Health

Itís All About Posture!

Not maintaining balanced posture can add strain to muscles and put stress on the spine. Over time, the stress of poor posture can change the anatomical characteristics of the spine, supporting muscles, and ligaments, leading to the possibility of constricted blood vessels and nerves. Good posture is vital to good health! 

Being aware of good posture is the first step to breaking old poor postural habits and reducing stress and strain on your spine. Join us on Wednesday, August 17 at 7:15 pm at Panera Bread in Rocky River as we discuss the importance of good posture. Please call 440-331-4744 to register for this freed event.

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Volume 4, Issue 1, Posted 11:20 AM, 08.06.2016

The Meal that Heals to Benefit NCH

Back for its eighth year, The Meal that Heals, a dining benefit for the patients of North Coast Health, will be held on Monday, July 11 at Sarita from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. North Coast Health is grateful to Chef/Owner Anthony Romano for his enthusiastic support of this annual dining event.

The Meal that Heals is a great excuse to support a local independent Lakewood business and improve access to health care in our community.

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Volume 4, Issue 1, Posted 2:49 PM, 07.06.2016

A Holistic Approach to Allergies

Allergy season is here. Sniffling, sneezing, stuffy head, sinus congestion, and headaches are just a short list of the symptoms associated with allergies.  Allergy symptoms occur when the immune system overreacts to something that is harmless to most people, but triggers a reaction in those sensitive to it. This substance is known as an allergen.

The most obvious step is to try to eliminate the allergen.  However, for most people, changing their environment is not an option. So, since you are going to be exposed to the same allergen year after year, there are various ways to prepare your body to deal with it.  

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Volume 3, Issue 12, Posted 4:41 PM, 06.03.2016

Roles of Intention, Intuition, and Manifestation

Everything that happens in the universe starts with intention and it is the starting point of our dreams. The creative power of intention fulfills everything in our life - be it love, relationships, spiritual awakening, or money.

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Volume 3, Issue 12, Posted 4:42 PM, 06.03.2016

Hospice of the Western Reserve to Relocate West Side Team

Late last year, Hospice of the Western Reserve was notified that the building in which it has been occupying an office in Lakewood was slated for demolition. After scouting multiple locations, the nonprofit agency has signed a lease and will be relocating its staff to a new office located at 22730 Fairview Center Drive, Fairview Park, early this summer.

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Volume 3, Issue 12, Posted 3:49 PM, 06.02.2016

Ambulance Chase: Celebrating 15 Years of Fun & Fitness

The start of spring is a welcome reminder that it’s time once again to gather our teams for the annual “Ambulance Chase 5K/1 Mile” event. This year’s race will take place on Sunday, May 1, at Lakewood Park and celebrates 15 years of running, walking, wellness and community spirit.

The Ambulance Chase is always met with enthusiasm by our family and friends. In fact, last year “Team Pfahl” had over 60 runners/walkers that registered for the race.

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Volume 3, Issue 11, Posted 4:20 PM, 04.14.2016

Doctor Teaches Medicine as Teamwork

Not everyone who goes into medicine likes or even excels at biology or chemistry. Some have no plans to go into the medical field.  Ironically, these are the students Neil Smith, DO, President of Fairview Hospital, is trying to ignite a spark of interest in to consider a career in medicine.

According to Dr. Smith, medicine is about figuring out puzzles. For nearly 15 years, he has wanted to start a class that would give kids a different look into the field. He himself never liked biology or chemistry, yet today he’s a successful physician and hospital president.

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Volume 3, Issue 11, Posted 3:56 PM, 05.04.2016

NCH Receives Grant from CVS Health Foundation

North Coast Health is one of only 34 clinics nationwide to receive CVS Health Foundation funding this year! The grant will provide more access to health care and improve patient outcomes in the Greater Western Cleveland community. 

The $35,000 grant has been awarded as part of the CVS Health Foundation’s commitment to address the need for more accessible, coordinated health care in our local communities.  The grant will help NCH support Improving Outcomes for Patients with Diabetes, Hypertension and Depression.
 

