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Grow Your Own Vegetables

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This tulip tree was planted by my mother and aunt when I was just a little girl, and it still blooms today. Welcome to the first edition of Local Healthy Living. My family and I hope you find information inside to make 2017 a healthier and happier year. We created this magazine to give needed information to our readers. There’s so much information available today about health issues. But I believe one of the most important things to learn about your health is this: so much of it is up to you. At 55, I see my transition into middle age full blast. And I see my future health in my parents. There are things I can do to make those years healthier. A healthier life gives you so many more options. This magazine will give you information to keep your body moving (page 14) and your brain on point (page 15). We hope you learn how important it is to begin a relationship with your doctors now. It will give them a baseline for your future health (page 11). Our family hopes you find something in every issue to make your future a little healthier. Our feature story is on growing your own vegetables. When I shared with my family that I wanted to grow my own tomatoes this year, they had a really good laugh. I’m the only person in my family who doesn’t possess a green thumb, and I’m not talking about just immediate family. My aunts, uncles, cousins and their children can grow anything. So, in the next issue I’m determined to have pictures of my tomato plants. If you try your hand at a garden this year and would like to send pictures, we’d love to share them in the magazine. Just email them to annette@localhealthyliving.com.


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Grow Your Own Vegetables! Don’t let limited space or time prevent you from growing your own produce!

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Give Your Brain a Workout! Four key elements of a good brain-boosting activity.

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10. Do You Suffer from Leg Pain?

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11. Be Health Smart, Know Your Health Numbers.

25. Monastery of the Holy Spirit

12. Yes, Physiatry Can Help!

26. Have You Heard of Immunotherapy?

14. Tips to Reach 10,000 Steps

27. Enjoy Our Tomato Risotto Recipe

16. What is ThermiVa?

28. Keeping Active At Any Age

18. Is a Colonoscopy on Your Calendar?

30. What is Tumescent Liposuction?

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Grow Your Own Vegetables! By Nancy Watkins

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o you’d love to have a garden and grow your own vegetables, herbs or beautiful flowers. But you don’t have the space, or maybe you just don’t have the time to devote to planting and tending a garden area. Well, don’t let that stop you from experiencing the joy and satisfaction of cultivating your own plants. If you have a big container, potting soil, and a spot that gets six hours of sunlight each day, you’ve got everything you need to put your green thumb to work! If you have little or no yard, if your soil is compromised, or if you simply enjoy the freedom of moving your plants from place to place, container gardening may be just the ticket to bring out your inner farmer. A patio or deck can be an excellent place for your container garden. Window boxes, hanging baskets, or even a spot on your rooftop can give you the means to till the soil and enjoy the fruits of your own harvest. Plus, plants in containers can add beauty and visual interest to your landscape or home. Even if you have actual ground for growing, containers can help you overcome problems like poorly drained soil, pests such as deer and rodents, and diseases lurking in your soil, like nematodes and wilt. What’s more, soil in containers warms up more quickly than the

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soil in the ground, so you can get your plants off to a faster start in the spring. Perhaps best of all, you can skip the backbreaking work of weeding and amending soil, because tall containers make it easier for all gardeners – even those with limited mobility – to tend crops without kneeling or squatting. Getting Started Container gardening requires very little gear. Start with a trowel, a hand fork and a pair of gloves. For larger plants, you may need a good pair of shears or kitchen scissors for pruning. Have fun choosing your containers. Pick from a wide variety of materials, including clay, plastic, cement, wood or even glazed porcelain. Plastic containers are light and cheap, but may not convey the look you want. On the other hand, stone or marble are beautiful and sturdy, but they’re costly – and heavy to move around. Whatever you choose, don’t be afraid to get creative. Mix styles, colors, shapes and types of containers – even add your own artwork to make them more whimsical or eye-catching. A container garden can even be a delightful project to involve your kids, giving them the chance to showcase their talent and have some fun creating special containers you’ll treasure for years. And don’t forget that you can take this opportunity to reuse and recycle items you might normally throw away, such as empty


coffee cans, large jars, old plastic or metal buckets, or even last year’s kiddie pool or plastic sandbox. Step-By-Step • Your first consideration should be location. Do the plants you’re growing require full afternoon sun or a mix of sun and shade? And remember that container plants dry out more quickly than plants in the ground, so beware of any location, such as a paved area, which might increase ambient temperature. • Be sure to choose plants that adapt well to container gardening, like patio varieties of tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers or certain herbs, such as mint, basil, parsley and sage. You can even grow fruit trees and dwarf varieties of other trees, like oranges, figs, apples and pears. Most smaller annual flowers also do well in containers. • When filling your container with potting soil, add soil polymers to the mix to help alleviate the wet-dry cycle. These small crystals absorb up to 100 times their weight in water, so they can help supply water to plant roots as the soil dries out. Also consider incorporating a controlled-release fertilizer that can supply nutrients to your plants over a three- to six-month period. • Maximize drainage by drilling or punching several holes in the bottom of your container. You can also place rocks, gravel or broken pieces of pottery in the bottom of your container, to ensure your plants don’t sit in accumulated water. After all, over-watering can be as destructive to container plants as under-watering. Once you’ve filled your delightful containers with fun, colorful plants and placed them in the perfect location, it’s time to enjoy your creativity and hard work. With container gardening, you’re rewarded over and over, with beauty and joy, plus the good health of your own home-grown produce!

