Headaches Are NOT Okay!

Imagine a life free from headaches!

Screen Shot 2017-09-19 at 1.53.53 PMBy Dr. Brandon Bupp, Nationally Recognized Natural Wellness Expert

All too frequently we talk with patients suffering from headaches that have no answers, no solutions and no place to turn and that is simply not ok.

Let me see into a crystal ball and tell a story similar to yours or someone you know with headaches. The headaches began years ago, multiple tests, scans, blood work, etc. have been completed and there is “no cause” that explains where these headaches are coming from. You take “preventative” medication although it is really not preventing but more like it minimizes the intensity sometimes. e headaches are worse with stress or certain triggers and may be worse during specific times of the month at which you take another medication to minimize the effects. Hopefully, it doesn’t last too long, but pretty much the headaches stop the day in its tracks! Sometimes these headaches last for a few days or even longer. You basically are just hoping and praying that a headache does not happen because when it does, it’s miserable. Oh, and that’s not to mention the regular, throbbing headaches that still happen on a daily basis but you can manage those kinds of headaches!

I want you to know that there is another outcome that is possible! The truth is there are many possible causes of migraines, but these causes do not always show up on an MRI or CT scan or other advanced imaging.

It is very important to test things such as food sensitivities, vitamin or mineral deficiencies, in inflammation markers in blood work, and possibly even toxicity testing may be necessary. But one of the most common causes of headaches and migraines is tension and stress on neurologic and soft tissue structures such as ligaments, tendons, and muscles in the neck caused by poor alignment and function in the spine, called cervicogenic headaches. Loss of optimal position in the spine and vertebral joints can occur due to slips, falls, sports injuries, and car accidents but most commonly loss of normal position and alignment is caused by bad posture because we spend so much time sitting, looking down, or working in a forward flexed position. This loss of position causes tension on the very sensitive, neurologic structures in the spine. That means damage or misalignment of the spine can create tension on these delicate, neurological structures. Irritation to these neurologic structures causes inflammation which creates dysfunction and pain.

We analyze this scenario through examination, digital x-ray, and computerized nerve scans. It is then that we devise a treatment plan that aims to correct the cause of the problem based on what is found through testing. It’s really that simple. Of course, there can be other causes that require advanced testing, but honestly, most of our patients have already had that testing done.

The important idea here is, find the true cause of the problem and then find a care plan that aims to correct the cause rather than simply managing the symptoms of the problem. If this is what you are looking for, please call our office for a free evaluation to determine if we can help.

We have blended the best medical, wellness and fitness services to offer a variety of solutions to enhance your health.

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FDA-Approved Drug Responsible for 100,000 Calls To Poison Control Every Year

A new study examines the dangers posed by acetaminophen

Atlanta — Five hundred people are expected to die this year after taking the over-the-counter (OTC) drug Tylenol™ and other versions of acetaminophen.  According to a new study published in the Journal of Hepatology, this common pain reliever causes 46% of all cases of liver failure in America and 100,000 calls to U.S. Poison Control Centers every year. People can find themselves needing a liver transplant within hours of taking too many Tylenols™, and they are less likely to get a transplant because they’re sicker than other liver failure patients, including hepatitis patients.

According to the new study, acetaminophen is responsible for 50,000 emergency room visits and 10,000 hospitalizations every year.  The line between a dose that causes liver failure and a dose that relieves pain is very fine. Even though it causes almost half of all cases of acute liver failure in the U.S., acetaminophen is sold over-the-counter (OTC).  The FDA has approved over 600 acetaminophen products–everything from OTC sleep aids to prescription acetaminophen-opioid drugs.
According to 2015 data from America’s Poison Control Centers, acetaminophen and other analgesics are the number one cause of poisoning overall, and the number one cause of pediatric death. Acetaminophen should “go away”, according to author William M. Lee, and be replaced by a nontoxic alternative.  Even though the FDA has attributed some acetaminophen poisonings to the fact that people aren’t aware the drug is in the products they’re taking, the agency has taken no significant steps to stop the poisonings.
“Every year, FDA-approved drugs kill hundreds of thousands of people,” said Gretchen DuBeau, Executive and Legal Director for the Alliance for Natural Health USA. “The numbers are astounding, yet too often the spotlight is on dietary supplements, products which are overwhelmingly safe and beneficial for the millions of Americans who take them to the stay healthy. This study is a reminder of the real threat to our health and safety.”

