Wednesday, 04 December 2013 08:03
If there's one downside to fabulous, food-filled holiday celebrations, it's the gurgles and groans of post-feasting indigestion.
"We assume it's because we overate, but for a lot of people, that pain and sick feeling may not be about how much you ate but what you ate," says Kyra Bussanich, (www.kyrasbakeshop.com), three-time winner of The Food Network's "Cupcake Wars" and author of a just-released recipe book, Sweet Cravings: 50 Seductive Desserts for a Gluten-Free Lifestyle.
"About 2 million Americans have celiac disease – an auto-immune reaction to gluten, the protein in wheat," says Bussanich, whose painful symptoms became life-threatening before she was finally diagnosed with the illness. "Most of those people aren't diagnosed though, because the symptoms look like so many other intestinal ailments."
People with celiac disease must completely avoid gluten, which is also in rye, and barley, to avoid a case of painful and gut-damaging indigestion. But, as Harvard Medical School reported earlier this year, avoiding gluten also appears to help people with less serious digestive issues.
"It really does seem to provide some improvement in gastrointestinal problems for a segment of the population," says Harvard assistant professor Dr. Daniel Leffler.
For Bussanich, a chef, there was no choice: One speck of gluten would make her ill. But she refused to give up pastries, cakes and other treats, so she perfected gluten-free varieties. Her award-winning desserts left their flour-based competition in crumbs on "Cupcakes Wars" in 2011 and 2012, and she was a runner-up on the show's "Cupcake Champion."
Bussanich offers these tips for whipping up gluten-free baked goods this holiday season:
Wednesday, 04 December 2013 07:33
Experienced Caregiver Shares Three Tips for Injecting Humanity into an Often Cold and Arbitrary Health-Care System
As a well-traveled, well-educated couple who spent most of their lives in New York City, Philip and Ruth Barash had witnessed and experienced much as they approached their golden years. A savvy New York couple, they'd learned to anticipate challenges.
Philip was a U.S. Army veteran who'd served in the Korean War and later became an attorney; Ruth's education and experience includes philosophy, art, real estate, public relations and executive-level civic work. But one problem they didn't foresee was navigating their own country's health-care system. In the most prominent city of the wealthiest nation on the planet, how bad could it be?
"Philip's health problems began in 1988 and steadily continued until his death in 2012," says Barash, who shares her health-care experiences in a new book, "For Better or Worse: Lurching from Crisis to Crisis in America's Medical Morass," (http://forbetterorworsebook.com/).
"We were in and out of doctors' offices, hospitals and emergency rooms a lot, and I was shocked by the lack of compassion we frequently encountered, as well as the number of health-care professionals who simply are not good diagnosticians."
Monday, 02 December 2013 19:54
Acclaimed Therapist Offers Perspective on Managing a Woman's Many Roles
Men expect more than women when it comes to "having it all," according to a new study by Citi and LinkedIn titled, "Today's Professional Woman Report."
More men than women define the good life as including a strong and loving marriage with children – 79 percent, compared to 66 percent of women. And nine percent of women do not include personal relationships in their pursuit of success – up from five percent in the previous survey.
"This study may be an indicator not so much that women want less than men; it may simply mean that women are feeling overwhelmed by the many roles they accept in life, and they believe wanting a happy work-life balance is asking for too much," says Dr. Jaime Kulaga, a practicing therapist, life coach and author of "Type 'S'uperWoman – Finding the Work-Life Balance: A Self-Searching Book for Women," (www.mindfulrehab.com).
"In fact, I haven't met a woman in my life who hasn't taken on an exponential amount of roles – far more than is good for any one person. From wife to professional to cook to chauffeur, women simply do not know how to say no, even when they want to."
While the holiday season is supposed to be a time when family members rejoice with family and free time, Dr. Kulaga says women often dread this time of year because of the additional roles to be taken on. She offers perspective for why saying "no" more often is good for them.
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