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Vitamin Education: Dietary Supplements


Physical: Diabetes 101

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Emotional: Dwight Owens – Inspiring Thankfulness


Nutritional: Eating Healthy and Eating Well!


Financial Health: Understanding Financial Solutions


Lifesaving Donation: What Makes Us Truly Thankful


Men’s Health: Testosterone Replacement


Diabetes Awareness Month: Diabetic Retinopathy


Emotional Loss: If I Start Crying Will I Be Able To Stop?


Children’s Health: Diabetes in Children


Technology Advancements: Patients Benefit From a Patient Portal

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, including major grocery stores throughout the Pine Belt as well as hospitals, physicians’ offices, pharmacies, and health clubs. Healthy Cells Magazine is published monthly. Healthy Cells Magazine welcomes contributions pertaining to healthier living in the Pine Belt of Mississippi. Limelight Communications, Inc. assumes no responsibility for their publication or return. Solicitations for articles shall pertain to physical, emotional, and nutritional health only. Mission: The objective of Healthy Cells Magazine is to promote a stronger health-conscious community by means of offering education and support through the cooperative efforts among esteemed health and fitness professionals in the Pine Belt.

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Dietary Supplements

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ietary supplements are substances you might use to add nutrients to your diet or to lower your risk of health problems, like osteoporosis or arthritis. Dietary supplements come in the form of pills, capsules, powders, gel tabs, extracts, or liquids. They might contain vitamins, minerals, fiber, amino acids, herbs or other plants, or enzymes. Sometimes, the ingredients in dietary supplements are added to foods, including drinks. A doctor’s prescription is not needed to buy dietary supplements.

eases. Here are some common sources of antioxidants that you should be sure to include in your diet: •B  eta-carotene: Fruits and vegetables that are either dark green or dark orange • Selenium: Seafood, liver, meat, and grains • Vitamin C: Citrus fruits, peppers, tomatoes, and berries •V  itamin E: Wheat germ, nuts, sesame seeds, and canola, olive, and peanut oils

Should I Take a Dietary Supplement? Do you need one? Maybe you do, but usually not. Ask yourself why you think you might want to take a dietary supplement. Are you concerned about getting enough nutrients? Is a friend, a neighbor, or someone on a commercial suggesting you take one? Some ads for dietary supplements in magazines or on TV seem to promise that these supplements will make you feel better, keep you from getting sick, or even help you live longer. Sometimes, there is little, if any, good scientific research supporting these claims. Some dietary supplements will give you nutrients that might be missing from your daily diet. But eating healthy foods is the best way to get the nutrients you need. Others may cost a lot or might not benefit you the way you would like. Some supplements can change how medicines you may already be taking will work. You should talk to your doctor or a registered dietitian for advice.

Research results suggest that large doses of supplements with antioxidants will not prevent chronic diseases such as heart disease or diabetes. In fact, some studies have shown that taking large doses of some antioxidants could be harmful. Again, it is best to check with your doctor before taking a dietary supplement.

What If I’m Over 50? People over 50 need more of some vitamins and minerals than younger adults do. Your doctor or a dietitian can tell you whether you need to change your diet or take vitamins or minerals to get enough of these: • Vitamin B12: Vitamin B12 helps keep your red blood cells and nerves healthy. As people grow older, some have trouble absorbing vitamin B12 naturally found in food. Instead, they can choose foods, like fortified cereals, that have this vitamin added or use a B12 supplement. • Calcium: Calcium works with vitamin D to keep bones strong at all ages. Bone loss can lead to fractures in both older women and men. Calcium is found in milk and milk products (fat-free or low-fat is best), canned fish with soft bones, dark-green leafy vegetables like spinach, and foods with calcium added. • Vitamin D: Some people’s bodies make enough vitamin D if they are in the sun for 10 to 15 minutes at least twice a week. But, if you are older, you may not be able to get enough vitamin D that way. Try adding vitamin D-fortified milk and milk products, vitamin D-fortified cereals, and fatty fish to your diet, and/or use a vitamin D supplement. • Vitamin B6: This vitamin is needed to form red blood cells. It is found in potatoes, bananas, chicken breasts, and fortified cereals. What Are Antioxidants? You might hear about antioxidants in the news. These are natural substances found in food that might help protect you from some dis-

If you are thinking about using dietary supplements: •L  earn. Find out as much as you can about any dietary supplement you might take. Talk to your doctor, your pharmacist, or a registered dietitian. A supplement that seemed to help your neighbor might not work for you. If you are reading fact sheets or checking websites, be aware of the source of the information. Could the writer or group profit from the sale of a particular supplement? For more information from the National Institute on Aging about choosing reliable health information websites, visit •R  emember. Just because something is said to be “natural” doesn’t also mean it is either safe or good for you. It could have side effects. It might make a medicine your doctor prescribed for you either weaker or stronger. •T  ell your doctor. He or she needs to know if you decide to go ahead and use a dietary supplement. Do not diagnose or treat your health condition without first checking with your doctor. • Buy wisely. Choose brands that your doctor, dietitian, or pharmacist says are trustworthy. Don’t buy dietary supplements with ingredients you don’t need. Don’t assume that more of something that might be good for you is even better for you. • Check the science. Make sure any claim made about a dietary supplement is based on scientific proof. The company making the dietary supplement should be able to send you information on the safety and/or effectiveness of the ingredients in a product, which you can then discuss with your doctor. Remember that if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. For more information on this article or other health-related concerns, contact Southern Star Medical Group at 601-450-2034. They are located at 4 Willow Point, Hattiesburg, MS. Source:

