Category: Health and Wellness

Whole30 Participant and Nutritionist Stress Importance of Eliminating Excessive Sugar Intake

The Whole30 Program originated in 2009 starting with the book “It Starts with Food”. The book highlights a wholesome eating pattern exempting sugar and generally any processed foods not considered “wholesome” for a thirty-day period. One key component: eliminate unnatural sugars. Sally Schöberlein participated in the Whole 30 program while residing in Germany; she says after the first few uncomfortable days sugar cravings, she began noticing a positive difference with the way she felt.

Melons, seen here, are considered a healthy sugar substitute according to Organic Lifestyle Magazine | Photo by Leilani Spring Fischbeck
Melons, seen here, are considered a healthy sugar substitute according to Organic Lifestyle Magazine | Photo by Leilani Spring Fischbeck

Oprah’s magazine identifies sugar as an issue, offering tips on reducing sugar intake. An article by Stephanie Schomer, “Sugar Shock: Three Things YouDidn’t Know about Your Diet”, identifies the average American consumes over three times the recommended daily sugar dose. The article states, “[the] American Heart Association recommends limiting our added sugar intake to six teaspoons daily, but our actual intake is about 22.2 teaspoons.”

Consequently, the majority of Americans overeat sugar, compromising a healthy lifestyle. What is the best way to maintain a healthy eating pattern with less sugar?

Pears | Photo by Leilani Spring Fischbeck
Pears | Photo by Leilani Spring Fischbeck

Nutritionist Sarah Skolnik recommends monitoring your eating patterns daily and understanding exactly what you are eating. Skolnik explains that the brain responds very similarly to sugar as it would addictive substances and it is important to know what ingredients are in your food. The difference between sugary food and drug addictions are slim, according to a study conducted by the NIH. The study “has revealed that sugar and sweet reward can not only substitute to addictive drugs, like cocaine, but can even be more rewarding and attractive.”

Most breads are considered complex starchy carbohydrates, seen here | Photo by Leilani Spring Fischbeck
Most breads are considered complex starchy carbohydrates, seen here | Photo by Leilani Spring Fischbeck

 

Fischbeck Wellness, Inc. Introduces Innovative Health Non-Profit

A place of rejuvenation and health consciousness- this is what our non-profit, Fischbeck Wellness, Inc., believes every individual should have access to healthy resources on a daily basis.

Our goal is to provide a tranquil, stress-free environment through our health-based sustainability program. Our activities include agriculture, growing and harvesting crops, cooking crop classes, garden meditation, and knowledge for nutrients- just to name a few- for our community’s overall health and wellbeing. Too often, these activities are costly and many lack resources. We are creating something that everyone can access, so every individual has an opportunity to maintain optimal health.

Maintaining sustainability in a fast paced environment can often go overlooked, which is why our program has an individual focus on the following: creating a sustainable space, growing, harvesting, and donating crops to the surrounding community in need and for participants involved in the program. The farm-like environment we create on site gives everyone a do-it-yourself guide on how to grow food and provides each individual with a farm-like experience in his or her area.

Any donations help us get one step closer to growing our community into a healthier and happier environment. And keep an eye out for our fundraising events, too!

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Young Mother and Wife Diagnosed with Triple Negative Breast Cancer

Triple Negative Breast Cancer can be one of the most aggressive forms of Breast Cancer according to the National Breast Cancer Organization and expert Dr. Naoto Uneo on Twitter. Dr. Uneo has an extensive background with Breast Cancer education and has been focusing on the illness for over 15 years. He shares a recent discovery about an androgen receptor that increases prevalence rates for Breast Cancer. Overall, this professional abstract shows that more individuals diagnose with the Breast Cancer disease than ever before.

Kiana Hatley shares her story about recently being diagnosed with aggressive Triple Negative Breast Cancer. Photo by Leilani Spring Fischbeck
Kiana Hatley shares her story about recently being diagnosed with aggressive Triple Negative Breast Cancer. Full story coming soon. Photo by Leilani Spring Fischbeck

Kiana Hatley is a young woman that has recently discovered she has triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC). Now, she is in the early treatment of her chemotherapy. Her husband and two children have been alongside of her for the beginning of this extensive treatment. Hatley strongly believes that best method for Breast Cancer prevention is self-exams. Hatley says, “If I had not checked my breasts, I would not have made an appointment to go to the doctor and we wouldn’t have found this cancer.” The image shows Kiana Hatley after her chemotherapy treatment. The additional photo is Kiana and husband, Isaac Hatley, after her hour treatment of chemotherapy for Triple Negative Breast Cancer.

