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Balance Guide 2011 Skin care in cold weather ............................... Page 4 Do new hearing aids work better? ................ Page 5 AMI Womens Diagnostic Center .................. Page 7 Foot care in cold weather................................ Page 7 Get the right help at the right time...... ......... Page 8 Proving the effectiveness of acupuncture ... Page 12-13 Plants for your health ..................................... Page 13 KPS: Portion distortion .................................. Page 14 Gym-free fitness ideas..................................... Page 16 Help relieve your child’s cold ............... ......... Page 17 Chiropractic: Stuck in the plateau? ..... ......... Page 18 Publisher: Sean McDonald Page Design: Robin Storey Cover Design: Bryon Kempf Ad Staff: Rita Nicholson, Chris Olson, Wayne Nelson, Melissa Kuntz, Robinette Holt, Mike Schiro, Sue Brashears, Victoria McDonald, Frank Portello Copyright 2011 Sound Publishing Inc. Š

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ell, here we find ourselves in the middle of a Washington State financial meltdown and the resulting very sketchy Medicaid program while we watch the events in Arizona from afar. Arizona, in and of itself, has been an ongoing â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;eventâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; on its own for the past couple of years but now there has been a clear indication of what the cost can be to not treat mental illness and to not medicate for its manifestations. Medicaid, along with several other healthcare carriers, has slowed its payments to participating Providers significantly over the last eight months. The delayed payment problem has been the cause of many participating Providers to end or severely limit their participation with the program. This all comes at a time of the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;perfect stormâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; of overwhelming change in legislation surrounding the delivery of healthcare to all this Stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (and the countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s) citizens coupled with an incredibly and seemingly endless downturn in the economy. The effect is that there are really few people who know what to expect in terms of changes to healthcare delivery and claim and payment processes in the next few years. Where will the neediest of patients go now for medical service? Olympic Psychiatric & Wellness Center (OPWC) is very directly concerned for the well being of mental health patients in Kitsap County who are being cut off of special state grants and other funding designated for mental health patients who, for one reason or another, do not also qualify for Medicaid. And Medicaid itself is adjusting benefits downward for mental health services. OPWC is working very hard to develop

a reduced fee or a sliding scale option to assist with the care of these newly unfunded patients. Providing care under the current hard financial realities is very difficult without having the attentive case management that is very often required for this medically underserved population. Without a ready solution and without proper care, mental health patients will again fill our emergency rooms, increase the crime rate and suffer a high rate of job loss. And they will go right back to the local emergency rooms where they have always received at least comfort in the past. Increased use of emergency room services for non-emergency care is exactly the opposite and most expensive outcome the new national health legislation was written to correct. The cost to our State of lowering the level of funded mental health care will, truly, increase again the societal cost of the manifestations of mental illness as we have recently seen. It is very unfortunate that, during this perfect economic and legislative storm, the State and the Medicaid Program are abandoning these patients through poor management of systems and finances and additional payment restraints.


any of the patients seen by OPWC are dual diagnosed patients with a drug or alcohol addiction which is often in remission and with a separate psychiatric diagnosis that likely led to the drug and alcohol abuse. We can expect now that there will be many relapses and it is not a comforting or safe picture we see out there for the next few years. We will be paying the additional cost of this lack of care for many years to come.

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ogy, MaxClarity is a three-step process that includes: • Deep cleanser that cleans and treats acne on the face, chest and back. • Advanced acne treatment that dries quickly and fights acne during the day. • Rejuvenating toner, a leave-on foam that exfoliates dead skin cells overnight to reveal a healthier, glowing complexion. 3. Don’t assume you can trade the swimming pool for a tanning bed while it’s cold just because the sun isn’t shining. Continue to keep your skin healthy by avoiding UV radiation — indoor tanning can lead to premature skin aging according to the AAD. 4. Be sure to use moisturizers when treating acne in winter months. In order to effectively treat your skin, dermatologists recommend gently washing your face first, applying acne medication and moisturizer and finally applying makeup. Approaching your skin with gentle care during the cold, dry months is sure to help tackle your breakouts and allow you to happily expose your fresh skin just in time for warmer weather.