About the Alliance for Natural Health USA (ANH-USA)
 § http://anh-usa.org
The Alliance for Natural Health USA is part of an international organization dedicated to promoting natural, sustainable healthcare through good science and good law. We protect the right of natural health practitioners to practice, and the right of consumers to choose the healthcare options and treatment modalities they prefer, including complementary and alternative medicine. As a membership-based organization, we unite consumers, practitioners, and industry to speak with a common voice and have worked since 1992 to shift the medical paradigm from an exclusive focus on surgery, drugs and other conventional techniques to an “integrative” approach incorporating food, dietary supplements, and lifestyle changes.
Source:
Blair Fitzgibbon
2200 Wilson Blvd, Suite 102-316,
Arlington, VA, 22201, United States

Good Things Come in Threes!

Screen Shot 2017-08-22 at 2.43.54 PMBy Dr. Scott L. Rose

There is a lot of talk about the use of Ozone for natural healing. I’m usually somewhat skeptical, but open minded when I hear about many forms of treatment and healing therapies. Sometimes it seems like everyday there is something new that is the “miracle cure.” I like to do my due diligence in researching these things, finding out if these different modalities have real efficacy and value in helping people, or are just some scam to make our wallets a little lighter. After much research, personally using ozone myself, and using it in my practice, I can tell you that it really works.

Ozone is simply an oxygen molecule with extra oxygen attached. So instead of two atoms of oxygen, there are three. But the simple addition of one atom gives it a whole other purpose – fighting disease. Ozone is a negatively charged particle while bacteria, viruses, fungi (mold), and other pathologic cells usually carry a positive charge. There is a natural affinity to go after these disease causing pathogens. It has an overall positive effect on the immune system, activating and boosting it. Ozone therapy can be used alone or in conjunction with other dental treatments and therapies. When used, it enhances results and healing and provides a better prognosis. I have seen diseased tissues heal without antibiotics, deep decay not turn into root canals, and help to treat sensitive teeth. The best part is that ozone therapy is safe with no side effects.

Ozone can be used to help treat the following:

  • Periodontal Disease
  • Infection and abscesses
  • Deep Caries arrestment and disinfection
  • Decrease root sensitivity
  • Pre-conditioning of dentition for restoration placement
  • Biologic based disinfection and treatment of root canals

Let us help you enhance your health with Ozone today.

To learn more about Good Health Dental check out www.goodhealth.dental
or call 440.542.1200.

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Sugar Addiction, Nicotine Addiction, Laser Therapy? What’s the Connection?

By Luciana McCartney

The method, relies on an FDA approved cold low-level laser, that is applied to certain pressure points of the body. Although it is not very well known, the bene ts of laser therapy are well documented throughout the world. Each year, thousands of people make up their minds to lose weight or to quit smoking. It is a goal that is always on their minds. Unfortunately,

Each year, thousands of people make up their minds to lose weight or to quit smoking. It is a goal that is always on their minds. Unfortunately, within a few days, weeks or months, most of their goals have gone up in smoke. Don’t give up hope because help has arrived!

By replacing traditional acupuncture needles with advanced laser technology, cold low-level laser has been successfully helping thousands of people recover from their addiction to nicotine, or to sugar. This is done by providing a safe, painless, and highly effective solution to the problem which strengthens their resolve. Operating on principals similar to acupuncture, which is an ancient art of healing, cold low-level laser therapy stimulates pressure points that can reduce tension, increase circulation, and enable the body to relax more deeply allowing the person the control needed to succeed.

The average American today is considered to be overweight, but there are no miracle cures to solve this problem. Achieving your ultimate healthy goal takes time and commitment. Many people suffer from sugar addiction, which can be just as hard to break as certain drugs. Laser therapy will not only enhance and stimulate the metabolism, which enables the body to burn calories at an accelerated rate while increasing your sense of energy, but it will allow you to experience minimal withdrawal and cravings as you detox from carbohydrates. Key points are targeted to encourage feelings of relaxation, and to decrease the sense of stress and anxiety.  is is most important for those who consider themselves stress eaters.  e use of low-level laser therapy makes it easier for one to stay motivated. With the advantage of laser therapy, combined with proper nutrition and regular daily exercise, you will be well on your way to a healthier lifestyle.

