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Triumph Over Diagnosis Three local inspirational stories about facing obstacles most of us never have to realize.


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Science of Heartache Playing Office Politics More Reasons to Quit Smoking Headaches and Hormones Quick Summer Getaways


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4 Talk Yourself Into Confidence 8 Hours in the Sun Add Years to the Face 1 0 Still Smoking? More Reasons to Stop 1 2 Joint vs Separate Accounts in Marriage 1 8 Going on Vacay? Practice Roadside Safety 2 1 Seniors Feel the Heat 2 2 How to Play the Office Game 2 4 The Science of Heartbreak 3 0 Headaches and Your Hormones

34 Regular Features 7 1 20 38 6 2 65 70 78 8 2 8 6

B y the Numbers Coming to America Well Aware

First Person:

with Candice Alexander Best Impressions Chatterbox Solutions for Life High Five The Last Word

3 4 Plunge Into Saltwater


4 0 Mix It Up with Interval Training 4 Cover Story: 4 An Inspirational Approach to Life 5 0 The Benefits of Breakfast 5 2 Bring Summer Inside 5 8 Quick Summer Getaways

6 4 Get Savvy with Sodium 7 4 Amp Up Your Speaking Skills

Don’t just live, thrive!

Editors and Publishers Kristy Armand Christine Fisher Creative Director/Layout Barbara VanGossen Assistant Editor Erin K. Cormier Assistant Designers Jason Hardesty Josh McGee Staff Writers Katie McDaniel Haley Armand Advertising Sales 337.310.2099 Danielle Granger Andy Jacobson

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I really know my stuff.

Self-Talk Your Way to More Confidence

Blaming yourself. If a lunch with friends gets cancelled, do you assume the change in plans is because no one wants to be around you?

I am super strong.

Anticipating the worst. Perhaps you’re planning a vacation with your family, do you fear an accident will happen, or you’ll get lost, or you’ll forget something important that you’ll need? “These are examples of irrational thinking. Focusing on the worst scenario or emphasizing the negative doesn’t help anyone. Prepare for situations, such as the presentation at work, or the vacation, but don’t assume the worst will happen,” said Riviere. “Maybe you’ll get a promotion from the presentation, or you’ll have fond memories to treasure because of the vacation.” Noticing your thoughts can change your outlook. Don’t accept negative self talk as the truth, and avoid exaggeration. It takes time to break years of habits, so be patient with yourself. “Thoughts are like muscles, in a way. With exercise and attention, your muscles will adjust more to your liking, be more flexible and increase in strength. In that same train of thought, you can notice thoughts, question whether or not they are true, and accept the ones that reflect your beliefs and expectations. Let go of the ones that don’t,” Riviere said.

The stream of thoughts running through your head all throughout the day can actually influence how you feel about yourself. In fact, it’s one of the best ways to improve your self-esteem, confidence and coping skills. Self talk is the scientific term for talking to yourself; psychologists refer to the thoughts in your head as ‘cognitive self statements’. Whatever the label, self talk can be beneficial, if used to its best advantage.

If you find yourself stuck on a particularly negative view, find a positive statement to make about the situation. “In coaching my clients, I remind them of their goal, of why they want to accomplish a particular task. By remembering the end result, it helps to get through difficult situations. It’s another way of focusing on the positive,” said Riviere.

Scott Riviere, MS, founder of Success Coaching, has seen the benefit of utilizing self talk as he coaches clients through various situations. “Our internal dialogue colors how we see things, and how we approach a potentially difficult aspect of life. A constant barrage of negative thoughts can chip away at our confidence, and convince us that we would fail before we even try,” he said. Self talk affects decisions, actions, confidence and mood.

By realizing the hypnotic power of the messages that play in your mind, you’ll begin to harness the power of self talk and make it work in your favor. This small effort can give big rewards.

Being an optimist or a pessimist can literally affect how well you live, and even how long you live. Optimistic people tend to have better health and live longer than pessimists. The reason is unclear, but the prevailing theory is that a positive outlook enables a person to successfully cope with stressful situations, which reduces the effects of stress on the body. “Being optimistic is not about being naïve, or ignoring problems. It is about understanding problems and tackling them in a positive manner,” explained Riviere. “You can be realistic, and still be positive.” For example, let’s say you’ve been given an assignment to give a presentation to your supervisors at work about employee morale and how it affects absenteeism. It’s in your by Christine Fisher area of expertise, you know the material, but you’re deathly afraid of speaking in front of a group. Most people’s self talk would chatter non-stop in their heads about all of the bad things that could potentially happen. “I’ll look like an idiot. They planned this so I would look incapable. They must be trying to make me quit. Maybe I should just look for another job.” Before you know it, you’ve packed your desk and you’re out the door based on a series of illogical assumptions.

I believe in me.

For more information about self-talk or life coaching, call Riviere at 310-1125.

I can do it.

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I can deal with it.

“When given a difficult task, such as this one, be conscious of your inner dialogue. Pay attention to the thoughts and train yourself to fill your mind with positive self talk. Turn the negative thoughts into positive ones,” Riviere suggested. Follow one simple rule: Don’t say anything to yourself that you wouldn’t say to other people.

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Consider the benefits of being asked to give the presentation. Perhaps the higher-ups are looking for a way to spotlight your knowledge; they may recognize your experience of the subject and need your input for their decisions on employee morale; this could be a great opportunity to impress them. Through careful preparation and a confident manner, you have the ability to increase your influence at work and gain more respect from supervisors. But, if you start out with a negative attitude, the opportunity will pass you by. Are you aware of how your self talk influences you? Do any of these scenarios seem familiar? Typical floor plan

Focusing on negative aspects. Maybe you nailed the presentation, but realized later that you forgot to include a minor detail. Instead of letting it go because you can’t change it now, you replay the presentation over and over focusing on your mistake.

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Residents are strongly urged to take advantage of free service Nothing is more important during an emergency situation than getting accurate information out to the affected public in a timely manner. The CalcaShout Emergency Alert System is a free service of the Police Jury that sends emergency information quickly to subscribers through phones, email, and text messages. The program is managed by the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness. CalcaShout was first initiated in 2008, shortly before Calcasieu Parish was affected by Hurricanes Gustav and Ike. The emergency alert system sent important messages via text and email messages to approximately 20,000 subscribers throughout both weather events. No matter where a subscriber had evacuated to, as long as the location was in the United States, CalcaShout was able to keep them informed. While the service is free, residents do have to sign up for it. Also, residents who are already subscribers of the service are asked to update any contact information that may have changed recently to ensure that alerts are being sent to the appropriate place.

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Through PPG’s $10.8 million canal reroute and wetlands restoration and creation project, local residents are witnessing the effects of proactive conservationism. The wetlands are clearly visible while crossing the I-210 bridge - a constant reminder that, in our community, environmental protection and industry work together.

“This project illustrates how industry and environmental improvements and protection work in parallel; both benefitting our surroundings.”

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“The Coastal Conservation Association is pleased to see the PPG Calcasieu Estuary Wetlands project, which has rebuilt a portion of our coastal estuary lost over the years due to coastal erosion. The restoration of our coastal wetlands will enhance critical habitat for plants, fish and other wildlife.”

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Hours in the Sun =


Years on the Face

The sun is especially hard on your blood vessels, causing them to dilate in response to the heat. The vessels then constrict when in more shaded areas. Constant cycles of dilation and constriction literally cause the vessels to wear out, leaving visible veins in the face. The sun is also the most common trigger of rosacia flare-ups. Those with this condition – characterized by acnelike pimples and profuse redness in the face – are particularly prone to broken capillaries.


Sun exposure can dry out the lips, leading to drying and cracking. It also depresses the immune system, allowing the virus that causes cold sore to become activated. Now for the good news: Even if you’ve spent years in the sun in search of the perfect tan, it’s not too late to reverse some of the damage, and it’s certainly not too late to start protecting your skin. Dr. Mark Crawford, oculoplastic surgeon and medical director of the Aesthetic Center, says the skin has a remarkable capacity to repair itself thanks to improved products available today. “Advances in skin care products and facial treatment techniques give us an arsenal of options to help repair sun-damaged skin,” he says. “For example, a 30-year-old who begins protecting her skin now might be able to bring her skin back to where it was at the age of 20. The earlier you start, the better.” The first step in determining the products and/or treatment needed to repair sun damaged skin would be a skin assessment. “We have a variety of skin care products and treatments that can be used to successfully eliminate or decrease the visible signs of aging that result from sun exposure,” explains Widcamp. “Facials, chemical peels, infused treatments with Dermasweep microdermabrasion are skin rejuvenation techniques that are very beneficial in the treatment of wrinkles, skin discoloration and age spots. Skin care products that contain glycolic, salicylic or alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) can be used to help slough off dead skin cells to reveal the newer, moister skin below. Many of these may stimulate the growth of new collagen as well, helping to restore a more youthful appearance,” she continues. “Products with antioxidant vitamin C are recommended to help neutralize the destructive free radicals and to help smooth wrinkles.”

by Kristy Armand

Save Your Skin from the Aging Effects of the Sun If you’re one of those people who feel like it’s just not a good summer unless you have a good tan, you might want to re-evaluate your criteria if you have any desire to maintain youthful, healthy skin as you grow older. You may think having a suntan makes you look and feel better, but is it really worth it? Skin care experts emphatically say, “No!” Against the temporary benefits of a golden summertime glow, you have to weigh the long-term damaging effects to your skin – wrinkles, lines, rough patches, and age spots, not to mention the risk of developing skin cancer. In fact, experts report that 90 percent of the signs of aging are due to sun exposure. “Not only are almost all signs of aging caused by exposure to the sun; most of the damage occurs by the time we are 18,” explains Leann Widcamp, medical aesthetician with the Aesthetic Center of Southwest Louisiana. “That glowing tan is actually the skin’s way of protecting itself from the sun’s harmful rays. It’s the first sign of damage.” She explains that the sun’s long-and short-wave ultraviolet rays, or UVA and UVB, damage the skin in several highly significant ways. The sun causes the top layer of dead skin to thicken in a protective response. The skin becomes stiff, scaly and rough, but this “protective” response doesn’t stop the sun’s damaging rays, which penetrate further to the living epidermis and thins it from its normal 20 cell layers to about two layers, leading to a “thin-skinned” appearance. The sun can penetrate the deepest layers of skin, destroying collagen, the spongy protein that gives skin its structure, firmness and elasticity. This results in sagging skin and wrinkles. UVA and UVB rays also activate free radicals, molecules that attack the lining of the cells. They literally “tear apart” the skin, resulting in altered skin structure and visible signs like uneven skin texture, sagging and hyperpigmentation, often called “sun spots.” 8

Though much of the damage from the sun takes years to appear, Widcamp says some signs show up very quickly. “Fair skin wrinkles more readily than dark skin because it contains less pigment, which acts as a natural sunscreen to block some of the sun’s damaging rays. But darker skin doesn’t mean you are safe from the aging effects of the sun, it may just show up a little later, and in some cases be more severe because darker people are more likely to leave their skin unprotected.” Widcamp says different areas of the face are also more susceptible to certain types of damage:

For more advanced signs of aging and sun-damage, more aggressive facial treatments, including laser and FotoFacial, may be recommended to treat hyperpigmentation and wrinkles caused by sun damage. Dr. Crawford says these treatments are a little more involved and typically take several sessions to achieve the desired results, but are very effective at restoring a more youthful appearance. In spite of the advances in options for treating sun-damaged skin, Dr. Crawford stresses that regardless of your age, you should prevent further damage to your skin by limiting your exposure to the sun. “Prevention is the key to retaining a youthful appearance. Protecting your skin from the sun will not only slow the formation of wrinkles and other signs of aging, it will also give your skin the opportunity to repair some of the damage that has already been done,” says Dr. Crawford.

The Aesthetic Center offers these guidelines for skin protection: • Use a sunscreen every day. - Use an SPF (sun protection factor) of at least 15. - Higher is even better - 30 or 45 for fair-andmedium-skinned people. - Look for one of the newer broad-range sunscreens that provide protection against UVA and UVB rays. - Make this part of your daily skin care routine, even if you plan to stay indoors. - Choose a moisturizing sunscreen to help you get in the habit of using it every day. Also look for make-up that contains added sun protection. - Keep in mind that damaged skin needs even more protection than non-damaged skin to help stimulate natural self-repair mechanisms. - Be liberal when applying because most people only apply 25 to 50 percent of the recommended amount of sunscreen. • Cover up. Wear a wide-brimmed hat to shade your face and neck and protect your eyes with sunglasses that offer UV protection. • Stay indoors from 10 am to 2 pm. UV radiation is strongest during these hours. Taking a daily midday break from the sun can reduce your annual UV exposure by as much as 80 percent. • Take extra care at the beach. Sand and water reflect harmful UV rays, nearly doubling your exposure. Use a sunscreen with a higher SPF and apply sunscreen 20 minutes before going outdoors and reapply it every two hours.

The Aesthetic Center offers comprehensive facial cosmetic services, including products and treatment techniques for sun-damaged skin. For more information on prevention and treatment of sun damage, call the Aesthetic Center of Southwest Louisiana at 310-1070.



The thin skin surrounding the eyes is especially prone to crinkling – one of the earliest signs of sun damage. Constant squinting to ward off the sun’s glare etches those wrinkles called “crow’s feet” into the corners of the eyes.


Rough, scaly red patches that may be actinic keratoses can form. These occur in very sun-damaged skin and can develop into skin cancer.

Mow in the morning or evening.


When exposed to UV rays, the outer layer of unprotected skin thickens considerably – up to six times its normal depth. This defensive measure eventually causes pores to become blocked and enlarged, leading to breakouts in what is already an oily, acneprone area.

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Macular Degeneration

Numerous studies have found that smokers are four times more likely to become blind because of age-related macular degeneration than those who have never smoked. But quitting can lower that risk, other research shows. Age-related macular degeneration is a severe and progressive condition that results in loss of central vision. While all the risk factors are not fully understood, research has repeatedly pointed to smoking as one major and modifiable cause.

Rheumatoid Arthritis

People whose genes make them more susceptible to developing rheumatoid arthritis are even more likely to get the disease if they smoke, say researchers. In fact, certain genetically vulnerable smokers can be nearly 16 times more likely to develop the disease than nonsmokers without the same genetic profile, according to the study reported in the journal Arthritis & Rheumatism.

Acid Reflux

People who smoke for more than 20 years are 70% more likely to have acid reflux disease than nonsmokers, researchers reported in the journal Gut. Roughly one in five people suffer from heartburn or acid reflux, known medically as gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD. The researchers based their findings on two major public health surveys. Over 3,100 people who complained of having heartburn and 40,000 people without reflux symptoms answered questions about lifestyle factors including diet, exercise, alcohol consumption, and tobacco use.


Smoking increases the risk of sudden infant death syndrome, or SIDS, a recent study reported in The Lancet shows. Researchers compared 745 SIDS cases with more than 2,400 live babies and concluded that just under half of all deaths were attributable to infants sleeping on their stomachs or sides. Roughly 16 percent of SIDS deaths were linked to bed sharing, but for unknown reasons, bed sharing was particularly risky when the mother smoked. Maternal smoking alone was associated with a doubling of the SIDS risk. The risk was 17 times greater, however, for babies who bed shared and had mothers who smoked. Dr. Springer said if these reasons aren’t enough, you should also know that smoking is believed to be linked to many other medical conditions, including certain colon cancers, depression and thyroid disease, to name a few. “The more we learn, the more evidence we have about the growing list of serious health risks associated with smoking. It goes far beyond your lungs and heart. Quitting today is easier than ever before,” he adds. “We have many more tools to help smokers break their addiction. All you have to do is make the decision to quit. Any doctor will be happy to help you.” For more information about assistance with quitting smoking, call Dr. Springer at 436-1370.

Breast Cancer

Overlooked Reasons to Quit Smoking

In a study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, researchers looked at breast cancer risk among 116,544 women over four years. Two thousand of the women developed breast cancer. The prevalence of breast cancer among current smokers was 30 percent higher than the women who had never smoked. Those at greatest risk were women who started smoking before age 20, who began smoking at least five years before their first full-term pregnancy, and who had smoked for longer periods of time or smoked 20 or more cigarettes per day. by Kristy Armand

If you’re a smoker and need just a few more incentives to kick the habit, we’ve got a new list of reasons to help you quit. Everyone knows smoking causes lung cancer, emphysema, and heart disease. These are well-publicized risks, but according to Steve Springer, MD, family medicine physician with Lake Charles Medical and Surgical Clinic, there are also links between smoking and other serious health problems that are not as well-known. “From an increased risk of blindness to a faster decline in mental capabilities, there are many other considerable, and often surprising, reasons to quit smoking that aren’t as familiar as lung cancer.”


He provides several additional health risks associated with smoking:

Smoking cigarettes raises the risk of developing lupus, but quitting cuts that risk, an analysis of nine studies shows. Systemic lupus erythematosus -- known as lupus -- is a chronic autoimmune disease that can cause inflammation, pain, and tissue damage throughout the body. Harvard researchers reviewed studies that examined the relationship between cigarette smoking and lupus and found a significant increase in risk in smokers not found in former smokers. This study was published Arthritis & Rheumatism.

Alzheimer’s Disease


The rate of mental decline among the elderly is up to five times faster in smokers than in nonsmokers, according to a study of 9,200 men and women over age 65, according to a study in the journal Neurology. Higher rates of mental decline were found in men and women, and in persons with or without a family history of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers believe smoking likely puts into effect a vicious cycle of artery damage, clotting and increased risk of stroke, causing mental decline.


Men who continue to light up could be increasing their risk of erectile dysfunction, commonly known as impotence. A study of nearly 5,000 men showed that men who smoked more than a pack a day were 60 percent more likely to suffer erectile dysfunction, compared with men who never smoked cigarettes. Overall, 15 percent of past and present smokers had experienced erectile dysfunction. This study was presented at an annual conference of the American Heart Association.

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Marriage Joint vs. Separate Accounts in

by Erin K. Cormier

We all know that financial differences play a large role in marital breakdowns, but that doesn’t have to be the case. There are ways to prevent economic turmoil from becoming a separating factor in your marriage – the key is to understand each other’s financial philosophies and deciding how to make it work for both of you, according to Nick Fuselier, officer with Cameron State Bank. One of the most important decisions to make is whether you will have joint or separate checking accounts. Since this is where your spending money lives, the decision should not be taken lightly. “With a joint checking account, the marital finances become far more transparent. You absolutely have to have an openness and willingness to discuss money with each other,” Fuselier said. “However, even if you choose not to have a joint checking account, that doesn’t get you off the hook. In a marriage, you can’t get away with not discussing money, even if all the money is separate. True separateness is virtually impossible when you’re in a committed marriage, even if just legally speaking.” Separate accounts are usually an ideal choice for couples who have already established individual systems, which is common particularly among older

couples. It can also work if one person enters the marriage with debt that the other partner doesn’t need or want to be responsible for – credit card debt, for example. Whereas joint accounts lend themselves to open financial discussions, separate accounts don’t necessarily require the same amount of transparency, which can create challenges, according to Fuselier. “When everything is separate, it can be easy to roll along in the marriage without ever discussing money, but it is guaranteed that at some point in time, it will become an issue that needs to be addressed. It’s best to address those issues throughout the marriage, rather than waiting until something significant happens that forces you to be open about expenses and income,” Fuselier said. “Separate accounts can work very well for some couples, but paying the bills and taking care of financial responsibilities should never fall on one person. Although it’s common for one person to take care of the bills, especially among separate account holders, it’s necessary to discuss these expenses so both partners are aware of the financial health of the marriage.” There is also the in-between option of having

individual accounts in addition to a joint account – the latter being used for combined household expenses. This gives couples the autonomy they need to spend money as they see fit, while also allowing for a combined money management style. Typically, couples decide on a percentage that each of them will contribute from their income to the joint account. According to Fuselier, it’s important that couples realize that just because one spouse – presumably the spouse who earns more money – puts more money into the joint account doesn’t mean that they should have more control or judgment on that money. “Marital harmony is about being open and working together as a couple. If you start to use money as a power pawn, you are laying the foundation for future discourse. Money should not be used as a tool of control,” Fuselier said. The best approach is to discuss financial philosophies before getting married, and then determine which system works best based for you as an individual and a couple.

