Recover with Regenerative Medicine at Southwest General

Regenerative Medicine at Southwest General can help to enhance the body’s
natural healing process and eliminate the need for surgery.

This sponsored post about regenerative medicine is brought to you by Southwest General Health Center.

The human body is remarkable for its ability to heal itself. However, it’s not perfect—and healing can sometimes take a long time. When it comes to tissue repair, regenerative medicine is a new option that enhances the body’s natural healing process and can eliminate the need for surgery.

wolkoff“Regenerative medicine is a way to get back to normal function and to feel better without going through surgery,” explains Aaron Wolkoff, DO, a board-certified primary care sports medicine physician on the Medical Staff at Southwest General. “The ‘regenerative’ part means it helps the patient’s body to stimulate healing and heal itself with healthy tissue.”

Regenerative medicine works by injecting medicine, sometimes made of the patient’s own cells, into damaged areas to stimulate cell growth to rebuild tissue that has been damaged by injury or conditions such as arthritis.

Compared to anti-inflammatory medicines, which only relieve pain temporarily, regenerative
medicine actually helps to repair and strengthen injured and painful joints and connective tissue, such as tendons and ligaments. In general, regenerative medicine is less invasive and involves less risk than surgery and is successful for many patients.

“There are a lot of things regenerative medicine can be used for,” says Dr. Wolkoff. “It’s really talked about a lot in the sports world, as it can heal partially torn tendons and muscles and work on healing tendonitis, as well.”

“It’s a great option for non-athletes as well. Arthritis can be greatly improved with regenerative
medicine, too.”

To learn more about the Sports Medicine Program at Southwest General as well as regenerative medicine, call 440-816- 5050, or visit http://swgoh.org/Regenerative-Medicine.

Types of Regenerative Medicine. http://swgoh.org/Regenerative-Medicine

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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Cancer

Most people associate Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) with soldiers returning from war who struggle with adjustment to civilian life back home. While that is the population that led to the creation of this diagnosis, it has expanded to include survivors of other traumas, including natural disasters and cancer. Most people who go through a cancer journey, in themselves or someone they love, are able to adjust to life after cancer without experiencing PTSD. But they may feel similar symptoms and emotional issues that can impair their ability to fully enjoy life. The Gathering Place (TGP) exists so that anyone, with any type of cancer experience can find relief and comfort through a range of programs and services, all at no charge.

In November, Joel Marcus, PsyD, Taussig Cancer Center and Isabel Schuermeyer, MD, Department of Psychiatry and Psychology, both at the Cleveland Clinic, will be speaking at TGP on PTSD. Dr. Marcus and Dr. Schuermeyer work with patients who are trying to cope with the impact of a cancer diagnosis. Dr. Schuermeyer states, “One of the most important things to do is acknowledge your fears and anxiety. There is no need to hide or ‘protect’ your loved ones when help is out there.” Like hospitals all over the country, the Cleveland Clinic is working to reduce the stigma of asking for help by housing psychologists and psychiatrists in the cancer center. Dr. Schuermeyer noted that fear might cause a patient to delay seeking help for signs and symptoms that could possibly indicate the cancer has returned. She indicated that many of the chemotherapies being used today can cross the blood-brain barrier and cause changes to our biochemistry. People who have always been able to cope in the past, may find themselves feeling depressed or worried after cancer and not know that the treatment itself may be causing some of their struggles.

Another local expert on PTSD, Belleruth Naparstek, is also coming to speak at TGP this quarter. Her topic is Guided Imagery: Latest Updates and Techniques, but she has published a book and a CD to help those suffering from PTSD. In her book, she tells the story of a woman who received a “surprise blessing” through surviving a trauma like cancer. The woman “was no longer worried about the everyday concerns and irritations that used to occupy her mind. She was instead flooded by the joy of being alive.”

There are many activities that can help reduce the normal fears and expected anxieties of cancer treatment and its long term side effects. Whether it is yoga or tai chi, massage or reiki, art therapy or support groups, choosing to take care of yourself is important in a world where we feel we have so little control.