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Finding Relief from Seasonal Allergies

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pring is in the air! And so are billions of tiny pollen particles that send millions of people into fits of sneezing, watery eyes, and sniffling. The medical name for this is seasonal allergic rhinitis, but most sufferers call it hay fever or, more simply, spring allergies. Whatever your name for it, one thing’s for sure: it can make your life miserable for weeks, disrupting daily activities – especially those outdoors – and affecting your sleep, your productivity at work, and your energy level. In the South, spring allergies can begin as early as February, especially if winter temperatures have been mild. A rainy spring can also encourage plant growth, which helps pollens thrive. And, while a rain shower provides temporary relief by washing pollen away, pollen counts will likely soar after a rainfall, so your suffering can actually increase. Seasonal allergy symptoms include: • Itchy eyes, nose, and throat • Sneezing • Nasal congestion • Runny nose and eyes • Dark circles under your eyes If your symptoms are severe, your doctor can use a few simple tests to diagnose which specific pollens trigger most of your woes. Armed with this knowledge, you can keep track of pollen counts through local weather forecast outlets or by subscribing to email alerts from an organization such as the National Allergy Bureau. Over-the-counter (OTC) allergy medications are

often effective in controlling symptoms and should be started two weeks before the expected beginning of allergy season. If one OTC medication doesn’t work for you, try others before giving up. A little trial-anderror may be necessary before finding the one that’s right for you. If OTC medications aren’t successful, talk with your allergist/immunologist about immunotherapy, using allergy shots to provide long-term relief. These injections expose you gradually to your allergen, so your body’s immune system learns to tolerate it rather than reacting to it. Of course, avoiding the pollens that trigger your symptoms is the most effective way to reduce the symptoms of spring allergies. • On days with high pollen counts, limit outdoor activities. • Keep windows closed – at home, at work and in your car – to keep pollens out. • Remove clothing and take a shower – including washing your hair – after coming indoors. With these tips – and a visit to your doctor – you can find relief from seasonal allergies. And best of all, you can take heart – after all, your symptoms will surely subside as soon as spring time ends and summer rolls around! Go Now Doctors in Locust Grove can help you get your allergy symptoms under control – and you don’t even need an appointment! To learn more about Go Now Doctors, call 770-626-5740 or visit www. gonowdoctors.com.

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DO YOU HAVE ANY OF THE FOLLOWING PROBLEMS? By Dr. Jarrod Day

• Pain in Legs with Walking • Nonhealing Leg and Foot Ulcers • Leg Edema • Carotid Artery Disease • Foot or Toe Discoloration and/or Chronic Pain • Varicose Veins and Venous Reflux • Abdominal Aneurysm • Deep Vein Thrombosis

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Dr. Jarrod D. Day joined Atlanta Heart Associates in 2017. He is a vascular surgeon. Dr. Day is currently accepting patients at our Stockbridge, Griffin, and Riverdale locations. During his free time, Dr. Day enjoys spending time with his family. His hobbies include running, particularly 10K races, cycling, and cooking for family and friends. A graduate of Morehouse College in Atlanta, Dr. Day received his medical degree from Duke University Medical Center in 2002. He then attended Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, where he completed his general surgery internship and residency. From there, he completed a Vascular Surgery fellowship at Eastern Virginia Medical Center. Prior to relocating to Georgia, Dr. Day practiced as a vascular specialist in Virginia.

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Know Your Numbers

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hen it comes to your health, wouldn’t it be nice to have a pretty good indication if you’re at risk of certain preventable diseases? That’s where health care’s “Know Your Numbers” campaign comes into play. There are five key measures that can give you a pretty good picture of your overall health: blood pressure, cholesterol levels/triglycerides, blood sugar (glucose), waist circumference and Body Mass Index (BMI). While we do inherit risk for disease from our families, most chronic illnesses are lifestyle-related. Knowing your numbers can be crucial when identifying risk for chronic, preventable conditions such as heart disease, hypertension and diabetes. 1. Blood pressure. The force of blood against the walls of the arteries, high blood pressure readings can mean that your heart is working harder than it should. Known as the “silent killer,” elevated blood pressure often is symptom-less even as it damages your heart, kidneys and brain. Know Your Numbers: Normal blood pressure is 120/80 or below; 140/90 and above is considered high, with the area in between classified as pre-hypertension. 1. Cholesterol & triglycerides. Cholesterol is a fatty substance our bodies need to function properly, but too much of it can do harm. Triglycerides are a form of fat in the blood stream produced by the liver, but also are found in your diet. Unsafe levels of cholesterol and triglycerides can result in coronary artery disease, heart attack and even stroke. Know Your Numbers: LDL, or “bad” cholesterol, should be below 130 mg/dL. The lower the better. HDL is “healthy” cholesterol and should be above 40. HDL removes cholesterol from the blood stream and helps lower your heart attack risk. Total cholesterol (TC) level should stay below 200. Triglyceride levels should range from 30 to 150 mg/DL. 1. Blood sugar (glucose). Glucose is the amount of sugar stored in your blood and serves as your body’s main source of energy. Blood sugar levels indicate the risk of developing or the presence of diabetes. Left untreated, diabetes can result in heart disease, kidney disease, and other complications including nerve and eye damage. Know Your Numbers: A fasting blood sugar level should be below 100, with levels above 130 deemed “At Risk” for developing diabetes. 1. Waist circumference. A high waist circumference is indicative of an elevated level of abdominal fat. Excess abdominal fat is associated with an increased risk for type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, cancer and heart disease. Know Your Numbers: Women with a waist circumference of more than 35 inches, and men with a waist circumference of above 40 inches are at increased disease risk.

