2013-05-17 / Health & Medical

Health & Medical

Basics Fitness Center Be Healthy, Stay Independent

Located in South Portland across from Staples on Western Avenue and is now in its 8th year of business. Basics is a family owned fitness center focusing on providing a welcoming and supportive atmosphere where fitness beginners feel comfortable and safe.

All new members receive 3 one-hour help sessions where a trainer reviews your individual needs taking into account any limitations you may have. They show you how to exercise safe and effectively and help you to create the fitness habit!

The staff at Basics is always available to help by providing the ongoing support you need to succeed!

Basics has additional on-site services such as Physical Therapy and Weight Loss Counseling.

Getting started with your FREE week is easy! Simply call us at 774-3536 and we will schedule your first visit!

Piper Shores

Holbrook Health Center Named One of U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Nursing Homes 2013”

Holbrook Health Center at Piper Shores has once again received five stars, the highest possible ranking, in U.S. News& World Report’s 2013 Best Nursing Homes. The rankings highlight top-rated nursing homes in all 50 states and is based on a composite score from three distinct operational areas: health inspections, nurse staffing, and quality of care.

“At Holbrook, we believe in a PersonFirst® approach to resident care,” said Peggy Farrington, Piper Shores Administator. “Each of our residents enjoy a private room, and 24/7 access to professional, respectful and compassionate staff that takes the time to get to know each resident individually. We are pleased that this approach is consistently reflected in our high rankings with US News & World Report, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the State of Maine.”

The rankings rely on information from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the federal agency that sets and enforces quality standards for all homes enrolled in Medicare or Medicaid. Nursing home facilities that ranked highest in Best Nursing Homes 2013 earned overall five-star ratings. Of the 31 homes in Maine that were ranked, only eight met this 5-star standard.

Rolnick Chiropractic

Dr. Ellie’s Health Tips: Health Tip of the Month: The average American eats about 1 1/2 teaspoons of salt a day, the equivalent of 3450 mg each day. The recommended daily allowance of sodium is about 1 teaspoon a day (2300 mg). And if you have high blood pressure, the recommendation is even less, 2/3 teaspoon per day (1534 mg). Too much salt in the daily diet leads to heart disease, high blood pressure and stroke. Salt intake will increase blood pressure; the more salt in the diet, the higher the blood pressure goes. Once your blood pressure reaches a certain level, your risk of stroke increases dramatically. Lowering salt intake is a proven and simple way to decrease risk factors for suffering a stroke, which can be extremely devastating to your life and your family.

Another reason to avoid high salt food is that salt retains water in the body. Too much salt in the diet can cause weight gain and puffiness. So where does all the salt come from? I mean, if you are not sprinkling salt on your food, how does 3,450 mg of sodium end up in your diet each day? The answer is processed and manufactured food. Seventy-five percent of our average daily sodium intake comes from processed foods, such as tomato sauce, soup, prepared mixes, canned food, condiments, and processed meats, including sausage, bacon and cold cuts. Another culprit for high levels of sodium in our food is all the chemicals that are added to processed and manufactured food.

In addition to the directly added salt, chemicals such as baking soda, baking powder, sodium benzoate, MSG, sodium alginate and disodium phosphate all contain high levels of salt. To give you an example of how much sodium can be in a little portion of processed food, one slice of Kraft American Cheese has 290 mg. Ketchup is a big offender as well, with 190 mg per tablespoon. As far as processed food with way too much sodium goes, here is a list of the biggest offenders: Frozen dinner, 780 mg. Ready to eat cereal, 390 mg. Canned vegetables, 700 mg. Dry roasted salted nuts, 190 mg /per ounce. Potato chips and pretzels, 200-400 mg. The types of foods from chain-type restaurants can contain as much sodium as the daily recommended allowance of 2300 mg in one meal!

So, how do we avoid the salt? First, start eating naturally. Naturally means fresh food, such as fresh vegetables and fruit. Stay away from food in a can, bag or box. If you have to use a canned or box food, look for the sodiumfree or low salt versions. Adding your own pinch of salt to sodium-free products results in way less salt than would be contained in the‘regular’salted product. Possibly the most important thing you can do is to look for the sodium content on package labels. If the sodium content is 12% or more of the RDA, then that product has too much salt.

As far as enjoying the food we eat goes, salt tastes like salt. Too much salt in or on food makes all food taste the same, salty. So, do yourself a favor, enjoy food the way it tastes naturally and, at the same time, preserve the kind of health that makes life worth living.

