Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Crozer's Adolescent DBT Group & Open Intake

Crozer's Adolescent DBT Group & Open Intake Information

Do you know of anyone who struggles with any of the following:
  1. Self- Harm Behaviors, ie, Cutting themselves, Eating Disorders, Suicide attempts/threats
  2. Regular Angry Outbursts
  3. Fear of abandonment
  4. Risky, impulsive behaviors
  5. Extreme emotional sensitivity
The Adolescent DBT Group meets on Mondays from 2 to 4 pm.  If anyone is interested, please call the DBT line at 610-497-7676 for screening.  I have also attached open intake information as well as the DBT information flyer.

Volunteer Opportunity

Tax Season is Around the Corner - We Need Volunteers!
Volunteer Income Tax Preparers
PathWays PA’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program provides free tax preparation to low-income filers so they can access valuable tax refunds and credits.
By volunteering only 3-4 hours a week during tax season, you alone can return over $30,000 to local working families! PathWays PA is looking for volunteers during the day, afternoons, evenings or Saturdays. No tax experience is required; free IRS-certified tax training is provided.
VITA volunteers will file tax returns, bringing thousands of dollars back to low-income working families; become an IRS-certified tax preparer; and get their own tax return filed for free.
  • Successfully pass open book IRS certification exam on required tax law knowledge
  • Prepare federal & state returns.
  • Conduct thorough interview with tax filer to obtain necessary information to prepare accurate return
  • Review returns prepared by other volunteers to ensure accuracy
  • Treat tax clients with respect and maintain their privacy & confidentiality
  • Provide information about other programs, such as financial education & counseling, FAFSA, SNAP (food stamps), LIHEAP, Healthcare and asset development strategies that tax filers may be able to utilize.
  • Commit to a set schedule of 3-4 hours each week during tax season to assist our tax clients. (January 26-April 15th)
  • No tax experience is required; free IRS-certified tax training is provided.
  • Comfort using computers
  • Good interpersonal skills and comfort with a wide range of people;
  • Strong interest in helping low-moderate income people become self-sufficient by accessing job supports (tax credits, financial counseling, SNAP, affordable health & child care, housing and education);
  • Dependable, hard worker
Benefit to Volunteers:
  • Learn new skills that will benefit you beyond the VITA Program and make you more marketable
  • Become an IRS certified preparer
  • Help people access their full refunds and federal and state tax credits
  • Save filers hundreds of dollars in tax preparation fees
  • Gain a sense of pride as you provide a valuable service to the community
Participate in an enjoyable and rewarding experience
  • Multiple locations available throughout Philadelphia and Delaware County
Investing your time in our VITA program is an investment in your local families and communities!
For more information about becoming a VITA volunteer, contact Maria Duncan-Prince at mduncan-prince@pathwayspa.org or at 610.543.5022 x239.

Entrepreneurial Education for Students in Grades 6-12

This is a national program being offered in the Philadelphia area. There is are $525 fee for this program, however need scholarships may be available. 

The deadline to apply is this Wednesday Oct. 22nd, but if interested parties call 215-628-3875, they will extend the deadline. The program brochure and application are attached.

The Young Entrepreneurs Academy, or YEA!, is a groundbreaking educational program that takes students in grades six through twelve through the process of starting and running real businesses over the course of a full academic year. Students work in close cooperation with local leaders of industry,community members, and educators to develop ideas and objectives, write business plans, pitch potential investors, obtain funding, register with governmental agencies, develop their brand identity and much more! By the end of the class, students own and operate fully functioning businesses that can be carried on after graduation. Students learn to make a job--not just take a job! YEA!’s direct mission is to help students embrace their passion, energy, creativity and talents, launch a venture, and view entrepreneurship as synonymous with success and freedom.  YEA! Was founded in 2004 at the University of Rochester with support from the Kauffman Foundation, to create its own not-for-profit corporation, YEA! Inc. The local YEA! Program is sponsored by: Greater Philadelphia Foundation for Women Entrepreneurs, The Foundation of the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce and Rosemont College.

