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Dr. Kristine Jarrell, Board-Certified Audiologist Voted Whidbey Island’s most trusted audiologist four years in a row! Dr. Jarrell has been serving the Whidbey Island community with quality hearing care since 1995 and specializes in helping individuals and families cope with hearing loss. She provides a full range of audiological services and is dedicated to providing her patients with affordable, customized hearing solutions using state-of-the art technology.

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Don't underestimate need to care for baby's teeth Parents and caregivers may be underestimating the importance of dental care for children’s “baby teeth.” According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, only 63 percent of children ages 2 to 4 see the dentist at least annually. Most dental benefits cover preventive care visits twice a year with no out-of-pocket costs, and these visits are important for small children. Baby teeth, also known as primary teeth, play an important role in a child's overall healthy development. If cavities begin and are left untreated, they can become painful and possibly infected. Loss of these teeth prematurely may impact eating, speaking, learning and self-esteem. Baby teeth help guide the way for permanent teeth to erupt into proper position. “Tooth decay is preventable. The investment of only a few minutes each

day on the part of parents and caregivers, coupled with regular dental checkups, goes a long way in creating healthy smiles to last a lifetime,” says Dr. Diane Monti-Markowski, a clinical program director. She offers these oral hygiene tips for those caring for small children: • Plan to have your child visit the dentist by his or her first birthday or within six months after the first teeth appear. • As a child’s teeth start to come in, brush them gently twice a day with a child-sized toothbrush and water. • Begin flossing a child’s teeth daily when there are two teeth that touch. • Do not put your baby to sleep with a bottle of formula, milk, juice or any other liquid other than water. • Consider introducing toothpaste for children 2 and older and who are able to follow directions to spit after brushing. The American Dental As-

sociation recommends using fluoride toothpaste about the size of a grain of rice for children younger than 3 and a pea-size amount for children 4-6. By age 3 or 4, your child should be able to brush with your supervision. • Make brushing fun. Let your child pick out the color of his or her toothbrush. Play a favorite song or set a timer to help children understand that good brushing takes about two minutes twice a day. For detailed questions or concerns about a child’s oral health, consult a dentist. “Adults can also reinforce the importance of oral health by their attitudes,” adds Dr. Monti-Markowski. “Encouraging good habits and showing a positive manner when visiting the dentist can lay the foundation for children to maintain healthy teeth throughout their lives.”


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4 ways you can maximize health benefits Often, employees enroll in medical insurance plans for protection against unpredictable events or serious health concerns that may result in expensive medical bills. Getting the most from your benefits requires understanding coverages and deductibles, as well as taking advantage of voluntary benefits.

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AVOID SURPRISES. About 91 percent of adults in the United States are confused about what

their benefits cover, according to a recent Harris poll. Review your plan so you understand the care and services covered. Be prepared to pay any copayments or deductibles the plan requires before receiving care. Before scheduling appointments, ask for a cost estimate for the appointment, tests or service. PREVENTIVE DENTAL AND VISION. Many voluntary plans, such as dental and vision, offer preventive exams, such as routine cleanings and vision exams, that are fully covered. That's because these preventive exams help to maintain

and improve overall health and help reduce health costs. Voluntary coverage is affordable and many plans offer added incentives. For example, coverage for LASIK, dental, vision and hearing benefits can increase from one year to the next for those who continue to enroll and use their benefits. Members could earn monetary rewards to use for dental, vision, LASIK, orthodontia and hearing benefits, care materials and services simply by using their benefits and keeping the benefits paid out under a specified amount. MEDICAL SCREENINGS.

Routine health screenings, such as mammograms, immunizations, colonoscopy procedures and prostate cancer screenings, which may be covered fully or in part by your medical coverage, can help you stay healthy and lower health care costs. GET PAID TO SAVE. Many employers encourage employees to save money by matching a percentage of the amount the employee contributes to the plan. If available, enroll in a health savings account or flexible spending account to set aside money to pay for health care costs. Remember, these accounts are not a substitute for the coverage provided by voluntary benefits.

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An experienced audiologist — doctor of audiology (Au. D.) — is key to understanding this technology, correctly assessing a patient’s needs and providing custom-fitted, quality hearing aids that will address hearing loss and help change lives. Which leads to another key question, “How do I find a great audiologist?” One way is to ask your friends and other doctors for references and referrals, and also to consider community recognition awards.

Dr. Kristine Jarrell, a board-certified audiologist at Hearing Health Services, has provided personalized hearing care services for more than 22 years. Dr. Jarrell is committed to excellent care and patient satisfaction. Her patients love her — she has been voted Best of Whidbey Top Audiologist four years in a row! Whatever level of care and hearing aids you need, Dr. Jarrell will help you discover the joys of hearing again.

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Non-motor symptoms of Parkinson's that may surprise you Those familiar with Parkinson’s disease are likely aware of the disorder’s most visible symptoms, including slower movements, impaired balance, rigidity/stiffness and involuntary shaking. However, Parkinson’s, a neurodegenerative brain disorder, can cause a range of non-motor symptoms, which can bring about a new set of challenges for people with Parkinson’s and their caregivers. It’s important to learn more about these non-motor symp-

toms, such as hallucinations, delusions and mood disorders, so you can be sure to discuss them with your doctor. 1. Hallucinations. More than half of all people with Parkinson’s experience hallucinations or delusions over the course of their disease. 2. Delusions. Delusions are false beliefs not supported by evidence, and in people with Parkinson’s, delusions often have paranoid themes. 3. Cognitive Changes. As explained by the Nation-

al Parkinson Foundation, problems with attention, inability to focus on planning, difficulties with memory and language, and personality changes characterize the cognitive changes that can take place over time with PD. 4. Sleep Disorders. A range of sleep disorders are often associated with PD. They include insomnia, restless leg syndrome, talking or moving during sleep and excessive daytime sleepiness. 5. Mood Disorders.

