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Are Metal Amalgam Fillings Safe for You, Your Kids and the Environment?

Monday, April 21st, 2014

Brad Durham Dentistry in Savannah Bluffton

The post below is sponsored by Beyond Exceptional Dentistry in Savannah & Bluffton, www.braddurhamdmd.com, (912) 234-8282, email office@braddurhamdmd.com Beyond Exceptional Dentistry is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser

When metal amalgam fillings were introduced in the US about 180 years ago, their use was declared to be medical malpractice. The controversy rocked the dental community and overturned the old dental association, and the American Dental Association was founded on, among other things, a belief in metal amalgam fillings. Now the controversy rages again, and it’s hard to know the truth.

What we do know is that metal amalgam fillings contain mercury, and that the mercury moves through the body. In pregnant women, this mercury moves into the fetus, and in lactating women, the mercury contaminates breast milk. We also know that metal amalgam fillings are a significant source of mercury in our environment. How best to respond to these facts is something every mother will have to decide for herself.

Metal Amalgam Fillings Contain Toxic Mercury

Metal amalgam or “silver” fillings are actually more mercury than they are anything else: currently 50% by weight, though the proportion has been even higher in the past. Mercury is one of the most toxic elements in our environment, with the potential to cause damage to the brain and nerves, as well as causing some cancers.

Metal Amalgam Fillings Are Believed to Be Safe

There are two major proponents of the safety of metal amalgam fillings: the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the American Dental Association (ADA). Both assert that metal amalgam fillings should continue to be available. You can read FDA’s statement here. This 2009 statement is based on 2004 research.

The basic statement says that we haven’t proved the harmfulness of metal amalgam fillings beyond reasonable doubt. There is good reason to believe that people with metal amalgam fillings may suffer no significant consequences.

However, there are also reasons for concern.

Mercury Moves through the Body

One of the main reasons for concern is that mercury in the fillings doesn’t stay in the fillings. It migrates through the tooth enamel into the bloodstream, and it evaporates into the mouth where it is inhaled and swallowed. What happens with this mercury when it leaves your mouth? Scientists explored this by giving 12 fillings each to five pregnant sheep. The fillings were marked with special radioactive mercury not found in nature. Researchers took measurements of the sheep’s excretion of mercury and after 140 days, they sacrificed the sheep and measured the levels of radioactive mercury in the sheep. They found high levels of radioactive mercury in the sheep’s kidney and liver, and in the liver and pituitary gland of the fetus.

There are several complaints about this study, that the fillings were prepared with higher levels of mercury than are currently used, and that inadequate care was taken to ensure sheep didn’t swallow mercury, and others. But this study also took place over less than six months. Mercury fillings are expected to be in the bodies of people for decades.

Mercury Is Found in Breast Milk

In a follow-up to their initial sheep study, researchers prepared more sheep with fillings and looked at the presence of mercury in their milk and the concentration of mercury in their lambs. They found that mercury did seem to pass from the ewes to the lambs both in the womb and through breast milk. Researchers also measured mercury in the breast milk of women and found that it correlated with the number of fillings they had and the level of mercury found in their mouths.

Mercury from Fillings in the Environment

A recent study shows that even in remote lakes in National Parks, fish are exposed to high levels of environmental mercury. About 68% of fish tested in these parks contained mercury levels high enough that people should limit their consumption of these fish. How is this related to mercury fillings?

It turns out that mercury released from fillings during cremation is actually a significant source of pollution, accounting for perhaps 5% of mercury in the air in some places. This means that the toxicity of mercury in fillings may have far-reaching consequences for our environment.

Is There a Safe Level for Fillings?

With the controversy over the toxicity of mercury fillings, the warring sides have produced little in the way of what seems like usable guidance. Estimates of the number of fillings necessary for toxic exposure in adults range from 2 to 450. A more recent analysis suggests that 6 fillings for children and 8 fillings for adults is likely to be the amount required for toxic exposure.

In response to the potential risks, many countries have banned mercury fillings completely, and 150 nations recently agreed that mercury fillings are a source of toxic mercury that may need to be phased out. With this level of concern, it seems that many people around the world are not convinced that metal amalgam fillings are safe, no matter what our government says.

The above post is sponsored by Beyond Exceptional Dentistry in Savannah & Bluffton, www.braddurhamdmd.com, (912) 234-8282, email office@braddurhamdmd.com Beyond Exceptional Dentistry is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser

FREE Eye, Ear, Dental, & Nutrition screenings for school students, (April 30) Savannah

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

Health Department to Hold Free Eye, Ear, Dental, & Nutrition Screening for School Students

WHO: Chatham County Health Department (Eisenhower location only)
WHAT: Free eye, ear, dental, and nutrition screening for Chatham County School students. (Normally a $30 fee applies when getting the screening at the health department).
WHEN: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m., Wednesday, April 30 (No appointment necessary).
WHERE: Chatham County Health Department, 1395 Eisenhower Drive

WHY: It has been a requirement for parents to present a completed vision, hearing, and dental screening form (form 3300) to school authorities for children entering a Georgia school for the first time. That is still a requirement; however, the form has been revised to include “nutrition” as a category. The nutrition category measures height, weight, and Body Mass Index (BMI).

If a child is going to start school the 2014-2015 (August 2014 and going forward) school year, then they will need the new form, no exceptions. Every child must have a completed form 3300 when entering a Georgia school for the first time, no matter what the grade level (First time means never enrolled in a Georgia school before at any time in their lives).

