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Wellness Newsletter, April, 2009

 

This free newsletter provides up-to-date research-based wellness and self-care information and tells you about books, e-books, web sites and events that can enhance well-being, promote health, and help develop self-care, teaching/learning and leadership skills.

 

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          Parenting: Get Treatment for Anxiety and
                             Depression so Baby Can Sleep/

                             Not Have Behavioral Problems

          Cancer: Drinking Water, Swimming Pools, and
                         Hot Tubs may Contribute

          Heart Failure: Exercise Reduces Risk of
                                    Hospitalization or Death

          Depression: Family Therapy Can Help

          Anxiety: Cognitive Behavior Therapy Helps

          Cancer: Double Mastectomy by Choice           
                         Doesn’t Improve Breast Cancer Risk

          Parenting/Counseling: Middle School Youth
                         Engaging in Intercourse

          Aging: Dancing Keeps You Young

 

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  1. Wellness Research

            

Parenting: Get Treatment for Anxiety and Depression so Your Baby Can Sleep/not Have Behavioral Problems Later On

 

A study in the April 1 issue of the journal SLEEP suggests that babies are more likely to have night wakings at both 6 months and 12 months of age if they are born to women who suffered from anxiety or depression prior to the pregnancy.

 

Results indicate that preconceptional psychological distress – anxiety or depression - was a strong predictor of infant night waking, independent of the effects of postnatal depression, bedroom sharing and other confounding factors. Significant psychological distress prior to conception was associated with a 23-percent increased risk of infant night wakings at 6 months of age and a 22-percent increased risk at 12 months of age.

 

According to the authors, frequent, disruptive night wakings in the latter period of the first year of life are clinically relevant because they predict sleep problems at three years of age, which in turn are associated with behavioral problems. During early childhood development, poor sleep quality also may affect learning abilities. Infant night wakings also disrupt a mother's sleep, which predicts maternal mood, stress and fatigue.

 

According to the authors, untreated infant sleep problems can become chronic, with implications for the mental health and well-being of both the child and the mother. The difficulties of mothers who are already vulnerable to anxiety and depression will be exacerbated if they also are deprived of sleep. The authors conclude that recognizing and treating psychological distress before, during and after pregnancy may promote improved infant sleep.

 

For more on the study, click on:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/04/090401101743.htm

 

Cancer: Your Drinking Water and Swimming Pool May Be Involved

 

Although perhaps the greatest public health achievement of the 20th century was the disinfection of water, a recent study now shows that the chemicals used to purify the water we drink and use in swimming pools react with organic material in the water yielding toxic consequences.

 

"But the process of disinfecting water with chlorine and chloramines and other types of disinfectants generates a class of compounds in the water that are called disinfection by-products. The disinfectant reacts with the organic material in the water and generates hundreds of different compounds. Some of these are toxic, some can cause birth defects, some are genotoxic, which damage DNA, and some we know are also carcinogenic."

 

The 10-year study began with an EPA grant to develop mammalian cell lines that would be used specifically to analyze the ability of these compounds to kill cells, or cytotoxicity, and the ability of these emerging disinfection by-products to cause genomic DNA damage.

 

"Our lab has assembled the largest toxicological data base on these emerging new DBPs. And from them we've made two fundamental discoveries that hopefully will aid the U.S. EPA in their regulatory decisions. The two discoveries are somewhat surprising," Plewa said.

 

The first discovery involves iodine-containing DBPs. "You get iodine primarily from sea water or underground aquifers that perhaps were associated with an ancient sea bed at one time. If there is high bromine and iodine in that water, when you disinfect these waters, you can generate the chemical conditions necessary to produce DBPs that have iodine atoms attached. And these are much more toxic and genotoxic than the regulated DBPs that currently EPA uses," he said.

 

Plewa said that the second discovery concerns nitrogen-containing DBPs. "Disinfectant by-products that have a nitrogen atom incorporated into the structure are far more toxic and genotoxic, and some even carcinogenic, than those DBPs that don't have nitrogen. And there are no nitrogen-containing DBPs that are currently regulated."

 

In addition to drinking water DBPs, Plewa said that swimming pools and hot tubs are DBP reactors. "You've got all of this organic material called 'people' -- and people sweat and use sunscreen and wear cosmetics that come off in the water. People may urinate in a public pool. Hair falls into the water and then this water is chlorinated. But the water is recycled again and again so the levels of DBPs can be ten-fold higher than what you have in drinking water."

 

Plewa said that studies were showing higher levels of bladder cancer and asthma in people who do a lot of swimming - professional swimmers as well as athletic swimmers. These individuals have greater and longer exposure to toxic chemicals which are absorbed through the skin and inhaled.

 

"The big concern that we have is babies in public pools because young children and especially babies are much more susceptible to DNA damage in agents because their bodies are growing and they're replicating DNA like crazy," he said.

 

Some public pools have been closed because they have high levels of bacteria. "Public pools keep a high level of chlorine in the water to keep bacteria and pathogens down but very little work research is conducted on evaluating levels of generated dangerous disinfection by-products.

 

Plewa said that until new technologies are engineered to safely disinfect the water in public pools, education is needed to encourage people to bathe or shower before entering a public pool. "It's the organic material that gets in the pool that is disinfected and then recirculated over and over again. That's why we call swimming pools disinfectant by-product reactors. But by public education, by personal behavior, there should be ways that we can reduce the levels of the dissolved organic material that should reduce the level of DBPs."

 

For more on this topic, click on:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/03/090331112725.htm

 

Tips: To protect your drinking water, use distilled water or buy a reverse osmosis water filtration system. For safer showering, buy a filter for your water spout.

 

Heart Failure: Exercise Reduces Risk of Hospitalization or Death

 

Working out on a stationary bicycle or walking on a treadmill just 25 to 30 minutes most days of the week is enough to modestly lower risk of hospitalization or death for patients with heart failure, say researchers from Duke Clinical Research Institute (DCRI).

 

Researchers hope the findings will finally put to rest long-held fears that exercise may be too risky for some patients. "The most important thing we found from this study is that exercise is safe for patients with heart failure, and when adjustments were made for specific baseline characteristics, it significantly improved clinical outcomes," said O'Connor.

 

 "It took a study of this size and duration to determine that exercise is not only safe, but also effective in lowering risk of hospitalization or death for patients with heart failure."

 

Clinical guidelines say exercise should be considered for stable patients with heart failure, but the lack of definitive data about its long-term benefits has limited Medicare and other insurers from considering an intervention that should be covered.

 

"These patients were quite sick and were receiving exceptionally good care. That makes the gains they made in the exercise program all the more remarkable," said Whellan.

 

Patients in the exercise arm started out slowly, with a goal of three, 30-minute workout sessions three times per week. After 18 sessions, they transitioned to workouts at home, with a goal of 40 minutes five days per week on a stationary bicycle or treadmill. Patients kept logs of their exercise times and heart rates.

 

In contrast, patients in the usual care arm continued their usual medical therapy and were simply encouraged to be active. Members of both groups received education about the value of exercise and supportive phone calls.

 

Investigators found that exercise led to a significant 11 percent reduction in risk of hospitalization or death for those in the exercise group (p =.03).

 

They also found that those in the exercise group had a significant, 15 percent lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease and hospitalization due to complications of heart failure (p = .03), a secondary end point of the study.

 

"We feel these are important findings for patients and physicians alike," said Whellan. "It takes a lot of time and commitment to definitively answer a question that many of us had asked for years: Can exercise provide clinically significant benefit for patients with heart failure? Now we know that the answer is 'yes.' We also know that it is safe: There was no significant difference between the two study groups in the risk of heart attacks, arrhythmias, falls or fractures during the study period."

 

For more on the study, click on:

 http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/04/090407174628.htm

 

Depression: Family Therapy May Help

 

A study published in the current issue of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics suggests that single-family and multi-family therapy may benefit hospitalized patients with major depression, and may help the partners of the patients to become aware of the patient's improvement more quickly.

 

Family-based interventions have been shown to be effective in the treatment of depression, but they have seldom been studied in hospitalized depressed patients.

 

This study assesses the value of the additional use of single-family or multi-family group therapy within this patient population.

 

At the end of the study, multi-family group and single-family therapy conditions showed significantly higher rates of treatment responders than the group receiving the usual treatment (49, 24 and 9%, respectively), and higher rates of patients no longer using antidepressant medication (26, 16 and 0%, respectively) at 15 months. Partners taking part in the family treatments were significantly more likely to notice the improvements in the emotional health of the patient early on compared to those in the treatment as usual condition. This study suggests that single-family and multi-family therapy may benefit hospitalized patients with major depression, and may help the partners of the patients to become aware of the patient's improvement more quickly.

 

For more on the study, click on:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/04/090406091652.htm

 

Anxiety: Cognitive Behavior Therapy Helps

 

Older adults with generalized anxiety disorder who received cognitive behavior therapy had greater improvement on measures of worry, depression and mental health than patients who received usual care, according to a new study.

 

Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) is common in late life, with prevalence up to 7.3 percent in the community and 11.2 percent in primary care. Late-life anxiety predicts increased physical disability, memory difficulties and decreased quality of life, according to background information in the article. Late-life anxiety is usually treated with medication, but associated risks (e.g., falls, hip fractures, memory problems) with some drugs and patient fears of adverse effects limit their usefulness.

 

The trial included 134 older adults (average age, 67 years) in two primary care settings, with treatment provided for 3 months. Assessments were conducted at the beginning of the trial, posttreatment (3 months), and over 12 months of follow-up, with assessments at 6, 9, 12 and 15 months. Patients were randomized to either CBT (n = 70), which included education and awareness, relaxation training, cognitive therapy, problem-solving skills training and behavioral sleep management; or EUC (n = 64), in which patients were telephoned biweekly during the first 3 months of the study by the same therapists to provide support and ensure patient safety. Therapists reminded patients to call project staff if symptoms worsened.

 

For more on the study, click on:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/04/090407174642.htm

 

Cancer: Double Mastectomy by Choice Doesn’t Improve Breast Cancer Risk

 

A University of Minnesota cancer surgeon and researcher has found a dramatic increase in the number of women diagnosed with the earliest stage of breast cancer choosing to have both breasts surgically removed.

 

The rate of contralateral prophylactic mastectomy (CPM) surgery among U.S. women with ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) increased by 188 percent between 1998 and 2005, according to Todd Tuttle, M.D., lead researcher on this study.

 

"The 10-year survival rate for women with DCIS is 98 to 99 percent," Tuttle said. "Therefore, removal of the normal contralateral breast will not improve the excellent survival rates for this group of women. Nevertheless, many women, particularly young women, are choosing to have both breasts removed."

 

For more on the study, click on:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/04/090409103354.htm

 

Parenting: Middle School Youth Engaging in Intercourse

 

Middle school youth are engaging in sexual intercourse as early as age 12, according to a study by researchers at The University of Texas School of Public Health.

 

Results from this study are published in the April issue of Journal of School Health.

 

Christine Markham, Ph.D., assistant professor of behavioral science at the UT School of Public Health, and colleagues examined sexual risk behaviors among middle school students in a large southeastern U.S. urban public school district.

 

“This is one of the few school-based studies conducted with this age group to look at specific sexual practices in order to develop more effective prevention programs,” Markham said. “This study shows that although most seventh graders are not engaging in sexual risk behaviors, a small percentage are putting themselves at risk.”

 

In the study, Markham and colleagues defined sexual intercourse as vaginal, oral or anal sex. According to their research, by age 12, 12 percent of students had already engaged in vaginal sex, 7.9 percent in oral sex, 6.5 percent in anal sex and 4 percent in all three types of intercourse.

 

Markham said, “These findings are alarming because youth who start having sex before age 14 are much more likely to have multiple lifetime sexual partners, use alcohol or drugs before sex and have unprotected sex, all of which puts them at greater risk for getting a sexually transmitted disease (STD) or becoming pregnant.”

 

“We need to develop prevention programs that address the needs of students who are not yet sexually active in order to promote skills and attitudes to help them wait until they are older to have sex,” Markham said. “And we need to provide skills and knowledge related to condoms and contraception for youth who are already sexually active.”

 

The study recommends that sexually active students also need to receive accurate and factual information and services related to STDs and pregnancy testing, as well as skills for future abstention and risk reduction for those who intend to remain sexually active.

 

More than one-third of youth in the study reported engaging in precoital touching behaviors. Among the students who engaged in precoital behavior, 43 percent reported having engaged in sexual intercourse.

 

“A common misperception among adolescents is that oral or anal intercourse is not as risky for STD transmission,” said Markham. “But transmission of non-viral a nd viral STDs can occur through all three types of intercourse when condoms are not used.”

 

These findings clearly indicate the need for open discussion about sexual health at the middle school level, Markham said. “It is critical that health education teachers and school nurses feel comfortable addressing these issues with their students and that their efforts are supported by parents and the school administration,” she added.

 

For more on the study, click on:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/04/090408145354.htm

 

Aging: Dancing Keeps You Young

 

Older people can dance their way towards improved health and happiness, according to a report from the Changing Ageing Partnership (CAP).

The research, by Dr Jonathan Skinner from Queen’s University Belfast, reveals the social, mental and physical benefits of social dancing for older people. It suggests that dancing staves of illness, and even counteracts decline in ageing.

 

Recommendations include the expansion of social dance provision for older people in order to aid successful ageing and help older people enjoy longer and healthier lives.

 

Dr Skinner said: "I have found that social dancing leads to a continued engagement with life - past, present, and future - and holds the promise for successful ageing. It contributes to the longevity of the dancers, giving them something to enjoy and focus upon - to live for. It alleviates social isolation and quite literally helps take away the aches and pains associated with older age.

 

“In addition to this, and especially in Northern Ireland, dancing brings people together across communities, creating solidarity, tolerance and understanding."

 

Dr Una Lynch, CAP Research Manager at Queen’s said: "Dr Skinner's study is the seventh piece of CAP research to be completed and we are delighted to be involved in a study that challenges stereotypical images of ageing and highlights the fact that healthy ageing can be fun."

 

For more on the study, click on:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/04/090401103127.htm

 

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Empowering Your Indigo Child: A Handbook for Parents of Children of Spirit

By Wayne Dosick, PhD and Ellen Kaufman Dosick, MSW.

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*Aging Beyond Belief by Wellness Guru, Don Ardell, includes 69 recommendations for a more healthful, enjoyable and meaningful existence at every stage of life. Order from http://www.wholeperson.com/x-selfhelp/aging.html#Anchor-Aging-47857 or Don's web site: http://www.seekwellness.com/wellness/index.htm

 

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Health Promotion in Communities: Holistic and Wellness Approaches applies wellness and holistic concepts to community work and includes a model and self-assessment for health and wellness with changing and vulnerable populations, in rural settings, on the internet, with individuals and groups, families, African American women, Hispanic communities, diabetes programs, parish nursing, schools, and homeless centers and more. For more information, click on:

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 *Healthy Holistic Aging: A Blueprint for Success. Carl Helvie, RN, DrPH says you can live to be 100, and at age 74, he's a perfect example of the right things to do. He has no chronic illnesses and is among the 11% of the age 65-and-overs who take no prescribed medications. The book cites overwhelming scientific evidence that good diet, exercise, adequate sleep, prayer, meditation, positive relationship with others and a clean and safe environment can ensure successful aging. Visit Dr. Helvie's web site where you can also obtain the book as well as other helpful information at www.HealthyHolisticAging.com

 

 *Her Inspiration, subtitled, Secrets to Help You Work Smart, Be Successful and Have Fun, this book is full of quotes and thoughts from hundreds of women to encourage, motivate, and support you as you make your way. Order from orders@redwheelweiser.com or online at www.conari.com

 

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*Living Well with Menopause: What Your Doctor Doesn't Tell You That You Need To Know includes research-based wellness and self-care strategies. Click on http://www.harpercollins.com and write Carolyn Chambers Clark in the search box at the top of the screen. Or ask your local bookstore to order it. Discounted and autographed copies also available by going to  www.carolynchambersclark.com

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*Prayers for Healing. Edited by Maggie Oman, with an Introduction by the Dalai Lama and Foreword by Larry Dossey, this little book invites you into a wonderful healing space. Contributors include Wendell Berry, Jack Kornfield, Rainer Maria Rilke, Marian Wright Edelman, Martine Luther King, Jr., and Marianne Williamson, Kahlil Gibran, Goethe, and even traditional Native American truths. For inspiration, order from orders@redwheelweiser.com or online at www.conari.com

 

*Self-Help Group Sourcebook provides all the information you could possibly want on self-help groups from how to start one, find one, research, and listings of available self-help groups. For more information, go to www.selfhelpgroups.org

 

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Stay Well!

 

Wellness Newsletter, March, 2009

 

This free newsletter provides up-to-date research-based wellness and self-care information and tells you about books, e-books, web sites and events that can enhance well-being, promote health, and help develop self-care, teaching/learning and leadership skills.

 

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    Getting Sufficient
Vitamins and Minerals

b.      Cancer: No Level of Alcohol May Be Safe

c.      Cancer: High Fat Diet May Increase  
    Cancer Cell Spread (Metastasis)

d.      Osteoporosis/Bone Mass: Mediterranean
     Diet Protects

e.       Heart Disease/Cardiac Arrests: Learning
     to Deal with Anger May Help Prevent

 

 ***For between newsletters’ updated wellness research, click on 
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    3.  Wellness Books, E-books, and new Self-Care Articles

 

          *Complementary/Wellness/Self-Care Book for
           Women

           Plus plenty of other wellness and self-care 
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  1. Wellness Research

 

         a.  Middle-Age and Older Adults Not Getting

              Appropriate Amounts of Minerals and
              Vitamin C

 

Micronutrients such as calcium, magnesium, potassium and vitamin C play essential roles in maintaining health. As older adults tend to reduce their food intake as they age, they often aren’t getting sufficient amounts of these minerals and vitamin C.

 

Using data drawn from the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA), a prospective cohort study designed to investigate the prevalence, correlates and progression of subclinical cardiovascular disease, researchers examined over 6200 participants from 4 ethnic groups, Caucasian, African American, Hispanic and Chinese. Dietary intakes were determined from food frequency questionnaires and respondents were asked to provide amounts and frequencies of micronutrient consumption using label information from their supplements.

 

Over half of the population took supplements, and supplement users were more likely to be older, women, Caucasian and college-educated. Calcium and vitamin C supplements were most common. Although dietary intake of calcium, magnesium, potassium and vitamin C was similar between supplement users and non-users for both men and women, there were differences in median dietary intake levels between the different ethnic groups. Chinese Americans tended to have the lowest dietary intakes, particularly in calcium where both Chinese and African Americans had significantly lower dietary intakes of calcium than Caucasians and Hispanics.

 

The study also evaluated differences between multivitamins and high-dose supplements and found that potassium intake was very much below the RDA whether supplements were taken or not. This could point to a need to reformulate supplements to deliver higher potassium doses.

 

For more on the study, click on:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/03/090301094252.htm

 

    1.  Cancer: No level of Alcohol May Be Safe

 

Low to moderate alcohol consumption among women is associated with a statistically significant increase in cancer risk and may account for nearly 13 percent of the cancers of the breast, liver, rectum, and upper aero-digestive tract combined, according to a report in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

 

The more than 1 million women in the study who drank alcohol consumed, on average, one drink per day, which is typical in most high-income countries such as the U.K. and the U.S. Very few drank three or more drinks per day. With an average follow-up time of more than 7 years, 68,775 women were diagnosed with cancer.

 

The risk of any type of cancer increased with increasing alcohol consumption, as did the risk of some specific types of cancer, including cancer of the breast, rectum, and liver. Women who also smoked had an increased risk of cancers of the oral cavity and pharynx, esophagus, and larynx. The type of alcohol consumed--wine versus spirits or other types--did not alter the association between alcohol consumption and cancer risk.

 

Each additional alcoholic drink regularly consumed per day was associated with 11 additional breast cancers per 1000 women up to age 75; one additional cancer of the oral cavity and pharynx; one additional cancer of the rectum; and an increase of 0.7 each for esophageal, laryngeal, and liver cancers. For these cancers combined, there was an excess of about 15 cancers per 1000 women per drink per day. (The background incidence for these cancers was estimated to be 118 per 1000 women in developed countries.)

For more on the study, click on: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/02/090224163555.htm

 

    1. Cancer: High Fat Diet May Increase Spread of Cancer by 300%

 

Researchers at Purdue University have precisely measured the impact of a high-fat diet on the spread of cancer, finding that excessive dietary fat caused a 300 percent increase in metastasizing tumor cells in laboratory animals.

 

For more on the study, click on:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/02/090225172639.htmenlarge

 

    1. Osteoporosis/Bone Mass: Mediterranean Diet May Help

 

A study from the Harokopio University of Athens (Greece) suggests that adherence to a dietary pattern close to the Mediterranean diet, with high consumption of fish and olive oil and low red meat intake, has a significant impact in women skeletal health.

Diet is one of the modifiable factors for the development and maintenance of bone mass. The nutrients of most obvious relevance to bone health are calcium and phosphorus because they compose roughly 80% to 90% of the mineral content of bone; protein, other minerals and vitamins are also essential in bone preservation.

 

Traditional analysis has focused on the relation between a specific nutrient (e.g. calcium) and bone health. But, researchers of the Harokopio University of Athens, Greece, carried out a study in two hundred twenty adult Greek women, which is valuable for the understanding of the effect of meals, consisting of several food items, in skeletal mass.

 

They determined that adherence to a dietary pattern with some of the features of the Mediterranean diet, i.e., rich in fish and olive oil and low in red meat and products, is positively associated with the indices of bone mass.

 

These results suggest that this eating pattern could have bone-preserving properties throughout adult life.

 

For more on this topic, click on:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/02/090218081747.htm

 

    1. Heart Disease: Learning to Deal with Anger May Help

       Before flying off the handle the next time someone cuts you off in traffic, consider the latest research that links changes brought on by anger or other strong emotions to future arrhythmias and sudden cardiac arrests, which are blamed for 400,000 deaths annually.

 

New research published in the March 3, 2009, issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology finds that anger-induced electrical changes in the heart can predict future arrhythmias in patients with implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs).

 

In contrast to exercise, mental stress doesn't elevate one's heart rate much, suggesting that changes seen with mental stress may be due to a direct effect of adrenaline on the heart cells. Therefore, mental stress testing could provide an alternative to atrial pacing for patients unable to exercise, according to Dr. Lampert.

 

"More research is needed, but these data suggest that therapies focused on helping patients deal with anger and other negative emotions may help reduce arrhythmias and, therefore, sudden cardiac death in certain patients."

 

For more on the study, click on:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/02/090223221235.htm

 

**For continually updated wellness research information, click on my research blog at www.carolynchambersclark.com/id33.htm

 

3. Wellness and Self-Care Books & Article 

 

 a.  New Self-Care Book

 

*Complementary Health for Women
A Comprehensive Treatment Guide for Major Diseases and Common Conditions

 

Presents research-based complementary and self-care treatments for over 30 acute and chronic conditions. Can be used by health care practitioners or consumers. For more information click on:

http://www.springerpub.com/prod.aspx?prod_id=10878

 

To purchase a discounted, personally autographed copy, click on: www.carolynchambersclark.com  and scroll down until you find this book.

 

      b. Wellness Books:

 

New Parenting Book

 

Empowering Your Indigo Child: A Handbook for Parents of Children of Spirit

By Wayne Dosick, PhD and Ellen Kaufman Dosick, MSW.

Provides hands-on healing techniques, scripted meditations, and other simple exercises that help a child release emotional wounds and celebrate who they are (and make life easier for parents.)  Available from orders@redwheelweiser.com

or online at www.weiserbooks.com

 

*Aging Beyond Belief by Wellness Guru, Don Ardell, includes 69 recommendations for a more healthful, enjoyable and meaningful existence at every stage of life. Order from http://www.wholeperson.com/x-selfhelp/aging.html#Anchor-Aging-47857 or Don's web site: http://www.seekwellness.com/wellness/index.htm

 

*Living Well with Anxiety: What Your Doctor Doesn't Tell You That You Need to Know. Holistic and complementary approaches to reducing anxiety, panic and related conditions. Purchase at a discount by clicking on www.carolynchambersclark.com

 

*Comfort and Joy: Simple Ways to Care for Ourselves and Others. Available from orders@redwheelweiser.com or oneline at www.conari.com

 

*Classroom Skills for Nurse Educators provides ways to promote interactive and holistic learning. Sample chapters and more information at www.jbpub.com/catalog/9780763749750 To purchase at a discount, click on

www.carolynchambersclark.com

 

*Creative Nursing Leadership & Management  uses holistic and creative approaches to leadership and management. For sample chapters and more information click on www.jbpub.com/catalog/9780763749767

To purchase at a discount, click on www.carolynchambersclark.com

 

*Encyclopedia of Complementary Health Practice includes concepts and issues, economic and practice issues, education issues, legal/legislative/health policy issues, historical perspectives, conditions (from a-z), influential substances, practices and treatments, contributor & resources directory. For more information, click on: http://www.springerpub.com/prod.aspx?prod_id=12374

To purchase at a discount, click on: www.carolynchambersclark.com and scroll down.

 

*The Essential Laws of Fearless Living: Find the Power to Never Feel Powerless Again. How to break through illusions of limitation, have everything you want and become truly conscious. For more information go to www.conari.com

 

*The Food Intolerance Bible: A Nutritionist’s Plan to Beat Food Cravings, Fatigue, Mood Swings, Celiac Disease, Headaches, IBS, and Deal with Food Allergies. Orders

at orders@redwheelweiser.com or oneline at www.conari.com

 

*Garden Therapy Guidelines for Special Needs by Judith Gammonley, ARNPBC, EdD, LCP includes how to use garden therapy with those who are memory impaired, brain injured, or who struggle with developmental or physical challenges. Contact Dr. Gammonley at goodgam@aol.com or phone her at (727) 784-2449.

 

*Group Leadership Skills provides theory, concepts and practical applications for the new or seasoned group leader with task, work, social, therapeutic, focal or focus groups. Fifth edition now available at http://www.springerpub.com/prod.aspx?prod_id=04588

Purchase discounted, personally signed copy at www.carolynchambersclark.com

Scroll down the page to find it.

 

Health Promotion in Communities: Holistic and Wellness Approaches applies wellness and holistic concepts to community work and includes a model and self-assessment for health and wellness with changing and vulnerable populations, in rural settings, on the internet, with individuals and groups, families, African American women, Hispanic communities, diabetes programs, parish nursing, schools, and homeless centers and more. For more information, click on:

http://www.springerpub.com/prod.aspx?prod_id=14075

Signed, authographed copies available by scrolling down the page at www.carolynchambersclark.com

 

 *Healthy Holistic Aging: A Blueprint for Success. Carl Helvie, RN, DrPH says you can live to be 100, and at age 74, he's a perfect example of the right things to do. He has no chronic illnesses and is among the 11% of the age 65-and-overs who take no prescribed medications. The book cites overwhelming scientific evidence that good diet, exercise, adequate sleep, prayer, meditation, positive relationship with others and a clean and safe environment can ensure successful aging. Visit Dr. Helvie's web site where you can also obtain the book as well as other helpful information at www.HealthyHolisticAging.com

 

 *Her Inspiration, subtitled, Secrets to Help You Work Smart, Be Successful and Have Fun, this book is full of quotes and thoughts from hundreds of women to encourage, motivate, and support you as you make your way. Order from orders@redwheelweiser.com or online at www.conari.com

 

*Holistic Nursing Approach to Chronic Diseases. Provides a holistic approach to AIDS/HIV, Allergies/Asthma, Alzheimer's Disease, Arthritis, Cancer, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Depression, Diabetes, Digestive Problems, Fibromyalgia, Heart and Blood Vessel Disorders, Kidney Disease, Liver Disease, multiple sclerosis, osteoporosis, overweight/obesity, pain, Parkinson’s Disease, and/or sleep disorders. For more information, click on http://www.springerpub.com/prod.aspx?prod_id=25042

To obtain a discounted, signed copy, click on www.carolynchambersclark.com

 

*Living Well with Menopause: What Your Doctor Doesn't Tell You That You Need To Know includes research-based wellness and self-care strategies. Click on http://www.harpercollins.com and write Carolyn Chambers Clark in the search box at the top of the screen. Or ask your local bookstore to order it. Discounted and autographed copies also available by going to  www.carolynchambersclark.com

and scrolling down the page.