It really is a life changing experience.  You might want to watch this video as well. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5XI335L73Ms

Beating That Bloated Feeling

 Beating That Bloated Feeling

Everyone gets bloated from time to time. These tips can help you beat the discomfort of gas.

Belly bloat is uncomfortable and even unsightly, if only to your own eyes. Thankfully its causes are no mystery, so you can take steps avoid it.
You may be surprised to find out that our bodies do not produce gas on their own. There are two basic sources of gas:
  • Swallowed air. This includes air from carbonated beverages, and usually leads to belching.
  • Bacteria. The gas that creates flatulence is made by bacteria; these live normally and healthfully in our colons and convert undigested sugars into gas.
If that excess air is not relieved by belching or passing gas, you get bloating. But these two basic causes of gas give us a hint about how to avoid feeling bloated.

Cutting Down on Bloating

Not to blame the victim, but your bloated belly is largely, yes, your own fault. What you eat or drink, and how you eat or drink it, causes the gas and discomfort you want to avoid.
Here are the essential steps to avoiding bloating:
  • Look out for raffinose. This is a sugar found in broccoli and beans. We can’t absorb or digest it, but our healthy bacteria love to turn it into gas. “There is an enzyme that can break down this sugar, but it’s not highly effective,” notes Stephen Hanauer, MD, professor of medicine and chief of the section of gastroenterology and nutrition at the University of Chicago Medical Center.
  • Respect lactose intolerance. “Women or men who are sensitive to lactose, the sugar in milk, will also notice more bloating,” says Dr. Hanauer. You may want to find alternatives to the dairy products that are causing you discomfort. However, yogurt is usually well tolerated.
  • Avoid simple carbohydrates and sugars. This includes sweets such as candy and cookies.
  • Eat slowly. Eating quickly can lead to swallowing air, which causes bloating and gas.
  • Don’t use a straw. Each sip draws air (from the upper part of the straw) into your mouth which is swallowed. This creates the same problem as eating quickly.
  • Avoid carbonated beverages. The bubbles in these drinks are gasses.
  • Cut back on artificial sweeteners. For some people, these may contribute to gas and bloating. Check labels of foods labeled sugar-free — ingredients called "sugar alcohols" can be a particular problem.
  • Go low- or no-fructose. Fructose is a natural sugar that is found in fruits, honey, and some vegetables. Foods with higher levels of fructose may create more bloating for some people. High-fructose corn syrup, an ingredient found in many processed foods and sweetened beverages, is also a likely contributor to discomfort for some.
  • Take notes. Bloating is a highly individual response. While there are some likely suspects, you should take careful note of the foods, drinks, and situations that seem to give rise to your discomfort.

If bloating is particularly frustrating, you may be tempted to avoid otherwise healthy fiber entirely. This is not a good idea for your overall health, says Hanauer. “If you avoid fiber, what’s going to happen is that you’re going to get more constipated,” he says.

Instead, if you have tried all these suggestions and you still can’t identify the cause of bloating in your life, you may need to talk to an expert. “It’s helpful to meet with a dietitian to identify the simple carbs that patients are not recognizing,” he explains.

Bloating or Sensitivity?

For a small number of people, the problem may not be actual gas but their perception of gas. “When we measure the actual amount of gas in the intestine of people who complain of bloating, it’s no different [than] other people,” says Hanauer. “What’s happening is they feel it more.”

If you suspect that sensitivity to gas is your problem, you may want to meet with a gastroenterologist to find out how you can manage this heightened sense of discomfort.

Beating the bloat is within your reach, as long as you understand what is probably causing your bloating and discomfort.

Learn more in the Everyday Health Digestive Health Center.

