Social phobia bows to neurofeedback

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

Nate (not his real name) was struggling with fear of being in crowds. He was anxious about going anywhere in public. His job involved interacting with people he did not know, which was becoming a serious problem for him. He often had difficulty falling asleep. He was unsure of whether he could keep up with his responsibilities and feared he might lose his job. He was irritable and often argued with his girlfriend, causing a strain on their relationship. On weekends he would drink just to calm himself down, which he thought, at times, could be in excess.

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The benefits of dental technology

submitted by Drs. Hopenwasser, Faust & Scholl, Bucks County Smiles

Lasers. Velscope. CAD-CAM technology and CEREC. Digital Radiography. Dental technology is always changing and improving. What are these advances and how can you benefit from them?

Lasers have advanced nearly every facet of medicine. Dentistry is no exception. Lasers can be used for some periodontal procedures. Gum tissue treatment is much easier when a laser is used. Healing is quicker and discomfort reduced and often eliminated. Lasers are also used to re-shape the gums to enhance one’s smile. In some cases, a laser can be used to replace the drill to remove decay.’

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Solarize with your neighbors and save!

submitted by Mark Bortman, Exact Solar, mark@exactsolar.com

Anyone who’s been to a big-box wholesaler knows the (not so secret) secret: buying in bulk saves money. Now, with a “Solarize Philadelphia!” campaign, that concept is being extended to solar energy systems. The idea is to band together with a bunch of neighbors and get a group discount for installing solar panels on your house.

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Some of the advantages of solar energy

submitted by Mark Bortman, Exact Solar, mark@exactsolar.com

If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance you had to turn on a light. When you stop and think about it, it is pretty incredible that every time we flip the switch, the lights go on (well, almost).

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Dental emergency treatment

submitted by Howard Hopenwasser, DMD, www.BucksCountySmiles.com

*Canker Sores – Apply baking soda or an over-the-counter oral gel, such as glyoxide, and to the affected area. Never place Aspirin, Tylenol (Acetaminophen) or Advil (Ibuprofen) directly on any area in the mouth. If the sore persists for more than one week, call your dental office for an appointment

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Neurofeedback conquers anxiety and trauma

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

Charlotte (not her real name) felt limited by her fear of driving. It prevented her from engaging in many activities and going places that were desirable. Visiting family members who lived at a distance was always difficult for her, and she would often forego the drive, causing her to miss out on family events. As a passenger she also struggled with the stress of riding in the car.

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Parmesan cream of crab sauce over bowtie pasta

submitted by Capt’n Chucky’s CrabCake Company, www.captnchuckysyardley.com

Warm up this fall with a quick, easy way to prepare a seafood dish. Combine Capt’n Chucky’s homemade Cream of Crab Soup with a handful of grated Parmesan cheese in a saucepan, and slowly warm on stovetop. Stir frequently to create a thick and creamy sauce. At the same time, prepare bowtie (or your favorite) pasta, according to manufacturer’s directions, drain well and empty into serving bowl.

When sauce reaches desired temperature, pour over the prepared pasta and mix until pasta is thoroughly coated. For an added treat, toss a few wild caught steamed shrimp into the sauce while warming. To add a little kick, sprinkle in some Outerbridge’s Original Sherry Pepper sauce. Enjoy!

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Renewable energy becoming mainstream

submitted by Mark Bortman, Exact Solar, mark@exactsolar.com

Something is happening now that I never could have imagined. As recently as a couple of years ago, it seemed that solar panels were the domain of the rich and NASA. That is not the case anymore. Solar panels have become mainstream, so mainstream that there’s now a category for Best Solar Panel Installations in the Best of Philly annual awards.

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Back-to-school lunch basics

submitted by Megan Collins, retail dietitian, ShopRite of Yardley

With summer coming to a close and the back-to-school season rapidly approaching, so comes the daily question of “What can I pack for lunch?” Make sure lunch is tasty while providing proteins, grains, fruits, vegetables, and dairy:

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Five tips to maximize the return on investment in your child’s college career

submitted by Michael Garry, CFP®, JD/MBA, Yardley Wealth Management, LLC

This graduation season there are the usual stories about student debt accompanied by news of the highest-paying college majors. If you want your child to be miserable, encourage them to pick a major by its current pay.

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