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Let’s Go Steady


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Asthma is a chronic disease that affects about 20 million americans. Its primary cause is inflamed airways in the lungs. Asthma is the most common serious disease among children. Many people may think winter is better for children with asthma since pollen, a common asthma trigger is low, but the cold dry air can present a challenge. Winter months signal an increase in sinus infections and upper respiratory viral infections that can trigger or worsen asthma. Faster breathing from activities such as sledding can really spell trouble since the air we breathe doesn’t have a chance to warm up. Dry cold air alone can present a challenge. Additionally, many people suffer from “allergic asthma” which means allergens such as dust mites, mold and animal dander make their symptoms worse.

Indoor Allergens

Millions of people suffer from allergy symptoms caused by indoor allergens like house dust mite droppings, animal dander, cockroach droppings and molds. Since we generally spend more time indoors during the cold winter months people with these allergies can be faced with a long miserable winter season.

Dust Mites

Dust mite allergens are one of the most common triggers of allergy and asthma symptoms. Just count the daily hours spent in the bedroom and lounging in nice soft furnishings (especially in the winter) and you can see how this allergen can really affect us during the winter.

Pet Allergens

People are not allergic to an animal’s hair, but to an allergen found in the saliva and dander (dead skin flakes) from their pets. Just like people, our pet’s skin can become drier in the winter thus causing more dander. Also, our pets generally spend more time indoors in the cold weather.

Indoor Molds

Indoor molds and mildew need dampness and warmth. As the snow around our homes thaws and melts, some of that moisture can make its way into our basements. Or maybe you like to take nice long, warm showers in the winter which creates steam that can find it’s way into nooks and crannies in the bathroom, anyone with allergies or asthma should be able to feel good, be active all day and sleep well at night. You don’t need to accept less. An allergist can help you find relief so you can enjoy life again. My staff and i are trained to help you identify things in your home, workplace or school that may be making your asthma or allergies worse. We can develop a tailored plan that matches your lifestyle and provides the most effective treatment.





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JANUARY 8 10 12 14 16 18 23 24 26 28 30 31 32 34 36 38 40 42 44 46 48

Childhood Fun: A Celebration Decoration! Physical: Motivation and Starting the New Year on the Right Track Emotional: Strategies to Help with Conquering an Addiction


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Volume 14, Issue 1

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Nutritional: “MyPlate” Replaces Food Guide Pyramid Balance: Let’s Go Steady! Healthy Kids: Healthy Hips for a Happy Baby Sandwich Generation: Paying for Mom’s Future Living Costs Weight Loss: Looking to Lose Weight? Your Heart Health: Making Heart Health a Habit Chronic Kidney Disease: Treatment Options for Dialysis Patients Computer Health: Is Smoking Around My Computer Harmful to It? Sleep Disorders: Snoring — Sleep Apnea Mouthpiece Reviews Galena Park Terrace: Welcome Home Holistic Health: Healing After Cancer Safety: Crimes Against Seniors—Are You at Risk? Flu Update: Local Hospitals Join Effort to Reduce Number of Flu-Related Deaths Eye Health: The Right Eye Care for You Cancer Research: Clinical Trials At the Forefront, On the Home Front Shingles: If You’ve Had Chickenpox, You’re at Risk Hearing Aids: Bargain Shopping for Your Hearing Child Development: Make the First Five Count!

Cover and Feature Story Photos by Daryl Wilson Photography Healthy Cells Magazine is intended to heighten awareness of health and fitness information and does not suggest diagnosis or treatment. This information is not a substitute for medical attention. See your healthcare professional for medical advice and treatment. The opinions, statements, and claims expressed by the columnists, advertisers, and contributors to Healthy Cells Magazine are not necessarily those of the editors or publisher. Healthy Cells Magazine is available FREE at over 650 locations, including major grocery stores throughout central Illinois as well as hospitals, physicians’ offices, pharmacies, and health clubs. 12,000 copies are published monthly. Healthy Cells Magazine welcomes contributions pertaining to healthier living in central Illinois. Limelight Communications, Inc. assumes no responsibility for their publication or return. Solicitations for articles shall pertain to physical, emotional, and nutritional health only. Mission: The objective of Healthy Cells Magazine is to promote a stronger health-conscious community by means of offering education and support through the cooperative efforts among esteemed health and fitness professionals in central Illinois.

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elcome 2012! A new year ahead with plans, hopes and dreams. What could be more exciting!? This is a great time to review the upcoming year and plan some personal goals. It may be a large goal, like running a marathon, or a small goal, such as remembering to always say “thank you” or hold the door for others. No matter what your age, we all need goals and things to look forward to and accomplish. It’s part of our make-up and the need for purpose. Upon reflecting on the New Year, I am reminded of Jeremiah 29:11-13. Check it out. If you are in a stressful situation, be encouraged. If all is going well, be thankful and be reminded of the promise. Share it with someone else who may be struggling at this time. It is comforting to know who is truly in charge. I wish you and yours a Happy New Year. Here is to your health and happiness in the upcoming year! Sincerely,

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Motivation and Starting the

New Year on the Right Track By Jessy Hamawi, CPT, BSc.


taying motivated, especially in the winter, to lose weight and exercise is tough and the hardest part is usually getting started in the first place. I hear most of my clients say “I’m just not motivated”. We make plans to exercise but when it comes time to doing it, we find a hundred of other things we suddenly must do. So, why does exercise seem great until we actually have to do it? If a lack of motivation is what’s hampering you then maybe we need to figure out just what motivation is. Page 10 — Healthy Cells Magazine — Peoria ­— January 2012

What Is Motivation? Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary defines motivation as “force, stimulus, or influence”. By that definition, we’re looking for something to drive us to exercise, something to get us moving. So where can we get that something? For some people, like athletes, it may come from the desire to compete and to win. For others, it may come from a desire to be healthy or live longer for their kids. For most, losing weight is often the goal. The problem with motivation is that many of us believe it’s something that

will come to us if we wait long enough, that someday we’ll wake up and finally want to exercise. We would be better off by realizing that motivation is something we create, not something we wait for. Is it Possible to Get Excited about Exercise? When do you get excited about exercise? For me, it’s usually right after I’ve made the decision to do it at some future time. Just deciding to exercise makes me feel good almost like I’ve already done something. The problem happens when it comes time to follow through and my motivation has suddenly disappeared. If that sounds like you, maybe it’s time to focus your attention on what’s important. Deciding to exercise is important, but it’s what you do to follow through that really matters. Motivation comes from different places; something we create for ourselves. Use the following elements to create your own motivation, and you’ll find that exercising will be easier. Goals You already know that the first step in motivating yourself in having something to work for. It doesn’t matter whether that’s a weight loss goal or a goal to run a marathon. You can set as many goals as you like, whenever you like. Set daily short goals, weekly goals, or even hourly goals. Always having something to work for, big or small, is just one way to keep you going. Having Fun If you’re like me, you sometimes get tired of being so mature all the time — of all the obligations and responsibilities you have. Exercise often sounds like just another duty. We forget that moving our

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Strategies to Help with Conquering an Addiction By Kelly McKenna, LCSW

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appy New Year….Another year of promise and by now a new set of New Year’s resolutions. Maybe this year you resolved to save money, lose a couple pounds, or get healthier. But if you promised that this is the year you would stop drinking, smoking, using drugs, etc, here are some tips that might get you started. If you are a loved one concerned about helping someone else with their substance use, there are tips for you too. • Identify your goals. Do you want to stop or just cut back? It can be helpful to know what you are aiming for. It can also be helpful to know why you want to quit. This can be little things like “so I can save more money” and big things like “so I can improve my relationship with my family.” Make a list and keep it handy for motivation on tough days. • Consider if you need medical help when stopping. Some substances such as alcohol, anxiety medications, and opiate pain medications, may require medical supervision to ensure your safety. There are medicines that can help make stopping safer and that can help with cravings to make your recovery more successful. Speak to your doctor about your options or someone that specializes in treatment of substance use for guidance. • Seek counseling. Counselors can help with identify strategies that could increase your ability to be successful in your new goal. Addiction is a process of losing control over an unhealthy habit. Successful recovery is a process too and is often not as simple as “just stopping.” Counselors can help you figure out how to be successful, solve underlying issues such as anxiety, depression, or stress, and have the life you want without the use of substances.

