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In Wellness,
 
Carolyn Chambers Clark

WELLNESS NEWSLETTER, July, 2009

 

Here's the latest self-care research information, books, ebooks and more.

This free newsletter provides up-to-date research-based wellness and self-care information and tells you about books, e-books, web sites and events that can enhance well-being, promote health, and help develop self-care, teaching/learning and leadership skills.

 

Scroll down to what interests you…

1. Your wellness message
2. Wellness Research:
 
Cancer: Red Meat and Dairy Products Associated with Pancreatic Cancer Risk

Relationships: Daily Sex Improves Fertility

Heart Disease, Cancer, Obesity, Diabetes: Vegetarian Diets May Treat and Prevent

Aging: Having a Higher Purpose Associated with Lower Death Rate


3. Wellness Books & E-books

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1. Your Wellness Message:

      
 Treat yourself to the sweet joy of dreaming of

 beautiful things, a fabulous job, a fulfilling relationship.

                Amanda Ford

 

 2. Wellness Research
 

Cancer: Red Meat and Dairy Products Associated with Pancreatic Cancer Risk

 

High intake of dietary fats from red meat and dairy products was associated with an increased risk of pancreatic cancer, according to a new study published online June 26 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

 

This study was undertaken because research relating fat intake to pancreatic cancer was inconclusive.

 

To examine the association, Rachael Z. Stolzenberg-Solomon, Ph.D., of the Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics at the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Md., and colleagues analyzed a cohort of over 500,000 people from the National Institutes of Health – AARP Diet and Health Study. Participants completed a food frequency questionnaire in 1995 and 1996 and were followed prospectively for an average of 6 years to track a variety of health outcomes, including pancreatic cancer.

 

Men and women who consumed high amounts of total fats had 53% and 23% higher relative rates of pancreatic cancer, respectively, compared with men and women who had the lowest fat consumption. Participants who consumed high amounts of saturated fats had 36% higher relative rates of pancreatic cancer compared with those who consumed low amounts.

 

"[W]e observed positive associations between pancreatic cancer and intakes of total, saturated, and monounsaturated fat overall, particularly from red meat and dairy food sources. We did not observe any consistent association with polyunsaturated or fat from plant food sources," the authors write. "Altogether, these results suggest a role for animal fat in pancreatic carcinogenesis."

 

For more on the study, go to:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/06/090626163115.htm

 

Relationships: Daily Sex Improves Fertility

 

Daily sex (or ejaculating daily) for seven days improves men’s sperm quality by reducing the amount of DNA damage, according to an Australian study presented June 30 to the 25th annual meeting of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology in Amsterdam.

 

Until now there has been no evidence-based consensus amongst fertility specialists as to whether or not men should refrain from sex for a few days before attempting to conceive with their partner, either spontaneously or via assisted reproduction.

 

Dr David Greening, an obstetrician and gynaecologist with sub specialist training in reproductive endocrinology and infertility at Sydney IVF, Wollongong, Australia, said: “All that we knew was that intercourse on the day of ovulation offered the highest chance of pregnancy, but we did not know what was the best advice for the period leading up to ovulation or egg retrieval for IVF.

 

“I thought that frequent ejaculation might be a physiological mechanism to improve sperm DNA damage, while maintaining semen levels within the normal, fertile range.”

 

To investigate this hypothesis, Dr Greening studied 118 men who had higher than normal sperm DNA damage as indicated by a DNA Fragmentation Index (DFI). Men who had a more than 15% of their sperm (DFI >15%) damaged were eligible for the trial. At Sydney IVF, sperm DNA damage is defined as less than 15% DFI for excellent quality sperm, 15-24% DFI for good, 25-29% DFI for fair and more than 29% DFI for poor quality; but other laboratories can have slightly different ranges.

 

The men were instructed to ejaculate daily for seven days, and no other treatment or lifestyle changes were suggested. Before they started, levels of DNA damage ranged between 15% and 98% DFI, with an average 34% DFI when measured after three days’ abstinence. When the men’s sperm was re-assessed on the seventh day, Dr Greening found that 96 men (81%) had an average 12% decrease in their sperm DNA damage, while 22 men (19%) and an average increase in damage of nearly 10%. The average for the whole group dropped to 26% DFI.

 

Dr Greening said: “Although the mean average was 26% which is in the ‘fair’ range for sperm quality, this included 18% of men whose sperm DNA damage increased as well as those whose DNA damage decreased. Amongst the men whose damage decreased, their average dropped by 12% to just under 23% DFI, which puts them in the ‘good’ range. Also, more men moved into the ‘good’ range and out of the ‘poor’ or ‘fair’ range. These changes were substantial and statistically highly significant.

 

“In addition, we found that although frequent ejaculation decreased semen volume and sperm concentrations, it did not compromise sperm motility and, in fact, this rose slightly but significantly.

 

“Further research is required to see whether the improvement in these men’s sperm quality translates into better pregnancy rates, but other, previous studies have shown the relationship between sperm DNA damage and pregnancy rates.

 

“The optimal number of days of ejaculation might be more or less than seven days, but a week appears manageable and favourable. It seems safe to conclude that couples with relatively normal semen parameters should have sex daily for up to a week before the ovulation date. In the context of assisted reproduction, this simple treatment may assist in improving sperm quality and ultimately achieving a pregnancy. In addition, these results may mean that men play a greater role in infertility than previously suspected, and that ejaculatory frequency is important for improving sperm quality, especially as men age and during assisted reproduction cycles.”

 

Dr Greening said he thought the reason why sperm quality improved with frequent ejaculation was because the sperm had a shorter exposure in the testicular ducts and epididymis to reactive oxygen species – very small molecules, high levels of which can damage cells. “The remainder of the men who had an increase in DFI might have a different explanation for their sperm DNA damage,” he concluded.

 

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/06/090630075311.htm

 

Heart Disease, Cancer, Obesity, Diabetes: Vegetarian Diets May Treat and Prevent

 

The American Dietetic Association has released an updated position paper on vegetarian diets that concludes such diets, if well-planned, are healthful and nutritious for adults, infants, children and adolescents and can help prevent and treat chronic diseases including heart disease, cancer, obesity and diabetes.

 

ADA's position, published in the July issue of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, represents the Association's official stance on vegetarian diets:

 

"It is the position of the American Dietetic Association that appropriately planned vegetarian diets, including total vegetarian or vegan diets, are healthful, nutritionally adequate and may provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases. Well-planned vegetarian diets are appropriate for individuals during all stages of the life-cycle including pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood and adolescence and for athletes."

 

The revised position paper incorporates new topics and additional information on key nutrients for vegetarians, vegetarian diets in the life cycle and the use of vegetarian diets in prevention and treatment of chronic diseases.

 

Vegetarian diets are often associated with health advantages including lower blood cholesterol levels, lower risk of heart disease, lower blood pressure levels and lower risk of hypertension and type 2 diabetes, according to ADA's position. "Vegetarians tend to have a lower body mass index and lower overall cancer rates. Vegetarian diets tend to be lower in saturated fat and cholesterol and have higher levels of dietary fiber, magnesium and potassium, vitamins C and E, folate, carotenoids, flavonoids and other phytochemicals. These nutritional differences may explain some of the health advantages of those following a varied, balanced vegetarian diet."

 

The position paper draws on results from ADA's evidence analysis process and information from the ADA Evidence Analysis Library to show vegetarian diets can be nutritionally adequate in pregnancy and result in positive maternal and infant health outcomes. Additionally, an evidence-based review showed a vegetarian diet is associated with a lower risk of death from ischemic heart disease.

 

A section in ADA's paper on vegetarian diets and cancer has been significantly expanded to provide details on cancer-protective factors in vegetarian diets. An expanded section on osteoporosis includes roles of fruits, vegetables, soy products, protein, calcium, vitamins D and K and potassium in bone health. "Registered dietitians can provide information about key nutrients, modify vegetarian diets to meet the needs of those with dietary restrictions due to disease or allergies and supply guidelines to meet needs of clients in different areas of the life cycle," the authors said.

 

For more on the position paper, click on:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/07/090701103002.htm

 

Aging: Having a Higher Purpose Associated with Lower Death Rate

 

Possessing a greater purpose in life is associated with lower mortality rates among older adults according to a new study by researchers at Rush University Medical Center.

 

Patricia A. Boyle, PhD, and her colleagues from the Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center, studied 1,238 community-dwelling elderly participants from two ongoing research studies, the Rush Memory and Aging Project and the Minority Aging Research Study. None had dementia. Data from baseline evaluations of purpose in life and up to five years of follow-up were used to test the hypothesis that greater purpose in life is associated with a reduced risk of mortality among community-dwelling older persons.

 

Purpose in life reflects the tendency to derive meaning from life’s experiences and be focused and intentional, according to Boyle.

 

After adjusting for age, sex, education and race, a higher purpose of life was associated with a substantially reduced risk of mortality. Thus, a person with high purpose in life was about half as likely to die over the follow-up period compared to a person with low purpose. The association of purpose in life with mortality did not differ among men and women or whites and blacks, and the finding persisted even after controlling for depressive symptoms, disability, neuroticism, the number of medical conditions and income. During the study period, 151 participants died.

 

“The finding that purpose in life is related to longevity in older persons suggests that aspects of human flourishing—particularly the tendency to derive meaning from life’s experiences and possess a sense of intentionality and goal-directedness—contribute to successful aging,” said Boyle.

 

“Although we think that having a sense of purpose in life is important across the lifespan, measurement of purpose in life in older persons in particular may reveal an enduring sense of meaningfulness and intentionality in life that somehow provides a buffer against negative health outcomes,” said Boyle.

 

For more about the study, click on:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/06/090615144207.htm

 

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Empowering Your Indigo Child: A Handbook for Parents of Children of Spirit
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Tips from a British Nanny; Tried and Tested Advice by Penelope Winfield.
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Shows the loving nurture and tender care way that gets positive results.
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*Garden Therapy Guidelines for Special Needs by Judith Gammonley, ARNPBC, EdD, LCP includes how to use garden therapy with those who are memory impaired, brain injured, or who struggle with developmental or physical challenges. Contact Dr. Gammonley at goodgam@aol.com or phone her at (727) 784-2449.

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Health Promotion in Communities: Holistic and Wellness Approaches applies wellness and holistic concepts to community work and includes a model and self-assessment for health and wellness with changing and vulnerable populations, in rural settings, on the internet, with individuals and groups, families, African American women, Hispanic communities, diabetes programs, parish nursing, schools, and homeless centers and more. For more information, click on:
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*Healthy Holistic Aging: A Blueprint for Success. Carl Helvie, RN, DrPH says you can live to be 100, and at age 74, he's a perfect example of the right things to do. He has no chronic illnesses and is among the 11% of the age 65-and-overs who take no prescribed medications. The book cites overwhelming scientific evidence that good diet, exercise, adequate sleep, prayer, meditation, positive relationship with others and a clean and safe environment can ensure successful aging. Visit Dr. Helvie's web site where you can also obtain the book as well as other helpful information at www.HealthyHolisticAging.com

*Her Inspiration, subtitled, Secrets to Help You Work Smart, Be Successful and Have Fun, this book is full of quotes and thoughts from hundreds of women to encourage, motivate, and support you as you make your way. Order from orders@redwheelweiser.com or online at www.conari.com


*Holistic Nursing Approach to Chronic Diseases. Provides a holistic approach to AIDS/HIV, Allergies/Asthma, Alzheimer's Disease, Arthritis, Cancer, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Depression, Diabetes, Digestive Problems, Fibromyalgia, Heart and Blood Vessel Disorders, Kidney Disease, Liver Disease, multiple sclerosis, osteoporosis, overweight/obesity, pain, Parkinson’s Disease, and/or sleep disorders. For more information, click on http://www.springerpub.com/prod.aspx?prod_id=25042
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*Prayers for Healing. Edited by Maggie Oman, with an Introduction by the Dalai Lama and Foreword by Larry Dossey, this little book invites you into a wonderful healing space. Contributors include Wendell Berry, Jack Kornfield, Rainer Maria Rilke, Marian Wright Edelman, Martine Luther King, Jr., and Marianne Williamson, Kahlil Gibran, Goethe, and even traditional Native American truths. For inspiration, order from orders@redwheelweiser.com or online at www.conari.com


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Carolyn Chambers Clark
ARNP, EdD, FAAN, AHN-BC
Editor
Stay Well!

Wellness Newsletter, May, 2009

 

Here's the latest self-care research information, books, ebooks and more.

This free newsletter provides up-to-date research-based wellness and self-care information and tells you about books, e-books, web sites and events that can enhance well-being, promote health, and help develop self-care, teaching/learning and leadership skills.

 

Scroll down to what interests you…

1. Your wellness message
2. Wellness Research:
 
*Lung: Broccoli May Protect Against Asthma, Allergies & Pulmonary
 Disease
*Parenting: How to Get Preschoolers to Eat Vegetables
*Stroke: Three Cups of Green or Black Tea Can Reduce Risk
*Bladder Incontinence/Leaking: Deep Breathing & Guided Imagery   
  May Help

3. Wellness Books & E-books

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1. Your Wellness Message:

 

       I put joy in my life
 
2. Wellness Research
 
Eyes: Vitamins B6 and B12 and Folic Acid Protect Against Age-Related Macular Degeneration
 
Taking a combination of vitamins B6 and B12 and folic acid appears to decrease the risk of age-related macular degeneration in women.
 
Women taking the supplements had a 34 percent lower risk of any AMD and a 41 percent lower risk of visually significant AMD. "The beneficial effect of treatment began to emerge at approximately two years of follow-up and persisted throughout the trial," the authors write.
 
"The trial findings reported herein are the strongest evidence to date in support of a possible beneficial effect of folic acid and B vitamin supplements in AMD prevention," the authors write.
 
For more on the study, click on:
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/02/090223221336.htm


 

Lung: Broccoli May Protect Against Asthma, Allergies and Pulmonary Disease
 
Here's another reason to eat your broccoli: UCLA researchers report that a naturally occurring compound found in broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables may help protect against respiratory inflammation that causes conditions like asthma, allergic rhinitis and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
 
Recent research shows that sulforaphane, a chemical in broccoli, triggers an increase of antioxidant enzymes in the human airway that offers protection against the onslaught of free radicals that we breathe in every day in polluted air, pollen, diesel exhaust and tobacco smoke. A supercharged form of oxygen, free radicals can cause oxidative tissue damage, which leads to inflammation and respiratory conditions like asthma.
 
"This is one of the first studies showing that broccoli sprouts — a readily available food source — offered potent biologic effects in stimulating an antioxidant response in humans," said Dr. Marc Riedl, the study's principal investigator and an assistant professor of clinical immunology and allergy at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.
 
For more on the study, click on:
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/03/090302133218.htm


 
Parenting: How to Get Preschoolers to Eat Vegetables
 
A new Cornell University study shows that giving vegetables catchy new names – like X-Ray Vision Carrots and Tomato Bursts – left preschoolers asking for more.
 
When 186 four-year olds were given carrots called "X-ray Vision Carrots" ate nearly twice as much as they did on the lunch days when they were simply labeled as "carrots." The Robert Wood Johnson-funded study also showed the influence of these names might persist. Children continued to eat about 50% more carrots even on the days when they were no longer labeled. The new findings were presented on Monday at the annual meeting of the School Nutrition Association in Washington DC.
 
"Cool names can make for cool foods," says lead author Brian Wansink. "Whether it be 'power peas' or 'dinosaur broccoli trees,' giving a food a fun name makes kids think it will be more fun to eat. And it seems to keep working – even the next day," said Wansink.
 
Similar results have been found with adults. A restaurant study showed that when the Seafood Filet was changed to "Succulent Italian Seafood Filet," sales increased by 28% and taste rating increased by 12%. "Same food, but different expectations, and a different experience," said Wansink, author of "Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Eat More Than We Think."
 
Although the study was conducted in pre-schools, the researchers believe the same naming tricks can work with children. "I've been using this with my kids," said researcher Collin Payne, "Whatever sparks their imagination seems to spark their appetite."
 
For more on the study, click on:
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/03/090302120019.htm


 
Stroke: Three Cups of Green or Black Tea Can Reduce Risk
 
Drinking at least three cups of green or black tea a day can significantly reduce the risk of stroke, a new UCLA study has found. And the more you drink, the better your odds of staving off a stroke.
 
The UCLA researchers conducted an evidence-based review of all human observational studies on stroke and tea consumption found in the PubMed and Web of Science archives. They found nine studies describing 4,378 strokes among nearly 195,000 individuals, according to lead author Lenore Arab, a professor of medicine in the division of general internal medicine and health services research at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.
 
"What we saw was that there was a consistency of effect of appreciable magnitude," said Arab, who is also a professor of biological chemistry. "By drinking three cups of tea a day, the risk of a stroke was reduced by 21 percent. It didn't matter if it was green or black tea."
 
There are very few known ways to reduce the risk of stroke, Arab said. And developing medications for stroke victims is particularly challenging, given that the drug has to get to the stroke-damaged site quickly because damage occurs so fast. Arab said that by the time a stroke victim gets medical care, it's nearly too late to impede the damage.
 
"That's why these findings are so exciting," she said. "If we can find a way to prevent the stroke, or prevent the damage, that is simple and not toxic, that would be a great advance."
 
The study results, published in the online edition of Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association, were presented Feb. 19 at the American Heart Association's annual International Stroke Conference in San Diego, Calif.
 
For more on the study, click on:
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/02/090223091806.htm


 
Bladder Incontinence: Deep-Breathing and Guided-Imagery May Help

Cognitive therapy employs deep-breathing and guided-imagery exercises that train the brain to control the bladder without medication or surgery.
 
Findings from a new study, which were presented May 4 at the American Urological Association's Annual Meeting in Chicago, Ill, revealed that cognitive therapy is an effective management strategy for urge incontinence. These results also were published in the latest issue of the Journal of Urology.
 
"The mind-body connection has proven to be particularly valuable for women suffering from incontinence," said study investigator Aaron Michelfelder, MD, vice chair, division of family medicine, Loyola University Health System, and associate professor, department of family medicine, Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. "Cognitive therapy is effective with these women, because they are motivated to make a change and regain control over their body."
 
Michelfelder's patients attend an initial office visit where he introduces them to cognitive therapy. They then listen to an audio recording with a series of relaxation and visualization exercises at home twice a day for two weeks. Patients track the number of incontinence episodes that they experience in a pre- and post-therapy diary. The majority of patients, including Raisor, experienced a substantial improvement in symptoms.
 
"Before entering this clinical trial, I saturated seven to eight pads a day and was afraid to leave home as a result," said Raisor. "Today, I am 98 percent free of leakage. The therapy has allowed me to successfully recognize the link between my brain and bladder to manage my incontinence and remain virtually accident-free."
 
The study evaluated a subset of 10 patients with a mean age of 62. Patients were eligible to participate in this study, if they had a diagnosis of overactive bladder (OAB), which is the sudden and unstoppable need to urinate. They also had to be stable on all OAB treatments for the past three months before entering the study. The data revealed that the average number of urge incontinence episodes per week decreased from 38 to 12.
 
"Nearly one in four women suffers from a pelvic floor disorder, which includes incontinence," said study investigator Mary Pat FitzGerald, MD, urogynecologist, Loyola University Health System, and associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology, Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. "Cognitive therapy may play a vital role in a comprehensive approach to treating this disorder."
 
For more on the study, click on:
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/05/090504161657.htm


 
4. Wellness and Self-Care Books & Article

 

NEWEST!
 
Easy Reflexology, a Complete Body Treatment Through the Feet
By Pauline Wills
Reflexology can be used to relieve stress and tension. Pressure and massage techniques are included in this handy carry-with-you manual that’s complete with pictures. Available by calling 1 800 423-7087 or online at www.redwheelweiser.com


 
Easy Tai Ji or Tai Chi by Robert Parry
 
This ancient Chinese exercise system for body and mind uses slow, graceful movements. Handy manual that introduces the reader to a simple practice routine in manageable bits. Orders@redwheelwiser.com or online at www.redwheelweiser.com


 
Complementary Health for Women
A Comprehensive Treatment Guide for Major Diseases and Common Conditions
Presents research-based complementary and self-care treatments for over 30 acute and chronic conditions. Can be used by health care practitioners or consumers. For more information click on:
http://www.springerpub.com/prod.aspx?prod_id=10878


To purchase a discounted, personally autographed copy, click on: www.carolynchambersclark.com and scroll down until you find this book.

 

Empowering Your Indigo Child: A Handbook for Parents of Children of Spirit by Wayne Dosick, PhD and Ellen Kaufman Dosick, MSW.

Provides hands-on healing techniques, scripted meditations, and other simple exercises that help a child release emotional wounds and celebrate who they are (and make life easier for parents.) Available from orders@redwheelweiser.com
or online at www.weiserbooks.com


Tips from a British Nanny; Tried and Tested Advice by Penelope Winfield.
Covers everything from feeding infants to potty training to handling tantrums.  Shows the loving nurture and tender care way that gets positive results.

Available from orders@redwheelweiser.com
Or online at www.weiserbooks.com


 
*Aging Beyond Belief by Wellness Guru, Don Ardell, includes 69 recommendations for a more healthful, enjoyable and meaningful existence at every stage of life. Order from http://www.wholeperson.com/x-selfhelp/aging.html#Anchor-Aging-47857 or Don's web site: http://www.seekwellness.com/wellness/index.htm

 

*Living Well with Anxiety: What Your Doctor Doesn't Tell You That You Need to Know. Holistic and complementary approaches to reducing anxiety, panic and related conditions. Purchase at a discount by clicking on www.carolynchambersclark.com


*Comfort and Joy: Simple Ways to Care for Ourselves and Others. Available from orders@redwheelweiser.com or oneline at www.conari.com

*Classroom Skills for Nurse Educators provides ways to promote interactive and holistic learning. Sample chapters and more information at www.jbpub.com/catalog/9780763749750 To purchase at a discount, click on www.carolynchambersclark.com


*Creative Nursing Leadership & Management uses holistic and creative approaches to leadership and management. For sample chapters and more information click on www.jbpub.com/catalog/9780763749767
To purchase at a discount, click on www.carolynchambersclark.com


*Encyclopedia of Complementary Health Practice includes concepts and issues, economic and practice issues, education issues, legal/legislative/health policy issues, historical perspectives, conditions (from a-z), influential substances, practices and treatments, contributor & resources directory. For more information, click on: http://www.springerpub.com/prod.aspx?prod_id=12374
To purchase at a discount, click on: www.carolynchambersclark.com and scroll down.


*The Essential Laws of Fearless Living: Find the Power to Never Feel Powerless Again. How to break through illusions of limitation, have everything you want and become truly conscious. For more information go to www.conari.com


*The Food Intolerance Bible: A Nutritionist’s Plan to Beat Food Cravings, Fatigue, Mood Swings, Celiac Disease, Headaches, IBS, and Deal with Food Allergies. Orders
at orders@redwheelweiser.com or oneline at www.conari.com


*Garden Therapy Guidelines for Special Needs by Judith Gammonley, ARNPBC, EdD, LCP includes how to use garden therapy with those who are memory impaired, brain injured, or who struggle with developmental or physical challenges. Contact Dr. Gammonley at goodgam@aol.com or phone her at (727) 784-2449.

 

*Group Leadership Skills provides theory, concepts and practical applications for the new or seasoned group leader with task, work, social, therapeutic, focal or focus groups. Fifth edition now available at http://www.springerpub.com/prod.aspx?prod_id=04588


Purchase discounted, personally signed copy at www.carolynchambersclark.com

Scroll down the page to find it.

 

Health Promotion in Communities: Holistic and Wellness Approaches applies wellness and holistic concepts to community work and includes a model and self-assessment for health and wellness with changing and vulnerable populations, in rural settings, on the internet, with individuals and groups, families, African American women, Hispanic communities, diabetes programs, parish nursing, schools, and homeless centers and more. For more information, click on:
http://www.springerpub.com/prod.aspx?prod_id=14075


Signed, authographed copies available by scrolling down the page at www.carolynchambersclark.com


*Healthy Holistic Aging: A Blueprint for Success. Carl Helvie, RN, DrPH says you can live to be 100, and at age 74, he's a perfect example of the right things to do. He has no chronic illnesses and is among the 11% of the age 65-and-overs who take no prescribed medications. The book cites overwhelming scientific evidence that good diet, exercise, adequate sleep, prayer, meditation, positive relationship with others and a clean and safe environment can ensure successful aging. Visit Dr. Helvie's web site where you can also obtain the book as well as other helpful information at www.HealthyHolisticAging.com

 

*Her Inspiration, subtitled, Secrets to Help You Work Smart, Be Successful and Have Fun, this book is full of quotes and thoughts from hundreds of women to encourage, motivate, and support you as you make your way. Order from orders@redwheelweiser.com or online at www.conari.com


*Holistic Nursing Approach to Chronic Diseases. Provides a holistic approach to AIDS/HIV, Allergies/Asthma, Alzheimer's Disease, Arthritis, Cancer, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Depression, Diabetes, Digestive Problems, Fibromyalgia, Heart and Blood Vessel Disorders, Kidney Disease, Liver Disease, multiple sclerosis, osteoporosis, overweight/obesity, pain, Parkinson’s Disease, and/or sleep disorders. For more information, click on http://www.springerpub.com/prod.aspx?prod_id=25042
To obtain a discounted, signed copy, click on www.carolynchambersclark.com


*Living Well with Menopause: What Your Doctor Doesn't Tell You That You Need To Know includes research-based wellness and self-care strategies. Click on http://www.harpercollins.com and write Carolyn Chambers Clark in the search box at the top of the screen. Or ask your local bookstore to order it. Discounted and autographed copies also available by going to www.carolynchambersclark.com

and scrolling down the page.

