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home : health July 18, 2018

Facing up to childhood trauma
It is not easy being a kid these days. Even in the best of circumstances, growing up in today's world certainly comes with challenges. Suicide rates have risen among teens - and sharply. According to the Centers for Disease Control, suicide for teens is up 28 percent since 2000. Suicide among girls age 15-19 has reached a 40-year high and has increased 30 percent for boys age 15-19 since 2000.
Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Understand the brain and make habits stick
Have you ever embarked on a diet or exercise plan, and noticed that pure intentions, willpower, and stick-with-it energy falls to the power of instant gratification?
Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Suicide prevention is in the local and national spotlight
High-profile suicides in the news recently, along with the death of a 21-year-old locally, have brought the topic to the forefront, leaving many care professionals pushing to find ways to further prevent people from taking their own lives. Mental-health professionals have been joined by other groups, including schools and universities, health providers and other organizations, to help identify those at risk and guide them toward quality care.
Tuesday, July 10, 2018
Sisters-based charity helps World's Children
From an office on Hood Avenue in Sisters, World's Children reaches out across the globe to offer a helping hand to some of the world's neediest children.

World's Children was founded in 1965. David and Jean Purviance took over its operation in 2009 and moved it from Corvallis to Sisters last year.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018
Stay cool, Sisters
The mercury is rising, and temperatures are pushing into the 90-plus-degree range. Summer is in swing and a little heat ought not slow our active population down. Heat exhaustion, dehydration, and the discomfort of physical activity in the heat can, so read on and avoid being waylaid this season.
Tuesday, July 10, 2018
Psychiatrist launches local practice
Sisters Country residents searching for an empathetic ear as they struggle with mental-health issues have another choice with the recent arrival of Dr. George Mecouch, D.O., a board-certified psychiatrist.
Tuesday, July 3, 2018
What is CBD?
CBD is new to the scene, an alternative to painkillers for aches/pains, inflammation, and a host of other maladies. It is a compound found in the hemp plant, which is extracted as an oil and applied sublingually or through contact with the skin. It is researched and proclaimed to be a mild painkiller (to the effect of NSAIDs) and anti-inflammatory. Other claims are of neuroprotective benefits, and treatment for sleeplessness. Sales doubled over a year (2016-17) and CBD has netted sales of an estimate $200 million.
Tuesday, June 26, 2018
It's all about the soil
Grow 15 tons and what do you get? Another day older and deeper in poo.

I can't count the number of times I have heard someone say, "You can't grow anything but cheat grass in Central Oregon." It is certainly true that in the high desert, we do not have the luxury of just throwing seeds on the ground and watching a jungle emerge. At Seed to Table, we sweat, dig, water, pray, wish and hope our seedlings will emerge and maybe grow up to our shins. And grow they do.

This year, we will grow 15 tons of veggies on one acre of land - to the amazement of many onlookers.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018
Kiwanis grant comes full circle in Sisters
Terri Daniel arrived in town 12 years ago after hearing about Sisters from a friend who suggested it would be a great place to heal from the recent death of her 16-year-old son. Living in a remote cabin, Terri grieved - but also began to cobble together a new life, which would ultimately lead her in unimagined new


Tuesday, June 26, 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

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