Bettendorf, IA - The North Central States Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society will hold its annual walk MS in Bettendorf on Saturday, May 8, 2010.

More than 500 walkers are expected to come out and help raise the goal of $40,250.  Funds raised will support direct services for the more than 8,000 people with MS and their families in the North Central States Chapter area and national MS research to find a cure for this chronic disease of the central nervous system.

Walk MS: Bettendorf Walk will be entering its 9th year. Walkers will participate in a 3 mile walk, and the festivities will take off and end at the Veteran Memorial Park in Bettendorf with lunch being served following the walk. Registration will open at 8:00 am and the walk will begin at 10:00 am. People can participate in walk MS individually, as a team, or as a virtual walker. Volunteers are also needed!

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      • WHAT: Walk MS: Quad Cities Walk to benefit the North Central States Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society

WHEN: Saturday, May 8, 2010 at 10:00 am

WHERE: Veterans Memorial Park

      • WHY: Proceeds raised will benefit the North Central States Chapter of the National MS Society.

About the National Multiple Sclerosis Society

  • The National MS Society helps each person address the challenges of living with MS through our 50-state network of chapters.

  • Through our home office and 50-state network of chapters, we fund more MS research, provide more services to people with MS, offer more professional education and further more advocacy efforts than any other MS organization in the world.

  • The Society is dedicated to achieving a world free of MS.  We are people who want to do something about MS now.  Join the movement at


About Multiple Sclerosis

  • Every hour in the United States, someone is newly diagnosed with MS, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system.

  • Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis.  The advancement, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving us closer to a world free of MS.

  • Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with more than twice as many women as men being diagnosed with the disease.

  • MS affects more than 400,000 people in the U.S. and 2.5 million worldwide.


WASHINGTON? As health reform reaches a critical juncture in Congress, AARP and AMA are joining forces to cut through the noise and focus on the benefits of health reform for older Americans who depend on Medicare and the physicians who care for them.  Today, AARP and AMA are launching a national television ad that separates fact from fiction and highlights how health reform will improve Medicare by lowering prescription drug costs and making certain that neither government nor insurance bureaucrats come between Medicare patients and their doctors when making important health decisions.

"We know opponents of health care reform won't rest," said AARP Executive Vice President Nancy LeaMond.  "We'll continue to fight for older Americans and to protect and strengthen Medicare, not only for today, but for generations to come."

"Together, AMA and AARP are working to put the scare tactics to bed once and for all and inform patients about the benefits of health reform," said AMA President J. James Rohack, M.D.  "Preserving the patient-physician relationship, improving the private insurance market so that coverage can't be denied if you get sick or lose your job, and finally fixing the Medicare physician payment formula that puts seniors' access to care at risk are some of the key goals we're working for this year."

As debate continues in the halls of Congress and across America, so do the myths and scare tactics designed to mislead seniors about what health care reform will mean for their Medicare.  Special interests have pumped millions of dollars into distorting reform proposals and confusing seniors.

"AARP is fighting to protect and improve the sacred promise of Medicare made to the millions of older Americans who depend upon it," said AARP Executive Vice President Nancy LeaMond.  "Now, special interests are using myths and misinformation to distort the truth and wrongly suggesting that Medicare will be harmed.  After a lifetime of hard work, don't seniors deserve better?"

The new TV ad features a physician and a "spin doctor" each sharing their perspective on health reform, with the physician correcting misinformation about health reform.

This ad is just one part of a multi-faceted education campaign AARP and AMA have undertaken and will continue as they educate their members and others about the truth behind health care reform.  In 2009 alone, AARP has sponsored or has been featured in 649 town hall meetings, tele-town hall meetings, forums and roundtables, and has reached over 50 million readers and viewers through its publications and television, radio and print ads.  AMA has reached millions through grassroots patient and physician outreach, news conferences, satellite media tours, media appearances, social media, direct mail, and TV, radio and print advertising.

