Downtown - Chicago South - South Suburbs | March / April 2011 | Vol. 5
Healthy Lifestyle “When health is absent, wisdom cannot reveal itself, art cannot manifest, strength cannot fight, wealth becomes useless, and intelligence cannot be applied. “ ~ Heophilus
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Making Healthier Choices for You and Your Family by
here is no greater gift you could give your children than to teach them values that will help them live healthy, happy lives. Nutrition is a big part of living well and a crucial factor in our children’s development. The food we choose to provide for our children will determine how they grow and function. It is therefore every parent’s obligation to make the best choices on behalf of our children, not only so that they can be healthy today, but so that they will understand and appreciate the value of a healthy diet when they are old enough to make their own dietary decisions. If you’ve ever met a kid before, however, you know this statement should be in the running for the ‘easier said than done’ award. Kids are notoriously picky eaters, love to eat junk food even more than us adults, and are prone to throw tantrums when they do not get their way. It’s enough to make Moms and Dads throw in the towel and drive over to the nearest fast food place. Okay, so admittedly it’s one thing to know what you ought to do and quite another to actually do it. With this in mind, we ought to have a plan of action in place that can be relied upon even when our wills are wavering. Having a routine based on our better judgment and pledging to stick to it no matter what will ensure that we keep making good choices for ourselves and our families regardless of how we feel at a certain moment. Eventually, such behavior will become almost second nature and the long-term benefits associated with making consistently healthy choices will start to take effect.
Eric Wedgewood Healthy LifeStyles Chief Editor
Know ahead of time what kinds of foods you should purchase. A healthy diet contains a sufficient amount of fruits (2 cups a day), vegetables (2.5 cups a day), plenty of whole grains (6-11 servings per day), and fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products (3 cups a day). A healthy diet also includes lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, eggs, and nuts; and is low in saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, sodium, and added sugars. Equally important as knowing what to buy is where to buy it at. While grocery stores, farmer’s markets, and online delivery sources with varied selections are good choices, convenient marts and liquor stores are not. Even though the corner store may be more convenient, it is not a good option because they usually only carry prepackaged junk like soda and chips. Make the smart choice instead of the easier one. If you find yourself needing extra motivation to make the changes necessary to ensure your family’s well-being, consider what you have to gain and what you have to lose by making better choices. First of all, eating healthy makes you feel good! It fills you up with the best kind of fuel to run your engine as efficiently as possible. Eating right will keep you and your kids satisfied longer so no one will be reaching for unhealthy snacks before mealtimes. Most important of all, however, is that consistently making healthy choices leads to long-term happiness. On the other hand, failure to maintain a healthy diet can and often does lead to obesity and disease, like high blood pressure, osteoporosis, diabetes, and heart disease, not to mention decreased energy levels and low-
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ered self esteem. When you consider the benefits and consequences, the choice is obvious. Set a good example for your kids by eating right yourself and make sure they have plenty of good stuff to eat themselves. It’s every good parent’s responsibility!
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2 When many people think of Chiropractic care, they think of the back.
hile your back is obviously very important, there is much more Chiropractic has to offer. Doctors of Chiropractic can also assist with pain and injuries to joints and muscles including the knees, shoulders, and ankles- which are, coincidentally, the most commonly injured joints. Approximately 30 million doctor visits a year are due to knee and shoulder injuries. Another 150 million to 200 million cases of back pain send people to the doctor annually. Chiropractors, like Dr. Rory Marrello, specialize in helping you care for, maintain and help heal the joints of your body. Most injuries to joints occur because abnormal stress is placed on a normal joint. A joint can be injured acutely from a single traumatic event. An ankle sprain is a classic example. Another type of joint injury is called repetitive stress or cumulative trauma disorder. These types of injuries occur when relatively small abnormal stresses are repeatedly placed on normal joints. Examples of this are poor posture and poor workstation ergonomics, which make affected joints more prone to injury. There are three basic principles that are especially important when considering proper joint movement: When lifting an object, be sure that the largest
muscles in the area perform the task. During any activity, you should be able to comfortably assume different postures in order to avoid staying in any one position for too long. Muscles will fatigue and joints are more likely to be injured when you hold any one posture for extended time and when performing tasks, keep the joints being used either in their neutral position
of circumstances, injuries can occur. Dr. Rory Marrello can help get you back to your painfree self quickly. In addition to traditional Chiropractic studies, Dr. Marrello is also a Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician, Certified Acupuncturist, Certified KinesioTape Specialist, and is currently studying to be certified as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist. Dr. Marrello
or approximately halfway into the range of motion. Working with your joints at the extremes of their range of motion for extended periods of time places abnormal stresses on those joints and can result in repetitivestress injuries.
is an active athlete himself and takes pride in being able to help others achieve and maintain active lifestyles. From youth athletes to marathon runners and everyone in between, let Dr. Marrello assist you to be the most active and pain-free that you can be. Call our office today!
