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Thermography — A Mammogram Alternative

Friday, 01 July 2011 18:35

By Becca Harber

bigstock_Breast_cancer_-_Woman_holding__13032482In 2009, my friend Susie Kossack told me that a non-invasive exam existed called "thermography," used to check breasts for signs of cancer. At 59, I was instantly curious, as I'd consciously chosen not to have mammograms. I was concerned that the cumulative radiation from repeated exams would increase my cancer risk, and I'd rarely chosen to receive other X-rays over the years. The idea of my breasts being painfully smashed down during the procedure was also repellent to me. I learned online about Dr. 
Pamela Howard, a certified thermal imaging technician who comes to this region to offer thermography.

I was told to schedule two exams several months apart to establish my baseline of "normality," assuming no unusual spots showed up initially. After that, annual thermal exams (TEs) are recommended to check for changes. During the first exam, the patient is photographed from six angles. Her health history and photos go to a medical team trained in interpreting TEs. They send evaluative comments to the patient and her doctor or health practitioner. Dr. Howard also reviews the reports herself if requested. If the results indicate possible conditions, she'll also make referrals, including to holistic practitioners. The total cost for breast thermography is $175. Full body TEs cost more.

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Balance Your Day with Local Aromatherapy

Friday, 15 April 2011 21:07

By Cassandra Leveille,
GreenLeaf Intern

11-04-kash-provided-webKash Iraggi-Wiggins, the owner of Balance Aromatherapy, conveys a sustained, intimate knowledge of her products — where they are sourced and what blends of oils and herbs constitute the final product.

Kash started making aromatherapy products twenty-seven years ago, when her daughter, Phoenix, was born. Balance Aromatherapy sprang from her concern about the potential harmful effects of using conventional skin-care products on her daughter's skin, as the cosmetics industry is not regulated by the US Food and Drug Administration.

"A lot of people are conscientious of what they put in their bodies, but not what they put on their bodies," Kash said.

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GreenStar Welcomes New Wellness Manager

Friday, 15 April 2011 21:05

By Kristie Snyder, 
GreenLeaf Editor

11-04-lisa-marcellaGreenStar is pleased to welcome Lisa Marsella as the West-End store's new Wellness Manager. A familiar face to GreenLeaf readers, Lisa has worked in GreenStar's Bakery at Oasis for six years, serving as the Bakery Assistant Manager for the past two. While there, she helped create GreenStar's bread program and developed numerous recipes that have since become customer favorites.

Lisa will transition into her new job during April, taking over from long-time Wellness Manager DiAnna Snyder. A native of Rhode Island, Lisa has lived in Ithaca for the past twelve years. Seeking a place to settle after the birth of her son, she was attracted to the area's natural beauty and progressive social, political and economic ideals.

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