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To Heirloom or Modern that is the Question…

By Tammera J. Karr

For those brave enough to try new or different, you might find those heirloom purple potatoes are richer tasting; others might enjoy the spicier or bitter taste of greens like nasturtium, radicchio, or arugula. We encounter not only a cornucopia of foods and colors but the names transport you to exotic lands or whimsical fancy. You see names like: blackjack, Oak leaf, Batavian, and Fire Mountain in the salad greens, honey crisp, Melrose, Queen Victoria and Ozark apples. And some of my favorites are the berries: Cape fear, Brunswick, Wild Treasure, Summit and Jewel.


Nutrition Tips, May 2015: To Heirloom or Modern that is the Question…

Bereavement: Focus on Amish Rituals

By:Charlotte H. Mackey MSN, EdD

Edward F. Mackey CRNA, MSN, PhD

Bereavement: Focus on Amish Rituals

Grieving and Bereavement are part of living.  How grieving is displayed is influenced by customs unique to each culture.  Different cultures have their own views on the meaning of death, as well.  Grief is a total response to the emotional experience of loss.  It produces behaviors associated with overwhelming sorrow or distress (Kozier, et al., 2004).  Some cultures, such as the Anabaptist societies, enjoy strong familial ties. The Anabaptist societies are composed of Amish, Mennonites, Bretheren, and Hutterites.  These groups provide physical and emotional support to those suffering loss and grieving through their close-knit communal ties.  Death is a part of life that all Amish know from early childhood, and Amish culture dictates that all members of the community assist family members in grieving and bereavement. 

Nutrition Tips April 2015: The Amazing Cranberry – an all American Food

Nutrition Tips April 2015: The Amazing Cranberry – an all American Food

By Tammera J. Karr, PhD

The cranberry, along with the blueberry and Concord grape, is one of North America’s three native fruits that are commercially grown. Cranberries were first used by Native Americans. Today, cranberries are commercially grown throughout the northern part of the United States and are available in both fresh and processed forms.

An Integrated Evaluation and Treatment Approach With Traumatized Clients

An Integrated Evaluation and Treatment Approach With Traumatized Clients

By  Dr. Donald Hutcheon, C.Psychol.(UK)., R.Psych. #1421

The article focuses on three identifying areas of interest: (a) a discussion of how different sample subtypes have reacted to stressful events causing trauma; (b) a range of evaluation using an assortment of psychometric tests to gain data about respondents’ reaction to the trauma experienced; (c) a description of a treatment approach used with traumatized clients. Specifically, the article provides a descriptive analysis of the data from a small, mixed sample (N=12) and the relevance of using an integrated treatment format with individuals identified with trauma.

Behavioral Activation: Only an Intervention for Treating Depression, Or An Approach for Achieving a Meaningful Life?

By  Andrew Hale, MA, BCBA and C. Richard Spates, PhD

Behavioral activation is an empirically supported intervention for depression that has demonstrated effectiveness both as a stand-alone treatment and as a component of cognitive therapy.  Additionally, there is a growing body of evidence supporting the application of behavioral activation in contexts that do not involve the treatment of clinical depression.  This paper introduces the defining features of behavioral activation, describes a series of popular self-help and productivity strategies that employ principles of treatment, and presents contemporary neuroscience research related to clinical and non-clinical applications.  Behavioral activation may have important benefits beyond treating depression such as increasing resiliency, fostering well-being, and building a meaningful life

Behavioral Activation: Only an Intervention for Treating Depression, Or An Approach for Achieving a Meaningful Life?

Old Fashioned Bone Broths Still the Best

Nutrition Tips March 2015: Old Fashioned Bone Broths Still the Best

By Tammera J. Karr

Over the years, I have tried a number of broth mixes for convenience, but they all fall flat compared to the hearty rich and nourishing broths made by my mother and others back in the day.

“Good broth will resurrect the dead,” says a South American proverb. “Indeed, stock is everything in cooking. Without it, nothing can be done.”Said Escoffier

The Nurse Sees it First The Effects of Parental Divorce on Children and Adolescents

The Nurse Sees it First The Effects of Parental Divorce on Children and Adolescents

By Jolene Oppawsky

The high divorce rate involves, and negatively affects, many children and adolescents. Studies and clinical reports of the effects of divorce on children show that these children and adolescents respond to parental divorce with an array of symptoms. Nurses are some of the first professionals to see these reactions. Identifying symptomatology as an effect of divorce on them is the first step toward dealing with and ameliorating these effects. The nurses’ requisites for ameliorating and intermediary functions are identified.

Essentialism in Food Preference

Essentialism in Food Preference


Shulan Lu, PhD., Department of Psychology

Derek Harter, PhD., Department of Computer Science

Texas A&M University – Commerce

Individual differences in food preference is a complex topic no single theory can account for.  In addition to the evolutionary and biological determinants of food preferences, this paper discusses the psychological factors underlying variations in food preferences.  In particular, this paper discussed the essentialist mindset, whereby people seek contact with the essence of the world we live in. and this drives some of their food preferences experts have not been able to account for through biological or social mechanisms.

Nutrition Tips February, 2015: Dairy-Free Yogurt is Easy to Make

by Tammera J. Karr, PhD

Years ago my dad gave me a food dehydrator for a gift, when he asked me for gift suggestions and I popped out with a food dehydrator; he looked at me as if I had grown a second head. This may be because my mom, was dead-set against practical gifts, thus to have a female family member ask for an appliance, well you can see his confusion.

One of the reasons I wanted a dehydrator, was so I could make our own yogurt. I had been introduced to this tangy dairy food by my Mother-in-law,the version she made was so tart it gave lemons a run for their money and I was sure I could make it more palatable. I did too….

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The Challenge of Burnout: An Ethical Perspective


Michael W. Hayes, EdD, LPC, NCC, BCPC

Assistant Professor & Coordinator of Practicum/Internships

Lincoln Memorial University-Cedar Bluff

This article reviews the literature of professional burnout since the inception of the term by Freudenberger (1974). The term burnout is defined and contrasted with other terms in the literature such as compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma. Included in the article is an exploration of burnout across the helping professions and how and if the multiple etiologies generalize to other related professions. The article is framed as self-care being an affirmative duty for the practitioner that is defined in the ethical codes of multiple disciplines. The article concludes with a discussion of strategies for the practitioner to explore that represent evidence-based treatments in the literature.

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