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Study May Prove PTSD is a Medical, Not Psychological, Condition PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Monday, 06 February 2012 09:24

A Chicago physician is recruiting veterans with PTSD for a study of a medical treatment that erases symptoms in 30 minutes.

With $82,000 in funding from the state of Illinois, Dr. Eugene Lipov (, author of Exit Strategy for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, plans to treat 10 patients and follow up with biological marker tests that would help prove his theory that PTSD is a medical, not a psychological, condition. He’s seeking corporate donations to broaden the study in order to hasten the Veterans Administration’s acceptance of the procedure, which has been used to treat 95 patients.

“The Veterans Administration’s treatment for PTSD involves intensive psychological therapy and psychotropic drugs that works only about half the time and can take months or years,” Lipov says. “My treatment, stellate ganglion block (SGB), involves two injections and works very quickly. In 80 to 85 percent of patients, it completely erases symptoms.”

Lipov has treated 50 patients with SGB, an injection of anesthesia into a cluster of nerves in the neck. His success stories date back to his first patient, who remains symptom-free after three years. Another 45 or so veterans have undergone the treatment at four military institutions, including a small study still underway at the Naval Medical Center San Diego.

He theorizes that SGB works because it reduces excessive levels of cortisol, nerve growth factor and norepinephrine in the brain, all stimulated as an organic response to stress.

“This study will be the first that includes checking for post-treatment biomarkers,” Lipov says. “If I can show there’s a biological change, that the treatment’s success isn’t just a placebo effect, I can get more acceptance. Right now, part of the problem is credulity – people can’t believe there’s such a simple solution to a complex problem.”

Treating PTSD with SGB is a new application for a procedure that’s been safely used to treat other conditions since 1925. Lipov has FDA approval for its use for PTSD and recently it was approved for experimental studies by the Institutional Review Board.

But despite congressional support, he has been unable to secure federal funding for a large study that would hasten the treatment’s acceptance by the Veterans Administration. So he’s seeking private and corporate donors to match Illinois’ contribution to his non-profit, Chicago Medical Innovations, so he can expand the biomarker study. People who buy his book Exit Strategy, about the latest PTSD developments, also help fund veterans’ treatments; Lipov donates $5 from each book sale toward the two $1,000 injections.

“The more money I raise, the more patients I can treat, and the more veterans who get better, the more I can publish the results,” Lipov said. “Basically, the more impressive the numbers, the more lives are saved.”

An estimated 300,000 veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan suffered post-traumatic stress disorder or major depression, according to a Rand Corp. report. The debilitating condition is characterized by outbursts of rage, terrifying flashbacks, nightmares, anxiety and other issues that lead to substance abuse, violent crimes, joblessness and homelessness.

About Dr. Eugene Lipov

Dr. Lipov graduated from Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University and completed two-year residencies in surgery and anesthesiology before receiving advanced training in pain management at Rush University Medical Center, where he worked as an assistant professor of pain management. Today he is the medical director of Advanced Pain Centers in Hoffman Estates, Ill. He has published research articles in several medical journals.

Feeling Anxious, Depressed? PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Monday, 06 February 2012 09:06
Stop Focusing on Money, Warns Financial ‘Whiz Kid’

He was the 31-year-old stockbroker dubbed “The Wall Street Whiz Kid” by Good Morning America’s Steve Crowley for his uncanny knack of predicting market highs and lows.

Now, after 25 years and two debilitating bouts of clinical depression, Peter Grandich, author of  Confessions of a Wall Street Whiz Kid, (, says Americans’ market-driven fixation on amassing a fortune is driving us crazy.

“The fight to keep up with the Joneses is leading to more people with intolerable levels of anxiety and stress, which contribute to serious mental health problems,” says Grandich, who runs Trinity Financial Sports & Entertainment Management Co., a firm that specializes in offering professional athletes, celebrities and the general public estate planning from a Christian perspective.

A January Gallup poll found Americans at their highest money stress levels in 10 years, with 51 percent worried about maintaining their standard of living.

“Our whole culture now is built on the premise that we have to have more money and more stuff to feel happy and secure,” he says. “Public storage is the poster child for what’s wrong with America. We have too much stuff because we’ve bought into the myth fabricated by Wall Street and Madison Avenue, which rely on millions of people driven to make more money so they can profit from this insane quest.”

Grandich was one of those people, he says. He loved making money, making more, and spending it. By his mid-30s, he was a multi-millionaire suffering his first disabling panic attacks. Looking back, he says, part of the problem was a life out of balance.

“My priorities were, No. 1, me, my reputation and my ego, and then my wife and our daughter,” he says. “There was not much else.”

