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August 2015 Health Newsletter


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» Are You Ever Nervous about Talking with Your Doctor?
» Allergies and Chiropractic
» Alternative Treatment Options For Allergies and Asthma
» How Can Chiropractic Help IBS
» Acupuncture and Irritable Bowel Syndrome
» New Services
» Spring and Traditional Chinese Medicine
» Painkillers Like Ibuprofen Increase Risk for Stroke and Heart Attack
» Study Links Inactivity to Diabetes
» Soon Many Restaurant Menus Must Have Calorie Counts

Are You Ever Nervous about Talking with Your Doctor?
If you want to receive appropriate medical care and learn how to follow through on your doctor's recommendations, clear communications are essential. However, that's easier said than done.

The typical office visit is growing shorter. Your doctor will probably see you for 15 minutes or less, and electronic records are replacing some of the discussion that used to occur face to face. On top of that, there may be strong emotions and embarrassment that go along with any disturbing symptoms.

As a patient, you can learn to talk with your doctor more effectively. Try these suggestions for choosing a physician you'll feel comfortable with, and communicating with them.

Choosing Your Doctor

1. Check social media. Take a look at your doctor's Twitter feed or Facebook page for a preview that may suggest their personality and approach. Many health professionals use social media to educate their patients and answer common questions.

2. Evaluate online ratings. Internet services are now rating medical doctors as well as restaurants, and the criteria usually includes being friendly and easy to talk with. Just remember that these are opinions rather than facts. You may want to consult additional sources like referrals from friends and other health care providers.

3. Focus on the team. Pay attention to how your doctor interacts with colleagues as well as you. Some studies suggest that up to 80% of serious medical errors are caused by miscommunications between caregivers.

4. Take action. Most of all look for a physician who encourages your engagement. Do they speak with you respectfully and value your input?

Communicating with Your Doctor

1. Set priorities. Given how short doctor visits are today, ensure you squeeze in the main issues before you leave. Focus on your back pain instead of trying to deal with a whole laundry list of experiences.

2. Volunteer information. Your doctor may be as hesitant as you to bring up sensitive subjects like losing weight or quitting smoking. Share any details that could be relevant to receiving the treatment that you need.

3. Ask questions. More than 65% of medical schools now teach communications, but some practitioners still tend to speak in lectures. Asking questions creates a discussion and clarifies your concerns.

4. Sum it up. Restating what your doctor said is an effective way to show whether you really understand each other. Try giving a quick recap before you walk out the door.

5. Start a journal. Keeping a journal can help you to think straight when you're dealing with complicated medical information and strong emotions. Write down your symptoms and any events you want to talk about.

6. Take notes. Jot down what your doctor tells you. Use a notepad or your phone. Some practitioners may even let you record the sessions.

7. Accept uncertainty. Encourage your doctor to be candid by letting them know that you can handle the truth. You may be able to avoid unnecessary tests and prescriptions that are unlikely to provide clear cut answers or significant relief.

8. Discuss risks. Most procedures have risks as well as benefits. Be polite but firm about needing to hear the full picture.

9. Bring support. If you're nervous about going to the doctor's office alone, take along someone you trust like your spouse or a friend. Patient advocates can also facilitate discussions between you and your doctor. Your employer may have an employee assistance program or you can contact groups like the American Cancer Society.

Skillful communications can turn you into an engaged patient who makes sound health decisions for you and your family. When you're knowledgeable, assertive, and courteous, you help your doctor to provide you with the best quality care possible.

At Advanced Healthcare Center, our goal is to provide you with consistent quality care. Our medical providers and office staff are available and happy to discuss any questions or concerns that you may have about your care. And because we do not want finances to stand in the way of you receiving the care that you need, our office manager is available to discuss all the financial options available to you. Your health is our priority. Please contact us at 912-427-8433 to let us know how we can help you.

Author: Leona Harter, L.Ac.
Source: Leona Harter, L.Ac
Copyright: Leona Harter, L.Ac. 2015


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Allergies and Chiropractic
Chiropractic care releases the pressure on the nervous system. This allows the immune system to work more effectively. Recent studies of psychoneuroimmunology have shown that the functioning of the nervous system is relevant to the function of the immune system. Chiropractic care is a hands on approach to body alignment. The chiropractic system of health removes subluxations, a term that refers to vertebra that are out of alignment, causing stress on the nervous system. Chiropractic care realigns the spine and allows the body to heal itself. The body's ability to heal itself is restored through the central nervous system and the re-connection that it brings to the rest of the body. Regular chiropractic adjustments allow the body to function properly. They also help the body's immune system to function properly. If you have allergic reactions to a substance, you may benefit from regular chiropractic care. A healthy body is capable of neutralizing toxic substances in your system. Chiropractic care is a holistic approach to allergy treatment, allowing your body to do what it was built to do. Call today to get started! Our chiropractors are always happy to answer any questions you may have. 912-427-8433

Author: Leona Harter, L.Ac.
Source: Leona Harter, L.Ac
Copyright: Leona Harter, L.Ac 2015


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Alternative Treatment Options For Allergies and Asthma
Do you suffer from allergies or asthma? It's a little-known fact that these two conditions are directly linked to each other. Asthma, which affects roughly one in 12 people according to the CDC, is characterized by spasms of the small airways and inflammation. Furthermore, about 90% of children under the age of 16 with asthma have allergies, while 70% of people between the ages of 16 and 30 have allergies, and 50% of adults over the age of 40 have allergies.

