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2011 Volume 1, Issue 6

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Movement: The Biodex System

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Emotional: A Passion To Help Fight for Hope

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Nutritional: Holiday Traditions Enhanced with Grapes

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Physical: Don’t Miss a Beat

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Financial Health: Debt & Credit Counseling

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Safety: Rethinking Holiday Drinking

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Movement

The Biodex System

Safe, Effective, and Comfortable By William Holt, DPT

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f the many orthopedic issues which bring patients to physical therapy, one of the more common is a total knee replacement. Almost everyone has heard the horror stories from family or friends about physical therapists straight from the Tower of London who mercilessly work to bend and straighten your knee. While it is true that regaining functional range of motion after knee surgery is not a cake walk, thanks to a piece of rehabilitation technology the range of motion aspect of therapy following surgery can be more akin to a social hour than a game of tug of war with your therapist. Isokinetic units (machines which move at a fixed speed that are utilized for joint strengthening) have been around since the 1950s. Not long after their use became more common in rehabilitation and exercise, it was discovered that these machines could be used as a slow and controlled form of joint passive range of motion. Instead of the patient exerting a force against an “arm” moving at a fixed speed, the patient could simply kick back and relax and let the machine do moving for them. The Biodex System is one of the more popular forms of these machines. Many people who have received a knee replacement are familiar with the CPM unit, a machine placed on the knee after surgery to increase range of motion of the joint. The patient lays in bed with their affected leg in the CPM secured with straps at the thigh and shin. The far end of the machine slides on a rail towards the person causing the knee to bend at the “joint” in the machine in an accordion like fashion. For the majority of patients this experience is less than enjoyable. The Biodex System, in contrast, includes a chair, a control unit, and a movable arm. The patient is placed in the chair and then adjusted so that the bend of the knee is roughly aligned with the axis of rotation of the moving arm. After ensuring proper alignment, the machine can then be adjusted to alter the speed of the moving arm, how long the hold time is when the knee is in the maximum amount of stretch, as well as which range of motion to emphasize depending on whether a patient is lacking in bending or straightening out of the knee. There are many features of this process which patients find enjoyable. The controls allow for gradual adjustment into increasing amounts

of bending and straightening of the knee. With varying treatment times, this allows the patient to begin in a relatively small, pain-free range of motion and gradually work into greater amounts of stretch based on their personal level of tolerance. With the user friendly controls, the patient can take an active role in therapy and control the amount of stretch placed on the knee. Another benefit of this type of range of motion is, with consistent set up by the therapist, it provides for a visual measure of progress for the patient beyond the standard verbal milestones given in terms of degree of bend. Returning to prior levels of functioning after a total knee replacement is often times a slow and effortful process. However, the addition of the Biodex System to the early stages of total knee replacement rehabilitation can make the regaining of range of motion in the clinical setting more enjoyable for both the patient and their physical therapist. William Holt is a Physical Therapist at BioKinetics Physical Therapy and Training, an outpatient Physical Therapy clinic in Calvert City, KY *The Biodex System is an official product of Biodex Medical Systems, Inc December 2011 — Western Kentucky — ­ Healthy Cells Magazine — Page 5


emotional

A Passion To Help

Fight for Hope By Carol Foreman, Community Representative, Paducah (Western) Kentucky

There were 600 advocates from across the US who traveled to Capital Hill in support of the Pancreatic Cancer Research & Education Act (S362/HR733)

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earing a diagnosis of cancer is frightening, but hearing that its pancreatic cancer is devastating! I know all too well the emotions and the reality of this deadly disease. My father was diagnosed in June 2010, by August he was gone. Everyone diagnosed with any cancer deserves a chance to fight. Early detection is the key to survival. Like most people, when my father was diagnosed I knew very little about the disease. And through my search to empower myself, I learned that it is the least researched, least funded, and has the lowest survival rate of all the major cancers. My question is how can this be since it is the 4th leading cause of death among

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the top 10 cancers, and one of the cancers that even doctors fear the most? 74% of people will die within the 1st year; the 5 year survival rate is only 6%. Imagine this, 100 people in a room, 5 years later only 6 people remain. This is a statistic that is hard to ignore. In my search I came across an organization called The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. This is a national organization creating hope to increase the survival rate for people diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. They’re doing this is in a comprehensive way, through patient support, community outreach, and advocacy for a cure. In Oct. 2010, 2 months after my father died, I knew that


ing. In Feb. 2011 the Pancreatic Cancer Research & Education Act HR733/S362 was reintroduced to the 112th congress. This bill would ensure that the NCI develops a long term comprehensive strategic plan for developing early diagnostics & treatment options that will increase the survival rate for Pancreatic Cancer. This bill would create HOPE!

My husband Jeff & I preparing to speak to our Members of Congress. Me holding my daddy’s photo. I needed to be a part of this dedicated group of people. Today I am a volunteer and an advocate in western Kentucky with the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.

How can you help? Become an advocate, contact your federal Senators and Representative ask them to cosponsor the Pancreatic Cancer Research & Education Act HR733/S362. It’s simple to do and your voice will make a difference. Become a volunteer in your community to help create awareness. Never in a million years did I think that I would be doing what I am doing today, but never in a millions years did I think that pancreatic cancer would take my father away. It has been over a year now since my father died; my heart is healing, and the grief is not as deep. My tears have turned into a passion to help fight so that other families will not have to watch their fathers, mothers, sisters or brothers die from this horrible disease. My hope is, someday on a podium somewhere, there will be survivors of every cancer, with numerous pancreatic cancer survivors dressed in “purple” and they will proudly say, “I fought pancreatic cancer, & I WON! It is time that we Know it, Fight it, & End it!

