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QUAD CITIES area Promoting Healthier Living in Your Community • Physical • Emotional




m a g a z i n e

• Nutritional

Bringing Acupuncture to the Quad Cities page 18

To Breathe or Not to Breathe... page 5

What is HCG page 21 Good News for Infertile Couples in the QC Area page 32


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2011 Volume 2, Issue 8


Healthy Sleep: To Breathe or Not to Breathe…


Emotional: Aging in Place is More Bathroom Grab Bars!


Physical: What Parents Should Know About Fevers


Nutritional: On the Highway to Diabetes? Exit Here


Get Involved: Alzheimer’s Disease is a Growing Health Threat in Both Iowa and Illinois


Health Information Technology: Genesis Health System “Most Wired” For Eighth Straight Year


Research: Temporal Bone Donations Accepted!


Jump Start: What is HCG?


Meaning Of Life: Volunteerism Enriches Life


Healthy Pastimes: Dancing for Dementia


Financial Health: Are My Investments Too Conservative?


Heel Pain: A Step in the Right Direction


Healthy Hearing: What Can I Expect From My First Visit to an Audiologist?


Beauty: How to Remedy Those “Bad Hair” Days!


Family Planning: Good News for Infertile QC-Area Couples

This Month’s Cover Story:

Bringing Acupuncture to the QC

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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 The Quad Cities. 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 in high traffic locations throughout the Quad Cities, including medical facilities and other waiting rooms. Healthy Cells Magazine welcomes contributions pertaining to healthier living in the Quad Cities. Limelight Communications, Inc. assumes no responsibility for their publication or return. Solicitations for articles shall pertain to physical, emotional, and nutritional health only.

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healthy sleep

To Breathe or Not to Breathe… By Penny Grunder, Registered Sleep Technologist and Manager of The REM Center™, a Division of Braaten Health LLC


hen I was asked to write this article, my first thoughts were to dazzle you with statistics and facts about sleep apnea. But then I thought…with GoogleTM, Yahoo!®, and bingTM, those are all very easy numbers to find. What I decided to do is to just put it out there…sleep apnea, if left untreated, is dangerous! I am sure that everyone knows that sleep apnea is “when a person stops breathing while they sleep”, but not many know what actually happens in your body during an episode of apnea. If you have sleep apnea, here is what happens physiologically in your body each time an episode occurs: • sleep ensues, • the muscles in your tongue and upper airway relax, • the upper airway closes completely or partially and air cannot pass or has difficulty passing; • the alveoli in your lungs do not expand all the way so gas exchange cannot occur, • this causes oxygen content in your blood to decrease and carbon dioxide levels to increase, • your heart rate increases and • your blood pressure goes up (your body goes into a “fight or flight” mode), • your vital organs starve for oxygen (this includes your brain), •a  nd the receptors monitoring your blood sense oxygen content is decreasing and are stimulated, • this leads to frequent arousals from sleep • which then causes muscle tone to return to your upper airway • and then the cycle starts again. All this activity occurs in just seconds EVERY time an apniec episode occurs. Untreated sleep apnea can lead to serious health problems like: pulmonary hypertension, high blood pressure, diabetes, insulin resistance, heart attack, and stroke. If you already have increased risk of heart attack and stroke, sleep apnea multiplies those risks. Symptoms of sleep apnea include: daytime sleepiness, moodiness, irritability, fatigue, memory loss, morning head aches, loss of sex drive and many times, an unhappy bed partner! The first step to treating sleep apnea is a sleep study. A sleep study is a fairly easy test to endure but does take a good amount of time. During a sleep study, many body processes are recorded including the oxygen content in your blood, its change with each apniec event, heart rate, the number of times you stop breathing, the length of time you stop breathing, and snoring. (This list is not all inclusive) As a sleep technologist I have seen people stop breathing well over 120 times per hour and have seen oxygen content drop to below 40% following an apnea. (Normal oxygen saturations range from 90-100%) These are severe cases of sleep apnea; not all are this serious, but all should be treated in some manner. Treatment options include: dental appliances, ENT surgery, positional sleeping, continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) and weight loss for mild to moderate cases. For more severe cases of sleep apnea CPAP alone

or CPAP in combination with treatments listed for mild to moderate sleep apnea can be effective. The important thing to remember is that sleep apnea can lead to some serious health problems if it is left untreated. Talk with your physician and ask them to order a sleep study for you if they feel it is appropriate. Happy sleeping, everyone!!! The REM Center™ sleep lab is available to test patients 7 days a week and we are always available to answer questions for you or your physician. Please feel free to call us at 309/762-2998. We are located in Moline at 4364 7th Street, behind Hy-Vee off of John Deere Road. Our testing facility is the most luxurious in the QC area with queen size pillow top mattresses, private baths with showers in every room, and individual climate control in each room. (That’s right, you can make it as warm or as cool as you like!) We schedule testing around your normal bedtime so that you stay as close to YOUR routine as possible, not ours. We return results to your doctor in 4 business days and promise you the high quality of care that you deserve. Remember, you have a choice of health care providers! Ask your doctor to send you to The REM Center™ sleep lab, a Division of Braaten Health LLC.

Braaten Health strives to provide a fresh approach to Outpatient Services. At Braaten Health, we believe in compassionate and complete patient care. In everything we do, we will provide you measurable, bestin-class services that result in an improved quality of life. Expect the best: • Professionalism • Compassion • Dignity • Attentiveness It is our fresh approach to outpatient services. Our staff understands the impact of time spent obtaining your health care and strive to provide prompt, pleasant patient care. We are able to offer quality care from quality personnel and are very proud to allow you to meet your caregivers within our individual branch websites – About Us– pages.

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Aging in Place is More Than Bathroom Grab Bars! By Dr. Jill Bjerke D.C., Cut the Clutter Co.


ow, more than ever, the concept of remaining in our homes well into our senior years is becoming increasingly attractive. But before we make that decision, there are some serious issues that need to be considered. First and foremost is our health, for no matter how safe we make our home, we need to be healthy enough to live on our own, or at least with a minimum amount of assistance. Without a doubt, within the last 10 years there has been an explosion of services that can now be provided in the home, which can help us remain there longer. Second is the structure itself. A single story floor plan with a minimum number of stairs is ideal. But it’s possible to live on just one floor of a multi-level home if there is enough appropriate living space, including bathroom and kitchen access. A few of the most prominent features that should be considered when buying a home or retro-fitted an existing one are: • Appropriate floor lighting, especially at night • Replacing faucet and door knobs with lever-type handles • Non-slip floor surfaces, contrasting floor colors and a minimum number of floor height transitions • Appliance “garages” to keep them accessible on the surface instead of in cabinets • Increased task lighting (such as in the kitchen or next to a favorite chair) • Roll out or pull down shelves • Visual indicators for smoke/carbon monoxide alarms, doorbells and telephones Along with this is the importance of eliminating extra furniture and clutter that can clog up hallways and create access barriers to bedrooms or living rooms. As our eyesight changes, it is harder to see these barriers and they can truly become a safety issue, especially when using a walker or cane to assist in mobility. Home builders have certainly come to realize the importance of the features mentioned above and incorporate some of these into their new home construction. But there are issues outside the home that should be considered as just as important: • Distance to stores or health care offices • Lawn care and snow removal • Gates or fences for privacy and protection • Sidewalks or other hard surface areas around the neighborhood • Access to public transportation or availability of other transportation options As we age, our ability to take care of and protect ourselves and our property and our capability to travel to stores, health care, entertainment and other locations all begin to change as time passes. If we can think about some of these issues now, before they cause difficulty, then the transition to aging in place becomes much less stressful. Certainly companies who provide in-home health care and homemaker services,