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Volume 3, Issue 11, Posted 4:13 PM, 05.04.2016

Fibromyalgia - A New Approach

Fibromyalgia is one of the most depressing conditions I have seen in my patients. The pain and the suffering caused by this condition can have a profound effect on a patient's entire life.

Fibromyalgia has been known as the “waste basket” diagnosis. It is a chronic condition that is associated with pain, stiffness, and tenderness of muscles, tendons, and joints. It is characterized by restless sleep, chronic fatigue, anxiety, depression, and disturbances in bowel function.

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Volume 3, Issue 11, Posted 3:43 PM, 05.04.2016

Healthy Relationships in Modern Times

Since ancient times, people believed that relationships play a very vital role in our lives. One of the main reasons we see relationships declining today is people's clouded outlook. In today's world, people pay more attention outwardly and they have forgotten about one very important being: Themselves. Life can be compared to a pearl white light. To the naked eye, the light looks white, but it is actually made up of seven different colors. Life is the same and relies on the same principle. Life is made up of multiple elements.

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Volume 3, Issue 11, Posted 3:50 PM, 05.04.2016

Neck Pain & Spinal Misalignments

Neck pain can wreak havoc on your life.  Given the age of computers and cell phones, neck pain has become a serious problem for many people.  For most who come to my office with neck pain, I am usually their last resort. They have tried many other forms of treatment with minimal results or just temporary relief. 

If you suffer with any type of neck pain, I would like you to join me at Panera Bread in Rocky River on Wednesday, May 11 at 7:15 p.m.  I will discuss the missing link in neck pain and how you can defeat the pain naturally.

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Volume 3, Issue 10, Posted 4:06 PM, 04.06.2016

What You Need to Know About Zika Virus

As awareness of the Zika virus increases across the U.S., public concern is growing about this
vector-borne illness. While we are not experts in the virus itself, we are experts in effective mosquito
control and support efforts to educate the public on both Zika virus and how to reduce mosquito
activity. Tthe following is some basic information about Zika, how to best protect yourself from contact with mosquitoes, and resources for up-to-date information on the virus.

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Volume 3, Issue 10, Posted 4:01 PM, 04.06.2016

Do You Have Digestive Troubles?

Each year, millions of Americans are diagnosed with digestive disorders, ranging from the occasional upset stomach to the more life-threatening colorectal cancer. Digestive disorders encompass illnesses of the gastrointestinal tract, the liver, gallbladder, and pancreas, all of which play an important role in digestion. 

Once you understand the role of healthy digestion and what it takes to have a healthy digestive system, you can take the necessary steps to fighting and winning the battle.   Join us on Thursday, April 7 at 7:15 p.m. at the Panera Bread in Rocky River for our Wellness Workshop on Healthy Digestion.  Here we will discuss every aspect of healthy digestion as well as the important role of probiotics.

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Volume 3, Issue 9, Posted 4:30 PM, 03.02.2016

NCH Earns National Recognition for Care

The National Committee for Quality Assurance has recognized North Coast Health as a NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home, Level 3, for using evidence-based, patient-centered processes that focus on highly coordinated care and longĀ-term relationships. By enhancing patient engagement and improving outcomes, North Coast Health earned the highest level of recognition.

The NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home is a model of primary care that combines teamwork and information technology to improve care, improve patients’ experience of care, and reduce costs. Medical homes foster ongoing partnerships between patients and their personal clinicians. 

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Volume 3, Issue 9, Posted 11:23 AM, 03.04.2016

Overcoming Fatigue and Tiredness

Worn out and weary? Women across the country named fatigue among their top five health concerns in WebMD’s annual Year in Health Survey in recent years.  Energy is an important aspect of everyday life.  Without it, we cannot function and our body cannot heal.  Low energy and fatigue are becoming major problems in our society, affecting millions of Americans. 

If you want more information on how to solve your fatigue concerns and how to begin your journey to regaining health and vitality, please join us on Tuesday, March 1 at 7:15 p.m. at Panera Bread in Rocky River. Call 440-331-4744 to reserve a seat.  

