THE VALLEY BUSINESS JOURNAL 22 www.TheValleyBusinessJournal.com March 2018 Southern California Chapter of the United Spinal Association Healthy Living by by Tina Rick M. Hayden Gottlieb, D.C. I get the question, “Who is the Southern California Chapter and what do they do?” quite often and understandably so being one of the newer kids on the block. I’ve found that by sharing our mission statement it paints a clearer picture of who we are and then I can move on to the what we do part which is where my passion kicks in. But first here is who we are: The Southern California Chapter will provide pathways for success connecting individuals with spinal cord injuries or spinal disorders with resources for employment training, accessible affordable housing, accessible public transportation, peer support and socialization, and issues related to health and wellness. The Southern California Chapter membership is open to individuals, family, friends affected by disability and those who advocate on their behalf. Our project Reinventing Life: A Journey to Independence is how we will accomplish this. It takes the person with a new spinal cord injury or diagnosis from that phase where their life has suddenly been turned upside down, through the many steps leading to true independence, being gainfully employed, living on their own and back into the swing of real life. I’ve been there though it was many years ago, I had to figure it out on my own because there was no program to help guide me through it. We’re here to mentor those that need help along this journey, because realizing that you’re not alone during this time is so important to getting back on track with life. We don’t forget or disregard the family and friends, they need not be kept in the dark and require a bit of guidance and support as well. Our project is pretty comprehensive, taking into consideration most if not all aspects of the rehabilitation process. To fund this project, we are looking at multiple sources such as grants, corporate sponsors, small to mid-size businesses, individual donations and a bit of fundraising. You can visit our website, www. scchapter.org to find out more about our project and overall mission. I can be reached at 951-775-2561 or firstname.lastname@example.org and look forward to sharing more of our story with you. The Southern California Chapter is a 501(c)(3) organization. To See or Not to C Healthy Living by by Tina Dr. Derek M. Gottlieb, Albrecht, D.C. D.C. I have noticed over the years of writing articles for the journal that about a third of them are focused on things that interest me, another third on materials that are seasonally related and the last third trying to hopefully protect the public from Every now and then I have the pleasure of rolling all three into one as is the topic of this article. It all started about two weeks ago when reading through a local and very popular internet blog. Now don’t get me wrong, the site is generally informative and spot on, but this time a topic arose which I could not leave hanging. A local “health practitioner” has been overtly suggesting that osteoporosis is not caused by a lack of calcium at all, but rather by a lack of Vitamin C. I am also sure that if we purchased some of his/her tonics we would all be filled to capacity with this miracle vitamin and the devastation which is late stage osteoporosis would simply vanish. Wrong. The fact is, this theory is totally flawed and not based on any intelligible science. Here are the basic truths of bone growth and loss. Bone tissue is comprised of approximately 25% water, good ole’ H2O; another 25% collagen, with the remaining 50% resulting from mineral salts (primarily hydroxyapatite and calcium carbonate). It is true that Vitamin C plays a major role in the production of collagen but amounts as low as 80-300 mg./day are more than adequate in regard to bone health, and the addition of larger amounts has zero effect on enhancing bone quality or quantity. In fact, a 2008 study completed at Tufts University demonstrated that altering Vitamin C levels had zero effect in women of any age and “may” have shown a 5% change in men over 75. The same study demonstrated that the major effects from dietary alterations were caused from low levels of Vitamin E and Calcium. With all that being said, I would like to make a bold statement regarding bone density. It is not what you put into your body that effects the healthy growth of bone, but more importantly the mechanical stresses placed on the bone which “drive” those nutrients into the bone. A couch potato with a perfect diet will have poorer bone density than a very active individual who may not be taking in the healthiest of foods. Do not get me wrong, I am in no way saying that dietary intake is not extremely important. What I am saying is that properly “loading” the bones with adequate pressure is the key ingredient in not only maintaining, but enhancing, bone density and health. That is the reason why we started OsteoStrong Murrieta in the first place. Specific and isolated compressive forces, known as osteogenic loading, with a minimum of four multiples of one’s bodyweight is the necessary force required to effectively stimulate new bone growth, regardless of age. This is the exact reason why children who are extremely active in their youth are much less prone to lower bone density changes as they age, and this same stimulus to activate new bone growth can be achieved at any age. So, to reiterate, many times we see or hear new information from supposedly trusted sources, when in fact that information has no bearing on enhancing one’s health, and at times may even have negative consequences. I will always attempt to make myself available for those who are seeking relevant up to date health and wellness information, so please don’t hesitate to call or stop by the office. Dr. Derek K. Albrecht D.C. is a partner at OsteoStrong in Murrieta as well as continuing in his private practice. For more information, call (951) 461-9584.
