WelcomeJoan Shaver, Dean UA College of Nursing
RN Patient Advocates in participation with The College of Nursing, University of Arizona invite you to join the RNPA Learning Intensive.
This is the only course of study offered exclusively to experienced, clinical RNs to become Independent RN Patient Advocates (iRNPAs). This program has been developed over 11 years by Karen Mercereau, RN, iRNPA, a nationally recognized visionary leader in healthcare”. ~ Joan L. Shaver, PhD, RN, FAAN
- A Life-Saving Team
Phil is a 63-year-old CPA who had devastating black ulcerations devouring both thighs, poorly controlled diabetes and diabetic ulcers, suffering from poor nutrition and very poor pain control. His physicians were arguing about the diagnosis and Phil’s legs continued to deteriorate, actually disappearing – painfully. More
- Leading Edge Medicine
Eva is a 37 year old high school biology teacher, diagnosed with fibromyalgia and crippled by headaches that were not responding to therapy, covered with cysts, suffering with systemic yeast infections and multiple allergies, suffering from poor nutrition with significant GI problems and obesity. More
Do You Need A Health Detective
... Call your RN Patient Advocate!
Founded in 2002, RN Patient Advocates provides:
- The only Learning Intensive preparing qualified RNs to become Independent RN Patient Advocates (iRNPAs). This nationally recognized Learning Intensive is offered in association with the University of Arizona, College of Nursing.
- The National Network of RN Patient Advocates: Mentoring, Continuing Education, Collaborative Practice, Shared Governance
- Our Mission is to empower people in their health care through Advocacy, Education and Guidance through the health care system.
Always an Advocate…
I was always the family patient advocate. That the system was broken became more and more obvious over the years as I worked on their behalf. I was a patient advocate in the clinical arena as well, though that too was becoming increasingly difficult. By 2002,
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Smaller than a walnut, no heavier than a grape…affects every function in our bodies. What? Your Adrenal Glands! Unsung hero of our bodies.June 19, 2013 12:28 pm
Your adrenal glands sit atop your kidneys and orchestrate your whole metabolism. Little gland with a huge role. These powerful little hormone producing glands manufacture and secrete almost 50 different hormones, including steroid hormones such as adrenaline, cortisol, aldosterone, and the precursors to estrogen and testosterone that are absolutely essential to our health and vitality.
Protective: the anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant adrenal hormones like cortisol helps to minimize negative and allergic reactions, such as swelling and inflammation, to alcohol, drugs, foods, environmental allergens, and stress.
Let’s look more closely at one of those hormones: cortisol - a life sustaining adrenal hormone that influences, regulates or modulates:
- Blood sugar levels
- Fat, protein and carbohydrate metabolism
- Immune responses
- Anti-inflammatory actions
- Blood pressure
- Heart and blood vessel tone and contraction
- Central nervous system activation
Too Much Cortisol for extended periods?
Higher and more prolonged levels of cortisol – with chronic stress for example – can have negative effects:
- elevated levels of inflammation in your body (can lead to chronic illness)
- foggy brain
- decreased bone density
- sleep disruption
- decreased immune function
- slow wound healing
- increased abdominal fat
- a condition called “adrenal fatigue”
Homocysteine – what is it? Why do we need to know? Ask your heart.June 18, 2013 4:07 pm
Since 1990, the National Library of Medicine has posted thousands of scientific studies showing that homocysteine is a significant risk factor for disease.
What disease? Higher levels of homocysteine raise the risk of premature cardiovascular disease affecting the heart, brain, and peripheral blood vessels. Elevated homocysteine may speed the progression of atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) in the arteries in your heart and the rest of your body.
Osteoporosis: Women with high homocysteine levels were found to have significantly lower bone mineral density in the hip than control subjects.
Alzheimer’s Disease: Rising levels of homocysteine may predict impending cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s disease.
Depression and elevated homocysteine appear to be related as well.
Elevated homocysteine levels have now been correlated with a wide array of illnesses, including the ones listed here as well as stroke, schizophrenia, macular degeneration, cervical cancer, and birth defects.
