Welcome to 2 Your Health, where we talk to local health care leaders to help you Feel Better, Live better and Be Better. In these segments, and every Monday, Wednesday and Friday on Action 2 News Mid-morning at 9 A.M., you’ll learn about health topics such as stress, sleep hygiene, regenerative medicine and stem cell therapy.
Check back regularly for new videos and new health topics that are in the works!
The president of the Community Blood Center says 62% of Americans are eligible to donate blood but only about 3% of the population does. John Hagins discusses how the blood is used, how much is needed each week, and how little time it takes to donate.
Doctors and patients have been looking at alternatives to narcotics for dealing with pain -- whether it’s recovery from surgery or broken bones, joint pain, or migraines. Dr. Marjorie Delo from Delo Sports Medicine talks about cryoneurolysis, a treatment using liquid nitrogen to block nerves from transmitting pain for 3 to 4 months.
CHRONIC VEIN DISEASE
Dr. Pat Brennan from Surgical Associates of Neenah joins us to discuss the spectrum of chronic vein disease, including varicose veins and spider veins. Some can be painful. He talks about the symptoms and many treatments available, from compression stockings to surgery.
There are so many options when it comes to improving your vision. Dr. Meisha Raven from OptiVision Eye Care helps you get started determining what you need and discusses LASIK, P.R.K. and P.T.K.
RECOVERY FROM SURGERY
Kara Carlson from Bellin Health Home Care Equipment talks about options and tools that can help a person recovering from surgery and their caregivers.
A COVID-19 infection can have lingering effects, including inflammation and pain in your joints and muscles, mimicking arthritis. Dr. Marjorie Delo of Delo Sports Medicine describes how it’s diagnosed and discusses when you can treat it with over-the-counter medicine or when you should see a doctor.
HORMONES AND WEIGHT LOSS
Hormones of all types can affect your ability to shed weight. Dr. Tracy Page of Wisconsin Institute of Functional Medicine and one of her patients, Constance, talk about how a treatment plan can improve results and how that changed Constance’s life.
MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT HOSPICE CARE
Dr. Amy James, medical director at Unity Hospice, joins us in the studio to clear up some misconceptions about hospice care. She explains how comfort, care and support can start long before any end-of-life care and why reaching out to hospice sooner can benefit the whole family.
PANIC ATTACK or HEART ATTACK
How do you know which one you’re having? Dr. Samantha Kapphahn, an interventional cardiologist with ThedaCare, describes the different symptoms but says the bottom line is: If you don’t know, call 911 to get immediate help and don’t waste time diagnosing yourself.
Ann from Elite Aesthetics Spa stops by to help us cope with the effects aging has on our body, give us good tips to help slow the aging process down and describe some simple treatments that can help us look and feel better.
It’s a scary statistic: 80% of falls in the home happen in the bathroom. Kara at Bellin Health Home Care Equipment has a list of ideas to safeguard that room and protect your loved ones, especially older family members.
When should the conversation about orthodontics begin? Dr. John Krupka of Krupka Dental talks about the importance of catching problems early, even before the permanent teeth come in – which might even avoid the need for orthodontic appliances.
GRIEF AND EDUCATION CENTER
Unity Hospice grief services director Jenny Broeckman is back in our studios to talk more about the Grief and Education Center in De Pere, offering free counseling to anyone who’s experienced the death of a loved one. She also talks about an inaugural luminary walk taking place Friday, May 6, at Heritage Hill, to honor the people who’ve passed and support the Unity Grief and Education Center.
Angela from Natural Healthy Concepts discusses Irritable Bowel Syndrome, its possible causes, diagnosis and treating it without medications.
Muscle pain and spasms. They’re a problem that can keep you up at night. Dr. Marjorie Delo of Delo Sports Medicine discusses finding the trigger points of myofascial and joint pain.
March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month. Colon cancer is the 2nd leading cause of cancer deaths for men, 3rd for women. Surgical Associates of Neenah gastroenterologist Dr. Timothy Edison discusses how to detect it early.
We want our loved ones to stay in their home longer. Kara from Bellin Health Home Care Equipment tells you where to look for fall hazards and products that can prevent a fall.
