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Local Health Care Professional Offers Purification Program PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Scott Stewart   
Tuesday, 04 February 2014 14:14

The Standard Process 21-day program combines whole food supplements with a whole food diet to cleanse the body

MOLINE, IL.  February 5, 2014—Daily exposure to toxins, including pollutants and diets high in processed foods, can ultimately disrupt the body’s endocrine, immune, nervous and reproductive systems. To help patients purify their body, Healing Lotus Acupuncture, offers a 21-day purification program, developed by whole food supplement manufacturer Standard Process Inc. The program uses whole, organic and unprocessed food, along with whole food supplements to help cleanse the body.

Although the body rids itself of toxins naturally, eventually it can become overburdened. Purification, also known as detoxification, can help remove toxins. The Standard Process 21-Day Purification Program is designed to lighten the toxic load, improve digestion and help maintain a healthy weight.*

“It gave me so much more energy, it helped me feel well . . . it kind of opened my eyes to how unhealthy I’d been eating,” says Janet, patient of Healing Lotus Acupuncture.  “I think I lost a total of 12 lbs., and I’m thrilled with the results!  I would highly recommend it!”


Join us on March 3rd at 6pm, when Healing Lotus Acupuncture will be having a free special program, A New Healthy You, to introduce the 21-day purification process and explain in further detail the benefits of purification. To get started on your journey to optimal health and a New Healthy You, visit or call Scott at (309) 764.4753 and register for this special event.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.


About Healing Lotus Acupuncture

Scott Stewart, LAc., Dipl., is a graduate of National University of Health Sciences and has been serving the Quad Cities area for the last 2 years. The clinic is located at 4300 - 12th Avenue in Moline.  Scott is a licensed and board certified acupuncturist, who also studied and did research in South East Asia for 2 years.  His goal is to educate his patients so they can have a higher quality of life, with less pain and suffering.  For additional information about Healing Lotus Acupuncture, or to schedule your appointment, call (309) 764.4753 or visit



Think a zero-trans-fats label means there are no trans fats in your food? Think again. PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Best Food Facts   
Tuesday, 04 February 2014 13:30


Think a zero-trans-fats label means there are no trans fats in your food? Think again. Your food can have up to 0.5 grams of trans fats per serving and still boast it's trans-fat-free.

With all of the chatter and uncertainty around trans fats, we think the subject warrants a little more exploration, so we created the Trans Fats: Moving Off the Menu webcast with a powerhouse of food experts to cut through the confusion and find out what’s really important when it comes to trans fats. Whether you are a professional working in the food industry or a concerned consumer, our webcast will give you straight talk on the subject and answer questions like:

  • What are trans fats and why were they developed in the first place?
  • What is the difference between naturally occurring trans fats and man-made trans fats?
  • If I grew up my whole life eating trans fats, am I in trouble?
  • What are some common foods that contain trans fats that may surprise me?
  • Besides looking for trans fats on the nutrition label, what are the hidden names for trans fats so I can look for them in the ingredient list?
  • What are good substitutes for trans fats?
  • What’s going on with the FDA’s proposed rule against trans fats, and how will this affect the food I eat?

Join us Tuesday, Feb. 11, from 2-3 p.m. Central (3-4 p.m. Eastern) for some straight talk on the subject.

Upcoming Red Cross blood drives PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ben Corey   
Tuesday, 04 February 2014 09:59

Give blood and help save lives

PEORIA, Ill. (Feb. 3, 2014) — Like a hospital emergency room, the American Red Cross must be prepared to provide blood for patients 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year. It’s the blood already on the shelves and readily available that can be lifesaving for people like Chris Salinas.

Chris was a horse trainer who was seriously injured in an accident when a horse pinned him to the pavement. He and his family said they credit the multiple blood transfusions he received with helping him recover.

Type O negative blood is especially needed right now. O negative is the universal blood type and can potentially be transfused to patients with any type. To make an appointment to donate blood and help ensure the shelves are stocked for patients in need, please visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

Carroll County

Feb. 21 from 12-5 p.m. at Carroll County Farm Bureau, 811 S. Clay St. in Mount Carroll, Ill.

Clinton County

Feb. 20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at LyondellBasell, 3400 Anamosa Road in Clinton, Iowa

Henry County

Feb. 18 from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Kewanee Hospital, 1051 W. South St. in Kewanee, Ill.