The Chatham County Health Department wants to help parents beat the back-to-school rush by offering a free screening event on Wednesday, April 30, from 8 a.m. to noon at the Eisenhower health department location only. Students will be seen on a first come, first served basis.

If parents have had the old form completed in the past three months, they can bring their child in during the screening event to have nutrition portion of the new form added so that it is correct and complete prior to turning it in to school officials.

For additional information, call the Chatham County Health Department at 356-2441.

Help with allergies & sinuses from Ranicki Chiropractic Wellness Center, Pooler

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Free allergy checkup SavannahHow can Chiropractic Care help with allergies and sinuses?

Allergy season is here – and millions of Americans are facing months of suffering and living on allergy medicines they’d rather not take. There are , however, a few tricks that work for many people to make allergy season their favorite time of the year.

Consuming a daily tablespoon of local honey is a great trick for allergy sufferers. Since the way this trick works is to slowly expose the body to the pollens the bees collect, it does need to be locally collected and fresh. Check Ranicki Chiropractic Wellness Center’s favorite place to get local honey, Polk’s Plus in Pooler, GA. You can also check out the Farmer’s Market in Forsyth Park on Saturdays.

Since the nervous system influences the immune system’s internal threat alert, improving the communication between your nervous and immune systems thru chiropractic care can be a big help to many allergy sufferers. Details here.

Ranicki Chiropractic Wellness Center, a wellness center at heart located in Pooler & serving greater Savannah, 1147 US Highway 80 West, Pooler, Ga 31322, (912) 376-1506, email: info@RanickiChiropractic.com , www.RanickiChiropractic.com  Ranicki Chiropractic Wellness Center is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser

Dr. Kasey Berman opens new Savannah pediatric office: Be Pediatrics

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

Savannah pediatriciansDr. Kasey Berman’s new Savannah pediatric office, Be Pediatrics, is open and Dr. Berman is accepting new patients!

Dr. Berman is a local Savannahian who has been practicing pediatric and adolescent medicine in Savannah for the last 10 years. She is excited to bring a fresh perspective to child medical care to the Savannah community with advanced medical technology to keep her families connected to their pediatrician.

Dr. Berman believes in proactive and integrative medicine, evaluating all facets of a child’s life that may affect their health. At Be Pediatrics, we don’t just treat your child’s symptoms, we aim to eliminate the underlying cause.

Dr. Berman is a cum laude with honors graduate of the University of Georgia and received her medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia. She completed her pediatric residency at Memorial Health, where she spent several years as an academic attending teaching residents and medical students before entering a career in private practice medicine. Dr. Berman enjoys spending her down time with her husband and two children, relaxing outdoors in our beautiful city and volunteering for various local charitable organizations.

Stay connected to Be Pediatrics by liking the practice on Facebook here or follow on Twitter @drkaseyberman

Be Pediatrics, 400 Mall Blvd, Suite 410B Savannah, 31406, 912.472.0314, email drberman@bepediatrics.com  www.bepediatrics.com  Be Pediatrics is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser.

New Patient Special @ Ranicki Chiropractic Wellness Center, Pooler

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

Chiropractors in Savannah

The new Spring into Wellness Package @ Ranicki Chiropractic Wellness Center in Pooler entitles you to a consultation, chiropractic evaluation, X-rays and a report of findings, which is worth $200 for $17.

For more information, click here

Email info@ranickichiropractic.com  or call 912-376-1506 to take advantage of this offer.

Ranicki Chiropractic Wellness Center, a wellness center at heart located in Pooler & serving greater Savannah, 1147 US Highway 80 West, Pooler, Ga 31322, (912) 376-1506, email: info@RanickiChiropractic.com , www.RanickiChiropractic.com  Ranicki Chiropractic Wellness Center is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser

You’re invited: FREE Healthy Body, Healthy Minds Extravaganza, Sat. 3/29, Savannah

Monday, March 24th, 2014

Free kids' events in Savannah Blessings In A Book Bag Inc. presents the 2nd Annual Healthy Body Healthy Minds Extravaganza

Healthy Body Healthy Minds will be held on March 29 from 12-3pm at the West Broad Street YMCA.

This is a community wide event which is free and open to the public that will include: family friendly activities for all ages, local media specialist and talents, exhibits and activities provided by local organizations, businesses, the BIBB staff and board members.

The mission: to register as many people in the community for affordable health care and to raise consciousness amongst the inner city community on the importance of creating and maintaining a healthy life style.

Healthy Body Healthy Minds is an informational health fair and field day that will include; Assistance in registering for affordable health care, free food, health screenings, line dance classes, Zumba lessons, Salsa lessons, a massive tug of war competition; an Uno tournament, prizes, live entertainment by Infallible Funk, Natural hair seminars and a runway show by Natural hair specialist Alia. To get more information and to find out how to volunteer go to www.blessingsinabookbag.org

Sponsors include Clear Channel Communications, Curtis V. Cooper, JC Lewis, Hands On Savannah, SAMS Club, Strength Of Nature, Savannah State University, Savannah Technical College, and the West Broad Street YMCA.

