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Support Groups Breast Cancer Support Group A group for women with breast cancer. The group meets on the second Thursday of each month from 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. in the Radiation Oncology

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Support for those caring for a loved one. The group meets the fourth Wednesday of each month from 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. in the Radiation Oncology Conference Room at Phoebe. Call 229-312-7161 for more information.

Mended Hearts

A support group for heart patients, their families, and caregivers. The local chapter meets the 4th Monday of every month at 7:00 p.m. in the Phoebe Northwest Conference Center. To receive a brochure and/or more information contact Mended Hearts 1-888-432-7899 or

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May 19, 2018 | 8:00AM-12:30PM Join us in Americus at the Annual Women’s Health Fair. Evelyn Braxton will be the keynote speaker during the event held at Georgia Southwestern State University.

GOLDEN KEY EVENTS Free Blood Pressure Screening

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Monday, May 7, 2018 | 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital, Main Lobby

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Thursday, May 24, 2018 | 10:30AM-1:00PM Phoebe Northwest

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Saturday, May 19, 2018 | 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Phoebe Northwest | 229-312-2418

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Covers general topics related to labor, delivery and basic care for a baby. We request that mothers be at least 28 weeks, but it is not required. When: All sessions are held on Saturdays from 9 am-12 pm in the TRMC Meeting Rooms (first floor of TRMC), 901 East 18th Street, Tifton. To see dates this class is offered or to register please call 229-353-7605 or register on-line.


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Covers breastfeeding decision-making, preparation, instruction and helpful tips. When: All sessions are held at 6 pm in the TRMC OB Classroom (second floor of TRMC), 901 East 18th Street, Tifton.  To see the dates this class is offered or to register please call 229-353-7605 or register on-line.


Providing a networking and support group opportunity for all expectant and new parents. When: Every Monday at 10 am Where: TRMC OB Classroom (second floor of TRMC), 901 East 18th Street, Tifton How: No registration necessary. Call 229-353-7605 for more information


Facilitated by the TRMC Women’s Health Navigator, this support group is open to breast cancer patients and survivors as well as their caregivers. When: First Tuesday of each month, 6 pm Where: First Baptist Church Family Life Center, 404 Love Avenue, Tifton How: Call 229-353-6325 to register or for more information


Open to any cancer patient or person providing care to a cancer patient When: Every fourth Tuesday of the month at 5:30 pm Where: TRMC Oncology Center, 1623 Madison Avenue, Tifton How: Call 229-386-1300 to register or for more information


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Strawberries top the list of “Dirty Dozen” produce, a guide from the Environmental Working Group that looks at pesticide contamination in 47 popular fruits and vegetables.

again top 2018’s ‘Dirty Dozen’ fruits and veggies • Pesticides include chemicals that kill unwanted insects, plants, molds and rodents • Children are more susceptible to pesticides, according to a pediatricians group By Susan Scutti, CNN (CNN) Once again, strawberries top the list of the 12 “dirtiest” fruits and vegetables, according to the Environmental Working Group. Every year since 2004, the group -a nonprofit, nonpartisan environmental organization -ranked pesticide contamination in 47 popular fruits and vegetables for its Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce. Pesticides include a wide array of chemicals that kill unwanted insects, plants, molds and rodents. Spinach is the second dirtiest item on the “Dirty Dozen” list, followed by (in order of contamination) nectarines, apples, grapes, peaches, cherries, pears, tomatoes, celery, potatoes and sweet bell peppers. Each of these foods tested positive for pesticide residues and contained higher concentrations of pesticides than other produce. In fact, nearly 70% of conventionally grown -- non-organic -- produce samples were contaminated, the tests indicated.

The 13th suspect

The shopper’s guide is based on results of tests by the US Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration on more than 38,800 non-organic samples. The Environmental Working Group looks at six measures of contamination including the average number of pesticides found on samples and the average amount of pesticides found. When testing samples, the USDA personnel wash or peel produce to mimic consumer practices. A single sample of strawberries showed 20 pesticides, the report indicated. More than 98% of strawberries, spinach, peaches, nectarines, cherries and apples tested positive for at least one pesticide residue. And, on average, spinach samples had 1.8 times as much pesticide residue by weight than any other crop. This year, the Dirty Dozen list is actually a “baker’s dozen” and includes a 13th suspect: hot peppers. These were found to be contaminated with insecticides toxic to the human nervous system,

according to the organization. Anyone who frequently eats hot peppers should buy organic, it says. “If you cannot find or afford organic hot peppers, cook them, because pesticide levels typically diminish when food is cooked,” the authors of the report noted.

