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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.”

Let Me Decide: Iowans Campaign to Make the Labeling of Genetically Engineered Foods the Law PDF Print E-mail
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Written by LeeAnn Felder   
Tuesday, 02 October 2012 14:57

Davenport, Iowa – Today, Tuesday, Oct. 2, local activists held a call-in day and generated dozens of calls
to Senator Joe Seng, asking him to support mandatory labeling of genetically engineered food. The call-
in day was part of a statewide campaign initiated by the national consumer advocacy organization Food
&Water Watch to push for legislation to make the labeling of genetically engineered (GE) foods the law
in Iowa.

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"We need to know what we are eating, and what we're feeding to our children. There should be a simple
label for genetically engineered foods," said Emily Clow, a local activist.

A local organic farmer, a mother, a professor at St. Ambrose, and a massage therapist are just a few of
the activists in the Quad Cities working to build support for GE food labeling in Iowa. While over 50
other countries—including Australia, Brazil, and European Union—require the labeling of genetically
engineered foods, the US does not.GE foods are very common in our food system and often come in the
form of ingredients like corn syrup and vegetable oil, which are most likely derived from GE corn and
soybeans. The vast majority of corn and soybeans produced in this country are genetically engineered.
Other genetically engineered foods include sugar beets, squash, and sweet corn.

A 2008 CBS/New York Times poll showed that 87% of consumers want all genetically engineered
ingredients labeled. Much of this public support for labeling is caused by consumer concerns over the
health impacts of genetically engineered foods.

The team of activists in Davenport is part of a statewide campaign to push for the mandatory labeling of
GE foods. Future events, such as film screenings, educational sessions and other exciting group actions,
will be taking place over the coming months.

Food & Water Watch works to ensure the food, water and fish we consume is safe, accessible and
sustainable. So we can all enjoy and trust in what we eat and drink, we help people take charge of where
their food comes from, keep clean, affordable, public tap water flowing freely to our homes, protect the
environmental quality of oceans, force government to do its job protecting citizens, and educate about the
importance of keeping shared resources under public control.


Lt. Gov. Reynolds encourages students to participate in National Walk to School Day PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Office of the Governor of the State of Iowa   
Tuesday, 02 October 2012 08:13

(DES MOINES) – Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds today encouraged students to stay healthy by participating in the National Walk to School Day, in conjunction with Iowa’s Second Annual Healthiest State Intitative Walk tomorrow.

“I am encouraging all students to take a simple step towards a healthier lifestyle by joining the National Walk to School Day,” said Reynolds. “Governor Branstad and I have an ambitious goal to become the healthiest state in the nation and walking to school is a wonderful way for kids to help us reach our goal.”

National Walk to School Day is an international campaign that promotes safety, fun and healthier habits for kids by walking or biking to school. Over 75 school walk events are registered throughout Iowa. To register a walking event for your school or to find one near your community click here.

“Tomorrow I will be taking part in the Healthiest State’s Second Annual Walk, and I look forward to lacing up my tennis shoes with fellow Iowans and choosing to lead a healthier, more active lifestyle,” added Reynolds.

The Healthiest State Walk began in October 2011 in which more than 291,000 Iowans participated in the kick-off Start Somewhere Walk.


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