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Five Tips for Cleansing the Mind and Soul

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By Anne B Parker, MA, MHSA

Miraval Wellness Counselor

Cleanse….to clear away, to purify, or make clean. When I think of cleansing it’s not just about clearing out. It’s also about nourishing and replenishing mind and...

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5 Reasons to Rely on Dr. Marc Malek

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In the world of plastics, anyone who is or has considered reconstructing any part of their body knows the importance of finding someone reliable before going under the knife. Here at Arizona Foothills, we have done the research for you on one of our own – top plastic surgeon Dr. Marc Malek, who has been practicing for over 12 years here in the Valley.

1. Experience – In addition to completing a fellowship in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Dr. Marc Malek is also certified by the American Board...

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New Autism Diagnostic Service, NODA, to Launch in Arizona

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The scenario is one seen all too frequently.

New parents, overjoyed by the birth of their first child, spend the initial months being extra careful, sticking exclusively to organic veggie purees and washing every sock and onesie in chemical-free detergent. Yet soon after the baby’s second birthday, they can’t help noticing that something seems off. He rarely smiles, squirms unhappily when held and has yet to utter a single word. Fearing the worst, the couple calls their pediatrician, only to be told the next available appointment for referral is months away.

This is where NODA, the Naturalistic Observation Diagnostic...

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AZ Health: Heroin Holds AZ Hostage

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Heroin. Scary word, right? The reality is that it has become the self-medication choice of the late-teen and young adult population in our community, especially in the affluent neighbourhoods. Many of our young people are captivated with the drug’s romance, regardless of type, be it street or synthetic (prescribed opioids). The culture of the substance and how it has become romanticized has literally become an epidemic in our communities. The perfect recipe in understanding the pathology of the young opiate addict is this: intimate knowledge of the heroin culture; an informed clinical perspective of the individual user; and the...

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AZ Health: Treating Families, the Sustainable Approach

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Through evidenced-based practice, we know that the families that experience the healthiest changes are those committed to doing the work that is required for a family to heal. The goal is to create a treatment plan that holds the entire family system accountable, creating a recovery process with minimal chaos, long-term focus, monitoring to ensure compliance and inclusion at the appropriate level for every family member. The question becomes this: how do we as professionals encourage, support and, most importantly, inspire family systems to stay the course of a long-term treatment model that can provide and sustain healthy changes...

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