About Blessings in a Book Bag
Blessings In A Book Bag (BIBB) is a newly developed non-profit organization in Savannah Georgia. BIBB feeds over 50 students and families at Otis Brock Elementary every Friday afternoon. Monday through Friday students eat at school but on the weekends the need is still there. The organization provides 50 students with book bags filled with easy to prepare, nonperishable foods to sustain them and their families over the weekends so that on Monday morning students return back to school nourished and ready to learn.
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MISSION: Blessings in a Book Bag Inc. wants to insure that impoverished elementary school children are fed on the weekends throughout the school year.
VISION: Better test scores, improved reading skills, positive behavior, improved health and increased attendance have all been attributed to the success of this program.
Contact: Tonya Ferguson, PR Director 912-631-8983 /blessinginabookbag@gmail.com

Spring Time Is a Great Time to Renew Your Smile!

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

Brad Durham Dentistry in Savannah BlufftonYou sacrifice a lot of things for your kids. If your smile was one of them, Beyond Exceptional Dentistry can help you reclaim a beautiful, youthful smile.

And there’s no time like the spring time to fix a smile that is making you unhappy and get one you will be happy to share for all the special occasions of your kids’ lives.

It’s Never Too Late to Get Straight

Many of us never had the opportunity to get braces when we were kids. Others of us either had straight teeth as kids or got braces, but they got crooked over time.

Crooked teeth can give your smile character, and if you’re happy with them, it’s great, as long as you can keep them clean and don’t get food stuck in them. But if your crooked teeth make you unhappy, you can get them straight at virtually any time in your life, as long as your mouth is generally healthy.

Invisalign is a great way to get your teeth straightened without braces. Instead of metal wires, it uses clear plastic aligners. They fit on your teeth like a mouthguard, one for the upper teeth and one for the lower, if you’re getting both straightened. They’re practically invisible, and you can remove them for eating, cleaning your teeth, or for special occasions. You wear an aligner for about two weeks, then move on to the next one.

Invisalign takes about as long as braces, but it’s a lot more convenient, comfortable, and discreet.

For getting a straight smile faster, we offer “instant orthodontics.” You can get a straight smile in less than a month! In this procedure, we don’t move your teeth, we reshape them so that they’re straight, using porcelain veneers and sometimes dental crowns.

This is also a great way to get rid of a gap between your teeth, or take care of small peg laterals or a single “snaggletooth” that makes you self-conscious about your smile.

Read more by clicking here.

Beyond Exceptional Dentistry in Savannah & Bluffton, www.braddurhamdmd.com, (912) 234-8282, email office@braddurhamdmd.com Beyond Exceptional Dentistry is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser

Brad Durham Dentistry in Savannah & Bluffton

Monday, March 17th, 2014

Brad Durham Dentistry in Savannah Bluffton Beyond Exceptional Dentistry in Savannah & Bluffton offers the best in cosmetic Dentistry, TMJ relief, facelift dentures, implants, Invisalign, sleep apnea, and sedation dentistry.

Brad Durham Dentistry places an emphasis on understanding our patients’ needs and desires, custom tailored individualized dental plans, comfortable and predictable treatment, and running on time.

Brad Durham Dentistry Beyond Exceptional Dentistry, www.braddurhamdmd.com, (912) 234-8282, email office@braddurhamdmd.com Brad Durham Dentistry is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser

Chatterbox Pediatric Therapy offers speech, occupational, physical therapy for children in Savannah/Pooler

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

Chatterbox Pediatric TherapyChatterbox Pediatric Therapy LLC - a pediatric therapy clinic serving the Savannah and Pooler – offers speech, occupational and physical therapy services for children in the Savannah/Pooler area. Chatterbox Pediatric’s therapists are dedicated to providing children, families and physicians with the highest quality services available.

The therapists at Chatterbox Pediatric Therapy have a true appreciation for the demanding schedules that parents of all children face day-to-day, especially those with special needs. The clinic aims to be as flexible and accommodating to parents as possible when scheduling therapy. Chatterbox Pediatric Therapy, LLC is a Medicaid Provider and makes every effort to assist families in getting the financial assistance that they need.

Stay connected with Chatterbox Pediatric Therapy by liking their Facebook page here.

Chatterbox Pediatric Therapy, www.chatterboxpeds.com, 110 Pipemakers Circle, Suite 115 Pooler, Ga  31322 912-988-1526, email info@chatterboxpeds.com Chatterbox Pediatric Therapy is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser

Pooler Dentists for Children: Kidz Korner Dentistry

Sunday, November 24th, 2013

Pediatric Dentists in Pooler Kidz Korner DentistryWelcome our newest advertiser, Kidz Korner Dentistry in Pooler, the unique dental practice of Dr. Shana Herring.

Kidz Korner Dentistry provides quality dentistry to children and adolescents.

We’re excited to tell you more about Kidz Korner Dentistry & Dr. Herring in the near future. More details here.

Kidz Korner, 143 Canal St., Suite 400, Pooler 31322, 912.748.2303, www.kidzkornerinpooler.com

You are invited to Bright Life Chiropractic’s First Annual Harvest Dinner with the Doctors, Savannah

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

Bright Life Chiropractic specializes in Pregnancy, Infants, Pediatrics, and Family Care In Savannah

You are invited Bright Life Chiropractic’s First Annual Harvest Dinner with the Doctors.

This is an amazing opportunity for you, a family member, co-worker or loved one to learn more about the benefits of Principled Specific, Scientific Chiropractic Care.

Come join Bright Life Chiropractic or share this with someone who would like to meet or exceed their health goals!

