Wine & Wellness Intimate Health Event November 2019

Join us for a casual, FREE Q & A on revolutionary, FDA-cleared treatments for women’s intimate health:

Are these symptoms getting in the way of your intimacy?

  • vaginal dryness, burning, itching
  • painful intercourse
  • urinary symptoms/incontinence

Sit back & enjoy chocolate and a sip of wine as Dr. Michele Couri hosts a panel of women-JUST LIKE YOU-to share how MonaLisa Touch™ & Emsella have changed their lives!

RSVP as seating is limited

FREE Talk: Do Not Suffer in Silence By Leslie Rusch-Bayer, RD, LDN, CPT

Free Program at the Pekin Public Library Presented by the Couri Center

Do Not Suffer In Silence.  What Your Symptoms May Be Saying.

Have you ever tried a new diet? Did you feel it worked for everyone but you? Many people struggle to find resolution for a myriad of symptoms, including weight gain, headaches, GI problems, joint pain, and eczema, to name a few.

Join us for an evening exploring the topic of food sensitivities with Leslie Rusch-Bayer, Registered Dietitian at the Couri Center for Gynecology and Integrative Women’s Health. Leslie will discuss how our diets can influence inflammation, weight gain, and/or chronic disease.

 

What’s All the BEEF About?  By Leslie Rusch-Bayer, RD, LDN, CPT

What's all the beef about, beef article 2019 photo shutterstock_1199701960As a Registered Dietitian, I often have patients asking about different varieties of food. New foods hit the grocery store shelves every day, each one claiming to be “healthier” than the last. But are these foods so powerful that they will change health?  Ultimately, patients need to be given the proper information so they can make the best choice for their health. Let’s get started.

 

The process of producing beef has changed a lot since the 1970s. Thanks to technology and research, how cattle are raised, and when they are slaughtered have contributed to better, more efficient, beef products. Sometimes, these advances may also provide a better product that leads to improving your health.

 

But which beef product is best for your health? Marketing, advocacy groups, and even research create confusion when consumers are trying to pick the best product for themselves. Let me see if I can try and help you answer this question.

 

Let’s first discuss what is not affected by what a cow eats. If you are like me, you hate it when you are served a tough piece of steak. A juicy, tender piece of meat is usually preferred. Tenderness is not affected by what a cow consumes. The age of the cow at slaughter is what affects tenderness. Typically, the younger the cow, the more tender the meat.

 

Now, let’s move on and discuss the benefits of grass-fed beef. Grass-fed beef has been shown to have higher levels of conjugated linoleic acid and antioxidants (CLA). Additionally, in a study published in the British Journal of Nutrition, McAfee et al. report that a diet that includes grass-fed animals may improve the intake of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA). Why are these important?  CLA has been shown to improve body composition, cholesterol, and possibly prevent cancer. Antioxidants slow the “aging”  process and omega-3 PUFA are known to decrease inflammation and the risk of heart disease. A more common and bountiful source of omega-3 PUFA is fresh-caught, cold-water salmon. If you do not eat fish, nor do you want to begin eating fish, grass-fed beef would provide you with additional omega-3 PUFA.

 

The disadvantages of grass-fed beef include cost, taste, and possibly a decrease in sustainability. Grass-fed beef does tend to be more expensive than grain-fed beef. This can be approached in two different directions. Because of the cost, you may choose to purchase the less expensive grain-fed beef, or you may choose to purchase grass-fed beef, but consume smaller portions or less frequently. Because grass-fed beef consumes grass, it has larger amounts of vitamin E, which tends to have a different taste than grain-fed beef. You must try grass-fed beef to decide if you like it. If you do not like the taste of the product, there is no resolution other than purchasing a different product.

 

The effects grass-fed beef has on sustainability is a very touchy and political question. There really is no right or wrong answer. Each person will have to decide what they believe. Some say grain-fed beef consume less water and feed throughout a shortened lifespan and produce more edible beef per cow, while others believe cattle should eat what mother nature intended them to eat: grass.  No one can answer that question but you.

 

Now to grain-fed beef. Cattle farmers and researchers report that grain-fed beef has higher amounts of good, heart-healthy fat called monounsaturated fat (MUFA). MUFA has shown to raise good cholesterol, improve the taste of beef, and reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes. Many research articles report that increasing CLA through grass-fed animals had no effect on cholesterol and other laboratory markers. This article concludes that spending the money on grass-fed products may not be providing any improvement in overall health. Grain-fed beef tends to be less expensive, and typically, people prefer the taste of grain-fed over grass-fed beef.