 

*Prayers for Healing. Edited by Maggie Oman, with an Introduction by the Dalai Lama and Foreword by Larry Dossey, this little book invites you into a wonderful healing space. Contributors include Wendell Berry, Jack Kornfield, Rainer Maria Rilke, Marian Wright Edelman, Martine Luther King, Jr., and Marianne Williamson, Kahlil Gibran, Goethe, and even traditional Native American truths. For inspiration, order from orders@redwheelweiser.com or online at www.conari.com


*Self-Help Group Sourcebook provides all the information you could possibly want on self-help groups from how to start one, find one, research, and listings of available self-help groups. For more information, go to www.selfhelpgroups.org


Self-Care/Wellness E-books

NEW! Menstrual Cramps and PMS
 
Other available e-books include ADHD, acne, bladder spasms/bladder infections, couple communication, depression relief, great body, headaches, healing veggies, healing with affirmation & imagery, healthy hair, helping with homework, natural diuretics, pain free, parenting, peri-menopausal bleeding, permanent weight loss, pregnancy, helping children be successful in school, teaching math concepts, thyroid, and whole brain thinking. All are from a wellness, self-care perspective and make great gifts for from $1.99. Click on www.carolynchambersclark.com (Scroll down the left hand column of the home page to find them.)

 

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In Wellness,

Carolyn Chambers Clark
ARNP, EdD, FAAN, AHN-BC
Editor
Stay Well!

 
 
  
 
 
 
 


 

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Here’s your Wellness Newsletter, February, 2008


This newsletter provides up-to-date research-based wellness and self-care information and tells you about books, e-books, web sites and events that can enhance well-being, promote health, and help develop self-care, teaching/learning and leadership skills. Please forward it in its entirety to whomever you believe may benefit.

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Scroll down to what interests you…

1. Your wellness message

2. Wellness news:

    a. Are vitamin D supplements helpful?


    b. Apples, bananas, or oranges for Alzheimer’s?


    c. Heart disease and the need for nutritional counseling


    d. Are tougher guidelines needed for cell phones and electromagnetic fields?

 

    e.  Stevia: A better sweetener than sugar


3. Wellness Books

4. Online “Living Well with Menopause” support group

5.  Self-care/wellness e-books

6. A new book for nurse educators

7. A new book for nursing leaders and managers

8. Archives of past Wellness Newsletter issues.

9. Wellness Events: Heal the Healer and Healing Workshops held at an unspoiled Florida beach site, book listings, and a new Integrating Phenomenology workshop in Coconut Grove.

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1. Wellness Message

                           All the flowers of all the tomorrows are in the seeds of today.  

 

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a.  Are vitamin D supplements helpful?

 

Low levels of vitamin D have long been associated with disease. The assumption has been made that vitamin D supplements protect against disease. But do they? New research demonstrates that ingested vitamin D can suppress the immune system, and that low blood levels of vitamin D may be a result of the disease process. Supplementation may make the disease worse.

 

Vitamin D affects the expression of over 1,000 genes. This means a simplistic cause and effect between vitamin D supplementation and disease may not be wise. If you’re healthy or ill, 10-15 minutes of sun exposure to your arms and face several times a week may be the best source of vitamin D. During sunless periods, swallow a daily tablespoon of cod liver oil.  Think of it as medicine---which it is, just a safer form than vitamin D supplements may be.

 

Source: Marshall, T.G. (2008). Vitamin D discovery outpaces FDA decision making. Bioessays volume 30, number 2, 173-182 and Autoimmunity Research Foundation (2008, January 27). Vitamin D deficiency study raises new questions about disease and supplements. ScienceDaily. Retrieved February 13, 2008 from http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/01/080125223302.htm

 

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b.  Apples, bananas, or oranges for Alzheimer’s?

 

Apples, bananas and oranges are the most commonly consumed fruits in both Western and Asian diets. They provide important vitamins, minerals and fiber.

 

Researchers at Cornell University found that all three prevented neurotoxicity in cells. Which is best? Among the three fruits, apples contained the highest content of protective antioxidants.

 

Additional consumption of these fruits may not only be beneficial for everyone, it may especially improve effect in neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s.

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c.   Heart disease and the need for nutritional counseling

 

More than 13 million Americans have survived a heart attack or been diagnosed with coronary heart disease (CHD). It’s the number one cause of death in the US. Diet is known to reduce the risk for subsequent cardiac events, but a high proportion of heart attack survivors do not adhere to a healthy diet.

 

A new study examined the food intake of people diagnosed with CHD. The healthiest diet is one that includes fruits, vegetables, nuts and soy, cereal fiber, low meat and saturated fat intake. Adhering to this diet gives the participant a score of 80 on a 24-hour food intake recall assessment. The average score was 30.8.

 

An overwhelming number of those diagnosed with CHD, roughly 80 percent, do not attend cardiac rehabilitation programs or obtain consultation to help them improve diet and overall health. Health care practitioners must place more of an emphasis on dietary counseling. Survivors and family members must become more aware of the importance of changing eating habits to prevent further heart attacks.

 

Source: University of Massachusetts Medical School (2008, February 1). Patients diagnosed with coronary heart disease continue poor diets, study shows. ScienceDaily. Retrieed February 13, 2008 from http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/01/080130130617.htm

 

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d.  Are tougher guidelines needed for cell phones and electromagnetic fields?

 

The BioInitiative Report is based on international research and public policy initiative to give an overview of what is known of the biological effects that occur at low-intensity electromagnetic

field exposure.

 

Health endpoints reported to be  associated with microwave radiation emissions (RF) and low frequency electromagnetic fields (ELF) include childhood leukemia, brain tumors, genotoxic effects, neurological effects and neurodegenerative disease, immune system deregulation, allergic and inflammatory responses, breast cancer, miscarriage and some heart and blood vessel effects.

 

A conclusion found in the BioInitiative Report is that a reasonable suspicion of risk exists based on clear evidence with prolonged exposure to environmental levels and that new lower public safety limits should be set for habitable space adjacent to all new or upgraded power lines and all new construction and for pregnant women and all children.

 

The current guideline for the US and European microwave exposure from mobile phones, for the brains are 1.6W/Kg and 2W/Kg, respectively. Because mobile phones are associated with an increased risk for brain tumor after 10, a new biologically based guideline is warranted. For other health impacts, go to www.bioinitiative.org

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e.  Stevia: A better sweetener than sugar

 

Refined sugar consumption continues to rise in the US. According to the Center for Science in the Public Interest, sugar consumption rose by 25 pounds since 1986 to 1998 by 152 pounds per person per year (calculated from sugar production figures). Sugar displaces nutritive calories leading to numerous health problems and obesity. A major factor contributing to this high rate is the widespread and continually growing habit of drinking sugar-laden soda

 

What are the benefits of using stevia instead? A recent study showed that Stevia preventive DNA strand damage and may be a potential source of natural antioxidants.

 

What is stevia? The herb, Stevia rebaudiana, has been used for centuries by the Guarani Indians of Paraguay.

 

What are the benefits of using stevia? The most obvious and notable characteristic of stevia is its sweet taste due to non-caloric molecules called glycosides. Individuals, such as those diagnosed with diabetes, obesity and other conditions, may want to use stevia. Research showed that a whole leaf concentrate has a regulating effect on the pancreas and helps stabilize blood sugar levels. Stevia may also inhibit the growth and reproduction of bacteria that cause gum disease and tooth decay, may encourage the healing process in skin conditions and even cuts and scratches when applied locally.

 

Stevia can be found in a liquid or powder form and can be added to drinks and used in baking.

 

Source:  Ghanta, S., Banerjee, A., Poddar, A., Chattopadhyay, S. (2007). Oxidative DNA damage preentive activity and antioxidant potential of Stevia rebaudiana (Bartoni) Bertoni, a natural sweetener.

(2007). J Agric Food Chem. Volume 55, number 26, pp. 10962-7.

 

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3. Wellness Books

Aging Beyond Belief by Wellness Guru, Don Ardell, 2007.

If you plan to age, prepare yourself - it's later than you think and the challenge of aging well should be taken seriously. Discover what aspects of aging can't be changed and guide the rest that can. Aging Beyond Belief includes 69 recommendations for a more healthful, enjoyable and meaningful existence at every stage of life, written by the world's most prolific, outrageous, humorous and athletic expert on wellness. The book can be ordered from: http://www.wholeperson.com/x-selfhelp/aging.html#Anchor-Aging-47857  or Don's web site: http://www.seekwellness.com/wellness/index.htm

 

*Living Well with Anxiety: What Your Doctor Doesn't Tell You That You Need to Know.

This helpful self-care manual provides a mind, body, and spirit wellness approach to anxiety. Learn how to control anxiety and stress naturally. Contents include how to self-diagnose anxiety, wellness approaches (nutrition, herbs, environmental changes, exercise, other anxiety-reducing and healing measures), relationships, purpose and spirituality, creating your own anxiety plan and finding and working with the right practitioner. Ask your local book store to order LWW Anxiety if you don't find it on the shelf. You can also find this book by clicking on www.harpercollins.com and writing Carolyn Chambers Clark in the search box at the top of the screen.

* The Art of Becoming a Nurse Healer. ISBN – 1-929693-49-451695.  88 pages

The author, a psychiatric nurse and medical sociologist discusses the hazards and realities of nursing that form real barriers to practicing a healing form of nursing. She offers practical advice that allows nurses to practice in ways that renew their spirits and rediscover their love of the reasons they went into nursing. Written for clinicians, students, and educators. Contents:  Knowledge base for the nurse healer; The nature of a caring relationship, Nurse healing in action.  AJN Book of the Year award; 5 star Doody rating. Order from publisher at: http://www.hcmarketplace.com/prod-4047.html  Direct link to Amazon. Com: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/1414023960/qid=1095875188/sr=1-5/ref=sr_1_5/103-4946993-1098208?v=glance&s=

 

*Encyclopedia of Complementary Health Practice. Includes concepts and issues, economic and practice issues, education issues, legal/legislative/health policy issues, historical perspectives, conditions (from a-z), influential substances, practices and treatments, contributor directory, and resources directory. For more information or to order, click on www.springerpub.com and write Carolyn Chambers Clark in the search box at the top of the screen.

*Garden Therapy Guidelines for Special Needs by Judith Gammonley, ARNPBC, EdD, LCP includes how to use garden therapy with those who are memory impaired, brain injured, or who struggle with developmental or physical challenges for symptoms as widely divergent as wandering, distractibility, poor communication, mood changes, disorientation, fatigue, frustration, aggression, limited social skills, lack of self-confidence, limited mobility, depression, lack of motivation, anxiety, and social withdrawal. For copies, contact Dr. Gammonley at goodgam@aol.com or phone her at (727) 784-2449.

*Group Leadership Skills

Now in its 4th edition, this book focuses on an introduction to group work, basic group concepts and processes, working to achieve group goals, special group problems, beginning/guiding/terminating the group, supervision of group leaders and co-leadership, behavioral approaches for group leaders, recording and analyzing group process, groups for the old adults, working with focal groups, when the organization is the group, and when the community is the group. Go to Springer Publishing Company by clicking on www.springerpub.com and write Carolyn chambers Clark in the search box at the top of the screen.

*Health Promotion in Communities: Holistic and Wellness Approaches.

Focuses on applying wellness and holistic concepts to community work and includes a model for health and wellness promotion in communities, health promotion with changing and vulnerable populations, community self-assessment, principles of planning effective community programs, community mobilization and participation, evaluating community health programs, health promotion in rural settings, health promotion on the internet, nutrition and weight management, fitness and flexible movement, typical childhood communicable diseases; promoting community resilience, stress management, smoking cessation, violence prevention, environmental wellness, complementary health care practices, advanced communication skills with individuals and groups, working with groups, working with families, health promotion with African American women, establishing a lay health promotion program in a Hispanic community, diabetes programs in Hawaii, parish nursing, conducting a survey; the example of a youth service organization, violence prevention in schools; a model violence-prevention center, evaluating small community-based health promotion programs: lessons learned from Colorado Health Promotion Initiatives, health promotion in a homeless center. Available from Springer Publishing Company by clicking on www.springerpub.com and writing Carolyn Chambers Clark in the search box at the top of the page

 

*Healthy Holistic Aging: A Blueprint for Success

This book not only provides an easy to follow blueprint for health and holistic aging, but the author is an exceptional role model for his program. Can you live a healthy and independent life to the age of 100? Can you enjoy positive relationships? Can you maintain a healthy environment? Carl Helvie, RN, DrPH says you can and at age 74, he's a perfect example of the right things to do. He has no chronic illnesses and is among the 11% of the age 65-and-overs who take no prescribed medications. The book cites overwhelming scientific evidence that good diet, exercise, adequate sleep, prayer, meditation, positive relationship with others and a clean and safe environment can ensure successful aging. Ask for it at your local bookstore or find it online. Also visit Dr. Helvie's web site where you can also obtain the book as well as other helpful information. Click on www.HealthyHolisticAging.com.


* Her Inspiration

 

Subtitled, Secrets to Help You Work Smart, Be Successful and Have Fun, this book is full of quotes and thoughts from hundreds of women to encourage, motivate, and support you as you make your way. It is a book with a mission: to provide the advice, solace, kick in the pants, pat on the shoulder, hug or giggle you need when you need it. In short, it’s here to inspire women to be their best selves. The book contains 9 chapters, including: Get organized: Tips and Timesavers; Chill: Give Yourself a Break, Create Your Style: Fashion Sense and Common Sense, Gather Your Group: Friends, Mentors, and Motivators; Indulge Yourself: Little Rewards Lead to Big Accomplishments; Live Well: Living Your Life to the Hilt; Be Bold: How to Make Your Ideas Count; Work Smart: Doing Your Job and Being the Best You Can Be; and Achieve: Women Can Do Anything. Published by Conari Press, it can be order from orders@redwheelweiser.com or online at www.conari.com.

 

 

*Holistic Nursing Approach to Chronic Diseases

Based on holistic assessments and interventions, this book uses a holistic approach to AIDS/HIV, Allergies/Asthma, Alzheimer's Disease, Arthritis, Cancer, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Depression, Diabetes, Digestive Problems, Fibromyalgia, Heart and Blood Vessel Disorders, Kidney Disease, Liver Disease, multiple sclerosis, osteoporosis, overweight/obesity, pain, Parkinsons' Disease, and/or sleep disorders. Available from Springer Publishing Company by clicking on www.springerpub.com and writing Carolyn Chambers Clark in the search box at the top of the screen.

*Living Well with Menopause: What Your Doctor Doesn't Tell You That You Need To Know.

A self-care manual to help women learn about using hormones, and what to do if they'd rather not. Soon to be available in Spanish. Now in its third printing. Table of contents includes: menopause: a natural process, medical treatment, nutrition, herbs, environmental actions, exercise, other stress reduction and healing measures, relationships, finding and working with the right practitioner, and putting it all together: your menopause success plan. Available from Harper Collins by clicking on http://www.harpercollins.com

 and writing Carolyn Chambers Clark in the search box at the top of the screen.

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4. Online Menopause Support/Information Group

Anyone who could benefit from support and information during menopause can go to www.yahoogroups.com and write living well with menopause in the search box, scroll down to Living Well with Menopause and click on it.
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5. E-books


Available e-books include ADHD, acne, bladder spasms/bladder infections, couple communication, depression relief, great body, headaches, healing veggies, healing with affirmation & imagery, healthy hair, helping with homework, natural diuretics, pain free, parenting, peri-menopausal bleeding, permanent weight loss, pregnancy, helping children be successful in school, teaching math concepts, thyroid, and whole brain thinking. All are from a wellness, self-care perspective. Click on www.carolynchambersclark.com (Scroll down the left hand column of the web site to find them.)
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6. New Book for Nurse Educators

*Classroom Skills for Nurse Educators. Hot off the press and already in its second printing, this new book for nurse educators provides ways to promote interactive learning even in large classes, while teaching asynchronously online and more…also introduces creative ways to use role playing, simulations, simulation games, group methods, peer learning, value clarification, perceptual exercises, journal writing and poetry. Educator vignettes present situations that help integrate theory into practice for varied nurse educators from nursing faculty, clinical nurse leaders, graduate students in nursing education programs to staff development experts. Presents indepth analysis and tips for overcoming the teaching/learning problems that can interfere with the learning process, and even shows how to develop your own learning materials (including simulations and games) in simple but effective ways. Find the book on the Jones & Bartlett web site by clicking on www.jbpub.com/catalog/9780763749750. Sample chapters and more information available at the web site.
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7. Creative Nursing Leadership & Management  ISBN-10: 0763749761. 432 Pages.

This book provides relevant theory and ties it to practice by allowing learners to use critical thinking activities in a safe classroom environment. Perfect for upper-level undergraduate nursing leadership courses (and for more advanced leaders), the text focuses on creating leadership opportunities and creative solutions; using information technology; managing resources and change; delegation and succession: developing staff; creative political, legal, ethical, effective, and safe interventions to keep staff engaged. For more information click on www.jbpub.com/catalog/9780763749767

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8. Archives of the Wellness Newsletter

 

To read recent past issue of the Wellness Newsletter, click on www.carolynchambersclark.com/id103.html

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9. Wellness Events

a. Wellness Workshop/Retreat.

 

Stressed? Anxious? Want to change your life? Need a two-day Heal the Healer or Healing getaway where you can learn new wellness self-care measures and luxuriate in restful beach surroundings? Go to http://carolynchambersclark.com/id107.html for specifics.

 

b. Want your book or event mentioned in this newsletter? Contact me by clicking on my picture at www.carolynchambersclark.com and provide the particulars…title, author, year of pub, a short blurb, and where to get the book or the directions to the activity. Just follow the format I've used above for books and activities, please. That's Times Roman 12 point black ink only no underlining or bolding, please, and you only have a few lines to do all that. Don't forget your contact information. Thanks in advance.

c. Integrating Phenomenology into Practice: a Human Understanding Imperative is an exciting, innovative, and cutting edge workshop for health and human services professionals being offered by The Open U. in Coconut Grove, Miami, Florida on April 19, 2008 from 9AM-5PM with a certificate reception from 5 PM to 6PM. Embedding phenomenology into the practice of psychotherapy, psychology, psychoanalysis, nursing, social work, teaching and other human and health sciences is what individualizes, humanizes and gives recognition and respect to people within their cultures, contexts and living contingencies.  Meaning and understanding underpins our search for human potential, human understanding, and human freedom, both for self and other.  Early Registration before April 10, 2008: $150 includes materials and reception; $130 for IIHU members.  For a full description of this workshop (CEU’s applied for) and registration forms go to www.iihu.org Open U Workshops and Syllabi or write to pmunhall@aol.com. Faculty: Patricia Munhall, EdD, NCPsyA, CHt, CNLP; To know more about Patricia go to www.iihu.org

 

d.  Join the AHNA now at reduced rate

 

Join the American Holistic Nurses Association community at a special 20% off new members' rate of just $100 until March 31st. Learn about the benefits of AHNA membership at www.AHNA.org. To Join AHNA call (800) 278-2462 Ext. 12 to place your membership over the phone, or e-mail membership@ahna.org for an electronic membership mail-in form.

 

 

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In Wellness,

Carolyn Chambers Clark
ARNP, EdD, FAAN, AHN-BC
Editor

Stay Well!

 

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Here’s your Wellness Newsletter, January, 2008


This newsletter provides research-based wellness and self-care information and tells you about books, e-books, web sites and events that can enhance well-being, promote health, and help develop self-care, teaching/learning and leadership skills. Please forward it in its entirety to whomever you believe may benefit.

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Scroll down to what interests you…

1. Your wellness message

2. Wellness news:

    a. Which vegetables protect best against cancer and other conditions?


    b. Sitting may increase risk of disease


    c. Walk away menopausal anxiety, stress and depression and sport down blood clots


    d. Green tea may help regulate inflammatory skin disease

 

    e.  Diet may prevent infertility in women and asthma and allergies in their children


3. Wellness Books

4. Online “Living Well with Menopause” support group

5.  Self-care/wellness e-books

6. A new book for nurse educators

7. A new book for nursing leaders and managers

8. Archives of past Wellness Newsletter issues.

9. Wellness Events: Wellness retreat/self-care weekend, book listings, menopause booktalk/signings

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1. Wellness Message

May you be blessed with joys that warm your heart and the hearts of those dear to you.

 

                                         Daniel Benor, MD

 

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2.Wellness News

a.. Which vegetables protect best against cancer and other conditions?

 

Cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, kale, cauliflower) contain the phytonutrient sulforaphane, which has significant anti-cancer effects. This phytonutrient deactivates a potent estrogen metabolite (4-hydroxyestrone) that promotes tumor growth, especially breast tumor growth and also metastasis of tumors to other parts of the body (J Nutrition, Sept 2004, Vol 134 No 9, pp. 229-36; Breast Cancer Research and Treatment, Sept 2000, Vol 63, No 2, 147-152.)

 

Sulforaphane also assists in the self-destruct sequence the body uses to eliminate abnormal cells in leukemia (Proc Natl Acad Sci, 2001, Dec 18, 15221-6), stomach tumors (Proc Natl Acad Sci, Mary 28, 2002, pp. 7619-5), intestinal polyps (Carcinogenesis, May 4, 2006), ovarian cancer (Int J Cancer Apr 30, 2007) lung cancer (Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev, Oct 10, 2001, 1063-7) and offers special protection to those with colon cancer susceptible genes (Am J Epidemiol, Dec 1, 2000, pp. 1081-92), and inhibits the production of proteins produced by the prostate whose rising levels may indicate prostate cancer (Am J Clin Nutr, 1994, Supple 59, 166S-70S). A weekly serving of cauliflower can lower risk of advanced prostate cancer by 45% (J Natl Cancer Inst, August, 2007, pp. 1200-09), reduces the risk of bladder cancer by 29% for hearty eaters of these vegetables (International Journal Cancer, May 15, 2007, pp. 2208-13). When teamed with tomatoes, broccoli can even more effectively fight prostate cancer, providing an additive effect (Cancer Research Jan 15, 2007, pp. 836-843).

 

Sulforaphane can also boost liver and skin cell detoxifying ability to repair sun-damaged skin, protect the heart (European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 2003, 57, 904-908), prevent cataracts (http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/01/080114162513.htm)

build stronger bones (1 cup of broccoli contains 74 mg calcium and 123 mg vitamin C to significantly improve calcium absorption; dairy products contain no vitamin C but do contain saturated fat and more calories), boost the immune system (1359 mcg of beta-carotene and zinc and selenium, which act as cofactors in numerous immune defensive actions), and fight birth defects by supplying folic acid.  A cup of broccoli provides 94mcg of folic acid, for DNA synthesis and the fetus’ nervous system so cells divide properly.

 

The best way to cook these vegetables? Cut florets and stalks and steam for 5 minutes. (Don’t forget to drink the remaining water used to steam them for added benefits.) Boiling causes a loss of 56% of folate in broccoli. Microwaving broccoli results in a loss of 97%, 74% and 67% of its three major antioxidant compounds---flavonoids, sinapics, and caffeoyl-quinic derivatives. In comparison, steaming broccoli resulted in a loss of only 11%, 9% and 8% respectively, of the same antioxidants (J Sci Food Agric, 2003, Vol 83, No 14).

 

Serving Ideas: . Puree cooked broccoli, cauliflower, and tomatoes or tomato sauce, and combine with seasonings for a hearty soup. Toss whole grain pasta, olive oil, pine nuts and steamed broccoli florets with seasonings for a healthy lunch or dinner.

 

The best way to get kids (and other family members) to eat more veggies? Plant a garden (http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/04/070418163652.htm)

 

 

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b. Sitting may increase risk of disease

 

Sitting in office chairs, while using computers, reading, talking on the phone and watching TV all have negative effects on fat and cholesterol metabolism. Sitting can stimulate disease-promoting processes, and even exercising an hour a day isn’t sufficient to reverse the effect.

 

Standing and moving lightly and other non-exercise activities burn more calories, and engage the enzymes in blood vessels of muscles responsible for fat burning, which can influence cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity that may result from inactivity. Standing can double the metabolic rate, so it might make a good weight reduction method. Given that only 28% of Americans obtain the minimal amount of exercise recommended, limiting sitting (maybe even in waiting rooms) might even make a dent in our obesity problem.

