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There are lots of informative articles written on the topic of women's health. True, women have unique health issues - but so do men. Men often don't pay enough attention to their own health, which contributes to the fact that men have a shorter life expectancy than women. In this issue you'll find articles on how men can lead a healthier life. Thank you to Topeka photographer Melody Heifner for once again contributing our cover photo..

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By Diana Rodriguez,


t's no secret that obesity is widespread: Nearly three out of every four men are either overweight or obese, and 50 percent of men don't engage in vigorous leisure-time physical activity for more than 10 minutes, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

If these statistics haven't convinced you to start making healthier lifestyle choices, then at least start adopting better habits for the sake of your kids. A recent study in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior found that fathers have a major impact on kids' food choices; namely, how often they eat fast food and other restaurant food, which can in turn affect their own risk for weight problems. Ready to end your relationship with the pizza delivery guy and spend a little less time on the couch? Let these simple tips motivate you to fuel your body with a healthy diet and regular exercise. 1. Vary Your Fitness Routine Alternate your exercise activities to stay motivated to work out — variety is good for both the mind and body, said Jim White, RD, spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association. "Your body can get used to the same thing if it's done over and over again," White said. To keep your body guessing, he suggested combining different types of fitness workouts: Mix up a cardio workout like running with strength training, yoga, and martial arts, or vary your tempo within any one activity through interval training. 2. Find a Fitness Buddy Do you need extra motivation to stick with your fitness

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and diet plan? Don't go it alone — enlist the help of a buddy. Not only does working out with a friend keep you both focused on fitness, it also adds an edge of competition, especially if you pick a workout buddy who's a bit more advanced and will make you feel challenged. You'll work harder to keep up and reach your fitness goals. 3. Develop Strength-Training Exercises Strength training is a key part of any fitness plan, both for variety and to build calorie-burning muscle. In addition to lifting weights, you can tone your muscles at home or at the office just a few minutes at a time. Push-ups are great for working the chest, triceps, and shoulders, said White, and you can do them anywhere. Squats and lunges are also effective because they work multiple muscles and are easy to add to any fitness routine. 4. Stick With Simple Cardio Workouts Cardio exercise gets your heart rate up and burns off calories. Running provides a great cardio workout, said White. If you're a beginner, start out slowly by alternating walking and running intervals. You can also burn calories throughout the day by taking a few simple "steps," such as standing up more at work, taking the stairs

instead of the elevator, and parking your car farther away from the office. Walk at a brisk pace whenever possible. 5. Stay Motivated for Fitness As with diet, sticking with the same fitness plan day in and day out can lose its appeal over time. Taking up a new exercise activity or even a new sport can ramp up your enthusiasm. Always wanted to play golf? Reward your exercise dedication with a few lessons and walk the course to burn calories. Want a relaxing exercise option? Rent a rowboat and spend a few hours on a serene lake. Of course, if you're already doing a fitness activity you truly enjoy, be sure to keep it in your exercise rotation.

For more information about fitness and exercise options at GreatLife in Topeka, contact: Karon Lee at (785) 6406340.

Top 5 Diet Tips for Men

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By Diana Rodriguez,

3. Avoid Diet Boredom With New Foods


Adding new and unusual tastes to your meals helps you to stay interested in eating right and ensures that you’re getting a wide variety of nutrients. If you eat only a narrow range of foods, even foods that are good for you, you could become deficient in some vitamins and minerals, which can lower your energy level. In addition to lean protein and low-fat dairy staples, experiment with exotic fruits and vegetables and different types of whole grains. Try eating quinoa as a side dish or having oatmeal or shredded wheat for breakfast.

ince nearly three out of every four men are either overweight or obese, maybe you are determined to start making healthier lifestyle choices. Your food choices directly affect your risk for weight problems, and your health in general. Here are some simple tips to motivate you to fuel your body with a healthy diet.

1. Read Nutrition Labels Reading package labels is a must to keep from sabotaging a healthy diet with oversized portions and unhealthy ingredients in processed foods. "A lot of the time there are three to four servings per package," said White — not just one. Avoid foods with trans fats and limit sugars; less than 7 grams per serving is a good idea. Look for high-fiber foods, which contain more than 3 grams of fiber per serving. And remember that the more fresh foods you add to your diet, rather than processed lunch meats or prepackaged meals, the easier it is to ensure that you're getting essential daily nutrients. 2. Keep Cooking Simple When you're following a healthy diet and cooking at home, make sure your preparation methods are also healthy. Bake, grill, steam, or sauté foods rather than breading and deep-frying them, suggested White. Cook with healthy fats, such as olive or canola oil instead of butter, and season with fresh or dried herbs, not salt. Order food prepared in these healthful ways when you eat out, too.

simple ways to fit in more fresh fruits and vegetables and eat less meat. White suggested snacking on celery sticks with peanut butter or carrots with fat-free ranch dip. Other easy ways to improve your diet include bulking up sandwiches with tomatoes and fresh greens, topping whole-wheat pasta with steamed seasonal vegetables, and slicing fruit into your morning cup of yogurt or smoothie. Your food calories will leave you more satisfied as well as help you maintain a healthy weight.

Regular consulting with your wellness coach can help you stay focused, and answer any questions you may have. For help with a targeted nutrition program with personalized support, contact your wellness coach today!

4. Pay Attention to Serving Sizes A serving of meat isn't that whopping one-pound steak you may like to grill up for dinner — an appropriate serving size for meat is actually only 4 ounces, said White. In addition to using measuring tools and possibly a food scale to weigh portions, be sure to carefully calculate the serving size of any packaged food by using the information on the nutrition label. At restaurants, White suggested safeguarding your diet by eating only half your portion and taking the rest home to enjoy the next day. 5. Tweak Your Diet With More Fruits and Vegetables A healthy diet can be a work in progress. Meat may have been your main staple, but as you improve your health, continually improve your nutrition as well. Find

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In addition to all the above-mentioned services, KMC MedSpa offers lines of professional products by IMAGE Skincare for your daily home regimen. These product lines are completely customizable to treat your specific skincare goals. As an example, Palomar Lux 300 IPL treats skin discoloration, redness, brown spots, and rosacea on the face and body using laser technology. There is little to no downtime, and you can return to work the same day as the treatment.

s we age the effects of sun exposure and the natural aging process begin impacting our skin, more and more people look for magic lotions or treatments to bring back their smooth, youthful appearance. Topekans interested in targeting wrinkles, sagging and excessive brown spots on the skin, or just want help looking their very best, should consider some options not found on a drugstore shelf. Skin treatments available in Topeka include medical-grade microdermabrasion, chemical peels, and facials. And when hairs are growing in unwanted places on our face, arms or other parts of our bodies, laser removal or electrolysis are excellent options. What is microdermabrasion? This treatment exfoliates the dead, outermost layer of skin. The skin exfoliation process reveals new, living skin cells that are soft, smooth and receptive to nutrients. It is a safe, non-invasive, and virtually painless procedure which can be completed during a lunch hour. Typically, those who have microdermabrasion performed on their skin benefit most from four to six treatments. Microdermabrasion is used to treat and/or diminish: • fine lines • blackheads • wrinkles • whiteheads • sun-damaged skin • dry or patchy skin • oily skin • superficial age spots • acne-prone skin • hyperpigmentation

Microdermabrasion is one of the most trusted and sought-after procedures for improving skin tone and texture.

KMC MedSpa offers many skincare services and is located within KMC Dermatology in Topeka

skin soft and glowing. This treatment is customizable for your own type of skin. What’s involved with laser hair removal? Dark hairs on fair-complected skin can safely be permanently removed, both for men and women, with laser treatment. Is it painful? With the Gentlelase Alexandrite state-of-the-art laser used at KMC MedSpa, most people report they experience only a slight discomfort during treatment. With laser hair removal, generally people benefit most from four to six treatments. What’s involved with electrolysis? All colors and kinds of hair in all skin types can benefit from electrolysis. This procedure safely eliminates unwanted hair through electrolysis technology. What other treatments are available? Maybe you are preparing for a special summer event such as a wedding or family reunion, and could benefit from a deep-cleansing and relaxing facial, "red carpet" signature or O2 Lift, brow or lash tinting, or ear piercing. These are a few of the other services available to suit your particular needs.

We could all use a skincare diet and a personal skincare professional for healthy beautiful skin. In order to age later and look our best now, we must add ingredients to the skin daily for healthy, balanced skin. Skin types are genetically determined and skin conditions are determined by age, products, and lifestyle. Contact the experts at KMC MedSpa for more information or a free consultation. KMC MedSpa is located within KMC Dermatology.

Remember: healthy skin is beautiful skin!

