About the Author

Cindy Foley

Cindy Foley

Cindy Foley became part of Belvoir Media Group when she helped launch the award-winning publication Michael Plumb’s Horse Journal in February 1994. Previously assistant editor at The Chronicle of the Horse, Foley remained Horse Journal’s editor-in-chief through the publication’s final issue in December 2014.

The daughter of a family doctor and a graduate of LeMoyne College with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology, Foley was asked in 1992 to help a friend manage his medical practice. In the years that followed, she built an expertise in medical management, patient education, medical billing, HIPAA, and navigating Medicare, Medicaid, and commercial insurance plans. She has written several articles and patient-education pamphlets for medical practices and helped develop two medical websites. Her management career included oncology, obstetrics, and gynecology. She is currently office manager for a prominent uro-gynecologist in Syracuse, N.Y.

In 2015, Foley's Horse Journal connection and her avid love of dog agility led to writing and special projects for Belvoir Media Group’s The Whole Dog Journal. She has three Papillon dogs and three horses that keep her busy when she’s not busy at her desk or reading mystery-suspense novels.

Articles by Cindy Foley

Bacterial Infection: Be Careful—It Can Become Deadly!

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Bacterial Infection: Be Careful—It Can Become Deadly!

Bacteria are one-cell organisms that are everywhere. Literally. Most bacteria are harmless, and many are beneficial. We need “good” bacteria to digest our food and help arm our immune system. And “good” bacteria destroy “bad” bacteria that may ultimately cause a bacterial infection.

A bacterial infection can be serious, especially if

Gingivitis Can Be Cured at Home in Its Early Stages

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Gingivitis Can Be Cured at Home in Its Early Stages

Gingivitis is an inflammation of the gums (gums are called “gingiva” and “itis” means inflammation). It is caused by bacteria. If you have gingivitis, your gums are likely red and swollen. They may bleed when you brush your teeth. Sometimes gums with gingivitis will be sore. Some people have gingivitis

Hair-Loss Treatment: Rogaine to the Rescue?

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Hair-Loss Treatment: Rogaine to the Rescue?

Looking for a hair-loss treatment? Your most reliable and least-expensive first step is a consultation with a dermatologist. A mind-blowing number of thinning hair and hair-loss remedies are available, but the supporting research tends to not be peer-reviewed or duplicated by an uninvolved third party—two important criteria for judging research

A Daily Weight Fluctuation Is Nothing to Worry About

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A Daily Weight Fluctuation Is Nothing to Worry About

Weight fluctuation throughout the course of a day is normal. Weight fluctuation throughout the course of your life can be harmful. Sounds contradictory, doesn’t it? It’s not.

A person should strive to maintain a lifelong, consistent healthy weight.  Fluctuation in large amounts throughout your life—that lose-gain-lose-gain cycle so many of us

Is Bottled Water Safe?

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Is Bottled Water Safe?

If you Googled “Is bottled water safe?” you likely found yourself inundated with countless sources that say, in a word, “No!” If you read on, however, you’d find that most of the controversy surrounding that question involves not so much the water itself, but the plastic bottles.

So let’s explore

When to Remove Wisdom Teeth

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When to Remove Wisdom Teeth

The decision on whether to have your wisdom teeth removed or not is often debated.  But if your wisdom teeth are crowding, or have the potential to crowd, the other teeth in your mouth, almost every dentist will tell you that they should be removed. If they aren’t removed, the

Take Unintentional Weight Loss Seriously

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Take Unintentional Weight Loss Seriously

Unintentional weight loss occurs in 15 percent to 20 percent of older adults, says the American Association of Family Practitioners (AAFP). It’s also associated with increased morbidity and mortality. That’s one out of every five seniors experiencing unintentional weight loss that can directly affect their longevity.

It’s especially sobering

The Search for Healthy Hair Vitamins

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The Search for Healthy Hair Vitamins

Hair vitamins in your diet are more important than any topical hair vitamins for a thick head of silky, shiny hair.  After all, the only part of your hair that is living is the follicle, and it gets required hair vitamins through the hemoglobin in your blood (Hint: adequate dietary

Dental Veneers Turn So-So Teeth Into Beauties

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Dental Veneers Turn So-So Teeth Into Beauties

Hollywood stars with perfect gleaming white teeth are often sporting veneers. Veneers are a popular type of cosmetic dentistry, as people worry about their smiles and that all-important first impression. Veneers are thin, shaped “covers,” usually for the front of your teeth. They’re a comparatively less-invasive solution for stained, chipped,