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Arcanum woman gets ‘power back’ after working with Snap Fitness BY SUSAN HARTLEY STAFF WRITER shartley@earlybirdpaper.com GREENVILLE – After dealing with a serious infection following hip replacement surgery, Virginia Schellhaas thought she might never be independent again. Because of the severity of the infection, doctors had to remove all the hip replacement hardware, Schellhaas said, leaving her with only muscle. “At 47, I was wheelchair dependent,” Schellhaas said. “And I was very depressed.” The ordeal, Schellhaas said, started with a car accident, which led to 40 surgeries. Encouraging words – and an admonition of what could happen “if you don’t even try” - from her son Cody, who had recently graduated with a degree in physical therapy, Schellhaas, of Arcanum, decided to take control of her life by losing weight and starting a training program, which eventually led her to Snap Fitness USA in Greenville. “His words resonated with me,” she said of her son’s advice. “I have advanced dramatically.” A former nurse, Schellhaas said she’s lost 75 pounds and has increased strength. Although she still relies on a walker, which she probably will for the rest of her life, she can drive herself around and participate in activities, which includes her weekly visits to Snap Fitness on Kitchenaid Way to work out with personal trainers who are qualified to assist with her fitness and therapy plan. According to Snap Fitness owner BJ Paulus, clients like Schellhaas benefit greatly with the assistance of personal trainers and physical therapists, who help formulate

exercise and fitness plans to meet individual needs. “One benefit is that they get that outside objective voice on what they should be doing,” Paulus said of clients who use the one-on-one personal trainer route for their fitness program. Another benefit to using a qualified personal trainer, Paulus said, is how their education and experience can help clients “get to their desired results faster.” Snap Fitness personal trainers have their own “niche,” from sports specific training to women’s fitness needs to working with patients in physical therapy due to accidents or illness. For example, Brittany Boney of Greenville, says she works mainly with women ages 20-35 who are interested in toning while managing their weight and body fat. A nursing assistant who works in home healthcare, Boney said she became interested in personal training while helping with her father, who has muscular dystrophy. “I’d been helping him and then I felt like God was calling me to do something to help others,” said Boney, 25. “I like to focus on teaching them (clients) through training they can do for themselves when they aren’t here.” Joel Howe of Coldwater is a physical therapist who works with a number of patients who have experienced workplace injuries or other health issues. “Some of our clients have to have physical therapy for the rest of their lives,” said Howe, who worked as a traveling physical therapist before coming to Snap Fitness. Many Snap Fitness clients are referred by their medical providers

after insurance no longer will cover their physical therapy needs. “I’d like to give a shout out to Wayne HealthCare and Western Ohio Therapy,” Paulus said, for client referrals. “They trust us enough to hand their patients to us,” he said. Other personal trainers and physical therapists ready to assist clients at Snap Fitness include Dave Nealeigh and Tyler Mowery, who also works as the facility’s business manager. “We focus a lot on building up the whole person,” Mowery said, noting how everyone knows each other and makes new clients feel at home.

“It’s a Cheers principle,” Paulus said of the friendly and helpful atmosphere. Snap Fitness offers several programs, including Silver Sneakers for the older client looking for ageappropriate workout plans. For Schellhaas, the work she’s accomplished with the help of personal trainers and physical therapy at Snap Fitness has totally changed her life, she said. “I’ve lost weight, I’m strengthening my upper body, I’m gaining stability. The pain has decreased. I feel like I’ve got my power back.”

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Virginia Schellhaas of Arcanum credits Snap Fitness for helping overcome physical issues related to hip replacement surgery. (Susan Hartley photo)


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New Visions offers help with stairways COLDWATER – New Visions, 4108 State Route 118, Coldwater, often receives phone calls from customers questioning, “What is the cost of a stair lift?” While it is their mission to be as honest and as forthright as possible with their customers, the actuality is there is no simple answer to this question. Every individual’s needs are unique as is every stair lift application and there is no one-size-fits-all solution. Homes that have a straight staircase with approximately 12-14 steps are typically the least costly to install a stair lift in. The cost for this type of application usually ranges from $2500 to $5000, including professional installation and full service warranty. The rather large variation in price is due to the many models and options available to choose from. One crucial factor in model selection is going to be the user’s body weight and whether a heavy duty unit is necessary or not. Other influences on pricing will include added options such as power folding rails, upgraded footplates, seat selection, etc. Prior to any stair lift selection, New Visions highlytrained professionals will conduct a free home evaluation to determine exactly what your individual needs are and what products will best serve you with absolutely no obligation to you. Following the consultation, you will be provided a quote reflecting your exact costs to make an educated decision of how you wish to proceed. This cost may sound shocking

