2013-06-21 / Community

HEALTH MEDICAL

IMPROVE YOUR HEALTH OUTCOMES WITH THE HELP OF A FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE EVALUATION

It is time for all of us to ask again “why do I have this condition”? What are the underlying issues that have contributed to the onset of this condition? Is my Hypertension or arthritis a disease or a symptom of some underlying metabolic or immune dysfunction? Should I just go ahead and take the medicine that is considered the standard of care for treating this condition? Or, should there be further evaluation to answere the question of where dysfunction is originating and what are the contributing factors driving it?

In most situations and in planning for wellness a Functional Medicine evaluation and plan of care can help to address these questions.

In integrating his significant experience in conventional Family Medicine with Functional Medicine, Dr. Sholl looks further “upstream” to consider the complex web of interactions in the patient’s history, physiology, and lifestyle that can lead to illness. The unique genetic makeup of each patient is considered, along with both internal (body, soul, spirit) and external (physical and social environment) factors that affect total functioning. Through this, the doctorpatient team reaches a higher level of understanding of the patient’s “story” and can make better informed decisions about treatment and wellness options.

Functional medicine integrates traditional Western medical practices with what are sometimes considered “alternative” or “integrative” medicine, creating a focus on prevention through nutrition, diet, and exercise. This approach also can include use of the latest laboratory and diagnostic techniques, prescribed medications and/or botanical medicines, supplements, therapeutic diets, detoxification programs, and stress management techniques.

More information about Functional Medicine can be found at The Institute for Functional Medicine home website: www.functionalmedicine.org.

Kindred Transitional Care and Rehabilitation

Caring for a loved one at home is taxing on the caregivers. Kindred of Kennebunk offers respite care for your loved one. Take a vacation and know your loved one is well-cared for, safe and happy; they will also be on vacation! While at Kindred, they will be able to participate in daily activities of their choice, 3 full meals including a daily breakfast buffet. We offer spa hot-tubs along with a family-like atmosphere. The following is a recent letter received by Kindred of Kennebunk.

Dear Mr. Alaimo and Staff,

Thank you so much for taking such wonderful care of my father Paul during his recent respite stay at Kindred Healthcare of Kennebunk while my husband and I had to travel out of town for 2 weeks. Your concern and care for his well-being is so greatly appreciated. With each respite stay, I feel more comfortable leaving him in your care. I will continue to care for him at home as long as I can, but a HUGE weight has been lifted from my shoulders just knowing that the staff at Kennebunk can also provide for his care while I’m away or not able to care for him any longer.

Sincerely,
Sandra B.

Call Kindred Transitional Care and Rehabilitation for more information. We can be reached at 207-985- 7141.

Body Centered Mental Health & Wellness

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. We will be offering a new “Mindful Parenting Group” in the fall.

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.

Ida O’Donnell, LCSW; Leslie Connolly, LCSW; Mindy Miller-Muse, LCSW, RYT; Emily Roberson, LCSW; Carol Gray-Kelly, LCPC; Fleur Hopper, LCSW; Stephanie Duley, LCPC; Meghan Gorchoff, LCPC; John Rich, LCSW; Kristen Funkhouser-Pierce, MA,AT; Karina Carley, LMSW-CC; and Bretton Neider, LMSW-CC 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.

Rolnick Chiropractic

Dr. Ellie’s Health Tips:

Health Tip of the Month: The study of aging in medicine continues to amaze me. In the quest for eternal life, science has determined that we can take certain hormonal supplements that diminish in our body as we get older to recapture the glory days of our youth. This way we can“feel younger” than we actually are. Did I mention that to recapture our youth, you have to be fairly wealthy, as these hormonal treatments are pretty expensive. The good news is that I have a prescription for healthy aging that will help you to feel younger, keep you healthier and not really cost you too much more than you already spend.

The key to aging well involves three main areas; movement, hydration and nutrition. First, motion is the key. I had an elderly patient in his 80’s who looked like he was in his 60’s. If you don’t move around, you will rust. Exercise is the key. You have to move every day. Not work type move, like at your job, but something else in addition to your regular activities. Walk, bike, swim, yoga, weight train, pilates, jog. Just do it. In addition, if you work out first thing in the morning and do not eat anything other than a protein food for the first two hours after training, the human growth hormone in your body will be more readily produced, helping to combat the effects of aging. For free, no less!!

