Coping Through the Holidays

– by Marianne Welch-Salkind

Turkey. Baked Ham. Mashed Potatoes. Pie. Gifts. Family. Those images evoke memories filled with merriment or solace. Television programs and commercials display images of happy families celebrating the holidays seated around their large dining table, perfectly set with fine china and holiday décor. If you are lucky enough to have happy childhood memories, those memories are yours to keep. They are now part of the fabric that makes up your very being.

But for others, those memories are for story books only and can often evoke feelings of sadness, triggering depression with feelings of emptiness and loneliness. Or perhaps you do have happy childhood memories filled with loving family and yummy food, but now you are estranged from your loved ones.

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Local Wellness and Recovery Center Provides Options for Treatment-Resistant Depression

New Vitae Wellness and Recovery is providing readers the opportunity to learn more about their array of holistic behavioral health services, including deep Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (dTMS) to treat symptoms of depression, during an information session to be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on January 18.

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How Can Therapy Help When the World is the Problem?

by Karen L. Smith

Many people across the country have experienced current politics as directly impacting their moods and dispositions. More so than perhaps at any time since the ’60s there are sides, and lines in the sand, and overt contention. On TV, radio and social media, the news is bombastic, divisive, frightening and disheartening about the state of our Union.

While it is hard to track our general feelings about life over a one year period, I think many of us would agree that if we had taken a survey about our outlook on life in October of 2016, and then again in October of 2017, we would see a sharp decrease in feelings of hopefulness and general well-being, and a sharp increase in feelings of anxiousness, hopelessness, agitation and even rage.

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The Inner Light Expo Celebrates Abundance and Awakening, Freely

“Our mission is to create an army of light workers to help change the world to a loving and healing planet. As each person awakens, our world becomes brighter. We work together instead of fighting one another. That is why we are here. That’s the premise for the Inner Light Holistic Expo—community and awakening,” adds Leeson.

Find your ambition, explore new methods of healing and connect with like-minded people at the Inner Light Expo, held annually in Pottstown. Facilitators from Inner Light Holistic Center will offer healing services, joined by other vendors that will provide opportunities to come together for learning and spiritual growth.

The expo runs from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on November 11, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on November 12, at Coventry Mall, 351 West Schuylkill Road, in Pottstown. Admission, lectures and parking are all free.

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Diabetes Understood: Mechanics, Symptoms and the Importance of Proactive Teamwork

One of the most important public health problems in America is the dramatic increase in the incidence of Type II diabetes mellitus. This disease can cause short-term severe health problems, but more often results in severe long-term health risks. When diabetes affects the kidneys, the eyes, the heart, the blood vessels and the brain, often these events will cause permanent organ damage.

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The Benefits of Cocoa for Type 2 Diabetes

An article published in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry suggests that specific compounds in cocoa may help with Type 2 diabetes. Researchers from Brigham Young University and Virginia Tech fed animals a high-fat diet, combined with cocoa and found the animals had decreased obesity and a greater ability to handle high blood sugar levels.

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Learn Healing Touch, Earn CE Credits from a Local, Certified Instructor

Jean M. White, founder of Pennsylvania Healing Touch, in Langhorne, will be teaching Healing Touch Level 1 from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., November 11 and 12, at Holy Redeemer HomeCare, in Philadelphia. The two-day course includes 16 continuing education contact hours of instruction for nurses and massage therapists, and is ideal for those professions as well as anyone interested in gaining an in-depth understanding of this energy-based healing modality.

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Ancient Ear Therapy Gains Modern Technology

Although auricular medicine originally focused on withdrawing addicts from narcotic drugs, alcohol and nicotine, it is now used for treatment in an array of more than 300 disorders, including: anxiety, insomnia, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, psychological and compulsive disorders, irritability, ADD/ADHD, asthma, allergies, menstrual cramps, high blood pressure, TMJ, decreased libido, eczema, depression, irritable bowel syndrome and many more.

