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Helping Your Child Develop Healthy Eating Habits

Set a good example By Harleena Singh, Staff Writer Children need to be taught healthy eating habits to ensure normal growth and maintain a healthy weight. They develop a natural preference for foods they enjoy, so the challenge is to make healthy choices as tempting as junk food. This can be done by changing the taste of healthy food or adding more variety and flavors to it. If your child needs to gain or lose weight, follow portion-control recommendations and reduce the amount of fat your child eats accordingly. You can do this in simple ways, such as: • serving poultry without the skin; • switching to nonfat or low-fat dairy products; • serving healthy snacks such as fruits and vegetables; • offering lean cuts of meat; • having whole-grain breads and cereals; • reducing sugar and salt in the child’s diet (and yours as well, to set a good example); and

• limiting sweetened drinks. The American Heart Association recommends limiting sugar intake for a child to 3 teaspoons a day. It’s a good idea to consult a dietitian or nutritionist to ensure you don’t place your overweight child on a restrictive diet to lose weight. Here are some ways to develop healthy eating habits: • Make healthy food choices – Be diligent about the types of food you bring home. For example, leave unhealthy choices such as juice, soda, chips and burgers at the store and choose healthier alternatives. • Eat meals together as a family – The more frequently you do this, the better it is for everyone. According to pediatrician Sara Lappe, eating together as a family is how children learn to make healthy food choices, master table manners and communicate. Children who eat with their families are less likely to drink alcohol, smoke or use marijuana. Avoid arguments and scolding at family meal times. This

may cause children to link eating with stress. Teach your children to eat slowly – Ask your child to wait 15 minutes before you serve a second helping to see if they are still hungry; this gives the brain time to register whether it is full or not. Ensure the second helping is smaller than the first. Never force your children to “clean their plates” if they are feeling full already. Avoid using food to reward or punish your children – If you withhold food as a punishment, your children may worry that they will not get enough to eat and they may eat whenever they get a chance. If certain foods are treated as a reward, children may think these foods are more valuable or better than other foods. Involve your children in preparing meals and food shopping – This will help you learn about your child’s food preferences and you can teach them about nutritious food, food labels, portion sizes, etc. In addition, children happily eat what they make. Avoid snacks and eating meals while watching TV – Make a rule that all meals are to be eaten on the dining room or kitchen table. Eating in front of the TV makes it tough to focus on the feeling of fullness and may lead to overeating. Plan snacks and meals – Snacks planned at specific times during the day can be part of a nutritious diet. Allowing children to continu-

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ously snack can lead to overeating. Choose healthy snacks. Even their school lunches should include a variety of nutritious food. • Drink more water – Discourage children from over consumption of sodas and sweetened drinks, which can lead to obesity. Drinking more water is good for their health. Other ways to promote healthy eating habits include avoiding fried food and choosing healthier cooking methods such as grilling, roasting, broiling and steaming. After a few days or weeks of healthy eating, offer new foods and introduce something different to your children. The best way to encourage your children to develop healthy eating habits is to eat well yourself. Children will follow the example of the adults they see every day. Be a good role model for your children. Sources and Resources • www.health.clevelandclinic.org • www.healthlinkbc.ca/healthtopics • www.helpguide.org • www.kidshealth.org/en/parents/ habits.html • www.webmd.com About the Author

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Ahh, Sleep! It’s a Wonderful Thing Are you getting enough shuteye each night? By Jean Jeffers, Staff Writer

Are you on top of the world on days you are well rested and irritable and bleary-eyed when you’re not getting the proper amount of sleep? What does sleep do for us? Sleep gives the heart and vascular system a rest. Sleep helps you avoid getting sick and helps you recover from illness faster. Adequate sleep helps you stay in a good mood. Studies show students retain learning better when that learning is followed by a good night’s sleep. Sleep is definitely needed for creative problem solving. The recommended amount of sleep for adults is around eight hours a night. Sleep, however, is on the decline. In 1910, people slept an average of nine hours. Today, that number has shrunk to barely seven

hours of shuteye each night. The brain stays active during sleep and goes through three stages, all linked to certain patterns or electrical activity in the brain. During Stage 3, called rapid eye movement or REM sleep, the eyes move rapidly in different directions; breathing, blood pressure and pulse all quicken; and you may dream. The sleep stages repeat themselves throughout the night. REM sleep is important because it stimulates the brain regions used for learning and making memories, but the other stages of sleep are related to this learning and memory making as well. A build up of adenosine, a substance made while we’re awake, appears partly responsible for our

need for sleep. Another substance, melatonin, a part of the biological clock, makes you feel sleepy at night. Sleep habits are hard to break once they are formed. A number of physiological factors combine to keep you sleeping at the same time each night. Nightshift workers, notorious for having difficulty sleeping at night once they become accustomed to daytime sleep, are more often involved in crashes and accidents because of sleepiness on the drive home from work in the morning. They are also more likely to have physical problems such as heart, digestive and emotional problems. Other factors that influence sleep include the immune system putting out hormones called cytokines. Cytokines help the immune system bigbluecrossfit.com | bigbluepilates.com

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ward off infection or chronic inflammation and may prompt more sleep than usual. The extra sleep may help the body conserve the resources needed to fight the infection. A lack of sleep slows learning processes and makes it more difficult to concentrate. One study found when healthy young men slept only four hours a night for six nights, their insulin and blood sugar levels matched those of people who were developing diabetes. A lack of sleep puts the body under stress; it could trigger the release of adrenaline, cortisol and other stress hormones. Many individuals today have difficulty falling and/or staying asleep. Conditions such as depression may worsen the situation, and some people have a sleep disorder. Sleep apnea is common and requires treatment. The National Institute of Health (NIH) says evidence is growing that sleep is a powerful regulator of appetite, energy use and weight control. According to the NIH, measures that may help you get a good night’s sleep include: 1. Keeping to a set sleep schedule. Go to bed at the same time each night, even on the weekend. 2. Avoiding exercising too late in the day. 3. Avoiding caffeine and nicotine. 4. Not having any alcoholic drinks before bedtime. 5. Avoiding eating large meals at night. 6. Having a relaxing bedtime routine such as taking a warm shower. 7. Creating a good sleep environment: a quiet, darkened room, a comfortable bed and a cool room temperature. 8. Getting some sunlight during the day. 9. Not lying awake in bed. Get up and read or do something relaxing until you feel sleepy. 10. Seeing a professional if sleep continues to be a problem.

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Coping With Family Conflicts Seek to resolve the issues and get help if necessary By Harleena Singh, Staff Writer Every family has conflicts. Conflicts continue to fester when they are ignored. It’s best to face the problems and resolve them as soon as possible. Arguments and tension can be overwhelming and stressful. Some common reasons people argue or fight with their parents, caretakers or guardians include: • a lack of communication and understanding; • jumping to the wrong conclusions; • a difference in values and opinions among family members; • feeling you are being treated like a child or your privacy is not respected; • changes in your family due to moving; • separation or divorce; • a young person becoming an adult, a child starting school or the arrival

of a new baby; • changes in finances; • a desire for more freedom and independence; and • high expectations and pressure from parents or peers about your career, job, school, exams, friends, chores or even the clothes you wear. You need to cope with such conflicts by getting a different perspective that helps you understand the conflict and work towards improving the situation. For example, try cooling off by counting to 10 before responding; this will help your anger subside and allow you to return an effective response. Even getting a little space can help avoid arguments. You can try going out with friends, taking up a hobby or exercising. Talking things out always helps, though it may look impossible and

stressful initially. To do so, try to find a time when no one is stressed, upset, tired or angry and find a place to sit and talk uninterrupted. Avoid making personal comments and being sarcastic. Be honest and willing to compromise. Listen to what is being said and accept that the other person’s viewpoint may be as valid as yours. If you feel talking doesn’t help, try emailing or writing a letter to explain your feelings. If the other person did something abusive or unforgiveable or you know he or she will not change, limit your dealings with the person or cut off contact altogether. Learn to forgive and forget without opening yourself to being wronged again. To forgive means to let go of your feelings of anger and resentment. This will help you most. Anger is common in young people. It’s a natural response to the confusion and stresses of this period of growth. However, young people need to learn acceptable ways to deal with anger before it leads to conflict. A recent study revealed family economic problems were related to anxiety/depression and aggression through two proximal stressors – conflict among family members and perceived economic strain in young people. According to Melinda Smith, M.A., and Jeanne Segal, Ph.D., at HelpGuide.

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ditions acupuncture can help, among them common childhood ailments such as allergies, asthma, digestive complaints, attention deficit disorder, headaches, colds and flu symptoms. Preparing for the first visit Become familiar with acupuncture – how it works and what it treats – so you can explain to your child why he is having it done if he is old enough to understand what is going on. It is ideal when you get regular acupuncture treatments so you have a frame of reference to share what the experience is like with your child. Keep explanations in simple terms. Avoid the words “needle,” “prick,” “pins” and “poke” that may raise more anxiety for your child. The acupuncture needles are not like the hypodermic needles we associate with getting shots or having blood drawn. They are very thin, sterile, one-time-use filaments that are not painful when placed at points on the body. For children, the needles are frequently referred to as “taps” because of the gentle tapping

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Many children are treated with acupuncture with good results, and once they have a positive experience with it and begin to feel better, they look forward to their appointments.

The acupuncturist is trained to discern whether an illness can be treated with acupuncture or to refer a patient to a doctor. My child is afraid of needles. Are there other treatments besides acupuncture? When treating children, an acupuncturist often uses a method called Shoni-Shin, or “children’s acupuncture,” a method developed in Japan based on traditional Chinese medicine that uses non-needle insertion techniques and special tools that apply gentle pressure to specific points on the body. This is an effective approach and can address several health issues. It is a good option for anybody, particularly those who are not ready to try acupuncture but eventually may want to try taps. An acupuncturist who works with children will take time to build a rapport with each young person and demonstrate this gentle approach. Parents are often present during the sessions, and the practitioner will show them how to do simple massage and acupressure at home with their child in between appointments. Many children are treated with acupuncture with good results, and once they have a positive experience with it

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and begin to feel better, they look forward to their appointments. The retention time is short: The taps are placed in a few points on the body and taken out within seconds or a few minutes. Acupuncture sessions for children generally take less time than treatments for adults and fewer body points are treated. The acupuncturist will tailor a plan to best address your child’s particular needs. This may include herbal formulas, acupuncture, non-needling methods such as Shoni-Shin, acupressure, massage and simple movement exercises called Qi Gong (pronounced Cheegong.) The acupuncturist will work with your child’s primary care provider and give him or her updates on the child’s progress. Acupuncture for wellness Chinese medicine offers a way to think of health from a holistic view and to take charge of your health by observing how food, climates and seasons, physical activity, mental and emotional states, habits and environment affect health. It provides a wonderful foundation for teaching your child ways to stay healthy and to restore balance so she can learn to take an active role in her health and wellness for years to come.

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Mindful Parent, Mindful Child By John A. Patterson MD, MSPH, FAAFP “If we learn to open our hearts, anyone, including the people who drive us crazy, can be our teacher.” – Pema Chodron I recently saw firsthand how quickly mindfulness practices can help couples and enhance parent-child relations. A couple attended the orientation meeting for the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program. They both worked full time and had a teenage son. The husband was working seven days a week, in excess of eight hours a day, with constant deadlines for major projects. They were both grasping for relief from the unrelenting stress. During the class, I introduced them to the three foundational practices of MBSR –body-scan meditation, mindful yoga and sitting meditation. Neither of them had ever done any of these practices before. They went home after class and had supper with their son.

