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Age-Defying of RHODIOLA

Reviewed by: R. Scott Siewert


The root extract of Rhodiola rosea has been used for centuries in traditional medical systems of Asia and Europe to increase resistance to mental and physical stress and relieve anxiety and depression.

Rhodiola can strengthen the bodies resistance to psychological and physical stress without interfering with normal bodily functions and can protect many of the factors of aging, including the age related decline of the immune system.

In addition, Rhodiola has been shown to combat depression by normalizing the body’s stress hormone levels, and modulating mood elevating neurotransmitter levels in the brain.

With studies showing the multitude benefits of Rhodiola on mechanisms, this low cost nutrient is likely to increase in popularity among health conscience individuals.


Oral Treatment for Dry Eyes 2015

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Oral Treatment for Dry Eyes

By R. Scott Siewert, Health and Wellness Director

Dry eye syndrome is common, especially as we grow older. Loss of moisture from the eye can lead to serious medical consequences, as well as producing frustration and anxiety.

Over the counter eye drops produce only temporary relief. Prescription eye drops can be expensive, and may produce some side effects.

Recent discoveries show that protective plant compounds from South American maqui berry can reduce light induced damage to the tear glands, enhance tear production and improve eye health.

Omega-3 fatty acids are the perfect pairing with the maqui berry extract because they boost production of the oily layer, thereby improving the integrity of the tear film and slowing the evaporation of tears. 

This scientific breakthrough now allows you to soothe dry, irritated eyes with an oral, once a day supplement made from maqui berries. Stop in and ask your local health food store about this supplement.


This is what Happens to your Body in one Hour after Drinking Coke

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This is what Happens to your Body in

one Hour after Drinking Coke


We’ve heard time after time that Coca-Clola or just any kind of soda, for that matter- is bad for us. Still this doesn’t stop most of us from consuming it. But perhaps if we knew exactly what it does to our bodies is might make us think twice.


Reviewed by R. Scott Siewert / Health Wellness Director


What Happens to your Body in one Hour After Drinking Coke

  1. First Ten minutes:  10 teaspoons of sugar hit your system. (100% of daily recommended intake).  You don’t immediately vomit from the overwhelming sweetness because phosphoric acids cut the flavor allowing you to keep it down.
  2. 20 minutes: Your blood sugar, causing insulin burst. Your liver responds to this by turning any sugar it can get its hands on into fat. (There’s plenty of that at this particular moment).
  3. 40 minutes: Caffeine absorption is complete. Your pupils dilate, your blood pressure rises as your liver dumps more sugar into your blood stream. The adenosine receptors in your brain are blocked preventing drowsiness.
  4. 45 minutes: Your body ups your dopamine production stimulating the pleasure centers of your brain. This is the same way that Heroin works.
  5. 60 minutes: The phosphoric acid binds calcium, magnesium and zinc in your lower intestine, providing a further boost in your metabolism. This is compounded by high doses of sugar and artificial sweeteners also increase the urinary excretion of calcium.
  6. 60 minutes: The caffeine’s properties come into play. (It makes you have to pee). It is now assured that you’ll evacuate the bonded calcium, magnesium and zinc that were headed to your bones as well as sodium, electrolyte and water.
  7. 60 minutes: As the rave inside of you dies down you’ll start to have a sugar crash. You may become irritable or sluggish. You’re now urinated away all the water that was in COKE. But not before infusing it with valuable nutrients your body could have used for things like hydrating your system or build strong bones and teeth.

For More Health and Wellness articles by our Heath and Wellness Director, R. Scott Siewert,  click on our "Health & wellness section" which can be found on the front page of our Website.


Something to Think About... Fact or Fiction

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Something to Think About... Fact or Fiction

By R. Scott Siewert, Director Heath & Wellness


Can you ease digestive problems?

Our digestive tract is filled with microorganisms some good and some bad.  Yogurt contains beneficial bacteria, generally called Probiotics that well maintain a healthy balance.  Probiotics can relieve, several gastrointestestinal problems, including constipation and diarrhea.   Certain brands of yogurts, like Activa by Dannon, are marketed exclusively to treat stomach issues.

Answer: YES



Is bottle water better for you than tap water?

Bottled water is no safer of purer than tap water, although it is substantially more expensive.  A recent study by Glasgow University in the U.K. found that bottled water is actually more likely to be contaminants than water from your faucet because it is less regulated. Bottled water and tap water typically come from the same sourced natural springs, lakes, and aquifers. While public water supplies are tested for contaminants every day, makers of bottled water are only required to test for specific contaminants every week, month, or year.

Answer: IN Short, NO



Can you Drink too much WATER?

It is very rare for someone to die from drinking too much water, but it can happen. Over hydrating is most common among the elite athletes. Drinking an excess of water, called water intoxication, dilutes the concentration of sodium the blood leading to a condition known as hyponatremia. The symptoms can range from nausea and confusion to seizures. To avoid this, drink fluids with electrolytes during extreme exercise.

Answer: YES



Do Nuts make you Fat ?

As much as 75% of a nut is Fat. But eating fat doesn’t necessarily make you fat. The bigger factor leading to weight gain is portion-size. Luckily, nuts are loaded with healthy fats that keep you full. They’re also a good source of protein and fiber. One study even found that whole almonds One study even found that whole almonds have 20% less calories than previously thought because a lot of the fat is excreted from the body .

Answer: NO



Is walking as effective as running?

Studies have shown that how long you exercise and thus how many calories you burn is more important than how hard you exercise.

Running is more efficient form of exercise, but not necessarily better for you. A six-year study published in the journal Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology in April found that walking at a moderate pace and running produced similar health benefits, so long as the same amount of energy was expended.

Answer: YES



Does Coffee Cause Cancer?

Coffee got a bad rap in the 1980’s when a study linked drinking coffee to pancreatic cancer. The preliminary report was later debunked. More recently, healthy, health studies have swung in favor of the caffeinated beverage. Coffee has been linked to a lower risk of type 2 diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, liver cancer, and even suicide.

Answer: NO




Falls is the leading cause for the Elderly

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Falls is the leading cause for the Elderly”

Some facts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Reviewed By R. Scott Siewert, Director Health & Wellness

At least one-third of all falls in the elderly involve environmental hazards in the home. The most common hazard for falls is tripping over objects on the floor. Other factors include poor lighting, loose rugs, clutter or newspapers, books, magazines and lack of grab bars or poorly located / mounted grab bars, and unsteady furniture.

  • 30% of adults age 65 and older living in the community fall each year
  • Falls are the leading cause of older make up13.7% of our state’s population but account for more than 80% of fatal falls
  • More than half of older adults who live residential care or nursing homes with fall each year
  • The risk of falling increases significantly after the age of 75
  • Falls account for more than 90% of all accidental hip fractures
  • The causes for falls very with contributing factors including lack of strength in lower extremities, the use of more than four medications, reduced vision, chronic health problems and unsafe home conditions.
  • Please take these facts serious and be careful.




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