 

*Prayers for Healing. Edited by Maggie Oman, with an Introduction by the Dalai Lama and Foreword by Larry Dossey, this little book invites you into a wonderful healing space. Contributors include Wendell Berry, Jack Kornfield, Rainer Maria Rilke, Marian Wright Edelman, Martine Luther King, Jr., and Marianne Williamson, Kahlil Gibran, Goethe, and even traditional Native American truths. For inspiration, order from orders@redwheelweiser.com or online at www.conari.com

 

*Self-Help Group Sourcebook provides all the information you could possibly want on self-help groups from how to start one, find one, research, and listings of available self-help groups. For more information, go to www.selfhelpgroups.org

 

c.   New Self-Care Articles:

 

             Fungal infections: www.carolynchambersclark.com/id131.html

             Pain: www.carolynchambersclark.com/id135.html

             Blood clots:  www.carolynchambersclark.com/id134.html

             Epilepsy: www.carolynchambersclark.com/id136.html

 

 d.  Wellness E-books

 

Available e-books include ADHD, acne, bladder spasms/bladder infections, couple communication, depression relief, great body, headaches, healing veggies, healing with affirmation & imagery, healthy hair, helping with homework, natural diuretics, pain free, parenting, peri-menopausal bleeding, permanent weight loss, pregnancy, helping children be successful in school, teaching math concepts, thyroid, and whole brain thinking. All are from a wellness, self-care perspective and make great gifts for from $1.99. Click on www.carolynchambersclark.com (Scroll down the home page to find them.)

 

4.   Archives of the Wellness Newsletter

 

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In Wellness,

 

Carolyn Chambers Clark

ARNP, EdD, FAAN, AHN-BC

Editor

 

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Wellness Newsletter, December, 2008

 

This free newsletter provides up-to-date research-based wellness and self-care information and tells you about books, e-books, web sites and events that can enhance well-being, promote health, and help develop self-care, teaching/learning and leadership skills.

 

Scroll down to what interests you…

 

1.   Your wellness message

 

2.   Wellness Research:

 

     Dying: Large Waistline Doubles Risk of Premature Death

 

    Sleep Rate & Heart Rate Affected by Violent Video Games

 

    Breast Cancer: Reduced Calorie Diet & Exercise Can Modify Risk

 

    Heart Failure: Exercise is Safe

 

    Pregnant Women who do AquaRobics have an Easier Delivery

 

    Birth Defects: Hairspray Exposure Link    

 

3.  New Complementary/Wellness/Self-Care Book for Women

 

4.   Being a participative consumer: self-care articles

 

5.   Wellness Books: from aging with grace to fearless
       living

 

6.   Wellness & Relationship Research Blog: Latest Topics

 

7.   Online “Living Well with Menopause” support
       group

 

8.    Herbs and Supplement information

 

9.     A recent book for nurse educators

 

10.   A recent book for nursing leaders and managers

 

11.   Archives of past Wellness Newsletters

 

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      2.    Wellness Research

 

Dying: Large Waistline Doubles Risk of Premature Death

 

Having a large waistline can almost double your risk of dying prematurely even if your body mass index is within the 'normal' range, according to a new study of over 350,000 people across Europe, published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

 

The study provides strong evidence that storing excess fat around the waist poses a significant health risk, even in people not considered to be overweight or obese. The risk of premature death was around double for subjects with a larger waist (more than 47.2in for men and more than 39.4in for women) compared to subjects with a smaller waist (less than 31.5in for men and less than 25.6in for women). Body mass index is commonly used to assess if a person is of 'normal' weight.

 

Each 5cm increase in waist circumference increased the mortality risk by 17% in men and 13% in women.

 

An increased risk of mortality may be particularly related to storing fat around the waistline because fatty tissue in this area secretes cytokines, hormones and metabolically active compounds that can contribute to the development of chronic diseases, particularly cardiovascular diseases and cancers, suggest the authors.

 

Dr Tobias Pischon, the lead author of the paper from the German Institute of Human Nutrition in Potsdam-Rehbrücke, said: "The most important result of our study is the finding that not just being overweight, but also the distribution of body fat, affects the risk of premature death of each individual. Abdominal fat is not only a mere energy depot, but it also releases messenger substances that can contribute to the development of chronic diseases. This may be the reason for the link."

 

The new research does not reveal why some people have a larger waist than others but the researchers believe that a sedentary lifestyle, poor diet and genetic predisposition are probably key factors.

 

Professor Riboli added: "The good news is that you don't need to take an expensive test and wait ages for the result to assess this aspect of your health - it costs virtually nothing to measure your waist and hip size. Doctors and nurses can easily identify people who need to take certain steps to improve their health by routinely monitoring these measurements. If you have a large waist, you probably need to increase the amount of exercise you do every day, avoid excessive alcohol consumption and improve your diet. This could make a huge difference in reducing your risk of an early death."

 

For more about the study, click on:

 

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/11/081112194915.htm

 

Sleep Rate and Heart Rate Affected by Violent Video Games

 

A new article describes how heart rate and sleep in boys are affected by violent video games. In one study boys (12-15) were asked to play two different video games at home in the evening. The boys’ heart rate was registered, among other parameters. It turned out that the heart rate variability was affected to a higher degree when the boys were playing games focusing on violence compared with games without violent features. Differences in heart rate variability were registered both while the boys were playing the games and when they were sleeping that night. The boys themselves did not feel that they had slept poorly after having played violent games.

 

The results show that the autonomous nerve system, and thereby central physiological systems in the body, can be affected when you play violent games without your being aware of it. It is too early to draw conclusions about what the long-term significance of this sort of influence might be. What is important about this study is that the researchers have found a way, on the one hand, to study what happens physiologically when you play video or computer games and, on the other hand, to discern the effects of various types of games.

 

For more about the study, click on:

 

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/11/081113101424.htm

 

Breast Cancer: Reduced Calorie Diet and Exercise Can Modify Risk

 

Scientists at the University of Texas at Austin have identified pathways by which a reduced-calorie diet and exercise can modify a postmenopausal woman's risk of breast cancer.

 

The results, presented at the American Association for Cancer Research's Seventh Annual International Conference on Frontiers in Cancer Prevention Research, suggest that both caloric restriction and exercise affect pathways leading to mTOR, a molecule involved in integrating energy balance with cell growth. Dysregulation of the mTOR pathway is a contributing factor to various human diseases, including cancers. Diet and exercise reach mTOR through different means, with calorie restriction affecting more upstream pathways, which could explain why caloric restriction is more efficient in delaying tumor growth than exercise in animal models.

 

"One of the few breast cancer modifiable risk factors is obesity," said lead author Leticia M. Nogueira, Ph.D., a research graduate assistant at the University of Texas. "Our study may provide a good scientific basis for medical recommendations. If you're obese, and at high risk for breast cancer, diet and exercise could help prevent tumor growth."

 

Epidemiological data has suggested that inducing a so-called "negative energy balance" (where less energy is taken in than expended) through eating a low-calorie diet or increasing exercise levels, decreases the postmenopausal breast cancer risk associated with obesity. Although the mechanism responsible for these anti-obesity strategies was unknown, scientists have suspected hormone alteration plays a critical role. Increased fat tissue is known to be associated with alterations in adipokines, proteins secreted by fat tissue that help modify appetite and insulin resistance. For example, increased levels of leptin and decreased levels of adiponectin have been associated with breast cancer risk.

 

"These data suggest that although exercise can act on similar pathways as caloric restriction, caloric restriction possesses a more global effect on cell signaling and, therefore, may produce a more potent anti-cancer effect," Nogueira said.

 

For more about the study, click on:

 

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/11/081118150628.htm

 

 

Heart Failure: Exercise is Safe

 

Working out on a stationary bicycle or walking on a treadmill just 25 to 30 minutes most days of the week is enough to modestly lower risk of hospitalization or death for patients with heart failure, say researchers from Duke Clinical Research Institute (DCRI).

 

HF-ACTION enrolled 2331 patients at 82 study sites throughout the U.S., Canada and France. Patients were randomized into a group that received usual care or to a group that received usual care plus an exercise training program that began under supervision but then transitioned to home-based, self-monitored workouts.

 

Researchers found that participation in an exercise program would significantly lower the incidence of death and hospitalization among patients with heart failure.

 

Researchers hope the findings will finally put to rest long-held fears that exercise may be too risky for some patients. "The most important thing we found from this study is that exercise is safe for patients with heart failure, and when adjustments were made for specific baseline characteristics, it significantly improved clinical outcomes," said O'Connor.

 

"It took a study of this size and duration to determine that exercise is not only safe, but also effective in lowering risk of hospitalization or death for patients with heart failure."

 

The average age of the patients was 59 and almost one-third of them were women.

 

"These patients were quite sick and were receiving exceptionally good care. That makes the gains they made in the exercise program all the more remarkable," said Whellan.

 

Patients in the exercise arm started out slowly, with a goal of three, 30-minute workout sessions three times per week. After 18 sessions, they transitioned to workouts at home, with a goal of 40 minutes five days per week on a stationary bicycle or treadmill. Patients kept logs of their exercise times and heart rates.

 

In contrast, patients in the usual care arm continued their usual medical therapy and were simply encouraged to be active. Members of both groups received education about the value of exercise and supportive phone calls.

 

Investigators followed the patients for an average of two and half years, tracking various clinical measures of heart failure, quality of life, hospitalization, cardiac events and death rates.

 

"This study has important implications for the 5 million Americans who have heart failure," noted Elizabeth G. Nabel, MD, director of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health, which funded the $37 million study. "As the number of people affected by heart failure is expected to rise with the aging U.S. population, it is promising to know that patients can benefit from a low-risk method to improve their health."

 

For more about exercise for heart failure, click on:

 

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/11/081111112105.htm

 

Pregnant Women who Do AquaRobics Have an Easier Delivery

 

A course of water aerobics classes has been shown to reduce the amount of pain-killing medication women request during labor. Research published in BioMed Central's open access journal Reproductive Health has shown that, as well as being safe, the gentle exercise has the benefit of making it easier to give birth.

 

Rosa Pereira led a team of researchers from the University of Campinas (UNICAMP), Sao Paulo, Brazil who investigated the effects of the aquarobics class on a group of 71 expectant mothers. About half of the women were randomly allocated to attend three 50-minute sessions a week over the course of their pregnancy, the others did not take part in the water aerobics.

 

According to Pereira, "We found no statistically significant differences in the duration of labor or the type of delivery between the two groups. However, only 27% of women in the aquarobics group requested analgesia, compared to 65% in the control group. This represents a 58% reduction in requests."

 

Exercise during pregnancy has been the subject of much debate, the main concern being that it may interfere with fetal/placental demands, increasing the risk of abnormalities or compromising fetal development or growth. The researchers found that there was no harmful effect on the cardiovascular health of the women who practiced water aerobics.

 

Pereira said, "We've shown that the regular practice of moderate water aerobics during pregnancy is not detrimental to the health of the mother or the child. In fact, the reduction in analgesia requests suggests that it can get women into better psycho-physical condition."

 

Neonatal results from the study confirm the wellbeing of the newborn infants born to mothers who took part in the aquarobics.

 

Source:

 

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/11/081120202500.htm

 

 

Birth Defects: Hairspray Exposure Link

 

Women who are exposed to hairspray in the workplace during pregnancy have more than double the risk of having a son with the genital birth defect hypospadias. The study is the first to show a significant link between hairspray and hypospadias, one of the most common birth defects of the male genitalia, where the urinary opening is displaced to the underside of the penis. The causes of the condition are poorly understood.

 

Women have a two to three-fold increased risk of having a son with hypospadias if they are exposed to hairspray in the workplace in their first trimester of pregnancy, according to the new study, by researchers from Imperial College London, University College Cork and the Centre for Research in Environmental Epidemiology in Barcelona.

 

The study suggests that hairspray and hypospadias may be linked because of chemicals in hairspray known as phthalates. Previous studies have proposed that phthalates may disrupt the hormonal systems in the body and affect reproductive development.

 

It is thought that hypospadias affects around 1 in 250 boys in the UK and in the USA, although estimates about prevalence vary. Usually, hypospadias can be successfully treated with corrective surgery after a boy reaches his first birthday, but more severe cases can lead to problems with urinating, sexual relations and fertility.

 

The new research also reveals that taking folic acid supplements in the first three months of pregnancy is associated with a 36 percent reduced risk of bearing a child with the condition. The UK Department of Health already recommends that folic acid supplements are taken up until the twelfth week of pregnancy in order to prevent neural tube defects such as spina bifida.

 

Previous smaller studies had suggested that hypospadias might be linked to vegetarianism but the new study did not show any increased risk in women who had a vegetarian diet during pregnancy.

 

For more about the study, click on (or copy and paste into your browser):

 

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/11/081121081353.htm

 

3. New Women’s Wellness/Complementary Health/ Self-Care Book Available

 

Complementary Health for Women
A Comprehensive Treatment Guide for Major Diseases and Common Conditions

 

Presents research-based complementary treatments, guidelines for their use, and related treatment programs. Can be used by nurses, other health care practitioners and consumers to prevent or reduce symptoms/problems with:

Abdominal Pain, AIDS/HIV, Allergies, Alzheimer's Disease, Anxiety, Arthritis,
Bladder Infection, High Blood Pressure, Bone Issues, Breast Cancer, Breast Feeding Issues, Cervical Cancer, Cholesterol (Elevated), Colon Cancer, Constipation, Crohn's Disease, Depression, Diabetes, Diarrhea, Diverticular Disease, Endometriosis, Falls, Gallstones, Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), Headache, Heart Disease, Incontinence, Insomnia, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Liver Inflammation, Menopause, Migraines, Nausea & Vomiting, Obesity, Osteoporosis, Ovarian Cancer, Pancreatitis, PMS, Post-Partum Issues, Pregnancy, Respiratory Health, Triglycerides (elevated),Ulcerative Colitis, Urinary Tract Infection, Vaginal Issues

 

Click on following line for more information:

http://www.springerpub.com/prod.aspx?prod_id=10878#Author+Biographies

 

4.  Self-care articles

       

    Check www.carolynchambersclark.com

 

5.   Wellness Books:

 

Aging Beyond Belief by Wellness Guru, Don Ardell, 2007.

Aging Beyond Belief includes 69 recommendations for a more healthful, enjoyable and meaningful existence at every stage of life. Order from http://www.wholeperson.com/x-selfhelp/aging.html#Anchor-Aging-47857 or Don's web site: http://www.seekwellness.com/wellness/index.htm

 

*Living Well with Anxiety: What Your Doctor Doesn't Tell You That You Need to Know. Contents include how to self-diagnose anxiety, wellness approaches (nutrition, herbs, environmental changes, exercise, other anxiety-reducing and healing measures), relationships, purpose and spirituality, creating your own anxiety plan and finding and working with the right practitioner. Ask your local book store to order LWW Anxiety if you don't find it on the shelf.

 

*Comfort and Joy: Simple Ways to Care for Ourselves and Others. Available from orders@redwheelweiser.com or oneline at www.conari.com

 

*Encyclopedia of Complementary Health Practice. Includes concepts and issues, economic and practice issues, education issues, legal/legislative/health policy issues, historical perspectives, conditions (from a-z), influential substances, practices and treatments, contributor directory, and resources directory. For more information, click on: http://www.springerpub.com/prod.aspx?prod_id=12374

 

*The Essential Laws of Fearless Living: Find the Power to Never Feel Powerless Again. How to break through illusions of limitation, have everything you want and become truly conscious. For more information go to www.conari.com

 

*The Food Intolerance Bible: A Nutritionist’s Plan to Beat Food Cravings, Fatigue, Mood Swings, Celiac Disease, Headaches, IBS, and Deal with Food Allergies. Orders

at orders@redwheelweiser.com or oneline at www.conari.com

 

*Garden Therapy Guidelines for Special Needs by Judith Gammonley, ARNPBC, EdD, LCP includes how to use garden therapy with those who are memory impaired, brain injured, or who struggle with developmental or physical challenges. Contact Dr. Gammonley at goodgam@aol.com or phone her at (727) 784-2449.

 

*Group Leadership Skills provides theory, concepts and practical applications for the new or seasoned group leader with task, work, social, therapeutic, focal or focus groups. Fifth edition now available at http://www.springerpub.com/prod.aspx?prod_id=04588

 

Health Promotion in Communities: Holistic and Wellness Approaches. Focuses on applying wellness and holistic concepts to community work and includes a model and self-assessment for health and wellness with changing and vulnerable populations, in rural settings, on the internet, with individuals and groups, families, African American women, Hispanic communities, diabetes programs, parish nursing, schools, and homeless centers and more. For more information, click on:

http://www.springerpub.com/prod.aspx?prod_id=14075

 

 *Healthy Holistic Aging: A Blueprint for Success. Carl Helvie, RN, DrPH says you can live to be 100, and at age 74, he's a perfect example of the right things to do. He has no chronic illnesses and is among the 11% of the age 65-and-overs who take no prescribed medications. The book cites overwhelming scientific evidence that good diet, exercise, adequate sleep, prayer, meditation, positive relationship with others and a clean and safe environment can ensure successful aging. Visit Dr. Helvie's web site where you can also obtain the book as well as other helpful information at www.HealthyHolisticAging.com

 

 *Her Inspiration, subtitled, Secrets to Help You Work Smart, Be Successful and Have Fun, this book is full of quotes and thoughts from hundreds of women to encourage, motivate, and support you as you make your way. Order from orders@redwheelweiser.com or online at www.conari.com

 

*Holistic Nursing Approach to Chronic Diseases. Provides a holistic approach to AIDS/HIV, Allergies/Asthma, Alzheimer's Disease, Arthritis, Cancer, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Depression, Diabetes, Digestive Problems, Fibromyalgia, Heart and Blood Vessel Disorders, Kidney Disease, Liver Disease, multiple sclerosis, osteoporosis, overweight/obesity, pain, Parkinson’s Disease, and/or sleep disorders. Click on: http://www.springerpub.com/prod.aspx?prod_id=25042

 

*Living Well with Menopause: What Your Doctor Doesn't Tell You That You Need To Know. This self-care manual includes: menopause: a natural process, medical treatment, nutrition, herbs, environmental actions, exercise, other stress reduction and healing measures, relationships, finding and working with the right practitioner, and putting it all together: your menopause success plan. Click on http://www.harpercollins.com and write Carolyn Chambers Clark in the search box at the top of the screen. Or ask your local bookstore to order it. Autographed copies also available at www.carolynchambersclark.com

 

*Prayers for Healing. Edited by Maggie Oman, with an Introduction by the Dalai Lama and Foreword by Larry Dossey, this little book invites you into a wonderful healing space. Contributors include Wendell Berry, Jack Kornfield, Rainer Maria Rilke, Marian Wright Edelman, Martine Luther King, Jr., and Marianne Williamson, Kahlil Gibran, Goethe, and even traditional Native American truths. For inspiration, order from orders@redwheelweiser.com or online at www.conari.com

 

6.Wellness & Relationship Research Blog

 

    Need your daily infusion of wellness? Go to new Research Blog and find both cutting edge research, in easily-digestible bites, and practical tips for improving the quality of your life or someone else’s.  Latest entries include research on Alzheimer’s, cancer, depression, diabetes, heart disease, overweight, high blood pressure, stress, stroke, overweight/obesity, To access, click on www.carolynchambersclark.com/id33.html

 

7.  Online Menopause Support/Information Group

 

 Anyone who could benefit from support and information during menopause can go to www.yahoogroups.com and write living well with menopause in the search box, scroll down to Living Well with Menopause and click on it. (You will have to sign up for a yahoo e-mail address to join but it’s free and allows group members to remain anonymous.) Anyone can also sign up on my web site at http://www.carolynchambersclark.com/id74.html

 

8.   New!  Herbs and Supplements

 

Looking for quality herbs and supplements at fair prices? Go to http://www.iherb.com and use the following referral code for $5.00

discount on first order: HOL667.

 

9.  Wellness E-books

 

Available e-books include ADHD, acne, bladder spasms/bladder infections, couple communication, depression relief, great body, headaches, healing veggies, healing with affirmation & imagery, healthy hair, helping with homework, natural diuretics, pain free, parenting, peri-menopausal bleeding, permanent weight loss, pregnancy, helping children be successful in school, teaching math concepts, thyroid, and whole brain thinking. All are from a wellness, self-care perspective and make great gifts! Click on www.carolynchambersclark.com (Scroll down the home page to find them.)

 

10.   Book for Nurse Educators

 

*Classroom Skills for Nurse Educators provides ways to promote interactive learning even in large classes, while teaching asynchronously online and more…also introduces creative ways to use role playing, simulations, simulation games, group methods, peer learning, value clarification, perceptual exercises, journal writing and poetry. Presents indepth analysis and tips for overcoming the teaching/learning problems that can interfere with the learning process, and even shows how to develop your own learning materials (including simulations and games) in simple but effective ways. Sample chapters and more information at www.jbpub.com/catalog/9780763749750

 

11.   Creative Nursing Leadership & Management

 

 Provides relevant theory and ties it to practice by allowing learners to use critical thinking activities in a safe classroom environment. Perfect for upper-level undergraduate nursing leadership courses (and for more advanced leaders), the text focuses on creating leadership opportunities and creative solutions; using information technology; managing resources and change; delegation and succession: developing staff; creative political, legal, ethical, effective, and safe interventions to keep staff engaged. For sample chapters and more information click on www.jbpub.com/catalog/9780763749767

 

12.   Archives of the Wellness Newsletter

 

To read recent issues of the Wellness Newsletter, click on www.carolynchambersclark.com/id103.html

 

PLEASE tell your friends, family, clients or colleagues about this newsletter.  Just have them go to www.carolynchambersclark.com click on my photo and sign up for their free subscription! If you like, copy this issue in its entirety and send it to them.

They can reply and put subscribe and their email address in the subject.

 

In Wellness,

 

Carolyn Chambers Clark

ARNP, EdD, FAAN, AHN-BC

Editor

 

Stay Well!

 

 Wellness Newsletter, November, 2008

 

This free newsletter provides up-to-date research-based wellness and self-care information and tells you about books, e-books, web sites and events that can enhance well-being, promote health, and help develop self-care, teaching/learning and leadership skills.

 

Scroll down to what interests you…

 

1.   Your wellness message

 

2.   Wellness Research:

 

     a. Grapes May Prevent Heart, Blood Vessel, and other Inflammatory Disease 

 

     b. How Infant Feeding Practices Affect Later Obesity

 

     c. Exercise May Prevent Fatty Liver Disease

 

     d.  Clock Shifts Affect Heart Attack Risk

 

     e. Hazardous Ions in Wine

 

3.  New Complementary/Wellness/Self-Care Book for Women

 

4.   Being a participative consumer: new articles

 

5.   Wellness Books: from aging with grace to fearless
       living

 

6.   Wellness & Relationship Research Blog

 

7.   Online “Living Well with Menopause” support
       group

 

8.    Herbs and Supplement information

 

9.     A recent book for nurse educators

 

10.   A recent book for nursing leaders and managers

 

11.   Archives of past Wellness Newsletters

 

12.    Unsubscribe information: click control End

 

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  1. Your Wellness Message:

 

           I fill the present with joy

 

      2.    Wellness Research

 

             a Heart Disease and Grapes

 

Accumulating evidence shows that grape polyphenols work in many different ways to prevent cardiovascular and other "inflammatory-mediated" diseases.

 

Through their antioxidant effects, grape polyphenols help to slow or prevent cell damage caused by oxidation. Polyphenols decrease oxidation of low-density lipoprotein cholesterol ("bad" cholesterol)—a key step in the development of atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries). Grape polyphenols also have other protective effects on the heart and blood vessels, including actions to reduce blood clotting, abnormal heart rhythms, and blood vessel narrowing. It's not yet clear exactly how these benefits of polyphenols occur, although there is evidence of effects on cellular signaling and on the actions of certain genes. The wide range of health-promoting effects suggests that several different, possibly interrelated mechanisms may be involved.

 

 Studies in patients treated with grape seed extracts have shown improvements in blood flow and cholesterol levels. In other studies, drinking Concord grape juice has improved measures of blood flow in patients with coronary artery disease and lowered blood pressure in patients with hypertension.

 

Studies investigating the lower rates of heart disease in France—the so-called "French paradox"—first raised the possibility that red wine might have health benefits. The subsequent research reviewed by Drs. Leifert and Abeywardena helps build the case that grapes and grape products might be a useful part of strategies to lower the high rate of death from cardiovascular disease.

 

What to do:

 

Drink more Concord grape juice and eat red and/or purple grapes whenever possible

 

For more of the article, click on:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/2008/10/081028103105.htm

 

            b  Breastfeeding and Obesity

 

Breastfeeding has a number of positive health benefits for baby: it can prevent ear infections and allergies, and lowers the risk of developing respiratory problems. It can also help prevent against obesity later in life, but the reason for this still isn't known.

 

In a recent study, researchers found breastfed children could more easily determine when they were full. Children who were bottle-fed with pumped breast milk were less likely to respond to the feeling of being full by the time they were preschool-aged. Also, children who had a lower response to fullness had a higher body mass index (BMI).

 

According to Isselmann, these results suggest a behavioral link between breastfeeding and obesity prevention, in that children who are breastfed grow to have more positive eating behaviors, which could help prevent obesity later in life.

 

What to do:

 

*Whether breastfeeding or bottle-feeding, rely on feedback cues from the infant for   
   fullness and hunger, not ounces on milk ingested.

 

For more about the study, click on:

 

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/10/081028074319.htm

 

            c Exercise Prevents Fatty Liver Disease 100% in Animal Model

 

A new University of Missouri study indicates that the negative effects of skipping exercise can occur in a short period.

 

Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease is a reversible condition that causes fat to accumulate in liver cells of obese people. As Westernized societies are experiencing a weight gain epidemic, the prevalence of the disease is growing, Ibdah said. 

 

“Physical activity prevented fatty liver disease by 100 percent in an animal model of fatty liver disease,” said Frank Booth, a professor in the MU College of Veterinary Medicine and the MU School of Medicine and a research investigator in the Dalton Cardiovascular Research Center. “In contrast, 100 percent of the group that did not have physical activity had fatty liver disease. This is a remarkable event. It is rare in medicine for any treatment to prevent any disease by 100 percent.”

 

What to do:

 

If you’re overweight/obese, exercise/do something physical every day. One day could make a difference. Even if you’re not overweight, exercise every day. It could help keep your liver healthy.

 

For more about the study, click on:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/10/081029141047.htm

 

 

            d  Clock Shifts Affect Heart Attack Risks

 

Adjusting the clocks to summer time on the last Sunday in March increases the risk of myocardial infarction in the following week. In return, putting the clocks back in the autumn reduces the risk, albeit to a lesser extent. This according to a new Swedish study.

 

 “There’s a small increase in risk for the individual, especially during the first three days of the new week,” says Dr Imre Janszky, one of the researchers behind the study. “The disruption in the chronobiological rhythms, the loss of one hour’s sleep and the resulting sleep disturbance are the probable causes.”

 

The team also observed that the readjustment back to winter time on the last Sunday in October, which gives us an extra hour’s sleep, is followed by a reduction in the risk of heart attack on the Monday. The reduction for the whole week is, however, less than the increase related to the summer adjustment.

