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  • Heart Month – Shine the Light on Women’s Health
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    We’re at the end of February, the month of the heart; specifically the beautiful women’s heart, who is more at risk for having heart attack symptoms unrelated to chest pain. The symptoms of a heart attack are sweating, unusual fatigue, lightheadedness or dizziness, jaw pain, upper back pain, neck & shoulder discomfort, shortness of breath, abdominal discomfort, and nausea or vomiting.

    According to The Mayo Clinic, “these symptoms can be more subtle than the obvious crushing chest pain as pressure or tightness. This may be because women tend to have blockages not only in their main arteries but also in the smaller arteries that supply blood to the heart – a condition called small vessel heart disease or microvascular disease.”

    So as we seal up 2019 heart month, let us take a look at today’s challenges women face in the quest for a healthy heart.

    Understand the Symptoms

    It could be difficult to realize you are experiencing heart attack symptoms if you’re a woman. Women may describe chest pain as pressure or tightness. Due to lack of knowledge, a woman will likely not seek help.

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  • February is American Heart Month
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    american-heart-monthHeart disease is the leading cause of death for women and men in the United States. Every year, 1 in 4 deaths are caused by heart disease. Several health conditions, your lifestyle, your age, and family history can increase your risk.

    Nearly half of American adults have at least one of the key risk factors for heart disease: high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and smoking. Nearly 1 in 3 adults has high cholesterol, a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke. High cholesterol can be hard to detect. It often shows no signs or symptoms. High blood pressure is a silent killer. Certain physical traits and lifestyle choices can put you at a greater risk for high blood pressure. With proper treatment and management, you can control your blood pressure.

    There is good news. Heart disease can often be prevented when people make healthy choices and manage their health conditions. Healthy eating starts with healthy food choices. You don’t need to be a chef to create nutritious, heart-healthy meals your family will love. Learn what to look for at the grocery store, restaurants, your workplace, and any eating occasion. Exercise to get your heart pumping. A good starting goal is 150 minutes a week. Find forms of exercise you like such as walking, jogging, tennis or yoga. Along with healthy eating and being active, make sure you are getting enough sleep (7-8 hours a night), managing stress, keep your mind and body fit, and socialize with friends and family.

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  • Detox Cleanse – Is Your Body Ready?
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    There have been over 80,000 toxins introduced to our environment in the last couple of decades… 800 are serious hormone disruptors. It is no wonder that healthcare professionals often suggest a detox cleanse as an important way of supporting a healthy lifestyle.

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    With Orenda’s 10-Day Detox Cleanse, you will begin to see and feel the added benefits of feeling good, better energy… a healthy way to recharge, rejuvenate, and renew. You soon realize how much those toxins were holding you back. A cleanse three or four times a year is an effective plan, and many use the changing of the seasons as a reminder that it is time to start another.

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  • Winter Wellness Guide
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    With what feels like a seemingly endless cold spell ahead, ’tis the season to revisit your wellness regime. While the winter months tend to hinder our health goals, whatever those may be, through good food, fitness, sleep, and self-care choices, you can stay fighting fit for the long freeze ahead. Read on for expert-approved tips that will help you weather the winter months.

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    Good Fats

    Load up on healthy fats, such as avocados, fatty fish, dark chocolate, chia seeds, whole eggs, extra virgin olive oils, nuts, and even cheese to help beat winter fatigue, advises Vesna Skul, MD, an internal medicine and women’s health specialist, and Life Stage Health Coach at TONE Networks. “These healthy fats act as natural anti-inflammatories, helping with everything from joint aches and pains to brain function to mood enhancement, which is particularly good during this time of year when 1 in 3 people, mostly young adults and women, experience seasonal affective disorder (SAD),” she says.

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  • October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
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    We are at the end of October and as you all know it is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Please remind your mother, sister, aunt, niece or any female friend to get a mammogram. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death among women. One out of every eight women will get breast cancer. Most women who develop breast cancer will not be able to pinpoint one specific cause.

    Breast cancer charities work throughout October to increase awareness of the illness. Not only do they work hard year after year in search of a cure, but especially in October. Cancer charities take the month of October to really capture the attention of many people who may be unaware of the issue.

    Where did Breast Cancer Awareness Month Start?