KMC MedSpa Topeka KMC MedSpa Topeka is a division of Kansas Medical Clinic and located at 2921 SW Wanamaker Drive, Topeka, Kansas inside the KMC Dermatology lobby. The MedSpa has been open for 14 years, having recently changed its name from Kansas Laser Insititute. To learn more, call 785-273-6460 or visit

What is a chemical peel? Another exfoliating option is a chemical peel. Chemical exfoliation utilizes hydroxy acids, such as glycolic, lactic and malic acids and fruit enzymes, to dissolve the bonds that hold skin cells together, causing a softening effect to the skin and sloughing off of dead skin cells. Regular exfoliation speeds up your skin's natural renewal process, diminishes uneven skin tone and discoloration, softens fine lines and wrinkles, and leaves

Specialty products such as those from the IMAGE Skincare line can help with your skincare needs.

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RO technology uses high pressure to push water through an extremely fine filter or membrane. The filter is kept clean by flushing the separated contaminants so they drain away, using as little water as possible.

Why not just drink water from the tap?

But what of the criticism that RO removes everything from water, including beneficial minerals? There are some detractors who claim reverse osmosis water is too pure, removing both contaminants as well as potentially beneficial minerals. The truth is the amount of minerals in water is pretty negligible, and most of the calcium and magnesium people need comes from the food they eat, not their drinking water.

ive better. Lose weight. Get healthier. Save money. Improve taste. Eliminate contaminants. These are catchy slogans used by promoters of water treatment solutions, and for consumers it can be confusing wading through jargonheavy clutter to learn which treatment option does what to best protect their water. Filtered or purification? Which is best?

Should we be concerned about what may be in our tap water in the first place, considering most of us have access to fairly sophisticated, reliable public water systems that successfully serve drinking water to millions of people every day? The answer to that question is a definite YES! Although many people object to the taste of the chlorine used to disinfect municipal water, the wider concern is not just about taste. The biggest concern is about the health impact of the chemicals used by public water suppliers, as well as what may have gotten into the drinking water during its journey from the municipal works to the tap. This concern is not groundless, as the Water Quality Association (WQA) notes on its website: "Water that leaves the treatment facility can become contaminated by the time it shows up at your tap." WQA’s view is supported by Consumer Reports, which says dangerous contaminants such as lead, chloroform, arsenic, nitrate, nitrite, radon and E. coli bacteria are common in tap water. One of the most viewed stories on a Canadian CBC health channel in 2014 explored how excreted drugs were contaminating tap water. According to the report, trace evidence of acetaminophen, codeine, antibiotics, hormones and steroids passed through most sewage treatment processes, meaning they could end up in drinking water. In 2003, a peer-reviewed study of the drinking water systems in 19 U.S. cities by the environmental action group Natural Resources Defense Council concluded that “old-fashioned water treatment — built to filter out particles in the water and kill some parasites and bacteria — generally fails to remove 21st-century contaminants like pesticides, industrial chemicals and arsenic.”

Is it good enough to just filter? Many consumers believe they are making a healthier choice by choosing to filter their tap water or buy bot-

tled water. Yet few people question the fact that most filter solutions do not remove the really nasty stuff like lead, pesticide or pharmaceutical residues, bacteria or viruses.

At the end of the day, understanding the difference between water filtration and water purification is a big step toward being able to make an informed choice for a healthier lifestyle, not to mention better-tasting coffee, tea, juice, soups — or just a delicious glass of clean, fresh and pure water.

In order to achieve a high degree of perceived safety, you need a more serious purification solution than a table-top, pour-through water filtration system, which mainly only removes substances that can impact the taste and appearance of tap water, such as chlorine. Water purification technologies, such as RO, are designed to meet stricter expectations, such as being able to remove impurities including pathogens and chemicals. Straight Water uses a 12 step system that includes RO, UV sterilization and Ozonation, producing remarkably pure, healthy and great-tasting purified drinking water and ice.

Peace of Mind If consumers believe tap water may be contaminated, and pour-through filtration devices do not remove all potential contaminants, what should they be considering? It all boils down to improved consumer education and better understanding of the terminology being used. There is nothing intrinsically wrong with countertop or faucet water filters, which can deliver water that looks and tastes decent, but such filters generally do not match the efficiency of reverse osmosis solutions that are designed to remove much of the nasty stuff — including viruses, bacteria, pesticides, fluoride and different drugs and chemicals — to deliver really clean water.

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As activities begin to fall out of norms for the members, (frequent trips to the toilet, increased sleeping during the day, decreases in trips to the kitchen and opening of refrigerator for meals) alerts can be sent. These are important indicators of decline or beginning signs of illness or disease.

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monitored closely for side effects while on treatment, which include fatal infections, and risk of the development of certain malignancies.


Surgery is available for patients who present with bowel obstructions, significant small bowel strictures, fistulas, abscesses. Patient with Crohn’s disease who smoke, do poorly compared to non-smokers, and smoking cessation is highly recommended.

rohn’s disease is a chronic inflammatory condition of the gastrointestinal tract. It belongs to a group of conditions called IBD (Inflammatory bowel diseases). First recognized in 1930s, it can involve any portion of the GI tract unlike Ulcerative colitis, which involves the colon or large intestine only. Crohn’s is mostly a disease of Caucasians, but more African Americans are being diagnosed lately. It affects males and females equally. The likely etiology of the disease is considered to be a genetic predisposition. Previous studies have shown that 5 to 20 percent of affected individuals have a firstdegree relative with the condition. Environmental factors are considered contributory, as the disease is seen more in developed countries and northern climates. Diet and stress, although not contributory, can have an influence on exacerbation of symptoms. The disease is considered to be an autoimmune condition, along the lines of Rheumatoid arthritis, although the mechanism is not yet fully understood. Symptoms • Diarrhea • Rectal bleeding/ rectal pain • Abdominal pain • Nausea and vomiting • Bowel obstruction • Weight loss • Unexplained fevers/joint pains/skin rashes • Anemia

Who should be tested? Patients presenting with any of the above symptoms should be tested—especially adolescents and young adults between ages 15 to 35 years. Patients with the above symptoms and any immediate family member with same diagnosis should also be tested. What tests to consider Endoscopy with biopsy of affected tissue is considered the gold standard in testing for Crohn’s. Colonoscopy is routinely done to examine the colon to find ulcers or areas of inflammation, and biopsy them. If Crohn’s happens in areas of small bowel that cannot be examined via endoscopy, a pill camera test or capsule en-

If you, or someone you know is experiencing the symptoms of Crohn’s Disease, call KMC Gastroenterology. doscopy can be used to make a diagnosis. X-rays of the small bowel like small bowel enteroclysis, CT or MR enterography are imaging studies available to evaluate the small bowel. Blood tests like Prometheus SGI panel are available to test for Crohn’s disease. These tests are able to support the diagnosis, rather than confirm the diagnosis and should not be used alone to diagnose the condition. Regular blood tests like white cell count, C-reactive protein, or ESR can help in disease monitoring. Treatment of Crohn’s Disease It is important to understand that the disease is chronic, and has periods of remission and flares when increased symptoms can be noticed. The disease varies from mild to moderate to severe, and can be very different and unpredictable for individual patients. Each patient’s treatment must be tailored based on the disease presentation and clinical course. Many treatment options are available at this time depending on the disease severity, extent and duration. The most-commonly used oral medications include anti-inflammatory medications like mesalamine-based therapy such as Asacol, Delzicol and Pentasa and others. Oral steroids are also commonly used to gain immediate control of inflammation. Oral immunosuppressive therapies like 6MP, Azathioprine and Methotrexate are available for patients with moderate to severe disease. Potent immunosuppressives are available via biologic therapy with Humira, Remicaide, Cimzia, Entyvio, or Tysabri, which are all self-injectable or IV infusions. These are reserved for patients with severe disease or failing all other medical therapies. Patients have to be

Dr. Balaji Datti, MD Balaji Datti, MD, completed medical school at Siddhartha Medical College, NTR University of Health Sciences, India. He obtained a Masters degree in Public Health at West Virginia University and completed Internal Medicine residency training at LSU Health Sciences Center, Shreveport, Louisiana, where he also completed a fellowship in both Gastroenterology and Hepatology. He is Board-Certified in Internal Medicine and Board Certified Gastroenterology and is trained in EGD, Colonoscopy and ERCP. He is currently accepting new patients.

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ccording to the Journals of Gerontology, nearly two thirds of adults 70 years of age and older suffer from a hearing loss. The article published on 4/12/2011 stated, “Although 76% said their hearing was of great importance to them, fewer than half had undergone a hearing test in the past five years.” I hear these statistics quite often and still have the same reaction. I’m in awe of why so few people take the time to have their hearing tested. That’s why I was so intrigued when I read the 8/15/2012 article in The New York Times by Susan Seliger. Susan had suggested that her parents have their hearing tested after witnessing the struggles they were having during a visit with them. She was amazed when they reacted with a “we don’t want to be bothered attitude.” Ms. Seliger’s article reports, “The average person has been having trouble hearing for 7 to 10 years before they come in, according to Dr. Eric Hagberg, an audiologist in Youngstown, Ohio.” She goes on in the article to reveal that “only 14% of the 26.7 million individuals over the age of 50 that suffer from a hearing deficit are wearing a hearing aid.” Weekly, in my practice, I encounter spouses who have been asking (begging) their loved one for years to have their hearing evaluated. The trouble, as Ms. Seliger discovers in her research, is that the person with the hearing loss is often the last to realize there is a problem. Hearing loss sneaks up on us. I often tell my patients, “If you had gone to bed hearing normally and then woke up this morning hearing the way you do right now, you would have rushed to the emergency room.”

