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home : health June 20, 2018


The loneliness behind success
How do you define success? Who or what shaped your ideas of what success is? Has this definition served you not only financially, but also spiritually and emotionally?
Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Wildlife and diseases
"Never let a mouse live in your house; they will steal the breath of your children." That's a saying that I heard came from the people of the Hopi Nation, an accurate description of the symptoms of the hantavirus. They apparently recognized the role wild rodents play - a long time ago - in the spreading of diseases among the human population of the earth.
Tuesday, June 19, 2018
To weigh or not to weigh every day
It is common advice: Weigh yourself once a week. Dieters are commonly told, "Just stick to the plan, and the weight will come off."
Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Training the cardiovascular system
Cardiovascular training is the process of continuously moving the body, elevating the heart rate, oxygen/carbon dioxide (CO2) exchange via increased breathing, and mobilizing stored muscle glycogen for fuel. It is the system in our bodies which allows for a consistent effort without fatiguing. Cardiovascular fitness is integral to health and to the full enjoyment of recreational activities.
Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Memory is a river
Writing a memoir is not for the meek! Opening portals into the past, especially places that hurt, may seem counterproductive. I've been asked, "Why do you want to bring that back up again?" and "Why do you want to focus on the bad things? There's so many precious memories to cherish." Those are all good questions to answer. But it's important to remember we're all unique and so are our circumstances. For me, it's all about thinking it through and deciding if looking back can help me heal.
Tuesday, June 12, 2018
A woman's desire for control
One of my goals in my practice is to heighten insight and self-awareness among my clients. Many of my female clients come to me with complaints of feeling overwhelmed, exhausted, and underappreciated. These symptoms are often married to perfectionistic tendencies and attempts to control the external to compensate for internal chaos.
Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Journey through thyme - Cowboy grub
The American cowboy is admired for his rugged self-reliance and his agile roping and horsemanship - all which make for a mighty hearty appetite.
Tuesday, June 5, 2018
Rodeo fitness: What does it take to be a cowboy?
It's rodeo week in Sisters Country and the town is buzzing with excitement as the annual event kicks off with a show of man against beast. Humanity possesses a certain curiosity about where its position in the animal kingdom stands. The sport of rodeo piques this curiosity as men and women will take on different events to show strength, agility, and grace in the arena.
Tuesday, June 5, 2018
Journey through thyme - Diet changes with historical trends
A century ago someone like you was seated at a kitchen table, mulling over a morning paper. The big difference? The meal. While you may be munching on fat-free yogurt and granola with a café latte made with almond milk, the centenarian, depending where he lived, filled his plate with porridge, flapjacks, mutton or a heart-stopping amount of home-cured bacon.
Tuesday, May 29, 2018
A boat called life
No one knows what it is like to walk in another person's shoes. Nor will we ever know the inside workings of an individual or a family.
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Fun and funds raised for Amber
Ever been to a medical fundraiser with somber speeches and a lot of sad faces? Amber Alvarez Lara's recent fundraiser at Sisters Elementary School was exactly the opposite. Lively Mexican music filled the air while kids in bright costumes took to the stage. Dozens of families chatted and mingled, eating delicious food and waiting to see who might win the raffle.
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
It's flea and tick season in Sisters
Spring seems to have finally arrived in Sisters. The little green buds on the trees outside have blossomed, daffodils have bloomed, and the air is getting warm. And along with spring come fleas and ticks.
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Advocating for those with Parkinson's Disease
Four years ago, my recovery from shoulder surgery was not going well. At a post-surgical appointment in April, 2014, after unsuccessful physical therapy, my orthopaedic surgeon said, "I want you to see a neurologist."
Tuesday, May 8, 2018
Live until I die
"The afternoon of life is just as full of meaning as the morning; only, its meaning and purpose are different."

~ Carl Jung ~

No news here. People are living longer and the number of older people continues to grow. People are saying that 70 is the new 60 as retirees remain active and engaged.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Look for non-toxic skincare options to support overall health
Remember the Tin Man in "The Wizard of Oz?" Buddy Ebsen was cast in the role, but he had to be replaced after the aluminum makeup used with his costume made him gravely ill.
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Confronting body shame
I always ask my clients to rate their self-esteem 0-10. The vast majority of my clients rate themselves below 5. If my client happens to be female, complaints about her body almost always dominate the list of why. Intellect, character, performance and achievement are often never mentioned.
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
The skinny on dietary fats
Dietary fat has a history of polarized paradigms. Whether it was the theory that saturated fats cause heart attacks, to the belief that fat reduces obesity and diabetes, the saga continues. In order to catch readers' eyes or to sell a book, people often extrapolate data and state an overarching assumption as fact, taking a simplistic and reductionist mindset to one end or another of the spectrum.
Tuesday, April 24, 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















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