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LONGTIME CHIROPRACTOR DR. FOGLER ALSO TREATING WEIGHT LOSS
Eighteen years ago Dr. William Fogler returned to his hometown, and opened up his first chiropractic office in Hopewell Borough. He then opened a second office above the Stop and Shop on Denow Road. Then six years ago he made the move to solo practice in the Pennington Market Shopping Cen- ter. “I am born and bred in Hopewell. It was a great place to grow up, and is a great place to raise a family,” Fogler said. He attended Hopewell Valley Schools K-12, and currently his two daughters go to school in the district.
William Fogler with his daugh- ters Kyla, left, and Ava, hiking last summer in the Delware Water Gap. While growing up, Fogler was an active soccer player, swimmer, and track runner. He continued his education at the University of South Florida, major- ing in business. “When I was in college, I was dating a girl whose father was a chiropractor. Her father explained what he did from a health and wellness standpoint, working with healing a body. What he taught me made a lot of sense. He adjusted me, and in only two visits the restless legs I had since child- hood was gone. I made the decision then, that’s what I’m going to do.” From the University of South Florida, Fogler graduated, with honors, as a Doctor of Chiropractic from Life University in Marietta, Georgia. Now, in addition to chiropractic, Dr. Fogler is helping people safely and effectively lose weight. The program is called Chi- roThin, a six week natural diet program designed solely for chiropractors to administer. “It is a whole food, low-glycemic, and anti-inflammatory diet,” explains Dr. Fogler. The program involves being monitored weekly to check the patient’s progress. In Dr. Fogler’s experience patients lose on average 21 pounds in six weeks and drop two to three dress sizes. The current record for the office is 45 pounds in just six weeks. “People are burning fat on this diet and losing inches,” Dr.Fogler said. “Because this eating plan reduces inflammation, many patients are also lowering their blood pressure and blood sugars, and reducing joint pain throughout their bodies. Many have been able to reduce or eliminate their diabetes medicine, because their bodies are starting to function as they are supposed to,” Dr. Fogler said. After the six weeks, patients are re-assessed. Dr. Fogler takes into account how much weight was lost, the patient’s lifestyle, and what their goals are moving forward. Dr. Fogler said, “The patients are able to keep the weight off after they finish the six weeks, because they have the tools to know how to do it. The program will get the weight off, but more importantly, it helps establish new eating behaviors for long term success.” As for Dr. Fogler, he continues to lead an active lifestyle and is always on the go, especially with his two daughters. If you’d like more information about the program, please call the office at 609-737-2006 or stop by in person at his office in the Pennington Market Shopping Center. You can also look up Fogler Chiropractic on Facebook or www.Foglerchiro- practic.com. The consultation to see if you are a good candidate for this program is always free. Space is limited though, as Dr. Fogler works personally with each patient he accepts.
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There are communities around the globe that contain a high percentage of people who live to be over 100 years old (centenarians). There are some common traits in these communities detailed in a wonderful book calledThe Blue Zones. Some of these are: knowing your purpose, being connected to family and community, and eating less protein and processed foods. These people move around naturally all throughout their day, spending time in nature, and taking time to relax. The research of Valter Longo PhD, Director of the Longevity Institute at USC, has also been informed by these communities. He has combined knowledge of their diets and lifestyles with his scientific research to show how a FastingMimicking Diet canmake cells more resilient and regenerative. His excellent book,The Longevity Diet shows how a low protein, plant-based diet including daily 12hour fasting is associated with weight loss, slower aging and prevention of disease. Intermittent Fasting has become a popular eating plan recently. It is based on the idea that food was often scarce through much of human history and that evolution would favor those who were resilient enough to live through extended periods of time without eating. Research shows us that there are health benefits to Intermittent Fasting and Time Restricted Feeding but no consensus on the best plan: 5:2 (5 days eat, 2 days fast)? Alternate Day Fasting? Time Restricted Feeding (only eating in a 6 – 12hour portion of each day)?...
Dr Longo cites data showing fasting for 18 – 20 hours each day (eating in a 4 – 6hour window) has been associated with gallstone formation and some cardiovascular complications. Longer fasts usually include skipping breakfast which he reports is associated with higher rates of cancer, cardiovascular disease and death. According to Dr Longo, to live long and live well we should control our portion size of healthy foods and fast 12 hours per day. His commercial product called Prolon is a 5 day FastingMimicking Diet of prepared foods that can be done every 3 – 4 months to maximize health and longevity benefits. Dr Kate Thomsen’s office for holistic health care is located in Pennington, NJ. She is trained in Family Medicine, and Board Certified in Integrative Medicine, and is an Institute for Functional Medicine Certified Practitioner. She has been practicing Functional Medicine for 20 years. For more information see www.drkatethomsen.com or call the office at 609-818-9700.
Why Headaches Happen and How Chiropractic Can Help Most headaches are tied directly to tension in the neck and upper back. Tension can be caused by sitting at a desk all day, physical or emotional stress, or poor diet and dehydration. Muscle tightness in this area can affect the position of the vertebrae, which can then cause nerve irritation. Because these nerves are connected to the head, you end up with a headache. A chiropractic evaluation will determine where the tension is, where the nerve irritation is, and where the vertebrae is out of line. A chiropractic adjustment, electric muscle stimulation, and other techniques can realign the spinal joints, loosen the muscles, and relieve stress and pressure. Allergy and sinus headaches are both caused by inflammation. With a food allergy, substances might not be digested properly in the liver, causing inflammation. An environmental allergy, where the body is unable to process toxins or allergens, can cause inflammation. A sinus headache is caused by fluid buildup in the nasal cavities in the skull. If your body can’t break down that fluid, it can cause inflammation and pressure. There are chiropractic techniques that target specific pressure points and reduce inflammation that causes headaches. Realigning the spine can improve how the brain communicates with the rest of the body so it can process allergens effectively. Even the bones of the skull can be gently manipulated to relieve pressure and restore balance. Beyond chiropractic techniques that align the spine and loosen themuscles, a chiropractor can recommend exercises, stretches, ergonomic improvements, and changes in diet. These recommendations can help you avoid recurring tension and inflammation, resulting in fewer headaches. Of course, the worst thing you can do is ignore headaches or dismiss them as normal. Pain is your body’s built-in alarm system that warns you when something isn’t quite right. If you experience headaches on a regular basis, call to schedule an appointment at In Good Hands Chiropractic Center. Allison J. Scharf, DC
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Can Oolong Tea Extract Fight Breast Cancer? By: Lauren Kolacki
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Oolong tea extract has 'great potential' in the prevention of breast cancer, scientists believe because it was shown to stop tumors from growing at a lab at St. Louis University. Laboratory tests showed the Chinese tea, used for centuries for its supposed health benefits, stopped the growth of breast cancer cells. Researchers found the ex- tract hampered the DNA of the cancer cells, inhibiting the growth and progression of tu- mors. Green tea showed similar promise, the scientists said. However, black and dark tea had little effect on the cells. Scientists at St Louis Uni- versity, Missouri, also analyzed the rates of breast cancer and deaths from the disease across China. Their analysis found regions with high oolong tea consump- tion had generally lower rates of the disease. The team now says the tea offers promise as a non-toxic approach to prevent breast can- cer, which one in