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Health and Wellness Event in Ardmore PA

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

Health and Wellness Event
At Eileen Fisher in
Suburban Square ~ Ardmore
May 15, 2010
11:00 – 4:00

Treat yourself to a day of wellness at your favorite shopping stop. Meet and enjoy hearing from health and wellness professionals from the main line. Information, tips and advice at Eileen Fisher.

Schedule of events/guests:

Dr. Martin Orimenko – Dr. Orimenko is the director and one of the founders of Live Well Holistic Health Center in Ardmore. He is also a Chiropractor, Acupuncturist and Naturopath. He will be available from 11:00am to 4:00 to answer any health questions you may have and you can learn more about his practice. Reiki and Massage Therapists from Live Well Holistic Health Center will be available to give short demonstrations in the store through out the day.

Lisa Novack – Lisa is an instructor from First Position Dance Arts studio in Ardmore. She will demonstrate Zumba fitness, a one-of-a-kind fitness program that fuses Latin rhythms with aerobic moves, and will present ten minute work outs every half hour.

Dwayne Wimmer – Dwayne Wimmer is a Personal Trainer and owner of Vertex Fitness in Bryn Mawr. He will give a 15 minute talk and demonstration on the benefits of strength training and will answer questions on how to make strength training fit into your life. Join us for his presentation at 11:30am.

Eileen Fisher
48 St. Georges Road Ardmore, PA 19003
(610) 896-3600

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60 Hospitals Cancelled Due to New Health Law

Monday, April 12th, 2010

by JohnDennis2010 on Mon, 04/12/2010

(CNSNews.com) – The new health care overhaul law – that promised increased access and efficiency in health care – will prevent doctor-owned hospitals from adding more rooms and more beds.

These hospitals are advertised as less bureaucratic and more focused on doctor-patient decision making. However, larger corporate hospitals say doctor-owned facilities discriminate in favor of high-income patients and refer business to themselves.

The new rules single out physician-owned hospitals, making new physician-owned projects ineligible to receive payments for Medicare and Medicaid patients.

Existing doctor-owned hospitals will be grandfathered in to get government funds for patients but must seek permission from the Department of Health and Human Services to expand.

The get the department’s permission, a doctor-owned hospital must be in a county where population growth is 150 percent of the population growth of the state in the last five years; impatient admissions must be equal to all hospitals located in the county; the bed occupancy rate must not be greater than the state average, and it must be located in a state where hospital bed capacity is less than the national average.

These rules are under Title VI, Section 6001 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The provision is titled “Physician Ownership and Other Transparency – Limitations on Medicare Exceptions to the Prohibition on Certain Physician Referral for Hospitals.”

More than 60 doctor-owned hospitals across the country that were in the development stage will be canceled, said Molly Sandvig, executive director of Physician Hospitals of America (PHA).

“That’s a lot of access to communities that will be denied,” Sandvig told CNSNews.com. “The existing hospitals are greatly affected. They can’t grow. They can’t add beds. They can’t add rooms. Basically, it stifles their ability to change and meet market needs. This is really an unfortunate thing as well, because we are talking about some of the best hospitals in the country.”

The organization says physician-owned hospitals have higher patient satisfaction, greater control over medical decisions for patients and doctor, better quality care and lower costs. Further, physician-owned hospitals have an average 4-1 patient-to-nurse ratio, compared to the national average of 8-1 for general hospitals.

Further, these 260 doctor-owned hospitals in 38 states provide 55,000 jobs, $2.4 billion in payroll and pay $509 million in federal taxes, according to the PHA.

In one ironic aspect, President Barack Obama’s two largest legislative achievements clashed. The Hammond Community Hospital in North Hammond, Ind., got $7 million in bond money from the federal stimulus act in 2009. It will likely be scrapped because of the new rules on physician-owned hospitals, according to the Post-Tribune newspaper in Merrillville, Ind.