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the brain responds to the signal it receives. Most often, it’s not a case of not being able to hear. It’s a case of not being able to understand. The longer the brain goes not hearing the proper signal, the more it forgets. Ms. Seliger quotes Dr. Remensnyder, “If you don’t use it, you’ll lose it.” Other bi-products of hearing loss, as stated in the article, can be increased risk for dementia, balance issues, isolation, and even depression.

The Relationship Between You and Your Hearing Instrument Specialist If you are over the age of 50, I would encourage you to have your hearing tested. For anyone caring for or living with someone who refuses to admit they have a hearing problem, I would encourage you to be patient, be kind, and refuse to be their interpreter.

When your loved one does finally agree to an evaluation, please make sure you take them to someone who will do a complete exam and consultation. Find someone you believe will take the time to work with your loved one and not turn Can Untreated Hearing Loss Be Harmful? them away with a hurried or busy demeanor. I tell Ms. Seliger reports on several ways that it is. everyone who comes in my office that the most Hearing is not just about our ears. It’s about how important decision you have to make once you

Benefits of Massage for Cancer Patients

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How massage can help relieve side effects of cancer treatment By Robin B. Haag


ost people today know of someone who has been diagnosed with a form of cancer. And we have watched them on their journey to heal. Most go through surgery, chemotherapy treatment and/or radiation treatment. The staff at the oncology centers encourage patients to continue to live their lives as close to normal as possible. Patients are encouraged to go to work, exercise regularly, eat a well-balanced diet, and get plenty of rest. More and more centers are also becoming more open to alternative treatments to compliment the traditional medical treatment for cancer patients. Those alternative therapies may be meditation, yoga and even massage. In the past, the medical community thought that massage may help spread cancer cells throughout the body. Studies have since found that is not the case, but that massage actually is beneficial for cancer patients. While deep tissue massage and other modalities are contraindicated for patients going through active treatment, a gentle massage can be very beneficial.

fatigue, anxiety and depression. Many studies have shown that caring, human touch can help relieve anxiety and depression by releasing endorphins into the body. This is no different for cancer patients. A gentle massage can be a welcomed change from the needles from blood tests and accessing their ports to administer their chemotherapy. Anxiety and depression may magnify some of the side effects such as nausea and fatigue. If a patient can get some relief of their anxiety, it may help them get on top of their nausea and fatigue.

the steady stream of doctor’s appointments, diagnostic testing, and treatment, patients tend to disconnect from the rest of their bodies and only focus on the area making them ill. Massage focuses on the whole body which can help the patient reconnect and improve their overall well-being. It also gives them a safe space where they may be able to talk about what they are going through outside of earshot of their family members. Being able to express themselves in a comforting environment may also help relieve some of the stress they are under. If you are someone you know is undergoing treatment for cancer, discuss with your medical team about receiving massage therapy. Then with your doctor’s permission, find a massage therapist that you are comfortable with and who has experience working on clients diagnosed with cancer. It is a wonderful way to take care of the whole person.

Massage may also help improve the patients sleep pattern, improve mental clarity and alertness. With Many cancer patients experience a range of side effects from their treatment regimen. Those side effects may be pain and discomfort at the incision site of surgery, discomfort from having their bodies put in certain positions for tests or surgery, and their bodies may be sore and stiff from sitting or lying down more than they are accustomed to doing. Other side effects of cancer treatment are nausea,

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Five Foods to Fight Prostate Cancer enough for the salmon fillet. Coat the foil with cooking spray. Place the salmon skin-side down on the foil and spread the garlic mixture all over it. Sprinkle with 1/3 cup basil. Overlap tomato slices on top and sprinkle with the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper. 4. Transfer the salmon on the foil to the grill. Grill until the fish flakes easily, 10 to 12 minutes. Use two large spatulas to slide the salmon from the foil to a serving platter. Serve the salmon sprin kled with the remaining 1/4 cup basil.

Amber Groeling, RD, LD Registered Dietition


rostate cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer in American men. It’s also believed to be highly influenced by diet. Celebrate dad this Father’s Day by sneaking these five cancer-fighting foods into his eating routine: Toss in tomatoes. Lycopene is a carotenoid responsible for the bright red color of tomatoes. It does more than add color, though. Several studies link lycopene consumption to a reduced risk of prostate cancer. Dad will be happy to hear he can get the most lycopene from to a reduced risk of cancer. There’s just one caveat – cooked tomato products like tomato sauce and he has to drink the real stuff. Brew it fresh for the maximum benefit. tomato juice. Get fishy. Maybe dad’s already upping his intake of fish rich in omega-3 fats for his heart and brain health. Well, he can add one more reason to continue to eat fatty fish like salmon and tuna at least twice a week. The omega-3s found in fish have anti-inflammatory properties that may help reduce the risk of prostate cancer. Fire up the grill. For cruciferous veggies, that is. Vegetables in the cabbage family, like broccoli, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts, are known for their link to a reduced risk of cancer. You just have to convince dad that the benefits of these tasty veggies outweigh any unwanted socially unacceptable side effects.

No foods are proven to eliminate the risk of prostate cancer, but increasing healthy food choices certainly can’t hurt. Remind him to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, stay at a healthy body weight and exercise regularly to reduce his risk of cancer even more. The following recipe features cancer-fighting foods the whole family will be sure to enjoy.

Nutrition Facts per serving: 248 calories, 10g fat, 2g saturated fat, 80mg cholesterol, 367mg sodium, 3g carbohydrate, 1g fiber, 35g protein. Daily values: 22% vitamin A, 18% vitamin C. Source: adapted from Eating Well, Inc.

Information not intended to be medical advice. Please contact a medical professional for individual advice.

Grilled Salmon with Tomatoes and Basil Serves 4 • Active: 30 minutes • Total: 30 minutes

All you need: 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 tsp kosher salt, divided 1 tbsp Hy-Vee Select extra-virgin olive oil 1 whole wild salmon fillet (also called a “side of salmon,” about 1 1/2 pounds) 1/3 cup plus 1/4 cup thinly sliced fresh basil, divided 2 medium tomatoes, thinly sliced 1/4 tsp Hy-Vee freshly ground pepper

Go nuts. New studies link nut consumption to a reduced risk of death from any cause, including cancer. This might be due to the powerful antioxidants in nuts. All you do: Walnuts, in particular, may be beneficial in warding 1. Preheat grill to medium. off prostate cancer. So, the next time dad is searching 2. Mash minced garlic and 3/4 teaspoon salt on a for a crunchy snack, hand him a handful of nuts. cutting board with the side of a chef’s knife or a spoon until a paste forms. Transfer to a small Don’t let dad forget his morning caffeine kick. bowl and stir in oil. Fill his mug with green tea or coffee every morning 3. Check the salmon for pin bones and remove if for an antioxidant boost. Both drinks are known to necessary. Measure out a piece of heavy-duty be high in protective antioxidants and have been tied foil (or use a double layer of regular foil) large

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What puts a man’s health at risk as he gets older? Even in adolescence, girls' arteries look healthier than boys'. Experts believe women's naturally higher levels of good cholesterol (HDL) are partly responsible. Men have to work harder to reduce their risk for heart disease and stroke: • Get your cholesterol checked, begin ning at age 25 and every five years. • Control your blood pressure and cholesterol, if they're high. • If you smoke, stop. • Increase your physical activity level to 30 minutes per day, most days of the week. • Eat more fruits and vegetables and less saturated or trans fats.

By Matthew Hoffman, MD


ore boys than girls are born every year in the U.S. But any lead in health men start with vanishes with the first dirty diaper.

From infancy to old age, women are simply healthier than men. Out of the 15 leading causes of death, men lead women in all of them except Alzheimer's disease, which many men don't live long enough to develop. Although the gender gap is closing, men still die five years earlier than their wives, on average. While the reasons are partly biological, men's approach to their health plays a role too, experts tell WebMD.

preventable. WebMD consulted the experts to bring you this list of the top health threats to men, and how to avoid them.

