• November 12, 2019

    The Importance of Knowing Your Genetic Risk for Alzheimer’s Disease

    By Restore Bio+Clinic

     

    Alzheimer’s disease is the only one of the nation’s ten most common causes of death with no effective treatment. More than five million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia, but it impacts more than 15 million people who are family members, friends, and caregivers of those diagnosed with the disease. Those who are sixty-five years of age or older have a one in nine chance of contracting Alzheimer’s. All normal people forget a thing or two, especially as they age, but there is a slippery slope when “this is normal” does not apply and action is needed.

     

    For those with Alzheimer’s disease, neurologic decline usually happens slowly over ten to twenty years. It begins with subjective cognitive impairment (SCI) that progresses to mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and then to mild or moderate stages of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Conventional wisdom used to hold that Alzheimer’s was an essentially hopeless condition with no cure and no effective interventions. However, thanks to the work of countless researchers, we now know that there is hope both for people who already suffer from cognitive decline and those who have a genetic predisposition for it.

     

    Certain genes make it more likely for you to develop Alzheimer’s disease. Genes control the function of every cell in your body. Some genes determine physical characteristics, such as the color of your eyes and the shape of your nose. Other genes can make you more likely to develop certain diseases, including Alzheimer’s disease. The most common gene associated with late-onset Alzheimer’s disease is a risk gene called ApoE4, with 75 million American carriers. It is the first gene variation found to increase the risk of Alzheimer’s and remains the risk gene with the greatest known impact. 

     

    • A person who does not inherit a single ApoE4 gene from either parent has a 9 percent lifetime risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease.
    • A person who inherits one ApoE4 gene from either parent has a 30 percent lifetime risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.
    • A person who inherits two ApoE4 genes—one from each parent—has well over a 50 percent lifetime risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.

     

    Why are these statistics important? Precise testing can help the 75 million American ApoE4 carriers escape the fate written in their DNA. Simple and accessible testing leads to personalized therapy that works. However, individualized treatment and therapy begin with an ApoE4 blood test that can be done by insurance covered lab companies (like LabCorp) to determine your genetic contribution.

     

    You might wonder why you should bother to test for the ApoE4 gene. After all, discovering you have a genetic risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease will not change your genetic makeup. The answer is this: If you are a carrier of ApoE4, there is a sophisticated and precise, proven program to reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. Dramatic reductions in the incidence of Alzheimer’s disease is possible simply by testing and following Dr. Dale Bredesen’s ReCODE (Reversal of Cognitive Decline) program, which can be implemented before symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease appear. ApoE4 carriers can take preventive action by starting ReCODE as soon as genetic risk is determined. According to Dr. Bredesen, “Alzheimer’s disease can be prevented, and in many cases, its associated cognitive decline can be reversed.” Restore Bio+Clinic can assist you with evaluation and testing to start your treatment. 

     

    A Healthy Diet and Alzheimer’s Prevention

     

    With the holiday season approaching, it is important to note that recent research strongly suggests a link between Alzheimer’s disease and insulin levels, prediabetes, and diabetes. Many studies suggest that those with type 2 diabetes are at a higher risk of eventually developing Alzheimer’s. Healthy blood sugar regulation, lower insulin levels, and insulin receptor sensitivity are the single most important factors within your control in the prevention and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. 

    Insulin is secreted when you eat sugar and when you eat starchy foods like bread, potatoes, pasta, and baked goods. Insulin is very important for health and energy, but too much insulin from consuming too much sugar and too many starches causes high levels of insulin to be secreted. The insulin system starts to malfunction, which leads to an inflammatory cascade, free radical formation that damages neurons, and a leaky blood brain barrier, promoting Alzheimer’s amyloid plaque deposits in the brain and cognitive decline. 

     

    The good news is that you are in complete control over what you eat. You can make an enormous impact on your brain health (and your total health) by making your diet a health-giving factor rather than a disease risk factor. Eliminate or drastically reduce sugar and starches from your diet. Be good to your brain so it will give you its best.

     

    To schedule an evaluation and further testing give us a call at 435-227-4355 or visit our website www.restorebioclinic.com.

     

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  • November 12, 2019

    Senior Moment: My Journey to the Ms. Senior Universe Pageant

    By Marianne Hamilton

     

    Pageants.

