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.”

New ACR/SBI Breast Cancer Screening Guidelines Call for Significant Changes to Screening Process

Assign Special Status and Approach for African-American and Other Women at High-Risk for Breast Cancer

 

New American College of Radiology (ACR) and Society of Breast Imaging (SBI) breast cancer screening guidelines are the first to recognize that African-American women are at high-risk for the disease and should be screened as such. The ACR and SBI now call for all women to have a risk assessment at age 30 to see if screening earlier than age 40 is needed. The societies also newly-recommend that women previously diagnosed with breast cancer be screened with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

The ACR and SBI continue to recommend that women at average breast cancer risk begin screening at age 40.

“The latest scientific evidence overwhelmingly supports a continued general recommendation of starting annual screening at age 40. It also supports augmented and earlier screening for many women. These updates will help save more lives,” said Debra Monticciolo, MD, FACR, chair of the American College of Radiology Breast Imaging Commission.

According to 2015 National Cancer Institute Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) data, since mammography became widespread in the 1980s, the U.S. breast cancer death rate in women, unchanged for the previous 50 years, has dropped 43 percent.  Breast cancer deaths in men, who have the same treatment as women but are not screened, have not declined.

Factors that contributed to the ACR/SBI reclassification of African-American women include that:
  • African-American women are 42 percent more likely to die from breast cancer than non-Hispanic white women despite roughly equal incidence rates
  • African-American women have a two-fold higher risk of aggressive — “triple-negative” — breast tumors
  • African-American women are less likely to be diagnosed with stage I breast cancer, but twice as likely to die of early breast cancers
  • African-American women have a higher risk of BRCA1 and BRCA2 genetic mutations than those of Western European ancestry. These carriers are at much higher risk for breast cancer.

“Since 1990, breast cancer death rates dropped 23 percent in African-American women — approximately half that in whites. We changed our approach to help save more African-American women and others at higher risk from this deadly disease,” said Wendy B. DeMartini, MD, FSBI.

For more information regarding the proven effectiveness of regular mammography screening at reducing breast cancer deaths, please visit RadiologyInfo.org, MammographySavesLives.org and EndTheConfusion.org.

 

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It Takes Courage To Seek Help

Today, good health goes beyond exercise and diet—it also encompasses what goes on in our mind. When we are feeling depressed or anxious, our bodies react. Over time, this can lead to health problems. There is a story about a wise old doctor whose patient came to see him and said she was depressed. The doctor’s reaction was surprising to her. He said, “That’s good. Now that you know there’s something wrong, you need to make a change in your life!”

Today, women face many issues that can impact their emotional and mental health. This may include how to adjust to changing roles (such as breadwinner wives and stay at home dads), online dating, the choice of whether or not to have children and many more concerns.

When women need help, they often seek counseling. The job of a counselor is to guide patients through the process of addressing issues and creating change in their life. Counselors are taught to remain objective, and what is said to them remains private. There are a variety of options for counseling. Depending on the needs of the patient, counseling may include individual or group sessions, or both.

Sometimes, women are afraid to admit they have an issue and resort to means other than counseling to change how they feel. They may drink too much or use drugs to lessen the mental pain they are experiencing. When these individuals stop using a substance, they are flooded with emotions that are difficult to deal with alone.

It takes courage to seek help but realizing that professional resources are available can help you address the issues in your life and make the necessary changes to become the best version of you. If you would like to learn more about counseling, Southwest General’s Oakview Behavioral Health Services offers an assessment to help determine if you can benefit from group or individual counseling.

To learn more, or to schedule an assessment, call 440-816-8200.

Healthy Mouth ♥ Healthy Heart

By Dr. Scott L. Rose

The human body is an amazing organism. The more we learn about it, the more we see the interrelationships between seemingly unrelated parts of the body. The mouth is a wonderful example. It can directly influence our health and indirectly influence our health. Think of the mouth as the door to your home. An open door lets anything and everything in. Even a door that looks ok can have cracks, leaks, and other issues that allow wind, moisture, insects, etc. to invade.

The mouth is a very specialized and complex door. There have been many studies that correlate the health of the mouth to the health of the entire body. One study even suggests that the condition of the mouth can predict cardiovascular health just as well as cholesterol levels. A recent study showed that the inflammation caused by periodontal disease led to an increased risk of heart disease. While the exact mechanisms are not fully understood, the bacteria associated with gum disease are implicated in the formation of atherosclerosis – hardening of the arteries. The two mechanisms that seem most likely are that the toxins from the bacteria help in the formation of the fatty deposits known as plaque. The other mechanism is that these toxins trigger specific proteins released that create inflammation of the blood vessels.

Regardless of the exact mechanism, it starts with oral bacteria. Knowing this, there is no reason not to get regular cleanings and examinations where the health of the gums and bone are evaluated. Old fillings that are breaking down also harbor bad bacteria and this can also add to the problem. The good news is there are many therapies and treatments for dental decay, gum disease, and gum inflammation. In addition to traditional treatments, I have found that adding other adjunctive therapies, such as lasers and ozone, help healing and promote health. The bottom line is: be proactive. Fix your door.