"There's a saying that 'children should know their grandparents,'" says Labarthe. "This is fatal or disabling condition that causes lost family time and "Men put their health last," says Demetrius Porche, DNS, RN, editor in chief of the American Journal of Cardiovascular Disease: The Leading Men's working time. But a large number of these events are preventable." Men's Health. "Most men's thinking is, if they can live Health Threat up to their roles in society, then they're healthy." They call it atherosclerosis, meaning "hardening of Lung Cancer: Still a Health Threat to Men Men go to the doctor less than women and are more the arteries." But it could as easily be from the Latin Lung cancer is a terrible disease: ugly, aggressive, and likely to have a serious condition when they do go, re- for "a man's worst enemy." almost always metastatic. Lung cancer spreads early, search shows. "As long as they're working and feeling usually before it grows large enough to cause sympproductive, most men aren't considering the risks to "Heart disease and stroke are the first and second leading causes of death worldwide, in both men and toms or even show up on an X-ray. By the time it's their health," says Porche. women," says Darwin Labarthe, MD, MPH, PhD, di- found, lung cancer is often advanced and difficult to But even if you're feeling healthy, a little planning can rector of the Division for Heart Disease and Stroke cure. Less than half of men are alive a year later. help you stay that way. The top threats to men's health Prevention at the CDC. "It's a huge global public So ... are you still smoking? aren't secrets: they're known, common, and often health problem, and in the U.S. we have some of the Tobacco smoke causes 90% of all lung cancers. highest rates." Thanks to fallingsmoking rates in the U.S., fewer men In cardiovascular disease, cholesterol plaques gradu- than ever are dying of lung cancer. But lung cancer is ally block the arteries in the heart and brain. If a still the leading cancer killer in men: more than plaque becomes unstable, a blood clot forms, block- enough to fill the Superdome every year. ing the artery and causing a heart attack or stroke. One in five men and women will die from cardiovas- No effective screening test for lung cancer is available, cular disease, according to Labarthe. For unclear rea- although a major study is going on to learn if CT sons, though, men's arteries develop atherosclerosis scans of the chests of high-risk people can catch canearlier than women's. "Men's average age for death cer early enough to improve survival. from cardiovascular disease is under 65," he says; Quitting smoking at any age reduces the risk for lung women catch up about six years later.

Topeka Health & Wellness ----------------------------------------- cancer. Few preventive measures are as effective -- or as challenging -- as stoppingsmoking. But new tools are available that work to help men quit. Your doctor can tell you more.

------------------------------------------------- June 2015 • Page 17 weight and obesity are likely feeding the diabetes epidemic. "The combination of diabetes and obesity may be erasing some of the reductions in heart disease risk we've had over the last few decades," warns Labarthe.

Prostate Cancer: A Leading Cancer for Men

Exercise, combined with a healthy diet, can prevent type 2 diabetes. Moderate weight loss -- for those who are overweight -- and 30 minutes a day of physical activity reduced the chance of diabetes by more than 50% in men at high risk in one major study.

This is one health problem men can lay full claim to -- after all, women don't have prostates. A walnutsized gland behind the penis that secretes fluids important for ejaculation, the prostate is prone to problems as men age. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men other than skin cancer. Close to 200,000 men will develop prostate cancer this year in the U.S. But while one in six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in his lifetime, only one in 35 will die from it. "Many prostate cancers are slow-growing and unlikely to spread, while others are aggressive," says Djenaba Joseph, MD, medical officer for cancer prevention at the CDC. "The problem is, we don't have effective tests for identifying which cancers are more dangerous."

Erectile Dysfunction: A Common Health Problem in Men are more likely to develop heart disease. Experts previously thought depression affected far more women than men. But that may just be men's tendency to hide depressed feelings, or express them in ways different than women's.

"Instead of showing sadness or crying, men get angry or aggressive," says Porche. "They feel it's not OK for them to say, 'I'm depressed,' so they cope in other ways, like drinking too much." Men are also less likely Screening for prostate cancer requires a digital rectal to seek help for depression. exam (the infamous gloved finger) and a blood test for prostate specific antigen (PSA). The results can be tragic. Women attempt suicide more often, but men are more successful at completBut in fact, "Screening has never definitively been ing it. Suicide is the eighth leading cause of death shown to reduce the chances of dying from prostate among all men; for young men it's higher. cancer," according to Joseph. That's because screening finds many cancers that would never be fatal, even if Most men and women respond well to depression undetected. Testing then leads to aggressive treatment treatment withmedications, therapy, or both. If you of relatively harmless cancers, which causes problems think you might be depressed, reach out to your doclike impotence andincontinence. tor or someone close to you, and seek help. Should you get screened for prostate cancer? Some experts say yes, but "the best solution is to see your doctor regularly and talk about your overall risk," says Joseph. "All men should understand the risks and benefits of each approach, whichever you choose."

Depression and Suicide: Men Are at Risk Depression isn't just a bad mood, a rough patch, or the blues. It's an emotional disturbance that affects your whole body and overall health. In effect, depression proves the mind-body connection. Brain chemicals and stress hormones are out of balance. Sleep, appetite, and energy level are disturbed. Research even suggests men with depression

Erectile dysfunction may not be life threatening, but it's still signals an important health problem. Twothirds of men older than 70 and up to 39% of 40-

year-old men have problems with erectile dysfunction. Men with ED report less enjoyment in life and are more likely to be depressed.

Erectile dysfunction is most often caused by atherosclerosis -- the same process that causes heart attacks Diabetes: The Silent Health Threat for Men and strokes. In fact, having ED frequently means that Diabetes usually begins silently, without symptoms. blood vessels throughout the body are in less-thanOver years, blood sugar levels creep higher, eventually perfect health. Doctors consider erectile dysfunction spilling into the urine. The resulting frequent urina- an early warning sign for cardiovascular disease. tion and thirst are what finally bring many men to the You've probably heard more about the numerous efdoctor. fective treatments for ED than you ever cared to just The high sugar of diabetes is anything but sweet. Ex- by watching the evening news. Treatments make a fulcess glucose acts like a slow poison on blood vessels filling sex life possible despite ED, but they don't cure and nerves everywhere in the body.Heart attacks, the condition. If you have erectile dysfunction, see strokes, blindness, kidney failure, and amputations your doctor, and ask if more than your sex life is at are the fallout for thousands of men. risk. Boys born in 2000 have an alarming one-in-three chance of developing diabetes in their lifetimes. Over-

This article was first featured on WebMD and was reviewed by Brunilda Nazario, MD

Gymnastics Then and Now

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Physical fitness was highly valued by ancient Greeks and Romans By Triny Lindsay - CAGE Gymnastics, Owner


he sport of gymnastics, which derives its name from the ancient Greek word for disciplinary exercises, combines physical skills such as body control, coordination, dexterity, gracefulness, and strength with tumbling and acrobatic skills, all performed in an artistic manner. Gymnastics is performed by both men and women at many levels, from local clubs and schools to colleges and universities, and in elite national and international competitions. History Gymnastics was introduced in early Greek civilization to facilitate bodily development through a series of exercises that included running, jumping, swimming, throwing, wrestling, and weight lifting. Many basic gymnastic events were practiced in some form before the introduction by the Greeks of gymnazein, literally, "to exercise naked." Physical fitness was a highly valued attribute in ancient Greece, and both men and women participated in vigorous gymnastic exercises. The Romans, after conquering Greece, developed the activities into a more formal sport, and they used the gymnasiums to physically prepare their legions for warfare. With the decline of Rome, however, interest in gymnastics dwindled, with tumbling remaining as a form of entertainment.

Modern Gymnastics In 1774, a Prussian, Johann Bernhard Basedow, included physical exercises with other forms of instruction at his school in Dessau, Saxony. With this action began the modernization of gymnastics, and also thrust the Germanic countries into the forefront in the sport. In the late 1700s, Friedrich Ludwig Jahn of Germany developed the side bar, the horizontal bar, the parallel bars, the balance beam, and jumping events. He, more than anyone else, is considered the "father of modern gymnastics." Gymnastics flourished in Germany in the 1800s, while in Sweden a more graceful form of the sport, stressing rhythmic movement, was developed by Guts Muth. The opening (1811) of Jahn's school in Berlin, to promote his version of the sport, was followed by the formation of many clubs in Europe and later in England. The sport was introduced to the United States by Dr. Dudley Allen Sargent, who taught gymnastics in several U.S. universities about the time of the Civil War, and who is credited with inventing more than 30 pieces of apparatus. Most of the growth of gymnastics in the United States centered on the activities of European immigrants,

who introduced the sport in their new cities in the 1880s. Modern gymnastics excluded some traditional events, such as weight lifting and wrestling, and emphasized form rather than personal rivalry. Modern Competition Men's gymnastics was on the schedule of the first modern Olympic Games in 1896, and it has been on the Olympic agenda continually since 1924. Olympic gymnastic competition for women began in 1936 with an all-around competition, and in 1952 competition for the separate events was added. Modern gymnastics gained considerable popularity because of the performances of Olga Korbut of the Soviet Union in the 1972 Olympics, and Nadia Comaneci of Romania in the 1976 Olympics. The widespread television coverage of these dramatic performances gave the sport the publicity that it lacked in the past. Modern international competition has six events for men and four events for women. The men's events are the rings, parallel bars, horizontal bar, side or pommel-horse, long or vaulting horse, and floor (or free) exercise. These events emphasize upper body strength and flexibility along with acrobatics. The women's events are the vaulting horse, balance beam, uneven bars, and floor exercise, which is performed with musical accompaniment. These events combine graceful, dancelike movements with strength and acrobatic skills. In the United States, tumbling and trampoline exercises are also included in many competitions. Another type of competitive gymnastics for women is rhythmic gymnastics, an Olympic sport since 1984. Acrobatic skills are not used. The rhythmic gymnast performs graceful, dancelike movements while holding and moving items such as a ball, hoop, rope, ribbon, or Indian clubs, with musical accompaniment. Routines are performed individually or in group performances for six gymnasts. Scoring In 2006, the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) began using a new scoring system for men’s and women’s artistic gymnastics. The new system incorporates credit for the routine’s content, difficulty and execution, and a gymnast’s score no longer is limited to a maximum of 10. In the United States, the new system will be used at all elite level events. In addition to the new scoring mechanism, the FIG revised the Code of Points by re-valuing some skills and adjusting individual apparatus requirements. The basic process is the

same for men and women, with some differences exist between the two. Also, the new artistic gymnastics scoring system is similar to those used in rhythmic gymnastics, trampoline and tumbling, and acrobatic gymnastics.