    Breast Cancer Awareness Month was born in 1985. Thanks to The American of Family Physicians, AstraZeneca Healthcare Foundation, Cancer Care Inc, and a few other sponsors. These sponsors were the first group to promote Breast Cancer.

    Breast Cancer Awareness Month has received notoriety from corporations branding and promoting the issue. One popular corporation is the NFL. Players chose to exchange the color of their usual uniforms to pink, as it represents breast cancer. The NFL decided to partner with the American Cancer Society in 2009, and since then the reputation of breast cancer has increased.

     

    Breast Cancer Awareness MonthWhat is the Cause of Breast Cancer?

    According to the National Breast Cancer organization, “women with certain risk factors are more likely than others to develop breast cancer.” They are basically exuding that some women have an increased risk of getting it based on family heritage, which cannot be avoided.

    However, avoiding alcohol, smoking, and poor eating habits could dramatically increase the odds of getting breast cancer. These are all choices of your control.

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  • Thermal Receipts Could be Hazardous to Your Health
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    Have you noticed some stores ask if you want your receipt by email? Whenever you’re out shopping and running errands; keep in mind that accepting thermal receipts could be hazardous to your health. Bisphenol A (BPA) and Bisphenol S (BPS) are both linked to thermal receipts.

     

    thermal-receiptsWhat is Bisphenol A (BPA) and Bisphenol S (BPS)?

    Bisphenol A (BPA) or Bisphenol S (BPS), endocrine disruptors that can get absorbed into our bodies when we touch them on the paper. BPA and BPS have been linked to numerous health risks such as completely altering the male and female reproductive systems, heightening occurrences of breast cancer and abnormal delays in children, according to the World Health Organization. BPA is usually found in products like water and juice bottles, food containers, CDs, DVDs, eyeglass lenses, and many more.

     

    Thermal Receipts Health Threat

    A big threat to our health and our environment are thermal receipts we all use as a society, on the daily basis. Whether you are out buying clothes or just getting gas from your local gas station, avoiding hand contact with these hazardous receipts is close to impossible. These thermal receipts are not printed in ink but rather coated with chemicals that react to heat and color change to create the appearance of printed type. According to Mind the Store campaign director Mike Schade, “These chemicals can leach from the receipt, get onto our hand and make their way into our bloodstream,” Shade says, “Exposure to bisphenol chemicals has been linked to cancer, fertility issues and more.” After doing a ton of research on these receipts, I personally recommend anyone who uses these receipts on a daily basis; like cashiers, to use gloves while handling this toxic material. Also, recommend employees to wash their hands before eating as it is easy for those chemicals to get into one’s system and or bloodstream. With that being said, it seems as though avoiding these receipts are impossible, as stated above. However, there are ways to steer clear of them.

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  • Natural Sunburn Remedies
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    Summer is finally here and that means sunburn season is here too! Despite your best intentions, you may end up with a sunburn for the better part of a week. First, there is the pain, then the itch, and finally the peeling. You can shorten your discomfort by using natural sunburn remedies that reduce pain and speeds skin healing.

    sunburnVinegar – Mix one cup of white or apple cider vinegar into a bathtub of cool water. The acetic acid in the vinegar acts as a topical pain reliever equivalent to an over-the-counter pain medication. Soak in the bath for 15 to 20 minutes. Don’t use soap. It will dry and irritate your skin. After soaking, rinse with cool water.

    Aloe Vera – Fill an ice cube tray with Aloe Vera gel and let it freeze. Soak a cloth in cold water and then wrap the ice cubes in the cloth. Apply the cloth over the sunburn for several minutes and repeat a few times. The coolness will reduce inflammation and Aloe Vera promotes healing.

    Tea Bags – Apply tea bags soaked in ice-cold water to your eyelids. The tannic acid in the tea eases the pain and decreases the swelling. And tea is gentle on eyes.

    Vitamin D – Vitamin D eases the pain, reduces inflammation and redness, and speeds skin repair. Taking a single high dose of vitamin D within an hour of being sunburned provides fast relief. Researchers found that vitamin D increased the levels of anti-inflammatory enzymes that trigger skin repair.

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  • March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month and What that Means for You
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    Colorectal CancerThis is what we know and Colorectal cancer. It is the third most common cancer in the United States and the second leading cause of death from cancer. Colorectal cancer affects people in all racial and ethnic groups and is most often found in people age 50 and older.