‘Chronic health implications’

Children are of special concern as younger bodies have greater susceptibility to pesticides than adult bodies, the report emphasizes. Research “suggests that pesticides may induce chronic health complications in children, including neurodevelopmental or behavioral problems, birth defects, asthma, and cancer,” noted the authors of a 2012 American Academy of Pediatricians report quoted by the Environmental Working Group. Other studies indicate that a child’s earliest exposure to pesticides -through the mother during pregnancy -- may also be harmful. Consumers who want to eat the dirty dozen fruits and veggies should buy organic, according to the organization. Rinsing produce under tap water is an effective way to eliminate pesticide residues from produce, according to the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, a government-run scientific group. Scientists there advocate rinsing all fresh produce under tap water for a minimum of 30 seconds before using. Water is enough, the scientists say, as mild detergents or commercial vegetable washes do not increase the amount of pesticide residues you are able to wash away. However, a recent study from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, suggests that soaking produce in a solution of baking soda and water is a more effective way to rid fruits and veggies of pesticides. Tom Stenzel, president and CEO of the United Fresh Produce Association, says consumers should not rely on a shopping guide when deciding which fruits and vegetables to purchase. The industry group represents growers, shippers, fresh-cut processors, wholesalers, distributors and retailers.

“Consumers have more choices now than ever before when it comes to the fruits and vegetables they consume,” Stenzel said. “Food safety is a top priority for the industry, from field to fork,” he said. “The fresh produce industry seeks to ensure a safe, efficient and timely supply chain, allowing consumers to experience fresh fruits and vegetables at the peak of their performance.” He encourages consumers to continue educating themselves about food safety and consult the Safe Fruits and Veggies website from the Alliance for Food and Farming, which represents both organic and conventional farmers. “Empowering consumers with knowledge is key to helping them make healthy choices for their diets and that of their family,” Stenzel said. On a positive note, the Environmental Working Group also creates a lesserknown companion to the Dirty Dozen: the “Clean 15” guide to produce containing the least amount of pesticides. Avocados lead 2018’s clean fruits and veggies list, followed by sweet corn, pineapples, cabbage, onions, frozen sweet peas, papayas, asparagus, mangoes, eggplant, honeydew melon, kiwi, cantaloupe, cauliflower and broccoli. Veggies placed in the top two spots -avocados and sweet corn -- both showed pesticides on less than 1% of tested samples, the new report indicated. And more than 80% of pineapples, papayas, asparagus, onions and cabbages tested negative for pesticide residues. The organization cautions that a small portion of sweet corn, papaya and summer squash sold in the US is produced from genetically modified seeds. It says anyone wanting to avoid genetically modified produce should buy organic varieties of these crops. Through its healthy eating reminder, MyPlate, the USDA recommends that half your plate be filled with fruits and vegetables. “Everything you eat and drink matters,” the agency says. “The right mix can help you be healthier now and in the future.”

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Are antacid medications safe?

There has been much recent news about the safety of what has in the past been thought to be a safe drug. Proton pump inhibitors (PPI’s) such as Prilosec, Nexium, Protonix, Prevacid, and Dexilant have been touted as very safe methods of suppressing acid and controlling heartburn. While short term use has very few complications, long term use is now showing significant problems with increasing mortality and serious medical complications, I was a surgery resident with the drugs were introduced because they were so effective in stopping upper GI bleeds, we wanted the drugs put in the line of order supply estimation point. Now we understand that there are multiple problems that can occurwith acid suppression. Acid in your stomach is your “bug zapper.” It destroys the spores of bacteria, yeast, and viruses that you swallow. There is a significant increase in pneumonias and expecially infectious diarrheas with no gastric acid. There is a significant increased risk of

a virulent diarrhea called Clostridium difficile or c-diff. A seven year study of the entire population of Sweden has shown a four times increase in incidence of esophageal cancer. Adenicarcinoma of the esophagus was once rare and the first case in the United State was in 1952. It is now the #4 cancer killer of adult men. The number one risk in several studies is the use of PPI’s. There is also an increased risk of gastric cancer with PPI use. There is a recent study showing a three times increased risk of stomach cancer in a five year followup of 800,000 patients in Great Britain. There is an increased risk and severe cognitive impairment including Alzheimer’s dementia. Two studies have confirmed a significant increase in chronic kidney disease and long-term PPI use. Chronic PPI use is now well documented as a cause of low magnesium. Magnesium plays a role in greater that 300 bio chemcial reactions in the body. Muscle and nerve function, energy production,

blood pressure regulation, and central structural component of bone. Low magnesium can increase tendency toward muscle spasms, fibromyalgia, sudden cardiac death, fatigue, and migraine headaches. Asthma and hypertension can be worsened by magnesium deficiency. Multiple studies have shown increased fracture of bones in long-term PPI use. Recently, there has been an article documenting increase in myocardial infarctions by 1.8 times increased risk. One study showed a two times increase in mortality from cardiovascular events with people on long-term PPIs. One article stated thta PPIs aged the lining cells of the heart vessels causing increased atherosclerosis. In a study of 706 patients for coronary artery disease, the use of PPIs as an independent predictor, increased the rish of heart attacks by 2.28 times and death by 5.71 times. Disturbingly, many people take PPIs with poor indications. This is especially prominent now that there are over-the-counter and without

