Emotional stress can be related to all kinds of symptoms, including physical pain, digestive disorders, anxiety, depression, low self-esteem and falling short of one’s potential. It can make life feel like a series of repeated mistakes, where longstanding issues make change feel nearly impossible to achieve. These roadblocks to understanding the mind-body continuum can widen the chasm between the “real” self and the self that’s on display.
Thankfully, Anne Jensen, Ph.D., developer of the new emotional healing and stress reduction tool known as HeartSpeak, has tapped into a solution for these issues and is excited to share results with the world. Jensen’s groundbreaking research at the University of Oxford shows that the non-invasive technique known as muscle response testing has the ability to help reveal what stresses the body and triggers the mind. Thus, finding the truth of an individual’s mind-body experience is well within reach.
Over the last year, the Pennsylvania Department of Health has implemented the legislative Act 16 of 2016, allowing for a medical cannabis program, without any major delays. Regulations have been drafted and published, and the first round of licenses for growing, processing and distributing medical cannabis have been awarded.
Seventeen qualifying conditions allow patients to receive medical cannabis therapy, including HIV/AIDS, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, spinal or neurological indication of spasticity, inflammatory bowel, Huntington’s disease, Crohn’s disease, post-traumatic stress disorder, intractable seizures, glaucoma, autism, sickle cell anemia, neuropathy and pain, defined in the statute as “severe chronic or intractable pain of neuropathic origin or severe chronic or intractable pain in which conventional therapeutic intervention and opiate therapy is contraindicated or ineffective. Continue reading →
Aging gracefully often means staying as young-looking as possible. Annual doctor visits check the blood, heart, reflexes and medications. Yet, attention is rarely given to our brains unless we experience memory problems. It should go without saying that aging gracefully does not include developing dementia.
Statistics show there is good reason to focus on brain health. The World Health Organization estimates the number of people living with dementia worldwide to be 47 million and projects that number to almost triple by 2050. By age 65, Americans have a 12 percent chance of developing Alzheimer’s disease, a specific type of dementia, and by age 85, that number increases to almost 50 percent.
The good news is that dementia is not a natural part of aging—it often has specific causes that can be addressed, treated and reversed, sometimes completely. The brain, like all organs, can be monitored and checked over the course of our lives. A variety of diagnostics, from eye exams to inflammation markers in the blood, can be used to identify an underlying issue years before signs of memory loss become apparent.
Aging with passion and purpose will often result in a re-evaluation of life, with a focus on making sure the future years are secure, healthy and, most importantly, happy. For an increasing number of older couples, this may mean a separation or divorce later in life.
In fact, divorce among older couples, or “Grey Divorce”, has become much more common. Family Law attorney Jennifer J. Riley explains that Grey Divorces require special attention and care because unique issues are often present. “The most common questions we answer for older clients involve the impact of a divorce on their retirement savings, or how divorce might impact their social security payments,” says Riley. “In a Grey Divorce, we need to safeguard health insurance and address long-term planning as part of the divorce process.”
Montgomery Integrative Health Group (MIHG), located inside a beautifully renovated, historic schoolhouse in Wyndmoor, feels more like a community center than a doctor’s office. Announcements for yoga classes and acupuncture sessions are handwritten in brightly colored chalk while patients and staff bustle about, creating an energy that’s warm and inviting.
The differences between MIHG and traditional medical practices are many. Here, patients are “members” that experience a host of unique benefits, such as personal health assessment coaching, an onsite chiropractor, acupuncturist and massage therapist, as well as community classes and meetup groups.
Cutting-edge alternatives for those that have experienced brain injuries are now close to home at New Vitae Wellness and Recovery (NVWR). Its comprehensive treatment program, Action Recovery: Brain Injury Services, which includes an eight-bed unit housed in Limeport, has recently expanded to include the Jade House, a satellite apartment setting in Quakertown. This expansion meets the region’s need for additional services for individuals diagnosed with a brain injury.
The Action Recovery program offers long-term and transitional living support for residents, as well as short-term living arrangements offered as a respite option for their caregivers. These services are designed to meet the needs of individuals, family members and allies affected by brain injuries throughout the recovery process.