 

Before you decide on which type of beef your should consume, I encourage everyone to visit the World Research Cancer Fund website and read about the proper recommendations for how much red meat, no matter grass-fed or grain-fed, should be consumed. No matter the quality or type of red meat, the World Research Cancer Fund recommends no more than three servings per week. Processed meats should only be consumed on a rare occasion, if any.

 

Let’s ask some important questions to help guide you toward the right decision of which beef product is best for you:

  1. Do you currently have any diseases, risk of disease or laboratory markers that are outside normal limits?
  2. Do you dislike cold-water, fatty fish?
  3. Are you overweight?
  4. Do you already limit your intake of beef?
  5. Does your budget allow you to spend extra money on more expensive beef?
  6. Do you like the taste of grass-fed beef?

If you answered “yes” to at least three of these questions, you might find that choosing grass-fed beef may be a beneficial option for you. If you answered no to the majority of these questions, grain-fed or conventional beef may be the best choice for you.

Remember, there is no one choice that is right for everyone. Your choice of beef will not make any kind of substantial impact, good or bad, on your health, if consumed within the recommendations of the World Research Cancer Fund, however, the choice of beef you choose to consume may add to the benefit of the other healthy foods you consume that overall may lead to health improvement.

Before you can truly decide which type of beef to purchase, it may be of benefit to be updated on your current health. The Couri Center has created a one-of-a-kind lab panel that provides an overall, total-body look at one’s health. This lab panel is part of our TLC Integrative Consult. If you would like more information regarding our TLC program or would like to schedule a consultation to discuss your personalized nutritional options, please click here.

 

Leslie Rusch-Bayer, RD, LDN, CPT

 

 

 

Let’s Talk About HPV By Alexandra Mathern, MD

If you have seen a gynecologist since 2011, you likely have been tested for Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) at the time of your pap smear. The virus was first discovered in 1956, but it was not until 1986 that two specific subtypes of the virus were linked to cervical cancer. Currently, there are over 200 types of HPV. HPV 16 and 18 account for 60-75% of all cervical cancer cases worldwide. There are about 12 other types that account for the remainder of cervical cancer cases. These cervical cancer-causing HPV types are what are included routinely in pap smear collections in those 30 years old or older.

Approximately 80% of sexually active individuals will contract HPV during their lifetime. Just like any other virus that can infect the human body, the body has the ability to fight off the infection. Unlike other viruses, however, HPV infection is generally symptom-free. On average, it takes about 8-12 months for a healthy individual with a functioning immune system is to clear an HPV infection. Those less than 30 years old tend to be able to fight the infection off more quickly and completely. Therefore, a pap smear collected between 21 and 29 years old is not routinely run for HPV unless the pap smear is found to be abnormal. Because of the ability of most individuals to clear an HPV infection, treating each positive HPV result may result in overtreatment; however, the frequency of testing may be increased.

Cervical cancer screening is one of the most effective screening tests available across medical specialties in detecting and treating precancerous changes. The addition of HPV screening has further advanced the screening to the point that HPV testing/screening alone may be sufficient. In 2014-2015 HPV testing alone became an option approved by the FDA but is not yet routinely used. Due to this strong link between HPV and cervical cancer, an HPV vaccine has been developed against the HPV types most strongly associated with the development of cervical cancer. In the US, the vaccine is currently available for males and females between the ages of 9-26 years old regardless if already infected by HPV. The vaccine is so effective that in Australia (where there is a high rate of vaccination), high-grade precancerous pap smear results were significantly decreased in only three years of implementing the vaccination.

Next time you find yourself at the Gynecologist’s office for your pap smear, rest assured that that uncomfortable experience is quite possibly the most effective testing offered today as screening to prevent cancer.

Dr. Mathern

 

 

References:
Palefsky, J., UpToDate: Human Papilloma Infections: Epidemiology and Disease Associations. Updated June 2018. Literature review Sept 2019.
Cervical Cancer Screening. ACOG Practice Bulletin #168. October 2016.
CDC: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Cervical Cancer. Last Reviewed Jan 2019.

