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May 2012 Health Newsletter

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» Dr. Mania on the web and in person
» De-Stressing Seminar June 2, 2012
» Loving Yourself, Loving Others
» Low Back Pain - Don't Just Wait And See
» Acute Low Back Pain - What's The Prognosis?
» Super-sized Costs
» Shorten Your Cold With Zinc, But...

Dr. Mania on the web and in person

Please join us for the monthly FREE Teleseminars. Just go to:  for a complete list and to register. The seminars have so much great information, interesting and engaging guests and answers to the questions that the listeners send in, so we hope you will join us from 7:30 to 8:30 pm Wednesday July 10, 2013. Go to  to register and for more information.

Our "Healing The Healer" Caregivers Workshop was such a fabulous success that we are planning another one in July 2013! 

Our 4 hour workshop is designed to help those who have been involved as caregivers...have you cared for a sick child, elderly parents, special needs family or clients? Whether you are a paid caregiver or a family/friend caregiver, you may have experienced symptoms of compassion fatigue or even "burn out"! Caregivers, whether therapists, social workers, special education teachers, nurses, home-health aides or clergy, are highly susceptible to compassion fatigue or burnout. Family caregivers are also at risk from the numbing effects of providing care for others while neglecting their own care. (We have been certified for Social Work CEUs by NASW for this workshop.)

Healing the Healer: Overcoming Compassion Fatigue
Wednesday July 10, 2013
9 am to 1 pm
Senior Residence at St. Peter The Apostle
415 Fifth Avenue, River Edge, NJ 07661

During this in-depth workshop, you will learn practical tools and strategies to combat the effects of compassion fatigue. Role-playing, guided meditations, and physical activities will be used during a fun, relaxing discussion. You will come to understand the problem and how to prevent its emergence in your personal and professional life. Most importantly, you will understand the importance of self-care so that you can provide the high quality professional or loving services and interventions that the people you work with need and deserve. For more information or to register, go to:

What you may not know is that we present workshops and seminars on timely and important topics for individual, civil and religious groups and corporate clients.In person Workshops are held locally and include "The Fine Art of Forgiveness"; "Discover Your Authentic Self", "Healing The Healer", "From Distressed To De-Stressed" and "From Anger To Zen". For more information and to enroll, visit

If you have an interest in attending as an individual, or in having a presentation through a group or your company, please contact me for more information on pricing,topics and availability. We may be able to help your group fund raise or your company resolve stresses at work. Just give us the contact information and we will do the rest! If your company hires us, then you will receive free tuition for you and a friend for a live Being Well Within seminar of your choice!
Contact me at or for more information!

Author: Carmel-Ann Mania, D.C.
Source: Dr. Mania
Copyright: Carmel-Ann Mania, D.C. 2013

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De-Stressing Seminar June 2, 2012

Dr. Mania and Loren Gelberg-Goff will be offering their experiential workshop "From Distressed to De-Stressed: Thriving in a Stress Filled Life" on Saturday June 2, 2012 from 1 to 5 pm. Join experienced presenters in a relaxed atmosphere for a practical course in how to thrive despite the stresses you encounter in life! Family stress, job stress, overwhelmed and burnt out ? 

Learn practical strategies for overcoming the negative effects of stress in your life. Cultivate inner strength and genuine peace of mind. You will understand how stress impacts your body, mind and spirit. You will find that you can heal yourself and your life with empowerment! You will come to understand how you can use stress to motivate and inspire you rather than to undermine you! Lunch, fun and all materials will be included!

Patients, their friends and family are being offered a special $50.00 discount...just mention this newsletter and ask for the discount when you register. Call 201-489-6720 or 201-525-0707 for more information or to register by phone.

This is an afternoon that will change the way you see stress and respond to it. It's easy to register...Call the office at 201-525-0707 and speak to Dr. Mania or go to


Author: Carmel-Ann Mania, D.C.
Source: self
Copyright: Carmel-Ann Mania, D.C. 2012

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Loving Yourself, Loving Others

Does Loving Yourself mean you are selfish? Should we always put ourselves at the end of the line behind kids, spouse or work? I am adamantly saying NO to this idea as one that is unsound from body, mind and spirit points of view! We are integrated creatures that need to be well in every aspect in order to be truly well. It is unhealthy to neglect the needs of the body by lack of sleep, exercise or adequate nutrition. But, it is just as unhealthy to neglect the needs of the mind with boredom, lack of stimulation, ignorance or close-mindedness! And, just as unhealthy to neglect the needs of the spirit by a lack of nurturing relationships, beauty, creativity and spiritual growth! 