at first, but after comparing alternative solutions, the cost ends up being rather trivial. Some stair lift alternatives include moving from your multi-story home into a one-level home, moving to an assisted living facility or possibly remodeling and/or adding on to your current home. These are all things one should consider, but they all have considerable costs involved, and most likely a stair lift will be your least costly option of all of them. Some homes do not have the traditional straight stairway and may involve curves, turns or perhaps even a landing. Although a straight stair lift will not work in these settings, there are still options that will. These applications require custom curved stair lift models and are literally customized to fit your homes’ unique setting and can accommodate almost any stair case. Even though a custom unit may cost more than a traditional unit, the majority of the time this is still a much more economical route than the alternatives and can provide you with peace of mind knowing that the stairs are no longer a safety concern. Think a stair lift might be right for you? Contact their office to arrange a no-cost home evaluation with one of our experts. They will discuss your unique needs to determine proper equipment Adding a lift to your stairway could be the best option for persons with mobility issues. selection and present you with all your options. New Vision’s mission the West Central Ohio leader in the better every day. For more information, call is to ensure you get exactly what you mobility and accessibility industry are looking for as they strive to be offering top-quality brands and (419) 678-4979 or visit www. exemplary customer service built newvisionsmedical.com. on a passion to make people’s lives WHAT DO WE OFFER

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Midmark’s new equipment keeps well-being of caregiver in mind.

Midmark improves caregiver experience DAYTON – Midmark Corp., a leading medical solutions provider for ambulatory care, recently announced new workstations to help facilitate a better work experience for caregivers. Bending or stretching to reach supplies and equipment, craning the neck to read from a monitor or hunching over a computer dramatically impact caregiver wellbeing and the ability to provide great care. While these may seem like small actions without much influence, physicians are spending more and more time – about half of their time each day – on this type of desk work and electronic health records use. As a result, the most common areas of pain for caregivers are their back, shoulders, neck and wrists. “We worked with caregivers and health system staff across a variety of disciplines, including ergonomists, interior designers, architects and

more, to design a workstation that can support the needs of users ranging from the 5-foot female to the 6-foot-4-inch male–and everyone in between,” said Michael Couch, senior product manager, cabinetry, seating and workstation products, Midmark. “Understanding the physical toll for caregivers from their daily repetitive work is just one piece of the puzzle. In designing, we also took into consideration how patients need caregivers to interact with them while using this equipment, the technology needs of the exam room, the product aesthetics, ease of use and more. These new workstations help provide a better experience at the point of care.” To learn more about the impact of daily work on caregivers, see our infographic or visit https://www. midmark.com/medical/products/ workstations.


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Five tips that can help your back at work Sitting all day at a computer takes a toll on our backs, yet for a large percentage of Americans, sitting in front of a computer sums up their job description. And that work-related back pain that starts out minor can soon become severe, causing problems in all areas of your life. “The longer you have a back problem, the more damage it will create, the more it will resist getting better, and the more time it will take to heal,” says Bradford Butler, a chiropractor and author of The Blueprint for Back Pain Relief: The Essential Guide to Nonsurgical Solutions (www.drbradfordbutler. com). “So, the best course is to prevent back problems from happening to begin with.” He offers a few tips for those whose jobs require them to sit, sit and sit some more: Watch how you sit. Most people

are putting pressure on their backs, necks and shoulders because they don’t work in an ergonomically correct position, Butler says. Here’s how to achieve the optimal position: Sit with your body no more than an arm’s length from the computer and mouse, and don’t lean your head and neck forward. You should be able to rest your hand comfortably on the mouse with the elbow at the same height as the mouse pad. The monitor should be 2 or 3 inches above eye level. Choose the right chair. Ideally, you want a chair with lumbar support. “If there is no lumbar support, you can place a pillow behind your lower spine,” Butler says. Chairs that can tilt back also take pressure off the base of the spine and help prevent back pain. But if back pain has already started, Butler suggests placing ice between the lumbar support and

