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June 15, 2016

Whatcom County

Health Care Guide A Guide to Preventative Health Care and Well-Being

A special publication prepared by the Lynden Tribune and Ferndale Record

Caring for our community. Whether you’re a first time visitor or a life-long resident, PeaceHealth provides the care you need right where you need it.

PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center 2901 Squalicum Parkway 360-734-5400 PeaceHealth Medical Group Same Day Care 3015 Squalicum Parkway, Suite 140 360-788-8420

Whatcom County

Health Care Guide

Dear Reader, Our 2016 Whatcom County Health Care Guide contains a question-andanswer forum supplied by local health care providers. The Lynden Tribune and Ferndale Record have joined in obtaining the information available in this magazine. This guide should not be used as a substitute for advice from a medical professional, but it may help readers learn how to seek advice and from whom. This directory provides general information and is not intended to replace your own doctor’s advice. Enjoy your reading! Thank you,

2016 Whatcom County Health Care Guide • Lynden Tribune & Ferndale Record


PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center My stomach and back often hurt after I eat fatty foods like pizza. Sometimes I even feel nauseated. What causes this? The symptoms you describe are often related to a gallbladder attack. The gallbladder is located in the right upper abdomen beneath the liver and holds bile, a fluid secreted by the liver. When water is extracted from the bile, the material left behind can harden into gallstones. While there are often no symptoms of gallstones, occasionally following a fatty meal the gallstones cause pain in the gallbladder, radiating to the back. This is known as a gallbladder attack. If you are diagnosed with gallbladder disease, there are options for treatment. If you have mild symptoms or it’s your first gallstone attack, your provider may simply prescribe pain medication. If you have more severe symptoms or you have had multiple attacks, surgery may be required. Today most gallbladder surgery is performed laparoscopically, using minimally invasive surgical techniques. This type of surgery may result in less pain and quicker recovery. If you need surgery, ask your doctor if a minimally invasive technique is right for your situation. Karen Woo, DO

PeaceHealth Medical Group-Surgery 4545 Cordata Parkway, Suite 1C Bellingham, WA 360-738-2200

I have an oddly shaped mole on my shoulder. How do I know if I should have it checked? Since skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States, it is a good idea to keep an eye on any moles that seem suspicious. If you have noticed new moles or have a family history of melanoma, performing regular monthly examinations of your body is recommended. Use a mirror to examine your skin, paying close attention to any areas that are exposed to the sun, such as the hands, chest, arms, nose, ears, neck, and face. When you are analyzing spots on your skin, watch for the ABCDEs of skin cancer. Asymmetry: when sides of the mole don’t match. Border: edges of the mole are irregular or blurred. Color: surface of the mole is different colors or different shades of brown, black, tan, white, or red. Diameter: the mole is larger than a pencil eraser. Evolving: the mole is changing in size, shape, or color. If you notice a mole changing shape or color, becoming itchy or painful, or bleeding, schedule an exam with your dermatologist right away. Christina Lyons, MD

Dermatology PeaceHealth Medical Group 4465 Cordata Parkway, Suite B Bellingham, WA 360-738-2200


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Mt. Baker Vision Clinic When should children have their first eye exam? Most professional eye organizations recommend a child have their first eye exam by five years old. However, if you suspect a problem with your child’s eyes, exams can be done at any age, including soon after birth. Should my children wear sunglasses? Experts say 50 percent of our lifetime exposure to UV rays may occur by age 18. Given that cumulative UV damage to eyes causes diseases like cataracts and macular degeneration later in life, make sure your kids’ eyes are protected from the sun with good quality glasses.


