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Victims of Agent Orange Dioxin Poisoning PDF Print E-mail
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Written by John J. Bury, US Navy, retired, Vietnam War veteran, Media, Pa.   
Tuesday, 09 October 2012 14:09

Victims of Agent Orange (AO) who are infected, Vietnam veterans, children of Vietnam veterans; then there are spouses and mothers or fathers who are victims by association.   By banding together and pressing forward to be heard is the only way we victims can win.

We know how to help others, we have been there/are there.  Our bodies are proof, our minds are not in denial, our lives are not equal to those without AO.  We are strong and build our own Quality of Life, the hard way.  Only we know what it is like to struggle with AO.  Each day we live, is a gift.

Yes, we suffer as do our loving family's who care about we who struggle with AO.  Let us not forget, we have friends who care.  Our consolation is knowing they love us and care about us.  Our worse pain is the burden upon our loved ones.  It is the most difficult of all pain to endure.

We know the frustrations of not being able to do the things as we have in the past.  We know the frustrations our family have in having to take up the slack, for us at one time we were able to do for our selves.  I know only to well how this feels to me and how it must feel for my family.

For these reasons we victims of Agent Orange Dioxin poisoning, our Congress and Senate must understand our needs.  There are Bills in legislation that can make our lives less frustrating.  Those Bills are House Bill HR-3612 and Senate Bill S.1629.  Please urge your members of Congress and Senate to pass the Bills.


Hidden Benefits of Exercise PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Thursday, 04 October 2012 14:53
From Clearer Skin to a Stronger Immune System
Physician Touts 5 Hidden Benefits of Exercise

With more than a third of Americans classified as obese, everyone from first lady Michelle Obama to TV news anchor Katie Couric is advocating exercise to maintain a healthy weight.

That’s great, says Dr. Eudene Harry, author of “Live Younger in 8 Simple Steps,” (, but the benefits of exercise go far beyond fitting into those skinny jeans.

For one, it will give you younger looking, more blemish-free skin.

“The increase in circulation and perspiration that occurs with exercise delivers more nutrients to your skin while allowing impurities and waste to be removed,” says Harry, who combines years of emergency-room experience with holistic medicine in her private practice. “The result? A healthier complexion!”

She adds four more hidden benefits of a good workout:

• Natural “feel-good” chemicals: Exercise releases endorphins, the brain chemicals that boost your mood and make you feel happy, as well as relieve stress, and enhance your self-esteem and self-confidence. Exercise has also been shown to increase neurotransmitters, such as serotonin and dopamine, which gives us a natural high and allows us to sleep better.

• Constipation prevention: Exercise increases the contractions of the wall of the intestine, helping to move things along through the intestinal tract more easily, and decreasing the time it takes to pass through the large intestine. But wait an hour or two after eating before exerting yourself: Exercising too soon after a meal can divert blood flow away from the gut and toward the muscles, weakening peristaltic contractions (and slowing down the digestion process).

• Prevents brittle bones: Walking, jogging, dancing, weight training and yoga are all weight-bearing exercises that help strengthen bones. Swimming and bicycling are exercises that are considered non-weight bearing. During weight-bearing exercises, bones adapt to the impact of the weight and the pull of muscles by building more bone cells, increasing strength and density and decreasing the risk of fractures, osteopenia and osteoporosis.

• Enhanced immunity: Physical exertion increases the rate at which antibodies flow through the blood stream, resulting in better immunity against sickness. The increased temperature generated during moderate exercise makes it difficult for certain infectious organisms to survive.

Don’t overdo your exercise, or you won’t see all of these benefits, Harry says.

“Check with a physician who can advise you on the right activities and intensity level for your individual needs,” she says.

“For all the benefits of exercise, there are down sides if you go at it too vigorously for your physical condition. For instance, you can actually increase stress hormones, which can make you more vulnerable to illness, rather than building your immunity.”

About Eudene Harry, M.D.

Dr. Eudene Harry holds a bachelor’s in biology from New York University and completed both her medical degree and residency training at Thomas Jefferson University. Currently the medical director for the integrative and holistic Oasis Wellness and Rejuvenation Center, she has practiced medicine for nearly 20 years, is board certified in both emergency and holistic medicine, and for more than a decade practiced emergency medicine as an attending physician in Level II trauma centers. In 2005 she opened Oasis for Optimal Health, a private practice focused on integrative, holistic wellness and empowering and educating the patient.

