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Food As Medicine: Part One

Food As Medicine: Part One

In my last column, I talked about the role the spine and nervous system play in enabling us to have healthy longevity. It is the master computer of our innate healing and balancing mechanism that guards us from disease and dysfunction. In this issue we will begin to explore the second pillar of the five pillars of health: nutrition. There is a lot of talk about the health effects of obesity, dieting, and “superfoods,” yet most people are still not clear about nutrition, what it is, why we need it, and how it can help or how a lack of healthy nutrition can hurt our health.

Lifestyle, Health & Wellness | By Lisa Intriligator

Retirement of Russell (Rusty) Knight, President and CEO, Mercy Medical Center

Retirement of Russell (Rusty) Knight, President and CEO, Mercy Medical Center

Russell Knight, President and CEO of Mercy Medical Center – Dubuque, will retire effective October 2, 2015. The announcement was made jointly by Mercy Board Chair Merle Santjer, Mercy Health Network (MHN) President and CEO David Vellinga, and Trinity Health (TH) Executive Vice President Sally Jeffcoat.

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Finley Wins National Award and Improves Care

Finley Wins National Award and Improves Care

For the third year in a row, Finley’s Wound and Hyperbaric Center was recognized as a Center of Excellence in Wound Healing. Finley has met the Center of Distinction quality standards of Healogics, Inc., the nation’s largest provider of advanced wound care services. Finley’s center achieved patient satisfaction rates of 93% and a healing rate of 96% in less than 23 median days, among other quality standards for a minimum of two consecutive years. Out of 155 eligible centers, only 88 were honored with this award.

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Degenerative Joint Disease

Degenerative Joint Disease

In my last article I talked about the way blockages in the brain and body communication highways can adversely affect our health. When spinal vertebrae become misaligned, stuck in abnormal positions either through trauma or repetitive stress, the spinal bones put pressure on the nerves which carry the regulating and balancing messages between the brain and body. Like a foot on a hose, that pressure squeezes the pathways, decreasing the effectiveness of those communication highways up to 60%. Every single function of our bodies from digestions to blood pressure is dependent on the brain and the body being able to hear each other’s messages effectively. Thus, our health regulating mechanism becomes impaired, making optimal health and longevity unlikely.

Lifestyle, Health & Wellness | By Lisa Intriligator

Seafood Consumption Guidelines

Between mercury poisoning, overfishing, and the environmental impacts of fish farms or “aquaculture,” some might expect to see a “Proceed with Caution” sign above seafood counters soon. Others contend that fish and shellfish are an important part of a healthy diet, providing high-quality protein and omega-3 fatty acids. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommends eating up to 12 ounces of fish and shellfish per week, but only if they are “lower in mercury.”

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Wellness Offerings

Wellness Offerings

UnityPoint Health – Finley Hospital
Most activities take place at Babka Wellness Center, 1550 University Ave., Dubuque; Kehl Diabetes Center, 1560 University Ave., Dubuque; or Delhi Medical Center, 1500 Delhi St., Dubuque. Most programs require a fee. Register for these programs at www.unitypoint.org under “Classes & Events.”

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Healing the Master Computer

Healing the Master Computer

We all know about the importance of getting regular medical and dental check‐ups and exams. Yet when was the last time you got a check-up for your spine and nervous system? We learn early on to brush and floss our teeth every day. There is advertising everywhere about the flu shot. But who teaches you how to take care of your spine?

Lifestyle, Health & Wellness | By Lisa Intriligator

Five Myths About Losing Weight This Year

More than a third of adults in the United States, 35.1%, are obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Nearly 70% are at least overweight and obesity in adolescents has quadrupled in the past three decades.

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Finley Scores Top Five Nationwide for Safety and Respect

Finley Scores Top Five Nationwide for Safety and Respect

Finley Hospital has secured the fourth spot in a nationwide report of hospitals rated for safety and respect. The “Top- and Bottom-Scoring Hospitals for Safety and Respect” report, published by Consumer Reports, features 32 hospitals that received a score higher than sixty. Finley scored the fourth spot with a score of 73. There were 2,591 hospitals that received a score.

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Reaccreditation in Nuclear Cardiology for Medical Associates

Medical Associates Clinic received a three-year reaccreditation in Nuclear Cardiology by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC). Nuclear Cardiology testing is a procedure that safely takes pictures of the heart, which helps with early detection of life threatening heart disorders and other diseases. IAC accreditation is widely respected within the medical community.

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