Health

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 ...

 

How to protect your heart in winter

The thermometer drops below freezing and a fresh blanket of new fallen snow covers your driveway. It’s time to head out with your snow shovel to clear a path. However, before you bundle up to keep warm for the task at hand, make sure you’ve taken all the necessary precautions to protect your heart as well. There’s a sharp spike in heart attacks and other ...

 

Mind Matters: The light and the dark

When this column is published, it will be Christmas Eve. Not everyone celebrates this holiday, but even so, many cultures and faiths celebrate this time of year in the Northern Hemisphere when we experience the most darkness. So all the various festivals of lights push against this darkness with the hope of both spiritual light and natural light returning to earth. ...

 

Parents: drug slang you should know

One of the most difficult parts of raising a teenager is helping him or her resist the urge and peer pressure to use drugs and alcohol. As a parent, educating yourself about drugs and the slang used to talk about them is key to identifying if your teen is talking about, considering trying or already abusing drugs. Illegal Drugs When it comes to teen drug abuse, most ...

 

Main Line Health opens wellness center

Main Line Health celebrated the opening of its new wellness center in Concord Township with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Dec. 14. The lower lobby of the facility was packed for the ceremony, which included a brief talk from John Lynch, Main Line’s president and CEO. Lynch said the center represents an expansion of Main Line’s approach to health. “Our focus at Main ...