The ad can be found at

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization that helps people 50+ have independence, choice and control in ways that are beneficial and affordable to them and society as a whole.  AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to either political campaigns or candidates.  We produce AARP The Magazine, the definitive voice for 50+ Americans and the world's largest-circulation magazine with over 35.5 million readers; AARP Bulletin, the go-to news source for AARP's nearly 40 million members and Americans 50+; AARP Segunda Juventud, the only bilingual U.S. publication dedicated exclusively to the 50+ Hispanic community; and our website,  AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors.  We have staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

About the American Medical Association

The American Medical Association helps doctors help patients by uniting physicians nationwide to work on the most important professional and public health issues. Working together, the AMA's quarter of a million physician and medical student members are playing an active role in shaping the future of medicine. For more information on the AMA, please visit

In this trying time of economic challenge for so many families---and especially for families with young adults in college---even coming home for the holidays can be a stressful event.

Today's students are under an unprecedented amount of pressure to make the best grades possible, at all costs, even to the detriment of their peace of mind and moral code.

Add to THAT the underlying worries of world unrest, climate change, and an uncertain economic future.

Parents wonder, will our kids have jobs in their fields when they graduate? At every turn, parents are reminded how hard their children will have to work in order to carve out a life that will sustain them.

"Today's families are under a formidable amount of stress," says parenting expert and author Malcolm Gauld. "How are they to connect with the peaceful spirit of giving thanks, as the family comes together Thanksgiving weekend? Even trying to connect to and hold on to that good feeling can be a pressure."

Malcolm and his wife Laura Gauld are co-authors of the parenting book The Biggest Job We'll Ever Have and the Biggest Job parenting seminars. They also run Hyde Schools, a network of prep schools in Maine and Connecticut that has led the way in character education for over four decades.

"In our increasingly achievement-oriented culture, we tend to mark the time with our awards, diplomas, new car or sports victory, like the Homecoming Game," says Malcolm. "These things may be great
memories, but they will not sustain a family's joy over time. In the end, it's not our material successes or achievements that will inspire our families."

"In an ever changing world that seems to be moving faster and faster, the things that most nourish us and keep us close to the thanksgiving spirit tend to be found in the things that really keep us connected, person to person," Laura adds. "Often these are the things that do not change, the aspects of our lives that are constant."

What can parents do to help the family connect to the more meaningful and memorable opportunities of the season?

The Gaulds have some tips:

Don't sweat the small stuff. During a jam-packed weekend, especially one that we've been waiting
for, it's easy to build those Kodak-moment expectations and get stuck on the details that have to be 'perfect'---the dinner, the house, the decorations, what time people arrive, what the kids have planned, and so forth," says Laura.

"Don't sweat the details---the stress will rob you of the opportunity to be present, to experience joy and spontaneity with your family. Know when to take hold and when to let go of priorities throughout the weekend. As parents, the more we try to control the order of events, the less hold we actually have."

Take some time to build family traditions. The big picture of raising children is done with the actions, routines, and practices that make up a lifetime of memories and habits. Often, the value of these actions is seen looking back at one's upbringing.

"It's not the amount of time you will spend together at Thanksgiving, or any holiday, that will be important---it's what you will do with it," says Laura. "Build special memories through traditions, old or new. If Grandma made a certain dish every year, then make it together with your kids. If you want to get everyone out of the house to enjoy nature, initiate an annual hike to a favorite place. These are the things that, over time, will be cherished."

"And remember, you can be in charge of the turkey---but you don't have to do everything yourself," adds Malcolm. "Kids love to be involved. Let them help with the weekend plans and preparations. Think of a special project they can be responsible for. Kids enjoy being trusted participants in the family gathering, and it helps to build their self-esteem. It also introduces them to the idea of carrying on the family traditions themselves when they are adults."

Allow obstacles to become opportunities. When things go wrong---and they always go wrong---try to keep your sense of humor and positive attitude about you. Be open to the ways in which challenges and failures can become opportunities for growth, learning, conversation and camaraderie. And be aware of what can be fixed and what can't.