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Holiday Gift Guide

Dash Through Your List Faster with Our Holiday Gift Guide.
We are a LOCAL magazine and are committed to support local small businesses. Now it’s your turn! This special guide has gift ideas for all the names on your “good list.” Frequenting local shops creates jobs and supports and invests in our communities. Explore these specialty shops & discover deals in our neighborhoods!

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BOUTIQUE – UNIQUE CLOTHING & SPECIALTY GIFTS
Elegant Essentials provides products for after breast surgery from fashionable bras, pajamas, specially engineered clothing (NO BRA NEEDED), extensive line of hats and headwear to jewelry, ornaments, tokens and decorative items, you will find an extensive selection of items. Find your loved ones a special gift while going through their cancer journey or treat yourself to bra fitting and an elegant essential! Gift certificates available.

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Elegant Essentials
5164 Normandy Park Dr., Suite 300, Medina
8510 Mentor Avenue, Mentor
1-800-350-5053 • www.ElegantEssentialsOnline.com

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CROOKED RIVER CENTER
Your place for a one-hour vacation to escape the stress and distractions of everyday life. Step into our beautiful T’ai Chi classroom where a certified T’ai Chi Master leads you thru the meditative motions of this gentle Martial Art. Or, choose a one-hour relaxing and therapeutic massage provided by a licensed professional. Gift Certificates available.

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Crooked River T’ai Chi Center
5921 Broadview Road, Parma
216.410.7645 • www.crookedrivertaichi.com

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A DESTINATION EXPERIENCE, FEATURING DELICIOUS DINING & THREE UNIQUE STORES
It is unsurpassed with the blend of Miss Molly’s TEA ROOM, GIFT SHOP, FASHION BOUTIQUE and MEDINA FUNTASTIC TOYZ, all under one roof! Escape the crazy world we live in and enjoy excellent quality and service at affordable prices in lavishly decorated settings. Events, activities, shopping and dining at these diverse businesses is a special experience for every age and every need. Visit our website for details and rewards and discounts.
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Miss Molly’s Tea Room, Fashion Boutique, Medina Funtastic Toyz
140 W. Washington St., Medina
330.725.6830 • www.missmollys.net

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Looking for the Best Experience?
Give Linda a call to schedule your personal time with Santa in the comfort of her home!

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Linda’s Lenses Photography
440.570.3983 • www.lindaslenses.com

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The Holidays can be a stressful taking a toll on the body, mind and spirit. Acupuncture is a natural, pain free way to ward off the side effects of stress. Shannon Caperton is a licensed and a nationally certified Acupuncturist. Shannon invites you to learn how the gift of Acupuncture can help your loved ones reduce stress, improve sleep, immunity and digestion. Schedule a complimentary consultation for you and a loved one in October/ November and receive a gift from Standard Process.

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Shine Acupuncture and Wellness
20525 Center Ridge Rd #400 • Rocky River

315 West Liberty St • Medina
330.242.5633
Learn about Acupuncture and classes on The Women’s Journal Blog

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Easy “Green” Thanksgiving Ideas

Screen Shot 2017-11-05 at 7.46.32 AMThanksgiving is a time to give thanks and share special moments with family and friends. While the original Thanksgiving might have taken place during a time when food was sparse, today it often involves excessive amounts of food, with more food ending up in the garbage than in guests’ bellies. The United States Department of Agriculture projects that Americans will throw away more than 200 million pounds of edible turkey meat this Thanksgiving holiday, which typically ushers in a period of wastefulness. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says American households produce roughly 25% more trash between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day than during the rest of the year.

Reducing waste is a worthy goal year round, but especially during the holiday season. Use fine china and silverware when serving meals instead of disposable plates and utensils. Besides adding a touch of elegance to meals, china and silverware is less wasteful than disposable items. Cloth napkins and other table linens are also more eco-friendly than paper napkins. Decorate using natural items, which can be turned into wreaths and garlands. Vases filled with pine cones and acorns make for beautiful, inexpensive, and festive decorations. Shop locally and organically for poultry and grains whenever possible. Resist the urge to buy more than you need. Skip some of the less-popular dishes that are used only to make the table seem full. Buy a small turkey or think about only serving turkey breasts, which tend to be the most popular cuts of the bird. Use reusable shopping bags to carry items home and reduce waste even further.