Feb. 18 from 12-5 p.m. at Kewanee Hospital, 1051 W. South St. in Kewanee, Ill.

Feb. 21 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Wethersfield High School Key Club, 439 Willard St. in Kewanee, Ill.

Feb. 25 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Black Hawk College East Campus, 26230 Black Hawk Road in Galva, Ill.

Mercer County

Feb. 18 from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at VFW Hall, 106 SW Third Ave. in Aledo, Ill.

Scott County

Feb. 19 from 3-7 p.m. at Davenport Central High School, 1120 W. Main St. in Davenport, Iowa

Whiteside County

Feb. 19 from 2-6 p.m. at American Red Cross, 112 W. Second St. in Rock Falls, Ill.

Feb. 25 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Robert Fulton Community Center, 912 Fourth St. in Fulton, Ill.

Feb. 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at American Red Cross, 112 W. Second St. in Rock Falls, Ill.

Feb. 27 from 4-7 p.m. at American Red Cross, 112 W. Second St. in Rock Falls, Ill.

The need is constant. The gratification is instant. Give blood.™

How to donate blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. The Red Cross is supported in part through generous financial donations from the United Way. For more information, please visit or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.


News Releases - Health, Medicine & Nutrition
Written by Vanessa Figueroa   
Tuesday, 04 February 2014 08:59

Hundreds of forms cause delays, pain and suffering to patients waiting for relief


SPRINGFIELD, IL -- February 3, 2014 – Cancer patients waiting in pain for relief … quality of life being compromised … these are just a few of the concerns legislators will hear Wednesday, February 5th when the Illinois House Human Services Committee takes up a bill designed to standardize the hundreds of different forms used by insurance companies to authorize medical treatment.

Health advocacy organizations from around the state are urging the Illinois General Assembly to support House Bill 3638 sponsored by Rep. Laura Fine (D-Glenview) and Senate Bill 2585 sponsored by Senator Dan Kotowski (D-Park Ridge) and Senator Mattie Hunter (D-Chicago) to ensure prompt patient access to life-saving medications by streamlining the prior authorization process in the state – a process where patients must wait until the insurance company approves the use of a medication recommended by their physician. It has meant mounds of paperwork for doctors and nurses, and days, even weeks, of delays for patients seeking critical care.

According to a 2010 American Medical Association survey on prior authorization, physicians and staff spend about 20 hours per week on average dealing with prior authorizations. In Illinois alone, there are more than 300 different forms used by various insurance companies for prior authorization, which according to health care providers, is causing alarming, even dangerous delays in access to medication.

“The prior authorization process can absolutely have an impact on the health of our patients,” said Nancy Leone, a registered nurse in Antioch. “Recently, a patient needed a specific type of chemotherapy for abdominal cancer. It was denied by the insurance company, and then it took about a month of waiting and back and forth before the patient was finally approved and could receive it.”

At least 20 Illinois health advocacy organizations, representing tens of thousands of patients, have sent a letter to the Illinois General Assembly supporting HB 3638 and SB 2585 and stating, in part:


Standardization of prior authorization should be part of Illinois’ efforts to improve health care and reduce costs, as it has clear implications for improved efficiency and enhanced patient outcomes. As organizations that represent a wide variety of patients, we urge you to support legislation that would standardize the state’s prior authorization system.


Organizations include:

AIDS Foundation of Chicago

American Cancer Society-Cancer Action Network

American Heart Association/American Stroke Association

American Lung Association of Illinois

American Nurses Association of Illinois

Chicago Hispanic Health Coalition

Epilepsy Foundation of Chicago

Epilepsy Foundation of North Central Illinois, Iowa and Nebraska

Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Southern Illinois

Epilepsy Therapy Project

Gateway Hemophilia Association

Gilda’s Club of Chicago

Illinois African American Coalition for Prevention

Illinois Psychiatric Society

Illinois Rural Health Association

Illinois Society for Advance Practice Nursing

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society-Gateway Chapter

Leukemia Lymphoma Society of Illinois

Lupus Foundation of America-Illinois Chapter

Mental Health America of Illinois

NAMI Greater Chicago
State Pain Policy Action Network

"There have been times when I've had to wait for up to three weeksafter requesting my prescriptions, because the doctor must fill out any number of forms and wait for approval from the insurance company," said Columbia resident and arthritis sufferer Kim Kitowski. "Access to medication is critical to my ability to go to work, care for my twin boys – live my day-to-day life."