Monday, November 18th at 7:00-8:30pm at Ken and Candi’s BBQ |4395 Ogeechee Rd. #100 Savannah, GA 31405|. RSVP by Friday, November 15th by calling 912.777.3717 to make your reservations!

Bright Life Chiropractic, 2 Park of Commerce Blvd. Suite D, Savannah 31405, 912.777.3717, info@brightlifechiropractic.com , www.BrightLifeChiropractic.com Bright Life Chiropractic is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser.

Ranicki Chiropractic Wellness Center presents “Stomach problems: How to reduce or eliminate your symptoms” 11/13, Pooler

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

Ranicki Stomach Seminar PoolerRANICKI CHIROPRACTIC WELLNESS CENTER PRESENTS “STOMACH PROBLEMS: HOW TO REDUCE OR ELIMINATE YOUR SYMPTOMS” on November 13, 6:30PM.

Seating is limited to 25 attendees and cost is $10 per person. At this event Dr. Stephen Ranicki will provide you with information that will assist you as you make big changes to help revolutionize your health. Call 912.376.1506 to reserve your seat.

For more information, click here.

Ranicki Chiropractic Wellness Center, a wellness center at heart located in Pooler & serving greater Savannah, 1147 US Highway 80 West, Pooler, Ga 31322, (912) 376-1506, email: info@RanickiChiropractic.com , www.RanickiChiropractic.com Ranicki Chiropractic Wellness Center is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser.

Help build your immune system @ Ranicki Chiropractic Wellness Center to avoid colds, flu

Monday, October 21st, 2013

Flu and Cold Prevention with Chiropractic Care Savannah

Don’t let a cold or flu get you down this fall!

Chiropractic care can help build your immune system so that you avoid colds, flu, and the other bugs going around. For more information click here.

Ranicki Chiropractic Wellness Center, a wellness center at heart located in Pooler & serving greater Savannah, 1147 US Highway 80 West, Pooler, Ga 31322, (912) 376-1506, email: info@RanickiChiropractic.com , www.RanickiChiropractic.com Ranicki Chiropractic Wellness Center is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser.

Pediatric Associates of Savannah has physicians in Savannah, Pooler & Whitemarsh Island

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

Savannah Pediatricians Pediatric Associates of SavannahLooking for a pediatrician in Savannah, Pooler or Whitemarsh Island?

Pediatric Associates of Savannah has well-loved, trusted physicians in all three locations. New patients are welcome. Pediatric Associates main office in Savannah is open 365 days a year.

Pediatric Associates of Savannah’s doctors
Joseph Morrison Jr, MD, FAAP
Gustave Kreh, MD, FAAP
Robert Shelley, MD, FAAP
Michael DeMauro, MD, FAAP
Diane Savage-Pedigo, MD, FAAP
Paul Nave, MD, FAAP
Ben Spitalnick, MD, FAAP
J. Steven Hobby, MD, FAAP
Adria Wilkes, MD, FAAP
Mark Wilson, MD
Giselle Rosinia, MD, FAAP

More info here.

Stay connected with Pediatric Associates of Savannah & informed about children’s health news, but ‘liking’ Pediatric Associates of Savannah on Facebook here.

Pediatric Associates of Savannah, 4600 Waters Ave, Suite 100 Savannah, 31404-6702, (912) 355-2462, www.pedsav.com On Facebook here.  Pediatric Associates of Savannah is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser  

Pregnancy aches & pains? Ranicki Chiropractic Wellness Center in Pooler offers free consultation & chiropractic evaluation

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

Ranicki Pregnancy Help Pregnancy has many physical challenges that can be eased and even eliminated with the use of Chiropractic Care.

If you are experiencing sciatica, SI joint pain and instability, pubic join pain, low back pain, rib/breathing problems, or upper back and shoulder pain, then Ranicki Chiropractic Wellness Center can help.

Ranicki Chiropractic Wellness Center offers all SouthernMamas.com readers a complimentary consultation and chiropractic evaluation to help you enjoy your pregnancy. Give Ranicki Chiropractic Wellness Center a call at 912-376-1506 or click here for more information.

Ranicki Chiropractic Wellness Center, a wellness center at heart located in Pooler & serving greater Savannah, 1147 US Highway 80 West, Pooler, Ga 31322, (912) 376-1506, email: info@RanickiChiropractic.com , www.RanickiChiropractic.com Ranicki Chiropractic Wellness Center is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser.

Bright Life Chiropractic in Savannah specializes in pregnancy, infants, pediatrics & family care

Monday, September 16th, 2013

Bright Life Chiropractic specializes in Pregnancy, Infants, Pediatrics, and Family Care In SavannahThe team at Bright Life Chiropractic is on a mission to help create one of the healthiest communities in the world right here in Savannah. Come learn how they can help with health concerns such as asthma, allergies, ADHD, autoimmune disorders, anxiety, colic, chronic fatigue, ear infections, fibromyalgia, hypertension, migraines, infertility, thyroid imbalances, neurosensory integration disorders and more.

Bright Life Chiropractic in Savannah specializes in pregnancy, infants, pediatrics and family care.

Dr. Samantha Hornick and Dr. Jared Brown at Bright Life Chiropractic are Webster Technique Certified by the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association.