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Not any longer. Imperial Calcasieu Surgical Center and the physicians who perform surgery here have secured full-time anesthesia coverage and negotiated in-network anesthesia agreements with all major insurance providers for all procedures performed at our facility. What does this mean for you? You can have the surgery you need right here at the area’s most advanced outpatient surgical center, and your anesthesia services will be covered by your insurance plan. It’s all part of our mission to provide exceptional surgical care for every patient, every day.

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Imperial Calcasieu Surgical Center (ICSC) opened one year ago and is independently owned by a group of community surgeons. The facility features six surgical suites, two minor procedure rooms, state-of-the-art surgical equipment, integrated technology, electronic medical records, and a wide variety of waiting area amenities. Surgical services are provided for patients of all ages, and surgical specialties include: • Cosmetic • Ear, Nose & Throat (ENT) • Ophthalmology • Orthopaedics • Pain Management • Podiatry • Spine ICSC is the only Joint-Commission-accredited surgery center in the region, and one of only a handful in the state of Louisiana.


People who have had joint replacement may wonder if they can even have an MRI, thinking the metal in their new joint may react with the magnet in the MRI. In reality, though, most joint replacement materials are not affected by the MRI. “Since MRI’s are mainstream, most of the materials used in orthopedic joint replacements are now being designed with compatibility in mind,” explained Dr. Knox. The strength of the magnet used in the MRI is one of the key factors on whether or not joint replacements will hinder having the test. “We ask all of our patients to give us their medical history. If they have had joint replacement, we check into what type of device was used to avoid any potential problems.”

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It’s seldom needed, but in some cases, an injection of contrast agent is used in an MRI to provide additional clarity. Individuals who have problems with their kidneys may worry about the potential for harm. Compared to the dye used in some X-rays and CT scans, the MRI contrast agent is less toxic to the kidneys and has had a history of very low side effects.

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Again, the medical history given prior to an MRI should bring any kidney problems to the attention of the technician. In the rare case that an alternate plan is needed, it may be possible to forgo the contrast agent while still getting the clear image needed for diagnosis. The radiologist will determine the best way to conduct the test to ensure patient safety. If a contrast agent is needed, the type and amount may be adjusted. “MRI allows physicians to look at the body’s organs, tissues and skeletal system in a non-invasive way. The technology allows us to diagnose a wide variety conditions in a manner that is much more safe and comfortable for the patient, compared to methods used prior to MRI,” said Dr. Knox.

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Taking A Closer Look at MRI

A machine that involves magnets and diagnosing health conditions is bound to raise a few questions. As with most diagnostic innovations, MRI technology has given physicians a whole new way to look inside the body. Its ability to produce detailed images of the anatomy, including soft tissues, can, many times, provide more information or more clarity than an X-ray, CT scan or ultrasound. “MRI technology has grown into a mainstream diagnostic imaging tool,” explained Bruce Knox, MD, with Open Air MRI. “It can be a powerful key in getting an accurate diagnosis, and because it can be used to find information on many areas of the body, a lot of people benefit from the technology.”

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When a patient is recommended by their doctor to have an MRI, they may not realize they have a choice in which facility they use. Physicians can recommend the diagnostic test, but the patient has the right to choose the provider.

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It can be used to diagnose conditions throughout the body, including the back, heart, bones and joints, blood vessels and the head. With its widespread uses, it’s not surprising that misinformation or even myths have cropped up.

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Dispelling some of the myths will help individuals feel more comfortable should they ever need to have an MRI done. For more information, call Open Air MRI at 474-3333.

The type of scanner can make a difference in preference for patients. Not all MRI facilities have the same type of scanner. The technology of an MRI relies on a magnetic field to temporarily align the water molecules in the body. Radio waves cause these particles to produce a signal, which are used to create images of the anatomy, which can be viewed from many different angles. “MRI provides imaging without radiation; a fact that many people may not realize,” said Dr. Knox. While the basic premise is consistent, there are two common types of MRI scanners. “Open” MRI technology utilizes two large plates with an open space where the patient is placed. The “closed” type is more cylindrical. “Both have their own inherent pros and cons,” said Dr. Knox. “Some patients find the ‘open’ type more comfortable and less restrictive, but the cylindrical machine may give a sharper image; it really depends on the type of test we are conducting.” For some conditions, an accurate diagnosis can be made with images with limited detail; other conditions require a high level of detail. The machine is only one part of receiving an accurate diagnosis. The experience and training of the radiologist is one of the most important factors.

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Owners who throw pet birthday parties

Amount Americans spend a year on their pets Source: Business Week

Number of pet owners who buy their pet a holiday gift Source: Pet Supplies Plus

Source: AAHA


28% Of pet owners have quit smoking for their pet

Owners who sing or dance for their pet Source: AAHA

Source: Henry Ford Health

American Pets 73 million dogs 90 million cats 139 million freshwater fish 9 million saltwater fish

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16 million birds 18 million small animals 11 million reptiles

Source: American Pet Products Manufacturers Association

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153 million

of pet owners have taken off work at least once to tend to a sick pet

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Roadmap to Roadside Safety Fifty percent of Americans are taking summer vacations this year and a

large percentage are driving to their destination. The last thing any of these travelers wants to experience is car trouble that leaves them stranded on the side of the road. If you’re one of them, would you know what to do in order to ensure your own and your family’s safety until help arrives? Joni Fontenot, spokesperson for the Safety Council of Southwest Louisiana, says everyone should have a plan for handling roadside emergencies. “No one expects to have a flat tire or engine trouble, but it happens. What you can plan for is how to stay safe until help arrives.” Fontenot says your first and most important goal is to get safely off of the road and out of traffic. At the first sign of car trouble, gently and smoothly take your foot off the accelerator. Do not brake hard or suddenly. Carefully work your vehicle toward the breakdown lane or the side of the road. If you are on an interstate, try to reach an exit. Signal your intentions to drivers behind you. If it is necessary to change lanes, watch your mirrors and the traffic around you closely. Once off the road, make your car visible. Fontenot advises keeping some type of reflective emergency signal in your trunk. Put these behind your vehicle to alert other drivers. If you don’t have these, turn on your emergency flashers. If it is dark, turn on the interior dome light as well. When you have a flat tire, and have the tools and skills to change it, be certain you can change it safely without being too close to traffic. If that is possible, change the tire as you normally would. “If it’s not, wait for help to arrive,” says Fontenot. “It’s not worth the risk to change a flat tire in an area where you will be dangerously close to passing cars.”

Another modern option is the OnStar service feature in some vehicle models that allows a driver to contact an OnStar service center for assistance with vehicle problems. “It’s important to call for help and wait safely away from traffic,” says Fontenot. Do not try to flag down other vehicles. Raise your hood and tie something white to the radio antenna or hang it out a window so police officers or tow truck operators will know help is needed. Don’t stand behind or next to your vehicle. If the car is in the roadway, stand away from the vehicle – and traffic – and wait for help to arrive. If your car is safely out of traffic, wait inside the vehicle with the doors locked. If someone stops and offers to help, open the window slightly and ask them to call the police, if you are unable to do so.

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Watch for a uniformed police officer or other emergency personnel. All interstate highways and major roads are patrolled regularly. Also, some highways have special “call-for-help” phones. Fontenot advises against walking on an interstate, especially during inclement weather. However, if you can reach a source of help on foot, without jeopardizing your physical or personal safety, try the direct approach by walking. Keep as far from traffic as possible and walk on the right side of the roadway. Never attempt to cross a multi-lane, high speed roadway.

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“Don’t wait until it happens to think about what you would do,” stresses Fontenot. “It may be too late then. Make sure you have the resources to keep yourself and your vehicle safe should a roadside emergency occur.” For more information about any safety topic, call the Safety Council at 436-3354 or visit

For most mechanical problems, Fontenot says it is best to get professional help. “Most people have cell phones today, but if you are one of the last hold-outs, consider getting a disposable model with a predetermined amount of minutes one just for the purpose of road trips, to be used in case of emergency.” 18

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Coming to America tells the stories of local residents who left their native country to make a new home in the United States. Watch for a new story each issue. To nominate someone for this series, send a brief description to:

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Older Adults Feel the Heat The high temperatures and humidity that define summer in Southwest Louisiana are something many take in stride, but for older adults, hot weather can be much more than a seasonal annoyance. Health concerns – or just the normal physiological changes of aging – can make it difficult for older adults to cope with higher temperatures. “Heatrelated health problems begin to develop when the temperature exceeds 90 degrees Fahrenheit for more than two or three days,” says Kelly Fuqua, MD, family medicine physician with Calcasieu Family Physicians in Sulphur. “When this is combined with very high humidity, the risks to older people increase even more.”

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There are a number of physiologic reasons why the heat poses more serious problems for older adults. “Their ability to sense heat is impaired,” explains Dr. Fuqua. “Younger people are able to quickly discharge excess body heat, but this ability is often compromised in older people, largely due to poor circulation. Sweating, the other major method the body has for discharging heat, can also be impaired in older people.”

The Journey of Jamal Saqer

Dr. Jamal Saqer spent his early years in a Jordanian refugee camp after joining thousands of others fleeing Palestine in the 1960s. When the first wave of refugees crossed the Jordan River in the late 1940s, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency accommodated the 100,000 Palestinians with tents. A decade later, the refugees were given more durable shelters – typically, a single brick home of 12 square meters was provided to a family of four.

the Wake Forest Medical Center, he says he was too busy to notice the shift from the Middle East to America.

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By the time he relocated to Southwest Louisiana to work in pediatrics, he and Lamis, who have three American-born children, assumed they would eventually move back to Amman. The Jordanian capital city is home to more than 2 million people and one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities of the world. According to Saqer, Jordan is a “mix of old and new.” The city’s oldest archeological digs date as far back as 8500 B.C. in an area that has also experienced modern culinary infusion and spikes in tourism. The country, bordered by Saudi Arabia, Syria, the West Bank and Israel, is home to numerous notable tourist attractions, including the site of Christ’s baptismal; Petra, one of the seven wonders of the world; Mount Nebo, site of Moses’ death; Jerash, one of the best preserved Roman cities in the Near East; and the beaches of Aqaba.

“We all lived on the bare minimum,” said Dr. Saqer. “It was very difficult early on, but my mother dedicated her life to us. My father died when I was seven and my mother was left with little resources and several children. But she believed in education. Whatever resources she had, she pushed toward education. For us, it was a passport to the rest of the world.” Despite being widowed young and living humbly during a time of political turmoil, the Saqer children all eventually went to high school and graduated from college. Dr. Saqer is now a pediatric intensive care specialist at Lake Charles Memorial Hospital. He has three brothers with degrees in electrical engineering, law, and English literature. He has two sisters, one of whom works as a teacher. “One of the most important aspects about my upbringing was the concept of the extended family. Where I’m from, you live in your parents’ house until you can take care of yourself, and once you can take care of yourself, you also take care of your parents. The relationship to your family doesn’t end when you turn eighteen,” said Dr. Saqer. It was family that first brought Dr. Saqer to the States as a young man. He admits he was largely insulated from the American experience because he spent all his time with immediate family in Houston at the time, so “there was no culture shock.” Even when he and his wife Lamis moved to North Carolina to complete his residency at


“We liked it here, but for a long time we had in our minds that we would go back to Jordan. Then we stayed longer in this area and the longer we stayed, the more we got involved in the society and it became obvious that we liked it here and our three kids liked it here. This area has such hospitality. The people have perceived us and received us well and have made us proud to be here,” said Dr. Saqer. Rather than returning to Jordan, the Saqers decided on a different path –one that led to American citizenship. He and Lamis were sworn in on April 22. “In America, if you do your due diligence, you can figure out what the outcome will be. If you don’t get what you want, it may be because you didn’t take the proper steps to get there. That’s what attracted me to the States. It truly is a land of opportunity. This is a rewarding society. If you work hard, you can make it,” he said.

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Certain medications can interfere with the body’s functions in high temperatures, and these are typically medications taken by older people. For example, Dr. Fuqua says many medications commonly taken for high blood pressure and heart disease are diuretics, meaning they remove salt and fluid volume from the body. “When combined with increased perspiration caused by the heat, diuretics can lead to dehydration, which, in turn, can lead to discomfort, confusion, damage to major organs, and even death in severe cases.” Most healthy individuals will naturally replenish their body’s fluids when they get thirsty. But Dr. Fuqua explains that for many older adults, the thirst mechanism is not as finely tuned as in younger people. And for those seniors who have suffered from a stroke, Alzheimer’s or another brain disease, their thirst mechanism is even less likely to direct them to consume enough fluids. “Drinking at least six, eight-ounce glasses of fluid each day will help prevent dehydration.” Dr. Fuqua advises checking in on older family members frequently during the summer months, especially those who are frail or suffering from any chronic health conditions. “Make sure they’re drinking enough fluids, their homes are properly ventilated and their mental state is normal. Confusion is a sign of dehydration and heat exhaustion, both of which can lead to serious complications. If they have fever or exhibit behavioral changes from the heat, get medical help for them immediately. They may be suffering from a heatrelated illness.” Older adults should avoid being outside during the hottest part of the day during the summer, which is typically from 10am – 5 pm. “Take advantage of cooler temperatures in the early mornings and late evenings to spend time outdoors,” says Dr. Fuqua, “and whether it’s gardening or exercising, ease into it and gradually build your tolerance to the heat and humidity. With a little caution – and plenty of hydration – older adults can enjoy summer in good health.”

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Don’t complain. If you’re a manager and have to decide which employees to promote or who to dish out pay raises to, are you going to choose the person who bellyaches over every task or the one who accepts their workload without complaint? “If you want to be visible at the workplace, you should keep whining to a minimum, or get rid of it altogether,” LeJeune said. “We all have things we’d rather not do, but we have to do them. How is it productive to complain? Spend your time working, not complaining, and your co-workers will see that you are available, competent and content.” How to play the game: Don’t use the office as a place to vent about work. People prefer to work around those who are upbeat and positive – don’t you? If you feel the need to vent, do it over dinner with your friends, not around the water cooler at work. Negativity is an expendable trait in an employee.

Share the spotlight. Each employee has their own individual traits, talents, gifts and skills. Working together, a competent team can achieve great things. Unfortunately, we can sometimes get caught up in standing in the spotlight. “Being a team player means sharing the responsibilities of a project, but it also means sharing the spotlight. There’s nothing wrong with wanting credit or praise for a job well done, but don’t forget about the role that others played in that job,” LeJeune said. How to play the game: Give credit where credit is due. If you worked on a project with a team – whether it’s one person or fifty – be sure that everyone gets their pat on the back. Share the glory and you’ll gain the respect of your colleagues and supervisors.

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Workplace Politics Despite the belief that we’re all above workplace politics and far too sophisticated to play games, the harsh reality is that office politics exist in virtually every professional dimension. The dynamics of operating an office involve a smorgasbord of personalities that work with (and unfortunately, against) each other on a daily basis. Try as we might to avoid the sometimes-petty issues that come with professional socialization, the majority of employees have to fight the personality pecking order at some point in their career. “Being a hard worker and doing a job effectively certainly plays a role in how you fall in the professional ladder – or it should, at least – but how you interact with co-workers, both those above and below you, can also effect the light in which you’re cast. Whether we like it or not, you have to at least understand the dynamics of office politics and in some ways, you have to play the game. But ‘playing the game’ doesn’t mean you have to check your ethics, morals or integrity at the door,” said Chauntelle LeJeune, MA, LMFT, LPC, Therapist with Solutions EAP (employee assistance program). “There are ways to advance your career and secure your role in the system while staying honest to yourself and your values.” If you want to be a viable candidate for success and upward mobility in your workplace, your platform should focus on professional values, according to LeJeune. When you throw yourself into the game, keep this playbook in mind:


Stay focused on your professional goals and priorities.

Every office operates differently. It would be beneficial for you to observe and understand the relationships between the people in your office. How are decisions made? Who makes the decisions? What is the job or function of each department? “If you know the culture of your workplace, you make yourself a better employee. You figure out how to perform your job as efficiently as possible and gain insight as to who may be able to give you professional guidance or serve as a mentor,” LeJeune said. How to play the game: Don’t rely on chatter from colleagues. Get to know your co-workers on your own. Gain a good understanding of how things work so you can figure out where you fit on the wheel. Find potential mentors that can help guide you professionally.

Getting involved in petty office games can quickly get you off-track. Remember what you’re trying to accomplish and don’t waste your time on things that don’t help you get there. How to play the game: When you find yourself in an aggravating, frustrating or uncomfortable ‘office game,’ evaluate the issue objectively and make decisions that will establish you as a fair-minded, respectable employee. “Don’t get caught up in small incidentals that will divert you from your goals,” LeJeune said. For more information on any workplace issue, contact Solutions EAP at 310-2822 or visit

Don’t gossip. It’s virtually inevitable – at some point, one of your co-workers is going to want to share juicy gossip about the woman down the hall or the man at the front desk. But tempting as it may be to join in on the news, participating in office gossip does more harm than good. “Remember, if this person is gossiping about your co-worker, it’s likely they’re gossiping about you too. Once you get into a circle of gossip it can be hard to get out of it,” LeJeune said. “It can also come back to bite you.” How to play the game: Avoid gathering in groups where you know gossip will take place. If it does take place, make sure it stops with you. Maintain a positive attitude; avoid saying negative things, especially those that support or encourage the gossip. You can change the subject without being rude, or offer something positive about the person they’re talking about. By countering the gossip with something positive, you end the non-productive conversation and present yourself as a person of integrity. Also, if someone tells you something in confidence, resist the urge to share the scoop.

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The Science of Heartache You can’t sleep. You can’t eat. You can barely move. The only thing that hurts worse than your head is your heart, which literally feels like it’s been torn in two.

