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Find Your Place in the Sun A Guide to Protecting Your Skin From Harmful Rays With Skin Cancer Expert Robert West, M.D.

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Health Update Stem Cell Therapy a Success for NFL Hall of Famer

Cool in the Pool Don’t Let High Temperatures Hinder Your Exercise Goals

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SUMMER 2016 4 INNOVATION n Cutting-Edge Treatment: Placental Tissue Matrix Injection Therapy n Former NFL Star Helping Concussion Patients

10 VITALITY n ‘Thoughtful’ Approach to Heart Health n You Don’t Have to Live With the Pain n Don’t Let High Temperatures Hinder Your Exercise Goals

25 HEALTH & WELLNESS n 5 Ways to Save on Prescription Drugs n Water Safety: Prevention Is Paramount n Making Better Beverage Choices


Find Your Place in the Sun A Guide to Protecting Your Skin From Harmful Rays

30 LIFESTYLE & NUTRITION n Ready. Set. Play! n Barbecue Better: 3 Delicous Recipes



Health Update: Stem Cell Therapy Proves Successful for Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson

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Editor’s Letter

Beat the Heat, Better Your Health Jason Stevens is in marketing and passionate about customer experiences and celebrating people’s successes. His role at Arrowhead Health Centers has enabled him to see the important role that an integrated healthcare experience can play in a patient’s outcome. Jason can be found helping with his Kindergartener’s homework and dancing around the house with his daughter.



his summer it feels like the sun has been shining in abundance and those rain storms that we so patiently look forward to have been more sparse than normal. Adults and kids are running for the swimming pools, lakes, and water parks on the weekend to find a way to cool off after a long week of scorching heat. Teachers and kids are back to school at last. For the first time, I endured the madness of back-to-school shopping, the fun of meet the teacher night, and the excitement of a Kindergartener ready for his first day of school. In the last issue of Healthstyle Magazine, we had the incredible opportunity of highlighting the treatment of NFL Hall of Fame running back Eric Dickerson. Eric enjoyed a very successful career on the field and continues to focus on his health off the field. Many years of wear and tear as a professional athlete can have a significant impact on long-term pain and injury. Eric was adamant that he wanted to avoid back surgery and through the innovative treatment of regenerative medicine at Arrowhead Health Centers, he was able to find an alternative. Join us again this issue as we get an update from Eric on how he has been doing prior to his second round of injections. You’ll be as pleased as we were to hear about his progress. In Arizona, the summer heat doesn’t end until around Halloween, and water safety is as important as ever while spending time around the pool or out on the lake. Mesa Fire Department spent some time with us talking

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about important tips to remember around the water. While we look at water safety, we also introduce some healthy workout alternatives to stay in shape and keep the high temperatures at bay. But it’s not just the heat that you have to prepare for. Arizonans also have to plan for those sunny days and how to protect your skin from the sun’s potentially harmful rays. Hear from Dr. Robert West as he talks about ways to respect the sun, plan your time in the sun and keep your skin safe. As a skin care expert Dr. West talks about the dangers of extended sun exposure and how to keep yourself safe. He discusses the ABC’s of skin cancer and addresses the millions of Americans visiting their primary care physician’s office for skin checks. As we continue to seek out ways to keep ourselves healthy and safe it is important that we plan ahead just as we would plan out our workday or favorite vacation. There are ways to stay active, healthy, and minimize things like extended exposure to the sun. As you read this issue of Healthstyle, I hope that you find it informative and that it helps you find more reasons to make your health a priority even during those busy times. Stay cool, safe, and active out there!

Jason Stevens EDITOR

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On the Cover Model: Robert West, M.D., Arrowhead Health Centers. Dr. West explains how skin protection begins with daily planning to help avoid the harmful effects of the sun.

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Cutting-Edge Treatment: Placental Tissue Matrix Injection Therapy Regenerative Medicine Alleviates Pain, Repairs Tendons, Ligaments and Joints BY MEGHANN FINN SEPULVEDA


atients at Arrowhead Health Centers now have access to a leading medical breakthrough: placental tissue matrix injection therapy. Typically used as an alternative to surgery to significantly alleviate pain and provide long-term repair to tendons, ligaments and joints, placental tissue injection therapy has healing properties and growth factors that transform damaged tissue into healthy tissue so patients can get back to their normal, active lifestyle.

PX50 Placental Tissue Matrix Arrowhead Health Centers utilizes Skye Biologics PX50, an injectable regenerative tissue matrix derived from maternal placental tissue donated after a healthy, live cesarean birth, yielding healthy tissue rich in proteins, growth factors, hyaluronic acid, cytokines and other natural cells that heal soft tissue damage. Donors go through a rigorous screening process and are followed early in their pregnancy beginning at six weeks. They must also meet certain requirements as determined by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to ensure good candidacy. “Normally considered medical waste, these cells are highly precious,” said Bethany Traettino, community relationship manager at Arrowhead Health Centers. “The benefit is that they reproduce quickly and won’t be rejected.” An FDA-cleared product, placental tissue


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cells can be administered directly into an injury or an area that has deteriorated to alleviate pain. Ongoing research being performed across the world has proven the therapy to be effective in treating a wide variety of medical conditions including repairing heart and other organ tissue. “The growth factors provide a good base for cells to thrive in their environment and multiply for up to six months following the injection,” Traettino said. “The healing properties allow the cells to go directly to where the most damage is.”

