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CNN reported in June 2010 that a new study suggests cell phone radiation may be contributing to declines in bee populations in some areas of the world. Bee populations dropped 17 percent in the U.K. last year (British Bee Assoc.) and nearly 30 percent in the U.S. (U.S. Dept. of Agriculture).

Parasitic mites, pesticides and climate changes have been implicated in what has been dubbed "colony collapse disorder." But researchers in India believe cell phones could also be to blame for some of the losses. In a study at Panjab University in India, researchers fitted cell phones to a hive and powered them up for two 15-minute periods each day. After three months, they found the bees stopped producing honey, egg production by the queen bee halved, and the size of the hive dramatically reduced. Andrew Goldsworth, biologist from London’s Imperial College, studied the biological effects of electromagnetic fields and believes that a bee’s navigation pigment is compromised by radiation from cell phones. So basically, bees do no find their way back to the hive.

Lost birds

Dr. Joseph Mercola, a well-known osteopathic physician, posted "How Cell Phones are Killing Birds" in January 2008. He states that scientists have shown that oscillating fields disrupt the compass information of migratory birds. "Researchers found that robins were disoriented when exposed to aligned, broadband or single frequency field." According to Alasdair Philips of Power Watch, "Medium- and short-wave frequencies have been used since the 1930s with little evidence of any effect on bird behavior. But since the mobile phone networks went up, there have been increasing reports of birds, especially homing pigeons, getting lost."

The disoriented human body

Dr. Mercola comments: "Your body is also dependent on appropriate chemical reactions, many of which are guided by electrical frequencies in your brain, some of which happen to oscillate at the same frequency as that of cell phones and wireless networks." Consider that it took 20 years for the first 1 billion cell phones to be sold and the third billion just 9 months and that wireless networks are popping up everywhere. We are exposed to massive amounts of radio waves. Ill effects include damaged cell membranes, disrupted cell-to-cell communication and increasing deposits of heavy metals into the cells, according to Mercola. He reports a 2004 study that found the risk of acoustic neuroma (tumor on auditory nerve) was nearly four times greater on the side of the head where the cell phone was most frequently held. He concludes, "This ... represents an impending health care crisis."

Outdated standards

An article in the July 2010 issue of Vogue magazine reports that the science used to protect the public from wireless frequencies is outdated. "It’s science that predates the introduction of hundreds of millions of cell phones," says Om Gandi, Ph.D., professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Utah ... whose studies helped set the current FCC standards, which were first established in 1982 ...."

Legislators are trying to take up the slack by introducing cell phone safety laws. Maine failed, but San Francisco succeeded in adopting a city ordinance requiring retailers to post the radiation levels of mobile phones. "It’s a radiation-emitting device that we hold to our heads and buy for our children and that they hold next to their heads and under their pillows," says Andrea Boland, state representative of Maine. "So I think we are asking the wrong question, whether or not they have been proven to be unsafe. The question should be have they been proven safe?"

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As kids and teens head back to school and organized sports are starting up once again, it is important for parents and coaches to be aware of the importance of proper and regular use of athletic mouth guards to protect against tooth and mouth injuries.

In older children and teens, sports injuries are quite common. Dentists estimate that as high as 39 percent of all dental injuries occur while playing sports, with over 5 million teeth being knocked out each year during sports activities. An athlete is 60 times more likely to sustain damage to the teeth when not wearing a protective mouth guard.

The various types of dental injuries include:

lacerated or cut lips, cheeks, tongue

bruised lips, cheeks, tongue

broken, fractured or dislocated jaw

broken or fractured teeth

shifted or knocked out teeth

In collision sports, such as football and hockey, the risk of injury is obvious. Athletes who participate in these sports are required to wear protective gear. However, in sports such as basketball, baseball, softball, wrestling, soccer and volleyball, where serious dental injuries can still occur, protective mouth gear is not mandatory. People may be surprised to know that 34 percent of all injuries sustained while playing basketball, which traditionally is not looked at as a contact sport and where mouth guards are optional, are injuries to the face and mouth.