You’ve been dumped, and are experiencing the emotional pain that has provided inspiration for heartbreaking letters, poems, love songs, and movies throughout history. Skeptics have long scoffed at the physical symptoms that often accompany heartache, saying it “is all in their head.” It turns out they were right. Research has found that the pain of heartache is real, and actually originates in the brain, not the heart. “Terms such as ‘heartache’ and ‘gut-wrenching’ are more than just metaphors for our

emotions, they actually describe the physical effects that can result from emotional pain,” says D. Dale Archer Jr., MD, founder of the Institute for Neuropsychiatry and frequent guest on the Fox News Strategy Room and CNN Headline News. “When we feel heartache, we are experiencing a blend of emotional stress and the stress-induced sensations: tightness in our chest and muscles, increased heart rate, abnormal stomach activity and shortness of breath. The same regions of the brain have been found to be the source of both emotional and physical pain, so it’s not that surprising that the two would be connected when it comes to heartbreak.”

Dr. Archer says the good news is that although you may feel emotionally defeated for a while, you can address the physical symptoms of heartache. “The answer is not found in a tub of ice cream, excessive alcohol, or latenight partying, contrary to what some well-intentioned friends may recommend. The best way to address physical symptoms is by pulling yourself up off the couch. Exercise will reduce the stress hormones your brain is producing and prompt your brain to release uplifting endorphins. Other relaxation techniques like yoga or deep breathing can help calm your nervous system. You can also take over-the-counter medication for headache and stomach distress.”

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One thing you shouldn’t do is lock yourself in a room. “Self-imposed exile and wallowing will only make things worse,” stresses Dr. Archer. “Get back into some of your favorite pastimes and activities. Doing anything enjoyable will help jumpstart your brain’s dopamine system. Remember, the same connection that led to the physical symptoms of heartache, also works in reverse. Whatever cheers the mind may help cure the body.”

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Researchers at the University of California report that the region of the brain that lights up when you’re in physical pain, also shows significantly increased activity when you suffer social rejection. Dr. Archer says research has also shown that when you are in love, certain areas of the brain produce higher levels of dopamine and oxytocin, hormones that give you feelings of pleasure and contentment. Scientists at Albert Einstein College of Medicine report that when you experience a break-up, your supply of these feel-good natural chemicals begins to tumble, triggering a biological cascade that impacts the rest of the body.

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“When you are upset, your brain responds by producing stress hormones, such as cortisol. In limited quantity, these substances are what help you react quickly to dangerous situations, like a car cutting you off on the highway or a strange sound at your front door. It’s the body’s genetically programmed ‘fight or flight response,’” explains Dr. Archer. “However, under long-term distress, such as heartbreak, accumulating amounts of these stress hormones can cause physical effects.” An overabundance of cortisol tells your brain to send too much blood to your muscles, causing them to tense up, ostensibly for swift action. But you’re not leaping anywhere, and as a result you’re plagued with swollen muscles that can lead to headaches, a stiff neck, and that awful squeezing sensation in your chest. Cortisol also diverts blood away from your digestive track, possibly resulting in intestinal distress. And to add insult to injury, an excess of stress hormones can weaken your immune system, making you feel fatigued and more vulnerable to bacteria and viruses.



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Entergy Offers New Communications for Customers NOAA Expects Active Hurricane Season

The NOAA Climate Prediction Center, a division of the National Weather Service, released a seasonal outlook in May that anticipates an “active to extremely active” hurricane season. With these predictions in place, Entergy Gulf States is preparing as they do every year with mock storm drills, past-year critiques and overall preparedness, according to Sheila Pounders, Regional Customer Service Manager. Their proactive initiative includes several services designed to communicate directly to customers in the event of a storm. Entergy’s Louisiana utility companies serve over one million customers as part of the Entergy Corporation’s electric system, which serves over 2.7 million customers in Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi, and Texas. “We prepare annually with mock drills to make sure that our employees are ready to respond if a storm hits the Entergy service territory,” says Pounders. “After the mock storm is completed, the drills are critiqued and we are able see what we can do to improve.” Entergy also reaffirms their part in a nationwide “Mutual Assistance Agreement” where Entergy partners with other utility companies around the nation to add staff or be staffed in a widespread power outage emergency. For Hurricane Rita alone, more than 15,000 people came to the area from other utility companies around the nation, according to Pounders. “In past storms, we learned that with all of the damage we not only lost communication with our customers, but with our employees as well,” says Pounders. “It took us a few days but we figured out that texting was the most effective way to communicate.” Because of this loss of communication, Entergy has instituted a text messaging service, which now provides customers with their account information, as well as outage information.

“Customers need to be able to make a decision and we need to provide them with the most information to help them make that decision.” To use the texting service, customers should register a texting cell phone number to their Entergy Gulf States Louisiana electricity account. Once registered, customers are encouraged to save the number 368374 to their contacts under “Entergy.” By texting certain code words to this number, customers can report a power outage, check on the status of an outage, and other account benefits. Pounders says that customers who are signed up to receive text messages will also receive alert messages when Entergy has important information they need to pass along. “These new features are among the best in the business and help make it easier for customers to do business with us.”

Text message code words: • BAL (see the account number, QPC number, balance, due date, last payment amount, and if applicable, past due amount, disconnect status and reconnect status) • INFO (see information about new services and latest updates) • REG (to register an account and add additional accounts) • OUT (to report an outage on an account) • STAT (to request status on an outage for an account) • HELP (to see all keyword commands available) • CANCEL (to deregister an account from a cell phone) • PAUSE (to temporarily turn off outage text messages to a cell phone) • RESUME (to resume text messages to a cell phone after using the pause command) For more codes and information on Entergy’s account information on the go, visit Entergy’s website at

Besides the text messaging service, the “Operation: Storm Ready” initiative has been put into action to help communication. This part of Entergy’s website is new and can give customers information when there is a storm that enters the gulf. “Operation: Storm Ready allows customers to view their particular neighborhood to see if their power is out,” says Pounders. “The site will also give customers an idea of when the outages will be fixed and if the parish was closed, when it will open back up.” For more information on how Entergy is preparing for future storms or to sign up for text message alerts, visit Entergy Louisiana’s website at or call Entergy at 1-800-368-3749.

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1911 City Hall Brings Unique National Exhibition Tour The City of Lake Charles is currently hosting a traveling exhibition entitled “Detour Art—Outsider, Folk Art, and Visionary Environments Coast to Coast” at the 1911 Historic City Hall Arts & Cultural Center at 1001 Ryan Street. Detour Art highlights art and images by visionaries, untrained artists, and folk creators found along the back roads of America. The exhibit is an informative introduction to contemporary American folk art, and echoes the collector’s passion and intrigue in creative expression off the beaten path. Inspired by her work with the PBS show “Rare Visions and Roadside Revelations,” Kelly Ludwig, designer, author, and photographer, has collected outsider, contemporary folk art and self-taught artwork and captured images of visionary environments from all regions. It exemplifies the diversity of creative talent among these individuals and how it permeates the entire country, not just the Deep South. Ludwig says her obsession with outsider art has roots in her family, “I grew up with an outsider artist of sorts, my mother. Like so many of these artists who are products of the Depression-era, mom was thrifty and resourceful and resourcefulness inevitably spawns creativity-using common objects in uncommon ways.” Outsider art, visionary art, or folk art is a pure root art form; consider it visual blues or jazz. It’s the spirit of both the art and the artists that captivates. Like the Delta Blues, contemporary folk art also shares the desire for strong narrative of the artist’s life and times.

There are a variety of motivations as to why untrained artists create: physical or psychological disability, retirement, and inspiration through a vision, personal loss, or pure chance. The results often extend beyond the actual art. Studies have shown that people who stay mentally active actually live longer than people who stay physically active. The reason for longevity can be as simple, yet as profound, as just having a reason to wake up in the morning. The exhibit features a wide variety of selected artists who work outside the mainstream and whose art contagiously evokes joy, wonder, and inspiration. The artists represented within this show (and in every town across the country) are a testament to triumph over odds. Many of their stories follow a similar path: a life struggle, then purpose found through expression and the creation of art. Creativity pays little attention to convention, geographic boundaries, race, gender, age, or approval. It is generally a triumphant journey. The showing here in Lake Charles is part of a national tour over a two year period, containing approximately ninety objects and eight photomurals. The tour was developed and managed by Smith Kramer Fine Art Services, an exhibition tour development company in Kansas City, Missouri. Historic City Hall Arts and Cultural Center is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is free, but donations are gladly accepted. For more information, please call 491-9147 or visit

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Dr. Bergstedt says over-the-counter pain relievers can relieve most menstrual headaches, and lifestyle changes can help as well. “Eat healthy foods, exercise regularly, manage your stress and get extra rest.” Some women experience a more severe type of hormonal-related headache, often referred to as “menstrual migraine.” Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as naproxen and ibuprofen, are often the first line of treatment for these headaches. Dr. Bergstedt advises taking one of these medications when you feel a migraine beginning. “Some women may need a stronger prescription. If you have three or more debilitating headaches a month, your doctor may also recommend preventive treatment with medication. “ For example, if your menstrual cycle is regular, it can be very effective to take preventive headache medication starting a few days before your period and continuing through the first few days of your period. If you have migraines throughout your menstrual cycle or your periods are irregular, it may be better to take preventive medication every day.” Taking birth control pills or other hormonal methods of birth control may also cause headaches to begin at certain time of the month, or change existing headache patterns – improving or worsening symptoms. “If your method of birth control seems to trigger headaches or make them worse, it’s important to let your doctor know,” says Dr. Bergstedt. “Different brands have different levels of hormones and by adjusting your dosage or changing the type of birth control you are using, we can often prevent headaches.”

and Everyone gets headaches from time to time, but this is one battle of the sexes where women are far ahead of men. Not only do women have headaches twice as often as men, but their pain is likely to be more severe. The reason? Hormones. According to Scott Bergstedt, MD, ob/gyn specialist with OBG-1, hormone-related headaches in females often begin around the time of a girl’s first period, and occur during this monthly time throughout the reproductive years. “Other significant phases of hormonal changes – pregnancy, menopause – can also contribute to the pattern of headaches women experience. The hormones estrogen and progesterone, which play key roles in regulating the menstrual cycle and pregnancy, are believed to affect headacherelated chemicals in the brain as well. For example, high or low levels of estrogen in the blood usually correspond to high or low levels of serotonin, a brain chemical that helps regulate pain messages. Lower estrogen levels can make headaches worse, while higher estrogen levels may lead to fewer headaches.” Although fluctuating hormone levels may influence headache patterns, Dr. Bergstedt says in most cases, relief is available. “Let your doctor know about your headaches – the type, pattern and degree of pain. There are many things we can do to help you prevent and/ or treat headaches, once we know how your specific symptoms.” Headaches associated with menstruation are the result of the drop in estrogen just before the period begins. This drop is also believed to increase the sensitivity to pain. Headache is a common symptom of premenstrual syndrome, by Kristy Armand and up to 60 percent of women with migraines report headaches before or during menstruation.


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Pregnancy can also impact the occurrence of headaches in many women. Dr. Bergstedt explains that estrogen levels rise rapidly in early pregnancy and remain high throughout pregnancy. “Women who have experienced hormonal migraines in the past often report these types of headaches improving or disappearing during pregnancy. Sometimes tension headaches improve as well. After delivery, an abrupt decrease in estrogen levels triggers headaches in some women.”

If you have headaches during pregnancy, ask your doctor about treatment options. Dr. Bergstedt says many headache medications may have harmful or unknown effects on a developing baby, especially if you take them regularly at the time of conception. He adds that if your headaches get better during pregnancy, you may enjoy the same improvement while you’re breast-feeding. “Lactation stabilizes estrogen levels and increases the levels of other hormones that help reduce sensitivity to pain. And although you’ll need to be cautious about headache medications while you’re breast-feeding, you’ll have more options than you did during pregnancy.” Menopause is another prime time for changing headache patterns, according to Dr. Bergstedt. “Fortunately, for most women, migraines improve during menopause; unfortunately, tension headaches often get worse.” Hormone therapy can affect headaches, too. If headaches persist after menopause, he says you can continue to use the same medication and lifestyle strategies you have used in the past. For those who use estrogen to manage the symptoms of menopause, an estrogen skin patch may work best if you are prone to headaches. Fluctuating hormones throughout different phases of life are just part of being a woman, but Dr. Bergstedt says if headaches are disrupting your normal activities, ask your doctor for help. “You don’t have to be held captive by your hormones.”

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As the summer heats up, the thought of a cool, refreshing pool right in your own backyard sounds very appealing. You may think the biggest pool decision you’ll make is whether to get one or not, but once you decide a pool is for you, there are several other details to consider: In-ground or above-ground? Gunite or vinyl? How big? How deep? What shape? It can be a bit overwhelming, but the end result is worth sorting through the options, and now there’s a new question to add to the mix: salt-water or chlorine?

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Salt-water pools have become increasingly popular in recent years, according to David Tassin, co-owner of Sabine Pools, Spas & Furniture. Even so, many people are not as familiar with these types of pools as they are with the traditional chlorine pool. “A salt-water pool is not chlorine free,” Tassin explains. “Salt is a compound made up of chlorine and sodium. So when you add salt to the pool, you are actually adding chlorine. But, instead of being in its raw form the chlorine is in the form of a compound. Salt-water pools utilize a chlorine generator that produces chlorine for the pool by the method of electrolysis, so adding chlorine tablets to the water is not needed.” The levels of chlorine needed in a salt-water pool are lower and the pH level can be a bit higher. “This means salt-water pools give you all the benefits of traditional chlorinated water, without some of the negative side effects,” Tassin said. For example, the salt softens the pool water, so it’s gentler and less likely to cause red, burning eyes or dry, itchy skin. It is also easier on swimwear fabric, making the material less likely to fade or disintegrate over time. The lower chlorine levels eliminate chlorine taste and smell so the water smells better and has a slightly salty taste instead. Salt is also a natural inhibitor of algae. In addition, since salt-water pools do not require the purchase storage of chlorine, they are safer around children and pets.

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Tassin says maintenance for a salt-water pool is less timeconsuming and less expensive over time. A salt-water pool will take up less time to maintain thanks to a control box, which charges the salt and regulates the water levels. The salt-water will run through an electrical system that charges the salt and creates chlorine on its own. “In the long-run it is a financially smart choice because since salt-water pools do not require the purchase storage of chlorine, instead of buying chlorine tables you will use less-expensive salt,” says Tassin.

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Women Need to Focus on Their Eyes

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Ladies, you aren’t looking so good.

Over 3.4 million Americans age 40 and older suffer from visual impairment, and 2.25 million are women. In fact, of the four leading causes of blindness in older Americans: age-related macular degeneration (AMD), cataract, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy, the rate of women’s cases exceeds the men in all four categories. Alan Lacoste, MD, Board certified ophthalmologist with The Eye Clinic, says women are more prone than men to AMD in particular, which destroys central vision, with 1 million of the 1.6 million cases diagnosed in females. Other conditions that may threaten the eye health of women include: • Cataract, a clouding of the eye’s naturally clear lens, affects 20.5 million Americans age 40 and older. Almost 13 million of those cases are women. • Glaucoma, a disease that causes the degeneration of cells that make up the optic nerve, continues to plague the population. Close to 60 percent of glaucoma cases are women. • Diabetic retinopathy, where blood vessels in the retina can break down, leak or become blocked, affects more than 5.3 million Americans, with women making up over 2.8 million cases. Obesity, also on the rise in the U.S., is a major contributor to diabetes, therefore increasing the rate of diabetic eye disease. • Dry eye syndrome, a condition that affects the quality of the tear film of the eyes, impacts an estimated 10 million American women middleaged and older. The total number of eye disease cases is steadily on the rise. The increased longevity of our aging population is one big reason, according to Dr. Lacoste. “As life expectancy rises, the natural progression of low vision occurs. And because women tend to outlive men, on average, the numbers of visual ailments they develop increases.” He adds that many women give the health of their children and spouses far more attention than their own, and this applies to the eyes as well. “Scheduling eye appointments for the entire family, including themselves, is one way to


make sure women are getting the care they need,” he says. “We can’t stress enough how important it is for women to make sure they take care of their vision throughout their lives. Many eye diseases are treatable, and vision can be saved through early detection.” In addition to regular eye care, The Eye Clinic also offers women these recommendations for healthy eyes:

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The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that the risk of cataracts can be lowered by eating 3½ servings of fruits or vegetables a day. Green leafy vegetables especially contain loads of nutrients for the eye. Pairing a healthy diet with exercise will reduce the risk of obesity, leading to diabetes.

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Antioxidants have been shown to actually reduce the progression of some eye illnesses, including AMD. Vitamin A, riboflavin (vitamin B2), vitamin C and zinc are good sources to help maintain eye health.

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Smoking increases the risk for eye diseases, including AMD, glaucoma and cataracts.

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Genetics plays a key role in eye disease. Research your family’s health history and notify your eye care professional of any eye diseases that run in the family. For more information about vision problems and eye health, call The Eye Clinic nearest you or visit

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Lazy days at the pool, beach getaways and cruise vacations are fun ways to soak up summer fun. To keep the good times rolling, health experts are reminding vacationers of the power of the sun. “Large bodies of water and expanses of sandy beaches can dramatically increase a person’s reaction to the sun,” said Amanda LaComb, MD, family medicine physician in Jennings. “They are not only exposed to intense summer UV rays, but the rays are bouncing off the sand and the water; so individuals are literally exposed from all angles.” When a sun burn is particularly intense, and accompanied by other physical symptoms besides the red skin and chills, it’s often referred to as sun poisoning. “Essentially, a sun burn and sun poisoning are the same thing; but sun poisoning is generally used to describe an excessive sunburn when swelling, blisters, headache, fever, nausea and dizziness are present. These are extreme symptoms, and not run-of-the-mill sunburn.” Those who are more susceptible to sun poisoning include people with fair skin, blondes, red heads those who freckle easily, and who have green or blue eyes. “People with fair coloring, light hair and light eyes are far more susceptible to sun damage than those with medium to dark skin and hair. They’ll burn faster and they’ll feel sun damage symptoms like the dizziness or the fatigue, much faster,” said Dr. LaComb. Treatment for sun poisoning is similar to that of a sun burn: apply aloe vera gel to the affected area, drink plenty of fluids, monitor body temperature. Seek medical attention if temperature is above 101 degrees, or vomiting or fainting occurs. The best way to avoid problems is to practice sun safety. Enjoy the beach, but be aware that the UV rays are bouncing off the water and the sand, so limit time spent during intense sunlight. The sun’s rays are most powerful between 10 and 2, so Dr. LaComb suggests indoor activities or relaxing under an umbrella during these hours. Apply an SPF of at least 30 to all exposed skin, including lips, ears, neck and tops of the feet. “These are often forgotten areas,” Dr. LaComb said. Reapply after swimming or sweating, generally every two to three hours. Other ways to protect skin include: • sunglasses • wide-brimmed hat • swim suite cover-up • light-weight shirt and pants “Drinking plenty of water is also advised anytime you’ll be outdoors during the summer. If you do get sunburned, staying hydrated is important,” said Dr. LaComb. For more information, call Dr. LaComb’s office at (337) 824-8868. July 2010

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The Eye Clinic’s Laser Center is now offering free screenings for LASIK laser vision correction at all Eye Clinic locations. Previously available only at the main office in Lake Charles, where the Laser Center is located, these screenings can now be scheduled by appointment at The Eye Clinic’s Sulphur, Moss Bluff, DeRidder and Jennings offices. LASIK laser vision correction can be used to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism, and is the most common type of laser eye surgery in the United States. LASIK takes just minutes to perform and causes very little, if any, discomfort. Most patients experience improved vision immediately, with continued improvement realized over several days. Call 1-877-95-FOCUS for more information about LASIK or to schedule a free screening.

