St. Mary’s “Making Miracles Happen” Annual Gala

November 16 @ 5:30 pm - 11:30 pm. Once again we invite you to this most elegant event! Let us wine and dine you all in the beautiful surroundings of Café La Cave. Raffles, silent and live auctions, and of course, a dance or two. Sponsorship opportunities are currently available. We are also in need of donations for our silent auction (themed baskets, gift cards, etc.).  If you are interested in sponsoring or donating please feel free to email us at information@stmaryservices.com, call us at 847-870-8181. Online ticketing and Sponsorships are now available; please visit marys19.givesmart.com for more information.

Bloomingdale Artists Association

Wednesday, November 13 at 7pm. Watercolor Pencil & Crayon Art by Kathy Steere, Bloomingdale Park District Museum, 108 S. Bloomingdale Rd. We’ll apply water-soluble crayons & watercolor pencils to fabric & paper in this enjoyable class. Artist Statement-Award winning artist Kathy Steere has been creative her whole life. She is comfortable with different styles, many mediums, and varied subject matter. Contact Bev at bpetrosius@gmail.com or 630-624-9545 for details. $10 visitor fee.

Barb Sorensen concert at 28TH ANNUAL - SKJOLD LODGE HERITAGE FEST

Sunday, November 10th, 2019. AYUA Ukrainian Center 136 East Illinois Avenue, Palatine. Come for the fest and hear great original authentic Norwegian folk songs in Norwegian!Festival hours: 12:00pm - 4:00pm. FREE ADMISSION. HOME-BAKED GOODS     Lefse (traditional soft Norwegian flatbread)     Krumkake (super thin curved Norwegian cookies) SOMETHING FOR CHILDREN. NORWEGIAN MUSIC (Barb Sorensen). NORWEGIAN DANCERS (Leikarringen “Heimhug” Norwegian dancers will perform approx. 2:30PM). NORWEGIAN CRAFT EXHIBITS/DEMONSTRATIONS      Fiber Arts Exhibit, Rosemaling (Norwegian Painting) Demonstration, Knitting, Norwegian Knife Making      Norwegian Bunads (folk dress) display and show. NORWEGIAN FOLK CRAFTS. Jul Hus of Rockford Gift Display and Sale. INFORMATION TABLES.  *NORWEGIAN GENEALOGY *SONS OF NORWAY *FRIENDS OF THE VIKING SHIP.

Arlington Heights Annual Tree Lighting

Friday, November 29, 2019. 04:00 PM - 09:00 PM. North School Park, Eastman St. and Arlington Heights Rd. The Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony is held the Friday after Thanksgiving. The Village of Arlington Heights installs and decorates an evergreen tree on the Park's fountain and lights up the streetscape trees. Our Park District craftsmen have created a number of display pieces over the years that carry out a children's toy theme. Enjoy carols after the lighting ceremony. Stop by the Park District tent for complimentary 3-D glasses to help Brighten Up your Black Friday, and other goodies. 4:00PM – 8:00PM  TROLLEY RIDES THROUGH DOWNTOWN. Starts at North School Park with stops at the Historical Museum for the Wishing Tree and Harmony Park for Ice Carver demo. 4:15PM VIBE DANCERS. 4:30PM AHPD BATON GROUP. 4:45PM HERSEY HIGH SCHOOL DICKENS CAROLERS. 5:00PM SPEAKERS

Bartlett Ladies Night Out! Breakfast at Tiffany's

Date:11/14/2019 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM. Location: Bartlett Hills Golf Club, 800 W. Oneida Ave, Bartlett,

Fashion show by Closet Boutique...Raffles... Hors d’oeuvres...Signature Drinks...Wine & Cheese Tasting...DJ Steve with All Pro Music...Complimentary favor from Bartlett Hills...shopping from local vendors & crafters...and tons of fun. Receive a free raffl e ticket for each donation to the local food pantry. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Look Alike Contest - dress up like Audrey Hepburn to win a special prize! For more information or for advance tickets, please call 630-213-3103 or email laura@bartletthills.com.