Unfortunately, most people who suffer from allergies and asthma simple mask their symptoms with drugs rather than seeking a treatment for the root cause. Both of these conditions involve an overreaction by the body's immune system to what it believes is a foreign invader. When you are exposed to an allergen (e.g. ragweed, pet dander, etc.), your immune system produces an abundance of inflammatory hormones, which subsequently cause the symptoms of allergies and asthma to manifest.

There are several alternative treatment options available for allergies and asthma. One of these options is choosing to make dietary and lifestyle changes. We live in an age in which far too many people choose to pick up convenient fast food as opposed to preparing and cooking fresh meals. There's nothing wrong with an occasional fast food burger, but basing the4 bulk of your diet around processed foods such as this will take a toll on your body. The lack of nutrients and increased intake of preservatives can disturb the immune system, causing greater sensitivity to allergens. A better choice is to consume a diet rich in lean meats, fresh fruits and vegetables, and whole grains.

 Of course, herbal medicine is a time-tested alternative treatment for allergies and asthma. Some of the most popular herbs used to treat these conditions include stinging nettles, ginkgo biloba, green tea, and reishi, all of which contain heavy concentrations of antioxidants. These antioxidants are believed to fight harmful chemicals in the body known as free radicals, which if left unchecked, may irritate existing conditions like allergies and asthma.

Acupuncture is also known to improve the symptoms for allergy and asthma sufferers. This Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) involves stimulating the body's life force (Qi) by placing small, thin needles directly under the skin. When a person's Qi grows stagnant or experiences other problems, he or she is more susceptible to disease and illness. Therefore, correcting this problem through acupuncture will naturally deter allergies, asthma and other common problems.

Call our office today to learn how you can get back on track to better health! Our acupuncturist, Leona Harter, offers FREE consultations and is always happy to discuss how acupuncture can help you as an individual.

Author: Leona Harter, L.Ac.
Source: Leona Harter, L.Ac
Copyright: Leona Harter, L.Ac 2015


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How Can Chiropractic Help IBS
Chiropractors believe that there is a strong relationship between the intestines and the nervous system. Your nervous system must be able to send messages to the intestines without any interference in order for your bowels to work properly. The nervous system consists of the brain, the spinal cord, and the spinal nerves. Since the spine houses the spinal nerves, misalignments in the spinal column can interfere with the communication between the intestines and the nervous system. This can then lead to irritable bowel syndrome. This interference is referred to subluxation. By correcting these misalignments, the nerves are able to function properly and carry information to the intestines. This is why a chiropractor may be able to help those that suffer with IBS. Although there are not any studies proving the effectiveness of chiropractic for IBS, it is becoming increasingly more popular as an alternative treatment. Many chiropractors report that adjustments have helped their patients suffering from this condition better manage their symptoms. Chiropractic care has also been known to reduce stress, which is a major culprit of IBS symptoms. A Chiropractor may also be able to recommend a good food plan to help minimize symptoms during times of stress. While medication often masks the pain and symptoms of this disease, chiropractic adjustments help treat the underlying condition that causes IBS. If you are sick and tired of experiencing this painful condition, it's time to consider giving chiropractic care a try. Chiropractic care is a safe, gentle and effective way to manage the pain and discomfort often associated with this condition. Our chiropractors, Dr. Davis and Dr. Mizell, are happy to speak with you personally about how chiropractic care can help you. FREE consultations are available. Call to make your appointment today! 912-427-8433

Author: Leona Harter, L.Ac.
Source: Leona Harter, L.Ac
Copyright: Leona Harter, L.Ac 2015


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Acupuncture and Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Do you suffer from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)? According to the International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders (IFFGD), an estimated 25-45 million people in the United States have IBS (source). This all-too-common disease is characterized by chronic stomach pain, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, excess gas, and irregular bowel movements. While there's no known cure for IBS, acupuncture may offer relief.

A recent study conducted by researchers in the UK found acupuncture to offer relief of IBS symptoms. For the study, researchers split 233 IBS patients into two groups, one of which received acupuncture plus the usual care, while the second group strictly received the usual care.

