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Why it’s important to have a primary care

doctor as a go-to resource for health

Primary care doctors

should be your go-to resource

for all basic health

care needs, says Amit D.

Patel, MD, who practices

family medicine at the

University of Chicago

Medicine Ingalls Memorial

Hospital. They assess

and treat everything from

chronic or recurring illnesses,

such as diabetes

and high blood pressure,

to acute sicknesses like

the common cold.

“A primary care doctor

is like the quarterback

of the team,” Patel said.

“But for any specialty

condition, we’ll pass a referral

on to a specialist.”

Patel said you should

see your primary care

doctor once a year,

whether or not you have a

chronic illness. This will

help your doctor become

familiar with your medical

history and proactively

ensure you’re getting

the appropriate care.

Your primary care doctor

can also be your central

resource for advice on

healthy living. Patel said

he’s recently offered advice

to patients who have

asked about herbal medicine,

fad diets, weightlifting

and cardio exercise.

“The most difficult age

group to convince to see

a primary care doctor is

18 to 35,” he said. “Most

people that age don’t deal

with chronic conditions,

and they feel like they’re


But a comprehensive

exam and discussion of

personal and family medical

history could lead to

additional tests or to the

discovery of a problem

you never knew you had,

such as an irregular heartbeat.

Regularly visiting a

primary care physician

could also prevent costly

trips to the emergency

room for serious conditions

that could have

been treated earlier.

“Specialists don’t offer

preventative care,” Patel


A primary care physician

can perform exams

for breast, prostate and

colorectal cancers; provide

screenings for cholesterol,

diabetes and

blood pressure; and make

sure you are up to date on


Your primary care

doctor should be someone

you trust and with

whom you feel comfortable

communicating with

about sensitive topics

such as sexually transmitted

diseases or family

struggles, Patel said.

“I tell my patients that

if you don’t feel comfortable

openly communicating

with your primary

care physician, you might

consider finding a new

doctor,” Patel said.

He said a good primary

care doctor will make

eye contact with you and

truly listen to your needs

and concerns.

Patients should ultimately

feel confident that

their primary care doctor

will provide them appropriate

and tailored medical

care, taking wellness

to the end zone.

To schedule an appointment

with Dr. Patel

or another primary care

physician, call (888) 824-


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Tinnitus and hearing loss: What’s the connection?

Up to 15 percent of adults experience

tinnitus, which causes ringing in the ears.

The sound may seem to come from inside

the head, or from a distance, in one ear or

both. It may be steady or pulsating, but

only you can hear it.

Many people can tune out the distraction

using habituation techniques or

meditation, but tinnitus can become bothersome

for about 2 percent of the population.

Some people experience tinnitus occasionally,

some nonstop. It can ebb and

flow, and even spike with fatigue or after

consuming caffeine.

Scientists aren’t sure what happens

in our brain that causes these phantom

sounds. But we do know that the problem

is often linked to hearing loss and exposure

to noise. In addition, there are roughly

200 different health disorders that can

produce tinnitus as a symptom.

About 90 percent of people with tinnitus

also have some degree of hearing loss,

though many people may not even realize

they have both conditions. Tinnitus usually

follows the pattern of the loss. If one

has trouble hearing high frequencies, their

tinnitus is often a high-pitched ringing or

hissing. When the loss is in only one ear,

one will usually only have tinnitus in that

ear and it will go away if one gets a cochlear

implant in that ear.

Why would a loss of sound perception

cause phantom sounds? Let’s review the

pathway for sounds: A sound wave enters

one’s ear and arrives at the middle and inner

ear, the location of the cochlea, a fluid-filled

area with hair cells. The hair cells

turn the vibration in the fluid into electrical

signals that reach the brain through

one’s auditory nerve.

While most people with tinnitus have

hearing loss, only about 30 percent of

people with hearing loss experience tinnitus.

What has made them vulnerable? The

answer may be damage from noise.

Ear ringing and hearing loss

Most of us have experienced temporary

tinnitus—ringing in the ears after hearing

very loud noises. One study of amateur

rock musicians found temporary hearing

loss and tinnitus in both ears immediately

after band practice.

Loud noises can damage hair cells in

the cochlea and also the nerve that carries

information to the brain, known as noiseinduced

hearing loss. Sometimes the

sounds will appear after noise exposure

when one is young, go away, and return

later in life as one ages and a hidden vulnerability


Tinnitus is more common after the age

of 60 but can happen at any age. It is a

common complaint among U.S. veterans

returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, usually

traced to a traumatic brain injury, but

also possibly to battlefield and workplace


Protect your hearing to prevent tinnitus

Even if one doesn’t have hearing loss,

noise exposure can cause tinnitus, although

researchers don’t know exactly

how. One theory was synapse damage.

Synapses are how nerve cells communicate

with each other. In rodents, loud

noises can destroy synapses between inner

hair cells and auditory nerve fibers,

without causing hair cell loss or permanent

hearing loss. The same effect might

happen in people.

The bottom line: Noise pollution is

dangerous. Wear earplugs, earmuff-style

noise blockers or even a custom-fitted

device if one must spend time amid loud

noise. Lifestyle changes about noise exposure

can go a long way to prevent hearing


Tinnitus can be a sign of hearing loss

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Addressing hearing loss can help ease the

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Mill Pond Dental putting patients at ease

For many, visiting the dentist is daunting and can cause

anxiety and even fear.

It is a fact Dr. Eric Young is aware of, and one he and

his team at Mill Pond Dental in Mokena are changing

one patient at a time.

“Our staff is focused on the individual patient. We

don’t see people as a number on a chart,” Young said. “A

lot of patients have had bad experiences in the past. We

cater toward fearful patients.”

That service starts with Mill Pond’s cozy office and

sensitive staff members, who are trained in patient comfort

and care.

To complement the staff, Mill Pond offers stress-relief

amenities, such as over-the-ear headphones, a warm

blanket and aromatherapy.

The services are important because Mill Pond stresses

preventative care with visits semi-annually to ensure

long-term oral health.

“We put a strong emphasis on prevention, making sure

patients are coming in frequently,” Young said. “It’s important

to establish preventative dentistry. People tend to


For new patients, that care begins with a comprehensive

exam including a full series of x-rays to determine

the needs of each patient.

From there, Dr. Young and Mill Pond build a personalized

treatment plan.

The process has been welcomed with open arms since

Mill Pond opened in Mokena two years ago.

After going to Loyola University for an undergraduate

degree, Northwestern University for his masters and

Marquette for a doctorate in dental science, Dr. Young

wanted to begin his own practice.

Young and company saw a need for a new modern

dental office in the southwest suburbs and set out to deliver

something that “stands out from everybody else.”

Mill Pond Dental Group is a general dental office that

provides preventative care and advanced services, such

as full-mouth rehabilitation.

“The community has been extremely welcoming and

very receptive to a new dental office,” Young said. “I was

happy to set up a business here.”

