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Dr. James D. Sterling Discusses his Work with Dr. Louis Ormont

In Health and Beauty on December 22, 2012 at 1:08 pm
Dr. James D. Sterling

Dr. James D. Sterling

New York-based Dr. James D. Sterling has worked with some of the foremost experts in the field of psychotherapy. For more than twenty years, Dr. James D. Sterling studied with one of history’s greatest group psychotherapists. Dr. Louis Ormont, who died in 2008, was a luminary in group therapy, and Dr. James D. Sterling uses many of the techniques he learned from Dr. Ormont in his practice today. Dr. James D. Sterling, Director of the New York Center for Psychotherapy, recently spoke with Presentation Solutions about his work with Dr. Ormont.

Presentation Solutions: You specialize in couples’ therapy. How did working with Dr. Louis Ormont help shape your theory of therapy today?

Dr. James D. Sterling: Dr. Ormont was a celebrated mind in group psychotherapy. One of his most inspiring virtues was his kindness, warmth, great understanding of people. He was always supportive and encouraging. He recommended what has become the great maxim of my therapy practice with both individuals and couples: Before you say anything to a person of significance, the first thing you must ask yourself is, “How will what I’m going to say going to affect the relationship?”

Presentation Solutions: He actually used the group as part of the therapy experience, from what I understand.

Dr. James D. Sterling: Yes. Dr. Ormont believed that the group was the agent of change. His theory is that the therapist acts as a catalyst to promote and facilitate group members to interact with each other in a very specific manner.

Presentation Solutions: How does the therapist do this?

Dr. James D. Sterling: First, it’s important to understand Dr. Ormont’s five theoretical pillars. These are the observing ego, the insulation barrier, generative communication, immediacy, and the group as a maturational agent. Most of the theoretical pillars are useful in individual and couples therapy and that’s where I usually employ them.

Presentation Solutions: Could you describe these in more detail?

Dr. James D. Sterling: Absolutely. The observing ego is an individual’s ability to sit back and watch group interactions. The insulation barrier is a person’s personal boundaries that, when healthy, protect the ego, even when surrounded by extreme negative stimuli. Generative communication is the ability to communicate with great psychological maturity, and immediacy is the belief that interpersonal communication can create positive change. Finally, Dr. Ormond described a belief that a group could be used as a maturation agent to promote positive change in each of its members.

Presentation Solutions: And the therapist works with all of these?

Dr. James D. Sterling: The therapist, understanding each of the five pillars, uses the pillars to build techniques that strengthen a group.

Presentation Solutions: I have read that Dr. Ormont also talked about a “group contract.” Can you explain what that is?

Dr. James D. Sterling: Dr. Ormont always developed a contract with a group. Each member agrees to follow the terms of that contract at all times.

Presentation Solutions: When group therapists speak of Dr. Ormont’s bridging techniques, what does that refer to?

Dr. James D. Sterling: Bridging is an intervention used by a group therapist to “bridge” interactions between group members to better facilitate a session, like asking another group member to comment on the expressed concern of a different group member. This strengthens the emotional ties between members, helping them to “identify and resolve one another’s resistances to making personal discoveries and establishing new relations,” rather than attacking group members and tearing them down.

Presentation Solutions: There are several different techniques for doing this…

Dr. James D. Sterling: Yes. The techniques a therapist may use when bridging are individual member support, energizing the group, increasing participation by individual members, building cohesion of the group, and ensuring each member feels safe throughout the session.

Presentation Solutions: What do you mean when you say “safe?”

Dr. James D. Sterling: Safety in this context means making sure interactions are constructive and positive, nurturing growth in group members, rather than tearing group members down. It can be a tricky balance; the job of the therapist is to help facilitate this for each member of the group.

Dr. James D. Sterling regularly puts his years of training to use at New York Center for Psychotherapy. Additionally, Dr. James D. Sterling passes on his knowledge by supervising young psychologists and psychiatrists in their practice through his work as an Assistant Clinical Professor at Mount Sinai Medical School in New York.