7 Natural Pain Relievers Found in Your Kitchen

7 Natural Pain Relievers Found in Your Kitchen

If you’re in pain and would rather turn to a natural remedy for pain relief than face the side effects of a strong medication, there are a number of great options that are probably right inside your kitchen.

Joint and muscle pain
A 2012 study out of Denmark, published in the journal Arthritis, compared ginger extract to the common drugs cortisone and ibuprofen for the treatment of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. They found that when people suffering from the aches and pains of these conditions added ginger to their diet, it eased muscle and joint pain, swelling and stiffness for up to 63 percent of the study participants within two months. The researchers credited ginger’s potent compounds known as gingerols, which prevent the production of hormones that trigger pain.

To relieve your pain, sip ginger tea, add fresh ginger root to a smoothie or add it to meals. Fresh ginger’s tangy freshness, light spiciness, warmth and mellow sweetness complement a range of dishes, from sweet to savory.

If you’ve got a toothache and can’t get to your dentist, try gently chewing on a clove to ease the pain and inflammation. Experts say cloves contain a natural compound called eugenol, which is a powerful anesthetic. You can also use clove oil by dipping a cotton swab into the oil and dabbing it onto the affected area, just be careful not to use too much as it can sting.

If you’ve got a headache, brew up some rosemary tea. It helps to keep the blood vessels dilated and also has anti-inflammatory properties which work together to reduce the pain. Use one teaspoon of rosemary per cup of hot water, steep for 10 minutes, strain and sip. Alternatively, you can try massaging your head with rosemary oil to alleviate the pain.

Apple cider vinegar can help to relieve heartburn. Just combine one tablespoon with eight ounces of water before every meal and you can stop painful bouts of heartburn in as little as 24 hours. As it’s rich in malic and tartaric acids, it helps to speed the breakdown of fats and proteins so that the stomach can empty before the food gets up into the esophagus where it triggers heartburn pain.

Sinus pain
A warming, drying herb like thyme can help relieve sinus pain and pressure due to it’s strongly antiseptic nature as well as being a traditional remedy for respiratory infections. Steep one to two teaspoons of dried thyme in a cup of boiling water for about ten minutes. Drink three times a day.

Foot pain
Modern kitchen interior.Foot pain, such as ingrown nails, can be soothed with salt. By regularly soaking your feet in a warm salt water bath, it can cure this painful infection within four days, according to Stanford University researchers.
The salt helps to naturally battle inflammation in addition to offering antibacterial components, quickly destroying the germs that cause pain and swelling. Mix one teaspoon of salt per cup of water, heating to the warmest tolerable temperature, and then soak the affected foot for 20 minutes twice a day, until the infection subsides.

Stomach upset
If you’ve got a painful rumbling in your gastrointestinal tract, drinking peppermint or ginger tea can help. They’re both well known to be highly effective remedies for digestive distress. These herbs contain compounds that help stomach and intestinal contractions to occur in regular, rhythmic patterns and prevent digestive muscles from tensing erratically, which are known to cause nausea and pain.

-The Alternative Daily

4 Nutritional Supplements Every Man Needs

4 Nutritional Supplements Every Man Needs

Published Jun 10, 2014

Let’s face it, most men don’t focus on their health. If you are trying to make a healthy change, going to your local grocery store or natural foods market can be confusing with immune boosters, belly blasters, and heart-protecting pills stocked on every shelf. But what supplements do men really need? Here are my recommendations for every man:

Omega-3-Fatty Acids

Studies continue to show us that men need Omega-3’s for a healthy heart and brain. Omega-3 fatty acids are vital in cellular function and also help protect the arteries from plaque buildup. They are most commonly found in fatty fish, but it can be challenging to get enough through diet alone. Look for an Omega-3-Fatty Acid supplement that contains EPA and DHA. These are two essential Omega-3 fatty acids most commonly derived from fish sources. Plant sources like algae only provide DHA.  1,000mg-2,000mg daily is recommended, with at least 500mg of DHA and EPA.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D has long been known to play a vital role in calcium absorption and bone health, but continued research shows us that it has a multitude of other disease fighting properties. One recent study showed that individuals with pancreatic and colorectal cancer were found to have extremely low levels of Vitamin D. Studies have also linked adequate levels of Vitamin D to being protective against heart attacks and strokes.  1,000 IU daily is adequate to get these health benefits.