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Restylane-L and Perlane-L, also known as Restylane with Lidocaine and Perlane with Lidocaine, are now available at the Aesthetic Center of Southwest Louisiana. These newly FDA-approved products are a prepackaged response to the popular practice of mixing the anesthetic lidocaine with Restylane and Perlane. The lidocaine reduces the minimal discomfort that may result from the injections. Restylane and Perlane are hyaluronic acid dermal fillers. The most common use of Restylane and Perlane are for nasolabial folds, or the lines from the nose to the corners of the mouth. They can also be used to fill in scars or other facial lines, and to add volume to lips. Services at the Aesthetic Center are provided under the Medical Direction of Dr. Mark Crawford, oculoplastic surgeon and facial cosmetic specialist.

Common Phrases That Don’t Mean What We Think They Mean “I could care less.”

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Most people use this to mean they couldn’t care less about something. “I could care less”actually means that something’s important to you. So say, “I couldn’t care less.”

“Getting the lion’s share.” This is understood to mean getting the biggest portion of something. However, the phrase originated in one of Aesop’s fables in which the lion took everything not just the largest portion. If you make a mistake, don’t worry about it. You can always use this tried and true gem: “Listen to what I mean, not what I say.” Source: AOL news

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Girls and boys ages 11 to 13 can learn the fundamentals of babysitting at Safe Sitter, a medically accurate baby-sitting preparation program available through Lake Charles Memorial Hospital for Women on Wednesdays, July 7 and July 14. During the one-day Safe Sitter class, participants learn how to have fun with their charges with age-appropriate activities. They will also learn: • Safety tips: how to recognize a medical emergency and what the appropriate action should be during an emergency, such as when a child or infant is choking; • Security techniques: what to do if a stranger comes to the door and when and how to call for help. • The business aspects of baby sitting The cost is $35, which includes all learning materials. Participants will need to bring their lunch. Enrollment is limited, and reservations are required by calling (337) 480-7243.


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You may not mean what you say! If you’ve ever used a phrase only to find out that what you said wasn’t at all what you intended to say – welcome to the club. The English language has more words and special phrases than any other - so it’s easy to make a mistake. Here are four commonly used expressions that don’t mean what we think. Getting these straight could save you some confusion and embarrassment.

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Interval Training: A Healthy Mix of Rest and Motion Are you stuck in an exercise rut? Do you want to get more from your workout but don’t have any extra time? Interval training may be the answer. Sheena Terro, exercise specialist at Dynamic Dimensions of West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital, explains that interval training involves alternating bursts of intense activity with intervals of lighter activity. “Think fast and furious meets slow and steady. It’s a great way to get more from a workout, whether you exercise regularly or are just getting started.” Serious athletes have used interval training for decades to improve performance, but in recent years, numerous research studies have shown that you don’t have to be a world-class athlete to take advantage of the benefits. And the benefits are many, according to Terro. “You’ll burn more calories, improve your cardiovascular fitness level, raise the body’s potential to burn fat and avoid boredom in your exercise routine. As an added bonus, the benefits become evident in a matter of weeks.” Interval training basically works by adding a higher intensity level of exercise to a normal workout. The added intensity level is possible to achieve because a recovery phase is also included. Terro explains that during intense exercise, muscles produce waste products that can contribute to muscle soreness. “Too many accumulated waste products can make exercise painful and exhausting, which is why most people don’t exercise at this level. But by alternating bursts of intense exercise with easier intervals, you’ll help reduce the buildup of waste products in your working muscles. This allows you to spend more time doing high-intensity activity than you ever would – or could – in a single sustained effort.”

Do you know what your pet is telling you? You don’t have to be Dr. Doolittle or the Dog Whisperer to understand animal language. Here’s how to quickly decipher what your pet is trying to tell you from the website “”. For instance. Does a wagging tail mean your dog is happy? It depends on the wag. If it’s low and swinging, yes, that’s a sign of happiness and excitement. If it’s high and stiff, that’s actually a warning sign that you should back off. And what about cats? When a cat’s tail is straight in the air, that means, I’m happy to see you. Yawning. Dogs and cats both yawn for different reasons. A cat will yawn for the same reason you and I do. Because they’re relaxed and content. But research shows that a yawning dog is actually stressed out. If you’re petting a dog and he starts to yawn, stop. You’re annoying him. What about the ears? Flat ears are a dog’s way of saying either, “I’m scared” or “I’m sorry”. For example, if your dog digs up the garden and you catch him and tell him no, his ears will likely lie flat. For a cat, flat ears mean “I’m ready to rumble!” A cat folds its ears back so they don’t get scratched in a fight. Rolling Over. Your dog is saying, “You’re the boss”. It’s a submissive move and you should feel free to rub his belly. In fact, if you’re picking out a puppy, roll it over on its back. If it struggles, it might have dominance issues. If it submits, you’ve got a family friendly pet. This doesn’t apply to cats -- a cat that exposes it’s stomach doesn’t want a tummy rub unless you don’t mind having your wrist bitten. Hair standing on end. For both cats and dogs it means, “I’m feeling threatened”. It’s an urgent signal to back off.

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Terro says interval training can be applied to any type of exercise. “How much you pick up the pace, how often and for how long is up to you. If you are a regular brisk walker, for example, you could start by incorporating short bursts of jogging into your regular walks. If you’re less fit, you might alternate leisurely walking with periods of faster walking.”

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The high intensity phase of the intervals should be long and strenuous enough that a person is out of breath — typically one to four minutes of exercise at 80 to 85 percent of their maximum heart rate. Recovery periods should not last long enough for the pulse to return to its resting rate. Terro says you should also warm up adequately before the first interval. After warming up, you might increase the intensity for 30 seconds and then resume your normal pace. The next burst of more intense activity may last two to three minutes. “You can determine the length and speed of each high intensity interval based on how you feel that day. That’s another benefit of interval training – you can vary the workout from day to day to keep it interesting. If you are working toward a specific fitness goal, you may want to take a more strategic approach. A fitness specialist can help you develop an interval training program to fit your preferred exercise and your goals.” Terro cautions that interval training isn’t appropriate for everyone. “If you have a chronic health condition or haven’t been exercising regularly, consult your doctor before trying any type of interval training. And start slowly. If you rush into a strenuous workout before your body is ready, you could injure yourself. Try just one or two higher intensity intervals during each workout at first. As your stamina improves, challenge yourself to vary the pace. You’ll be surprised by the results.” For more information, call Dynamic Dimensions in Sulphur at 527-5459 or in Moss Bluff at 855-7708.


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Notorious for their “smelly” reputation, stink bugs are a familiar sight in the Southwest Louisiana region. These small insects are shaped like a shield. They are called “stink bugs” because they possess a gland that releases an odor as a means of self-defense when they feel threatened.


“Stink bugs have been increasing in number since the mid-1990s,” says J. J. Cooley, branch manager of J&J Exterminating in DeRidder. “Stink bugs are very common in our area, and are most active from spring to late fall.” He explains that stink bugs can generally be found in or near vegetation, especially on tomatoes, melons, and beans. Because a great many stink bugs are brown or green in color, they blend in very easily with their surroundings. At night, they are attracted to light and may be seen swarming about. This is the time they are most likely to enter a home through an open door or window, or through a small crack in screens or seals. What looks like a hard shell on the back of these insects is actually very flexible, allowing them to squeeze through tiny openings. The good news is that stink bugs aren’t harmful to humans. They are just a nuisance. “In large numbers outdoors, they may pose a risk to vegetation, ” says Cooley. “They don’t reproduce indoors and they don’t feed on much of anything. They can’t bite, lacking mouth parts, but if you disturb them, they might try to stab you with the same sharp proboscis they use to pierce fruit and suck plant juices.”

It’s also when you disturb them that they are very likely to release the odor that gave them their name. Cooley said the best way to avoid this is to first, prevent them from entering your home by sealing cracks around windows, doors, siding, utility pipes, behind chimneys, and underneath the wood fascia and other openings with good quality silicone or silicone-latex caulk. If stink bugs are already indoors, Cooley says don’t crush them unless you want to smell them. “A vacuum cleaner can be used to remove live or dead stink bugs. Be sure to dispose of the bag quickly to avoid the lingering smell of the stink bugs, which can also attract more of the bugs.” Although not typical, stink bugs can pose an infestation problem. Like other invasive species, stink bugs are difficult insects to control once they infest a structure or food source. Cooley strongly advices against using a bug bomb, even if you discover a large infestation indoors in the attic or wall. “If your vacuum can’t reach them to get them out, the stink bug corpses can attract more stink bugs, as well as scavenger insects like carpet beetles that may lead to real damage to your home. It’s best to call a professional if you suspect an infestation of stink bugs, or any insect.”


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An Inspirational Approach to Life

Living a blessed life When Jennifer and Kevin Savoie got pregnant with their second child four years ago, they shared the same prayers as most expectant parents: They hoped for an easy pregnancy and a healthy, happy baby. When John Thomas was born, it seemed that everything would continue as it had with their toddler Ella, but at five months old he had a sudden onset of seizures. An MRI confirmed that he had Lissencephaly, a rare neurological disorder caused by malformation of the brain surface. John Thomas was also diagnosed with Miller-Dieker Syndrome, caused by a deletion of one of the two number-17 chromosomes in each cell of the body. Children with MDS have profound mental retardation with minimal development capabilities. At four years old, John has the functioning level of a four month old. He has yet to sit, hold his head up or walk on his own. Last year John, who eats through a feeding tube, underwent a procedure to stitch the upper part of his stomach to the lower end of his esophagus to prevent aspiration-induced pneumonia. At one time John had as many as twenty five-minute seizures per day. It can be challenging to enjoy outings as a family because overstimulation can trigger the seizures, so Jennifer or Kevin have to either hire a sitter for John or spend time with seven-year-old Ella in shifts so she can still enjoy a sense of normalcy.

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For most of us, life moves along with its usual highlights and challenges. Our experiences shape the people we’ll become, yet don’t leave such an indelible mark on our lives that we have to rethink the way we approach each day. The weeks pass as they always do, and we accept that there are things we’ll get to experience – a smile from our child, a brisk walk on a sunny day, the chance to see the following month. There are those who don’t take such things for granted. Thrive interviewed three local residents who have approached life with newfound insight as the result of an otherwise difficult diagnosis. Despite facing obstacles that most of us never have to realize, they have discovered that the highlights of life are often found in its challenges.


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“Keeping a sense of normalcy for the family is important to us. We want our daughter to have the same routine regardless of our situation. Overcoming this takes some planning and adjusting, but for the most part she doesn’t have to miss out,” Jennifer said. For Ella, having John as a brother has been a lesson in compassion, kindness and empathy. “She has a kind heart and natural nurturing ability. When he needs tending to, she sees to his needs as we do. I feel that this something we could have never taught her on her own.”

She describes her family in two words: “Very blessed.” “John has enriched our lives so much and in so many ways. Most importantly, he has brought us closer to God. It is our faith that has helped us through uncertain times of fighting pneumonia and him having surgery,” she said. “As a family, we feel very fortunate to have him in our lives. I realize there are things you cannot change, so you have to make it work for your family. Because of him I see the goodness in others, from our great support system to complete strangers.” John, who is nonverbal, receives therapy daily. According to Jennifer, they celebrate even the smallest accomplishment – from the ability to operate a push-button toy to an expression of happiness. “We focus on things that John can do instead of what he can’t do,” she said. “Every little smile is a big deal in our home.”

Although Jennifer, Kevin and even young Ella are the centerpieces of John’s daily care, Jennifer says that it’s John who has given them their greatest gifts. Ella and John Thomas

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Hitting it out of the park Jolyn Slate, 57, carries photos of her nine-month-old granddaughter Jaida in her purse and shows it to anyone who asks – and even those who don’t. She talks about Jaida like a proud mama and insists that there are few babies that compare in adorability or personality. “I’m going to see her graduate from college one day,” Jolyn says. “And I’ll be there where she gets married.” Although most people’s “bucket list” includes fancy international destinations and daring expeditions, Jolyn’s is fairly simple: “I just want to read a good book, see a good movie, take a deep breath and enjoy my family.” Jolyn was diagnosed with the early stages of breast cancer in 2004 after missing scheduled mammograms in 2002 and 2003. Fortunately, the lump was in its early stages and doctors were confident they could treat it with chemotherapy and radiation. In 2007, however, a biopsy on what was assumed to be scar tissue confirmed that the cancer had returned almost as soon as it’d been removed. Jolyn went through another aggressive round of treatment and in December 2009 was given yet another clean bill. Just two months later, she started losing her breath when she exercised and had trouble climbing stairs. Oncologists discovered cancerous cells in her right and left clavicle and the upper chest wall near her lung. The cancer was so aggressive that it’d gone from being undetectable in December to Stage 4 by March. “I don’t say ‘Why me?’ I say, ‘Why not me?’ Sure, in the deepest quiet of my home I get down, but most of the time what you see on the outside – a joyful, happy-golucky person – is what’s happenings on the inside. To have a woe-is-me attitude is to have negative forces going through your body and I believe that cancer feeds on that negativity. It’s okay to feel depressed now and then, but you can’t let it control you,” says Jolyn. “I think everyone’s put on Earth to be an example and inspire other people. The people around you need to feel positivity.” For now, Jolyn has few treatment options. There is currently no round of medications available to fight her specific type of cancer. She has requested to be part of a trial drug program designed for patients like her, but because there are tens of thousands of others, she has to be chosen out of a lottery. Jolyn Slate

“If something happens that doesn’t turn out the way I want or expect, I just say ‘Forget about that. What’s next?’ No doctor can cure you if you aren’t willing to be cured. This is my third time being diagnosed, but I don’t believe that it’s three-strikes-and-you’re-out for me. I believe that I’m up to bat and I’m gonna hit it right out of the park – so far that it’s never coming back,” she says. “I don’t have my head in the clouds. I know that I can’t just wish things away and they’ll disappear. But I also don’t want to sit around. I don’t want a week to pass without me getting as much as I can out of life. I value life too much to waste my time being negative. There’s way too much to do.”


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Michael Timpa

Athlete of the year Michael Timpa has often stood alone. As a young boy traveling to spina bifida conventions around the U.S., he’d hear his peers talk about the things they did for fun. All of the activities involved being stationery in a wheelchair; back home in Sulphur, Michael went fishing, hunting, rode four-wheelers, and steered airboats. He rode a dirtbike, even though he only made it five feet before falling off. He played T-ball with “able-bodied” kids, using one of his crutches as a bat. As a teenager at Barbe High School, he stood alone in athletics. In the Junior National Wheelchair competition, he placed first in the 100 meter, 800 meter and 1,500 meter, and was named National Wheelchair Athlete of the Year. Today, the 23-year-old former champion of the GUMBO Games maintains the competitive and independent spirit he’s had all his life, despite being faced with the challenges of living life without the use of legs.

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Spina bifida is a developmental birth defect caused by the incomplete closure of the embryonic neural tube, resulting in vertebrae of the spinal cord remaining un-fused. Stages of the condition vary. For Michael, the diagnosis meant paralysis. He’s anything but wheelchair-bound, however. “Many people who are physically challenged see their wheelchair as a part of them. I see it as a way to get around. I get out of it as much as possible.” Although Michael finds it fairly easy to disregard his chair, he admits that others don’t. “Sometimes people look at me and all they see is the wheelchair. People think I can’t do things for myself, so they rush to help me do little things, like opening a door. I’ve been driving since I turned sixteen. I know how to open a door.” After traveling the nation for conventions and competitions – from coast to coast and into Canada – Michael admits that his determination to live an able-bodied life as a physically challenged man is sometimes more the exception than the rule. It’s a realization that frustrates him.

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“I’ve seen parents with children in the same condition as me, and they’ve got them strapped to a wheelchair with all kinds of safety belts. I once met a boy whose parents made him wear a helmet just in case he fell,” Michael said. “I asked why and they said they didn’t want him to get hurt. I thought about all the times I’d fallen out of my chair. All I did was get right back up. My parents taught me that I could do anything I wanted to do, and I wasn’t limited by my wheelchair – I was only limited by myself.” Although Michael doesn’t view himself as less able than most other 23-year-old men, he admits that having spina bifida has given him a unique perspective on life and others. “I don’t make assumptions about people based just on what I see. Sometimes all it takes is a five-minute conversation with someone and you figure out that they weren’t what you thought. People see me and all they see is ‘handicapped,’ but there are times that I forget I’m supposed to be physically challenged. I’ll start getting out of my truck and I’ll think, ‘Oh yeah, I forgot. I need my chair.’”


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Struggling families and small business owners lose thousands According to complaints filed with the Better Business Bureau, victims across the country have lost a total estimated quarter million dollars to advance fee loan scams this spring. Advance fee loan scams target individuals and small business owners who are desperate to get a loan and often take the victim for thousands of dollars. Despite recent improvements, the economy continues to provide a great opportunity for scammers to take advantage of struggling individuals and small business owners. Lending standards remain stringent at most banks and many cash-strapped individuals are turning to fraudulent lenders that promise loans regardless of your credit history. “Schemes preying on people looking for loans are not new, and they are flourishing in an economy when so many are struggling to get by,” said Carmen Million, President of the Better Business Bureau of SWLA. “The complaints received by BBB are only the vocal few and we know from experience that many more people across the country are falling for this scam every day—just when they can least afford it.”

BBB advises cash-strapped individuals and small business owners to recognize the red flags of an advance fee loan scam: • The lender has a bad reputation—or none at all. Research the lender thoroughly online and with your BBB. Most trustworthy lenders have an established track record; be wary if you can’t find much information about the lender online. • The lender is not registered in your state to do business. Check with your state financial or banking regulators. • The lender asks you to wire money or send a money order—such as for insurance or collateral—before you can receive the loan. You might be told to wire money to another country, consider this yet another red flag. If you’ve become a victim of an advance fee loan scam, contact your local Better Business Bureau and report the incident to your police department. If you were asked to wire money to Canada, file a complaint with Canadian law enforcement by calling toll free: 1-888-495-8501 or e-mail:

BBB has recently received complaints about advance fee loan scammers operating under more than 75 different names including Capital Alliance Financial Group, Harford Financial Services, Howard and Clark Financial, Lending Hand Financial, among others. Most people stumble upon the scam online or learn about the bogus loan offer from ads in some local publications and online through classified sites like Craigslist. Often, an advance fee loan scam website will be created and taken down within a couple weeks only to be replaced by another operating under a different name and fake business address. The websites look professional and might even put the victim through the rigors of filling out loan application forms—often requiring the victim’s bank account and Social Security numbers. Eventually victims are told they are approved for the loan and just need to pay as much as thousands of dollars upfront via money order or wire transfer to pay for insurance or collateral. Those that pay the fees, never get the promised loan and are even sometimes tricked into giving the scammers even more money. 48

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Your body needs the fuel. Would you try to drive your car to work with no gas? Samantha Rider, registered dietician

Simply eating a morning meal isn’t the solution, however. Eating six donuts before ten o’clock doesn’t fulfill the healthy potential that a good breakfast needs to get you moving for the rest of the day.