prescription. If you are on a PPI, you should make sure that the risks are worth the benefits. 40% of patients on PPIs for reflux are not happy with the control of symptoms that medical therapy achieves, PPIs do not stop reflux, but merely raised the pH so that you don’t have as much heartburn or esophageal ulcers. Regurgitation as a symptom is not improved with PPIs. The respiratory issues such as chronic cough, sinusitis, hoarseness, sore throat, and bronchitis are poorly controlled by PPIs as reurgitation continues and still has stomach contents and digestive enzymes. Weight loss and a GERD friendly diet is helpful and can be effective in controlling GERD symptoms. Drugs such as Pepcid and Zantac appear to be much safer and should be used if acid suppression long-term is needed. Overthe-counter medication such as Gaviscon, Maalox, TUMS, etc. have no known side affects and are apparently totally safe.

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Does heartburn cause cancer? April is now observed as esophageal cancer awareness month. What was once a very rare cancer, adenocarcinoma of the esophagus is now a common cause of cancer death. It has been shown to be related to reflux and the medications prescribed. A recent study of the entire population of Sweden for seven years showed a four times in increase in

Christopher C. Smith, M.D./ ITS/7113/8131245

adenocarcinoma of the esophagus if proton pump inhibitors (Nexium, Prilosec, Dexilant, Prevacid) were used. There is a significant increased risk of gastric (stomach) cancer. In the recent five year study in Great Britain following 800,000 patients, there was a three times increased riosk of gastric cancder in patients with long-term PPI use. Any chronic inflammatory process anywhere in the body has an increased incidence of cancer in that area. Chronic gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a chronic inflammatroy problem of the esophagus. It would appear that weak acid is more dangerous than strong acid as far as cancer. Bile is soluble in weak acid and can irritate cells, but is insoluble in strong acid. Strong acid causes heartburn, but apparently weak acid increases risk of cancer. Dr. Tom DeMeester who is international expert on GERD states that in a search of the world’s literature, there has been a documented

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case of Barrett’s (precancerous cells that lead to cancer of the esophagus) ever forning after a successful antireflux procedure. The prognosis for esophageal cancer is not encouraging. We cure 85% of colon cancer, but unfortunately 85% of esophageal cancer patients die. The precursor lesion for colon cancer is an adenomatous polyp, which modern medical practitioners aggressively go after and remove. The presursor lesion for adenocarcinoma of the esophagus is Barrett’s. We believe that Barrett’s should the aggressively treated to prevent it from advancing to cancer of the esophagus. Stopping the daily irritant (reflux) and carcinogen (soluble bile salts and weak acid) stops the progression to cancer. The surgeons at Southern Reflux Center at Albany Surgical have been doing reflux surgery since the 1980s and we hae never had a case of

adenocarcinoma of the esophagus develop in a patient with Barrett’s after a successful reflux procedure. University of Southern California recently published a study where Barrett’s patients underwent a Linx procedure and 30% from them had regression of their Barrett’s back to non premaligant tissue. There has never been a documented case of Barrett’s treated with a LINX device ever progressing to Cancer. The LINX is a bracelet of magnets placed by a minimally invasive technique that effectively stops GERD. It is as effective as the more invasive Fundiplication but without it’s side effects. The LINX preserves the ability to vomit and belch and avoids gas bloat syndrome. We believe that if you are having progression of relux and are unsatisfied with your medical therapy, a LINX device is an excellent option.

A sharp spike in vaping and the use of e-cigarettes by students has grabbed the attention of the US Food and Drug Administration. • Survey: 1.7 million high school students used e-cigarettes in previous 30 days

• Vapor product supporters say their aim is to provide tools that adults need to quit smoking