    Sometimes, there are no symptoms of Precancerous polyps and colorectal cancer, especially at first. You could have polyps or colorectal cancer and not know it.

    If everyone age 50 and older were screened regularly, 6 out of 10 deaths from colorectal cancer could be prevented. Communities, health professionals, and families can work together to encourage people to get screened.

    If you have symptoms, they may include:

    • Blood in or on the stool (bowel movement).
    • Stomach pain, aches, or cramps that do not go away.
    • Losing weight and you don’t know why.
    • These symptoms may be caused by something other than cancer. If you have any of them, see your doctor.
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  • 5 Spices that will Keep you Warm during these Cold Months
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    5 Spices that will Keep you Warm during these Cold MonthsSpices are the delightfully aromatic plants whose warming scents are a characteristic element of the winter season. Many spices contain similar essential oils but in different proportions. These oils are released through the physical process of grinding, grating or crushing. Here are some spices to try at home.

    1.) Allspice: Allspice (Pimenta dioica) comes from the dried berries of a tree native to Jamaica, Mexico and Central America. Allspice is a digestive and carminative due to the volatile oil, eugenol. Similar to other spices containing the oil, allspice also has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.

    2.) Cinnamon: is harvested from the inner bark of several trees of the genus Cinnamomum, native to India. Cinnamon’s characteristic taste and smell is due to its primary constituent, cinnamaldehyde, an essential oil. Rich in antioxidants, cinnamon helps reduce free radicals, exhibits anti-inflammatory properties, aids in stabilizing lipids and blood sugar, and may have beneficial effects on neurogenerative diseases.

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  • TONE Networks Launches Subscription-based Video and Social Network Today
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    TONE Networks, a subscription-based video and social network for time-starved women, launched today at www.tonenetworks.com.  The first product offering of New York City-based Chart One Media, Tone Networks reinforces the growing women helping women movement by providing a supportive online community complete with access to both expert coaching and peer to peer advice.

    “As amazing jugglers of career and family, women often don’t invest in themselves to grow personally and professionally,” said TONE Networks & Chart One Media Founder and CEO, Gemma Toner.  “We’ve created this community called TONE Networks where they can receive real advice from real women when they need it. “

    An initial team of 14 TONE credentialed experts will deliver bite-sized tips via short form videos on topics that really matter to women — life, work, mind and body.  In addition to the typical challenges of nutrition, fitness and money matters, TONE experts from all over the country offer tips for everything from procrastination and personal branding to rebounding from crisis and making your brain smarter. Dr. Vesna Skul of Comprehensive Center for Women’s Medicine is one of the credentialed experts. As momentum for TONE Networks grows and demand increases, so will this group of carefully-selected, category-specific, unpaid experts.

    About TONE Networks

    A subscription-based membership, priced at $3.99 per month and less than $50 per year, tonenetworks.com provides members with all original, advertising-free content including:

    TONE NetworksWeekly Personalized Emails: featuring bite-sized videos and tips tailored to each user.

    TONE Takeaways: quick recaps of videos to help members absorb what they learned.

    TONE Talks: weekly moderated group chats with the TONE Networks community.

    TONE Live: monthly streamed events with a featured expert.

    Clicks for Good: TONE’s way of supporting non-profits that help women and children.

    “From co-workers and clients to sisters and girlfriends, we can all benefit from a resource like TONE Networks that offers timely advice, inspiration and humor,” said Toner. “Our market research uncovered demand for a community for women helping women and we feel we’re delivering it at just the right time.”

    Learn more at www.tonenetworks.com

     

    About Dr. Vesna Skul

    Vesna Skul, MD, FACP, is a founder and the Medical Director of the Comprehensive Center for Women’s Medicine, a multi-specialty, holistic medical practice in Chicago.  She is an expert on women’s health and the integration of alternative and complementary medicine into mainstream medical practice.

    For many decades, Dr. Skul has been recognized by Chicago Magazine as one of the Best Doctors for Women in Chicago and Top Primary Care Doctors in Chicago. She was ranked as one of The Nation’s Top Doctors by US News. She was awarded Top 5% of Chicago Metro Area Physicians by Super Doctor and Regional Top Doctor by Castle Connolly year after year.

     

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