Everything rode on how he did in the market, and when that wavered, Grandich grew increasingly anxious. Within a year of his first panic attack, bouts of crippling anxiety and hopelessness rooted as a deep and pervasive depression. Twice, he came to the point of attempting suicide.

In 1995, Grandich left the professional money management and brokerage business, but it took him several more years to find his way back to enjoying his life. He wants to warn others caught up in the money chase, and to offer hope to the one in 10 Americans who suffer depression.

He offers this guidance from his own experience:

• Anybody who has suffered depression more than once is at risk to go through it again. Grandich says he learned he is genetically predisposed to clinical depression because of his family history. “Be prepared to understand that it will always be with you,” he says. “It’s medically driven due to chemical imbalances in the brain.”

• Get professional help. Without medical help you have no chance. “For me, it was talk therapy and pharmaceutical intervention to flip that chemical switch in my brain,” Grandich says. “You can’t just ‘snap out of it’ because you don’t think rationally.”

• It’s not a sign of weakness and nothing to be ashamed about. With men especially, the “macho thing” gets in the way of seeking help, Grandich notes. It’s not something that can be fixed with will power or that you can just snap out of; the brain is injured.

• Get seriously reacquainted with your Creator. Grandich grew up without religion and became a Catholic simply to marry his wife. He had no spiritual anchor and his relationship to God was “the occasional 9-1-1call.” He has found comfort in recognizing that there is “someone bigger than me” in control and in having rules that make sense for governing his life. When friends ask, “What if it turns out there really is no God and no afterlife?” he says, “It’s still a better way to live.”

Grandich says he’s grateful for the revelations he experienced, and that he found a way out of the painful darkness.

“I’m satisfied it happened for a reason, and not to use my experience to help others would be unfair,” he says. “The blessing for me is, I’ve been shown the mess I was. There are still a lot of people out there who don’t yet realize that, if money is their god, they’re headed for a lot of suffering.”

About Peter Grandich

Peter Grandich became renowned in the financial industry when he predicted market crashes and rebounds in The Grandich Letter, a newsletter he created in 1984. It’s currently a blog featuring his commentary on the world’s economies and financial markets as well as social and political topics. Grandich is co-founder, with former New York Giants player Lee Rouson, of Trinity Financial Sports & Entertainment Management Co., a firm that specializes in offering guidance from a Christian perspective to professional athletes and celebrities.

Your Pharmacist Can Be a Great Resource in Your Quest for Heart Health PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Michelle Fritts   
Friday, 03 February 2012 15:18

February 2, 2012


WASHINGTON, DC – In honor of American Heart Month, the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) would like to remind the public to talk with their pharmacist regarding available screening and consultative services that could prevent and detect health problems usually associated with heart disease. As part of the healthcare team, pharmacists can play a significant role in the management and prevention of cardiovascular disease.

Cardiovascular disease—including heart disease and stroke—is the leading cause of death in the United States. Every day, 2,200 people die from cardiovascular disease—that’s 815,000 Americans each year, or 1 in every 3 deaths. Americans also suffer more than 2 million heart attacks and strokes each year. High cholesterol and high blood pressure are primary contributing cardiovascular health risks. These two conditions combined affect more than 80 million Americans annually.

Many pharmacists offer screenings and prevention and wellness services dedicated to helping patients manage their health and get the most out of their medications. A few “heart healthy” services a pharmacist may provide to help prevent a heart attack, control heart disease and improve knowledge about effective treatment include blood pressure, cholesterol and body mass index (BMI) screenings, smoking cessation, healthy lifestyle counseling and education about medications. To learn more about the specific ways pharmacists can assist in the management of cardiovascular disease, please see APhA’s Your Pharmacist and You: Preventing Cardiovascular Disease Fact Sheet. Contact your pharmacist for available services as they may vary by pharmacy location.

Individuals can decrease their risk for developing coronary heart disease by taking steps to prevent and control associated risk factors. A targeted focus should be placed on the “ABCS,” which address the major risk factors for cardiovascular disease and can help to prevent heart attacks and strokes.

  1. Aspirin: Increase low dose aspirin therapy according to recognized prevention guidelines.
  2. Blood pressure: Prevent and control high blood pressure; reduce sodium intake.
  3. Cholesterol: Prevent and control high blood cholesterol.
  4. Smoking cessation: Increase the number of smokers counseled to quit and referred to State quit lines; increase availability of no or low-cost cessation products.

APhA has partnered with the Million Hearts Initiative in an effort to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes over the next five years. Million Hearts brings together the efforts of the public and private health sectors to improve health across communities and help Americans live longer, healthier, more productive lives.

Pharmacists work with doctors and other health care providers to optimize care, improve medication use and to prevent heart 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.

