities. The ideas are endless. Just remember that even though you are just one person, you can make a difference....
Helping children with special needs improve health and fitness
To become ambassadors for our own health, we have to start somewhere. Using this advice will help your family make the right choices for a healthy lifestyle, so that they, too, can become ambassadors ...
Help your child with sensory processing disorder to succeed
Children with sensory processing disorder may have difficulty completing everyday activities, leading to frustration and behavioral difficulties. Consistency of approach, predictable routines and plan...
Navigating swim lessons for kids with and without disabilities
Swimming is a great physical and social activity that promotes health and wellness for all individuals. The key to having successful swim lessons is preparing your child for expectations and the envir...
Support groups help mothers raising kids with disabilities
Being a member of a support group can provide moms with strength and help them feel less alone in the world. A support group gives them a much-needed outlet when they have difficulty communicating wit...
Easing the stress of airline travel for children with special needs
Parents must be thoughtful and strategic when traveling with a child with special needs. While the advice in this article will make travel less daunting, it is important to have an open, frank discuss...
Meltdowns: help for kids with special needs and their parents
It can be extremely stressful to experience a meltdown. But with a little planning and organization, you can stay calm to provide support, structure and reassurance....
Help to prepare your kid with disabilities for employment success
Young adults with developmental disabilities are capable of incredible things, including careers that allow them to live happily and independently. But finding this career involves a great deal of pla...
Providing access to dance classes for kids with special needs
Every individual who enjoys dance should have the opportunity to participate. The experience of enjoying the movement, costumes, music and social interaction of dance is quite fulfilling. Giving child...
Providing lifetime care for your child with special needs
Handling all aspects of special needs planning creates the greatest piece of mind that a caregiver can have. If one aspect is missed, it can disrupt all of the other planning, creating disastrous resu...
Expert advice on helping your child with dyslexia learn to read
Understanding dyslexia and how it works is the first step in helping your child. While dyslexia can make it quite challenging for kids to learn to read, it is not an impossible feat. There are numerou...
Planning for the future care of your child with special needs
These financial conversations are not fun. They are uncomfortable, scary and overwhelming. The key is to surround yourself with the appropriate supports and commit to take action to reduce the stress....
Using music to bring together kids with and without special needs
Having typically-developing siblings and peers join in musical experiences with children with special needs can be wonderful if done correctly. The key is to create a positive, fulfilling experience f...
Obtaining a school evaluation for kids with possible special needs
It is difficult for parents to watch their children struggle in school. However, parents should not feel alone. It is the job of the school to help your child. As a result, it is very important for pa...
Managing embarrassment of a brother or sister with special needs
During embarrassing situations, all siblings and parents must remember that this is their family and the best support they can receive is from each other. Talk to each other and, most importantly, lis...
Teach home and community safety skills to kids with special needs
It is important to teach safety skills to children with ASD and other developmental disabilities. Having a good safety plan, teaching safety skills across a variety of settings and situations, and ens...
Donating your child's blood and tissue samples for research
One of the main barriers to finding treatments or cures for rare, genetic diseases is the lack of available human cell and tissue resources for scientists to use to test potential drug compounds or ge...
Art therapy helps cultivate development in children with special needs
Children living with special needs, like all children, want to be able to express themselves and be successful. Art therapy is a beneficial and enjoyable way to help support your child’s development...
Self-care is critical for parents raising kids with disabilities
The greatest gift that parents can give their children is to be a healthy mom and dad. While we often start the New Year with promises of changing our lifestyle--and improving our lives and the lives ...
Find the best adaptive dance class for your child with special needs
There are many benefits to enrolling your child in a dance or movement class. As advances are made in adaptive dance education, more options are becoming available. With just a few extra steps, you ca...
What is sensory processing disorder and how parents manage it
Children with sensory processing issues live in a world that is confusing, disruptive and often scary to their nervous system. Tackling these issues therapeutically can be a lot of work for children a...
Your special needs child can feel free and bloom at summer camp
Going to camp is an exciting experience for any child--and it is an opportunity worth pursuing for your child with special needs. Take time to review each and every camp opportunity. Don’t limit you...
Families with disabilities must help maintain balance for siblings
Siblings of kids with disabilities are in a unique position and require extra caution and sensitivity from parents. Helping your typical kids to have a balanced life without overwhelming expectations ...
Understanding how to achieve inclusion for kids with disabilities
Any question of school inclusion can be answered with an enthusiastic YES! With intentionality and care, inclusion can be planned and carried out joyfully and creatively in direct consultation with th...
Parents must effectively communicate with their child's IEP team
As a parent, communicating effectively with the IEP team is a skill you must master to assure your child is receiving an appropriate education. You are your child’s IEP team leader. Documenting conc...
Stress-free IEP meetings can lead to better outcomes for students
It is possible to have less stress at IEP meetings, which will lead to better outcomes for students. Meetings are more successful when parents come prepared to give their valuable input, are committed...
Planning for the future needs of your child with a disability
When you are gone, nobody can replace the love and understanding you have for your son or daughter. However, with proper planning, you can leave family members and professionals with the tools they ne...

