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Questions to Ask About Chemotherapy



Eating Clean Improves Health and Well Being


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Dear Friends, How much more succinct can you get than saying, “Cancer sucks”? Because it does. I am sure all of us know someone who has been affected by a cancer diagnosis – a parent, a child, a friend, even your own self. The very word strikes fear in the hearts of both the patient and his or her loved ones. The thought of enduring chemotherapy or radiation can be devastating. When a cure for cancer in all its forms is found, there will certainly be worldwide rejoicing. In the meantime, we must believe there is still hope. With all the medical innovations being made at a rapid pace these days, cancer doesn’t always have to be viewed as an inevitable death sentence. In this issue, you will read about preventive and

treatment vaccines now available for cancer. Dr. John Patterson offers resources to help you cope with your cancer – to see yourself, he emphasizes, not as a cancer patient but as a human being whose life has been touched by cancer. And women who have lost their hair while undergoing chemotherapy will find their dignity and beauty at a local business that specializes in hair restoration. Don’t give up hope. Remember more and more people are surviving cancer these days – and you can be one of them. Here’s to your Health & Wellness!


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Restoring Dignity and ’Dos HAIR INSTITUTE HELPS WOMEN COPING WITH CANCER HAIR LOSS By Tanya J. Tyler, Editor For many women facing cancer, the most devastating aspect is learning they may lose their hair due to chemotherapy. “Most women tell me that as soon as they hear the oncologist say, ‘You’re going to lose your hair,’ that’s the last thing they remember hearing,” said Eric Johnson, co-owner, with his wife, Jeletta, of Hair Institute in Lexington. “They can deal with the sickness; they can deal with the treatments; but it’s the hair loss that gets them the most.” Women can find hope and help at Hair Institute, a full-service hair restoration clinic the Johnsons began 23 years ago. “We saw a need for hair loss in general, other than traditional wig and toupee shops,” said Johnson, a former pilot. “My wife had been doing hair for years and we just saw a big void in the area of hair restoration. We were going to give it a year and now we’re in our 23rd year.” Hair Institute specializes in the latest advancements in the areas of both surgical and non-surgical hair restoration, low-level laser hair therapy, hair

too much. They were machine inject- cancer treatments. This gives him prostheses, hair additions and extened so it looked fake. People want the chance to examine their hair and sions. It has become a worldwide something that looks natural and is see if they have features such as a left leader in the field of hair replacement comfortable, too.” or right part or a crisscross. “We can and restoration procedures. Its staff Today, thanks to improved techlook at their hair and match it identiare all fully licensed and undergo nology, women can have customcally,” he said. extensive hair replacement training, designed prostheses prepared to fit The human hair pieces are very including yearly continuing educathem perfectly. Some of the replaceversatile, Johnson added, and can be tion classes. ment pieces are made with synthetics styled in different ways. The clients “We bring every technology while others are made are delighted with the quality of together, from surof human hair that the hair and the fact that they can gical options to can be styled. These get ready quicker in the mornings nonsurgical restoproducts look and feel because they don’t have to get up and ration,” Johnson Most women tell me realistic. wash and style their hair every day. said. “We do laser that as soon as they “We make our Hair Institute provides instruction for therapy for stopown line that is 100 care as well as support and follow up. page and reversal of hear the oncologist percent hand knotAlthough cancer patients make up hair loss if people say, ‘You’re going to ted,” Johnson said. a significant part of Hair Institute’s are candidates. We “So not only do they clientele, the company also helps deal with prosthelose your hair,’ that’s weight less than an women who lose their hair due to ses for long-term the last thing they ounce, but when you genetics and the “big three”: stress, hair loss. We have have them on they’re hormones and medications. “Those a large inventory remember hearing. very light and they three really fast track women’s hair for people who are – Eric Johnson make it look like loss,” Johnson said. Men, women and undergoing chemothe hair is coming children who suffer from alopecia therapy.” right out of the scalp. also benefit from Hair Institute’s Chemotherapy, They’re unbelievable, they’re so expertise. Johnson explained, dissolves the hair natural looking.” “Barbara Walters always said no at the root bulb. “The chemo drugs The difference these prostheses matter how sick you are, no matter attack the fastest growing cells of make for the patient is astounding. how bad you feel, if you get up and your body, which are typically cancer The hair is color matched to the style your hair looks good and your makecells, but it also attacks the hair cells and look the woman had before she up looks good, you always immebecause they’re very fast growing,” began to lose her hair. diately feel better about yourself,” he said. “These pieces give them their Johnson said. Women may not realize after all dignity back,” Johnson said. “It makes For more information, visit Hair their treatments are complete and them feel comfortable and confident Institute’s Web site at www.hairinregrowth begins, hair only comes about themselves.” or call (859) back at a quarter to a half an inch Most of Johnson’s clients come to 263-9811. per month. So just to get 6 inches Hair Institute before they begin their of growth will take about a year. Women come to Hair Institute to find options to conceal their hair loss. Johnson said wearing a wig was formerly the only choice they had. 1795 Alysheba Way Suite 7101 “But people hated conLexington, Kentucky 40509 ventional wigs,” he said. “They were too hot, they HAIR REPLACEMENT • HAIR RESTORATION • HAIR EXTENSIONS were scratchy, they weighed


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Vigilance for Brain Cancer AGGRESSIVE TUMORS NEED EARLY INTERVENTION By Dr. Tom Miller, Staff Writer Brain cancer is a very serious form of cancer. Recently, Sen. John McCain revealed he has been diagnosed with a primary glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) – the most aggressive type of brain tumor. GBMs originate in the brain; it does not spread there from another part of the body. The cause is not known. This tumor has no relation to melanoma, the skin cancer for which McCain was treated in the past. GBMs are tumors that arise from astrocytes, the star-shaped cells that make up the supportive tissue of the brain. These tumors are usually highly malignant because the cells reproduce quickly and are supported by a large network of blood vessels in the brain. According to WebMD, brain cancers are not common. However, when they do occur, about four out of five aren’t GBMs. Men are more likely to develop them than women. The chances of developing this type of cancer increases with age. WebMD notes doctors diagnose nearly 11,000 GBMs cases in the United States each year. Symptoms include constant headaches, seizures, vomiting, changes in mood or personality, double or blurred vision and difficulty speaking. With any of these symptoms, contacting your family physician is the first step in intervention.

