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Consumers’ access to essential dietary supplements is at risk of being taken away. Under the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) of 1994, the government gave individual manufacturers the control of developing and distributing dietary supplements. The DSHEA is now being challenged and if new laws become effective, dietary supplements will become subject to regulations and several products may become eliminated all together.

Bill Abraham and Sandy Ochsner, owners of Mountain Valley Health Foods in Franklin, are opposed to the new regulations because they believe it is taking away a basic right. “The worst part about the new regulations is they are trying to take away our right to choose,” said Ochsner. “We can choose to go out and buy things like beer and cigarettes, but they are trying to regulate what natural products we have access to.”


MedWest Health System is seeking patients treated recently in its Emergency Departments to serve as part of a new Patient Advisory Council.

Individuals who have been patients during the past 90 days in the Emergency Departments of MedWest-Haywood, MedWest-Harris or MedWest-Swain are invited to volunteer for the Council, which is designed to address ways to continue to improve emergency services. Former patients will join healthcare providers and MedWest staff on the Council.


Western Carolina University’s second doctoral- level academic program got under way this fall semester when 32 students began course work toward receiving their doctor of physical therapy degree.

A total of 386 prospective students applied for the 32 slots available to start the program this semester, said Karen Lunnen, head of WCU’s physical therapy department. The other students on WCU’s campus working toward doctoral degrees are taking classes to earn their doctor of education degree in educational leadership.


Highlands-Cashiers Hospital (HCH) has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ for accreditation by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in hospitals. The accreditation award recognizes HCH’s dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s state-of- the-art standards.

The hospital underwent a rigorous unannounced on-site survey in June of this year. A team of Joint Commission surveyors evaluated for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients, including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management.



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