Before bed, he said to them, “I don’t know what you’ve been doing, but keep it up. I like you better this way.” This illustrates a basic truth about family psychology: Taking good care of ourselves is the foundation for taking good care of our partners and our children. How can mindfulness help couples? As illustrated by this couple’s experience, even a brief, wellguided introduction to mindfulness practices can interrupt the harmful physiological, mental, emotional, behavioral and relational consequences of chronic stress. Even well-adjusted partners and happily married couples are vulnerable to the frantic pace of modern life and suffer the lifestyle “diseases of civilization.” You don’t have to have a well-established, stress-related chronic disease to benefit from mindfulness practice. Mindfulness-based stress management interventions can improve an individual’s physical, mental and emotional life and make him or her

more available as a supportive and nurturing partner. Intimate, romantic partnerships and parenting are perhaps life’s greatest challenges. Research suggests bringing mindfulness to the vulnerability of your relationship can lead to more skillful listening and increased presence, emotional availability, compassion, forgiveness and generosity. These benefits are seen in both happy and distressed couples. Mindfulness practice increases your emotional intelligence as you learn to slow down and pay attention to your moments instead of hurrying and worrying about the past and the future. You become more calm in stressful situations. You learn to pause before reacting, considering your options and responding wisely. You learn to recognize that you have emotional and behavioral choices rather than reacting automatically in the same old knee-jerk manner that just compounds your troubles. The remarkable thing is it only requires one partner to become serious about integrating mindfulness into their lives. The other partner also benefits from the reduction in judgmental reactivity and defensiveness and the growth in acceptance, empathy, kindness, patience and love. Historically, “mindfulness” is also translated as “heartfulness.” No wonder it helps loving couples keep the flame of love alive. How can mindfulness help parents? Compassionate, skillful parenthood is perhaps life’s most challeng-

ing work. Pregnancy causes many women and their partners to shift their lifestyle behaviors in a healthful direction – a first step toward the future health of their child. Connections between mother and child are a two-way street. Just as many women sense a physical and intuitive connection to the child they are carrying, we now know that maternal emotions and behaviors may be reflected in a child’s future physical and emotional health. Mindfulness practice during pregnancy can help women connect more deeply to their child and create a calm physiological environment even before birth. Mindfulness can enhance a couple’s preparation for childbirth. Breast feeding and rocking a baby to sleep are classic examples of mindful moments that generations of human beings have experienced, yet many parents report distractedly thinking about something else during these quiet early childhood moments. The mindful parent is more present and supportive during moments of childhood distress. The simple (but not so easy) act of paying attention to what is happening in the present moment is critical to being the calm, impartial, fair, supportive and loving parent your child deserves. Mindful parents see their own behavioral peculiarities reflected in their children and are more understanding and less prone to blame the children. Mindful parents have effective strategies for managing their own stress and are less likely to transfer their stress to their


August 2016 child. Mindfulness can help reduce anxiety, depression, pain and the symptoms of countless stress-related chronic conditions. Parents who regularly connect to their own inner resources for peace and compassion will create a home environment that fosters these attributes in their children. Mindfulness can help parents sleep better. By supporting their immune system, mindfulness can help parents avoid viral illnesses children bring home. Mindful parents keep things in perspective and help their children do likewise. Fun, happiness, peace and calm are cherished when they are happening. Sadness, jealousy, grief and anger are recognized as temporary and inevitable experiences of every human life. Equanimity grows amid the “full catastrophe” of life’s joys and sorrows. How can mindfulness help children? Modern society has created conditions that make childhood an inherently stressful part of life. Children can experience many of the same mindfulness benefits as their parents. Simple enjoyment of the richness of the present moment can be learned at any age. Mindful body awareness practices can help children be at peace with their bodies, their weight, their complexion, their degree of athleticism and their sexuality. Mindfulness meditation can help calm the restless young mind and reduce selfcriticism and downwardly spiraling anxiety and depression. Mindfulness can improve emotions, acting-out behaviors, attention deficit and hyperactivity. Children have the same “monkey mind” as adults. We all have this constantly moving mental chatter in our heads. Children can learn to reduce this chatter and calm the monkey mind. This can help them manage stress, sleep better and focus attention more effectively. Children can learn to be more in charge of their thoughts and emotional reactions. Children can learn to love and care for themselves unselfishly, increase their self-esteem and improve relationships at home and at school. Children can learn the basic lesson of mindfulness training – “There is more right with you than wrong with you,” regardless of your IQ, physical appearance or popularity. Children can also manifest the core principle of mindfulness training. The real payoff of time spent learning and practicing mindfulness is not during mindfulness class itself. The real payoff of mindfulness study and practice is in our daily lives. The way we treat our parents, our children and each other is the measure of successful mindful living at home, work and school. Sources and Resources

• Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) – Eight-week series begins with orientation at 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 29, 2016 followed by eight consecutive Mondays from Sept. 12 through Oct. 31. Full details at www.mindbodystudio. org/?page_id=1262 • Everyday Blessings: The Inner Work of Mindful Parenting, by Myla and Jon Kabat-Zinn, Hyperion, 1997.

About the Author Dr. John Patterson is past president of the Kentucky Academy of Family Physicians and is board certified in family medicine and integrative holistic medicine. He is on the family practice faculty at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine and the University of Louisville School of Medicine, Saybrook University’s School of Mind Body Medicine (San Francisco) and the Center for Mind Body Medicine (Washington, D.C.). He operates the Mind Body Studio in Lexington, where he offers integrative medicine consultations. He can be reached through his Website at www.mindbodystudio.org.

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For the past 33 years, Family Practice Associates of Lexington (FPA) has been providing families with outstanding medical service. Dr. Jeffrey Foxx started his practice in Lexington in 1983 and was joined shortly after by Dr. Keith Applegate, who co-founded FPA along with Foxx. It has since grown to become one of the largest family practice groups in Central Kentucky. Generations of families have benefited from FPA’s stellar roster of 15 primary care providers that includes physicians, nurse practitioners and a marriage and family therapist. The mission of FPA has been simple from the very beginning: to provide preventive, diagnostic and therapeutic services with attention to individual need. FPA is dedicated to giving all its patients familycentered care from birth to later years in an affordable, high-quality environment. CEO Craig Gillispie points to several factors that inspire FPA’s success.

“We have excellent-quality providers that are easy to talk to and patient focused,” he said. “We also have many convenient on-site services. We have a full lab and we do our bone density tests here. We have excellent clinical and clerical staff that genuinely care for our patients. We have a very good reputation in Lexington, and many second- and third-generation families continue to come here. That’s always great.” FPA also offers comprehensive primary care services, including preventive and acute visits, diabetic retinopathy exams, minor procedures such as wart removals, suturing and stress tests. In addition to its facility at 1775 Alysheba Way, Suite 201 in Lexington, FPA recently opened another location at 2040 Harrodsburg Road, Suite 300, also in Lexington. “It’s going very well and we’re excited to be able to serve patients on that end of town,” Gillispie said. FPA has two providers at the Harrodsburg Road office and hopes to grow it to three providers soon. FPA has been recognized and re-certified as a Level Three PatientCentered Medical Home (PCMH) by


For advertising information call 859.368.0778 or email brian@rockpointpublishing.com | August 2016 the National Committee for Quality Assurance. PCMHs use evidencebased, patient-centered processes that concentrate on improving the health outcomes of their patients. “This is a new certification,” Gillispie said. “A Patient-Centered Medical Home focuses on the entire patient. It stresses preventive medicine, access to care and meeting quality targets.” An example of a quality target is assuring a patient with diabetes is keeping his/her hemoglobin A1Cs below a certain level, as well as making sure the patient is seen every six months to evaluate his/her diabetes and receives appropriate specialty care. FPA will also ensure the patient is taking his/ her medication properly and address any barriers to getting to the doctor for examinations and to the pharmacist to get medications. FPA’s care coordinators are an essential part of the endeavor to offer comprehensive coordinated care through all levels of the healthcare delivery system, including specialists, diagnostic services, hospitalization, home health and long-term care. “Our care coordinators help us manage patients better by proactively contacting them after a hospital admission or to make sure they are seeing their provider regularly for their diabetes or high cholesterol,” FPA President Dr. Foxx said. Introduced in 1967 by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the PCMH model has been promoted by the government and insurance companies as the leading method for improving patient care and reducing healthcare

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costs. Provider teams take responsibility for the ongoing care of patients. But the work of staying healthy is not solely up to the FPA physicians. Patients actively participate in decision making and give feedback to their providers about the care they are receiving. “We are proud to be a PatientCentered Medical Home, one of the few Level 3 certifications in this area,” said Dr. Foxx. “By being a PCMH, our practice is transforming to focus on the patient as a whole, trying to keep patients healthy before they have a catastrophic health event.” “The goal is to be preventive and to keep patients out of the hospital and the ER as much as possible,” Gillispie said. “Our aim is to deliver better proactive care for a patient instead of reactive care. It’s looking at the entire scope of care for the patient instead of just that episode that they’re here in the office for today.” “Medicine is always changing,” Dr. Foxx added. “Our practice has always tried to be proactive and adapt to the changing environment.” Gillispie says FPA takes pride in keeping up with medical innovations. FPA was an early adopter of healthinformation technology. A patient portal and electronic health records (EHR) help patients receive optimal communication, care and education. “We have 11,000 to 12,000 patients that are on our patient portal, where they can access their health records from our office online,” Gillispie said. “They can request refills; they can request appointments; they can send

messages back and forth to their providers directly through their online portal.” FPA has been keeping electronic records for about 10 years now, Gillispie added. The practice can gather reports and mine the data in ways that were impossible with paper records. “Electronic health records are really the core of everything in health care today,” Dr. Foxx said. “It makes it easier for us as a whole to keep track of patients and to know where they are in their care.” Another way FPA provides health education is through its monthly show on the CW, hosted by Dr. Foxx. “We typically have guests on there to talk about health-related issues,” Gillispie said. “We also have a community non-profit that we like to spotlight during each episode.” Clips of past shows are available on FPA’s YouTube channel as well as its Facebook page. Healthcare is changing on many different fronts, and FPA is committed to remaining an independent practice. With many practices being bought and absorbed by large health systems, doctors in independent practices are becoming rare. “The backbone of this practice has always been entrepreneurial physicians who want to remain independent,” said Dr. Applegate, who has been with the practice since 1987. “We feel we can better affect the care of our patients if we are making our own decisions.” The future certainly looks bright for FPA – so much so that the next

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By Dr. Brewer, Audiology Associates Did you know your health could be negatively affecting your hearing? It’s true! Hearing loss is associated with a number of different health problems ranging from hypertension to heart health. Today’s article is not to scare you, rather to inform you, and a lot of information will be hard. Working with your primary care physician or another certified healthcare professional can go a long way, especially when we are talking about medical causes for hearing loss. Hypertension Hypertension, commonly called high blood pressure, can increase the risk of permanent, sensorineural, hearing loss because of issues within the blood vessels. Essentially, when an individual has high blood pressure it means blood is being pushed through the arteries very quickly which can cause damage to the lining of the artery walls. This damage isn’t centered in one area of the body, the entire body can be affected, including the ears. When blood vessels in the ears are affected the damage effects the efficiency of hair cells and cells within the auditory system. For individuals with hypertension, control is crucial. Diabetes Many studies have shown a correlation between diabetes and hearing loss. US data analyzed individuals with diabetes between 50 and 69 years of age. Seventy percent of participants had high-frequency hearing loss and one third have low or mid frequency hearing loss. Kathleen Bainbridge, Ph.D., published Annals of Internal Medicine and found individuals with diabetes to be twice as likely to have hearing loss as those who do not have diabetes. Individuals who were pre-diabetic had

a 30% higher rate of hearing loss than those who do not have diabetes. Similar to hypertension, diabetes could be affecting the blood vessels. Another theory is that diabetes could be causing changes in sensory neurons within the auditory nerve causing peripheral nerve damage; which some already experience in their hands and feet. It is very important for individuals with diabetes to maintain good blood glucose control in order to decrease the risk of hearing loss. High Cholesterol More than 15 million Americans now take medication to control cholesterol levels while others do not know they have it or are treating it with dietary and lifestyle changes. The Journal of Nutrition conducted a study with over 2400 participants. Their results indicated those with the highest level of cholesterol had a 33% higher change of having severe hearing loss. Those who reported using medication to control cholesterol were less likely to have hearing loss. Point being, work closely with your doctor in order to control high cholesterol as much as possible, because you might be preventing possible hearing loss at the same time. Smoking and Hearing Loss For 40 years we have known that there is a correlation between smoking and hearing loss. This information has really come to light in the last 15 years and there is evidence that smoking affects every aspect of our auditory system. “Cigarette Smoking and Hearing Loss: The Epidemiology of Hearing Loss Study,” published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, assessed the correlation between smoking and hearing loss. Results indicated individuals who smoke are almost twice as likely as

nonsmokers to develop hearing loss. Additionally, those exposed to second hand smoke were more likely to have hearing loss than those who had never been exposed. Smoking often leads to respiratory infections which can affect our middle ear and potentially lead to middle ear infections possibly causing conductive hearing loss. Damage to the inner ear, specifically our hair cells within the organ of hearing, can be damaged. Damage can also occur along the auditory pathways. Either of these types of damage is permanent, leading to a sensorineural hearing loss.

Adults: A 25-year Study”. Their research found that using hearing aids helped reduce the risk of cognitive decline in adults with hearing loss. Two groups of individuals were assessed; those 65 years of age or older with hearing aids and those 65 years of age or older without hearing aids. Both groups were compared to a control group. Those without hearing aids had a significantly greater decline in cognitive function than those with hearing aids; therefore suggesting a strong correlation between untreated hearing loss and the rate of cognitive decline.

