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Antioxidants & Skin Health

By Dermatology Associates Cosmetic Center Our skin is our first line of defense against all sorts of environmental assaults –UV radiation, pollution, smoke exposure, and the normal process of aging. And, no matter how hard we try to protect our skin from the sun’s destructive rays, damage occurs.  Dark spots, premature wrinkles, leathery skin – these are all signs of ... Read More »

Proper Service Is The Key To A Safe, Working Stair Lift

By John E. Carter, Sales Manager Concise Consulting Inc. As with any tool in your house, accessibility and mobility equipment need to be properly serviced to maintain the reliability and safety of the device. If you neglect your stair lift, you might find yourself stuck on the wrong floor. Basic care can add to the life of your device, as ... Read More »

The Sandwich Generation: Caught between two worlds.

The “Sandwich Generation” refers to the large number of adults who are dealing with both young children and aging parents. If you are a member of this group, it may be challenging to find a safe and reliable investment that protects your family and addresses your specific needs. However, there are more options than you may realize. Preparing for the ... Read More »

Diabetic Eye Disea

By Johnson City Eye Clinic and Surgery Center Every patient with diabetes is at risk of developing diabetic eye disease, specifically diabetic retinopathy, cataracts or glaucoma.  It is important for the diabetic patient to have a dilated eye exam on a yearly basis.  The yearly dilated eye exam allows you to detect the disease early, before it severely affects your ... Read More »

Are You Wearing Proper Diabetic Footwear?

By Terry Colley, Licensed Pedorthotist Are you living with diabetes and not wearing the proper footwear? For most people the answer is YES.  Yet if you have diabetes and are not wearing the proper footwear, you could potentially be facing amputation.  One major factor today of amputation is complications from ulcers that start on the foot; improper footwear and not ... Read More »

November is Epilepsy Awareness Month

What is Epilepsy? Epilepsy is a neurological disorder that causes people to have recurrent seizures.  A seizure is a brief disruption of electrical activity in the brain. Epilepsy is not contagious, not a mental illness and not mental retardation. What Causes Epilepsy? More than half the time, the cause is unknown.  Where a cause can be determined, it is most ... Read More »

Eat, Praise Nutrition, and Be Merry! Holiday Favorites Can Be Healthy

By Monique Richard MS, RDN, LDN The holidays are here, and in America, that can equate to a few, or several, ‘splurges’ in turn contributing to a shrinking wallet and an expanding waistline. Before giving praise and thanks for the many blessings you have, make sure you and your family are getting their health needs met with all the beneficial ... Read More »


By James Schrenker, MD ABIHM, Integrated Health Concepts What is mindfulness?  It is likely the most important characteristic of humans.  It is our ability to be self-aware in a positive manner.  It is not shutting out the environment, rather being totally aware of it. It is not just during a Reiki treatment, massage or acupuncture treatment.  Yes, you can achieve ... Read More »

Fighting the Flu

Flu viruses are thought to spread mainly from person to person through droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze, or talk. Flu viruses also may spread when people touch something with flu virus on it and then touch their mouth, eyes, or nose. People infected with flu may be able to infect others beginning 1 day before symptoms develop ... Read More »

Have You Done Your Yearly Medicare Plan Review?

Medicare is stronger than ever with better choices and lower costs to you. • Expanded Medicare benefits under the Affordable Care Act continue to be available–things like free preventative benefits, cancer screenings, and yearly “Wellness” visits. • You can save money if you’re in the “donut hole” with big discounts on brand-name prescription drugs. Each year, there are new health ... Read More »

It’s Never Too Late to Play!

Healthy living is not just eating right and exercising, but also engaging in social activities and continuing to learn. The Active Older Adults (AOA) program at the Kingsport YMCA is dedicated to improving the overall well-being of our participants by creating activities and events for adults 55 and older to be involved and have fun. The Kingsport Y also partners ... Read More »

Show Hope: A Movement To Care For Orphans

By Stacie Vining Show Hope™ is a movement to care for orphans, restoring the hope of a family to orphans in distress around the world. Founded by Nashville based GRAMMY® Award Winning Artist Steven Curtis Chapman and his wife Mary Beth, this nonprofit organization is helping to make a difference for millions of orphans and waiting children. When the Chapmans ... Read More »

Help Children Navigate Life’s Challenges

By Kathy Benedetto, SPE LPC LMFT Frontier Health Senior Vice President of Tennessee Children’s Services For many of us, memories of our childhood are of carefree days, without awareness of the dangers in the world. But in an ever-changing, media-saturated world, today’s youth may not have the same experiences. Children are now exposed to terrifying news of death, war, disease, ... Read More »

My Torrid Love Affair with ED – Understanding Food Addiction, Part II

By Kimberly Toby Let’s begin with a technical twist before I delve into my love affair with ED, Eating Disorder.  Did you know that at some point, 20 million women and 10 million men are suffering from a significant eating disorderi?  The National Eating Disorder Association defines ED this way: Eating Disorders such as Anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorder ... Read More »

Great American Smokeout®:

Join the American Cancer Society to finish the fight against tobacco Quitting tobacco is not easy, but kicking the habit is one of the best ways to prevent cancer.  Whether you’re a smoker or someone trying to support a friend or loved one, the American Cancer Society can help. The Society encourages smokers to use the Great American Smokeout on ... Read More »

November Can Be Fine for the Outdoors

By Johnny Molloy Long about August, when summer days shorten, our minds invariably turn to fall. November—officially officially within the September 21 to December 21 boundaries of autumn—can paint a gloomy picture: barren, leafless trees, prolonged chill rain, a low slanting sun now weak on heat, short days, cold nights. “Not the greatest outdoor weather,” you think, but when November ... Read More »

Appalachian Sustainable Development planting seeds of hope… one community at a time

By Sylvia Crum With the end of 2014 in site, local non-profit, Appalachian Sustainable Development (ASD) looks forward to 2015; its 20th year serving southwest Virginia and northeast Tennessee.  Created in 1995, ASD operates 10 programs in three sectors: sustainable forestry/wood products, sustainable agriculture/food system development and food access. As an organization that long ago recognized the importance of local ... Read More »

Pilgrims with a Purpose

By Eric Potter, MD As pilgrims in this life, we embark upon an adventure filled with great stories. Stories of breathlessness, stories of laughter, and stories of woe fill our memories and await our tomorrows.  However, all noble journeys, regardless of their rabbit trails and pit stops, must be destined for a singular end.  Human life is no exception.  The ... Read More »

Superfoods or Superhype? Do some foods really have super powers?

By Monique Richards, MS RDN LDN Hippocrates said, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” Whole, natural food has incredibly powerful properties and contributions that scientists have yet to discover. Vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals, and types of fiber are just the tip of the iceberg of benefits in whole foods that aid in our development, growth, performance, and ... Read More »

Tennessee Fitness Spa Renewed My Spirit

By Georgianna D., Louisville, KY I showed up at Tennessee Fitness Spa empty and broken. You see, I had just lost my husband unexpectedly at age 42. I was numb, I was lost, and I was not functioning. I had been in bed for a month or more with little desire to live. I kept praying I would fall asleep ... Read More »

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