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Promoting Healthier Living in Your Community • Physical • Emotional • Nutritional






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Spirit Of Women: Dance For Your Heart’s Sake!


Emotional: Things I Have Heard – Stange But True


Nutritional: What’s for Dinner?


Physical: Chiropractic Care for Headaches


Audiology: Hearing and Hearing Loss


Arthritis: Osteoarthritis – A Pain in the Joints


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Dance For Your Heart’s Sake! Submitted by Forrest General Hospital


re you looking for a way to let loose, have fun, and burn some calories at the same time? Whether you like ballroom dancing, belly dancing or aerobic dancing, the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) says that dancing can lower your risk of coronary heart disease, decrease blood pressure, help manage your weight and increase muscle tone and coordination. Dancing is a unique form of exercise because it yields heart healthy benefits while allowing you to engage in social activity. Just like any other exercise, the benefits you reap will depend on the type of dancing you’re doing, how strenuous it is, the duration and your skill level. Dancing is considered a “moderate activity”, and according to USDA physical activity guidelines, adults should get at least 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity daily. For example, if a 150-pound person engages in belly dancing for an hour, he/she can burn up to 380 calories. So if you’re tired of the treadmill or bike and looking for a way to stay fit and heart healthy, it might be time to pick a groove and move… Day of Dance 2012 Hundreds of Pine Belt residents will dance their health out at the 8th Annual Day of Dance, hosted by Forrest General Hospital’s Spirit of Women on February 25, 2012. This interactive community event

brings together consumers and healthcare providers for an educational celebration of the benefits of dance and exercise for the prevention of heart disease. More than 200 talented performers from more than 18 dance groups entertained the crowd with various types of dance in 2011, showing the more than 600 attendees that it doesn’t matter what kind of dance you do – it’s all heart healthy! This year’s Day of Dance will include consumer education on heart disease, health assessments, dance instruction, entertainment, door prizes, vendor booths and more! The fourth annual “Celebrity Dancing with the Stars” contest will be a highlight of the day’s activities, featuring local celebrities paired with professional dance partners who will dance their way to the big prize! 5 reasons to dance for your health: 1. lowers heart disease risk 2. decreases blood pressure 3. builds stamina 4. boosts flexibility 5. preserves bone health For more information on Day of Dance, visit! February 2012 — Pine Belt ­— Healthy Cells Magazine — Page 5


Things I Have Heard

Strange But True... Sumbitted by Barbara Lofton, Bedford Care Center


worked in state government for 28 years and honestly, I thought I had heard it all. The longer I live, the more I think there will be nothing new to see and hear. And yet I continue to see and hear things every day that surprise me. Here are a few: “My children have promised that I will never go to a nursing home.” Children who make this promise have not looked at the hardships this can cause. If mom or dad lives to be 90 and the children are 70, they might not be physically able to take care of mom or dad at home. Round the clock in-home care can easily cost more than nursing home care with no government programs such as Medicaid to help pay the cost. If mom or dad becomes bedridden, has a feeding tube, is incontinent, or has other issues, sitter services must be replaced with nursing care. Most families cannot afford to pay for these services in the home. A more realistic promise is, “we will care for you at home as long as possible.” “If I am incapacitated, my wife can make decisions and sign papers for me.” One sweet wife, who needed to sell property she owned jointly with her critically ill husband, was heartbroken to learn that she needed a conservatorship because he was not competent to sign a deed. She sobbed as she told her social worker that she would talk to the Lord about it. The social worker kindly told her that the Lord could help her in many areas, but if she wanted to sell her property, it was not the Lord she needed to talk to but the judge! “If I am incapacitated, my spouse or children can access my property, bank accounts, stocks, or other assets as long as they are using them for me.” It amazes me that many people are unaware that without a general durable power of attorney in hand, those who love us and want to care for us do not have the authority to sell property, to liquidate assets, or even to access our bank accounts unless they are joint owners. The only option remaining is to talk to the judge by filing a petition for conservatorship or guardianship. Judges are very capable and willing to direct that your assets be used for your best interests. But the judge will be basing decisions on law and not making your decisions with the love of a wife or other family member. “I downloaded a power of attorney from the internet so my family can take care of my business if I am incapacitated.” Many financial institutions are unable to honor a power of attorney as the wording is too general. More and more financial institutions

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are required to honor only powers of attorney that grant the agent the authority to take the specific action needed. Examples would be the authority to redeem CD’s, open or close accounts, redeem stock, or access a safe deposit box. “I do not need a will because my children all get along and they know my wishes.” Even if your children or other family members know your wishes, will they be left to argue over the distribution of your assets? A will might not be needed to distribute jointly owned accounts or those designated as “payable on death.” But real property must have the title changed by a court order. In order for that title change to happen you must engage an attorney and petition the court. This is called probate and again, the judge is in charge in order to ensure that the letter of the law is followed. “My family can see my medical records if they must make decisions when I cannot.” With the passage of the Health Insurance Privacy and Portability Act in 1996, or HIPPA, your privacy is protected. This law was passed for our benefit but many times family members may need access to health information in order to make informed decisions when you cannot decide for yourself. Unless you have signed a HIPPA authorization, your family may be denied access to this critical information.

“My family can make health care decisions for me when I am unable to decide for myself.” Unless you have granted a health care power of attorney, medical personnel may be required to go to great lengths to sustain your life, even when it goes against your wishes. A health care power of attorney should authorize one or more family members or friends to decide for you when you cannot decide for yourself. And you should discuss your wishes in advance with those family members or friends. There is no perfect plan but any plan is better than no plan at all. We in the nursing home industry see the devastating effects from lack of planning. Families suffer these consequences when an event such as a stroke or heart attack occur. Most family members would prefer to follow the wishes of their loved one. But when the loved one has not made plans and no one has authority to act on his or her behalf, the family is left to deal with the legal system and to make the best decision at that moment. The medical crisis is made even harder when dealing with the emotions of the moment and rules and regulations at the same time. May your New Year’s resolutions include getting a plan in place and completing legal documents that let your loved ones know your wishes. A time of crisis is the worst time to consider your needs and wishes. Barbara Lofton is the Resident Benefits Specialist for the Bedford Care Centers. She can be reached at 601-264-3709 or by e-mail at February 2012 — Pine Belt ­— Healthy Cells Magazine — Page 7


What’s for Dinner? By Sandra Bender, BSN, PhD


ntegrative cancer treatment is using food, supplements, and lifestyle changes to complement conventional medical treatment and get better results than medical treatment alone can deliver. You need a diet with dense nutrients and low inflammation to prevent or heal cancer, as well as to limit heart disease and diabetes. What is healthy food is a matter of deep controversy among experts. Perhaps the strongest conflict is between experts promoting only plantbased food, known as vegan diets, and those recommending a diet