1. Body Mass Index (BMI). A person’s ideal body weight depends on variable factors such as gender, age, height and frame. BMI measures your weight in relation to your height. Too much extra weight can lead to high cholesterol, heart disease, diabetes and other serious illnesses. Know Your Numbers: Though not considered a perfect measure, a BMI above 25 means you are overweight and a number over 30 signals obesity. The good news is that it’s never been easier or more affordable to take charge of your health and know your numbers. Most commercial insurance plans provide coverage for preventive care without co-pays, co-insurance or deductibles, including annual physical exams, recommended immunizations, and age/ risk appropriate screenings such as lab tests, mammograms and colonoscopies. “At Eagles Landing Family Practice, we believe an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” said Collyn Steele, M.D., a board-certified physician at Eagles Landing Family Practice.” “That’s why we’re committed to bringing together the very best family physicians, innovative facilities and advanced procedures to give our patients the top quality, patient-centered care they deserve in a timely and convenient way.” Do you want to see what your numbers are and take the appropriate measures to get them in line? Contact Eagles Landing Family Practice to schedule a physical and consult with a provider to get to Know Your Numbers today!

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What is Physiatry? Written By Nancy Watkins and Dr Amrish Patel

Like many people, maybe you’ve never heard of physiatry. In this case, what you don’t know could literally be hurting you!

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lot of times, a patient who’s in pain thinks they need to go straight to an orthopedic doctor, physical therapist or a chiropractor when actually a physiatrist could be the physician to see. Due to the lack of knowledge about physiatry, we are by passed, when in reality, we can bring tremendous benefits to the process of function for the patient” says Dr Amrish Patel. Physiatrists are medical doctors with additional training in the specialty of physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R,) a broad medical expertise that allows them to treat disabling conditions throughout your lifetime, no matter your age. Physiatrists work with other medical professionals on your treatment team, including neurologists, orthopedists, physical therapists, psychiatrists, counselors, and others, to optimize your function. A physiatrist provides non-surgical pain relief that can rescue patients from a restrictive, life-altering injury or illness and dramatically improve overall quality of life. Through PM&R, patients effected because of disease, a medical condition / disorder, or injury can achieve remarkable results without the complications and lengthy recovery of surgery. “As a physiatrist, it’s my goal to help restore function, whether a patient has been affected by stroke, brain injury, back pain, shoulder immobility, or any other restricting impairment,” says Dr. Patel. “We want our patients to be able to participate in their favorite activities and enjoy life more fully, so we focus on helping people become as functional and pain-free as possible.” Physiatrists are medical doctors with additional training in the specialty of PM&R and broad medical expertise that allows them to treat disabling conditions throughout your lifetime, whatever your age. Physiatrists work with other medical professionals on your treatment team, including neurologists, orthopedists, physical therapists, psychiatrists, counselors, and others. “We can serve as a team leader,” says Dr. Patel, “overseeing a patient’s rehabilitation and coordinating care among the various specialists involved.” While other medical specialists use similar diagnostic tools, physiatrists try to take a more holistic approach to care. Physiatrists deliver a personalized, individualized method of treatment, designed to improve your quality of life. Physiatry is based on a comprehensive approach that takes full advantage of all the resources at your disposal. Treatment and recuperation will involve every aspect of your life, from exercise to diet to work place ergonomics. Where appropriate, your physiatrist may even advise you on how

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to best approach school and vocational programming, as well as behavioral and cognitive/learning issues. This whole-person approach to your health – treating you from head to toe – can be particularly beneficial if you suffer from a problem that’s difficult to diagnose, such as spinal pain, which can be caused by anything from arthritis to muscle strain. As a Physiatrists look at the whole patient, so they often notice aspects of your health that may have been previously overlooked. “You might have been told previously that you have arthritis in your hip or a repetitive stress injury to your knee,” Patel says, “but that doesn’t necessarily mean you need surgery. Once we complete necessary studies, we’re often able to treat patients non-surgically, using conservative, holistic approaches – taking into account physical limitations and posing less risk of complications.” Following diagnosis, you’ll work with your physiatrist to create a treatment plan that looks at your “big picture” and your overall goals, to improve function and reduce pain. To help you achieve your health goals, your physiatrist will likely turn to a variety of treatments. These treatments might include strengthening exercises, stretching, braces, splints, orthotics, pain medication, massage, injections, nerve stimulators or blocks, as well as other assistive techniques and devices. This may also include investigative studies such as electromyography (EMG) and nerve conduction studies (NCS), to assess the condition of your nerves and muscles, both when relaxed and in their stimulated states. “However, if you should end up needing surgery, we’ll work with you before and after your surgery, to ensure the best possible outcome and help speed your recovery,” Patel continues. The purpose of physiatry is to enhance patient function, performance, and satisfaction. It’s often seen as the “quality of life” branch of medicine. Physiatrists manage issues that span the entire spectrum, helping patients stay as active as possible, at every stage of life. “We know that each patient is an individual, with their own unique symptoms, issues and goals,” Patel says. “Our goal is restoring physical function as it relates to each individual, whether that means returning to work, reconnecting with your sport, getting back in your garden, or playing with your grandkids.” Learn how physiatry can help improve your quality of life. Schedule an appointment today with Dr. Patel at Sports and Spine Institute in McDonough. Call 678-671-3088 or visit www.sportsandspineinstitute.com.