Ototoxicity There are medications on the market that can damage the organ of hearing causing hearing loss, tinnitus and/or balance issues. How many of these medications are available? Over 200. Some medications include aspirin, loop diuretics, aminoglycoside antibiotics, environmental chemicals and cancer fighting agents. First and foremost, before beginning any of these agents, have a baseline audiologic evaluation completed. This will allow the audiologist to have a baseline in order to properly monitor ototoxic exposure. Currently there are two different ways to equate the changes in hearing caused by ototoxicity. First is the Common Terminology Criteria for Adverse Events (CTCAE) which has four different grades and was created for adults. Second is the Brock Criteria which has Grade 0 through Grade 4 and was designed for children. An audiologist will determine the proper grade following a diagnostic evaluation. Regular evaluations are highly suggested to properly monitory changes in hearing.

Heart Health The American Heart Association has estimated that 60 to 70% of Americans, including children between ages 2 and 19, are overweight or obese. The American Journal of Medicine conducted a 2-year Harvard Nurses’ Health Study in 2013. Their results indicated excess weight increased an individual’s chance of hearing loss. One of six involved in the study had hearing loss. Overall, individuals who were considered over weight were 17 to 22 percent more likely to have hearing loss than those with normal body mass index. Maintaining a healthy diet and regular exercise is key in preventing cardiovascular disease and the hearing loss it can cause.

Kidney Disease In utero, our kidneys and ears are developing at the same time. Because of this, the tissues in the kidney and inner ear are very similar and share the same metabolic function. In turn, problems that affect kidney function can also damage the inner ear. The American Journal of Kidney Diseases indicated that individuals who suffer from moderate chronic kidney disease may require audiologic evaluations and treatment for hearing loss. Why? Their research found approximately 54% of individuals with chronic kidney disease had some degree of hearing loss. Be on the safe side and have your hearing tested in order to monitor potential changes. Hearing Loss and Dementia I have always said if an individual cannot hear what’s being said how are they going to remember it? Now there is research to prove this to be true. In 2015 the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society completed the “Self-Reported Hearing Loss, Hearing Aids, and Cognitive Decline in Elderly

Conclusion In The Ear is a Window to the Heart: A Modest Argument for a Closer Integration of Medical Disciplines Charles Bishop, Au.D. stated, “There is simply too much evidence that hearing loss is related to cardiovascular disease and other health concerns. It’s time we maximized the information we have in order to benefit the individual’s overall well-being.” If you or anyone you know falls into one of these categories, please schedule an audiologic evaluation with an audiologist as soon as possible. About the Author

Dr. Brewer completed her Doctor of Audiology degree at the University of Louisville’s School of Medicine and her undergraduate degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology at Miami University in Oxford, OH. She is licensed by the state of Kentucky as an audiologist and hearing instrument specialist. She is also a member of the American Academy of Audiology, Academy of Doctors of Audiology, Kentucky Academy of Audiology and American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.   Dr. Brewer specializes in diagnostic audiologic evaluation as well as hearing aid services, including selection, fitting, and follow-up care. Her passion is to provide her patients with the most appropriate form of treatment for their hearing health care.


COGNITIVE DECLINE Those with untreated hearing loss experience A 30%–40% GREATER DECLINE in thinking abilities compared to those without hearing loss.

TINNITUS PEOPLE WITH TINNITUS 90% OF ALSO HAVE HEARING LOSS. Tinnitus affects 1 in 5 people. Tinnitus can be caused by hearing loss, an ear injury, or a circulatory system disorder.

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Sources: The National Institutes of Health (NIH) | National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDC) | National Council on Aging (NCOA) | Sergei Kochkin, Ph.D. The Impact of Treated Hearing Loss on Quality of Life - Better Hearing Institute, Washington, D.C. Retrieved from: www.betterhearing.org/hearingpedia. Frank Lin, M.D. (2014 January 22) Hearing Loss Linked to Accelerated Brain Tissue Loss. Johns Hopkins Medicine News Release. | Ha-Sheng Li-Korotky, Au.D., Ph.D., M.D. (2012) Age-Related Hearing Loss: Quality of Care for Quality of Life. The Gerontologist, Volume 52, Issue 2: 265-271 | Karen J. Cruickshanks, Ph.D.; Ronald Klein, M.D.; Barbara E. K. Klein, M.D.; Terry L. Wiley, Ph.D.; David M. Nondahl, M.S.; Ted S. Tweed, M.S. (1998) Cigarette Smoking and Hearing Loss: The Epidemiology of Hearing Loss Study. JAMA. 998;279(21):1715-1719. doi:10.1001/jama.279.21.1715 | Hull RH, Kerschen SR. (2010) The influence of cardiovascular health on peripheral and central auditory function in adults: a research review. Am J Audiol. 2010 Jun;19(1):9-16. doi: 10.1044/1059-0889(2010/08-0040). | De Moraes Marchiori LL, de Almeida Rego Filho E, Matsuo T (2006) | Hypertension As a Factor Associated with Hearing Loss. Braz J Otorhinolaryngol. Jul-Aug;72(4):533-40. Babich M., Hoffmeister D. & Doughty, A. (2009). Osteoporosis and Conductive Hearing Loss: A Novel Model of Clinical Correlation. Retrieved from: PHILICA.COM Article number 148. | American Tinnitus Association, ATA.org | www.mayoclinic.com/health/tinnitus/DS00365 © 2016 Audigy Group LLC. All rights reserved. 81705-820 2/15 POST3101-01-EE-AY

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Blended Families Must Practice Patience, Compromise FACING THE DIFFICULTIES OF CREATING A NEW HAPPY HOUSEHOLD By Raleigh M. Kincaid, LMFT In 2013, a Pew Research Center report stated four in 10 new marriages included at least one partner who had been married before. That year there were nearly 42 million adult Americans who had been married more than once, up from 22 million in 1980. About 75 percent of the over 1 million Americans who divorce each year eventually remarry. Many of these remarried persons have children from previous relationships. The blended family is here to stay. The blended family has long been the topic of books, movies, therapy offices and stand-up comedians. Sadly, getting married a second time has not proven to be the formula for greater marital success. The divorce rate for first-time marriages is around 40 percent. The divorce rate for second marriages is around 60 percent. The divorce rate for third time marriages is over 70 percent! We are either not learning or not anticipating just how complex remarriage and blended families can be. As a marriage and family therapist, I get to see up close the stresses associated with the blended family. As I have worked with them, I have

seen a few things that seem to be fairly common problems. First, I see impatience. What people want after going through a divorce, finding a new love, navigating the process of marrying the new spouse and then putting the households together is for things to settle down pretty quickly. It is often disconcerting to realize getting everybody under the same roof does not solve all the problems. So my first piece of advice to those trying to create a blended family is to be patient. It will take a while and probably longer than hoped. Research says it can take as long as two to even five years before the household settles into normalcy. I’m not saying one has to like or enjoy this long and complicated journey, but don’t be caught off guard by it. The difficulty is normal and can take some time to work through. Another big issue is dealing with the children. Who is responsible for disciplining them? Who gets to set the rules and expectations? Do these rules and expectations apply to all children? In regard to discipline, most experts agree the biological parent needs to be the person most responsible for setting and maintaining discipline with his or her child/

children. The stepparent should support and honor but not necessarily be the one on the front line conveying and enforcing the rules. This is often complicated by parents who feel guilty about having put their children through the divorce to begin with. Often these parents tend to want to be more lenient or hand the discipline off to the other adult because of their own guilt. This is a formula for trouble. It is also important to have the general rules and expectations be agreed upon across the board. There can be many reasons why different children are given different expectations based on things such as age and stage of life, but generally children of a common age should have fairly equal rules and expectations in this new household, regardless of which family of origin they come from. This highlights a second necessary skill for these parents: the willingness and ability to compromise. Another important dynamic in blended family parenting is the role of the ex-spouse/biological parent of the child/children. Though it is often very difficult, the biological parents must learn to work together for the good of the children. It is their responsibility to manage and deal with their children together. I

often say in therapy the most important task of post-divorce parenting, whether there is a remarriage or not, is for the biological parents to get on the same page. One of the most damaging things I see after divorce is one parent or the other continuing to use the children as a weapon or as leverage against their ex. Cooperation is a must. Finally, it is important not to speak harshly about the ex in front of the kids. As the new spouse, it is important to be a support but also to make space for your husband or wife to work with and deal with his or her ex. The new spouse can provide the role of advisor or even a place to vent, but he or she should never take on the role as the actual negotiator or enforcer with the new spouse’s ex. Certainly, the stresses of blended families are real. But with patience, compromise, cooperation and kindness as primary values, families have a much-improved chance of creating the happy home they dreamed of. About the Author

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Healthy Eating vs. Eating for Fat Loss How “Dieting” Could Be Sabotaging Your Goals By Rachel McCord, Proof Fitness Personal Training Director What words come to mind when you think of a “healthy” diet? These days, phrases such as “clean eating,” “non-GMO” and “organic” are at the forefront of what most people consider healthy. However, for many of us exactly how these ideas translate into meaningful fat loss is unclear. It is important to realize there are distinct differences and correlations between a diet that will facilitate weight loss and a diet that will facilitate a healthy lifestyle. There are currently two eating trends circulating among the masses of individuals who seek to lose weight. One group of people I refer to as the “calories in, calories out” crowd. In this model, people limit overall calories but do not modify their food choices; they continue to eat relatively low-quality foods. Their theory is as long as they burn more calories than they eat, they can continue to consume their toaster pastries and corn dogs and still lose weight. On the other side of the same coin is the food-quality modification method. People using this tactic throw out all “junk” food and replace it with healthy food options, but they still remain unconcerned about the portions and nutrient profiles of the food they eat. They trade their sugary big-box cereals for muesli and their fruit snacks for organic bananas and call it a day.

Decidedly, there are holes in both of these “weight-loss” options, both methodically and ideologically speaking. What the calories-in, calories-out folks fail to realize is that although they may lose weight on a calorie deficit diet, eating whatever they please, the weight they lose may not just be stored body fat. In fact, they may end up weighing less but having the same body fat percentage as when they began their diet by virtue of losing muscle mass. Due to this loss of muscle mass, individuals who stay on a calorie deficit diet for a significant period of time often suffer damage to their basal metabolic rate (BMR). As a result, many will lose a significant amount of weight at first, plateau and then become unable to lose any more weight no matter how low their caloric intake becomes. This is due to the metabolic drop-off caused by the long-term deficit. The food-quality modification crowd is closer to the mark by introducing more nutrient-rich foods into their diet; however, if portions and macro-nutrient profiles are not taken into consideration, weight loss may not occur. It is notable that many super foods that have been buzzing around our pop food culture are also incredibly calorie dense. Chia seeds, for example, contain a nutrient profile of 36 percent calories from carbohydrates, 11 percent from protein and a whopping 53 percent from fats. That’s more fat

per ounce than your favorite steak. Although the health benefits of chia seeds – such as the presence of omega-3 fatty acids and high fiber content – are undeniable, consuming them in unlimited quantities just isn’t conducive to fat loss. Additionally, many foods on the market today that are billed as health foods just aren’t. Granola is a particularly prevalent example. The average bowl of granola has a glycemic load of >60. That’s a heavier impact on blood sugar levels than a Snickers bar. Here is the takeaway from all this information: Drastic dietary changes that follow any one “rule” are not generally conducive to fat loss and overall health. In order to optimize both fat loss and quality of living, we must create a calorie deficit in three ways:

1. Increasing the BMR by building muscle mass through resistance training. 2. Burning calories and strengthening the heart and lungs through cardiovascular exercise. 3. If necessary after the first two steps are taken, creating a relatively small calorie deficit in food intake that will have a compound effect over time. Determining your specific energy needs, limiting high-carbohydrate and high-sugar foods to occasional consumption before and after intense exercise, filling your diet with leafy green vegetables, which are calorie rare and nutrient dense, and sticking with lean protein and fibrous grain choices are all gradual changes that, when consistently applied, will yield far greater long-term fat loss results than any crash diet ever could.

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MAKERS The Four Types of Exercise We Need to be Healthy New Guidelines for Children’s Sleep The Academy of Sleep Medicine has given new guidelines for how much sleep children of every age should get: • Infants ages 4 months to 1 year should sleep 12 to 16 hours a day, including naps. • Children ages 1 to 2 years should sleep 11 to 14 hours a day. • Children ages 3 to 5 should sleep 10 to 13 hours a day. • Children ages 6 to 12 should sleep 9 to 12 hours a day. • Teenagers ages 13 to 18 should sleep 8 to 10 hours a day. The American Academy of Pediatrics endorsed these sleep guidelines and further recommends all screens – including TVs, computers and phones – be turned off half an hour before bedtime. Parents should not allow children to have screens in their bedrooms. Compiled research on the relationship between sleep duration and children’s health show the benefits of regularly getting enough sleep for all age groups. These benefits include improved attention, behavior, learning, memory, emotional regulation, quality of life and mental and physical health. Conversely, children who do not get enough sleep every night have a higher risk of injuries, hypertension, obesity and depression. Teens who do not get adequate sleep have an increased risk of self-harm and suicidal thoughts. The researchers caution that too much sleep has a higher risk of adverse health outcomes, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity and mental health problems.