For the smoker, points are targeted that control addiction to nicotine, which eliminates the physical connection the brain and body have to this powerful drug. Stress and relaxation points are stimulated to help avoid withdrawal symptoms. The laser helps to rebalance the body without harmful side effects. The entire procedure is external, noninvasive, and non-thermal. Laser therapy has been successful in the fight against tobacco for the last 20 years. Clients report laser treatments are nothing less than amazing.

Since 2005, AcuLaser has had a significant success rate in helping clients quit smoking and lose weight. AcuLaser combines the ancient practice of acupuncture with the new technology of FDA approved low level laser. LLL provides one of the most advanced forms of therapy used today to help clients rid themselves of nicotine and sugar addictions. Our clients are amazed by how the relaxing, calming, and pain free treatment provides the final answer to end their vice. We deal with every aspect of change in the most supportive way enabling clients to move on with confidence and to ensure continued success.

Growing my practice has brought me a great deal of satisfaction. I see such positive change happening in my clients’ lives. Beating the odds to fight addictions once and for all is such an accomplishment, and I am proud to be a part of that.

AcuLaser Treatment Center is Located in Broadview Heights. For an appointment, call Luciana McCartney, Clinical Director at 440-740-1020.

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Harmful tests on our closest relatives must end

Screen Shot 2017-09-01 at 9.11.58 AMFor International Primate Day on September 1st 2017, Animal Defenders International is calling for action to end the use of primates in research. Worldwide an estimated 200,000 primates are experimented on each year, with over 70,000 animals used in research across the US, one of the world’s largest users of primates.Animal Defenders International President Jan Creamer said: “The continued use of primates in research is unethical and unnecessary. Harmful to both our closest relatives and to science, governments must end primate tests and facilitate the adoption of modern alternatives without delay.”
Some primates are forcibly removed from the wild and used as breeding machines to supply the industry, or used themselves in tests. In addition to the trauma caused to individuals during the capture process, subsequent confinement, and during procedures until their deaths, this brutal practice harms local populations threatening their survival.
In Latin America, ADI has exposed the capture of owl monkeys for use in malaria experiments in Colombia. Taken from the trees, these nocturnal primates go from the forest to a barren cage. Our evidence led to a tribunal revoking the experimenter’s permits; although this groundbreaking decision has been overturned. Elsewhere, in Africa and Asia, ADI has revealed dire conditions inside the monkey breeders, who take primates from the wild to maintain their breeding stocks. At the monkey farms, individuals are confined to cages and routinely manhandled. In Florida, already home to a number of monkey breeders, ADI is opposing plans for a facility which seeks to import thousands of primates from outside the US.
Primates are frequently used in brain experiments because of their apparent similarity to humans. However, despite being our closest relatives, non-human primates differ from us in a number of ways, including the immune system. Their use in research therefore can never reliably predict potential human effects. Aspirin for example causes birth defects in monkeys, but is widely used by pregnant women without the same effect.
Such species differences are the fundamental flaw of using animals in research. Each species respondsdifferently to substances, with an animal’s age, diet, sex, even bedding material, also affecting results. As a result animal tests can delay scientific progress and lead to human tragedy.
Just days after being given trial drug BIA 10-2474, the six male volunteers in the highest dose group were hospitalized. Four volunteers displayed neurological symptoms, with at least one losing all his fingers and toes; one of the six volunteers died a week after receiving the dose.  No comparable effect had been seen in monkeys or other animals given high doses of the drug over long periods. Some monkeys were estimated to have received around 75 times the dose given to the volunteers.In another drug trial tragedy, TGN1412 was given to volunteers who then suffered multiple organ failure as the drug triggered an uncontrollable immune response. One volunteer was hospitalized for three months, another had their fingers and toes amputated, and all are likely to suffer permanent damage to their immune systems and live with the danger of developing cancer and lupus.  The drug had been tested extensively in laboratory animals including in doses 500 times greater in monkeys with no drug-related adverse events.Investment in animal research, predominantly with primates, has been wasteful and unsuccessful. A review has shown that not one of the 85+ candidate AIDS vaccines successfully tested in primates have been effective in human patients.ADI has documented the suffering of primates for product safety tests at the notorious contract testing facility Huntingdon Life Science (now known as Envigo). Monkeys were strapped down to restrain them while substances were pumped directly into their stomachs, and they suffered a range of debilitating symptoms.

