NWWC Newsletter
OCTOBER 2013
Cutest Halloween Costumes for Babies & Kids

As we get closer to the big night, we want to see your photos! When you head out to parties, send us your best shots by posting them to our Facebook page. Consider it our version of the old Halloween parade.

All ages are welcome. The more creative, the better. It could even be one you wore when you were young and will never (for better or worse) forget.
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National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

The National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM) is a collaboration of national public service organizations, professional medical associations, and government agencies working together to promote breast cancer awareness, share information on the disease, and provide greater access to services.

Since its inception more than 25 years ago, NBCAM has been at the forefront of promoting awareness of breast cancer issues and has evolved along with the national dialogue on breast cancer. NBCAM recognizes that, although many great strides have been made in breast cancer awareness and treatment, there remains much to be accomplished. Today, we remain dedicated to educating and empowering women to take charge of their own breast health.

Although October is designated as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, NBCAM is dedicated to raising awareness and educating individuals about breast cancer throughout the year. We encourage you to regularly visit these listed sites to learn more about breast cancer, breast health, and the latest research developments.
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What Our Patients Have Said...

Dr. Sadowski,
"I just wanted to let you know that I really appreciated your compassion and understanding during my recent visit. I am glad I have access to the wonderful doctors and medical staff at Northwest Women's Consultants."

- Lauren S.
Featured Article
What is the Big "Hype" About Iron, and Why Does My Body Need It?

Iron is as important to the body as water and salt. There are some minerals that the body cannot function without, and iron is one of those. At other times, too much of a "good thing" can be bad for you as well. Think of iron as a vehicle that transports oxygen to the blood, the muscles and the cells in your body. Without iron, your body will fail to perform at various levels, like jogging, bicycling, skating or exercising. Your red blood cells would not be able to multiply, which often leads to anemia.

How Can I Tell If I Have An Iron Deficiency?
Anemia does not happen all at once. It is a process that slowly develops over a period of weeks, months or even years. If you feel sluggish, tired, or exhausted, even after a good night sleep, you may be on your way to being anemic. You might feel fatigue long before your regular bed time; this too is an early indication of low iron deficiency. Your energy level is decreased, and your immune system is not up to par.

How Much Iron Do I need?
The amount of iron you need varies with age and health factors. As your body changes, the need for iron can increase or decrease.
  • If you are between the ages of 19 through 50, your body needs at least 18 mg of iron each day.
  • If you are pregnant, you and your baby need 27 mg each day.
  • If you are in menopause, you need half (8 mg) of the normal recommended daily allowance.
Menopause and Iron Deficiency
You may have read a lot of literature on iron deficiency and how it affects your body. You may be nearly or currently in active menopause, and have a few questions and concerns. The truth is simple, and probably hard to believe, but here it is in a nutshell: Too much iron is detrimental to your health.

If you take in too much iron, your body can overdose. It sounds crazy, right? But it's true. If you eat the right foods, you should not have a problem staying within the recommended guidelines.

The daily requirements are intended for healthy women. If you are experiencing problems with cancer, kidney failure or another serious disease, talk to your doctor about your iron intake. You want to be sure that your treatments are not depleting the iron from your body, or causing your body not to properly absorb the iron you get from your diet.

If you are thinking about taking an iron supplement, wait. As your body changes, so will your need for iron. Too much iron is as dangerous as not having enough.

What Foods Can I Eat To Replace My Iron?
A good diet is the best source for replenishing the iron in your body. To decrease your risk of anemia and to avoid an overdose of iron, try incorporating one or more of these foods in your daily diet:
  • Beans (lentils)
  • Meats (liver, beef)
  • Iron fortified grain cereal
  • Dark leafy green vegetables
  • Fruit (natural or dried)
Summary
If your body is experiencing an iron "overload," you might not know it if you are not expecting it. Signs and symptoms include tiredness, pain in the joints and abdominal pain. If you are not in active menopause and are not getting enough iron, now is the time to make a change.

Depriving your body of this natural mineral is not beneficial to your health. Your red blood cells help your body to fight off infections and diseases. If your immune system is weak, oxygen cannot travel in the bloodstream, and your cells and tissues be become damaged over time.

Anemia is a serious condition that only gets worse, if it is left unattended. Your doctor will help you decide how much iron your body needs to function properly, especially if you are experiencing an illnesses or disease, which may interfere with your daily iron intake.
Q&A
Can I have an occasional glass of wine during pregnancy?

Alcohol consumption during pregnancy has been linked to birth defects and mental retardation. No one knows exactly how much alcohol it takes to cause these problems. Therefore, it is currently recommended that pregnant women avoid any alcohol intake during pregnancy.

For more answers, click here to visit our frequently asked questions page.
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Disclaimer: The information contained in this newsletter is for educational purposes only. It should not be used as a substitute for medical care and advice of your physician. The dispensing of this information should in no way be construed as establishing a doctor-patient relationship.