Kiana Hatley and husband Issac Hatley, stand side by side after the chemotherapy treatment is finished. Photo by Leilani Spring Fischbeck.
Kiana Hatley and husband Issac Hatley, stand side by side after the chemotherapy treatment is finished. Photo by Leilani Spring Fischbeck.

 

Researchers and individuals alike have been constantly searching for an answer as to what causes Breast Cancer. Digg expert, Shining a Light on Sleep Science, shares an article from The Conversation. The Conversation is a successful news resource complied of expert journalists and editors. They collaborate with large organizations, such as the 1.5 billon dollar Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The Conversation’s article highlights that an uninterrupted night’s sleep is preventative treatment for Breast Cancer, whereas interruptions in the circadian rhythm actually contribute to the development of Breast Cancer.

TNBCnews posts an article on Reddit from The Global Source for Science News, sharing a new discovery about the relationship between fat cells, stress, and the development of Breast Cancer. The author of the article is Fox News journalist Annie Goodman, an expert in Breast Cancer and a survivor herself. Tweeter UChigago Medicine is the official Twitter page for the University of Chicago Medicine and Biological Science. Their recent post discovers that the fat cells within mammary glands are subsequent to the development of Breast Cancer. Author Suzanne Conzen, MD, professor of medicine at the University of Chicago announces the big discovery. She states, “We found that exposure to the stress of social isolation leads to reprogramming of genes in fat cells in the mammary glands”.

Expert Conversations for Breast Cancer Flood Social Media Outlets

Breast Cancer remains a hot topic and continues to take hundreds of thousands of lives annually. Now, in preparation for Breast Cancer Awareness month, people from all over are sharing their opinions and advice about Breast Cancer dilemmas and encouraging one another to speak out. The infograph below shows recent Breast Cancer Statistics.

This infographic shows the number of male vs. female breast cancer diagnoses. Infographic created by Leilani Spring Fischbeck.
This infographic shows the number of male vs. female breast cancer diagnoses. Infographic created by Leilani Spring Fischbeck.

Gia Sison is a doctor and breast cancer survivor. She is popular in the social media world for her physician experience and personal battle with Breast Cancer. Sison is striking up a conversation about patient advocacy via Twitter . Her tweet sparks twitter user interests about the reality of pre-diagnoses. She states, “T2 As a doctor & breast cancer survivor the line-“We could’ve caught it early” is something I do not like to hear. I had no symptoms #hcldr”. Sison supports her point by encouraging patient care. She tweets, “Patient engagement should be sustainable beyond the conference, literally #PatientsIncluded #hchlitss” . According to the Newsroom at GE Healthcare, Sison is the latest guest speaker in #BCMTalks sessions, talks involving live feeds for a Breast Cancer community about individual experiences where patients are encouraged to engage in live online conversation. In addition, Dr. Oz, celebrity board certified heart surgeon and television personality, is bringing awareness to the topic. Dr. Oz is an advocate for Breast Cancer, tweeting an encouraging message to his audience to engage them conversation. He asks, .@ProtectThePecs How has breast cancer changed your life and what do you want to tell other men? #drivetheconversation”.

Consequently, a popular professional organization is also making news around the Breast Cancer buzz. Breast Cancer Answers recently posted an interview with the Susan G Komen foundation in relation to coping with Breast Cancer diagnoses. The foundation is a tribute to a woman named Susan G Komen, a woman who died of Breast Cancer when she was 33. Her sister, Nancy Brinker, is the founder of this successful non-profit organization that has contributed nearly $1.5 billion dollars to multiple aspects of breast Cancer research, care, and awareness.

Dr. Sandra Finestone, an advocate for Susan G. Komen, believes that the best way to handle a new diagnosis is to get all of the facts. In a recent video, she says, “Information eliminates fear; the more you know the less you fear.” In addition, Joan Lunden shares her view by expressing her opinion about importance of early breast cancer detection. Lunden is an American journalist who battles breast cancer and shares her experience of the mammogram process. “You should be getting ultrasounds in addition to mammograms,” she says, in regards to her personal experience with dense breast tissue. She says that if she had not gotten an ultra sound in addition to her mammogram, she would never had realized her serious condition. Her passions involve informing other women about check ups and factors that play a role in understanding the disease.

Experts at the Cancer Research Fund, a highly populated program affiliated with Amazon, recently posted about their proposed deadline to End Breast Cancer by 2020. They share a photo at the latest National Breast Cancer Coalition Leadership Summit, and state “National Breast Cancer Coalition Leadership Summit–Californians working for an End to Breast Cancer–Deadline 2020!” In addition, Dr. Tabor, Breast Cancer physician from John Hopkins and active advocate for nutritional based health for Breast Cancer improvement since 2009, provides resources to his viewers and asks individuals to “Please share” about the newest screening discovery in cancer genes.

