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Feather River Bulletin  Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2010 5A Rural women invited to join support group dealing with cancer Linda Satchwell Staff Writer Isatchwell@plumasnews.com Breast cancer support groups are now available locally thanks to a grant-fund- ed, joint research project, the Sierra Stanford Partnership, said Community Research Project Coordinator Susan Ferrier. Although the majority of physicians encourage patients to join a support group, participation is often difficult, if not impossible, because there aren't enough women in a single rural loca- tion to support a professional- ly led group. Research involves studying the feasibility of providing videoconference support groups, where there are between two and five partici- pants in each of four rural locations, led by a licensed clinical social worker. Breast cancer survivors who participate will be able to see, hear and interact with participants in the other three locations: The sem- blance of closeness is so real that in one recent session, a woman crying in one location was offered a tissue by a woman in another. Women meet for eight weeks, and each session lasts for 90 minutes. Before the meetings begin, participants meet each other and have the research study explained to them. They also fill out assessments before and after the support group sessions. Finally, they are provided with the "One In Eight" work- book, the chapters in which provide templates for the meetings said Ferrier. University research studies of rural populations have been few, according to Ferrier. This is the first one of breast canr StVivors: In fact, Stanford "/reSearchers were told that providing a control group would have to be done in a different way than they were used to. Traditionally, half of a study's initial volunteers would be assigned to a control group that wouldn't partici- pate in the support sessions. The problem, said Ferrier, is that if only two breast cancer survivors live in a town and both want to participate, it seems unfair to deny one. Researchers found a way around this by starting the first 10 of 20 support group members at one time, and assessing them before and after their participation. The group that hadn't yet partici- pated was also assessed twice. Findings were very posi- tive: both depression and posttraumatic stress disorder were down significantly. The second group of 10 then par- ticipated in the groups even though, since they were con- trols, they weren't assessed after they completed their group experience. The current participants are in Truckee,Burney, Yreka and Bieber. Previously, there have been groups in Quincy and Chester. In fact, these video teleconferencing groups have been the seed for ongoing support groups in some areas, including Chester. Ferrier has worked hard to advertise the support groups' availability, but has still had trouble finding participants, due in large part to privacy issues and the fact local doc- tors refer their breast cancer patients out to Truckee, Reno, Nev., or Chico. After that, the women are largely on their own when it comes to post cancer support. So far, there have been no groups in Portola or Loyalton, and Ferrier is cur- rently recruiting participants for groups that will start in early February, as well as in April. Women interested in partic- ipating may , cofitact Susan Ferrier at The Sierra Fund, 274-0292, or susan@one-in- eight.org. More information about the study and the sup- port groups may be found at one-in-eight.org. FREE Weight Loss Classes! Discover how 30 days can change your life with the /4t$. Fitness and Weight Management Plan. 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Photo by Linda Satchwell I. )cal film to show at f00.s00ival in Nevada City The Feather River Coordinated Resource Management group of Plumas Corporation with funding from the Plumas County Board of Supervisors complet- ed a film on meadow restora- tion in the Feather River Watershed in 2009. The film was submitted for the 2010 Wild & Scenic Environmental Film Festival (Autonomy Productions), the 24-minute film "Restoring Nature's Reservoirs: Mountain Meadows in the Feather River Watershed" documents the CRM's work utilizing a restora- tion technology called "pond and plug." 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Reducing the low density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol should make forming these plaques more difficult, and thus reduces the chance of heart attacks. Unfortunately, the statistics just don't come to this conclusion. Lowering your cholesterol may have little to no effect on your chances of s.uffering a heart attack. The good news is that because of the amount of publicity cholesterol lowering drugs have had, other natural substances have been put in a head-to-head study to determine if there are alternatives to statins to lower cholesterol levels. In some recently released, randomized single-blind studies, statins were compared with policosanol, a derivative of sugar cane, and the findings were significant. Not only did the policosanol provide a reduction in the cholesterol levels, it increased production of HDL (good,cholesterol) and helped in the production of Coenzyme Q 10 which is known to increase heart function and reduce the chances of a heart attack. All of this occurred without the side effects of liver malfunction that are known to occur with statin drugs. As an over the counter food product (remember, it's made from sugar cane) policosanol can be purchased for much less cost than prescription drugs, and the safety factor of it cannot be measured in costs. Remember to consult with your health care practitioner before beginning any regimen to alter your cholesterol levels. If you are currently taking a statin drug, do not discontinue it without discussing it with your doctor. They may be resistant to change, but you still need to discuss it with them before discontinuing. And, if you are one of the many readers of my column and are interested in reading other health related information, send an email to cwadc@psln.com expressing your interest and I will put you on our email newsletter mailing list. Anderson Chiropractic is currently accepting new patients. Call 832-4442 for an appointment.