Many residents of Laguna Woods are the perfect example of “healthy aging” – whether it’s participating in competitive sports, working out at the gym, or a simply going for a walk every day. Today’s older adults are much more active than their parents ever were, and the unfortunate side effects of a more active and healthy lifestyles can be sports-related injuries and living in pain. To address this common issue in active, older adults, Dr. Alan Beyer, medical director of the Hoag Orthopedic Institute in Irvine, and host of the popular Saturday afternoon AM830 KLAA Angel’s radio show Doctor in the Dugout will be appearing regularly on Channel 6’s This Day.
Dr. Beyer, a board-certified orthopedic surgeon who specializes in sports medicine, arthroscopic surgery of the knee and total knee replacement, discusses the causes of various sports injuries, joint and bone issues affecting the older adult, and prevention, among other topics. His Channel 6 segments will include interviews with leading Orange County physicians and surgeons who will share their insights to empower patients to make better health care decisions.
“Education is a crucial ingredient in preventing injuries for older adults,” Dr. Beyer says. “We see older adults in our medical offices every day and they are often dealing with many of the same joint and bone issues as younger athletes. We want to help Laguna Woods residents prevent injuries and remain active. I know how much it means for many to play golf or tennis regularly and to do it without pain or suffering. We aim to help them with good, sound education on the show.”
A longtime resident of Orange County, Dr. Beyer began hosting his radio show four years ago. Each Saturday, he drives to Angel’s Stadium to the broadcast booth of KLAA AM 830, the flagship station for Angel’s baseball games, for his live, one-hour show at noon. The show is the only sports medicine radio show based in Orange County and has generated a loyal listening audience. Each week he chats with sports stars from the NFL, PGA, NBA and MLB and shares insights into what is new and trending in the treatment of orthopedic injuries.
“We get calls and emails at the radio show from many residents of Laguna Woods asking good questions about various orthopedic injuries tied to golf, tennis or other activities,” Dr. Beyer said. “So we thought it would be a good idea to bring our radio show concept to Channel 6 so we could spend more time talking about health issues that can help residents remain active, healthy and happy. For older adults, the social and mental health benefits of being active are so overwhelmingly positive that I think it’s important to ensure they can continue doing what makes them feel like themselves.”
Humorous, talkative and enthusiastic about educating others about injury prevention, Dr. Beyer is the perfect guest host for Channel 6’s This Week, especially considering his own personal experiences. “I’m an active person who also had a hip replacement a few years ago,” he shared. “I know what it is like on both sides of the surgical table and exam room. I also know what it was like to live and try to be active when you are in constant pain. Empathy is a great teacher and I like to share my own experiences with my audience.”
Prostate cancer is the one of the most treatable cancers in men —as long as it’s detected early. The best way to do that is through regular screening.
But knowing when to start and how often to get it done can be confusing. The recommended schedule for prostate cancer screening has been the subject of intense debate over the last few years. Some expert bodies, such as the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, have even changed their position on how frequently, and at what ages, men should be tested.
If you or a loved one is a man in your 50s or 60s, get screened. Make sure to repeat the screening every year, as part of your routine annual physical exam or as often as your doctor recommends.
Prostate cancer is the third most common cause of cancer death in men. About one in five men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime.
Each year, more than 30,000 American men die from prostate cancer. Early Screening has the potential to save many of those lives.
What is Prostate Cancer Screening?
A key component of preventive medicine, screening involves looking for a disease, like cancer, before a person has any symptoms. If abnormal tissue is found early enough, it is often easier to treat. By the time actual symptoms develop, it can be too late to halt the spread of the disease. At the very least, earlier detection of cancer means easier, less invasive treatment options with a higher chance of success.
The primary aims of prostate cancer screening are early detection, reducing the number of deaths from prostate cancer and catching cancers before they spread to other parts of the body.
Prostate cancer screening is typically conducted by performing two easy and important tests:
• Prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test
A simple lab test that measures PSA levels in the blood.
• Digital rectal exam
A physical examination in which a doctor or nurse inserts a lubricated, gloved finger into the rectum to inspect the prostate for lumps or other suspicious signs.
It is important to note that elevated levels of PSA can also occur from normal growth of the prostate and inflammation or infection of the prostate—and not necessarily from cancer. Furthermore, even an elevated PSA level does not mean that a patient is at risk of dying from prostate cancer.
Most early-detected cases of prostate cancer have a good prognosis, some even without treatment. Some prostate cancer patients go years, decades, or even a lifetime without having to begin therapy.
However, some cases are aggressive—and only regular screenings can help detect these cancers before it’s too late.