Free Dental Clinic this Friday and Saturday (Oct. 5 & 6) PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lisa Russell   
Thursday, 04 October 2012 14:35
Hundreds of Iowans are expected at the Fifth Annual Iowa Mission of Mercy in Davenport this weekend.  This free dental clinic provides cleanings, extractions and fillings.


Dental professionals from across the state will gather to provide nearly $1 million in free oral health care, including cleanings, extractions and fillings.


The Iowa Mission of Mercy (Iowa MOM) is a free two-day dental clinic. There are no restrictions except patients are seen on a first-come, first-served basis.


Iowa MOM will be at The RiverCenter in Davenport, Iowa


Clinic hours are 6:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Friday, October 5, and Saturday, October 6. Doors close when capacity is met.


Oral health care is critical to the overall health of all Iowans, and the Iowa Mission of Mercy is an opportunity for Iowa dentists to provide access to quality health care to the Iowans who need it the most. Since 2008, more than $3.5 million in free dental care has been provided to almost 5,600 patients.

For more information, contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it at 515.210.3052.




Calm Your Mind at a Weekend Meditation Workshop PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lamrim Kadampa Buddhist Center   
Thursday, 04 October 2012 14:14

Weekend Meditation Workshop

Davenport, IA: Lamrim Kadampa Buddhist Center will present a Weekend Meditation Workshop November 2nd,3rd and 4th in Davenport, Iowa.

In today’s fast-paced, frenzied world, it seems to be harder and harder to experience moments of peace and relaxation. Besides the many responsibilities and work we must get done every day, we also have a dizzying array of distractions and activities we wish to pursue. Due to all of this our mind is often unsettled and tense and we find it hard to enjoy even the brief moments we have when we're not being bombarded by life’s demands.

More and more people are discovering that meditation is a powerful way to overcome stress and cultivate a calm and relaxed mind.  By learning to meditate we can learn to maintain this inner calm all the time, making everything we do more satisfying and enjoyable.

In this Weekend Meditation Workshop learn everything you need to know about meditation; from sitting in the correct meditation posture, to how to meditate on the mind itself.

The weekend workshop will include a series of one-hour sessions. In each session a different meditation topic or technique will be explained followed by a meditation on that particular instruction. Practical advice will be given on how to set up a sustainable and rewarding personal meditation routine as well as how to integrate our meditation practice into our daily life.

“That inner peace and calm that we long for is possible, we need to look for it where it can be found…inside us,” states Joe Gauthier, Buddhist Meditation Teacher at Lamrim Kadmapa Buddhist Center, Through meditation we can learn how to relax and develop peaceful and positive states of mind.”

During the Weekend Meditation Workshop we will learn that by training in meditation, we create an inner space and clarity that enables us to control our mind regardless of the external circumstances. We can learn to let go of the agitated states of mind, such as anger, fear or jealousy that produce unhappiness. And instead cultivate peaceful, powerful minds such as love, acceptance, wisdom and joy. We can also learn to transform our day-to-day experiences, especially our conflicts and problems, into opportunities for developing these peaceful minds.

The Weekend Meditation Workshop is open to everyone and is suitable for both beginners and advanced meditators.  Both chairs and cushions will be available for use during the meditation sessions. Participants may attend any or all sessions. Please register by phone or email or just drop-in. The cost is $7 per session or $45 for entire retreat/vegetarian lunch on Saturday included.

Date:  November 2,3, 4
Location: Lamrim Kadampa Buddhist Center 
Address: 502 3rd Street 2nd Floor, Davenport, IA (Entrance on Scott Street)
Cost: $7 per session or $45 for entire retreat/vegetarian lunch on Saturday included 
For more information or to register call 563-322-1600 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Weekend Meditation Retreat detailed schedule:

Friday, November 2nd 6pm-9pm
6-7pm    Stilling The Mind With The Breath
8-9pm    Using Contemplative Meditation

Saturday November 3rd 10am-5pm   
10:15-11:15am   Generating Positive States of Mind
12-1:00pm       Developing Profound Thoughts
Lunch 1-2:15pm
2:15-3:15pm     Meditation Tips: Q&A, Discussion
3:45-4:45pm     Increasing Our Mindfulness

Sunday, November 4th 10am to 1pm
10:15-11:15am    Recognizing Our Own Mind
12-1:00pm        Integrating Meditation into Our Busy Life!