 

According to the scientists, the study provides a conceivable explanation for why myocardial infarction is most common on Mondays, as demonstrated by previous research.

 

“It’s always been thought that it’s mainly due to an increase in stress ahead of the new working week,” says Dr Janszky. “But perhaps it’s also got something to do with the sleep disruption caused by the change in diurnal rhythm at the weekend.”

 

What to do:

 

  • Go to bed one hour early when the switch to daylight savings time occurs
  • If you can, slowly shift your clock to daylight savings time; use increments

of fifteen minutes or less when possible

  • Take a political action tack if you can; provide information to your congressional representative that clock shifts may not be healthy

 

For more about the study, click on:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/10/081030075647.htm

 

            e  Before You Have that Glass of Wine…Hazardous Ions in Wine

 

Potentially hazardous levels of metal ions are present in many commercially available wines. An analysis of reported levels of metals in wines from sixteen different countries found that only those from Argentina, Brazil and Italy did not pose a potential health risk owing to metals.

 

 

Excess intake of metal ions is credited with pathological events such as Parkinson's disease. In addition to neurological problems, these ions are also believed to enhance oxidative damage, a key component of chronic inflammatory disease which is a suggested initiator of cancer".

 

These results also question a popular belief about the health-giving properties of red wine: that drinking red wine daily to protect from heart attacks is often related to levels of 'anti-oxidants'. However the finding of hazardous and pro-oxidant metal ions creates a major question mark over these supposed protective benefits. The authors recommend that, "Levels of metal ions should appear on wine labels, along with the introduction of further steps to remove key hazardous metal ions during wine production".

 

What to do:

 

*Check the country of origin of the wine before imbibing

*Drink grape juice instead

 

For more of the article, click on:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/10/081029203031.htm

 

 

3. New Women’s Wellness/Complementary Health/ Self-Care Book Available

 

Complementary Health for Women
A Comprehensive Treatment Guide for Major Diseases and Common Conditions

 

Presents only research-based treatments. Can be used for self-care by women or by health care practitioners

working with women who report/wish to prevent or reduce symptoms/problems with:

Abdominal Pain, AIDS/HIV, Allergies, Alzheimer's Disease, Anxiety, Arthritis,
Bladder Infection, High Blood Pressure, Bone Issues, Breast Cancer, Breast Feeding Issues,

Cervical Cancer, Cholesterol (Elevated), Colon Cancer, Constipation, Crohn's Disease,

Depression, Diabetes, Diarrhea, Diverticular Disease, Endometriosis, Falls,
Gallstones, Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), Headache, Heart Disease,
Incontinence, Insomnia, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Liver Inflammation, Menopause,
Migraines, Nausea & Vomiting, Obesity, Osteoporosis, Ovarian Cancer, Pancreatitis,
PMS, Post-Partum Issues, Pregnancy, Respiratory Health, Triglycerides (elevated),
Ulcerative Colitis, Urinary Tract Infection, Vaginal Issues

 

Click on following line for more information:

http://www.springerpub.com/prod.aspx?prod_id=10878#Author+Biographies

 

4.  Self-care articles

       

      a.   stevia, a safe, healthy, and no-calorie sweetener

            www.carolynchambersclark.com/id129.html

 

     b.  nutritional deficiencies tied to major causes of death:

           what consumers can do

           www.carolynchambersclark.com/id130.html

 

     c.  kidney stone self-care:

         www.carolynchambersclark.com/id51.html

 

5.   Wellness Books:

 

Aging Beyond Belief by Wellness Guru, Don Ardell, 2007.

Aging Beyond Belief includes 69 recommendations for a more healthful, enjoyable and meaningful existence at every stage of life. Order from http://www.wholeperson.com/x-selfhelp/aging.html#Anchor-Aging-47857 or Don's web site: http://www.seekwellness.com/wellness/index.htm

 

*Living Well with Anxiety: What Your Doctor Doesn't Tell You That You Need to Know. Contents include how to self-diagnose anxiety, wellness approaches (nutrition, herbs, environmental changes, exercise, other anxiety-reducing and healing measures), relationships, purpose and spirituality, creating your own anxiety plan and finding and working with the right practitioner. Ask your local book store to order LWW Anxiety if you don't find it on the shelf.

 

*Comfort and Joy: Simple Ways to Care for Ourselves and Others. Available from orders@redwheelweiser.com or oneline at www.conari.com

 

*Encyclopedia of Complementary Health Practice. Includes concepts and issues, economic and practice issues, education issues, legal/legislative/health policy issues, historical perspectives, conditions (from a-z), influential substances, practices and treatments, contributor directory, and resources directory. For more information, click on: http://www.springerpub.com/prod.aspx?prod_id=12374

 

*The Essential Laws of Fearless Living: Find the Power to Never Feel Powerless Again. How to break through illusions of limitation, have everything you want and become truly conscious. For more information go to www.conari.com

 

*The Food Intolerance Bible: A Nutritionist’s Plan to Beat Food Cravings, Fatigue, Mood Swings, Celiac Disease, Headaches, IBS, and Deal with Food Allergies. Orders

at orders@redwheelweiser.com or oneline at www.conari.com

 

*Garden Therapy Guidelines for Special Needs by Judith Gammonley, ARNPBC, EdD, LCP includes how to use garden therapy with those who are memory impaired, brain injured, or who struggle with developmental or physical challenges. Contact Dr. Gammonley at goodgam@aol.com or phone her at (727) 784-2449.

 

*Group Leadership Skills provides theory, concepts and practical applications for the new or seasoned group leader with task, work, social, therapeutic, focal or focus groups. Fifth edition now available at http://www.springerpub.com/prod.aspx?prod_id=04588

 

Health Promotion in Communities: Holistic and Wellness Approaches. Focuses on applying wellness and holistic concepts to community work and includes a model and self-assessment for health and wellness with changing and vulnerable populations, in rural settings, on the internet, with individuals and groups, families, African American women, Hispanic communities, diabetes programs, parish nursing, schools, and homeless centers and more. For more information, click on:

http://www.springerpub.com/prod.aspx?prod_id=14075

 

 *Healthy Holistic Aging: A Blueprint for Success. Carl Helvie, RN, DrPH says you can live to be 100, and at age 74, he's a perfect example of the right things to do. He has no chronic illnesses and is among the 11% of the age 65-and-overs who take no prescribed medications. The book cites overwhelming scientific evidence that good diet, exercise, adequate sleep, prayer, meditation, positive relationship with others and a clean and safe environment can ensure successful aging. Visit Dr. Helvie's web site where you can also obtain the book as well as other helpful information at www.HealthyHolisticAging.com

 

 *Her Inspiration, subtitled, Secrets to Help You Work Smart, Be Successful and Have Fun, this book is full of quotes and thoughts from hundreds of women to encourage, motivate, and support you as you make your way. Order from orders@redwheelweiser.com or online at www.conari.com

 

*Holistic Nursing Approach to Chronic Diseases. Provides a holistic approach to AIDS/HIV, Allergies/Asthma, Alzheimer's Disease, Arthritis, Cancer, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Depression, Diabetes, Digestive Problems, Fibromyalgia, Heart and Blood Vessel Disorders, Kidney Disease, Liver Disease, multiple sclerosis, osteoporosis, overweight/obesity, pain, Parkinson’s Disease, and/or sleep disorders. Click on: http://www.springerpub.com/prod.aspx?prod_id=25042

 

*Living Well with Menopause: What Your Doctor Doesn't Tell You That You Need To Know. This self-care manual includes: menopause: a natural process, medical treatment, nutrition, herbs, environmental actions, exercise, other stress reduction and healing measures, relationships, finding and working with the right practitioner, and putting it all together: your menopause success plan. Click on http://www.harpercollins.com and write Carolyn Chambers Clark in the search box at the top of the screen. Or ask your local bookstore to order it. Autographed copies also available at www.carolynchambersclark.com

 

*Prayers for Healing. Edited by Maggie Oman, with an Introduction by the Dalai Lama and Foreword by Larry Dossey, this little book invites you into a wonderful healing space. Contributors include Wendell Berry, Jack Kornfield, Rainer Maria Rilke, Marian Wright Edelman, Martine Luther King, Jr., and Marianne Williamson, Kahlil Gibran, Goethe, and even traditional Native American truths. For inspiration, order from orders@redwheelweiser.com or online at www.conari.com

 

6.Wellness & Relationship Research Blog

 

    Need your daily infusion of wellness? Go to new Research Blog and find both cutting edge research, in easily-digestible bites, and practical tips for improving the quality of your life or someone else’s.  To access, click on www.carolynchambersclark.com/id33.html

 

7.  Online Menopause Support/Information Group

 

 Anyone who could benefit from support and information during menopause can go to www.yahoogroups.com and write living well with menopause in the search box, scroll down to Living Well with Menopause and click on it. (You will have to sign up for a yahoo e-mail address to join but it’s free and allows group members to remain anonymous.) Anyone can also sign up on my web site at http://www.carolynchambersclark.com/id74.html

 

8.   New!  Herbs and Supplements

 

Looking for quality herbs and supplements at fair prices? Go to http://www.iherb.com and use the following referral code for $5.00

discount on first order: HOL667.

 

9.  Wellness E-books

 

Available e-books include ADHD, acne, bladder spasms/bladder infections, couple communication, depression relief, great body, headaches, healing veggies, healing with affirmation & imagery, healthy hair, helping with homework, natural diuretics, pain free, parenting, peri-menopausal bleeding, permanent weight loss, pregnancy, helping children be successful in school, teaching math concepts, thyroid, and whole brain thinking. All are from a wellness, self-care perspective and make great gifts! Click on www.carolynchambersclark.com (Scroll down the home page to find them.)

 

10.   Book for Nurse Educators

 

*Classroom Skills for Nurse Educators provides ways to promote interactive learning even in large classes, while teaching asynchronously online and more…also introduces creative ways to use role playing, simulations, simulation games, group methods, peer learning, value clarification, perceptual exercises, journal writing and poetry. Presents indepth analysis and tips for overcoming the teaching/learning problems that can interfere with the learning process, and even shows how to develop your own learning materials (including simulations and games) in simple but effective ways. Sample chapters and more information at www.jbpub.com/catalog/9780763749750

 

11.   Creative Nursing Leadership & Management

 

 Provides relevant theory and ties it to practice by allowing learners to use critical thinking activities in a safe classroom environment. Perfect for upper-level undergraduate nursing leadership courses (and for more advanced leaders), the text focuses on creating leadership opportunities and creative solutions; using information technology; managing resources and change; delegation and succession: developing staff; creative political, legal, ethical, effective, and safe interventions to keep staff engaged. For sample chapters and more information click on www.jbpub.com/catalog/9780763749767

 

12.   Archives of the Wellness Newsletter

 

To read recent issues of the Wellness Newsletter, click on www.carolynchambersclark.com/id103.html

 

PLEASE tell your friends, family, clients or colleagues about this newsletter.  Just have them go to www.carolynchambersclark.com click on my photo and sign up for their free subscription! If you like, copy this issue in its entirety and send it to them.

They can reply and put subscribe and their email address in the subject.

 

In Wellness,

 

Carolyn Chambers Clark

ARNP, EdD, FAAN, AHN-BC

Editor

 

Stay Well!

 

Wellness Newsletter, October, 2008

 

This free newsletter provides up-to-date research-based wellness and self-care information and tells you about books, e-books, web sites and events that can enhance well-being, promote health, and help develop self-care, teaching/learning and leadership skills.

 

Scroll down to what interests you…

 

1.   Your wellness message

 

2.   Wellness news:

 

     a.  Probiotics May Protect Against Type 1 Diabetes

 

     b. Exercise May Help Pregnant Women Stop Smoking

 

     c. Curcumin (Curry Spice) May Reduce the Size of a Hemorrhagic Stroke

 

     d.  Honey Kills Bacteria In All Its Forms

 

     e. Acupressure May Reduce Anxiety in Children Facing Surgery

 

3.   Wellness Books: from aging with grace to fearless
       living

 

4.   Herbs and Supplements

 

5.   Wellness & Relationship Research Blog

 

6.   Online “Living Well with Menopause” support
      group

 

7.   Being a participative consumer

 

8.   A recent book for nurse educators

 

9.   A recent book for nursing leaders and managers

 

10.   Archives of past Wellness Newsletters

 

11.  Unsubscribe information: click control End

 

1.   Wellness Message

 

             All is well in my world.

 

2.    Wellness News

 

       a. Probiotics May Protect Against Type 1
          Diabetes

 

The results of a recent study suggest that exposure to some forms of bacteria (especially friendly bacteria found normally in the gut or in probiotics) might actually help prevent onset of Type I diabetes.

 

"This understanding may allow us to design ways to target the immune system through altering the balance of friendly gut bacteria and protect against diabetes."

 
For more information, click on:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/09/080921162048.htm

 

      b. Exercise May Help Pregnant Women Stop
          Smoking

 

Exercise could be a useful tool in helping pregnant women to give up smoking, according to new research. Despite the warnings, 17% of women in the UK and 20% of women in the US still admit to smoking during pregnancy.

 

Most attempts to give up smoking unaided end in failure. The most successful methods of stopping smoking involve a combination of nicotine replacement and behavioural therapy, but there are concerns that nicotine replacement may harm the fetus. Exercise can reduce the cravings experienced by smokers and there is some evidence to show that it can help non-pregnant women to quit.

 

Michael Ussher and colleagues from St George’s, University of London conducted two pilot studies into whether physical exercise could feasibly help pregnant women quit smoking.

 

For both studies, pregnant women over 18, who smoked at least a cigarette a day, were recruited 12 to 20 weeks into pregnancy. In one study, women did supervised exercise once a week for six weeks; in the other, women did two sessions of exercise a week for six weeks, then one session a week for three weeks. The participants were also encouraged to do additional exercise on their own and all received advice and counselling towards stopping smoking and becoming more active.

 

A quarter of the 32 women recruited for the studies gave up smoking before giving birth. This is similar to the number of non-pregnant smokers that quit using nicotine replacement. Furthermore, participants reported other positive benefits including weight loss, improved self-image and reduced cravings.

 

For more information, please click on:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/09/080922193650.htm

 

      c. Curcumin (Curry Spice) May Reduce the Size of
        a Hemorrhagic Stroke

 

This active ingredient of the Indian curry spice, turmeric, not only lowers your chances of getting cancer and Alzheimer's disease, but may reduce the size of a hemorrhagic stroke, say Medical College of Georgia researchers.

 

"We found that curcumin significantly decreases the size of a blood clot, but we're not sure why it happens," says one of the researchers. He thinks it may be because curcumin is a potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant.

 

Timing is critical for patients who often don't know they have had a stroke and may not be seen by a physician for several hours. "Usually, patients can experience other symptoms like seizures, vision or cognitive problems, so they come to the (emergency room) fairly quickly under most circumstances," says Dr. Dhandapani. "Many patients also arrive due to head trauma and are seen within an hour or so. However, treating these injuries, even after an hour, can be tricky."

 

For more information, click on:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/09/080922135229.htm

 

     d. Honey Kills Bacteria In All Its Forms

 

Honey is very effective in killing bacteria in all its forms, especially the drug-resistant biofilms that make treating chronic rhinosinusitis difficult, according to research presented during the 2008 American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Foundation (AAO-HNSF) Annual Meeting & OTO EXPO, in Chicago, IL.

 

The study, authored by Canadian researchers at the University of Ottawa, found that in eleven isolates of three separate biofilms (Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and methicicillin-resistant and -suseptible Staphylococcus aureus), honey was significantly more effective in killing both planktonic and biofilm-grown forms of the bacteria, compared with the rate of bactericide by antibiotics commonly used against the bacteria.

 

For more information, go to:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/09/080923091335.htm

 

 

     e Acupressure May Reduce Anxiety in Children Facing Surgery

 

An acupressure treatment applied to children undergoing anesthesia noticeably lowers their anxiety levels and makes the stress of surgery more calming for them and their families, UC Irvine anesthesiologists have learned.

 

In this study, Kain and his Yale colleagues applied adhesive acupressure beads to 52 children between the ages of 8 and 17 who were to undergo endoscopic stomach surgery. In half the children, a bead was applied to the Extra-1 acupoint, which is located in the midpoint between the eyebrows. In the other half, the bead was applied to a spot above the left eyebrow that has no reported clinical effects.

 

For more about the study, click on:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/10/081001130006

 

 

3.   Wellness Books:

 

Aging Beyond Belief by Wellness Guru, Don Ardell, 2007. Aging Beyond Belief includes 69 recommendations for a more healthful, enjoyable and meaningful existence at every stage of life. Order from http://www.wholeperson.com/x-selfhelp/aging.html#Anchor-Aging-47857 or Don's web site: http://www.seekwellness.com/wellness/index.htm

 

*Living Well with Anxiety: What Your Doctor Doesn't Tell You That You Need to Know. Contents include how to self-diagnose anxiety, wellness approaches (nutrition, herbs, environmental changes, exercise, other anxiety-reducing and healing measures), relationships, purpose and spirituality, creating your own anxiety plan and finding and working with the right practitioner. Ask your local book store to order LWW Anxiety if you don't find it on the shelf.

 

*Comfort and Joy: Simple Ways to Care for Ourselves and Others. Available from orders@redwheelweiser.com or oneline at www.conari.com

 

*Encyclopedia of Complementary Health Practice. Includes concepts and issues, economic and practice issues, education issues, legal/legislative/health policy issues, historical perspectives, conditions (from a-z), influential substances, practices and treatments, contributor directory, and resources directory. Click on www.springerpub.com and write Carolyn Chambers Clark in the search box.

 

*The Essential Laws of Fearless Living: Find the Power to Never Feel Powerless Again. How to break through illusions of limitation, have everything you want and become truly conscious. For more information go to www.conari.com

 

*The Food Intolerance Bible: A Nutritionist’s Plan to Beat Food Cravings, Fatigue, Mood Swings, Celiac Disease, Headaches, IBS, and Deal with Food Allergies. Orders

at orders@redwheelweiser.com or oneline at www.conari.com

 

*Garden Therapy Guidelines for Special Needs by Judith Gammonley, ARNPBC, EdD, LCP includes how to use garden therapy with those who are memory impaired, brain injured, or who struggle with developmental or physical challenges. Contact Dr. Gammonley at goodgam@aol.com or phone her at (727) 784-2449.

 

*Group Leadership Skills provides theory, concepts and practical applications for the new or seasoned group leader with task, work, social, therapeutic, focal or focus groups. Go to www.springerpub.com and write Carolyn Chambers Clark in the search box.

 

Health Promotion in Communities: Holistic and Wellness Approaches. Focuses on applying wellness and holistic concepts to community work and includes a model and self-assessment for health and wellness with changing and vulnerable populations, in rural settings, on the internet, with individuals and groups, families, African American women, Hispanic communities, diabetes programs, parish nursing, schools, and homeless centers and more. Click on www.springerpub.com and write Carolyn Chambers Clark in the search box at the top of the page

 

*Healthy Holistic Aging: A Blueprint for Success. Carl Helvie, RN, DrPH says you can live to be 100, and at age 74, he's a perfect example of the right things to do. He has no chronic illnesses and is among the 11% of the age 65-and-overs who take no prescribed medications. The book cites overwhelming scientific evidence that good diet, exercise, adequate sleep, prayer, meditation, positive relationship with others and a clean and safe environment can ensure successful aging. Visit Dr. Helvie's web site where you can also obtain the book as well as other helpful information at www.HealthyHolisticAging.com

 

 *Her Inspiration, subtitled, Secrets to Help You Work Smart, Be Successful and Have Fun, this book is full of quotes and thoughts from hundreds of women to encourage, motivate, and support you as you make your way. Order from orders@redwheelweiser.com or online at www.conari.com

 

*Holistic Nursing Approach to Chronic Diseases. Provides a holistic approach to AIDS/HIV, Allergies/Asthma, Alzheimer's Disease, Arthritis, Cancer, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Depression, Diabetes, Digestive Problems, Fibromyalgia, Heart and Blood Vessel Disorders, Kidney Disease, Liver Disease, multiple sclerosis, osteoporosis, overweight/obesity, pain, Parkinson’s Disease, and/or sleep disorders. Click on www.springerpub.com and write Carolyn Chambers Clark in the search box at the top of the screen for information.

 

*Living Well with Menopause: What Your Doctor Doesn't Tell You That You Need To Know. This self-care manual includes: menopause: a natural process, medical treatment, nutrition, herbs, environmental actions, exercise, other stress reduction and healing measures, relationships, finding and working with the right practitioner, and putting it all together: your menopause success plan. Click on http://www.harpercollins.com and write Carolyn Chambers Clark in the search box at the top of the screen.

 

*Prayers for Healing. Edited by Maggie Oman, with an Introduction by the Dalai Lama and Foreword by Larry Dossey, this little book invites you into a wonderful healing space. Contributors include Wendell Berry, Jack Kornfield, Rainer Maria Rilke, Marian Wright Edelman, Martine Luther King, Jr., and Marianne Williamson, Kahlil Gibran, Goethe, and even traditional Native American truths. For inspiration, order from orders@redwheelweiser.com or online at www.conari.com

 

4.   New!  Herbs and Supplements

 

Looking for quality herbs and supplements at fair prices? Go to http://www.iherb.com and use the following referral code for $5.00

discount on first order: HOL667.

 

5.Wellness & Relationship Research Blog

 

    Need your daily infusion of wellness? Go to new Research Blog and find both cutting edge research, in easily-digestible bites, and practical tips for improving the quality of your life or someone else’s.  To access, click on www.carolynchambersclark.com/id33.html

 

6.  Online Menopause Support/Information Group

 

 Anyone who could benefit from support and information during menopause can go to www.yahoogroups.com and write living well with menopause in the search box, scroll down to Living Well with Menopause and click on it. (You will have to sign up for a yahoo e-mail address to join but it’s free and allows group members to remain anonymous.) Anyone can also sign up on my web site at http://www.carolynchambersclark.com/id74.html

 

7.Wellness E-books & New Articles

 

New self-care articles:

 

Medical tests:  www.carolynchambersclark.com/id129.html

 

Available e-books include ADHD, acne, bladder spasms/bladder infections, couple communication, depression relief, great body, headaches, healing veggies, healing with affirmation & imagery, healthy hair, helping with homework, natural diuretics, pain free, parenting, peri-menopausal bleeding, permanent weight loss, pregnancy, helping children be successful in school, teaching math concepts, thyroid, and whole brain thinking. All are from a wellness, self-care perspective and make great gifts! Click on www.carolynchambersclark.com (Scroll down the home page to find them.)

 

8.   Book for Nurse Educators

 

*Classroom Skills for Nurse Educators provides ways to promote interactive learning even in large classes, while teaching asynchronously online and more…also introduces creative ways to use role playing, simulations, simulation games, group methods, peer learning, value clarification, perceptual exercises, journal writing and poetry. Presents indepth analysis and tips for overcoming the teaching/learning problems that can interfere with the learning process, and even shows how to develop your own learning materials (including simulations and games) in simple but effective ways. Sample chapters and more information at www.jbpub.com/catalog/9780763749750

 

9.   Creative Nursing Leadership & Management

 

 Provides relevant theory and ties it to practice by allowing learners to use critical thinking activities in a safe classroom environment. Perfect for upper-level undergraduate nursing leadership courses (and for more advanced leaders), the text focuses on creating leadership opportunities and creative solutions; using information technology; managing resources and change; delegation and succession: developing staff; creative political, legal, ethical, effective, and safe interventions to keep staff engaged. For sample chapters and more information click on www.jbpub.com/catalog/9780763749767

 

10.   Archives of the Wellness Newsletter

 

To read recent past issue of the Wellness Newsletter, click on www.carolynchambersclark.com/id103.html

 

PLEASE tell your friends, family, clients or colleagues about this newsletter.  Just have them go to www.carolynchambersclark.com click on my photo and sign up for their free subscription! If you like, copy this issue in its entirety and send it to them.

They can reply and put subscribe and their email address in the subject.

 

In Wellness,

 

Carolyn Chambers Clark

ARNP, EdD, FAAN, AHN-BC

Editor

 

Stay Well!

 

Wellness Newsletter, September, 2008

 

This free newsletter provides up-to-date research-based wellness and self-care information and tells you about books, e-books, web sites and events that can enhance well-being, promote health, and help develop self-care, teaching/learning and leadership skills.

 

Scroll down to what interests you…

 

1.   Your wellness message

 

2.   Wellness news:

 

     a. Eating fish can prevent silent brain lesions

 

     b. Older adults may not ask important questions of
         surgeons

 

     c. New dangers of drinking while pregnant

 

     d.  Living with a partner reduces risk of
          Alzheimer’s

  

     e.  Breast-self-exam: another viewpoint

 

3.   Wellness Books: from aging with grace to fearless
       living

 

4.   Herbs and Supplements

 

5.   Wellness & Relationship Research Blog

 

6.   Online “Living Well with Menopause” support
      group

 

7.   New self-care articles on creativity and ovarian cysts, wellness preparation for surgery and post-surgery, and gallbladder conditions

 

8.   A recent book for nurse educators

 

9.   A recent book for nursing leaders and managers

 

10.   Archives of past Wellness Newsletters

 

11. Wellness Event: Free Mind-Body Medicine 
      Update

 

1.   Wellness Message

 

     Open the door to comfort in your life. Ask for it from yourself and others today.

 

               Lafia, Comfort and Joy

 

2.    Wellness News

 

       a.   Eating Fish Can Prevent Silent Brain Lesions

 

Eating fish that contain high levels of DHA and EPA nutrients, including salmon, mackerel, herring, sardines, and anchovies, may help lower the risk of cognitive decline and stroke in healthy older adults, according to a new study.

 

Eating these fish 3 or more times a week was associated with a nearly 26 percent lower risk of having silent brain lesions that can cause dementia and stroke compared to people who did not eat fish regularly. Eating just one serving of this type of fish per week led to a 13 percent lower risk.

 

But not fried fish; that provides no protection.

 

For more about the study, click on:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/08/080804165312.htm

 

 

      b.  Older Adults May Not Ask Questions of
          Surgeons

 

The decision to undergo surgery can be particularly difficult and confusing for older adults. In a study published in the July 2008 issue of the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Richard M. Frankel, Ph.D., of the Indiana University School of Medicine, and colleagues report that older patients and their surgeons do not communicate effectively when exploring surgical treatment options.

 

What to do if surgery is suggested?

 

Here are some questions to ask the surgeon:

 

*What is the expected quality of life after surgery?

 

*How many of these surgeries have you conducted and what have been the outcomes?

 

*What other treatments are available that are less intrusive?

 

Because the idea of surgery can be frightening and create high anxiety, most people do not ask these questions. The best method may be to write them down and recite them when speaking with the surgeon, and then re-ask them if the answer isn’t complete.

 

For more information on the study, click on:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/07/080731140135.htm

 

      c.   New Dangers for Drinking While Pregnant

 

Pregnancy and Drinking Linked to Cleft Lip/Palate

A new study by researchers at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), part of the National Institutes of Health, shows that pregnant women who drink 5 or more drinks at a sitting in early in their pregnancy increase the likelihood that their babies will be born with oral clefts (lip or palate).

 

Women who drank at this level on three or more occasions during the first trimester were

three times as likely to have infants born with oral cleft.

 

For more about the study, click on:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/07/080731140032.htm

 

     d.   Living with a Partner Reduces Risk of
           Alzheimer’s

 

Living with a spouse or a partner decreases the risk of developing Alzheimer’s by 50% and other dementia diseases according to a study presented for the first time yesterday at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference on Alzheimer’s Disease (ICAD 2008), the world’s largest in the field, held in Chicago.

 

Previous research has shown that an active lifestyle, both intellectually and socially, can decrease the risk of developing dementia; since a shared life often entails considerable social and intellectual stimulation, the point of inquiry of this present study was whether living with a spouse or a partner can help to ward off dementia.