“With the expansion to the Jade House, Action Recovery residents are excited to have access to additional recovery options,” says Jennifer Searing, a cognitive therapist and art therapist at NVWR. “Over the past few weeks, residents have been learning to navigate the Quakertown community and are searching for vocational opportunities. Staff and residents plan to continue to raise awareness and end the stigma associated with acquired brain injuries.”
Classes, workshops and experiences in the healing and expressive arts are just some of the activities offered at this year’s Vibrant Living Festival, which takes place October 7 on the grounds of The Room at Meadowbrook, in Ottsville. The festival will run from noon until 4:30 p.m., ending in a Sound Healing Experience that begins at 5 p.m.
The event will be a day of vibrant living with activities such as Aharaj Yoga, gentle yoga, reflexology, reiki, energy workshops, nutrition, jin shin jyutsu, holistic animal healing, card reading and more. Healthy, organic food options will be made available as attendees enjoy the beauty of the farm’s gardens to enhance the day’s healing experience. Merchants with healing tools, gifts and services are invited to register for a table for a fee of $20.
The Bucks County Healthy Living Festival will bring an ever-expanding community together for its fifth annual celebration of healthy living, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., September 10, at Snipes Farm and Education Center, in Morrisville. The festival introduces residents of Bucks County and surrounding areas to the many business entrepreneurs that offer healthier, more sustainable living choices.
This year’s offerings include ecological, sustainable, metaphysical and holistic vendors, artists, healers, instructors and musicians, as well as delicious, organic, wholesome food and drinks throughout the day. The historic Snipes Farm and Education Center will provide an idyllic setting to the day’s events.
When Weavers Way Ambler Co-op opens its suburban Montgomery County location in September, it will be Weavers Way’s third community-owned grocery store in the Philadelphia area.
Highlights of the new store include a café seating area, a full-service butcher, a large bulk department and a vast prepared foods selection, including roasted chickens, house-made soups, hot bar, salad bar and made-to-order sandwiches.
To kick off the fall series of presentations hosted by the Delaware Valley chapter of the Functional Forum, local guest speaker Wendy Warner, M.D., founder of Medicine in Balance, in Langhorne, will present on the topic of toxicity at 7 p.m. on September 27.
The evening will include both the live presentation by Warner and a screening of footage from the Functional Forum episode filmed at the Environmental Health Symposium in San Diego, California. Dinner will be provided, with time for Q&A, large and small group discussion and networking.
Warner’s talk, entitled “The Evolution of Environmental Medicine—Surviving and Thriving in a Toxic World”, is sponsored by Metagenics and will focus on the history of environmental medicine, the main five environmental toxins and how to reduce exposure to them on a community-wide scale.
This fall, Encore Experiences senior center, in Harleysville, is hosting its first Holistic and Healing Expo, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., October 8, at 312 Alumni Avenue, in Harleysville. Holistic health and wellness vendors are invited to register for a table at this new community event.
The goal of the expo, says Site and Program Director Patty Roxberry, is to introduce holistic living and wellness avenues to area senior citizens, as well as to the community. Encore Experiences currently offers its members a wide variety of holistic health and wellness services, including tai chi, yoga, acupuncture and massage therapy, and is excited to open its doors to additional services designed to promote overall health and enrich the lives of participants of any age. “Our members enjoy it!” says Roxberry, commenting on the center’s wellness programs and classes.
The upcoming year marks a major passage for me. My friends have started asking how I want to celebrate the big “4-0”. And while I concur with the saying “age is just a number,” I’m also aware that marking my years on Earth, in this body and mind, is a valuable tool in the process of self-discovery.
For me and, I imagine, many women, aging becomes evident first in our changing physicality. Crow’s feet around my eyes have emerged recently. They show up when I smile, smirk and laugh, and linger indefinitely. My body is a little rounder and thicker than before. As a woman of a certain age, I wrestle with accepting my visage as it grows further away from media-perpetuated beauty standards, and how far I’m willing to go to meet those standards.