It’s important for men to thoroughly discuss test results and their options with their doctors.
Josh M. Randall, MD, is a board-certified urologist at Mission Hospital, part of the St. Joseph Hoag Health network of care.
Indonesian satay? Thai meat balls? Boba tea? Tacos? Polish sausages? Grilled rice balls? Italian ice? Korean BBQ? Dosas? Yakitori? Vietnamese food? Musubi?
These are just a few of the tempting international treats that will be served by student clubs and non-profit organizations at Soka University’s 16th Annual International Festival on May 6, from 10:30 am – 5:00 pm. Admission is free. Parking on campus is $10 (cash) and carpooling is encouraged. The 103-acre Soka University campus is located at 1 University Drive in Aliso Viejo, CA off of Wood Canyon Drive.
This year the International Festival will again feature over 700 musicians and dancers performing on four stages. Dancers from many different nations will share their cultures, and visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy performances in Soka Performing Arts Center, at the Black Box Theatre, on Peace Lake stage, and at the Recreation Center stage. Music will range from Taiko drums and traditional instruments to orchestra and jazz. Over 200 exhibitors will also offer a wide variety of ethnic clothing, jewelry, arts, crafts, home goods, information and demonstrations. “Distant Visions: Digital Images by Jay Gale” and “Self Motivated” art exhibitions featuring selected paintings and drawings by Soka art students will be open in Founders Hall Art Gallery.
Soka University is a private, non-profit, four-year liberal arts college and graduate program.
SUA offers an 8:1 student/faculty ratio and an average class size of 12. Soka is ranked in the top 10 liberal arts colleges in California by USA Today and Top 10 Best Value among national liberal arts colleges by US News & World Report’s “Best Colleges 2017.”
All undergraduate students participate in a semester of study abroad during their junior year which is included in the tuition. Full tuition scholarships are available to eligible admitted students whose annual earned family income is $60,000 or less. The university is open to top students of all nationalities and beliefs and was founded upon the Buddhist principles of peace, human rights and the sanctity of life. About 60% of SUA’s students come from the US and 40% have come from 40 other countries.
For more information: www.soka.edu
Pacifica Quartet with Johannes Moser • Pavel Haas Quartet
Emerson String Quartet & Calidore String Quartet • Ebène Quartet Brentano Quartet with Dawn Upshaw
The Chamber Series, with its world-renowned artists and ensembles, represents the Center’s commitment to providing an array of great music and musical experiences that inspire and engage its classical music audience. The artists and their works are selected to complement each other and to provide a memorable and carefully led journey through the chamber repertoire. This year’s series includes two works by Pulitzer Prize-winning American women composers: the West Coast premiere of a piece by Julia Wolf commissioned for the Center by Elizabeth and Justus Schlichting and a work by Caroline Adelaide Shaw. In addition, performances will feature beloved soprano Dawn Upshaw performing with the Brentano Quartet and cellist Johannes Moser with the Pacifica Quartet. Author, composer and professor Dr. Byron Adams will offer preview talks one hour prior to each concert. All performances will be in the intimate and acoustically ideal Samueli Theater.
Season ticket packages for the Chamber Music Series are $369. Visit the Center’s website, www.SCFTA.org for more information about the 2017 – 2018 Season.
Since its first Wills and Trusts Week in the fall of 2011, the Orange Catholic Foundation has had as one of its primary goals to encourage everyone to have an estate plan designed to provide for the needs of their families.
Each year in the spring and fall, the Orange Catholic Foundation works in collaboration with parishes and schools throughout the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange to provide information sessions led by local Catholic estate planning attorneys and financial advisors to help you protect and provide for your loved ones, update or create your estate plan, and learn more about wills, trusts, estate taxes, probate expenses, guardianship of minor children, selection of personal representatives, and more.
For convenience, the Foundation offers a series of morning and evening seminars that are scheduled at local parishes across the diocese.
While learning how to effectively plan a legacy, attendees at these sessions receive answers to such questions as:
The Orange Catholic Foundation warmly welcomes all who are interested in attending one of the upcoming sessions during the week of May 16 through 21. Times and locations for the spring Wills and Trusts Week are listed in their advertisement in thisissue.
Everyone who attends and completes a basic introductory form will receive a complimentary consultation with both an estate planning attorney and a financial planner within the next six months.
The Orange Catholic Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable corporation and an autonomous pious foundation that exists to serve the Diocese of Orange, including its parishes, schools and overall diocesan mission. The Orange Catholic Foundation plans and conducts major diocesan fundraising programs including the Proud to be Catholic Pastoral Services Appeal (PSA), the For Christ Forever Capital Campaign, the Conference on Business & Ethics, the annual Wills and Trusts Weeks and other special fundraising events. The Foundation also manages endowments and various charitable funds and grants funds according to the donor’s intent.
