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Are you wondering if hypnosis can help you?

Hypnosis is a tool to help you access your own mind's ability to assist you in creating the changes you want in life. Recent articles in the Wall Street Journal and Newsweek document the proven powers of hypnosis.

October 02, 2008 | By Karen Maleck-Whiteley For The Signal | Healthy Living

Can hormonal changes cause weight gain?

Thank you for your questions through The Signal's online "Ask the Expert" section. Here's a great question:

October 02, 2008 | By Cheryl Broughton For The Signal | Healthy Living

Visualize your success

Which of these statements is correct: "You have to believe it to achieve it" or "You have to see it to believe it"?

October 02, 2008 | By Karen Maleck-Whiteley For The Signal | Healthy Living

Benefits of a clay mask

Are you suffering from "summer skin"? Has too much sun and heat left your skin desert dry thirsting for moisture.

October 02, 2008 | By Cari Karratti For The Signal | Healthy Living

Divorce: Finishing what was

Divorce and broken relationships do not end emotional ties and therefore can rightly be called grieving experiences. After such a loss, we may withdraw, pull back or be overly guarded. This limits our ability to be open and trusting. As you might imagine, this tends to negatively affect our future relationships. Through the process of completion we can gain closure on former relationships and move past the hurt, resentment and perhaps anger.

September 11, 2008 | By Jeff Zhorne Grief Counselor | Healthy Living

Two steps forward, one step back

This is the last installment of The Quitting Chronicles.

As I approached the final days of my participation in the Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital smoking cessation program, I started to panic about what I would write for this column.

August 28, 2008 | By Karen Elowitt Signal Staff Writer | Healthy Living

Who's taking care of the caregiver?

She's your mother and yet she calls you by her dead sister's name as you schlep her from doctor's appointment to pharmacy to grocery store. You treated her to a nice lunch half an hour ago but she keeps asking when you are going to eat. She remembers things that didn't happen and gives you a blank look when you talk about the important ones that did. And you have to repeat everything you say to her, very loudly, because she seems to have lost her hearing aid - again. You're tired, frustrated and in danger ...

August 28, 2008 | By Jim Walker Signal Features Editor | Healthy Living

Massage: Hands on for greater health

"I feel so much better. I feel like I'm going to sleep tonight," said Ken Yoder, a real estate lender.

August 14, 2008 | By Jewelry Scott For The Signal | Healthy Living

Riding away from my vices

In my last column, I ended with words of frustration about my difficulty in getting hold of Nicotrol inhalers. The insurance company wouldn't cover them, I couldn't afford to pay out of pocket, and my doctor didn't have any free samples.

August 14, 2008 | By Karen Elowitt Signal Staff Writer | Healthy Living

Depression, or just teen angst?

I have been a high-risk teen counselor for over 25 years and I have answered thousands of phone calls on the ACTION 1-800-For-Teen Helpline. Many of these calls are general parenting calls, seeking advice on how to set boundaries for difficult teen behavior or from parents who are concerned that things are "just not right" and they are looking for suggestions on how to explore what is going on with their teen.

July 31, 2008 | By Cary Quashen ACTION | Healthy Living

Addiction mutation

You know how when you squeeze a water balloon on one end, it bulges out on the other end?

July 31, 2008 | By Karen Elowitt Signal Staff Writer | Healthy Living

Protective sports eyewear

arents have a lot of "worst nightmares," and one of them is that their beautiful child might lose an eye in some sports-related accident. It's a fear that permeates our culture and even reaches into our fiction. In the now-classic movie, "A Christmas Story," young Ralphie is desperate to get a BB gun for Christmas. But everyone keeps telling him, "You'll shoot your eye out." When he finally does get his prized gun, the first shot nearly shoots his eye out. The only thing that prevents it is his glasses - and the glass lens in question shatters. That ...

July 17, 2008 | By Jim Walker Signal Features Editor | Healthy Living

So far, not so good

Week 1

I smoked my last cigarette the evening of Sunday, April 27, while I walked my dogs, as always. As I puffed and walked, I was very conscious I'd never indulge in this little ritual again. Ever. Sigh. I chose the walk as the end point because I figured it'd be easiest to quit with the dawning of a new day. Hence, the one last ciggie before putting myself - and the habit - to bed.

July 17, 2008 | By Karen Elowitt Signal Staff Writer | Healthy Living

Tempted and terrified

Signal Staff Writer Karen Elowitt recently enrolled in the Tobacco Cessation Program at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital. An off-and-on smoker for more than 20 years, she has half-heartedly tried quitting many times but decided to get serious this year. She hopes that after eight weeks in the program she will be able to quit for good. Her column, The Quitting Chronicles, will run every other week during that time so that our readers can follow her experiences - and maybe get inspired to quit, too.

July 03, 2008 | By Karen Elowitt Signal Staff Writer | Healthy Living

Bulimic — and back

My life was consumed with body image and an obsession called bulimia for over 30 years. (Bulimia is a chronic cycle of binging and purging that allows victims to prevent weight gain.) After diagnosing the causes of my disorder through counseling in my 20s, but not finding recovery, I sought and found an alternative path based in Eastern philosophy and realized we are designed to self-heal. Contrary to popular belief, counseling and medication may not be the solution to eating disorders. My healing was so powerful I had to share my story.

July 03, 2008 | By Lori Hanson For The Signal | Healthy Living

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