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home : health April 22, 2018


Creating love - one spoon at a time
Mike Bush didn't want to be a retiree with too much time on his hands. So he thought about things he always wanted to do but never had. He remembered being intrigued by the old guys in Western movies sitting on a front porch whittling. It looked like fun!
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Making Sisters 'age friendly'
The Senior Alliance of Sisters is convening a facilitated Community Conversation, including a free light supper, on April 25 at the Sisters-Camp Sherman Rural Fire District Community Hall at 301 S. Elm St.
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Beware of ticks in Sisters forests
Hikers are reporting an inordinate number of ticks on the loose as the spring hiking season begins to take shape. Since ticks can carry a number of diseases, including Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Lyme Disease, it makes sense to learn how to avoid these obnoxious little critters.
Tuesday, April 17, 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
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
Know what chemicals you're putting on your skin
As a skin-care professional I have spent considerable time looking at and studying the ingredients in cosmetics, deciphering product labels and trying to make healthy choices for myself, my family, and my clients.
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Hard times in Sisters Country: Learning to cope with stress
No doubt about it, these are hard times in Sisters Country. Lost jobs, lost homes, shrinking incomes, anxiety about the future - the litany of stresses brought on by the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression is familiar to everyone.
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
















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