Dr. Jeffrey Larson

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PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center I’ve heard that there are new guidelines for taking medication for high cholesterol. Do I need to be taking this medication? In late 2013, the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology published new guidelines to help determine the best ways to prevent heart attack and stroke. The new guidelines no longer recommend that patients shoot for a target cholesterol level but instead recommend options based on individual risk factors. A risk calculator was also developed to help estimate a person’s risk of heart attack and stroke. For patients whose estimated risk falls in the top third of adults, the guidelines suggest considering statin medications as part of the treatment plan. Statins are a group of cholesterol lowering medications that have been found to prevent cardiovascular disease in people who are at high risk for heart attack. Often, though, the first line of treatment is a change in lifestyle to include healthy foods and plenty of exercise, which you can begin today. If you have concerns about your heart health or have a family history of heart attack or stroke, work with your doctor to estimate your risk and create an individualized treatment plan. Elisa Zaragoza, MD

PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center Cardiovascular Center 2979 Squalicum Parkway, Suite 101 Bellingham, WA 360-734-2700

How can I get my kids to put down the screens and move more? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, childhood obesity rates have tripled since the 1980s. Many experts say screen time—including television, computers, cellphones, tablets, and gaming is a major contributor. Whether or not your child is obese, it is a good idea to help him or her cut down on screen time. Finding fun, healthy alternatives is key. Try these options to help your child get moving. Have family fun. It is important to model healthy behavior for your children and get them engaged. Taking a family walk after dinner or cranking up the music for an impromptu dance party in the living room are great ways to get moving together. Join a sports team. Whether your child is chasing a soccer ball or doing laps with the swim team, joining a team ensures that your child will be moving more and regularly engaging in healthy activities with his or her peers. Bring along a friend. If you’re heading to the ice rink, the rock climbing gym, or the nearest park, bringing a friend along doubles the fun for your children. Making exercise a fun part of your day makes it more likely that everyone will want to keep moving and put down the screens a little more often.

Rachel Westerfield, DO

PeaceHealth Medical Group–Pediatrics 4545 Cordata Parkway, Suite 1E Bellingham, WA 360-738-2200


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United Way of Whatcom County What is United Way of Whatcom County focusing on in the area of Health? 1. Ensuring healthy and active living for all 2. Increasing health care access and prevention 3. Increasing safety so people avoid/recover from effects of violence/abuse   In 2015 our funded Health programs at 12 different local nonprofits helped more than 16,000 people! Big challenges aren’t solved one nonprofit at a time. That’s why we use current research on the issues affecting Whatcom County right now and partner with a variety of programs to ensure results. Find out more at   How can you receive a discount on prescription drugs?   Through United Way’s partnership with FamilyWize you could save up to 43% on your prescriptions. Just cut out the Prescription Discount Card on this page or go to, then head to a participating pharmacy (over 60,000 participating pharmacies nationwide!), and use it over and over again. No sign-up or activation required. More than 11,000 Whatcom County residents have already saved more than $1 million on prescription costs.

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United Way supports projects and programs to increase physical activity, enhance healthy after school options, increase access to healthcare, and ensure that individuals are free from violence and abuse. Working together for a stronger community for all that’s what it means to LIVE UNITED!

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Bellingham Denture

Walk-In Health Clinic Inc.

When should dentures be replaced?

Do I need an appointment?

Every five to 10 years. The oral structures in our mouths change continuously; when a denture becomes worn and ill-fitting, damage can occur to gums and tissues. Appearance is affected when an old denture causes the facial structures to look very flat and worn – referred to as “over-closure.”

No. Just walk in 7 days a week between 8:30am and 5:00pm. We accept most insurance and are preferred by many. We also accept private pay at a discount at time of service.

How will implants help me?

Do I need antibiotics? Are you aware that colds, flu, most sore throats, and bronchitis are caused by viruses? Did you know that antibiotics do not help fight viruses? It’s true. Plus, taking antibiotics when you have a virus may do more harm than good. Taking antibiotics when they are not needed increases your risk of getting an infection later that resists antibiotic treatment.

Dental implants can increase fit and biting force by up to 300% and help rid denture wearers of the struggle of loose, ill-fitting dentures. Dentures attached to implants improve quality of life by increase in function, improved speech, and ability to chew. Call 647.0395 for a Consultation (no charge).