eight women will develop in their lifetime. Researchers, led by Dr. Chunfa Huang, examined the effect of oolong tea extract on six breast cancer cell lines. “Green and oolong tea extracts prohibited breast cancer cell growth in all six breast cancer cell lines,” Dr. Huang says. The team said, “From our results, oolong tea, much like green tea, plays a role in inhib- iting breast cancer cell growth, proliferation and tumor pro- gression.” Oolong tea originates from China. Any tea that has been oxidized between eight and 85 percent (semi oxidized) can be considered an oolong tea. Tea oxidation is one of many steps in the production of oolong tea. As soon as you pluck a tea- leaf, it starts to oxidize. Black teas are fully oxidized whereas green teas are hardly oxidized
at all. Oolong, also known as 'black dragon tea' falls into the middle. A cup would contain caf- feine, vitamins, minerals, ami- no acids and beneficial tea polyphenol antioxidants, ac- cording to USDA Food Com- position Databases. These properties all have potential for health benefits in- cluding weight loss, brain func- tion, heart health and diabetes prevention. But their efficacy in tea needs more research. Oolong tea is mostly pro- duced in China, where people have been using it for its sup- posed medicinal purposes for a historic period of time. There- fore, the scientists also looked at 2014 data from the Chinese and Fujian province cancer reg- istry annual report. They found that the incidence of breast cancer in the Fujian province was 35 percent lower than the national average. Those who drank the most oolong tea had a 25 percent lower incidence compared to the average Fujian, and 50 per- cent lower than the national average. They also appeared to have a lower mortality rate - the death rate of high consumers of oolong tea in Fijian was 68 per- cent lower than the national average, according to the find- ings published in the journal Anticancer Research. “It is clear that more study is needed,” Dr. Huang said. “The lower incidence and mortality in regions with higher oolong tea consumption indicate that oolong tea has great potential for its anti-cancer properties.” More than 250,000 wom- en in the U.S. were diagnosed with breast cancer in 2018, and around 41,000 die from the illness each year. Prevention and early diagnosis are key to improving future health pros- pects.
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A: (LIE-kun skluh-ROW-sus) is a condition that creates patchy, white skin that appears thinner than normal. It usually affects the genital and anal areas. Anyone can get lichen sclerosus but postmenopausal women are at higher risk. An overactive immune system or an imbalance of hormones may play a role. Symptoms vary person to person, but they generally include:
If you have lichen sclerosus on or around your genitals or anus or have a more advanced case on other parts of your body, your doctor will recommend treatment. Treatment helps reduce itching, improve your skin's appearance and decrease further scarring. I diagnose and treat this in my office and am available for consultations. For more information feel free to contact: Dr. Helen Simigiannis, MD, FACOG Antheia Gynecology 375 US Highway 130, Suite 103 East Windsor, NJ 08520 Next to the Americana Diner 609.448.7800 www.antheiagyn.com Adolescent & Routine Gynecology Menopause Urinary Incontinence Endometrial Ablation Birth Control
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• Itching, irritation, or burning sensations in the skin. • Dry skin that looks like white, patchy marks on your vulva. • Bruising and tearing, which appears when the skin has thinned and become fragile. • White scar tissue, a symptom that, along with itching and burn- ing, can seem really alarming (though white spots are often su- per treatable). One of the most telling signs of lichen sclerosus is white scar tissue in the shape of a figure-8 around the edges of your vulva and anus. • Pain during sex, usually a sign that your skin has thinned and/or a buildup of scar tissue has made your vaginal opening tighter and painfully taut.
