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Archive | August, 2011

Women’s Health

A Toast to Your Health

By James N. Martin, Jr, MD
President, the American Congress
of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

For many Americans, having a couple of drinks to unwind at the end of the day or to connect socially with  friends is a fun and occasional indulgence. But for a growing number of women who drink, these occasions have gone from few-and-far-between to routine.

Drinking too much alcohol can cause a slew of negative physical, social, and mental consequences in women such as decreased fertility, menstrual disorders, heart and liver problems, injuries, seizures, malnutrition, and an increased risk of breast, liver, rectal, and head and neck cancers. Loss of income, child neglect or abuse, altered judgment, driving under the influence, and depression may also occur.

So how much is too much? Moderate drinking is defined as no more than one drink per day for women and no more than two per day for men. It’s recommended that women drink less because, pound for pound, they have less water in their bodies to help dilute alcohol and its toxic by-products than men, making them more vulnerable to alcohol-related health problems at lower levels of alcohol intake.

Serving size also matters. One drink equals five ounces of wine, 12 ounces of  beer, eight to nine ounces of malt liquor, or 1.5 ounces (one shot glass) of 80-proof spirits. The large drinks commonly served at bars and restaurants can easily pack three or more servings of alcohol, not to mention hundreds of empty calories.

Thirteen percent of women in the US consume more than seven alcoholic drinks each week. More than one-quarter of women aged 18–25 binge drink, meaning they consume more than three drinks per occasion. Binge drinking causes a sudden peak in the blood alcohol, which can lead to unsafe behavior and a higher risk of reproductive and organ damage.

Many of us don’t realize that we drink too much. Understanding what a reasonable level of consumption is may be enough to encourage some people to cut back. However, others may find that it is hard to curb their drinking or may not stop drinking even though it threatens their health, safety, or relationships. These are signs of alcohol dependence. Women are often more reluctant than men to admit that they need help or have an addiction, fearing repercussions at work or with the police, social isolation, or the loss of their children. But the sooner the problem is addressed, the better.

If you think you may have a drinking problem, talk to your doctor. He or she can be an excellent resource for advice and information and can refer you to support groups that can help.

For more information, the Patient Education Pamphlet “Alcohol and Women” is available at www.acog.org/publications/ patient_education/.

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New ways sunscreen prevents signs of aging

To be really effective, sunscreen should help prevent and repair sun damage and be so sheer it can be worn under makeup every day.

(NAPS)—Skin care experts have long considered sunscreen one of the best ways to prevent skin damage and signs of aging, but the latest sunscreen technology means this invaluable beauty tool offers even more benefits.

Recent research into the properties of a molecule called NIA-114™ (niacin in the form of nicotinic acid) found that when added to sunscreen it repaired past UV damage while helping to protect against future damage. That can lead to healthier skin, visibly improved tone and texture, fewer discolorations and a stronger skin barrier.

By now, sunscreen users have become savvy about the SPF ratings. SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor and the number reflects how long it will protect your skin from burning by UVB rays.

Some sunscreen labels also list a “PA” ranking, which refers to the amount of protection the sunscreen offers from the UVA rays, which are the ones that contribute to premature aging and wrinkling of the skin. The more plus symbols listed after the PA on the label, the more protection the product offers from UVA rays and long-term skin damage.

For example, new StriVectin- SH Age Protect has UVB shields (SPF 30) plus the highest PA grade UVA protection available (PA +++) to help prevent free radical damage and wrinkle formation.

It contains NIA-114™, plus a blend of botanical antioxidants (blueberry and goji berry extracts) to protect against collagen degradation and free radicals. A calming blend of rose and cucumber ex­tracts soothes the skin while soybean extract and cera­mides strengthen skin’s natural moisture barrier and panthenol (vitamin B5) revitalizes and conditions skin.

This daily, oil-free sunscreen treatment strengthens the skin’s natural protective layer to help prevent new photoaging.

Remember that the sun can age your skin even on cloudy days. That’s why it’s important to wear an effective sunscreen every day—one that both protects and repairs skin.

Apply in the morning on cleansed face and neck and reapply as needed or after towel drying, swimming or perspiring.

