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UNDERSTANDING ACHALASIA FROM A PATIENT'S PERSPECTIVE

Achalasia is a disorder in which the smooth muscle layer of the esophagus loses normal ability to move food down the esophagus and the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) fails to relax properly in response to swallowing. This disorder is fairly rare, affecting about 1 person in 100,000 each year and can adversely affect lifestyle if not treated properly and early.

The purpose of this blog is to provide a platform for those who are diagnosed with or think they may have Achalasia, so that they may find help, information, and support from others. This blog will also provide information to the family and friends of those who suffer from this disorder. We invite you to share your real-life stories and information, and visit us often. We also invite you to sign up for our free e-newsletter.

Christmas Delights Cookbook

Thursday, November 10, 2016 @ 12:11 PM
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For this very merry time of year, author Karen Jean Matsko Hood presents a unique cookbook that is full of tasty and satisfying recipes designed around the themes, colors, and traditions of Christmas. Inside are page after page of mouth-watering recipes that, when prepared, will certainly be a hit with both family and guests alike during this special season. Written for the novice and the experienced cook alike, Christmas Delights Cookbook is a valuable addition to your kitchen library, especially when it is coupled with the other Holiday Series, and it makes the perfect gift for the chef on your giving list. Please visit our websites at www.WhisperingPinePress.com, www.WhisperingPinePressBookstore.com, and www.ChristmasDelights.net. 6 x 9, 324 pp., featuring a full-color cover in a variety of bindings. Whispering Pine Press International, Inc., Your Northwest Book Publishing Company.

  • Inside You Will Find:
  • Christmas Themed Recipes
  • Christmas Folklore
  • Christmas Facts
  • Christmas Themed Poetry
  • Christmas History
  • Author’s Commentary
  • Index and Glossary
  • Measurement Charts
  • Tips on Preserving

LCCN: 2014901415 BISAC 1 CKB042000 BISAC 2 CKB077000 BISAC 3 CKB101000 BISAC AUD 01  

ISBN: 978-1-59434-156-4      case bound       $ 29.95 plus shipping

ISBN: 978-1-59434-157-1      perfect bound    $ 19.95 plus shipping

ISBN: 978-1-59434-158-8      spiral bound      $ 21.95 plus shipping

ISBN: 978-1-59434-159-5      comb bound      $ 22.95 plus shipping

ISBN: 978-1-59434-162-5      E-PDF      $ 9.99 download

ISBN: 978-1-59210-391-1      E-PUB      $ 9.99 download

ISBN: 978-1-59434-867-9      E-PRC      $ 9.99 download

 

If you would like to buy this book, please visit our bookstore.

 

About the Author: Karen Jean Matsko Hood is the author of numerous cookbooks, children’s books, poetry, and more. A woman of wide interests, she, her husband, many of her sixteen children, and foster children make their home in Greenacres, Washington. Ms. Hood is currently working to complete research toward her Ph.D. in Leadership Studies at Gonzaga University.

Websites: www.KarenJeanMatskoHood.com and www.KarenJeanMatskoHoodBlog.com

www.facebook.com/KarenJeanMatskoHoodAuthorFanPage

Twitter: @KarenJeanHood

Contact: Marketing and Sales Department at Whispering Pine Press International, Inc.

Phone: (509) 928-7888 or Fax: (509) 922-9949 Email: sales@whisperingpinepress.com

Website: www.WhisperingPinePress.com, www.WhisperingPinePressBookstore.com

Blog: www.WhisperingPinePressBlog.com  

Whispering Pine Press International, Inc., 2510 North Pines Road, Suite 206, Sales Room, Spokane Valley, WA 9906-7636 USA

 

If you would like to buy this book, please visit our bookstore.

 

My Holiday Memories Scrapbook Brings Christmas Memories to Life!

Thursday, October 13, 2016 @ 10:10 AM
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This is the fifth scrapbook in Whispering Pine Press's Children's Scrapbook Series and is especially designed for children to help them to remember their unique and joyful adventures through life. Scrapbooking provides an outlet of expression that may not be available in any other form. Families get involved and show their children how much they love them by helping them fill in the pages of this book to preserve family memories. When I was young, I had a baby book.

