A city embraces compassion, will you?

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“People helping people—that’s been a driving force for me, my whole life.    I got into politics partly to awaken each citizen’s awareness that he or she could make the world a better place.”  -Mayor Greg Fischer

 

Mayor Fischer said this at a speech he gave on compassion at the 2011 Festival of Faiths to introduce the new “Partnership for a Compassionate City.” In the speech he highlighted various programs already had dedicated to spreading compassion, in Louisville, and introduced a newly created task force to engage compassion as a community initiative to “make the world a better place.” Continue reading…


Insurance revisited and cramped muscles: No easy solution

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Like many things in life, you never forget your first “Charley Horse.” The first time I had one, the contraction in my left calf muscle had me writhing in bed, at 4 am, with had no idea what to do. After breathing for a few minutes, like I saw my mom do in Lamaze class, the cramp released, but the leg still felt bruised for several days. Clients often ask how to treat or prevent Charley Horses, considering 60% of the adult population has reported having them, I thought finding an answer would be easy, but that is not the case (1). This article will cover the current thought on what to do if you find your muscles cramping in the night, but first would like to respond to several questions and comments from last month’s article on insurance reimbursement. Continue reading…


Stay Healthy This Flu Season

The Italian word âinflenzaâ (influenza) was introduced into English in 1743 to describe illnesses that were influenced by the movement of the moon, planets, and stars (1). This flier is an early 20th century example of a public service announcement related to the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918, an outbreak which killed an estimated 50-100 million people worldwide. The devastation caused by the pandemic was certainly the result of a strong flu strain, but poor prevention measures and questionable treatment options- smoking cigars, dousing the patient with ice water, bloodletting, and gargling with salt water- produced a death toll that is staggering compared to deaths in the United States over the last 30 years (3,000-to-49,000/year) (2).  Continue reading…


Beating the Winter Blues

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Growing up in the Louisville area I never considered how the weather affected my mood or productivity. It wasn’t until I moved back from Albuquerque, which averages sunshine 278 days per year, after two winters that I realized how much better I feel when I see the sun on a regular basis (1). Since deciding Louisville would be my home in 2004, days with sunshine average 195, I have sought ways to supplement my affinity for our closest star (2). Besides no feeling alone by knowing other people suffer from the occasional “winter blues,” between 1.4% in high sunshine states to 9.7% in northern states, research has shown sub-clinical Seasonal Affective Disorders (S.A.D.) can be lessened or effectively managed with several easy to implement behaviors (3).  The article covers the effectiveness of many behaviors, everything from supplements to prayer, and examines how the treatment effects both sub-clinical and clinical depression.  Given the breadth of information I’ll cover a few of free and low cost treatments in this article, if you want to read the full article a link is located at the bottom of the page. Continue reading…


Better living Through Herbs

It was a warm day, the kind of day most of us would yearn for right now, but I wasn’t enjoying the warmth, my allergies were terrible. I usually suffered through the congestion and headaches, but that year I actually went to my doctor, she saw me quickly and filled a prescription for a nasal spray to treat my symptoms. Looking forward to relief I quickly went to the pharmacy and inhaled the mist before I left the parking lot. By the time I got home I was sniffling less, but a side-effect of the script filled me with terrible anxiety. After a call to my doctor failed to offer a solution I remembered Weeds of Eden, a local herb store on Bardstown Road, and made a trip down there, hoping for a solution.  Continue reading…


Massage Therapy and the Affordable Care Act.

The conversation typically goes something like this, the client says, “I would like to bill my insurance for an appointment.” I reply, “Were you in an auto accident or do you have a personal injury claim?” The usual response, “No, but…,” then I have to break the bad news, “I’m sorry, currently, the only way we can bill insurance in Kentucky is when your injury is part of a settlement and there has been a referral from a medical professional. The referral could be from your doctor, chiropractor….” This usually ends the conversation, occasionally the person will schedule regardless, but their visit will be paid, like the majority of appointments at Apex, with cash.  The word currently is highlighted in the conversation because the inability to bill third party insurance by massage therapists might soon change. Continue reading…


The Adult Version of “The Talk.”

On a cold January afternoon, in 2002, I took my grandma to lunch and visit her cousin. When we got back to her house she wanted to show me a few things, so our visit ended with her showing me where she kept her important papers, in the process she reminded me I was her power of attorney and told me her wishes if anything were to happen to her.  It seemed like a melancholy end to our visit, but I dutifully listened and noted her instructions, filing the information away for some later date.  Two days later my dad called to tell me she was in the hospital, where she had been since the evening of our visit, and she didn’t remember how she got there. The remainder of her life was very brief, but that 20 minute conversation saved me untold stress by clearing uncertainty about handling her affairs and ensuring I carried out her last wishes.

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