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Finding Healing, Renewal in 2013 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Friday, 04 January 2013 13:25
By: Caroline Flohr

As a new year dawns, many Americans still grieve losses experienced in 2012. For some, it’s very personal – the death of a parent, spouse or child. Others mourn the  lives lost in one of the many tragedies we experienced together as a nation.

As a mother of a 16-year-old twin daughter killed in a car accident involving eight teenagers, I assure those of you who are still coming to terms with your loss and grief – it is possible to journey from the unimaginable to acceptance and a spiritual peace. I urge you to embrace the healing power of family and community, love and faith. You will be surprised at how it can transform you.

You can find renewal in this new year.

I have learned that death defines not the end, but a beginning. I have learned that, by weaving tragedy into the fabric of our lives, we can be stronger, spiritually richer and, yes, even happier for it.

Here are some of the milestones I experienced on my journey to inner peace:

• Deeper meaning: Through the death of someone so important, you will be changed. The question is how you will be changed. Will you grow, or become diminished? I grew with the realization that death – so often viewed as an end – is just the beginning of another phase of existence. One of my favorite quotes is from poet Rabindranath Tagore: Death is not extinguishing the light. It is putting out the lamp because dawn has come.

• Celebrate life: When the bereaved are able to look at the life of a person who has passed and see more beauty than pain, they should rejoice. The reality of a person’s absence will always have an element of sadness, but the joy of  wonderful memories is even more powerful. When loved ones leave this Earth, graces are given to those relationships left behind. These are gifts. When we can acknowledge them, our lives can expand in the present.

• Ready for anything: Once you’ve experienced the worst and pulled through, you know you will be able to weather just about any adversity. Maya Angelou wrote, ‘“You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.” Have faith in that inner strength we all harbor.

• Appreciate what you have: Life as we know it will come to an end. This includes everyone we know, love and care about; it’s a fact that we often forget, and it’s as startling to remember as it is true. Come good or bad, we do not know what the future will bring, which means we should take every opportunity to fully embrace the present, and our loved ones.

About Caroline Flohr

Caroline Flohr is the author of “Heaven’s Child,” www.heavenschild.com. It details her  spiritual journey beginning with the sudden death of 16-year-old twin daughter, Sarah. Flohr was forced to dig into the deeper meaning of existence and came away with profound edification and appreciation for the gifts left behind by those who leave us. Flohr lives with her husband and children on Bainbridge Island, a suburb of Seattle.

 
Make regular blood donation a New Year’s resolution PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ben Corey   
Friday, 04 January 2013 13:22

PEORIA, Ill. (Jan. 4, 2013) — With the beginning of a new year comes a fresh start. New Year’s resolutions are often made to form good habits and reach new goals. This New Year’s, the American Red Cross encourages people to resolve to help patients in need through regular blood donations.

As the winter season continues, blood donations are especially needed. Donations typically decline this time of year, as many regular donors are impacted by inclement weather and seasonal illnesses.

There is no better resolution to make this New Year’s than to help save lives with the Red Cross. Give the gift of life and help give patients another year with their loved ones. Make an appointment to donate blood at redcrossblood.org or 1-800-RED CROSS.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

Carroll County
Jan. 18 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Milledgeville High School, Highway 40 in Milledgeville, Ill.

Clinton County
Jan. 19 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at American Red Cross, 1220 13th Ave. North in Clinton, Iowa

Jan. 24 from 2-6 p.m. at United Methodist Church, 621 S. Third St. in Clinton, Iowa

Jan. 25 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Ashford University, 400 N. Bluff in Clinton, Iowa

Jan. 30 from 12-6 p.m. at Northeast High School, 3690 Highway 136 in Goose Lake, Iowa

Henry County
Jan. 23 from 1:15-5:15 p.m. at First Christian Church, 105 Dwight St. in Kewanee, Ill.

Jan. 23 from 2-7 p.m. at Alwood Elementary School, 101 E. A St. in Alpha, Ill.

Mercer County
Jan. 17 from 1-5 p.m. at Alexis Community Center, 204 W. Palmer Ave. in Alexis, Ill.

Jan. 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Mercer County Hospital, 409 NW Ninth Ave. in Aledo, Ill.

Rock Island County
Jan. 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Quad City International Airport, 2200 69th Ave. in Moline, Ill.

Whiteside County
Jan. 16 from 2-6 p.m. at Rock Falls Blood Donation Center, 112 W. Second St. in Rock Falls, Ill.

Jan. 18 from 3-7 p.m. at CGH Medical Center, 100 E. LeFevre Road in Sterling, Ill.

Jan. 19 from 6 a.m. to 12 p.m. at CGH Medical Center, 100 E. LeFevre Road in Sterling, Ill.