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property maintenance and senior transportation can all meet our needs, but they may not be in our budget, so other solutions should be planned for as well before they become a critical dilemma. These are just some of the details that become part of the entire decision-making process when contemplating remaining in our homes for as long as possible. If the day comes when I can no longer drive, I will have lost what I consider to be one of most cherished aspects of life as an adult. But since this is so important to me, if I plan ahead now on how I’m going to replace this loss of self-mobility when it comes, I will be able to ease into that loss with so much more grace! As they say, “Choose wisely and choose well.” Think about the things that are so very important to you, what you treasure and what you feel you cannot live without. It could be going out for lunch with friends or working in your garden. Perhaps traveling to see relatives across town or walking along the river. Plan now for how you can continue to do those things as your ability to do them changes and someone makes these decisions for you. Life is what you make it. Make it great! Dr. Jill Bjerke D.C. is the owner and president of the Cut the Clutter Co.™, a firm that provides downsizing, age in place and clutter elimination services and solutions, is a senior move manager firm and also assists those with hoarding issues. You can visit the web site at CutTheClutterCo. com, call (563) 449-2855 or email


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Taking Temperatures

What Parents Should Know About Fevers


hat parent hasn’t had the experience of trying to comfort a feverish child crying in the night? After feeling a warm forehead, taking the child’s temperature is the first logical step. Many parents have questions about how to appropriately and effectively treat a feverish child, according to a clinical report issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Start by staying calm and developing a healthy respect for fever, says Dr. Laura Jana, a pediatrician and award winning co-author of “Heading Home with Your Newborn.” “While any fever in the newborn period needs to be taken seriously and discussed with a health professional, elevated temperatures in older children need not automatically send parents into emergency mode,” says Jana. Overcoming the fever fear factor In healthy kids, fevers don’t always indicate something serious. Not all fevers need to be treated with fever-reducing medication. High Page 8 — Healthy Cells Magazine — Quad Cities ­— August 2011

fevers, however, can make a child uncomfortable and worsen problems such as dehydration. It’s therefore important for parents to know how to accurately assess the situation when fever sets in - which includes knowing how to take an accurate temperature and whether or not anything needs to be done about it. • Normal body temperature is about 98.6 F or 37 C. • A temperature of 100.4 F, 38 C or higher is typically defined as a fever. •F  or newborns with fevers, parents need to seek immediate medical advice or attention from health care professionals. A rectal thermometer is the standard for use with newborns. Other types of thermometers, including temporal artery thermometers, are also accurate and readily available for taking the temperature of older infants and children. It’s important to know that body temperature readings can vary depending on where the temperature is taken. Fever’s definition can

vary slightly depending upon where the reading is taken. Let your doctor know the location where you took the temperature. “Keep in mind a fever is often the body’s way of showing it is fighting infection, so parents should check children for other symptoms of illness in addition to monitoring their temperature,” Jana says. What causes fevers? A part of the brain called the hypothalamus is responsible for regulating body temperature - similar to the way a thermostat controls the temperature in a building. Body temperatures rise when viruses, bacteria or other fever-causing agents trigger the hypothalamus to raise the body’s set point. Most people’s temperatures change slightly during the course of a day. Temperatures are usually a little lower in the morning and a little higher in the evening and can fluctuate as kids run around and play. In general, infants and young children have much more sensitive “thermostats” than adults.

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Fever in newborns A newborn with a fever requires special precautions. While most fevers during the first few months of an infant’s life are likely to be caused by common cold viruses, infants’ immature immune systems put them at greater risk of having a more serious underlying infection. The AAP recommends use of a rectal thermometer for newborns because the resulting readings are considered the most accurate measurement of a newborn’s core body temperature. Treating fevers Parents and pediatricians alike all-too-often treat fever based on the numbers, rather than assessing a child’s overall comfort level, reports the AAP. Fever is a symptom, not an illness of its own. It can actually serve a useful purpose in helping the body fight infection, so it doesn’t always need to be treated, unless it is affecting a child’s health or comfort. Almost all fever-reducing medications recommended for infants and children contain either acetaminophen or ibuprofen. It’s best to take the advice of physicians on which to use and under what circumstances. Medications meant for infants come in liquid form or as rectal suppositories and the dosage is based on the baby’s weight. Parents should always check the dosing instructions from the manufacturer and gain confirmation from physicians if any confusion arises. Aspirin should never be given to newborns, infants or children except in rare and specific cases as determined by physicians, as it has the potential to cause Reye syndrome, a serious illness that can result in brain and liver damage. A note on thermometers Several thermometer options provide fast and accurate temperature readings. One of the newest types is the temporal artery scanner, such as Exergen’s TemporalScanner, that uses infrared technology. “Studies have proven this instrument provides readings as accurate as more invasive thermometers,” says Exergen president Dr. Francesco Pompei, who developed and patented the technology. “The forehead scanner has an advantage in being a gentle, non-invasive way to get a temperature reading without disturbing a sleeping or uncomfortable child.”

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On the Highway to Diabetes? Exit Here

By Michael Roizen, M.D., and Mehmet OZ, M.D.


his summer’s top horror story doesn’t feature Lord Voldemort, your tan line or watching the Houston Astros. The villains: metabolic syndrome and prediabetes, two scary blood sugar problems rising faster than gas prices. Don’t brush them off as “not my problem,” and don’t skip this column because it feels like a downer. There’s a feel-good twist at the end that could save your life. Here’s the deal: There’s a very good chance that you or someone you know already has one of these silent conditions. But have you ever heard anyone but us docs talking about metabolic syndrome and prediabetes? Nope. So we’re making some noise. Both disorders put you on the expressway to type 2 diabetes. Like ambitious socialites who’ve scored their own reality TV shows, prediabetes and metabolic syndrome have built huge followings: 79 million Americans and 6 million Canadians have prediabetes; almost as many more have metabolic syndrome (a cluster of problems that set you up for diabetes). Finding out you have one of these conditions can be a shocker. But there’s an upside: It means there’s time to make the YOU-turn that’ll keep you from developing full-blown diabetes and its devastating consequences: heart attacks and strokes, nerve damage, vision loss, kidney failure and more. Are you on the highway to the big “D”? A major tip-off is buying ever-bigger belts. Ask your doc for a fasting blood sugar test. If the results are 100 to 125 mg/dl, chances are you’ve got prediabetes. If you’ve got any three of these -- a waist over 35 inches for women, 39 inches for men; blood pressure higher than 129/84; high blood sugar; high triglycerides; low good cholesterol (HDL under 50) -- you’ve got metabolic syndrome. If you’ve got even one of them, these six steps will slash your risk. Here’s where things start tasting good. We promise! 1. Become a regular at your local farm stand. This alone can prevent diabetes! Chowing down on produce cuts your risk by 24 percent or more, thanks partly to all that blood-sugarsteadying fiber. New evidence shows that just having some tangy arugula, crunchy baby spinach or tender bok choy daily could lower your odds by 14 percent. The magnesium and polyphenols in leafy greens also help you stay sensitive to insulin -- essential for blood sugar absorption. 2. Switch your fancy coffee drink to sugarless, fat-free chai latte. Chugging just one sugar-loaded drink a day boosts diabetes risk 26 percent and metabolic syndrome 20 percent. Substituting an ice-cold glass of skim milk does the opposite: It cuts your risk 12 percent. Nonfat yogurt and cheese count, too; the calcium, vitamin D and minerals in dairy help your body process blood sugar. 3. Gotta grill? Choose salmon or marinated chicken breasts. The nitrites and saturated fats in the processed meats that frequent grills (think hot dogs, knockwurst) boost diabetes