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Diabetes 101 By Dr. James Griffin, Chief Medical Officer


uring my medical training, I had occasion to spend time observing in a family physician’s private medical office. One day, an elderly gentleman who had not received a medical exam for several years came to the office. He stated, “Doc, I think I got a touch of the sugar.” His symptoms included thirst, frequent urination during the day and night, fatigue, and unexplained weight loss. These symptoms had been present for several years but he’d been afraid to see the doctor. He gave a history of a brother with similar symptoms and when he finally went to the doctor, he was diagnosed with “sugar” and ended up with partial amputation of a foot. This patient feared that he might also not only have “sugar”, but that his foot would be amputated because he’d come to the doctor. As it turned out, the patient did indeed have “sugar”, the lay term for diabetes, received appropriate care, and did not suffer amputation of any limbs. This experience sensitized me at an early stage in my medical career about symptoms associated with diabetes, as well as fears and concerns that people have about this disease. Several of my family members have since been diagnosed with diabetes. Diabetes is a chronic medical condition where the level of glucose in the blood is too high. Glucose is the fuel used by cells of the body. Glucose is carried to the cells by the bloodstream, but needs the help of a hormone made by the pancreas (a small organ inside the abdominal cavity) called insulin, to get inside the cells where it can be used. In the case of diabetes, sometimes the pancreas does not make enough insulin to help remove the glucose from the blood, or the cells are not as responsive as they should be in letting the insulin work. The result is the same—glucose levels in the blood are higher than they need to be. In a simplification, if you could imagine that all the homes (cells) in a city were powered by firewood (glucose) and that the firewood was constantly being delivered to the outside of these homes. In order to get inside the homes where the firewood could be used, a locksmith company (pancreas) would send out locksmiths to all the homes to help get the firewood inside the homes. A problem would be created if the company did not send out enough locksmiths, or the locks did Page 6 — Healthy Cells Magazine — Pine Belt — ­ November 2012

not work well with a lot of the homes. The firewood would end up piling up in the streets where it could cause problems, and the homes (cells) would have trouble functioning. The frequency of diabetes, especially in Mississippi, is alarming. Statistics taken from the Mississippi State Department of Health reveal that in 2002, over 245,000 adult Mississippians had a diagnosis of diabetes. In 2010, Mississippi ranked the second highest in the United States for overall diabetes prevalence, with over 270,000 adult Mississippians having Type 2 diabetes. This amounts to over 12 percent of the adult Mississippi population. Over 20 million Americans have diabetes, and in Mississippi today, it’s estimated that over 100,000 have diabetes and don’t know it. Elevation in blood sugar levels can cause several symptoms, including excess thirst, fatigue, blurred vision, frequent urination during the day and night, hunger, and unexplained weight loss. Of course, these symptoms may be caused by any number of medical conditions, but diabetes should be considered during the medical evaluation and workup. There are three major types of diabetes. •T  ype 1 Diabetes: In this case, the pancreas makes little or no insulin. This is found more in individuals from childhood up to the age of young adults. •T  ype 2 Diabetes: This is found more frequently in adults and makes up the majority of diabetes in the United States. It is also being diagnosed more frequently in teens and young adults in association with obesity. Because Type II diabetes can develop symptoms slowly, some people have no symptoms initially. •G  estational Diabetes: This develops during pregnancy in a woman who had no prior diagnosis of diabetes. There are many groups who are at increased risk of developing diabetes. Of course, it is well known that an increased frequency of diabetes is associated with obesity. Statistics taken from the Mississippi State Department of Health reveal the following:

• African-Americans are 77 percent more likely than whites to be diagnosed with diabetes, and that one in four African-American women older than 55 has diabetes. • Hispanics are 66 percent more likely to have diabetes diagnosed than whites, and among the Mexican-American subgroup, the risk is as high as 87 percent. • American Indians and Alaska Natives are twice as likely to have diabetes as non-Hispanic Whites of the same age, and Asian-Americans are at 18 percent higher risk of diabetes than non–Hispanic whites. With respect to diagnosis, diabetes can be strongly suspected by the appearance of glucose in a urine sample, but it is usually diagnosed by a blood test. A blood sugar level drawn prior to the first meal of the day (fasting) that is above 126, or a test referred to as Hemoglobin A1C (HbA1C) with a level greater than 6.5 percent, are diagnostic for diabetes. Another test called an “oral glucose tolerance test” may also diagnose a diabetic state. In this test, a certain amount of glucose is given orally; a diagnosis can be made if the measured blood sugar two hours later is greater than 200. Individuals who have symptoms should be screened. Additionally, overweight children above the age of 10, overweight and obese adults (body mass index greater than 25 or 30 respectively), and adults over the age of 45 should be screened. Most complications from diabetes occur due to the prolonged elevation of glucose in the blood stream, and over time, damage to the nerves and blood vessels will occur. Eye damage can lead to blurred vision and in some cases blindness. Kidney damage can cause a decrease in function of the kidneys and potential kidney failure. Nerves in the body are affected, causing sensations of pain, tingling, loss of

feeling, especially in the lower extremities and feet. Nerve damage may even cause erectile dysfunction and trouble with movement of food through the intestinal tract. Blood pressure and cholesterol may be harder to control. Risks of heart attack or stroke increase with uncontrolled diabetes. Infections and sores in the legs and feet are more difficult to control and can result in partial or complete amputation of toes, feet, or legs. Risk of these potential complications can be minimized or averted with early diagnosis and good control of diabetes. There is no way to prevent Type 1 diabetes, but the risk of Type 2 diabetes decreases with the control of weight and obesity and an active lifestyle. Treatment may include diet, exercise, oral medications, and in some instances, insulin injections. If you are in a high risk category or you have symptoms suggestive of diabetes, I encourage you to see your medical provider for evaluation and testing at your earliest convenience. Diabetes, if detected early, can be controlled and many complications avoided. For more information about diabetes or to schedule an appointment, contact Southeast Mississippi Rural Health Initiative, Inc. (SeMRHI) at 601-545-8700. SeMRHI accepts all patients with a special emphasis on the uninsured and underinsured. They also accept Medicare, Medicaid, Private Insurance, and Private Pay. A Sliding Fee Program is available for those who qualify. Southeast Mississippi Rural Health Initiative, Inc. (SeMRHI) is a network of 14 community health centers located in Hattiesburg, Seminary, Sumrall, New Augusta, Beaumont, Brooklyn, Lumberton, and Picayune.

