Health & Fitness

Finding Your Life After Caregiving

Dimensions of Dementia

If you’ve had a long caregiving journey as I did, when your spouse or family member dies you may wonder what happened to your life, the one you had before caregiving became your life. It may seem impossible to find that old life. You may have dropped out of activities you enjoyed. Your friends may have abandoned you. How do […]

Conquer Your Stress by Changing the Way You Think About It


As a line of defense against stress, Rethink works by helping you change the way you think about potential stressors and your ability to cope with them. Remember, stress is a combination of three things; (1) a potential stressor, (2) what your mind tells you about your ability to cope with it and (3) a stress response that kicks in […]

A New Beginning


It is overwhelming to consider all that has changed in the world since the last time I sat at my kitchen table to pen this column. The world around me has been battered by storm after storm, both literally and figuratively. Global Warming, contentious elections, and even the threat of nuclear war have scrolled across my newsfeed. My own life […]

Judgment of Ourselves and Others


“Someone else’s opinion of me is none of my business.” ~ Rachel Hollis I’m reading a book called, “Girl, Wash Your Face” by Rachel Hollis. Ms. Hollis is a 35-year-old author, entrepreneur, wife and mother of four. Her story is interesting and her ambitions are bold and I’m sure the book is geared more toward a demographic of women younger […]

New Independent Primary Care Office in East Naples

Dr. Carlos Portu is pleased to announce the opening of his new Independent Primary Care office in East Naples near the intersection of US 41 and Collier Boulevard. The new facility, located on the second floor of the freshly renovated Mustang Center, promises to deliver much-needed primary care services and management of complex medical patients to the rapidly growing 951 […]

Really Tense? Try Cathartic Stress Release


In the last couple of columns I have discussed mild and moderate forms of Release to get rid of the by-products of your stress response (blood sugars, hormones, muscle tension, and high blood pressure) in healthy ways. In this column I want to discuss Cathartic Release strategies. Cathartic physical activities are maximum-effort, explosive activities that counter the effects of stress […]

An Old Dog Teaches New Tricks


“We give dogs time we can spare, space we can spare, and love we can spare. And in return, dogs give us their all. It’s the best deal man has ever made.” ~ M. Acklam It was the coughing that initiated the worry. Not my coughing, but my aging cock-a-poo, Mocha. She’d cough in the night or after a nap. […]

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