New Grief Recovery Book, “What I Wish I’d Known,” Helps Readers Overcome Their Grief

Screen Shot 2017-10-15 at 8.01.11 PMWhat I Wish I’d Known: Finding Your Way Through the Tunnel of Grief by Kristi Hugstad, helps people who are experiencing grief to find joy and peace. It was written primarily to help adults who have experienced a tragic event, such as the loss of a loved one, to properly deal with their grief and find a way to move forward in their lives.

In What I Wish I’d Known, Hugstad shares her own personal experiences with grief and explains how she overcame those difficult times in her life. After her husband’s sudden suicide, Kristi Hugstad had to not only deal with her grief in a healthy way, but also find a way to move on and live a happy life once again. She knows firsthand the emotional turmoil that a tragic life event can bring, and desires to help others who are currently experiencing the same thing that she has.

In What I Wish I’d Known, Hugstad also discusses the healthy solutions she has found for dealing with tragic situations. She hopes to inspire others to change their negative way of thinking and experience a permanent restoration of peace. What I Wish I’d Known encourages readers who are going through tragic or life-changing events that this is not the end for them- there is a way out of the “tunnel of grief” and hope for them on the other side.

If you would like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview with Kristi Hugstad, please call Nickcole Watkins at 516.900.5674.

About the Author:
After her own husband’s suicide, Kristi Hugstad gained a strong desire to help people who are suffering with grief. This led her to become a certified Grief Recovery Specialist, and her work has helped countless people through the most difficult times in their lives. Through her work, she hopes to help people who have experienced tragic events to gain a new perspective and renew their lives.
Hugstad is now a speaker and author that shares her personal experience and professional expertise in grief recovery in many ways. Aside from writing books, she also writes blogs for the Huffington Post, and is the host of a radio show and podcast called The Grief Girl. She now lives in Dana Point, California.
SOURCE Morgan James Publishing

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

161013-F-TY689-001October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and to help Americans learn more about this costly disease, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its 2017 Breast Cancer Facts report, which includes an engaging infographic as well as a Q&A with a panel of leading healthcare experts.

Here are some examples of what you’ll find in WalletHub’s report:

  • $19,000+ – Increase in annual health care costs for a woman (age 18 to 44) with breast cancer.
  • $20.5 Bil. – Projected U.S. spending on breast cancer treatment in 2020.
  • Every 2 Min. – The rate at which a woman in the U.S. is diagnosed with breast cancer.
  • $100+ Mil. – Annual amount invested in breast cancer research by the American Cancer Society and the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
  • “Screening reduces the risk of dying from breast cancer because it allows detection of cancers when they are smaller (not yet felt as a lump) and more curable. … The best way to promote screening is to increase awareness as well as make screening logistically easy and cheap/free.” - Dr. Lajos Pusztai, MD // Director of Breast Cancer Translational Research, Yale Cancer Center
  • “There is pretty good evidence that increasing physical activity and having a lower body mass index (BMI) are associated with a lower risk of breast cancer. The clearest evidence for dietary risk factors shows that decreasing alcohol consumption is important for breast cancer risk reduction.” - Dr. Jonathan B. Strauss, MD, MBA // Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

For the complete report, please visit:
http://wallethub.com/blog/breast-cancer-facts/39700/

Source:
Diana Popa
WalletHub Communications Manager
(202) 684-6386

Higher Learning That Meets You Where You Are and Takes You Where You Want To Go

The Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®) Brunswick University Center (BUC) offers a affordable higher education that makes a big impact on its students and the community. Students can complete associate degrees with day and evening classes. Program offerings also include college coursework for high school students through College Credit Plus.

BUC also offers programming for seniors. Encore Campus Fridays for Medina County residents ages 55 and older runs Sept. 22 through Nov. 3. Classes are scheduled Fridays from 9 a.m. to noon. There are a dozen courses, including Healthy Aging, Women in Russian History and Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui. Registration opens in early August and can be completed online at www.tri-c.edu/encore or by calling 216-987-3075 and selecting Option 1.

New at BUC this fall are workforce training courses through Tri-C’s Manufacturing Technology Center of Excellence, as well as a dozen new career and professional development offerings ranging from soft skills to high-level technical training.

