Neurofeedback puts the breaks on ADHD

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

Paulie (not his real name), a sixth grader, struggled with schoolwork, homework and on-task behaviors. Additionally, he was a challenge for his teachers and parents with hyperactivity, oppositionality and impulsivity. To Paulie, the teachers were the problem, as he pointed out those he disliked.

Grades and not meeting deadlines were beginning to be a concern to his parents. The medication he was taking for ADHD did not seem to be helping, and Paulie was complaining that he no longer liked taking it.

Paulie’s parents decided to have him evaluated. They were very concerned about the level of behavioral support he required at school.

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Seven supplements for beautiful skin from within

submitted by GNC in Newtown

There are so many essential nutrients that influence the look, feel and health of our skin.

Here are some of the supplements that can help your skin glow from the inside out:

  1. Omega 3’s can help reduce inflammation of the skin. This can be taken through fish or krill oil capsules, or through flax, hemp or chia seeds. Also, Sea Buckthorn is a good source of Omega-7, which may increase your collagen levels. This promotes good elasticity of the skin, reduces sagging and improves skin tone.
  2. Vitamin C is critical for collagen synthesis and may aid in reducing UV damage to the skin. Lifestyle choices like smoking or sun overexposure can reduce the vitamin C levels in your skin.
  3. Vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin that aids in the healing properties and tissue rebuilding of the skin. It can help reduce age-related skin problems, like dark spots, wrinkles and fine lines.
  4. Vitamin E can aid in reducing stretch marks when topically applied. It also shows benefits in wound healing and scar reduction. As a key antioxidant, vitamin E can fight premature aging by protecting cells from free radical damage.
  5. Zinc is well-known for its wound healing and anti-inflammatory properties. Research shows that oral zinc is an essential micronutrient for skin growth and repair.
  6. Probiotics are a great source of good bacteria for the gut. If you feel your skin problems are a result of your digestive issues, probiotics may be able to provide a balance of the good and bad bacteria in your gut. Symptoms like rosacea, acne and excessive dryness.
  7. Alpha-Lipoic Acid (ALA) is known as the “universal antioxidant” because it is both fat and water-soluble. ALA can be taken internally to help shrink pore size and add radiance to the skin. It is also used in topical skin formulations that can reduce redness and blotchiness of the skin. Since ALA has the capacity to regulate the production of nitric oxide, which opens up the blood vessels in the skin, ALA can transform a dull and pasty complexion to a vibrant and glowing one.
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Waiting to buy a home may cost you in more ways than one

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

If you’re considering a move, whether it’s into your first home or a larger one, waiting to do so could end up costing you thousands of dollars. With most economists in agreement that interest rates will most likely rise by the end of the year, the first way you end up behind the eight ball is with a higher interest rate for your mortgage.

Consider this – if rates move from their current 4% up to 5%, a $300,000 mortgage jumps $177/month from $1434 to $1611 for principal and interest. Or, that payment of $1434 now only buys you $267,000 worth of mortgage money – $33,000 less, which puts you in a different price category.

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Unplug… and go outside!

submitted by Diane Marrazzo, Marrazzo’s North River

The cold and snowy winter is over. Flowers are in bloom. The season to eat, sleep, and dream outdoors!

So what do you have to do? Unplug…and go outside!

It may seem like a contradiction that in order to connect with your inner world you should go to the outer world, but there is something special that happens when you meet Mother Nature. When you are in Her presence, you find your authentic self.

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Non-ablative skin resurfacing and rejuvenation

submitted by Brittany Bray, B.A., LMA, Aesthetics Director, Lifestyle MedSpa

Lasers have gained popularity in the last decade for skin rejuvenation. With less downtime and safer recovery than deep chemical peels, this momentum is easy to understand.

The conditions that may be treated include skin tightening, sun damage removal, elimination of scars, redness reduction and wrinkle correction. To correct these issues, some lasers may use more ablative technology within one treatment but have more risks involved.

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Your home’s first impression begins in the car

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

That’s right – the first impression buyers have of your home occurs as they pull up to the curb, which is why we can’t say it often enough. Stand in the street and take a critical view of your home’s exterior because buyers can’t see how great it is inside if they never get out of the car.

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Arthritis pain? Take an alternative approach

submitted by GNC Newtown

If you suffer with arthritis pain, you’re certainly aware how everyday activities are affected by the discomfort and stiffness associated with this condition. The good news is that there are many natural arthritis remedies on the market proving to be effective in reducing pain.

“Whether or not you’re taking prescription or non-prescription arthritis medicines, it may be worthwhile to turn to these alternative supplements,” says Dr. David Pisetsky, professor of medicine and immunology at Duke University Medical Center.

With this in mind, here are some joint supplements worth considering:

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Head injury retreat with neurofeedback

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

Regina (not her real name), an adult woman, was concerned about the consequences of the many head injuries sustained during her younger years. Injuries from several car accidents and sports injuries were causing her concern.

She reports being forgetful, struggling with driving routes, feeling anxious, being impatient, having difficulty staying on task, sleep difficulties, worrying, and difficulty following directions. Feeling helpless and unsure of her future, she was concerned she would develop Alzheimer’s as a result of the injuries.

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Chronic inflammation: What you can do about it

submitted by GNC Newtown

Inflammation is the activation of the immune system in response to infection, irritation or injury. Sometimes this response goes out of control and the excessive inflammation has been shown to lead to many prevalent diseases and disorders. Characterized by an influx of white blood cells, redness, heat, swelling, pain and organ dysfunction, inflammation has different names depending on where it is found in the body. Allergy sufferers are familiar with rhinitis (inflammation of the nose), sinusitis (inflammation of the sinuses), and asthma (inflammation of the airways). Those suffering with arthritis are dealing with inflammation of the joints, while dermatitis indicates inflammation of the skin. Also, most cardiovascular ailments are being linked to inflammation.

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Why mulch?

submitted by Jim Trymbiski of Victory Gardens, Inc.

There are numerous reasons to mulch your landscape and flowerbeds. Aside from the attractive appearance created from a well-mulched garden, here are a few additional reasons to consider mulching this season.

Mulch helps to maintain moisture in the soil by protecting it from evaporation from the sun.

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