How to Have a Healthy and Happy Holiday Season

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Written by Anthea Noel, RN

Notice your pants feeling tighter these days? With so many holidays revolving around food this season, it can be tricky trying to keep the pounds at bay. Now that December is in full swing, how are you doing? By keeping portion control and physical activity in mind, you can leave the holiday parties (mostly) unscathed. We are not yet out of the woods as we embark on celebrations full of delectable delights and seasonal treats. But there are some surefire ways to stay healthy during these festive months.

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An Inside Look at the Rhoden Family Murders

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Written by Laura Pettler, Ph.D., LPI

Last week on The Dr. Oz Show, we tackled the murders of the Rhoden Family in Pike County, Ohio. On the night of April 22, 2016, eight members of the Rhoden family were murdered in their homes across four crime scenes. While eight murders “at one time” meets the general definition of mass murder, my overarching opinion was that they were actually individual murders most likely committed by more than one offender at the same time. Not including serial homicide, generally speaking, murder is conflict resolution for the offender or offenders. Let’s take a closer look at the Rhoden family murders and my unofficial profile of the killer or killers.

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New Book Calls for a Seismic Shift in Our Healthcare Model

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A prevailing tenet of medical science has held that our genetics are entirely predetermined, with little we can do to change what nature has decided for us. Students of medicine and many laypeople alike may indeed accept this as fact. However, a new book from Kenneth R. Pelletier, Ph.D., MD, presents a very different picture. Change Your Genes, Change Your Life picks apart our current understanding of genetics, and it’s available now.

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5 Tips to Avoid Gaining Weight on Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving is such an amazing time of the year. Family and friends come together to celebrate all that they have been blessed with and it usually involves an enormous amount of eating and drinking. Sounds like a great time, right? So what could possibly go wrong being around people you love, eating great food, and enjoying delicious spirits? Well, if you are on a special diet or recently joined a weight loss challenge, Thanksgiving can be downright catastrophic. It is not uncommon for people to report a weight gain of 3-5 pounds over the holiday celebrations, starting in the workplace and rounding out with friends and family. But, this doesn’t have to be your fate. With some pre-planning and a few tips, you don’t have to gain a single pound and who knows, you might even lose a couple instead.

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An Inside Look at the Allergy Medicine Murder Case

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Written by Laura Pettler, Ph.D., LPI

Could allergy medicine be responsible in part for the tragic murder of Rebecca “Becky” Apodaca on February 1, 2017? I’m not a medical doctor, so check out the show for what Dr. Oz has to say about over-the-counter (OTC) allergy medication taken in large quantities, but instead let’s focus on the forensic criminology aspects of this case.

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5 Tips to Enhance Your Happiness and Improve Your Health

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Ah, happiness. Even simply thinking about being truly happy can bring a smile to a person’s face and the feeling of pure joy. Some say happiness is learned while others believe happiness is innate. I venture to think happiness is a fundamental part of who we are — just consider an infant squealing with delight while reaching for a brightly colored toy. Within that young human being is the ability to experience happiness in its purest form, a happiness quotient off the scale.

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5 Tips to Combat Seasonal Affective Disorder

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Written by Anthea Noel, RN

As fall is officially underway, the days will continue becoming shorter and colder causing many Americans to experience increased sadness and depression, a condition known as Seasonal Affective disorder.  Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D) also referred to as the “Winter Blues” is a phenomenon related to changes in seasons. According to the American Mental Health Association (AMHA), approximately five percent of the United States Population experiences S.A.D and four out of five people who experience S.A.D are women.

S.A.D is a form of depression that is recurrent usually during the winter months and is characterized by increased sleep, fatigue, weight gain, increased food intake, loss of libido, and feelings of hopelessness. These symptoms may lead to a decrease in productivity and affect professional and personal relationships.

During the winter months when there is less sunlight, the body produces less serotonin the neurotransmitter responsible for feelings of happiness and well-being.  Your brain produces the hormone Melatonin when it dark which aids in sleep. Sunlight then triggers the brain to cease the production of melatonin.

1. Find the Sun

Days are shorter during the colder months so take advantage of every hour the sun is shining.  Sun rays increase vitamin D intake and also improves your overall mood.  Artificial phototherapy including the use of fluorescent light suppresses the brain’s secretion of melatonin.

2. Stay Active 

Exercising causes the release of the endorphins which trigger positive feelings.  You will feel good emotionally while improving your cardiac and overall health.

3. Talk to Someone 

Verbal communication encourages the exploration of thoughts and feelings.  Seek a counselor, friend, colleague or someone you feel comfortable expressing your feelings to.  Get an accountability partner who will check up on you and vice versa.

4. Find Your Happy Place

Happiness is subjective.  What makes you happy may not make another person happy.  Find your happy place.  Ask yourself, “What makes me happy?”  Do you love to dance? Are you a pet lover? Does reading a good book put a smile on your face?  Find your happy place; it is a beautiful place to live.

5. Eat a Healthy Diet

Eat a balanced diet filled with fruit and vegetables.  Although you may lean towards food high in sugar during episodes of depression, opt for more complex carbohydrates like whole grains.

The colder months are filled with fun new activities.  Incorporate the tips listed above to your routine and enjoy the cooler months.

Anthea “Nurse Noel” Noel RN, BSN, MS, SANE, has comforted and placed smiles on the faces of her patients and their families for over 20 years as a professional Registered Nurse. As a writer for over 22 years in the entertainment industry, she has successfully entertained through television, music, and the big screen. Anthea merged her two loves of Health and Entertainment coining the phrase “Health Entertainment” after a friend encouraged her to do so after the death of her fiancé’ and Nurse Noel was born. In her journey through the health entertainment world, Nurse Noel was able to serve as a writer for various magazines as well as bringing health to television with style and flair as an on-air and Red carpet Health expert. Nurse Noel recently penned a book ‘Help Me to Help You While I Help Myself in the Process’ where she continues to spread the message of health and wellness to the masses. She is the senior staff writer for Heart and Soul magazine, Fit Box, Cassiuslife, O Magazine, Contributor for the Dr. Oz, and Health Corps. Nurse Noel continues to work as a Registered Nurse specialist in the fast-paced high-intensity department of the intensive care unit at the Level 1 trauma center UMDNJ Hospital in Newark NJ. Noel also works for the District attorney for Essex County as a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner assisting in forensic nursing for Sexual assault survivors. She may also be seen on various media outlets weighing in on various health topics. Nurse Noel is determined to help those in need with a goal of making this world Healthier and Happier one person at a time.

In a Fitness Rut? Here’s How to Get Moving

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Written by Barbara Ficarra, RN, BSN, MPA

Raise your hand if you feel like you’re in a fitness rut. If you are, don’t beat yourself up. Instead, lace up and get moving.

We all know that with regular exercise comes great health benefits. Regular exercise can improve the quality of your life, lower your risk of certain cancers, strengthen your muscles and bones, and improve your mental health and mood. Overall, it’s great for your wellbeing.

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The Benefits of Colostrum for a Healthy Gut

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Written by Dr. Mark Grabowsky

Colostrum has been edging its way into the world of health and nutrition lately, and for a good reason. This substance is packed full of antibodies, nutrients, and immune factors that can support a healthy gut, along with many other impressive benefits.

Before getting into the specific benefits of colostrum for a healthy gut, let’s make sure we understand what colostrum is. Read more  »