For more information on pancreatic cancer or or to become an This is what we are doing; advocate go to www.pancan.org To become a volunteer go to www. We’re supporting patients through PALS, our Patient & Liaiknowitfightitendit.org. For Patient support contact PALS today, M-F son Service. It provides patients and their families the most cur7am-5pm Pacific Time, Toll-free at 877-272-6226, or by email at rent information on the disease, treatment options, clinical trials, pals@pancan.org. Carol Foreman, Community Representative, diet and nutrition and pain management. The Survivor and CarePaducah (Western) Kentucky, cforeman@pancanvolunteer.org giver network puts patients and their families in touch with people who share the same experiences. All these services are free of charge and patient information is kept strictly confidential. The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network encourages all patients to consider clinical trials when exploring treatment options. The organization has a database of clinical trials going on throughout the country and can perform personalized clinical trials searches for patients. Patients are strongly encouraged to take trial information to their physicians for treatment options. We’re reaching out to communities across the county, talking about a disease that has received far too little attention, a disease that has seen no significant change in the survival rate in over 40 years, and a disease that receives only 2% of the NCI annual budget for cancer research. A disease that has no early deThese were the Kentucky Advocates in DC. We had a passionate group. tection method! We didn’t know each other when we arrived on Capital Hill, There is a direct correlation but we became a family by the end of the day. between survival rates and fundDecember 2011 — Western Kentucky — ­ Healthy Cells Magazine — Page 7


nutritional

Wild Rice Stuffing with Grapes and Hazelnuts

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hat can possibly make the holidays easier and fun, more delicious and sweet, more festive and bright, and yet traditional all at the same time? The answer is fresh grapes. Luckily, grapes from California are in plentiful supply in all colors — red, green and black — throughout the holiday season. For a dinner or buffet, fresh grapes can be added to two favorite sides, stuffing and cranberry relish, with delightful and satisfying results. There are many familiar stuffing ingredients in Wild Rice Stuffing with Grapes and Hazelnuts, but the distinction in the dish is the wild rice, the toasted hazelnuts and fresh grapes. The grapes add a warm, still-juicy brightness to the stuffing, one that’s perfect with any kind of poultry, from turkey to game hens to goose. In Grape Cranberry Relish, two seasonal fruits work very well together. Grapes provide natural sweetness, so the the amount of sugar that’s added to quiet the strong tartness of cranberries is much reduced compared to similar recipes. The relish is a nice blend of still-noticeable grapes in a sauce that’s remarkably luscious. Pluck the gift of grapes this holiday season and you’ll enjoy every juicy bite no matter how you choose to serve them. For more recipes, visit www.grapesfromcalifornia.com.

Yields: 6 1/4 cups 2 cans (28 fluid ounces total) low-sodium chicken broth 1 cup wild rice 4 slices bacon, diced 1/4-inch 1 tablespoon butter, unsalted 1 large onion (1 1/2 cups chopped), diced 1/4-inch 2 stalks (3/4 cup chopped) celery, diced 1/4-inch 1 1/2 cups button mushrooms, sliced 2 cloves garlic, fresh, minced 1 teaspoon thyme, fresh, minced 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, ground 1/4 cup parsley, fresh chopped 1 cup hazelnuts, toasted and coarsely chopped 2 cups California seedless grapes, rinsed In heavy saucepan, bring chicken broth to a boil. Add wild rice and stir. Cover pan and reduce heat to low. Let simmer for one hour, until rice is tender and has popped open. Meanwhile, cook bacon in fry pan over medium until almost crisp, about 8-10 minutes. Add butter to bacon pan, then add onions, celery, mushrooms, garlic, thyme and salt and pepper. Cook over medium heat for 5 to 7 minutes, until onions are translucent. Remove from heat and fold in parsley, hazelnuts and grapes. Add rice with any remaining liquid in pan to vegetable mixture and toss well to combine. Stuffing may be used to fill turkey, game hens, or chicken. Stuffing may also be baked separately in a casserole dish covered with foil; bake at 350°F for 20 to 30 minutes until hot throughout. To toast hazelnuts, place in 350°F oven for 9 to 12 minutes. Rub in a clean dishtowel to remove skins. Note: If you make ahead and refrigerate, cook time will be 30 to 40 minutes until hot.

Quick Tips for Holiday Entertaining with Grapes

Fresh grapes are a versatile fruit with multiple uses. n Grapes make for easy decorations and centerpieces in bowls and on platters or draped from a cake plate. n Grapes can be easily “frosted” with sugar, spices and finely chopped nuts. Simply wet or dip clusters in liquid gelatin before rolling grapes in your favorite mixture. Use them to decorate cookie plates, cakes, puddings, mousses and more. n Looking for an easy hostess gift? Wrap grape clusters — multiple colors work best — in tissue paper and place in a pretty basket, tied with a ribbon. n Grapes are a quick and easy potluck treat, guaranteed to please, especially when you have very little time to throw something together.

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Cranberry Grape Relish

Yields: 3 cups 2 cups red seedless California grapes 1 12-ounce package cranberries, fresh or frozen 1 orange, juiced and zested 1/2 cup sugar Place all ingredients in heavy saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium and cook, stirring occasionally for 10 minutes until thick and shiny. Let cool thoroughly, then store in airtight container in refrigerator for up to one week. Serve alongside roast turkey, pork or ham.

Arrange grapes around your cheese plate and cut into mini-clusters for easy eating.