 

Living alone their entire adult life doubles the risk

Divorce in midlife and remaining single triples the risk

Widows and widowers who continued to live alone ran the greatest risk; they were six times more apt to show signs of Alzheimer’s

 

Social and intellectual stimulation and trauma appear to be the important factors.

 

What to do to prevent some of the considerable costs of dementia care?

 

* offer counseling for unresolved trauma

* provide intellectual and social stimulation

* encourage older adults to attend social functions and engage in crossword puzzles,  
   reading, learning a language or other new information

 

For more about the study, click on:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/07/080731073549.htm

 

e.     Breast Self-Exam: Another Viewpoint

 

My special thanks to Jane M. Armer, RN, PhD, Professor and Director Nursing Research, Ellis Fischel Cancer Center at the University of Missouri-Columbia, and

Verna Adwell Rhodes, RN, EdS, FAAN who wrote me about this topic.

 

The question whether the aggregated published research suggests that breast self examination is beneficial was explored in a meta-analysis of 12 studies including a total of 8118 patients with breast cancer that related the practice of breast self examination to regional lymph node state or tumor diameter. Based on the six studies for which data were available, 39% of patients (1115/2852) who reported having done breast self examination at least once before their illness had evidence of cancer in the lymph nodes compared with 50% of women (1348/2713) who had not done the examination. Logistic regression analysis showed this difference to be significant (odds ratio 0.66, confidence interval 0.59 to 0.74). Combining six studies which reported the circumstances of detection disclosed that 42% of women (272/652) who found their tumor while doing breast self examination had evidence of cancer in the nodes compared with 46% of women (871/1901) who found the tumor accidentally; this difference was not significant. Analysis of eight studies which used the diameter of the tumor to indicate the extent of disease tended to confirm the findings on lymph node state, in particular the benefit of premorbid breast self examination. Significantly fewer women who had practiced the examination before the illness (56%; 1205/2137) had tumors of 2 cm or more diameter compared with women who had not practiced the examination (66%; 1500/2260). The combined odds ratio for that analysis was 0.56, confidence interval 0.38 to 0.81. These findings appear to be good evidence of the benefit of encouraging women to practice self examination of the breasts regularly.

 

Source: Self examination of the breast: is it beneficial? Meta-analysis of studies investigating breast self examination and extent of disease in patients with breast cancer.

D. Hill, V. White, D. Jolley, and K. Mapperson Centre for Behavioural Research in Cancer, Carlton, Victoria, Australia. http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?artid=1833942

 

 

3.   Wellness Books:

 

Aging Beyond Belief by Wellness Guru, Don Ardell, 2007.

Aging Beyond Belief includes 69 recommendations for a more healthful, enjoyable and meaningful existence at every stage of life. Order from http://www.wholeperson.com/x-selfhelp/aging.html#Anchor-Aging-47857 or Don's web site: http://www.seekwellness.com/wellness/index.htm

 

*Living Well with Anxiety: What Your Doctor Doesn't Tell You That You Need to Know. Contents include how to self-diagnose anxiety, wellness approaches (nutrition, herbs, environmental changes, exercise, other anxiety-reducing and healing measures), relationships, purpose and spirituality, creating your own anxiety plan and finding and working with the right practitioner. Ask your local book store to order LWW Anxiety if you don't find it on the shelf.

 

*Comfort and Joy: Simple Ways to Care for Ourselves and Others. Available from orders@redwheelweiser.com or oneline at www.conari.com

 

*Encyclopedia of Complementary Health Practice. Includes concepts and issues, economic and practice issues, education issues, legal/legislative/health policy issues, historical perspectives, conditions (from a-z), influential substances, practices and treatments, contributor directory, and resources directory. Click on www.springerpub.com and write Carolyn Chambers Clark in the search box.

 

*The Essential Laws of Fearless Living: Find the Power to Never Feel Powerless Again. How to break through illusions of limitation, have everything you want and become truly conscious. For more information go to www.conari.com

 

*The Food Intolerance Bible: A Nutritionist’s Plan to Beat Food Cravings, Fatigue, Mood Swings, Celiac Disease, Headaches, IBS, and Deal with Food Allergies. Orders

at orders@redwheelweiser.com or oneline at www.conari.com

 

*Garden Therapy Guidelines for Special Needs by Judith Gammonley, ARNPBC, EdD, LCP includes how to use garden therapy with those who are memory impaired, brain injured, or who struggle with developmental or physical challenges. Contact Dr. Gammonley at goodgam@aol.com or phone her at (727) 784-2449.

 

*Group Leadership Skills provides theory, concepts and practical applications for the new or seasoned group leader with task, work, social, therapeutic, focal or focus groups. Go to www.springerpub.com and write Carolyn Chambers Clark in the search box.

 

Health Promotion in Communities: Holistic and Wellness Approaches. Focuses on applying wellness and holistic concepts to community work and includes a model and self-assessment for health and wellness with changing and vulnerable populations, in rural settings, on the internet, with individuals and groups, families, African American women, Hispanic communities, diabetes programs, parish nursing, schools, and homeless centers and more. Click on www.springerpub.com and write Carolyn Chambers Clark in the search box at the top of the page

 

*Healthy Holistic Aging: A Blueprint for Success. Carl Helvie, RN, DrPH says you can live to be 100, and at age 74, he's a perfect example of the right things to do. He has no chronic illnesses and is among the 11% of the age 65-and-overs who take no prescribed medications. The book cites overwhelming scientific evidence that good diet, exercise, adequate sleep, prayer, meditation, positive relationship with others and a clean and safe environment can ensure successful aging. Visit Dr. Helvie's web site where you can also obtain the book as well as other helpful information at www.HealthyHolisticAging.com

 

 *Her Inspiration, subtitled, Secrets to Help You Work Smart, Be Successful and Have Fun, this book is full of quotes and thoughts from hundreds of women to encourage, motivate, and support you as you make your way. Order from orders@redwheelweiser.com or online at www.conari.com

 

*Holistic Nursing Approach to Chronic Diseases. Provides a holistic approach to AIDS/HIV, Allergies/Asthma, Alzheimer's Disease, Arthritis, Cancer, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Depression, Diabetes, Digestive Problems, Fibromyalgia, Heart and Blood Vessel Disorders, Kidney Disease, Liver Disease, multiple sclerosis, osteoporosis, overweight/obesity, pain, Parkinson’s Disease, and/or sleep disorders. Click on www.springerpub.com and write Carolyn Chambers Clark in the search box at the top of the screen for information.

 

*Living Well with Menopause: What Your Doctor Doesn't Tell You That You Need To Know. This self-care manual includes: menopause: a natural process, medical treatment, nutrition, herbs, environmental actions, exercise, other stress reduction and healing measures, relationships, finding and working with the right practitioner, and putting it all together: your menopause success plan. Click on http://www.harpercollins.com and write Carolyn Chambers Clark in the search box at the top of the screen.

 

*Prayers for Healing. Edited by Maggie Oman, with an Introduction by the Dalai Lama and Foreword by Larry Dossey, this little book invites you into a wonderful healing space. Contributors include Wendell Berry, Jack Kornfield, Rainer Maria Rilke, Marian Wright Edelman, Martine Luther King, Jr., and Marianne Williamson, Kahlil Gibran, Goethe, and even traditional Native American truths. For inspiration, order from orders@redwheelweiser.com or online at www.conari.com

 

4.   New!  Herbs and Supplements

 

Looking for quality herbs and supplements at fair prices? Go to http://www.iherb.com and use the following referral code for $5.00

discount on your first order: HOL667.

 

5.Wellness & Relationship Research Blog

 

    Need your daily infusion of wellness? Go to my new Blog and find both cutting edge research, in easily-digestible bites, and practical tips for improving the quality of your life or someone else’s.  To access, click on www.carolynchambersclark.com/id33.html

 

6.  Online Menopause Support/Information Group

 

 Anyone who could benefit from support and information during menopause can go to www.yahoogroups.com and write living well with menopause in the search box, scroll down to Living Well with Menopause and click on it. (You will have to sign up for a yahoo e-mail address to join but it’s free and allows group members to remain anonymous.) Anyone can also sign up on my web site at http://www.carolynchambersclark.com/id74.html

 

7.  Wellness E-books & New Articles

 

New self-care articles:

 

Surgery/Post –Surgery www.carolynchambersclark.com/id126.html

Ovarian Cysts www.carolynchambersclark.com/id127.html

Gallbladder www.carolynchambersclark.com/id124.html

 

Available e-books include ADHD, acne, bladder spasms/bladder infections, couple communication, depression relief, great body, headaches, healing veggies, healing with affirmation & imagery, healthy hair, helping with homework, natural diuretics, pain free, parenting, peri-menopausal bleeding, permanent weight loss, pregnancy, helping children be successful in school, teaching math concepts, thyroid, and whole brain thinking. All are from a wellness, self-care perspective and make great gifts! Click on www.carolynchambersclark.com (Scroll down the home page to find them.)

 

8.   Book for Nurse Educators

 

*Classroom Skills for Nurse Educators provides ways to promote interactive learning even in large classes, while teaching asynchronously online and more…also introduces creative ways to use role playing, simulations, simulation games, group methods, peer learning, value clarification, perceptual exercises, journal writing and poetry. Presents indepth analysis and tips for overcoming the teaching/learning problems that can interfere with the learning process, and even shows how to develop your own learning materials (including simulations and games) in simple but effective ways. Sample chapters and more information at www.jbpub.com/catalog/9780763749750

 

9.   Creative Nursing Leadership & Management

 

 Provides relevant theory and ties it to practice by allowing learners to use critical thinking activities in a safe classroom environment. Perfect for upper-level undergraduate nursing leadership courses (and for more advanced leaders), the text focuses on creating leadership opportunities and creative solutions; using information technology; managing resources and change; delegation and succession: developing staff; creative political, legal, ethical, effective, and safe interventions to keep staff engaged. For sample chapters and more information click on www.jbpub.com/catalog/9780763749767

 

10.   Archives of the Wellness Newsletter

 

To read recent past issue of the Wellness Newsletter, click on www.carolynchambersclark.com/id103.html

 

11.  Wellness Events

 

New Free Mind-Body Medicine Update. Available for downloading at http://www.mindbodymedicineupdate.com

 

PLEASE tell your friends, family, clients, students or colleagues about this newsletter.  Just have them go to www.carolynchambersclark.com click on my photo and sign up for their free subscription! If you like, copy this issue in its entirety and send it to them. They can subscribe by clicking on reply and putting subscribe and their email address in the subject.

 

In Wellness,

 

Carolyn Chambers Clark

ARNP, EdD, FAAN, AHN-BC

Editor

 

Stay Well!

 

Wellness Newsletter, August, 2008

 

This free newsletter provides up-to-date research-based wellness and self-care information and tells you about books, e-books, web sites and events that can enhance well-being, promote health, and help develop self-care, teaching/learning and leadership skills.

 

Scroll down to what interests you…

 

1.   Your wellness message

 

2.   Wellness news:

 

   a.  Breast self-exams don’t prevent deaths

 

   b.  X-rays linked to prostate cancer

 

   c.  Protect children/grandchildren from obesity, heart disease and diabetes

 

   d.  Losing weight…more information on the best way to do it

 

   e.   You can lower fossil fuel use by 50% and it’s easy!

 

3.   Wellness Books: from aging with grace to fearless
       living

 

4.   New! Herbs and Supplements

 

5.   Wellness & Relationship Blog

 

6.   Online “Living Well with Menopause” support
      group

 

7.   Self-care/wellness e-books

 

8.   Book for nurse educators

 

9.   Book for nursing leaders and managers

 

10. Archives of past Wellness Newsletters

 

11. Wellness Event: Free Mind-Body Medicine 
      Update

 

1.   Wellness Message

 

     Take time today to visit a place that’s special to you.

      It could be a real place or a place in your imagination.

      Make sure it’s someplace that gives you comfort and peace.

 

2.    Wellness News:

 

a.       Breast self-exams don’t prevent deaths

 

It is a staple of women's health advice and visits to the OB/GYN: the monthly breast self-exam to check for lumps or other changes that might signal breast cancer. A review of recent studies says there is no evidence that self-exams actually reduce breast cancer deaths.

 

Instead, the practice may be doing more harm than good, since it led to almost twice as many biopsies that turned up no cancer in women who performed the self-exams, compared to women who did not do the exams.

 

In the two large studies of 388,535 women in Russia and China included in the review, women who used self-breast exams had 3,406 biopsies, compared with 1,856 biopsies in the group that did not do the exams. At the same time, there was no significant difference in breast cancer deaths between the two groups.

 

For more information, click on: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/07/080715204852.htm

 

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b.  X-rays linked to prostate cancer

 

A new study showed that men who had a hip or pelvic X-ray or barium enema 10 years previously were two and a half times more likely to develop prostate cancer than the general population. And the link appeared to be stronger in men who had a family history of the disease.

 

The exposure to radiation was part of normal medical procedures which were performed 5, 10 or 20 years before diagnosis. Procedures included hip and leg X-rays, for example taken after an accident, and barium meals and enemas which are used to diagnose problems with the digestive system.

 

The results of the study have been published online in the British Journal of Cancer.

 

For more about the study, click on

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/07/080715093737.htm

 

c.  Protecting children from obesity, heart disease and diabetes

 

A new study found that children older than 11 aren’t getting the recommended level of 60 minutes or more of physical activity

 

What to do?

 

  1. Make sure local school systems provide needed exercise by ensuring children receive periodic recess breaks and daily active physical education.
  2. Ask local governments to provide safe biking and walking routes around schools.
  3. Institute family walks with your children or grandchildren. Even 15 minutes a day can provide health benefits. On weekends go on family outings centered on longer walks or biking.

      4.   Obtain a copy of the We Can!  (Ways to Enhance Children's Activity and
           Nutrition), a science-based national education program from the National
           Institutes of Health to help children ages 8-13 maintain a healthy weight. We
           Can! provides tips, evidence-based curricula and other resources for parents
           and community programs to help children and their families make better
           food choices increase physical activity, and reduce recreational screen time.
           More information is available at http://wecan.nhlbi.nih.gov or toll-free at 866-
           35-WE CAN (866-359-3226).

 

For more information on the study, go to

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/07/080715161927.htm

 

d.   Losing weight...What's the best way?

 

Low-carbohydrate and Mediterranean diets may be just as effective in achieving weight loss as the standard, medically prescribed low-fat diet, according to a new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. It depends on the

purpose of losing weight, which one may be right.

 

Reduce cholesterol? The low-carbohydrate food regime may be best.

 

Decrease fasting glucose? The Mediterranean diet is probably best.

 

Reduce inflammation and improve liver function? Low-fat, low-carbohydrate and Mediterranean food plans will do the trick.

 

According to the researchers who compared these three methods, “The improvement in levels of some of these biomarkers continued until the 24-month point, although maximum weight loss was achieved by 6 months. This suggests that healthy diet has beneficial effects beyond weight loss."

 

For more about the study, go to:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/07/080716171134.htm

 

e.   Eating Less Meat and Junk Food Can Cut Fossil Fuel Use by 50%

 

Worried about global warming and dependence on foreign oil for fuel? There are many things you can do to reverse this.

 

A new study finds that a healthier diet and a return to traditional farming can help reduce energy consumption in US food system by 50 percent.

 

An estimated 19 percent of total energy used in the USA is taken up in the production and supply of food.  Currently, this mostly comes from non-renewable energy sources which are in short supply.  It is therefore of paramount importance that ways of reducing this significant fuel consumption in the US food system are found.

 

This is totally under control of you, the consumer!

 

What to do?

 

*Eat less. The average American consumes an estimated 3,747 calories a day, a staggering 1200-1500 calories over recommendations.  Traditional American diets are high in animal products, and junk and processed foods in particular, which by their nature use more energy than that used to produce staple foods such as potatoes, rice, fruits and vegetables.  By just reducing junk food intake and converting to diets lower in meat, you can have a massive impact on fuel consumption as well as improving your health.

 

*Move towards more traditional, organic farming methods by buying only organically produced foods. This would help because conventional meat and dairy production is extremely energy intensive.  Similarly, in crop production, reduced pesticide use, increased use of manure, cover crops and crop rotations improve energy efficiency.

 

* The most dramatic reduction in energy used for food processing would come about if you reduced your demand for highly processed foods.  This would also help cut down food miles and its related fuel cost as US food travels an average of 2,400 km before it is consumed.

 

This study argues strongly that the consumer is in the strongest position to contribute to a reduction in energy use.  As individuals embrace a ‘greener’ lifestyle, an awareness of the influence their food choices have on energy resources might be added encouragement for them to buy good, local produce and avoid highly processed, heavily packaged and nutritionally inferior food.  As well as leading to a cleaner environment, this would also lead to better health.

 

For more information, click on:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/07/080723094838.htm

 

3.   Wellness Books:

 

Aging Beyond Belief by Wellness Guru, Don Ardell, 2007.

Aging Beyond Belief includes 69 recommendations for a more healthful, enjoyable and meaningful existence at every stage of life. Order from http://www.wholeperson.com/x-selfhelp/aging.html#Anchor-Aging-47857 or Don's web site: http://www.seekwellness.com/wellness/index.htm

 

*Living Well with Anxiety: What Your Doctor Doesn't Tell You That You Need to Know. Contents include how to self-diagnose anxiety, wellness approaches (nutrition, herbs, environmental changes, exercise, other anxiety-reducing and healing measures), relationships, purpose and spirituality, creating your own anxiety plan and finding and working with the right practitioner. Ask your local book store to order LWW Anxiety if you don't find it on the shelf.

 

*Comfort and Joy: Simple Ways to Care for Ourselves and Others. Available from orders@redwheelweiser.com or oneline at www.conari.com

 

*Encyclopedia of Complementary Health Practice. Includes concepts and issues, economic and practice issues, education issues, legal/legislative/health policy issues, historical perspectives, conditions (from a-z), influential substances, practices and treatments, contributor directory, and resources directory. Click on www.springerpub.com and write Carolyn Chambers Clark in the search box.

 

*The Essential Laws of Fearless Living: Find the Power to Never Feel Powerless Again. How to break through illusions of limitation, have everything you want and become truly conscious. For more information go to www.conari.com

 

*The Food Intolerance Bible: A Nutritionist’s Plan to Beat Food Cravings, Fatigue, Mood Swings, Celiac Disease, Headaches, IBS, and Deal with Food Allergies. Orders

at orders@redwheelweiser.com or oneline at www.conari.com

 

*Garden Therapy Guidelines for Special Needs by Judith Gammonley, ARNPBC, EdD, LCP includes how to use garden therapy with those who are memory impaired, brain injured, or who struggle with developmental or physical challenges. Contact Dr. Gammonley at goodgam@aol.com or phone her at (727) 784-2449.

 

*Group Leadership Skills provides theory, concepts and practical applications for the new or seasoned group leader with task, work, social, therapeutic, focal or focus groups. Go to www.springerpub.com and write Carolyn Chambers Clark in the search box.

 

Health Promotion in Communities: Holistic and Wellness Approaches. Focuses on applying wellness and holistic concepts to community work and includes a model and self-assessment for health and wellness with changing and vulnerable populations, in rural settings, on the internet, with individuals and groups, families, African American women, Hispanic communities, diabetes programs, parish nursing, schools, and homeless centers and more. Click on www.springerpub.com and write Carolyn Chambers Clark in the search box at the top of the page

 

*Healthy Holistic Aging: A Blueprint for Success. Carl Helvie, RN, DrPH says you can live to be 100, and at age 74, he's a perfect example of the right things to do. He has no chronic illnesses and is among the 11% of the age 65-and-overs who take no prescribed medications. The book cites overwhelming scientific evidence that good diet, exercise, adequate sleep, prayer, meditation, positive relationship with others and a clean and safe environment can ensure successful aging. Visit Dr. Helvie's web site where you can also obtain the book as well as other helpful information at www.HealthyHolisticAging.com

 

 *Her Inspiration, subtitled, Secrets to Help You Work Smart, Be Successful and Have Fun, this book is full of quotes and thoughts from hundreds of women to encourage, motivate, and support you as you make your way. Order from orders@redwheelweiser.com or online at www.conari.com

 

*Holistic Nursing Approach to Chronic Diseases. Provides a holistic approach to AIDS/HIV, Allergies/Asthma, Alzheimer's Disease, Arthritis, Cancer, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Depression, Diabetes, Digestive Problems, Fibromyalgia, Heart and Blood Vessel Disorders, Kidney Disease, Liver Disease, multiple sclerosis, osteoporosis, overweight/obesity, pain, Parkinson’s Disease, and/or sleep disorders. Click on www.springerpub.com and write Carolyn Chambers Clark in the search box at the top of the screen for information.

 

*Living Well with Menopause: What Your Doctor Doesn't Tell You That You Need To Know. This self-care manual includes: menopause: a natural process, medical treatment, nutrition, herbs, environmental actions, exercise, other stress reduction and healing measures, relationships, finding and working with the right practitioner, and putting it all together: your menopause success plan. Click on http://www.harpercollins.com and write Carolyn Chambers Clark in the search box at the top of the screen.

 

*Prayers for Healing. Edited by Maggie Oman, with an Introduction by the Dalai Lama and Foreword by Larry Dossey, this little book invites you into a wonderful healing space. Contributors include Wendell Berry, Jack Kornfield, Rainer Maria Rilke, Marian Wright Edelman, Martine Luther King, Jr., and Marianne Williamson, Kahlil Gibran, Goethe, and even traditional Native American truths. For inspiration, order from orders@redwheelweiser.com or online at www.conari.com

 

4.   New!  Herbs and Supplements

 

Looking for quality herbs and supplements at fair prices? Go to http://www.iherb.com and use the following referral code for $5.00

discount on your first order: HOL667.

 

Check the prices and brand names vs. your current source.

 

5.Wellness & Relationship Blog

 

    Need your daily infusion of wellness? Go to my new Blog and find both cutting edge research, in easily-digestible bites, and practical tips for improving the quality of your life or someone else’s.  To access, click on www.carolynchambersclark.com/id33.html

 

6.  Online Menopause Support/Information Group

 

 Anyone who could benefit from support and information during menopause can go to www.yahoogroups.com and write living well with menopause in the search box, scroll down to Living Well with Menopause and click on it. (You will have to sign up for a yahoo e-mail address to join but it’s free and allows group members to remain anonymous.) Anyone can also sign up on my web site at http://www.carolynchambersclark.com/id74.html

 

7.   Wellness E-books

 

Available e-books include ADHD, acne, bladder spasms/bladder infections, couple communication, depression relief, great body, headaches, healing veggies, healing with affirmation & imagery, healthy hair, helping with homework, natural diuretics, pain free, parenting, peri-menopausal bleeding, permanent weight loss, pregnancy, helping children be successful in school, teaching math concepts, thyroid, and whole brain thinking. All are from a wellness, self-care perspective and make great gifts! Click on www.carolynchambersclark.com (Scroll down the home page to find them.)

 

8.   Book for Nurse Educators

 

*Classroom Skills for Nurse Educators provides ways to promote interactive learning even in large classes, while teaching asynchronously online and more…also introduces creative ways to use role playing, simulations, simulation games, group methods, peer learning, value clarification, perceptual exercises, journal writing and poetry. Presents indepth analysis and tips for overcoming the teaching/learning problems that can interfere with the learning process, and even shows how to develop your own learning materials (including simulations and games) in simple but effective ways. Sample chapters and more information at www.jbpub.com/catalog/9780763749750

 

9.   Creative Nursing Leadership & Management

 

 Provides relevant theory and ties it to practice by allowing learners to use critical thinking activities in a safe classroom environment. Perfect for upper-level undergraduate nursing leadership courses (and for more advanced leaders), the text focuses on creating leadership opportunities and creative solutions; using information technology; managing resources and change; delegation and succession: developing staff; creative political, legal, ethical, effective, and safe interventions to keep staff engaged. For sample chapters and more information click on www.jbpub.com/catalog/9780763749767

 

10.   Archives of the Wellness Newsletter

 

To read recent past issue of the Wellness Newsletter, click on www.carolynchambersclark.com/id103.html

 

10.  Wellness Events

 

New Free Mind-Body Medicine Update. Available for downloading at http://www.mindbodymedicineupdate.com

 

PLEASE tell your friends, family, clients or colleagues about this newsletter.  Just have them go to www.carolynchambersclark.com click on my photo and sign up for their free subscription! If you like, copy this issue in its entirety and send it to them.

They can reply and put subscribe and their email address in the subject.

 

In Wellness,

 

Carolyn Chambers Clark

ARNP, EdD, FAAN, AHN-BC

Editor

 

Stay Well!

 

Wellness Newsletter July, 2008

 

This free newsletter provides up-to-date research-based wellness and self-care information and tells you about books, e-books, web sites and events that can enhance well-being, promote health, and help develop self-care, teaching/learning and leadership skills.

 

Scroll down to what interests you…

 

1.   Your wellness message

 

2.   Wellness news:

 

   a.  Creating a wellness environment  

 

   b.  Fructose raises cholesterol and uric acid

 

   c.  Which drugs increase risk of falling?

 

   d.  How to slow aging

 

   e.  Eating the right fish

 

   f.  Modify cardiovascular disease through diet

 

   g.  Best ways to lose weight

 

3.   Wellness Books: from aging with grace to fearless
       living

 

4.   New!  Wellness & Relationship Blog

 

5.   Online “Living Well with Menopause” support
      group

 

6.   Self-care/wellness e-books

 

7.   A new book for nurse educators

 

8.   A new book for nursing leaders and managers

 

9.   Archives of past Wellness Newsletters

 

10. Wellness Event: Free Mind-Body Medicine 
      Update

 

1.   Wellness Message

 

       Touch gives comfort. A simple hug. A kiss on the cheek. A stroke on the arm. A handshake. A pat on the back. You connect through touch, and it is an instant source of comfort. How are you inviting touch into your life?

                               Colette Lafia, Comfort and Joy      

 

2.    Wellness News:

 

a.      Creating a Wellness Environment

In the June 4 edition of Environmental Science and Technology, researchers at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia warn that pesticides may damage a rainbow trout's sense of smell, making it difficult to find mates and avoid predators. Because the trout are closely related to salmon, the findings suggest that pesticides may be a cause of plummeting salmon stocks in Canada and the US. Keith Tierney, a toxicologist at University of Windsor, Ontario, explained how steelhead rainbow trout exposed to low levels of agricultural pesticides lost the ability to perceive a predator's scent. "You can imagine if a fish is unable to detect just how close it is to a [wading] bear, it's a problem," Tierney told the New Scientist. Tierney's team measured the water quality in a river south of Vancouver and found "no fewer than 40 chemicals," most at trace concentrations. After trout were exposed to a weak mixture of the 10 most abundant pesticides -- including atrazine and diazinon -- for four days, they lost the ability to sense changes in the concentration of an amino acid called L-serine. The damage appeared permanent -- "the protein that detoxifies harmful chemicals appears overwhelmed by the pesticides."

 

The General Services Administration (GSA) has begun using organic fertilizer on the grounds of all its federal buildings in the National Capital Region covering parts of the Chesapeake Bay watershed, the District of Columbia, and stretches of Virginia and Maryland. GSA Regional Administrator Tony Reed explains that using sustainable practices was a way of "enriching our landscapes at the same time we are helping to clean up Chesapeake Bay." According to Beyond Pesticides, "chemical fertilizer, pesticides, animal manure, and poultry litter are major sources of excess nitrogen and phosphorus that cause water quality problems in the Chesapeake Bay." The pollutants feed massive algae blooms that rob the bay of dissolved oxygen, creating "dead zones" that kill fish and other aquatic life. "GSA's switch to all-organic fertilizer sets a good example of the kind of steps we all need to take to restore the health of the Chesapeake Bay," said EPA Regional Administrator Donald S. Welsh. GSA has also introduced an Integrated Pest Management program to replace the spraying of toxic insecticides in 30 million square feet in approximately 7,000 federal buildings. Meanwhile, more than four acres of the capital's National Mall now are receiving organic lawn care from the National Park Service.