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Patient Criteria For people with joint osteoarthritis who experience hip, knee and shoulder pain, along with those who suffer from degenerative spinal conditions, placental tissue therapy may be an effective form of treatment. “It’s truly a remarkable and beneficial therapy,” Traettino said. “Following an injection, the placental tissues immediately begin to regenerate and provide relief from pain,

providing long-term repair.” Depending on the amount and severity of the degeneration, the number of injections recommended vary per individual. There are usually little to no side effects, however, since the injections are administered directly into a specific site, some people may feel sore for a few days following the procedure. Performed under the direction of double board-certified and fellowship trained interventional pain specialists, this treatment allows patients to quickly get back to their active and healthy lifestyle.

Ongoing Results Many patients who have received placental tissue injection therapy at Arrowhead Health Centers have reported a significant reduction in pain immediately following the procedure, not only at the injection site but to their overall health. While it could take a few weeks to fully experience these effects, improvements can be felt up to six months, allowing patients to live pain-free and get back to the activities they enjoy the most. “This therapy is intended to treat long-term pain,” Traettino said. “The new cells have the ability to produce normal, healthy cells that repair and regenerate healthy tissue.”


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Former NFL Star Helping Concussion Patients New Concussion Protocol Might Be Revolutionary BY DEBRA GELBART


rian Jennings spent 13 seasons in the NFL as a long snapper and tight end for the San Francisco 49ers. He estimates that he suffered dozens of concussions during his years of play, from 2000 to 2012. Frustrated when told he would just have to wait until his symptoms of headache, brain fog, difficulty organizing his thoughts, anger outbursts and problems sleeping disappeared, he tried all kinds of approaches that he

thought could help him return to the game faster. “I spent about one million dollars on health care to never miss a game,” he said. “The No. 1 thing I learned was the nature of the injury, and how it was not being addressed,” he said. He saw improvement by relying on physical therapy, chiropractic manipulation and dietary supplements, and he realized that others with concussions might be helped, too.

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Serious Numbers Concussion is a serious problem in the U.S. According to the Brain Injury Research Institute, between 1.6 and 3.8 million sportsand recreation-related concussions occur every year. In addition, according to the Centers for Disease Control, about 2.5 million emergency department visits, hospitalizations or deaths associated with traumatic brain injury (TBI) occur each year. The primary causes of TBI are falls, blunt trauma and motor vehicle accidents. After retiring from football, Jennings met with medical professionals to develop an effective and affordable concussion rehabilitation program. He asked them how they envisioned a concussion care center where patients could receive help recovering function to accomplish daily tasks. In 2014, Jennings founded the Concussion Care Center at Arrowhead Health Centers in Scottsdale. The mission of the center is to help people who experience neurodegenerative conditions improve their function so they can live a more fulfilling life. “I want to make concussion treatment easy, accessible and affordable, with the approaches I tried successfully available to everyone,” he said. In February of last year, the center began seeing patients. Diana Mladenoff, D.C. meets with patients and recommends a course of treatment. The Concussion Care Center is different from conventional treatment centers because its staff members “want to fully understand what each patient has been through, what they are suffering from and their recovery goals,” Jennings said. After an initial evaluation of each patient, Dr. Mladenoff builds a rehabilitation program that addresses the root cause of the primary deficit. “Patients are relieved to know there is something they can do to improve their quality of life,” Jennings said.

Brain Therapy Jennings said patients can think of the Concussion Care Center as “brain therapy.” Just as someone might receive physical therapy after a knee injury, a concussion patient may be able to benefit from the techniques that have worked for Jennings.


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As a member of the Arizona Governor’s Concussion Coalition, Jennings knows there is no single answer when it comes to preventing and managing concussions. “Baseline testing (determining someone’s cognitive status before an injury occurs) and removal from play are critical to avoid second impacts that could lead to profound injuries,” he said. “Following a concussion injury, it’s important to seek an evaluation from a qualified medical professional to be diagnosed and rule out more severe injuries. We are fortunate that here in Arizona, we have some of the finest medical facilities and doctors in the world. In many ways, it’s here in our state that we are leading the movement to address concussion and educate and provide rehabilitation programs that are changing patients’ lives.” Especially for patients who have suffered with post-concussion symptoms for a long time, Jennings said, “the Concussion Care Center’s goal is to restore function so these patients can get their future back.”

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‘Thoughtful’ Approach to Heart Health Meditation Part of Innovative Team-Treatment Procedure BY JOAN WESTLAKE


reating an effective, personalized wellness plan, a hallmark of Arrowhead Health Centers, is accomplished by bringing together the best healing team and selecting treatments on a patient by patient basis. Along with innovative medical procedures and leading edge techniques, health plans may also include approaches such as meditation. In addition to his prestigious qualifications in internal and nuclear medicine from Johns Hopkins and Union Memorial Hospital, Dr. Ankit Chander brings to his patients the knowledge and experience of integrating complementary medicine into the wellness process. A difficult personal experience with pain sparked an interest in interdisciplinary care for pain, management of cardiovascular disease and diabetes, and preventive medicine. He earned a Fellowship in Integrative Medicine from the Tennant Institute, Texas, and is a member of the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine as well as the Arizona Board of Homeopathic and Integrated Medicine Examiners.