At Bright Life Chiropractic, Dr. Jared Brown and Dr. Samantha Hornick assist people in gaining victory in their health by offering cutting-edge chiropractic corrective care in Savannah’s most state-of-the-art chiropractic health care facility. Dr. Jared and Dr. Samantha focus on setting people free from their current conditions so they may live their lives to their fullest potential.

Dr. Jared Brown and Dr. Samantha Hornick provide specific, scientific neurologically based chiropractic care for you and you family!

Bright Life Chiropractic, 2 Park of Commerce Blvd. Suite D, Savannah 31405, 912.777.3717, info@brightlifechiropractic.com , www.BrightLifeChiropractic.com

Chiropractic Care for Children and Infants to Help with Colic, Torticollis, Ear Infections & So Much More

Thursday, September 5th, 2013

 

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Chiropractic Care for Children and Infants is important to their development. The top 5 reasons Children and Infants should see a Chiropractor are:

1. Immune Function (Reducing the incidence of colds, ear aches, and flues)

2. ADD//ADHD (Helping with attention and behavior without the use of medicine)

3. Autism

4. Asthma and/or Allergies

5. Scoliosis

For more information on Children and Chiropractic Care click here.

Ranicki Chiropractic Wellness Center, a wellness center at heart located in Pooler & serving greater Savannah, 1147 US Highway 80 West, Pooler, Ga 31322, (912) 376-1506, email: info@RanickiChiropractic.com , www.RanickiChiropractic.com Ranicki Chiropractic Wellness Center is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser.

Thrive Obstetrics & Gynecology opens new satellite office in Pooler in addition to their Savannah location

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

Thrive OB-GYN opens in PoolerCongratulations to the dynamo-sister team at Thrive Obstetrics & Gynecology on the opening of their SECOND office in our area. Thrive is now seeing patients at their new satellite office in Pooler, in addition to their Savannah practice in the Candler Professional Building.

The new Pooler practice is @ 114 Canal St. Suite 403 and is open Tuesdays & Thursdays.

Dr. Maryanna Barrett & Dr. Maria Paasch just opened their first practice in Savannah this past May. So we’re thrilled to see how well the community has responded to manner in which these two deliver health care with kindness, compassion and consideration.

Dr. Barrett and Dr. Paasch are identical twin sisters born and raised in Clarksville, TN. Growing up in a family of strong and nurturing women, both were drawn to the field of Women’s Health.

They attended medical school at The University of Tennessee in Memphis and completed their residencies at the University of Hawaii in Honolulu. Dr. Barrett completed her training in 2009 and Dr. Paasch in 2010. Drs. Barrett and Paasch are board certified in Obstetrics & Gynecology.

While offering complete Women’s Health Care, they have a particular enthusiasm for obstetrics, including trial of labor after a caesarean section (TOLAC), minimally invasive surgery, and pediatric and adolescent gynecology. They, along with their husbands and children, have newly relocated from Hawaii to Savannah, to be close to family and to re-establish roots in their native South.

Their approach to care marries the science of modern medicine with the art of listening to each patient’s individual concerns. At Thrive Obstetrics & Gynecology, Dr. Barrett & Dr. Paasch believe healthcare is a collaboration between the patient and her provider.

Dr. Barrett & Dr. Paasch offer a healthcare alternative that provides you with options and encourages you to choose the approach that works best for your life. They want to help you to take charge of your own health and feel your best at every age. They want to help you thrive…

Stay connected by “liking” Thrive Obstetrics & Gynecology on Facebook here.

Thrive Obstetrics & Gynecology, 5354 Reynolds Street Suite 422, Savannah, 31405 & 114 Canal St. Suite 403 Pooler,  tel (912) 721-9595 email info@thriveobgyn.com , www.thriveobgyn.com  Thrive Obstetrics & Gynecology is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser.

Did you have a child in Memorial’s neonatal ICU? You’re invited to 35th Annual Neonatal Family Reunion

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

35th Annual Neonatal Family Reunion 2 p.m. – 4 p.m., Saturday, September 14, Calvary Day School, 4625 Waters Avenue

Families who had a child in the neonatal intensive care unit at Memorial University Medical Center are invited this fun afternoon. Catch up with old friends and caregivers, and enjoy refreshments, games, face painting, and arts and crafts. For more information please call 912-350-8202

(New Savannah Ob/Gyn Practice)Thrive Obstetrics & Gynecology: A Sisterhood of Caring

Saturday, May 25th, 2013

Thrive Savannah Obstetricians Gynecologists

We’re thrilled to tell you about a new obstetrics & gynecology practice in Savannah: Thrive Obstetrics & Gynecology.

At Thrive Obstetrics & Gynecology in the Candler Professional Building, Dr. Maryanna Barrett & Dr. Maria Paasch’s goal is to deliver health care with kindness, compassion and consideration.

Dr. Barrett and Dr. Paasch are identical twin sisters born and raised in Clarksville, TN. Growing up in a family of strong and nurturing women, both were drawn to the field of Women’s Health.

They attended medical school at The University of Tennessee in Memphis and completed their residencies at the University of Hawaii in Honolulu. Dr. Barrett completed her training in 2009 and Dr. Paasch in 2010. Drs. Barrett and Paasch are board certified in Obstetrics & Gynecology.

While offering complete Women’s Health Care, they have a particular enthusiasm for obstetrics, including trial of labor after a caesarean section (TOLAC), minimally invasive surgery, and pediatric and adolescent gynecology. They, along with their husbands and children, have newly relocated from Hawaii to Savannah, to be close to family and to re-establish roots in their native South.