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Chris Smith’s Lyme Disease Amendment Passes House, Tells DOD IG to Investigate ‘Weaponization’ of Ticks The full House of Representatives passed an amendment offered by Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) which directs the Inspector General (IG) of the Department of Defense to investigate the “possible involvement of DOD biowarfare labs in the weap- onization of Lyme disease in ticks and other insects” from 1950-1975. According to Smith, he was “inspired to write the amendment”—now part of the House-passed 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA)—by “a number of books and articles suggesting that significant research had been done at U.S. government facilities including Fort Detrick, Maryland and Plum Island, New York to turn ticks and other insects into bioweapons.” During debate on the floor, Smith said that, “The most recent book—Bitten: The Secret History of Lyme Disease and Biological Weapons—includes interviews with Dr. Willy Burgdorfer—the researcher who is credited with discovering Lyme disease. The book reveals that Dr. Burgdorfer was a bioweapons specialist. Those interviews combined with access to Dr. Burgdorfer’s lab files suggest that he and other bioweapons specialists stuffed ticks with pathogens to cause severe disability, disease—even death—to potential enemies.” “With Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases exploding in the United States—with an estimated 300,000 to 437,000 new cases diagnosed each year and 10-20 percent of all patients suffering from chronic Lyme disease—Americans have a right to know whether any of this is true. And have these experiments caused Lyme disease and other tick-borne disease to mutate and to spread?” Smith asked. “My amendment tasks the DOD Inspector General to ask the hard questions and report back,” he said. During debate on his amendment, Smith said the investigation would explore such questions as: • What were the parameters of the program? • Who ordered it? • Was there ever any accidental release anywhere or at any time of any diseased ticks? • Were any ticks released by design? • Did the program contribute to the disease burden? • Can any of this information help current-day researchers find a way to mitigate these diseases?” Smith has a long record of fighting for people suffering from Lyme disease. He is the author of the pending bipartisan, bicameral TICK Act introduced earlier this year to create a whole-of-government national strategy to aggressively fight Lyme disease. The TICK Act (Ticks: Identify, Control, Knockout Act) (HR 3073) authorizes an additional $180 million to boost funding for Lyme research, prevention and treatment programs. Smith—who is the founding co-chair of the House Lyme Disease Caucus along with Rep. Collin Peterson (D-MN)— said the bill provides $60 million over five years to reauthorize the Regional Centers of Excellence in Vector Borne Disease which have led the scientific response against tick-borne diseases. And the bill authorizes new CDC grants for a total of $120 million over six years, to build a public health infrastructure for Lyme and other tick-borne diseases. The legislation is supported by more than 25 non-government organizations dedicated to combating Lyme. In June, the House of Representatives adopted two other Smith amendments to boost funding for combating Lyme disease. One amendment, (Division C of H.R. 2740, adopted June 18th), adds $2 million to the DOD’s Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program (CDMRP) for Tick-Borne Disease Research which primarily helps service personnel and their families exposed to Lyme. The program is currently funded at $5 million. On June 12th, the House adopted Smith’s amendment to add $1 million for Lyme disease research at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC currently spends $11 million on Lyme research. This spring, Smith hosted a Congressional town meeting on Lyme disease in Wall Township, NJ, featuring a panel of national experts including Dr. Ben Beard, Deputy Director of the Division on Vector-Borne Diseases at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control; Pat Smith, President of the Lyme Disease Association; and Dr. Richard Horowitz, an Internist and expert in treating patients with Lyme and other tick-borne diseases.
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Did you know that falls are the most common cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries in the elderly? And colder weather brings sluggish joints and less blood flow to the body and the brain. This leads to slower reaction times and more unsteadiness. 1 out of 4 people aged over 65 falls every year. Over 3 million injuries are treated annually in the ER. Over 55 billion dollars are spent on treating the elderly due to falls, of which Medicare and Medicaid shoulder 75% of the cost. Not only is the fall a disastrous event, the after effects of depression, physical decline, feeling of helplessness, and isolation all are very common. This also leads to increased stress for the family or immediate caretaker.
Your podiatrist, Dr. Sanjay Gandhi , is an active participant in the National Fall Prevention Program. This includes a podiatric and gait examination to check for risk factors of falling. If you qualify, you are entitled to balance braces that keep your legs from “wobbling” or “teetering”. You also may be able to get free shoes that provide the proper support and grip to maintain ground reactivity. Preventing falls is essential to keeping those minor bumps and bruises away, but also to preventing major head injuries that can cause bleeding and sometimes permanent damage. If you are over 65, and feeling even the slightest bit unsteady, get screened properly today! You have nothing to lose and everything to gain. A Step Up Podiatry
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Landmark Autism CARES Act Passes House Smith’s Bill Provides over $1.8B for NIH, CDC & HRSA autism programs
Bipartisan, bicameral legislation to powerfully support and aggressively pursue durable remedies and effective interven- tions for the 1.5 million children with autism was approved unanimously by the U.S. House of Representatives. Authored by Rep. Chris Smith (NJ-04), with chief Demo- crat cosponsor, Rep. Mike Doyle (PA-14), The Autism CARES Act of 2019 provides slightly more than $1.8 billion over five years “for America’s whole-of-government Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) initiative” lead by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).