Eat by candlelight to reduce energy consumption and turn off lights in other areas of the home that are not in use. Start a new tradition and invite nearby friends and family over for Thanksgiving instead of traveling long distances. According to Use Less Stuff , a resource for eco-conscious men and women, if each family reduced gasoline consumption by one gallon (about 20 miles), they could reduce greenhouse gas emissions by one million tons. Send each guest home with some leftovers. Then the refrigerator isn’t left full of items that will end up uneaten. Don’t let recycling fall by the wayside. Remember to recycle all applicable items. Just because it’s a holiday doesn’t mean recycling habits should be forgotten. Encourage guests to pitch in by clearly marking recycling bins.

Thanksgiving can be less wasteful without detracting from the enjoyment and true meaning of the holiday—being grateful!

From our Family to Yours, Happy Thanksgiving from The Women’s Journal!

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Chronic Stress & Adrenal Fatigue… Could it be Something More?

By Leah Kline PA-C

Fatigue and low energy are some of the most common health complaints we experience in the medical field today. Many women come to our office with an understanding or self-diagnosis that they are suffering from “adrenal fatigue.” This is a term used to suggest that the adrenal glands are working insufficiently to regulate hormones due to chronic stress. Symptoms of adrenal fatigue include excessive tiredness, insomnia, musculoskeletal pain, brain fog, and inability to lose weight. Sufferers are often told that they are not dealing with their stress well and need to “relax” more. The truth is, our bodies have a fine-tuned mechanism in dealing with stress. The adrenal glands, which sit above the kidneys, are responsible for regulating the body’s stress and production of hormones.

Stress is commonly misconstrued as only being “emotional stress” that you feel, like when you are mad at your spouse, dealing with financial struggles, or overwhelmed at work. Stress also includes “chemical stress,” like eating foods that your body is sensitive to, processed foods, exposure to molds or heavy metals. Then there is “physical stress,” possibly from injury to the spinal cord from slips, falls, car accidents; stress on the nervous system, like sitting at a desk for several hours per day; and infection or illness.

The autonomic nervous system is made up of the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems. The sympathetic nervous system is responsible for activating the adrenal glands when the body is under stress, initiating the “fight or flight” response; it acts like a gas pedal in a car. In the state, the heart rate increases, muscles contract, the digestion process slows, and blood sugar is released from storage sites. The parasympathetic nervous system is responsible for restoring the body to a balance and allowing for rest and repair; it acts like a brake pedal. In this state, the heart rate drops, digestive enzymes are released, and muscles relax. The body will innately begin to compensate in the attempt to fix the stressor to ensure survival. If the stressor is present for too long or becomes too overwhelming to the system, the adrenal glands cannot keep up with the demand of the body, and they become fatigued. Although the term “adrenal fatigue” is accurate and can produce the symptoms listed above, it isn’t the whole story.

When the body is under chronic stress, whether is be physical, emotional, or chemical; the sympathetic nervous system takes over, and the body is unable to come up with enough energy on its own to restore the balance, that is called Sympathetic Dominance. This is a serious problem, as the sympathetic dominant state creates long-term health concerns and leads to the onset of serious illness and disease. Treating the adrenal glands alone is not helping to supply the Wellness Center we have better answers! Call for an appointment today to learn more about sympathetic dominance and its effects on your long-term health.

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Prepare for “The Talk” About Moving to Assisted Living

Talking to loved ones about assisted living can be tough. Many seniors resist this transition, often because they feel they’re being forced out of their homes and losing their independence.

Being prepared before a crisis arises, can remove some of the anxiety and uncertainty from the equation, making it easier for all involved. When it’s time to talk with your loved ones about moving into assisted living, the following tips can foster a healthy discussion.

1. Know the senior housing options. Before bringing up the topic, learn about the different types of senior living settings—especially in the state where your elder lives or may wish to relocate eventually.

