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The American Red Cross is in desperate need of eligible blood and platelet donors in helping resupply their shelves after severe winter weather caused a cancellation of nearly 300 blood drives across 27 states.

The organization said more than 10,500 blood and platelet donations have been left uncollected since Dec. 1.

A regular donor, Jim Taylor who’s son, Aaron, was born with a rare liver condition, and received 115 transfusions in the short two months of his life, said he knows how it feels to have a loved one waiting for a transfusion.

“When the Red Cross says there is a shortage, they are not exaggerating,” said Taylor in a press release. “I now know from experience that what they are saying is somewhere there is a father waiting on the donation that will save his son’s life. When the Red Cross asks for help, what that means is a new dad is praying for a miracle.”

Through Feb. 28, donors in the central Ohio area can enter to win $2,000 in Kroger gift cards through the upcoming blood donation opportunities are scheduled throughout Franklin County.

Canal Winchester

  • 1/25/2017: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Revolution Realty Blood Drive, 25 E. Waterloo Street
  • 1/31/2017: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., BrockStrong Foundation at Shade On The Canal, 300 Washington Street

Columbus

  • 1/20/2017: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Carriage Place Blood Donation Center, 4820 Sawmill Road
  • 1/20/2017: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Germain Automotive Company, 4300 Morse Crossing
  • 1/20/2017: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., OSU College of Nursing, 1585 Neil Avenue
  • 1/20/2017: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Riverside Methodist Hospital, 3535 Olentangy River Road
  • 1/20/2017: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Hilliard Horizon Elementary School, 6000 Renner Rd
  • 1/21/2017: 7:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Carriage Place Blood Donation Center, 4820 Sawmill Road
  • 1/21/2017: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Westbelt Blood Donation Center, 4327 Equity Drive
  • 1/22/2017: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Our Lady of Peace Church, 40 E. Dominion
  • 1/23/2017: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Physics Research Building, 191 West Woodruff Avenue
  • 1/23/2017: 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., OSU RPAC, 337 Annie & John Glenn Ave
  • 1/23/2017: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Westbelt Blood Donation Center, 4327 Equity Drive
  • 1/24/2017: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Nestor Hall, 550 East Spring Street
  • 1/24/2017: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Carriage Place Blood Donation Center, 4820 Sawmill Road
  • 1/25/2017: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Ohio State University Ohio Union, 1739 North High Street
  • 1/25/2017: 1:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Carriage Place Blood Donation Center, 4820 Sawmill Road
  • 1/26/2017: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Parks Hall, 500 West 12th
  • 1/26/2017: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Ohio State University College of Dentistry, 305 West 12th Avenue
  • 1/26/2017: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Carriage Place Blood Donation Center, 4820 Sawmill Road
  • 1/26/2017: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Barnes & Noble – South Campus Gateway, 1598 N. High St.
  • 1/26/2017: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Westbelt Blood Donation Center, 4327 Equity Drive
  • 1/26/2017: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., OSU Adventure Recreation Center (ARC), 855 Woody Hayes Dr.
  • 1/26/2017: 2 p.m. – 8 p.m., Taylor Tower, 55 W Lane Ave
  • 1/27/2017: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Carriage Place Blood Donation Center, 4820 Sawmill Road
  • 1/27/2017: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., OSU Wilce Student Health Center, 1875 Milliken Road
  • 1/27/2017: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Ohio State University Ohio Union, 1739 North High Street
  • 1/27/2017: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., 18th Ave Library, 175 W. 18th Ave
  • 1/28/2017: 7:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Carriage Place Blood Donation Center, 4820 Sawmill Road
  • 1/28/2017: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Westbelt Blood Donation Center, 4327 Equity Drive
  • 1/29/2017: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Christ the King-Columbus, 2777 E. Livingston Ave
  • 1/30/2017: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Westbelt Blood Donation Center, 4327 Equity Drive
  • 1/30/2017: 2 p.m. – 8 p.m., OSU Park-Stradley, 120 W. 11th Ave
  • 1/31/2017: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., OSU Derby Hall, 1010 Derby Hall, 154 North Oval Mall
  • 1/31/2017: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Northwest Library, 2280 Hard Road
  • 1/31/2017: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Carriage Place Blood Donation Center, 4820 Sawmill Road
  • 2/1/2017: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Agricultural Administration Building, 2120 Fyffe Road
  • 2/1/2017: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., OSU College of Public Health, 1841 Neil Ave.
  • 2/1/2017: 1:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Carriage Place Blood Donation Center, 4820 Sawmill Road
  • 2/1/2017: 3 p.m. – 8 p.m., Canfield Hall, 236 West 11th Avenue
