9 Steps to Take after Being Diagnosed with a Serious Condition

Screen Shot 2013-11-21 at 1.59.39 PMBy Melissa E. Clarke MD

When patients first receive the upsetting news that they have a serious condition such as cancer, they typically feel distressed. After the initial anger, fear, and sadness, these patients often tell me they feel overwhelmed and lost. They don’t know what steps to take next.

It’s important for patients to feel empowered when it comes to their healthcare. According to a recent study published in the journal Health Affairs, patients who are more engaged in their healthcare have better outcomes than those who are passive (read the study findings here). Making informed decisions will help you meet the challenge of your illness, get good-quality care, and minimize aggravation caused by the tricks and traps inherent in our current healthcare maze.

Here are 9 strategies to follow.
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Ending Your Life Is Not The Answer To Your Situation

PopovichBy Stan Popovich

You are at the end of your rope and you can’t take it any much longer. You are in pain and you are suffering and you feel there is no hope. The first thing that you need to do is to seek the services of a professional counselor. As a published author of a managing fear book and as a Layman, here are five reasons why suicide is not an option to your problems.

1. Things Change Over Time

Regardless of your situation, things do not stay the same. You may feel very bad today, but it won’t last forever. Remember this fact:  Regardless of your current situation, everything changes over time. This includes your current situation. Nothing remains the same forever.

2. There Are Always Other Options…..Always

You may feel lost and confused but the answers to your specific problems are out there. The key is that you have to find the answers. The answers to your problem will not come to you. As mentioned before, the first step in finding the solution to your problem is to seek help from a qualified professional.

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Regain Flexibility With Ease After Your Back Surgery

BLD054342Worried about whether or not you’ll be able to return to your favorite activities following your back surgery? Not to fret. Today, sports physiologists encourage many post-surgical patients to return to some form of exercise almost right away. From gentle water walking to personalized stretching routines, your rehabilitation program can be fun and get you back to the activities you love most — fast!

Walk Your Way to Flexibility…In the Water

Aerobic water walking has become one of the most popular forms of rehabilitation following back surgery. Many people begin water routines with the sole purpose of entering their recovery program with ease, only to discover the fun whole body benefits. Some ranges of motion require subtle movement following surgery. Performing these ranges of motion while submerged in water takes away much of the pressure gravity exerts on land, making it easier to stretch. One of the major issues patients report is a fear of falling just following surgery. Water walking takes that fear away by offering the ultimate cushion as you regain your equilibrium. The YMCA offers classes throughout the U.S. that are led by certified instructors to help get you in the groove.
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Leading the Fight Against Mesothelioma

By Bari Faye Siegel 


Chris Placitella

About five years ago, New Jersey attorney Chris Placitella received a phone call from a South Jersey woman. She was very upset having just come from the doctor who told her she had mesothelioma. 

“I went to her home on the day she was diagnosed with mesothelioma. She was given two years to live. I made some phone calls and connected her with the right doctors at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital,” explained Placitella, well known for his tireless work fighting for the legal rights of people sickened by asbestos. “It’s five years later and she is still alive. The day I met her, it wasn’t all about the case for me. It was about getting this woman the care she needed.” Ultimately, Placitella did obtain a substantial settlement in the case on behalf of his client. 

The interesting thing, noted Placitella, is that his client never worked in a factory. She never worked in construction. She was a housewife and a daughter who regularly cleaned her husband’s and father’s work clothes. They were boilermakers. 

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Pediatric Alliance Advises about Tick Bites

Up until last year, the primary source of ticks in the United States was caused by Americans bringing them back from traveling abroad; however, ticks are now prevalent in the United States.

The most common tick-borne illness in the United States is Lyme disease, which when left untreated, can be a source of severe health problems. Dr. Brian Donnelly, a board-certified pediatrician at the North Hills Division of Pediatric Alliance, provides information and advice that can help parents prevent and treat members of their family who have been bitten by a tick.

Dr. Donnelly indicates that there are three major types of ticks, including the Deer, Wood/Dog and Lone Star. Deer and Wood ticks are commonly found in western Pennsylvania; the Lone Star tick is now becoming more prevalent in this region. Dr. Donnelly suggests the safest way to remove a tick is by gripping the tick near its jaw with a pair of tweezers and pulling it straight out.
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Managing Your Fearful And Obsessive Thoughts 

PopovichBy Stan Popovich

There are times that we encounter fearful thoughts that can be difficult to manage. For some people, the more they try to get rid of the thoughts, the stronger the thoughts become and the more difficult they become to manage. As a result, here is a brief list of techniques that a person can use to help manage their fearful and obsessive thoughts.

The first thing a person must do is not to dwell or focus on the fear provoking thought when it comes. The more a person tries to reason out the thought or focus on the fear behind the thought, the stronger the thought becomes. The next time you encounter an obsessive thought, get into the practice of not dwelling on it.

