Whether you're looking for someone to help care for an aging loved one, or anxious to get started on that
promise you made to family and friends to be a better version of yourself, Chattanooga has the experts to
help get you the answers you need.
For families with aging and/or ill loved ones, peace of mind is crucial both for you and them. To that end,
5 Star Home Care offers guidance and help. For example, watching a family member suffer with Chronic
Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is not an easy thing to do. However, seniors living with COPD
can greatly benefit from having a caregiver who is knowledgeable about the disease and how to treat it.
5 Star Home Care's owner, Kenny Higdon, believes that, "Getting patients with COPD back to a
functional quality of life is absolutely doable. Part of that is staying in the mind-set that caregivers can
Complete Eye Care is located at 9453 Dayton Pike in Soddy-Daisy. For more information about their
services or to schedule an appointment, call 423-332-8222 or visit completeeyecare.org.
Smiling for family photos may have you on edge, but thanks to the team at Soddy Daisy Smiles, everyone
can make sure their smile is camera ready.
"If you fear going to the dentist, you are not alone," Dr. Mandy Shearer said. "Between 9 and 15 percent
of Americans state they avoid going to the dentist because of anxiety or fear."
The first thing to do is talk with a dentist. The key to coping with dental anxiety is to discuss fears with
your dentist. Once your dentist knows what your fears are, he or she will be better able to work with you
to determine the best ways to make you less anxious and more comfortable.
She and her husband Dr. Robert Shearer also stress the importance of cleaning because once plaque sits
on your teeth for more than 24 hours it hardens into tartar. Plaque and tartar contain huge quantities of
bacteria which release toxins causing deterioration of the bone and soft tissues holding the teeth resulting
in eventual tooth loss. Tartar must be scraped off professionally with scalers and cannot be removed with
a toothbrush or floss.
For more information about Soddy-Daisy Smiles and their services, visit soddydaisysmiles.com or call
the office at 423-332-5275 to schedule an appointment.
For more information about Johnson Audiology, to schedule a consultation, call 423-710-1432 or visit
buzzwords spread quickly thanks to the internet and social media, and these trends are often not evidence-
based. Doctors and the team at Focus Treatment Centers are working to help educate on the matter.
"One popular diet trend now is "clean eating," said Dr. Courtney Phifer, MS, RD, LDN with Focus.
"What is clean eating? It is a very vague term that means different things to different people, with varying
levels of extreme. In general, clean eating includes not eating processed foods and getting foods from a
local source. Included in this way of eating are that foods must be organic, and produce must be fresh and
raw. While this may sound like a great way of eating, it may not be as healthy as it seems."
She went on to say that cutting out all processed foods can mean cutting out important whole grains, such
as oats, rice, and the products that are made from these and other grains. Whole grains are a great source
of carbohydrate, which is the body's preferred source of fuel, as well as fiber and B-vitamins. It's great to be able to get foods from a local source, but this may not always be possible. It's great to incorporate fresh fruits and vegetables, which provide important vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fiber. But, frozen and dried produce are healthy choices as well. Some cooking methods, like sautéing, can actually increase nutrient absorption from some vegetables. It's great to choose foods that are organically farmed, but this may not always be possible due to availability or cost.
If you have concern about yourself or a loved one or their lifestyle or habits, contact Focus Treatment
Centers at 423-888-0516 for a complimentary assessment or visit them at FocusTreatmentCenters.com.
Phifer is a Registered Dietician on staff at Focus Treatment Centers and additionally sees patients
privately at her office in downtown Chattanooga (423-402-0043).