More suggestions from Rider: yogurt mixed with a high fiber cereal, high fiber cereal with fruit, a sandwich with whole wheat bread, lean meat, and low-fat cheese.

“Try to avoid foods that are high in fat and sugar. You want to avoid sweets because they can cause blood sugar to spike and plummet, even if you aren’t diabetic, which can then lead to fatigue and moodiness – and none of us want to start our day off like that,” Rider said.

Instead of thinking of breakfast as an expendable meal, think of it as a fresh start, Rider said – an opportunity to begin the day making excellent choices that will make you feel good and perform well.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the most popular breakfast choice of Americans is ready-to-eat cereal, but those are often packed with sugar. Just because you pour milk in the bowl with it doesn’t make it healthy. “Foods can boost your energy in three ways – by supplying sufficient calories, delivering stimulants like caffeine and by kick-starting your metabolism to burn fuel. The best foods to fuel your body in the morning will be whole-grain breads and cereals high in fiber, protein and small amounts of healthy fat, like nuts, peanut butter or light margarine,” Rider said. “So, what does that look like? Oatmeal made with skim milk to provide much-needed calcium and protein, with blueberries on top, (which) offer great health benefits loaded with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. And don’t forget water. Drink lots of it throughout the day.”

“I think the biggest mistake people make is forgetting to eat or thinking they don’t have time. It’s better to grab something fast and easy like a granola bar then to skip the meal altogether. If you’re in a hurry in the morning find things that are fast and easy. Put some high-fiber dry cereal in a bag and take it to go. Fix yourself a sandwich to go,” Rider said. “Breakfast can lead to overeating later in the day. Your body is designed to have calories distributed throughout the day in order to burn as you go. When you consume too many calories at one seating your body takes what it needs for energy and converts the rest to fat.” Below are a few recipes to give you new insight on breakfast.


The Benefits of Breakfast What you should eat to fuel up for the day:

by Erin K. Cormier

Breakfast has solidified its position as the most important meal of the day, but not without good reason, according to Samantha Rider, registered dietitian and clinical nutrition manager for Christus-St. Patrick Hospital. What you eat for breakfast doesn’t just affect you in the morning; it’s the kick-starter for the rest of your day. So if you’re looking for ways to energize your mornings, don’t rely solely on the steaming pot of coffee. Instead, reach for a slice of whole-grain bread, handful of almonds, or sprinkle of blueberries.

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Skipping breakfast doesn’t just rob your body of energy – it can also trick your body into thinking you want more fattening foods, which can increase your risk for weight gain, according to a study conducted by the Imperial College London. Researchers found that forgoing the day’s first meal changes brain activity in response to food, which can hinder weight loss and promote weight gain.

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“Breakfast is an opportunity for you to break the fast that you’ve had all night long while you were sleeping. Breakfast is important to provide your body with the much-needed nutrients it needs to begin your day,” Rider said. “Breakfast can boost your energy as well as push your metabolism to burn fuel more efficiently. By skipping breakfast your brain and central nervous system will not function as efficiently.”


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Bring the Summer by Katie McDaniel

Indoors With nearly 100-degree temperatures outdoors, many people spend more time inside. With this in mind, your home should embrace you with not only cool temperatures, but also breezy home accents. Most people want a home to feel warm and welcoming all year long, but dark colors and extra fabrics can make a summer day feel less inviting. Paula Nixon with Bella Cosa has some tips to help create a bright, airy home that brings the backyard into your front room.

Let the sunshine In

• Pull back the curtains and open up the windows. Changes as simple as switching curtains to lighter or sheer fabric, or removing them altogether can make a big difference in what season fills your home. • Pick up your rugs and let your tile and wood floors shine through. This can not only give your room a new look, but also your feet a cool touch. • Pack up the throw blankets and store away all things that create warmth during the cooler months. Your home can feel more breezy and cool by lightening things up and cooling them off.

Feel the outdoors within

• There is nothing better to add to your home this time of year than what you can find right outside your back door. The more vibrant colors you can incorporate into your home, the more of the outdoors you can bring in. • Help bring back the memories of your vacation by replacing pictures with your summer trip photos. • Fill jars with shells from your vacation and let your kids bring in other natural items such as backyard bouquets. • Add in wicker furniture such as a chair or side table to bring the casual feel of the outdoors into your family room. Yard sales are a great place to find these pieces during the summer and they can be spray painted to match any room. • Place a small fountain in your home to add the calming sound of water. Summer is a time for relaxing and your home should make you feel like doing nothing less. Enjoy the simplicity of summertime in your home with these tips, and make the moments during the long days of summer comfortable, both indoors and out. For more information on how to bring the great outdoors inside, contact Nixon at (337) 439-4384.

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• If you have a lot of warm colors in your home, consider switching them out for cooler, neutral tones. Adding white pillows or slipcovers can also help to achieve that crisp, summer feeling without breaking out the cleaning supplies. • It is also good to update your decorative pieces. Remove logs from your fireplace, switch out dark colored candles and replace with lighter tones with fresh, light scents.

Whether you are dining in or calling in for takeout, let The Luna Bar and Grill do all the work. Come in today for one of our specialty salads, stellar sandwiches, or exceptional entreés. We offer many choices for the health conscious individual. We’re locally owned and the best place in town for live entertainment, food, and drinks.

Add a little summer in the kitchen

• Add bright citrus colors by placing lemons and limes in bowls or vases. • Switch out your plates and glasses. Mix and match vibrant solids and prints to help bring in the bright colors of the season. • Updating your meals can even give more of a summertime feel to your family and guests. Grill outdoors and add items such as corn on the cob, watermelon, and fruit salad to your meals.


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Every year at Gridiron, KPLC-TV’s John Bridges spoofs himself in a “7News Sunrise” parody.

Sometimes called “The ‘Saturday Night Live’ of Lake Charles,” the annual Gridiron show, the longest-running show in town, pokes fun at newsmakers and the news media who cover them.

The satire is done all in the name of charity. Gridiron is a fundraiser that raises money to support scholarships and programs at McNeese State University and Sowela Technical Community College.

This year’s show is Saturday, July 24, at the Lake Charles Civic Center. A buffet dinner is followed by an evening of skits, songs, video parodies and comedic monologues by area media personalities.

All events take place in the Civic Center Coliseum. The evening begins with a 6 p.m. cash-bar social and networking hour. Then guests will be able to visit serving stations to enjoy heavy hors d’ouevres and other specialties from local restaurants.

Gridiron, now in its 38th year, is written and performed annually by the Advertising and Press Club of Southwest Louisiana, the area’s oldest organization for communication professionals.

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Tickets are $60 per person and $400 for a table of eight. Corporate sponsorships also are available.

The show will begin at 7:30 p.m.

The theme of this year’s show is “Saints and Sinners.” It’s a reference to the many things Louisiana has celebrated or scorned in the past year -- from the New Orleans Saints’ Super Bowl to the corporate and government fallout from the BP oil spill disaster. Performers include John Bridges, Kellie Hutchinson, Jeff Jumper and Tom Annino of KPLC-TV; Jim Beam and Laura Heller of the American Press; Jolyn Slate of GAP Broadcasting; Pam McGough of McNeese Athletics; Peter O’Carroll of the O’Carroll Group; Patty “Lurlene” Hebert of Lagniappe; Denise Foster of Creative Concepts; Jessica Conrad and Helen Curol of C-GOV, the Calcasieu Parish Government Channel; and former newspaper photographer Ruthie Broussard, who at age 86 remains a mainstay of the Gridiron cast.

Gridiron is offered as nighttime entertainment, and some of it has salty language or themes. In keeping with the good-natured kidding, each year Gridiron presents a Pan Award — a trophy made from a cheap cast-iron skillet — to the newsmaker or institution who gets “panned” the most in the show. Last year’s recipient was KPLC-TV, and General Manager Jim Serra came onstage to accept the “honor.”

Proceeds benefit McNeese students through the Ad and Press Club’s scholarship foundation and Sowela students through support to the Commercial Arts Department.

The deadline to get tickets is Wednesday, July 21, and seating is limited. For tickets, or to inquire about corporate sponsorships, call the Gridiron voice-mail hotline at 583-4766 or send an e-mail to gridironshow@

Longtime writer and editor Brett Downer, president of Outsourced Media Group and contributor to Thrive magazine and Thrive TV, is once again taking on his regular role as director of the Gridiron show. Morning radio co-host Heather Fazzio Partin of 92.9 The Lake is the assistant director, while Marty Myers of Fox 29 is the technical director. Vera Hollier is president of the Ad and Press Club’s board of directors.

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With pen in hand, Lurlene (Patty Hebert) puts her yearly complaints in a hilarious letter to the editor.

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Beauty Shortcuts Try these tips from the next time you’re running late. These small tweaks to your beauty routine can have you looking like you have everything under control.

Fastest way to dry nail polish Allow your hands to air-dry for two minutes, and then submerge in ice cold water for three minutes. The cold water will help to seal and harden the nails quickly.

Fastest way to get rid of puffy eyes Wrap a bag of frozen vegetables in a thin towel and place over your eyes for 10 minutes. The cold of the bag will stimulate circulation under the eyes, which will help bring the swelling down.

Fastest way to fix a streaky tan Soak a cotton ball in 100 percent lemon juice and then sweep it over stripy areas. Citric acid from the lemon is a natural exfoliate and will help smooth away uneven applied tanner by removing overly tanned skin cells.

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Association, atherosclerosis causes hundreds of thousands of heart attacks and strokes each year and accounts for nearly three-fourths of all U.S. deaths from cardiovascular disease. “The Innova 2100IQ addresses one of the biggest challenges in interventional cardiology today, clearly visualizing the finest vessels and intricate anatomy of the human heart,” said Fruge’. “GE’s Innova 2100IQ enables our physicians to more accurately and efficiently diagnose – and in some cases treat – diseases like atherosclerosis,” said Fruge’. Chris Thompson, MD, cardiologist on staff at WCCH said, “The images produced by GE’s Innova 2100IQ are very detailed and allow us to see clearly enough to safely maneuver small medical devices – such as catheters, stents, and guidewires – during balloon angioplasties, vascular interventions and other clinical procedures,” said Dr. Thompson. “This new technology also opens up new opportunities for WCCH to provide a wide range of image-guided, minimally invasive treatment options that offer patients advantages over traditional surgery.”

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Family vacations are not only a way to keep the family together, but for many, they have become a tradition. With fuel and travel prices rising, more families are choosing to take shorter vacations closer to home. According to Katie Harrington with the Southwest Louisiana Convention and Visitors Bureau, “Our area alone offers awesome opportunities for folks to get out and explore their own backyards.” Whether it is as simple as a day or weekend trip, Southwest Louisiana and Southeast Texas have a lot to offer the entire family. For more information on nearby getaways, visit the Lake Charles Convention and Visitors Bureau website at or The City of Kemah Visitor Center at

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- Historical Charpentier District: Dating back from the late 1800s to the early 1900s, these 40 blocks of nationally registered historic places in downtown Lake Charles are a sight to see. Take a step back in time with a driving or self-guided tour of one of the finest collections of Victorian architecture in Louisiana. - Historic Cemeteries: In Southwest Louisiana alone, there are over 100 cemeteries including Bilbo Cemetery in downtown Lake Charles which is the oldest cemetery in Lake Charles. Explore or find long lost ancestors in cemeteries that are over 200 years old. - Creole Nature Trail: One of the oldest scenic nature byways in America. Activities include crabbing, fishing, hunting, picnicking, experiencing Louisiana’s wildlife habitats, visiting refuges and seeing Louisiana vegetation, all of which make Louisiana world-famous.

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Zoo of Acadiana: View over 500 animals from all across the world with the zoo’s more than 100 natural exhibits. Visitors have the chance to feed a variety of animals, be up close and personal with certain animals in the petting zoo, ride a train through one of two savannas, and shop in the gift shop. - Avery Island: Tour the famous McIlhenny Tabasco pepper sauce factory, visit the 250-acre Jungle Gardens, view a Buddha statue that is over 900 years old, and see the island’s bird sanctuary. - Champagne Swamp Tours: Take a guided boat tour through Lake Martin. View Louisiana wildlife, native plants, reptiles, and over a hundred different species of birds. - McGee’s Landing: Located in Henderson, McGee’s Landing has much to offer visitors. Take a swamp tour through the Atchafalaya Basin, dine in the local café, listen to live music at the dance hall, visit their souvenir shop, or stay in one of their Cajun guest cabins on the shores of the Atchafalaya.

- Boardwalk Inn: This popular boardwalk in Texas has developed into a weekend getaway rather than just a waterfront dining experience. Take a walk along the boardwalk and look out onto the waters of Galveston Bay. This boardwalk offers visitors a number of restaurants, shops, dancing fountains, an interactive stingray petting reef, street performers, amusement rides, a hotel, and much more. - Kemah Boardwalk Marina: Watch boats and yachts go by, charter a boat, take sailing kite boarding, or paragliding lessons, go fishing, and more at this local marina. - Lighthouse Shopping District: Find home décor, fine art, clothing, handcrafted items, antiques, and more in the many shops that are available.


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- Moody Gardens: An educational and fun trip for the whole family. Walk through one of the three pyramids and explore marine life, the rainforest, and traveling exhibits from around the world. Moody Gardens also offers a hotel, spa, and beach for overnight guests. - Schlitterbahn Waterpark: Now open year round with heated pools, Schlitterbahn is an adventure all in its own. The water park features slides, water coasters, whitewater rapids, a wave pool, kid’s playground, and a surf ride. - The Strand: Galveston’s prime shopping spot which offers over 100 unique shops, restaurants, and art galleries within a 36-block district. - The Seawall: Not only protects the island from storms, but this 10-mile mural wall caters to all beach lovers with its number of souvenir shops, boutiques, beach rental shops, and surf gear.

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- Multicultural Center of the South: Experience over 26 cultures in one location. Exhibits and programs include authentic artifacts, cultural celebrations, art classes, and workshops dedicated to the diverse cultures that make up Louisiana. - Stage of Stars Museum: Music and history buffs will enjoy visiting this Museum devoted to Louisiana’s musical roots. Memorabilia from the areas legendary people, including Elvis Presley, who got his start here and helped impact the American music scene. - Louisiana Boardwalk: The largest blend of dining, shopping and entertainment in Louisiana. This 850,000 square foot boardwalk includes scenic walks; movies, outlet stores, trolley rides and much more make this destination worthwhile for any visitor.


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- Louisiana’s State capital: Everyone knows about the capitol but many have never seen it up close and personal. The Louisiana State Capital building is a 34-story structure that holds the record as the nation’s tallest capitol building. Tour the building and see the entire city from its 27th floor observation deck. - Old Governor’s Mansion: Designed by Governor Huey P. Long to resemble the White House, this historical house serves as a museum and venue to many special events. Take a tour of the Mansion and learn about all of the Louisiana Governor’s who have lived there. - Myrtles Plantation: Known as “America’s most haunted home!” Take a guided tour of the plantation, enjoy lunch or dinner at its Carriage House Restaurant, or check into the bed and breakfast for an overnight stay. - Feliciana Cellars: Visit Louisiana’s largest winery and sample a variety of wines produced at their local vineyards.

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Make the First

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Media strategist Roger Ailes famously said, “You have just 7 seconds to make a good first impression.” And he was pretty much right. Our primitive ancestors needed to be able to size up a situation quickly and decide if they were faced with a friend or a foe. And we do the same thing today. According to Yale University psychology professor Marianne LaFrance, 90% of a first impression is based on appearance, posture, facial expressions, and tone of voice. So here’s how to put your best foot forward. First, your handshake matters. The Yale study found that people who make eye contact while offering a handshake that’s firm, dry, and vigorous – as opposed to clammy, limp, and wimpy – not only makes a better impression, but makes people believe you possess the qualities associated with your grip. Now, what about charm versus cheekbones, which goes further? A good looking face or a charismatic presence? Charisma wins over beauty. If you seem confident, open to new experiences, and interested in others, you’ll get better marks than the good looking guy next to you. But here’s the one thing you need to remember – a first impression is less about you, and more about making the person you meet feel good.


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Selecting the right lawyer can make or break your case. You need a lawyer you can trust – one who is personally committed to your case and has actual experience in the courtrooms of Southwest Louisiana. David Hanchey and David Green of the Hanchey Law Firm both grew up in Southwest Louisiana and are proud to call it home. They have built a reputation for honesty and integrity within the legal community and with their clients. Together, they offer over 30 years of legal experience in criminal, family and personal injury representation. In addition, David Green has experience as both a law enforcement officer and a prosecutor. Most importantly, when you call the Hanchey Law Firm, the lawyers you see here are the same lawyers you’ll see in our office. Call us today or visit our website to learn more about our firm.

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Janet Woolman, far right, director of research services and the Louisiana Environmental Research Center at McNeese State University, joined several members of the Corps of Engineers and Port of Lake Charles for an inspection trip to a beneficial use disposal site and a tour of the Calcasieu Ship Channel.

McNeese and Port Partner for Environmental Research Center McNeese State University and the Port of Lake Charles are working together to improve the environment and economy of Southwest Louisiana, according to Janet Woolman, director of research services and the Louisiana Environmental Research Center at McNeese. “McNeese and the Port of Lake Charles have developed a partnership to identify the source of the shoal material that lies at the bottom of the Calcasieu Ship Channel in hopes of finding a way to prevent the sediment from flowing into the channel,” said Woolman. To determine the answer, professors from the McNeese Harold and Pearl Dripps Department of Agricultural Sciences and the Department of Engineering are working on a sediment source characterization study and a transport model to ascertain where the material comes from and how it gets into the channel. To better understand the problem, Woolman recently joined the Port of Lake Charles and the Corps of Engineers for an inspection trip to a beneficial use disposal site and a tour of the ship channel. “Identifying the source of the sediment and the method for preventing the sediment from flowing into the channel will help preserve our marshes and reduce our reliance on scarce federal dollars to keep the Port of Lake Charles commercially viable,” said Woolman. Since its creation in 1990 by the Louisiana Board of Regents, LERC has conducted basic research, accumulated and disseminated information and created awareness through education on environmental issues and concepts related to wetlands restoration/remediation. Woolman said this partnership with the Port of Lake Charles is among several coastal zone research and restoration projects being conducted by LERC to preserve, restore and rebuild the wetlands that comprise the Louisiana coastline. Over the past 20 years, she said LERC has worked with such federal agencies as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Natural Resources Conservation Service to fund such projects as the Chenier Plain Sustainability Initiative to study improved coastal restoration for Southwest Louisiana and the Louisiana Native Plant Initiative to reestablish natural plant communities and conserve Louisiana ecotypes. Partnerships with such groups as the Coastal Plain Conservancy, Nicholls State University, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, U.S. Geological Survey, LA Ash, and others are vitally important in a time when resources are limited and coastal land loss is continuing at a rapid rate. Louisiana has lost more than 1500 square miles of coastal land in the past 50 years. “McNeese will continue to partner with organizations like the Port of Lake Charles to provide beneficial results for Southwest Louisiana,” Woolman said. July 2010

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an artist, Candice Alexander constantly explores new ways to view the world. Whether it’s a sculpture, painting, mixed media piece or customized Fleur de Lis, she approaches each project with a vision that soon becomes its own creation with new interpretations – not only for her, but her patrons. Alexander, a native of Hathaway, earned an art degree from McNeese State University in 2002 and has studied art in Athens, Rome and Pompeii. Her studio, based on the third floor of the Central School Arts and Humanities Center, is a working and traveling studio that carries the many original etchings, engravings, oil paintings, photos, acrylics, graphic designs, jewelry and mixed media pieces that have put Alexander at the forefront of the state and local art scene. Her artistic vision cannot be limited to a single medium; Alexander creates everything from sculptures to meticulously crafted silver jewelry. Recently she has seen greatest success with “Fleur de Lis – Worlds Within,” a series for which she has created more than 160 original pieces. These designs include custom commissions for private clients both locally and internationally as well businesses, schools and non-profit organizations. Alexander also sells prints via her Website,, and her studio at Central School.