Research Backs Results The health benefits of meditation, especially in the areas of stress and cardiovascular health, are increasingly well researched, according to Dr. Chander. Over the past two


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decades, the National Institutes of Health have granted more than $26 million to study its effects on cardiovascular disease. A few of the scientific research findings include: • Decreased Risk of Heart Attack, Stroke and Death (American Heart Association’s Circulation) After 5.4 years, the meditation group had a 48 percent decreased incidence of heart attack, stroke or death as compared to the group only given health education. • Reduced Blood Pressure and Reduced Use of Hypertensive Medication (American Journal of Hypertension) This long-term, clinical trial found blood pressure in the Transcendental Meditation group reduced by nearly 6 mm diastolic pressure and 3 mm systolic pressure. In contrast, blood pressure in the muscle relaxation group and conventional health education classes only reduced by 3 mm diastolic pressure. Use of hypertensive medication was also found to significantly decrease in the TM group. • Reduced Blood Pressure: Comparisons with Other Procedures (Hypertension—an American Heart Association journal).Clinical studies found that the TM program was 1) as effective as antihypertensive drugs in reducing blood pressure, 2) twice as effective as progressive muscle relaxation in lowering hypertension and 3) significantly effective in reducing blood pressure for both men and women in all five major risk categories: obesity, high alcohol use, low exercise levels, psychological stress and high salt intake.


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• Reduced Metabolic Syndrome (American Medical Association’s Archives of Internal Medicine)This 16week, randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trial found Transcendental Meditation improved blood pressure and insulin resistance components of the metabolic syndrome as well as cardiac autonomic nervous system tone compared with a control group receiving health education. • Extended Longevity (American Journal of Cardiology) This 18-year study evaluated senior men and women who had mildly elevated blood pressure. Subjects in the study participated in the Transcendental Meditation program; behavioral techniques, such as mindfulness or progressive muscle relaxation; or health education. The study found that the Transcendental Meditation technique reduced death rates by 23 percent.

Forms of Meditation The classic, seated in a crossed legs position, meditation is just one of many types from which to choose. Relaxation meditation focuses on repeating a single word and mindful meditation uses techniques such as ringing a bell or chanting with beads. Tai chi is often called moving meditation. Listening to calming music on a walk as well as prayer can also be forms of meditation. With the most recent National Health Interview Survey indicating more than a third of Americans use complementary health approaches, Dr. Chander points out the vital importance of including professionals trained in integrated medicine to create the safest and most effective wellness plan.

Beginners Guide to Meditation • START SMALL WITH 3-5 MINUTES (OR LESS).

Some great new data collected from users of the Lift goal-tracking app shows that most beginner meditators started with 3-5 minutes. • UNDERSTAND WHAT MEDITATION CAN DO FOR YOU IF YOU HAVE ISSUES WITH STRESS, ANXIETY, IRRITABILITY, OR OVERTHINKING.

Meditation is a great way to increase your resilience to stress. If you have anxiety, it will help reduce your general tendency towards physiological overarousal and calm your nervous system. • UNDERSTAND THE PRINCIPLES OF MEDITATION.

Beginning meditators often think the goal of meditation is to get to the point that they can focus without becoming distracted.


Realistically, there are only a small amount of people who will be willing to meditate on a regular basis. Another approach is to do formal daily practice of meditation (such as the walking meditation) for an initial period, and then start just incorporating meditation into your day in informal ways. SOURCE: ALICE BOYES PH.D, PSYCHOLOGY TODAY

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Since walking helps people concentrate and reduces distractibility, a meditation that involves walking can be a great place to start.


You Don’t Have to Live With the Pain How Chiropractic Treatment Helps Resolve Back Pain BY STEPHANIE CONNER


f you suffer from back pain, you’re far from alone. In fact, nearly 80 percent of us will experience back pain at some point in our lives. But just because it’s common doesn’t you have to live with it. “A lot of people don’t know what it’s like to not live in pain — they think it’s normal,” says Ernesto Meza, a clinic supervisor and chiropractic lead for Arrowhead Health Centers. “But there’s a lot we can do to help ease those aches and pains.”

Understanding Back Pain You might feel pain in one area of your back, but that doesn’t always mean that’s the source of the pain. “You might be experiencing low back pain, but there might also be an IT band or hip or middle back problem,” Meza says. “Everything is connected.” An experienced chiropractor can help get to the root of the pain. Then, through massage, ice, electrical stimulation and chiropractic care, that pain can be alleviated. But perhaps the most important thing you can do for back pain is to understand what caused it and work toward preventing future problems. “We often go through our lives doing things without thinking, and poor movement patterns become ingrained,” Meza says. “A lot of times, you didn’t throw your back out because of one movement. You threw your back out as the result of many, many years of not doing things the right way.”

What You Can Do There are several things you can do to help prevent back pains and strains. Working with a physical therapist, personal trainer or chiropractor can help make sure you learn the best techniques.