Vigilance on the part of patients and family members is critical in addressing this form of cancer early as new cases are expected in 2017, according to the American Brain Tumor Association. The medical community recognizes GBMs as grade 4 tumors, which means they grow fast and spread quickly. It is easy for GBMs to invade normal brain tissue. The tumors make their own blood supply, which helps them grow. Glioblastoma is treated like most cancers, so treatment may include surgery to remove as much of the tumor as possible, then radiation and chemotherapy. Research in this area includes a number of biomarkers, or molecular signatures, that have the potential to contribute to diagnosis, prognosis and prediction of response to therapy for glioblastoma. Sources and Resources American Brain Tumor Association ( WebMD (


About the Author Thomas W. Miller, Ph.D., ABPP, is a Professor Emeritus and Senior Research Scientist, Center for Health, Intervention and Prevention, University of

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By Angela S. Hoover, Staff Writer Chemotherapy is a standard treatment for cancer. It kills healthy cells along with cancer cells, inflicting damage on the body and seriously compromising the immune system. Chemotherapy also kills most rapidly dividing healthy and cancer cells, but not all the cells are fast growing. Cancer stem cells (CSCs), a small population of cancer cells that are slow growing and thus resistant to treatment, do not die. Chemotherapy makes these cells even more numerous as the ratio of highly malignant cells to benign cells begins to spiral out of control soon after chemotherapy treatment ends. These cells then take up residence elsewhere in the body and regenerate treatment-resistant tumors. This was demonstrated in a groundbreaking study by researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. The study, “Neoadjuvant chemotherapy induces breast cancer metastasis through a TMEM-mediated mechanism,” published July 18, warns chemotherapy can create lethal tumors. Metastasis, the spreading of a cancerous tumor, is a leading cause of recurrent cancer, especially in people who undergo chemotherapy and radiation. Cancer that may have been contained in one part of the body becomes systemic, making it hard to reverse. The researchers suggest though chemotherapy may shrink a cancerous tumor, it also sends the cancer cells off into other parts of the body to rebuild into more destructive tumors. This latest research confirms previous findings going as far back as August 1991. In 2004, an Australian study on the effectiveness of chemotherapy found similar results, showing an overall contribution of curative

and adjuvant cytotoxic chemotherapy to 5-year survival rates in adults at barely more than 2 percent. During his years of consulting cancer patients, Dr. Moshe Frenkel noticed an increasing number of patients declining conventional cancer treatment. Combing through medical literature, Frenkel found the survival rate with chemotherapy (for a particular cancer) was just 32 percent; he had assumed from his training it was 80 percent. More surprising, the survival rate with no chemotherapy treatment was 26 percent. Frenkel further found a study that evaluated the quality of life of 140 cancer patients who had refused, discontinued or completed chemotherapy. The study revealed the quality of life of the patients who refused or discontinued chemotherapy was no different than those patients who completed treatment. Due to his years of exposure to patients who refused chemotherapy, Frenkel surmises they are usually self-directed, confident, active individuals who have thought deeply about the meaning of life and cancer and their treatment options. Patients who refuse conventional treatment shouldn’t be considered difficult or noncompliant, he says.

There is no one right treatment for any cancer.

Questions to Ask Before Beginning Chemotherapy If you or a loved one are seeking multiple opinions about how to handle a cancer diagnosis, here are some questions to ask your oncologist: What is the goal of the chemotherapy for my cancer? Is this a cure? The word “cure” will rarely be used. Instead, you’ll hear about remission or 5- and 10-year survival rates. Make sure you are clear about the expectations of the treatment plan. What are the chances the chemotherapy treatment will work for me and my cancer? Is the goal a cure, tumor reduction or symptom removal? Will further treatment be needed following chemotherapy?

What chemo-sensitivity testing will you do to determine which chemotherapy agent to use? There is no one right treatment for any cancer. What are my other options if I decline chemotherapy? This will reveal the doctor’s knowledge of available alternative therapies. What will you do if I become resistant to chemotherapy treatment? How will this treatment change the cancer environment? Ask if it will only kill the cancer that is there and leave you vulnerable to more cancer. Oncologists do not always disclose that once the immune system is depressed, the cancer stem cells can go on to create more cancer. You may also want to ask: • What lifestyle changes will I need to make to improve the outcome of chemotherapy and to protect my body during treatments? • How will you nourish and protect my healthy cells while you’re killing my cancer cells? How will you support my immune system during treatment? • What will your proposed chemotherapy treatment do to my cancer stem cells? • Would you give this same chemotherapy treatment to your spouse or children? If not, what would you give them? Would you take it yourself? You should also ask the physician’s recommendation(s) for detoxing from the chemotherapy treatments afterward.

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Eating Clean Improves Health and Well Being IT’S NOT ALWAYS EASY, BUT IT’S WORTH THE EFFORT By TaNiqua Ward, M.S., Staff Writer Many people ask what “eating clean” means. This common question has a simple answer. Eating clean is eating foods that are natural and healthy instead of unhealthy, processed foods. It means trying to embrace more whole foods such as fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grains as well as healthy proteins and fats. The Mayo Clinic describes eating clean as a way of living that lends itself to improving your health and well being. Eating clean is not an easy task. There are so many temptations on a daily basis at your job, grocery store and celebratory events. Try to find healthy alternatives and focus on fresh, natural ingredients. Eating clean is not always realistic for every meal, but here are five simple steps you can take to begin making healthier choices and start your eating-clean journey: Purchase fresh produce. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says 76 percent of Americans do not consume the daily recommended amount of fruits and 87 percent do not consume the daily recommended amount of vegetables. Eating fresh produce can help lower the risk of many chronic diseases such as high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity. Try to purchase fresh produce from the local famer’s market or even try growing your own. Fresh produce is more likely to be organic and have higher nutritional value. Eat whole grains. The best whole grains to consume are those that require the

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least amount of processing. Whole grains have all the parts of the original kernel, including bran, germ and endosperm in their original proportions, according to registered dietician Keri Gans. Whole grains are known to lower blood pressure and cholesterol, and they help with digestion because of their high fiber content. Some examples of healthy whole grain options include brown rice, quinoa and oatmeal.

