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Turmeric, a yellow spice found in Indian curries, helps fight allergies.

5 Foods That Help Fight Allergies Colorful foods offer relief By Harleena Singh, Staff Writer Itchy eyes, headaches and runny nose are all associated with seasonal allergies. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, one in five people in the United States have either allergy or asthma symptoms. Many naturally occurring plant compounds called phytonutrients can help you deal with allergies. Some foods that help fight allergies are dark red and purple. They have natural anti-inflammatory properties and include dark purple and red grapes, beets, berries and cherries. These are part of the phytonutrient group known as anthocyanins. Turmeric, a yellow spice found in Indian curries, contains curcumin, which is a powerful antioxidant, and other anti-inflammatory substances that help fight allergies.

Hesperidin is beneficial for allergies and hay fever because of its antihistamine properties. Green vegetables are a source of these substances, and you can also find them in colorful citrus fruits such as lemons and oranges. Quercetin is an antioxidant, antiinflammatory and anti-histamine phytonutrient, which helps ease allergy symptoms and improves lung function. Eating a quercetin-rich diet lowers LDL cholesterol, blood pressure and your risk of heart disease, as well as the risk for ovarian, cervical, colon, prostrate, gastric and cervical cancers. A few foods that have quercetin include onions, berries, cabbage, apple, nuts, cauliflower and black, green and white teas. It helps to take quercetin in a supplement form to assist with histamine-induced sinus congestion, runny nose and eyes and other allergy symptoms. Most supplements contain the enzyme bromelain,

an excellent anti-allergy combination. These five foods may help ease your allergy symptoms without any side effects: 1. Apples. They are rich in quercetin. According to studies, apple polyphenols suppressed histamine release by reducing auricular swelling in allergic mice and alleviating skin inflammation in atopic patients. The polyphenols were effective in alleviating symptoms of persistent allergic rhinitis. In another study, women who consumed apples during pregnancy lowered the risk of asthma and allergies in their children. Children of mothers who ate the most apples were less likely to even have wheezed or have asthma at the age of 5, compared to children of mothers who consumed fewer apples. 2. Yogurt. The bacteria or probiotics found in yogurt are believed to reduce allergic reactions to pollen. Probiotics help promote a healthy digestive system. They also decrease the body’s immune response to allergens, which reduces inflammation in the body. 3. Capers. These little flower buds are loaded with quercetin. According to research, quercetin can block the effect of histamines, making it a handy treatment for allergy symptoms. 4. Fatty Fish. Fish high in omega-3 fatty acids can be especially beneficial when it comes to seasonal allergy

relief. According to studies, omega-6 fatty acids run down an inflammatory pathway. 5. Garlic. The pungent smell of garlic can keep allergy symptoms away. It’s a natural antibiotic that is known to ward off viruses, infections and even allergies. Garlic, packed with quercetin, can strengthen your immune system and make you more resistant to colds and allergens. About the Author

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In Bloom: Keeping colorful bouquets of fresh flowers on your table is a simple way to boost your spirits. You can even split a single bouquet into two or three vases and put them in different rooms.

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“What’s That You Said?” By Dr. Tom Miller, Staff Writer Regardless of whether it is limited to missing certain sounds or is so serious someone fails to hear distinguishable sounds, age-related hearing loss is a concern for many. About one-third of all Americans between the ages of 65 and 74 years have hearing-related problems (National Institute on Aging 2016). About half the people age 85 years and older have hearing loss. During early-onset age-related hearing loss, a person may simply misunderstand words. Someone with this condition is often able to hear sounds but is unable to make out all the words. Have you ever been in a noisy restaurant or at a noisy party where there is talking, laughter and music in the background, but you could not

understand a conversation you were having? Do family members tell you the TV is too loud or that you seem to be speaking louder or expect others to speak louder? These are some indicators that age-related hearing loss needs to be assessed and treated. Hearing loss can affect your life in several ways. You may miss out on important information from friends and family, and at your doctor’s office, you may miss health and wellness information. Hearing loss does not have to interfere with your quality of life. Begin by revealing your symptoms to your family physician. A referring physician recognizes a licensed audiologist who possesses certification in clinical competence (CCC-A) is the professional who can best assess and treat age-related hearing disorders. The audiologist is also trained to evaluate related disorders, including balance and vestibular disorders and



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tinnitus, or ringing in the ears. The audiologist can provide the appropriate treatment for individuals with hearing disorders. Audiology professionals provide services in a variety of settings, including hospitals, nursing homes and extended-care facilities, rehabilitation centers, private practice, home health agencies, public and private schools, college and university speech-language-hearing clinics and government facilities, including VA medical centers. Audiologists work closely with physicians and speechlanguage pathologists through an interdisciplinary team approach to provide comprehensive evaluation and treatment services for age-related hearing disorders. Hearing loss can vary from person to person, so a professional assessment to accurately identify the special needs of a person with hearing impairment can lead to the best treatment

options. Age-related hearing loss cannot be reversed because it is caused by the degeneration of sensory cells, which occurs with the aging process. However, it can be treated effectively through the use of hearing aids and other forms of communication technology. Sources and Resources

National Institute on Aging (2016). Health & Aging: Hearing Loss. Available at: hearing-loss

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Seasonal Allergies: Something to Sneeze About Chinese Medicine takes an integrative approach By Kathleen Fluhart, RN, M.Ac., L.Ac., Artemesia Symptoms of sneezing, a scratchy throat, a runny nose, puffy, watery and itchy eyes, asthma and sinus congestion and infections can occur any time of year, but they are often connected with the spring season, when trees are pollinating, and summer and fall, when grass and weed pollens are abundant. Living in the lush Ohio River Valley, Kentuckians are exposed to more types of pollen than most other areas of the country. Kentucky is also known for its damp environment and its abundant varieties of vegetation. Of course, there are other year-round natural environmental allergens. These include dust, animal dander, dust mites and mold spores. Western medicine views seasonal allergies as the body’s hypersensitivity to pollen, which causes it to produce an antibody called immunoglobulin E (IgE). This antibody binds with the pollen allergen and a mast cell receptor and creates a histamine response, which is what

we experience as allergy symptoms. Mast cells are found predominantly in the body’s boundaries between the inside and outside world, such as the skin and the mucosa of the nose, lungs and digestive tract. In Chinese medicine, an allergic response is primarily associated with the spleen meridian, but it may also be associated with the lung, stomach and intestinal meridians. Involvement of the liver meridian, which is effected by wind-driven allergens, and the kidney meridian, which reflects depletion and inflammation, are also possible. Taking this a little further, the spleen and stomach meridians are associated with excess dampness in the body. Besides the environment, dampness is also associated with too many sweets and too much dairy in the diet. Thus it is in the best interest of allergy sufferers to reduce their intake of simple carbohydrates (sweeteners, white flour and rice) and dairy products. In Chinese medicine, spleen meridian imbalances are also associated with excess thinking and especially worry. In this high-tech, globally

connected, high-pressure modern age, overthinking and worrying have become the norm. I often recommend meditation or meditative exercises such as tai chi, qi gong or yoga for anxious clients. When diagnosing allergies, both Western and Eastern medicine pay attention to the presenting symptoms, such as those mentioned above. Western medicine has developed sophisticated methods for testing either the skin (using skin prick or patch tests) or the blood for the presence of allergen-specific IgE antibodies. In a Chinese medicine diagnosis, we assess presenting symptoms, the qualities of the 12 pulses located in

the wrists (each pulse is related to a different meridian) and the tongue to detect underlying imbalances. Using an integrative approach, both systems of medicine have a lot to offer allergy sufferers in terms of diagnostics and treatment. I always ask my patients who suffer from allergy if they’ve had allergy testing and what the test results were so I can integrate this information into the lifestyle aspect of their Chinese medicine treatment plan. The main difference between the Western and Eastern systems in allergy treatment is the methods used. While Western medicine’s focus is on treating the allergic symptoms with prescriptions (ste-

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General Lifestyle Recommendations Use a Neti pot with warm, sterile, distilled water and a pinch of salt once a day to remove excess mucous as well as germs and allergens such as dust and pollen from your nasal passages. Do not use the Neti pot more frequently than once a day as it can remove too much of your body’s natural nasal flora. Consider using a “citracidal” grapefruit seed extract nasal spray once a day to keep secretions flowing. Vacuum your home weekly to help control the allergens nestled in your rugs and furniture. If you also have dust allergies, use an HEPA air filter and dust-proof pillow and mattress covers. If you have been outside (especially after doing any kind of yard work or gardening), take off your shoes when you enter your home to avoid tracking in allergens. Wash your hands, launder your clothing before wearing them again and shower before retiring to keep allergens out of your bed. If allergies are a serious problem, get tested by your physician. Use a good air filter such as Health Mate, especially in your bedroom. With seasonal allergies, avoid being out in the wind, which stirs up pollens. Practice meditation or mindfulness exercises if you have a lot of stress and worry.

roids, anti-histamines and antibiotics), over-the-counter remedies and/or allergy shots, Chinese medicine is more concerned with getting to the root cause(s) of the allergies. We treat the whole person, focusing on long-term health through balancing the body’s energetic system. By examining the imbalances found in the pulse and tongue diagnosis, practitioners of Chinese medicine can customize treatments for each person using a combination of acupuncture points, Chinese herbs (formulated and tested in this country using our standards) and diet and other lifestyle changes. We find over time as imbalances are corrected, the need for medicine often


lessens and in some cases, it may no longer be necessary. Allergies and sinusitis are a few of the many ailments that respond well to acupuncture, according to the World Health Organization and the National Institutes of Health. When treating allergies, I usually ask patients to come in weekly for four to six treatments, depending on the severity of their symptoms. Often patients get the best relief by coming in for a “miniseries” of four treatments three to four weeks before their primary allergy seasons start. Many people find relief from inflamed sinuses after their very first treatment.