"If you ruin your turkey, or get a flat tire on your way to your Aunt Louise's house with the family, the meal can be changed and the flat can be fixed," says Malcolm. "Don't let your disappointment or your stress weigh down the event. Allow for plans to change, and use your imagination to find communal joy by sharing stories, memories, and ideas for celebrating another way if need be. Be creative."

Finally, when the holiday is over, continue to gather for regular meals. "Studies clearly indicate that the experience of sharing a daily meal as a family helps to increase self-esteem in teenagers, and
decreases the chances of depression and even drug use," says Laura. "Often we are so busy that parents eat on the run, and so do the kids. But we cannot underestimate the power of a shared meal. So don't wait for a special occasion. Make the effort to have dinner together regularly as family. And light the candles."


MADISON, Wis. - Before you go over the river and through the woods to grandmother's house this holiday season, consider what a University of Wisconsin-Madison infectious-disease specialist calls key myths about travel and illness.

"Many people have misconceptions about how viruses and bacterial infections are transmitted from person to person, especially on airplanes," says Dr. Jim Conway, an associate professor of medicine at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health (SMPH) and pediatric infectious-disease physician at the American Family Children's Hospital.

"If you combine common sense with accurate information, you'll have a much better chance of staying healthy during the holidays."

Conway says the myths fall into three general categories.

Myth #1: Stale airplane air is a major source of contagious disease.

"There are very few things that fly through the air and magically infect other people," says Conway. "Viral infections like flu and colds spread when you have contact with a droplet from someone's sneeze or cough. It's transmitted because humans can't seem to keep their hands away from their faces," says Conway. Viruses last several hours on surfaces while bacteria can last for weeks.

Myth #2: Immune-boosting products will protect you from holiday illnesses.

Conway says there is no reliable evidence that shows products marketed as "bolstering the immune system" work. While the products contain heavy doses of vitamins, Conway says it's not ever been demonstrated in any clinical studies that a few chewables or tablets will instantly make the immune system stronger.

Myth #3: Surgical masks provide more protection against contagious viruses.

Conway says this is a myth with a shred of truth in it. Surgical masks won't stop colds and other viruses because these viruses are not airborne like the pathogens causing tuberculosis, smallpox and measles.

"Since it would be rare to come in contact with a contagious disease that's airborne, the only reason to wear a mask on a commercial airplane is that you don't trust yourself not to touch your mouth, eyes and nose, not to prevent someone from breathing in contaminated air OR if you are coughing and sneezing yourself, and want to protect other people by minimizing spread of your own secretions," he says. "To protect yourself, though, you're much better off spending 89 cents for a bottle of hand sanitizer and keeping your hands below your neck."

Conway says people may be tired of hearing it, but the prescription for staying healthy during the holidays is frequent hand-washing, the use of hand sanitizer and keeping your hands away from your face. In addition, make sure everyone in the family has received their influenza vaccine, and that sick people try to avoid close contact with others.

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Less Smoking Leads to More Birthdays

ATLANTA - November 5, 2009 - As the official sponsor of birthdays, the American Cancer Society marks the 34th Great American Smokeout on November 19 by encouraging smokers to use the date to make a plan to quit, or to plan in advance and quit smoking that day. By doing so, smokers will be taking an important step towards a healthier life - one that can lead to reducing cancer risk and creating more birthdays. Researchers say that quitting smoking can increase life expectancy - smokers who quit at age 35 gain an average of eight years of life expectancy; those who quit at age 55 gain about five years; and even long term smokers who quit at 65 gain three years 1 . Smokers who want to quit can call the American Cancer Society Quit For Life® Program operated and managed by Free & Clear® at 1-800-227-2345 for tobacco cessation and coaching services that can help increase their chances of quitting for good.

Research shows that people who stop smoking before age 50 can cut their risk of dying in the next 15 years in half compared with those who continue to smoke. Smokers who quit also reduce their risk of lung cancer - ten years after quitting, the lung cancer death rate is about half that of a continuing smoker's. Some of the health effects of quitting are almost instant, too - heart rate and blood pressure drop 20 minutes after quitting.