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Dwight Owens Inspiring Thankfulness Submitted by Forrest General Hospital


f you had asked Dwight Owens seven years ago where he would be today, he probably wouldn’t have imagined himself receiving national recognition for his work advocating against drinking and driving—all as the result of a nearly-fatal experience in his own life. Though he faces the daily struggles of recovery from a debilitating accident, Owens’ journey is an inspiring one that can teach everyone to be a little more thankful with each new day. Today, Owens is thankful for life, thankful for love and family, and thankful for the chance to make a difference. In August 2005, Owens was 23 years old, looking forward to starting his dream job teaching and coaching in Collins, Mississippi at the school where he played football. On his way to prepare his classroom for the fall,

Owens’ car was nearly unrecognizable following the accident, but Dwight captured an image of the wrecked vehicle to help others understand the devastating effects of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. he was hit by a 71-year-old drunk driver, sending his life in a completely different direction. He coded twice following the wreck, and on his way to Forrest General Hospital in Hattiesburg by ambulance, he recalls seeing an incredible vision. He saw his father, who was killed when Owens was a sixth grader, and other relatives who had passed on, standing in a field of flowers near a bright point of light. Just before walking into the light himself, he heard a Forrest General emergency room physician say, “We’ve got him back.” Those four words marked the beginning of a long journey through months of hospitalization, including several surgeries and time in Forrest General’s Intensive Care Unit to care for punctured and bruised lungs, his severed spine, broken ribs, a shoulder injury, head trauma and displaced organs. Though he received the devastating news that he would be paralyzed from the waist down, he credits Forrest General staff members, including many nurses and beloved physician Duncan Donald, MD, with saving his life. He fondly remembers one nurse, Kim Sisson, who was a great comfort to him as he transferred to Methodist Rehab in Jackson following Hurricane Katrina. He recalls that she held his hand all the way to Jackson in the back of the ambulance, taking care to reassure him and make sure he was stable over bumps and curves. As he Page 8 — Healthy Cells Magazine — Pine Belt — ­ November 2012

Owens is proud of the success his book has achieved in helping him spread his message of hope. The books are available through his website and at retail locations, such as Forrest General’s CAREing Expressions Gift Shop.

worked his way toward regaining his independence through rehab, his role as a source of support for fellow rehab patients solidified his commitment to help others avoid making decisions that could leave them or someone else in a similar situation. Today, Owens uses his infectious smile, uplifting personality and can-do attitude to share his story, most recently through his book Still Standing. The book details his journey from the fateful day of his father’s death to the triumphs he has achieved in recent months, including receiving a national award on the stage of Radio City Music Hall in New York City. In addition to fighting against drugs and alcohol, Dwight also works with people with disabilities, advocating for them and helping the newly injured and others having a tough time adjusting to their disability to transition to a life of independence. His story is also used, in the form of a specially-recorded video interview, to inspire new Forrest General employees during orientation sessions. Dwight’s inspirational story of recovery and message of gratitude to the hospital’s staff and physicians serve to reinforce Forrest General’s We C.A.R.E. philosophy and encourage employees to provide the highest level of care. He will soon start a road tour that will hopefully take him from Miami to Maine, spreading his message and sharing his book with thousands more that need his particular kind of inspiration. In addition to the things he was already thankful for, Owens now has even more to look forward to as he and his wife await the arrival of their baby girl this winter. “Everyone should be thankful for the small things—being totally independent is a gift,” said Owens. “I made a promise to God to use my experience to help others. I want my joy to shine so that others can be joyful despite their circumstances. Despite this wheelchair, I’m still standing.”

For more information on Dwight and his inspiring story, visit his website Copies of his book, Still Standing, are available at CAREing Expressions Gift Shop, located in the lobby at Forrest General Hospital.

After months of trying to locate her, Owens enlisted the help of Forrest General staff who were able to pinpoint the nurse that Dwight remembers from the ambulance ride to Jackson after Hurricane Katrina. Owens was reunited with that nurse, Kim Sisson, and enjoyed talking with her over lunch at the hospital in 2012.

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Eating Healthy and Eating Well! N

ovember, the kick-off to the Holidays and all the parties and meals that can make our waistlines and our health concerns rise. Below are three very healthy and very tasty recipes that will be perfect for one of the parties or dinners you are planning.

Wild Rice Mushroom Soup Ingredients

1 Tbsp. olive oil 1/2 white onion, chopped 1/4 c. chopped celery 1/4 c. chopped carrots 1 1/2 c. sliced fresh white mushrooms 1/2 c. white wine, or 1/2 c. low-sodium, fat-free chicken broth 2 1/2 c. low-sodium, fat-free chicken broth 1 c. fat-free half-and-half 2 Tbsp. flour 1/4 tsp. dried thyme Black pepper 1 c. cooked wild rice


Put olive oil in stockpot and bring to medium heat. Add chopped onion, celery and carrots. Cook until tender. Add mushrooms, white wine and chicken broth. Cover and heat through. In a bowl, blend half-andhalf, flour, thyme and pepper. Then stir in cooked wild rice. Pour rice mixture into hot stockpot with vegetables. Cook over medium heat. Stir continually until thickened and bubbly.

Nutritional Analysis Per Serving

Serving size: About 1.5 cups, Calories 170 Sodium 190mg Total fat 5 g Total carbohydrate 20g, Saturated fat 1g Dietary fiber 1.5g Monounsaturated fat 3g Protein 7g Cholesterol 6mg

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Acorn Squash with Apples Acorn squash is a good source of vitamins A and C, potassium, and fiber. Here it’s paired with apples and brown sugar to make a hearty main dish. Serve along with whole-grain crackers and a small wedge of your favorite cheese to round out all food groups.

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Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored and sliced brown sugar small acorn squash, about 6 inches in diameter trans-free margarine


In a small bowl, mix together the apple and brown sugar. Set aside. Pierce the squash several times with a sharp knife to let the steam escape during cooking. Microwave on high until tender, about 5 minutes. Turn the squash after 3 minutes to ensure even cooking. Place the squash on a cutting board and cut in half. Scrape the seeds out of the center of each half and discard the seeds. Fill the hollowed squash with the apple mixture. Return the squash to the microwave and cook until the apples are softened, about 2 minutes. Transfer the squash to a serving dish. Top each half with 1 teaspoon margarine and serve immediately.

Nutritional Analysis Per Serving

Calories 270 Sodium 140 mg Total fat 6 g Total carbohydrate 52 g Saturated fat trace. Dietary fiber 5 g Monounsaturated fat 2 g Protein 2 g Cholesterol 0 mg

Apple Pie Ingredients

Pie Crust 1 c. dry rolled oats 1/4 c. whole-wheat pastry flour 1/4 c. ground almonds 2 Tbsp. brown sugar, packed 3 Tbsp. canola oil, 1 Tbsp. water Filling 6 c. 1/3 c. 2 Tbsp. 1 tsp.

sliced and peeled tart apples (about 4 large apples) frozen apple juice concentrate quick-cooking tapioca cinnamon


To prepare pie crust, mix dry ingredients together in a large mixing bowl. In a separate bowl, mix oil and water together with whisk. Add oil and water mixture to dry ingredients. Mix until dough holds together. Add a bit more water if needed. Press dough into 9-inch pie plate. Set aside until filling is prepared. To prepare filling, combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Let stand for 15 minutes. Stir and then spoon into prepared pie crust. Bake at 425 F for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 F and bake 40 minutes, or until apples are tender.

