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One of the most important decisions a woman has to make is finding a gynecologist or obstetrician. Whether it is a young woman with her first annual exam, a new mom with a positive pregnancy test, or women with issues such as menopause...

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Today’s Doylestown Health upholds a tradition of improving the health and wellbeing of our community that began with the founding of Doylestown Hospital in 1923. Over the years we’ve grown to meet the health and wellness needs of all those we serve, more

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Dr. Glenn DeBias, founder and medical director of The Institute for Laser and Aesthetic Medicine says, “Our society can be very judgmental. We praise a youthful look.” And no doubt about it, people with an aged appearance seem to be easier to... more

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Most mosquito bites are relatively harmless. The itchy bumps often last for just a day or 2 after a mosquito has punctured your skin. But if the mosquito is carrying certain germs, like viruses or parasites, these pathogens might enter your blood... more

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The quality of our lives is often directly related to the condition of our teeth. Our teeth are not only the first stage in the breaking down of food to nourish the body, but they are a major element in our appearance. A healthy smile wins friends... more

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“Diverticulosis refers to pouches that form in the colon,” explained surgeon David M. Schaffzin M.D. “They can bleed, cause cramping, or rupture, the later of which is diverticulitis.” more

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Samantha Martin’s sanity was in the balance the day she called NOVA and a kindly volunteer let her be herself. “She didn’t dismiss me.” That and the need to grow out of a haunting past, led Samantha to seek the truth about herself ... more

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Imagine a full service spa that offers massage, personal training, nutritional counseling, consultation with an aesthetician, their own line skincare and the services of plastic and cosmetic surgeons. more

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Door to Door Organics was started in Ottsville in 1997 by a local family who saw the need of getting organic food from the farm to peoples’ homes in a way that is convenient and gives the consumer wholesome, mostly locally grown groceries more

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Julie Lachman, ND is a Bucks County native and licensed Naturopathic Doctor. She offers natural solutions for members of the whole family, using homeopathy and herbal medicines. Homeopathy is a 200-year old system of medicine ... more

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Heart failure is one of the top medical challenges for the senior population. At the Pine Run Health Center the staff meets it head on with innovative programs and practices. more

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Glaucoma, a condition that causes damage to the optic nerve is associated with increased pressure inside the eye. Without treatment glaucoma can cause blindness. “The most common treatment for glaucoma is with drops and extensive surgery,” more

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Climbing Your Way to Fitness

Jacobs ladder

by Vicky Waite————Here I am walking the streets selling advertising for our June issue. My cell phone goes off, and magazines fall in the rain puddle. I answer and it’s an old friend from South Philly. We try to get together every few years. My good friend, Anita is a huge movie buff, who is always talking about movies, new and old. Typically Anita jumps from one topic to the next, from talking about movies to having me be her guest at the Sporting Club at the Bellevue. That really sounded good to me, so we arranged a meeting to go to her club together. We meet a few weeks later and Anita chose to drive. Anita begins talking about movies again and the Sporting club. She mentions, “Jacobs Ladder.” I’m thinking, hope she changes the subject because I saw that movie years ago and wasn’t a big fan of it. Thinking further I realized I saw it with her. I remember suffering through the whole movie. Of course, Anita loved it. When we arrive at the club Anita begins to show me around. She takes me to a new machine that looks like an escalator. This really impressed me, so I started playing around the controls. Anita had me hop off so that she could jump on to show me how it works. Wow, I begin to really like this. And, get this—the name of this, so called, manual escalator, is Jacobs Ladder. Typically Anita is talking about two subjects at once, as always. Anita gives me some quick instruction and I’m ready to go. Let the fun begin! I slowly begin with the belt attached and providing security. I find it easy to operate. My speed is adjusted by climbing faster or slower. The ladder automatically adjusts to my desired pace. The heart monitor, which is included, is easy to use. There are handrails on the side to use in case you get tired of using your hands. I am climbing at my own pace, starting out slow and building up momentum. Talk about a sweat! You actually lift your entire body weight over a 12-inch step. It’s probably best to start at 50-60 feet per minute even though this seems slow at first. This is the best way to get a feel for the intensity and the movement. Once you do so, you can then go any speed and distance combination. The Jacobs Ladder is designed to take stress off the lower back. The workout is low impact for the back, making it a positive climbing motion so there isn’t any bouncing that of the kind you get with a treadmill or elliptical machine. Plus the arm and leg movement of the climb is not only great for those stomach muscles but also works the muscles around the spine. I found out that many physical therapists and chiropractors are customers of the Jacobs Ladder. Just like swimming, climbing on this machine, will work both the upper and lower body. After my day was done with Anita, I went home and did some more research. Their website calls it an elevated treadmill climber. It defines it as a treadmill raised at a 40-degree angle, with rungs instead of a rubber belt. Jacobs Ladder is self-powered so there is no electricity needed. The faster you climb the faster you go. The nice thing about this machine is that it’s not set to any speed or level, as are treadmills and stair climbers. It’s a self-powered machine, which allows you to take it at your own pace. Another big plus is while you are climbing, your body is protected from any hard pounding and stressful movements. This machine is a great cardiovascular experience. I do like the Jacobs Ladder very much. And, I’m not talking about the movie. It’s always good to contact your physician before considering any exercise program. For more information on the Jacobs Ladder go to www.jacobsladderexercise.

Healthy Living 2017