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Stepping Toward 10,000: Tips To Reach Your Magic Number

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s wearable fitness trackers and smart watches from brands such as FitBit, Garmin and Apple have exploded in popularity, millions of people have made 10,000 steps a daily goal. Why 10,000? The number’s roots date back to the 1960s when Japan’s first commercial pedometer hit the market. The manpo-kei or “10,000 steps meter” got things started, but studies since then have shown how walking 10,000 steps (or the equivalent of 5 miles) a day can have important health benefits, from burning calories to lowered blood pressure or blood glucose. But researchers and doctors also emphasize that 10,000 is not a one-size-fits-all step scenario. For some, starting out at 3,000 or 5,000 steps a day can put you on the path to better health. “Staying active throughout the day, whether you’re going for 10,000 steps or 3,000, is good for your long-term health,” said Collyn Steele, M.D., a board-certified family physician with Eagles Landing Family Practice. “And you might be surprised by how easily you can add more steps by being purposeful about how much you move.” In addition to being good for your health, achieving that “goal reached” notification can be quite rewarding! So we’ve put together some tips to help you reach your magic number.

10 tips for reaching 10,000 1. Instead of a large jug that you drink water from all day, use a smaller bottle instead. That way, you’ll need to get up for refills throughout your day. 2. This one is tried and true: Don’t drive around searching for the closest parking spot at the grocery store, mall or doctor’s office. Park farther away and get more steps on the way to the entrance. 3. Leave your cell phone across the room so you have to get up to respond to a text. 4. If possible, work out in the morning. Not only is it motivating to see all of those steps as you start your day, you won’t have to worry about the temptation to skip the workout later on. 5. Instead of letting the dog out back to do his business, take him around the block instead. 6. If you don’t have a device that automatically reminds you to stand each hour, set a reminder on your phone or computer to get up and move regularly. 7. March in place or pace while talking to a colleague or friend on the phone, watching TV or brushing your teeth. 8. Instead of checking social media, use your lunch break as an opportunity for a short walk. 9. Work in a large building? Don’t choose the closest restroom. Visit a different floor or department instead. 10. Have children with afterschool practices and activities? Instead of sitting and watching the whole time, go for a walk while you wait for them to finish. Starting an exercise routine but need to consult with a physician first? Contact us to schedule a physical and consult with a

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Give Your Brain a Workout By Nancy Watkins

By the time you’ve reached adulthood, your brain has developed millions of neural pathways that help you process and recall information quickly, solve familiar problems, and execute familiar tasks with a minimum of mental effort. But if you always stick to these well-worn paths, you aren’t giving your brain the stimulation it needs to keep growing and developing. You have to shake things up from time to time! Memory, like muscular strength, requires you to “use it or lose it.” The more you work out your brain, the better you’ll be able to process and remember information. But not all activities are equal. The best brain exercises break your routine and challenge you to use and develop new brain pathways.

Four Key Elements of a Good Brain-Boosting Activity 1. It teaches you something new. No matter how intellectually demanding the activity, if it’s something you’re already good at, it’s not a good brain exercise. The activity needs to be something that’s unfamiliar and out of your comfort zone. To strengthen the brain, you need to keep learning and developing new skills. 2. It’s challenging. The best brain-boosting activities demand your full and close attention. It’s not enough that you found the activity challenging at one point. It must still be something that requires mental effort. For example, learning to play a challenging new piece of music counts. Playing a difficult piece you’ve already memorized does not. 3. It’s a skill you can build on. Look for activities that allow you to start at an easy level and work your way up as your skills improve —always pushing the envelope so you continue to stretch your capabilities. When a previously difficult level starts to feel comfortable, that means it’s time to tackle the next level of performance. 4. It’s rewarding. Rewards support the brain’s learning process. The more interested and engaged you are in the activity, the more likely you’ll be to continue doing it and the greater the benefits you’ll experience. So choose activities that, while challenging, are still enjoyable and satisfying. Think of something new you’ve always wanted to try, like learning how to play the guitar, make pottery, paint a picture, play chess, speak French, dance the tango, or master your golf swing. Any of these activities can help you improve your memory, so long as they keep you challenged and engaged. So seek out activities that, while challenging, are still enjoyable and satisfying. Spring 2017

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ThermiVa…

Vaginal Rejuvenation Made Easy By Nancy Watkins

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f you’re a woman who has experienced unwanted internal or external changes to the vagina, a new feminine rejuvenation system, called ThermiVa, offers a bold option for improving your love life and boosting self-esteem. This radically simple, non-surgical solution is helping women reclaim the confidence and aesthetics of their youth, in spite of multiple child births, strenuous vaginal childbirth, or the effects of menopause. Vaginal laxity, dryness and genital irritation can range from a slight annoyance for these women to a major barrier to enjoying a satisfying quality of life. These vaginal symptoms and conditions can cause both intimacy and incontinence issues that negatively impact women’s lives. ThermiVa, an in-office non-surgical procedure for labia and vaginal tightening, uses a radio frequency generator to power an “S”-shaped hand piece that tightens external and internal vulvovaginal tissue via a comfortable, temperature-controlled tip. The result is reduced vaginal dryness, decreased urinary leakage, and enhanced sexual responsiveness, for both a woman and her partner. With ThermiVa, Women Can Rejuvenate: • Vaginal laxity: tightens the vagina at the opening and along the full length, noticeably heightening sensation for both the patient and partner. • Vulvar laxity: tightens labial tissues and reduces sag, resulting in softer, smoother skin and greater comfort in tight clothing. • Vaginal dryness: adds softer, thicker skin and more moisture both internally and externally, making daily life,

