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.”

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!

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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.

Pregnancy Pillow Relieves Lower Back Pain During Pregnancy

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The husband and wife team Logan and Kathleen Zanki of North Carolina, Cozy Bump has become the best friend of expectant mothers everywhere as a maternity mattress that allows pregnant women to rest and relax on their belly. Not only providing comfort, the Cozy Bump relieves pressure in the lower back, while its patented design aids in spine decompression and helps eradicate the unwanted effects of “prone position,” which, before an approach like Cozy Bump, often stressed the lumbar vertebrae, uterine structure and posterior musculature – all resulting in low back pain.
“The assumption that so-called ‘prone position’ is not a safe sleeping position during pregnancy came from the fact that the public did not have access to a product like Cozy Bump until recently,” says Logan Zanki. “Our product is a carefully designed invention that allows pregnant women to assume the prone position without harming their fetus or their back. The problem with the prone position during pregnancy when not using a product like Cozy Bump would be due to: the effect of gravity on the weight of the growing abdomen stressing the lumbar, uterine and posterior regions.
“Efforts were required to design a specialized bed, such as our Cozy Bump, which would allow pregnant women to feel greater physical comfort without putting in danger the developing fetus.”
A unique structural opening in the Cozy Bump mattress fits the growing pregnant belly while a mom-to-be assumes the prone position, as a belly sling supports the abdominal structures to yield a safe and comfortable pregnancy. Keeping in mind the need for safety and comfort within such a position, the Cozy Bump was designed specifically for pregnant women, with such features as a swaddle placed over the aforementioned belly opening adding a myriad of benefits.
“Placing this swaddle over the opening and then placing the mother’s belly in it works just like a sling or hammock,” adds Kathleen Zanki. “The use of the belly sling prevents gravity from pulling on the belly and stressing the lumber vertebrae, uterine structures and posterior muscles – in other words, the arching posture of the body reduces lumbar and posterior stress.”
The Cozy Bump boasts such an arching posture through a raised part in the center and depressed elements at the ends, a position that does not impose lumbar or posterior muscle stress but which features a decline in the leg section and slight decline in the head section, with a large raised bump where the belly would normally go. The raised bump area in the middle combined with the decline in the head and legs causes the mom-to-be to arch over, releasing all tension so the posterior and lumbar muscles remain stress-free.
Further, a decline in the leg section yields sufficient spine decompression that can ease the pressure on the sciatic nerves, offering relief from pain. The convex shape of the Cozy Bump, meanwhile, reduces the intradiscal pressure and increase the diameter of the spinal canal foramineal area, resulting in a significant drop in pressure on the spinal nerves.
“The best thing about Cozy Bump is that it offers optimal fetal positioning,” concludes Logan. “Indeed, Cozy Bump is the best solution to the problem that pregnant women have been facing for years, brilliantly filling the market gap by allowing pregnant women to sleep in the prone position with adequate support to the growing abdomen – all in a manner that avoids pressure on the uterus, no disruption in the maternal and fetal blood flow and no discomfort to the expectant mom.”

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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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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

Taking the Doctor-Patient Relationship to Heart

Screen Shot 2017-06-19 at 4.24.52 PMAs healthcare changes, a sustained relationship between a patient and their primary care doctor is more important today than ever. It is a fundamental and defining characteristic of primary care medicine. Likewise, as more of our population ages and more people develop chronic illnesses, the need for individualized care has dramatically increased. Three area medical doctors, Jennifer Carandang, Sheila Rice and Rebecca Ware, are tuned in to these needs and recently launched NorthShore Primary Care to enable a closer relationship with their patients.

With locations in Avon and Westlake, Drs. Carandang, Rice and Ware are dedicated to making sure each patient receives their undivided attention and an individualized care plan to help them achieve optimal health. All three hale from the west side of Cleveland and have earned a reputation as some of the area’s most highly regarded primary care physicians. In this independent internal medicine and pediatric practice, taking the time to meet and get to know each patient is a priority. Shorter face-to-face interactions could lead to missing important symptoms, misdiagnosing illnesses, and undermining their patient relationships.

“It’s very important to me to spend time building relationships with my patients,” says Dr. Ware. “Over the years, my practice has grown to see generations of families – the parents, kids, grandparents. You get to see the connections and the history. And that’s truly what primary care medicine should be.” Dr. Ware treats a wide range of conditions including diabetes, high cholesterol, hypertension, mood disorders, acute illnesses, and urinary tract infections. Prior to launching NorthShore Primary Care, she served as Medical Director of the Cleveland Clinic Lorain Family Health Center.

