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- Written by Alexander Germanis
There is a concept in psychology known as the gestalt. Depending on the school of thought, a gestalt is something comprised of multiple parts but is perceived as a whole, and that whole is often greater than the mere sum of its parts.
That concept is being carried out in Bloomington/Normal by the newly launched Center for Integrated Wellness. Comprised of three separate, distinct entities—Advocate BroMenn Health and Fitness Center, McLean County Orthopedics, and METHOD Sports Performance—the whole is far greater than its individual parts.
- Written by Genny Petersen
Aging is a process that starts the moment we are born. And even though people in the United States are living longer than ever before, there's no getting around one thing: as we age, our bodies change. Women often classify their aging based upon their reproductive life. While gynecologic issues are an important part of what it means to be healthy, there are many other factors that contribute to maintaining health throughout life. Just as the reproductive years are not just a time for having babies, the menopausal years are more than just a loss of periods.
- Written by Melissa Lockwood, DPM
Like the princess in the fairy tale, who couldn’t sleep because she felt something hard (a pea) that had bruised her during the night, we often have patients come into our office experiencing a lot of pain, caused by a very small bump or spot. Our patients are often surprised to know that some problems, although quite small, can cause some BIG pain. Even if you can’t see something wrong with your foot (or can’t get your foot up to your head to see something!), pain is NEVER okay and should always be evaluated as soon as possible. Check out some common problems that tend to cause some serious pain.
- Written by Kendra Wise
For humans, living a healthy lifestyle is a significant factor in preventing and managing many chronic diseases including diabetes, obesity, heart disease, allergies and cancer. The same is true for our pets. Over the past few decades, our companion animals have experienced a large increase in many of the same health conditions that affect their owners. In fact, current statistics indicate that one out of every two dogs will get cancer in their lifetime! And it is estimated that only 5% of cancers are genetic.
- Written by The Event Experience Company
Most people are familiar with those viral videos of grooms and their groomsmen who break out in choreographed dance in honor of their bride. In case you have not, here is the scoop: Typically filmed during the reception, the unsuspecting bride is generally positioned in a seat of honor while the groom queues his fellas to join him in a modern style dance set to a popular song. The crowd whoops. The groom and his crew break out in song and dance in the spirit of celebrating the bride, while the bride and their guests enjoy the entertainment in awe of this incredible display of affection. Videos like these garner millions of views on social media! Which begs the question, why is America so fascinated with grooms dancing for their brides?
- Written by Krista McBeath
When it comes to financial planning, more often than not, women take a backseat to their spouses.
This can lead to financial turmoil and confusion if they should become widowed. I see this dynamic on a regular basis in my practice. I sit down with a couple and discover that the husband handles all of the finances. The wife is content in knowing that her spouse has things under control and she does not have a clear understanding of what their investments are or how they work. I too have complete confidence in my spouse, but what about the chaos that ensues when a spouse unexpectedly passes away and the surviving spouse has been standing on the financial sideline all these years. I’ve seen this and it is devastating.
- Written by Christina Lea Smith
Thousands of women fought in the Civil War. Women soldiers, along with their male comrades, equally faced battle, disease, and death. One such “woman” was Albert Cashier who enlisted in the 95th Illinois Infantry in 1862. Private Cashier was captured by Confederates during a reconnaissance mission, however she knocked down a Confederate soldier, grabbed his gun, and ran for Union lines.