Family members and other loved ones If you are a family member, spouse, or friend of someone who may have a problem with alcohol, smoking, or drugs, you undoubtedly have experienced many different emotions. No doubt you may have begged, pleaded, yelled, and threatened. The truth is that those strategies often do not work. The decision to change is dependent on your loved one. However, there are ways you can help. • Seek support for yourself. Regardless of the decision that your loved one makes, you need someone to talk to. A trusted friend or family member can provide the necessary encouragement so you can support your loved one with his or her recovery. • Take care of yourself by setting limits, doing things you love, and attempting not to power struggle over the substance. You have to guard against getting pulled into someone else’s poor choices as much as you can. • Consider seeing a counselor for yourself. He or she can help you with effective communication that may help persuade your loved one to get help and provide educated guidance about addictions. Real change is likely to involve you as a part of successful recovery and an experienced counselor can help you increase your chances at success. It is possible to achieve your new goals this year and fulfill the promises you’ve made to yourself and those who care about you. Give yourself the best chance at lasting recovery and enjoy a happy new 2012. Kelly McKenna is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker at True North Solutions. She specializes in adults struggling with addiction, depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues. Please contact True North Solutions at 309-589-8900 for an appointment.

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“MyPlate” Replaces Food Guide Pyramid


irst L a d y M i c h e l l e Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack unveiled the federal government’s new food icon, MyPlate, to serve as a reminder to help consumers make healthier food choices. MyPlate is a new generation icon with the intent to prompt consumers to think about building a healthy plate at meal times and to seek more information to help them do that by going to www.ChooseMyPlate. gov. The new MyPlate icon emphasizes the fruit, vegetable, grains, protein and dairy food groups. “This is a quick, simple reminder for all of us to be more mindful of the foods that we’re eating and as a mom, I can already tell how much this is going to help parents across the country,” said First Lady Michelle Obama. “When mom or dad comes home from a long day of work, we’re already asked to be a chef, a referee, a cleaning crew. So it’s tough to be a nutritionist, too. But we do have time to take a look at our kids’ plates. As long as they’re half full of fruits and vegetables, and paired with lean proteins, whole grains and low-fat dairy, we’re golden. That’s how easy it is.” “With so many food options available to consumers, it is often difficult to determine the best foods to put on our plates when building a healthy meal,” said Secretary Vilsack. “MyPlate is an uncomplicated symbol to help remind people to think about their food choices in order to lead healthier lifestyles. This effort is about more than just giving information, it is a matter of making people understand there are options and practical ways to apply them to their daily lives.” Originally identified in the Child Obesity Task Force report which noted that simple, actionable advice for consumers is needed, MyPlate will replace the MyPyramid image as the government’s primary food group symbol as an easy-to-understand visual cue to help consumers adopt healthy eating habits consistent with the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. MyPyramid will remain available to interested health professionals and nutrition educators in a special section of the new website. provides practical information to individuals, health professionals, nutrition educators, and the food industry to help consumers build healthier diets with resources and tools for dietary assessment, nutrition education, and other user-friendly nutrition information. As Americans are experiencing epidemic rates of overweight and obesity, the online resources and tools can empower people to make healthier food choices for themselves, Page 14 — Healthy Cells Magazine — Peoria ­— January 2012

10 Tips to a Great Plate Making food choices for a healthy lifestyle can be as simple as using these 10 Tips. Use the ideas in this list to balance your calories, to choose foods to eat more often, and to cut back on foods to eat less often.


balance calories Find out how many calories YOU need for a day as a first step in managing your weight. Go to to find your calorie level. Being physically active also helps you balance calories.


enjoy your food, but eat less Take the time to fully enjoy your food as you eat it. Eating too fast or when your attention is elsewhere may lead to eating too many calories. Pay attention to hunger and fullness cues before, during, and after meals. Use them to recognize when to eat and when you’ve had enough.


avoid oversized portions Use a smaller plate, bowl, and glass. Portion out foods before you eat. When eating out, choose a smaller size option, share a dish, or take home part of your meal.


foods to eat more often Eat more vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and fat-free or 1% milk and dairy products. These foods have the nutrients you need for health—including potassium, calcium, vitamin D, and fiber. Make them the basis for meals and snacks.


make half your plate fruits and vegetables Choose red, orange, and dark-green vegetables like tomatoes, sweet potatoes, and broccoli, along with other vegetables for your meals. Add fruit to meals as part of main or side dishes or as dessert.


switch to fat-free or low-fat (1%) milk They have the same amount of calcium and other essential nutrients as whole milk, but fewer calories and less saturated fat.


make half your grains whole grains To eat more whole grains, substitute a whole-grain product for a refined product—such as eating wholewheat bread instead of white bread or brown rice instead of white rice.


foods to eat less often Cut back on foods high in solid fats, added sugars, and salt. They include cakes, cookies, ice cream, candies, sweetened drinks, pizza, and fatty meats like ribs, sausages, bacon, and hot dogs. Use these foods as occasional treats, not everyday foods.


compare sodium in foods Use the Nutrition Facts label to choose lower sodium versions of foods like soup, bread, and frozen meals. Select canned foods labeled “low sodium,” ”reduced sodium,” or “no salt added.”


drink water instead of sugary drinks Cut calories by drinking water or unsweetened beverages. Soda, energy drinks, and sports drinks are a major source of added sugar, and calories, in American diets.

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their families, and their children. Later this year, USDA will unveil an exciting “go-to” online tool that consumers can use to personalize and manage their dietary and physical activity choices. Over the next several years, USDA will work with First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’sMove! initiative and public and private partners to promote MyPlate and as well as the supporting nutrition messages and “how-to” resources. The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, launched in January of 2011, form the basis of the federal government’s nutrition education programs, federal nutrition assistance programs, and dietary advice provided by health and nutrition professionals. The Guidelines messages include: Balance Calories • Enjoy your food, but eat less. • Avoid oversized portions. Foods to Increase • Make half your plate fruits and vegetables. • Switch to fat-free or low-fat (1%) milk. • Make at least half your grains whole grains Foods to Reduce • Compare sodium (salt) in foods like soup, bread, and frozen meals, and choose foods with lower numbers. • Drink water instead of sugary drinks. Coupled with these tested, actionable messages will be the “how-tos” for consumer behavior change. A multi-year campaign calendar will focus on one action-prompting message at a time starting with “Make Half Your Plate Fruits and Vegetables.” “What we have learned over the years is that consumers are bombarded by so many nutrition messages that it makes it difficult to focus on changes that are necessary to improve their diet,” said Secretary Vilsack. “This new campaign calendar will help unify the public and private sectors to coordinate efforts and highlight one desired change for consumers at a time.” As part of this new initiative, USDA wants to see how consumers are putting MyPlate in to action by encouraging consumers to take a photo of their plates and share on Twitter with the hash-tag #MyPlate. USDA also wants to see where and when consumers think about healthy eating. Take the Plate and snap a photograph with MyPlate to share with our USDA Flickr Photo Group For more information, visit Additional resources include: and

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Let’s Go

Steady! By Rachael Mulch, PT, Premier Physical Therapy Services


ell, let’s at least help you get steady! Many of us have suffered or have a loved one that has suffered from a balance or gait disorder. Nothing is feared more by older adults than a fall that results in a broken hip and a subsequent nursing home admission. In fact, 39% of older adults say moving into a nursing home or losing their independence is their greatest fear. Interestingly enough, only 3% say dying is their biggest fear. The single best way to avoid debilitating falls is to improve balance, coordination, strength, and endurance. The great news is that a well designed physical therapy program is highly effective at addressing these issues and helping people remain independent as they age. Recently, an older patient was treated with impaired balance and gait disorders. Several factors contributed to her current balance and coordination deficits including a 50 pound weight gain over the past five years, multiple recent surgeries, and non compliance with past physical therapy recommendations. At her first visit, specialized tests showed minor strength impairments and diminished reflexes in her legs. Additionally, she was found to have minor weakness in her hip muscles and decreased calf and hamstring flexibility. Her

standing posture was within normal limits, although her right lower leg was situated in a rotated position. Her gait examination revealed one episode of instability, but she was able to reestablish her balance on her own. The evaluating therapist established a treatment plan consisting of outpatient physical therapy sessions three times per that focused on her gait pattern, correcting imbalances, and restoring proper neuromuscular control. Additional advanced neuromuscular re-education exercises were implemented to challenge the balance system and simulate difficult tasks. A home program was also provided to complement the treatment performed at the clinic. Balance improvement was seen within just a few sessions as the patient developed more confidence in her ability to perform the

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therapy exercises. She also demonstrated improved endurance throughout the plan of care. At first she had difficulty completing her exercise sessions and required several rest breaks. She quickly progressed to a point where she was able to tolerate treatment and even wanted to continue her therapy sessions beyond the normal time slot. Final testing showed a 138% improvement in balance measurements. The patient also commented that she no longer experienced loss of balance or had significant problems completing her daily tasks. Balance impairments and gait abnormalities can cause great anxiety. This particular patient had a difficult time initially because she was very focused on why she was having these problems. After a thorough examination and an explanation of the various factors that may be contributing to her problem, she felt better educated and prepared to move forward with her recovery. This case also brings up an important issue about compliance. Her noncompliance with prior physical therapy played at least a small role in her situation. Failure to follow through with the full duration of therapy recommendations, especially after a lower extremity surgery, can make it very challenging to regain the necessary strength, endurance, and normal neuromuscular control of “the balance center.” Compliance is key to a successful recovery.