risk 19 percent (and fuel cancer and heart troubles, too.) Great alternatives: skinless white-meat turkey, juicy Portobello “steaks,” veggie burgers or, rarely, burgers made with extra-lean, grass-fed beef. Marinate anything you grill for 15 minutes. It cuts up to 85 percent of the cancer-causing compounds (HCAs) that high-heat grilling causes. Add any of these herbs to the marinade (all may decrease HCAs): rosemary, basil, sage, savory, marjoram, oregano, thyme. 4. W  alk smarter. Daily exercise deters diabetes by helping your cells absorb blood sugar. Get a bigger bang by adding short spurts of speed here and there during your routine. Start with 15 seconds and work up to a couple of all-out minutes. Pushing yourself like this boosts insulin sensitivity. It burns more fat, too! 5. S  prinkle chopped nuts on salads, asparagus, oatmeal, yogurt. The healthy fats in nuts can whack diabetes risk 21 percent. Nuts have lots of calories (14 walnut halves have 185), so either stick with a small handful or buy prechopped. A daily tablespoon of chopped walnuts will do ya and has just 47 calories. 6. G  o for more bliss, less stress. Don’t wait for vacations to tame tension. Both high anxiety and lack of sleep mess up blood sugar absorption. Getting fewer than six hours of zzz’s a night doubles diabetes risk. So does having a highstress job. Ease your angst by turning in earlier, exercising to blow off steam and finding a stress-reduction technique you love (we do yoga or meditate). It’ll put the “ahh” back in everyday life. You deserve it. The YOU Docs, Mehmet Oz and Mike Roizen, are authors of “YOU: On a Diet.” Want more? See “The Dr. Oz Show” on TV (check local listings). To submit questions, go to (c) 2011 Michael Roizen, M.D. and Mehmet Oz, M.D. Distributed by King Features Syndicate, Inc. August 2011 — Quad Cities ­— Healthy Cells Magazine — Page 11

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Alzheimer’s Disease is a Growing Health Threat in Both Iowa and Illinois By Senior Star at Elmore Place


lzheimer’s disease is the only cause of death, among the top 10 in America, without a way to prevent, cure or even slow its progression. The number of people projected to have Alzheimer’s in Iowa and Illinois is expected to increase between 14-18 percent in the next 14 years, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. In 2010, 69,000 total Iowans have been diagnosed, a number projected to increase to 77,000 by 2025. For Illinois, the current number of residents suffering from the disease is 210,000, and that could rise 14% in the same period. To help end Alzheimer’s, Quad Citians are forming teams and taking a stand against this devastating disease. On Saturday, September 10, at the i wireless Center in Moline, hundreds of community members, families, and organizations will unite in a movement to reclaim the future for millions. Teams are forming now to participate in the local Walk to End AlSenior Star at Elmore Place Assisted Living residents (l to r) Marge Paulsen, Roberta zheimer’s event. Senior Star at Elmore Colbern, and Vivian Schmit volunteered to hand out water during the Memory Walk 2010. Place has formed team, “Stellar Stars” and has set a new goal of $5,000 for 2011 (last Senior Star at Elmore Place incorporates progressive and innoyear raising $3,500). In 2010, the Quad Cities community raised vative approaches to memory care, including Destination Programnearly $80,000. ming® and Snoezelen® rooms which promote soothing, sensory “Alzheimer’s is a significant threat across the nation – including experiences. the people right here in the Quad Cities,” said Carol Sipfle, execu “The support of the Walk to End Alzheimer’s from local orgative director of the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Iowa Chapter. nizations such as Senior Star at Elmore Place allows us to unit as “With a rapidly aging population at increased risk for developing an unstoppable force in the fight against Alzheimer’s, by providing Alzheimer’s and the number of caregivers growing each year, it quality information and referral, support groups, care consultation, will become increasingly important for states to be prepared with education and safety services to all those affected by the disease,” dementia-capable support services for people at all stages of the adds Sipfle. disease.” Senior Star team organizer Mindy Dodd says she’s already To register for the walk, log on to For more inforbeen holding fundraisers including a silent auction and an emptymation about Senior Star or Senior Star at Elmore Place, visit www. your-purse-of-change event on paydays. “It’s really awesome. We had 35 staff members walk last year. Residents from our Assisted Living community handed out water bottles to walkers. We try to get About Senior Star: everyone involved, and they all just step up. It’s great!” Senior Star, based in Tulsa, Oklahoma, is a private company “We fully support the mission of the Alzheimer’s Association,” founded in 1976 that entered the senior housing business in 1989. agrees Cathy Hughes, Executive Director of the Senior Star reToday, the company has become a nationally recognized industry tirement and memory care community in the Quad Cities. “Our leader for providing quality and innovative services. The organizamemory care program expertise has led Elmore Place to be a tion’s portfolio includes 10 retirement communities in six states ofsought- after destination for families looking for quality, compasfering independent, assisted living and memory care options. sionate and innovative programming options for their aging parents and other relatives.” Page 12 — Healthy Cells Magazine — Quad Cities — ­ August 2011

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health information technology

Genesis Health System “Most Wired” For Eighth Straight Year By Craig Cooper, Genesis Health Systems


enesis Health System has been recognized for the eighth straight year for its effective use of advanced technology to provide patients with the highest standards of safety and quality of care. Genesis has been selected as one of the nation’s 100 Most Wired hospitals and health systems. The 100 Most Wired hospitals and health systems are named by Hospitals & Health Networks magazine based on the use of information technology to accomplish key goals, including safety and quality objectives. Genesis Health System is the only Iowa hospital or health system to be recognized as a 100 Most Wired for eight consecutive years. Genesis is the only health system in the region to earn 100 Most Wired for 2011. “Genesis is well ahead of most health care organizations in the country in its use of technology to benefit our patients,’’ said Rob Frieden, Vice President of Information Technology, Genesis Health System. “The technology implemented by Genesis in recent years has resulted in fewer medical errors, improved safety and quality of care for patients and has created efficiencies to help us control costs. Page 14 — Healthy Cells Magazine — Quad Cities — ­ August 2011