OB/GYN Physician, Peoria, IL Private Practice

OB/GYN Physician

Peoria, IL Private Practice

Full-Time         Relocation Assistance           Sign-on Bonus      No OB Call               Work/Life Balance

Tired of the demands of being on-call/delivering babies?  Looking for an excellent base salary with work/life balance? Desire proximity to a big city?  Join the Couri Center!

Successful Gynecology-only boutique practice; No Obstetrics

  • 20 years+ well-established practice voted #1 in Central IL 2017, 2018, 2019
  • Patient growth averages 100 new/month
  • Full patient load from day one
  • Da Vinci Robotic Systems in two local hospitals
  • Modern, beautiful facility with 2019 expansion of 3,725 square feet; totaling 10,000 square feet
  • Beyond gynecology-thriving integrative and aesthetic divisions
  • MonaLisa Touch and Emsella services
  • In-office hysteroscopy/Endosee

Financials & Benefits:

  • Generous base salary with performance bonus/incentives
  • PTO: six weeks
  • Six paid holidays
  • Six paid weeks maternity
  • CME-1 week
  • Full Benefits: 401K, Health, Dental, Life, Disability, Malpractice
  • Low volume call; limited hospital visits
  • Dedicated RN for continuity

Boutique Specialties:

  • Michele Couri, MD, FACOG, ABIHM, Medical Director, started private practice in 2001
  • Gynecology only; no obstetrics with emphasis on gynecologic surgery (both in hospital and in-office) hormone replacement therapy, traditional gynecology, well-women exams, and wellness.
  • In-office surgical procedures in state of the art facility
  • Integrative division includes a Registered Dietitian overseeing food sensitivity testing, lifestyle programs, weight loss, osteoporosis programs, infrared sauna therapy, and supplementation
  • Aesthetics division includes a Licensed Esthetician offering laser hair removal, laser skin rejuvenation, waxing, & complete skincare lines.
  • Two physicians, three PA-C’s, one DNP

Community:

  • A diverse community blending agriculture, industry, retail, service, education, and culture
  • Centrally located and affords a low cost of living
  • Safe, great community to raise a family; solid Midwestern values
  • Progressive medical community boasts an extensive collection of medical & health care research, educational, and clinical facilities, including the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria and Jump Training Simulation & Education Center.
  • Peoria, IL boasts the most advanced medical community in downstate Illinois, and as for Gynecology, it facilitates minimally invasive surgery with DaVinci Robotic Systems at both OSF Saint Francis Medical Center and Unity Point Methodist.

Please email your cover letter and CV to HR@couricenter.com

 

ginger roasted pumpkin + quinoa salad w/ mint, chilli + lime


ginger roasted pumpkin + quinoa salad w/ mint, chilli + lime recipe

Compliments of MyDarlingLemonThyme.com

Ingredients (serves 2-4 or more as a side)

1 kg piece of pumpkin
1 tablespoon finely grated fresh ginger
2 green or red chilies, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 teaspoons pure maple syrup
a handful of finely chopped coriander (cilantro) roots and stems, optional
Fine sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 cup quinoa
1 1/2 cups water

The juice of two limes (or large lemon)

A good handful each of fresh mint and coriander (cilantro) leaves
toasted pumpkin (pepita) seeds

 

Preparation

Pre-heat oven to 400F. Peel pumpkin, remove the seeds and cut into even chunks approximately 2-3cm wide. Combine pumpkin with ginger, chili, garlic, olive oil, maple and coriander roots and season well with salt and pepper. Combine well before turning out onto a large oven tray. Bake for 25-30 minutes, turning once or twice or until the pumpkin is lovely a golden and soft right through. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool slightly.

Meanwhile, place quinoa into a fine-mesh sieve and rinse well. Bring the water to the boil in a small saucepan before adding the quinoa, covering with a lid and reducing the heat down to a gentle simmer. Cook for 10-12 minutes until the water has been absorbed and the quinoa is tender. Remove from the heat, leave the lid on and set aside to steam for a further 5 minutes before fluffing up with a fork.

When both the pumpkin and quinoa are cooked, combine the two in a large bowl, making sure you scrape any lovely bits of ginger and oil from the bottom of the roasting tray into the bowl too. Squeeze over the lime, stir through the herbs, season with more salt and pepper if desired and scatter over the pumpkin seeds to serve. You can eat this warm or cool the pumpkin and quinoa first before stirring through the herbs and serve at room temperature.