Although it’s possible to lose a tooth even with a mouth guard, wearing one greatly reduces the risk. According to the National Youth Sports Foundation for Safety, an athlete is 60 times more likely to sustain damage to the teeth when not wearing a protective mouth guard.

Voluntary use of mouth guards in sports is rare and shows no signs of improving. The overwhelming majority of players that object to using mouth guards when it’s not required say that they choose not to wear them because of discomfort, difficulty breathing and difficulty speaking. Various types of mouth guards are available to alleviate each of the objections. Ninety-five percent of coaches said they believe mouth guards prevent oral injuries, but only 16 percent required mouth guard use in sports other than football. This means that sometimes it is necessary for parents to require their children to wear mouth guards if they want to take a proactive role in reducing the chances of their child suffering a dental injury.

So how does an athlete or parent choose the right mouth guard when there are dozens to choose from? There are three main categories of mouth guards, so let’s take a look at each one.

The first is what we call the stock mouth guard. These are available at most sporting goods stores and come in a few different sizes like small, medium and large. Basically, you buy them, open the package and use them as is without any customization. The athlete has to bite on it to keep it in place so it makes speaking and breathing difficult. These are the least expensive type and they don’t really fit the mouth very well, making them also the least protective. The prices range approximately from $3 to $25. It is generally recommended by medical and dental professionals that these types of mouth guards not be worn due to their lack of retention and protective properties.

The next step up from the stock mouth guard is the mouth-formed guard, also known as the "boil and bite" mouth guard. These types of mouth guards are by far the most commonly used among grade school and high school athletes. Made from thermoplastic material, they are immersed in boiling water and formed in the mouth by using finger, tongue and biting pressure. This type fits the teeth a little more precisely than the stock guard, but athletes often cut and alter these mouth guards to make them more comfortable. Unfortunately, these alterations almost always reduce the protective properties. Like the stock mouth guards, these generally cost between $3 and $25.

The third type is the custom-fit mouth guard. These mouth guards are custom fitted precisely to your teeth and gums by your dentist. Not surprisingly, these custom-fit mouth guards fit most comfortably, offer the most comprehensive protection and allow for athlete to breathe and speak easier than with the other types of mouth guards. Custom-fit mouth guards generally cost around $100.

When looking at most athletes’ resistance to wearing mouth guards, as stated before, there is a general belief that mouth guards are uncomfortable, do not fit, are bulky and interfere with breathing and speaking. Chances are, these beliefs exist because 90 percent of today’s mouth guards worn are of the stock or boil and bite variety and indeed do not fit properly, are bulky and interfere with speaking and breathing. Spending a little more money on a quality boil and bite or custom-fit mouth guard can significantly reduce the risk of suffering a dental sports injury, while making the mouth guard much more comfortable to wear.

One thing is clear regardless of the type of mouth guard a person chooses: the quality of the protection is directly related to the quality of the product the athletes are putting in their mouths.

William J. Baye, D.D.S., owns Baye Dentistry, 2500 N. Bluemound Drive, Appleton, where your health, quality care and comfort are top priorities. Dr. Baye and his team are committed to providing exemplary personalized care for your entire family which is accomplished in a gentle and caring manner. For more information, call 920-739-2500 or visit

Dogs and cats tend to look like their owners … in the weight department, that is! Half of the pets in this country are overweight because we are "loving" them to an early death. If they are inactive and receiving fatty or sweet snacks and commercial diets, they can develop excessive cravings. The pet that is always hungry is probably receiving inadequate amounts of protein, vitamins, enzymes and other essential nutrients. Look at the ingredient list on your pet food to see if she is receiving carbohydrates that fill up the tummy but do not provide necessary nutrients. Watch for grains like wheat, corn and soy as these ingredients are never appropriate. Also watch for oatmeal, rice, barley, potatoes, sweet potatoes and pea fiber, as these are carbohydrates as well.

Now look at your pet. You should easily feel the ribs and spine. The waist should be visible when viewed from above, and the abdomen should tuck up when viewed from the side. If these areas are in need of a little help here is what you can do:

Increase activity levels.

Take your dog for walks and runs. Play with your cat. Find activities that you both enjoy doing together.