Thought for the Month: The only way to keep your health is to eat what you don’t want, drink what you don’t like, and do what you’d rather not. ~ Mark Twain

Chiropractic Thought for the Month: The doctor of the future will give no medicine but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease” - Thomas Edison (Sounds like Chiropractic to me! FYI, a recent Snopes.com question asked if this quote was actually said by Thomas Edison. According to the fact finders, Edison regularly made predications and this quote was taken from him, directly, in 1903.) For more information, call Rolnick Chiropractic at 207-283-1168 or check out our web page at www.rolnickchiropractic.com

Sustainable Self Care Health Care

Art of Awareness provides psychotherapy and body centered practices. Our approach is client centered and supports sustainable self care. We are currently accepting new clients for Individual, Couples, Family Therapy, a variety of Therapy Groups, our Flexible Intensive Treatment (FIT) Program, and Personalized Yoga Classes.

The Art of Awareness Wellness Center is run by a collaboration of licensed therapists in South Portland. Our therapists are trained to provide therapeutic services for a wide range of mental health and wellness issues. The center provides services for Anxiety, Depression, Trauma Related Disorders, Eating Disorders, Obsessive Compulsive Disorders, Substance Abuse, Relationship Issues, Life Transitions, LGBT concerns, Grief, and Loss. We accept most commercial health insurance policies and offer services for adults, teens and children.

Our FIT Program is an Intensive Outpatient Treatment Program and is offered from 4:30pm to 7:30pm three nights a week. The FIT Program provides treatment for a variety of mental health concerns and specializes in services for Trauma Related Disorders and Disordered Eating. da O’Donnell, LCSW; Leslie Connolly, LCSW; Mindy Miller- Muse, LCSW, RYT; Emily Roberson, LCSW; Carol Gray-Kennedy, LCPC; Fleur Hopper, LCSW; Stephanie Duley, LCPC; Meghan Gorchoff, LCPC; John Rich, LCSW; Kristen Funkhouser-Pierce, MA,AT; Renee Avis, LCPC; Karina Carley, Intern; and Bretton Neider, Intern work together as the center’s treatment team.

We have a vision of the Center being a place where safety, balance, and creative healing are the foundation of our work.

Please contact us at 207- 799-1331 ext. 101 to discuss your treatment needs and to inquire about our services. Art of Awareness is located at 813 Broadway in South Portland. View our website at www.artofawareness.org.

One woman’s story of unwanted hair

Samantha (name changed) is 35 years old. She is happy to share her story with readers because her story is compelling and her message is clear. Unwanted facial hair is a major aggravation, but there is a solution. It is electrolysis.

At age 16, Samantha began to produce breast milk. Her mother took her to an Endocrinologist who found that Samantha has a tumor on her pituitary gland. One of the many hormones that the pituitary gland produces prolactin-it ‘tells’ the body to produce milk after childbirth. She was given assurance that the tumor is benign. She was prescribed bromocriptine which brought the lactation issue to rest. Samantha stayed on bromocriptine for 10 years. She had to be on it in order to conceive, but off it once she was pregnant.

Samantha had 2 children. She developed gestational diabetes with both pregnancies. Then, when she was 33, she started experiencing irregular menses and a ferocious onset of dark, coarse hair on her face, neck, and chest. She was diagnosed with polycystic ovarian syndrome. Samantha has 2 sisters who also have PCOS.

I asked Samantha to tell me what her emotions were at that time. She said that having such dark, coarse facial hair lowered her self esteem. She did not want to be seen in public. She began isolating herself. When asked to explain what electrolysis has done for her, she stated that she feels better and is hopeful knowing the hair is disappearing. She knows that women want to look and feel feminine. With electrolysis her outlook is better. Her advice to readers? Don’t wait til you’re older to start electrolysis. Getting rid of the hair at a young age allows you to enjoy life more at a younger age.

Do you have a story to tell or want more information? Call Judy Worcester at 205-2146 or visit www.biddefordelectrolysis.com.

Providing home care for you and your loved ones

At New England Family Healthcare, we strive to provide the best in-home services for you or your loved ones at affordable rates. Since 2001, we’ve been helping people with personal care (bathing/dressing), light housekeeping, grocery shopping, meal preparation, companionship and the like. If you or a family member have had surgery, are going through a course of treatment, or can no longer do some of the everyday household chores you’ve always done, call us at 699-4663 for a free consultation.

Are you suffering from depression?

Is it irretractable -- meaning nothing works to alleviate your symptoms? Or has your medication stopped working? Are your side effects too much to take medication?

If you are suffering from depression and not finding relief, there is a new treatment available. TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation.) This treatment has been used for many years before the FDA approved it in 2008. The first successful TMS study was performed in 1985.