Enjoy!

Osteoporosis: How to Prevent a Silent Killer By Deborah Collins, PA-C

Every year more than 200 million people will suffer from Osteoporosis, and 3 million new US cases will be diagnosed. In fact, half of all adults 50 years and older, are at risk of breaking a bone and should be screened before they require medication. The reason Osteoporosis is often overlooked is because there are usually no symptoms. “You cannot feel your bones becoming weaker.” It is for this reason that it is often called “a silent disease” until a fracture occurs.  What is especially alarming is that 80% of the people who suffer a fracture over the age of 50, will not be advised to be tested or treated for Osteoporosis.  If you knew that your risk of a fracture was equal to the combined risk of breast, uterine, and ovarian cancer, would that change your mind about the importance of early screening?

At the Couri Center, our providers recognize the importance of your bone health. It is just as important to us as your breast and cervical cancer screenings.  We want to help PREVENT you from this disease before a fracture occurs. In fact, we have customized Couri girl MedPax supplements for this very purpose!  Couri girl Osteopenia is for women diagnosed or at high risk of developing osteopenia and Couri girl Osteoporosis, is for women diagnosed with osteoporosis.

Unfortunately, 24% of hip fracture patients, over the age of 50, will die in the first year following a hip fracture. Osteoporosis is not only costly, but it can be deadly. However, with early intervention, it is not only preventable but treatable.  If you have any one of the following risk factors, please have a conversation with your provider and consider a simple test for screening.

  • All women age 60 and over, independent of risk factors
  • Menopausal females under the age of 60 who have risk factors such as:
  • Low body weight< 130 pounds
  • Prior fracture- non-traumatic or low trauma as in falling from standing height or spine compression fractures. Basically, a break over the age of 50
  • High-Risk medication use – steroids, chemotherapy agents, Tamoxifen, Depo-Provera >5 years, anti-seizure medication
  • Chronic disease associated with bone loss (Hyperparathyroidism, Malabsorption, Malnutrition (Bulimia/anorexia), Premature Menopause, Hyperthyroidism, Chronic Liver Disease, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Diabetes
  • Regular alcohol use, more than 3 drinks a day
  • Cigarette smokers

Here are a few tips to prevent Osteoporosis

  • Eat a healthy diet and exercise regularly, which can help slow or stop the loss of bone mass and help prevent fractures.
  • Talk to our registered dietitian to make sure you are getting enough calcium and Vitamin D in your diet.
  • Get a screening bone density test, which is the best way to diagnose low bone mass before it becomes Osteoporosis.
  • Let us help you determine a treatment plan. If your screening test indicates that you may have Osteoporosis, or have other significant risk factors for breaking a bone, call the Couri Center to schedule today:  309 692-6838.

 

 

October Laser Sale-30% OFF all packages

October Sale:  30% off ALL Anti-Aging Laser Treatment Packages & Laser Hair Removal Packages

  • Unwanted Facial & Body Hair
  • Surgical & Acne Scars
  • Stretch Marks
  • Pigmentation & Melasma
  • Sun Spots & Age Spots
  • Wrinkles & Fine Lines
  • Rosacea & Facial Veins

Schedule your complimentary consultation today!

Sale ends October 31, 2019.  Packages must be used by March 31, 2020.

Skincare Soiree’ at the Aesthetic Studio at the Couri Center

Join us Wednesday, September 18 from 9 am to 5:30 pm at our SkinCare Soiree’ OPEN HOUSE.

  • Enjoy complimentary skincare/laser consultations
  • $500 DRAWING
  • enjoy refreshments & sample products
  • EXCLUSIVE Discounts
  • FREE Gift with purchase

No Appointment needed!  Drop by for refreshments & sample our favorite skin care products from NIA24 & Skinceuticals.

Learn about our modern laser treatments for:

    • UNWANTED FACIAL & BODY HAIR
    • SURGICAL & ACNE SCARS
    • STRETCH MARKS
    • PIGMENTATION & MELASMA
    • SUN SPOTS & AGE SPOTS
    • WRINKLES & FINE LINES
    • ROSACEA & FACIAL VEINS

 

  • Please RSVP so we have a headcount for ordering food and drinks!  Drop in anytime.  Bring your girlfriends!