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“A lot of times, you didn’t throw your back out because of one movement. You threw your back out as the result of many, many years of not doing things the right way.” – ERNESTO MEZA, CLINIC SUPERVISOR AND CHIROPRACTIC LEAD

Strengthen the Core. Strengthening your abdominal as well as back muscles — everything through the torso — can help prevent injury. “The core takes on the weight of most of your body,” Meza says. “So, we focus on core strength as part of rehabilitation no matter where your pain is.” Practice Perfect Posture. When you slouch in your chair or hunch over as you walk, your core muscles are neglected. And that can increase your risk for pain and injury. One way to ensure you engage your core and have good posture while watching TV or sitting at a desk is to sit on a large exercise ball — if you fail to engage the core, you’ll fall off! Learn Correct Body Positioning. “When people come in with neck and shoulder pain, we can often assume they work at a desk,” Meza says. “We know you have to work, so it’s important to help you learn the best way to sit at your desk.” Learning proper positioning for lifting heavy objects is another useful skill to learn.

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Take Control. Whether you’ve experienced an injury or you’ve had back, neck or shoulder pain for some time, you don’t have to live with it. You can take steps and work with a professional to learn more about the pain, alleviate it and prevent future problems. “When you aren’t in pain,” Meza says, “you can enjoy the rest of your life to the fullest.”

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Don’t Let High Temps Hinder Your Exercise Goals Great Ways to Keep Active, Stay Cool BY KRISTINE BURNETT


et’s not sugarcoat things. Summertime in Arizona is nothing short of H-O-T! Regardless of how high the mercury rises, a year-round commitment to staying active is essential to maintaining strength, energy and vitality. According to Aaron DeGroot, MD, a family practice physician at Arrowhead Health Centers who specializes in pain management and osteoarthritis, a person starts losing strength after about two or three weeks of inactivity. He says declines in cardiovascular fitness occur at an even more rapid rate.


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Cool in the Pool So, what’s a person to do when the temperature does little to temp their inner exercise enthusiast? Dr. DeGroot suggests water exercises and indoor fitness activities. “Many of my patients suffer from osteoarthritis and strengthening muscles around the joints can help reduce their pain,” he said. “Water aerobics can increase muscle strength without causing trauma to the joints.” As an added bonus, exercising in a swimming pool keeps the body cool. When done with friends, it can be a great way to socialize as well.

Exercise Following A Knee Injury For those who have sustained a knee injury or undergone knee surgery, strength training is an essential part of the recovery process. To avoid further injury, Dr. DeGroot recommends seeing a physical therapist to provide the necessary education and motivation. “The key is regaining strength and restoring range of motion through low-impact activities,” he said. “With consultation and monitoring by a physical therapist, patients often are able to do some or much of their rehabilitation at home.” Among the many rehabilitative exercises often suggested following a knee injury or surgery are resistance training, walking, or use of a stationary bicycle or elliptical machine.

Chill While You Walk Dr. DeGroot also recommends daily walks. To avoid the heat, he suggests indoor walking tracks at local community centers or air-conditioned shopping malls. Most major malls open early for indoor walkers to make the rounds before stores open. Think of it as a healthy dose of window shopping. As someone who suffers from asthma, Dr. DeGroot says the summertime combination of heat and dust can exacerbate asthma symptoms. To avoid a flare up, he takes his training indoors during summer months. “I use a treadmill at the gym to continue my cardiovascular training, and I mix in resistance training with free and cable weights,” he said. “My most strenuous workouts are at an indoor rock wall gym.”

Avoid the Trails in the Heat Hiking is a favored activity among many as it provides both cardiovascular and strength training benefits. However, hiking in the extreme heat has proven dangerous and even deadly. Furthermore, Dr. DeGroot says hiking when air quality is poor can be hazardous to one’s health. “Using a treadmill at an incline or a stair climber at the gym will produce a workout that’s similar to hiking without exposing you to the risks,” Dr. DeGroot noted.

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Health Update: Stem Cell Therapy Proves Successful NFL Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson Checks in Following His Procedure BY MEGHANN FINN SEPULVEDA


e first introduced you to NFL Hall of Fame running back Eric Dickerson, former Los Angeles Ram and Indianapolis Colt, in our last issue of Healthstyle. On Jan. 26, Dickerson received a regenerative stem cell therapy injection at Arrowhead Health Centers to treat ongoing back pain. He recently checked back in with his medical team and reported the good news: he’s doing great!

Cutting-Edge Treatment Arrowhead Health Centers has been successfully treating patients like Dickerson for pain with placental tissue injections, an innovative regenerative stem cell therapy, to treat pain and inflammation in joints, led by double board certified and fellowship trained interventional pain specialist Matthew Crooks, M.D.


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“This is an exciting and cutting-edge therapy that provides the building blocks for the cells in the body to regenerate tissue at the site of the injection,” Crooks said. “Over the course of several weeks to months, the cells start to rebuild tissue at a site where there was once degenerated tissue so the body can begin to repair itself.” As opposed to steroid injections, placental tissue injections work with the body’s own capacity to naturally heal through the use of amniotic stem cells, harvested from healthy placenta tissue. “This procedure is really at the forefront of medicine,” Crooks said. “The molecules and proteins signal the body to restore its natural state.” A placental tissue injection is not invasive like surgery since it does not require a hospital stay or rehabilitation. Patients also don’t experience side effects such as weight gain, perspiration,

acne and insomnia compared to those who receive long-term steroid injections.