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Mindful Walking: Walking Meditation By John A. Patterson MD, MSPH, FAAFP “Walking on the Earth is a miracle.” “Peace is every step.” – Thich Nhat Hanh Research suggests walking for exercise has significant physical, mental and emotional benefits. Brisk walking seems to offer similar benefits as more intense running when it comes to managing several risk factors for heart disease and stroke, including stress, high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol, overweight and diabetes. Walking as little as 30 minutes a day may improve your heart health. Life expectancy may increase by two hours for every hour of brisk walking. But some people are physically unable to walk briskly and others find fitness walking monotonous and boring. However, if you can walk, you can practice mindful walking, also known as walking meditation. Less is known about the health benefits of mindful walking, but empirical evidence over the centuries from many cultures and tradi-

tions support its use as part of a contemplative and healthy lifestyle. As with other mindful meditative practices, walking meditation helps develop mindfulness in everyday life. Training the mind to pay attention when you are physically moving with open eyes can help you bring mindfulness to everything else in your life at home, at work, in traffic and simply being with yourself. Mindful awareness can begin to inform your entire life. Mindful walking can help you connect to your inner sense of peace and calm, manage stress, increase spontaneity and enhance mental focus, creativity and problem solving. It can also help you feel more resilient in the face of anxiety, worry, fear, anger, confusion, agitation, obsessive thoughts, rumination, grief, depression and pain. The formal practice of mindful walking cultivates an alert, aware engagement with your life as it is unfolding right there in that present moment, right there in that place, wherever you are. Walking meditation trains your mind to skillfully cultivate wakefulness and awareness,

increasing the sense of mindfulness in everyday activities. Routine daily habits can begin to feel richer, more three-dimensional, more multi-colored than black and white. A deeper sense of gratitude can begin to grow in your life. Interestingly, you may not be the first one to be aware of these changes in your life. Those you live and work with may notice them before you do as your daily life itself becomes an experience of conscious, intentional, mindful living. Walking meditation is easy to incorporate into daily routines. You can carve out dedicated time for formal mindful walking or informally bring mindfulness to any walking you do, especially if you are walking toward a potentially stressful experience or communication. Mindfully walking and connecting to your inner sense of calmness, peacefulness and confidence can even disarm those who might otherwise behave as adversaries or antagonists. You may find mindful walking more relaxing than other forms of meditation, especially if your mind is particularly churned up. At those times, walking meditation can be relaxing in a way that sitting meditation may not. Paradoxically, at times when your mind feels dull, lethargic or sleepy, walking practice may increase alertness and energy. Many people prefer walking outdoors over indoor exercise machines or gym tracks. Some studies suggest that, compared to those who exercise indoors, those who exercise outdoors enjoy it more and score higher on measures of vitality, enthusiasm, pleasure and self-esteem and lower

on tension, depression and fatigue. As you walk mindfully outdoors, you can intentionally direct your attention to the physical sensations in your body – feeling your feet touching the Earth, feeling your heel landing, feeling the weight transferring to the ball of the foot, feeling the foot lifting and moving through the air and landing again on the heel. Bring special attention to the breath coming into the body and leaving the body, feeling the air at the nostrils, the movement of the chest and the movement of the belly. You can feel your clothing moving against your skin, the air touching your skin, the movement of your arms, legs, muscles and joints. You can also attend more expansively to the sky, the wind, smells, sounds, birds and other animals (including your dog!). You can recite the Native American saying: “With beauty around me, with beauty beside me, with beauty in front of me, with beauty behind me, with beauty above me, with beauty below me, with beauty inside me – I walk in beauty.” As with any other meditative practice, your attention may wander to the past or the future or to other places and circumstances. When your attention drifts away from the sensations of walking or awareness of nature, take notice of those thoughts or emotions without judgment and gently guide your awareness back to walking in the present moment. That moment of noticing the wandering mind is very important. All human minds wander. We all have what’s called a “monkey mind.” It is completely normal for

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Mindful walking can help you connect to your inner sense of peace and calm, manage stress, increase spontaneity and enhance mental focus, creativity and problem solving.

the mind to be all over the place, like a restless monkey jumping all around. Our job is to train it to be our ally rather than our master, and anyone can do it. Harshly judging yourself for “failing” at the task of mindful walking is counter-productive. Rather, use these moments as part of the practice itself, gently reframing “distractions” (whether it’s thinking, planning, remembering, hearing sounds, visual experiences or emotions) as “reminders” to gently guide your awareness back to the present moment, back to the walking and the natural world. It is traditionally said that we bring the kindness and gentleness of “a feather touching a bubble” to these moments rather than self-criticism, harshness and self-judgment. You can practice mindful walking for whatever amount of time you have available, either dedicating time specifically to that formal meditative activity or informally bringing mindful attention to all of your walking – anytime, anywhere. May you walk in beauty. Resources


How to walk (Mindful essentials). Thich Nhat Hanh (2015) Instructions for walking meditation. Insight Meditation Center instructions-for-walking-meditation/

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An autoimmune disease develops when the immune system, which defends the body against disease, decides healthy cells are foreign.

What’s the Connection Between Allergies and the Autoimmune System? By Dr. Tom Miller, Staff Writer An allergy may occur when the immune system reacts to something such as pollen, pet dander or a variety of foods. An autoimmune disease develops when the immune system, which defends the body against disease, decides healthy cells are foreign. As a result, the immune system attacks those cells. Depending on its type, an autoimmune disease can affect one or many different types of body tissue. Some allergies are on the rise in Western countries. Food allergies more than tripled in the United States over the past decade. Developed countries are also seeing an increase in autoimmune and allergic diseases. An autoimmune disease that is often mistaken for an allergy is psoriasis. Psoriasis presents with

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An autoimmune disease that is often mistaken for an allergy is psoriasis.

conditions can cause itchy, red skin. Patients sometimes believe they have an allergy because they have a rash, itchy skin, a skin fungus, an infection or skin bumps when in fact they have psoriasis. Stress is an important factor to consider if the condition is psoriasis. Stressful life events (Miller 2010) can compromise the immune system and may be partly to blame when the disease first appears and when it flares. The meta-analysis also revealed that people who are older or who have chronic disease or disorders are more prone to stress-related immune changes. Kiecolt-Glaser and Glaser (2002) found psychological depression due to stressful life events and age can result in a compromised immune system. When someone experiences stressful life events, these stressors can alter the effective functioning of the immune system, and that stress can cause psoriasis. Internal stressors also affect psoriasis. Before trying to self-treat, it is important to accurately diagnose any reaction your body shows when it is stressed, such as migraine headaches or skin irritation. An integrated health approach involves a visit to your primary care physician, and that

may include a referral to a psychologist, dermatologist and/or an allergist for appropriate and specialized treatment. There is much to learn about how the body reacts to stressors in life. For more information on this topic, visit WebMD’s Stress Management Center at www. Sources and Resources

Kiecolt-Glaser, J. K. et al (2002). Psychoneuroimmunology: Psychological influences on immune function and health. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 70, 537-47. Miller, T.W. (Ed.) (2010). Handbook of Stressful Transitions Across the Life Span. New York: Springer Publishers Inc. Shah, A. (2014). Why Allergies and Autoimmune Diseases Are Skyrocketing. Retrieved from www.