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that includes meat products and fish. The China Study by T. Colin Campbell with the movie, “Forks Over Knives,” supporting it (refers to food over surgery) is the best-known example of plant-based values. I followed this diet along with loads of supplements for two years while in cancer treatment. It worked and I am grateful. I mention The China Study because many people have read it and many integrative cancer doctors, including mine, recommend a plantbased diet as a result of this evidence. Research behind The China

Study compares the health in traditional Chinese villages and what the villagers habitually eat. The book reports no facts that were obtained in the study, but says the data showed villages that ate meat products had more cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and other chronic diseases than villages that ate only plant-based food. Denise Minger (google Denise Minger’s blog) and others have analyzed the original China Study data in Diet, Life-style and Mortality in China: A Study of the Characteristics of 65 Chinese Counties by C. Junshi, T. C. Campbell, L. Junyao, and R. Peto and found that it was not meat consumption that differentiated healthy from unhealthy villages. It was wheat-consuming villages that had much higher levels of chronic diseases than the villages that consumed rice. The Perfect Health Diet by Paul Jaminet, PhD, and Shou-Ching Jaminet, PhD is an example of a diet that includes meat. The Jaminets’ book is easily read science and filled with footnotes referencing their information. Their diet is designed to prevent chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and others. The book contains information about how nutrition affects the body and how much to eat of each food group. It does not provide a meal plan or recipes, but another book with a similar diet does. Eat Fat, Lose Fat by Sally Fallon and Mary Enig provides three meal plans— a “quick and easy weight loss plan,” a “health recovery plan,” and an “everyday gourmet plan,” with similar ingredients but different amounts. The Perfect Health Diet recommends about 20% starches, 15% protein, and 65% fat. In actual food, you eat about 65% plant food and 35% meat and fat. As a result of the China Study data and other research, The Perfect Health Diet eliminates wheat and other grains considered toxic. The starches the Jaminets consider “safe,” are rice and root vegetables, such as potatoes. Eat Fat, Lose Fat manages the toxicity of grains and beans by soaking them overnight before cooking. Another raging controversy among experts is the health of saturated fats. These fats come from animals and coconuts. The Jaminets, Mary Enig, and others say saturated fats are not only healthy, but the best source of energy food. Olive oil is also healthy. Fats do not raise your insulin, as do carbohydrates, and they are less likely to add fat to your body. But since the 1950’s, most doctors have recommended avoiding saturated fats. Of note, since Americans have substituted vegetable oil for saturated fats, the incidence of cancer and heart disease has skyrocketed, not decreased. The Jaminets and Enig provide evidence for their opinions. Good Calories, Bad Calories by Gary Taubes contains the details about how Americans were wrongly influenced to avoid saturated fats. How can both such different diets be effective in preventing or treating cancer? A closer look will show you what they have in common. Both diets eliminate sugar, high fructose corn syrup, and fast metabolizing starches. Eliminating sugar and processed starches (chips, soda pop, desserts, breads, and buns) reduces inflammation by keeping insulin in control. You can reach a normal weight without hunger on both diets. Both diets reduce omega-6 fats. Balancing omega-6 and omega-3 fats in your diet and your body is critical for avoiding or healing cancer. Omega-6 is inflammatory and necessary for immune function. Omega-3 is anti-inflammatory and necessary to quench the fires of inflammation. Our bodies should have a balance of these fats, but most Americans have about a 1:15 omega-3 to omega-6 ratio. Our food supply is awash in omega-6, which comes from corn, soy, cottonseed, safflower, and sunflower seeds. The Perfect Health Diet recommends increasing omega-3 fat by eating a pound of salmon

or cold-water fish throughout a week and eating no omega-6 fat. Although a plant-based diet does not add much omega-3 fat, you will decrease omega-6 and achieve a more healthy balance by eliminating animal products from conventionally grown corn-fed animals. Both diets include lots of fruits and vegetables that provide vitamins, antioxidants, minerals, and fiber. So, what’s for dinner? My husband and I chose The Perfect Health Diet after cancer treatment because we feel healthier than on the plantbased diet, we enjoy the food—and my long-lived grandparents ate this. Daily, we eat about four ounces meat, four ounces fish, ¾ cup cooked rice or potatoes, eggs, cheese, and whole fermented milk (kefir), lots of vegetables, and fruit for dessert, all organic. We eat fat with meat and dairy, butter, gravy, or coconut sauces on everything. Once a day we have a half-ounce dark chocolate, an anti-cancer antioxidant. Yummy! After eating this way for two years, my cholesterol and triglycerides are excellent and inflammation markers and insulin are low. My omega 3:6 is balanced. Bon appetit! My final article in this series will be about other life-style changes that will encourage your body to avoid cancer, heart disease, and diabetes or heal them. Sandra Bender lives in Petal and can be reached at

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Chiropractic Care for Headaches Submitted by Spiers Chiropractic Pain & Wellness Center Last month we discussed the various types of headaches. This month’s discussion continues with treatment options.


umerous research studies have shown that chiropractic adjustments are very effective for treating tension headaches, especially headaches that originate in the neck. A report released in 2001 by researchers at the Duke University Evidence-Based Practice Center in Durham, NC, found that “spinal manipulation resulted in almost immediate improvement for those headaches that originate in the neck, and had significantly fewer side effects and longerlasting relief of tension-type headache than commonly prescribed medications.” These findings support an earlier study published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics that found spinal manipulative therapy to be very effective for treating tension headaches. This study also found that those who stopped chiropractic treatment after four weeks continued to experience a sustained benefit in contrast to those patients who received pain medication. Each individual’s case is different and requires a thorough evaluation before a proper course of chiropractic care can be determined. However, in most cases of tension headaches, significant improvement is accomplished through manipulation of the upper two cervical vertebrae, coupled with adjustments to the junction between the cervical and thoracic spine. This is also helpful in most cases of migraine headaches, as long as food and lifestyle triggers are avoided as well. Headache Trigger Points Trigger point therapy for headaches tends to involve four muscles: the Splenius muscles, the Suboccipitals, the Sternocleidomastoid (SCM) and the Trapezius. The Splenius muscles are