 

Sauna Detoxification

 

Sauna Detoxification

Sweating is good for you and is one of the body’s safest and most natural ways to heal and maintain good health.  Infrared saunas generate a sweat 7 x more detoxifying than a traditional sauna. Researchers have long told us how the body sweats out toxic substances, including heavy metals. As long as you maintain proper hydration, the more you safely sweat, the more toxins you’ll expel from your body.

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What is infrared sauna therapy?

Infrared light (experienced as heat) is the invisible part of the sun’s spectrum with the ability to penetrate human tissue to produce a host of health benefits.  Because infrared sauna therapy heats the body directly rather than simply warming the air, it raises the core body temperature and produces a deep, detoxifying sweat at the cellular level, where most toxins reside. Far infrared also aids in blood pressure reduction & weight loss, burning up to 600 calories in one 40 minute session.

What are the other health benefits of a full-spectrum infrared sauna?

Relaxation

Relaxation is more important to health than most people realize. The American Institute of Stress estimates that 75 to 90% of all visits to primary care physicians are for stress-related problems. Long-term stress is the cause of countless physiological effects on the body, including increased blood pressure, weight gain, and weakening of the immune system.  Infrared saunas have been designed to encourage the purest form of relaxation and stress reduction.

Weight Loss

Maintaining a healthy weight is important to your overall quality of life. In a 2009 study, infrared saunas were shown to help lower weight and waist circumference in just a three month period. The common theme among subjects in the study was that far infrared sauna use was similar to moderate exercise but “much more relaxing”.  Therefore, infrared saunas can be an effective lifestyle adjuvant for those who cannot participate in traditional exercise programs due to medical conditions such as osteoarthritis, cardiovascular or respiratory problems.

Heart Health/Lower Blood Pressure

In the U.S. alone, one in three adults suffers from heart disease, stroke or some other form of cardiovascular disease in their lifetime. High blood pressure increases your risk of getting heart disease, kidney disease or serious stroke.

Only infrared saunas have been clinically determined to provide one of the best, natural ways to lower blood pressure. In a 2005 clinical study by the University of Missouri Kansas City, Sunlighten’s Solocarbon heaters were shown to lower blood pressure through a program of 30-minute infrared sauna session 3 times per week. The study concluded that Sunlighten infrared sauna therapy dilated blood vessels and reduced the volume of their inner lining, thus increasing circulation to promote healthy blood pressure.

Pain Relief

You too can toss the pain pills and step into a healing infrared sanctuary to relieve tension and relax muscles. Infrared sauna’s heat works by penetrating joints, muscles, and tissues, increasing circulation and speeding oxygen flow. By reducing soreness on nerve endings, our infrared heat reduces muscle spasms and helps the body heal itself naturally.

Anti-Aging/Skin Rejuvenation

Rejuvenate your skin while also receiving all of the other health benefits associated with Sunlighten’s leading infrared sauna therapy. A study published in The Journal of Cosmetic and Laser Therapy showed significant improvements in skin appearance after just 12 weeks of sauna skin therapy using near-infrared technology.     Participants experienced a reduction in wrinkles and crow’s feet, as well as improved overall skin tone, including softness, smoothness, elasticity, clarity, and firmness.

Cell Health/Immunity

Infrared therapy stimulates the circulatory system, causing the heart to beat more vigorously and blood vessels to dilate, which help cleanse the circulatory system and more fully oxygenate the body’s cells.

Better blood circulation means more toxins flow from the cellular level to the skin’s surface to improve cell health, aid in muscle recovery and strengthen the immune system.

Sunlighten’s research-backed near infrared heating technology can strengthen the immune system. In fact, a NASA study showed this same near infrared therapy, delivered by LEDs deep into body tissue, can quadruple cell health and tissue growth.

Wound Healing

Skin plays a vital role in the protection of our bodies from the external environment. When broken, it is important to repair it quickly to prevent infection or further problems. Studies conducted by NASA concluded that NIR LED light significantly promotes faster cell regeneration, wound healing and human tissue growth. Human cell growth increased by 155%-171% in some cases and wound size decreased by 36%.

Learn more about our relaxing infrared sauna’s built-in media center, including Pandora Radio, Netflix and multiple tracking features to calculate calories burned during your sessions!