Bryan Blew, a marketing representative for Horisons Unlimited said the Newman location will open as a family practice with plans to also offer services available elsewhere in its network such as mental health counseling, weight loss programs, women’s health services, podiatry, pain management, cardiology and chiropractic. Plans also call for dental care services to be added in the future.

“We are a Christian organization that tries to bring the best health care that we can to the rural communities we work in,” reflected Blew, adding that for many clients transportation to more centralized services in Modesto, Turlock and Merced is a barrier. “We bring a lot of different services to help in the rural communities.

“I think this clinic is going to grow pretty quickly,” he added. “We are already getting a lot of interest.”

Haar said Horisons Unlimited purchased the building five months ago and extensively remodeled the structure.

“It was just a empty shell,” she explained.

“We built it out.”

Haar stressed the the clinic doors are open to all.

Horisons Unlimited offers services that many providers shy away from, she said, such as diagnosis and treatment for Hepatitis C. The clinic also provides detoxification and addiction recovery programs.

“We are faith based,” Haar stated. “We are not going to judge people. You have to meet the needs of the people.”

Horisons Unlimited accepts Medi-Cal and Medicare, as well as most private insurances. A sliding fee scale is in place for the uninsured.

“We are never going to turn anybody away,” Haar reflected. “If you walk in, you will be seen.”

The clinic is open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Walk-in patients are welcome.


New Guideline for Fewer Mammogram


Women should begin mammograms later and have them less frequently than it was advocated in the past.

The American Cancer Society, which has for years taken the most aggressive approach to screening, issued new guidelines on Tuesday, recommending that women with an average risk of breast cancer start having mammograms at 45 and continue once a year until 54, then every other year for as long as they are healthy and likely to live another 10 years.

The organization also said it no longer recommended clinical breast exams, in which doctors or nurses feel for lumps, for women of any age who have had no symptoms of abnormality in the breasts.

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Beauty of the Mediterranean Diet


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People in Greece who adhered strongly to the diet had almost half the risk of developing heart disease in the next decade than people who didn’t stick to it as well. So why aren’t more people converting, given the amount of convincing research on it? Another study, also to be presented at the American College of Cardiology conference, suggests that many doctors don’t know exactly how to recommend it – for instance, they may not know a fatty fish from a non-fatty fish.


The term "fatty fish" may sound unappealing, but actually these are the tastiest and healthiest foods from the sea. Oily fish such as salmon, tuna, sardines, mackerel, and trout are full of omega-3 fatty acids -- good fats unlike the bad saturated fat you find in most meats. These fish should be a staple of everyone's heart-healthy diet.

Fish & Vegetarian Diet to cut your Risk of Colon Cancer

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Apple ResearchKit to Help Medical Research through Iphone,2817,2478028,00.asp

Apple thinks its new software framework can solve some of the biggest challenges facing medical researchers, including recruiting people for studies and collecting health data more frequently.

Apple teamed up with several hospitals to develop the initial apps, said Williams. For example, Massachusetts General Hospital helped create an app for diabetics and Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City worked on an app for asthma patients. The other apps involve studies dealing with cardiovascular disease, breast cancer and Parkinson’s disease.


Open House for Patterson Clinic

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New Merced Clinic combines Medicine and Prayer

Published: Monday, May. 19, 2014 - 11:47 pm

In the middle of a shortage of health care providers, a new clinic hopes to address not only the medical needs of residents, but also their spiritual needs.

St. Thomas Emergent Services, a Christian faith-based clinic, opened its doors on Monday. The center is the newest in a string of six clinics sponsored by Horisons Unlimited, a nonprofit health care organization known to combine medicine with the “power of prayer.”

St. Thomas, at 936 W. Main St., will offer services in family practice, behavioral health, dental health and pain management, as well as diagnostic testing such as mammograms and CT scans.

Sandy Haar, the clinic’s chief executive officer and primary care Nurse Practitioner, said that besides basic care, the center will also offer innovative, nonsurgical procedures.

These include vampire facelift, facial micro-needling, intimacy restoration and hair regrowth through platelet rich plasma therapy, a process that withdraws blood from a patient and then re-injects it with the goal of creating a more youthful look. According to Haar, components of one’s own blood are known to enhance the tone and texture of skin.

“These are groundbreaking procedures that you see on ‘Dr. Oz,’ ” Haar said. “You’d have to drive about two hours to find a place that can do (platelet rich plasma therapy); so we’re very excited to bring this to Merced.”

The center will also offer hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Hyperbaric treatment involves breathing pure oxygen in a pressurized space. Haar explained that breathing in pure oxygen has been linked to the fast healing of serious infections and wounds.

Horisons Unlimited also has clinics in Mariposa, Gustine, Livingston, Chowchilla and Los Banos.

St. Thomas is associated with Sound Life International Ministries in Merced. According to Rudy Sanchez, senior pastor at Sound Life, the concept of combining medicine and faith is also unique to the area.

“It’s been a long journey, two years in the making to be exact, but we’re glad it’s finally happening,” Sanchez said about bringing a faith-based clinic to Merced.

The pastor will visit the clinic regularly to offer patients the option of prayer.

“We treat patients physically, but we also treat them emotionally and spiritually,” Sanchez said. “We offer counseling through the word of God to people who feel hopeless. A lot of these people just need someone to reach out and care for them, and that’s what we’re here for.”

Sanchez said joining faith and medicine has proven to be successful in the other Horisons Unlimited clinics. Uplifting someone spiritually, he said, is key for a speedy recovery.

“It’s been an amazing thing to see people gather for prayer,” Sanchez said. “But if someone says they don’t want prayer, then of course we respect it and leave it alone.”

There are currently two primary care physicians, who together expect to see a total of about 40 patients per day. The clinic accepts Medi-Cal and most PPO insurances.

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of Horisons Unlimited Healthcare Clinic at  MARIPOSA

Date : Tuesday, 18 June, 2013  at 1 pm

Venue : 5320 Hwy 49 North, Suite 1, 2 and 3

              Mariposa, CA 95338

                 ( Italian Acres )

Please call 209 966 2344  for appointments.

Clinic opens door on 17th of June, 2013


Services Offered

- Family Practice

- Urgent Care

- Weight Loss / Diabetic Clinic

- Mental Health Services with counseling

- Women's Health

- Acupuncture

- Pain Management