Cell phones – carcinogen or not? The fear of the unknown

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Guest Blogger, Jennifer Costa

For the past 12 years I have been working as a Certified Child Life Specialist in pediatric oncology. During these years, I have had the privilege to work with incredible children and their families. This work has also convinced me more and more the importance of preventative measures and overall wellness. I try to eat healthy, exercise and get enough sleep.   Now that I am a mother myself, I try my best to do everything possible to keep my children safe.

Every day we are all surrounded by cell phones, IPads and other electronics. Each of these devices emits radiation. There has been much debate on whether this radiation from cell phones (and other devices) can cause cancer. Studies thus far have been done on adults so the concern is that if there is a link to cancer, children may be at great risk because they started using cell phones and other devices at an earlier age. “Cell phone use is now widespread even among younger children. It is possible that if there are health effects, they might be more pronounced in children because their bodies might be more sensitive to radiofrequency (RF) energy. Another concern is that children’s lifetime exposure to the energy from cell phones will be greater than adults’, who started using them at a later age” warns the American Cancer Society.

BioZen is a small sticker chip that attaches to all of your devices and is scientifically and medically proven to reduce the harmful effects of mobile radiation. BioZen was just named a Class 1 Medical Device and can be put on devices such as cell phones, baby monitors, Ipads, and computers.

I want to do everything in my power to protect myself and my family from these devices. Biozen never expires, and even if you trade your phone in every 2 years, the $50 you spend on Biozen comes out to $2 a month. To me, it is worth it.

Click here to purchase your Biozen. For any questions or further information, please email me at Jennifer.s.costa@gmail.com

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Bibliotherapy: A Gentler Approach to Understanding

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Guest Blogger: Mary Pat Benning form Heartfelt Books

It’s difficult to talk to children about things that bring them stress ~ things like illness or injury, hospitalization, death of a loved one, or significant changes in family structure. Through collective life experiences as a parent, a teacher, and child life specialist, I have come to believe that relevant books can provide the greatest teaching tools — ones that often lead to better understanding and better processing of the emotions that naturally accompany some of these great life challenges.

Many parents and teachers (and child life specialists too!) love to use books to “bring the message home” to the children they serve. The words and characters and story scenarios naturally bring about new ideas and new perspectives – and in a manner that is often less threatening than a direct conversation might be. This, in a nutshell, explains the power and beauty of bibliotherapy!

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Heartfelt Books: Integrative Bibliotherapy for Children and Expressions: Journaling from the Heart are tandem tools/resources that I created to make this bibliotherapy process easy. In developing Heartfelt Books, I researched and put together a collection of wonderful titles, paired these books with thought-provoking journal prompts, and arranged the titles in such a way that finding the right story for a particular scenario is simple to do.

As someone entrusted with a care-givers role, you might ask yourself– Is my child / student/patient feeling afraid and separated from loved ones? Is he trying to cope with the anxiety that stems from an upcoming surgery or procedure? Is she feeling isolated from school mates because of an injury or new diagnosis? Is he feeling sad having recently lost a parent or grandparent or sibling? These scenarios (and certainly more) lend themselves to the teaching and healing power of books.

Stories naturally bring people together. They bring joy and comfort. With intention and a little extra effort, they can also prompt understanding, relay new perspectives, and aid in the coping and healing process!

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For additional ideas on bibliotherapy and narrative medicine methods and resources and customized book collections tailored to individual families, schools, or healthcare settings, please visit www.HeartfeltBooks.Us or contact Mary Pat Benning at MaryPat.Benning@HeartfeltBooks.US

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Mary Pat S. Benning, Founder-Heartfelt Books

Mary Pat Benning is a licensed educator and certified child life specialist. She is dedicated to serving the needs of parents, educators, and child life specialists by providing creative and comprehensive bibliotherapy and narrative medicine resources and by encouraging the specific use of children’s literature and journaling in settings where children face trauma and serious health challenges. Heartfelt Books and its bibliotherapy and journaling curriculums were created especially for those looking for a relationship-centered approach to helping children and families as they navigate stress and the healing journey.

One set, Integrative Bibliotherapy for Children AND Expressions-Journaling from the Heart to be given away!

To register for the giveaway:

  1. Visit www.HeartfeltBooks.US (Program Content page) to learn more
  2. Email Mary Pat Benning at MaryPat.Benning@HeartfeltBooks.US to provide contact information and a brief statement as to where and what population you serve.

(Deadline for registration is June 30, 2018. Winner will be contacted directly!)