Phil Melugin on How Phoenix Home Care Helps Clients

In Health and Beauty on November 1, 2012 at 11:40 am
Phil Melugin

Phil Melugin

Phil Melugin has embraced the concept of personalized home healthcare throughout his career. In his current capacity as the President of Phoenix Home Care, Phil Melugin leverages the Christ-like values of compassion and integrity in his staff in the hopes that those values will carry through to the company’s clients. Phil Melugin answers questions about Phoenix Home Care’s services below.

Q: What state-funded services does Phoenix Home Care provide?

Phil Melugin: We offer a wide variety of services funded by the state, including private duty nursing, a range of therapies, wound management, and much more.

Q: If a client needs an evaluation to determine if a home is safe enough, can Phoenix Home Care provide that?

Phil Melugin: Yes, absolutely. That is one of the many services we offer.

Q: What about children and infants? Does Phoenix Home Care provide in-home care for younger age groups?

Phil Melugin: Yes, our staff includes qualified private duty nurses who specialize in caring for children of all ages.

Q: What about children with special needs or medical conditions?

Phil Melugin: Our nurses are able to care for children who have a variety of conditions, from cancer to autism to serious injuries.

Q: Will Phoenix Home Care accept my insurance?

Phil Melugin: Probably, but you need to check with your provider to be certain. In addition to most major medical plans, Phoenix Home Care also accepts Medicaid.

Q: You also offer in-home assistance for new moms. Tell me more about that.

Phil Melugin: Our New Beginnings package helps provide relief for new moms, whether in the form of education on such issues as breastfeeding or simply providing moms a chance to rest.

Q: What if a family member is suddenly left incapacitated and in need of assistance?

Phil Melugin: Phoenix Home Care can provide emergency care for the elderly, as well as injured children and adults. That assistance can include meal preparation, helping with medication schedules, and even help around the house.

Q: Is Phoenix Home Care available in my area?

Phil Melugin: We have offices in many areas of Kansas and Missouri. Visit our website to see if we cover your area.

Q: If someone qualifies for Consumer Directed Services, can Phoenix Home Care help with that?

Phil Melugin: We provide a variety of Consumer Directed Services, including transportation and wound dressing.

Q: Phoenix Home Care advertises that it follows Christ-like values. Does this trickle down to all your employees?

Phil Melugin: Yes. We carefully screen each of our employees to make sure they share our values of honesty, integrity, and compassion. This is important because it allows us to provide quality care to our clients.

Phil Melugin holds a Master of Education with a specialty in counseling. For more information on Phil Melugin and the services Phoenix Home Care provides, visit


Brenda Lee Reed Suggests Supplements for Inner-Body Makeover

In Health and Beauty on October 19, 2012 at 7:28 am
Brenda Lee Reed

Brenda Lee Reed

Feeling Tired, Run Down, or Generally Unhealthy?The following FAQ about natural supplements to complement a hectic lifestyle is provided by Genesis Healing Center founder Brenda Lee Reed.

What are the best supplements to take for inner cleansing?

Brenda Lee Reed: This is a question I am asked almost daily. My answer? Barley Max, Fiber Cleanse Powder, B12 compounded with B6 and Folic Acid, probiotics, and digestive enzymes.

What is Barley Max?

Brenda Lee Reed: Barley Max is an organic supplement containing a whole food concentrate of some of the most nutritious vegetation on Earth: barely grass and alfalfa. This specially formulated concentrate is designed for easy absorption, says Brenda Lee Reed. This living food product contains numerous vitamins and minerals that promote well-being.

As an added benefit, Brenda Lee Reed notes that Barley Max is gluten, preservative, and artificial color free and contains no inert ingredients. It is a Vegan Certified product processed in a temperature controlled setting and that allows the heat sensitive nutrients to remain intact, says Brenda Lee Reed.

Is Fiber Cleanse Really That Great for Colon Restoration?

