Pain as a Warning

Pain as a Warning

Feeling pain is like an oil warning light in your car, an external sign of an internal problem. The neurological transmission of the nerve signal inhibits the portion of the brain that causes the feelings of well-being in the midbrain (substantia nigra) and can cause stress. These two pathways compete to control the emotional atmosphere and overall mood of the individual experiencing pain. You instinctively go into survival mode (stress response) and blood is shunted away from internal organs that aid in nonessential body functions like digestion or reproduction. This is primarily the reason why individuals with prolonged exposure to pain have digestive and reproductive problems.

Around Town

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The National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society – Georgia Chapter is gearing up for the 30th anniversary Bike MS: Atlanta Peach Ride on Oct. 1-2, 2016. This year, cyclists will enjoy a new starting line at Blalock Lakes in Coweta County, as well as a new one-day route option with returning shuttle service. Beautiful, pastoral, scenic roads lead to the finish line in historic downtown LaGrange, where this milestone anniversary is being celebrated in style with bikes, bands and beer.

April Showers…

April Showers...

It’s Spring, a time for growth and rebirth. With all the rain we’ve had in SOFU the past few weeks, I’m certain that we are in for one beautiful season. Everything is blooming, birds are chirping, and it’s time to get outside and experience all that this area has to offer.

Your Faith Farms

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“Mom, when I grow up, I’m going to have a house so big I will have a dolphin in my backyard.” Those were the dreams of a young boy from East St. Louis, Illinois. Fast forward 20+ years and that little boy is one of the largest African American land owners in South Fulton Georgia. Patrick S. Muhammad and his family reside on “Your Faith Farms,” a 30 Acre farm off Jones Rd in Fairburn, Georgia. There are no dolphins yet, but the Muhammad family is raising grass-fed beef and free range chickens. There is also a five acre vegetable and fruit garden. In addition, the farm specializes is breeding German shepherd and Presa Canario Dogs for farm and family use.

The Wolf Creek Shuffle

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Last May, Erykah Badu electrified fans when she came into the crowd, mic in hand, and sang and partied during her memorable Funk Fest performance at Wolf Creek Amphitheater. But Ms. Badu, says Sandy Poag, the South Fulton venue’s entertainment manager, is no exception.
“Boney James did that on our last show. It was phenomenal,” Poag shares. “He came out in the rain and serenaded the crowd and the VIP tables and came up into the reserve seats. Howard Hewett has done that. Kem did that this last year. Stephanie Mills. Ken Ford.”

South Metro is Sizzling

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The theme of the 14th Annual South Metro Development Outlook was “South Metro Soaring in ’16,” and this dynamic meeting of minds delivered on demonstrating just how much “South Metro is sizzling,” as one SMDO presenter pointed out.

Nancy’s Chicago Pizza Savors Sweet Success on Camp Creek Parkway

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Gregory Cole always knew that he would do well at anything he put his mind to. With a professional career that includes well over 20 years of success in the hospitality and retail industries, he warmly embraced the opportunity to run his own business. Today, he sits at the helm of the Camp Creek Marketplace’s newest restaurant (an growing East Point location) Chicago’s Nancy’s Pizza, further establishing the franchise’s reputation as the home of the original stuffed pizza. Specializing in the 2 ó” deep dish pizza, Cole is assuring that his franchise lives up to the company’s corporate tagline, which states, “We take fresh seriously.” The dough and sauce are made fresh daily, and all vegetables are fresh. With the new location he has added fresh made pasta to the menu, which he’s sure the customers will really enjoy!

Handmade in South Fulton

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LaCora Monet Cosmetics is a bold and beautiful line created to adjust to any skintone. The line consists of High Definition foundations, creamy and matte lipsticks, highly pigmented blush and much more. All products contain beneficial and soothing ingredients for all skin types.

