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  Once upon a time, salesmen peddled “snake oil” to essentially cure everything and anything. Today, CBD oil seems to be the new cure-all product for everything from insomnia and chronic pain, to epilepsy and psoriasis. While many of the circulating claims seem a little too good to be true, CBD oil does appear to be very useful for numerous medical conditions.   As patients come in and ask about CBD, physicians and other providers are having to dig for any credible information they can find since this is not a subject that would’ve been touched on very heavily, if at all, in any of their training. There is no shortage of anecdotal evidence of the effectiveness of cannabidiol – the personal accounts just keep coming in – but there are not nearly enough actual medical studies to back up the claims. It should be noted that it is very difficult to obtain the compound to be studied when it is still considered a Schedule I substance by the DEA. However, as social attitudes toward cannabis in general change and the urgency to find a real solution to the opioid crisis accelerates, more funding will become available for new CBD studies. There is substantial evidence that cannabis is an effective treatment for chronic pain and inflammation in adults. CBD appears to be useful in treating arthritis, different types of seizures/epilepsy, anxiety, nausea, some symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease and Alzheimer’s, psoriasis, insomnia and other sleep disorders, and some symptoms of schizophrenia, just to name a few. It shows promise and versatility for use in smoking cessation and drug withdrawal, acne, migraine prevention and treatment, autoimmune diseases (i.e. fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, psoriatic arthritis, etc.), menstrual cramps, and so

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much more. Now that it is available to so many, it seems that almost everyone knows someone that has tried CBD oil for one thing or another. It is not hard to get firsthand information from someone you trust rather than just some random article or a message board on the internet.   Once you’ve determined you want to try CBD, your options can be somewhat overwhelming. There is a myriad of choices of which type of CBD to try and even more places from which to buy. It can be a complicated choice at the very least. First, determine what kind of product you want to try – oral, topical, inhalation, or sublingual (under the tongue). It can be narrowed down by determining your needs by taste, price, effective speed, ease of use, and concentration:  • TASTE - can be a factor not just with edibles, but also with the oral oils, tinctures, and even vapors from e-liquids. Pastes or concentrates may taste a lot like hemp due to the higher concentration and is often described as “earthy” or “grassy” (similar to the taste of wheatgrass). Vapes, oils, and edibles can have added flavors like mint or vanilla. The flavorings may be “natural” or artificial. If you don’t want to taste the hemp at all, consider oral capsules or topical products.  • PRICE – cheaper is not always better. While there are good inexpensive products available, many are impure or, even worse, are fake. Unfortunately, high price doesn’t always indicate high quality. Some scammers will bump up the price of an inferior product to give the illusion of quality. Also consider Please see CBD page 6

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PARENTHOOD by David W. Proefrock, PhD

  Your 18 year-old daughter has just graduated from high school and has been accepted to a good college. She has always done well in school. You approve of and like her friends she and has never presented any serious behavior problems. She recently came to you and told you that she is extremely depressed and that she wants you to make an appointment with a therapist for her. What do you do?   A. Since she doesn’t seem depressed and there are no other problems, wait a couple weeks and then ask her again if she still wants to see a therapist.   B. Let her know that everyone gets a little down now and then, but that is no reason to go into therapy. Offer to talk with her about what’s bothering her if she needs to talk to someone.   C. Let her know that it is ridiculous for someone as successful as she is to have anything to be depressed about. Tell her to stop feeling sorry for herself.   D. Make her an appointment with a therapist as soon as you can.

If you answered:   A. This is not what is best in this situation. Most adolescents wait until there is a crisis to ask for help if they ask at all. Her request for help should be taken seriously. Make an appointment for her now.   B. Don’t minimize her feelings. If she thought it would help to talk to you, she would have already done it. Make an appointment for her.   C. This is the worst thing you could do and would very likely make things much worse.   D. This is the right thing to do. If an adolescent, especially one who is doing well and is responsible, asks for help, get them help.   Depression is serious. Admitting that you are depressed and asking for help makes it even more serious. Adolescence is a difficult time and your daughter is in the middle of a transition in her life. Asking for help is a mature and responsible thing to do. + Dr. Proefrock is a local clinical and forensic psychologist

