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Holiday Stress Binge Eating and Compulsive Eating Disorders

Holiday Stress Can Trigger Binge Eating and Other Compulsive Eating Disorders
For those in recovery from eating disorders, such as compulsive overeating, anorexia, bulimia, or binge eating, holiday stress can be a difficult time. During this joyous time of year, food often becomes the center of various celebrations, and at the end of the evening we are left asking ourselves "Why did I eat so much?" Those dealing with eating disorders sometimes approach the holidays as an all-or-nothing proposition by either severely dieting or restricting themselves, or promising they'll try to lose the weight after the New Year. Overeaters Anonymous (OA) offers those struggling with unhealthy food behaviors support in their recovery during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays and throughout the year.OA provides a 12-step program that addresses member's emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being in a safe, anonymous environment. OA members can attend meetings anywhere in the country, around the world, online, or on the phone to help them stay on track, even during...
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Swedish Massage Therapy Improves Endothelial Function

Swedish Massage Therapy Improves Endothelial Function
To complement the Research Reports in the October 2014 issue of MASSAGE Magazine. Summary: After exertion-induced muscle injury exercises, it showed sedentary adults who received 30 minutes of Swedish massage therapy improves endothelial function.Sedentary participants exhibit improved endothelial function after receiving interventions incorporating massage therapy for exertion-induced muscle injury exercises. The study, “Massage Therapy Restores Peripheral Vascular Function Following Exertion,” involved 36 sedentary adults, ages 18 to 40.The study’s authors explained, “exertion-induced muscle injury (EMI) is associated with muscle pain, soreness, swelling, decreased range of motion (ROM) and reduced muscle strength” and “can lead to systemic inflammation and altered endothelial function.” There is no predominant treatment for EMI, but massage therapy has been recommended for reducing symptoms and post-injury inflammation.Researchers aimed to determine if EMI reduces vascular endothelial function, and if massage therapy helps improve peripheral vascular function after EMI. Prior to the study, participants spent less than 150 minutes per week...
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Pit Bull Mix Named Year's Top "American Hero Dog" 2014

Pit Bull Mix Named Year's Top
The country's top therapy dog, a pit bull mix named Susie from High Point, North Carolina who overcame a terrible ordeal but went on to bring hope to both people and animals, has been named this year's "American Hero Dog" at the 2014 American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards, presented by the Lois Pope LIFE Foundation, Inc. and broadcast nationally on Hallmark Channel October 30 at 8 pm ET/PT, 7 pm Central Time.Susie was only a puppy when her owner beat her savagely and set her on fire, leaving her for dead in a local park in Greensboro, North Carolina. After being rescued by a local animal shelter and nursed back to health, she was adopted by Donna Lawrence, who had been the victim of a terrible dog attack that nearly killed her and left her without the ability to have children.Together, they helped each other heal from their physical and...
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Insomnia Relief Without a Prescription

Insomnia Relief Without a Prescription
Anyone who has had insomnia—temporarily or chronically—knows how desperate a person can become for a full night’s sleep. Insomnia can wreak havoc on your life. It can cause depression and weight gain, and lead to a plethora of other health complications.No wonder so many busy, stressed-out, overworked Americans reach for prescription sleep aids just to get a night of rest. What they don’t realize is that sleep aids often end up turning into a vicious cycle.The last thing an insomniac needs is a drug. It can actually be dangerous for a person suffering from lack of sleep to take a drug that knocks her out, because insomnia can be the result of an underlying problem, such as sleep apnea.During a sleep apnea episode, in which you temporarily stop breathing while asleep, you will wake yourself up, gasping for air. If you’ve taken a medication that completely conks you out, you will be...
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Risk of Lyme Disease in Humans and Pets

Risk of Lyme Disease in Humans and Pets
Even during the last weeks of summer, it's important to remember children and pets are at greater risk of being infected with Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases such as anaplasmosis, ehrlichiosis, or Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.Because people and their pets often spend time in the same environments where Lyme and other disease-transmitting ticks are found, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) are working together to offer advice to households with children and pets.According to the AVMA and the AAP, people whose animals have been diagnosed with Lyme disease should consult their physician about their own risk. Likewise, people who have been diagnosed with Lyme disease should consult their veterinarian to assess their pet's risk based on the animal's lifestyle and possible environmental exposures.Lyme disease is an infection caused by a bacterium known as Borrelia burgdorfori. It is spread by the bite of the tiny...
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Snacks to Maximize Your Energy

Snacks to Maximize Your Energy
As a massage therapist, you are on your feet and in motion all day long—so keep your body going by feeding it optimum fuel. The best fuel for your workday comes from a diet balanced in lean protein, complex carbohydrates and healthy fats. During busy days, snacking keeps your energy up and your metabolism working at peak performance. Each snack should have at least 10 grams of protein, which will ward off blood sugar spikes and drowsiness you can experience from rapidly falling blood sugar.Here are some suggestions of snacks to maximize your energy for your workday. All contain between 10 and 20 grams of protein and are the best way to combat what I refer to as the metabolic dysfunction factor, a condition that makes weight easy to gain and difficult to lose.one 5-ounce plain or vanilla low-fat or nonfat Greek yogurt¼ cup nuts. Nuts are high in fat, so limit this...
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