In 2020, Mill Pond will continue to focus on the patient

experience, while also expanding its dental implant


Young said the price for dental implants is on the decline,

allowing more and more patients to afford them

and improve their dental health and confidence.

“[Dental implants] have very functional and aesthetic

results,” he said, adding that Mill Pond offers free dentalimplant

consultation and staffs board-certified personnel

for the oral surgery.

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the brain cells and can add extra years to

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memory. Music not only can improve your

physical health but your mental health, as

well. Yes, music impacts brain function

and human behavior including reducing

stress, pain and symptoms of depression,

as well as improving cognitive and motor

skills, spatial temporal learning and neurogenesis,

which is the brain’s ability to

produce neurons. (Pegasus Magazine article

from the University of Florida)

Here’s another interesting health note

from “7 Scientific Facts that Prove Travel

is Good for Your Health” (matadornetwork.com).

It’s true, those who travel tend

to have a longer life expectancy, whether

local or global, all forms of travel enhance

our lives and can actually increase our life

expectancy. Research shows that travel

reduces stress, keeps your body healthy

inside and out and boosts brain health.

Maybe that’s a bit of the magical, healthy,

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Music with Phil and Amy have been providing

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entertainment around Chicagoland

and vicinity get-a-ways like Starved Rock

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pieces and places of Authentic America

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get-a-way previews include St. John, Indiana

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Joliet Prison Tour, Route 66 & Lincoln

Highway -one-day historic tours.

Overnight Motorcoach Luxury Bus

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Mackinac Island, MI featuring three

days and two nights on the island with a

horse & carriage guided island tour including

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Silent Night Chapel. Additional overnight

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New Lenox-based

business works to make

clothes dryers safer

Hidden buildup in a

clothes dryer vent

is fire hazard




Most people know they

need to clean out their

dryer lint tray between

each cycle, but what lurks

behind the wall is just as

important for safety and

avoiding fire traps, as well

as fully efficient dryer performance.

Joe Enzenberger,

owner of Dryer Vent

Wizard, opened his New

Lenox-based business in


Lint is the villain - lint

that has been allowed to

build up and linger too

long in the dryer exhaust


It is estimated by the

U.S. Consumer Product

Safety Commission and

the U.S. Fire Administration

that 15,500 fires associated

with clothes dryers

occur annually. These fires

account for an average of

20 deaths, 370 injuries and

more than $88 million in

property damage. “Failure

to clean the dryer vent”

was the leading factor cited

in U.S. Fire Administration


“It is something very

few people know about or

think about,” said Enzenberger,

whose company

specializes in dryer vent

cleaning, repair, alteration

and installation. “It is

the leading cause of dryer


Lint accumulation also

can cause dryers to stop

working or to work inefficiently.

A dryer vent

clogged with lint can add

as much as $18 to $24 per

month to energy costs.

“Improper venting

causes problems, as well,”

he said. “The dryer exhaust

duct and connections

should be made of rigid

metal or semi-rigid metal

and secured with metal

heat-resistant tape rather

than duct tape. I often find

plastic or foil accordiontype

material, which can

easily trap lint and is more

susceptible to kinks and


Warning signs include

• Clothes are taking more

than one cycle to dry, especially

jeans and towels.

• No lint visible on lint


• Dryer repeatedly stops

during a cycle.

• Clothes have moldy

smell after dry cycle.

• Clothes are very hot after

a dry cycle.

• The top of your dryer hot

to the touch while running.

• There’s excess lint left on

your clothing.

“This has been a consumer

education process,

but it’s hard to get the

word out,” Enzenberger

said. “Most don’t call until

they have a serious problem

with their dryer.”

He suggests people

treat clothes dryers as a

household item in need of

regular maintenance. Consumers

can protect dryer

performance and promote

safety by cleaning the lint

screen between each use,

ensuring the connection

between the dryer and

wall is made of compliant

material and remains

unkinked, and having the

dryer exhaust duct cleaned

regularly. Dryer manufacturers

recommend inspection

and cleaning at least


Now that the Holidays

are over, it is a great time

to have an inspection and

cleaning of clothes dryers

and dryer vent systems.

Another important tip –

never let clothes dryer run

when you are out of the

house or asleep.

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Stay healthier and active longer by singing in a choir

Singing in a choir is a fun

and engaging way to remain

active and to stay healthier

longer. The Lemont-Homer

Glen Sounds Good! Choir is

part of the fast-growing international

trend of professionally

lead daytime choirs

for retirement-age adults.

A substantial body of

international research has

shown that there are psychological

and physical

benefits related to singing

in a choir. Studies cite many

benefits including reduced

stress levels and depression,

improved sense of

social well-being, and better

physical health. A joint

study published in 2008 by

Harvard and Yale Universities

found an increased

life expectancy of choir

participants. In the recently

released Chorus America

Chorus Impact Study, older

chorus members reported

both a better quality of life

and better overall health

than the general public.

Overall, choristers 65 and

older were more likely than

non-singers to report better

sleep, more energy, healthier

eating, increased concentration

and more pleasure

in everyday things. More

importantly, a 2005 study

found that the cognitive,

emotional, and social benefits

of singing in choir were

not affected by the person’s

level of expertise. In fact,

learning new skills, such as

the language of music, is an

additional cognitive benefit.

Registration is now open

for the spring session which

starts on Jan. 31. Rehearsals

are Friday mornings

10-11:30 a.m. at Christ

Community Church, 13400

Bell Road, Lemont. The 15-

week session will conclude

with a free concert on Sunday,

May 17 conducted by

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Tinley Court Catered Senior

Living is all about family

No one should be alone in

caring for their senior-aged

loved one. It literally takes

a village.

At Tinley Court Catered

Senior Living in Tinley

Park, we offer many support

resources so that you

or your loved one only has

to make the transition once

in your/their golden years.

Many of our residents are

long-term residents; some

have been here 12 years

and nine years even with

us through hospice care,

considering Tinley Court as

their home.

Our exceptional team of

caregivers offer personalized

care plans recognizing

that each individual is not a

cookie cutter circumstance.

We have the resources to offer

our residents, such as a

primary care doctor, nurse

practitioner, therapy group,

podiatrist, dentist, audiologist

and so much more IF

(not when) a need should

arise. Our residents are not

required to utilize these,

but it’s the convenience of

knowing these options are

available to them and it

gives their family members

a peace of mind knowing

that their loved one’s needs

are being met.


From Page 8

Keep From Singing, I’m

Gonna Sing When the Spriti

Says Sing, Kol Han’shamah

T’halel Yah, and Waitin’ for

the Light to Shine. Practice

CD’s are especially popular

with the singers who are just

starting to read music and

are included in the tuition.

Rehearsals include physical

and vocal warm-ups and

vocal training throughout

the rehearsal. Anyone interested

is welcome to come

to a rehearsal to see if it’s a

Throughout the years,

Tinley Court has refined our

services to our seniors so

they can be their best selves.