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evelopmental Dysplasia of the Hip, or DDH, is a condition characterized by an unstable hip joint. In general, this condition means that there is general instability, or looseness, of the hip joint and can therefore easily dislocate. DDH may also be referred to using the following terms: Congenital Dislocation of the Hip (CDH), Hip Dysplasia, and Developmental Dislocation of the Hip, Acetabular Dysplasia, Hip Dislocation, or Loose Hips. Although this condition is relatively painless in the early stages, if not treated properly it can lead Page 18 — Healthy Cells Magazine — Peoria ­— January 2012

to disabling conditions, such as arthritis, later in life. The good news is that the success rate with early diagnosis and proper treatment is very high and there are rarely long term effects. Approximately 1 out of 20 full-term babies has hip instability of some sort with approximately 3 out of every 1,000 infants requiring treatment. Girls are affected more often than boys and babies born in the breech position are more susceptible to DDH. Genetics also play a role in the likelihood of having a child with DDH. Normally there are not symptoms

that are obvious to parents, however if you notice any of the following it may be a sign of DDH and you should bring it to the attention of your doctor: legs held in unmatched positions, uneven fat folds on the thighs, or reduced movement on the affected side. Diagnosis The doctor will examine your child’s hips at the time of birth by moving your baby’s legs and looking for signs of instability. Your child’s hips should be examined at the follow up appointments as they grow. In the case that there are signs of DDH in children younger than 4 months your doctor may ask for an ultrasound to be taken of the hips. Children older than 4 months may have x-rays taken. The following are the four types of dysplasia listed from minor to severe: • Subluxable - the head of the femur is partway out of the acetabulum (hip socket) • Subluxed - the head of the femur is partway out of the socket in a resting position • Dislocatable - the head of the femur can easily be fully dislocated however it is in the normal position at rest • Dislocated - the head of the femur is completely out of the socket at rest. Treatment The type of treatment provided will depend on the age of the child, however no matter the age of the child the goal is always to place the head of the femur back into the acetabulum and keep it in place by providing stability. This process is known as reduction. Children from birth to the age of 6 months may wear an orthotic device known as a Pavlik harness. This device is a soft strapping system that holds the head of the femur in the socket by positioning Healthy Cells Ad - Heather_Layout 1 12/1/11 12:08 PM Page 1

the legs away from the midline of the body and flexing the hips, which is a very stable position for the hip joint. The Pavlik harness is relatively non-restrictive and does allow the child to exercise his or her legs. This device will be fit by your doctor or an orthotist and you will be informed of the proper donning procedure at that time. This is a very simple treatment and works approximately 90% of the time. Early diagnosis is essential for success with the Pavlik harness. Children that are diagnosed after 6 months of age or have not had success with the Pavlik harness may require a body cast or more rigid orthotic device (brace) to hold the head of the femur in the acetabulum. Doctors may also choose to perform surgery to place the femur in the socket, known as open reduction. There are also cases when a tendon in the hip is tight and needs to be released in order to ensure that the hip is stable. Early diagnosis and treatment are the keys to having a successful outcome when your child is diagnosed with DDH. The success rate is very high and there are rarely any long term affects when treated early. Most children tolerate the Pavlik harness very well and are so young at the time of treatment that they have no recollection of the process as they grow. Mike Cavanaugh is a Certified/Licensed Orthotist and Prosthetic Resident at Comprehensive Prosthetics & Orthotics, Inc. (CPO). CPO provides patients in Central Illinois with prosthetic and orthotic devices and care, and also houses an on-site fabrication department where custom orthoses and prostheses are designed and created for each patient. CPO can be reached by calling toll free 888.676.2276. Visit the website at

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Kindred Hospital Peoria

A Team Approach to Long Term Acute Care By Mary Hilbert

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hen patients in local acute care hospitals are sick with complex illnesses that require specialized, interdisciplinary care for an extended recovery time, Kindred Hospital Peoria is available to meet their needs. A long term acute care (LTAC) hospital, Kindred provides a full range of care to critically ill patients in the Central Illinois community including pulmonary care, critical care, wound care, and rehabilitation services. What is an LTAC? While traditional hospitals are able to perform surgeries and stabilize conditions of patients, oftentimes patients with underlying chronic conditions such as diabetes or heart disease require an extended period of recovery time and attention that hospitals are not always equipped to provide. This is where LTAC facilities become beneficial. While the average length of stay for a patient in a traditional hospital is four to five days, in an LTAC hospital the average length of stay is approximately 25 days, providing patients with the time needed for recovery. Patients admitted to LTAC hospitals often suffer from multiple illnesses and require a higher level of care and monitoring than a long term care facility. What quality of care can patients expect at Kindred? Kindred Hospital Peoria is a 50-bed LTAC hospital that is certified by Medicare, accredited by The Joint Commission and licensed by the state of Illinois. With a quality staff and sophisticated equipment for adapting to changes in patient conditions, Kindred Hospital is able to provide cost-effective medical care to Central Illinois. The facility also features an eight-bed High Acuity Unit (HAU) for individuals who require higher levels of monitoring. Patient care in the HAU is overseen by physicians and managed by registered nurses with specialized training in critical care. What has Kindred Healthcare brought to the facility? Formerly known as Greater Peoria Specialty Hospital, the hospital became a part of Kentucky-based Kindred Healthcare in June 2011. Since then, important changes have been made to improve the quality of service for patients and their families. “Kindred has brought experience and strength collectively to the facility,” said Adam Novak, Executive Fellow of Kindred Hospital Peoria. Among the most notable changes that have been made to the LTAC hospital is the introduction of an electronic medical record system called ProTouch. This charting and ordering system improves accuracy while helping to prevent errors. While patient’s in need of long term care account for a very small percent of hospital discharges, the demand for LTAC hospitals is still high, Novak says, adding that Kindred Hospital Peoria not only serves local residents, but occasionally sees patients from other states. “People recognize the importance of the facility in the community,” Novak said. What is an interdisciplinary team approach and why is it important? An interdisciplinary team is a group of health care professionals from diverse fields who work together toward a common goal in treating a patient’s needs. The skilled team at Kindred Hospital Peoria includes physicians from a variety of disciplines, nurses, respiratory therapists, rehabilitation therapists, case managers, and more. Kindred understands the benefits that such a team provides, empowering patients to have more of a role in the treatment they receive and improving the care of complex medical problems through increased coordination of services. When time is used more efficiently by both medical professionals and those they serve, patients not only receive better care but may also save money in the long run.

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continued How are patients admitted to Kindred Patients are admitted to Kindred Hospital based on a referral by his or her attending physician. Kindred’s clinical liaisons then meet with the patient to perform an evaluation and set a date for admission. For patient convenience, Kindred Hospital also accepts direct admissions from extended care facilities and skilled nursing centers. What role does family play in care of patient? At Kindred Hospital, family members are encouraged to take part in helping their loved one on the road to recovery. Following a patient’s admission to Kindred, a family meeting may be arranged with doctors and staff so that family members may learn more about their loved one’s diagnosis, prognosis, and plans for treatment. Care conferences are held by the clinical team on a weekly basis to discuss the patient’s course of care and in some cases family members are asked to participate in the development of the patient care plans. Prior to a patient’s discharge from Kindred Hospital Peoria, family education is also available on a range of topics including discharge planning, nutrition and ventilator management.

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Other services provided at Kindred Hospital Peoria While emergency services are not available onsite, Kindred Hospital Peoria is able to provide many medical services at its own facility. Registered radiologic technologists perform X-rays, diagnostic procedures and CT scans onsite that are overseen by board certified radiologists. Speech, physical and occupational therapy are also available onsite to patients and all patients are encouraged to use the facility’s rehabilitation gym. When it comes to food and nutrition, staff dieticians perform periodic assessments, monitor patient nutrition plans and make sure patient diets are consistent with physician orders. Aside from meeting a patient’s medical needs Kindred respects every patient’s right to have their spiritual needs met while they are recovering from illness. Patients and family members of any religious affiliation may request pastoral services during their course of care. Among other services patients may need, language interpreters and hearing aid services are also available to patients of Kindred Hospital through consultation with their Case Manager.

