Health and Well Being

Rockford doc tackles health care crisis in new book

May 10, 2012 // 0 Comments

Dr. Steven A Mikulak wrote: “Who’s responsible for our health care crisis: government, pharmaceutical companies, the health care industry, or the food industry? Although each of these has a hand in perpetuating the problem, none are the true cause. The real blame lies in the individual’s poor choices and lifestyle, mostly in the areas of food, exercise and stress. This leads to health-related issues in the news daily, such as cancer, depression, gallbladder disease, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, sleep apnea, stroke, Type 2 diabetes and more.” In his new book, “The Healthy Life Project,” Dr. Steven A. Mikulak explains how Americans have gotten themselves into this crisis state, and better yet shows exactly how to get out of it. Dr. Mikulak believes the real answer does not rely on the curing of disease, but in the prevention of disease through a healthy lifestyle. “The Healthy Life Project” addresses today’s dietary pitfalls and nutritional needs, easy ways to keep moving through life with less pain, and five simple steps to follow which will make it all happen. “Encountering pain in life is inevitable; suffering, however, is optional,” said Dr. Mikulak. Steven A. Mikulak, DC, CCSP is owner and clinical director of Healthy Life Pain & Performance Solutions in Rockford. “Dr. Mik” is a graduate of Rockford High School, studied kinesiology and exercise science at Michigan State University, has a doctorate of chiropractic from Palmer College in Davenport, Iowa, and is a certified chiropractic sports physician. He was driven to write this book to address the most common questions he gets from his patients: “Why do I hurt; how did I get this way; how can I prevent it from happening again?” His back-to-basics approach to taking responsibility for one’s own health involves helping the body heal itself as it was naturally designed to do. For more information, visit Dr. Mikulak’s website at

ChoiceOne Bank, Spectrum Health join forces to combat childhood obesity

August 11, 2011 // 0 Comments

Great things happen when organizations commit to the health and well-being of their communities. ChoiceOne Bank and Spectrum Health are platinum co-sponsors of the USCA Canoe and Kayak National Championship, a community event taking place on Newaygo’s Muskegon River August 9-14. In addition to mutual sponsorship of this event, ChoiceOne Bank and Spectrum Health will participate in joint fundraising efforts to combat childhood obesity. “We are pleased to share the excitement of this pivotal athletic event for the region,” said ChoiceOne Bank President and Chief Executive Officer James Bosserd. “ChoiceOne looks forward to supporting an event that benefits our local communities. As a community bank, we are also gratified to extend this opportunity to help local youth achieve healthy lifestyles through the Community Health Outreach Fund.” The Community Health Outreach Fund targets efforts to combat childhood obesity. A pilot program focusing on childhood obesity and self-body image for youths ages 11-18 has concluded with significant results. This medically supervised long-term health and weight management program provides support, encouragement and knowledge to participants working toward goals and seeking healthy lifestyles. A pilot group of 12 youths lost a combined 393 pounds—an average participant weight loss of 33 pounds. Additional classes are being planned. “A key strategic initiative for Spectrum Health is to develop healthier communities,” stated Randy Stasik, CEO of Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial Hospital. “One way our organization intends to improve the health of our communities is to have an organization-wide fund development strategy that targets community health initiatives. To achieve this goal, the SHGM Community Health Outreach Fund was established.” Patients, customers and the public can join in the fight against childhood obesity. Make a donation by purchasing a “canoe” for $1 (minimum) at any ChoiceOne Bank location, or at the Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial Hospital Gift Shop. The 2011 USCA Newaygo Nationals is expected to attract hundreds of world-class paddlers from 30+ states, the Canadian Provinces, and at least five foreign countries, and includes a wide variety of pre- and post-race community events. The Newaygo Area Chamber of Commerce will sponsor live music, children’s activities, family paddling activities, and other events designed to accommodate the paddlers and their families, and to complement race activities. Contact the Newaygo Area Chamber of Commerce at […]

Health & Well Being Guide

December 10, 2009 // 0 Comments

Will bleaching work for me? By DR. JOHN P. KLOOSTER, DDS, PLC Belmont Denistry There are several different approaches to bleaching or whitening your teeth. Options range from utilizing “whitening” toothpastes and take home kits to professionally having your teeth whitened at a dental office. The first thing to be aware of is that bleaching is only effective on your natural tooth structure. Crowns, fillings and other artificial teeth cannot be lightened with bleaching. This is important to realize because if you do bleach more that likely your previous dental work will appear darker than your now lighter bleached teeth. It may be necessary to replace previous work after the leaching process for a more balanced and matched look. The second thing to be aware of is that bleaching works predominately on external staining of the teeth. This includes staining or darkening as a result of smoking and/or consistent coffee or tea drinking. Internal staining caused from trauma, previous root canal therapy or developmental issues may not respond to external bleaching techniques. To lighten or bleach internal staining it may be necessary to have a specialty service called internal bleaching where bleach is placed within the tooth for a specified amount of time. This requires a dentist to place, monitor and remove the bleaching material. It also may be necessary for place a veneer or porcelain crown to ultimately achieve the shade you need to match the rest of your teeth. Typically professional bleaching offered through your dental office will achieve tha most predictable results. It usually involves applying concentrated bleaching gels to the teeth either directly within the office or with a customized take home tray. It’s a nice route to go because the office can help to customize your care in response to your desired result. Also, if sensitivity is a concern most offices will have strategies to help to minimize and often eliminate it as a side effect. We’d be happy to discuss with you further and exciting prospect of whitening and improving your smile! Give us a call today at (616) 284-3200 for a free consult.