as well as sexual intercourse, more comfortable, without the use of lubricants. • Stress incontinence: reduces accidents and leakage and possibly even reduces urge symptoms, helping women avoid the need for vaginal mesh slings. • Orgasmic dysfunction: increases sexual sensitivity and produces more coordinated, stronger muscular contractions, enabling women to achieve orgasm in a shorter period of time. What’s more, ThermiVa does all this painlessly, without surgery or the associated recovery time. The Science Behind ThermiVa ThermiVa treatments deliver controlled thermal energy deep into tissues to encourage the natural production of collagen and shrink tissues. There’s no need for anesthesia, numbing shots or creams, and total treatment time is less than 30 minutes. Women are able to resume all activities – including sexual intercourse – immediately after treatment. Results can be seen as soon as the day of treatment, with continued improvement over time. A complete course of therapy consists of three treatments, each about a month apart, and once treatments are complete, women can enjoy the benefits of ThermiVa for at least 9 to 12 months before a maintenance session may be needed. Learn more about ThermiVa. Schedule a consultation with a physician at The Women’s Center today, at either Stockbridge (770-302-0878) or Conyers (678-413-4644). They’ll help you determine if this groundbreaking procedure can help you achieve your goals for a happier, more confident life.

Dr Gordon When asked why she went into gynecology, Dr. Gordon replies, “It is a wonderful field of medicine to practice. I get to see my patients on a reoccurring basis so I really get to know them and their families. Together, we can quickly identify their concerns and make a plan-together. I always include my patients in the decision-making process.”

Stephanie Gordon is one of the few true Atlanta natives. She was born at Georgia Baptist Hospital while her mother finished nursing. She is double Board Certified in general Ob/Gyn as well as in the new field of urogynecology. Dr. Gordon was one of the first physicians in the nation to become Board Certified in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, also known as Urogynecology in 2013. She founded the Women’s Center in 2003 as a gynecology and surgery practice dedicated to providing individualized care for women. Dr. Gordon offers a complete array of services to her patients, and her special focus is on treatment of heavy periods, incontinence, and cutting edge minimally invasive surgeries. She sees patients in both offices and operates at Piedmont Henry Hospital and Rockdale Medical Center. 16 Local Healthy Living ❧ Spring 2017


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Colon Cancer Awareness Month By Nancy Watkins So, you made it to the big 5-0, and it’s time to party! But after blowing out all those candles, remember this: turning 50 means the next big thing on your calendar should be your first colonoscopy. While you might think there’s nothing good about that bit of news, there is something to celebrate: over the last 10 years, the incidence of colorectal cancer in people over 50 has dropped 30 percent – and deaths have also declined, says the American Cancer Society. The reason for the drop in colorectal cancer is that it’s both preventable and treatable if detected early. Colorectal cancer (cancer of the colon and/or rectum) is the third most common nonskin cancer in adults, and it’s the second leading cause of death in men and women in the United States. But studies have shown that regular screening could prevent one-third of colorectal cancer deaths in the U.S. And when it’s detected early, the five-year survival rate is 90%. To remind everyone of the importance of regular colorectal cancer screening, the U.S. observes Colon Cancer Awareness Month every March. So, what better reason do you need to call your doctor and put that baseline colonoscopy on your calendar? You see, polyps and lesions in the

colon are found more often in people aged 50 and older. So, screening tests that look for and remove these polyps and lesions can ward off colorectal cancer. That’s why experts recommend your baseline screening at age 50, with routine screenings every 10 years. Of course, you’re probably thinking that a colonoscopy is the last thing you want on your to-do list. But a colonoscopy exam is brief and painless – you’ll sleep through the whole thing. And even the preparation process is easier and less uncomfortable these days. So, don’t be one of the roughly 40 percent of Americans avoiding this routine and important procedure. In fact, there’s never been a better time to take the first step by scheduling your appointment. Once your colonoscopy is over, you’ll have peace of mind, and your doctor will have a baseline for evaluating your risk going forward. The board-certified gastroenterologists at East Atlanta Gastroenterology specialize in digestive diseases and nutrition, with specific expertise in colorectal cancer and prevention. Schedule your appointment today by calling 770-922-0505 for any of their four offices located in Covington, Conyers, Madison or Greensboro.

David N. Socoloff, DO Received his undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia and his medical degree at the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the University of South Florida and fellowship in Gastroenterology at the University of South Florida. Dr. Socoloff joined East Atlanta Gastroenterology Associates in 2008.

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TRUE or FALSE Colorectal cancer is the 2nd leading cancer killer. TRUE

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Both men and women get colorectal cancer. TRUE

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Screening helps prevent colorectal cancer.