“Genesis is moving toward a seamless approach to medical records, which makes health care safer, more convenient and less stressful for patients.’’ The 100 Most Wired list is based on the Most Wired Survey and Benchmarking Study conducted annually by Hospitals & Health Networks Magazine, which is the journal of the American Hospital Association. A total of 1,388 U.S. hospitals submitted data for the 2011 Most Wired Survey and Benchmarking Study. The nation’s 100 Most Wired hospitals and health systems demonstrate better outcomes in patient safety, risk-adjusted mortality rates and other key quality measures through the use of information technology, according to analysis. Most Wired hospitals have made great strides forward in the area of data collection with the survey results revealing strong advances in Computerized Provider Order Entry. Among the key findings this year: • Sixty-seven percent of Most Wired hospitals ordered medications electronically in comparison to 46 percent of the total responders. • Fifty-eight percent of all organizations reported that they have implemented computerized standing orders based on treatment protocols

that have been scientifically proven to be effective; in the Most Wired group, 86 percent have implemented such standing orders. • A greater reliance on digital records puts pressure on Chief Information Officers (CIOs) to ensure that data can be restored quickly in the event that systems go down. Eighty-two percent of the Most Wired hospitals and 57 percent of all surveyed hospitals can restore clinical data within 24 hours after a power loss. • Most Wired hospitals are leading in the use of encryption on movable devices to safeguard information. All Most Wired hospitals encrypt data for laptops and 76 percent encrypt smart phones in comparison to 85 percent of total responders that use encryption on laptops and 57 percent on smart phones.

“Genesis is well ahead of most health care organizations in the country in its use of technology to benefit our patients,’’ Highlights in the use of health information technology in the past year at Genesis included an expansion of the use of CPOE. CPOE improves the process of medication ordering and reduces medical errors by eliminating handwritten orders. The expansion of CPOE to Genesis Medical Center, Illini Campus in Silvis, Illinois., and Genesis Medical Center, DeWitt, Iowa is part of the Genesis plan to continue expansion throughout the system. Genesis also implemented a new electronic clinical documentation and fetal monitoring system for the BirthCenters and newborn nurseries at both the Davenport and Illini campuses. The documentation system is also used in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in Davenport. Providers are able to monitor vital information from the fetus to avoid risk and complications at birth. The information can be viewed and analyzed by doctors either at the hospital or from remote locations. “Our focus is always patient safety and quality of care,’’ Frieden said. “Will the new technology make our patients safer? Will it provide them with a better patient experience? “And finally, will the new technology also create efficiencies for our caregivers and staff?’’ Frieden said one of the goals within the system is to continue implementing information and medical technology throughout the system, including Mercer County Hospital in Aledo, Illinois., and Jackson County Regional Health Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. The 100 Most Wired winners are featured in the July edition of Hospitals and Health Networks (H&HN) magazine.

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Genesis Health System, its affiliates and partners offer a full continuum of health care services in a 12-county region of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois. Our affiliates include: acute and tertiary hospital care at Genesis Medical Center, Davenport and DeWitt, Iowa and at the Illini Campus in Silvis, Illinois; home health and hospice services through Genesis VNA and Hospice; Genesis Workplace Services, including occupational health, employee assistance program and wellness services for employers and their employees; the Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House; senior living facilities offering rehabilitation and long-term care; Genesis Health Group, with more than 170 primary care physicians and specialists; the Genesis Quad Cities Family Medicine Residency Program; Genesis Psychology Associates; three Convenient Care clinics; and Genesis Home Medical Equipment. Partners include the Genesis Medical Park, Crow Valley and Spring Street Surgical Center, Davenport. Genesis Health System also manages Mercer County Hospital, Aledo, Ill., and Jackson County Regional Health Center, Maquoketa, Iowa. For more information, visit our Web site at August 2011 — Quad Cities ­— Healthy Cells Magazine — Page 15



Sept. 13

8:00 am - 5:00 pm

What’s New in Retirement Living?

$5.00 Reserves Your Seat!

Join us on a full day of exploration into the finest retirement communities Quad Cities has to offer. Wiersema Charter Service will chaperone you to 5 retirement communities where you will have the opportunity to see for yourself what each community has to offer today’s active senior. Learn what’s new in senior living with others on a fun day of learning and activity. Buses will board at 8:00 am at both locations. You will receive boarding and parking instructions by mail the week prior to the tour.

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You will receive:

• A tour of five of the finest senior living communities in the area • Charter coach seating in one of two coaches reserved for this event • Light breakfast and coffee served at registration • Lunch provided and served to you at the Park Vista Retirement Living Community • Afternoon snack • Canvas “goodie” bag with tour guide and goodies from area merchants To reserve your ticket, mail your check in the amount of $5.00 along with your name, address & phone number to: Hutcheson Enterprises, 2807 W. 35th St. • Davenport, IA 52806 Call Laurie for more information 563-650-1876 Page 16 — Healthy Cells Magazine — Quad Cities — ­ August 2011


Temporal Bone Donations Accepted! Dr. Molly Parker, Parker Audiology, PC


he temporal bone is the prominent bone above and behind your ear. Deep within the temporal bone are the entire hearing and balance organs. Ear surgeries involving the temporal bones have been performed for decades. However, little is known about the physical, structural, cellular and molecular changes for many hearing and balancerelated diseases. For example, we do not have a good knowledge about structural outcomes for cochlear implantation years after implantation was performed. It is difficult to examine diseased ears compared to normal ears unless we do it after death. The National Temporal Bone Bank was created in 1960 to investigate the ear structure to hopefully decrease and eventually –and hopefully- cure hearing loss. The Temporal Bone Registry The National Institute on Deafness and other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) is a non-profit organization established in 1992. Its primary goal is to research physical abnormalities involving hearing and balance disorders and provide this information to researchers and physicians. Also, post-mortem temporal bone donations are being sought for the National Temporal Bone Banks Program, created in 1960. As molecular death begins immediately after death, there is a 24-hour nationwide network to collect temporal bones immediately. Currently there have been only 7,000 donations.

Donating your temporal bones assists research for both healthy and diseased ears. Temporal bone donations are helpful at answering questions involving structural outcomes of surgeries such as Meniere’s disease and middle-ear reconstructive surgery. This work can identify cellular and molecular changes that occur as we age. We can investigate changes that occur with sudden sensorineural hearing loss (SSHL) as well as genetic disorders. Ultimately the goal for temporal bone research is to improve outcomes for surgical procedures and improve outcomes for some types of hearing loss. Starting the donation process is easy. You will receive a donor enrollment packet including a card that states you are a donor. You will need to tell your physician and relatives of your wishes, as the bone needs to be harvested immediately after death. There is no change in your appearance of the head, face or outer ear when the temporal bone is removed. For more information call the Temporal Bone Registry on their 24-hour hotline number, 800-822-1327 or visit their website at Parker Audiology is formerly Don White Hearing. To talk more with Molly Parker about your hearing issues, call for a consultation at 563-326-5441.