 

What should you do? Stand and pace while talking on the phone, type while standing, invite guests over and offer a standing buffet with music, so they tap their feet or maybe dance between courses.

 

What about work? Get a standing desk, for starters. I put a plastic file folder container on my desk, filled it with books (so it wouldn’t topple) and placed my laptop on top. I can even do a little soft shoe while I’m word processing. Yes, right now, I’m standing at my computer and composing this e-zine.

 

Standing meetings doing the Conga can’t be far off…

 

Source: University of Missouri-Columbia (2007, November 20). Sitting may increase risk of disease. ScienceDaily. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/11/071119130734.htm

 


c. Walk away menopausal anxiety, stress and depression and sport down those blood clots

 

Researchers recruited three hundred and eighty African-American and Caucasian pre-menopausal women living in Philadelphia. They asked the women to report their physical activity level, and followed their health habits for 8 years. Women who reported high levels of physical activity (walking at a moderate pace for an hour and a half at least five times a week), had lower levels of perceived stress than those who did not exercise (http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/01/080103090651.htm)

 

Moderate exercise can also reduce risk of blood clots. While strenuous activity is known to increase the risk of blood clot development in older adults, regular non-strenuous exercise has been shown to greatly benefit the heart, providing a positive effect.

 

In a study of 7,860 individuals age 18-70 in the Netherlands, researchers found that participating in sports (regardless of the type of sport or its intensity) reduced the risk of developing a blood clot in a lung artery by 46 percent and a blood clot in a leg vein by 24 percent. The risk was reduced by 55 percent when women who were pregnant or receiving oral contraceptives or hormones for menopause were excluded.

 

What to do? Take up table tennis, or badminton, or get out those croquet balls.  Remember, intensity doesn’t matter. Even 70-year-olds can play croquet. Or what about golf (riding one of those carts around), or competitive walking?

 

Source:  Blackwell Publishing Ltd. (2007, November 21). Regular exercise reduces risk of blood clots, study suggests. ScienceDaily. Retrieved November 29, 2007, from http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/11/071120124245.htm

 

 

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d. Green tea may help regulate inflammatory skin disease

 

Green tea, already shown to suppress inflammation, helps regulate the expression of Caspase-14, a protein in genes that regulates the life cycle of a skin cell. In people with psoriasis, that process is interrupted and the skin cells don’t die before more are created, resulting in lesions. Animals treated with green tea showed reduced levels of proliferating cell nuclear antigen, a gene expressed when skin cells multiply.

 

The researchers state that this finding is important because some treatments for psoriasis and dandruff can have dangerous side effects for which long-term effects aren’t known.

 

Source: Medical College of Georgia (2007, August, 7). Green tea holds promise as new treatment for inflammatory skin diseases. Retrieve 1/15/2008 from http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/08/070806174354.htm

 

 

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e.  Diet may prevent infertility in women and asthma and allergies in their children

 

Researchers at the Harvard School of public health followed a group of 17,544 married women who participated in the Nurses’ Health Study II and scored their dietary and lifestyle factors that previous studies have found to predict ovulatory disorder infertility.

 

The women with the highest fertility diet scores ate less trans fat and sugar from carbohydrates, consumed more protein from vegetables than from animals, ate more fiber and iron-rich foods, took more multivitamins, had a lower BMI, exercised for longer periods of time each day, and consumed more high-fat dairy products and less low-fat dairy products. The women who followed more of these recommendations dropped their risk of infertility for every strategy undertaken., with a six-fold difference between women following five or more low-risk dietary and lifestyle habits and those following none. This reduced risk was similar for all subgroups of women regardless of age and whether or not they had been pregnant in the past.

 

Source: Chavarro, and colleagues. (2007, November). Diet and lifestyle in the prevention of ovulatory disorder infertility. Obstetrics & Gynecology  Vol 110, No. 5.

 

Pregnant woman can also reduce asthma and allergies in their children by eating a fish-rich diet in pregnancy and feeding their children a diet in fish and fruity vegetables (tomatoes, eggplant, cucumber, green beans and zucchini).

 

Source: Chatzi and colleagues. (2007, September). Diet, wheeze and atrophy in school children in Menorca, Spain. Pediatric Allergy and Immunology Vol 18, pp. 480-485.

 

 


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3. Wellness Books

Aging Beyond Belief by Wellness Guru, Don Ardell, 2007.

If you plan to age, prepare yourself - it's later than you think and the challenge of aging well should be taken seriously. Discover what aspects of aging can't be changed and guide the rest that can. Aging Beyond Belief includes 69 recommendations for a more healthful, enjoyable and meaningful existence at every stage of life, written by the world's most prolific, outrageous, humorous and athletic expert on wellness. The book can be ordered from: http://www.wholeperson.com/x-selfhelp/aging.html#Anchor-Aging-47857  or Don's web site: http://www.seekwellness.com/wellness/index.htm

 

*Living Well with Anxiety: What Your Doctor Doesn't Tell You That You Need to Know.

This helpful self-care manual provides a mind, body, and spirit wellness approach to anxiety. Learn how to control anxiety and stress naturally. Contents include how to self-diagnose anxiety, wellness approaches (nutrition, herbs, environmental changes, exercise, other anxiety-reducing and healing measures), relationships, purpose and spirituality, creating your own anxiety plan and finding and working with the right practitioner. Ask your local book store to order LWW Anxiety if you don't find it on the shelf. You can also find this book by clicking on www.harpercollins.com and writing Carolyn Chambers Clark in the search box at the top of the screen.

* The Art of Becoming a Nurse Healer. ISBN – 1-929693-49-451695.  88 pages

The author, a psychiatric nurse and medical sociologist discusses the hazards and realities of nursing that form real barriers to practicing a healing form of nursing. She offers practical advice that allows nurses to practice in ways that renew their spirits and rediscover their love of the reasons they went into nursing. Written for clinicians, students, and educators. Contents:  Knowledge base for the nurse healer; The nature of a caring relationship, Nurse healing in action.  AJN Book of the Year award; 5 star Doody rating. Order from publisher at: http://www.hcmarketplace.com/prod-4047.html  Direct link to Amazon. Com: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/1414023960/qid=1095875188/sr=1-5/ref=sr_1_5/103-4946993-1098208?v=glance&s=

 

*Encyclopedia of Complementary Health Practice. Includes concepts and issues, economic and practice issues, education issues, legal/legislative/health policy issues, historical perspectives, conditions (from a-z), influential substances, practices and treatments, contributor directory, and resources directory. For more information or to order, click on www.springerpub.com and write Carolyn Chambers Clark in the search box at the top of the screen.

*Garden Therapy Guidelines for Special Needs by Judith Gammonley, ARNPBC, EdD, LCP includes how to use garden therapy with those who are memory impaired, brain injured, or who struggle with developmental or physical challenges for symptoms as widely divergent as wandering, distractibility, poor communication, mood changes, disorientation, fatigue, frustration, aggression, limited social skills, lack of self-confidence, limited mobility, depression, lack of motivation, anxiety, and social withdrawal. For copies, contact Dr. Gammonley at goodgam@aol.com or phone her at (727) 784-2449.

*Group Leadership Skills

Now in its 4th edition, this book focuses on an introduction to group work, basic group concepts and processes, working to achieve group goals, special group problems, beginning/guiding/terminating the group, supervision of group leaders and co-leadership, behavioral approaches for group leaders, recording and analyzing group process, groups for the old adults, working with focal groups, when the organization is the group, and when the community is the group. Go to Springer Publishing Company by clicking on www.springerpub.com and write Carolyn chambers Clark in the search box at the top of the screen.

*Health Promotion in Communities: Holistic and Wellness Approaches.

Focuses on applying wellness and holistic concepts to community work and includes a model for health and wellness promotion in communities, health promotion with changing and vulnerable populations, community self-assessment, principles of planning effective community programs, community mobilization and participation, evaluating community health programs, health promotion in rural settings, health promotion on the internet, nutrition and weight management, fitness and flexible movement, typical childhood communicable diseases; promoting community resilience, stress management, smoking cessation, violence prevention, environmental wellness, complementary health care practices, advanced communication skills with individuals and groups, working with groups, working with families, health promotion with African American women, establishing a lay health promotion program in a Hispanic community, diabetes programs in Hawaii, parish nursing, conducting a survey; the example of a youth service organization, violence prevention in schools; a model violence-prevention center, evaluating small community-based health promotion programs: lessons learned from Colorado Health Promotion Initiatives, health promotion in a homeless center. Available from Springer Publishing Company by clicking on www.springerpub.com and writing Carolyn Chambers Clark in the search box at the top of the page

 

*Healthy Holistic Aging: A Blueprint for Success

This book not only provides an easy to follow blueprint for health and holistic aging, but the author is an exceptional role model for his program. Can you live a healthy and independent life to the age of 100? Can you enjoy positive relationships? Can you maintain a healthy environment? Carl Helvie, RN, DrPH says you can and at age 74, he's a perfect example of the right things to do. He has no chronic illnesses and is among the 11% of the age 65-and-overs who take no prescribed medications. The book cites overwhelming scientific evidence that good diet, exercise, adequate sleep, prayer, meditation, positive relationship with others and a clean and safe environment can ensure successful aging. Ask for it at your local bookstore or find it online. Also visit Dr. Helvie's web site where you can also obtain the book as well as other helpful information. Click on www.HealthyHolisticAging.com.


*Holistic Nursing Approach to Chronic Diseases

Based on holistic assessments and interventions, this book uses a holistic approach to AIDS/HIV, Allergies/Asthma, Alzheimer's Disease, Arthritis, Cancer, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Depression, Diabetes, Digestive Problems, Fibromyalgia, Heart and Blood Vessel Disorders, Kidney Disease, Liver Disease, multiple sclerosis, osteoporosis, overweight/obesity, pain, Parkinsons' Disease, and/or sleep disorders. Available from Springer Publishing Company by clicking on www.springerpub.com and writing Carolyn Chambers Clark in the search box at the top of the screen.

*Living Well with Menopause: What Your Doctor Doesn't Tell You That You Need To Know.

A self-care manual to help women learn about using hormones, and what to do if they'd rather not. Soon to be available in Spanish. Now in its third printing. Table of contents includes: menopause: a natural process, medical treatment, nutrition, herbs, environmental actions, exercise, other stress reduction and healing measures, relationships, finding and working with the right practitioner, and putting it all together: your menopause success plan. Available from Harper Collins by clicking on http://www.harpercollins.com

 and writing Carolyn Chambers Clark in the search box at the top of the screen.

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4. Online Menopause Support/Information Group

Anyone who could benefit from support and information during menopause can go to www.yahoogroups.com and write living well with menopause in the search box, scroll down to Living Well with Menopause and click on it.
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5. E-books


Available e-books include ADHD, acne, bladder spasms/bladder infections, couple communication, depression relief, great body, headaches, healing veggies, healing with affirmation & imagery, healthy hair, helping with homework, natural diuretics, pain free, parenting, peri-menopausal bleeding, permanent weight loss, pregnancy, helping children be successful in school, teaching math concepts, thyroid, and whole brain thinking. All are from a wellness, self-care perspective. Click on www.carolynchambersclark.com (Scroll down the left hand column of the web site to find them.)
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6. New Book for Nurse Educators

*Classroom Skills for Nurse Educators. Hot off the press and already in its second printing, this new book for nurse educators provides ways to promote interactive learning even in large classes, while teaching asynchronously online and more…also introduces creative ways to use role playing, simulations, simulation games, group methods, peer learning, value clarification, perceptual exercises, journal writing and poetry. Educator vignettes present situations that help integrate theory into practice for varied nurse educators from nursing faculty, clinical nurse leaders, graduate students in nursing education programs to staff development experts. Presents indepth analysis and tips for overcoming the teaching/learning problems that can interfere with the learning process, and even shows how to develop your own learning materials (including simulations and games) in simple but effective ways. Find the book on the Jones & Bartlett web site by clicking on www.jbpub.com/catalog/9780763749750. Sample chapters and more information available at the web site.
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7. Creative Nursing Leadership & Management  ISBN-10: 0763749761. 432 Pages.

This book provides relevant theory and ties it to practice by allowing learners to use critical thinking activities in a safe classroom environment. Perfect for upper-level undergraduate nursing leadership courses (and for more advanced leaders), the text focuses on creating leadership opportunities and creative solutions; using information technology; managing resources and change; delegation and succession: developing staff; creative political, legal, ethical, effective, and safe interventions to keep staff engaged. For more information click on www.jbpub.com/catalog/9780763749767

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8. Archives of the Wellness Newsletter

 

To read recent past issue of the Wellness Newsletter, click on www.carolynchambersclark.com/id103.html

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9. Wellness Events

a. Wellness Workshop/Retreat.

 

Stressed? Anxious? Want to change your life? Need a weekend getaway where you can learn new wellness self-care measures and luxuriate in restful beach surroundings? Go to http://carolynchambersclark.com/id107.html for specifics.

 

b. Want your book or event mentioned in this newsletter? Contact me by clicking on my picture at www.carolynchambersclark.com and provide the particulars…title, author, year of pub, a short blurb, and where to get the book or the directions to the activity. Just follow the format I've used above for books and activities, please. That's Times Roman 12 point black ink only no underlining or bolding, please, and you only have a few lines to do all that. Don't forget your contact information. That will make my life a whole lot easier…Thanks in advance.

c. Menopause Book Talk Stops for Floridians

 

Discover which foods and supplements will work best for you. Menopause book signing at Richard’s Whole Foods in Osprey (March 1, 2 p.m.)

 

 

PLEASE SEND THIS NEWSLETTER ON to friends, family, clients or colleagues who might benefit. My only request is that you send it in its entirety.

In Wellness,

Carolyn Chambers Clark
ARNP, EdD, FAAN, AHN-BC
Editor

Stay Well!

 

To subscribe, click on my picture above.

 

Happy Holidays!

 

Here’s your Wellness Newsletter, December, 2007


This newsletter provides research-based information and tells you about books, e-books, web sites and events that can enhance well-being, promote health, and help develop self-care, teaching/learning and leadership skills. Please forward it in its entirety to whomever you believe may benefit.

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Scroll down to what interests you…

1. Your wellness message

2. Wellness news:

    a. Simple Pleasures Make People Happiest

    b. Sugary Beverages May Increase Alzheimer’s Risk


    c. Deficiency in Exposure to Sunlight Linked to Endometrial Cancer


    d. The Significant Anti-Cancer Effect of Milk Thistle

 

    e.  Vitamin E Could Help 40% of Diabetics Ward off Heart Attack and Stroke


3. Wellness Books

4. Online Living Well with Menopause support group

5. Inexpensive self-care/wellness e-books

6. A new book for nurse educators

7. A new book for nursing leaders and managers

8. Archives of past Wellness Newsletter issues.

9. Wellness Events: Get your book published, get your event or book mentioned in the Wellness Newsletter, or meet me on my book tour.

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1. Wellness Message

May you be blessed with challenges and pains that are the gentlest possible wakeup calls.
                                         Daniel Benor, MD

 

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2.Wellness News

a. Simple Pleasures Make People Happiest

A bar of chocolate, a long soak in the bath, a snooze in the middle of the afternoon, a leisurely stroll in the park. These are the things that make us the most happy, according to new research from The University of Nottingham. The study compared the happiness levels of lottery jackpot winners with a control group. Surprisingly, it wasn’t the flashy cars and the diamond jewelery that upped the jackpot winners’ happiness quotient. It was things like listening to music or reading a book that really made the difference. Those who described themselves as less happy didn’t choose the cost-free indulgences. The researchers concluded that spending time relaxing is the secret to a happy life.

 

Source: http://research.nottingham.ac.uk/NewsReviews/newsDisplay.aspx?id=389

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b. Sugary Beverages May Increase Alzheimer’s Risk

 

Although the exact mechanisms aren’t known, it has been determined that obesity and diabetes are both associated with higher incidence of Alzheimer’s, at least in mice. The sugar-fed mice gained about 17% more weight than controls, had higher cholesterol levels, and had worse learning and memory retention, and their brains contained over twice as many amyloid plaque deposits, an anatomical hallmark of Alzheimer’s. The human equivalence of the mouse diet would be roughly 5 cans of soda per day, although since mice have a higher metabolism, it may actually take less sugar for humans.

 

Source: American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/12/071208142559.htm

 

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c. Deficiency in Exposure to Sunlight Linked to Endometrial Cancer


Researchers at the Moores Cancer Center at the University of California in San Diego have shown

that endometrial cancer incidence was highest at the highest latitudes in both hemispheres. Even after controlling for known variables such as cloud cover, meat intake, weight, skin pigmentation and others, the association remained strong. The researchers caution against using aggregate data for individuals and recommend further research studying individual reactions to vitamin D from sunlight, diet and supplements and the risk of endometrial cancer.

 

Note: this is the third environmental paper from this research team showing a strong association between vitamin D and cancer using global incidence data. The first illuminated a similar pattern for kidney cancer and the second, for ovarian cancer.

 

Source:  http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/11/071114162728.htm

 

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d. The Significant Anti-Cancer Effect of Milk Thistle (Silymarin)

 

Milk thistle has been widely used a folk remedy to protect the liver from drug or alcohol-related injury. Dr. Ke-Qin Hu and his research team at the University of California, Irvine, found that silibilin (a highly purified extract from milk thistle) mediates anti-liver cancer effects by: reducing cancer cell proliferation and cell cycle progression, enhancing programmed death of cancer cells and altering the structure of cancer cells. Their research suggests that silibinin could be used to prevent the development of liver cancer, one of the most common cancers worldwide.

 

Source: Lah, Cui & Hu. (2007). Effects and mechanism of silibinin on human hepatoma cell lines. World Journal of Gastroenterology 13 (4), 5299-5305.

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e. Vitamin E Could Help 40% of Diabetics Ward off Heart Attacks

 

Individuals diagnosed with diabetes who carry the haptoglobin 2-2 gene (40%) could significantly reduce the risk of heart attacks and related deaths by taking 400 IU of vitamin E. In a group of 1.434 participants, individuals who took vitamin E had more than 50 percent fewer heart attacks, strokes and related deaths than those who took a placebo pill and showed no side effects.

A one-time genetic test for Hp2-2 is commercially available that could predict diabetic complications

 

Source American Technion Society (2007, November 24). Vitamin E could help 40% of diabetics ward off heart attacks. ScienceDaily. http://www.sciencedaily.com/realeases/2007/11/071123195803.htm

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3. Wellness Books

Aging Beyond Belief by Wellness Guru, Don Ardell, 2007.

If you plan to age, prepare yourself - it's later than you think and the challenge of aging well should be taken seriously. Discover what aspects of aging can't be changed and guide the rest that can. Aging Beyond Belief includes 69 recommendations for a more healthful, enjoyable and meaningful existence at every stage of life, written by the world's most prolific, outrageous, humorous and athletic expert on wellness. The book can be ordered from:http://www.wholeperson.com/x-selfhelp/aging.htmlAnchor-Aging-47857 or Don's web site: http://www.seekwellness.com/wellness/index.htm

 

*Living Well with Anxiety: What Your Doctor Doesn't Tell You That You Need to Know.

This helpful self-care manual provides a mind, body, and spirit wellness approach to anxiety. Learn how to control anxiety and stress naturally. Contents include how to self-diagnose anxiety, wellness approaches (nutrition, herbs, environmental changes, exercise, other anxiety-reducing and healing measures), relationships, purpose and spirituality, creating your own anxiety plan and finding and working with the right practitioner. Ask your local book store to order LWW Anxiety if you don't find it on the shelf. You can also find this book by clicking on www.harpercollins.com

and writing Carolyn Chambers Clark in the search box at the top of the screen.

*Encyclopedia of Complementary Health Practice. Includes concepts and issues, economic and practice issues, education issues, legal/legislative/health policy issues, historical perspectives, conditions (from a-z), influential substances, practices and treatments, contributor directory, and resources directory. For more information or to order, click on www.springerpub.com

 and write Carolyn Chambers Clark in the search box at the top of the screen.

Garden Therapy Guidelines for Special Needs by Judith Gammonley, ARNPBC, EdD, LCP includes how to use garden therapy with those who are memory impaired, brain injured, or who struggle with developmental or physical challenges for symptoms as widely divergent as wandering, distractibility, poor communication, mood changes, disorientation, fatigue, frustration, aggression, limited social skills, lack of self-confidence, limited mobility, depression, lack of motivation, anxiety, and social withdrawal. For copies, contact Dr. Gammonley at goodgam@aol.com

or phone her at (727) 784-2449.

*Group Leadership Skills

Now in its 4th edition, this book focuses on an introduction to group work, basic group concepts and processes, working to achieve group goals, special group problems, beginning/guiding/terminating the group, supervision of group leaders and co-leadership, behavioral approaches for group leaders, recording and analyzing group process, groups for the old adults, working with focal groups, when the organization is the group, and when the community is the group. Go to Springer Publishing Company by clicking on www.springerpub.com

and write Carolyn chambers Clark in the search box at the top of the screen.

*Health Promotion in Communities: Holistic and Wellness Approaches.

Focuses on applying wellness and holistic concepts to community work and includes a model for health and wellness promotion in communities, health promotion with changing and vulnerable populations, community self-assessment, principles of planning effective community programs, community mobilization and participation, evaluating community health programs, health promotion in rural settings, health promotion on the internet, nutrition and weight management, fitness and flexible movement, typical childhood communicable diseases; promoting community resilience, stress management, smoking cessation, violence prevention, environmental wellness, complementary health care practices, advanced communication skills with individuals and groups, working with groups, working with families, health promotion with African American women, establishing a lay health promotion program in a Hispanic community, diabetes programs in Hawaii, parish nursing, conducting a survey; the example of a youth service organization, violence prevention in schools; a model violence-prevention center, evaluating small community-based health promotion programs: lessons learned from Colorado Health Promotion Initiatives, health promotion in a homeless center. Available from Springer Publishing Company by clicking on www.springerpub.com

and writing Carolyn Chambers Clark in the search box at the top of the screen.

Healthy Holistic Aging: A Blueprint for Success

This book not only provides an easy to follow blueprint for health and holistic aging, but the author is an exceptional role model for his program. Can you live a healthy and independent life to the age of 100? Can you enjoy positive relationships? Can you maintain a healthy environment? Carl Helvie, RN, DrPH says you can and at age 74, he's a perfect example of the right things to do. He has no chronic illnesses and is among the 11% of the age 65-and-overs who take no prescribed medications. The book cites overwhelming scientific evidence that good diet, exercise, adequate sleep, prayer, meditation, positive relationship with others and a clean and safe environment can ensure successful aging. Ask for it at your local bookstore or find it online. Also visit Dr. Helvie's web site where you can also obtain the book as well as other helpful information. Click on www.HealthyHolisticAging.com.


*Holistic Nursing Approach to Chronic Diseases

Based on holistic assessments and interventions, this book uses a holistic approach to AIDS/HIV, Allergies/Asthma, Alzheimer's Disease, Arthritis, Cancer, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Depression, Diabetes, Digestive Problems, Fibromyalgia, Heart and Blood Vessel Disorders, Kidney Disease, Liver Disease, multiple sclerosis, osteoporosis, overweight/obesity, pain, Parkinsons' Disease, and/or sleep disorders. Available from Springer Publishing Company by clicking on www.springerpub.com and writing Carolyn Chambers Clark in the search box at the top of the screen.

*Living Well with Menopause: What Your Doctor Doesn't Tell You That You Need To Know.

A self-care manual to help women learn about using hormones, and what to do if they'd rather not. Soon to be available in Spanish. Now in its third printing. Table of contents includes: menopause: a natural process, medical treatment, nutrition, herbs, environmental actions, exercise, other stress reduction and healing measures, relationships, finding and working with the right practitioner, and putting it all together: your menopause success plan. Available from Harper Collins by clicking on http://www.harpercollins.com

 and writing Carolyn Chambers Clark in the search box at the top of the screen.

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4. Online Menopause Support/Information Group

Anyone who could benefit from support and information during menopause can go to www.yahoogroups.com and write living well with menopause in the search box, scroll down to 5, and click on it.
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5. E-books


Available e-books include ADHD, acne, bladder spasms/bladder infections, couple communication, depression relief, great body, headaches, healing veggies, healing with affirmation & imagery, healthy hair, helping with homework, natural diuretics, pain free, parenting, peri-menopausal bleeding, permanent weight loss, pregnancy, helping children be successful in school, teaching math concepts, thyroid, and whole brain thinking. All are from a wellness, self-care perspective. Click on www.carolynchambersclark.com (Scroll down the left hand column of the web site to find them.)
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6.
New Book for Nurse Educators

*Classroom Skills for Nurse Educators. Hot off the press and already in its second printing, this new book for nurse educators provides ways to promote interactive learning even in large classes, while teaching asynchronously online and more…also introduces creative ways to use role playing, simulations, simulation games, group methods, peer learning, value clarification, perceptual exercises, journal writing and poetry. Educator vignettes present situations that help integrate theory into practice for varied nurse educators from nursing faculty, clinical nurse leaders, graduate students in nursing education programs to staff development experts. Presents indepth analysis and tips for overcoming the teaching/learning problems that can interfere with the learning process, and even shows how to develop your own learning materials (including simulations and games) in simple but effective ways. Find the book on the Jones & Bartlett web site by clicking on www.jbpub.com/catalog/9780763749750. Sample chapters and more information available at the web site.
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7. Creative Nursing Leadership & Management
ISBN-10: 0763749761. 432 Pages. Will Publish: 02/07/2008 or sooner.