What happens to your skin after having weight loss. When you lose a significant amount of weight quickly, your skin sags. Dr. Tracy Page of Wisconsin Institute of Functional Medicine talks about treatments to improve skin elasticity and firmness. The best time to do it is while you’re losing weight.
The robots can look intimidating, but their tiny “fingers” and high-definition “eyesight” allows doctors to perform surgery with more “precision” in a small “incision.” Dr. Jeremy Luedtke of Surgical Associates of Neenah discusses the benefits of and advances in robotic-assisted surgery and why he personally prefers it.
Wet bathroom floors. Upturned hallway rugs. Kara Carlson from Bellin Health Home Care Equipment joins us to talk about safety hazards in your home. She also has information for getting a safety assessment and tips to help older adults stay in their home longer.
Angela from Natural Healthy Concepts discusses natural treatments available for the various long-term symptoms after a COVID-19 infection. “It’s going to be very individualized,” she begins.
Gone are the days of cotton wads in your mouth and novocaine shots. Dr. John Krupka of Krupka Dental discusses the Solea laser, a different kind of laser for dentristry that’s “cool like ice cream.” Dr. Krupka explains how it works in 2 Your Health.
Vision-correcting laser surgery can reduce or eliminate the need for glasses. Dr. Meisha Raven from OptiVision Eye Care talks about who benefits most from the surgery, and what patients can expect before, during and after the procedure.
ANTI-AGING AND RADIO FREQUENCIES
Ann Early from Elite Aesthetics Spa suggests ways to reduce the effects of aging. She shows off an old technology with new uses.
REVERSING THE SIGNS OF AGING
Dr. Tracy Page, M.D., of the Wisconsin Institute of Functional Medicine is here to talk about reversing the signs of aging. She wrote a book on the subject after seeing patients who work hard on their health who don’t look on the outside how they feel on the inside.
Dr. Kevin Wasco, co-medical director of ThedaCare’s Bariatric Weight Loss program, says it’s better to call bariatric surgery “metabolic surgery” because it also treats illnesses associated with weight. He talks about who is a good candidate for this surgery and different options.
Unity Hospice created the Grief Education Center in De Pere to provide free counseling to people who experienced the death of a loved one. We discuss with grief services director Jenny Broeckman how this idea came about and what services it provides, since grief is different for every person.
AMERICAN HEART MONTH
Kara from Bellin Health Home Care Equipment is here to discuss matters of the heart: Monitoring your heart health between doctor visits, low-impact exercise equipment and ways to keep you moving, along with other ways to reduce your heart risk factors.
Dr. Marjorie Delo of Delo Sports Medicine has talked with us about joint health before. Here she focuses on supplements to keep your joints young and limber, including an exciting but hard-to-find supplement with anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant and anti-cancer properties.
IMPROVE YOUR MOOD
Suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D.)? Angela from Natural Healthy Concepts talks about over-the-counter products that can give you a needed boost, even if you’re on medication for stress, depression or anxiety.
Want a nicer smile for the new year and years to come? Dr. John Krupka of Krupka Dental talks about whitening treatments, fillings and a pain-free dental laser to give you a beautiful smile for years to come.
Ice isn’t the only danger in the winter. Indoors, you can be on slippery floors. Kara from Bellin Health Home Care Equipment offers helpful advice about staying safe this season.
Americans aren’t getting enough sleep. Dr. J.J. Allen of Hometown Pharmacy has advice to get your sleep-wake cycle back on track.
COLD & FLU REMEDIES
As we get deeper into cold and flu season, pharmacist J.J. Allen from Hometown Pharmacy talks about over-the-counter remedies to ease your symptoms, including a natural Mucinex, and when you should avoid painkillers like ibuprofen.
Ann Early from Elite Aesthetics Spa has suggestions to avoid being overwhelmed during the holidays and make yourself a priority. Also, quick and simple ways how to make the outside reflect what’s inside on a spa day, such as eyelash extensions and microderm abrasions.
Unity Hospice started the first hospice and palliative care service in the state of Wisconsin more than 40 years ago. Medical director Dr. Amy James talks about what Unity does with their hospice service and how it helps people be less overwhelmed by end-of-life considerations.