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Bringing Acupuncture to the QC

Elements Acupuncture Staff Alex Torres L.Ac., Dipl. O.M., Joel Thielen L.Ac., Dipl., Ac., and Jan Morin Page 18 — Healthy Cells Magazine — Quad Cities — ­ August 2011

How do I choose an Acupuncturist? Licensed Acupuncturists have one of the lowest incidences of malpractice suits among medial professions. Be sure to ask your Acupuncturist about their training (how many academic and clinical hours they trained) to ensure the best quality of care. Nationally, Acupuncturists are required to complete a minimum of 3-4 years of academic and clinical training or 5 years of apprenticeship. They must also pass 5 national board examinations much like a medical physician’s board exams in order to practice. In Iowa, those who meet this standard will be designated as a Licensed Acupuncturist (L.Ac.). Both Joel Thielen and Alexander Torres are State Licensed (L. Ac.) and Nationally Certified (Dipl. Ac. NCCAOM) Acupuncturists. Joel graduated with honors from the Midwest College of Oriental Medicine in Chicago, IL. Alex received his four-year Masters of Science Degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from Oriental Medicine is the oldest health system and requires precise Pacific College of Orental Medicine in San Diego, CA. diagnosis for a proper treatment plan. Alex is also a NCCAOM board certified herbalist. Elements Acupuncture + Wellness provides services in the following areas: advanced acupuncture, n Joel Thielen’s senior year of his post graduate acupuncture herbal medicine, cupping, gua sha therapy, weight loss therapy, adschooling he was introduced to a senior acupuncturist that capvanced nutrition, pulsed magnetic therapy (PEMF), detoxification thertivated him with seeming remarkable stories of healing. Being a apy, smoking cessation, and digital diagnostic testing. The clinic staffs natural skeptic Joel needed to see this for himself. He went to Dr. licensed massage therapists with advanced training in Asian bodywork. David Milbradt’s clinic in a small town north of Madison, WI and Day, evening and Saturday appointments are available. was transformed to a believer. Milbradt’s patients had story after story of how acupuncture had transformed their lives. Thielen was also surprised with how efficiently the clinic ran and the staggering number of patients treated on a daily basis. This experience was nothing like he had ever seen in school. Additionally, the needling techniques were like none he had ever seen, including the doctors/ professors from China. Thielen then made the most important decision of his career to understudy under this master acupuncturist from Madision, WI for a year beyond schooling. This turned out to be a very good decision as Joel was trained in the most advanced acupuncture medicine available, far beyond anything he had learned in school.


What is acupuncture? Acupuncture is thought to originate in China and dates back over 3,500 years. The practice involves the insertion of fine thread like needles into neural-vascular nodes. (acupoints) What happens biologically from there has been researched extensively for nearly 50 years. Through many complex regulating systems within the human body, acupuncture strongly influences circulatory patterns. Many health conditions that aren’t healing on their own involve decreased blood flow to tissue areas, joints or organs and glands. By normalizing blood flow and decreasing pain, the body regains its ability to self heal. Is acupuncture safe? Yes. In fact, the National Institute of Health (NIH) points out that “the occurrence of adverse events in the practice of acupuncture has been documented to be extremely low.” Does acupuncture hurt? You may experience two sensations with acupuncture: the insertion (which may feel like a mosquito bite) and the arrival sensation at the tip of the needle (which may feel achy, radiating, electric or warm) all very good signs. Each person has a unique response.

Alex Torres, L.Ac. Dipl.O.M. precisely adjusts the needle to help the body restore pain control.

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continued What health conditions can acupuncture treat? Acupuncture is recognized by the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the World Health Association (WHO) as effective in treating these conditions: addition to alcohol, drugs and smoking, anxiety, asthma, bronchitis, carpel tunnel syndrome, colitis, common cold, constipation, depression, diarrhea, digestive trouble, dizziness, emotional problems, eye problems, facial palsy/tics, fatigue, fertility, fibromyalgia, headaches, incontinence, indigestion, irritable bowel syndrome, low back pain, menopause, menstrual irregularities, migraine, morning sickness, nausea, osteoarthritis, pain, PMS, pneumonia, rhinitis, sciatica, seasonal effective disorder (SAD), shoulder pain, sinusitis, sleep disturbances, stress, tennis elbow, tonsillitis, tooth pain, trigeminal neuralgia, urinary tract infections, vomiting and wrist pain. “Many people come to see us as a last resort” says Joel. “They’ve been to every doctor, specialist, and other alternatives such as massage therapy, chiropractors, and acupuncture is almost always the last rung on the ladder. They’ve given up hope of improvement, they’re depress, and many times they’ve simply given up. That’s what makes my job so rewarding, helping those that have given up all hope of getting better. The stories I hear and the improvements I’ve witnessed is what keeps me going every day.”

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If you would like to find out if acupuncture may be able to help you, call to schedule a free consultation ($90 value) with Elements Acupuncture at 563-359-7878. Elements Acupuncture is located at 2175 E 53rd Street in Davenport, IA, across from Kelly’s Pub.

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What is HCG? By District Drugs and Compounding Center


ou’ve heard about it from friends, seen it on the Internet and on medical TV shows like Dr. Oz, but what exactly is the HCG Weight Loss Program and how does it work? HCG was used in the treatment of obesity disorders by British Doctor and PHD, ATW Simeons, over a 16 year period ending in the mid-1950’s. Dr. Simeons concluded that HCG (Human Chorionic Gonadotrophic Hormone), when used for weight loss reduction and concurrent with a regimented protein diet , not only resulted in significant weight loss from targeted areas where fat deposits were likely to collect, but also improved the liplytic functions of the body when co-utilized with dietary protein sources. Dr. Simeons, hypothesized that HCG, which is produced in the female body for the first 20 days of pregnancy, had a significant role in not only producing a healthy placenta for the fetus to survive, but also had a role in metabolizing fats from the mother’s stored fat within her body. Dr. Simeons theorized that by giving daily injections of small amounts of HCG in conjunction with a high protein diet, that the HCG would mobilize fat into the blood stream where proteins and various enzymes could break down the fats usually for the consumption of energy. Dr. Simeons’ clinic had a 97% success ration.

ucts are not true HCG. HCG is only available in the US via prescription, and the drops contain an animal byproduct of HCG, or may not contain any HCG at all, just water. Know what you are putting in your body and that you are getting HCG from a reputable source. Also, the HCG program should be conducted under doctor supervision, who can monitor your results and make any changes a necessary. Weight loss on the HCG program has been anywhere from 1040lbs depending on if you are on the 20 day or 40 day program. District Drug is hosting a seminar on the HCG Program. This is a $20 event (Full Reimbursement if you fill an HCG Diet Prescription at District Drugs.) Payment is due at time of reservation. Seating is limited. RSVP by calling 309-786-8431. *Please note reservation fee is non refundable. To get more information on the HCG Weight Loss Program, contact District Drugs and Compounding Center at 309-786-8431 or visit them at 319 18th Street, Rock Island or their website at

HCG is not for everyone The HCG diet should be done under a doctor’s supervision, as this weight loss program is not suitable for everyone. HCG can be ruled out an option for you if you have: • Thyroid or adrenal gland disorder • Ovarian Cyst • Cancer or a tumor • Undiagnosed uterine bleeding • Kidney disease • Epilepsy • Migraines • Asthma There are also possible allergic reactions and side effects of: diet related headache, feeling restless or irritable, mild swelling or water weight gain, depression, breast tenderness or swelling, pain, swelling or irritation where the injection is given. Diet Protocol In conjunction with the HCG hormone, there is also a strict diet protocol to maintain to achieve weight loss. Due to the presence of HCG in your body, the HCG hormone then communicates to your brain that you are not physically hungry. Therefore, you stick to a strict diet of 500 calories per day, consisting of protein, vegetables, fruit and water. No sugar, breads, pastas or “white stuff.” You doctor should also supply supplements to your diet to provide additional nutrients, and to combat any of the side effects listed above. The HCG weight loss program is a 20 day or 40 day program, whichever your physician feels is the most suitable for you.