2. Learn about your parents’ financial situation and options for funding the move and their ongoing care. For example, ask if they have purchased long-term care insurance. If Dad is a veteran, inquire about his service to see if he could be eligible for veterans benefits to help pay for long-term care.

3. Have the conversation in a casual, comfortable spot, like at the kitchen table. Start by saying, “I know this is hard to talk about, but I want to be sure that I honor your wishes.”

4. Promise to keep seniors involved in decisions. Everyone wants to be able to choose where they live and the kind of care they receive.

When the time is right, Liberty Residence gives residents every opportunity to keep active, stay involved and age gracefully.

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Safety is Key at Dominion Energy Ohio

Dominion Energy Ohio takes the safety of our customers and the communities we serve very seriously. The company has a few safety reminders:

With the winter heating season approaching, Dominion Energy recommends a professional heating system and gas appliance inspection each year for early detection of leaks, corrosion or other issues, that can lead to hazardous conditions in the home or office. A malfunctioning or poorly vented appliance can generate carbon monoxide, or CO, which is a colorless, odorless gas. Be safe by installing a battery-powered carbon monoxide detector in the hallway of your home near sleeping areas. While a CO detector is no substitute for annual inspections of heating systems, the alarm can alert you to the presence of CO.

If you ever smell natural gas in your home, here’s what you do:
• DO leave the premises immediately.
• DO call our emergency number 1-877-542-2630, from a safe distance.
• DO meet our truck so you can let our representative in to investigate.
• DO NOT remain in the building or attempt to investigate.
• DO NOT turn on or off any appliances, lights, phones, garage door openers, etc.
• Do NOT smoke, use lighters or matches, or operate vehicles, elevators or power equipment.

If none of your gas appliances are working properly, it could mean your natural gas service has been interrupted. Call us at 1-877-542-2630. The company is also reminding customers to call before you dig. State law mandates a call to 8-1-1 for every digging project, no matter how big or small. Installing a mailbox, putting in a fence, building a deck, or planting a tree, are all examples of digging projects that require a call to 8-1-1 before starting. Property owners and contractors should call 8-1-1 – to have underground utility lines marked – at least two business days, but no more than 10 business days, prior to any digging project. Making the call to 8-1-1 connects the general public and contractors to the Ohio Utilities Protection Service (OUPS), the local one-call center, which notifies the appropriate utility companies of their intent to dig. This service is free of charge. Visit www.call811.com or www.oups.org for more information about 811, and the call-before-you-dig process.

Finally, when you see Dominion Energy Ohio representatives working in your neighborhood, they always carry a photo identification badge with the company logo on it. If you have doubts about whether someone who claims to be a company representative actually works for us, please ask to see his or her badge. Likewise, if you get a telephone call, an email or other communication from someone who claims to be from Dominion Energy Ohio, and who asks for your account number or any other personal information, do not give it to him or her. We do not call customers, send email messages or come to their homes to get information about their accounts. Rest assured that Dominion Energy Ohio keeps your personal, financial and other information confidential.

For more information, visit www.DominionEnergy.com.

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New Grief Recovery Book, “What I Wish I’d Known,” Helps Readers Overcome Their Grief

Screen Shot 2017-10-15 at 8.01.11 PMWhat I Wish I’d Known: Finding Your Way Through the Tunnel of Grief by Kristi Hugstad, helps people who are experiencing grief to find joy and peace. It was written primarily to help adults who have experienced a tragic event, such as the loss of a loved one, to properly deal with their grief and find a way to move forward in their lives.

In What I Wish I’d Known, Hugstad shares her own personal experiences with grief and explains how she overcame those difficult times in her life. After her husband’s sudden suicide, Kristi Hugstad had to not only deal with her grief in a healthy way, but also find a way to move on and live a happy life once again. She knows firsthand the emotional turmoil that a tragic life event can bring, and desires to help others who are currently experiencing the same thing that she has.

In What I Wish I’d Known, Hugstad also discusses the healthy solutions she has found for dealing with tragic situations. She hopes to inspire others to change their negative way of thinking and experience a permanent restoration of peace. What I Wish I’d Known encourages readers who are going through tragic or life-changing events that this is not the end for them- there is a way out of the “tunnel of grief” and hope for them on the other side.