Mt. prospect Tree Lighting Ceremony & Christkindlmarket

Wednesday, November 20 Tree Lighting, 5 p.m. sharp. Christkindlmarket, 4 – 7 p.m. Village Hall

(Corner of Route 83 and Busse Avenue) Bring friends and family to witness the lighting of a tree donated by a Mount Prospect resident. Enjoy a cup of hot chocolate, cookies and carols. Stay and explore the Christkindlmarket in the Community Room, which welcomes an array of local vendors with creative gifts just in time for the holidays. For those interested in vendor opportunities, please email specialevents@mountprospect.org.

Palatine Holidays on the Town

Friday, November 22, 2019. - 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM. Downtown Palatine. Join the Downtown Palatine Business Association (DPBA) for the oh-so-popular yearly event, Holidays on the Town!! Kick off the holiday season by grabbing some friends and enjoying the quaint shops and storefronts of downtown Palatine. The DPBA Holiday Trolley will whisk participants around the downtown area, where they can stop in to each of the participating locations to enjoy product and service demonstrations, special offers and giveaways - as well as appetizers and wine tastings at select locations! Santa will even be visiting and taking pictures (and selfies) with event attendees! Support the local businesses of downtown Palatine - Passports to attend and ride the trolley are only $5 and can be purchased at all DPBA member locations. For more information visit downtownpalatine.org.

Schaumburg Tree Lighting Ceremony

Friday, November 29, 2019. 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM. Al Larson Prairie Center for the Arts, 201 Schaumburg Ct., Schaumburg, IL, 60193 (Prairie Center for the Arts).Visit with Santa, caroling, entertainment, and refreshments.

Hanover Township Handmade in Hanover Craft Show and Bake Sale

This annual craft show and bake sale, which raises funds for the Hanover Township Senior Center (240 S Route 59, Bartlett), is held over two days in November.  For details, please contact the Township at (630) 837-0201.

 
CBS EXPLOSIVE INVESTIGATION REPORT 

A recent explosive CBS 2 investigative report is shedding light on Stem Cell Clinics operating in Chicago and the suburbs. In 2018 there were two other similar investigative reports conducted by local investigative teams in Colorado and Florida. Investigators are attending what are being called “educational workshops/seminars” with undercover cameras to expose what is really taking place.

These “educational workshops/seminars” are being advertised via infomercials that air on Saturday and Sunday mornings, TV commercials, newspaper ads and direct mail. The targets are older patients that are looking for alternative to surgery who have tried everything else and are desperate. At the seminars attendees are given stories of miraculous outcomes, unrealistic expectations and at times will have paid local celebrities to promote the procedure which are all setting up for the sales pitch.

The FDA has been cracking down on Stem Cell clinics across the country but are simply unable to keep up with the number of tissue banks, labs and clinics that are popping up. (site the recent FDA post)

Perspective patients are often misled about the regulations and testing of the products, they are natural products similar to vitamins one would buy off the shelves at the local drug store so they are not approved by the FDA. They do not have to go through the same clinical testing and approval process as medications supplied by major pharmaceutical companies. Until a contamination breaks out or a clinic is found of using improper delivery/administering methods the FDA generally does not get involved. Unfortunately, most of these clinics are also void from regulation by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services(CMS) and state insurance regulatory bodies because they are purely self-pay clinics. Meaning they either do not accept Medicare or Insurance or they are not billing to them. All the services have to be paid directly by the patient, which also essentially allows these clinics to charge whatever they would like for the product and the procedure. In most cases they are charge up to $5000 for a single injection, but they will give a deal of $8000 if a patient gets two joints injected. In many of the cases these “Stem Cell” injections are not preceded or followed up with supportive care. The clinic is there to perform the injection, collect the money and then the patient is pretty much on their own as was shown in the CBS investigative report. Two patients interviewed who were not seeing any benefits from the injections repeatedly called the clinic to get a follow up appointment and were never able to or were hung up on.