Jan. 22 from 1-5:15 p.m. at River Bend Senior Center, 912 Fourth St. in Fulton, Ill.

Jan. 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Rock Falls Blood Donation Center, 112 W. Second St. in Rock Falls, Ill.

Jan. 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Halo Branded Solutions, 1980 Industrial Drive in Sterling, Ill.

Jan. 26 from 7:30-10:30 a.m. at Rock Falls Blood Donation Center, 112 W. Second St. in Rock Falls, Ill.

Jan. 29 from 1-5:15 p.m. at River Bend Senior Center, 912 Fourth St. in Fulton, Ill.

Jan. 30 from 2-6 p.m. at Rock Falls Blood Donation Center, 112 W. Second St. in Rock Falls, Ill.

How to donate blood
Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org 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. For more information, please visit redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.

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

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Shining New Light on Oral Cancer Prevention PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mark McLaughlin   
Thursday, 03 January 2013 12:45
Byrum Family Dentistry Holds Screening Exams for the Community

BETTENDORF, IA – According to 2012 estimates from the American Cancer Society, about 35,000 people will get oral cavity or oropharyngeal cancer annually, and an estimated 6,800 people will die of these cancers. The professionals at Byrum Family Dentistry believe that even one death from oral cancer is one too many.
That’s why Byrum Family Dentistry is offering free oral cancer screenings throughout 2013 to all patients who schedule dental cleanings. “If detected early, oral cancer is highly treatable,” said Dr. Mindy Hochgesang of Byrum Family Dentistry. “The exam consists of shining a special light into the patient’s mouth. It’s quick, easy and pain-free.” No stains or rinses are required during the procedure.
“When patients diagnosed with oral and oropharyngeal cancers are examined, a small number may have another cancer in a nearby area,” Dr. Hochgesang added. “It may be in the larynx, the esophagus, or even the lung. That fact helps to illustrate the importance of early detection.”
Byrum Family Dentistry, the dental practice of Robert L. Byrum, D.D.S., P.C., and Melinda Hochgesang, D.M.D., is located at 3878 Middle Road, Bettendorf, IA.
The VELscope Difference
According to Hochgesang, the screening procedure uses a hand-held device called the VELscope. This device provides dentists and hygienists with an easy-to-use method for the early detection of a wide variety of oral diseases, including pre-cancerous conditions and cancer.
The VELscope handpiece emits a safe green light into the oral cavity which enhances the contrast between normal and abnormal tissue. This aids in the discovery of oral abnormalities before they become visible under ordinary light. “The VELscope is the only non-invasive device of its kind clinically proven to help discover oral disease,” Hochgesang said.
In addition to cancer detection, the VELscope system can also help in finding other oral abnormalities, such as viral, fungal and bacterial infections; inflammation from a variety of causes; squamous papillomas; and salivary gland tumors.
Committed to the Community
The professionals at Byrum Family Dentistry believe in actively promoting dental health in the community. Since 1990, Dr. Byrum has made monthly donations to area charities such as the Make a Wish Foundation and the American Cancer Society. Routinely, toothbrushes, floss, and toothpaste have been donated to area causes, including shelters, schools, and overseas military personnel.
For more information or to schedule a dental cleaning and cancer screening, call Byrum Family Dentistry at (563) 332-7734 or visit ByrumFamilyDentistry.com.
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P.L.A.N. for Success and You’ll Lose Those Holiday Pounds PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Thursday, 03 January 2013 08:38
By: Dr. Eudene Harry

So you overindulged during the holidays and gained a few pounds or, even more distressing, you’ve added even more weight to the weight you were trying to shed all year.

Regain the upper hand by following a simple P.L.A.N. for weight-loss success:

P:  Preparation. Whether you are the CEO of your home or CEO of a Fortune 500 company, you know that the odds of success increase with preparation.  One of the biggest missteps is to depend on “will power.”  If you are stressed after a long day at work, you didn’t sleep well the night before and you missed your afternoon snack, what will you choose when you get home: the chocolate chip cookies or preparing a sensible dinner?  If, on the other hand, there are no cookies available and you have already prepared dinner, then what do you chose?  That’s the difference between will power and preparation.

Step 1: Go through the pantry and fridge and dispose of tempting leftovers.  You will not help starvation in Africa or any other country by overindulging.  Restock with your favorite fruits, vegetables and raw nuts, all of which make easy snacks.  Divide the nuts into appropriate single-serving sizes. Remember: preparation, not will power.

Step 2:  Take one a day a week to prepare for the week ahead.  If you already know what you are going to have for breakfast, you’re less apt to skip this meal, which sets you up to overindulge the rest of the day.  If you know that you’ll be eating out this week, take  time to look at the menu items and nutrition facts for the restaurant online. You can also use the time to plan appropriate substitutions.  With this strategy you accomplish two things: making better choices and appearing spontaneous and decisive to your dining partners.