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Celebrating a Life in Transition: The Story of Horacio Parisi

By Health&Wellness Magazine Enjoying the later years of life can be hard for us and our families. But we at Health&Wellness Magazine are proud to tell the story of Horacio Parisi as told to us by his daughter, Italia. Horacio is a vibrant World Cup Soccer playing, horse training father who is now learning how to enjoy the later years of his life with the help of his family and some local services. When talking about the last few years with her dad Italia said “If someone had told me 10 years ago that my father was going to be like this, I would not have understood what they were saying. I had never met someone with dementia before. My father, Horacio, was such a great story teller!  Very humorous and amiable, and such a hard worker! He was born in the breathtakingly beautiful city of Santiago, the capital of Chile. He worked in the stables and played soccer as a child, and played in the World Cup in the 1960's when the competition was hosted there.  He first came to the states as a horse transporter. He dreamed of living in America, and through his and my mother’s work and sacrifice, our family moved here when I was in Kindergarten.  After my wonderful, amazing, mother passed, my father was living alone, still training horses, when he had a small stroke. This was a major turning point, more emotionally than anything else.  This was the

first time he had ever been under hospital care.  This small health scare changed him. I think it was the first time in his life he felt that vulnerable, and began to speak of his wishes to sell the horses/business and retire.  Over time I started noticing he would forget important dates, like when his income would be at the bank.  He never forgot that date of the month.  I noticed he would "fix" his TV only to call me and tell me something was wrong and for me to help.  Little things yet major signs.” When asked what the life transition has been like she told us, “I guess I was slapped in the face with reality about him not being able to manage his own life near Christmas time a few years ago. I kept trying to get a hold of him, went by his apartment several times. I always took him home cooked meals and it was so odd for him not to answer the door.  His car was there, so I started phoning the hospitals...this is where I found him.  He had passed out, they are guessing. And the paramedic report stated he had 5 socks on one foot.  A neighbor had called 911 when they heard what sounded like a fall. 

Thank God for that person! So here I was, in a situation where I knew he could not and should not live alone anymore.  During this hospital stay, I cleaned out his belongings, paid his last month’s rent, and told him not to worry.” Italia told us how it got worse before it got better. “As he was on the mend, I let him stay at my home, alone, because I have to work. I am a single mother! My daughters and I would prepare his lunch, and get him set up for the day.  Then came the day that I knew he could not even be left alone for a little while. It was the day he wasn't home when my children got off the bus.  We couldn't find him, we were so scared. It was cold out, his jacket was not on. Thank God we did locate him walking down Main St. with no destination, no explanation of where he was going.  I had to do something, so between working 40+ hours a week, mothering my children and supporting all their extra-curricular activities, I began to research what I could do to be able to still work and keep him safe.” She told us this is when she found Aging with Grace. ” I am not a wealthy person. I was on a mission to find

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the most cost effective, and highest quality form of care for my father. This is when I discovered adult day type services and went through all the red tape with insurance to get him started.” She told us “It is so difficult to explain how our lives were impacted. It is difficult for me to care for him, it would be an easier life for me and my children if we made him someone else's dependent.  But he is ours, and we love him!  He still has a little of him in there somewhere, and it does peek out sometimes.” She said that “Getting through these difficult times is hard and we realize why we need him as much as he needs us.” She told us emphatically that “It would not be possible without Aging with Grace”. Italia told us about how the care he receives is helping him continue to enjoy life and that “the staff is exceedingly kind and understanding. They are almost like family, and well trained in dementia care. The food they serve is outstanding, and that makes me happy, because my father has always enjoyed a good meal. If he didn't have a good place to be, how could I work?” Because of services like these Horacio is able to continue to live out his active life, and his family is able to have more peace of mind that he is safe and happy. Every life matters and we are proud to celebrate and tell the story of Horacio Parisi in this time of transition.



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Coping With Pet Allergies Take steps to reduce dander from hair and fur By Harleena Singh, Staff Writer

Many pet owners have an allergy to their animals (allergic rhinitis). Pet dander can cause allergy symptoms through indirect contact (airborne allergens are inhaled into the nose and lungs) or by transfer of the dander directly to nasal and/or ocular mucosa by contact with pet allergen from contaminated hands or clothing. Pet hair or fur can collect mold spores, pollen and other outdoor allergens. The protein found in pet dander, skin flakes, urine and saliva could aggravate asthma symp-

toms or cause an allergic reaction in some people. Sensitive people may display reactions at work and other places due to the presence of pet dander on rugs and in clothing, bedding and air ducts. All these can be a source of allergens even when the pets and their families have moved. Pet allergens can remain in a home for up to six months or more after a pet has been removed. Heredity plays a major role because pet allergy often runs in families. If either parent suffers from pet allergies, the chance of a child developing the condition significantly increases.

When allergy sufferers experience chronic exposure to pet dander, it can lead to worsening of asthma, sinusitis, eye allergy, nasal allergy, sleep apnea and snoring, eczema and contact hives. Exposure to cat or dog dander may worsen other allergic reactions, including seasonal allergies. Here are some tips for reducing dander: • Neuter male cats and dogs to lower their allergen production. • Eliminate or minimize animal allergen production. • Wash your hands immediately after contact with pets. Use an antibacterial soap, especially before preparing food or eating. • Confine pets to one room of the house. Keep them out of sleeping areas. • Put filters on bedroom ventilation grids. • Vacuum with a good HEPA filter vacuum cleaner twice a week. Use a steam vapor cleaner to clean your rugs and upholstery.

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• Avoid rubbing your eyes and nose when your pets are around. • Washing pets twice a week can reduce allergens by 85 percent. Also, use a damp microfiber cloth to rub down pets regularly. • Wash bedding in hot water once a week. • Clean floors and walls with an electrostatic cloth, which attracts and holds pet hair and dander. • Try immunotherapy such as allergy injection therapy, which is unique in specifically lowering one’s sensitivity to a pet. • In dogs, routine and proper grooming, preferably outdoors, has been shown to reduce shedding and may decrease skin irritation and secondary bacterial infection. Allergy control solutions are available that alter animal allergens to make them less reactive. They can be sprayed on carpets and soft furnishings and added to water when washing fabrics. In addition, check that your pets are in good health. Their immunizations should be up to date. Regular check-ups at the vet can also spot any possible infections. There are no truly “hypoallergenic” breeds of dogs or cats, contrary to popular belief. Allergic dander in cats and dogs is not affected by fur length or the amount shedding. Thus, giving up a pet to prevent allergy symptoms isn’t necessary. An allergist or immunologist can easily diagnose the symptoms and treat you accordingly.

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• Difficulty hearing in noisy situations such as conferences, restaurants or crowded meetings • Requiring frequent repetition • Ringing in your ears EMOTIONAL SIGNS • Feeling nervous about trying to hear or understand • Feeling annoyed at others because you do not hear or understand them well • Feeling stressed from straining to hear what others are saying • Feeling embarrassed about meeting new people • Withdrawing from social situations you once enjoyed because of difficulty hearing

SIGNS OF HEARING LOSS Hearing loss can be gradual or sudden. Loved ones often notice signs of hearing loss before the patient even recognizes he has a problem. Here are some warning signs to look for:

MEDICAL SIGNS • Family history of hearing loss • Taking medications that can affect the hearing system • Exposure to loud noises • Memory loss • Diabetes • Thyroid problems • Hypertension • High blood pressure

SOCIAL SIGNS • Trouble hearing women and children • Reading lips or watching an individual’s face when they speak • Answering or responding inappropriately in conversation • Thinking voices sound muffled

CONSEQUENCES OF HEARING LOSS It is well documented that untreated hearing loss can significantly increase the possibility of depression and anxiety. While it is natural to have some degree of depression following the diagnosis of hearing loss,

left untreated, it can severely hinder quality of life. When an individual is unable to clearly understand conversations, feelings of shame, humiliation and inadequacy can arise. The desire to hide hearing aids often results from these feelings, as hearing aids are a visible reminder that someone is “different.” However, the stress of untreated hearing loss can lead to distrust, sadness, depression, anger, isolation, poor selfimage and feeling inadequate. Too often guilt can be thrown into the emotional mix because many individuals blame themselves for the misunderstandings. People sometimes become over-apologetic for asking others to repeat themselves. It is crucial to remember the problem is not any one person’s fault. MYTHS ABOUT HEARING LOSS “Minor surgery can correct my hearing loss and everything will be okay.” While surgery can correct some types of hearing loss, in fact it is estimated that only 5 percent to 10 percent can be treated by surgery. “Hearing loss is a normal part of aging and I am not worried about it.” Some physicians tell their patients hearing loss is normal as people grow older. While hearing loss does often accompany aging, any type of hearing loss at any age needs to be addressed by a professional. “Your hearing loss is untreatable.” This may have been a true statement MANY years ago, but with ample research and technological advancements in the past several years, most if not all people with hearing loss can benefit from hearing instruments. “If people would speak up, I could hear them.” Have you ever listened to a CD that had some distortion on it? It does not

matter how loud you make the volume, you can’t understand the words. The same is true with hearing. Amplification is a common fix; newer features can reduce background noise, which can help with clarity of the signal. “My hearing isn’t bad enough for hearing aids.” If someone wants to become physically fit, she must work out in order to keep her muscles strong. The ears and the brain are the same. You must continue to exercise them to keep them functioning at their optimal state, specifically when it comes to understanding the sounds you hear. Hearing loss is not the same for any two individuals and therefore it requires a professional who can provide an individualized treatment protocol. If you suspect you or someone you love may be experiencing hearing loss, don’t wait to seek professional help. Start the road to better living today. 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 SpeechLanguage-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.


