By Joe Romano,
Joe and his physician, Dr. Reilly Coch, having fun with the smoothie bike at the Borg Warner Wellness Fair.
The story starts in a dark place. I was 56 years old, and had lived a life of eating and doing what I wanted. What I wanted did not include fast food joints, or buckets of high fructose corn syrup, nor did I subsist on TV dinners and mac-and-cheese. I actually ate organic food almost exclusively, but I ate my share of meat, dairy, fat, and sugar. Yes, it was farm-raised beef and organic butter and organic sugar and much of the time I would choose even the "best" versions of those categories — I usually ate lean meats like chicken, only used skim milk, and tried to use agave or other alternatives to refined sugar. Even so, a sedentary life of such eating had me tipping the scales at almost 300 pounds! But as it was pretty evenly spread, I was able to do a lot and I did.
Eventually, I found myself in a situation where, after a particularly stressful few weeks, I was waylaid by my own body. The first notable symptom was an inability to raise my left arm. Soon, torturous pain had spread to all my limbs and I could not get up off the couch unassisted. Visits to a series of doctors — general practitioners, rheumatologists, gastroenterologists, and other specialists — and dozens of blood samples would yield no cause for the pain; I had no arthritis, gout, Lyme disease or anything that would explain it.
By Deanna Berman, ND, CM
Many people experience anxiety or depression at some point in their lives. These are normal responses to everyday life situations like the loss of a job, illness, family crisis, etc. Anxiety and depression will often resolve on their own. At other times, they can be overwhelming or debilitating. That's the time to get help.
Anxiety can present itself with constant worry or fear, insomnia, chest pain, heart palpitations, rapid breathing, or digestive symptoms. There are many types of anxiety disorders, including panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, social anxiety, and generalized anxiety disorder.
Depression is on the other end of the spectrum, often experienced as sadness, fatigue, and loss of enjoyment or motivation. Sometimes feelings of depression occur only during certain seasons, as in Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Sometimes these feelings occur during a menstrual cycle, as with premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD).
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By Kristie Snyder,
When Pam Wooster’s daughter came home from school and asked her if she knew that the kids used disposable styrofoam lunch trays, she was appalled. She knew that after their 20-minute useful lifespan was over they would just end up in the trash, so she decided to take action. Two years later, the Ithaca City School District’s (ICSD) Food Service Program has switched to compostable trays and reduced its trash by 73 percent.
The new trays, made of sugar ca...