Fatigue Named Top Health Concern for Women

You are not alone! Worn out and weary, women across the country named fatigue among their top five health concerns. (webmd.com) Dr. Sharma shares several possible causes of fatigue and suggestions to put the spring back into your step.

  1. The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland in your neck and produces the hormones that regulate how your body burns fuel for energy. It can be overactive or underactive, but either way you’ll feel sleepy.
    An underactive thyroid can make feel like you can’t get your engine going. With an overactive thyroid your engine’s on overdrive and you start to burn out. A simple test can determine if there is an issue.
  2. When your heart isn’t pumping efficiently, it can’t get enough blood out to your body, and that can make you tired. Fatigue is one of the most common complaints of women with heart disease. If you have heart risk factors such as obesity, high blood pressure, and a family history of heart conditions, have your heart checked out. Measuring your blood pressure and other simple tests such as an electrocardiogram or an echocardiogram can pinpoint whether your heart is the source of your weariness.
  3. There’s been an epidemic of vitamin D deficiency over the last few decades because we’ve been avoiding the sun. Too little of this essential vitamin can sap your bone strength, and some research links a deficiency of vitamin D to chronic fatigue syndrome.

    A blood test can determine whether you’re getting enough of your daily D. If not, a supplement can get you to the amount you need each day. The Institute of Medicine, which published new guidelines in 2010, recommends that most adults get 600 international units a day.

    Dr. Priyanka Sharma specializes in really listening to her patients and she is trained to solve puzzling diagnostic problems. Dr. Sharma is trained and equipped to deal with whatever problem a patient brings, no matter how common or rare or how simple or complex. She is specially trained to solve puzzling diagnostic problems and can handle severe chronic illnesses and situations where several different illnesses may strike at the same time.

If It Doesn’t Hurt…..

By Dr. Scott L. Rose

I am not sure who came up with that saying, but whoever did is probably partly responsible for a lot of pain and misery. The human body is an amazing thing, but one perceived flaw is that when something is wrong it may not always cause pain, illness, or discomfort. I don’t think this is a flaw, but really part of a very well thought out design. If every time something hurts we would just react to that situation, there would be little reason to do otherwise. No pain can be a dangerous illusion.   Understanding this should lead one to be an active participant in their health. We should always be working towards leading a healthier life with the key words of “working towards.” Health is not a destination, it’s an ongoing journey. And one of the best things you can do for yourself is preventative care.

Concerning oral health, there are so many things people CAN do, but unfortunately don’t. Many people think that absence of discomfort is absence of dental issues, until something painful happens. By that time, treatment options become limited, more expensive, and more time consuming. It’s sad, but I see this every day. What I suggest to patients is an Oral Wellness Plan. A plan that sees what is good and builds upon that; a plan that looks for potential problems and stops them from beginning. And a plan that takes existing problems and fixes them before they become larger issues.

Choose a dentist/healthcare provider who is willing to work not only on you, but with you; someone who will take a holistic approach and a wholistic approach is an important step in the right direction. I think a good ending to the opening phrase would be:

“If it doesn’t hurt…it’s a good time to make a plan to keep healthy and pain free.”

Flower Power

Ask any bride what their favorite part of wedding planning is and nine times out of ten they’ll give the same response: flowers, flowers, flowers! Whether you’re picking out the bouquets or designing the centerpieces, choosing the right flower arrangements is a fun but crucial part of planning a wedding. And have you seen the hottest floral trend of 2018?

Floral hoops and wreaths are the latest trend taking the wedding world by storm, and we have one word for it: Yes! For years weddings have been subjected to the same format of floral arrangements, but this new trend brings a whole new meaning to the phrase ‘flower power’! Use these hoops as chandelier decorations on the ceiling, bridesmaids’ bouquets, or even as an alternative to a boutonniere for the men. The possibilities are endless! Using this modern design technique will bring a fresh, trendy vibe to your wedding.

Not planning a wedding? These hoops can be used in a number of ways for other events as well. They make for cute centerpieces at dinner parties or wall decorations at brunch! How would you use these floral wreaths at your events?

Interested in learning more about hiring an event planner? Check out Creative Transformations at www.ctstyling.com.