 

What can you do?

 

If the national government can enhance the environment, so can your local government. Get active, send them this article and/or write editorials in your paper. The environment is yours. Take charge!

 

But it’s not only pesticides at governmental levels that need to be addressed. Schools, homes, rivers, lakes, and even the ocean can be hotbeds of run-off from pesticides, which can harm your neurological system and harm our source of healthy fish.

In one neighborhood in Chicago, where children have extremely high asthma rates, parents inspected local schools and discovered pesticides were being sprayed in the classrooms. Because pesticides can harm neurological systems, they may contribute to low test scores at some inner-city schools. If you’re using pesticides in your home, switch to boric acid and other safe alternatives and make sure your children and grandchildren aren’t being exposed to pesticides in schools or on beaches.

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b.  High fructose intake may worsen levels of cholesterol, triglycerides, and uric acid as well as increase the risk for obesity and cardiovascular disease

 

according to Medscape J Med. Published online July 9, 2008.

 

Where is fructose found?

 

You’d be surprised! Read the label of everything you drink or eat. It could be in there. It’s in sodas, energy drinks, many cereals (even from the health food store!), many energy bars, and could be in that package of cookies or cake, for starters.

 

If you want something sweet, try the real thing, e.g., a banana, an apple, some strawberries. Just make sure they’re not in fructose-sweetened juice. Off the tree or the vine or bush is best. And yes, fructose is in there, too, but it’s the real thing, not a synthetic replicant.

 

The mystery is that real fruit reduces heart disease and just about every other chronic disease, while synthetic fructose may worsen them.  Yes, Virginia, real is better…

 

source: www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/fruits.html

 

c.  Which Drugs Increase Risk Of Falling?

 

Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have created a list of prescription drugs that increase the risk of falling for patients aged 65 and older who take four or more medications on a regular basis.

 

"Falls are the leading cause of both fatal and non-fatal injuries for adults 65 and older, and research suggests that those taking four or more medications are at an even greater risk than those who don't -- perhaps two to three times greater," said Susan Blalock, Ph.D., an associate professor at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy.

 

 The medications on the list cover a wide range of common prescription antidepressants, seizure medications, painkillers and more. The common denominator among them is that they all work to depress the central nervous system, which can make patients less alert and slower to react. Many over-the-counter medications can also contribute to falls.

 

"Some allergy medications, sleep aids and some cold and cough remedies can have the same effects as prescription drugs," Ferreri said. "Always let your doctor know what over-the-counter medications you are taking and be sure to read the labels. Anything that can cause drowsiness can put you at increased risk of falling."

 

If you see a drug you are taking on the list, talk to your health care practitioner about the risk of falling and possible alternative medications that have a less sedating effect.

 

To download a list of the prescription medications that increase the risk of falls for patients 65 and older, http://uncnews.unc.edu/images/stories/news/health/2008/drugslist.pdf

 

For details, click on http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/07/080709122343.htm

 

Both the list of prescription drugs and some of the study's finding were published in the June issue of the American Journal of Geriatric Pharmacotherapy.

d.  Slow Aging best Way to Fight Disease

A group of aging experts from the United States and the United Kingdom suggest that the best strategy for preventing and fighting a multitude of diseases is to focus on slowing the biological processes of aging.

"The traditional medical approach of attacking individual diseases -- cancer, diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease -- will soon become less effective if we do not determine how all of these diseases either interact or share common mechanisms with aging," says S. Jay Olshansky, professor of epidemiology at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health and senior author of the commentary.

“Middle-aged and older people are most often impacted by simultaneous but independent medical conditions. A cure for any of the major fatal diseases would have only a marginal impact on life expectancy and the length of healthy life, “Olshansky said.

The authors suggest that a new paradigm of health promotion and disease prevention could produce unprecedented social, economic and health dividends for current and future generations if the aging population is provided with extended years of healthy living.

 

Existing interventions, such as exercise and good nutrition, may provide the tools for slow aging and lifelong well-being.

 

For more details, click on:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/07/080708200624.htm

 

 

e.  Eating Fish? Avoid Tilapia

 

Farm-raised tilapia, one of the most highly consumed fish in America, has very low levels of beneficial omega-3 fatty acids and, perhaps worse, very high levels of omega-6 fatty acids, according to new research from Wake Forest University School of Medicine.

 

The researchers say the combination could be a potentially dangerous food source for some patients with heart disease, arthritis, asthma and other allergic and auto-immune diseases that are particularly vulnerable to an "exaggerated inflammatory response." Inflammation is known to cause damage to blood vessels, the heart, lung and joint tissues, skin, and the digestive tract.

 

But, the article says, the recommendation by the medical community for people to eat more fish has resulted in consumption of increasing quantities of fish such as tilapia that may do more harm than good, because they contain high levels of omega-6 fatty acids, also called n-6 PUFAs, such as arachidonic acid.

 

For more information, click on: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/07/080708092228.htm

 

f.  Leading Worldwide Cause Of Cardiovascular 
    Disease May Be Modified By Diet

 

New research indicates that an increased intake in minerals such as potassium, and possibly magnesium and calcium by dietary means may reduce the risk of high blood pressure and decrease blood pressure in people with hypertension. A high intake of these minerals in the diet may also reduce the risk of coronary heart disease and stroke.

 

Potassium, specifically, has been hypothesized as one reason for the low cardiovascular disease rates in vegetarians, as well as in populations consuming primitive diets (generous in potassium and low in sodium). In isolated societies consuming diets high in fruits and vegetables, hypertension affects only 1 percent of the population, whereas in industrialized countries which consume diets high in processed foods and large amounts of dietary sodium, 1 in 3 persons have hypertension. Americans consume double the sodium and about half of the potassium that is recommended by current guidelines.

 

Diets that emphasize fruits, vegetables and low-fat dairy products, including the landmark Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) trial, have been advocated by the Joint National Committee on Prevention, Detection, Evaluation, and Treatment of High Blood Pressure, the American Heart Association, the European Society of Hypertension, the World Health Organization and the British Hypertension Society.

 

These findings were published in a supplement appearing with the July issue of The Journal of Clinical Hypertension.

 

For more information, click on:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/07/080708104525.htm

 

g.   Trying to lose weight?

 

Keeping a food diary can double weight loss according to a study from Kaiser Permanente's Center for Health Research. The findings, from one of the largest and longest running weight loss maintenance trials ever conducted, will be published in the August issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

 

In addition to keeping food diaries and turning them in at weekly support group meetings, participants were asked to follow a heart-healthy DASH (a Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet rich in fruits and vegetables and low-fat or non-fat dairy, attend weekly group sessions and exercise at moderate intensity levels for at least 30 minutes a day. After six months, the average weight loss among the nearly 1,700 participants was approximately 13 pounds. More than two-thirds of the participants (69 percent) lost at least nine pounds, enough to reduce their health risks and qualify for the second phase of the study, which lasted 30 months and tested strategies for maintaining the weight loss.

 

"More than two-thirds of Americans are overweight or obese. If we all lost just nine pounds, like the majority of people in this study did, our nation would see vast decreases in hypertension, high cholesterol, diabetes, heart disease and stroke," said study co-author Victor Stevens, Ph.D., a Kaiser Permanente researcher. For example, in an earlier study Stevens found that losing as little as five pounds can reduce the risk of developing high blood pressure by 20 percent.

 

"Keeping a food diary doesn't have to be a formal thing. Just the act of scribbling down what you eat on a Post-It note, sending yourself e-mails tallying each meal, or sending yourself a text message will suffice. It's the process of reflecting on what you eat that helps us become aware of our habits, and hopefully change our behavior," says Keith Bachman, MD, a Weight Management Initiative member. "Every day I hear patients say they can't lose weight. This study shows that most people can lose weight if they have the right tools and support. And food journaling in conjunction with a weight management program or class is the ideal combination of tools and support."

 

For more details, click on:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/07/080708080738.htm

 

Weight Watchers vs. Fitness Centers

 

A University of Missouri researcher examined the real-life experiences of participants to determine which program helps people lose pounds, reduce body fat and gain health benefits. The answer is that both have pros and cons and that a combination of the two produces the best results.

 

“Overweight, sedentary women joining a fitness center with the intent of weight loss or body fat change will likely fail without support and without altering their diets,” the researchers said. “Nearly 50 percent of people who start an exercise program will quit within six months.”

 

For details, click on:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/07/080702101351.htm

 

3.   Wellness Books:

 

Aging Beyond Belief by Wellness Guru, Don Ardell, 2007.

Aging Beyond Belief includes 69 recommendations for a more healthful, enjoyable and meaningful existence at every stage of life. Order from http://www.wholeperson.com/x-selfhelp/aging.html#Anchor-Aging-47857 or Don's web site: http://www.seekwellness.com/wellness/index.htm

 

*Living Well with Anxiety: What Your Doctor Doesn't Tell You That You Need to Know. Contents include how to self-diagnose anxiety, wellness approaches (nutrition, herbs, environmental changes, exercise, other anxiety-reducing and healing measures), relationships, purpose and spirituality, creating your own anxiety plan and finding and working with the right practitioner. Ask your local book store to order LWW Anxiety if you don't find it on the shelf.

 

*Comfort and Joy: Simple Ways to Care for Ourselves and Others. Available from orders@redwheelweiser.com or oneline at www.conari.com

 

*Encyclopedia of Complementary Health Practice. Includes concepts and issues, economic and practice issues, education issues, legal/legislative/health policy issues, historical perspectives, conditions (from a-z), influential substances, practices and treatments, contributor directory, and resources directory. Click on www.springerpub.com and write Carolyn Chambers Clark in the search box.

 

*The Essential Laws of Fearless Living: Find the Power to Never Feel Powerless Again.

 How to break through illusions of limitation, have everything you want and become truly conscious. For more information go to www.conari.com

 

*The Food Intolerance Bible: A Nutritionist’s Plan to Beat Food Cravings, Fatigue, Mood Swings, Celiac Disease, Headaches, IBS, and Deal with Food Allergies. Orders

at orders@redwheelweiser.com or oneline at www.conari.com

 

*Garden Therapy Guidelines for Special Needs by Judith Gammonley, ARNPBC, EdD, LCP includes how to use garden therapy with those who are memory impaired, brain injured, or who struggle with developmental or physical challenges. Contact Dr. Gammonley at goodgam@aol.com or phone her at (727) 784-2449.

 

*Group Leadership Skills provides theory, concepts and practical applications for the new or seasoned group leader with task, work, social, therapeutic, focal or focus groups. Go to www.springerpub.com and write Carolyn Chambers Clark in the search box.

 

Health Promotion in Communities: Holistic and Wellness Approaches. Focuses on applying wellness and holistic concepts to community work and includes a model and self-assessment for health and wellness with changing and vulnerable populations, in rural settings, on the internet, with individuals and groups, families, African American women, Hispanic communities, diabetes programs, parish nursing, schools, and homeless centers and more. Click on www.springerpub.com and write Carolyn Chambers Clark in the search box at the top of the page

 

*Healthy Holistic Aging: A Blueprint for Success. Carl Helvie, RN, DrPH says you can live to be 100, and at age 74, he's a perfect example of the right things to do. He has no chronic illnesses and is among the 11% of the age 65-and-overs who take no prescribed medications. The book cites overwhelming scientific evidence that good diet, exercise, adequate sleep, prayer, meditation, positive relationship with others and a clean and safe environment can ensure successful aging. Visit Dr. Helvie's web site where you can also obtain the book as well as other helpful information at www.HealthyHolisticAging.com

 

*Her Inspiration, subtitled, Secrets to Help You Work Smart, Be Successful and Have Fun, this book is full of quotes and thoughts from hundreds of women to encourage, motivate, and support you as you make your way. Order from orders@redwheelweiser.com or online at www.conari.com

 

*Holistic Nursing Approach to Chronic Diseases. Provides a holistic approach to AIDS/HIV, Allergies/Asthma, Alzheimer's Disease, Arthritis, Cancer, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Depression, Diabetes, Digestive Problems, Fibromyalgia, Heart and Blood Vessel Disorders, Kidney Disease, Liver Disease, multiple sclerosis, osteoporosis, overweight/obesity, pain, Parkinson’s Disease, and/or sleep disorders. Click on www.springerpub.com and write Carolyn Chambers Clark in the search box at the top of the screen for information.

 

*Living Well with Menopause: What Your Doctor Doesn't Tell You That You Need To Know. This self-care manual includes: menopause: a natural process, medical treatment, nutrition, herbs, environmental actions, exercise, other stress reduction and healing measures, relationships, finding and working with the right practitioner, and putting it all together: your menopause success plan. Click on http://www.harpercollins.com and write Carolyn Chambers Clark in the search box at the top of the screen.

 

*Prayers for Healing. Edited by Maggie Oman, with an Introduction by the Dalai Lama and Foreword by Larry Dossey, this little book invites you into a wonderful healing space. Contributors include Wendell Berry, Jack Kornfield, Rainer Maria Rilke, Marian Wright Edelman, Martine Luther King, Jr., and Marianne Williamson, Kahlil Gibran, Goethe, and even traditional Native American truths. For inspiration, order from orders@redwheelweiser.com or online at www.conari.com

 

4.    New! Wellness & Relationship Blog

 

    Need your daily infusion of wellness? Go to my new Blog and find both cutting edge research, in easily-digestible bites, and practical tips for improving the quality of your life or someone else’s.  To access, click on www.carolynchambersclark.com/id33.html

 

5.  Online Menopause Support/Information Group

 

Anyone who could benefit from support and information during menopause can go to www.yahoogroups.com and write living well with menopause in the search box, scroll down to Living Well with Menopause and click on it. (You will have to sign up for a yahoo e-mail address to join but it’s free and allows group members to remain anonymous.)

 

6.   Wellness E-books

 

Available e-books include ADHD, acne, bladder spasms/bladder infections, couple communication, depression relief, great body, headaches, healing veggies, healing with affirmation & imagery, healthy hair, helping with homework, natural diuretics, pain free, parenting, peri-menopausal bleeding, permanent weight loss, pregnancy, helping children be successful in school, teaching math concepts, thyroid, and whole brain thinking. All are from a wellness, self-care perspective and make great gifts! Click on www.carolynchambersclark.com (Scroll down the home page to find them.)

 

7.   New Book for Nurse Educators

 

*Classroom Skills for Nurse Educators provides ways to promote interactive learning even in large classes, while teaching asynchronously online and more…also introduces creative ways to use role playing, simulations, simulation games, group methods, peer learning, value clarification, perceptual exercises, journal writing and poetry. Presents indepth analysis and tips for overcoming the teaching/learning problems that can interfere with the learning process, and even shows how to develop your own learning materials (including simulations and games) in simple but effective ways. Sample chapters and more information at www.jbpub.com/catalog/9780763749750

 

8.   Creative Nursing Leadership & Management

 

Provides relevant theory and ties it to practice by allowing learners to use critical thinking activities in a safe classroom environment. Perfect for upper-level undergraduate nursing leadership courses (and for more advanced leaders), the text focuses on creating leadership opportunities and creative solutions; using information technology; managing resources and change; delegation and succession: developing staff; creative political, legal, ethical, effective, and safe interventions to keep staff engaged. For sample chapters and more information click on www.jbpub.com/catalog/9780763749767

 

9.   Archives of the Wellness Newsletter

 

To read recent past issue of the Wellness Newsletter, click on www.carolynchambersclark.com/id103.html

 

10.  Wellness Events

 

New Free Mind-Body Medicine Update. Available for downloading at http://www.mindbodymedicineupdate.com

 

PLEASE tell your friends, family, clients or colleagues who might benefit about this newsletter.  Just have them go to www.carolynchambersclark.com

click on my photo and sign up for their free subscription! If you like, copy this issue in its entirety and send it to them.

 

In Wellness,

 

Carolyn Chambers Clark

ARNP, EdD, FAAN, AHN-BC

Editor

 

Stay Well!

 

Wellness Newsletter, June, 2008

 

This newsletter provides up-to-date research-based wellness and self-care information and tells you about books, e-books, web sites and events that can enhance well-being, promote health, and help develop self-care, teaching/learning and leadership skills. Please forward it in its entirety to whomever you believe may benefit.

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Scroll down to what interests you…

 

1.   Your wellness message

 

2.   Wellness news:

 

   a.   Vigorous exercise can help seniors avoid disability

 

   b.   Vitamins help prevent macular degeneration of eyes

 

   c.   Niacin’s role in healthy cholesterol

 

   d.  Exposure therapy best after trauma/PTSD

 

   e.  Antioxidants in food could help ICU patients

 

3.   Wellness Books: from aging with grace to fearless living

 

4.   New!  Wellness & Relationship Blog

 

5.   Online “Living Well with Menopause” support group

 

6.   Self-care/wellness e-books

 

7.   A new book for nurse educators

 

8.   A new book for nursing leaders and managers

 

9.   Archives of past Wellness Newsletters

 

10. Wellness Events: Chant for healing and world peace!

 

1.   Wellness Message

 

                   “Bringing comfort into the world is about

paying attention to how and where comfort is calling us---from a

colleague who needs a word of support, a person on the bus who needs

a seat, a spouse looking for encouragement, or the neighborhood senior center

looking for volunteers. Simple actions. Wide ripples. Deep resonance.”

                               Colette Lafia, Comfort and Joy      

 

2.    Wellness News:

 

a.      Vigorous exercise can help seniors avoid disability

 

What does vigorous exercise mean? Running, brisk walking, swimming, hiking and biking were the activities considered active in the study.

 

The researchers concluded that being physically active, regardless of body weight, helped lessen disability. Bruce said that public health efforts that promote physically active lifestyles among seniors may be more feasible than those that emphasize body weight to remain healthy.

 

The researchers said that, “It’s often difficult for physicians without specific training to motivate patients to think of the long-term health benefits of exercise and activity.”

 

Whether using “because you’ll look better at your high school reunion” or

“look better in your clothes,” or “to live a happier, longer life,” it’s important

to find a lifelong motivation for exercising.

 

    Original article at: Bruce B, Fries J, Hubert H.. Mitigation of disability  
    development in healthy overweight and normal-weight seniors through regular

    vigorous activity: a 13-year study. Am J Public Health, 98(7) 2008

or read a summary at http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/06/080603185228.htm

 

b.      Vitamins help prevent macular degeneration---but watch the dosage!

 

    A study of individuals with age-related macular degeneration (AMD), based at the   
    Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, found that nearly
    40 percent of those likely to benefit from specific vitamin/mineral supplements were
    either not taking the supplements or not using the recommended dosage. The study
    also showed that some patients used high-dose supplements even in the absence of
    evidence that these would be effective for their levels of AMD or other eye conditions.

    This research was published in the June 2008 issue of Ophthalmology.

    For more details, go to
    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/06/080602121006.htm

    For the correct dosage, go to

    http://www.agingeye.net/visionbasics/nutritionandvision.php

 

c.       Niacin’s role in maintaining healthy cholesterol

 

 A research team has uncovered the likely target of niacin (vitamin B3) in the liver, which should provide a clearer picture of how this vitamin helps maintain adequate HDL-cholesterol levels in the blood and thus lower the risk of heart disease.

 

     For details, click on:

     http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/06/080605150904.htm

 

    Food sources of niacin (also important to proper circulation and healthy skin, nervous
    system, metabolism and digestion, sex hormones, memory and mental health        
    include: broccoli, carrots, cheese, corn flour, dandelion greens, dates, eggs, fish,

    milk,  peanuts, potatoes, tomatoes, wheat germ and whole wheat products.

 

d.      Exposure therapy better than cognitive restructuring after trauma (PTSD)

Exposure therapy may be more effective than cognitive restructuring because it eases the anxiety associated with the traumatic memory and corrects the belief that the memory must be avoided, in addition to encouraging self-control by managing the exposure exercise, the authors of a new study note.

For details,

Arch Gen Psychiatry, 2008;65(6):659-667 [link]

    or click on: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/06/080602160842.htm

 

    e.  Antioxidants in food could help ICU patients

 

    New study suggests that the oxide stress increase during patients stays in the
    Intensive Care Unit (ICU) is due to the low levels of antioxidant food
    consumption, especially foods rich in vitamins A,C, and E.

 

    For details, go to:
    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/06/080604101536.htm

 

   Best food sources of the important antioxidants include: apricots, asparagus,
   avocadoes, beet greens, black currants, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cantaloupe, carrots,
   collards, dandelion greens, eggs, fish liver, garlic, kale, lemons, mangos, mustard
   greens, nuts, oatmeal, onions, papayas, peaches, peanuts, peas (green), persimmons,
   pineapple, pumpkin, radishes, red and sweet peppers, rice (brown only), seeds,
   soybeans, spinach, sweet potatoes, Swiss chard, turnip greens, watercress, whole grain
   cereals/breads/pasta, and yellow squash.

 

   What to do?  If a family, member, friend, or client is in the ICU, check to insure he or

   she receives 5-10 servings (1/2 cup steamed, juiced or pureed ) of  a variety of the
   above foods daily.

 

3.   Wellness Books:

 

Aging Beyond Belief by Wellness Guru, Don Ardell, 2007.

Aging Beyond Belief includes 69 recommendations for a more healthful, enjoyable and meaningful existence at every stage of life. Order from http://www.wholeperson.com/x-selfhelp/aging.html#Anchor-Aging-47857 or Don's web site: http://www.seekwellness.com/wellness/index.htm

 

*Living Well with Anxiety: What Your Doctor Doesn't Tell You That You Need to Know. Contents include how to self-diagnose anxiety, wellness approaches (nutrition, herbs, environmental changes, exercise, other anxiety-reducing and healing measures), relationships, purpose and spirituality, creating your own anxiety plan and finding and working with the right practitioner. Ask your local book store to order LWW Anxiety if you don't find it on the shelf.

 

*Comfort and Joy: Simple Ways to Care for Ourselves and Others. Available from orders@redwheelweiser.com or oneline at www.conari.com

 

*Encyclopedia of Complementary Health Practice. Includes concepts and issues, economic and practice issues, education issues, legal/legislative/health policy issues, historical perspectives, conditions (from a-z), influential substances, practices and treatments, contributor directory, and resources directory. Click on www.springerpub.com and write Carolyn Chambers Clark in the search box.

 

*The Essential Laws of Fearless Living: Find the Power to Never Feel Powerless Again.

 How to break through illusions of limitation, have everything you want and become truly conscious. For more information go to www.conari.com

 

*The Food Intolerance Bible: A Nutritionist’s Plan to Beat Food Cravings, Fatigue, Mood Swings, Celiac Disease, Headaches, IBS, and Deal with Food Allergies. Orders

at orders@redwheelweiser.com or oneline at www.conari.com

 

*Garden Therapy Guidelines for Special Needs by Judith Gammonley, ARNPBC, EdD, LCP includes how to use garden therapy with those who are memory impaired, brain injured, or who struggle with developmental or physical challenges. Contact Dr. Gammonley at goodgam@aol.com or phone her at (727) 784-2449.

 

*Group Leadership Skills provides theory, concepts and practical applications for the new or seasoned group leader with task, work, social, therapeutic, focal or focus groups. Go to www.springerpub.com and write Carolyn Chambers Clark in the search box.

 

*Health Promotion in Communities: Holistic and Wellness Approaches. Focuses on applying wellness and holistic concepts to community work and includes a model and self-assessment for health and wellness with changing and vulnerable populations, in rural settings, on the internet, with individuals and groups, families, African American women, Hispanic communities, diabetes programs, parish nursing, schools, and homeless centers and more. Click on www.springerpub.com and write Carolyn Chambers Clark in the search box at the top of the page

 

*Healthy Holistic Aging: A Blueprint for Success. Carl Helvie, RN, DrPH says you can live to be 100, and at age 74, he's a perfect example of the right things to do. He has no chronic illnesses and is among the 11% of the age 65-and-overs who take no prescribed medications. The book cites overwhelming scientific evidence that good diet, exercise, adequate sleep, prayer, meditation, positive relationship with others and a clean and safe environment can ensure successful aging. Visit Dr. Helvie's web site where you can also obtain the book as well as other helpful information at www.HealthyHolisticAging.com

.

*Her Inspiration, subtitled, Secrets to Help You Work Smart, Be Successful and Have Fun, this book is full of quotes and thoughts from hundreds of women to encourage, motivate, and support you as you make your way. Order from orders@redwheelweiser.com or online at www.conari.com

 

.*Holistic Nursing Approach to Chronic Diseases. Provides a holistic approach to AIDS/HIV, Allergies/Asthma, Alzheimer's Disease, Arthritis, Cancer, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Depression, Diabetes, Digestive Problems, Fibromyalgia, Heart and Blood Vessel Disorders, Kidney Disease, Liver Disease, multiple sclerosis, osteoporosis, overweight/obesity, pain, Parkinsons' Disease, and/or sleep disorders. Click on www.springerpub.com and write Carolyn Chambers Clark in the search box at the top of the screen for information.

 

*Living Well with Menopause: What Your Doctor Doesn't Tell You That You Need To Know. This self-care manual includes: menopause: a natural process, medical treatment, nutrition, herbs, environmental actions, exercise, other stress reduction and healing measures, relationships, finding and working with the right practitioner, and putting it all together: your menopause success plan. Click on http://www.harpercollins.com

and write Carolyn Chambers Clark in the search box at the top of the screen.

 

*Prayers for Healing. Edited by Maggie Oman, with an Introduction by the Dalai Lama and Foreword by Larry Dossey, this little book invites you into a wonderful healing space. Contributors include Wendell Berry, Jack Kornfield, Rainer Maria Rilke, Marian Wright Edelman, Martine Luther King, Jr., and Marianne Williamson, Kahlil Gibran, Goethe, and even traditional Native American truths. For inspiration, order from orders@redwheelweiser.com or online at www.conari.com

.

 

4.    New! Wellness & Relationship Blog

 

    Need your daily infusion of wellness? Go to my new Blog and find both

    cutting edge research, in easily-digestible bites, and practical tips for

    improving the quality of your life or someone else’s.

    Click on www.carolynchambersclark.com/id33.html

 

5.  Online Menopause Support/Information Group

 

Anyone who could benefit from support and information during menopause can go to www.yahoogroups.com and write living well with menopause in the search box, scroll down to Living Well with Menopause and click on it.

 

6.   Wellness E-books

 

Available e-books include ADHD, acne, bladder spasms/bladder infections, couple communication, depression relief, great body, headaches, healing veggies, healing with affirmation & imagery, healthy hair, helping with homework, natural diuretics, pain free, parenting, peri-menopausal bleeding, permanent weight loss, pregnancy, helping children be successful in school, teaching math concepts, thyroid, and whole brain thinking. All are from a wellness, self-care perspective. Click on www.carolynchambersclark.com

(Scroll down the home page to find them.)

 

7.   New Book for Nurse Educators

 

*Classroom Skills for Nurse Educators provides ways to promote interactive learning even in large classes, while teaching asynchronously online and more…also introduces creative ways to use role playing, simulations, simulation games, group methods, peer learning, value clarification, perceptual exercises, journal writing and poetry. Presents indepth analysis and tips for overcoming the teaching/learning problems that can interfere with the learning process, and even shows how to develop your own learning materials (including simulations and games) in simple but effective ways. Sample chapters and

more information at www.jbpub.com/catalog/9780763749750

 

 

8.   Creative Nursing Leadership & Management

 

Provides relevant theory and ties it to practice by allowing learners to use critical thinking activities in a safe classroom environment. Perfect for upper-level undergraduate nursing leadership courses (and for more advanced leaders), the text focuses on creating leadership opportunities and creative solutions; using information technology; managing resources and change; delegation and succession: developing staff; creative political, legal, ethical, effective, and safe interventions to keep staff engaged. For sample chapters and more information click on www.jbpub.com/catalog/9780763749767

 

 

9.   Archives of the Wellness Newsletter

 

To read recent past issue of the Wellness Newsletter, click on www.carolynchambersclark.com/id103.html

 

10.  Wellness Events

 

Thanks to Dr. Norm Shealy for this one:

 

Five thousand years ago, the Yellow Emperor's Classic of Internal Medicine revealed the law, wisdom, theory and principles of Yin and Yang. Five thousand years later, the Divine has just released the Divine Sacred Soul Songs of Yin Yang and Five Elements. These divine soul treasures carry divine soul frequency with divine love, forgiveness, compassion and light. Divine frequency transforms the frequency of your soul, mind and body. Divine love melts all blockages and transforms all life. Divine compassion boosts energy, vitality, stamina and immunity. Divine light heals, prevents sickness, rejuvenates, prolongs life and transforms every aspect of life, including relationships and finances.

 

The Founding Committee is honored to announce that every Tuesday, from 6:00-6:30 p.m. PACIFIC TIME, we will gather thousands of people worldwide to chant Divine Sacred Soul Songs of Yin Yang and Five Elements to offer world soul healing, peace and enlightenment. Join us by calling (507) 726-3300 and dialing the passcode 77815#.

 

Please share this movement with your loved ones and invite them to join us tomorrow and every Tuesday. The benefits of joining this divine chanting gathering are:

 

 To chant is to heal and rejuvenate yourself

 

To chant is to offer healing and rejuvenation to your loved ones

 

To chant is to offer healing to humanity

 

To chant is to offer healing to all souls

 

To chant is to purify your soul, heart, mind and body in order to transform your life and enlighten your soul

 

To chant is to offer world peace

 

PLEASE SEND THIS NEWSLETTER ON to friends, family, clients or colleagues who might benefit. My only request is that you send it in its entirety.

 

In Wellness,

 

Carolyn Chambers Clark

ARNP, EdD, FAAN, AHN-BC

Editor

 

Stay Well!

 

If you received this newsletter from me, you’re already on the subscribe list. If you received it from someone else and would like to subscribe, go to www.carolynchambersclark.com and click on my picture.

 

Wellness Newsletter, May, 2008

 

This newsletter provides up-to-date research-based wellness and self-care information and tells you about books, e-books, web sites and events that can enhance well-being, promote health, and help develop self-care, teaching/learning and leadership skills. Please forward it in its entirety to whomever you believe may benefit.

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Scroll down to what interests you…

 

1. Your wellness message

 

2. Wellness news:

 

   a.   What do breast cancer, menopause and arthritis have in common?

 

   b.   Reverse fast food liver damage

 

   c.   Vitamin E helps Alzheimer’s

 

   d.   Latest on lung wellness

 

   e.   New weight loss research

 

   f.   Parenting: What works?

 

3. Wellness Books: Check out new fearless living book!

 

4. New!  Wellness & Relationship Blog

 

5. Online “Living Well with Menopause” support group

 

6.  Self-care/wellness e-books

 

7. A new book for nurse educators

 

8. A new book for nursing leaders and managers

 

9. Archives of past Wellness Newsletters

 

 

1. Wellness Message

 

             You are not here to catch trains and wear dress socks

 

             You are here to build things…and teach things…and jump in lakes

 

             You are here to make things better for others, better for yourself

 

             You are here to laugh, take naps, and run in the wind…

 

             You are here to live well!

 

              Unknown

                                   

 

2.  Wellness News:

 

    a.   What do cancer, menopause and arthritis have in common?

 

May is Physical Fitness and Sports month, so it’s fitting that a lot of recent research

shows the benefits of exercise.

 

Exercise combats cancer-related fatigue. Walking 30 minutes a day 3 to 5 times a week generally helps combat fatigue.

 

Source: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/04/080415194430.htm

 

Teenage girls and premenopausal women can also cut the risk of early breast cancer

through regular exercise. Taking a walk after dinner, playing a game of tennis or taking a daily swim could do the trick.

 

Source:  http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/05/080513171443.htm

 

Physical activity is also a natural pain reliever for arthritis. A recent study published in Arthritis Care and Research concluded that regular exercise, specifically the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program, is an effective course in significantly improving and managing pain. This is good news for baby boomers who want to use natural remedies for pain.

 

Source: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/04/080408173045.htm

 

   b.  Reverse fast food liver damage

 

Diets high in fast food can be highly toxic to the liver and other internal organs because most fast foods contain high fat (burgers, fries, and fried foods, e.g.) and sugar (high-fructose corn syrup in sodas and some fruit juices). Even children and teenagers are now being seen for cirrhosis of the liver.

 

What to do: Try a burger without mayo and cheese, avoid fries and sugary soft drinks. Go for grilled chicken sandwiches with mustard, a salad with low-fat dressing, and bottled

water.

 

Source: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/04/080430204519.htm

 

Better yet, stay home and eat soy burgers with soy cheese and baked fries. For a

drink, try lemonade sweetened with stevia. Serve a salad brimming with spinach, mustard

greens, kale, arugala, and/or escarole, and drizzle extra virgin olive oil and cider vinegar over it. After you eat, take a nice walk. Regular (at least 3 times a week) exercise helps the body better metabolize and process food.

 

   c.   Vitamin E helps people with Alzheimer’s

 

Previous research has shown that vitamin E can delay the progression of moderately severe Alzheimer’s. New research shows the vitamin can also extend life. Researchers followed 847 people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease for five years. About two thirds of the group took 1,000 international units of vitamin E twice a day along with an Alzheimer’s drug (a cholinesterase inhibitor). Less than 10 percent of the group took vitamin E alone and about 15 percent did not take vitamin E.

 

The group that took vitamin E, with or without a cholinesterase inhibitor were 26 percent less like to die than people who didn’t take vitamin E.

 

Food sources of vitamin E are nuts, green leafy vegetables and some vegetable oils

Such as olive oil. A daily salad or two of green leafy vegetables, a handful of nuts, topped with extra virgin olive oil with lemon could be a start.

 

Source:  http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/04/080415194438.htm

 

   d.   Latest on lung wellness

 

Do you laugh a lot? Kids laugh about 400 times a day---adults only about 15. To boost the respiratory system, try laughing games and laughter yoga.

 

Source:  http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/05/080505225405.htm

 

Tree-lined streets can lower rates of childhood asthma. It’s not clear if it’s the trees that

help, but they could encourage children to play outdoors or improve air quality.

 

Source: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/04/080430201651.htm

 

Mmm…what about an indoor plant? For ideas, go to http://www.ecoartisan.org/pollution.html

 

1 of 5 rooms may be highly contaminated with hidden mold and that can aggravate asthma, rhinitis and hypersensitivity pneumonitis. Significant factors include lack of ventilation, a ground floor apartment, or accidental water damage. (age of building, presence of pets, temperature, cleaning bathroom tiles, rooms used to dry clothes, or indoor plants had no effect.)

 

Source: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/04/080430123552.htm

 

Computer games shows promise for helping people with obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) to gain control over their breathing by providing breathing feedback. For details,

go to  http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/04/080415075711.htm

 

e.       New weight loss research

 

Contrary to ads, dairy products don’t help people lose weight; neither does calcium

intake. Exercise, decreased soda intake, increased fiber, fruit and vegetable intake can

help with weight loss.

 

Source:  http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/05/080502104547.htm

 

Believing you can lose weight can also help. Self-efficacy, or the belief we can produce the result we want to produce, is a powerful idea that can work.

 

Source: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/05/080502082735.htm

 

Affirmations are powerful tools in this regard. Writing positive actions on 3x5 cards and

Reading them at least 20 times a day can make inroads into self-efficacy and gradually

Replace (or at least counter) negative thinking, and eventually, negative behaviors. Some affirmations to try: I am in charge of what I eat. I can lose weight; right now I’m losing weight. It’s easy for me to exercise every day.

 

A new obesity prevention program can reduce the risk for onset of eating disorders by 61% and obesity by 55% in young women. For details, go to http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/04/080429151134.htm

 

Limiting TV/video games to two hours a day and taking at least 12,000 steps a day (as

Indicated by pedometer) can reduce childhood obesity. For details, go to:  http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/04/080416081631.htm

 

f.   Parenting: What works?

 

Eating trout, salmon and sardines (low contaminant level and high omega-3 content) can enhance an infant’s cognitive and motor development when eaten by mothers during the last months of pregnancy. Details at: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/04/080409110029.htm

 

Nearly one-third of parents aren’t sure what to expect of infants and may not be engaging in reading books, telling stories, or singing songs with them---all activities known to

enrich their child’s life and learning. Details at

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/05/080504095631.htm

 

3. Wellness Books:

 

Aging Beyond Belief by Wellness Guru, Don Ardell, 2007.

Aging Beyond Belief includes 69 recommendations for a more healthful, enjoyable and meaningful existence at every stage of life. Order from http://www.wholeperson.com/x-selfhelp/aging.html#Anchor-Aging-47857 or Don's web site: http://www.seekwellness.com/wellness/index.htm

 

*Living Well with Anxiety: What Your Doctor Doesn't Tell You That You Need to Know. Contents include how to self-diagnose anxiety, wellness approaches (nutrition, herbs, environmental changes, exercise, other anxiety-reducing and healing measures), relationships, purpose and spirituality, creating your own anxiety plan and finding and working with the right practitioner. Ask your local book store to order LWW Anxiety if you don't find it on the shelf.

 

*Comfort and Joy: Simple Ways to Care for Ourselves and Others. Available from orders@redwheelweiser.com or oneline at www.conari.com

 

*Encyclopedia of Complementary Health Practice. Includes concepts and issues, economic and practice issues, education issues, legal/legislative/health policy issues, historical perspectives, conditions (from a-z), influential substances, practices and treatments, contributor directory, and resources directory. Click on www.springerpub.com and write Carolyn Chambers Clark in the search box.

 

*The Essential Laws of Fearless Living: Find the Power to Never Feel Powerless Again.

 How to break through illusions of limitation, have everything you want and become truly conscious. For more information go to www.conari.com

 

*The Food Intolerance Bible: A Nutritionist’s Plan to Beat Food Cravings, Fatigue, Mood Swings, Celiac Disease, Headaches, IBS, and Deal with Food Allergies. Orders

at orders@redwheelweiser.com or oneline at www.conari.com

 

*Garden Therapy Guidelines for Special Needs by Judith Gammonley, ARNPBC, EdD, LCP includes how to use garden therapy with those who are memory impaired, brain injured, or who struggle with developmental or physical challenges. Contact Dr. Gammonley at goodgam@aol.com or phone her at (727) 784-2449.

 

*Group Leadership Skills provides theory, concepts and practical applications for the new or seasoned group leader with task, work, social, therapeutic, focal or focus groups. Go to www.springerpub.com and write Carolyn Chambers Clark in the search box.

 

*Health Promotion in Communities: Holistic and Wellness Approaches. Focuses on applying wellness and holistic concepts to community work and includes a model and self-assessment for health and wellness with changing and vulnerable populations, in rural settings, on the internet, with individuals and groups, families, African American women, Hispanic communities, diabetes programs, parish nursing, schools, and homeless centers and more. Click on www.springerpub.com and write Carolyn Chambers Clark in the search box at the top of the page

 

*Healthy Holistic Aging: A Blueprint for Success. Carl Helvie, RN, DrPH says you can live to be 100, and at age 74, he's a perfect example of the right things to do. He has no chronic illnesses and is among the 11% of the age 65-and-overs who take no prescribed medications. The book cites overwhelming scientific evidence that good diet, exercise, adequate sleep, prayer, meditation, positive relationship with others and a clean and safe environment can ensure successful aging. Visit Dr. Helvie's web site where you can also obtain the book as well as other helpful information at www.HealthyHolisticAging.com

.

*Her Inspiration, subtitled, Secrets to Help You Work Smart, Be Successful and Have Fun, this book is full of quotes and thoughts from hundreds of women to encourage, motivate, and support you as you make your way. Order from orders@redwheelweiser.com or online at www.conari.com

 

.*Holistic Nursing Approach to Chronic Diseases. Provides a holistic approach to AIDS/HIV, Allergies/Asthma, Alzheimer's Disease, Arthritis, Cancer, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Depression, Diabetes, Digestive Problems, Fibromyalgia, Heart and Blood Vessel Disorders, Kidney Disease, Liver Disease, multiple sclerosis, osteoporosis, overweight/obesity, pain, Parkinsons' Disease, and/or sleep disorders. Click on www.springerpub.com and write Carolyn Chambers Clark in the search box at the top of the screen for information.

 

*Living Well with Menopause: What Your Doctor Doesn't Tell You That You Need To Know. This self-care manual includes: menopause: a natural process, medical treatment, nutrition, herbs, environmental actions, exercise, other stress reduction and healing measures, relationships, finding and working with the right practitioner, and putting it all together: your menopause success plan. Click on http://www.harpercollins.com

and write Carolyn Chambers Clark in the search box at the top of the screen.

 

*Prayers for Healing. Edited by Maggie Oman, with an Introduction by the Dalai Lama and Foreword by Larry Dossey, this little book invites you into a wonderful healing space. Contributors include Wendell Berry, Jack Kornfield, Rainer Maria Rilke, Marian Wright Edelman, Martine Luther King, Jr., and Marianne Williamson, Kahlil Gibran, Goethe, and even traditional Native American truths. For inspiration, order from orders@redwheelweiser.com or online at www.conari.com

.

 

4.  New! Wellness & Relationship Blog

 

    Need your daily infusion of wellness? Go to my new Blog and find both

    cutting edge research, in easily-digestible bites and practical tips for

    improving the quality of your life.

    Click on www.carolynchambersclark.com/id33.html

 

 

5.  Online Menopause Support/Information Group

 

Anyone who could benefit from support and information during menopause can go to www.yahoogroups.com and write living well with menopause in the search box, scroll down to Living Well with Menopause and click on it.

 

 

6. Wellness E-books

 

Available e-books include ADHD, acne, bladder spasms/bladder infections, couple communication, depression relief, great body, headaches, healing veggies, healing with affirmation & imagery, healthy hair, helping with homework, natural diuretics, pain free, parenting, peri-menopausal bleeding, permanent weight loss, pregnancy, helping children be successful in school, teaching math concepts, thyroid, and whole brain thinking. All are from a wellness, self-care perspective. Click on www.carolynchambersclark.com

(Scroll down the home page to find them.)

 

 

7. New Book for Nurse Educators

 

*Classroom Skills for Nurse Educators provides ways to promote interactive learning even in large classes, while teaching asynchronously online and more…also introduces creative ways to use role playing, simulations, simulation games, group methods, peer learning, value clarification, perceptual exercises, journal writing and poetry. Presents indepth analysis and tips for overcoming the teaching/learning problems that can interfere with the learning process, and even shows how to develop your own learning materials (including simulations and games) in simple but effective ways. Sample chapters and

more information at www.jbpub.com/catalog/9780763749750

 

 

8. Creative Nursing Leadership & Management

 

Provides relevant theory and ties it to practice by allowing learners to use critical thinking activities in a safe classroom environment. Perfect for upper-level undergraduate nursing leadership courses (and for more advanced leaders), the text focuses on creating leadership opportunities and creative solutions; using information technology; managing resources and change; delegation and succession: developing staff; creative political, legal, ethical, effective, and safe interventions to keep staff engaged. For sample chapters and more information click on www.jbpub.com/catalog/9780763749767

 

 

9. Archives of the Wellness Newsletter

 

To read recent past issue of the Wellness Newsletter, click on www.carolynchambersclark.com/id103.html

 

 

PLEASE SEND THIS NEWSLETTER ON to friends, family, clients or colleagues who might benefit. My only request is that you send it in its entirety.

 

In Wellness,

 

Carolyn Chambers Clark

ARNP, EdD, FAAN, AHN-BC

Editor

 

Stay Well!

 

If you received this newsletter from me, you’re already on the subscribe list. If you received it from someone else and would like to subscribe, go to www.carolynchambersclark.com and click on my picture.

 

Wellness Newsletter, April, 2008

 

This newsletter provides up-to-date research-based wellness and self-care information and tells you about books, e-books, web sites and events that can enhance well-being, promote health, and help develop self-care, teaching/learning and leadership skills. Please forward it in its entirety to whomever you believe may benefit.

-------------------------------------------------------------------

 

Scroll down to what interests you…

 

1. Your wellness message

 

2. Wellness news:

 

    a. Obesity: is it contagious, and what does it have to do with plastics?

 

    b. What juice can beat high blood pressure?

 

    c.  Music for stroke recovery?

 

    d.  New research on vitamins

 

    e,  Surgery or exercise for chronic knee pain?

 

    f.  Stress linked to cancers

 

3. Wellness Books: Check out the new format and new editions!

 

4. Online “Living Well with Menopause” support group

 

5.  Self-care/wellness e-books

 

6. A new book for nurse educators

 

7. A new book for nursing leaders and managers

 

8. Archives of past Wellness Newsletter issues.

 

9. Wellness Event: A new Integrating Phenomenology workshop in Coconut Grove ____________________________________________________

1. Wellness Message

 

             Whatever house I enter, I shall come to heal.

 

                                    - The Hippocratic Oath

 

 

2.   Wellness News:

 

    a. Obesity: is it contagious, and what does it have to do with plastics?

 

Obesity is socially contagious. Your friends can make you fat (or keep you slender,

according to new research from Harvard and the University of California-San Diego.

If a person you consider a friend becomes obese, your own chance of becoming obese

goes up 57 percent. Among mutual friends, the effect is even strong, with chances increasing 171 percent. Among siblings, if one becomes obese, the likelihood for the other to become obese increases 40 percent; among spouses, 37 percent. No effect among

neighbors, unless they were also friends. Distance doesn’t matter. Even friends 500 miles away can trigger obesity. People come to think that it is okay to be bigger when those around them are bigger, the researchers suggest. Any public health intervention aimed at reducing obesity should consider these findings. Helping one person can affect a whole network of obese people. Thinness is also contagious.

 

Source: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/07/070725175419.htm

 

 

Obesity is also linked in men to phthalates, a common chemical found in plastics and soaps according to a study at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Men with the highest levels of phthalates in their urine had more belly fat and insulin resistance (other factors adjusted). Phthalates are found in cosmetics, shampoos, soaps, lotions, lubricants, paint, pesticides, plastics and also coat some time-released medicines. Check products

prior to buying them and use alternatives.

 

Source:  http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/03/070314110441.htm

 

What else can you do? Natural purple pigments in fruits, vegetables and berries, such as blueberries may help prevent obesity.

 

Source:  http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/02/080211091354.htm

 

    b. What juice can beat high blood pressure?

 

Two cups a day of beet juice can significantly reduce blood pressure. Blood pressure starts dropping within an hour of ingesting the juice, peaks 3-4 hours later, but continues to affect blood pressure for 24 hours. You can get the same effect by drinking the juice of green, leafy vegetables. If you’re hypertensive (or know someone who is), buy a juicer and make beet juice or drink the juice that comes in canned beets, and have leafy green vegetables daily: kale, spinach, escarole, dandelion greens, watercress, arugala, etc. Visit your produce stand or section in your supermarket and experiment. Use about 1/3 leafy greens to 2/3 carrots.

 

Source:  http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/02/0802051.htm

 

 

    c.  Music for stroke recovery

 

Listening to everyday music for a couple of hours the first few weeks after a stroke can improve recovery. Verbal memory improved by 60 percent in music listeners (as compared to 18 percent in audio book listeners and 29 percent in non-listeners). Focused attention improved by 17 percent in music listeners as compared to no improvement in audio book listeners and non-listeners. The effects held for six months after the stroke.

Music listeners also experienced less depression and confusion than the control group.

Music that has lyrics is best; it could be the combination of music and voice that leads to the crucial benefits.

 

Source:  http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/02/080219203554.htm

 

      d.  New research on vitamins

 

A low concentration of vitamin E in the blood is linked with physical decline in older persons.

 

Source: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/01/080122165555.htm

 

Good food sources of vitamin E include: dark green vegetables (see b above), legumes (peanuts, dried beans), nuts, seeds and whole grains, eggs, milk, oatmeal, soybeans sweet potatoes and wheat germ.

 

Lack of vitamin D may increase heart disease risk. Twenty to 30 percent of the population lacks sun exposure and doesn’t get enough vitamin D.

 

Source:  http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/01/080107181600.htm

 

Vitamin D2 supplements appear to reduce the risk of falls among women with a history of falling and low blood vitamin D levels living in sunny climates, especially during the winter.

 

Source:  http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/01/080114162526.htm

 

Taking vitamin D supplements can be problematic because they can depress the immune system. Exposing the arms, face, or back to the sun 3 times a week for 15 minutes at noontime can do the trick for fair-skinned individuals; African American may require up to 40 minutes or exposure. Downing a tablespoon of cod liver oil a day can also provide the needed amount, as can daily amounts of one or more of:  whole egg, sweet potatoes, tuna, vegetable oils, saltwater fish, sardines, salmon, and oatmeal.

 

    e. Surgery or exercise for chronic knee pain?

 

Sufferers of chronic patellofemoral syndrome (PFPS), a chronic pain in the front part of the knee, gain no extra benefit from surgery according to researchers at the ORTON Research Institute, in Helsinki, Finland who conducted a randomized study. Arthroscopy

results and exercise therapy outcomes turned out to be just about the same, but the

surgery cost more. A follow up study still found no differences in outcome. The researchers concluded that arthroscopy is not a cost effect treatment for chronic PFPS and surgery should not be routinely used.

 

Source:  http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/12/071212201511.htm

 

    f.  Stress linked to more cancers

 

Stress may increase a woman’s risk of developing cervical cancer. HPV infection alone is not sufficient to cause cervical cancer, according to Fox Chase Cancer Centers’ Carolyn Y Fang, PhD. Only a small percentage of HPV infections progress to cancer. A healthy immune system helps HPV infections disappear over time. Major life stresses were not associated with cervical cancer. It was the subjective daily stress that led to cervical cancer.

 

Source:  http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/02/080215151225.htm

 

Severe psychological stress may be linked to breast cancer according to findings from a Queen’s University study. Previous studies have found an association between the loss of a spouse or loved one and elevation in breast cancer risk.

 

Source:  http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/03/080308103341.htm

 

How to improve the immune system? Obtain 6-10 hours of sleep each night. Eat 5-10 fresh and/or frozen vegetables a day; their antioxidants protect your cells. Nurture yourself daily; stress affects immunity. Avoid meat, fried foods, refined grains/junk foods, and sodas, especially diet sodas (linked with heart disease, cancer, diabetes, obesity and other chronic conditions).

 

Source: www.healthsystem.virginia.edu/uvahealth/news_MindBody,

 

3. Wellness Books:

 

Aging Beyond Belief by Wellness Guru, Don Ardell, 2007.

Aging Beyond Belief includes 69 recommendations for a more healthful, enjoyable and meaningful existence at every stage of life. Order from http://www.wholeperson.com/x-selfhelp/aging.html#Anchor-Aging-47857 or Don's web site: http://www.seekwellness.com/wellness/index.htm

 

*Living Well with Anxiety: What Your Doctor Doesn't Tell You That You Need to Know.

 

Contents include how to self-diagnose anxiety, wellness approaches (nutrition, herbs, environmental changes, exercise, other anxiety-reducing and healing measures), relationships, purpose and spirituality, creating your own anxiety plan and finding and working with the right practitioner. Ask your local book store to order LWW Anxiety if you don't find it on the shelf.

 

*The Art of Becoming a Nurse Healer. Written for clinicians, students, and educators. Contents:  Knowledge base for the nurse healer; The nature of a caring relationship, Nurse healing in action.  AJN Book of the Year award; 5 star Doody rating. Order at: http://www.hcmarketplace.com/prod-4047.html Direct link to Amazon. Com: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/1414023960/qid=1095875188/sr=1-5/ref=sr_1_5/103-4946993-1098208?v=glance&s=

 

*Comfort and Joy: Simple Ways to Care for Ourselves and Others. Available from orders@redwheelweiser.com or oneline at www.conari.com

 

*Encyclopedia of Complementary Health Practice. Includes concepts and issues, economic and practice issues, education issues, legal/legislative/health policy issues, historical perspectives, conditions (from a-z), influential substances, practices and treatments, contributor directory, and resources directory. Click on www.springerpub.com and write Carolyn Chambers Clark in the search box.

 

*The Food Intolerance Bible: A Nutritionist’s Plan to Beat Food Cravings, Fatigue, Mood Swings, Celiac Disease, Headaches, IBS, and Deal with Food Allergies. Orders

at orders@redwheelweiser.com or oneline at www.conari.com

 

*Garden Therapy Guidelines for Special Needs by Judith Gammonley, ARNPBC, EdD, LCP includes how to use garden therapy with those who are memory impaired, brain injured, or who struggle with developmental or physical challenges. Contact Dr. Gammonley at goodgam@aol.com or phone her at (727) 784-2449.

 

*Group Leadership Skills provides theory, concepts and practical applications for the new or seasoned group leader with task, work, social, therapeutic, focal or focus groups. Go to www.springerpub.com and write Carolyn chambers Clark in the search box.

 

*Health Promotion in Communities: Holistic and Wellness Approaches. Focuses on applying wellness and holistic concepts to community work and includes a model and self-assessment for health and wellness with changing and vulnerable populations, in rural settings, on the internet, with individuals and groups, families, African American women, Hispanic communities, diabetes programs, parish nursing, schools, and homeless centers. Click on www.springerpub.com and write Carolyn Chambers Clark in the search box at the top of the page

 

*Healthy Holistic Aging: A Blueprint for Success. Carl Helvie, RN, DrPH says you can live to be 100, and at age 74, he's a perfect example of the right things to do. He has no chronic illnesses and is among the 11% of the age 65-and-overs who take no prescribed medications. The book cites overwhelming scientific evidence that good diet, exercise, adequate sleep, prayer, meditation, positive relationship with others and a clean and safe environment can ensure successful aging. Visit Dr. Helvie's web site where you can also obtain the book as well as other helpful information at www.HealthyHolisticAging.com

.

* Her Inspiration, subtitled, Secrets to Help You Work Smart, Be Successful and Have Fun, this book is full of quotes and thoughts from hundreds of women to encourage, motivate, and support you as you make your way. Order from orders@redwheelweiser.com or online at www.conari.com

 

.*Holistic Nursing Approach to Chronic Diseases

 

Provides a holistic approach to AIDS/HIV, Allergies/Asthma, Alzheimer's Disease, Arthritis, Cancer, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Depression, Diabetes, Digestive Problems, Fibromyalgia, Heart and Blood Vessel Disorders, Kidney Disease, Liver Disease, multiple sclerosis, osteoporosis, overweight/obesity, pain, Parkinsons' Disease, and/or sleep disorders. Click on www.springerpub.com and write Carolyn Chambers Clark in the search box at the top of the screen for information.

 

*Living Well with Menopause: What Your Doctor Doesn't Tell You That You Need To Know.

 

This self-care manual includes: menopause: a natural process, medical treatment, nutrition, herbs, environmental actions, exercise, other stress reduction and healing measures, relationships, finding and working with the right practitioner, and putting it all together: your menopause success plan. Click on http://www.harpercollins.com

and write Carolyn Chambers Clark in the search box at the top of the screen.

 

*Prayers for Healing. Edited by Maggie Oman, with an Introduction by the Dalai Lama and Foreword by Larry Dossey, this little book invites you into a wonderful healing space. Contributors include Wendell Berry, Jack Kornfield, Rainer Maria Rilke, Marian Wright Edelman, Martine Luther King, Jr., and Marianne Williamson, Kahlil Gibran, Goethe, and even traditional Native American truths. For inspiration, order from orders@redwheelweiser.com or online at www.conari.com

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4. Online Menopause Support/Information Group

 

Anyone who could benefit from support and information during menopause can go to www.yahoogroups.com and write living well with menopause in the search box, scroll down to Living Well with Menopause and click on it.

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5. Wellness E-books

 

Available e-books include ADHD, acne, bladder spasms/bladder infections, couple communication, depression relief, great body, headaches, healing veggies, healing with affirmation & imagery, healthy hair, helping with homework, natural diuretics, pain free, parenting, peri-menopausal bleeding, permanent weight loss, pregnancy, helping children be successful in school, teaching math concepts, thyroid, and whole brain thinking. All are from a wellness, self-care perspective. Click on www.carolynchambersclark.com

(Scroll down the left hand column of the web site to find them.)

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6. New Book for Nurse Educators

 

*Classroom Skills for Nurse Educators provides ways to promote interactive learning even in large classes, while teaching asynchronously online and more…also introduces creative ways to use role playing, simulations, simulation games, group methods, peer learning, value clarification, perceptual exercises, journal writing and poetry. Presents indepth analysis and tips for overcoming the teaching/learning problems that can interfere with the learning process, and even shows how to develop your own learning materials (including simulations and games) in simple but effective ways. Sample chapters and

more information at www.jbpub.com/catalog/9780763749750

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7. Creative Nursing Leadership & Management

 

Provides relevant theory and ties it to practice by allowing learners to use critical thinking activities in a safe classroom environment. Perfect for upper-level undergraduate nursing leadership courses (and for more advanced leaders), the text focuses on creating leadership opportunities and creative solutions; using information technology; managing resources and change; delegation and succession: developing staff; creative political, legal, ethical, effective, and safe interventions to keep staff engaged. For sample chapters and more information click on www.jbpub.com/catalog/9780763749767

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8. Archives of the Wellness Newsletter

 

To read recent past issue of the Wellness Newsletter, click on www.carolynchambersclark.com/id103.html

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9. Wellness Event

 

Still a few days left to register for Integrating Phenomenology into Practice: a Human Understanding Imperative is an exciting, innovative, and cutting edge workshop for health and human services professionals being offered by The Open U. in Coconut Grove, Miami, Florida on April 19, 2008 from 9AM-5PM with a certificate reception from 5 PM to 6PM. To register or learn more about the faculty, go to www.iihu.org

Open U Workshops and Syllabi or write to Pat Munhall at pmunhall@aol.com.

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In Wellness,

 

Carolyn Chambers Clark

ARNP, EdD, FAAN, AHN-BC

Editor

 

Stay Well!

 

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Wellness Newsletter, November, 2008

 

This free newsletter provides up-to-date research-based wellness and self-care information and tells you about books, e-books, web sites and events that can enhance well-being, promote health, and help develop self-care, teaching/learning and leadership skills.

 

Scroll down to what interests you…

 

1.   Your wellness message

 

2.   Wellness Research:

 

     a. Grapes May Prevent Heart, Blood Vessel, and other Inflammatory Disease 

 

     b. How Infant Feeding Practices Affect Later Obesity

 

     c. Exercise May Prevent Fatty Liver Disease

 

     d.  Clock Shifts Affect Heart Attack Risk

 

     e. Hazardous Ions in Wine

 

3.  New Complementary/Wellness/Self-Care Book for Women

 

4.   Being a participative consumer: new articles

 

5.   Wellness Books: from aging with grace to fearless
       living

 

6.   Wellness & Relationship Research Blog

 

7.   Online “Living Well with Menopause” support
       group

 

8.    Herbs and Supplement information

 

9.     A recent book for nurse educators

 

10.   A recent book for nursing leaders and managers

 

11.   Archives of past Wellness Newsletters

 

12.    Unsubscribe information: click control End

 

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  1. Your Wellness Message:

 

           I fill the present with joy

 

      2.    Wellness Research

 

             a Heart Disease and Grapes

 

Accumulating evidence shows that grape polyphenols work in many different ways to prevent cardiovascular and other "inflammatory-mediated" diseases.

 

Through their antioxidant effects, grape polyphenols help to slow or prevent cell damage caused by oxidation. Polyphenols decrease oxidation of low-density lipoprotein cholesterol ("bad" cholesterol)—a key step in the development of atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries). Grape polyphenols also have other protective effects on the heart and blood vessels, including actions to reduce blood clotting, abnormal heart rhythms, and blood vessel narrowing. It's not yet clear exactly how these benefits of polyphenols occur, although there is evidence of effects on cellular signaling and on the actions of certain genes. The wide range of health-promoting effects suggests that several different, possibly interrelated mechanisms may be involved.

 

 Studies in patients treated with grape seed extracts have shown improvements in blood flow and cholesterol levels. In other studies, drinking Concord grape juice has improved measures of blood flow in patients with coronary artery disease and lowered blood pressure in patients with hypertension.

 

Studies investigating the lower rates of heart disease in France—the so-called "French paradox"—first raised the possibility that red wine might have health benefits. The subsequent research reviewed by Drs. Leifert and Abeywardena helps build the case that grapes and grape products might be a useful part of strategies to lower the high rate of death from cardiovascular disease.

 

What to do:

 

Drink more Concord grape juice and eat red and/or purple grapes whenever possible

 

For more of the article, click on:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/2008/10/081028103105.htm

 

            b  Breastfeeding and Obesity

 

Breastfeeding has a number of positive health benefits for baby: it can prevent ear infections and allergies, and lowers the risk of developing respiratory problems. It can also help prevent against obesity later in life, but the reason for this still isn't known.

 

In a recent study, researchers found breastfed children could more easily determine when they were full. Children who were bottle-fed with pumped breast milk were less likely to respond to the feeling of being full by the time they were preschool-aged. Also, children who had a lower response to fullness had a higher body mass index (BMI).

 

According to Isselmann, these results suggest a behavioral link between breastfeeding and obesity prevention, in that children who are breastfed grow to have more positive eating behaviors, which could help prevent obesity later in life.

 

What to do:

 

*Whether breastfeeding or bottle-feeding, rely on feedback cues from the infant for   
   fullness and hunger, not ounces on milk ingested.

 

For more about the study, click on:

 

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/10/081028074319.htm

 

            c Exercise Prevents Fatty Liver Disease 100% in Animal Model

 

A new University of Missouri study indicates that the negative effects of skipping exercise can occur in a short period.

 

Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease is a reversible condition that causes fat to accumulate in liver cells of obese people. As Westernized societies are experiencing a weight gain epidemic, the prevalence of the disease is growing, Ibdah said. 

 

“Physical activity prevented fatty liver disease by 100 percent in an animal model of fatty liver disease,” said Frank Booth, a professor in the MU College of Veterinary Medicine and the MU School of Medicine and a research investigator in the Dalton Cardiovascular Research Center. “In contrast, 100 percent of the group that did not have physical activity had fatty liver disease. This is a remarkable event. It is rare in medicine for any treatment to prevent any disease by 100 percent.”

 

What to do:

 

If you’re overweight/obese, exercise/do something physical every day. One day could make a difference. Even if you’re not overweight, exercise every day. It could help keep your liver healthy.

 

For more about the study, click on:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/10/081029141047.htm

 

 

            d  Clock Shifts Affect Heart Attack Risks

 

Adjusting the clocks to summer time on the last Sunday in March increases the risk of myocardial infarction in the following week. In return, putting the clocks back in the autumn reduces the risk, albeit to a lesser extent. This according to a new Swedish study.

 

 “There’s a small increase in risk for the individual, especially during the first three days of the new week,” says Dr Imre Janszky, one of the researchers behind the study. “The disruption in the chronobiological rhythms, the loss of one hour’s sleep and the resulting sleep disturbance are the probable causes.”

 

The team also observed that the readjustment back to winter time on the last Sunday in October, which gives us an extra hour’s sleep, is followed by a reduction in the risk of heart attack on the Monday. The reduction for the whole week is, however, less than the increase related to the summer adjustment.

 

According to the scientists, the study provides a conceivable explanation for why myocardial infarction is most common on Mondays, as demonstrated by previous research.

 

“It’s always been thought that it’s mainly due to an increase in stress ahead of the new working week,” says Dr Janszky. “But perhaps it’s also got something to do with the sleep disruption caused by the change in diurnal rhythm at the weekend.”

 

What to do:

 

  • Go to bed one hour early when the switch to daylight savings time occurs
  • If you can, slowly shift your clock to daylight savings time; use increments

of fifteen minutes or less when possible

  • Take a political action tack if you can; provide information to your congressional representative that clock shifts may not be healthy

 

For more about the study, click on:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/10/081030075647.htm

 

            e  Before You Have that Glass of Wine…Hazardous Ions in Wine

 

Potentially hazardous levels of metal ions are present in many commercially available wines. An analysis of reported levels of metals in wines from sixteen different countries found that only those from Argentina, Brazil and Italy did not pose a potential health risk owing to metals.

 

 

Excess intake of metal ions is credited with pathological events such as Parkinson's disease. In addition to neurological problems, these ions are also believed to enhance oxidative damage, a key component of chronic inflammatory disease which is a suggested initiator of cancer".

 

These results also question a popular belief about the health-giving properties of red wine: that drinking red wine daily to protect from heart attacks is often related to levels of 'anti-oxidants'. However the finding of hazardous and pro-oxidant metal ions creates a major question mark over these supposed protective benefits. The authors recommend that, "Levels of metal ions should appear on wine labels, along with the introduction of further steps to remove key hazardous metal ions during wine production".

 

What to do:

 

*Check the country of origin of the wine before imbibing

*Drink grape juice instead

 

For more of the article, click on:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/10/081029203031.htm

 

 

3. New Women’s Wellness/Complementary Health/ Self-Care Book Available

 

Complementary Health for Women
A Comprehensive Treatment Guide for Major Diseases and Common Conditions

 

Presents only research-based treatments. Can be used for self-care by women or by health care practitioners

working with women who report/wish to prevent or reduce symptoms/problems with:

Abdominal Pain, AIDS/HIV, Allergies, Alzheimer's Disease, Anxiety, Arthritis,
Bladder Infection, High Blood Pressure, Bone Issues, Breast Cancer, Breast Feeding Issues,

Cervical Cancer, Cholesterol (Elevated), Colon Cancer, Constipation, Crohn's Disease,

Depression, Diabetes, Diarrhea, Diverticular Disease, Endometriosis, Falls,
Gallstones, Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), Headache, Heart Disease,
Incontinence, Insomnia, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Liver Inflammation, Menopause,
Migraines, Nausea & Vomiting, Obesity, Osteoporosis, Ovarian Cancer, Pancreatitis,
PMS, Post-Partum Issues, Pregnancy, Respiratory Health, Triglycerides (elevated),
Ulcerative Colitis, Urinary Tract Infection, Vaginal Issues

 

Click on following line for more information:

http://www.springerpub.com/prod.aspx?prod_id=10878#Author+Biographies

 

4.  Self-care articles

       

      a.   stevia, a safe, healthy, and no-calorie sweetener

            www.carolynchambersclark.com/id129.html

 

     b.  nutritional deficiencies tied to major causes of death:

           what consumers can do

           www.carolynchambersclark.com/id130.html

 

     c.  kidney stone self-care:

         www.carolynchambersclark.com/id51.html

 

5.   Wellness Books:

 

Aging Beyond Belief by Wellness Guru, Don Ardell, 2007.

Aging Beyond Belief includes 69 recommendations for a more healthful, enjoyable and meaningful existence at every stage of life. Order from http://www.wholeperson.com/x-selfhelp/aging.html#Anchor-Aging-47857 or Don's web site: http://www.seekwellness.com/wellness/index.htm

 

*Living Well with Anxiety: What Your Doctor Doesn't Tell You That You Need to Know. Contents include how to self-diagnose anxiety, wellness approaches (nutrition, herbs, environmental changes, exercise, other anxiety-reducing and healing measures), relationships, purpose and spirituality, creating your own anxiety plan and finding and working with the right practitioner. Ask your local book store to order LWW Anxiety if you don't find it on the shelf.

 

*Comfort and Joy: Simple Ways to Care for Ourselves and Others. Available from orders@redwheelweiser.com or oneline at www.conari.com

 

*Encyclopedia of Complementary Health Practice. Includes concepts and issues, economic and practice issues, education issues, legal/legislative/health policy issues, historical perspectives, conditions (from a-z), influential substances, practices and treatments, contributor directory, and resources directory. For more information, click on: http://www.springerpub.com/prod.aspx?prod_id=12374

 

*The Essential Laws of Fearless Living: Find the Power to Never Feel Powerless Again. How to break through illusions of limitation, have everything you want and become truly conscious. For more information go to www.conari.com

 

*The Food Intolerance Bible: A Nutritionist’s Plan to Beat Food Cravings, Fatigue, Mood Swings, Celiac Disease, Headaches, IBS, and Deal with Food Allergies. Orders

at orders@redwheelweiser.com or oneline at www.conari.com

 

*Garden Therapy Guidelines for Special Needs by Judith Gammonley, ARNPBC, EdD, LCP includes how to use garden therapy with those who are memory impaired, brain injured, or who struggle with developmental or physical challenges. Contact Dr. Gammonley at goodgam@aol.com or phone her at (727) 784-2449.

 

*Group Leadership Skills provides theory, concepts and practical applications for the new or seasoned group leader with task, work, social, therapeutic, focal or focus groups. Fifth edition now available at http://www.springerpub.com/prod.aspx?prod_id=04588

 

Health Promotion in Communities: Holistic and Wellness Approaches. Focuses on applying wellness and holistic concepts to community work and includes a model and self-assessment for health and wellness with changing and vulnerable populations, in rural settings, on the internet, with individuals and groups, families, African American women, Hispanic communities, diabetes programs, parish nursing, schools, and homeless centers and more. For more information, click on:

http://www.springerpub.com/prod.aspx?prod_id=14075

 

 *Healthy Holistic Aging: A Blueprint for Success. Carl Helvie, RN, DrPH says you can live to be 100, and at age 74, he's a perfect example of the right things to do. He has no chronic illnesses and is among the 11% of the age 65-and-overs who take no prescribed medications. The book cites overwhelming scientific evidence that good diet, exercise, adequate sleep, prayer, meditation, positive relationship with others and a clean and safe environment can ensure successful aging. Visit Dr. Helvie's web site where you can also obtain the book as well as other helpful information at www.HealthyHolisticAging.com

 

 *Her Inspiration, subtitled, Secrets to Help You Work Smart, Be Successful and Have Fun, this book is full of quotes and thoughts from hundreds of women to encourage, motivate, and support you as you make your way. Order from orders@redwheelweiser.com or online at www.conari.com

 

*Holistic Nursing Approach to Chronic Diseases. Provides a holistic approach to AIDS/HIV, Allergies/Asthma, Alzheimer's Disease, Arthritis, Cancer, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Depression, Diabetes, Digestive Problems, Fibromyalgia, Heart and Blood Vessel Disorders, Kidney Disease, Liver Disease, multiple sclerosis, osteoporosis, overweight/obesity, pain, Parkinson’s Disease, and/or sleep disorders. Click on: http://www.springerpub.com/prod.aspx?prod_id=25042

 

*Living Well with Menopause: What Your Doctor Doesn't Tell You That You Need To Know. This self-care manual includes: menopause: a natural process, medical treatment, nutrition, herbs, environmental actions, exercise, other stress reduction and healing measures, relationships, finding and working with the right practitioner, and putting it all together: your menopause success plan. Click on http://www.harpercollins.com and write Carolyn Chambers Clark in the search box at the top of the screen. Or ask your local bookstore to order it. Autographed copies also available at www.carolynchambersclark.com

 

*Prayers for Healing. Edited by Maggie Oman, with an Introduction by the Dalai Lama and Foreword by Larry Dossey, this little book invites you into a wonderful healing space. Contributors include Wendell Berry, Jack Kornfield, Rainer Maria Rilke, Marian Wright Edelman, Martine Luther King, Jr., and Marianne Williamson, Kahlil Gibran, Goethe, and even traditional Native American truths. For inspiration, order from orders@redwheelweiser.com or online at www.conari.com

 

6.Wellness & Relationship Research Blog

 

    Need your daily infusion of wellness? Go to new Research Blog and find both cutting edge research, in easily-digestible bites, and practical tips for improving the quality of your life or someone else’s.  To access, click on www.carolynchambersclark.com/id33.html

 

7.  Online Menopause Support/Information Group

 

 Anyone who could benefit from support and information during menopause can go to www.yahoogroups.com and write living well with menopause in the search box, scroll down to Living Well with Menopause and click on it. (You will have to sign up for a yahoo e-mail address to join but it’s free and allows group members to remain anonymous.) Anyone can also sign up on my web site at http://www.carolynchambersclark.com/id74.html

 

8.   New!  Herbs and Supplements

 

Looking for quality herbs and supplements at fair prices? Go to http://www.iherb.com and use the following referral code for $5.00

discount on first order: HOL667.

 

9.  Wellness E-books

 

Available e-books include ADHD, acne, bladder spasms/bladder infections, couple communication, depression relief, great body, headaches, healing veggies, healing with affirmation & imagery, healthy hair, helping with homework, natural diuretics, pain free, parenting, peri-menopausal bleeding, permanent weight loss, pregnancy, helping children be successful in school, teaching math concepts, thyroid, and whole brain thinking. All are from a wellness, self-care perspective and make great gifts! Click on www.carolynchambersclark.com (Scroll down the home page to find them.)

 

10.   Book for Nurse Educators

 

*Classroom Skills for Nurse Educators provides ways to promote interactive learning even in large classes, while teaching asynchronously online and more…also introduces creative ways to use role playing, simulations, simulation games, group methods, peer learning, value clarification, perceptual exercises, journal writing and poetry. Presents indepth analysis and tips for overcoming the teaching/learning problems that can interfere with the learning process, and even shows how to develop your own learning materials (including simulations and games) in simple but effective ways. Sample chapters and more information at www.jbpub.com/catalog/9780763749750

 

11.   Creative Nursing Leadership & Management

 

 Provides relevant theory and ties it to practice by allowing learners to use critical thinking activities in a safe classroom environment. Perfect for upper-level undergraduate nursing leadership courses (and for more advanced leaders), the text focuses on creating leadership opportunities and creative solutions; using information technology; managing resources and change; delegation and succession: developing staff; creative political, legal, ethical, effective, and safe interventions to keep staff engaged. For sample chapters and more information click on www.jbpub.com/catalog/9780763749767

 

12.   Archives of the Wellness Newsletter

 

To read recent issues of the Wellness Newsletter, click on www.carolynchambersclark.com/id103.html

 

PLEASE tell your friends, family, clients or colleagues about this newsletter.  Just have them go to www.carolynchambersclark.com click on my photo and sign up for their free subscription! If you like, copy this issue in its entirety and send it to them.

They can reply and put subscribe and their email address in the subject.

 

In Wellness,

 

Carolyn Chambers Clark

ARNP, EdD, FAAN, AHN-BC

Editor

 

Stay Well!

 

To UNSUBSCRIBE, put your full name, email address and name of your professional or social affiliation (AHNA, FAAN, CHI O, AHHA, etc.)  in the subject line and click on reply. If you don’t give me all three, I may not be able to

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Wellness Newsletter, October, 2008

 

This free newsletter provides up-to-date research-based wellness and self-care information and tells you about books, e-books, web sites and events that can enhance well-being, promote health, and help develop self-care, teaching/learning and leadership skills.

 

Scroll down to what interests you…

 

1.   Your wellness message

 

2.   Wellness news:

 

     a.  Probiotics May Protect Against Type 1 Diabetes

 

     b. Exercise May Help Pregnant Women Stop Smoking

 

     c. Curcumin (Curry Spice) May Reduce the Size of a Hemorrhagic Stroke

 

     d.  Honey Kills Bacteria In All Its Forms

 

     e. Acupressure May Reduce Anxiety in Children Facing Surgery

 

3.   Wellness Books: from aging with grace to fearless
       living

 

4.   Herbs and Supplements

 

5.   Wellness & Relationship Research Blog

 

6.   Online “Living Well with Menopause” support
      group

 

7.   Being a participative consumer

 

8.   A recent book for nurse educators

 

9.   A recent book for nursing leaders and managers

 

10.   Archives of past Wellness Newsletters

 

11.  Unsubscribe information: click control End

 

1.   Wellness Message

 

             All is well in my world.

 

2.    Wellness News

 

       a Probiotics May Protect Against Type 1 Diabetes

 

The results of a recent study suggest that exposure to some forms of bacteria (especially friendly bacteria found normally in the gut or in probiotics) might actually help prevent onset of Type I diabetes.

 

"This understanding may allow us to design ways to target the immune system through altering the balance of friendly gut bacteria and protect against diabetes."

 

For more information, click on:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/09/080921162048.htm

 

 

     b Exercise May Help Pregnant Women Stop Smoking

 

Exercise could be a useful tool in helping pregnant women to give up smoking, according to new research. Despite the warnings, 17% of women in the UK and 20% of women in the US still admit to smoking during pregnancy.

 

Most attempts to give up smoking unaided end in failure. The most successful methods of stopping smoking involve a combination of nicotine replacement and behavioural therapy, but there are concerns that nicotine replacement may harm the fetus. Exercise can reduce the cravings experienced by smokers and there is some evidence to show that it can help non-pregnant women to quit.

 

Michael Ussher and colleagues from St George’s, University of London conducted two pilot studies into whether physical exercise could feasibly help pregnant women quit smoking.

 

For both studies, pregnant women over 18, who smoked at least a cigarette a day, were recruited 12 to 20 weeks into pregnancy. In one study, women did supervised exercise once a week for six weeks; in the other, women did two sessions of exercise a week for six weeks, then one session a week for three weeks. The participants were also encouraged to do additional exercise on their own and all received advice and counselling towards stopping smoking and becoming more active.

 

A quarter of the 32 women recruited for the studies gave up smoking before giving birth. This is similar to the number of non-pregnant smokers that quit using nicotine replacement. Furthermore, participants reported other positive benefits including weight loss, improved self-image and reduced cravings.

 

For more information, please click on:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/09/080922193650.htm

 

 

     c Curcumin (Curry Spice) May Reduce the Size of a Hemorrhagic Stroke

 

This active ingredient of the Indian curry spice, turmeric, not only lowers your chances of getting cancer and Alzheimer's disease, but may reduce the size of a hemorrhagic stroke, say Medical College of Georgia researchers.

 

"We found that curcumin significantly decreases the size of a blood clot, but we're not sure why it happens," says one of the researchers. He thinks it may be because curcumin is a potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant.

 

Timing is critical for patients who often don't know they have had a stroke and may not be seen by a physician for several hours. "Usually, patients can experience other symptoms like seizures, vision or cognitive problems, so they come to the (emergency room) fairly quickly under most circumstances," says Dr. Dhandapani. "Many patients also arrive due to head trauma and are seen within an hour or so. However, treating these injuries, even after an hour, can be tricky."

 

For more information, click on:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/09/080922135229.htm

 

 

     d Honey Kills Bacteria In All Its Forms

 

Honey is very effective in killing bacteria in all its forms, especially the drug-resistant biofilms that make treating chronic rhinosinusitis difficult, according to research presented during the 2008 American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Foundation (AAO-HNSF) Annual Meeting & OTO EXPO, in Chicago, IL.

 

The study, authored by Canadian researchers at the University of Ottawa, found that in eleven isolates of three separate biofilms (Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and methicicillin-resistant and -suseptible Staphylococcus aureus), honey was significantly more effective in killing both planktonic and biofilm-grown forms of the bacteria, compared with the rate of bactericide by antibiotics commonly used against the bacteria.

 

For more information, go to:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/09/080923091335.htm

 

 

     e Acupressure May Reduce Anxiety in Children Facing Surgery

 

An acupressure treatment applied to children undergoing anesthesia noticeably lowers their anxiety levels and makes the stress of surgery more calming for them and their families, UC Irvine anesthesiologists have learned.

 

In this study, Kain and his Yale colleagues applied adhesive acupressure beads to 52 children between the ages of 8 and 17 who were to undergo endoscopic stomach surgery. In half the children, a bead was applied to the Extra-1 acupoint, which is located in the midpoint between the eyebrows. In the other half, the bead was applied to a spot above the left eyebrow that has no reported clinical effects.

 

For more about the study, click on:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/10/081001130006

 

 

3.   Wellness Books:

 

Aging Beyond Belief by Wellness Guru, Don Ardell, 2007.

Aging Beyond Belief includes 69 recommendations for a more healthful, enjoyable and meaningful existence at every stage of life. Order from http://www.wholeperson.com/x-selfhelp/aging.html#Anchor-Aging-47857 or Don's web site: http://www.seekwellness.com/wellness/index.htm

 

*Living Well with Anxiety: What Your Doctor Doesn't Tell You That You Need to Know. Contents include how to self-diagnose anxiety, wellness approaches (nutrition, herbs, environmental changes, exercise, other anxiety-reducing and healing measures), relationships, purpose and spirituality, creating your own anxiety plan and finding and working with the right practitioner. Ask your local book store to order LWW Anxiety if you don't find it on the shelf.

 

*Comfort and Joy: Simple Ways to Care for Ourselves and Others. Available from orders@redwheelweiser.com or oneline at www.conari.com

 

*Encyclopedia of Complementary Health Practice. Includes concepts and issues, economic and practice issues, education issues, legal/legislative/health policy issues, historical perspectives, conditions (from a-z), influential substances, practices and treatments, contributor directory, and resources directory. Click on www.springerpub.com and write Carolyn Chambers Clark in the search box.

 

*The Essential Laws of Fearless Living: Find the Power to Never Feel Powerless Again. How to break through illusions of limitation, have everything you want and become truly conscious. For more information go to www.conari.com

 

*The Food Intolerance Bible: A Nutritionist’s Plan to Beat Food Cravings, Fatigue, Mood Swings, Celiac Disease, Headaches, IBS, and Deal with Food Allergies. Orders

at orders@redwheelweiser.com or oneline at www.conari.com

 

*Garden Therapy Guidelines for Special Needs by Judith Gammonley, ARNPBC, EdD, LCP includes how to use garden therapy with those who are memory impaired, brain injured, or who struggle with developmental or physical challenges. Contact Dr. Gammonley at goodgam@aol.com or phone her at (727) 784-2449.

 

*Group Leadership Skills provides theory, concepts and practical applications for the new or seasoned group leader with task, work, social, therapeutic, focal or focus groups. Go to www.springerpub.com and write Carolyn Chambers Clark in the search box.

 

Health Promotion in Communities: Holistic and Wellness Approaches. Focuses on applying wellness and holistic concepts to community work and includes a model and self-assessment for health and wellness with changing and vulnerable populations, in rural settings, on the internet, with individuals and groups, families, African American women, Hispanic communities, diabetes programs, parish nursing, schools, and homeless centers and more. Click on www.springerpub.com and write Carolyn Chambers Clark in the search box at the top of the page

 

*Healthy Holistic Aging: A Blueprint for Success. Carl Helvie, RN, DrPH says you can live to be 100, and at age 74, he's a perfect example of the right things to do. He has no chronic illnesses and is among the 11% of the age 65-and-overs who take no prescribed medications. The book cites overwhelming scientific evidence that good diet, exercise, adequate sleep, prayer, meditation, positive relationship with others and a clean and safe environment can ensure successful aging. Visit Dr. Helvie's web site where you can also obtain the book as well as other helpful information at www.HealthyHolisticAging.com

 

 *Her Inspiration, subtitled, Secrets to Help You Work Smart, Be Successful and Have Fun, this book is full of quotes and thoughts from hundreds of women to encourage, motivate, and support you as you make your way. Order from orders@redwheelweiser.com or online at www.conari.com

 

*Holistic Nursing Approach to Chronic Diseases. Provides a holistic approach to AIDS/HIV, Allergies/Asthma, Alzheimer's Disease, Arthritis, Cancer, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Depression, Diabetes, Digestive Problems, Fibromyalgia, Heart and Blood Vessel Disorders, Kidney Disease, Liver Disease, multiple sclerosis, osteoporosis, overweight/obesity, pain, Parkinson’s Disease, and/or sleep disorders. Click on www.springerpub.com and write Carolyn Chambers Clark in the search box at the top of the screen for information.