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an any hearing aid offer the ability to hear in background noise? Will I ever be able to hear in a restaurant or at the ball game with all that excess noise? Megan â&#x20AC;&#x153;These are Nightingale, questions asked Au.D by most every patient I have had the pleasure to help hear better,â&#x20AC;? says Dr. Megan Nightingale of Peninsula Hearing Inc. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have asked myself that question many times because I wear hearing aids too. Then, last April, I tested out a pair of Oticon Agil Pros and the difference is astonishing. However, my experience with them started out a bit rocky. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My first experiences in background noise with the new devices on were very disappointing to say the least! My perception was that I was not hearing as well because I was not hearing all the sharp high frequency sounds that

I heard with my existing hearing cy noise that I was missing. It was aids. Therefore, it seemed that then that I began to understand something was missing. I related how fundamentally different these this to a colleague of mine when devices were. I was at the â&#x20AC;&#x153;I continued Oticon presento wear them The Poulsbo office and, after two tation booth at the American months, I hapof Peninsula Academy of pened to be at Hearing Inc. is Audiology conone of Poulsboâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s located at 19319 7th noisiest resvention in April of last year. He taurants with a Ave., Suite 102. then told me that of seven, The Port Townsend group his wife had told including chiloffice is located at dren. It was one him the same tale as she first of those rare 1136 Water St., started to wear nice days and Suite 103. the Agil Pros. the place was For more However, he packed! We stated that while were seated information or to we were in a very smack dab in demo the Agil Pros, the middle noisy area (the middle of a conof the place call (360) 697-3061 vention center with the noisy or (800) 540-8698. with thousands kitchen to my of other people right. We had around), I wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t two tables put missing a word of what he was together to seat all of us. I did not saying and that it is the perception think of this until after we got out of hearing much more naturally of the restaurant, but I realized without all the extra high frequen- then that I hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t thought about

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Foot care important in cold weather By Cynthia Edwards Kitsap Foot and Ankle Clinic


e are really getting into the cold weather these days. In addition to staying warm in our homes and offices, we need to pay close attention to our bodies from head to feet as well.  Remember, keeping our feet warm and dry provides good health throughout our entire health systems.   There are a number of ways we can accomplish this.  Be sure to wear clean, warm dry socks every day.  A good foot cream makes for a great therapy after your daily morning showers.  Remember, and most importantly, a regular check-up with your family podiatrist can alert you of any foot problems you may develop.   Be sure your podiatrist is a Board Certified Surgeon.  Of course, your doctor should also be friendly, approachable and knowledgeable.  For more information, please feel free to contact Dr David Gent at Kitsap Foot and Ankle Clinic at 360-3772233.

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earning specific signs and symptoms of illness or injury can help determine what type of care you or a loved one might need. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Emergency rooms are for extremely sick patients or high-risk patients with chronic health conditions,â&#x20AC;? says Michael Armstrong, MD, a physician with Harrison Medical Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Emergency Services who has practiced emergency medicine for 16 years. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The role of urgent care centers is to provide quick, focused care for minor injury and illness.â&#x20AC;?

Emergency care Seek emergency careâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;or call 911â&#x20AC;&#x201D;immediately if you think someone could suffer significant harm or die without prompt care. Look for: Change in mental status Chest pain Coughing or vomiting blood

Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath Major burns Mental health emergencies Poisoning Severe or persistent vomiting or diarrhea Sudden dizziness, weakness, or a change in vision Sudden or severe pain Uncontrolled bleeding

Urgent care Seek urgent care for conditions that require attention but do not pose an immediate, serious threat to your health or life, such as: Allergies Back pain Cold or flu symptoms Coughing or bronchitis Earache Minor burns or bruises A rash, poison ivy, or allergic reaction Rising temperature

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Proving the effectiveness of acupuncture


f you are like most Americans, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve probably heard of acupuncture. You understand the basics â&#x20AC;&#x201D; they place tiny needles into different areas of your body. But you probably wonder why they do that? What are they trying to accomplish?

And does it really work?

