Archive for March, 2011

What Is the Kentucky WIC Program?

March 11th, 2011

If you are pregnant, recently had a baby, are breastfeeding or have a child younger than 5 years of age, the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) could help you.

The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) is a short-term intervention program designed to influence lifetime nutrition and health behavior in high-risk populations. WIC is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture.

WIC provides:

  • Nutrition education and services;
  • Breastfeeding promotion and education;
  • A monthly food prescription of nutritious foods; and
  • Access to maternal, prenatal and pediatric health-care services.

FAQ #9 About Colon Cancer

March 11th, 2011

What are early symptoms of this type of cancer?

Colorectal cancer can be associated with unexplained weight loss, change in bowel habits from what is considered normal for a given individual – either constipation or diarrhea – unexplained anemia (low blood count), visible blood in the stool, hidden blood in the stool (which is checked by smearing stool on a special piece of card called fecal occult blood test), and unexplained or sustained abdominal pain. It is also important to remember that colon cancer may be silent and not associated with any symptoms. That is why early detection through screening is so important.


Wash your hands!!

March 10th, 2011

FAQ #8 About Colon Cancer

March 10th, 2011

Does food intolerance or lactose intolerance increase your risk for colon or rectal cancer?

There currently is not hard data that consumption of lactose products or that lactose intolerance is a risk factor for colorectal cancer. However, there is a huge amount of new literature, suggesting probiotic therapy is healthy, and that microflora of the colon may be altered by dietary dairy products such that the risk for colon cancer is retarded.


Free Colon Cancer Screenings Available

March 9th, 2011

The Martin County Health Department is offering free colon cancer screenings for Martin County citizens with no insurance.  Any Martin County citizen who does not have insurance can apply to receive a free colonoscopy.  Applications for the free screening are available at the Martin County Health Department, as well as at each of our county’s primary care physicians:  Dr. Aranas, Dr. Chaffin,  Dr. Dotson,  Dr. Fletcher and Dr. Lafferty.

Colon Cancer is the second leading cancer killer in the United States, but it does not have to be.  Few cancers are as easily preventable as colon cancer.  “If everyone aged 50 years or older had regular screening tests, at least 60% of deaths from this cancer could be avoided,” said Stephen Ward, Director of the Martin County Health Department.

With no established state or federal program in place to help the uninsured with colorectal screenings, the Martin County Fiscal Court has awarded the Martin County Health Department a $50,000 grant to provide colon cancer screenings.  County Judge-Executive Kelly Callaham said, “Our goal is to save lives by offering free colonoscopies to our citizens who do not have any health insurance.”

For more information, you may contact the Martin County Health Department at 298-7752.

What is KCHIP?

March 9th, 2011

What is KCHIP?

The Kentucky Children’s Health Insurance Program (KCHIP) is free or low cost health insurance for children. KCHIP is for children under the age of 19 who do not have health insurance and whose family income is below 200 percent of the federal poverty level. For example, a family of four can earn up to $42,400 a year.

Am I Eligible?

Who is Eligible?

Children under the age 19 who live in families with income at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level (FPL).

2010 KCHIP Income Limits

Number of Family Members
(include parents and children)*
Total Monthly Family Income
(before taxes)
Total Annual Family Income
(before taxes)
1 $1,805 $21,660
2 $2,429 $29,140
3 $3,052 $36,620
4 $3,675 $44,100
5 $4,299 $51,580
6 $4,922 $59,060
7 $5,545 $66,540
8 $6,169 $74,020

We know your children’s health is important to you, but you may be facing various barriers, like cost or lack of benefits through your employer, that prevent the purchase of health insurance. Whatever the reason might be, your family may qualify for coverage through KCHIP.

Children need health insurance. If you think your children might qualify, apply today.

How Do I Apply?

Where can I get an application?

You can get an application at the Martin County Health Department or by going online to this link.  You may call K-CHIP toll-free (877) KCHIP18 (877-524-4718) to request an application.

FAQ #7 About Colon Cancer

March 9th, 2011

Does fiber play a protective role against colorectal cancer?

The question of whether fiber plays a protective role against colorectal cancer has become quite controversial. Early studies suggested that fiber is indeed protective, whereas more recent and highly publicized studies find no protective effect. Pending additional studies that may resolve this controversy, a high fiber diet is recommended because of its overall nutritional value and because it promotes good bowel function. Furthermore, fiber is also beneficial for individuals with diabetes, heart disease, hypertension and a variety of other medical conditions.


Keeping Feet Healthy and Happy

March 8th, 2011

Keeping Feet Healthy and Happy

by the National Diabetes Education Program

Healthy feet are happy feet. Keeping feet healthy is essential for people with diabetes—and the reason why setting aside a moment each day to take care of your feet is so important. People with diabetes need to work with their health care team to keep their blood glucose, blood pressure, and cholesterol as close to normal as possible. Doing so may help prevent or delay diabetes-related foot, eye, kidney, and heart problems.

To avoid serious foot problems that may lead to toe, foot, and  leg amputations, ask your doctor to plan a daily activity program that is right for you. Have your doctor check the sense of feeling and pulses in your feet at least once a year. Diabetes can make feet numb and you may not feel an injury. Pay special attention to any loss of feeling in your feet, changes in the shape of your feet, and foot ulcers or sores that do not heal.

To care for their feet, people with diabetes need to:

  • Check for sores, cuts, or bruises. Call your doctor if healing does not begin after one day.
  • Wash your feet in warm water and dry well between your toes.
  • Keep your feet soft and smooth by rubbing lotion on the tops and bottoms of them.
  • Ask your doctor or podiatrist about the best way to take care of corns or calluses.
  • Wiggle your toes and move your ankles for five minutes, two or three times a day. This  helps with blood flow.
  • Keep toenails trimmed weekly and ask your health care team for help if you can’t see or reach them.
  • Wear athletic or walking shoes that fit well. Make sure they are comfortable from the start and have enough room for your toes.
  • Never walk barefoot – not even indoors.

Medicare covers foot care if you have nerve damage in either foot due to diabetes. It allows a foot exam every six months by a podiatrist or other foot care specialist. You do not need a doctor’s prescription for this exam.

For a free copy of Take Care of Your Feet for a Lifetime, contact the National Diabetes Education Program at or 1-800-438-5383.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ National Diabetes Education Program is jointly sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) with the support of more than 200 partner organizations.

FAQ #6 About Colon Cancer

March 8th, 2011

Can flax seed or green tea prevent colorectal cancer?

Cruciferous vegetables seem to covey some protection against colorectal cancer. There is an explosion of literature looking at the effect of green tea and colon cancer. Tea catechins and related polyphenols may have an inhibitor effect on colon cancer. Grape juice may have a similar inhibitory effect to green tea on human colon cancer cell lines. Clinical trials are needed to determine true efficacy. If your pocket book will permit purchase of green teas, there is probably little harm in consuming green teas.


A Resource for College-Age Students with Diabetes

March 7th, 2011

If you have patients with diabetes that are in college and are looking for a supportive social network, Students With Diabetes might be a good resource.

Students With Diabetes is a group devoted to understanding the challenges facing college students living with diabetes. Members of these campus-based groups strategize ways to meet those challenges and succeed both in the classroom and in their diabetes management.

The dream of this organization began with the diagnosis of a college student in 1993. That student, Nicole Johnson, was told at diagnosis to drop out of school, give up on her career dreams, and live a predictable life. Today, Nicole is the executive director of Bringing Science Home, the organization that created Students With Diabetes.

To learn more about the organization, visit