Aerobic, strength, balance and flexibility are the four types of exercises we need to be healthy. Aerobic exercise – running, swimming or dancing – works our cardiovascular system and can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure. While aerobic exercise is very important, it’s not as effective for overall health when done alone, says Dr. Edward Laskowski, co-director of the Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center in Rochester, Minn. All four types of exercises go together and complement each other, he adds. Strength exercises – weight lifting, push ups and crunches – work muscles by using resistance. These types of exercise increase lean muscle mass, which is important for weight loss because lean muscle burns more calories. Stronger muscles also help support and protect joints, which can help prevent injury during aerobic exercise. Balance exercises improve our ability to control and stabilize the body’s position. These types of exercise are important for older adults because balance worsens with age. They also use muscle strength in a coordinated way to stabilize movements, which can reduce the risk of injuries such as ankle sprains. Flexibility exercises stretch the muscles and can improve joint range of motion. This in turn can reduce the risk of suffering an injury during sports and other activities.

Ayurvedic Herbal Supplements Cause Lead Poisoning A 26-year-old Pennsylvania man who took Indian herbal supplements developed lead poisoning. The man first started taking the supplements for lower back pain while on a trip to India. After returning to the United States, he continued to take the supplements regularly and then started having abdominal pain. He experienced weight loss, nausea, vomiting and darkcolored stools, which led him to an emergency room in Philadelphia. High levels of lead were found in his blood and an analysis of the supplements found they contained lead. His symptoms went away several months after he was treated and stopped taking the herbal supplements. There have been other cases of lead poisoning linked to the use of similar supplements. “This case follows similar reports in the U.S.A. of acute lead toxicity from Ayurvedic medications produced in India,” wrote the doctors who treated him in the June 30 issue of the journal BMJ Case Reports. The traditional herbal Ayurvedic medicine system originated in India more than 2,000 years ago. Researchers estimate about 35 percent to 40 percent of the 6,000 listed Ayurvedic medicines intentionally contain at least one metal. Mercury, lead and arsenic, among others, are used in the Ayurvedic system to treat conditions such as epilepsy, insomnia and asthma.


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Family Dental Hygiene Important to Overall Health Make sure everyone gets their check-ups By Dr. Tom Miller, Staff Writer Good dental hygiene is important to family health. Are all your family members having their teeth checked twice a year and receiving an oral examination from your dental health team? Listen carefully to the education they offer beyond simply checking your teeth routinely. Dental professionals continually caution patients about consuming acidic foods and beverages. The latest research suggests acidity can contribute to dental erosion and tooth decay. Excess acid in the diet can also lead to acidosis, which causes negative systemic side effects. With respect to foods that have high acidity, Dr. Chris Davis and dental hygienist

Amanda Thurman said patients with a high acidic diet should refrain from brushing immediately after they eat or drink. This is because the pH levels in the mouth drop for around 20 minutes after acidic foods and drinks are consumed. Brushing immediately after eating or drinking can actually contribute to enamel erosion. Dental hygienists are on the front line for educating your family about dental hygiene. They are preventive oral health professionals. As they screen and clean people’s teeth, they will often offer helpful information related to the dental issues they observe in the patient’s mouth. They provide educational, clinical, research, administrative and therapeutic services. These services support overall health by promoting

optimum oral health. The hygienist assesses the patient’s oral tissues to determine the presence of disease, other abnormalities and disease risks. He or she develops a dental hygiene diagnosis based on clinical findings, then formulates patient-centered treatment care plans. The hygienist may also perform clinical procedures outlined in the treatment care plan and evaluate their outcomes. Sources and Resources

Kentucky Dental Association (2016). www.kyda.org

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When you get home from school (or work, for that matter), it can be particularly tempting to veg out in front of the TV because you’ve had such an exhausting day. But scientists have found a reason to recommend a daily dose of fresh air and sunshine. Researchers took e. coli bacteria and spread it on two strands of a spider web. They put one piece in a shoebox in the dark and exposed the other to fresh air and sunshine. When they checked on the bacteria later, guess which one still had live, infectious bacteria growing on it? Yes, it was the one in the dark. Grandma was right: If you want to stay healthy, include some time outdoors in your daily routine, even if you think you’re a little too busy or tired. Feeling down? Maybe a little sad or overwhelmed? Bright sunshine helps that, too. If you can’t get enough natural sunlight to make your own vitamin D, consider having your blood levels tested with a view to supplementing this vital nutrient. Low levels of vitamin D have been connected to depression and mood disorders. Speaking of feeling a bit down (because summer has ended and we have to go back to school, right?), there’s little that’s more depressing than facing challenges with acne or skin breakouts. While natural sunlight can do wonders, many have found light therapy using blue light helps fight acne bulgaris. This bacteria lives on the skin and can be responsible for the pimples and bumps common to adolescence. Using an LED light device, exposing facial skin to blue light for 17 minutes a day has yielded great results for acne sufferers, including fewer breakouts and less scaring. Wrap Me Day Spa carries a tabletop light device by DPL for $399. It has both blue, red and infrared LEDs, which can be used by many members

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Free support group for anyone affected by someone else’s drinking. Local meetings and information at www.LexingtonAl-Anon.org or call 859.277.1877.

Every Tuesday, starting September 30: 8pm–10pm at Tates Creek Recreation Center, 1400 Gainesway Dr. $5.00 per person per lesson. Call for more information: Glenn and Rosalee Kelley 859233-9947; OR Peter and Robin Young 859-224-3388.

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Free Yoga Classes for Vets, Servicemembers and their Family Members Every Monday from 9:30am–10:30am at Ageless Yoga Studio, 611 Winchester Rd., Suite 200. 859-303-6225. Preregister online at agelessyogastudio. com. Click “class” tab to sign up now! Email info@agelessyogastudio.com for more info.

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MELT Method Hand, Foot and Body Healing Class by Shayne Wigglesworth Mondays and Wednesdays at 12pm - Discover pain-free living at any age! Enjoy a gentle foam roller class to reduce pain, inflammation, stress, anxiety and more! MELT Method certified instructor Shayne Wigglesworth will teach you healing techniques you can use for self care at home. All materials and rollers are provided. Perfect for all ages, body types and experience levels. Learn more at www.centeredlex.com or call 859-721-1841

Tuesdays

Community Flow This weekly restorative class integrates gentle yoga, breathing techniques, meditation and wellness tips for all ages and levels of physical condition. 10:30am–11:30am. Donation only (great portion of all donations go to the Backpack Food Program at Ashland Elementary.) Inspiring, Educating & Supporting our World through the Moving,  Visual & Healing Arts! Daily classes, therapies, workshops & a great spot to host your next event! 309 N Ashland Ave Ste.180, Lexington, KY 40502. 859-721-1841. www.centeredlex.com

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Community Yoga Class with Lauren Higdon Every Tuesday 10:30am–11:30am at Centered Studio, 309 n Ashland ave suite 180 in Lexington. This weekly restorative class integrates gentle yoga, breathing techniques, meditation and wellness tips for all ages and levels of physical condition. Classes may include chair yoga, restorative, yin yoga, tai chi, and more. Perfect for beginners as well as experienced yogis! Donations-based class.

1st Tuesdays

Lupus Support Group: Living & Coping with Lupus The Lupus Foundation of America support groups are intended to provide a warm and caring environment where people with lupus, their family members, caregivers and loved ones can share experiences, methods of coping and insights into living with chronic illness. Imani Baptist Church, 1555 Georgetown Road, Lexington from 7:00pm–8:00pm first Tuesday of every month. 877-865-8787. www.lupusmidsouth.org

2nd Tuesdays

PFLAG Support for LGBTs and Families We are a support group of family members and allies united with LGBTQ* individuals. Our meetings provide a safe, confidential space where you can feel respected and accepted wherever you are in your journey or family struggle. Monthly speakers help us to broaden our understanding of these issues in our families and in society. Lexington meetings are held the 2nd Tuesday of each month, 6:30 at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, 2025 Bellefonte Drive. Frankfort chapter meets the

3rd Monday of the month, 5:30 at the Unitarian Community, 316 Wilkinson Blvd. More information and resources at www.pflagcentralky.org For questions, call 859-338-4393 or info@pflagcentralky.org. *lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning.

Wednesdays Mindfulness and Relaxation for Health

6:30-8:00pm (come as early as 6:00 to slow down and relax). No prior experience of yoga or meditation required. Mobilize your inner resources for promoting health, self care and managing the stress of caregiving, burnout and chronic disease, cultivate your innate happiness, peacefulness and compassion, study and practice in a supportive group. Gentle yoga, mindful movement, deep relaxation, sitting meditation and discussion. Cost $5–$10. Instructor- John Patterson MD, MSPH, FAAFP. Mind Body Studio 517 Southland Drive, Lexington, KY 859373-0033. Full details at http://www. mindbodystudio.org/?page_id=1055

Fridays

Argentine Tango “Dance of the Heart” Passionate and Romantic- Mindful and Meditative. A uniquely transformative social skill, art form and movement therapy. No partner or dance experience required. Times 7:30-9:00pm. You may drop-in to any class- this is not a series. Cost $5–$10. Instructors: Dr. John Patterson and Nataliya Timoshevskaya, Mind Body Studio 517, Southland Drive, Lexington, KY 859373-0033. Full details at http://www. mindbodystudio.org/?page_id=214

August 2

Eat, Move, Lose Weight Support Group 12 – 1 pm, Lexington-Fayette Co. Health Department PH Clinic South, 2433 Regency Road. Free weight-loss support group appropriate for anyone wishing to lose weight or maintain weight loss. Share struggles and ideas with others. Held first and third Tuesdays most months. For more information or to pre-register, call 288-2446.

August 8

Diabetes Support Group 10-11 am, Senior Citizens Center, 1530 Nicholasville Road, Free. Sponsored by the Lexington-Fayette Co. Health Dept. For more information, call (859) 288-2446.

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Health Chats about Diabetes 6:15-7:30, UK Polk Dalton Clinic, 217 Elm Tree Lane, Free. Sponsored by the

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AARP Smart Driver Safety Course Learn about the changes that occur with aging and how that can affect driving. Held on the second Thursday of every month from 11:30am–4:00pm at the Don and Cathy Jacobs Health Education Center, UK HealthCare's Chandler Hospital Pavilion A, 1000 S. Limestone Street, Lexington, KY. Call for reservation 859-323-1890. $15 AARP members, $20 non-members.

August 13

Baptist Health: A Midsummer Night's Run 5k Register online now for the 5K Race through downtown Lexington at 8pm on August 13: amidsummer5k. com. Fastest Kid in Town (ages 3–12) at 4:30pm; One-Mile Fun Run/Walk 6:30pm; 5K Race at 8:00pm. For more information: 859.260.6945. BaptistHealthLexington.com or e-mail race@bhsi.com.

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At Your Side Breastfeeding Event at Babies R Us 1 – 3 pm, Babies R Us, Hamburg Pavilion, Lexington. Free mini-classes for expecting and breastfeeding families on pumps, healthy foods, breastfeeding challenges. Co-Sponsored by the Lexington-Fayette Co. Health Dept. For more information, call Babies ‘R Us Baby Registry at 859-263-8598.

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ONGOING EVENTS Bluegrass Ovarian Cancer Support Exists to assist Central Kentucky women and their loved ones during diagnosis, treatment and survival of ovarian and other gynecological cancers. Come meet with us the third Wednesday of every month at 6:30pm at Joseph Beth Booksellers, Bronte Bistro Cafe meeting room.

Perinatal Loss Grief Group First Tuesday of the month, 7pm, Center for Grief and Education. A group for parents who have experienced loss due to miscarriage, stillbirth or infant death. Contact Debbie Mueller at (859) 260-6904 for more information.

Compassionate Friends Support Group A support group for parents, siblings, or grandparents who have lost a child regardless of the child’s age or length of time that has passed since that day. The meeting is the 1st Tuesday of every month 6:30pm–8:30pm at Hospice of the Bluegrass, 2321 Alexandria Drive, Lexington. Also meets the 1st Tuesday of every month 7pm-9pm at Hospice East, 417 Shoppers Drive, Winchester. Doors open one-half hour before meeting times to provide the opportunity to visit with old friends and acknowledge new ones.

Spouse Loss Support Group Tuesdays 6-7:30pm. Hospice of the Bluegrass. A five-week support group for individuals who have experienced the loss of a spouse or significant other. Contact Lexington office at (859) 277-2700 for more information or to register.

Coping After Loss First Wednesday of the month, 5:30-7pm, Center for Grief and Education. A brief educational program offering an introduction to grief information and hospice bereavement services. Contact the Lexington office at (859) 277-2700 for more information or to register.