Our mission is to give our

residents a loving, safe and

caring environment in a

warm and homey setting.

If you’re looking for shiny,

new, all the bells and whistles

that is not Tinley Court.

At Tinley Court we feel we

excel in such areas as care,

detail to activities provided,

cleanliness, respect toward

the people that make up our

community and looking out

for the well-being of each of

our residents.

Not to mention the exceptional

financial aspect of it,

we are the best deal in town.

We are a private pay establishment

working with a

group that can help through

the process of obtaining financial

aid if you are a veteran

or surviving spouse of

a veteran.

In addition to providing

a permanent living environment,

we also offer respite

stay at Tinley Court, so if

you or your loved one is in

need of exceptional care for

only a short term period we

can help with that as well.

We believe in offering as

much as possible for the

great fit.

There is no audition. Lifelong

choral singers are welcome,

as are singers who

haven’t sung for a while,

as well as those who are

brand new to choral singing.

Mauch is a professional

choral conductor and master

teacher who also teaches

the popular summer enrichment

classes in sight singing

and vocal technique at both

the Concordia and Lemont


The Sounds Good! Choir

is a not for profit organization

that serves more than

best deal as possible. So

for one monthly fee we offer

not only the living space,

but three meals a day in a

dining room setting, all your

utilities (except for phone/

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housekeeping, daily activities

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for the wellbeing and security

of all our residents.

Whether for a short term

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independence thrives and is

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500 singers in the Chicago

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Water immersion therapy offers new pain management option during labor

Women’s Healthcare

of Illinois is relentless in

its pursuit to offer greater

options for labor and delivery.

The practice has a

reputation for providing

comprehensive and exceptional

care to meet the

needs of patients in the

southwest Chicagoland

area and Northwest Indiana,

and now it will offer

hydrotherapy as a pain

management alternative

during labor at Advocate

South Suburban Hospital.

This announcement

comes on the heels of

Women’s Healthcare of

Illinois’ recent addition

of nitrous oxide as a pain

management option for

expecting mothers.

“Our patients truly come

first in everything we do,”

said Beth Helme Smith,

a certified nurse midwife

with Women’s Healthcare

of Illinois, which has offices

in Mokena and Evergreen

Park. “We believe

women should have the

power to choose the best

options for their care, and

together we can make that

happen by offering attractive

choices like hydrotherapy.”

Water immersion hydrotherapy

is a safe and

effective non-pharmacologic

pain relief strategy

that provides greater relaxation

for women during

labor. The physiological

response to water helps

improve circulation and

eases pressure throughout

the body.

“Soaking in a warm tub

reduces stress, and the

buoyancy lessens a mother’s

body weight, allowing

her greater movement

and new positioning to

get comfortable,” Helme

Smith said. “Hydrotherapy

has also shown that

it can provide more efficient

uterine contractions

and improved blood

circulation, which means

less pain during labor

and more oxygen for the


Immersion in water also

helps lower high blood

pressure and increases the

mother’s ability to produce

endorphins, which

serve as pain inhibitors.

“As the mother relaxes

physically, she’s also able

to relax mentally, and this

lets her focus on the birthing

process and communicating

with our team,”

Helme Smith said.

The addition of water

immersion therapy is part

of a comprehensive midwifery

program offered

by Women’s Healthcare

of Illinois in collaboration

with Advocate South

Suburban Hospital. While

water births are sometimes

an extension of hydrotherapy

solutions, at

this point, hydrotherapy

will be used exclusively

for pain management.

“We could not be more

pleased to work with

Women’s Healthcare of

Illinois in our joint efforts

to ensure that women in

our community have the

healthiest possible birthing

experience,” said Jennifer

Doerr, clinical nurse

manager at the Women

and Infants Center at Advocate

South. “By promoting

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individual needs of the

women in our care.”

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22nd century media | January 16, 2020 | 11

Help the body heal itself at R&R Acupuncture

The New Year is a time

for reflection and growth,

and many of us use Jan.

1 as a date to “start over,”

making resolutions to be

better than we were the

year before. The majority

of New Year’s resolutions

revolve around health —

to spend more time at the

gym, to eat better, or to

lose extra pounds from the


It is important to remember

that one of the keys to

being healthier is for one

to listen to their body.

Use the new year to get

out of the habit of brushing

off symptoms such as

pain, headaches, fatigue,

anxiety, poor digestion, or

any other discomfort in

the body. We live in such a

fast-paced and busy world

that we write off these

symptoms as “just something

I have,” rather than

finding the underlying issue

and helping the body

to heal.

Acupuncture promotes

your body’s ability to heal

itself by assisting in the

movement of your body’s

natural energy, known as

“Qi,” through the insertion

of very fine needles along

pathways in the body.

As long as energy and

blood are free to move as

they should, pain and illness

do not occur. The

needles guide Qi in the

proper direction to nourish

the body and stimulate

healing. Acupuncture has

been used to treat many

conditions, including but

not limited to chronic pain,

sciatica, stress and anxiety,

headaches and migraines,

insomnia, addictions, allergies,

colds and illnesses,

digestive discomfort,

fertility and menstrual

irregularities, pregnancy

support, and much more.

Acupuncture improves

symptoms by treating the

“root cause,” or the underlying

reason for your

problems, instead of simply

treating or masking

your symptoms. We create

a completely personalized

approach to healthcare:

your treatments will be tailored

to your lifestyle and

your body.

R&R Acupuncture, located

in Mokena, was

founded in 2019 by Rachel

Rosenhagen, LAc. “R&R”

commonly stands for rest

and relaxation, which encourages

our sessions to be

viewed not only as healthcare,

but also as a break

during the week. For our

business, the name R&R

stands for Relief and Renewal:

relief from pain and

disharmony, and renewal

of the body, mind and

spirit. Rachel Rosenhagen

began her journey with

acupuncture at the age of

13 while seeking relief

from chronic, unexplainable

nausea. She began

seeing improvements after

just one visit, and credits

acupuncture for giving her

the ability to lead a normal

and healthy life. She

is now able to bring relief

to others through acupuncture,

and help people to

feel their best in a state of

new health.

Submitted by R&R Acupuncture,

9405 Bormet Dr Suite 4,

Mokena. For more information,

please visit reliefandre


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The staff at Midwest Orthopaedic

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Lawn and Orland Park, has served the

region with more than 80 years of combined

orthopedic experience.

“Midwest Orthopaedic Consultants

brings university level ortho care close

to home,” said Todd Mensik, MOC’s

marketing representative. “All of our

surgeons are fellowship trained in a specific

body part making them more experienced

in treating the symptoms you’re


Back on your feet ranges of orthopedic

services are offered at MOC, including

injections, surgeries, MRIs and X-

rays, urgent care and physical therapy.

Both offices have all of the services

needed to diagnose and treat all types

of injuries.

