Showing posts from April, 2014

The BIG Five Recommendations to Manage Pain through an Anti-Inflammatory Diet

The latest approach to pain management through nutrition gave us an insight on foods to eat and avoid when dealing with chronic pain.    Presented by Dr. Robert Bonakdar from the Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine, following an “anti-Inflammatory” diet not only helps with our wellbeing, but increases our overall health by taking a proactive and preventive approach to chronic pain management.

An overview of the five things you need to keep in mind when considering managing pain through nutrition starts with understanding (1) why inflammation is a concern.  It is responsible for many chronic pain conditions; among them artery disease, autoimmune disorders, rheumatoid arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease, macular degeneration, obesity and cancer.   Avoiding foods that promote inflammation increases our chances of health. 2.- What kind of a diet is an ‘anti-inflammatory diet’?   Think "Mediterranean diet”, which is designed to increase foods that reduce inflammation in the body, and dec…

Creating an Impact on Women’s Health: Meeting the people behind the Doris A. Howell Foundation

The Howell Foundation would not be able to function without the valuable support of our Board, Friends of Howell and supporters who attend our events religiously! 
But who is behind the Foundation?  A dedicated group of passionate individuals that truly believe in the relevance of women’s health and fully identify with our mission:  to keep the women we love healthy.  Why? Women are typically at the center of the family’s health and wellbeing, and by doing so, we ensure not only the health of our family members, but believe that we can make a difference in the lives of the women in our community. 
As in any group, we have a realm of personalities, professions and preferences!  But that is what makes us a unique organization!  Join us in meeting the exceptional people who have touched the lives of many women in our community!
In March, “To Be or Not to Be in the Tax Preparation Saga” kicks off the series “Meeting the People Behind the Board” with Linda Osborne, CFO for the Foundatio…

Business Mediator and Author Brings Her Experience to the Howell Foundation.

Many have heard the saying “curiosity killed the cat”.  But could it be that curiosity is responsible for personal and professional growth?  It might well be that it played a crucial role for individuals and corporations when they needed to re-invent themselves.  Maybe we should ask Peg Neuhauser, published author, speaker, and Board Member of the Doris A. Howell Foundation.
“One of the most important traits for an individual to survive and thrive is curiosity- plain and simple curiosity. The people who do well throughout the eras of their lives are not necessarily the people who know everything.   It’s those who are willing to accept that they don’t know the answers – and keep asking and looking and experimenting…” she comments in one of her key note speeches for the Howell Foundation.
Peg Neuhauser started PCN Associates in 1984 working as a business mediator, corporate culture consultant, and a speaker on burnout, conflict management, organizational culture, and coping with chang…

The Howell Foundation Presents the Latest on Pain Management: Nutrition

It is not about re-discovering the wheel here:  health is, in its majority, about nutrition. It's a lot of common sense and going back to basics. 
Dr. Bonakdar delivered a fantastic overview on how nutrition can help alleviate pain.  The success on managing pain with appropriate nutrition is going to depend on combined factors, among them anti-inflammatory foods, grains and fruit and vegetables.   It is no surprise that the ideal recipe includes common sense, knowledge and awareness and connecting with people and places.  A check list on proper nutrition to manage pain include the following suggestions : 
Knowing your numbers:  The NIH defines Metabolic syndrome as the name for a group of risk factors that raise your risk for heart disease and other health problems, such asdiabetes andstroke.  Being aware of these key factors can reduce the risks of serious illness.  Dr. Bonakdar utilized these established guidelines as part of  his "recipe for pain management":

Knowing wh…

A Partnership that Produces Results: Howell Scholars to Research New Approaches on Women’s Health.

Foundation continues to touch lives and create impact in the community through education. Announces its 2014 UCSD Scholarship Awards. Scholarships totaling $16,800 to fund undergraduate research for students at UCSD
San Diego, CA. – April 4th. The Howell Foundation and UCSD awarded over $16,000 dollars towards their undergraduate research. Antibiotic resistance, cardiomyopathy, pre-eclampsia and papillary thyroid carcinoma are the areas of study that the Howell Scholars will research. The recipients of the Howell-UCSD scholarship awards will be announced in the Foundation’s event on April 4th “Nutrition: A Novel Approach to Pain Management”.

The Howell Foundation recognizes that undergraduate research plays a pivotal role in a student’s success; however, having access to financial resources can often play a limiting factor in the achievement of his or her career goals.

A strict protocol is followed in the choice of the students, including review of the students' scholarshi…

The Doris A. Howell Foundation to hold its trademark Health Luncheon Series with “Nutrition: A Novel Approach to Pain Management”

Foundation honored to preview the latest findings of  the relationship between nutrition and pain managementPresentation promises to open the discussion on nutritional factors that exacerbate pain and recommend approaches to reverse it  Recipients of the new Howell Scholarships to be announced
San Diego, CA. -  The Doris A. Howell Foundation will be holding its trademark Luncheon Series with Dr. Robert Bonakdar on April 4th presenting the latest research on Nutrition and Pain Management. While much has been said on the relationship between nutrition and health, caloric restriction and aging, stress and health, and what people should or should not be eating along with the role of appropriate supplementation,  new approaches help clear the confusion on the role and benefits that proper nutrition has in today’s prevention, diagnosis and treatment of illness.   
Dr. Bonakdar’s presentation will address the common controversy over nutritional factors that may exacerbate pain and the numerous …

Health and Nutrition: Going beyond the Minimum Daily Recommended Values.

While much has been said on the relationship between nutrition and health, caloric restriction and aging, stress and wellbeing, and what people should or should not be eating along with the role of appropriate supplementation,  new approaches help clear the confusion on the role and benefits that proper nutrition has in today’s prevention, diagnosis and treatment of illness.   
“Nutrition: A Novel Approach to Pain Management” with Dr. Robert Bonakdar will address the common controversy of the nutritional factors that may exacerbate pain and present the recommended approaches that might reverse and ultimately help manage pain and its related symptoms.      
If you haven’t done so already, make sure you register at .   Seating is filling up quickly! 

About Dr. Robert Bonakdar:  

Dr. Robert Bonakdar is the Director of Pain Management at the Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine and a member of the Scripps Physician Wellness Committee.  He also serves as Assistant C…

To Be or Not to Be in the Tax Preparation Saga: Advice from 30 years of experience from Linda Osborne, Howell Board Member

Not to be an additional source of stress - especially after our Stress Management and Health Seminar last week – but the yearly dread of preparing and turning in our taxes is just around the corner. April 15th is just 15 days away. Have you done your taxes already? 

If not, our own Linda Osborne, CPA and Board Member of the Doris A. Howell Foundation has very valuable advice: find a tax preparer. We might seem a little biased as we have such a wonderful resource with us. But consider this: unless you want to go through the 292-page guide on what is new in tax deductions and wish to click away on the thousands of links provided to optimize your tax return – not only at a federal level but at a state level as well, consulting with a tax preparer who spends all year learning about new tax preparation laws, trends and benefits is probably the best option out there.

A couple of recently passed laws that might have a tax implication in your 2013 tax return exemplify the need to hire an…