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ETC. 08 Publisher Note 10 From an Armoire to… 12 Woman You Want to Meet-Marlisa Small 13 Improve Your Pet’s Health And Your Own Wealth 17 5 Hacks for Greener, Happier Living 18 Ask the Organizer 25 Shopping for Auto Insurance? Review these Helpful Tips 29 Tips For Moms Going Back To The Workforce 30 Conway Country Club 34 The Moveable Feast for Summer 2016 37 Groom Concert 40 Rediscover The Joy of Riding A Bike! 43 CLASS offers Zoom into Mindfulness 44 Retirement Planning for Women at Every Age: What Should You Be Doing Right Now? 45 Endorsements 47 Art & Book Fair to Raise the Roof! 52 Understanding Your Cat's Bloodwork 58 Arrested For DUI - Did You Really Just Blow $10,000? HEALTH/BEAUTY 11 Treatment of Facial Spider Veins 14 How to Take Action in Tough Times 16 Golfing the Grand Strand... without Pain! 20 Thyroid Cancer: What You Need to Know 22 Taking The Sting Out Of Summer 23 Trouble Hearing? It May Just Be Earwax! 24 Are YOU Getting Enough Sleep? 27 The “Germiest” Items in the Kitchen 28 Weight Management: Your Responsibility 32 Changing Lives…For Good! 33 Antibiotic Associated Diarrhea/Colitis 36 Take Action Against Stroke 39 Summer Weight Loss 46 Skin Cancer Awareness 48 Sun Safety 50 25 Signs You’re Succeeding At Life 56 Aging with Vitality, Grace and Confidence 59 What You Should Know About a GMO 6

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Publisher’s Note From the Publisher Terri Petry

Happy Summer! (I think?) Since this will be our first summer here in South Carolina & more specifically, here in the Myrtle Beach area, I am both excited and anxious; excited because we can go to the beach and enjoy the beautiful sunshine. Anxious because I keep hearing about all the traffic from the tourist and that it’s near impossible to get anywhere in a timely manner. A typical work week for me means lots of local travel and not to the same place any given day. It’ll be interesting. If you have any suggestions about alternate routes (avoiding 501) please shoot me an email. Thanks.

I’d like to talk a bit about our Inaugural South Carolina Women’s EXPO that we are hosting on November 19th at the Barefoot Landing Conference Center in NMB. The Expo is shaping up fabulously! It is FREE to attend, but we are suggesting that you bring a hygiene item (soap, shampoo, deodorant…) that will be donated to local Women’s shelters. The donation bins will be located right at the entrance way. We have planned ‘The Ultimate Girl’s Day Out’ for you. Each guest will receive a PINK swag bag stuffed with all kinds of goodies. Then you will enter the main exhibit hall where you will find vendors excited about meeting you to share information and some to present beautiful wares to buy. Our exhibitor list includes all kinds of companies from medical to fashion to financial & travel and so much more. I like to say everything of interest to a woman will be at the South Carolina Women EXPO. There will be 3 breakout sessions each offering 4 seminars throughout the day. (Session A at 9:30-10:30, Session B at 11:30-12:30 & Session C at 1:30-2:30). The seminars range from ‘Organizing your Life’, to ‘Women and Finance’ to ‘Health’ related topics as well. We have also set-up a Holistic Wellness Pavilion at the EXPO it is being sponsored by The Practice and includes practical, interactive modalities related to Holistic wellness. This is where you can enjoy a massage! Another cool addition for the EXPO will be the companies we invited that are all about your outdoor living. They will be set-up on the beautiful terrace at the conference center to introduce all kinds of options for your outdoor space and lifestyle. It is all really great FUN. Let’s not forget, we will be giving away Door Prizes throughout the day. To register to attend simply go to www.whoscoming.com/SCWWomenEXPO or if you’d like to be a part of the EXPO go to www.southcarolinawomenexpo.com for all the particulars.

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Treatment of Facial Spider Veins By Karl Hubach, MD, RVT Many patients that present for treatment of their leg veins are also concerned about facial veins. These veins may present as blue green veins around the eye, groups of small red veins on the cheeks, larger veins on or around the nose, or small round red to purple spots found on the face or body. Occasionally these small veins can be present in childhood, but the more typical presentations are those areas that have developed over time in the adult population. Facial veins have some differences from the

veins in the legs, and this can lend itself to faster and more predictable result. The facial skin heals more quickly, the veins are more uniform in depth, the vessel wall is thinner, and they contain less pressure than the leg veins. The cause of the facial veins is often the result of sun damage, genetic factors, and/or a condition called rosacea. Rosacea is a common, chronic skin condition that affects an estimated 14 million Americans. It typically begins after age 30 as a flushing or redness of the cheeks, nose, chin, or forehead that may come and go. Over time, the redness tends to become more persistent and visible blood vessels may appear. Untreated, pimples can develop, and up to 50% of people will develop irritation of the eyes, (ocular rosacea). Rosacea can often be treated with topical medications and the use of lasers and intense pulse light (IPL) for the development of blood vessels. Treatment of facial veins commonly includes the use of electrocautery, sclerotherapy, and IPL/lasers. Electrocautery uses an elec-

tric needle to delivery destructive energy to the vessel. This treatment is frequently used, but carries the lowest success and the highest risk of skin damage and scaring. Sclerotherapy involves the injection of a solution into the vein, resulting in its resolution. While sclerotherapy is highly effective for leg veins, it is less effective and has an increased risk of complications on the face. The use of IPL and lasers has become the treatment of choice for most facial veins. This technique uses light energy to heat the targeted blood vessel and cause its destruction. It is estimated to be 80% effective, is very well tolerated, and has a less than 1% incidence of scaring and pigment changes. The use of IPL gives an added benefit of also treating brown sun spots and rosacea. The number of treatments will depend on the severity of the situation and the individual’s response. For instance, a single vessel may only require one treatment but a patient with rosacea may require 4 to 5 treatments. Treatments are typically separated by 3 to 4 weeks to allow for healing and vessel resolution. Facial vessels are considered cosmetic and treatment is not covered by insurance companies. Karl Hubach, MD, RVT Board Certified in Phlebology Inlet Vein Specialists, PC, Murrells Inlet, SC (843) 652–5344 (LEGG) www.inletveinspecialists.com

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A Woman You Want To Meet Marlisa Small

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live longer and healthier lives. This is based on the scientific evidence that obesity is not just an appearance problem; it is a condition that can lead to serious disease.” Learn?More For further information on donation packages and the Indiegogo campaign, visit www.indiegogo.com/project/preview/fde840fd#/. For more on the company, visit www.canhegat.com. Monitoring a pet’s health is now more efficient than ever with ingenious technology.

Improve Your Pet’s Health And Your Own Wealth You can now invest in your pet’s health and happiness in two special ways. First, you can get a smart pendant that lets you track your pet’s everyday physical activity, GPS location and overall performance. Taking into account the animal’s breed, age and weight, the device streams data directly to a smartphone app, available through the Apple Store and Google Play. The app provides suggestions for optimal food portions—veterinarians say dogs and cats need far fewer calories than most people think—and the recommended exercise levels your pet needs for a healthy life. Called Canhe-Fit, it comes from Nicolas Loiseau and Yohan Vigier, the cofounders of Canhegat, the nutritional coach for dogs and cats. Next, you can contribute to the Indiegogo campaign that features several versions of the Canhe-Fit product with a host of special perks for early backers. Various options for all budgets include the opportunity to donate to an animal welfare association of your choice and have the amount matched up to 10 percent of your support. For an $80 donation, you can get the Canhe-Fit product and a leather bracelet with two colored silicon caps and access to a way to support the charity. A $25 donation gives you a choice of pet toys. Various other levels and prizes are also available. Expert Opinion There are good reasons to get involved in your pet’s health and fitness. As Dr. Gregory S. Hammer, past president of the American Veterinary Medical Association, said, “Through the adoption of proper nutrition, increased physical activity, and regular veterinary visits, owners can help their best friends

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This extra effort can take its toll. It’s not unusual for people to start to withdraw from situations they used to enjoy, such as dining out or socializing, because they don’t have the energy to try to guess at what people are saying. The latest innovations in hearing technology give the brain a boost through better, clearer hearing. The new AGXO h300v2 series preserves as much natural sound and detail as possible, so the brain receives the quality input it needs. With more sound information, the brain doesn’t have to work as hard to understand what is being said. The result is a more natural, effortless hearing experience.

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When things go awry for someone you love, it can be hard to know just how to help. Don’t let fear of saying or doing the wrong thing prevent you from taking action. It’s important to remember that some gesture, whether big or small, is better than doing nothing at all. If you find yourself unsure of how you can lend a hand in a time of need,

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start by envisioning what you might find helpful if you ever found yourself in the same situation. Also take into account special circumstances that may hinder delivering on that need and seek alternatives. For example, a child fighting a severe illness may be desperately missing friends from school, but visitors are limited due to his compromised immune sys-

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tem. Your answer for taking action: work with the child’s teacher and have classmates make cards or funny videos you can share. Overcoming emotion and channeling that energy into action can be a challenge when times are tough, but these ideas will help give you the inspiration to get started: Acknowledgement. Sometimes the greatest help can be hearing that you’re not alone. A simple call or a card letting your loved one know that you’re thinking of them is a small but important gesture in a time of need. Not knowing what to say or fear that talking about it will bring more pain keeps many people quiet in the face of tragedy. A support system that helps chase away a sense of isolation is important. Crowdsourcing. Relying on the vastness of social media is a smart strategy for gaining financial support, whether it’s helping defray expenses or raising funds in honor of a special person or cause. For example, iPads from Isaac, a crowdsourcing cam-

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paign through Move Your Mountain, has raised more than $10,000 in a little over six months to fund iPads for non-verbal children like Isaac, who passed away at the age of 7. Choosing the right platform can help ensure the success of your campaign. Move Your Mountain offers mentors to support new users via email and live chat, helping tell a compelling story and even select impactful photos and videos. The service also offers the lowest fees currently available with no campaign time limits. Learn more at moveyourmountain.org. Donations. When casseroles have been delivered, cards sent and other immediate needs seen to, you may find yourself asking what next. That’s when a thoughtful gesture such as donating your time, money or things to a related charity is sure to be appreciated. Your contributions may or may not directly affect the individual you’re acting on behalf of, but the show of support sends a strong message. Gifting differently. If you have a gifting occasion on the horizon, take advantage of the opportunity. Ask others to forego the gifts they may have sent you, and instead direct those resources to your loved one in need, whether in the form of money or items they need, such as books, new pajamas or a cozy blanket. On the flip side, if you’re the one giving, let your recipient know a contribution has been made in his or her name and share some information about the cause in a thoughtful card. Stress relief. When crises occur, day-to-day concerns get pushed aside. But over time, worries such as lawn care and household chores can wear on caregivers and injured or ill individuals alike. Work together to create a task list, then enlist help from others to tackle the list and eliminate unnecessary stress. When bad things happen, it’s natural to feel helpless. Taking charge and taking action can help you constructively manage through a time of need, encourage others to do the same and make a meaningful difference in your community. (Family Features) Photo courtesy of Getty Images

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hen I talk to family and friends about living in Myrtle Beach, most, if not all immediately associate it with golfing….and rightfully so. They assume that I spend a good amount of my free time playing the sport that Mark Twain has been quoted as saying “golf is a good walk spoiled!” It really is amazing that it is a game that can frustrate you to no end, but at the same time keep you coming back for more. It is the “coming back for more” part that I will focus on in this article and how physical therapy can help. The repetitive nature of a golf swing can have a wear and tear nature on the body, starting at the foot and ending at the head. It is a total body movement, and as such, can really affect anywhere. Having treated patients in the Carolinas for the past seven years I have treated an abundance of golf related injuries, mostly due to repetitive strain on the body. The common areas of complaint are the shoulder, elbow, back, and neck and occasionally the hip, and knee. There sometimes is a misconception that if you had pain for any considerable length of time, and have tried medications and/or injections, that nothing can help. I would strongly disagree. Many of these chronic issues can be treated by way of physical therapy. We will touch upon the elbow and shoulder, though the same philosophies can be applied to other areas of the body. Excessive forces or overuse can disrupt the balance between mobility and stability, resulting in tendon and ligament injuries, as well as joint degenerative changes known as osteoarthritis. When you perform an activity repeatedly, breakdown of tissue occurs faster than the tissue can heal or repair itself, resulting in injury/tissue damage. Initial injuries that are diagnosed as inflammatory conditions such as a tendonitis can progress overtime to degenerative conditions of the tendon, otherwise known as a tendinosis. The problem is that at this point, the condition no longer responds as well to anti-inflammatory medications and/or injections. This is because the inflammatory process has passed and now degeneration of the tissue starts to begin. The tissues that typically breakdown have inherently inferior healing abilities and subsequently do not heal well on their own. Often time’s people may start wearing braces to buffer the force and continue to play, though ultimately nothing is being done to fix the problem. Medial epicondylitis, otherwise known as Golfers Elbow, is an

inflammatory condition of the inner side of the elbow where the tendons of the forearm muscles attach to the bone, and it is characterized by tenderness to palpation, pain with gripping, and pain with activity (usually swinging of the golf club). Some golfers’ may also present with lateral epicondylitis which has the same characteristic features of medial epicondylitis, though it occurs on the outside aspect of the elbow. This is also known as tennis elbow, because it is commonly seen in tennis players. These conditions can be present in any individuals, not just those playing sports. The shoulder can become another symptomatic area with golfing. With limited range of motion in the glenohumeral joint (shoulder) the humeral head can impinge against the bony structures above it and ultimately wear down the soft tissues that lie between. What initially may be just wear and tear can eventually progress to a complete tear/rupture that will require surgical intervention. Most of the shoulder patients (both surgical and non-surgical) that present to physical therapy report that they have had symptoms for quite a long time, thinking that it would eventually get better with time, when in fact just the opposite occurs….increased pain, decreased motion, decreased strength….all leading to decreased use and possibly having to give up the sport. Common diagnoses include, but are not limited to, rotator cuff tendonitis, bursitis, shoulder instability, and biceps tendonitis. If addressed early enough, you can easily rehabilitate your shoulder and arm yourself with appropriate techniques/exercises to allow pain free use of the shoulder and allow you to enjoy the game that drives so many of us crazy! Physical therapy interventions such as targeted manual therapy, modalities, combined with specific exercise techniques can be, and usually are, very effective at addressing these problems. By strengthening the affected muscles through specific exercises you can ultimately heal yourself of the problem for good and maintain that state with regular performance of appropriate exercise. The effect of exercise on tendons has been well studied and it has been shown that long-term exercise results in increased cross-sectional area and tensile strength. These positive findings make your body more capable of withstanding repetitive forces, such that exist with golfing. At Professional Rehabilitation Services we pride ourselves in distinction, and one of our Board Certified Orthopedic Physical Therapists will pursue an individualized treatment approach to your needs. Less than 5% of physical therapists in South Carolina are board certified in orthopedics. All physical therapists at Professional Rehabilitation Services are board certified. So if you or someone you know is having musculoskeletal pain from the repeated nature of golf or any other activity, seek the consultation of a physical therapist at one of our three locations or see your physician for a referral to one of our facilities. At Professional Rehabilitation Services, we treat a wide variety of musculoskeletal conditions using the latest in evidence based therapies provided by highly credentialed physical therapists. In addition to being licensed physical therapists, our providers have additional specialty certifications in orthopedics, manual therapy, sports, strength and conditioning, vestibular treatment, and dry needling. For further information on this or other related topics you can contact Richard DeFalco, DPT, OCS, CSCS, CWcHP at Professional Rehabilitation Services (Myrtle Beach) (843) 839-1300, Brian P. Kinmartin PT, DPT, MTC, STC, OCS, (Pawleys Island) (843) 235-0200, or Richard A. Owens, MPT,OCS, Cert.SMT (Surfside) (843) 831-0163, or visit our website at www.prsrehabservices.com where you can learn more about the company and even download a referral form for you physician to fill out. You can also call and schedule a free 15 minute consultation!