We can show how much we love our children by taking excellent care of their parents! BY giving them lives of interaction and dedication from parents who are healthy, engaged and interested! We can show our love for our spouses/partners by being able to share lives in which we are free to grow and nurture both members of the partnership! We help to achieve this by pursuing creative interests together and separately from each other! We can show our love for and dedication to our work by ensuring adequate rest from our labors, play to refresh the body and mind, and working at something that really fulfills the human need to feel accomplished! Then we are more able to put ourselves into the tasks with a will, and a fresh outlook. Work has a value in society and should be seen as valued! Not everyone has to be in an "important" job to be Important! We are all important and it is time we started getting the message!

If you don't love yourself, you cannot really know how to love anyone else! My Mother would tell me that God loves us even knowing all our faults, so who are we not to love ourselves?

Author: Carmel-Ann Mania, D.C.
Copyright: Carmel-Ann Mania, D.C. 2012

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Low Back Pain - Don't Just Wait And See

A common mistake made by those suffering from low back pain (LBP) is to play the "wait and see" game. And while it is true that bouts of LBP can disappear on their own without care, what chiropractors know and what research indicates is that waiting too long prior to seeking care for LBP ultimately increases the odds that back pain will reoccur and that more aggressive future care will be required. A recent study comparing those who received physical therapy care early during their acute LBP (less than 4 weeks after the start of their LBP) with those who received care later (more than 3 months after the start of their LBP) found benefits to obtaining care early on. Specifically, those obtaining care within the first 4 weeks of the onset of LBP had a significantly lower incidence of seeking future care for the initial pain. Future care included lumbar surgery, lumbosacral injections, and frequent physician office visits during the following year. The lesson - if you're suffering from back pain, contact your local chiropractor and get yourself checked out. Chiropractic care is safe, natural, effective and scheduling a no-obligation consultation is absolutely painless!

Source: Spine: April 20, 2012 - Volume 37 - Issue 9.
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Acute Low Back Pain - What's The Prognosis?

According to a newly published study the previous low back pain (LBP) practice guidelines used by physicians have underestimated the likelihood of acute bouts of LBP recurring as well as turning into longer term chronic LBP. In the study, researchers followed 605 acute LBP patients who had an average pain intensity score of 5.6 out of 10 and a disability score of 15.8 out of 24. Eight percent had declared sick leave between pain onset and the baseline interview. Thirteen percent of 521 patients (86% follow-up) experienced chronic pain at 6 months and 19% of 443 patients at 2 years. At 6 months, 54% had experienced at least 1 LBP recurrence, and 47% in the subsequent 18 months. So what does this all mean? Simply, that LBP has a high tendency to return as well as turn into something more serious and more long term. Don't take a chance and think your back pain is just temporary or that taking a substance to mask the pain is the fix. Chiropractors are highly trained to evaluate and provide care for the back and spine. Chiropractors look to the source of LBP and focus on correcting the cause and not just simply masking the symptoms. Get proactive with your health and call your local chiropractor today!

Source: Spine: April 15, 2012 - Volume 37 - Issue 8.
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Super-sized Costs

In the last 50 years the incidence of obesity in American has skyrocketed from 13% to an estimated 34% of the U.S. population. In the same time period, the incidence of extreme or “morbid” obesity has jumped from 0.9% to 6%. While these findings are common knowledge, the costs associated with the epidemic of obesity are eye-opening. Recent Mayo Clinic studies indicate that obesity racks up over $190 billion in annual medical costs - an average of $1,850 more per year for an obese person than a person of healthy weight. The morbidly obese’s average yearly cost was estimated as high as $3,086 per year. Shockingly, the average health costs of the obese were greater than the costs incurred by smoking. Smokers health care costs were generally $1,274 a year greater than non-smokers because of increased mortality, while individuals with a body-mass index (BMI) above 40 were estimated at $5,530 annually. The costs of obesity outside of health care were greater as well. The study noted a $5 billion annual increase in jet fuel over the 1960’s cost to fly heavier passengers and a $4 billion annual increase in gasoline costs for cars transporting the obese.

Source: Reuters. April 30, 2012.
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Shorten Your Cold With Zinc, But...

A recent review of past studies indicate that zinc shortened the duration of the common cold for adults, but the results came at a cost. The duration of the average adult cold is seven days. The U.S. National Institutes of Health estimate that there are over 62 million cases of the common cold annually in the United States, resulting in over 22 million missed days of work. In randomized control trials, adults taking zinc experienced two and a half days less of symptoms of the common cold when compared to participants in a placebo group. Interestingly, zinc had little to no effect on children’s colds in the studies. The benefits of zinc, however, came at a cost. Sixty five percent of the test subjects reported an unpleasant “metallic” taste and 64 percent experienced nausea. There was also no effect on the severity of colds experienced by subjects at day three. The review, published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal also pointed out that researchers are unclear why zinc stops the rhinovirus. They recommended that patients considering taking zinc consult with their doctor first.

Source: Canadian Medical Association Journal, online May 7, 2012.
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