WEIGHT LOSS ON WEGOVY
Wegovy is an FDA-approved, prescription medicine for weight loss. It’s a once-a-week, self-administered injection. Dr. Tracy Page from Wisconsin Institute of Functional Medicine introduces Evan, a weight loss patient who says he didn’t change the foods he ate -- but his portion control and weight changed dramatically.
As people start to get outdoors to enjoy winter, Dr. Marjorie Delo from Delo Sports Medicine talks about preventing common injuries from winter activities like skiing, sledding, or just walking outside.
In 45 minutes, you can save 3 lives. John Hagins, CEO of Community Blood Center, talks about the dire need for blood in the winter, not just during the holidays, and the simple process of making a donation.
After we spent two months indulging, we need to get our bodies back on track for staying healthy and having a healthy weight. Angela from Natural Healthy Concepts talks about doing a safe CTRL+ALT+DEL on our bodies with a 28-day program of clean eating.
Dr. J.J. Allen from Hometown Pharmacy is back in our studios to explain how Triage Theory is for the Hometown pharmacists and how it can benefit your health now and in the future.
FLU AND COVID-19
Treating itchy, red, scaly skin -- and what to do when lotions don’t work, with Dr. Tracy Page, M.D., of the Wisconsin Institute of Functional Medicine.
It has been a tough time for many people who have lost loved ones. Jenny from Unity Hospice shares tips on how to help your family and friends and shares resources for those who need help.
If you need an injectable medicine, whether it’s a controlled medication like vivitrol for addiction disorder or a vitamin like B12 for fatigue, Hometown Pharmacy can give you the shot.
Angela from Natural Healthy Concepts talks about statins and other ways to lower cholesterol.
HAIR LOSS AND P.R.P.
Dr. Tracy Page, M.D., of the Wisconsin Institute of Functional Medicine, on what is acceptable hair loss and a treatment using your own blood to restore follicle growth.
Dr. Jeff Burkett, from Surgical Associates of Neenah, discusses the four types of screening the circulatory system, what doctors look for, and what patients can expect during the process.
Getting toxins out of your body isn’t about fasting, it’s about pushing the good stuff in and the bad stuff out. Abby Vallejo, a registered dietitian with Natural Healthy Concepts, is back in our studio to describe body cleansing and clean up confusion about detox.
Your body has certain needs pre-workout, during workout, and post-workout. Registered dietitian Abby Vallejo of Natural Healthy Concepts gives you ideas what – and how much -- you should be putting into your body to get the most benefit.
Medically-supervised Weight Loss
You can be doing everything right and not lose weight. Dr. Tracy Page, M.D., from the Wisconsin Institute of Functional Medicine explains how medical-supervised weight loss makes a difference to help you achieve goals.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Dr. Alexander Starr, oncologist and hematologist at ThedaCare Regional Cancer Center, discusses the most common cancer in women in Wisconsin, screenings, and preventive measures.
Knee pain affects all ages. 1 in 3 adults suffers knee pain. In youth, it’s not always “growing pains.” Dr. Marjorie Delo from Delo Sports Medicine talks about the many varied causes of knee pain and the treatments available for them.
A health coach “focuses on the patient wellness rather than the disease.” Dr. Tracy Page of the Wisconsin Institute of Functional Medicine and Laura, a health coach, talk about how health coaches turn a doctor’s plan of care into a patient’s plan of action.
Dr. Ryan Bly from Surgical Associates of Neenah explains what hernias are (they’re very common!), the symptoms, who’s at greater risk, and how robotic surgery can resolve them and speed up recovery.
Living at home gets harder as people get older. Unity Care Companions, a non-medical home business, helps keep people safe in their homes, doing chores like laundry and cleaning. Founded by Unity Hospice, Sam Brasier from Unity Care Companions explains how a care companion service differs from hospice.
What is Assisted Living?
Amy from Assisted Living by Hillcrest explains what the options are when you can no longer stay in your home.
Some may think of hospice as the place you go to die, but hospice is about preserving the quality of life. It offers help and hope to people who’ve exhausted all their treatments, counseling for caretakers and children, and many other services to patients and families. Dr. Amy James at Unity Hospice explains they come when you need them.