StriVectin-SH Age Protect SPF 30/PA +++ has been awarded the Skin Cancer Foundation’s Seal of Recommendation, which verifies the safety and efficacy of sun protection products.

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Teen killed in Solon crash


This two-car accident in Solon Township last week resulted in the death of a Rockford teen. Photo courtesy of WOOD-TV.

A 19-year-old Rockford youth was killed in a two-car accident Thursday evening, August 11, in Solon Township.

According to the Kent County Sheriff Department, Kyle James Alberta, 19, of Cannon Township, was traveling westbound on 19 Mile in a 2006 Hyundai Sonata about 6:52 p.m. when he stopped at the stop sign at Algoma. He reportedly then pulled out in front of a northbound vehicle driven by April Marie Proctor, 25 of Kent City. Proctor’s vehicle then struck Alberta’s vehicle on the driver’s side.

Alberta was pronounced dead at the scene. His passenger, Kristin Nicole Martin, 19, of Rockford, was transported to Spectrum Butterworth Hospital by Rockford Ambulance with possible internal injuries.

Proctor was transported to Spectrum Butterworth, by AeroMed, with multiple fractures on her right side.

Alcohol is not believed to be a factor. The crash is still under investigation.

Assisting at the scene was Solon Fire and Rescue, Rockford Ambulance, AeroMed, and the Kent County Road Commission.

Kyle Alberta

Kyle, the son of Jim and Sheryl Alberta, was a 2010 graduate of Rockford High School, where he received Academic Awards for four years and was a member of the National Honor Society. He was majoring in cell and molecular biology with a math minor at Grand Valley State University. He was also an active member at Oakfield Baptist Church. Funeral services were held earlier this week.

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Woman arrested in fatal crash

Stacy Rosset, 36, of Howard City, is facing charges in the death of 8-year-old Brody Mulnix, who was killed Saturday night when Rosset ran a stop sign while intoxicated.

A Howard City woman was arrested Tuesday, for a drunk driving accident in Oakfield Township that resulted in the death of an 8-year-old Sand Lake boy.

According to the Michigan State Police in Rockford, Stacy Lynn Rosset, 36, of Howard City, was traveling south, on Harvard Avenue, in a 1998 Lexus, on Saturday, August 13, about 11:35 p.m., when she ran the stop sign at 14 Mile (M-57) and slammed into a 1999 Chevy Venture minivan that was traveling west on 14 Mile. The minivan, which was carrying a Sand Lake family, rolled after being struck.

Brody Mulnix, 8, died Saturday evening in a two-car crash in Oakfield Township.

A passenger in the van, Brody Mulnix, 8, of Sand Lake, died at the scene.

Brody’s father, Richard Mulnix, who was driving the van, received minor injuries, as did his mother, Maija Mulnix, who was in the passenger seat, and a 7-year-old brother. Brody’s 10-year-old brother received serious injuries. All were taken to Spectrum Butterworth by Rockford Ambulance. They were reportedly on their way home from the Kent County Youth Fair in Lowell when the accident occurred.

Rosset, the driver of the Lexus, was also taken to Spectrum Butterworth with non-life-threatening injuries.

She turned herself in at the Kent County Jail, where she was arrested and arraigned Tuesday in Kent County’s 63rd District Court on charges of Operating while intoxicated causing death, and Operating while intoxicated causing serious injury. Bond was set at $20,000 10 percent. She has been released from custody.

Assisting the MSP at the accident scene was Oakfield Township Fire and Rescue, Courtland Township Fire and Rescue, the Kent County Sheriff Department, and Rockford Ambulance.

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Red Flannel Saddle Club celebrates 50 years

Club to celebrate anniversary this weekend

Horse people seem to “herd” together naturally, so it was no surprise when trail riders in the Cedar Springs/Sand Lake area began to get together in the 1950’s for some fun.

