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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Special Supplement

2012 Health Care THE

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INDEX OF ADVERTISERS Azle Chiropractic Clinic........................................... 14 Azle Dental Care.................................................... 44 Azle Eye Care Associates........................................ 6 Azle Family Dentistry................................................ 5 Azle Manor............................................................... 2 Azle Pediatrics........................................................ 34 Azle Therapy.......................................................... 40 Azle Vision Source................................................... 9 Brace Chiropractic.................................................. 38 Decatur Women’s Health Center............................ 33 Dentures & Dental Services................................... 23 Eagle Crest Villa..................................................... 29 Eagle Mountain Family Dental, PC......................... 25 Eagle Mountain Pregnancy Help Center................ 42 Garrett’s Springtown Drug...................................... 21 HealthFirst Azle Clinic............................................. 19 HealthFirst Dr. Frank Lonergan.............................. 12 HealthFirst Internal Medicine.................................. 27 Hogle Insurance Group.......................................... 40 It’s Never Too Late.................................................. 21 Joe S. McCreary, D.D.S......................................... 10

Justin Boatner Insurance........................................ 42 Kathleen L. Brooks, M.D......................................... 36 Larry Don Murphy, D.D.S....................................... 32 Moss Rehabilitation Center...................................... 7 Murr’s Medicine Chest.............................................. 8 Northwest Physical Therapy..................................... 4 Parker County Hospital District............................... 43 Pediatric & Adolescent Dentistry.............................11 Pinnacle Bank......................................................... 26 SporTherapy PC..................................................... 30 Springtown Family Dental....................................... 24 Springtown Family Health Center........................... 31 State Farm - Amy Kaplan......................................... 6 State Farm - Frankie Robbins................................ 32 State Farm - Haley Carter...................................... 30 Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Azle.......... 35 The Gem................................................................. 37 Weatherford Eye Center - E.P. Sholdra, M.D........... 5 Wise Family Practice......................................... 16-17 Wise Hearing Solutions, L.L.C................................ 36

Welcome to HEALTH CARE 2012 This special supplement to the Azle News and the Springtown Epigraph is designed to inform and inspire you to take better care of your health – because our readers are the kind of people we’d like to keep around for a long, long time! Thanks to our advertisers, it’s also a valuable directory of health care services in this area. The businesses in these pages – indexed at left – are the folks you can turn to with confidence for all of your health care needs. They can help you live longer and feel better in this wonderful community. In the interest of full disclosure, some of the feature stories and photos in this section are tied to the purchase of advertising. Those stories are marked with a special “Partners in Health Care” logo. While we still write them for the maximum reader interest, we want you to know that they are tied to advertising. All of the stories and advertisements are here for the same reason: To your health!

Feel Right at Home

in our beautiful facility

At Azle Manor, we think you deserve special care and attention. That’s why we provide a variety of health care resources including occupational, physical, and speech therapy. Each resident is respected as a unique individual with their own likes and dislikes. Our employees bring a great deal of patience and compassion to work with them. We cater to individual dietary needs, and we offer a variety of programs to meet their physical and emotional needs with specialized therapy and services like

an on-site beautician and barber. At Azle Manor, you’ll not only have a choice of semi-private and private rooms, but each room has its own half-bath, television, cable and electric beds. With more than 450 years of shared experience at Azle Manor, our staff of dedicated folks work hard to create a place you can call home. So come and let our Azle Manor family take care of your family around the clock, seven days a week. Enjoy the company of

our volunteers from the community who work to put a smile on your face every day. For more information, call Kinny Pack, our administrator, or drop by today. He’ll be glad to show you around and introduce you to all the folks at Azle Manor.

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Superfoods can only do you good by mark k. campbell Naturally, most stuff that tastes good isn’t good for you. You never hear of cupcakes or Blue Bell being a “superfood.” And there are waffling benefits to a variety of other substances – like coffee or alcohol – that just might or might not be good for you. But, according to WebMD. com, most nutritionists agree that there’s nothing wrong with

the following superfoods, fruits and vegetables that help ward off disease and other ailments. The current king of the superfoods is the blueberry. Each berry is loaded with antioxidants and phytoflavinoids, which lower heart disease and cancer risks; the fruit is also a strong anti-inflammatory. They also contain a high amount of potassium and vitamin C.

The positive impact remains whether the berry is fresh or frozen. When eating fruits or vegetables, the general rule is the more color, the more antioxidants. Blueberries fill the bill in every manner. Having a problem with your heart, joints, or memory? Then this next superfood is for you, Omega 3-rich foods. Eating cold water, wild-only

(not farmed) salmon, mackerel, herring, and sardines can help with arthritis and heart disease as well as, perhaps, aid in Alzheimer’s. Others foods that boast a high load of Omega-3 include walnuts, flax seed, and fortified eggs. The high monosaturated fat content of these foods helps lower cholesterol. Beans/lintels are another su-

perfood. The fiber they supply help you feel fuller longer and aid in dieting. Another benefit it that they maintain healthy blood sugar and cholesterol levels. Fresh, frozen, or dried are best since canned beans tend to be loaded with sodium. Green tea, aside from contains valuable antioxidants, has ECGC (epigallocatechin gallate) PLEASE SEE SUPERFOOD PAGE 24

Tanning bed dangers stopping today’s youth? by krisTi luetkemeyer Nowadays, teenage girls want what they want. If they wish to look like the golden goddesses they see in magazines and on TV, they will. And who is to tell them otherwise? Although many sources have produced the facts that would seemingly convince tanners to stop their ways, it hasn’t. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, tanning indoors introduces tanners’ skin to harmful

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Azle Manor Health Care and Rehabilitation provides a transition between the hospital and independent living at home. One look from the outside of the new and beautiful building that is Azle Manor, located at 721 Dunaway Lane in Azle, it’s no surprise there is a lot to offer to its residents including spacious lobbies and lounges, private dining facilities, interfaith services, a beauty/ barber shop and therapeutic whirlpool baths. Not only that, but a staff that is trained to care for the individual needs of each resident (pictured above). You can find out more about of their services offered at www.azle-manor.com or give them a call at 817-444-2536.

UV rays that leads to skin aging and skin cancer. It also shows that tanners are 74 percent more likely to develop melanoma than those who never tanned indoors. But do these risks really resonate with teens? As a teen myself, I can tell you they don’t. Teenagers tend to have the mindset that those types of things can never happen to me; they only happen to other people.

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Nevertheless, it could happen to anyone. But for most, these risks don’t outweigh teenage girls’ desire to tan or even the potential benefits that tanning can bring. “Yes I know the risk, but I still love to tan,” Courtney Thibodeaux, recent Azle High School grad, said. Thibodeaux finds tanning beds a faster option than outdoor tanning, and most of all, a time to relax and relieve stress.

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How are you most likely to die? Here are the stats by mark k. campbell Have you noticed more snakes, buzzing bees, and other creepycrawlies around this year? That’s not a good thing according to the National Safety Council. The organization has compiled

Anaphylactic shock/ allergic reactions from stings is No. 20 on the Odds of Dying chart produced by the National Safety Council.

the numbers and you getting nailed by a rattlesnake or scorpion or bee and suffering an allergic reaction could mean a life-ending incident. Anaphylactic shock ranks among the top 23 on the “most likely causes of death” list.

Photo by Mark K. Campbell

Statistically here are the facts (from the “Odds of Dying” chart dateû�r�e�a�r�e most recent compilation of figures):

23. 22. 21. 20. 19. 18. 17. 16. 15. 14. 13.

earthquake – 1 in 153,597 bitten or struck by dog – 1 in 119,998 lightning – 1 in 81,701 hornet/bee/wasp sting – 1 in 62,950 destructive storm – 1 in 51,199 exposure (electricity, radiation, pressure, temperature) – 1 in 9,412 natural heat exposure – 1 in 6,174 accidental firearm discharge – 1 in 5,981 air transport accident – 1 in 5,862 bicycle accident – 1 in 4,147 exposure to fire, smoke, or flames – 1 in 1,235

12. drowning – 1 in 1,073 11. motorcycle wreck – 1 in 802 10. firearm assault – 1 in 300 9. occupant of car crash – 1 in 272 8. fall – 1 in 184 7. pedestrian – 1 in 623 6. accidental poisoning – 1 in 139 5. suicide – 1 in 115 4. car crash – 1 in 85 3. stroke – 1 in 28 2. cancer – 1 in 7 1. heart disease – 1 in 6