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Volume 3, Issue 8, Posted 3:53 PM, 02.01.2016

Tips for a Healthy New Year

Did you survive the holiday season without too much guilt?  Without adding too many extra pounds?  Did you have one too many servings you wish you could put back?  You are not alone. 

At the Power Of Life Holistic Health Center, we are dedicated to giving you the tools needed to make 2016 a healthy year. Please join us for our health seminar on Healthy Weight Management on January 19 at 7:15 p.m. at Panera Bread in Rocky River.

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Volume 3, Issue 7, Posted 4:24 PM, 01.05.2016

Achieve Fitness Studio Moves to Lakewood

Achieve Fitness Studio recently moved from its Rocky River location on Detroit Road to right down the street and across the bridge into Lakewood. “We offered personal training, nutritional coaching and small group training at our Rocky River studio. I wanted to expand and offer more to my clients,” explains Lisa DeSico-Boyd, owner of Achieve Fitness Studio. 

Now through January 31, Achieve Fitness Studio is offering eight 30-minute training sessions for $250 and eight 60- minute training sessions for $450. Lock in at $89 a month for 12 months of unlimited classes.

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Volume 3, Issue 7, Posted 4:28 PM, 01.05.2016

Energies That Bind: Parents and Children

Welcome 2016 – a New Year with new beginnings and infinite blessings. At the beginning of this New Year, let's take a moment to remember the greatest bond of life that we share - ties with parents and children.

Rajeev is conducting free ThetaHealing® Sessions for a limited time. Anyone interested in booking an appointment should visit www.NaturalHealingTrends.com and click on Book A Session. In addition, Rajeev is teaching ThetaHealing® Classes: Basic DNA, Advanced DNA, Manifestation and Abundance at the Rocky River Recreational Center. 

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Volume 3, Issue 7, Posted 4:48 PM, 01.05.2016

Quality Hearing for Quality of Life

Everyone knows someone whose hearing loss is holding them back. They may avoid noisy restaurants, or bluff their way through conversations. You may have noticed them during family get-togethers looking on, but not participating. They say “no” to the book club or bible study or sewing group that they used to enjoy. You might even catch yourself shortening conversations with them because it’s so hard to communicate.

So why don’t people do something about it instead of allowing themselves to become so isolated?

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Volume 3, Issue 7, Posted 6:27 PM, 01.07.2016

New Leadership for North Coast Health

After serving North Coast Health since its inception - first as volunteer, then Head Nurse and eventually Executive Director for the past 20 years, Lee Elmore has retired from her post.  Under Lee’s guidance, North Coast Health has transformed the access and provision of care to thousands of individuals and families in western greater Cleveland, and has been recognized as a Patient-Centered Medical Home, level 3, by the National Committee on Quality Assurance.

It is with great confidence and excitement that North Coast Health welcomes Gina Gavlak as President and CEO of North Coast Health, effective January 1, 2016.

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Volume 3, Issue 7, Posted 6:26 PM, 01.07.2016

Why Don't I Sleep Well?

If you have trouble sleeping, you are not alone.  Approximately 70 million people in the United States are affected by a sleep problem, with about 40 million classified as chronic sufferers and the other 30 million affected by intermittent sleep-related problems. However, an overwhelming majority of sleep disorders remain undiagnosed and untreated, according to the National Commission on Sleep Disorders Research.

Come join us at our next community event and learn what the most common causes of sleep trouble are and what you can do about them.  Our Solutions to Sleep Trouble event will be held on December 1 at 7:15 p.m. at Panera Bread in Rocky River in the Event Room.  Please call 440-331-4744 to reserve your seat or email TFWellnessDOC@gmail.com

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Volume 3, Issue 5, Posted 10:28 AM, 11.04.2015

Our Brain Health Is Declining!

I believe we take for granted how important our brain really is. The brain controls and regulates every function of the human body. It is what gives us life and animates our body.  It is the power source, the generator of life.  Without it, nothing in our body would work. Remember, you are considered legally dead when brain activity ceases. 