Cold and Flu Medicines
Fall is known as the start of the cold and flu seasons. Pharmacist Jessica Haufschildt from Hometown Pharmacy talks about over-the-counter treatments for cold and flu symptoms and for boosting your immune system before a bug strikes. You can also get your flu shot at a Hometown Pharmacy, which she says is the best protection of all for you and the people around you.
We dive into what PRP stands for and, more importantly, what it can do to help our bodies heal, with Dr. Delo from Delo Sports Medicine.
Wisconsin Lifeline is a National Suicide Prevention Lifeline call center for Wisconsin. Shelly Missall describes the resources available to people who call and the reasons that people call (70% are not about suicide). Call for free and get confidential phone support 24/7.
Dental Care During Pregnancy
Pregnancy affects omen’s oral health with hormone changes, morning sickness, and “pregnancy tumors.” Dr. John Krupka of Krupka Dental offers suggestions to help your mouth – and your health – during pregnancy.
Heartburn and G.E.R.D.
Ever feel like your meal wants to come up on you? It might be heartburn or it might be G.E.R.D., which is more serious and can lead to esophageal cancer if it’s not treated. Dr. Tim Edison with Surgical Associates of Neenah discusses the symptoms and treatment -- and tips for tamping down the occasional heartburn.
Pharmacies can take the guesswork out of sorting medicine doses by time and day. Hometown Pharmacy owner Jenni Villeneuve explains how to get blister packaging and who can benefit most from it.
Simply put, it’s “vitamins in a bag” -- but there’s more to it than that. Dr. Tracy Page of the Wisconsin Institute of Functional Medicine in Appleton discusses why you should consider it and what to expect.
Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Gearin Green, from the Orthopedic & Sports Institute of the Fox Valley, talks about these internal tears, how they’re treated, and what can happen if left untreated.
Advance Care Planning
Advance care planning lets people know your wishes before you’re too ill or injured to share them, so that your plans are carried out. A chaplain from Unity Hospice talks about this important (if uncomfortable) conversation and what more you need to do.
We welcome a new member of the 2 Your Health care team. Dr. Tracy Page of the Wisconsin Institute of Functional Medicine in Appleton discusses patient-centered care that includes a person’s lifestyle and health care goals.
Dr. Marjorie Delo from Delo Sports Medicine discusses minimally-invasive treatments for sports injuries or the effects of degenerative diseases.
Knee Replacement Surgery
There are 600,000 knee replacements every year. Orthopedic surgeon Tim Mologne of the Orthopedic & Sports Institute of the Fox Valley describes how Mako robotic-assisted surgery makes these procedures go a lot better for the patient.
Back to School Oral Care
Dr. Krupka of Krupka Dental talks about screening kids to take care of problems before school starts and technology that can make a visit to the dentist more comfortable.
Dr. Ryan Bly explains what robotic surgery is and what the benefits are, and what questions you should ask a doctor before robotic surgery.
Casey Burkett from Unity Hospice joins us to talk about special efforts given to respect our military veterans in hospice care, including special events, honors and volunteer programs.
Amy from Assisted Living by Hillcrest discusses facilities that specialize in dementia care and ways to slow down the condition’s spread.
Blood is critically needed, especially during the summer months when accidents are more common. We talked with Community Blood Center president/CEO John Hagins about the need and the blood center’s awareness campaign.
Dr. Marjorie Delo, of Delo Sports Medicine, explains the modern use of an injection therapy that’s been around for 100 years and recent improvements to this treatment.
Breast Cancer Screenings
Dr. Cynthia Geocaris from Surgical Associates of Neenah on breast cancer screenings and the newer mammograms.
Preventing Teen Suicide
Musical artist Franki Moscato, maybe best known for her appearance on American Idol, has a very important project: Preventing teen suicides. She talks about her efforts through the Franki Moscato Foundation.
Men are reluctant to see a doctor until they have to. ThedaCare surgeon and urology specialist Dr. Andrew Maes joined us for Men’s Health Month in June to talk about men’s general physical and mental health and the need to “man up” and get a wellness check.
Back to School
Kids are enjoying their summer vacation but parents need to think about their health. Angela from Natural Healthy Concepts in Appleton talks about keeping your kids healthy to go back to the classroom in the fall.
