February 2017

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Spicy Lentil Soup

Lentil soup has been around for more than 9,000 years.

Creating a Healthy Family Dynamic

With stimulation overwhelming them from school, home, friends and technology, children are more stressed than ever before. Amanda Hinman, co-founder of the Hinman Holistic Health Institute with her husband, Mike, says children need a holistic approach that addresses how they eat, live and learn in order to grow and thrive.

Orphaned Socks Find Gainful Employment

Dryer balls bounce around and move laundry so that more air can circulate around the clothes and makes them dry faster, which means less waiting and less money spent on energy.

Bumble Bee Added to the Endangered Species List

On January 11, the Rusty Patch Bumble Bee (Bombus affinis), with an estimated aggregate value as a pollinator at $3 billion, became the first of its kind to be listed on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service endangered species list. It is native to Illinois and other states, but has experienced a 90 percent decrease in population over the last 20 years.

Functional Brain Imaging

Depression is a real and common problem that can occur due to both well-known and lesser-known causes including grief, which may initiate or accentuate it.

Helping Our Local Critters Thrive Through the Winter

Parks, forest preserves and green spaces are bountiful in our third-largest metropolitan area in the country, including Baker Park, in Evanston, Fort Sheridan Forest Preserve, in Highwood, and Glacial Park Nature Preserve, in McHenry County. Some prefer the rural qualities of Rock Cut State Park, in Winnebago County, or the urban, walled-in feel of Grant Park, in downtown Chicago. Our local city parks and bike trails can also be great places to reunite with nature.

Demystifying The Recycling Process

The choice to recycle is in the hands of all of us, and it does make a difference. The advent of curbside collection makes it easier than ever to participate in the effort to direct unwanted or unneeded product containers and materials away from landfills, but procedures and regulations are often confusing and can create frustration and skepticism about the entire system.

Preventing Falls All Year Long

In the winter, falling on ice becomes more prevalent, but falls that result in injury are a common occurrence throughout the entire year. In fact, 50 percent of all accidental deaths that occur at home are related to falling; 25 percent of all work-related injuries are fall-related; and the older generation is the most vulnerable, because 33 percent of people 65 or older will experience at least one fall over the next year. It is important to know some of the reasons for falling. as well as steps that can be taken to reduce the risks. There are two main reasons for falling—environment and balance. The environment (icy surfaces, wet floors, etc.) in which we live may cause us to slip, or we might trip over objects such as rugs, cords, pets or toys. The best way to prevent slips and falls is to inspect our house or workplace for such obstacles and remove or place them in less-trafficked areas. In the case of slippery surfaces, take steps to maintain traction on the surface. Reduce slipping by salting icy surfaces and/or adding non-slip pads to areas that frequently become wet. This is especially important for seniors because their balance, reactions, vision and overall strength can reduce their ability to maneuver around such impediments. Loss of balance is most evident with older adults because it is controlled by three systems that are susceptible to the aging process: our vision, our inner ear and our sense of touch (feeling the ground under our feet). These systems can each be affected by a variety of factors, including side effects from medications or diseases such as high blood pressure or diabetes that can often be managed by a physician. In some cases, services such as physical therapy or an optical exam can help discover loss of function in one of these systems, or at least teach some strategies to compensate for loss of function by maximizing function in the other two systems. Having our vision checked regularly, using an ambulatory aid such as a cane and generally maintaining an active lifestyle can help overcome some balance deficits. Physical therapy can be of assistance when it comes to regaining strength and range of motion after a fall, but also by preventing falls before they happen. Physical therapists can treat conditions such as balance disorders and vertigo in order to diminish the risk of falling. Marty O’Shea, PT, is the owner of ARC Physical Therapy, with locations in Chicago, Elmhurst, Westmont, Hinsdale and Orland Park. For a free consultation, call 630-832-6919 or visit arc-pt.com for more information. See ad on page 13.

Dealing with Fibromyalgia Is No Simple Task

Fibromyalgia (widespread muscle pain) has remained difficult to treat for many years. It commonly occurs in females over males by a 20-to-one ratio and is characterized by general pain, fatigue, depression, headaches, insomnia, anxiety, gastrointestinal issues and morning stiffness.

Random Acts of Sustainability

February 17 is National Random Acts of Kindness Day. One way to participate is by supporting a school share table, which allows students to place unwanted, unopened food at a designated location in the lunchroom.

Structural Integration

Diane Roth, founder of Roth Structural Integration, in Highland Park, has been practicing Structural Integration for more than 25 years. Through the use of hands-on manipulation of the tissue and surrounding fascia, she helps clients find relief from chronic pain and other symptoms of misalignment in the body.

A Natural Solution to Sleep Apnea

Many people believe sleep apnea is caused by a sagging soft pallet in the throat. According to Master Herbalist Steven Frank, it actually results from a diminishing signal from the brain to the diaphragm during the transition from semi-wakefulness into the next stage of lighter sleep.