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home : health March 24, 2018

A safe home as we age
More and more aging Sisters residents are striving to stay independent and in their own homes as long as possible. And many are living at home with children or other family members.
Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Every bite matters
Food is a daily essential of our lives. We all make decisions about what to eat. These decisions implicate us in the real cost of that food - socially, environmentally, and economically. Not to mention that our choices impact our health slowly, for better or worse, with every bite.
Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma
It seems empathy is in high demand these days. Helping professionals, healers, or simply those with caring personalities may feel overwhelmed and even exhausted trying to meet this demand. Having a caring heart and a tendency to put others ahead of ourselves makes us especially vulnerable to "compassion fatigue."
Tuesday, February 27, 2018
Curbing obesity with public policy
Obesity has shown no signs of slowing, and people are suffering from many different repercussions of a growing waistline. Countries like Mexico and China, which now are exposed to American eats, are seeing a rise in obesity rates at a rapid rate. What is going to stop this? Should the government step in to protect its people? Clearly people cannot protect themselves in a sea of snacks, highly delicious fast foods, and sugary beverages.
Tuesday, February 27, 2018
Canine influenza hits Oregon
This year the flu has taken its toll and spread rapidly across the country, killing young and healthy people along the way.
Tuesday, February 27, 2018
Is marijuana harmless?
Is marijuana harmless?

No. But let's get our priorities straight.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Mental illness and places of worship
It is estimated that one in four Americans suffers from some sort of mental illness. A good number of these individuals may lean on their faith and place of worship in times of distress. While a place of worship may provide needed refuge, in other instances our place of worship can also cause shame.
Tuesday, January 30, 2018
Beat back cold and flu
2018 thus far has seen one nasty winter storm. It's not the snow and ice; it's the cold and flu. This bug has proven to be rampant and persistent throughout the community. Unless you decide to quarantine yourself, the risk of catching this bug is high. There are, however, ways to stay healthy, and to beat the bug.
Tuesday, January 30, 2018
Cancer and Me: Losing my religion
That's me in the corner. That's me in the spotlight, losing my religion.

- "Losing My Religion" REM (1991)

I have found myself of late, sitting in the corner, with the spotlight on me, losing my religion. Cancer will do that to you.

Friday, January 26, 2018
The deadliest flu outbreak
I had a little bird

Its name was Enza

I opened the window

And influenza

- Children's rope-skipping rhyme, early 20th century

Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Women and alcohol
Alcohol use among women is up - by a lot.

According to a study conducted by JAMA Psychiatry rates of alcohol use, high-risk alcohol use, and alcohol-use disorder have all increased considerably among women from 2001-02 to 2012-13. The study also noted considerable increases in alcohol use among minorities and older adults.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018
2018: The most fit year ever...
Fitness is tricky, even for the most ambitious and energetic. Often it is the first thing to go when life gets "busy." Fitness shouldn't be a chore, but a daily activity sought after for an escape from the wear and tear of everyday life. A daily workout can be an opportunity, not a punishment.
Tuesday, January 9, 2018
Natural alternatives for anxious dogs
If you or someone you know suffers from severe anxiety, you know how difficult it can be to get through the day. And just like people, dogs can experience anxiety, which can be provoked by fear, separation, and environmental changes.

Anxiety affects all breeds of dogs and can lead to serious behavioral problems if left untreated.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018
Don't chase resolutions, chase habits
The New Year is upon us. It is that time of year again when we feel a surge of inspiration to tackle those resolutions - lose weight, quit smoking, read more books, travel - you know the drill.
Tuesday, January 2, 2018
Lessons from 2017
With 2017 in the rearview, we can see that many lessons offered insight into health and fitness. Trends come and go but progression is constant. There are small lessons to be learned from even the most outrageous fads that shake up the industry and exit moments later.
Tuesday, January 2, 2018
The curse of comparison
It is human nature to compare ourselves against others. There has always been a pressure from generation to generation to "keep up with the Joneses." Of course, who the "Joneses" are has changed over time. For instance, you have had to replace those lovely harvest gold and avocado appliances once so chic with white or black and then to stainless-steel, and now somehow smart appliances that can order your milk for you.
Tuesday, December 26, 2017
New Year's resolutions
Christmas is in the rear-view mirror; soon it will be New Year's.

It's time to partake in the American tradition of retrospection about the past year, and vows to improve in the coming year. We're swearing off the indulgent foods and lack of exercise once the new year begins. 2018 will be a milestone of personal health and fitness.

Tuesday, December 26, 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

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