  • 2/1/2017: 3 p.m. – 8 p.m., IBEW-Local 683, 947 Goodale Ave.
  • 2/2/2017: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Siegel Center, 6001 East Broad Street
  • 2/2/2017: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Ohio State University Ohio Union, 1739 North High Street
  • 2/2/2017: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Carriage Place Blood Donation Center, 4820 Sawmill Road
  • 2/2/2017: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Church of the Redeemer United Methodist, 235 McNaughten Road
  • 2/2/2017: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Westbelt Blood Donation Center, 4327 Equity Drive
  • 2/3/2017: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Carriage Place Blood Donation Center, 4820 Sawmill Road
  • 2/3/2017: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Pfahl Hall, Pfahl Hall, 280 W Woodruff Ave
  • 2/4/2017: 7:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Carriage Place Blood Donation Center, 4820 Sawmill Road
  • 2/4/2017: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Westbelt Blood Donation Center, 4327 Equity Drive
  • 2/4/2017: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Second Baptist Church, 186 N 17th Ave
  • 2/5/2017: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Congregation Tifereth Israel, 1354 E. Broad Street
  • 2/6/2017: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., OSU Campbell Hall, 1787 Neil Ave.
  • 2/6/2017: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., 18TH AVE LIBRARY, 175 W. 18th Ave, Science and Engineering Library
  • 2/6/2017: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Westbelt Blood Donation Center, 4327 Equity Drive
  • 2/6/2017: 2 p.m. – 8 p.m., St. Peter Church, St. Peter’s Church, 6899 Smoky Row Road
  • 2/7/2017: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Ohio State University Ohio Union, 1739 North High Street
  • 2/7/2017: 12:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Scott Laboratory, 201 W. 19th Ave., Scott Laboratory
  • 2/7/2017: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Carriage Place Blood Donation Center, 4820 Sawmill Road
  • 2/8/2017: 7:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, 452 West 10th Avenue
  • 2/8/2017: 1:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, 452 West 10th Avenue
  • 2/8/2017: 1:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Carriage Place Blood Donation Center, 4820 Sawmill Road
  • 2/9/2017: 6 a.m. – 1 p.m., iHeartMedia, 2323 W. Fifth Avenue
  • 2/9/2017: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., OSU Thompson Library, 1858 Neil Avenue
  • 2/9/2017: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Carriage Place Blood Donation Center, 4820 Sawmill Road
  • 2/9/2017: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Westbelt Blood Donation Center, 4327 Equity Drive
  • 2/10/2017: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Carriage Place Blood Donation Center, 4820 Sawmill Road
  • 2/10/2017: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Research Administration Building, 1960 Kenny Road
  • 2/10/2017: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., OSU Department of English, Denney Hall, 164 Annie & John Glenn Ave
  • 2/10/2017: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Ohio State University Ohio Union, 1739 North High Street
  • 2/10/2017: 11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Westland Area Library, 4740 W. Broad Street
  • 2/11/2017: 7:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Carriage Place Blood Donation Center, 4820 Sawmill Road
  • 2/11/2017: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Westbelt Blood Donation Center, 4327 Equity Drive
  • 2/11/2017: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Easton Gateway/Dick’s Sporting Goods, 4304 Easton Gateway Drive
  • 2/12/2017: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Shamrock Club, 60 W Castle
  • 2/13/2017: 7 a.m. – 12 p.m., Doctors Hospital, 5100 West Broad Street
  • 2/13/2017: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., OSU ROTC-Converse Hall, 2121 Tuttle Park Drive, 153 Converse Hall
  • 2/13/2017: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., OSU Faculty Club, 181 S. Oval Dr.
  • 2/13/2017: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Doctors Hospital, 5100 West Broad Street
  • 2/13/2017: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Westbelt Blood Donation Center, 4327 Equity Drive
  • 2/14/2017: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Nestor Hall, 550 East Spring Street
  • 2/14/2017: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Stillman Hall, 1947 College Road, Stillman Hall
  • 2/14/2017: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Ohio State University Ohio Union, 1739 North High Street
  • 2/14/2017: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Carriage Place Blood Donation Center, 4820 Sawmill Road
  • 2/15/2017: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Leo Yassenoff Jewish Center, 1125 College
  • 2/15/2017: 1:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Carriage Place Blood Donation Center, 4820 Sawmill Road
  • 2/15/2017: 3 p.m. – 8 p.m., Evans Scholars House, 121 E. 16th Ave.

Dublin

  • 1/23/2017: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Dublin Community Church, 81 W. Bridge St.
  • 1/24/2017: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., CheckSmart, 6805 Bobcat Way, Room 212
  • 1/28/2017: 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Discover Christian Church, 2900 Martin Rd
  • 1/30/2017: 3:30 p.m. – 8 p.m., Dublin Baptist Church, 7195 Coffman Rd.