Acupuncture is the oldest â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and most commonly used â&#x20AC;&#x201D; medical procedure in the world, dating back more than 4000 years. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) encompasses several methods designed to help patients achieve and maintain health. While acupuncture is the most often practiced component of Traditional Chinese Medicine, it is simply that â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a component, an important piece of a much larger puzzle. Along with acupuncture, TCM incorporates adjunctive techniques such as acupressure and moxibustion; manipulative and massage techniques such as tuina and gua sha; herbal medicine; diet and lifestyle changes; meditation; and exercise (often in the form of

qigong or tai chi). According to Acupuncture Today, the World Health Organization (WHO) recognizes the ability of acupuncture and Oriental medicine to treat nearly four dozen common ailments, including neuromusculoskeletal conditions (such as arthritis, neuralgia, insomnia, dizziness, and

neck/shoulder pain); emotional and psychological disorders (such as depression and anxiety); circulatory disorders (such as hypertension, angina pectoris, arteriosclerosis and anemia); addictions to alcohol, nicotine and other drugs; respiratory disorders (such as emphysema, sinusitis, allergies and bronchitis); and gastrointesti-

nal conditions (such as food allergies, ulcers, chronic diarrhea, constipation, indigestion, intestinal weakness, anorexia and gastritis). Brain scans, ultrasound and other techniques have all been used to visually demonstrate the effectiveness of acupuncture. At the University of California at Irvine, researchers have shown that when a needle is placed in a point on the side of the foot that Chinese doctors associate with vision, the visual cortex in the brain â&#x20AC;&#x153;lights upâ&#x20AC;? on fMRI (Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging) scans. Neuroscientist Seung-Schik Yoo of Brigham and Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hospital in Bostonhas shown that when a needle is placed in a point called Pericardium 6 on the wrist, known in Chinese medicine as a point for nausea, the part of the brain that controls the vestibular system (which affects balance and nausea) lights up on scans. Thermal imaging has also been used to show the physiological See ACUPUNCTURE on page 13


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here should be a â&#x20AC;&#x153;take a plant to workâ&#x20AC;? day. And while youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re at it, you should keep one on your desk. Or, better yet, have two or more in your office and for every room in your home for cleaner, fresher air. Most people spend 90 percent of their lives inside, where the indoor air they breathe contains at least 10 times more pollutants than the outdoors, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Instead of wearing a mask to work or around your home, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a natural solution: indoor houseplants. Plants filter the very air you breathe round the clock from common pollutants and continuously release oxygen and moisture in homes and offices. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Plants act as the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;lungs of the earthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; by giving off oxygen and taking in carbon dioxide,â&#x20AC;? says former NASA research scientist Dr. B.C. Wolverton, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;How to Grow Fresh Airâ&#x20AC;? and coauthor with Kozaburo Takenaka of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Plants, Why You Canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Live Without Them.â&#x20AC;? After decades of research, Wolverton asserts that beside aesthetics, research reveals that the mere presence of plants has been proven to â&#x20AC;&#x153;lessen environmental pollution, increase labor productivity and reduce the cost of health care.â&#x20AC;?

Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in the air? Modern life depends on technology, but ordinary products like paints, tobacco smoke, printer inks and even carpets hold hidden dangers that plants can help reduce. Today, there are over 80,000 synthetic chemicals that emit offgases. Formaldehyde is one of the leading chemical compounds found in indoor air emissions and is a component in paper products, paints, upholstery, drapes and pressed wood products, Wolverton notes. A recent study published in the British Medical Associationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s journal, Thorax, found that â&#x20AC;&#x153;children exposed to higher levels of VOCs were four times more likely to suffer from asthma than children who were not.â&#x20AC;?

Plant magic Plants improve air quality through their natural â&#x20AC;&#x153;filteringâ&#x20AC;? ability. Wolverton found that indoor houseplants absorb up to 87 percent of VOCs like ammonia, formaldehyde and benzene found in many homes and offices. And certain indoor houseplants â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;cleanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; the air every 24 hours. How? They absorb toxins into the leaves and root zone where theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re turned into nutrients. Some tropical plants actually suppress airborne mold. Researchers at Washington State University studied the impact of indoor houseplants on dust reduction in office spaces.