A person should visualize a red stop sign in their mind when they encounter a fear provoking thought. When the negative thought comes, a person should think of a red stop sign that serves as a reminder to stop focusing on that thought and to think of something else. A person can then try to think of something positive to replace the negative thought.

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The 7-Day Allergy Makeover

Screen Shot 2014-02-18 at 9.30.36 PMA Simple Program to Eliminate Allergies and Restore Vibrant Health from the Inside Out
By Dr. Susanne Bennett

Dr. Susanne Bennett, a full-time natural allergy specialist in Santa Monica, CA, has logged in over 100,000 patient visits over the past 24 years, ranging from children to working moms, auto mechanics to movie stars.  Sometimes they suffer from traditional symptoms, like hives, sneezing and headaches. Other times, her patients—like many people with unexplained symptoms—aren’t even aware that their joint pain, bloating, digestive problems, weight gain and insomnia, are allergy-related. Today, Bennett’s patients’ lives are transformed, and all without costly doctor visits, drugs, or surgery. Bennett gives patients the tools they need to be their own allergy detectives.

Bennett was a sports medicine doctor for seven years until she came to a difficult time in her life. When her son Cody was two months old, he developed allergies, which began with a constant runny nose, eczema and itchy hives that covered his body. He had gastrointestinal problems, anxiety, and then soon after his first birthday his sensitivities went deeper into his lungs. This caused severe asthma and anaphylaxis, a life threatening condition, wherein Dr. Bennett was advised to carry an EpiPen.

Over countless sleepless nights of studying medical books on allergies and environmental medicine—Dr. Bennett came to understand allergies in a natural holistic way, and to implement her findings. Today, Cody is 18 years old, a freshman at UC Berkeley and he is completely free of all allergy symptoms. And what began as a mother’s desperate fight to save her son evolved into a comprehensive program.
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Can Heart Attack Damage Be Reversed?

Survey of 4,000+ People Reveals Top 10 Depression Treatments (Surprisingly, Medication Is #23 on the List)

Most of us assume that medication is “the” go-to treatment option for depression. However, Graeme Cowan’s survey of over 4,000 people reveals that for most patients, other treatment options can be far more effective.

When you think of depression treatments, odds are, your mind immediately goes to medication. After all, you can’t watch TV for more than 30 minutes without seeing a commercial advocating the life-improving benefits of one pharmaceutical or another. And certainly, medication is a common, very visible, and often quite effective treatment for depression.

However you may be surprised to learn that in a survey of 4,064 people who have lived with depression or bipolar disorder, most respondents didn’t rate medication among the most effective treatments that contributed to their recovery. In fact, the highest-rating medication came in at number 23!

“While the ‘most effective’ treatment regimen for depression is different for each patient, it’s clear that a multipronged approach that goes beyond ‘just’ medication often works best,” says Graeme Cowan, who conducted the aforementioned survey and is the author of Back from the Brink: True Stories and Practical Help for Overcoming Depression and Bipolar Disorder (New Harbinger Publications, Inc., 2014, ISBN: 978-1-608-82856-2, $16.95, www.IAmBackFromTheBrink.com).

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The Sugar Impact Diet – Drop 7 Hidden Sugars, Lose Up to 10 Lbs in Just 2 Weeks

image001We all know that sugar is bad for us. But did you know that not all sugar is created equal?

After helping hundreds of thousands of people reclaim their health with her New York Times Best Seller The Virgin Diet, celebrity nutritionist JJ Virgin is back with a revolutionary new program that targets the single biggest needle mover when it comes to the number on the scale: sugar. But it’s not enough to cut out or cut back on sugar; you have to cut out the right kind of sugar. JJ VIRGIN’S SUGAR IMPACT DIET (Grand Central Life & Style; November 2014) turns the great sugar debate on its head and equips readers with everything they need to cut out the bad sugars (often hiding in foods you wouldn’t suspect!) and break free from sugar addiction for good.

JJ VIRGIN’S SUGAR IMPACT DIET explains the powerful concept of Sugar Impact: how different sugars react differently in the body. High Sugar Impact (SI) foods—specifically, foods with high amounts of a specific type of fructose sugar—cause weight gain, energy crashes and inflammation; low SI foods fuel your body for prolonged energy and promote fat burning.  The SUGAR IMPACT DIET outlines the 7 most damaging hidden sugars and provides simple swaps to shed fat fast—up to 10 pounds in 2 weeks—without feeling deprived. This two-week program helps retrain taste buds, restore sugar sensitivity, heal the digestive tract, rev up metabolism, and promote rapid weight loss. It also helps reverse premature aging, while staving off most chronic and inflammatory illnesses where they start.