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Testing for Allergies By Dr. Keith Applegate Asthma and allergies affect more than 60 million Americans, but these conditions are often overlooked. Testing for allergies can help you discover what you might be allergic to and enable your physician to prescribe treatment. Allergy tests are usually combined with a physical examination and medical history. Testing done by an allergist or family practice physician is generally safe and effective for adults and children of all ages. There are two main types of allergy testing: skin or scratch testing and in vitro or blood testing. Skin or scratch testing is also known as a puncture or prick test. Scratch testing involves placing a very small amount of an extract containing possible allergens such as pollen, mold, dust mites and animal dander in a small indentation

or prick on the surface of the skin. The skin is scratched with a needle at the extract site, and the areas are inspected after several minutes for signs of redness and/or swelling. A number of variables influence reactivity, including the patient’s age and the color of his or her skin. The drawbacks for this type of testing include the need for multiple intradermal injections. It is also more painful and takes up to 20 minutes to perform. The strength or quality of the extract used in the test may vary, and some medications such as antihistamines, beta blockers and sleep aids interfere with results. You must stop taking these medications prior to undergoing testing. It is also difficult to reproduce the results. There may be a risk of anaphylactic shock if your body reacts unexpectedly to one of the allergens. Allergy blood testing detects and measures the amount of allergenspecific antibodies in your blood.

This type of test can be used when skin tests might be unsafe or if the patient prefers a blood draw. A lab will test the blood sample to measure the level of a type of antibody called immunoglobulin E or IgE. The body makes IgE in response to certain allergens. IgE levels are usually higher in patients with allergies or asthma. Allergy blood tests usually screen for at least 10 of the most common allergy triggers, including dust, pet dander, trees, grasses, weeds and molds that grow where you live. The tests are also particularly helpful for diagnosing food allergies. In vitro tests are more specific than scratch testing. They offer a shorter testing time, and patients don’t have to stop taking their medications. In vitro tests work better for patients with skin problems, those who cannot tolerate the many needle scratches required for skin testing and those who have an unstable heart condition or poorly

controlled asthma. The results indicate the degree of patient sensitivity to particular allergens, which helps predict initial doses for immunotherapy. With in vitro (blood) tests, there is no risk of anaphylactic shock, and the patient’s age or skin color does not affect reactivity. The test can be customized, and a serum sample may be stored for later testing of additional allergens. Be sure to discuss your allergy-testing options thoroughly with your physician. About the Author

A Louisville native, Dr. Keith Applegate joined Family Practice Associates of Lexington in 1987. Dr. Applegate’s objective is “to have a helpful and rewarding doctor-patient relationship that results in a healthier you.”

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10 Things You Should Do If You Are Involved In A Car Accident By Kevin Renfro, Becker Law Office Car accidents are scary experiences, but knowing in advance what to do if you’re ever involved in one can help you protect yourself and your rights. Here are the top 10 things you should do if you are involved in a car accident: 1. Get to safety as soon as possible. Put on your emergency flashers, place orange safety cones or light flares to alert other drivers of the accident, check on the other driver(s), passengers and any pedestrians involved, and then if possible, move to safety out of the flow of traffic. Take pictures of the vehicles before moving them if you can do so safely. 2. Never leave the scene of an accident, even if it is a minor fender bender. You could be charged criminally for leaving the scene of an accident. 3. Call 911 and request police, even if it is a minor accident, and definitely in the event of significant property damage, injuries or death. Ask for a written police report to be completed of what happened, where the vehicles were positioned, and what was claimed at the time of the accident, should a formal claim need to be filed. Ask for the name,

badge number, and phone number of the police officers responding to the accident scene. You should also request the number of the police report so you can obtain a copy for your records. 4. Be polite at the accident scene. It’s easy to be upset after a car accident, but do not accuse another driver of fault, and never admit fault, even if you believe you caused the accident. You may be admitting legal liability and there may be other circumstances about which you are unaware that caused or contributed to the accident that are not your fault. Do not give your social security number to anyone, even the police officers. It is not necessary for you to provide your social security number to anyone at the accident scene, nor is it necessary to have a police report completed or an insurance claim filed on your behalf. 5. Exchange information with the other drivers. Record the name, address, phone number, date of birth and email address of all drivers, as well as their automobile insurance information including the name of the insurance company, the insurance company phone number, policy number and the named insured. It is also a good idea to get the automobile registration information

of the vehicles involved in the event a vehicle is registered to someone other than the driver. Also note the make, model and color of any vehicles involved in the accident including their license plate state and number. 6. Record the contact information of all passengers and any witnesses including their name, address, phone number and email address, and write down what they believe happened, where they were at the time of the accident, and what they saw. 7. Record your account of the accident including taking pictures and videos. Most of us carry some kind of smart phone so use the camera to take pictures and videos of the location, the accident scene, and any traffic signals or signs. Record the time of day, traffic conditions at the time of the accident, weather, and road conditions (i.e. wet from rain; construction zone, etc.), and anything else you can remember about what happened before the accident occurred. Were other drivers driving aggressively or driving distracted? Were you driving in rush-hour traffic, or stop and go traffic? Do not wait to record your account of the accident because it is easy to forget important details if not recorded as soon after the accident as possible. 8. Seek medical attention right away, even if you have minor injuries or when you do not believe you are hurt. Some injuries do not appear until a day or two after an accident, and it is important to have an immediate record of seeking medical attention after an accident. 9. Notify your insurance company immediately after the accident. Most insurance companies have 24/7 claim centers so you should call as soon after the accident as you can. Be honest about what happened because

insurance coverage may be denied if your insurance company learns you were not truthful about the accident, or if you are uncooperative during its investigation. Provide your insurance carrier with all the information you gathered at the scene. You have a duty to cooperate with your insurance company, and they have a duty to provide benefits under your insurance policy. 10. Keep detailed records of all emergency room visits, doctors’ appointments, physical therapy, chiropractic care, prescriptions, and any other treatment, medicines, or devices, related to the treatment from your car accident. Keep the police report and any other paperwork concerning your car accident together in one place for easier reference in case you need to make a formal claim. If you are injured, consider speaking with an attorney experienced in handling car accident injury claims to find out your rights and to ensure your damages are compensated. About the Author

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to everyone who comes your way isn’t a virtue. If you answer every phone call, respond to every email or spend your time running around doing “small” favors, you’re not going to feel good about yourself for very long. The word “no” can change your life for the better and help you achieve your own goals.

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ner isn’t a deal breaker. Take a deep breath and forge ahead. Set Some Limits: Setting boundaries is essential for good mental health. Saying “yes”

Bring Joy to Your World: Make sure to put some form of fun into your day. When you indulge in activities that make you happy, you’ll relieve stress and become more energized. Whether it’s cooking, taking photographs or going to the park with your kids or your dog, mix obligations with good old fun. Play deserves attention, too.

By Annette Racond, Staff Writer Spring is here! Time to relax and enjoy life – right? Unfortunately, stress doesn’t take vacations, even during this beautiful time of year. Here are six simple ways to minimize stress. Good Timing: If you leave extra time to reach your destination, you’ll minimize the chances of being late for important appointments. It’s a lot less stressful to be 15 minutes early than 15 minutes late. Sometimes (especially in the case of job interviews) being late can mean the difference between being hired and being passed over. Plus, your trip will be a lot more pleasant if you’re not racing around. Slow down and take your time. Get Back to Basics: Sleeping well, eating healthfully and exercising make a lot of sense when you feel your life spiraling out of control. Improving these three areas in your life can help you get back on track. Go to sleep earlier than usual in lieu of watching the late news. Opt for a nutritious

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the walls is mold. Some say it’s the unique climate and weather here that make bourbon whiskey so distinctive. Others who suffer from mold allergies would say the weather conditions need improvement! If you can’t remove yourself from a surrounding environment that contains naturally occurring mold, you must look for ways and places to remove allergens from your personal day-to-day experiences. Start with the bedroom. Check the pillow you sleep on every night. Did you know if you weigh your pillow after you’ve been sleeping on it for a year, it will weigh more than the day you took it out of the package new? We shed skin cells every day (some calculate almost a million) and these collect and gather

in the bed. They attract tiny mites that feed on them. These mites in turn set up housekeeping and multiply rapidly, reproducing, eliminating and ultimately dying inside your pillow. “Gross!” you say. Yes, it’s gross. So change your pillow often. If you suffer from food allergies, consider changing your diet often, too. For many allergy sufferers, following a rotation diet gives some relief. In a rotation diet, you eat a large variety of foods but never the same thing twice in a week. Keeping a food diary helps you track that week’s meals and also identify any foods you may react to allergically. While eating local supports the local economy, it can also support our good gut health. When we pull a potato out of the ground and scrub it up for cooking, we can remove all the visible dirt from it, but its skin will still contain some local microbes, invisible to the naked eye, that are unique to our area. We want our bodies to host these local microbes because they have the potential to benefit our immune system and make it less reactive. It’s the immune system that is mounting a response


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Free support group for anyone affected by someone else’s drinking. Local meetings and information at 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.