TMS is a noninvasive method using electromagnetic pulses at a key area of the brain known to be under-active in depression sufferers. These pulses stimulate the area to restore it to normal function. This lifts your depression. Our success rate is 2 out of 3 patients go into remission.

Our practice is one of over 300 treatment sites around the United States. We are located in South Portland, ME. We are pleased to meet with you for a free consultation to look at the clinical details of your depression and decide if TMS is a good fit for you.


We have the answer. Looking for relief from chronic pain that can actually improve your health? Reduce pain, sleep better, and increase your body awareness through massage, acupuncture and yoga. Strengthen your body’s own healing mechanism naturally. Put yourself in the hands of the skilled staff at MassageCraft. We have 10 practitioners with over 50 years of combined experience in eastern and western massage techniques, acupuncture and yoga. Not sure whether you need acupuncture or massage? Choose acupuncture for pain complicated by digestive distress, menstrual issues, allergies, insomnia, anxiety or depression. Too sore for a back massage? Acupuncture can alleviate back pain with a few needles placed

in the hands. Trying to cram 48 hours in to a 24 hour day in spite of your pain? A deep tissue massage will work out the stiffness, soreness and knots. All of our therapists are trained in gua sha and cupping, vigorous soft tissue techniques borrowed from Chinese medicine. Both are extremely effective working out stubborn old injuries and revitalizing damaged tissues. MassageCraft & Acupuncture Clinic was established in 1991, with convenient locations in Biddeford and Old Orchard Beach. We accept workers compensation and some private insurance upon benefit verifi - cation.. We offer corporate discounts to UNE, SMMC, and CSI. Call 286-8416 or 934-0849 for an appointment. OPEN SUNDAYS Please visit us at our web site: www.massagecraft.com.

Denture Wearers: First Impression is Your Smile

First impressions are made with a great smile, so don’t hold back because of poor fitting dentures. Smile confidently with custom-fitted dentures from Denture Solutions in Kennebunk. Licensed denturist, Robert “Bob” Palermo, designs your new teeth to look natural, making you look happier, healthier and even younger.

A problem area for many people is the fit of their lower denture. Bob offers a technique to create lower locking dentures that most dentists and denturists don’t offer. Using a flexible material for the lower denture, he can anchor it to the anatomy of the mouth.

“This gives you more than just gravity working for you to keep your teeth in your mouth. The result can be a snug, secure fit,” Bob said.

If you are in the stage where it will soon be necessary to have your teeth extracted, now is the time to contact Denture Solutions. Visiting Denture Solutions before your scheduled surgery will allow them to complete your dentures prior to the extractions so you don’t have to be without teeth.

Also you never have to be without a smile, their services include “while you wait” repairs, and relines often in as little as an hour.

You can have the confidence and comfort that comes with naturallooking dentures, just right for you. Call Denture Solutions at 985-0210 for an appointment today. The office is at 54 York St., Route 1, Kennebunk. Or visit their web-site www.DentureSolutionsMaine.com.

Think you need a hearing aid?

If you need or think you might need a hearing aid, you should call Mark Vail today — he’ll test and evaluate you for the hearing aid you need in the comfort of your home and you’ll be happy with it.

By visiting people in their homes, Mark can make the best assessment of what the person’s needs are. Sometimes, he visits people at their places of work because of concerns there. This attention to detail shows up in the low return rate he has.

You can reach Mark Vail at 284- 9600 or toll free at 877-284-3400. Call today and you’ll be hearing better soon.

Need help navigating your health insurance?

Shopping for health insurance shouldn’t be a painful experience. While many dread the thought, some avoid it all together, while others settle for a quick, uniformed, on-line purchase; never knowing what they have for coverage, and having no agent to call. It’s no wonder people are frustrated, disappointed, and confused. All too often, people learn what they don’t have for coverage, when the unexpected and unforeseen happens. By then, it’s too late. That’s unfortunate. Don’t let it happen to you!

My clients know and feel confident with their coverage. I am a local agent to call, when you need help, or have questions. I represent many different carriers, and also utilize state and hospital assistance resources (when appropriate) to help individuals, families, and small businesses find affordable solutions that meet your needs and budget. I meet all my clients in person, and service your changing needs. I cordially invite you to discover a better health insurance experience. My service is free. I look forward to helping you! Call Karen R. Vachon at 207- 730-2664.

Ms. Belle Marsh is now accepting new clients for Rolfing:

Structural Integration treatments at her studio at 9 Churchill Rd., South Portland. Rolfing® is a form of bodywork that works with the connective tissue called fascia. Rolfing can increase the range of motion and relive pain in joints. It also decreases tension and stress and promotes better body awareness. By repositioning the fascia Rolfing balances and realigns the body. When taken as a series of 10 different and consecutive sessions it can relieve discomfort due to past injuries, activities or training.