Nutritional Analysis Per Serving

Serving size: 1 slice Calories 215 Sodium 16mg Total fat 9g Total carbohydrate 31g Saturated fat 1g, Dietary fiber 4g Monounsaturated fat 5g Protein 3g Cholesterol 0mg November 2012 — Pine Belt — ­ Healthy Cells Magazine — Page 11

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Spiers Chiropractic Pain & Wellness Center By Carolyn Jones-Primeaux


ome of us are very good about preventative care. We get our routine medical check-ups to keep our physical body healthy, see the dentist regularly, and have thorough eye exams to prevent eye disease. Yet, when it comes to the maintenance and care of our spine and nervous system, we seem to take an “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” mentality. Our spine is literally the backbone of our ability to live a full and useful life, yet we take so little care of it. Dr. Denton Spiers of Spiers Chiropractic Pain and Wellness Center explains it this way, “Think of a car, you get in, turn the key and drive, and drive, and drive. All cars are designed to run efficiently for a period of time, but sooner or later, the miles and Page 14 — Healthy Cells Magazine — Pine Belt ­— November 2012

wear and tear all add up. In order to ensure that a car continues to run at its highest efficiency along the way, maintenance is required: oil changes, tire rotations, and more. If we don’t maintain it, what then? The same is true for our bodies, especially our spine. We ‘drive it’ everyday and the miles add up (slips, falls, accidents, injuries, poor posture, etc). We put the wrong fuel in the gas tank (poor nutrition).” When it comes to our own health, we are our own worst enemy. We abuse our bodies in ways we don’t even realize, and eventually this takes its toll and the result is pain! Like the check engine light on the dashboard of our car, pain is our body’s way of telling us something is wrong. While unpleasant, most patients think their

problem is their pain. (‘Can you make the pain go away?”) But pain is rarely a problem. Sadly, most patients are so disconnected, their bodies have to practically shout to get their owner’s attention and make a change. Everything we are able to do is because of our nervous system. It is the master system that controls all the other systems and the proper functions of all our body parts and organs, which is directly responsible for our health and our general well-being. Herein lies the key to preventative disease and our greatest functional capacity, which is maintaining proper spinal health through regular chiropractic adjustments. When the spine is properly aligned, the communication pathways are functioning to their fullest capacity allowing the body to handle stress, injury, and illness much easier. Doctor says, “People who seek chiropractic care are quite openminded regarding options that have a more natural approach. They are looking to avoid harmful drugs and surgery if possible. Sometimes these are necessary; any time we can eliminate the potential for surgery and prolonged use of pain medications we feel good, and the patient is grateful.” Recently, a woman in her mid 60s came to his office. She had worked in the medical field all her life, and when asked if she had ever been under chiropractic care in the past, she replied, “No, I always believed it to be quackery.” Her daughter, who has suffered from migraines and fibromyalgia, convinced her it was time to rethink her health approach. This woman was on many medications, was facing an unwanted surgery, and saw the great results her own daughter was experiencing because of good, natural chiropractic care. She decided to try it. Within three spinal adjustments, this same woman is now a patient who has experienced 50 percent reduction in her pain. She says now she wished she would have tried chiropractic care years ago. Dr. Spiers says of this account, “Many people who come to me are skeptical of chiropractic doctors. Most people are unaware that the word doctor means teacher. It just depends on what you are teaching. I teach natural, preventative health care.” He continues, “Unfortunately, chiropractic care is often the last resort in health care after patients have tried many other avenues with no healing results and sometimes ill side effects. If chiropractic care were part of people’s good health routine , many serious problems could be prevented or the severity and/or pain intensity lessened.” Dr. Spiers tells another experience of a man who came to his office complaining of neck pain that ran down his right arm, greatly limiting his ability to work. Upon talking with the patient, examining him, and taking X-rays, he was diagnosed with a pinched nerve caused by degenerative disc damage and misalignment. After four weeks of intense treatments consisting of electrical muscle stimulation, deep tissue massage therapy, traction, and chiropractic adjustments, his pain, which he rated a 10 when he started is now rated at a 1 and he is well on his way to being rehabilitated. Dr. Spiers says that “communication is one of the most important parts of any relationship, but especially true with doctorpatient relationship. Our patients want to be heard, and it is my job to listen and to understand what makes them feel good and what makes them hurt. The more I can know, the more I can help.” People initially seek a doctor due to a symptom, in this case, pain. Therefore, the first goal in restoring health is to reduce pain and improve function. During this phase treatments are more frequent, and patients find that pain relief can take up to one month, which is not very long considering most problems have taken years to develop. Once the pain is reduced, the rehabilitative phase begins and treatments are directed toward improving function by restoring November 2012 — Pine Belt — ­ Healthy Cells Magazine — Page 15

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strength and flexibility. At this point, treatment frequency begins to decrease and the patient is given home exercises to help strengthen and balance their body. This really is a team effort. Full healing cannot happen without a patient’s willingness to be part of their recovery. The final goal is to maintain your health once the patient has reached their maximum level of improvement. “This is probably the most important part of the treatment. Periodic exams and maintenance adjustments allow for early detection of joint and muscle problems before they develop into something more serious. Most people who have been in severe pain don’t want to go back to that place.” Remember the old saying “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it?” Well, Dr. Spiers has another old saying, and it seems to be very tried and true, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Well said, Dr. Spiers, well said!

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What Makes Us Truly Thankful

Blood Donors, the Silent Heroes! By Christina Ghents, MSAS, MT (ASCP)


s the temperature begins to drop, and the beautiful colors of autumn dapple the Pine Belt, our thoughts turn to good times with family. The yearly trip to the hunting camp is a fall tradition for many families, as is cheering for the home team at the football game. Soon we will be planning Thanksgiving trips to Grandma’s house, and Christmas journeys to be with children. In this season we are thankful to be able to spend time with those we love. But consider, what about those who need blood? Without you, their time with their families may be running out. Let’s take a look at the three most common reasons people give for declining to make a blood donation.