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5 Hacks for Greener, Happier Living Whether you take shorter showers, reduce food waste or make eco-minded choices at the grocery store, adopting one simple habit can make a difference in protecting Earth’s natural resources. These simple, renewable lifestyle changes may even affect your personal mindset. According to findings from a scientific study and survey commissioned by Tetra Pak, adopting simple renewable lifestyle habits can help people go from feeling glum to good. According to the survey, a majority of people (70 percent) feel happier when they make choices that help preserve natural resources. This study comes on the heels of the world’s first social experiment in renewability, conducted by three esteemed academic experts in habit and behavioral science, which uncovered how renewable lifestyle choices – habits that help preserve natural resources – influence levels of happiness. “We believe that even simple lifestyle behaviors have the power to make a big impact, on both a personal and global scale,” said Elisabeth Comere, director of environment and government affairs for Tetra Pak. “The combined benefit of the small actions we take, from taking shorter showers to choosing products in renewable packaging – made of natural resources that can be

replenished over time – can benefit the world around us while making us happier.” Adopting one of these simple renewable habits can help preserve the planet’s resources while fast-tracking levels of happiness: 1. Conserve resources, including water. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that cutting your shower by just one minute will save two and a half gallons of water. Over time, that savings adds up: 75 gallons per month and nearly 1,000 gallons over the course of a year. 2. Choose products in renewable packaging. Choosing food and beverage products in renewable packaging is a natural extension of environmentally friendly habits, such as recycling or composting. From milk and soup to water and juice, you can find food products packaged in cartons – primarily made from paper, a renewable resource from growing forests. 3. Buy only what you can consume. At the grocery store, it’s easy to over-shop, especially if you’re hungry. Buy only what you need to reduce waste and seek groceries that are considered renewable, such as fruits and vegetables, and carton-packed food and beverages in packages made from renewable materials. Cartonpacked foods last longer, are easy to store and

have a relatively low environmental footprint. 4. Use re-usable containers. These days, hectic lifestyles are the norm and that often means meals and beverages on the go. When possible, rely on re-usable drink and food containers instead of disposable ones. 5. Whenever you can, bike or walk instead of driving. According to data compiled by National Geographic, it takes nearly 13 gallons of water to produce each gallon of gasoline. Using alternative modes of transportation and taking care to combine errands, car pool and use public transportation help cut water and energy demands. To learn more about how making simple, renewable lifestyle changes can help boost happiness or to take the Habits of Happiness quiz to assess your personal happiness level, visit tetrapak.com/us/renewable-living. (Family Feature)

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Clutter Trashes Our Mental Health Diana Aversano, Organizing Made Simple Do you feel that clutter is taking over every aspect of your life? According to an online survey by The Huffington Post, home organization is one of the most universal stress triggers for both men and women. One anonymous commenter said that keeping things organized and clutter under control is a “constant struggle.” The first step in controlling clutter is making the decision, “I don’t want to live like this anymore.” If you’re ready, it will be an obvious and easy one to make. If you’re not that ready and clear, worthwhile attempts can still be made to control the clutter. Emphasize self-empowerment instead of selfdenial! Clutter Gives Rise To FRUSTRATION. Just the way a room looks and feels causes different anxiety levels to come to light. As the clutter heightens, so does our stress levels. The sheer weight and volume of clutter brings on feelings of quilt, and the vicious cycle saps our energy. Visualize what you want the purpose of each area to be...relaxation, eating, socializing, reading, homework, and plan accordingly. Clutter problems develop because of different reasons. For example, if husband changes his socks in the bedroom, and the hamper is in the bathroom, it is not a convenient storage solution. If two persons have different tolerances for a level of disorder, then disorder may not be perceived by one of those persons while the other is overwhelmed. Clutter Breeds WASTED TIME. Our exasperation level is to the moon when we can’t find our

keys, that certain paper, or a much-needed phone number. The next time you find yourself putting something down, stop yourself. Take a minute. Either put it where you know it belongs, or make a spot right now that it can call home and put it there! Pretty 18

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soon, everything will have a home and you’ll be clutter-free. Every day you bring in the mail, right then and there, separate the miniscule number of important things out from the rest. Then get rid of the onslaught of worthless things. Can you see a tidy mail space emerging? Keep things simple. When making homes for items, make it as simple as possible to put items back in their places by putting the items you access often in the most convenient spot to reach. Put the items you only access once in a while in the less convenient places that are harder to reach. Clutter Generates OVERWHELM. The most common quandary is “Where do I start to clear the clutter?” “It always seems impossible until it’s done.” Nelson Mandela “Action is the antidote to despair.” Joan Baez I’ll bet if you took a minute to actually look around any area of your physical home or office, or virtual area, there would be quite a few items that you could obviously let go of, with no pain at all. And there would be quite a few items that belong somewhere else. These two activities alone will inspire you to continue. For your second go-round, look at the same areas, one by one. This time have a more discerning eye. You’ll come across items that you’ll need to think about for a minute or two before deciding to let them go. And the decisions may produce a little pain. Yet, you’ll be even more motivated when you see spaces opening up. Then in each area, start putting like things together. Surprising how many scissors can be found in so many different places in 1 room! When you’re done with this activity, everything will be in a “pile” of with its own peeps. Now lastly, the fun part, decide the best storage for each pile of things...a set of drawers, a box, a shelf, or something else. And there you have it! A home for everything that is a snap to maintain. Clutter Causes RESTLESSNESS. Clutter is a mountainous distraction that interrupts our focus at so many levels. Reduce stress by keeping track of important dates and ideas by putting them on a physical or digital pad of paper rather than storing them in your brain. Mental clutter is real. It takes energy to remember keeping everything straight. Clear it out so there is room for fun things, or new things! Being organized is good for both our mind and our body. It keeps emotional stress to a minimum while improving all aspects of our lives. So have yourself a serious “throw-away time”. Be happier and more productive as a result of however much you accomplish. “Clutter is anything we don’t need, want, or use that takes our time, energy, or space and destroys our serenity.” Clutterers Anonymous Organizing Made Simple [email protected] 843-385-1204 www.scwomanmagazine.com

Transform Small Spaces into Charming Places In home listings across the country, the word small is often replaced with a far more marketable and appealing word: “charming.” But what makes a home charming compared to small? How does a homeowner transition a cramped room into a space with unique and appealing character? Focusing on a few key areas will let you make a big impact in a little space, allowing you to create a charming and memorable environment. For starters, when dealing with a small space, it’s important to live clutter free. Make sure that only mandatory items and furniture are in the room. Create special spaces and storage Lorie Marrero, a certified professional organizer and author of “The Clutter Diet,” recommends carefully considering the functions of any space, such as TV viewing, reading or computer use, so that only the items needed for those specific functions are stored there. Understanding how this space is utilized also allows you to establish dedicated zones and supplies for each activity more efficiently. In addition, Marrero notes that creating proper storage is the key to managing and maintaining a clutter-free home. “Even if large closets aren’t available, there are a number of versatile and affordable DIY products that help create storage where there wasn’t any. ClosetMaid’s wide assortment of products can help transform any room of the home simply by allowing people to truly utilize the space they have.” Make it larger with lighting Clearing a small home of its clutter will automatically make it seem larger. However, the illusion of more space can also be enhanced with proper lighting. The right lighting will also play a big role in helping create a more charming feel. Recessed lighting is visually appealing and perfect for small spaces. Torchiere lights can help bounce light off the ceiling and back down to the room. If the room does not have windows, consider adding a skylight to bring character and light to the space. You can also affect a room’s lighting with low-cost or nocost solutions that make the most of the space’s built-in features. For example, highlight the windows, don’t cover them. If the room has a fireplace, emphasize it. Add charming details Woodwork is another simple embellishment

that adds instant character and charm without affecting usable space. A chair rail, crown molding or even baseboards can help take a standard room and outline it with interesting architectural elements. In a small area, intricate woodwork can serve as a main focal point or art, giving the space exceptional appeal that won’t be easily forgotten. By managing clutter, using lighting to create bright and airy spaces and incorporating simple architectural elements, you can easily

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transform a cramped area into a charming and inviting room that you – or a potential buyer – can enjoy. For more information about how to live clutter free, visit www.ClosetMaid.com, www.StorganizationBlog.com or call 1-800-874-0008. (Family Features)

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Thyroid Cancer: What You Need To Know By Dr. Javaid Wani, MD, MSc, PhD, FACP The thyroid gland is a small organ located at the base of your anterior neck above the breast bone. It is butterfly-shaped and has two lobes about 4 to 6 centimeters tall. The thyroid gland is part of the endocrine system, which produces hormones that regulate metabolism, growth and development. The thyroid gland can have a disease leading to low (hypothyroidism) or high (hyperthyroidism) thyroid hormone production. It can also have lumps or pumps known as nodules, which can be detected either by physi-

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cal examination or incidentally on a CT scan, MRI, or neck ultrasound. Most nodules are normal or noncancerous, but some can be cancerous. There are four main types of thyroid cancers (papillary, follicular, anaplastic and medullary). Papillary thyroid cancer is the most common thyroid cancer (70%). Most cancers, particularly papillary and medullary thyroid cancer, if detected early and removed, do not cause death. However, anaplastic cancer is usually deadly. When there is an enlargement of the thyroid gland, the condition is known as a goiter, and if nodules are present, it is known as nodular goiter. Thyroid nodules need to be evaluated carefully by an endocrinologist and is very important to avoid unnecessary surgery and wastage of resources and patient time.

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Thyroid nodules can have certain features on ultrasound that raise suspicion for thyroid cancer. These features include calcium deposits, less dense than rest of the gland, taller than broad, or having too much blood flow. Thyroid nodules are properly evaluated on thyroid ultrasound whereas thyroid uptake and scan is used to find any low functioning nodule, which can have high chances of cancer. A nodule which produces thyroid hormone is almost always normal. If a nodule is larger than 1.5 centimeters or is of any size but is concerning for being cancerous (see above risk factors), a fine needle biopsy is needed. In this procedure, you lie on a table and an endocrinologist or a radiologist cleans the area and inserts a small needle to take out a small specimen for a pathologist to review the

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nature of the sample. If the sample comes back cancerous or suspicious for cancer, then the thyroid is removed and may follow with radioactive iodine (by mouth) to kill any residual thyroid tissue. The patient must then see an endocrinologist for many years for surveillance. The body is scanned yearly two to three times after the surgery, and other tests are done to make sure that the patient is cancer-free. If thyroid cancer (remnant/recurrence) is detected, more radioactive iodine treatment is given. These radioactive iodine treatments are generally safe. The patient will also need a life-long treatment of thyroid hormone. If the patient’s thyroid has enlarged, then we would monitor it for any symptoms of obstruction. If the patient has severe difficulty swallowing, feels a choking sensation, difficulty breathing when lying down, and other causes for this have been eliminated, we recommend thyroid surgery. Thyroid nodules or goiters are not surgical conditions and should be evaluated/monitored by an endocrinologist. A referral is needed to an experienced surgeon only if thyroid cancer is detected on biopsy or if the patient and his endocrinologist come to a conclusion to have the thyroid removed for obstruction. The scar left at the neck after thyroid surgery, if done by an experienced surgeon, is usually unpleasant in the beginning but generally disappears after a few years.

Inappropriate management of thyroid nodules leads to unnecessary testing, wastage of resources, and patient inconvenience. If the nodule looks normal or if the biopsy has been negative, thyroid nodules should be monitored every 9-24 months by periodic ultrasounds. It is not the current practice to give thyroid hormone in an attempt to “shrink” the nodules, as excess thyroid hormone has serious consequences. Please see an endocrinologist if you have been on thyroid hormones just for thyroid nodules. Additional information can be

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obtained from www.ThyCa.org or from American Thyroid Association (www.Thyroid.org). Thyca.org is a patient-based site and is strongly recommended. Our site (strandendocrinology.com) has useful links. Please contact me if you have any questions. Dr Javaid Wani, MD, MSc, PhD, FACP Strand Endocrinology & Osteoporosis Center (South Strand Medical Center) 5046 Hwy 17 Bypass S., Ste 104 Myrtle Beach, SC 29588 Tel: 843-293-9955; FAX: 843-293-9977 www.strandendocrinology.com

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Taking The Sting Out Of Summer By Mark Schecker, M.D. Coastal Carolina Allergy and Asthma Associates

As summer approaches and we all prepare for all of it’s usual pleasures, it is important to remember that this is also a time of year when a serious and often underpublicized allergic problem increases in frequency. Unfortunately approximately 40 to 50 individuals die each year in this country as a result of allergic reactions to stings from venomous insects. These stinging culprits include honeybees, wasps, hornets, yellow jackets, and fire ants, with the latter being a particularly prevalent problem in our area locally and throughout the Southeast. In addition countless others are at risk for these life threatening 22

severe allergic reactions called anaphylaxis and live in constant fear leading to dramatic restrictions on their lifestyle. The majority of persons allergic to stinging insects fortunately only suffer local allergic reactions involving swelling and itching at the sting site. However if this is large enough it may also cause a great deal of discomfort and be mildly disabling. Large local reactions extending from the sting site rarely progress to anaphylaxis and there does not appear to be any significant increased risk. The good news is that effective treatments are available. The first general rule of treatment for any allergic problem is avoidance. Some things helpful here include staying clear of orchards in bloom or areas abundant with flowers. Avoid wearing perfume or hair sprays and don’t mow lawns or trim hedges during the dangerous seasons. If an insect is near,

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stay still and move slowly. If you are stung, the first thing to remember is not to panic. Even if you have had a severe reaction in the past, it is possible that this reaction might not be as severe and panic may intensify a reaction. If present, remove the stinger with a flicking motion and never squeeze or massage the area as this may cause more venom to be released from embedded venom sacs. Large local reactions are best treated with ice, antihistamines, and topical cortisone preparations. Remember antihistamines work best when taken early on in a reaction so do not delay. The treatment for anaphylactic reactions is always Epinephrine (aka adrenalin) and individuals susceptible to life threatening reactions must carry self-injectable forms at all times. Antihistamines should never be substituted for Epinephrine and delay in administration of Epinephrine is a risk factor for fatal outcomes. The good news here is that Venom Immunotherapy is a form of allergy shot therapy that is almost 100% effective in preventing fatal anaphylactic reactions from stinging insects including fire ants. Untreated individuals at risk for anaphylaxis have a very high chance of suffering a similar reaction if stung again. However in many cases, it takes only a few weeks after starting Venom Immunotherapy before an individual can be freed from the constant threat of a severe reaction or death. These individuals can then resume leading normal lives liberated from their past anxieties. So call an allergist to take the sting out of your summer plans. Dr. Schecker, a Board Certified Allergist, is the founder of Coastal Carolina Allergy & Asthma Associates. He is a Certified Take Shape For Life Health Coach, a COPE Certified Health Coach, the cofounder of the Myrtle Beach Marathon and the founder of Camp Airwaves (a camp for children with asthma). Dr. Schecker has been recognized as the “Allergist of the Year” by the Myrtle Beach Herald (2005-2014).

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Trouble Hearing? It May Just Be Earwax! By Jennifer Reed & Kayla Bracey

Have you noticed that you are not hearing as well as you used to? Are you turning up the television? Are you asking others to repeat? It may be just earwax! Earwax: What you need to know: • Earwax is produced by glands in the ear canal. • The purpose of earwax is to trap dust and other small particles and

prevent them from damaging or infecting the eardrum. • Normally, the wax falls out of the ear along with any trapped dust or debris. • Everyone makes ear wax, but the amount and type are genetically determined. • Smaller ear canals make it difficult for wax to get out, leading to wax impactions.

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• Impactions also occur when wax gets pushed deep within the ear canal. • Blockages affect about 6% of people and are one of the most common ear problems. • The most common cause of impactions is the insertion of cotton swabs and/or other objects into the ear. We offer FREE video ear inspections to check if you may have earwax buildup! Call 843-272-1486 today to schedule your appointment! Jennifer Reed & Kayla Bracey Hearing By Design 802A 13th Ave South, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582 843-272-1486

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Are YOU Getting Enough Sleep? By Kim Fowler, Founder, Fowler Life Coaching

Why is it so difficult for some of us to get enough sleep? Many of my clients complain about not getting enough sleep every night. Some of them can fall asleep, but can’t stay asleep. Others just can’t wind down enough to fall asleep in the first place. I used to have a boss who would say—We can all sleep when we die. That theory just doesn’t work for me. This week has been really tough. I have been waking up an hour earlier than usual. Why? Because I decided to really start working out. Not just going to the gym and getting on the treadmill, but talking with a trainer and putting a real workout routine in place. What does that mean? I have to do cardio and abs five times a week, plus add weights three times a week. I also have to eat better—lean protein, more fruits and vegetables. Unfortunately, this also means that I have to get up earlier to fit it into my day. I know myself well enough to know that if I don’t workout in the morning, I probably won’t make it to the gym at all that day. So, I have rearranged my morning routine. The kicker? My trainer says no coffee! I have to confess that I have been having a cup or two a day. But, once I run out of my current stash, I will not buy any more. This brings me back to my real issue—Sleep! Just because I am getting up earlier, doesn’t mean that I am necessarily falling asleep earlier. I try, but my head and body don’t seem to be agreeing with each other. So, I started reading up on sleep deprivation and ways to avoid it. Since sleep is vital to our wellbeing 24

and everyone needs it, I thought I would pass along some of the information I’ve found. According to Nancy Collop, MD and Director of the Emory Sleep Center, one of the reasons we don’t always get to sleep right away is because we don’t “wind down” at night. We should put a routine in place that helps us calm our minds and bodies. Some suggestions might be to take a bath, read a book, journal your thoughts or gently stretching your body. Repeating that routine every night gives your brain the cue that it is time to go to sleep. One thing I discovered while doing my investigating is that everyone doesn’t need eight hours of sleep. I actually think I function better on seven hours. If I sleep more than that, I tend to feel groggy or sleepy in the mornings. Be aware of the effects of certain medications, even if they are over-thecounter meds. Some cold medications and allergy pills can make your heart race. Ask your doctor about any effects that your prescribed medications may have on your sleeping patterns. Go outside during the day. If you stay inside your office at your desk all day and then go home and sit in your house, your mind and body are working on artificial light. Natural daylight can do wonders for synchronizing your body clock. Take a few breaks and walk around the block. Exercise can also help your body wind down and go to sleep faster. Get some exercise—even if it’s just a little at first. Any increase in activity is better than none at all. Make your bed comfortable. My husband sleeps with about six pillows on his side of the bed. He likes to be comfy at night. There may be something to that, according to Dr. Emsellem. Get some satin sheets, or a pillow topper for your mattress. Whatever makes your bed more comfortable—get it! For those of you who wake up in the middle of the night, don’t stress over it. Most of us get irritated when we wake

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up because we just know that we won’t fall back to sleep. Instead of automatically going into that mindset, think pleasant thoughts. Get up and go to the bathroom if needed, then go back to bed like you are just going to sleep. It’s not the end of the world if you wake up. Another strategy is one my grandmother taught me. Focus on your breathing. Once you are breathing deeply, close your eyes and focus on your toes. Concentrate on relaxing your toes, then your ankles, then your calves (you see where this is going). Once your body is relaxed, think about how grateful you are about everything you have in your life—including your nice comfortable bed and pillows. What has worked for me in the past is a calming ritual of hot tea when I go to bed and taking Melatonin. I tend to wake up in the middle of the night, but the Melatonin helps me with that issue. Here are some other tips that I found: • Go to bed at the same time every night and get up at the same time every morning (even on weekends) • Avoid caffeine after about 4pm • Keep the temperature cool at night • Make the bedroom dark and quiet and turn off electronics • Put disruptive pets out of the bedroom (This doesn’t work for me—they stand at the door whining and scratching) Try some of these ideas and see if any work for you…and have a good night! Caregivers Support Group every third Tuesday from 5:30pm – 7:00pm call for exact location and to register 202-294-1080 or email her at [email protected] to reserve your spot! Kim Fowler, founder of Fowler Life Coaching (www.fowlercoaching.com), specializes in life coaching for those who are ready to make big changes in their lives. She is certified by the International Association of Coaches, and lives in Surfside Beach with her husband, Rich, their four cats and Sam the brave parakeet.