For more information on Kindred Hospital Peoria, located at 500 W. Romeo B. Garrett Ave., call 309-680-1500 or visit Kindred Hospital Peoria features electronic medical records to improve accuracy and help prevent errors. Page 22 — Healthy Cells Magazine — Peoria ­— January 2012

sandwich generation

Paying for Mom’s Future Living Costs By Steven Buttice, Founder and President, Medical Reimbursement & Management Services, Inc.


he New Year is here and you have been planning ahead with your mom. Last year, dad passed and went to be in God’s Kingdom. Mom is now asking you to help her look at some options to help pay for future expenses. Now is the time to plan for mom. What if she has a health event or just tails off with age and is unable to care for herself? You would love to take her into your home, but that would be impossible with the other demands of life. Life today is active, especially for women aged 45 – 56 who care for both their parents and children. These people are caught in the “sandwich generation” and these columns are focused on issues affecting you. When dad was ill he was thinking ahead and started gathering information on ways to pay mom’s future living expenses. To help for future expenses mom and dad put $50,000 into a CD to be used for medical and living expenses. Also, dad found an interesting product. It would pay about 50% to 100% of today’s long term care (LTC) types of expenses. Opposed to paying a monthly premium, mom would move the $50,000 CD into this LTC vehicle. Unlike plans with monthly premiums, this type of plan has four inherent qualities. In an actual example, if mom (now age 65) had a future need qualified LTC, this $50,000 one time payment will pay up to $157,200 over four years. Secondly, it will pay $78,600 upon her death if she does not use other plan benefits. Thirdly, it will pay $7,860 even if she uses all of the LTC benefits and then dies. Fourthly, she can quit and get a portion of her $50,000 back depending upon how long she holds the plan. LTC plans with a monthly premium will pay LTC expenses, but premiums can go up and these plans usually do not provide a death benefit, and premiums are lost if not used or, in most cases, if the policy is cancelled. Mom and dad considered both monthly and a single premium plan and now in mom’s situation the single premium plan will work well. The money they set aside in the CD to pay for expenses when they were needed can be leveraged and multiplied.


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Helping mom and dad and caring for your children simultaneously is not easy. It is very helpful to discuss and plan for reasonable future events, and a sandwich generationer should guide their parent(s) through these issues and the primary issue of safety, while being careful not to take all control away from a parent. Once again, it is important to start talking, making suggestions and guiding early, do not wait for a crisis. I wish you and yours a very happy and healthy New Year. If you would like a list of “questions to ask in different aspects of care” see our website and look under the “Patient Advocacy Division”.


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s your current weight keeping you from doing the activities you once enjoyed? Losing weight can restore physical and mental health, renew your energy levels and improve your outlook on life. If you’re one of the 68 percent of American adults struggling with his or her weight, weight loss programs can help you meet your individual goals. The greater Peoria area offers both surgical and nonsurgical weight-loss programs that can be found in some fitness centers and medical practices.

healthy eating plan and regular exercise routine. Groups will also offer advice from an exercise specialist and dietitian. The greater Peoria area offers a kaleidoscope of weight management programs to help you achieve a healthy goal. The key is discovering a reputable program that allows you to lose weight in a safe and reasonable timeframe while under the supervision of a dietician or physician, preferably associated with a local hospital or medical practice.

Nonsurgical Methods Many people are successful losing weight through diet and exercise. By utilizing medically based fitness centers and proper supervision, physicians and dieticians in the Peoria area will work with you to help you meet your goals. Non-surgical programs available include:

Meal Replacement Programs. There are a variety of meal replacement programs out there some medically based, some with support and some you can do on your own. Depending on how much weight you need to lose, this may be an option for you. “The main thing about the programs we offer is that we just know that everybody is different, and what works for one person doesn’t work for the next person,” says Jenny Reay, RD, LDN, Community & Wellness Dietitian at OSF Saint Francis. “Our weightloss professionals evaluate your coping skills and lifestyle to recommend a weight-loss plan for you with lasting results.”

Fitness & Nutrition Coaching. These types of programs offer one-on-one or group education, guidance and support from weight-loss professionals. An exercise specialist and a dietitian will meet with you and help you develop a

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Surgical Weight-Loss Methods For some people, diet and exercise are not enough to lose unwanted pounds. The decision to have weight-loss surgery is determined after you, your family and your physician carefully consider the options. One of these options is bariatric surgery. One local Peoria hospital offers four different types of bariatric surgeries. Patients meet one-on-one with the surgeon and team to determine which procedure is right for the patient. “Potential candidates for surgery are walked through a thorough screening process to ensure surgery will be a safe and effective option,” says Melinda Lange, RN, BSN, OSF Saint Francis Weight Loss Center program coordinator. If you’re eligible for surgery, you will receive help and guidance by meeting with the surgeon, participating in a mental and physical health check and meeting with a support group with other bariatric surgery patients—all before the procedure. The education and support continues after surgery is completed. And while surgery can help patients lose hundreds of pounds, surgery alone isn’t the solution for weight loss. “We feel that it’s a medical treatment for a disease, and the disease is obesity,” says Lange. “The surgery is just a tool—a tool to see success with weight loss. It’s the lifestyle that really makes this surgery work.” If you are interested in learning more about weight-loss programs, visit or attend a surgical weight-loss informational session the first and third Monday of the month at 5:30 p.m. at the RiverPlex (600 NE Water St., Peoria). Advance registration is not required.

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Making Heart Health a Habit Submitted by the American Heart Association


appy New Year! Now that the holidays are behind us, we can make a fresh start with the new year to become healthier. But of course most of us start out strong, but our motivation runs out after a few weeks. Here are some tips for making habits that will become lifestyle changes to improve your heart health. Learn to form healthy habits by replacing the bad ones. Substituting healthy habits for unhealthy ones rewards you with more stamina, better quality of life – and a healthier you. That is easier said than done, of course, but some simple tips can help you tackle even the most indulgent and hardest-to-kick habits. Rani Whitfield, M.D., a Baton Rouge, La., family practitioner and American Heart Association volunteer, is on a mission to help people change their unhealthy habits. “An unhealthy habit is easy to develop and hard to live with; a healthy habit is harder to develop but easier to live with,” said Whitfield,

who has earned the nickname “The Hip Hop Doc” through his work getting young people to make healthier choices. Regardless of your age, you can benefit from Whitfield’s simple habit-changing tips. First, he says, know that it takes 60 to 90 days to create a new habit. You have to keep after it. If you forget sometimes, or if at first you don’t figure how to make it work with your schedule, keep after it.

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It helps to remember that an unhealthy habit is attractive because it gives instant gratification—that immediate “feel good.” But you pay later. On the other hand, a healthy habit means you put off gratification but get a much bigger payoff down the road. Think of your task as replacement rather than deprivation. Says Whitfield, “Kojak sucked on lollipops because he was stopping smoking,” said of the famous 1970s TV detective. Of course, too much candy is bad for you, too – but a few lollipops is much better than smoking when it comes to your heart health. Whitfield says it’s important to “find your real motivation.” It’s OK and in fact helpful to use another motivation in addition to getting healthier. “A lot of people will do it for their children,” he says. They want to set a good example, or they simply want to live to see their kids graduate. And then there’s good old vanity. “If you want six-pack abs, maybe your motivation is to ask out a certain lady,” says Whitfield. Here are his top tips: • Break a big goal into smaller short-term goals. “Don’t go cold turkey,” he says. “Suppose you’re drinking five beers a day, and you want to get down to six a month. Reduce to three a day. You’ll see the benefits and feel more motivated to move toward your longer-term goal.” • Tell someone you trust – not someone who will sabotage you. Be accountable to someone all the time. It’s toughest forming a healthy habit if you don’t have support. For example, one spouse might be trying to stop smoking while the other one isn’t. “You have to find some inner strength, some self-motivation and push through it. Or get couples counseling, a safe setting where you can ask your spouse: ‘Can you be supportive and go outside to smoke?’ ”

• Allow a “cheat” once in a while. “If you’ve avoided sweets all week and you’ve been exercising, and you go to Grandma’s, you can afford that ONE small piece of apple pie. Or let yourself have one ‘crazy meal’ a week.” • Break the TV habit in favor of exercise. “Tell yourself, ‘If I just have to watch my favorite show, I’ll Tivo it and watch on the weekend, or do my exercise and then have the show as my reward to myself.’ “Or, if you have room, you can exercise in front of the TV,” he said. For some, TV seems to be their only friend. “If it’s all about escapism, the underlying anxiety or depression needs to be treated, or if you can’t finish tasks, do your work or the housework,” he says. He knows it’s tough out there. “More people are drinking or using drugs more often to deal with anxiety and depression over the recession and lack of a job, and maybe the inability to relax or to sleep,” Whitfield says. ”They are not understanding that they are making their own problems worse. Alcohol is a depressant; illegal drugs will land you in jail.” Doctors’ best habits for heart health: • Consistent exercise, 30 minutes a day, seven days a week. • Smoking cessation. • If you currently need medication for a cardiovascular condition, take meds faithfully. “If you forget, put them with your toothbrush.” Keep at it. Your greatest wealth is your health. For more information go to Find us on Facebook at American Heart Association Peoria, IL.