“From X-ray to MRI to PT, we’re able

to get you back on your feet faster and

streamline your recovery,” Mensik said.

The keys to Midwest Orthopaedic

Consultant’s success are the doctors.

“They are caring, compassionate, educated

and motivated to get our patients

better and bring them back to the lifestyle

they’re used to,” he said, adding

that surgeons on staff continuously educate

themselves on the latest technology

to “help in your recovery process while

knowing their limitations.”

Roots in patient care

The practice began in 1995 when five

orthopedic surgery specialists from the

Oak Lawn area met to discuss changes

in the practice of medicine. Their principal

concerns were on improving patient

care, streamlining delivery of care and

maximizing outcomes for its patients.

As orthopedic surgeons, they “were best

fit to handle those challenges,” Mensik


Since that time, Midwest Orthopaedic

Consultants has grown and evolved.

While the practice started in a small

building in Oak Lawn, it very quickly

outgrew that site. Its primary headquarters

is now in a large center in Orland

Park and upgrades were done to a new

Oak Lawn location on 95th Street.

Affordable care

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delivers affordable, quality and convenient

orthopedic care. Midwest Orthopaedic

Consultants provides one of the

few self-contained orthopedic facilities

in the nation, centered on assuring comfort

and convenience for its patients and


The goal of the physicians and staff is

to provide high-quality care and a comprehensive

range of diagnostic,

Midwest Orthopaedic Consultants

have been helping patients for more

than 30 years. Surgical and rehabilitative

services to meet all the orthopedic

needs of patients. This also includes

keeping up with the latest medical technological

advances, such as iPod joint

replacement technology and ultrasound

guided injections.

“Patients aren’t just a number, they

are family,” Mensik said. “Being a private

practice, we can still offer a personal

touch that is sometimes lost in larger

groups. They get to know not only their

provider but also the staff who assists in

their treatment.”

Submitted by Midwest Orthopaedic Consultants,

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22nd century media | January 16, 2020 | 13

Vascular Specialists

open new clinic in

University-level vascular care

you can trust,

just minutes from your home.

Tinley Park

Facility to treat vein

and artery disease

first in Chicago


Vascular Specialists is

pleased to announce the

opening of their new facility

in Tinley Park. Dr. Eugene

Tanquilut, president,

said, “This state-of-theart

facility helps patients

in the Chicago southwest

and south suburbs access

university-level vein and

artery care faster and more


The light-filled, full-service

facility is located at

8505 183rd St., in Tinley

Park, minutes from both

the Interstate-80 Harlem

Avenue and LaGrange

Road exits. There is ample

free parking. The 14,000

square foot clinic is fully

ADA accessible, with a

dedicated entrance for Med

Cars and ambulances. The

facility includes comfortable

waiting rooms, two

procedure rooms and eight

patient recovery bays.

Dr. Tanquilut and Dr.

Sanjeev Pradhan are board

certified and fellowshiptrained

vascular and endovascular

surgeons. The

team also includes board

certified family nurse practitioners

Alejandro Del

Real, Kristen Forsythe and

Danielle Roach.

“Our education, training

and experience makes us

the premier vascular practice

in the Chicago Southland,”

Tanquilut said,

Vascular Specialists

treats aortic aneurysms,

carotid artery disease that

causes stroke and transient

ischemic attacks, peripheral

and renal artery diseases,

deep vein thrombosis,

phlebitis and wounds that

resist healing. The team

treats diseases and medical

conditions of the veins

and arteries, performing

intravascular ultrasounds

and angiograms, dialysis

access maintenance and

wound care at the new Tinley

Park facility.

A section of the new

clinic is spa-like, devoted

to the treatment of varicose

veins. Vascular Specialists

offers sclerotherapy and

non-thermal vein treatment,

Venefit, Varithena

and VenaSeal procedures.

“Just like patients see

an orthopedic specialist

for broken bones, patients

should access the best

possible vein care; a fellowship-trained


surgeon to evaluate blood

vessels, rule out other

health problems and treat

disease,” Tanquilut said.

“These may seem like

simple procedures, but the

health of your leg veins

can determine quality of

life for decades to come,

ensuring you can walk and

stay mobile.”

Providing exceptional

vascular care is Tanquilut’s


“Our staff and physicians

are the creme de

la creme, meeting remarkable

standards for

evidence-based medical

care,” Tanquilut said. “Our

hospitality is second to

none and every patient is

treated like family. In our

new facility, patients can

access high-caliber care

faster and closer to home,

in a comfortable, attractive


Submitted Vascular Specialists,

8505 183rd St. Tinley

Park. Find out more about

Vascular Specialists at vasc

specialists.org or by calling

(815) 824-4406.

Our new state-of-the-art facility

is now open in Tinley Park!

Poor circulation and acompromised vascular system will jeopardize

your health and your quality of life. With advanced education and

experience, board certified and fellowship trained Dr. Eugene

Tanquilut and Dr. Sanjeev Pradhan and Alejandro Del Real FNP,

Kristen Forsythe FNP and Danielle Roach FNP, will focus on you and

your lifestyle to recommend and implement treatment that will bring

you back to optimum wellness.

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• Stroke, Carotid Artery Disease and Stenosis, Cerebral Vascular Disease,

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• Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA)

• Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD)

• Renal Artery Arteriosclerotic Disease

• Phlebitis or Thrombophlebitis

• Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT), Venous Embolism and Thrombosis

• Varicose Veins

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Resolution solution to be

presented by 22nd Century Media

Healthy Living

Expo to return Jan.

18 to Tinley Park

Convention Center

Will O’Brien

Freelance Reporter

Early January means

resolutions, playoff football,

the arrival of winter

weather — maybe — and,

in Chicago’s southwest

suburbs, 22nd Century

Media’s Healthy Living


The fourth edition of the

annual, all-things-health

event is set for 9 a.m.-1

p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, at

the Tinley Park Convention


The expo is to feature

healthy-cooking demonstrations,

speakers, workout

classes, upward of 70

vendors running the gamut

of wellness and more. As

usual, admission is free.

Attendees are asked to

register at 22ndCentury-


Organizers expect more

than 800 guests to take in

the activities, said Heather

Warthen, 22nd Century

Media’s chief events officer.

“It’s a great event for

capitalizing on New Year’s

resolutions and for people

who may have already

given up on those goals,”

Warthen said. “It’s a good

reminder that, ‘Hey, maybe

you shouldn’t give up

on those resolutions.’”