Being interested in anything horsy, some of the people decided they wanted more than just trail riding and decided to provide horse shows, open to all, in addition to what the local 4-H program provided. In December of 1961 they decided to form a horseman’s club and the Red Flannel Saddle Club was born.
This summer marks 50 years of a non-profit organization that has one of the best show grounds in the Kent and surrounding counties.
The first show was held in 1962. Both Pleasure and speed events were on the show bill and they had a large turnout, which they continued to enjoy for the next two years, at their location on Egner Road.
In 1972 or 1973, the group was able to purchase the current property that the Red Flannel Saddle Club now owns and the club had a permanent home on Shaner Avenue, just south of Sand Lake.

Since then the club has continued to grow in membership and provide area horse people with an organization that supports our sport and passion, including several counties’ 4-H horse programs, Michigan Interscholastic Horsemanship Association ( High School Equestrian Teams ), Speed and Pleasure series, and clinics. The club has long had an active history of community service and member support.

The club of horse lovers provide shows and opportunities for riders of all levels and disciplines: English, Western, contesting/speed, and this year dressage and hunter over fences, all showing being judged by top professional judges.

Open to the public, shows are free admission and those showing their horse pay very reasonable class fees. Shows offer daily high point awards and the two RFSC series in Pleasure and Speed award season-end prizes.

People remark on the quality of the grounds and the modern facilities with a great clubhouse and restrooms. All appreciate the opportunity to socialize with other horse people and to have fun with their families. The members work hard to provide a pleasant attractive, safe and constantly improving environment for guests, families and members.

The club will celebrate it’s 50th year of serving it’s members and the community on August 20 and 21 with the Pleasure Series show on Saturday and the Speed Series show on Sunday. Anniversary cakes will be shared with the riders and guests present during the shows. Friends of the RFSC and those who would like to get to know this club better are invited to come, enjoy the show and have a serving of cake.

For more info on the club or directions, visit www.redflannelsaddleclub.org.

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Where have all my goldfish gone?

This four foot tall Great Blue Heron surprised publisher Lois Allen early Monday morning when it was discovered standing by her pool located in Spencer Township by Maston Lake. “I didn’t open my pool this year so it’s full of frogs,” said Allen. Allen also has a small pond in her back yard. “I haven’t seen any of my gold fish lately either,” said Allen.
Indeed, the Great Blue Heron is actually common to Michigan wetlands. And, surprise, they feed on fish, frogs and other small animals they can get with a quick jab of the beak!
Send your Michigan wildlife photos to us. Just email to: news@cedarspringspost.com.

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City passes medical marijuana ordinance

The City of Cedar passed an ordinance at their regular City Council meeting last Thursday, August 11, regulating the dispensation of medical marijuana as a home occupation.
“We are on our third moratorium and our legal counsel recommended we not adopt another moratorium,” explained City Manager Christine Burns. “They recommended we look at some tried and true ordinances, such as ones in Greenville and Grand Rapids. Our planning commission also recommended we adopt this.”
Under the ordinance, home occupations must be approved by the Zoning Administrator, who will issue a permit upon receipt of an application and the payment of a processing fee. Inspections of dwelling units will be conducted by the City’s Building Inspector.
All medical marijuana must be contained within the main building (no outbuildings) in an area that is locked and inaccessible on all sides to everyone except the primary caregiver or qualifying patient. This will be reviewed and approved by the building inspector and police department. It will only be allowed in single-family homes.
All registered primary caregivers must be located outside of a 1,000-foot radius from school property or library.
The ordinance prohibits marijuana dispensaries, collectives and cooperatives. Only one registered primary caregiver is allowed per dwelling. The marijuana cannot be dispensed at the caregiver’s location, but must be delivered to the patient or other location.
Solon Township and the Village of Sand Lake still have a moratorium on medical marijuana, and Nelson Township is currently working on an ordinance.
Supporters of medical marijuana say it helps ease nausea and vomiting, stimulates hunger in chemotherapy and AIDS patients, and decreases eye pressure in glaucoma patients. Patients must have a doctor’s prescription to use it.
Although some states (including Michigan) have approved the use of marijuana for medical purposes, the federal government outlaws its use, even for a medical condition. Since Michigan voted to approve it, municipalities have struggled with writing ordinances regulating the issue.