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WATERFORD ESTATES ASSISTED LIVING & RETIREMENT COMMUNITY
One of the finest retirement communities in the South Suburbs Interview with
Cindy Martindale Marketing director of Waterford Estates
ealthy LifeStyle recently spoke with Cindy Martindale, marketing director of Waterford Estates Assisted Living & Retirement Community. During our conversation, she told us about some of the things that make this South Suburban retirement community one of the finest in the area.
and 175th Street in Hazel Crest. We’re less than a mile from Advocate South Suburban Hospital and a quick ride to retail shopping, restaurants, and grocery stores.
Healthy LifeStyle: How long has Waterford Estates been a part of the community?
Cindy: Waterford Estates offers an outstanding value. My advice is always to shop around and compare. It’s a big decision, and we believe educating yourself will make you a believer in us.
Cindy Martindale: Waterford Estates was opened in 1989 and was one of the first retirement communities in the Hazel Crest area. We’ll be 22 years old April 9, 2011! HLS: Describe some of the benefits of your location. Cindy: Waterford Estates is conveniently located at the corridor of I-80/I-57/I-294, all major arteries in the south suburbs. This makes trips to visit loved ones quick and easy: just hop off the interstate and head to the intersection of Kedzie Avenue
HLS: Is rent competitive to neighboring retirement communities?
HLS: What are some of the unique features and benefits of your community? Cindy: Residents enjoy a packed calendar of activities each month with mini-bus transportation included to shopping and events in the area. They enjoy restaurant dining in an elegant dining room with two meals per day all year round, included in the rent. We have an indoor, heated pool with scheduled water aerobics classes (included in the rent); our own
Wellness Center, staffed by an outstanding home health agency with a variety of visiting doctors; banking on premises every week; exercise classes; church services; a beauty shop/barber shop; a general store run by resident volunteers, and lots of entertainment. Waterford also has a state licensed Assisted Living program on the fourth floor for residents who need more health related help each day. HLS: How many units are there and what are they like? Cindy: Waterford Estates has 248 units that are a mix of a few studios, one bedroom and two apartments. They all have kitchens with a stove and full size refrigerator provided, spacious living rooms and bedrooms, plus bathrooms complete with a shower and tub. Emergency pull cords are in the bedrooms and bathrooms. HLS: How does having an Assisted Living program on site benefit current residents?
Cindy: Having a licensed Assisted Living program assures residents that even if they don’t need “extra” help on a day-today, ongoing basis when they move into Waterford Estates, the availability of that help is present should they ever require it. That allows them to age in place and is part of the reason so many of our residents have called Waterford “home” for 8, 10, 12 or more years; one gentleman has lived here 16 years! HLS: What is the length of time from the initial tour to the signing agreement before a resident is able to move in? Is a lease commitment required? Cindy: The length of time from initial tour to moving in can be quite quick, depending on the individual wants/needs meshing with availability of apartments. We also operate from wait lists for specific apartment styles – e.g., studios, or units facing a specific direction. A $500 deposit secures an apartment for two weeks, and then we progress to signing the lease that’s a rolling month-to-month rental agreement. There is no community fee or buy-in. The only “extra” money is a security deposit against damages to the apartment that’s equivalent to a month’s rent and refundable at move-out.
Always aim at complete harmony of thought and word and deed. Always aim at purifying your thoughts and everything will be well.
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ue to unhealthy lifestyles and poor eating habits most people, young and old, are developing serious problems in the intestinal tract which often times may contribute to the development of many degenerative diseases such as: heart problems, cancer, diabetes, obesity, etc. It has been said that modern day man digs his own grave with his fork and spoon. It is estimated that over 90% of diseases can be directly or indirectly related to an unhealthy digestive system.
tines and colon. Many refer to this as mucoid plaque, and it can be so dense and hard that it resembles dried black tar. One autopsy revealed a colon so clogged with waste it weighed forty pounds! This mucoid plaque which is the result of the unnatural foods we eat, is responsible for most digestive problems and a host of other ailments.