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Treatment Options For Dialysis Patients Submitted by Fresenius Medical Care


f you or a loved one has chronic kidney disease (CKD) or kidney failure, it’s important to know that there are options — such as different treatment modalities — that can directly improve your quality of life. In addition to traditional in-center hemodialysis, Fresenius Medical Care offers home dialysis in the Peoria area, an option that can offer patients lifestyle benefits and more flexibility in their treatment schedules. Most dialysis patients go to a clinic three times a week for treatments lasting three to four hours at a time. However, when patients choose dialysis at home, they reduce the burden of regular trips to the clinic and avoid the challenge of arranging transportation and the costs incurred. Home dialysis patients also benefit from having more time for work, family and other activities. Many patients who receive care at home report feeling more empowered to live a healthy and active lifestyle, and may also feel like they have regained greater control of their lives. In addition to lifestyle benefits, there is growing evidence that home dialysis leads to improved patient outcomes, increased longevity and reduced risk of hospitalization rates. Home dialysis patients also may experience fewer side effects — such as fatigue or muscle cramps.

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Furthermore, they may not have as many restrictions on their diet and may need fewer medications. There are two types of home dialysis available to patients: home hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis. Home Hemodialysis Hemodialysis removes extra fluid and wastes from your body by constantly moving your blood through an external filter. The filter, known as a dialyzer or artificial kidney, is used with a dialysis machine. The amount of blood circulating outside the body at any given time is less than half a pint. An alternative to hemodialysis in-center at a facility, home hemodialysis enables patients to dialyze in the comfort of their own home. Fresenius Medical Care delivers in-center training for both the patient and their primary caregiver. It also provides all necessary supplies and equipment. The patient’s local Fresenius Medical Care facility closely monitors home hemodialysis patients, who come into the clinic once a month for routine testing and to meet with their healthcare team. Peritoneal Dialysis Peritoneal dialysis (PD) also filters the blood. But, instead of using an artificial kidney, PD uses the thin membrane (called the peritoneum) that lines your abdominal cavity. A large number of blood vessels exist just beneath the peritoneum. When a fluid called dialysate is introduced to the abdominal cavity, the chemical properties of the fluid draw toxins out of the blood vessels through the membrane, thus filtering the blood. When the filtering process is complete, the dialysate (along with the toxins) is pumped out of the abdominal cav-

ity. To gain access to the cavity, a catheter (a flexible hollow tube) is surgically placed in the lower abdomen. Local Treatment Options Program Sessions Fresenius Medical Care hosts free Treatment Options Program (TOPs) sessions at no cost for anyone who wants to learn more about CKD and treatments for kidney failure. Classes will discuss dialysis and kidney transplants to help attendees choose a treatment that best fit their health and lifestyle needs. Educators will also talk about managing CKD and patient support services. Open to the public, TOPs is designed for: • Chronic kidney disease patients who may need dialysis, or want to be prepared by learning about their treatment options early in the progression of their CKD • Existing dialysis patients who are interested in learning about alternative treatment options • Family members, friends and caregivers • Anyone at risk for CKD, including: • People with diabetes or high blood pressure • Ethnic groups, including African Americans, Asians, Hispanics and Native Americans • Senior citizens • People with a family history of CKD For more information on Fresenius Medical Care facilities and services in the area, including home dialysis, call 1-309-698-8197, or visit To find a class near you, please call Jennifer Aspin at 1-217-876-8663 or visit www.ultracare-dialysis. com/TOPS.

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es, smoking around your computer is harmful. Not only to the computer but to you as well! When a smoker exhales, the particles (second hand smoke) float into the air and are pulled into the computer by its cooling fans. The particles settle onto the electrical components of the computer, forming a brown gooey substance. This will cause the computer to work harder to cool itself, and possibly overheat. Since the particles also contain moisture, it’s also possible to short out one or more of the components. The best solution, for you and your computer, is to stop smoking, which you already know. Make sure the area is well ventilated. Also have your computer cleaned and checked by an IT Professional as least twice a year. To have your computer repaired or cleaned today, contact Jim Wilson at Computer Medics, 7209 N. Allen Road. 309-692-0202 or e-mail:

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here are over 18 million persons in the United States alone who suffer from obstructive sleep apnea and sadly, it is estimated that over 90% go undiagnosed. People come to accept that this is normal for them: Never feeling rested, not being able to sleep through the night without waking several times, requiring a daily nap because they feel so tired that they just can’t get through the day without one. Fatigue also causes irritability, lack of concentration and an inability to do the things that they would like to do. If you ask them, they’ll say they are fine. They just don’t know that they can feel any differently. Untreated sleep apnea can also increase your risk for high blood pressure, heart disease, depression, headaches, weight gain, stroke, and drowsy driving. Oral Appliance Therapy has come to the forefront as a very viable and scientifically based treatment option for snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. The purpose of the oral appliance is to hold the jaw in a position that allows the airway to remain as open and firm as possible during sleep. Oral appliances are similar to athletic mouth guards, but less bulky and completely non-invasive. Oral Appliance Therapy is covered by most medical insurances and Medicare. Read the following reviews, as patients share the pro’s and con’s of oral appliance therapy. Tom – Mapleton, IL Pro’s: • My wife and I are both getting quality sleep! • No CPAP! • Snoring stopped immediately. • Woke up refreshed. • Comfortable. Con’s: • It takes a couple of weeks to get used to and adjust. Cheryl – Dunlap, IL Pro’s: • Great for those with CPAP intolerance • No Snoring • Sleep much better • More energy • No brain fog Con’s: • I love my appliance! Lisa – Morton, IL Pro’s: • Breathe better • More energy • No headaches or depression • Dreaming again • Reduced my headache & depression medications Con’s: • None

Janet – Normal, IL Pro’s: • No Snoring • Easy to travel with • Does not require electricity • Sleep comfortably • My husband is happy • No loud noise from CPAP • More energy! Con’s: • None Don – Peoria, IL Pro’s: • No Snoring! • After trying CPAP & Surgery, finally something that worked for my sleep apnea. • Small & Convenient when traveling. • I never dreamed I would sleep so well! • Better relationship with wife Con’s: • Takes a couple of visits to get fitted. Sam – Chillicothe, IL Pro’s: • More Energy and better quality of life • My blood pressure is regulated • Don’t have to wear CPAP • Stopped my snoring • Don’t fall asleep right after dinner • No drowsy driving! Con’s: • None, it works great!

Connie – Peoria, IL Pro’s: • No morning headaches, irritability, or fatigue! • Regulated atrial fibrillation. • More energy. • Easier to lose weight. • No snoring. • Lowered blood pressure. Con’s: • There are none! For more information on oral appliance therapy contact Dr. Rod Willey at the Illinois Institute of Dental Sleep Medicine. As a general dentist, Dr. Willey has limited his practice on treatment for snoring, sleep apnea, and TMD with oral appliance therapy. To contact them call 309-319-7090 or email them at January 2012— Peoria — ­ Healthy Cells Magazine — Page 31

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Welcome Home By Sara Browning


estled in the quiet haven of the scenic Illinois River Valley just minutes from Downtown Peoria, Galena Park Terrace Apartments, senior living community, offers residents all the comforts of home at an easily affordable price. Todd Finnegan has spent just a little over a year living at Galena Park Terrace Apartments, but he couldn’t be happier with his decision. “I had been here several times to visit friends, and they finally talked me into staying,” he says. “I always feel very welcome here.” Page 32 — Healthy Cells Magazine — Peoria ­— January 2012

Todd says summer cookouts are his favorite activity. “I always enjoy them. We also have dinner at each other’s homes. But it’s not just the activities; it’s a real sense of knowing that people care about you. If you’re sick, they come and check on you. It’s a real sense of family.” Providing residents with opportunities to socialize, eat right and exercise, Galena Park Terrace Apartments combines comfortable, affordable living with everything senior citizens need for a healthy, well-balanced lifestyle.