     

    For many people—especially those of us of the feminine gender—the word evokes multiple responses. At the more traditional end of the spectrum, images of big-tressed glamazons with spectacular dental hygiene, teetering in swimsuit and heels, often leap to mind. Less savory scenes from Toddlers and Tiaras populate the darker end of the scale.

     

    In my own life, the notion of even attending a pageant (much less participating in one) was completely foreign. Growing up in Sacramento, California, I was vaguely aware that there were annual events from which a slim, well-groomed young woman eventually emerged, tears rolling down perfectly made-up cheeks, sash bisecting chest, and crown firmly affixed to updo.   

     

    It was worlds away. It would never happen to me. 

     

    But, it soon will. 

    A bit of background: At the City of St. George’s Fourth of July celebration in Town Square, I spied a woman in a long gown sporting a crown and a sash emblazoned with “Ms. Senior Utah.” Given that the temps were hovering near the century mark and everyone was clad in shorts, her attire and bling were hard to miss. Yet there she was, smiling and posing for selfies. 

     

    Curious, I made my way over and engaged her in conversation. Shelley Gish, as it turns out, is a sixty-year-old local businesswoman who is both the proprietress of Magic Stuff Balms on 100 West and an agent with Prado Real Estate. She’s also a single mother of eight and grandmother of nineteen who has, at various times, fostered fifty-three children. And like me, pageantry was never on her radar-screen.

     

    “I had met someone at the Wounded Warriors Senior Softball-USA Tournament in Florida, and he kept encouraging me afterward to apply for the Ms. Senior USA pageant,” Gish explained. “He also encouraged the pageant organization to have me be the delegate from Utah, since we don’t have a senior pageant here as yet. I’d never done anything remotely like this.

     

    “When I finally looked at the requirements—the talent competition, getting a gown, having a state costume—I thought, ‘Are you kidding me?’” added Gish, laughing. “But I told my kids that I was considering it, and each one of them worked with me on an aspect of my application. It was really special having my kids help me out.”

     

    With Gish’s encouragement, I hesitantly logged onto the Ms. Senior USA-Universe website. The Ms. Senior Universe pageant, it should be stressed, is not a beauty contest. No swimsuit and heels, thankfully, although there is a “gown walk.” So be it; I was fairly certain I could make it across the stage without doing a face-plant. And what woman doesn’t like to get gussied up occasionally? I was okay with that.

     

    Far more importantly, the organization’s mission had a personal, visceral resonance.

    Our organization celebrates the accomplishments of women over sixty,” its site states. “We encourage women as they approach sixty to embrace who they are and to understand that age does not limit who they can become and what they have to offer the world…We seek to empower women of all nations and cultures to…achieve their personal best, to make real and meaningful changes, and to individually redefine what it means to be a Senior Woman and role model to the communities of women who will follow us.”

     

    Here, in a nutshell, is what has become the guiding force of my life, my raison d’etre: promoting the concept that senior women (and yes, men!) have abundant wisdom and gifts to share with the world; we are vital, passionate beings, and the number on our driver’s license should in no way constrain the contributions we can make.

     

    I felt a similar resonance upon discovering the Huntsman World Senior Games nine years ago. Ultimately, both organizations celebrate the AARP set and encourage us to test ourselves in ways we never thought possible. Since participating in the Games, which prompted an eventual move to St. George, I have dramatically changed the way I think of myself: The words “athlete,” “competitor,” and yes…even “winner,” have crept into my lexicon. Where my lifelong impulse was always to fade into the background, it now feels acceptable (nay, mandatory) to join my fellow senior women in shining our brightest.

     

    So, on December 8, I will begin the week-long process of competing for the Ms. Senior Universe title. My journey—which has included a crowning in October as Ms. Senior Italy Universe, in honor of my heritage—will take me to a showroom stage in Las Vegas, where I will do everything possible to avoid that face-plant and attempt some sort of “talent” performance (at press-time, still TBD). Mostly, I am looking forward to meeting and networking with remarkable women from across the globe: doctors, lawyers, business owners, teachers, community volunteers, and others whose contributions to our world are worthy of celebration. 

     

    I acknowledge that there will be the inevitable accusations of sexism, objectivism, and a host of other “isms.” Before such claims are made, I encourage the suspicious to learn more about the Ms. Senior Universe program. I am confident that you will come to appreciate that the women who wear the sashes and crowns are defying what it means to be mature. And we are, in fact, role models for our generation and those who will follow us.