WHAT IS FINANCIAL PLANNING?   The reason financial planning is important is the same reason teams or performers need to plan or practice before playing a game or performing. The planning process helps prepare you for success as your family makes financial decisions every day. Unlike playing a game or performing, your family cannot choose to cancel a game or performance if you are not prepared. As the old saying goes – “Those who fail to plan, plan to fail.” Often times, we hear that the reason people never do financial planning is that they do not know what the financial planning process is or covers.   The good news is that the CFP Board has established standards that all Certified

Financial Planner™ professionals are expected to follow. These standards outline what financial planning is and covers. The CFP board defines financial planning as “the process of determining whether and how an individual can meet life goals through the proper management of financial resources.” Plans are customized to address the areas of importance for your family. The CFP board does not identify a minimum number of subject areas required for financial plans, so a financial plan may cover one or multiple subject areas. The following subject areas are typically included in financial plans: • Financial statement preparation and analysis • Insurance planning and risk management • Employee benefits planning • Investment planning • Income tax planning • Retirement planning • Estate planning   Once you identify the subject areas for your financial plan, a Certified Financial Planner™ can help you work through the planning process. The steps in the planning process are also outlined by the CFP Board. It involves six steps: • Establishing and defining the client-planner relationship • Gathering client data including goals • Analyzing and evaluating the client’s current financial status • Developing and presenting recommendations

and/or alternatives • Implementing the recommendations • Monitoring the recommendations   The hardest steps are often those last two, the implementing and monitoring. A good financial planner will check in with you on a regular basis and hold you accountable to make sure you stay on track. The planning process is ongoing and life events will change the inputs or assumptions that you make in the original plan. When that happens, it is important to re-visit the steps in the planning process and update your plan.   This ongoing planning process is the reason most families look to form a long-term relationship with their financial planner. A good planner will clearly explain how they’re paid and why their help is worth the cost to you. Almost anyone can call themselves a financial planner, so be sure to do your homework and make sure they know what they’re talking about. A good starting place is looking for a Certified Financial Planner™ that is held to the CFP Board code of ethics & standards of conduct found on www.cfp. net. + by Clayton Quamme, a Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) with AP Wealth Management, LLC (www. apwealth.com). AP Wealth is a financial planning and investment advisory firm with offices in Augusta, GA.

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  The term “ACE inhibitor” is heard all the time in the warnings portion of TV drug commercials. “Do not use if you’re already taking an ACE inhibitor.”   It makes it sound like ACE inhibitors are unsafe or dangerous. Are they?   Not inherently, but they can be when taken with the wrong combination of other drugs.   First, an introduction. ACE stands for AngiotensinConverting Enzyme. Having the last name inhibitor says that whatever an angiotensin-converting enzyme is, this drug stifles or inhibits its action.   As the name suggests, the enzyme under discussion (the E of ACE) converts angiotensin I to angiotensin II. Angiotensin II narrows blood vessels and raises blood pressure, so by inhibiting this conversion, an ACE inhibitor helps relax blood vessels, lowering blood pressure and helping to ease the heart’s workload and reduce oxygen demand from the heart and even the body’s total volume of blood. ACE inhibitors are thus commonly the drug of choice for people with hypertension. If you’ve got high blood pressure, an ACE inhibitor can be a good thing to take.   So why the oft-repeated cautions?   Like every other medication (including over-the-counter drugs), ACE inhibitors have side effects. Some of them are good: they can help prevent diabetic nephropathy (not neuropathy), heart arrhythmias and congestive heart failure. On the negative side, they can cause headaches, dizziness and fatigue, nausea, a persistent dry cough, blood pressure that is too low, elevated potassium levels and an increase in inflammation-related pain. Sometimes the adverse side effects are caused by interactions between the ACE inhibitor and other drugs a person is taking.    Not every person with hypertension is a candidate for an ACE inhibitor. Pregnant women lead the list of those who should not take these drugs. Are you taking an ACE inhibitor? It’s not difficult to determine. The various formulations all share the same suffix, -pril, as in Lisinopril, Captopril, Quinapril and others. +

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Who is this? ON THE ROAD TO BETTER HEALTH A PATIENT’S PERSPECTIVE Editor’s note: Augusta writer Marcia Ribble, Ph.D., is a retired English and creative writing professor who offers her unique perspective as a patient. Contact her at marciaribble@hotmail.com by Marcia Ribble