This book provides relevant theory and ties it to practice by allowing learners to use critical thinking activities in a safe classroom environment. Perfect for upper-level undergraduate nursing leadership courses (and for more advanced leaders), the text focuses on creating leadership opportunities and creative solutions; using information technology; managing resources and change; delegation and succession: developing staff; and creative political, legal, ethical, effective, and safe interventions to keep staff engaged.

For more information click on www.jbpub.com/catalog/9780763749767

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8. Archives of the Wellness Newsletter

 

To read recent past issue of the Wellness Newsletter, click on www.carolynchambersclark.com/id103.html

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9. Wellness Events

a. Get Your Book Published Workshop/Retreat.

Planning a small group workshop/retreat for anyone who wants to get a book published. Did you know that almost everybody wants to get a book published, but most people never do? This workshop/retreat can help you get a book published. For more information go to www.carolynchambersclark, click on my picture and indicate your preferences for an in-person or virtual experience.

 

b. Have a holistic or wellness book or activity/event you want mentioned in this newsletter? Contact me by clicking on my picture at www.carolynchambersclark.com and provide the particulars…title, author, year of pub, a short blurb, and where to get the book or the directions to the activity. Just follow the format I've used above for books and activities, please. That's Times Roman 12 point black ink only no underlining or bolding, please, and you only have a few lines to do all that. Don't forget your contact information. That will make my life a whole lot easier…Thanks in advance.

d. Book Tour Stop for Floridians

I'll be doing book talks at Richard’s Whole Food stores on anxiety or menopause, providing information on how to discover which particular foods and supplements will work for you, and giving away a free e-book in St. Petersburg (January 5th, 11 a.m., anxiety and stress), Pt. Charlotte (January 19th, 2 p.m. menopause),  Venice (February 2nd, 2 p.m. menopause), and Osprey (March 1, 2 p.m. menopause).

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In Wellness,

Carolyn Chambers Clark
ARNP, EdD, FAAN, AHN-BC
Editor
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Stay Well!

 

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Wellness Newsletter, November, 2007


This newsletter provides research-based information and tells you about books, e-books, web sites and events that can enhance well-being, promote health, and help develop self-care, teaching/learning and leadership skills. Please forward it on to colleagues, families, friends, clients, students and whomever you believe may benefit.

Scroll down to what interests you…

1. Your wellness message

2. Wellness news:

a. Is sugar intake related to diabetes after all?

b. Memory problems? Here are some tips from the American Academy of
Neurology. Now where did I put those car keys?

c. Which fruit may help prevent oral cancer?

d. What to eat to minimize chances of arthritis symptoms.

3. Wellness Books

4. Online Living Well with Menopause support group

5. Inexpensive self-care/wellness e-books

6. A new book for nurse educators

7. A new book for nursing leaders and managers

8. Archives of past Wellness Newsletter issues.

9. Wellness Events: Get your book published, transform your relationships, get
your event or book mentioned in the Wellness Newsletter, or meet me on my book tour.

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1. Wellness Message

Let us not look backward in anger, nor forward in fear, but around in awareness.
                                         James Thurber

2.Wellness News

a. Is sugar intake related to diabetes after all?

According to a large study, a high sugar dietary pattern increases chronic inflammation, and raises the risk for developing type 2 diabetes.

Following 35,340 women in the Nurses' Health Study and 89,311 women in the Nurses' Health Study II, researchers from Harvard and the Massachusetts General Hospital found that an eating pattern high in sugar-sweetened soft drinks, refined grains, diet soft drinks, and processed meats was associated with an increased risk of diabetes.

Source: Schulze, Hoffman, Manson and colleagues. (2006). Dietary pattern, inflammation, and incidence of type 2 diabetes in women, American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, vol. 82 (no 3), pp. 675-684.

What can you do to ward off diabetes?

* Eliminate sugar-sweetened soft drinks, refined grains, diet soft drinks, and processed meats

* Eat more cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage and yellow vegetables), drink a glass of red wine now and then, and you can even have a cup or two of coffee.

* And if you don't like those choices, you can have kale (delicious and full of calcium!),collards, cauliflower, bok choy (available in supermarkets and at Chinese restaurants), rutabaga, mustard greens (great in salads), radish, and watercress.

b. Memory problems? Hmm…where did I put those car keys? Here are some tips from the American Academy of Neurology.

*If you regularly consume omega-3 rich oil, such as flaxseed and walnut oil, you can reduce your risk of dementia/Alzheimer's disease by 60 percent compared to those who don't use these oils.

*It you eat fruits and vegetables daily you will reduce your risk of dementia by 30 percent compared to those who don't regularly eat these foods.

*If you eat fish at least once a week, you can lower your risk of Alzheimer's disease by 35-percent and dementia by 40-percent, but only if you don't carry the gene that increases the risk of Alzheimer's, the apolipoprotein E4. But never fear, because most of us don't carry it, says study author Pascale Barberger-Gateau, PhD, of the French National Institute for Health and Medical Research, in Bordeaux, France.

Source: American Academy of Neurology (2007, November 13). Eating Fish, Omega-3 Oils, Fruits and Veggies Lowers Risk of Memory Problems. Retrieved November 14, 2007 from http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/11/071112163630.htm


Curry is also a good choice. Curcumin, from the curry spice turmeric, has been shown to possess potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties to reduce plaque that gathers in the brain and makes you forget. In one study, older adults who ate curry occasionally, often or very often had significantly better scores on the Mini-Mental State examination than those who never or rarely consumed curry. Get thee to an Indian restaurant, or just buy some Turmeric and sprinkle it on your salads, stews, soups or whatever. Good on rice, too!

Source: Ng and colleagues. (2006). Curry consumption and cognitive function in the elderly. American Journal of Epidemiology 164(9), 898-906.

c. Which fruit may help prevent oral cancer?

Drum roll, please. The answer is avocado. Yes, it's a fruit, even though it doesn't taste like one. According to researchers at Ohio State University, the delicious avocado kills and prevents pre-cancerous cells from developing into actual cancers. Without killing healthy cells. Quite a feat.

D'Ambrosio, the lead author who collaborated with researchers in the College of Pharmacy, found that phytochemicals extracted from avocados target multiple signaling pathways and increase the amount of reactive oxygen within the cells, leading to cell death in pre-cancerous cell lines.

Their studies suggest that individual and combinations of phytochemicals from the avocado fruit may offer an advantageous dietary strategy in cancer prevention---and they're delicious, too!

Avocados are also chock-full of vitamin C, folate, vitamin E, fiber and unsaturated fats (needed to keep brain and body functioning).

Source: Ding and colleagues. (2007). Chemopreventive characteristics of avocado fruit. Seminars in Cancer Biology 17(5), 386-397.

d. What to eat to minimize chances of arthritis symptoms.

People who already have arthritis or don't want to develop it, can do plenty of things to relieve symptoms. Here are some:

1. Eat like the Mediterraneans do: this means lots of fish, fruit, vegetables, and legumes(dried beans and peas and peanut butter).

2. Use extra virgin olive oil as your only oil. It contains olecanthal which has an anti-inflammatory effect similar to ibuprofen, but without the bad effects.

3. Focus on red, orange, and yellow fruits and veggies. They contain carotenoids that reduce inflammation. Researchers from the UK found that people whose diets are rich in these foods are significantly less likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis.

4. Avoid the green parts of the nightshade fruits (potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant. Let your green peppers ripen to yellow or red and they won't contain solanine (a toxin), and don't eat the green parts of potatoes, tomatoes, or eggplant.

5. Lose a pound. Losing even 1 pound---can make a huge difference in discomfort because it reduces the load on the knees. (One pound reduces the load by 4 pounds.)

6. Exercise regularly. Losing 5% of body weight and doing moderate types of exercise provides the best overall improvement in pain and function. Even if weight is lost, a lack of regular vigorous physical activity doubles the odds of experiencing a decline in the ability to perform basic daily activities.

7. Eat bing cherries. One study found that sweet cherries have anti-inflammatory effects that may be beneficial for the management and prevention of inflammatory disease like arthritis, asthma, and Crohn's disease.

8. Eat those unsaturated fatty acids available in fish, fish oils, evening primrose oil and sunflower oil are anti-inflammatory substances that may protect you from the inflammatory condition known as arthritis.

*For more arthritis information, click on www.carolynchambersclark.com/id36.html


Sources:

McKellar and colleagues. (2007). A pilot study of a Mediterranean-type diet intervention in female patients with rheumatoid arthritis living in areas of social deprivation in Glasgow. Annals of Rheumatic Diseases 66(9), 1239-1243.

Kelley and colleagues. (2006). Consumption of bing sweet cherries lowers circulating concentrations of inflammation markers in healthy men and women. The Journal of Nutrition 136 (4), 981-987.

Lunn & Theobald. (2006). The health effects of dietary unsaturated fatty acids. Nutrition Bulletin 31, 178-224.www.uaf.edu/ces/publications/freepubs/FGV-00337.html

3. Wellness Books

Aging Beyond Belief by Wellness Guru, Don Ardell, 2007.

If you plan to age, prepare yourself - it's later than you think and the challenge of aging well should be taken seriously. Discover what aspects of aging can't be changed and guide the rest that can. Aging Beyond Belief includes 69 recommendations for a more healthful, enjoyable and meaningful existence at every stage of life, written by the world's most prolific, outrageous, humorous and athletic expert on wellness. The book can be ordered from:http://www.wholeperson.com/x-selfhelp/aging.htmlAnchor-Aging-47857 or Don's web site: http://www.seekwellness.com/wellness/index.htm

 

*Living Well with Anxiety: What Your Doctor Doesn't Tell You That You Need to Know.

This helpful self-care manual provides a mind, body, and spirit wellness approach to anxiety. Learn how to control anxiety and stress naturally. Contents include how to self-diagnose anxiety, wellness approaches (nutrition, herbs, environmental changes, exercise, other anxiety-reducing and healing measures), relationships, purpose and spirituality, creating your own anxiety plan and finding and working with the right practitioner. Ask your local book store to order LWW Anxiety if you don't find it on the shelf. You can also find this book by clicking on www.harpercollins.com

and writing Carolyn Chambers Clark in the search box at the top of the screen.

*Encyclopedia of Complementary Health Practice. Includes concepts and issues, economic and practice issues, education issues, legal/legislative/health policy issues, historical perspectives, conditions (from a-z), influential substances, practices and treatments, contributor directory, and resources directory. For more information or to order, click on www.springerpub.com

 and write Carolyn Chambers Clark in the search box at the top of the screen.

Garden Therapy Guidelines for Special Needs by Judith Gammonley, ARNPBC, EdD, LCP includes how to use garden therapy with those who are memory impaired, brain injured, or who struggle with developmental or physical challenges for symptoms as widely divergent as wandering, distractibility, poor communication, mood changes, disorientation, fatigue, frustration, aggression, limited social skills, lack of self-confidence, limited mobility, depression, lack of motivation, anxiety, and social withdrawal. For copies, contact Dr. Gammonley at goodgam@aol.com or phone her at (727) 784-2449.

*Group Leadership Skills

Now in its 4th edition, this book focuses on an introduction to group work, basic group concepts and processes, working to achieve group goals, special group problems, beginning/guiding/terminating the group, supervision of group leaders and co-leadership, behavioral approaches for group leaders, recording and analyzing group process, groups for the old adults, working with focal groups, when the organization is the group, and when the community is the group. Go to Springer Publishing Company by clicking on www.springerpub.com

 and write Carolyn chambers Clark in the search box at the top of the screen.

*Health Promotion in Communities: Holistic and Wellness Approaches.

Focuses on applying wellness and holistic concepts to community work and includes a model for health and wellness promotion in communities, health promotion with changing and vulnerable populations, community self-assessment, principles of planning effective community programs, community mobilization and participation, evaluating community health programs, health promotion in rural settings, health promotion on the internet, nutrition and weight management, fitness and flexible movement, typical childhood communicable diseases; promoting community resilience, stress management, smoking cessation, violence prevention, environmental wellness, complementary health care practices, advanced communication skills with individuals and groups, working with groups, working with families, health promotion with African American women, establishing a lay health promotion program in a Hispanic community, diabetes programs in Hawaii, parish nursing, conducting a survey; the example of a youth service organization, violence prevention in schools; a model violence-prevention center, evaluating small community-based health promotion programs: lessons learned from Colorado Health Promotion Initiatives, health promotion in a homeless center. Available from Springer Publishing Company by clicking on www.springerpub.com

and writing Carolyn Chambers Clark in the search box at the top of the screen.

Healthy Holistic Aging: A Blueprint for Success

This book not only provides an easy to follow blueprint for health and holistic aging, but the author is an exceptional role model for his program. Can you live a healthy and independent life to the age of 100? Can you enjoy positive relationships? Can you maintain a healthy environment? Carl Helvie, RN, DrPH says you can and at age 74, he's a perfect example of the right things to do. He has no chronic illnesses and is among the 11% of the age 65-and-overs who take no prescribed medications. The book cites overwhelming scientific evidence that good diet, exercise, adequate sleep, prayer, meditation, positive relationship with others and a clean and safe environment can ensure successful aging. Ask for it at your local bookstore or find it online. Also visit Dr. Helvie's web site where you can also obtain the book as well as other helpful information. Click on www.HealthyHolisticAging.com.


*Holistic Nursing Approach to Chronic Diseases

Based on holistic assessments and interventions, this book uses a holistic approach to AIDS/HIV, Allergies/Asthma, Alzheimer's Disease, Arthritis, Cancer, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Depression, Diabetes, Digestive Problems, Fibromyalgia, Heart and Blood Vessel Disorders, Kidney Disease, Liver Disease, multiple sclerosis, osteoporosis, overweight/obesity, pain, Parkinsons' Disease, and/or sleep disorders. Available from Springer Publishing Company by clicking on www.springerpub.com

 and writing Carolyn Chambers Clark in the search box at the top of the screen.

*Living Well with Menopause: What Your Doctor Doesn't Tell You That You Need To Know.

A self-care manual to help women learn about using hormones, and what to do if they'd rather not. Soon to be available in Spanish. Now in its third printing. Table of contents includes: menopause: a natural process, medical treatment, nutrition, herbs, environmental actions, exercise, other stress reduction and healing measures, relationships, finding and working with the right practitioner, and putting it all together: your menopause success plan. Available from Harper Collins by clicking on http://www.harpercollins.com

 and writing Carolyn Chambers Clark in the search box at the top of the screen.

4. Online Menopause Support/Information Group

Anyone who could benefit from support and information during menopause can go to www.yahoogroups.com

and write living well with menopause in the search box, scroll down to 5, and click on it.
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5.  Ebooks

Available e-books include ADHD, acne, bladder spasms/bladder infections, couple communication, depression relief, great body, headaches, healing veggies, healing with affirmation & imagery, healthy hair, helping with homework, natural diuretics, pain free, parenting, peri-menopausal bleeding, permanent weight loss, pregnancy, helping children be successful in school, teaching math concepts, thyroid, and whole brain thinking. All are from a wellness, self-care perspective. Click on www.carolynchambersclark.com

 (Scroll down the left hand column of the web site to find them.)
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6. New Book for Nurse Educators

*Classroom Skills for Nurse Educators. Hot off the press and already in its second printing, this new book for nurse educators provides ways to promote interactive learning even in large classes, while teaching asynchronously online and more…also introduces creative ways to use role playing, simulations, simulation games, group methods, peer learning, value clarification, perceptual exercises, journal writing and poetry. Educator vignettes present situations that help integrate theory into practice for varied nurse educators from nursing faculty, clinical nurse leaders, graduate students in nursing education programs to staff development experts. Presents indepth analysis and tips for overcoming the teaching/learning problems that can interfere with the learning process, and even shows how to develop your own learning materials (including simulations and games) in simple but effective ways. Find the book on the Jones & Bartlett web site by clicking on www.jbpub.com/catalog/9780763749750

 and looking for Classroom Skills for Nurse Educators. Sample chapters and more information available at the web site.
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7. Creative Nursing Leadership & Management
ISBN-10: 0763749761. 432 Pages. Will Publish: 02/07/2008 or sooner.

This book provides relevant theory and ties it to practice by allowing learners to use critical thinking activities in a safe classroom environment. Perfect for upper-level undergraduate nursing leadership courses (and for more advanced leaders), the text focuses on creating leadership opportunities and creative solutions; using information technology; managing resources and change; delegation and succession: developing staff; and creative political, legal, ethical, effective, and safe interventions to keep staff engaged.

For more information or a review copy, click on http://www.jbpub.com/catalog/9780763749767

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8. Archives of the Wellness Newsletter
To read recent past issue of the Wellness Newsletter, click on www.carolynchambersclark.com/id103.html

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9. Wellness Events

a. Get Your Book Published Workshop/Retreat.

Planning a small group workshop/retreat for those of you who want to get a book published. Did you know that almost everybody wants to get a book published, but most people never do? This workshop/retreat can help you get a book published. For more information go to www.carolynchambersclark

and click on my picture.

b. Transform Your Relationships

Give a holiday gift to yourself. Saturday, December 1st, 2007 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Arts and Minds Center, 3138 Commodore Plaza. Coconut Grove, FL. Contact: Dr. Maureen Duffy 305.335.8043 or Dr. Patricia Munhall 305.461.2459. Fees: $75.00 per person
Feel stuck in the same old ways or bored with the same arguments? Dr. Maureen Duffy will help you improve the quality of your relationship with a partner or spouse. You will learn how to develop shared histories and rituals and avoid toxic behaviors. Learn to tune in, heal past and present wounds, and have a positive relationship.

c. Have a holistic or wellness book or activity/event you want me to mention in this newsletter? Contact me by clicking on my picture at www.carolynchambersclark.com

and provide the particulars…title, author, year of pub, a short blurb, and where to get the book or the directions to the activity. Just follow the format I've used above for books and activities, please. That's Times Roman 12 point black ink only no underlining or bolding, please, and you only have a few lines to do all that. Don't forget your contact information. That will make my life a whole lot easier…Thanks in advance.

d. Book Tour Stop for Floridians

If you (or any of your friends or family) will be anywhere near Englewood, Florida on Saturday, December 1, 2007 at 2 p.m. I'll be doing an anxiety book talk and book signing at Richard's Whole Foods and giving away a free health-related e-book. I'll be showing you how to choose the right foods and supplements especially for you and your body. Come and visit! Call for reservations and/or directions anytime from 10-6 p.m. M-Sat at (941) 473-0278.

I'll be doing book talks on anxiety and menopause in Port Charlotte, Bradenton, Venice, and St. Petersburg after the first of the year…stay tuned!
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PLEASE SEND THIS NEWSLETTER ON to friends, family, clients, students or colleagues who might benefit. My only request is that you send it in its entirety.

In Wellness,

Carolyn Chambers Clark
ARNP, EdD, FAAN, AHN-BC
Editor
____________________________________
Stay Well!

To subscribe to this newsletter, go to www.carolynchambersclark.com and click on my picture.

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WELLNESS NEWSLETTER # 15, October, 2007

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This newsletter provides research-based information and tells you about books, e-books, and web sites that can enhance well-being, promote health, and help develop self-care skills. Please share it with colleagues, families, friends, clients, students and whomever you think could benefit.

 Scroll down to what interests you…

1.   Your wellness message

2.   Wellness news:

      *Consumer alert: aluminum products

      a. Get enough calcium and vitamin D: It could prevent the spread

         of breast cancer

      b. Calm down to reduce heart disease and recurrence of breast

         cancer

      c. Backache? Try acupuncture

      d.  Take enough vitamin E if you want results

      e.  Take your vitamin C to stop cancer

3.   Books to keep you (and others) well

4.   Online living well with menopause support group

5.   Inexpensive self-care/wellness e-books for you, family, friends, or clients

6.   A new book for nurse educators

7.   A new book to help holistic nurses

8.   To find archives of past Wellness Newsletter issues.

9.   Wellness Events

10. Book Tour Stop for Floridians

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1. WELLNESS MESSAGE:

     I forgive all past mistakes and press on to future achievements.

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2. WELLNESS NEWS

Consumer alert:

Last month, we counseled to use deodorants rather than antiperspirants and suggested mineral rock salts as one alternative. As colleague, founder of the American Holistic Medical Association and Holos University (www.hugs-edu.org) and super-MD/PhD Norm Shealy pointed out, some mineral rock salts may contain aluminum. (thanks, Norm!) So, to be safe, please read the ingredients in any deodorant, or for that matter, any product you buy.

a. Get your calcium every day! It could prevent the spread of breast cancer

According to researchers at the ANZAC Research Institute in Concord, Australia, a strong skeleton is less likely to be penetrated by metastasizing cancer cells. Although they used a mouse model, they found that a calcium deficiency could increase the tendency of advanced breast cancer to target bone.

Their findings have implications for women at high risk for developing breast cancer. Many are calcium deficient due to low calcium dietary intake or due to vitamin D deficiency.

Source: October 1, 2007 issue of Cancer Research, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research.

Some good sources of calcium are: broccoli, kale, salmon with bones, sardines, seafood, green leafy vegetables, almonds, asparagus, blackstrap molasses, cabbage, collards, dandelion greens, figs, goat’s milk, kelp, mustard greens, oats, prunes, sesame seeds, tofu, turnip greens, watercress, and whey. Exposing the face and arms to the sun for fifteen minutes 3 times a week will ensure adequate amounts of vitamin D.

Source: Balch and Balch, Prescription for nutritional Healing, Avery.

b. Calm down to reduce heart disease and recurrence of breast cancer

Stress will do it. Research is coming out daily to show stress effects on physical conditions. Researchers at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston concluded prehypertensive men and women are at increased risk of developing coronary heart disease.

Men with high trait anger scores had a 1.7 times greater odds for developing hypertension and a 90 percent increase in the risk of progression to coronary heart disease. Both men and women with high levels of long-term psychological stress had 1.68 times greater odds for developing coronary heart disease than those with low or moderate stress. The researchers suggest that treatment of anger and psychological stress may have a beneficial effect on slowing progression of prehypertension to hypertension and coronary heart disease.

Source: Player and associates (playerm@musc.edu), Psychosocial factors and progression from prehypertension to hypertension or coronary heart disease, Annals of Family Medicine, volume 5, pp. 403-411, 2007.

Stress can also impact breast cancer recurrence. Women diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer who have also endured previous traumatic or stressful events see their cancer recur nearly twice as fast as other women.

Researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center and Stanford University School of Medicine interviewed 94 women from the San Francisco Bay area and categorized  their life experiences as either traumatic or stressful, and compared them with a control group of women who had not faced similar situations. Traumatic events included childhood sexual abuse, rape, suicide of a family member or life-threatening injury. Stressful events included adoption, parent’s death, living with their mother-in-law, earthquake, divorce and having a family member imprisoned. They found a dramatic difference between women who experienced traumatic events and those who didn’t. Women who faced physical or sexual abuse or life-threatening situations saw their metastic tumors return after about 2.5 years, compared with women who led more peaceful life (5 years).

Researchers analyzed cortisol levels from saliva samples of participants. Cortisol is produced when the body faces periods of stress, and evidence is growing that abnormally prolonged cortisol production inhibits immune response. According to Dr. Palesh, the lead researcher, this could make the body more susceptible to recurrence of cancer. Extended periods of stress and trauma and the associated cortisol production can interfere with the body’s ability to fight off cancer progression.

Source: Palesh and colleagues, Journal of Psychosomatic Research, September, 2007.

For some ideas about reducing anxiety and stress no matter what your physical condition or life experiences, see LIVING WELL WITH ANXIETY below.

 c. Back ache? Try acupuncture

Low back pain is the second most common pain for which physician treatment is sought and a major reason for absenteeism and disability. Six months of acupuncture treatment (two 30-minute sessions a week of needling fixed points to a depth of 5 millimeters to 40 millimeters based on traditional Chinese medicine) appears to be more effective than conventional therapy (medication, physical therapy and exercise) or sham acupuncture (inserting needles superficially into the lower back avoiding all known verum points or meridians  to treat low back pain.

The researchers wrote that both forms of acupuncture are superior to conventional treatment, suggesting a common underlying mechanism that may act on pain generation, transmission of pain signals or processing of pain signals by the central nervous system.