The day kicks off with a

cooking class led by chef

Tim Baran, of Joliet Junior

College’s culinary arts

program, and a presentation

on healthy eating tips

from Kimberly Kramer, a

If you go: Healthy Living Expo

9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18

Tinley Park Convention Center, 18451 Convention

Center Drive

Fitness class schedule

• 9:30-10 a.m. Cardio Party with Britt

• 10-10:30 a.m. Fred Astaire

• 10:45-11:15 a.m. The Edge Fitness Club

• 11:30 a.m.-12 p.m. TRG Exclusive Fit Club &


• 12-12:30 p.m. Fred Astaire

• 12:30-1 p.m. TRG Exclusive Fit Club & Salon

Speaker schedule

• 9-9:30 a.m. Cooking demo — Chef Tim Baran,

Joliet Junior College Culinary Arts

• 9:35-9:55 a.m. “Healthy Eating Tips to Start

the New Year Right” — Kimberly Kramer, registered

dietitian, UChicago Medicine

• 10-10:30 a.m. Cooking demo — Carly Feldmeier,

Nurturing through Nature

• 10:35-10:55 a.m. “Stuck in a Rut? Meal Planning

Tips to Start the New Year Right” — Kimberly

Kramer, registered dietitian, UChicago


• 11-11:30 a.m. Cooking demo — Chef Tom Grotovsky,

The Unforgettable Chef

• 12-12:30 p.m. Cooking demo — Chef Tim

Bucci, Joliet Junior College Culinary Arts

UChicago Medicine registered

dietitian. Food-focused

programming continues

through the morning

and early afternoon.

“People get exposed to a

lot of ideas, like meal planning,

through social media

but may have no idea how

to start,” Warthen said.

“The speakers are there to

get them going in the right


Another portion of the

expo hall will be dedicated

to half-hour fitness courses

led by Fred Astaire Dance

Studio and TRG Exclusive

Fit Club & Salon, among


“We’ll have a lot of cardio

and dance, so it should

be a lot of fun,” Warthen


Healthy Living also is

to feature health screenings

and a blood drive led

by Versiti Blood Center of

Illinois. Blood donors will

be given $10 Noodles &

Company gift certificates

while the supply of certificates

lasts. The first 300

attendees will get a free

stress bag and tote bag.

Vendors cover a wide

variety of specialties, including

beauty, yoga,

chiropractic, rehabilitation,

scents and aroma,

traditional and holistic

medicine, food and, in a

Healthy Living first, cannabidiol,

or CBD. CBD is

a non-hallucinogenic compound

found in cannabis

that has rapidly grown in

popularity in recent years

and is thought to offer a

multitude of health benefits.

“We’ve seen a lot more

of these businesses popping

up,” Warthen said.

“One of our goals is always

to educate attendees

on what’s new in health.”

It’s part of a focus for

22nd Century Media on

getting the New Year’s

first month off the right


“We’re hoping to get everyone

together for a great

time and to get rid of those

extra Christmas cookies,”

Warthen said.


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• eSCENTials Aroma

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• Family First Medical


• Frankfort Circus


• Fred Astaire Mokena

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• Humana

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• Lifestyle & Oils LLC

• Mercy Home for Boys

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• Parkview Orthopaedic


• Partner 4 Health

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• Power Crunch

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22nd century media | January 16, 2020 | 15

Let therapeutic massage be a part of a personal wellness plan

In this day and age of extended

work hours, household

chores, children’s

sports and other endless

responsibilities, what could

be better than taking a little

“me time” to pamper oneself

with a nice, relaxing

massage, right?

People may not be aware

that there is a lot more to

massage than meets the


Massage is the oldest

documented form of health

care. Who knew that archaeologists

have found

evidence of massage being

used in the cave drawings

of ancient cave dwellers?

These wall paintings show

people massaging each

other using various oils

and herbs.

Other ancient civilizations

in China, Egypt and

Greece have used massage

to prevent and treat illness

for 3,000-plus years.

In fact, the father of modern

medicine Hippocrates

himself was a great proponent

of massage and used

it in his own practice.

So what does modern

medicine have to say about

massage? Several recent

studies confirm that therapeutic

massage reduces

stress — a leading health

factor, improves immune

function, alleviates headaches,

helps prevention

and recovery from injuries,

improves post-surgical

outcomes, and relieves

the stress and strain associated

with pregnancy.

Massage plays an important

role in training the

body how to relax and help

improve breathing. Massage

therapists can focus

on lengthening and relaxing

muscles of the anterior

chest and neck which can

lead to improved breathing

capacity and muscle function.

This also assists the

opening of the chest area,

as well as the structural

alignment and rib cage

expansion needed for optimal

lung function.

We all know that massage

can benefit our control

over our stress levels,

but in addition to stress relief,

regular massage therapy

can help reduce pain,

increase energy levels and

improve overall physical

and mental performance.

What does all of this

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The Oaks Recreation and Fitness Center more than an average workout facility

Mokena Park District’s

Oaks Recreation and Fitness

Center offers a wide

variety of options to help

people reach their health

and fitness goals. Stop by

for a tour and one will find

a clean, friendly, familyorientated

facility. Individual,

couple, family, college

and senior memberships

are available. Membership

benefits include over

35 group exercise classes

weekly, childcare, scheduled

open gym, indoor

walking track, locker

rooms, towel service, Wi-

Fi and a one-hour equipment

orientation. Children

as young as age 10 can

utilize the Fitness Center

with our Fit Teen Program.

Group exercise classes

at The Oaks are designed

to be challenging for all

fitness levels and add variety

to your fitness plan.

Classes include cycling,

pilates, toning, cardiovascular,

various levels of

yoga, bootcamp and High

Intensity Interval Training

classes. Non-members of

the fitness center can participate

in any group exercise

class for a nominal


Discounted punch cards

are available for group

exercise, walking track,

or open gym. Specialty

programs such as Zumba,

Zumba Gold, Active Older

Adult, gentle yoga, Tai Chi

and ultimate athletic training

are offered as well.

Personal Trainers are

available to coach, challenge

and encourage members

along the way. They

can customize a fitness

plan to help each member

reach their goals safely and

effectively. Personal training

packages are available.

Need some extra motivation

to lose that holiday

weight? Try our small

group training programs

called Oaks Power Hour.

This is a great and affordable

way to work with

a personal trainer while

getting support and camaraderie

in a group atmosphere.

The Oaks Recreation

and Fitness Center offers

more than just fitness center

memberships. Come

in from the cold to use

the 1/12 of a mile indoor

walking track. It’s open to

the public. Free for residents

with proof and only

$3 for non-residents.

With two fieldhouses,

there are many opportunities

to stay active yearround

with scheduled

open gym time (fees apply

to non-members), and

programs from basketball

to floor hockey for youth

and adults. We also offer

indoor pickleball which

is free to Oaks members

and a nominal fee to nonmembers.

Call for specific


The Oaks can also provide

the space needed for

your parties with affordable

room rentals and field

house rental options.

The Oaks is open 5 a.m.-

10 p.m. Monday-Friday, 6

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Award-Winning Health Care from

Experienced, Caring Professionals

Palos Hospital

Palos Health South Campus


18 | January 16, 2020 | 22nd century media healthy living


New option for colorectal cancer patients at Palos Hospital

Colorectal cancer is the third

most diagnosed cancer in the

US for men and women excluding

skin cancers, according to

the American Cancer Society.