Limit sugar intake. The majority of Americans consume more than the daily recommended amount of sugar. Sugars can be found in almost everything; however, added sug-

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Screening for Cancer EARLY DETECTION INCREASES YOUR CHANCES OF SUCCESSFUL TREATMENT By TaNiqua Ward, M.S., Staff Writer Some cancers can be found through early detection, which can reduce the chances of the cancer growing and spreading throughout the body, according the American Cancer Society. Cancer screening looks for cancer before the individual displays any symptoms. There are

a variety of screening tests. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), getting screening tests regularly may find breast, cervical and colorectal (colon) cancers early, when treatment is likely to work best. Detecting cancer early is important not only for saving someone’s life but also to improve the patient’s current state of health so he or she can have a better quality of life. The common methods used to screen for cancer include imaging (radiology), endoscopy procedures and biopsy and cytology tests. All of these can detect different types of cancer. Imaging tests take pictures inside the body. This process can find cancer and indicate how far it has spread. A tube-like instrument is inserted into the body to look for cancer during an endoscopy. Biopsy and cytology testing involves taking a cell sample and looking to see if there are any cancer specimens in it. These tests do have risk

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Stomach Cancer Rates Falling Worldwide SLOW-GROWING DISEASE MAY HAVE A LINK TO DIET, GENES where the normal lining of the stomach is replaced with cells that Gastric or stomach cancer closely resemble the cells that usubegins when cancer cells form in ally line the intestine. the mucus-producing cells of the Other risk factors for stomach inner lining of the stomach. These cancer include tobacco use, heavy cells can grow into tumors called alcohol use (more than four drinks adenocarcinomas. The disease usua day) and genes. A genetic link has ally grows slowly over many years. been found in about 5 percent to Nearly 1 million cases of stomach 10 percent of cases, according to cancer are diagnosed yearly, makOncolink. People with hereditary ing it the fourth most common nonpolyposis colorectal cancer, cancer worldwide, according to the familial adenomatous polyposis National Institutes of Health. In and Peutz Jeghers syndrome are the United States in 2016, about all predisposed to gastric cancer. It 26,370 cases of gastric cancer were also seems people with blood type diagnosed, representing 1.6 percent A are at increased risk for stomach of all new cancer cases, according to cancer. There are still many cases Oncolink (, the with no clear indication of the canfirst cancer information Web site cer’s cause. maintained by a group of oncology Demographically, stomach healthcare professionals. According cancer is more common in men. to the American Cancer Society, There is a sharp increase in stomabout 28,000 cases of stomach canach cancer rates in people over age cer will be diagnosed this year and 50 years; most people diagnosed about 10,960 people will die from it. with stomach cancer are between There are several suspected risk 60-80 years old. Rates of cancer in factors for gastric cancer. Diets the main part of the stomach body with nitrates have been falling and nitrites worldwide for and foods several decades, preserved according to the According to the through saltMayo Clinic. Yet American Cancer Society, during the same ing, smoking or pickling are period, cancer in associated with about 28,000 cases of the gastroesophan increased ageal junction stomach cancer will be risk of disease. – the area where diagnosed this year. The bacteria the top of the Helicobacter stomach meets pylori (H. the lower end of pylori) and certain of its subtypes the esophagus – have become more can convert substances in some common. This is where adenocarcifoods into chemicals that cause nomas usually develop. mutations in the DNA of the cells The highest incidences of in the stomach lining. Long-term stomach cancer are in East infection of the stomach with this Asia – Korea, China, and Japan germ may lead to inflammation, – accounting for 60 percent of called chronic atrophic gastritis, and all cases. It is not exactly known pre-cancerous changes of the inner why the rates are higher in there. lining of the stomach. People with One theory posits several cultures stomach cancer have a higher rate in East Asia and Eastern and of H. pylori infection than other Northern Europe still adhere to people, although some people with older forms of food preservation the bacteria never develop cancer. despite refrigeration. Preserved Gastric cancer can also be caused foods and salt cures, which may by an autoimmune reaction, such as be eaten three times a day every pernicious anemia, where the stom- day in these regions, may lead to a ach doesn’t produce enough acid. higher incidence of H. pylori. Another possible pre-cancerous change is intestinal metaplasia,

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Living Well with Cancer By John A. Patterson MD, MSPH, FAAFP Both my parents experienced the sudden change in life’s priorities associated with the diagnosis of inoperable cancer. Suddenly, things that have occupied our mind, time and energy are reappraised in light of a stark reminder of life’s uncertainty and our mortality. Hope is kept alive by modern medicine’s remarkable results with conventional treatments and the fact that some individuals do much better than expected, even with serious and advanced cancer. But even those who respond well often find their lives are forever changed as they search for meaning in their illness and their life. Living fully, living well and leaving a legacy become increasingly important. One of the blessings of modern medicine is the growing appreciation of the need to tailor cancer treatments to the whole person and his or her personal preferences, not simply treating the cancer itself based on a biopsy-proven cell type or stage of cancer progression. Oncologists and cancer centers now routinely offer a range of conventional treatments (chemotherapy, radiation, surgery and others) as well as complementary approaches that can help patients manage stress, treatment side effects and overall quality of life. If you or someone you love is living with cancer and would like to integrate complementary approaches with conventional treatment, ask your oncologist or primary care provider to help you identify respected complementary practitio-

ners with whom they are familiar. It is important to discuss your use of complementary approaches with your medical team in order to enhance the effectiveness of your overall treatment plan and avoid unfavorable interference with conventional therapy. For some people, a cancer diagnosis serves as motivation to get basic, practical matters in order, such as a will, living will and power of attorney for finances and health care. Others may reflect on and reconsider the choices they have made about work, relationships, personal habits and behaviors. For some, a cancer diagnosis marks a turning point in which life’s meaning is examined, often for the first time. Questions such as “Who am I? Why am I here? What is the meaning of my life? What do I want to do with the life I have been given?” can take on a poignancy like never before. This selfinquiry and search for meaning and

values leads some to even describe their life after the diagnosis of cancer as richer and more meaningful than their life before it. Answering such questions is deeply personal, and helping people find their unique answers requires great skill, training and compassion. If you or a loved one are asking these types of questions in response to a cancer diagnosis, consider meeting with a respected mental health or pastoral counselor to explore your emotional, interpersonal and spiritual life. The resources below include a variety of print, audiovisual and retreat options to help you live your life fully and meaningfully – not as a cancer patient but as a human being whose life has been touched by cancer. These resources remind you that, even while living with cancer, there is more right with you than wrong with you. You can learn to mobilize your inner resources for healing even when curing is not possible. These programs offer a variety of approaches, including group support, narrative self-expression, imagery, meditation, mindfulness, yoga, journaling, massage, expressive movement, nature and spirituality. I have confidence in each of these

Programs offer a variety of approaches, including group support, narrative self-expression, imagery, meditation, mindfulness, yoga, journaling, massage, expressive movement, nature and spirituality.

resources. Ellen Fein is a licensed clinical social worker, cancer survivor, cancer coach, board member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists and author of Not Just a Patient. Elana Rosenbaum is a licensed clinical social worker, cancer survivor, faculty member at the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center and author of Here for Now: Living Well with Cancer through Mindfulness. The nationally recognized and widely respected retreats offered by Cancer as a Turning Point and the Smith Center for Healing and the Arts are often deeply transformative. Cancer survivors and their caregivers and loved ones are facing one of life’s greatest challenges. Thankfully, there are resources available to help meet this challenge and enable us all to live well with cancer. Resources • Cancer as a Turning Point index.html • Not Just a Patient by Ellen Fein • Living Well with Cancer through Mindfulness by Elana Rosenbaum • Smith Center for Healing and the Arts

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Top CancerFighting Foods

Studies suggest 30 percent to 40 percent of all kinds of cancer can be prevented with a healthy lifestyle and dietary measures.