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or the first time in 93 installments, the answer to Who is this? is: we have no idea. No one does.   This beautiful, enigmatic and anonymous face does have a name, though: L’Inconnue de la Seine, the Unknown Woman of the Seine. Hers are said to be the most-kissed lips in world history. And possibly the most life-saving lips of all time.   Her story dates back to the late 1880s, when her lifeless body was pulled from the River Seine not far from the Louvre. As the story goes, a pathologist at the Paris morgue was so taken by her beauty that he made a plaster cast of her face. (Another possibility: death masks of unidentified people were often made in past eras so that burial could take place while attempts to identify the victim could continue using the mask.) Another copy of the mask was made, and then a dozen, and then hundreds. She appeared in poems and short stories by writers from Albert Camus to Vladimir Nabokov. Her smile was compared to Mona Lisa’s. Eventually the serene and beautiful face of L’Inconnue de la Seine was found in museums, cafés and private homes around the world.   One of those replicas was owned by a Norwegian toy maker named Asmund Laerdal. He didn’t know it at the time — the mid 1950s — but across the Atlantic Peter Safar, an Austrian doctor living in America, had discovered a means to keep victims of heart attacks alive long enough to get them to a hospital. The procedure came to be known as CPR, short for cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Safar demonstrated that chest compressions combined with mouth-to-mouth breathing could keep oxygenated blood circulating, cutting the risk of brain damage and death.   He thought the procedure was so simple that anyone could do it, not just trained medical personnel — if they had a way to learn and practice. Remembering the rubber cars and trucks made by the Laerdal company he played with as a child (they were marketed as “furniture friendly”), Dr. Safar convinced Laerdal, also a doll maker, to build a mannequin that would be suitable for CPR training purposes.   Working with Safar and another doctor, Safar’s colleague James Elam, Asmund Laerdal developed what many people today call Rescue Annie or ResusciAnnie. Asmund Laerdal modeled Annie’s face after one he had gazed upon many times: “The Unknown Woman of the Seine.” Still in production today, Annie’s lips are said to be the most-kissed lips of all time, and the pair that have saved more lives than any other. If you ever took a CPR class, you’ve kissed them too.   The mannequin marked Laerdal’s entry into the medical field, and today the company remains a leader in building simulated and interactive medical training devices for practicing CPR, intubating patients, inserting IVs, and more.   L’Inconnue de la Seine, thought to have been around 16 at the time of her death, was never identified. Considering the countless lives she has saved, the irony is that because her body showed no signs of violence or trauma, her death was believed to be a suicide. +

  My dog KC is out in the backyard on critter duty. As-long-as she is quiet, we all know the neighborhood is safe. One night she barked very loudly for more than her standard minute or two for a traveling critter, and the next day my neighbor discovered items missing from his backyard. He told me about it later and said he won’t ignore KC’s barking anymore, because her critter warnings include warning us about the two-legged kind of varmint.   We all count on warnings to protect us from harm, whether from human or animal predators. The trick for medical folks is to get us to pay attention to those warnings, something we are often unwilling or unable, to do. Two of the most frequent warnings we get from our doctors are to avoid excessive weight and stop smoking cigarettes. Neither warning is able in many cases to curb eating and smoking habits deeply ingrained from childhood, often because there are no direct and immediate cause and affect consequences. This is not because we are unwilling to learn, just that when we are learning we need feedback to know that what we are changing is working.   We know there are physical changes that come from losing weight. Those are consequences we can use to spur us to change old eating habits, but we need to be mindful of those changes, in the same way that patients undergoing chemotherapy are mindful of changes that help them cope with hair loss, like improving biochemical values that show cancer cells and tumor sizes decreasing. What can we do besides watching us becoming smaller and our clothes becoming too large for us?   One trick is to focus on what is changing in our ability to live a more fulfilling life. A recovering alcoholic once told me that he was slowly noticing how many activities