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 for more info.

Mondays & Wednesdays

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 or call 859-721-1841


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.

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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.

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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 For questions, call 859-338-4393 or *lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning.

Wednesdays Mindfulness and Relaxation for Health

6:30-8:00pm. 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 move-

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ment, deep relaxation, sitting meditation and discussion. Cost $5-$10/ person sliding scale. Instructor- John Patterson MD, MSPH, FAAFP. Mind Body Studio 517 Southland Drive, Lexington, KY 859-373-0033. Full details at http:// id=1055


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/person sliding scale. Tango practice occurs on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays each month from 7:30-9:30PM. Instructors: Dr. John Patterson and Nataliya Timoshevskaya, Mind Body Studio 517, Southland Drive, Lexington, KY 859-373-0033. Full details at http://www.mindbodystudio. org/?page_id=214

May 10

Free Educational Workshop: Vision Therapy Educational Workshop to show how vision therapy can improve, enhance and develop visual performance by teaching the visual system (eyes, brain, body) to correct itself. 6:45pm – 7:30pm. Hosted by Dr. Rick Graebe at the Children’s Vision and Learning Center, 105 Crossfield Drive, Versailles, KY 40383. Free; no registration required. 859-879-0089 for additional information.

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The Other Dementias: LBD, VaD, and FTD Scary, thrashing dreams? Hallucinations?  Weird social behavior?  Not all types of dementia have the same symptoms as Alzheimer’s Disease, which most people have heard of.  There are other types of dementia that have different symptoms from Alzheimer’s and that may need different types of treatment.  In this discussion you will learn about Lewy Body Dementia/Parkinson’s Dementia, vascular dementia, and frontotemporal dementia. The program will be held on Tuesday, May 10th from 10:30am11:30am at the Madison County Cooperative Extension Office located at 230 Duncannon Lane, Richmond.  To register, please contact the Madison County Cooperative Extension Office at 859-623-4072 or the Alzheimer's Association's 24-hour Helpline at 800272-3900.  Deadline to register is Friday, May 6th.

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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

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

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

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

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. 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

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,

Free Cardio Classes

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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Dance for Alzheimer’s Activity has health benefits for both brain and body By Charles Sebastian, Staff Writer

It’s no secret there are many benefits of dancing at any age. Keeping the body active is a crucial issue as the decades roll on and the body fades. Finding something you actually want to do makes exercise fun. People start dancing for many reasons: to reap the benefits of weight loss; for toning, balance, poise and socializing; to develop new muscle memory; and to enjoy the excitement of moving to music. But can dancing be a means of slowing Alzheimer’s disease? Involving plaques and tangles of neural fibers in the brain, Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease that first presents as short-term memory loss and mood swings. Other issues in behavior, language distortion and loss of purpose can also be involved. A great deal of research has been done in the past three decades to determine what might offset or cure Alzheimer’s. Research also explores the neuroplasticity of the brain – its ability to keep firing and remain flexible in thinking, memory and motor function performance. Dancing in general and partner dancing in particular headed the list of activities that enhance neuroplasticity, showing about 76 percent

improvement across the board. According to the study, entitled “Leisure Activities and the Risk of Dementia in the Elderly,” the splitsecond, almost unconscious decision-making process used in partner

Einstein College of Medicine in New York conducted the 21-year study. The article detailing the results appeared in The New England Journal of Medicine’s June 19, 2003 issue. Using this research

A great deal of research has been done in the past three decades to determine what might offset or cure Alzheimer’s.

dancing made it an effective tool. In the lead-and-follow dynamics of partner dancing, especially for the follow, unplanned, in-the-moment choices must be made so the partner can follow effectively. These fast, spontaneous decisions fire up the brain in ways other activities in the study – such as reading, cycling, swimming and golf – did not. Dr. Joe Verghese at the Albert

and much more since the study ended, Verghese developed the Motoric Cognitive Risk Syndrome (MCR), a criteria involving slow gait, frailty and other factors that point to the early stages of dementia. “People who developed MCR in the studies were twice as likely to develop dementia in the years following,” Verghese said. “We had 22

studies from 17 different countries, and nine to 10 percent of adults over 60 in these studies were candidates for MCR.” Seeing the early stages of dementia and Alzheimer’s is one thing, but figuring out preventions and cures is totally different. Since no drugs have reversed or arrested Alzheimer’s, prevention is all that is available at the moment. Partner dancing has been recognized for its outstanding effect on these issues and, as a result, the Alzheimer’s Association has developed many fundraisers and functions to promote the use of dancing, such as the Baltimore Memory Ball, Dancing Stars of Georgia and the creation of the American Dance Therapy Association, to name a few. Dancing has always been highly social and engaging and we can now add with certainty its health benefits, not just for the body, as has been long known, but for the mind as well.


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The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease If you have a loved one who is newly diagnosed, or if you just want to learn more about Alzheimer’s disease, this program is for you. This presentation will explore what everyone should know about memory loss issues and what they mean for all of us. The program will take place at the Franklin County Senior Activity Center, 202 Medical Heights Drive, Frankfort, KY, 40601, on May 11, 2016, from 10-11 a.m. To register for this program, please call 1-800272-3900. Registration is required.

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Down to Earth Garden Club Plant Sale Every May, the Down to Earth Garden Club holds a special plant sale community fundraiser. The plants are grown, nurtured and generously donated by each club member. This wonderful community benefit event will be held rain or shine. Come support your community while adding beauty to your garden! Money raised will

be donated to local projects that promote gardening, education, preservation, conservation and environmental stewardship. 9 A.M. to 12 P.M. at Woodland Christian Church, 530 E. High St. in Lexington, KY. Please visit our website

do have not Reiki training—come for an introduction/question & answer. Contact JoAnn Utley at 502777-3865 or jutley5122@ to register.  More info at

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Safety for the Person with Dementia As dementia progresses, the needs and abilities of a person will change. This workshop shares tips and strategies for adapting the home to support these changes with a little creativity, flexibility and problem solving. The program will take place on Monday, May 16th from 11am1pm at The Homeplace located at 101 Sexton Way, Midway.  A free lunch will be served.  Registration is required; call the Alzheimer’s Association at 1-800-272-3900.  Please no professionals.

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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

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Are you interested in learning more about end-of-life care? Are you curious about the vast array of services Hospice of the Bluegrass offers? Join us for our monthly Lunch & Learn series on the last Tuesday of each month at noon for an informative conversation about our work. Lunch will be provided and each session will be led by a knowledgeable Hospice of the Bluegrass administrator. This overview will touch on how hospice services work and the services provided. This is a free event. Register by emailing or calling (859) 296-6895. Times: Last Tuesday of the Month from noon – 1 p.m. (March 29, April 26, May 31, June 28, July 26, August 30, September 27, October 25 and November 29.

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What Triggers Seasonal Allergies? Knowing what starts the sneezing and wheezing can help you control it

By Harleena Singh, Staff Writer Almost one in five Americans suffers from seasonal allergic rhinitis, also known as hay fever. This malady occurs when a person’s immune system overreacts to an outdoor allergen such as pollen. Seasonal allergies are less common during the winter, but as various plants emit their respective pollens at different times of the year, symptoms of hay fever may affect a person all year through, depending

on his or her immune system and where he or she lives. Usually the immune system doesn’t respond to mild substances such as pollen and mold, but in sensitive people, the body’s defense mechanism views these allergens as infectious agents and mounts an attack. The symptoms of allergic reactions can begin five to 10 minutes after allergen exposure and subside within an hour, but they may return two to four hours later. Because the pollen

of insect-pollinated plants are too heavy to remain airborne for long, the main culprits for hay fever are windpollinated plants such as grasses, trees and weeds. Allergy symptoms include coughing, sneezing, itchy eyes and runny nose. Some common triggers of seasonal allergies are pollen, grass and mold. In most areas of the United States, spring allergies begin in February and last until the early summer.