Their approach to care marries the science of modern medicine with the art of listening to each patient’s individual concerns. At Thrive Obstetrics & Gynecology, Dr. Barrett & Dr. Paasch believe healthcare is a collaboration between the patient and her provider.

Dr. Barrett & Dr. Paasch offer a healthcare alternative that provides you with options and encourages you to choose the approach that works best for your life. They want to help you to take charge of your own health and feel your best at every age. They want to help you thrive…

Stay connected by “liking” Thrive Obstetrics & Gynecology on Facebook here.

Thrive Obstetrics & Gynecology, 5354 Reynolds Street Suite 422, Savannah, 31405 tel (912) 721-9595 email info@thriveobgyn.com , www.thriveobgyn.com Thrive Obstetrics & Gynecology is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser.

Urgent Care 24/7 FOUR locations in the Savannah area provide adult & pediatric medical care 24 hrs, 7 days a wk

Thursday, May 9th, 2013

24 Hour Medical Care in Savannah, Sandfly, Pooler & Tybee Urgent Care 24/7 is here for you & your family, offering complete medical care when you need it, where you need it.

Life is 24/7 and so is Urgent Care 24/7.

Urgent Care 24/7 FOUR locations in the Savannah area are full-service urgent care centers providing adult and pediatric medical care 24 hours a day 7 days a week. When you or a loved one need prompt medical attention, Urgent Care 24/7 are available with a compassionate and well-trained staff.

Extremely reasonable rates.

No insurance of any kind accepted. However, Urgent Care 24/7 provides you with all the information you need to file your claim with your insurance company.

Urgent Care has FOUR locations in the Savannah area:
* Historic Savannah, 144 Lincoln St., Savannah, 31401
* Tybee Island, 602 1st St., Suite A, Tybee Is. 31328
* Sandfly, 7400 Skidaway Road, Suite B, Savannah, 31406
* Pooler, 9 Mill Creek Circle, Suite A-1, Pooler, 31322

Urgent Care 24/7 Savannah, (912) 234-CARE (2273) email info@urgentcare247.com , www.urgentcare247.com On Facebook here. Urgent Care 24/7 is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser.

Urgent Care 24/7 FOUR locations in the Savannah area provide adult & pediatric medical care 24 hrs, 7 days a wk

Sunday, April 21st, 2013

24 Hour Medical Care in Savannah, Sandfly, Pooler & Tybee Urgent Care 24/7 is here for you & your family, offering complete medical care when you need it, where you need it.

Life is 24/7 and so is Urgent Care 24/7.

Urgent Care 24/7 FOUR locations in the Savannah area are full-service urgent care centers providing adult and pediatric medical care 24 hours a day 7 days a week. When you or a loved one need prompt medical attention, Urgent Care 24/7 are available with a compassionate and well-trained staff.

Extremely reasonable rates.

No insurance of any kind accepted. However, Urgent Care 24/7 provides you with all the information you need to file your claim with your insurance company.

Urgent Care has FOUR locations in the Savannah area:
* Historic Savannah, 144 Lincoln St., Savannah, 31401
* Tybee Island, 602 1st St., Suite A, Tybee Is. 31328
* Sandfly, 7400 Skidaway Road, Suite B, Savannah, 31406
* Pooler, 9 Mill Creek Circle, Suite A-1, Pooler,  31322

Urgent Care 24/7 Savannah, (912) 234-CARE (2273) email info@urgentcare247.com , www.urgentcare247.com  On Facebook here. Urgent Care 24/7 is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser.

Discount: a holiday special on teeth whitening from Savannah dentist Dr. Steven Berwitz

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

Savannah dentist Steven G. Berwitz, DMD is offering this fabulous deal to our SouthernMamas.com readers: a holiday teeth whitening special for SouthernMamas.com readers at $250 (regular cost is $375.) Be certain to mention you read about this holiday special on SouthernMamas.com when booking your appointment to receive the discount.

Dr. Berwitz also offers this reminder – end of the year dental benefits are running out and now is the time to come in for a cleaning and exam. Most insurances cover cleanings and exams at 100% and the year is almost over.

Dr. Berwitz is a Savannah-area dentist who is here to meet the dental needs of you and your entire family. He sees patients of all ages and welcomes you to make an appointment with him today by calling 912-355-5004 or visiting his web site at www.stevenberwitzdmd.com .

Steven G. Berwitz, DMD, 7805 Waters Ave., Suite 1A. For more information or to make an appointment, call (912) 355-5004. Visit the Dr. Steven Berwitz Website www.stevenberwitzdmd.com/ or email Dr. Berwitz with any questions at rebecca@stevenberwitzdmd.com

No Worry Flu Season: FREE Flu Talk, Nov. 15, Pooler

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

No Worry Flu Season!

Dr. Steve Ranicki will host a FREE Flu talk Thursday, Nov. 15 from 6:30-8pm at The Ranicki Chiropractic Wellness Center at US Highway 80 West, Pooler GA 31322. Some of the topics covered will include: how to build a strong immune system, which warrior foods combat the flu and how to get over it fast if you do suffer symptoms.

For more information and to RSVP phone (912)748-1506, www.facebook.com/ranickichiropractic  .