Smith’s bill also helps adults with autism who he said are “are often misdiagnosed, underdiagnosed and overlooked. Lan- guage throughout the bill emphasizes that causes, diagnosis, detection, prevention and treatment of autism spectrum dis- order (ASD) must be throughout the lifespan of a person. According to Drexel University’s AJ Drexel Autism Center, about fifty to sixty thousand children “age out” to adulthood each year creating challenges for education, housing, employment and access to health care,” he said. Smith thanked the more than 35 non-governmental organizations that have endorsed his legislation and called on the Senate for speedy passage.
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Dong QuaI: The Benefits of an Ancient Chinese Remedy By Pam T el
Angelica Sinensis, a type of herb, also known as Dong Quai, is a female ginseng belonging to the Apiaceae family of plants, which includes parsley, carrots, celery, and coriander. It thrives in cooler temperatures and is typically found in the mountainous regions of China, Japan, and Korea. The plant has been a prime ingredient in Chinese medicine for centuries and was used for everything from relieving depression, to healing constipation, to increasing ones libido. Today, a major use for Dong Quai is to help balance hormones and reduce symptoms of menopause. Many of the health promoting properties of this herb come from the presence of coumarin, which is a naturally occurring compound present in many plants. It also contains ferulic acid and phytosterols. The root is often brewed into an herbal tea and has a taste similar to anise. Some benefits of Dong Quai include: to strengthen bones, along with eating calcium enriched foods, regular physical ac- tivity, and spending some time outdoors to get a good healthy dose of Vitamin D from the Sun. It can also help in reducing Blood Sugar and promote normal blood sugar levels. It may promote heart health by decreasing your cholesterol levels and reducing the risk for heart disease. It also decreases inflammation- It has powerful properties that help reduce inflammation and reduce the risk of chronic inflammation. It helps alleviate the symptoms of Menopause, which is a natural decline in the amount of hormones produced by the ovaries as women age. It may help with depression and have an anti depressant effect when it comes to your mood. Dong Quai has also been used by the Native Americans, the Ayorvedic, and Kampa, in medicines as a cure for anemia, heart disease and high blood sugar. Dong Quai supposedly means “The husband returns back to the wife.” Its roots are harvested and dried and turned into a powder. The root can also be simmered, steamed, slow cooked and infused into soups and broths but it’s much easier to get it in supplement forms, sliced roots or in an extract. It does have some side effects that you should be aware of. Since it contains Coumarin, which is used in blood thinning medications like warfarin, it can increase your risk of bleeding. You also have to be careful about combining it with oth- er natural blood thinners such as ginger, ginko and garlic. Pregnant women are not advised to take this especially when breastfeeding or taking oral birth control pills. It could cause a miscarriage. Always read up on the product first and when in doubt, ask a doctor.
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School Bus Safety Nothing says school is back in session like seeing the bright yellow buses out and about in your town.