Yappy Hour, The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel’s monthly cocktail party for canines and their companions, returns this season for tail wagging fun. Dapper dogs, haute hounds and classy canines are invited to party with other pups and pooches and lap up libations such as bacon, chicken, and beef-infused water and the ever popular house-made dog biscuits, while their companions relax with a glass of Mutt Lynch Unleashed Chardonnay, Merlot Over and Play Dead, or Chateau d’Og Cabernet Sauvignon.
Cocktails, beer and a savory selection of barbecue items are also available for purchase. As part of the resort’s Community Footprints program, proceeds from Yappy Hour will once again benefit The Veterans Initiative™ of Canine Companions for Independence.
With a dramatic increase in wounded veterans, The Veterans Initiative™ provides an opportunity for veterans to regain their independence through the support of Canine Companions for Independence assistance dogs.
Situated atop a seaside bluff with panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and more than three miles of sandy beach, The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel is continues to redefine the guest experience by creating distinctive and unforgettable moments that instill memories that last a lifetime. For more information, call the hotel directly at 949-240-2000 or visit www.ritzcarlton.com/LagunaNiguel.
2017 Yappy Hour Dates
Thursday, May 25 | 5 to 8 p.m.
Thursday, June 22 | 5 to 8 p.m.
Thursday, July 27 | 5 to 8 p.m.
Thursday, August 24 | 5 to 8 p.m.
Thursday, September 28 | 5 to 8 p.m.
Making Your Memories with Rock & Roll and Doo Wop
In the mid 1990’s I attended a concert in Glendale, Ca. that headlined the world-famous Platters. Knowing that the Platters had been around since the late 50’s I was somewhat surprised at how “young” they were. I attributed their somewhat unorthodox style to their longevity. Bringing a long playing 33 1/3 RPM album of theirs, I looked at the photos. The people on stage did not even remotely look like those on my favorite album. What was going on here?
As the music industry grew to gigantic proportions, so did the complications it created. By the late 1990’s, many of the original artists passed away or left the industry. The legal rights to their names, the groups, and their music many times went into limbo or were seized for monetary gain. One could pick up a trade journal and find a group called the Platters, Drifters, Coasters, Flamingos or Olympics playing in two or three venues across the country simultaneously.
Back-up musicians would laugh when one of the phony groups did not make it to perform. The fake “Coasters” who had just performed, changed out of their red spangly suits into blue outfits and reemerged as the Drifters!
It is done cleverly. There is usually at least one old guy in the phony group, so the audience can say: that must be the Real One!” For example; there are only two remaining members of the original Drifters, Bobby Hendricks and Charlie Thomas. I once saw Charlie Thomas attending a concert. He went on stage, grabbed the mic and let the audience know: “This is NOT the Drifters!” He pushed them off stage and caused havoc for the promoters.
At another concert, a group calling themselves the Shangr-La’s (“Leader of the Pack”) tried to gain legal rights to the group name and bragged about their history together on stage. One was barely out of diapers and introduced her Mom, implying that she was both a member of the original group (which she was not) and also her mother (which she was not).
If we plunk down our money to see a group perform, it should have something to do with the group. Somebody must really have been a part of “Yakety-Yak,” “Charlie Brown,” or “Poison Ivy.” Yes, the lead singers may have passed away, (Ben E. King, Carl Gardner and Tony Williams come to mind) but at least one member should be an original.
Many of the original artists who were not able to protect the rights to their music decided to do something about it. As chairman of the Truth in Music Committee at the Vocal Group Hall of Fame, Jon Bauman, better known as “The Bowzer,” was a longtime member of the Doo Wop group Sha Na Na. He provided the impetus to pass a law to protect the consumer from imposter groups that tried to pass themselves off as the real thing in live performances. Today, laws have been passed in over thirty-three states to ensure that, with very few exceptions, a member of the authentic recording group must be in the group that performs or own a legitimate federally registered trademark to the group’s name. Thus, the Truth in Music legislation.
When you plan to attend the next oldies concert, conduct some research. If you see a Platters concert advertised, look for the name Sonny Turner. He is the only surviving member of this iconic group. Look for Bobby Hendricks or Charlie Thomas if the Drifters are billed to perform. Terry Johnson has been a member of the Flamingos since 1952 and still performs throughout the country. There is currently no member of the Coasters alive to perform so buyer beware. There is a group called the Del-Vikings and lead singer Kripps Johnson Jr. has taken over for his deceased father and carried the name forward. Bottom line; check it out, or email me and I will!