Research from several sources indicates vegetables, fruits, whole grains and dietary fiber can protect against a variety of cancers. Studies conducted by the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) and the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) indicate the benefits of eating mostly foods of plant origin, such as broccoli, berries and garlic. The research showed these foods have some of the strongest links to cancer prevention. They were low in calories and fat and packed with powerful phytochemicals and antioxidants that may help reduce cancer risk. Studies suggest 30 percent to 40 percent of all kinds of cancer can be prevented with a healthy lifestyle and dietary measures. Some of the top cancer-fighting foods include: Fruits and Vegetables Antioxidants such as vitamin C, lycopene and beta-carotene are found in many fruits and vegetables. Studies suggest people whose diets are rich in fruits and vegetables have a lower risk of cancer. Garlic The sulphur compounds that cause the bad odor in garlic may also stop cancer-causing substances from forming in your body, speed DNA repair and kill cancer cells. Garlic fights bacteria, including H. pylori, which is connected to some ulcers and stomach cancer, and reduces the risk of colon cancer. Peeling and chopping garlic cloves and letting them sit for 15 to 20 minutes before cooking activates enzymes and releases the sulfur compounds. Eating two to three cloves of garlic daily reduces the risk of breast, brain, lung and other cancers.

Broccoli Broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables such as cabbage, kale and cauliflower contain phytochemicals called glucosinolates, which produce protective enzymes that are released when they are eaten raw. These vegetables are most protective against cancers of the mouth, esophagus and stomach, according to clinical studies conducted by the WCRF and the AICR. Tomatoes That red color in a tomato comes from a phytochemical called lycopene, a powerful antioxidant. Studies suggest a lycopenerich diet is connected to a reduced risk of prostate cancer. Lycopene protects cells from damage that could lead to cancer by boosting the immune system. AICR scientists also suspect lycopene stops the growth of tumours by interfering with abnormal cell growth. To get the most benefit from lycopene, eat cooked or processed tomatoes, including tomato juice and pizza sauce. Apple An apple a day protects against liver, colon and breast cancer. The European Prospective Investigation Into Cancer and Nutrition study demonstrated increasing fruits and vegetables by the equivalent of one small apple a day could prevent more than 300,000 cases of cancer worldwide each year. Eat the apple skin, too: Researchers at Cornell University found triterpenoid compounds in the peels contribute to apples’ anti-cancer activity. Whole Grains These deliver plenty of fiber and contain other substances that may battle cancer, including lignans, which act as antioxidants, and saponins, which could keep can-

cer cells from multiplying. Look for bread labeled 100-percent whole wheat rather than simply wheat bread, which likely contains refined grains. For even more lignans, choose a whole wheat bread sprinkled with flax or sesame seeds. High-fiber diets protect against colon, lymphoma, breast and prostate cancer. Fresh fruit, vegetables, whole grains, seeds, nuts, beans and legumes protect you by binding up and escorting out chemicals and hormones that promote cancer. Other cancer-fighting foods include sweet potatoes, carrots, seaweed, mushrooms, kale, grapes,


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Barley is one of the oldest domesticated cereal grains still being grown around the world today. It originated in Ethiopia and southeast Asia. It is most often used in bread and malted beverages such as beer (barley beer was likely one of the first alcoholic drinks humans developed). Over the centuries, barley water has been used for various medicinal purposes; it is good for clearing up urinary tract infections and is also said to be a good remedy for kidney stones. The drink is prepared by mixing barley flour with water. During the Middle Ages, wheat was very expensive and not widely available, so many Europeans of the time made bread from a combination of barley and rye. English and Dutch settlers brought barley to the United States, and this country is a top producer of the grain. In recent years, barley ranked fourth behind corn, rice and wheat in terms of quantity produced. Barley’s health benefits are hard to beat. According to Medical News Today, barley provides a high percentage of the daily requirement of selenium, which is not found in most foods. Selenium detoxifies cancer-causing compounds, stimulates the production of killer T cells and inhibits the proliferation of cancer cells. It also has been shown to reduce the risk of colon cancer. Barley has been shown to help lower blood pressure naturally because it contains potassium, calcium and magnesium. Its iron, phosphorous and zinc help build and strengthen bones.

Its folate and vitamin B6 support heart health by preventing the buildup of homocysteine, which can damage blood vessels. Other minerals in barley include manganese and copper. Barley has no cholesterol but it does have plenty of fiber, and that promotes regularity and digestive tract health. That fiber is also high in beta glucan, which lowers cholesterol by binding to bile acids and removing them from the body. And it helps regulate blood sugar levels in people who have diabetes. Barley is usually available in two forms: hulled and pearled. With hulled barley, the inedible outer shell

Whole grains are important sources of dietary fiber, vitamins and minerals.

is removed, leaving the bran and germ intact. If you want to cook with hulled barley, it must be soaked overnight to draw out its flavor and texture, then drained and rinsed. With pearled barley, the layer of bran has been removed along with the hull. Pearl barley is not as chewy as hulled barley and cooks more quickly, but it also has fewer nutrients and is not considered to be whole grain. Whole grains are important sources of dietary fiber, vitamins and minerals. Numerous studies suggest increasing the consumption of plant foods will lower your risk of obesity, diabetes and heart disease. You

can add barley to your diet by using it in soups, stews, salad or bread. Replace your morning oatmeal with a warm bowl of barley. A study showed barley was much more effective in reducing both glucose and insulin responses than oats. Barley contains gluten, so if you have celiac disease, it is best to avoid eating it. Sources Medical News Today ( The World’s Healthiest Foods (