These hospitals have long been a target of the American Hospital Association, which represents corporate-owned hospitals as well as non-profit hospitals.

An AHA study from 2008 says that physician-owned hospitals “lessen patient access to emergency and trauma case;” “damage the financial health of full-service hospitals and lead to cutbacks in service;” “are not more efficient than full service community hospitals;” “use physician-owners to steer patients;” “cherry pick the most profitable patients;” and “provide limited or no emergency services.”

Meanwhile, one AHA fact sheet asserts that physician-owned orthopedic and surgical hospitals costs are 20 percent to 30 percent higher than average hospitals. Further, these hospitals just lead to higher profits for doctors, the AHA asserts.

“We don’t cherry pick patients, period, end of story. We take patients based on their need for care, not on their ability to pay,” Sandvig said. “It [the health care reform] puts control outside the hand of physicians and patients and into bureaucrats’ hands really.

The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) is one of many organizations suing to have the law declared unconstitutional on the grounds that the federal government cannot compel someone to buy a product.

While the provision on physician hospitals is not part of the lawsuit, it will affect it, Dr. said Jane Orient, AAPS executive director.

“If the law is declared unconstitutional, then the prohibition is part of the bill,” Orient told CNSNews.com. “There are vested interests in getting rid of physician-owned hospitals because they do a better job and are more affordable.”

The provision in the legislation and efforts opposing these hospitals can be simply explained from Sandvig’s view.

“It’s anti-competitive. I think it’s pretty clear,” Sandvig said. “We’re a model that makes sense that’s affecting innovation. We’re trying to do something better than it has been done. Anytime you do that, there’s going to be a clash between the existing and the new. Unfortunately, it’s a real David and Goliath battle.”

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New Holistic Wellness Center Opens on the Main Line

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
by Traci Orimenko, Holistic Health Counselor

The Live Well Holistic Health Center is open for business in Ardmore, PA, and we’re very excited to be here in the heart of the Main Line, offering a natural approach to health and healing to the greater Philadelphia area.

Dr. Martin Orimenko, DC, ND, FIACA is both the director and one of the founders of the Live Well Holistic Health Center, and he is a Chiropractor, Acupuncturist and Naturopath.  Dr. Martin combines these modalities, plus nutrition, Ayurveda, and lifestyle counseling, neuro-emotional work, and Kinesiologic Analysis to patients in his comprehensive Holistic Health Visits.  We also offer massage and reiki therapy sessions at Live Well.

Dr. Martin has almost 20 years of experience as a holistic healer, and he has treated over 5000 patients at his prior practices in Sausalito, California (where for 7 years he had Sausalito Chiropractic www.sausalitochiropractic.com) and in St. Louis, Missouri (where for the 12 years prior he had The Healing Center). 

We moved back home to the Philadelphia area so we could raise our son Alex surrounded by a large and loving family and immersed in the culture and communities in which we each grew up.  We’ve really appreciated being back home, in touch with our roots, and the four seasons, once again. 

And it’s clear that people here on the east coast are looking for holistic natural approaches to common medical issues like digestive problems, allergies, blood sugar imbalances, cholesterol problems, hormonal imbalances, inflammatory conditions, skin problems, environmental sensitivities, chronic fatigue, as well as musculoskeletal problems,  headaches and general pain.  We are looking forward to supporting people in the Philadelphia Area with their health and vibrancy, using a natural approach to medicine.  We’ve found that this is almost always more efficient and effective, and also less expensive, than our traditional medical system with its costly pharmaceuticals and their long list of side effects.

What makes Dr. Martin Orimenko stand out from other holistic practitioners is that he employs a combination of each of these treatment modalities in each visit to treat the whole person.  

Gentle Chiropractic & Bodywork
Chiropractic adjustments align your spine, relieve pinched nerves and facilitate healing by freeing up nerve energy. Bodywork alleviates muscle tension, corrects tendon and ligament issues and supports good posture.  Various physiotherapies stimulate blood flow, relieve muscle tension and reduce pain.  We also have a massage therapist available by appointment.