Source: Archives of Internal Medicine, September 24, 2007, pp. 1892-1898.

d. Take enough vitamin E if you want results

In lab, animal and human studies, there’s evidence that vitamin E can reduce oxidative stress, inhibit formation of atherosclerotic lesions, slow aortic thickening, lower inflammation, and reduce platelet adhesion. All of these are important to a healthy heart and blood vessels.

New research from Vanderbilt University Medical Center demonstrated that the levels of vitamin E needed to protect you and reduce oxidative stress are far higher than those used in clinical trials In a new study and commentary in Free Radical Biology and Medicine, researchers concluded that the levels of vitamin E necessary to reduce stress are about 1,600 to 3,200 I.U. daily, which is 4-8 times more than those used in almost all past clinical trials and needed to be given for 16 weeks to suppress oxidative stress.

 e.  Take your vitamin C to stop cancer

Nearly 30 years after Nobel laureate Linus Pauling famously and controversially suggested that vitamin C supplements can prevent cancer, a team of Johns Hopkins scientists have shown that in mice at least, vitamin C---and potentially other antioxidants---can indeed inhibit the growth of some tumors.

The Hopkins study, led by Chi Dang, M.D., PhD, professor of medicine and oncology and Johns Hopkins Family professor in Oncology Research, unexpectedly found that the antioxidants’ role may be to destabilize a tumor’s ability to grow under oxygen-starved conditions. Their work is detailed in the September 12, 2007 issue of Cancer Cell.

Other studies have discredited the value of vitamin C and cancer. A new study showed that when fat is in the stomach, vitamin C does not reduce cancer risk.

Reference: Fat transforms ascorbic acid from inhibiting to promoting acid-catlysed N-nitrosation. Online First Gut 2007; doi:10.1136/gut.2007.12857.

Their findings imply that vitamin C may best be taken on an empty stomach or with foods that do not contain fat, such as fruits and vegetables.

Some of the better sources of antioxidants are foods, including berries, apples with peels, cherries, green and red pears, fresh or dried plums, pineapple, kiwi, artichokes, spinach, red cabbage, red and white potatoes with peels, sweet potatoes, broccoli, walnuts, almonds, oat-based products.

Now for the books that can help you and others get well and stay well

Aging Beyond Belief by Wellness Guru, Don Ardell, 2007. If you plan to age, prepare yourself - it's later than you think and the challenge of aging well should be taken seriously. Discover what aspects of aging can't be changed and guide the rest that can. Aging Beyond Belief includes 69 recommendations for a more healthful, enjoyable and meaningful existence at every stage of life, written by the world's most prolific, outrageous, humorous and athletic expert on wellness. The book can be ordered from:http://www.wholeperson.com/x-selfhelp/aging.html#Anchor-Aging-47857 or Don’s web site: http://www.seekwellness.com/wellness/index.htm

*Living Well with Anxiety: What Your Doctor Doesn’t Tell You That You Need to Know.  This helpful self-care manual provides a mind, body, and spirit wellness approach to anxiety. Learn how to control your anxiety and stress naturally. Contents include how to self-diagnose your anxiety, wellness approaches (nutrition, herbs, environmental changes, exercise, other anxiety-reducing and healing measures), relationships, purpose and spirituality, creating your own anxiety plan and finding and working with the right practitioner. Free sample chapter or a personalized autographed copy at http://home.earthlink.net/~cccwellness/id28.html---or ask your local book store to order LWW Anxiety if you don’t find it on the shelf. You can also find this book at www.harpercollins.com or www.amazon.com

*Encyclopedia of Complementary Health Practice. Includes concepts and issues, economic and practice issues, education issues, legal/legislative/health policy issues, historical perspectives, conditions (from a-z), influential substances, practices and treatments, contributor directory, and resources directory. Available from Springer Publishing Company www.springerpub.com or www.amazon.com

*Garden Therapy Guidelines for Special Needs by Judith Gammonley, ARNPBC, EdD, LCP includes how to use garden therapy with those who are memory impaired, brain injured, or who struggle with developmental or physical challenges for symptoms as widely divergent as wandering, distractibility, poor communication, mood changes, disorientation, fatigue, frustration, aggression, limited social skills, lack of self-confidence, limited mobility, depression, lack of motivation, anxiety, and social withdrawal. For copies, contact Dr. Gammonley at goodgam@aol.com or phone her at (727) 784-2449.

*Group Leadership Skills

Now in its 4th edition, this book focuses on an introduction to group work, basic group concepts and processes, working to achieve group goals, special group problems, beginning/guiding/terminating the group, supervision of group leaders and co-leadership, behavioral approaches for group leaders, recording and analyzing group process, groups for the old adults, working with focal groups, when the organization is the group, and when the community is the group. Available from Springer Publishing Company www.springerpub.com or www.amazon.com

*Health Promotion in Communities: Holistic and Wellness Approaches

Focuses on wellness and holistic concepts to community work and includes a model for health and wellness promotion in communities, health promotion with changing and vulnerable populations, community self-assessment, principles of planning effective community programs, community mobilization and participation, evaluating community health programs, health promotion in rural settings, health promotion on the internet, nutrition and weight management, fitness and flexible movement, typical childhood communicable diseases: promoting community resilience, stress management, smoking cessation, violence prevention, environmental wellness, complementary health care practices, advanced communication skills with individuals and groups, working with groups, working with families, health promotion with African American women, establishing a lay health promotion program in a Hispanic community, diabetes programs in Hawaii, parish nursing, conducting a survey: the example of a youth service organization, violence prevention in schools: a model violence-prevention center, evaluating small community-based health promotion programs: lessons learned from Colorado Health Promotion Initiatives, health promotion in a homeless center. Available from Springer Publishing Company www.springerpub.com or www.amazon.com

*Healthy Holistic Aging: A Blueprint for Success

This book not only provides an easy to follow blueprint for health and holistic aging, but the author is an exceptional role model for his program. Can you live a healthy and independent life to the age of 100? Can you enjoy positive relationships? Can you maintain a healthy environment? Carl Helvie, RN, DrPH says you can and at age 74, he's a perfect example of the right things to do. He has no chronic illnesses and is among the 11% of the age 65-and-overs who take no prescribed medications. The book cites overwhelming scientific evidence that good diet, exercise, adequate sleep, prayer, meditation, positive relationship with others and a clean and safe environment can ensure successful aging. Ask for it at your local bookstore or find it online. Also visit Dr. Helvie’s web site where you can also obtain the book as well as other helpful information. Click on www.HealthyHolisticAging.com

*The American Holistic Nurses’ Association Guide to Common Chronic Conditions

Primarily for clients, but also serves as a useful guide for nursing and other health care students who want to know about self-care options that complement medical approaches. Focuses on 20 conditions including: AIDS, allergies, Alzheimer’s Disease, arthritis, cancer, carpal tunnel syndrome, chronic fatigue syndrome, depression, diabetes, digestive problems, fibromyalgia, heart and blood vessel disorders, kidney disease, liver and gallbladder conditions, multiple sclerosis, osteoporosis, overweight/obesity, pain, Parkinson’s Disease, sleep disorders. Find it at www.amazon.com

*Holistic Nursing Approach to Chronic Diseases

Based on holistic nursing assessments and interventions, this book helps nurses and nursing students use a holistic approach to AIDS/HIV, Allergies/Asthma, Alzheimer’s Disease, Arthritis, Cancer, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Depression, Diabetes, Digestive Problems, Fibromyalgia, Heart and Blood Vessel Disorders, Kidney Disease, Liver Disease, multiple sclerosis, osteoporosis, overweight/obesity, pain, Parkinsons’ Disease, and/or sleep disorders. Available from Springer Publishing Company www.springerpub.com or click on book cover

*Holistic Assertiveness Skills for Nurses

Useful for nursing students, practitioners, educators, or leaders who are highly stressed and could benefit from stress reduction and nutritional, physical fitness, touch, and other approaches related to assertiveness, gender issues, anger, time management, criticism, career, and nursing leadership. Readers report they refer to the book often for empowerment and to learn new skills to apply in their work and home settings. Available from Springer Publishing Company www.springerpub.com or click on book cover or ask your local bookstore to order it.

*Living Well with Menopause: What Your Doctor Doesn’t Tell You That You Need To Know. A self-care manual to help women learn about using hormones, and what to do if they'd rather not. Table of contents includes: menopause: a natural process, medical treatment, nutrition, herbs, environmental actions, exercise, other stress reduction and healing measures, relationships, finding and working with the right practitioner, and putting it together: your menopause success plan. For a free sample chapter or an autographed copy find this book at http://home.earthlink.net/~cccwellness/id23.html---Or ask your local bookstore to order it for you (if it’s not on the shelf).

4. Don’t Forget about the Menopause Support/Information Group

 If you or a friend, colleague, or client could benefit from support and information during menopause, sign up for the living well with menopause group at www.health.groups.yahoo.com/group/livingwellwithmenopause. (Copy and paste this address in your browser if hitting control and then clicking your mouse doesn’t get you there.)

Know someone in the throes of menopause or starting to show signs of menopause---sleep problems, irritability, anxiety (or even panic attacks), hot flashes? This may be a helpful group. It’s a new group, but there are some articles and questions/answers already posted. No one need identify themselves and Yahoo keeps their email address a secret. Please share this information with anyone who could benefit---including spouses and partners who may want to learn more about menopause.     ____________________________________________________________________

5. Inexpensive e-books for you, family, clients, or colleagues

    Available e-books include ADHD, acne, bladder spasms/bladder infections, couple communication, depression relief, great body, headaches, healing veggies, healing with affirmation & imagery, healthy hair, helping with homework, natural diuretics, pain free, parenting, peri-menopausal bleeding, permanent weight loss, pregnancy, success in school, teaching math concepts, thyroid,  and whole brain thinking. All are from a wellness, self-care perspective. Give someone you care about a gift of wellness! Inexpensive, but effective. Find them all at www.carolynchambersclark.com  (Scroll down the left hand column of the web site to find them.)

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6. New Book for Nurse Educators

*Classroom Skills for Nurse Educators. Hot off the press, this new book for nurse educators provides ways to promote interactive learning even in large classes, while teaching asynchronously online and more…also introduces creative ways to use role playing, simulations, simulation games, group methods, peer learning, value clarification, perceptual exercises, journal writing and poetry. Educator vignettes present situations that help integrate theory into practice for varied nurse educators from nursing faculty, clinical nurse leaders, and graduate students in nursing education programs to staff development experts. Presents in-depth analysis and tips for overcoming the teaching/learning problems that can interfere with the learning process, and even shows how to develop your own learning materials (including simulations and games) in simple but effective ways.

Find the book on the Jones & Bartlett web site by clicking on www.jbpub.com/catalog/0763749753 Sample chapters and more information available.

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7. *NEW BOOK FOR HOLISTIC NURSES AHNA/ANA Holistic Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice Pages: 135 Cover: Paperback  2007. The most recent version of the Holistic Nursing Standards, this book is a foundational volume that articulates the essentials of holistic nursing, its activities and accountabilities at all practice levels and settings. It serves as an essential resource for nurses, other care providers, educators, researchers, administrators and those in funding, legal, policy and regulatory activities.  To learn more or order, call (800) 278-2462 Ext. 10. To order online today, visit www.ahna.org/public/public.html

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To read recent past issue of The Wellness Newsletter, click on www.carolynchambersclark.com/id103.html

9.*WELLNESS EVENTS

The open U of the International Institute for Human Understanding Presents November 3, Saturday Workshop 9:30-4 PM The Dynamics of Understanding Self, Relationships, Communication, and Meaning: Re-invent your life, relationships, professional situation and every human endeavor. You will learn the power of intersubjectivity, with its potential for understanding and also for conflict. You will learn about intersubjective conjunction, disjunction and perceptual disparity.  Knowing the power of these interpretations, and recognizing when they are occurring is the key to successful relationships with the self and others. Internationally known author, speaker, advanced registered nurse practitioner and psychoanalyst, Dr. Patricia Munhall will be facilitating the workshop. Guaranteed to be a fun, lively and an awakening experience.  Details can be found on the website: www.iihu.org or e-mail pmunhall@aol.com

Event will be held at the Arts and Minds Center, 3138 Commodore Plaza, Coconut Grove, Miami, FL 33133.

Have you written a book you want others to know about? Contact Book Tour and they’ll put it on their web site along with any speaking engagements you have coming up. Here’s the address: http://booktour.com/signup?referrer=985. Tell them I sent you.

If you have a holistic or wellness book or activity/event you want me to put a blurb about in my newsletter, contact me by clicking on my picture at www.carolynchambersclark.com and provide the particulars, or just reply to this email with the info…title, author, year of pub, a short blurb, and where to get the book or the directions to the activity. Just follow the format I’ve used above for the other books and activities, please. That’s Times Roman 12 point black ink only no underlining or bolding, please. If you send a book cover or other logo, make sure it’s the size of the others on this page so I don’t have to resize. That will make my life a whole lot easier…Thanks in advance.

10. *BOOK TOUR STOPS FOR FLORIDIANS

a. If you (or any of your friends or family) will be anywhere near Englewood, Florida on Saturday, October 20, 2007, at 2 p.m. I’ll be doing a menopause book talk and book signing at Richard’s Whole Foods and giving away a free related e-book. Come and visit! Call for reservations and directions: 10-6 pm at (941) 473-0278.

b. If you (or any friends, colleagues, or family) will be anywhere near Sarasota, Florida on Saturday November 3, 2007 between 10 and 10:30 a.m. or 1:00 and 1:30 p.m., I be doing a book talk, giving away a free e-book, and signing my book, LIVING WELL WITH ANXIETY. For more information, email the Executive Director of the Sarasota Reading Festival about the Wellness Pavilion location at srfdirector@comcast.net.

c. If you (or any of your friends or family) will be anywhere near Englewood, Florida on Saturday, December 1, 2007 at 1 p.m. I’ll be doing an anxiety book talk and book signing at Richard’s Whole Foods and giving away a free related e-book. Come and visit! Call for reservations and/or directions: 10-6 p.m. M-Sat (941) 473-0278.

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Wellness Newsletter, September, 2007

Here's your...
WELLNESS NEWSLETTER # 14
September, 2007
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This newsletter provides research-based information and tells you about books, e-books, and web sites that can enhance well-being, promote health, and help develop self-care skills. Please share it with colleagues, families, friends, clients, students and whomever you think could benefit.
Scroll down to what interests you…
1. Your wellness message
2. Wellness news:
a. Diet linked to colorectal polyps/colon cancer
b. Food to quell menopause complaints
c. Alzheimer’s linked to stress
d. Aluminum correlated with breast cancer
e. Two or more drinks/day linked with endometrial cancer
f. Calcium alone reduces bone fractures in people over age 50
3. Books to keep you (and others) well
4. Online living well with menopause support group
5. Inexpensive self-care/wellness e-books for you, family, friends, or clients
6. A new book for nurse educators
7. A new book to help holistic nurses
8. To find archives of past Wellness Newsletter issues.
9. Have a wellness book or event you want others to know about?
10. Book Tour Stop for Floridians
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1. WELLNESS MESSAGE:
I spend all my time improving myself
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2. WELLNESS NEWS
a. Diet linked to colorectal polyps/colon cancer.Researchers at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston examined food-frequency questionnaires for women enrolled in the Nurses’ Health Study and estimated choline content in their diets. Greater amounts of choline, including red meat, eggs, poultry and dairy products, were associated with an increased risk of colorectal polyps, which can, but do not always, lead to colorectal cancer.
Source: Journal of The National Cancer Institute, August 8, 2007.
Another study from the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (August 15. 3007) examining the effect of the Western diet (red meat, fatty products such as French fries, refined grains and desserts) on colon cancer patients found that eating this diet may be increasing their chance of disease relapse and early death.
Although other studies have shown the relationship between diet and lifestyle and risk for developing colon cancer, Jeffrey Meyerhardt, MD, MPH of Dana-Farber said “This is the first large observation study to focus on the role of diet in recurrence of the disease. Our results suggest that people treated for locally advanced colon cancer can actively improve their odds of survival by their dietary choices.”
Participants in this study were enrolled in a large, phase III clinical trial sponsored by the National Cancer Institute of follow-up (“adjuvant”) chemotherapy, had their tumors surgically removed within the two months prior to enrolling in the study. They reported their dietary intake on specially designed questionnaires at two different time points---during the period they were receiving chemotherapy and six months after the completion of chemotherapy.”
Meyerhard and colleagues identified a prudent dietary patterns including high intakes of fruits and vegetables, poultry, and fish. If you’re eating a Western diet, now’s the time shift toward a more prudent dietary pattern.
Yet another study showed which fruits and vegetables may be especially helpful. Researchers at Ohio State University tested foods of the red, purple and blue color, containing high amounts of anti-cancer anthocyanins. They found these foods to slow the growth of colon cancer cells in rats and in human colon cancer cells. They chose the following foods and tested them based on their extremely deep colors and therefore high anthocyanin content: grapes, radishes, purple corn, purple carrots, chokeberries, and bilberries. Although the researchers didn’t test other red, purple and blue colored vegetables, blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries may also be beneficial.
b. Food to quell menopause complaints.
Researchers from the University of Messina in Italy assessed the effects of genistein (a phytoestrogen isoflavone found in soy products) on bone metabolism in 389 postmenopausal women with a bone mineral density (BMD) less than 0.795 grams/centimeter squared at the femoral neck who had no significant other conditions, in a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial.
The researchers found that BMD significantly increased in the soy participants and decreased in the placebo recipients.
Source: Annals of Internal Medicine, June 19, 2007, 839-847.
Menopausal women are at a relatively high risk for memory loss, high blood pressure and diabetes. A decade ago, the standard treatment for these problems was long-term hormone replacement (HRT). Since then, studies have shown that use of HRT is associated with significant effects including heart disease, breast cancer, and more.
Some naturally occurring component of plants (dietary polyphenols) have been shown to have beneficial effects similar to HRT but without the negative effects. Grapes, soy and kudzu are dietary polyphenols tested by physiologist J. Michael Wyss, Department of Cell Biology, University of Alabama at Birmingham on memory, blood pressure and pre-diabetes.
The researchers found grape polyphenols enhanced short-term (working memory) and long-term (reference memory), grape seed reduced salt-sensitive high blood pressure, soy-deprived animals increased arterial blood pressure, and kudzu root extract reduced high blood pressure and reduced insulin resistance (a precursor to type 2 diabetes) by 20-50%.
Source: The role of estrogens and polyphenols in hypertension and diabetes, Sex and gender in cardiovascular-renal physiology and pathophysiology, August 9-12, 2007, Austin, TX.
c. Alzheimer’s linked to stress.
High stress and levels lead to increased memory decline. Research appearing in the September 1, 2007 issue of Biological Psychiatry presented evidence that in 91 older, healthy adults (mean age 78.8 years) with high stress who carried the APOE gene, were most likely to show memory impairment. The APOE gene contributes to the risk for memory loss related to Alzheimer’s disease. In this study, those individuals experiencing with high stress and who were positive for APOE showed the greatest memory impairment.
The researchers believe chronic stress may interact with the risk genotype to promote age-related memory impairment. These findings raise the possibility that psycho-social interventions, such as relaxation therapy and cognitive-behavioral therapies that teach people how to stay calm when experiencing stressors, may preserve memory function in older adults.
This suggests that all of us, APOE gene or not, could benefit from learning and practicing stress reduction measures.
d. Aluminum correlated with breast cancer.
Breast cancer is the most common malignancy in women and the leading cause of death among women aged 35-54. Aluminum is a metalloestrogen, is genotoxic, and has been shown to be carcinogenic. The confirmed presence of aluminum in breast tissue biopsies highlights its potential as a possible factor in the cause of breast cancer.
The major constituent of antiperspirant is aluminum salts, which have long been associated with breast cancer and other human disease. In a study of women who had undergone mastectomies and biopsies, a research team led by Dr. Chris Exley of the Birchall Centre for Inorganic Chmistry and Materials at Keele University in the United Kingdom, measured the aluminum content of breast tissues. They found a high concentration of aluminum near the underarm where the highest density of application of antiperspirant could be assumed. There is evidence from previous studies that the skin is permeable to aluminum when applied as antiperspirant.
Source: News release, Keele University, September 2, 2007.
A preventive measure for all women is to cease using antiperspirants. The human body was meant to sweat as a temperature-reducing measure. A wellness approach seeks to work with natural processes, not stunt them. Evidence is accumulating that trying to artificially stop such a natural body process with aluminum salts could result in breast cancer. Weigh the importance of a wet underarm vs. breast cancer. Which is more important?
Instead of antiperspirants, try various deodorants and find one that works for you. Many people find a mineral salt “rock” beneficial and others find an aloe-based deodorant works. *NOTE: always read ingredient label to make sure it contains no unwanted substances.
e. Two or more drinks/day and endometrial cancerThe findings from a study led by researchers at the University of Southern California (USC) will appear in the International Journal of Cancer. This is the first prospective study to report a significant association between 2 or more alcoholic beverages a day and endometrial cancer. This amount of alcohol may double your risk of endometrial cancer.
Endometrial cancer is the most common cancer of the female reproductive system. Veronica Wendy Setiawan, assistant professor of preventive medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of USC said, “It’s important for women, especially postmenopausal women, to know and understand the consequences of high alcohol consumption. It does not affect just the liver, but alcohol has been associated with breast cancer and now endometrial cancer.”
The researchers drew on data form the Multiethnic Cohort Study (MEC) an epidemiological study of more than 215,000 people from Los Angeles and Hawaii. They followed 41,574 postmenopausal African-American, Japanese-American, Latina, Native-Hawaiian and White women for 8 years. Data on alcohol intake and endometrial cancer risk factors were obtained from a baseline questionnaire.
This discovery is important,” says Brian Henderson, MD, dean of the school of medicine at USC, “because it suggests that changes to certain lifestyle choices may potentially help alter risk of disease.”
All women should think twice before having that second drink. One glass of wine may be relaxing, but two or more could increase the risk of breast and endometrial cancers. Sparkling grape juice is a nice alternative.
f. Calcium alone reduces bone fractures in people over age 50
Calcium supplemention alone, or in combination with vitamin D supplementation, reduces the risk of fractures in people aged 50 and over by 12% concluded researchers at the University of Western Sydney who conducted a pooled analysis of previous trials (meta-analysis) of 17 studies featuring 62,365 people all aged over 50 years and published their results in the August 25th issue of The Lancet.
When participants took their supplements regularly, there was a 24% fracture risk reduction. Risk reduction improved with calcium doses of over 1200 mg (compared with doses of less than 1200 mg; 20% versus 6% reduction), and with vitamin D doses of 800 IU (international units) or more than with doses less than 800 IU (16% reduction versus 13% reduction). The treatment effect was also greater in elderly individuals who lived in institutions, had a low bodyweight, had a low calcium intake, or were at a higher baseline rate (before study began) than other individuals.
The authors believed those in institutions may have benefited more due to assistance with dosing regimen from nurses who made sure patients took their supplements.
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3. Books to keep you (and others) well
Now for the books that can help you and others get well and stay well…
* Aging Beyond Belief by Wellness Guru, Don Ardell, 2007. If you plan to age, prepare yourself - it's later than you think and the challenge of aging well should be taken seriously. Discover what aspects of aging can't be changed and guide the rest that can. Aging Beyond Belief includes 69 recommendations for a more healthful, enjoyable and meaningful existence at every stage of life, written by the world's most prolific, outrageous, humorous and athletic expert on wellness. The book can be ordered from:http://www.wholeperson.com/x-selfhelp/aging.html#Anchor-Aging-47857 or Don’s web site: http://www.seekwellness.com/wellness/index.htm
*Living Well with Anxiety: What Your Doctor Doesn’t Tell You That You Need to Know. This helpful self-care manual provides a mind, body, and spirit wellness approach to anxiety. Contents include how to self-diagnose your anxiety, wellness approaches (nutrition, herbs, environmental changes, exercise, other anxiety-reducing and healing measures), relationships, purpose and spirituality, creating your own anxiety plan and finding and working with the right practitioner. Free sample chapter or a personalized autographed copy at http://home.earthlink.net/~cccwellness/id28.html---or ask your local book store to order LWW Anxiety if you don’t find it on the shelf. You can also find this book at www.harpercollins.com or www.amazon.com
*Encyclopedia of Complementary Health Practice. Includes concepts and issues, economic and practice issues, education issues, legal/legislative/health policy issues, historical perspectives, conditions (from a-z), influential substances, practices and treatments, contributor directory, and resources directory. Available from Springer Publishing Company www.springerpub.com or www.amazon.com
*Garden Therapy Guidelines for Special Needs by Judith Gammonley, ARNPBC, EdD, LCP includes how to use garden therapy with those who are memory impaired, brain injured, or who struggle with developmental or physical challenges for symptoms as widely divergent as wandering, distractibility, poor communication, mood changes, disorientation, fatigue, frustration, aggression, limited social skills, lack of self-confidence, limited mobility, depression, lack of motivation, anxiety, and social withdrawal. For copies, contact Dr. Gammonley at goodgam@aol.com or phone her at (727) 784-2449.
*Group Leadership SkillsNow in its 4th edition, this book focuses on an introduction to group work, basic group concepts and processes, working to achieve group goals, special group problems, beginning/guiding/terminating the group, supervision of group leaders and co-leadership, behavioral approaches for group leaders, recording and analyzing group process, groups for the old adults, working with focal groups, when the organization is the group, and when the community is the group. Available from Springer Publishing Company www.springerpub.com or www.amazon.com
*Health Promotion in Communities: Holistic and Wellness ApproachesFocuses on wellness and holistic concepts to community work and includes a model for health and wellness promotion in communities, health promotion with changing and vulnerable populations, community self-assessment, principles of planning effective community programs, community mobilization and participation, evaluating community health programs, health promotion in rural settings, health promotion on the internet, nutrition and weight management, fitness and flexible movement, typical childhood communicable diseases: promoting community resilience, stress management, smoking cessation, violence prevention, environmental wellness, complementary health care practices, advanced communication skills with individuals and groups, working with groups, working with families, health promotion with African American women, establishing a lay health promotion program in a Hispanic community, diabetes programs in Hawaii, parish nursing, conducting a survey: the example of a youth service organization, violence prevention in schools: a model violence-prevention center, evaluating small community-based health promotion programs: lessons learned from Colorado Health Promotion Initiatives, health promotion in a homeless center. Available from Springer Publishing Company www.springerpub.com or www.amazon.com
*Healthy Holistic Aging: A Blueprint for Success
This book not only provides an easy to follow blueprint for health and holistic aging, but the author is an exceptional role model for his program. Can you live a healthy and independent life to the age of 100? Can you enjoy positive relationships? Can you maintain a healthy environment? Carl Helvie, RN, DrPH says you can and at age 74, he's a perfect example of the right things to do. He has no chronic illnesses and is among the 11% of the age 65-and-overs who take no prescribed medications. The book cites overwhelming scientific evidence that good diet, exercise, adequate sleep, prayer, meditation, positive relationship with others and a clean and safe environment can ensure successful aging. Ask for it at your local bookstore or find it online. Also visit Dr. Helvie’s web site where you can also obtain the book as well as other helpful information. Click on www.HealthyHolisticAging.com
*The American Holistic Nurses’ Association Guide to Common Chronic ConditionsPrimarily for clients, but also serves as a useful guide for nursing and other health care students who want to know about self-care options that complement medical approaches. Focuses on 20 conditions including: AIDS, allergies, Alzheimer’s Disease, arthritis, cancer, carpal tunnel syndrome, chronic fatigue syndrome, depression, diabetes, digestive problems, fibromyalgia, heart and blood vessel disorders, kidney disease, liver and gallbladder conditions, multiple sclerosis, osteoporosis, overweight/obesity, pain, Parkinson’s Disease, sleep disorders. Find it at www.amazon.com
*Holistic Nursing Approach to Chronic DiseasesBased on holistic nursing assessments and interventions, this book helps nurses and nursing students use a holistic approach to AIDS/HIV, Allergies/Asthma, Alzheimer’s Disease, Arthritis, Cancer, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Depression, Diabetes, Digestive Problems, Fibromyalgia, Heart and Blood Vessel Disorders, Kidney Disease, Liver Disease, multiple sclerosis, osteoporosis, overweight/obesity, pain, Parkinsons’ Disease, and/or sleep disorders. Available from Springer Publishing Company www.springerpub.com or www.amazon.com
*Holistic Assertiveness Skills for Nurses
Useful for nursing students, practitioners, educators, or leaders who are highly stressed and could benefit from stress reduction and nutritional, physical fitness, touch, and other approaches related to assertiveness, gender issues, anger, time management, criticism, career, and nursing leadership. Readers report they refer to the book often for empowerment and to learn new skills to apply in their work and home settings. Available from Springer Publishing Company www.springerpub.com or www.amazon.com or ask your local bookstore to order it.
*Living Well with Menopause: What Your Doctor Doesn’t Tell You That You Need To Know. A self-care manual to help women learn about using hormones, and what to do if they'd rather not. Table of contents includes: menopause: a natural process, medical treatment, nutrition, herbs, environmental actions, exercise, other stress reduction and healing measures, relationships, finding and working with the right practitioner, and putting it together: your menopause success plan. For a free sample chapter or an autographed copy find this book at http://home.earthlink.net/~cccwellness/id23.html---Or ask your local bookstore to order it for you (if it’s not on the shelf).
4. Don’t Forget about the Menopause Support/Information Group
If you or a friend, colleague, or client could benefit from support and information during menopause, go to www.yahoogroups.com and sign up for the living well with menopause group at www.health.groups.yahoo.com/group/livingwellwithmenopause.
Know someone in the throes of menopause or starting to show signs of menopause---sleep problems, irritability, anxiety (or even panic attacks), hot flashes? This may be a helpful group. It’s a new group, but there are some articles and questions/answers already posted. No one need identify themselves and Yahoo keeps their email address a secret. Please share this information with anyone who could benefit---including spouses and partners who may want to learn more about menopause. ____________________________________________________________________
5. Inexpensive e-books for you, family, clients, or colleagues
Available e-books include ADHD, acne, bladder spasms/bladder infections, couple communication, depression relief, great body, headaches, healing veggies, healing with affirmation & imagery, healthy hair, helping with homework, natural diuretics, pain free, parenting, peri-menopausal bleeding, permanent weight loss, pregnancy, success in school, teaching math concepts, thyroid, and whole brain thinking. All are from a wellness, self-care perspective. Give someone you care about a gift of wellness! Inexpensive, but effective. Find them all at www.carolynchambersclark.com (Scroll down the left hand column of the web site to find them.)
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6. New Book for Nurse Educators *Classroom Skills for Nurse Educators. Hot off the press, this new book for nurse educators provides ways to promote interactive learning even in large classes, while teaching asynchronously online and more…also introduces creative ways to use role playing, simulations, simulation games, group methods, peer learning, value clarification, perceptual exercises, journal writing and poetry. Educator vignettes present situations that help integrate theory into practice for varied nurse educators from nursing faculty, clinical nurse leaders, graduate students in nursing education programs to staff development experts. Presents indepth analysis and tips for overcoming the teaching/learning problems that can interfere with the learning process, and even shows how to develop your own learning materials (including simulations and games) in simple but effective ways.
Find the book on the Jones & Bartlett web site by clicking on www.jbpub.com and looking for Classroom Skills for Nurse Educators. Sample chapters and more information available at the web site.
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7. *NEW BOOK FOR HOLISTIC NURSES AHNA/ANA Holistic Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice Pages: 135 Cover: Paperback 2007. The most recent version of the Holistic Nursing Standards, this book is a foundational volume that articulates the essentials of holistic nursing, its activities and accountabilities at all practice levels and settings. It serves as an essential resource for nurses, other care providers, educators, researchers, administrators and those in funding, legal, policy and regulatory activities. To learn more or order, call (800) 278-2462 Ext. 10. To order online today, visit www.ahna.org/public/public.html
________________________________________________________________________8. *ARCHIVES OF THE WELLNESS NEWSLETTER
To read recent past issue of The Wellness Newsletter, click on www.carolynchambersclark.com/id103.html
9. *HAVE A BOOK OR EVENT YOU WANT OTHERS TO KNOW ABOUT?
Have you written a book you want others to know about? Contact Book Tour and they’ll put it on their web site along with any speaking engagements you have coming up. Here’s the address: http://booktour.com/signup?referrer=985
If you have a holistic or wellness book or activity/event you want me to put a blurb about in my newsletter, contact me by clicking on my picture at www.carolynchambersclark.com and provide the particulars, or just reply to this email with the info…title, author, year of pub, a short blurb, and where to get the book or the directions to the activity. Just follow the format I’ve used above for the other books, please. That’s Times Roman 12 point. That will make my life a whole lot easier…Thanks in advance.
10. *BOOK TOUR STOPS FOR FLORIDIANS
a. If you (or any of your friends or family) will be anywhere near Englewood, Florida on Saturday, October 20, 2007, at 2 p.m. I’ll be doing a menopause book talk and book signing at Richard’s Whole Foods and giving away a free related e-book. Come and visit! Call for reservations and directions: 10-6 pm at (941) 473-0278.
b. If you (or any friends, colleagues, or family) will be anywhere near Sarasota, Florida on Saturday November 3, 2007 between 10 and 10:30 a.m. or 1:00 and 1:30 p.m., I be doing a book talk, giving away a free e-book, and signing my book, LIVING WELL WITH ANXIETY. For more information, email the Executive Director of the Sarasota Reading Festival about the Wellness Pavilion location at srfdirector@comcast.net.
c. If you (or any of your friends or family) will be anywhere near Englewood, Florida on Saturday, December 1, 2007 at 1 p.m. I’ll be doing an anxiety book talk and book signing at Richard’s Whole Foods and giving away a free related e-book. Come and visit! Call for reservations and/or directions: 10-6 p.m. M-Sat (941) 473-0278.
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PLEASE SEND THIS NEWSLETTER ON to friends, family, clients or colleagues who might benefit. My only request is that you send it in its entirety including the Subscribe and Unsubscribe messages below.
In Wellness,
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WELLNESS NEWSLETTER # 13