Make Grapes Your Healthy Holiday Ally n Fresh grapes are low in calories — just 90 per 3/4 cup serving — yet are satisfying and very, very good for you. Grapes of all colors are a natural source of beneficial antioxidants known as polyphenols, which may help contribute to a healthy heart. n Snack on grapes before going out. They’ll fill you up, so you can graze in moderation. n Offer grapes on appetizer plates and as a side so friends and family can share in the goodness of this beautiful fruit.

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physical

Don’t Miss a Beat What is Atrial Fibrillation (AFib)?

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Fib is a common condition in the heart that causes the atria - the upper two chambers of the heart - to beat very fast and irregularly. When this happens, blood isn’t pumped through the heart as well as it should be, which makes people with AFib vulnerable to the formation of a blood clot in the atria. AFib is the most prevalent sustained cardiac arrhythmia (heart irregularity) in the United States, affecting more than 2.2 million Americans. In the past 20 years, there has been a 66 percent increase in hospital admissions for AFib, due to the aging population. Looking ahead, it is estimated that AFib will affect more than 12 million people in the U.S. by 2050. What are the symptoms of AFib? AFib can produce a broad range of symptoms, or none at all. Because it is characterized by an irregular and fast heart rate, patients often experience unpleasant palpitations or discomfort in the chest. The inefficient pumping ability of the heart may cause weakness, faintness, and shortness of breath. How do I know if I’m at risk? Age is a major risk factor for AFib; the average age of people with AFib is about 75, and approximately 70 percent of those people are between 65 and 85 years of age. Underlying heart disease and having had prior heart surgery are the most common risk factors of AFib. It is possible to have AFib when there are no other signs of a heart disorder. Other risk factors include diabetes, high blood pressure, hyperthyroidism (too much thyroid hormone), and excessive alcohol consumption.

AFib and stroke risk During AFib, the atria (upper chambers of the heart), don’t pump all of the blood in the ventricles (lower chambers of the heart). Some blood pools in the atria. When this happens, a blood clot can form. If the clot breaks off and travels to the brain, it can cause a stroke. People with AFib are at a five-fold increased risk for stroke compared with the general population. At least 15-20 percent of all strokes occur in patients with AFib. Several factors are considered when assessing the risk of a stroke for a person with AFib. People who have had a prior stroke are at high risk. Additional factors that increase risk of stroke in people with AFib include being 75 or older, high blood pressure, heart failure and diabetes. How can I manage stroke risk with AFib? People with AFib have treatment options to help reduce the risk of stroke, including medication that thins the blood to help prevent blood clot formation. Unfortunately, nearly half of people with AFib do not receive appropriate preventive medicine to help protect against the risk of stroke. Where can I go for more information? People with AFib should discuss their stroke risk management options with their health care provider. To learn more about stroke risk in atrial fibrillation, visit www.afibonetoone.com.

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cover story

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Delivers New Advances in Lipo Surgery

Liposuction patients are benefiting from both fat reduction and skin tightening in a new procedure proven safer and more effective. By Sara Browning

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lthough liposuction has traditionally been viewed for Hollywood celebrities, more and more people are turning to surgery to firm and shape the body where diet and exercise have failed. Conventional liposuction has a history of inflicting patients with invasive procedures that necessitate long recovery periods while causing bruising and high levels of discomfort. Fortunately, Smartlipo TriPlex™, an exciting new advance in liposuction, treats excess fatty tissue through a less invasive laser procedure that ensures patient safety and comfort. According to Anti-Aging.org, Smartlipo TriPlex™ is the most trusted and used form of laser lipolysis today. A Medical Breakthrough Contrary to traditional liposuction, Smartlipo™ uses a laser to achieve a smooth body contour. Although Smartlipo™ has been used for years to remove excess fatty tissue using two wavelengths, the addition of the third wav length in Smartlipo TriPlex™ stimulates collagen growth to promote skin tightening around the treated area, a patient benefit that could not be achieved using traditional liposuction. Smartlipo TriPlex™ uses the only laser in the world that combines three separate wavelengths (1440, 1064 and 1320 nm) to tighten skin, remove excess fat and treat irregularities in fatty tissue. Obstetrician and Gynecologist Amber Savells, M.D., practices with Blair Tolar, M.D., at Obstetrics & Gynecology in Paducah, Kentucky. The practice purchased the laser two months ago. According to Dr. Savells, a small cannula is inserted through a tiny incision allowing the lasers to treat the fat cells beneath the skin. The light and heat of the laser creates a photomechanical effect that disrupts the fat cells and creates a hemostatic effect for blood vessel coagulation. Coagulation is the process by which blood forms clots to stop bleeding. The light and heat also causes the tissue to restructure, resulting in skin tightening. “There’s no blood loss or bruising because the laser coagulates all the small blood vessels beneath the skin, which makes it safer for patients. Also, the wavelength of the laser causes the skin to tighten over the next several months. Conventional liposuction leaves patients’ skin hanging loose once the fat is removed.” Dr. Savells says the fat cells may temporarily increase in size but will eventually die, decreasing the number of fat cells in the treated area. Another unique facet of Smartlipo TriPlex™ is that it comes equipped with Smartsense with Thermaguide. This technology prevents the patients’ skin from becoming too hot by monitoring the skin’s temperature, according to Anti-Aging.org.

