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Overcoming Your Dental Anxiety… Just Relax!

By Dr. Vanessa N. Vargas, DMD – Carolina Family Dentistry at Lake Wylie Do you feel anxious just thinking about having to go to the dentist? Do your palms start sweating when you hear the sound of the dental drill? Have you avoided getting good dental care because of your fear? If so, you’re not alone. Dental anxiety is not ... Read More »

Stem Cell Therapy and Willie Nelson: Rebels by Their Own Rules

By Matt Reinstetle – Staff Writer Stem Cell Therapy and Willie Nelson: Rebels by Their Own Rules In the world of country music, few people march to the beat or their own drum – or better yet, guitar – quite like Willie Nelson. Nelson, 82, has been active in the country music scene since the mid 1950s and continues to tour. In the 1970s, country music was confined to a set of standards known as the Nashville Sound, which featured clean-cut and formulaic stylings. Nelson, and other country artists, ushered in a new wave of country music known as Outlaw Country, which didn’t play by the rules. That mentality led him to not being afraid to go against traditional standards inside and outside the recording studio. In November, Nelson said in an interview with The Washington Post that he had undergone stem cell therapy to help his emphysema and pneumonia, brought on by years of cigarette smoking. Stem cell therapy has been a popular topic in the medical field as people with chronic lung disease look for alternative treatment options. One of the companies emerging as a leader in the industry is the Lung Institute (www.LungInstitute.com), which operates a clinic in Franklin. The Lung Institute uses adult autologous stem cells, or those extracted from the patient’s own body via their blood or bone marrow. The stem cells are extracted from the patient, separated and returned intravenously. The cells then travel through the heart and into the lungs where they are trapped in the pulmonary trap. Once in the trap, the stem cells may promote healing. Since opening their first clinic in 2013, the Lung Institute has treated more than 3,000 people with lung disease. A recent study produced by the clinic found that 83 percent of their patients saw an improvement in quality of life. One of those people is Rita E., of Bulls Gap, Tenn., whose last name is abbreviated for medical privacy. Rita visited the Lung Institute in 2015, and she and her family noticed improvements with her chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) symptoms. “They noticed a difference before I did, really,” Rita said. “They said my color is better. I talked without losing my breath. “I sound better. It’s just amazing how I can get out and go, and do what I couldn’t do before.” When the traditional way of thinking is no longer working, it sometimes takes a rebel mentality to shake up an industry for the better. The Lung Institute operates stem cell therapy clinics in Franklin; Pittsburgh; Dallas; Scottsdale, Ariz. and Tampa, Fla. If you or a loved one suffer from a chronic lung disease, the specialists at the Lung Institute may be able to help. You can contact the Lung Institute at 855-914-3212 or visit lunginstitute.com/wellness to find out if you qualify for these new treatments.

By Matt Reinstetle – Staff Writer    In the world of country music, few people march to the beat or their own drum – or better yet, guitar – quite like Willie Nelson. Nelson, 82, has been active in the country music scene since the mid 1950s and continues to tour. In the 1970s, country music was confined to a ... Read More »

5 Ways to Beat the Holiday Frenzy

5 Ways to Beat the Holiday Frenzy

By Dana Hall McCain Around December 15th of last year, a mom at my kids’ school looked at me, with hollow eyes, and said, “It’s official: December is worse than May.” The jam-packed schedule of holiday school festivities, church events, neighborhood gatherings, and the ever-growing list of what it takes to make Christmas “special” for your family had sapped her ... Read More »

Healthy Holidays To You!

Healthy Holidays To You!

By Karina Hammer, Certified Health & Wellness Coach It’s that time of the year again! It’s time to celebrate the holidays with parties, get-togethers, corporate dinners, and of course the endless family celebrations. While the holidays can sneak up on us, every year doesn’t mean the pounds have to follow. The average American will gain 7-10 pounds between Thanksgiving and New ... Read More »

Your End-of-the-Year Hearing Checklist

Your End-of-the-Year Hearing Checklist

By Debbie Clason,  Healthy Hearing Before you know it, 2016 will be only a memory. If you have hearing loss or wear hearing aids, holidays and financial obligations can make year’s end a stressful time if you’re not prepared. And if you have any hopes of avoiding that last minute rush again this year, now is the time to take ... Read More »

Coping with Grief During the Holidays

Coping with Grief During the Holidays

Holidays mark the passage of time in our lives. They are part of the milestones we share with each other and they generally represent time spent with family. They bring meaning to certain days, and we bring much meaning back to them. But since holidays are for being with those we love the most, how on earth can anyone be expected ... Read More »

The Greatest Love Story

The Greatest Love Story

By Jodi Thomas We all love a great Love Story.  You’ve Got Mail.  Pretty Woman.  Cinderella.  Pride and Prejudice.  There’s just something about these stories when the rich guy falls head over heals for the not-so-rich girl.  And yet, there’s an even greater love story where the hero left it all—for you and for me. For you know the grace ... Read More »

Underlying Reasons for Limb Swelling

By Alyssa Parker Many people may experience complications after an operation due to the significant amount of trauma your body endures. Whether it’s cancer related, non-cancer related, or a minor surgery, patients may develop post-operative symptoms such as swelling in a limb or a particular area of the body. Swelling in the limb which may appear to be temporary can later ... Read More »

THE POWER OF AN EVERGREEN

THE POWER OF AN EVERGREEN

MORRISON FAMILY YMCA GIVING TREES AND TREE LOT MAKE WISHES COME TRUE By Sarah Shriver Morrison Family YMCA Marketing Director What if we told you that our YMCA Christmas trees have magical powers that change lives, provide opportunity and support our neighbors? They stand tall and sturdy, grounded in the rich Christian principals of the Morrison Family YMCA. Towering above the ... Read More »

Peace of Mind for the Holidays and Beyond

Peace of Mind

By Jeff Keener Providing Care to a Senior Parent Providing care to a senior parent or loved one is exhausting to say the least and the work never seems to end. Taking care of a family member can also be very draining to your personal health and well-being. Unfortunately, most family members charged with caregiving chores have other duties including ... Read More »