National Cancer Prevention Month: How’d We Get in This Cancer Research ‘Fine Mess’–and How Do We Get Out?

February 1, 2015
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Remember C. Glenn Begley from “‘A Fine Mess We’re In’: Majority of Cancer Research Findings Not Replicable“? He made somewhat of a splash by asserting that the war on cancer is partially being lost due to sloppy research practices. Ring a bell? Here goes: The failure to win “the war on cancer” has been blamed […]

Not that, too! Anxiety can shorten your life. (Healthy Lifestyle Awareness Day)

February 1, 2015
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Frankly, I’m anxious.  (I’m also Rhona.) I spent a good amount of time trying to think of a way to put it that involved less brutal honesty, perhaps some more word craft–a bit of extra verbiage that might distract from such an unpleasant truth. But, ‘sometimes I worry’ was definitely a bit shy of the […]

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Healthy Weight Week–A Continuing Crisis

January 20, 2015
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Healthy Weight Week this year is January 19-23. And while I’ll admit that, looked at from one perspective, eating disorders can seem the domain of the rich and famous, the models and the actresses, of Victoria Beckham and Princess Diana, in reality they are widespread–across financial groups, ethnicities, and genders (would you believe that nearly […]

Teen-agers or Old-agers? Who’s More Likely to Suicide? International Survivors of Suicide Day

November 22, 2014
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It’s an unpleasant question, and it doesn’t usually come up in casual conversation, but if you were to ask who was the group in the U.S. most likely to suicide, you’d get a variety of answers. Had you asked my brother two weeks after the birth of his first child, he would have told you […]

Family systems: Children Acting Out Parental Power Struggles

November 20, 2014
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Charlotte* was a energetic, exciting, dominant woman.  She chose Charlie,* her opposite. Charlie ate the same menu almost every day: 2 eggs, chicken salad for lunch, chicken or pasta for dinner.  This drove Charlotte wild, and she let Charlie know how boring she thought he was. She loved changes and adventures, gourmet food and fine […]

Mental Illness Awareness Week, May 11-17

November 15, 2014
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Today begins Mental Illness Awareness Week. Established by Congress in 1990 thanks to efforts by the tireless National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), it occurs every year during the first week of October to raise awareness about mental illness. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, an estimated 26.2% of adult Americans (that’s a […]

Pancreatic, Carcinoid, Stomach and Lung Cancer Awareness Month: Beyond “You Are Getting Sleepy”: Cancer and Hynotherapy

November 12, 2014
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I’m going to kind of go out on a limb here when I discuss one of the treatments I use for many ailments, but also for cancer, and you may think to yourselves: “That Candida.” But I figure anyone who has stayed with me through my harangue on exercise, my advocating pets and plants for your […]

Blended Families: The L Family Adds a New Baby

November 8, 2014
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We last left the L family (The Blended Family–Part I: the L Family) experiencing a troubled triangle between Larry* and his second wife Lucille*, who were fighting over his young daughter Lola from a previous marriage.  Lucille was expecting her first biological child and was also the full-time stay at home Mom to her step-daughter. […]

Money Matters in Couple Relationships: Early Warning Signs

November 3, 2014
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One of my jobs as an adviser to couples is to inquire about early warning signs. In the Oct. 13 New Yorker I read the story of one Mathew Martoma, whose long-held secret was outed when the feds arrested him, in front of his wife, on insider trading charges. Luckily for his marriage, that wife was […]

National Prematurity Awareness Month and Day

November 2, 2014
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My oldest niece is the closest I ever came to having a child of my own. I do fully understand that you can never truly grasp what it’s like to have a child until you do, indeed, have one, but if all it took was a love so deep and wide that the famous Spanish […]

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The Little People: Prematurity Awareness Month

November 1, 2014
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You may recall that I wrote about my love affair with my severely premature the born niece. No don’t get scared off – you don’t haveto hear about how wonderful she is again, how acutely sensitive she is to others’ needs, how she’ll drop me a text from time to time just to say she […]

October is National Medicine Abuse Awareness Month

October 29, 2014
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It may seem perfectly obvious. You’ve got a sinus infection. Your doctor writes you a script for amoxicillin. You (in theory) complete the course of the med–viola, all’s well. (Well, that’s not exactly the truth. Usually it’s ‘viola–you’ve still got your sinus infection,’ but let’s just stipulate so we can move on.) If your sole experience […]

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