Cleansing is a way to get rid the body of waste material that has been eliminated. The terms: cleanse and Detox are used often but there meanings are not the same. Clean is the root word of cleansing. When you clean something you remove dirt and debris; this takes it back to its original state. Cleansing is defined as removing excess food or “waste
Layer upon layer of undigested food material is formed in the colon over many years; this “waste” can accumulate until it is several inches thick and reach the entire length of the stomach, small intes-
material” from the colon. The term colon cleansing refers to a colonic, or water in the colon to remove excess waste. Cleansing your system is great but by itself it is not enough. The term Detox is short for detoxification and it means eliminating toxins from the body. The liver is the main detoxification organ and it is responsible for neutralizing toxic substances, but it eventually the toxins become to much for the liver to handle, leaving the body exposed to these toxic materials, that’s why detoxification of the body is so important. For more information about our other products and services visit us www.ancestralmedicinals.com or call 877-4 detox2.
Drug Addiction and it’s relationship to Pain
DR. VINCENT ING D.CA
rug addiction is defined as a condition characterized by an overwhelming desire to continue taking a drug to which one has become habituated through repeated consumption because it produces a particular effect. Addiction is usually accompanied by a compulsion to obtain the drug, a tendency to increase the dose, a psychologic or physical dependence, and detrimental consequences for the individual. Pain is not normal. Chronic pain initiates the use of pain medication. This can lead to habitual use of painkillers, which can eventually harm an individual’s liver and kidneys, especially if increased dosage is necessary to achieve the desired effect. As is the case in any individual that is suffering from addiction, they may not even be aware that they are addicted. There are alternatives to continuous use of pain relieving drugs. Acupuncture has been used in China for over 2000 years to control pain, among other conditions. Chiropractic; although a newcomer to the health field has established itself over the past 100 years as a viable alternative to drugs and surgery, especially for treatment of painful conditions that involve muscles, bones, joints and nerves. Knowing that there are alternatives to using drugs long term, and choosing to use them anyway; isn’t that the very definition of “addiction”?
Breast Cancer Awareness
by Kalisha Hill, M.D. Pathology Consultants, Inc.
reast cancer is the most common cancer among women, second only to skin cancer. The chance of a woman having invasive breast cancer some time during her life is about 1 in 8. The chance of dying from breast cancer is about 1 in 35. Annual mammograms (recommended for all women 40 years and older based on their physician’s council) help increase the chances that breast cancer will be detected early in its most treatable stage. To help women remember to schedule a mammogram, the College of American Pathologists, an organization of Board Certified pathologists, has developed free Web sites, MyHealthTestReminder.org. and www.MyBiopsy.org. These websites assist in health maintenance and provides information about com-
mon forms of cancer. As a pathologist, I diagnose breast cancer everyday in the laboratory and know that early detection of breast cancer can save lives. Women often put their own health needs last. In less than a minute, you can visit MyHealthTestReminder.org to schedule a reminder for your next mammogram. That minute could save your life. More than 207,000 women in the United States will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in 2010, and nearly 40,000 women will die from the disease this year. Pathologists are the physicians who diagnose breast cancer and other diseases by examining tissues and cells. If breast cancer is diagnosed, a pathologist will work collaboratively with a woman’s oncologist and primary care physician to assist with treatment plans. All women are at risk for breast cancer; the biggest risk factors are being a woman and aging. Other risk factors include genetics, family or personal history, ethnicity, early
menses and previous breast biopsy. The breast self-examination is a useful method of noting changes in the breast. However, mammogram screening can detect cancer before it can be palpated. Early signs include a lump, skin changes, prominent veins and inverted nipple. Remember: Eight out of ten breast lumps are not cancerous. But if you do find a lump, call your doctor to schedule an appointment. Recently, the media has shed light on an important issue facing women who receive abnormal mammograms – whether or not to have a surgical or needle biopsy to determine if their tumor is cancerous. As a physician who specializes in pathology, I diagnose breast cancer and other diseases. I know how frightening it can be for a woman who is faced with an abnormal mammogram result. Her first thought may be, “I want this out of my body,” which may lead her to pursue a surgical biopsy. Pathologists can accurately assess
most diagnostic features on core biopsies, including the histologic type, tumor grade, and status of estrogen and progesterone receptors (ER/ PgR) and human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2). This information is critically important in determining a patient’s prognosis and appropriate treatment, and in avoiding treatments that are unlikely to be effective. In some cases, however, the imaging findings may indicate that a surgical biopsy is preferable to core needle biopsy. As a pathologist, I encourage patients faced with this decision to weigh the benefits and risks associated with both procedures. Whether a woman receives a core needle or surgical biopsy, patients benefit most when pathologists and other physicians come together to discuss the clinical, imaging, and biopsy findings to determine the most appropriate treatment plan. This multidisciplinary approach leads to better outcomes for all patients.
UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS SUMMER SPORTS CAMPS
he Division of Intercollegiate Athletics has committed itself to the development of wellrounded sport camps for boys and girls. Young athletes have the opportunity to learn more about their sport, improve their skills, create new friendships and have fun at the same time. Campers receive excellent coaching, experience campus life, and meet athletes from a variety of backgrounds. We are confident that they will benefit from the experience. Fighting Illini Head Coaches offer a variety of Summer Sport Camps. Co-Ed camps are offered in Basketball, Cross Country, Soccer, Speed & Strength Development, Swimming, and Tennis. Additionally, exclusive camps for boys and girls are also offered. The Boys camps are Baseball, Basketball, Football, Golf, Gymnastics, Track & Field, and Wrestling. The Girls camps are Basketball, Golf, Gymnastics, Soccer, Softball, Track & Field, and Volleyball. Team Camps are available in Basketball, Football, Volleyball and Wrestling. Be sure to call the Fighting Illini Summer Sport Camp Office at (217) 244-7278 or e-mail us at email@example.com for more information on upcoming sport camps or clinics or to include your name on the mailing list for the 2011 Summer Sport Camps.
ANIMALS RUNNING AROUND IN YOUR ATTIC?
ave A Heart Wildlife Services covers the Southland when it comes to nuisance wildlife removal. No one wants a wild animal in their home nor do they want diseases or parasites lurking within their living space. Have A Heart Wildlife has been serving our region since 1982. There was a need tofor assist customers with removing that raccoon with babies in the attic or rescuing a bird that had injured its wing from flying into a power line. The nui-
sance trapping industry was new and I remember many times catching an animal on someone's roof and having all the neighborhood kids coming around to watch the show and get a glimpse of a wild animal, up-close and personal. People offered us gifts and invited us to stay for dinner. It certainly was a warm feeling to be a celebrity! As the years progressed, the public's fascination for the cute little animal with the little brown eyes waned as people's awareness of "nuisance wildlife" increased.
Sandy Banks, a Wildlife Biologist, can be seen driving her truck around the Southland, removing nuisance wildlife from homes and commercial buildings. She has worked for the Anti-Cruelty Society downtown, has been a naturalist for the Cook County Forest Preserves, and has also been director of a nature center for many years. She is also licensed by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to handle migratory birds and has a contract from the state to legally control nuisance wildlife.
Many people think that we experience wildlife problems because we are encroaching on their habitat and homes. In reality, we are creating desirable places for animals around our homes. There may not be many dens and a sustainable food source on 40 acres of woodland, but in the urban setting, we may have over 100 houses, each containing a warm attic with fluffy nesting material (insulation), chimneys, decks, and sheds as well as pools, wood piles garbage cans, and the list goes on. If I were a raccoon, I would certainly live in somebody's home. I always
tell my customers the reason they have that raccoon up in their attic is because they sense the people below are friendly and because they smell good cooking going on in the kitchen.