had been displaced by drinking, recovering from a drunken episode, and feeling guilty about drinking. He noted how many parties he had missed, how he had stopped fishing which he enjoyed, how his relationships had suffered from his too frequent absences. Losing the ability to participate in activities is very gradual, often occurring over years, so what did we used to enjoy doing? Make a list. Use that as a check point to have solid functional proof of a progression toward better health overall. Doing what we used to enjoy has a built in gift of feeling more alive while simultaneously increasing our activity levels. An additional benefit is a decreased likelihood of regaining lost weight!   The same kind of process can be applied to quitting smoking. I quit smoking over fifty years ago and I still remember how challenging it was. Smoking doesn’t kill us immediately, so like losing weight, it can be difficult to notice any immediate benefits from quitting. My mom died from smoking and it took fifty years of smoking to kill her, so her attempts to quit smoking were largely marked by the discomfort she felt when she took her annual six weeks off cigarettes for Lent. She listed being angry all the time, gaining weight, and having constipation as the negative side effects of quitting. Wow! That can really make you want to quit!   My motivation for quitting was different. I wanted to lessen the chance that my children would follow my example and smoke. My reason was not connected to how I was feeling, an end goal to help me stay smokefree despite some discomfort. My kids’ dad didn’t quit smoking. His heart attack in 2004 was fatal. Despite being overweight most of my adult life, I am still alive 15 years later. I know it’s time to lose more weight, because even at 75 I will reap benefits from doing so. I lost a hundred pounds in 2014 and I am ready to go after the remaining weight while I can still enjoy the benefits! +

Sugar causes cavities   Strictly speaking, that is a false statement, a myth.  Surprised?   According to doctors at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, sugar itself doesn’t harm teeth. Sugar occurs naturally in most foods and is used by the body for energy.   However, bacteria loves sugar, feeding on it from the foods we

eat. The more sugary foods and sweetened drinks we consume, the more oral bacteria flourishes.   But bacteria isn’t the direct culprit either, say the UAMS dental experts.   Instead, the abundant bacteria fed by sugar produces acid, and that is what breaks down the enamel in teeth, leading to cavities.   The key to oral health is

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Musings of a Distractible Mind

  I think people should expect more from their doctors. People expect to have to wait when they shouldn’t. They expect to have to come in to have questions answered, even if they are simple questions. They expect for care to be complicated when it could be simple. They expect the doctor to be the center of the health care universe, when they, the patients, should be in that position.   I think a good practice should operate on four primary principles:

by Augusta physician Rob Lamberts, MD, recovering physician, internet blogger extraordinaire, and TEDx Augusta 2018 speaker. Reach him via Twitter: @doc_rob or via his website: moredistractible.org

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1. FOCUS ON HEALTH INSTEAD OF SICKNESS   People shouldn’t view health care as something they need to use. Ideally, people would stay away from doctors, off of drugs, and out of hospitals. The problem is that the whole system we have is aimed at the opposite. My practice is different, taking the time to do the things necessary to keep people well.   My patients spend most of their time on the couch across from me. Not in the exam or waiting rooms.   My patients spend most of their time on the couch across from me. Not in the exam or waiting rooms.

PEOPLE SHOULD EXPECT MORE FROM THEIR DOCTORS 2. LISTENING IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN DOING THINGS   I answer the phone. I communicate electronically with my patients. I take the time to get to know them. This is a whole lot better than ordering a bunch of tests, and it’s quite a bit cheaper. Unfortunately, communication is penalized by the U.S. medical system. Fortunately for me, my patients are amazed at the difference they see from a doctor who actually listens. 3. LESS MEDICAL CARE IS OFTEN BETTER THAN MORE   Health care has been turned into a transaction: find problems, treat them with procedures, and get paid for the number of procedures done (the bigger the better). This has yielded the expected outcome: more care than is needed; lots more. Unfortunately, the focus on treating problems gets in the way with the

highest goal of medicine: preventing disease in the first place. My focus is far more on risk reduction and quality of life than on finding disease and doing a treatment (often for diseases that aren’t high risk and treatments that are). 4. PATIENT RECORDS BELONG TO PATIENTS   If my bank told me that the only way I could get my bank records was to pay for them, I’d fire them and get another bank. This is what doctors tell patients all the time. Why? Because records are not for care, they are for showing the problems and procedures necessary to get paid. I think records should be entirely focused on patient care, not on billing. I think patients are best served to have access to all of their records, especially in this age of mobile computing.   Everything I’ve said here should include nurses, PAs, NPs, social workers, dietitians, physical therapists, and all of the other members of the health care team. I write the orders as a physician, but care is best done with a good team. +