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comprised of two individual muscles – the Splenius Capitis and the Splenius Cervicis. Both of these muscles run from the upper back to either the base of the skull (splenius capitis) or the upper cervical vertebrae (splenius cervicis). Trigger points in the Splenius muscles are a common cause of headache pain that travels through the head to the back of the eye, as well as to the top of the head. The Suboccipitals are actually a group of four small muscles that are responsible for maintaining the proper movement and positioning between the first cervical vertebra and the base of the skull. Trigger points in these muscles will cause pain that feels like it’s inside the head, extending from the back of the head to the eye and forehead. Often times it will feel like the whole side of the head hurts, a pain pattern similar to that experienced with a migraine. The Sternocleidomastoid (SCM) muscle runs from the base of the skull, just behind the ear, down the side of the neck to attach to the top of the sternum (breastbone). Although most people are not aware of the SCM trigger points, their effects are widespread, including referred pain, balance problems and visual disturbances. Referred pain patterns tend to be deep eye pain, headaches over the eye and can even cause earaches. Another unusual characteristic of SCM trigger points is that they can cause dizziness, nausea and unbalance. The Trapezius muscle is the very large, flat muscle in the upper and mid-back. A common trigger point located in the very top of the Trapezius muscle refers pain to the temple and back of the head and is sometimes responsible for headache pain. This trigger point is capable of producing satellite trigger points in the muscles in the temple or jaw, which can lead to jaw or tooth pain. Avoid Headache Triggers • Stress may be a trigger, but certain foods, odors, menstrual periods, and changes in weather are among many factors that may also trigger headache. • Emotional factors such as depression, anxiety, frustration, letdown, and even pleasant excitement may be associated with developing a headache. • Keeping a headache diary will help you determine whether factors such as food, change in weather, and/or mood have any relationship to your headache pattern. • Repeated exposure to nitrite compounds can result in a dull, pounding headache that may be accompanied by a flushed face. Nitrite, which dilates blood vessels, is found in such products as heart medicine and dynamite, but is also used as a chemical to preserve meat. Hot dogs and other processed meats containing sodium nitrite can cause headaches. • Eating foods prepared with monosodium glutamate (MSG) can result in headache. Soy sauce, meat tenderizer, and a variety of packaged foods contain this chemical which is touted as a flavor enhancer. • Headache can also result from exposure to poisons, even common household varieties like insecticides, carbon tetrachloride, and lead. Children who ingest flakes of lead paint may develop headaches. So may anyone who has contact with lead batteries or lead-glazed pottery. • Foods that are high in the amino acid tyramine should also be avoided, such as ripened cheeses (cheddar, brie), chocolate, as well as any food pickled or fermented foods. For more information on this article or other chiropractic related issues contact Dr. Denton Spiers at Ph. 601-261-9495 or visit

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Wesley Medical Center

Compassionate, Christian, Quality Care By Carolyn Jones-Primeaux


esley Medical Center’s commitment to quality health care has deep roots extending back to 1900, but this community hospital with 211 beds has their vision set on the future of health care. In 2011, Wesley Medical Center was repeatedly recognized for their commitment to excellence in categories ranging from patient safety to emergency room service.

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2011 Highlights In continuing their mission of providing quality care for their patients in 2011, Wesley was named one of the nation’s “Top Performers” on key quality measures by The Joint Commission, which is the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America. Wesley was one of 405 chosen from a pool of 3,099 hospitals and critical access hospitals. Wesley met or exceeded performance thresholds for Heart Attack, Heart Failure, Pneumonia and Surgical Care. Wesley Medical Center became the first and only Accredited Chest Pain Center in the Pine Belt. Building on its commitment to provide superior cardiac care, Wesley received accreditation by the Society of Chest Pain Centers (SCPC) – a designation held by only 12% of hospitals in the United States. Chest Pain Center accreditation comes after a rigorous evaluation from the SCPC designed to determine Wesley’s ability to assess, diagnose and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack. “Working hard and being rewarded with this accreditation, immediately on the heels of being recognized as a top performer by The Joint Commission, is a testament to the hard work of the Wesley team,” said Mike Neuendorf, Wesley Medical Center CEO. “Being named this area’s only certified chest pain center and only the sixth facility to be recognized in the state, shows once again that we have the service, the process, the quality and the expertise to get the job done, and get it done right.” Wesley Medical Center brought da Vinci robotic assisted surgery to the Pine Belt in 2007, and in 2011 invested in the newest da Vinci SI Surgical System, enabling physicians to take the minimally invasive approach with even more complex surgical procedures, including

logic, urologic and general surgeries. For most patients this results in less pain, faster recovery, and less scarring. With the addition of this technology, Wesley Medical Center’s minimally invasive surgical program is one of the most advanced in Mississippi. Introducing Hattiesburg Heart & Vascular Wesley Medical Center added two new cardiologists in 2011. Dr. Mark Campbell and Dr. Charles Mayes, Jr., have both completed training at some of the country’s best medical centers. Dr. Campbell received his medical degree from the University of Mississippi School of Medicine. His training includes a residency at Keesler Medical Center, with fellowships at Wilford Hall Medical Center and Duke University Medical Center in cardiology and interventional cardiology, respectively. Dr. Mayes received his medical degree from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, TN. He completed his residency in internal medicine from the University of Texas at Southwestern, where he served as chief resident. He completed a fellowship in both cardiology and interventional cardiology at Duke University Medical Center. They joined Wesley Medical Center this past year to create Hattiesburg Heart and Vascular, a division of Wesley Medical Group. In December 2011, Hattiesburg Heart and Vascular began offering advanced screening to better match patients with medicines that work best for their bodies. Through genetic screening, they can determine which prescription drugs are right for patients on an individual level. Determining whether patients carry genetic variations may reduce the risk of future complication, such as stroke or heart attacks. Dr. Mayes says, “This type of testing will allow us to better understand whether our patients should be given certain common cardiac medications based on how their bodies will respond to them.” Additional highlights in 2011 include: • Recognized with the Outstanding Patient Safety Award from Community Health Systems. • Recognized for Overall Employee Satisfaction by HealthStream Research for commitment to excellence in employee satisfaction and engagement. • First MRI-safe pacemaker in Mississippi inserted by Dr. Alan Covin. • Launched Hospitalist program to help provide patients with even better physician accessibility, coordinated treatments and seamless care. Looking into this new year promises even greater things on the horizon The 45-Minutes-or-Less ER Service Pledge launched in 2012. The goal of the pledge is that a physician or nurse practitioner will work diligently to have patients initially seen within 45 minutes of their noted arrival in the emergency room. This is one more way that Wesley Medical Center focuses on what is important to their patients. “In many emergency rooms across the country, wait times have been increasing,” says Neuendorf. “We want to assure our patients that we are dedicated to not only offering the highest quality care but also to providing that care as efficiently as possible. Our process improvements have been focused on getting patients into a room as quickly as possible and enabling our physician to begin their diagnosis and treatment in a timely manner.” Just as new babies are welcomed into the world at Wesley’s Birth Center, the Birth Center itself welcomes renovations and upgrades in 2012. Wesley’s Birth Center has already begun these renovations, with plans to add a well-baby nursery. Paired with the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and Labor and Delivery suites, the nursery will offer new parents additional choices regarding care once their baby has been delivered. Each spacious suite is designed so parents can remain in one room for labor, deliver and immediate recovery.