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An app a day (might) keep the doctor away

by mark k. campbell Eighty percent of doctors use some sort of smart phone/pad app, according to an Atlanta physical recruiting firm. Of those doctors, ER physicians lead they way with 40 percent. Cardiologists are next with 33 percent using apps. The apps are filled with information that can benefit the common man, too. Here are some of the most popular apps, used by many professionals but valuable to the layman who is ready to move past the popular WedMD app. Epocrates – free or $159 annually. Few apps are more popular than this one filled with drug prescribing information as well as disease and diagnostic data. The app says it’s the No. 1 mobile drug reference app among America’s physicians with more than 50 percent using it. The free version offers current medical news as well as data on thousands of prescription, generic, and over-the-counter drugs as

well as their interactions. Pill ID illustrates pills by imprint code and physical characteristics. The premium version contains a medical dictionary with over 100,000 terms and treatment options for hundreds of diseases and conditions. Medscape – claims to be the most used medical resource of physicians, medical students, nurses, and other healthcare professionals for clinical information. At one time, it was the most downloaded free medical app ever and is used by over 1.4 million pros. Users can follow critical alerts for 34 specialty areas and save articles and information on Facebook. Pill images are included and so is over 4,000 articles with images and videos. A medical calculator aids with formulas. Professionals requiring continuing education can get it here in 32 specialties; the app tracks

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activities and credits. EyeDecide MD – is immensely popular. The app, voted the top medical app of 2011, teaches about eye anatomy, conditions, practices, and help patients find specialists. Images show exactly what an eye condition looks like and give treatment recommendations. Among the topics covered are cataracts, pink eye, dry eyes, floaters, glaucoma, and age-related macular generation. iTriage – was created by two emergency room doctors. The app helps users decide if their condition warrants an ER visit. Thousands of symptoms, diseases, procedures, and drugs are covered. It also maps out the closest ER, trauma center, and doctor locations. There’s a place for a personal health record, too. iMuscle – is not free (it’s

Smartphones now have an incredible resource of medical information available at your fingertips.

PLEASE SEE APPS, PAGE 13

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WEDNESDAY, July 25, 2012

Groups taking concussions concerns head-on mark k. campbell While sports concussions have been grabbing headlines for a couple of years now, it’s not just athletes who suffer from the head injury. Over 100 National Football League players have joined a lawsuit against the NFL addressing the damage violent collisions caused them throughout their careers. With such concern raised at every level – from the University Interscholastic League in Texas to Congressional hearings – concussions have risen into the public consciousness. What’s a concussion? Violent shaking – from the head abruptly accelerating then stopping or spinning – causes brain cells to become depolarized. After firing their neurotransmitters, the flooded brain can experience deadened receptors that can result in blurred vision, memory loss, confusion, nausea, headache, and unconsciousness. The more concussions one receives, the longer it takes to recover, studies show. Often when there’s a concus-

sion, there’s a spine or back injury as well. Recovery from a major concussion can take months. Some symptoms ebb slowly. Even a simple fall or car accident can cause a concussion, a “jarring” of the brain.

Organizational perspectives While the NFL and many of its former players settle in for what could be a long lawsuit, Texas’ high school governing body, the UIL, has taken Every precaution is taken whenever a head injury is suspected. The UIL has been pro-active in cona pro-active ap- cussion regulation. Photo by Mark K. Campbell proach. As far back as became required reading for all fessional to okay the return of Azle and Springtown High 2010, a UIL Advisory Commit- coaches and athletic trainers, Con- a player to action; previously, Schools both created Concustee suggested adopting guide- cussion Management Protocols. an athlete could return to action sion Oversight Teams to stay lines issued by the American Among the updates were the after just 15 minutes of sideline Academy of Neurology. PLEASE SEE CONCUSSIONS PAGE 12 requirement of a medical pro- observation. The UIL published literature that

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At MOSS Rehabilitation Center, expect professional service and hands-on care from the staff of (bottom, l-r) Kara Aycock and Stephanie Parker; (back) Aaron Sugg, Dr. Robert Moss. The facility offers a wide array of services ranging from pre- and post-op care to spinal decompressions to sports rehabilitation among others. Dr. Moss is a board-certified specialist operating in a family-focused, family-friendly office. Hours are Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. with early and late appointments available. MOSS is an acronym for Manual Orthopedic Specialty Services. Dr. Moss’ office is located at 407 Old Springtown Road, Suite 114 and most insurances are welcomed as are Medicare and workers compensation claims. The office can be reached at 817-220-MOSS (6677) or by visiting www.springtownphysicaltherapy.com. Photo by Stephanie Cravotta

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Azle Vision Source Local eye specialists on front lines in quest to help children read

by carla noah stutsman Michael Conte, O.D., and Barry Fretwell, O.D. are now taking pre-orders for a new book they have written, Why Is My Child A Slow Reader? The book is expected to be released in late August by Tate Publishing. Orders can be placed now at www. visionsource-drmconte.com. The optometrists/authors have the following to say about their book: “As eye doctors, we see many children who are doing poorly in school but have been told they have 20/20 eyesight. Vision is so much more than 20/20 eyesight. Having 20/20 eyesight does not tell a parent anything about how their child’s eyes are working together or their ability to focus from the desk to the front of the classroom, as well as other visual functions needed for learning. “Approximately 25% of school-age children have difficulty reading. This translates to millions of children who have reading problems and is associated with as

many as 85 percent of juveniles in our court system being functionally illiterate. The answer to rectify this dismal situation is as simple as having a thorough eye exam for children which includes a full assessment of the visual system to include monocular/binocular systems. “Why Is My Child A Slow Reader? explores the importance of eye exams in children that go beyond getting the child to 20/20 eyesight and explores the correlation between a vision anomaly known as vertical phoria and children improperly diagnosed as having Attention Deficit Disorder because the child will become frustrated trying to read and be disruptive in class. “Vertical phoria leads to poor reading skills, getting behind in classroom learning and, in many cases, adolescents drop out of school. “Our research shows that some behavioral anti-social disorders are related to poor visual skills function in that a child’s eyes are not working together, but are,

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PLEASE SEE EYES, PAGE 11.

Barry Fretwell, O.D., left, and Michael Conte, O.D., right, are co-authors of a new book that explores vision skills in children that can easily be misdiagnosed. Why Is My Child A Slow Reader? can be pre-ordered now at www.visionsource-drmconte. com and is expected to be released in late August.

Joe S. McCreary, D.D.S. Let us show you that going to the dentist can be a positive experience!

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Eyes play role in children’s reading

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n EYES, FROM PAGE 10.

in fact, fighting each other. This further stresses the importance of having eye examinations that go well beyond having eyesight of 20/20. “We explain in our book what symptoms to be aware of as a parent, teacher, school nurse or other health care worker that would make you suspect the presence of a vertical phoria in a child. We also explain what can be done to help children with a vertical phoria in order to increase their reading ability as well as their comprehension and learning. “Our goal is to make sure children are not denied a good academic experience or hindered in learning at the highest level possible so they may progress into a successful career of their choice.” Azle Vision Source features two location: one is in the old Diamond shopping center at 601 Northwest Parkway, Suite B, in Azle. Their Lake Worth store is at 6636 Lake Worth Boulevard, Suite 300. Be sure to check out the coupon in the Azle Vision Source ad in this publication. It’s good for a back-toschool eye exam for children ages 6 to 18 years for just $48, regularly $68. A contact lens exam is just $98 with the coupon, regularly $132 (insurance may not be used with coupon, offer expires Sept. 28, 2012, must present coupon at time of service). Contact the friendly and able staff at Azle Vision Source at 817-444-1717 or 817-626-4441 to set up your appointment today.

Pediatric & Adolescent Dentistry will soon be in their new location at 7109 Navajo Trail in Lake Worth. The professional caregivers led by E. Dale Martin, D.D.S., M.S.D. P.C., D. Andrew Sewell, D.D.S., Yvette Vernor Dye, D.D. S., and Dr. Camille LaHue, D.D.S. know that their jobs are about much more than just “fixing teeth.” They pay special attention to their young patients. The office accepts most insurances and is open Monday-Thursday, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Call 817-238-6450 for stellar dental care for youngsters.

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E. Dale Martin, D.D.S., M.S.D., P.C. D. Andrew Sewell, D.D.S. Yvette Vernor Dye, D.D.S. Dr. Camille LaHue, D.D.S. Children’s Dentistry involves more than just fixing teeth... there are little people attached who deserve special care.

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Concussions center of coach’s concerns n CONCUSSIONS, FROM PAGE 6.

current on head injury advances. Every athlete from both towns takes part in the ImPACT (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing) exam at junior and high schools. The computer-based testing sets a pre-concussion baseline; then, if an injury occurs, the athlete is retested, by a medical professional, with results checked against that baseline. New information This school year, all coaches and trainers are required to undergo two hours of concussion training by Sept. 1, 2012. Also, a Concussion Acknowledgement Form must be signed for all student athletes in grades 7-12 for 2012-13. The UIL also strengthened football helmet requirements, including eliminating any helmet more than 16 years old and

requiring reconditioning for any headgear 10 years or older. New ways for addressing post-concussion recovery are underway. A study in the February 2012 issue of Neurosurgery, the official publication of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, said Omega-3 fatty acids (“fish oil”) were a “natural safeguard.” Rats given Omega-3 following a concussion showed significantly reduced levels of brain injury and brain cell death. The American Journal of Sports Medicine, in a recent study, said more than one week is often needed for young athletes to properly recover from a concussion. Researchers from Buffalo have developed “regulated exercise” theory to help concussion victims return to normal. Gradual exercise – controlled – allows the regulatory system that maintains cerebral blood flow to return to normal.