VAPING NOW AN EPIDEMIC AMONG US HIGH SCHOOLERS By Roni Selig, Davide Cannaviccio and started vaping as a teenager, said that’s not students “seated in the back two desks in the going to stop her. corner. They had their hands kind of up ... and Charlotte Hawks, CNN (CNN) A sharp spike in vaping and the “I definitely think about ... how it affects they had a blue light coming in between their use of e-cigarettes by students has grabbed what I’m putting into my lungs, because I don’t hands.” the attention of the US Food and Drug really know too much about it. ... I’m not even Francis Thompson, the principal of Jonathan sure how it turns into vape. ... But I haven’t been Law High School in Milford, Connecticut, is Administration. The rapid spread of the fad was flagged in too concerned about it, obviously, because I’m facing a similar problem. “(The) most popular form, it’s a Juul. It looks like a flash drive, it’s a 2016 report from the US surgeon general. still using it,” she said. not, and the kids can just tuck it away when It cited a 900% increase in e-cigarette use by high school students from 2011 to 2015, and Advocate: Vape shop customers are adults they’re done. So, how’re you going to know?” the 2016 National Youth Tobacco Survey noted American Vaping Association President he asked. that 1.7 million high school students said they Greg Conley began doing advocacy work for A general lack of knowledge about e-cigarettes is also problematic, school had used e-cigarettes in the previous 30 days. vapor products in 2010. For middle school students, the number The advocacy organization says it does not administrators point out. “The kids that I talk represent the industry and does not speak for to believe that there’s nothing in there that’s was 500,000. Now, the alarming trend is prompting it. The association takes sponsorships from dangerous. They don’t think there’s anything more than water,” Thompson said. concerns that some companies are That’s not the case, Gupta said. “It’s taking direct aim at teenagers by not water. It’s called e-liquid, and when tailoring and marketing e-cigarettes heated by the coil, it changes to an and vaping products to younger users. aerosol.” “No kid should be using any tobacco product,” FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott What is e-liquid? Gottlieb said. Dr. Ana Navas-Acien, a professor of “We’re going to be taking some environmental health sciences at the enforcement actions very soon to Mailman School of Public Health at target companies that we think are Columbia University, recently released marketing products in ways that a study measuring metal levels in this they’re deliberately appealing to aerosol. kids,” Gottlieb told CNN Chief Medical Twenty-year-old Bella Kacoyannakis started vaping when she was still The research found chromium, nickel, Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta. in her teens. zinc and lead, Navas-Acien said. independent vapor companies as well as “Comparing what was initially in the liquid, Flavors ‘appealing to kids’ that was very, very tiny amount (of lead) Analysts point out that flavors like tutti donations from individual consumers. frutti, cotton candy and sour gummy worms “Our main concern is adults having the practically undetectable. But after the e-liquid are likely to attract some younger users to tools that they need to quit smoking. Young was heated through the e-cigarette device, adults, if they are not smokers, they absolutely lead levels were then 25 times higher,” she e-cigarettes. Joseph Allen, assistant professor of exposure should not start using a nicotine product,” said. “There is no safe level of lead.” assessment science at the Harvard T.H. Chan Conley said. School of Public Health, has conducted a “Spend some time in a vape shop and see Without standard regulations requiring study on the presence of artificial flavoring the customers that come in for these wildly uniform warning labels, people aren’t always chemicals in e-cigarettes. “To me, these are named products. They are adults. They are fully aware of what they’re consuming. products that are really appealing to kids. ... over 25 years old, and they are the same type When Kacoyannakis read for the first time the warning label on her Juul box, she was Millions of kids are trying these e-cigarette that watches ‘Family Guy’ on Sunday nights. products. Studies show that one in five eighth- “It’s something that is a little lurid, appeals enlightened. graders that currently use tobacco products to adults. We’re not a country of serious, “It says ‘California Proposition 65 warning: uptight people that just want straightforward This product contains chemicals known to got there by starting with e-cigarettes. the state of California to cause cancer or birth “So these e-cigarettes are also a gateway for products.” defects, or other reproductive harm.’ OK, I traditional tobacco use for many young kids,” Vaping invasion he said. never read that before. Doesn’t make me feel There are warnings on the labels of some As e-cigarettes invade high schools across great, but that’s what it says, so, I guess, yeah, vape liquids containing nicotine that are the country, teachers like Jennifer Walden that is the only warning. But that’s probably pretty clear: “Nicotine is an addictive chemical; have found that students are even vaping the only warning that needs to be on there.” during class. For use by adults 18 and older.” Did the warning change her mind about But Bella Kacoyannakis, a 20-year-old Walden, of King Philip Regional High School vaping? “No, definitely not,” she said. from East Longmeadow, Massachusetts, who in Wrentham, Massachusetts, recalled two

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The Opioid Epidemic… There is Hope & Help for the Hurting

Opioid Use Disorder is a growing concern in our country and especially in Southwest Georgia. Pain pills and heroin are both physically and psychologically addictive; yet plentiful on the streets. Overdose rates have increased nation wide and has affected our community as well. The current opioid epidemic is the deadliest drug crisis in American history. The Center for Disease Control’s National Vital Statistics System reports that every day more than 115 people die after overdosing on an opioid

Physicians are doing a great job at attempting to treat their patient’s pain; however, the addicted community, the addict and/ or dealer, use the physicians good will to their benefit. They manipulate the physicians in an effort to get medication to either abuse or sell. Identifying the addicted population is difficult because addiction knows no social, economic or racial boundaries. They are the professionals, house wives, elderly, Medicaid/Medicare patients, family members, church staff, and the people next door. The stigma of addiction in a small community is devastating and prevents most from seeking treatment. Once a person becomes physically dependent on opioids, the individual loses all sense of normalcy in his/her life. Many often say, “I just want to feel normal again.” What is normal? This simply means that the individual wants to feel better physically, without pain. A person with an opioid use disorder experiences flu like symptoms (runny nose, muscle/back/joint pain, nausea, diarrhea, etc.) without the use of the drug. Although the problem is huge, a solution must be found to preserve our community, neighborhoods, families, and most of all our children. Behavioral Health Group (BHG) is here to help!!!! BHG offers our patients the opportunity for recovery. If you know or think a person is exhibiting signs of addiction, chemical dependency, drug seeking behaviors, or obtaining a prescription to sell or abuse, please act now. If you are a doctor write a prescription for treatment! If you are a friend support your friend in seeking treatment!!! If you don’t act now, another life may be lost to pain pill addiction. The age of the addicted population is getting younger and younger, please act now. BHG is here to provide Outpatient Substance Abuse Treatment and is committed to the belief that all patients who walk through our treatment center doors will feel a sense of HOPE, RESPECT, AND CARING. We believe that all human beings possess inherent worth and deserve to be treated with compassion and dignity, regardless of addiction, age, sex, religion, health status, sexual orientation, disability or social or ethnic origin.

