We are adding a new provider and developing more offerings.
NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
New Provider Coming
Summer Huntley-Dale, PhD, NP-C will be joining Asheville Gynecology & Wellness in a few months. Summer is a nurse practitioner with a PhD who will be coming aboard in a few months. She will be available to see GYN patients for routine and problem oriented visits. She shares Asheville Gynecology & Wellness’s commitment to health and wellness. Summer has done additional training through Apeiron in the use of genomic testing to help design more precise plans for health improvement.
(Stay tuned for news regarding when she will begin scheduling appointments.)
Teaching Kitchen News
Dr. Scott was accepted to the Food-For-Life Instructor Training that will certify her kitchen to continue offering classes.
REFLECTIONS ON HEALTH INSURANCE
This year, more than many other years, public attention focused on the importance of healthcare and what can happen if health insurance becomes too expensive to afford. While the national debate about health insurances rages on, I want to offer another perspective on how we can all insure our health.
Many illnesses occurring in the USA are related to personal lifestyle choices. These lifestyle choices include one’s nutrition, physical activity and exercise, stress management, spiritual practices, and the degree to which one feels connected in community with others. Each of these items exerts powerful effects on health and disease
We are a culture who are driven by incessant interaction with computers, tablets, Kindles, and cell phones. This high-paced, stress-filled pattern leaves little time for community building, relationships with others, or cultivating a physical and emotional connections to animals and the earth. In addition, our foods are often laden with fats and sugars. Manufacturers seem to know that when consumers are stressed they will reach for calorically-dense foods packed with fats, sugars, and salt. These factors in combination with an increasingly sedentary lifestyle are known to contribute to many health problems. Many people wonder how they can change their current habits so that they can insure good health in the future.
I have been committed to raising patient’s awareness about what they can do that will have appositive impact on health. It is important to find ways to empower others to make the changes they desire to make. At Asheville Gynecology & Wellness, we emphasize Whole Food, Plant-based approaches because this approach consistently lowers cholesterol, regulates blood sugar and blood pressure, and reduces inflammatory processes. Our goal is to empower others to make lasting changes
I am excited to be going to our nation’s capitol in May to complete the Food-For-Life Instructor Training. This is an intensive program that will help me translate nutrition research into community education. We plan to soon be accepting enrollment for classes beginning in mid-August 2017.
Acupuncture at Asheville Gynecology & Wellness
Did you know that Asheville Gynecology & Wellness offers Acupuncture Services? Please join us in welcoming Natasha Kubis, L.Ac.
Natasha Kubis, L.AC,, s and her husband Alex relocated to the mountains of Western North Carolina. Natasha left a busy Acupuncture practice of 7 years to move to Asheville. She is steadily building her practice and I am delighted that she affiliated with Asheville Gynecology & Wellness. She is compassionate, gentle, and she listens carefully to each patient’s needs. Her unique style of integrating the various aspects of acupuncture practices with soft tissue work is a truly integrated and whole approach to care. Natasha has an interest in treating pain, anxiety and women’s health.
Acupuncture is a natural form of healing that has many potential benefits that include: drug-free pain relief, treatment of a wide range of acute and chronic ailments with an approach that seeks to restore health and balance that may address underlying causes of illness, and prevention of illness and maintenance of well-being.
How it Works; Meridians
A meridian is an ‘energy highway’ in the human body that connects different areas.
Energy, or Chi in Chinese, flows throughout the body along these meridian or energy highway, accessing all parts of the body.
There are 12 main channels and 8 extra channels that are named according to the organ and area of the body they eventually flow through. The meridians are distinguished as either Yin or Yang which reflects a foundational idea in Chinese medicine related to the balancing and connectedness of seemingly opposing forces. Acupuncture points are located along the meridians and different techniques can be used to affect the flow of Chi/energy traversing the meridians. There are over 2,000 points on the body.
Natasha Kubis, L.Ac. Acupuncture
Natasha is an astute clinician who integrates soft tissue treatment into her hour-long, one-on-one sessions. Her method of treatment combines Chinese and Japanese techniques and her results have been impressive. I highly recommend her services to anyone who’s been having health issues that have not responded well to traditional medical care. She can be reached at:
Essential Acupuncture Wellness
828 407 1651
Asheville Gynecology & Wellness
828 585 6655
Are You Confused About Mammogram Screening For Breast Cancer?
Breast cancer screening guidelines have become a bit confusing. There are quite a few organizations who have established guidelines but at present there are differing opinions.
