Surprising Reason Many Women Can’t Lose Weight

By Dr. James D. Krystosik

Most people can eat less, move more, and take off those extra unwanted pounds. However, if you already eat healthy, exercise several times per week, and still can’t take off those unwanted pounds, you could have a hidden health problem that’s sabotaging your efforts. Your doctor could very well misdiagnose the symptoms of this hidden health problem.

Could this be YOU? Are you suffering with bloating, gas, diarrhea, constipation, and other symptoms like migraines, muscle aches, joint pains, skin rashes, acid reflux, or fatigue that your doctor is treating with medications? You may be suffering with hidden food allergies. This is not the common variety of allergy that causes immediate symptoms from ingesting peanuts or shellfish. Hidden food allergies cause symptoms up to a week after you eat the offending food or foods.

Trouble Making Foods. An old adage says, “One man’s food is another man’s poison.” Any food including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fish, fowl, or red meats can trigger hidden food allergies to an unsuspecting victim.

Listen to Dr. Krystosik on the Other Side of Medicine radio program every Saturday morning from 10:30 to 11:30 on 1220 am WHKW

How to Get Tested. A simple, very specific blood test can determine the foods that are making you overweight and riddled with illness. I have tested thousands of people with this blood test and have seen many of them lose 20 to 30 lbs. and more simply by cutting out the offending foods for three months. Many of them were unable to lose weight even though they were eating less and exercising regularly.

How it’s Treated:
• Eliminate the offending foods for three months. Rotate the foods on
your eating list.
• Take specific strains of probiotics (healthy bacteria). Research indicates harmful bacteria living in the gut can trigger inflammation and weight gain.
• Take digestive enzymes and a combination of herbs to repair the “leaky gut.” These supplements repair the microscopic tears (leaky gut) in the lining of the gut. Repairing the lining of the gut eliminates the cause of the hidden food allergies.

Call for an appointment to get the food allergy blood test at 440.519.1766.

Dr. Krystosik is a board certified chiropractic family physician with an undergraduate degree in clinical nutrition. He is the author of five books on nutrition and natural medicine, including his best seller “Carbs from Heaven Carbs from Hell.” Dr. Krystosik is a nationally known speaker and the host of the radio program “The Other Side of Medicine.” He has a private practice in Northfield, a southeast suburb of Cleveland.

Brain Training is a Smart Idea

To anyone whose child had a tough time in school last year and who isn’t looking forward to more homework sessions that last into the night, Chris Schroeder, M.Ed., owner of LearningRx in Akron, offers this advice: “Call me.”

“I can totally understand the frustration that parents feel when the answers that they’re getting address the problem but don’t offer a solution,” Chris shares. Chris’s son was diagnosed with ADD at an early age and went through twelve years of school on an individual education plan (IEP).

Chris’s personal experience, along with her background in physical and cognitive education, prepared her for the role she would eventually assume. She heard a commercial for LearningRx while driving one day and was struck with the thought that this brain training is what her son would have benefited from. She phoned to learn more, and
nearly ten years later Chris is an award winning business owner who has seen hundreds of families in our area benefit from LearningRx brain training.

LearningRx offers serious brain training for serious results. “LearningRx brain training can be compared to physical therapy for the brain,” Chris explains. “If there is a weakness in one or more cognitive skills (like long-term or short-term memory, logic and reasoning, auditory processing, or processing speed), it will affect an individual’s ability to learn. LearningRx brain training strengthens skills and results in stronger readers and better learners.”

Clients represent every age group. Students and even professionals are currently enrolled in programs that help them perform better in the classroom, on the job, and in their sport. Certified brain trainers are college graduates within the fi elds of psychology, education, social work, and others; several are parents of LearningRx graduates.

Avoiding Inheritance Conflict in Your Family

Presented by Jonathan S Merckens, CFP ®

You may have a will in place, but have you taken steps to ensure that your children won’t be left bickering over inheritances once you’ve passed away? In even the most close-knit clan, grief over a family member’s passing can bring tensions to the surface, especially when money is involved.