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CBD… from page 1 that some formulations require extra “setup” costs, like vape equipment.  • EFFECTIVE SPEED – Quick relief or slow release? As a rule, the quicker the product kicks in, the quicker it wears off. For example, vaping/inhalation kicks in almost immediately (usually within minutes) because absorption through the lungs takes it straight to the bloodstream but may not last more than an hour or two. Edibles and capsules take a little longer to kick in (anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours) because they are processed through the GI system before going to the bloodstream. Their effects may last 4-6 hours, but as with any oral medication or supplement, it may not be as strong as the direct products. Sublingual forms (within 20-40 minutes) may last 4-6 hours and lose a little less potency than regular oral forms. Topical creams/lotions/balms may take up to an hour to kick in but generally last at least 5 or more hours.  • EASE OF USE – having to purchase and then learn how to use a vape device correctly vs simply swallowing a capsule or applying a cream.  • CONCENTRATION OF PRODUCT – what dosage in milligrams do you get in what amount of product? Do you get enough “bang for the buck,” so to speak.   It is essential with CBD to purchase a product from a reputable company. Many companies will try to sell impure or even completely fake products. Things to look for include:   (1) Strength of the product, especially if it contains THC. The federal legal limit for THC in a product is 0.3% or less derived from industrial hemp rather than marijuana plants.   (2) How is the CBD extracted? The highest quality products will be processed with CO2 extraction, which leaves nothing behind on the end product. Lesser quality

products often use a solvent extraction process due to cost and end up leaving solvent residue on the end product. (This is an extremely important aspect of product quality.)   (3) Source of the CBD oil – The quality of the plant itself is highly dependent upon the where it was grown, how it was cultivated, and even what species of cannabis. Since cannabis is a “hyperaccumulator,” it absorbs whatever is in the soil, air, and water whether it is good or bad.   (4) Does the product come with or have available a Certificate of Analysis (COA)? These are from a third party testing facility that verifies the product’s components and concentrations, including the different varieties of cannabidiol and THC. Many will also include any presence of pesticide residue and which type, any presence of heavy metals, solvent residue, microbiological screening (i.e. any bacteria or fungi present), and terpene composition for each and every batch. It also verifies numbers 1, 2, and 3 above. All legitimate CBD manufacturers have these.   (5) Customer Reviews – look for the ones that appear to be written by a real person and include any potentially negative ones. It would be

very rare for every single review of a product to be 5-star, as there will always be someone less than thrilled with taste or something else major or minor, even if the product itself works.   (6) Does the company have a way to contact them directly? Either through email, online chat, or a 1-800 number, is the company available for you to ask questions and request this information if it is not readily provided?   CBD is available in numerous dosage forms. Tinctures are available that can be used both sublingually or applied directly to an area. CBD oils are generally sublingual as well. Tinctures and oils make the dose easily adjustable. Inhalation products such as vape pens are one way to get into the body quickly. Oral capsules are an easy way to ingest the product, but they are a fixed dosage. There are also topical creams and balms that act both locally on an area (i.e. for pain or inflammation) and to be absorbed throughout the body (often for anxiety). Some companies make combination products, such as a nighttime blend that includes both CBD and melatonin, or a women’s monthly formula that utilizes CBD and valerian root among other herbs. There is a morn-

ing formula that incorporates CBD, caffeine, B-vitamins, and multiple amino acids to help boost mental clarity. With enough research, you can probably locate a product to help with just about anything. Another big question is about dosing. Since the FDA does not currently regulate CBD dosing (except in the case of the recently approved prescription product Epidiolex for two very specific types of childhood seizures), the dose for most conditions is open to interpretation. Each manufacturer will give you a different recommended basic starting point depending on their product. Since the dosing needs to be tailored to each patient it can vary widely from one person to the next. (More on this subject in Part 3.)   Quality CBD products from reputable companies are available through many outlets, both online and at bricks-and-mortar locations. There are too many manufacturers available to adequately review all of them here. Many