August, 2007

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This newsletter provides research-based information and tells you about books, e-books, and web sites that can enhance well-being, promote health, and help develop self-care skills. Please share it with colleagues, families, friends, clients, students and whomever you think could benefit.

 Scroll down to what interests you…

1.   Your wellness message

2.   Wellness news: Color Therapy: old, but new

     * Blue & Red for Fatigue, Depression and Infection

     * Red Tableware Increases Food and Liquid Intake for Those with Alzheimer’s

     * Near-Infrared Light (NIR) and Healing

3.   Books to keep you (and others) well

4.   Menopause support group

5.   Inexpensive self-care/wellness e-books for you, family, friends, or clients

6.   A new book for nurse educators

7.   A new book to help holistic nurses

8.   To find archives of past Wellness Newsletter issues.

9.   Have a wellness book or event you want others to know about?

10. Book Tour Stop for Floridians

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1. WELLNESS MESSAGE:

     Yesterday is over and today I’m moving on to greater achievements.

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2. WELLNESS NEWS

Color therapy has been used for thousands of years to heal, stimulate, and relax, especially by the ancient Hindus and Ayurvedic practitioners. Remember, color is just a manifestation or aspect of light. Industry uses color all the time to evoke a response from shoppers. Some recent research reminds us to use color in our environment---including even our foods, tableware, and clothes---to heal, stimulate or relax us.

Blue & Red May Be Countermeasures for Fatigue, Depression and Infection

Researchers from the Division of Sleep Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) found that exposure to the short wavelength of blue light at night improves alertness and performance.

There’s a photoreceptor system in the human eye in addition to that used for sight, according to Steven Lockley, PhD, lead author for the study. This photoreceptor system can help reset the body clock to the 24-hour day. Participants in the study rated how sleepy they felt on a scale from 1 to 9, had their reaction times measured and wore electrodes to assess changes in brain activity patterns indicating a more alert state during blue light exposure (as compared to green light).

Blue light may be a powerful countermeasure for the negative effects of fatigue for people who work at night. This study opens up a whole range of possibilities for using light and color to improve wellness. Think about the colors around you and the light bulb in your night light or bedroom. Want to be alert at night? Try wearing blue. And those blue sheets and blue bedroom curtains? You might not want to buy them if you want to sleep well and keep a positive mood. Experiment. See what happens.

For more information see: Sleep, February 1, 2006).

Blue light may also be useful in fighting staph infections (Guffey & Wilborn, Photomed Laser Surg December, 2006) and the depression that occurs in the winter time---seasonal affective disorder (Glickman and colleagues, in the Department of Neurology at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, appearing in Biological Psychiatry March, 2006).

A combination of blue and red light (alternating 20 minute sessions of blue light and 20 minute sessions of red light over 8 sessions) has been shown an effective treatment for acne at the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine in New York (Goldberg & Russell, J. Cosmetic Laser Therapy June, 2006).

Red Tableware Increases Food and Liquid Intake for Those with Alzheimer’s

A study conducted at the Department of Psychology at Boston University showed that visual contrast (red tableware vs. white tableware) showed an increase of 25% for food and 84% for liquid when participants used red tableware (as compared to white tableware)  Dunne and colleagues, Clinical Nutrition,  August, 2004.

Near-Infrared Light (NIR) and Healing

Studies at the Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee have shown that NIR (which is very close to visible red light) can accelerate wound healing, improve recovery from injury to the heart, degeneration of the optic nerves by improving (mitochondrial) energy metabolism and production (Desmet and colleagues, Clinical and experimental applications of NIR-LED photobiomodulation. Photomed Laser Surgery, April, 2006).

Other mitochondrial dysfunction diseases that may react positively to NIR include bipolar disorder, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, diabetes, and heart disease.

You may not have a special NIR diode, but keep in mind that try red light bulbs or strips of red cotton for 15 or 20 a day for at least a week and see the response. I’ve used strips of cotton with clients in the past and achieved positive results from a relaxation response to reduced discomfort.

For more theory, postulates, and use of colored foods, lights and other colored objects to heal, see: Reuben Amber’s COLOR THERAPY, Aurora Press, 1983.

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3. Books to keep you (and others) well

Now for the books that can help you and others get well and stay well…

 *Living Well with Anxiety: What Your Doctor Doesn’t Tell You That You Need to Know.  This helpful self-care manual provides a mind, body, and spirit approach to anxiety. Contents include medical treatment, causes and effects of anxiety, self-diagnosing anxiety, types of anxiety disorders, anxiety medications, holistic approaches (nutrition, herbs, environmental changes, exercise, other anxiety-reducing and healing measures), relationships, purpose and spirituality, creating your own anxiety plan and finding and working with the right practitioner. Free sample chapter or a personalized autographed copy at http://home.earthlink.net/~cccwellness/id28.html---or ask your local book store to order it if you don’t find it on the shelf. You can also find this book at www.harpercollins.com or www.amazon.com

*Encyclopedia of Complementary Health Practice. Includes concepts and issues, economic and practice issues, education issues, legal/legislative/health policy issues, historical perspectives, conditions (from a-z), influential substances, practices and treatments, contributor directory, and resources directory. Available from Springer Publishing Company www.springerpub.com or www.amazon.com

*Garden Therapy Guidelines for Special Needs by Judith Gammonley, ARNPBC, EdD, LCP includes how to use garden therapy with those who are memory impaired, brain injured, or who struggle with developmental or physical challenges for symptoms as widely divergent as wandering, distractibility, poor communication, mood changes, disorientation, fatigue, frustration, aggression, limited social skills, lack of self-confidence, limited mobility, depression, lack of motivation, anxiety, and social withdrawal. For copies, contact Dr. Gammonley at goodgam@aol.com or phone her at (727) 784-2449.

*Group Leadership Skills

Now in its 4th edition, this book focuses on an introduction to group work, basic group concepts and processes, working to achieve group goals, special group problems, beginning/guiding/terminating the group, supervision of group leaders and co-leadership, behavioral approaches for group leaders, recording and analyzing group process, groups for the old adults, working with focal groups, when the organization is the group, and when the community is the group. Available from Springer Publishing Company www.springerpub.com or www.amazon.com

*Health Promotion in Communities: Holistic and Wellness Approaches

Focuses on wellness and holistic concepts to community work and includes a model for health and wellness promotion in communities, health promotion with changing and vulnerable populations, community self-assessment, principles of planning effective community programs, community mobilization and participation, evaluating community health programs, health promotion in rural settings, health promotion on the internet, nutrition and weight management, fitness and flexible movement, typical childhood communicable diseases: promoting community resilience, stress management, smoking cessation, violence prevention, environmental wellness, complementary health care practices, advanced communication skills with individuals and groups, working with groups, working with families, health promotion with African American women, establishing a lay health promotion program in a Hispanic community, diabetes programs in Hawaii, parish nursing, conducting a survey: the example of a youth service organization, violence prevention in schools: a model violence-prevention center, evaluating small community-based health promotion programs: lessons learned from Colorado Health Promotion Initiatives, health promotion in a homeless center. Available from Springer Publishing Company www.springerpub.com or www.amazon.com

*Healthy Holistic Aging: A Blueprint for Success

This book not only provides an easy to follow blueprint for health and holistic aging, but the author is an exceptional role model for his program. Can you live a healthy and independent life to the age of 100? Can you enjoy positive relationships? Can you maintain a healthy environment? Carl Helvie, RN, DrPH says you can and at age 74, he's a perfect example of the right things to do. He has no chronic illnesses and is among the 11% of the age 65-and-overs who take no prescribed medications. The book cites overwhelming scientific evidence that good diet, exercise, adequate sleep, prayer, meditation, positive relationship with others and a clean and safe environment can ensure successful aging. Ask for it at your local bookstore or find it online. Also visit Dr. Helvie’s web site where you can also obtain the book as well as other helpful information. Click on www.HealthyHolisticAging.com

*The American Holistic Nurses’ Association Guide to Common Chronic Conditions

Primarily for clients, but also serves as a useful guide for nursing and other health care students who want to know about self-care options that complement medical approaches. Focuses on 20 conditions including: AIDS, allergies, Alzheimer’s Disease, arthritis, cancer, carpal tunnel syndrome, chronic fatigue syndrome, depression, diabetes, digestive problems, fibromyalgia, heart and blood vessel disorders, kidney disease, liver and gallbladder conditions, multiple sclerosis, osteoporosis, overweight/obesity, pain, Parkinson’s Disease, sleep disorders. www.amazon.com

*Holistic Nursing Approach to Chronic Diseases

Based on holistic nursing assessments and interventions, this book helps nurses and nursing students use a holistic approach to AIDS/HIV, Allergies/Asthma, Alzheimer’s Disease, Arthritis, Cancer, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Depression, Diabetes, Digestive Problems, Fibromyalgia, Heart and Blood Vessel Disorders, Kidney Disease, Liver Disease, multiple sclerosis, osteoporosis, overweight/obesity, pain, Parkinsons’ Disease, and/or sleep disorders. Available from Springer Publishing Company www.springerpub.com or www.amazon.com

*Holistic Assertiveness Skills for Nurses

Useful for nursing students, practitioners, educators, or leaders who are highly stressed and could benefit from stress reduction and nutritional, physical fitness, touch, and other approaches related to assertiveness, gender issues, anger, time management, criticism, career, and nursing leadership. Readers report they refer to the book often for empowerment and to learn new skills to apply in their work and home settings. Available from Springer Publishing Company www.springerpub.com or www.amazon.com or ask your local bookstore to order it.

*Living Well with Menopause: What Your Doctor Doesn’t Tell You That You Need To Know. A self-care manual to help women learn about using hormones, and what to do if they'd rather not. Table of contents includes: menopause: a natural process, medical treatment, nutrition, herbs, environmental actions, exercise, other stress reduction and healing measures, relationships, finding and working with the right practitioner, and putting it together: your menopause success plan. For a free sample chapter or an autographed copy find this book at http://home.earthlink.net/~cccwellness/id23.html---Or ask your local bookstore to order it for you (if it’s not on the shelf)

4. Don’t Forget about the Menopause Support/Information Group

 If you or a friend, colleague, or client could benefit from support and information during menopause, go to www.yahoogroups.com and sign up for the living well with menopause group at www.health.groups.yahoo.com/group/livingwellwithmenopause.

Know someone in the throes of menopause or starting to show signs of menopause---sleep problems, irritability, anxiety (or even panic attacks), hot flashes? This may be a helpful group. It’s a new group, but there are some articles and questions/answers already posted. No one need identify themselves and Yahoo keeps their email address a secret. Please share this information with anyone who could benefit---including spouses and partners who may want to learn more about menopause.

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5. Inexpensive e-books for you, family, clients, or colleagues

    Available e-books include ADHD, acne, bladder spasms/bladder infections, couple communication, depression relief, great body, headaches, healing veggies, healing with affirmation & imagery, healthy hair, helping with homework, natural diuretics, pain free, parenting, peri-menopausal bleeding, permanent weight loss, pregnancy, success in school, teaching math concepts, thyroid,  and whole brain thinking. All are from a wellness, self-care perspective. Give someone you care about a gift of wellness! Inexpensive, but effective. Find them all at www.carolynchambersclark.com  (Scroll down the left hand column of the web site to find them.)

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6. New Book for Nurse Educators

*Classroom Skills for Nurse Educators. Hot off the press, this new book for nurse educators provides ways to promote interactive learning even in large classes, while teaching asynchronously online and more…also introduces creative ways to use role playing, simulations, simulation games, group methods, peer learning, value clarification, perceptual exercises, journal writing and poetry. Educator vignettes present situations that help integrate theory into practice for varied nurse educators from nursing faculty, clinical nurse leaders, graduate students in nursing education programs to staff development experts. Presents indepth analysis and tips for overcoming the teaching/learning problems that can interfere with the learning process, and even shows how to develop your own learning materials (including simulations and games) in simple but effective ways.

Find the book on the Jones & Bartlett web site by clicking on www.jbpub.com and looking for Classroom Skills for Nurse Educators. Sample chapters and more information available at the web site.

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7. *NEW BOOK FOR HOLISTIC NURSES AHNA/ANA Holistic Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice Pages: 135 Cover: Paperback  20007. The most recent version of the Holistic Nursing Standards, this book is a foundational volume that articulates the essentials of holistic nursing, its activities and accountabilities at all practice levels and settings. It serves as an essential resource for nurses, other care providers, educators, researchers, administrators and those in funding, legal, policy and regulatory activities.  To learn more or order, call (800) 278-2462 Ext. 10. To order online today, visit www.ahna.org/public/public.html

______________________________________________________________________________________ 8. *ARCHIVES OF THE WELLNESS NEWSLETTER

To read recent past issue of The Wellness Newsletter, click on www.carolynchambersclark.com/id103.html

9.  *HAVE A BOOK OR EVENT YOU WANT OTHERS TO KNOW ABOUT?

Have you written a book you want others to know about? Contact Book Tour and they’ll put it on their web site along with any speaking engagements you have coming up. Here’s the address: http://booktour.com/signup?referrer=985

If you have a holistic or wellness book or activity/event you want me to put a blurb about in my newsletter, contact me by clicking on my picture at www.carolynchambersclark.com

10. *BOOK TOUR STOPS FOR FLORIDIANS

a. If you (or any of your friends or family) will be anywhere near Englewood, Florida on Saturday, October 20, 2007, at 2 p.m. I’ll be doing a menopause book talk and book signing at Richard’s Whole Foods and giving away a free related e-book. Come and visit! Call for reservations and directions: 10-6 pm at (941) 473-0278.

b. If you (or any friends, colleagues, or family) will be anywhere near Sarasota, Florida on Saturday November 3, 2007 between 10 and 10:30 a.m. or 1:00 and 1:30 p.m., I be doing a book talk, giving away a few e-book, and signing my book, LIVING WELL WITH ANXIETY. For more information, email the Executive Director of the Sarasota Reading Festival about the Wellness Pavilion location at srfdirector@comcast.net. ________________________________________________________________________

PLEASE SEND THIS NEWSLETTER ON to friends, family, clients or colleagues who might benefit. My only request is that you send it in its entirety including the Subscribe and Unsubscribe messages below.

In Wellness,

Carolyn Chambers Clark

ARNP, EdD, FAAN, AHN-BC

Editor

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WELLNESS NEWSLETTER # 12

July, 2007

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This newsletter provides research-based information and tells you about books, e-books, and web sites that can enhance well-being, promote health, and help develop self-care skills. Please share it with colleagues, families, friends, clients, students and whomever you think could benefit.

 Scroll down to what interests you…

1.  Your wellness message

2.  Wellness news

     *Lower the risk of dying after treatment for breast cancer

     *Combat infectious diseases with probiotics

     *Raise your cholesterol by drinking coffee

     *Vitamins may decrease risk of pancreatic cancer

     *Calcium and vitamin D may reduce risk of breast cancer

3.  Books to keep you (and others) well

4.  Menopause support group

5.  Inexpensive e-books for you, family, friends, or clients

6.  A new book for nurse educators

7.  To find archives of past Wellness Newsletter issues

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1. WELLNESS MESSAGE:

    I am thinking only the best, working for the best, and picturing only the best.

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2. WELLNESS NEWS

Women Treated for Breast Cancer Reduce Risk of Dying by 44%

Several studies have shown that diet and exercise may each contribute to breast cancer survival, but little research has examined the effect of both. Dr. John Pierce, director of the Cancer Prevention and Control Program at the Moores UCSD Cancer Center if La Jolla, California, and his team looked at the combined effects of diet and exercise for breast cancer survivors. They studied 1,490 women who had been treated for breast cancer.

Overall, only 30 percent of the women maintained the healthiest type of lifestyle, including eating 5 or more servings of fruits and vegetables daily and engaging in physical activity equivalent to a half-hour of brisk walking six days a week.


