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Obesity is Now a Problem for Unborn Babies PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Tuesday, 10 April 2012 11:45
Author Lampoons Western Medicine, Examines Foreign Longevity

Obesity isn’t just an American problem; in Britain, doctors have begun administering the diabetes drug metformin to the unborn babies of morbidly obese mothers-to-be to reduce the fetuses’ weight.

The reason: dangerously overweight pregnant women create excessive amounts of insulin, which results in “sumo babies” weighing 11 pounds or more. These extra-large newborns have twice the chance of becoming obese adults, and their numbers have risen by 50 percent in the past four years. Obese pregnant women are at a higher risk of dying while pregnant, and their babies are more likely to be stillborn.

“I don’t know how many more signs we need in Western society before we really get serious about our health,” says Gordon Filepas, author of Lean And Healthy To 100 (, a guide for achieving optimal health based on studying cultures where long lives are the norm.

“Are we really treating unborn babies for obesity?”

In his research, Filepas found many common practices and characteristics in especially healthy cultures. They include:

• Calories: It’s not necessary to count calories; people in healthy cultures don’t! Once you give your body what it needs, you’ll naturally consume fewer calories. This puts significantly less stress on the digestive system and reduces the potential of ingesting toxins.

• Heavy on nutrients: Human beings evolved as hunters and gatherers who took every opportunity for caloric intake. In the process, a wide spectrum of nutrients became the norm, and that is what bodies still crave today.

• Focus on whole and unprocessed foods, fats, and oils: Examples include fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, beans and grains. Meat, which is usually the main dish in Western culture, is often treated as a side dish in the cultures Filepas studied.

• Limited toxins: This includes few, if any, pollutants from processed food, water and other beverages, medicine and air.

• A sense of purpose: Individuals from these cultures feel like they are making a difference beyond earning money, and tend to work long days, six days a week.

• Innate exercise: Virtually no additional form of exercise is needed beyond their daily activity.

• Alcohol: Every culture has alcohol. Healthy populations drink regularly, but in moderation. And, they take a greater sense of responsibility for their health.

• Traditional cooking methods: This means low-tech methods, absent of microwaves.

Finding a lifestyle that naturally promotes excellent health became an obsession for Filepas after the deaths of his father and brother in a three-month time span. He wanted to ensure he and his wife and three sons would be together for years to come.

“I tell my friends, family and anyone who will listen: Whatever you hear about health in America, do the exact opposite and you’ll be much healthier than the average American,” he says. “Americans are bombarded with confusion and misinformation about health; it’s a life-or-death situation.”

About Gordon Filepas

Gordon Filepas spent 20 years researching Lean And Healthy To 100, interviewing physicians, attending seminars, and reading medical journals and other health-related literature. He is the founder of TGM Partners, a consulting and investment firm. Filepas says he was motivated to learn more about the requirements for optimal health following the deaths of his father and brother within three months of each other. He hopes to ensure the good health of his family, including his wife of 25 years and three sons.

Yoga: Avoid Beginner’s Mistakes While Attaining a Well of Happiness PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Tuesday, 10 April 2012 09:19
Expert Says Too Many Overlook Vital Mind-Body Connection

Yoga has become a popular option for alternative health management. Research has shown the practice can significantly reduce mental and physical stress, improve mood, and slow the aging process.

But some yogis believe many of the estimated 20 million U.S. students are missing the best part of the discipline – the inner happiness attainable through a healthy mind-body connection. They also worry about injuries that result when beginners tackle poses and exercises without proper guidance.

“There are several disciplines of yoga, and with its rich history, the beginner can easily get lost – or worse – injured,” says Mary Jo Ricketson, an experienced yoga practitioner and healthcare specialist, and author of Moving Meditation ( A registered nurse, she also holds a master’s degree in education from Northwestern University.

“What I detail in my book is a comprehensive approach for both mind and body. This reciprocal relationship maximizes health benefits, and has exponentially positive consequences beyond the individual.”

