2013-12-20 / Health & Medical


Bartlett Acupuncture Opens in Scarborough

After twelve years in Asheville, NC, Kath Bartlett relocated her acupuncture practice to Oak Hill Plaza in Scarborough. Portland’s active, progressive community attracted Kath. She chose Scarborough for its convenient location to the Southern Maine communities.

“I have worked with many other alternative care practitioners and have found Kath truly exceptional: an expert in Chinese Medicine”, says Paula Sellers, VP Phoenix Possibilities, Inc. “She has a rather ‘take charge’ approach, assuring you she offers something substantial and well thought out, at the same time listening and adjusting new information I have given. I felt totally cared for, as though no stone was left unturned.”

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. There is no fee for her service.

Rolnick Chiropractic

Dr. Ellie’s Health Tip of the Month: ‘Tis the Season…..to Stay Healthy!

The holiday season is well upon us and is fraught with all sorts of stressors: Physical (how we move), Chemical (what we put into our body) and Emotional (how we think and feel). Now, more than ever, we need to be mindful of reducing stress so that we remain healthy through the holidays. Here are a few tips I’ve shared with my practice members:

Physical Stress—How We Use Our Body:

• Balance your packages on both sides of your body
while shopping
• Wrap gifts in short shifts—dont’ make an all nighter
out of it!
• Make sure to get enough sleep!
• Get up and stretch while doing ‘on-line’ shopping
• Keep up with your exercise program
• When shoveling, try switching sides; take breaks

Chemical Stress—What we Put in Our Bodies:

• Everything in Moderation!
• Plan ahead; decide how much you’ll eat and drink
in advance

• Pace your eating; take time to enjoy the taste
of the food
• Fill up on the healthier foods and treat yourself to
tastes of the richer foods

Emotional Stress—How we Think:

• Take the high road—don’t let family ‘push
your buttons’
• Is there really a ‘perfect’ gift. Trust your instincts.
• Spend within your means—avoid post holiday
credit card bills
• Make sure to communicate with people – most
of us don’t read minds

Finally, if you’re under regular Chiropractic care, make sure to stay on your care schedule during the holidays as regular adjustments help reduce the stress your body is under. If you aren’t under care yet, make an appointment today to get checked and see how Chiropractic can help you stay healthy during the holiday season and beyond.

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

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.

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.

New Art Therapy Group 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, The Art of Containment Group, A Coping Skills Group, and our Flexible Intensive Treatment (FIT) Program.

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 newest therapy group is called the Art of Containment. Come explore the unique role of Art as a Therapeutic container for challenging emotions. Bring your Lunch. Time will be allotted for both art making and discussion. 8 sessions Friday 12:00- 1:30 pm, 9/27-11/15, Adults 18+

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; 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; and Bretton Neider, LMSW-CC, Stephanie Rose Tranchmontagne, 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.

Frustrated with your Lower Denture?

Many denture wearers come to their dental practitioner frustrated with their lower denture. The most common complaints stem from it being ill fitting, loose and sometimes even painful. One of the major factors contributing to these complaints is most lower dentures simply don’t engage all available anatomy of the lower jaw. Here at Denture Solutions we can implement a technique using a flexible material that can take advantage of areas a “normal” hard denture cannot access. This

design utilizes the anatomy of your lower jaw to help “lock” the denture securely in place. The result is a denture that feels like it anchors to your jaw without the aid of implants! With such a snug fit, you can add your favorite foods back into your diet and feel the confidence that only a locking lower denture can. For more information call 985 0210 or you can go to our website @ www.DentureSolutionsMaine.com


Many of you know the value of massage and acupuncture. Share the health with your loved ones and friends this holiday season.

Save $10 - $50 on our gift series, sure to please the loved one on your list who can benefit from more than one treatment. Available year ‘round.

Buy one full hot stone gift certificate and save $20 on a second one. We’re extending this offer through Dec. 31, for those of you who have after Christmas parties to attend.

We will be open 9 – 2pm on Saturday, December 21st. Drop-in for gift certificates, hors d’oeuvres and a chat.

Not sure what you need? Choose acupuncture for pain complicated by digestive distress, menstrual issues, allergies, insomnia, anxiety or winter blues Too sore for a back massage? Acupuncture can alleviate back pain with a few needles placed in the hands.

Does the hectic pace of the holidays have you tied up in knots? A deep tissue massage will work out the stiffness and soreness. Enjoy the positive affects acupuncture and massage have on your sleep quality and stress levels.

MassageCraft & Acupuncture Clinic was established in 1991 with convenient locations in Biddeford and Old Orchard Beach. The combined experience of our skilled practitioners is over 75 years. We accept workers compensation and some private insurance upon benefit verification. Open Sundays. Call 286-8416 or 934- 0849 for an appointment. And please visit us at out website: www.massagecraft.com.

Conversations About Health

take a moment . . . read this slowly . . . breathe in, breathe out, and again . . . deliberately blink three times . . . think nothing . . . breathe in, breathe out, and again . . . think “calm,” and give it a color . . . feel the tension in your body, and give it a color . . . breathe in calm, breathe out tension . . . very gently, roll your head around, now the other way . . . think “peace,” and give it a color . . . breathe in peace, breathe out tension . . . breathe in calm, breathe out tension . . . wiggle your toes . . . think “quiet,” and give it a color . . . breathe in quiet, breathe out tension . . . breathe in calm, breathe out tension . . . breathe in peace, breathe out tension . . . .

Ceci Haynsworth, APRN, CNS, is a psychiatric clinical nurse specialist who offers counseling and coaching broadly focused on health, wellness, and choices, at Conversations About Health, in Portland. You can contact her at 846-0191, or through her website: www.conversationsabouthealth.me.

Dedicated to Help You Keep Moving for Life!

Movement. It's the essence of freedom, of an independent life. Yet for many of us, everyday movement and simple tasks present physical challenges that can be difficult. While most of us would like to "keep moving", it’s often more difficult than we imagine. Perhaps you’re an active baby boomer facing knee, hip or shoulder replacement surgery. Perhaps your aging parent suffers from chronic arthritis or is recovering from a fall. In each of these cases, "keep moving" can become the stuff of dreams rather than reality.

There is good news, however. With today's technological advancements, researchers and manufacturers have developed products that can help many of us overcome the physical challenges of joint damage and aging.

Splints support the healing of weakened or fractured bones. Orthotic bracing and soft goods provide full body support and pain relief. Exercise and rehabilitation supplies can help us get moving again. Manual wheelchairs, knee walkers, canes, crutches, walkers, and rollators provide extra stability for short walks or wheels for longer excursions. Reachers, zipper pulls, and other daily living aids make everyday tasks easier and help people remain independent.

What's even better is that with a doctor’s recommendation, Medicare as well as many private insurance companies help pay for this equipment.

So, take heart, and make the decision to stay active. Ask questions and learn more about the products that help you and your loved ones stay independent and connected to the world. With a little determination and personalized assistance from a local medical supply and equipment company, everyone will be able to "keep moving for life".

To see if they can help you or your loved one speed up a recovery, visit MedCOR at 152 U.S. Route One, Scarborough, ME or call (207) 222-2828.

Monthly support group announces new dates

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.

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