Give treats that consist of meat protein (dehydrated meat with nothing added) or carrots, green beans and other vegetables, apples, melon and raw bones.

Pea-size treats are an effective reward for training. Receiving the treat is positive motivation and it is not the size of the treat that matters. In fact, giving a pig ear is equal to six 12-ounce cans of soda to a 40-pound dog.

Feed a highly nutritious, low carbohydrate, quality protein diet. Protein builds muscle and muscle burns calories. Watch out for diet, low-fat, and senior formulas as they contain a high amount of carbohydrates, which are high in calories and contribute to cancer and diabetes. Pets receiving too little protein have flaky skin, dry/dull coats, patchy hair loss and poor muscle tone. The theory behind feeding your pets food with large amounts of fiber is that it makes your pet feel full. However, it causes your pet to poop excessively and can block absorption of nutrients in the intestine. Your pet feels temporarily full, but is deprived of essential nutrients, which causes a hungry feeling. Water and protein are the most important parts of your pet’s diet.

Control portions.

Healthy adult dogs and cats should eat once or twice daily with the larger portion at night before resting. Nutrient-dense food means less volume. Measuring out your pet’s food also allows you to notice changes in your pet’s appetite.

Now is the time to go out and play with your pet! Offer a meat-protein-based real food diet and treats made of 100 percent dehydrated meat. Your pet will love you for it!

Cheryl Larson is a holistic pet consultant at Down To Earth Nutrition and Massage, 2331 Velp Ave., Ste. M, Green Bay. For more information, call 920-434-2073.

Last month we explored how to tap into your creative spirit. As part of this process, recognizing your blocks is essential in order to move forward. Let’s examine this in more detail. Many of our blocks have to do with some negative story we repeat to ourselves. It is a judgment and it affects our confidence. Here are three common blocks people have when tapping into their creative spirit.

Just not good enough. I’m not an artist, dancer, singer…We judge ourselves against others, even professionals. In other areas of fun it is OK to be an amateur, like athletics, or cooking. When these amateurs are asked why they do it if not to be a "pro," they may say, "It’s the getting out there," "the camaraderie" or "the experiment to see what I could make." In essence, it is the doing that feeds our spirit. It is not a level of "good enough," but the level of self-expression while we are creating that makes it successful.

Hung up on the outcome. This goes hand-in-hand with number one. We are judging the end result instead of enjoying the process. At one point in time twirling around in a circle or making no-nonsense songs was art. We loved to do these things. Later as we grew we were judged by others or we began to compare ourselves with others in order to "fit in." Remember the crazy doodle you used to make during class? That was art. Go to any museum and you will see famous artists whose works aren’t nearly as creative. Art is in the eye of the beholder, so enjoy. Shed the stories you tell yourself; don’t worry about the outcome. Instead, enjoy the moment of doing!

People will make fun of me or think I am strange. Well, aren’t we all a bit strange? The more we break out of the conformity of who we thought we should be and into our natural state of creative energy, the less strange we become. We are becoming more of our self. When we see the innocence of a child at play, this is a natural state and it is beautiful. As we go through life we can get inundated with false information from others that we repeat to ourselves for years. It is time to silence the inner critic and to enjoy our own natural state. Even if we are in it for a little while, it will give us something to build on until being in our natural state is, well, natural! 

Teresa Van Lanen is a creativity guide that works with people who are looking to reconnect with their creative spirit to add more joy and happiness in their lives. Visit for upcoming workshops in September and October.

Hyperbaric oxygen treatments have definitely evolved over the past 50 years. Originally used to treat deep-sea divers in their recovery from "the bends," today patients are even seeing benefits with allergies, autism, arthritis, stroke, cancer and more. Scientists have learned that the dramatic increase in blood oxygen levels during the therapy create an environment that can help patients heal faster and become more alert. Green Bay Hyperbarics’ experience over the past 10 years has given us a glimpse of the modern day medical "miracles" seen everyday around the globe in this rapidly growing field.

How does it work?

In a hyperbaric oxygen chamber, the air pressure is raised up to three times higher than normal air pressure. Under these conditions, your lungs can take in up to 15 to 20 times more oxygen than would be possible breathing pure oxygen at normal air pressure.

