Health

Mind Matters: Moments that transcend

Sacred moments of connection to another person happen in the oddest places. The other day I was shopping at one of those big box stores. It must have been an in-between time since there were only a few shoppers. A woman, even older than I, was handing out samples of a drink and I stopped to try some. She hesitated for a moment, then spoke quietly, “Yes, we need to ...

 
 

Folic acid and prevention of birth defects

If you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, there are many things you can do to increase your chances of having a healthy baby. Getting the recommended amount of folic acid every day should be near the top of your list since it plays an important role in preventing major birth defects during the first few weeks of pregnancy. Folic acid, also known as folate, ...

 

Wellness, Jackie’s Way: Feed, exercise your brain

At the last nutrition conference I attended, there were several prominent neurologists, each of whom delivered very convincing presentations on the connection between food intake and neurological disorders. Since there isn’t a real “cure” we must examine other strategies for delaying cognitive decline or managing neurological disorders as best as possible. Today ...

 

Hereditary breast and ovarian cancer tests

Some families seem to have exceptionally bad luck when it comes to cancer. There are mothers and daughters, sisters and aunts who have battled with breast or ovarian cancer, frequently more than once. But it’s more than simple bad luck – the elevated risk for developing cancer is part of their genes. Every year in the United States, more than 207,000 patients are ...

 

Mind Matters: About pro-life

The phrase pro-life gets bandied about a lot and although I have a strong Catholic religious upbringing, I chafe at the words that for many have no meaning but “anti-abortion.” I am not for abortion, but I am pro-choice as well as pro-life. Let me explain how. You see pro-life is expansive. Pro-life means caring about children after they are born — providing ...

 

Mind Matters: Report from Washington

No, I did not come for the inauguration on January 20, but to see my son and attend the Women’s March on January 21. The organizers anticipated 200,000 people. At least 500,000 showed up. The British publication The Guardian estimated 1,000,000. What was so remarkable in a crowd so massive was how polite and considerate everyone was with each other. In other words, ...

 

How to demystify cholesterol levels

Maintaining good health requires frequent monitoring of your body. Your cholesterol levels should be at the top of your measurement list since understanding them can help you ward off serious health issues. You may know that having high cholesterol is bad, but it’s not quite as simple as that. There are different types of cholesterol in your blood – some good and ...

 

Wellness, Jackie’s Way: Intermittent fasting

With a New Year, comes New Resolutions. According to a 2016 Nielson survey, the top two US New Year’s resolutions are staying fit and healthy (36 percent) and losing weight (32 percent). Let’s capitalize on the New Year’s renewed level of motivation and try something different to jump start weight loss. How about intermittent fasting, or IF? This is a term for an ...

 

Reducing alcohol: Rx for better health

Drinking alcohol is customary at many social gatherings and celebrations in the United States. You may lead a champagne toast at New Year’s, share a bottle of wine at a restaurant, or have a few beers during the football game on Sunday. In moderation, alcohol may have health benefits for your heart. However, once you go beyond the recommended limits – up to one drink ...

 

Mind Matters: Macro or micro, aggressions are real

Perusing a most recent American Psychological Association Journal, I wondered which article would be a springboard for my next Mind Matters column. So many topics seemed relevant to today’s news, it was hard to choose. One article discussed how the APA supports that Native Americans at Standing Rock who are protesting construction of an oil pipeline that would cut ...

 

Glen Mills area children to receive free dental care

Local children will have the opportunity to receive free dental services from dentist Jennifer Newsome, and her dental team at Dental Care of Concordville as part of Kids Free Dentistry Day. Nearly one in four children between the ages of 2 to 11 years has untreated cavities in primary teeth, according to the CDC. Unfortunately, children are not visiting a dentist ...