Spring 2013

Features

Do Chemicals Impact our Hormones and our Health?
What do we need to know about how these pesky, toxic hitchhikers just might be affecting our health—and, most notably, our hormones?
By Laurie Wertich
Women’s Giving Circles
Women’s giving circles create community and promote positive change through high-impact pooled giving.
By Diana Price
Rheumatoid Arthritis and Osteoarthritis
Rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis have little in common.
By Kari Bohlke, ScD

Body Wise

Nutrition and Exercise

Eat Well, Be Well: Mind Your Portions, Please!
Take a quick survey among your friends and family, and you’ll no doubt find that more than a few are making an effort to improve their diet and lose some extra pounds, driven not only by a desire to feel better but also to reduce their risk of chronic disease.
By Paulette Lambert, RD, CDE
Cooking with Fruits and Vegetables
Ripe: A Fresh, Colorful Approach to Fruits and Vegetables
By Diana Price
Walk to Improve your Heart Health
One of the simplest types of physical activity—walking is—also one of the most beneficial. .
By The American Heart Association

The War Room

Living and Thriving with Cancer

College Kids Raise Funds to Kick Cancer
College kids and cancer—not two topics most of us would immediately connect.
By Diana Price
Hollye Jacobs’ Inspiring Blog
There’s very little indication on the surface that Hollye Jacobs’s blog,
By Diana Price
Ginny Clements Shares her Breast Cancer Story
Ginny Clements was 15 years old in 1956 when she found a lump in her left breast. By Diana Price
Mohs Surgery: What to Expect
Typically, the surgeon removes the visible tumor plus a margin of several millimeters of tissue By Eleanor Mayfield
How Important Is That Mammogram?
As if the controversy surrounding mammography screening for breast cancer isn’t charged enough already, new research shows that, contrary to popular belief, annual mammograms may not save as many lives as once thought—and may even lead to substantial overdiagnosis of breast cancer. By Laurie Wertich
Humor Therapy
An ongoing series highlighting complementary therapies, adapted from The Complete Guide to Complementary Therapies in Cancer Care
By Barrie R. Cassileth, MS, PhD
You Don’t Have to Face Chemotherapy Alone
Patients undergoing chemotherapy for cancer often spend long days in an infusion room, receiving treatment. By Diana Price
Look Good…Feel Better During Cancer Treatment
Many women who experience side effects of cancer treatment that have an impact on their appearance can attest to the emotional toll these changes take.

Spirit House

Tending to the Soul

Life Coach – Change Your Thoughts and Live a Healthier Life
Our thoughts are powerful. They affect many facets of our lives: success, relationships, and even our health.
By Denise King Gillingham, MSW, CPCC
Magical Journey: An Apprenticeship in Contentment
In her new memoir, Magical Journey: An Apprenticeship in Contentment (Grand Central, 2013; $24.99), Katrina Kenison describes her experience coming to terms with the new normal of her life in the wake of her youngest son’s departure from home.

Every Woman’s Health

Health Issues Facing Women at Home and around the World

Living and Thriving with RA – Patients share their stories.
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a debilitating autoimmune disease that affects approximately 1.3 million people in the United States, striking women three times more often than men.
RA Tips: Navigating the Health Insurance Maze
If you have rheumatoid arthritis, these tips can make all the difference in ensuring you get what you need from the time spent with your physician.
By Seth Ginsberg, Co-Founder, CreakyJoints
Facing Arthritis Together
Kevin Purcell was diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis at age 10. Within months of the diagnosis, his wrists and left elbow were well on their way to fusing and his knees, neck, and ankles had significant and irreversible damage.
By Diana Price
Women’s Healthcare
To state the obvious, men and women are different. Manufacturers of everything from tools (pink power drill, anyone?) to bikes to razors know well the power of marketing women-specific products and services.
By Laurie Wertich
Ask the Dr. – Hormone Therapy
Q&A with Marjory L. S. Gass, MD, NCMP, consultant, Cleveland Clinic Center for Specialized Women’s Health, professor, Case Western Reserve School of Medicine
Women’s Thyroid Issues
Thyroid problems are common in women. Here is what you need to know. By Kari Bohkle, ScD