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.
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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

Compliment Your Weight Loss Goals

Adding Laser Therapy To Your Weight Loss Goals Will Compliment Your Efforts

Losing weight for many women can be extremely difficult. Between fad diets, starvation, and diet pills, you probably have tried just about anything to drop those extra pounds. When none of your efforts work, you feel lost and your efforts are hopeless. You don’t know where to turn.

But what if being overweight was not entirely your fault? Are you focused on proper weight issues that need to be addressed? Are you eating the right foods? Or are you eating what society tells us are the right foods? Do you get enough sleep? Are you addicted to sugar? Do you suffer from stress? Many women focus on diet products, calories, and fat that they lose sight on the big picture. Weight issues are not always about food alone.

It is time we open up the energy channels and allow the body’s natural flow to occur. By stimulating certain pressure points on the body, you can be on your way to achieving your weight loss challenge once and for all. Laser therapy is the practice of delivering energy to acupuncture points located all over the body. Points are targeted to encourage feelings of relaxation, which can help eliminate stress and allow you to sleep better; points of addiction, which helps eliminate sugar from your diet with minimal withdrawal. Points are treated to stimulate the metabolism which enables the body to burn more calories at an accelerated rate and increase your sense of energy. Other pressure points treated include appetite control, food cravings, detoxification and much more.

When the body’s natural energy can flow properly, we are able to focus on proper nutrition making the process of weight loss more successful. Low-level laser therapy, along with proper nutrition and exercise is a perfect combination.

To find out more about our LLLT sugar detoxing, smoking cessation, and stress wellness programs call us at 440.740.1020.

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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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Why Financial Literacy Isn’t Just One Person’s Responsibility

Columbus, Ohio (June 26, 2017) Although most would agree it’s important for people to learn (preferably early) the life skills that set them up for financial success, studies consistently indicate Americans are generally not sufficiently educated about their personal finances.

Respondents in the Ohio Credit Union League’s 2016 end-of-year consumer survey strongly agree that financial literacy is essential to a child’s education. On a scale from one to five (where five is “extremely important” and one is “not important at all”), parents ranked the importance of teaching their children about finances an average of 4.6. Without a doubt, parents recognize how essential a formal financial education is for their children.

That said, when respondents were asked about how they received their financial education, an overwhelming 62.6 percent stated that they learned from experience or life lessons. Despite the widely-accepted belief that parents should play a part in teaching their children financial literacy, only 20.6 percent indicated they received financial education from their parents.

The overwhelming demand for financial literacy training and simultaneous lack of access for Ohio consumers aligns closely with national trends. And when parents fail to educate their children about finances, schools don’t always fill the gap. While the demand for financial literacy courses in high school is nationally apparent, the Council for Economic Education says only 17 states (including Ohio) require students to take classes in personal finance.

In a survey by the National Financial Educators Council about which high school-level course would have benefited participants the most, 54.1 percent stated a money management class would have been the most useful.

Despite a lack of formal education opportunities, there is a multitude of easy, convenient resources parents can leverage to put their children on the path to financial health.

  • Start now and involve the family: There is a lot of information to increase personal financial literacy that is appropriate for all ages and levels of wealth. Start now, right where you are. Use age-appropriate activities, including games and challenges to make it fun for kids, and get the whole family better educated about finances.
  • Find a personal finance app: Using a personal finance app is an easy way to put money management at your fingertips and help you stay on track with your financial plans. There are many no- and low-cost apps available to help you budget, invest, or pay bills automatically.  Check the user reviews to see what aligns best with what you’re looking for in a financial tool.
  • Take advantage of online resources:  The U.S. government sponsors www.mymoney.gov, which is dedicated to teaching the basics about financial education, including topics like buying a home, balancing a checkbook, or investing in a 401(k) plan. Additionally, with free credit union-funded resources and tools from MoneyAndStuff.info and bizkids.com, the “money talk” is the easiest talk to have with kids.
  • Consult your financial institution: According to OCUL’s survey, only 5 percent of participants received formal financial education from financial institutions. However, a majority of Ohio credit unions offer structured financial literacy programs like classes and counseling, and all of them can be counted on for trustworthy advice.

To learn about credit unions in your community and how they can help you afford life, visit www.aSmarterChoice.org.

About The Ohio Credit Union League
With offices in Columbus, is a state trade association representing 290 credit unions. Credit unions are not-for-profit financial institutions owned and democratically-controlled by their members. Ohio credit unions provide savings, loans, and other consumer financial services to 2.81 million members. To learn more, 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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