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Man arrested for forging checks

A Coral man has been arrested for using stolen checks to buy goods at a business in Sand Lake.
According to Sand Lake Police Chief Ken Williams, George Jaffery Traxler, 33, of Coral, used stolen checks on four separate dates in July to purchase alcohol, tobacco and lottery tickets, and to get cash back, for a total of $205. The checks came back as no good, because the account had been closed in 2008.
When Sand Lake Police contacted the Montcalm County dispatch to see if they could get an address on the suspect, they found out that Montcalm had received a report from the suspect’s mother that the checks had been stolen.
Traxler was arrested and booked into the Kent County Jail on August 6, and arraigned on August 8 on charges of Forgery—Uttering and Publishing, and being a habitual offender-4th offense. Bond was set at $10,000 cash or surety. A preliminary hearing was set for Wednesday, August 17 at 10 a.m.
Traxler is also suspected of passing the bad checks in Newaygo, Montcalm, and Mecosta Counties.

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Teen charged with assault

A verbal confrontation that got out of control resulted in a Cedar Springs teen being arrested on several charges last week.

According to Cedar Springs Police Chief Roger Parent, Officer Many Stahl responded to an assault complaint on Friday, August 5 at 6:25 p.m. The complainant explained that he was driving through the Cedar Springs Mobile Estates and slowed for a speed bump. A person walking nearby then crossed directly in front of his vehicle, causing the driver, a 27-year-old, to come to a complete stop. His female passenger commented to this person that he didn’t need to cut in front of them. The pedestrian, Allan Mitchell McKay, 18, then began to yell at them and threatened to beat them up.

Being challenged, the driver got out of the car and the argument continued. The 21-year-old female passenger got out soon afterward and became involved in the argument. When McKay got up close to the woman, she pushed him back and he reportedly swung at her.  She avoided being hit in the face by raising her arm to block the blow. The couple got back into their vehicle, and McKay ran to a nearby mobile home and returned with a bat before they drove away. McKay swung the bat at the driver, hitting the doorjamb and causing over a $1000.00 worth of damage.

The prosecutor reviewed the report this week and charges were issued. Allan McKay was arrested and charged with a felony MDOP—malicious destruction of property over a $1,000.00; assault with a dangerous weapon-felony assault; and assault and battery. He was given a $5,000.00 cash surety bond and he was released Tuesday. His preliminary exam is set for August 24 at 1:45 p.m.

Chief Roger Parent said that there are ways to keep situations from escalating.

“It’s unfortunate that these kinds of situations rise to a level of violence,” said Parent. “When involved with a verbal confrontation, it is never a good idea to stop your vehicle or get out and confront the other person. The right thing to do is to get away from the situation however possible.  In this case the actions of each individual escalated the threat level. “

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Accidents send several to hospital

Two separate accidents in Courtland Township this week were serious enough that Aeromed was called into to transport injured passengers to the hospital.
The first one occurred on Monday, August 15, just before 7:30 a.m., when a 37-year-old Lake Ann woman ran a stop sign on southbound Shaner and 12 Mile Road. Her minivan collided with a Chevy pickup that was eastbound on 12 Mile.
Alixandera Crawford, 19, of Lake Ann, was a front seat passenger in the van and was flown by AeroMed to Spectrum Butterworth with serious right side injuries. The driver, Jennifer Richardson, and a 5-year-old passenger, Mason Richardson, both of Lake Ann, were taken to the hospital by Rockford Ambulance with serious injuries.
The driver of the pickup, Steven Katsma, 47, of Rockford, and his passenger, Zach Katsma, 15, of Rockford, received minor injuries and were not transported to the hospital.
Assisting the Kent County Sheriff Department was Courtland Fire and Rescue, the Rockford Police Department, AeroMed and Rockford Ambulance.
The second accident occurred Tuesday, evening, August 16, at 9:21 p.m., when a man traveling south on Myers Lake Avenue lost control of his motorcycle in a curve just north of Peninsula St. NE. The man, Raymond Klein, 55, of Rockford, fell from the motorcycle and suffered a closed head injury. He was wearing a helmet. He was transported by AeroMed to Spectrum Butterworth Hospital. Assisting at the scene was Courtland Fire and Rescue.
Alcohol was not considered to be a factor in either accident.

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