The amount of damage an animal can do to an attic is alarming. For example, squirrels chew on electric wires. As rodents, squirrels need to constantly chew to wear their incisors down. Closing off a hole in your roof before a family of squirrels is properly removed, will lead to more holes chewed in order to gain reentry. Sometimes squirrels become trapped inside and attempt to escape by crawling down a wall. The lucky ones will chew a hole through your plaster wall, get into the main part of your house and destroy your wooden window frames until a professional is called in. The unlucky ones will die in the walls, leaving a strong odor for who knows how long, and it can be very costly for the homeowner to find where the animal has been entombed. Raccoons pose their own set of problems. Volumes of books have been written on the diseases and parasites they carry, many of which can be contracted by our pets and us. Their underdeveloped salivary glands increase their need for water when eating. That is why they seem to wash their food before eating. Ideal habitat for these little fellows is a den near a pool and a home with a flat to close-to-flat roof. We find many raccoons attracted to flat roofs and grape arbors that run alongside a house. Raccoons climb up downspouts to get onto the top of a home but are also very attracted to evergreen trees that rub up against a roof, especially arborvitae. When in
an attic, they flatten down the insulation, ruining the R-Value of your home. Raccoons that have lived in your home for longer than 6 months begin to create toilets in parts of the attic. Their feces are a dangerous biohazard and should be removed by a professional. The damage can be so extensive that an attic may have to be carefully and completely cleaned out. Sometimes we find ham bones and larger chicken bones on a roof. This usually tells me how old the baby raccoons are. Young raccoons, like our own children, love to play with toys and, on occasion, we capture young that have brought their toys with them. Let a family of raccoons loose in an attic full of Christmas ornaments, and itâ€™s a free for all! When trapping raccoons for as many years as I have, you get to see that raccoons have as many personalities and facial characteristics as people do. Birds can also pose a health risk.
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Baby’s First Puzzle A
great idea was born along with the birth of my youngest son in 1996. That was the year that I created PEJMD Inc., a company which produces customizable puzzles based on your photographs, which are designed for your children to play with. Our focus today is infants and children from 0-5 years old. We feel this age range yields great potential for stimulating early communication skills and increased cognitive development while nurturing motor skills, manual dexterity, hand and eye coordination, and depth perception.
Animals Running Around In Your Attic? continued from page 5 However, what I feel is a more dangerous situation, is when a starling finds an opening into your attic and builds a nest. Starlings continue to build onto their nests year after year, and their nests can become incredibly huge! The largest nest I have taken out of a house was approximately 6 feet by 4 feet by 3 feet. The smallest spark on this dry, grassy material could have cost the homeowner her home. Although nests of this size are uncommon, many large nests have been found.
PEJMD Inc. agrees with the findings of studies conducted at Harvard and Stanford university, which state that interaction with puzzles and music are key components in developing smart and alert babies. Scientists also state that children learn quicker and are able to retain more information when they have pictures to associate with the story that is being read to them. Based on this idea, we decided to make picture puzzles intended to stimulate this connection, starting the life long journey of building an active mind. It has been said that by the age of three, children have twice the brain cell connections than the average adult. Stimulation of a child’s brain is based on cell to cell communications. During the formative years activities like reading, speaking proper English, and playing association games with pictures help create additional mental maps that facilitate cell to cell interaction, thereby increasing additional paths that are proven to be helpful in long term cognitive development. Both house sparrows and starlings will build nests in dryer vents, which can lead to a dryer fire. It’s spring ... Yeah! Time to step out onto your back deck and take a deep breath of fresh warm air. But wait a minute. What’s that smell? It smells like it’s coming from under the deck. Well, this homeowner just found out that her deck wasn’t a good winter home for that opossum after all. Decks need to be completely sealed oft underneath to prevent problems like this from occurring. Removing a dead animal is perhaps one of the most unpleasant things a person can do. The dentist doesn’t seem so scary after all. Phew! Also,
We as adults cannot underestimate the importance of quality time spent with a child doing these activities, which are so beneficial in developing social skills and have proven to be priceless in building a sharp and active mind. Finding creative ways to expose a child to new experiences helps make the child acquire a taste for learning and increases mental alertness and brain activity. The brain development that your child experiences while in preschool is especially crucial to their development. This formative stage is a time when you can set in stone good behaviors and preferences toward learning, curiosity, and socializing. The brain develops by cells communicating with each other and making connections and thusly, the more that the child experiences, the more they will communicate and the more the cells will connect. Key Factors Affecting Brain Development of Preschoolers - The amount of time a parent
it could have been a skunk. bar. The larger buck was limp and appeared dead. The smaller one had steam emulating from its mouth, but lie there also. We shook his rack, and without warning, he jumped up, ran 10 feet and collapsed. A minute passed by before he jumped up, ran into the nearby woods, and collapsed a second time. After a while, he jumped up and ran off into the woods, never to be seen again. Have a Heart Wildlife also assists homeowners in the removal of bats, beaver, muskrat, fox, coyote, snakes, woodchucks, chipmunks
spends with the child - How much the child reads - How they are spoken to Time Well Spent Spending time interacting with your child by reading to them and playing games will help them to grow socially and they will develop a love of learning. If you read to them with picture books, this will help their brain develop the skill of associating words with pictures, giving them a head start in the learning process. Make sure to spend plenty of quality time with your child by reading with them and playing with puzzles and numbers. It’s one of the best gifts you could ever give them. For more information, visit http://www.brainhealthandpuzzles.com/brain_training.html and visit http://www.babiesfirstpuzzle.com/ for fun education puzzles to put together with your child!