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Shopping for Auto Insurance? Review these Helpful Tips By Marie A Young All Sufficient Insurance There are many insurance companies offering automobile insurance in South Carolina. Based upon the car that you drive, and the insurance company that you purchase your policy from, auto insurance premiums can vary by as much as several hundred dollars. Insurance companies charge different rates for the same coverages. When comparing different companies, you will want to remember the following tips: Compare premiums for each coverage, then compare the total cost for each policy. Consider if you only need liability coverage; i.e. if your vehicle is more than 10 years old and you can afford to repair or replace your

vehicle. If so, you may want to consider dropping the collision and comprehensive coverage it may save you money. Be aware that your credit history may be a factor in determining rates. Ask about discounts and what is required to qualify for them. Discounts may include the following: • Anti-theft devices, air-bag, automatic restraint systems • Auto and homeowners coverage with the same agency • College student away from home • Defensive driving courses • Drivers education courses • Good credit record • Higher deductibles • Low annual mileage • Long-time customer • More than one automobile • Accident free for 3 years

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• No moving violations for 3 years • Good grade discount for students Additionally, some companies offer consumers a tool known as a telematics device that the insured self-installs in the automobile. The device records data to include miles driven, time of day, rapid acceleration, hard braking and cornering, where the vehicle is driven (GPS) and other data. The data is collected and assessed by the company. The insurance company then charges insurance rates accordingly which may result in an increase or a reduction of the consumer’s insurance premiums. Begin shopping around at least 30 days before your policy is up for renewal. If your policy is cancelled or nonrenewed, begin to shop around for new coverage as soon as you receive the notice from your insurance company. It is important to remember that prices vary from company to company. Every consumer should shop around for the best insurance coverage that suits their needs. Do not shop by price alone. Service can be as important as price. Consult with friends and family and ask their recommendations. All Sufficient Insurance 5023 Dick Pond Rd Ste 2, Myrtle Beach SC 29588 Phone 843-445-7888 Fax 888-503-2558

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CAPSULE PACKING: MAKING THE MOST OF YOUR WARDROBE WHILE YOU WANDER with Jada Bynum To quote author J.R.R. Tolkien, “Not all those who wander are lost” and while you journey, your style should follow suit. As you prepare for an overnight getaway or a weeklong escape, packing for your vacation can be a breeze. By keeping your luggage light and choosing travel wear in a cohesive color scheme, you can mix, match, and re-purpose to provide countless looks to keep heads turning wherever you may find yourself this summer. Drawing inspiration from various style blogs and websites, this example was created as a template for you to use and embellish as you see fit for your trip. Happy trail.

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4 Tops, 3 Bottoms, 3 Accessories, and 2 Pairs of Shoes (All item images found on Polyvore.com) Picturing the pieces together as a whole through hanging them together in a closet, trying them on, or laying them out in an open space will help you visualize your options for your trip. Also, think of the justification for each item you select to pack addressing its versatility and practicality. For example: Denim shorts are the essence for summer super casual. Choose a tank or a t-shirt in any color, cut, or pattern, then you’ll be ready to go walking on the beach, shopping around 26

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the town, or biking through the park. A cotton jersey maxi skirt can be dressed up or dressed down. It can be rolled at the waist to make it a midi or ankle length. Also, the stretchy nature of the fabric allows you to convert it into a strapless dress and if you like, you can define the waist with a skinny belt. Chambray shirts are ideal for multi-purpose use. Button it up for a professional look or layer for added warmth in place of a lightweight jacket. Paired with a darker denim bottom, these shirts create a classic monochromatic casual look. For a longer stay, you can choose to add a dress as well as a few additional tops and bottoms. The addition of a shorter skirt and/or pair of khakis with these pieces would add a new level of variety. Keep in mind the temperature and various settings you will find yourself while traveling to identify your need of specific garments. Depending on what you will be doing on your trip, you may opt to pack a pair of heels or wedges in place of flats and throw in a pair of sneakers for an active itinerary. Also, think about if you will have access to a washing machine and dryer at any point in your trip and don’t forget to save room for other wearable essentials: swimsuit, sunglasses, sunhat, pajamas, etc.! Jada Bynum is a Wall Fellow at Coastal Carolina University, a Christian, and a lover of Disney, dogs, and the arts. Connect with her at [email protected] www.scwomanmagazine.com

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“Germiest” Items in the Kitchen Adair P. Hoover Home & Garden Information Center We all know that cleanliness in the kitchen is crucial for the prevention of foodborne illness. Constant cleaning and sanitation of counters, appliances and utensils is a requirement. While most of us are good at keeping the obvious kitchen items clean, there may be germs lurking in places that you haven’t thought about. A recent study by NSF International revealed the “germiest” kitchen items to be: • Refrigerator vegetable and meat compartments • Refrigerator water and ice dispensers • Blender gaskets • Can openers • Rubber spatulas • Knife blocks • Food storage containers with rubber seals These items tested positive for the presence of harmful bacteria in many of the tested kitchens and is a good reminder that germs are not always living in the most obvious places. Bacteria that cause disease are called “pathogens.” Foodborne pathogens that are capable of causing illnesses include: Campylobacter jejuni, Listeria monocytogenes, E. coli 0157 and Salmonella. The presence of even small amounts of these bacteria can make you and your family sick. Effective cleaning in the kitchen involves four steps: cleaning, rinsing, drying and sanitizing. When these steps are properly followed, dirt and debris are removed and germs are reduced to a safe level. To clean the “germiest” items in the kitchen start with removing and emptying bins from the refrigerator. Unplug electric items and remove gaskets, seals and washable parts of the blender, can opener, rubber spatulas and

food storage containers. Remove knives from the knife block. Thoroughly wash all items with warm soapy water and rinse with clean water. Dry with a clean towel or paper towel. Sanitize by spraying a mixture of 1 tablespoon chlorine bleach (6%) to 1 gallon of water. Let chlorine mixture remain on items for 1 minute and then air dry or wipe dry with a clean paper towel. Daily cleaning and sanitation of the kitchen is necessary for good health. As an additional precaution it is recommended that you periodically clean the “germiest” items and also

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take a good look around your kitchen to identify other places that may be harboring bacteria. This information is supplied with the understanding that no discrimination is intended and no endorsement by the Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service is implied. All recommendations are for South Carolina conditions and may not apply to other areas. Use pesticides only according to the directions on the label. All recommendations for pesticide use are for South Carolina only and were legal at the time of publication, but the status of registration and use patterns are subject to change by action of state and federal regulatory agencies. Follow all directions, precautions and restrictions that are listed. www.clemson.edu

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Weight Management: YOUR Responsibility By Star Sade Today I was thinking about why I have bombed out lately on my weight management. It really is discouraging every time I get off track or make a unhealthy decision... and there really isn’t anyone to blame but myself... Its really a decision I must make to LIVE healthy no matter what... Its like a anything else in life...I have to Show up and make it work...! I pulled the following article... from askmen.com

It is a little straight forward but so true. By Dennis Boyd

Facts are important when broaching the topic of obesity. In order to make sure I had sound information before writing this column, I decided to get concrete evidence to support the argument I’m about to make. First, I went to the supermarket. I combed the entire building and didn’t find any thugs with baseball bats roaming the aisles, bullying people into buying Mountain Dew, Oreo Cakesters, Flamin’ Hot Crunchy Cheetos, Hot Fudge Sundae Pop Tarts and frozen White Castle Burgers. Barriers had not been erected in the produce section to keep people from purchasing broccoli and spinach and carrots. It was a perfectly safe environment to buy a sweet potato. 28

Next, I went to the gym. There were no armed guards placed outside to prevent people from entering. At a local park that had tennis courts, basketball courts and a few soccer fields, barbed wire had not been installed around any of the courts or fields to keep people away. There was no fee to get in. On the way home from the park, I rolled through several fast food chain drive-thrus. Yes, burgers and fries were on the menu, but so were apple slices and grilled chicken and a fairly wide variety of salads. It’s not organic and it’s not perfect, but if you’re in a pinch, nobody is kidnapping your dog to make you order the double cheeseburger, milkshake and fries, instead of a salad with grilled chicken and a water. Having established that serious obstacles had not been put in place to prevent people from buying nutritious food or from exercising in a variety of places, I wanted to make sure that information on living a healthy lifestyle was not being kept from the masses. At home, I did a few quick Google searches that could be done at any local library computer for free. In less than one minute, I had access to over one billion articles, stories and other pieces of information regarding ways to get healthier. And yet (you knew this was coming) we are the fattest, least fit society ever to live on planet Earth. To confirm that statement, you simply have to walk into any mall or shopping center or Walmart in America and open your eyes. We are a nation of obese, overweight, diabetic, unhealthy people. Why is this the case? Why, with all of the healthy food that’s available and

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the information on diet and nutrition and exercise that’s available, with all of the park space and cheap gyms and exercise DVDs and videos that are available, why, with all of the government initiatives, and non-profit “get healthy” programs are so many people so fat? Because they choose to be. Sorry to say it, but it is a choice. Or at the very minimum, a series of hundreds of thousands of little choices. For the people who choose to take care of their physique, and watch what they eat, the reward is more energy, more strength, better moods, healthier appearance, a longer “active” lifestyle and dozens more. In order to reap the benefits, people have to prioritize their time to fit in exercise, and they have to make smart, hard daily choices about what they eat. It will always be easier to grab a doughnut and a cinnamon muffin from the break room than it is to make oatmeal and add fresh blueberries and almonds. It will always be easier to sleep in until 7 a.m. than it is to set your alarm for 6:15 a.m. to go to the gym or do an exercise video or take a jog or bike ride before work. Hundreds of thousands of choices like this over decades shape how we look and how healthy we are. If people consistently make poor choices, they will end up packing on the pounds. Keep in mind, this is not an indictment of character or personality or morality. Weight has absolutely nothing to do with how sweet, caring, loving, generous, funny, intelligent a person is. We all have loved ones who are heavy. We all have amazing friends who are doughy. We all have great coworkers who are chunky. But there are major consequences to being overweight, no matter how much people would like to ignore them. If you are like me and need a kick start and accountability with a great plan that will keep you healthy and full while losing weight. Please dont weight another second... Take responsibilty for your weight management and call Metabolic Medical Center 843-357-2851 . It can be the best decision you have ever made.

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Tips For Moms Going Back To The Workforce Many Americans who have been out of the workforce for several years are looking for ways to head back to work to supplement the family income. That’s a key finding of a recent Bellevue University study. Another finding is that in many cases, women are leading this charge—one in 10 women report returning to the workforce to help make ends meet. These findings are in line with data from the U.S. Census Bureau that shows the number of stay-at-home mothers fell from 5.3 million to 5 million.

If you are considering returning to the workplace, after two years away or 10, here are some tips to help you keep up with some of the changes that may have taken place in your absence: •Make sure your skills and education are up to par. “Positions that may have not previously required a degree may now require more education. If you already possess the required education, you may want to talk to others in your field to find out what skills you may need to enhance,” said Dr. Mary Hawkins, president, Bellevue University. For example, if you work with technology, you may need to learn new programs or software. Financial and human resources professionals may need to catch up on changes in federal regula-

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tions. It’s crucial to stay up to date on the changes in your field. •Do your research. To make it easier on yourself, do your research on what kinds of positions you would qualify for and what kind of salary you might expect. Visit sites like glassdoor.com and salary.com to determine what kind of pay you should receive for your level of expertise and experience. You can also visit ebri.org to determine what kind of benefits you should expect to be offered. •Prepare yourself. Research possible interview questions. Many sites offer mock interview questions to help you practice. It can also be helpful to visit advice sites, such as makeithap pennow.org, that are designed to bring you up to speed on the types of skills employers seek in today’s market. If you are a stay-at-home mom who will be returning to the workforce, be sure you are prepared. In a tough economy, it’s best to do everything possible to stand out from the crowd. Learn more at www.makeithappennow.org.

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Visit Conway Country Club Today And Experience Southern Hospitality At It's Finest! In 1937, local entrepreneurs built a small clubhouse located near Crabtree Swamp in the Conway Township of South Carolina. The building was erected for Conwayites to use for business meetings and social gatherings. During that time, a Board of Directors was created and shareholders began to invest as the word spread of building a golf course. In the early 1950’s, a 60-acre tract of land containing an old airfield, was acquired from the Burroughs & Collins Company to build a 9-hole golf course. In 1952, the resident golf professional and course architect Jimmy Self, designed the layout of the present day golf course. Conway 30

Country Club is the third oldest golf course on the Grand Strand, listed only behind Pine Lakes Country Club in 1927 and The Dunes Club in 1948. The 9-hole layout at Conway Country Club provides two different sets of tee boxes to allow for 18-holes of golf. Reaching just 6000 yards from the back tees, this golf course presents a challenge to even the most skilled players with tight fairways and undulated greens. The Par 3 fifth-hole is the signature hole playing 172 yards to a postage stamp green protected by water on three sides. The sixth and ninth fairways is where the old airfield used to be. Nestled beneath the mossy oaks of

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historic Conway, they provide a country club atmosphere for golf, tennis, pool, and social members alike. Conway Country Club has provided exceptional customer service to it’s members and guests for nearly 80 years. This semi-private facility openly welcomes the public to enjoy monthly tournaments and social events at the club. Visit Conway Country Club today and experience southern hospitality at it’s finest. Chett Long, PGA, Director of Operations, Conway Country Club 400 Country Club Drive, Conway, SC 29526 843-365-3621 www.conwaygolfclub.com

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Creamy Mushroom Lasagna This vegetarian lasagna is rich and creamy.

6 no-boil lasagna noodles 2 teaspoons canola oil 1 cloves garlic, crushed with press 1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves 1 package (8-ounce) cremini mushrooms, sliced 8 ounces shiitake mushrooms, stems discarded, sliced 2 tablespoons dry sherry 1 tablespoons butter (no substitutions) 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

2 cups whole milk 1 pinch ground nutmeg 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese 1. In shallow dish, soak noodles in warm water. Preheat oven to 375 F. Line jellyroll pan with foil. 2. In 12-inch skillet, heat oil on medium. Add garlic and thyme. Cook 30 seconds, stirring. Add all mushrooms, 1/4 cup water and 1/8 teaspoon salt. Cook 3 to 5 minutes or until mushrooms are almost tender. Add sherry. Simmer 2 minutes or until slightly reduced. Remove from heat. 3. In 2-quart saucepan, melt butter on medium. Add flour. Cook 1 minute or until golden, stirring. Slowly whisk in milk. Heat to simmering on medium-high, whisking frequently. Simmer 2 minutes, whisking constantly. Remove from heat. Stir in nutmeg, half of Parmesan, 1/8 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. 4. Grease 2 baking dishes (about 6- by 5- by 1-inch). Spread 1/4 cup sauce in one dish. Top with one noodle, then one-fourth of mushrooms. Repeat layering once. Top with noodle and 1/4 cup sauce. Repeat in other dish. Top both with remaining cheese. 5. Place dishes in prepared pan. Cover with foil. Bake 15 minutes. Uncover; bake 25 minutes or until golden brown and bubbling. Let stand 5 minutes. Serves 2. Each serving: About 625 calories, 23g total fat (10g saturated), 49mg cholesterol, 610mg sodium, 84g total carbs, 5g dietary fiber, 24g protein. For thousands of triple-tested recipes, visit our website at www.goodhousekeeping.com/recipefinder/. (c) 2013 Hearst Communications, Inc. All rights reserved

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miraDry CHANGING LIVES…FOR GOOD! Submitted by DermaVogue

anesthesia is administered to the underarms prior to the procedure to maintain comfort. Your office visit appointment will generally last about an hour. Two procedures spaced three months apart are required to maximize the results and duration.

