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HHS Mandate Controversy Misses the Mark PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Evelyn McCullough   
Wednesday, 07 March 2012 08:52

Greensboro, NC – February 29, 2012 – The C12 Group, America’s largest Christian CEO roundtable provider, says that continuing media coverage about the recently announced U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate for all medical insurance plans to provide zero-cost abortifacients such as the “morning-after pill,” beginning in late 2013, broadly misses the mark.  Don Barefoot, President and CEO of The C12 Group, with more than 1000 active members across America, says, “We know that consternation about the overreaching HHS Mandate isn’t limited to church-affiliated organizations.  Bible-believing Christian business owners and CEOs see their roles as servant leaders at work as an extension of their faith and personal worship.  Several of our members have expressed outrage at the thought that our federal government is attempting to force their company medical plans to offer abortifacients.  Those with 50 employees or more also know that they’ll be penalized $2000 per employee beginning in 2014 by pending ObamaCare legislation when they refuse, as a matter of conscience, to offer such medical coverage.  They are among literally tens of thousands of Bible-believing Judeo-Christian chief executives whose religious liberties would be trampled by the radical proposals coming out of Washington DC.”

From 20 years of experience in working with more than 3000 established American companies with sales ranging up into the billions, C12 estimates that 10% of America’s one million companies with at least $1 million in annual sales and 10 or more employees are led by Biblical worldview Christians with a deep personal faith that informs their leadership.  C12 estimates that these 100,000 firms employ more than five percent of U.S. adults, and routinely interact with nearly every American over the course of a typical year.  Overall, these companies represent a significant portion of the American business landscape.  Mr. Barefoot says, “Given their commitment to excellence as a matter of stewardship, these are among the most trustworthy and resilient small-to-midsized companies, making them especially vital to America’s economic future.  Mr. Barefoot concludes, “C12 is a business organization that rarely takes time to comment on current socio-political events.

But this issue has crossed the line; we cannot be silent.  Unless the HHS mandate is rescinded, even in its amended form, many of these Christian entrepreneurs will be forced to drop company-sponsored medical coverage due to their deeply-held beliefs.  This is bad for millions of employees, bad for America, and an affront to people of Biblical faith everywhere.”

C12 was founded by Buck Jacobs, a dedicated Christian, author and CEO, in 1992.  C12 is a growing network of more than 1000 members in 75 metro areas across America and is comprised of Christian CEOs and business owners who desire a trustworthy peer advisory board and seek to ‘Build Great Businesses for a Greater Purpose.’

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What the Diet, Drug Industry Doesn’t Want You to Know About Weight Loss PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Wednesday, 07 March 2012 08:46
Best Way to Lose Weight is to Flip Your Biological Switch, Expert Says

Obesity has become such an epidemic in the United States, the FDA is considering approving a new prescription weight-loss drug – despite safety concerns about it.

It seems the health effects of being overweight override officials’ concerns about Qnexa, a drug the FDA rejected two years ago.

That shocks weight-loss expert Don Ochs, who says neither diets nor drugs are effective, long-lasting solutions.

“When you understand the biology behind burning off fat versus packing it on, the whole notion of starving yourself on a low-calorie diet is absurd,” says Ochs, developer of the physician-recommended Mobanu Integrated Weight Loss Solution (www.mobanu.com). “And certainly taking a drug that can damage your heart is out of the question.”

Here’s what people should know about biology and weight loss, Ochs says.

• Your body was designed to temporarily store fat because food was not consistently available to our ancestors. They relied on that stored fat to get them through famines, winters and dry seasons. That worked very well until we made huge advances in agriculture and food supplies became abundant and consistently available.

• When food is plentiful, your body will quickly burn fat deposits – those bulges you want to get rid of – for energy. When food is scarce, it burns fat more slowly, to help ensure your survival. That’s why simply eating less is not the best way to lose weight. A low-calorie diet actually tells your body to store fat because food is in short supply.

• You can control whether or not your body stores fat for survival or dumps it for an upcoming time of plenty by sending it the right signals. The types of food you eat, and how much you eat of them, send biologically ingrained messages to your body about whether to store fat or burn it – just like flipping a switch.

• Your body is very efficient at converting certain types of food to fat. These were the foods with natural carbohydrates that were available to our ancestors before a dry season or another winter, such as apples, which ripen in the fall. If you eat these foods, your body interprets it as a signal that lean times are coming so guess what? It starts stocking up on the stored fat.

To address his own weight problem, Ochs spent years studying the biology of fat burning versus fat storing based on research conducted at The Mayo Clinic and the National Institutes of Health. From that perspective he figured out how to recognize when the foods he ate were signaling his body to produce a lot of insulin, which results in storing fat instead of burning it off.