Free Transportation to Cancer Screening Fayette County residents can receive free transportation through HealthLink Transit, a partnership between Kentucky Pink Connection & the Lexington--Fayette Urban County Government. Transportation provided by taxi or gas cards to cancer screening. Call (859) 309-1700 to arrange a ride.

2nd Chance Ambassadors Lexington: a support/volunteer group comprised of organ transplantation recipients, donor family members, those on the waiting list and community members interested in transplantation meets the 3rd Sunday of each month at Word of Hope Lutheran Church, located at the corner of Man O’War and Armstrong Mill Road.  Meetings begin at 4:30. For questions, please contact Charlotte Wong, Education Coordinator, Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates Lexington office at (859) 278-3492 or toll free (800) 525-3456.

Center For Women’s Health Center Classes Held at Frankfort Regional Medical Call Mediline at 502-226-1655 or toll-free 800-242-5662 to register or for more information. Classes include: • Prepared Childbirth • Baby Care For The Early Weeks • Breast Feeding Basics • “That’s My Baby” • Sibling Classes

Cancer Classes The American Cancer Society offers women undergoing cancer treatments the opportunity to attend the Look Good...Feel Better workshop. This free workshop helps women deal with the appearance-related side-effects of cancer treatment in a private setting. Each participant receives a complimentary custom cosmetic kit. The American Cancer Society offers Prostate Cancer Educational and Support Classes called Man to Man for men with prostate cancer. This is an educational and networking program that provides information about prostate cancer and treatments options. For more information about these classes, please call Kristy Young at 859260-8285. For cancer information 24 hours a day, please call 1-800-ACS-2345 or go to www.cancer.org.

Survivors of Suicide First & third Tuesday of the month, 6-7:30pm, Center for Grief and Education. For adults affected by the loss of someone by suicide. Contact the Lexington office at (859) 277-2700 for more information or to register.

Bosom Buddies A support group designed to meet the ongoing needs of women with breast cancer. The purpose of Bosom Buddies is to create a safe and comfortable environment in which women diagnosed with breast cancer can receive information and emotional support during and after treatment. Meets are the third Thursday of every month 6:00pm at the Frankfort Regional Hospital: Frankfort Medical Pavilion, Conference Room C. 279 King’s Daughters Drive, Frankfort, KY.

BRCC Volunteer Opportunities The Bluegrass Rape Crisis Center provides a 24-hour crisis line, hospital and court advocacy, crisis intervention counseling, long-term therapy, and information and community referral to victims of sexual assault as well as family members and friends. Volunteers at BRCC have the unique opportunity to provide valuable direct services to those impacted by sexual assault. Volunteer opportunities: Crisis Line Volunteer, Medical/Legal Advocate. For more information, please call: (859) 253-2615.

Stop Smoking Class Series 5:30-6:30, weekly until April 17. Tates Creek Library, 3628 Walden Dr. Based on the Cooper-Clayton method. $10/week for 10 weeks covers the cost of nicotine replacement. Call 288-2457.

GrassRoots Yoga Classes Chair yoga: 10:30–11:30am Tuesday and Thursday. Hatha Vinyasa Flow: 5:30–6:30pm Thursday. Yoga Basics for Stress Relief: 5:30–6:30pm Friday. Partial proceeds from all yoga classes benefit the Latitude Artist Community for adults considered to have disabilities. All instructors certified through Yoga Alliance. For more information, visit www.grassrootsyoga.org.

ANAD Overcoming Eating Disorders Support Group Free support group for people who want to improve their relationship with food and body image. Safe, comfortable place. Facilitated by Megan Roop, RYT, supervised by Tina Thompson, MS, RD, LD, Bluegrass Nutrition Counseling, sponsored by ANAD. Introduction meeting on October 3 from 7:15-8:30pm at Bliss Wellness Center, 2416 Sir Barton Way, Ste 125. 8 week session Oct 17-Dec 5 from 7:15-8:30pm. Contact Megan Roop 561-779-0290 for details.

Diabetes CHATS Nathaniel Mission Health Clinic CHAT: 1109 Versailles Road, Suite 400 from 4pm to 5:15pm the 4th Tuesday of each month. The Refuge Clinic: New Location, 2349 Richmond Road-Suite 220, Lexington, KY, 40502. 859225-4325. Free. Sponsored by the LexingtonFayette Co. Health Dept and UK Healthcare.

on Yoga principles and practical skills also offered. Free parking provided for most classes. For information, please call 859-254-9529 or visit www.yogahealthcenter.org.

Mind Body Studio The Mind Body Studio is a service of John A. Patterson MD, MSPH, FAAFP, certified in family medicine, integrative medicine, mind body medicine and integral yoga, Dr. Patterson specializes in stress-related chronic disease and burnout prevention for caregivers and helping professionals. Mind body skills and lifestyle behaviors may help prevent and provide safe, effective and affordable relief of chronic conditions that are often poorly controlled by conventional medicine alone. Our integrative medicine consultations, group classes, workshops and coaching can help you meet your unique health and wellness needs through experiential education to help you mobilize your natural healing ability by integrating mind, body, spirit and our relationship to each other and the earth. Visit our website to schedule an appointment with Dr. Patterson or see a schedule of classes in yoga, mindfulness, meditation, Pilates and dance. “Mindful, empowered self care is the heart of healing” 517 Southland Drive, Lexington 859-373-0033 www.mindbodystudio.org

Monthly Reiki Classes

9-10am. Every Saturday morning in the month of February at Body Structure Medical Fitness Facility, 2600 Gribbin Drive, Lexington. This class will increase your heart rate and respiration while using large muscle groups repetitively and rhythmically to create a great workout. (859) 268-8190.

Turn your hands into healing hands! Reiki is Universal Life Force Energy Learn to improve your mind, body, and spirit! Classes taught by Robert N.Fueston, Reiki Master/Teacher and Acupuncturist, 17 years of experience and Member of The Reiki Alliance. Approved for Continuing Education hours (CE hours) for Massage Therapist. CE’s for nurses pending. Register online at www. robertfueston.com. 859-595-2164.

Taoist Tai Chi Society

Ongoing Journey Circle

We offer classes in Louisville and Lexington. All classes are led by nationally accredited volunteer instructors in a friendly and helpful environment. The meditative movements of taijiquan can reduce tension, increase flexibility and strength, and improve circulation and balance. To contact us, phone 502.614.6424 or e-mail kentucky@taoist.org.

This circle meets the 4th Sunday of every month and is for those who are experienced in the practice of journeying OR are interested in learning more about this ancient spiritual practice. Join us every month as we will be journeying on different topics that will be discussed at time of circle. Please feel free to bring drums, rattles etc. Questions or need directions or have questions? Please feel free to email/call me: 859-492-2109,info@jennifershawcoaching.com

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Consumer Support Groups (Individuals with a Mental Illness) Every Sunday, 869 Sparta Court, Lexington. 2:30-4:00pm. 859-309-2856 for more info. NAMI Lexington is a local affiliate of NAMI, the “National Alliance on Mental Illness”  we provide numerous support groups and recovery programs for families and Individuals living with mental illness.

Yoga • Meditation • Stress Reduction The Yoga Health & Therapy Center offers daytime and evening Yoga classes with slow stretch, breathing awareness and relaxation training. Small classes provide personalized instruction. New yoga students receive a series discount. Meditation classes and ongoing group practice sessions available for all levels. Stress-Reduction classes based

Overeaters Anonymous Overeaters Anonymous (OA) is not a diet club. We do not count calories or have scales at meetings. OA is based on the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. There are no dues or fees. OA is self-supporting through member contributions. The only requirement for membership is the desire to stop eating compulsively. Please go to oalexingtonky. org for meeting dates and times. OR are interested in learning more about this ancie


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The Case for Having a Pet in the Home Fido and Fluffy can make a difference to your life By Jean Jeffers, Staff Writer

Fido – not laughter – is the best medicine. Having a pet adds joy to life. Whether that pet is a cat, dog, bird or some exotic animal, pets make their owners happy and enhance their health. “Pets are a shoulder to cry on, an alarm clock, an exercising buddy and a true member of the family,” said Dr. Al Townshend with CNN. com. Benefits of having a pet include: • Making us move more. Studies show dog owners get more exercise than those without a dog. Says Townshend, “Research done by the National Institute of Health revealed that more than 2,000 adults who walked their dogs regularly were in better shape and less likely to become obese than their counterparts without a dog.” • Easing loneliness and providing playfulness. Pets are great companions for people who live alone or far from family. • Giving us a feeling of belonging. Dogs consider people members of their pack and their inclusiveness

makes us feel we are part of something vital. Knowing they need us makes us feel we have a purpose. • Inspiring a healthy heart. Some new studies, says Townshend, suggest cats and dogs help improve heart health. Those studies indicate pet ownership reduces the risk of heart disease and stroke and helps lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels. You are, according to statistics, 30 percent less likely to have a heart attack if you own a pet. Pets can even reduce the number of visits people make to their doctors. • Helping people become more social. A long walk in the neighborhood with your dog or a trip to the dog park may be of social benefit to both dog and owner. One study Townshend cited shows people who have a more fulfilled and busy social life live longer, happier lives. • Adding structure and routine to the day. This, says HelpGuide.org in an article titled “The Health Benefits of Dogs (and Cats),” is good because people and pets both thrive on structure in their lives.

• Helping you find meaning and joy in life. Animal companions can bring pleasure to you. Owning a pet can also remove depression and anxiety from your life. Dr. Alexandra Gekins, writing in Woman’s Day magazine, says pet ownership reduces blood pressure. She cites a study done at the State University of New York at Buffalo, where researchers found that when people performed a difficult task, they had less stress carrying it out if their pet was with them. Pet ownership may also improve your mood. Coming home to a pet makes a person calmer. Pets can help children lead a healthier, happier life. Children who grow up with a pet in the home show signs of more mature emotional development. Pets also benefit children with ADHD and autism. Pets teach children the art of caring for another and how to handle responsibilities. In addition, pets make good ice breakers. Ask anyone walking a dog in the neighborhood, going to the vet or attending dog training classes: There is something to be said for having a dog or cat that helps socialization of youngsters as well as adults.

Pets provide loyalty, companionship, love and affection, and they also help with our psychological and physical needs. If you keep your pets in good health, they can become your true love for life. About the Author

Jean is an RN with an MSN from the University of Cincinnati. She is a freelance writer and a staff writer Living Well 60 Plus and Health & Wellness magazines. She has been published in several magazines including Today’s Christian in the Mature Years. She is currently finalizing a novel.

You are 30 percent less likely to have a heart attack if you own a pet.


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Reiki Practice & Introduction to Reiki 6:30pm- 8:30pm. 2508 Wallace Avenue, Louisville, KY 40205. Free.  Those with Reiki come to practice & receive the Reiki energy. Those who do have not Reiki training—come for an introduction/question & answer.  Contact JoAnn Utley at 502777-3865 or jutley5122@bellsouth. net to register.  More info at  http:// joannutley.byregion.net

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2016 Lexington Walk to End Alzheimer's® Teams and individuals can now register . The Association’s largest local fundraiser will take place on August 27 at the Fayette County Courthouse

in downtown Lexington. Registration begins at 9 AM with the walk kicking off at 10 AM. Register online at act. alz.org/Lexington or by phone at 859-266-5283. Visit sponsor booths and learn more about Alzheimer’s disease, volunteer opportunities, advocacy involvement, clinical trial enrollment, training and other services. Each walker also gets to sign their loved one’s name on a colored pinwheel flower that will be planted in the Promise Garden. Funds raised by the Walk to End Alzheimer’s support research for treatments and a cure, as well as support services. The Greater Kentucky and Southern Indiana Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association provides services to 125 counties across Kentucky and Southern Indiana, including support groups, caregiver training, and a 24/7 Helpline (800-272-3900). Start a walk team today at act.alz.org/ Lexington. 

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Orientation Session for Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) series beginning Monday September 12th. The leading mindfulness program worldwide. Learn to promote resilience, prevent burnout, cultivate compassion and manage stress-

related chronic conditions. Instructor: John A. Patterson MD, MSPH, FAAFP, Mind Body Studio 517 Southland Drive, Lexington, KY 859373-0033. Full details at www.mindbodystudio. org/?page_id=1262 UK employees see Wellness Program benefits herehttps://www.uky.edu/hr/ wellness/bewell/mindfulness-based-stress-reduction

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Certain populations consistently struggle with stress more than others.

Taking a Look at Stress in America Survey says discrimination results in higher stress, poorer health By Dr. Tom Miller, Staff Writer Gaining international attention is the recently released Stress in America (TM) survey. It was conducted in the United States by Harris Poll on behalf of the American Psychological Association (APA) between Aug. 3-31, 2015. Surveyed were 3,361 adults ages 18 and older who lived in the United States. Nearly half of the adults in the survey reported they had experienced unfair treatment or discrimination, including being unfairly questioned or threatened by police, being fired or passed over for promotion or treated unfairly when receiving health care.