The American School Bus Council estimates that 480,000 buses provide transportation for children every school year. A new re- port shows that from 2004 to 2013, 327 school-age children were killed in school transportation-related crashes. Of those, 54 were occupants of school transportation vehicles, 147 were occupants of other vehicles, 116 were pedestrians, nine were pedal-cyclists and one was classified as an “other non-occupant.” The report also puts the school transportation-related crash data in the context of overall vehicle crashes: From 2004 to 2013, there were 340,039 fatal motor vehicle traffic crashes. Of those, 1,214 (0.36%) were classified as school transportation-related. Safety Tips The National Safety Council recommends students and parents follow the following precautions when heading out for the bus stop: •Children should always board and exit the bus at locations that provide safe access to the bus or to the school building; •Remind your child to wait for the bus to completely stop be- fore approaching it from the curb; •Make sure your child walks where she can see the bus driver; • If your child’s school bus has lap or shoulder seat belts, make sure your child uses one at all times. Share the Road Remember that school buses stop at all railroad tracks. They do this for the safety of your children, so give them the space to do so. Also, when you see a school bus approaching you from the op-
posite lane, be on the lookout for flashing lights and extending stop sign, which mean the bus is slowing for a student drop-off. Be sure to come to a complete stop in your lane and don’t hit the gas until the bus has disengaged the stop sign and turned off the flashing lights. Bullying Behavior The school bus is a prime spot for bullying because of the limited view the driver has of all the passengers. Here are some signs of bullying, from The U.S. Department of Health and Human Ser- vices and what the department recommends doing about them. Signs to Look For • Unexplained injuries; • Changes in eating habits; • Frequent nightmares; • Frequent stomach aches or headaches; and • Declining grades or interest in school. Actions to Take • Encourage open, honest discussions with your child about the subject; • Set a meeting with your child’s teacher or principal; • Offer your child actions to take that are an alternative to fighting or verbal abuse; • Give your child positive and affectionate attention; and • Keep a close eye out for injuries or worsening atti- tudes toward school.
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A Psychiatrist Reflects on 20 Years of Treating Children with Autism By Ankur Desai, MD
The number of people diagnosed with autism has grown in the 20 years that I’ve been a child and adoles- cent psychiatrist, and so has my understanding of the disorder. I first learned about autism in my Growth and Development Course when I was a medical student 20 years ago. The classic presentation of the disorder was described then as “an individual with pervasive social and communication skills deficits and a history of lim- ited, circumscribed interests and repetitive, stereotypical mannerisms.” I’ll admit: Back then, I was uncertain how to interact with patients with autism and didn’t understand how they would be able to grow and thrive in society. How- ever, I had the opportunity to work with children with
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autism as a medical student, psychiatry resident, and in more depth as a child and adolescent psychiatry fellow. During those six years of training, I learned more about the subtle nuances of autism. I realized that the disorder wasn’t the narrow outlook described above. Instead, I saw first-hand that the autism community encompasses a broad variety of individuals from different walks of life, each with their own strengths and challenges; a true spectrum of abilities and deficits. The Number of Patients Diagnosed with Autism Is Growing The prevalence of autism over the last 15 to 20 years has grown exponentially. When I started medical school, about 1 in 1,000 people were diagnosed with the disorder, and it affected four times as many males than females. In 2000 when I was a resident, autism affected about 1 in 155. Now, the condition affects 1 in 59 children, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Startlingly, in New Jersey, autism affects 1 in 34 children, and more specifically, 1 in 22 boys. I’m frequently asked why the number of children diagnosed with autism continues to increase. The answer is complex. There are multiple reasons for this increase: • Our awareness of autism and our ability to identify its signs and symptoms has improved, leading to a higher rate of diagnosis • It’s likely that people with milder forms of autism who weren’t diagnosed had children of their own who meet the cur- rent definition • Environmental factors, such as exposure to chemicals, medications, alcohol, and other substances and conditions that we only partially understand Redefining Autism In 2015, the American Psychiatric Association released the fifth edition of its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). This is the standard reference guide that health care providers use to diagnose mental and behavioral conditions, including autism. In this updated version of the manual, the condition Asperger’s syndrome was removed, and its symptoms were folded into a broader category of autism spectrum disorders (ASD). To be diagnosed with autism spec- trum disorder, patients must have three symptoms (called criteria) regarding socialization and communication and two symptoms of restrictive or repetitive behaviors. With improved awareness of the diagnostic criteria and assessment tools that can identify potential signs of autism at younger ages, children can be referred to the appropriate therapeutic services at earlier stages of their development. This enables us to improve the overall trajectory of their development and progress Over the last 15 to 20 years, there’s been a concerted effort nationwide to integrate behavioral health services to address treatment needs related to ASD and other intellectual and developmental disabilities. There is a growing focus on linking children who exhibit developmental delays involving social skills and speech and language skills with early intervention services and, if appropriate, transition them to specialized preschool programs. These services can provide critical, evi- denced-based services, such as social skills training, applied behavioral analysis, and speech and language therapy, which are important for optimizing their progress in school and in the community. As a parent, it’s only natural to want the best for your child, and it can sometimes be difficult to understand the recom- mendations and “take home” points from an autism evaluation. If your medical provider indicates that your child may meet in school and their long-term prognosis for life. More Services for Better Treatment
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the criteria for autism, you may want to get a goal-standard evaluation, such as an Autism Diagnostic Inventory or Autism Diagnosis Observation Schedule, as the next step in the assessment process. These are assessments that are used to deter- mine if someone meets diagnostic criteria for ASD. You also can request a child study team evaluation from your child’s school. If the child study team agrees to do an assessment for individualized education program (IEP) services as part of their comprehensive evaluation, an autism evaluation could be included. In addition to getting the right diagnosis and the right treatment services in place, talk with your provider about your fears and concerns and identify key members of your support system. Some helpful interventions include looking for support groups in your area or tapping into the SPAN Parent Advocacy Network for help.