If you would like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview with Kristi Hugstad, please call Nickcole Watkins at 516.900.5674.

About the Author:
After her own husband’s suicide, Kristi Hugstad gained a strong desire to help people who are suffering with grief. This led her to become a certified Grief Recovery Specialist, and her work has helped countless people through the most difficult times in their lives. Through her work, she hopes to help people who have experienced tragic events to gain a new perspective and renew their lives.
Hugstad is now a speaker and author that shares her personal experience and professional expertise in grief recovery in many ways. Aside from writing books, she also writes blogs for the Huffington Post, and is the host of a radio show and podcast called The Grief Girl. She now lives in Dana Point, California.
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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

161013-F-TY689-001October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and to help Americans learn more about this costly disease, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its 2017 Breast Cancer Facts report, which includes an engaging infographic as well as a Q&A with a panel of leading healthcare experts.

Here are some examples of what you’ll find in WalletHub’s report:

  • $19,000+ – Increase in annual health care costs for a woman (age 18 to 44) with breast cancer.
  • $20.5 Bil. – Projected U.S. spending on breast cancer treatment in 2020.
  • Every 2 Min. – The rate at which a woman in the U.S. is diagnosed with breast cancer.
  • $100+ Mil. – Annual amount invested in breast cancer research by the American Cancer Society and the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
  • “Screening reduces the risk of dying from breast cancer because it allows detection of cancers when they are smaller (not yet felt as a lump) and more curable. … The best way to promote screening is to increase awareness as well as make screening logistically easy and cheap/free.” - Dr. Lajos Pusztai, MD // Director of Breast Cancer Translational Research, Yale Cancer Center
  • “There is pretty good evidence that increasing physical activity and having a lower body mass index (BMI) are associated with a lower risk of breast cancer. The clearest evidence for dietary risk factors shows that decreasing alcohol consumption is important for breast cancer risk reduction.” - Dr. Jonathan B. Strauss, MD, MBA // Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

For the complete report, please visit:
http://wallethub.com/blog/breast-cancer-facts/39700/

Source:
Diana Popa
WalletHub Communications Manager
(202) 684-6386

Higher Learning That Meets You Where You Are and Takes You Where You Want To Go

The Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®) Brunswick University Center (BUC) offers a affordable higher education that makes a big impact on its students and the community. Students can complete associate degrees with day and evening classes. Program offerings also include college coursework for high school students through College Credit Plus.

BUC also offers programming for seniors. Encore Campus Fridays for Medina County residents ages 55 and older runs Sept. 22 through Nov. 3. Classes are scheduled Fridays from 9 a.m. to noon. There are a dozen courses, including Healthy Aging, Women in Russian History and Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui. Registration opens in early August and can be completed online at www.tri-c.edu/encore or by calling 216-987-3075 and selecting Option 1.

New at BUC this fall are workforce training courses through Tri-C’s Manufacturing Technology Center of Excellence, as well as a dozen new career and professional development offerings ranging from soft skills to high-level technical training.

The Right Skills Now machining program will work directly with businesses to meet their needs for computer numerical control (CNC) machinists. e College is also collaborating with the Medina County Economic Development Corporation on a machining apprenticeship program that offers students complete credit classes at BUC followed by an apprenticeship with a Medina County employer.

Partnerships with Franklin University and Tiffin University allow students to move seamlessly from their associate degrees into four-year university coursework while staying close to home. Students can complete bachelor’s degrees in accounting, business and criminal justice on-site at BUC. Representatives from both universities maintain office hours at the center to meet with current and prospective students.

“For the past six years, we have given job seekers an affordable, convenient way to continue their education and make career changes,” said Terri Hradek, director of Brunswick University Center. “We see people restart careers, redefine their purpose and embark on new educational journeys every day.”

Hradek and her team ensure student success at BUC through a full array of support services available on-site, including admissions, testing and enrollment services; counseling; financial aid and scholarships; career services; tutoring; College Credit Plus advising; and veteran services.

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