Recover with Regenerative Medicine at Southwest General

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Cancer

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

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

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

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

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

By Leah Kline PA-C

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

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

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

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

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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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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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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+.

Find the Cause, Stop Suffering & Get Healthy Now!

Screen Shot 2017-07-17 at 1.34.37 PMBy Dr. Brandon Bupp, Nationally Recognized Natural Wellness Expert

Have you suffered from hormone imbalances? Do you wish you could stop hormone replacement therapy because you still do not have the energy you wish you had but you don’t have a solution? Are you taking thyroid medication but still have trouble losing weight and your energy is still low?

Certainly, I want you to know there are answers to these problems! The answers are found in the cause. If we can understand the cause of your health problems we can come up with a solution.

IT’S TRULY ABOUT FINDING THE CAUSE!

That statement may sound like common sense but ask yourself “Is your doctor is looking for the cause of your health issue?” If your thyroid is not producing enough thyroid hormone, does it make sense that giving you synthetic thyroid hormone would cause your thyroid to make more hormone?

The fact is, STRESS truly does create health problems. There are multiple forms of stress we encounter every day. Stress shows up in different forms.  ere is chemical or toxicity stress from the synthetic, GMO food we eat, the water that is saturated with harmful chemicals, and even the air we breathe. Stress also exists in the form of physical stress which could be caused by slips, falls, car accident, and prolonged sitting or standing with bad posture due to the forces of gravity. And then, of course, there is emotional stress that is caused by the daily ups and downs we all face.

These stresses create a burden on our nervous system, our life source, our energy reserve. Remember, unfortunately, we do not have the ability to plug our anger into an electrical outlet in order to recharge our power. That happens via our cells ability to generate and create energy on their own.

Here is the big idea, if the burden of stress in our lives becomes too great we end up in an energy debt. Meaning, we are burning or spending more energy dealing with the stress burden than we are able to overcome. When this happens, disease, symptoms, and conditions occur.

The way we are able to help so many patients actually get better and stay healthy is by finding out exactly where and how the body is not able to function properly. We do in-depth testing through detailed blood work, nerve scans, and additional testing to discover where the body is breaking down. Based on that information, we work to restore normal function to those areas. We also help people to limit the stressful burden on the body through lifestyle coaching and proper nutritional habits.

It is a completely different way of looking at health care but it works! Don’t take my word for it, listen to our patients, watch their videos on our website!

At Advanced Health and Wellness, my goal has always been to provide the very best, more state of the art, research-based, healthcare possible. If we can understand why a problem exists, it seems to me that we should be able to find a solution. Our goal is to revolutionize health care in the way it is delivered and the results that our patients receive. If we aim to improve the health of the patient, rather than simply improve the patient’s symptoms, we can improve our healthcare outcomes during a time when the life expectancy is actually dropping.

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Don’t Let PAIN Keep You on the Sidelines this Summer

It’s time to get out and enjoy the Ohio sunshine again! Farmer’s Markets, gardening, fishing, golfing, biking, picnics, baseball, kayaking, swimming, and all our other favorite spring and summer activities. Often times participating in our favorite activities can cause muscle fatigue, aches and pains. Muscle tension will cause shorting of muscles and you’ll have less range of motion than normal. Now more than ever, it’s important to take care of you, to heal the tension before it causes injuries. After all, who wants to sit on the sidelines watching and not participating?

An hour of massage can do more for you than just take the pressures of the day away. Studies show that the more massages you can allow yourself, the better you’ll feel. Touch is a natural human reaction to pain and stress, and for conveying compassion and support.  ink of the last time you bumped your toe or had a cramping calf muscle. What did you do, rub it? The professional massage therapists at Nature’s Touch know how to apply the right kinds of techniques to muscles and joints to release tightness, cramping, spasms, and knots. Oftentimes your follow-up appointment will require a shorter session on specific regionals; working on shoulders, necks, arms, backs, or legs only rather than a whole body massage. These shorter sessions are also
effective in providing the benefits of massage by releasing your pain and making you feel great again.