Today, you will see groups that bill themselves as ‘tribute groups,’ or spell the group name differently. That is the result of Truth in Music legislation and the efforts of Jon “The Bowzer” Bauman.
Our audiences clearly think they are honoring the body of work, the legacy, the deep pleasure this music has given us since, well, you know how long! This defining music has been a cornerstone in bringing people together as much or more than any piece of civil rights legislation could do.
OH, YES, I’M THE GREAT PRETENDER – SONNY TURNER AND HIS PLATTERS
WHY IS EVERYBODY ALWAYS PICKIN’ ON ME? – CARL GARDNER AND THE COASTERS
Making Your Memories is a commentary on the music of the 1950’s and early 60’s. “Joe D” is an on-air talent for Orange County based KSBR FM 88.5 and is host of “MAKING YOUR MEMORIES” Sunday nights at 10PM. He is also author of “Making Your Memories With Rock & Roll and Doo Wop - -The Music and Artists of the 1950’s and early 60’s.” www.making-your-memories.com
May 30 - June 11, 2017
Segerstrom Center for the Arts is delighted to announce that the first U.S. National Tour of the hit musical THE BODYGUARD, will play Segerstrom Hall from May 30 – June 11, 2017. Grammy® Award-nominated and multi-platinum R&B/pop recording artist and film/TV actress Deborah Cox stars as Rachel Marron. In the role of bodyguard Frank Farmer is television star Judson Mills. The role of Rachel Marron will be played by Jasmin Richardson in the Saturday matinee and Sunday evening performances.
Former Secret Service agent turned bodyguard, Frank Farmer, is hired to protect superstar Rachel Marron from an unknown stalker. Each expects to be in charge; what they don’t expect is to fall in love. A romantic thriller, THE BODYGUARD features a host of irresistible classics including “So Emotional,” “One Moment in Time,” “Saving All My Love,” “Run to You,” “I Have Nothing,” “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” and one of the biggest selling songs of all time – “I Will Always Love You.”
Tickets start at $29 at the Box Office - 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa. For information, call (714) 556-2787 or visit www.SCFTA.org
Doktor Kaboom: LIVE WIRE!
April 1 & 2
Moon Mouse: A Space Odyssey
April 22 & 23
From the science lab to the moon, Segerstrom Center’s Family Series continues with two Center debuts, Doktor Kaboom: LIVE WIRE! and Moon Mouse: A Space Odyssey on April 22 & 23 in Samueli Theater. Doktor Kaboom! is an interactive one-man science variety show. Creatively blending theater arts with the wonders of scientific exploration, Doktor Kaboom’s supercharged (and super safe!) science experiments will have audiences erupting with laughter and bubbling with curiosity. With more than 1,000 performances since 2009 Doktor Kaboom! has performed for more than 500,000 people. Join him for a side-splitting journey of increasingly spectacular, and often successful, experiments and demonstrations.
Marvin the mouse wants to be popular. Constantly bullied and picked on by the “cool” rats, he is labeled as a loser and a geek. As respite from the continuous badgering, Marvin retreats into his science books and a world of fantasy. He longs to have adventures and to be the hero. Join Marvin on the space adventure of a lifetime: a trip to the surface of the moon on his homemade rocket, where he meets a strange cast of misfit creatures, learns of infinite peril and views awesome beauty. Will Marvin make his dreams come true and experience the glory and acceptance he craves? Lightwire Theater is proud to present Moon Mouse: A Space Odyssey, a cosmic adventure about celebrating differences. Combining dance, puppetry, and traditional theater, the costumes, props and sets come to life as electroluminescent wires create dazzling and colorful 3D sculptures. This wondrous electroluminescent production features more than 40 delightful characters and a variety of music from pop to classical.
Tickets are $20 each and available online at SCFTA.org, at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa or by calling (714) 556-2787.
A Revolutionary Cancer Therapy for No-Option Patients
Cancer touches everyone. The older we are, the more likely we are to know someone - a family member, friend, colleague, neighbor - who has battled this common killer. Perhaps you have personally been affected. No matter the type of cancer or its stage, the anxiety, worry and fear that accompanies such devastating news is universal.
Now imagine the indescribable stress, overwhelming on every level - emotionally, psychologically and physically - of receiving a “late-stage” cancer diagnosis and then being told that there is no standard of care available to you.
