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home : health February 21, 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
What holds you back
You know this person.

Sick and tired of their physical condition, they take the opportunity of the new year as a fresh starting point. Full of determination they make their plan; they set their goal. Then the first roadblock, then the second, then the third comes and they're giving up hope and writing off 2018.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017
Out-of-the-box gifts for the fitness enthusiast
The stockings are hung, and all through the land gifts will soon appear under the tree. Christmas gift giving is a tradition in which half the fun is finding that perfect gift. If a loved one is into fitness, recreational sports, or the outdoors read on; here are some out-of-the-box ideas for Christmas gift giving.
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Willpower will fail you this holiday season
Willpower won't save a diet or fitness program this holiday season

Many understand that in order to succeed in health and fitness goals, diet needs to be in order, and they're going to need to exercise on a very frequent basis. This needs to be consistent over a period of months. It's a a hard journey, especially this time of year; tempting foods, familial obligations, and celebratory beverages spin a web of inescapable indulgence.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017
Health benefits of animal therapy for older adults
Anyone who has ever stroked a dog's soft ears or felt the gentle rumble of a cat's purr knows the calming feeling an animal can offer.
Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Coping with grief during the holiday season
For many of us holidays are made meaningful by spending time with the people we love most.
Tuesday, November 28, 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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