"Acupuncture for irritable bowel syndrome provided an additional benefit over usual care alone. The magnitude of the effect was sustained over the longer term. Acupuncture should be considered as a treatment option to be offered in primary care alongside other evidenced based treatments," wrote researchers in the study's conclusion.

So, how is this Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) able to treat IBS? TCM states that our bodies have an active energy force (Qi) which connects our organs and vital systems. Normally, Qi flows without obstruction, traveling along defined paths known as the meridian system. When a blockage occurs within the body, blood becomes stagnant and systems are vulnerable to disease and illness, which is where acupuncture comes into play.

Acupuncture involves the placement of thin needles in specific areas of the body, rightfully known as acupuncture points. While the exact number of acupuncture points has fluctuated over the years, TCM practitioners give the ballpark figure of roughly 2,000, all of which are spread across 12 major meridians and 8 secondary meridians. The primary function of acupuncture is to restore Qi by correcting blockages in the meridians. When Qi begins to flow, disease and health conditions such as IBS correct themselves.

Will acupuncture cure your IBS? There's not enough evidence to definitely say that it's a cure for IBS. However, numerous studies, including the one cited above, attest to the healing power of acupuncture. Whether you experience minor or severe symptoms as a result of IBS, you should consider seeking acupuncture. It's a safe, painless and highly effective way to treat a wide variety of diseases, one of which is Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

Give us a call today to learn how you can get back on track to better health! Our acupuncturist, Leona Harter, offers FREE consultations and is happy to discuss your specific questions and concerns. 912-427-8433.

Author: Leona Harter, L.Ac.
Source: Leona Harter, L.Ac
Copyright: Leona Harter, L.Ac 2015


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New Services

At Advanced Healthcare, we strive to offer treatments and services that give maximum results. As such, we are now offering several new services that we would like to inform you about:

Compounded Medications

  • Customized pain cream compounded per patient.
  • Delivery can be sustained and controlled over a long period.
  • Fewer systemic side effects.
  • Concentration of medication to targeted affected area.
  • Ability to combine several drugs into one topical compound allowing for multiple modes of action.
  • Less potential for drug to drug interactions.

Pharmacogenetic Testing

Just as genetics contribute to whether you are tall or short, have black hair or blonde, genetics also affect how you may respond to certain medicines. Pharmacogenetics test you for genetic related differences that affect how certain medications are metabolized, as this can alter their effect.

Every person metabolizes drugs differently. Some people have trouble metabolizing certain drugs, which can mean they don't work, or can even result in serious complications or death. Finding the best match for you and your medication regimen is critical. A simple cheek swab - called a  buccal swab - can be used to collect your DNA for testing, and within just days your healthcare provider receives a comprehensive report so that they prescribe with confidence, and you can get the treatment most effective for YOU.

Take the guess work out of your healthcare and determine the type and dose of medicine that works best for you.

PENS

A Percutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulator which utilizes a patented technology to deliver therapeutic electrical signals through the skin into deep tissue for clocking pain transmission and improving function for up to 72 hours following a 30 minutes treatment.

Many patients report a 75% reduction in pain and find that their pain relief improves even further over four to six hours following the treatment.

  • Up to 75% immediate average reduction in pain
  • Up to 48 hours of pain relief
  • Increased range of motion
  • Reduction in stiffness
  • Reduction in muscle spasm

A round of treatment consists of 6 sessions spaced out every 2 to 3 days.


Talk with one of our healthcare professionals to find out how one of these treatments can help you reduce pain and return to a more active lifestyle. FREE consultations available. 912-427-8433

Author: Leona Harter, L.Ac.
Source: Leona Harter, L.Ac
Copyright: Leona Harter, L.Ac 2015


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Spring and Traditional Chinese Medicine

With the official start of spring just around the corner, there's no better time than now to consider using popular forms of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). As mother nature comes out of its state of dormancy, flowers will begin to blossom, trees will develop leaves, and the landscape will be replaced with flowing green grass. This massive change comes with some unwelcome side effects that TCM may prove useful in treating.

While cold and flu infection rates typically diminish by the start of spring, a new problem begins to emerge: allergies. According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI), approximately 50 million people in the United States suffer from seasonal allergies (source). When exposed to pollen or other plant allergens, the individual may develop a runny nose, nasal congestion, eye redness, headache, sore throat, and other related symptoms.

Whether you suffer from mild, moderate or severe seasonal allergies, acupuncture can help. This centuries old TCM involves the placement of fine needles on specific areas throughout the body. Acupuncture is believed to restore the body's flow of energy (referred to as Qi) while stimulating the body's self-healing mechanism.

