2015-06-19 / Health & Medical

TOTAL well-being

JUNE IS... Men's Health Month

Men’s Health Screening

Many women feel that they can’t give a man directions. Maybe it’s the stubborn tendency of males, or maybe it’s that they don’t like to be told what to do. It comes as no surprise, then, that it’s difficult to get most men to go to the doctor. Maybe they don’t want to talk about their health problems. Perhaps they feel normal and don’t see a need to make an appointment. Or it could be because they don’t want to hear that anything is wrong with them. Whatever the case may be, it’s important that men get regular health screening tests. Catching problems early on, can often help prevent them from turning into something more serious down the road. Below are some guidelines on men’s screening tests. If you are a man reading this, talk to your doctor about when he thinks you should schedule these exams, as test frequency varies based on your age, your health history and your family’s health history. BODY MEASUREMENTS

Taking your height, weight and bodymass index (BMI) helps determine whether your are overweight. Overweight people are more likely to have high blood pressure, heart disease or diabetes. BMI is assessed using a mathematical form of weight and height.


A blood-pressure test is the only way to determine if you have high blood pressure. If undetected and untreated, it can increase your risk of heart attack, stroke, heart failure and kidney failure. According to the American Heart Association, you should get it checked at least once every two years — and more often if your doctor says it’s high.


A blood test is used to determine your good (HDL) and bad (LDL) cholesterol levels. According to the AHA, cholesterol is a soft, waxy substance found among the lipids (fats) in the bloodstream and in all your body’s cells. Humans need cholesterol, but a high level increases your risk of heart disease and stroke. Men age 20 years or older should have their cholesterol checked every five years and more frequently as they age or if they have high cholesterol levels.


BRIDGE STUDIO, our new Yoga and Body Centered Practices Studio Opens JULY 1ST


July 1-8th

Art of Awareness Wellness Center is excited to announce our RELOCATION to 100 Waterman Drive in South Portland, and the opening of BRIDGE STUDIO, our new yoga and body centered practices program. Our approach is client centered, supports sustainable self-care and health at every size.

Art of Awareness’s therapy practice provides individual, couples and family therapy, a variety of therapy groups, and an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP). Our therapists are trained to provide therapeutic services for a wide range of mental health and wellness issues. We accept most commercial health insurance policies and offer services for adults, teens and children.

5 FREE CLASSES at the new


7/1 Weds. Hatha Yoga Foundations

9am – 10:30am • Melissa Roberts

7/1 Weds. Tai Chi/Qigong Basics

4pm – 5:15pm • Jason Ames

7/2 Thurs. Yoga for Bigger Bodies 6pm -

7:30pm • Katie Bean Arnold

7/6 Mon. Kundalini Meditation

12:30pm – 1:30pm • Sonya Theriault

7/8 Weds. Gentle to Moderate Yoga 5:45pm

- 7:15pm • Melora Gregory please visit artofawareness.org for our full schedule, rates, teachers and to sign up for classes

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.

In her 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

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. Much of this can be free!

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 fresh, lively foods without chemicals and you will be healthier and have less illness. 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. Adjustments help the brain communicate with the rest of the body better and helps keep muscles and joints function and balance better. For more information, call Rolnick Chiropractic at 207-283-1168 or check out our web page at www.rolnickchiropractic.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.

Should I Go It Alone?

Maybe I should talk to someone? Many people have struggles in life and find themselves debating “Shouldn’t I be able to handle this by myself?” If you find that your struggles are getting in the way of your life, that you seem to be spending a lot of time trying to “fix” things or “overanalyze”, or spend a lot of time trying not to have certain thoughts, feelings or physical sensations (physical pain, anxiety, fear, anger, sadness, bad memories, poor self-image) it could be helpful to talk to someone.

My goal is to help individuals become more present in their lives and actively engaged in their valued pursuits. Working together, we will identify and address the barriers that keep you from moving forward and experiencing a full life, satisfying relationships, and realizing your educational, occupational, or athletic potential.

I use treatment methods that have been researched and proven to be effective and practice acceptance-based behavioral therapy which means I help clients use mindfulness and other acceptance-based strategies and exercises to decrease the distress caused by painful thoughts, emotions, memories and physical sensations and improve their quality of life.

Please see my website for more information and to schedule an appointment www.mindyslovinskylcsw.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.

Perplexed, bewildered, dazed, or confused about health insurance?

Karen Vachon, Licensed health insurance agents helps individuals, families, small business owners, and senior citizens navigate their health insurance options. From Obamacare to Medicare Vachon’s approach is different. She gets up close to the individual client’s needs and situation and taps into available resources to protect life’s twist, turns, and surprises.

“The health insurance purchased has changed a lot in the last year and people are really confused”, explains Karen, who helps people determine their eligibility for tax credits, along with choosing a plan that best meets their needs and budget. “People are also concerned about the tax penalty if they don’t have health insurance”, says Karen, who helps people identify if they’re exempt from the penalty; or would prefer more affordable protection off the exchange.