a one-word piece of advice: Don’t. “The intense strain from holding the phone that way for more than a couple of minutes can have a lasting effect on your posture and add to your back and neck pain,” he says. Take a break. For about five minutes every hour, get up and move around. Take a walk, stretch or do anything that takes you away from the computer and lets your body escape all the sitting and staring you’ve been doing, Butler says. Unload some baggage. Do you carry to work a bag or briefcase? If it weighs more than 10 percent of your body weight, then it’s putting too much of a strain on your back, Butler says. He suggests you lighten the back for 20 minutes to reduce the load or get a different bag, inflammation. preferably one with a long strap so it Don’t cradle your phone. Have can be carried across your chest like you ever pinned your phone between a messenger bag. That can reduce your shoulder and your ear so you the diagonal load on your back. can type while you talk? Butler has

Make mammograms more comfortable COLUMBUS – Each October, during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, women are reminded to schedule something they may be avoiding: a mammogram. One of the top reasons women put off the screenings is because of pain or discomfort they’ve experienced in the past.

While recent technological improvements should help, there are some simple things women can do to make themselves more comfortable during a mammogram. Judy Capadagli, a registered technologist in radiology and mammography at the Stefanie Spielman Comprehensive Breast

Reid executive earns state service award RICHMOND, Ind. – Reid Health President/CEO Craig Kinyon was recognized recently by the Indiana Hospital Association (IHA) with its annual Distinguished Service Award – the organization’s highest honor for a hospital executive. “Craig demonstrates all of the leadership qualities and attributes that this award represents, and he is a true champion of public health, excellence in health care delivery, and serving Hoosiers patients. We were honored to present him with the 2018 IHA Distinguished Service Award,” said Brian Tabor, IHA President. Kinyon has been on the Reid

Health team since 1995 and served as president/CEO since 2008. The IHA Annual Banquet and Awards Ceremony celebrates individuals who have made outstanding personal achievements in support of Indiana health care and welcomes the next generation of leaders. The award is presented each year to an Indiana hospital executive who has made outstanding contributions to his or her organization, its patients, the community, and the health care profession. Recipients are chosen by peers serving in hospital leadership.

Cancer Center at OSUCCC- James, offers these five tips: * Your Trunk and Feet Should Face Forward - Turn only your head while the rest of your body faces forward. Turning your hips and feet can lead to pain in your breasts and lower back. * Make Your Appointment for When Your Breasts are Least Tender - Avoid scheduling your mammogram just before or during your period when your breasts may be tender. * Relax - Take slow, deep breaths

to reduce tension in your body which should lessen any pain you may experience. * Speak Up - Let your tech know if something hurts or doesn’t feel right. Chances are they’ll be accommodating in order to get the best results for everyone. * Be Patient if You Have Breast Implants - Women who have implants need double the number of images. This takes time, but newer machines make the process more comfortable.

Link between heart disease & breast cancer COLUMBUS – Heart disease and breast cancer are two of the most prevalent diseases among women in the United States, but you might not realize these two major threats to women’s health are connected. Earlier this year the American Heart Association, released the first scientific statement calling for more research and collaboration between the fields of oncology and cardiology to treat and prevent both diseases.

Laxmi Mehta, MD, Director of the Women’s Cardiovascular Health Program at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, is an author of the scientific statement. Dr. Mehta hopes the scientific statement will prompt the medical community to work together to more closely screen cancer patients for heart disease and do more to protect their heart health during and after treatment.


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New bill allows pharmacists to disclose drug costs BY SUSAN HARTLEY STAFF WRITER shartley@earlybirdpaper.com GREENVILLE – As part of the healthcare spending bill passed this summer, pharmacies may now legally disclose prescription prices to their customers. Part of the bill, passed by the Senate in August, provides funding to require drug companies to disclose the price of drugs in their advertisments - a move that shows Congress is taking action against rising drug costs. Janell Claudy, Family Health’s Director of Pharmacy is pleased with the new directive and said she and Family Health Director Jean Young had discussed the increasing healthcare issue with elected officials, noting their concerns. Claudy said even through a gag order had been placed on pharmacies to not disclose costs to patients, but to automatically run prescriptions through insurance providers, Family Health chose to be up front with its clients. “We never did that, we made patients aware when there was a price difference,” Claudy explained. “We went against the grain. We’ve pretty much always done that.” In 2017, several lawmakers from around the country introduced a bipartisan bill call the Called the FAIR Drug Pricing Act, which stands for Fair Accountability and Innovative Research, the bill requires drug companies to give notice