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Lynden Manor What is Lynden Manor? • Lynden Manor is an assisted-living retirement home. • Residents are as independent as they want to be. • Meals are provided restaurant style for the residents in a common dining room. • Apartments are cleaned weekly. • An assortment of activities are offered and available on a daily basis. • Residents have access to licensed nursing staff 24 hours a day. • Lynden Manor has a separate dementia care wing. Why Lynden Manor? • Lynden Manor is independent, assisted and dementia care all in one. • Privately owned by a local partnership. • Highly recommended by local physicians. • Excellent reputation in Whatcom County. • Next door to Christian Health Care Center, a skilled nursing facility with a rehabilitation department.

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Alzheimer Society of Washington I’m worried about my memory. What should I do? The Alzheimer Society of Washington offers free monthly memory screenings. Call our office to find out where the next one is. You can also visit your primary care provider and ask for a memory screening. A loved one has been diagnosed with dementia. What services do you offer? We offer support groups for caregivers and people with dementia, free memory screenings, and Project Lifesaver tracking bracelets for those who wander. We also hold an annual educational conference, and a speaker series called HEAD Talks, or Health Education About Dementia.

Caring for someone with dementia can be difficult. The Alzheimer Society of Washington provides support, education and resources to help you and your loved ones through your dementia journey. You are not alone! We offer: - Support groups for caregivers and people with dementia

All-Inclusive Retirement Living at its Best Free Golf with Cart • Chauffer Car Service • Full Social Calendar 3 Meals Daily in the Outward Nine Restaurant 301 West Homestead Blvd., Lynden

(360) 354-8200


- Free memory screenings - Project Lifesaver tracking bracelets for those who wander. For more information, contact our office at:

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Rebound Physical, Occupational & Hand Therapy What’s new for Tennis Elbow? With tennis elbow, you get very small tears to the tendons, which then form scar tissue. Scar tissue restricts blood flow and causes pain. Therapists use stainless steel Graston tools to locate and massage problem areas. Graston tools and techniques are 90% effective for breaking up scar tissue to allow healing. Graston tools and techniques require specialized training and are available at ReBound PT, OT, and Hand Therapy. If you have been dealing with tennis elbow for a short or long time, this treatment may be the ticket for your recovery! I heard Rebound Physical Therapy is starting an aquatic program. What are the benefits of aquatic therapy vs. the more traditional land-based setting? Performing therapy in the water provides several added benefits for patients. First, the buoyancy of water decreases weight-bearing, putting less stress on joints and bones.  This environment allows for earlier mobility and consequently less atrophy of muscles. Second, the water produces a natural resistance to movement ideal for whole-body strengthening.  Finally, most patients report a decrease in pain when comparing to land-based exercise, making for a quicker progression and recovery.

“Experts in Injury Rehabilitation & Prevention.”

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Lamphere Insurance, Financial & Estate Planning Medicare Health Coverage Question: I’m eligible for Medicare and...I got a letter from my Doctor’s Group recommending that I contact an Insurance Broker in another town. Do I have to call them in order to get a health plan to go with Medicare? Absolutely not!! We frequently have clients who bring a letter like this to our office. They are upset that they received the letter, which they believe gives them no choice but to go with an out-of-town agency. Because we often hear this complaint, and to help protect our clients, we spoke with a Washington State Insurance Inspector. He commented that although the letter may seem misleading, it is not illegal. Insurance books tell us that what is ethical and what is legal are not always the same thing. When selecting an Insurance Broker you may want to consider: • Working with someone you trust and feel comfortable with • An agent with a good reputation and a long-standing presence in your community • The agent’s expertise and experience in specialized types of coverage • An agency that works with multiple insurance carriers, which allows them to be less biased and offers a better selection for the consumer • An agency that does not have apparent ties to a particular physicians group. If you would like assistance regarding Medicare health coverage with a local, trustworthy representative in the greater Lynden area, feel free to give us a call.


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Visiting Angels My parents are at the point of needing help in their home. This is new and uncharted territory for us. How do you go about finding caregivers to work with people like my parents? We know that this is a difficult decision to make.  We approach this as if it were our home and our parents.  In our hiring process we first look for caregivers that have the compassion and skill to do the job. They must have the heart to care like family and the knowledge and ability to give the care. Secondly, caregivers must be dependable. Their dependability has a domino effect, they must show up and be on time! Life has enough challenges without you having to worry about help that doesn’t arrive on time. Finally, a caregiver must be trustworthy. Having someone new in your home can be scary.