Tired of 1-800 eternal hold? Feeling perplexed, bewildered, dazed and confused? Call Karen! 207-730-2664. There is no fee for her service.


A massage. Even if it’s his first. What better way to express your appreciation than with a massage…..or an acupuncture treatment if he’s adventurous?

Dad do you, suffer from pain or injury that keeps you from doing what you enjoy? Let the experienced staff at MassageCraft put your Dad on the road to optimum health. Our practitioners have over 75 years of combined experience in eastern and western massage techniques and acupuncture. Not sure whether Dad need acupuncture or massage? Choose acupuncture for pain complicated by digestive distress, menstrual issues, respiratory problems, anxiety or depression. Too sore for a back massage? Acupuncture can alleviate back pain with a few needles placed in the hands.

Are you feeling the effects of too many hours at the computer? Perhaps Dad has over exerted in the garden or on the golf course????? A deep tissue massage will work out the stiffness, soreness and knots. Your muscles will be longer, suppler, and you will be less prone to re-injury. Not to mention the positive effects both acupuncture and massage have on your sleep and stress levels.

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 verification. We offer corporate discounts to UNE, SMMC, and MBH. OPEN SUNDAYS Call 286- 8416 or 934-0849 for an appointment. And please visit us at our web site: www.massagecraft.com.

Coastal Rehab celebrates 10 years in business

Cape Elizabeth based Coastal Rehab, LLC marks 10 Years of Outstanding Service to Cumberland and York County Residents. Cape Elizabeth, ME, June 12th, 2015

Coastal Rehab, LLC, a provider of physical, occupational and speech therapy services is celebrating ten years of delivering high quality therapy services to individuals in Cumberland and York counties. The private practice has experienced steady growth since 2005.

“We’ve come a long way since our founding in 2005 and I’m very proud of what we have accomplished to date”, remarked Nathalie Descheneaux, Owner and Founder of Coastal Rehab.

“We have established strong relationships with our clients and elder care providers, which can only come from experience, integrity and genuine care for the satisfaction of our clients.”

The company sets itself apart by carefully selecting only the most talented and reliable physical, occupational and speech therapists, as well as consistently providing the highest levels of customer service seen in the industry. About Coastal Rehab

Founded in 2005, Coastal Rehab has become a premier therapy practice serving Southern Maine. The company provides therapy services in the home or onsite at any of their 4 locations in Falmouth, Cape Elizabeth, Scarborough and Kennebunk. For more information, please call 767-9773 or visit www.coastalrehab.me.

What is clean eating all about?

Clean eating is a growing trend among people focused on health and wellness. A relatively simple concept of selecting foods that are minimally processed, clean eating intends to instill a greater understanding of the pathway between a food’s origins and the final products that end up on grocery store shelves and dinner tables.

Choosing whole or “real” foods that are as close to their natural forms as possible is a staple of clean eating. The availability of convenience food products has never been greater, and not all packaged foods are unhealthy. But clean eating encourages consumers to be more aware of the ingredients in the foods they eat while selecting those foods that are minimally processed. Many foods designated as “clean,” including vegetables and fruits, whole grains, free-range meats, low-fat dairy products, unsalted nuts, and whole seeds, are straight from the farm.

Another component of clean eating is eliminating or greatly reducing the consumption of refined sugar. Many health experts advise that refined sugar is a large contributor to unnecessary calories. Many people can get all the energy they need by consuming foods with natural sugars.

If an ingredient list includes names you cannot recognize or if the natural form of the food has been changed (i.e. removing the bran from whole grains), it cannot be included in a clean-eating plan. Also, foods that have a lot of additives, including salt, sugar and fat, are not classified as clean.

Jessica Fanzo, assistant professor of nutrition at Columbia University, advises that not all food processing is bad. Processing is sometimes necessary to prevent pathogens that can lead to illness. For example, pasteurizing milk is a processing method, but one that is necessary to stop the proliferation of bacteria. Even steaming foods is processing in some form, but it is not on par with some of the overly processed foods available.

The benefits to clean eating are numerous. Increasing intake of fruits and vegetables can boost your immune system and serve as a nutritious way to maintain a healthy weight. Clean eating may help you become more conscious of everything from meal ingredients to portion sizes.

Those interested in clean eating can begin slowly. Start to introduce more fresh fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, and farm-fresh foods into your diet. Look for foods in their natural form, such as whole oats and other grains. Avoid highly refined ingredients and limit sugar and salt intake. Opt for fresh herbs and spices to season food. Over time you can make other changes. Adopting a clean-eating approach to their diet is a great way for men and women to start living healthy lifestyles. Speak with a doctor or nutritionist about healthy and effective ways to transition to clean eating.

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