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Thursday August 11, 2011 - Issue #550

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief 

The Absolutely Best Medicine

Researchers at the University of Maryland, School of Medicine in Baltimore have shown for the first time that laughter is linked to healthy function of blood vessels. Laughter appears to cause the tissue that forms the inner lining of blood vessels, the endothelium, to dilate or expand in order to increase blood flow.

When the same group of study volunteers was shown a movie that produced mental stress, their blood vessel lining developed a potentially unhealthy response called vasoconstriction, reducing blood flow. That finding confirms previous studies, which suggested there was a link between mental stress and the narrowing of blood vessels.

Well, there it is folks—proof positive that laughter is good medicine. Some say it may even be the best medicine. Yet, asking any group of family caregivers could have saved the good doctors the time and expense of the study...continued

Take care

Gary Barg

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Feature Article

Cancer Therapy Nutrition

By Angela Medieros, Staff Writer

The effects of cancer therapy can be draining on the body and spirit.  Side effects like diminished taste sensation and upset stomach affect one’s ability to enjoy food and stay nourished.  Dietary changes throw off physical and emotional balance.  With proper thought and safe experimentation, nutritional continuity can be enhanced...continued

Guest Column

Aging in Place: A Real Choice

By Helen Hunter, ACSW, CMSW 

As people age, they may be faced with making the decision as to whether to move out of their existing home where they have raised family. Too often, these homes are not conducive to the physical challenges that elders may face in their advancing years. A recent study of aging baby boomers shows an overwhelming propensity to remain in their current homes after retirement...continued


Emotional States Play a Role in Level of Pain
By Kerin McShane, T.C., M.S., Ph.D.

For thousands of people, pain is a keen reminder of an injury or illness that can lead to equally disabling mental suffering. Out of fear, people whose systems are already compromised may feel their pain greater than they need to, causing an emotional reaction that keeps them feeling worse...continued

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Sharing Wisdom - Caregiver Tips

From Rubetta in Oklahoma
When you know you need a checkup, try not to put it off until tomorrow or later. Stop right now and “get ‘er done!” I've been a caregiver for almost 11 years to my husband and have realized I have forgotten myself. The sad part of this is I am a Caregiver Support Director.  Time and energy disappear when caregiving is in our lives. I've been so busy caring for others, I have ignored myself. So today, I am calling and getting this done—for me, my family and friends. God can use me and I want to be around to help where needed.

From Kathy in New Hampshire
My mom couldn't even take a shower without my dad looking for her or standing outside the bathroom door waiting for her. We had never fibbed or lied to him about anything before in our lives; but we decided for her peace of mind, we had to tell Dad little "fiblets." I would go over and sit with him while she was gone and we would tell him Mom had a doctor’s appointment and had to go alone.  Or, I would pick him up and take him for a ride (he loved rides in the car) and Mom would leave while we were gone. My mom just couldn't move or be gone from his side without it being an issue. If it happens to you, please don't give in. Force yourself to go out, no matter what it takes. You NEED to do this for yourself, your sanity and your health.




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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor

The Absolutely Best Medicine

Feature Article

Cancer Therapy Nutrition
Guest Column

Aging in Place: A Real Choice


Emotional States Play a Role in Level of Pain  
Sharing Wisdom



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