I invite you to join us every month for our community health education series. This month we will discuss a battle plan for declaring war on degenerative brain disease.  And if by chance you are taking cholesterol-lowering medication, you won’t want to miss this meeting. Join us October 28 at 7:15 p.m. at Panera Bread in Rocky River on Center Ridge Rd.  Call 440-331-4744 to reserve a seat.  Seating is limited to the first 25 participants.

 

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Volume 3, Issue 4, Posted 4:00 PM, 10.06.2015

Oktoberfest at the Fairview Park Senior Center

All 140 people in attendance had an absolute blast at the first annual Fairview Park Senior Center Oktoberfest! The festivities took place on September 21. The food was plentiful and all enjoyed the kielbasa & kraut, cabbage & noodles, apple strudel and root beer floats. Johnny Pastirik and his polka pal entertained us and kept us on our feet dancing. Thanks to all who participated.

Missed the party? Our next blowout will be the Halloween Party on Friday, October 30, at noon.

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Volume 3, Issue 4, Posted 10:08 AM, 10.07.2015

Singing for the Health of It!

According to the Music Teacher’s National Association, music helps lower depression and decrease loneliness in older people.  Engaging in musical activities can alter moods and outlook.  Studies show that music can actually minimize the effects of depression.

Depression is a major health problem that affects many older people.

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Volume 3, Issue 4, Posted 1:30 PM, 10.11.2015

Breast Cancer Patient Shares Her Journey

When Dana Watts of Fairview Park first learned she had breast cancer, she was shocked. The mother-of-two never imagined she would get cancer. "My life was so wonderfully under control," she explained. "I lived a very healthy, active life. And there was no history of cancer in my family."

Dana was faithful in getting her annual mammogram and was surprised to feel a lump on her breast just five months after her last screening. She didn’t even have any symptoms.

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Volume 3, Issue 4, Posted 1:32 PM, 10.11.2015

Have No Fear, the Flu Shot Is Here!

As summer winds down and the air gets crisp, "cold" season starts to descend upon us. There are many precautions to take and information to obtain as we are coming into this season. While I am not here to persuade you, I would like to share some valuable information to help you stay healthy!

Many people get a flu shot every year, but some may not know exactly what the "flu" is! Influenza, commonly known as the flu, is a very contagious respiratory illness caused by the influenza, A or B virus.

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Volume 3, Issue 4, Posted 3:58 PM, 10.06.2015

NCH's Gala Raises Over $125,000

North Coast Health hosted 275 guests at their signature fundraising event, Celebration of Caring, held in early September. Through the gifts of event sponsors, donors, and other generous supporters, North Coast Health was able to raise over $125,000 to continue providing healthcare to the medically underserved, including almost $35,000 to expand our Behavioral Health Program to address the significant gap in mental health services in our community. 

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Volume 3, Issue 4, Posted 1:33 PM, 10.11.2015

North Coast Healthís Celebration of Caring Gala

North Coast Health’s signature annual fundraising gala, Celebration of Caring, will be held on Thursday, September 3, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at LaCentre in Westlake.

The evening will feature a cocktail hour with hors d’oeuvres, dinner and dessert, awards presentation, a live auction conducted by Bob Hale of Benefit Auction Services and raffles.  Honorary chair for the event is Mrs. Charles Rini, Sr. Event co-chairs are Wendy Kieding, Kathe Serbin, and Carol Sterba.

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Volume 3, Issue 3, Posted 3:10 PM, 09.01.2015

Discover Holistic School and Wellness Center in Rocky River

Want to learn about Aromatherapy, take a Kundalini Yoga class, or start a career in Holistic Health? It’s time to visit Great Lakes School of Integrative Medicine (GLSIM) and Community Wellness Center in Rocky River.

Relocated from Northfield, GLSIM successfully launched its open house on June 20, with over 200 in attendance. “With our ‘Taking Care, Taking Charge’ motto, our pledge is to provide education that concentrates on the benefits of the proven natural therapies for holistic and wellness healthcare,” states Mary Jo Ruggieri, president of the school.

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Volume 3, Issue 3, Posted 1:39 PM, 09.01.2015

Spinal Decompression Therapy: Best Kept Secret for Back Pain

With 60 million Americans afflicted with back pain every year, I am amazed how many people have never heard of Spinal Decompression Therapy. I am not sure as to why it is kept such a secret. Given its success, it is a surprise to me that it is not used more or even offered in more health care settings.