That all sounds great. But how do you assure that this is true about your caregivers? At Visiting Angels we not only value these things, we actually test for them. We are the only ones in our area to use a nationally recognized Caregiver Assessment tool that measures for a caregiver’s ability to work well one-on-one, and measures their character for reliability and trustworthiness. And for your peace of mind, we assign a specific Case Manager to meet with you and your family, to get to know them, and the client’s needs. That same Case Manager introduces our caregivers to you on the first visit, as well as monitors the ongoing care.

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Cascade Prosthetics & Orthotics Why do some prosthetic legs look real “life-like” and others look like pipes (aka pylons)? It’s a personal preference of each patient on how they would like their prosthesis finished. A cosmetic cover hides the pylon which attaches the foot to the socket. A foam block is formed over the pylon and shaped to match the patient’s other leg. Covers are cosmetically appealing but add weight and cost to the prosthesis. What is the difference between regular shoes and diabetic shoes? Diabetic shoes have more room in the toe box area than a standard shoe. The extra depth shoes help to accommodate the cushioned foot orthotics typically used with diabetic shoes. The added depth and choice of widths help with foot deformities such as hammer toes, arthritic changes and Charcot feet.


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YMCA CYCLING PACKS A PUNCH FOR PEOPLE WITH PARKINSON’S It has often been said that if the benefits of exercise were available in the form of a pill, it would be the most widely prescribed pill in the world. Most of us are familiar with common benefits of regular exercise including lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol, weight control, improved sleep, stronger bones and muscles, better balance and more. But for people with Parkinson’s disease (PD), the simple act of pedaling a bicycle at 80-90 revolutions per minute (rpm) over a period of time may reduce PD symptoms by as much as 35%. That’s a benefit that’s hard to beat!

Parkinson’s afflicts about 5% of the population, and is not yet curable. Any program that can help so many people for such a relatively low cost is of great benefit to the community.”

Pedaling for Parkinson’s is free for Y members. PD patients must sign an informed consent and have a medical release signed by their neurologist. PD patients are welcome to contact Tracy Diehl in Bellingham (tdiehl@whatcomymca. org) or Felicia Clemmons in Lynden (fclemmons@ for more information on the Pedaling for Parkinson’s class. Family members or caretakers are welcome In 2003, Jay Alberts, Ph.D., was doing research on Deep to take the class if an open bike is available. Brain Stimulation for PD patients and, as an avid cyclist, had a coincidental cycling experience with a PD patient that lead While fast pedaling does not cure or stop the progression, to his research study on the effects of cycling on PD. Dr. there is compelling evidence to show that it does make a real Albert’s found that PD patients found relief from symptoms difference in symptoms. Maybe the benefits of exercise don’t as long as they maintained the protocols, especially the come in a pill, but the benefits of PD symptom reduction target cadence. This protocol includes cycling three times may come on a bike. a week, for one hour each time, at 80-90 rpm, at 60-85% of maximum heart rate. Some PD patients prefer to ride solo outside, or at home on a stationary cycle, but some enjoy the camaraderie and regular schedule of Pedaling for Parkinson’s classes like those offered at the Whatcom Family YMCA in both Lynden and Bellingham. With new bikes funded by Chuckanut Health Foundation and the Mount Baker Rotary Club, the Y offers a 10am and noon class M/W/F in Bellingham and an 11:30am M/W/F class in Lynden. All classes are well-attended by PD patients who pedal together on a regular basis. Most see a change in their symptoms, but many enjoy social support and friendships that come with participating. Some find they have been able to return to activities they had given up such as golf or hiking in the mountains. Tore Ofteness wrote, “Yesterday, to celebrate my 70th birthday, my wife Joan and I hiked for 10 miles on the rugged Ptarmigan Ridge Trail in the Mount Baker Wilderness Area. This was not possible a year ago. I tried, but only got half the distance we did yesterday. I believe the Pedaling for Parkinson’s program at the Y is the main reason for this change. At this time last year, my stamina was much less than today and other symptoms of Parkinson’s were more apparent. Currently, these symptoms are much diminished.