During hyperbaric oxygen therapy, the increased oxygen dissolves in your blood and circulates throughout your body. Oxygen-rich blood stimulates your body to release substances called growth factors and stem cells, which promote healing.

Why it’s done

Your body’s tissues need an adequate supply of oxygen to function. When tissue is injured, it requires even more oxygen to survive. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy increases the amount of oxygen your blood can carry. An increase in blood oxygen temporarily restores normal levels of blood gases and tissue function to promote healing and fight infection. You may consider hyperbaric oxygen therapy if you have one of the following conditions:

Bubbles of air in your blood vessels (arterial gas embolism)

Decompression sickness

Carbon monoxide poisoning

A wound that won’t heal

A crush injury

Lyme Disease

Brain abscess

Skin or bone infection that causes tissue death

Radiation injuries


Skin grafts or skin flaps at risk of tissue death

Severe anemia

What you can expect

Our unit is designed for one person. You lie down on a padded table that slides into a clear plastic tube about 7 feet in length. During the therapy, you can listen to music or watch a movie or TV program of your choice. Some patients prefer to take a nap. The unit is kept at a comfortable temperature and you are able to communicate with your hyperbaric technician at all times. It is normal to feel a tightness in your ears similar to being in an airplane as the pressure in the chamber changes and can be relieved by yawning or with other means of "popping" your ears. The treatment typically lasts an hour and a half but can be altered as needed.


The number of sessions you will require depends on your medical condition. Some conditions, such as carbon monoxide poisoning, can be treated in as few as three visits while non-healing wounds may require 25-30 treatments. In general, treatments tend to be more effective when you begin them as soon as you can after an injury or health issue occurs.

Angela Saunders is a hyperbaric assistant at Green Bay Hyperbarics, the first free-standing hyperbaric facility in the area. Jeff Smet is the Hyperbaric Therapist at Green Bay Hyperbarics and offers free consultations. For more information call 920-499-0670 or visit For more extensive information on conditions that are treated with hyperbaric oxygen therapy, visit

How do you choose from the many carpet cleaning services in the area? While the competition is fierce, you’ll find one company that is truly in your corner. Mint Condition Carpet/Upholstery is focused on fairness, eco-friendliness and giving back to the community.

Jeff Schuhart started his business eight years ago as a result of his own bad experiences in the industry. "I’ve seen too many people taken advantage of and I wanted to counter that," he says. "My main objective is for people to trust me." Mint Condition stands by its word. They don’t leave until you are completely happy with the cleaning.

By offering fair prices, exemplary service and eco-friendly materials, the company really stands out. Just ask Ann Marie Schmitz of Neenah, a client of Mint Condition. "You definitely get what you pay for with Jeff. He has fair prices and doesn’t charge extra for all of the little things that many other companies do. Jeff actually came back to my home on one occasion on his own time to tackle a particularly tough stain. I appreciate his being upfront, honest and helpful. I’m very satisfied with Mint Condition."

Another pleased customer, Chris Vandenberg, Buchanan, a client of a few years, has similar sentiments. "I was so happy with Jeff’s service that I have recommended him to several people. He is very thorough, friendly and customer service-oriented."

Other customers look to Jeff for his use of green materials. "I use these products not only because they are good for the environment, but also for your carpets and upholstery," he says. "Since they are less harsh, the life of these items is extended."

Mint Condition offers truck-mount steam cleaning equipment that goes down deep to pull out embedded dirt from the roots and also pulls up old stains thought to be permanent —most times. Jeff says the company will also stand ready to do various other household responsibilities. "We want to be a one-stop shop for any property owner who doesn’t have the time to handle the household detailing, be it carpet/upholstery cleaning, janitorial or general maintenance in the commercial or residential arena."

For more information, call (920) 428-7300, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit

As of March 2010, Americans owed more than $852.6 billion in credit card debt, and the average debt per household was $15,788. Given stricter loan and credit requirements, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) is warning that some companies promise bogus credit repair services that can be costly and in some cases illegal.