"We know that quitting smoking is tough and that most smokers have to try several times before quitting for good," said Alan G. Thorson, MD, FACS, national volunteer president for the American Cancer Society. "The American Cancer Society offers a variety of effective resources ranging from online tips and tools to personalized telephone coaching by trained specialists. We hope that smokers will use the Great American Smokeout to map out a course of action that will help them to quit, and in turn to stay well and celebrate more birthdays."

The Great American Smokeout Web site ( contains user-friendly tips and tools towards a smoke-free life. In addition to tip sheets and calculators, the site also offers downloadable desktop helpers to assist with planning to quit and succeeding in staying tobacco-free. The Quit Clock allows users to pick a quit day within 30 days, then counts down the selected day with tips for each day; and the Craving Stopper helps smokers beat cravings by offering a fun distraction. The American Cancer Society created the trademarked concept for and held its first Great American Smokeout in 1976 as a way to inspire and encourage smokers to quit for a day. One million people quit smoking for a day at the 1976 event in California. The Great American Smokeout encourages smokers to commit to making a long-term plan to quit smoking for good.

Important facts about tobacco use:

  • Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the U.S.
  • Cigarette smoking accounts for about 443,000 premature deaths - including 49,400 in nonsmokers.
  • Thirty percent of cancer deaths, including 87 percent of lung cancer deaths, can be attributed to tobacco.
  • Smoking also accounts for $193 billion in health care expenditures and productivity losses.
  • Great progress is being made in reducing tobacco use in the U.S., with adult smoking rates in 2007 declining among all adults to 19.8 percent.

About the American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end suffering from cancer. As a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers, we fight for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. We save lives by helping people stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early; helping people get well by being there for them during and after a cancer diagnosis; by finding cures through investment in groundbreaking discovery; and by fighting back by rallying lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight. As the nation's largest non-governmental investor in cancer research, contributing about $3.4 billion, we turn what we know about cancer into what we do. As a result, about 11 million people in America who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will be celebrating birthdays this year. To learn more about us or to get help, call us any time, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit

1Taylor DH et al., Benefits of smoking cessation for longevity. American Journal of Public Health 92:990-996 (2002)

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This class is on the importance of Vitamin D and its consequences of deficiencies particularly here in this climate.  The  class is free along with a free dinner at Hampton Health an Wellness on Thursday, December 10th at 6:30pm. RSVP is required at 309 751 9790.

What is your Vitamin  D level?

Did you know Vitamin D is a key player in your overall healtlh?

It is implicated in the following conditions just to name a few:

Autoimmune illness
Irritable Bowel/Digestive Disorders
Seasonal Affective Disorder
Heart Disease and More

Join us on Thursday December 10th at 6:30 pm at Hampton Health and Wellness, 510 State Avenue in Hampton, Illinois.  Dr. Jenny Sechler will provide a free dinner and an opportunity for you to obtain a kit to test your vitamin D level. Valuable information will be shared as to the risks of having a low vitamin D level and the benefits of having a healthy level.  She will provide strategies to raising a low level including using light therapy right here safely in the wellness center.

If you are interested in identifying a missing link to your optimal health, call 309 751 9790 and reserve a seat for dinner.  If you want to assess your Vitamin D level, let us know ahead of time and we will have a kit waiting for you.  Bring a friend too!

Will also discuss importance of flu prevention at Flu Free QC Event

Washington, DC - Rep. Bruce Braley (D-Iowa) will head back to the 1st District Monday for a series of events to highlight the positive impact health care reform will have on Iowa's families, seniors and medical providers.  Braley voted to pass the Affordable Health Care for America Act Saturday.  The bill passed the House by a vote of 220-215.

Monday morning, Braley will visit students at Davenport's Eisenhower Elementary School to discuss the importance of flu prevention.

