Cupping, Gua Sha, and Acupuncture: Can They Help with Arthritis and Chronic Pain?
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Cupping, Gua Sha, and Acupuncture: Can They Help with Arthritis and Chronic Pain?

Most of you know that I am a big fan of integrative medicine: a mix of natural or alternative methodologies and traditional pharmaceutical treatments. In fact, one of the first “real” published articles I wrote was in a local magazine (called South Fayette & Neighbors, now known as IN South Fayette,) in 2006, and it … Continue reading

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Neurological Involvement in Rheumatoid Arthritis and Lupus – by Ashley Boynes-Shuck

Did you know that autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus, among others, carry with them the risk for neurological symptoms or comorbidities?  It’s true. Sometimes these types of chronic illnesses can LITERALLY be in your head … and the rest of the body, too.  Both Lupus and Rheumatoid (Autoimmune) Arthritis can have Neurological … Continue reading

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What Story Does Your Face Tell? – by Ashley Boynes-Shuck

Arthritis Month has come to an end, but just because June is here, doesn’t mean we shouldn’t keep on spreading arthritis awareness. During the month of May,  I saw and heard a lot from the Arthritis Foundation’s “Faces of Arthritis” campaign — a wonderful, and sometimes eye-opening, initiative. I thought long and hard about the Face of Arthritis, and … Continue reading

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Health & Hollywood: Stars Get Sick, Too! A Look at Celebrities with Chronic Illness – by Ashley Boynes-Shuck

Sure, their “people” usually try to either: a.) hide the fact that their celebrity client is sick or b.) exploit the fact that their celebrity client is sick….but the truth is, stars are human, and even the most beautiful, rich, and famous people in the world get sick, too. I was  saddened to hear about … Continue reading

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Ashley’s Journey to Wellness – Entry #23 – Embracing Arthritis & Autoimmune Illness

Journey  to Wellness – Entry #23 – Friday, August 25, 2010 I hope that this entry finds you all well! I’m “hanging in there,” so to speak and enjoying these last couple of weeks of summer! This has been a busy, productive, and lovely week! I found the wedding dress of my dreams, and plans … Continue reading

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Ashley’s Journey to Wellness – Entry #22 – Through Sickness and In Health

Journey  to Wellness – Entry #22 – Friday, August 13, 2010 It has been awhile since I have written. I have been busy with doctor’s appointments, traveling, enjoying my summer, and….getting engaged. You know, the norm 😉 Yes, this arthritic ring finger now has a dazzling ring on it. Simple yet sparkly, a lovely, beautiful … Continue reading

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Ashley’s Journey to Wellness – Entry #21 – Life’s a Beach: Sacrifices for Health, Biofeedback, Anxiety, and Shoes!

Hello, friends! I hope that today finds you all doing well and feeling okay lately! My trip to South Carolina was lovely and relaxing. I enjoyed some nice beach time, loved the sunshine, and got some quality time with my parents and boyfriend. The sun and warm weather made me feel a lot better, my … Continue reading

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Oldies, but Goodies – “You Don’t Look Sick” – The Face of Invisible Illness … Arthritis Sure Ain’t Pretty! by Ashley Boynes

In the next two weeks, you may see some blogs you may have read before-but we think they’re really important to share with the Mid Atlantic Region and anyone else who may be reading Wellness with a Side of Life, Please-because you can probably relate.  So sit back and enjoy with us, some oldies, but … Continue reading