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pringtime is here and – after months cooped up indoors – you’re ready to head outside. But whether you’re gardening, heading to the beach, or playing a few rounds of golf, don’t forget the importance of skin care for your overall health and for ensuring the most enjoyment from all your outdoor activities. “Sun, wind and the elements in general can rob your skin of the protective moisture it needs to stay healthy and look its best,” says Dr. Jason Arnold of Georgia Dermatology & Skin Cancer Center in Conyers. “Protecting your skin against the sun and environmental

conditions should be part of any outdoor adventure you plan this spring.” Consider these essential skincare tips for springtime: • Drink up: Hydrate your skin and get your body ready for the heat, by drinking plenty of water before you head outdoors. • Respect the sun: Prepare your skin for sun exposure by applying sunscreen and reapplying as needed. Check expiration dates, because sunscreen can deteriorate and provide less protection. • Moisturize: Soothe sun-parched skin routinely, but don’t forget other areas that were concealed. • Layer up: Wear layers that block sun, deflect wind and prevent dehydration. The dermatologists at Georgia Dermatology & Skin Cancer Center in Conyers can help you protect your skin for life. Call 770-785-SKIN (7546) today for an appointment.

We are excited to announce a new addition to Georgia Dermatology & Skin Cancer Center. Dr. Jason Arnold is a board certified dermatologist with 15 years prior service in the United States Air Force. He received his medical degree from Emory University School of Medicine and completed a Mohs Surgery Fellowship at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Dr. Arnold and his family have recently relocated back to the Atlanta area and look forward to serving the Conyers-Rockdale community and surrounding area.

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TOP 8 Nutrition Myths By Nancy Watkins

If you ushered in the new year with aspirations to lose weight, you’ve probably already found out that fads and short-term dieting aren’t the best way to reach your goals – and keep the weight off. Nutritionists warn that much of the popular thinking behind the desire to shed pounds is often based more on myth than fact. If weight loss is still on your to-do list for the year, consider these popular myths and arm yourself with the knowledge to make your goals easier to reach, while establishing healthier eating habits for a lifetime.

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It’s gluten-free, so it must be healthier. Gluten, a protein found in several grains and additives, has been demonized in today’s culture. But there’s nothing inherently unhealthy about gluten. Unless you have celiac disease – which affects about 1% of the population – or testing has shown you to be gluten intolerant, there’s no reason to avoid gluten. As a matter of fact, many so-called gluten-free products are actually higher in fat, sugar or preservatives, to make up for the gluten that’s been removed.

All carbs are bad. Our body needs carbohydrates for energy – we can’t function without them. The brain prefers glucose for fuel, and our body needs carbs to keep our heart pumping and facilitate digestion. Most of our B vitamins, fiber and many other essential nutrients come from carbs, and when we don’t get enough carbs, our body breaks down muscle to use the proteins for fuel. So, while limiting bad carbs is smart, keep good carbs in your diet, including bananas, nuts, whole grains and legumes.

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Eating less than 1500 calories is the best way to lose weight. Undereating can mean starving your body of essential nutrients, while simultaneously increasing your stress hormones. You might lose weight this way initially, but you run a greater risk of damaging your metabolism and developing other complications in the long run. No sensible, effective diet will ever cheat your body out of the food you need to function adequately.


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Skipping breakfast can boost my weight-loss efforts. Breakfast gives you energy to start your day, so your glucose levels stay more stable throughout the day. In studies with young people, eating breakfast was shown to promote better overall health, delivering a protective effect on obesity and type 2 diabetes. A small breakfast like a smoothie or granola bar can get you off to a healthy start for the day, even if you’re short on time.

Eating meat is the only way to get enough protein. Going meatless these days is easier than ever, thanks to all the nonmeat options on the market. If tofu isn’t your thing, you can still choose from dairy, eggs, lentils, beans, legumes, nuts and seeds, grains and fish to get sufficient protein. Incorporating a few meatless days into your week can also have many health benefits.

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Organic foods are always healthiest. Some foods, like grape tomatoes, spinach, strawberries, apples and cucumbers, have higher levels of pesticide residue, so you might want to buy organic versions of those. However, buying local foods, regardless of whether they’re organic, can have many benefits, such as freshness and increased nutrition, thanks to less storage and transport time. Plus, you’ll be supporting local growers and investing in your local economy.

Stay away from fats. Thanks to the low-fat craze of the ‘80s and ‘90s, people started avoiding fats and eating more carbs, especially highly processed carbs and sugars. Now, nearly 1/3 of adults are obese. What healthy eaters know is that a Mediterranean diet, high in unsaturated fats, is considered one of the healthiest diets out there. Your body needs fats to digest certain nutrients, like vitamins A, D. E and K, so choose unsaturated fats, which have also been shown to reduce cholesterol.

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Never eat late at night. What you eat is far more important than when you eat. Taking in too many calories any time of the day or night can lead to weight gain. So don’t deny yourself a late-night snack. Just make it a sensible one.

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Physical Therapy

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By Nancy Watkins

ong, warm summer days are on the way. But if you’re saddled with physical pain and lack of mobility from an injury, illness or medical condition, you may find yourself sitting out of the fun. Pain-free movement is essential to ensuring your quality of life, and with the help of a physical therapist, you can develop a plan to meet your individual goals, challenges and needs. If you’re ready to feel better and get moving again, consider starting physical therapy now to enjoy a summer filled with the activities and lifestyle you love. With physical therapy you can: • Reduce or eliminate pain with exercises, manual

treatment and mobilization such as ultrasound and electrical stimulation. • Avoid surgery – along with the grueling recovery and medical expense – or recover faster from surgery with pre-surgical physical therapy. • Improve mobility with stretching and strengthening exercises, along with the assistance of properly fitted assistive devices, such as a cane or crutches. • Improve balance and prevent falls with coordination exercises and exercises that mimic real-life situations. If you could benefit from physical therapy, call Physical Therapy in Motion, 770-288-2441. The McDonough facility offers caring, effective rehabilitation, including their new aquatic therapy center. Visit www.ptmotioninc.com to learn more.