I don’t have time. Blood donation is relatively quick and easy, and knowing the necessary time commitment makes your life-saving donation easy to fit into any schedule. When you enter the blood bank, you will be given some material to read that explains what will happen during the donation, what tests will be performed on your donation, and some things that may disqualify you from donating blood at this time. The information changes periodically, and the Food and Drug Administration requires you be given the opportunity to read this document each and every time you give blood. This will take about 5 minutes. The health history questionnaire is the next step, and includes taking a small sample of blood to ensure you have sufficient blood cells to allow you to safely donate that day. We will also take your blood pressure, pulse and temperature, and ask you a series of questions to assess your general health. This process takes from 10 – 20 minutes, depending on travel, medications, and health conditions that must be qualified. The donation process itself takes from 15 minutes to an hour and 15 minutes, depending on the type of donation for which you qualify. Donating platelets takes the longest, but they are in constant need, since platelets have a shelf life of only 5 days. After your donation, we encourage you to stay at least 15 minutes in our refreshment area. Have a snack and sports drink to rehydrate and replace the sodium lost in the donated blood. Taking this time will ensure you feel your best for the rest of the day. So planning for at least one hour for a whole blood donation and two hours for a platelet donation will allow you to schedule this life-saving appointment. The time you spend is priceless to the parents of the child injured in the car accident, or the mother hemorrhaging after childbirth. These are the people you would be helping with your donation and they would certainly be thankful for your time. I’m afraid of needles. No one likes the feeling of the needle. We do our very best to make it as pleasant as possible, and sometimes we do hear people say that they didn’t even feel it! Most people have a momentary sting and then do not feel the needle after that. Occasionally you may have some bruising and soreness at the phlebotomy site. Page 18 — Healthy Cells Magazine — Pine Belt ­— November 2012

Being afraid of a needle pales in comparison to being afraid of cancer or recovering from a serious surgery. As heroes, we may be afraid, but that cancer or surgical patient would certainly be thankful of us setting aside that fear of a needle poke. No one ever asked me. You may have seen the posters or billboards advertising a blood drive in your business, school, or church, and thought someone else would be the one to donate. Only 38 percent of the population is eligible to give blood, and only 5 percent of us actually roll up our sleeves and donate. But, six out of every ten people will use blood in their lifetime. Those six out of ten people—sons, daughters, sisters, brothers, spouses, and friends—would certainly be truly thankful, as well as those of us who share their lives. Please share your good health with someone who will always be thankful for your lifesaving donation. Find the Hero in You! For more information, contact Christina Ghents, Center Director of United Blood Services at 601-264-0743.

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Testosterone Replacement Getting You and Your Heart Back on Track By Dr. Rebecca Boyd


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. There is certainly 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 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 who produced the lowest amounts of testosterone had the highest rates of mortality due to cardiovascular disease and all causes. In October 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 1990s, 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 really good news about testosterone replacement. For more information, contact Dr. Rebecca Boyd at Forward Health Solutions at 601-450-2077.

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Diabetic Retinopathy Submitted by Southern Eye Center


iabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of blindness in the 35-60 years old group. The longer the duration of diabetes mellitus, the greater the odds of developing retinopathy. Up to 95 percent of cases of blindness related to diabetes can be prevented with early diagnosis and treatment. This requires periodic dilated retinal exams to be properly diagnosed. Many patients with sight threatening retinopathy present with very good vision initially; thus having very good sight does not guarantee that your eyes are fine and do not require urgent treatment. Since diabetes damages the blood vessel walls, these become weakened and are more

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sensitive to mild blood pressure elevation, so controlling the pressure is very important. Cholesterol deposits in the retina can also cause permanent damage and lipid control is essential to improve the odds of maintaining good vision. Dr. Jaime Jiménez, Vice President of Southern Eye Center and retina specialist, explains: “the retina is a thin delicate membrane that lines the inside of the eye. Light is focused into this nervous tissue, which acts similar to a film in a camera. If the normal circulation is altered (such as in diabetic retinopathy, arterial or venous occlusions), specific layers of cells are destroyed (such as in age

related macular degeneration or inflammatory diseases) or if the normal anatomy is distorted (such as macular puckering or scar tissue formation), this can result in loss of vision. Fortunately, with early diagnosis and treatment, the damage to vision can be improved in most instances.” There are two stages of Diabetic Retinopathy: • B ackground Diabetic Retinopathy: Small hemorrhages (or broken blood vessels) can occur in the retina. They may not require immediate treatment, but should be closely monitored for any change. • P roliferative Diabetic Retinopathy: This occurs when small retinal vessels close, depriving the retina of oxygen. If this occurs within the portion of the retina known as the Macula, vision will often be impaired. As this condition worsens, new blood vessels may grow or “proliferate” on the surface of the retina. This sometimes results in bleeding into the clear vitreous gel that fills most of the inside of the eye. This may cause vision to be blocked or become distorted. In addition, at any stage there can be: • Exudative Diabetic Retinopathy: Tiny blood vessels are weakened, resulting in leakage of fluid into the retina. This leads to Macular Edema, a condition in which the “central vision” portion of the retina becomes swollen like a sponge and results in a decrease in the central vision. Treatment It has been well documented the chronic sugar elevation (as measured by glycosylated hemoglobin or Hgb A1c) is an extremely important factor associated with progression of Diabetic Retinopathy. Besides control of sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol, the best way to prevent loss of vision from Diabetes is early detection through routine eye exams. The eye examination may include a fluorescein angiography, in which a yellow dye is used to track the path of weakened or abnormal retinal blood vessels. In early stages, Diabetic Retinopathy is usually treated with a laser that can be performed as outpatient in the physician’s office. Another modern treatment consists of injections in the eye of substances that decrease retinal swelling or that help eliminate abnormal vessels. In advanced stages, surgery can be performed to clear bleeding inside the eye or to restore normal anatomy by removing scar tissue. At Southern Eye Center, we have pioneered the field of outpatient retinal surgery and these are done in our Ambulatory Surgery Center under local anesthesia. Properly managing your diabetes and having regular eye exams will also help patients to decrease their risk for blindness.