At Home with Friends Surrounded by beautiful walking trails and an exquisite view of the Illinois River, Galena Park Terrace Apartments combines all the conveniences of home with all the comforts of family and loved ones. Marilyn Jolly, Galena Park Terrace’s Site Manager who joined the staff in August 2011, says the campus’s 151 apartments come equipped with all the necessary features for low-income senior citizens 62 years of age or older or mobility disabled. “We have OSF St. Clare right across the road from us,” says Marilyn, “so anytime any of our residents need care they can be transferred there.” Galena Park Terrace encompasses 110 efficiency apartments, 32 one-bedroom apartments and 9 double apartments. Several apartment units are mobility-accessible. “Our efficiencies come with one large room, a kitchen and a bath,” says Marilyn. “Our apartments are also currently being remodeled. We put in new carpeting, cabinets and appliances.” Residents enjoy tile flooring in the kitchen and bath, a gas range and refrigerator, individually controlled air conditioning and heating and emergency pull cords in each bathroom. In addition, all utilities are paid, and dogs under 15 pounds and cats are welcome. Other amenities include free off-street parking, access to a full-time manager and full-time maintenance personnel, two coin operated on-sight laundromats, an on-campus grocery store and city bus service. Residents also receive flu shots yearly in the community room from an outside agency. In addition, seniors benefit from fully equipped community areas and professionally designed and extensive landscaping. “We have sidewalks that you can walk on forever and ever,” says Sharon Boyer, 65, who moved in just two days before Christmas in 2006. “We have animals—two hawks—one is red-tailed and the other has the white breast. We have deer, squirrels. It’s totally amazing out here!” Sharon, who has kept busy for most of her life raising five children, says she appreciates the opportunities Galena Park Terrace Apartments has given her. “This is a wonderful place to be,” she says. “I’ve made the best decision of my life.”

for healthy living, encompassing intellectual, social, emotional and physical aspects of life. “We have a library where our seniors can go to read and learn,” she says. “It’s also good for the residents socially and emotionally to spend time with each other. We have a pool table for resident use. Our Resident Association puts together once-a-month Bible studies and Bingo twice a month to provide residents with plenty of opportunities to socialize.” Ethel Hopson, 64, served as President of the Resident Association for several years, helping to organize Christmas socials with bands and prizes. “For Christmas, we gift-wrap all the door prizes we normally give away,” she says, adding that the Christmas get- togethers feature entertainment with various singers. Annual Ice Cream Socials feature the Blues Brothers. “They’re just wonderful entertainers,” says Ethel. “And this place is wonderful. I chose Galena Terrace for my mother in 1996, and she lived here until she passed away in 1999. She loved it here . . .and so do I!” Juanita Goad, 68, has been a resident of Galena Park Terrace Apartments for four years. Like Ethel, she finds plenty to keep busy. “I crochet. I do crafts and crossword puzzles and games on the computer. I take walks in nice weather when it’s warm. All the friends I have here are just great people.” Marilyn says the Galena Park Terrace Apartments community “advocates for exercise” and physical health. “The Resident Association puts on luncheon programs monthly. I hope to have dieticians come to these programs and talk about healthy living and eating.” Marilyn also writes up a monthly newsletter and includes food recipes for residents. “The residents love it here. It’s home to them. They are very thankful they have such a nice place and that it’s well taken care of.” For more information on Galena Park Terrace Apartments, visit or call 309-688-9111. Galena Park Terrace Apartments is located at 5533 North Galena Road, Peoria Heights, IL, 61616.

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holistic health

Healing After Cancer

The Mind, Body, Spirit Approach By Nicole Lackner, DC, Sara Lawson, DC, and Matt Howard, DC


he traditional standard of care for the cancer patient in the United States has been chemotherapy, radiation and surgery. However, a new era has begun. A more holistic, whole person, approach to cancer treatments that offers numerous benefits. Cancer patients are seeking alternative options such as chiropractic, acupuncture, nutrition, counseling, meditation, healing touch, massage and yoga to augment their cancer treatment. Some hospitals embrace integrative medicine. This approach offers great new opportunities and addresses all aspects of patient care including the physical, emotional and spiritual needs for the best possible outcome. As part of the treatment, chiropractors, acupuncturists, psychologists and nutritionists serve as an integral part of the patient care team. The chiropractor’s primary role as an ancillary provider is to assist the patient with pain management, reduce stress, increase mobility, as well as improve the quality of life and overall wellbeing. Chiropractors stimulate a healthier nervous system which

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is the building block for regaining health and allowing the body to heal itself. Chemotherapy and radiation treatments can cause side effects of pain, nausea, headaches, muscle soreness, balance and sleep disturbances, and peripheral neuropathy. The chiropractor’s approach can offer relief to not only these conditions, but also the musculoskeletal pain due to prolonged positions during radiation treatments. Acupuncture works well for decreasing pain and stress while increasing tissue healing. Acupuncture, also minimizes the side effects of confusion, behavioral changes, nausea, decreased appetite and constipation associated with using chemotherapy and pain medications. Using chiropractic and acupuncture as a non-drug alternative for pain relief can reduce the risk of drug interactions and the side effects of pain medications. A major component of any cancer protocol and prevention plan involves implementing a quality nutritional program to increase essential vitamins and nutrients to support the body’s fight against cancer and disease. Cells need 6 vital components to replicate normally and not turn cancerous: nutrients, oxygen, water, detoxification, proper pH, and nerve impulses. Nutritional deficiency is one of the major components in cancer and disease. Chemotherapy and other medications weaken a patient’s digestive system. This can affect the ability to eat and prevent the body from absorbing the nutrients it needs. Proper absorption of nutrients is essential for cellular health. The sole purpose of eating is to fuel and nourish our bodies to function and adapt to everyday life. The average diet is no longer about what is good for you and your family, but merely what tastes good and is the easiest to make. Every day you continue eating this way, your body is becoming weaker

and less healthy. Your first line of defense from cancer and illness is found in what you are, or are not, putting into your body. Every illness has a physical and emotional component. The mind like the body can be toxic. Loving one self, forgiveness of ourselves and others, cleans out the toxic emotions we have been storing. During this challenging time, you will feel many emotions. Spirituality, positivity, and hope are an important aspect of any healing process. Allow yourself time to feel and express them, but it is important not to let the negative emotions stay with you. Studies show that depressed, negative, fearful people are sick more often and do not heal as well as positive, hopeful individuals. Surround yourself with a loving, supportive, positive and caring environment. A cancer diagnosis can be terrifying but once a person understands that the body has an amazing ability to heal itself with the right tools and choices, medically and holistically, they realize they can participate in their own future. Holistic health treatment utilizes chiropractic, acupuncture, nutrition, massage, and mind/body techniques to treat each person as a whole, not a diagnosis. Disease has many components and for the best outcome all should be addressed with the care of both medical and holistic professionals working together. With a holistic approach, the patient benefits from the combined expertise of multiple disciplines addressing the mind, body, and spiritual component of their disease. For more information on holistic care, contact the Holistic Health Center of Peoria at 309-685-5777. Visit to learn about our upcoming seminar, “Healing after Cancer” January 28th. There is no charge for the seminar, however donations are welcome.

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Crimes Against Seniors

Are You at Risk? By Amanda Hendricks, Courtyard Estates of Peoria-Petersen Health Care


t is an unfortunate fact that crimes against seniors happen every day. As you go through the aging process, you may experience physical and mental slowdowns. These declines make seniors an easy target for predators. While many types of crime could involve any age, a few categories, frauds and scams, purse snatching, pick pocketing, theft of checks from the mail, claim more older than younger victims, according to AARP studies. These crimes not only result in financial harm they often leave seniors feeling very vulnerable. What can you do to protect yourself? While there are no guarantees, seniors can take proactive measures to protect their assets, their homes, and most importantly themselves. While you are out: • If you carry a purse, hold it in front of and close to your body • Never Carry a wallet in your back pocket, carry it in a front pocket or a jacket • Travel with a friend or family member • Make sure someone knows where you are going and when you are returning • Carry a whistle or other alarm on you at all times • Avoid walking or driving in dark or deserted areas • Always park in well lit areas • Display confidence- Predators often seek out timid targets • Drive with yours doors locked at all times • If using public transportation- sit up front close to the driver • If using a taxi, ask the driver to wait until you are in home safely

• Do not answer the door for strangers • Immediately call the authorities if you are suspicious • Always make your home look occupied- when you go out, leave a light on, the TV or the radio • Get to know your neighbor- Work out a “Buddy” system- every day have someone check in on you and you check in on them • Engrave your valuables with a unique identification number • Keep valuables- stocks, bonds, etc in a safe deposit box • Don’t hide extra keys outside Don’t be Conned: • Always be skeptical about anything that sounds to good to be true or that needs to be kept a secret • Notify the police if you receive a letter or an email that threatens violence unless you pay a certain amount of money • Notify the police if you receive a letter from out of the country promising a percentage of millions of dollars if you allow a deposit to be made into your bank account. This scammer usually uses this information to empty the victims bank account • Never reveal personal information over the phone- bank account numbers, date of birth, social security numbers, etc • When making donations, always put the charity name on the check (not a persons name) • Shred any documents with your personal information on them

