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Valley Living December 2015

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  • FRIDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2015

    Valley healthMontrose press VOL. 2, ISSUE 12

    Your Friends and Family at Montrose Memorial Hospital wish you

    and your family a happy Holiday and a very healthy

    New Year!


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  • 2Valley HealtHPublisher

    Vincent Laboy

    Managing editorPaul Wahl

    advertising DirectorDennis Anderson

    For advertising information, contact Dennis anderson at 252-7022

    or via email at [email protected]

    Valley Health is a publication of the Montrose Daily Press. It publishes monthly on the first Friday.

    If you have a health-related news tip, contact Paul Wahl, managing editor,

    at [email protected]

    a publication of the Montrose Daily press


    Hospital Happenings

    Pelvic Health Program Helps when Youve Got to Go!

    Leann TobinMontrose Memorial Hospital

    Youve seen the ads on television - the ones that say when youve really got to go, or

    do you feel like an accident wait-ing to happen? Not being able to hold your urine or having issues in your pelvic area can create an embarrassing situation, but its important to know the facts and know that there is something you can do to improve your quality of life.

    Mountain View Therapy at Montrose Memorial Hospital has two staff mem-bers with specialty training to help with urinary and fecal leakage, constipa-tion, urinary urgency and frequency, pelvic pain, pelvis muscle dysfunction, pain with sexual inter-course, pre or post pregnancy pain and post-surgical pelvic pain.

    Jane Kelly, CWOCN, is a nurse who specializes in all types of continence issues and she works closely with Laura Bielak, DPT, physical therapist, who focuses on pelvic pain and pelvic muscle dysfunction. Collaboratively they work with your care provider to make recommendations for treat-ment, pelvic muscle retraining, and referrals for further evalua-tion if needed.

    They have confidence in their work knowing they have been able to help patients return to previous levels of comfort. Their work has reflected what the stud-

    ies show: 85% of people with these concerns can be helped with conservative treatment and behavioral changes alone.

    Its important to know that ag-ing does not cause most peoples incontinence issues and it is not a fact of life that must be tolerat-

    ed. In addition to health concerns it can make people afraid to leave their homes and become isolated because they need to stay close to the bathroom.

    This topic can be em-barrassing and uncom-fortable to talk about, so Jane and Laura take the time to get to know you personally and then do a full and focused physi-cal. They may have you keep a bladder and/or bowel diary to see if there are any dietary triggers that make

    your symptoms worse. In addi-tion, they can measure how your pelvic muscles are working to see if some need to be stronger and if others need to relax to reach a good balance.

    If you have any of these con-cerns, please start the discussion with your care provider. If you need help with that conversation, call Mountain View Therapy at 252-2646 and ask to talk to Laura Bielak or Jane Kelly. The Pelvic Health program may be the begin-ning of a brighter future.

    Leann Tobin is the director of marketing and public relations for Montrose Memorial Hospital. l

    Dear pharmacist

    Why Your Hair is Falling Out and How to Fix It

    I went to my favorite make up store, Sephora, and took note of several women buying expensive hair serums and sham-poos to deal with hair loss. I didnt want to be off-putting and approach them with better sugges-tions, so I writing todays article instead.

    Save your money good grief ! Most of those ingredients listed on the label, some of which are completely made up words, do not grow regrow hair, although they might make it shinier and softer. Im all about the fix, not the fancy label!

    Correcting a hormonal imbalance in your body makes regrowing hair easy. Restoring a nutrient that is insufficient due to the drug mug-ging effect also works. There are dozens of reasons for hair loss, this is why Minoxidil (for as good as it is) doesnt work for every individual. The root cause of hair loss varies from person to person. Lets go over some possibilities. You may assume that lab work is expensive, but if it teases out the underlying cause, its still cheaper than useless products.

    First, the hormonal imbalances associated with hair loss:

    Elevated estrogen or Estrogen Dominance - This is sometimes referred to as testosterone defi-ciency in the scientific literature. When this imbalance is corrected, hair grows back; the goal is more testosterone, less estrogen.