Brenda Lee Reed: Well, bowel function isn’t something that people normally talk about in everyday conversation. But, perhaps it should be. The bowels help the body eliminate toxins. Reducing the amount of foreign interference in the system could lead to a diminished chance of suffering from a life-changing illness.

Brenda Lee Reed notes that Fiber Cleanse provides over 2 dozen herbs, 28 to be exact, that help the body get the bowels moving. Psyllium helps the colon eliminate impacted materials and flax seeds assist with blood sugar regulation while providing a laxative property. As well, flax seeds contain high concentrations of Omega-3 and -6 fatty acids.

What can B12 deficiency cause?

Brenda Lee Reed: Any vitamin or mineral deficiency can create a host of health problems. Notably, however, B12 – when missing from the system – makes the body tired.

Brenda Lee Reed also points out that mental fatigue is a common side effect as well.  Hallelujah Acres B12 supplement contains the most useable form of the nutrient, Mehtylcobalamin, which is available to the body without conversion upon absorption. Vegetarians are most at-risk for B12 deficiency since it is only found naturally in animal products. Brenda Lee Reed, as a Vegan and supporter of a vegetable based diet, says this product provides this vital nutrient without the need for fatty meats.

What other products are used in the Genesis program?         

Brenda Lee Reed: A Professional Strength Probiotic, which helps with digestion, and a digestive enzyme that we especially recommend to meat eaters.


Brenda Lee Reed is a certified Life Coach and a health and fitness expert. She has more than 30 years of experience in crafting healthy diet plans, based on a fruit and vegetable menu. As the founder of Genesis Healing Center, Brenda Lee Reed has devoted the last decade to helping others achieve their goal of inner rejuvenation and physical wellbeing. | 6020 Lofton Rd. | Lascassas, TN  | 37085 | 615.410.7728


Philip Melugin Discusses How Sound Leadership Built Phoenix Home Care

In Health and Beauty on October 8, 2012 at 10:49 am
Philip Melugin

Philip Melugin

Philip Melugin founded Phoenix Home Care in 2011. A little more than a year later, the organization has seen astronomical growth. This is in large part due to Philip Melugin’s strong leadership and the environment he creates within an organization. Here, the home health care administrator answers some questions he frequently receives about his leadership and how it factors into Phoenix Home Care’s success.

Q: When was Phoenix Home Care established?

Philip Melugin: We opened our doors in May 2011 and, in just over a year, have grown to a company that employs more than 700.

Q: How is this impacting the local economy?

Philip Melugin: Phoenix Home Care was recently acknowledged for its positive economic impact by the Springfield Business Journal.

Q: Describe the growth Phoenix Home Care has seen since 2011.

Philip Melugin: We’re currently annualizing $19 million, with 16,000 hours of service. This has helped provide additional jobs for healthcare workers and helped fulfill the need for services in the areas of Kansas and Missouri we support.

Q: And you continue to grow. To what do you attribute your success?

Philip Melugin: At Phoenix Home Care, we emphasize the importance of personalized, compassionate treatment for our clients. We believe this sets us apart from other healthcare agencies.

Q: Does the fact that you’re going into people’s homes pose challenges?

Philip Melugin: Yes, and this is why we choose our workers with great care.  Our employees are expected to have the same commitment to quality care as our management team. We also place strong emphasis on core values when choosing employees. We believe that this value system filters down to our clients through our personnel.

Q: How do you narrow that down in the interview?

Philip Melugin: We have an in-depth interview process that screens applicants beyond their job history. It’s important to us to find candidates who have a compassionate heart that will drive everything they do in providing care for our clients. We also stress Christ-like values of compassion, honesty, and patients for everyone who works for Phoenix Home Care.

Prior to joining Phoenix Home Care, Philip Melugin was co-owner of Integrity Home Care and assistant vice president of Oxford Health Care. Philip Melugin has served on several advisory boards to advocate for the advancement of treatment for the ABD population. Melugin lives in Missouri with his wife of 24 years and his children, two of whom are studying for careers in medicine.

Cardio vs. Strength Training: Which is Better?