Dr. Rice grew up with a strong caregiving influence. “My mom was a nurse, and I’ve known since junior high that I loved science and loved trying to help people, says Dr. Rice. “I also love the challenge that comes with getting to the bottom of a patient’s symptomatology and the satisfaction of healing them and improving their quality of life. It’s why I love what I do every day.” Long-term doctor/patient relationships are part of NorthShore’s integrated approach to care. Dr. Rice specializes in women’s health, including routine gynecologiccare. She also earned and maintains special certifi cation in menopause management. She was recipient of the 2015 Cleveland Clinic Medicine Institute Outstanding Clinician award, the highest honor amongst community based internists in the system.

Dr. Carandang is dual certified in both primary care and pediatrics and trained to care for newborns, infants, children, and adolescents. She provides preventive care for healthy children and treats children who are injured or ill. She also specializes in childhood diseases, growth and emotional health, and treats a wide range conditions in adults including hypertension, diabetes, hyperlipidemia, asthma, and thyroid disorders. She has been named one of Cleveland Magazine’s Top Doctors as well as to the national Castle Connolly list of Exceptional Women in Medicine. “It’s such a joy to watch my pediatric patients as they grow,” says Dr. Carandang. “I’m happy to be a part of this practice because I simply want to be a doctor. I felt I was losing that, I was pushing too much paper. I love the feel of our office and that patients and parents can call and know who they are talking to. They trust us to do what is best for them and their children, and we take that very seriously.”

Primary care physicians are trained in the essentials of internal medicine, which incorporates an understanding of disease prevention, wellness, substance abuse, mental health, and effective treatment of common problems of the eyes, ears, skin, nervous system, and reproductive organs. These internists are trained in the diagnosis of cancer, infections and diseases affecting the heart, blood, kidneys, joints and the digestive, respiratory and vascular systems.

To make an appointment with Drs. Carandang or Rice, call the Avon office at 440.653.8091. To make an appointment with Dr. Ware in the Westlake office, call 440.250.7695. Learn more at www.northshorehealthcare.com.

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A look into the March of Dimes Prematurity Research Center Labs: Washington University/St. Louis

Circadian rhythms have a profound effect on metabolism, the immune system – and in the latest reserach from Drs. Herzog and Jungheim, maybe even preterm birth.

Screen Shot 2017-06-02 at 11.49.03 AMWe’ve long known that our circadian rhythms have profound effects on how — and especially when — we go about our daily lives. These cycles are influenced by the various intervals of light and darkness we experience over a 24-hour period, but also can be triggered by biological factors, our genetics and even our environment. The range of circadian impacts runs from relatively unnoticed, like our moods and ability to cope with stressors, to the most obvious, like when we are hungry or sleepy.

Circadian rhythms also have a profound effect on the onset of labor, with approximately 80% of women going into spontaneous labor between late night and early morning. And some studies have even shown that altering a pregnant woman’s circadian rhythms can disrupt the fetus’ growth and development. But could these rhythms also be a key factor in preterm birth? That’s exactly what a team of researchers at the March of Dimes Prematurity Research Center at Washington University in St. Louis are working on.

“The hypothesis we’re testing is that circadian rhythms in the mother, the fetus, or both, regulate birth timing, and when disrupted, may lead to preterm birth,” Dr. Herzog explained. “This chronodisruption, as it’s called, can be brought on by a number of factors, including shift work, exposure to artificial light, even irregular meals and sleep times. Our goal is to see how these disruptions influence preterm birth.”

The study has two parts. The first is to determine whether genetic or environmental disruptions of circadian rhythms lead to increased preterm birth risk in mice. The second part of the study is a pilot that will monitor and test 100 women pre- and post-conception to determine when disruption of the circadian rhythms of women with certain chronotypes, (e.g., larks vs. owls) increases their risk for preterm birth. The study will then be extended to 1000 women.

Also working on Theme Three at Washington University at St. Louis are Dr. Justin Fay, Ph.D., an associate professor of genetics, and Dr. Sarah K. England, a professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Dr. Jeff Gill, a professor of Political Science.

“By correlating the data we receive with genetic variations, we’ll also be able to trace any outcomes back to a woman’s specific biology,” said Dr. Fay, “to determine what role genetics plays in affecting circadian rhythm.”

Another leader working on this theme is Dr. Emily Jungheim. She sees the potential for the results of this research to positively affect the women in her practice.

“When I talk to young reproductive age women who are trying to have a child, the things that really speak to them are those they can do themselves to improve their outcomes,” she said. “They’re so motivated to do whatever they can to ensure they’re going to have a healthy start for their baby.”

And modifying those outcomes could be as simple as having a regularly scheduled bedtime.

For more information on prematurity research breakthroughs, we invite you to sign up for the Campaign to End Premature Birth newsletter.

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For more information on how you can be part of this effort, contact
philanthropy@marchofdimes.org

Source: March of Dimes 1275 Mamaroneck Avenue White Plains, NY 10605

Is independent living the right choice for you?

