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Hurricane Relief with Heart

Dr. Dave Campbell investigates how the Florida Panhandle is working to recover from Hurricane Michael

Click HERE to view the MSNBC Morning Joe show segment.

 

The devastation left in the wake of Hurricane Michael was almost unequivocal to any other storm in the area in past decades. Not since Hurricane Andrew have particular Florida communities experienced such ravishing. Especially hit hard were several communities in the state’s panhandle.

Dr. Dave Campbell and Louis Burgdorf traveled to the Florida Panhandle to explore the damage, but more importantly, to report on the recovery efforts. What they found was uplifting, unbelievable, and proved to be an amazing testament to the human spirit.

 

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Driving along Highway 98, Mexico Beach, Tyndall Airforce Base, Panama City, and the small city of Marianna—it all looked like a nuclear bomb had struck. Homes were destroyed beyond recognition and people had been trapped from the debris in the path of their rescue. Surprisingly, what the visitors found were people everywhere—all helping one another. There was a deep sense of gratitude on everyone’s part that they (and their loved ones) were still alive. Materials could be replaced, but not human lives.

Humanitarian efforts opened a clinic offering free medication and healthcare to those who lost absolutely everything, including their daily meds. Free hot meals were being prepared, cooked out of wheelbarrows; people were bringing food from their freezers in droves, to be cooked and shared with the community. There was no separation of religion, skin-color, age, or financial status. As a professor from Princeton University remarked, “(We witnessed) the power of community in a time of crisis. It’s just a kernel of what the country CAN be.” A volunteer from one of the local church-based groups noted, “We just want to be a blessing others.”

Indeed, they were. And continue to be…

Click HERE to view the MSNBC Morning Joe show segment.

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Does Child Safety Differ in a Truck vs. SUV?

So, Which is it, a Truck or SUV?

As a conscientious and law-abiding parent, you’ll want to have your child in the right car seat when driving. But will your child’s safety be more at risk in a truck vs. SUV?

Child Safety Seats in all Cars and Trucks

First and foremost, the issue of child safety seats must be addressed. Having your youngsters in properly fitted and bolstered seats is the priority. Whether your children are in a truck, SUV, sedan, or minivan, they need to be in an apparatus that is befitting their size, age, and weight.
There are three types of seats specifically created for infancy through about age 13.

1. Rear-Facing Seat

Till two years old or manufacturer’s suggested weight and height.

2. Forward Facing seat

Harness straps and are safe for kids until they outgrow them or are allowed by your state law to move into a booster seat.

3. The third is a booster seat

Secures the child with the vehicle’s seat belts. All the above-mentioned seats need to be installed with LATCH or a locked seatbelt.

The Good Safety News For Trucks

If you do not have proper back seats, you may legally place a rear-facing car seat up front. HOWEVER, you must turn off the front passenger air bag.
If you have an extended cab, you are allowed to place a rear or forward facing car seat or booster IF OVER 80% of the chair fits on your truck’s existing seat.

What an SUV Has That a Truck May Not

Side airbags often come standard in newer SUV models. Head protection side airbags have proven to reduce the risk of death in SUV drivers by 52%. Side airbags in the back have shown to protect children in car seats. Always check with the car seat manufacturer’s manual for proper installation.
Another feature that pickup trucks do not always have is electronic stability control. Without ESC, losing control from skidding and weather conditions are more likely. Stability control comes standard in all SUVs.
Other Truck Pitfalls
Since it looks like the odds are stacking up on the side of the SUV, we might as well list some other safety shortcomings driving our kids in pickups and other types of trucks.

Riding in the Back?

1) Riding in the back seat is twice as safe as riding in the front seat. Many trucks don’t have a proper backseat.

Truck Cargo, way worse than you think …

2) The risk of death of those driving in truck cargo space was eight times higher than those riding, restrained, in the cab. The cargo area is not meant for passengers. Children’s safety seats do not fit or belong there.

No Latch?

3) Many trucks do not have LATCH, which is an attachment system for car seats. The seat has lower anchors along with a top tether for extra safety. Without LATCH, you must use the vehicle seatbelt, which may not provide optimum seat restraint.

Lap and Shoulder belts? Really?

4) Lap and shoulder belts -may not be available in pickup rear seats. This makes it unsafe for older children in booster seats that require those apparatus.