The groups all agree that mammogram screening helps reduce deaths from breast cancer in women. However, the controversy involves the issue of when women should begin having screening mammogram and the frequency with which mammograms should be done. The experts from the various organizations have reviewed various published studies and have reached different conclusions.
Mammogram with small cancer
The fact is that screening mammograms can detect breast abnormalities. Clinical trials have demonstrated that for women in the 40s and 50s screening mammograms can reduce cancer deaths by as much as 15 to 29 percent. However, one study reported that despite early diagnosis resulting from screening mammograms, the number of women being diagnosed with advanced breast cancer hasn’t changed. One conclusion that this suggested was that some women will be diagnosed with early breast cancer that would never have affected their health or lifespan.
The problem arises from the the fact that doctors cannot distinguish “dangerous” breast cancers that will eventually progress to advanced disease from those that will not become life-threatening. Therefore, annual mammograms remain the best alternative for detecting early disease and reducing the risk of death.
There is a legitimate concern that mammogram screening can lead to false positive results. A false positive occurs when an abnormality is detected that eventually proves to be benign—not cancer. A woman receiving a false positive result on screening mammogram may be asked to obtain additional mammogram images and other testing like an ultrasound. The problem of false positives is particularly difficult for younger women who may be more likely to receive a false positive results.
Images of various findings on mammogram
Presently, the decision on timing (and frequency) of mammogram screening is best decided based on each individual’s risk in discussion with her health care provider.
Breast cancer screening guidelines
(Chart from www.FacingOurRisk.org “Mammogram Update by Lisa Schlager)
(To download a copy of this chart Comparison Breast Cancer Screening (1).)
- ACR, SBI, ACOG — annual mammogram starting at age 40, with no upper age limit
- ACS — start at age 45, annual 45-54, biennial starting at 55, continue if life expectancy >10 years
- Canada & most European countries start biennial screening at age 50 & stop at age 69
- USPSTF, CDC, AAFP –every 2 years from age 50-74
- USPSTF & ACS do not recommend Clinical Breast Exam (performed by healthcare provider)
For clarification, I will provide the names of the above mentioned organizations.
ACR American College of Radiology
SBI Society of Breast Imaging
ACOG American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology
USPSTF US Prevention Service Task Force
AAFP American Academy of Family Physicians
ACS American Cancer Society
CDC Center for Disease Control
The density of the breast tissue as described on the mammogram can shape the decision as to what sort of mammogram study is preferred. Dense breast tissue is more difficult to assess on mammogram and the 3D mammogram is better suited for women with dense breast tissue. The absolute guidelines have not been formulated for 3D mammograms. 3D mammograms are not offered everywhere and not all insurance companies cover the additional cost.
DNA Double Helix
If you have a strong family history of breast cancer please review this with your provider to determine if you may be a candidate for genetic screening.
Also keep in mind risk reduction starts with lifestyle including avoiding smoking cigarettes and drinking alcohol.
Remaining physically active and eating a diet high in fresh vegetables, fruits and whole foods does decrease risk of breast cancer and important for heart health as well.
NEWSLETTER Spring 2016
Asheville Gynecology & Wellness strives to transform women’s health care one patient at a time. We provide personalized, gynecological care to women at every stage of life, taking the time to listen and build partnerships in health. We are a gynecology practice that is reaching beyond convention to find innovative ways to improve women’s health and well-being.
(Space is available for Tomorrow’s KICKSTART, Tomorrow April 5th)
ACUPUNCTURE NOW AVAILABLE
Image from www.theage.com.au 10/2/11
Natasha Kubis is a Licensed Acupuncturist in North Carolina & New York. She is Board Certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). In 2009, she graduated from Eastern School of Acupuncture and Traditional Medicine in Montclair, NJ where she received a Masters Diploma and graduated with honors. The program was three years in length and involved 3,000 hours. Natasha practices a combination of traditional Chinese as well as Japanese styles of acupuncture in her treatments. She studied with world-renowned pioneer in Japanese acupuncture, Kiiko Matsumoto. She implements both theories in her diagnostic principles but utilizes Japanese needling techniques for a pain free acupuncture experience.
Some key differences between Japanese Style acupuncture and Traditional Chinese style acupuncture are the needle size, depths of insertion, insertion technique as well as needle stimulation. Natasha uses Japanese style needling techniques which involve smaller needles, more shallow needling, the use of a guide tube which allows for quick and precise insertion, and less manipulation of the needle after it has been inserted. Patients find this technique to be painless compared to Traditional Chinese style.
