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How to Prepare Your Teen for 21st-Century Challenges PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Tuesday, 09 October 2012 14:29
Psychologist Offers 6 Character-Building Techniques

Parents today contend not only with yesterday’s worries -- drug abuse, bullying, teenage sex and delinquency – but new challenges. The digital age has introduced adult predators and other online hazards, and body-altering decorating such as tattoos and piercing's are popular temptations, says James G. Wellborn, a clinical psychologist with 18 years of experience working with parents and teens.

“The teenage years are unlike any other in a person’s life – it’s a unique in-between period from childhood to adulthood, and it’s helpful to remember that problems during this time are actually normal,” says Wellborn, author of the new book “Raising Teens in the 21st Century: A Practical Guide to Effective Parenting,” (www.drjameswellborn.com). “But teens still require guidance, encouragement and good ideas to see them through to adulthood.”

A universally admired trait, spanning all cultures, religion and philosophy, is compassion. A truly compassionate teen will inevitably have a host of other positive qualities, Wellborn says, including patience, understanding, sensitivity, tolerance, intuition and more. He says parents can encourage compassion in the following ways:

• Model it: Compassion is largely learned, so be aware of how you act around your children. How did you respond to the request for money from that panhandler on the street?  What comment did you make behind his back, in the presence of your kid? What did you say about that idiot driver who just cut you off in traffic? Your teens are watching and listening.

• Notice it: Point out examples of compassion that occur around you. It comes in many forms. Relevant to our daily lives are the people who quietly, and without recognition, help others in need, including volunteers of all types. Make a game of identifying instances of compassionate deeds you’ve witnessed.

• Teach it: Compassion has to be taught, so be prepared to provide direct instruction on how your teen needs to think and act in order to develop that quality. One important component empathy. If your teens can’t see things from another’s perspective, it is difficult for them to appreciate what that person is going through. Help them learn to walk a mile in their shoes.

• Anticipate it: Character can be fostered by projecting moral strength into their future. In this way, you will be subtly shaping the adult they are working to become. Say things like: “By the time you’re an adult, you will be such a person of strong character. That’ll be really cool.”

• Guilt it: A personal value system serves as a means of accountability to oneself (and your family and community). This begins with the value system parents promote in their kids. If they fulfill the promise of personal values it is a source of justifiable pride. Violating personal values should result in guilt for not doing what’s right and shame for letting other people down. Parents need to help their kids along with this.

• Repeat it: Once is not enough when it comes to character. Find every opportunity to work it into the conversation. Using all of the strategies mentioned above, you will be able to work character issues into every possible situation in a remarkably diverse number of ways. You need to have mentioned character so often – at least once every couple of days – and in so many different forms that they are sick of hearing about it by the time they graduate from high school.

About James G. Wellborn, Ph.D.

Jim Wellborn is a clinical psychologist who specializes in individual, family and group psychotherapy, with children and adolescents. He graduated from Louisiana State University in Shreveport with a bachelor’s in psychology, and earned his doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Rochester. He completed a two-year post-doctoral fellowship in developmental psychopathology at Vanderbilt University, and has been a consultant to school districts developing system-wide programs to address motivation and academic engagement in at-risk youth. Wellborn has served as a clinical director for outpatient psychotherapy services in two local agencies.

 
American Brain Tumor Association’s Team Breakthrough Crosses the Finish Line PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kate Butler   
Tuesday, 09 October 2012 14:20

Runners raise record-breaking $135,000 to advance the understanding and treatment of brain tumors

Chicago, IL, October 9, 2012 – Team Breakthrough, the American Brain Tumor Association’s endurance program, had 72 runners cross the finish line of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon on Sunday, October 7, 2012. In total, ABTA runners raised more than $135,000 in conjunction with Sunday’s event – a record for the ABTA in its seven years of participating in the race.

The top three Team Breakthrough fundraisers at the Chicago Marathon were Scott Badskey of Tower Lakes, IL, Oren Sagher of Ann Arbor, MI and Gelsey Steinbrecher of New York City.

“We’re so thankful to all of these amazing athletes for not only challenging themselves by competing in this world-class marathon, but for truly going the extra mile by raising funds in support of this important cause,” says ABTA President and CEO Elizabeth M. Wilson. “All of this year’s participants have been touched in some way by a brain tumor diagnosis. And each one of them is an inspiration as well as an example of what true champions are able to achieve.”

Team Breakthrough is the national endurance program for the American Brain Tumor Association, and includes half marathons, full marathons and triathlons across the country. For more information, call the ABTA’s Event Line at 800-886-1281 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

ABOUT THE AMERICAN BRAIN TUMOR ASSOCIATION
Founded in 1973, the American Brain Tumor Association (ABTA) was the first national nonprofit organization dedicated solely to funding brain tumor research. For nearly 40 years, the ABTA has provided critical funding to researchers working toward breakthroughs in brain tumor diagnosis, treatment and care, and is the only national organization providing comprehensive resources that support the complex needs of brain tumor patients and caregivers. For more information, visit www.abta.org.

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Victims of Agent Orange Dioxin Poisoning PDF Print E-mail
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Written by John J. Bury, US Navy, retired, Vietnam War veteran, Media, Pa.   
Tuesday, 09 October 2012 14:09

Victims of Agent Orange (AO) who are infected, Vietnam veterans, children of Vietnam veterans; then there are spouses and mothers or fathers who are victims by association.   By banding together and pressing forward to be heard is the only way we victims can win.