Happily Ever After Ball to benefit The Next Generation, Savannah

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

You’re invited to the first-annual Happily Ever After Ball, a fun-filled evening for children and families with fairytale-themed activities and appearances by costumed actors, hosted by Heather Burge and The Next Generation, founded to benefit The Children’s Hospital at Memorial University Medical Center (“The Children’s Hospital”).

Children will delight in having their hair done at the Princess Hair Palace(courtesy of Rob’s at Drayton Tower), traveling to a magical fairy land(special moments captured by Christine Hall), and joining Pirate Jack on a treasure hunt throughout this historic mansion just off Forsyth Park. Costumes encouraged for children, but not required.

Heather Burge, owner of local businesses BleuBelle and BleuBelle Bridal, is a dancer for the upcoming Chatham Orthopaedics Associates Ballroom Extravaganza, AND The Next Generation, a local non-profit formed to benefit The Children’s Hospital of Memorial University Medical Center.

The Happily AEver After Ball fundraiser will be at Brockington Hall, 213 East Hall Street, Savannah, 31401 on Sunday, August 26, 2012 from 4pm – 7pm.

This fundraiser will help Heather Burge reach her COA Ballroom Extravaganza fundraising goal of $10,000 to benefit The Next Generation, founded to benefit The Children’s Hospital at Memorial University Medical Center.

Learn more and purchase tickets at: happilyeverafterball.eventbrite.com
Tickets also available for purchase at BleuBelle, J Paige, and Rob’s at Drayton Tower
Tickets: $25 General Public, $15 for The Next Generation Members, per person

Summer Workout Tips: All you need is a kitchen chair

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

Below is a guest post from Susan O’Neill Certified Person Trainer Owner/Instructor SouthPark Boot Camp , Charlotte, NC

Having a hard time getting your workouts in with the kids home and going on vacation?   Here is a full body workout (legs, arms, glutes, core and more) that only requires a kitchen chair (or a coffee table, bench or tree stump – no excuses!).  Place the chair with the back against a wall to prevent slipping. You can use a watch for your timer or the smartphone app, Gymboss works great!

In each exercise, make sure your core is strong, bellybutton pulling in towards your spine (very important for lower back safety).  The exercises are grouped in 3 sets with 5 exercises in each.  Complete a set, recover with some water and move on to the next set.  Go through at least 2 times if your schedule allows!

1.  Rainbow:  Stand in front of the chair, begin with right toe pointing to the right side of the chair, using abs and squeezing the glutes in your left leg, lift the right leg over the chair, tap toe down on the left side then back to start.  Repeat for 30 seconds then switch legs.

2.  Tricep dips with crunch:  Sit on the edge of your chair with your hands under your bum, knuckles up, fingers over the front edge of chair, legs straight out.  As you lower (dip) your body down, crunch one knee in to chest, contracting abs.  Alternate knees in, keep elbows close to ribs and bum very close to chair.  Lift, lower and crunch for 45 seconds.   Modify this move by bringing your feet closer to the chair or leaving out the crunch.

3.  Plies:  Turn chair around so you can use the back for balance.  Start in 2nd position (feet wide, turned out at 45 degree angle, drop into a low squat, lift heels, abs in tight.  SQUEEZING glutes, lift and lower for 45 seconds, after 45 seconds, hold in low squat, heels still raised, pulse knees back for another 30 seconds.  To modify, shake legs out as needed, then come back to it.

4.  Captain’s Chair:  Sit in your chair, hands on the sides, palms down and fingers wrapped around side.  Pull belly button in to meet the spine, squeeze thighs together, lift bum off the seat with arms, lifting knees to chest as you come up. Hold for ten counts, release and repeat 5 times.  Modify by keeping one foot lightly on ground and you pull other knee in towards chest.  Keep bellybutton in tight!

5.  Side Plank with lower leg lift:  Begin by lying down on right side, left foot on the seat of the chair, body extended in side plank position, tailbone tucked under, lift body up onto elbow and the side of your left foot.  Hips off the ground.  Lift and lower the right leg, tapping the underside of the chair.  45 seconds then switch sides.

1.  Split Lunges: (aka Bulgarian Lunges) Stand in front of chair, your back to the seat.  Place the toes of your left foot on top of chair, hop the right leg out so when you lower yourself into a lunge so your knee does not come past your toes of the standing leg.  Keeping the weight in the heel of your standing leg, bend that standing leg, lowering your body until thigh is parallel with ground, chest stays up, then press up through your heel, squeezing your bum.  45 seconds on each leg.

2.  Pushups w/ leg lift:  Place your hands on the front of the chair, walk feet out to a plank position, lift one leg straight as you lower yourself down, return leg to floor as you straighten your arms, alternate legs on each pushup.   Modify by performing pushup without leg lift, or hold plank and perform leg lifts without pushup.  45 seconds.

3.  Hip lifts:  lie down in front of the chair, place heels on the seat of your chair.  Thighs and hips are at a 90 degree angle and calves and hamstrings are, too.  With all your weight in your heels and shoulder blades, lift hips and squeeze glutes.  Lift and lower quickly for 45 seconds, then hold in an up position and pulse and squeeze for 30 more seconds.

4.  V-sit:  Sit with bottom on edge of chair, spine straight, leaning back, bellybutton in, lift knees so body is in a V.  Extend legs, then pull back to V.  Arms are out straight for balance, or to modify, hands on the edge of chair.  V position can be held for a modification.  45 seconds.