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meaning of life

Volunteerism Enriches Life By Nancy Stockwell, Ridgecrest Village

“Never worry about numbers. Help one person at a time, and always start with the person nearest you.” – Mother Teresa “Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.” – Mohammed Ali “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” – Winston Churchill


here is much fuss made about the purpose of life or life’s passionate pursuit. What makes us get up each morning and makes us rest with clear conscience at night. What defines us as a person, a community, a nation and a world? What makes each of us at the end of our days smile with satisfaction at a life well lived? Is money that answer? Well, to a certain extent I do believe that those who say money can’t buy happiness are shopping at the wrong stores. We do need to have money, there is no denying that. However I believe where we spend our money and our time is a reflection of Page 22 — Healthy Cells Magazine — Quad Cities — ­ August 2011

who we are, our priorities and values. We are all “called” in this life to share our time, talents and treasure for the benefit of others along with ourselves. Whatever faith or belief system you have will tell you a couple “laws” of life. To whom much is given, much is expected and what you give to this life is what you’ll get from it. If you fashion your life in service to others, life will well serve you. Serving others through volunteerism is one of the easiest ways to help an individual, organization or community. Volunteering is as much of a commitment as you want it to be. There are as many ways to volunteer as there are places to do it. Find a place or passion that you are dedicated to and see how they can use your time, talents or treasure. For example, do you have a hobby you are particularly good at? You make beautiful scrapbooks or you’ve trained your dog to do funny tricks or you enjoy gardening. So you could teach a scrapbooking class at an independent living senior community, take your dog with you and visit people using home health services, work with an inner city school and lead kids in planting flowers around their school in the school colors to increase school & community

pride. Yes, it’s just that easy. Maybe you are an accountant or a retired church secretary or nurse. Maybe you are an extremely well organized stay-at-home mom who needs to get away from the kids for a while. Help a charity by serving on a finance committee. Help an organization send out its quarterly newsletter. Help plan a finely orchestrated fundraising event. The work you put in to volunteerism is your choice, so pick something you enjoy. You’ll be making a difference and making friends too. It just might be the rewarding work you’ve been looking for in life. Many people find meaning in life through purposeful work and a job well done. A sense of purpose is critical throughout our lives. Everyone looks forward to retirement; a.k.a., permanent vacation. Doing those projects there was never time for, spending more time with the grandkids, finishing the novel that never got read, learning a new hobby. So that was the first year of retirement, what are you going to do with the next 20 years?! Volunteerism can fill those days previously spent in the work force. If we lose our sense of purpose, why should we get up in the morning? If we have nothing to get up for, what do we have to live for? Our sense of purpose is key to our quality of life all through our life. It’s what keeps us going. The Volunteer Service League was established at Ridgecrest Village for the purpose of supporting and enriching the lives of all the residents. Since its establishment in 1987, the Ridgecrest Village Volunteer Service League has grown to more than 300 volunteers. The role of the volunteer is vital to the caring atmosphere of Ridgecrest Village. Volunteers are residents and community members, such as our Board of Directors. Our board members volunteer their time and skills as local business leaders to oversee our 44 year old senior living campus. Volunteers provide assistance to residents as patient escorts, personal shoppers or reading mail to those with visual impairments. Volunteers also help keep the campus lively by assisting in our Resale Shop, General Store or Arcade Café & Gifts. They truly do make Ridgecrest Village what it is. Each year there is a special Volunteer Banquet to show our appreciation for all that they do. All volunteers are recognized with a special Volunteer of the Year Award going to the person(s) that in some way went above and beyond. This year Don Patridge and Carole Poppy were recognized as Community Volunteers and Eleanor & Chuck Mooney were recognized as Resident Volunteers. Each volunteer hour worked on campus is logged and accounted for. Last year there were 15,000 volunteer hours worked! Many on our Administrative team dedicate time to volunteering in our community also. I, myself am involved with the Alzheimer Association’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s, American Heart Association’s

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“Where we spend our money and our time is a reflection of who we are, our priorities and values. We are all “called” in this life to share our time, talents and treasure for the benefit of others along with ourselves.” Go Red for Women Luncheon, Dress for Success Quad-Cities and a civic board in my hometown. Our Marketing Director is involved with Boy Scouts, Honor Flight of the Quad Cities, professional, civic and church organizations. Our Executive Director is a member of the North Scott Rotary Club, the state professional trade association for non-profit senior housing and was active as a coach and Chairman of the Bettendorf Pony League program. Our Health Services Administrator is a Board member of Kids Business in DeWitt, works with the Partners Investing in Nursing Grant and has participated in Big Brothers/Big Sisters. We know that volunteering isn’t about the “title”, it’s about the cause and providing service to others when & where needed. At Ridgecrest Village we provide our residents with volunteer opportunities to maintain their sense of purpose throughout their lives. Isn’t it nice to know that Ridgecrest Village is operated by a volunteer Board of Directors and an Administrative staff that cares for their home communities as much as the Ridgecrest community. There IS much fuss made about the purpose of life and the meaning of a life well lived. At Ridgecrest Village we have found volunteering can be a great way to make this happen! If you would like more information or to take a tour at Ridgecrest Village, call Bob Morrison or Nancy Stockwell at 563-388-3271 and make yourself at home.

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healthy pastimes

Dancing for Dementia Sally Hogue, Community Relations Coordinator, Courtyard Estates of Walcott


rowing up with a mother who ran a dance studio, I learned first hand the benefits of dancing. For seniors the obvious is that frequent dancing enhances flexibility, increases strength and endurance, and creates a sense of well-being. Today, I often admire a couple who have ballroom danced together for years as they seem to move as one across a dance floor. Baby boomers just don’t dance like our parents did! Those seniors may not realize they possess a tool which stimulates one’s mind, like none other. Dancing increases: 1. cardiovascular benefits 2. serotonin levels for a sense of well being 3. cognitive acuity 4. stress reduction A 2 year study of seniors 75 and older done at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in N.Y. City measured mental acuity in aging through tennis, golf, swimming, bicycling, house work, walking, and dancing. The greatest protection for dementia was found in the physical activity of dancing.

