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PAG E 4B HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JUNE 30, 2017 L By Christine DeSouza "Eyes and girls front, yes those girls. And always imag- ine your fav drink sitting on top of your head, without spilling too," says Bethanne Weiss, B.S., aka Asset Queen, as she encourages her stu- dents, listeners, and readers to move a little more, and kvetcti a lot less. In Weiss' own words, these life changing cues have dra- matically changed postures and reduced"lotza kvetching" about aches and ailments for herself, her clients and count- less others who have bought into her "Move Your Assets" (or else) mantra. Weiss, who is a motiva- tional speaker, author, and ACE-certified fitness and nutrition professional with 30 years of moving assets from chairs and changing lives, knows what she is talking about because she has been there herself. Talk about "kvetches," She has lived the majority of her life with chronic pain, fatigue and dizziness due to a vestibular sensory system disorder. "People are blown away when I list out all the aches and ailments that I've lived with, most of my life and still do. I was an unfit, nonath- letic klutz during the first few decades of my life and I still am, and with very good reason! I've had a feeling of being off balance since I was a kid." Weiss explains. "I didn't realize that I had real issue until my mid-20s when I was diagnosed with having bilateral vestibular loss. So, I have a great excuse for being dizzy all of the time!" Weiss's case was so severe that she was selected out of thousands to be a subject for a"dizziness study" at Bascom Palmer Institute in Miami in 1998. Long story short, they were not able to help at all and at that time s,he also suffered from debilitating fibromyal-. gia pain and chronic fatigue. Between having ankles that always turned over (a condi- tion called pes planovalgus that she was born with), coupled with that lovely list of maladies, she was not quite sure that becoming a fitness professional was in the cards for her. Thankfully, for all her students and readers of her blog and book. she was wrong. "Spending gazillions of dollars on doctors, pills, and potions has done nothing to improve my condition. Mov- ing my assets is what made me the svelt, energy-filled. kvetchless Asset Queen that I am today!" she proclaims. "And now I'm helping count- less others defy aging and become fitter, happier, pain free, and many of my student's are being taken off meds... by their doctors, not me." Furthermore, Weiss is helping to prevent dementia and other neurological disorders be- cause movement (along with socializing) is the absolute key to keeping the brain fit. Thousands of studies sup- port this while there is little evidence that doing crossword puzzles can ensue these benefits. Do we all have to join her hour-long FUNIQ Fitness class? It wouldn't hurt, how- ever, simple changes, small steps to get the ball rolling is a beginning. Weiss suggests walking 10 to 20 minutes after every meal, which gets the blood sugar out of your blood and can absolutely help prevent Type 2 Diabetes. Use your arms more and move side- ways andbackwards, not just forward. "Moving sideways can dras- tically reduce knee, hip or back pain, almost immedi- ately, it's pretty remarkable what I witness when I do my presentations at conferences and retreats." Weiss says. "This simple move awakens glutes and surrounding mus- cles so your joints don't take the brunt of the movement." "We have 640ish muscles" and many people don't even use half of them!" Most people are quite aware that if we move more we'd all experience the benefits of lower blood pressure, choles- terol, blood sugar levels, and a reduction or elimination of chronic pain. Movement also increases motor skills strengthens the body and im- proves coordination balance. Many people think that when they have aching mus- cles or are diagnosed with an ailment such as a vestibular disorder, they need to rest. "IYn able to do what I do be- cause I pushed myself through it," Weiss said. "Rest is great of course, especially at night, not good for all the time." One more benefit of move- ment is the money saved for later in life. The cost of assisted-living facilities is between $4,000 and $8,000 on average a month. People are living longer lives, but not necessarily healthy lives. Do you want to live an indepen- dent, fully functioning life and not be a burden on your chil- dren? Itwould be financially wiser to invest in a trainer for a few hundred dollars a week and live at home for the rest of your life. In her own words (again), Weiss is helping countless others with lotza aches and ailments drastically reduce their kvetching as well as their jiggling. "You don't need any spe- cial training, you just need to move.., even just a little. It is pretty remarkable what your dozing parts will do again if you just wake them up from their umpteen year slumber." Bethanne Weiss. B.S., is available for motivational speaking engagements, staff retreats, trade shows, and other corporate events. "I will travel all over to get people moving!" She has als0 pub- lished her first book, "Move Your Assets--From the Chair, Not the Bank," which is avail- able on amazon.corn or www. .evlce sire By Abigail Klein Leichman Some five million Ameri- cans have a hernia, a protru- sion of an organ or tissue through a weak spot in the abdomen or groin, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. Traditionally, open her- nia-repair surgery involved stitching a mesh patch, or surrounding tissue, in place over the weak tissue. Today, many hernias are repaired laparoscopically, which is less invasive. Because suturing through tiny laparoscopic incisions is difficult, most surgeons use a less ideal solution--screw-like tacks to secure the mesh to the abdominal wall or bone. "So we invented away to de- liver suturing in a minimally invasive way. It potentially re- duces scar tissue and enables a strong connection of mesh to tissue," says Lena Levin, cofounder and CFO of Via Surgical in Amirim, Israel. Via Surgical's unique Fas- Touch cartridge system affixes prosthetic material to soft tis- sue. It is designed like sutures and delivered like tacks, with the goal of providing the best ofbothworlds for laparoscopic hernia repair. The FasTouch system has the potential to cause fewer complications, less post- operative pain and faster recovery, as well as be more cost-effective for the hospital. Surgeons are excited about it On May 8, the first batch of FasTouch devices was shipped from the Israeli manufactur- ing facility for distribution across the United States byProgressive Medical. "Surgeons are very excited about it," says Levin. "Hernia repair is one of the most com- mon surgeries." Approximately 1 million of these surgeries are performed annually in the US alone, about half of them laparo- scopically. "We need a device that al- lows us to fixate the mesh to the abdominal wall without causing chronic pain," said Via Surgical Medical Advisory Board member Dr. Brian Ja- cob, associate clinical profes- sor of surgery at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York and founder of the Interna- tional Hernia Collaboration. FasTouch is "very low profile ... and it allows us to place a suture through the mesh into the fascia with the simple application of a tacking device. Frankly, it's amazing we haven't seen this before," Jacob said. "Using the FasTouch was exciting and it was very easy to use laparoscopically," added Dr. Amy Banks-Venegoni, as- sistant professor of surgery at Tufts University Medical School, who participated in the preclinical study."It didn't require the counter-tension that you [ordinarily] need to put on the abdominal wall." FDA cleared FasTouch was cleared by the US Food and Drug Adminis- tration in 2016. The device was invented by Levin and her two cofounders, Ofek Levin and Arik Levy. The same trio previously founded Steven Rosenberg, M.D. Carlos M. Jacinm, M.D. Harleen Anderson, M.D. l'reoffng ove 2S Yeo s ,Uer . A *ma A & Cen Fmd: Winter Park 407-678-4040 Altamonte Springs 407-331-6244 r Orlando 407-370-3705 Viera 407-678-4040 The FasTouch system for hernia repair. and led PolyTouch Medical, where they developed an advanced mesh-positioning device for greater accuracy and shorter procedure time in hernia repair. That company was sold to Covidien in 2011. "We three have been work- ing together since university, and we continued working together after we sold our first company, as we recognized a new need: Surgery was becoming less invasive but the tools were remaining the same," Levin tells ISRAEL21c. Last year, Via Surgi- cal raised $6 million in a fund- ing round led by Benslie In- vestment Group. 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