Acid reflux? Treat it naturally!

submitted by GNC Newtown

Acid reflux is an extremely common health condition affecting as much as half of the adult population in the United States. Its most common symptom is heartburn – a burning sensation that travels from the breastbone up to the throat.

Currently, millions of Americans take a variety of prescription drugs to reduce the symptoms of acid reflux. However, recent reports of side effects connected with these medications has many consumers looking for alternative ways to treat their heartburn.

Fortunately, there are several natural remedies that have been used throughout the years with a high level of success. Before discussing these alternative measures, it is important to note that the first line of defense in addressing acid reflux is restoring your natural gastric balance and function.

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Staging don’ts when preparing your home for sale

submitted by Kathleen Layton, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services/Fox Roach Realtors Newtown Office

Unless you’ve been living in East Jibip, you’ve probably heard how staging your home can positively impact the sale price and shorten the marketing time.

There’s been plenty written about what to do when staging your home, but consider a few things NOT to do:

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Autism turns the corner with neurofeedback

submitted by Dr. Maria DiDonato, D.Ed. Psychologist, Achievement & Wellness Center, www.achievewell.net

Meg (not her real name), a cute six-year-old girl, was diagnosed with autism. She had difficulty interacting with others including her younger sister, feared being touched, had sensitivity to loud noises, resisted baths and hair cuts.

She hardly noticed the family pet. She demonstrated limited language skills and frustration communicating her needs. She was asocial at school.

Parental concerns for cute little Meg were her inability to interact satisfactorily at home and school, academically, socially and emotionally. She was an island to herself. Her mother felt a need to do what she could to help her daughter live a more normal and happy life. Mom was willing to give neurofeedback a chance.

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Ready for the best workout…ever?!

submitted by GNC Newtown

You walk into the gym, hoping for a great workout. Will you have enough in your tank to pull it off?

The right food will provide a good amount of the raw energy to finish what you start, but that’s only a piece of the puzzle. The right supplements can fill in these gaps, helping you maintain high intensity levels.

Here are five categories of pre-workout supplements you should consider adding to your regimen before heading to the gym:

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It isn’t always ADHD

submitted by Dr. Maria DiDonato, D.Ed. Psychologist, Achievement & Wellness Center, www.achievewell.net

Lucy (not her real name), as an intelligent and energetic high school freshman, enjoyed the non-academic school atmosphere more than her studies. She began neurofeedback with a long history of ADHD treatment with stimulant medication.

Initially, neurofeedback treatment addressed many areas of ADHD, but she still lacked the academic focus that matched her ability. Her parents expressed concern because she seemed to lack purpose, initiative, motivation and real goals for all things academic despite her ability.

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Creating a ‘good’ garden design

submitted by Jon Kontz, General Manager, PLANT at Shady Brook Farm, www.plantdesigngroup.com

What makes a “good” garden design? Is it plant selection? Is it color? Is it layout? It is all these and more.

Good garden design is not achieved by nice colors, cool plants, or clever arrangements. Good design is ultimately measured by the feeling and emotion that a space provokes and the usefulness that it encourages. This leads to designing using plants, stone and their arrangements as the medium to fulfill a design, not as the focus of the design.

Use the host space as a template through which your ideas are filtered to come up with a style that works in that space and that suits you. Once you have parameters for the design, use plants, stone and natural elements to paint a picture.

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Shed those extra pounds with fat blasting supplements

submitted by GNC, Newtown

Many of us are involved in a seemingly endless battle to lose weight.

While no one disputes the fact that sustainable weight control requires proper food choices, exercise and hydration, a new generation of supplements can give us all a boost in dropping a few extra pounds.

GARCINIA CAMBOGIA – This fruit, indigenous to India and Thailand can be helpful in controlling appetite. In addition, it reduces the body’s ability to store fat while increasing energy. Some studies suggest that garcinia might even lower serum triglycerides.

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Neurofeedback calms impulsive outbursts

submitted by Dr. Maria DiDonato, D.Ed. Psychologist, Achievement & Wellness Center, www.achievewell.net

Judy (not her real name) is an 11-year-old student with autism whose unpredictable impulse controls were challenging to those around her. Her outbursts were sometimes aggressive, causing the adults to have concern for the repercussions from her behaviors.

Behavioral management programs were ineffective in preventing the impulsivity and aggression, which generally seemed unprovoked. The calming strategies she learned were often helpful after the fact. Parents and teachers were searching for something that would help prevent the frequent overreactions.

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Early Signs of Autism can be caught by parents if they know what to look for

submitted by Jennifer Niemeyer, M.S. CCC-SLP, Yardley Speech and Language, www.yardleyspeechandlanguage.com

Despite evidence that screening tests given to toddlers aged 16 to 30 months are a good predictor for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), there is no universal screening program in the US at this time. Therefore, it is imperative to give parents information about typical and atypical preverbal behaviors in the very young.

Even babies younger than 12 months of age who will eventually be diagnosed with autism are demonstrating differences in eye gaze, babbling and feeding behaviors.

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Low inventory and high demand of homes in Bucks County

submitted by Kathleen Layton, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services/Fox Roach Realtors Newtown Office

The trend in our local Bucks County market of low inventory and high demand is continuing. The gap between ready, willing and able buyers and available homes to sell them is continuing to widen.

In many cases where homes are priced properly and in good condition, we’re consistently seeing multiple-offer situations, buyers paying above appraised value and/or asking price, and homes selling in less than 10 days in our local market. Our market cannot move forward without inventory because we cannot place our buyers into homes.

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