Cancer

Expert advice on undergoing breast reconstruction due to breast cancer
Breast reconstruction is complex. It requires time, energy, and patience. There are a wide variety of options - implant or tissue. Do your homework. Seek an experienced, board-certified reconstructive...
Take a DNA test to avoid a breast cancer biopsy misdiagnosis
If you or a loved one is going through this difficult process, talk to your physician about steps that can be taken to ensure you receive your confirmed biopsy results. With the emotional, life-changi...
Integrate acupuncture and Western medicine to help treat cancer
There are many benefits to utilizing acupuncture therapy along with traditional Western medical treatment. Further research, education and clinical trials are being conducted to continue the validatio...
Advice on getting lymph node transfer for lymphedema patients
Lymphedema is a common problem when it comes to mastectomy for breast cancer treatment. A lot of times the problem doesn’t show up right away and may take years for it to become apparent. Lymphedema...
Recognizing moles and skin as cancerous and getting help
It’s important to remember that you are not responsible for making a diagnosis! Your task is to identify any suspicious lesions and have your internist, family physician, or dermatologist check them...
Maintain your femininity when diagnosed with breast cancer
When first diagnosed, it can be an overwhelming experience; however, taking the right steps to breathe, learn and release emotion, as well as find ways to exude your personal style, will lead to a str...
Breast cancer treatments: How to choose the best option for you
Hundreds of thousands of women are diagnosed with breast cancer and begin treatment each year. While the discovery of a positive diagnosis can be difficult, choosing a treatment option doesn't have to...
Cancer rehabilitation can help you recover and tolerate treatment
The bottom line with patients undergoing cancer treatments and in need of cancer rehabilitation is to know yourself and your symptoms. Talk to your doctors, therapists, friends, etc. Develop and keep ...
Mohs micrographic surgery can help treat skin cancer
Ensuring that you are ready for surgery also involves ensuring you are prepared for aftercare. Following your surgeon’s aftercare instructions is important so that you are able to heal properly with...
Advice for getting proton therapy treatment for prostate cancer
Proton therapy can be an ideal treatment for prostate cancer for a patient who is looking to avoid surgery or spare surrounding healthy tissue from damage that might occur during standard radiation tr...
Little known things that can reduce your cancer risk
This may be recommending dramatic changes from normal life, but getting cancer (eventually) is very normal. If you want to reduce risk you have to move from normal to optimal. That’s the science. Ev...
A patient’s survival guide: Prevent medical mistakes and misdiagnosis
The best way to prevent medical errors from happening is to take an active role in your care and the care of your family. Following these tips and being responsible will help to keep you and your fami...
Prevent cervical cancer with early detection and education
Cervical cancer is a preventable disease and is treatable when discovered early on. Regular screening and understanding the symptoms of this disease are the best way to stay healthy. Making sure the w...
Advice on helping a loved one who has been diagnosed with cancer
Being there for a loved one with cancer isn’t always easy, but being genuine, caring and thoughtful in your efforts to support them will help make the difference. While there’s no rule book to thi...
Preventing melanoma starts with protecting your skin from UV rays
Your skin is your body’s largest organ, so make skin health a priority during all months of the year. It is vital to take the lead in your skin health, educate yourself and your loved ones on sun sa...
Find the right dermatologist to remove precancerous moles
Your skin is the largest organ in the human body. It is the site of the most common type of cancer, skin cancer. Your dermatologist is uniquely qualified to diagnose and treat all types of skin disord...
Steps you can take to reduce your risk of developing lung cancer
Lung cancer can be extremely difficult to detect and treat, which is why it is the leading cause of cancer death in the U.S. While screening options are limited, it is important to follow up with your...
What to expect and how to prepare for undergoing chemotherapy
Everyone is different, their treatment for cancer is different and they react to chemotherapy differently. Your health care team wants to help you have the best possible experience. Keep them informed...
Advice on treating and managing cervical cancer
A cancer diagnosis can be devastating for anyone but now there are treatment options for cervical cancer that are very encouraging. Under the guidance and care of a gynecologic oncologist, women can c...
You can reduce the risk of skin cancer and enjoy the great outdoors
The skin is the largest organ we have so we need to remember to protect it. Most skin cancer can be prevented with proactive protection. Follow this advice for your best chances for preventing melanom...
How to manage lymphedema when undergoing cancer treatments
If you are facing treatment that could harm your lymph nodes, it is good to know that you have resources and qualified experts to help you learn about and manage lymphedema. If you think you may be at...
Stay positive when diagnosed with cervical cancer
After being diagnosed with cervical cancer, it’s essential that you take time to understand your diagnosis, talk to your doctor about treatment options, find systems of support and treat yourself ri...
How to emotionally cope when you are diagnosed with cancer
If you are diagnosed with cancer you must take the time to survey your feelings and see how the diagnosis is really impacting you. Once you understand your feelings of stress, anxiety, or depression, ...
Prepare for surgery by speaking with your anesthesiologist
Remember, your anesthesiologist is most likely a board-certified physician, just as your surgeon is. There’s every reason to entrust your anesthesiologist with your total care. But it’s also smart...