Researchers claim that the use of primates in brain research is ‘necessary’ but sophisticated neuroimaging techniques are available to study human behavior and brain function. Comparing data from human electrical brain activity with data obtained by experimenters using electrodes in restrained monkeys, Professor Furlong and his team at Aston University in the UK have shown the same level of data can be obtained, directly relevant to human patients.

International Primate Day was established by Animal Defenders International in 2005 to highlight the threats to and abuses of our closest relatives in the animal kingdom – apes and monkeys – from their use in research and entertainment, for meat and the pet trade.

Around 20,000 primates are imported into the US every year, from countries such as China, Vietnam and Mauritius. ADI USA revealed the hidden suffering of primates bred for research on the tropical Indian Ocean island of Mauritius. Biodia, one of the biggest suppliers of laboratory monkeys in the world, sends thousands to miserable deaths in the USA and worldwide. At this facility we filmed baby monkeys torn from their screaming mothers to be tattooed, pregnant monkeys manhandled and pinned down in terrifying routine procedures and screaming monkeys being swung by their tails. http://www.ad-international.org/animal_experiments/go.php?id=3503

Over 2,000 primates were imported into the UK from Asia and Africa last year. ADI infiltrated Nafovanny in Vietnam filming the macaque monkeys in small, filthy, broken cages – images the huge dealer of monkeys to the USA and UK denied were on their premises – until we proved otherwise. They once roamed free only to be torn from the trees and forced to live for years in these dismal prisons. http://www.ad-international.org/publications/go.php?id=1577 Monkeys filmed Huntingdon Life Sciences were supplied by Nafovanny. http://www.ad-international.org/publications/go.php?id=1576

Non-animal methods

  • There are many alternatives to the use of animals which are more reliable and are based on better science such as, human cell, tissue and organ culture, including 3D models containing different tissues providing a better representation of the actual situation in a living human; databases of known information, and sophisticated analytical techniques.
  • Advanced non-animal methods include the lung-on-a-chip, which mimics the movements of the breathing lung, providing provide low-cost alternatives for drug screening and toxicology tests
  • Accelerator mass spectrometry (AMS) is an analytical tool of unprecedented sensitivity. It can be used to study samples from human volunteers given ultra-low, harmless, doses of new drugs (called micro-dosing). Obtaining early data from humans can avoid the unnecessary exposure of volunteers in clinical trials to potentially toxic drugs.  Safe, relevant to the correct species. Emerging technologies like AMS have many advantages, including speeding the development process and improving safety.
  • Other cutting edge methods available to develop and test drugs include computer simulations and modelling, high throughput screening for rapid analysis of compounds for drug discovery, epidemiological studies of human disease, transmission, genetics and environmental factors; fMRI and other imaging techniques.

Species differences

The fundamental flaw of using animals for safety testing, and other forms of research, is species differences. With each species responding differently to substances, primate and other animal tests can never reliably predict potential human effects.
  • Macaque monkeys are frequently used in toxicology testing, but they have specific genes which are vital for drug metabolism (when a drug works through the body). These genes are not found in humans and this is just one of the reasons for differences in drug metabolism between monkeys and humans.
  • The action of drugs also varies; for example Aspirin causes birth defects in monkeys, but is widely used by pregnant women without the same effect.
  • A review showed that none of the 85+ candidate AIDS vaccines successfully tested in primates have been effective in human patients Horses, rats and mice cannot vomit.
  • Morphine drugs are a depressant in rats, dogs, hamsters and other species, but produce tremors and convulsions at comparable doses in mice and cats.
  • The breast cancer drug tamoxifen was designed as an oral contraceptive. It is in rats, but in women it has the opposite effect. It is now used in the treatment of breast cancer, despite causing cancer in rats in some studies.
Animal Defenders International (ADI):  Los Angeles – London – Bogota
Ending the suffering of animals in captivity and protecting wild animals and their environments.Active worldwide to end the suffering of animals: animals in entertainment – film, television, advertising, circuses and sport or leisure; animals used for food or fur; protection of wildlife and the environment; trade in animals; zoos, pets, entertainment and laboratories. Funding and promotion of advanced scientific methods to replace the use of animals in research. ADI investigates, produces evidence and reports on the scientific, legal and economic issues for each case study, recommending solutions. Education and awareness to public, media and officials. Where ADI’s evidence has been a catalyst for change, we collaborate with governments to conduct large-scale seizures of wild animals in captivity and relocate them to forever homes – back to their natural habitat wherever possible.
Source: www.ad-international.org
ADI Media Desk, mediadesk@ad-international.org at Animal Defenders International.
United States, 6100 Wilshire Blvd Suite #1150, Los Angeles, CA, 90048