Under the new system, a gymnast’s total score includes values for both the routine’s content and his/her execution. Basically, the new scoring procedure adds the Difficulty Score, which includes difficulty, connection value and element requirements, to the Execution Score, which encompasses execution, artistry, composition and technique, to determine a gymnast’s total score.

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PACE Expands to Three New Counties

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Midland Care program will now cover Lyon, Marshall, Nemaha Counties


n a recent announcement by Midland Care officials, it was learned that PACE (Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly) will soon be available in three new Kansas counties: Lyon County, Nemaha County and Marshall County. Midland Care PACE is the fourth option for managed care for Kansas Medicaid recipients in addition to Amerigroup, UnitedHealthcare and Sunflower. Participants can choose PACE, a small, locally operated program, for more individualized care. However, PACE participants must be over 55 years old, able to live safely in the community and qualify for a nursing home level of care. Enrollment for new participants started January 1, 2015.

What is PACE? PACE is a national program that provides community-based care and services to people who would otherwise need a nursing home level of care. The program is designed to keep people living safely in their own homes and communities. The model is centered on the belief that it is better for the well-being of seniors with chronic care needs and their families to be served in the community whenever possible. An interdisciplinary team that includes doctors, nurses, physical therapists, social workers, case managers, in-home caregivers and drivers works with patients to coordinate care. PACE has been a small part of the managed care system, but legislators are increasingly recognizing PACE as a way to serve frail elders in their communities with positive outcomes and Karren Weichert

save money on nursing home care.

gram, contact Midland Care.

Community, not-for-profit health care provider Midland Care has provided PACE locally since 2007. The program currently serves about 200 participants in Shawnee, Douglas, Jackson, Jefferson, Osage, Pottawatomie and Wabaunsee counties. “We’re very excited to be able to offer PACE to more Kansans,” explained Midland Care CEO Karren Weichert “PACE gives older adults the support they need to stay at home, in their communities, with their families. We find that helps people live longer and better.” For more information about the PACE pro-

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Love Your Morning Coffee? Black, flat white, or Latte: Which one will enhance your performance the most?

By Shannon Grady, MS Exercise Physiologist, cle cell or muscle fibers. This action potential Owner/Founder Go! Athletics. opens up the channels for calcium ions to be released from its storage organelle (sarcoplasmic t is becoming widely known that coffee can reticulum). Once calcium ions are released they serve to enhance sports performance by can bind to molecules on the muscle fiber (troacting as a stimulant, possibly aiding in ponin-tropomyosin) causing cross-bridging, slidsparing glycogen, and provide antioxidants ing of filaments, force, and ultimately muscular which can protect against oxidative stress and contraction. After the action potential elapses, cell damage. One to two cups of coffee per day calcium channels close and ultimately muscles is shown to be beneficial to your overall heart relax. Muscles’ ability to contract is highly dehealth by reducing blood pressure and aiding in pendent on the presence of calcium ions. Photo by Alex Sanders vasodilation. Now onto the caffeine and calcium combo. The performance. It is no secret that I personally prefer the Star- presence of caffeine will enhance the speed, bucks feature Latte of the season. My daily go- charge, power, and endurance of the action po- Next time you are headed to your workout, to treat this late winter is the Caramel Flan Latte. tential created by the calcium-induced muscular think about the Latte and much needed calcium Not only is this treat tasty and satisfies some of contraction. Caffeine will enable the calcium in your coffee and your muscles will thank you my sweet tooth cravings, it is also the more fa- ion cross bridging and action potential to con- for it. vorable combination for performance enhance- tinue longer, stronger, ment! That’s right, skip the milk and miss out and faster. As with any on this delectable performance booster. Who stimulant, more is not TM knew that an ergogenic aid could be this enjoy- always better. There is able, legal, and available on almost every block? a limit to the amount This little Latte of the day not only satisfies caf- of caffeine that can be feine cravings but contains perfect portions of utilized for action po& Advertising Consultants calcium. Caffeine in combination with calcium tential in muscular boosts muscular contraction rates and en- contraction so overIrene Haws durance. dosing on coffee or Owner/Designer caffeine will likely have Since 1999 Here’s the skinny on the physiology of this dy- negative effects to pernamic duo and tasty match made in heaven! formance, muscular contraction, and poBaby’s Coffee in Key West tentially harmful heart The trigger for muscular contraction to initiate rhythm disturbances. Graphic Services for Print, Advertising & Web is through an electrochemical impulse. Caffeine For healthy adults, aids in these electrochemical impulses to fire about 40-60 mg of cafCall today for a free estimate or to learn more about: more rapidly. Charged chemicals in the body are feine before training called ions. Some of the import ions in your or racing and 20-50 Business Forms Design, Fillable PDF Forms, Poster & body are sodium, potassium, and calcium. In mg every hour for Banner Artwork, T-Shirt Design, Brochure and More. skeletal muscles, the electrical signal will release maximum of 200-300 Ask me about building your company website. neurotransmitters into the synapse between mg of caffeine daily in nerves and muscles. The neurotransmitter will combination with bind to a receptor on the muscle cell and cause cium can greatly enP.O. Box 2804 - Topeka KS 66601 action potential to spread throughout the mus- hance muscular



Get active & make healthier choices at your local library Topeka Health & Wellness


By Lissa Staley, Health Information Librarian


young mom recently joked, “Chasing my toddler up and down the aisles at the library has to count as exercise.” While running is discouraged, the library does provide some unexpected opportunities for healthy lifestyles. Did you know that you could monitor your blood pressure, pulse, weight and BMI at the library? Knowing your personal health measurements is a great starting place for learning about healthier choices. Browse books and DVDs arranged by health topic, plus free pamphlets are available throughout the Health Information Neighborhood. The library offers bestselling health books like Being mortal: medicine and what matters in the end by Atul Gawande as well as many popular diet and nutrition books.

“I love the health bags! I've checked out 2-3 of them now,” library customer Holly Mace shared. Each health bag contains 3-5 recommended books on a health topic and some include a DVD or audiobook. Choose from healthy lifestyle topics including nutrition, yoga, anti-aging and walking. Topic bags are also available for those recently diagnosed with migraines, ADHD, Celiac Disease and diabetes to name a few. If you are interested in trying something new in your home fitness routine beyond checking out an exercise DVD, the library makes it easy with Fitness Kits available in the Health Information Neighborhood. Each includes equipment like kettlebells, weighted balls, and resistance bands that check out along with an exercise DVD to demonstrate the routines. The best part is that they check

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out for 21 days, so you are motivated to get started using them right away!

Beyond the Health Information Neighborhood, you will want to browse the shelves of the Cooking and Lawn & Garden Neighborhoods, where you will find books on how to grow and prepare healthy foods. In the Sports Neighborhood, learn how to improve at recreational sports like running, basketball and soccer. Plus read inspiring stories about the athletes who compete and excel in physical activities. The real secrets to healthier choices are shelved in the Media Center, according to Michelle Stottlemire, who said, “I check out a variety of health and cooking books, but the biggest incentive for me is entertainment videos to binge-watch on the treadmill and audiobooks to listen to while gardening.” When you combine your library card and your computer, tablet or smartphone in your pursuit of health and wellness, the library is your resource for downloadable books, movies and music. Just visit and click the Download it! Button. Freegal offers a huge selection of music for your workout mix or for relaxation. You can download up to four songs a week and these MP3s are yours to keep forever! Overdrive ebooks and audiobooks offer you a great se-

lection of reading on healthy living or download something entertaining to enjoy while you exercise. Hoopla gives you access to exercise videos by fitness gurus like Jillian Michaels, new audiobooks, and great music -- all with free streaming and downloading. Remember, all it takes is your library card! Your trip to the library might be visiting a Bookmobile at one of 20 locations around Shawnee County. But be sure and plan a trip to the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library at 1515 SW 10th Avenue. While you are here, eat a fruit plate at the Millennium Café, shop for healthy cookbooks in the Chandler Booktique, or use a Topeka Metro Bike to take a spin around town. The library will help you get active and make healthier choices. Learn more at

CONTACT: Lissa Staley Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library, 1515 SW 10th Ave. Topeka, Kansas 66604 785-580-4400

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Why buy milk from the local dairy?


ince 1910, the Iwig family has been raising healthy cows and producing delicious, high quality milk for Kansas families. In 2004, Tim and Laurel took the family dairy farm to the next level with the opening of its dairy production, bottling and retail service, providing bottled milk at retail outlets in Topeka and Lawrence. And not just any milk, but the highest quality milk available.