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A Patient-Friendly Procedure The specialized technology of Smartlipo TriPlex™ helps ensure a quick and easy treatment process with very little patient recovery time. According to Dr. Savells, the procedure’s use of the latest technology, the smallest incisions and only a local anesthetic keep bruising, swelling and downtime to a minimum. Minimizing trauma allows patients to heal quickly with little discomfort. “The laser melts through the fat tissue, so the procedure is much less invasive with very little pain,” says Dr. Savells. The surgery creates a tiny incision in the skin, which results in the smallest of scars. Incision sites heal without stitches. Dr. Savells says patients can recover in as little as a day, and most patients only require a single treatment. “It’s one simple procedure. Patients can take off work one day and then return to work and their regular activities the very next day, so there’s very little downtime. Patients recover with almost no pain, and they never have to be put to sleep.” During the recovery process, very few patients will require more than an occasional mild painkiller. The procedure generally lasts between one and two hours, depending upon the area of the body that requires treatment. Smartlipo TriPlex™ is performed as an outpatient procedure in the office, eliminating hospital costs for patients. Patients also save money as there is no cost for anesthesia. Seeing Results The end result of Smartlipo TriPlex™ creates smooth body contouring and enhanced definition. In order to “fully appreciate a size reduction,” Dr. Savells says patients should wait between one and two weeks to see results. The skin-tightening process takes longer, and patients will begin to notice a difference in their skin within six months. “The laser causes the collagen layer of the dermis to restructure, so it takes awhile to see results,” says Dr. Savells, adding that once patients begin to notice a difference, “it will keep getting better and better.” Patients may continue to see results for up to one year. The treated area will have a decreased number of fat cells, therefore greatly reducing future weight gain in the specific area. “Patients will see long-term results,” says Dr. Savells, adding that the fat is removed forever unless a patient gains a significant amount of weight. Because adults do not create new fat cells, the fat cells expand when a patient gains weight. Smartlipo TriPlex™ permanently destroys the fat cells; therefore, if a person gains weight, fat will not be deposited in the treated areas. “If a patient maintains the same body weight, the results are permanent.” The Ideal Candidate Smartlipo TriPlex™ is designed to assist individuals who maintain a healthy body weight through diet and regular exercise. Dr. Savells says the technology targets candidates of an average weight who are not excessively overweight or obese. “This technology is not really designed for weight loss. It’s designed for someone who has what they consider a problem area.” Such problem areas include love handles, thighs, hips, back, upper arms, buttock, abdomen and chin. Free Consultations Individuals who desire to learn more about how Smartlipo TriPlex™ surgery can benefit them are welcome to schedule a free office consultation and receive a cost estimate for their procedure. “Patients should schedule a consultation so the physician can see which areas of the body need to be done,” says Dr. Savells. “The cost will differ depending on which area needs surgery. During the Page 14 — Healthy Cells Magazine — Western Kentucky ­— December 2011

consultation, patients can work out a payment plan with their physician.” Dr. Savells says when compared with several very common cosmetic procedures, procedures using Smartlipo TriPlex™ are very affordable. Patients should also discuss any current or past medical conditions with their physician during the consultation. Consultations may be scheduled by calling the office at 270-443-1220. The office is located at Doctor’s Office Building 2, Suite 201, 2603 Kentucky Avenue Suite 201, Paducah, Kentucky 42003. Gift certificates for liposuction procedures make great Christmas gifts and are available at the office. For more information on Smartlipo TriPlex™, visit www.anti-aging.org/content/smartlipo-triplex.asp.

Amber Savells, M.D.

Amber Savells, M.D., is a graduate of Murray State University and the University of Kentucky Medical School and completed her residency in obstetrics-gynecology at Good Samaritan in Cincinnati. Dr. Savells joined the practice of Blair Tolar, M.D. at Obstetrics & Gynecology of Paducah in 2009.

Blair Tolar, M.D., practices at Obstetrics & Gynecology of Paducah, Kentucky. He attended the University of Louisville School of Medicine in Louisville, Kentucky.

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learPoint Credit Counseling Solutions is a national nonprofit agency that has been in business for over 30 years and serves Paducah from inside C-Plant Credit Union at 118 Bleich Road, as well as by phone and online. The local counselor is Patsy Marine, who is available for free counseling sessions by appointment. Patsy has been with ClearPoint for five years after twenty years in the banking industry. She is also the Vice-President of the McCracken County Habitat for Humanity and a member of the Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce. ClearPoint’s mission is to help consumers obtain a clear understanding of their financial situation and how to improve it through counseling and education. Working closely with our clients, our credit counselors help identify and resolve the source of their financial concerns. ClearPoint has years of experience providing innovative solutions and education services for consumers’ unique financial circumstances. Our organization has worked with over a million people get back on the path to financial success. Our counseling is tailored to meet your needs. ClearPoint’s certified credit counselors can work with you in-person, over the telephone, or by Internet, to review your financial situation and an action plan for tackling your debt and shoring up your finances. In our confidential, one-on-one counseling sessions, a certified counselor will assist you with housing-related issues, debt, credit problems, and bankruptcy education. We also offer community workshops on a variety of topics including buying a home, credit and budgeting. Although we are best known for working with clients with severe debt, the majority of our counseling helps people learn how to budget, use credit wisely, prevent becoming a victim of identity theft, or the steps to take before buying your first home. ClearPoint also partners with other like-minded organizations to promote consumer health through financial education. To prepare for your counseling, and have more time to ask your counselor questions, gather your most recent credit card statements and correspondence you’ve had with collection agencies or the I.R.S. and make a list of your sources of monthly income and expenses (such as food, utilities, gas, clothing, gifts and other miscellaneous expenses). Also, prepare any questions you have for your counselor. It also helps to think about your specific financial goals so you can share them and provide for them in your pending budget planning. During your free, confidential session—which lasts about an hour— you and your credit counselor will work together to develop a plan which will address your household budget, creditors, and savings. Your counselor will pull your credit report (with your permission) and conduct a review of your situation and your financial goals. Depending on your personal circumstances, your counselor could provide you with many various suggestions. He or she may tell you about the debt management program, advise you to speak with an attorney about your debt, send you off on your own to see if you can follow your budget, refer you to other resources, or help you determine how you might increase your income or reduce your expenses. You will usually have time to ask your most burning questions as well.