Our body’s are made up of 70% water. As we get older, our tissues and cells tend to dehydrate more easily. Replace these lost fluids with plenty of water throughout the day and not only will cell aging slow down, your skin will wrinkle less and your muscles and nerves will work better. Also free!!

Remember, you are what you eat is very true. Eat high salt, chemical laced food and your body will respond with decreased health and performance. Eat fresh, lively foods without chemicals and you will be healthier and have less illness. Here is some advice that is not free, but well worth the expense to ensure a long healthy life. Take some vitamins every day. Even one multi-vitamin daily was shown to improve the health of people over 55. Fish oil supplements improve heart health, prevent stroke and keep the brain functioning to ward off senile issues like dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Also, take some anti-oxidant supplements like C, E, selenium and astaxanthan to help the cells in your body be healthier and help prevent diseases like cancer. Pay attention to these three important areas and getting older won’t be a bad thing, it will be a cool thing filled with fun and good health

Thought for the Month: If I’d known I was going to live so long, I’d have taken better care of myself. ~Leon Eldred

Chiropractic Thought for the Month: There is a fourth thing to do to help the body age well. Continue with your regular chiropractic care. Spinal adjustments help the spinal bones to move properly which can help to prevent arthritis. Adjustments also balance the spinal musculature which keeps you moving better and more freely. Lastly, the affect spinal adjustments have on the nervous system is well documented and this will help your body to function better. Better function equals greater health.

For more information, call Rolnick Chiropractic at 207-283-1168 or check out our web page at www.rolnickchiropractic.com

RetroFoam Super Insulation Boosts Fire Safety

After 10 years of testing in older buildings throughout the upper Midwest, RetroFoam, a new super-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 even waking 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 RetroFoam will 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.

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,andalsoutilizestateandhospital assistance resources (when appropriate) to help individuals, families, and smal businesses find affordable solutions that meet your needs and budget. I meet al my clients in person, and service you 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.

Advantage Home Care Receives” Best of Home Care” Award

Advantage Home Care is proud to announce it has been recognized with a “Best of Home Care” award from the Home Care Pulse, a national company that measures client and employee satisfaction. Advantage Home Care provides non-medical home care services in the greater Portland, Maine area fromWells to Topsham.

Richard Blumenthal, President of Advantage Home Care states that” our mission is to ensure a better quality of life for our elderly clients and their families by providing dependable personalized care. We believe it’s vitally important to our clients and our business to continually assess our performance. We have contracted with the Home Care Pulse to ensure the process was conducted in a quantitative manner without bias.

Home Care Pulse created the ”Best of Home Care”created the“Best of Home Care” designation to identify agencies in the private duty home care arena that consistently score in the top 25 percent in client and employee satisfaction surveys. The company believes that families can make better decisions for their aging loved loves if that use companies with this designation.

Advantage Home care is located at 550 Forest Avenue, Suite 206 in Portland. They can be reached at 207- 699-2570 or through their website at www.advantagehomecaremaine.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 choresyou’vealwaysdone, callusat 699-4663 for a free consultation.

DEPRESSION RELIEF

Do you suffer from depression and medication is not helping? Or the medication has stoppedworking? Or perhaps the side effects keep you from taking medication. There is an FDA-cleared, non-drug treatment available for you: TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation.) Our success rate is 63% of patients treated go into remission.

TMS is a noninvasive method of relievingthesymptomsofdepression. Using electromagnetic pulses at a key area of the brain known to be underactive in depression sufferers, the brain is restored to normal function.

TMS has been used for many years before the FDA approved its use for the general public in 2008. Since then over 12,000 treatments have been performed around the country. We are one of over 500 treatment sites.

We are pleased to meet with you at our South Portland office for a consultation looking at the clinical details of your depression and decide if TMS is a good fit for you.

MASSAGE & ACUPUNCTURE… a vacation for your body.

Need help unwinding over vacation? Or perhaps you need to continue your therapeutic massage and acupuncture treatments while you’re away. Put yourself in the hands of the skilled staff at MassageCraft & Acupuncture Clinic. We have 10 practitioners with over 75 years of combined experience in eastern and western massage techniques, acupuncture and yoga. We have served the Biddeford, Saco, Old Orchard community since 1991.

