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Finding His Strength Again

Finding His Strength Again

In his prime, Paul Ferency of Forks Township was a 6’5”, 350-pound wall of muscle—and he knew how to use it. “I was among the top 5% of people on earth when it comes to strength,” he says. This might seem like an exaggeration, until you learn that Paul competed in 54 world championship matches to determine the world’s strongest man, played in Scotland’s Highland Games (... »

5 Signs You  May Have A Hernia  & What to Do About it

5 Signs You May Have A Hernia & What to Do About it

A hernia is a protrusion of an organ through an area in the body in which it normally resides. Although hernias commonly occur in the abdomen if part of the intestine, bowel, or bladder pushes through a weak spot in the muscle wall, they can also develop in the upper thigh, belly button, groin, and chest. There are a multitude of reasons hernias occur explains Dr. Emanuel ... »

Sun Safety 101

Sun Safety 101

We’re just weeks from the official start of summer—and while we’re all excited about backyard cookouts and beach trips, all that time spent outdoors means your sun exposure is at its peak. Why should you care? According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), more skin cancer cases are detected each year than all other types of cancer combined – and its incidence is increasi... »

The Lyme  Epidemic

The Lyme Epidemic

A tiny insect called the deer tick, the size of a mere poppy seed, is wreaking havoc on the health of thousands of people across the country. Researchers now estimate that these nasty little blood suckers infect over 300,000 people with the bacterial infection known as Lyme disease every single year. This number has been steadily increasing for more than a decade. Cases... »

Has Skin Cancer Met Its Match?

Has Skin Cancer Met Its Match?

A tiny insect called the deer tick, the size of a mere poppy seed, is wreaking havoc on the health of thousands of people across the country. Researchers now estimate that these nasty little blood suckers infect over 300,000 people with the bacterial infection known as Lyme disease every single year. This number has been steadily increasing for more than a decade. Cases... »

Nutritonist-Approved Store-Bought Kid Snacks!

Nutritonist-Approved Store-Bought Kid Snacks!

On-the-go moms often turn to off-the-shelf snacks as a quick fix for their peckish offspring. In fact, snacking plays an important role in meeting a child’s dietary needs, from providing a needed energy boost to taking the edge off a voracious appetite that could lead to overeating at dinner. Packaged products often tend to be loaded with sugar, salt, and fat. Even 100-cal... »

Saving for College: Why You Need a 529 Plan

Saving for College: Why You Need a 529 Plan

Is college on the horizon for your kids? If so, you’ll probably face some extreme sticker shock when confronted with the bills. The average cost of a four-year private college was $35,260 for the 2017-2018 school year, according to the College Board. But on the priciest end of the spectrum, you could pay up to $60,000 per year. You should obviously be saving, but simply so... »

Parenting is Hard – The MD Guides Can Help

Parenting is Hard – The MD Guides Can Help

Back in 2009, I found myself wishing I could phone up my kids’ pediatrician during every moment of parenting confusion and panic. After a while, an idea hit me: I should create a book series featuring tips from doctors who are also moms, but only tips that they’d actually use themselves. I decided to call the books, and the experts in them, the Mommy MD Guides. To make the... »

Breast Cancer Prevention is Better Than Ever

Breast Cancer Prevention is Better Than Ever

For years, Leslie Warren of Bethlehem had been an avid gardener and motorcyclist. That is, until sharp pain in his hip started interfering with his activities. “Getting on and off the bike started to bother me,” he recalls. “Then it became painful just going up and down stairs. I consider myself to be a tough old bird, so I just sucked it up and kept going.” »

Make Baby’s First Word “Om”

Make Baby’s First Word “Om”

For new moms, it can be a huge struggle to leave the house right after having a baby. Not only are you trying to manage all these new responsibilities (that no one remotely prepared you for!), but you’re literally juggling car seats and baby bags, and often wondering how other people will react to your little one’s next screaming fit. But more than anyone, new moms should ... »

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