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The Medina County Women’s Journal E-Series Event

You are invited to join us on Thursday March 8, 2018 at Root Candles in Medina from 10:30am- 2pm for The Medina County Women’s Journal E-Series Luncheon Event.

Meet over ten local health conscious businesses at the 14th Annual Women’s Journal E-Series Luncheon where you will learn about the most common diseases and health concerns affecting you and your family.

Discuss innovative breakthroughs for your family’s needs in orthopedic care, addiction, options for labor and delivery to how to feel your best during menopause and how to keeping your family healthy while taking care of multiple generations.

  • Ask The Experts the questions you always wanted to know…
  • How to prioritize and balance work and taking care of family members of multiple generations?
  • What are all the options for staying healthy and feeling your best during menopause?
  • Are you or a family member suffering needless joint pain or a sport’s injury?
  • What vitamins and supplements are recommended to keep my family healthy?
  • Expecting a baby in 2018? What are my options for labor and delivery?
  • Considering higher education for you or your family?

Learn the answers from our panelists and SO MUCH MORE!

Meet the Ask the Expert Panelist:

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Register by 3/2/18 – $20 ea. LIMITED SEATING AVAILABLE | Includes lunch from Corkscrew Saloon, Panel Presentation, Sample teas and dessert from Miss Molly’s Tea Room | PLUS Visit Health Conscious Vendors, Door Prizes & Discover Root Candles.

REGISTER & DETAILS AT WWW.WOMENS-JOURNAL.COM/ESERIES2018 or CALL 330-722-5788 and press option 1 or email medina@womens-journal.com

Lung Cancer Alliance Praises Bipartisan, Bicameral Congressional Leadership On Women’s Health Imperative

Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Representatives Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ), Rick Nolan (D-MN), Barbara Comstock (R-VA) and Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) Bring Priority Focus to Accelerated Research and Screening Services for Women Impacted by Lung Cancer

Screen Shot 2018-02-11 at 10.41.08 PMThe Lung Cancer Alliance (LCA) hailed the reintroduction of the Women and Lung Cancer Research and Preventive Services Act, which brings priority focus to a women’s health imperative. The legislation was introduced with bipartisan support in both the Senate and House of Representatives.

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death of women in both the U.S. and around the world. It takes the lives of more women than breast, ovarian, cervical, and uterine cancers – combined.  An average of 193 women die each day from lung cancer, one every 7 minutes, and two-thirds of never smokers diagnosed with lung cancer are women.

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“There is no stronger signal of a commitment to improving the health of women and transforming their medical care than the legislative actions taken today by these bipartisan, Congressional leaders,” said Laurie Fenton Ambrose, President and CEO of Lung Cancer Alliance. “Lung cancer is a women’s health imperative. It behaves differently in women than men, particularly those who have never smoked. This legislation will help unlock answers to research questions and bring a coordinated federal plan of action to promote access to life-saving preventive services, improve quality of life and increase survival for women and the entire lung cancer community.”

The legislation requires an interagency team, led by the Secretary of Health and Human Services, in consultation with the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs, conduct a thorough study and report to Congress in 180 days on the status of and recommendations for:

  • Increased research on women and lung cancer;
  • Improved access to lung cancer preventive services; and,
  • National public awareness and education campaigns on lung cancer.
“Lung cancer disproportionately affects women and is the leading cause of cancer deaths among women. Despite the dramatic impact this has on the women of Florida and across the country, there is a lack of research into why there is this disparate, particularly amongst women non-smokers,” said Senator Rubio. “This bill is a positive step in the battle against lung cancer. It will encourage more research into why lung cancer disproportionately impacts women so we can develop better prevention and treatment tools and have a better understanding of the disease as a whole.”

“Lung cancer kills more women each year than any other cancer. This year, 70,500 women will lose their lives to this disease. While we know the key risk factors, many questions remain,” said Senator Feinstein. “For example, lung cancer has been found in far more women who don’t smoke than in men who don’t smoke, and we have no idea why. This bill will strengthen our efforts to reduce lung cancer and improve patient outcomes.”

“Countless individuals across the country have been devastated by lung cancer. This is a very personal issue for my family, responsible for the death of both of my wife Tina’s parents. This is a disease that knows no boundaries in who it affects thus we must double our efforts to raise awareness and reduce mortality,” Rep. LoBiondo said. “I remain committed to working with Reps. Nolan, Comstock, Bonamici and other colleagues and groups who want to help make real strides against lung cancer.”

“When it comes to supporting lung cancer research, we can and must do better. The study directed by our bill will begin to help us understand why there is a greater prevalence of lung cancer amongst women and, in particular, amongst women who have never smoked. Though the passage of this bipartisan, bicameral legislation would mark but one small step in the fight against lung cancer, it would make an enormous difference to those who are battling lung cancer and their loved ones. I am proud to join my Congressional Lung Cancer Caucus Co-Chair Frank LoBiondo as an original cosponsor of this measure,” said Rep. Nolan.