Gahanna

  • 1/20/2017: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Stone Ridge Blood Donation Center, 337 Stoneridge Lane
  • 1/21/2017: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Stone Ridge Blood Donation Center, 337 Stoneridge Lane
  • 1/23/2017: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Stone Ridge Blood Donation Center, 337 Stoneridge Lane
  • 1/24/2017: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Stone Ridge Blood Donation Center, 337 Stoneridge Lane
  • 1/25/2017: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Stone Ridge Blood Donation Center, 337 Stoneridge Lane
  • 1/26/2017: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Stone Ridge Blood Donation Center, 337 Stoneridge Lane
  • 1/27/2017: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Stone Ridge Blood Donation Center, 337 Stoneridge Lane
  • 1/28/2017: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Stone Ridge Blood Donation Center, 337 Stoneridge Lane
  • 1/30/2017: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Stone Ridge Blood Donation Center, 337 Stoneridge Lane
  • 1/31/2017: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Stone Ridge Blood Donation Center, 337 Stoneridge Lane
  • 2/1/2017: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Stone Ridge Blood Donation Center, 337 Stoneridge Lane
  • 2/2/2017: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Stone Ridge Blood Donation Center, 337 Stoneridge Lane
  • 2/3/2017: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Stone Ridge Blood Donation Center, 337 Stoneridge Lane
  • 2/4/2017: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Stone Ridge Blood Donation Center, 337 Stoneridge Lane
  • 2/4/2017: 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., St Matthew the Apostle Church, 795 Havens Corners Rd.
  • 2/5/2017: 7:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m., New Life Church, 3690 N. Stygler Road
  • 2/6/2017: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Stone Ridge Blood Donation Center, 337 Stoneridge Lane
  • 2/7/2017: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Stone Ridge Blood Donation Center, 337 Stoneridge Lane
  • 2/8/2017: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Stone Ridge Blood Donation Center, 337 Stoneridge Lane
  • 2/9/2017: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Stone Ridge Blood Donation Center, 337 Stoneridge Lane
  • 2/10/2017: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Stone Ridge Blood Donation Center, 337 Stoneridge Lane
  • 2/11/2017: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Stone Ridge Blood Donation Center, 337 Stoneridge Lane
  • 2/12/2017: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Stonybrook United Methodist Church, 485 Cherrybottom Road
  • 2/13/2017: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Stone Ridge Blood Donation Center, 337 Stoneridge Lane
  • 2/14/2017: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Stone Ridge Blood Donation Center, 337 Stoneridge Lane
  • 2/15/2017: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Stone Ridge Blood Donation Center, 337 Stoneridge Lane

Grove City

  • 2/1/2017: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Grove City Kingston Center Community Drive, 3226 Kingston Avenue
  • 2/15/2017: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Mount Carmel Grove City, 5300 North Meadows Drive

Groveport

  • 2/13/2017: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., St Mary’s Church Groveport, 5684 Groveport Road

Hilliard

  • 1/27/2017: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Hilliard Public Library, 4772 Cemetery Road
  • 2/3/2017: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., St. Brendan Church, 4475 Dublin Road
  • 2/8/2017: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Hilliard Tharp Sixth Grade School, 4681 Leap Rd.

New Albany

  • 1/31/2017: 11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., New Albany Surgical Hospital Foundation, 7277 Smiths Mill Road
  • 2/6/2017: 1:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., New Albany Methodist Church, 20 Third St.

Reynoldsburg

  • 2/6/2017: 9 a.m. – 2:45 p.m., Ohio Dept. of Agriculture, 8995 E. Main Street

Upper Arlington

  • 1/21/2017: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Upper Arlington Lutheran Church, 2300 Lytham Rd.

Westerville

  • 2/2/2017: 12:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Campus Center, 100 West Home Street
  • 2/2/2017: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Westerville Community UCC, 770 County Line Rd.
  • 2/4/2017: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State Street
  • 2/9/2017: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Wilder Elementary, 6375 Goldfinch Dr.

Worthington

  • 1/26/2017: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., United Methodist Church, 600 High Street
  • 1/28/2017: 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Old Worthington Library, 820 High Street
  • 2/7/2017: 12:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Worthington Education Association, 200 East Wilson Bridge Road
  • 2/13/2017: 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Worthington Presbyterian Church, 773 High Street
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Truth or Trend: Pregnancy Fit Tea

Becca Kirian RD, LD, CNSC

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We don’t have to be a woman to know that pregnancy can be difficult time, so a tea that helps with the nausea and discomfort seems like a great idea, right?

Wrong.

While many herbal teas are safe for the general public and pregnant women, there are some concerns.

