Winter 2013-2014

78 HeroThe Winter 2014 issue of Women Magazine features Olympic alpine skier Julia Mancuso, who discusses her desire to balance mind, body, and spirit as she strives for health in her competitive life and beyond. Other topics covered include medical decision-making after a cancer diagnosis, food allergies, joint replacement, cancer “prehab”, and the joy of solo travel. As always, we also include stories covering nutrition, rheumatoid arthritis, and many other women’s health topics.




78 FoodFightFood Allergies By Laurie Wertich
With food allergies and sensitivities on the rise, are we at odds with our food?
78 MedicalDecision Medical Decision-Making: What Cancer Treatment Is Right for You? By Kari Bohlke, ScD
A diagnosis of cancer can raise a long list of questions: What’s my prognosis? What are my treatment options? Should I get a second opinion? Where should I receive treatment? How will I feel during treatment?
78 HeroJulia Mancuso – Mind, Body, Spirit By Diana Price
he most decorated female Olympic alpine skier, Julia Mancuso skis fast and embraces life with joy and balance.
78 UnderstandingJoint Understanding Joint replacement By Laurie Wertich
Many of us toss around terms like joint replacement or hip replacement without understanding exactly what it means. A joint is where two or more bones come together—such as the hip, knee, shoulder, or elbow.
78 Pregnancy Pregnancy after 30 By Eleanor Mayfield
It’s a trend many Americans are seeing firsthand among their family members and friends, and it’s supported by government data: more women are delaying having children until they reach their thirties or forties.


Body Wise

Nutrition and Exercise

78 ToSupplementDietary Supplements By Paulette Lambert, RD, CDE
A glance at the vitamin and supplement aisle in any grocery or drug store is proof: the nutritional supplement market is booming.
 78 BlkGirlsRunBlack Girls RUN! By Diana Price  Two young social entrepreneurs inspire African-American women to lace up their running shoes and take on the obesity epidemic in their community feet-first.
78 PaleoPaleo Cooking from Elana’s Pantry When Elana Amsterdam started cooking gluten-free meals after a diagnosis of celiac disease, she had a pretty ambitious goal: to create meals that would satisfy the whole family, including her husband—whom she calls a “tough critic”—and her two sons, one of whom had also been diagnosed with the disease.


The War Room

Living and Thriving with Cancer

 78 AskDrNewFertility after Cancer Treatment By Lisa Diller, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center   Women who survived childhood cancer have a good chance of getting pregnant, but it might take longer.
78 CompTherWint13-14Music Therapy By Barrie R. Cassileth, MS, PhD, Chief, Integrative Medicine Service, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center   An ongoing series highlighting complementary therapies, adapted from The Complete Guide to Complementary Therapies in Cancer Care.
78 CancerPrehabCancer Prehab  By Julie K. Silver, MDPatients benefit from physical and emotional preparation
for cancer treatment.
78 AuntLegacyAn Aunts Legacy – Cancer Diagnosis  By Steven Engelhardt  I was just a kid when my mom received the news. …My Aunt Debbie was one of my mom’s seven sisters, and, together with the four boys, one of 12 total siblings in the family. A nurse at Hackensack Hospital for many years and a mom to my cousin, Bryan, Debbie was also my godmother, and she and I had developed a unique bond.


Spirit House

Tending to the Soul

78 LifeCoachAreYouListening LifeCoach: Become a Better Listener By Denise King Gillingham, MSW, CPCC “The most basic of all human needs is the need to understand and be understood. The best way to understand people is to listen to them.”
78 OneForRoadWomen Travel Solo By Diana Price Solo travel provides opportunities to broaden your perspective and build your confidence while fueling your spirit.


Every Woman’s Health

Health Issues Facing Women at Home and around the World

78 UnderstandingJoint Understanding Joint replacement By Laurie Wertich
Many of us toss around terms like joint replacement or hip replacement without understanding exactly what it means. A joint is where two or more bones come together—such as the hip, knee, shoulder, or elbow.
78 HealthyDietHealthy Diet, Happy Bladder By Elizabeth Houser, MD
Everywhere we look in the media, we find claims that different diets can improve our quality of life. Experts and gurus suggest that we increase our water intake, avoid sugar, become vegetarian, or try a vegan or gluten-free diet.
 78 TakeHeartHeart Health Awareness
February is American Heart Month, and women around the country are raising awareness of this critical women’s health issue.
78 BreastQ&A Noninvasive Prenatal Testing Becomes a Reality By Kari Bohlke, ScD
Since the 1970s pregnant women have had the option of being tested for chromosomal abnormalities in the fetus … Risks of invasive testing include a small chance of miscarriage, but the need for invasive testing may be substantially reduced by a new generation of prenatal tests.
78 SteppingOut Rheumatoid Arthritis Tips: Shoes! By D. Z. Stone,Social Media and Editorial Director, CreakyJoints
Women who live with rheumatoid arthritis express sadness, and acceptance, over their inability to wear the high heels they love.
78 LivingRAlaurie Living and Thriving with RA Laurie Ann Miller
I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis when I was 12 years old, though I first showed signs of RA when I was 10—I had a lump growing on my right hand, and my mother says that I had also been complaining that my feet hurt during that time.
78 NutritionRARheumatoid Arthritis and Nutrition By Rebecca Manno, MD, MHS, assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Rheumatology at Johns Hopkins University, addresses some common questions and misperceptions about the role of nutrition in rheumatoid arthritis (RA).Q: Can a specific type of diet or certain foods cause RA?
78 HospiceInsights into Hospice By Kathy Gurland, LCSWAn insider’s recommendations for managing end-of-life care more effectively
78 SkinSignsSkin Signs of Internal Illness  By Cindy Owen, MD, FAAD, Board-Certified Dermatologist, Assistant Professor of Dermatology, University of LouisvilleDermatologists find that the skin offers a window to what is going on inside the body, and changes to the skin may signal a more serious health problem.