Resources for children with autism are expanding and access is improving. You can improve your child’s overall prognosis by getting services in place as early as possible. With the right interventions, children with autism can enjoy a great quality of life and develop the tools they need to achieve their goals. Looking Back—And Ahead My perspective on autism has changed dramatically over the past two decades. My understanding of autism spectrum disorder is far deeper, and I’m optimistic that patients on the spectrum will live positive, productive lives. In my practice, I have seen patients with autism successfully graduate high school and go on to earn college degrees. I’ve seen patients secure jobs through educational and vocational training programs, and I look forward to seeing these patients get married and start families of their own. In fact, the tenacity and intensity that’s inherent in many individuals with autism is one of the most positive aspects of the disorder. With increasing awareness and ongoing development of behavioral health programs for children with autism, there are more options for these individuals to learn, earn, build relationships, and become positive, admirable role models. Ankur Desai, MD, is a board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrist on staff at CentraState Medical Center in Freehold, N.J. He also maintains a private where he provides outpatient medication management and psychotherapy services for children and adults. Dr. Desai can be reached by calling 866-CENTRA7.
QUESTION: Many of my teeth are not in good condition for various reasons. What are some of my options to allow me to smile and eat with no difficulty?
In my practice I place a minimum of six implants for better stability. After the implants are in their prescribed position, the prosthesis is retro-fitted onto the implants and verification of alignment is made. Most patients are both pleased and amazed with the results they see.
It is important to keep in mind that teeth can become non- restorable for various reasons. Initially, one thinks of decay and periodontal (gum disease) issues as the cause. In many cases, these two issues can effect teeth that are natural, with or without fillings / crowns on them. Trauma or grinding of teeth can also cause potential loss of teeth. Regardless of the reason, loosing teeth can create many esthetic and functional problems for most people. For the purpose of this article, I will focus on complete loss of teeth in either the entire upper or lower arch. When someone looses all the teeth in an arch, several treatment options are now available. Many people think that dentures are the necessary treatment, but today that is not the case. Dental implants can be utilized in many combinations. The most discussed treatment option for complete arch restorations involve immediate implant placement and insertion of teeth in one day. This technique requires the placement of four to six implants followed by a single unit set of teeth.
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It is important to keep in mind, the clinical treatment can take place in one visit, but there needs to be a few appointments prior to the surgical day to take the necessary impressions and gather all the necessary clinical date. Each patient’s pre-treament condition will determine the number of presurgical appointments. For the next few months a modified diet is followed since the implants can not be placed under heavy chewing function. The details of the diet will be discussed prior to treatment. After about 4-5 months the final prosthesis is fabricated to give you your new beautiful smile and wonderful chewing ability. If you have any questions regarding full arch dental treatment, feel free to contact my office for a complementary consultation and CT scan.
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