    For more information about the Ms. Senior USA-Universe organization and pageant, visit https://www.msseniorusa.org/ms-senior-universe-pageant-1.

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  • November 12, 2019

    2019 Jubilee of Trees Advances Neuroscience Services

    “The Jubilee of Trees is a wonderful time of the year when community and hospital members come together with a common goal to benefit the future of our hospital,” said Mitch Cloward, Administrator of Intermountain Dixie Regional Medical Center.

     

    The 36th Annual Jubilee of Trees will be held Thursday, November 21 through Monday, November 25, at the Dixie Convention Center .Every year at the Jubilee of Trees, not only does the five-day event feature a variety of special events, it also focuses on a medical field to highlight as the year’s main cause. This year, funds will go toward advancing neuroscience services.

     

    “We have a very collaborative group of physicians that work really well together,” said Heather Reeve, Neurosciences Program Manager of Dixie Regional Medical Center. “They care about the patients and their outcomes from having surgery, seeing a neurology specialist, or having a stroke and getting the appropriate treatment needed.”

    Intermountain Southern Utah Neurosciences Institute at Dixie Regional Medical Center offers neurosurgery, spine care, sleep medicine, neurology, stroke, pain management, neuro-oncology, neurointervention, neuro specialty rehab, electromyography, and more. As a special feature, a team of neuroscience professionals at the Jubilee of Trees will demonstrate telehealth, which is how video technology helps treat patients via connecting with specialists who live in other communities.  

     

    Along with the neuroscience demonstrations, friends and families can look forward to the Jubilee of Trees special events such as the Silent Tree Auction, Teddy Bear Picnic, and Fashion Show Luncheon. General admission is $5 for adults and $1 for children fifteen years of age and under. The Jubilee will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. daily except Friday, when it is open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (closing early for the gala).

     

    Ticketed events include the St. George Area Chamber of Commerce Luncheon ($15) at noon on Thursday, November 21; Jubilee Gala Dinner and Auction ($150) at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, November 22; Teddy Bear Picnic ($15) at noon on Saturday, November 23; and the Fashion Show Luncheon ($25) at noon on Monday, November 19.  You can reserve your tickets online at DixieRegional.org/JubileeofTrees. 

    In December of 1983, the first Jubilee of Trees was held to benefit Dixie Regional, and volunteers came together to create this festive fundraising event. Now, 36 years later, the event is bigger than ever with tens of thousands attending each year.  

     

    “This event is a way to welcome Christmas into the community through the help of thousands of volunteers who give up their time, talents, and finances to make it happen,” said Lisa Brown, Foundation Event Specialist of the Jubilee of Trees. “We all come together with the staff from the hospital and combine our energy and efforts to display Christmas as a gift to Dixie Regional Medical Center. We are so grateful for our executive leadership and their teams.” More than two dozen leaders move the work of event subcommittees forward.

     

    “This is a celebration of the hospital and the community,” said Glenna Beyer, Executive Director of the Intermountain Foundation. “The synergy created results in better healthcare for everyone. We are so grateful our community supports Dixie Regional and nothing means more to us than being a great resource for our community. Please join us and make the holidays happier and healthier.”

     

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  • November 12, 2019

    Wagons and Wills, Jets and Trusts

    By Jason Dixon, J. Dixon Law PC

     

    It used to take between five and six months to travel from Missouri to California by wagon. Today, the same trip can be made by jet in four and a half hours. Both modes of transportation get you to your destination, but would you even consider making that trip by wagon today? While perhaps not as revolutionary or dramatic a difference as jets, trusts are the estate planning equivalent of the jet. Here are some of the differences and advantages of a revocable trust versus a will for estate planning.  

     

     A will contains your final instructions about what should be done with your assets upon your death. It goes into effect only after your death and must pass through a court proceeding called probate before your instructions can be carried out. To be valid, a will must comply with certain formalities.

     

    A revocable trust, if properly funded, also provides instructions on how your assets are to be distributed but goes into effect during your lifetime and provides for a seamless (no court involvement) distribution of property upon your death and also provides for you in the event you become incapacitated.  