Later, Braley will meet with hospital administrators in Bettendorf and Clinton to discuss Medicare reimbursement reforms included in the health care reform bill that will finally pay Iowa's medical providers for the high-quality, low-cost care they currently provide.


WHAT: Congressman Bruce Braley to discuss importance of flu prevention with students at Flu Free QC event

WHEN: 11:00a.m. CST

WHERE: Eisenhower Elementary School, 2827 Jersey Ridge Road, Davenport

WHAT: Congressman Bruce Braley to hold press availability following meeting with hospital administrators to discuss Medicare

reimbursement reforms.

WHEN: 2:15pm CST

WHERE: Trinity Medical Center, Terrace Park Campus, 4500 Utica Ridge, Bettendorf

WHAT: Congressman Bruce Braley to hold press availability following meeting with hospital administrators to discuss Medicare

reimbursement reforms.

WHEN: 4:00pm CST

WHERE: Mercy Medical Center, 1410 N 4th St, Clinton

After four rounds of supportive testimony from doctors, patients and advocates, board will now recommend to state lawmakers whether to change marijuana's classification under state law

COUNCIL BLUFFS, IOWA ? Today the Iowa Board of Pharmacy held the last of four hearings to examine the medical value of marijuana, receiving testimony from a range of medical experts, patients who have benefited from medical marijuana, and many others who asked that Iowa allow doctors to recommend the medical use of marijuana for seriously ill patients.

More than 80 people in total testified at hearings in Des Moines, Mason City, Iowa City and Council Bluffs. Almost no one testified against medical marijuana. Among those who spoke out in favor of medical marijuana were state Sen. Joe Bolkcom (D-Iowa City), Dr. Stephan Arndt, director of the Iowa Consortium for Substance Abuse Research and Evaluation, and Raphael Mechoulam, the Israeli scientist who in 1964 discovered THC, marijuana's main psychoactive component.

"Marijuana has been found to be of considerable medical value in numerous diseases," said Mechoulam, considered the world's leading expert on marijuana and cannabinoids, who testified by phone from Israel.

Noah Mamber, a legislative analyst with the Marijuana Policy Project, who testified by phone from Washington, D.C., asked the board to officially recognize the medical value of marijuana and to encourage state lawmakers to allow doctors to recommend marijuana for qualified patients. "In allowing doctors to write 'recommendations,' as opposed to prescriptions, Iowa can still maintain a doctor's place as the gatekeeper who controls who is allowed to possess medicine while still creating an effective medical marijuana law," he said.

Sen. Bolkcom has already introduced legislation that would protect medical marijuana patients from criminal sanctions. SF 293 would also create nonprofit compassion centers that could distribute medical marijuana to qualified patients.

With more than 29,000 members and 100,000 e-mail subscribers nationwide, the Marijuana Policy Project is the largest marijuana policy reform organization in the United States. MPP believes that the best way to minimize the harm associated with marijuana is to regulate marijuana in a manner similar to alcohol. For more information, please visit


Ayurveda in Sanskrit means the science of long and healthy life.

The advantage for a consultation with a good Ayurvedic physician is that once you have the consultation, then you need not have another consultation, until a life change,  as long as you are following life styles and patterns according to your body needs.

What is your individual need?

Below is a brief bio profile and schedule for Dr. Satam's visit to our area.

Take in the general presentations too.

Physician in Ayurveda to visit.

Dr. Shubhangee Satam will be visiting our area from Nov. 4th. 2009 through Nov 7th. 2009

Dr. Satam is an M.D. in Ayurvedic medicine trained from R.A.Podar Medical College, Worli, Mumbai in1998. Additionally, she has a "Teacher's Training Course in Yoga" from "The Yoga Institute, Mumbai, India" with an Intensive Course of Yoga done from "The Yoga Institute, Santacruz, India"  as a prerequisite to teach Yoga.