World-renowned oncologist Dr. Baofa Yu knows the feeling all too well. As he was completing his medical schooling in the early 1980s, his mother was diagnosed with esophageal cancer. Dr. Yu watched helplessly as she valiantly struggled and eventually succumbed to the ravages of this unforgiving disease. His deeply personal experience not only drove Dr. Yu to help other patients facing a similar health crisis, but charted the trajectory of his subsequent 30+ year career in cancer research - culminating in the introduction of SonataPlus™, a revolutionary cancer therapy that aggressively destroys inoperable cancer tumors by delivering a high concentration of combined FDA-approved chemotherapy medications directly into the tumor via a highly specialized needle used under CT guidance.
A transformative time for cancer therapy
A sonata is a musical piece in which only a single instrument makes noise as its waves travel through the air. A single instrument, sending music out from its center, over disparate forms. Made famous by masterpieces such as Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata (1801) for piano, the composition typically consists of small movements, related in key, with unique musical characters.
In December 2015, Dr. Yu co-founded New Life Cancer Centers (NLCC) to develop a masterpiece in cancer treatment. Perhaps the most profound cancer therapy to walk the stage in decades, SonataPlus™ is making music where only silence resounded before. Attacking very advanced tumors considered untreatable by traditional care practices, SonataPlus™ uses patented autologous (from one’s own body) anti-cancer vaccines to help minimize secondary tumors from metastasizing, and fires at primary tumors with sniper-like accuracy to keep them from coming back.
“Traditional delivery of chemotherapy drugs has been a shotgun approach - flood the bloodstream with chemicals to attack any and all cancerous cells and hope it leaves enough good behind to recover once the bad is gone,” says Greg DiRienzo, CEO of New Life Cancer Centers (treatment is available at its state-of-the-art facility in Tijuana. The world headquarters for NLCC is in La Jolla, California). “With SonataPlus™, 95% or more absorption is achieved, targeting the primary tumors, rendering them powerless to spread their cells through the bloodstream. It only kills tumor cells, not normal cells, and does not reduce, but rather increases natural immune functions in the body.”
- We do not CUT the tumor out (surgery) which can lead to infections and potentially severe physical complications.
- We do not BURN the tumor (radiation), which often impacts healthy surrounding tissue and can lead to other serious complications.
- We do not POISON the body (typical chemotherapy) which usually results in significant pain and negative side effects like hair loss, nausea, appetite loss and a compromised immune system.
According to Dr. Michael Baudry, NLCC Chief Scientific Officer, “Under the supervision of Dr. Yu, NLCC specially trained physicians and affiliates have used SonataPlus™ to safely treat over 30,000 global cancer patients over the past decade. The vaccine penetrates affected areas, and lingers for up to 20 days, continuing to destroy cancer cells.
“Although New Life Cancer Centers has experienced extraordinary success in treating stage 3 & 4 “No Option” cancer patients, SonataPlus™ has proven extremely effective in killing a wide range of solid tumors, including liver, lung, breast, prostate, bladder, tongue, rectal, ovarian, as well as many others such as specific brain and bone cancers.”
Unparalleled procedure = distinct advantages
“SonataPlus™ is a minimally invasive procedure with none of the nasty side effects associated with conventional cancer therapy,” says Greg DiRienzo. “We do not cut the tumor out (surgery) which can lead to infections and potentially severe physical complications. We do not burn the tumor (radiation), which often impacts healthy surrounding tissue and can lead to other serious complications. We do not poison the body (typical chemotherapy) which usually results in significant pain and negative side effects like hair loss, nausea, appetite loss and a compromised immune system.”
“Sometimes, the really hard work of watching someone deal with cancer is exactly that - watching them deal with cancer,”, says Dr. Yu. At a minimum, cancer takes an emotional toll on the patient and their family on top of the physiological drain conventional treatments result in. So what if there weren’t side effects? What if there wasn’t anything more to deal with than the cancer itself? Three brief treatments once a week over two weeks is all it takes.
“I was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer with tumors in my neck and throat,” says Larry Clapp. “I refused to start seven weeks of chemo, followed by seven weeks of radiation. I was told to get my affairs in order. Six weeks after my last treatment (at New Life Cancer Centers) most of the tumors were gone … and the last one was shrinking. I had energy to play with my grandkids again.” Larry’s wife Susan adds “thank you New Life Cancer Centers for saving my husband’s life.”
In the musical world, the sonata is a creative sniper. A single thematic wonder, disparate from the shotgun blast of a concerto or symphony. Elegant, simple, and razor sharp in its efficacy. The same could be said of SonataPlus™ - a single note, resounding long after it was initially played.
If you, or someone you care about, has cancer … call New Life Cancer Centers at (800) 205-8101. A member of their trained, compassionate staff will be happy to answer all of your questions - at no charge. Or visit www.newlifecancercenters.com
All information is intended for your general knowledge only and is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment for specific medical conditions.