To find out more visit Rolfmaine.comor Appointments can be made by calling 207-712-6377.

Lets Sit & Talk! Langelier Psychological Services

OUR CHAIR IS WELL WORN - our small mental health psychology practice is a special place to visit when you need immediate, brief, experienced help with personal, child, couple and family problems. We understand after one visit (and importantly so do you) what seems to need attention and we give you a clear plan by the second visit about what to do.

Both Dr. Pamela and Dr Régis Langelier hold Doctorates in Psychology (The highest level of counseling training) with over 35 years of experience helping individuals improve what ails them emotionally. At the same time they are proud volunteers for the state and the country for victims of unfortunate events as national and regional Red Cross Disaster Mental Health Responders. As past Clinical Associate Professors of Psychiatry at The University of Vermont,( although psychologists) these Doctors developed specialties in Behavioral Medicine and in Child/ Adult Psychiatry. Publications and talks include, but are not limited to, Making Marriage Work; Divorce and Rebuilding Families; Anxiety; Pain/ Behavioral Management of Sleep Loss/Illness and Overcoming Trauma/Violence.

Dr Régis is a Behavioral Medicine/Health Psychology clinician who speaks at the Southern Maine Agency on Aging but also is on the Executive Committee of a national sleep board. He understands senior challenges and adult anxiety/depression. Dr Pamela trained judges across the country in underdstanding human development, as well as child abuse and domestic violence -yet she also consults with local parents on tough child problems such as OCD; ADHD; Asperger Syndrome and complex adult-child stress. Each have done assessments for the VA IN Togus, Maine .Each are seasoned in working with CEOs in industry/ and small employers on employee work performance with companies ranging from a car dealership to hospital physical therapy sites to an international chocolate company.

Most importantly this practice is composed of two psychologists who like their work and can understand you-regardless of what brings you to their chair. All patients are taught, using cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) how to be Resilient and howto reach for Emotional Regulationmaybe even some happinesss. Collaboration with your primary care doctor or nurse practitioner is just what we do. Most insurance is accepted . Call 207 351 5352 to discuss your needs - we see you only by appointment.

The office is at 110 Main Street, suite 1300-I, The Saco Island Mill and is easily reached from the Portland area as well as York County. Free parking is at the door.

Free Workshop to Support Families Caring for a Loved One with Dementia

Advantage Home Care, a Portland based provider of in-home nonmedical care for the elderly and Kindred Assisted Living Monarch Center are sponsoring a free one day workshop for family members of aging adults diagnosed with dementia/Alzheimer’s Disease on Thursday May 30th and again

on Thursday June 20th. . The workshop will be held at the Kindred Assisted Living Monarch Center, 392 Maine Street in Saco. The presenter is noted Alzheimer Care Expert Darlene Field. This interactive workshop will help answer the difficult questions that ariseandaddressthesituationsand

behaviors that families struggle with each day as they provide care for their loved one at home or in a senior living community. The workshop runs from 8:30 am to 3 pm and coffee, rolls and lunch are provided. Call 207-284-0900 to reserve a place at either workshop.

RetroFoam Super Insulation Boosts Fire Safety

After 10 years of testing in older buildings throughouttheupperMidwest, RetroFoam, a newsuper-insulation technology, is available to homeowners in Maine. In older, existing homes, not only does it offer the advantages of foam insulation without the hassle and expense of remodeling, it also provides significant safety features for families in the event of fire. “In my years of experience with building construction, teaching fire science and fighting fires,” says Jack Dean, retired fire chief now living in the Lakes Region, “I’ve never seen a product like this that offers so many fire safety advantages.” Traditional fiber insulations often accelerate flame spread as well as produce deadly vapors.

RetroFoam is a remarkable fire Class I material; its contribution to flame spread is zero while giving off nothing but carbon dioxide and water vapor. This also contrasts with spray foam insulations, which current building codes require be treated with a fireproof coating to minimize flame spread and release of toxic gases. “Many people do not realize the way most fire deaths occur.” Dean explains. “Deadly fires are often quite small, and happen at night. They can be in a corner of the house far from the bedrooms. But the air spaces in the wall cavities distribute the smoke throughout the house. People die of smoke inhalation in their sleep without evenwaking up.” Dean is a big backer of RetroFoam.“With wall cavities filled with this RetroFoam product, smoke moves through the house only slowly. I’m recommending it to my friends and family.” Eric Hallee, Vice President of Chase Custom Homes adds, “In researching the differences between RetroFoam and [other] products, it’s apparent that RetroFoamwill fast become a leader in the renovation market.