    Here is how a revocable trust works: While living, you place your assets in your trust. You still maintain control over the assets and may use them for your benefit the same as if they were still in your name. Assets can be transferred in or out of the trust during your lifetime and you may amend the trust and its terms at any time, as many times as you like. Or you can revoke it completely. There are no tax consequences during your lifetime. For tax purposes, assets in the trust are treated as yours and the trust’s tax identification number will be your social security number. A trust also allows you to designate in advance someone to manage the assets for your benefit in the event you become incapacitated. Upon your death, the person you have designated as your successor trustee can immediately step in and manage or distribute trust assets according to your directions—without court involvement. 

     

    A revocable trust has several distinct advantages over a will.

     

    It avoids probate. To the extent your assets are properly transferred into the trust, it avoids the need to probate your estate. Probate is a court proceeding that validates a will and provides oversight for the distribution of estate assets to creditors and beneficiaries. Probate has been simplified in Utah, but there are still good reasons to avoid it. First, there is no privacy in probate. The provisions of a probated will become a matter of public record. Second, not all states have a simplified probate process like Utah. We’re a mobile society (think jet airplanes versus wagons) and you may move to a state where the process is not simplified. Third, real property located in another state cannot be probated in Utah with the rest of your estate. It must be probated in the state where it is located. This is called ancillary probate. Opening additional probate cases in each state where you own real property is cumbersome and can become very expensive. 

     

    It avoids the need for a court supervised conservatorship by appointing in advance someone to manage your financial affairs in the event you become incapacitated. You decide what requirements must be met before you may be deemed “incapacitated.” Court conservatorship proceedings are cumbersome and expensive, and do not guarantee that the person appointed by the court to manage your finances is the person you would have picked. 

     

    Money and assets in your trust are immediately available after your death.  Your successor trustee will be able to immediately step in and pay funeral expenses, estate taxes, administrative expenses, and debts without waiting for court approval. 

     

    You decrease the burden on family or friends. With a revocable trust, you are appointing someone in advance to manage trust assets upon your death or disability, without the need for court oversight or proceedings. This greatly reduces the amount of effort required on their part and makes for an easier, more streamlined transition.

    A wagon or a jet airplane—a will or a trust—each will serve its purpose, but in both scenarios one has many advantages over the other.  

    Jason Dixon is a Utah and Arizona licensed attorney focusing on estate planning and business law. He and his wife are the parents of three young, energetic children referred to as the “jalapenos.” When not giving back rides or telling bedtime stories, he enjoys practicing the bagpipes, mountain biking, camping, hiking, and just enjoying the incredible landscapes of southern Utah. He can be reached at Jason@estateplanneronline.com or directly at 435-216-2084. 

     

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  • November 12, 2019

    Let Fusion End Your Confusion with Hemp/CBD Oil

    By Fusion Pharmacy

     

    Perhaps you or a loved one have been afflicted with one of the ailments or diseases on the list that hemp/CBD oil is touted as helping. This list includes Alzheimer’s disease, anxiety, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, Huntington’s disease, hypoxia-ischemia injury, pain, depression, cancer, nausea, inflammatory diseases, rheumatoid arthritis, infection, inflammatory bowel disease, Crohn’s disease, cardiovascular disease, and diabetic complications. Maybe you are searching for natural alternatives to your prescribed medications or even just an enhancement to the medications you’re already taking. Hemp/CBD oil offers promising results. However, finding reliable and legitimate products in the increasingly saturated and misinformed market can be a daunting task and one that often ends with people giving up the search, hurting themselves, or making their conditions worse.

     

    Hemp (CBD) Oil Is Everywhere!

    The hemp/CBD oil industry is continually growing and expanding. It seems like every time you take a trip to the store, there is a new product claiming to be infused with CBD oil or hemp in the form of soaps, lotions, candies, cookies, coffee, tinctures, and pills— all marketed to appeal to your different preferences and needs. If you can imagine it, it probably exists. Because of the ever-increasing demand for hemp/CBD oil products, it is quickly becoming a lucrative industry. Unfortunately, this growth brings with it unsavory and potentially illegal manufacturing practices, with misrepresentation, mislabeling, and misconstruing product information being the primary infractions. As a consumer, it is so important that you know the source so that you don’t lose out on the benefits of experiencing what quality hemp/CBD oil can do for you. 