“When you feel very sleepy after a meal, or when you’re full and yet you still crave food, those are signals that you’ve flipped the switch and turned on your insulin production,” he says. “How many carbohydrates flip that switch is different for every person based on genetics.

Losing weight by working with biology and your own individual, genetically encoded insulin triggers is natural and a prescription for long-term success. It doesn’t mean you can eat whatever you want and never exercise, but it does mean you’ll feel full and satisfied and have lots of energy. And keep the weight off.

About Donald Ochs

Donald Ochs is a Colorado entrepreneur, the president and CEO of Ochs Development Co. and M4 Group, an inventor and sports enthusiast. He developed the Mobanu weight loss system based on research conducted at The Mayo Clinic and the National Institutes of Health. The program is endorsed by physicians, nutritionists and exercise experts.

 
IBCLC Day Celebrated Worldwide PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kathy Bollinger   
Tuesday, 06 March 2012 08:04
The Quad City Breastfeeding Coalition is joining the International Lactation Consultation Association in celebrating IBCLC Day on March 7, 2012. This year’s theme “IBCLCs Make an Impact” highlights how the expertise of International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs) can make a difference in the health and well being of children and their mothers.

IBCLCs have years of training and continuing study to enable them to inform, assist and support women during pregnancy, early days after birth and as the baby grows including: getting off to a good start with breastfeeding, continuing to breastfeed after returning to work or school, breastfeeding a premature or sick infant, and preventing and managing challenges that might occur.

IBCLCs also train and support other health workers and educators so that they may assist mothers in the present and in the future. IBCLCs develop health programs and campaigns too. According to Cathy Carothers, President of the International Lactation Consultant Association, “How an infant is fed can have a lifelong impact on their health. Mother’s milk helps develop a strong immune system that can respond to fight off infections. The rising incidence of obesity and diabetes will have a major impact on health, and both these conditions are more likely to develop in children and in mothers when babies are not breastfed. IBCLCs make an impact on the quality of breastfeeding care provided by health services where they are employed and thus an impact for children and mothers.”

As allied health care professionals with the only internationally-recognized credential for professional lactation services, IBCLCs work in hospitals, clinics, public health agencies, private practice, community settings, government agencies, education, and in research. There are currently more than 25,000 IBCLCs in 90 countries worldwide who are certified by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (www.ibclc.org) under the direction of the U.S. National Commission for Certifying Agencies.

Pregnant women, parents or health workers can find an IBCLC near them by visiting the International Lactation Consultant Association’s website at www.ilca.org and follow the “Find a Lactation Consultant” link where they can search for an IBCLC by postal code, city and state, or country.

The International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA) is the professional association for IBCLCs and other health care professionals who care for breastfeeding families. ILCA’s mission is to advance the profession of lactation consulting worldwide through leadership, advocacy, professional development, and research. With the vision of a worldwide network of lactation professionals, ILCA provides members with numerous resources and professional development opportunities that enhance their ability to provide optimal care to breastfeeding families.

For more information about ILCA, visit the website at www.ilca.org or contact the ILCA Office at 919-861-5577 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 
Pharmacists Help Cold, Flu and Allergy Sufferers Select the Best Over-the-Counter Medications PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Michelle Fritts   
Tuesday, 28 February 2012 14:27

APhA Releases Results of 2011 Pharmacy Today Over-the-Counter Product Survey

WASHINGTON, DC – With cold and flu season still active and allergy season on its way, the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) encourages patients to actively seek their pharmacist's advice about the proper use of medications. Pharmacists are the most accessible health care provider and are available to help the public choose the best over-the-counter (OTC) medication for cold, flu and allergy symptoms.

As the medication experts, pharmacists are trained in prescription medications, over-the-counter products and dietary and herbal supplements, and can provide patients with important information about how those medications and products may interact with certain foods or one another. Pharmacists can help patients determine whether they are suffering from a cold, flu or allergies and select products that address their individual needs, or recommend a patient see a doctor or other health care provider when symptoms warrant. A pharmacist can also provide a patient and their family with a flu vaccination and, in many states, other immunizations that prevent the spread of vaccine-preventable diseases.

Treating and preventing cold, flu and allergy-related symptoms are common inquiries for a pharmacist, especially at this time of year. The listing below highlights the #1 recommended products** from the 2011 Pharmacy Today Over-The-Counter Product Survey in the adult allergy, sinus and decongestant product categories.