People have been practicing yoga for thousands of years, she says. In the West, the practice has integrated with our culture leading to variations including “extreme” yoga. Ricketson warns this sort of exercise can alienate beginners, who may not be ready to “jump in the deep end first.” Without the proper training and guidance, she adds, beginners risk injuring their neck, lower back, knees and shoulders.

The most important step is getting started, Ricketson says. Here are seven things beginners – and anyone practicing yoga – should know to maximize their benefits:

1. Cardiovascular (aerobic) training: As with meditation, focused breathing is a cornerstone of mind-body training. Aerobic means “with oxygen” and aerobic movement increases the flow of oxygen-rich blood throughout the body, including the brain. Cardiovascular training is the single most important aspect of the physical training because it keeps the heart open and strong.

2. Core and strength training: This includes the students’ abdomen and buttocks, and the lower back region, which extends to the base of the skull. Here is where strength, stability and balance originate.

3. Flexibility training (yoga postures): Stretching simply feels good, and it reminds students to not only be more flexible in one’s body, but also one’s mind. This step allows us to move (and live) with greater ease.

4. Adequate rest: Sleep is a necessary part of life, and sufficient rest is needed for energy and equilibrium.

5. Life-giving nutrition: Making the right choices in food allows yoga students to achieve an optimal, balanced state. This includes nutritional foods consumed in moderation.

6. Family/community/church: From Epicurus to modern science, study and observation show that we find greater happiness with access to friends and family.

7. Written goals and a plan of action: Goals and stated intention act as a road map to achieving balanced well-being.

Ricketson says the above steps are just the beginning. She says tapping in to the mind-body connection also helps memory loss, attention deficit disorders, public violence – including in schools – as well as an unknown amount of needless human suffering.

“We all have within us a potential to experience optimal well-being in mind and body,” she says. “This potential, the Good Within, can be realized through the work of mind-body training. Our training is a moving meditation – a daily practice of exercises that awaken all that is Good Within.”

About Mary Jo Ricketson

Mary Jo Ricketson has studied human health and well-being for decades, earning a Bachelor of Science in nursing and a master’s in education. In 1999, she opened the Center for Mind-Body Training, which offers classes, seminars, and personal training. Yoga training is done in her studio, in schools, and in corporate settings. She lives in the Boston area with her husband and two children.

4 Things People Should Know About Biology and Weight Loss PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Friday, 06 April 2012 08:54

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 ( “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.

U of I Children's Hospital, Genesis Collaborate On Pediatrics Clinic PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Craig Cooper   
Tuesday, 03 April 2012 12:03
Leaders of Genesis Health System in the Quad Cities and University of Iowa Children’s Hospital in Iowa City today announced Monday they are caring for area children in a joint pediatric specialty clinic located in Bettendorf.

“University of Iowa Children’s Hospital is committed to creating a system of care for children, connecting families with specialty services, family resources, community providers, support services, and electronic medical records,” said Jean Robillard, M.D., UI vice president for medical affairs. “Our goal is to collaborate with local providers to improve the health of children and families at home, in school, and in the community.”

The services being offered include Pediatric Cardiology, Electrophysiology, Genetics, Nephrology, Neuromuscular, Surgery, and Child Health Specialty Clinics for children with special needs. The specialists are in Suite 500 at the Genesis Health Group offices located at 865 Lincoln Road in Bettendorf.

Genesis and the University of Iowa have a successful history of collaboration to serve the health care needs of eastern Iowa and western Illinois. Highly skilled UI Children’s Hospital neonatal intensive care physicians care for sick and at-risk babies in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Genesis Medical Center, East Rusholme Street, Davenport, on a full-time basis.

Vickie Pyevich, M.D, a clinical associate professor in the UI Department of Pediatrics, also provides pediatric cardiology care and treats children diagnosed with lipid disorders on the Genesis East campus.

In addition, Riad Rahhal, M.D. and Judith Heckman, P.A.-C. see patients twice per month in a special pediatric gastroenterology clinic in the Center for Digestive Health, Gastroenterology Associates P.C., located at 2222 53rd Avenue in Bettendorf.

