First General Surgeon Commissioned Under Navy’s New Medical Initiative



By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Latrice Jackson, Navy Recruiting District St. Louis Public Affairs

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (NNS) — The first General Surgeon to be commissioned under Navy Recruiting Command’s new Medical Officer Top 5 initiative was officially sworn into the Navy Reserve Aug. 18.

Dr. John Wieland, a general surgeon from Bloomington, Illinois, took the oath of office in front of his family at the Illinois Capitol Building, becoming one of the first physicians to answer the Navy’s call for reserve doctors in select medical specialties.

“As a practicing general surgeon for almost 25 years, I believe I can make a contribution to the health care of the men and women in the Navy who deserve the highest quality of care available,” said Wieland.

The Medical Officer Top 5 program was established in February to help fill the shortage of specific medical specialties in the Navy’s Reserve Medical Corps. Letters were sent out to medical professionals across the country looking for orthopedic surgeons, general surgeons, anesthesiologists, oral and maxillofacial surgeons, and perioperative nurses.

“The whole idea of the shortage of surgeons in my specialty really caught my attention and that was really the appeal of the [request] actually, that there was a need,” said Wieland.

Chief Hospital Corpsman Ariel Ampier, officer recruiter, Navy Recruiting District St. Louis, said the Navy needs more physicians like Wieland to serve.

“We’re hurting badly and these physicians they’re the ones that are going to come out and deploy and support the warfighter,” said Ampier a native of Danbury, Connecticut.

A special medical VIP team was also established as part of the initiative to provide enhanced service and guidance for qualified physicians and nurses throughout the entire application process.

“The Navy has created this program that makes it very painless to follow through on that desire to serve and I can’t tell you how many people have thanked me for doing this and I haven’t really done anything yet,” said Wieland. “There’s a tremendous gratitude within the Navy and even in my day-to-day work.”

Wieland added that joining the Reserve not only fulfilled his desire to give back, but gives him an opportunity to honor his father who served in the Dental Corps from 1953-1955.

“I could tell it meant a great deal to him to serve his country,” said Wieland. “To this day, at age 87 he lights up when he recounts his experiences in the Navy.”

Wieland said the entire process has been a humbling experience and he is glad he followed through with his decision to join the military.

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Find Out Today Tips on Renovating

Renovate Without Breaking the Piggy Bank: Tips for Average Homeowners

Renovating your home can seem like an insanely expensive job that’s going to cost you more money than you can afford. While you certainly can spend a fortune when you’re renovating a home, you don’t have to go that route.

In fact, there are some ways that you can add value to your house beyond the amount of money that you spend. Who wouldn’t want to improve their value more than the amount they spent after all?

Use this guide to learn more about meaningful renovations that you can make on a tight budget.

Find Your Home’s Shortcomings

Before any big renovation project, you need to find out what your home really needs. Are you missing the modern kitchen all of your neighbors have? Do you need a remodel of your outdoor space?

Find out what your home really needs and spend that money there.

Plan Your Renovation Well

Planning a home renovation can be stressful, and if you’re like most people, you don’t want to sit for six months and sketch out your home. Unfortunately, if you want to make the right choices without going over budget, planning is your best friend.

When it comes to a home renovation project, from a small scale one to a major job, you need to make sure you’ve got your plans in order before you begin. Do a preliminary plan on your own to determine what you want before you even find a contractor.

From there, you may need to alter your plans to make them fit your budget and home depending on the contractor. Getting your own ideas before working with a pro can help you meet your needs for your budget as well.

Get a Skilled Contractor

The contractor that you hire on a home renovation project is going to be the big difference between coming in under budget or over budget. The fact is that the contractor who controls the project has a lot to do with how the work is done.

When you meet with a contractor, make sure that you have a strict budget that you can’t change. Even if that means altering the way the job is done, from taking more or less time, to changing the specifics of additions or remodeling, the contractor needs to know.

Call a skilled contractor and find out today how you can schedule a renovation that fits your needs and budget.

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Hope4Cancer Institute

A cancer diagnosis can be outright scary for any patient, but is it always necessary to treat the cancer right away? That is the question many doctors and patients will have when it comes to prostate cancer. According to new research about prostate cancer diagnoses and treatment plans, there may be some room to heed on the side of caution.

According to new findings, the survivor rate for low-risk prostate cancer is the same whether you get surgery, radiation, or simply don’t do anything at all. This might be because prostate cancer consists of much slower-growing tumors, which means that aggressive treatment might not be the best option for patients looking to maintain a certain quality of life.

We know that conventional treatments for prostate cancer do have major side effects that a patient will need to consider. For example, surgery could lead to incontinence and impotence.  Chemotherapy has its own wide range of side effects that could potentially leave the patient more sick than he would be if he just left it alone or tried an alternative cancer treatment. The latest findings indicate that doctors will need to put more thought into the appropriate cancer treatment to ensure the patient maintains the best quality of life without risking the prostate cancer spreading.