These acts of discrimination are associated with higher reported stress levels and poorer reported health, according to the survey. The survey revealed minorities and specifically black adults are most likely to report experiencing some sort of discrimination. More than three in four black adults report experiencing day-to-day discrimination, and nearly two in five black men say police have unfairly stopped, searched, questioned, physically threatened or abused them. Black, Asian, Hispanic and American Indian/Alaska Native adults report race is the main reason

they have experienced discrimination. “It’s clear that discrimination is widespread and impacts many people, whether it is due to race, ethnicity, age, disability, gender or sexual orientation,” said Jaime Diaz-Granados, PhD, the APA’s executive director for education. “And when people frequently experience unfair treatment, it can contribute to increased stress and poorer health.” For many adults, even the anticipation of discrimination contributes to stress. Three in 10 Hispanic and black adults who report experiencing dayto-day discrimination at least once a week say that they feel they have to be very careful about their appearance to get good service or avoid harassment. This heightened state of vigilance among those experiencing discrimination also includes trying to prepare for insults from others before leaving home and taking care of what they say and how they say it. The survey results also suggest there are significant disparities in the experience of stress itself, and stress also may be associated with other

health disparities. The nearly onequarter (23 percent) of adults who reported their health as only “fair” or “poor” have a higher reported stress level on average than those who rate their stress as “very good” or “excellent.” We know stress takes a toll on health, but nearly one-quarter of all adults say they don’t always have access to the health care they need. Certain populations consistently struggle with stress more than others, such as Hispanic adults, who report the highest stress levels on average. Younger generations, women, adults with disabilities and adults who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender also report higher average stress levels and are more likely than their counterparts to say their stress has increased since last year. The report uncovered some good news about stress management related to discrimination. Despite their stress, the majority of adults (59 percent) who report experiencing discrimination feel they have dealt quite well or very well with it and any resulting changes or problems. In addition, many adults report having a positive outlook, and survey findings point to the strong impact of emotional support. Having someone they can ask for emotional support if they need it, such as talking about problems or helping them make a difficult decision, appears to improve the way individuals view their ability to cope with discrimination. Adults who experienced discrimination and had emotional support were twice as likely to say they coped quite or very well compared with those adults who experienced discrimination but did not have emotional support. The most recent poll and previous polls about American stress are available at www.apa.org/news/ press/releases/stress/index.aspx. For additional information about stress, lifestyle and behaviors, visit www.apa. org/helpcenter. Join the conversation about stress on Twitter by following @APAHelpCenter and #stressAPA.


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The Importance of Immunization Protect yourself and your community By Harleena Singh, Staff Writer Immunizations or vaccinations protect us from infectious diseases. Immunization has saved many lives and prevented countless disabilities and illnesses in the United States during the past 50-plus years. Some of these include hearing loss, convulsions, brain damage, amputation, paralysis and even death. It’s important to get immunized to protect yourself and those around you who may be too young or too sick to get vaccinated themselves. This is called “herd immunity” or “community immunity.” Without immunization, diseases that are almost unknown today would stage a comeback and may lead to an epidemic. More children would get sick and die. If children are not vaccinated, they can spread diseases to other children who are too young to be vaccinated or to those with a weaker immune system, such as transplant recipients and people with cancer. This could result in long-term

complications and death for some. People need to vaccinate to protect their children and grandchildren – and others’ as well. Vaccine-preventable diseases such as mumps, measles and whooping cough are still a threat. They continue to infect children, resulting in numerous hospitalizations and deaths each year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) estimate 17.1 million lives have been saved since 2000, largely because of increased measles vaccination. Thanks to vaccines, serious and fatal diseases such as polio are now a distant memory for most Americans. Being immunized is cheaper than being treated for the diseases against which the shots protect you. The main types of vaccines include live attenuated, inactivated, toxoid, conjugate and subunit vaccines. Immunization is the most important way parents can protect their children from a variety of diseases. A set vaccine schedule is recom-

mended by the CDC, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP). Childhood vaccines should begin at 2 months of age and continue until the child is 4 to 6 years old. Your child will receive another round of vaccines by sixth grade and a single vaccine by ninth grade. According to the Recommended Immunization Schedule for Persons 0-6 years of age, children may receive up to 24 vaccinations to protect them from nearly 14 diseases by the time they are 2 years of age. Public health professionals and doctors have worked hard to come up with the optimal vaccination schedule and to make it complete and safe. It is not advisable to skip or delay vaccines because that can leave your child vulnerable to diseases for a longer period. Vaccines may involve some pain, tenderness and redness at the site of the injection, but this is minor compared to the discomfort and trauma

these vaccines prevent. Vaccination is usually covered by your health insurance provider. The Vaccines for Children Program (VFC) is a federally funded program that provides vaccines at no cost to children from low-income families. It is important that your children get all their vaccines on time. It keeps them safe and protected from many diseases over their lifetime. Children’s immune systems are not mature enough nor can their stomach produce enough acid, which makes it easy for ingested bacteria and viruses to multiply. This leaves them vulnerable to disease. Sources and Resources

www.cdc.gov www.healthlinkbc.ca www.health.ny.gov www.immunize.org www.nfid.org www.vaccinateyourbaby.org www.vaccineinformation.org www.vaccines.gov www.webmd.com


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EXERCISE: Even as little as 15 minutes a day can make a difference.

Common Health Issues Affect Family Togetherness Look for ways to spend time exercising, listening, learning with family By Angela S. Hoover, Staff Writer Besides the communicable diseases that come with living together, family health issues include instilling habits for living and forming emotional bonds. These can stave off many other health conditions, too. Not only will these habits keep the family healthy, they will also bring each of you closer. It’s easy for people to fall into family health mistakes, but if you are aware of them and strive to change these habits, you can begin to have a healthier family life while teaching invaluable health and lifestyle lessons to your loved ones. These are the common family health pitfalls and some ways to work around them. Not Enough Family Exercise. Everyone knows how important exercise is for health. Even as little

as 15 minutes a day can make a difference. Most families are busy, each person consumed with their own work, school or other group activities. This can make it challenging to fit in exercise for each person, let alone do it together as a family. Yet it’s important to figure out how to work exercise into each family member’s daily routine. Families will need to decide whether to make it a rule that everyone must exercise for half an hour daily after they return home from school or work or if an allotted daily time for the whole family works best. No matter how incorporating daily exercises works for your family, the key is to make exercise fun. Video games that incorporate physical activity are a good way to motivate exercise. There are other enjoyable physical activities the family can do together, such as biking, hiking, swimming, skiing or playing lawn darts. Instituting a Saturday or

Sunday activity day will not only keep everyone fit and healthy but will add more togetherness and bonding time for the family as well. Choosing Convenience Foods. On hectic days, it seems easier to just pick up fast food for dinner. But these foods are high in calories, bad fats and cholesterol. Microwavable frozen foods can also seem appealing when you’re tired, but they’re often high in sodium. Rather than relying on convenience foods, make meal preparation a family affair. Get together Sunday afternoon and prepare meals for the week together. Or if your family’s schedule allows, have each member perform a portion of the meal preparation. For instance, one person can cut vegetables while Mom or Dad is on the way home. Not Spending Time Together. This could easily be called “too much screen time” because this is the most prevalent reason family members stay apart. It is also bad for one’s health – from the eyes to the neck and shoulders. There is too much sitting and a disruption of circadian rhythms and sleep patterns. It is detrimental to one’s mental health and emotional outlook. But it also robs people of actual “IRL” (in real life) interactions with people who are right beside them. Institute screen times and off-limit screen times for

the family. This includes television, computers, video games and smart phones. There should be some dedicated time each day for actual real-life and face-to-face interactions. This will not only improve everyone’s health and bring the family closer; it will also prevent the development of awkward social interaction in the younger members so sadly seen these days. Valuable life skills are not being instilled in younger generations, so be sure the younger members of your family can handle the world “off screen.” Another benefit of spending more time together is listening and learning about each other’s stresses and feelings. This helps everyone feel more supported and healthy. Although your family may be moving in a million different directions, just sharing one meal together can promote more connection among all of you. Several studies show time spent in a group improves immune systems and happiness levels. If everyone’s schedules are too divergent to eat dinner and/or breakfast together daily, strive to do this at least once a week.

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Overview: Keeping Your Family Healthy Follow these tips for safety and well-being By Harleena Singh, Staff Writer Keeping your family healthy and safe is important. You especially want to protect them – and yourself – from the cold, flu, germs, allergens and infections all around us. Follow these tips to ensure the health of your family: • Ensure you and your children are vaccinated on time. Don’t forget to get a yearly flu shot and other scheduled vaccinations, too. Adults need a tetanus-diphtheria booster every 10 years. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends Tdap, a pertussis booster that also protects again tetanus and diphtheria. • Be sure you get enough exercise– at least 30 minutes daily–whether it’s walking, jogging or doing household chores. This can prevent high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, depression and osteoporosis. Try to get your heart rate up to aerobic levels. • Wash your hands regularly to keep germs from spreading. Make sure your children wash their hands before playing, which will prevent them getting germs on shared toys; if they are sneezing or coughing; after petting an animal; and after using the toilet. • Teach your children to use a tissue for blowing their noses or while coughing and to dispose of the used tissue. Show them how to sneeze or cough into the inside of their elbow. • Stay safe whether you are out in the sun, driving or biking. Use a sun block to protect your skin from harmful rays. Wear a seatbelt while driving or riding in a car and a helmet while riding a bike. • Tell your family members not to share hats, brushes and combs. This can lead to the spread of lice. Do not share straws, cups, forks, toothbrushes and whistles. • Wash your hands before cooking food, especially if you are handling raw meat, poultry, fish and eggs. Wash them for at least 20 seconds with soap, scrubbing them well and then drying them. It’s a good idea to have different chopping boards for vegetarian and non-vegetarian food. Don’t forget to wash and wipe the countertops and cabinet door handles with disinfectant often. • Take aim against mites, mold,

pet dander and other irritants and indoor allergens, especially if someone in the family asthma or an allergy. Investing in a vacuum cleaner with high-efficiency particulate arresting (HEPA) filters will help reduce the dust mites and allergens. Change sheets and pillowcases regularly and wash them in warm or hot water. Don’t forget to wash the soft toys, too. • Get plenty of sleep. That’s the time the body’s cells rebuild and repair. Studies show that people who don’t get enough sleep have considerably compromised immune systems. • Eat a healthy and well-balanced diet, focusing on foods high in fiber and calcium and low in saturated fat and trans fatty acids – which means eating lots of fruits and vegetables. • Avoid alcohol and tobacco or at least limit your intake to two drinks a day for men and one drink a day for women. Ask your doctor if you need support quitting smoking. • Limit sports drinks and sweet beverages. A 2010 study showed people who consumed one or two sugarsweetened beverages daily are 26 percent more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than those who drink fewer than one per month. In addition, these drinks can erode tooth enamel because of their high acidity, according to another 2012 study. • Lose weight if you are overweight; this can decrease your risk for diabetes, high cholesterol, blood pressure, stroke, gallbladder disease, arthritis and certain cancers. • Women need to get regularly checked for breast cancer by having a mammogram every two years once they are between the ages of 50 and 74 years. If there is a family history of breast cancer, they need to have a mammogram done more often. Pap smears should be done every three years after age 21 years and continued till age 65 years. Always consult a doctor before you make any changes to your lifestyle. Sources and Resources

www.communitytable.parade.com www.familydoctor.org www.firststatehealth.com www.huffingtonpost.com www.pamf.org www.whattoexpect.com

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NEW ‘WONDER FOOD’ HAS EVERYBODY RAVING By Tanya Tyler, Editor/Writer Kale is high on everybody’s list of must-eat superfoods. Kale is a cruciferous vegetable like broccoli, collard greens, Brussels sprouts and cabbage. It comes in several different varieties, including curly, bumpy and plain leaved. They all have their distinct flavor profiles. One variety of kale is called Hungry Gap, named after the wintery period in traditional agriculture when little else could be harvested. Kale can grow through the winter and thrives in a cool environment. It is said to taste even better after going through a frost. Other varieties of kale include dinosaur kale and red Russian kale. Kale has fiber and a small amount of omega-3 fatty acid. It also has vitamins A, C and K and B vitamin folate, as well as essential minerals such as calcium (more per calorie than milk), phosphorus, potassium

All Hail Kale and zinc. It’s low in calories (33 calories in one cup of raw kale) and has zero fat, so mix all that together and it’s no wonder people are gobbling it up in salads, smoothies and stews. This “queen of the greens” is one of the most nutrient-dense foods in the world. It has more iron than beef per calorie. Iron helps the body make hemoglobin, aids in cell growth and transports oxygen to different parts of the body. Kale has powerful antioxidants that protect against various cancers, including bladder, breast, colon, ovary and

Kale has powerful antioxidants that protect against various cancers.

prostate cancer. According to recent research, kale provides at least 45 different antioxidant flavonoids, as well as highly effective glucosinolates, which the body converts into cancer-preventive compounds. Another cancer-fighting substance in kale is sulforaphane, which has been shown to fight the formation of cancer at the molecular level. In addition, kale supports the body’s detoxification system and helps lower cholesterol, thus promoting heart health. Lutein and zeaxanthin are the nutrients that give kale its deep, dark green color, and they also protect the eyes against macular degeneration and cataracts. Alpha-lipoic acid is found in kale, too. It has been shown to lower glucose levels and increase insulin sensitivity in people with diabetes. Other nutrients in kale support healthy skin, hair and bones. The best way to cook kale is by steaming it. This boosts its cholesterol-lowering capabilities. You can also

braise, boil or sauté it. Kale is used in the traditional Irish dish colcannon. Many people enjoy kale chips as an alternative to potato chips. You can make your own by drizzling extra virgin olive oil on some kale, adding salt and baking it at 275 degrees for 15 to 30 minutes. Ornamental kale (or salad savoy) with its colorful blooms is often planted in gardens. It’s still perfectly edible. The only warning about eating kale is aimed at people who have hypothyroidism or who take blood thinners such as Warfarin. Eating kale can cause adverse affects for people dealing with these issues, so be sure to talk with your primary care physician before adding kale to your diet. At the very least, if you can’t eat it, you can plant it in your garden.