and justification for raising the price of a drug. Claudy said when Family Health clients hear the costs of prescriptions, as well as what the difference between insurance and self-pay costs will be, they often respond with “that’s crazy.” Many Family Health patients are opting to self-pay for prescriptions instead of running them through their insurance. “Family Health offers a sliding fee pay for patients, according to their income. They’re able to use that discount for prescriptions, instead of insurance especially if they have a high co-pay,” Claudy explained. Claudy said Family Health’s pharmacists always show patients what the cost of a prescription is through their insurance provider, then what they could be paying out right. Claudy urges people to “always ask. What will it cost if I don’t use my insurance?” A lot of people aren’t aware, Claudy said, that they can bring proof of income in to Family Health and qualify for reduced healthcare/pharmacy payments. “It’s one of the neat uses of our taxpayer money,” she explained. Another issue some Family Health patients are experiencing, Claudy said, is insurance mandating where they can purchase prescriptions. “We’ve had patients say they wished they could come here (for prescriptions) but because of their insurance copay, they have to use one of the bigger pharmacies.”

Senior Wellness Fair is Oct. 15 at Reid RICHMOND, Ind. – A free Senior Wellness Fair featuring information specifically helpful for people on or eligible for Medicare plans is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 15 at Reid Health. The event will feature screenings, physician speakers, and information about Medicare supplements and Medicare Advantage plans. Also on hand will be more than 20 booths with information about Reid Health and some community services. The event will be in Lingle Grand Hall & Auditorium. The schedule of speakers in Lingle Auditorium includes: 9 a.m. – Preventing Heart Disease, Allen Joseph, M.D., cardiologist 9:30 a.m. & 11:30 a.m. – Medicare Wellness Visits: Your Free Benefit,

Rebekah Wood, Director of Reid Health Clinical Documentation Improvement. 10 a.m. & 11 a.m. – Medicare Supplement vs. Medicare Advantage, Morgan Gunder & Terra Mullins, Reid Health Alliance Medicare 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. – How to Avoid the Prescription Drug Coverage Gap, Reid Health Pharmacy Noon – Doctors Working With and FOR You! And Why Medicare Advantage, Patrick Anderson, M.D. Activities in Lingle Hall will also include a free osteoporosis screening, a hearing screening, an allergy panel demonstration and lots of other information and demos. For more information, visit: https://www. facebook.com/ReidHealth05/ Giveaways, prizes and light refreshments will be available.


Violence increasing in emergency rooms WASHINGTON — Violence in America’s emergency departments is increasing, causing harm to physicians, staff and patients, according to new research. Nearly half (47 percent) of emergency physicians report having been physically assaulted while at work, with 60 percent saying those assaults occurred in the past year. Nearly 8 in 10 also say that patient care is being affected, with 51 percent of those saying that patients also have been physically harmed. “More needs to be done,â€? says Vidor Friedman, MD, FACEP, president of ACEP. “Violence in emergency departments is not only affecting medical staff, it is affecting patients. When violence occurs in an emergency department, patients can be injured or traumatized to the point of leaving without being seen. It also can increase wait times and distract emergency staff from focusing on other patients who urgently require a physician’s assistance.â€? Nearly 7 in 10 say violence has increased in the past ďŹ ve years, with 25 percent reporting it is increasing greatly. Almost half (49 percent) of all respondents say hospitals can do more by adding security guards, cameras, security for parking lots, metal detectors, and increasing visitor screening inside hospitals, especially in emergency departments. “Nearly three-quarters (70 percent) of those assaulted say that their hospital administration or hospital security did respond to the incident, yet among those whose hospital responded, only three percent say that the hospital security actually pressed charges,â€? said Dr. Friedman. Dr. Friedman says nearly all women who are emergency physicians (96 percent) reported that a patient or visitor made inappropriate comments or unwanted advances toward them, and 80 percent of men reported the same. More than a quarter (27 percent) of emergency physician who were assaulted in the past year, say assaults occurred more than once. Nearly a third (27 percent) of those assaulted got injured. About half of