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U.S. Obesity Rates Begin to Level After years of increasing, adult obesity rates remained stable in 45 states from 2015 to 2016, according to a new report from the Trust for America’s Health, a nonprofit health advocacy organization, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, a philanthropic organization that funds health research. Rates increased in just four states – Colorado, Minnesota, Washington and West Virginia – and decreased in Kansas. While this is good news, Americans cannot become complacent about obesity. “Obesity rates are still far too high, but the progress we’ve seen in recent years is real and it’s encouraging,” said Dr. Richard E. Besser, president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in a statement. Since 2010, no state has had an obesity rate below 20 percent. In 2016, five states had an obesity rate above 35 percent; 20 states had an obesity rate between 30 percent and 35 percent; 22 states had an obesity rate between 25 percent and 30 percent; and three states had an obesity rate between 22 percent and 25 percent. The obesity rate was highest in West Virginia, where 37.7 percent of the population is obese. Colorado had the lowest rate at 22.3 percent. Kentucky was in the second to worst category at 30 percent.

Hunter-Gatherer Gut Microbes Show What We’re Missing The gut microbiome play a vital role in not just how people digest food, but also in their overall physical, mental and emotional health. The microbiome set metabolism rates, regulate weight and moderate the immune system, to name a few functions they influence. Recently, scientists have been exploring whether the wrong balance of microbial populations might be partly responsible for the rise in some modern chronic diseases, such as obesity and irritable bowel syndrome. A group led by microbiologist Justin Sonnenburg of Stanford University

studied the gut microbiome in one of the most preindustrial examples available: the Hadza people of Tanzania. The Hadza are one of the last groups of humans living a traditional, nomadic, hunter-gatherer lifestyle, as all humans once did tens of thousands of years ago. The scientists found the Hadza have a far more diverse gut microbiome than Americans, and the types of gut bacteria vary greatly in number because the Hadza alter their diet from season to season. The study, published Aug. 25 in the journal Science, supports the common theory that a person’s diet strongly dictates the diversity of the gut microbiome, and people living in the industrialized world have a far less vibrant gut microbiome that may adversely affect their health. During the wet season, the Hadza forage for berries and honey; during the dry season, they hunt game such as antelope. They also eat fiber-rich tubers and the fruit of the baobab tree year round, but no farmed nor processed foods. The scientific team took stool samples from nearly 190 Hadza people over a period of about 18 months. Bacteria species present in stool samples collected in the dry season all but disappeared in the wet season, but returned in the next dry season. In addition to this greater diversity and change per season, the Hadza have many bacteria species Americans lack. “It’s as if something about modern society is causing the disappearance of microbial gut species,” the researchers said at a press conference. Dietary fiber may be a key component: The Hadza consume upwards of 5.3 ounces of fiber daily – 10 times more than what Americans consume on average. Although it’s not known if the Hadza microbiome protects against chronic diseases, Sonnenburg says “many arrows” point in that direction.


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EARLY DISCOVERY ENHANCES SURVIVAL ODDS By Dr. Diana Hayslip, Family Practice Associates of Lexington, P.S.C. All women need to know about breast cancer because it can be very serious and potentially fatal. Breast cancer kills more women in the United States than any other cancer except lung cancer. Experts estimate one in eight women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer during her lifetime. But the good news is that death rates are going down. Patients diagnosed with breast cancer today often do much better than in previous years. Breast cancers can be detected at smaller sizes and earlier stages than ever before, and early discovery can be important for having a better chance to cure the cancer. As a family doctor, I often counsel women about mammogram screening as part of preventative care. I also do breast examinations to feel for any lumps that could potentially become cancer. There is some debate among medical professionals about the best times for mammograms. I typically suggest the American Academy of Family Physicians recommendations, but I certainly listen to patients and discuss whether a screening

mammogram should be done. For women who are between ages 40-49 years, I discuss the risk and benefits of screening and take into account what the patient wants for herself. I find most patients want to start screening yearly or every other year at age 40 years. For women ages 50-74 years, I typically recommend a mammogram at least every other year, but some women choose to have mammograms every year. For women who are over age 75 years, I individualize the decision based on the patient’s life expectancy and her goals for preventive care. Importantly, the main goal of the screening mammograms is to find and remove tiny cancers before they become large enough to feel or cause symptoms. I often counsel patients about changes in the breast that might signify a cancer. If a patient notices a lump, changes in the size and/or shape of the breast, skin changes on the breast and/or a discharge from the nipple, further testing is often needed, including a diagnostic mammogram. This is different than a screening mammogram, in that the focus is on the abnormal area. A patient might also need a breast ultrasound and biopsy.

Many patients are worried about the discomfort associated with a mammogram. It is traditionally done by means of an X-ray. The technician places the breast between two plates in a special X-ray machine and the breast is squeezed for better quality. The test may be uncomfortable for a few moments when the breast is squeezed. Digital mammograms are similar, but the X-rays are read and stored on a computer that lets the doctor magnify the image and store it to compare to previous and future tests. Many patients are also interested in what they can do to reduce their chances of getting breast cancer. Most cases of breast cancer seem to be random. However, some new research suggests healthy habits may reduce incidences of breast cancer. Drinking more than one serving of alcohol per day on a regular basis or cigarette smoking may increase the chances of breast cancer. Being obese may increase the risk of breast cancer while being physically fit through exercise may reduce risk. Though sometimes needed for other conditions, taking some estrogen-replacement therapies may increase breast cancer risk.

Exposure to radiation, such as having unneeded CT scans, may also increase the breast cancer risk. Breast cancer is a normal concern for women because it is both common and serious. However, through the adoption of healthy habits, women may be able to reduce their chances of a breast cancer diagnosis. But even with the best of prevention plans, appropriate screening with mammograms to detect breast cancers at their smallest and earliest stages is critical for putting the odds in the patient’s favor. Discussing the appropriateness of a mammogram and other cancer screening tests for patients is an important part of annual health physicals. About the Author Dr. Diana Hayslip is a native of Ohio. She moved to Kentucky from South Carolina with her family, joining Family Practice Associates of Lexington in 2007. She is Board Certified in Family Medicine and sees both adults and children. Dr. Hayslip’s goal as your family physician is to “help you feel better and stay healthy.” You can schedule an appointment with Dr. Hayslip or any of the FPA providers by calling (859)278-5007 or visiting



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Mondays Free Yoga Classes for Vets,

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Every Monday from 9:30am–10:30am at Ageless Yoga Studio, 611 Winchester Rd., Suite 200. 859303-6225. Pre-register online at agelessyogastudio. com. Click “class” tab to sign up now! Email info@ for more info.