Equally important as the season changes is to maintain adequate hydration. Muscles and tissues require lots of fluids as well as good wholesome nutrition to function properly and to avoid spasms and sprains. When we work or exercise hard our muscles build up lactic acid which will cause spasms or strains.  is creates those painful “knots” we often experience that can shorten our range of motion. Staying hydrated and receiving regular massage sessions this summer will help keep you moving and grooving and having some seasonal fun.

To find out more about how these therapies can help your specific problem contact Nature’s Touch Massage & Wellness Center at (330) 721-9357,
e-mail NaturesTouch4U@aol.com or visit our website at www.NTWellnessCenter.com.

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Northshore Eye Care Welcomes Innovations By Building On Family Values

Screen Shot 2017-05-07 at 2.47.42 PMNorthShore Eye Care was founded in January 2017 by one of the most trusted names in eye care, Ophthalmologist, John Costin, MD. Some of the area’s most respected eye care physicians are part of this growing group of eye care experts with offi ces located in Avon, Avon Lake and Sandusky.

Dr. John Costin was born and raised in Lorain and returned there after his medical training. Prior to launching NorthShore Eye Care, he served as Chair of the Cleveland Clinic Lorain Institute. His son, Bryan Costin, MD, is also an ophthalmologist with the practice, providing care for adults and children. Both graduated from Case Western University Medical School and chose to remain in the area to practice medicine.

The large medical practice was built by developing personal relationships with patients and the staff of caregivers who support the physicians and patients. Daily you will see Dr. John Costin greeting patients in the waiting room, introducing patients to the staff, and thanking patients for the honor of serving them. Every member of the NorthShore team can tell you a story about how John helped and supported each of them in their personal life. “We are a family taking care of our friends and neighbors. I am just continuing the core lessons taught to me by my dad and mom,” said John.

Although the two work together on a daily basis, they are first and foremost members of a close family and friends whose mentoring relationship works both ways. Bryan has learned from his dad both professionally and personally. He and his other two siblings were raised on a horse farm in Wakeman. It was there that John and his wife taught each of their children the value of hard work, discipline and respect. “My father has always inspired me, through his dedication to medicine and education and his love of community. He simply loves to help people and always treats every patient like they are a part of our extended family,” Bryan said. John’s inspiration comes from his own upbringing where he worked for his father’s carpet-cleaning business. His father taught him the value of a long day at work. “My father taught me the importance of providing for my family and staying active, which is what I plan to do,” said John.

Business relationships can be complex, especially for fathers and sons. Bryan and John approach the business differently at times. But you will not find a more effective, respectful and collaborative relationship than the one between these two. Although John loves technology and continues to learn, Bryan, by virtue of his generation, brings a perspective on technology and innovation to the office that didn’t exist
30 years ago. Bryan is a leading expert in the anatomy of muscles in the area of the eye and uses targeted Botox therapy for procedures. He has developed care processes that help patients avoid in-hospital
procedures. By performing some procedures in-office, he helps patients to avoid the higher cost and inconvenience of a hospital stay.

“The secret is listening and compromise. For the most part, we agree on business decisions. I have pushed back at times when offered a different perspective. We’ve made adjustments on both of our parts
but we’ve learned when to back off and when to push. It has ultimately helped the business and more importantly our patients,” said John.

The two have brought their strengths together to form a dynamic practice. John and Bryan, along with the other 15 experts in this multi-specialty group, enjoy the comradery that exists in their offices and each have reputations for providing optimal service to their patients. NorthShore Eye Care offers a comprehensive range of eye care services for conditions including cataracts, drooping eyelids, macular degeneration, eyelid cancer, diabetic retinopathy, retinal detachment, excessive tearing, and more. “It really is a special thing to go to work every day with my son,” said John. “I know he and these other well-respected professionals in the practice share my values and will continue the legacy I’ve built. I’m very lucky.”

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