Simple, Safe, Natural Solution for Sugar & Nicotine Addiction

By Jennifer LaRiccia

Luciana McCartney is no stranger to working hard. The daughter of immigrants from Calabria, Italy, she’s always known the value of a strong work ethic. McCartney, the owner and clinical director of AcuLaser Treatment Centre has built a reputable business from the ground up, working with diverse clients from all over the world. It’s hard not to be surprised upon meeting this 5’1” bundle of energy. As beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside, one quickly senses how dedicated she is to helping others find solutions to their addictions. McCartney, a striking brunette with a smile the size of Montana, grew up in Middleburg Heights, the oldest child of three. She graduated from Ashland University and married her college sweetheart. They are proud parents of two high school aged sons.

Whether it is smoking cessation, weight loss, or reducing stress, McCartney is someone who has the answers to many who struggle with these lifelong issues. For one thing, she is passionate about holistic, alternative and integrative health. “I believe that healing does not come from a pill alone. It comes from within; our energy, our soul, our mental health and the foods we eat.”

So what exactly does her treatment center do? Aculaser Treatment Centre, located in Broadview Heights and an accredited member of the Better Business Bureau with an A+ rating, has successfully assisted hundreds of people to quit smoking, lose weight and manage stress without the use of medication. Laser therapy has developed into the safest, most effective way to surrender addictions of our time. Similar to the principals of acupuncture, an ancient art of healing, it is the application of an FDA approved, cold, low level laser to specific pressure points on the body. is includes the outer parts of the ears as well as the hands and wrist. is can reduce tension, increase circulation, and enable the body to relax more deeply allowing the person the control needed to succeed. The procedure takes place in a calm and comfortable room. It is safe and painless with no side effects. The results are almost immediate.

In simple terms, this process stimulates the natural endorphins which are responsible for our general sense of well-being. Just ask client Sheri Bement. She’s a true believer. “Look,” she says bluntly, “this was a last resort. After forty years of smoking and having close family members with COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) I knew this was a matter of life and death. My parents had been begging me to quit and get healthy. I simply did not have the strength to do it on my own. I had tried everything and was desperate for a solution. Initially, I kept canceling my appointment out of fear, but she was patient and flexible and worked around my anxiety about making the first step. I just couldn’t wrap my head around the fact that this treatment was non-invasive and painless. When I met Luciana, I immediately felt at ease. She was caring and empathetic, an angel from heaven. After one 45 minute session of lifestyle coaching and the light therapy itself, I was cured. I know it seems hard to believe, but I suddenly had no cravings, not one. I still don’t to this day. AcuLaser made such a difference in my life that I decided to go back and work on other issues. I am a believer in the process and the center so much, that I have sent all my family and friends there for treatment. My only regret is that I didn’t do it sooner,” she says wistfully.

Make an appointment at AcuLaser Treatment Centre today by dialing 440-740-1020. You are only a step away from changing your life.

PRESSING ON: Life After the Unexpected Death of a Child

PRESSING ON: Life After the Unexpected Death of a Child

By Mindy & Mitchell Rivas, M.S. – Founders and President Maryssa’s Mission Foundation

“If anyone ever told us we would transform tragedy into triumph after losing our beautiful twin daughter Maryssa, we’d think they were crazy.” says Mitchell Rivas, Co-Founder of The Maryssa’s Mission Foundation. The unexpected trials following the death of a child seemed to include isolation, depression, family division, and most frightening, fighting for our marriage. We knew the Congenital Heart Defect statistics were scary but NEVER did we think those statistics would strike our home.

Maryssa was born a 29-week premature twin with complex congenital heart issues. Her parents Mitch and Mindy were thrust into the chaotic reality of raising a medically fragile child. It began with their twin’s premature birth at Fairview Hospital; within minutes Maryssa would need to be separated from her twin to undergo life-saving heart surgery hours after being born. The chaos continued for five months while Maryssa stabilized in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Cleveland Clinic Children’s main campus. After much uncertainty, the Rivas Family found themselves seeking a second opinion at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Medical Center. From the moment they met Cardiologist Dr. Russel Hirsch, they knew this would be the hospital that would treat their daughter’s heart condition. For two years, the Rivas’ would travel back and forth, often left displaced in Cincinnati when Maryssa’s routine appointments turned into hospital admissions.