In Chinese astrology, spring falls under the Wood element, meaning this time of year is closely related to the gallbladder and liver. According to TCM, one of the liver's primary functions is to regulate Qi through the body. If Qi is blocked or restricted in any way, the individual will be susceptible to disease and illness. The  bottom line is that you want to keep your Qi moving this spring season for optimal health.

Here are some tips to keep your Qi moving:

  • Limit (or eliminate) your intake of processed foods.
  • Eat more fresh vegetables and fruit.
  • Start your mornings off with a light stretching exercise like yoga or tai chi.
  • The warm weather offers the perfect opportunity to get outdoors and exercise.
  • Consume sour food and drinks. According to TCM, sour flavors stimulate the liver's Qi.
  • Seek acupuncture treatments.

There are over 2,000 acupuncture points spread across 20 meridians, but none hold as much weight for the spring season as Liver 3. Located between the first and second toes, Liver 3 (also known as the "springtime acupressure point") is an acupuncture point that is particularly beneficial for this time of year. It lives up to its namesake by channeling the liver energy; therefore, conventional wisdom should tell you to focus on it during this spring. If you plan on scheduling an acupuncture session, ask the physician if he or she can target Liver 3.

Not sure if acupuncture is right for you? No problem. Acupuncture is only one part of TCM. Your acupuncturist can also work with you on nutrition therapy and qigong/yoga exercises that can help reduce or eliminate allergy symptoms. Leona Harter is a Licensed Acupuncturist, Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified Kripalu Yoga Instructor, and Certified Holistic Health Coach. Call for your Free Consultation today!

Author: Leona Harter, L.Ac.
Source: Leona Harter, L.Ac
Copyright: Leona Harter, L.Ac 2015


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Painkillers Like Ibuprofen Increase Risk for Stroke and Heart Attack

Studies have shown that over-the-counter NSAID pain killers like Ibuprofen, diclofenac, celecoxib, and naproxen can potentially cause users to have a heart attack or a stroke. New labeling being required by the US Food and Drug Administration on the packaging of NSAIDS will warn users of these possible side effects, along with advising them that their risk of heart failure is increased if they take these drugs. The new labels will include the fact that these heart problems can occur as soon as the initial weeks of use of the NSAIDS. They will also say that heart failure, heart attack, and stroke can affect people using NSAIDS who have no history of heart issues, and no genetic predisposition toward heart disease. People who already have heart issues or who have certain risk factors for heart disease have a higher probability of suffering heart failure, heart attacks, or strokes with NSAID usage, though. Studies seem to show that higher doses of NSAIDS increase possible heart failure or damage. NSAIDS have been used for years to treat fever as well as the pain from arthritis, headaches, abdominal cramping, and the discomfort from viral diseases.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: FDA.gov, online July 9, 2015
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2015


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Study Links Inactivity to Diabetes

Type 2 diabetes is an ever-increasing and insidious health risk. Studies in the past have linked the lack of physical activity to the risk of becoming diabetic. A new study conducted by Gibbs and his colleagues on 2,027 overweight people between the ages of 38 and 50 showed a definite correlation between a lack of daily physical activity and the increased risk of diabetes. Although certain elements of the study were critiqued by other professionals, the overall feeling was that the study once again demonstrated that being sedentary for up to 10 hours per day was a definitive factor in being at risk for developing diabetes. The study supported the benefits of a healthy, active lifestyle as well as a lifestyle that limits inactivity. People who were sedentary for a minimum of 10 hours per day were more than twice as likely to end up with glucose tolerance issues leading to diabetes than people whose daily sedentary time was less than 6 hours per day. The study suggests that people with daily sedentary behavior can reduce their risk of developing glucose intolerance impairment and subsequently developing diabetes by adding a regimen of daily physical activity to their behavior.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Diabetes Care, online July 8, 2015
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2015


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Soon Many Restaurant Menus Must Have Calorie Counts

Given a year's delay of their deadline, chain restaurants with 20 plus outlets breathed a collective sigh of relief when advised by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration they would be given an extra year to comply with a ruling that they had to include calorie counts with their menus. With more than a third of all American adults being obese, the regulation was put into effect to give restaurant goers a chance to limit the fat and sugar-filled foods they ingest. The regulation to put calorie counts on all menus and menu boards extends to restaurants where patrons are seated, where take-out is offered, bakeries, ice cream parlors, movie theaters, amusement parks, and pizza places (whose labeling must include both slices and whole pizzas). It also includes grocery stores with eat-in sections such as Whole Foods, and large vending machine meal operations. It excludes drinks concocted and served at a bar or nightclub. The FDA's rules are an integral part of the 2010 Affordable Care Act passed by the Obama administration. Panera Bread Company was the first to comply with the ruling, and they found that their patrons changed their eating habits by switching to lower calorie meals. McDonalds and Starbucks Corporations have also complied to date.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Reuters, online July 9, 2015
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2015


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