Involvement does not stop there. Dr. Karen White is a Breast Cancer coach with an Ed.D and M.P.A who is emphasizing the importance of a religious foundation for battling the disease. She recently published her proposition for a new Christian Life coaching concept on LinkedIn’s network, asking her audience “Are you seeking to discover your life purpose?” In addition, Dr. David L. Katz, a certified LinkedIn Influencer and President of American College of Lifestyle Medicine, keeps his audience engaged with the latest discoveries in Breast Cancer treatments. Katz recently published an article about the flawed aspects of biopsies and the dangers of interpretation. The accuracy of Breast Cancer treatment remains controversial.

 

 

 

Expert Vegan Shares both Perspectives to Skyrocketing Pattern


The eruption of dieting and new eating trends has emerged rapidly within the past decade and many SoCal locals are engaging in the foodie revolution of new diets and health recipes. Some involve themselves in certain eating habits where others believe that there are misleading details behind diets like Veganism. However, Veganism has been one eating pattern that has been around for over 2,000 years and is now increasing in popularity. Peta conducted a survey in 2011 that shows that there are over 7,500,000 Vegans in the United States, or 2.5% of the population, and these numbers are only increasing.

Veganism is a food diet that abstains from using animal products and meat in general, according to About News. Often times, people choose this lifestyle from a spiritual perspective to stop the harm of animals, while others may just engage in the diet change for a healthier lifestyle. The primary foods within the vegan category include vegetables, grain, soy products, and beans, but absolutely no meat or animal products.

A recent article from the Huffington Post highlights that most vegans, from a statistical standpoint, are women. Statistics analyzed in 2013 shows 79% of women are vegans whereas only 21% are men. There are speculations that this may be due to the pressure to maintain a body image. However, the reasons are unknown.

This interview conducted with Nancy Fischbeck shares her experience as a vegan, in addition the potential dangers that come along with this strict diet.

 

Dried wasabi peas are a well-known vegan snack, as seen here. Photo by Leilani Spring Fischbeck
Dried wasabi peas are a well-known vegan snack, as seen here.
Photo by Leilani Spring Fischbeck

Swede and American Share Solid Views on the American Healthcare System

America’s health care system still seems to be behind in the rankings of quality of care, and other countries are taking notice. The Washington Post report concludes that the United States ranks behind majority of countries on “majority of health outcomes, quality, and efficiently” including quality of care, timely information, coordination, and administration. Oscar Karlsson, 23, is an international student from Sweden who dislikes the American healthcare system. The Swedish healthcare system ranks number 23 the article titled “These Are the 36 Countries That Have Better Healthcare Systems than the US” which compares US healthcare statistical data to those of other countries. Sweden is soon extending their health care system to illegal immigrants, in addition to already offering a decentralized and taxpayer funded system.

David Horne is a senior American citizen who shares his opinion of the American healthcare system and has a rather different perspective than Karlsson. In regards to the American healthcare, Horne does not see many issues. He states, “that I’ve been well cared for, but that my only complaint is that it’s expensive”. Karlsson is a friend of Horne’s and together, they both discuss their viewpoints about the American healthcare system and share their stories.

This photo highlights a prescription and/or supplement. Photo taken by Leilani Spring Fischbeck | Leilani Photography.
This photo highlights a prescription and/or supplement that could be used for many purposes. Photo taken by Leilani Spring Fischbeck | Leilani Photography.
This photo illuminates the artichoke vegetable, often considered a food healthy choice. Individuals can find healthy foods like artichoke in many of the San Fernando Valley's famers markets. | Photo by Leilani Photography
This photo illuminates the artichoke vegetable, often considered a food healthy choice. Individuals can find healthy foods like artichoke in many of the San Fernando Valley’s famers markets. | Photo by Leilani Photography
Photo of the Kaiser Permanente hospital in the San Fernando Valley | Photo taken by Leilani Spring Fischbeck | Leilani Photography
Photo of the Kaiser Permanente hospital in the San Fernando Valley | Photo taken by Leilani Spring Fischbeck | Leilani Photography
This photo illuminates the many choices of foods American's have and the accessibility option of finding food everywhere. | Photo taken by Leilani Spring Fischbeck | Leilani Photography
This photo illuminates the many choices of foods American’s have and the accessibility option of finding food everywhere. | Photo taken by Leilani Spring Fischbeck | Leilani Photography
Photo of the Kaiser Permanente hospital in the San Fernando Valley | Photo taken by Leilani Spring Fischbeck | Leilani Photography
Photo of the Kaiser Permanente hospital in the San Fernando Valley | Photo taken by Leilani Spring Fischbeck | Leilani Photography

Professional NBA Player Shares Secrets to the Game as Park Basketball Popularity Soars

Professional NBA Player Shares Secrets to the Game as Park Basketball Popularity Soars from Leilani Fischbeck on Vimeo.