Mitch and Mindy recollect, “All we could do is pray and journal our hearts desires.” These journal entries ranged from financial needs, to basic needs such as hygiene products. Luckily, the Rivas’ were introduced to Drs. Ana and Nelson Soto. These Cincinnati area educators took the Rivas family under their wing so they could have access to amenities, meals, and even a place to stay. Dr. Nelson Soto knew Mitch was a Marine Corp Veteran and began encouraging him to use his Veteran Education GI Bill Benefits to supplement their dwindling savings and paychecks. Little did he know that invitation would change the lives of many families in the medically fragile community.

Maryssa passed away unexpectedly after an emergency open-heart procedure in November 2015. Picking up the pieces of their shattered life and scattered journals, the entire Rivas family wanted to do something to help families who endure the traumatic experiences of raising a medically fragile child. The Rivas’ founded The Maryssa’s Mission Foundation in December 2015. They envisioned a platform where they can advocate, educate, and assist the medically fragile community. In February 2016, they secured their first five-figure donation to launch their Home Away from Home Initiative, a project credited with keeping displaced families in temporary lodging for over three consecutive months. They also serve the medically fragile community by traveling to various children’s hospitals across the state bringing in love and food. Their signature blessing bags provide basic hygiene products and other things to help families during their unexpected hospital stay. They also bring delicious catered meals and activities to both the hospitals and Ronald McDonald Houses/Rooms so families do not have to use their personal and often over stretched resources to sustain them during their difficult times.

Treating Matting More Effectively

By Kristi Holzman, Owner & Professional Pet Stylist

Long-haired dogs need greater attention in regard to grooming so they do not develop mats.

Long-haired dogs can be beautiful to behold, but their lustrous locks require more grooming than short-fur breeds. If tangles are left to their own devices, a condition called matting can occur. Matting is not only a hassle for pet owners, but also uncomfortable for dogs. Understanding matting can help pet owners stay on top of the problem so dogs stay healthy and look their best.

Poodles, bichon frises and cocker spaniels are prone to matting. Other breeds, such as Yorkshire terriers and malteses, have single soft coats that tend to tangle quite easily and are susceptible to matting as well.

Mats tend to form underneath the fur and quite close to the skin, and in areas of friction, such as under the collar, behind the ears or on the lower legs. Light daily brushing may not reach the matting. Long-haired breeds often need detailed grooming so mats can be uncovered and addressed early on before they contribute to greater problems.

Grooming experts and even vets warn that matting is not just a cosmetic problem. Over time, severe matting can tug endlessly at the skin and deny fresh air and stimulation to areas of the dog’s body. This can lead to rashes or sores. Furthermore, mats can harbor bacteria, feces, parasites, and dirt, creating an unsanitary situation for the dog.

Pet owners can discuss grooming treatments and brushing regimens to keep mats from becoming a headache for all involved.

Here are a few strategies when it comes to matting:
• Prevention is the best solution, with a detangling spray and using a slick brush that will detangle fur every day will help. Separate sections of fur and gently lift and brush away tangles.

• If mats are already present, retailers offer dematting tools and mat-splitting devices that will gently slice and separate the mat without tugging too much on the pet’s fur and skin.

• If matting is extensive, or if it is proving troublesome to handle the task alone, a professional groomer may be needed. If he or she determines that the mats are just too dense to comb out, it may be necessary to use hair clippers to trim away the mats.

Groomers have the expertise to delicately cut away mats and avoid nicking the skin.

Summertime Reading

By Mary Olson, Readers’ Advisory Librarian, Medina County District Library

Summer is in full bloom and so is an abundance of new books! Visit your favorite Medina County District Library branch to check out something new to read on vacation. Or, easier yet, download an eBook or eAudiobook onto your mobile device for zero-weight reading!

The Perfect Mother by Aimee Molloy. What was to be a well-deserved night out for a group of new mothers becomes a nightmare when one of their babies is abducted from his crib. As the investigation reaches one dead end after another, the mothers’ friendships are tested in ways none of them saw coming. The Perfect Mother will be adapted for the big screen by actress Kerry Washington.

What Should Be Wild by Julia Fine. A modern, dark fairy tale with an old-fashioned feel. Maisie was born cursed: she can kill other people just by touching them. For her own protection, Maisie’s father has raised her in near isolation for all sixteen years of her life. He has taught her to avoid going into the woods, because strange things happen to those who do. When her father disappears, Maisie has no choice but to search for him in the woods, where she encounters a most unexpected world and revelations about her curse and those it has touched before her.