Acupuncture & Acupressure
Acupuncture and acupressure remove blockages in the flow of blood and vital energy, and specific points address specific health issues. These ancient approaches energize and balance organs and glands, and optimize the functioning of the body systems.  

Nutrition and Cleansing
Through adjustments to your diet, gentle cleansing programs and prescribing specific nutritional and herbal supplements, we will correct deficiencies, support detoxification and stimulate healing, optimizing your wellness and longevity.

Ayurveda
We will support you in balancing your body and mind through lifestyle modification in the areas of diet, exercises and daily routine in accordance with your constitution type or dosha.  

Emotional and Lifestyle Counseling
NeuroEmotional Technique removes the charge on emotional issues that impact your health and facilitates you in accomplishing your goals.  We also have a Holistic Health Counselor to work with you in focused sessions over a six month period to help you reach your optimum health and vibrancy by making small accessible changes in your eating habits and bringing more balance into other key areas of your life.
 
Natural Supplement Prescriptions 
We stock supplements for a wide range of health conditions and general wellness. Dr. Martin will determine the optimum nutritional support for your needs.  He will work with you to develop a customized program to help you reach your health goals.

We are conveniently located at 16 East Lancaster Avenue in Ardmore,
PA. Our office hours are Monday, Tuesday and Friday 9-5 and Wednesday and Thursday from 1-7, or by appointment. Please call to make an appointment.

Live Well Holistic Health Center
16 East Lancaster Avenue
Plaza 16 Building, Suite 104
Ardmore, PA 19003
610.896.1554

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FDA Unveils Initiative to Reduce Unnecessary Radiation Exposure from Medical Imaging

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

FDA NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release: Feb. 9, 2010
Media Inquiries: Peper Long, 301-796-4671, mary.long@fda.hhs.gov
Consumer Inquiries: 888-INFO-FDA

FDA Unveils Initiative to Reduce Unnecessary Radiation Exposure from Medical Imaging
Initiative to focus on 3 types of procedures with high radiation doses

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today announced an initiative to reduce unnecessary radiation exposure from three types of medical imaging procedures: computed tomography (CT), nuclear medicine studies, and fluoroscopy. These procedures are the greatest contributors to total radiation exposure within the U.S. population and use much higher radiation doses than other radiographic procedures, such as standard X-rays, dental X-rays, and mammography.

CT, nuclear medicine, and fluoroscopic imaging have led to early diagnosis of disease, improved treatment planning, and image-guided therapies that help save lives every day. The FDA continues to support a strong dialogue between patients and physicians over the medical necessity and risk associated with these types of imaging studies.

However, like all medical procedures, CT, nuclear medicine, and fluoroscopy pose risks. These types of imaging exams expose patients to ionizing radiation, a type of radiation that can increase a person’s lifetime cancer risk. Accidental exposure to very high amounts of radiation also can cause injuries, such as skin burns, hair loss and cataracts. Health care decisions made by patients and their physicians should include discussions of the medical need and associated risks for each procedure.

“The amount of radiation Americans are exposed to from medical imaging has dramatically increased over the past 20 years,” said Jeffrey Shuren, M.D., J.D., director of the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health. “The goal of FDA’s initiative is to support the benefits associated with medical imaging while minimizing the risks.”

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AntiCancer – A Way of Life

Friday, February 5th, 2010

From TheDailyPaul.com

Submitted by Michael Nystrom on Fri, 02/05/2010 – 10:30
in Daily Paul Liberty Forum

This is for all of us – whether you are suffering from cancer, know someone who is, or don’t have it. All of us have cancer cells in our bodies, but not all of us develop cancer. This is an interview with David Servan-Schreiber, MD, PHD, who beat his own cancer, speaking about how to help our natural defenses to prevent and fight the disease.

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