Dr Satam has been working as an Ayurvedic Consultant since 1998 with successful results in:

*Cosmetic problems such as Pimples, Complexion problems, Dandruff, Graying of hair
*Other disorders like skin disorders
*Life style disorders like Diabetes Mellitus, Hypertension, cardiac problems.
Dr. Satam has an excellent knowledge about all the Panchakarma procedures.
Fluent in Sanskrit, Dr. Satam writes articles on Ayurveda as well has completed translations and interpretation of Sanskrit texts on ancient Indian medicinal literature Dr. Satam has conducted lecture series on Ayurveda for 3 weeks in Salzburg (Austria) sponsored by Intersol.She has conducted training programs for the marketing team of the distributor of Charak's Products in Sri Lanka in the year 2001.She has participated in the exhibition of the Natural Product Expo Europe held in Amsterdam, The Netherlands in June 2002 and 2003 as well as the Natural Product Expo West, California, USA in March 2003.She has visited Malaysia in March 2004 for techno-marketing discussions. She participated in an Ayurveda Symposium in September 2006 in Germany and conducted lectures of Ayurveda in Latvia and Austria in 2009. Dr. Satam has traveled several times in Germany, France, Italy, Belgium, Switzerland and the Netherlands for the Business Development and Market survey of products.
Fluent in English, Sanskrit, Hindi Marathi and comfortable in German, French and Dutch, Dr. Satam's Personal Interests: Trekking

Schedule during Dr. Satam stay in our area:
On Thursday, Nov 5th. 2009, at 7.00 pm during our regular Independent Scholars' Evenings, Dr.Satam will give a general discussion on Ayurveda.

Independent Scholars' Evenings are held on the 2nd floor of The Moline Club 513 16th. Street Moline. The evening is free and open to the public.

Saturday Nov. 7th. 2009 from 2 pm to is a first Conference on Ayurveda held at The Moline Club Ballroom, on the 3rd floor. 513 16th. Street Moline.

The areas for discussion will cover the following:

  • HINI Flu ---care through Ayurveda

  • Ayurvedic Approach to Menopause

  • Impotency -Tackle it with Ayurveda

  • Diabetes.. .its Management through Ayurveda.

  • Ayurveda and Insomnia

  • Stress Management : An Ayurvedic Perspective

  • Geriatric care.... longer healthier lives through Ayurveda.

  • Curcuma ( Turmeric) -- A boon to the World

  • Balanced diet and lifestyle.. the regime of Ayurveda.

  • Ayurveda --- A Great help to maintain Beauty

The Conference is free and open to the public.

While in our area, Dr. Shubhangee Satam will be available for individual private consultations at The Institute for Cultural and Healing Traditions, held at The Moline Commercial Club, 1530 Fifth Ave. Moline. Enter from the 513 16th Street door.

Please call 762-9202 for scheduling. A nominal charge of $15.00 for a consultation is applicable.

The 5 day event is sponsored by The Institute for Cultural and Healing Traditions, Ltd.

1530 Fifth Ave. Moline. Illinois, 61265. tel 309-762-9209

Bettendorf, IA - Mel Foster Co. is hosting its first annual Putt Putt golf charity event. This year's event, "Putt for Shots" will be on Thursday, November 12, 2009 at 6:00 p.m. at Stoney Creek Inn & Conference Center in Moline.

"Putt for Shots" is a miniature golf tournament that includes 18 custom holes designed for your entertainment. Proceeds will benefit the community effort in the seasonal flu vaccination of our area school aged children. By supporting this event, we are helping in the efforts to prevent the wide spread of influenza within our family, our business and our community.

"Mel Foster is always looking to support our community and this event has the potential to help hundreds of our school aged children. 100% of the proceeds from this event will be donated to Genesis Health System's Flu Free Quad Cities initiative." says Kris Ratigan, Marketing Director at Mel Foster Co.

Each golfer will enjoy 18 holes of miniature golf, as well as hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar. Non golfers can enjoy a social only ticket. Deadline to register is Friday, October 30.

"We are hoping to make the Putt Putt charity event an annual fundraiser with proceeds benefiting different organizations each year." added Ratigan.

For more information or to register, visit