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If you have a prior history of seasonal problems, start medications two weeks before they are expected to begin. The most common culprit for fall allergies is ragweed, which blooms and releases pollen from August to November. Other plants that trigger fall allergies include cocklebur, burning bush, pigweed, lamb’s-quarters, sagebrush, mugwort, tumbleweed and Russian thistle. While seasonal allergies generally refer to pollen, grass and mold, a different group of allergy triggers is also tied to particular seasons. They are smoke (fireplaces in winter, campfires in summer); chlorine in indoor and outdoor swimming pools; insect bites and stings (usually in summer and spring); pine trees and wreaths (during Thanksgiving to Christmas); and some candy ingredients (Easter, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Halloween). You may think you know your triggers or believe pollen is causing your seasonal allergies, but other substances could be involved as well. Be sure to work with your allergist to find ways to avoid your triggers. Many things, including animal dander and house dust, can trigger allergies. When checking on your allergies, your doctor will want to know if you have pets, if anyone smokes in the house, your age when you started getting allergy symptoms and if anyone else in your family suffers from allergies. Monitor pollen and mold counts and keep the doors and windows shut in your car and at home during the allergy season. Stay inside during the afternoon, when pollen counts are highest. Take a shower, wash your hair and change your clothes after you’ve worked or played outdoors. Wear a NIOSH-rated 95 filter mask while mowing the lawn or doing other outdoor chores and take medications beforehand. One of the most effective ways to treat seasonal allergies linked to pollen is immunotherapy (allergy shots). These injections expose you to gradual increments of your allergen, so you learn to tolerate it instead of reacting with sneezing, a stuffy nose and itchy, watery eyes. Over-the-counter allergy medications may ease your discomfort. A nasal decongestant may help relieve a stuffy nose. If you have a prior history of seasonal problems, start medications two weeks before they are expected to begin. Be sure to consult your doctor before you take any medication.


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IT’S A NICE ADDITION TO YOUR DIET By Tanya Tyler, Editor/Writer Many of us have probably done it: showered a newly married couple with rice as they emerged from a church, ready to begin their lives together. We might not have thought much about the tiny white grains we sent sailing through the air (and no, rice does not make birds’ stomachs burst after eating it), but rice is one of the most widely eaten foods in the world, especially in China, India, Indonesia, Japan and Southeast Asia. More than 3 billion people around the world depend on rice as the staple of their diet, according to the U.S. Rice Producers Association. Rice is third in worldwide production after sugar and maize. In Thailand, the phrase translated “to eat” literally means “to eat rice.” Rice has been part of the human diet for more than 10,000 years, originating in China’s Pearl River Valley region. Arabian travelers

Rice introduced rice into ancient Greece, and Alexander the Great brought it to India. There are more than 40,000 varieties of rice. Some you may be familiar with include Arborio; basmati; jasmine; and forbidden rice, a black rice that turns purple when cooked and has a sweet taste and sticky texture. Rice is generally classified as long, medium or short grained. When rice is cooked, the kernels swell to at least three times their original size. Rice kernels do not contain vitamin A, so people

There are more than 40,000 varieties of rice.

who get most of their calories from rice are at risk of vitamin A deficiency. Rice is gluten and fat free, low in sodium and an excellent source of complex carbohydrates. Brown rice is the best choice for eating because it uses the entire grain; only the inedible outer husk has been removed. The high-fiber bran coating gives brown rice its light tan color, a nutlike flavor and a chewy texture, and the oil in whole brown rice lowers cholesterol. In contrast, white rice has had the husk, bran and germ removed. Brown rice is an excellent source of manganese, selenium (a trace mineral that has been shown to substantially reduce the risk of colon cancer), phosphorus, copper, magnesium and niacin (vitamin B3). Milling and polishing rice makes it lose a significant amount of its nutrients. According to The Food Network, enriched or con-

verted rice contains calcium, iron and many B-complex vitamins, but brown rice is slightly richer in all these nutrients because they are more natural. Research is showing brown rice and other whole grains substantially lower the risk for type 2 diabetes. Rice can grow in diverse venues, from terraced hills to flooded rice paddies. Small rice seedlings are hand planted into rice paddies that are then filled with water. Arkansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Mississippi and Texas grow 76 percent of the rice produced in the United States. California supplies almost all of America’s sushi rice, according to the California Rice Commission. And why do people throw rice at newlyweds? It’s to ensure they have good luck, health, prosperity and fertility. You’d probably be better off eating rice than throwing it.

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Detectable levels of Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide glyphosate detected in oatmeal, bagels, coffee creamers and seven more products.

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It can take nearly 1,000 years for a plastic water bottle to fully decompose. In the United States alone, about 50 billion plastic water bottles are used and discarded in a single year. Icelandic product designer Ari Jonsson has developed a water bottle made of algal, a product of algae, that is 100 percent natural and 100 percent biodegradable. The water bottle retains its shape when it is full and begins to decompose when it is not. The bottle was displayed at the Reykjavik Design Festival this March.

Glyphosate Found in Common Breakfast Foods

The Alliance for Natural Health USA (ANH-USA) released a report on April 19 showing an independent lab test found

detectable levels of Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide glyphosate in oatmeal, bagels, coffee creamers and seven more products. In total, 10 out of 24 breakfast food items showed levels of glyphosate, which is recognized by the WHO as a carcinogen. Even more disturbing, some of the highest levels of glyphosate were detected in organic food products such as eggs marketed as “organic, cage-free and antibioticfree” and also in bagels and bread. In the eggs, the glyphosate levels were higher than regulators allow. “Glyphosate has been linked to increases in levels of breast, thyroid, kidney, pancreatic, liver and bladder cancers and is being served for breakfast, lunch and dinner around the world,” said Gretchen DuBeau, executive and legal director of the ANH-USA. “We expected trace amounts would show up in foods containing large amounts of corn and soy. However, we were unprepared for just how invasive this poison has been to our entire food chain.” The ANH-USA, which also tested flour, corn flakes, instant oatmeal, yogurt and

frozen hash browns, says the results indicate glyphosate is entering the food supply in ways the industry has claimed were not possible. “The fact that it is showing up in foods like eggs and coffee creamer, which don’t directly contact the herbicide, shows that it’s being passed on by animals who ingest it in their feed,” said DuBeau. “This is contrary to everything regulators and industry scientists have been telling the public.”

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Testing for Allergies Allergists use three main methods By Charles Sebastian, Staff Writer

Allergies are a hot topic for people who live in the Bluegrass area. It seems as soon as the spring pollen and blooms die down, the autumn mold and mildew start. While there is no doubt there are allergens all around us and they are probably worse in some areas of the country and the world than others, the real question is how these allergens are affecting the individual. We’ve all had a conversation with someone who was not allergic to poison ivy or shellfish when they were in their teens, only to find at age 45 these

formerly harmless items make them break out, throw up or zap their energy. Usually doctors testing patients for allergies will start with the general allergies and then increase specificity. Starting with a family history, the allergist may find out someone smokes or has a longhaired cat, and that can sometimes solve the mystery of the allergic problem without the use of skin pricks and probes. However, some doctors insist on doing the whole treatment to discern whether other

allergies are affecting and even combining forces to waylay the patient. There are three main skin tests: the skin prick test (IgE Skin Test), the intradermal test and the skin patch test. With the skin prick test, the skin is lightly pricked so the allergen can come into contact with the blood. If it results in a raised or splotchy area, called a wheal, the person is probably allergic to the substance. The allergist will recommend the patient remove the food from his or her diet.

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In the intradermal test, the allergist interjects the allergen underneath the skin layer. While it seems this method would be a bit stronger in true-positive results, it most often yields false positives. The skin patch test is performed by putting the allergen on a patch and keeping it taped to the skin for up to three days. “Challenge tests” may also be administered, which involve inhaling or swallowing the allergen. Blood tests can reveal allergies in the body. The enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA or EIA) test is the blood test most often performed for allergies. More antibodies will be seen in blood trying to fight off what the body perceives as a threat. The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI) is probably the bestknown institute for the study and treatment of allergies. With the variable nature of allergy testing in general, the AAAAI recommends staying away from certain treatments that are even less likely to yield correct results than the conventional tests. These include

the Rinkel skin titration method, provocative neutralization testing, immunoglobulin G testing, cytoxicity testing, drugstore screenings, muscle strength testing and any cheap home tests available in your local pharmacy. Many medicines you take can affect the accuracy of skin tests, and some may even create, help or exacerbate allergic reactions. Some people will opt to keep a food diary or do an elimination test, where particular foods are slowly removed from the diet. The diary records the affects of life with and without those items. The important thing with allergies is to find out how they affect you. Many times people live with unknown allergens for so long that it feels like the norm, when in fact the body is struggling with processing and staying healthy. If you think allergies may be adversely affecting you, speak to your doctor about the best options for allergy testing, as each case is different. Rejuvenation and better health could be right around the corner for you.

