June 2012

June 2012 posts

Sometimes it's hard to do nothing

This past weekend, I tried to take an hour to unplug and do nothing. Doing nothing is harder than it sounds. When we are at home, there is so much to do and our minds never get a chance to rest. I sat quietly for a good five minutes before I was tempted to get a notebook to jot down all the things I had to do and put in a quick load of laundry. I went outside for a walk, but only managed a half hour and still found myself trying to block out all the things on my to do list.

Sometimes bad things happen that turn out to be a gift. Due to a recent broken knee cap, I haven’t been able to do much exercise. What I noticed is ...

Busy Morning Breakfasts

Breakfast = Break the fast. As long as you aren’t participating in ‘FourthMeal’ (I’m hoping you don’t even know what this is), breakfast should be the first opportunity of the day for a healthy meal. Breakfast can be quick, easy, and good for you. You’ve heard before it’s the most important meal of the day (studies have shown improved cognitive function and maintenance of a healthy body weight), so here are some ideas to help you get off to a great start!

If you don’t have time in the morning…

Quinoa Cereal


  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8-1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • ½ cup berries (blueberry, raspberry, blackberry or strawberry)
  • 1 tablespoon hempseeds

Place water, quinoa and spices in saucepan and stir gently. Turn heat to high until just bubbling, then cover and reduce to simmer for approximately 15 minutes. After cooking time is complete and water has been absorbed, remove lid and fluff lightly with a fork. Add honey, berries and hempseeds and stir gently to combine. May be enjoyed warm or cold. Serve over yogurt if desired.

Preparation Time: 25 minutes total
Yield: 4, 1 ¼ cup servings.

Original recipe by Tarynne L. Mingione, 2012.

Let it out

It’s ok to have negative energy, but let it out in a positive way.

In any given day, there are things that frustrate us. A co-worker doesn’t hold their weight so we have to do the extra work; someone says they will do something but they don’t; or we hit an extra red light at rush hour.

All of the energy needs to go somewhere and if you don’t let it out it will grow and you’ll lose it on the wrong person at the wrong time

Negative energy begets negative energy BUT positive energy begets positive energy. So, let out the negative energy on something that is inanimate: a punching bag, going for a run, lifting weights, weeding in your garden, etc. Just find something that allows you to let go of your tension so that....

Finding Art in the Multiple Sclerosis Experience Third-Annual MS Art Show Set for June 16

SEATTLE, June 11, 2012 – Multiple Sclerosis (MS) sucks, as the painting says, but it also inspires art. The MS Center at Swedish is set to unveil its third-annual Art Show. Those touched by MS and living in the Pacific Northwest have been invited to submit their work. No visual media is off limits; all people living with and affected by MS from the Northwest region are accepted. The show's goal is to enhance wellness and quality of life for individuals affected by the disease.

Swedish’s Cherry Hill and First Hill Campuses Awarded an ‘A’ by The Leapfrog Group’s Hospital Safety Score

SEATTLE, June 6, 2012 – Swedish’s Cherry Hill and First Hill campuses today were honored with an ‘A’ Hospital Safety Score by The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits. The Hospital Safety Score was calculated under the guidance of The Leapfrog Group’s Blue Ribbon Expert Panel using publicly available data on patient injuries, medical and medication errors, and infections. Hospitals throughout the United States were assigned an A, B, C, D or F for their safety.

New issue of BrainWaves published

Click to read the Spring/Summer 2012 issue of BrainWaves, the newsletter of the Swedish Neuroscience Institute. This "Neurotechnology" issue features articles about utilizing DBS for depression, updates on a research trial for glioblastoma vaccine therapy, and updates around SNI.





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