We Will Help you Feel Normal Again FREE Assessments: Monday-Friday 6:00am-2:00pm Confidential Treatment Federal and State laws protect individuals enrolled in drug or alcohol treatment. Medication-Assisted Treatment WE ARE NOT A METHADONE CLINIC!!!! We are a Medication Assisted Treatment program that offers two medications given daily to stop withdrawals and cravings. The lowest possible dosage combined with behavioral therapy helps our patients get their life back. Supervised treatment Medication will be administered daily at BHG by Medical staff. Patients may earn take-home privileges as set-forth in the Federal and State guidelines. Medical Supervised Withdrawal/Tapering Supervised withdrawal also referred to as tapering, is designed to wean a person off opioids in hopes of eliminating or minimizing withdrawals and/or discomfort. Counseling Individual and Group counseling is provided by trained addiction counselors. Patients are required to participate in counseling and submit random drug screening; however, treatment is not easy and the success and failure is solely dependent on the patient’s desire to terminate illicit drug use and active treatment participation. It is also important to remember that the counseling relationship is very important and patients will only get out what they put into their counseling relationship. BHG Medical Mission To empower our patients to realize their best level of functioning in the community. If you or someone you know is struggling with pain pills or heroin addiction, please allow us to help you. No one EVER woke up and said, “You know, I think I’m going to go get addicted today,” but you can wake up and realize that you NEED & Want HELP. Give us a call today at 229.903.0022 or visit our website: 6 | A (SCNI) Southern Community Newspaper Product | May 2018

Strength training tips for

(MCC) Many young people begin strength training regimens as teenagers. When done in conjunction with cardiovascular training, strength training is part of a balanced exercise regimen that can help teenagers develop strong, healthy bodies. But strength training carries some risk, and teenagers should exercise caution as they begin strength training. · Always exercise under supervision. Many teenagers begin strength training through their participation in scholastic sports. That means they’re likely to be supervised by coaches and trainers. But those who have no such supervision should only perform strength training while under the supervision of their parents, trainers or another adult. Adult supervisors can advise teenagers on the proper form when strength training and make sure youngsters are not overexerting themselves. · Don’t turn strength training sessions into competitions. Often teenagers prefer to exercise in groups. While group exercise sessions can be beneficial and keep kids motivated, teenagers should not turn such sessions into competitions. Doing so may encourage teenagers to lift more weight than their bodies can handle, increasing their risk for injury.

Dr. Jinne’ Richards, MD, Medical Director

· Don’t strength train too much. Muscles need time to recover from strength training sessions, so teenagers should limit their strength training sessions to about three times per week. Strength training on back-to-back days can contribute to injury in young athletes, so teenagers should give their bodies at least one day off between weightlifting sessions. · Use light weights at first. Teenagers may not know where to begin in regard to how much weight to lift. The medical resource WebMD advises teenagers avoid heavy weights when beginning strength training sessions, instead choosing weights they can easily lift 10 times, with the last two repetitions being increasingly difficult. Weight can then be slowly increased as teens gain strength and feel no pain. WebMD also notes that teenagers should avoid heavy weights until they are fully through puberty to avoid damage to their bones and tendons.

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· Stop if something feels off. Teenagers should stop strength training immediately if they feel any pain, popping sounds or

other symptoms of injury or discomfort. Athletes can speak with a team trainer while teens who are not working out with a team can speak with their parents and physicians. Teens should explain symptoms in full, giving honest answers when trainers or physicians ask about levels of pain. Stopping a strength training session at the first tweak or sign of something extraordinary can prevent serious injury.



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Don’t pour out your coffee; can COPD be cured? BY MICHAEL ROIZEN, M.D., AND MEHMET OZ, M.D.

