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Montgomery County Participates in Third Annual DEA Nationwide Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Montgomery County Participates in Third Annual DEA Nationwide Prescription Drug Take Back Day

The following information was sent to us by Lucille Baur:

The Washington Division of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is working with local law enforcement agencies, government, and public health organizations across the country to present its third “Prescription Drug Take Back Day.”  This event is scheduled for Saturday, October 29, from 10:00 a.m. through2:00 p.m.  The initiative, which began in September of 2010, is part of an effort to prevent the increasing problems of pill abuse and theft that occur nationwide.

Headaches Take Toll On Soldiers

Headaches Take Toll On Soldiers

The following information was sent to us by The Media Relations Department at Johns Hopkins Medicine:

Troops evacuated from Iraq and Afghanistan with headaches unlikely to return to duty; heavy helmets a major factor

Headaches, a virtually universal human complaint at one time or another, are among the top reasons for medical evacuation of military personnel from Iraq and Afghanistan, and for ongoing depletion of active-duty ranks in those countries, according to research led by Johns Hopkins specialists. Just one-third of soldiers sent home because of headaches return to duty in either place, the research shows. 

The findings, published online in Cephalalgia, the journal of the International Headache Society, highlight one of the fastest-growing causes of medical evacuations from the two prolonged military conflicts. 

Learning How To Balance Our Energy

     Socrates said, “the unexamined life is not worth living.”  While I always recommend positive self-talk, (the examined life is a joyful experience, for example), Socrates is suggesting that we step back from the hustle and bustle of day-to-day life and have a look at who we are and what we have become. Perhaps you will agree, the wise teacher has a point! Where, you might ask, do we start?

     A great starting place for self-examination is comes in the form of an intriguing question:  Are we human beings or human doers?  Sometimes, I believe we should call ourselves human doers because it feels like we are always in action… we are doing this and doing that.  We all have such busy lives – going to meetings, conference calls, our kids’ sports games, carpooling, running errands, and so on…like well-oiled machines. 

Sweet Rewards: WUSA 9, ABC 7, NBC 4 and Fox 5 broadcasters taste cupcakes to support a great cause

Sweet Rewards: WUSA 9, ABC 7, NBC 4 and Fox 5 broadcasters taste cupcakes to support a great cause

On Tuesday, September 20th, ABC 7's Natasha Barrett hosted the 2nd Annual Cupcakes & Cocktails benefitting the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) held at One Lounge, 1606 20th Street, NW. Barrett was joined by fellow ABC 7 broadcasters Alison StarlingLeon Harris and Arch Campbell as well as Fox 5's Steve Chenevey, WUSA 9's Anita Brikman and NBC 4's John Schriffen to judge the cupcake competition.

Meditation: Can It Help Reduce Your Pain? by Dr. Gary Kaplan

Meditation: Can It Help Reduce Your Pain? by Dr. Gary Kaplan

Meditation, which can be practiced in many different forms, has been used for thousands of years to benefit the mind, body and soul. Now there is a growing body of medical research proving that meditation not only modifies brain function, it can actually change the way we experience physical pain.

A recent study reported in the Journal of Neuroscience showed that patients who had received only a little more than 60 minutes of meditation training were able to dramatically reduce their experience of pain. Patients experienced a reduction in "pain intensity" of about 40 percent and a reduction in "pain unpleasantness" of 57 percent. According to the lead author of the study, Fadel Zeidan, "Meditation produced a greater reduction in pain than even morphine or other pain-relieving drugs, which typically reduce pain ratings by about 25 percent."

Quieting the Chatter

If you’re familiar with Self Talk, you probably read or heard me or others refer to it as our thoughts, inner dialogue, or Board of Directors.  

Our Self Talk can get quite loud at times, especially during times of transition and stress. Our Self Talk is then moving at turbo speed.  So how can we calm down our thoughts when we lead such active, full lives? How can we decrease the overload and stress? How do we quiet down the chatter?

Since having thoughts or inner conversations is part of being human, and because our lives are so busy, here are some ways to help you quiet the mind:

Favorite Friday's: Favorite Workout Spot

Favorite Friday's: Favorite Workout Spot

Start with ballet, add a dash of yoga, a pinch of Pilates core work and more body sculpting and you've got the ingredients to my favorite workout so far: The Bar Method.

Last weekend I decided to venture out of my comfort zone of boot camp and chisel classes and check out the much talked about hot spot for a good workout which recently opened in Chinatown.

 

It's $10 dollars for the first class and then $125 for the 30 day unlimited new client special which is cost effective if you go
six times in the 30 days, (pricey but worth it).

 

I had the best experience at this class. The women were so friendly and the instructors, Kate and Maria were awesome.  It was the first workout I've had that I actually felt an extreme burn and my legs were shaking uncontrollably (in a good way). The studio is immaculate, the music was perfect for the workout and I left feeling energized, and happy with a better posture!