The environmental benefits have real meaning to the consumer. RetroFoam installation doesn’t [produce] harmful vapors. It is very impressive that installers do not need protective gear.” Home Snuggers, Inc., the quaintly named re-insulation contractor in Windham has been awarded RetroFoam installation and distribution rights for Maine. “We’re very pleased to be associated with RetroFoam and its leading edge in sustainability and green technology,” says Mark Walker, Home Snuggers’ General Manager. “Our focus is solely on retrofitting existing homes and  buildings throughout southern Maine. Years into the future, as far down the road as anyone can see, energy costs are not going down. We plan to be there with healthy, affordable products, and the integrity of a good neighbor in the community.” Scientific testing ranks RetroFoam highest in R-Value per inch of anything for existing homes. It’s also reduces outside noise dramatically. Installation usually takes one day. And it’s injected from the outside so there’s no messy cleanup.

Dan Edwards of Bridgton had their home “snugged“ in November. “We’ve noticed a difference in our heat use already,” said Edwards. “We’ll probably use at least one less tank this year. And the house is quieter – a plus here on Rt. 302.” Deborah King of Cape Elizabeth spoke of one cold, sunny morning, “I walked into the office and exclaimed,‘It is so hot in here. You have to turn the heat down.’ Apparently the RetroFoam is working. The heat wasn’t even on.” According to Walker, although Home Snuggers schedule is quite full in the fall, they do have some openings for new customers in June and July. But, it would seem, that won’t be for long.

Let MAINELY Chiropractic “Spring you into Health”

Spring is a time of growth and a great time to rethink health and wellness goals! Did you know that an optimally functioning nervous system is necessary to express life completely.

At MAINELY Chiropractic, Dr. Colleen Monroe works with her patients, to achieve their optimum potential. Chiropractic care works with the nervous system to ensure that your body functions completely and properly. A bone out of place causes the nervous system’s communication to break down, creating dysfunction. This dysfunction causes a number of problems, including: difficulty losing weight, sleep disturbances, chronic pain, disease, headaches, muscle tightness and stiffness, and low energy.

Dr. Colleen can help you achieve your health and wellness goals in 2013. She has over twelve years of body work experience and will work with you to create a specialized care plan including Chiropractic care, massage therapy, nutrition, stress reduction and exercise. If you are looking to be the best you in 2013, call today and let Dr. Colleen get you on the right path!

Get comprehensive eye exams from Dr. Jo Johnson

Dr. Jo Johnson has been serving the eyecare needs of York County since 1977. A fully licensed medical doctor whose specialty is ophthalmology, Dr. Jo (as many of her patients call her) provides both medical and surgical eyecare. She operates at Southern Maine Medical Center in Biddeford where she does cataract and implant surgery.

Inher offices, Dr. Johnson offers comprehensive eye exams to look for signs of glaucoma, diabetes, cataracts, macular degeneration, dry eyes, lyme disease and many other diseases. She treats eye diseases and injuries and also prescribes glasses. The emphasis is on meeting the personal eyecare needs of her patients and evaluating the health of their eyes.

Dr. Johnson takes the time to get to know her patients and their medical histories. She has the knowledge and experience to assist her patients in making sensible decisions concerning their health and the health of their eyes. Her warm and supportive approach to her patients makes her an ideal choice for your family’s eyecare needs. Dr. Johnson sees children through seniors and accepts most insurances including Medicare and Mainecare.

She has offices in 2 convenient locations: Kimball Health Center, 333 Lincoln Street, Saco • 283- 3676 and Johnson Hall Museum, 2713 Post Road (RTE. 1), Wells • 985-2020

Every Day, Our Doors Are Open

Sometimes, we have the unfortunate luck of having to unexpectedly have a hospital stay. While in the hospital, our bodies lose some of their strength andwe realize we cannot go home by ourselves or with a loved one. Kindred Transitional Care and Rehabilitation of Kennebunk is available for those times.

Trying to place patients in a nursing and rehabilitation center during the evening, on a weekend or a holiday can be tough. Our doors are always open with admissions accepted 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

We are dedicated to helping our patients recover to the fullest, providing coordinated care between settings and reducing rehospitalization. We help bridge the gap between hospital and home for our short-term patients and provide coordinated care and quality of life for our residents receiving long-term care.

We’re proud of our reputation for providing quality care and we’re ready to accept patients at any time. For more information, feel free to contact us at 207-985-7141.

Kindred Transitional Care and Rehabilitation of Kennebunk

158 Ross Road Kennebunk, ME 04043 Steve Alaimo Executive Director

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