Mary Ellen Piotrowski Post 94

From time to time, we'll post information about potential health alerts that may affect our members. It is by no means a definitive list and may not be the most current information about a particular subject. Members are encouraged to do their own research before accepting anything on this page as the definitive truth on the subject.


Feb 7, 2091:  Chronic Pain

Midwestern University Osteopathic Manipulation Therapy (OMT) Clinic is conducting a study on Veterans of all eras with chronic pain. The study will conduct free OMT on veterans at their clinic at 19389 N 59th Ave, Glendale, AZ 85308 (59th Ave & 101). The study will begin at the end of April - early May. Could you send an email to all your veteran contacts? They can contact me via email at to get additional information.


June 13, 2018:  Phoenix VA Outpatient Nutrition Services and MOVE! program. 

Here is a summary to introduce the attached information:

  1. Research studies show losing as little of 5% of body weight lowers risk of heart disease, hypertension, type 2 diabetes, and certain cancers.

The Phoenix VA MOVE! program partners with Veterans to help them lose weight and promote health. MOVE! provides Veterans with information, skills, and support to succeed with weight self-management.  There are many ways for Veterans to participate in MOVE!

-Step 1: Veteran complete a self-assessment and learns more about MOVE! weight management treatment options by attending a MOVE! intro class appointment or an individual nutrition appointment.

-Step 2: Veteran signs up for more MOVE! treatment when ready : weekly program, support group, 1:1 in person or telephone appt, home-based options: TeleMOVE! OR MOVE! Coach with Care

  1. Dietitians are members of the primary care team and provide group and individual nutrition appointments.Dietitians can help Veterans manage chronic conditions such as Diabetes, Heart Disease, and Kidney Disease, gastrointestinal problems, side effects of cancer treatments, weight (both desired gain or loss), and eating behaviors.
  1. No consult is needed to see a dietitian for general nutrition or MOVE! appointment. To schedule an appointment at any location speak to front desk MSA or call (602) 277-5551, select option #2 then option #4.

20180613 PHOENIX VA MOVE! Weight Management                   20180613 Phoenix VA Outpatient Nutrition Services


May 3, 2018 From VVA Chapter 1043

At Least 126 Bases Report Water Contaminants Linked to Cancer, Birth Defects



from the Military Times:

The water at or around 126 military installations contains potentially harmful levels of perfluorinated compounds, which have been linked to cancers and developmental delays for fetuses and infants, the Pentagon has found.

In a March report provided to the House Armed Services Committee, the Pentagon for the first time publicly listed the full scope of the known contamination. The Defense Department identified 401 active and Base Closure and Realignment installations in the United States with at least one area where there was a known or suspected release of perfluorinated compounds.

These included 36 sites with drinking water contamination on-base and more than 90 sites that reported either on-base or off-base drinking water or groundwater contamination, in which the water source tested above the Environmental Protection Agency's acceptable levels of perfluorooctane sulfonate or perfluorooctanoic acid, also known as PFOS and PFOA.

The man-made chemicals, which can be used to make items heat or water resistant, are found in everyday household, food and clothing items, even take-out food wrappers.

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