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Category: Health

Civil Rights in 2021

Jan 15, 2021 This weekend, we remember and celebrate the life of Martin Luther King, Jr.  I recently read the full text of Dr. King’s memorable “I Have a Dream” speech, which he gave in August 1963 in Washington D.C. As I think back on the past twelve months, I realize that Dr. King’s words…
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Seasonal Affective Disorder

Jan 8, 2021 I grew up in the southwestern U.S.—Southern California, Hawaii, and Arizona—and never experienced four seasons. My childhood seasonal experience was a mild winter and a long hot summer. The only time I saw snow was when our church youth group went camping in the Arizona mountains. I never saw autumn burst into…
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New Years Resolutions 2021

Jan 1, 2021 Now that we have bid a fond farewell to 2020, many of us are considering what changes we might want to make for 2021.  It’s time to make our New Year’s Resolutions.  But, as most of us have discovered, it’s easier to make a resolution than to keep it.  Many experts on…
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Holiday (Pandemic) Blues

Dec 18, 2020 We are in the middle of what Andy Williams told us years ago is “the most wonderful time of the year.”  For many of us, the holiday season is fun and joy filled.   For some, however, the holidays bring stress and sadness. This year in particular, some of us may find it…
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Colorectal Cancer Screening

Dec 11, 2020 Colorectal cancer—cancer of the colon or rectum—is one of the most common types of cancer in the United States.  The American Cancer Society has estimated that there will be roughly 148,000 new cases diagnosed this year. Colorectal cancer is the second most common cause of cancer deaths, and is expected to cause…
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Avoiding Winter Falls

Dec 4, 2020 As the first day of winter approaches, visits to hospital emergency rooms due to falls will increase in the coming weeks. According to the U.S. Administration for Community Living (www.acl.gov), falls are the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries for people 65 years of age and older. Every 14 seconds,…
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Thankfulness in a Pandemic

Nov 27, 2020 My refrigerator should now be packed full of turkey and leftovers. As in many households this year, there wasn’t a Thanksgiving feast at my house. Despite the cancellation this year of my family gathering, Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays.  To me, it’s the perfect holiday.  I love when we go…
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Giving Thanks During a Pandemic

Nov 20, 2020 Each week, as I write this column, I often have a seasonal theme.  The theme on the Friday before Thanksgiving is usually based around how to prepare for the holidays and attempt to not overindulge in seasonal treats at celebrations in the coming six weeks. Early this week, I pulled up last…
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COPD Awareness Month

Oct 13, 2020 November is COPD Awareness Month. The American Lung Association estimates that 16.4 million people suffer from COPD, and several more million likely have the disease but do not know it. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis, is a leading cause of death and disability in the United…
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National Family Caregiver Month 2020

Nov 5, 2020 November is National Family Caregiver Month, and is a time to thank and honor the 40+ million unpaid caregivers in the U.S.  Not all superheroes wear capes. Caregivers are superheroes! Managing medications. Getting to doctor appointments. Balancing work and home. How can family caregivers handle it all? The National Family Caregivers Association…
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