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What Are We Eating?

What Are We Eating

By Jason Brice CSCS Personal Trainer Nutrition and Health As the old saying goes, we are what we eat.  If that is true, then most of us are probably composed of fast food burgers and over processed microwaveable meals.  Most of this is due to having so much to do and not enough time to do it.  Planning meals and …

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6 Simple Tips to Launch a Healthy Lifestyle through Nutrition

6 Simple Tips to Launch a Healthy Lifestyle through Nutrition

By Monica L. Cooper MS, RD, LDN – All too often, individuals find nutrition information overwhelming or difficult to incorporate into everyeveryday life.  When attempting to become healthier, small changes in diet and lifestyle choices can make a huge difference.  Making gradual modifications can lead to long-term transformation rather than failed attempts at fad diets. 1.    Set Reasonable Goals Choose …

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Colorectal Cancer is Preventable, Treatable and Beatable

Colorectal Cancer is Preventable Treatable and Beatable

By Gastroenterology Associates Colon Cancer is often a silent disease that has no symptoms. When symptoms are present, this can indicate that the disease has progressed to a more advanced stage. One in twenty people will be diagnosed with colon cancer, but fortunately this is a cancer we can do something about. Beginning at age 50 (age 45 for African …

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Watch Out for Sodium Overload

Watch Out for Sodium Overload

March is National Nutrition Month Eating too many salty foods can create all sorts of health problems, including high blood pressure. But did you know a lot of common foods are packed with excess sodium? It’s not just the fries and potato chips you need to be careful with.  Six of the highest sodium culprits are:  breads and rolls, cold …

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The Relationship Between Language and Learning Disabilities

The Relationship Between Language and Learning Disabilities

By Tonya R. Coleman, M.S., CCC-SLP, Director of Speech Pathology Services, Bristol Regional Speech and Hearing Center Does your child have trouble speaking or understanding spoken language? Because most learning takes place through spoken communication, whether in the classroom, on the playground, or at home, speech and language problems can interfere with many aspects of a child’s learning and development.  …

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ANDROPAUSE: Dealing with the Hormonal Changes of ‘MALE MENOPAUSE’

ANDROPAUSE-Dealing with the Hormonal Changes of MALE MENOPAUSE

By Whitney Larkin, ProCompounding Pharmacy IT’S NOT JUST FOR WOMEN ANYMORE! It is estimated that four out of five American men over the age of 40 suffer from “LOW T” (low testosterone), which can lead to “male menopause,” also known as andropause. Hormones affect many areas of your health, including your energy level, sexual function, mood, and overall well-being.  If …

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Living With a Prosthesis: Up Close and Personal

Living With a Prosthesis

By Terry Colley, BOCPD, C.O.P.A, C.O.F., Bristol Orthotics & Prosthetics The Early Years I often remember my child hood days when I would be outside all day long playing with no worries or cares.  I was the youngest of two children, my sister two years older than me was born with Myelomeningocele, better known as Spina Bifida.  I remember that …

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Infant and Toddler Connection

Infant and Toddler Connection

Help for Infants to Toddlers Age 3  Having Trouble Developing Basic Skills By Karen Davis, M.Ed. – Program Manager, Infant & Toddler Connection of DILENOWISCO While 2-year-old Lana was playing at day care, she looked up and saw Speech Language Pathologist Courtney Sutherland coming toward her.  Lana was excited because Courtney is always fun to play with. Lana speaks few …

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Encouragement for Those with a Terminal Illness

Encouragement for Those with a Terminal Illness

By Cathy Walker, RN, CWCN, CFCN, Smoky Mountain Home Health & Hospice Having a terminal illness can feel like a death sentence. In this day with its medical “miracles”, death is seen as a failure of the medical profession. Death is the enemy to be fought at all costs. We wish we could deny its very existence. We feel that …

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How Occupational Therapy can Help Children with Learning Disabilities

How Occupational Therapy can Help Children with Learning Disabilities

By Rosellen Ryals, OTR/L, Physical Therapy Services Types of Learning Disabilities March is Learning Disabilities Awareness Month.  Most of us know how hard our schools work to help children who are struggling academically. There are many reasons for learning issues. “Learning disabilities” is an umbrella term to cover many learning problems.  However, learning disabilities do not have to be associated …