ACUPUNCTURE from page 12 changes that occur during an acupuncture treatment. By using acupuncture needles to signal the brain to aid in the healing of a particular area of the body (by increasing blood flow to that area), a marked improvement can be seen in the before and after thermal images. Areas that show significant inflammation â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and typically with associated pain â&#x20AC;&#x201D; have a remarkable improvement after treatment. Robert Doane, a licensed acupuncturist and East Asian Medicine Practitioner and owner of the Acupuncture & Wellness Center, located in Poulsbo, has been using

thermal imaging in association with his acupuncture and herbal treatments for over a year now â&#x20AC;&#x201D; with exceptional results. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Seeing the exact area that is causing the problem has allowed for a highly accurate and effective treatment, and the clinical results are outstanding.â&#x20AC;? says Doane. The Acupuncture & Wellness Center, P.S. is located at 18870 8th Ave NE, Suite 108, Poulsbo. To speak with an acupuncturist or to schedule a complimentary health exam, please call (360) 394-4357 or you can visit for more information.

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When indoor houseplants were present, dust particulates were reduced by 20 percent compared to rooms without plants.

Working day and night Some of the hardest working plants are the peace lilies, ferns, palms and spider plants. Mike Rimland of Costa Farms, the largest indoor houseplant producer in North America, recommends epiphytic bromeliads and orchids, particularly in your bedroom. These natural botanical air purifiers make perfect bedroom buddies to refresh and beautify your room for a truly healthy, restful nightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sleep. Rimlandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favorites are anthuriums. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They come in an array of colors, with blooms that last up to 13 weeks, are easy to grow, freshen the air and add exotic beauty to your bedroom,â&#x20AC;? he says.

A plant at work Put a plant on your desk and feel happier, enjoy better health and be more productive. Wolverton recommends office workers should have at least one plant in their â&#x20AC;&#x153;personal breathing spaceâ&#x20AC;? where

most of the work is done to effectively remove indoor pollutants. Wolverton suggests two areca palms should remove sufficient VOCs to significantly improve the indoor air quality in a room. Snake plants, broad sword ferns and rubber plants are among the top 10 air purifiers recommended by experts. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re easy to grow, are natural humidifiers and remove airborne chemicals. Other green heroes are chrysanthemums and spider plants. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Which plant you choose, and where you place your plants is important to reap optimum benefits,â&#x20AC;? says Rimland. Consider the light, humidity, and temperature of your indoor spaces to determine the best choices for your home. Put a Majesty Palm in your living room, fern in the family room and peace lilies in the kitchen for beauty and maximum air cleansing benefits. In your fast-paced life, plantfilled rooms help keep you in touch with nature and as Wolverton asserts, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Just the ability to view living plants enhances our psychological and physiological well-being.â&#x20AC;? To learn more about the world of indoor houseplants, visit www.

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ortion Size is a major issue for weight control and maintaining a healthy diet. According to WebMD there is a major portion distortion in the United States. Were you aware most restaurants serve two to four times the recommended serving size? You could be adding more than 100 extra calories resulting in a weight gain of ten or more pounds per year. When youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re trying to eat healthfully, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s essential to keep track of just how much youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re eating. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all too easy to misjudge correct portion sizes when you scoop up a serving for your typical meal. By using easy comparisons of everyday items you can help keep meal portions in control. For a free color poster of the Visual Guidelines for Portion Control, please contact KPS Health Plans at info@kpshealth- or call 360-415-6518. KPS wants to make sure you take a step towards staying healthy.

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Five gym-free fitness ideas for 2011 ARAcontent

body moving than trying something you’ve never done before. Always wondered what it’s like to rock climb? Sign up for a class, or see if your local sports store has a free rock climbing wall. How about trying ice skating, surfing or even acrobatics? If a new activity is a little intimidating, you may not want to do it alone. Ask a friend to do it with you and you’re sure to get a great workout and a wonderful memory.


itness should be fun and affordable. It should not be boring, time-consuming or costly. Make your exercise routine a bit more exciting this year with some fitness activities you can do without an expensive gym membership.