Family First: A Farewell Letter

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It has been an honor to serve the people of District 62. In March of last year, I announced I will not seek re-election as State Representative upon the end of the 2016 Legislative Session. The unexpected loss of both of my parents has compelled me to enjoy my privilege of being a mother. I recognize that our community deserves the best leader, which includes one whom is available to do the job. I knew I could not continue to be the accessible and involved advocate our community needs in the State House. I appreciate your support in this transition and promise to complete my term in 2016 with the same enthusiasm as I started and help whomever succeeds me to transition.

Quick and Oliver Win Prestigious Arthur Ashe Award

Quick and Oliver Win Prestigious Arthur Ashe Award

I often say tennis is life because like “life,” we all have ups and downs. I may not win every tennis match, but competing has molded me into a tougher and more mature player. Through my involvement in sports, I have learned to handle frustrations and personal challenges.

What’s Sprouting at South Fulton Landscape and Nursery?

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Good things are happening all over South Fulton. Add to them the fact that South Fulton Landscape & Nursery is creating a Farmers Market and Community Garden in South Fulton. The over 12 acres of the nursery includes 18 Commercial Greenhouses and a 200 Gallon per minute well that provides unlimited water for the entire site. The company started out as full service landscape and supply nursery but has evolved to be one of Atlanta’s premiere companies for commercial landscape. Among the many commercial landscape projects they have completed include Wolf Creek Library, Adamsville Health Center, Metropolitan Library, and Cedar Grove Fire Station #15.

Homegrown Atlantans

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South Fulton is the chosen home to many of great Atlantans who are simply home grown successes. I love the success-driven, rich history of several South Fulton residents from the famous to the highly driven successful ones. Rich in the history of residents from Hamilton Bohannon, the musical great to Westlake High School, the high school who has had the most NFL players in the nation to play to with the NFL to Atlanta’s current Mayor, Kasim Reed being educated here through twelfth grade. Yes, South Fulton is rich in history and truly has some talented residents including however not limited to Nicole Garner-Scott along with Walter and Michael JaNae Blackmon.

Hope on the Hill: The Dwight D. and Sheryl H. Howard Foundation

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Homegrown basketball player Dwight Howard, South Fulton’s own, is changing the world one kid at a time. He and his parents are doing good work in our community through the Dwight D. and Sheryl H. Howard Foundation, through counseling and other support programs in our community. In supplying counseling and other support activities, we hope to combat illiteracy by providing resources to educate displaced youth and young adults, introduce technology to lessen the digital divide, and create internships, scholarships, after school, mentoring and youth development as well as job training programs and services.The Dwight D. and Sheryl H. Howard Foundation, Inc. is a faith-based organization reaching out to strengthen family relationships by providing a family base to assist youths with everyday life issues and how to transition through them.

Safety that Makes Sense

Safety that Makes Sense

As the owner and founder of She Gadget, South Fulton’s own Jennifer Mackey found it necessary to reach out to educate and empower women’s safety. She Gadget challenges the modern day woman to be “Pretty, Protected and Powerful” because you can be pretty but safe at the same time which makes She Gadget unique with her pretty personal safety gadgets.

Mary Parker

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Multi-million-dollar entrepreneur Mary Parker is encouraging all women to be IN CHARGE. Parker, CEO of All(n)1 Security has penned her new book The Chick in Charge. Throughout the pages of this transparent journey from obscurity to success, Parker provides a winning blueprint that incorporates years of struggle, challenges, and triumph from childhood to Corporate America. Parker, born in Jim Crow Mississippi during the 50s, is the 2nd of nine children. Her parents were share croppers. She recalls watching her grandmother as a young child, and quickly identified the matriarch as a “Chick in Charge.” Parker went on to marry at a young age and divorce. As a single mother she quickly climbed the ladder of success at General Motors only to be demoted. She then started a business that failed. Clearly, Parker has had her share of trials and tribulations. But she also had the ability to overlook her circumstances and possess a spirit of leadership and greatness.