Being a Better Parent

Mom-trepreneupship: how to be successful as a mother and a mogul
Small things like taking deep breaths to center yourself, and pacing yourself by doing one thing at a time can help you maintain your professional career while not making your children suffer. Finding...
Empowered mothers can help raise happy and healthy children
Mothers need to focus on the important business of raising happy and healthy kids with confidence, inner strength and support. If you’re a member of the motherhood club, give yourself a pat on the b...
Empowering mothers: The National Motherhood Decisions Survey
Striving to be a better parent means being a better human
What does it mean to be a good parent? What does it mean to be human? If you look into another person’s eyes, you will find a human who is tender and vulnerable, one who pursues security, happiness ...
Helping families manage stress throughout the holiday season
While some holiday stress is negative, some aspects are positive. This is an exciting time of year, ripe with new possibilities. But when it comes all at once with no reprieve, holiday stress can plac...
Being playful and bonding with kids through inventive games
There are many potential moments throughout the day for play. When you want to get things done quickly, have your kids act like Lightning McQueen. And when you want things to be slow, channel Eeyore. ...
Parental behavior can stimulate brain and body chemistry in kids
Today’s parents and children experience a great deal of stress. Being in a constant state of stress upsets the body and brain chemistry, and can cause ill health. This high level of stress requires ...
Creating enjoyable indoor movement games for your entire family
Parenting strategies to discipline kids and help them thrive
Remember that by understanding your child’s threshold for stress and connecting with them in meaningful ways will have a positive effect on their development. Don’t shy away from being vulnerable ...
Expert advice for being the father you always dreamed of being
Raising children has been described by many as the most difficult and rewarding challenge that life has thrown their way. It is vital to remember that in all the chaos and joy, you need to take care o...
Prepare for and manage the challenges of parenting a preemie
Most parents expect to have a healthy, full-term birth, so having a premature baby sets off a rollercoaster of emotions. Having a premature baby is a challenging experience that will expose you to a u...
Achieving successful work-life balance is possible for parents
Work-life balance for working parents will look different for every parent and every family. To make it work, be sure to define it for you and your family, take stock of your current situation and wha...
Making the journey of fatherhood rewarding for dads and kids
Whether by looking inward or expressing outward, the sometimes choppy waters of dadhood can always be sailed with confidence, courage and calm when love provides the unwavering underpinning of every d...
Run your family like a business to improve parental effectiveness
Running your family like a business can help improve parental effectiveness. And creating a family mission statement is the first step in parenting effectively. When parents are intentional in designi...
Teaching girls the importance of learning to accept compliments
If we are attempting to raise a generation of strong boys and girls, parents must be able to teach them that compliments are a good thing. A genuine compliment tells us that someone appreciates a look...
Educate your kids about the value of saving money and budgeting
Keep in mind that your kids do not need the “stuff” money can buy half as much as they need the time you give teaching them how long it takes to save for that “stuff.” It is vital for parents ...
Enhance your family connections by adding the joy of laughter
Laughter is extremely important to our overall health and well-being. Not only is it beneficial for our individual well-being, but also for our relationships as well. Laughter facilitates creativity a...
Fathers have the power to influence the lives of their daughters
The important thing to remember is that you are her daddy. Moms are wonderful and they can be many things, but they cannot be dads. A divorce is never a reason to stop being a dad, nor is moving far a...
Teaching responsibility to children means holding them accountable
Many parents search for answers on how to help their kids get their lives on track. The answer is that parents must actually change the way they raise their kids. This involves actions, not words. Mak...
Teaching dads how to build emotional safety within their families
Dads have a very special gift they can give to their families. They can build trust when they choose to consistently shower their family with approval, acceptance and unconditional love. A dad can bui...
Nurturing yourself leads to nurturing the development of your kids
Mindful awareness is the practice of stillness, the awareness of the present moment with acceptance. When we practice observing our FITS, we may uncover underlying beliefs and attitudes that are limit...
Getting organized can improve family order, calm and relationships
Your home is your sanctuary. By following these simple do’s and don’ts, you can restore order and peace to your home and family. Remember, the steps are simple, but not always easy. Make a commitm...
Mindful parenting: cultivate greater awareness, presence and joy
The goal of parenting is to raise a secure, confident, well-adjusted adult. A happy childhood is a bonus. Mindful parenting allows you to become the best parent you can be by providing the skills to c...
How can parents help their children enhance motivation and focus?
Parents must help undo what culture has done to today’s kids by creating a counter-culture within our environment. To be successful, we must get kids used to only one choice, slow down our pace, set...
Teach gratitude to your children through everyday interactions
Teaching children gratitude is extremely important. Children who display high levels of gratitude are less materialistic, have more self-discipline and are likely to engage in less dangerous behaviors...
Moms must let go of the supermom mentality and embrace each day
Letting go of the supermom mentality might not be easy, but it will be liberating and fulfilling. And it will allow you to embrace at least some of the moments in the day, rather than rushing through ...
Help your kids make a positive difference through volunteering
If none of these ideas appeal to you, get together with your kids to put on your creative hats and come up with your own ideas. Better yet, get your kids and their friends together to brainstorm as a ...