1. Sports hoop your way to slimmer shape The thought of hula hoops probably conjures memories from your childhood, but the fact is hula hooping is a great fitness activity. Sports Hoops are large, weighted fitness hoops that adults use to tone and lose weight. These affordable hoops are easy and fun to use, and can help you lose weight. If you’re a certified personal trainer looking for something new and exciting for your clients, consider attending a certified trainer program where you’ll learn the knowledge and tools to facilitate

3. Join a walking or running group your own fitness hoop class and instruct personal training sessions.

2. Try a new activity you’ve never done before There’s no better way to get your blood pumping and your

Walking and running are great physical activities that burn calories and tone the body. Discover the parks and neighborhoods around you by planning regular walks. Consider finding a walk/ run buddy to keep you motivated. Or, look online to find walking and running groups that plan regular outings and offer a supportive, team environment.

4. Join a sport Remember how much fun it was

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5. Visit your library and request workout DVDs The library is a great community resource and it can also help keep you in shape. Because checking out books and DVDs is absolutely free, the library is the perfect place to research new types of exercise to spice up your normal routine. Try searching for Pilates, yoga and aerobic DVDs. You likely can request them to be sent to your preferred pickup location too. Some books and DVDs are geared toward specific age groups, so teens, adults and even seniors can find appropriate workout inspiration.

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Simple ways parents can help relieve kidsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; cold and flu discomforts ARAcontent

â&#x20AC;˘ Frequent hand-washing is important to prevent the spread of viruses. Yet washing your hands a lot, especially in cold weather, can leave them dry, sore and cracked. Teach your children to wash their hands while singing â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wash, wash, wash your hands, wash them every day. Wash them with water and wash them with soap to wash the germs awayâ&#x20AC;? to the tune of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Row, row, row your boat.â&#x20AC;? Then follow up with a soothing lotion. You can find many fragrance-free varieties specially formulated for children. â&#x20AC;˘ When your childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s throat is sore, he might be unwilling to eat or drink much. Offer a sugar-free fruit Popsicle instead. The coolness can help ease a sore throat, your child will get some hydration from the frozen juice and heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll feel like heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s getting a special treat. â&#x20AC;˘ Make trips to the doctorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office fun by bringing a book or toy to keep your child occupied, and a snack in case she gets hungry. A special reward or treat after the visit is also a nice tradition. Finally, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t overlook your own mental comfort as well; call the doctor if you feel your childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s symptoms are worrisome. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Parents often tell me they thought about calling, but didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to be a bother,â&#x20AC;? Dr. Tanya says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Most pediatricians are parents too, and they would rather take a few minutes to reassure you that your childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cold symptoms will improve on their own than to not have you call about your sick child who really needs to be seen. Your pediatrician is there to help you, so if you feel something is important, pick up the phone and call.â&#x20AC;?


ny parent whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sat up through the night with a sick child knows relieving their symptoms is only part of your mission. Easing the discomforts of cold and flu for your little one is a No. 1 priority. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Watching your child suffer, even if itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s from something as minor as a nose thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sore and chapped from repeated blowing, is a terrible feeling for any parent,â&#x20AC;? says Dr. Tanya Remer Altman, a mother and pediatrician who is a best-selling author and spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Relieving the discomforts related to cold and flu not only helps kids feel better, it also reduces stresses for their parents.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dr. Tanya,â&#x20AC;? as sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s known to her patients and the millions whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve seen her on the Today Show or who follow her blog, offers some tips to help parents make children feel more comfortable while fighting a cold or the flu:

â&#x20AC;˘ Flu vaccines are recommended for everyone 6 months and older, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not unusual for children to fear a shot. Ask your pediatrician about giving your child the flu vaccine in a nasal spray form. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s available for children 2 and older, and provides the same protection and safety as the traditional flu shot. â&#x20AC;˘ Your mother probably swore by chicken soup and she was on to something. Serving sick children chicken soup not only gives them the benefit of nourish-

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