About Lamrim Kadampa Buddhist Center:

Lamrim Kadampa Buddhist Center was founded in 2005 under the guidance of Geshe Kelsang Gyatso; Internationally renowned Buddhist meditation master and scholar.  Lamrim Kadampa Buddhist Center is a member of the New Kadampa Tradition-International Kadampa Buddhist Union, a worldwide network of Buddhist Centers that are located in over 40 different countries.

The purpose of Lamrim Kadampa Buddhist Center is to help people learn practical methods on how to solve their daily problems and to live a happy and meaningful life. Lamrim Center offers meditation classes, day courses, retreats, chanted prayers and a chance to learn more about the Buddhist way of life. The classes and courses are designed to help those who wish to deepen their understanding of basic Buddhist thought and practice, as well as for those who simply wish to start a meditation practice or to meditate in a group setting.


About the Day Course Teacher:

Joe Gauthier is a Buddhist teacher in the New Kadampa Tradition. He is currently a Teacher at Lamrim Kadampa Buddhist Center in Davenport, Iowa.  Gauthier has been studying and practicing Buddhist meditation for over 15 years under the compassionate guidance of his Spiritual Guide, Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. Before coming to Iowa, he studied and taught in several locations throughout the world, including Manjushri Centre in England and at Buddhist Centers in Taiwan, Holland and Madison, Wisconsin.


Take care,
Joe Gauthier
Lamrim Kadampa Buddhist Center
502 1/2 W. 3rd Street
Davenport, IA 52801
Tel: 563-322-1600
Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

"Without inner peace, outer peace is impossible"
~ Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

Insurance Program Covers People with Pre-existing Conditions PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Tuesday, 02 October 2012 15:09
‘Care is Available in Every State,’ says Former Physician

With all the talk about health-care coverage for people with pre-existing conditions, it seems few people know coverage is available in every state as a result of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, says Dr. Dixie Swanson, a former television health reporter and physician, and a lupus patient.

“People can apply for the Pre-existing Condition Insurance Plan, which will not deny you coverage because you have asthma, diabetes or some other condition, and will not charge you more simply because of it,” says Swanson, the author of “The Accidental President Trilogy,” ( “In Washington D.C. and 23 states – including Florida, Massachusetts and Texas – it’s run by the federal government. Twenty-seven states run their own PCIP program.”

Policies vary from state to state and premiums may vary, but coverage can cost less than $200 a month. But a shockingly low number of people know about the coverage, Swanson says. As of July 31, there were 82,000 people enrolled. Maine had only 42 enrollees; California had the most, 11,118.

“Getting and keeping health insurance is Job One for many patients with chronic illness. This is a real step forward," Swanson says.

Here are some important things to know about PCIP:

You are eligible for PCIP coverage ONLY if you have been without insurance coverage for the past six months. If you have coverage – even if it does not cover your condition – you are not eligible, and if you’re in a state high-risk pool, you’re not eligible.

Rules vary depending on who administers the plan. In states with the federally administered program, you must submit one of the following with your application: 1) An insurance company’s letter denying you coverage from within the past 12 months, 2) An offer of insurance with a rider disallowing your condition, provided you didn’t accept a policy, 3) If you’re under 19 or you live in Vermont or Massachusetts, a letter from a doctor, physician’s assistant or nurse practitioner stating your condition, and 4) If you’re under 19 or you live in Vermont or Massachusetts, an offer of insurance that you didn’t accept because the premium was too high (provided it’s at least double the cost of a standard option PCIP premium),

In states with the federally administered program, if you’re application is accepted, you’ll receive a letter within two to three weeks. If you submitted your application and all documentation before the 15th of the month, your coverage can start by the 1st of the following month (i.e. by Oct. 15, coverage starts Nov. 1). If you apply after the 15th, it will start by the first of the month after that (i.e. Dec. 1).

PCIP is designed to be temporary. The Affordable Health Care Act calls for private insurance companies to cover pre-existing conditions beginning in 2014, at which time PCIP will not be necessary. (If Obama does not win re-election, it’s possible PCIP will be disbanded under Mitt Romney.)

To find out more, visit the plan’s official website,

About Dixie Swanson

Dixie Swanson was a pediatrician for 10 years and the Family Health Reporter for NBC’s Houston affiliate. She also spent time working for a Washington lobbyist with access to the White House.  Dixie is the author of “The Accidental President Trilogy – a Political Fable for Our Time.”

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