Rooted in the ancient Chinese practice of acupuncture, auricular medicine was developed in the 1950s by Dr. Paul Nogier, a physician from Lyon, France. Nogier observed that many of his Middle Eastern patients had been successfully treated for sciatica pain through the cauterization of a certain area of their ear. This finding prompted him to further study the connection between the ear and the body. Continue reading

Find What Your Soul is Searching for at the Awaken Healing Expo

AWAKEN Center for Human Evolution brings together local gifted healers and readers this month for its 5th annual Awaken Healing Expo. The expo includes an array of educational and experiential events, private sessions with healers and holistic vendors. The weekend fundraiser benefits AWAKEN and is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on November 11, and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on November 12,
in Newtown.

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Prescription for Beauty: Bonnie McKinley, D.O., Discusses Regenerative Medicine and Aesthetics

Dr. Bonnie McKinley is the founder of Star Advanced Medicine, in Furlong, which offers non-surgical, regenerative orthopedic services alongside regenerative aesthetics.

How do you define regenerative medicine, and how are you using it in your practice?

Regenerative medicine is the regrowing and repairing of injured tissue. Typically, we use proliferative solutions, or the body’s own stem cells or platelets injected into the damaged area, using non-invasive techniques. We offer the Vampire aesthetics procedures, which can be used to treat fine lines, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, acne scars and even female sexual dysfunction and incontinence.

Why did you pursue a practice in regenerative medicine?

Being certified in sports and musculoskeletal medicine, in conjunction with having an affiliation with Bluetail Medical Group—who are innovators in the field and use research-based methods of treatment—has prepared me to use regenerative treatments for musculoskeletal injuries. Because of the high safety profile and increased number of people that I could help, I became a certified aesthetic provider as well. I found these treatments to be incredible and underused in medicine. This field is rapidly growing and I believe it’s going to change the way medicine is practiced in the future.

In layman’s terms, what is PRP?

Platelet-rich plasma. The process involves drawing blood, which is then spun in a centrifuge, and concentrated platelets are removed and prepared for injection into desired areas. Platelets release growth factors that increase collagen and renew blood flow, healing damaged tissue and rejuvenating skin.

What should people understand about what you do and what are some common misconceptions?

In many cases, these safe, effective treatments are viable alternatives to surgical procedures. However, there are some underlying ailments or comorbid conditions that may affect the way a patient responds to regenerative procedures. I evaluate each patient carefully to determine if PRP/stem cell treatments are a viable option.

A common misconception is that the stem cells we use are taken from human embryos. The stem cells primarily used in the regenerative medicine field come from one’s own body, bone marrow or fat aspirate. There are companies that manufacture products that promote healing which are derived from cord blood as well as amniotic fluid; however, in these cases, the products are donated by mothers, and no one is harmed in the donation process.

Another misconception is that stem cells are illegal. Outside of stem cell manipulation, they are completely legal. Some misconceptions come from recent FDA scrutinization; however, stem cell research is at the forefront of medical research.

How are stem cells used in aesthetics, and how does this differ from fillers and peels that dermatologists and plastic surgeons use?

In aesthetics, PRP is used to “signal” stem cells to migrate to the injection area, unlike orthopedic procedures, where bone marrow and fat grafting is used to regrow injured tissue. Using PRP in aesthetics is enough to create beautiful results. Unlike plastic surgery, it’s completely non-invasive. I am unaware of any major permanent side effects caused by an aesthetic PRP procedure. If you have a skilled injector, non-permanent fillers are generally very safe. When doing the Vampire facelift procedure, I use a filler to sculpt the face, if indicated, in addition to PRP to improve collagen production and skin tone.

What are ways that people can afford regenerative procedures?

We currently offer Care Credit and payment plans, depending on the patient’s financial situation. We’re also in the process of starting a loyalty program. We are more than happy to work with our patients so they can afford these safe and effective treatment options.

Location: 2325 Heritage Center Dr., Ste. 315, Furlong. For more information, call 267-544-0664 or visit StarAdvancedMed.com. October 2017