My Holiday Memories Scrapbook for Kids by author Karen Jean Matsko Hood is a wonderful way to document enjoyable past and present experiences, a storehouse of unique recollections, as family’s journey through their lives. You will share many pleasant memories with your child browsing together through this special scrapbook as they grow and mature through their individual times and accomplishments. Encourage your child to record moments, holidays, and special family events, with written thoughts and their own hand drawn pictures, as well as photographs, along the way. So often, we lose some parts of our child’s events because of no singular place to keep them. Here is the answer to that situation, in this memorable scrapbook. You will want one for each of your children so they can protect their personal holiday memories.

Please visit our websites at www.WhisperingPinePress.com, www.WhisperingPinePressBookstore.com, www.WhisperingPinePressKidsBooks.com. Featuring a full-color cover in a variety of bindings. Whispering Pine Press International, Inc., Your Northwest Book Publishing Company.

Inside You Will Find a Place For:

  • Adopted Children’s Themes
  • Record Favorite Activities
  • Add Photos, other Memorabilia
  • Add Thoughts, Drawings, Ideas
  • Document Important Events
  • Record Family Events

 

LCCN: 2014 pending BISAC 1 JNF015000 BISAC 2 CRA043000 BISAC 3 FAM000000 BISAC AUD 02

ISBN: 978-1-59210-620-2 case bound $39.95 plus shipping
ISBN: 978-1-59649-932-4 perfect bound $19.95 plus shipping
ISBN: 978-1-59649-926-3 spiral bound $21.95 plus shipping
ISBN: 978-1-59210-619-6 E-PDF $ 9.99 download
ISBN: 978-1-59434-829-7 E-PUB $ 9.99 download
ISBN: 978-1-59434-755-9 E-PRC $ 9.99 download

About the Children’s Author and Poet: Karen Jean Matsko Hood is the author of children’s books, fiction and nonfiction, poetry, and more. A woman of wide interests, she, her husband, many of her seventeen children, and foster children make their home in Greenacres, Washington. Ms. Hood is currently working to complete research toward her Ph.D. in Leadership Studies at Gonzaga University.

Websites: www.KarenJeanMatskoHood.com and www.KarenJeanMatskoHoodBlog.com

www.facebook.com/KarenJeanMatskoHoodAuthorFanPage

Twitter: @KarenJeanHood

Author’s Availability: Washington State and nationwide by arrangement.

Contact: Marketing and Sales Department at Whispering Pine Press International, Inc.

Phone: (509) 928-7888 or Fax: (509) 922-9949

Email: sales@whisperingpinepress.com

Website: www.WhisperingPinePress.com, www.WhisperingPinePressBookstore.com

Blog: www.WhisperingPinePressBlog.com

Whispering Pine Press International, Inc., P.O. Box 214, Spokane Valley, WA 99037-0214 USA

Nissen Fundoplication

Tuesday, July 19, 2016 @ 12:07 PM
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What is fundoplication?

Fundoplication is the standard surgical method for treating gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD). GERD causes inflammation, pain (heartburn), and other serious complications (such as scarring and stricture) of the esophagus. GERD results when acid refluxes (regurgitates, or backwashes) from the stomach back up into the esophagus. Under normal conditions, there is a barrier to reflux of acid. One part of this barrier is the lower-most muscle of the esophagus (called the lower esophageal sphincter). Most of the time, this muscle is contracted (constricted, or tight), which closes off the esophagus from the stomach. In patients with GERD, the sphincter does not function normally. The muscle is either weak or relaxes inappropriately. Fundoplication is a surgical technique that strengthens the barrier to acid reflux when the sphincter does not function normally.

What happens during fundoplication?

During the fundoplication procedure, the part of the stomach that is closest to the entry of the esophagus (the fundus of the stomach) is gathered, wrapped, and sutured (sewn) around the lower end of the esophagus and the lower esophageal sphincter. (The gathering and suturing of one tissue to another is called plication.) This procedure increases the pressure at the lower end of the esophagus and thereby reduces acid reflux.