Should There Be a Truck Stop?

When exploring truck vs. SUV child passenger safety, at least in this blog, it seems an SUV would be a safer choice. Does this mean that all trucks are unsafe for children and their seats? Absolutely not. Sometimes we just need to work with what he have and make it the best for ourselves and our kids.

May you and your little ones have safe, memorable, and happy travels in both a truck or SUV just be safe.

 

The Health Benefits of Pilates

Pilates is now known across the world, mostly for the extreme health benefits that it brings to the table. It doesn’t matter what age you are or your fitness level; anyone can benefit from Pilates. It is estimated that over 20 million people around the world take a Pilates class or do Pilates exercises in some form or another. This exercise regime is said to give people many physical and mental benefits.

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Makes You More Flexible

Stretching overtime and using the “Reformer” on a regular basis not only extends your range of motion, but it makes you more flexible as well. This will eventually make your body feel looser and give it the ability to do exercises and activities that you never could before. Becoming more flexible will also help you achieve other physical improvements, such as reducing back pain.

Can Improve Your Breathing

When you are in a Pilates class, careful attention is paid to your breathing patterns. Proper breathing also helps with your blood circulation, which will make you feel fresh, energized, and happy even long after the Pilates class ends.

Deep breathing gives your body a better supply of oxygen, an elemental part of almost all chemical reactions that take place in your body. Oxygen gives you energy. Exhaling rids carbon dioxide, or waste, from your body. Therefore, deep breathing is a great way to cleanse!

Helps to Improve Posture

No matter what you are doing when going about your everyday life, taking Pilates reminds you that you need to pull your stomach in, pull your shoulders back and maintain the good posture that makes it possible to be fit and live healthily.

Not only does perfecting your posture make you look better, but it can also help alleviate shoulder tension and upper back pain. The focus on posture in your Pilates class will change the way you carry yourself outside of class as well.

Ergonomic High-Back Chair
Ergonomic High-Back
Chair

Helps to Build Better Balance and Core Strength

Using a Pilates ball or a Reformer utilizes physical coordination and also helps to build balance. Balance exercises also strengthen core muscles. This is where structuring good posture comes in.

“Active awareness” of your core muscles while performing Pilates balancing exercises helps you maintain your posture. And, because the core contains and controls your diaphragm, this can also improve the deep breathing we discussed earlier.

Overall: Makes Your Body More Efficient

Pilates is the type of exercise that tones your body, improves your breathing and posture, and makes you more flexible. In other words, Pilates allows your body to be more efficient every time you take a class.

Pilates is sweeping the nation and can help you become a better you. Try a class—you’ve got everything to gain!

 

New Study Has Discovered Gluten’s Evil Cousin

Gluten-free is a growing diet trend that has proven to relieve intestinal suffering as well as providing other physical benefits. Unfortunately, a new study has discovered that there’s another culprit besides gluten.

What’s in Wheat?

In recent times, those who suffer from Celiac disease, have been fortunate enough to be able to identify their challenge. A simple blood test ordered by your doctor can diagnose if you have the ailment. For years, some people experienced bloating, nausea, headaches, vomiting, diarrhea, and foggy brain, and had no idea why. Gluten’s impact on digestive health was the cause.

Small Numbers, Big Problems

The percentage of people with actual Celiac is tiny. Others, however, experience similar symptoms without having the disease.  The medical community now recognizes this condition, which has been named “non-celiac gluten sensitivity.”

A new study, however, has revealed a protein in wheat that causes all kinds of trouble. Although it makes up less than 4% of proteins in wheat, amylase-tripsin Inhibitors (ATIs), they can trigger inflammation in the gut and systemically.

The Problem Protein

Research from this latest study shows that ATIs can activate the inflammation of chronic health issues. This particular protein complicates asthma, MS, lupus, arthritis, IBS, and a host of other autoimmune diseases. ATIs trigger inflammation in the gut, lymph nodes, kidneys, and even the brain.

For those non-Celiac, ATIs increase the risk of developing gluten sensitivity. It’s a frightening find; ATIs create such powerful immune responses through digestion that reactions spread to other tissues and organs in the body.

Scientists Speculate

This study has researchers explaining that gluten may not be the cause for all the awful symptoms that non-celiac gluten sensitive people experience. It’s the ATIs that contaminate the gluten.