In Health and Beauty, Lifestyle on September 19, 2012 at 6:37 pm

In recent years, a subtle battle seems to have been waged between those who focus most of their workouts on cardio and strength training enthusiasts. The latter group cites studies showing cardio is ineffective, while cardio lovers quote numerous studies touting the many health benefits of aerobic activity.

The truth is, both types of workouts have their strengths and weaknesses. Below is a breakdown of each.

Cardio Pros

  • Mental benefits. Cardio elevates the brain’s serotonin levels, which is thought to reduce depression and feelings of stress.
  • Burn more calories. While strength training burns its share of calories, too, cardio training usually involves steady, consistent exercise, where strength training incorporates quite a few breaks as weights and exercises are changed. For this reason, cardio workouts will usually burn more calories in a set period.

Cardio Cons

  • Extreme cardio has been linked to cardiovascular problems in some studies. This is often seen in cases where individuals exercise to excess, as seen in marathon runners.
  • Cardio increases appetite. The theory here is that as you burn calories, you’ll crave more and unless you’re careful, you may end up undoing all your progress.

Strength Training Pros

  • Muscle burns fat. The benefits of strength training continue long after you’ve left the gym. Because muscle requires your body to exert more energy, you actually burn calories throughout the day.
  • Long-term effects. Strength training has been found to have more long-term weight loss effects than cardio training.

Strength Training Cons

  • Joint damage. If done improperly, strength training can damage joints, especially if a person doesn’t give the muscles time to repair between workouts.
  • Less cardiovascular benefits. The health benefits of cardio have been stated repeatedly. Strength training isn’t thought to have the same benefits, although it’s hard to do strength training without getting your heart rate up, which is what provides those health benefits.

Which is better? In truth, the answer is that any exercise you do each day has significant health benefits. Most experts believe a combination of both is best, but if you’re doing an exercise regime you enjoy, you’re more likely to stick with it, so base your choice on the activities you enjoy doing.

Dr. William Knudson Discusses Fallen Arches

In Health and Beauty on September 13, 2012 at 4:57 pm
  Dr. William Knudson

Dr. William Knudson

Dr. William Knudson is an Iowa native who serves patients from his Leesville, Virginia office. Through Podiatric Care of Northern Virginia, Dr. William Knudson regularly sees patients complaining of foot pain and discomfort. One of the primary causes of foot pain, Dr. William Knudson explains, is fallen arches. Today he talks to the staff of Presentation Solutions about the causes of fallen arches, what can be done to prevent them, and what he does to treat them.

Presentation Solutions: How do I know when my foot pain is due to fallen arches?

Dr. William Knudson: Well, with fallen arches, the pain is usually isolated to one area of the foot.

Presentation Solutions: The arch of the foot, right?

Dr. William Knudson: Actually, not necessarily the entire arch. Often the pain is within the arch but in one small area.

Presentation Solutions: Will I notice that pain when I’m standing or sitting?

Dr. William Knudson: Many of my patients first notice the pain while standing. It gets worse after they’ve walked around for a while. In some cases, the pain radiates through the entire foot.

Presentation Solutions: Is pain the only symptom?

Dr. William Knudson: Some of my patients also see swelling.

Presentation Solutions: What causes the arches to fall?

Dr. William Knudson: There can be a variety of causes. In some cases, aging causes the arches to fall and in others, a sports injury can develop after repetitive use. We also see patients who have worked in jobs that require standing throughout the day on a hard surface, especially if those patients were wearing shoes with inadequate arch support.

Presentation Solutions: What happens in the foot when an arch falls?

Dr. William Knudson: As I tell my patients, the arch of the foot is comprised of joints and muscles, which are bound together to form a sort of bridge. With improper force over time, that bridge can begin to collapse, which is where the pain comes in.

Presentation Solutions: How do you treat fallen arches?

Dr. William Knudson: There are over-the-counter arch supports that can help. I also recommend ice and rest for short-term relief.

Presentation Solutions: Is more long-term relief available?