History of Pain Like so many people, Dickerson dealt with chronic pain for years. He suffered several injuries to his neck, shoulders and back during his 11-year professional football career, until he eventually retired from the NFL in 1993. “I tried physical therapy and saw a chiropractor,” said Dickerson. “Nothing was successful.” Determined to find an alternative solution, Dickerson was intrigued when he learned about stem cell therapy at Arrowhead Health Centers. “My first question was ‘what’s the downside’,” Dickerson said. “I found out that there was no downside, except the procedure may not work.”

Living With Less Pain Today Dickerson says he’s feeling well. “I would say my pain is 90 percent better than it was when I first came to Arrowhead Health Centers,” he said. “I was even able to play golf the next day.”

People who opt for stem cell therapy can expect improved levels of pain following an injection, but it could take a few weeks to a month to see full results. “Patients will gradually notice less pain as their body begins to regenerate tissues,” Crooks said. “This therapy allows the body to naturally restore function.” Dickerson says the biggest benefit of the treatment was that he can now stand for long periods of time. “Before, I had constant pain whenever I would stand up,” he recalled. “Now I can stand comfortably.” Dickerson is already planning his next visit to Arrowhead Health Centers for complementary therapy to maximize the effects of the stem cell injection. He is a strong advocate for the treatment. “I was afraid at first because I didn’t know much about stem cell therapy,” he said. “I can now say that it helped me tremendously.” To watch Eric’s story visit or call 480397-7360 to schedule an appointment.

The Future of Regenerative Medicine is Here. Harness Your Body’s Potential to Rejuvenate.

Don’t let chronic back, knee, or joint pain slow you down. Stem cell therapy may be the answer for you! This innovative, cutting-edge program takes advantage of your body’s ability to repair itself by supplementing the affected area with regenerative stem cells. Most current pain management procedures only mask or reduce pain. Because the placental tissue matrix product we use contains the proteins, growth factors, hyaluronic acid, cytokines and other natural cells your body uses to heal soft tissues, it has the power to grow new cartilage, ligament, tendon, or muscle tissue that has been damaged due to injury or degeneration.

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Consider the costs of comprehensive pain management: multiple physician visits, injections, MRIs, CT scans, X-Rays, narcotic prescriptions, physical therapy, and travel time. With one consultation and an injection, this treatment could provide all the relief you’re seeking. Plus, you can use your HSA or MSA!

Our program offers non-surgical pain relief with one simple, painless injection. The goal of this treatment is to help restore or improve the function of muscles, joints, and other damaged tissues while reducing the pain associated with damage to those areas.

The regenerative medicine therapy offered at Arrowhead Health Centers is safe, effective, and easy to inject. It is obtained from placental/ amniotic tissues from healthy mothers with healthy newborns (which is normally discarded after birth).

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RESPECT THE SUN, PROTECT YOUR SKIN Summertime Skin Protection Basics: A Guide to Skin Cancer Types And How You Can Avoid A Diagnosis BY MEGHANN SEPULVEDA AND BRIAN SODOMA

“Determine if you’re spending most of the day indoors or if you’ll be outside all day playing golf or at the water park. Know your limits, know what you have to work with (in terms of shade and protective structures) and plan accordingly.” – ROBERT WEST, M.D.


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primary care physician or dermatologist’s office to ask about a suspicious mole or lesion on their skin. For many this experience will ultimately lead to a skin cancer diagnosis. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime; and each year some 5.4 million cases of non-melanoma skin cancers are treated. Years of accumulated sun exposure can lead to skin cancer. Fortunately, most cases, when caught early, can be successfully treated; but to avoid this unpleasant surprise — as you head out to the beach or mountains this summer — keep the following sun safety tips in mind.

Daily Planning, SPF Summertime skin protection begins with daily planning, explains Robert West, M.D., an internal medicine physician and the Family Practice Director at Arrowhead Health Centers. Understanding where you’ll be at the hottest parts of the day can go a long way in preventing skin cancer. “Determine if you’re spending most of the day indoors or if you’ll be outside all day playing golf or at the water park. Know your limits, know what you have to work with (in terms of shade and protective structures) and plan accordingly,” he said. West also suggests avoiding the outdoors between the daytime hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., if possible, and to apply sunscreen for situations where you plan on being in the sun for at least 15 minutes, regardless of the time of day.

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He recommends getting as high an SPF rating as one’s skin can tolerate and avoid anything that causes rashes, drying or flaking. Spray sunscreens are convenient, but remember to spray into your hand and rub them in, he adds. Janice Johnston, M.D., a family practice physician and co-founder of Arrowhead Health Centers, suggests an SPF rating of at least 30 with broad spectrum coverage to protect against UVA and UVB rays. “In order to determine the right amount of sunscreen, I recommend using as much as it would take to fill a shot glass, which will cover your entire body. Also, be sure to reapply every few hours, especially if you are sweating or get wet,” she added. It’s also important to instill a culture of skin protection with children, West noted. Make sunscreen a part of the daily routine for the entire family so that children embrace it as a part of their lives early on and continue the practice into adulthood. “We know that when there is early use of sunscreen, it reduces the chances of skin cancer later in life. We can absolutely impact that,” he added.