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FOOD BITES

By Angela S. Hoover, Staff Writer Why Does Cooking Oil Go Rancid? Any oil containing unsaturated or polyunsaturated fats, which allow oil to be liquid at room temperature, can go rancid. Unsaturated fats have a carbon-carbon double bond in their structure that can by broken by oxygen in the air. If someone forgets to put the cap back on a bottle of vegetable, sesame or olive oil, it will be exposed to oxygen. When oxygen disrupts the carbon-carbon bond, the newly formed oxygen-carbon bonds can lead to aldehyde, ketone or carboxylic acid. Some of these products have rancid odors and tastes. Water has a similar effect since it contains oxygen. When water is introduced into oil, it is called hydration and creates the same byproducts as oxidation. Oxidation and hydration rates are enhanced by the presence of light. Heat also accelerates these chemical processes. But don’t store oil in the refrigerator; doing so will slow down the movement of the oil’s molecules, causing them to drop out of the solution and stratify, leading to a cloudy look. While there are no health risks with cooking with clouded oil, most people prefer to use clear-looking oil. Also, certain microbes can make oils rancid. Oils contain triglycerides, a chemical compound that has one glycerol molecule and three fatty acids. Some microbes can break away the fatty acids, which makes the oil rancid. The best way to keep oil from going rancid is to keep it away from light, heat and water. Storing oils in a dark cabinet away from the stove with their lids firmly sealed should preserve the oil well. Based on the number of carbon-carbon double bonds, some oils will spoil faster or slower, even when properly stored. Corn oil is more likely to spoil the fastest, followed by canola oil; olive oil should last longest. Thrown out rancid oil because it loses its vitamins and can develop potentially toxic compounds, according to Eric Decker, head of the Department of Food Science at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. These compounds have been linked to advanced aging, neurological disorders, heart disease and cancer. Study: Americans Are Eating a Bit Healthier From 1999-2012, the percentage of Americans who reported eating a poor-quality diet decreased from 56

percent to 46 percent, according to a recent study. The change is largely attributed to an increased intake of whole grains and a decreased intake of sugar-sweetened drinks among the study population. The percentage of Americans who ate what is considered an ideal diet remained low, increasing slightly from 0.7 percent in 1999 to 1.5 percent in 2012, according to a study published June 21 in the journal JAMA. There were differences in the results according to ethnicity, education and incomes, the researchers said. The decrease in the percentage of adults eating a poor-quality diet was limited to nonHispanic white adults. The percentage did not decrease in non-Hispanic black or Mexican-American adults, according to the study. Listeria Can Survive in the Freezer for a Long Time The most recent listeria recall of more than 350 frozen fruit and vegetable products included foods produced as far back as May 2014 with “use by” dates up

through April 2018. Listeria can survive for a long time in a freezer; this is why scientists freeze bacteria to preserve the organisms in labs. Freezing temperatures will prevent Listeria bacteria from growing but it does not kill the existing bacteria. Listeria is among the few bacteria that can multiply at refrigerator temperatures, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). They are one of the top causes of food-borne illness in the United States, says the CDC. It is very common in raw foods and most people ingest Listeria daily, but not in high amounts. Healthy people usually do not get sick from eating foods contaminated with Listeria. However, adults older than 65, those with weakened immune systems and pregnant women are more likely to become ill from Listeria bacteria, according to the CDC. When Listeria does make someone sick, it is one of the most fatal pathogens out there. Several CDC reports of Listeria outbreaks show an infection mortality rate between 15 percent and 20 percent among those who had to be hospitalized. Cooking frozen vegetables can prevent Listeria infection because heating kills it. This is bad news for those who like to use frozen kale and the like in smoothies.

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Keep It Simple, Sweetie Five Ways to Get More Organized By Annette Racond, Staff Writer

Do you find yourself looking for misplaced things more often than you’d like? Are you having trouble getting and staying organized? Here are five tips to help you get back on track. Simple Logic. Keep like things together. For example, don’t drop your keys in random locations throughout your house. Hang all your keys together on a hook near the door for easy access and to avoid misplacing them. This goes for all of your belongings: Keep your jewelry

together, your tools in one box, your office equipment in nearby drawers and your files in your filing cabinet. The extra few minutes – or even seconds – you spend keeping it together could save you much frustration and inconvenience. Book Mark. Buy yourself a pretty notebook to keep track of what you need to do on any given day. Before you leave the house, make a list of what you need to accomplish and the order in which it makes sense. For example, is it easier for you to pick up your

prescription before going to the gym or after? Should you call your accountant before meeting a friend for lunch? It’s easy to forget simple chores that could cause headaches if left undone. Once you’ve completed the item, make sure to check it off your list and give yourself a star. Receipt Retrieval. Instead of folding up important receipts and stuffing them into your pocket or purse, store them in long plastic cosmetic cases. This way, you won’t have to hunt around for tiny pieces of paper. You can keep like receipts together and highlight the most important ones with magic markers. Be a Techie. Buy software to keep track of your expenses. Create a realistic budget based on your income. Before you know it, you’ll feel empowered and in control of your finances. For serious techies, you can also scan your receipts and eliminate paper clutter for good.

This will certainly help you stay on top of your expenses. Turn Over a New (Loose) Leaf. Keep a different loose-leaf or three-ring binder for each subject or category. For example, keep your notes from night school in one binder and copies of health-related articles in another. If you’re still a hard-copy buff, organize your papers in an easy-to-find folder system. Loose-leaf notebooks come in a rainbow of colors, so designate each subject with a different color book. About the Author

Annette Racond is a writer and certified health coach who has had her work published in The New York Times, The Miami Herald, The Chicago Sun-Times and Newsday, as well as other prominent national publications.


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Joy to the World! Six Ways to Make Someone’s Day By Annette Racond, Staff Writer Although a little luxury certainly has its place in our lives, it often doesn’t require much to be happy. Everyone likes to feel special, so check out these six ways to make someone’s day. It might make yours, too.

note of encouragement or text photos of cards or pictures with inspiring sayings. Sometimes the words you share can be exactly what that person needs to hear. We can all benefit from positive affirmations on a daily basis.

Better Late than Never. If you’re still grateful for an act of kindness someone did for you awhile back – and you neglected to promptly and properly thank them – do so now. It’s doesn’t matter how much time has passed. Everyone likes to feel appreciated, so share the joy that person brought into your life by letting him or her know how meaningful it was to you. You might even rekindle an old friendship in the process.

Did You Hear Me? Make a conscious effort to listen. Sometimes a family member or friend merely needs someone to listen to them and serve as a sounding board. If you’re asked for your opinion, that’s fine. Otherwise, give people your utmost attention and let them remain center stage. As a result, they’re likely to do the same for you.

Photo Shop. If someone you care about is going through a rough time, send them a

YELP! Instead of writing to complain about a business transaction, write an online review about positive customerservice experiences. Although it’s fine

Pay It Forward. When you’re in line at a deli or bakery, buy a cookie for the kid behind you or let whoever is behind you pay first. It’s rare to have a favorable experience waiting in any sort of line – fast-food restaurants, gas stations and the good old post office – so spread some cheer to a random person. Suddenly the wait won’t feel that long after all. to YELP about negative encounters, it’s also acceptable to put in a good word for businesses that go the extra mile. You might even become their most valued customer. Name Game. Try to remember – and use – the names of people you encounter on a daily basis, from the girl at the super-

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Parenting a Child With ADHD Learn about the disorder and be prepared to guide your child

By Harleena Singh, Staff Writer Parenting a child with attentiondeficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD, also known as attentiondeficit disorder or ADD) is not easy. Such children have deficits in executive functions such as controlling impulses, completing tasks, organizing and thinking or planning ahead. They often cannot sit still and may run and climb on things or fidget, squirm and bounce around. You need to take over and guide your child until he or she acquires executive skills of his or her own. Children with ADHD have less activity in the areas of the brain that control attention and may have imbalances in brain chemicals called neurotransmitters. ADHD runs in families, so many experts believe genes play a role. Drugs work in 65 percent to 80 percent of children with ADHD, but there can be side effects. A child with ADHD who is annoying, embarrassing and ignoring is not actually acting willfully – he wants to do everything his parents want him to do, but he doesn’t know how to make it happen. Moreover, when a parent has the disorder, too, the situation is doubly tough. Children with ADHD often don’t “hear” parental instructions so they

don’t obey them. They are easily distracted. They start things but forget to finish them. Sometimes they interrupt conversations and demand attention at inappropriate times. They may embarrass others by saying tactless things, and it’s difficult to get them into bed and to sleep. However, steps can be taken to control the situation. Experts at Children and Adults with ADHD (CHADD), the nation’s leading organization serving people affected by ADHD, offered some tips to cope: Get treatment and stay positive This is essential because having things under control can make it easier to deal with them. You need to remain calm and focused and take care of yourself to be able to help your child. Don’t sweat the small stuff and be willing to make compromises. Follow a routine Set a time and place for everything. This helps your ADHD child understand and meet expectations. For example, plan the rituals for meals, play and homework. Make the child lay out her clothes for the next day. Keep her busy without overwhelming her. Ensure your child has a quiet private space of her own.

Understand your child Remember, children with ADHD have a disability, so you need to be more patient with them. If you’ve gone through the same experience, remember how frustrating it was. Share your story with your child and be sure to let her know how you overcame it. This can help your child feel better about herself. Set rules Make sure the child can understand and follow rules. Perhaps write them down and hang them in a place where your child can easily read them. Explain to the child what will happen if he obeys or disobeys the rules. Educate yourself Learn about parenting a child with ADHD. Join support groups or read books such as The Gift of ADHD Activity Book: 101 Ways to Turn Your Child’s Problems Into Strengths by Lara Honos-Webb. Encourage exercise, proper diet and sleep Organized sports and physical activity can help your child get his energy out in a healthy way and remain focused. Foods high in protein, such as eggs, meat, beans and

nuts, can help your child concentrate better. Lack of sleep can be detrimental for children with ADHD, so ensure you child sleeps well. Spend time with your child and praise him/her Find the good in your child and make an attempt to build his selfesteem this way. ADHD children get very little praise; they mainly receive remediation, correction and complaints. A positive comment, a smile or a reward from you can improve the child’s impulse control, concentration and attention. Spending time with your child is essential. Share good times. There’s no surefire way to keep your child from developing ADHD, but if you are pregnant, avoid drugs, alcohol and tobacco. Children whose mothers smoke during pregnancy may be twice as likely to develop ADHD. With your help, support and treatment, most children with ADHD improve. If the symptoms continue as the child turns into an adult, he or she can still seek help. Sources and Resources

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Now that there is the possibility to cure some cases, screening among the middle-aged is more warranted.

