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 Tuesday March 1, 2011 - Issue #23

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chiefAn Interview with Olympia Dukakis

Olympia Dukakis is an Academy-Award-winning actress, a trained physical therapist and a very caring soul, who has been a caregiver for her husband and her close friend, Jessica, a formerly vibrant dancer and actress who suffered from excruciating bone pain caused by cancer. She is also a tireless caregiver advocate.

 Editor-In-Chief Gary Barg sat down with this truly fearless caregiver who is working to make a difference for those in pain.

GARY BARG: As someone whose father experienced excruciating bone pain while living with multiple myeloma, I am really grateful for your work with bone pain awareness.  I think it’s hard for family members to truly understand that level of pain.
OLYMPIA DUKAKIS: Right. You don’t have to live with it. You can reach out and find other solutions. Maybe there is some pain, but there are also solutions.  I think that today, without being too critical of the hospitals, you really have to take your health into your own hands. Get as much information as you can. People do make mistakes and are overworked; there are a lot of things that can happen when you don’t have access.  I think this is an opportunity to get access to improve the quality of life...continued

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Gary Barg


Feature Article

Cancer Therapy Nutrition

By Angela Medieros , Staff Writer

The effects of cancer therapy can be draining on the body and spirit.  Side effects like diminished taste sensation and upset stomach affect one’s ability to enjoy food and stay nourished.  Dietary changes throw off physical and emotional balance.  With proper thought and safe experimentation, nutritional continuity can be enhanced...continued

Guest Column

Eating Disorders: How to Offer Support
By Christopher Clark

If you are a spouse or parent of someone with an eating disorder, you are all too aware of that feeling of helplessness as you watch your loved one’s physical and psychological condition deteriorate.  You may notice changes in personality.  An individual may turn from being sociable and energetic to being withdrawn and depressed...continued

CARE Summit


Nutrition Ideas for Stress Reduction 
By Cheryl Ellis, Staff Writer

Stress depletes the body of energy in a variety of ways. Loss of sleep, feelings of agitation or depression, and development of poor eating habits are “side effects” of stress that need intervention. Some stress can help us rise to the occasion and get things done, but too much stress drains the body. One way to break the stress cycle is by changing the diet to one that can actually help reduce stress...continued

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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor
An Interview with
Olympia Dukakis

Feature Article
Cancer Therapy Nutrition

Guest Column
Eating Disorders: How to Offer Support  

Nutrition Ideas for Stress Reduction    


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