What happens after the procedure? There is minimal to no downtime following the procedure. Your doctor will likely recommend a mild over-thecounter pain medication and use of ice packs for a few days. You should be able to return to normal activities or work right after the procedure, and you can typically resume exercise within several days. Some localized soreness or swelling is normal, and typically clears within a few weeks. Some patients have short-term altered sensation in the skin of their underarms or upper arms, which gradually disappears.

Benefits of the miraDry procedure: • Immediate and dramatic reduction of underarm sweat • Long lasting results • Non-invasive, in-office procedure with little to no downtime • No need for ongoing treatments • Reduces the need for antiperspirants

How long will the results last? Underarm sweat...for some, it’s a nuisance. For others, a huge bother. For all, there is a solution. Would you rather not think about underarm sweat? Are you tired of antiperspirants? Have you ever an embarrassing “sweat moment” at the worst possible time? If so, DermaVogue has a lasting solution. The miraDry procedure is quick and non-invasive. The miraDry System delivers precisely controlled energy to the region where the underarm sweat glands reside, and eliminates the sweat glands non-invasively. Because the sweat glands do not come back or regenerate after treatment, the results are lasting. And, results are fast – you can expect to see sweat reduction immediately after treatment, with minimal to no downtime. Dramatic sweat reduction without the use of harsh chemicals, toxins or surgery The miraDry procedure uses the only non-invasive technology that is FDA cleared and clinically proven to dramatically reduce sweat and provide lasting results. Now there is a lasting solution to sweat control that doesn’t use harsh chemicals, toxins or surgery.

What is the procedure like? The procedure involves no surgical incisions or cuts. The clinician customizes treatment for each underarm area with multiple placements of the miraDry handpiece. Local 32

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The results are lasting because the sweat glands do not come back or regenerate after they have been eliminated. The miraDry procedure uses a safe, non-invasive technology that is FDA cleared to eliminate sweat glands in the underarm.

Don’t I need my underarm sweat glands? Your body contains over 4 million sweat glands, with only about 2% located in the underarms. Eliminating this 2% will not affect the body’s ability to cool itself.

How is the miraDry procedure different from other treatment options? Other treatment options are designed to temporarily disable the sweat glands, or involve surgery which contains inherent risks. Only the miraDry procedure provides a lasting solution with a non-invasive treatment.

Is the miraDry procedure right for me? If embarrassing underarm sweat outbreaks, stained clothing or frequent antiperspirant application interfere with your daily life, then you may be a good candidate for the miraDry procedure. Don’t suffer with embarrassing sweat marks on your clothes any more! Call DermaVogue in Garden City 843-357-2444 or visit us online at [email protected] www.scwomanmagazine.com

Antibiotic Associated Diarrhea/Colitis By Gary Vukov, M.D. Antibiotic associated diarrhea usually occurs when people are exposed to antibiotics. The exposure to antibiotics can be up to several months before the development of symptoms. Some people can develop the disorder without antibiotic exposure. Typical symptoms usually include watery diarrhea and occasionally some abdominal cramping. Most often this type of diarrhea is caused by a bacterial infection called Clostridium Difficile or C Diff for short. The bacteria produces toxins that may disturb and or injure the lining of the large bowel. This injury may be without symptoms, mild symptoms causing diarrhea or severe symptoms causing fever, severe abdominal pain and diarrhea that might be bloody. If there is significant injury to the large bowel wall lining this condition is called Antibiotic Associated Colitis. A simple stool test to identify the bacterial toxins is readily available and often confirms the diagnosis in the appropriate clinical setting. Stool cultures to exclude other bacteria may also be ordered by your physician. Treatment may be as simple as keeping well hydrated with liquids. A liquid diet for 24 to 48 hours helps rest the gastrointestinal tract and prevents dehydration. Your physician may also choose to discontinue your antibiotic. Sometimes a probiotic is recommended to help replenish the so called “good bacteria”. If symptoms do not resolve or worsen (fever, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, severe diarrhea) your physician may prescribe a different antibiotic to help your body fight the C Diff bacteria. Metronidazole, Vancomycin or Fidamoxicin have been used to treat C Diff. Sometimes admission to hospital is warranted for intravenous hydration. Unfortunately even with treatment sometimes the C Diff infection returns requiring another round of treatment. www.scwomanmagazine.com

To help reduce your chances of catching or spreading the C Diff bacteria WASH your hands well and frequently. Soap and water work best. Alcohol based hand rubs may not work in killing the bacteria. Other risk factors include gastric acid inhibition (ie use of medications such as Prilosec/omeprazole) and hospitalization. Call your Doctor is you have questions regarding the possibility of C Diff infection. If you have symptoms and would like to be seen by a Gastroenterologists, please contact our office, Cardiology Gastroenterology Associates of Myrtle Beach for an appointment. We have five board-certified Gastroenterologists: Dr. Joel R. Thompson, Dr. Gary Vukov, Dr. Timothy Cornnell, Dr. Andrew Pearson and Dr. Meghan Malone. We are located at 945 82nd Parkway, Suite 3, Myrtle Beach, SC 29575. Our telephone number is 843-449-3381. Surgical procedures are performed at our Ambulatory Surgery Center, Strand GI Endoscopy, Inc. You may also visit us at www.strandgastro.com.

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The Moveable Feast for Summer 2016 Mostly Fridays, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., $25 each Literary luncheons with exciting authors at area restaurants The Moveable Feast is held at area restaurants throughout the year on Fridays, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. On occasion, an author’s book tour schedule is accommodated with a mid-week Moveable Feast. For each feast, the chef prepares an exquisite menu, typically unavailable during the restaurant’s public hours. The presentation precedes the meal. Individuals, couples, friends, book clubs and other groups are assigned table seating. Each literary luncheon is followed by a book signing at Litchfield Books for those unable to participate in the feast. Each feast is $25 (occasionally more); books are available at a 10% discount from Litchfield Books. For schedules and reservations, call 843-235-9600 or www.classatpawleys.com. June 3 – Karen White (Flight Patterns) at Pawleys Plantation The New York Times bestselling author tells the story of a woman coming home to the family she left behind – and to the woman she always wanted to be... Georgia Chambers has spent her life sifting through other people’s pasts while trying to forget her own. But then her work as an expert of fine china – especially of Limoges – requires her to return to the one place she swore she’d never revisit... It’s been thirteen years since Georgia left her family home on the coast of Florida, and nothing much has changed, except that there are fewer oysters and more tourists. She finds solace seeing her grandfather still toiling away in the apiary where she spent much of her childhood, but encountering her estranged mother and sister leaves her rattled. Seeing them after all this time makes Georgia realize that something has been missing – and unless she finds a way to heal these rifts, she will forever be living vicariously through other people’s remnants. To embrace her own life – mistakes and all – she will have to find the courage to confront the ghosts of her past and the secrets she was forced to keep... June 10 – Amber Brock (A Fine Imitation) at Kimbel’s, Wachesaw 34

Vera Bellington’s life at the top of society in New York City in 1923 is everything she was groomed for in her youth. She has the money, the influential (if distant) husband, and the social cachet. But her pedigree and privilege can’t protect her from the upheaval her relationship with a talented and handsome muralist brings. More troubling are the artist’s secrets, and confronting them eventually forces Vera to make a choice similar to one she made ten years earlier, in a friendship that nearly ruined her. TUESDAY, June 14 – Leila Meacham (Titans) at Pawleys Plantation Texas in the early 1900s, its inhabitants still traveling by horseback and barely familiar with the telephone, was on the cusp of an oil boom that, unbeknownst to its residents, would spark a period of dramatic changes and economic growth. In the midst of this transformative time in Southern history, two unforgettable characters emerge and find their fates irrevocably intertwined: Samantha Gordon, the privileged heiress to the sprawling Las Tres Lomas cattle ranch near Fort Worth, and Nathan Holloway, a sweet-natured and charming farm boy from far north Texas. As changes sweep the rustic countryside, Samantha and Nathan’s connection drives this narrative compulsively forward as they love, lose, and betray. In this grand yet intimate novel, Meacham once again delivers a heartfelt, big-canvas story full of surprising twists and deep emotional resonance. TUESDAY, June 21 – Elin Hilderbrand (Here’s To Us) at Pine Lakes Country Club, Myrtle Beach In her 17th novel New York Times bestselling author Elin Hilderbrand writes about a grieving family that finds solace where they least expect it. Celebrity chef Deacon Thorpe has always been a force of nature with an insatiable appetite for life. But after that appetite contributes to Deacon’s shocking death in his favorite place on earth, a ramshackle Nantucket summer cottage, his (messy, complicated) family is reeling. Now Deacon’s three wives, his children, and his best friend gather on the island he loved to say farewell. As they slowly let go of the resentments they’ve held onto for years and remember the good times, secrets are revealed, confidences are shared, and improbable bonds are formed as this unlikely family says goodbye to the man who brought them all together, for better or worse. June 24 – Wendy Wax (Sunshine Beach) at Inlet Affairs USA Today bestselling author Wendy Wax brings back the women (Maddie, Avery and Nikki) of Ten Beach Road and hands them an irresistible new challenge – bringing a historic seaside hotel back to life while fighting with the rest of the cast and crew of Do Over to take back control of the show. There’s nothing that a fresh coat of paint and a few glasses

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of wine can’t fix… July 1 – Bronwen Dickey (Pit Bull: The Battle Over an American Icon) at Carefree Catering With unfailing thoughtfulness, compassion and a firm grasp of scientific fact, the daughter of James and sister of Christopher explores how a popular breed of dog became the most demonized and supposedly the most dangerous of dogs – and what role humans have played in the transformation. When Bronwen Dickey brought her new dog home, she saw no traces of the infamous viciousness in her affectionate, timid pit bull. Which made her wonder: How had the breed – beloved by Teddy Roosevelt, Helen Keller, and Hollywood’s “Little Rascals” – come to be known as a brutal fighter? Her search for answers takes her from 19th century New York City dogfighting pits to early 20th century movie sets, from the battlefields of Gettysburg and the Marne, to desolate urban neighborhoods, culminating in a clear-eyed portrait of this extraordinary breed and an insightful view of Americans’ relationship with their dogs. July 8 – Beatriz Williams (A Certain Age) at Kimbel’s, Wachesaw We last met New York Times bestselling author of A Hundred Summers when she trio-ed with Karen White, and here she brings the Roaring Twenties brilliantly to life in an enchanting and compulsively readable tale of intrigue, romance, and scandal in New York Society, brimming with lush atmosphere, striking characters, and irresistible charm. As the freedom of the Jazz Age transforms New York City, the iridescent Mrs. Theresa Marshall of Fifth Avenue and Southampton, Long Island, has done the unthinkable: she’s fallen in love with her young paramour, Captain Octavian Rofrano, a handsome aviator and hero of the Great War. An intense and deeply honorable man, Octavian is devoted to the beautiful socialite of a certain age and wants to marry her. While times are changing and she does adore the Boy, divorce for a woman of Theresa’s wealth and social standing is out of the question, and there is no need; she has an understanding with Sylvo, her generous and well-respected philanderer husband. Full of the glamour, wit and delicious twists that are the hallmarks of Beatriz Williams’ fiction, A Certain Age is a beguiling reinterpretation of Richard Strauss’s comic opera Der Rosenkavalier, set against the sweeping decadence of Gatsby’s New York. TUESDAY, July 12 – Charles Joyner, Orville Vernon Burton & Eldred E. “Wink” Prince, Jr. (Becoming Southern Writers: Essays in Honor of Charles Joyner) at Ocean Club, Grande Dunes Nearly thirty exceptional writers of fact, fiction and poetry pay tribute to South Carolinian Charles Joyner’s fifty-year career as a Southern historian, folklorist and social activist. These

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exceptional writers – a veritable Who’s Who of Southern writers – are among Joyner’s many friends, admirers and colleagues, as well as those to whom Joyner has served as a mentor. The contributors describe how they came to write about the South and the manner they came to write about it, as well as offering reflections on the humanistic tradition of scholarship as lived experience. Diverse in theme and style, these writings represent each author’s personal reflections on experiences living in and writing about the South while touching on topics that surfaced in Joyner’s own works, such as race, family, culture, and place. Whether based on personal or historical events, each one speaks to Joyner’s theme that “all history is local history, somewhere.” July 15 – Emily Edwards (Bars, Blues, and Booze) at Inlet Affairs True accounts from musicians, bar owners, and regulars at the crossroads of good times and despair. Bars, Blues, and Booze collects lively bar tales from the intersection of black and white musical cultures in the South. Many of these stories do not seem dignified, decent, or filled with uplifting euphoria, but they are real narratives of people who worked hard with their hands during the week to celebrate the weekend with music and mind-altering substances. These are stories of musicians who may not be famous

celebrities but are men and women deeply occupied with their craft – professional musicians stuck with a day job. The author is a professor of media studies at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. She is also an independent filmmaker, whose work includes the documentary “Deadheads: An America Subculture, “which is distributed nationally on PBS stations, and two feature films with blues music scores, “Root Doctor” and “Bone Creek.” July 22 – Julia Franks (Over the Plain House) at Carefree Catering It’s 1939, and the federal government has sent USDA agent Virginia Furman into the North Carolina mountains to instruct families on modernizing their homes and farms. There she meets farm wife Irenie Lambey, who is immediately drawn to the lady agent’s self-possession. Already, cracks are emerging in Irenie’s fragile marriage to Brodis, an ex-logger turned fundamentalist preacher: She has taken to night ramblings through the woods to escape her husband’s bed, storing strange keepsakes in a mountain cavern. To Brodis, these are all the signs that Irenie – tiptoeing through the dark in her billowing white nightshirt – is practicing black magic. When Irenie slips back into bed with a kind of supernatural stealth, Brodis senses that a certain evil has entered his life, linked to the lady agent, or perhaps to other,

more sinister forces. Working in the stylistic terrain of Amy Greene and Bonnie Jo Campbell, this mesmerizing debut by Julia Franks is the story of a woman intrigued by the possibility of change, escape, and reproductive choice – stalked by a Bible-haunted man who fears his government and stakes his integrity upon an older way of life. As Brodis chases his demons, he brings about a final act of violence that shakes the entire valley. In this spellbinding Southern story, Franks bares the myths and mysteries that modernity can’t quite dispel. July 29 – West Fraser (Painting the Southern Coast) at Pawleys Plantation This stunning collection of the works of West Fraser, one of the nation’s most respected painters of representational art. A mastery of his medium and the scope of work ensure his place in Southern art history. A true son of the lowcountry, Fraser has dedicated much of his career to capturing the lush, primordial beauty of the Southeast’s coastal regions that have been altered by man and time. The 260 works in this book are representative of the sketches, studies, and finished paintings he has generated over his nearly forty-year career, works that depict coastal locales from Winyah Bay, South Carolina, to St. Augustine, Florida, and include Charleston, Hilton Head, Savannah, and the islands of the lowcountry through the Golden Isles of Georgia.

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Little River Medical Center The Southeastern United States has a higher incidence of stroke than other parts of the country, and the stroke rate in the Carolinas is even higher than that of neighboring states. Stroke was the fifth leading cause of death in South Carolina, resulting in 2,385 deaths in 2014. Of course, the best treatment for stroke is prevention. Identification and treatment of risk factors is the key to stroke prevention. Certain chronic conditions can increase the risk for stroke – hypertension, high cholesterol, and diabetes. Find out what your blood pressure is. Uncontrolled high blood pressure increases a persons’ stroke risk by four to six times. Nearly two out of every five adults in South Carolina has high blood pressure.