Mondays Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction The “gold standard” mindfulness program. Orientation Monday night October 16th followed by 8 Monday night sessions. Learn to promote resilience, prevent burnout, cultivate compassion and manage stress-related chronic conditions. Instructor- John A. Patterson MD, MSPH, FAAFP Mind Body Studio 517 Southland Drive, Lexington, KY 859-373-0033. Full details at UK Wellness Program offers deep discount for UK employees, retirees and spouses.

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.

Mondays & Wednesdays Lexington Area Parkinson's Support Group

Mondays and Wednesdays at 12pm Free daytime and evening discussion groups for people with PD

and their care partners. Daytime meetings held the 4th Monday of each month at noon. Evening meetings held on 1st Wednesday of each month at 6:00 pm.  Both group meetings held at Crestwood Christian Church, 1882 Bellefonte Drive, Lexington, KY.  For more details contact Elaine at 859-277-1040 or by email Please visit our website to get more details about these meetings and other free events held by LAPSG.

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

Tuesdays Swing Lessons Every Tuesday: 8pm–10pm at Tates Creek Recreation Center, 1400 Gainesway Dr. $5.00 per person per lesson. Call for more information: Glenn and Rosalee Kelley 859-233-9947; OR Peter and Robin Young 859-224-3388.

Tuesdays 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.

Tuesdays & Thursdays Free "How to Stay Young" Class

Triple Crown Chiropractic and Wellness offers a free class twice a week explaining how to keep your body young through chiropractic care. Free spinal screening available for anyone who attends the class. To register for the class, please call 859335-0419. Questions to pr.triplecrownchiro@gmail. com. Triple Crown Chiropractic and Wellness: 1795 Alysheba Way #4103 Lexington, KY. Free gift from the office to those who attend the class!

1st Tuesdays Lupus Support Group:

Living & Coping with Lupus The Lupus Foundation of America support groups are intended to provide a warm and caring environment where people with lupus, their family members, caregivers and loved ones can share experiences, methods of coping and insights into living with chronic illness. Imani Baptist Church, 1555 Georgetown Road, Lexington from 7:00pm– 8:00pm first Tuesday of every month. 877-8658787.

2nd Tuesdays PFLAG Support for LGBTs and Families We are a support group of family members and allies united with LGBTQ* individuals. Our meetings provide a safe, confidential space where you can feel respected and accepted wherever you are in your journey or family struggle. Monthly speakers help us to broaden our understanding of these issues in our families and in society. Lexington meetings are held the 2nd Tuesday of each month, 6:30 at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, 2025 Bellefonte Drive. Frankfort chapter meets the 3rd Monday of the month, 5:30 at the Unitarian Community, 316 Wilkinson Blvd. More information and resources at For questions, call 859-338-4393 or info@pflagcentralky. org. *lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning.

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Wednesdays Mindfulness and Relaxation for Health

October 2 Diabetes support Group

6:30-8:00 PM (arrive at 6 to relax before class). 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 or mindful movement, deep relaxation, sitting meditation followed by discussion. Cost $10 Instructor: John A. Patterson MD, MSPH, FAAFP. Mind Body Studio 517 Southland Drive, Lexington, KY 859-373-0033. Full details at id=1055

11 am, Bourbon County Senior Citizens Center, 11 Legion Rd, Paris. Open to anyone with diabetes or pre-diabetes and their support persons. Lunch can be provided for anyone age 60 and over by calling the Senior Center at 987-7453 by the Friday morning before the meeting (Sept 1). For those under age 60, call Lisa Wheat at the health department 987-1915 ext. 4117.

Fridays Argentine Tango “Dance of the Heart” Passionate and Romantic- Mindful and Meditative. A uniquely transformative social skill, art form and movement therapy. No partner or dance experience required. Friday evening 7:30-9:00 PM. You may drop-in to any class- this is not a series. Cost $10. Instructors: Dr. John Patterson and Nataliya Timoshevskaya. Mind Body Studio 517 Southland Drive, Lexington, KY 859-373-0033. Full details at


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October 3 Eat, Move, Lose Weight Support Group 12 – 1 pm, Lexington-Fayette Co. Health Department PH Clinic South, 2433 Regency Road. Free weight-loss support group appropriate for anyone wishing to lose weight or maintain weight loss. Share struggles and ideas with others. Held first and third Tuesdays most months. For more information and to confirm the group is meeting, call 288-2446.

Home Care by Seniors for Seniors

Oct. 18 Nutrition Basics Class 5 – 7 pm, Gainesway Community Center, 1201 Centre Parkway, Lexington. Free class for those living with diabetes, to learn more about carbohydrate counting, portion control, meal planning and healty eating. Call 288-2446 to register. Sponsored by the Lexington-Fayette Co. Health Department.

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October 24 "Freedom From Smoking" Class Series

(weekly to Dec 12), 5:30 - 7 pm at Bluegrass Community and Technical College campus on Newtown Pike. Free class series helps you develop a plan of action that leads you to your quit day. Call (859) 309-1700 to register and for more information! Cosponsored by the Lexington-Fayette Co. Health Department.

October 24 MaterniTEA 6:30 - 7:45 PM, Baby Moon, 2891 Richmond Rd., Lexington. FREE information session to learn how to navigate the 9 months of pregnancy and beyond. Visit to register.

October 24 Health Chats about Diabetes 4 – 5:15 pm, Nathaniel Mission, 1109 Versailles Rd, Suite 400. Free. Sponsored by the Lexington-Fayette Co. Health Dept.. For more information, call (859) 288-2446.

October 26 Fayette County Diabetes Coalition meeting

10 – 11 am, Good Foods Market and Café, 455 Southland Dr. Open to anyone concerned about diabetes and interested in making an impact in our community. Check out Fayette County Diabetes Coalition on Facebook or call 859-288-2347.

October 28 Craft and Vendor Show Browse jewelry, cosmetics, home décor, unique gifts and more from 10am–3pm at Liberty Ridge, 701 Liberty Ridge Lane, Lexington, KY. Craft and vendor show is open to the public.