Once your credit counseling session has been completed, your counselor will give you a written overview of your current financial picture, including an Action Plan detailing your personal goals and corresponding strategies to meet them. You’ll take away our complimentary Guide to Financial Achievement, which outlines some of the

most important money management basics such as what elements make up your credit score, personal budgeting forms and assessing your debt-to-income ratio. Your next challenge is to act on the steps you’ve learned. Paying down your debt and improving your finances is one of the most rewarding goals possible. Short of winning the lottery or inheriting money, becoming debt free is a slow process. Small steps, carried out repeatedly over time will make all the difference. Along the way, you’ll develop some new habits around money that will eventually become second nature and enable you to maintain financial stability while reaching your dreams. Once you’ve given yourself a chance to work toward your goals, your circumstances may change or you might begin to struggle. If so, you can call ClearPoint for a follow up visit. Your credit counselor can help you make adjustments to your budget, provide some encouragement and answer any new questions. ClearPoint is a member of the National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC) and the Independent Association of Independent Consumer Credit Counseling Agencies (IACCIA), a system-wide accredited business of the Better Business Bureau (BBB), accredited by the Council on Accreditation (COA), a Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)-approved housing counseling agency and Department of Justice (DOJ)-approved bankruptcy education counseling agency. Free appointments for credit, debt, budgeting and most housing related issues may be made by calling 877-877-1995. For more about ClearPoint, visit www.ClearPointCCS.org. December 2011 — Western Kentucky — ­ Healthy Cells Magazine — Page 15


safety

RETHINKING Holiday Drinking Alcohol-related Traffic Deaths Jump on New Year’s Eve

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ome New Year’s predictions are, tragically, very reliable. For example, more people are likely to die in alcohol-related traffic crashes on New Year’s Eve than on other mid-week winter evenings. Just look at the numbers. A recent analysis of National Highway Traffic Safety Administration statistics shows that, by the time our country finished ringing in the year 2011, 59 people had died in alcoholrelated traffic crashes in the 12-hour span between 6:00 p.m. on New Year’s Eve and 5:59 a.m. the next morning. Two weeks later, on the same night of the week, the death toll dropped to 13. Myths Persist Even though many of us are aware of the higher rates of alcoholrelated traffic fatalities on New Year’s Eve, myths about drinking and Page 16 — Healthy Cells Magazine — Western Kentucky ­— December 2011

driving persist—myths that, for some, can prove fatal. Scientific studies supported by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) on how alcohol affects our brains and bodies provide important information that challenges these commonly held—but incorrect— beliefs. These myths are related to how quickly alcohol affects the body and how long these effects can last. Alcohol’s Effects Begin Quickly Many New Year’s revelers get into trouble because they generally do not recognize that critical driving-related skills and decision-making abilities are diminished long before they begin to show the obvious physical signs of intoxication. Initially, alcohol acts as a stimulant and if you drink you may temporarily feel upbeat and excited. But don’t be fooled. Inhibitions and


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can beat them. Pace yourself and be aware of how much you’ve consumed throughout the night.” Even When Drinking Stops—Alcohol’s Effects Do Not During a night of drinking, it’s also easy to misjudge alcohol’s lasting effects. Many revelers believe that they can drive safely once they have stopped drinking for the night and have had a strong cup of coffee. The truth is that alcohol continues to affect the brain and body long after the last drink has been downed. Even after someone stops drinking, alcohol in the stomach and intestine continues to enter the bloodstream and circulate through the body. As a result, judgment and coordination can be impaired for hours after drinking. Driving home late at night is especially hazardous because natural drowsiness is magnified by the depressant action of alcohol. Driving abilities may even be impaired the next day, when any alcohol remaining in the system, or the general headache and disorientation associated with hangovers, contributes to the general feelings of sluggishness, even though the person no longer feels “drunk.” Before You Celebrate—Plan Ahead No one intends to harm anyone when they get behind the wheel on New Year’s Eve. Yet traffic fatalities persist and myths about drinking live on—even though scientific studies have documented how alcohol affects the brain and body. Because individuals are so different, it is difficult to give specific advice about drinking. But certain facts are clear—there’s no way to speed up the brain’s recovery from alcohol and no way to make good decisions when you are drinking too much, too fast. On an evening like New Year’s Eve (or any other evening, for that matter), rapid consumption of large amounts of alcohol is especially dangerous. So this New Year’s Eve, do not underestimate the effects of alcohol. Don’t believe you can beat them. Pace yourself and be aware of how much you’ve consumed throughout the night. And as you think about the consequences of an arrest or a potentially fatal traffic crash, make alternative plans to get home safely.