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.


Help Ensure a Diverse Blood Supply for Patients in Need PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Karen Stecher   
Friday, 03 February 2012 15:08

February is Black History Month and in the spirit of Dr. Charles Drew, the American Red Cross reminds eligible donors of all ethnicities how important it is that blood donors are reflective of the patients who need their help. In 1941, Dr. Drew, an African-American blood specialist and surgeon, became the first medical director of the first American Red Cross blood bank. His pioneering work in blood collection and transfusion laid the foundation for modern blood banking.

Many patients are cross matched by blood type and Rh factor prior to transfusion. For some patients, there are other markers within donated
blood that must also be matched for the best outcomes as they are determined exclusively by ethnicity. A diverse blood supply is a stable one.
Approximately 21,000 times a day, patients receive blood from a Red Cross blood donor. All blood types are currently needed to help maintain a sufficient and stable blood supply.

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.

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

Blood Donation Opportunities


2/20/2012, 11:00 am- 5:00 pm, Carroll County Farm Bureau, 811 S. Clay Street, Mount Carroll

2/16/2012, 10:00 am- 4:00 pm, Lyondell Chemical Company, 3400 Anamosa Road, Clinton

2/17/2012, 9:00 am- 2:00 pm, Wethersfield High School Key Club, 439 Willard St., Kewanee

2/22/2012, 2:00 pm- 6:00 pm, First Christian Church, 105 Dwight St., Kewanee

2/28/2012, 1:00 pm- 6:00 pm, Kewanee Central School, 215 E. Central Ave., Kewanee

2/21/2012, 12:00 pm- 6:00 pm, VFW Hall, 106 SW 3rd Ave., Aledo

2/22/2012, 2:00 pm- 6:00 pm, Alexis Community Center, 204 W. Palmer Ave., Alexis

2/21/2012, 1:00 pm- 5:15 pm, Old Fulton Fire Station, 912 4th Street, Fulton

2/22/2012, 10:00 am- 2:00 pm, Rock Falls Blood Donation Center, 112 W. Second St., Rock Falls

2/23/2012, 4:00 pm- 7:00 pm, Rock Falls Blood Donation Center, 112 W. Second St., Rock Falls

2/28/2012, 1:00 pm- 5:15 pm, Old Fulton Fire Station, 912 4th Street, Fulton

2/29/2012, 2:00 pm- 6:00 pm, Rock Falls Blood Donation Center, 112 W. Second St., Rock Falls

2/29/2012, 3:00 pm- 7:00 pm, Prophetstown Elementary School, 301 West Third Street, Prophetstown


IHT World Medical Tourism Services Agency Introduces Low Cost American Quality Surgery Overseas PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Pam Brammann   
Friday, 03 February 2012 14:34

IHT World medical tourism services specialize in helping Americans slash their health care costs by offering non-emergency surgery, health treatment and even expensive dental treatment overseas for far less cost compared to the price of treatment in the United States.

LeClaire, IA (PRWEB) February 01, 2012

An estimated 50 million Americans do not have health insurance because they can’t afford the high cost. Millions more who do have insurance lack adequate coverage.

When major health issues occur, these same Americans feel helpless in tackling the high cost of care in the United States, until they discover medical tourism which is obtaining needed treatment outside the United States.

When most Americans first hear about medical tourism, their first reaction typically is to ask, how safe it is and what is the quality compared to the United States?

Unfortunately far too many people still have the misconception that health care overseas is inferior to the treatment received in the U.S.A.  But in today’s world, this belief is no longer true.

In numerous countries around the world, hospitals meet the same high standards and receive the same quality accreditation that American hospitals achieve.

Such accreditation certification is only granted when a hospital meets or exceeds the same standards of excellence that is expected of American hospitals. Several accreditation processes exist around the world that are quite similar to each other, all ensure the highest standards of care and treatment are being offered.

This means that Americans who use medical tourism services can feel confident when traveling abroad, knowing that they will receive high quality medical care without the massive expenses they would face in the United States.

The only difference between getting medical care in the U.S. and going to a highly accredited hospital overseas, is the far lower cost outside the United States.

Pam Brammann, R.N., President and Managing Director of IHT World, LLC pointed out that if a person is in need of non-emergency surgery such as hip or knee replacement, cancer treatment, advanced stem cell therapy, dental implants, etc. and the insurance company does not offer adequate coverage, the difference in medical tourism prices compared to the United States can often yield a savings of tens of thousands of dollars.

Mrs. Brammann said, “If a person can obtain American quality treatment or surgery in another country and end up paying half the price including the cost of travel expenses for two, why wouldn’t Americans consider medical tourism?


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