Burns

How hot are peppers?
Put the fire out from eating hot peppers
Eating hot food can either be a pleasant exhilarating culinary experience or a personal unyielding nightmare. The key is to know your own pepper heat tolerance level before you start eating and know w...
Treat your sunburn right away to reduce the pain of hot dry skin
A single mild sunburn is not likely to cause much damage long term, but repeated sunburns may increase the risk of skin cancers such as basal cell carcinoma and melanoma. Lighter skin is at increased ...
First aid treatment and prevention for burns in children
Each year, thousands of children are injured or killed in home fires, and 40 percent of them are under age five. A little prevention can go a long way in preventing fires and burn related injuries in ...

Bites and Stings

Spot and treat an allergic reaction to a bee or wasp sting
Keep in mind this advice if you are stung by a bee so that you are prepared for anything. Contact your doctor if you are unsure about your allergies or you aren’t up to date with your tetanus shot, ...
Heal your mosquito bite quicker by using ice and antihistamines to relieve itch
Administering first aid treatment for mosquito bites isn’t a hard thing to do and can help get rid of the annoying itch, swelling, and redness. For those who have an allergic reaction or suspect Wes...
Treat your jellyfish sting right away to help reduce pain
The most important thing to do is to wash the affected area with vinegar and salt water, and then remove the nematocysts. If you experience any symptoms of shock, or anything out of the ordinary, cons...
Expert advice to help you prevent and get rid of bed bugs
Having bed bugs can be a nightmare for people given their quick breeding capabilities, biological resiliency to temperature and missed meals, as well as the ease with which they travel from location t...
Know how to get rid of a tick to help prevent infection and disease
Awareness of tick-borne illnesses has increased in recent years, but education has been slow to follow. In the NPMA’s new survey, 60 percent of respondents were using improper methods to remove a ti...
Keep ticks and mosquitoes from biting to protect you and your family
Ticks and mosquitoes are an unfortunate part of summer. However, employing these simple tips can help protect you and your family from tick and mosquito bites. If you think you or someone you know has...
Understanding the medical controversy surrounding Lyme Disease
Not only is Lyme Disease an epidemic--with as many as 1.2 million new cases diagnosed last year in this country--but it is a highly controversial diagnosis. Having a better grasp of the issues will al...
Advice for identifying, preventing and treating spider bites
While some people have perception of fear with spiders, spiders themselves are rarely dangerous to human. In fact, 98 percent of spiders are harmless and the overwhelming majority of spiders do not bi...