Health and fitness are two main topics that you hear about everyday, and new emerging ways alternative to signing up for a gym are grabbing the attention of locals all around. Renee’s Place Pan Pacific Park in Los Angeles is one area gaining a particular popularity in park basketball. On January 24, 2015, over fifty people gathered to take part in a game of basketball in the park, which seems to be gaining an increasing popularity. Los Angeles local, Antonio Castaneda shares why he comes out to join the game. He states that, “it’s good for the health and keeps you going”.

Professional retired NBA basketball player Brad Wright has over 20 years of experience and shares his vision of the game. He believes that the most important fitness aspect to the basketball game is a clear mind. In addition, Betterhealth.vic.gov states in a recent article that there are many benefits to the game of basketball, even if you are not yet a professional. Some benefits of the game include building endurance, improving coordination, gaining muscle tone, and burning up to 750 calories per game are just a few perks of getting onto the court.

Another recent article from Health.com says that basketball helps develop both upper and lower body strength, as well as helping to building a healthier heart that could reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke. In addition, studies show that the sport helps improve bone health and special perception.

SoCal Gets Creative by Encouraging Winter Fitness Fun

SoCal Gets Creative by Encouraging Winter Fitness Fun from Leilani Fischbeck on Vimeo.

The holidays can be a difficult time of year to stay fit for many people, even when you are doing your best to stay healthy. However, Southern California is not the first place you would expect to see something quite like this. This SoCal spot decides to spice things up a bit to get their community excited about the winter time and to keep people fit and healthy as well. In a recent article by Irene Ogrodnik titled, “How to Stay Fit and Healthy During the Holidays” Ogrodnik highlights the importance of getting exercise in the wintertime. She stresses the importance of staying active, even if you cannot devote as much time to fitness due to all of your winter plans.

This new scene came as a surprise to several locals. Writer Alison Goldman from “Women’s Health Mag” names ice-skating as one of the top six most fun ways to stay fit for the winter. These encouraging new ideas are attempting to help younger generations maintain lifestyles that are more active. So far, here in West Hills, CA you can find people of all ages ice-skating up until the end of the winter season. The ice skating rink is anticipating closing in the San Fernando Valley by the end of January 2015.

Quality of Care in OC Hospital Questioned in Court

In July 2014, a court case took place when a hospital employee stated that her workplace fired her for complaining “to defendants about conditions of the facilities that affected the quality of care and services provided” (Shaw v. Superior Court of Los Angeles County et al.) This case file is found at Courtinfo.ca.gov. Former employee Deborah Shaw stated that her workplace, Kindred Hospital, ultimately terminated her for verbally stating that their quality of care was poor.  The lawsuit was for the hospital to establish a set of rules and regulations and for them to compensate Shaw for her losses. At this point in time, Shaw’s request for a jury trial based on the Health and Safety Code section 1278.5 was denied.

A photo depicting a law study room, as seen here. Photo taken by Leilani Spring Fischbeck. L|P Photography
A photo depicting a law study room, as seen here. Photo taken by Leilani Spring Fischbeck. L|P Photography

Health.gov is a government agency that stresses the importance of quality of care and patient safety, and states that their recent project ODPHP helps improve patient safety, reduce infections, and reverse adverse drug situations. They are working to implement this system in healthcare facilities.

Geraldo Legaspi is an assistant coordinator, activity planner, and director for special needs students and adults at a healthcare center in the San Fernando Valley. He has been in the healthcare business for adults with disabilities for over eight years. Legaspi states that healthcare will always have glitches and financial factors typically determine the level of quality of care.

“There is a lack of health care no matter how you see it. Those who have it now have to pay a certain amount until their health care can go through fully thanks to Obama Care. As for those who had it before,” he shares, “they are restricted or have to change their health care, in which may lead to them having to pay more for their health care.”

American Flags can be seen flying over every courthouse in the nation, as seen here in Calabasas, CA. Photo taken by Leilani Spring Fischbeck L|P
American Flags can be seen flying over every courthouse in the nation, as seen here in Calabasas, CA. Photo taken by Leilani Spring Fischbeck L|P

In addition, Legaspi feels that employees who work in a small organization are better heard than those in giant corporations are and that is where the downfall occurs.