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Step into Spring Indulge in some well-deserved pampering By Annette Racond, Staff Writer

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What’s New in Allergy Research? New laws, new drugs, clinical trials impact those with allergies By Jamie Lober, Staff Writer Here are some breakthroughs and insights about allergies and how to cope with them. • A recent poll shows people do not like proposed laws that would change how you can buy pseudoephedrine, a popular over-thecounter drug used for nasal congestion. “New laws would change it to a prescription-only medicine,” said Alex Burgess, marketing and communications director with the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. Most people want overthe-counter access. • Global warming is to blame for the increase in allergies. Some experts are saying changing climate conditions can help lower the amount of fungal allergies in the air. “Ragweed growth rates increase and the plants produce more pollen when carbon dioxide in the atmosphere increases,” said Burgess. “If fossil fuel emissions continue

Clinical trials can provide hope to people with allergies.

unabated, pollen production is projected to increase.” • Preventing allergic reactions, controlling allergies and creating an allergy management plan with the help of a doctor are top goals for people who have allergies. Be sure to take medicines as prescribed. If you are at risk for anaphylaxis, keep your epinephrine auto-injectors with you in case you have a severe allergic reaction. “Keeping a diary, tracking what you do, what you eat, when symptoms occur and what seems to help may help you and your doctor find what causes or worsens your symptoms,” said Burgess. Be in tune with your body and know how to respond to symptoms or reactions. “It is crucial to recognize that you are having an allergic reaction and to respond quickly and properly,” said Burgess. • Researchers are studying possible treatments for certain food

allergies, including oral immunotherapy, sublingual immunotherapy and other methods, but so far it is all experimental, not proven. “The studies are testing the safety and effectiveness of these treatments, so before you enroll in these types of studies, talk to your allergist about the risks and benefits,” said Burgess. • Food Allergy Research and Education, Inc. is funding investigators who are searching for data about who gets food allergies and the possible role of factors such as diet, hygiene, geography, ethnicity and more. This information helps guide the creation of laws and policies that create safer environments for people with food allergies and for federal funding for research. • In the past two years, a drug called quilizumab that can be inhaled came out. It treats mild allergies and asthma by interrupting the production of an immunesystem protein that triggers allergic reactions. Quilizumab is said to be more convenient and longer-lasting than drugs available previously. If effective, patients would only

have to inhale it once every three months. • Clinical trials can provide hope to people with allergies. Researchers in the University of Kentucky’s Department of Internal Medicine are examining the impact of hot and humid air upon the lung function of patients with allergic rhinitis. Participants have to give five days to the study and will be compensated for their time. They must also be between the ages of 18 and 65 years; not currently pregnant; able to perform lungfunction testing; have a history of allergic rhinitis; and have not taken any oral steroids in the past month. Participants must also be fluent in the English language; have no other lung disease other than allergic rhinitis and no history of tobacco smoking; and not be allergic to ipratropium bromide. There is a high prevalence of allergies in Kentucky, so it is encouraging to see the medical community paying attention and continuing to make strides in addressing the burden of allergies in the community.



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Quick Tips for Treating Eye Allergies Eye drops, compresses, disposable contacts can ease red, itchy eyes By Harleena Singh, Staff Writer Eye allergies, also known as allergic conjunctivitis or ocular allergies, affect nearly one in five Americans. Harmless substances that cause problems for individuals who are predisposed to allergic reactions are called allergens. The most common airborne allergens that cause eye allergies are mold, pollen, dust and pet dander. Eye allergies can also be caused by reactions to certain eye drops or cosmetics, including artificial tears used for treating dry eyes that contain preservatives. Here are some quick tips that can help in treating eye allergies: Limit your exposure to common allergens you are sensitive to. For example, when the pollen count is high, stay indoors and use the air conditioner to filter the air. If you go

outdoors during the allergy season, wear sunglasses to shield your eyes from ragweed and pollen and drive with your windows closed. • Use over-the-counter eye drops. Many brands of non-prescription eye drops available today are formulated to relieve the redness, itchiness and watery eyes caused by allergies. These can be used if your eye allergy symptoms are mild. Stronger medicines such as antihistamines, decongestants,

The most common airborne allergens that cause eye allergies are mold, pollen, dust and pet dander.

mast cell stabilizers, steroids, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and immunotherapy can be used if your symptoms are severe. Consult your doctor before trying any of these. Remove your contacts. The surfaces of contact lenses can attract and accumulate airborne allergens, so consider wearing only eyeglasses during the allergy season. Or you can switch to daily disposable contacts to avoid the build-up of allergens and other debris on your lenses. Limit your exposure to dust mites. Encase your pillows in allergenimpermeable covers. Wash bedding often, and if your mattress is more than a few years old, consider getting a new one, since old ones are often teeming with allergens. Close the windows. This invites millions of microscopic allergens into your home, and itchy, red eyes will soon follow. Running the air conditioner and changing the air filter regularly will keep the air in the room fresh and clean and spare your eyes from allergic distress. Wash your face and hands often. This is the first thing you should

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do to combat itchy, swollen, red eyes. It can help wash away the allergens sticking to your skin and eyelashes. We touch our face and eyes absentmindedly and this easily transfers allergens, which causes eye allergies to flare up. Rinse out your eyes. Using a little water, this will loosen the allergens from the inside of your eyes and help flush them out. Apply a cold compress around your eyes. Soak a towel or washcloth in cold water. Lie down with the compress across your eyes to let the coolness reduce the itching and swelling. Leave your eyes alone. When your eyes are irritated, treat them with care. Wash them with warm water; don’t use soap or other cleansing solutions. Avoid wearing makeup. Try not to rub, scratch or touch your eyes. If you use these tips to deal with eye allergies, you’re sure to have more healthy eyes. Red, itchy, puffy and burning eyes can also be caused by infections and other conditions that can threaten eyesight. If these symptoms don’t get better with medicines or self-help strategies, consult a doctor.

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Asthma and allergy are two of the most common chronic diseases in the United States.

What’s the Difference Between Asthma and Allergy?

been linked to psychological reactions, so seek medical advice before starting it. • Allergy shots (immunotherapy), which can help treat asthma by

Asthma and allergy are two of the most common chronic diseases in the United States. Allergy-induced or allergic asthma is the most common type of asthma diagnosed in the country. According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, half of the 20 million Americans with asthma have allergic asthma. Asthma and allergy are different, though they may have related reactions, and some of the body’s chemicals that are involved in allergies are also involved in asthma. Asthma is a chronic inflammatory lung disease that causes difficulty with breathing. An allergy is an inflammatory response or reaction to a specific substance. These reactions can involve the skin, eyes, tongue, nasal membranes and breathing passages in severe cases. Allergy symptoms include a stuffy, itchy or runny nose; sneezing; red, itchy or irritated skin; and burning, itchy or watery eyes. Usually people who have asthma also have allergies. Hay fever and sinusitis are common in asthma

patients. Spores, pollen, dust mites and pet dander are all known allergens, but because they make the body react as it would to a bacteria or virus (runny nose, watery eyes, coughing), they can make asthma symptoms flare up as well. Thus, people who have asthma should pay attention to the pollen count, limit the time they spend outside on windy, dry days and be mindful of other possible allergens that can cause an asthmatic reaction. The things that trigger asthma attacks can also trigger allergies. Allergic symptoms could be a sign of irritants in the air that can provoke asthma symptoms. With both allergies and asthma, the immune system reacts to fight off allergens. The resulting inflammation causes the airways in people who have asthma to narrow. Most treatments are designed to treat either asthma or allergies, but a few treatments help with both conditions. These include: • Montelukast (Singulair), which can ease allergy and asthma symptoms. In rare cases, it has



slowly reducing your immunesystem response to certain allergy triggers. • Anti-immunoglobulin E (IgE) therapy. When you have an allergy, your immune system mistakenly identifies a specific substance as something harmful and releases antibodies, called IgE, against the culprit allergen. The next time you encounter that allergen, the IgE antibodies sense it and signal your immune system to release a chemical called histamine and other chemicals into your bloodstream. The medicine omalizumab (Xolair) interferes with IgE and helps prevent the allergic reaction that triggers asthma symptoms. There is a direct genetic relationship between having allergies and developing asthma. If one or both parents have allergies, it’s likely their children will have allergies, too. The best defense against allergy and asthma is to be aware of your own allergies and triggers, as they can change over time. People with asthma and allergy can manage both conditions effectively if they consult their physicians, remain informed and take steps to limit exposure.