Injuries

Some first aid advice when you dislocate your shoulder
Serious shoulder injuries need medical attention. If you think you’ve dislocated or fractured your shoulder, go to the ER right away. Don’t move the arm excessively. You can ice for short periods ...
Know how to treat a concussion right away to prevent brain damage
Concussions are common brain injuries that may occur due to sports or recreational activities. Symptoms of concussion can be varied including loss of consciousness, lethargy, headache, disorientation,...
First aid advice to assess and treat a lower back injury
Acute low back pain is common. Most of the time it is due to muscle strain and can be managed conservatively. However, there are some cases that need to be treated with more urgency. If that is the ca...
First aid advice for the treatment of a pulled muscle
The treatment for a pulled muscle is simple. A few common sense tips can get you back on track. Ice the strained muscle intermittently and get some much needed rest....
What to do if your child experiences a concussion or blow to the head
It's important to take proper steps if you suspect a concussion because it can be serious. Treatment of a concussion involves resting the brain until no more symptoms are present. Rest helps the brain...
Surgery is not your only option for treating an ACL injury
When we get injured our first reaction is always to get better as soon as possible. However, it’s always best to slow down and take a long range view of not only treating the immediate injury but ho...
Advice for choosing a brain injury rehabilitation program
A brain injury can occur in an instant, resulting in lifelong challenges. Choosing a brain injury rehabilitation center is an important step in recovery. Just as each individual and family is unique, ...
Get back on your feet again after a hamstring injury with rehab
Hamstring injuries are common in running sports. Formal rehabilitation is important to return to patient to pre-injury levels of function as soon as possible. Adherence to prescribed regimens of thera...
How to avoid and recover from a knee injury caused by running
When rehabbing a knee injury, or any injury, it’s important to stay patient. Many runners want to return to full capacity too quickly which can lead to a relapse in pain. By listening to your body a...
Choose a physical therapist with the right experience and credentials
It is not always that easy finding a good physical therapist. Just like any profession, some have more experience than others and some are simply more qualified. Do your due diligence and research bot...
Patient Advocacy: What to do when a loved one is hospitalized
When a loved one is hospitalized, it is easy to be overwhelmed, frightened or stressed. These are normal emotions, but they can get in your way, preventing you from managing and doing your best. The m...
First aid advice if you experience a groin pull or strain
Truly listening to your body is key when it comes to an injury to the groin. Following the procedures of Rest, Ice, Compression, Anti-Inflammatories (RICA), will speed up the process of healing. Follo...
What to do if you tear your Achilles tendon
Tearing your Achilles tendon can be very painful and debilitating. Imaging such as diagnostic ultrasound or MRI can be very helpful in diagnosing an Achilles tendon tear. Taking proper care of it is i...
Essential advice for ensuring a successful ACL injury rehab
Rehabbing from an ACL tear is no easy task. It is imperative that you work closely with your physician and physical therapist in order to make a full recovery. Keeping in mind some of the major goals ...
Treat a hamstring injury with proper rehabilitation and recovery
Hamstring muscle injuries are common and painful. They are especially common in athletes who participate in sports that require sprinting, such as track, soccer and basketball. Others at high risk of ...
Proper treatment of an ankle injury can prevent long term problems
The ankle is one of the most frequently injured parts of the body among athletes. Many fractures and sprains occur during sports. Football players are vulnerable to foot and ankle sprains and fracture...

Hair Loss and Baldness

Advice for those struggling with premature balding
The combination of medical therapy (Finasteride and Minoxidil) along with proper design and planning of hair restoration is salient in the fight against premature balding. Although hair restoration su...
Advice for naturally preventing hair loss and balding
If you are looking to prevent hair loss and balding, keep these tips in mind. By nourishing your follicles with key nutrients that combat DHT, repair and revitalize hair follicles, and promote strong,...
Hair restoration is a great option for men and women with hair loss
Hair restoration is a great option for people who are beginning or have completely lost their hair, and there are many medical and surgical options available to you. You should always do your research...
Hair replacement surgery can help you restore hair when going bald
Hair transplantation is a wonderful cosmetic procedure that can have your hair looking and feeling naturally. One of the most important things to keep in mind is selecting a surgeon that is experience...
Men: Achieve healthier hair and prevent hair loss
Whether you have a short buzz-cut or long locks, caring for your scalp and hair should always be a top priority when trying to achieve healthier hair. The first step is ensuring there are no damage-ca...
What women should know about preventing and treating hair loss
Taking a proactive approach to hair loss will have the most impactful outcome. Focusing on what you do have instead of what you wish you had is critical when it comes to fine hair. Ruling out medical ...
This hair restoration method for men is faster and more precise
Hair restoration surgery has vastly improved over the past several years. Now you can have a fuller, healthy head of hair that looks completely natural with the most advanced method of robotic in a si...

Diabetes

Healthy weight loss for people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes
Form a team, a support system, and make yourself accountable for not just some weight loss or diabetes diet program but for your life, your quality of life, your length of life, your life for your lov...
Exercise helps blood glucose levels for diabetics
Working out isn’t just a proven and accepted method to stave off diabetes, it is also essential to the health maintenance of any type 1 or type 2 diabetic. Both cardio and weight training have shown...