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The Diabetes Center at Wesley Medical Center, which was recently named as an accredited diabetes education program by the American Association of Diabetes Educators, will be expanding their educational programs in the community. “For people diagnosed with diabetes, one of the greatest challenges is learning how to manage their disease,” says Hannah Thompson, Diabetes Center Coordinator. Through the Diabetes Center, people with or at risk for diabetes will gain knowledge and skills needed to modify their current behavior and successfully self-manage the disease and its related conditions. Dr. Lara Otaigbe, who is a Certified Diabetes Educator, is partnering with the Diabetes Center to provide participants with practical diabetes management options. She says, “When armed with the right tools, diabetes is very manageable for most patients. We can give patients the knowledge they need to stay in control.” Wesley Medical Group offers families a convenient network of family practice clinics in locations across the Pine Belt. In keeping with its desire to meet the needs of the community, construction is underway on the newest addition to those services, Wesley Medical Group – Oak Grove. “Patient care, quality and safety initiatives will always remain the number one priority for Wesley Medical Center,” said Neuendorf. “All of our plans, renovations and expansion in 2012 are evidence of this commitment.”

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HEARING AND HEARING LOSS Submitted by HearingSolutions of The Pine Belt, LLC

The human ear is a precisely tuned system with a sensitivity range that easily out performs the most elaborate sound system ever manufactured. The ear contains many physiological mechanisms and a breakdown or disruption in any of these can cause hearing difficulties. In general, there are two main types of hearing loss. Learn more about them here. How Sounds Travel Through The Ear

The anatomy of the ear is precisely shaped to capture sound waves and amplify them. When sound waves enter the subways of the ear they follow what might seem like a long and arduous path. But every “station” has a precise function. This is how it works: 1. Sound waves are picked up by the outer ear, which is made up of the pinna and the ear canal. 2. Sound is channeled to the eardrum, which vibrates when the sound waves touch it. 3. The vibrations are picked up by three tiny bones know as the hammer, anvil and stirrup, which create a bridge from the eardrum to the inner ear. 4. The vibrations move on to the cochlea – a spiral-shaped capsule housing a system of liquid-filled tubes. 5. When the sound waves reach the liquid it begins to move, setting thousands of tiny hair cells in motion. 6. The movements of the hair cells are transformed into electric impulses that travel along the auditory nerve to the brain itself. 7. The brain decodes and interprets the electronic impulses, turning a stream of speech sounds into separate, recognizable words.



This type of hearing loss is a condition of the outer and/ or middle ear. It occurs when sound from the outside world cannot be transmitted normally through the ear canal and/or middle ear to the nerve cells of the inner ear. Conductive hearing loss can be temporary or long term. The most common causes of this hearing loss can be excessive wax buildup in the ear canal, fluid in the middle ear space (common in children), perforated ear drums or damaged or defective middle ear bones. Most conductive hearing losses can be medically or surgically treated. If the conductive hearing loss for some reason cannot be alleviated, hearing aids can do a lot to compensate for the loss of loudness.

Sensorineural hearing loss (nerve deafness) is the most common form of hearing loss. It happens when some of the delicate hair cells inside the cochlea (inner ear) get damaged and are unable to transform the sound vibrations into electrical signals. Sensorineural hearing loss (nerve deafness) can be caused by long term exposure to loud sounds. But the primary reason is the natural process of aging. Once sensorineural hearing loss sets in, the condition will worsen and will in most cases be permanent. Typical symptoms are a loss of loudness and difficulties in understanding speech. Fortunately our advanced hearing technology can effectively treat sensorineural hearing loss.

Dr. Michael Hunt, Ph.D., A.C.A., AAS, who wears hearing instruments, is a Nationally Board Certified Audioprosthologist with 26 years of functional rehabilitation experience. He limits his practice to educating patients about their hearing loss and the options they have about correcting that loss. For more information, or to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Hunt, contact HearingSolutions of The Pine Belt at 601-450-0066.

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A Pain in the Joints Submitted by Hub City Physical Therapy


rthritis means inflammation of a joint. Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common form of arthritis. It is generally described as the degeneration of the cartilage pads that line the joint surfaces. Joint cartilage, called articular cartilage, covers the ends of bones and acts as a friction-free surface and a cushion. The cartilage does not have any nerve ends nor does it have a blood supply so when it is traumatized, you don’t feel much pain nor does it bleed. However, over time these cartilage pads crack and wear away exposing the bone underneath (subchondral bone). The bone thickens, bone spurs (technically called osteophytes) form, and inflammation of the joint occurs. According to the Arthritis Foundation, 21 million Americans have osteoarthritis. It affects middle-aged people as well as seniors. Factors that increase your likelihood of experiencing an osteoarthritic joint are: • Weight. The heavier you are the more likely you will experience OA. • Trauma. Joints that have experienced trauma are more likely to develop OA. • Infection. If your joint was infected in the past, it is more likely to develop OA. Symptoms include joint stiffness, pain, stiffness after prolonged sitting/lying, catching and grinding of the afflicted joint, redness, warmth, swelling, and difficulty using the involved joint.

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It is important that you obtain the appropriate diagnosis from your medical doctor. Once diagnosed with OA, there are some things that you can do to slow its progression. Weight loss, strengthening, physical therapy joint mobilization, aquatic exercise, ice when inflamed, heat with stiffness, and bracing the joint can all help. Ask your rehabilitation specialist which is best for you. A common question that patients ask is, “Does glucosamine help my arthritis?” More recent studies seem to indicate that glucosamine sulfate does have a positive effect on osteoarthritis. Glucosamine is one of the “ground substances” or important molecules that make up cartilage. Adding this over-the-counter supplement to your diet may have positive effects on mild to moderate osteoarthritis. Some research indicates that glucosamine can provide pain relief and may decrease the progression of the disease. Though not conclusively proven, it is also theorized that glucosamine may even reverse the progression of the disease. The last resort is joint replacement. For more information on Osteoarthritis or other therapy related concerns, contact Robert Q. Sirmon MPT, M. Ed., Julie M. Falla, OTR/L, CHT or Anna Katharine Moore, PT, MPH at 601-264-6735, or 601-544-6727.