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DR. JOE McCREARY Dr. Joe McCreary at 209 Roe Street in Azle, believes a trip to the dentist should be a positive experience. He incorporates movies, games, videos and nitrous oxide to lessen anxiety and make his patients comfortable. Call him at 817444-3209. He can treat the entire family.

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The vaccine debate rages on BY mark k. campbell Do you or don’t you? Do vaccines eliminate major diseases or do they cause autism and other ailments and therefore aren’t worth the risk? Here’s information on the debate, important because more and more children are going without scheduled vaccinations, once considered a sacred, scheduled rite of infant and childhood passage. Autism A Centers for Disease Control (CDC) report noted that autism has risen 78 percent in the last 10 years. Some groups believe the insistence of vaccinations are to blame. And that the powerful pharmaceutical companies are covering it up. Another concern is that the substantial amounts of vaccines given in the first three years of life throws a child’s natural defenses out of whack. The other side of the debate insists that vaccines are exceptionally safe. No direct link between vaccines and autism has ever been proven, they say. The initial report that ignited the controversy, published in The Lancet in 1998, was later retracted by the medical journal. The author has since been banned from practicing medicine in his native England. Still, a recent poll found that 20 percent of the population believes in a correlation between vaccines and autism. Herd immunity Those not vaccinating their children today are relying on other kids around theirs being vaccinated. This “herd immunity” concept means that if everyone around you has protection from a disease, then an unvaccinated person won’t get it.

Naturally, the day will come when the herd is Celebrities thinned. But, for now, some parents rely on other parLike most controversial subjects, the weighing-in by ents to vaccinate their children, keeping the former’s celebrities carries much weight in the current cult of kids safe. personality media. When the balance tips, unvaccinatJenny McCarthy is perhaps the louded children will be susceptible est trumpeter, saying vaccines to previously avoidable caused her child’s autism, diseases like whooping even leading a march on cough, measles, and Washington, D.C. mumps. Comedian Rob Schneider and bilMMR lionaire Donald This vaccine Trump are also – measles, believers that mumps, and vaccines are a rubella – is problem. often targeted Other celebas the culprit rities, like acby autism betress Amanda lievers. Peet, have come That 1998 out in favor of study created vaccinations. a firestorm that resulted in a flurry Final numbers of controlled studCurrently, one in 88 ies. children will be classified In 2011, CNN reported as autistic, according to the the founder of the Autism SciCDC, up from 1 in 110. ence Foundation, Alison Singer – Many professionals believe, however, mother of a 13-year-old autistic child – said 18 that that change has occurred simply because care prostudies showed no link between vaccines and au- viders have become more adept and have better tools tism. to make determinations. All 50 states require childhood A CDC report noted that a 2008 outbreak of vaccinations to enter public school even though no such measles in San Diego – caused by a visiting Eu- federal law exists. All states permit medical exemptions, ropean child who had not been vaccinated – di- 48 allow for religious exemptions (not West Virginia rectly affected unvaccinated American children and Mississippi), and 20 allow for “philosophical exand adults. emptions” – including Texas.

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Many studies have been conducted trying to shed light on why people continue to tan knowing the dangers, and have come to believe that UV rays offer a relaxing effect. Adding another benefit to the list: Tanning in beds can help your body produce the essential Vitamin D. Although this vitamin can be absorbed into the body by food and supplements, the most effective way to get it is through the skin in the form of sunlight. In fact, in one tanning session your body can produce more Vitamin D than you get in 100 glasses of fortified milk according to the International Smart Tan Network. Also, a tan is a natural protection against sunburn. Of course with anything, moderation is essential. Many believe that the dangers of tanning come from overexposure. A glass of wine a day is good for your health, but the whole bottle isn’t. Maybe the same applies to tanning. Tanning beds offer a controlled setting with FDA regulations on recommended maximum exposure levels. Even so, the risk of cancer is pretty severe, and most don’t recognize that severity until it’s too late. There are always safer options to getting a tan through the use of self-tanning lotions or spray tans. Self-tanning lotions are applied on the body just like any type of lotion and produce a subtle glow on the skin. Spray tans are similar. The use of a spray gun or airbrush to deposit the chemicals and color can result in a skin tone several shades darker than one’s natural hue. Although both options are safe, easy and fast, they aren’t exactly a ‘natural’ tan and also don’t last as long as a tan from the sun or a bed Plus, the outcome doesn’t always produce a desired tan look or color. “I have never used them or considered using them because they require so much work to get an even, no orange-looking tan. I would only consider getting a spray tan if I knew the employee was good at it and I need to be tan in a hurry for a special occasion,” Thibodeaux said. Whatever the case, any teen should really consider the pros and cons of the tanning option they choose. It may not be possible to teach teens abstinence, but at least we can preach safe tanning.

HealthFirst focuses on caring for children, adults, and geriatrics and (l-r) Jodi Fadlevich, CS-FNP, Dr. Frank Lonergan, M.D., and Jamie Foster-Hogan, CS-FNP are family practice specialists. Walk-ins are welcome as are same-day appointments. HealthFirst conducts sports physicals, too. A variety of hours make visiting the office at 137-A Industrial Ave. in Azle convenient: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday 8 a.m.5 p.m.; Wednesday, 8 a.m.-7 p.m.; and Saturday, 8 a.m.-noon. Call 817-444-8900 to schedule a visit to the dedicated caregivers at HealthFirst.

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Hot or cold enough for you? How to stay safe in the extremes BY mark k. campbell Ever wonder about the hottest temperature ever recorded in Texas? What about the coldest? Even with those extremes – it got up to 120 degrees in Seymour on Aug. 12, 1936 and down to minus 23 degrees on Feb. 8, 1933 in Seminole – it can get hot and cold enough in the Lone Star State to cause a serious health risk. It’s not the heat... Plenty of other factors can make things unpleasantly hot. But the temperature alone was enough in 1980 when the highest ever was recorded for the Dallas-Fort Worth area, 113 degrees. It doesn’t have to be nearly that hot for a heat emergency to arise. Humidity and lack of a breeze can make a hot day deadly. And other factors can make you hotter than just the outside temperature. Medications can alter the body’s sense of heat. So can being older; the ability to sweat and regulate body temperature lessens as one ages. Too vigorous exercise, obesity, and those with circulation diseases all can suffer from heat woes more quickly than others. There are three degrees of heat emergencies: 1. heat cramps: watch for – profuse sweating; fatigue; cramps. Do this – have person lie down in cool place; put wet cloths on skin; give 0.5 cup of sports drink or salted drink every 15 minutes; massage cramped muscles.

2. heat e x h a u s tion: watch for – headache; dizziness; nausea; weakness; cool, moist skin. Do this – stop activity; get in some shade or a cool place; give water slowly if conscious. 3. Heat stroke: watch for – dry, warm skin; high body temperature; difficulty breathing; confusion; agitation; rapid pulse; seizure; coma. Do this – call 9-1-1 since this is a true emergency; move to cool place; put ice packs on wrists, armpits, neck, and groin; give sips of water if conscious. The best way to avoid heat emergencies is to wear While it’s usually the heat that’s of concern to Texans, it can get plenty cold and wintry around Photo by Mark K. Campbell loose-fitting, here, too. In infants, hypothermia is apparent amputation if not treated. Early lightweight clothing, avoid strenuous activity whether working or exercising, via bright red, cold skin and very low signs are redness and pain in exposed areas. Advancement signs inand drink before, during, and after going energy. For adults, signs are shivering and ex- clude a white or grayish-yellow skin outside. haustion, confusion, memory loss, and area; skin that feels firm or waxy; drowsiness. and numbness. Baby it’s cold outside... To help, quickly call 9-1-1. Remove To help, call 9-1-1. Get the person Sometimes it gets mighty cold. Factor in wind and wetness and it doesn’t the victim from the cold environment and to a warm area. Do not use frostbittake long for one’s body temperature to into a warm room or shelter. Remove wet ten areas, i.e., feet. Immerse the afclothing. fected area in warm, not hot, water plunge. Also: Warm the center of a per- comfortable to the touch. Do not As with heat (hyperthermia), cold (hypothermia) more drastically af- son’s body first – chest, neck, head, massage frostbitten areas. Warm usfects the young, elderly, and those and groin. If conscious, give sips of a ing body warmth (i.e., fingers under warm, non-alcoholic beverage. Keep armpits). outside. Do not use heating pads, fireplaces, A wet person could suffer a cold-relat- the person wrapped in a warm blanstoves, or heat lamps. Body parts are ed illness even with temperatures as high ket. Frostbite can eventually lead to numb and burns might not be felt. as 40 degrees.