However, the number of deaths

from colorectal cancer has been

declining over the past 30 years,

due in part to better screening

techniques and improved options

for cancer treatment.

Palos Hospital colorectal

surgeon Imad Qayyum, MD,

has seen firsthand the positive

outcomes for patients when

colorectal cancer is diagnosed

and treated at the early stages.

“Survival rates for colon and

rectal cancer have improved,”

Qayyum said. “Five-year survival

rates can reach over 90

percent for stage 1 cancer (the

earliest stage cancer). Also,

finding and dealing with cancer

in early stages can make chemotherapy

after surgery unnecessary.”

Dr. Qayyum is one of only

a few doctors in the southwest

suburbs who performs the

highly specialized transanal

minimally invasive surgery for

early stage tumor and polyp removal.

A relatively new option,

TAMIS, may allow patients

with early stage rectal cancer to

avoid undergoing major abdominal

surgery and having a section

of their rectum removed.

During TAMIS, since the rectum

is not removed — as in traditional

surgery — the chances

of adverse effects are reduced,

including fecal incontinence,

urinary issues, or sexual dysfunction.

Patients who have

TAMIS can usually go home the

next day.

For more advanced cancers,

Palos offers a full spectrum of

treatment. Laparoscopic surgery,

robotic surgery and small incision

surgery are all options, as

well as traditional colon surgery.

“Laparoscopic and robotic surgery

both allow for small incisions

to take out a portion of

the colon or rectum,” said Dr.

Qayyum. “In many cases they

allow for faster recovery and

quicker discharge from the hospital.”

The first defense against

colorectal cancer is early detection.

If you have no personal or

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Tips from a pro for weight-loss success

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Losing weight is often an

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How simple steps may prevent Type 2 diabetes

StatePoint Media

More than one in three Americans

-- over 84 million people

-- have prediabetes, which is a

serious condition that often leads

to type 2 diabetes and other significant

health problems, such as

heart disease and stroke. Despite

its prevalence, nearly 90 percent

of people with the condition

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As part of its efforts to lead

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and take action accordingly

during November, which is Diabetes

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10 doctor-recommended health tips for the new year

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Four in 10 adults in the

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While certain

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Simple ways a Keto-friendly diet can set you up for success

StatePoint Media

Chances are you’ve

heard of the keto diet. Its

popularity has soared in

recent years, adding it to

the list of diets many people

try, especially in the

New Year. The keto diet

is founded on the belief

that when your body is in

a state of nutritional ketosis

-- a metabolic state in

which fat provides most of

the fuel for the body -- you

will lose weight. But what

if you could take a less

drastic approach?

In his newest book,

“The Keto-Friendly South

Beach Diet,” world-renowned

cardiologist Dr.

Arthur Agatston explains

that you can follow a lowcarb,

high-fat, qualityprotein

keto-friendly diet

without having to reach

and sustain a state of ketosis

-- and still reap the

weight loss benefits.

Here is how this approach

can set you up for weight

loss success

• It Follows Proven Principles:

Following the

proven principles of

the low-carb/goodcarb,

good-fat, healthyprotein

approach of the

original South Beach

Diet, the keto-friendly

version layers in science-backed

elements of

the keto diet’s higher fat

intake, ultimately allowing

for more variety in

the diet than strict keto

in the form of nutrientdense

carb choices like

non-starchy vegetables

and beans.

• It Takes You into Fat

Burning Mode: “When

a person eats too much

sugar or quickly digestible

carbs, their insulin

levels increase. If this

happens over time, the

body responds by going

into fat storage mode,

making it very difficult

to burn fat and lose

weight,” says Dr. Agatston.

The keto-friendly

approach shifts your

body from “fat storage

mode” into “fat burning

mode,” leading to

weight loss.

• It’s Flexible: Trying to

maintain any strict diet

for the long-term often

makes people stop dieting

and regain weight.

Because of the highly

satisfying foods and

the lack of required

adherence to specific

ketone levels, the Keto-

Friendly South Beach

Diet allows for a variety

in food choices, which

may be more sustainable

over time compared to

stricter keto diets.

• It Offers Structure: For

those looking for a bit

more structure, South

Beach Diet offers a

keto-friendly version of

their meal delivery plan

that comes with fully

prepped chef-inspired

foods that nourish and


“Structure can make

the keto-friendly lifestyle

more approachable,” says

Courtney McCormick,

registered dietitian and

manager of Clinical Research

& Nutrition for

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Tips for relieving joint pain in the new year

StatePoint Media

The health benefits of

regular exercise are undeniable,

and the U.S. Department

of Health and

Human Services recommends

30 minutes of exercise

at least five times

per week. However, highimpact

exercises like running

and weight training

can lead to joint pain, especially

if you have a joint

condition. The good news

is that smart exercises with

low impact can alleviate

joint pain and deliver the

same health benefits.

Here are a few tips to

consider for a healthy start

to 2020:

Keep Moving

Trying to protect your

joints by not moving actually

does more harm than

good. Regular exercise can

actually help joint pain and

ease symptoms of chronic

joint conditions, according

to the Centers for Disease

Control and Prevention.

Just be sure to talk to your

doctor about your exercise

plan before you get started.

Go low Impact

You don’t need to put

tremendous weight on

your joints or jump up and

down in order to break

a sweat or elevate your

heartrate. When you’re already

in pain, this type of

exercise can actually make

things worse. Instead, opt

for high-quality, low-impact


There are now exercise

machines available

for home use that provide

the same quality lowimpact

workout you’d get

in physical therapy. Consider

the Teeter FreeStep

Recumbent Cross Trainer,

a seated exercise machine

that takes the weight off

the joints while torching


Unlike other recumbent

machines which can

be bad for the knees, the

FreeStep mimics a natural

stepping motion that prevents

knees from traveling

over the toes, as well

as stabilizes the back and

hips. And you don’t have

to sacrifice workout quality

– in fact, research shows

that FreeStep users burn

17.4 percent more calories

than when using a recumbent

bike at the same level

of effort. Beyond calorie

burn, it also offers fullbody

resistance training,

which is especially important,

as weak muscles can

be a root cause of pain.


It may seem obvious,

but ensuring that you drink

the recommended daily intake

of water is vital to reducing

pain in your joints.

Proper hydration helps

your body eliminate wastes

and toxins that can lead to

painful joint conditions.

Plus, it helps to keep the

joints lubricated and flexible,

reducing friction and

inflammation and helping

to maintain healthy tissue.

Stretch daily

Stretching increases

flexibility and range of

motion, improves movement

and function, reduces

pain and stiffness and prevents

further injury. Just

remember to move slowly

and keep it gentle.

At the very least, spend

a good five to 10 minutes

in the morning stretching

your hamstrings, quadriceps,

calf muscles and hip


For a free photo guide to

“5 Daily Stretches to Relieve

Knee & Joint Pain,”

plus a code for $75 off the

FreeStep (good through

January 31, 2020), visit


With the right exercises

and maintenance program,

you can improve your

health and get a stronger

body, without pain.