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Clothing, Hidden Trouble Spots Sun protective clothing and hats are also helpful. Opt for a broad rim hat that not only protects the face but the ears and neck, both Johnston and West recommend. And even in places like the car, sunscreen or protective clothing may still be needed. “What is surprising to a lot of people is that you are at risk for radiation through the windshield of your car when driving. We commonly see more sun damage on a person’s left side of the face and left arm,” Johnston said. Both physicians also note the importance of eye protection. Extensive UV exposure can lead to cataracts and melanoma can occur in the eyes, especially for those with blue eyes. Hats and sunglasses can both be used to protect the eyes from harsh sun rays.

Types of Skin Cancer Skin cancer sound scary, but It’s important to know the three main types. Some are clearly more aggressive than others. Basal cell carcinoma is the most commonly diagnosed skin cancer; it is also the least likely to spread. Basal cell carcinomas

Know Your ABC’s West says the average person should get a fullbody skin check once a year. If you have many moles, are fair skinned, or have a history of prolonged sun exposure you may need to be checked more frequently. If you have suspicious spots on your skin, the “ABC rule” for a self-check could be helpful. Watch for these three factors: Asymmetry – does the spot have weird edges? Borders – are they irregular? Color – moles should look the same brownish color. Warning signs include dark or bluish colored moles. In addition, moles or suspicious spots, which are itchy, bleeding, burning or having trouble healing should also be checked.

often look like lesions that can resemble eczema or psoriasis, so, a trained physician must diagnose them. Squamous cell carcinoma is considered more aggressive and is often found on the head, neck, hands, ears and arms. The condition usually presents as a bump on the skin surface and can look scaly and rough with reddish patches. Usually sores that don’t heal well can also be signs of squamous cell skin cancer. Most do not, but this type of skin cancer does have a higher likelihood of spreading than basal cell carcinomas. Both squamous cell and basal cell carcinomas are usually effectively treated in a surgical outpatient setting or at an office visit. “With these types, we can generally


cut it out and there is no need for further treatment,” West added. Melanoma is the least common but most aggressive (metastasizing) skin cancer. It tends to look like a dark mole (but not always) and exhibits some change in shape. Early detection is key to survival. “We mostly fear melanoma since it’s the most aggressive form of skin cancer. However, if discovered early, melanoma has a 98 percent curable rate,” West added.

“What is surprising to a lot of people is that you are at risk for radiation through the windshield of your car when driving.” – JANICE JOHNSTON, M.D.

Blistering Sunburns in Your Lifetime Doubles Your Risk for Skin Cancer. Early detection and treatment is the most effective way to prevent & cure melanoma and other forms of skin cancer. The Arrowhead Health Centers Safe Skin Program is dedicated to providing the highest standards of skin cancer treatment, prevention, and follow up. You may be at a higher risk if you have or have had: • Fair skin, blonde or red hair, light colored eyes, and you freckle or sunburn easily • History of serious sunburns • Experienced excessive sun exposure, either through work or an active lifestyle

• Abnormal moles (irregular and larger than other moles) • A personal or family history of skin cancer • A weakened immune system • Exposure to radiation or arsenic

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Ways to Save On Prescription Drugs






ven with insurance and a copay, prescriptions can be a pricey affair — and they add up even faster for patients who need to take five or 10 drugs at the same time. As it happens, physicians aren’t immune to the challenges of escalating prices. “I get excited when I get a deal. I really do!” said Dr. Janice Johnston, medical director and co-founder of Arrowhead Health Centers. While politicians all claim to have answer for skyrocketing prices, there’s no reason to wait for a legislative solution. You can start taking matters into your own hands with the following tips. Compare prices. “The first thing I think people need to do is to shop around,” Dr. Johnston says. “A lot of people think that they need to go to the big chain pharmacy stores to get their prescription filled. You know, it’s convenient, they have a drive-thru, but if you were going to save between $13 to $600, would you go across the street? Would you go to Safeway? Would you go to Costco? Absolutely you would!” She notes that you don’t have to be a Costco or Sam’s Club member to use their pharmacy services. “Just say, ‘I’m here to fill a prescription’ and they’ll just let you right on through.” Divide and conquer. David Berg, co-founder of Arrowhead Medical Centers and chairman and founder of Redirect Health suggests pill splitting can also cut your costs. “If someone needs a 50-milligram dose


of a drug, it might be cheaper to buy 100 milligrams and cut it in half,” he says. Check your smartphone. Yes, there’s an app for that, called GoodRx. “I’m telling you, this app is the bomb,” Dr. Johnston says. “It’s free. You just put it on your phone, put it on your computer, put in your zip code and put in your drug. And it will tell you, it will bring up what all of the various places around you are going to charge you that particular drug. And the variances are astounding, between $13 and to $600 for the same drug. You just click on the coupon and show your pharmacist.” Beware of co-pays. Just because you have a $20 or $50 co-pay doesn’t mean that’s the best deal. Ask your pharmacist what the cost will be if you pay cash or use a GoodRx coupon, and you just might find it’s cheaper. “It’s not just true 10 percent of the time, it’s true over half the time,” Berg says. Talk to your physician. The first priority for doctors is to keep you healthy, and the last thing they’d want is to have you skip or stretch your prescription because of cost. If the expense of a drug is an issue, talk about it openly — and you might be pleasantly surprised to find there are other options. For example, the copays may be significantly different for similar drugs that are equally effective. And every drug company has a patient assistance program, particularly for newer medications.