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Your family’s health is urgent for these docs By Gail Gilmore Any mom or dad will tell you the biggest priority is the health and well being of their children. And, when those kids are ill, it’s an urgent priority. Dr. Christine W. Holland and Dr. James Gallant at Wise Family Practice Urgent Care clinic put it in the name of their practice, and in the way they provide healthcare in nearby Decatur. The clinic is on Highway 51, about three blocks south of the hospital, at 2351 S. FM 51. Staffed with the two doctors and four physician assistants, the clinic is open 12 hours a day, seven days a week. You don’t need an appointment, but you can make one. And broken bones in rowdy young boys or spiking temperatures in an infant are not the only urgent healthcare issues area families face. Preventative care is an issue for urgency, as well. Drs. Holland and Gallant also provide care for adults, physicals for sports or employment, flu shots, and state of the art radiology and bone density service – all are

available at the clinic. The Urgent Care clinic professionals can help with management of chronic illnesses such as hypertension and diabetes. They offer treatment of depression and anxiety, as well. Women’s healthcare, including bone density services, is also available. Dr. Holland trained in Houston, at the UT-Houston medical school, and trained and practiced 10 years there, she said recently. A move to Decatur brought her family closer to her own family, The area offers “small-town atmosphere” that Dr. Holland appreciates more and more as her children grow up, she said. They are five and seven years old. “We have a great team here,” she said of the clinic. “There is always a provider on site, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

“We can always get you in on the same day you need us.” The practice follows up with the patient after a procedure and generally provides reassuring attention to detail. Dr. Holland knew early in life that she wanted to “take care of people,” she said. “I like family practice in particular because you treat the whole family. You have unique insight in taking care of each member of the family,” she said. Remember that a minor emergency is not the only thing you can trust to Wise Family Practice Urgent Care clinic. “We welcome patients of all ages to establish care for all their health needs,” Dr. Holland said.

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Protect your child’s eyes from injury The active lives that children lead often lead to a few bumps and bruises along the way. While a few bandages and antiseptic creams are par for the course when caring for a child, parents worry about more significant injuries, including eye injuries. According to the Boston Children’s Hospital, any injury to your child’s eye should be considered a medical emergency. Unlike the heart, lungs and brain, there is not much natural protection for the eye beyond a thin eyelid. This makes it easy to suffer an eye injury, especially for kids who play sports. The American Academy of Ophthalmology says that eye injuries are a significant health problem in the United States, second only to cataracts as a cause of visual impairment. Each year, more than 2.5 million eye injuries occur, and 50,000 people permanently lose part or all of their vision. Nearly half (47.6 percent) of all reported eye injuries occur in people between the ages of 18 and 45. Children ages 0 to 18 experience roughly 25 percent of those injuries. Projectiles and flying debris account for the vast majority of eye injuries across all age groups. Among children, some of the more common injuries occur when children are participating in various sports, including: · hockey · archery · darts · BB guns · bicycling · sports that involve rackets · baseball · boxing · basketball Toys, fingernails and even chemicals are responsible for some eye injuries in children. It is important to note that 90

percent of all eye injuries can be prevented by using protective eyewear. Some sports organizations mandate that children use protective eyewear. But even if it isn’t mandatory, parents should urge children to wear safety goggles.

scratch the cornea. It also can become scratched by a fingernail or an insect that flies into the eye. A doctor can determine the severity of the abrasion and if any treatment is required. · Hyphema: This is a condition of blood in the anterior Common eye injuries chamber of the eye where fluid normally flows in and out to Certain injuries to the eye are more common than nourish eye tissues. Hyphema is caused by an injury, and blood others. Here is a look at the various types of injuries that can be seen in the eyeball. It requires prompt medical attention. can occur. · Eyelid lacerations: This is a cut on the · Chemical burns: This is when eyelid. An eyelid laceration may be paired with bruising or a child gets any type of chemical even corneal abrasion, into the eye. Chemicals depending on what may be household cleaning objects. These injuries struck the eye. require immediate · Fractures: medical attention The orbit is the because they can bony area cause permanent around the vision loss. eyeball, and · Bruising: an orbital Black eyes or fracture is ecchymosis when the occurs from some bones around sort of trauma to the eye are the eye. The tissue broken. This may cause severe around the eye becomes bruised, but usually eye damage depending on where the eye itself is spared. the eye was struck. It However, only a doctor can definitely requires immediate determine if the eye is unscathed. · Corneal abrasions: The cornea is the medical assistance, and facial clear, dome-shaped covering at the front of the eye. A reconstruction may be necessary. foreign item entering the eye, like sand or debris, may PLEASE SEE PROTECT, PAGE 21.

Simple ways to boost your energy levels No one is immune to random bouts of fatigue. For many people, fatigue is most common around midafternoon, when the workday starts to drag and that hefty midday meal has inspired thoughts of catnaps. Though an episode of fatigue here or there is likely nothing to worry about, adults who find themselves routinely struggling to muster any energy, whether it’s to finish a project at work or play with the kids at night, might be surprised to learn that boosting daily energy levels is relatively simple. The following are a few easy ways to boost your energy levels and make the most of each and every day: · Get regular exercise. Many adults know the value of exercise but simply can’t find the time in the day to squeeze in a little time on the treadmill or at the gym. But the American Council on Exercise notes that as little as 10 minutes of moderate or vigorous exercise at a time each day can boost your energy levels and improve mood.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that adults get at least 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity, including at least two days of muscle-strengthening activities, each week. If that’s a problem, particularly on weekdays, squeeze in 10 minutes here or there when the opportunity presents itself. But the more committed you are to regular exercise, the more your energy levels are likely to improve. · Treat yourself to a massage. Many people find their energy levels are adversely affected by stress. Too much stress can make you physically sick and cause both physical and mental fatigue. There are many ways to more effectively cope with stress, and treating yourself to a massage is one of them. A massage can relieve stress and help overworked muscles recover, boosting energy levels as a result. · Treat breakfast with the respect it deserves.

Treat breakfast with the respect it deserves.

When you wake up in the morning, even after a great night’s sleep, your body’s energy reserves are almost entirely depleted. Consequently, men and women who don’t eat a healthy breakfast are almost certain to struggle with their energy levels throughout the day. Something as simple as a bowl of low-calorie cereal or some oatmeal with fruit can help restore your body’s energy levels and lay the groundwork for a productive day. Skipping breakfast entirely will make you feel sluggish in the morning and increases the risk that you will overeat come lunchtime, adversely impacting your energy levels for the rest of the day. · Focus on maintaining steady energy levels throughout the day. Lacking energy over the course of a typical day might be a byproduct of your eating habits beyond the breakfast table. Numerous studies have found that eating three large meals per day is not an effective way to maintain steady energy levels over the course of a typical day. Instead, smaller, more frequent meals coupled with healthy snacks can stabilize blood sugar levels and help maintain sufficient energy levels, improving both mental acuity and mood. Instead of a large omelet platter for breakfast, choose a small bowl of low-calorie cereal and follow it up three to four hours later with a healthy snack of fresh fruit. When lunchtime arrives three to four hours after

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Boost your energy with a few simple can-do’s So if your daily routine does not include n BOOST, FROM PAGE 20. drinking enough fluids, try having a few your mid-morning snack, choose a small glasses of water each day and your energy lunch with ample protein and follow that levels might just improve. up a few hours later with a healthy snack of yogurt. The specifics of your diet should be discussed with your physician, but you will likely find that eating smaller, more frequent meals and healthy snacks will drastically improve your energy levels throughout the day. Drink more fluids. Your lack of energy might not be the result of an unhealthy breakfast or a lack of exercise. Some people simply don’t drink enough fluids to stay hydrated and feel sluggish as a result. Symptoms of dehydration mimic those of hunger, leading many to purchase unhealthy snacks when they might just need to drink more fluids. Those snacks can compound the sluggishness you feel from being dehydrated, zapping your energy levels even further.

A low-calorie bowl of cereal in the morning can help improve energy levels throughout the day.

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Your lack of energy might not be the result of an unhealthy breakfast or a lack of exercise.

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Protect your child’s eyes n PROTECT, FROM PAGE 21.

· Burns: Sunburn not only occurs to the skin but can affect the eyes, too. It is important to wear UV-protective sunglasses outside.

