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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Top eight list of showing “DON’TS” for home sellers

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

  1. Don’t follow buyers through the house and try to “sell” them on all its wonderful features – get outta Dodge!
  2. Don’t leave out your bowling trophies, stuffed dead animals or plastic encased doll collection complete w/ certificates of authenticity. The goal is for prospective buyers to look at your space, not your stuff.
  3. Don’t dismiss the importance of Staging – it’s a critical step in a successful home sale.
  4. Don’t dismiss the importance of a deep clean – both inside and out. It is probably the single most important factor when showing your home.
  5. Don’t think that just because you can no longer smell it, your house doesn’t stink! Ask a good friend to come over for a “smell test” as unpleasant odors are a deal killer.
  6. Don’t keep up your wedding picture with the bad hair from the 70’s – or worse yet, the glamour shot with the provocative draping on the fake bear rug that hangs in your bedroom.
  7. Don’t make it difficult to show your home! When you refuse a showing and ask that they come at a different time, it often isn’t possible to re-route the entire itinerary, and you’ll be taken off the list.
  8. Don’t think a “lived in” look is going to cut it. Piles of dirty laundry, globs of toothpaste stuck in the sink, toilet seats in the up position and unmade beds are unacceptable.
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Dog and other matters

by Kate Fratti

Dog was just a puppy when I first began writing about her 12 years ago. Son brought her into my kitchen over his shoulder. She weighed about as much a Perdue chicken. How was I to know that that chicken was to grow into an 85-pound beast? A beast and a best friend who can’t control her licker.

People as close as Bristol Borough have debated a ban on Pit Bulls. They call it Breed Specific legislation.

As Donald Trump would say, “It’s stuuupid.”

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Chronic inflammation – What you can do about it

submitted by GNC, Newtown

Inflammation is the precursor for most, if not all, degenerative diseases such as arthritis, cardiovascular disease and even cancer. Recent clinical studies have shown several dietary supplements to be effective in treating chronic or systemic inflammation, and many of these are gaining popularity among health conscious consumers.

Here are some products you should consider given their potent ant-inflammatory properties:

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