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his innovative treatment was created specifically for people who want an alternative, fast and dramatic relief treatment for all kinds of headaches, without taking drugs. Approximately 50 million documented people in the U.S. suffer from migraine headaches every year. • Women are most affected (3:1 vs. men) most commonly with premenstrual cycle. • Approximately 70% of all women who get migraines can predict the onset of a headache around their cycle. • Hormonal fluctuations (estrogen) • With menopause, fluctuations stop, causing a 65-70% less frequency of headaches (something to look forward to ladies” • 30-45 year olds have more migraines than any other age groups. • 70-80% of migraine sufferers have a family history of migraines, (cause is unknown). Types of Migraine: • A headache only on one side of the head • Pulsating or throbbing pain • Can shift sides during the same headache • Lasts 4-72 hours • Pain must be severe enough to limit or impair normal activity • Pain must be intensified by physical exertion Classic and Common: Approximately 25% of individual that suffer from migraines have a classic kind of headache. The pre-headache) may be experienced hours or even days before a migraine episode. With effective immediate treatment, they can prevent the headache. Symptoms of a typical Migraine: • Food cravings • Difficult finding words and/or speaking • Constipation or diarrhea • Confusion • Mood changes-depression, irritability • Vertigo • Muscle stiffness, especially the neck • Partial paralysis • Fatigue • Increased urination • Visual: flashing lights, wavy lines, spots, partial loss of sight, blurry vision • Olfactory hallucinations-smelling odors that aren’t there • Tingling or numbness of the face and extremities on the side where the headache develops • Auditory hallucinations • Decrease in or loss of hearing • Reduced sensation • Hypersensitivity to feel and touch • Pain feeling “heavy” on their head • Sharp pain in one area, “like a knife in my eye”

During a migraine, the blood vessels in the brain expand in a process called vasodilatation. As the tissues surrounding the brain swell, the pain increases. Some “‘headache” medicines increase blood vessel dilation which increases inter-cranial swelling, worsening the migraine. “Rebound headaches” can occur if too much of some medicines are taken. Cold Stone Therapy is a treatment that combines custom made marble stones to be applied cold to certain key headache sites, which will immediately start to reduce the swelling of the blood vessels and essential oils (aromatherapy) used to stop or relieve the top four kinds of headache pain. The four most common types of headaches that are suffered are from food, environment, stress and hormones. The essential oils are applied to specific areas of the face and neck. When the client inhales these essential oils, it immediately begins to affect the brain physiologically, thereby calming the tissues and naturally reducing the pain. Things That Triggers Migraines are debilitating for a lot of people, so much so that it alters their normal enjoyment of life and being able to work. It is not known, why some people get migraines and some do not. • Stress/Anxiety—# 1 cause of getting migraines • Caffeine—70-80% of sufferers are addicted to caffeine • Foods containing MSG, tyramine, sulfates and nitrates (fast/junk food) • Lack of food (low blood sugar) • Dehydration (can inhibit stimulation of blood flow and appropriate lymphatic drainage) • Alcoholic beverages—red wine and beer (darker colored causes more headaches) • Aged cheeses • Chocolate—semi sweet (dark chocolate can get rid of headache) • Hormonal changes • Poor sleep habits (quality sleep-too much/too little) • Changes in weather including humidity, barometric pressure, temperature • Smoking and/or tobacco products (nicotine) • Perfumes or chemical odors-Sense of smell strongest, goes directly to brain • Medications—side effects • Bright or flickering lights—having picture taken • Muscle tension • Altitude (flight migraines) • Motion—traveling, amusement rides • Serotonin—Common for a migraine when it drops • Poor nutrition • Air pollution • Loud and constant noise For more information or to schedule your appointment, please contact Jenny Stephens at 270-415-3444. Jenny’s Day Spa is located at 4793 Village Square Drive, Suite J, Paducah, KY.

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children’s health

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leep is vital for children’s overall health and development. That’s why it’s important that children develop good sleep habits, right from the start. “Parents of infants need to know how to help their baby safely fall asleep,” says Robert W. Block, MD, FAAP, of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). “And older children will benefit from an environment that helps them get enough sleep.” Here are some tips for safe and adequate sleep from the experts at the AAP: Safer Sleep Babies up to 1 year of age should always be placed on their backs on a firm surface to sleep. This will reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, or SIDS, which is the leading cause of death in the United States for babies between 1 month and 1 year old. “While we don’t know what causes SIDS, we have learned how parents can dramatically lower the risks,” says Dr. Block. Make sure the crib, bassinet or play yard meets current safety standards and hasn’t been recalled. And make sure to keep all objects — including soft toys, blankets and crib bumpers — out of the crib, as they can increase the risk of suffocation or strangulation. Consider using a sleeper instead blankets, and make sure the baby’s head remains uncovered. The crib can be in the same room as you sleep, but do not place the baby in the same bed as you. Also, keep the baby away from smoke and smokers. Page 22 — Healthy Cells Magazine — Western Kentucky ­— December 2011

Warm, Not Hot Keep the room where your baby sleeps at a comfortable temperature. In general, dress your baby in no more than one extra layer than you would wear. Your baby may be too hot if she is sweating or if her chest feels hot. You may offer a pacifier, which can help reduce the risk of SIDS. However, other products like wedges, positioners, special mattresses and specialized sleep surfaces have not been shown to reduce the risk of SIDS. If you are breastfeeding, wait until breastfeeding is going well before offering a pacifier, usually around 3 to 4 weeks. Children should be taken out of a crib by the time they are 35 inches tall. Establish Routines If your child or teen seems to be having trouble sleeping, try altering the environment or establishing a routine. For example, see if your child sleeps better in a dark room or with a night light. Do not allow a TV in your child’s bedroom, and make sure he or she doesn’t watch or read anything upsetting or scary within two hours of bedtime. Instead, a bath, warm drink or story time will help a child unwind. For more tips to help your young one get a good night’s sleep, visit the AAP’s website for parents, www.healthychildren.org. If sleeping problems persist, consult your pediatrician. Even sleepers with the toughest problems can learn good habits.


grief recovery

“Am I Equipped For Happiness?” Healthy Cells magazine is pleased to present the third in a series of feature articles on the subject of Grief Recovery®. The articles are written by Russell P. Friedman, Executive Director, and John W. James, Founder, of The Grief Recovery Institute. Russell and John are co-authors of WHEN CHILDREN GRIEVE - For Adults to Help Children Deal with Death, Divorce, Pet Loss, Moving, and Other Losses Harper Collins, June, 2001 - & THE GRIEF RECOVERY HANDBOOK - The Action Program For Moving Beyond Death, Divorce, and Other Losses (Harper Perrenial, 1998). The articles combine educational information with answers to commonly asked questions.

