2014-03-21 / Health & Medical


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.

The Greater Bone Specialist

The National Osteoporosis Foundation Southern Maine Osteoporosis Support Group meets the first Tuesday of the month at 6 P.M. at 800 Main Street, South Portland. The programs include general sharing/socializing and a variety of educational speakers. The talks are open to the general public. All are welcome.

For more information call 207-828-1133.


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.

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.

Denture Wearers: Throw away your Denture Adhesive!!

If you are a denture wearer, take a few moments and consider when your last reline was. If the answer is never, you are not alone. Many denture wearers are not aware that the ADA suggests a reline every 3-5 years to keep gums healthy, teeth fitting correctly, and your appearance free of unnecessary wrinkles.

In addition, a lot of people receive their dentures and think they are all set for 15-20 years and merely accept denture adhesive as a necessary part of their denture wearing life. This does not have to be the case. The need for denture adhesive usually is a sign that a denture is not fitting correctly and by having the right kind of reline/care, a denture wearer should need minimal to no adhesive.

In order to reline a denture, most dental facilities have the patient leave their denture from a day to a number of days causing much inconvenience and embarrassment. That is not necessary at Denture Solutions. They perform this service while you wait in about an hour. So if you think that you will benefit from this service give them a call at 207 985 0210 and if you have an ill-fitting lower denture, they may be able to adapt their lower locking denture technique to your existing denture along with a reline. This application has saved many of their patients the cost of a new lower. Please go to their web site www.DentureSolutionsMaine.com for more information.

Free Balanced Living Assessments Available

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 Coping Skills Group, our Flexible Intensive Treatment (FIT) Program, and Free Balanced Living Assessments.

The Art of Awareness 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.

Cultivating Balance is a non-profit organization affiliated with Art of Awareness. Cultivating Balance aims to improve public health and awareness by providing affordable resources and supports for sustainable self care and balanced living. Call to get a free Balanced Living Assessment and support to help meet your goals.

A FREE Food and Body Balance Support Group will be offered by Cultivating Balance for all persons who struggle with disordered eating, eating disorders, or want to improve their food and body balance. Group starts Weds. 1/8/14, from 6 to 7pm at MMC’s Dana Center. It will be offered every Weds. For more info.call 207-799-1331 ext. 136

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

Rolnick Chiropractic

Dr. Ellie’s Health Tips:

Health Tip of the Month: Curcumin—a derivative of turmeric, and the pigment that gives the curry spice turmeric its yellow-orange color—has been extensively researched. Curcumin appears to be universally useful for just about every type of cancer, and has the most evidence-based literature supporting its use against cancer of any nutrient. It has the ability to modulate genetic activity and expression, both by destroying cancer cells, and by promoting healthy cell function. Research has also shown that it works synergistically with certain chemotherapy drugs, enhancing the elimination of cancer cells. ~ Dr. William Lavalley, M.D.

Thought for the Month: Poor health is not caused by something you don’t have; it’s caused by disturbing something that you already have. Healthy is not something that you need to get, it’s something you have already if you don’t disturb it. ~Dean Ornish

Chiropractic Thought for the Month: Ever wonder who could benefit from chiropractic care? Babies? Toddlers? Children? Adults? Aging adults? How about all of the above. My front desk assistant, Pam, has always put it like this: “If you have a spine, you need to get it checked!” Although we are checking your spine— your spine protects your nerve system. Your nerve system controls every cell, tissue and organ in your body. When your spine is in line, your nerve system is free to function at its best, promoting good health and well being! So it seems that since everyone has a spine—then EVERYONE should be checked by a chiropractor. If you have questions, please ask me! I’d love to continue the conversation. For more information, call Rolnick Chiropractic at 207-283-1168 or check out our web page at www.rolnickchiropractic.com

Relieve Stress with Bartlett Acupuncture

Stress relief is a wonderful side effect of acupuncture treatment,”says Kath Bartlett, Licensed Acupuncturist and owner of Bartlett Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine of Oak Hill, Scarborough.

Under stress we tighten up, restricting the Qi flowing throughout our bodies. Increased tension causes health problems: headaches, hypertension, pain and digestive problems.

Acupuncture moves Qi and promotes relaxation.

Says Scarborough resident Jacqueline Durant-Harthorne, “Working full time and raising three children, I lose sight of my own needs. Acupuncture allows me to refuel, leaving me relaxed, less anxious and providing more energy to live my life to the fullest. Kath is professional and extremely knowledgeable. I am so glad I found her!”

The Home Energy Savings Program

The Home Energy Savings Program, or HESP from Efficiency Maine is providing the most accessible support for homeowners who need to re-insulate their homes,” reports Mark Walker, General Manager of Home Snuggers. To help them cut their heating bills, Efficiency Maine will rebate up to $1,500 to customers. And almost all new Home Snuggers customers qualify for at least $1,000 from Efficiency Maine.

Home Snuggers is a Windham based family business founded in 2011, solely for the purpose of re-insulating homes in Maine. Their premier product, RetroFoam, is a super insulation technology tested in thousands of existing American homes over the last 10 years. Homeowners typically slash their heating bills by one third with the addition of RetroFoam to their exterior walls. RetroFoam seals all the gaps and cracks where heat escapes and eliminates drafts.

Anyone interested in financing the modest cost of a RetroFoam installation - an average home is only $2,500 to $4,000 - can apply for a low interest PACE Loan from Efficiency Maine. Energy savings usually cover the monthly loan payments, which makes it easy to pay off quickly.

According to Walker, “Everyone knows energy costs will rise in coming years. Home Snuggers provides healthy and affordable insulation, while being a neighbor of integrity in our communities.” It is noteworthy that RetroFoam is totally eco-friendly. Eric Hallee, Vice President of Chase Customs Homes points out, “RetroFoam doesn’t produce vapors, and installers do not need protective gear.”

Customers speak highly of Home Snuggers. Exclaimed Deborah King of Cape Elizabeth on one cold, sunny morning as she walked into the office: “It is so hot in here, you have to turn the heat down. Apparently the RetroFoam is working. The heat wasn’t even on!”

Efficiency Maine’s Home Energy Savings Program will likely be funded through July 31, 2014. Homeowners should take advantage of this incentive of up to $1,500 for upgrading their house while also cutting their home heating bills.

Perplexed, bewildered, dazed, or confused about Health Care Reform?

The health insurance marketplace (exchange) will be open from October 1st 2013 – March 31,2014. If you currently have an individual health insurance policy, or are uninsured, this affects you!

Karen Vachon, licensed health insurance agent, helps individuals, families, small business owners, and the uninsured navigate health care reform. Doing business the old fashion way, Vachon works face to face with clients helping them navigate their health insurance options; identify their eligibility for a premium tax credits and subsidy, and guiding people through the application process.

Serving the under -65 market and senior market, Vachon’s approach is different. She gets up close and personal to the individual needs of her clients and their situations, tapping into all available resources to protect life’s twist, turns, and surprises.

Are you are tired of 1-800-eternal hold? Would you prefer having a live, local person help you navigate your choices and service your changing needs? Feeling perplexed, bewildered, dazed, and confused? Call Karen 207.730-2664. There is no fee for her service.

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