Pain in the back or neck is usually a result of poor joint function, joint irritation, muscle tightness and spasm, and disc-related problems, most of which are caused by compressive forces on the spine.   

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Volume 3, Issue 3, Posted 1:44 PM, 09.01.2015

Help Needed by Meals on Wheels

Rocky River Meals on Wheels is looking for substitute drivers to deliver meals to Rocky River residents. Service is required only one day a week from 11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. You must have a valid driver's license. If interested, please call Bob Burns, Volunteer Coordinator, at 440-333-6298 or email bobb@mealsonwheelsrr.org. Visit our website at www.mealsonwheelsrr.org.

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Volume 3, Issue 3, Posted 3:42 PM, 09.01.2015

Chance to Win a Dante | Tremont Dinner and Support NCH

The winning ticket holder of North Coast Health’s Chef’s Dinner Raffle will be immersed in flavor that will expand the palette and challenge the taste buds at an exclusive dining experience for eight guests. The dinner will include 14 unique food courses and Sommelier-selected wine pairings at Dante | Tremont, 2247 Professor Avenue, Cleveland.  Even better, transportation will be provided to and from the restaurant courtesy of Motorcars Mobility.

The winning ticket will be drawn on Thursday, September 3, at North Coast Health’s Celebration of Caring gala at LaCentre Conference and Banquet Facility in Westlake.  Winner need not be present to win.

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Volume 3, Issue 2, Posted 1:47 PM, 08.03.2015

Why We Get Sick

Whenever we are sick, we often think it is because of something we ate, a change in weather, or that we simply "caught" a cold or flu from our surroundings. We rarely see beyond the physiological symptoms. However, the truth is that sickness is the physical manifestation of some emotional imbalance within our body.

To learn more about ThetaHealing®, join us for three-day Basic DNA ThetaHealing® Class to be held on August 14 to 16 at Don Umerley Civic Center Memorial Hall, Club Room 1, located at 21016 Hilliard Blvd, Rocky River. Registration required.

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Volume 3, Issue 2, Posted 12:36 PM, 08.05.2015

An Alternative to Blood Thinners

Patients with atrial fibrillation (afib), the most common type of irregular heart rhythm, are five times more likely to suffer a stroke than those without afib.

“Therefore, the most important aspect of afib management is the prevention of stroke,” says Oussama Wazni, MD, Director of the Outpatient Electrophysiology Department and Co-Director of the Atrial Fibrillation Stroke Prevention Center in the Cleveland Clinic Section of Cardiac Electrophysiology and Pacing.

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Volume 3, Issue 2, Posted 12:43 PM, 08.05.2015

Arthritis and Diseases That Affect the Back

There are many forms of arthritis and related conditions that can affect the joints, muscles and/or bones and cause problems like pain, stiffness, and swelling in the back. While any part of the back can be affected, the lower back is the most common site of arthritis because it bears more of the body's weight.  Neck pain associated with arthritis is also very common.  In conventional medical wisdom, we associate arthritis in the spine with age.

If you suffer with spinal arthritis, spinal stenosis or any of the symptoms mentioned, please join Dr. Ruocco at Panera Bread in Rocky River on August 26 at 7:15 p.m. 

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Volume 3, Issue 2, Posted 12:17 PM, 08.04.2015

Help for Those Caring for a Loved One with Dementia

The Fairview Park Senior Center will be hosting two programs to help families and professional caregivers who provide care to those with dementia-related diseases. Both programs will take place at the Fairview Park Senior Center at 20769 Lorain Road.

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Volume 3, Issue 1, Posted 3:31 PM, 06.29.2015

The Meal That Heals to Benefit North Coast Health

The Meal that Heals, a dining benefit now in its seventh year to benefit the patients of North Coast Health, a faith-based charitable clinic, will be held on Monday, July 6, 2015 at Players on Madison from 5 to 9 p.m.