HB 3638 and SB 2585 would amend the Illinois Public Aid Code and the Illinois Insurance Code and require the Department of Healthcare and Family Services and the Department of Insurance to jointly develop a uniform prior authorization form for prescription drug benefits on or before July 1, 2014.

“Pain remains one of the most feared and burdensome symptoms for cancer patients and survivors, and waiting for prior authorization approval can have significant negative impacts on a patient’s treatment and quality of life,” said Heather Eagleton, director of public policy & government relations of the American Cancer Society-Cancer Action Network. “When a person has a disease like cancer, they need to be focusing on getting better and fighting the disease, not administrative barriers to care.”


Tips from The Skin Cancer Foundation on Achieving a Healthy Glow Without Tanning Beds PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Carla Barry-Austin   
Friday, 31 January 2014 10:28

New York, NY (January 30, 2014)- As the temperature drops and winter lingers, women are seeking ways to warm up their dull winter skin. Taking a note from Hollywood A-listers, many are abandoning the fake-baked looks achieved from UV tanning in favor of a more natural glow. This is an important and timely shift, as research shows that melanoma incidence among young women ages 18-39 has jumped an alarming 800 percent in the past 40 years1. Additionally, there is evidence showing that just one indoor tanning session increases users' chances of developing melanoma by 20 percent, and each additional session during the same year boosts the risk almost another two percent2.


This new trend of natural radiance means having youthful and refreshed skin, not wrinkles, age spots and a leathery appearance. "A glowing skin tone can be achieved through a healthy skincare and sun protection regimen," said Skin Cancer Foundation spokesperson Amy Forman Taub, MD. "Adopting sun safety is a great way to keep your skin looking youthful, and will help prevent future sun damage, which often presents itself in the form of premature skin aging."


To help brighten winter skin, Dr. Taub and The Skin Cancer Foundation offer these tips:


Protect Against Sun Damage

Sun protection is a crucial tool in the battle against premature skin aging. More than 90 percent of the visible changes commonly attributed to skin aging are caused by the sun. Since UV damage is cumulative over a lifetime, it is something to be concerned about on a daily basis. The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends adopting a complete sun protection regimen that includes seeking shade, covering up with clothing (including a wide-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses) and wearing sunscreen daily with an SPF of 15 or higher, applying about one ounce (a shot glass full) to all exposed areas.


Shimmer Like a Pro

A proper skincare regimen is essential when working toward a healthy, glowing complexion. Follow this routine to help achieve glowing skin:

1. Start with a Morning Cleanse­-- Glowing skin starts with proper cleansing in the morning, and remember- it doesn't have to lather or foam to work. Many cleansing cloths, for instance, don't lather, yet take all the effort out of face washing.
2. Smooth on a Serum-- If using a serum, try one with Vitamin C, which has anti-aging benefits.
3. Apply Moisturizer with Sunscreen-- Next, reach for a moisturizer with an SPF of 15 or higher.

4. Prime the Skin­-- A primer creates a smooth canvas for makeup.


Go With Your Own Glow

Through The Skin Cancer Foundation's Go With Your Own Glow™ campaign, the Foundation strongly advocates embracing one's natural skin tone. The campaign encourages women to love and protect their skin, whatever its natural hue. For those who can't resist the bronzed look but won't sacrifice their health to achieve it, consider sunless (UV-free) tanners. They are available in many different formulations, including creams, lotions, gels, pump sprays, aerosols and wipes.
1.  Reed KB, Brewer JD, Lohse CM, Bringe KE, Pruit CN, Gibson LE. Increasing Incidence of Melanoma Among Young Adults: An Epidemiological Study in Olmsted County, Minnesota.
Mayo Clinic Proceedings 2012; 87(4):328-334.


2. Boniol M, Autier P, Boyle P, Gandini S. Cutaneous melanoma attributable to sunbed use: systematic review and meta-analysis. BMJ 2012; 345:e4757. doi: 10.1136/bmj.e4757


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About The Skin Cancer Foundation
The Skin Cancer Foundation is the only global organization solely devoted to the prevention, early detection and treatment of skin cancer. The mission of the Foundation is to decrease the incidence of skin cancer through public and professional education and research. Since its inception in 1979, the Foundation has recommended following a complete sun protection regimen that includes seeking shade and covering up with clothing, including a wide-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses, in addition to daily sunscreen use. For more information, visit


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