and many others. We also have a certified arborist on staff to professionally prune trees away from your home as well as eradicate poison ivy from your grounds. It takes a special breed of person to work with nuisance wildlife. This work often involves dangerous situations and the constant exposure to parasites and diseases. Our staff is well trained and takes the most humane approach dealing with our region’s nuisance wildlife. For more information, you can contact Have A Heart Wildlife Services at 708-534-8801.
THE PAIN CLINIC OF CALUMET CITY Interview with
Dr. Charles Gross and Dr. David Calimag
ealthy LifeStyle interviewed Dr. Charles Gross and Dr. David Calimag of The Pain Clinic of Calumet City about their practice. Dr. Charles Gross D.C. is a Member of Cook County Chiropractic Society, Diplomat of National Boards, Member of the American Chiropractic Association, Certified by the American Board of Forensic Professionals in Impairment and Disability Rating, Certified by American College of Addictionology and Compulsive Disorders in Auricular Therapy. Dr. David Calimag M.D. is a highly trained and experienced in the area of pain management. Healthy LifeStyle: Your practice claims to take a multi-faceted, conservative approach to pain treatment. Could you please elaborate on this further? Dr. Gross: We first sit down with a patient and get a history of how the pain evolved. Then we perform a thorough neurological examination. We explain to the patient what the issue is and how we plan to address it. Dr. Calimag and I believe in a hands-on approach and treat musculoskeletal and nerve pain conditions by performing physical therapy, incorporating healing modalities and chiropractic manipulations when warranted. HLS: What exactly are 'healing modalities'? Dr. Gross: Modalities are simply methods of treatment. Some healing modalities we use include interferential muscle stimulation, cryotherapy, myofascial release, trigger point injections and judicious use of pain medications. We also perform electrical myography and nerve conduction studies to help us diagnose the patients conditions such as:
neuropathies, pinches nerves, carpal tunnel, muscle diseases HLS: What are some of the most common ailments patients come to you with and what advice to you give them for improving their overall health? Dr. Calimag: Patients frequently complain of tingling in the extremities, their hands and feet. Often times the results of the physical examinations are normal except for pain symptoms. These symptoms are likely a result of the work they do, sitting at a desk for long hours and typing, which nerve conduction studies suggest can cause carpal tunnel syndrome. Treatment includes doing an ultrasound and administering a cortisone injection. Dr. Gross: In cases like these, our practice has been able to keep a lot of patients out of surgery. Our feeling is that surgery should be a last resort and we've had a great deal of success. On average we send 10 patients into surgery out of 1000 and in these cases we have deemed this is our last option and is absolutely necessary. Dr. Calimag: Another common problem patients have is neuropathy, which is most common in people with diabetes and can be treated with therapy. Better yet, however, neuropathy can be prevented with good dietary habits, exercise, and supplementing your diet with vitamins and minerals. Dr. Gross: Which we advise all of our patients to do. Out of all of our patients we've had through the years, I can think of only one that did not improve after making these lifestyle changes. HLS: Have you ever been able
to cure a patient from pain when other types of treatment methods had failed to do so? Dr. Gross: Recently an older lady came to us who had suffered a neck injury after falling in the bathtub. The muscles in her neck had been injured severely and she had been told by several doctors that her neck would never be fully straight again. Yet by using interferential current treatment, ultrasound, and gentle chiropractic manipulations she was able to make a steady recovery and her neck was gradually healed. We treated a young man who suffered from chronic asthma and had been using inhalers and oral medications and had to make weekly visits to the hospital. Once treated by our healing modalities, however, he was eventually able to stop taking his medication. When his mother noticed he hadn't been using his inhaler, he pointed out to her that the doctor had told him to use it on an as-need basis and that he didn't need it anymore! Now he plays golf soccer and tennis with no symptoms whereas before he was unable to do any physical activities at all. HLS: Do you find that you are often able to help patients decrease their reliance on medication? Dr. Gross: Yes, by using healing modalities and chiropractic manipulations we have been able to wean many patients off of medication, however sometimes patients are in chronic pain and cannot be weaned off of pain medication completely. In these cases, we try to reduce the medication to a manageable level. We once had a patient who suffered from chronic pain taken down from oxycotin, a very strong narcotic pain medication, to lyrica,