These women had a 44 percent lower risk of dying within a 10-year period than did their peers, according to the report in Journal of Clinical Oncology, June 10, 2007. What’s more, the findings held even if the women were obese, but obese women were less likely than non-obese women to report such healthy habits.

 

Combating Infectious Disease with Probiotics

Sinead Corr, a PhD student, working with APC scientists investigated the beneficial roles of the bacteria found in the gastro-intestine of healthy humans. The researchers examined a wide range of beneficial bacteria and found one specific probiotic bacterium, Lactobacillus salivarius, was able to kill Listeria monocytogenes, an often lethal bacterium in pregnant women.

The study appeared in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, May 1, 2007. The researchers concluded that taking a probiotic (available at health food stores) during pregnancy could protect against infection and be in a form that would be acceptable to expectant mothers.

Not only do probiotics protect against infection, they also restore the normal bacteria to the digestive tract that are killed by taking antibiotics and help with digestion. If you don’t want to take a capsule, but want to reap the benefits, find plain yogurt at the supermarket that contains live cultures.

How Coffee May be Raising Your Cholesterol

Cafestol, a compound found in coffee, elevates cholesterol by hijacking a receptor in an intestinal pathway critical to its regulation, said researchers from Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) in a report that appears in the July issue of the journal Molecular Endocrinology.

Cafestol is the most potent dietary cholesterol-elevating agent known, according to Dr. David Moore, professor of molecular and cellular biology at BCM, and Dr. Marie-Louise Ricketts, a postdoctoral student and first author of the report.

The highest levels of cafestol appears in French press coffee, boiled Scandinavian brew, and expresso. In fact, consuming five cups of French press coffee a day for four weeks raises cholesterol in the blood 6 to 8 percent. The researchers found that cafestol reduces three liver genes that regulate cholesterol levels, probably from somewhere in the intestine, which is directly involved in the transport of bile acids.

The study was funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Institutes of Health, Wageningen Centre for Food Sciences, the Dutch Organization for Scientific Research and the Netherlands Heart Foundation.

Which Vitamins May Decrease Pancreatic Cancer Risk?

Taking high levels of vitamins B6, B12, and folate from food may decrease the risk for developing pancreatic cancer according to a study published in the June 1 issue of Cancer Research. The risk was 81 percent, 73 percent, and 59 percent lower for vitamin B6, B12, and folate respectively compared with participants who didn’t eat as much of these nutrients or who weighed more.

 

The researchers counsel that people should maintain a healthy weight and eat plenty of fruit and vegetables. Getting these nutrients through food is the best choice because several other large studies have linked suddenly starting to take multivitamin pills to stay healthy (as opposed to taking them for years) with an increased risk of the disease.

 

Vitamin D and Calcium May Lower Risk of Breast Cancer Before Menopause

Women who consume high amounts of calcium and vitamin E may lower their risk of developing premenopausal breast cancer according to a study published in the May 28, 2007 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine.

Funded by a grant from the National Cancer Institute and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, Jennifer Lin, PhD, of Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School assessed 10, 578 premenopausal and 20,909 postmenopausal women age 45 and older who were part of the Women’s Health Study.

They followed the women for ten years, having them fill out a food, beverage, and supplement questionnaire at the beginning of the study and every six months during the first year and every year thereafter.

They found that calcium and vitamin D intake were moderately associated with a lower risk of breast cancer before (but not after) menopause. Studies of these two substances interacting with breast cancer cells have shown their anti-cancer effects in the past. This study is another link in the evidence chain of the protective effects against breast cancer of calcium and vitamin D.

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3. Books to keep you (and others) well

Now for the books that can help you and others get well and stay well…

 *Living Well with Anxiety: What Your Doctor Doesn’t Tell You That You Need to Know.  This helpful self-care manual provides a mind, body, and spirit approach to anxiety. Contents include medical treatment, causes and effects of anxiety, self-diagnosing anxiety, types of anxiety disorders, anxiety medications, holistic approaches (nutrition, herbs, environmental changes, exercise, other anxiety-reducing and healing measures), relationships, purpose and spirituality, creating your own anxiety plan and finding and working with the right practitioner. Free sample chapter or a personalized autographed copy at http://home.earthlink.net/~cccwellness/id28.html---or ask your local book store to order it if you don’t find it on the shelf. You can also find this book at www.harpercollins.com or www.amazon.com

*Encyclopedia of Complementary Health Practice. Includes concepts and issues, economic and practice issues, education issues, legal/legislative/health policy issues, historical perspectives, conditions (from a-z), influential substances, practices and treatments, contributor directory, and resources directory. Available from Springer Publishing Company www.springerpub.com or www.amazon.com

*Garden Therapy Guidelines for Special Needs by Judith Gammonley, ARNPBC, EdD, LCP includes how to use garden therapy with those who are memory impaired, brain injured, or who struggle with developmental or physical challenges for symptoms as widely divergent as wandering, distractibility, poor communication, mood changes, disorientation, fatigue, frustration, aggression, limited social skills, lack of self-confidence, limited mobility, depression, lack of motivation, anxiety, and social withdrawal. For copies, contact Dr. Gammonley at goodgam@aol.com or phone her at (727) 784-2449.

*Group Leadership Skills

Now in its 4th edition, this book focuses on an introduction to group work, basic group concepts and processes, working to achieve group goals, special group problems, beginning/guiding/terminating the group, supervision of group leaders and co-leadership, behavioral approaches for group leaders, recording and analyzing group process, groups for the old adults, working with focal groups, when the organization is the group, and when the community is the group. Available from Springer Publishing Company www.springerpub.com or www.amazon.com

*Health Promotion in Communities: Holistic and Wellness Approaches

Focuses on wellness and holistic concepts to community work and includes a model for health and wellness promotion in communities, health promotion with changing and vulnerable populations, community self-assessment, principles of planning effective community programs, community mobilization and participation, evaluating community health programs, health promotion in rural settings, health promotion on the internet, nutrition and weight management, fitness and flexible movement, typical childhood communicable diseases: promoting community resilience, stress management, smoking cessation, violence prevention, environmental wellness, complementary health care practices, advanced communication skills with individuals and groups, working with groups, working with families, health promotion with African American women, establishing a lay health promotion program in a Hispanic community, diabetes programs in Hawaii, parish nursing, conducting a survey: the example of a youth service organization, violence prevention in schools: a model violence-prevention center, evaluating small community-based health promotion programs: lessons learned from Colorado Health Promotion Initiatives, health promotion in a homeless center. Available from Springer Publishing Company www.springerpub.com or www.amazon.com

*Healthy Holistic Aging: A Blueprint for Success

This book not only provides an easy to follow blueprint for health and holistic aging, but the author is an exceptional role model for his program. Can you live a healthy and independent life to the age of 100? Can you enjoy positive relationships? Can you maintain a healthy environment? Carl Helvie, RN, DrPH says you can and at age 74, he's a perfect example of the right things to do. He has no chronic illnesses and is among the 11% of the age 65-and-overs who take no prescribed medications. The book cites overwhelming scientific evidence that good diet, exercise, adequate sleep, prayer, meditation, positive relationship with others and a clean and safe environment can ensure successful aging. Ask for it at your local bookstore or find it online. Also visit Dr. Helvie’s web site where you can also obtain the book as well as other helpful information. Click on www.HealthyHolisticAging.com

*The American Holistic Nurses’ Association Guide to Common Chronic Conditions

Primarily for clients, but also serves as a useful guide for nursing and other health care students who want to know about self-care options that complement medical approaches. Focuses on 20 conditions including: AIDS, allergies, Alzheimer’s Disease, arthritis, cancer, carpal tunnel syndrome, chronic fatigue syndrome, depression, diabetes, digestive problems, fibromyalgia, heart and blood vessel disorders, kidney disease, liver and gallbladder conditions, multiple sclerosis, osteoporosis, overweight/obesity, pain, Parkinson’s Disease, sleep disorders. Available from John Wiley and Sons, Hoboken, NJ, (800)762-2974 or www.wiley.com  or www.amazon.com

*Holistic Nursing Approach to Chronic Diseases

Based on holistic nursing assessments and interventions, this book helps nurses and nursing students use a holistic approach to AIDS/HIV, Allergies/Asthma, Alzheimer’s Disease, Arthritis, Cancer, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Depression, Diabetes, Digestive Problems, Fibromyalgia, Heart and Blood Vessel Disorders, Kidney Disease, Liver Disease, multiple sclerosis, osteoporosis, overweight/obesity, pain, Parkinsons’ Disease, and/or sleep disorders. Available from Springer Publishing Company www.springerpub.com or www.amazon.com

*Holistic Assertiveness Skills for Nurses

Useful for nursing students, practitioners, educators, or leaders who are highly stressed and could benefit from stress reduction and nutritional, physical fitness, touch, and other approaches related to assertiveness, gender issues, anger, time management, criticism, career, and nursing leadership. Readers report they refer to the book often for empowerment and to learn new skills to apply in their work and home settings. Available from Springer Publishing Company www.springerpub.com or www.amazon.com or ask your local bookstore to order it.

*Living Well with Menopause: What Your Doctor Doesn’t Tell You That You Need To Know. A self-care manual to help women learn about using hormones, and what to do if they'd rather not. Table of contents includes: menopause: a natural process, medical treatment, nutrition, herbs, environmental actions, exercise, other stress reduction and healing measures, relationships, finding and working with the right practitioner, and putting it together: your menopause success plan. For a free sample chapter or an autographed copy find this book at http://home.earthlink.net/~cccwellness/id23.html---Or ask your local bookstore to order it for you (if it’s not on the shelf)

4. Don’t Forget about the Menopause Support/Information Group

 If you or a friend, colleague, or client could benefit from support and information during menopause, go to www.yahoogroups.com and sign up for the living well with menopause group at www.health.groups.yahoo.com/group/livingwellwithmenopause.

Know someone in the throes of menopause or starting to show signs of menopause---sleep problems, irritability, anxiety (or even panic attacks), hot flashes? This may be a helpful group. It’s a new group, but there are some articles and questions/answers already posted. No one need identify themselves and Yahoo keeps their email address a secret. Please share this information with anyone who could benefit---including spouses and partners who may want to learn more about menopause.

     ____________________________________________________________________

5. Inexpensive e-books for you, family, clients, or colleagues

    Available e-books include ADHD, acne, bladder spasms/bladder infections, couple communication, depression relief, great body, headaches, healing veggies, healing with affirmation & imagery, healthy hair, helping with homework, natural diuretics, pain free, parenting, peri-menopausal bleeding, permanent weight loss, pregnancy, success in school, teaching math concepts, thyroid,  and whole brain thinking. All are from a wellness, self-care perspective. Give someone you care about a gift of wellness! Find them all at www.carolynchambersclark.com  (Scroll down the left hand column of the web site to find them.)

________________________________________________________________________

6. *Classroom Skills for Nurse Educators

Hot off the press, this new book for nurse educators provides ways to promote interactive learning even in large classes, while teaching asynchronously online and more…also introduces creative ways to use role playing, simulations, simulation games, group methods, peer learning, value clarification, perceptual exercises, journal writing and poetry. Educator vignettes present situations that help integrate theory into practice for varied nurse educators from nursing faculty, clinical nurse leaders, graduate students in nursing education programs to staff development experts. Presents indepth analysis and tips for overcoming the teaching/learning problems that can interfere with the learning process, and even shows how to develop your own learning materials (including simulations and games) in simple but effective ways.

Find the book on the Jones & Bartlett web site by clicking on www.jbpub.com and looking for Classroom Skills for Nurse Educators. Sample chapters and more information available at the web site.

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7. *ARCHIVES OF THE WELLNESS NEWSLETTER

To read recent past issue of The Wellness Newsletter, click on www.carolynchambersclark.com/id103.html

________________________________________________________________________

PLEASE SEND THIS NEWSLETTER ON to friends, family, clients or colleagues who might benefit. My only request is that you send it in its entirety including the Subscribe and Unsubscribe messages below.

In Wellness,

Carolyn Chambers Clark

ARNP, EdD, FAAN, AHN-BC

Editor

________________________________________________________________________

To SUBSCRIBE to this newsletter, go to www.carolynchambersclark.com and click on my picture.

 

Here's your... 

WELLNESS NEWSLETTER # 11

June, 2007

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This newsletter provides research-based information and tells you about books, e-books, and web sites that can enhance well-being, promote health, and help develop self-care skills. Please share it with colleagues, families, friends, clients, students and whomever you think could benefit.

 Scroll down to what interests you…

1.  Your wellness message

2.  Wellness news

     *Soy Nuts Improves Blood Pressure in Postmenopausal Women

     *Diet Can Affect Survival Rate and Recurrence of Cancer

     *Flaxseeds Halt Prostate Tumor Growth

3.  Books to keep you (and others) well

4.  Menopause support group

5.  Inexpensive e-books for you, family, friends, or clients

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

1. WELLNESS MESSAGE:

    I am so strong that nothing can disturb my peace of mind.

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2. WELLNESS NEWS

Soy Nuts May Improve Blood Pressure in Postmenopausal Women

     Substituting soy nuts for other protein sources in a healthy diet appears to lower blood pressure in postmenopausal women. It may also reduce cholesterol in women with high blood pressure, according to new research published by the Harvard Medical School’s Center of Excellence in Women’s Health in the May 28th issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine (2007; 167, pp. 1060-1067).

     Researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston assigned 60 healthy postmenopausal women to eat two diets for eight weeks each in random order. The first diet consisted of two meals of fatty fish (such as salmon or tuna) per week, less than 200 milligrams of cholesterol per day, 30 percent of calories from fat (with 7 percent or less from saturated fat), 15 percent from protein and 55 percent from carbohydrates. The other diet was the same except women replaced 25 grams of protein with one-half cup of unsalted soy nuts. Blood pressure was taken at the beginning and end of each eight-week period.

     Soy nut supplementation significantly reduced systolic (top number) and diastolic (bottom number) blood pressure in all 12 hypertensive women and in 40 of the 48 women with normal blood pressure. In women with high blood pressure, the soy diet also decreased levels of low-density lipoprotein (“bad”) cholesterol by an average of 11 percent.

    *Could this also work for younger women and men? You might want to consider trying it.

Diet Can Affect Survival Rate and Recurrence of Cancer

     According to a press release from the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, researchers there studied 1,009 patients with stage 111 colon cancer participating in chemotherapy. They recorded their dietary intake for six months after treatment and tracked them for cancer recurrence or death.

     Cancer tended to recur significantly faster in participants whose diets most closely followed the Western pattern (red meat, fatty foods, refined grains, and desserts). A Western diet was also associated with a lower overall survival rate. These findings remained consistent after the researchers controlled for factors such as gender, age, body mass index, degree of cancer spread to lymph lodes, or physical activity level.

     *Based on these findings, you might want to consider lowering or evening ending your intake of red meat, fatty foods, refined grains, and desserts.

Flaxseeds Halt Prostate Tumor Growth

     Flaxseed is an edible seed rich in omega 3-fatty acids and fiber-related compounds known as lignans. According to a study led by Wendy Demark-Wahnefried, Ph.D., a researcher in Duke’s School of Nursing and lead investigator for the study, the seed may interrupt the chain of events that leads cells to divide irregularly and become cancerous.

     The researchers examined the effects of flaxseed supplementation on men scheduled to undergo prostatectomy surgery for prostate cancer. The men took 30 grams of ground flaxseed daily in either drinks or sprinkled on food (such as yogurt), for an average of 30 days prior to surgery. Once the men’s tumors were removed, the researchers looked at tumor cells under a microscope and determined the rate of cancer cell multiplication. Men taking flaxseed either alone or with a low-fat diet were compared to men assigned to just a low-fat diet as well as men in a control group who did not alter or supplement their daily meal plan. Men in both of the flaxseed groups had the slowest rate of tumor growth. Results were presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology in Chicago, June 2nd this year.

     *One out of six American men will develop prostate cancer. It may be prudent for men to start taking ground flaxseed in their drinks or sprinkled on food. You can get flaxseeds at your local health food store or online. Grind them in a coffee grinder as you need them and sprinkle on your food.

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3. Books to keep you (and others) well

Now for the books that can help you and others get well and stay well…

 *Living Well with Anxiety: What Your Doctor Doesn’t Tell You That You Need to Know.  This helpful self-care manual provides a mind, body, and spirit approach to anxiety. Contents include medical treatment, causes and effects of anxiety, self-diagnosing anxiety, types of anxiety disorders, anxiety medications, holistic approaches (nutrition, herbs, environmental changes, exercise, other anxiety-reducing and healing measures), relationships, purpose and spirituality, creating your own anxiety plan and finding and working with the right practitioner. Free sample chapter or a personalized autographed copy at http://home.earthlink.net/~cccwellness/id28.html---or ask your local book store to order it if you don’t find it on the shelf. You can also find this book at www.harpercollins.com or www.amazon.com

*Encyclopedia of Complementary Health Practice. Includes concepts and issues, economic and practice issues, education issues, legal/legislative/health policy issues, historical perspectives, conditions (from a-z), influential substances, practices and treatments, contributor directory, and resources directory. Available from Springer Publishing Company www.springerpub.com or www.amazon.com

*Garden Therapy Guidelines for Special Needs by Judith Gammonley, ARNPBC, EdD, LCP includes how to use garden therapy with those who are memory impaired, brain injured, or who struggle with developmental or physical challenges for symptoms as widely divergent as wandering, distractibility, poor communication, mood changes, disorientation, fatigue, frustration, aggression, limited social skills, lack of self-confidence, limited mobility, depression, lack of motivation, anxiety, and social withdrawal. For copies, contact Dr. Gammonley at goodgam@aol.com or phone her at (727) 784-2449.

*Group Leadership Skills

Now in its 4th edition, this book focuses on an introduction to group work, basic group concepts and processes, working to achieve group goals, special group problems, beginning/guiding/terminating the group, supervision of group leaders and co-leadership, behavioral approaches for group leaders, recording and analyzing group process, groups for the old adults, working with focal groups, when the organization is the group, and when the community is the group. Available from Springer Publishing Company www.springerpub.com or www.amazon.com

*Health Promotion in Communities: Holistic and Wellness Approaches

Focuses on wellness and holistic concepts to community work and includes a model for health and wellness promotion in communities, health promotion with changing and vulnerable populations, community self-assessment, principles of planning effective community programs, community mobilization and participation, evaluating community health programs, health promotion in rural settings, health promotion on the internet, nutrition and weight management, fitness and flexible movement, typical childhood communicable diseases: promoting community resilience, stress management, smoking cessation, violence prevention, environmental wellness, complementary health care practices, advanced communication skills with individuals and groups, working with groups, working with families, health promotion with African American women, establishing a lay health promotion program in a Hispanic community, diabetes programs in Hawaii, parish nursing, conducting a survey: the example of a youth service organization, violence prevention in schools: a model violence-prevention center, evaluating small community-based health promotion programs: lessons learned from Colorado Health Promotion Initiatives, health promotion in a homeless center. Available from Springer Publishing Company www.springerpub.com or www.amazon.com

*Healthy Holistic Aging: A Blueprint for Success

This book not only provides an easy to follow blueprint for health and holistic aging, but the author is an exceptional role model for his program. Can you live a healthy and independent life to the age of 100? Can you enjoy positive relationships? Can you maintain a healthy environment? Carl Helvie, RN, DrPH says you can and at age 74, he's a perfect example of the right things to do. He has no chronic illnesses and is among the 11% of the age 65-and-overs who take no prescribed medications. The book cites overwhelming scientific evidence that good diet, exercise, adequate sleep, prayer, meditation, positive relationship with others and a clean and safe environment can ensure successful aging. Ask for it at your local bookstore or find it online. Also visit Dr. Helvie’s web site where you can also obtain the book as well as other helpful information. Click on www.HealthyHolisticAging.com

*The American Holistic Nurses’ Association Guide to Common Chronic Conditions

Primarily for clients, but also serves as a useful guide for nursing and other health care students who want to know about self-care options that complement medical approaches. Focuses on 20 conditions including: AIDS, allergies, Alzheimer’s Disease, arthritis, cancer, carpal tunnel syndrome, chronic fatigue syndrome, depression, diabetes, digestive problems, fibromyalgia, heart and blood vessel disorders, kidney disease, liver and gallbladder conditions, multiple sclerosis, osteoporosis, overweight/obesity, pain, Parkinson’s Disease, sleep disorders. Available from John Wiley and Sons, Hoboken, NJ, (800)762-2974 or www.wiley.com  or www.amazon.com

*Holistic Nursing Approach to Chronic Diseases

Based on holistic nursing assessments and interventions, this book helps nurses and nursing students use a holistic approach to AIDS/HIV, Allergies/Asthma, Alzheimer’s Disease, Arthritis, Cancer, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Depression, Diabetes, Digestive Problems, Fibromyalgia, Heart and Blood Vessel Disorders, Kidney Disease, Liver Disease, multiple sclerosis, osteoporosis, overweight/obesity, pain, Parkinsons’ Disease, and/or sleep disorders. Available from Springer Publishing Company www.springerpub.com or www.amazon.com

*Holistic Assertiveness Skills for Nurses

Useful for nursing students, practitioners, educators, or leaders who are highly stressed and could benefit from stress reduction and nutritional, physical fitness, touch, and other approaches related to assertiveness, gender issues, anger, time management, criticism, career, and nursing leadership. Readers report they refer to the book often for empowerment and to learn new skills to apply in their work and home settings. Available from Springer Publishing Company www.springerpub.com or www.amazon.com or ask your local bookstore to order it.

*Living Well with Menopause: What Your Doctor Doesn’t Tell You That You Need To Know. A self-care manual to help women learn about using hormones, and what to do if they'd rather not. Table of contents includes: menopause: a natural process, medical treatment, nutrition, herbs, environmental actions, exercise, other stress reduction and healing measures, relationships, finding and working with the right practitioner, and putting it together: your menopause success plan. For a free sample chapter or an autographed copy find this book at http://home.earthlink.net/~cccwellness/id23.html---Or ask your local bookstore to order it for you (if it’s not on the shelf)

4. Don’t Forget about the Menopause Support/Information Group

 If you or a friend, colleague, or client could benefit from support and information during menopause, go to www.yahoogroups.com and sign up for the living well with menopause group at www.health.groups.yahoo.com/group/livingwellwithmenopause.

Know someone in the throes of menopause or starting to show signs of menopause---sleep problems, irritability, anxiety (or even panic attacks), hot flashes? This may be a helpful group. It’s a new group, but there are some articles and questions/answers already posted. No one need identify themselves and Yahoo keeps their email address a secret. Please share this information with anyone who could benefit---including spouses and partners who may want to learn more about menopause.

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5. Inexpensive e-books for you, family, clients, or colleagues

    Available e-books include ADHD, acne, bladder spasms/bladder infections, couple communication, depression relief, great body, headaches, healing veggies, healing with affirmation & imagery, healthy hair, helping with homework, natural diuretics, pain free, parenting, peri-menopausal bleeding, permanent weight loss, pregnancy, success in school, teaching math concepts, thyroid,  and whole brain thinking. All are from a wellness, self-care perspective. Give someone you care about a gift of wellness! Find them all at www.carolynchambersclark.com  (Scroll down the left hand column of the web site to find them.)

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WELLNESS NEWSLETTER # 10

May, 2007

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This newsletter provides research-based information and tells you about books, e-books, and web sites that can enhance well-being, promote health, and help develop self-care skills. Please share it with colleagues, families, friends, clients, students and whomever you think could benefit.

 

Scroll down to what interests you…

1.  Your wellness message

2.  Wellness news

     *Parkinson’s, Pesticides, and Prescription Drugs

     *Lowering Breast Cancer Risk

3.  Garden Therapy for Special Needs: Book Review

4.  Other books to keep you (and others) well

5.  Menopause support group

6.  Inexpensive e-books for you, family, friends, or clients

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1. WELLNESS MESSAGE:

    I think only of the best, work for the best, and expect the best. All is well in my world.

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2. WELLNESS NEWS

Parkinson’s, Pesticides, and Prescription Drugs

More and more studies are linking pesticides to Parkinson’s. That lawn or garden pesticide you’re spraying or are exposed to in your yard or house may come back to haunt you. But did you know that anti-anxiety drug or anti-depressant you’re taking is also linked to Parkinson’s?

 

A recent US study examined the relationship between Parkinson’s and pesticide use in over 143,000 individuals. Those reporting exposure to pesticides had a 70 percent incidence of Parkinson’s (PD), compared to those who weren’t exposed (Ann Neurol. 2006 Aug;60(2):197-203. 

 

Until now, chronic, low-dose exposure to pesticides was suspected to increase the risk for Parkinson's disease (PD), but data were inconclusive. Participants included 143,325 individuals who returned the survey. Their data supported the hypothesis that exposure to pesticides may increase risk for PD. The researchers suggested that future studies seek to identify the specific chemicals responsible for this association.