those injured (44 percent) reported being hit or slapped. Almost onethird say they have also been either punched, kicked or spit upon. Almost all (97 percent) say a patient committed the assault. A quarter (28 percent) reported that they had been assaulted by a patient’s family member or friend. Other ďŹ ndings of the poll include: * Almost three-quarters (71 percent) personally witnessed others being assaulted during their shifts. * More than 80 percent of emergency physician respondents say a patient has threatened to return and harm them or their emergency department staff. * Half of emergency physicians report that at least half of all assaults are committed by people were seeking drugs or who are under the inuence of drugs or alcohol. * More than 40 percent of emergency physicians believe that more than half of assaults are committed by psychiatric patients. This poll was conducted online between August 21 and August 27, with 3,539 emergency physicians. There was a response rate of 11 percent and a margin of error of 1.6 percent.

Intimacy after breast cancer

COLUMBUS – Women who beat breast cancer are likely faced with a new challenge – in the bedroom. Many survivors undergo physical and emotional changes during treatment that can negatively impact their sex life. Everyone’s experience is different which is why it can be so difďŹ cult for women to ďŹ gure out how to get back to intimacy after breast cancer all on their own. But group therapy may be the answer. Kristen Carpenter, Ph.D., director of Women’s Behavioral Health at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center, says group therapy is a powerful way for women to know they’re not alone as they navigate changes that can range from negative self-image to a lower sex drive.

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Five tips that can help your back at work Sitting all day at a computer takes a toll on our backs, yet for a large percentage of Americans, sitting in front of a computer sums up their job description. And that work-related back pain that starts out minor can soon become severe, causing problems in all areas of your life. “The longer you have a back problem, the more damage it will create, the more it will resist getting better, and the more time it will take to heal,� says Bradford Butler, a chiropractor and author of The Blueprint for Back Pain Relief: The Essential Guide to Nonsurgical Solutions (www.drbradfordbutler. com). “So, the best course is to prevent back problems from happening to begin with.� He offers a few tips for those whose jobs require them to sit, sit and sit some more: Watch how you sit. Most people are putting pressure on their backs, necks and shoulders because they don’t work in an ergonomically correct position, Butler says. Here’s how to achieve the optimal position:

Sit with your body no more than an arm’s length from the computer and mouse, and don’t lean your head and neck forward. You should be able to rest your hand comfortably on the mouse with the elbow at the same height as the mouse pad. The monitor should be 2 or 3 inches above eye level. Choose the right chair. Ideally, you want a chair with lumbar support. “If there is no lumbar support, you can place a pillow behind your lower spine,â€? Butler says. Chairs that can tilt back also take pressure off the base of the spine and help prevent back pain. But if back pain has already started, Butler suggests placing ice between the lumbar support and the back for 20 minutes to reduce inammation. Don’t cradle your phone. Have you ever pinned your phone between your shoulder and your ear so you can type while you talk? Butler has a one-word piece of advice: Don’t. “The intense strain from holding the phone that way for more than a couple of minutes

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Link between heart disease & breast cancer COLUMBUS – Heart disease and breast cancer are two of the most prevalent diseases among women in the United States, but you might not realize these two major threats to women’s health are connected. Earlier this year the American Heart Association, released the ďŹ rst scientiďŹ c statement calling for more research and collaboration between the ďŹ elds of oncology and cardiology to treat and prevent both diseases.

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Lego group helps kids build connections MINSTER – The Center for Personal Wellness, LLC is excited and pleased to announce its new upcoming group: Building Connections Brick by Brick: A Lego® Based Group for Kids. This is a collaborative group where children develop and practice utilizing effective social skills. Children will use Legos®, to build

different projects, which will require them to work collaboratively as a team. Led by a trained professional, children form a team to complete structured activities of Lego building projects. Through these activities, children learn and practice skills related to communicating with others, express their feelings, develop problem solving skills and

develop a better relationship with the world around them. Skill areas to be targeted include how to greet others, learning to join ongoing activities and extending invitations to peers, selfregulation skills, non-verbal social skills, and sharing and cooperation. This group will be co-ed for 5-10 year olds and is appropriate for any child who has difficulties with social

skills or could simply benefit from brushing up their social skills. This group will begin on Oct. 18 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. and will consist of six one-hour sessions. If you are interested in learning more or registering for this interactive group, call (877) 262-4769 or visit www. centerforpersonalwellness.com.

