Health

Real Health Reform

If you want REAL health care reform, reform your approach to your own wellness and learn how to take care of yourself. Support your local and regional holistic community and attend the Festival of Healing & Spiritual Awareness this weekend! Many practitioners will have booths giving sessions at discounted prices, lots of readers, and a full range of products to support your health and items to beautify your home. I am speaking at 3pm on Saturday. See the schedule below for a list of some of the other vendors who are also speaking. Please come out and enjoy the many…


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The Benefits of Exercise After Cancer

With Kentucky so high on the list of cancer cases I thought we might want to revisit the topic of exercise after cancer. Many people who have had cancer may be inclined to rest and take it easy after treatment, but a new report by a leading British cancer charity is strongly urging some patients to increase, not reduce, their levels of physical activity. The report, called Move More, reviewed the findings of 60 studies on the effects of exercise on cancer and reached some conclusions that may seem contrary to the conventional wisdom that prevailed only a decade or…


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City of Hope Recovery Center: A Faith Based Approach for Long-term Recovery from Substance Abuse.

By Barbara Day, M.S.,  R.D., C.N. About six months ago I heard Attorney General GOP Candidate, Todd P’Pool, who is the Hopkins County Attorney say that 80% of the inmates in Kentucky’s Jails were drug addicts.  In fact, Todd was the organizing founder and President of the Western Kentucky Teen Challenge which is a faith-based residential drug rehabilitation center in Madisonville, Kentucky. The facility offers treatment to 60 men struggling with addictions with an 86% success rate.  I wondered why Louisville didn’t have a similar facility. But, today the City of Hope Recovery Center (COH) was officially launched.  The COH…


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Got Milk? Fighting Alzheimer’s with a Milkshake?

Milkshake to help a disease; many say it’s so? Here’s a few thoughts on bypassing Dairy Queen the next time you feel the urge. An estimated 5.4 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. The disease, which affects 1 in 8 people over 65, causes memory loss, decreased judgment as well as mood and personality changes. As the disease progresses, sufferers become unable to care for themselves and in its final stages, it is fatal. A number of prescription drugs are available to fight Alzheimer’s—including cholinesterase inhibitors that work to improve memory and thought but are not…


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University of Louisville and Baptist Hospital East Announce Enhanced Relationship for Reproductive Services

By Barbara Day, M.S., R.D., C.N. with information provided by University of Louisville Medical School Finally, officials with the University of Louisville and Baptist Hospital East today announced an agreement to expand area access to U of L obstetricians and gynecologists, reestablishing the group’s community presence to enhance both patient care and advance the learning opportunities for our future physicians. “One of the missions of the University of Louisville is to improve the health and well-being of the citizens of the Commonwealth,” said Dr. James Ramsey, president of the University of Louisville. “Our joining together with Baptist Hospital East is…


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Putting on the Brakes- Triathlon Training, More is NOT Better!

Question: I am officially a TRIATHLETE!! I completed my 1st TRI Saturday. The swim was wicked and I had to pedal hard to make it. Nevertheless, I finished in 3hrs and 30 minutes. Not the best time in the world but I am definitely hooked. I just bought and put aero bars on my bike, changed the handle bar tape and am ready to get back on the course. My question is – how long should I lay off the training?” Answer: CONGRATULATIONS!!! That is AMAZING! Not only is it amazing that you finished your first triathlon. Way to go!!!…


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The Psychology of Weight Loss – Education, Motivation and Self-Worth Part 2

Last week I shared with you the dis-connect between education and motivating people into staying in shape and losing weight. Here is a reminder of what I wrote: “Education is not the problem, it’s motivating yourself enough to get off your A^%. Motivation comes down to your priorities…… When you really want something you find a way to get it done, correct? So education is not the big issue, it’s your willingness to understand the severity of your dire health circumstances and pushing yourself to do something about it. In other words, it’s the awareness that pride, denial and laziness…


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Dr. Collins, MD, PhD, Director of National Institutes of Health in Louisville to Talk Negotiating Federal Grants for Research & Development

By Barbara Day, M.S., R.D., C.N. The Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Francis Collins, MD, PhD, was in town on Thursday, August 25 to empower the University of Louisville (U of L) Medical School Faculty and Staff since the Medical School is getting $48 million of new federal grants from NIH for research and development.  According to the National Science Foundation figures which are published in today’s Chronicle of Higher Education, U of L’s funding increased to the fourth fastest rate among 100 universities nationwide between 1999 and 2009. U of L was awarded $20,041,440 in 1999…


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Oh “Holy” Grill – Football, Food, Fun Fat Loss!

Being the fanatic football fan I’ve already pulled my special tailgating grill out of the garage, polished it, filled the tank and dreamed about the taste of the first burger off the flames. Now that my “holy” grill is all ready to go, is it possible to enjoy the tailgating experience and be somewhat healthy about it? Sure, but it will take a little planning and getting over the social pressure. Carrot sticks, turkey and Gatorade, wow, how exciting! Yes, eating healthy may not be as sporty to your tailgating buddies, but in the end it’s more rewarding to your…


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Jumping through Hoops! Mild Exercise May Counter Dementia

Only 56! Pat Summit is in her mid fifties and recently diagnosed with a mild case of dementia; seems awfully young doesn’t it? So what will she do, what should she do about it? (Unfortunately you will start to hear more and more of such cases. It seems the average age continues to drop in people developing such a disease.) Like Pat always does, she is dealing with it head on, acknowledge it, make a plan, create a support team and be grateful not resentful. And I’m sure she will take the following advice. Exercise and Dementia Moderate physical activity…