Not sure whether you need acupuncture or massage? Choose acupuncture for pain complicated by digestive distress, menstrual issues, allergies, insomnia, anxiety and depression.

Trying to cram 48 hours in to a 24 hour day? A deep tissue massage will work out the stiffness, soreness and knots. All our practitioners are trained in gua sha and cupping, soft tissue techniques borrowed from Chinese medicine. Both are extremely effective at working out stubborn old injuries and revitalizing damaged tissues.

MassageCraft & Acupuncture Clinic has convenient locations in Biddeford and Old Orchard Beach. We accept workers compensation and some private insurance upon benefit verification. Call 286-8416 or 934-0849 for an appointment. OPEN SUNDAYS. Please visit us at out our web site: www.massagecraft.com

Do you know an adolescent or college age student who just completed a challenging

Has your son or daughter made it through another year of school? Glad it’s over? Need some support over the summer to ensure they have a jump start on fall of 2013?

If you have concerns that the 2013/2014 school year may be a struggle or that your child may face setbacks as they gear up for college or the workplace, I may be able to help.

Together over the summer, I can provide the positive support necessary to prepare for them for the next chapter of their life, whether that be in academic life or the workplace.

There are a myriad of challenges that present from September to June that can adversely affect students. Stressors such as changes in peer group, disappointments in their athletic and extra- curricular activities, dating and relationship issues, peer pressure, substance experimentation, academic setbacks and various other mitigating concerns that adolescents and young adults need to cope with in an educational setting.

These presenting situations, with support and guidance can be re-framed as opportunities for self-awareness, personal growth and maturity. Setbacks can contribute to future insight and valuable life experiences which can foster resiliency.

Now offering this summer, an opportunity to reflect on those challenges, re-frame and reaffirm ones goals to facilitate insight and hope for a successful 2013-2014 academic year and beyond.

For appointments call John Romprey L.C.S.W. at 229-1654 office locations in Kennebunk andWaterboro.

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 natural-looking dentures, just right for you. Call Denture Solutionsat985-0210foranappointment today. The office is at 54 York St., Route 1, Kennebunk. Or visit their web-site www.DentureSolutionsMaine.com.

History of Hair Removal Primitive Compared To Today!

Throughout history humans have been involved in removing their body hair. Sometimes for health and safety reasons, or because of social norms. Hair removal can be a component of religious beliefs, social pressures, and political identification. The following time line illustrates that hair removal crosses all cultures and genders. 100,000 B.C. -Archeologists agree that Neanderthal men pulled their hair out with their fingers, or used two shells together forming the first ‘tweezers’. 30,000 B.C. - Prehistoric man used flint to shave the hair off their body. 4,000- 3,000 B.C.-In ancient Egypt, both men and women removed all their body hair most likely to protect against infestations of parasites. They used a compound of arsenic and quicklime. 3,000 B.C.- The technological feat of copper metallurgy produced ‘razors’ in India and Egypt. Shaving became the preferred method of hair removal. 1500-1200 B.C.-Archeologists find ‘razors’ in what is now Sweden and Norway. 500 B.C. - Alexander the Great andwomen in Greece singed the hair off of the bodies. 60 B.C. - Ancient Egyptian women begin using a process called sugaring to remove hair and they also developed a skill to use

thread to remove hair. These methods are still in use today. Middle Ageswomen singed and used abrasives to remove body hair. At that time in history, it was believed that obvious body hair was a sign that the woman was a witch! Depilatories were made from cat dung and vinegar. 1500-The Aztecs used volcanic obsidian glass to shave their body hair. 1600-Women in Europe plucked their faces, foreheads, and eyebrows, following the trend of Queen Elizabeth. Early 1800’s- Women continue to use depilatories and tweezing. 1875-Electrolysis was developed for permanent removal of eyelashes, and is still in use today 1915-Harper’s magazine publishes photos of women in sleeveless dresses and free of underarm hair. This is when western women began to shave in earnest. The aggravation of dealing with unwanted hair can be relieved by Electrolysis. It is safe, works on all hair color/skin colors, and the skin improves over time as the hair follicles are ‘disarmed’ of their DNA. Judy Worcester of Biddeford Electrolysis is proud to be trusted by people to rid them of bothersome hair. Call Judy at 205-2146 to schedule a consultation. www.biddefordelectrolysis.com

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