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home : health August 17, 2017


Struggling to get clean from the war on drugs
Oregon has taken a bold step in weaning the state off its addiction to the "war on drugs." Under a new bill recently approved by the legislature aiming to curb mass incarceration, first-time offenders caught with small amounts of heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine and other illegal drugs will face misdemeanor rather than felony charges, meaning less jail time and expanded options for treatment.
Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Free local support for the wellness journey
Our nation, our society, our future is faced with a growing obesity challenge. Our nation needs to make some changes. These changes offer complex considerations. Many of these are insurmountable even with the most aggressive legislation, regulations, or promotion.
Tuesday, July 18, 2017
The hidden dangers of summertime
You've got Rover protected from fleas and ticks for the summer so now it's time to take him on that camping trip with your family. However, there's a whole heap more in Central Oregon that can harm Rover besides fleas and ticks.
Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Am I ready? Facing death and grief
This spring, I read Willa Cather's novel "Death Comes for the Archbishop." I first read it in college and loved her writing, but the subject matter and message didn't hit home the way it does now. When I chose that book many months ago, I had no idea how relevant the title would be in my life. I didn't make the connection until 3:33 a.m. in the morning, when I woke up and had to write about this often-avoided topic.
Monday, July 3, 2017
Bring your dog along on summer vacation
When you're ready to hit the road this summer for some much-needed vacation time, you can bring your furry friend along for the ride. Many popular human escapes are places both pet parents and their dogs can enjoy together, especially here in Central Oregon. So, when you're packing for your weekend away,

don't leave Rover's bag behind.

Monday, July 3, 2017
Is exercise contagious?
Can the people you associate with the most subconsciously determine how you behave? Do you have a friend who is always encouraging and inspiring others to move and challenge themselves? Perhaps someone reading this belongs to a social networking site which helps promote healthy behavior?
Monday, July 3, 2017
Win a few, lose a few
You gotta try. Even though the chances are sometimes stacked against success, you just gotta try. That's what goes through your mind when you bring an electrocuted hawk to the vet for repairs.
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Heat can be deadly for dogs
The dog days of summer are approaching and when the mercury rises, your furry friends are at risk for heatstroke or death when their pet parents make the mistake of leaving them in a parked car.
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
The health effects of optimism
Everyone knows that person who is always singing the sweet song of optimistic, encouraging, and happy thoughts. To an outsider, this person may seem blind to the struggles, strife, and sirens of the crumbling world around us. They may even be an annoyance when they cannot seem to care about how bad the weather is, or the results of the previous election cycle.
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Cancer and me: Homeward bound
It's been awhile since the last installment of this series chronicling what seems like a never-ending battle with cancer. In that last column, I expressed my desire to return "home" to Sisters, and my reasons why.
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Overcoming barriers
There will undoubtedly come a time when the casual endurance athlete comes to a hill, a rocky segment, unbearable weather, or a desperate moment when it feels as if it would be easier to crumple up and sob.
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
On pomp, circumstance and everyday heroes
This week when our youngest graduates alongside the rest of the Sisters High School Class of 2017, our family will count it a profound miracle.


Tuesday, June 6, 2017
Riding for a cause
Riding down the horse trails out of Sisters Cow Camp on the first Saturday of June is a tradition some riders won't miss. Especially when they know that every mile they ride brings much needed and appreciated dollars to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, located in Memphis, Tennessee.
Tuesday, June 6, 2017
Spring-proof your dog
Spring has sprung, and summer is just around the corner and with the change of seasons comes outdoor chores, spring cleaning - and the arrival of pests. Before you embark on your seasonal chores, take inventory of potential hazards for your furry friend.
Tuesday, May 23, 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
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















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