So, certainly, a gluten-free diet is necessary for someone with celiac disease. But perhaps an ATI-free diet would benefit everyone. Eliminating this protein would reduce risk of inheriting celiac-type symptoms as well as decrease inflammation throughout the body.

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Check it Out

If you feel you could benefit from removing ATIs from your diet, it is definitely doable. You’ll want to target foods that contain wheat and replace them with wheat-free selections. There are all types of different flours available that you could use to substitute when cooking and baking. Choosing fresh produce over many carbohydrates is a simple and nutritious way to make the change. Beans, legumes, and other grains are delicious choices to keep your diet gluten- and ATI-free.

Inflammation is a precursor and antagonist for chronic disease. Anyway to keep inflammation levels low is a plus.

 

It Takes a Village and It’s Not Just a Cliché

Raising a child is a monumental task for any parent—whether it’s the year 1, the 1400’s, or 2018. That’s why the concept of “the village” has remained so crucial to child rearing.

The Perks and the Pitfalls

There’s no specific definition of the people in “the village” other than they generally include family, friends, and neighbors, give or take a few. Even before you have children—when you’re pregnant—your people are there to help, give advice, and also, annoy you.

But that’s the beauty of a community-based support system. Everyone needs a hand now and then. And, we also grow and feel a sense of fulfillment when we’re the helper. It’s a give-and-take, information-sharing, and learning/teaching system; Cultivating that philosophy can help you, your children, and your family feel secure—especially in times of parenting dire straits.

How to Build Your Own Village

You may really like your existing biological or married-into family. And they may live nearby. And they may be willing to lend some advice, a hand, some babysitting, and some money. But that’s a lot of some “maybes.”

Most Americans aren’t fortunate enough to check “yes” to all (or even one) of the boxes above. We’re a transient society for the most part, and, face it, family as it was celebrated in the old country, just doesn’t exist here anymore that often. That’s why it’s necessary for young parents to cultivate their own village within their large circle of circumstance.

When They’re Babies…

If mom or dad is fortunate enough not to have to go into the office when a baby is young, it’s an ideal time to make new tribal friends. “Mommy and Me”–type classes are a great way to meet new parents like yourselves. Local parks, zoos, and shopping centers are always full with parents looking for ways to occupy their little ones outside the home. These are ideal environments to meet like-minded peers.

If you’re going to work, many coworkers will share the experience of having their children in daycare, too. It’s a great starting-off conversation point.

Don’t be afraid to chat about your lack of: sleep, healthy meals, sex, or even an adult conversation. Everyone with an infant or toddler is in the same playpen.

When They’re in Primary School…

Volunteering is an awesome way to meet other parents and your kids’ peers. Go to all the meetings, presentations, and shows, if your schedule allows. You’ll find you run into the same adults over and over. Some you will feel an affinity with—others you wished you never met. Either way, they’re part of your extraneous village, and you need to be respectful and grateful to have them aboard.

After-school activities are also another way to collect more members into your kinship. Someone’s always got to divvy up snack-duty, cleanup, or keep score.

By Middle School…

If you haven’t moved locations too often when the kids were really young, by middle school, you should have at least a foot (if not a strong standing) within a workable, helpful village.

By this point, you can trust other parents to drive your kid home from school or a birthday party. You, too, can be expected help other families when their kids need rides or food, or a place to stay until another working parent finally gets home after dark.

By High School…

At this point, it becomes a lot more serious. Sex, alcohol, drugs, impulsivity and other teenage perilous behaviors come into play during this stage of parenting. This is where your village needs to be fortuitous and candid.

If anyone in your village thinks their kid isn’t partaking in (or at least witness to) any of the above, it may be time to offer them a neighborly wake-up call.

No one likes snoops or snitches. But when it comes to your child’s welfare, maybe that’s what a villager’s job is when your kid is a teen. Letting another parent gently know that their child was seen doing  (fill in the blank), can cause embarrassment and defensiveness. But if the information ultimately helps the child, the parent, or the family overall, perhaps your village duty has been accomplished admirably.

Village, People!

However you decide to parent and whatever obstacles have led to hardships in your parenting arena, know that out there, somewhere, there is a village ready to embrace you and yours.

Calm The Mind
Calm The Mind

Uncover the Cause of Your Weight Gain…

What is really causing you to gain weight?

