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SUM 2015

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S P I R I T O F W O M E N S U M M E R 2 015 w w w. s p i r i t o f w o m e n . c o m 4 C O N T E N T S S U M M E R 2 0 1 5 The only magazine in America presented for the whole health of women and their families by American hospitals and their physicians. Spirit of Women, 2424 North Federal Highway mation or advertising inquiries, call 561.544.0755, fax 561.544.8149 or write spiritmagazine@spiritofwomen.com. Visit us on the Web at www.spiritofwomen.com. Information contained herein is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice. If you have medical concerns, seek the guidance of a healthcare professional. Copyright © 2015, Spirit of Women. Editorial and creative direction: Corporate and media management: Joshua Davis Managing Editor: Pam Lawrence Published by SBN Interactive Editor: Graphic Designer: Lori Smith Spirit of Women magazine is a publication of the Spirit of Women Health Network. E X E C U T I V E L E T T E R D E P A R T M E N T S F E A T U R E S HEALTH CENTRAL: NEWS ............ 5 HEALTHY EATING: GREEK YOGURT ........................... 6 FINANCIAL FITNESS: BEST PLACES TO RETIRE ............... 8 FAMILY STYLE: KIDS' BIRTHDAY PARTIES ............... 9 U.S. HOSPITAL REPORT: PREVENTING OBESITY .................10 SPIRIT CENTRAL: FIND A SPIRIT OF WOMEN HOSPITAL NEAR YOU ...12 LOOKING GOOD: COCONUT OIL BEAUTY TRICKS ... 25 ON THE ROAD: THE FLORIDA KEYS ..................... 26 HEALTH CENTRAL: DIET .............. 28 SHARING HEALTH SECRETS: CARBONATED DRINKS ............... 29 SPIRIT HEALTH COACH: PERSONAL TRAINERS ................. 30 14 | VICKI LAWRENCE: SHINING A SPOTLIGHT ON CHRONIC HIVES The comedienne and actress talks about how she coped with an itchy situation— and how others can find help too. 16 | TAKE A BITE OUT OF TMJ PAIN A variety of noninvasive options can deliver relief from jaw discomfort. 18 | MORE THAN SKIN DEEP Breakthroughs in immunotherapy treatments are offering new hope to melanoma patients. 20 | WHEN YOUR CHILD HAS A FOOD ALLERGY Here's how to handle everyday eating challenges from babyhood on. 23 | IS MEMORY LOSS AFTER 60 INEVITABLE? Maintain your memory in peak form with these expert tips. COVER PHOTO BY KEVIN SCOTT HEES 18 23 HAVE AN 'IMPERFECT' SUMMER Remember the last time you took a trip to the beach and walked along the water's edge, sifting through sand to look for the "perfect" shell to bring home as a souvenir? At the end of the day, you can collect a whole bucket of shells, but chances are, none of them will be without flaws. Some will be chipped, none will have an even color tone, and all will be a bit weathered. Since sometimes you can't decide which particular shell to keep, you carry the entire load back home with you as a reminder of the relaxing, fun, peaceful day you spent at the beach. Shells are kind of like people. None of us are "perfect." All of us have a scar or a blemish or two. But just like shells, our differences are what make us unique! In fact, if you discover a shell that has no flaws, it doesn't look real. It looks as if you had purchased it at a souvenir shop instead of being a found treasure. This summer, we encourage you to take time to walk along the beach with your family and loved ones and sift through the sand to search for shells. You may not find one that's perfect, but the unique treasures you find will remind you of how calm, decompressed and healthier you feel when you connect with your family and nature and accept the beauty of imperfection.

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