Dr. William Knudson: There are several long-term treatments that are much more intensive. I recommend anyone suffering from ongoing pain due to fallen arches see a podiatrist as soon as possible for more effective treatment.

For Virginia residents suffering pain from fallen arches, Dr. William Knudson practices in the Leesburg area at Podiatric Care of Northern Virginia. If your busy schedule prohibits daytime office visits, Dr. William Knudson and his staff offer extended hours. In addition to care for fallen arches, Dr. William Knudson can help with a variety of foot problems, including bunions, heel pain, corns, and plantar warts.

Best Ways to Keep Pets Safe During the Summer

In Health and Beauty, Pets on July 9, 2012 at 11:06 am

Last summer was hot, but this summer temperatures have been even higher. As difficult as hot weather can be on a person, it can be equally challenging – if not worse – for pets. Here are some tips about how to keep your pets safe and happy when the temperature soars.

How do pets react in hot and humid conditions?

Panting is one way that dogs (and cats too) will often cool themselves. Also, they will “sweat” from the pads of their feet.

How can a person know if it is “too hot” for their pet?

Pet owners should pay careful attention to how their pet breathes when resting, as compared to light activity or heavy exercise. That way they will be more aware of signs when a pet gets too hot. For instance, if a pet is panting hard when laying inert on the floor, breathing with its mouth open, seeming listless, or suffering from a lack of appetite or diarrhea – these are clinical signs of when a pet is too hot. If your pet is suffering from those symptoms do not encourage them to do any vigorous exercise – it could be dangerous.

Are there some things that pet owners should never do when it’s hot?

Absolutely. It’s imperative that pet owners never leave their pet in the car on a warm or hot day, even with the windows down. And pet owners need to recalculate their idea of what “warm or hot” is. Sixty degrees might not feel that warm to a person who’s in and out of the car, but to a pet that’s stuck in that car in the sun it can quickly escalate from an uncomfortable temperature to a potentially fatal one.

Are there certain things that pet owners can do to help their pets in hot weather?

Yes, definitely. The first thing to realize is that pets need a lot of water all the time, but especially when temperatures spike. So, try to keep cool fresh water available to pets and if you are away from home during the day you might even consider getting a pet fountain that keeps a stream of cool water running into a bowl. They start at around fifty dollars, but they provide peace of mind during heat waves when your pet is home alone. Also, make sure that pets have access to shade or shelter and ensure that they aren’t kept in a confined area on a hot or humid day.

Safe Ways to Exercise in the Heat

In Health and Beauty, Lifestyle, Personal on June 22, 2012 at 11:20 am

When hot weather strikes, many people want to continue their regular exercise routines. But you need to know how to keep working out while protecting yourself against the dangers of high temperatures and humidity. The staff of Presentation Solutions has a few tips to help athletes continue their regular routine, in any temperature.

The most important thing to keep at close hand is water.  A little known fact is that by the time a person becomes thirsty, they are already dehydrated. If you are exercising heavily in hot and humid weather it is possible to lose up to three liters (or over twelve cups) of water. So, it’s extremely important to keep hydrated or the body will start taking water from organs. In order to hydrate effectively, Presentation Solutions recommends that you start drinking water before going out into the heat. Experts recommend that athletes do not drink cold water because it can be jarring to the system. In order to hydrate properly, drink cool water and a lot of it – especially after you’ve exerted yourself.

Although it’s tempting to reach for something with more flavor than water, it’s extremely important to avoid drinking juice or soda. Both juice and soda contain more than ten percent of carbohydrates, which aren’t absorbed well during exercise. However, sports drinks are fine to consume while working out because they usually contain less than eight percent carbohydrates. When exercising for less than one and a half hours, either water or sports drinks do an equal job of keeping someone hydrated.

Presentation Solutions also recommends wearing light colored, roomy clothing when you are outside, because that helps reflect light and keep air circulating – which will help keep you cooler.

And one final tip for people who are keeping up with their exercise routine in the summer – try to stay out of direct sunlight by wearing a hat and sunscreen.