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Volume 3, Issue 1, Posted 3:31 PM, 06.29.2015

An Invite

The Rocky River Senior Center invites you to a meeting on Wednesday, June 3, at 7 p.m. at the senior center.  The center is starting a self-assessment which is the first step toward gaining National Accreditation from the National Council on Aging (NCOA) and National Institute of Senior Centers (NISC).

All are welcome, you do not need to be a resident to attend this meeting.

The Rocky River Senior Center is located at 21014 Hilliard Blvd. in Rocky River. For more information, please call 440-333-6660.

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Volume 2, Issue 11, Posted 5:29 PM, 06.02.2015

Help for Allergies and Inflammation

This is the time of the year when many people suffer with allergies.  From sniffling, sneezing, and postnasal drip to sinus congestion, headaches, and feeling run down, allergies can affect your life in myriad ways.  I want you to know and understand that the allergen is not the problem.

Join us for a complete look at allergies and inflammation on Tuesday, June 23, at 7:15 p.m. at Panera Bread in Rocky River. 

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Volume 2, Issue 11, Posted 4:17 PM, 06.03.2015

Ancient Science Transforms Modern Ailments

There is a very old saying, “where attention goes, the energy flows there.”

ENERGY TRAVELS WITHOUT TIME AND SPACE in quantum physics and that healing works in the same way. Even if someone is on another continent, ThetaHealing works just as if that person were right in front of me.

ThetaHealing is a healing modality that uses focused thought and prayer. In this technique, we tap into a Theta brainwave - a brainwave that you receive or get when you are dreaming - to reprogram our minds to become better people and better human beings.

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Volume 2, Issue 11, Posted 4:31 PM, 06.07.2015

Senior Centers: Meeting the Needs of Boomers

Seniors centers have grown from the first established in New York in 1943, to an estimated 11,000, serving over 10 million older adults throughout the country.  Some centers are public, some are private.  Each one is unique, serving a growing population of older adults.  Senior centers serve people from those just preparing to retire to those struggling with the challenges of aging.

Baby Boomers will be delighted to learn that senior centers have grown and evolved over the years.  No longer do they provide only socialization opportunities.  A senior center offers services and activities that reflect the experience and interests of its participants.

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Volume 2, Issue 11, Posted 4:45 PM, 06.07.2015

Keeping Fairview Park Seniors Safe at Home

With so many seniors choosing to age in their home, there is usually concern for their safety, especially if they live alone.  To bring peace of mind to seniors and their families, the Fairview Park Senior Life Office suggests a combination of programs.

The Residential Lock Box Program allows emergency personnel to enter your home by using a house key that is inside a metal lock box (2” x 4”) affixed to the inside of your door jam.

The “Are You O.K.?” Program, a telephone reassurance system, consists of a computerized telephone call that is generated at the same time each day, which you specify, to check on your welfare.

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Volume 2, Issue 11, Posted 4:41 PM, 06.07.2015

Osteoporosis and Fracture Risks

Osteoporosis is one of the leading health conditions that affect seniors today. It ranks with the number one causes of bone fractures in those over the age of 50. Any senior can face this fear. 

In our next seminar at the end of May, I will explain the truth behind osteoporosis, why it is growing at such an alarming rate, and how to combat this frightening disease.  We will talk about diet and what you can do to support bone building.  In addition, we will discuss safe exercises to promote bone building.

Join us at Panera Bread in Rocky River on May 27 at 7:15 p.m. for an in-depth look at osteoporosis and what you can do about it. Please call 440-331-4744 to reserve a space.

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Volume 2, Issue 10, Posted 3:54 PM, 05.09.2015

Unlocking Abundance in Our Lives

We are the product of our environment and the beliefs we carry in our life. Beliefs can be at the genetic level, the core level, the history level, or at the soul level.

Ancient sages and modern scientists believe that things happen to us only because we invite them into our lives, consciously and/or unconsciously.

Different studies have shown that people, who have brought about a synchronization of their mind-body-soul, have lived a more fulfilling life in every aspect.

I am currently offering a free 20-minute ThetaHealing® session on first-come first-serve basis. Only a limited number of sessions are offered. Book your sessions at www.NaturalHealingTrends.com.