Prevent eye injuries Eye injuries are largely preventable. Wearing eyewear during sports is essential. Frequent washing of hands and avoiding touching the eyes can prevent the transfer of debris from fingers to the eye. All chemical products should be kept out of reach. If children use cosmetic products, they should not be applied around the eye. Knowing the risks to the eye and how to prevent injury can help ward off serious injuries.

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Understanding angina and its effects According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease is the leading cause of death for men in the United States, annually claiming the lives of hundreds of thousands of males. In Canada, heart disease accounted for 28 percent of all male deaths in 2008, according to Statistics Canada. Chest pain is a common symptom of heart problems but could also be indicative of other conditions. For instance, a gallbladder attack can cause chest pain. However, some chest discomfort, including angina, is directly related to the heart. Angina is a squeezing of the chest that occurs when the oxygen supply to an area of the heart muscle decreases. The decreased blood supply is often because the coronary arteries have narrowed. Though men should always consult a physician when experiencing chest pain of any kind, understanding angina can help individuals know what to do should they suspect their chest pain is being caused by angina. What are the symptoms of angina? It’s not uncommon for sufferers of angina to mistake it for indigestion. Symptoms of angina can include feelings of aching, burning, discomfort, fullness, heaviness, or squeezing.Angina can be painful, and it can be felt in the shoulders, arms, neck, throat,

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angina that occurs while a person is at rest, asleep or exposed to cold temperatures. The coronary artery Are there different types of angina? will spasm and decrease the blood flow to the heart, Just like there are different types of chest pain, triggering the symptoms of the angina. People who there are different types of angina. The three types experience Prinzmetal’s angina typically have coroof angina are stable angina, unstable angina and nary artery disease. Prinzmetal’s angina. · stable angina: When a person has stable angi- What causes angina? na, which is the most common type, the Angina is most often caused by coronary artery dissymptoms are often predictable and ease. However, a spasm of the coronary artery can appear during physical exertion. The cause angina as well. pain will likely last less than five · coronary artery disease: As cholesterol minutes and will disappear during is deposited in the artery wall, a thick suba resting period. stance known as plaque · unstable angina: Less comforms along the mon than stable angina, unstawalls, and coroble angina is also much more nary artery disserious and might be signalPLEASE SEE ing a heart attack. Unstable ANGINA, PAGE 27. angina can occur more frequently and even during periods of rest. Pain from unstable angina might last longer and result from even mild or moderate activity. · Prinzmetal’s angina: Prinzmetal’s angina refers to the


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Superfoods pack a super punch n SUPERFOODS, FROM PAGE 3.

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cocoa content – the darker the better. Aarp.org had a few more superfood suggestions. Like avocados. While they are among the top fattiest fruits, it’s all the “good fat,” monosaturated. That means the good cholesterol goes up and the bad down. It’s also low in calories, high in fiber,

and has more potassium than a banana. Beets are “nature’s multivitamin.” They have more nutrients per ounce than any fruit or vegetable on earth. Raw or cooked, hot or cold doesn’t matter; they are loaded with antioxidants as well as compounds that help cleanse the body of processed foods. Joining the blueberry as part of an “all-star berry team” are raspberries, strawberries, and blackberries. Each have superpowers: raspberries are laden with vitamin C; strawberries have tons of potassium, and blackberries have beaucoup vitamin E. Cabbage is a superfood. Compounds in the vegetable reduce a variety of cancer risks: breast, lung, stomach, and prostate. It also helps joints with its massive amounts of vitamins A, K. and C. Spinach is called “kryptonite to cancer cells.” It’s so loaded with antioxidants that it’s as potent as three vegetable servings in one. The lycopene in tomatoes is lauded for its cancer-fighting abilities. The antioxidant also has been found in studies to aid

with cardiovascular disease. The latest superfood flavor of the week is quinoa (keen-wah). Grown in high altitudes and usually harvested by hand, the grain is expensive. Related to beets and spinach, quinoa is high in fiber and low in fat and calories. It is great for obesity, breast cancer, heart disease, and Type 2 diabetes. Fed to NASA astronauts, it was chosen because it comes close to supplying “all the essential life-sustaining nutrients...as any (food) in the plant or animal kingdom.” Now that’s a superfood.

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Superfoods Recipe Pasta with Walnut Pesto, Sausage, and Broccoli Rabe Recipe created by Frances Boswell Ingredients 1/2 cup walnuts 2 cups basil leaves , loosely packed 1 small clove garlic Salt and freshly ground pepper 3/4 cup olive oil 1 pound rigatoni 4 sweet Italian sausages (about 1 pound), casings removed 1 bunch broccoli rabe , tough stem ends trimmed and coarsely chopped 1/2 cup fresh ricotta cheese Directions Preheat oven to 300°. Spread walnuts on a baking tray, and toast until golden, 5 to 7 minutes. Cool completely. Combine 1/4 cup nuts, basil, garlic, and 1/4 teaspoon salt in the bowl of a food processor. Process, and while motor is running, drizzle in 1/2 cup olive oil to form pesto; set aside. Chop rest of nuts, and set aside. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil; cook rigatoni until tender. Meanwhile, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large skillet. When oil is hot, add sausage and cook, breaking up meat, until brown, about 5 minutes. Transfer meat to a small bowl, and leave 1 tablespoon fat in pan. Return skillet to heat, and add rest of olive oil. Add broccoli rabe; cook until just crisp, about 2 minutes. Add 1/4 cup water, cover skillet, reduce heat to medium, and cook until tender, about 5 minutes. Add 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspooon pepper; return sausage to pan to heat through. Toss cooked pasta with pesto; season with salt and pepper to taste. Divide among 4 plates, and top each with sausage and broccoli rabe, a dollop of ricotta cheese, and chopped walnuts.

Pinnacle Bank at 726 Highway 199 East in Springtown believes it’s “The Texas Way” to whole-heartedly support local healthcare providers. The team of (l-r) Mary Ann Hoskins, Teresa Bobbitt, Karen Kosse, Khristina Tanner, Nic Pennington, Mindy Reagan, Hayley McClure, Lori Hughes, and (not pictured) Janelle Summers, Paige Pearson, and Tiffany Rogers offer banking “the way it should be.” With a bank in Azle, as well as sites in Benbrook, Burleson, Cleburne, Fort Worth, Joshua, and Keene, there’s always a Pinnacle Bank nearby. Visit pinnbanktx.com for banking information. Or call 817-444-2504 or 817-558-2700 to talk to a friendly, local voice.

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HEALTHFIRST - INTERNAL MEDICINE

Angina, explained n ANGINA, FROM PAGE 22.

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posited in the artery wall, a thick substance known as plaque forms along the walls, and coronary artery disease develops as a result. As this plaque accumulates over time, the coronary arteries narrow and this narrowing, known as arteriosclerosis, makes it difficult for the arteries to get oxygen to the heart muscle. When the arteries have narrowed by 50 to 70 percent, the resulting lack of oxygen to the heart causes the pain known as angina. ¡ coronary artery spasm: When the muscle fibers that surround the artery walls contract rapidly, these fibers cause a sudden narrowing of the arteries known as a spasm,

reducing blood to the heart muscle as a result. These spasms will usually occur in the morning hours. There are additional causes of angina as well. Aortic stenosis is one such condition and occurs when there is abnormal narrowing of the aortic valve. In addition, people who suffer from anemia might also have angina because their blood does not carry a sufficient amount of oxygen. When experiencing chest pain, men and women alike should consult a physician immediately. Treatment options are available, but such options are best discussed with a medical professional. Learn more about angina by visiting the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute at www.nhlbi.nih.gov.

The exceptional staff at HealthFirst Internal Medicine is led by (l-r) Dr. Kenneth Hamilton, M.D. Mary Henshaw PA-C, and Dr. Kavita Shah, M.D. Specializing in adult medical care, the experienced professionals at HealthFirst Internal Medicine are concerned, veteran caregivers. The office is located at 909 S.E. Parkway, Suite 105 in Azle. Open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., the office can be contacted at 817-238-0735.

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Eagle Crest Villa gives residents a home, family by krisTI luetkemeyer One trip to Eagle Crest Villa, and I’m convinced that being old is not as bad as most make it seem – and that’s from the perspective of a mere 18-year-old. But it’s no doubt the residents at Eagle Crest would agree as well. How could they not with all the services available to them with the freedom to still be independent? Eagle Crest Villa is a senior assisted living home, meaning the staff is available to help them with activities of daily living – dressing, showers, medication, cleaning, laundry, transportation to doctors and three meals provided daily. Eagle Crest Villa doesn’t stop there though. Every Thursday, residents are taken shopping at the local Walmart.