Join Us for an Interactive Social Media Workshop

Are you in social media but frusterated where to focus your efforts? Do you fear that your post are not being seen? Having problems handling negative feedback?

Increase Your Know How in the Ever Changing Social Media World:
Get some tips from the pro!

  • Create a Theme for Each Month and Plan Ahead: Keep a dedicated calendar with important dates such as holidays or your anniversary and create content that highlights both. For example, if your month theme is “Back to School” you’ll want to post pictures, tips, and quotes that are tailored to the theme.
  • Facebook Live: Are you a coach or is educating a part of your business model? Then you’ll want to get on the Facebook & Instagram Live train! Posting a daily tip or moment of inspiration engages followers on a deep level because it creates humanization of your brand. And, you can save the video to your feed and reference them at a later date if you’re struggling for content.
  • Best Time to Post: Post at different times of the day to see where you get the best results. You may be surprised to find that your followers and fans are online at unexpected hours.
  • Give a Shoutout: Everyone loves being recoginzedfor their loyalty. If somone shares a picture, use it! Giving them credit and thanking them for taking a great shot shows people you appreciate everyone who supports your business.

Get more tips and tricks like these in our 2-part social media workshop. September 18th & 25th at the Holiday Inn Express in Medina. Bring your laptop and get personal attention and tools you can use right away! Learn to be consistent and original to stand out above the noise. Discover better understanding of reputation management through social media.

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Dental Homeopathy

Screen Shot 2017-08-22 at 2.43.54 PMBy Dr. Scott L. Rose

Being married to a homeopathic student, I have gained great insight into the world of homeopathy. Growing up being exposed to only Western medicine, the journey of practicing more holistically and naturally has been eye opening, enlightening, and very satisfying. This professional journey started over 30 years ago.

Dr. Christian Freiderich Samuel Hahnemann, a German physician, quit his medical practice after becoming discouraged at the thought that even medicine in his time had noxious effects in patients. This led him to the creation of homeopathy in 1796. It is based on the principle of “like cures like.” What this means is that a substance that can cause illness or disease in a healthy person, can be used to cure that disease in a sick person. But it gets much more complicated than that. Classic Hahnemannian homeopathy is not just about curing diseases, but rather bringing energetic balance back to the body; so homeopathic remedies can be used not only for acute problems, but more importantly for helping a person overall in their physical and psychological life. The homeopathic remedies do not work like medicine. In fact, in a true and pure remedy, there should be no molecules of the original substance left. What is left is the energetic imprint of that substance. After all, there is a lot more to healing and health than some chemical reaction.

For Dentistry, we use acute remedies – those that are well known for specific purposes. Those people who are interested in using homeopathy as a means to achieve better health (both physically and psychologically) should consult with a classically trained homeopath for a constitutional remedy.

Remedies are safe to take. Constitutional remedies need to be under the supervision of a trained homeopath, as there is so much that goes into finding the correct remedy that is a match specifically for you. Acute remedies for specific problems can be taken under the supervision of the dentist.

There are many things in our world that we don’t understand how they work. Our lack of understanding doesn’t mean it does not exist or work; it is purely something beyond our present knowledge. Reference to this principle of healing dates back to Biblical times. Rabbi Shlomo ben Avraham wrote of this concept in the 1200’s. It is also mentioned in the Midrash, a compilation of Rabbinic commentaries on the Oral and Written Torah (Old Testament). While science is great, it is not the panacea of healing.