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Volume 2, Issue 10, Posted 10:14 AM, 05.07.2015

Are the Seniors in Your Life Eating Well?

Eating well is important at every age, but health issues and physical limitations can sometimes make it difficult for older adults to get the nutrients they need for a healthy diet.  Did you know that malnutrition and poor nutrition occur in 15% to 50% of our senior population?  The symptoms - weight loss, disorientation, lightheadedness, lethargy, and loss of appetite - are often mistaken for illness or disease.

Many seniors don’t eat as well as they should for a variety of reasons.  Arthritis makes cooking difficult.  Many medications reduce appetite making food unappealing.  One study found that 30% of seniors skip one meal a day, while another revealed that 16% of seniors eat less than 1,000 calories a day.  This is insufficient to maintain adequate nutrition.

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Volume 2, Issue 10, Posted 10:42 AM, 05.14.2015

Alternative Solutions to Joint Pain

A few months ago, I wrote an article on arthritis. Given the great turnout at our arthritis workshop, I thought I would elaborate a bit more on the topic. Millions of Americans suffer with joint pain. It is one of the top five reasons for doctor’s visits in the U.S.

Please join us on April 29 at 7:15 p.m. at Panera Bread in Rocky River as we take an in-depth look at the causes of joint pain, inflammation and arthritis and what alternatives are available to help alleviate the pain and suffering. Please call 440-331-4744 to reserve a space.

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Volume 2, Issue 9, Posted 4:04 PM, 03.31.2015

New Epilepsy Unit at Fairview Hospital

Cleveland Clinic’s Fairview Hospital has opened a new four-bed adult epilepsy monitoring unit (EMU) to deliver state-of- the-art evaluation, diagnosis and monitoring of patients with epilepsy.

As an expansion of the Epilepsy Center located on Cleveland Clinic’s main campus, the facility features the latest technology of all-digital video EEG equipment. Operating around the clock, the unit is staffed by a team of nurses and EEG technologists specializing in epilepsy and backed by the Cleveland Clinic Epilepsy Center’s large team of epileptologists.

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Volume 2, Issue 9, Posted 4:22 PM, 03.31.2015

Welcome to the Neighborhood

VitalHealth Partners is a caring, dynamic group practice of medical doctors led by Dr. Todd Pesek, Heinen’s Chief Medical Officer, and Dr. Ronald Casselberry, who specialize in the very best of preventive, integrative, and holistic healthcare. The practice is opening a West Side location in our neighborhood at 19800 Detroit Road in Rocky River.

Come and meet these innovative doctors and their caring staff and welcome them to our community! Heinen’s Grocery Store at 19297 Detroit Road will be hosting a welcoming party on Thursday, April 9, 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Superfoods hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served. Please RSVP to 440-331-3830 by April 2.

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Volume 2, Issue 8, Posted 4:22 PM, 03.03.2015

Sitting and Your Spine

If you sit all day at a computer, please be aware that this can have serious consequences on your health and the health of your spine. Sitting at a desk and working on a computer are among the main causes of neck and backaches today.

These backaches can be caused by the spinal stress and misalignments that result from long hours of sitting at a computer. Poor computer set-ups and ergonomics can have a negative impact on your overall health.

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Volume 2, Issue 8, Posted 4:28 PM, 03.05.2015

Natural Healing Trends

The New Year brings a wonderful opportunity to start anew and set new goals. For many of us, our top goals include physical, emotional, financial, and spiritual well-being. So how does one go about achieving a so-called “balanced life with a sense of abundance”?

A change in your brainwaves can lead to physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual recovery. Yes, your mind can heal! This technique is known as ThetaHealing®.

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Volume 2, Issue 8, Posted 4:31 PM, 03.05.2015

Normal Signs of Aging or Alzheimerís Disease?

As you spend time with your loved one, do you notice that they are not as “sharp” as they use to be? Mild memory loss may occur as we get older. Changes such as not being able to recall a name or details of a recent event are a frustrating but frequent occurrence for most aging adults. While it has been suggested by some that everyone might develop dementia if he or she lives long enough, it should be emphasized that Alzheimer’s is a disease and not simply an exaggeration of normal aging.