“In my experience, institutions that do not have that many employees listen to them more. Those institutions that have more employees, or at least a vast number of them, will not give much care to what they may say.”

Aba Horthy is an international student from Hungary that agrees that employees often go unheard.  In addition, Horthy believes that it is taking a risk to negatively speaking about one’s workplace because it will most likely fall upon deaf ears.

“I think institutions don’t really care about what the employee has to say. First, if there is a problem in an institution and the employee recognizes that problem, he or she would risk their jobs with filing a complaint. If the employee does complain, the institution would most likely ignore it because it would be a loss in money and time and they would like to gain more money not spending it.”

In addition, Horthy believes the employee does not always have the organization’s best interest in mind. Consequently, he feels the reason for termination is frequently accurate and fair.

Photo of a court layout, as seen here. Photo taken by Leilani Spring Fischbeck. L|P Photography.
Photo of a court layout, as seen here. Photo taken by Leilani Spring Fischbeck. L|P Photography.

“If employees care too much about their patients, they might spend extra time on patients without charging them which would lead up to beneficial loss of money for health care systems and that is not accepted. If employees care more about the money than the actual job they should be doing,” he reasons, “they are probably not listening to the patients, which leads up to inappropriate medical treatments, doing wrong lab tests, and other medical errors.”

Consequently, Legaspi agrees that financial issues often cause a huge barrier between employee and employer relationships and this is how issues in the workplace arise, including lack of quality care.

“Some main reasons that employees are terminated are because of financial issues for the company. They don’t want to cover everything because it will cost them to much,” he states, “or they believe that the cost of helping would be to high of a risk for them to take to continue helping employees.”

UCLA Health Physician Stresses The Importance of Annual Follow Ups

 The New York Times recently published an article pertaining to the importance of following up with one’s physician concerning regular appointments. It states that patients frequently miss appointments and this is becoming a severe issue to the health of American citizens. Experts believe that there should to be new implementation for better documentation, which may help patients keep their track of their scheduled appointments.

A standard procedure, blood pressure check, conducted in most check-ups, as seen here. Photo taken by Leilani Spring Fischbeck. L|P Photography.
A standard procedure, blood pressure check, conducted in most check-ups, as seen here. Photo taken by Leilani Spring Fischbeck. L|P Photography.

Dr. Peter Galier, M.D. is an internist affiliated with UCLA Health Internal Medicine. He has 19 years of experience and is board certified in Internal Medicine. Dr. Galier explains that the primary importance of an annual check up is to keep current with the patient, such as observing any new changes in behavior that the patient may demonstrate.

“An annual check up gives the general doctor a chance to see if anything has changed,” he explains, “like family history; or symptoms accompanied with body symptoms. We check on exercise and diet, evaluate for any unhealthy behaviors like tobacco, drug, alcohol use, check blood pressure,” he continues, “and examine the patient.”

A photo depicting a "no nonsense" physician, as seen here. Photo taken by Leilani Spring Fischbeck. L|P Photography.
A photo depicting a “no nonsense” physician, as seen here. Photo taken by Leilani Spring Fischbeck. L|P Photography.

The New York Times Article highlights a recent study that shows 5-55% of patients do not show up for their scheduled appointments. Some ideas about why the appointments are missed range from simply forgetting, to not being reminded, as well as not being able to get an appointment that fits the patient’s schedule, according to Barron Lerner, MD., author  of “When Patients Don’t Follow Up”. Furthermore, Dr. Lerner believes that improving documentation will help to improve the follow up appointment issue the healthcare system currently faces. In addition, the University of Wisconsin has found that making reminder phone calls has helped improve patient follow up statistics.

In addition, Dr. Galier stresses the importance of following up with appointments. He and addresses that it is the primary responsibility of the patient to make sure that they follow up with their scheduled appointment.

“It is the responsibility of the patient, or their support system. We are responsible to explain to them the need, the importance, and arrange a follow up appointment when they are here,” he states, “and many patients don’t make an appointment at that time.”

Consequently, in addition to following up regularly with one’s physician, Dr. Galier encourages his patients to live healthier lives through diet and health maintenance before the problems arise.

A standard exam, checking the ear canal for things such as ear wax buildup, etc. as seen here. Photo taken by Leilani Spring Fischbeck. L|P Photography
A standard exam, checking the ear canal for things such as ear wax buildup, etc. as seen here. Photo taken by Leilani Spring Fischbeck. L|P Photography

“Take responsibility for diet, exercise and health maintenance issues before you get ill. Once you have a disease,” he explains, “pay attention to your doctors advice, and be compliant with treatments.”