What are signs that a perspective patient should look out for:

If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Osteoarthritis is a progressive condition that affect both the bone and the supportive soft tissue. Anyone making a claim that its like you’re getting a “new joint” or the “joint is being rebuilt” is giving you factually inaccurate information. There is no cure for osteoarthritis, the only way to change the damage that has taken place to the bone itself is to replace it. That said with the right methods and products some of the supportive soft tissue can be repaired or regenerated within reason. If a person has stage 4 or severe arthritis at best they have a 50/50 chance of benefiting from regenerative joint injections. The hope is it can delay or put off surgery. For those who have stage 2 or 3 arthritis it can be far more effective as it is being caught much earlier and has a better possibility of avoiding future surgery.

Free consultations, x-rays and exams: If the clinic is a credentialed provider for Medicare and Major Insurance why would they be giving away free visits? Generally, to be selling the patient something on the free visit. Also, when a clinic contracts to be a provider for Medicare and insurance they are agreeing to abide by their rules and regulations, which will include a code of ethics. Regenerative injections are not a single office visit process, they require follow visits and supportive care that are covered by Medicare and insurance.   

Paid local celebrities: If a rocedure is that revolutionary and can help many people it shouldn’t require having to pay a local celebrity to be the pitch person and appear at seminars, make YouTube video or appear in their advertisements. Subtle advertisements to create awareness, patient education and word of mouth will help bring awareness to those who can benefit from it.

The clinic and the experience: Know where you are going, many of these Stem Cell clinics will share space out of another medical clinic with limited hours. They have no ties to the actual clinic that you’re walking into, meaning they can jump ship anytime. Does the name being advertised match the name of the clinic you are walking into? Often times clinics will advertise under a licensed marketing name but the clinic name of the person you are seeing is completely different, so who is the provider and who is responsible for your care. On your initial visit who do you meet with? Will you see a medical staff member on that visit? If on your initial visit you are met by a representative of the clinic who is giving you the medical/clinical explanation of the procedure and then presenting to you costs even before you see the medical staff they are vetting you and this should generally be a red flag. When you go to your family, orthopedic, neurology doctor etc... you speak to the physician or their medical personnel.

Negotiating or bargaining:  Healthcare costs are rather standardized as they are determined by CPT codes and correlating fee schedules. When someone is changing costs of services or making deals for healthcare procedures that should be alarming. The orthopedic surgeon is not saying if I do a total knee replacement on both of your knees, I’ll give you a deal. An eye surgeon is not saying I’ll give you buy one get on free on Lasik or cataract surgery, so why should regenerative medicine be any different. Moreover, regenerative injections are now starting to be covered by Medicare and insurance. These clinics will not tell you that as its not as profitable, in fact they will tell you the exact opposite.

The procedures that are covered by Medicare and insurance have been reviewed and approved for reimbursement and patient safety versus those that are not covered. That said there are several options that are effective for the treatment of osteoarthritis that are still not covered by insurance. It is advised to do the proper research on any product you are getting injected.

In the coming years regenerative medicine will likely be the fastest growing segment of healthcare, with may new products being introduced, advertised, marketed and touted as the next big thing. Like anything else be sure to use caution and do not make a decision out of desperation without being completely informed.

Dr. David Rosania, MD, Director of Regenerative Medicine at Pain Relief Institute. To learn more about Dr. Rosania, MD or to schedule an appointment call 847-243-6430.

Pain Relief institute conservative pain management centers in Chicago are on the cutting edge of medical innovation and technology by being the only medical facility in Chicagoland that combines Stem Cell Recruitment with our Class IV Robotic MLS (Multiwave Locked System) and HILT Laser Therapy. Call today if you are suffering from arthritis, fibromyalgia, knee pain, shoulder pain, hip pain, or soft tissue pain. PRI offers pain management for most conditions associated with your joints. The Pain Relief Institute is the trusted Chicago pain management clinic you have been seeking. Avoid surgery by scheduling a consultation with our doctors, consultation covered by Medicare and most insurance. For further information or to schedule a consultation, please call 847.243.6430.