Vitamins aren’t just for people! All living things need these vital minerals. Angela from Natural Healthy Concepts discusses vitamins, herbal supplements, probiotics, allergy treatments and even holistic testing for people and pets (but please keep the pets at home).
Spiritual End-of-life Care
A Unity Hospice chaplain, or “spiritual caregiver,” discusses end-of-life care with an emphasis on that individual’s spirituality.
What’s your body composed of? Dr. J.J. Allen describes how to track more than just weight and what Hometown Pharmacy offers to help.
How do you know when it’s time to move to an assisted-living facility? We talk with Amy Doro, executive director of Assisted Living by Hillcrest.
It’s now possible to get crowns in one visit to the dentist’s office. Dr. John Krupka of Krupka Dental talks about crowns and the convenience this technology offers you.
Ann Early, owner of Elite Aesthetics Wellness Spa, is back in our studios in time to discuss summer skin health and that “summer glow.” She also talks about the techniques of facial sculpting.
Hometown Pharmacy offers cartenoid scanners to determine antioxidants in your body and free radicals. Free radicals contribute to cell damage. Dr. Tyler has suggestions to reduce free radicals.
Dr. Ray Georgen is co-founder of ThedaCare’s Bariatric Weight Loss Care program. He joined us by video conference to talk about nutrition, the problems that come with obesity, and how his center takes both a physical and mental approach to weight loss.
Natural Healthy Concepts tells us food sensitivity doesn’t just affect your gut, it can cause migraines and affect moods. Here’s Angela from to explain how trained nutritional practitioners can help.
Don’t Delay Cardiac Care
Doctors are finding people affected by COVID-19 are experiencing fatigue, shortness of breath or cough long after their illness. One possible reason is damage to the heart. Dr. Simone Fearon, cardiologist and physician leader for ThedaCare cardiovascular care, joins us again to talk about the importance of getting checked. Learn more at https://thedacarecovid19.org/.
Women and Their Hearts in a Pandemic
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. ThedaCare cardiologist Dr. Simone Fearon says stress is one contributing factor -- and this pandemic has been increasingly stressful on women. She offers some advice to women and mothers.
Don’t Put Off Wellness Checks
Even in the pandemic, don’t put off those regular appointments for you or your children -- wellness checks, vaccinations and screenings. ThedaCare Chief Medical Officer Dr. Jennifer Frank explains why you want to do these before you need to see a doctor.
Dr. Mark Cockley, Chief Clinical Officer of ThedaCare, runs through some of the important things you need to check off your list for you and your children each year.
Don’t Delay Emergency Care
Hospitals saw fewer patients come into emergency care for heart attacks or strokes in the pandemic. If you have any symptoms, it’s important to get medical attention right away to prevent further damage. ThedaCare Chief Medical Officer Dr. Jennifer Frank tells you what you can expect. Learn more ways to access health care at getcarenow.thedacare.org.
COVID Heart Health
What do doctors know about the COVID-19 virus and its effects on your heart? 2 Your Health gets answers from ThedaCare Chief Medical Officer Dr. Jennifer Frank, who says doctors are finding long-term issues for people regardless of whether their COVID-19 symptoms were mild or severe.
Did you know “vitamin” is short for “vital minerals”? All vitamins are not created equal. Pharmacist Dr. J.J. Allen from Hometown Pharmacy has vital information, explaining the differences and how to know what you’re getting.
Dr. John Krupka, DDS, of Krupka Dental, talks about what dentists look for when you open wide.
Angela from Natural Healthy Concepts in Appleton is back in our studio with suggestions for women suffering from the effects of menopause.
We’re joined by pharmacist Dr. J.J. Allen with Hometown Pharmacy to discuss COVID-19 vaccinations at pharmacies. Dr. Allen offers tips to boost your immune system to be resilient against any illness.
Quarantine and Isolation
ThedaCare Chief Clinical Officer Dr. Mark Cockley also answers questions about quarantining when you might be infected with the coronavirus and what to do while you’re waiting for test results.
It’s still important to test for COVID-19 to determine the virus’s spread in communities and identify the prevalence of virus variations. We had questions for Dr. Mark Cockley, Chief Clinical Officer at ThedaCare, during a video conference.