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Evidence-based cycling program helps to reduce symptoms up to 35% and it’s fun! Offered in Lynden & Bellingham

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Family Care Network – Lynden Family Medicine What are the benefits of an annual well exam for my teenager? Young adults have many specific health concerns that should be addressed with a family doctor each year. This can range from preventive health care to immunizations to conversations about healthy relationships with friends and family. This is also a great time to develop a trusted relationship with a doctor. Family physicians are a valuable resource for accurate, reliable health information. An annual well exam will change as teens get older. Common elements include a complete physical exam, immunizations, and review of age-appropriate health topics such as maintaining a healthy weight, nutrition and exercise, and safety. Did you know? Sports physical paperwork can be completed during an annual well exam at no extra cost! Annual well exams are typically covered in full, with no copay or coinsurance amounts.

Looking for a doctor?

We take care of individuals and families through all ages and stages of life. OB Care • Children • Adults • Seniors Birch Bay Family Medicine (360) 371-5855

Ferndale Family Medical Center (360) 384-1511

Everson Family Medicine (360) 966-3441

Lynden Family Medicine (360) 354-1333

To find a doctor, visit Anacortes | Bellingham | Birch Bay | Everson | Ferndale | Lynden | Mount Vernon

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WHATCOM COUNTY Retirement Centers, Adult Family Homes, In-home Care & Assisted Living Northwest Regional Council

Aging & Disability Resources 600 Lakeway Drive Bellingham, WA 98225 (360) 738-2500

Supporting the independence, dignity, and health of community members in northwestern Washington . Your Connection to Community Resources Confidential and Free of Charge.

Aging and Disability Resources provides information and assistance with access to services to adults age 60 and over, people of any age with disabilities, and friends and family members on behalf of clients. Contact us for information and assistance on: Medicare/Medicaid, LongTerm Care, Caregiver Support, Housing, In-Home Care, Medical/Dental, Legal Options, Prescription Assistance, and more.


Caring for someone with dementia can be difficult. The Alzheimer Society provides support, education and resources to help you and your loved ones through your dementia journey. We offer support groups for caregivers and people with dementia, free memory screenings, and Project Lifesaver tracking bracelets for those who wander. Remember, you are not alone! Contact us at: 360-671-3316, or visit

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WHATCOM COUNTY Retirement Centers, Adult Family Homes, In-home Care & Assisted Living Meadow Greens Independent and Assisted Living Apartments. Meadow Greens is an active 55 plus community designed to provide the highest quality of amenity based services. Some of the great amenities residents enjoy include free golf at Homestead Golf and Country Club, three daily meals in Meadow Greens Outward Nine Restaurant, a catered social calendar and so much more. Meadow Greens also offers a small assisted living wing for residents needing help with daily living activities. 301 W. Homestead Blvd., Lynden, WA 98264 360-354-8200

We provide the services that enable you to Stay in YOUR home, with the care YOU want, when YOU want it. For over 30 years, we have provided solutions for your home-care needs through Professional Client Advocacy, Education and Renowned In-home Caregiving services. Services include housekeeping, meal prep, transportation, assistance with personal care such as bathing, toileting and ambulation and dementia care as well as RN visits, medication management or support during Care Transitions. Call us at 360-734-3849 for a free home care needs assessment.