March 2018 THE VALLEY BUSINESS JOURNAL www.TheValleyBusinessJournal.com 23 Is Anxiety Taking Over? by Dr. Candace E. Walters Do you ever feel anxious before a dental visit or starting something new? Have you gotten the jitters or sweaty palms when thinking about the future? These are common reactions when faced with something scary or unfamiliar, and it doesn’t necessarily mean that anything is wrong. However, some people suffer from a more severe form of anxiety that causes more serious physical symptoms. To better understand if your anxiousness could be a sign of an anxiety or panic disorder. Look at some of the symptoms: 1. Heart is racing, and you can’t breathe correctly. 2. Uncontrollable fears of things like crowded places, driving, or germs; complete avoidance of places or situations. 3. The consistent inability to concentrate. This must be consistent behavior, and not just on those occasions when you lack sleep or are hungry. 4. Nervous behaviors, such as walking around the same area repeatedly or twitching your fingers or toes repetitively. 5. A feeling of doom or that something will happen to you, such as an accident, heart attack, or even death. 6. Numbness in your hands, fingers, toes, and legs or feeling like you can’t stand. 7. Trouble swallowing or unusual dry mouth episodes. 8. Fear of people around you and the desire to be alone. 9. The inability to leave your home. 10. Normal activities becoming overwhelming. The good news is these symptoms and conditions are no longer thought of as something people shouldn’t reveal or talk about, people are becoming more mindful on how anxiety affects our lives. There’s help for you if you suffer from anxiety. Many mental health clinics and hospitals offer affordable help if you’re on a fixed income. Your health insurance may help you get treatment. As scientists and the medical world become more informed about these disorders, more medications and other forms of relief are found to be effective in treating them. Relaxation techniques are very effective and can even be done at home or in the workplace. Understanding your condition can help alleviate the stress and fear. Living life in fear of another panic attack will hold you hostage and prevent you from doing the things you love. If you suffer from some of the symptoms above, seek help from a professional. Get the treatment that can put you back on the road to peace, health, and happiness. Candace E Walters is a Therapist and Integrated Transformational Specialist. Dr. Candace specialty is Anxiety Disorders and Personality Disorders regrading women. Dr. Candace approach is personal, direct, and compassionate with a knee to knee system NO couch’s. Dr. Candace is CEO for The Walters Group. Dr. Candace often affirms “Not every woman requires therapy, most of us just need an accountability partner”. Contact number is 951- 541-4986. Michelle’s Place Hosts Educational Seminar on Handling Grief Michelle’s Place Breast Cancer Resource Center is hosting an educational seminar, Grief Like Water, presented by Lisa Ritter, LMFT, on Tuesday, March 6th at 6:30 pm. Ritter will be discussing how to handle grief, loss, and change with grace, and the occasional meltdown. Often, we’re not sure how to handle or talk these changes, especially when everyone else seems to be sailing in a smooth harbor. We may find ourselves confronted with an unexpected illness, divorce, job change, the death of a loved one, or all of the above. Inspired by observations in professional and personal life, Lisa has been taking note of common themes and cultural reactions to grief. This seminar will show you how to know when you’re stuck and how to navigate life’s grievances. Lisa Ritter is a Licensed Marriage Family Therapist. She has a practice in Temecula where she offers tailor-made counseling, coaching, and consulting services. This seminar is open to the public. To RSVP visit, www.michellesplace.org/ seminar-rsvp.