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independent pharmacies in the area carry different brands of quality CBD. Three brands that we are aware of in the CSRA are Green Roads, Medterra, and Ananda Professional. All three of these brands meet the quality requirements we have described above. Green Roads and Medterra are zero-THC products. The Ananda Professional line has both zero-THC and full spectrum (THC 0.3% or less) products available. Also, there are multiple CBD stores in the CSRA that sell other lines of quality CBD products. This is definitely an area where you absolutely get what you pay for, so be diligent in your research. It is essential whether purchasing online or in person that you ask the right questions so that you can get the best possible products. Lesser quality products may or may not be effective, but more importantly, they may have additives that may cause unpleasant side effects or even be harmful.   One final note for this installment – If you will be traveling with CBD products, it is advisable to check the laws for your destinations, especially internationally. Just because a product is legal here in the United States does not mean it will be legal everywhere. We don’t want to see anyone arrive at an international destination, go through Customs, and watch their brand-new bottle of CBD get thrown in the trash can (or worse) because the product is not legal to possess there.   Due to the enormous amount of information that we still need to cover, stay tuned for Part 3 dealing with dosing, potential side effects, and using CBD for pets. +

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  I have found that starting my day off with a nutritious CBD smoothie bowl is a great way to ease my chronic pain and inflammation. It’s an all-around healthy way to boost my mornings! I also enjoy my CBD smoothie bowl as a nutritious snack or sometimes late night treat.   Making a smoothie bowl is easy, and there are so many flavor combination possibilities you could create a unique bowl each day of the week. Let your imagination go, and let’s learn how to mix up a smoothie bowl. Pick Your Fruit   To create your smoothie bowl base, you can use strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, bananas, cherries, or any other fruit you enjoy. Try a tropical smoothie of pineapple, mango, and banana or add blueberry and peach to switch it up some. You will need about 3 cups of fruit.

Choose a Liquid   Almond milk is great for adding a slightly nutty flavor or try coconut milk for a tropical smoothie. Toss In Some Extras   You can add spinach or kale for additional nutrition. Try adding flax seeds for omega-3s or chia seeds for a massive punch of nutrition. Fresh mint, vanilla extract, cinnamon, ginger or honey can add fresh, exciting flavors. Add CBD Oil   Add flavored or unflavored CBD oil. To decide how much CBD oil ask your doctor or pharmacist. Also, I suggest looking at Natures Ultra How Much CBD Should I Take chart. Add a Litte Sweetness   Pyure Organic Stevia is my choice for adding a little sweetness. It only has Stevia, no other ingredients such as sugar alcohol sweeteners. Mix Blend all ingredients in a vita mix type blender until smooth. Toppings   Pour smoothie into a bowl and top with whole frozen berries, unsweetened shredded coconut, nuts, cocoa nibs, or granola.

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  Your child-rearing days are over. Everything you’ve taught them is about to be put to the test. Sure, they might still learn a thing or two from you, but now it’ll be whatever they can hear with their fingers stuck tightly in their ears.   Teen years are the years of rebellion. Remember? It’s not a bad thing…it’s a necessary thing. Your kids now need to integrate their values with your values and often they’re not the same. It’s a time of conflict. A child psychologist once said “when your son turns 13, put him in a barrel. When he turns 16, put a stopper in the hole in the barrel!” Figuratively, of course.   The biggest challenge you have now is to create an open forum for your teen to talk to you and vice versa. Non judgmentally. Non parentally. (Yeah, right!) He or she will seemingly go against most values you ever taught them. In the end, though, most teens adopt their parents values with, of course, some adjustment and variation. Most kids most of the time but not all kids all of the time.

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  The kidneys are bean shaped organs that unsurprisingly resemble the kidney bean. Kidney beans are a legume that provide a variety of nutrients needed to maintain a healthy body. These tiny beans are packed full of vitamins and minerals including folate, iron, phosphorous, potassium, and B-complex vitamins. Other lesser known vitamins and minerals provided by the beans are molybdenum, selenium, pantothenic acid, copper, magnesium, manganese and zinc. These nutrients carry out essential body functions and are therefore needed by the human body. The functions include making DNA, normal nerve function, and energy production. When these are lacking in the diet, many of the body’s organs and functions may be negatively impacted.   Although some of these nutrients are less known they are needed for major body functions. Molybdenum is an essential mineral like iron. The body requires very little of it and deficiency is very rare. Despite being needed in small amounts, the body would not be able to breakdown fats and carbo-

