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Date: 03-11-2015

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., is joining forces with two Democratic senators – Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and Cory Booker of New Jersey – to introduce legislation that would allow easier access to legal medical marijuana.

Speaking Tuesday alongside Gillibrand, Booker and patients who have used and advocate the use of medical marijuana, Paul said society is becoming more accepting of medical marijuana.

“I think society is changing their attitudes on it,” he said at a news conference in Washington, D.C.

The Compassionate Access, Research Expansion and Respect States Act, or CARERS ACT, would allow people in states that have already passed medical marijuana laws to participate in those programs without the threat of federal prosecution, according to a news release from Paul’s office.

But Tommy Loving, director of the Bowling Green-Warren County Drug Task Force, said the Kentucky Narcotic Officers’ Association continues to oppose “so-called medical marijuana.” Loving is a past president of the association.

He said the association’s counterparts in other states have said legalization of medical marijuana ends up essentially being “de-facto legalization.”

The bill would also reclassify marijuana as a Schedule II drug, which would allow medical marijuana to be prescribed and researched more easily, Paul said.

“We know of many instances where people have gotten palliative help with this, and I’m proud to be part of this effort,” he said.

The legislation, if approved in Congress, would amend the Controlled Substances Act to allow states to set their own medical marijuana policies, allow doctors in Department of Veterans Affairs facilities to recommend medical marijuana to military veterans and remove some hurdles for researchers to gain government approval to do research on marijuana, among other measures, according to a news release.

Sandy Faiola, a New Jersey resident who has multiple sclerosis, described at the news conference how her illness left her unable to sleep well. Treatment with marijuana helped her to do so.

Faiola said the bill could help patients access medical marijuana by removing the barriers of fear and higher costs.

“There is an urgent need for this change,” Faiola said.

Booker said the legislation “seeks to right decades of wrong and end unnecessary marijuana laws.”

Gillibrand said the bill would allow patients and their families to take medicine recommended by their doctors without fear. “This is clearly a case of ideology getting in the way of scientific progress,” she said.

Research is already being conducted about medical uses for marijuana, Loving said.

The Food and Drug Administration is already involved in research on a marijuana derivative in the treatment of seizures, he said.

“To me, this is something that should be played out in the scientific community by the FDA, rather than by legislators,” Loving said.

By Katie Brandenburg
Bowling Green Daily News

March 3, 2015


Before                                                              After


By Jennifer Ferguson

Though lifetime Lawrence County resident Monica Hickey appears to have her fitness life all in order by not only participating in Cross Fit, but actually owning her own box (Cross Fit business), she’s the first to admit she hasn’t always led the healthy, active lifestyle that she does today. 

It was in a dressing room in June 2007 that Hickey had her, what she refers to as an “Ah Ha Breakdown.”

“I locked in after being in that fitting room and realizing my waist size was expanding from a women’s size 20 to a 22 in pants. I had walked around for years feeling miserable and finally that day, in that fitting room, I realized I had to take charge and do something about it.”

Though Hickey says she’s always “felt fat,” it was the moment in that dressing room that changed her way of thinking

I had no idea that in high school being a size 10 or 12 wasn’t as big as I thought. Just a couple of years out of high school was when I started having real weight issues. I worked my way up to a size 14…16…18…20 and when I discovered I had made it to a size 22, that was my breaking point.

Participating in workouts such as CrossFit and Yoga, Hickey has lost 95lbs and completely turned her lifestyle around.

Losing weight has helped me improve at life. I can do things now that I never imagined possible! Fun adventures such as biking, hiking and swimming. I most certainly would be in a different place today and I not walked the path I have over the last eight years. I have went from working multiple jobs to owning multiple businesses and exploring community growth and creation. None of this would have happened had I still been eating out of drive-thru restaurants for every meal and “sleep walking” 24/7. My energy level, mood and the simple strength to face each day had increased greatly! I give all the glory to God for leading me down this path and giving me the strength to continue on it.

Several members of Crossfit Louisa

Hickey also follows a Paleo-ish diet, she says she’s had to put in lots of work to discover what foods she is intolerant to and those that she’s not affected by.  She also supplements with Omega 3, Vitamin D and Magnesium Zinc which she says helps with her levels of soreness, her mood and also rest and recovery from an intense workout or CrossFit competition. 

Though she has traveled and even moved away a couple of times for school and to explore the world, Hickey says she always finds coming back to Louisa which she refers to as “home.” However, she never planned to actually open her own business there.

When I moved back to Louisa I didn’t plan on opening up a box, but realizing the amount of people that wanted a CrossFit Affiliate here it was a no brainer for my husband and I that we had to do whatever it took to keep it going. Seeing that within six months our group had grown from five members to thirty, we knew we had to do it.

Though CrossFIt Louisa is a full time commitment for Hickey, she also has recently learned to quilt, a passion of her late mothers, and also recently renewed her license as a massage therapist.  Hickey credits her mother and the fellow coaches and athletes at the box with keeping her motivated.

Every person that walks through the door at CrossFit Louisa, along with every person that may possibly walk through the doors in the future keeps me going when I feel like giving up. How can I expect them to believe a word I say if I’m not fully living the lifestyle myself? Also, my mothers’ precious spirit will forever remain in my heart urging me to get back up when I fall. She was ill the majority of my life and the experiences I had with her have always inspired me to (now in honor of her life more than ever) become the healthiest I could possibly become. It is truly my greatest blessing to live each day doing what I dearly and passionately love in my hometown with my family and all the while feeling better than I ever have in my life!

Hickey advises others to always seek prayer and support when wanting to take control of their health.