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ast month we touched upon the idea that grievers develop a relationship to their pain, as if their identity hinged on regarding themselves as unhappy. Many people become so familiar with those painful feelings that they are afraid to let them go. If it were not so sad, and if it did not have such dire consequences, one would be tempted to draw a cartoon of someone clinging desperately to a horrible looking creature called “pain,” terrified of losing it. And yet, that is exactly what it looks like. Some of us have very long-term relationships to pain. We may have unresolved loss-of-trust experiences from childhood that keep us in an almost perpetual state of acceptance of pain as a permanent condition. Many of us keep dragging the unfinished relationships of our past into all of our new relationships, and then acting surprised when they always end the same. We may be ill-equipped to deal with the feelings caused by the end of each new relationship, and we may be unaware that almost all of our past relationships are incomplete or unresolved. Some of us are able to acknowledge that we have sabotaged many relationships. While we have the intellectual awareness that we are the common denominator in the sabotages, we find ourselves unable to change our behavior. If the intellect were the key to successful recovery then we would be able to think ourselves well. We would be able to understand ourselves into better actions. Clearly that does not work. Unresolved grief is cumulative and cumulatively negative. Incomplete relationships create unresolved grief & unresolved grief creates incomplete relationships. Incomplete relationships can cause us to limit our lives, can induce us to sabotage good relationships, and can encourage us to keep choosing poorly. Unresolved grief becomes a relationship to ourselves as unworthy of happiness. We must learn how to grieve and complete relationships that have ended or changed. It may sound simple, and it is simple. Why then, do so many people resist taking the simple and clearly defined actions of Grief Recovery®? The opening paragraph of this article referred to how familiar we become with our pain. Familiarity can create a powerful illusion that change is not necessary, that growth is not possible, and that where happiness is concerned, 20% equals 100%. “Am I equipped for happiness?” Yes, but I am much more familiar with pain. As the direct result of years and years of practice, I am expert at identifying and relating to pain. Happiness is an unwelcome intruder in how I relate to myself. We have all searched desperately for the key to happiness. While it may sound simplistic to say that we held the key, ourselves, all along, it is true. Access to our own happiness is directly linked to our ability to grieve and complete our relationships with people and events, as well as our ability to grieve and complete our relationship to the pain we generate when we are reminded of the unhappiness we have experienced in our lives. Many of us say, over and over, that if only this or that would happen I could be happy. The thing might be love or money or success

or fame. And yet, how often do we get the very thing we wanted and wind up as unhappy as we were before, and even more disillusioned? To rediscover your ability to be happy, you must go back and grieve and complete all of the incomplete relationships from your past. As you do so, you will begin to find your normal and natural desire and ability to be happy. You may have heard people talk about stripping away the layers of an onion; we prefer the analogy of stripping away the leaves of an artichoke, and discovering your heart inside. QUESTION: I have had many painful loss experiences in my life. Sometimes I feel as if there is no way I can ever let down my guard and allow any positive or happy experiences in. Will the principles and actions of Grief Recovery® help me change this fearful habit? ANSWER: In clearly identifying your behavior as a habit, you increase the probability of growth and change. The idea of changing a habit is probably less intimidating than the idea of changing a behavior. In truth, most of our behaviors are habits that we have practiced so well and so often that they seem like our nature. Many of our survival habits were developed when we were quite young. Often we are managing an adult life with the limited skills and perceptions of a small child. As we grieve and complete the events and the behaviors of our pasts, we become open to our ability to be happy. Next month: “If I Start Crying, Will I Be Able To Stop?” For information about programs and services, write to The Grief Recovery Institute, P.O. Box 6061-382 Sherman Oaks, CA. 91413. Call 818-907-9600 or Fax: 818-907-9329. Please visit our website at: www.grief-recovery.com.

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prevention study

Western Kentucky Residents Called to Contribute to Historic Cancer Research Effort

Involvement Can Answer Critical Questions About Cancer Causes, Prevention Submitted by American Cancer Society

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esidents from throughout Western Kentucky have an unprecedented opportunity to participate in a historic study that has the potential to change the face of cancer for future generations. Men and women between the ages of 30 and 65 who have never been diagnosed with cancer are needed to participate in the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3). CPS-3 will enroll a diverse population of up to half a million people across the United States and Puerto Rico. This rare opportunity for residents from throughout the region to enroll in CPS-3 will take place at the Relay For Life of Warren County, home to Bowling Green, next June 1, 2012. CPS-3 will help researchers better understand the lifestyle, environmental, and genetic factors that cause or prevent cancer. To enroll in the study, individuals complete two steps, one in person and one at home. As part of the in-person enrollment, individuals complete a brief written survey, provide some physical measurements, and give a small blood sample. The enrollment process is complete when individuals complete the more comprehensive baseline survey. Over the course of the study – which is anticipated to last 20 to 30 years – participants will be asked to fill out follow-up surveys every few years that will be sent to their home. “Many individuals diagnosed with cancer struggle to answer the question, ‘What caused my cancer?’ In many cases, we don’t know the answer,” said Alpa V. Patel, Ph.D., principal investigator of CPS-3. “CPS-3 will help us better understand what factors cause cancer, and once we know that, we can be better equipped to prevent cancer.” Page 24 — Healthy Cells Magazine — Western Kentucky ­— December 2011

