Friday, September 07, 2018
Doctor’s Perspective
Researchers trying unusual solutions
By Dr. Anthony Policastro
People use a lot of natural remedies for various reasons. One example is probiotics - preparations of helpful gut bacteria. Probiotics can be found in things like yogurt, bread and pickles. Sometimes, they are even included in dog food. The goal of a probiotic preparation is to try and change the bacterial composition of the gut. The thinking is that we can add good bacteria to the gut to keep it healthy. Probiotics are mostly used for intestinal health and by people with intestinal conditions. For example, antibiotics alter intestinal bacteria so probiotics may help put things back on track. The same type of thing is true after an episode of infectious diarrhea. Gut bacteria are changed by the infection and probiotics may help afterward. Some other bowel disorders like irritable bowel syndrome and inflammatory bowel disease may benefit from probiotics. The problem is, in most cases, probiotics are artificial and sometimes cause reactions. Researchers are looking for something a little more natural. A group at the Wake Forest School of Medicine may have found the answer. They used some logic in their study. The group decided that infants may not suffer from age related diseases due to the nature of their intestinal bacteria. The group collected poop from baby diapers and then made a cocktail from it. They fed the cocktail to mice. In turn, the mice increased their production of short chain fatty acids. One might wonder what short chain fatty acids are. A deficiency of short chain fatty acids has been found in diabetics, the obese, cancer patients and those with autoimmune disorders. More study is clearly necessary since healthier mice is not of much benefit to most of us. However, it might not be too long before we can choose yogurt or baby poop. In the meantime, the best thing to do is change more diapers.

Nanticoke offering free diabetes support groups As a person with diabetes, are you struggling to make positive behavior changes in your life or would just like to share with others coping with diabetes? Nanticoke Memorial Hospital hosts free diabetes support groups on Mondays four times a year from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm in the Medical Staff Conference Room. Pre-registration is required. Remaining 2018 Schedule:
  • September 17 - "Move with Jonathan" ft. Jonathan Souder, MS, Fitness Director at Manor House
  • December 3 - "The Dish on Diabetes"
Learn food preparation skills for simple, savory diabetic dishes. For more information or to register, contact Nanticoke's Diabetes Education department at 302-629-6611, extension 2288. To learn more about diabetes services at Nanticoke, visit

Nanticoke will host Better Breathers Club Nanticoke Memorial Hospital will hold a Better Breathers Club on Monday, Sept. 17, from 2 to 3 p.m. in the Nursing Conference Room. This free support group is open to anyone affected by a chronic lung disease including relatives and caregivers. Chronic lung diseases make it difficult to breathe. There are several types of chronic lung disease: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), asthma, bronchitis, cystic and pulmonary fibrosis, pulmonary hypertension, sarcoidosis, and lung cancer. In the United States, COPD is the third-leading cause of death and lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths.

Smoking is the primary cause for both of these diseases. Thankfully, many forms of chronic lung disease are preventable and medically manageable. Backed by the American Lung Association, the Better Breathers Club offers a venue for participants to learn from guest speakers and educational materials, socialize with others affected by a chronic lung disease, and practice skills that will help them better manage their condition and improve their quality of life. Registration is required. For more information or to register, please call 302-629-6611, extension 1010. To learn more about pulmonary services at Nanticoke, visit

Nanticoke Weight Loss groups meeting notice Nanticoke Weight Loss & General Surgery hosts free bariatric support groups three times a month at the Nanticoke Training Center located within the Miller Building at 121 S. Front Street in Seaford. These support groups provide education and support to patients before and after their bariatric weight loss surgery and are open to the public. Support group meetings consist of guest speakers and presentations to provide useful information about nutrition, supplements, exercise and behavior modifications. Patients and their spouses, family members or friends are welcome to attend. Registration is not required.
  • The general bariatric support group is open to all bariatric patients before and after their surgery and is held monthly the 1st Monday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and the 4th Monday from 6 to 7 p.m.
  • The post-op bariatric support group is designed for post-op bariatric patients and is held on the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 6 to 7 p.m.
For more information about these support groups or other services provided by Nanticoke Weight Loss & General Surgery, visit or call 302-536-5395.

Health Screenings coming to Seaford Residents living in and around the Seaford, Delaware can learn about their risk for cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, diabetes, and other chronic, serious conditions with affordable screenings by Life Line Screening. Christ Lutheran Church will host this community event on 10/15/2018. The site is located at 315 N. Shipley St. in Seaford. Screenings can check for:
  • The level of plaque buildup in your arteries, related to risk for heart disease, stroke and overall vascular health.
  • HDL and LDL Cholesterol levels
  • Diabetes risk
  • Bone density as a risk for possible osteoporosis
  • Kidney and thyroid function, and more
Screenings are affordable, convenient and accessible for wheelchairs and those with trouble walking. Packages start at $149, but consultants will work with you to create a package that is right for you based on your age and risk factors. Also ask about our Wellness Gold Membership Program with allows customers to get all the screenings they need now, but pay $19.95 a month. Call 1-877-237-1287 or visit our website at Pre-registration is required.