Japanese Acupuncture involves a great deal of palpation of the acupuncture point before insertion of the needle. In Japan, acupuncture was traditionally an occupation for the blind. Acupuncture has been practiced in China for over 2,500 years. It involves the insertion of small, thin, sterile needles into the skin at acupuncture points to treat a wide range of disorders, most commonly chronic pain.
Today, stainless steel is used to make needles and needles are discarded after a single use. As a natural form of healing, acupuncture has the following benefits:
- It provides drug-free pain relief.
- It effectively treats a wide range of acute and chronic ailments.
- It treats the underlying cause of disease and illness as well as the symptoms.
- It provides a holistic approach to the treatment of disease and illness, linking body, mind and emotions.
- It assists in the prevention against disease and illness as well as the maintenance of general well-being.
Acupuncture is based on the Meridian Theory. A meridian is an ‘energy highway’ in the human body that connects different areas. Energy (Chi) flows through 12 main channels and 8 extra secondary channels. There are over 2,000 points on the body. Stimulating the points along the meridian system allows different parts of the body to communicate. This is important to move blockages when there are traffic jams along the meridian pathways. Blockages can lead to acute or chronic illness whether it is physical or emotional. Stimulating acupuncture points triggers the release of opioid peptides, naturally occurring chemicals that have an analgesic effect, enhance our sense of well-being, and possibly improve immune function..
Natasha believes in educating her patients and creating an environment in which they feel involved and connected to their own particular curative process. She creates cooperative partnerships with her patients in their process of self-healing. She is a general practitioner with special interests in pain management, emotional well-being, immune system support and reproductive health.
FOOD FOR LIFE
Food For Life: Kickstart
(Nutrition Education and cooking demo)
Begins: April 5th at 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Instructor: Terri Edwards
Registration at http://tiny.cc/9a7z9x
The Food for Life: Kickstart Your Health classes opportunities to discover which foods are optimal for weight management, learn about various health topics including blood pressure and digestion, and get empowered with the practical cooking skills needed to help you on your journey to better health.In the classes, attendees do all of this while enjoying a cooking demonstration of healthful dishes in a supportive setting.
Food for Life: Diabetes Initiative NOW Enrolling for MAY 17th This class offers many of the same principles of plant-based eating with a special focus on diabetes, pre-diabetes. Adult onset diabetes (Type 2) has become an enormous public health burden that is directly related to the foods we eat. http://www.eatplant-based.com/food-for-life-classes.html
REFER A FRIEND Asheville Gynecology & Wellness is grateful when our patients refer friends or family members. When you refer someone, we know that you are giving us a vote of confidence. It is always helpful when a new patient lets us know that they were referred by one of our patients.
Our Booth was a big success. We had more than 1,000 visitors and our staff was available to answer questions, pass out gifts, and serve smoothie samples.
Congratulations to Kathryn Bailey.
Kathryn won the Raffle for the gift basket from Gerber Village valued at nearly $500
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DID YOU KNOW?
- Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the United States.
- Exercise spread out during the week in smaller chunks of time during the day provides many of the same benefits as continuous exercise. Adults are encouraged to exercise for 2 hours and 30 minutes (or 150 minutes total) each week.
- Vitamin D has important roles in heart health, immune and nervous system function, and of course bone health. Vitamin K, found in green leafy vegetables, has also been shown to reduce the risk of bone fractures.
- The new U.S. Dietary Guidelines, which are updated every 5 years, may not go far enough according to some experts. The recommendations for reducing refined sugar to 10% of a daily 2000-calorie diet and the unclear recommendation to reduce red meat and processed meats for men and boys fails to address the proven role of these foods in heart disease, inflammation, and cancer. For more information go to https://www.drmcdougall.com/misc/2010other/guidelines.htm
- What influences our chances of living to be 100 years old? You may be interested in watching a very intriguing TED Talk by Dan Buettner, who teamed up with National Geographic, to investigate 4 “Blue Zones” across the world with a higher proportion of the population who live to 100. Watch the TED Talk at https://www.ted.com/talks/dan_buettner_how_to_live_to_be_100
Asheville Gynecology & Wellness
11 Crispin Ct, E-106
Asheville, NC 28803
PH (828) 585-6655 FAX (828) 585-6656