BBB complaints about businesses providing credit repair, debt consolidation, credit and debt counseling and debt settlement topped more than 7,000 in 2009. Of those, 2,600 complaints were not resolved, meaning the BBB was unable to track down the company or the company refused to resolve the issue.

"With the economy slowing and lenders becoming increasingly picky, many people are looking for fast, easy ways to fix or even erase damage to their credit history," said Ran Hoth, CEO, the BBB of Wisconsin. "People need to be very careful when searching for or using a credit repair agency. In some cases consumers are being charged for work they could have done on their own for free, and in the worst case scenarios, consumers are encouraged to engage in illegal activities."

Offers for miraculous credit repair are common in radio, television, newspaper and direct mail advertising. The Internet is home to countless credit repair sharks, some requiring consumers pay large fees upfront, with promises to erase blemishes on credit records, get new Social Security numbers, or to allow consumers to piggyback on someone else’s credit record. The truth is, no one can legally remove accurate and timely negative information from a credit report, that it’s nearly impossible to get a new Social Security number. Piggybacking on someone else’s credit can be construed as loan fraud.

Americans find millions of inaccuracies on their credit reports each year, so be sure to check your report. Everyone is entitled to a free copy of their report from all three credit reporting bureaus every year or if they have been denied credit within the last 30 days (go to: Individuals can request free reinvestigation of information in their file that they feel is inaccurate or incomplete. Remember that everything a credit repair company can do for you legally, you can do for yourself at little or no cost.

You need to be aware that, by law, credit repair organizations must provide a copy of the "Consumer Credit File Rights Under State and Federal Law." This one-page document outlines the consumer’s rights in disputing inaccurate information on your credit report, and also addresses your rights in dealing with credit repair companies. You also have the right to cancel a contract with any credit repair organization for any reason within three business days from the date the contract was signed by the consumer.

Companies must also provide a written contract that spells out the consumer’s rights and obligations. Read these documents carefully before signing anything. BBB also suggests consumers beware of companies that:

Do not tell you your legal rights and what you can do – legally – for free;

Recommend that you not contact a credit bureau directly;

Want you to pay for credit repair services before any services are provided;

Advise you to dispute all information in your credit report;

Take any action that seems illegal, such as creating a new credit identity by obtaining a federal employer identification number to use instead of a Social Security number;

Offer to let you "piggyback" on another consumer’s good credit.

Before contacting a credit repair service, check them out first by easily accessing BBB Reliability Reports free of charge at For consumers with serious credit problems, Consumer Credit Counseling Services (CCCS) are available for a low fee or, in some cases, for free. Services provided may include working out a payment plan with lenders, as well as guidance and advice to help make more financially sound decisions in the future. To find the nearest CCCS office, call toll-free, 800-388-2227, or go to:

For additional advice and information you can trust on credit repair and personal finance, visit the BBB on the Web at:

Jo Ellen Wollangk is vice president, northeast regional manager of Wisconsin BBB, 1047 N. Lynndale Drive, Suite 1A, Appleton. For more information call 920-734-4352 or visit

Your mind, the computer behind your personal experience, can contribute to your youthful energy and looks. Or it can age you.

In the 1980s, Candace Pert, PhD., a research scientist sought to uncover how neuropeptides such as serotonin process and affect the body. The result was that a new area of study developed from her research and is called psychoneuroimmunology. Psychoneuroimmunology is the study of how a person’s psychological processes interact with the nervous and immune systems of human body. Psychoneuroimmunology is the basis for understanding how stress and the stress response "flips switches" for health and/or disease in our cellular structure.

In her book, "Molecules of Emotion," Pert explains how our physiology responds to our thoughts and especially our emotions. The effect our emotions have on our body can induce systemic health or disease. For example, the stress hormones when secreted for short periods of time to address difficult situations will enhance health but if the stress response becomes chronic, disease can be induced in the mind body. It manifests differently in each person. The data resulting from psychoneuroimmunology research shows us that when we regulate our stress response we can positively impact our health.

Therefore, the key (in addition to a whole-food eating plan and good physical exercise regime) is a healthy mental/emotional approach to life and life’s challenges so stress and the resultant neuropeptides and inflammation response become less chronic and homeostasis (balance) is more constant.

Here are a few simple ways to engage your mind to keep you young. Please share these with the people you love who might also be in need of some help in managing their stress response:

Consistently remind yourself that yes, you can! (accomplish or overcome whatever challenge or goal) If you don’t know how you can do it, get in touch with someone who can show you how.

When driving, review the positive things in your life and/or the positive things you are going to accomplish today, this week, this month, etc.

As you fall asleep, reflect on the positive experiences of the day.

Begin a gratitude journal; write down 10 things you are grateful for each day.

As you fall asleep, when you are driving or at times when you are in-between projects repeat to yourself, "Every day in every way I’m getting healthier and happier" or "Every day in every way my energy is balanced and healthy."

Read about adults older than you who are accomplishing great things; there are many older, active and simply incredible scientists, athletes, doctors and "regular" people in the news all the time. Read about them and see yourself as being their age and as vital as they are, engaged and active.

Experience happiness a few times a day, whether it is viewing something beautiful like flowers, enjoying a child’s company, smiling at someone, or listening to a comedian, etc.

Each time you experience any of these things, you balance stress. Your body will secrete the neuropeptides designed to support good health and wellness which help the brain stay young and the body, too! We can, from time to time, begin to shift away from chronic stress and discomfort to health and vitality — health and vitality now will support you in aging gracefully, keeping you as young as you can be!

Patricia "Trish" Poole, CH, EFT-CC helps adults and children remember their gift and live it using a powerful combination of hypnosis, EFT and energy work. She offers training in EFT for parents to help their children move past fears and limitations to live their highest potential. Reach her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., by calling 920-819-3774 or visiting

An "under-recognized epidemic" is how Dr. John Starling, III describes the issue of skin cancer in the United States. Each day the board-certified dermatologist and fellowship-trained Mohs micrographic skin cancer surgeon with Dermatology Associates of Wisconsin diagnoses and treats an increasing number of patients with the disease.

Starling references a study published in the March 2010 issue of the "Archives of Dermatology," which reports that more than 2 million Americans were treated for 3.5 million non-melanoma skin cancers (mostly basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas) in 2006. The study, which counted skin cancer removals among Medicare recipients and estimated cases in the rest of the population, found twice as many of the cancers as a 1994 study. The latest study also found that skin cancer removals in Medicare patients increased 4 percent a year from 1992 to 2006.

"That is striking and significant," Starling says. "Procedures from 2002 to 2006 increased by 16 percent alone. It’s a dramatic increase with more people being affected."

Dr. Kevan Lewis, a dermatologist and Mohs micrographic skin surgeon with Dermatology Associates, agrees.

"All dermatologists are experiencing an increase in the rate of skin cancer and that has a lot to do with cumulative lifetime sun exposure, before we knew about the importance of sunscreen," Lewis says. "Lots of people got plenty of sunshine throughout their lives and then it catches up to them, unfortunately."

Simply put, skin cancer is the abnormal growth of skin cells — most often a result of sun exposure, according to information from the Mayo Clinic. There are three major types: basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma. Skin cancer develops primarily on areas of skin that is most often exposed to the sun — the scalp, face, lips, ears, neck, chest, arms and hands, for example, but it can also develop in places the sun doesn’t touch. Skin cancer doesn’t discriminate and anyone can get it, but people with fair skin, light-colored eyes and blonde or red hair are at increased risk as are those with a family history of the disease.

The best way to reduce the risk of contracting skin cancer is to limit sun exposure or, more specifically, UV radiation (a side effect of tanning beds). You can do this by avoiding the sun during peak hours (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.). If you do go out during those times, you should wear protective clothing including a hat and sunglasses, as well as sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 30 or higher.

While that’s all well and good, and people are better educated about the subject today than just a few years ago, the fact remains that with skin cancer what you [didn’t] know can hurt you.

"You can’t do much about the sun exposure you got as a kid," Lewis says. "The damage has already been done."