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In her most recent artist statement, Alexander says she aims to create a sense of wonder by combining several ideas through art, math, science and kinetics. “The brain is actively living in communion with the universe, in every memory, and I am intrigued by the translation from the brain to the hand and the creation of a new piece,” she said. Thrive recently visited with the artist at her Central School studio. Here’s what she had to say about life as an artist, the role art has played in her life, and the role it can play for others.

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When did you start creating? Probably around age 11. Maybe even before that, actually. I have a stash of some of my first drawings in the corner of the studio that were made when I was about 11 years old. I met an artist around that time and she would send me all kinds of things – charcoal, drawing books, paint. I guess she saw something in me that she wanted to encourage. Also, I was involved in 4-H from elementary to high school and it played a really important role in my life. That organization allows you to get your hands into everything. It teaches leadership and how to be competitive. You can do lots of things that you wouldn’t have been able to do otherwise in school – cooking, photography, leadership demonstrations, sewing. It taught me how to be more outgoing.

What pulls you to art? To me there’s some sort of prophecy or intuition that artists have – it’s what the heart wants to write but can’t say. The heart has many wants and longings but doesn’t always know how to put it into words. Art is a translation from the brain to the hand to the piece.

How do you approach a new project? It usually starts with an idea. A lot of times it starts with me being mad about something. I just ordered gas tank handles and mini cars for a project I’m working on because of the oil spill – that situation has me so angry that I almost can’t focus, so I’m going to put that into my next project. Each piece I have is a translation of how I feel or think about something; sometimes I learn new things about myself that I didn’t know before I started.

Is it more important to you that patrons understand your interpretation, or that they make their own? I try to make it an even experience for everyone. I believe that it is what it is, but I don’t want to draw a crowd together, show them a blue box, and say, ‘See? This is a blue box.’ I want to go deeper than that. A lot of times I learn more about my work by what other people tell me about it. They help me go deeper than I even thought I could.

stuck thinking they can’t do something, like ‘Oh, I can’t draw’ or ‘Oh, I can’t write.’ If you keep telling yourself you’re no good at something, that’s what’s going to happen. But everyone has a gift. Even though people don’t think art has anything to do with them, it does. It might not be a painting; it might be the solar panels on your house. It might be in your garden. Art is everywhere and we are all artists. I truly believe that society would be a happier place if people believed that because then they would do things that supported that belief.

What is your creative process? The more that I get in the creative zone, the more it flows. Sometimes laying out the palette can be the hardest part, especially if the palette is heavy and dreadful. As far as the materials, I have a basic idea of the pieces of assemblage I want to use. I don’t know exactly what it will come out like, but I know the elements it will include. If I’m creating a piece because I have a really strong feeling about something, a person viewing the piece will be able to see it. They may not make total sense of it – I don’t want to hand it all over – but they will see it.

‘Fleur de Lis – Worlds Within’ is your most popular series. Your Fleur de Lys can be seen at spots all over the city, and they are being purchased and commissioned by patrons locally and worldwide. How did this journey begin for you? When I lived in New York a woman called and commissioned me to do a Fleur de Lis. I made the plate, she ordered twelve prints and then she disappeared. I hadn’t taken a deposit and I couldn’t find her. Meanwhile I had this plate, all these prints and no customer. Not long after that I was showing some work at the Lafayette Mall, so I went ahead and made 300 engravings from this copper plate. They all sold. So I thought, if I’m going to do Fleur de Lis, I want it to be my interpretation of a Fleur de Lis. So I started doodling different ideas. Anywhere I would put up a Fleur de Lis after that, it would sell.

People often say that they don’t understand art – they just don’t ‘get it.’ What are your thoughts on that? Art consists of things we understand. Art consists of science and math. It is in everything. Even if you look at a pair of glasses, art is there. It has moving parts, it was built based on a design – it’s art. I also believe that everyone is an artist. People get

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Shaking the salt habit is tougher than most people realize. Simply limiting yourself to just a pinch here and a dash there probably isn’t enough to keep your sodium intake at the recommended levels because many foods already contain more than enough sodium. About 11 percent of the sodium in the average U.S. diet comes from adding salt or other sodium-containing condiments to foods while cooking or eating. But the majority of the sodium — 77 percent — we consume comes from eating prepared or processed foods. “So even though you may limit the amount of salt you add to food, the food itself may already be high in sodium, says Kristy Harrigill, LDN, RD, director of nutrition services at Jennings American Legion Hospital. “This is one of the main reasons that Americans consume, on average, 10 times more sodium than their bodies require.” She explains that your body needs some sodium to function properly. Sodium helps maintain the right balance of fluids in your body, helps transmit nerve impulses and influences the contraction and relaxation of muscles. “Too much sodium, however, can lead to high blood pressure, which can contribute to several other health conditions.” Your kidneys regulate the amount of sodium kept in your body. When sodium levels are low, your kidneys conserve sodium. When levels are high, they excrete the excess amount in urine. If your kidneys can’t eliminate enough sodium, the sodium starts to accumulate in your blood. Because sodium attracts and holds water, your blood volume increases. Increased blood volume, in turn, makes your heart work harder to move more blood through your blood vessels, increasing pressure in your arteries, putting you at risk for heart disease, stroke, congestive heart failure, and kidney disease. So how much sodium do you need? Various organizations, including the American Heart Association and National Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Medicine, have published recommendations on daily sodium limits. Most recommend not exceeding the range of 1,500 and 2,400 milligrams (mg) a day for healthy adults. “This is about a teaspoon,” says Harrigill. “And if you are older than 50, are African American, or have a health condition such as high blood pressure, chronic kidney disease or diabetes, you may be more sensitive to the blood pressure raising effects of sodium. As a result, aim for a sodium limit at the low end of the range recommended for healthy adults. This is definitely something you should discuss with your doctor.” Eliminating the salt shaker from your table at home may actually be the easiest step in reducing your sodium intake. Because salt is so pervasive in our food supply, Harrigill says it’s important to become more sodium-conscious about food in general – at purchase, at preparation, and at consumption. “Salt is a natural preservative and it enhances flavor, so it’s no surprise that salt and other forms of sodium are included in most packaged and processed foods. That’s one big way sodium can creep into your diet. Dining out is another.” She offers some guidelines for becoming more sodium savvy in all areas of your dietary life:

Eat more whole food.

Shop the perimeter of the grocery store for fresh food and minimize your purchases of prepackaged food typically high in sodium. Fruits and vegetables are naturally low in sodium as are fresh fish and meat.

Prepare and eat more meals at home.

Restaurant meals and processed food are higher in salt. Use less boxed, processed food containing powdered sauces and seasonings and eat packaged foods with no more than 600 milligrams of sodium in one serving.

Add flavor instead of salt.

Each sprinkle of the salt shaker can add 150 milligrams of sodium. Use herbs, wine, fruit juice and flavored vinegar to enhance taste. Skip adding it to the cooking water for rice, pasta and cooked cereals. by Kristy Armand

Remove salt from recipes whenever possible.

You can leave out the salt in many recipes, including casseroles, stews and other main dishes. Baked goods are an exception. Leaving out the salt could affect the quality as well as the taste of the food.

Limit your use of sodium-laden condiments. Salad dressings, sauces, dips, ketchup, mustard and relish all contain sodium.

If you eat out, check for restaurant nutrition information online -- many chain restaurants post that information. When placing your order, request preparation without salt, if possible.

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It’s also important to realize that the taste for salt is an acquired one, according to Harrigill. “The more you eat, the more you crave, but that is reversible. If you decrease your use of salt gradually, your taste buds will adjust. In fact, most people find that after a few weeks of cutting salt, they no longer miss it, and they begin to enjoy the true flavors of the foods they are eating.”

A: My sibling and I went through that phase of calling our parents by their first names. I remember vividly my mother saying to me, “There are only two people in the entire world who can call me ‘Mom’ so I would really appreciate it if you would.” How can anyone argue with that logic? It certainly worked on us! Q: My good friend’s new daughter-in-law has yet to thank us for the wedding gift we sent over three months ago. First, what is an acceptable time frame for thank you notes to be sent and second, do I say anything to my friend?

A: The acceptable time frame for sending a thank you note is within three months of the receipt of the gift. As for telling your friend… that truly depends upon whether you think your friendship can weather such and/or your motive for doing so. Keep in mind that today the groom can be just as responsible for thanking friends for gifts as the bride.

Choose foods labeled as saltfree or low sodium – but be careful

here. These labels can be misleading. – Low sodium means a single serving contains no more than 140 mg sodium. ­– Very low-sodium means one serving has no more than 35 milligrams sodium. ­– Sodium-free food means no more than 5 milligrams sodium per serving. ­– Reduced or less sodium may not be a significant reduction. This statement on the label means the product has 25 percent less salt than the company’s regular version. While it may be less, it can still be too high.

Check the labels of packaged foods for the many forms of sodium salts

and the amounts in each serving. Examples of these compounds include: ­– sodium citrate ­– sodium bicarbonate ­– Monosodium glutamate (MSG) ­– Baking soda ­– Baking powder ­– Disodium phosphate ­– Sodium alginate ­– Sodium nitrate or nitrite

Reduce sodium in home-cooked meals by rinsing canned beans and vegetables with water.

Q: My children are going through a phase where they want to call me by my first name. I hate that and yet I’m afraid if I ask them not to it’ll make the phase last longer. Any suggestions?


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Q: I moved here from Chicago and I’ve noticed that men wear hats and caps everywhere. When and where should a man remove his hat or cap?

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A: Hats or caps are truly a part of a man’s ensemble in Louisiana and Texas and are accepted in places unlike elsewhere in the country! However, to be proper, a man should remove his hat or cap when entering some else’s home or a house of worship, at work or in an office unless required as part of the work uniform, at meals, the dinner table and in restaurants, when the national anthem is played, when the flag of the United States passes by as in a parade and at a movie or concert where it could block someone’s view. A man should always remove his hat when meeting or being introduced to a lady!

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Wrinkle Free Vacation

Straightening Out Back Pain Myths

Information provided by Robert Guilott, owner of AAA Drive-In Cleaners, a Certifed Garment Care Professional.

It might be a dull ache, a persistent throb, or a painful wrench, but sooner or later, most people – eight out of 10 – will experience back pain. It’s the most common cause of restricted activity among people under age 45, and the second most common reason for doctor visits, following only colds and flu. Almost as common as back pain, are misconceptions about its causes and treatment. “I see patients every week who suffer more than they should because of some common back pain myths,” says Craig Morton, MD, physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist with the Spine Pain Center at Center for Orthopaedics. “Unfortunately, some of the information they accept as fact leads to a worsening of their condition and possible to repeat occurrences that could be prevented.”

Who wants to iron when on vacation?

When you fold your clothes and then pack them tightly into a suitcase, the fold lines get pressed into the clothes almost like the clothes are being ironed. This leads to wrinkled clothes with creases that are very hard to remove. And now that most airlines are charging additional fees for baggage, you might be trying to cram even more into less space. The key to wrinkle-free travel is to pack light and pack smart. Stick to two or three colors of clothing so that everything you bring can mix and match. Choose dark (black, dark blue, purple, green, dark red) or neutral (all browns and shades of gray), so any dirt or stains acquired along the way won’t be too apparent. Try to choose clothing that resists wrinkles. Clothes that are ready to wear straight from your luggage include cotton-nylon blends, jersey blends, wool blends and anything with stretch. Avoid natural fabrics such as cotton and silk, which tend to wrinkle easily. You have two options for items you’re not hanging: folding or rolling. Rolling is a great space-saving and wrinkle-reducing choice. It works especially well for jeans, sweaters, t-shirts and anything made of jersey-type materials. The square fold works best for shirts that button. Button all buttons and lay shirts face down on a bed or flat surface. Smooth away wrinkles. Fold material in at the shoulders and lay arms flat along the body so that you create a roughly two-inch overlap of material on both sides. Now fold up a third of the material from the bottom and overlap a third from the top. You should now have a tidy package worthy of any chain retailer. Here’s a wrinkle-prevention secret well-seasoned travelers swear by: the physics of plastic. Friction causes wrinkling; plastic reduces friction. The best way to utilize plastic physics is with dry-cleaner bags and the plastic bags used to protect new clothes when you purchase them. All hanger items should be packed in individual bags (one outfit per bag), and you can wrap folded items in this plastic also. Once you have all the items you are bringing ready to pack, the key is to carefully arrange them in your bag. Lay your bag flat and put folded clothes in piles down the center. Put your toiletries kit at what will be the bottom of your bag when it’s standing (this should now be the heaviest item in your bag; in this position it won’t crush other items). Rolled clothes fit into the spaces around the stacked clothes. Single shoes should be tucked into remaining openings. Socks can be tucked into shoes or to fill in remaining holes in the bag..


For more information about back pain and treatment options, call Center for Orthopaedics at 721-7270.

Dr. Morton addresses some of the most common back pain myths and provides the actual facts:

Other travel tips for your clothes: • Take the proper size luggage for your trip – both overpacking and underpacking can lead to wrinkles and possibly damage your clothing. • Put an odor absorber, scented drawer sachet or dryer sheets inside of your luggage to keep your clothes smelling fresh. • Unpack as soon as possible. The sooner you can get your clothes hung up the better they will look. • Hang any wrinkled items in the bathroom while you shower. Let the steam remove the wrinkles. This works especially well on linens and cottons.

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Dr. Morton explains that because back pain is notoriously difficult to pinpoint and treat, there is no simple solution, which is why so many myths abound as people seek a quick, simple solution. “What’s severe pain for one patient may be tolerable for another. Right now there is no clear evidence regarding which treatment is good and cost-effective across the board, for all patients with certain symptoms. We have to work on a case-by-case basis, and getting help early is very important to successful treatment.”

Staying in bed will relieve the pain.

You can rest for one to two days for an acute injury or strain, but anymore can cause the muscles to weaken and slow your recovery. If you are going to rest in bed, make sure you get up and walk a few minutes every hour to keep your muscles strong. If you rest and don’t feel better and experience pain with any of these symptoms: trouble urinating, weakness, numbness in your legs, fever, weight loss, you should go see your doctor immediately.

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Only overweight people get back pain.

Being overweight can put you at high-risk, but it is not the only risk factor. Anyone can suffer from back pain. In fact, people who are too thin, such as those suffering from certain eating disorders, may suffer bone loss resulting in fractured vertebrae. Other risk factors for back pain are smoking, old age, stress and depression.

Back surgery is the best medical option.

According to a study from The Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 90 percent of patients with low back pain will see their symptoms fade on their own within three months. When treatment is required, the first course of treatment for patients with low back pain should be non-invasive.

Exercise is bad for your back.

Regular exercise prevents back pain, and for those suffering an acute injury resulting in lower back pain, doctors may recommend an exercise program that begins with gentle exercises and gradually increases in intensity. Once the acute pain subsides, an exercise regimen may help prevent future recurrence of back pain.

Back pain is always caused by an injury.

Disc degeneration, injuries, diseases, infections, depression, pregnancy and even inherited conditions can cause back pain.

Lifting heavy objects hurts your back.

It’s not necessarily how much you lift, it’s how you lift. You shouldn’t lift anything that might be too heavy for you strength level, but when you do lift something, squat close to the object with your back straight and head up. Stand, using your legs to lift the load. Do not twist or bend your body while lifting.

Always sit up straight to prevent back pain.

While slouching is bad for your back, sitting up too straight too still for too long can also put a strain on the back. If you sit a lot, make sure you get up from time to time and walk around and/or stretch. Try standing for part of the day, while on the phone or while reading work materials.

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When it comes to your health, useful information is what you need. KPLC 7News is here to help with our Healthcast Report. Get the latest medical news and see medical breakthroughs happening right here in Southwest Louisiana. The KPLC 7News Healthcast Report airs weekdays at 10 p.m. Here’s a recap of some of the most recent health news stories we’ve reported.

Recognizing Signs of Child Abuse Calcasieu Parish ranks number two in Louisiana when it comes to child abuse with over 1,500 cases reported each year. Of the 447 abuse cases that are reported each year, 13 of them did not know their abuser. Erika Simon, forensic interviewer at the Children’s Advocacy Center of Family & Youth Counseling Agency, says she sees children every day that may be abused. In order for parents, relatives, or teachers to recognize abuse, Simon suggests watching for when a child’s behavior suddenly changes. “If for whatever reason the child is displaying behavior you know is not normal, talk to them about it.” It is also important to look for unusual dressing behavior like wearing long sleeved clothing to cover bruises. “It’s hot in Louisiana so if you see a child who is covered up all the time, that’s a red flag,” said Simon. The Children’s Advocacy Center encourages those that see child abuse in a public place to try and distract the abuser. The Center suggests saying things like, “Children can wear you out can’t they? Can I help?” For more information on child abuse prevention and counseling, call The Family & Youth Counseling Agency at (337) 436-9533.

Cosmetic Injections More people in the Lake Area have turned back the hands of time without going under the knife. According to Dr. Maureen Olivier, dermatologist in Lake Charles, “Over the years, now that the products have gotten better, and the results are better, and the down time’s a whole lot less, we have a huge increase in people seeking cosmetic help.” Among the cosmetic injections are Botox, the newly FDA approved Dysport, and commonly used fillers. Botox and Dysport, or neurotoxins,

are used to smooth out wrinkles in the forehead, between the brows, and the corners of the eyes. Fillers have been mostly used to enhance the lower part of the face, such as the lips and around the corners of the mouth. Botox, Dysport, and fillers can safely be used together. “Being able to combine both the neurotoxins and the filling materials will definitely give your best results,” said Olivier. The procedure is generally quick and can be done over a lunch break with the results lasting for months. According to Olivier, “With fillers, the results are immediate, with neurotoxins, they can see the results as soon as two to three days, but greater results can be achieved in 30 days.” Olivier says that most of the patients who do these procedures want a subtle, happier look that these products can give them.

Hippotherapy With the help of hippotherapy, therapy patients with physical, cognitive, or mental disabilities can receive treatment. Markcus Palin, a therapy patient, is autistic and has several learning and physical disabilities. Through West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital’s (WCCH) Hippotherapy Program, he uses a horse as a tool and is leaping over those obstacles. Palin has been a part of this program for the past three and a half years and has reaped the benefits of occupational, speech, and physical therapy while riding because his focus is on the horse. According to Stephanie Darbonne, senior therapist with WCCH, “The horse presents the opportunity for our patients to be in a natural environment experiencing therapy where they’re not paying attention to some of the things we do as therapists to the patient.” Darbonne believes balance is the foundation for the sensory nervous system. Hippotherapy can help patients with a number of conditions, and when the body can function properly, it is easy for the patient to build confidence.