Therapy Reunion and Family Picnic held GREENVILLE – Rest Haven recently held a Therapy Reunion where they invited all therapy patients back from the last year to come in and visit with one another. Attendees were treated to a delicious meal prepared and served by Rest Haven’s kitchen staff. One of the special attendees was Lucille Thomas. Thomas turned 105 that week. The staff had cake and balloons waiting for her when she arrived. Rest Haven also held its annual Family Picnic where they invite all families and residents to join them

for a meal outside with entertainment provided by Rest Haven. The management team gets the pleasure of giving back and serving residents and all guests their meal. They had over 200 in attendance.

Shown are alumni of Rest Haven’s therapy program.

Lucille Thomas was treated to cake and balloons for her 105th birthday during Rest Haven’s Therapy Reunion.

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Hearing loss can hasten onset of Alzheimer’s GREENVILLE – Did you know that you have a risk of Dementia and Alzheimer’s in Untreated Hearing Loss? According to a 2011 study done at John Hopkins and the National Institute on Aging. The longer you wait to seek hearing loss treatment, the more likely it is your brain will forget how to interpret sound. Auditory deprivation from lack of stimulation of hair cells in regions of the

cochlea and the social isolation which occurs from hearing loss put individuals at risk for the loss of brain tissue which can hasten the development of dementia and Alzheimer’s, two diseases known for the deterioration of brain function. Our ears hear but our brain interprets the sounds so that they make sense and we can understand. With hearing loss, hair cells in the inner ear are damaged and can’t transmit sound signals to the brain. As hearing

worsens and your brain is deprived of normal auditory messages, it forgets how to understand speech – much like your muscles get weak when you stop using them. Studies indicate hearing aids can improve communication and reduce confusion among these patients and may help to improve memory and social interaction for them. Wearing hearing aids have proven to be effective in helping regain speech understanding,

delay further hearing loss and reduce feelings of anxiety, depression and isolation. Hearing aids have been shown to improve relationships with family and friends, increase participation in social activities and improve patients’ quality of life! For more information, contact Kylie Young, Au.D, CCC-A, Doctor of Audiology, at Beltone Hearing & Audiology, (937) 548-4242.

Child’s breathing issue can be misdiagnosed There are two conditions that ADHD are mouth breathers. That might seem to have nothing in is too significant a statistic to be a common: mouth breathing and coincidence.” Attention Deficit Hyperactivity In the United States, anxiety Disorder (ADHD). disorders such as ADHD are the most Yet children who breathe through common mental illness, affecting their mouths because of a dental issue 40 million adults, according to the may be easily misdiagnosed with Anxiety and Depression Association ADHD, resulting in a lifetime of being of America. Meanwhile, ADHD is the given powerful drugs unnecessarily. most prevalent psychiatric disorder “Mouth breathing is often caused in children in Canada, according to by an obstruction in the nasal the Centre for ADHD Awareness, airway,” says Dr. Ami Barakat, author Canada. Conservative estimates of Perfecting Smiles, Changing Lives suggest that 5 percent of Canadian (www.villanovadental.com). “More children are affected, and the number than half of the people diagnosed with of diagnoses has risen dramatically

over the decades along with the number of children being medicated. Mouth breathing can result in a lack of oxygen saturation in the brain, Barakat says. Mouth breathers are more likely to have cerebral hypoxia or a reduced supply of oxygen to the brain. Mouth breathing children get a low quality of sleep, which affects their mood, ability to focus, and behavior at school. Barakat says this can easily be confused for ADHD. Other impacts on children who are mouth breathers include: Snoring, Teeth Grinding, Nightmares, Bedwetting, School Issues (due to

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lack of sleep and possible low oxygen to the brain, they may appear lazy, have troubling focusing, etc.). “Every diagnosed case of ADHD can’t be eradicated with solving mouth breathing issues,” Dr. Barakat says. “But the parents of children who are mouth breathers and have been diagnosed with ADHD should get a second opinion from a dentist or orthodontist before accepting the ADHD label that means their children will take powerful drugs such as Ritalin or Adderall for the rest of their lives.”

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