Also, during fundoplication, other surgical steps frequently are taken that also may reduce acid reflux. For instance, if the patient has a hiatal hernia (which occurs in 80% of patients with GERD), the hernial sac may be pulled down from the chest and sutured so that it remains within the abdomen. Additionally, the opening in the diaphragm through which the esophagus passes from the chest into the abdomen also may be tightened. Fundoplication may be done using a large incision (laparotomy in the abdomen or thoracotomy in the chest) or a laparoscope, which requires only several small punctures in the abdomen. The advantage of the laparoscopic method is a speedier recovery and less post-operative pain.

Capture the Spirit of the Season

Thursday, December 5, 2013 @ 12:12 PM
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Author: Fagles
Source: Wikimedia Commons

Christmas is a joyous time full of generous giving, goodwill toward all people, and the cheerful sights, scents, and flavors of the holiday season. What better way to experience this festive time than by creating family memories through time-honored, traditional holiday recipes made in the home with love and care? Many families have traditions of baking Christmas cookies or a special holiday sweet bread together, and it becomes a treasured part of their lives that is passed on to the next generation. In my family, we had a tradition of a large, delicious Christmas breakfast after opening presents instead of the usual Christmas dinner, and my brother and I would help our mother bake dozens of miniature loaves of her amazing egg nog bread to give to our friends and family. It’s a special memory that I have been happy to share with my own children as they grow up, and it’s something we all look forward to during the holidays.

Christmas Delights Cookbook by renowned local author Karen Jean Matsko Hood is the perfect companion for the Christmas season. Filled with over 200 delectable and creative recipes that capture the flavor of the holidays, it provides dozens of opportunities for starting, expanding, or refreshing your family’s traditions. With clear, easy-to-follow instructions, tidbits of holiday folklore, and a wide variety of delicious foods, Christmas Delights offers recipes for any occasion: large holiday parties, intimate family gatherings, fun snacks and treats for the kids, and contemporary twists on beloved traditional foods that will wow everyone. It also makes a fabulous gift for anyone who loves to cook–or simply enjoys the good food and cheer of this special time of year. But don’t wait too long to get your holiday traditions started–Christmas will be here before you know it, so purchase a copy of Christmas Delights today!

Personalized Poems Make the Perfect Christmas Gift!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013 @ 10:11 AM
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This holiday season, give a gift that will be treasured for a lifetime: a personalized poem by Karen Jean Matsko Hood. Affordable on any budget, your personalized poem can be anything you want: fun and lighthearted, romantic, friendly, or sympathetic; it can be tailored specifically to fit the Christmas season or express your feelings for the recipient in a heartfelt way. Whereas most personalized items simply add the name of your gift recipient to an already-existing poem, a Personalized Poem by Karen is always a unique creation, written specifically for you and your loved one.

Karen Jean Matsko Hood has been writing poetry for many years, and her poems have appeared in numerous magazines and literary journals both national and international. You can read a review of her first volume of poetry, Frost of Spring Green, here. Karen’s experience and expertise in writing well-crafted, poignant poems makes her a natural for personalized poetry. Her deft touch and finely-woven words are guaranteed to touch the heartstrings no matter the subject or event you are looking to commemorate. Dazzle your friends and loved ones this Christmas with a real gift from the heart.

What are personal poems?

Personal poems are professionally written for you alone, to be used as a thoughtful gift for someone you love or admire.

How does the process work?

The poem is written from information you give me about the person for whom you want the gift.
Using an insightful questionnaire, Ms. Hood is able to craft a poem that reflects exactly what you have in mind. Sometimes she may even use your own words in beautiful poetic form.

How will I know that the poem is
exactly what I wanted to say?

You choose the mood of the poem, whether light or sentimental. If Ms. Hood’s first draft does not portray your feelings precisely, it will be rewritten so that it meets your approval.

How is the poem presented?

After Ms. Hood receives your approval, the poem is printed in script on elegant parchment paper and placed in your choice of either a special frame or display
folder.

What is the cost of a personal poem?

The cost depends upon the agreed-on length of the poem and includes frame or display folder, plus one extra copy.

How do I order a personal poem?

You can email Ms. Hood at sales@poemsbykaren.com or fax her at (509) 922-9949.

 

For more information, including pricing, please click here to view and/or print our Personalized Poems Brochure.