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You should also get your cholesterol checked regularly. High cholesterol may raise your risk for stroke by increasing your risk for heart disease. High cholesterol affects 43% of South Carolina adults. If you have diabetes, your chances of having a stroke are 1.5 times higher than in people who don’t have diabetes. One out of every eight South Carolina adults has diabetes. Primary Care at LRMC One of the main responsibilities of a primary care physician is to provide preventative care. Primary care providers at Little River Medical Center can make recommendations that will help you protect your health and reduce your risks for chronic conditions such as hypertension and diabetes. They get to know you, your history and your family history. They provide the screenings you need, and can identify and treat many minor problems before they become major ones. What makes LRMC different from your traditional primary care practice is the support services they provide. Some examples are Healthy Steps, teen wellness programs, providing resources for low-cost or no-cost medications and the availability of programs such as WISEWOMAN. Stroke Prevention at LRMC The WISEWOMAN program is administered through the CDC and provides health screenings and lifestyle education for women to help reduce their risk for heart disease and stroke. From 2008 to 2014, the WISEWOMAN program served more than 165,000 women and 91% of them had at least one heart disease and/or stroke risk factor. Stroke is the third leading cause of death for women (in comparison, stroke is the fifth leading cause of death for men). Each year 55,000 more women have a stroke than men. Because in general women live longer than men, stroke will have a more negative impact on their lives. More women will: • Live alone when they have a stroke • Be more likely to live in a long term health care facility after a stroke • Have a worse recovery rate after stroke The WISEWOMAN program provides low-income, underinsured or uninsured women with chronic disease risk factor screenings, lifestyle programs and referral services in an effort to prevent cardiovascular disease. LRMC patients enrolled in the WISEWOMAN program will be provided preventative services including blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes screenings. They are also counseled about their risk factors and encouraged to take advantage of evidence-based lifestyle programs that target poor nutrition and physical inactivity, such as healthy cooking classes, walking clubs, or lifestyle counseling. At LRMC, providers work closely with their patients in finding the interventions they need to adopt lasting, healthy lifestyle changes. To join LRMC’s WISEWOMAN program, you must be: At least 40 years old and not older than 64 Participating in the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program Uninsured or under-insured If you are eligible for Medicare, you must be unable to pay the premium to enroll in Medicare, Part B. WISEWOMAN is an example of a “wraparound” service that enhances the primary care services provided by LRMC. Other services include transportation, translation, care coordiwww.scwomanmagazine.com

nation, medication assistance, and more.It is the goal of the entire LRMC team to provide the support and care necessary to enhance patients’ access to care. LRMC has multiple locations throughout Horry County – Little River, Holmestown Road, Loris, and Kings Highway. LRMC continues to grow in order to improve health care access for residents of Horry County. Carolina Forest is the newest and sixth location for the organization. It is located at 4220 Carolina Exchange Drive off Postal Way. The threestory facility houses pediatric and adult medicine, dental services, a patient pharmacy and behavioral health. LRMC provides care for anyone – those without insurance pay on a sliding scale. They also accept Medicaid, Medicare and private insurance. To learn more about Little River Medical Center, visit www.lrmcenter.com or call 843.663.8090. To schedule an appointment, please dial 843.663.8000 and press 1 for a scheduling representative.

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tional artists. Since 1981, the Grooms have performed with The Skyliners at concerts in major music venues across the country and Canada, including Madison Square Garden and Radio City Music Hall in New York City, and The Greek Theater in Los Angeles. As a duo, the Grooms’ “Feelin’ Groovy” show features hits from the 60s and 70s including favorites by Patsy Cline, Petula Clark, Dusty Springfield, The Carpenters, Carly Simon, Stevie Wonder and more. Enjoy great music live (no computergenerated tracks) - the couple’s choice of material, wide range of styles, complementary rapport is a pleasure to see and hear. Their recent Stevie Wonder tribute CD “Just Wonderin’...” will be available at the concert. Tickets are $25. Space is limited. For reservations, call 843-235-9600 or www.ClassAtPawleys.com.

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Free By Linda Grabeman Mash-up. I had never heard that term before. It is a combination of two musical pieces; a re-mix. My son at Belmont University in Nashville had introduced this concept to me with breathless excitement as he told me what had happened to three of his friends. I quickly got pulled into the delirium. It turns out that these friends, Louisa Wendorff, Devin Dawson and Blythe Thomas, two singers and a videographer, had put together a “mash-up” of two Taylor Swift songs (Blank Space and Style) in a really well-done video on YouTube. Cool, right? Well, Taylor Swift saw it. And loved it. In fact, she put a link of it on her Instagram account and wrote, “OBSESSED”. That’s all it took. They ended up at the 2015 Grammys, performing their work, and at least one of them now lives in LA. That video has had over 30 million views. Fast forward to my son’s graduation from Belmont last month. The president, Dr. Bob Fisher, gave the most innovative commencement speech I have ever heard. I was spellbound. It was eleven minutes full of wonder. He began by listing the 75 artists whose lyrics he would use and then started this eclectic word symphony using phrases from their tunes, knit together masterfully into an inspirational send-off for the students about to graduate. I can’t even begin to imagine how much time and energy this took. Here’s a little clip: “My gift is their songs, and this one’s for you. We’re all waiting for the world to change, but what the world really needs is hands that are open and reaching out for broken hearts. Say, say, say it again, give yourself away...Your life’s gonna be a glorious unfolding...so be humble and kind. Give a little bit. And when you get a chance, take it. Keep your head up. And dream on. Dream on. Dream until your dreams come true.” The applause was deafening. You may be wondering what my point is. Hold on. Let me tie this all together. Late last year, this same son introduced me to a book called Steal Like An Artist. (We like to encourage each other in our creative work.) Well, little did he know what a gift he had given me! This book revolutionized my thinking and freed me in ways I can’t even describe. Maybe it was scars from being on the Honor Council in college. I don’t know. But my fear of plagiarizing had gotten so deep that I nearly stopped reading any inspirational writing. I would wake up in the middle of the night thinking that a well-known writer had accused me of stealing their style. I know. Ridiculous. But frighteningly real in my mind. Anyway, this little square black and white paperback by Austin Kleon broke those chains forever, and now I am bliss38

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fully free to explore any and all work I enjoy...and then create my own mash-up of it all in my own original way. Kleon loves to quote Picasso, who said, “Good artists copy. Great artists steal.” Solomon had it right, “There is nothing new under the sun.” Creative works build on what came before. Steal Like An Artist points out that imitation is not flattery, transformation is flattery. Artists take nuggets from everyone they enjoy and eventually forge them all into a new style which is specifically their own. But why does this matter to you? Because we are all creative in some way. Our heavenly Father, designer and author of every color, shape, song and thought could not possibly have created children devoid of at least one of those giftings. We all create. We all make things which are extraordinarily our own, whether it is a poem, a painting, a garden, a letter, music or dinner. So this article is meant to nudge you to be more joyful in that expression.

As I browsed through the pictures that I might use for this article, I prayed, as I always do, for God to guide me. I had a real sense that someone needed encouragement, and not necessarily about the freedom to enjoy other people’s work. Maybe more basic than that. Maybe to truly believe in herself. That God had knit her together in that awesome way that only He can do. That He had formed her own particular flesh and bone design, and then broken the mold, never to use it again. For that person, please know that you were not made in a helter-skelter way. Everything about your life was foreknown and deeply loved before you were made. And every way in which you would one day touch the world, one person at a time, brings great joy to God. Without those touches from you this world would be diminished in some way, because no one else could do them precisely the way you could. Ever. My prayer is that this article reaches that one person, and that she is free to be the wonderfully unique individual she was designed to be. Visit Linda at lindagrabeman.com, email her at [email protected] www.scwomanmagazine.com

Summer Weight Loss By Dr. Kevin M Sattele Everyone wants to get in shape before summer gets here but sometimes it just seems there isn’t enough time to get it done. Some may think that summer is actually the easiest time of the year to achieve your weight loss goals. It’s easy to cover up a few extra pounds in the winter months with a bulky sweater. But when temperatures rise, our clothing changes, and wearing lighter clothing will keep you more honest. So just the simple change to showing a little more skin while wearing shorts and a swim suit may be just the motivation you need to get the extra pounds off. The nicer weather usually helps as well as people are generally more active and energetic in the warmer months and are outdoors more. The days are also longer, which seems to give us more time outside. All this as opposed to the winter months when people tend to stay inside more and are less active and often a little depressed just simply due to the shorter, darker, colder days. Many of us eat more when we are bored, stressed and depressed so simply getting out and becoming more active helps a lot. Summer schedules seem to be a little better for some as kids are out of school and the heat may even suppress your appetite a little more than the colder weather. Remember to drink plenty of fluids to avoid heat exhaustion and the extra fluids also help keep you feeling fuller. I often tell patients to drink one or two full glasses of water before a meal and you will eat much less. Do it for your health! We know there are many medical issues associated with obesity. Most of these can be greatly improved or reversed with proper weight loss. Weight loss can reduce your risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes. Even if you already have Type 2 Diabetes, weight loss can improve your blood sugars greatly and in a lot of cases, your diabetes can go into remission along with proper diet and exercise. High blood pressure is another complication of obesity and it is also a big risk factor for heart attack and stroke. Multiple medical studies have shown that you can lose just 10-20 pounds and drop your blood pressure by 20-30 points. Weight loss will help lower cholesterol, reduce acid reflux and can eliminate sleep apnea in a lot of cases. We have many patients do our Rapid Weight Loss program simply to get rid of their sleep apnea machine. When you get rid of sleep apnea, you sleep better and wake up feeling more rested and energetic and no longer have the daytime drowsiness. Weight loss can help you come off of some or most of your prescription medications. All of our Type 2 diabetes patients will come off of their diabetic medicines. About 90% will come off of their blood pressure meds and about 50% will come off of their choleswww.scwomanmagazine.com

terol meds just to name a few. Weight loss can significantly reduce the amount of pressure on your knees, feet and hips. Every 10 pounds of weight you lose, reduces 40 pounds of pressure from your knees and feet. This can make a huge difference in anyone but especially in someone with knee pain. We have had many patients referred from orthopedic surgeons in order to lose weight prior to knee surgery. Another big reason to lose weight is to reduce the risk of “fatty liver”. Fatty liver or NASH (non-alcoholic steatohepatitis), is the number one cause of liver disease in this country. Indications show that in the next few years, it will also be the number cause for liver transplant in this country. These are just a few of the many benefits of diet, exercise and weight loss. It is amazing to see how much healthier and happy our patients are after losing just 10 or 15 pounds. Patients that lose 50 to 100 pounds or more feel like they have a new lease on life. It is just the beginning of a new, healthier you. If you or someone you know would like to lose weight this summer or simply be healthier with a better quality of life, then give our office a call at 843-491-4811 to set up a free consultation. See our ad on page 5.

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It’s exciting to be part of a fitness revolution and to see the impact that it’s having on people. What is this new emerging trend you ask? It is Riding a Bike. Well, it is really more of a rediscovery than some new fangled fad. Everyday, we work with customers that are looking to get back into shape and want to do something fun. Many have not been on a bike in years and want to know where to begin. While there are no hard and fast rules, there are some key things to consider. What are your goals? This is a very important factor to consider and everyone will have a different answer based on their personal objectives and current fitness level. Are you trying to lose weight? Do you see yourself competing at some point? Do you want to start doing group rides? Or, do you just want to ride around the neighborhood, or on the beach as a casual workout? Thinking first about your goals will definitely help narrow the type of bike you should consider. What type riding do you want to do? Do you want to go fast? Do you want to go on trails? Or, do you want a hybrid that can give you versatility? Understanding some of the trade-offs between the options and aligning the bike type to best fit the kind of riding that you want to be doing will help in your decision. For some, this may eventually mean two or more bikes depending on what you want to achieve and what you enjoy. It is critical to think a little ahead especially if you are going for more of an aggressive fitness oriented lifestyle. In this case, get a bike that you can grow into and not something that will quickly limit your growth. What type of bike do you want? We will group these into the major categories of bicycles for simplicity. However, understand that there are myriad of options in each category and within each brand. Cruiser and Comfort Bikes: Obviously, these are a very popular family of bicycles in the Myrtle Beach area for many age groups. These types of bikes are great for riding around your neighborhood, going on a social ride with friends, or riding to the beach. These come as single speed bike with a coaster brake or with gears and hand brakes. These types of bikes tend to be very colorful and come with a lot of accessory options to customize it just the way you want it. Oh yea, and usually with a bigger seat for a www.scwomanmagazine.com

cushiony ride. With most of these bikes you will be riding in more of an up-right position. Fitness Hybrid Bikes: This category of bike is for people that want to have a little bit more of a faster, aggressive riding position than a cruiser bike. These tend to be a great bicycle for getting out and doing several miles at a brisk pace. You will never go as fast as a road bike or a Hybrid, but they are an ideal bike for someone that is just getting back into cycling and wants to use it to help them get back into shape and lose weight. Some of the sub categories are Dual Sport, which means that you have the ability to go both on road and off road. Which tends to be a little more ruggedized with a front suspension. Road Bikes: If you want to start doing longer and faster rides, this is the way to go. While a hybrid will top out at around 15 MPH for most riders, a good road bike will allow you to progress as fast as your fitness level

will allow. Known as “roadies”, these riders group together based on skill level with “C” Riders being 15-17 MPH. “B” Riders being in the 18 to 20 MPH range, and the “A” Riders being in the mid 20’s. These bikes tend to be light weight with narrow tires and are optimized for speed! Mountain Bikes: Like being outside in nature? Like big knobby tires? Well, Mountain Biking is right up your alley. When you think of Myrtle Beach you don’t typically think of Mountain Biking, but we are very fortunate to have some great trails right here in our own back yard…such as the Horry County Bike and Run Park also known as “The Hulk”. These are very popular bikes trails in the area and one of the fastest growing segments in the bicycle industry is women’s Mountain Bikes. In this segment, it is very important to consider how aggressive you want to ride and where you want to ride. People tend to fall in love with Mountain Biking and

progress very quickly needing a bike with more capabilities. Make sure that you have something that can safely handle the riding that you will be doing. For example, a department store 26” trail bike is simply not going to hold up well at The Hulk. As you see, there is a lot to consider and we have barely scratched the surface here in this article. If you see bicycling as part of your future fitness plans, the best thing to do is to speak to someone knowledgeable about all of the above. A good bike shop will help you think through the options and find the right fit to meet your needs. Take your time and narrow your search down to a few bikes. Get sized to a frame that meets your height and body type. Then take a few on a test ride to see what feels the best to match your riding posture. You will be happy that you did and that smile on your face will prove it! For more information call Pee Dee Bicycle Company 843-839-4657.

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With things changing so quickly in dentistry, I thought it was once again time for a Dental Q&A session. In this month’s article I have addressed some common questions pertaining to the technology in dentistry today. As always, if there are any questions you would like answered in future articles or immediately for that matter, I encourage you to contact us by phone, letter, e-mail or even a nasty little note. So off we go: Q: What is the difference between an Onlay and a Crown? A: With CAD-CAM (Computer Aided Design, Computer Aided Milling) technology becoming almost commonplace in dentistry, single appointment ceramic onlays have become a popular restorative choice for both patients and dentists alike. If you think of a crown like a hat or cap as it is sometimes called, you see that the whole tooth is encompassed. For a crown to fit within the bite, a dentist must remove at least as much tooth as is being replaced. Therefore to cover the whole tooth, enamel must be removed on all sides. An onlay can be thought of as a partial coverage crown or as I describe it to my patients, like a jigsaw puzzle piece that fits on and in the missing part of the tooth. The jigsaw puzzle piece of ceramic is then bonded to the remaining healthy tooth structure creating a very substantial, longlasting restoration. The main advantage of the onlay is conservation of healthy enamel. Crowns are necessary when there is not enough healthy tooth structure to support an onlay or filling. Onlays can be used as a long-term answer for small or large restorations. It must be mentioned that crowns and onlays can also be made of metals such as gold, although these do not truly bond to the tooth structure as ceramic does. In addition, only ceramic onlays and crowns can be made in one appointment using CAD CAM technology. Q: How are Lumineers different than Veneers? A: Veneers or laminates as they are sometimes referred to, are ceramic facings that are bonded over the front surface of teeth in order to improve shape, color, size or alignment. Lumineers are simply a type of ceramic veneer made by a specific dental laboratory. They have been widely marketed as a conservative approach to porcelain veneers as the technique calls for minimal tooth alteration prior to having the veneers placed. The only issue I have with this procedure is that it is not appropriate for every patient. If a patient’s smile were too full, or too flared the goal would be to reduce the surface area facing front. Simply bonding a laminate over an unprepared tooth would thicken the tooth and compound the original problem. Lumineers are a terrific option for

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those who could benefit from increased fullness, but many other beautiful ceramic materials exist. My advice, find a reputable cosmetic dentist who can select the best material and technique to suit your individual needs. Q: Should I get mini implants or conventional implants? A: Mini implants are a great alternative to conventional dental implants in that they are more affordable, less surgically invasive, and less time consuming. It must be understood however, that there are also some compromises made when choosing a mini implant over a conventional implant. Conventional implants are larger. The increased surface area gives more support to the crowns or dentures held in by the implants. Strength is also greater with a conventional implant and damage or fracture to the conventional implant body is much less likely when compared to mini implants. Overall the success rate of mini implants is slightly lower than that of conventional implants. That being said, for many who are medically compromised, bone deficient or time constrained, the mini implant is a very affordable means to replace missing teeth or secure dentures. Q: Which is better, Britesmile in-office whitening or home whitening? A: There is no “best” technique for tooth whitening. The Britesmile technique works very well and utilizes a strong bleaching agent, which is activated by a high intensity lamp. This technique is ideal for someone who wants to whiten their teeth quickly or for those who do not want to fiddle with the trays and gels used in home whitening. For this convenience the cost will be higher than home whitening, for many well worth it. Home whitening with custom trays and gels dispensed by a dentist can be just as effective at whitening the teeth at a lower cost to the patient. The patient must be willing to stick with the program, which can take several weeks to achieve the same result as in office whitening. Over the counter products are not as effective due to the lower concentration of bleaching agent and not utilizing a customized tray that holds the gel on the teeth and off of the gums. Dr Horowitz is a 1991 graduate of The Medical University of South Carolina, College of Dental Medicine and completed a General practice residency at the Mountainside Hospital In Montclair, N.J. He is a Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry as well as a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the American Orthodontic Society, and The American Dental Association. He is the founder and dentist at the Carolina Center for Cosmetic and Restorative Dentistry at 1515 9th Ave., Conway, S.C. He can be contacted at (843) 248-3843 or via the practice website. www.carolinacosmeticdental.com. www.scwomanmagazine.com

CLASS offers Zoom into Mindfulness From Linda Ketron, [email protected] Zoom into Mindfulness this summer! Be anywhere with anyone and practice a loving hour of head, heart, gut liberation. Stop what you are doing. Let go of future and past. All you have to do is open your Zoom invitation on your computer or phone, and relax into an hour of brief discussion, a 30-minute guided meditation and parting words from the perspective of ancient and 21st century pros. Wisdom teachings on the go! Lisa Rosof, MA, offers the teachings of Sharon Salzberg, the Dalai Lama, Jack Kornfield, Adyashanti, Byron Katie, Kristin Neff, Chris Germer, Tara Brach and more. Weekly homework to help you stay steady on the path. Offered each Friday in July from Noon-1 PM, $20 (single session), $100 (5 Fridays in July). Sample FREE 10minute guided Quote & Mindfulness videos at www.yogaatthebeach.com. For course information, contact Lisa at [email protected] or call/text 843-504-1057. To register by check or credit card, call 843-235-9600 or http://classatpawleys.com/class_detail.php?id=330.