The Right Skills Now machining program will work directly with businesses to meet their needs for computer numerical control (CNC) machinists. e College is also collaborating with the Medina County Economic Development Corporation on a machining apprenticeship program that offers students complete credit classes at BUC followed by an apprenticeship with a Medina County employer.

Partnerships with Franklin University and Tiffin University allow students to move seamlessly from their associate degrees into four-year university coursework while staying close to home. Students can complete bachelor’s degrees in accounting, business and criminal justice on-site at BUC. Representatives from both universities maintain office hours at the center to meet with current and prospective students.

“For the past six years, we have given job seekers an affordable, convenient way to continue their education and make career changes,” said Terri Hradek, director of Brunswick University Center. “We see people restart careers, redefine their purpose and embark on new educational journeys every day.”

Hradek and her team ensure student success at BUC through a full array of support services available on-site, including admissions, testing and enrollment services; counseling; financial aid and scholarships; career services; tutoring; College Credit Plus advising; and veteran services.

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Headaches Are NOT Okay!

Imagine a life free from headaches!

Screen Shot 2017-09-19 at 1.53.53 PMBy Dr. Brandon Bupp, Nationally Recognized Natural Wellness Expert

All too frequently we talk with patients suffering from headaches that have no answers, no solutions and no place to turn and that is simply not ok.

Let me see into a crystal ball and tell a story similar to yours or someone you know with headaches. The headaches began years ago, multiple tests, scans, blood work, etc. have been completed and there is “no cause” that explains where these headaches are coming from. You take “preventative” medication although it is really not preventing but more like it minimizes the intensity sometimes. e headaches are worse with stress or certain triggers and may be worse during specific times of the month at which you take another medication to minimize the effects. Hopefully, it doesn’t last too long, but pretty much the headaches stop the day in its tracks! Sometimes these headaches last for a few days or even longer. You basically are just hoping and praying that a headache does not happen because when it does, it’s miserable. Oh, and that’s not to mention the regular, throbbing headaches that still happen on a daily basis but you can manage those kinds of headaches!

I want you to know that there is another outcome that is possible! The truth is there are many possible causes of migraines, but these causes do not always show up on an MRI or CT scan or other advanced imaging.

It is very important to test things such as food sensitivities, vitamin or mineral deficiencies, in inflammation markers in blood work, and possibly even toxicity testing may be necessary. But one of the most common causes of headaches and migraines is tension and stress on neurologic and soft tissue structures such as ligaments, tendons, and muscles in the neck caused by poor alignment and function in the spine, called cervicogenic headaches. Loss of optimal position in the spine and vertebral joints can occur due to slips, falls, sports injuries, and car accidents but most commonly loss of normal position and alignment is caused by bad posture because we spend so much time sitting, looking down, or working in a forward flexed position. This loss of position causes tension on the very sensitive, neurologic structures in the spine. That means damage or misalignment of the spine can create tension on these delicate, neurological structures. Irritation to these neurologic structures causes inflammation which creates dysfunction and pain.

We analyze this scenario through examination, digital x-ray, and computerized nerve scans. It is then that we devise a treatment plan that aims to correct the cause of the problem based on what is found through testing. It’s really that simple. Of course, there can be other causes that require advanced testing, but honestly, most of our patients have already had that testing done.

The important idea here is, find the true cause of the problem and then find a care plan that aims to correct the cause rather than simply managing the symptoms of the problem. If this is what you are looking for, please call our office for a free evaluation to determine if we can help.

We have blended the best medical, wellness and fitness services to offer a variety of solutions to enhance your health.

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FDA-Approved Drug Responsible for 100,000 Calls To Poison Control Every Year

A new study examines the dangers posed by acetaminophen

Atlanta — Five hundred people are expected to die this year after taking the over-the-counter (OTC) drug Tylenol™ and other versions of acetaminophen.  According to a new study published in the Journal of Hepatology, this common pain reliever causes 46% of all cases of liver failure in America and 100,000 calls to U.S. Poison Control Centers every year. People can find themselves needing a liver transplant within hours of taking too many Tylenols™, and they are less likely to get a transplant because they’re sicker than other liver failure patients, including hepatitis patients.