The first Friday of every month residents are offered to take a ‘Ride to Nowhere’, which is precisely a drive with no destination. These adventures have driven residents through places like the Mineral Wells State Park and the Fort Worth Botanic Garden. Every Sunday, Roland and Beverly Sparks come to Eagle Crest Villa to teach a Sunday School class. On birthdays, residents can find a banner in the dinning room and flowers to wish them a happy birthday. Most of all for these residents, Eagle Crest Villa offers a home-like feel from its 42-apartment space and a staff that has been around just as long as it has. June 1 marked Eagle Crest Villa’s 14th year, and for director Dorthy Cherry-

Some Eagle Crest Villa residents play cards or other table games in their time, but Buck Provence is hard at on work on day two of his puzzle project. Photos by Kim Ware homes, it was her 15th year with Eagle Crest Villa, being around since it was built. Holly Robinson, another staff member, has been around since the day its doors opened. As for other staff, many have been there for 9-10 years. With a dedicated staff and up to 42 residents at a time, Eagle Crest Villa forms its own little family. Not to say that actual family doesn’t make appearances at Eagle Crest Villa. Family is always welcome to visit, and can even spend the night. And residents are free to leave and visit family. In their absence, the staff monitors their medications and provides the residents what they may need. Although most residents have not desire to leave Eagle Creek Villa, located at 113 Denver Trail in Azle. Hairdresser Deyanna Benton goes to work on the hair of resident Jean Its facilities are spacious and Lawrence in Eagle Crest Villa’s own barber shop, just one of the many lit-up with sunlight through amenities at their location. windows all around, along with

beautiful outdoor courtyards. Not to mention, it is also conveniently located across the street from Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital and down the road from the fire and EMS station that is currently being built. Eagle Crest Villa is where many call home, and Cherryhomes aims to make it that way for residents. “Our job is to not intrude, but be here if they need us and let them make as many of their own choices as possible,” Cherryhomes said. Contact Eagle Crest Villa at 817-4443249 or find out more about what they can offer at www.eaglecrestvilla.com.

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Feel At Home...

... in the safe, secure environment of Eagle Crest Villa. This retirement and assisted living community offers independence, a professional staff, and a variety of activities. From the moment you walk through the door, you’ll enjoy the warmth and comfort that surrounds you. It’s a place where you can proudly invite your family over for dinner or have your grandchildren come for a visit. If this is what you’re looking for in your retirement living, why not take advantage of the many amenities of Eagle Crest Villa? We think you’ll agree–it’s a special place that will make you feel right at home.

• Linen and maid service • Attendants available 24 hours • Transportation to local doctors, pharmacies, and shopping center • Full-service barber and beauty salon

• Exercise room • Game areas • TV room • Meals prepared three times a day, plus snacks • Activities and social events • Pets welcome*

*Residents with pets are subject to certain restrictions.

A RETIREMENT AND ASSISTED LIVING COMMUNITY

Eagle Crest Villa is located in Azle, off Highway 199 at Denver Trail, across from Harris Methodist Hospital.

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ON THE COVER: Every bit of “Dr. Supa Fhood” is created from one of the superfoods listed on page 3. Hair: strawberries, raspberries, tomatoes; eyebrows: blackberries; nose: cabbage; eyes: fortified eggs and blueberries; face: quinoa; beard: pinto beans and green tea; ears: spinach; lips: green beans; stethoscope: walnuts, blueberries, green beans, beet; shirt: dark Created by Hayley Stotler chocolate. Photo by Paula Campbell

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Springtown Family Health Center expands in new building, with new partner

By Gail Gilmore Springtown is luckier than many towns of similar size. Okay, everybody already realizes that. But, in terms of healthcare, it is especially true. Springtown is right next door to one of the nation’s biggest producers of rural family practice doctors: JPS Health System or John Peter Smith Hospital. JPS is home to a nationally recognized residency for the kind of doctor that will thrive in a small town with the skills to treat from minor to complicated medical issues. Dr. Gene McDaniel, D.O., started his practice in Springtown 10 years ago, as a product of the JPS approach to family medicine geared to small towns. What’s the difference between small towns and big cities? Okay, we all know the answer to that one, too. But for doctors in small towns, there is a singular challenge. For the vast majority of their practice, they perform routine medical care tasks for their patients. Until, that one day when a small town resident really needs a doctor with some big-city experience. “I grew up in a small town on Lake Texoma in Oklahoma.” Dr. McDaniel said recently. “There wasn’t a physician there. I always Dr. Chris Opella, left, will join the practice of Dr. Gene McDaniel at Springtown Family Health Center in October. That’s also the month that the practice will move to a new wanted to go back to a small place that needed (medical care).” Photo by Gail Gilmore JPS has been such a good source of training for small town doc- building under construction on State Highway 199.

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New things in store for Springtown Family Health Center n NEW, FROM PAGE 32.

tors that McDaniel has recruited one of his fellow “graduates” of the program to join his practice in the fall. Dr. Chris Opella, M.D., is also a specialist in family practice, although currently he is an emergency room doctor with Texas Health Harris Southwest hospital.

Dr. Opella has been in practice for 12 years, in which time he practiced in Olney and Seymour, Texas, providing obstetric, general surgery and general family practice. Dr. Opella said he wants to be a part of the community and provide comprehensive outpatient family practice care.

Another big change is coming for McDaniel at the same time – his new building, located at the corner of State Highway 199 and Birch Street, just a little bit west of the light at Highway 51. The new building for Springtown Family Health Center should be ready in October. That’s when Dr. Opella will join

the practice. The Center’s hours are Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Fridays from 8 a.m. to noon. They accept all major health plans. Call 817-523-5402 to enjoy the best medical care available, in any size of town.

Water essential to human health Many adults have had the virtues of drinking enough water extolled on them since childhood. Though recommendations as to how much water a person should drink each day have fluctuated over the years, it's still safe to say that drinking a significant amount of water every day is essential for your health. Water keeps the body healthy in a number of ways. But the body loses water in a number of ways as well, each of which is part of normal human function. For instance, a body loses water when a person breathes, sweats, urinates or has a bowel movement. The body must replace

this lost fluid in order to stay healthy and avoid dehydration. In addition to fending off dehydration, water helps the body flush out wastes and maintain a healthy body temperature while reducing the risk of developing kidney stones or becoming constipated. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, water also helps lubricate and cushion joints and protects the spinal cord and other sensitive tissues. The body needs water every day, but there are certain instances when the body will likely need more water than usual. If you spend ample time in es-

pecially hot climates, your body will need more water, just as it might during periods of physical activity. In addition, your body will need more water when suffering from certain ailments or conditions, including fever, diarrhea or vomiting. Though many people feel drinking caffeinated beverages, including coffee and sodas, dehydrate the body, experts say moderate caffeine consumption won't dehydrate the body. A 2000 study published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition found that healthy people who consume moderate amounts of caffeine don't lose more fluid

than those people who abstain from caffeine. Overconsumption of caffeinated beverages might prove problematic, but moderate consumption can provide the body with the fluids it needs without causing harm. It's best to consult a physician if you suspect you aren't getting enough fluids, but there are also some indicators men and women can notice on their own. One such indicator is the color of your urine, which will be clear or pale yellow if your body is getting enough fluids. Urine that is dark yellow indicates the body needs more water. Constipation or hard bowel movements may

Drinking enough water each day helps the body stay healthy and function properly.

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AZLE PEDIATRICS Dr. Jennifer Hudman, M.D., P.A is an Azle High graduate and a board certified pediatrician; she and her staff offer professional services to patients ranging in age from newborn to 21. Dr. Hudman and her dedicated staff can be reached at 817-270-2320 or at www.azlepediatrics. com. The office, located at 604 Southeast Parkway in Azle, also boasts a Facebook page with over 160 â&#x20AC;&#x153;likes.â&#x20AC;?

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Texas Health Resources Inspiring change and improving well-being Texas Health Resources (THR) believes we must inspire change in the way people think about their own health. That is the only way we can improve the health of our people, reform healthcare and bend the cost curve of healthcare away from its upward trajectory. Personal health behaviors are 50 percent of what influences health, but we spend only 4 percent of our health care dollars to change behaviors. Changing behaviors is not easy, but it can be done, and employers can have a significant impact on helping their employees make the needed changes. One of the keys to meeting these challenges is to expand the focus from just caring for people when they are ill to also keeping people healthy by implementing behavior interventions to improve health and outcomes over the long term. Scientific studies have shown that people who attempt to make lifestyle changes on their own usually fail. But if they have a partner or a strong support system, their odds of success skyrocket. The January-February issue of Harvard Business Review featured a series of articles under the title, “The Value of Happiness: How

Employee Well-Being Drives Profits.” The HBR articles reinforce the increasingly accepted idea that happiness is measurable, and people can take actions to improve happiness and overall well-being. The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index® is one of the measures being used by forward-thinking employers and communities to evaluate their environment as a first step in making improvements to foster better health and well-being. The Index considers six dimensions of wellbeing that include people’s perceptions of their physical, financial, community, social, emotional and career situations. THR recently entered into an agreement with Healthways, Inc. to apply their sciencebased methods and tools to improve the health of the people in North Texas communities. Working together with physicians across North Texas, THR is focusing on the science of behavior change and implementing broad capabilities and tools in health and well-being improvement. Research in other parts of the country have Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Azle’s campus will be the shown that for every 1 percent rise in the well- location of its Healthy Living Clinic, where patients can access fundamental, primary health care in a group setting.