    Hypothyroidism or Hashimotos - This is a thyroid hormone imbal-ance and its a biggie. When youre thyroid sick instead of thyroid healthy the outer edges of your eye-brows begin to thin, or fall out. You may completely lose your eyebrows and eyelashes. It becomes brittle and dry. Restoring thyroid hormone is the fix; learn how in my Thyroid Healthy book.

    Iron deficiency - Iron is measured usually as ferritin and when it is deficient, your hair falls out faster. Low iron goes hand-in-hand with thyroid disease and the ulcer bug Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori).

    SHBG - This stands for Sex Hor-mone Binding Globulin and low levels lead to hair loss. FYI, green tea raises SHBG.

    Now the medications that cause hair loss:

    Chemotherapy - It causes hair to fall out. It usually grows back after

    your treatment series. The best way to offset chemo is to take supple-ments and eat foods that support mitochondrial health.

    Anticonvulsants - Carbamaze-pine is one example. Antibiotics crush biotin levels too. When biotin is tanked, your hair can fall out. Restoring probiotics and biotin can improve hair regrowth.

    Acid blockers for Reflux and Heartburn - What do gut drugs have to do with your head?! I know this one is a real head scratcher! But this category of medications is a strong drug mugger of zinc, and zinc is needed for healthy hair growth.

    Zinc is also needed for Superoxide Dismutase, a natural enzyme in your body that captures microscopic fireballs (free radicals) and escorts them out. Corticosteroids like pred-nisone also zap zinc.

    Estrogen or Menopausal drugs - These drugs are used for birth con-trol and hormone replacement. The reason is estrogen dominance, but for the final nail in the coffin, these drugs deplete almost all your B vitamins! Taking a B complex can certainly offset the drug-induced nu-trient depletion, but it only does so much. Improving estrogen metabo-lism and breakdown (or discontinu-ing the estrogen-derived medicine) is your fastest path to luscious locks.

    Please share my article through your favorite social media. Not only does it HELP ME, my articles can HELP SOMEONE YOU CARE FOR

    Thank you so much!Suzy Cohen has been a licensed

    pharmacist for 25 years and is a func-tional medicine practitioner for the last 15. She devotes time to educating people about the benefits of natural vitamins, herbs and minerals. In ad-dition to writing a syndicated health column, Dear Pharmacist, Suzy Cohen is the author of many different books on natural health. l

    Welcome to our hygiene team Wendy!

    Call for your appointment [970] 249-4917 Christopher B Graff DDs, sCott e peterson DDs

    Wendy Babbitt, RDH, Darcy Peterson, RDH, & Tricia Comstock, RDH

    We are excited to welcome Wendy Babbitt, rDh to Graff & peterson Dental. Wendy brings 20+ years of dental experience to our great hygiene team.


  • 3Its the holidays and for most Americans, that means eating lots of eating followed by weight gain and a New Years resolution to lose weight.

    But why not take a healthier approach to what we eat during this holiday season and beyond?

    According to a recent website survey, about 18 percent of people say its hard for them to eat healthy because they dont want to stop eat-ing their favorite foods. The good news is you dont have to. You can still enjoy your favorite occasional indulgences, but in moderation. Its all about being mindful of what you eat.

    Mindless EatingMindless eating is consuming food just because its there. Its eat-

    ing while distracted watching TV, working at a computer or texting on our smartphones. Its eating for emotional comfort instead of for hunger. Simply put, its not paying attention to what we eat which can lead to being overweight and even obesity.

    Mindless eating has always been an issue, said Riska Platt, M.S., a registered dietitian and certified nutritionist for the Cardiac Reha-bilitation Center at Mt. Sinai Medical Center in New York. The key to mindful eating is awareness. Just by paying more attention to what you eat, youre more likely to make beneficial changes.

    AwarenessWhen you pay attention to what youre eating, you can make small

    changes that make a big difference. Here are some tips toward a more mindful approach:

    Control portions. Especially during the holidays, know that youll have more opportunities to eat festive snacks and desserts. You dont have to deprive yourself, just eat smaller portions and less often. Eat whEn yourE hungry. Just because the clock says noon doesnt mean you have to eat. If youre not hungry, wait until you are just dont wait until youre famished because you might overeat. Al