Cancer Centers Teach Nutrition As Strong Weapon In The Fight

Karen Ford (from left)  Cancer Support Center director development; Chris Rosandich CSC nutritiwellness coordinator program manager offsite locations Kathy

Also, Ford said, at an event at Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, the Cancer Support Center made and distributed 300 cancer-fighting smoothies. The healthy drinks were made possible through funding from the annual Hometown Hoedown held in Frankfort for the past 20 years. Kathy Kahlhammer, of Frankfort, who has chaired the event for 17 years, said that at the Mokena center, all of the wigs and accessories, counseling for children, and books and materials for the resource library were funded by the Hoedown. At both sites, she said, nutritional programs and some of the costs of individual and family counseling also are funded by the Hoedown. Since 2007, $200,000 of Hoedown funds has been donated to the Cancer Support Center. Ford said the centers have come to rely on such donations.
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Mental Health Professionals THINK Nutrition Is YOUR Responsibility

What are you thinkingYou should diet soon or something! Caption: Till then take 50,000 of these peanut shapeded pills a day. Nutrition |nutrition| n(y)otriSHn noun: the process of providing or obtaining the food necessary for health and growth.* Responsibility |responsibility| rispansbilte noun: the state or fact of having a duty to deal with something or of having control over someone.* In Richard Zwolinski very well researched and thought-provoking post Why A New Study About Diet And Mental Health Is Important he said something that struck me sideways; but honestly true: Mental health professionals do not have to be experts in nutrition or exercise or other therapies. But we do have to know when to refer our clients to experts in other fields for evaluation and/or treatment. We must take the whole person into account. Thinking about this from the receiving side of services I am a bit worried. While I do not expect all mental health professionals to be nutrition experts, I would think, no I would hope that professionals had a good handle on nutrition. Especially if they are prescribing me medications that are known for huge weight gain. I know Richard encourages therapy patients to stay emotionally, physically, and spiritually healthy and he understands the balance between the mind and body and not wasting time. SEE: Therapy Revolution: Find Help, Get Better, and Move On Without Wasting Time or Money In the end, our nutrition is our own responsibility even though when I am depressed or in the grasp of a mood swing the last thing Im thinking about is my nutrition. In fact, the food Im eating is most likely feeding and fueling the mood or depression. When I go to my behavioral health care provider, the first things they do is take my vitals, my weight, plus oxygen, blood pressure then type a few things and ask a few more questions. Then I have 15 minutes with my manager who takes up most of the time brow beating me about my weight-gain and I need to lose weight. I even had one doctor pressure me into getting information for by-pass surgery. Then Im maybe given a prescription for selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs), ricyclics, tetracyclics, or monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) all with side-effect some weight gain or triggering an insatiable appetite.
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