This antioxidant plays a significant role in cancer protection. One study showed that elevated blood lycopene levels were correlated to lower prostate cancer risks amongst over 400 men in the study. Lycopene is easily absorbed through food sources (tomatoes) and supplements, and in men is stored in the prostate gland. This also contributes to its’ cancer fighting abilities.

CoEnzyme Q10

This is a natural antioxidant that helps keep the cardiac muscle strong, reduces inflammation, and may slow the progression of Parkinson’s disease. This is also more difficult to get in the daily diet, making a daily supplement a good option. About 100mg daily is good for many however, if you are taking any cholesterol medications or other heart medications your personal physician can help determine the best dose for you.
Some supplements can interact with regular medications. Always check with your personal physician before starting a supplement. This is also important so he/she is aware of all your medications and vitamins.
How much do you know about men’s health? Take a look at what these guys knew (or didn’t!) about their health.

Detox and Freshen Breathe with Cardamon

Detox and Freshen Breathe with Cardamon

Cardamom, known in India as the ‘Queen of Spices,’ originated in the evergreen rainforests of southern India. This relative of ginger and turmeric has been celebrated since ancient times for its potent therapeutic properties, as well as its culinary value in the cuisines of India, Nepal, Pakistan and China.

These seed pods were harvested from wild plants until British colonists in India began to cultivate them in the 19th century, setting up cardamom plantations across India. Cardamom has a history of traditional medicinal use for its antispasmodic, antiseptic, diuretic and tonic properties, among many others. In Ayurvedic medicine, it is used to treat digestive issues, mouth ulcers and alleviating depression.

The cardamom plant, which grows to about four meters long, bears seed pods of up to four centimeters. There are two main types of cardamom, Amomum and Elettaria. Amomum pods are larger, dark brown, and have a rougher pod coating, while Elettaria pods are smaller and are light green in color. Cardamom has an intense and distinctive flavor, reminiscent of a mix of pepper, citrus and camphor.

Each seed of this exotic spice is packed with:
  • Calcium
  • Fiber
  • Iron
  • Magnesium
  • Manganese
  • Phosphorus
  • Potassium
  • Protein
  • Vitamins B1, B2, B3 and B6
  • Vitamin C
  • Zinc
Health Benefits
Cardamom seeds and cardamom oil have many noted antioxidant properties. Like its cousin ginger, cardamom is an anti-inflammatory food that can both help to reduce pain from inflammatory conditions such as arthritis, and may prevent many chronic diseases which have inflammation at their core. Also similarly to ginger, cardamom can help to ease digestive disturbances such as nausea, constipation and heartburn. It can also help to stimulate appetite.

Much of cardamom’s potent antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal characteristics are due to its concentration of volatile essential oils. These include citronellol, myrcene, limonene, pinene, terpinolene, geraniol and many others. Volatile essential oils both help to prevent infections, and may combat existing ones. Traditionally, cardamom has been used to fight the common cold and flu, as well as bronchitis. These compounds are the subject of a body of research investigating their anticarcinogenic properties.
Chardomon and ClovesCardamom is a great addition to a detox or cleanse, because of its volatile essential oils, nutrient content, and diuretic properties. Its diuretic nature works to flush toxins, waste and excess sodium from the kidneys, bladder and urinary tract. The fiber content of cardamom helps to eliminate toxins from the digestive tract, and is also heart-healthy, as it can help to lower blood pressure and prevent the clogging of arteries.

An added benefit: cardamom seeds can freshen your breath like no mint ever could. In India, it is a custom to chew a cardamom seed after a meal.

-The Alternative Daily