L: Identify your limits. This is the key to success for many weight management programs.  It may be presented as daily points, calorie count or prepackaged foods, but the take-home message is the same: Know your limits.

A simple rule of thumb is to eat your vegetables first, perhaps with 1 to 2 teaspoons of olive oil or crushed nuts to ensure absorption of all the nutrients vegetables offer, then consume your protein source (a portion the size of your palm), and finally, the carbohydrate.  Keep carbs whole grain, high fiber and limit to a half-cup.  Eating this way has several advantages. It slows down the absorption of sugar and thereby prevents insulin spikes and reactive hunger; it helps you to feel fuller more quickly; and it maximizes absorption of nutrients.

Other things to consider are limiting sodium to less than 2,000 mg a day; limit alcohol to one to two drinks a week; and put all sauces and dressing on the side so you control the amount used – no more than 1 tablespoon. Avoid fried foods, trans fats and foods whose primary ingredient is sugar.

A: Increase activity level. You want to increase activity not because it will help you to lose weight but because it will improve your energy, moods and muscle tone.  All are important ingredients in any weight-loss program.  The first rule of thumb is to pick an activity that you like – or one you don’t hate.  Next, shoot for consistency before quantity.  Starting out with an hour a day may feel overwhelming and exhausting, and can also cause an injury, which would derail all your good intentions.  If 10 minutes four times a week allows you to be consistent, then start there and build up.  Rome was not built in a day.

N: Finally, cut the negative talk. Remember when your grandmother said you could attract more flies with honey? I think this is what she meant. Beating up on yourself gives you the excuse you need to continue the habits that have kept you in the same place.  We have just left a season where, hopefully, we have been reminded of the importance of being kind to others. Why not extend that kindness to yourself? Instead of constantly looking for proof of why you are going to fail, look for evidence of success:  “I exercised 10 minutes a day for four days last week and already I am feeling a bit better. Wow, imagine when I can do it for 15 minutes.”

I often hear patients say, “It’s been a month and I have only lost three or four pounds.”  This is not defeat; this is success! In 12 months that will be 36 pounds. Another thing I hear frequently is, “It has been two weeks. I feel better but I haven’t lost any weight so why bother.”  Try – “It’s only been two weeks and already I am starting to feel better. Imagine what I can accomplish in three, six, or 12 months. Remember Einstein’s rule: You can’t solve a problem from the same mind frame in which it was created.

About Eudene Harry, M.D.

Dr. Eudene Harry completed her medical degree and residency training at Thomas Jefferson University. She has been practicing medicine nearly 20 years, including 10 as an emergency physical for Level II trauma centers. She is the medical director for the integrative and holistic Oasis Wellness and Rejuvenation Center, and is founder of Oasis for Optimal Health, a private practice focused on integrative, holistic wellness and empowering and educating the patient.

 
Fight for Air Climb - New Year, New You PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Julia McCarville   
Wednesday, 02 January 2013 15:42

Your goal this new year? Climb!

Des Moines, IA (December 3, 2012) – Resolve to embrace a new you this new year.  Give yourself a tangible fitness and weight loss goal: climb one, two or three buildings in downtown Des Moines when you sign up for the American Lung Association’s Fight for Air Climb on Sunday April 7, 2013.

“Thousands of Iowans will resolve to lose weight and get in shape this New Year,” said Micki Sandquist, Executive Director of the American Lung Association in Iowa.  “Signing up and training for the Fight for Air Climb is a strong motivator to get to the gym and a fun way to diversify your workout. It’s also a great way to remind ourselves of what most of us take for granted – our ability to breathe easily.”

The Fight for Air Climb is a unique event held at three buildings in downtown Des Moines: EMC Insurance Companies, Hub Tower and the Des Moines Marriott Downtown. This event is a great way to challenge yourself – whether your goal is to reach the top or to be the first to cross the finish line – you will walk away with a newfound respect for your lungs!

Participants can climb at their own pace, as an individual or team.  There is a special division for law enforcement and firefighters.

“If you’ve resolved to make fitness a bigger part of your life in the New Year, I recommend you take the first step today by signing up for the Fight for Air Climb,” said Sandquist. “Simply by taking the stairs every day, studies show that it is a very efficient way of burning maximum calories, and is great for those of us with limited time to exercise.”

Early bird registration, available until January 31 is $15; after that date it is $25.  A minimum $100 fundraising is required.  Participants can register at www.FightForAirClimb.org.

About the American Lung Association:

Now in its second century, the American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease. With your generous support, the American Lung Association is "Fighting for Air" through research, education and advocacy. For more information about the American Lung Association or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNG-USA (1-800-586-4872) or visit www.LungIA.org

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