    How and Why Hemp (CBD) Oil Is Legal in Utah

    On December 20, 2018, President Trump signed the 2018 Farm Bill, which allows hemp containing 0.3% THC (the compound that gives marijuana its mind-altering effect) to be legally sold as a dietary supplement. The Farm Bill has given states and the U.S. Department of Agriculture the authority to regulate hemp, which has, in turn, contributed to the rise of the recent trend of seeing hemp/CBD oil infused products on the shelves of local stores. On January 1, 2019, Utah legalized the sale of full-spectrum hemp with the caveats that it be tested by a third-party lab and that it be approved by the Department of Agriculture. Each state is different in how they are regulating hemp and CBD oil products. This leads consumers to be responsible for educating themselves on what exactly hemp/CBD oil is, what full-spectrum hemp is, what the distinct differences are between hemp/CBD oil and marijuana, and what the vetting process of a hemp/CBD oil product manufacturer might look like. With so much information to digest, it’s no wonder consumers are confused. To help navigate the confusion, Fusion Pharmacy only carries hemp/CBD oil products that are registered with the state of Utah and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

    Hemp/Cbd Oil and Marijuana Are Not the Same

    While hemp and marijuana both come from the cannabis species, they are not the same. As we can surmise by the recent Farm Bill, hemp is completely different from marijuana in its function, cultivation, and application. Marijuana contains 5 to 35 percent of THC, thus giving it psychoactive effects while still maintaining medicinal value. As we stated above, hemp contains 0.3 percent or less of THC and has no psychoactive effects. 

    Cannabinoids and Your Endocannabinoid System 

    Both marijuana and hemp are a source for cannabinoids, although hemp provides higher concentrations and, in some cases, a better blend of cannabinoids. Research shows that cannabinoids deliver health benefits through their interaction with receptors in the human endocannabinoid system and that each cannabinoid offers its own unique health benefit. 

    The full collection of cannabinoid forms is called the cannabinoid spectrum, which can then be broken down by extraction of specific cannabinoid combinations called full spectrum, broad spectrum, or CBD isolate. Each of these combinations has its own varying degrees of potency and efficacy, which help to determine the purpose for which the consumer wishes to use hemp/CBD oil. To explain the differences between each cannabinoid combination could take up another article, but suffice it to say that the full spectrum of cannabinoids includes terpenes and essential oils extracted from the plant that work together to enhance the therapeutic benefits of each individual cannabinoid, thus making it the preferred therapeutic hemp/CBD oil choice that offers the highest levels of relief for a multitude of health care concerns.

    Know Your Sources! 

    We are all becoming more aware and concerned about what we’re putting in our bodies, and this can become more challenging to do with industries where commerce often trumps wellness concerns. When motivated by money, some brands take advantage by cutting corners, using CBD from sources with questionable purity standards or processing their products with little to no regard for any regulatory criteria. It’s hard to know when your hemp/CBD oil products are coming from a sustainable and organic farm that’s not using harsh chemicals for pest control or if they have safeguards in place for their product’s medicinal consistency. That’s where Fusion can help end all the confusion. We have done all the vetting for you! 

    Fusion Knows What’s Best

    Our expertise in human biology, our knowledge of how substances interact in the endocannabinoid system, and our pharmaceutical practices allow us the opportunity to connect with the highest-level producers of hemp/CBD oil. All the hemp/CBD oil products we carry have not only been thoroughly vetted by us but also have been vetted by the manufacturer as well. It is important to us that the products we’re selling are coming from a reputable and trustworthy source—one that cares about more than just the bottom line. Fusion Pharmacy provides quality, reliability, and consistency when you need it most. Know that with every hemp/CBD oil product you purchase at Fusion Pharmacy, you’re getting the highest standard that will work the way you need it to every time

    You can trust us to have your health and wellness as our top priority—always! If you have questions about hemp/CBD oil products or wonder if it’s right for you, please come and see us! Fusion Pharmacy is located at the intersection of Sunset and Canyon View Drive in Santa Clara and inside the Riverfront Medical Center in St. George. Check out our website at www.FusionSpecialtyPharmacy.com for our addresses, phone numbers, and hours of operation.

    We recommend that you speak with your health-care provider on any decision you make in regards to adding over-the-counter medications, supplements, or hemp/CBD oil to your daily health regimen.