Dr. Patel added, “Our previous cancer prevention studies have been instrumental in helping us identify some of the major factors that can affect cancer risk. CPS-3 holds the best hope of identifying new and emerging cancer risks, and we can only do this if members of the community are willing to become involved.” Researchers will use the data from CPS-3 to build on evidence from a series of American Cancer Society studies that began in the 1950s that collectively have involved millions of volunteer participants. The Hammond-Horn Study and previous Cancer Prevention Studies (CPS-I, and CPS-II) have played a major role in understanding cancer prevention and risk, and have contributed significantly to the scientific basis and development of public health guidelines and recommendations. Those studies confirmed the link between cigarette smoking and lung cancer, demonstrated the link between larger waist size and increased death rates from cancer and other causes, and showed the considerable impact of air pollution on heart and lung conditions. The current study, CPS-II, began in 1982 and is still ongoing. But changes in lifestyle and in the understanding of cancer in the more than two decades since its launch make it important to begin a new study. The initial enrollment process takes about 30 minutes at the local event and an additional 45 to 60 minutes at home to fill out the more comprehensive baseline survey. Periodic follow-up surveys of various lengths are expected to be sent every few years to individuals. The voluntary, long-term commitment by participants is what will produce benefits for decades to come. “Taking an hour or so every few years to fill out a survey – and potentially save someone from being diagnosed with cancer in the future - is a commitment that thousands of volunteer participants have already made. We’re looking for more like-minded individuals in Western Kentucky to join this effort that we know will save lives and improve the outlook for future generations,” said Dr. Patel. For more information or to learn how to become involved with CPS-3, visit cancer.org/cps3, email cps3@cancer org, or call toll-free 1-888-604-5888. The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end suffering from cancer. As a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers, we fight for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. We save lives by helping people stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early; helping people get well by being there for them during and after a cancer diagnosis; by finding cures through investment in groundbreaking discovery; and by fighting back by rallying lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight. As the nation’s largest nongovernmental investor in cancer research, contributing about $3.4 billion, we turn what we know about cancer into what we do. As a result, more than 11 million people in America who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will be celebrating birthdays this year. To learn more about us or to get help, call us any time, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.


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here was a time when makeup was thick, heavy and clogged pores typically leading to breakouts and skin irritations. Ingredients consisted of countless toxic chemicals and parabens that were considered harmful to the human body. Makeup applied to beautify was unfortunately undoing or slowing the tireless efforts of skin health and anti-aging. Most of what we put on our skin is absorbed, that is how medicinal patches for muscle pain, birth control and smoking cessation work. When it comes to makeup/cosmetics, it pays to consider what you are applying and to choose products from a more natural end of the spectrum. Our skin needs to breathe just like we do, so keeping the skin free of debris and toxins becomes an issue of health, as well as beauty. With more and more cosmetic companies making the move towards natural products, including minerals, you are certain to find a variety of benefits rather than disadvantages. Mineral based products have become a huge trend that is definitely here to stay. Mineral based cosmetics differ from traditional makeup in a very specific way. Most cosmetics have artificial ingredients. They are filled with fragrances, talcs, preservatives, dyes, oils, alcohols, and fillers. These ingredients can be damaging to pores and the skin’s general appearance and health. Warning: All Mineral Make-Ups are not Created Equal Read labels, compare, do your research. The purest, most natural form of foundation make-up available is in mineral cosmetics. These products contain titanium dioxide and zinc oxides which improve the skin condition with continued use. These two natural ingredients are very powerful sun blocks which will protect your face against UVA and UVB’ damage. Minerals are inert and do not support bacteria, so they are physician and aesthetician recommended. Because they have a low allergy risk and are oil free they can be used by the most sensitive and problematic skin types, including acne and rosacea. Minerals are noncomedogenic, which means they will not clog pores. They contain antiinflammatory benefits and can be used after in-office chemical peels and laser procedures. They contain no skin irritating ingredients and are gentle enough to be used by chemotherapy patients. In addition to all of the skin health benefits that mineral products encompasses, the beauty of mineral foundation is that it can be used on all skin types and hues. It is made of high pigment minerals that

have been finely crushed or milled. They are available in loose, pressed, creams and liquids. Mineral foundations provide natural to complete coverage. They leave radiant and flawless finishes. Mineral cosmetics also improve the condition of skin and promote healing with a thin protective layer fighting against free-radicals. Higher quality mineral brands contain more vitamins and minerals to further promote skin health. You get what in pay for when it comes to cosmetics. A higher end product results in higher quality ingredients, less fillers, state-of-the-art technology and advanced research. When evaluating mineral foundations, you may look for: • Vitamins A and E plus moisturizers to even out skin tone • Natural silicones to prolong moisture retention and increase spread ability • Softening agents that provide extreme comfort and a supple fresh look • A “soft focus” ingredient to minimize expression lines • Jojoba and vitamin E acetate, which are high in antioxidants For good health in lip products, you may look for: • Ingredients such as shea butter and tea tree extracts provide maximum moisture • Liquid crystals derived from plants nourish into the cellular level providing protection against windburn and chaffing, especially in extremely cold weather For more information or to schedule a Free Skin Analysis and MakeOver Using Mineral Make-Up call Tammy Nelson or Wendy SuthardGough at 270-534-5641 or visit WHEELER MEDICAL SPA located at 116 Lone Oak Road Paducah, KY.

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