We offer on call 24/7 personalized case by case care. From 1-24 hours of all levels of care by a caregiver of your choice. Visit our website at or call our Bellingham office at 360.671.8388 to set up your free in-home consultation. 2016 Whatcom County Health Care Guide • Lynden Tribune & Ferndale Record


Yeh Orthodontics

Apple Pediatric Dentistry

What are some of the conditions that might indicate my What is a pediatric dentist? child should be seen by an orthodontist? Pediatric dentists are primary and specialty oral care providers * Early or late loss of primary teeth for infant s and children through adolescence, including children with special needs. * Difficulty in chewing or biting How many times a day should a child brush their teeth? * Mouth breathing * Thumb or finger sucking * Crowded, misplaced, or impacted teeth

Brush your child’s teeth twice a day - once in the morning and once at night. Spend at least 2 minutes brushing with extra time spent brushing the back molars. This is an area where cavities often develop first.

* Improper fit of jaws * Biting cheeks or biting into the roof of the mouth

How do I know if orthodontic treatment is needed? A lot of children need to see an orthodontist long before they need braces. Not all crowded teeth nor bite problems are obvious. Some conditions can cause future problems. All children should have an orthodontic evaluation at age seven. Complimentary consultations are provided.

Can braces be placed on a child too early? Monitoring growth and development is an important component of orthodontics. Early treatment may be recommended to help reduce or eliminate complexities in the future. Sometimes children benefit from expanding devices or removal of primary teeth in conjunction with using space maintaining devices. Board Certified Pediatric Dentists All Insurance Plans Accepted Bellingham 3100 Squalicum Pkwy, Suite 103 Ferndale 2141 Washington St, Suite 102


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Gentle Acupuncture

Van Dalen Insurance

What is the difference between Acupuncture and Dry If I am a small business owner without a group plan esNeedling? tablished for my employees, do I have to wait until open enrollment to purchase an employer sponsored health inAcupuncture is one branch of a health care system (Tradi- surance plan for my company? tional Chinese Medicine). It has been practiced for thousands of years, is based on detailed theory, and requires sev- No. You can purchase a small group insurance plan at any eral years of education. Acupuncture utilizes sterile, hair-like time during the year! needles inserted into specific acupuncture points and trigger points. Quality education is necessary to ensure that proper If I choose to go without health insurance in 2017, what depth, angle, and point location is accurate to prevent harm. is the penalty? Dry Needling is a general term for a procedure involving For 2017, the penalty for an individual will be over $695 the placement of needles into trigger points, causing the im- (adjusted due to inflation but flat fee not finalized) or 2.5% mune system to respond. It is becoming a popular therapy of your annual income, whichever is greater. with physical therapists, chiropractors, and MDs for the treatment of pain. Although these practitioners also have extensive anatomical training, their training for dry needling spans a few weekends, in general. I don’t have much pain; what else can Acupuncture treat? Don’t wait until you’re desperate to reap the benefits of acupuncture and the relaxation in invokes. According to the World Health Organization, acupuncture can result in the following: less stress, less pain, better sex drive, better sleep, more energy. It can treat anxiety, depression, digestion, allergies and other respiratory issues, fertility, GYN, hypertension, reactions to chemo/radiation, and more. It is excellent for helping to treat any kind of pain, but a trained Acupuncturist—or East Asian Medical Practitioner (EAMP in WA state) can help you with so much more.

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ClearView Eyecare Diabetes and Your Eyes Type 2 Diabetes is on the rise here in the USA. At its current rate, one third of American adults will have developed diabetes by 2050. Diabetes has to do with the pancreas malfunctioning as it tries to process the sugar in our blood after ingesting foods. A sedentary lifestyle and genetic predisposition, along with highly processed foods, are leading contributors towards diabetes. This disease can affect the eyes by causing blood vessels to leak blood or fluids into the retina which is the light sensitive tissue in the back of the eye. This is called diabetic retinopathy and if left unchecked and untreated, one could lose vision in the affected eye. It is the number one cause of vision loss in working-age adults. Therefore, it is very important for people with diabetes to have their eyes checked yearly, if not more often, in the case of diabetic retinopathy. Diabetes is a very serious disease, but the great news is that it can be managed! Getting regular exercise and making healthy food choices are essential in controlling blood sugar. Regular visits with your primary care physician or endocrinologist along with checking your blood sugar daily, taking your medications, and regular blood work is crucial to staying on top of this disease. Please come and see us at ClearView Eyecare for your diabetic vision exam. ClearView Eyecare, where your best view is at ClearView on Bakerview.