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Understanding Social Security Disability Submitted by Angela Davis-Morris, Davis-Morris Law Firm


ccording to the Social Security Administration (SSA), a 20 year old worker has a 30% chance of becoming disabled before retirement age. The Social Security Administration contributions (the ones you make each month from your paycheck) finance not only a retirement plan, but also a disability benefit called Social Security Disability Insurance. This benefit pays a monthly income to those unable to work for a year or more because they are disabled. As a general rule the disability rules lighten up as we age, but at no time is it something that someone who is already burdened with a physical or mental set back should try to handle without proper legal representation.

and the Judge will be able to see that your problems are continuous and severe, and that they interfere with your daily life in a significant way. Try to remain calm to avoid any additional stress that can take over as you go through this process....and it is a process. Remember, the people trying to help you are trying to help you, while doing their job. Things do work out; some things just require a little extra time and help. Angela Davis-Morris is in private practice at Davis-Morris Law Firm. Her practice is limited to disability law. Angela can be reached at 601-545-3127. Davis-Morris Law Firm is located at 804 West Pine Street, Hattiesburg.

Some common questions concerning disability coverage are: When should I file? Once your mental or physical disability has caused you to stop working, you should file an application for benefits. Simply call your Social Security office or an attorney who practices Social Security Disability law. Do not wait until your resources are depleted as the process can be lengthy.

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What should I do if I am denied benefits? Denied claims are quite distressing, but very common. Appeal your claim. You must take action on any denial immediately. Do not miss your deadline. There is a good deal of information and paperwork involved with an appeal, but a seasoned professional can minimize the frustration, mistakes, and misinformation. What can I do to help myself when considering disability? (Or prove that I am disabled?) The most important thing you can do to help yourself is to document your symptoms and limitations. The judges who ultimately decide if you are disabled will base much of their decision on the information in your medical records. If these records are incomplete, he/she will not understand the magnitude of your disability and may deny benefits because he/she did not see/believe that your problems were bad enough to keep you from working. You should tell your doctor about all your symptoms and have all symptoms and complaints well documented in your file. Your doctor should be aware of all issues including side effects of any and all medicines and any problems with fatigue. Tell your doctor about your symptoms and complaints AT EVERY SINGLE OFFICE VISIT, even if you have used the same doctor for years, and he “knows” your problems. It cannot be stated enough that you need to have this information recorded in your file on each visit. Tell him/her again so that it can be documented

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rthritis is inflammation of one or more joints, which results in pain, swelling, stiffness, and limited movement. There are over 100 different types of arthritis.

If you have arthritis, you may experience: • Joint pain • Joint swelling • Reduced ability to move the joint • Redness of the skin around a joint • Stiffness, especially in the morning • Warmth around a joint Treatment and Care Treatment of arthritis depends on the particular cause, which joints are affected, severity, and how the condition affects your daily activities. Your age and occupation will also be taken into consideration when your doctor works with you to create a treatment plan. If possible, treatment will focus on eliminating the underlying cause of the arthritis. However, the cause is NOT necessarily curable, as with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Treatment, therefore, aims at reducing your pain and discomfort and preventing further disability.

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It is possible to greatly improve your symptoms from osteoarthritis and other long-term types of arthritis without medications. In fact, making lifestyle changes without medications is preferable for osteoarthritis and other forms of joint inflammation. If needed, medications should be discussed with your doctor and used in addition to lifestyle changes. Exercise for arthritis is necessary to maintain healthy joints, relieve stiffness, reduce pain and fatigue, and improve muscle and bone strength. Your exercise program should be tailored to you as an individual. Work with a physical therapist to design an individualized program, which should include: • Low-impact aerobic activity (also called endurance exercise) • Range of motion exercises for flexibility • Strength training for muscle tone A physical therapist can apply heat and cold treatments as needed and fit you for splints or orthotic (straightening) devices to support and align joints. This may be particularly necessary for rheumatoid arthritis. Your physical therapist may also consider water therapy, ice massage, or transcutaneous nerve stimulation (TENS). Rest is just as important as exercise. Sleeping 8 to 10 hours per night and taking naps during the day can help you recover from a

healthcare technology flare-up more quickly and may even help prevent exacerbations. You should also: • Avoid holding one position for too long. • Avoid positions or movements that place extra stress on your affected joints. • Modify your home to make activities easier. For example, have grab bars in the shower, the tub, and near the toilet. • Reduce stress, which can aggravate your symptoms. Try meditation or guided imagery. Talk to your physical therapist about yoga or tai chi.

“Exercise for arthritis is necessary to maintain healthy joints, relieve stiffness, reduce pain and fatigue, and improve muscle and bone strength.” Living Your Life The degree to which rheumatoid arthritis affects your daily activities depends in part on how well you cope with the disease. Talk to your doctor or nurse about strategies for coping. With time you’ll find what strategies work best for you. In the meantime, try to: • Take control. With your doctor, make a plan for managing your arthritis. This will help you feel in charge of your disease. Studies show that people who take control of their treatment and actively manage their arthritis experience less pain and make fewer visits to the doctor. • Know your limits. Rest when you’re tired. Rheumatoid arthritis can make you prone to fatigue and muscle weakness. A rest or short nap that doesn’t interfere with nighttime sleep may help. • Connect with others. Keep your family aware of how you’re feeling. They may be worried about you but might not feel comfortable asking about your pain. Find a family member or friend you can talk to when you’re feeling especially overwhelmed. Also connect with other people who have rheumatoid arthritis — whether through a support group in your community or online. • Take time for yourself. It’s easy to get busy and not take time for yourself. Find time for what you like, whether it’s time to write in a journal, go for a walk or listen to music. Use this time to relieve stress and reflect on your feelings. With your doctor, make a plan for managing your arthritis. This will help you feel in charge of your disease. Studies show that people who take control of their treatment and actively manage their arthritis experience less pain and make fewer visits to the doctor. For more information on equipment that may help you or a loved one, call Hattiesburg Medical Supply at 601-296-6000.