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease is very common, but it’s more than heartburn. Unchecked, it can lead to cancer. Dr. Timothy Edison, gastroenterologist at Surgical Associates of Neenah, discusses when you should get it checked.
Tendinitis and Tendonosis
Dr. Marjorie Delo from Delo Sports Medicine is back in our studio to discuss common tendon injuries and how they’re treated.
Pharmacist Dr. Sarah Bowker from Hometown Pharmacy explains how vitamin D helps our body and why people in Wisconsin need it more.
Angela Halderson from Natural Healthy Concepts in Appleton is here with tips to ease allergy symptoms and reduce causes of allergies in your home.
Ways to De-stress
Hometown Pharmacy is seeing more people looking for ways to reduce feelings of stress. Pharmacist Dennise Ross stopped by to suggest some ideas and natural aids to de-stress.
Robotic Surgery and Its Effects on the Opioid Crisis
Surgical Associates of Neenah takes steps to reduce the need for pain-killing opioids, including robotic surgery. Dr. Cynthia Geocaris explains.
Choosing an Assisted Living Facility
In this segment, we talk with Amy from Assisted Living by Hillcrest on what to look for and what questions to ask when considering an Assisted Living facility.
Dr. Jeff Burkett from Surgical Associates of Neenah stopped by to give us some alarming statistics about lung cancer and discuss why screening is so important and how robotic surgery has been giving a much better recovery.
Lasting Symptoms and Side Effects of COVID-19
In this episode, we talk about potential long-term effects people may have from COVID-19 with Dr. Cockley, Chief Clinical Officer at ThedaCare.
Wellness Exams and Immunizations
We talk with Dr. Cockley, Chief Clinical Officer at ThedaCare, about the importance of yearly wellness exams especially now and to continue with immunizations for our children.
We look at the importance of convalescent plasma in the treatment for those suffering from COVID-19. We identify who can donate and how we can do our part to help with CEO of the Community Blood Center, John Hagins.
Dr. Mark Cockley, Chief Clinical Officer of ThedaCare, shares updates about COVID-19. Stay up-to-date at https://thedacarecovid19.org.
Delaying Care During COVID
Have you been putting off going to the doctor with a non-COVID issue? Chief Clinical Officer of ThedaCare, Dr. Mark Cockley, explains why you should see your doctor even during the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more about COVID-19 at https://thedacarecovid19.org/.
Cold Weather Aches and Pains
We discuss why our aches and pains feel a lot worse when it is cold and get some helpful tips on what we can do to lessen or eliminate the discomfort with Angela from Natural Healthy Concepts.
Cold and Flu Season Defense
It’s that time of year. Angela from Natural Healthy Concepts dropped by to give us some specific vitamins and supplements to prevent and treat the cold and flu this year.
Yeah, gum disease is not pretty. Dr. John Krupka from Krupka Dental swings in to give us the information on how to prevent and treat possible gum disease. He also tells us how a simple Water-Pik can do wonders for you.
We find out when it is time we start thinking about dentures, what choices there are and how it can really improve our overall well-being with Dr. John Krupka from Krupka Dental.
Cavities in Kids
Dr. John Krupka from Krupka Dental is back with us talking about how to prevent and treat cavities in children. We also learn some good healthy habits we should encourage in our kids.
Dr. Kay from Refine M.D. talks about self-care, why we’re really bad on doing it, and how a little self-care can go a long way, especially for skin health.
Stem Cell Therapy
A follow up from our conversation around Regenerative Medicine. This time we go deeper into Stem Cell therapy with Delo Sports Medicine: How it works, what the process is and why it can be a great way to avoid surgery to relieve chronic pain.
We dive into stress with Angela from Natural Healthy Concepts. We look at some possible triggers, the effects of stress and some easy and natural remedies that can help.
What is sleep hygiene and why is it so important to our overall health. We talk with Angela from Natural Healthy Concepts on good sleep patterns and a few natural ways to make sure you get enough sleep.
Dr. Delo from Delo Sports Medicine drops by to tell us exactly what regenerative medicine is, how it is used and why it can really help us relieve pain.