Q: Now that California is making coffee companies and sellers label their products as cancer-causing, do I have to give up my morning cup or two? Please tell me this is just the Californication of science. -- Jay J., Portland, Oregon A: Where to start? We think there are three essential points to make right off the bat: 1. While it’s true that the acrylamide that coffee contains after roasting (French fries, chips, crackers, chocolate and grains contain it, too) is the same chemical that the International Agency for Research on Cancer has designated a 2A carcinogen (that boils down to “might or might not be carcinogenic in humans”), it’s not likely to be risky in the minute amounts found in even unhealthful foods. For example, McDonald’s fries have 328 parts per billion. How does it get there in the first place? The chemical is formed by using what the Food and Drug Administration calls “traditional high-temperature cooking processes for certain carbohydrate-rich foods.” 2. Those small amounts per billion are far, far, far less than the straight dose of acrylamide fed to lab rats to test whether it is potentially carcinogenic. Their dose was up to 10,000 times stronger than what you’re getting from food, but it does then trigger tumor formation. Plus, rodents absorb and metabolize the chemical differently than humans. When asked if the available tests mean that humans should stop drinking coffee, the Washington Post quoted Leonard Lichtenfeld, the American Cancer Society’s deputy chief medical officer, as saying: “No. That’s not what the science shows us.” 3. Meta-analysis of multiple studies on coffee consumption found that overall, coffee seems to offer health benefits, including a probable decreased risk of breast, colorectal, colon, endometrial and prostate cancers and cardiovascular disease. In addition, observational studies showed that caffeine is associated with a probable decreased risk of Parkinson’s disease, Type 2 diabetes and dementia, all by 20 percent or more. Dr. Mike is an avid coffee

drinker and espouses the health benefits of java, both caffeinated and decaffeinated, for anyone who isn’t sensitive to caffeine (doesn’t get a headache, arrhythmia, gastric upset or anxiety from having one cup in a one-hour period). So, don’t forgo your Joe, but always feel free to ditch added sugars and high-fat dairy. Q: My aunt, who’s 78, has COPD. She smoked for most of her life (not anymore). Is it the end of the road for her? -- Lynda M., Arlington, Virginia A: Not necessarily. In certain cases, COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) can be arrested and even reversed. Recently, German researchers found that aggressive pulmonary rehabilitation “is an effective and cost-effective therapeutic intervention that improves physical performance ability, shortness of breath and the quality of life in patients with COPD.” Dr. Mike’s Cleveland Clinic defines COPD as a family of diseases ranging from emphysema to chronic bronchitis. Most cases are caused by smoking, but a growing number of cases are triggered by air pollution. Sometimes, emphysema is caused by an alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency, a genetic condition in which the lungs are no longer protected from the effects of an enzyme in the white blood cells that breaks down lung tissue. COPD causes shortness of breath and mucus buildup in the lungs, which puts a huge strain on the heart. It’s the third most common cause of death in the U.S. So, what’s the pulmonary rehabilitation therapy routine? First off, it requires that the patient stop smoking, as your aunt has done. Then, the researchers say, it’s very effective to enroll in a threeweek inpatient program that combines interval and endurance training, a healthy diet and oxygen therapy. They also say it’s beneficial (and economically smart) to enroll in an outpatient program. That’s done three times a week for six to 12 weeks. Your aunt’s doctor can recommend the best PR routine for her. Good luck, and remember, PR works!

Mehmet Oz, M.D. is host of “The Dr. Oz Show,” and Mike Roizen, M.D. is Chief Wellness Officer and Chair of Wellness Institute at Cleveland Clinic. Email your health and wellness questions to Dr. Oz and Dr. Roizen at youdocsdaily(at sign) (c) 2018 Michael Roizen, M.D. and Mehmet Oz, M.D. Distributed by King Features Syndicate, Inc.

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Relax, Recharge, Rejuvenate and Energize Through Breathing

METHOD 1•Begin seated in a comfortable position,with your spine straight.Relax your body and gently close your eyes. Let your mouth drop open slightly. Relax your jaw Breathing Consciously is one of our and your tongue. 2•Inhale and exhale best tool in managing stress. deeply through your mouth. Feel the air *Calms the mind and the nervous system, of your inhalations passing through your allowing deep relaxation. windpipe. 3•Now slightly contract the *Helps to balance the left and right back of your throat, as you do when you hemisphere of the brain (linear thinking whisper, and exhale.Imagine your breath with creative thinking). fogging up a window. 4•Keep the same *Cleanses and rejuvenates vital channels constriction in your throat as you inhale of energy. and exhale,then gently close your mouth *Increases the intake of oxygen throughout and continue breathing through your nose the body which detoxifies the body and as you did when your mouth was open. You restores the body. will continue to hear the “ocean” sound as *Most of the people do not have the habit you breathe through your nose. of breathing deeply with the result that only 5•Concentrate on the sound of your breath; 1/4 part of the lungs is brought into action allow it to soothe your mind. It should be and 75% remains inactive. audible to you, but not so loud that someone *By regular practice, habit of deep breathing standing several feet away can hear it. is developed which results in several health 6•Let your inhalations fill your lungs to benefits. their fullest expansion. Completely release the air during your exhalations. 7•Start by OCEAN BREATH: UJJAYI Ocean breath is also known as Victorious practicing Ujjayi for five minutes while you Breath and in Sanskrit language it’s called are seated. For deeper meditation, increase your time to 15 minutes. Ujjayi Pranayama.