New System for Diagnosing and Staging Lung Cancer Submitted by Forrest General Hospital


ung Cancer is one of the leading causes of all cancer-related deaths in the United States among every ethnic group. Forrest General is now using the latest technology for diagnosing and determining the stage of a patient’s lung cancer – the Endobronchial Ultrasound (EBUS) Transbronchial Needle Aspiration (TBNA) system from Olympus. With EBUS, it is now possible to diagnose lung cancer more accurately and for all lung cancer patients, using EBUS as a diagnostic tool provides several benefits. First, with EBUS, more lymph nodes are accessible compared to the conventional, more invasive surgical procedure, known as mediastinoscopy. Second, the patient avoids having to undergo a surgical procedure to obtain a diagnosis. Additionally, compared to surgery, the complication rate with EBUS is far lower and scheduling an outpatient procedure is easier to accomplish than scheduling operating room time. “Research has shown that with the technical advancements offered by the EBUS procedure, many lymph nodes and lesions have become easier to sample, helping to increase the accuracy and reliability of bronchoscopy procedures,” said Michael Raggio, M.D., a Pulmonary and Critical Care physician with Hattiesburg Clinic who was instrumental in bringing the EBUS technology to Forrest General. “Acquisition of this technology is a true sign of Forrest General’s commitment to provide patients with the latest innovations in medical technology.” The EBUS-TBNA system features an innovative design, including linear-scanning ultrasound imaging capability and a dedicated aspiration needle, specifically designed for diagnostic biopsies and staging in the lung. The EBUS scope offers real-time imaging and allows the physician to confirm the exact position of the needle in the lymph node. Unlike conventional transbronchial needle aspiration or mediastinoscopy, EBUS-TBNA features maximum reliability while keeping the procedure as minimallyinvasive as possible. This breakthrough combination has made it the biopsy method of choice for more accurate diagnosis and staging in the lung. The needle itself has a specially designed “dimpled” tip, which enhances the view of the needle on the ultrasound image, making it easier to position for biopsy. Olympus, which incorporates surgical market leader Gyrus ACMI, develops solutions for healthcare professionals that help improve outcomes and enhance quality of life for their patients. By enabling less invasive procedures, innovative diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy and early stage cancer evaluation and treatments, Olympus is transforming the future of healthcare. For more information about Forrest General and its available services, call FGH OnCall at 1-800-844-4445 or visit”

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Pink Ribbon Fund

Shining A Light on Pine Belt Submitted by Susan Light


bout a year ago, I was speaking to a women’s group about the Pink Ribbon Fund. As I packed up my presentation materials, a woman who looked about my age approached and said “That was a great program, but even if we found a lump, what good would it do if we couldn’t afford to get treatment?” By the look in her eyes, I knew what she was really saying. So I asked, “Are you telling me that you found a lump in your breast?” She averted her gaze, and shook her head. But, I knew. I knew. So, I pursued it in a way I thought she’d relate to, asking her, “Are you a grandmother?” Her eyes brightened. With a big smile she said she had seven grandchildren. “And, if they knew you were deliberately ignoring a symptom that could mean you have cancer, they would be very upset, wouldn’t they? I mean, just because you’re afraid that it might be cancer, you can’t ignore it, hoping it will go away.” Then, she told me her biggest fear wasn’t the cancer, it was not having the money to get treated. At that moment I realized that she probably wasn’t the only one - that there might be many more who believed they were doomed because they didn’t have the money or insurance to pay for their treatment. At that moment, Phase Two of the Pink Ribbon Fund was born. In cooperation with the Mississippi Partnership for Comprehensive Cancer Control (MP3C), we have created a new initiative to save lives through an extensive outreach program covering seventeen counties. Here’s how we did it: We knew we needed an awareness campaign focused primarily on rural and under-served neighborhoods. We developed a simple demonstration of the symptoms of breast cancer, so women could see and feel them. Then, we created some easy-to-understand print materials to assure our target audience that diagnostic and treatment services are available to them at little or no charge, through the Pink Ribbon Fund as well as other private and government programs. A major cancerpreventative component of these new presentations also include healthy lifestyle information, encouraging good nutrition and daily exercise. Next, we formed an “Outreach Program Committee” and created a budget. Funding from MP3C will help us with program supplies. Professionals from several local health care agencies, as well as breast cancer survivors and Pink Ribbon Fund volunteers, will present the programs. We will rely heavily on the local print and electronic media via PSA’s and news articles like this to help get the word out that we are available to speak to women in their own neighborhoods, at familiar settings such as church Page 22 — Healthy Cells Magazine — Pine Belt ­— February 2012

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groups and other gatherings. From this publicity, we hope to get women’s groups to call us and set up a time for us to present this program. This article is our first attempt to get the word out about this campaign. As you are reading this, the good news is – you could help! Do you know a women’s group – especially a rural group that we could speak to? Are you part of a social, religious, or civic group who could benefit from this program? Just think of it this way: statistically, in a group of seven women, one will be diagnosed with breast cancer. So, if we spoke to a group of twenty-one women, three of their members might possibly develop symptoms and not know it, or if they did discover symptoms, they might not acknowledge them because they would be afraid they couldn’t afford treatment. Please keep this article, and remember it. Some day, it may help to save a life. If you help us to shine the light of awareness at a Pine Belt women’s group meeting, you could be part of a life-saving miracle right here in your own “backyard.” Please call 601-450-PINK (7465) to give us the name of a group who could benefit from hearing this lifechanging program. By the way, the woman I described in the opening paragraph was screened and diagnosed with Stage II breast cancer. Thanks to this prompt diagnosis, she is enjoying a life today with her seven grandchildren and has a very good life expectancy. Please, help us save more lives by keeping this information going…

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Meet Your Perfect Match! (At the Blood Bank?) By Christina Ghents, M.S.A.S., MT (ASCP)


hen someone mentions blood donation, we usually think of the traditional whole blood process. Each donor gives a single unit, no matter what their blood type or current patient needs. With recent technology advances in automated blood collection, the donation process can be tailored to utilize each donation in the most beneficial way. Blood has three main components used by patients. Red blood cells carry oxygen to all the cells in your body, and are needed in cases of blood loss due to surgery or trauma, and to treat anemia. Platelets are cell fragments that circulate in the blood, and stick to the edges of blood vessels where there is a cut or injury, and plug the hole. Platelets are used in surgery and trauma cases, and to support patients undergoing chemotherapy until their own bodies can resume platelet production. Plasma is the liquid portion of the blood, and contains the proteins that allow blood to clot, thus keeping you from bleeding uncontrollably. Physicians prescribe plasma for patients in surgery, those who have had a traumatic injury, and burn victims. Based on your blood type, body mass, and gender, the collection instruments can be programmed to collect what you are best suited to donate, and the most critical components needed by our patients. Maxine is just the girl to help you find your perfect match! Maxine (aka Donor Max from Termuo BCT) is on the leading edge of technology, matching volunteer blood donors with the transfusion needs of our patients. Maxine is your new BDF (blood donor friend), and will assist you in finding their perfect match to better meet the needs of our area patients. When you come to donate blood at the center, Maxine will ask a few questions, including blood type, to de-

termine what components are needed that day to maintain an ample blood supply. For example, if you have type O blood, you are the universal red blood cell donor, and Maxine will ask you to give a double red cell donation. For type A blood, the need may be for platelets, and type AB is the universal plasma donor. Maxine, as an expert matchmaker, will determine the perfect match of your blood type and patient need, and allow your donation to help in the best way possible. Being a blood donor allows you to give the gift of life, and be a hero with your feet up. Now you can step up to Superhero with Maxine! To learn more about making the most of your blood donation, contact Christina Ghents, Center Director of United Blood Services at (601) 264-0743.