“Why should I buy Iwig Milk?” What makes it any different from milk that comes in plastic containers? The answer to this question is simple - better taste! Our customers constantly tell us how much they love our milk and won't buy anything else. Many tell us about how their children are drinking more milk and less soft drinks since they started buying our milk. This is what we like to hear because more milk for growing children means healthier, stronger kids!

Finally, and likely most importantly, is the fact that we use glass bottles instead of plastic ones. Many people don't realize that milk in plastic bottles takes on the taste of the plastic. Plastic contains chemicals that will seep into the milk and affect the flavor. Glass, on the other hand, preserves the natural taste of the milk. Glass also keeps the milk colder than plastic contain"What makes Iwig milk taste better?" First of all, happy healthy cows yield higher quality ers, which makes the milk so much more refreshing. milk. To keep our cows happy and healthy we make “Why is Iwig milk healthier?” sure that they are given a balanced diet and are kept All of our milk is free of rbST and rbGH injectable horcomfortable every day. They live very happy lives on mones. It is also free of any antibiotics, and all the milk the Iwig Family Farm! that we use comes straight from our own dairy cattle. All of the hay used is produced without Roundup. Roundup-ready alfalfa has become a popular practice for other dairies, but not at Iwig. The diet for the milking herd year-round consists of high quality alfalfa hay mixed with grain and protein supplement. Iwig Family Dairy is a local Kansas dairy, and local milk is always fresher than milk that has been trucked-in from a national milk processing plant. The shorter distance between the dairy and your grocery cooler, the fresher the milk will be! Tours and Special Events

Secondly, our pasteurization process, low temperature vat pasteurization, yields superior taste over what you’ll find in milk products from the larger processing plants. We heat our milk to a lower temperature for a longer amount of time, and this makes an enormous difference in the quality and taste of the milk.

We set aside 2 days each months from March to September for our educational tours. Call the Iwig Family Dairy Store (785-379-9514) or email us at for dates and times, Visit our stores at 3329 SE Tecumseh Rd, Tecumseh; 724 SW Gage Blvd., Topeka, (785-228-1697); or 622 North Second, Lawrence (785-856-4944)

June is National Dairy Month National Dairy Month started out as National Milk Month in 1937 as a way to promote drinking milk. It was initially created to stabilize the dairy demand when production was at a surplus, but has now developed into an annual tradition that celebrates the contributions the dairy industry has made to the world After the National Dairy Council stepped in to promote the cause, the name soon changed to "Dairy Month." National Dairy Month is a great way to start the summer with nutrient-rich dairy foods. From calcium to potassium, dairy products like milk contain nine essential nutrients which may help to better manage your weight, reduce your risk for high blood pressure, osteoporosis and certain cancers. Whether it's protein to help build and repair the muscle tissue of active bodies or vitamin A to help maintain healthy skin, dairy products are a natural nutrient powerhouse. Those are just a few of the reasons that you should celebrate dairy not just in June, but all year long.

Importance of Milk in Diet Although milk from the cow is processed, it is not an engineered or fabricated food. It is about 87 percent water and 13 percent solids. The fat portion of the milk contains fat soluble vitamins. The solids other than fat include proteins, carbohydrates, water soluble vitamins, and minerals. These nutrients in milk help make it nature's most nearly perfect food. Milk products contain high quality proteins. The whey proteins constitute about 18 percent of the protein content of milk. Casein, a protein found only in milk, contains all of the essential amino acids. It accounts for 82 percent of the total proteins in milk and is used as a standard for evaluating protein of other foods. Protein is needed to build and repair body tissues and to form antibodies which circulate in the blood and help fight infection. Milk also contains the following nutrients: calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, and potassium. The calcium found in milk is readily absorbed by the body. Phosphorus plays a role in calcium absorption and utilization. Phosphorus is needed in the proper ratio to calcium to form bone. Milk provides these two minerals in approximately the same ratio as found in bone. Milk is also a significant source of riboflavin (vitamin B2) which helps promote healthy skin and eyes, as well as vitamins A and D. In adults, a calcium deficiency, along with other factors, may result in bone deterioration called osteoporosis. The recommendations for calcium are 1,000 milligrams for adults, 1,300 milligrams per day for adolescents, 500-800 milligrams per day for young children and 1,200 milligrams per day for adults over 51 years of age. One serving of milk has about 250 milligrams of calcium. It is difficult to obtain adequate calcium without milk and milk products in the diet. About 73 percent of the calcium available in the food supply is provided by milk and milk products. The following daily consumption of milk group foods is suggested by the government's U.S. Dietary Guidelines:

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What better way to celebrate summer than to gather 'round the grill and cook fresh, in-season, locally grown fare over open flames? But what about all the warnings against grilling because of smoke and char that forms when meat and high heat are combined? To keep your burgers and steaks safe, follow these simple suggestions the next time you barbecue. By Nell Stephenson Blogger at


ith spring in full swing, outdoor dining is a great way to enjoy meals, whether it’s a weeknight family dinner at a backyard picnic table or a 50th wedding anniversary celebration under a white canopy tent with a thousand tiny lights strewn about. And with Memorial Day just around the corner, what better way to celebrate one of the most primal means of gathering and sharing food than to prepare fresh, in-season, locally grown fare over an open fire? Barbecuing is one means of cooking that lends itself to true Paleo-style dining without much recipe alteration needed, apart from perhaps skipping a soy-based marinade or serving a dish sans sauce made with corn syrup. But is it safe? What about all the studies that warn us against grilling because of the exposure to smoke or the consumption of the carcinogenic char that forms when meat and high heat are combined to create and cause smoke, greatly reducing the amount of time your meat sits on the grill being exposed to a blackened crust? Don’t worry! toxins. There are a few simple steps you can follow to cut down on what might otherwise be considered the Reduce drippings dangerous side effects of cooking on your outdoor Using a simple piece of aluminum foil as a protecgrill. tive barrier under the meat helps prevent drippings from smoking, thereby reducing the amount of Use marinades and rubs fumes blowing into your food and your lungs. Coating meat with a rub containing herbs and spices such as rosemary, thyme and pepper – or Get the party started! smothering it with a thick marinade – not only Now that you can rest easy knowing that grilling adds delicious flavor but can help prevent the cre- can be safe, let’s get onto the fun part — what ation of carcinogens by reducing dripping fat, you’re actually going to cook! smoke and char. First off, as always, rather than placing too much Pre-cook your meat emphasis on the fact that you’re not going to serve Precooking removes some of the fat that can drip sides like potato salad or baked beans at your Paleo

barbeque, why not focus on all the bounty of what you will feature? All of the colors of the rainbow can be represented by your choice of veggies to be served, both during pre-meal time as crudités with guacamole, in a salad before dinner as well as a key part of the pièce de résistance… the protein! Choosing a theme for your dinner can be fun, too and you can either stick with a traditional beverage which would properly represent it, or get creative making your own signature mixer out of favorite fresh herbs, blended with sparkling water and finished with a citrus twist for a little bit of pizzazz and flavor. One of my California favorites is basil, Meyer lemon and just a hint of heat from a dash of chili!

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n honor of Father's day VAUGHN this month, LAWRENCE let’s take a deeper Owner, look at underSpiritual Health standing heath, wellness, sickness and disease espe- Designed for Health cially as it relates to men. Men hold a very important role in God’s kingdom. They serve as leaders and protectors in our homes and the world is desperate for men to become warriors for Christ. We need them now more than ever.

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...know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God...

eat. God did not design candy bars, coca-cola, pop tarts, white bread, white sugar, cheerios and processed foods. For thousands of years we ate God's provision, yet now we eat man-made provision and wonder why we are so sick. Man-made foods that manipulate God's original design damage the human body. Why do men take care of their cars better than themselves? Why do we change the oil, filters, spark plugs and use the best gasoline? Because the designer of your car told you it would last longer. God designed you to need quality building materials and we cannot expect to run efficiently with them.