a non-narcotic medication. HLS: What kinds of dietary supplements do you advise patients take? Dr. Gross: Organic herbs, vitamins, and minerals. Dr. Calimag: We use only organic whole food supplements when it comes to our vitamin and mineral formulations. The vitamins and minerals we recommend are specific to the conditions they are meant to treat and we sell only organic vitamins made from clean sources. Dr. Gross: Essentially, our treatment strategy is to always try something natural first and to use medication and surgery as a last resort. We have had a great deal of success sticking to this philosophy. HLS: How can you be sure your methods are effective? Dr. Gross: We do our best to represent a healthy lifestyle for our patients. This includes maintaining a healthy weight, not smoking, exercising consistently, and taking vitamins and minerals. We try our methods on ourselves. I take the same vitamins I endorse and live the same lifestyle I advocate to my patients.
Nobody can bring you peace but yourself.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Asian Chicken Salad Wrap Serves 2-3
4 tablespoons.Teriyaki sauce 4 tablespoon peanut butter 2 chicken breast halves, cooked and diced 1/3 cup canned pineapple, drained and chopped 1/4 cup celery, chopped 1/4 teaspoon ginger 1/3 cup canned water chestnuts, drained and chopped 1 red bell pepper diced 1 small red onion chopped 2 6-inch Whole wheat pita pockets or pita bread Mix together the peanut butter and the teriyaki sauce in the bottom of a medium bowl. Pour in the other salad ingredients and stir everything together. Split the pitas in halve, Pop them open, and fill each pocket with the salad.
Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship.
Nutritional Information: Calories per pocket: 297 Carbs: 32 g Protein: 21 g
9 Change Your Body Change Your Life Obesity has reached “pandemic” proportions and all the statistics reveal without change it’s only going to get worse. Here’s the latest: - Nearly 70% of Americans are overweight. - About 34% of Adult Americans (age 20 and over) are clinically obese - The obesity epidemic costs us an estimated $147 billion a year Despite the warnings and knowledge that being overweight is bad for us, our collective waistline continues to grow. In fact, obesity is such a serious issue and contributes to so many health conditions that many health experts consider it one of today’s top preventable killers. And the saddest statistics comes from a study by the Centers for Disease Control that reports that 95% of all diets and weight loss programs fail! WHY DO 95% OF DIETS FAIL? There are likely several reasons why they fail. Many people simply want a “magic pill” that allows them to continue to eat whatever they want, not exercise and so forth yet somehow helps lose weight. Most “magic pill” products are gimmicky at best and dangerous at worst, and typically produce only shortterm weight loss. Moreover, many weight loss programs and products are limited and address
only one aspect of weight control. And finally, most people who want to lose weight have defined their goal incorrectly. They’re focused on simply losing weight, when they should be more focused on losing fat, increasing lean muscle and improving the overall tone and shape of their body. It’s called improving body composition. CHANGE YOUR BODY – CHANGE YOUR LIFE To be truly successful, you need to understand that the amount you weigh doesn’t really matter. What matters is your body composition – the percentage of your body that is fat vs. lean muscle. To change your body from fat to fit, you need to reduce body fat while you increase lean muscle. Adding lean muscle helps you burn more calories at rest. This is the key to maintaining a healthy weight for the rest of your life. ADDRESSING BODY COMPOSITION WITH TAHITIAN NONI INTERNATIONAL Fortunately, Tahitian Noni International, the category creator and leader of the bioactive industry, has developed a solution to help people enhance their body composition, and in doing so, look great and feel even better. That solution is called FIT and is a comprehensive system that enables you to change your body composition and change your life.
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s of January 2011 the first Baby Boomers will begin to turn 65 and will be at greatest risk for development of Alzheimer’s disease. A report recently released by the Alzheimer’s Association® entitled Generation Alzheimer’s estimates that 10 million baby boomers will develop Alzheimer’s disease. By mid-century that number could skyrocket to as high as 16 million. It is no longer their parents and grandparents who have Alzheimer’s, it’s them.
