Health

Mind Matters: Change reaction

Family systems psychiatrist Murray Bowen noted years ago the phenomenon of change back/push back in a family system when an individual in the system starts to shake up the status quo. This shift is in the service of higher integration and greater awareness. However, our tribal primal inclinations of the family want to keep the individual in check and not be so ...

 
 

Prep now for fall allergies

Got fall allergies? Get prepped now. When the seasons start to change, it’s time for allergy sufferers to gear up for their fall allergies. Preparing in advance can help you get ahead of hard-to-fight symptoms later. While fall allergens might not be as obvious as those in the spring, there are plenty of triggers that can be in your day-to-day routine. Ragweed, ...

 

Summer Blood Drive starts  May 21

The Blood Bank of Delmarva, with donor centers in the Chadds Ford area, has scheduled its summer blood drive to begin Monday, May 21. The launch begins at 11 a.m. in the Christiana Donor Center, 100 Hygia Drive in Newark. The launch is open to the public and BBD will have tours and WJBR on location broadcasting live with Michael Waite. The blood bank will also ...

 

Surprising benefits of Mediterranean diet

In a recent U.S. News and World Report review of the best diets, experts gave top honors to the Mediterranean diet for its surprising health benefits. The very word “diet” belies the true power behind this way of eating, since it does so much more than shrink your waistline. Studies have shown it can help reduce your risk for many of the diseases and conditions most ...

 

Mind Matters: Give and take

To begin the process of remodeling our kitchen, the old was gutted and appliances were going to be thrown away. Donating to Goodwill or other non-profits was not possible — our old kitchen was “too old” despite all being in working condition. Freecycle to the Rescue. Freecycle is an online listing service sort of like Craig’s List but, as the name implies, “free.” ...

 

Rotary helps rebuild Chesco Food Bank garden

What makes a garden grow?  Soil, seeds and sun, of course, but also hands—helping hands.  On Sunday, April 22, members of the Greater West Chester Sunrise Rotary teamed up to rebuild four raised garden beds in Sidney’s Garden at Barclay Friends, one of over a hundred partner sites dedicated to growing fresh produce for the Chester County Food Bank. After almost ten ...

 

Addressing infertility

Many couples who want a child face the problem of infertility. They have tried to conceive, but have not been able to do so. If you and your partner are unable to have a child, consider having an infertility evaluation at the HAN Fertility Center. Our experts can evaluate you and your partner to find out what is causing the infertility problem, and what can be done ...

 

Today’s Family: Screen time and mental health

My daughter would stay in her room for hours and sometimes days at a time. I’d slip food under the door and supply her with water to keep her hydrated. I’d poke my head in every so often to make sure she was still in there and offer a trip for ice cream. My daughter is an extreme introvert and a normal teenager. How do you know the difference between introverted, ...

 

No time to exercise?

Sneak microbursts of activity into your day. Sure, you know you should exercise. But if it’s a struggle to find time to work out, join the club! While health recommendations suggest that we aim for 150 minutes of moderate activity every week—the equivalent of five 30-minute walks—plenty of us find it difficult to make that fit into our busy lives. In fact, “lack of ...

 

Stay mentally sharp into old age

Seniors who stay mentally sharp get vigorous exercise Many people experience a natural decline in their cognitive abilities as they age. The decline can range from occasional forgetfulness, such as not knowing where you left your car keys, to more serious issues like dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. However, others continue to stay sharp well into old age. ...

 

What is Irritable Bowel Syndrome?

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common disorder that affects between 10 and 15 percent of the U.S. population. This condition affects the large intestine and causes uncomfortable symptoms such as cramping, abdominal pain, bloating, gas, diarrhea and constipation. IBS is a chronic condition that needs to be managed long term. However, the good news is that it ...