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improved completely. He can write, read. Without this, I don’t think he would have been able to do any of it. WCCH is the only hospital based Hippotherapy Program in the United States. They are offering a camp this summer at the Genesis Therapeutic Riding Center. For more information, call the therapy department at (337) 527-4357.

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Miller Named PR Manager

Crystal Miller has been promoted to public relations and communications manager of L’Auberge du Lac Casino Resort. Miller joined L’Auberge in 2008 as recognition manager. Miller will continue to oversee internal communications while expanding her participation in public relations efforts, including implementation of the L’Auberge Cares community outreach program. Prior to joining L’Auberge, Miller was the promotions director for KVHP-TV in Lake Charles and morning show co-host at KZWA-FM. Crystal Miller

Boyd Receives Miracle Maker Award

The recipient of the 2010 Children’s Miracle Network Dr. Charles Michael “Buzzy” Vanchiere, Sr. Miracle Maker Memorial Award is CHRISTUS St. Patrick ENT Susan W. Boyd, M.D. Dr. Boyd is the Ear Nose and Throat doctor who has treated Erica Weldon, the 2010 CMN Miracle Kid. Dr. Boyd has been practicing medicine in Lake Charles since 2000 with a specialty in Otolaryngology. She is a 1986 graduate of the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and completed her residency at LSU Shreveport in 1992.

Cormier Takes First Place in Poster Contest

Commander Dale Thibodeaux presented Jordyn Cormier with the blue ribbon in the District 21 United States Power Squadron safe boating poster contest. District 21 consists of 14 squadrons in western Louisiana and southern and eastern Texas. The theme of the contest was “Water SmartsBoat Safe and Clean.” Jordyn said her poster, entitled “Boat Face,” bears a striking resemblance to her father. Her Dale Thibodeaux and Jordyn Comier award winning poster will travel on to compete at the national level this fall in Seattle, Washington. Jordyn is the daughter of Ashley and Amy Cormier, members of the Lake Charles Sail and Power Squadron.

Merissa Simonet of LaGrange Senior High received a $500 scholarship award from Pelican State Credit Union. She was chosen based on academic achievement, extracurricular participation and community service. Pelican State Credit Union and Lake Charles TELCO Credit Union merged in July.

Anders Receives Award

Lt. David Anders of the Lake Charles Police Department was recognized at the CIT International Conference in San Antonio. Lt. Anders received the “CIT International Award for International CIT Coordinator of the Year.” The award was presented by Retired Major Sam Cochran with the CIT international executive board, left.

Major Sam Cochran, left, and David Anders

Classic Movie Series at Sulphur High

Six regional companies were recognized in the Spring 2010 issue of 10/12 Magazine within its “50 Companies We Can’t Do Without” article. They were Aeroframe, Dynamic Industries, Leevac Industries, Stine Lumber, Turner Industries Group and Zagis USA.


Sulphur High School will host classic movie night on Tuesdays through August 3 with instructor Michael Danos. Movies include “Gold Rush,”“Double Indemnity,” “All the King’s Men,”“North by Northwest” and others. The series is offered through McNeese Leisure Learning. Cost is 45. Participants will view movies and discuss.

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banks of 2009. Independent Banker is a publication of the Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA), a national community banking organization that provides advocacy, education and business solutions for the financial industry.

Andersen Receives Leadership Certificate, Award

Raftery Receives Race Honors

Keith Raftery of Lake Charles was crowned the 2010 JEGS Allstar Champion at the national drag-racing event in Joliet, Ill. Raftery, an accomplished drag-racer, was named 2008 Top Sportsman champion at the National Hot Rod Association’s South Central Division Celebration of Champions and voted Top Sportsman Driver of the Year. He runs a Jerry Bickel car in Top Sportsman, powered by a 762-cubic-inch Sunset Racecraft motor with three stages of nitrous and a three-speed Bruno Lanco transmission. His Top Dragster was built by Undercover Dragsters in 2008 and runs a 582-cubic-inch all-aluminum motor with two stages of nitrous.

DeQuincy Hospital Named Business of Year

DeQuincy Memorial Hospital was named 2010 Business of the Year by the DeQuincy Chamber of Commerce. Pictured, from left to right, are Lauryn Ruebush, John Matheson, Kashia Spears, Pepper Shay, Karen Strickland, Tammie Rigmaiden, Debbie Boyer, Barbara Hollingsworth, Emily Matheson, Christy Matheson, Rhonda Musgrove, Vicky Kelley, Gayle Kendall, Mike Ashford, Almanelle White, Joe Ruebush, Mayor Lawrence Henagan, Jake Rainwater, Samelu Petterson.

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Charlene Warren, Chief Nursing Officer of Women & Children’s Hospital, has received an Outstanding Achievement Award from Community Health Systems, one of the nation’s leading systems of general acute-care hospitals The organization includes Women & Children’s Hospital and over 120 other hospitals in 29 states. The Outstanding Achievement Award recognizes hospital leaders who have demonstrated an ongoing commitment to quality healthcare and operational excellence.

Local Companies Recognized

Imperial Calcasieu Museum has announced films for its annual Summer Film Series. Each film begins at 6:30 p.m. Thursdays through July. Tickets are free for museum members and $4 for non-members at the door. Wine and snacks are available at minimal price. Local film buffs select the movies to be shown. This season will feature “The Paper,” July 8, hosted by Phil and Lauren DeAlbuquerque; “Network,” July 15, hosted by Brett Downer; “Sergeant York,” July 22, hosted by Bill Shearman; and “Harry Potter,” July 29, hosted by Sharon Nichols.

Simonet Receives Scholarship

Warren Receives Achievement Award

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Summer Film Series Announced by IMCAL

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Signatures Hosts Bumble and Bumble

Andrea Gibbons of New York-based Bumble and Bumble, owned by the Estee Lauder Co., recently visited Signatures Salon in Lake Charles as part of a continual consultation process to keep local stylists updated on current cutting and styling techniques. Bumble and Bumble is a global company that creates and distributes salon products, provides consultations with salons nationwide, operates two upscale Manhattan salons and hosts hair stylists from around the world through Bumble and Bumble University, considered the “Harvard for hairdressers.”

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Callahan Recipient of WCCH Partners Scholarship

Allison Callahan, 2010 graduate of Sulphur High School, is the recipient of West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital’s Partners annual scholarship. Partners, the hospital’s employee organization, awards the scholarship to graduating seniors who are the children of WCCH employees or Leslie Petross, partners president, Allison Callahan, WCCH employees themselves. scholarship recipient, Ann Callahan, WCCH employee/ Funds for the scholarship are recipient’s mother raised through employee contributions to the fund throughout the year. Allison plans on attending McNeese State University in the fall with an intended major in Nutrition. She is the daughter of Danny and Ann Callahan of Sulphur. Pictured are Leslie Petross, Partners president, from left, Allison Callahan, scholarship recipient, and Ann Callahan, WCCH employee/ recipient’s mother.

City Savings Named to Top 15

Kerry Anderson

Kerry Andersen, director of community and public relations for L’Auberge du Lac Casino Resort, recently received an executive leadership certificate from Cornell University. The Executive Leadership program at Cornell is designed to develop new skills relevant to today’s business climate. The accelerated program is offered online. Andersen also received a 2010 Communicator Award for Writing for her work on “The Flavor of L’Auberge” cookbook. The winning piece was selected from more than 7,000 entries.

AHA Recognizes L’Auberge

L’Auberge representatives Jackie St. Romaine, HR Director, from left; Kerry Anderson, Director of Community and Public Relations; Kristie Evans, Health Educator; and Geno Iafrate, Senior Vice President and General Manager proudly accept Start! Fit Friendly Company award from American Heart Association Regional Director Janice Ackley . The American Heart Association recognized L’Auberge du lac Casino Resort as a Start! Fit-Friendly Company for promoting physical activity and health in the workplace. L’Auberge again earned Gold recognition for its workplace wellness programs, only the second Southwest Louisiana business to earn the honor.

Comedy Show to Benefit Samaritan

Christian comedian Chonda Pierce will perform at 7 p.m. Friday, August 6, at Christian World, 2001 E. Gauthier Road, as part of Samaritan Counseling Center’s Family Friendly Fund-raiser. Pierce is a three-time Daytime Emmy nominee and author of six books, including “Laughing in the Dark.” Six of her comedy DVDs have gone gold; she is a frequent guest on the Grand Ole Opry and has served as host of the Inspirational Country Music Awards and Christian Music Hall of Fame awards. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at

King Named DON

Sharon King, RN, CWON, has joined the Home Health Agency at West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital as its new director of nursing. King will oversee the agency’s nursing staff, supervise patient care activities, and monitor the performance of staff to ensure compliance with current standards of accepted nursing and medical practice. She has a bachelor’s of science degree in nursing from McNeese State University and is a certified wound/ostomy nurse. Prior to joining the Home Health Agency of West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital, King served as a Clinical Case Manager at Christus St. Sharon King, RN, CWON Patrick Hospital. A Sulphur resident, King is a member of the Wound Ostomy Continence Nurses’ Society and is an active participant in American Diabetes Association events.

City Savings Bank was recently ranked No. 15 in a listing of the top 400 U.S. community banks for return on assets by the financial publication Independent Banker. In addition to the high rating, City Savings Bank is also referenced in an upcoming feature article in the publication on the top-performing community

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Three WCCH Employees Receive Advanced Degrees

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Three West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital employees recently received master’s degrees from McNeese State University. Robert Kingham, wellness director at Karen Lambert Dynamic Dimensions Fitness Centers, obtained a master’s degree in health promotion. Marketing Manager Karen Lambert received a master’s of business administration and Becky Stein, director of the hospital’s intensive care unit, recently received a master’s of nursing. With this degree, Stein is now an adult nurse practitioner.

Becky Stein

ICBA Independent Banker, the national magazine of the Independent Community Bankers of America, highlighted Cameron State Bank as an outstanding ICBA 400 community bank performer. The magazine recognized Cameron State Bank for posting one of the best year-end earnings in 2009 for ICBA member community banks with more than $500 million in assets. This year’s ICBA 400 highlights the 20 top community bank performers based on two standard banking industry efficiency measures, five bank asset categories and two bank tax-status categories. “The ICBA 400 banks are notable for upholding the everyday common-sense values and responsible business practices for which community banks are best known,” said Karen Tyson, ICBA senior vice president of communications.

Women & Children’s Announces New CEO

Bryan Bateman

Iafrate Named to Chamber Board

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L’Auberge du Lac Casino Resort Senior Vice President and General Manager Geno Iafrate has been appointed to the board of directors for the Chamber Southwest Louisiana. Iafrate’s term, effective immediately, extends through December 2011. Iafrate has served in a variety of gaming and hospitality management positions across several regional and major gaming markets over the past twelve years. Most recently he served as the senior vice president and general manager of Harrah’s Entertainment’s northwest Louisiana operations, including the Horseshoe Casino & Hotel and Louisiana Downs, both located in Bossier City, Louisiana.

Zion Tabernacle Hosts Women’s Conference

Zion Tabernacle Baptist Church Women’s Ministry will host its annual women’s conference beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, August 21. Theme of the conference is “Women Out of Control and Loving It!” Keynote speaker is Sister Sheretta West of Brookhollow Baptist Church, “The Church without Walls,” in Houston. Registration fee is $25. For more information, contact Zion Tabernacle Baptist Church at 436-6627 or email


Family Foundation of Southwest Louisiana will host an online auction to support the programs of Family & Youth from July 11-Aug. 1, sponsored by First Federal Bank. Patrons can log onto Items up for auction include a trip for two to Las Vegas for two nights and lunch with the President of Pinnacle Entertainment; jewelry; art; wine baskets; massages; a limo ride and dinner; and items for LSU fans and New Orleans Saints fans. Bidding begins on July 11, 2010 and closes on Aug. 1, 2010. Proceeds from this event will benefit the eight programs of Family & Youth.

Thai Named Executive Casino Host

Bruce Thai has been named executive casino host by L’Auberge du Lac Casino Resort. In his position, Thai will focus on establishing and nurturing client relationships within the Asian community and coordinating special events related to the Asian market. The player development executive will also provide guidance, direction and leadership to other casino hosts at L’Auberge.

Recent Promotions Announced at Cameron State Bank

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Bryan Bateman has been appointed chief executive officer of Women and Children’s Hospital. Bateman has previously held executive positions at Laredo Medical Center in Laredo, Texas and was the associate CEO at Eastern New Mexico Medical Center in Roswell, N.M. from 2004 to 2007. Most recently, Bateman served as chief operating officer at Abilene Regional Medical Center, a full-service, 231-bed hospital. Bateman, a Texas native, received his Master of Business Administration degree from Canyon College and also holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

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Cameron State Bank Recognized for Top Performance by National Magazine

Roy M. Raftery, Jr., president and CEO of Cameron State Bank, announces several recent promotions. Carolyn Viator has been named assistant vice president/assistant Denise Peltier human resources officer and will oversee all areas of human resources. She has been with the bank for six years. Denise Peltier, a CSB employee for nine years, has been promoted to personal banking officer at the Cities Service Highway location in Sulphur. Connie Johnson was recently promoted to assistant vice president/branch manager at the Highway 14 location, overseeing all areas of operations there. She has been with Cameron State Bank for 20 years.

Connie Johnson

Ad Fed Announces Board Members

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Delta Downs July Entertainment

Delta Downs Racetrack Casino & Hotel has announced the entertainment line-up in the Gator Lounge for the month of July. Entertainment includes the Primetime Band, playing R&B and soul, Thursday-Saturday, July 8-10; Step Rideau and the Zydeco Outlaws, Thursday-Saturday, July 15-17; Matt Delrossi, a blend of folk, rock and soul, Thursday-Saturday, July 22-24; and jazz, rock and pop singer Brian Bounds, Thursday-Saturday, July 29-31. All shows run from 8:30 p.m.-midnight and are free and open to the public ages 21 and older. For more information, visit www.

Memorial Hospital Honors Young Artists

Lake Charles Memorial Hospital recently honored students who participated in the Young at Art Program in April. The program, which spotlights artwork from a different local elementary school each month, was designed to make a positive impact on hospital patients, employees, and the young artists themselves. A panel of Memorial volunteers recognized fifth graders Johnavon London and Cantius Broussard and fourth grader JoVandon Scott with a $50 savings bond.

Judd Bares of Sweet Spot Telemedia was recently named president of the American Advertising Federation-Lake Charles board of directors. Matthew Bowles of City Savings Bank and Gray Little of Sowela Technical Community College were named vice president and immediate past president. Board members are Jen Breen, O’Carroll Group; Tara DeVeau, KFAM-TV; Desiree Devereaux, Sowela; Chuck Ehlers, Knight Media; Katsie Fanelli, Focal Point; Debbie Holt, Louisiana Swashbucklers; Katie McCarty, American Cancer Society; Gary Mutchler, KVHP Fox 29; Brenda Shelton, Suddenlink; and Lisa Sonnier, Cumulus.

CMN Raises Over $311,000 in Annual Telecast

The Children’s Miracle Network of Southwest Louisiana raised $311,554 during their annual telecast broadcast live on KPLC this year. The 8.5 hour broadcast brought in phone pledges from around the community and featured local children’s “miracle” stories. The money raised by the telecast and other annual Children’s Miracle Network fundraisers is used locally to help improve pediatric medical care services and health education opportunities in the Southwest Louisiana Region.

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Brask Inc. Presented Lantern Award

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Brask Inc. of Sulphur was honored with a 2010 Lantern Award from the Louisiana Department of Economic Development. Lantern Awards recognize businesses that have contributed to Louisiana’s economy and illustrate a commitment to business excellence. Winners are selected by regional planning and development districts based on community contributions, including employment growth and facility expansion.

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The Floor isYours by Erin K. Cormier

How to be an effective public speaker Most people are asked to speak at functions because they are seen as eloquent and articulate with valuable information to share with the public. Unfortunately, many presenters feel their eloquence drain to their feet as soon as they reach the podium and see the audience. Articulate gives way to tongue-tied and although death-bystage-fright is unlikely, it can still feel life-threatening – racing heartbeat, dry mouth, shaky hands. Although it’s commonly believed that public speaking is the number-one fear in America, Psychology magazine found that it actually ranks number nine, following bugs, mice, snakes, water, storms, closed spaces and heights. Fear of public speaking continues to rank above death in people’s worst fears, however. “Most people are afraid of speaking in groups because they simply don’t know how and have not had a lot of experience doing it. Speaking in front of people can be an intimidating experience, but it’s just like anything else in life – the more you do it, the easier it gets,” said Dave Simmons, office representative at State Farm and member of Toastmasters of Lake Charles. “Just like when you first started riding a bike, you were scared and nervous at first, but the more you did it, the more comfortable you became. You started popping wheelies and doing other tricks and eventually lost the fear. Public speaking works the same way.” According to the Advanced Public Speaking Institute, before you learn how to speak in public, it’s important to be ready to speak in public. Stage fright typically disappears after the first few minutes in front of the group, but all the jitteriness that occurs beforehand can still be your friend. Use the nervousness to heighten your energy and keep you sharp. Being preoccupied with how you appear can make you more conscious of your posture and breathing, which is a good thing. Remember: Even the most experienced public speakers get nervous. You are certainly not alone. Another good thing to keep in mind is that your nervousness isn’t nearly as apparent as you think it is. Believe it or not, the audience probably doesn’t even notice the shake in your voice or the tremble of your hands.


The best strategy to keep nervousness at bay is to come “extremely well-prepared,” according to tips from Toastmasters. This means having all the information you need and then some. “A confident speaker knows exactly what he or she wants to say, and gives great eye contact. An effective speaker has the ability to get their message across to the audience and keeps them engaged on what they are speaking about,” Simmons said. “No one likes to listen to some one talk in monotone who doesn’t show any interest in what they are saying.” It can be tempting to avoid eye contact, but eye contact is vital to a good presentation and it can actually help thwart some of the nervous jitters by making you feel connected to your audience and less isolated. The Advanced Public Speaking Institute suggested looking at the friendliest faces in the audience. Also, avoid holding the microphone in your hand during the first minute – the audience may see it trembling. Same goes for note cards. According to Toastmasters, another big no-no is relying on visual aids like PowerPoint to make your presentation for you. Although visual aids can definitely be beneficial, many presenters make the mistake of creating a PowerPoint presentation and reading the slides to their audience. Having slides read aloud doesn’t do much to amp up the presentation, and attention spans are already limited. To make best use of PowerPoint presentations, Toastmasters suggests keeping them visible, simple, colorful and justified by the content – don’t use too many or too few. Make the text large, choose colors that make the text easy to read, use bullet points instead of full sentences, avoid charts or diagrams that are hard to see, and don’t let text or graphics fly around too much. You should control the presentation; according to Toastmasters, PowerPoint should be a visual aid, not the entire show. The show should be you – and while that seems frightening, it’s not as scary as most people think, according to Simmons. His answer for getting over the public-speaking jitters was to join a professional organization dedicated to perfecting communication skills.