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Risk reduction for dementia: 1. doing crossword puzzles 4days/wk. = 47% 2. reading = 35% 3. bicycling, swimming, and golfing = 0% 4. dancing = 76% With the aging process we lose brain cells which weaken our neuronal synapses. Dancing stimulates and rewires our neural pathways generating new patterns. Because dancers have an increased complexity of neural synapses and a greater cognitive reserve this improved reserve lowers the risk of dementia. Freestyle dancing: (swing, waltz, foxtrot, country, Latin, etc.) • involves split-second rapid fire decision making which improves mental acuity •c  hallenges rote memory which retraces the same well-worn path through new movements • integrates several brain functions at once increasing brain connectivity • involves kinesthetic, rational, musical, and emotional processes Social partner dancing: • is guided by leading and following roles • interprets signals given by a partner (knowing what works and where to lead) • requires active intelligence and decision-making which is not passive • changes patterns according to music and floor size • adapts to successes As senior care providers we should encourage taking a dance class, practicing, or going out to a club. It is helpful to provide familiar dance tunes and offer dance floor space as often as possible. Because dancing 3-4 times a week could be a preventative for dementia let’s encourage our seniors to continue this healthy pastime. Statistics from “Use It or Lose It: Dancing Makes You Smarter,” Richard Powers

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financial health

Are My Investments Too Conservative? By Karen Goodall, CSA, Vice President and Senior Trust Officer, Northwest Bank & Trust Company


ince the 2008 stock market drop, many investors looking for no risk investments have moved their entire portfolios to savings accounts and certificates of deposit. As the price of gasoline and groceries increase, and interest rates on savings vehicles continue to remain low, those same individuals are now asking, “Is it possible to be too conservative with your investments? “ The answer for some is yes. They are now exposed to another kind of risk. Inflation risk. Inflation refers to the rising of prices for things you and I use every day, such as food, clothing, medical services, and utilities. It also means the decline in the value of money, so that it takes more dollars today to buy the same goods and services we bought a few years ago at a lower price. The effect of inflation on the average saver or investor is that they lose purchasing power. Here is an example:

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Steve Saver was very conservative and decided he wanted to make sure his money was safe and not at risk. He decided to bury $10,000 in his back yard 50 years ago. In 1961, $10,000 was a substantial amount of money. The average cost of a new home back then was $17,200. The average cost of a new car was $2,850, a gallon of gas was 31¢, a gallon of milk was 41¢, and a dozen eggs were 57¢. In 2011 Steve decided he wanted to purchase a new car, and dug up the metal box containing the $10,000 he had buried 50 years ago. He was right, his $10,000 was safe and still intact, however when he went to the car dealership he found that he was not able to purchase an automobile anymore for $2,850. Instead, the average cost of a mid-size car in 2011 is $16,000. In Steve’s case, being too safe exposed him to inflation risk. Over time, inflation is a sure thing. It is not a question of will there be inflation, but what the inflation rate will be. By taking no risk and hanging onto the money you have now, you will see the purchasing power of your portfolio erode over the years. The average annual rate of inflation ranges from about 3% - 4%. Over a number of years this can really add up. Many individuals concerned with risk are investing entirely in certificates of deposit. However, as the inflation rate has crept higher, the interest earned on standard savings instruments has crept lower over the last several years. Although a lot of people have real concerns after the 2008 stock-market drop, they should look at investing in things other than CD’s in order to increase their purchasing power. Adding a small allocation of your portfolio to stocks can increase returns while actually reducing the volatility of the portfolio. Historically stocks and bonds have a low correlation, which means that one may rise as the other falls. While it is appropriate for investors to become more conservative as they approach and enter the retirement phase of their lives, the evidence suggests that you can actually become too conservative. Even if you are the most conservative investor, there are advantages to adding a relatively small amount of stock exposure to a bond portfolio that can enhance your retirement investments. Historically, equities have been a much better hedge against inflation than bonds. Assembling a diversified portfolio of stocks, bonds, cash, and mutual funds based on an individual’s risk tolerance and time horizon is the key to beating inflation while easing safety concerns. Northwest Bank’s Investment Management Group has the ability and knowledge to help you make the decision that is right for you. Call us today.

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heel pain

A Step in the Right Direction Frank’s Story By Orthopaedic Specialists


journey of a thousand miles isn’t much for trucker and motorcycle enthusiast Frank Thole of DeWitt, IA. The single step that began his days, however, became terribly painful in his right heel because of plantar fasciitis. “My foot started to hurt last summer,” says Frank. “Just before surgery, I could barely walk on it.” An avid biker, Frank rides his Victory motorcycle on the weekends. Pain from the plantar fasciitis made it hard to share his joy of the road. “It was hard to drive with a passenger,” Frank recalls. Plantar fasciitis is usually indicated by very sharp pain when walking or doing other weight-bearing activity after periods of rest. The pain can be bad enough to make sufferers limp or walk on their toes. And the causes can range from overuse to weight gain to improper exercise technique to ordinary injury. For Frank, the condition was a chronic problem that couldn’t be resolved with conservative treatments like physical therapy, custom orthotics, and steroid injections. Putting an end to the pain Frank’s journey with pain ended after Podiatrist Dr. Matthew Wilber, Orthopaedic Specialists, Davenport, IA performed a procedure called endoscopic plantar fascial release with subcortical calcaneal drilling. Developed over the last 15 years, the surgery belies its hefty name: “It’s a simple procedure,” says Dr. Wilber. “The surgery releases (or cuts) a portion of the ligament that runs from the heel to the ball of the foot. We sever it just in front of where it attaches to the bone to release the pulling on the bone.” To stimulate the heel’s healing, Dr. Wilber drills 8-10 holes into the bone. “We’ve had great success with a lot of pain relief coupling this procedure with the release. Many of my patients don’t even need pain medication after the procedure.” And recovery times are fast, too. Frank was back to work, driving his truck the full 540 miles a night, within 45 days of the procedure.

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Understanding that pain in your heel When you pound your feet on hard surfaces playing sports or wear shoes that irritate sensitive tissues, you may develop heel pain, the most common problem affecting the foot and ankle. A sore heel will usually get better on its own without surgery if you give it enough rest. However, many people try to ignore the early signs of heel pain and keep on doing the activities that caused it. When you continue to use a sore heel, it will only get worse and could become a chronic condition leading to more problems. Surgery is rarely necessary. If your heel hurts, see your doctor right away to determine why and get treatment. Tell him or her exactly where you have pain and how long you’ve had it. Your doctor will examine your heel, looking and feeling for signs of tenderness and swelling. You may be asked to walk, stand on one foot or do other physical tests that help your doctor pinpoint the cause of your sore heel.