For healthier eating, grill more in the new year

StatePoint Media

Planning to follow a trendy

diet like keto in 2020 or simply

want to eat right? There’s good

news -- grilling can be a great

option for you to kickstart eating

healthier in the new year. Indeed,

the American Heart Association

recommends it.

“Grilling is a year-round way

of life, bringing together family

and friends,” says Jeff Thiessen,

president of Pit Boss Grills.

“Luckily, those watching their

diets can still get healthy foods

with the fun and flavor of a backyard


Use these tips to make healthier

meals prepared on the grill

• Let your spices do the heavy

lifting: You can add exciting

and bold flavor to any recipe

using seasoning mixtures.

Spice up foods like veggies or

lean meats with seasoned rubs

or marinades for amazing flavor

without all the calories.

• Eat fresher: Round out recipes

by including fresh vegetables.

For the best flavor and highest

nutritional value, look for

locally-grown produce. Vegetables

make an excellent addition

to any meal as grilled kabobs

or chopped up and tossed

in your favorite chili.

• Be versatile: A healthy diet is a

versatile diet. Look for a grill

offering multiple cooking options,

including baking, roasting

and smoking, such as Pit

Boss Grills. Their 8-in-1 versatile

grills allow you to do it

all with one-of-a-kind hardwood


• Try it yourself: For a delicious

spin on a favorite barbecue

classic, try this Healthy Hawaiian

Pulled Pork, right from

the Pit Boss playbook.


• 2 cups aloe leaf juice

• 1 teaspoon coriander, ground

• 2 teaspoons cracked pepper

• 1 teaspoon cumin

• Dash of salt

• 4-6 garlic cloves

• 1 3-inch ginger, fresh

• 1-2 limes

• 4 cups no sodium added chicken

bone broth

• 1/4 cup olive oil

• 4 teaspoons paprika

• 6-8 pounds pork shoulder/butt

• 1/2 sweet onion

• 2 packets Truvia

• 2 tablespoons Truvia Nectar


• Set grill to “smoke.” Once the

pot catches, turn the grill up to

300 degrees F. Make sure your

flame broiler is closed, you’ll

want to use indirect heat.

• Add spices to a bowl. Set aside.

• Grate ginger into a separate

“wet ingredients” bowl. Mince

garlic cloves and dice onions

into the same bowl. Juice

limes and add chicken bone

broth, aloe leaf juice, Truvia

and Truvia Nectar. Mix and set

bowl aside.

• Add the oil to your Pit Boss

Cast Iron Roasting Pan and

coat the bottom and sides.

Place pork inside.

• Coat pork with dry rub.

• Pour wet ingredients around

the pork. Cover with lid and

set on the grill.

• Check every couple hours,

basting if needed. When internal

temperature reaches 195

degrees F (after 6-8 hours),

it should easily start to pull

apart. Don’t pull apart the

whole shoulder yet.

• Remove roasting pan from grill

and set aside for 1 hour. Remove

lid to help speed cooling.

• Once cooled, shred pork into a

separate bowl, removing fat. If

adding marinade for additional

flavor, skim fat off the top

and discard.

• Pair with fresh grilled veggies,

delicious fruit or make tacos

or salads, and voila!

To shop grills, as well as find

cooking tips, grilling resources

and additional recipes, visit pitboss-grills.com.

By following the keys to

healthy grilling, you can create

guilt-free meals in 2020.

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22nd century media | January 16, 2020 | 29

A unique approach to care by providing daily joy

You are no longer alone

in caring for your loved

one with Alzheimer’s,

dementia, or other types

of memory loss. At Evergreen

Senior Living in

Orland Park, we offer The

Legacy: Memory Support.

Our team of trained caregivers

offers personalized

care and a unique approach

to caring for seniors with

memory loss.

“My mother knew that

there was something going

on with her short term

memory,” said one resident’s

daughter. “It’s hard

to be a 24-hour caregiver.

[Evergreen Senior Living

team] have learned to

work with my mom and

how to take care of her.

My relationship with her is

fabulous now.”

At Evergreen Senior

Living, Legacy Living

means that you are making

sure that your loved one is

cared for in the best way

possible based on their

needs. When you choose

Legacy Living, your

promise to care for your

loved one is fulfilled.

Evergreen Senior Living

Wellness Coordinator

Pauline McGrath echoes

these sentiments saying,

“We have a great team of

caregivers, of nurses, of

staff that really love our


At Evergreen Senior

Living The Legacy: Memory

Support, we let each

day gently unfold, taking

into account each seniors’

preferences and comfort

levels. Our person-centered

programming promotes

socialization during

a time that can feel incredibly

isolating. The Legacy:

Memory Support staff,

who come in each day

refreshed and revitalized,

take care of the day to day

tasks so you can go back to

your favorite role in your

loved one’s life – family.

This unique approach

works in tandem with our

unique campus, which has

been created to strategically

cater to our residents

with memory loss. Every

detail at The Legacy:

Memory Care has been designed

with your loved one

in mind.

Walking paths are designed

in a continuous figure

eight, so residents can

always find their way to

their destination. Customized

memory boxes hang

outside of apartments to

help residents know they

are home. Bathrooms are

set at an angle in the apartments

so that residents

have a clear idea of how

to enter and exit. Kitchen/

dining areas are built for

smaller groups to ensure

less noise and interruptions

and more individualized


Evergreen Senior Living

is a part of the Heritage

Health family, one

of Illinois’ leading senior

healthcare providers. With

55 years of successful care

for seniors and 54 nursing

homes and assisted living

centers across the state,

our memory care expertise

is extensive. Throughout

the years, we’ve taken

the time to refine our approaches

so our seniors

with memory care needs

can be their best selves,

and our families can have

peace of mind. We call our

unique approach, Life Unrehearsed.

Evergreen Senior Living

in Orland Park is a community

where independence

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Looking for a healthy New Year’s

resolution? Don’t overlook your eyes

Statepoint Media

The most ambitious time

of year is upon us: the time

to set New Year’s resolutions.

All the parties have been

hosted, the marshmallows

have been toasted

and you’ve binged on your

new favorite TV show the

entire month of December.

Now you’re asking yourself,

“What do I want to accomplish

this year?” A New

Year’s resolution is, for all

intents and purposes, a good

thing. Now consider this

twist on the standard resolution

format: opt for a few,

small, lifestyle wins rather

than mounting an all-out

assault on your current habits

– more resolution-lite,

if you will. Choose resolutions

that have clear start

and end points, and that are

attainable for you. Most of

all, resolutions should make

you feel good – that’s the

whole point, right?

“A resolution that checks

all the boxes is to get an eye

exam,” says VSP network

doctor, Jennifer Chinn.

If you have loved ones

in mind, bring them. Their

eyes will thank you.