“Change your lifestyle, not your diet! That’s very difficult to do alone and without others that live the healthy lifestyle you with to live. Find a coach and/or mentor who has already achieved what it is you wish to achieve. Remember, you must be coachable (it took me a long time to learn this one!) Set goals and make them public. 3,2,1…GO!!

For more information on CrossFit Louisa visit To coneect with Hickey and learn more about her journey, you can find her on Facebook at

February 26, 2015

Three Rivers Medical Center can help

Louisa, Ky -- If you’re in the process of filing your 2014 taxes and learn you’re going to be penalized for not having health insurance in 2014, you may qualify for a special enrollment period to obtain coverage for 2015. From March 15 until April 30, the government will open a special enrollment period. By obtaining 2015 coverage before April 30, you may avoid paying a tax penalty in 2015 – and you will have health insurance that will help cover your family in the event of injury or illness. Just as it did for the most recent open enrollment period, Three Rivers Medical Center can help with enrollment.

For individuals who were unaware or didn’t understand the implications of the tax penalty for not enrolling in coverage, this special enrollment period will provide an extended opportunity to purchase health insurance coverage for 2015. To qualify, an uninsured individual must meet these qualifications:

The uninsured individual will need to state they had to pay a penalty for not having coverage in the 2014 tax year.

The uninsured individual cannot be currently enrolled in a plan on

The uninsured individual only found out they were going to have to pay a tax penalty when they were preparing their 2014 tax return. 

Those who did not qualify for an exemption and went without health coverage in 2014 will pay a tax penalty of $95 per adult or 1 percent of their income, whichever is greater – when they file their taxes for 2014. Unless uninsured consumers take advantage of this special enrollment period, they may have to pay a tax penalty when filing their 2015 income taxes. The penalty will increase to $325 per adult or 2% of income for 2015.

“The good news is based on household income and dependents, some individuals may qualify for financial assistance from the government – or subsidies – towards the cost of the premium and other financial obligations like co-pays or deductibles,” explains Greg Kiser, CEO

The application counselors at Three Rivers Medical Center stand ready to assist the still uninsured in our community.  “We can help individuals and their families evaluate the available health plans and determine if they’re eligible for Medicaid or other insurance options.”

It’s not too late, but the deadline is April 30 and individuals must meet certain qualifications. “Let us help take the frustration out of the enrollment process. Call us at 606-638-7494 before April 30 to avoid the tax penalty in 2015,” says Kiser. 

Three Rivers Medical Center has been awarded Joint Commission Top Performer distinction four years in a row.  The Emergency Department is an Accredited Chest Pain Center.  TRMC is a 90-bed, acute care facility.  It is accredited by The Joint Commission.  With over 80 medical staff members, TRMC offers cardiology, general surgery, nephrology, orthopedics, urology, gynecology, ophthalmology, otolaryngology, gastroenterology, podiatry, 24-hour emergency care, diagnostic radiation, rehabilitative services and mental health.

February 25, 2015;

Frazier moving into new office on TRMC campus... 

Louisa, Ky -- If you are looking for Three Rivers Gastroenterology and Thomas H. Frazier, M.D., in Louisa, the office has moved.  But not too far!   The new facility is located at 40 Professional Park Drive, Louisa and is adjacent to our former office.  The first day in the new office will be Thursday, February 26.  

As a reminder, Lynn Hill, APRN is on staff, to better serve you.  

As always, Dr. Frazier is here to work with you closely to improve your health and quality of life. 

If you need to schedule an appointment, you can still call us at 606-638-4656.  

Dr. Frazier has served as a staff physician/gastroenterologist at Three Rivers Medical Center since July 2011. In addition to treating liver disorders such as hepatitis C and performing endoscopic procedures such as a colonoscopy, Dr. Frazier’s specialty areas include enteral stenting and ERCP. His research focuses on nutrition and obesity and nutrition for the critically ill obese patient. His work in the area of obesity-induced inflammation has led to the development of a tube feeding formula designed for critically ill obese patients. 

In addition to his two practice locations, Dr. Frazier also serves as Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Louisville for the Department of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition; and Adjunct Professor of Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology, University of Pikeville, KY, College of Osteopathic Medicine.  He is board certified in internal medicine and gastroenterology, and is a member of the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, American Association for the Study of Liver Disease and the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition.

February 23, 2015

Recent frigid weather can cost lives and limbs...

Edgar is a retired mailman. Every winter there are a few snowstorms in Virginia where he lives. One day last year the temperature hovered around 10°F, and a snowstorm left 2 feet of snow on the ground, causing the power lines to snap. The temperature inside Edgar's apartment quickly dropped to 55°F. When his neighbor checked on him the next day, Edgar was confused, and his speech was slurred. He was taken to the emergency room where a doctor examined him. It turns out Edgar had hypothermia.

Almost everyone knows about winter dangers for older people such as broken bones from falls on ice or breathing problems caused by cold air. But, not everyone knows that cold weather can also lower the temperature inside your body. This drop in body temperature is called hypothermia (hi-po-ther-mee-uh), and it can be deadly if not treated quickly. Hypothermia can happen anywhere—not just outside and not just in northern states. In fact, some older people can have a mild form of hypothermia if the temperature in their home is too cool.

What Are The Signs Of Hypothermia?

When you think about being cold, you probably think of shivering. That is one way the body stays warm when it gets cold. But, shivering alone does not mean you have hypothermia.

How do you know if someone has hypothermia? Look for the "umbles"—stumbles, mumbles, fumbles,and grumbles—these show that the cold is a problem. Check for:

  • Confusion or sleepiness
  • Slowed, slurred speech, or shallow breathing
  • Weak pulse
  • Change in behavior or in the way a person looks
  • A lot of shivering or no shivering; stiffness in the arms or legs
  • Poor control over body movements or slow reactions