 

*Living Well with Menopause: What Your Doctor Doesn't Tell You That You Need To Know. This self-care manual includes: menopause: a natural process, medical treatment, nutrition, herbs, environmental actions, exercise, other stress reduction and healing measures, relationships, finding and working with the right practitioner, and putting it all together: your menopause success plan. Click on http://www.harpercollins.com and write Carolyn Chambers Clark in the search box at the top of the screen.

 

*Prayers for Healing. Edited by Maggie Oman, with an Introduction by the Dalai Lama and Foreword by Larry Dossey, this little book invites you into a wonderful healing space. Contributors include Wendell Berry, Jack Kornfield, Rainer Maria Rilke, Marian Wright Edelman, Martine Luther King, Jr., and Marianne Williamson, Kahlil Gibran, Goethe, and even traditional Native American truths. For inspiration, order from orders@redwheelweiser.com or online at www.conari.com

 

4.   New!  Herbs and Supplements

 

Looking for quality herbs and supplements at fair prices? Go to http://www.iherb.com and use the following referral code for $5.00

discount on first order: HOL667.

 

5.Wellness & Relationship Research Blog

 

    Need your daily infusion of wellness? Go to new Research Blog and find both cutting edge research, in easily-digestible bites, and practical tips for improving the quality of your life or someone else’s.  To access, click on www.carolynchambersclark.com/id33.html

 

6.  Online Menopause Support/Information Group

 

 Anyone who could benefit from support and information during menopause can go to www.yahoogroups.com and write living well with menopause in the search box, scroll down to Living Well with Menopause and click on it. (You will have to sign up for a yahoo e-mail address to join but it’s free and allows group members to remain anonymous.) Anyone can also sign up on my web site at http://www.carolynchambersclark.com/id74.html

 

7.Wellness E-books & New Articles

 

New self-care articles:

 

Medical tests:  www.carolynchambersclark.com/id129.html

 

Available e-books include ADHD, acne, bladder spasms/bladder infections, couple communication, depression relief, great body, headaches, healing veggies, healing with affirmation & imagery, healthy hair, helping with homework, natural diuretics, pain free, parenting, peri-menopausal bleeding, permanent weight loss, pregnancy, helping children be successful in school, teaching math concepts, thyroid, and whole brain thinking. All are from a wellness, self-care perspective and make great gifts! Click on www.carolynchambersclark.com (Scroll down the home page to find them.)

 

8.   Book for Nurse Educators

 

*Classroom Skills for Nurse Educators provides ways to promote interactive learning even in large classes, while teaching asynchronously online and more…also introduces creative ways to use role playing, simulations, simulation games, group methods, peer learning, value clarification, perceptual exercises, journal writing and poetry. Presents indepth analysis and tips for overcoming the teaching/learning problems that can interfere with the learning process, and even shows how to develop your own learning materials (including simulations and games) in simple but effective ways. Sample chapters and more information at www.jbpub.com/catalog/9780763749750

 

9.   Creative Nursing Leadership & Management

 

 Provides relevant theory and ties it to practice by allowing learners to use critical thinking activities in a safe classroom environment. Perfect for upper-level undergraduate nursing leadership courses (and for more advanced leaders), the text focuses on creating leadership opportunities and creative solutions; using information technology; managing resources and change; delegation and succession: developing staff; creative political, legal, ethical, effective, and safe interventions to keep staff engaged. For sample chapters and more information click on www.jbpub.com/catalog/9780763749767

 

10.   Archives of the Wellness Newsletter

 

To read recent past issue of the Wellness Newsletter, click on www.carolynchambersclark.com/id103.html

 

PLEASE tell your friends, family, clients or colleagues about this newsletter.  Just have them go to www.carolynchambersclark.com click on my photo and sign up for their free subscription! If you like, copy this issue in its entirety and send it to them.

They can reply and put subscribe and their email address in the subject.

 

In Wellness,

 

Carolyn Chambers Clark

ARNP, EdD, FAAN, AHN-BC

Editor

 

Stay Well!

 

To UNSUBSCRIBE, put your full name, email address and name of your professional or social affiliation (AHNA, FAAN, CHI O, etc.)  in the subject line and click on reply. If you don’t give me all three, I may not be able to

locate you on my many mailing lists and you’ll continue to get the newsletter. Thanks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wellness Newsletter, September, 2008

 

This free newsletter provides up-to-date research-based wellness and self-care information and tells you about books, e-books, web sites and events that can enhance well-being, promote health, and help develop self-care, teaching/learning and leadership skills.

 

Scroll down to what interests you…

 

1.   Your wellness message

 

2.   Wellness news:

 

     a. Eating fish can prevent silent brain lesions

 

     b. Older adults may not ask important questions of surgeons

 

     c. New dangers of drinking while pregnant

 

     d.  Living with a partner reduces risk of Alzheimer’s

  

     e.  Breast-self-exam: another viewpoint

 

3.   Wellness Books: from aging with grace to fearless
       living

 

4.   Herbs and Supplements

 

5.   Wellness & Relationship Research Blog

 

6.   Online “Living Well with Menopause” support
      group

 

7.   New self-care articles on creativity and ovarian cysts, wellness preparation for 
      surgery and post-surgery, and gallbladder conditions

 

8.   A recent book for nurse educators

 

9.   A recent book for nursing leaders and managers

 

10.   Archives of past Wellness Newsletters

 

11. Wellness Event: Free Mind-Body Medicine 
      Update

 

1.   Wellness Message

 

     Open the door to comfort in your life. Ask for it from yourself and others today.

 

               Lafia, Comfort and Joy

 

2.    Wellness News

 

 

       a.   Eating Fish Can Prevent Silent Brain Lesions

 

Eating fish that contain high levels of DHA and EPA nutrients, including salmon, mackerel, herring, sardines, and anchovies, may help lower the risk of cognitive decline and stroke in healthy older adults, according to a new study.

 

Eating these fish 3 or more times a week was associated with a nearly 26 percent lower risk of having silent brain lesions that can cause dementia and stroke compared to people who did not eat fish regularly. Eating just one serving of this type of fish per week led to a 13 percent lower risk.

 

But not fried fish; that provides no protection.

 

For more about the study, click on:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/08/080804165312.htm

 

 

      b.  Older Adults May Not Ask Questions of Surgeons

 

The decision to undergo surgery can be particularly difficult and confusing for older adults. In a study published in the July 2008 issue of the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Richard M. Frankel, Ph.D., of the Indiana University School of Medicine, and colleagues report that older patients and their surgeons do not communicate effectively when exploring surgical treatment options.

What to do if surgery is suggested?

 

Here are some questions to ask the surgeon:

 

*What is the expected quality of life after surgery?

 

*How many of these surgeries have you conducted and what have been the outcomes?

 

*What other treatments are available that are less intrusive?

 

Because the idea of surgery can be frightening and create high anxiety, most people do not ask these questions. The best method may be to write them down and recite them when speaking with the surgeon, and then re-ask them if the answer isn’t complete.

 

For more information on the study, click on:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/07/080731140135.htm

 

   

      c.   New Dangers for Drinking While Pregnant

 

Pregnancy and Drinking Linked to Cleft Lip/Palate

A new study by researchers at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), part of the National Institutes of Health, shows that pregnant women who drink 5 or more drinks at a sitting in early in their pregnancy increase the likelihood that their babies will be born with oral clefts (lip or palate).

 

Women who drank at this level on three or more occasions during the first trimester were

three times as likely to have infants born with oral cleft.

 

For more about the study, click on:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/07/080731140032.htm

 

 

     d.   Living with a Partner Reduces Risk of Alzheimer’s

 

Living with a spouse or a partner decreases the risk of developing Alzheimer’s by 50% and other dementia diseases according to a study presented for the first time yesterday at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference on Alzheimer’s Disease (ICAD 2008), the world’s largest in the field, held in Chicago.

 

Previous research has shown that an active lifestyle, both intellectually and socially, can decrease the risk of developing dementia; since a shared life often entails considerable social and intellectual stimulation, the point of inquiry of this present study was whether living with a spouse or a partner can help to ward off dementia.

 

Living alone their entire adult life doubles the risk

Divorce in midlife and remaining single triples the risk

Widows and widowers who continued to live alone ran the greatest risk; they were six times more apt to show signs of Alzheimer’s

 

Social and intellectual stimulation and trauma appear to be the important factors.

 

What to do to prevent some of the considerable costs of dementia care?

 

* offer counseling for unresolved trauma

* provide intellectual and social stimulation

* encourage older adults to attend social functions and engage in crossword puzzles,  
   reading, learning a language or other new information

 

For more about the study, click on:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/07/080731073549.htm

 

e.     Breast Self-Exam: Another Viewpoint

 

My special thanks to Jane M. Armer, RN, PhD, Professor and Director Nursing Research, Ellis Fischel Cancer Center at the University of Missouri-Columbia, and

Verna Adwell Rhodes, RN, EdS, FAAN who wrote me about this topic.

 

The question whether the aggregated published research suggests that breast self examination is beneficial was explored in a meta-analysis of 12 studies including a total of 8118 patients with breast cancer that related the practice of breast self examination to regional lymph node state or tumor diameter. Based on the six studies for which data were available, 39% of patients (1115/2852) who reported having done breast self examination at least once before their illness had evidence of cancer in the lymph nodes compared with 50% of women (1348/2713) who had not done the examination. Logistic regression analysis showed this difference to be significant (odds ratio 0.66, confidence interval 0.59 to 0.74). Combining six studies which reported the circumstances of detection disclosed that 42% of women (272/652) who found their tumor while doing breast self examination had evidence of cancer in the nodes compared with 46% of women (871/1901) who found the tumor accidentally; this difference was not significant. Analysis of eight studies which used the diameter of the tumor to indicate the extent of disease tended to confirm the findings on lymph node state, in particular the benefit of premorbid breast self examination. Significantly fewer women who had practiced the examination before the illness (56%; 1205/2137) had tumors of 2 cm or more diameter compared with women who had not practiced the examination (66%; 1500/2260). The combined odds ratio for that analysis was 0.56, confidence interval 0.38 to 0.81. These findings appear to be good evidence of the benefit of encouraging women to practice self examination of the breasts regularly.

 

Source: Self examination of the breast: is it beneficial? Meta-analysis of studies investigating breast self examination and extent of disease in patients with breast cancer.

D. Hill, V. White, D. Jolley, and K. Mapperson Centre for Behavioural Research in Cancer, Carlton, Victoria, Australia. http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?artid=1833942

 

 

3.   Wellness Books:

 

Aging Beyond Belief by Wellness Guru, Don Ardell, 2007.

Aging Beyond Belief includes 69 recommendations for a more healthful, enjoyable and meaningful existence at every stage of life. Order from http://www.wholeperson.com/x-selfhelp/aging.html#Anchor-Aging-47857 or Don's web site: http://www.seekwellness.com/wellness/index.htm

 

*Living Well with Anxiety: What Your Doctor Doesn't Tell You That You Need to Know. Contents include how to self-diagnose anxiety, wellness approaches (nutrition, herbs, environmental changes, exercise, other anxiety-reducing and healing measures), relationships, purpose and spirituality, creating your own anxiety plan and finding and working with the right practitioner. Ask your local book store to order LWW Anxiety if you don't find it on the shelf.

 

*Comfort and Joy: Simple Ways to Care for Ourselves and Others. Available from orders@redwheelweiser.com or oneline at www.conari.com

 

*Encyclopedia of Complementary Health Practice. Includes concepts and issues, economic and practice issues, education issues, legal/legislative/health policy issues, historical perspectives, conditions (from a-z), influential substances, practices and treatments, contributor directory, and resources directory. Click on www.springerpub.com and write Carolyn Chambers Clark in the search box.

 

*The Essential Laws of Fearless Living: Find the Power to Never Feel Powerless Again. How to break through illusions of limitation, have everything you want and become truly conscious. For more information go to www.conari.com

 

*The Food Intolerance Bible: A Nutritionist’s Plan to Beat Food Cravings, Fatigue, Mood Swings, Celiac Disease, Headaches, IBS, and Deal with Food Allergies. Orders

at orders@redwheelweiser.com or oneline at www.conari.com

 

*Garden Therapy Guidelines for Special Needs by Judith Gammonley, ARNPBC, EdD, LCP includes how to use garden therapy with those who are memory impaired, brain injured, or who struggle with developmental or physical challenges. Contact Dr. Gammonley at goodgam@aol.com or phone her at (727) 784-2449.

 

*Group Leadership Skills provides theory, concepts and practical applications for the new or seasoned group leader with task, work, social, therapeutic, focal or focus groups. Go to www.springerpub.com and write Carolyn Chambers Clark in the search box.

 

Health Promotion in Communities: Holistic and Wellness Approaches. Focuses on applying wellness and holistic concepts to community work and includes a model and self-assessment for health and wellness with changing and vulnerable populations, in rural settings, on the internet, with individuals and groups, families, African American women, Hispanic communities, diabetes programs, parish nursing, schools, and homeless centers and more. Click on www.springerpub.com and write Carolyn Chambers Clark in the search box at the top of the page

 

*Healthy Holistic Aging: A Blueprint for Success. Carl Helvie, RN, DrPH says you can live to be 100, and at age 74, he's a perfect example of the right things to do. He has no chronic illnesses and is among the 11% of the age 65-and-overs who take no prescribed medications. The book cites overwhelming scientific evidence that good diet, exercise, adequate sleep, prayer, meditation, positive relationship with others and a clean and safe environment can ensure successful aging. Visit Dr. Helvie's web site where you can also obtain the book as well as other helpful information at www.HealthyHolisticAging.com

 

 *Her Inspiration, subtitled, Secrets to Help You Work Smart, Be Successful and Have Fun, this book is full of quotes and thoughts from hundreds of women to encourage, motivate, and support you as you make your way. Order from orders@redwheelweiser.com or online at www.conari.com

 

*Holistic Nursing Approach to Chronic Diseases. Provides a holistic approach to AIDS/HIV, Allergies/Asthma, Alzheimer's Disease, Arthritis, Cancer, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Depression, Diabetes, Digestive Problems, Fibromyalgia, Heart and Blood Vessel Disorders, Kidney Disease, Liver Disease, multiple sclerosis, osteoporosis, overweight/obesity, pain, Parkinson’s Disease, and/or sleep disorders. Click on www.springerpub.com and write Carolyn Chambers Clark in the search box at the top of the screen for information.

 

*Living Well with Menopause: What Your Doctor Doesn't Tell You That You Need To Know. This self-care manual includes: menopause: a natural process, medical treatment, nutrition, herbs, environmental actions, exercise, other stress reduction and healing measures, relationships, finding and working with the right practitioner, and putting it all together: your menopause success plan. Click on http://www.harpercollins.com and write Carolyn Chambers Clark in the search box at the top of the screen.

 

*Prayers for Healing. Edited by Maggie Oman, with an Introduction by the Dalai Lama and Foreword by Larry Dossey, this little book invites you into a wonderful healing space. Contributors include Wendell Berry, Jack Kornfield, Rainer Maria Rilke, Marian Wright Edelman, Martine Luther King, Jr., and Marianne Williamson, Kahlil Gibran, Goethe, and even traditional Native American truths. For inspiration, order from orders@redwheelweiser.com or online at www.conari.com

 

4.   New!  Herbs and Supplements

 

Looking for quality herbs and supplements at fair prices? Go to http://www.iherb.com and use the following referral code for $5.00

discount on your first order: HOL667.

 

5.Wellness & Relationship Research Blog

 

    Need your daily infusion of wellness? Go to my new Blog and find both cutting edge research, in easily-digestible bites, and practical tips for improving the quality of your life or someone else’s.  To access, click on www.carolynchambersclark.com/id33.html

 

6.  Online Menopause Support/Information Group

 

 Anyone who could benefit from support and information during menopause can go to www.yahoogroups.com and write living well with menopause in the search box, scroll down to Living Well with Menopause and click on it. (You will have to sign up for a yahoo e-mail address to join but it’s free and allows group members to remain anonymous.) Anyone can also sign up on my web site at http://www.carolynchambersclark.com/id74.html

 

7.  Wellness E-books & New Articles

 

 

New self-care articles:

 

Surgery/Post –Surgery www.carolynchambersclark.com/id126.html

Ovarian Cysts www.carolynchambersclark.com/id127.html

Gallbladder www.carolynchambersclark.com/id124.html

 

 

Available e-books include ADHD, acne, bladder spasms/bladder infections, couple communication, depression relief, great body, headaches, healing veggies, healing with affirmation & imagery, healthy hair, helping with homework, natural diuretics, pain free, parenting, peri-menopausal bleeding, permanent weight loss, pregnancy, helping children be successful in school, teaching math concepts, thyroid, and whole brain thinking. All are from a wellness, self-care perspective and make great gifts! Click on www.carolynchambersclark.com (Scroll down the home page to find them.)

 

8.   Book for Nurse Educators

 

*Classroom Skills for Nurse Educators provides ways to promote interactive learning even in large classes, while teaching asynchronously online and more…also introduces creative ways to use role playing, simulations, simulation games, group methods, peer learning, value clarification, perceptual exercises, journal writing and poetry. Presents indepth analysis and tips for overcoming the teaching/learning problems that can interfere with the learning process, and even shows how to develop your own learning materials (including simulations and games) in simple but effective ways. Sample chapters and more information at www.jbpub.com/catalog/9780763749750

 

9.   Creative Nursing Leadership & Management

 

 Provides relevant theory and ties it to practice by allowing learners to use critical thinking activities in a safe classroom environment. Perfect for upper-level undergraduate nursing leadership courses (and for more advanced leaders), the text focuses on creating leadership opportunities and creative solutions; using information technology; managing resources and change; delegation and succession: developing staff; creative political, legal, ethical, effective, and safe interventions to keep staff engaged. For sample chapters and more information click on www.jbpub.com/catalog/9780763749767

 

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 Wellness Newsletter, November, 2008

 

This free newsletter provides up-to-date research-based wellness and self-care information and tells you about books, e-books, web sites and events that can enhance well-being, promote health, and help develop self-care, teaching/learning and leadership skills.

 

Scroll down to what interests you…

 

1.   Your wellness message

 

2.   Wellness Research:

 

     a. Grapes May Prevent Heart, Blood Vessel, and other Inflammatory Disease 

 

     b. How Infant Feeding Practices Affect Later Obesity

 

     c. Exercise May Prevent Fatty Liver Disease

 

     d.  Clock Shifts Affect Heart Attack Risk

 

     e. Hazardous Ions in Wine

 

3.  New Complementary/Wellness/Self-Care Book for Women

 

4.   Being a participative consumer: new articles

 

5.   Wellness Books: from aging with grace to fearless
       living

 

6.   Wellness & Relationship Research Blog

 

7.   Online “Living Well with Menopause” support
       group

 

8.    Herbs and Supplement information

 

9.     A recent book for nurse educators

 

10.   A recent book for nursing leaders and managers

 

11.   Archives of past Wellness Newsletters

 

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  1. Your Wellness Message:

 

           I fill the present with joy

 

      2.    Wellness Research

 

             a Heart Disease and Grapes

 

Accumulating evidence shows that grape polyphenols work in many different ways to prevent cardiovascular and other "inflammatory-mediated" diseases.

 

Through their antioxidant effects, grape polyphenols help to slow or prevent cell damage caused by oxidation. Polyphenols decrease oxidation of low-density lipoprotein cholesterol ("bad" cholesterol)—a key step in the development of atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries). Grape polyphenols also have other protective effects on the heart and blood vessels, including actions to reduce blood clotting, abnormal heart rhythms, and blood vessel narrowing. It's not yet clear exactly how these benefits of polyphenols occur, although there is evidence of effects on cellular signaling and on the actions of certain genes. The wide range of health-promoting effects suggests that several different, possibly interrelated mechanisms may be involved.

 

 Studies in patients treated with grape seed extracts have shown improvements in blood flow and cholesterol levels. In other studies, drinking Concord grape juice has improved measures of blood flow in patients with coronary artery disease and lowered blood pressure in patients with hypertension.

 

Studies investigating the lower rates of heart disease in France—the so-called "French paradox"—first raised the possibility that red wine might have health benefits. The subsequent research reviewed by Drs. Leifert and Abeywardena helps build the case that grapes and grape products might be a useful part of strategies to lower the high rate of death from cardiovascular disease.

 

What to do:

 

Drink more Concord grape juice and eat red and/or purple grapes whenever possible

 

For more of the article, click on:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/2008/10/081028103105.htm

 

            b  Breastfeeding and Obesity

 

Breastfeeding has a number of positive health benefits for baby: it can prevent ear infections and allergies, and lowers the risk of developing respiratory problems. It can also help prevent against obesity later in life, but the reason for this still isn't known.

 

In a recent study, researchers found breastfed children could more easily determine when they were full. Children who were bottle-fed with pumped breast milk were less likely to respond to the feeling of being full by the time they were preschool-aged. Also, children who had a lower response to fullness had a higher body mass index (BMI).

 

According to Isselmann, these results suggest a behavioral link between breastfeeding and obesity prevention, in that children who are breastfed grow to have more positive eating behaviors, which could help prevent obesity later in life.

 

What to do:

 

*Whether breastfeeding or bottle-feeding, rely on feedback cues from the infant for   
   fullness and hunger, not ounces on milk ingested.

 

For more about the study, click on:

 

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/10/081028074319.htm

 

            c Exercise Prevents Fatty Liver Disease 100% in Animal Model

 

A new University of Missouri study indicates that the negative effects of skipping exercise can occur in a short period.

 

Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease is a reversible condition that causes fat to accumulate in liver cells of obese people. As Westernized societies are experiencing a weight gain epidemic, the prevalence of the disease is growing, Ibdah said. 

 

“Physical activity prevented fatty liver disease by 100 percent in an animal model of fatty liver disease,” said Frank Booth, a professor in the MU College of Veterinary Medicine and the MU School of Medicine and a research investigator in the Dalton Cardiovascular Research Center. “In contrast, 100 percent of the group that did not have physical activity had fatty liver disease. This is a remarkable event. It is rare in medicine for any treatment to prevent any disease by 100 percent.”

 

What to do:

 

If you’re overweight/obese, exercise/do something physical every day. One day could make a difference. Even if you’re not overweight, exercise every day. It could help keep your liver healthy.

 

For more about the study, click on:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/10/081029141047.htm

 

 

            d  Clock Shifts Affect Heart Attack Risks

 

Adjusting the clocks to summer time on the last Sunday in March increases the risk of myocardial infarction in the following week. In return, putting the clocks back in the autumn reduces the risk, albeit to a lesser extent. This according to a new Swedish study.

 

 “There’s a small increase in risk for the individual, especially during the first three days of the new week,” says Dr Imre Janszky, one of the researchers behind the study. “The disruption in the chronobiological rhythms, the loss of one hour’s sleep and the resulting sleep disturbance are the probable causes.”

 

The team also observed that the readjustment back to winter time on the last Sunday in October, which gives us an extra hour’s sleep, is followed by a reduction in the risk of heart attack on the Monday. The reduction for the whole week is, however, less than the increase related to the summer adjustment.

 

According to the scientists, the study provides a conceivable explanation for why myocardial infarction is most common on Mondays, as demonstrated by previous research.

 

“It’s always been thought that it’s mainly due to an increase in stress ahead of the new working week,” says Dr Janszky. “But perhaps it’s also got something to do with the sleep disruption caused by the change in diurnal rhythm at the weekend.”

 

What to do:

 

  • Go to bed one hour early when the switch to daylight savings time occurs
  • If you can, slowly shift your clock to daylight savings time; use increments

of fifteen minutes or less when possible

  • Take a political action tack if you can; provide information to your congressional representative that clock shifts may not be healthy

 

For more about the study, click on:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/10/081030075647.htm

 

            e  Before You Have that Glass of Wine…Hazardous Ions in Wine

 

Potentially hazardous levels of metal ions are present in many commercially available wines. An analysis of reported levels of metals in wines from sixteen different countries found that only those from Argentina, Brazil and Italy did not pose a potential health risk owing to metals.

 

 

Excess intake of metal ions is credited with pathological events such as Parkinson's disease. In addition to neurological problems, these ions are also believed to enhance oxidative damage, a key component of chronic inflammatory disease which is a suggested initiator of cancer".

 

These results also question a popular belief about the health-giving properties of red wine: that drinking red wine daily to protect from heart attacks is often related to levels of 'anti-oxidants'. However the finding of hazardous and pro-oxidant metal ions creates a major question mark over these supposed protective benefits. The authors recommend that, "Levels of metal ions should appear on wine labels, along with the introduction of further steps to remove key hazardous metal ions during wine production".

 

What to do:

 

*Check the country of origin of the wine before imbibing

*Drink grape juice instead

 

For more of the article, click on:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/10/081029203031.htm

 

 

3. New Women’s Wellness/Complementary Health/ Self-Care Book Available

 

Complementary Health for Women
A Comprehensive Treatment Guide for Major Diseases and Common Conditions

 

Presents only research-based treatments. Can be used for self-care by women or by health care practitioners

working with women who report/wish to prevent or reduce symptoms/problems with:

Abdominal Pain, AIDS/HIV, Allergies, Alzheimer's Disease, Anxiety, Arthritis,
Bladder Infection, High Blood Pressure, Bone Issues, Breast Cancer, Breast Feeding Issues,

Cervical Cancer, Cholesterol (Elevated), Colon Cancer, Constipation, Crohn's Disease,

Depression, Diabetes, Diarrhea, Diverticular Disease, Endometriosis, Falls,
Gallstones, Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), Headache, Heart Disease,
Incontinence, Insomnia, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Liver Inflammation, Menopause,
Migraines, Nausea & Vomiting, Obesity, Osteoporosis, Ovarian Cancer, Pancreatitis,
PMS, Post-Partum Issues, Pregnancy, Respiratory Health, Triglycerides (elevated),
Ulcerative Colitis, Urinary Tract Infection, Vaginal Issues

 

Click on following line for more information:

http://www.springerpub.com/prod.aspx?prod_id=10878#Author+Biographies

 

4.  Self-care articles

       

      a.   stevia, a safe, healthy, and no-calorie sweetener

            www.carolynchambersclark.com/id129.html

 

     b.  nutritional deficiencies tied to major causes of death:

           what consumers can do

           www.carolynchambersclark.com/id130.html

 

     c.  kidney stone self-care:

         www.carolynchambersclark.com/id51.html

 

5.   Wellness Books:

 

Aging Beyond Belief by Wellness Guru, Don Ardell, 2007.

Aging Beyond Belief includes 69 recommendations for a more healthful, enjoyable and meaningful existence at every stage of life. Order from http://www.wholeperson.com/x-selfhelp/aging.html#Anchor-Aging-47857 or Don's web site: http://www.seekwellness.com/wellness/index.htm

 

*Living Well with Anxiety: What Your Doctor Doesn't Tell You That You Need to Know. Contents include how to self-diagnose anxiety, wellness approaches (nutrition, herbs, environmental changes, exercise, other anxiety-reducing and healing measures), relationships, purpose and spirituality, creating your own anxiety plan and finding and working with the right practitioner. Ask your local book store to order LWW Anxiety if you don't find it on the shelf.

 

*Comfort and Joy: Simple Ways to Care for Ourselves and Others. Available from orders@redwheelweiser.com or oneline at