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Water Safety: Prevention is Paramount Tips for Being Safe Around Water BY KRISTINE BURNETT


hen it comes to children, water safety is a must. From pools, lakes and rivers, to bathtubs and buckets of water, drowning presents a near constant threat. According to the Children’s Safety Network National Injury and Violence Prevention Resource Center, drowning is the primary cause of death among children ages 1 – 4 and one of the leading causes of death among children 9 and younger. To keep kids safety around water, adults must remain vigilant, recognizing that two seconds without supervision truly is too long.

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drowning and other water-related incidents through public awareness and education, legislative action and enhanced product safety. The coalition has a three-pronged approach to drowning prevention: Blocking a child’s access to swimming pools and other bodies of water. Arizona law mandates the use of pool fences and other pool barriers. Watching children at all times. Pool fences and barriers alone do not prevent drowning. Drowning occurs suddenly and without warning, often without even a splash or cry for help. Since a child can drown in as little as two inches of water, constant supervision is the only reliable way to prevent drowning. Learning CPR and teaching children to swim as early as possible. While even the most advanced swimmers are at risk of drowning, teaching a child to swim provides added protection.

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Tips to Stay Safe Around Water Learning to swim is one of the first steps toward water safety. Lela Hinds-Peterson, fire and life safety education specialist with the Mesa Fire and Medical Department, offers these 5 safety tips for staying safe around water: • Supervise children at all times, even when you don’t expect to be around water • Put non-proficient swimmers in life vests when around pools or spas • Designate a water watcher who knows how to swim and won’t be distracted • Learn CPR • Never swim alone, regardless of age “Floaties are toys and should never be considered safety floatation devices,” Hinds-Peterson warned. “Use life vests that are approved by the US Coast Guard.” Learn more about water safety, swimming lessons and CPR training resources at Additional water and pool safety tips can be found on the Drowning Prevention Coalition of Central Arizona website at

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Making Better Beverage Choices 8 Tips for A Healthier You

What you drink is as important as what you eat. Many beverages contain added sugars and offer little or no nutrients, while others may provide nutrients but too much fat and too many calories. Here are some tips to help you make better beverage choices.


Drink water. Drink water instead of sugary drinks. Regular soda, energy or sports drinks, and other sweet drinks usually contain a lot of added sugar, which provides more calories than needed.


How much water is enough? Let your thirst be your guide. Water is an important nutrient for the body, but everyone’s needs are different. Most of us get enough water from the foods we eat and the beverages we drink. A healthy body can balance water needs throughout the day. Drink plenty of water if you are very active, live or work in hot conditions, or are an older adult.


A thrifty option. Water is usually easy on the wallet. You can save money by drinking water from the tap at home or when eating out.


Manage your calories. Drink water with and between your meals. Adults and children take in about 400 calories per day as beverages — drinking water can help you manage your calories.


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Don’t forget your dairy. When you choose milk or milk alternatives, select low-fat or fat-free milk or fortified soymilk. Each type of milk offers the same key nutrients such as calcium, vitamin D, and potassium, but the number of calories are very different. Older children, teens, and adults need 3 cups of milk per day, while children 4 to 8 years old need 2½ cups and children 2 to 3 years old need 2 cups.


Enjoy your beverage. When water just won’t do — enjoy the beverage of your choice, but just cut back. Remember to check the serving size and the number of servings in the can, bottle, or container to stay within calorie needs. Select smaller cans, cups, or glasses instead of large or supersized options.


Water on the go. Water is always convenient. Fill a clean, reusable water bottle and toss it in your bag or briefcase to quench your thirst throughout the day. Reusable bottles are also easy on the environment.


Check the facts. Use the Nutrition Facts label to choose beverages at the grocery store. The food label and ingredients list contain information about added sugars, saturated fat, sodium, and calories to help you make better choices.

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Ready. Set. Play! Arrowhead Health Centers Is the Back-to-school Headquarters for Annual Sports Physicals BY MICHELLE JACOBY


t may not have sunken in yet, but summer is over and your child’s lazy, carefree days are filled with a full schedule of school sports and activities. To prepare—and ensure the safety of—your child for a winning season, it’s never too early to schedule a sports physical. Also called a pre-participation physical exam (PPE), the Arizona Interscholastic Association requires students participating in school athletics to have one performed by a medical professional (doctor, physician, certified nurse practitioner or certified physician’s assistant) and placed on file with the school. The form must be signed by the parent/guardian, student athlete and the medical provider.

Whole-Body Check The PPE is designed to assess a student’s health and fitness as it relates to their sport or activity. During the exam, your child’s height, weight, blood pressure and pulse will be measured. The medical provider will also examine the head, eyes, ears, neck and throat, heart and lungs, and abdominal region. Lastly, your child’s strength and flexibility will be assessed, as well as areas on the body that have sustained a previous injury.