Frank was one of those patients who didn’t need the pain medication: “The surgery went well. I didn’t even take the pain pills. Now I feel great. My heel is a bit sensitive, but not painful. Once I stretch it out, it feels great.” And then he’s ready for another long stretch on the road – either on work nights or for fun on weekends. For more information on understanding heel pain and the various treatment options open for discussion with your doctor, visit the Orthopaedic Specialists PC website:

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What Can I Expect From My First Visit to an Audiologist? By Audiology Specialists


here are a lot of reasons why someone might visit the audiologist, but usually it is because of a hearing problem. First appointments will usually include a full diagnostic hearing evaluation and consultation. When you arrive you may be asked to fill out some paperwork including contact and insurance information and a case history. Big surprise right? Once that is complete then you will discuss your case history and go over any concerns you have. Your ears will be checked and a full test of your hearing will be completed. The test may seem long but remember it is not a screening. It is a diagnostic test to first rule out potential medical problems as well as diagnose hearing loss. You may be asked to respond to several tones, repeat words at different volume levels, and possibly repeat the process with different types of headsets. Some tests may look at the function of the outer, middle, and inner parts of the ear to determine the location of the problem. When all the testing is complete, the results will be explained and recommendations will be made. The whole process can take up to an hour and you may need to return for a second visit for follow up and treatment. Be sure to ask questions if you do not understand something and ask the audiologist if there is any information you can take home to help you understand your hearing loss better. For more information about Audiology Consultants, P.C., call 563-355-7712 or visit

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“One thing to know when shopping for wigs is to have a licensed professional fit and assist you.” One option for the “hair challenged” is a wig. Styles can vary from something similar to your natural look, to trying a whole new style and color for a different look. When shopping for wigs, the brand you chose may be important. Wigs are available from Gabor, Jon Renaw, Estetica, Henry Margu, Raquel and many more. Another option is a “halo cap.” That’s a ball cap, with a ring of hair attached at the bottom, giving the appearance of hair underneath the hat. The halo cap is a really popular option, because it’s cooler in the summertime rather than wearing a full wig. Another way to fix your bad hair is with turban scarfs or a plain ole hat! If you are losing your hair or undergoing chemo, hats can add an element of fun and glamour. Most hats offered have the SPF 50 in order to protect your scalp from the sun. Many varieties are available such as Red Hats, Garden, Beach or Buckets Hats, in addition to Fedoras and many other formal or casual hats. You can make it fun by tilting it to the side or pull it down low, but wear it with class! One thing to know when shopping for wigs is to have a licensed professional fit and assist you. A licensed cosmetologist will be able to best serve you because they know hair and how hair looks best for every different person. Good customer service should also be a priority. If you can’t make it for a fitting, a specialist can come to your house if you need private service. So don’t be afraid of those “Bad Hair” days! Try a wig today! Gloria Henrickson has 40 years experience as a wig specialist and is a licensed cosmetologist. She recently opened Hats, Hair N Wigs in downtown Davenport at the Union Arcade building on the corner of Brady and 3rd Street, and open Tue-Sat from 9am-5pm. Gloria volunteers in different hospitals and programs for cancer patients, and is available for private appointments and also does shampoos and sets on rollers, in addition to shampooing and styling wigs. Mention this article and receive 20% off your next hat or wig. Give Gloria a call at 563-322-0804. So don’t be afraid of those “Bad Hair” days! Try a wig today! Page 30 — Healthy Cells Magazine — Quad Cities — ­ August 2011

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Good News for Infertile QC-Area Couples U of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics Feature Satellite Fertility Treatment Quad City Campus By Mississippi Valley Health Network

Inevitably, the question arises in every woman’s life: To have children or not? Now, in eastern Iowa and western Illinois, women can explore infertility options closer to home…


otherhood. The word can represent joy, fear, worry or hope. Not surprisingly, as women consider their personal, family and career goals, oftentimes motherhood and life can clash. “Our reproductive technology is just now successfully catching up with the cultural expectations of many women who delay childbearing until they are ready,” says Paul Figge M.D., Davenport, a University of Iowa reproductive endocrinologist and member of the Mississippi Valley Health Network. According to Dr. Figge, between 15 and 20 percent of the reproductive population needs help in getting pregnant. In fact, one out of every 100 babies born in the United States is a product of advanced reproductive technology. Dr. Figge has spent more than 20 years treating and counseling women through the often confusing and emotional world of infertility treatments. Until recently, many Quad City women

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who wanted advanced fertility treatment had to make numerous and lengthy trips to fertility treatment clinics (especially for the In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) process). “I saw a tremendous need to serve women in eastern Iowa and western Illinois, and so began a relationship with the UI Hospitals and Clinics Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology,” explains Dr. Figge. The clinic, located at the Mississippi Valley Medical Campus, 3400 Dexter Court, Davenport, serves as a satellite center for women and their families to explore different fertility issues, options and treatments along with the convenience of monitoring care, so frequent trips to distant clinics during the IVF process are no longer necessary.

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Paul Figge, M. D., UI Women’s Health - Quad Cities, Davenport “We are thrilled to serve women of the Quad Cities,” adds Bradley Van Voorhis, M.D., Director the UI Center for Advanced Reproductive Care. “The University of Iowa’s IVF program is more than 20 years old, and in the last 15 years, our success rates have gone from 20% per pregnancy rate cycle to 60% in women under 35. Our program is three times more successful than it was 20 years ago.” While Quad City patients still travel to the UI Center for Advanced Reproductive Care for IVF retrieval and transfer (which can take from 3 to 5 days), the frequent follow-up monitoring during ovulation cycles can now be done at the Quad City clinic. “The Quad Cities is very fortunate to have the combined expertise of Dr. Figge’s reproductive fellowship training and the resources of the University of Iowa Hosptials & Clinics,” added Dr. Van Voorhis. Members of the UI Center for Advanced Reproductive Care team also provide services at this location once a week. Additionally UI Women’s Health – Quad Cities offers appointments with experts in urogynecology and gynecologic oncology. Dr. Cate Bradley, the state’s only board certified urogynecologist, sees patients with incontinence and prolapsed conditions. Dr. Amina Ahmed, one of UI’s four gynecologic oncologists, provides local care and evaluation for women with cervical, uterine, ovarian and endometrial cancers with an emphasis on keeping treatment local and in close collaboration with the woman’s gynecologist or primary care provider. The UL Center for Advanced Reproductive Care is located at 3400 Dexter Ct. Davenport. If you are experiencing reproductive issues, call Dr. Figge to schedule an appointment at 563-355-2244.

Age, hormones and the health of your reproductive system can affect fertility. The fertility experts at UI Women’s Health – Quad Cities can evaluate both partners for possible obstacles to pregnancy. Services include consultation, examinations, evaluations, ovulation and semen analysis as well as and recommendations to improve fertility prior to exploring medications, surgical or assisted reproduction. Treatments for men – Thirty-five to forty percent of infertility issues are related to men. If a problem is found, recommendations may be made to improve sperm production, treat sperm for assisted reproductions or a possible referral to a urologist. Surgical options may include clearing obstructions, treatment of enlarged veins or vasectomy reversals. Treatments for women – Women can be evaluated and treated for underlying causes including basic tests that check blood and hormone levels, cervical health, imaging tests to view reproductive organs, or tests that include biopsies or laparoscopic procedures to view organs through a scope. Underlying causes that may need to be addressed included fallopian tube blockages, polycystic ovaries, endometriosis, fibroids, infections or other implantation issues. Improving ovulation through medication – There are a variety of medications available that stimulate egg development and ovulation as well as treat hormone function related to fertility. Assisted reproduction – Intrauterine insemination involves placing sperm in the uterus during ovulation to improve the changes of conception. In Vitro Fertilization – During IVF, the sperm and egg are combined outside the body in a lab. Medication is used to stimulate the ovaries, and then the mature eggs are retrieved. The sperm are then combined with the eggs. After a few days of fertilization, one or more of the embryos are placed into the uterus.

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