A Typical Scenario
Throughout their marriage, John and Jane Smith had kept a close eye on their fi nances. Working with their financial advisor, they’d saved and invested carefully over the years, and they planned to leave a sizable inheritance to their three children, Jack, Olivia, and Harry. Unfortunately, though they had prepared a will, John and Jane failed to outline exactly who would get what. They named Jack, the eldest child, as the benefi ciary on their life insurance policy and other accounts, assuming he would divide up the funds equally. They left meaningful family jewelry to Olivia, because she was their lone daughter, and gave Harry all of their artwork, since he loved to paint.

Because the children had always been so close and gotten along so well, John and Jane figured they would split everything three ways and, if someone wanted a specific item, they’d work out an equitable arrangement. But things didn’t turn out as the Smiths had planned. Upon discovering that he was the sole legal beneficiary of his parents’ accounts, Jack decided to keep the money for himself, using it to pay for the vacation house he and his wife had long dreamed of buying. In his view, Olivia and Harry had received their fair share of the family estate and there was no need to split the money three ways. A family inheritance feud ensued, with Olivia and Harry vowing never to speak to Jack again.

Tips for Keeping the Peace
You may be thinking, “That would never happen to my family!” But situations like this are all too common. To help prevent inheritance conflict among your children, consider these suggestions:

• Be realistic and communicate openly. Your children may be expecting a significant inheritance, one that could help them purchase a home, pay for their children’s education, or simply make them rich. To avoid disappointment, it’s important to give them a sense of where you stand financially and to emphasize that your finances may change, depending on medical expenses or other unexpected costs.

• Keep your documents up to date. Be sure to update your will and beneficiary designations to reflect life events such as marriages, divorces, new grandchildren, and so on. Keeping your documents current will help ensure that you don’t unintentionally include someone who’s no longer part of your family or exclude someone you wish to benefit.

• Address personal property specifically and separately. In addition to your will, leave a separate list of personal property with instructions detailing who should inherit each item. The list should describe each piece of property you wish to gift, leaving no room for interpretation.

• Don’t task the oldest beneficiary with distributing your assets. It’s not wise to leave one child to handle the distribution of your assets, trusting he or she will do the right thing. If you want all of your children to inherit equally, put them all down as benefi ciaries.

• Give everyone a role. Dividing assets equally can help reduce conflict among heirs, but it’s important to think about the division of responsibilities as well. When you assign responsibility for handling your estate, you’re making a statement about whom you think is capable and trustworthy. Consider how your children will react and, if possible, assign everyone a role, even a small one, to play in the decision-making.

• Explain yourself. What happens if you don’t want to split your assets equally among your children? Many parents consider this option if one child is fi nancially successful while another is struggling. If you plan to distribute your assets unequally, write a personal note to accompany the will, explaining your reasoning. This may help reduce any resentment your heirs may feel.

• Eliminate uncertainty with a trust. A common estate planning tool, a trust can help you manage and control the distribution of your assets
in the event of your death. Through a trust, you can elect to distribute your assets in increments if you pass away before your children are
mature enough to manage money wisely—for instance, one-third at age 25, another third at 30, and the fi nal installment at age 35. You might also consider using a trust to hold a distribution until a later date if your child has fi nancial problems or creditor concerns.

Protecting your legacy
Though the estate planning process involves many legal responsibilities, it’s important not to lose sight of the personal aspects. If you plan to leave an inheritance to your children, be sure to consider ways to reduce conflict once you’re gone. By carefully planning and setting expectations ahead of time, you’ll help protect the most valuable part of your legacy—your family.

This material has been provided for general informational purposes only and does not constitute either tax or legal advice. Investors should consult a tax preparer, professional tax advisor, and/or lawyer.

Jonathan S Merckens is a  nancial planner practicing at 11925 Pearl Road, Suite #403 Strongsville, OH 44136. He o ers securities and advisory services as a registered representative and investment adviser representative of Commonwealth Financial Network®, Member FINRA/SIPC, a Registered Investment Adviser.

For Registered Representatives: Jonathn o ers securities as a Registered Representative of Commonwealth Financial Network®, Member FINRA/SIPC.

Contact Jonathan at (440) 638-4757 or

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Networking Success

By Diane Helbig
Business networking is one of the most important parts of the sales process. Connecting with other professionals who can help you grow your business can make all the difference. There are techniques that work wonders whether you are networking on, or off, line.