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Playing or practicing with a concussion is dangerous and lead to a longer recovery.” – ANTHONY NELSON, PA-C “While we perform an overall exam, importance is placed on past injuries or medical issues, such as a heart condition,” says Anthony Nelson, a physician’s assistant at Arrowhead Health Centers. “If we do detect an issue with the heart, we’ll perform an EKG for more analysis.” The medical provider also asks questions about family medical history, and daily habits and lifestyle choices including nutrition, exercise, and alcohol and drug use. All of these factors can contribute to a student athlete’s health and readiness to play.

Heads Up With head injuries related to sports on the rise in recent years, concussion screenings are becoming a high priority with schools, coaches, parents and students. “At Arrowhead, we’re doing a lot of concussion screenings,” says Nelson, a former student athlete himself. “During the PPE, we’ll look at any prior history of concussion. Playing or practicing with a concussion is dangerous and lead to a longer recovery.” According to a recent study published in the Journal Pediatrics, an estimated 2 million sports-related concussions occur in children and teens each year. The estimate is based on 2013 data from emergency room visits, hospitalizations and doctor visits, and reports made to athletic trainers. Some researchers say the estimate is not exact, which highlights the need for making concussion screenings more commonplace in student sports and athletics.

Knowledge is Power While the PPE determines whether a student can participate in sports and activities, it’s important for parents and children to walk away with useful—and practical— information that will help make their activity healthy and safe.


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“A former high-school athlete myself, I feel it’s important for the medical community to educate young people on health issues that can affect their ability to play,” says Nelson. “At Arrowhead Health Centers, we talk a lot about proper nutrition and hydration, gear and protection. I even talk to athletes about specific sports-related issues, such as weight cutting for wrestlers and pitch count for pitchers. These can greatly affect an athlete’s health and safety.” Nelson also addresses the potentially dangerous side of sports, such as excess caffeine and energy drinks, and performanceenhancing drugs. “Unfortunately, these things are often used and abused in student athletics,” he says.

Top Resource A PPE can be fairly quick and simple. However, if a student needs additional testing or analysis, Arrowhead Health Centers has medical resources onsite, ready and available. “If we detect a heart issue, we can get an EKG ordered immediately,” Nelson says. “If it’s enlarged, we have onsite cardiology. We have everything from labs and X-rays available to us and can get kids cleared to play sports within a day.”

Schedule your child’s pre-participation physical exam at any of Arrowhead Health Centers’ family practice locations. For information, visit or call 602-892-4866.

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Barbecue Better Fire Up the Grill this Summer with Healthy Alternatives to the Typical Barbecue Fare BY MICHELLE JACOBY


It’s summertime and the grillin’ is easy—especially thanks to these healthy recipes guaranteed to spice up your next barbecue. Take your standard steak up a notch with a cilantro-almond pesto, or brighten up halibut with a fresh mango salsa. Then wash it all down with the perfect summertime drink, a classic Arnold Palmer with a little habanero spice.

Flank Steak with Cilantro-Almond Pesto 3/4 cup fresh cilantro 2 tablespoons slivered almonds, toasted 1 tablespoon chopped seeded jalapeño pepper 1/8 teaspoon salt 1/8 teaspoon black pepper 1 garlic clove, chopped 3 tablespoons plain fat-free yogurt 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh lime juice 1 (1-pound) flank steak, trimmed Cilantro sprigs (optional) Prepare grill. Combine first 6 ingredients in a blender; process until finely chopped (about 15 seconds). Add yogurt and juice; process until smooth. Grill steak 6 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness. Cut steak diagonally across grain into thin slices. Serve steak with pesto. Garnish with cilantro sprigs, if desired. Servings: 4.


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Grilled Halibut and Fresh Mango Salsa 2 cups plum tomatoes, seeded and diced 1 1/2 cups diced peeled ripe mango 1/2 cup diced onion 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice 1 tablespoon cider vinegar 1 teaspoon sugar 1 teaspoon salt, divided 1 teaspoon black pepper, divided 2 cloves garlic, minced 4 (6-ounce) halibut fillets 1 tablespoon olive oil Prepare grill. Combine first 7 ingredients. Stir in 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, and garlic. Rub halibut with oil; sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Place fish on grill rack; grill 3 minutes on each side or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork. Serve with mango salsa. Servings: 4

Sweet Heat Arnold Palmer 8 cups water, divided 18 tablespoons sugar, divided 2 family-size iced-tea bags (such as Lipton) 1 small habanero chile, stemmed, seeded, and sliced 3/4 cup fresh lemon juice 8 fresh mint sprigs Bring 4 cups water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Remove from heat; stir in 6 tablespoons sugar, tea bags, and habanero. Steep 5 minutes. Strain into a pitcher. Stir in 1 cup cold water. Cool completely (about 30 minutes). Combine remaining 3/4 cup sugar, lemon juice, and 1 cup water in a container with a tight-fitting lid; seal. Shake to dissolve sugar. Pour lemon mixture into a second pitcher with remaining 2 cups water. Fill 8 highball glasses with ice. Fill each glass one-third of the way with lemon mixture. Slowly pour tea mixture evenly over ice in each glass to layer the tea on top of the lemonade. Garnish with mint sprigs. Swirl before sipping. Servings: 8

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