When you’re an older adult, any housing change can seem like you’re losing your independence. However, as the name suggests, independent living is more about making your life easier than giving up your independence. Sometimes, acknowledging your limitations—that you’re unable to manage the upkeep of your existing home, for example—and accepting some assistance now may help you maintain your regular independent routine for longer.

Is independent living right for me? – 4 Questions to ask yourself

1. How easy is it for me to maintain my current home?

Maintaining a home may be a longstanding source of pride for you, but it can also become a burden as you age. Perhaps your home has a large yard which requires constant maintenance, or maybe it’s becoming more difficult to clean those extra rooms that are rarely used. If your home is difficult to access, such as on a steep hill or up several flights of stairs, it may be harder for you to leave your home as often you’d like, leading to more isolation. Or increased crime may mean that your neighborhood is now too dangerous to walk around safely.

Some of these challenges may be partially remedied by hiring outside help, remodeling parts of your home, or by other family members lending assistance. However, if you’d like a place that does not require a lot of maintenance and upkeep, independent living may give you more freedom and flexibility in the long run.

2. Is it difficult for me to connect to friends and family?

The more isolated you are, the greater your risk for depression and other mental health problems. You may have a difficult time getting out of the house, perhaps due to trouble driving or increased mobility issues. Or your friends and neighbors may be busy with other work or family commitments, or the neighborhood may not be easy to get around. While the phone and Internet can help, nothing can take the place of face-to-face human connection.

Independent living facilities can give you a built-in social network of peers, while many also provide structured activities such as sports, arts, or field trips.

3. How easy is it for me to get around?

You may live in an area where you have to drive to attend social activities, visit friends, and shop. If you find yourself less comfortable with driving, you may find yourself relying more and more on public transportation or family and friends to get around. It may be harder to visit others, go to activities you enjoy, or keep doctors’ appointments.

As well as onsite amenities, many independent living or retirement communities also offer convenient transportation options to outside activities.

4. How is my health (and the health of my spouse)?

It’s important to consider your current and future health. For example, if you have a health condition that makes it difficult to stay active and will most likely worsen with time, it’s good to consider your options carefully. It’s also important to consider the health of your spouse if you are married. Can you manage the activities of daily living, such washing, showering, and eating? Can you manage your finances? Can you manage medications and doctor appointments?

If you see needing only minor assistance with activities of daily living, independent living may be right for you.

This article was provided by Liberty Residence

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Your Child’s Mouthwash Might Be Putting Harmful Substances In Their Bodies

3 Questionable Ingredients Found In Oral Health Care Products

Consumers have become increasingly aware of the hidden toxins in foods, beverages as well as eating and drinking utensils. They avoid high fat and high sodium foods, sulfates in their personal care products, aerosol sprays and toxic chemicals in their household cleaners.

Yet, when it comes to mouthwash, they will let their children take a product that contains harsh substances – some of which have been shown to linked to serious health problems.

“There has been a surprising lack of attention to mouthwash and how it affects children,” says Dr. Harold Katz (www.therabreath.com), a bacteriologist, dentist and developer of TheraBreath for Kids Oral Rinse. “Effects of potentially unhealthy ingredients are multiplied in the smaller bodies of children.”

Many ingredients in some commercial mouthwashes are of questionable benefit and some are just plain bad for you. Here is a look at some of the harmful substances that may be found in our children’s mouthwash products:

• Sodium Lauryl Sulfate. This harsh detergent leads to canker sores and causes microscopic damage and shedding of vital oral tissue. Because it dries out the mouth, it can also allow for the rapid reproduction of bad breath bacteria. 

• Saccharin. This sweetener is found in drinks, candy, cookies and medicines. It has also been shown to cause bladder cancer when tested on laboratory rats. In humans, it can cause allergy-related symptoms, skin disorders, nausea and diarrhea.

• Artificial Colors and Flavors. Studies by leading health researchers have found a link between children’s use of artificial colors and flavors with learning disabilities and hyperkinesis (hyperactivity and inability to concentrate).

Katz suggests that all consumers – especially parents – take the time to read labels and understand what is going into their children’s bodies. Spending a few extra minutes reading these labels, and understanding what the substances are could be a life-saving decision.

About the Author
Dr. Harold Katz (www.therabreath.com) received his degree in bacteriology from UCLA and is the founder of The California Breath Clinics and author of “The Bad Breath Bible.” He has been featured on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” CBS’s “Early Show” and “The View” with Barbara Walters and countless other TV shows. Dr. Katz has developed oxygenating compounds that have been used by millions around the world to eliminate bad breath. He is also the bearer of the now famous “Halimeter,” which tests the sulfur compounds in the mouth that cause bad breath. Dr. Katz’ website   offers a free online bad breaths test – as well as a sneaky way to tell someone they have halitosis.

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Brittany Thomas: 727-443-7115 ext 221
Print Campaign Manager
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Brittany@newsandexperts.com