Emergency Numbers Alchohol and Drug Helpline................1-800-562-1240

Arson Reporting Hotline.....................1-800-552-7766

Child Protective Services (DSHS)......... 360-647-6100

Forest Fire Reports.............................1-800-562-6010

Naval Criminal Investigative Service - NCIS...................................1-360-257-3359

Oil Spill Hotline - U.S. Coast Guard Oil Spill Response.............................1-800-424-8802

Poison Info. Center.............................1-800-222-1222

Power Outages...................................1-800-321-4123

Suicide Prevention..............................1-800-273-8255

To Report Drunk Drivers........................ 360-676-2076

U.S. Border Patrol Western WA............ 360-332-8781 Dr. Darlene Anker, Optometric Physician Located in Bakerview Square 410 W. Bakerview Rd., Suite 107 Bellingham, WA 98226


Washington State Patrol........................ 360-676-2076 Photo L-R: Betty, Shauna, Kristina, Dr. Anker, Erin, Jaina.


Whatcom County Search & Rescue..... 360-676-6681

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Dorsch Family Dental Need a dental crown? Dorsch Family Dental gives you something to smile about. What is a dental crown and what purpose do they serve? A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap, used to completely cover a tooth. Dental crowns are most often used for protecting a tooth when its ongoing health is at risk. What is the procedure like? Traditionally a two-appointment procedure, Dorsch Family Dental uses CAD/CAM (computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing) technology to complete the procedure in just one appointment. Dental offices that don’t offer this technology require patients to attend two appointments for the procedure; a temporary crown is placed at the first appointment and patients return to have it removed and a permanent crown inserted. Tell me more about this technology. CAD/CAM expedites the creation of permanent crowns by allowing Dorsch Family Dental to create them in the office. The digital chairside impressioning system matches the exact shape and size of a patient’s existing tooth. What are the benefits of CAD/CAM? CAD/CAM saves patients time while offering an overall more enjoyable experience. The technology also allows Dorsch Family Dental to preserve more of a patient’s healthy, natural tooth structure.

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Mathew Dorsch, DDS, owner of Dorsch Family Dental has been serving families in our community since 2008.


Boomer basics: Easy and affordable tips to maintain an active, safe and healthy lifestyle (ARA) - Today’s baby boomers are growing older gracefully. And although more than 10,000 boomers each day will turn 65, most are not letting their age stop them from maintaining active and healthy lifestyles.

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Here are a few ways to ensure that you (or the • Ensure help is a call away. Cell phones are not ones you love) stay healthy, active and safe: just for social uses, they are a valuable emergen• Maintain regular health screenings and im- cy response tool - and they don’t have to come with a pricey monthly bill. In fact, plans are availmunizations. While it is important to have regular check-ups with your family doctor, it’s equal- able for as low as $10 per month without a contract to AARP members. ly important to monitor vitals more frequently. Luckily, most local pharmacies offer free blood pressure and cholesterol checks, as well as sea- • Cease bad habits. Smokers will die 14 years sooner than non-smokers, reports the Centers sonal flu shots. for Disease Control and Prevention. No matter if • Fight against falls. Falls are the most common you’ve been smoking for years or decades, your body will be better off if you kick the habit. cause of hospital visits for those older than 65, according to the Home Safety Council. To help


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• Instill healthy habits. Being healthy doesn’t • Keep your mind moving. Cognitive perforhave to involve major lifestyle changes. For exmance levels drop earlier in countries that have ample, swap high-fat or high-calorie versions of younger retirement age, according to a study your favorite foods with lower-fat, lower-calorie published by the RAND Center for the Study versions. Or, stock your fridge with healthy fruits of Aging and the University of Michigan. But if and vegetables for snacks. These small diet you’re no longer in the workforce - don’t fear. changes can make big differences in your overJust be sure to keep your brain busy by engagall health. ing in activities that combine social, physical and intellectual stimulation. • Boost your activity levels. This doesn’t mean running a marathon - but it does mean getting By following these simple tips, you can ensure your body moving. Walking, playing golf or any the golden years will be happy, healthy and safe. other enjoyable activity that boosts your heart For more information on Moen Home Care safety rate is a step in the right direction. products, visit