The world is fully of mysteries and things we don’t understand. But that only makes our lives richer and our daily challenges more meaningful.

To learn more about Good Health Dental check out www.goodhealth.dental
or call 440.542.1200.

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AARP Survey Suggests Engaging in Brain-Stimulating Activities May Help Improve Brain Health

According to AARP’s recently released survey of more than 1,100 Americans over age 40, those who participate in cognitively stimulating activities (CSAs) self-report improved cognitive functioning, health, and well-being than those who don’t participate in CSAs.

CSAs examined in the survey include musical and creative activities, educational activities, physical exercise, socializing, and playing games and puzzles. Adults over age 40 engage in an average of eight CSAs per week. Those who rate their cognitive abilities as being “excellent” engage in a greater than average number of CSAs than those who rate their status as “poor.”

“Put simply, this survey is telling us that, if you work your brain, your brain will work for you,” said Gary Small, M.D., director of the UCLA Longevity Center at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. “Working your brain is easy and involves simple activities like taking a walk, spending time with friends or reading a book. AARP’s Staying Sharp and other great resources can help inform you on how to keep your brain active and sharp.”

Key findings from AARP’s 2017 Cognitive Activity and Brain Health Survey:

  • Most Popular Activities: According to survey respondents, the most popular CSAs include: consuming news (81%), cooking/preparing meals (78%), reading (66%), exercising or engaging in physical activity (56%), and socializing with friends/family (50%).
  • Women More Engaged: Women engage in CSAs more often than men, at a weekly average of 9.2 vs. 7.5. Women also have a greater intent than men to add more mentally-stimulating activities into their routine, at 50% vs. 39%.
  • Opportunity to Educate: When asked about the barriers that keep them from participating in CSAs, the highest number of survey respondents noted that they were unsure which activities help promote brain health (35%). The second most frequently selected response was lack of social support (26%).

Staying Sharp is a subscription-based brain health platform from AARP featuring science-based activities, challenges, recipes and articles to help promote brain health. Some of the key takeaways from the survey can be addressed by the content and features of the platform, including:

  • Detailed, Practical Information on CSAs: Categorized under NOURISH (diet), MOVE (exercise), RELAX (managing stress), DISCOVER (learning new things) and CONNECT (being social), there are a number of articles, videos and activities to help inspire activity to promote brain health.
  • Brain Health Assessment: Developed by scientists, this is made up of a series of questions and tasks that help people understand how their brain functions in different areas, receiving personalized recommendations for promoting brain health.
These and more tips and information can be found at http://stayingsharp.org.
More information about the survey can be found here.

About Staying Sharp
Staying Sharp is a subscription-based platform from AARP. This product is part of AARP’s commitment to provide reliable information on brain health. Staying Sharp uses a holistic approach to provide science-based, personalized tools and recommendations that allow subscribers to track and measure their brain health progress using five key focus areas or “pillars”:  NOURISH (eating right), MOVE (keeping fit), RELAX (managing stress), DISCOVER (learning new things), and CONNECT (being social). To learn more, go to www.stayingsharp.org.
About AARP
AARP is the nation’s largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to empowering Americans 50 and older to choose how they live as they age. With nearly 38 million members and offices in every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, AARP works to strengthen communities and advocate for what matters most to families with a focus on health security, financial stability and personal fulfillment. AARP also works for individuals in the marketplace by sparking new solutions and allowing carefully chosen, high-quality products and services to carry the AARP name.  As a trusted source for news and information, AARP produces the world’s largest circulation publications, AARP The Magazine and AARP Bulletin. To learn more, visit www.aarp.org or follow @AARP and @AARPadvocates on social media.
*AARP Survey was fielded online, May 3-18, 2017 among a nationally representative sample of 1,140 Americans age 40+.

The Truth About Osteoporosis that the Drug Companies Don’t Want You to Know

By Jeff Tomaszewski, Chief Life Transformer, MaxStrength Fitness

Current estimations reveal that there are more than 52 million women and men with either osteoporosis or low bone mass. If current trends continue, the figure will climb to more than 61 million by 2020. It’s a widespread condition in which the bone loses its density, putting you at risk of fractures, the most common being the wrist, hip and spine. The worst aspect of osteoporosis is that there is no warning. By the time it’s diagnosed, it’s generally too late as the first sign of the condition is often a broken bone after a minor fall.