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kidneys and the liver. Niacin, vitamin B3, is a water-soluble vitamin that works in energy production, immune, nervous system, and cognitive function.   Riboflavin is vitamin B2 and along with pantothenic acid, and niacin all work together in the energy conversion process. Riboflavin specifically works to make those carbohydrate filled foods into energy. Vitamin B2 also plays a role in the health of mucous membranes, nerve, and eye function. Some studies suggest that this nutrient could be used for the prevention of cataracts in the eyes. As the body ages cell function declines in the eyes increasing the risk of cataracts, glaucoma, and keratoconus. It also works like an antioxidant to reduce toxins in the body, therefore promoting cell health in all cells of the body. Zinc has a wide variety of functions in the body. Benefits of zinc can increase immune health, DNA production, and wound healing. Zinc activates cells in the body which work in immune response and attack the infected cells. Zinc is also used in making the skin healthy to give the body a first line of defense against infection and germs. Having adequate amount of zinc promotes the skins ability to heal properly to fight infection. Low amounts of zinc can lead to anemia, hair loss, loss of taste or smell, and appetite loss.   Consuming these vibrantly red legumes can offer more than just a pop of color to your plate. The wide variety of nutrients that these beans offer go far beyond their

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to tell it all, just be authentic. Nobody likes a phony. Watch some movies about drug use gone bad with your teenagers…there are plenty of them out there. You don’t even have to comment or judge the actor in the movie. Your kids are smart…they’ll get the drift. Attend an Open Meeting (open to the general public) of Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous with them. You can read the legend and schedule online.   IF done correctly, this is an excellent age to do at-home drug screens. They are easy to find online. BUT…do them with this understanding: “We’re a drug free home…this is the best way for you to demonstrate your fidelity to us, your parents, so we may continue to give you a car to drive, insurance to cover it, a phone, internet, food, clothes. Every clean drug screen you give helps us buy more confidence in you. After all, we are your parents and we are subject to drug screens at work and to get a job and if we get hurt on the job…so welcome to life!” In fact, the chairman of the Drug Free Workplace in a nearby state drug screens his teenagers!   At all costs, avoid being “parental” with them if you do this! Handle matters like you would with a fellow employee at work or a neighbor.   Next month we might talk about contracts. Or maybe drug screens. Check in & see which one! Because your teen really is at risk. +

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WORDS MATTER: THE NOT-SOINNOCUOUS PROVIDER EFFECT   Language matters. The use of the word “provider” may seem innocuous, but it is significant both for patients and physicians.   For patients, it has been perhaps the most pronounced step — if not leap — away from transparency. (Who is who? Nurse, doctor, chiropractor, podiatrist, psychologist? Doesn’t matter — everyone is a “provider.”)   For physicians, the ramifications have been two-fold. One on hand, the use of the word is a demotion by proxy. It dismisses and devalues the unique and difficult path that physicians must take to become physicians and to sustain the career of one.   A “provider” doesn’t necessarily sacrifice a decade of their life while becoming financially destitute, postponing marriage and children, growing distant from friends and family, falling behind on financial milestones for their age — such as purchasing a home and investing in retirement. In reality, a “provider” may have attended a 9 to 12 month, 100% online NP program.   It is difficult to reconcile the two realities as one path, yet providers are providers.   The other manifestation is likely born of the first one — the effect on transparency. [By] extrapolation we must all indeed be equal in our ability to practice medicine. There are now 24 states that allow NPs to practice medicine independently without a medical license or any supervision of a physician — in almost any specialty that they choose (and they can switch at any time). Think this is only in rural states? California is slated to be the 25th; NP and PA independent practice bills currently pending. The Governor supports them. More “providers,” he has said, increases access to care for the poor.   And let’s not forget the other providers. Five states allow talk therapists to practice medicine in the specialty of psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry (CAP). This despite psychiatry being at least a four-year specialty — CAP a six-year post-grad curriculum, just one year less than neurosurgery. And all “providers” can “prescribe” even if most psychiatric medications have a black box warning. But a “provider” is a “provider,” and if the goal is myopic — to simply increase access — then one can easily see how the use of this term has allowed for the practice of medicine to be carved up and parceled out to the highest bidder by legislators, state by state.   Why should this matter to all physicians? Because this is a fundamental shift in how our profession is practiced (and very different from the rigorous, near uniform standards we are still held to). In a study on physician burnout in the context of non-physician providers (NPP), close to 70% of physicians fear losing their job to an NPP. A mere 5% reported that the use of NPPs could increase their time to teach residents medical students or have more F2F time with patients.   The frenzy that is occurring in response to the dire physician shortage is the rapid-fire scope expansion taking place in state senates across the country. This myopic strategy seems to be based on the fundamental notion that Americans don’t want more physicians; they just need more “providers.”   By my count, if we had matched even 75% of unmatched U.S. medical school grads over the last decade by adjusting the number of residency positions to correlate with the demand and supply, we would have had a small army of physicians (10,000). And those would have been physicians, not “providers.” + Torie Sepah is a psychiatrist