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Stepparenting: Building Authentic Relationships Integration of families can take a while, so be patient By Sarah Brokamp, Staff Writer As part of a generation where divorced families are more than common, many of my friends and family members have firsthand experience with parents splitting up and new ones arriving. For example, my uncle after divorcing saw his small family of three grow to a family of seven. It was a very exciting yet stressful time. He had only two daughters, and he is very close to both of them. Then he suddenly had four daughters and a son. The situation was overwhelming for everyone involved. There were new routines to follow and different standards of communication to adjust to, and quality time now had to be split seven ways. Everyone experienced changes and discomfort. My uncle and his new wife both wanted to show the new members of their

family as much love as possible and make the transition a calm one, but that is easier said than done. When you are a stepparent, the first thing you look for in your stepchild/children is acceptance and approval. You want them to be comfortable around you but you may also be desperate for them to love you. But that does not often happen immediately. You are a stranger to them. They are still learning how you discipline and are discerning your expectations of them. They may be hesitant to come to you at first. They may be dependent on just their biological parent and not you. Do not worry; their dependency and love will come with time. As you wait, try to make the transition smooth. Make suggestions for one-on-one time with your stepchildren, but do not force it. Offer to take them to school or out to lunch.

You and your stepchild already share something special: the love for and of your spouse.

If they decline, don’t assume you are doing something wrong. They are still getting used to having you as a constant member of their family. If you find yourself becoming angry or frustrated because the relationship between you and your stepchild is not blossoming, realize the stepchild can sense these feelings. This adds even more stress and pressure to the situation and it can set the relationship back even further. The authentic relationship you want from your new family members does not happen overnight. Integration of the family usually takes a long time, sometimes a couple of years or more. When it happens, it will feel natural, but you will have to keep working on it. The most important part about building a solid stepparent and stepchild relationship is not to give up even when it looks as though it is going nowhere. Keep offering one-

on-one time with the child and make sure communication remains open. Stepparenting is not a one-person job. Make sure your spouse is aware of your parenting style. As husband and wife, you’ll need to make accommodations for your different methods of discipline. Having agreed-upon parenting actions, consequences and methods makes the family feel more united. When mother and father are on the same page, it is more likely the child will be more accepting or understanding of discipline. As a couple, you need to support each other and be sure you have the same goals for your children. As a stepparent, you must be cautious in the way you discipline. The stepchild is already feeling his or her territory has been breached, and acting authoritarian or overstepping boundaries when disciplining can amplify these feelings. Let the biological parent lead during bigger issues of punishment and discipline. The children are used to this parent’s methods and therefore will be more receptive. Try disciplining when you’re presented with smaller issues, such as forgetting to take out the trash or being late for school. Establish your authority but do not overplay it to the point where the child feels she can no longer approach you. Stepparenting is a difficult game of trust and patience. Listen to your stepchild and learn about his needs. Become the child’s friend first; take time to get to know him. You and your stepchild already share something special: the love for and of your spouse. Your partner is a great tool for navigating the relationship between you and your stepchild. He or she has known your stepchild for his whole life and he or she knows how to connect with the child. If your stepchild is not responding to you, ask your spouse about the child’s interests and what cues to be aware of when you’re attempting to bond with him or her. As long as you remain patient and keep communication wide open, the authenticity and comfort in the relationship with your stepchild is sure to grow. For more information about stepparenting, visit

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Food Allergies Increasing Worldwide

About 15 million Americans have a food allergy

By Angela S. Hoover, Staff Writer Food allergies have been on the rise in all industrialized nations, according to the WHO, which bases this assessment on several studies and surveys from researchers. As far back as 2008, the Centers for Disease Control found an 18-percent increase in food allergies in U.S. children. Food allergies are misguided immune reactions to foods that can cause reproducible rapid reactions such as rashes, swelling and breathing problems. Food allergies differ from food intolerances in that they are easier to identify and the reactions are more severe and sometimes even life threatening. The percentage of children with a food allergy increased by about 50 percent between 1997 and 2011, according to Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE). One in 13 U.S. children, or two per every classroom, has a food allergy. Overall, around 15 million Americans have a food allergy. FARE estimates the

cost of just children’s food allergies is nearly $25 billion per year. In Europe, more than 17 million people have food allergies, and hospital admissions for severe reactions in children have risen sevenfold over the past decade, according to the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. Globally, eight foods account for 90 percent of all food allergy reactions: milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, soy, wheat, fish and shellfish. So what’s behind this? To date, no one knows for sure, but a few theories are being explored.

The one that has received the most publicity is the hygiene hypothesis. This postulates that we’re too clean, and therefore our immune system doesn’t have very much to be concerned about. Instead, it overreacts and that results in allergies. Something that propels this hypothesis is the fact that in societies with less stringent hygiene practices, there is a lower prevalence of food allergies. Another theory has been clearly demonstrated. The increase in the prevalence of birth by caesarean section is highly suspected because babies born this way do not acquire

Globally, eight foods account for 90 percent of all food allergy reactions.

their mothers’ gastrointestinal bacteria as they would during a vaginal birth. The immunities the baby would acquire during the vaginal birthing process are believed to be quite important in preventing the development of food allergies. The last theory has the least proof but is nevertheless being discussed and explored. The change in weaning practices that has occurred over the past three decades seems to be tied to the increase in food allergies. Parents are encouraged to avoid solid foods and wean babies a little bit later in life, sometimes as late as 2 to 3 years old. Some evidence suggests the early introduction of certain kinds of solid foods in a baby’s diet may actually promote tolerance of those foods rather than the development of food allergies. This is contrary to the common practices of later weaning and postponing the introduction of solid and new foods. Recent research in England indicates early ingestion of peanuts may help prevent the development of peanut allergy.



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Lexington Abounds with Spring Allergies Learn how to deal with this seasonal assault By Angela S. Hoover, Staff Writer Springtime in Lexington can be a blessing or a curse, depending on whether you are an allergy sufferer or not. Lexington often has one of the highest pollen counts in the nation in any given year. It was named the worst allergy city in 2008 by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America after recording a pollen count of 100, which means there was a daily average of 300 grains of pollen per cubic meter polluting the air. Increasing climate change is expected to worsen things for allergy sufferers in Lexington, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists. Hotter temperatures and carbon dioxide concentration will increase pollen production in ragweed and other allergenic plants and also prolong the pollen season. At present, the spring allergy season arrives earlier and the first frost appears later in the United

States, where an estimated 10 percent of the population is sensitive to ragweed (hay fever). If nothing is done to curb emissions, ragweed production is expected to double, according to scientists. Luckily, the pollen counts are forecast to be lower this spring. But lower doesn’t mean no allergens, so people with spring allergies will still be affected. However, there are plenty of ways to stave off allergies before they start: Increase Your Vitamin D Intake Some studies indicate increased vitamin D levels can have a positive impact on allergies. The study published in the Indian Journal of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology convinced Dr. James Sublett, the president of the American College of Asthma Allergy and Immunology, to recommend it.

Run While it’s not possible to outrun airborne pollen, a Thai study found running for 30 minutes with an elevated heart rate led to a more than 70-percent decrease in allergy symptoms such as sneezing, runny nose, nasal itching and congestion. It’s believed cardiovascular activity can calm the inflammatory proteins inside the nasal passages. Clean Your Home Regularly Regular cleaning prevents allergens from sticking around indoors and reduces dust as well. Get Rid of Carpet Fibrous carpets are an attractive settling ground for allergens. Frequent vacuuming helps, but having no carpet at all is ideal. Wood floors, linoleum or tile are recommended flooring choices for people with severe allergies. Use a HEPA Filter A high-efficiency particle air (HEPA) filter both cleans the air and removes airborne allergens such as dust, mold, pet dander and other allergy triggers. Know and Track Your Allergies If you don’t know what you are allergic to, the University of

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Kentucky’s Asthma, Allergy and Sinus Clinic can help you find out. The clinic can perform allergy tests and suggest ways to reduce the allergens, as well as suggest treatments for allergies. Call (859) 323-5365 to schedule an appointment. Once you know what you’re allergic to, track the days when the allergen is forecast to be high. The Weather Channel is just one of many outlets that have tracking apps for allergies and even ozone levels. Ditch the Humidifier Humid environments and humidifiers themselves are breeding grounds for allergens such as dust and can also encourage the growth of mold, another allergen.

There are plenty of ways to stave off allergies before they start.


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