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The GEM Rose Watson, a GEM regular, ran the Cowtown Marathon when she was 72 years old. The “health nut” continues to thrive thanks, in part, to her GEM membership. The facility at 3435 Highway 199 East offers a wide variety of fitness opportunities, from water aerobics to yoga to orthopedic massage, to reflexology to Zumba classes. The GEM focuses on four distinct facets: fitness, wellness, arts, and community. You can discover what works best for you by calling 817677-4366 or at info@TheGEM.cc.

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Get healthy before you need meds Murr’s Medicine Chest now carries Garden of Life products by carla noah stutsman Laura Temple is passionate about health. Wagging a large glass of a yummy chocolate concoction she is drinking for “lunch,” the 1990 Azle High School graduate

– now a pharmacist and the manager of Murr’s Medicine Chest – said her interest in supplements as a means to stay healthy and avoid medications started when she reached 40. “I turned 40 and it really hit me how important it is to be proactive, rather than reactive, about our health,” Temple says. “My children even take some

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The smiling and helpful staff at Murr’s Medicine Chest on Azle’s Main Street will likely know your name by your second or third visit, so we thought you should know their names, too. They are (l-r): Anthony Valdez, Russell Miles, Ali Puckett, Danny Sanford, Melissa Harvey, Jeannie Sheppard and manager Laura Temple. Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman of these products now.” After extensive research for the best products out there, Murr’s recently began carrying Garden of Life products. The team at Garden of Life has set the industry standard with regard to digestive support supplements. These products were designed to support the gastrointestinal tract in its role of diges-

tion and assimilation. While each of the Garden of Life digestive products can stand alone, they are designed to be used together. A properly tuned gastrointestinal tract is your key to good health. If your gastrointestinal tract is “out of tune” then you owe it to yourself to see if the Garden of Life Digestive Health Line can assist you on

your journey to optimal health. Products Murr’s currently carries include: Raw Organic Meal Chocolate, 3 ounce package, $5.10 Raw Organic Meal Chocolate Powder, 285 grams, $41.15 Acid Defense Powder, 360 grams, $37.03

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At Brace Chiropractic, it’s all about a lifetime of wellness by mark k. campbell Ailing people of all ages come to Brace Chiropractic & Wellness Center for relief from a variety of woes. Dr. Jessica Brace treats everyone from children to adults from young athletes to professionals from accident victims to on-thejob injuries. Many of those professional athletes are members of the Fort Worth Cats baseball team. In fact, the majority of the athletic injuries she sees come from the diamond.

The repetitive motion of pitching causes hurlers plenty of distress at any level of the sport, she said. That means Dr. Brace sees plenty of shoulders to work on from athletes from Azle and Springtown and points beyond. Among the other sorts of sports injures she treats: elbows, lower backs, hip flexors, and rotator cuffs to name a few. The Cats connection came when she adjusted a patient who happened to be one of the club’s owners. He invited her to work with the team. And soon she’ll be international. On Sept. 1, Dr. Brace will fly to Japan as one of five specially chosen doctors from

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throughout the nation to illustrate American techniques to that country’s chiropractors. Still, Brace is a homegirl. She moved to Azle when she was one year old, competed in a slew of sports as a Lady Hornet before graduating from Dr. Jessica Brace and everyone at Brace Chiropractic & Wellness AHS, went off to col- Center at 237 West Main Street in Azle are concerned about an lege, then came right individual’s complete well-being. Youngsters like Dr. Brace-Garcia’s back to Azle after her daughters Gabrielle and Olivia can benefit from pediatric procedures completing her de- that can aid in the treatment of headaches, asthma and the common cold among other ailments. The office accepts all major insurances gree. as well as Medicare. Acupuncture will soon join electrical stimulation, Since returning in massage, and spinal adjustments as means of keeping people at peak September 2004, her performance. Visit www.bracechiropractic.com or call 817-444-2170 business has blos- to set up an appointment. Or just stop by – walk-ins are welcomed. somed annually. Photo by Mark K. Campbell “We’re busier than panding clientele, Dr. Brace said building. we’ve ever been,” Dr. she just purchased the old rock That means she can move her Brace said. house next door to her primary To accommodate her ever-exPLEASE SEE LIFETIME, PAGE 41


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Holistic approach to preventative medicine n HOLISTIC, FROM PAGE 39

Primal Defense Kids, $26.73 Primal Defense Ulta 90 count capsules, $51.45 Omega Zyme Ulta 90 count capsules, $47.33 Vitamin Code Men, $41.11 Vitamin Code Women, $41.11 Diet 360, $56.60 FucoThin, $56.60 Extraordinary Beauty, $30.85 Super Seed Powder, 600 grams, $25.70 Now settled in its new build-

ing at 232 W. Main Street in Azle, the pharmacy is a block away and across the street from its former longtime location. The same friendly, personal yet professional service the business built its name on is still the name of the game at Murr’s Medicine Chest. “We treat customers the way they should be treated – special,” Temple said recently. Most prescriptions can be filled in less than 15 minutes,

and with a nifty two-stage drive-through window system, dropping off and picking up your prescription is also slick as a whistle. Temple and the Medicine Chest staff perform “compounding” to create custom medication. In some cases, that might be to remove a specific ingredient (such as gluten) that a patient is allergic to. Compounding also can add flavor to a medicine to make it more

Inspiring change and improving well-being n INSPIRING, FROM PAGE 36.

being index, healthcare costs drop 2 percent and hospitalizations go down 1 percent. Employers want to be in communities with higher well-being because such communities are more likely to have healthy, productive people to staff their workforce. People with higher wellbeing are happier and contribute more to employers, families and communities, resulting in both overall benefit savings as well as improved productivity, less absenteeism and stronger retention. Communities where people share common elements of healthy diet, healthy lifestyle and positive outlook tend to have higher overall well-being that can be measured. We now have tools and methods that enable physicians to predict who among their patient populations will be high-risk or high-cost in the future. For example, only 20 percent of people with high-cost chronic conditions in a given year remain high cost in a subsequent year. Among patients who are low cost, almost two-thirds remain low cost. In any given year, more than 70 percent of people who are in the high cost segment are there for the first time. Fewer than 1 percent are in the highcost segment for more than two consecutive years. Access to this type of information can assist the physician in deploying interventions for better health and outcomes across the physician’s patient popula-

tion. It could also assist employers in more accurate modeling of their future healthcare costs and in creating more cost-effective employee benefits programs. Employees are more satisfied when they feel empowered to improve their own health. Employers can assist by providing access to tools and resources that allow them to be successful. The empowered-employee approach is even more powerful when the employee’s trusted physician recommends the tools and resources through a physiciandirected, individualized care plan designed to help the person stay

well. For example, a recent study published by Healthways and Johns Hopkins Medicine in The New England Journal of Medicine showed that physician-directed weight loss programs, such as Healthways Innergy™ program, have the same sustained impact as working with a personal trainer. The changes we must make will not happen overnight. But if employers, physicians, community leaders and health systems work together, we can begin to drive meaningful, lasting changes that will improve the health and wellbeing of the people in the communities we serve.

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palatable for children. Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy is another area where compounding can benefit women and men alike by creating prescriptions customized to their individual needs. Consult with Temple to see if compounding can address a need you have. Murr’s Medicine Chest also provides free delivery within Azle city limits. Call 817-444-1377 for infor-

mation about compounding, 15-minute prescriptions or other personal services available – and don’t forget about the Garden of Life products.. Pharmacy hours are 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. Murr’s Medicine Chest has an extensive selection of overthe-counter medications and personal care supplies as well as gift items.

Good health depends on H2O n GOOD HEALTH, FROM PAGE 33

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business office to the new facility and gain another treatment room in the original for her burgeoning wellness business. While Brace’s chiropractic abilities can help headaches, pediatrics, asthma, colds, and backaches, her focus is as a complete wellness center. That’s why you can find a trio of masseuses at Brace Chiropractic & Wellness Center: Lydia Whistler, Jana Jenkins, and Coleen Hill. Sessions are available in blocks of 20, 40, 60, and 80 minutes. Massage therapy might be

covered by insurance and it goes hand-in-hand with Dr. Brace’s goal of “hands-on therapy, rehabilitation, and education.” Careworkers at Brace Chiropractic are concerned with overall wellness and seek that end by treating the whole body. Walk-ins and same-day appointments are not a problem – and, unlike recent years, parking is no longer troublesome either. The expansion to the new building has seen to that. Programs are tailored to individual needs and that might include electric muscle stimulation, flexion/distraction techniques, and therapeutic ultrasound.