“This relationship will provide UI Children’s Hospital care close to home in collaboration with their own trusted providers,” said Doug Cropper, president and CEO, Genesis Health System. “Patients and families will have access to highly specialized pediatric care without leaving the Quad Cities.

“This is an exciting partnership and an opportunity for Genesis to join with one of the nation’s top children’s hospitals. And, of course, our youngest patients will benefit from the relationship."

“Our specialists provide pediatric specialty care to communities throughout the state in collaboration with local providers,” explained Thomas Scholz, M.D. interim head of the UI Department of Pediatrics and physician-in-chief, UI Children’s Hospital. “Relationships with local providers not only improve access to pediatric specialty care for children and their families, but also lead to better health outcomes and lower medical costs.”

Children who require additional care, or more urgent consultation, will receive care at UI Children’s Hospital in Iowa City. To schedule an appointment, call 1-877-891-5350.

CONTACTS: Craig Cooper, 563-421-9263, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , Tom Moore, 319-356-3945, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Celebrate National Volunteer Week by Donating Blood PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ben Corey   
Monday, 02 April 2012 13:07
This National Volunteer Week, April 15-21, the American Red Cross
encourages eligible blood donors to make an appointment to donate and
help save lives. Approximately every two seconds a patient in the United
States needs a blood transfusion. Thanks to volunteer blood donors, the
Red Cross is able to provide needed blood products to local hospitals and
more than 3,000 hospitals and transfusion centers around the country.

In the hour it takes to donate blood, donors can help save the lives of more
than one patient. Only 3 percent of the U.S. population currently donates
blood. Become a Red Cross volunteer donor and join a family of blood
donors across the nation in a lifesaving cause.

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 permission 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
Governed by volunteers and supported by giving individuals and communities, the American
Red Cross is the single largest supplier of blood products to hospitals throughout the United
States. While local hospital needs are always met first, the Red Cross also helps ensure no
patient goes without blood no matter where or when they need it. In addition to providing
nearly half of the nation’s blood supply, the Red Cross provides relief to victims of disaster,
trains millions in lifesaving skills, serves as a communication link between U.S. military
members and their families, and assists victims of international disasters or conflicts.

Blood Donation Opportunities

4/27/2012, 1:00 pm- 6:00 pm, Carroll County Farm Bureau, 811 S. Clay Street, Mount Carroll

4/19/2012, 10:00 am- 4:00 pm, Lyondell Chemical Company, 3400 Anamosa Road, Clinton

4/17/2012, 10:30 am- 5:30 pm, Kewanee Hospital, 1051 W. South St., Kewanee

4/25/2012, 2:00 pm- 6:00 pm, First Christian Church, 105 Dwight St., Kewanee

4/17/2012, 12:00 pm- 6:00 pm, VFW Hall, 106 SW 3rd Ave., Aledo

4/27/2012, 10:00 am- 1:00 pm, Hy-Vee, 4064 E. 53rd St., Davenport

4/17/2012, 1:00 pm- 5:15 pm, Old Fulton Fire Station, 912 4th Street, Fulton

4/18/2012, 2:00 pm- 6:00 pm, Rock Falls Blood Donation Center, 112 W. Second St., Rock Falls

4/20/2012, 9:00 am- 2:00 pm, Fulton High School, 1207 12th Street, Fulton

4/20/2012, 10:00 am- 2:00 pm, Halo Branded Solutions, 1980 Industrial Drive, Sterling

4/24/2012, 1:00 pm- 5:15 pm, Old Fulton Fire Station, 912 4th Street, Fulton

4/25/2012, 10:00 am- 2:00 pm, Rock Falls Blood Donation Center, 112 W. Second St., Rock Falls

4/26/2012, 4:00 pm- 7:00 pm, Rock Falls Blood Donation Center, 112 W. Second St., Rock Falls

4/28/2012, 6:30 am-11:00 am, CGH Medical Center, 100 E. LeFevre Road, Sterling

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