“Alzheimer’s disease does not discriminate it can affect anyone at anytime, however, the biggest risk factor for Alzheimer’s is growing older” said Nancy Rainwater, vice president of communications at the Greater Illinois Chapter. “Alzheimer’s destroys brain cells and gradually destroys a person's memory and ability to learn, reason, make judgments, communicate and carry out daily activities. The duration of Alzheimer’s can range from three to 20 years after symptoms are experienced. Many scientists believe Alzheimer's develops over several decades before people begin showing symptoms. Early detection is the key to fighting Alzheimer’s disease.”
Rainwater went on to explain, “Though the statistics may seem overwhelming there is hope. Great progress is made on all fronts everyday. Although the research is not conclusive, there are preventative steps you can take now that may prevent the symptoms from occuring. The Association recommends that people eat a healthy diet, exercise regularly, and stay mentally and socially active.” In Illinois more than a half-million people feel the impact of Alzheimer’s disease – this includes people with the disease, their family members and caregivers. Currently there are 210,000 Illinoisans who have Alzheimer’s. By 2025 Illinois will see a 14% increase in the number of people who have Alzheimer’s disease. A rapidly aging population and dramatic increases in the number of Alzheimer cases in the coming years underscore the urgency of action in dealing with a crisis that is no longer emerging – but here. We must not forget about the caregivers. Nearly 11 million family members and friends provided unpaid care for a person with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia. In Illinois there are 386,207 Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers who provided 439,812,201 house of unpaid which resulted in an economic value of $5,057,840,312. Over the next 40 years, Alzheimer’s will cost $20 trillion, enough to pay off the national debt and still send a $20,000 check to every man, woman and child in America. “The toll this disease takes on caregivers is unimaginable,” said Erna Colborn president and CEO of the Greater Illinois Chapter. “The sobering reality is millions of caregivers will be devastated not only by
the progressive loss of their loved one, but also by the care they will themselves provide – care that could negatively affect their health, their financial security, and their future. ¬¬Every 70 seconds someone develops Alzheimer’s disease and by mid-century Alzheimer’s will claim someone’s mind every 33 seconds. As the number of people who are affected by Alzheimer’s disease continues to rise at drastic rates the Greater Illinois Chapter realizes the need for well educated caregivers will be paramount.” To meet the impending Alzheimer’s epidemic, the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Illinois Chapter offers educational opportunities for family and professional caregivers, a 24/7 helpline, MedicAlert® + Alzheimer’s Association Safe Return®, Care Navigation Services, Early Stage/Young Onset Services, support groups, ComfortZone® and serves as advocates on behalf of the Alzheimer community through state and national public policy initiatives. To learn more about the Alzheimer’s Association – Greater Illinois Chapter call 847.933.2413 or visit www.alz.org/illinois. Until the time arrives in which we have a cure for Alzheimer’s the Alheimer’s Association® reminds everyone of the 10 ways to maintain a healthy brain: 1. Head First Good health starts with your brain. It’s one of the most vital body organs, and it needs care and maintenance. 2. Take Brain Health to Heart What’s good for the heart is good for the brain. Do something every day to prevent heath disease, high blood
pressure, diabetes and stroke – all of which can increase your risk of Alzheimer’s disease. 3. Your Numbers Count Keep your body weight, blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels within recommended ranges. 4. Feed Your Brain Eat less fat and more antioxidantrich foods. 5. Work Your Body Physical exercise keeps the blood flowing and may encourage new brain cells. Do what you can – like walking 30 minutes a day- to keep both body and mind active. 6. Job Your Mind Keeping your brain active and engaged increases its vitality and builds reserves of brain cells and connections. Read, write, play games, learn new things, do cross word puzzles. 7. Connect With Others Leisure activities that combine physical, mental and social elements may be the most likely to prevent dementia. Be social, converse, volunteer, join a club or take a class. 8. Heads Up! Protect Your Brain Take precautions against head injuries. Use your care seat belts; un-clutter your house to avoid falls; and wear a helmet when cycling or in-line skating. 9. Use Your Head Avoid unhealthy habits. Don’t smoke, drive excessive alcohol or use street drugs. 10. Think Ahead – Start Today! You can do something today to protect your tomorrow.