DESIGNING A HEALTHY DIET FOR THE NEW YEAR

Every year, millions of Americans make New Year’s resolutions. The majority of these resolutions focus on diet in attempts to lose weight and be healthier. A new year is the perfect time to jumpstart a healthy diet to make the changes you want to see for yourself throughout the year. However, research shows 80 percent of resolutions fail by February. Many people strive for unrealistic goals, which ultimately set them up for failure.

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EXERCISE HAS BENEFICIAL EFFECTS ON THE BRAIN

While exercise has long been known for its positive effects on physical health and its ability to heighten energy and help manage chronic health problems such as diabetes, hypertension and high cholesterol, exercise is now being lauded for its beneficial effects on the brain.   These benefits touch almost every aspect of life. Exercise helps sharpen short-term memory and improve long-term memory. This happens because exercise can reduce insulin resistance and inflammation and stimulate….

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GETTING STARTED AND STICKING WITH IT

As we kick off 2018, you may be thinking about resolutions pertaining to your health and fitness. It’s easy to determine some ways to improve your physical, mental and emotional well-being. However, it’s not always as simple to stay motivated and make the new commitments part of your lifestyle. Now is the perfect time to set goals, whether it be for the number of days you intend to work out each week, how many steps you want to take each day or healthy meals you want to prepare for your family.

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Thermography is an excellent preventative health screening for men, women and children of all ages. Half and whole body screenings can be used to monitor therapy progress or regression of certain disease or treatments. Thermography body screenings may help with early detection of arthritis, vascular inflammation, joint or bone disease, thyroid screenings, fibromyalgia, RSD, abdominal pain, lymphatic and inflammatory concerns and much more.

What is Thermography?

You may be surprised to learn that thermography is not a new technology. It’s been around for 30 years and is backed by hundreds of peer review studies. The way thermography, or thermal imaging, works is based on how cancer cells grow. Typically, when cancer cells are growing and multiplying in a tumor, blood flow is very fast in that area. Increased blood flow makes skin temperature increase. This rise in skin temperature is what breast thermography is aiming to detect.  But we aren’t just looking at temperature alone; we can detect subtle changes in the breasts based on symmetry. We can see clear abnormalities in one breast in comparison to the other.


Breast thermography is a non-invasive physical screening. It is also "non-compressive," which means that it does not put force on, or squeeze, the breast, as is the case with breast mammography exams. In fact, thermography is done without touching your body at all. Some people are worried about the force put on breasts in a mammogram, so prefer the idea of a thermograph. Thermography is perfectly safe for women with implants or any type of breast surgery. It’s ideal for those with dense breasts where mammograms might not be able to see through the fibrous breast tissue. It’s also not age specific. Woman of any age can have a thermogram. However, this type of breast health screening is particularly useful for people under the age of 50.  

THERMOGRAPHY - THERMAL IMAGING FOR EARLY DETECTION

BECKY GAITHER

Becky Gaither is a Level 3 Advanced Clinical Thermographer and has been screening clients in and around the Lexington area for 7 years. Bluegrass Thermography offers breast screenings, half-body and whole-body screenings. To schedule a screening or for more information, please call 859.489.5000. SAVE 10% ON YOUR SCREENING WHEN YOU CALL BY 7/31/17.

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Do I still need a Mammogram?

We believe thermography should be viewed as complementary and not competitive to mammography. They are two different types of screenings and therefore "see" different things. In fact using the two together can be more effective. Studies have shown the 84% sensitivity rate for mammograms went up to 95% when thermography was added as a health screenings.


All with all breasts screenings, thermography has its limitations. It cannot diagnose breast cancer on its own; pathology in a laboratory is needed to diagnose cancer. So when a suspicious thermogram is seen, further screening using other modalities and following up with your health care provider is very important.


Until there is a cure for breast cancer we feel progress must be made in the fields of early detection and risk evaluation coupled with sound clinical decision making. Thermography fills a much needed gap in breast and health screenings.


Not just a Breast Screening

Thermography is so much more than a breast screening tool for woman.