CHRISTMAS RED KETTLE AND ANGEL TREE KICK-OFF The Salvation Army is making an extended effort this holiday season to bring a ray of hope to local families frustrated by the harsh realities of making ends meet and in need of a helping hand. The Salvation Army’s bell ringers alongside their red kettles, help generate a large degree of local support for programs in the community. The Salvation Army is dedicated to its peopleserving ministry not only during the holiday season, but year round. Captain Andy Gilliam, local Corps Officer says, “Although The Salvation Army’s visibility is more heightened during the holidays, We want everyone to know our programs are ongoing. We all need to come together to revitalize and strengthen the core of our local community by offering support to those needy families and individuals in any way we can.” The annual kick-off event to officially open the Christmas season will be November 9, 2012 at Turtle Creek Mall Center Court in front of JC Penny at 12:00 Noon. The community is invited to the ribbon cutting and hear the wonderful voices of the Sacred Heart Pre-K students serving as honorary angels for the event. The Salvation Army Angel Tree will be manned by volunteers daily until December 13. The Red Kettles will be out in front of local businesses until December 24. Volunteers are very much needed to help man all the locations for both programs and in assisting in the Toy Warehouse beginning December 10. If you can give several hours of your time during this holiday season to help needy families receive a brighter Christmas, please call the office at 601-544-3684 for more information on the times and locations.

Dr. Jiménez specializes in the management and treatment of retinal-vascular diseases and Retinal Detachments. Dr. Jiménez says, “treating patients for me is about treating the whole person—when I can give my patients a second chance for sight; I know the profound effect it will have on their life. It is truly rewarding to be able to use my God–given talents to improve someone’s quality of life.” With the recent addition of Dr. Abumere Akinwale, Southern Eye Center has two full-time specialized, regional retina surgeons. For over 20 years, Southern Eye Center has pioneered outpatient retina surgeries and for 16 years have had a dedicated operating room to perform retinal intraocular procedures as on an outpatient basis. For more information about Southern Eye Center, please visit us on the web at or call 601-264-3937 for Hattiesburg or 601-251-3937 for Picayune.

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emotional loss

“If I Start Crying Will I Be Able To Stop? Submitted by Hulett-Winstead Funeral Home


here are many misconceptions about the pain associated with significant emotional loss. Some relate to the reaction of others, for example: It’s not fair to burden them with my pain, or you have to be strong for others (mom, dad, kids, etc.). Some relate to how we ourselves think we should be reacting to the loss, for example: I should be over it by now, or I have to keep busy. One of the most hidden and dangerous fears is that if I ever let myself feel the pain that I sense, I will start crying and never be able to stop. It is precisely this kind of incorrect assumption that can keep us locked into a position of unresolved grief, forever. And yet, based on what we have been taught in our society, it is a most logical extension of everything we have ever learned. We were taught from our earliest ages that sad, painful, or negative feelings were to be avoided at all cost, and if we were unable to avoid them, at least, not to show them in public. Everyone we’ve ever talked to can relate to these comments: “if you’re going to cry, go to your room, and cry alone”; “knock off that crying or I’ll give you a reason to cry”; “smile and the whole world smiles with you, cry and you cry alone.” Those are just a small sampling of the kinds of remarks that have dictated your reactions to the loss events in your life. In last month’s article we said that many of our survival habits were developed when we were quite young, and that we may be managing adult lives with the limited skills and perceptions of a child. If you picture a tiny infant, unhappy about something, you will realize that the infant communicates displeasure at the top of its little lungs. If you think about it, you will recall that infants also express pleasure at the top of their lungs. They make no distinction between happy and sad, in terms of volume or intensity. As children move out of infancy, they are socialized to reduce both the volume and intensity of the expression of their feeling responses to life. This might be somewhat acceptable if both happy and sad were merely muted a little and muted equally. Unfortunately, only the sad side gets severely crimped. The happy, joyful, and positive feelings are allowed to stay, and can even be shared with others. The other half of our normal feeling existence is relegated to isolation, separation, and aloneness. Page 26 — Healthy Cells Magazine — Pine Belt ­— November 2012

With all of those beliefs and habits as a backdrop, it is almost entirely logical that we might be terrified to show or express any of the normal and natural painful reactions to losses of any kind. It even makes sense that we might believe that if we started crying we wouldn’t be able to stop. So, if you have been a little hard on yourself for what you could not do, give yourself a break. You may have been executing your programming perfectly. It may sound a little harsh and inhuman to say that you were programmed, but if you follow the analogy, you might find it helpful in allowing you to change. At the very least, if you can see how well you executed the incorrect things you learned, you will see that you can also execute correct things with great precision. We have yet to see anyone not be able to stop crying. However, we have seen too many people not begin the process of Grief ❣ Recovery® because of an inordinate fear of any expression of their sad, painful, or negative feelings. For information about programs and services, visit our website at or contact Hulett-Winstead Funeral Home at 601-582-1571.

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children’s health

Diabetes in Children By Dr. Lara Otaigbe


ore than 177,000 Americans under the age of 20 suffer from some form of diabetes. While children have long been diagnosed with Type 1, or early onset, diabetes, health experts have recently seen an increase in the number of children and adolescents diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, which is linked to obesity and lack of activity. Diabetes is a chronic disease where the body does not produce or properly use insulin, a hormone needed to convert sugars, starches and other foods into energy. Type 1 diabetes, commonly known as childhood diabetes, occurs when the pancreas stops producing insulin. People who have Type 1 diabetes are

dependent on daily insulin shots. Type 2 diabetes, once known as adult-onset diabetes, occurs when the pancreas cannot produce enough insulin for the body to process sugars or the body cannot use the insulin. Type 2 diabetes, which generally occurs in the obese or physically inactive, is becoming more and more prevalent in children and teens. Until recently, only one to two percent of children with diabetes were diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. In some geographic areas, up to 45 percent of children with diabetes are now diagnosed with a form other than Type 1; mostly Type 2. Type 2 diabetes requires a blood test to diagnose and often initially shows few symptoms. A child is highly at risk for Type 2 diabetes once their body mass index and weight are above the 85th percentile for their age. Other risk factors include a family history of Type 2 diabetes and insulin resistance. Children with diabetes face unique challenges as they deal with the disease. Depending on the severity, children may require regular insulin injections. The first step in managing the disease is eating a healthy diet and increasing physical activity levels. These steps will not only help regulate weight, but also blood sugar, which affects other parts of the body. If untreated, diabetes can lead to problems with the eyes, heart, kidneys, nerve, liver, or blood vessels. Managing the disease with a doctor’s supervision can help avoid these potential problems. For children and teens at risk of Type 2 diabetes, the best answer is often a change in lifestyle. By lowering their weight and body fat with a nutritious balanced diet and regular exercise, children and teens can drastically decrease their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. For children and teens who have already developed Type 2 diabetes, it is important to check blood sugar levels every day, stay active, maintain a healthy weight, and eat healthfully. Children may require medication in order to help them produce more insulin, reduce their insulin resistance, or to help slow the absorption rate of carbohydrates. While children with Type 2 diabetes sometimes require insulin shots, that treatment is more common in those those with Type 1 diabetes. Because people with Type 2 diabetes often produce insulin but are resistant to it; it is not unusual for them to need insulin injections temporarily when first diagnosed or during illness or surgery. While diabetes can cause serious physical damage if left untreated, it can be managed, minimizing its long-term effects on the body. Talk with your doctor if your child experiences symptoms such as an increase in the frequency of urination and thirst, increased tiredness, blurred vision, or nausea so that your child can be tested for diabetes. Dr. Lara Otaigbe is a Certified Diabetes Educator and Family Practice physician at Wesley Medical Group in Hattiesburg. She is a graduate of the Johnson and Johnson Diabetes Institute and is trained in insulin pump management. Dr. Otaigbe is committed to providing practical diabetes management options to patients in the Hattiesburg area. Wesley Medical Group’s Hattiesburg office is located at 2109 Hardy Street and can be reached by phone at 601-583-4160.