First, some of the “beneficial” ingredients in the Flat Tummy tea above are not supported by any real evidence, let alone by information stating that they are safe to consume while pregnant. One of those ingredients is Rooibos (asparlathus linearis), which is touted as a “digestive aid” for pregnant women. However, this claim is not corroborated by a single study on The U.S. National Library of Medicine’s PubMed database.

Ginger is yet another ingredient present in the tea that has not been proven undeniably healthy for pregnant woman.

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“Although several studies have found no evidence of harm from taking ginger during pregnancy, it’s uncertain whether ginger is always safe for pregnant women,” according to the National Institutes of Health.

Not only is ginger a questionable ingredient for a child-bearing woman to consume, the Flat Tummy tea fails to specify exactly how much ginger was used to make it.

Take Away: Please do not fall for the schemes of these “Fit Teas.” If you are pregnant, please be cautious of all ingredients you put in your body and discuss with your healthcare provider before starting any supplementations.

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Medical marijuana arrives in Columbus next week

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Got your card? Terrasana – central Ohio’s first dispensary for medical marijuana – will open to patients in Ohio’s medical marijuana program this Tuesday, March 26th.

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The dispensary which also has plans for locations in Cleveland, Fremont, and Springfield Ohio will open at 656 Grandview Avenue.

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According to the company’s website, Terrasana’s goal is to connect high quality cannabis to patients in need with a doctor-driven approach focused on education.

Prices for the dispensary’s products start at 40 dollars per unit, though it’s unclear what that equates to in quantity or dose at this time.

Will you line up to be a day-one patient in Columbus’ growing MMJ scene? Let us know your thoughts in the comments

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Float, flow, stretch, and breathe toward a healthier you

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Being the best possible you is about more than just eating healthy and working out. It’s about mind, body, and spiritual fitness as well. Fortunately the city is home to a bevy of experts, practitioners, and spas to help you find your bliss and be the best possible you.

1. Tune Everything Out

Floatation therapy uses a pool of approximately 10 inches of heavily infused epsom salt water as a form of pseudo sensory deprivation to help you achieve complete peacefulness. The idea is to use floating to achieve the same state of mind as right before you fall asleep at night where your mind is at ease and your body has fully relaxed. You’re encouraged to focus on your breathing and meditate. For a fully immersive experience, float tanks can be encapsulated. Drifting away in an hour-long session, users have reported feeling calmer, getting a better night’s sleep, and feeling more in tune with their mind and body.

Check out: Ebb & Float, ebbfloat.com  |  True Rest Float Spa, truerest.com

2. Manage Pain

Acupuncture is a form of Chinese medicine in which sterile needles are placed on “meridians,” or lines of energy running along the body which correspond to organ systems. Acupuncture is used to treat a variety of conditions and provide pain relief, possibly by competing with pain signals to the brain. Cupping can be used as a complementary therapy to acupuncture and offers some effects of deep tissue massages by placing glass cups (often on the back) to create suction and increase blood flow, augmenting other benefits of acupressure practices. 

Check out: Urban Acupuncture Center, urbanacupuncturecenter.org |12 Meridians Acupuncture, 12meridiansacupuncture.com

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3. Release Tension, Stretch, and Increase Flexibility

Thai yoga, also referred to as Thai body work, is not your traditional take on massages. Instead of lying still while a massage therapist works on your body, Thai yoga has specialists that move, stretch, and position your body in a multitude of positions to best help your troubled areas, which could be great for people who struggle with lower back pain or stress-caused conditions. The theory behind Thai yoga goes back to Ayurveda medicine, developed in India, where the practice was based on a balance of mind, body, and spirit through energies in the body. Thai yoga hopes to channel these energies through massage, compression, and stretching and allow them to flow more freely. The practice features various techniques dependent on how your body is feeling that day; this could mean the use of oils, or the use of voice with mantras. Beyond a more well-stretched and massaged feeling afterwards, many users said they feel rejuvenated mentally and spiritually. 

Check out: Jai Center For Wellness, jaicenterforwellness.com |Reden Yoga, redenyoga.com

4. Breathe Better

Halotherapy is the therapeutic use of a room lined from ceiling to floor in large crystal salt to simulate the cool but dry atmosphere of a natural salt cave. A device (appropriately named the halogenerator) smashes salt into microscopic pieces, allowing them to be released in the air through ventilation systems.

In 45-minute sessions, users can relax and breathe in the salty air, which has been claimed to potentially alleviate breathing issues such as asthma or allergies. Additionally, the calm, quiet, and dark rooms are perfect for a moment of mediation. The salt has been also said to help with skin bacteria and impurities, similar to popular mud masks made with minerals from the Dead Sea.

Check out: Tranquility Salt Cave, tranquilitysaltcave.com |Philosophi Salon and Salt Spa, philosophisalon.com

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