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By Patrick Munro

Retirement Planning for Women at Every Age: What Should You Be Doing Right Now? While retirement planning was once thought of as an issue for older, wealthier adults to deal with, the truth is that preparing for a secure future is no longer considered a life stage or income-specific endeavor. Providing for financial wellness in our later years is now an individual responsibility, and the earlier you start, the better off you’ll be. From students to grandparents, there are steps that we can be taking in every phase of life to empower ourselves for the future we envision. Students Even at this young age, children watch and absorb how the adults around them manage money. The saving and spending habits they witness now will form lasting impressions on how they handle their own money in the future. Something as simple as putting spare change in a jar can send a great message to developing minds about setting money aside. Raising financially-literate teenagers will set them up for retirement-planning success. Parents can help them understand the basics of budgeting, saving smart, and working toward a financial goal. From the money she receives as a birthday gift, to the part-time job income she earns at the local grocery store, teenagers need to understand what to do with the money they have in their hands before it burns a hole in their pockets. In Your 20s Once you reach your 20s, you have more control over your income and what to do with it. While your life as an independent 44

financial adult is just beginning, complete with benefits and an actual salary, that starting salary is likely going to be on the lower side… despite the student loan debt and full living expenses with which you now have to contend. While retirement seems to be a long way off in the future, and today’s challenging expense-to-income ratio is very much in the present, it’s easy to move financial planning to the side… and credit cards to the front. The younger you are, however, the more saving power you have thanks to a concept called compound interest. A few dollars saved today can mean thousands of dollars later, and time is very much on your side. Manage your credit wisely, set a practice of saving before you spend, and get the jump on retirement planning that so many wish they had. In Your 30s & 40s As you continue to build your credit, your family, and your life, there seems to be no shortage of bills to pay, and saving seems even more challenging at this stage of the game. How can you think about retirement when your toddlers don’t even sleep through the night? On the upside, your earning power is on the rise, your good financial habits have led to great credit and better interest rates when you do have to borrow money for the big stuff, and your employer likely offers a retirement savings plan at work. During this mid-career life stage, it’s a good time to set a retirement-savings goal, and enlist the help

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of your financial professional to help you reach it. In your 50s & 60s During your 50s, your life becomes less about the kids (who are more independent or out of the house altogether), and more about you. Now you can focus more on your career and put more energy into what you want, both for today and for the future. Decide on your planned retirement age and determine if your savings is adequate or on track, and tackle any retirement planning catch-up you may need by accelerating your saving and investing. In your 60s, you can finally see retirement on the horizon. The time has actually come to plan that trip to Italy, to meet that first grandchild, and to downsize from that big house. The time has also come to better research your Social Security benefits (and when it’s best to start accessing them), Medicare coverage and long-term care options. In your 70s & Beyond You’ve made it. You have retired with financial security and a lifetime of memories. Now it’s time to make sure you protect what you’ve achieved for the people you love. Take your will out of the filing cabinet and make sure it is up to date and still reflects your intentions. Name a power of attorney, and settle any inheritance or taxation concerns you may have with a professional. Although the process of planning for your retirement may seem daunting, your financial advisor can help guide you through the entire process. No matter what age you are, be sure to contact your advisor today to develop, review, and/or revise your retirement plans. Your financial security is dependent on your attitudes and beliefs about money and your willingness to take your financial future into your own hands. We can help you overcome financial roadblocks. We are NorthStar Financial. The Right Company that facilitates The Right Plan. Resulting, in becoming The Right Person. Consider setting a new direction in your life and contact Northstar Financial at (843)-448-7305 or go to www.northstarnavigator.com to secure a confident Retirement future tomorrow. You will be thankful you did! Patrick Munro Northstar Financial Advisor

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here’s nothing like talking to real people who have had real pain and now have real relief. I get to do that monthly for CuraLase Laser Therapy. It really lifts me up, even more than I usually am! These testimonials are perfect endorsements for the pain-relieving power of CuraLase. Here is a testimonial from a fibromyalgia client: “Fibro hit me like a silent thief, robbing me of my life. I hurt too much to take care of my family, or myself. I neglected my friends and could not work. Strong pain meds were a temporary fix. Then I found CuraLase. The doctor there understood my condition and prescribed a treatment plan of several sessions with the laser, and what a relief! For the first time in years, my pain is gone and I have my life back!” Now, read this from a woman with neuropathy: “With all the medical breakthroughs in recent years, there was no relief for the burning and stinging pain in my feet from neuropathy caused by diabetes. Then I met CuraLase. This amazing laser did the trick. Now I tell everyone who will listen about it.” And here is another for the same condition: “I was facing a nowin situation with my doctor. My feet were turning black and oozing with infection. The pain was unbearable. The doctor discussed amputation, and that’s when I decided to try CuraLase even though my doctor did not support my decision. I took matters into my own hands. I had nothing to lose, and I thank God every day for leading me to the wonderful folks at CuraLase.” “Migraines are debilitating,” according to one of the CuraLase clients. “They suck you under, and your life completely stops. I missed work for six days straight with nausea and vomiting, diarrhea and excruciating head pain. I called my friend and begged her to drive me to the ER, and she said, “No, please let me take you to CuraLase where they know how to get rid of pain. I owe her bigtime for that great advice. I am a new woman.” “Back pain is all-encompassing. There is nothing like standing up and knowing that every step you take will set you into tears. Unless you have experienced it to the level that I have, you could never understand. That’s where CuraLase comes in. I read the articles for years in the local magazines and newspaper, but blew it off. But when you are at wits end with nowhere else to turn, you will do ANYTHING to get out of pain. I can’t help but think about all the money I would have saved if I had just gone there first before all those steroid shots that masked the pain for four weeks and then returned with a vengeance.” That statement is from another happy, pain-free client. Yes, I could go on for days giving you these testimonials, as I have interviewed over 500 clients for CuraLase over the past ten years. Oh, sure, once in a while I have talked to a few that say it did not work for them. Then I find out that when the doctor suggested 13 treatments, they only had five and then quit. Or the doctor said to do four treatments per week, and they only did two. www.scwomanmagazine.com

Let’s face it, after ten years here in Myrtle Beach; they know what they are doing. Listen to their advice. I did, and I have had three different conditions treated there, and I am pain free. If you need the help of CuraLase, attend one of the free lunch seminars listed below. Please RSVP at 843-294-5273.

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Thursday, June 30, 11:30 AM at Golden Corral, 10600 Kings Road (end of Hwy 22), Myrtle Beach CuraLase Laser Therapy is located next to South Strand Medical Center on Bypass 17 South in Myrtle Beach. Remember, CuraLase is cleared by the FDA to treat pain and has been successfully doing so for ten years. Diane DeVaughn Stokes President of Stages Video Productions Host and Producer of “Diane At Six” on EASY Radio, TV show “Inside Out” on HTC Channel 4, and author of “Floating On Air” A Broadcasting Love Affair”

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Skin Cancer Awareness By Dr John Reilly

Living along the South Carolina coast you cannot help but enjoy the great outdoors. In fact, most of us were drawn here by the water, ocean breezes, favorable climate, great golf and the like. Well, May is Skin Cancer Awareness month; hence, my prompting to focus on this very important subject matter. Skin cancer is highly curable when detected

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and treated early. 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime, so look out for yourselves and get informed. There are three major types of skin cancer occurring in the following order: Basal cell carcinoma is by far the most common with about two million cases diagnosed every year in the US. Squamous cell carcinoma has about 700,000 cases diagnosed per year in the US. Melanoma is diagnosed in about 76,000 cases per year; however, it is also the most aggressive type and about 10,000 Americans will die of invasive melanoma in 2016. Yet, even melanoma is highly curable when found and treated early. In the United States, about five million people are treated for invasive skin cancer every year. Many times there are those same numbers of patients who are treated for non-invasive or precancerous skin lesions every year. Skin cancers usually develop on areas of skin that have had years of sun exposure or repeated sun burns. The head, neck and back of hands are common areas for sun damaged skin and the subsequent development of skin cancer; however, skin cancers have been found on most any area of the body. Be very aware of your back as this is one of the most common sites to find melanoma. A high percentage of people never apply sunscreen to their back or check their back because they don’t want to ask a friend or family member for help. With all that said, exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light, sunlight or tanning beds, is the single most preventable risk factor that we can all do something about. Clothing should be considered as your first line of defense and should include a wide brimmed hat, sunglasses, and shirts having a tight weave with a dark or bright color. Skin cancer prevention tips: • Do Not Burn! • Seek shade from 10am until 4pm. • Avoid tanning beds. • Cover up with clothing. • Use a UVA/UVB water resistant sunscreen. Apply sunscreen 30 minutes before going outdoors, and then reapply every two hours and after swimming. www.scwomanmagazine.com

Of course, many of us grew up before sunscreen was prevalent or widely available and have had years of unfiltered sun exposure. As I have mentioned, 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime and many will develop more than one, so it is also very important to examine your skin on a regular basis. If you notice any spots or moles that are different from others, or any skin lesion that is changing, itching or bleeding, then you should make an appointment to be examined by a dermatologist. You should be checking your entire body for skin changes, and don’t hesitate to ask a family member or friend to check your back. Skin cancer detection tips (ABCDEs): A. Asymmetry – one half of a mole is not like the other half in terms of shape or color. B. Border Irregularity – the border of the mole is irregular, uneven or not well defined. C. Color – the color or shade varies across the skin lesion. D. Diameter – Melanomas are usually larger than ? inch when diagnosed. E. Evolving – a mole or skin lesion that has changed in size, shape or color. Prevention and detection are the key points to be made and these are actions under your control. We all need to be responsible for our own health and well-being. If a suspicious skin lesion is detected, then your dermatologist will need to perform a skin biopsy in order to confirm if this is a benign, precancerous or cancerous skin lesion. There are many ways to treat precancerous skin lesions and your dermatologist will prescribe the most appropriate treatment for you if that is your diagnosis. Surgery is the main treatment for most invasive skin cancers. Basal and squamous cell skin cancer can be resected with a fairly small margin. If surgery cannot be performed or a patient prefers to avoid surgery, then radiation therapy can be used with excellent cure rates for most non-melanoma skin cancers. Melanomas, in general, will need to be resected with a wider margin around the visible skin lesion. Depending upon the measured thickness of the melanoma resected, it may also be recommended to remove and examine some of the lymph nodes draining that area of skin. For patients determined to have a high-risk skin cancer, radiation therapy may be recommended after surgery in order to decrease the chances of the skin cancer recurring. For other patients with high-risk features or a high stage, you may be referred to a medical oncologist for consideration of chemotherapy, immunotherapy or some new “targeted” therapies. Resources: The Skin Cancer Foundation (www.skincancer.org) Melanoma Research Foundation (www.melanoma.org) National Comprehensive Cancer Network ( www.nccn.org) Carolina Regional Cancer Center (https://myrtlebeach.21co.com/radiation-therapy/types-ofcancer/skin) www.scwomanmagazine.com

Art & Book Fair to Raise the Roof! From Linda Ketron, [email protected] Art & Book Fair to Raise the Roof on Saturday, June 4, 2 to 5 p.m. Art Works hosts this benefit to help Laura Herriott re-roof her bed & breakfast on Sandy Island. Goodwill donation will go toward the $20,000 needed to Raise the Roof! More than $4,000 has been escrowed through fundraisers organized by Lee Brockington and Linda Ketron. Thirty local artists, artisans and authors will fill the atrium of the Litchfield Exchange (14363 Ocean Highway) with great summer reads, original artwork and cheerful crafts. Enjoy wine and cheese, punch and cookies, coffee and chocolates while you chat with Laura about her life on Sandy Island and the challenges of transporting labor and materials by boat. Great music by Pawleys Island Jazz Quartet. Free to look, listen, nosh and chat! For more information, call 843-235-9600 or visit ClassAtPawleys.com.

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We all need some sun exposure; it’s our primary source of vitamin D, which helps us absorb calcium for stronger, healthier bones. But it doesn’t take much time in the sun for most people to get the vitamin D they need, and repeated unprotected exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays can cause skin damage, eye damage, immune system suppression, and skin cancer. Even people in their twenties can develop skin cancer. Most kids rack up between 50% and 80% of their lifetime sun exposure before age 18, so it’s important that parents teach their children how to enjoy fun in the sun safely. With the right precautions, you can greatly reduce your child’s chance of developing skin cancer. Facts About Sun Exposure The sun radiates light to the earth, and part of that light consists of invisible ultraviolet (UV) rays. When these rays reach the skin, they cause tanning, burning, and other skin damage. Sunlight contains three types of ultraviolet rays: UVA, UVB, and UVC. • UVA rays cause skin aging and wrinkling and contribute to skin cancer, such as melanoma. Because UVA rays pass effortlessly through the ozone layer (the protective layer of atmosphere, or shield, surrounding the earth), they make up the majority of our sun exposure. Beware of tanning beds because they use UVA rays as well as UVB rays. A UVA tan does not help protect the skin from further sun damage; it merely produces color and a false sense of protection from the sun. • UVB rays are also dangerous, causing sunburns, cataracts (clouding of the eye lens), and effects on the immune system. They also contribute to skin cancer. Melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer, is thought to be associated with severe UVB sunburns that occur before the age of 20. Most UVB rays are absorbed by the ozone layer, but enough of these rays pass through to cause serious damage. • UVC rays are the most dangerous, but fortunately, these rays are blocked by the ozone layer and don’t reach the earth. What’s important is to protect your family from exposure to UVA and UVB, the rays that cause skin damage. Melanin: The Body’s First Line of Defense UV rays react with a chemical called melanin that’s found in skin. Melanin is the first defense against the sun because it absorbs dangerous UV rays before they do serious skin damage. Melanin is found in different concentrations and colors, resulting in different skin colors. The lighter someone’s natural skin color, the less melanin it has to absorb UV rays and protect itself. The darker a person’s natural skin color, the more melanin it has to protect itself. (But both dark- and light-skinned kids need protection from UV rays because any tanning or burning causes skin damage.) 48

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Also, anyone with a fair complexion — lighter skin and eye color — is more likely to have freckles because there’s less melanin in the skin. Although freckles are harmless, being outside in the sun may help cause them or make them darker. As the melanin increases in response to sun exposure, the skin tans. But even that “healthy” tan may be a sign of sun damage. The risk of damage increases with the amount and intensity of exposure. Those who are chronically exposed to the sun, such as farmers, boaters, and sunbathers, are at much greater risk. A sunburn develops when the amount of UV exposure is greater than what can be protected against by the skin’s melanin. Unprotected sun exposure is even more dangerous for kids with: • moles on their skin (or whose parents have a tendency to develop moles) • very fair skin and hair • a family history of skin cancer, including melanoma You should be especially careful about sun protection if your child has one or more of these high-risk characteristics. Also, not all sunlight is “equal” in UV concentration. The intensity of the sun’s rays depends upon the time of year, as well as the altitude and latitude of your location. UV rays are strongest during summer. Remember that the timing of this season varies by location; if you travel to a foreign country during its summer season, you’ll need to pack the strongest sun protection you can find. Extra protection is also required near the equator, where the sun is strongest, and at high altitudes, where the air and cloud cover are thinner, allowing more damaging UV rays to get through the atmosphere. Even during winter months, if your family goes skiing in the mountains, be sure to apply plenty of sunscreen; UV rays reflect off both snow and water, increasing the probability of sunburn. With the right precautions, kids can safely play in the sun. Here are the most effective strategies: Avoid the Strongest Rays of the Day First, seek shade when the sun is at its highest overhead and therefore strongest (usually 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. in the northern hemisphere). If kids must be in the sun between these hours, be sure to apply and reapply protective sunscreen — even if they’re just playing in the backyard. Most sun damage occurs as a result of incidental exposure during day-to-day activities, not at the beach. Even on cloudy, cool, or overcast days, UV rays travel through the clouds and reflect off sand, water, and even concrete. Clouds and pollution don’t filter out UV rays, and they can give a false sense of protection. This “invisible sun” can cause unexpected sunburn and skin damage. Often, kids are unaware that they’re developing a sunburn on cooler or windy days because the temperature or breeze keeps skin feeling cool on the surface. Make sure your kids don’t use tanning beds at any time, even to “prepare” for a trip to a warm climate. Both UVA and UVA/UVB tanning beds produce sunburn. And there is an increase in the risk of melanoma in people who have used tanning beds before the age of 35. Cover Up One of the best ways to protect your family from the sun is to cover up and shield skin from UV rays. Ensure that clothes will screen out harmful UV rays by placing your hand inside the garments and making sure you can’t see it through them. Because infants have thinner skin and underdeveloped melanin, their skin burns more easily than that of older kids. But sunscreen should not be applied to babies under 6 months of age, so they absolutely must be kept out of the sun whenever possible. If your infant must be in the sun, dress him or her in clothing that covers the body, including hats with wide brims to shadow the face. Use an umbrella to create shade. www.scwomanmagazine.com