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Volume 2, Issue 8, Posted 4:28 PM, 03.05.2015

The Ride of Your Life

If you or someone you know is having trouble getting in and out of their "favorite" chair, this article is for you! It is time to look into purchasing a "new" favorite chair - a Lift Chair!

A power lift chair is a medical device designed to help you sit down and stand back up comfortably. Lift chairs are an ideal option for seniors or disabled individuals who need a bit of help moving from the sitting position. Most models will assist you in both, sitting down into your recliner and helping you get back up. 

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Volume 2, Issue 8, Posted 4:23 PM, 03.05.2015

Senior Transportation: Leave the Driving to Us

Over 8 million senior citizens depend on others for transportation. The skills and abilities associated with driving tend to diminish with age, making alternate forms of transportation for our elderly an important issue that must be addressed.

Alternate transportation is available in our community. The Rocky River Senior Center provides curb to curb transportation for older residents traveling to medical appointments, grocery stores, banks, pharmacies, and the senior center!  Residents are asked to register with the Transportation Coordinator and then call to schedule rides as needed.

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Volume 2, Issue 8, Posted 3:31 PM, 02.19.2015

Better: Tips for Psychological Wellness

The new year brings a wonderful opportunity to start fresh.  Many of us use this as a time to reflect on our goals for wellness—emotional, physical, financial, and spiritual.  As you establish your resolutions for the new year, use the tips below to maximize the likelihood that you will succeed.

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Volume 2, Issue 7, Posted 11:13 AM, 01.13.2015

Become a Fat-Burning Machine

Hopefully, all of the holiday cookies and chocolates are gone and you can start fresh in the new year.  This is the time of the year when we are getting our diets back on track after they were derailed by all the holiday food and fun.  Weight loss is often a top priority as we look to get back into shape and drop the holiday pounds.

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Volume 2, Issue 7, Posted 11:13 AM, 01.13.2015

A Healthy Holiday Wish!

This time of year is a time when families get together to celebrate the holidays.  As we gather ourselves around the dinner table, the most common discussions are usually about one's health.  Sharing doctor experiences, along with health challenges, becomes a very common practice, unfortunately. 

This month I would like to share with you the greatest holiday wish -  a wish for your good health.  Good health is something we should never take for granted, nor should we search for it only when it is lost. 

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Volume 2, Issue 6, Posted 6:05 PM, 12.11.2014

Holiday Tips for Seniors

The holidays are a hectic time of the year for many, and we want to make sure that the season is enjoyable for seniors. If you are a senior, the following tips should help you prepare for the holidays so that you can fully enjoy the time you spend with family and friends.

The first thing you need for the holidays is a plan. Make a schedule of events and plan for these celebrations. Try not to overextend yourself. Many invitations will go out for the holiday season. Don’t feel like you are obligated to attend every event, especially if an event is expected to go late into the night. It is alright to say “no” sometimes.

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Volume 2, Issue 6, Posted 3:56 PM, 12.10.2014

New Alzheimerís Trial at Lakewood Hospital

People aged 60 to 90 who are diagnosed with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease may benefit from something as simple as sitting in a chair – a state-of-the-art chair, that is.

Clinical trials for the new chair therapy began last fall at the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas. This non-invasive therapeutic system uses cognitive training and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) on targeted areas of the brain. The trial was expanded to Lakewood Hospital in early 2014.

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Volume 2, Issue 5, Posted 4:15 PM, 11.11.2014

Say Goodbye to Headaches and Migraines

Over the last month or so, I have had many clients visit my office seeking help for migraines and headaches. Since so many people suffer with this debilitating condition, I thought it would be a great discussion topic. 

There are many reasons why one suffers from headaches and/or migraines. I believe most people could eliminate their pain if they knew and understood what was causing it. In my opinion, conventional medicine really misses the boat because the treatment is geared only toward dulling the pain, which does not in any way address the problem.

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Volume 2, Issue 5, Posted 4:12 PM, 11.11.2014