So what is it? Homocysteine is an amino acid (protein) that your body makes from another amino acid called methionine – found in protein-dense foods that you eat on a regular basis, such as sunflower seeds, eggs, and fish.
Normally, homocysteine gets converted into two really helpful compounds: SAMe (S-adenosyl methionine- you may have read about the use of SAMe in treating depression) and glutathione, your body’s master antioxidant.
Sounds good, right? However, in order to convert the homocysteine to these helpful compounds, you need sufficient folate, B12, Vitamins B 2 and 6, zinc, trimethyglycine and magnesium.
What can we do? Step one: ask your doctor about checking your homocysteine level. Step two: if your homocysteine level is high, ask to have the levels of folate, B12, B2, B6, zinc, magnesium (as RBC magnesium) and trimethylglycine checked. If they are low, it is both simple and inexpensive to replenish your body’s stores of these nutrients.
Next class - Online: September 21 - November 16, 2013 Residential: November 19 - 23, 2013March 5, 2013 5:16 pm
RN Patient Advocates, PLLC, in association with the University of Arizona, College of Nursing, would like to offer you the opportunity to participate in an 8 week online, 5-day residential immersion course to become an independent RN Patient Advocate. This offer is exclusively for experienced clinical RNs. Our RN Patient Advocacy Program began 11 years ago and has evolved into a highly effective Advocacy Process that greatly improves patient outcomes and saves health care dollars.
Could your house be making you sick? The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) tells us that more than a quarter of U. S. buildings are water-damaged.June 17, 2013 1:50 pm
Water damaged buildings can promote the growth of molds – and you do not have to see or smell it for it to be present. Living in a moldy household or water damaged building increases the risk for depression by 33-44 percent. Many other conditions can be caused by mold as well: chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, multiple chemical sensitivities, Lupus, MS, migraines, autoimmune illnesses.
Symptoms may include:
- Breathing: Difficult, Tightness in chest, Asthma
- Emotions: irritable, anger
- Extremities: Tingling Hands and Feet
- Eyes: Blindness, Pains, Wear sunglasses, Light Sensitivity, Bloodshot eyes, loss of vision, Detached retina
- Fatigue: Chronic Fatigue (some estimate cause of up to 1/3 of chronic fatigue), postexertional fatigue
- Mental: Confusion, brain fog, ADD/ADHD, learning disabilities, anxiety
- Nasal: Congestion, Nasal soreness, sinusitis. A study by the Mayo clinic found that 96 percent of all sinusitis is fungal!
- Pain: pain in temples, sudden headaches, sudden, sharp, icepick like
- Sensitivity: Car fumes, Smoke, Pets, Feathers, Detergents, Toothpaste, Chlorine, Plastic cups
- Skin: Rashes, hair loss
- Stomach: Cramps, nausea, Diarrhea
- Taste: Metallic
- Thirst: Dryness, Excessive thirst, excessive urination
- Weight Gain: Sudden, inability to lose weight despite stringent dieting and exercise
What to do? If you have symptoms and medications are not making you better, if you have lived or worked in any building that has ever had any water damage/leaking roof, poor ventilation, consider that mold may be an issue and ask your physician. Mold symptoms can often be misdiagnosed. There are specific lab tests for mold illness – also called Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome.
Have your house or building tested for mold: the leading test is the ERMI test.
There is treatment!
Learn more at www.survivingmold.com
What’s in your teeth may be causing your high blood pressure…and be a cause factor of heart attacks and strokes. How does that happen?June 13, 2013 9:58 am
Nicholas Gonzalez, MD, explains: “According to a research paper published in the 2011 issue of The Journal of Clinical Hypertension, mercury affects the heart and blood vessels in several ways:”
- Mercury in your body increases inflammation
- It causes thrombosis (the formation of blood clots in the veins)
- Mercury contributes to abnormal endothelial function (remember that the endothelium is the thin layer of cells that lines the interior surface of your arteries and is a prime indicator of cardiovascular health or disease)
- Mercury impairs the immune system
- It interferes with the production of energy in your cells
- Mercury causes high blood pressure