Even older kids need to escape the sun. For all-day outdoor affairs, bring along a wide umbrella or a pop-up tent to play in. If it’s not too hot outside and won’t make kids even more uncomfortable, have them wear light long-sleeved shirts and/or long pants. Before heading to the beach or park, call ahead to find out if certain areas offer rentals of umbrellas, tents, and other sun-protective gear. Use Sunscreen Consistently Lots of good sunscreens are available for kids, including formulations for sensitive skin, brands with fun scents like watermelon, longlasting waterproof and sweat-proof versions, and easy-application varieties in spray bottles. What matters most in a sunscreen is the degree of protection from UV rays it provides. When faced with the overwhelming sea of sunscreen choices at drugstores, concentrate on the SPF (sun protection factor) numbers on the labels. For kids age 6 months and older, select an SPF of 30 or higher to prevent both sunburn and tanning. Choose a sunscreen that states on the label that it protects against both UVA and UVB rays (referred to as “broad-spectrum” sunscreen). In general, sunscreens provide better protections against UVB rays than UVA rays, making signs of skin aging a risk even with consistent use of sunscreen. To avoid possible skin allergy, don’t use sunscreens with PABA; if your child has sensitive skin, look for a product with the active ingredient titanium dioxide (a chemical-free block). To get a tanned appearance, teens might try self-tanning lotions. These offer an alternative to ultraviolet exposure, but only minimal (or no) protection from UV light. For sunscreen to do its job, it must be applied correctly. Be sure to: • Apply sunscreen whenever kids will be in the sun. • Apply sunscreen about 15 to 30 minutes before kids go outside so that a good layer of protection can form. Don’t forget about lips, hands, ears, feet, shoulders, and behind the neck. Lift up bathing suit straps and apply sunscreen underneath them (in case the straps shift as a child moves). • Don’t try to stretch out a bottle of sunscreen; apply it generously. • Reapply sunscreen often, approximately every 2 hours, as recommended by the American Academy of Dermatology. Reapply after a child has been sweating or swimming. • Apply a waterproof sunscreen if kids will be around water or swimming. Water reflects and intensifies the sun’s rays, so kids need protection that lasts. Waterproof sunscreens may last up to 80 minutes in the water, and some are also sweat- and rub-proof. But regardless of the waterproof label, be sure to reapply sunscreen when kids come out of the water. Keep in mind that every child needs extra sun protection. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends that all kids — regardless of their skin tone — wear sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. Although dark skin has more protective melanin and tans more easily than it burns, remember that tanning is also a sign of sun damage. Dark-skinned kids also can develop painful sunburns. Double-Check Medications Some medications increase the skin’s sensitivity to UV rays. As a result, even kids with skin that tends not to burn easily can develop a severe sunburn in just minutes when taking certain medications. Fairskinned kids, of course, are even more vulnerable. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if any prescription (especially antibiotics and acne medications) and over-the-counter medications your child is taking can increase sun sensitivity. If so, always take extra sun precautions. The best protection is simply covering up or staying indoors; even sunscreen can't always protect skin from sun sensitivity caused by medications. www.choa.org

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We’ve all had days, weeks, months and — for some — even years of dark days and depression. Whether we fall into ruts of selfsabotage, loneliness or insecurity, leading a happy, joyful life can sometimes feel like a chore. I often tell my students and coaching clients they’re doing so much better than they give themselves credit for. Most of us are so busy trying to dodge life bullets, we forget to stop and appreciate the little victories. Consider for a moment that you’re doing a tremendous job at life.

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Living isn’t an easy thing to do, but it can be enjoyable when we start to see the good instead of focusing on the bad. You are actually living a good life by recognizing these 25 signs: 1. Your relationships are less dramatic than they use to be. 2. You may not have as much money as you want but you live a rich life. 3. You’re not afraid to ask for help and support. 4. Where you live feels like home. 5. You’ve raised your standards. 6. You let go of things that don’t make you feel good. 7. You have moments where you appreciate who you see in the mirror. 8. You’re working on limiting your inner critic and consciously choosing more positive thoughts. 9. You’ve learned that setbacks and failure are part of self-growth. 10. You have a support system that includes people who would do anything for you. 11. You hear “I love you” often, from friends, family or a partner. 12. You’ve accepted what you can’t change, but change what you can’t accept. 13. You don’t complain much, but instead focus on solutions. 14. You don’t blame your parents, and accept them for who they are. 15. You stopped caring about what others think of you. 16. You’re happy for your exes when they move on. 17. You can celebrate others’ successes. 18. You allow yourself to feel your feelings and are comfortable sharing them. 19. You have passions that you pursue. 20. You’re able to accept compliments without deflecting. 21. You have things to look forward to. 22. You have goals that have come true. 23. You have empathy for others. 24. You feel connected to your work. 25. You love deeply and open yourself up to be loved by others. If you want to create your own life list grab this FREE guide. Shannon Kaiser has been labeled a “New Thought leader on the Rise,” by Café Truth. She’s helped thousands of people worldwide through her private life coaching practice, articles, her bestselling book, meditation albums, workshops, courses, and her award winning website PlayWithTheWorld.com. Photo Credit: Shutterstock.com www.scwomanmagazine.com

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t’s that time of year! The bugs are buzzing about... ready for their next feast. Unfortunately, WE are usually what’s on the menu. I often tell my husband I must be extra sweet because unless I have spray on... I get eaten up! Most bug sprays bought at the store contain the chemical DEET, which isn’t good for you, the kiddies, or your fur babies. Making your own all natural spray is so easy and much better for you, it even smells nice too! Plus, those pesky bugs will leave you alone so you can enjoy the great outdoors all season long.

Here’s what you’ll need: 1 10 ounce spray bottle 1 bottle of water or about 5 ounces of distilled water Witch hazel Essential oils: tea tree, lavender, eucalyptus (15 drops of each) 1. Add 5 ounces of water to your spray bottle, or just fill it about half way up. 2. Add 5 ounces of witch hazel, filling it almost to the top, leaving enough room for your essential oils. 3. Add 15 drops of each essential oil. 4. Put the lid on and shake well before each use and enjoy the outdoors! 5. I added this cute label so guests will know what it is. I just printed the text on my computer, then used modge podge to glue it to a piece of scrap book paper. Next, modge podge the label onto the bottle and apply a thin layer of the glue to the top. The glue will protect the label from the spray. Feel free to connect with me on Facebook, HalleyMurrowCastleberry (no spaces), Instagram, HalleyMay, or visit HalleyMay.com to let me know how your spray works. I would love to hear from you. You can also find more crafting fun and DIY ideas at HalleyMay.com Happy Summer! from Halley June

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Understanding Your Cat’s Bloodwork By Kim Hurley, Owner Cat’s Meow Veterinary

The main function of your cat’s blood is to transport oxygen and nutrients to the tissues throughout the body and to carry carbon dioxide and wastes away from those tissues. Blood also plays a role in many other diverse processes such as contributing to cell development, tissue repair and protecting against infections. As a result of the life sustaining activities that our cat’s blood carries out every day, veterinarians will often recommend certain blood tests for your feline friend. One of the first may be a feline leukemia virus (FELV) and feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) test. This may be done as a kitten or with a newly adopted adult, especially if the medical history is unknown. It is important to know if the feline has either of these viruses to properly assess their health for the future.

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Blood tests results can reveal serious physical disorders. They are especially beneficial as a health monitor for aging cats. Veterinarians will recommend complete blood evaluations be done for any cat showing signs of illness such as fever, weight loss, diarrhea, vomiting, increased thirst or frequent urination. They will also advise blood testing for any cat who is about to have surgery to make sure they can tolerate anesthesia. The blood is drawn from one of your cat’s jugular veins, which run down either side of their neck, or from a vein in one of their back legs. It only takes a very small amount, about 1/20th of an ounce. Like human blood, feline blood is made up of red and white blood cells, platelets, and a fluid (plasma) in which the cells and other life-supporting blood components such as hormones, proteins and salts are suspended. All of these components are required to be in proper balance to maintain a cat’s physical health. A basic blood screen would consist of a complete blood count (CBC) and a blood chemistry panel. The CBC measures red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets. A red blood cell count measures the actual number of red cells in the blood and looks for any abnormalities in their shape, size, or color. It also measures their capacity to carry oxygen based on the amount of hemoglobin levels in the blood. A packed cell volume (PCV) assessment reveals the percentage of blood volume that is composed of red blood cells (hematocrit). A low PCV might indicate that your cat is anemic. A high PCV could mean they are dehydrated. White blood cells are part of the body’s immune system. There are several types of white blood cells – including lymphocytes, neutrophils, monocytes, eosinophils and basophils- all of which are produced in bone marrow or other tissues. Each type of white blood cell reacts in a specific way to a threat to the immune system. A CBC count evaluates and counts the numbers of these various cells. A high white blood cell count may indicate that the cat is harboring an infection, is under extraordinary amount of stress, or is affected by a serious and chronic illness. A platelet count measures the concentration of these disk-shaped blood cells that are necessary for blood clotwww.scwomanmagazine.com

ting. Without an adequate amount of platelets, your cat’s blood will not clot properly and could lead to abnormal bleeding. A CBC also measures the protein levels in blood plasma. Low levels of these proteins could suggest the possibility of liver, kidney or gastrointestinal problems. High levels may indicate the presence of infection, chronic inflammation or some types of cancer. The other part of your cat’s bloodwork is the blood chemistry panel. This test focuses on the chemical components suspended in the clear, watery content (serum) of the blood after it has been separated from the cells and certain proteins that are needed for clotting. There are several chemicals that are commonly measured. Abnormal blood levels of chemicals may indicate damage or disease involving the kidneys, liver, muscles or glands. Blood urea nitrogen (BUN) and creatinine are measured to evaluate kidney function. High blood levels of BUN and creatinine may indicate that the kidneys are not adequately filtering metabolic wastes or may point to abnormalities that affect the renal system like a urethral block or dehydration. Chemical compounds used to evaluate liver function include alkaline phosphate (ALP), alanine aminotransferase (ALT), aspartate aminotransferase (AST) and bilirubin. All or any of these values may be elevated in cases of liver damage or disease. Problems with other organ systems can also cause changes in these values. For example, adrenal disease can affect some of these values also. High levels of blood sugar (glucose) may indicate diabetes. Electrolytes are also included in blood chemistry panels. Calcium, potassium, chloride, sodium and phosphorus levels can indicate different disorders. For example, abnormal calcium levels could mean the presence of tumors or kidney disease, or low levels of potassium may explain a cat’s chronic lethargy or lack of muscle control. Gastrointestinal disease, seizures and many other illnesses can cause or be caused by abnormal electrolyte levels in www.scwomanmagazine.com

the blood. Total protein content is also measured in a blood chemistry panel. Globulins, a specific type of protein, play a role in immune function. Albumins, another type of protein, help keep fluid from leaking from blood vessels affecting the body’s ability to retain water. They also transport specific molecules where they are required. High or low levels of these proteins can influence many bodily functions. Additional blood tests may be required for a specific purpose such as checking a cat’s endocrine (hormone) function when thyroid disease is suspected. Hyperthyroidism is common in older cats and will display high thyroid hormone levels circulating in their blood stream. The value of basic bloodwork should be indisputable. It is far better to spot a feline health problem early to help prevent it from getting worse than to try to deal with the condition after it has progressed. No less than an annual bloodwork is in order for senior cats. Most recently, a new test for kidney function has made it possible to detect problems in the earlier stages of the disease. As medical blood tests continue to become more advanced, so does a veterinarian’s ability to prolong your cat’s health and wellbeing. Kim Hurley, Owner of Cat’s Meow Veterinary 843-839-1999.

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Hydrate Your Health in a Hot Tub By Ted Cligrow

The benefits that can be attributed to spending time in a hot tub or spa are substantial. When you look at those benefits in total, it’s easy to see how spending even 20 minutes a day in a hot tub can help you feel renewed by improving your health and state of mind. When you use a hot tub to focus on your personal well-being, you experience positive change and transformation every time immerse yourself. Stress is transformed into relaxation. Tension is released from where it has accumulated in muscles. Muscles recover from daily activities. The fast pace of your day slows down. Your mind clears and you are calmed. Essentially, a hot tub functions as a personal reset button that helps you start fresh. And who couldn’t use that? The Healing & Therapeutic Effects of Warm Water For centuries people have used 54

warm water immersion and massage practices for healing. Today, these same practices are used by hospitals and physical to provide comfort and help alleviate a range of ailments. Caldera Spas® offers a carefully designed and engineered hot tub with focus on enhancing the self-care benefits of a spa to accomplish more healing than ever before. A Deeper, More Relaxed Sleep Do you hate a restless night? A few minutes in a spa before bed will raise your body temperature, which increases blood circulation. As you get into bed, your body temperature will slowly lower. Your body takes this signal as time to sleep. The deep, relaxing sensation you get from time spent soaking in a spa helps release tension and starts you on a path to a restful sleep. Natural Pain Relief from Arthritis According to the Arthritis Foundation, time in a hot tub creates a helpful environment for relieving arthritis pain and stiffness. An Arthritis Foundation publication related to spas, pools and arthritis states “Regular sessions in your hot tub keep joints moving. It restores and preserves strength and flexibility, and

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also protects your joints from further damage.” Water’s buoyancy relieves stress on joints and muscles to encourage better movement. Caldera Spa® jets allow the warm water to massage and relax muscles, ligaments and tendons while stimulating the release of endorphins. Endorphins are the body’s natural pain relief mechanism. Muscle Recovery and Faster Healing As previously stated warmth water immersion increases circulation and assists healing. The increased blood circulation supplies nutrients to help cells and tissues regenerate. Time in a warm spa, especially those equipped with soothing jets such as Caldera Spas® will make the healing process enjoyable. According to the textbook Comprehensive Aquatic Therapy by Drs. Bruce Becker and Andrew Cole, “immersion in warm water can lead to a faster and longer-lasting recovery. An environment which is less prone to cause pain, and is even pleasurable, makes immersion in warm water a unique healing environment.” Overall Stress Relief Nearly everyone logically understands that a spa helps you relax. But not everyone has felt it. There’s simply an amazing sense of calm and release after you’ve spent time getting a soothing massage in a spa. Studies show the soothing effects such as the fact your blood pressure drops after time spent in a spa. A Holistic Approach to Massage Therapy At times, you use a hot tub to relax quietly, possibly just to soak with no jets on. Other times, you want an active, penetrating massage that can release tension from tight muscles or quicken the recovery of sore overworked muscles. In Caldera Spas®, the seats and jets have been carefully and strategically designed with a wholebody, holistic approach. Each seat or position in the spa is intended to work a different muscle group, providing a deep massage where you need it most. It’s the same focused, thorough circuit-training approach that certified personal trainers use to make sure you get a full body workout by activating all major muscles for a balanced fit-

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ness routine. Caldera Hot Tub Circuit Therapy® works those same areas, focusing on one muscle group at a time. You’re able to work on your neck and shoulders, the large muscles of your back, lower back, hamstrings, calves and feet. You can also control the intensity of the jets—ranging from a deep, penetrating massage to a soothing, relaxing, light touch. So rather than stacking up even more facts about how a spa feels, we invite you to feel it for yourself. Call Carolina Home Exteriors today to learn more about Caldera Spas®. You can reach us at (843) 651-6514 or visit us online at www.CarolinaHomeExteriors.com. Visit our showroom at 11730 Hwy 17 Bypass, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576. We offer a wide variety of hot tubs to fit your needs. Then you’ll know just how a spa can change your life by helping you feel more relaxed and rejuvenated.