We know how to help others, we have been there/are there.  Our bodies are proof, our minds are not in denial, our lives are not equal to those without AO.  We are strong and build our own Quality of Life, the hard way.  Only we know what it is like to struggle with AO.  Each day we live, is a gift.

Yes, we suffer as do our loving family's who care about we who struggle with AO.  Let us not forget, we have friends who care.  Our consolation is knowing they love us and care about us.  Our worse pain is the burden upon our loved ones.  It is the most difficult of all pain to endure.

We know the frustrations of not being able to do the things as we have in the past.  We know the frustrations our family have in having to take up the slack, for us at one time we were able to do for our selves.  I know only to well how this feels to me and how it must feel for my family.

For these reasons we victims of Agent Orange Dioxin poisoning, our Congress and Senate must understand our needs.  There are Bills in legislation that can make our lives less frustrating.  Those Bills are House Bill HR-3612 and Senate Bill S.1629.  Please urge your members of Congress and Senate to pass the Bills.

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Hidden Benefits of Exercise PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Thursday, 04 October 2012 14:53
From Clearer Skin to a Stronger Immune System
Physician Touts 5 Hidden Benefits of Exercise

With more than a third of Americans classified as obese, everyone from first lady Michelle Obama to TV news anchor Katie Couric is advocating exercise to maintain a healthy weight.

That’s great, says Dr. Eudene Harry, author of “Live Younger in 8 Simple Steps,” (www.LivingHealthyLookingYounger.com), but the benefits of exercise go far beyond fitting into those skinny jeans.

For one, it will give you younger looking, more blemish-free skin.

“The increase in circulation and perspiration that occurs with exercise delivers more nutrients to your skin while allowing impurities and waste to be removed,” says Harry, who combines years of emergency-room experience with holistic medicine in her private practice. “The result? A healthier complexion!”

She adds four more hidden benefits of a good workout:

• Natural “feel-good” chemicals: Exercise releases endorphins, the brain chemicals that boost your mood and make you feel happy, as well as relieve stress, and enhance your self-esteem and self-confidence. Exercise has also been shown to increase neurotransmitters, such as serotonin and dopamine, which gives us a natural high and allows us to sleep better.

• Constipation prevention: Exercise increases the contractions of the wall of the intestine, helping to move things along through the intestinal tract more easily, and decreasing the time it takes to pass through the large intestine. But wait an hour or two after eating before exerting yourself: Exercising too soon after a meal can divert blood flow away from the gut and toward the muscles, weakening peristaltic contractions (and slowing down the digestion process).

• Prevents brittle bones: Walking, jogging, dancing, weight training and yoga are all weight-bearing exercises that help strengthen bones. Swimming and bicycling are exercises that are considered non-weight bearing. During weight-bearing exercises, bones adapt to the impact of the weight and the pull of muscles by building more bone cells, increasing strength and density and decreasing the risk of fractures, osteopenia and osteoporosis.

• Enhanced immunity: Physical exertion increases the rate at which antibodies flow through the blood stream, resulting in better immunity against sickness. The increased temperature generated during moderate exercise makes it difficult for certain infectious organisms to survive.

Don’t overdo your exercise, or you won’t see all of these benefits, Harry says.

“Check with a physician who can advise you on the right activities and intensity level for your individual needs,” she says.

“For all the benefits of exercise, there are down sides if you go at it too vigorously for your physical condition. For instance, you can actually increase stress hormones, which can make you more vulnerable to illness, rather than building your immunity.”

About Eudene Harry, M.D.

Dr. Eudene Harry holds a bachelor’s in biology from New York University and completed both her medical degree and residency training at Thomas Jefferson University. Currently the medical director for the integrative and holistic Oasis Wellness and Rejuvenation Center, she has practiced medicine for nearly 20 years, is board certified in both emergency and holistic medicine, and for more than a decade practiced emergency medicine as an attending physician in Level II trauma centers. In 2005 she opened Oasis for Optimal Health, a private practice focused on integrative, holistic wellness and empowering and educating the patient.

 
Free Dental Clinic this Friday and Saturday (Oct. 5 & 6) PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lisa Russell   
Thursday, 04 October 2012 14:35
Hundreds of Iowans are expected at the Fifth Annual Iowa Mission of Mercy in Davenport this weekend.  This free dental clinic provides cleanings, extractions and fillings.

WHO

Dental professionals from across the state will gather to provide nearly $1 million in free oral health care, including cleanings, extractions and fillings.

WHAT

The Iowa Mission of Mercy (Iowa MOM) is a free two-day dental clinic. There are no restrictions except patients are seen on a first-come, first-served basis.

WHERE

Iowa MOM will be at The RiverCenter in Davenport, Iowa

WHEN

Clinic hours are 6:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Friday, October 5, and Saturday, October 6. Doors close when capacity is met.

WHY

Oral health care is critical to the overall health of all Iowans, and the Iowa Mission of Mercy is an opportunity for Iowa dentists to provide access to quality health care to the Iowans who need it the most. Since 2008, more than $3.5 million in free dental care has been provided to almost 5,600 patients.

For more information, contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it at 515.210.3052.

 

 

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