The Queen of Hearts by Kimmery Martin. A debut novel rich in drama, romance, and suspense. Emma and Zadie, physicians and each other’s most loyal friend, are forced to confront a secret from their past when a tragedy threatens to destroy not only Emma’s career, but her friendship with Zadie. The author is a former emergency room doctor whose knowledge of the medical profession adds great depth to the characters and setting.

The Cactus by Sarah Haywood. Sarah Green lives a perfectly ordered life: a career managing numbers; an uncomplicated, convenient relationship; a monochromatic, practical wardrobe; and regular visits with her aging mother. But when her mother passes away, leaving the family home to Sarah’s ne’er-do-well younger brother, and Sarah herself approaches another major life event, her delightfully regimented routine begins to crack open. For readers who enjoyed The Rosie Project or Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine.

#MeToo Moves to the Workplace: Low Wage Workers, Safety, Labor and Women’s Groups Say It’s “Our Turn”

National Council for Occupational Safety and Health Spearheads Alliance to End Sexual Harassment on the Job

Janitors, factory workers, farmworkers and other low-wage workers joined with safety, labor, anti-violence and women’s rights advocates to announce today the launch of “Our Turn,” a new alliance brought together by the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health to put a halt to sexual abuse and harassment, with a special focus on low-wage and vulnerable workers.

“It’s inspiring to see movie stars and media celebrities talk about the terrible incidents they have faced in their workplaces,” said Veronica Lagunas, a janitor in Los Angeles and a member of SEIU-United Service Workers West (USSW). “A lot of us who earn a regular paycheck face the same problems, like sexual assault and physical and verbal abuse. It’s our turn to unite and take action to stop the abuse and hold abusers accountable.”

Our Turn will unite workers, community allies and organizations across the country who are fighting – and winning – new protections against abuse and harassment in union contracts, state laws, municipal ordinances and company policies.

“For far too long, sexual harassment and other forms of abuse have been rampant in workplaces of all kinds,” said Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA). “I’m glad to stand side-by-side with working people committed to ending it.”

Our Turn was convened by the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (National COSH), the nation’s leading grassroots advocate for workplace safety. More than 100 organizations and individuals have already signed on to the Our TurnCommitment to Unity and Action.”  

The Our Turn steering committee includes representatives from COSH groups, labor unions, women’s organizations, and community-based organizations.  Commitments include a pledge by participating organizations to:
  • Support workplace, community and political organizing;
  • Advocate for laws and policies that protect workers and provide tools for prevention of abuse and harassment;
  • Elevate stories of workers who have fought back against abuse;
  • Hold government agencies and employers accountable for harassment and violence in workplaces they oversee.
“The movement to end sexual violence is growing – and Our Turn brings together workers’ rights, women’s rights, and anti-violence organizations to support survivors and workers in taking back their workplaces,” said Linda Seabrook, General Counsel and Director of Workplace Safety & Equity for Futures Without Violence, a national social justice organization dedicated to ending violence against women.

“Low-wage workers are fed up are saying ‘We will not tolerate abuse as a condition of earning a living,” said National COSH co-executive director Jessica Martinez. “Every worker – regardless of race, gender, income or sexual orientation – has a fundamental right to a workplace free from abuse and harassment.”

The new coalition will mobilize members and allies to promote workplace organizing, legislative advocacy and hands-on training, and also serve as a national clearinghouse for best practices and policies to prevent workplace sexual violence and abuse.
The Our Turn pledge is available at http://coshnetwork.org/our-turn-pledge
Contact:  Roger Kerson, 734.645.0535; 197767@email4pr.com

SOURCE National Council for Occupational Safety and Health

Navigate The Many Options of Medicare

Medicare is a health insurance program that is federally facilitated for people age of 65 or older and certain younger people with disabilities or End-Stage Renal Disease. It can be used as sole health insurance coverage or as a backup coverage to an existing insurance plan. There are four different parts of Medicare called Part A, B, C, and D.

Part A is used to help pay hospital bills. There is typically no premium for Part A coverage if you or your spouse (depending on your marital status and length of time in the marriage) paid Medicare taxes for a certain amount of time.

Part B is used to help pay for doctor visits and other medically necessary services, including many preventative services, partial hospitalization, durable medical equipment, ambulance services, and more.

