Midcoast health news, Aug. 18

Posted Aug. 14, 2011, at 9:35 p.m.

Lyme disease talk

ROCKLAND — Dr. Bea Szantyr will give a slide-talk on Lyme disease and tick-borne illness and how to keep yourself and your family safe while enjoying the outdoors at 6:30 p.m. Thursday Aug. 25, at the Rockland Public Library.

Szantyr’s exploration of Lyme disease and other chronic debilitating illnesses began more than 15 years ago and now consists of thousands of hours in related activities. She has lectured throughout Maine and New England on Lyme disease and associated tick-borne disorders. Included will be updated information from the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention as well as information on other tick-borne diseases that occur in Maine.

Food for Life classes

ROCKPORT — A diet built from plant foods offers the most cancer-fighting protection of any diet plan, according to numerous studies. The National Cancer Institute research shows that as much as 50 percent of cancer risk may be related to diet. Certain diet patterns seem to have a major effect in helping people diagnosed with cancer to live longer, healthier lives.

Join chef MiMi McGee, Food for Life cooking instructor for The Cancer Project, for a series of weekly nutrition and cooking classes at the Picker Family Resource Center. In this six-class series you will learn about food choices that can help reduce the risk of developing cancer as well as support you on a healing journey if you are diagnosed. The classes will include a discussion on maintaining a healthy weight and will cover a variety of cancer-related nutrition topics demonstrating how to prepare delicious yet simple and healthful meals that can be created easily at home.

Fall classes will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 7, 15, 22 and 29, and Oct. 6 and 11. They are open to cancer survivors, friends, family and anyone interested in cancer prevention and healthful eating. There is a $120 fee per person for the six-class series. Register in advance by calling Corinne Willis at 596-8950.

Relieving stress, anxiety

DAMARISCOTTA — Learn how to relieve stress and anxiety simply and quickly by joining Silvia Tavares at 10:30 a.m. Aug. 26 at Spectrum Generations Coastal Community Center, 521 Main St., for a discussion and demonstration about this easy-to-learn healing technique.

EFT, or Emotional Freedom Techniques, also is known as “tapping” as we “tap” on several meridian points on the body that help to unblock stuck energy in the system that can reduce negative emotions such as anxiety-stress in minutes. Once the basic procedure is learned, it can be applied to a wide variety of issues, such as pain.

Tavares is co-owner of the Tree of Life Center for Wellbeing in Damariscotta. To reserve you seat, call 563-1363 by Aug. 25. Participant fee is $15. To be respectful of other participants’ sense, refrain from wearing strong perfumes, scents, deodorants and-or essential oils as these can block the effectiveness of the energy work participants will be doing.

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