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home : health September 26, 2017


Cramp relief is not what you think
Many exercisers can testify to the agony of muscle cramps. Muscles lock up in a painful contraction with persistent and unrelenting pain. These painful situations can seriously affect a workout or activity, and people are often willing to try anything and everything to intervene.
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Cancer and me: Back home again
The working title to this latest submission was, "Cancer and me: Back in the saddle." After my last submission, "Homeward Bound," I thought that might be a good place to start once we made the move from the Valley and arrived back home in Sisters. Only problem is, is I don't feel like I'm back in the saddle.
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Climate change, forest fires, and our health
The persistent smoky haze blanketing Sisters along with most of the Pacific Northwest over recent weeks is a concrete, nagging reminder of the growing impact of climate change on human health.
Tuesday, September 5, 2017
Maintaining muscle as we age
While once fitness in younger years may have be focused on looking good, and performing well, as the seasons of life pass more emphasis is put on function, muscle health, and enjoying leisure activity.
Tuesday, September 5, 2017
Staying healthy through the season of smoke
To stay healthy while we have an inversion of smoke in town, the best option is simply to leave. Find a place that is smoke-free, and stay away until the smoke clears. For many of us, though, that is not an option.
Tuesday, September 5, 2017
An unforeseen risk from heatstroke
One of my hiking friends recently contacted me to share an unusual, and unforeseen, injury that occurred during a hike. Most of us are aware of, and recognize, the danger presented by heatstroke; but very few people seem to be aware of another very serious danger that lurks in the hot sun. I certainly wasn't; and, as it turns out, first responders who arrived on scene weren't aware either.
Tuesday, August 29, 2017
Smoky and smoggy - should you exercise?
Sisters Country is not uncommon to a little atmospheric smoke and haze during the dry days of summer fire season when wildfires happen.
Monday, August 21, 2017
Prepare your pets during a natural disaster
You should always have a disaster plan for your pets, no matter what their size.

Make sure that your cats and dogs are wearing collars and identification tags that are up to date. You'll increase your chances of being reunited with Rover or Kitty if they get lost by having them microchipped.

Monday, August 21, 2017
Be alert to health effects of wildfire smoke
When the Milli Fire, located southwest of Sisters, flared up last Wednesday, growing from 260 acres to 3,500, smoke from the fire became a concern for residents in the area surrounding the fire.
Monday, August 21, 2017
Struggling to get clean from the war on drugs
Oregon has taken a bold step in weaning the state off its addiction to the "war on drugs." Under a new bill recently approved by the legislature aiming to curb mass incarceration, first-time offenders caught with small amounts of heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine and other illegal drugs will face misdemeanor rather than felony charges, meaning less jail time and expanded options for treatment.
Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Free local support for the wellness journey
Our nation, our society, our future is faced with a growing obesity challenge. Our nation needs to make some changes. These changes offer complex considerations. Many of these are insurmountable even with the most aggressive legislation, regulations, or promotion.
Tuesday, July 18, 2017
The hidden dangers of summertime
You've got Rover protected from fleas and ticks for the summer so now it's time to take him on that camping trip with your family. However, there's a whole heap more in Central Oregon that can harm Rover besides fleas and ticks.
Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Am I ready? Facing death and grief
This spring, I read Willa Cather's novel "Death Comes for the Archbishop." I first read it in college and loved her writing, but the subject matter and message didn't hit home the way it does now. When I chose that book many months ago, I had no idea how relevant the title would be in my life. I didn't make the connection until 3:33 a.m. in the morning, when I woke up and had to write about this often-avoided topic.
Monday, July 3, 2017
Bring your dog along on summer vacation
When you're ready to hit the road this summer for some much-needed vacation time, you can bring your furry friend along for the ride. Many popular human escapes are places both pet parents and their dogs can enjoy together, especially here in Central Oregon. So, when you're packing for your weekend away,

don't leave Rover's bag behind.

Monday, July 3, 2017
Is exercise contagious?
Can the people you associate with the most subconsciously determine how you behave? Do you have a friend who is always encouraging and inspiring others to move and challenge themselves? Perhaps someone reading this belongs to a social networking site which helps promote healthy behavior?
Monday, July 3, 2017
Cure tension headaches ... and fix everything else that ails and fails
Generally, tension headaches are caused by the static and prolonged contraction of the muscles in the head, jaw, neck and shoulders. Makes sense! We have statically contracted muscles - tension - in a tension headache.
Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Take good care of your eyes
You wouldn't be reading this if your eyes weren't healthy enough to see the print.
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Dealing with diabetes in Sisters
Diabetes is an American scourge. 25 million Americans have diabetes and the proportion is growing swiftly.

"The projection is that half of Americans will be diabetic or pre-diabetic by 2020," says Lisa Duncan, of Diabetes Wellness Solutions in Sisters.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Living with traumatic brain injury
Jenna Sneva comes home from classes at Oregon State University (OSU) to begin "repetition and redundancy" on that day's classes, two or more hours a day, before she is able to start homework assignments. This is the price she pays from experiencing traumatic brain injury.
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
The pleasures and perils of high-intensity exercise
High-intensity exercise has taken the fitness world by storm. Whether it's Crossfit or a variant, circuit training in the gym or interval training for runners and cyclists, the protocol of short, hard workouts using a variety of exercises is attracting athletes from elites to weekend warriors.
Tuesday, March 12, 2013















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