Art therapy may be one of the lesser-known complementary and alternative therapies available. It utilizes therapeutic techniques coupled with the creative process to improve emotional well-being. The idea of creative expression was initially developed in the 1930s for mental health professionals. Patients used it as a source of communication to help deal with mental distress. The thought behind it stems from the belief that creativity helps with healing. Art therapy helps individuals cope with physical, mental, and emotional problems by heightening their sense of self-awareness and expressing themselves through their artistic creations.
September is National Mushroom Month! Mushrooms are one of my favorite ingredients because they add an earthy flavor and hearty, meaty texture to any dish. In addition to their great flavor, mushrooms are also high in copper, selenium, vitamin B2 & B3, and pantothenic acid. Mushrooms are also one of the only foods with naturally occurring vitamin D, which many of us have trouble getting enough of. Recent research has shown that mushrooms help keep our immune systems. Here are a few delicious ways to use mushrooms this fall! (more…)
I often find that mushrooms don’t get the attention they deserve. Although typically treated as one, mushrooms aren’t vegetables. They’re the edible fleshy fruit of a fungus. As a result, they contain a completely different nutritional profile from their plant counterparts. (more…)
September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Sadly, many of us have been touched by childhood cancer in some way or another. Unfortunately, I lost one of my close friends to a brain tumor when we were around the age of 12. His battle with brain cancer was something I cannot put into words. Seeing the community of love, courage and strength that developed and in turn enveloped him was something that I knew I had to continue on even when he was not with us anymore. (more…)
Caregiving often compromises our ability to think, act and speak our truth. This reality is a difficult pill to swallow but one we gladly sacrifice in the face of caring for someone we love. But as time passes, our couched feelings, the strain of sleepless nights and busy days add up and we’re left wondering where do we fit in and what choice do we have. (more…)
September is the Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month and we would like to take a moment to discuss about thyroid cancer since it is the most rapidly increasing cancer by incidence in the United States. Thyroid cancer affects all people of all ages, from young children to seniors. Thankfully, due to the successful treatment of early-detected cases, the death rate from thyroid cancer has been fairly stable and low for many years. (more…)
September is the National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, so we would like to share with you some general information about the disease. Other than skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer in American men. It is estimated that about 1 in 7 men will be diagnosed with this cancer during their lifetime. Prostate cancer occurs mainly in older men, as it rarely occurs before age 40. Although it can be a serious disease, most men diagnosed with it survive with the proper treatment and lifestyle changes following the treatment. (more…)
“I’m not really sure why I am calling.” “My friend told me to call you.” “I have no idea what to do.” These are some common opening lines from phone calls with my patients. As the Patient Services Manager for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, I received distressed calls from patients, family members, and concerned friends – all searching for answers or simply ways to make things better. During a whirlwind time, being able to focus, to give people tangible resources, to know that there are ways to calm the storm, did help but, there was no way to offer the thing they wanted most – a step-by-step plan for assured cure. They want to know the best doctors, the best treatments, the best hospitals, the best of the best of the “right” things to do. Sadly, “the best of” doesn’t always equate to assured cure. Still, one hopes that speaking with an informed, caring person who can offer knowledgeable insights does provide a port in the storm. (more…)
Massage therapy, or touch therapy, has been traced as far back as ancient and medieval civilizations. Primarily used as a healing technique to treat ailments and injuries, improve circulation, and release toxins from the body. It involves the manipulation of the superficial and deep layers of muscles and soft tissues of the body. Proponents claim that massage therapy can lead to reduction in pain, stress, anxiety, and depression. (more…)
Peaches have become a summertime staple in my house. They are perfect as a snack and can be easily eaten on the go. The best part, one large peach comes in at only 68 calories and 3 grams of filling fiber. They contain many beneficial nutrients, phytochemicals, and antioxidants. Peaches are rich in vitamins A, C, and E, and important minerals such as potassium, magnesium, phosphorus and iron.