The first thing to remember is that networking is not about making a sale. Rather, it is about building relationships with people who may, or may not, need what you have to sell. Too often people approach networking events with the sole purpose of leaving with business. These are the people no one wants to talk to. So, the outcome is the exact opposite of what they are trying to accomplish.

When we think about relationship building we see networking through a different lens and it takes on an easier feel; the process changes. Instead of talking about your company, product, or service, focus your attention on the other person. It’s like dating; you want to find out as much about the other person as possible. This discovery helps you determine whether they are someone you’d like to continue getting to know. Are they someone who might be a good referral partner, resource, or client? The only way you fi nd out is to focus on them.

The other thing to remember is that like dating, networking takes time. There are no instant hits or sales. You most likely aren’t going to meet someone and instantly start receiving referrals or business. Trust must be built.

Try this 3 step process the next time you are networking at an event or on a social media site and see how it works out.
1. Decide
What do you want to accomplish from the interaction? Think about what your goal is. This helps you determine where to go, what to ask, who to engage with. When we have an idea of what we want the outcome to be, we can then identify how to proceed in order to achieve it.

2. Engage
Start conversations with people. Whether you are at an event or online, how can you start and continue a conversation? What would you like to know about someone else? Ask open ended questions so that a conversation can proceed. Really listen – don’t focus on the next question you want to ask. When you are present and show genuine interest in someone, they will respond in kind. If you find that the other person is not connecting with you, move on. You’ve just learned something really valuable! Better now than after you’ve started a business relationship that is difficult.

3. Follow up
This is one of those places where we tend to drop off. We start a dialogue, leave, and never re-engage. Then we wonder why that person doesn’t refer us or do business with us! It’s because we haven’t pursued the relationship. We haven’t shown real interest in them.

So, create a system to ensure you follow up. Write a note telling them you enjoyed meeting them. Call them to schedule coffee. Send them an article or link to something they might find interesting. Whatever you do, take action! Don’t leave it up to them.

Notice that I never said anything about telling them about your product or service. I didn’t mention sharing a story, your rate sheet, literature, or even handing them your business card. That’s because it’s not about you; it’s about them. If you want to achieve networking success, turn your attention around. You’ll be glad you did.

Copyright© 2013 Seize  is Day Coaching

   Diane Helbig is an internationally recognized business and leadership development coach, author, speaker, and radio show host. As a certified, professional coach, president of Seize This Day Coaching, Diane helps businesses and organizations operate more constructively and profitably.
   Diane is the author of Lemonade Stand Selling, and the host of Accelerate Your Business Growth Radio show. She is also a Service Provider for Constant Contact.
   Diane is the chairperson of the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce as well as a COSE board member.

Contact Diane Helbig at (216) 534-2030

Midwife Care for WOMEN at All Stages of Life

By Susan Hudson, MSN, CNM, Owner of Wellspring Women’s Health

The first time I heard of midwifery, I was a biologist at CWRU. When my friend suggested a midwife for our birth, I smugly told him that we would NOT be having the baby in the back yard. Now just look at me!

In 2008, the Cochrane Collaboration, a group that is internationally recognized for providing high quality information about effective health care, stated that, “All women should be offered midwife-led models of care and women should be encouraged to ask for this option.” But what the heck is it?

Nurse midwifery started in the early 1900s as an evolution to improve maternal and child health in the U.S. At that time, almost 50% of babies were born in the hands of midwives.

Since that time, many nursing schools have started programs for midwifery. Those graduating from these programs are Certified Nurse Midwives (CNMs) and they have training in the disciplines of nursing and midwifery program without a degree in nursing.

CNMs care for all of your health needs. They can help you with contraceptive choices, gynecologic health, family planning and counseling, problem visits, teen health and more. As specialists in women’s wellness, they can help you with questions about nutritional health exercise, hormones, and frankly, anything else that may affect your health.

WellSpRing Women’s Health is a midwife owned midwifery service that employs CNMs, providing Safety, Privacy, and Respect to women across the lifespan. At WellSPRing, as at any midwifery practice, a woman is a partner in her care. As partners in her care, we listen to her, guide her, and advocate for her.

We know that the road to wellness is hard to travel today. We solidly believe that when the road is traveled together, the journey seems shorter. It is our hope that we can make every journey smooth and quick. We aspire to be a partner in care. We are honored for the opportunity.