  This book had us right away. All it took was five words of endorsement on the front cover by Mary Roach, perhaps the best science writer in print today. She is the author of such modern classics as Stiff, Bonk and Gulp.  Of How We Learn she says, “This book is a revelation. I feel as if I’ve owned a brain for fifty-four years and only now discovered the operating manual. For two centuries, psychologists and neurologists have been quietly piecing together the mysteries of mind and memory as they relate to learning and knowing. Benedict Carey serves up their most fascinating, surprising, and valuable discoveries with clarity, wit, and heart. I wish I’d read this when I was seventeen.”   For its part, these are some of the publisher’s words about How We Learn: What if almost everything we were told about learning is wrong?   In How We Learn, awardwinning science reporter Benedict Carey sifts through

decades of education research and landmark studies to uncover the truth about how our brains absorb and retain information. What he discovers is that in our zeal to systematize the process we have ignored valuable, naturally enjoyable learning tools like forgetting, sleeping, and daydreaming. Is a dedicated desk in a quiet room really the best way to study? Can altering your routine improve your recall? Are there times when distraction is good? Is repetition necessary? Carey’s search for answers to these questions yields a wealth of

strategies that make learning more a part of our everyday lives — and less of a chore.   Carey shows how we can flex the neural muscles that make deep learning possible. Along the way he reveals why teachers should give final exams on the first day of class and when it’s smarter to stay up late prepping for that presentation than to rise early for one last cram session. And if this requires some suspension of disbelief, that’s because the research defies what we’ve been told about how best to learn.   The brain is not like a muscle, at least not in any straightforward sense. It doesn’t take orders well, to put it mildly. If the brain is a learning machine, then it is an eccentric one. In How We Learn, Benedict Carey shows us how to exploit its quirks to our advantage. + How We Learn: The Surprising Truth About When, Where, and Why It Happens, by Benedict Carey, 272 pages, published in June 2015 by Random House Trade Paperbacks

Research News got time?   Do you have two hours a week you could devote to something that could pay big dividends?   Or to phrase the question differently (and borrow from an old joke), what works better for your schedule, spending two hours a week exercising, or 24 hours a day dead? (We don’t write the jokes, folks, we just repeat them sometimes.)   But here’s the even better news, based on a study by England’s University of Exeter: the study doesn’t even mention the E word (you know, exercise).   Here is what this largescale study did say: spending at least two hours a week in nature — that’s it, just spending time — is closely linked to improved psychological wellbeing and self-reported good health.   What is “nature”? Whatever is available locally: sitting in a city park, walking in

the woods, visiting a beach, strolling along the banks of a river.   The study was based on data from nearly 20,000 Britons, and found the beneficial results were equally doled out to people who communed with nature in a single weekly 120-minute chunk and those who enjoyed multiple short visits (as long as they added up to at least 2 hours per week. They observed no benefits among those who spent less than 2 hours per week).   The study, published June 13 in Scientific Reports, noted equal benefits among young and old, men and women, in both rich and poor neighborhoods, in all ethnic groups, and even among people with chronic or longterm illnesses or disabilities.   Study authors noted that merely living in a greener neighborhood can offer health benefits from reduced air pollution and noise.

Brush - and stay sane   A Norwegian study released earlier this month says that there is a clear connection between gum disease and Alzheimer’s disease.   The research uncovered a direct link showing that bacteria responsible for gingivitis can migrate from the mouth to the brain, in the process producing a protein that destroys nerve cells in the brain, elevating the risk of memory loss and Alzheimer’s. Bad at work, bad at home   The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston says their research shows that selectively destroying cancerous prostate cells with lasers is as effective as prostate removal or radiation therapy in fighting cancer, but holds the added benefit of preserving better sexual and urinary function compared with other treatments. +


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