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Patients Benefit From a Patient Portal Submitted by South Central Regional Medical Center


edical practices across the United States are recognizing the value of patient portals. Patients are able to access test results, make appointments, ask a question, pay their bill, etc. Patient portals also provide an essential tool for practices seeking to meet the criteria established in the new incentive payment program for electronic health records (EHR) developed by the federal government. What is a patient portal? A patient portal functions in some ways like a website in that information can be secured from a web-based site. A portal, however, provides secure two-way communication. Unlike a medical practice’s office operations, the portal provides 24-hour, self-service options. It allows patients to handle business and clinical interactions at their convenience with their healthcare provider’s practice. It also allows a medical clinic’s staff to respond when the clinic is open for business. While the features of patient portals may vary between providers, the typical options patients have to manage or communicate with their healthcare provider are: • Registration • Medical history • Appointment scheduling requests and confirmations • Test results notification and tracking • Patient-health care provider communication • Online bill payment • Prescription renewal Regardless of the specific elements, patients benefit because they feel as though they are participating in their healthcare process. The majority of patients surveyed about patient portals stated they were interested in gaining access to information from their medical record online.

access to personal health records, and allows for appointment requests, prescription refill requests, and online payment of bills. To access the portal, simply visit and select the Patient Portal link to establish or securely access your account. Jan Bates, Clinic Manger of Laurel Surgery Clinic, explains Prime Patient, “This program has been implemented for patients so that they will have easy, secure online access to their health information. It is very convenient to be able to use your smart phone or home computer to access this information. Once a patient has registered their information, they are registered for all South Central Clinics.” Clinic personnel within the South Central Health System share this information, thus allowing the patient to save time. By using electronic health records, the care at a South Central Clinic is more efficient and lowers the cost of care for everyone. “It is our goal throughout the South Central clinics to provide patients with the best experience possible,” says Bates. “For patient convenience, we provide answers for clinical or medical records questions, appointment times, and prescription refills.” For more information about Prime Patient, please call Jan Bates at 601-649-7802 or visit South Central online at

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Portal Benefits Patient portals strengthen the physician-patient relationship. Being able to secure their information at their convenience, patients feel more closely associated with the practice. Clinics providing a patient portal to their patients tend to have happier patients. It can also make a difference in which healthcare provider a patient chooses. Those with a patient portal are perceived to be more modern and technologically savvy. Time is a critical practice resource, especially in the case of healthcare providers. Using a portal allows the practice to allocate more time to seeing patients. Electronic forms, which can be completed on line, reduce the amount of time that patients, especially new patients, spend in the practice’s lobby waiting to be seen. As patients are given more responsibility for their own healthcare costs, it is important that practices provide both cost efficiencies and quality. Portals offer the transparency expected by younger consumers who expect value and access to their health information.

November 24, Small Business Saturday, Downtown Merchants November 29, 7p.m. Christmas Tree Lighting, Town Square Park. December 1, 10 a.m. Jaycee Christmas Parade, Streets of Downtown December 1, 11 a.m. Lunch with Santa, Bianchi’s Pizzeria December 3, Author Extravaganza, Main Street Books December 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20 12 Noon – 1 p.m. Sounds of the Season presented by WCU Winters School of Music & HHDA. Downtown restaurants December 8, Pine Belt Holiday Expo, JDSCC 10 a.m. 4 p.m. December 8, 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. Holiday Art Walk December 8 & 9, 5 – 9 p.m. Historic Neighborhood presents, Victorian Candlelit Christmas

South Central Clinics Implement Prime Patient To offer patients a convenient and secure option for online access to health records, South Central Regional Medical Center has launched the Prime Patient Portal. Prime Patient provides their users November 2012 — Pine Belt — ­ Healthy Cells Magazine — Page 29

nursing home culture

When Life Meets Art...Expect Great Things! By Barbara Lofton


r. William Thomas, founder of The Eden Alternative for nursing home care, wrote a book, In the Arms of Elders, in 2006. In the book, we learn about a couple, both medical doctors, who are shipwrecked on an island. They suffered injuries and are tenderly attended by the islanders. They wear the most comfortable clothes, eat the most nourishing food, and when their healing has progressed, they are expected to contribute to the overall good of the community. About halfway through the book, you will begin to understand that Dr. Thomas is talking about what a nursing home’s goals should be. We hear Hannah, a caregiver in the book, state, “Elders exist because they show us how to make a community. As we give to them, they give to us: their wisdom, their experience, and their affection. When we come together to meet their needs, we learn how to live as human beings.” What a vision statement for nursing homes! We learn from the caregivers about the three plagues of the elderly. These are loneliness, helplessness, and boredom. I witnessed these with both my parents while they lived at home and later with my father when he lived in a nursing home. But these plagues are not unique to long-term care facilities. I frequently hear from families whose loved ones face these same plagues while living at home. Yet they are determined to remain at home and the plagues just get worse. Many people do not realize that the culture change in nursing homes has already begun. Dr. William Thomas has taught us that the nursing home model was based on the hospital model. No one wants to live out life in a hospital setting. Nursing homes should be based on a home model. Residents should be given as many choices as possible. Choices in schedules, menus, rest and activity times allow the best quality of life possible for these who have given so much and are now due our best.