Here’s why:

• It’s Easy: With a comprehensive

eye exam,

there’s no uncomfortable

warm-up, pep talk or preparation

period. Making an

appointment is easy: you

simply show up and your

eye doctor tests different

aspects of your vision and

eye health. Save the maximum

effort for a goal further

down your list, knowing

an eye exam is a small

investment of energy that

reaps huge health rewards.

• It Doesn’t Take All

Year: You can be certain

that unlike most resolutions

where some level of

delayed gratification is the

motivator, a comprehensive

eye exam provides immediate


• It’s Really Healthy:

Beyond ensuring great vision,

an eye exam offers an

incredible look into your

overall health. In fact, an

eye exam is often the first

line of defense when it

comes to protecting your


During your visit, the

eye doctor will examine

your eyes to check their visual

acuity (or how clearly

you see), and for any signs

of eye conditions like dry

eyes, digital eye strain,

glaucoma, cataracts and

macular degeneration.

“More significantly, a

comprehensive eye exam

gives eye doctors an unobstructed

view of the eyes’

blood vessels and optic

nerves, both of which can

give away signs of chronic

diseases like diabetes, high

blood pressure and even

some cancers years before

a person shows symptoms,”

notes Dr. Chinn.

Unfortunately, many

outward signals of diseases

and conditions don’t appear

until some damage has occurred,

making eye exams

powerful, preventative tools

to keep tabs on what’s quietly

happening in your body.

To find an eye doctor near

you, visit www.vsp.com/


You don’t need 20/20 vision

to see that the case for

a 2020 eye exam is clear.

Make this the year you

commit to an annual trip to

the eye doctor.

Why a personalized diet can help you achieve better results

StatePoint Media

From custom-designed

sneakers to tailor-made

sunglasses, the trend of

personalization is going

head-to-toe, and for good

reason, making its way to

the world of weight loss

and wellness.

Specifically, researchers

have been studying two

converging topics in recent

years. One is the importance

of body type in determining

the combination

of fats, carbohydrates and

protein that will provide

the best results for a given

individual. The other is

the variability of results

associated with a single

diet -- the idea that if two

people start the same diet

at the same time, their results

could be drastically


On top of that, consumer

research shows that people

overwhelmingly prefer

personalized experiences.

Sixty percent of consumers

agree that personalization

is essential to weight

loss and overall wellness.

Here’s what to know

about why personalized

diets are becoming so popular

and how to find the

right diet for you:

The importance

of body type

The places your body

stores excess fat may be

the single greatest predictor

of health outcomes.

This is the concept behind

Nutrisystem’s assessment

of the four most common

body types: “Apple,”

“Pear,” “Hourglass” and


“We’re going a bit old

school here, because these

categories have stood the

test of time for a reason.

They provide crucial information

on how you

respond to food intake

and can help you to adjust

what you eat based on

your goals,” says Courtney

McCormick, corporate dietitian

at Nutrisystem.

Body type can also influence

how macronutrients

like fat, protein,

and carbs are processed.

To fulfill your individual

needs, first determine your

body type, food preferences

and goals, then look

for a weight loss plan that

takes these important factors

into consideration,

such as Nutrisystem.

One size does not fit all

The DIETFITS study,

a large, randomized research

study comparing

low-fat versus low-carb

dietary patterns found no

difference in weight loss

between them. But drilling

down into the data,

one can see great variability.

Some dieters gained

weight while others lost

a lot. But it’s not always

about weight outcomes, as

recent research has shown

that factors such as body

shape may play a bigger

role in the determinants

of health risks than body

weight alone.

For instance, a woman

who is apple-shaped tends

to carry her extra weight

in the mid-section. She

would see best results on

a lower-glycemic nutrition

plan that is lower in

refined carbs and higher in

healthy fats and protein.

“Research shows that

one size does not fit all

when it comes to weight

loss and disease prevention,”

says McCormick.

“That’s why we’ve created

a unique, personalized approach

that’s easy to follow

and designed to help

participants lose weight

and get healthy.”

For more insights on

how to personalize your

diet and maximize results,

visit leaf.nutrisystem.com.

While it’s no secret that

achieving one’s weight

loss goals is challenging,

personalizing your plan

can help make things easier,

ultimately providing

you a greater chance of


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22nd century media | January 16, 2020 | 31

Stem cell therapy now available in Tinley Park

Dr. Ed Beyer, of Beyer

Natural Health Solutions,

has partnered with

Dr. Scott Hanlon, D.O. of

Little Company of Mary

Hospital and Predictive

Biotech labs, to offer

FDA-regulated human

umbilical cord stem cells

to patients suffering from

chronic degenerative arthritis,

osteoarthritis and

rheumatoid arthritis that

can cause debilitating pain

in the following areas:

• knees

• hips

• neck and low back

• shoulders

• elbows

• hands and feet

Dr. Beyer has been practicing

functional medicine

in Tinley Park for over 30

years. When asked why

he decided to venture

into stem cells he said, “I

have had my eye on the

potential of stem cells to

regenerate broken down

joints ever since my father

passed away from the

consequences of an FDAapproved

drug he was

taken for arthritic pain. At

that time, stem cells were

in their infancy stages.

With the advancement of

research, that is no longer

the case.

“Now, when it comes to

proper, and I emphasize

proper, stem cell therapy

for regeneration of arthritic

joints, there is simply

no better option. Research

now confirms this, and

we are seeing it on a daily

basis in our clinic. People

with ‘bone on bone’ joints

told they need surgical replacement

are finding relief

and avoidance of surgery

with proper stem cell


He went on to say even

Mayo Clinic uses stem cell

and regenerative medicine.

He further states that “the

future of joint repair is

here now.”

Dr. Beyer and Dr. Hanlon

know that there exists

a lot of false information

and misunderstanding

when it comes to stem

cells. For this reason, Dr.

Beyer is holding free informational

seminars in

the area that answers the

following questions:

-What science and research

say about what

stem cells can help and

what can’t they help?

-Is the FDA involved in

stem cell therapy?

-Which type of stem

cells should be used to regenerate

arthritic joints?

-Are there any dangers

to stem cell therapy?

-Does insurance cover

this type of therapy?

-What kind of results

can be expected, and how

long will they last if I am

a good candidate for stem

cell therapy?

These one hour seminars

are being offered free

of charge at the following


• 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21,

and 11 a.m. Saturday,

Jan. 25, Tinley Park

• 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28,


• 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb.

4, Naperville

• 11 a.m.. Saturday, Feb. 8,

Oak Lawn

The Tinley Park seminars

will include a discussion

on stem cells, as well

as erectile dysfunction.

Seating is limited, so register


Submitted by Dr. Edward

Beyer and Dr. Scott Hanlon.

For more information, visit

beyerstemcellinstitute.com or

call (708) 315-2151.

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Are STEM CELLS the Answer

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If you suffer from ANY of the

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• Knee Pain

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