 

Another study published in Occup Environ Med. 2007 Mar 1 investigated associations between Parkinson's disease and environmental factors. The researchers found significantly increased odds ratios for Parkinson's disease with exposure to pesticides suggesting a causative role. Also significantly correlated with Parkinson’s were a number of prescribed drugs including hypnotics, anti-anxiety or anti-depressant drugs used for more than one year and a family history of Parkinson's disease. Repeated traumatic loss of consciousness was also associated with increased risk. www.pubmed.com article # 17332139

 

Common sense suggests staying away from all pesticides, the drugs mentioned, and boxing or other situations that can lead to traumatic loss of consciousness. Use natural methods of controlling pests such as spraying with a garlic/soap mixture and handpicking insects. Also don’t plant the same crop in the same place from year to year and study up on other organic methods of pest control. Ditto for your house and if you live in a condo where spraying occurs, get a prescription from your physician for why you don’t want to be exposed. Cognitive-behavioral therapy has been shown to be as effective as drugs for anxiety and depression and relaxation therapy (see the book review for Garden Therapy Guidelines below for more ideas) and other stress reduction measures have been found useful for sleep disorders, as has blue light (more about this in an upcoming newsletter…)

 

Lowering Breast Cancer Risk

Numerous studies have shown that exercise can reduce breast cancer risk and does not carry with it the risks surgery may.

A new study in published in Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. (2007 Feb;16(2):236-43) examined lifetime recreational and occupational physical activity and risk of in situ and invasive breast cancer to explore optimal times of activity.

The researchers used structured telephone interviews with nearly 10,000 women (7,630 controls, 1,689 in situ, and 6,391 invasive breast cancer cases, ages 20 to 69 years.) Neither lifetime recreational nor strenuous occupational physical activity appeared to be associated with risk of breast carcinoma in situ. In contrast, recreational physical activity was associated with a reduced risk of invasive breast cancer. After adjustment for potentially confounding factors, women averaging >6 h per week of strenuous recreational activity over their lifetime had a 23% reduction in the odds ratio of invasive breast cancer when compared with women reporting no recreational activity. This reduction in risk was limited to women without a first-degree family history of breast. Their results provide further evidence that, for most women, physical activity may reduce the risk of invasive breast cancer

The results of this study were echoed by one in the Archives of Internal Medicine (2007, volume 167, pp. 408-415.) Those researchers asked 2,649 women diagnosed with invasive breast cancer and 593 with in situ breast cancer. Women had a 20 percent lower risk of invasive breast cancer and 31 percent lower risk of in situ breast cancer if they had engaged in strenuous activity for more than five hours per week over the long term.

Rather than going the surgery route, it may be prudent to suggest that young women exercise more and regularly. Not only might it prevent breast cancer, but it may also make for a healthy heart, reduced stress, and better sleep patterns.

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3. Garden Therapy Guidelines for Special Needs: Book Review

Judith Gammonley, ARNPBC, EdD, LCP, has prepared an extremely helpful book about Garden Therapy and how to use it with those who are memory impaired, brain injured, or who struggle with developmental or physical challenges. In her practice in nursing, education, and research, she has observed the both care givers and care receivers have a need for contact with the natural world as part of their healing process.

In her book Dr. Gammonley provides specific guidelines for using garden therapy for symptoms as widely divergent as wandering, distractibility, poor communication, mood changes, disorientation, fatigue, frustration, aggression, limited social skills, lack of self-confidence, limited mobility, depression, lack of motivation, anxiety, and social withdrawal.

To obtain a copy of the book, please contact Dr. Gammonley at goodgam@aol.com or phone her at (727) 784-2449.

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4. Books to keep you (and others) well

Now for 9 other books that can help you and others get well and stay well…

 

*HEALTHY HOLISTIC AGING: A BLUEPRINT FOR SUCCESS

 

*LIVING WELL WITH ANXIETY: WHAT YOUR DOCTOR DOESN'T TELL

YOU THAT YOU NEED TO KNOW. A mind, body, and spirit approach to

anxiety.

 

*LIVING WELL WITH MENOPAUSE: WHAT YOUR DOCTOR DOESN'T TELL YOU THAT YOU NEED TO KNOW. A self-care manual to help women learn about using hormones, and what to do if they'd rather not.

 

*ENCYCLOPEDIA OF COMPLEMENTARY HEALTH PRACTICE

 

*HEALTH PROMOTION IN COMMUNITIES

 

*THE AMERICAN HOLISTIC NURSES’ ASSOCIATION GUIDE TO COMMON CHRONIC CONDITIONS

 

*GROUP LEADERSHIP SKILLS

 

*HOLISTIC NURSING APPROACH TO CHRONIC DISEASES

 

*HOLISTIC ASSERTIVENESS SKILLS FOR NURSES

 

Scan down to find the book that you want to know more about.

 

Book #1

 HEALTHY HOLISTIC AGING: A BLUEPRINT FOR SUCCESS

What is exemplary about Healthy Holistic Aging is that the book not only provides an easy to follow blueprint for health and holistic aging, but the author is an exceptional role model for his program. Can you live a healthy and independent life to the age of 100? Can you enjoy positive relationships? Can you maintain a healthy environment? Carl Helvie, RN, says you can and at age 74, he's a perfect example of the right things to do. He has no chronic illnesses and is among the 11% of the age 65-and-overs who take no prescribed medications. As a professor emeritus and a doctor of public health, he knows whereof he speaks and cites overwhelming scientific evidence that good diet, exercise, adequate sleep, prayer, meditation, positive relationship with others and a clean and safe environment can ensure successful aging.

Ask for it at your local bookstore or find it online. Also visit Dr. Helvie’s web site where you can also obtain the book as well as other helpful information. Click on www.HealthyHolisticAging.com

 

Book #2

LIVING WELL WITH ANXIETY: WHAT YOUR DOCTOR DOESN'T TELL

YOU THAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Joan Borysenko, PhD, author of Minding the Body, Mending the Mind says: “Anyone who suffers from anxiety should read this concise, helpful, easy-to-follow guide. It can change your life!”

Publisher's Weekly, the international source for publishers, authors, and buyers said this about LIVING WELL WITH ANXIETY:

"What makes this book stand out isn't the clinically accurate overview of anxiety's causes and effects or the contrast of medical and holistic treatments, but its person-centered strategic action plans."

***Table of Contents:

Part One: Anxiety and Medical Treatment

Anxiety; Causes and Effects; Self-Diagnosing Your Anxiety; Types of Anxiety Disorders; Anxiety, Your Brain, and Medication

Part Two: Holistic Approaches to Anxiety

Nutrition; Herbs; Environmental Changes; Exercise; Other Anxiety-Reducing and Healing Measures; Relationship, Purpose and Spirituality

Part Three: Creating Your Anxiety Plan

Changes, Demands, Supports; Finding and Working with the Right Practitioner; Putting it All Together: Your Anxiety Success Plan

###Get a free sample chapter or a personalized autographed copy at http://home.earthlink.net/~cccwellness/id28.html---or ask your local book store to order it if you don’t find it on the shelf. You can also find this book at www.harpercollins.com or www.amazon.com

 

Book #3

LIVING WELL WITH MENOPAUSE: WHAT YOUR DOCTOR DOESN'T TELL YOU…THAT YOU NEED TO KNOW—

Now in its third printing.

"Loaded with practical, well-researched information to help women negotiate

menopause in good spirits and good health."  ---Christiane Northrup, M.D.

                           New York Times best-selling author

"Living Well with Menopause provides a balanced and natural commonsense approach to this normal life process."

---C. Norman Shealy, M.D., Ph.D.

      founding president, American Holistic Medical Association

 

"Menopause can be one of the most stressful and depressing periods in a woman's life. This has intensified with the recent controversy over hormone replacement therapy that is often effective in alleviating many menopausal complaints. This book provides a thorough review of this subject, the varied signs and symptoms of menopause, and the diverse alternative treatment options available, including various nutritional, stress reduction, and other holistic approaches."

             ---Paul J. Rosch, M.D., F.A.C.P., president, clinical professor of

                   Medicine and Psychiatry, New York Medical College

 

The Table of Contents Includes:

*Menopause: A Natural Process

*Medical Treatment

*Nutrition

*Herbs

*Environmental Actions

*Exercise

*Other Stress Reduction and Healing Measures

*Relationships

*Changes/Demands/Supports

*Finding and Working with the Right Practitioner

*Putting It All Together: Your Menopause Success Plan.

 

  ###  For an autographed copy find this book at http://home.earthlink.net/~cccwellness/id23.html

 

---Or ask your local bookstore to order it for you (if it’s not on the shelf)

Book #4 

ENCYCLOPEDIA OF COMPLEMENTARY HELATH PRACTICE

Includes concepts and issues, economic and practice issues, education issues, legal/legislative/health policy issues, historical perspectives, conditions (from a-z), influential substances, practices and treatments, contributor directory, and resources directory.

Available from Springer Publishing Company www.springerpub.com or www.amazon.com

Book #5

HEALTH PROMOTION IN COMMUNITIES: Holistic and Wellness Approaches

Focuses on wellness and holistic concepts to community work and includes a model for health and wellness promotion in communities, health promotion with changing and vulnerable populations, community self-assessment, principles of planning effective community programs, community mobilization and participation, evaluating community health programs, health promotion in rural settings, health promotion on the internet, nutrition and weight management, fitness and flexible movement, typical childhood communicable diseases: promoting community resilience, stress management, smoking cessation, violence prevention, environmental wellness, complementary health care practices, advanced communication skills with individuals and groups, working with groups, working with families, health promotion with African American women, establishing a lay health promotion program in a Hispanic community, diabetes programs in Hawaii, parish nursing, conducting a survey: the example of a youth service organization, violence prevention in schools: a model violence-prevention center, evaluating small community-based health promotion programs: lessons learned from Colorado Health Promotion Initiatives, health promotion in a homeless center.

Available from Springer Publishing Company www.springerpub.com or www.amazon.com

Book #6

THE AMERICAN HOLISTIC NURSES’ ASSOCIATION GUIDE TO COMMON CHRONIC CONDITIONS

Primarily for clients, but also serves as a useful guide for nursing and other health care students who want to know about self-care options that complement medical approaches. Focuses on 20 conditions including: AIDS, allergies, Alzheimer’s Disease, arthritis, cancer, carpal tunnel syndrome, chronic fatigue syndrome, depression, diabetes, digestive problems, fibromyalgia, heart and blood vessel disorders, kidney disease, liver and gallbladder conditions, multiple sclerosis, osteoporosis, overweight/obesity, pain, Parkinson’s Disease, sleep disorders.

Available from John Wiley and Sons, Hoboken, NJ, (800)762-2974 or www.wiley.com

Book #7

GROUP LEADERSHIP SKILLS

Now in its 4th edition, this book focuses on an introduction to group work, basic group concepts and processes, working to achieve group goals, special group problems, beginning/guiding/terminating the group, supervision of group leaders and co-leadership, behavioral approaches for group leaders, recording and analyzing group process, groups for the old adults, working with focal groups, when the organization is the group, and when the community is the group.

Available from Springer Publishing Company www.springerpub.com or www.amazon.com

Book #8

THE HOLISTIC NURSING Approach to Chronic Disease

Based on holistic nursing assessments and interventions, this book helps nursing students use a holistic approach to AIDS/HIV, Allergies/Asthma, Alzheimer’s Disease, Arthritis, Cancer, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Depression, Diabetes, Digestive Problems, Fibromyalgia, Heart and Blood Vessel Disorders, Kidney Disease, Liver Disease, multiple sclerosis, osteoporosis, overweight/obesity, pain, Parkinsons’ Disease, and/or sleep disorders.  

Available from Springer Publishing Company www.springerpub.com or www.amazon.com

Book #9

HOLISTIC ASSERTIVENESS SKILLS FOR NURSES

Useful for nursing students, practitioners, educators, or leaders who are highly stressed and could benefit from stress reduction and nutritional, physical fitness, touch, and other approaches related to assertiveness, gender issues, anger, time management, criticism, career, and nursing leadership. Readers report they refer to the book often for empowerment and to learn new skills to apply in their work and home settings.

Available from Springer Publishing Company www.springerpub.com or www.amazon.com or ask your local bookstore to order it.

 

For many articles, e-books, and wellness books, go to www.carolynchambersclark.com

 

 5. Don’t Forget about the Menopause Support/Information Group

 If you or a friend, colleague, or client could benefit from support and information during menopause, go to www.yahoogroups.com and sign up for the living well with menopause group at www.health.groups.yahoo.com/group/livingwellwithmenopause.

Know someone in the throes of menopause or starting to show signs of menopause---sleep problems, irritability, anxiety (or even panic attacks), hot flashes? This may be a helpful group. It’s a new group, but there are some articles and questions/answers already posted. No one need identify themselves and Yahoo keeps their email address a secret. Please share this information with anyone who could benefit---including spouses and partners who may not have a clue about what’s happening.

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6. Inexpensive e-books for you.

    Available e-books include ADHD, acne, bladder spasms/bladder infections, couple communication, depression relief, great body, headaches, healing veggies, healing with affirmation & imagery, healthy hair, helping with homework, natural diuretics, pain free, parenting, perimenopausal bleeding, permanent weight loss, pregnancy, success in school, teaching math concepts, thyroid,  and whole brain thinking. All are from a wellness, self-care perspective.

Give someone you care about a gift of wellness! Find them all at www.carolynchambersclark.com  (Scroll down the left hand column of the web site to find them.)

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Editor

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WELLNESS NEWSLETTER # 9

April, 2007

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This newsletter provides research-based information and tells you about books, e-books, and web sites that can enhance well-being, promote health, and help develop self-care skills. Please share it with colleagues, families, friends, clients, students and whomever you think could benefit.

 

Scroll down to what interests you…

1.  Your wellness message

2.   Reader’s favorite wellness book

3.  Wellness news

     High blood pressure research & tips

     Garlic for heart disease: which form is best?

4.  New menopause support/information group forming

5. Books to keep you (and others) well

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1. WELLNESS MESSAGE:

 Letting Go of the Past

 Does the past keep drawing you back, interfering in your daily life so you’re not paying attention to what you want to accomplish…even though you know living in the moment is the most healthy thing you can do?

 Try this simple meditation. Read it as you begin your day to provide peace, power, and energy.

 

The past is over and done.

It has gone back to become something new and wonderful.

I am free.

I have a new sense of pride and self-worth.

I am confident in my abilities to love and support myself.

I am capable of positive growth and change.

I am strong.

I am safe and secure as I move forward to my highest good.

I do this with ease and joy

I am a new person, living in a world of my choosing.

I am deeply grateful for all that I have and for all that I am.

I am blessed and prosperous in every way.

All is well in my world.

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2. FAVORITE WELLNESS BOOK:

     What’s your favorite wellness book---something that inspires and helps you when you need to feel better?

Share the title of your book and see it printed in an upcoming issue of this ezine, along with your name and/or a link to your web site.

My favorite wellness book is _________________________ (Click reply and send and

I’ll get your response.)

     Marie Coletti told me her favorite Health book is TOXIC RELIEF by Don Colbert, M.D.

You may want to check into the book by reading about it on www.amazon.com

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3. WELLNESS NEWS

High Blood Pressure

Work stress can increase your risk of heart and blood vessel disease. What’s the best thing to do?

New research has provided evidence that cognitive restructuring and relaxation training may help prevent high blood pressure (Hypertension, February, 2007, 59(2), pp. 291-297.)

What is cognitive restructuring? One version is reframing the way you think about things. Instead of catastrophizing: This is horrible, I can’t take this, kind of thing…Use coping thoughts: I can handle this, I’m handling it now, kind of thinking.

Relaxation training can take many forms. One is picturing yourself in a pleasant setting, another is learning how to relax various muscle groups in your body.

For more information on these stress reduction measures, see: Living Well with Anxiety: What Your Doctor Doesn’t Tell You That You Need to Know. There’s more about the book below (scan down to #4) or go to www.carolynchambersclark.com for a free sample chapter.

Which form of garlic is best?

The raw form of garlic and some of its preparations are recognized as agents that may prevent heart and blood vessel disease. The question is, which form is best to take to achieve the best results? New research published in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry (February 21, 2007) confirms that crushing garlic before cooking it at a moderate heat can reduce the loss of heart disease-preventing substances (allicin and thiosulfinates). The researchers suggest that adding garlic juice to microwaved uncrushed garlic can restore the full complement of anti-platelet heart disease preventing action. Or, you can just eat more crushed-cooked garlic and make sure you don’t breathe in anyone’s face.

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4.  New Menopause Support/Information Group Forming

If you or a friend, colleague, or client could benefit from support and information during menopause, go to www.yahoogroups.com and sign up for the living well with menopause group at www.health.groups.yahoo.com/group/livingwellwithmenopause.

 

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5. Books to keep you (and others) well

Now for 9 books that can help you and others get well and stay well…

 

*HEALTHY HOLISTIC AGING: A BLUEPRINT FOR SUCCESS

 

*LIVING WELL WITH ANXIETY: WHAT YOUR DOCTOR DOESN'T TELL

YOU THAT YOU NEED TO KNOW. A mind, body, and spirit approach to

anxiety.

 

*LIVING WELL WITH MENOPAUSE: WHAT YOUR DOCTOR DOESN'T TELL YOU THAT YOU NEED TO KNOW. A self-care manual to help women learn about using hormones, and what to do if they'd rather not.

 

*ENCYCLOPEDIA OF COMPLEMENTARY HELATH PRACTICE

 

*HEALTH PROMOTION IN COMMUNITIES

 

*THE AMERICAN HOLISTIC NURSES’ ASSOCIATION GUIDE TO COMMON CHRONIC CONDITIONS

 

*GROUP LEADERSHIP SKILLS

 

*HOLISTIC NURSING APPROACH TO CHRONIC DISEASES

 

*HOLISTIC ASSERTIVENESS SKILLS FOR NURSES

 

Scan down to find the book that you want to know more about.

 

Book #1

 HEALTHY HOLISTIC AGING: A BLUEPRINT FOR SUCCESS

What is exemplary about Healthy Holistic Aging is that the book not only provides an easy to follow blueprint for health and holistic aging, but the author is an exceptional role model for his program. Can you live a healthy and independent life to the age of 100? Can you enjoy positive relationships? Can you maintain a healthy environment? Carl Helvie, RN, says you can and at age 74, he's a perfect example of the right things to do. He has no chronic illnesses and is among the 11% of the age 65-and-overs who take no prescribed medications. As a professor emeritus and a doctor of public health, he knows whereof he speaks and cites overwhelming scientific evidence that good diet, exercise, adequate sleep, prayer, meditation, positive relationship with others and a clean and safe environment can ensure successful aging.

Ask for it at your local bookstore or find it online.

 

Book #2

LIVING WELL WITH ANXIETY: WHAT YOUR DOCTOR DOESN'T TELL

YOU THAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Joan Borysenko, PhD, author of Minding the Body, Mending the Mind says: “Anyone who suffers from anxiety should read this concise, helpful, easy-to-follow guide. It can change your life!”

Publisher's Weekly, the international source for publishers, authors, and buyers said this about LIVING WELL WITH ANXIETY:

"What makes this book stand out isn't the clinically accurate overview of anxiety's causes and effects or the contrast of medical and holistic treatments, but its person-centered strategic action plans."

 

***Table of Contents:

Part One: Anxiety and Medical Treatment

Anxiety; Causes and Effects; Self-Diagnosing Your Anxiety; Types of Anxiety Disorders; Anxiety, Your Brain, and Medication

Part Two: Holistic Approaches to Anxiety

Nutrition; Herbs; Environmental Changes; Exercise; Other Anxiety-Reducing and Healing Measures; Relationship, Purpose and Spirituality

Part Three: Creating Your Anxiety Plan

Changes, Demands, Supports; Finding and Working with the Right Practitioner; Putting it All Together: Your Anxiety Success Plan

###Get a personalized autographed copy at http://home.earthlink.net/~cccwellness/id28.html---or ask your local book store to order it if you don’t find it on the shelf. You can also find this book at www.harpercollins.com or www.amazon.com

 

Book #3

LIVING WELL WITH MENOPAUSE: WHAT YOUR DOCTOR DOESN'T TELL YOU…THAT YOU NEED TO KNOW—

Now in its third printing.

"Loaded with practical, well-researched information to help women negotiate

menopause in good spirits and good health."  ---Christiane Northrup, M.D.

                           New York Times best-selling author

"Living Well with Menopause provides a balanced and natural commonsense approach to this normal life process."

---C. Norman Shealy, M.D., Ph.D.

      founding president, American Holistic Medical Association

 

"Menopause can be one of the most stressful and depressing periods in a woman's life. This has intensified with the recent controversy over hormone replacement therapy that is often effective in alleviating many menopausal complaints. This book provides a thorough review of this subject, the varied signs and symptoms of menopause, and the diverse alternative treatment options available, including various nutritional, stress reduction, and other holistic approaches."

             ---Paul J. Rosch, M.D., F.A.C.P., president, clinical professor of

                   Medicine and Psychiatry, New York Medical College

 

The Table of Contents Includes:

*Menopause: A Natural Process

*Medical Treatment

*Nutrition

*Herbs

*Environmental Actions

*Exercise

*Other Stress Reduction and Healing Measures

*Relationships

*Changes/Demands/Supports

*Finding and Working with the Right Practitioner

*Putting It All Together: Your Menopause Success Plan.

 

  ###  For an autographed copy find this book at http://home.earthlink.net/~cccwellness/id23.html

 

---Or ask your local bookstore to order it for you (if it’s not on the shelf)

Book #4 

ENCYCLOPEDIA OF COMPLEMENTARY HEALTH PRACTICE

Includes concepts and issues, economic and practice issues, education issues, legal/legislative/health policy issues, historical perspectives, conditions (form a-z), influential substances, practices and treatments, contributor directory, and resources directory.

Available from Springer Publishing Company www.springerpub.com or www.amazon.com

Book #5

HEALTH PROMOTION IN COMMUNITIES: Holistic and Wellness Approaches

Focuses on wellness and holistic concepts to community work and includes a model for health and wellness promotion in communities, health promotion with changing and vulnerable populations, community self-assessment, principles of planning effective community programs, community mobilization and participation, evaluating community health programs, health promotion in rural settings, health promotion on the internet, nutrition and weight management, fitness and flexible movement, typical childhood communicable diseases: promoting community resilience, stress management, smoking cessation, violence prevention, environmental wellness, complementary health care practices, advanced communication skills with individuals and groups, working with groups, working with families, health promotion with African American women, establishing a lay health promotion program in a Hispanic community, diabetes programs in Hawaii, parish nursing, conducting a survey: the example of a youth service organization, violence prevention in schools: a model violence-prevention center, evaluating small community-based health promotion programs: lessons learned from Colorado Health Promotion Initiatives, health promotion in a homeless center.

Available from Springer Publishing Company www.springerpub.com or www.amazon.com

Book #6

THE AMERICAN HOLISTIC NURSES’ ASSOCIATION GUIDE TO COMMON CHRONIC CONDITIONS

Primarily for clients, but also serves as a useful guide for students about self-care options that complement medical approaches. Focuses on 20 conditions including: AIDS, allergies, Alzheimer’s Disease, arthritis, cancer, carpal tunnel syndrome, chronic fatigue syndrome, depression, diabetes, digestive problems, fibromyalgia, heart and blood vessel disorders, kidney disease, liver and gallbladder conditions, multiple sclerosis, osteoporosis, overweight/obesity, pain, Parkinson’s Disease, sleep disorders.

Available at www.amazon.com

Book #7

GROUP LEADERSHIP SKILLS

Now in its 4th edition, this book focuses on an introduction to group work, basic group concepts and processes, working to achieve group goals, special group problems, beginning/guiding/terminating the group, supervision of group leaders and co-leadership, behavioral approaches for group leaders, recording and analyzing group process, groups for the old adults, working with focal groups, when the organization is the group, and when the community is the group.

Available from Springer Publishing Company www.springerpub.com or www.amazon.com

Book #8

THE HOLISTIC NURSING Approach to Chronic Disease

Based on holistic nursing assessments and interventions, this book helps nursing students use a holistic approach to AIDS/HIV, Allergies/Asthma, Alzheimer’s Disease, Arthritis, Cancer, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Depression, Diabetes, Digestive Problems, Fibromyalgia, Heart and Blood Vessel Disorders, Kidney Disease, Liver Disease, multiple sclerosis, osteoporosis, overweight/obesity, pain, Parkinsons’ Disease, and/or sleep disorders.  

Available from Springer Publishing Company www.springerpub.com or www.amazon.com

Book #9

HOLISTIC ASSERTIVENESS SKILLS FOR NURSES

Useful for nursing students, practitioners, educators, or leaders who are highly stressed and could benefit from stress reduction and nutritional, physical fitness, touch, and other approaches related to assertiveness, gender issues, anger, time management, criticism, career, and nursing leadership.

Available from Springer Publishing Company www.springerpub.com or www.amazon.com

 

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