     

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  • November 12, 2019

    Dixie State University Sees Record-Breaking Donations

    Dixie State University would not exist today without the long-standing commitment and support it receives from the community. Throughout its 108-year history, thousands of compassionate community members who understood the value of education have selflessly sacrificed time and money so that the University could fulfill its crucial mission. 

     

    Today, as the University undergoes significant transformation and continues to experience phenomenal growth, campus leaders once again have looked to the community for support, and once again, the community has responded. 

     

    During the last year, the University received nearly $10 million in donations—a record-breaking figure almost three times the amount of the previous record—and this year looks to be just as promising. Just a few months into the new fiscal year, the University has received more than $2.5 million in donations. 

     

    “The support from our community has inspired me,” University President Richard B. Williams said. “It has been an absolute honor to witness the far-reaching effects of their generosity.” 

    This support has come as a response to the University’s vision and strategic plan. The plan, which was launched in 2015, has energized the campus and community and continues to unfold before our eyes. DSU now offers 200 programs, including forty-five bachelor’s degrees and four graduate programs. With significant enrollment growth for the fourth straight year, the University has also expanded quality spaces for student learning, recently opening the $60 million Human Performance Center and breaking ground to build the Science, Engineering & Technology building. DSU has also developed key partnerships with the University of Utah, University of Notre Dame, and Intermountain Healthcare’s Dixie Regional Medical Center. 

     

    “I love what President Williams and the University are doing,” University Board of Trustees member and donor Lindsay Atwood said. “I believe we are on the brink of something special, and I am excited and thrilled to be involved.” 

     

    As the University’s stature continues to grow, so will the fundraising needs. “We are just getting started,” DSU’s Director of Development Ken Beazer said. “We are on the precipice of what could be the University’s most defining decade in history, and the needs are great.” 

    Much of this urgency and excitement stems from the University’s decision to move its athletic program to the Division I level. This historic move will positively impact DSU and the community for years to come. It will elevate the University’s brand, academic exposure, and visibility, further strengthening its stature within the state and region. It will also attract tourism and stimulate economic growth throughout Washington County. 

     

    The speed at which DSU and its community partners realize these benefits will largely be determined by the level of community support for the transition. As a result, the University has set a goal to raise $1.5 million for student athlete scholarships and support by July 1, 2020.  

     

    “Our goal is to get as many community members involved as possible,” President Williams said. “Amounts are less important than the fact that community members are willing to give. We hope everybody considers giving something and takes ownership of this exciting change. After all, this is the Dixie community’s University and their team.”

     

    To be part of Dixie State University’s historic move to Division I athletics, text the word “Dixie” to 71777.  

     

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  • November 12, 2019

    Sciatica: How Laser Therapy Brings Lasting Relief

    By Dr. Ward Wagner

     

    The nervous system of the body is an intricate network that carries signals back and forth from the brain to the body and the body to the brain, all day long. Nerves are the messengers that enable us to experience everything around us and within us. The delicate pleasures of the senses, the grand experience of movement, even the intricacies of thought are all because of our nerves. 

     

    Nerves stem from the spinal cord and, like branches of a tree, divide and extend throughout our muscles and soft tissues. One of the largest “branches” coming off the stem of our spinal cord is the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve is actually made up of five nerves all bundled together, and its circumference is about the size of a man’s thumb. This large nerve connects the spinal cord with the outside of the thigh, the hamstring muscles in the back of the thigh, and the muscles in your lower leg and feet. This is why sciatic nerve impingement often results in muscle weakness and numbness and/or tingling in the leg, ankle, foot, and toes.

    Another common term for sciatic nerve impingement is “sciatica.” Perhaps you have heard someone complaining about this literal pain in their rear end or have experienced it yourself. Sciatica occurs when there is pressure on the nerve and can either come from the nerve roots of the spine that feed into the nerve or from the sciatic nerve itself. There are muscles around the large sciatic nerve which, if tight or bound, can compress the nerve, causing extreme pain in the buttock area and down the leg. This type of pain can be severely debilitating, as you can imagine. Once the sciatic nerve is irritated, the inflammation and pain can go on and on, making it difficult to sit, walk, or even stand for long periods of time. Unless the body is able to break the cycle of inflammation and repair the tissue, sciatica can linger for weeks and even months. 