“When I started my career in physical therapy, my aim was to help people improve their lives through correction of movement dysfunction... I find physical therapy’s unique combination of science, art, and the hands-on nature of the profession compelling and most advantageous for the patient. I imagine each physical problem as a puzzle. And I believe it’s important to engage my patients, their families, and doctors in solving that puzzle with me.” Coy Leverette III, MPT

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A Soothing Wave of Therapeutic Intervention! Aquatic Therapy provides physical rehabilitation in the dynamics of a heated pool. • Alleviate pain associated with arthritis, injury or generalized muscle soreness. Morning and Evening Hours • Decrease stress in joints, vascular swelling and Available! muscle spasms. Call Now for a 1-On-1 Personalized Appointment for • Increase circulation, flexibility, strength, sensory awareness, and function. Aquatic and Land Therapy! We Accept Most Commercial Insurances. Walk-Ins and Referrals From Health Care Provider.

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Explore beauty and simplicity at the Monastery of the Holy Spirit. Honoring a centuries-old tradition of hospitality, Georgia’s Trappist monks welcome you. Nestled on more than 2,300 acres, the Monastery offers a serene setting for exploration, contemplation and recreation. ■ See the Gothic-style Abbey Church ■ Experience a day in the life of a monk and learn about monastic tradition at the Historic Museum ■ Browse through the Bonsai Garden and Nursery ■ Shop at the Abbey Garden Center and Abbey Store for locally-made crafts, outdoor décor or Christian books and monk-made fruitcake, fudge and biscotti ■ Stroll the scenic grounds or exercise on the PATH trail ■ Stay for the day or experience an overnight retreat Open year-round and free to the public. For more information on tourism in Conyers-Rockdale call 1-800/CONYERS or visitconyersga.com.

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Medical Immunotherapy By Nancy Watkins

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llergy sufferers take heart! If you’re preparing to face another springtime enduring the onslaught of sneezing, sniffling and watery eyes, there’s another option you may have never even heard of – immunotherapy. Immunotherapy, also called allergy shots, has been around for more than 100 years, and a strong body of evidence has demonstrated over the years that immunotherapy can provide tremendous relief for seasonal allergies. The goal of immunotherapy is changing the way a person’s immune system reacts to their environment, particularly allergens. Allergy shots may be the right treatment choice for you if: • Over-the-counter medications aren’t controlling your symptoms; • You can’t avoid the things that are causing your allergic reactions; or • Your allergy medications interact with other medicines you take or cause unwelcome side effects. Allergy shots are injections you get at regular intervals over a period spanning three to five years. Each shot contains a tiny amount of the specific allergens that trigger your symptoms – enough to stimulate your immune system, but not so much that you experience a full-blown allergic reaction. Over time, your doctor increases the amount of allergens you receive in each shot, so your immune system becomes desensitized to the allergens. In other words, you get used to them, and you react less and less when you’re exposed, so you experience fewer allergy symptoms. If you’re considering allergy shots, your doctor will use a simple test to determine the specific things you’re allergic to. Your shots will then begin with a build-up phase, usually over three to six months, with shots one to three times each week. During this phase, your allergen dose is gradually increased.

Once you’ve reached what your doctor considers to be your effective dose, you’ll begin the maintenance phase. This can last anywhere from three to five years, with shots monthly. While you shouldn’t expect your allergy symptoms to clear up overnight, you will notice them improve during your first year of treatment, with the most noticeable improvement typically occurring during the second year. By the third year, most people no longer have significant allergic reactions. What’s more, many people find that, after a few years of successful treatment, they remain allergy free even after they stop the allergy shots. If you’re considering immunotherapy, the doctors at Live On Medical Center in McDonough can help you decide if it’s right for you. Your well-being and peak health are their main concerns, so call 770-302-6780 today and schedule a convenient appointment.

Make an appointment today to see one of our providers. Our Nurse Practitioners, Erica Payne and Merrilea Reeves, are committed to providing compassionate, competent care from a holistic approach with a focus on Primary Care, Hormone Replacement Therapy and Anti-aging, and allergy immunotherapy.

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Tomato Risotto 2 tbsp coconut oil (refined) 1/3 cup chopped sweet onion 2 tsp minced fresh garlic 4 cups vegetable broth heated to a simmer ½ cup dry white wine 1 cup Arborio rice 1/4 cup grated Parmesan (optional) 3 medium-size ripe tomatoes, peeled, seeded and diced 6 medium-size fresh basil leaves (or use ½-1 tsp dried basil to taste) Salt and pepper to taste   1. In a 2-qt saucepan over medium heat, melt 1 T coconut oil.   2. A  dd onions and cook until soft, 4 to 5 minutes.   3. Add garlic and cook 2 minutes.   4. Add rice and stir to coat, 1 minute.   5. A  dd wine, stirring constantly until completely absorbed.   6. S tirring constantly, add 1/2 cup vegetable broth. As rice absorbs the liquid, continue to add broth, 1/2 cup at a time, until you’ve added 3 cups.   7. R  educe heat to low and cook rice for an additional 20-30 minutes until tender, stirring occasionally. If rice starts to dry out, stir in more broth. (If you don’t have more broth just use water).   8. W  hen rice is done, remove pan from heat. Let stand for 5 minutes.     9. S tir in remaining butter and cheese (optional). 10. Fold in all but 3 T tomatoes.   11. Season with salt and pepper to taste.   Divide risotto evenly among 6 bowls. Garnish each bowl with remaining tomatoes and basil, if desired. Make our recipe your own. You can add mushrooms, zucchini or your favorite vegetable. You can serve as an entree or as a side. Spring 2017

