This year’s Wellness Symposium was dedicated to the work and memory of Dr. Frank Wyatt, who passed away last year.
His presence was truly missed as people came and went from the Atlantic City Sheraton Hotel all afternoon listening to a variety of health practitioners, but each one reminded me of Dr. Wyatt in his or her own way.
Dr. Maria Bohle, a homeopathic doctor who practices out of Egg Harbor Township, reminded the audience that the body has its own ability to heal. She uses small amounts of medicinal substances to stimulate the body’s own repair response.
Homeopathy is very patient-specific and Dr. Bohle said she gathers a lot of information before considering possible remedies for an individual.
Dr. Jon Regis spoke passionately about the disparities in health care among various demographic groups in the U.S. with a special emphasis on urban and African-American populations.
He considers access to quality healthcare “a right, not a privilege.” Through his Powerpoint presentation, Dr. Regis, of the area’s Reliance Medical Group, shared historical information from 1619-1999 to emphasize that “as a community, a high percentage of our time here has been highly stressful.”
Regis explained, “Better health is about making better choices in what we eat, what we drink, our ‘get high’ choices, activities and associations.”
Dr. Edgerton Maitland, D.D.S., who runs Simply Beautiful Smiles, talked about research that has proven periodontal (gum) disease is associated with high cholesterol concentrations, diabetes, low birth weight babies, delayed development in newborns, heart and lung disease.
He, along with the other panelists, reminded us that we must be proactive in taking care of ourselves and that we must be more conscientious about what we put into our bodies.
A returning practitioner from last year’s Urban Health and Wellness Symposium was Dr. Thomas Miller of Miller Chiropractic Wellness Center in Pleasantville. He is an active healthy living advocate in the community and always speaks with an angry urgency about his concern for all people to be able to function better from birth until death.
While the “healthful” term may appear broad or vague, there is nothing to be misunderstood about Somers Point’s Heavenly Health Café.
Eventually, both young men fell in love with skateboarding and wanted to pass it on as a way of giving back to their community.
Generally, shoppers said they were satisfied, but in a way that reminded me of Santorum’s endorsement of Romney: Could be better yet definitely better than no supermarket at all.
We didn’t use the term “food desert,” but we knew exactly what consumer advocates meant when they declared our city one. Food deserts are communities where residents have little to no access to fresh fruits and vegetables. Sometimes fresh meats and dairy products are also included.
“Three months to hurry and nine months to worry” was the slogan for locals who looked forward to having work and making as much money as possible during this short period.
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