Have you always struggled with weight gain but haven’t been able to figure out what’s causing it?

There are several things that can cause us to gain weight: eating too much, not enough or just eating the wrong foods. But for many of us, even when it seems like we are doing everything right, we are still gaining weight. If this is you, maybe it’s time to consider that you may actually have a medical condition causing you to gain weight rapidly!

You may not have suspected any of the following conditions, which may be causing you to gain weight.

3 Causes of Weight Gain You Need To Consider

Depression (Causes Weight Gain)

Recent studies link obesity to a greater risk of developing depression – and vice versa.

Typically, people who are depressed tend to eat more without even realizing it. Depression causes your body to shut down a little when it knows you aren’t happy, so even if you are not eating more than normal, your body isn’t processing and burning the calories like normal.

The study also states that if someone is both overweight and depressed, the first step may be to treat the depression. However, if you are binge eating and feel out of control, treating the food addiction comes first.

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome PCOS (Causes Weight Gain)

Women who suffer from polycystic ovarian syndrome experience high androgen levels. This leads to symptoms such as body hair growth, acne, irregular periods and weight gain.

The condition is caused from an overproduction of hormones, making it more difficult to lose weight.

PCOS makes it more difficult for the body to use the hormone insulin, which normally helps convert sugars and starches from foods into energy.

See a doctor right away if you suspect PCOS. The doctor may prescribe anti-androgen medication to help you shed some weight. Shedding weight will also decrease your chances of other diseases and conditions.

Hypothyroidism (Causes Weight Gain)

This condition is when your thyroid gland does not produce enough hormones to aid in your metabolism. Hypothyroidism affects both men and women. It can be diagnosed with a simple blood test.

If you have trouble losing weight and you believe there is more to it than just poor diet and exercise, speak with your doctor today. Consider focusing on what you can control, like sleep, exercise and stress management.

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Health Benefits of Yoga Pilates, and Deep Breathing

Yoga & Pilates have been around forever and knowing the benefits will help you understand why they’re so powerful!

Yoga, Pilates and Meditation are now known across the world, mostly for the extreme health benefits that they bring to the table. It doesn’t matter what age you are or what level fitness you are in; anyone can benefit from both.

More Than 20 Million Across the Globe

Take a Pilates or Yoga class or do Yoga and Pilates exercises in some form or another. This exercise regime is said to give people many physical and mental benefits.

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Both Yoga and Pilates Make Your body More Flexible and Help Stretch Muscles Giving you Valuable Energy …

Stretching or holding poses overtime and using the reformer on a regular basis not only extends your range of motion, but it makes you more flexible as well. Becoming more flexible will also help you achieve other physical improvements, such as relief from back pain.

 

Yoga Can Improve Your Breathing, and so can Pilates!

When you are in a Pilates class, careful attention is paid to your breathing patterns. Proper breathing helps with your blood circulation as well, which will make you feel fresh, energized, and happy even far after the Pilates class ends.

Deep breathing gives your body a better supply of oxygen, essential for almost all chemical reactions that take place in your body. Oxygen gives you energy. Breathing out rids carbon dioxide, or waste, from your body. Therefore, deep breathing is a great way to cleanse!

 

Both Can Help to Improve Posture

How many of us struggle with posture?

No matter what you are doing when going about your everyday life, taking Yoga or Pilates reminds to connect your body with your core pull your shoulders down and maintain the good posture.

Focus on posture is vital to your overall health and good posture in your class will change the way you carry yourself outside of class.

Yoga Pants
Yoga Pants

Want to Build Better Balance and Core Strength? Yoga Pilates…

Using a Pilates ball or holding a yoga pose on a matt or a reformer makes you use physical coordination and also helps to build better balance.

“Active awareness” of your core muscles while performing Pilates balancing exercises helps you maintain your posture. And, because the core contains and controls your diaphragm improving deep breathing.

 

Overall: Yoga Pilates and even Meditation Make your Body Efficient!

These types of exercises that tone your body, improve your breathing and posture and make you more flexible.

Pilates and Yoga can also help make those at risk for injuries restore muscles, improve body and movement awareness preventing future injuries.

Yoga Pilates and other types of mindful exercises are sweeping the nation and can help you in becoming better, more balanced physically and mentally. Value your body and join Yoga or Pilates today!