Dr. Jessica Brace has headed Brace Chiropractic & Wellness Center since September 2004 and is so popular that she is expanding her offices with the purchase of a neighboring building. Photo by Mark K. Campbell And expect even more treatment options soon; Dr. Brace said she hopes to incorporate acupuncture into her overall wellness plans in the near future. Dr. Brace’s website addresses a “chiropractic FAQ” concerning the

importance of regular visits: “Do you have to keep going for the rest of your life?” Her answer: “You only have to keep going to the chiropractor as long as you wish to maintain the health of your neuromusculoskeletal system. Going to a chiroprac-

tor is much like going to the dentist, exercising at a gym, or eating a healthy diet: As long as you keep it up, you continue to enjoy the benefits.” Brace Chiropractic & Wellness Center not only takes most insurances but also accepts workers compensation and auto accident claims. Flexible payment plans are offered for those without insurance. They are at 237 West Main Street in Azle and can be reached at 817-444-2170 or www.

bracechiropractic.com. The company’s hours: Monday – 9 a.m.-noon and 2-6 p.m. Tuesday – 9 a.m.-noon Wednesday – 9 a.m.-noon and 2-7 p.m. Thursday – 9 a.m.-noon Friday – 8 a.m.-noon and 2-6 p.m. For complete body heath and fitness, Dr. Brace fits the bill – just ask a Fort Worth Cat or a Hornet or Porcupine or maybe your neighbor.

Handling stress shouldn’t be stressful Stress is normal. It’s a basic physiological and physical reaction to the increasing demands of life. It’s the managing of stress that’s vital. When “a threat” is perceived, the body releases a burst of hormones, the proverbial “fight or flight” response, according to a Mayo Clinic report. When the threat is over, the body returns to normal. Unfortunately for most people today, the nonstop action of everyday life means there’s always a threat around. Taking care of that stress is crucial. Not only are everyday stressors troublesome – job pressures, bills, relationship problems – but positive experiences can induce stress as well. After pinning down these “triggers,” a plan can be made to control or reduce them. Family or friends can help here. So can exercise or yoga or relax-

ation techniques like meditation or immersing oneself in nature. Sometimes simply pausing to “enjoy the moment” will ease stress. No technique will make stress totally disappear, but they can help manage the problem. Texas Woman’s University Counseling Center issued a report with 52 ways of handling stress. Among their suggestions: Get up 15 minutes earlier in the morning Prepare for the morning the evening before – make lunches, set out clothes you plan to wear, set the breakfast table Write things down; don’t rely on your memory Make duplicates of all keys Prepare yourself if a situation requiring waiting looms Plan ahead: keep fuel in your car; buy stamps; keep enough groceries on hand Allow an extra 15 minutes to get to

appointments Fix broken things that can cause aggravation – alarm clock, windshield wipers Unplug your phone to bathe, sleep, or read Keep positive friends in your life Get up occasionally if your job requires you to sit for extended periods Keep a stress journal Check breathing during the day; concentrate on several slow, deep breaths Find something you enjoy doing every day Eliminate destructive self-talk like “I’m too old” or “I’m too fat” Do one thing at a time One suggestion mentions “Pollyanna-Power” – consider that for the one thing that goes wrong, 100 have gone right. TWU Counseling Centers are located in Denton, at Dallas Parkland and Presbyterian Hospitals, and in Houston.


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Always sociable, Azle Dental Care is now on the social network Drs. Brooke Porter and Seth Atkins and the entire staff at Azle Dental Care are determined to give their patients the best service in the Metroplex – and beyond. And they’ve stepped up their game. They recently redesigned their patient recall system with the use of email and texting. The new system reminds patients of cleanings and dental appointments by sending an email or a text. If patients would rather receive reminders

by phone, the recall message has a button to simply option out of the service. “We love all of our patients and we want an easy way to stay in touch with them,” said Dr. Porter. Azle has grown a lot since Dr. Brooke Porter started her practice in 1998. As new people continue to move in, Azle Dental Care has adjusted to the growth. Five years ago they moved from their long-time office at Park Place Center to a more spacious building at 912 Boyd Road. Dr. Seth Atkins joined the team in 2009. Azle Dental Care’s web site, Smilegreat.com gives patients

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information on dental procedures that are performed in the office as well as staff introductions and patient forms. The site is also linked to Azle Dental Care’s Twit- Drs. Brooke Porter (left) and Seth Atkins at Azle Dental Care are happy ter, YouTube to welcome all new and returning patients to visit them at their office at and Face- 912 Boyd Road in Azle. Call them today at 817-444-1673 or check out book pages. their web site at Smilegreat.com – now linked to Facebook, YouTube and These on- Twitter. line social networking fees in Azle. tal and general healthcare. sites have improved the doctor/ Azle Dental Care has sponSmilegreat.com is also a patient relationship by allow- sored its own contests on Facegood place to go for anyone ing for daily interaction and book with giveaways like tickwho wants to know what’s giving everyone a forum for ets to a Texas Rangers baseball some conversations about den- game and Six Flags Over Tex- happening in other parts of town because Azle Dental Care as. Facebook is giving the staff has dedicated an entire page and patients at Azle Dental to the city. Future Azleites can Care “way too much fun,” said find information on the Texas Dr. Porter. Health Harris Methodist HosOther Azle businesses are linked to the site, such as Lick- pital Azle, local government adee Split Ice Cream – serving and politics, Eagle Mountain homemade ice cream and cof- Lake and Azle schools.

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Lifecare EMS Paramedics (l-r) John Martin, Ashley Boyd, A.J. Bigham and Jack Blackmon of Lifecare EMS make up a crew stationed at the Springtown facility by the Parker County Hospital District. The station, on Highway 199 just east of Springtown next to the Parker County Sub-Courthouse, is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week as crews rotate among the countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s three ambulance stations, keeping six ambulances available at all times. The result is speedier response when county residents have a medical emergency, and quality care that saves lives.

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AZLE DENTAL CARE

Brooke Porter, D.D.S. • Seth Atkins, D.D.S. • 912 Boyd Road - Azle • 817-444-1763

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Veneers Are your front teeth poorly spaced, stained, chipped, or crooked? Let’s talk about veneers. What are they? Veneers are strong, thin shells of acrylic or porcelain, which are bonded to the front of your teeth. How much time and money is involved? Veneers are economical and can usually be applied in two office visits. How long will they last? Veneers last for years and are very resistant to stains and chipping.

Whitening Would you like a whiter, brighter smile? Achieve it with Whitening! How is it done? Our doctors may apply either a whitening gel during an office visit or give you a custom-fitted tray to wear in the comfort of your own home. Will it last? Whitened teeth can re-stain with exposure to staining agents or darken over time. If so, touch-ups can help maintain your smile at its brightest! How long does it take? It depends on the severity of the discoloration. You may notice a difference after only a few applications.

The American Dental Association estimates that about 20% of the population does not see a dentist because of fear and anxiety. A dentist has two paths to address these concerns: anxiety addressing medication or sedation. What is “Anxiety-free” dentistry? Every dentist can provide oral medications to take the “edge off” a patient’s anxiety, but only a few certified dentists, like Dr. Porter and Dr. Atkins, can provide inhalation agents in office like nitrous oxide “laughing gas”. What about Sedation Dentistry? Sedation dentistry is when intravenous sedation or general anesthesia is used to sedate a patient. Only a doctor with anesthesia training can perform sedation, Drs. Porter and Atkins working in conjunction with a general anesthesiologist have performed several sedation cases in their office. Both dentists are on staff at Azle’s Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital, a local facility that provides more apprehensive patients a safer sedation choice. When using either oral medication or sedation, will I feel any discomfort after the procedure? In both cases, there will be some tenderness in the proceeding hours. Dr. Porter and Dr. Atkins provide a 24-hour emergency number to help any patient manage discomfort.

Dental Implants Implants are the closest thing to natural tooth replacement available. What are dental implants? Using the same principles and material used in joint replacement surgery, Dr. Porter and Dr. Atkins are certified to securely anchor dental implants into bone. Implants attach to single or multiple replacement teeth. Implants are also used to anchor full-mouth dentures. What would dental implants feel like in my mouth? Implants feel more comfortable, secure, and more natural than removable tooth replacements such as a partial or a denture. Will implants slip out of my mouth like my dentures? No, implants give you the confidence to laugh and smile with ease.

“Call Dr. Porter or Dr. Atkins at

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