Representatives from large pharmaceutical companies have claimed so called “bone drugs” are the solution. Side effects from these drugs include upset stomach, inflammation of the esophagus, jaw osteonecrosis (rotting of the jaw bone), severe muscle, joint, and/or bone pain, and “unusual” femur fractures, not to mention atrial fibrillation (abnormal heart rhythm that can cause a rapid heartbeat).

Therefore, be very careful if considering these drugs as a course of action.

The Good News! 

Many popular magazines sing the praises of various “weightbearing” activities as a means of halting and reversing bone loss. This would be nice, but general activity will do very little to reverse bone loss. We do however know that human bone will adapt to a stimulus provided from progressively loaded strength training exercise. This exercise starts at the muscles and goes down to the bones; it affects all of the connective tissue in between, making for a more resilient drive train.

The solution to the Osteoporosis dilemma is progressive strength training.

The health benefits of high-intensity strength training are far-reaching and impressive. There is evidence to suggest that high-intensity strength training can increase our bone mass and bone strength, and help prevent loss of bone mineral density as we age. This is exciting news, especially as significant improvements in bone health can be achieved from just two 20-minute sessions of high-intensity strength training per week.

How can high-intensity strength training help improve our bone health? 

To read the complete article click here for our digital magazine. 

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Consumers Can Shop Smart and Save This Back-to-School Season

Columbus, Ohio (July 27, 2017) Even though summer has just begun, pretty soon it’ll be time to focus on the school year ahead, and if your family is like most, you’re already thinking about purchasing school supplies for the upcoming year.

Back-to-school shopping is the second-largest consumer spending category after holiday shopping, according to statistics from the National Retail Federation and Research Now. An additional survey, conducted by Deloitte, found that 32 percent of families expect to spend more on school supplies this coming year, either because their children need more items, materials are increasing in price, or students need more expensive supplies.

Back-to-school expenses seem to climb every year and can be a strain on family budgets. In a 2016 survey conducted by the National Retail Federation, back-to-school spending has increased 55 percent over the past 10 years, with the average family spending $107.76 on school supplies. Combined with other expenses, such as clothing and accessories, electronics, and shoes, a family could end up spending an average of $674 on back-to-school shopping.

Despite rising costs, back-to-school shopping doesn’t have to be a budget-buster. A little pre-planning and early shopping can help you avoid extra spending. Nationally, 73 percent of back-to-school shoppers plan to shop a month to three weeks before the start of school.

Here are some ways you can shop smart during the back-to-school season:

Timing Matters: Look for end-of-summer sales and tax-free holidays, especially on big ticket items where you’ll really feel the savings. In Ohio, the tax-free holiday starts on Friday, Aug. 4, 2017, at 12:00 a.m. and ends Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017, at 11:59 p.m. To learn more about this tax-free holiday weekend, visit the Ohio Department of Taxation website.

Plan Ahead: Before making new purchases, take an inventory of supplies you already have around the house. From there, make a list of items still needed. Two-thirds of consumers are likely to buy more than what is on their list, so be sure to stick to your shopping plan.

Avoid Fancy Supplies: Instead of spending money on the brightest, shiniest, and glitteriest supplies with a licensed logo, which adds to the cost, make them “Do It Yourself” art projects for your kids to decorate.

Use Technology to Bring Deals to Your Inbox: Let technology save you money by doing an online coupon search, monitor your favorite stores’ social media accounts to get advance notice of sales, and sign up for coupon links.

Stock Up: If you see a good deal on supplies you know will be an ongoing need, stock up so you’re ready when something runs out, gets lost, or breaks.

To learn about credit unions in your community and how they can help you plan for the back-to-school season, visit www.aSmarterChoice.org.

Source: Kimberly Stewart • Manager, Public Relations
Ohio Credit Union League
10 W. Broad St., Suite 1100 • Columbus, OH 43215
T: 800-486-2917, ext. 248 • D: 614-923-9748
www.OhioCreditUnions.org