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Rosacea Help for the Redness! By Carolyn Jones-Primeaux


osacea is a chronic inflammation of the skin on the face which can last for many years. It often develops into a rash, with papules and pustules (red and yellow pimples) and spidery red veins. It comes and goes in bouts, sometimes the symptoms get worse and sometimes they get better or go away on their own. It usually starts after the age of 20, affecting about 1 in 10 adults, and is more common in fair-skinned people and women. Many do not realize that they have a skin condition. There are four different stages of rosacea: 1. Mostly redness 2. Papules, pustules and patches 3. Edemas (swelling due to fluid retention) and inflammatory bumps on the nose 4. Symptoms affecting the eyes Rosacea does not necessarily always get worse. In many people, the symptoms stay the same over long periods of time. The lumps and swelling are often particularly unpleasant, and can lead to a swollen and bulbous nose, usually in men (a condition called rhinophyma). Rosacea can be especially problematic if it affects the eyelids or eyes. Inflammation around the eyelids, dryness in the eyes and corneal inflammation can be painful. In rare cases, if the eyes are affected badly, rosacea can cause serious damage to the eyes. The cause of rosacea is unclear. Some types of rosacea seem to run in families. It is more common in people who have fair hair and skin. However, we do know that rosacea is not contagious. Although the symptoms include pimples, rosacea is not acne. Acne is caused by too much sebum (oil) in the skin, but this is not what causes rosacea. Rosacea is believed to be caused by several things: problems in the blood vessels in the skin, sun damage of the connective tissue, and an abnormal inflam-

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matory reaction. Rosacea may also be an adverse effect of some medications. Over time, people often learn that certain things trigger their outbreaks. The triggers can be different from person to person. In general, though, anything that makes the face flush might make rosacea worse. Some people react to certain foods or alcohol, others react to cosmetics or particular medications. Getting to know what these triggers are and avoiding them may help, although it is not known if any particular dietary changes work. Sunlight is believed to be a potential trigger. Although the effects of sunlight on rosacea symptoms vary from person to person, sunburn stresses the skin and may even damage it. Keeping a diary for a few weeks or months can help to find out what is triggering outbreaks. A diary like this can be used to record: • How much of certain foods and drinks (such as spicy meals or alcohol) you had • What other factors your skin was exposed to (like the sun, wind, exercise, hot water) • How bad your rosacea symptoms were • When you used medication, what kind of medication, and how much If you suspect that something is triggering your rosacea flare-ups, you can observe whether your symptoms are really affected by it. For example, if you think that a facial cream you are using is making things worse, you can stop using it for a while and keep track in your diary of whether your rosacea symptoms get better. There are a lot of creams, lotions and gels recommended for the treatment of rosacea but not all of them have been studied sufficiently in trials. The treatments with the most evidence so far are creams and gels with either azelaic acid or the antibiotic metronidazole in them. They have been shown to help relieve the symptoms of rosacea. It can sometimes take a few weeks before a clear improvement is seen. There are also antibiotics available, but information regarding their effectiveness would need to come from the physician prescribing them. There are, however, products that combine over the counter and medical grade ingredients that have shown to be very effective in providing relief. Although rosacea is normally harmless, facial redness can be very difficult to handle emotionally. Many people with the condition will have experienced unpleasant situations, like being stared at or realizing that others suspect that their nose is red because they drink too much alcohol. If the redness in your face is obvious and makes you self-conscious, then cosmetics could help make the problem less obvious. However, cosmetics may make the rosacea worse. If the symptoms continue, learning how you can avoid outbreaks and coping with the symptoms when they do occur are both key to helping you manage the condition. Good products that reduce the reddness are also available.

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Getting You and Your Heart Back on Track By Dr. Rebecca Boyd, Forward Health Solutions


any men watch as the women in their lives battle the changes of menopause. It isn’t a huge surprise that “the change” comes to every woman when she hits a certain age, right? Who hasn’t heard about menopause and hormone replacement for women? But for men? It is just starting to become more mainstream as evidenced by the commercial for “Low T.” Testosterone isn’t just for the old anymore. Men reach this place somewhat unexpectedly because andropause, the decline in testosterone production from a man’s testicles, can be quite sneaky. Low testosterone doesn’t give a man night sweats (although it can), but it usually presents itself in one or more of the following ways: • lack of energy • decrease in libido (sex drive) • decrease in strength of erections • loss of strength/muscle or endurance • disrupted sleep

• loss in height • falling asleep • decrease in motivation • drop in work performance • irritability

I know many of you reading this are thinking “this sounds like me”, but what do I need to do about it? Initially, you will need blood drawn and analyzed. If a man has a testosterone level under 200, which is low, it is well accepted that he is in andropause. But, the normal range for testosterone is between 200-1100, and most physicians who practice integrative medicine feel the testosterone level should be above 600 to achieve optimal health.