Pilates History and Why it Works!

Pilates: A Strength Training Method for Almost a Century

Towards the end of World War I, Joseph Pilates created exercises to strengthen the body and the mind. Almost 100 years later, the success of his method continues to grow, with over 11 million people currently practicing.

The Background Details

Joseph Pilates was born in Germany to a mother who was a naturopath and a father who was a professional gymnast. As a child, he was ill, weak, and frail. Perhaps from using his own inner-determination along with his parents as models, Joseph was able to heal and thrive. He himself grew to become an adept gymnast, as well as a proficient skier.

The family moved to England, where he worked as a circus performer and then a self-defense instructor. But he was eventually placed in an internment camp for “enemy aliens” when the First World War broke out. Joseph worked as an orderly and created special apparatus to help mobilize wounded soldiers. He literally attached springs to hospital beds and designed exercises. His famous piece of equipment, the “Cadillac” was born there.

A Few Years Later…

Joseph immigrated to the United States, and it was on his voyage where he met his third wife, Clara. They were partners in love and business, and in 1926, they opened their first “body-conditioning gym” in New York City.

By then, Joseph had transformed one of his contraptions to help injured dancers. It was called the Universal Reformer, which is now the “Reformer,” one of the best-known apparatus used in Pilates.

Joseph’s method, called “Contrology” incorporated more than just his machines. He integrated three essential principles, which created the base for his exercise philosophy. They were (and still are):

-Breath

-Whole-body health

-Whole-body commitment

 

Mind, Body, and Spirit

Joseph Pilates developed a system of exercises that engaged the whole body through controlled movements. Self-resistance is at the core of the movement—also known as dynamic tension. He defined Contrology as “the comprehensive integration of body, mind, and spirit.”

Each exercise requires complete focus. Traditionally, each movement should involve:

 

  • The breath

  • Concentration

  • Centering

  • Control

  • Precision

  • Flow

 

Many who studied with Joseph in the early days recall him being the mastermind, but Clara was the true teacher. She was the partner who adapted the exercises to best fit the needs of each individual client. That’s a tenant of the method that still exists today.

Another effective approach that continues today with the Pilates method is the “hands on” style used by instructors. That was actually developed by fortunate accident. Since neither Joseph nor Clara spoke English well, they were fairly non-verbal during instruction and guided students’ bodies with their hands.

Media Popularity

Back in New York when the studio first opened, many celebrity dancers visited the gym. They spread word quickly amongst their peers about how Contrology helped them recover from dance injuries. Jerome Robbins and Martha Graham were part of that crew and the buzz got around about this new form of exercise.

Then again, in the 1970s, celebrities touted the benefits of the Pilates Method. (In 1967, Joseph died and his “elders”—those who continued to teach the method—changed the name from Contrology to Pilates.)

Ron Fletcher opened a Pilates studio in Beverly Hills and word spread quickly. Fletcher was identified as an elder, and can be attributed to moving the moves to a mat. He literally took the exercises to a vertical position. No more equipment necessary. Just a mat and a floor.

By 1975, Pilates became well known in the Hollywood circle with such actors as Barbara Streisand, Ali MacGraw, and Candice Bergen. Even Nancy Reagan practiced and spread the good word.

By the 1980s and After…

Pilates studios began springing up everywhere—with machines and without. After a four year lawsuit, in October of 2000, the courts decided that the term Pilates could not be trademarked.

After that, the exercise method no longer belonged to just the elite. Pilates had finally entered the mainstream fitness trend.

Pilates in 2018

Using self-resistance, the movements in Pilates are designed to elongate muscles, improve joint flexibility, decrease risk of injuries, increase core strength, improve balance, shed inches, and realign posture.

There are fundamental exercises in which one should practice before moving forward. The method is called a “practice” for a reason. As you develop strength and increased concentration, you will be able to manage more and more challenging movements, and watch your body sculpt itself naturally.

Pilates benefits the mind and spirit as diligently as it does the body. Some of today’s celebs practicing a form of the method are: Sandra Bullock, Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Aniston, Samuel L. Jackson, and Kate Hudson, among many, many others.

You don’t need to be in the spotlight to feel like a star. Pilates is worth checking out if integrated and whole-body health is of interest to you.

 

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