  • Adult Antihistamines – Claritin (27% of 3,976 pharmacist recommendations)
  • Adult Antitussives - Dextromethorphan – Delsym (41% of 2,984 pharmacist recommendations)
  • Adult Cold-Liquid Products – Tylenol Cold Multi-Symptom (22% of 2,529 pharmacist recommendations)
  • Adult Decongestants – Sudafed (58% of 1,932 pharmacist recommendations)
  • Adult Expectorants – Mucinex/Mucinex D/Mucinex DM (70% of 1,645 pharmacist recommendations)
  • Adult Multisymptom Allergy and Hay Fever Products – Claritin-D (33% of 2,307 pharmacist recommendations)
  • Adult Multisymptom Cold or Flu Products – Mucinex D (30% of 2,177 pharmacist recommendations)
  • Adult Multisymptom Cold or Flu Products-Nighttime – NyQuil (30% of 1,234 pharmacist recommendations)
  • Adult Topical Decongestants – Afrin (64% of 1,372 pharmacist recommendations)

 

The 2011 Pharmacy Today Over-The-Counter Product Survey reveals pharmacists top OTC product picks in 77 categories. The survey was conducted in September 2011 and published in the February 2012 edition of Pharmacy Today. It was completed by over 1,400 practicing community pharmacists who are recipients of Pharmacy Today.

The annual survey tracks the OTC products that pharmacists are recommending to their patients as well as the interactions they are having with those patients. With more than 100,000 nonprescription medications on the market and more than 1,000 active ingredients, it’s critical that patients consult their pharmacist to maximize the benefits from medications and minimize the potential for harmful drug interaction and/or side effects.

Optimizing Your Pharmacist’s Over-The-Counter Medication Suggestions

  • Discuss the symptoms you are trying to treat, and the duration of those symptoms, with your pharmacist.
  • Provide the age and weight of the patient to your pharmacist. This is especially important with children’s products or if you are caring for an elderly family member, as formulations may differ depending on weight.
  • Read product labeling, take the medication exactly as directed, learn of possible side effects, and ask your pharmacist what should be avoided while taking the medication.
  • Watch for duplicate ingredients. If you are taking or giving more than one OTC medication check the active ingredient(s) used in each medication to make sure you are not using more than one product with the same active ingredient.
  • Do not use a kitchen spoon to measure liquid medications. Obtain appropriate medication administration aids (i.e. droppers, syringes, spoons, etc.) and ask the pharmacist how to use them properly.
  • Don’t give medications in the dark. Turn on the lights if your child or family member needs medication at night. Do not give medication to anyone who is not fully awake.
  • Follow good health practices to prevent the spread of contagious illnesses. Cover the mouth and nose during a cough or sneeze, avoid touching the eyes, nose or mouth and wash the hands or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer frequently.
  • Remember, most OTC medications are for temporary relief of minor symptoms. Contact your pharmacist or health care provider if your condition persists or gets worse.

Pharmacists work with doctors and other health care providers to optimize care, improve medication use and to prevent disease. To achieve the best outcomes for their condition, patients should maintain regular visits with all of their health care providers. APhA encourages patients to fill all their prescriptions with one pharmacy, get to know their pharmacist on a first name basis, discuss their medications with their pharmacist, carry an up-to-date medication and vaccination list and share all medical information with each of their health care providers.

** Being a #1 recommended product in the Pharmacy Today OTC Product Survey does not indicate Pharmacy Today or APhA endorsement of any product or service.

About the American Pharmacists Association
The American Pharmacists Association, founded in 1852 as the American Pharmaceutical Association, is a 501 (c)(6) organization, representing more than 62,000 practicing pharmacists, pharmaceutical scientists, student pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and others interested in advancing the profession. APhA, dedicated to helping all pharmacists improve medication use and advance patient care, is the first-established and largest association of pharmacists in the United States. For more information, visit www.pharmacist.com.

 

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Pertussis (Whooping Cough) on the rise in Scott County PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lenore Alonso   
Tuesday, 28 February 2012 13:34

There has been a noticeable increase in the number of Pertussis (Whooping Cough) cases reported in area schools, and the numbers continues to grow in Scott County.

During a Pertussis Outbreak, anyone who has had the following symptoms is considered to be a case of Pertussis and needs to see their doctor for testing and treatment:

prolonged cough (more than a normal cold) coughing “spells or fits”, or a whoop with their cough

vomiting after coughing

Pertussis is easily spread to others when someone who has it coughs germs into the air and other people breathe them in. School age children and healthy adults who have Pertussis may not look very sick, but can still spread the disease to other people when they cough.

It is very important for people who have Pertussis to stay at home until they have completed at least five days of the course of treatment prescribed. That means no school, no work, no grocery shopping, no church, etc. Pertussis can cause babies, people with weak immune systems and older people to get very sick or even die.

For more information call the Scott County Health Department at 563-326-8618 or visit www.scottcountyiowa.com/health.

 
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