What can we do to help our men live well into their 100’s instead of the estimated 75 years? Our culture accepts degeneration, pain, sickness and disease as symptoms of aging, but God created an amazing human body capable of much more. My suggestion is to look at the oldest instruction manual on the 2. Stress and lack of sleep - We work hard, someplanet. times too hard. We used to work on farms, growing food and providing for our family. This was a My son, do not despise the LORD’s discipline, and healthy lifestyle of hard work. Now we over-work, do not resent his rebuke, because the LORD disci- doing 12 hour days in an office behind a desk, on a plines those he loves, as a father the son he delights cell phone, staring at a computer. This can be stressin. (Proverbs 3:11-12) ful and not conducive to good health. We must be Just as a good father instructs his son in the ways of intentional about getting outside, going to bed beliving a quality life, so our Father in heaven gave us fore 10pm, exercising and resting. such instructions in the Bible. Unfortunately, very How do we restore men's health? few people follow them. God clearly states through1. Eat foods in God's original design. out the Bible that if we walk in His ways and follow 2. Boost testosterone with herbs such as Tongkat His commandments we will be blessed and we will Ali, Deer Antler and Tribulus. not be afflicted with disease. So why do we see such 3. Get sunshine daily which builds the immune a dismal state of health in our men who God desystem and increases testosterone naturally. signed for strength and vitality. It is because we have 4. Heal your prostate with pumpkin oil, saw paldisconnected ourselves from our Creator and made metto, pygeum, stinging nettles and oregano. lifestyle choices that have set us on a path of poor 5. Move your body. health. Thankfully, God is a healer and He designed 6. Prevent and reverse colon cancer with good nuus to heal if we properly steward our bodies. trition, aloe vera juice, and colon cleansing. Let’s take a look at two major lifestyle factors hurt7. Prevent and reverse heart disease with magneing the men in our life: sium, L-Arginine, systemic enzymes, cayenne pep1. Poor Diet – We simply are not eating food de- per, sunshine and exercise. 8. Reverse aging, gray hair and baldness with minsigned by God. God fashioned us from the dust of the earth (minerals) and gave us fruits, vegetables, erals. 9. Protect with antioxidants such as astaxanthin, seeds, nuts, beans, legumes and certain animals to

resveratrol and dark colored berries 10. Fear of the Lord! Get motivated by your zeal for God, a zeal for comfort and convenience will destroy your health. It’s never too late to get to work and be intentional about your health! Do it for your wife, kids and future generations, but most importantly, do it for God.

–Vaughn Lawrence is a natural health care practitioner, herbalist and owner of Spirit of Health, who lives by their motto: “We Love God. We Love People. We Love Health.

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How healthy are those sports drinks, fruit/veggie juice drinks, etc.? By Al Sears, MD, CNS

All that extra sugar leads the average person to pack on extra pounds. And all those extra electrolytes can lead to potentially fatal biochemical imbalances. The symptoms of hyper-electrolyte imbalances can range from confusion, irritability and headaches to cramps, vomiting and convulsions.


he next time you go to the grocery store, I advise you to cross some of those so-called "healthy drinks" off your shopping list. I've been fighting the greedy interests of Big Pharma and Big Agra on behalf of my patients ever since I graduated from medical school more than three decades ago.

All these concoctions are examples of why I developed "ortho-nutrition" as the second element of my Hierarchy of Nutrition. The first element is "primal nutrition," which returns us to the healthy sustenance that our primal ancestors used to eat. Ortho-nutrition takes its name from the Greek "ortho," which means "to straighten" or "to correct." The nutrients in this element are intended to correct the abuses and toxins we face in our current environment.

And I have dedicated much my professional life to protecting my patients from the food industry's chemicals, additives, dyes, and its excess of processed sugars and salts. So today, I'm asking you to think twice before buying Big Agra's processed and pasteurized fruit and vegetable juices, as well as those that blend the two together.

Next comes "ultra-nutrition," the nutrients to make you better than nature intended. At the top of the Hierachy of Nutrition comes "telo-nutrition," these foods and supplements support living a longer, healthier life.

And I'm asking you to give up sports drinks, too. In return, I'm going to share my favorite recipe for a truly healthy, easy-to-make, smoothie.

Ortho-nutrition usually means using supplements, but it can include cleansing, detoxes and purifying foods.

I call it simply the "Green Drink." Fruit juices tend to have way too much sugar. They also score very high on the glycemic index. And they're often strained of pulp and pasteurized, which destroys any remaining nutrients. The human body didn't evolve to drink pure fruit juice. In nature's plan, you are supposed to consume the juice with the fruit's pulp or meat. The combination prevents your body from absorbing too much sugar too fast. And vegetable juices tend to have too much processed salt. And the way Big Agra extracts the juice has destroyed the plants' cellular matter, which is vital to your health. This cellulose can't be digested. So it speeds digestion

and prevents constipation. It also reduces the chances that your intestines will develop weak pockets that can bleed or harbor infections. Sports drinks have been marketed as general thirstquenchers. These lab-created beverages contain incredible amounts of sugar. Just look at the labels… sucrose, dextrose, fructose and others. And the drinks come in eerie colors found nowhere in nature. But if you're not a serious athlete, sports drinks are not for you. They may be suitable for high school football players training for four hours in the hot sun. Or college basketball players gunning for the Final Four. Or for Ironman triathletes and pro soccer players. Even then, all those dyes and additives are best avoided. And for the average thirsty person, these drinks are loaded with too much sugar – about 18 grams in 16 ounces.

A typical 20-ounce sport drink contains 270 mg. of sodium and 75 mg. of potassium. But if you drink any of these saltheavy sports drinks, you'll actually become more thirsty. A single glass of V8 contains 480mg of sodium. That’s more than a medium order of McDonald’s French Fries!

They're also loaded with minerals called electrolytes, which keep muscles working properly under strain – but this has no meaning to someone who simply wants to quench his thirst.

The Green Drink combines both ortho foods and supplements. So here's how I make it… I gather whatever raw vegetables appeal to me, along with an occasional fruit. Then I blend them with ice into a large smoothie, which still contains all the vital cellulose. Then I enjoy it at my leisure throughout the day. And here's one of my favorite recipes: • ¼-cup radicchio • 1 purple carrot • 1 cucumber • 1 lime • ¼-cup up parsley • ½-cup Swiss chard • 1-cup spinach • ½-cup filtered water • ½-cup ice. You don't have to follow this recipe to the letter. You can make it to your taste. You can replace the spinach with mixed greens or kale. You can trade out a lemon for the lime. But remember, you don't want to spike your bloodsugar, which will end up stored as fat. So choose ingredients that will keep the mix low on the glycemic index.

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Healthy Event Calendar for Greater Topeka To list an event in this calendar, email it to MEDICARE MONDAYS – First Monday of every month starting July 7, 1-3pm. Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library (Menninger Room 206), 1515 SW 10th. Senior health insurance counseling. For info: 580-4545 or TRAIL LIFE & AMERICAN HERITAGE GIRLS TROUPS - Every Mon. 6pm, Cornerstone Community Church, 7620 SW 21st. Faith-based scouting programs are kids age 5-18. Register online at For info: 478-2929. THE FIRST PLACE 4 HEALTH PROGRAM – Mon., 6:30pm or Sat., 8am, Topeka First Assembly, 500 SW 27th St. This program points members to God’s strength & creates a compassionate support group that helps members stay accountable in a positive environment

& delivers faith-based health & weight management instruction. To join or start a new group, contact Jan Norris, 972-0582 or or visit HEARTLAND HEALTHY NEIGHBORHOODS – 2nd Mon., 11:45am-1pm. Promoting neighborhood well-being by mobilizing people, ideas & resources. 233-1365 LADIES’ EXERCISE- Tuesday evenings 7-8 pm & Friday mornings 8-9 am, First Baptist, 129 w 15th St., Lyndon. free active supportl: fat burning, strength, fitness. Contact Sheri 207-0380 or HI CREST FARMER'S MARKET - Every 1st and 3rd Tuesday, 4-6p (May-Sept), Avondale East NET Center (455 SE Golf Park Blvd). Also

demos & other activities. CAPITOL MIDWEEK FARMERS MARKET Every Wed., May 13 thru Oct. 14, 7:30am – 12pm, Corner of 10th & Jackson on the South side of the Capitol Lawn SAFE STREETS COALITION MEETING – First Wed. of the month, 11:45am-1pm. Great Overland Station. For info: 266-4606 or WOW - WORKIN' OUT ON WEDNESDAYS 5:30 pm every Wed., south steps of the Capitol building. Free, fun and family-friendly. A combination of aerobic & strength training exercises, coupled with a fun line dance to end each experience. CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE

Many Senior Citizens Can Qualify for Checks to Buy Fruits, Vegetables, more at Farmers Markets Many low-income Kansas seniors may be eligible for a program that provides checks to purchase healthy foods at farmers markets throughout the state. The Kansas Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (KSFMNP) is providing low-income seniors who meet age and income requirements $30 in checks to purchase fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs and honey from authorized farmers at participating farmers markets now through Nov. 1. To be eligible to receive KSFMNP checks, seniors must meet the following criteria: 1. Age: 60 years old or older on the day the check booklet is issued. 2. Income level: Individual annual gross in come (before taxes are withheld) must be at or below $21,775 ($1,815/month) Currently, funds are still available, and June is a big month for this program. Checks are available

herbs that are produced in Kansas under normal growing conditions from authorized farmers at participating farmers markets. The Kansas Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program is a project of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The program is coordinated by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, which is collaborating with local partners to identify and distribute checks to eligible seniors. For more information about KSFMNP visit in $5 increments. Applications will be approved on a first-come, first-serve basis. To apply for KSFMNP in Shawnee County, contact Jayhawk Area Agency on Aging, 2910 SW Topeka Blvd, 785-235-1367, or Harvesters – The Community Food Network, 215 SE Quincy St, 877-353-6639 (toll-free).