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Macular Degeneration Leading Cause of Vision Loss by Dr. Rick Graebe, FCOVD Family Eyecare Associates and Vision Therapy Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) affects the macula, an area inside the back of the eye in the center of the retina. This is where the eye focuses for recognizing faces and reading. The retina records images we see and sends them via the optic nerve from the eye to the brain. AMD occurs when the central portion of the retina begins to deteriorate, affecting a person’s ability to read, drive, recognize faces or colors and see objects in fine detail. AMD is the leading cause of vision loss in older adults. According to one source, the prevalence of AMD is estimated to reach epidemic proportions of 6.3 million Americans by the year 2030. There are two types of AMD, wet and dry. Wet AMD is a progression of dry AMD, not a separate condition. Macular degeneration begins when waste products, called drusen, build up under the macula. This is called dry AMD; it causes blurring and distorts vision. As the condition progress, abnormal blood vessels grown beneath and into the retina, causing swelling, bleeding and changes in vision. This is called wet AMD because the abnormal blood vessels begin to leak. Most people have dry AMD. Risk factors for AMD include

age, genetics and environment, although research has not yet been able to show exactly why the cells in the macula begin to deteriorate. Smoking doubles the risk of developing AMD. At present, AMD is incurable. In early stages, it does not affect vision, but as the disease progresses, patients may have wavy or blurred vision. For instance, the straight edge of a door or sentences on a page in a book seem wavy. You may also notice a gray or dark area in the center of your visual field. In its most severe form, the condition causes the patient to lose central vision completely. People with very advanced AMD are considered legally blind, although they may retain peripheral vision. Treatment may include an option called laser photocoagulation or photodynamic therapy (PDT). Another treatment involves injecting the patient with a drug activated by a laser that selectively destroys and seals the leaking blood vessels. Although it is not a cure, the drug and laser treatment can probably slow the rate of vision loss. Some sight may be retained, but lost sight cannot be restored. The most common and effective treatment for wet AMD is anti-VEGF therapy, which entails injecting a chemical called vascular endothelial growth fac-

As you grow older, it becomes more important to have regular eye exams. tor directly into the eye. It inhibits the formation of new blood vessels behind the retina and may keep it from leaking. As you grow older, it becomes more important to have regular eye exams. That is how most cases of AMD are detected. A specific test looks for drusen and pigment or color changes in the retina that may signal AMD. Your eye doctor may have you print out and use an

Amsler grid with which you can discern visual changes that might indicate AMD. About the Author Dr. Graebe received both his B.S degree in Visual Science and Doctorate of Optometry from Indiana University. He is a Behavioral Optometrist and learning expert. He has been in private practice here in the Bluegrass area for the past 32 years.

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Bluegrass Ovarian Cancer Support

Cancer Classes

GrassRoots Yoga Classes

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.

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

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

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

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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.

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. 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


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) 2772700 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, longterm 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.

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.

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Taoist Tai Chi Society

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

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.

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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.

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.


GRASP is the acronym for Grief Recovery After a Substance Passing. This support group aims to provide mutual empathy and understanding for parents and loved ones of those who have died of an addictive disease. All members of GRASP have this experience in common, and we do ask that prospective members contact the group coordinator, Anne Roberts--at 859-576-7082, or PJC863@ coming the first time to a GRASP meeting.



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Will Science Soon Develop Vaccines for Cancer? BIOLOGICAL RESPONSE MODIFIERS HELP BODY’S IMMUNE SYSTEM FIGHT BACK By TaNiqua Ward, M.S., Staff Writer Cancer is the second leading cause of death globally, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). The chances of getting cancer increase with age, obesity, tobacco use and many other risk factors. Cancer is caused by the transformation of normal cells into tumor cells that develop from precancerous lesions into malignant tumors. This process is caused by three external agents: physical carcinogens, chemical carcinogens and biological carcinogens.



For advertising information call 859.368.0778 or email | October 2017 Reducing risk factors is one way to prevent cancer. Between 30 percent to 50 percent of cancers can be prevented, according to WHO. Some examples of reducing risk factors include: • Eliminating tobacco use. • Eliminating alcohol use. • Eating a healthy diet. • Getting the daily recommended amount of physical activity. • Avoiding urban air pollution. • Avoiding ultraviolet radiation or ionizing. • Avoiding hepatitis or other carcinogenic infections. This encourages taking initiative and changing lifestyle behaviors. Another way to prevent cancer is to get regular cancer screenings and vaccinations. WHO reported vaccinations against human papilloma virus (HPV) and hepatitis B virus (HBV) infections can prevent 1 million cancer cases each year. Cancer vaccines can also be considered biological response modifiers. This process involves restoring the biological response modifier of the body’s immune system to fight against infections. The two cancer vaccines are classified as preventive and treatment. Preventive vaccines are intended to prevent healthy people from getting

cancer. Treatment vaccines are intended to treat a current cancer by building up the body’s natural immune response to cancer. The two vaccines that are approved in the United States include the HPV and HBV vaccines. Chronic infections with HPV can lead to cervical, anal, oropharyngeal, vaginal, vulvar and penile cancer. Three main vaccines for HPV have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). These vaccines are highly recommended for males and females between the ages of 9 and 26 years. Chronic HBV infections can lead to liver cancer. Two vaccines that have been approved by the FDA to treat this virus are offered to both males and females of all ages. Cancer vaccines are used to delay or stop the growth of cancer cells. However, they can be used for cancers that have already developed. Research has found it is difficult to produce a treatment vaccine but not as challenging to produce a preventive vaccine. Cancer vaccines are highly encouraged for all individuals, especially those at higher risk of developing cancer. Take preventative steps to ensure a healthy future for yourself by getting vaccines, having early detection screenings and reducing your risk factors.


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Planning a Life Celebration by Kim Wade, Community Relations Director, Milward Funeral Directors At one point in time or another, you will likely be involved with planning a funeral or Life Celebration. While this is a daunting task that no one looks forward to doing, if done in advance your efforts will be very beneficial to your family and friends when it is time to say goodbye to your loved one. If you are the family member or friend who is responsible for planning a funeral at the time of need, don’t worry, your funeral director will walk you through every decision and help you every step of the way. Planning in advance does have many benefits. Planning a funeral or life celebration requires family members to make many decisions and notify many people about the death. When plans are not completed in advance, it becomes necessary for family members to make decisions when they are burdened by grief. Whether you are planning at the time of need or in advance, before you even begin to plan the funeral, take a deep breath. Slow down and focus on planning a personalized funeral to honor and pay tribute to the person who has provided a lifetime of memories for you and your family to cherish. What made your loved one special? What were his or her likes, dislikes, special qualities, hobbies, passions or career choices?