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Keeping Active Can Help Reduce Risk of Falling for Elderly Written by Kathleen Smith

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alls don’t “just happen,” and people don’t fall simply because they get older. Often, there’s more than one underlying cause or risk factor involved when an elderly person falls. It’s true that our risk of falling and being injured increases as we age. In fact, after age 65, there’s a onein-three risk of falling. But there’s plenty you can do to avoid becoming one of the statistics, with the broken bones or other injuries that can lead to declining health, isolation and a loss of independence. Risk factors Aging brings many physical changes, and many medications including diuretics, sedatives and high blood pressure medications can alter your sense of balance. Health conditions that affect older adults such as cataracts, glaucoma, stroke, Parkinson’s disease, congestive heart failure, heart arrhythmias, emphysema, arthritis and nerve damage can increase your risk of falls.

Other common risk factors for falls include: • Muscle weakness, especially in the legs. • Poor balance or difficulty walking caused by lack of exercise, a neurological cause, arthritis or other medical conditions or treatments. • Blood pressure that drops too much when you rise from lying down or sitting – called postural hypotension – that can result from dehydration, certain medications, or conditions such as diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, or an infection. • Slower reflexes which can make it harder for you to catch your balance if you start to fall. • Sensory problems such as poor vision, numbness in your feet, or wearing multi-focal glasses while walking. Exercise helps While your risk of falling increases with age, you can take steps to help prevent falls. First talk with your doctor. You may need to have your vision as well as your balance and movement checked. Your prescription

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medications may need to be changed. Many people can reduce their risk of falls by exercising, improving their balance, and implementing safety measures at home. One of the best exercises to help prevent falls is walking. Walk regularly to avoid getting rusty. Water or pool exercises can also help prevent falls by helping you practice the skills needed for walking.

• Arrange furniture so you can easily move around it. • Don’t use throw rugs. All carpeting should be secured to the floor. • Use a step-stool to reach something from a high shelf or move items to lower shelves. • Install grab bars on walls around the tub and beside the toilet. • Use nonskid mats or adhesive strips on surfaces that will get wet. • Put a light switch and the telephone within reach of your bed. • Use a nightlight between the bedroom and bath. • Keep stairs and hallways clear of clutter. • Install handrails on both sides of the stairway. • Wear rubber-soled shoes that have low heels.

Improving your balance To improve your balance and coordination, practice standing on one leg for short periods. You can hold onto a chair while you’re doing this to help keep your balance. You also might consider taking Tai Chi classes. This ancient Chinese discipline involves slow, dance-like movements that help relax and strengthen muscles and joints. One The orthopedic specialists at WellStar Spalding study indicated that Tai Chi may help reduce your risk Regional Hospital can help you avoid falls with of falls by more than 47 percent. physical and occupational therapy, while also offering help for those who have joint pain and weakness, Home safety tips Some simple changes in your home also can reduce thanks to joint replacement options. Visit www. wellstarspaldingregionalortho.com today, or call 678your risk of falls. Here’s a checklist: • Keep electrical and telephone cords out of the way. 688-5970 for more information.

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What is Tumescent Liposuction? Liposuction was first introduced to the United States in the ‘70s by Italian gynecologist, Dr. Giorgio Fisher, the inventor of the original form of liposuction. Then in 1978, French physician, Dr. Pierre Fournier, contributed by further advancing liposuction. Liposuction became extremely popular in the United States by 1980s along with complaints from patients experiencing excessive bleeding and a rippling of skin. Dr. Jeffrey A. Klein, a California dermatologist, invented the tumescent technique in 1985 that revolutionized liposuction surgery. The use of the tumescent technique allows surgeons to safely remove superficial and deeper layers of fat with relatively little discomfort. In the artistic hands of Dr. Michael Carter, superior body sculpting results are achieved. The safety of the procedure is verified by the fact that no major complications have been reported in thousands of patients over many years. There is far less bleeding, bruising and faster healing. The patient is able to walk immediately after surgery. Patients are not required to have strict bed rest

and are encouraged to take long walks the next day. Tumescent liposuction effectively removes fat deposits from all areas of the body including face, neck, abdomen, hips, love handles, buttocks, inner and outer thighs, knees and arms. Dr. Michael Carter’s evaluation of the various liposuction procedures available and his desire to use the least invasive with minimal recovery time for his patients led to his practice solely focusing on tumescent liposuction. Dr. Carter uses small, straw-like tubes called cannulas that are connected to a large bulb syringe that gently remove fatty deposits. These delicate instruments allow targeting of very specific areas with greater accuracy and sculpting. While it requires more of Dr. Carter’s time, the benefit of body contouring and sculpting achieved greatly enhances his patient’s happiness with the results achieved. And that is Dr. Carter’s primary focus – his patient’s long-term health and pleasure with their new appearance. Call Med Spa 360 for a free consultation today at 770-507-2800.

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