     

    Laser therapy is an effective way to treat painful sciatica symptoms by reducing inflammation in the soft tissues surrounding the nerve, allowing the nerve to heal. Class IV laser therapy has several components that allow it to make changes in the body. The powerful laser sends beams of light and energy through the skin and deep into the layers of soft tissue and muscle surrounding the nerve. It targets and treats the sciatic nerve and surrounding tissue to actually heal them, not just mask their symptoms, as often is the case with pain medication and even steroid injections. 

     

    Laser therapy increases the blood flow to the area and works at a cellular level to stimulate the cells and aide in repair, allowing the body to heal more rapidly. By increasing blood flow, improving cellular function, and reducing inflammation, the sciatic nerve is able to recover and the symptoms subside. The process is painless and typically takes only a few minutes. Many patients note improvement in their condition in just one or two sessions, which may be scheduled three to five times per week until the condition is under control. 

    If you or someone you know would benefit from laser therapy to treat sciatic pain and symptoms, contact Dixie Chiropractic at (435)673-1443 to set up a consultation. If you would like to know more about laser therapy or other treatment options we offer, you can visit our website at dixiechiro.com to learn more.

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  • November 12, 2019

    Give Your Presence, Not Your Presents

    By Brigit Atkin

     

    “The most precious gift we can offer others is our presence. When mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers.” —Thich Nhat Hanh

     

    Several years ago, I decided to break with tradition by taking our kids on a cruise during the holidays rather than celebrating our traditional Christmas with extended family. Our kids were all for it, and I reserved the booking online. However, as Christmas approached and our children realized there would be no gatherings with family, they emphatically changed their minds. They decided the holidays wouldn’t be right without eating Christmas Eve dinner at our house, visiting with grandparents on Christmas Day, and attending the Atkin Christmas party between Christmas and New Years Day. Luckily, I was able to cancel the cruise without a problem, and our festivities went on without a blip.

    What would make teenagers turn down a Caribbean vacation on a ship that would have its own lively Christmas celebration? Pondering this question made me realize that it was the importance of family connections, especially during this time of year.

     

    In thinking about traditions that connect us as humans, the following are some of the things that come to mind: food, presents, music, dancing, storytelling, playing games, and visiting. One of the magical things that happens when we gather around the Thanksgiving table or the Christmas tree (or at other cultural or religious holiday celebrations) is that we put our phones aside and engage with each other. We make food and treats together, and sometimes we pray together. In exchanging gifts, we think about someone other than ourselves, focusing on what would be loved or needed by the one receiving our offering. We forget about the cares of the world as we interact with those we love. 

    In connecting with your family this season, never underestimate the importance of your presence—not just the presents. To be present is to be aware. It’s to live in the moment and to savor the precious sights, sounds, and feelings that accompany the interactions with those we love. When you give your presence, you give the gift of you. You give someone your full attention, notice their expressions, or sincerely compliment them about something you appreciate about them. You listen to them and love them just as they are. 

     

    This is a magical time of year, a time of lights, music, laughter, family, and friends. See if you can’t make it a little less stressful and a whole lot more meaningful by fully connecting with those you love. Gift them with your presence. You don’t need to spend a lot of money to make the holidays memorable. You don’t have to go on vacation to make Christmas fun. Maybe one of these years we will take that Christmas cruise, but for now, I’m content with our family traditions and the connections we are making. 

     

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  • November 12, 2019

    Muy Caliente

    By Jay Bartlett

     

    Many small towns, especially those having rough times economically, are turning to mountain biking to give them a boost. I have read many articles about mining towns that fell on hard times due to the mine closing down, and surprisingly, building some mountain bike trails turned out to be just the shot in the arm, financially, to keep the place from drying up and blowing away. Bikes save the day again!

     

    Other places might just be far enough off the beaten path that they have to be creative to draw people there to spend their time and money. Let’s face it, if St. George never had another event (i.e. race or festival), we would be just fine. St. George is now a big city, and our trail networks are literally known worldwide; people would still come here to ride their bikes. But there are places that don’t yet have that identity and are working towards it. 

     

    Ely, Nevada, for instance, has come onto the radar of trail fans in no small part due to the efforts of the Fears, Tears, And Beers enduro race and my favorite event, Race The Rails (racing a steam train back into town…what could be better?).