What You Need To Know About Taking Aspirin To Lower Your Risk of Heart Attack If you are at risk for a heart attack, taking aspirin every day or every other day can lower your risk. How Do I Know if I Am At Higher Risk for A Heart Attack? You may be at higher risk for a heart attack if you can say yes to any of the following: • I am a man over 40. • I am a woman past menopause. • I smoke. • I have diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or a family history of heart disease. If you answered “Yes” to any of these, talk to your doctor or nurse about whether taking aspirin is right for you. Is Aspirin Safe? For most people, taking aspirin is safe. But for some people, aspirin can increase the chance of bleeding in the stomach or intestines and may cause a small increase in some kinds of stroke. For that reason, taking aspirin is not the right choice for everyone. The higher your risk of heart disease, the more you have to gain by taking aspirin.

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What Should I Do? Ask your doctor or nurse about taking aspirin. They can help you decide: • Whether to take aspirin. • What kind to take. • How much to take. • How often to take it. 23

Lynden Family Physical Therapy Physical Therapy – Optimizing Function and Enhancing Quality of Life People throughout Whatcom County are experiencing optimized function through the transforming effects of physical therapy. As experts in movement, exercise, health and wellness, injury prevention, and returning you and your family to optimized well-being, physical therapists are uniquely equipped to help patients and clients of all ages improve movement and enhance qualify of life. Here are five ways physical therapists at Lynden Family Physical Therapy are serving you. We Listen: Healthcare is changing. But having a clinician who actively listens to you and involves you in your plan of care and recovery should not. At Lynden Family Physical Therapy patients receive one-on-one, personalized care by a licensed therapist. Improving Mobility and Motion: Did you know physical activity can improve strength and endurance, control weight and lower your risk for obesity and type II diabetes, build strong bones and muscles, improve blood pressure and lower heart rate, while positively impacting almost every system in your body? Physical therapists promote physical activity and work to restore mobility by improving balance, strength, and conditioning, all while educating and empowering you for improved well being. Reducing Barriers to Care: A recent survey by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) revealed that more than 70% of individuals believe a referral or prescription is necessary for evaluation and to begin physical therapy. However, Washington State currently allows many individuals direct access to their physical therapists without a need for a referral. By reducing barriers to care we are able to serve you and your family more efficiently. Decreasing Pain and Improving Function: While many believe movement will increase their pain, physical therapists are trained to minimize your pain and discomfort, including those suffering from chronic and long-term pain. By working within your threshold, providing education about pain and management, and empowering you to actively participate in your recovery, restoration of movement, function, and daily activities is achievable. Providing Care throughout the Lifespan: Whether providing care after a sprained ankle when 5 years of age, reducing the risk for ACL injury in a high school athlete, or improving balance, coordination, and strength when 95 years of age physical therapists work throughout the lifespan by listening, evaluating, and collaborating with you in creating a plan of care which focuses on your goals and enables you to Keep Moving!

Viva Nutraceuticals Who is Viva? As the largest cGMP certified pharmaceutical and nutraceutical manufacturer on the West Coast of Canada, Viva is now proud to serve the health and wellness of Americans with our new office in Ferndale! With our deep understanding of the natural health product and dietary supplement market, we provide optimal and innovative nutraceutical products with a variety of selections that fit into the highest industry standards. Quality is what differentiates us, defines us, and what we believe in the most!


Why Viva Nutraceuticals? With more than 20 years of experience in the nutrition and pharmaceutical industry, Viva knows the best products only come from the best formulations and ingredients. This is why Viva’s advanced R&D team has been actively participating in many academic researches and constantly optimizing our formulations with the best ingredients from around the world. With a highly complex health and supplement market, we proudly introduce Viva Nutraceuticals, a single health product line that has the premium nutrients you need for yourself and your family. Viva will be there to support your health!

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