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from continuing an attack. If you are attacked, contact the police immediately and make a conscious effort to provide them with as much accurate information as possible. This information can help protect others from enduring the same thing you have. Being a victim to any crime can cause many mixed emotions. It is important that you seek counseling to help deal with the trauma that you have experienced. Be Empowered- Speak Out! Crimes against seniors are an increasing trend. Don’t just read about the preventative measures; put them in place for yourself, your parents, your friends, and your neighbors. While these tips are great for seniors, they are great suggestions for all ages. For additional information, contact Amanda Hendricks, Admissions and Marketing Director for the Courtyard Estates of Peoria and Secretary of Tazewell County TRIAD, at 309-674-2400 or by email at

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Local Hospitals Join Effort to Reduce Number of Flu-Related Deaths By Marianne Payne, Quality Quest for Health of Illinois


SF Saint Francis Medical Center, Methodist Medical Center of Illinois, Proctor Hospital, and Pekin Hospital are four of twenty regional hospitals that are publicly reporting the percentage of employees who have been immunized for the seasonal flu as part of a flu reporting project developed by Quality Quest for Health of Illinois that started in 2009. Quality Quest has its Flu Shot Percentage Report for the 2011-2012 flu season available at for residents to view. The report starts with October 2011 percentages and is updated monthly through March 2012. The report includes a trend graph for each hospital. Higher percentages are expected this year as several hospitals have implemented universal employee vaccination policies. Exceptions to these policies include individuals who have a medical or religious reason not to participate. Those who do not get vaccinated must wear a mask. How does public reporting help? Flu immunization among healthcare workers is important for the continued safety and care of patients.

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Approximately 36,000 deaths in the U.S. each year are caused by the seasonal flu, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). “OSF had been working on (improving employee flu vaccination rates) for many years using all the best strategies — education, incentives, requiring declination forms and reasons — and we still weren’t seeing the performance we should be achieving to protect patients,” said Dr. Ralph Velazquez, Senior Vice President of Care Management at OSF Healthcare System. Velazquez recommended Quest develop an employee vaccination rate report and data collection began in 2009 with participating hospitals. Each season since, the percentage of vaccinated employees for each hospital has been plotted along a thermometer, with the higher performing hospitals showing at the top. “No one wanted to be at the bottom of that bulb,” said Tim Stone, Chief Operating Officer at Decatur Memorial Hospital. The thermometer graph circulated through each organization. Some posted it on bulletin boards or in elevators. For the first time, providers saw how they compared to others, knowing that this information was publicly reported on the Quality

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t can be difficult to find the right eye doctor when the need arises. The following is some basic information that may help you when looking for an eye care professional. There are two types of eye doctors, optometrists and ophthalmologists, with about 35,000 optometrists and 19,000 ophthalmologists practicing in the United States. Optometrists Optometrists obtain their doctorate of optometry upon completion of a 4-year graduate education in optometry. Optometric students generally spend the first two years in learning basic sciences and the last two years in learning to refract patients for corrective eyewear (glasses and contact lens) and examine ocular diseases. Upon graduation and passing the licensing board examinations, optometrists can practice optometry. Clinical residency opportunities are available to optometrists who wish to obtain advanced clinical competence in an area. These specialty areas include family practice optometry, pediatric optometry, geriatric optometry, vision therapy and rehabilitation, low-vision rehabilitation, cornea and contact lenses, refractive and ocular surgery, and primary eye care optometry and ocular disease.

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Ophthalmologists Ophthalmologists are physicians, either an M.D. (doctor of medicine) or a D.O. (doctor of osteopathic medicine), who must have obtained their medical degree and completed a one year internship followed by 3 years of training in ophthalmology. Upon completion of the internship year and passing the national medical board examinations, these physicians are fully-licensed to practice general medicine. During the 3 years of residency in ophthalmology, the resident physicians learn the eye’s anatomy, the treatment of eye diseases, and the skills necessary to perform surgeries of different subspecialties of ophthalmology. There are about nine or ten subspecialties: pediatric, cornea, refractive, glaucoma, neuro-ophthalmology, ocular oncology, ocular pathology, ocular plastics, uveitis, and vitreo-retinal surgery. Upon completing the residency, these physicians can practice ophthalmology and become board-certified by passing the written and oral specialty board examinations. As the trend of health care delivery has become more specialized, about 30-40% of ophthalmologists choose to spend an additional one to three years in fellowship training in one of the subspecialties areas.

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Which is the right eye doctor? As you can see, there are many choices of eye doctors and subspecialists. The following tips may help guide you in the best direction for your care. First and foremost, the ultimate goal of any eye doctor is to preserve and provide the best possible visual potential for their patients. The following tips are a quick guide for choosing the correct provider for your eye care. Also, any ophthalmologist or optometrist will know which specialist to refer you to for conditions requiring more specialized care. • When you experience a vision problem, you should determine if the problem exists in one eye or both by covering one eye at a time and comparing your vision. Some patients delay seeking treatment by thinking visual problems may be due to a cold or that the problem will go away in a few days. These delays can affect the final outcome. • You can determine if blurred vision may be corrected with glasses by adjusting the distance of the reading materials. If you find improvement at a specific distance, you probably need prescription eyewear and can go to an optometrist or a general ophthalmologist. • If your vision is still blurry at any range of distance, you should see an ophthalmologist. However, if you have some systemic diseases like diabetic mellitus or hypertension, you may choose to see a retina specialist first. • If you see floaters, flashing lights, or a curtain coming down on your vision, you should seek consultation with a retina specialist. • If you experience ocular pain and sensitivity to the light, you should seek care with an ophthalmologist. • If you experience persistent double vision, you should cover one eye to see if the double vision resolves. If it does, you should seek consultation with an ophthalmologist or neuro-ophthalmologist.

• If you are older than 55 and experience a sudden vision loss, you should seek immediate consultation with an ophthalmologist, a retina specialist or a neuro-ophthalmologist. • If you experience headache or a droopy eyelid, you should see a neuro-ophthalmologist or ophthalmologist. • If your child has crossed-eyes, pediatric ophthalmologists are the best choice if they are available in your area. Further guidance for choosing an eye care professional can also come from your primary care physician. Local or state medical societies as well as state and local specialty organizations may be helpful in identifying providers in your area. For more information or to schedule an eye exam, you may contact Bond Eye Associates at 309-692-2020. Their office is located at 6800 N. Knoxville Avenue in Peoria. You can also join us online at

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Clinical Trials At the Forefront, On the Home Front


hen a patient is diagnosed with cancer, there are no compromises: they will tell you they just want the best. The best possible care often includes participation in a clinical trial. People may have misconceptions about clinical trials. The term alone can conjure up descriptions such as “guinea pig”, “experimental testing” or “assumptions and speculations not based on fact.” However, quite the opposite is true. Clinical trials are safe, voluntary, and most important – they are vital to the ongoing goal of increasing the treatment options and longevity percentages for patients with cancer. Many people don’t understand how clinical trials work, let alone the high quality of care they would receive by participating. Others aren’t even aware of them as an option. What Are Clinical Trials? Clinical trials are research studies that involve people. They are the final step in a long process that begins with research in a lab and animal testing. These trials test the safety and effectiveness of new

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or modified cancer drugs and treatments, new drug dosages, new approaches to surgery or radiation therapy, and different combinations of treatments. In cancer research, clinical trials are designed to answer questions about new ways to: • Treat cancer • Find and diagnose cancer • Prevent cancer • Manage symptoms of cancer or its treatment Successful clinical trials have: • Increased survival rates of participants with cancer • Decreased morbidity associated with the surgical treatment of many cancers • Resulted in the development of new compounds and techniques to reduce the side effects of cancer therapies

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Planned in advance, clinical trials follow a rigorous scientific process with built-in safeguards from participants, who are selected carefully from volunteers. The trials are usually conducted in a progressive series of steps, called phases, beginning with small trials that test the safety of an intervention. When testing progresses to larger trials, the effectiveness of the new intervention given to the investigational group is compared to the currently accepted standard care given to the control group. Typically, everyone enrolled in a clinical trial receives some form of treatment – placebos are rarely given in treatment trials. Over the past 3 decades access to clinical trials has increased. Previously, cancer patients would have to travel to large research institutions to participate in clinical trials. But today, through special partnerships, national research trials are available in many hometowns – including Bloomington-Normal. There are 30 or so community-based cancer treatment clinics and hospitals in the United States and Canada that are accepted into the Mayo Clinic Cancer Research Consortium (MCCRC), a clinical research group based out of the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center in Rochester, Minnesota. Another group, created in 1983 by the National Cancer Institute (NCI), the Community Clinical Oncology Programs (CCOP) network allows patients and physicians to participate in state-of-the-art clinical trials for cancer prevention and treatment while remaining close to home in their local communities. There are 47 CCOPS in 35 states across the country. The CCOP program provides a national mechanism for community-based physicians to partner with large academic investigators. The primary goal is to accelerate implementation of NCI clinical trials for cancer prevention, control and treatment while delivering the benefits of scientific discovery to the local communities in the network.

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By Dr. Gregory Johnson, Methodist Geriatric Assessment Clinic

The same virus that causes chickenpox causes shingles. Once a person has had chickenpox, the virus can live, but remain inactive, in your body. If it becomes active again, usually later in life, it can cause Shingles. If you’ve had chickenpox, there is no way to predict if you’ll get Shingles. What’s more, the inactive virus

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usually has no signs or symptoms. So Shingles can appear at any time without warning. Now there’s a new vaccine available that can help reduce the number of people afflicted each year. The Herpes Zoster vaccine was licensed in late 2006 and has been recommended by the CDC’s Vaccine advisory panel. Without vaccination, about 20% of people who have had chickenpox will eventually get shingles. A person who lives to be 85 has a 50% chance of getting shingles. Results from a recent international survey reveal that most people are aware of shingles but do not truly understand the complexity of the condition or the potential impact it has on their overall health. Ninetyone percent of all survey respondents internationally were aware of shingles, but most of these respondents admitted to knowing little or nothing about the condition. So here’s an overview of the condition. The virus that causes chickenpox never leaves the body and can be reactivated as shingles, especially in people whose immune system is weakened by advancing age, extreme stress, a disease like cancer or AIDS or medications like chemotherapy and steroids. Zostavax, the only zoster vaccine on the market, was studied in over 38,000 people throughout the U.S. who were 60 or above. Half received the vaccine and half received a placebo. Participants were studied for a period of three years to see if they contracted the virus. The vaccine reduced the occurrences of shingles by about half and reduced the pain that followed after an episode of shingles by 67 percent. A person cannot catch shingles from someone who has an outbreak, unless they have never had chicken pox and come in contact with the rash. A singles rash usually appears on one side of the face or body and lasts from two to four weeks. The main sympton is severe pain, but other symptoms include fever, headaches, chills and an upset stomach. The rash usually beings as clusters of small bumps that develop into fluid-filled blisters. Shingles is a bad enough disease to be a good reason to get vaccinated. But in about a third of the cases, shingles turns into an excruciatingly painful disease called postherpetic neuralgia, or PHN. A smaller percentage will get a painful, blinding disease called ophthalmic zoster. PHN pain can last for years. Sudden, lancing pain can quite literally bring patients to their knees. Each year, there are more suicides due to PHN pain than due to cancer pain. Based on the initial study, researchers estimated that the vaccine could prevent 250,000 cases of shingles a year and significantly reduce its severity and complications in another 250,000 people. For additional information contact the Methodist Geriatric Assessment Clinic at 309-672-4908.

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owadays, many people bargain-hunt for just about every purchase they make. The struggling economy has many families tightening their budgets and looking for creative ways to get what they need/want for the lowest price. Many folks are now bargain-hunting for medicines, healthcare supplies, eyeglasses, and, yes, hearing aids. This phenomenon has become even more prolific because the internet makes it easy for people to do business with vendors all over the world, not just those in their own community. Here at Midwest Hearing Center, one of our goals is to educate our patients and the community about their options for treating hearing loss. If you pay attention to printed or virtual media you will find that there are countless ways to obtain a device to help you hear. One of the most popular places to bargain-hunt for hearing aids is in cyberspace. There are multiple websites that offer the option

of purchasing aids on the internet. As with everything else on the internet, these websites vary in their quality and attention to detail. Some of the websites simply facilitate connecting the patient with a local provider. The patient pays the internet vendor a designated amount, and then the local provider is paid by the internet vendor. Because the local provider agrees to a flat reimbursement rate from the internet vendor, their services are limited to a short period of time or a certain number of visits. After the specified period of time the patient is expected to pay per visit for any additional services or support provided. Other internet sources allow patients to purchase hearing aids directly. They provide brief descriptions of the aids available, but the patient is left to make his/her own conclusions with little or no professional advice. If custom-made in-the-ear hearing aids are desired, some vendors will send the patient a kit to make impressions of his/her own ears. Once the aids are ordered, they may be programmed to the patient’s hearing test (if available), but they may also be programmed to a fictitious hearing test. Once the patient receives the hearing aid, no further adjustments for fit or sound quality can be made unless the patient finds a local provider who works with that particular aid. Patients considering buying hearing aids online need to be wellinformed and prepared so that their “bargain” hearing aid doesn’t end up costing them more in the long run. First of all, patients should undergo a complete hearing test and seek the advice of a licensed audiologist to ensure that there isn’t a medical condition that needs further attention and for recommendations as to what hearing aid would be most appropriate. Also, under no circumstances is it safe for a person to make an impression of his/her

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own ear! If an error occurs during impression-making, it can cause serious damage to the ear and/or hearing abilities. Furthermore, a professional is needed for programming the hearing aids to a specific hearing loss, verifying function, and making adjustments as needed; otherwise the aids are useless. The major problem with purchasing hearing aids directly online is the lack of access to follow-up. The initial cost may be less, but the degree to which hearing aids are personalized to each patient is often neglected. Two people with the same hearing loss may have very different hearing needs depending on their lifestyle and personal preferences, and internet vendors cannot attend to each individual need. Furthermore, many local audiologists refuse to provide services for hearing aids which were purchased online, and the ones who do will charge a fee for their professional services. Therefore, before buying online, it is vital for a patient to find a local audiologist who will service the hearing aid. Although there are people who can be helped by hearing aids purchased directly from the internet, this population is very small. It is much more likely that patients who seek these solutions will become frustrated with the experience, dislike the sound, and determine that no hearing aid could help them. Regardless of bargain-hunting, cost concerns, or perceived hearing needs it is extremely important to seek the services of an audiologist prior to making any purchase. For more information, contact the Midwest Hearing Center. Call our Morton office: 309-284-0164 or our Peoria office: 309-691-6616. Visit:

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very year in our nation, millions of young children with unidentified delays and disabilities enter school with learning and health issues that put them far behind their peers and have a lasting, negative effect on their ability to reach their full potential. These children represent lost opportunities; we know that the first five years of children’s lives are years of incredible learning that shape their futures. In fact, several studies, including the Chicago Public School’s Child Parent Center Study, document the value of high-touch early education programs for young children at risk for disability and developmental delay. The Chicago study estimates that for every dollar we spend today on early intervention and education, we save seven dollars in future costs to society. Investing in young children pays great dividends, and it all starts with identification. Recognizing a potential problem in the following 5 areas

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• Knows last name by age 4 • Has a vocabulary of about 1500 words by age 5

Area 1 – COGNITIVE: Thinking skills, including learning, understanding, problem-solving, reasoning and remembering. A child typically… • Responds to his name when called by age 1 • Identifies hair, eyes, ears, nose and mouth by pointing to them by age 2 • Understands simple stories told or read by age 3 • Gives reasonable answers to simple questions such as “What do you do when you are hungry” by age 4 • Understands the meaning of the words “today”, “tomorrow”, and “yesterday”

Area 4 – SOCIAL/EMOTIONAL: Interaction with others and relationships with friends and family, responding to the feelings of others. A child typically…… • Plays games such as pat-a-cake and peek-a-boo by age 1 • Imitates behavior of others, especially adults and older children, by age 2 • Views self as an individual with own body, thoughts and feelings by age 3 • Plays group games such as hide-and-seek or tag with other children by age 4 • Shares and takes turns by age 5

Area 2 – SENSORY: Interaction with the environment; reaction to and recognition of sights, sounds, textures and smells. A child typically….. • Responds to music with body motion by age 1 • Explores surroundings by age 2 • Recognizes sounds in the environment by age 3 • Recognizes red, yellow and blue by age 4 • Knows spatial relations like, “on top” and “far” by age 5 Area 3 – LANGUAGE: Speaking, using body language and gestures, communicating and understanding what others say. A child typically….. • Says “mama” and “dada” by age 1 • Says 8-10 words you can understand, including names, by age 2 • Talks in short sentences by age 3

Area 5 – MOVEMENT: Using large groups of muscles to sit, stand, walk, run, and climb, keeping balance, and changing positions. Using hands to eat, draw, dress, play, and write. A child typically….. • Crawls on hands and knees by age 1 • Turns pages in a book by age 2 • Walks down steps by age 3 • Balances on one foot for short time by age 4 • Throws and catches a large ball bounced to him by age 5 If you suspect your child may have a problem, don’t delay. Talk to your child’s doctor, and contact Easter Seals to get information about additional developmental information or screening. For more information, you may contact Easter Seals at 309-663-8275 or visit

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