*Benefits 1•Mind becomes calm and steady. 2•Benefits in conditions like mental tension, Anxiety, Agitation, high blood pressure, heart diseases. 3•It is useful in meditation also. 4•Calms the mind and beneficial to those suffering from insomnia and mental tension. As words and intentions are powerful, use affirmations. During conscious breathing you can affirm. I receive perfect health in my body. You can use any affirmation of your choice. OTHER AFFIRMATIONS: My body is calm. I am at peace. I release my fears. I love and accept myself. I receive perfect health into my body. I let go everything which does not serve me. I let go of all negative ideas about my body. Healing energy flows through my body. I am here, I am now, I am free. I feel all the good things coming to me. I am getting better and better everyday in every way.

Jyotsna Agarwal Certified Holistic Health Life Coach Reiki Master, Yoga and Tai Chi/Qigong practitioner 8 | A (SCNI) Southern Community Newspaper Product | May 2018

YMCA will bring Healthy Kids Day KEEPING KIDS HEALTHY, ACTIVE AND ENGAGED THIS SUMMER Summer is a time when children can let their imaginations run wild! From creating their own to plays to building forts in the backyard, there’s no limit to what kids can dream up—provided their properly supported. The Y wants to ensure all kids in the Albany area awaken their summer imaginations through healthy eating habits and physical activity. Because when a child is happy, healthy, motivated and excited something amazing is inevitably going to result. As children grow and reach their true potential, they can accomplish great things. That’s why, on June 2nd from 9am to 5pm, we’re hosting Healthy Kids Day®, a chance to help ensure families have the tools they need to help kids stay active and engaged all summer long. The annual event is a nationwide-initiative to improve the health and well-being of kids and families. When a child is healthy, happy, motivated and excited, amazing things are bound to happen! Healthy Kids Day is a powerful reminder not to let children idle away their summer days but instead, focus on physical and mental play. Across the nation nearly 1.2 million participants will partake in games, healthy cooking demonstrations, arts and crafts and more. Here at the Albany Area YMCA Sports Park facility, families and children will learn about how to develop a healthy routine at home. “As we head into the summer, the Y wants to help awaken their imaginations and help them achieve amazing things. There are no days off for a child’s developing mind and body,” said Donnette Kline Lewis, Health and Wellness Director, “and Healthy Kids Day is a great opportunity to educate families and engage kids to stay physically and intellectually active over the summer.” In celebration of YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day, the Y offers the following tips to help families develop healthy habits: • High Five the Fruits and Veggies – Make sure kids get at least five servings a day, the minimum number nutritionists recommend to maintain healthy childhood development. And to keep kids’ taste buds evolving, have everyone in the family try at least one bite of a new fruit or vegetable at least once a month. • Read Together – The summer is a great time to enjoy books with summer program partici pants—and 30 minutes a day goes a long way! Take trips to the local library or create a family reading challenge to see who can log the most minutes of reading. Encourage youth to create their own stories as well. • Get Moving! – Activities that require movement also help kids flex their mental muscle. Use ma terials in unique ways: ask youth to build models, manipulate tools or develop their own theatrical scenes. • Play Together – Play may be the best way to prevent childhood obesity. By putting more play into your family’s day, you will soon find yourself getting the activity that will have your family feeling energized and strong. • Make sleep a priority – Doctors recommend 10-12 hours of sleep a day for children ages 5-12 and 7-8 hours per night for adults. Sleep plays a critical role in maintaining our healthy immune system, metabolism, mood, memory, learning and other vital functions. Healthy Kids Day encourages youth and families to awaken summer imagination and this cannot be done without proper nutrition. Walmart Foundation is proud to sponsor Healthy Kids Day to raise awareness about the importance of food security and nutrition for youth and families. A leading nonprofit committed to nurturing a healthy lifestyle, the Y continues its work as a place for the community to come together while building a healthy body, mind, and spirit. To find out more about our programs, call 229-436-0531.

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National Women’s Health Month May is National Women’s Health Month, a time for us to focus on the unique and important healthcare needs of women. Some women believe a yearly visit to their OB/GYN is sufficient. While most obstetricians and gynecologists offer outstanding specialized care, they may not focus on a woman’s overall health in the way a primary care physician generally does.

It is important for every woman to establish a good relationship with a primary care physician and to schedule regular visits. During an annual physical exam, your primary care physician should screen for medical issues, assess your risk for future medical problems, encourage a healthy lifestyle and update vaccinations. It’s also a good time to build that positive relationship with your physician so that you feel comfortable talking to him or her about your general health and any specific problems or changes in your health. Even if you feel fine, you should still see your provider for regular check-ups. The only way to find out if you have certain health problems is through regular screenings. Below are some important screening guidelines for women based on recommendations from the National Institutes of Health.

· Blood pressure screening – at least every 3-5 years for women under age 40 and every year for those 40 and above.

· Cholesterol screening – start between age 20 and 45 based on risk factors.

· Diabetes screening – women with high blood pressure or body mass index of 25 or higher should be tested.