Part C, AKA Medicare Advantage, covers doctor and hospital visits and most cover prescription drugs. It includes all the benefits of A and B, except for hospice care (covered by Original Medicare).

Part D is a private plan that helps people who have Part A and B pay for their prescription drugs.

Medicare supplement insurance can be used to help pay for any expenses that Original Medicare doesn’t cover, such as deductibles, copays, and coinsurances. ere are 10 standard supplement plans, but the most popular one is Medicare Plan F because it provides the most coverage.

With so many options available, enlisting a professional can be incredibly beneficial. Roni Bell HealthMarkets Agency in Brunswick, Ohio, specializes in helping people navigate the many options of Medicare!

HealthMarkets Insurance Agency, Inc. is licensed as an insurance agency in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Not all agents are licensed to sell all products. Service and product availability varies by state. No cost or obligation to enroll. Medicare has neither reviewed nor endorsed this information. This information is not a complete description of benefits.

Do You Really Need to Go to the ER for That?

Aches, Breaks and Sprains are Best Treated at an Orthopedic Urgent Care Center

When the pain from a muscle or joint injury becomes unmanageable, many think they need to go to the emergency room. But the ER is primarily designed to serve potentially life-threatening emergencies, such as a head injury, heart attack or stroke.

The ER also has notoriously long wait times. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report average ER wait times to be roughly two hours. An urgent care center is another option, but you will likely be seen by a generalist, not an orthopedic specialist. In both cases, you will walk out with a referral to have a second appointment with a specialist.

Fortunately, there are orthopedic urgent care centers such as GO Ortho at the Premier Medical Campus in Westlake. is facility is started by orthopedic specialists and accepts walk-ins and same-day appointments. This enables patients to get in with a specialist to take care of their pain much sooner than typical orthopedic offices, which may not be able to get you in for weeks.

“Urgent care centers and ERs may not be equipped to provide the comprehensive care for orthopedic injuries that you would receive at an orthopedic office,” said Scott Zimmer, MD, an orthopedic surgeon with GO Ortho. “GO Ortho staff are trained to provide sophisticated treatments, advanced orthopedic imaging, and outfit patients in the latest in slings, braces, casting and other support devices.”

This walk-in clinic cares for a wide range of orthopedic conditions from acute pain resulting from a break or sprain, to chronically painful conditions like arthritis. Because you are seeing an orthopedic specialist, conditions can be quickly and more accurately diagnosed as well as properly treated.

“When patients go to GO Ortho first, they avoid the hassle of having to visit multiple doctors’ offices for the same condition,” said Alison Tobias, physician assistant with GO Ortho. “GO Ortho makes it easy for patients to get the right type of care, right away, and at a far lower cost than the ER.”

All Services You Need, One Location

GO Ortho also provides affordable imaging services the same day as your appointment. Diagnostic services such as an X-ray or MRI are offered through Premier Diagnostics onsite in Westlake. Their diagnostic services meet established and nationally recognized quality standards and are fully accredited.

GO Ortho Physical therapy is also located down the hall from the GO Ortho office. Services here are also available on a walk-in basis. Orthopedic specialists work closely with these licensed physical therapists. When an injury or illness has left you in pain or with limited mobility, physical therapy can help get you back on track and recover faster. Physical therapy is used to help people of all ages and medical conditions. If you are recommended for physical therapy, you first have an evaluation to determine range of motion, muscle strength, postural alignment and abnormalities in movement patterns, body mechanics, and quality of movement with daily activities.

Cost Savings You Deserve

Since a GO Ortho o ce visit is charged as a regular orthopedic office visit, there is a significant monetary savings to the patient. And, Premier Diagnostics offers the same high-quality X-ray and MRI services you expect from major medical systems, but at far less cost.

Emergency level visits typically come with a prohibitive cost, and many insurance carriers have begun to seriously scrutinize nonemergency visits to ER facilities. For example, Anthem no longer pays for some non emergency medical conditions treated in the emergency room in certain states.

GO Ortho is a NorthShore Healthcare practice located on the Premier Medical Campus at 25200 Center Ridge Road, Suite 1100, in Westlake. While we do advocate going to the ER when you are faced with a severe medical problem, most orthopedic pains and conditions are not life threatening and are best treated by an orthopedic specialist. The fastest way to see one is to get to GO Ortho.

For more information, visit www.godoctornow.com
or call 844.463.7669.