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Life Meets Art The residents of Bedford Care Center of Hattiesburg were given such an opportunity on October 13. Bedford collaborated with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes to offer an opportunity for our youth to serve our seniors. This event, called the Pink Huddle, brought 100 young women, members of FCA, to meet and serve our residents. This was the first such event for girl athletes in this area. Our sincere appreciation goes to Mitchell Williams with FCA and his wife, Sheila, for coordinating this event. The girls ate hamburgers with all the trimmings, which were prepared and served in our Bedford gazebo. They participated with residents in activities such as Horse Races and pumpkin carving. At the end of the day, the pink “Make a Memory” balloons were launched. While serving, the athletes learned the valuable contributions of our residents. We have World War II, Korean War, and Vietnam veterans, both male and female, who gave them first person history lessons. We have retired white-collar and blue-collar workers who taught the value of hard work and the benefits of continuing education. Our seniors told our youth about life without electricity, telephones, malls, and fast food. The young women gave lessons in technology that offers opportunities that many seniors have never even dreamed possible. They brought the energy and excitement of youth that will lift spirits for weeks to come. These generations came together and all were blessed. Life did meet art, and we expected and got great things! Barbara Lofton is the Resident Benefits Specialist at Bedford Care Centers. She can be reached at 601-264-3709 or by e-mail at

November 2012 — Pine Belt — ­ Healthy Cells Magazine — Page 31

positive communication steps

If Someone You Love Has a Hearing Problem,

Here’s How You Can Help… Part 2

Submitted by HearingSolutions of The Pine Belt, LLC


eft untreated, hearing loss can affect a person’s quality of life in many ways, yet without even realizing it, you may be making it easier for someone not to seek help. Such wellintentioned effort, such as repeating yourself or “translating” what others are saying, may be preventing your loved ones from realizing how much communication they fail to understand or miss completely. The following are some positive steps you can take in order to help them find the help they need: Don’t raise your voice. Shouting will only strain your voice, distort what you’re trying to say and make you even more difficult to understand. Speak in a normal voice, making sure you get your loved one’s attention before you speak. Don’t be the messenger for everyone else. As tempting as it is, interpreting for a loved one what others are saying may be enabling them to avoid seeing the magnitude of the problem. This always delays them getting the help they so desperately need. Call a hearing professional for an appointment. You need to call a hearing professional who understands today’s technology to schedule a confidential consultation and complete hearing evaluation. This facility should be clean with state-of-theart equipment, which has been calibrated and serviced on a regularly scheduled basis. The clinician should be licensed, certified, and thoroughly trained. Sound rooms or acoustical chambers must be utilized in the evaluation procedures and they should meet all the ANSI and OSHA requirements. Beware of the “audiometer in a room” approach. Don’t trust your hearing problems to just anyone. The professional will know the right questions to ask and the correct evaluation to perform. If, in fact, your loved one does require hearing rehabilitation, they will be able to discuss the options and the model or models that will provide the best results for their needs. Be sure your hearing professional offers follow-up care and long-term warranty protection. Go to the hearing evaluation with them. It is crucial that you or another family member attend the appointment with them. Hearing loss affects all involved and hearing professionals like to get input from other family members regarding the scope of the problem. In my practice, I insist the patient be accompanied for the evaluation. If a hearing aid is required, it’s equally important that you participate in the fitting in order to understand many procedures involved with wearing a hearing aid. Page 32 — Healthy Cells Magazine — Pine Belt ­— November 2012

As you are well aware, the person who has the hearing problem is not the only one affected. It takes its toll on you and the entire families so don’t delay. It’s essential that you assist your loved one in finding the help they need right away. Dr. Michael Hunt, PhD, ACA, AAS, who wears hearing instruments, is an 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.

women’s health

Age and Loss of Posture How Your Body Changes Part 2 By Jan Tregre, DPT at Women’s Therapy Center


ust as signs of aging are seen in wrinkles and gray hair, there are also age-related changes in bones, joints, and muscles. Bones can lose density, joints can degenerate, and muscles can lose mass and strength. Over time, these changes in the body can lead to compensations in posture and movement. Posture is affected by the alignment of the shoulders, spine, hips and pelvis. Shoulders and hips can tip sideto-side or forward and backward. If one side gets higher, the other side compensates by going lower. If one side moves forward, the other side compensates by moving backward. Loss of symmetrical and upright posture can lead to muscle weakness, pain, stiffness, inflammation and eventual deformity of joints, especially in women ages 40 to 80. Loss of posture can affect: • Balance: Strength in the core muscles of the trunk can decrease with age, impairing balance. Compensation for unsteady balance includes a wider stance in an attempt to increase the body’s base of support. The result is a forward bent posture and a shuffling, unsteady walking pattern, which increases the risk of falling in the elderly. • Mobility: A forward bent posture reduces the natural movements of the hips and pelvis, causing stiffness and loss of mobility. The ability to get up and down effortlessly or walk efficiently is limited, often causing a more sedentary lifestyle. Older people can become tired more easily and have less energy. • Pain: Compensations for weak muscles or stiff joints can result in all types of pain. When postural changes occur, joints are stressed and become inflamed. Unusual stress on muscle tendons that are not functioning in their normal positions can also cause pain and can actually damage muscles and joints. • Youthfulness: Curves are lost in the low back and hips, which can make the body’s outline look wider and older. A rounded spine and forward bent posture causes the chest to cave inward and the abdomen to stick out, giving the appearance of weight gain and loss of height and making the person look older. Exercise is one of the best ways to slow or prevent problems with the muscles, joints, and bones. A regular exercise program as well as a balanced diet with calcium, vitamin D and protein helps to maintain strength, flexibility, and bone health, especially after the age of 40. Exercise and movement are important in keeping good muscular postural control and joint mobility for an upright and symmetrical posture. You can follow these simple steps to start a good posture exercise program: • Practice standing as straight as possible as often as possible • Keep your head and chest up and knees straight and together when standing • Choose a firm chair with lumbar support when sitting and avoid slouching

•U  se an exercise ball or foam roll to practice low back mobility and balance Always consult your healthcare provider before beginning a new exercise program. A physical therapy program may be needed to improve functional mobility lost with physical impairments related to postural changes. For more information on postural changes related to aging, contact Jan Tregre, Doctor of Physical Therapy and owner of Women’s Therapy Center at 601-336-8287 or visit Women’s Therapy Center is located at 7 Willow Bend Drive in the North Lake Serene Office Park on Hwy 98 W in Hattiesburg.

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