The Hope4Cancer® Institute has reviewed various prostate cancer treatments and maintains the best course of action could be alternative cancer treatments that don’t have the same side effects as conventional medications.

According to the Hope4Cancer® Institute:

  • Radiation, surgery, and chemotherapy therapies leave the body ravished and more at risk for other illnesses because the immune system is at risk.
  • There are non-invasive, non-toxic alternative cancer treatments that may be a better option for less aggressive cancers like prostate cancer.

The team at the Hope4Cancer® Institute is available to speak about alternative cancer treatments to retain patient quality of life and target cancer cells. To speak to a Hope4Cancer patient advisor about our cancer treatment protocols and approach, please call 1-888-544-5993 or +1-619-669-6511, or contact us at


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I must apologize for my disappearance the past few weeks as I have once again been hit hard with bronchitis and have had a hard time bouncing back to normal.

I plan on doing some reviews this weekend if I am up to it so I can get back on track.

Thank you for your patience during the last few weeks and thank you to those that messaged me.

Weight Loss & Five Common Things That Go With It

Common Things That Happen When
You Lose A Noticeable Amount Of Weight
Whenever someone chooses to commit to a weight loss journey, it’s not just a physical transformation that happens, but a mental transformation as well. Regardless of how long it takes for people to reach their goal weight, there are significant things that occur along the way that impact their body image and confidence. For all of the positive reinforcement once receives, they might also notice some negativity or odd reactions from those they are close to. Read on for tips and insights from leading experts that will offer clarity and solutions for anyone seeking to transform or who already has.

1. You shed friends along with pounds.
Dr. Sanam Hafeez PsyD a NYC based licensed neuropsychologist, a teaching faculty member at the prestigious Columbia University Teacher’s College, explains that, “It is normal to lose friends as you lose pounds. As you see the payoff from the lifestyle changes you’ve made you may feel disconnected with friends who may still eat and drink things you no longer do. You’re evolving,” offers Dr. Hafeez. She also adds that, “It’s common to notice jealousy, and digs. You may even experience exclusion from dinners out presuming you wouldn’t want to indulge.”

Have faith that your true friends will love you at any size. “It will actually be difficult to tolerate any gossip, negativity or activities that are counterproductive. The last thing you need are people who bring you down when you are doing something positive for your well being. Look out for yourself. At times that may mean distancing from certain people,” advises Dr. Hafeez.

2. Loose skin becomes the new thing you notice. Once you reach your goal weight, you may love how you look in clothes but naked in or a bathing suit is a whole other story. This is most common when weight loss is significant. Even when weight training is part of the regimen, loose skin does happen.

Dr. John Zannis a board certified plastic surgeon based in New Bern, North Carolina frequently sees and treats patients who went through a weight loss transformation. According to Dr. Zannis, “Loose skin can gather at the stomach, under arms, breasts, buttocks, inner thighs, face and neck. The more significant the weight-loss is, say 50 pounds and above, the more likely a plastic surgeon is sought out to explore body lifts that specifically address loose skin after weight-loss.”

3. You have more energy, are excited about life and can do more!
As you change your diet, add daily exercise to your new lifestyle and see the weight melt off, you gain energy! You don’t feel the need to hit the snooze button anymore. You may wake up energized for that 7am powerwalk or you may be inspired by that beautiful new dress you get to wear to work, another dress size dropped. Yay!

“Use newfound energy to your advantage, encourages Dr. Hafeez, your brain is forming new neuropathways as your perception about your body starts to change. That flight of stairs that was once an obstacle is much easier. Simple things like putting on shoes, picking up toys and pushing a vacuum are done with ease. As you take notice of what your body can do, you gain more confidence and want to do more. This energizes you both physically and mentally,” she adds.

4. Shopping gets interesting.
It is common to get overwhelmed with options now that you can shop the way you always dreamed of. Perhaps your new strong, shapely legs have inspired you to wear dresses again for the first time in years. Or after always covering your arms, you may opt for sleeveless tops. Either way, trying new looks outside of your comfort zone can be daunting. Dr. Hafeez advises to, shop on your own or with someone you really trust. “It is important that shopping is made to be fun by approaching it as a style experiment. Don’t expect everything to look perfect just because you are a much smaller size. Some things will work, others won’t. Look for clothes that feel good. When you smile in the mirror that’s a sign you’re on track.”

5. You make yourself, your health and well being top priority and start to inspire others.
When you lose a noticeable amount of weight other people want to know how you did it and how you are keeping the weight off. Your immediate family may also adapt to your dietary changes and experience weight loss by association. When your kids see you wake up every morning to exercise they see that anything worth having requires commitment. Your significant other may be inspired to also lose weight. “When you take care of yourself and are in a positive mindset, it has a positive impact on everyone you interact with. When the mind and body are aligned you love the way you look and feel, you’re happy and someone others can look up to.”