According to the new study, acetaminophen is responsible for 50,000 emergency room visits and 10,000 hospitalizations every year.  The line between a dose that causes liver failure and a dose that relieves pain is very fine. Even though it causes almost half of all cases of acute liver failure in the U.S., acetaminophen is sold over-the-counter (OTC).  The FDA has approved over 600 acetaminophen products–everything from OTC sleep aids to prescription acetaminophen-opioid drugs.
According to 2015 data from America’s Poison Control Centers, acetaminophen and other analgesics are the number one cause of poisoning overall, and the number one cause of pediatric death. Acetaminophen should “go away”, according to author William M. Lee, and be replaced by a nontoxic alternative.  Even though the FDA has attributed some acetaminophen poisonings to the fact that people aren’t aware the drug is in the products they’re taking, the agency has taken no significant steps to stop the poisonings.
“Every year, FDA-approved drugs kill hundreds of thousands of people,” said Gretchen DuBeau, Executive and Legal Director for the Alliance for Natural Health USA. “The numbers are astounding, yet too often the spotlight is on dietary supplements, products which are overwhelmingly safe and beneficial for the millions of Americans who take them to the stay healthy. This study is a reminder of the real threat to our health and safety.”

About the Alliance for Natural Health USA (ANH-USA)
 § http://anh-usa.org
The Alliance for Natural Health USA is part of an international organization dedicated to promoting natural, sustainable healthcare through good science and good law. We protect the right of natural health practitioners to practice, and the right of consumers to choose the healthcare options and treatment modalities they prefer, including complementary and alternative medicine. As a membership-based organization, we unite consumers, practitioners, and industry to speak with a common voice and have worked since 1992 to shift the medical paradigm from an exclusive focus on surgery, drugs and other conventional techniques to an “integrative” approach incorporating food, dietary supplements, and lifestyle changes.
Source:
Blair Fitzgibbon
2200 Wilson Blvd, Suite 102-316,
Arlington, VA, 22201, United States

Join Us for an Interactive Social Media Workshop

Are you in social media but frusterated where to focus your efforts? Do you fear that your post are not being seen? Having problems handling negative feedback?

Increase Your Know How in the Ever Changing Social Media World:
Get some tips from the pro!

  • Create a Theme for Each Month and Plan Ahead: Keep a dedicated calendar with important dates such as holidays or your anniversary and create content that highlights both. For example, if your month theme is “Back to School” you’ll want to post pictures, tips, and quotes that are tailored to the theme.
  • Facebook Live: Are you a coach or is educating a part of your business model? Then you’ll want to get on the Facebook & Instagram Live train! Posting a daily tip or moment of inspiration engages followers on a deep level because it creates humanization of your brand. And, you can save the video to your feed and reference them at a later date if you’re struggling for content.
  • Best Time to Post: Post at different times of the day to see where you get the best results. You may be surprised to find that your followers and fans are online at unexpected hours.
  • Give a Shoutout: Everyone loves being recoginzedfor their loyalty. If somone shares a picture, use it! Giving them credit and thanking them for taking a great shot shows people you appreciate everyone who supports your business.

Get more tips and tricks like these in our 2-part social media workshop. September 18th & 25th at the Holiday Inn Express in Medina. Bring your laptop and get personal attention and tools you can use right away! Learn to be consistent and original to stand out above the noise. Discover better understanding of reputation management through social media.

LIMITED SEATING! Sign Up Early for Discount.
REGISTER AT www.womens-journal.com/workshop

Call 330-722-5788 to register or for more information.

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Your Child’s Mouthwash Might Be Putting Harmful Substances In Their Bodies

3 Questionable Ingredients Found In Oral Health Care Products

Consumers have become increasingly aware of the hidden toxins in foods, beverages as well as eating and drinking utensils. They avoid high fat and high sodium foods, sulfates in their personal care products, aerosol sprays and toxic chemicals in their household cleaners.

Yet, when it comes to mouthwash, they will let their children take a product that contains harsh substances – some of which have been shown to linked to serious health problems.

“There has been a surprising lack of attention to mouthwash and how it affects children,” says Dr. Harold Katz (www.therabreath.com), a bacteriologist, dentist and developer of TheraBreath for Kids Oral Rinse. “Effects of potentially unhealthy ingredients are multiplied in the smaller bodies of children.”

Many ingredients in some commercial mouthwashes are of questionable benefit and some are just plain bad for you. Here is a look at some of the harmful substances that may be found in our children’s mouthwash products:

• Sodium Lauryl Sulfate. This harsh detergent leads to canker sores and causes microscopic damage and shedding of vital oral tissue. Because it dries out the mouth, it can also allow for the rapid reproduction of bad breath bacteria. 

• Saccharin. This sweetener is found in drinks, candy, cookies and medicines. It has also been shown to cause bladder cancer when tested on laboratory rats. In humans, it can cause allergy-related symptoms, skin disorders, nausea and diarrhea.

• Artificial Colors and Flavors. Studies by leading health researchers have found a link between children’s use of artificial colors and flavors with learning disabilities and hyperkinesis (hyperactivity and inability to concentrate).

Katz suggests that all consumers – especially parents – take the time to read labels and understand what is going into their children’s bodies. Spending a few extra minutes reading these labels, and understanding what the substances are could be a life-saving decision.

About the Author
Dr. Harold Katz (www.therabreath.com) received his degree in bacteriology from UCLA and is the founder of The California Breath Clinics and author of “The Bad Breath Bible.” He has been featured on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” CBS’s “Early Show” and “The View” with Barbara Walters and countless other TV shows. Dr. Katz has developed oxygenating compounds that have been used by millions around the world to eliminate bad breath. He is also the bearer of the now famous “Halimeter,” which tests the sulfur compounds in the mouth that cause bad breath. Dr. Katz’ website   offers a free online bad breaths test – as well as a sneaky way to tell someone they have halitosis.

Source:
Brittany Thomas: 727-443-7115 ext 221
Print Campaign Manager
News and Experts
Brittany@newsandexperts.com

Earth Day: Near-Zero Emission Clean Diesel Technology an Environmental & Economic Achievement

Earth and North America from SpaceIn honor of this past weeks National Earth Day…

Washington, D.C. – The following is an Earth Day statement from Allen Schaeffer, the Executive Director of the Diesel Technology Forum, a Washington-based nonprofit association.

 This year, people in more than 190 countries will commemorate Earth Day and the world’s environmental accomplishments and agenda for the future.

In looking back at significant accomplishments in the past few decades, it’s important to recognize one of the major environmental achievements that has contributed to a cleaner environment while powering the global economy – clean diesel technology.

The transformation to near-zero clean diesel technology is a result of our commitment to protect and enhance our environment, conserve our resources, and improve our quality of life.  Today, this is a daily reality for the leaders in clean diesel technology – the companies that provide the world with the most advanced and powerful engines, equipment, machines and vehicles, and fuels.  Clean diesel technology has significantly reduced emissions, increased efficiency and improved the everyday lives of people throughout the world.

From tending farms that help feed the world, building roads and clean water infrastructure that connect communities, powering a commercial truck for taking goods to market, or moving a fuel efficient personal car, diesel technology is enabling progress and prosperity in the cleanest possible manner.

 Diesel’s Near Zero Emissions Levels Help Achieve Sustainability

Thanks to the innovation and billions of dollars of research and development, engine, vehicle and equipment manufacturers today produce new diesel engines and equipment to meet all the needs of tomorrow’s sustainable world.  This includes a wide range of engine sizes with emissions at near zero levels, improved fuel efficiency, and a capability to utilize a wide range of renewable biodiesel fuels from an array of feed stocks.

Here are the results of this successful effort: 

    • A 98 percent reduction in nitrogen oxides (NOx) and particulate matter (PM) emissions from new commercial diesel trucks and buses.
    • A 97 percent reduction in sulfur in new diesel fuel.
    • A 90 percent reduction in PM and 50 percent cut in NOx emissions from new farm and construction equipment.
    • A 30 percent higher fuel efficiency than gasoline cars and pickups.

So why is this important? Diesel is the predominant power source in key sectors of the global economy including the technology of choice for over 90 percent of all global trade – for road-building, industrial development farming, moving goods to market and providing essential public services.   Today’s diesel technology does more with less, more work with fewer emissions, using less fuel. 

Additionally, most diesel engines today can run on high-quality blends of biodiesel with little modification as well as next-generation, drop-in renewable diesel fuels which offer even further benefits.  According to the U.S. EPA, biodiesel is classified as an “Advanced Biofuel” capable of reducing greenhouse gas emission by at least 50 percent.  Renewable diesel fuel is derived from the same feedstocks as biodiesel.

The world’s economy depends on diesel power today, and diesel engines have transformed to meet the needs of the global economy, environment and climate for a sustainable future for all tomorrow.

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The Diesel Technology Forum is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of diesel engines, fuel and technology. Forum members are leaders in clean diesel technology and represent the three key elements of the modern clean-diesel system: advanced engines, vehicles and equipment, cleaner diesel fuel and emissions-control systems. For more information visit www.dieselforum.org.

Source: Diesel Technology Forum, 5291 Corporate Dr Ste 102, Frederick, MD, 217032875, United States

Cleveland Housing Network – Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

chnEvery year, hundreds of people die and thousands are injured from unsuspected exposure to an odorless, colorless gas—carbon monoxide (CO). Studies by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate that, while people recognize CO gas is poisonous, they perceive CO as less dangerous than other household hazards.

CO poisoning is most prevalent when furnaces are turned back on to fight cold winter temperatures, but also commonly occur after summer and winter storms and accompanying power outages, when people tend to rely on portable generators for electricity.

The Cleveland Housing Network (CHN) operates numerous programs to assist with energy conservation and weatherization. CHN averages 8,000 energy conservation jobs a year. Whenever an inspector is dispatched to a property, if there is not a working CO detector and/or smoke detector one is installed.

During cold weather it is important to provide simple reminders to encourage individuals to protect themselves and their families:

  • Install battery-operated CO detectors near every sleeping area in your home.
  • Check CO detectors regularly to be sure they are functioning properly.
  • Have gas or oil furnaces inspected by a qualified professional every year.
  • Never use a generator inside the home or garage, even if doors and windows are open.
  • Only use generators and power washers outside, more than 20 feet away from the home, doors, and windows.
  • Never use a charcoal grill inside the home.

About Cleveland Housing Network
CHN’s mission is to build strong families and vibrant neighborhoods through quality affordable housing and strengthened financial stability. Check out more info at www.chnnet.com

9 Ways Hospice Helps Family Caregivers

screen-shot-2016-11-07-at-9-39-41-amBY GWEN RIFICI

THE MOST COMMON STATEMENT I hear from families after their experience with us is, “Gee, I wish we had gone with hospice sooner.” Although each of us is mortal, death and dying are not something we spend much time thinking about. We’re too busy living day to day.

When a loved one receives a terminal diagnosis, it is hard for them, and for their families, to come to terms with the fact that time is limited. Time together suddenly becomes a precious commodity.

Hospice does its best work when life is measured in weeks or months, supporting not only our patients by managing pain and other chronic disease symptoms, but supporting the family members caring for them. Here are just a few of the ways we support family caregivers:

1. We teach you techniques to make your job easier and your loved one
more comfortable, such as how to safely transfer from a wheelchair into a
bed without straining your back.

2. Our team arranges delivery of medically appropriate supplies to make your loved one
more comfortable while easing your burdens. Examples include walkers, wheelchairs, hospital beds and bedside commodes.

3. A hospice nurse provides instructions and support to help you organize and administer medications, change dressings, and assist with care between visits. Our hotline gives you aroundthe-clock access to a nurse.

4. A hospice nursing assistant (HNA) frees up more family time by providing compassionate care that preserves your loved one’s dignity. The HNA assists as needed with toileting, showering, personal grooming, the changing of bed linens and other needs.

5. It is vital that family caregivers take breaks to preserve their wellbeing. We help by providing care for your loved one at our HMC Hospice of Medina County in-patient care unit, or by sending a trained, respite care volunteer to your home so you can run errands, meet friends or relax and unwind.

6. Frequently, family business affairs must be put in order. Our social worker assists
you in accessing the community resources needed.

7. Members of the trans-disciplinary hospice care team – such as a social worker or an advanced practice nurse – can assist in completing an Advance Directive (AD). This is an important set of documents that communicate end-of-life care preferences.

8. A spiritual care coordinator is also available, if desired. Your hospice care team will help you manage stress, provide coping strategies and help the entire family understand what is happening, and what to expect.

9. Bereavement specialists are available to help you and your family prepare for the
upcoming loss and to provide grief support for 13 months after a loved one’s death.

About the Author
Gwen Rifici, a resident of Medina, has 25 years of experience as a social worker.
She is Clinical Team Leader at HMC Hospice of Medina County, a Hospice of the
Western Reserve affiliate.