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PAGE 4B HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JUNE 20, 2014 Isrc00,00l's Therapee keeps children dry at night Jacob Sagie congratulating a successful patient. By Abigail Klein Leichman Israel21c Israeli bedwetting special- ist Jacob Sagie, 66, and his son Tal, 38, were an0ng the 25 percent of kids worldwide who still wet the bed at age four, and the 15 percent who still had the problem at age six. Using a system devised by Jacob 30 years ago, they run a network of clinics in Israel, New York and London that has treated some 30,000 of the millions of children, teen and even adults suffering from bedwetting (enuresis). They claim a success rate of over 90 percent with their combination of an advanced alarm, physical exercises and behavioral/cognitive therapy. Recently, Tal Sagie launched Kiryat Haim-based Therapee, the world's first online interactive program for treating enuresis. It's customizable for anyone from age four and up. On average, clients stop wetting the bed within three to five months, Sagie tells Israe121c. Therapee was released less than a year ago and its user base is growing 30-50 percent every month, with thousands of users in 170 countries -- mostly in North America and Australia, but also Europe, Asia, South America, Africa and New Zealand. Common childhood prob- lem "Bedwetting is the second most frequent disorder among children, next to asthma," says Sagie. "Most pediatricians say to leave a child alone and he'll outgrow it but we see that's not always true. Others prescribe medication, which doesn't solve the problem long term. There are other The Sagie system's therapeutic techniques out there, such as bedwetting alarms that help in perhaps half the cases when monitored by specialists." Tal's childhood bedwetting problem spurred his father, a family therapist, to do inten- sive research. "He started the business as a multi-modality program tailor-made to each child's condition. We don't do the same thing for every patient, and that is what's unique." They didn't want to fran- chise their method, so to expand their reach beyond the physical clinics, Tal came up with the idea for an online option. "We took videos of all the hundreds of elements in the program, and an algorithm knows which to show each parent/child," says Sagie. "The first time they log in, they get the software and the bedwetting alarm. special alarm device, fill out a short questionnaire and meet their therapist -- that's me, speaking to them by video. It is individualized; I won't ad - dress a six-year-old the same way as an 18-year-old." Every two weeks, users an- swer questions to determine progress. The software ana- lyzes their answers and shows an appropriate sequence of videos along with positive reinforcement and guidance. Personal consultations are available via phone or email. First customer Mandy, the very first Thera- pee customer, contacted the Sagies when her daughter was 11. A few years earlier, the child had been treated at one of the Sagie clinics in Israel via referral by their HMO. "It helped, but a couple of months later, she regressed," says Mandy. Rather than go- ing back to the clinic, she tried other methods including art therapy and homeopathy, but nothing helped. "My daughter was still sleeping with a diaper at night, and her friends were teasing her. So a year ago, I phoned Tal again and he told me about the system he was planning to launch and asked if I wanted to try it." Therapee was successful for this Israeli girl. "Within six weeks, my daughter was completely dry and hasn't had one accident since then. We are absolutely thrilled. She felt completely comfortable doing the pro- gram sitting at home, not going to an office, and it was more convenient for me to do this whenever we wanted," Man@ tells Israel21c. "She was happy to cooperate be- cause she wanted to stop the problem." Trained pediatricians in China Though the Sagies keep their professional methods close to the chest, they have presented lectures and train- ing sessions to staff members of the Shanghai Children's Medical Center as a humani- tarian gesture. Tal Sagie explains that the Chinese hospital discov- ered the enuresis clinic his father headed at Schneider Children's Medical Center in Petah Tikva in the 1990s, Tal Sagie invented Thera- pee. and sent its director to visit. Subsequently, Sagie was sent to Shanghai by Project Hope to build infrastructure and train local doctors to open their own enuresis clinic. He also conducted a seminar for 140 pediatricians from the Shanghai area. In 2000,when Tal joined his father's business, they went to China to lead an advanced staff training session. Tal Sagie says his own three children have suffered from the problem, as it tends to run in families. "I assume we will treat my grandchildren one day," says Sagie, who is earning a doctorate at a Pol- ish university based on his research in bedwetting. Avoid fad diets: Healthy weight loss tips that work f4 Yanlev - Fotolia.corn (StatePoint) Losingweight ing and deadly diseases. And to look good may be a great according to many doctors, motivator. An even better -even just a modest amount of motivator is to get healthier, extraweightcanbedamaging as excess fat tissue breeds to your health. inflammation, which can When it comes to diets, contribute to many debilitat- if you've "tried them all" and failed, some experts what's going on inside their say that could be part of bodies, :then they're more the problem. "Most diet books and pro- grams promise a quick fix for weight loss -- for example, avoiding all Carbs, eating only raw foods or amping up protein. 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June is Men's Health Month (SPM Wire) This June marks the 20th anniversary of Men's Health Month, which is anchored by a congressional health education and screen- ing program, It is celebrated throughout the U.S. with special health screenings for men, health fairs and other education and outreach activities. Women are also being urged to pay attention, as they current- ly make 75 percent of the health care decisions for their families. And, of course, they naturally have a significant interest in the health of their husbands, sons, fathers, brothers, uncles and other male relatives. The goal of Men's Health Month is to heighten aware- ness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of diseases among men and boys. The initiative focuses on giving families, health care providers, public policy makers, the media and others an opportunity to encourage men and boys to seek regular medical advice and early treat- ment for disease and injury. Many of the activities are organized by the Men's Health Network, a national non- profit organization whose mission is to reach men, boys, and their families where they live, work, play, and pray, with health prevention mes- sages and tools, screening pro- grams, educational materials, advocacy opportunities and patient navigation. Informa- tion about this June's Men's Health events and initiatives is available online at www. menshealthmonth.org. Each year, the response is overwhelming, with gov- ernors nationwide officially proclaiming Men's Health Month in their states and with thousands of awareness activities across the country and around the globe.