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There is certainly a much heated debate about testosterone for men. For many of us, when we think about testosterone, we think about body builders or athletes who we feel are trying to “cheat” the system. Many people think that men on testosterone are going to get bigger and be more aggressive. While it may help you put back on the muscle mass you lost if you are testosterone deficient, studies show that testosterone does not tend to make most men more aggressive. What I hear from a lot of men is that they are just really tired. They nap a lot. They don’t play with their kids and it is a chore when they do. They used be motivated in their work, but now could care less. Many people believe that the main effect of testosterone is sex drive and erections. That is just the start of what testosterone can do, and many men don’t suffer with erection problems until the very end. They have had the symptoms of low testosterone for years, but it didn’t signal a red flag until their erections were affected. So what if you have low testosterone? Does it really matter? Yes, there has been significant research about testosterone therapy showing that testosterone can be beneficial with many aspects of health, including: • Sexual function • Maintaining and building bone – testosterone improves bone mineral density which helps us to have strong bones and prevent osteoporosis • Improving lipid profile

• Improved memory • Increased energy • Building muscle and decreasing fatty tissue • Improving blood sugar • Decreasing risk of cardiovascular disease There is much research that continues to be done on this matter and, in my opinion, it is abundantly clear that testosterone is good for men. A study published in 2007 in the major journal, Circulation, found that men that produced the lowest amounts of testosterone had the highest rates of mortality due to cardiovascular disease and all causes. In Oct, 2010, a study in the journal, Heart, found that among men who have coronary heart disease, mortality was doubled in those with low testosterone as compared with those who had normal levels. In the 1990’s, studies in major journals already showed us that men with low serum testosterone had higher body mass index (BMI), higher systolic blood pressure, higher fasting and 2-hour blood sugars, higher triglycerides and LDL. There is significant evidence in the literature that testosterone is incredibly beneficial for men. Next month we will get to the REALY GOOD NEWS about testosterone replacement. For more information contact Dr. Rebecca Boyd at Forward Health Solutions 601-450-2077.

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A New You is Waiting Understand Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy Submitted by Robert Donnell, RPh and Ron Edwards, PharmD


onfused about hormone replacement? You are not alone! This is one of the most debated topics in the field of women’s health care. Should you? Shouldn’t you? How long? How much? the key to answering these and other related questions is working with professionals who specialize in mid-life and menopause issues. Ask questions. and know you have options. Choice and knowledge gives us power over our bodies and lives. Understanding Hormone Therapy From the time of puberty until she reaches her late 40’s or 50’s, a woman will experience the complex interplay of estrogens, progesterone, DHEA and testosterone. The menopause marks the end of the cycling of these hormones. Even though current medical practice treats Page 28 — Healthy Cells Magazine — Pine Belt ­— February 2012

this change as a age-related disease, it really is a natural and inevitable transition from one stage of life to another. Changes of Menopause can include: depression, disturbed sleep, poor concentration, memory lapses, heart disease, thinning skin, hot flashes, osteoporosis, vaginal thinning and dryness, painful intercourse, reduced libido (sex drive), migraines headaches, hair loss and loss of energy. Potential Risks of Synthetic Hormone Replacement Risk is dependent on a number of factors such as age, family history, lifestyle habits, present health status and exposure to estrogen before menopause. Risks include: weight gain, bloating, headaches, tender breasts, depression and irritability. With long-term use, there is the potential for some cancers, gallbladder disease, liver disease and stroke.

Through a State Funded Program The forms and doses of hormone therapy can have an effect on risk reduction. Today’s women have choices of lower doses and safer forms of hormone therapy which were not previously available. Work with your doctor and compounding pharmacist to get the benefits you want from hormone replacement therapy, with fewer side effects and risks. Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy Bio-Identical hormone replacement therapy is derived from bioidentical plant products. These plant extractions perfectly replicate a woman’s own hormones. They provide all the benefits of the synthetic forms and more, while producing little or no side effects, as is often the case with commercial ones. The dose of the hormones can be adjusted to meet the needs of the individual, as opposed to the “one size fits all” approach of the synthetic hormones. Bio-Identical hormones include: Estriol, Estone, Estradiol, DHEA, Testosterone, Progesterone.

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which were not previously available.” The possible benefits of Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy include: • Alleviate the symptoms caused by the natural decrease in production of hormones by the body • Give the protection benefits, which were originally provided by naturally occurring hormones • Re-establish a hormonal balance • Fewer side effects versus synthetic derivatives • Protection against heart disease • Reduced risk of breast cancer • Improved cholesterol and lipid profile for men and women Who needs to know about Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy? • The two million women coming into menopause every year • The woman on Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) experiencing serious side effects • The woman on HRT for more than 5 years who is concerned aboutcancer risk • The one third of American women who have had a hysterectomy and are dependent on hormone replacement • Women and men who have refused help for their symptoms until now • Women at high risk for heart disease and osteoporosis • Those who want to remain sexually active and those who wan to be even more vital • Medical professionals who want a better way for their patients For more information please contact Robert Donnell, RPh, Jimmy Rodgers, RPh, Ron Edwards, PharmD or Missy Collum James at Vital Care Compounder-A Specialty Pharmacy located at 115 South 40th Ave., Hattiesburg, MS Ph. 601-261-0503.

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J.J. Hunt, Charlotte Hunt, Dr. W. Michael Hunt, Karen Zumbro Ph.D., A.C.A, AAS We would like to welcome our new Audiologist: Dr. Amy Holden, Au.D., CCC-A, FAAA

of The Pine Belt, llc

(601) 450-0066 or Toll Free 877-450-0066

Excellence in Orthopaedics

Office Located on Wesley Medical Center Campus To w e r B • S u i t e 4 0 1 • H a t t i e s b u r g Monday-Friday 8:00a-5:00p S a m e D a y C a r e Av a i l a b l e


General Orthopedics • Sports Medicine • Arthroscopic Surgery Diseases of Bone and Joint • Total Joint Replacement Dr. Jeffrey Burns is fellowship trained in joint replacement surgery

Dr. Thomas Baylis is fellowship trained in arthroscopy and sports medicine

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Spiers Chiropractic Pain & Wellness Center

Chiropractic Care and Adjustments State of the Art Chiropractic Techniques

Denton Spiers, D.C.

New Patient Exam for $37.00

Includes initial exam, x-rays if needed, and

free consultation ($200.00 value) Services Offered Include:

• Spinal & Postural Examinations • Corrective Exercises • Lifestyle Advice • Nutritional Counseling • Physiotherapy • Massage Therapy


24/7 ACCESS - NO CONTRACTS - NO SIGN UP FEES •A variety of cardio and strength training equipment •Yoga and aerobics room • Personal Training For more information on Spiers Chiropractic Pain & Wellness Center contact their friendly staff at 601-261-9495 or 5128 Old Hwy 11, STE 1 Hattiesburg, Ms 39402 Hours: Mon-Thurs 8:30 am-6:00 pm (closed 12-2 for lunch) Fridays 8:30-12:30

Your Disability Law Firm

• social security disability claims • ssi claims • pers claims • denied claims • hearing representation

601.545.3127 • 866.519.9875 804 West Pine Street, Hattiesburg, MS Angela Davis-Morris member: mississippi bar association, national organization of social security claimants representatives / fifth circuit organization of social security claimants representatives free background information available upon request

February Hattiesburg Healthy Cells 2012  

Wesley Medical Center