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Wellness Tourism: Get Healthy on a Healing Trip to India

Wellness Tourism

By SRV Global Health, Bristol, TN Are you feeling run-down but don’t know what to do?  Do you suffer from frequent colds and fevers, asthma, chronic skin inflammation, nausea, arthritis, kidney stones, gout, sinusitis, gastro-intestinal problems, muscular pain, and headaches?  You may be in need of a detoxification. A current trend for many seeking relief is Wellness Tourism.  Wellness tourism …

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The Cost-Effectiveness of Chiropractic Care vs. Medical Care

The Cost-Effectiveness of Chiropractic Care vs Medical Care

By Dr. Craig Livesay With a shaky economy and the unknown future of healthcare in the US, consumers need better options in relieving pain and promoting health.  A visit to a medical office for neck or low back pain can quickly turn into thousands of dollars invested in diagnostics such as x-rays and MRI’s and an addiction to pain killers …

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CLEAR SKIN FROM THE INSIDE OUT: DETOX AND FORTIFY

CLEAR SKIN FROM THE INSIDE OUT

By Stacey Upton, Independent Consultant and EVP with Arbonne International Winter time can be challenging for our skin – we go from cold weather outside to warm temperatures inside, we wear wooly hats and scarves that can irritate our skin, we linger in a hot shower perhaps longer than we should, and in general we can experience drier than normal, …

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Fecal Incontinence – Don’t let it prevent you from enjoying life!

Fecal Incontinence

By Connie Pennington, MD Fecal incontinence is the recurrent uncontrolled passage of fecal material several times a week for at least one month.  It affects up to 18% of the population and increases with advancing age. Because of the social stigma and embarrassment many people hesitate to discuss fecal incontinence with their physicians. Fecal incontinence is actually not a diagnosis …

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March is American Red Cross Month

red cross

A time to remember and honor Everyday Heroes, like Carolyn Doerfert By Stan Gibert Every U.S. President since 1943 has designated March as Red Cross Month.  The American Red Cross is synonymous with helping people, and has been doing so for more than 130 years. Each March, the organization recognizes its Everyday Heroes who give of themselves and help their …

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One7: Reaching Inner City Communities in Johnson City Through Cross-Cultural Youth Ministry

Reaching Inner City Communities

By Gretchen Allie and Michael Mabry Sex.  Fitting in.  Alcohol.  Peer pressure.  Drugs.  Body image. These are all things that teenagers deal with everyday.  But what about worrying about having food or if your family will be on the streets because your parents can’t pay the rent? Or not having time for homework after taking care of younger siblings, cleaning, …

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Find Orthopaedic Pain Relief with Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy

Find Orthopaedic Pain Relief with Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy

By April McLeod, Watauga Orthopaedics – Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy is not anything new in the medical world, although it has more recently been getting more attention in the media due to professional athletes undergoing the procedure. Football players, baseball players, golfers, and many other athletes have undergone PRP injections, experiencing quicker recoveries from surgeries and/or injuries. PRP Therapy has …

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The Blurring of Food and Love: Overcoming Emotional Eating

Overcoming Emotional Eating

By Angie Tolley, Behavior Therapist, MSHA Resolve Weight Management Solutions – Most people have heard the results of studies that tell how obesity is associated with adverse cardiac and vascular structural and functional alterations.  These results include increased carotid wall thickness and volume; elevated blood pressure, cholesterol, lipids, and triglycerides; and increased general inflammation. While the results of overeating and …

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February is AMD (Age-Related Macular Degeneration) and Low Vision Awareness Month

Low Vision Awareness Month

With John C Johnson, Jr., M.D. – What is AMD? AMD is the number one cause of vision loss in senior citizens.  Age related macular degeneration often results in “low vision” or significant vision loss that cannot be helped by normal correction such as eyeglasses or contacts lens. Age-related macular degeneration is a complex, multifactorial disease with progressive degeneration of …

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Get Fit with the Wellness Center’s “Hearts On the Move” Program

Risk Factors of Heart Disease With heart disease being the leading cause of death for both males and females, you may already be aware of the risk factors for heart disease.  As a reminder, you are at a greatest risk if you have one or more of the following risk factors: family history of heart disease, smoking, high blood pressure, …

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