Health

Hospital Warrior: How to Get the Best Care for Your Loved One

When someone you love is hospitalized, it can be scary–even terrifying–for the patient and for family and friends. A hospital may seem like a foreign land. Sounds, smells, and the culture are unfamiliar; even the medical terminology sounds like a different language. Understanding the hospital environment and knowing how to navigate its complicated pathways can make you a strong champion for your loved one. You are as critical to your loved one’s recovery as the doctors and nurses. Your role is different, but vital. In some cases, you can make the difference between life and death. Hospital Warrior de-mystifies the process and provides … [Read more...]

What’s the Deal with Caregiving?

What’s the Deal with Caregiving?

The CDC reports that there are over 34 million unpaid caregivers who provide care to someone age 18 and older who is ill or has a disability and that an estimated 21% of households in the United States are impacted by caregiving responsibilities. So with so many people struggling with caregiving responsibilities, why do caregivers feel alone and on their own? Chris MacLellan, who has experienced the role of a caregiver, not once, but twice has written a long needed guidebook for caregivers that provides guidance, tips, resources, compassion and advice that is all based on his own experience and desire to help others who struggle with the … [Read more...]

Someone I Love Has ALS: A Family Caregiver Guide

Someone I Love Has ALS: A Family Caregiver Guide

Kevin and Jodi O'Donnell, were a young New Jersey couple busy raising a toddler and making plans for their future when they received life-altering news in 1995 that changed everything as they knew it. Kevin was only 30 years old when he was told that his health problems were the result of a rare, terminal disease called ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis), or Lou Gehrig's disease. Kevin and Jodi had not heard of ALS until then and had no idea how those three letters would challenge everything they thought to be certain. After more than 20 years of working with ALS families, Jodi realized that more information and better resources could be … [Read more...]

What’s the Deal with Primal Eating and the Paleo Diet?

What’s the Deal with Primal Eating and the Paleo Diet?

What’s the Deal with Primal Eating and the Paleo Diet? is an easy to digest overview of a paleo and primal lifestyle, where readers can quickly and easily walk away understanding what steps are needed to adapt some of the protocols. Paleo is a must-know diet that many are touting and incorporating into their routine to optimize health. Kelly O. Schmidt, a registered dietitian and leading voice in the paleo and primal lifestyle movement is a passionate health advocate who stumbled upon this lifestyle while uncovering the best method for managing her type 1 diabetes. In What’s the Deal with Primal Eating and the Paleo Diet? Kelly explains … [Read more...]