As you think about what made your loved one unique, consider ways that your funeral director can help you incorporate it into a meaningful funeral ceremony and discuss these during the planning meeting. If you just aren’t sure what to share with your funeral director, simply tell the funeral director that you want the service to be a life celebration and share with him or her information about your loved one and allow them to help you make it memorable. While some Life Celebrations families involve pre-planning, you might consider incorporating some of these ideas in the Life Celebration: • Share the story of your loved one through photos and words on a printed brochure that is passed out at the Life Celebration • Display personal items on a table at the visitation, ceremony and the gathering. • Instead of a traditional eulogy, ask family and friends to share stories and memories of the person who died. • Show videos during the Life Celebration • Invite people to write down a memory for family to read at ceremony • Play music that was meaningful to your loved one throughout the Life Celebration. You may

even want a live band or soloist to perform. • Celebrate with food. If your loved one loved to grill burgers with homemade ice cream for dessert, serve your guests his favorite lunch. A well-planned personalized funeral or Life Celebration will not only be emotionally touching to you, your family and friends, it will also help you better cope with your grief and move toward a new normal.

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The pancreas is a 5.9-inch-long gland found behind the stomach and in front of the spine.

Preventing Pancreatic Cancer

By Harleena Singh, Staff Writer The pancreas is a 5.9-inch-long gland found behind the stomach and in front of the spine. It has a head, a middle section called the body and a narrow end called the tail. Exocrine cells in the pancreas produce digestive enzymes that help break down and digest food. The endocrine cells produce hormones such as insulin and glucagon that help control blood sugar levels. Most pancreatic cancers start in the exocrine cells. Pancreatic cancer is among the deadliest of cancers. It is hard to detect and quick to spread. Nearly 50,000 new cases are diagnosed every year in the United States, making it the fourth leading cause of cancer death. It mostly affects men and women aged over 50 years. Symptoms of pancreatic cancer include weight loss and abdominal pain that radiates to the back. It sometimes causes patients to itch all over their bodies. Risk factors for pancreatic cancer include smoking or using tobacco and medical conditions such as diabetes. According to research, being overweight or obese and carrying extra weight around the waist also increases your risk. A study

published in the Journal of the American Medical Association says obese people with a sedentary lifestyle have twice the risk of developing pancreatic cancer as those who are active and not obese. Fifteen percent of pancreatic cancer cases could be avoided with proper diet and physical activity. The pancreas produces alkaline pancreatic juice, which has a pH level between 7.8 and 8.0. It may be possible to turn pancreatic cancer around by including more alkaline foods in your diet. Here are some more tips to lower your risk of developing pancreatic cancer: • Make healthy lifestyle choices. Reducing or quitting smoking may also lower the risk of developing stomach, lung, esophagal, head, neck and other cancers. The American Cancer Society recommends reducing the fat in your diet and eating more fruits and vegetables. Avoid gaining too much weight and exercise regularly. • Be careful of exposure to certain chemicals. • Choose low-glycemic foods such as non-starchy vegetables, legumes and fruits. • Avoid excess protein. High protein keeps the pancreatic enzymes busy digesting so they cannot focus on their key task of eradicating cancer.





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MAKERS Leukemia Breakthrough: FDA Approves First Gene Therapy Treatment The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Aug. 30 approved the first gene therapy to treat a form of leukemia. CAR-T is a genetically modified autologous T-cell immunotherapy in which each dose is created using the patient’s own T-cells, a type of white blood cell called a lymphocyte. The T-cells are sent to a manufacturing center where they are genetically modified to include a new gene that contains a specific protein, a chimeric antigen receptor (CAR). These CAR-T cells are then infused back into the patient to target and kill cancer cells. Novartis designed a CAR-T therapy for a form of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), a cancer of the bone marrow and blood, that is in second or later relapse. ALL is the most common childhood cancer in the United States, with about 3,100 new patients aged 20 or younger a year, says the National Cancer Institute. In clinical trials with 63 pediatric and young adults with ALL, 83 percent of patients were cancer free after 3 months. “I think this is the most exciting thing I’ve seen in my lifetime,” said Dr. Tim Cripe, an oncologist with Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Now that Kymriah is approved to treat children and young adults up to age 25 with relapsed ALL, Novartis is establishing a network of certified treatment centers across the United States. The most frequent side effect was an inflammatory storm called cytokine release syndrome, a reaction to CAR-T that can prove fatal in some patients but is commonly controlled with immunosuppressant drugs. Analysts expect Kymriah to cost as much as $700,000 for a course of treatment. This is the first CAR-T therapy presented to the FDA; additional CAR-T therapies are expected to be submitted in the future. “We’re entering a new frontier in medical innovation with the ability to reprogram a patient’s own cells to attack a deadly cancer,” FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said in a statement. “New technologies such as gene and cell therapies hold out the potential to transform medicine and create an inflection point in our ability to treat and even cure many intractable illnesses.”

Exploding Head Syndrome Despite its name, exploding head syndrome does not result in an exploded head. It is characterized by hearing crashes and seeing bursts of light during sleep and is considered to be a sensory sleep disorder. When someone with exploding head syndrome is either falling asleep or waking up, he or she may hear a loud noise, says study author Brian Sharpless, an associate professor of clinical psychology at Argosy University in Virginia. In a previous study, Sharpless found about 13.5 percent of people experience exploding head syndrome at some point during their lives. While scientists still don’t know why this phenomenon occurs, one of the more popular theories involves a part of the brain called the reticular formation. Located in the brain stem at the back of the head, this area is responsible for helping people go to sleep. According to Sharpless, “Going to sleep is sort of like shutting down a computer. The brain goes through a series of steps. One of these steps involves shutting down the brain cells that are responsible for hearing, called the auditory neurons. When someone has exploding head syndrome, instead of shutting these neurons down, something could cause them to fire all at once, leading the person to ‘hear’ a sudden, loud noise in his or her head.” In Sharpless’ new study, 49 college students who had experienced exploding head syndrome were interviewed about their symptoms. Participants’ experiences varied; some had one episode whereas others had up to 150 episodes. The study uncovered several commonalities. The most common type of noise reported was the sound of someone dropping an object from a height, followed by a bang, an explosion and a door slamming. More than a quarter of those in the study reported seeing a flash of light. Another common symptom was fear and a racing heart. Another 14 percent said they forgot how to breathe during an episode, which they found extremely frightening. The study also found only about 10 percent of people with the syndrome ever told a doctor about it, and in some cases where they did, their doctor did not know about exploding head syndrome. The name was coined in 1986. The study was published online in the journal Cephalalgia on April 6.


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