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Since then, Simmons says he has seen an increase in his production and compliments from clients on his speech. “Public speaking skills are transferable in all areas of life. Whether you’re a teacher, lawyer, T-ball coach, pastor, salesman, or even a professional athlete you will need to have public speaking skills. Especially if you’re wanting to be a manager or supervisor in any field; you will need those skills. If you cannot effectively communicate, how can you lead?” Simmons said. Toastmasters provided the following top 10 public speaking tips for beginners: Feeling some nervousness before giving a speech is natural and even beneficial, but too much nervousness can be detrimental. Here are some proven tips on how to control your butterflies and give better presentations: 1. Know your material. Pick a topic you are interested in. Know more about it than you include in your speech. Use humor, personal stories and conversational language – that way you won’t easily forget what to say. 2. Practice. Practice. Practice! Rehearse out loud with all equipment you plan on using. Revise as necessary. Work to control filler words; Practice, pause and breathe. Practice with a timer and allow time for the unexpected. 3. Know the audience. Greet some of the audience members as they arrive. It’s easier to speak to a group of friends than to strangers. 4. Know the room. Arrive early, walk around the speaking area and practice using the microphone and any visual aids. 5. Relax. Begin by addressing the audience. It buys you time and calms your nerves. Pause, smile and count to three before saying anything. (“One one-thousand, two one-thousand, three one-thousand. Pause. Begin.) Transform nervous energy into enthusiasm. 6. Visualize yourself giving your speech. Imagine yourself speaking, your voice loud, clear and confident. Visualize the audience clapping – it will boost your confidence.

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7. Realize that people want you to succeed. Audiences want you to be interesting, stimulating, informative and entertaining. They’re rooting for you. 8. Don’t apologize for any nervousness or problem – the audience probably never noticed it. 9. Concentrate on the message – not the medium. Focus your attention away from your own anxieties and concentrate on your message and your audience. 10. Gain experience. Mainly, your speech should represent you — as an authority and as a person. Experience builds confidence, which is the key to effective speaking.

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Amazing and Useful Things Your Body Can Do

If it has to do with fun, kids and families you will find it here! Prien Lake Mall will be hosting an All About Kids Expo on Saturday July 10, 2010 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Please join us to celebrate kids of all ages with free activities, face painting, magic act and arts and crafts. Balloon animals, mascots and inflatable jumpies will keep kids entertained through out the mall while parents can get important information they want and need. Come join the fun!

Have you ever wished you could make flu shots painless, or had a 100% guaranteed cure for hiccups? It’s possible! Your body has untapped power. To make a shot less painful, put pressure around the area that’s about to be stuck. If you’re about to get a shot in the arm, take the opposite hand, and make a “V” between your thumb and forefinger around the injection site. Press down firmly with your whole hand. Then let them give you the shot. Your brain can’t processes signals for “touch” and “pain” at the same time. So, the shot will feel more like a gentle poke instead of a sharp jab. If you’re about to cry when you shouldn’t –is it possible to hold

back your tears? Yes! Simply clear your throat. The “ahem” motion interrupts the mechanism in your nasal passages and larynx that controls crying. Then, swallow. That lifts your tongue to the roof of your mouth, blocks the soft palate, and makes it impossible to cry.

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Want a surefire way to stop hiccups? Inhale three times without exhaling. You start by taking the deepest breath you can, and holding it for 10 seconds. Then inhale extra air and hold for another five seconds. Without exhaling, inhale a little more, and hold for five more seconds. Then, exhale and breathe normally. The inhalation exercise will prevent spasms by immobilizing your diaphragm – the muscle at the base of your lungs. Researchers at the New York University School of Medicine tested it on patients who had frequent hiccups,and it worked immediately on everyone who could do it. Source: Rodale Publishing

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This comprehensive screening will include the required Louisiana High School Athletic Association physical criteria as well as cardiovascular screening criteria proven to reduce the incidence of sudden deaths in young athletes.

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These screenings are ideal for children as young as six years old. The cost is $35 (actual screening value of $350) and the screenings will include the following: • Physical (height, weight, physical exam) • Cholesterol and glucose tests • Orthopedic analysis for children who have had previous injuries

• EKG • Echocardiogram testing, if necessary • Body fat analysis

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Each team with five screening participants will receive a free team first aid kit. Each participant will receive a free guide to preventing and treating sports injuries.

Appointments Are required:

Call 491-7577 to register for the July 31st screening. This program made possible by a grant from the Children’s Miracle Network.

• students should bring their school’s athletic screening packet, if one is required. • For parents’ convenience, the notary public will be on-site to notarize the paperwork (notarization included in total cost)

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Memorial Hospital’s volunteer Auxiliary recently donated $100,000 to the hospital’s Capital Contingency Fund. Larry Graham, Memorial’s president and chief operating officer, accepted the contribution from (left to right) Bobbie Jefferson, Auxiliary president; Dorothy Bryant, Auxiliary treasurer, Leif Pedersen, Memorial’s senior vice president of philanthropy; Barbara Bourgeois, Auxiliary immediate past president; Reta Kaspar, Auxiliary president-elect; and Sherry Schofield, director of volunteer services. The funds raised by Memorial’s Auxiliary were through proceeds from the gift shops at Memorial Hospital on Oak Park and Memorial Hospital for Women on West Gauthier and proceeds from sales of their handmade flower arrangements. The funds will be put towards new medical equipment and other necessary upgrades and renovations throughout the hospital. For more information on Memorial’s volunteer Auxiliary, call Volunteer Services at (337) 494-2493. Thrive Magazine for Better Living



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The Center for Orthopaedics proudly introduces the Spine Pain Center, offering advanced non-surgical and surgical treatment options. This new service is part of our commitment to provide the region’s most comprehensive state-of-theart musculoskeletal care. We take a conservative, multi-disciplinary approach to neck and back pain treatment, with a team led by two board certified physicians: an orthopedic surgeon and a physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist.

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Life Lessons from Walt

Just back from Disneyworld (or “feeding the mouse,” as my husband calls it). It was, as usual, fun and exhausting at the same time. And, as usual, we thought 7 days would be more than enough time to do everything, plus have a couple of relaxing days – HA! We were blowing and going nonstop the whole time and still didn’t get to do everything we’d hoped. Disneyworld is a fabulous place to people-watch and business-watch. On a lot of levels, no one does it better than Disney! Here are some observations: Lesson #1: Timing is everything. Disney teaches this lesson on many fronts. First, the timing of the age of your children is important. Too young and they either won’t remember the trip and/or they will be terrified of the huge characters walking around. Too old and they will be completely over the character thing plus find the majority of the rides too tame. We saw people strolling infants around – pure craziness, if you ask me! We also saw a lot of bored teens. Second, the timing of your day at the park is important. Will you get up early and try to beat the crowds? Will you sleep in and wait in line all day? I read three books in preparation for the trip (no surprise there, huh?), and all three books recommended getting to the park 45 minutes before it opened. My husband and son were not happy about being jarred out of bed that early, but we all appreciated not waiting in the lines. Obviously, I would not have known how to plan the trip without doing the research. I’d much rather put some time in beforehand than spend the (very expensive) week frustrated. As with many things in life, Disneyworld is not a place you want to go without some type of plan.

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Lesson #2: Repetition, repetition, repetition is the key. If you’ve ever visited Disney World, I bet you can still sing “It’s a Small World.” As you will recall, once you hear it playing as you wait in line and then get on the ride, the song does not go gently into that good night. It is still hanging around when it’s time to go to bed! The Disney people understand the value of choosing a theme and sticking with it. The amount of merchandise with the mouse on it boggles the mind. When everything kids eat, drink, wear, play with and generally purchase has the same thing on it, they begin to believe it really is the best thing ever. Parents love that. Drawing on this particular lesson – choose a mantra for your life and post it everywhere – it will sink in! Lesson #3: Membership has its privileges. I insisted we stay at one of the three resorts on the monorail system for this trip. We’ve stayed at a mid-level resort on property and off the resort in the past. I will say that I made the right choice this time. Not only was it very convenient to get to two of the four parks, but when we had to take a bus to go other places we had a very different experience from previous stays. First, we didn’t have to wait very long. Second, our bus either went straight to its destination after it picked us up, or it went to only one other hotel. Trust me, very different from the previous stays. I do like the fact that they recognize and reward those of us who forked over more money. Disney rewards those who stay on any of their properties in other ways as well (getting to get in to the parks earlier and stay later, and getting to use the system that allows you to get on rides without as long of a wait). They want you to stay in their hotels, and they make it worthwhile. How are you rewarding your customers? Lesson #4: Give the people what they want. Notice I said “want,” not “need.” One of the sad things I noticed this trip was how easy Disney has made it to be unhealthy. We purchased one of the dining plans, which meant we paid for two meals and a snack per day up front. The only problem is that each of those meals contained a main course and a dessert. And, since we had paid for it, we HAD to eat the dessert, right? At one point, I begged a waiter to let me trade out the dessert for a salad. No go. Also, when we got home, we had to go through French fry detox because we had eaten them every day for the last seven days. Yeah, yeah, they say they have some healthy choices, but many times the fruit didn’t look fresh. Besides, we were on vacation, right? I believe as a direct result of these dining plans, Disney has made even more accommodations. You can now rent scooters if you are too tired, lazy, or overweight to walk through the parks. Are you kidding me? The only thing that saved us was all the walking. Believe me, we were tired and our feet hurt. But if we had rented scooters instead of walking, we would have all gained more than a few pounds. So, after Disney fattened us up, he made it easy for us to get around. How nice! Sometimes “needs” should supersede “wants.” As you go your merry way this summer, look around you and learn the lessons right at your fingertips. Now, I’ve got to get that stupid song out of my head! 78

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Been There – Done That?

it feels familiar. Not because we’ve seen it before, but because we’ve already processed it on another level. And one last déjà tidbit: It’s most common in people between the ages of 15 and 25 – when the brain is still developing. So besides age – what makes a person more likely to experience déjà vu? • If you have an active imagination and recall dreams easily. • If you’re fatigued or stressed out. • And if you have an above average education level. These things all indicate a highly stimulated brain.

Explaining Déjà Vu Most people have experienced a sensation of being in a place they’ve been before, or doing something they’ve already done, but haven’t. It’s called déjà vu, and as common as it is, why it happens is still a mystery. But experts have come up with a whole slew of explanations. Here are a few: Some researchers think déjà vu occurs when two of the brain’s cognitive functions are out of sync. For example, our brain might recognize a familiar situation, but fail to remember why it’s familiar. That leads to the “I’ve been here before” feeling. But since we can’t remember the event, we think the experience is new - and chock it up to déjà vu. Other experts think déjà vu is a result of not paying attention. Our brains can take in information more quickly that we can consciously register it. Then, when what’s happening around us finally registers,

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Every now and then life throws us a curve ball, but fortunately we have friends and family who can offer words of wisdom to help get us through. Thrive asked five local residents:

“What is the best advice you have ever received?”

Karen Haynes says she has a few that have stuck with her through the years: “True wisdom comes from the Lord! Work hard, save your money and place others above yourself.”

Kathy Casteel said it was difficult to answer because she is still receiving good advice today, but she tries to live by this quote:, “Live each day as if it were your last and make the most of it … life isn’t about each breath we take, it’s about the moments that take our breath away.”

Kayley Farris has received a lot of advice lately considering she is about to get married. Her favorite is that no problem is too big or too small to talk about with your spouse. “Communicate with love, trust, kindness and respect for each other, and above all keep Christ in your lives and that of your children,” Farris said. She also liked, “Take a deep breath and enjoy every moment with your girlfriends, friends, and family; laugh, cry and share it because time passes too quickly.”

Lucie Mesuch has received lots of great advice, some she took and some she didn’t. The best advice she ever got came when she was deciding on a career. “Someone told me to think about what I would enjoy getting up and doing every day, not just how much money I’d like to make. I will never get rich being a teacher, but I love what I do and love being with my students. Seeing students I taught so many years ago who still remember me and who have gone on to be successful in their own lives will always be worth more to me than any amount of money.”

What Are We Going to Call The Next Generation of Kids? You’ve heard of Baby Boomers, Generation X, and Generation Y. So, what are we going to call the next generation of kids, born after 2000, who aren’t even out of grade school yet? It’s a question that is stirring up lots of debate among parents, advertisers, and even employers. That’s because labels give us an easy way to think about the trends that will define the next generation. Labels also help us better understand and communicate with kids – whether we’re trying to raise them, employ them, or market to them. So, what “labels” have people come up with so far for the youngest generation?

Ann Farrar says ,“To establish what really matters to you. Otherwise, you get bogged down with things that don’t really have value in your life.”

Generation Net. That one may sound obvious, since today’s kids have never known a world without the Internet. In fact, kids are now more likely to know how to post videos on YouTube before they can even ride a bicycle.

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A lot of car companies offer free apps, too, called AutoManufacturer Apps. Most give you a direct line to 24 hour road side assistance. BMW, Mazda and Mercedes-Benz all have apps that let you do things like remotely unlock your car, find the nearest repair center and view your car’s GPS location – in case you forgot where you parked. Look into what is available for your vehicls.

the label also suggests that today’s kids think for themselves, and don’t follow the herd. It also hints that today’s kids are more narcissistic, since they’re growing up in a world where everyone seems to get their 15 minutes of fame on TV reality shows, or through Facebook.

The Plugged In Generation or The Always On Generation. The thinking there is that today’s kids have access to more electronic gadgets than anyone who came before.

Homelander Generation. That’s the word from Neil Howe, an expert on generations, who says today’s kids will have a lot in common with people who grew up during the Great Depression. He believes the economy will force the next generation to make more sacrifices for their community, and focus on solving problems closer to home, rather than around the world.

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Stretch by Katie McDaniel

To Work Toward

Sitting in front of a computer or standing at a workstation for long periods of time can cause a lot of strain and discomfort on the body. The human body was not designed to stay in one position for long periods of time without movement. By taking regular breaks to relax and stretch major muscle groups, you can help to reduce the tension that is being put on your body. Jeremy Stillwell, physical therapist with Calcasieu Rehab & Sports Therapy suggests trying these easy stretches and tips to relieve stress, improve posture, and increase productivity.

Sitting Relaxation Exercises

• Slowly roll your shoulders forward 10 times and then backward 10 times. • Slowly bend and straighten elbows 10 times. • Slowly do circles with your wrists in a clockwise motion and then in a counterclockwise motion 10 times. • Finally, slowly open and close fingers 10 times.

Neck Stretch

• To stretch right upper trapezius muscles, place right hand under your hip, reach with your left hand to the right side of your head, and pull your head to the left until you feel a stretch on the right side of your neck. Repeat with the left side.

Upper Back

• Interlock fingers in front of you. With elbows straight, turn palms away from you, and reach forward toward the floor keeping your elbows straight. The stretch should be felt in your upper back.

Anterior Chest

• Interlock fingers behind your back. With elbows straight, move hands away from your back and upward until a stretch is felt in the anterior chest. • Standing in a corner with hands just about shoulder level, and feet about 2 feet from corner, lean forward until a stretch is felt across the chest.

Lower Trunk Stretch

• Standing with palms placed across the lower back, bend backward until a stretch is felt.


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Front of Thigh

• Standing on one leg, bend the other knee and grab the ankle with the same side hand. Pull your heel toward your buttock until a stretch is felt in the front of your thigh. Be sure to stand-up straight and keep your knee under your hip. Repeat with the opposite side.

Back of Thigh

• Sitting on the edge of a stable chair, bend one leg with foot directly under the knee. Straighten the other knee, placing heel on floor with toes upward. Sit straight without slumping in lower back. Lean forward and keep your back and knee straight until a stretch is felt in the back of your thigh/knee. Repeat with opposite side.

Lower Leg/Calf

• Stand with the calf to be stretched directly behind you with the toes pointing straight ahead. Place the other foot far enough in front of you to lean forward onto it and stay balanced. Lean forward onto the front foot, letting the front knee bend. Keep the back foot flat with heel on the ground and knee straight until a stretch is felt in the back of the lower leg. Repeat with opposite side.

Keys to Stretching

1. Only stretch to a comfortable point. Stretching to the point of pain is not beneficial. 2. Always move into the stretch position slowly. Once completed, move out of the stretch position slowly. 3. Never bounce during a stretch. 4. Hold each stretch for 15 seconds. 5. Repeat each stretch at least 5 times before moving to another stretch. It is important to take at least 5 minutes to stretch for every couple hours at work. If you find yourself getting stiff, tired, or cranky during the workday, take a little time to refresh yourself with one of these simple stretches. These stretches can be performed at your desk, on a break, or before or after a long meeting. You can also try them at the end of the day to relieve stress before the ride home.


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The Last Word ier

Corm by Erin K.

I read books like a madwoman. I watch television – mostly shows that have disclaimers that they might be disturbing to some viewers. I have a husband, 13-year-old daughter, and an ornery, misbehaved dog. I’ve got a circle of gal pals. I’m pursuing a master’s degree in English. All this, plus a full-time job.

Despite all these goings-on, from time to time I find myself thinking: ‘I’m bored.’ The ho-humness and predictability of everyday life gets daunting. Wake up at six-thirty, get to work at eight, take lunch at noon, check out at five, fill the evening hours with family time, chores, homework, fun with friends, go to sleep. Wake up, repeat. Surely I’m not the only American whose life sounds like this.

When my daughter was little, I taught her that there were certain words or phrases that she shouldn’t say, at least not without a moment of clarity. Some of these were obvious. I’m pretty sure ‘I don’t want to’ and ‘No!’ were on the list. But I also taught her not to come with me with complaints about being bored. If she said ‘I’m bored,’ I responded the same way my parents responded to me: ‘Find something to do.’

But let’s face it. Life can get pretty boring if you allow it to. Packing the hours with tasks doesn’t necessarily help. Going to work for eight hours a day doesn’t sound as appealing as, say, backpacking through Europe. Doing the laundry isn’t quite as fascinating as zip-lining through the Amazon rainforest or hiking through Bandelier.

I’m bored.

Since July is National Anti-Boredom Awareness Month, it seemed appropriate for me to consider boredom in all its glory. My mother is a native of the Philippines and she says the children never complained about being bored because there were always things to do … and I’m not talking about PlayStation or DVDs. I’m talking about things like scrubbing laundry in the river or fetching water from the village well. Am I so spoiled and starved for excitement that I must be entertained twenty-four hours a day?

It seems that the mental state of boredom has little to do with how much you can fill your time. I have lots of things to do and I get bored nonetheless. Unless you’re fortunate enough to be independently wealthy and able to clock out at a moment’s notice for a jet across the globe, life can get pretty monotonous. We all go to work, come home, take care of our families and friends. If we’re lucky, we get one or two weeks to go on vacation – but then we feel guilty about it. I was once told that only uninteresting people get bored and that boredom was a state of mind only for the uncreative. Is that true? Are we bored simply because we can’t find creativity in the predictable? Or are we accepting predictability when we shouldn’t? Is it possible to be unpredictable and spontaneous in a nine-to-five world? Maybe I’m defining ‘boredom’ in the wrong way. Is zip-lining through the Amazon really more entertaining than folding clothes, or am I just approaching laundry with the wrong mindset?

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