Healthy Food is Beautiful Food: The Bright Palette of a Good Diet

In Health and Beauty on June 20, 2012 at 2:21 pm

Diet trends come and go. Whether it’s eating only low-carb food, or Sophia Loren’s famous quote: “Everything you see, I owe to spaghetti,” perceptions change constantly about health and diet. The truth is, the two should go together and eating healthy food doesn’t even remotely mean eating boring food.

Studies show that the more colorful foods a person eats, the healthier they are. It’s easy to tell what ingredients are healthy, because good food is beautiful food. From the dietary effects of red vegetables to the boost that an immune system gets from blue food, a diet rich in color is a person’s best bet to stay healthy.

Every color of a vegetable or fruit signifies different health benefits. For protection against cancer – especially prostate cancer – red fruits like strawberries and red vegetables like peppers or tomatoes are helpful because they provide lycopene or anthocyanins. In the case of tomatoes, cooking them with a tiny bit of fat will also boost their cancer fighting properties.

Orange foods such as sweet potatoes, carrots and pumpkins are loaded with beta-carotene. It’s not an old wives’ tale that carrots are good for your eyes. Beta-carotene does help maintain healthy eyes. It can also help reduce the risk of cancer and heart disease.

Green foods like spinach, kale, cucumbers, peppers, peas and celery contain lutein. Like beta-carotene, lutein helps to keep eyes healthy and can also reduce the risk of cataracts. Also, leafy greens like spinach, kale and broccoli can help reduce the risk of birth defects and contribute to healthy hair.

Blue foods such as blueberries, blackberries, grapes, figs and raisins are colored by pigments known as “anthocyanins.” Anthocyanins help protect cells from damage, and they may help reduce the risk of cancer, stroke and heart disease.

If you want to lower your cholesterol and blood pressure, look to the white foods. Cauliflower, potatoes, ginger, bananas, onions and parsnips all are good sources of potassium and they contain anthoxanthins, which help promote heart health.

For the best health benefits, combine as many colors as possible. Research indicates that the types of antioxidants listed above tend to work best as a team with each one boosting the others’ effects. But, combining vegetables or fruit is also a simple pleasure. Think of a good chicken stir-fry with peppers, greens, ginger and scallions. Or picture a delicious salsa – with its combination of tomatoes, peppers, onions, lime juice and cilantro. And last but not least, picture a green salad with spinach and bright red strawberries.

Healthy food is delicious, beautiful and it can be a little bit decadent too!

How to Watch an Eclipse Safely with a Homemade Pinhole Camera

In Health and Beauty, Information on June 9, 2012 at 5:38 am

On average there are two solar eclipses a year, but watching them can be dangerous. So what’s the best way to view them? Presentation Solutions has some suggestions to help safely enjoy these celestial events.

First, what is a solar eclipse? A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the sun and earth. If the moon completely obscures the sun, it’s a full eclipse of the sun. If the sun is only partially covered then it’s considered a partial eclipse of the sun.

However majestic the view is, it’s very important not to stare directly into the sun because it will cause retinal damage. Presentation Solutions suggests that readers enjoy this event through a pinhole camera.

Pinhole cameras can be purchased for between one hundred and four hundred dollars in stores or online, but it’s also possible to make a pinhole viewer very inexpensively.  The only things that are required are a long box or tube, tape, aluminum foil, a pin and white paper.

Using a long box is important, because the longer the box is, the larger the pinhole image will be. If you have a box that is five-feet long (which would be about two triangular UPS shipping boxes taped together) the image will be .56 inches.

The first thing to do to make a pinhole viewer is to combine two UPS boxes together with tape. Then cut a hole in the center of the box and cover it with aluminum foil.  Use a pin to poke a small hole in the center of the foil. Cut a viewing hole in the side of the box. Put the paper inside the box near the viewing hole. Then point the pinhole viewer (pinhole up) toward the sun so that it reflects the eclipse on the paper.

Voila! You have created a pinhole viewer to watch the eclipse safely, while still enjoying the amazing sight of the moon blocking the sun.