· Mammogram – not recommended for most women until age 40, but you should discuss risk factors with your physician.

· Pelvic exam and Pap test – beginning at age 21, women should be checked for cervical cancer at least every 3 years; frequency can decrease to every 5 years after age 30 for women with normal HPV and Pap tests.

· Skin exam – women should check their skin often to look for changes or abnormalities that they should report to their physician.

· Colon cancer screening – most women should be screened at age 50; your physician will likely recommend an earlier screening if you have risk factors.

· Osteoperosis screening – women over age 50 with fractures or risk factors for osteoporosis should have a bone density test.

· Mental health – women are more likely to suffer from depression than men, so it is important to discuss mental health with your primary care physician.

Phoebe Sumter will host our annual Women’s Health Fair on May 19 from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Georgia Southwestern State University Student Success Center. The event is free and open to the public. We will provide health screenings, information booths, door prizes, continental breakfast and zumba and yoga demonstrations. Evelyn Braxton, star of WE TV’s Braxton Family Values will be the keynote speaker. We invite all women to attend, and we encourage anyone who needs a primary care physician to visit

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Checkup Clarification: Checklist for Women’s Annual Exam after a Hysterectomy


ENLIGHTENMENT Even after a hysterectomy, it is still important to have an annual wellness exam. The parts included in your exam may be selected based on the reason for your hysterectomy and your age. All women should see a provider at least once a year, even if they do not have any medical issues. Although it may be more common to have a hysterectomy later in life, it may have been necessary at a young age depending on your medical conditions such as complications with pregnancy, breast cancer, cervical/uterine/ovarian cancer, or abnormal uterine bleeding.



EDUCATION What should you have at your annual women’s health exam?? Pap Smears - may be stopped after a hysterectomy unless the surgery was performed for some types of cancer. Pelvic Exam - you still need a pelvic exam to evaluate your vagina and vulva; and an abdominal exam to check for any masses in the abdomen. Clinical Breast Exam - should be done at lease once a year and the technique for a self-breast exam should be reviewed. Breast Cancer Screening Referrals - mammogram should be done annually starting at age 40 but may be earlier based on family history. Colon Cancer Screening Referral - stool test should be done once a year; a colonoscopy is usually every 10 years starting at age 50 but may be earlier based on family history or race (age 45 in African-Americans). Chronic Disease Screening - if not already done, you may need tests to check for diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or abnormal thyroid. Bone Health Screening you may need a test to check your bone health.


Immunizations - check with your health care provider about recommended vaccinations based on age. Women’s Health – discuss your concerns regarding hormones, menopause, incontinence, prolapse, sexual intimacy, sexually transmitted infection, and weight challenges. EMPOWERMENT Taking care of yourself is not just about going to the doctor’s office when you are sick. It is equally important to see a provider to screen early for diseases and to discuss ways to maintain and improve your health. The annual exam is also a golden opportunity to discuss any concerns about your physical and emotional health, and review your current lifestyle and family history to identify behaviors that may need to be added or taken away. If you have limited access to a provider due to finances, please look for resources in your community that are available, such as a community health center or the county health department. ENCOURAGEMENT Having a hysterectomy does not give you a pass from having a women’s health exam to be evaluated for female related issues. Although, you may be seeing a primary care provider or specialist for chronic medical issues like diabetes, heart disease, lupus, or even lung disease, you should still make it a priority to have a women’s health exam at least once a year. This is a good time to talk about ways to improve your current health status and prevent diseases. For all you do, you owe it to yourself; please put your health at the top of your priority list.






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Did you know Talecris Plasma Resources has been a member of the Albany community for over 25 years? Have you ever wondered what we do? And why we feel so passionate about our jobs and plasma donors? At both of our facilities, located on Broad and Clark avenues, we are on a mission to help improve the health and well-being of people around the world! To do so, we depend on dedicated and committed plasma donors. Their plasma contains hundreds of essential proteins and antibodies vital to the body’s ability to maintain critical functions. Grifols, our parent company, uses these proteins and antibodies to make life-saving medicines to help treat hemophilia, primary immune deficiency, Rh factor incompatibilities, rabies exposure, and other rare and chronic conditions. Some of the people who receive these medications may be your friends, family, or neighbors.

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Donor and patient safety is our number one priority; as such, donations collected at Talecris are done under the supervision of an experienced team including a physician, nurses, and paramedics. Additionally, all of our donors are screened before each donation to ensure they are healthy enough to donate. After collection, a plasma sample is sent to a lab in Texas for testing prior to manufacturing.

To learn more about our locations in Albany or the plasma donation please visit or come visit one of our centers. Talecris Plasma Resources 2438 Clark Avenue | Albany, GA 31705 (229) 420-8456


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We understand that everyone has their own story about what donating plasma means to them. Many donate because a friend or family member has been affected by a debilitating disease. Others donate for the joy of helping others. No matter the reason, we appreciate all donors for their donations. Without their generosity, Grifols would not be able to serve patients around the world who depend on plasma medicines.

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