    Just recently, I ventured over to Caliente, Nevada, to check out their first ever Bike Fest. Now, I had ridden some of the trails in Barnes Canyon a couple of years ago just after they were built, but they were quite new at the time and some were very loose. It was nothing that a winter or two and some tires on the ground couldn’t fix, and I could see the potential was there. I was intrigued to go back and check things out when I saw Dixie Mountain Bike Trails Association post an ad for the fest online. Also, there was the promise of new trails, both in Barnes Canyon and Kershaw Ryan State Park. How could I say no to sating my bike greed on some never-ridden-by-me trails?

     

    I was so excited to give them a try as I drove into Nevada, wondering if I might be the only non-local there. After all, it was the Bike Fest’s first year, and we are talking about Caliente—a somewhat unknown place when it comes to the mountain bike community. I was happy to find I wasn’t the only person to have his curiosity peaked about what turned out to be a very cool town with very nice people and really fun trails!

    I met people from St. George and Hurricane and a nice kid from Caliente who was riding for his high school team. I took a shuttle with a couple who had traveled from California to sample the Caliente “goods.” There were food trucks and free donuts at the impressive bike park in town where registration was held and the shuttles to the trailhead departed. The evening had festivities that included live music, dinner, and games! I only had limited time that weekend, so I missed out on that part of the fun, but I really enjoyed riding the trails with the dozens of riders that shared the stoke.

     

    The Kershaw Ryan loop is about six and a half miles long and is rideable in both directions. Barnes Canyon boasts thirteen miles (I really enjoyed the new Back 40 trail), so there is quite a lot to explore. A ten-mile connector between the two trailheads is in the works for extended adventures.

     

    These out-of-the-way places have realized that there are worse people than a bunch of happy-to-ride-here mountain bikers to visit their town, and they have welcomed us in a neighborly way. Maybe it’s time to get on your bike and visit your neighbors!

     

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  • November 11, 2019

    A New Hope For Those Living With Depression

    If someone you love is battling depression and not seeing results with antidepressant medications, chances are you’re feeling utterly hopeless and don’t know where to turn next. NeuroStar TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation) Therapy could be the answer for someone you care about. It is now available in St. George, Utah, at Premier Psychological Counseling and Consulting, PC (435-216-9290). 

    Your loved one is not alone and neither are you.

    Unfortunately, 5.5 million depression sufferers don’t find relief from antidepressant medications. But there’s good news: NeuroStar TMS is a non-drug depression treatment that may help when antidepressant medications don’t. Because it is not a depression drug, TMS does not have the same side effects associated with traditional antidepressant medications.The most common side effect is temporary pain or discomfort at or near the treatment site.  

    • FDA-cleared
    • Non-drug, non-invasive treatment
    • More than 2.5 million treatments performed
    • Majority of people treated experience significant, long-lasting improvement
    • Widely covered by insurance

    Elsa’s been in your shoes and has some advice to share.

    Elsa’s husband, Rich, hid his depression from her for years. When she found out about his silent struggle, she encouraged him to seek help. When antidepressant medications didn’t work, she began to research other options and found NeuroStar TMS.  Although it may not work for everyone, the NeuroStar TMS treatment was highly effective for Rich and Elsa, giving them a new lease on life.

    Here’s what Elsa wants you to know as you and your loved one embark on your own NeuroStar TMS journey:

    • Remind yourself that depression is a disease. Caring for a loved one with depression will have its ups and downs. 
    • Remember you’re not alone.  Do your best to stay positive, and ask for help when you need it. While you’re supporting your loved one, you also deserve to feel supported. Lean on your friends and family when you need encouragement and help, and try to let go of the guilt you might be feeling. In fact, my journey taught me that your doctor and treater will quickly become part of your support system; Rich and I still keep in touch with ours and consider them part of our family now.  
    • Keep a routine.  If your loved one begins NeuroStar TMS, I recommend keeping the same treatment time every day, since the journey may take six weeks. Rich and I tried to do something fun after treatment, like going out for lunch or simply getting ice cream, which really helped us view these sessions as part of our daily lives and kept us marching forward together.
    • Be Patient.  While we all wish it to be patient, your loved one is not going to get better overnight. I started to notice changes in Rich after a few weeks. Everyone is different, but subtle improvements could be a sign that things are heading in the right direction, so be on the lookout and trust in the process.
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