Imagine that the very food you eat and the beautiful carpet on your floors start to make you feel violently ill. Your contact lenses cause your eyes to burn and water uncontrollably. Trace amounts of mold on other people’s clothing cause you to become unable to hold a thought or get it from your brain to your mouth during an everyday conversation.
The life you once knew is gone and you have become a prisoner of unexplainable and severe allergies and sensitivities. In this new life you can no longer shop or visit friends in their homes because there are too many chemicals and fragrances there. You become plagued by one mystery infection after another and no doctor or specialist seems to be able to give you any explanation of what’s causing your terrifying symptoms. Depression sets in and becomes your constant companion as you try to cope with the stress of being sick and of struggling to live within your newfound limitations.
“Allergic to Life: My Battle for Survival, Courage and Hope” is the story of one woman’s journey through a battle to reclaim her life and overcome depression caused by an exposure to toxic mold in her workplace.
Kathryn was a vibrant and active 44-year-old stay-at-home mother of two when she decided to venture back into the workplace. Though she had been out of the workforce for 18 years, Kathryn had always been very active in community events – PTA, school board and the local 4-H club – and was always the first to volunteer to help out friends or family.
Little did she realize that this opportunity for professional growth and financial independence would force her through a never ending series of battles with the medical and legal community, make her a prisoner in her own home, and mire her in severe depression. After workplace exposure to mold caused severe immune system dysfunction, Kathryn’s world turned upside down and nothing would ever be the same. She was forced to give up her most treasured possessions and was no longer able to be the active person she always had been. Relationships were tested and many did not survive. Defeat always seemed close at hand as illness thrust her into a battle not only for independence, but for her life.
Kathryn’s story of self-doubt, loss of identity, and the pain of skepticism – from the medical and legal profession – is a heart-wrenching journey of endurance, hope, and hard-won triumph. Her experience with mold exposure gives her a unique perspective on the physical and emotional effects of mold exposure. Read her story and learn how she was able to overcome these many obstacles to become an advocate for her own health.
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that children have easy access to the internet through cell phones and other
devices, how can you protect your child from pornography? From child molesters? From other children who have been exposed to
porn and are acting out sexually?
Avoiding Sexual Dangers outlines clear, easy
steps to help you protect your children and teens, both online and in the
community. The book can also be a
helpful resource if you wonder:
Is my child’s sexual behavior is normal?
Is my child showing signs of sexual abuse?
Does my child need professional help?
book includes chapters on how and when to talk to your child about sex and
sexual abuse, how to spot a potential abuser, and what to do if your child has been
sexually abused or is showing concerning sexual behaviors.
Avoiding Sexual Dangers was written by sexual abuse experts, Dr.
Julie Medlin and Dr. Steven Knauts, psychologists with a combined 30 years of clinical
experience in working with children, teens, and adults who have sexual issues. As
experts in the field of sexual abuse, they have conducted thousands of
psychological evaluations focused on sexual concerns and they are frequently called
to testify in court. Dr. Knauts has
given presentations for National Organization for Victim Assistance and the
Georgia Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers. Dr. Medlin has appeared as an expert on
national radio and television programs, including for CNN and Discovery
About the Authors
Julie Medlin, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist who specializes in evaluating and treating sexual issues in children, adolescents, and adults. She is the Director of the Medlin Treatment Center, an outpatient counseling center in metro Atlanta that offers specialized treatment for sexual issues. Dr. Medlin also serves as the Director of the Medlin Training Institute (MTI), which specializes in training other professionals in the area of sexual abuse and sexual deviancy. Dr. Medlin published Responsible Living, a sex offender treatment manual, along with a CD-ROM entitled Breaking Through Denial. Dr. Medlin has provided numerous trainings for mental health professionals and correctional staff, and she frequently testifies in court as a sexual abuse expert. Dr. Medlin is Past President of the Georgia Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers and she served on the Georgia Sex Offender Registration Review Board. Dr. Medlin has appeared as an expert on radio and national televisions programs for CNN and Discovery Health, as well as several nationally syndicated programs.
Steven Knauts, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist who specializes in assessing and treating sexual issues. Dr. Knauts has provided group and individual therapy for adolescents and adults with sexual behavior problems, and has provided individual therapy for children with sexual and/or behavioral problems. Dr. Knauts has conducted psychological, psychosexual, and parenting evaluations, and has testified as an expert witness on numerous occasions. In addition to Avoiding Sexual Dangers, Dr. Knauts co-authored a CD-ROM called Breaking Through Denial. Dr. Knauts has conducted trainings for other mental health professionals, foster parents, and the community, as well as for organizations such as Prevent Child Abuse Georgia, the Georgia Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers, and the National Organization for Victim Assistance.
…Teddy Visits the Dentist is about my very own teddy bear. It describes his trip to the dental office for a routine checkup and cleaning- so your child knows what to expect the first time they go to the dental office, and every time after. Teddy has a fun time seeing his Dental Hygienist. She takes him for a ride in the chair, shows him the light, the vacuum and the tooth polisher, and explains what Teddy can do at home to take care of his teeth.
I am very proud to announce ‘Teddy Visits the Dentist’ earned an Honorable Mention at the 2012New York Book Festival!
When you educate children about their oral health at a young age, they understand the importance and routine of it. Even when parents are still helping with flossing and brushing, reading this book to them will help children to comprehend what they will experience when they visit the dentist so there are no surprises. Children like to be informed and treated with respect. It is my hope that each child and parent gets this treatment every time they visit.
Elizabeth Mahadeo has worked in dental offices for over fifteen years as a Registered Dental Hygienist and Dental Assistant. Elizabeth loves treating children and believes you cannot underestimate the value of a good experience at the dental office for a child. ‘Teddy Visits the Dentist’ will be helpful for children and their parents making them more comfortable at their first visit and every visit after.
One of Elizabeth’s goals for ‘Teddy Visits the Dentist’, is to make it available to children everywhere. She would like to break through barriers and boundaries to healthcare. Every child deserves a healthy mouth, body and life.
This book is the first publication in a series of books dedicated to fun, cute, informative resources about procedures children routinely have done at the dental office. The next book in the series, ‘Teddy Gets a Filling’, is well under way and has an expected launch date of November 15, 2012.