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Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is such a regular occurrence for many women that they consider it a normal part of getting their period. The Mayo Clinic estimates about 75 percent of women get at least some form of PMS. Although the causes of PMS aren’t well understood, “fluctuating levels of hormones and brain chemicals are thought to play a role. What a woman eats and drinks can also have an effect, “ says Dr. Christopher Calapai, D.O. a Manhattan Osteopathic Physician board certified in family medicine, and anti-aging medicine. He shares with us 10 do’s and don’ts for getting through PMS as pain free as possible.

1)Do get more calcium

Some studies have shown that calcium levels are lower in women with PMS, and that those with the highest intake of calcium reported the mildest PMS symptoms. Dr. Calapai suggests sourcing your calcium from foods such as low-fat milk and dairy, calcium-fortified breakfast cereals and orange juice, and leafy greens.

2) Don’t consume excessive salt

Salt increases water retention, so if you suffer from premenstrual bloating, do limit the amount of sodium you consume in the run up to your period. Eliminate the salt shaker, and cut back on the canned foods, processed foods and condiments, all of which are overflowing with sodium.

3) Do drink more water

“Although this sounds counter-intuitive,” says Dr. Calapai, “Water can actually alleviate PMS-related fluid retention. Drink plenty of H2O — aim for 8 to 10 glasses a day; more when you exercise — to flush toxins out of your system and reduce premenstrual bloating.”

4) Do Eat Dark Chocolate

Craving the sugary confections like chocolate and cupcakes is totally normal. Try and reach for dark chocolate when you need to satisfy your sweet tooth. A bonus is, it will boost your mood.

5) Don’t Consume Coffee

While you may need that daily cup (or two) to be functional, studies show that caffeine increases levels of anxiety. Dr. Calapai explains that, “Your blood vessels contract when caffeine is present in your body, which worsens menstrual cramps. Also, for those with loose stool while on their periods, adding caffeine to your diet will make it difficult for your body to retain water and worsen diarrhea.”

6) Do Eat Greens

Losing a lot of blood can cause iron deficiency, which can cause lightheadedness or nausea. To counteract this problem, Dr. Calapai recommends stocking up on darker greens, like spinach, kale and broccoli to get your iron levels back up, but avoid eating them raw. For spinach, sautée with minced garlic and olive oil for a warm, flavorful bundle of nutrients!

7) Don’t Drink Alcohol

It will only worsen feelings of depression and moodiness. One study published in the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology also found that regular alcohol consumption increased length of and severity of cramps in women who experience cramps during PMS.

8) Do Eat Bananas

Sleep disturbances right before your period are the norm for many women. Plus, experts at John Hopkins University in Baltimore found that too little sleep made women more susceptible to pain (meaning those cramps will feel even worse). So make sure to get your z’s by eating bananas, which contain melatonin—a sleep-aid hormone that’s secreted at night and helps regulate our body’s natural rhythms.

Dr. Christopher Calapai D.O.

Anti-Aging Physician and “The Stem Cell Guru”

Dr. Christopher Calapai, D.O. is an Osteopathic Physician board certified in family medicine, and anti-aging medicine. Proclaimed as the “The Stem Cell Guru” by the New York Daily News, Dr. Calapai is a leader in the field of stem cell therapy in the U.S.

His stem cell treatments have achieved remarkable results in clinical trials on patients with conditions as varied as Alzheimer’s, arthritis, erectile dysfunction, frailty syndrome, heart, kidney and liver failure, lupus, MS and Parkinson’s.

Dr. Calapai started his practice in New York City in 1986 and for over 25 years he has hosted nationally syndicated radio shows, including his two weekly call-in shows on WABC 770-AM, where he offers health and medical advice. He has a show on Saturday morning 8-9am and Sunday evening from 6-7pm. He has consulted with numerous high-profile individuals including Mike Tyson, Mickey Rourke, Steven Seagal, and Fox series Gotham’s, Donal Logue and worked as a medical consultant for the New York Rangers hockey team as well as various modeling agencies.

Dr. Calapai received his medical degree from New York College of Osteopathic Medicine and he consults in Manhattan with practices on Long Island, in East Meadow and Plainview. He has appeared on News12 and in the pages of 25A Magazine and Social Life Magazine.

Hipster Freethinker Backpack,

This Hipster Freethinker Backpack is superb! I absolutely love it.  I use it to carry my laptop back and forth when we go to my grandparents house or anywhere else where we are going to be there for some time so I can have the internet nearby.


This has different compartments to hold your laptop, notebooks/folders, cords, pens/pencils and there’s one on each side that can be used for water bottles.  The straps are sturdy and comfortable.

We sometimes use this to carry extra clothes for my granddaughter should she have and accident while we are out and about.

I highly recommend this backpack to anyone that is wanting a good quality backpack that can hold your laptop and other school supplies or to put any hiking supplies in it when you go hiking.

Sorry I had to use a stock photo but my cameria lense is shattered so I can’t take pictures.

**I received this item free in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion**