Beat the Heat with Naturally Flavored Water!

By Wendy Crawford

The Problem

“Record-breaking heat!” “First alert weather.” “Heat advisory.” “Scorching temperatures!” It seems that, for much of the nation, these have been common phrases used to describe recent weather.

For many of us who are sitting, this means overheating (due to an inability to sweat), dehydration (which can lead to constipation) and edema. Edema is swelling caused by excess fluid trapped in your body's tissues. Although it can affect any part of your body, edema is most commonly noticed in the hands, ankles, legs and feet.
We all know that the number one, most important action during these hot times is to drink plenty of water. This can get old after a while, though, and not everyone loves drinking water. Often they turn to soda, iced tea and other sugary, caloric drinks which are neither hydrating nor healthy. Some choose diet soda, but it has actually been linked to weight gain and high blood pressure. Fruit juice is a healthier option, but is still high in sugar, carbs and calorie content.

Life After SCI for a Single Mother

By Margarita Elizondo

Life After SCI

On June 22, 2006, I was a 32 year old single mother of three and seven months pregnant, when a man broke into my home, shot me in the neck, left me paralyzed from my breast line down, and took the life of my unborn child. Despite the very horrific nature of my SCI (Spinal Injury Cord) and losing my mobility, I celebrate life every year. This year I am celebrating ten years of what I call my, “Wheeling Birthday”.

When I laid in ICU hooked up to life support, sustained by IV’s, blood transfusions, a very heavy piece of metal bolted to my head (halo), I was told I was facing the possibility of being dependent on a breathing machine, being paralyzed from my neck line down, and never speaking again; all I could think about was, “How am I going to be a mother to my kids?” Grounded in my faith I began praying and fighting to gain back as much movement and independence as possible because I knew my children; 13, 8, and 6  years of age at the time, still needed me.

The Raw Beauty Project Celebrates Beauty, Power, and Passion with Los Angeles Exhibit Debut Sept. 17 at Paul Mitchell The School – Pasadena.

The Raw Beauty Project is an innovative photography exhibit that celebrates women with disabilities. The goal of the exhibit is to redefine perceptions of beauty, educate audiences, and empower all women. The Raw Beauty Project advocates for inclusion and inspires all to embrace their beauty, own their power, and live their passion.

Angela Rockwood of "Push Girls"
Los Angeles, Ca, July 12 , 2016 -  The Raw Beauty Project launched an Indiegogo campaign on June 20 to raise funds for the Los Angeles exhibit at Paul Mitchell The School – Pasadena, to be held on September 17, 2016.

This innovative art project made its debut in NYC, celebrates unstoppable women with disabilities, educating viewers to redefine perceptions and beauty, unleashing potential for all. This powerful exhibit has resonated with media across the world, igniting a global conversation and has been featured in "O", Oprah Magazine – “These Photos Prove Beauty Isn’t Determined by Ability”,, Huffington Post, as well as many publications across Europe.

Photographed by fashion and celebrity photographers from the L.A. area including Creative Director, Daryl Henderson, the Los Angeles exhibit will consist of over 20 local, amazing models, and will include their remarkable stories. The L.A. exhibit will unveil a brand new way to experience The Raw Beauty Project photographs, using tactile printing, in addition to traditional gallery prints. The campaign has a goal of $10,000 and will run until August 4, 2016.

Your Eldercare Choices . . . or Theirs?

By Allan Checkoway

Your elderly parent has been most fortunate to have lived a healthy lifestyle for decades. There are presently no warning signs on the horizon.

When we hear personal stories about long term care “events”, they’re usually conflicted or disturbing and almost always negative. Siblings become angry with each other over who will be responsible for the parents care. When Mom passed away, she didn’t know who Dad was anymore. All their savings went to the nursing home and there was nothing left for the family. Long Term Care is always a FAMILY ISSUE.

Unfortunately, long term care experiences have been known to destroy family relationships. Better planning and communication might have avoided the hurt feelings.