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September 2012 Health Newsletter

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» Dr. Mania on the web and in person
» Loving Yourself, Loving Others
» Those Pregnancy Related Pains
» Fit At 50 Means Less Chronic Disease
» "Organic" May Not Necessarily Mean "More Nutritious"
» Autism Linked To Father's Age?

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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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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Those Pregnancy Related Pains

Pregnancy is a time of rapid physiological changes with the most dramatic being physical. Those physical changes are often associated with pain and discomfort. For those expecting mothers who do experience pain and discomfort, the primary location is in the region of the lower back, pelvic girdle and legs. A recent study conducted by the Spain National Health Service indicated that more than half of pregnant women experience low back pain (71%) and pelvic girdle pain (65%), and close to half (46%) experience leg pain. Results came from 61 clinicians across 5 regions in Spain consisting of 1158 pregnant women in their 31st through 38th week of pregnancy. Chiropractors have thorough training to assist with the physical pain and discomfort often associated with pregnancy. There are a number of chiropractic techniques as well as exercise and stretching regimes that can be utilized to help reduce the pain and discomfort of pregnancy and keep the future mom on track for the big day. If you're an expecting mother experiencing those pregnancy related pains and discomfort, why not consider safe, natural chiropractic care.

Source: Spine: 01 August 2012 - Volume 37 - Issue 17.
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Fit At 50 Means Less Chronic Disease

In a finding that should come as a surprise to no one, a new U.S. study concluded that physically fit 50 year olds suffered less from chronic conditions like heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer's disease and colon cancer, as they aged. The study of over 18,600 men and women, linked treadmill tests, done at the age of 50 and meant to establish cardiovascular health, to an additional 26 years of Medicare claims. Men in the lowest fifth of fitness scores in the initial evaluation experienced a rate of chronic disease of 28 percent per year. In contrast, the the rate of the top fifth was 16 percent per year. In women, the rates were 20 percent and 11 percent. Currently, national guidelines recommend 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise or 75 minutes of high-intensity exercise per week. While the findings do not prove that exercise cuts the risk of chronic disease, it does appear that it makes a difference as we age. However, researchers added that the study did not take into account genetic and environmental factors which may affect the chronic disease rates.

Source: Archives of Internal Medicine, online August 27, 2012.
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"Organic" May Not Necessarily Mean "More Nutritious"

A team of researchers from Stanford University recently concluded that organic produce and meat isn't any better for you than non-organic food when it comes to vitamin and nutrient content. The study compiled over 200 other studies that compared the health of people eating organic versus conventional foods, along with the nutrient and contaminant levels of the foods themselves. The researchers found there was no difference in the amount of vitamins in the plant and animal products, and only a slight difference in the nutrient values. To be considered "organic", U. S. Department of Agriculture guidelines require that farms avoid the use of synthetic pesticides, fertilizers, hormones and antibiotics and that livestock have access to pastures while grazing. Unsurprisingly, the researchers noted that the organic foods generally reduced exposure to pesticides and antibiotic-resistant bacteria. In the studies, more than a third of the conventional produce had detectable pesticide residues, compared to just seven percent of the organic samples. Conventional pork and chicken were 33 percent more likely to carry antibiotic resistant bacteria than their organic counterparts. However, because both the organic and non-organic samples fell well within acceptable pesticide residue levels as set by the USDA, the Stanford team added that more research is needed to explore the benefits of organic foods before drawing any further conclusions of it's effects on human health.

Source: Ann Intern Med. 4 September 2012;157(5):348-366.
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Autism Linked To Father's Age?

A study of 78 families with children diagnosed with autism found that the age of the father when the child was conceived was key to the risk of the disorders developing. Autism spectrum disorders can range from the relatively mild social engagement difficulties seen in people with Asperger's syndrome, to severe mental retardation with a profound inability to communicate. Currently in the United States an estimated 1 in 88 children have autism. The study, led by researchers in Iceland and recently published in Nature found that, as men age, the number of hereditary mutations in their sperm increased. These mutations proportionally increased the chance their offspring would develop autism or schizophrenia. It is estimated that an average of two new gene mutations occurred for every year in the father's age past puberty; meaning the chance for new mutations being passed on to offspring doubled every 16.5 years from puberty on. The Icelandic study's findings also supported three recent American studies which found that fathers were four times more likely to pass on these mutations than mothers. The average age of Icelandic fathers in the study was 33 years. But, the researchers pointed out that because there are so many factors that contribute to the health of offspring, it is not possible to say at what age this could be a concern to an expectant father.

Source: Nature 488, 439 (23 August 2012).
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