Hepatitis C on The Rise, Especially Among Boomers Two-Thirds of U.S. infections are among baby boomers By Angela S. Hoover, Staff Writer The hepatitis C virus is one of five viruses that cause inflammation of the liver. All these viruses can cause short-term, acute infection, but hepatitis B and C viruses can cause longterm chronic hepatitis, which in turn can cause life-threatening complications such as cirrhosis (liver scarring), liver failure and liver cancer. Hepatitis C is most commonly spread through sharing needles, syringes or other equipment used to inject drugs. It can also be spread among healthcare workers by accidental needle punctures; in the generation population by sharing personal care items such as razors and toothbrushes; and through sexual contact with a hepatitis C-infected person. Most alarmingly, blood transfusions prior to 1992 can also be a source of the virus because

the United States did not screen for hepatitis C until after that year. Baby boomers make up the majority of those currently infected with hepatitis C. The number of deaths from hepatitis C in the United States is on the rise, and the increase is hitting the hardest among middle-aged people, according to a study from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) published in the March 17 edition of the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases. The study found the number of U.S. deaths from hepatitis C rose from 11,051 in 2003 to 19,368 in 2013. Baby boomers aged 55 to 64 accounted for 51 percent of the deaths in 2013. During the study period, there was an average yearly increase in deaths from hepatitis C of more than 6 percent. At the same

time, deaths from 60 other infectious conditions fell from 24,745 in 2003 to 17,915 in 2013, an average yearly decrease of more than 3 percent. In September 2015, world leaders met in Scotland to discuss urgent response measures and moves towards the elimination of hepatitis C, the seventh biggest global killer affecting 170 million people worldwide. More than 1.4 million people a year die from the virus, or about 4,000 a day. More than 400 million people are chronically infected with either hepatitis B or C. Viral hepatitis now kills more people than HIV/ AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. About 3.2 million Americans are estimated to have chronic hepatitis C, but at least half of them are unaware they have it. This is because often there are no symptoms. “One of every 33 baby boomers is living with hepatitis C infection,” said Dr. John Ward, the CDC’s hepatitis chief. If there are symptoms, they include feeling very tired, joint and belly pain, itchy skin, sore muscles, yellowish eyes and skin and dark urine. Current CDC guidelines recommend testing for anyone known to be at a high risk. The CDC is considering changing this recommendation to target anyone born between 19451965. Now that there is the possibility to cure some cases, screening

among the middle-aged is more warranted. A year-long, two-drug treatment has been shown to cure 40 percent of people with hepatitis C. However, this “grueling” treatment costs up to $30,000, which has led many who started it to stop it before it was complete. Two new drugs look more promising: Vertex Pharmaceuticals’ telaprevir and Merck & Co.’s boceprevir. Research suggests adding one of these to the standard treatment for hepatitis C can boost cure rates to as high as 75 percent. In a Feb. 21 study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, the CDC concluded this triple-drug treatment could save 82,000 lives. It still comes with side effects and adds an additional $1,000 to $4,000 a week to the medical bill, but it can reduce the treatment time to six months for some individuals. Other drugs that are supposed to work better are currently being tested. A Stanford study concluded a triple-drug therapy would be costeffective for people with advanced hepatitis C because it would still be cheaper than a liver transplant, which would cost well over $100,000. However, not everyone with hepatitis C will suffer serious liver damage.


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Quality-of-life research includes subjects who are involved in supportive care.

“Paying It Forward” as a Health Research Subject There are several types of opportunities available By Dr. Tom Miller, Staff Writer Current research at various medical intuitions has led to discoveries that improve our lives and well-being. Prior generations had volunteered for research studies across this country and internationally to advance both the science and practice of medicine. They “paid it forward” so we can have better health and health care today. Several types of clinical research sites are seeking volunteers to be subjects for ongoing health-related research. For example, there are volunteer research opportunities at the Markey Cancer Center, the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging and several other health departments and programs within the Lexington community. Diagnostic research refers to the practice of looking for better ways to identify a particular disorder or condition. This type of research often involves new tests, tools or clinical indicators that help clinicians recognize the signs and symptoms of a disease or disorder. There are tests to determine whether a person has diabetes or chronic obstructive

pulmonary disease (COPD), is at risk for cardiovascular disease or has suicidal ideation related to depression. These measures help identify individuals with the potential for these diseases or disorders so they may be recognized and understood and better methods of intervention can be developed. Screening research aims to find the best ways to detect certain disorders or health conditions such as heart disease, neurological diseases, lung disease, COPD or anxiety and major depression. Screens are frequently used as part of a wellness examination. Treatment research is often referred to as clinical trials. A clinical trial generally involves an intervention such as medication, clinical psychotherapy or a new procedure or device that is being examined before it receives approval for general use. Prevention research seeks better ways to prevent diseases or disorders from developing. It may examine screening devices, diagnostic measures, lifestyle habits and changes

necessary to avoid preventable diseases or disorders. Motivational factors and self-management skills are often part of preventive research. Subjects are asked to focus on ways to prevent an illness or reduce the chances of it getting worse. The author of this article is a researcher with the Center for Health Intervention and Prevention, where prevention research is the primary focus. Different kinds of prevention research may study pharmaceuticals, telemedicine, vitamins, vaccines, minerals or lifestyle changes. The studies often focus on alcohol, tobacco and substance abuse. This is the main work done at the University of Kentucky Prevention Research Center. Similarly, the Sanders-Brown Research Center at UK conducts screening, diagnostic, therapeutic and prevention research that examine a wide spectrum of neurological disorders that include dementia. Quality-of-life research includes subjects who are involved in supportive care. This research explores ways to improve comfort and the quality of life for individuals with chronic illnesses, diseases and disorders. Cancer research on several levels is an example of quality-oflife research; it often involves both patients and their caregivers as subjects. Relatively new are genetic research studies that aim to improve the prediction of a specific disease or disorder by identifying and understanding how genes predetermine illnesses, disorders or diseases. Medical geneticists doing this

type of research seek patients with genetic disorders in an effort to learn through pharmaceutical and genetic engineering how diseases and disorders may be reduced or avoided. Genetic research explores ways in which a person’s genes make him or her more or less likely to develop a disease and/or a disorder. This may lead to the development of tailormade treatments based on a patient’s genetic make-up. Examples of genetic disorders include the psychiatric disorder schizophrenia and progeria, an extremely rare genetic disorder in which the body accelerates the aging process. All reputable research programs provide a statement about the study; this is called an informed consent form. It summarizes for all subjects before they enter a research study the purpose of the study in easily understood language, along with the risks and benefits of participating in the research project. The study summary, the informed consent form and any other aspects of the study are previewed and approved by the Institutional Review Board (IRB) prior to the initiation of any research study. Every medical and health-related test you’ve ever had, every treatment you’ve ever received and every medication you’ve ever been prescribed has been initially reviewed by an IRB to ensure that the researcher, the study and the subjects involved are protected and that all aspects of the study are safe and effective. It is only through reputable research studies that we can continue to improve the quality of health and health care. Sources and Resources

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How to Help Your Child Through Divorce Find ways to make the situation less jarring By Sarah Brokamp, Staff Writer

Divorce is one of the most stressful and devastating situations a family can go through. The parents have to deal with a split from someone who they thought would be a lifelong partner, while the children are confused and upset. Every family member deals with their heartache in their own way. It is easy to feel isolated and unable to talk about the divorce with your child when you are having trouble understanding it yourself. It is important to know that even though conversations about an impending divorce are daunting and confusing, they must happen. A child should receive a suitable amount of information about the split so they do not feel out of the loop. Some children expect the divorce, but others may be completely surprised. If your child seems shell-shocked by the news, it can make the situation more difficult. One way to make it easier is to present the divorce as a needed and healthy change. Be open with your children about why it is happening so they can better grasp the situation. But spare them any unnecessary details. Children don’t need to hear all the reasons or the cruel events leading up to the divorce. Give a simplified but informative reason. Don’t worry your children with the big, scary stuff. If there is a custody battle, don’t write a script for what your child should say and don’t talk about it with your ex-partner in front of them. Don’t make the situation any more jarring than it needs to be. The feelings that arise during a divorce are sometimes similar to the feelings that occur after a major loss. It is a grieving process. Remember you and your child are going through it together. Remain respectful and understanding about how your child is feeling or acting

and communicate with her frequently. Your child might become clingy or detached. She could become angry or depressed. Her moods may become erratic. All this is normal after experiencing something devastating. Ask her if she wants to talk about the divorce or if she wants to just talk about what she has been feeling. Even if you get a resounding “no” each time, keep asking. Your child may not express her gratitude openly, but she does appreciate that you are checking on her. Avoid blaming anyone in the family for the divorce. Make it clear your child is not at all at fault and did not do anything to cause the split. Many children experience guilt immediately after hearing about their parents’ impending divorce. They think about all the ways they could have been more polite or better behaved, as if it had any bearing on the marriage. They will feel apologetic, almost as if they are being punished for being a burden or a problem. Even if it seems the child knows he is not the issue, tell him so anyway. If a child puts the blame on himself, it can be detrimental. It is vital that you do not make the child choose a side or paint the other parent as the villain and yourself as the hero. If you bash your ex in front of your child, you are affecting their relationship and altering the child’s image of the other parent. Don’t project any of your bitterness onto your children or try to rally them against your ex. Instead, try to keep the relationship between your ex and your child intact. Remain friendly with your ex through the divorce and encourage your child to spend equal time with both parents. This can help the revitalize a sense of wholeness within the family. Sources and Resources

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near farms where pesticides are applied have a 60-percent increased risk of having children with an autism spectrum disorder. Glyphosate targets the shikimate pathway in bacteria, fungi, algae, parasites and plants by inhibiting the biosynthesis of amino acids. This is what makes it work so effectively as a herbicide. Seneff maintains humans have the shikimate pathway in the gut bacteria. Monsanto, however, asserts humans do not have it. Seneff claims the pathway is crucial to retain because it helps supply the body with essential amino acids. If the beneficial bacteria are killed off by glyphosate or other ingredients in Roundup, pathogens may grow and interfere with the body’s ability to synthesize amino acids, including methionine, which leads to shortages in critical neurotransmitters and folate and chelates (removes) important minerals such iron, cobalt and manganese. Seneff stresses these are only some of the adverse effects. She seems to be the sole source for this assertion. Seneff does not specialize in epidemiology. Her advanced degrees are in electrical engineering and computer science, not medicine or autism. However, she does collaborate with a group of concerned parents called AutismOne. Both Seneff and AutismOne still maintain vaccines can cause autism and other health risks.

The Debate Continues: Will Half of All Children Be Autistic By 2025? Senior researcher says yes, detractors say no By Angela S. Hoover, Staff Writer For the past few years, several scientists and health groups have claimed half of all children will be autistic by 2025. As to be expected with any such bold claim, there are also detractors who reply: No, this is not a thing. Which is the correct analysis? Here is a look at the claims of both sides of the argument. The “It’s True” Camp This argument began with Dr. Stephanie Seneff, a senior research scientist at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. Seneff has spent the past three decades researching biology and technology and, based upon her expertise in these fields, she believes glyphosate toxicity from the overuse of Monsanto’s pesticide Roundup on the food supply will result in half the population of children having autism by 2025. She has pub-

lished more than 170 peer-reviewed articles on her findings. Recently she has been concentrating on the relationship between nutrition and health, specifically in connection with Alzheimer’s disease, autism and cardiovascular disease, and the correlation between nutritional deficiencies and environmental toxins on human health. In December 2014, Seneff spoke at a conference on GMOs, where she first made her prediction about autism. She came to this conclusion because the side effects of autism closely mimic those of glyphosate toxicity. Children with autism have lower biomarkers indicative of excessive glyphosate, including zinc and iron deficiencies, low serum sulfate, seizures and mitochondrial disorders. Seneff presented data showing a remarkably consistent correlation between the use of Roundup on crops and Roundup-ready

GMO crop seeds with the rising rates of autism. She highlighted the prevalent use of glyphosate in soy, corn, all soft drinks and candies sweetened with corn syrup, all chips and cereals that contain soy fillers and even beef and poultry because they eat GMO corn or soy. Wheat is often sprayed with Roundup just before harvest, which means all non-organic bread and wheat products are additional sources of glyphosate. While the amount of glyphosate found in any product or used on any crop may not be large, the cumulative effect can be devastating, especially when considering 70 percent of the American diet is from processed sources. Several other studies have examined the dangerous link between human health and chemical fertilizers, GMOs and pesticides on the food supply. A study showed pregnant women living

The “It’s Not True” Camp Other than Monsanto’s claim that humans and other animals do not have the shikimate pathway, there is no unbiased scientific evidence that glyphosate usage is safe for human health. There is, however, plenty of criticism about Seneff’s fields of expertise, “sloppy” mathematics and unscientifically demonstrable conclusions. Her 50-percent assertion is considered a rudimentary extrapolation of the uptick in autism diagnoses in recent years. It’s not clear if the rise in autism is an actual increase in the condition or if it’s due to more awareness and better screening. There is no explanation for the continued increase of autism – if there even is an increase – other than glyphosate. Therefore, it must first be accepted that there is an increase in autism and the cause is glyphosate, but the only “evidence” for this assumption is the correlation between the use of glyphosate and rising levels of autism. This, of course, is bad science. Seneff’s position is based solely on a correlation/causation fallacy. The Takeaway It is safe to say Seneff’s bold claim is not based on any scientific evidence but merely on speculation. But that doesn’t mean consumers shouldn’t be concerned about pesticide use in food.


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