The program is currently available in the following counties: Allen, Anderson, Atchison, Barton, Bourbon, Brown, Butler, Cherokee, Clay, Cowley, Crawford, Dickinson, Doniphan, Douglas, Finney, Franklin, Geary, Harvey, Jefferson, Johnson, Labette, Leavenworth, Lyon, Marion, Miami, Montgomery, Nemaha, Neosho, Osage, Pottawatomie, With the KSFMNP checks seniors may purchase Reno, Republic, Rice, Riley, Saline, Sedgwick, fresh and unprepared fruits, vegetables, honey and Shawnee, Sumner and Wyandotte.

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HEALTHY EVENT CALENDAR CONTINUED FROM PREVIOUS PAGE OPERATION BACKPACK – 1st Thurs., 6pm, Lyman Learning Center, Lyman and N. Kansas Ave. Volunteers gather to assemble Weekend Snack Sacks for low-income students. Sponsored by Topeka North Outreach. For info: 286-1370. TOPS (Taking Off Pounds Sensibly) -- Every Fri. 8:30 to 10:00 am at 3221 SW Burlingame Road. 800-932-8677. We're here for support for your weight loss journey. ART WALK & NOTO MARKET ON FIRST FRIDAYS – NOTO arts district & Downtown Topeka. Stroll the arts district and enjoy arts, antiques, fine crafts, and flea market items.

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DOWNTOWN TOPEKA FARMERS MARKET - Saturday's through Nov. 2, 7:30am-noon, 12th and Harrison. The open-air market is full of fresh fruits and vegetables, herbs, arts & crafts, flower, home-baked goods and more. SATURDAY FAIRLAWN STARTER BIKE RIDE - Every Sat. 8am, start at Classic Bean in Fairlawn Plaza, end at Pizagle's. Great for beginners. HARVESTER'S PROGRAM FOR SENIOR CITIZENS - every second Saturday, takes place at Christian Lord Ministries, 2421 SE California. Call 266-4979.

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Summer 2015 is here and many will spend at least part of the long summer days either in a pool or at a beach. The American Red Cross wants you to be safe and has some steps you can follow to safely enjoy your summer water fun:

HEALTHY EVENT CALENDAR CONTINUED FROM PREVIOUS PAGE SACRED HEART-ST. JOSEPH 4TH ANNUAL BRAT TROT - Saturday, May 30, 8am, Sacred Heart parking lot, 312 NE Freeman. Brat Trot 5k Run/Walk loops through 3.1 miles of Oakland and returns to Sacred Heart. $25 registration. Register at Kids Fun Run: entry is one can of food. NOTO BLOCK PARTY - May 30, 1-4 pm, 800-900 North Kansas Ave., An old-fashioned block party! Featuring all sorts of healthy, outdoor activities: Kids Bike Rodeo with expert training from TPD and the Kaw Valley Bike Club; Helmet giveaways and free fittings; Chance to win a strider bike; Topeka Metro Bikes demo; Library Bookmobile; Four original 1 Act Plays by Helen Hocker Youth Players and more. Free GERMANFEST - June 6, 4pm & June 7, 10am, Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 312 NE Freeman. German food, carnival, entertainment, auction, vendor booths & more. Satellite parking at north end of BNSF parking lot at Chandler St. and Seward Ave., with shuttle to Sacred Heart Church, Sat 3-4 & 5-11 and Sunday 10-5. 13TH ANNUAL ROD ROGERS MEMORIAL GOLF TOURNEY – Jun. 5. Dub’s Dread Golf Course, KC, KS. 1pm shotgun. $500 per team includes lunch, range balls, refreshments on almost every hole, and Famous Dave's dinner. Lots of fun and prizes! Benefitting KU Cancer Center, Pancreatic Cancer Research & Cancer Action. For info: 913-4618527 or GERMANFEST - June 6, 5-11pm & June 7, 10-5, Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 312 NE Freeman. German food, carnival, entertainment, auction, vendor booths & more. Satellite parking at north end of BNSF parking lot at Chandler St. and Seward Ave., with shuttle to Sacred Heart Church, Sat 3-4 & 5-11 and Sunday 10-5. CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE

POOL SAFETY Ideally, you should learn to swim before enjoying the water. While at the pool: • Swim in designated areas supervised by lifeguards. Always swim with a buddy; do not allow anyone to swim alone. • Have young children or inexperienced swimmers wear U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets around water, but do not rely on life jackets alone. • Have appropriate equipment, such as reaching or throwing equipment, a cell phone, life jackets and a first aid kit. • Know how and when to call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number. With children, constant supervision is key: • If you have a pool, secure it with appropriate barriers. Many children who drown in home pools were out of sight for less than five minutes and in the care of one or both parents at the time. • Never leave a young child unattended near water, and do not trust a child’s life to another child; teach children to always ask permission to go near water. • Avoid distractions when supervising children around water. • If a child is missing, check the water first. Seconds count in preventing death or disability. BEACH SAFETY Swimming in the ocean takes different skills, so before you get your feet wet, it’s best to learn how to swim in the surf. You should also swim only at a lifeguard-protected beach, within the designated swimming area. Obey all instructions and orders from lifeguards. While you’re enjoying the water, keep alert and check the local weather conditions. Make sure you swim sober and that you never swim alone. And even if you’re confident in your swimming skills, make sure you have enough energy to swim back to shore. Other tips to keep in mind: • No one should use a floatation device unless they are able to swim. The only exception is a person wearing a Coast Guard-approved life jacket. • Don’t dive headfirst—protect your neck. Check for depth and obstructions before diving, and go in feet first the first time. • Pay close attention to children and elderly persons when at the beach. Even in shallow water, wave action can cause a loss of footing. • Keep a lookout for aquatic life. Water plants and animals may be dangerous. Avoid patches of plants. Leave animals alone. RIP CURRENTS Rip currents are responsible for deaths on our nation’s beaches every year, and for most of the rescues performed by lifeguards. For your safety, be aware of the danger of rip currents and remember the following: • If you are caught in a rip current, swim parallel to the shore until you are out of the current. Once you are free, turn and swim toward shore. If you can't swim to the shore, float or tread water until you are free of the rip current and then head toward shore. • Stay at least 100 feet away from piers and jetties. Permanent rip currents often exist near these structures. As the temperatures soar, more and more of us will take to the water for some summer fun. For more on how to keep you and your loved ones safe this summer, visit the swimming and water safety information on our web site.

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F.C. MAJESTIC FOOT GOLF OPEN June 13, Forbes Field Golf Course, 700 SW Capehart Rd. A fundraiser for the soccer club F.C. Majestic. The number of teams that can sign up will be limited to 36 (144 players) so get your registration in as quickly as possible. Registration is $100 per team ($25 per player). Each team’s registration will include a t-shirt. Other awards, prizes, etc will also be handed Provided by the Kansas Lions Sight Foundation and the Lions Clubs of District 17-Aout. Provided Providedby bythe theKansas KansasLions LionsSight SightFoundation Foundationand andthe theLions LionsClubs ClubsofofDistrict District17-A 17-A

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HEALTHY EVENT CALENDAR CONTINUED FROM PREVIOUS PAGE STATE OF WELLNESS SYMPOSIUM - June 30, 10am-4pmMeridian Center, Newton, KS. Workwell KS teams up with Kansas Alliance for Wellness and Kansas Hospital Education & Research Foundation/Healthy Kansas Hospitals for the first statewide State of Wellness Symposium. Registration and info at TOPEKA YOUTH PROJECT GOLF CLASSIC – Jul. 17, Village Greens. 8:30am shotgun. 7:45 registration, donuts, juice. Lunch follows tourney. Cash prizes! Two $500 closest to pin prizes! Call 273-4141 to register.

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TOPEKA CELIAC SUPPORT GROUP - For info call 379-0479

ABORTION RECOVERY SUPPORT GROUPS – A 12-step Restoring Joy recovery journey for women. Providing services for women & men who suffer from Post-Abortion Syndrome…we can help mend a broken heart! For info: Kay Lyn, 272-6212.

MIDLAND CARE GRIEF SUPPORT Groups: Building A, 200 SW Frazier Circle Every Mon., 4-5pm: 12 Week Adult Group for Recent Loss 1st and 3rd Thu., 10:30am & 5:30pm—Ongoing Adult Group 1st and 3rd Thu., 5:30pm: Ongoing Young Adult Group (4-18 years of age) For All Groups: Call for start dates and info packet.

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