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Have a strong relationship with primary care provider How do you remain healthy for your lifetime? “The short answer is, find a primary care provider you like,” says Dr. Judye Scheidt of WhidbeyHealth Primary Care Cabot Drive in Oak Harbor. “There is truth to the old saying ‘An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.’ A primary care provider not only treats you when you are sick, but hopefully prevents things from developing," Dr. Scheidt says.

"Our goal is to have continuity of care, knowing you inside and out and all your health issues." Also, it’s been shown that having a relationship with a primary care provider lowers the cost of care. Your primary care provider knows what tests you’ve had, what your blood work shows and already knows about your life, your family and your stressors.” What are some of the things you look at when you are caring for patients?

“I love getting to know my patients and finding out what motivates them and what is important in their lives,” says Hannah Carlson, ARNP of WhidbeyHealth Primary Care Clinton. “It’s important to find health solutions that work for their life, their family and their budget. Treating a whole person is about so much more than a prescription. It involves education and a trusting relationship.”

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8 simple ways to optimize sleep While a healthy lifestyle requires a balanced diet and exercise, sleep is another pillar of overall wellness that is both essential to your health and success, and is often overlooked. By simply making small changes to your daily routine you can improve your quality of sleep. Follow these tips from Dr. Sujay Kansagra, director of Duke University's Pediatric Neurology Sleep Medicine Program, and get on your way to better rest and a healthier life. 1. Manage your sleep time. Rather than trying to accomplish everything on your to-do list at the expense of sleep, reverse your approach. As the average adult needs 7-9 hours of sleep each night, make sure to set aside the time needed for a full night of rest. 2. Stay on schedule. Try to keep your bedtime and wake time consistent on both weekdays and weekends. With time, your brain and body will acclimate to these set times, but until then, rely on an alarm — not only to wake in the morning, but to keep you from staying up too late at night, too.

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Cataract surgery is available on Whidbey Do I need to leave the Island for Cataract or other eye surgeries? There is no medical reason to leave Whidbey Island for Cataract or other eye surgery. For your convenience, all of the latest equipment and surgery techniques are available on Whidbey Island. Does Dr. Johnson plan on staying on Whidbey Island? Dr. Robert Johnson is strongly integrated into the Whidbey Island community and has no plans on leaving. He moved back to the area to raise his family and is committed to his patients and to the Island.

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What are floaters, flashes inside your eye? Most are common, but require treatment Floaters are tiny clumps of gel or cells within the vitreous, the clear fluid that fills the inside of your eye. What you see are the shadows that they cast on the retina, the layer of cells lining the back of the eye that senses light and allows you to see. Flashes occur when the vitreous gel rubs or pulls on the retina,

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vitreous gel rubs or pulls on the retina, flashes can result. Flashes are also more common as we age. Treatment Options: Most floaters are harmless and fade over time or become less bothersome. However, if even one new floater appears or you notice the sudden appearance of light flashes, see your ophthalmologist to see if treatment is necessary. One possible cause of both floaters and flashes is a torn retina. Without treatment, a torn retina can lead to retinal detachment, which requires surgery to repair. If you get a headache following flashes that look like jagged lines or “heat waves” that last up to 20 minutes, this is called a migraine headache. If no headache follows, this is called an ophthalmic migraine and you should contact your ophthalmologist.


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3. Find a routine. A routine performed 20-30 minutes prior to bed every night can subconsciously ease your brain into sleep. Unwinding with a book, taking a warm bath or meditating are all ways to slow your mind and transition toward peaceful rest. 4. Brighten up the morning. Getting plenty of bright light in the morning helps

keep your sleep timing on track, particularly if you wake up early. Make opening the drapes and blinds your first task each morning. 5. Ditch the clock. Fixating on the time can create stress and keep you up at night. Instead, set your alarm, turn your clock around and forget about the time. 6. Get moving. Research shows that exercise can act as a natural sleep remedy, often leading to a more sound slumber. However, if you exercise late and have difficulty falling asleep, consider moving your workout earlier in the day. The increase in body temperature from exercise

tends to be prolonged, sometimes making it hard to fall asleep. 7. Kick the caffeine habit. Morning caffeine can linger in your system until it's time to sleep. Coffee, tea, dark sodas and dark chocolate are the main offenders for most people. 8. Pay back debt. If you are chronically deprived of sleep, allow your body extra sleep time to make up for the loss. In these cases, even 8-9 hours each night may not be enough. Allow your body to catch up then commit to more consistent sleep patterns in the future.

Metamorphe Health Clinic, Whidbey Island’s newest naturopathic health care facility offers botanical medicine, homeopathy, physical medicine, nutrition, counseling, biofeedback, hydrotherapy, infrared sauna, massage, peat baths and halotherapy. One of its most unique offerings is Metamorphe’s salt room, where you can experience halotherapy under the stars. The walls of the room are lined with Himalayan salt bricks backlit for the majority of each 45-minute session.

During the final 15 minutes of each session, the lights are dimmed and a summer night sky is revealed on the ceiling. Benefits of halotherapy include: relief from seasonal allergies, reduced duration of colds or flu, lessening of skin manifestations of eczema and psoriasis, improved sleep, reduced snoring, detoxification from positive ions released by electronic devices and overall relaxation. Nestled in the woods, Metamorphe offers a teaching kitchen with com-

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