“The Women and Lung Cancer Research and Preventive Services Act will provide critical resources in combating the largest cause of cancer death in women, lung cancer.  We all know someone who has been devastated by lung cancer. I lost a best friend this past year and I join as an original cosponsor on this important bipartisan legislation in honor of Kate O’Beirne, who we lost last April. This legislation will allow us to make greater progress in battling lung cancer and providing increased access to preventive services that can save lives,” Rep. Comstock said. 

“My mother is a lung cancer survivor, so I know we can and must do more to prevent this devastating disease and support women who are battling it,” Rep. Bonamici said. “I’m proud to join this important bipartisan effort that will improve lung cancer research and result in better outcomes for women.”

In March, LCA will collaborate with the Congressional Lung Cancer Caucus to hold a briefing on women and lung cancer to educate members of Congress about the need for and impact of this legislation. For more details about this or other advocacy efforts, please contact policy@lungcanceralliance.org.

About Lung Cancer Alliance:
Lung Cancer Alliance serves and listens to those living with and at risk for lung cancer to reduce stigma, improve quality of life and increase survival. We empower our community by helping people navigate the paths of early detection, diagnosis and treatment. Insights allow us to improve care, amplify awareness, drive advocacy and lead research with the vision of tripling the number of survivors in the next decade. For more information, please visit www.lungcanceralliance.org. Follow Lung Cancer Alliance on Facebook: www.facebook.com/lungcanceralliance  and on Twitter @LCAorg using the hashtag #LCpolicy.

Source:Lung Cancer Alliance
Chris Davis 
cdavis@lungcanceralliance.org 202-742-1895

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.”

Click on this link to read the full medical review on Cozy Bump and its benefits. CLICK HERE
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What Motivates You?

By Jeff Tomaszewski, Chief Life Transformer, MaxStrength Fitness

The Statistics
Brace yourself. According to Rod K. Dishman, Ph.D., director of the Behavioral Fitness Laboratory at the University of Georgia, nearly 50 percent of people who begin an exercise program drop out within the first 6 months. The question is, “Why”? What is it about sticking with a fitness routine that causes so many people abandon it?

The answer? Motivation.
They don’t want health and fitness badly enough. It is a simple fact of human psychology that if we want something badly enough, we’ll do everything we can to get it.

Your challenge is to find out what motivates you to get serious about fitness and stick with it.

Unlocking your motivation
When Bryan Reece was told by his doctors that he was minutes away from a heart attack, Bryan decided to fight back. Even though he had not been in a gym for 30 years, he turned his life around and eventually became a finisher in the Arizona Ironman competition. You can read his story in the book, You Are an Ironman: How Six Weekend Warriors Chased Their Dream of Finishing the World’s Toughest Triathlon by Jacques Steinberg.

You do not have to be part of that 50 percent who quit.
You can stay committed and finish strong. It is all about finding what motivates you personally. Here are some possible motivators for you:

  1. Do it for your health. Consistent exercise and healthy eating are the two very best things you can do for your health. You will develop a strong, healthy heart, reduce your chances of many cancers, prevent diabetes, keep a sharp mind and resist dementia, and avoid many of the common ailments that come with aging. It is possible to age without decay, and the key to this is exercise and eating well.
  2. Do it to look better. Appearance isn’t everything, but most of us care how we look. A strong and healthy person just looks good. And it isn’t all physical. Your demeanor will change as you develop the confidence that comes from the discipline of fitness. You will appear more energetic and confident because you will be more energetic and confident!
  3. Do it to relieve stress. Really! It isn’t a cliché. Exercising really does cause physical changes in your brain and nervous system that results in feelings of calmness and well-being. In fact, you may get so hooked on the mental benefits of exercise that you will crave it!
  4. Do it to be strong. If you have never done focused weight training, then you literally have no idea of the total transformation that you will feel after just a few weeks. There is nothing like bending over to pick something up that normally results in discomfort, strain and even pain, only to find out that it is a piece of cake! And by getting strong now, you reduce your risk of age-related falls and fractures because you have the core strength and balance to keep yourself stable.

It is worth taking the time to discover the powerful motivators in your life. Don’t worry about “bribing” yourself, do what it takes to get yourself moving. Find out what makes working hard worth it. Find out what you want more than that brownie. Your health is at stake; in fact, your very life is at stake. It’s time to transform yourself.

At MaxStrength Fitness we are in the life transformation business! Request your FREE initial consultation and demo workout at www.maxstrengthfitness.com. After all, you deserve it!

Jeff Tomaszewski, owner of MaxStrength Fitness in Westlake, is a certified athletic trainer and strength and conditioning specialist. He is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University and holds a master’s degree in exercise physiology. Jeff is also a personal trainer and professional body-builder committed to helping clients achieve their health and fitness goals. Visit www.maxstrengthfitness.com or call 440.835.9090.

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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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