That’s where the doctors at Dermatology Associates come in. Lewis and Starling both practice at a new state-of-the-art facility at 2351 State Road 44, Oshkosh. It’s one of 11 Dermatology Associates of Wisconsin facilities which has 6 of only 16 American College of Mohs Surgery fellowship-trained surgeons in the state. Developed in the early 1940s by Dr. Frederick E. Mohs at the University of Wisconsin, it is an extremely accurate method of removing skin cancer and has a cure rate above 99 percent, as compared to a cure rate of 85 to 92 percent for standard skin cancer surgery.

The technique, which is done on an outpatient basis, involves removing one layer of tissue at a time, processing and viewing it under the microscope in real time while the patient waits. The surgeon reprocesses the tissue layer by layer until he or she is sure all the cancerous tissue is removed.

"So when we’re working on an area of the body where conservation of tissue is important, such as the nose or eye, taking a small amount of tissue is better for the patient," Lewis says. "The second advantage of this technique is that we’re able to do all this while the patient waits which differs from a surgical setting where tissue is removed, the patient is stitched up and then sent home to wait for the pathology results.

"We know if the tissue is positive or negative in the moment and the patient is cancer free in that location when they walk out the door."

The second step is to reconstruct the wound in the most cosmetically appealing way possible.

"Once the healing process is complete, patients often report that people can’t tell where they’ve had surgery done because the incision lines have healed so well," Lewis adds.

"The low recurrence rate and functional repairs are what distinguishes us," Starling adds. "This is a place where things are being done in the right way, where we put patients first. It’s world class."

The Warning Signs of Melanoma

It’s important to know your skin well and to recognize any changes in the moles on your body. Look for the ABCDEs of melanoma. If you see one or more, make an appointment with a dermatologist immediately.

Asymmetry: If you draw a line through this mole, the two halves will not match.

Border: The border is uneven. The edges may be scalloped or notched.

Color: A number of different shades of brown, tan or black could appear. A melanoma may also become red, blue or another color.

Diameter: Melanomas usually are larger in diameter than the size of a pencil eraser (1/4 inch or 6 mm), but they may sometimes be smaller when first detected.

Evolving: Any change - in size, shape, color, elevation, or another trait, or any new symptom such as bleeding, itching or crusting - points to danger.

Courtesy: The Skin Cancer Foundation

No need to travel to Milwaukee or Chicago to experience the natural beauty of a botanical garden. You’ll find a wonderful exhibit right here in our backyard at Green Bay Botanical Garden. Since 1996, the Garden’s 47 acres of display gardens and natural areas have captured the beauty of Northeastern Wisconsin’s four distinct and wonderful seasons.

The origin of botanical gardens dates back to medieval times when "physic gardens" were used to grow herbs for medicinal use. In fact, the history of such gardens in Europe goes back to Aristotle’s time, when he is said to have had a physic garden for educational purposes and for the study of botany.

The gardens of the 16th century were mostly for academic study, thus they spread to universities throughout Europe. The University of Oxford botanic garden was the first garden established in the United Kingdom in 1621 with a mission to promote learning and the glory of god, according to Botanic Gardens Conservation International.

Their purpose today is one of research, education and conservation. Worldwide, they have flourished. There are currently 1775 botanic gardens and arboreta in 148 countries around the world, with about 400 in Europe, 200 in North America, 150 in Russia.1

As one of the 200 gardens in North America, Green Bay Botanical Garden has a mission to stimulate an appreciation for and an understanding of the world of horticulture and the enduring relationships between plants and people. Through its volunteers and staff, they serve people of all ages by providing year-round educational and recreational experiences within an environment that enriches, inspires and refreshes.

In honor of its 15th anniversary, they invite you to enjoy the Garden for free on Saturday, Sept. 11. The day’s events include an Art Harvest Art Sale, a B.A.D. Buds Daylily Sale, Green & Gold Hosta Society Sale, Wild Ones Native Plant Sale and the N.E.W. Rose Society Rose Show. The festivities also include entertainment, food and refreshments.

Green Bay Botanical Garden is located at 2600 Larsen Road. For directions or to learn more, you can visit their website at or call 920-490-9457.


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