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It’s one of the great ironies of life: Your reward for surviving the tumultuous teen years, establishing a career and nurturing a family culminates in dry skin, a thickening waist and too many moments peppered with “Now, where did I leave those car keys?” You know ... that time of your life that seemed so far away when viewed from a distance. As the calendar pages keep turning, you may find yourself greeting this new phase of life with mixed feelings: a sense of accomplishment, sure, but perhaps also apprehension for the unknown and even surprise from unanticipated changes. “With age comes wisdom and experience, but it can also include new and unexpected signs of growing older that can impact your body and life,” said Barbara Hannah Grufferman, positive aging expert and author of the best-selling book “The Best of Everything After 50.” Fortunately, in many regards, age is but a state of mind. With these practical tips, you can glide into the future with vitality, grace and confidence. Stay true to your style There is no written rule that once you achieve a certain age, your hair must be 56

cropped close, your wardrobe frozen in time or your favorite vibrant lipstick shade cast aside. True, with age you may make a few modifications, such as a new hairstyle that accommodates thinner strands or one that shows off your gorgeous grays. But your personal style is an important aspect of your identity, and simply tweaking or slightly evolving your look lets you remain true to your familiar self as you enter this new phase of life. Resist the urge to rest Filling your time with low-demand pursuits is a perfectly natural response to the liberation of an empty nest or the newfound freedom of retirement. You’ve earned a break, for sure. However, be wary of letting your brain languish to extremes. Find ways to stimulate your mind to help keep you sharp and ward off those “senior moments.” Make your physical wellness a priority For decades, you’ve heard admonishments about taking proper care of your body: eating right, exercising regularly, avoiding smoking and excess drinking, and getting plenty of rest. If you ignored that advice, remember this: It’s never too late to introduce healthier habits. Taking care of your body will

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help ensure you have the physical stamina to continue enjoying your favorite activities, and will give you the best shot at keeping your health condition optimal. Not only does keeping in shape provide overall health benefits, targeted exercises can help with other concerns, as well. For example, after 4-6 weeks of working out your pelvic floor muscles regularly, you may start to notice an improvement in your sensitive bladder. Embrace confidence boosters Change is at the very heart of midlife, and most of us can come to acknowledge, even appreciate, how life has a way of evolving. But changes can sometimes cause confidence to lag, especially when it’s your body that’s changing. “The loss of a job, upheavals in a long-term relationship, financial hardships and empty nests are just a few of the big challenges we frequently confront – not to mention the new health issues that we might face,” Grufferman said. One common confidence breaker: a sensitive bladder. A recent survey by Always Discreet found that women with sensitive bladders feel less confident than those who don’t experience leaks, in certain situations like traveling long distances or being in an unknown or unfamiliar area.1 However, you don’t have to let your sensitive bladder stand in the way of living your life. In fact, the same survey showed that most women with sensitive bladders (72 percent) who use bladder protection, such as Always Discreet liners, pads and underwear, say they feel more confident because of these products. The full line of bladder leak protection products provides women incredible comfort, protection, discretion and odor control so you can get back to enjoying life, no matter your age. To learn more about managing a sensitive bladder, including advice for how to talk with your doctor, visit AlwaysDiscreet.com. 1The Always Discreet U.S. Survey was conducted using the IPSOS Panel that surveyed a total of 400 American women (aged 35 to 65 years old). Of the 400 women, 200 have experienced urine loss/bladder weakness in the past three

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Age Gauge Ever looked at your driver’s license and thought, “Is that really my age?” It’s time to find out how old you really feel. 1. Are you confident enough to wear the clothes and styles you love? a. Absolutely, I don’t let anything stand in the way of fashion. b. Sometimes – I’ve definitely outgrown some styles. c. Not really ... I tend to go for safe, sensible outfits.

months and 200 had not experienced urine loss/bladder weakness. Significance testing between the two groups was done at a 90 percent confidence level. The survey was implemented between September 15, 2015 and September 25, 2015. In the study were 65 women with sensitive bladders who use products specifically designed for bladder leaks. (three women on beach) (Family Feature) Photo courtesy of Getty Images

2. Long-distance adventures or local delights: What’s your travel preference? a. The further the better – the best adventures begin with a long-distance flight. b. I love the idea of long-distance travel, but I’d have to be well prepared. c. Close to home – I don’t like veering too far.

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3. What’s your first thought when someone mentions bladder sensitivity? a. It’s an old age issue – it only affects older women over 65. b. Many moms like me experience it after childbirth. c. I have it and I know it can happen to anyone, regardless of age. 4. What’s your fitness regime like? a. Intense – exercise is the highlight of my day. b. Average – I do my best to keep fit but there are challenges. c. Non-existent – I don’t feel confident enough to work out. Results: Mostly As: You feel younger inside than your real age. Mostly Bs: You feel exactly your age. Mostly Cs: You feel older inside than your real age. Empower yourself to live the age you want to be.

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Arrested For DUI - Did You Really Just Blow $10,000? By Regina B. Ward Attorney and Counselor at Law Law Firm of Regina B. Ward, LLC

If you are convicted of drunk driving it can have devastating and lingering results on your life. If you are arrested for DUI the first expenses you will incur are towing and impounding fees, attorney fees for the bond hearing, payment of bond or a bail bondsman, and possibly lost wages. If your license was suspended there are the attorney fees and court expenses to appeal the suspension and the cost for a temporary alcohol license or restricted driving license. If you are found guilty, or enter a guilty plea, your driver’s license will be suspended, you may have to pay a huge court fine and/or do jail time, participate in an expensive alcohol education class, pay increased auto insurance rates and SR-22, you may have to pay for the installation and monthly maintenance of an expensive ignition interlock device. If you are convicted, things get worse because you will have a criminal record which can never be expunged, you may lose your job, it can impact your future employment opportunities even your marriage, the DUI will stay on your driving record for 10 years, and you may suffer the social stigma of a DUI conviction. If you were involved in an accident your penalties will be harsher and you could be sued for injuries or property damage. Believe it or not, you are innocent until proven guilty. It is the burden of the prosecutor to have sufficient evidence to convict you. To the non-lawyer this seems like an easy task for the prosecutor. It really is not. South Carolina’s DUI laws are complicated and recognizing a legal defense requires an experienced DUI attorney. There are basically three phases of a DUI arrest that can be challenged. The arresting officer must go through a 58

series of steps regarding the initial stop and the ultimate arrest. The first phase is when the officer pulls you over – this is referred to as the “stop.” In order for the police to stop you to begin with there must be a lawful reason to pull you over. To be a lawful reason there must be “reasonable suspicion” that a crime is in progress. An officer must have observed facts that give rise to “reasonable suspicion” to pull your car over. Without proof of reasonable suspicion, the stop can be challenged as invalid. If the stop is not valid then a DUI Lawyer may be able to get the charges dismissed. The second phase is the “arrest.” In order for the police to arrest you there must be a lawful reason. The lawful reason must be supported by facts observed which give the officer “probable cause” to arrest you. Probable cause can consist of failed roadside field sobriety tests, erratic driving, and other observations. The officer must follow strict procedures in conducting a roadside field sobriety test and if he fails to do so a challenge can be made regarding probable cause. Without proof of probable cause, evidence against you can be suppressed and the entire case can be dismissed.

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The third phase is the “conviction.” In order for the prosecutor to convict you there must be sufficient evidence that proves “beyond a reasonable doubt” that you were materially and appreciably impaired and therefore are guilty of the crime of DUI. Even if you took the breath test and “failed” it the case can possibly be dismissed or you found not guilty. There are a multitude of reasons a case can be dismissed and you should consult with an attorney. If you are convicted of a DUI in South Carolina it CANNOT be expunged from your record. A DUI conviction stays on your record forever. Therefore, it is important to challenge your DUI arrest. Even if you believe the police have a great case against you, there could be legal procedural defects that you would not recognize that could convince the prosecutor to dismiss the charges against you. Although you have a right to represent yourself in any criminal proceeding, it simply is not a good idea. To effectively challenge a DUI you must have an attorney. An experienced DUI attorney knows exactly what to look for in order to effectively challenge a DUI arrest. Most criminal attorneys offer free consultations and you can get your case evaluated as to whether you have a chance of getting the charges dismissed. Don’t make the mistake of entering a guilty plea – even if you were obviously drunk – without first having an attorney evaluate your case and fully advise you of your rights. Regina B. Ward Attorney and Counselor at Law 1017 Fourth Avenue, Conway, South Carolina 29526 Office: 843-488-WARD (9273) [email protected] www.AttorneyReginaWard.com

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What You Should Know About a GMO By Larissa Gedney, MS RD LD Lately it seems as though you cannot walk into a grocery store or turn on the news without seeing or hearing about GMO’s. Genetically modified organisms, or GMO’s, are organisms whose DNA structure has been altered by gene splicing (sometimes referred to as genetic engineering), which does not occur naturally or through traditional crossbreeding. The desired purpose of GMO’s is to produce a product that naturally would not thrive in its native environment. This may include making plants resistant to certain pests, improving tolerance to extreme weather conditions, or producing larger, more plentiful crops. Although these sound like favorable results of GMO’s, opponents raise serious concerns about the safety of these products. Most Americans consume GMO’s on a daily basis, often without knowledge, as the most common GMO crops are corn, soy and sugar beets, ingredients found in many processed foods. In fact, GMO’s may be present in more than 75% of the foods we eat. Risks associated with the development and consumption of GMO’s remain untested with long-term health effects unpredictable although are they frequently related to overexposure to both natural and unnatural plant pesticides. The lack of regulation for labeling of GMO’s in foods draws concern about a consumer’s right to choose to ingest GMO’s. A concern over a conflict of interest has also arisen. Several high-ranking U.S. federal employees, particularly of the Food and Drug Administration, have direct connections to Monsanto, the lead company responsible for genetic engineering and the development of GMO’s. The United States is not alone in its production and selling of GMO’s, although more and more countries, such as Japan, Australia and several European countries are restricting or banning their distribution and use. In addition to the unpredictable health risks associated with consuming GMO’s, there are also environmental risks. The insects originally targeted by the use of the pesticides may become resistant, resulting in having to use larger quantities and stronger pesticides. Likewise, weeds exposed to the pesticides may also become resistant and overpower the plants, becoming a super-weed and strangling the crop. The pesticides are also toxic to other bugs that are normally helpful to the growth of plants, such as bees and butterflies, resulting in their deaths after ingesting the pollen from genetically engineered crops. Local farmers may receive fines if GMO-patented seeds or crops contaminate their fields, even if unintentionally. This in turn could place a serious financial burden on their abilities to grow and sell their produce.

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How to Make the Ultimate Burger Grilling season is here, and that means burgers – the No. 1 grilled item in America – are on the menu at backyard cookouts and weeknight dinners across the country. This summer, upgrade from a simple patty slathered with ketchup and mustard. Create mouthwatering burgers by seasoning the meat, then building with unique toppers and condiments like grilled avocado, mango slaw or lime mayo. “My favorite burger recipe we developed uses the Grill Mates Smoky

Ranchero Marinade to flavor the patty and south-of-the-border condiments like Cotija cheese and grilled avocado as toppers,” said Chef Kevan Vetter of the McCormick Kitchens. “When you press the bun down to smash it all together, the avocado, tangy mayo and cheese ooze out over juicy, flavorful meat.” For more burger recipes and other grilling tips from the annual McCormick Grill Mates Flavor Forecast 2015: GRILLING EDITION, visit www.flavorforecast.com and www.grillmates.com.

Southwestern Smoky Ranchero Burger with Grilled Avocado Serves: 4 Lime Mayonnaise: 1/4 cup mayonnaise 1 tablespoon lime juice 1 package McCormick Grill Mates Smoky Ranchero Marinade, divided

Stuffed Avocado: 2 ripe avocados 1/4 cup crumbled Cotija cheese 1/4 cup diced tomato Burgers: 1 pound 80 percent lean ground beef 4 kaiser rolls 1 small red onion, thinly sliced For lime mayonnaise, mix mayon-

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naise, lime juice and 1 teaspoon of the marinade mix in small bowl until well blended. Cover. Refrigerate until ready to serve. For stuffed avocado, halve and seed avocados. Carefully remove peel, leaving each half intact. Lightly season with salt and pepper. Mix cheese and tomato. Set aside. For burgers, mix ground beef and remaining marinade mix until well blended. Shape into 4 patties. Grill over medium heat 4-6 minutes per side or until burgers are cooked through (internal temperature of 160ºF). Grill avocado halves, cut-sides down, 30 seconds. Turn over avocadoes. Place 2 tablespoons of cheese mixture into each avocado half. Drizzle with hot sauce, if desired. Grill 4-5 minutes. Toast rolls on grill, open-side down, about 30 seconds. Serve burgers on rolls topped with stuffed avocados and onion slices. Press roll gently to smash stuffed avocado. Serve with lime mayonnaise. (Family Features

continued from page 59........... Because labeling is not required for GMO foods, determining whether they are present in your foods can be challenging. Steps to make healthier choices in the grocery store include choosing foods labeled as organic, non-GMO. Lists of non-GMO products are also available online at sites such as The Non-GMO Project. With the start of the summer season, consumers have a great opportunity to visit farmer’s markets and support local farmers while also having better access to fresh produce at more affordable costs. Lastly, support local organizations that encourage the push toward the requirement of GMO labeling so that consumers have the power to make informed decisions about what foods they consume. Larissa Gedney, MS RD LD Clinical Nutrition Manager, Conway Hospital. If you have questions about this article, Larissa Gedney, can be reached at the Conway Hospital (843) 347-8241. www.scwomanmagazine.com

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Delicious Summer Salads Marinated Salad This wonderful salad is a take on the make-ahead slaw with the boiled dressing that everyone loves! 6 medium tomatoes, cut into wedges 1 medium, thinly sliced, each green pepper, red onion, & cucumber 3/4 cup cider vinegar 1/4 cup water 2 tbsp. sugar 1 1/2 tsp. celery salt 1 1/2 tsp. dry mustard 1/4 tsp. salt 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper 1/8 tsp. pepper In a lg. bowl, combine vegetables. In a saucepan combine remaining ingredients. Boil for 1 min. Pour over vegetables and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

Southern Corn Bread Salad Classic and absolutely yummy! 1 pkg. corn bread mix 2 cans (15 oz. each) each canned corn, pinto beans and black beans, all drained 3 small Roma tomatoes, chopped 1 med. each green bell pepper and red pepper, chopped 1/2 cup finely chopped Vidalia onion 10 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese 1 cup sour cream 1 cup mayonnaise 1 envelope ranch salad dressing mix In a small bowl, combine sour cream, mayo and ranch dressing. Place in fridge 10 min. to chill. Prepare corn bread according to pkg. directions. Cool completely; chop into chunks. In lg. bowl, combine remaining ingredients and combine everything together. Toss.

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1 garlic clove, minced salt and pepper to taste Place pasta and vegetables in lg. bowl. In a jar with a tight-fitting lid, combine dressing ingredients. Shake well, combine other ingredients in bowl and toss. Place in fridge for 8 hours. Toss again before serving.

Spinach & Peach Salad 4 cups mixed salad greens, torn to bite-sized pieces 1 large tomato, chopped 1 med. sweet yellow bell pepper, chopped 3/4 cup pimiento-stuffed olives 1 celery rib, chopped 1 green onion, chopped 1 cup chopped ham 1/4 cup olive oil 2 tbsp. plus 1 1/2 tsp. white wine vinegar 1 1/2 tbsp. salsa 1/8 tsp. each garlic salt, dried oregano, cumin and pepper. 1 tbsp. fresh minced cilantro In large bowl, combine vegetables w/ham. In a jar with a tight-fitting lid, combine remaining ingredients; shake well. Just before serving, toss salad coating w/dressing.

Pasta Summer Salad This fresh tasting salad is great with grilled meat. 3 cups penne, mostaccioli or ziti pasta, cooked al dente, rinsed in cold water & drained 1 medium cucumber, thinly sliced 1/2 cup each chopped yellow summer squash, zucchini, sweet red pepper, green bell pepper and Vidalia onion 1/2 cup sliced, pitted black olives 1/3 cup each sugar, red wine vinegar and extra virgin olive oil 1 1/2 tsp. Dijon mustard 3/4 tsp. grated onion

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Can use nectarines instead. 4 cups baby spinach 4 cups torn Bibb or Boston lettuce 3 medium sliced, fresh peaches 2 tbsp. pine nuts, toasted 2 tbsp. crumbled blue cheese 2 tbsp. raspberry vinegar 2 tsp. sugar 1 tsp. Dijon mustard 1/8 tsp. salt 3 tbsp. olive oil In a lg. bowl, combine the first 5 ingredients. In a sm. bowl, whisk the next 4 ingredients until blended. Slowly whisk in oil until dressing thickens. Drizzle over salad and toss.

Calico Salad This is the classic broccoli and cauliflower salad w/a twist! 2 cups fresh broccoli florets 2 cups fresh cauliflowerets 1 cup cherry tomatoes 1/2 cup chopped red onion 1/2 cup chopped celery 1/4 cup chopped sweet red pepper 1/4 cup jarred sliced banana peppers 1/2 cup sour cream 2 tbsp. milk 1 tbsp. ranch salad dressing mix 1/2 cup unsalted sunflower kernels 3 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled In a small bowl, combine the sour cream, milk and salad dressing mix. Pour over vegetables, combined in a large bowl, toss to coat. Add sunflower seeds and bacon. Toss again to combine.

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