5.  Spiderman Pushups:  Begin in the incline pushup position from the arms exercise.  As you lower your body, bring right knee out to right elbow, replace to starting position as you straighten arms, then left knee in on the next pushup, alternate for 45 seconds.

1.  One leg squats:  Stand in front of the chair as if you were about to have a seat.   Hold one left foot up in the air, slowly lower yourself into the chair, barely let your bum touch, pulling in thru your bellybutton, power that standing leg to lift you back to starting position.  To modify this, use the leg that is up as a kick stand, letting your heel touch down as needed until you get strong enough to do it fully on one leg.  30 seconds on each side.

2.  Decline pushups:  Place feet on the seat of the chair, walk hands out to perform pushups with belly button pulled in tight.  Modify by holding plank without the pushup.  If you have lower back problems, perform regular pushups on the ground or with hands on chair.  45 seconds.

3.  One leg hip lifts:  Same set up as the hip lifts, but point one toe straight up in the air and lift hips.  45 seconds on each leg.

4.  Decline Cougar:  Feet on chair like in the decline pushup position, tailbone under, contracting abs, bring knee into chest, alternate legs for 45 seconds.

5.  Decline Plank leg lifts:  Begin in the decline pushup position, bellybutton in tight, lift right leg straight up, squeeze glutes and do not let hips tilt.  Repeat for 30 seconds then switch legs without coming down! Modification, hold decline plank or plank on the floor without leg lifts.

Susan O’Neill Certified Person Trainer Owner/Instructor SouthPark Boot Camp

Preventing head lice: possible or just a Fairy Tale?

Saturday, July 21st, 2012

Chances are if your child isn’t school-age yet, you probably don’t think of head lice as a concern. But after your children start school, you may just have your first experience with the disgusting yet incredibly common affliction.

An estimated 12 million cases of head lice are diagnosed in the United States each year. While health experts stress that lice is harmless, it’s certainly a huge nuisance with a serious ick factor.

So is there anything you can do to prevent your child from getting lice – especially if you’re sending them off to summer camp or preparing for back -to-school? The verdict is still out on that, but there are some possible lice-prevention products on the market.

Tea tree oil shampoo – available in drug/grocery stores -  reportedly repels lice.

Also, Fairy Tales Hair Care makes Rosemary Repel preventative shampoo and other hair products that contain natural ingredients that lice reportedly don’t like.

Fairy Tales Hair Care even has an iPhone app, called Facts of Lice, that notifies you of any lice outbreaks in your area and tells you how to treat and prevent head lice.

Read more about this mom’s attempt to prevent my kids from getting lice in my newspaper column here.

You’re Invited: Color for a Cause Fundraiser To Help the Telfair Mammography Fund, Savannah

Saturday, July 7th, 2012

Get your hair done at the Charles Rudd Color Salon at 7601 Waters Ave. , Savannah, 31406 on Sunday, July 29 from 11am to 4 pm durng Color for a Cause benefitting the Telfair Mammography Fund, which helps local uninsured moms receive life-saving mammograms.

Recently, with an increased demand for mammographies, the Mammography Fund is paying out more than it’s receiving. So there is a great need for organizations and businesses to raise money and awareness for the Mammography Fund. We are so thrilled that Charles Rudd Color Salon is taking on this cause! More info on the fund here.

At Color for a Cause, Charles Rudd Color Salon is offering:
• Basic Color Service for $50
- 100% of the color proceeds will benefit the Telfair Mammography Fund to enable uninsured/underinsured women to receive mammography services at no charge to them.
- Space is limited and reservations are required so reserve your spot today! 912-353-8555
• Purchase raffle tickets to win a gift basket valued at $250. Raffle tickets are $5 each. All proceeds from raffle will go to the Fund.
• 25% of all merchandise sold this day will also go to the Fund.
(Please note: Basic Color Price doesn’t not include corrective color or highlights.)

Proceeds benefit the Mammography Fund at Mary Telfair Women’s Hospital at St. Joseph’s/Candler, Savannah, which is greatly in need of donations.

Charles Rudd Color Salon, 7601 Waters Ave. , Savannah, GA 31406, http://charlesruddcolorsalon.com/

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Savannah’s new therapeutic yoga studio Ganesha’s Place opens May 5

Friday, April 27th, 2012

ganesha's therapeutic yoga savannahWe’re so thrilled to learn about the May opening of Ganesha’s Place, which is offering a variety of therapeutic classes including yoga for special needs kids & restorative yoga for caretakers. There is such a need for something like Ganesha’s Place in Savannah.

You’re invited to the Grand Opening of Ganesha’s Place, Sat. May 5, 2012.

The ribbon cutting will be held at 11 am, followed by class demonstrations until 3 PM.
In celebration of their Grand Opening, Ganesha’s Place is offering “Bring a Friend & Get the Class Free” for all classes during the month of May. Thai Massage & Reiki sessions discounted to $75 per session.

What we love about Ganesha’s Place is that it’s spot to explore, heal and have fun. Ganesha’s can be a place for the whole family: you’re not required to be athletic or wear special outfits. Yoga therapy at Ganesha’s regulates and improves the balance between health and wellness without the intimidating images of body contortions and “pretzels”.

Keep up with Ganesha’s Place on Facebook here.

Ganesha’s Place, at the corner of Barnard & 40th St. @ 2323 Barnard St., 912-665-4199, http://ganeshasplace.com/ Ganesha’s Place is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser