Last week my husband flew to Florida to say goodbye to his dear father, whose ten-year battle with Alzheimer’s disease was finally coming to an end. There’s a reason they call the disease (and other forms of dementia) the long goodbye. From diagnosis to death, it’s a prolonged series of farewells. My father-in-law, who never fully accepted his diagnosis, had to say goodbye to nearly everything that brought him joy and a sense of purpose in life…things like driving, paying the bills, tennis, long walks, reading, traveling, deep discussions and spirited debates and even his beloved bicycle. When it became too difficult for my mother-in-law to care for him alone, he had to say goodbye to his home of many years. Each goodbye was necessary but excruciating (for everyone). My husband, who took his dad to the Florida DMV to surrender his license, said it felt like being stabbed repeatedly.
Approximately 20 percent of the US population is affected by some form of autoimmune disease, ¾ of which are women. Thyroid autoimmune diseases, especially Hashimoto’s, is by far the most common presentation. This condition is often misdiagnosed as patients fluctuate between having hypothyroid and hyperthyroid symptoms. One day a person may feel tired and sluggish, the next feeling nervous with heart palpitations and an inability to settle. It is important to test a patient’s antibodies when a physician confirms diagnosis, as elevated values point to thyroid gland destruction. Support is not always found in thyroid replacement therapy.
Oftentimes, removing gluten from an individual’s diet for at least 2-3 months proves successful or at the very least, helpful as there is a protein on gluten that is cross- reactive with our thyroid glands. One of the first nutrient deficiencies to address begins with Vitamin D, specifically, Vitamin D3, the active form in the body. Numerous autoimmune conditions are associated with Vitamin D deficiency, including Hashimoto’s. Dosing can vary significantly so it’s best to consult with a knowledgeable integrative practitioner when approaching supplementation. Other nutrients worth of consideration and by no means an all-inclusive list, including Omega-3 fatty acids, glutathione, probiotics, and serum-derived immunoglobulins.
Michael Briggs, PharmD, CNC, ICCT serves as COO of Lionville Natural Pharmacy and has been published in The Professional Guide to Complementary & Alternative Therapies, Complementary and Alternative Medicine for Older Adults. The Nursing Drug Handbook Series, and Pharmacotherapy. Learn more at lionrx.com.
LOTS TO FALL FOR
Fall Harvest & Great Pumpkin Patch
Sunday, October 23
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
The Willows Park, Villanova
Fall-themed activities, food, refreshments, live music, hayrides and more! Radnor Township residents can register for a free pumpkin while supplies last. Details
Surrey Fall Spectacular
Saturday, November 5
11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
60 Surrey Way, Devon
FREE fun for all ages, including food, games, live music, raffles and kids’ activities. Details
MEET, GREET & EAT
Spanish Cuisine & Wine
Thursday, October 27
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Wayne Art Center
Join Chef Karen Bentz for an evening of Greek cuisine and wine pairing with Stony Run Winery. Menu will include albondigas (Spanish meatballs), ajo blanco (white gazpacho soup), paella and Torta de Santiago (almond-citrus cake). Details
Khalil Munir, award-winning actor, speaker, and author presents: Excerpts from his one-man show: 1Pound, 4Ounces
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
DV Friends School, Paoli
Khalil Munir takes a serious look at his life story revealing his struggle to overcome a learning disability, growing up with the daily dangers of urban violence, and missing a father incarcerated for most of his formative years. Khalil shares how he ultimately released his demons through the creative outlets of an acting and dance career. This presentation combines a theatrical experience with audience interaction and a Q&A session. FOR: parents, educators, and students in grade 7 and older. Details
Media Fall Restaurant Week
Sunday, November 6 – Saturday, November 12
Select restaurants in downtown Media will offer pre-fixe menus and specials all week long. Reservations recommend. Details
MONSTERS & FAIRIES & WIZARDS, OH MY!
Saturday, October 29
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Burke Park, Malvern
Malvern first responders will be on hand with fire trucks and police cars to explore while a DJ spins spooky tunes. Goody bags, pumpkins and snacks courtesy of the Malvern Parks & Rec Committee. Come in costume! Details
Saturday, October 29
11:00am – 4:00pm
Colonial Penn Plantation, Newtown Square
Fairy tales can serve as delightful windows into the past and the skills needed to survive. All are invited to come in costume and try their hand at various chores from the past. Details
Wizarding Halloween Party & “Snape” Launch
Sunday, October 30
3:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Main Point Books, Wayne
Come out, come out wizards! All ages welcome for an afternoon of fun, games and prizes. At 4:00 PM special guest Lorrie Kim will discuss her new book "Snape: The Definitive Analysis of Hogwarts's Mysterious Potions Master." Details
SHOP & SPIN
Trek Greater Philadelphia Halloween Ride
Wednesday, October 26
Sam’s Place at AIM Academy, Conshohocken
Get spooky during this fun, casual seven-mile ride along the Schuylkill River Trail. Afterward, indulge in a few tricks AND treats at the ride’s endpoint. Costumes encouraged! Prizes awarded. Details
Clover Market Kennett Square
Sunday, October 23
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
600 S. Broad Street, Kennett Square
Curated lineup of handmade and vintage vendors, food trucks, live music, free kids crafts and more. Details
Malvern HallowWINE Trail Stroll
Thursday, October 20
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Along King Street
Shops stay open late every third Thursday on King Street and each stroll has a different theme! Details
Rascal is a playgroup superstar! He greets new dogs at the shelter to see how they respond to other dogs. He's captured the hearts of staff and volunteers and loves getting attention and affection. This 7-year-old big guy has a handsome face that is even cuter in person. Rascal would do well in a home with another dog and owners looking to take him on adventures. If you’d like to give Rascal the furever home he deserves, bring any dogs and kids in your home for a meeting at 1212 Phoenixville Pike, West Chester, Pa. 19380. Hours are Tuesday - Friday noon – 7pm, Saturday and Sunday 11am – 5pm. All paperwork for adoptions is done onsite at the adoption meet and adoptions are on a first-come basis.
Find a full list of adoptables across all Campuses at bvspca.org/adopt
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The Wayne Business Association is once again hosting Trick or Treat in Downtown Wayne.
Enjoy visiting our shops and restaurants for treats and stop in our Halloween Tent on North Wayne Avenue for Craft Project with the Wayne Art Center, Music, and more treats from local businesses.
Taking place on Saturday, October 29th from 1 to 3 pm. (rain or shine) .
If you are a local business that would like to have a table, please contact the WBA.For more information please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org
Trunk or Treat/Haunted House
Saturday, October 22
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Paoli United Methodist Church, Paoli
We’re Creepin’ it real, so let’s get this party startled! Details
Upper Darby Shooting Stars Trunk or Treat
Sunday, October 30
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Merry Place Park, Havertown
Spooky and fun decorated trunks with treats, character meet and greets, games, and performances by the Shooting Stars! All this for $10 per family! Details
YMCA Great Halloween Festival
Saturday, October 22
3:00 PM - 5:30 PM & 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Upper Main Line YMCA, Berwyn
Enjoy an afternoon of safe, family-fun activities at the largest Halloween event on the Main Line. Details
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