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|2019-07-17Jul 17, 2019
Emergencies don’t respect plans. They happen! Make a WHAT IF plan. Parents are at work…kids are at school…Grandmom is in a nursing home…best friend is across town. How do you get connected and stay connected? The Go Bag is your GRAB IT and RUN bag of everything you need in an emergency...including your passport, insurance documents, birth certificates, titles to your cars, trust/will, insurance documents, bank account numbers, etc.. Put these in waterproof envelopes & box.
|2019-05-05May 5, 2019
My community work this past year is dedicated to two career firefighters: Charlie Rice, RIP March 29, 2018 and his widow, Shellie Rice, of Napa. I was asked to help stop the invasion of 60+ Verizon 5G cell towers in the city of Napa, with one tower to be installed in front of the Rice’s home on Franklin Street. I soon discovered that the 5G roll over was also happening in the cities of Sonoma, Santa Rosa, Sebastopol & Petaluma. More recently, the telecom industry has headed for Marin County. They have already been installed in Sacramento.
|2019-05-03May 3, 2019
This month we continue our exploration of Nature’s great wonder, the eye. As we move past the anterior chamber and beyond the deep surface of the lens, we leave all familiar structures behind. Welcome to the Posterior Chamber!
This is a strange and dark place. Gone is the sparkling clear aqueous humor that inflates and nourishes the front of the eye. Instead, the posterior chamber is filled with a gelatinous tissue, the vitreous humor, which fills the space behind the lens and in front of the retina. This material not only helps to maintain the spherical shape of the eye, but also serves to maintain the location and flatness of the retina by gently compressing the retina against the fibrous globe. The posterior chamber is dark - exactly like the back of a camera.
|2019-04-30Apr 30, 2019
West County Health Centers is hosting a one-day workshop in late May to develop collective understanding and narratives around the topic of community opioid addiction. The process will be engaging and highly interactive with a goal of creating a shared understanding of the underlying forces, and specific areas of potential impact.
|2019-04-29Apr 29, 2019
The Marin/Sonoma Mosquito & Vector Control District expects to see a rise in the adult mosquito population as temperatures increase this spring. The series of atmospheric rivers that drenched Marin and Sonoma counties this past winter and early spring left behind large areas of stagnant water. Vector control technicians are out in force responding to service requests from residents and checking areas with standing water in an effort to keep the adult mosquito population at bay.
|2019-04-17Apr 17, 2019
2-1-1 is a free telephone and web-based information and referral service. The service connects Sonoma County residents with health and human services and resources when assistance is needed, including during times of disaster. The transfer of 2-1-1 Sonoma County management from the Volunteer Center of Sonoma County (VCSC) to United Way of the Wine Country (UWWC) allows each organization to strategically focus on their core service and expand the value each organization contributes to the community.
|2019-04-04Apr 4, 2019
A local scout master tells how a local Girl Scouts Troop, The Unicorns, successfully broke into the number one boys club in the country, The Boy Scouts of America.
|2019-03-27Mar 27, 2019
SB 38 California legislation to ban the sale of flavored tobacco approved by Senate Health Committee
Senator Mike McGuire joined Senator Jerry Hill and 16 other California State Legislators to introduce legislation that would ban the sale of flavored tobacco in the Golden State. “Lured by fruit, candy and other kid-friendly flavors, high school and middle school students throughout the U.S. are vaping in record numbers,” said Senator Hill. “We must stop the appalling epidemic of e-cigarette use among youth.”
|2019-03-24Mar 24, 2019
With the Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs), patients were able to tolerate the treatment better and seemed to get good results, so doctors began prescribing them liberally. Over time, the conditions for which they were used expanded to include panic, anxiety, eating disorders, mood changes related to menses, and many others. The numbers of people taking these medications continues to rise. From 1999 to 2012 the percentage of Americans on antidepressants increased from 6.8% to 13%. Now nearly 25 million American adults are taking these meds for at least 2 years. Research shows variable results for these medications. They do perform somewhat better than placebo, especially in cases where the depression is more severe, but “their overall effect is mild to moderate” improvement. Therapy is about as good as medication, with both together performing slightly better than either by themself.
|2019-03-06Mar 6, 2019
It seems every day brings a new spate of federal, state, hospital and clinic restrictions on the opioids needed by millions of chronic pain patients to be functional human beings. Some are seeing their doses cut back. Others are cut off completely.
|2019-03-05Mar 5, 2019
The Sonoma County Health Officer declared a local health emergency Tuesday due to the scale of household hazardous waste (HHW) scattered along the waterways, roadsides, and on public and private properties after flooding in the County from last week’s rain storms.
|2019-06-30Jun 30, 2019
There are many ways to view the current state of our nation, but I want to look through the lens of a recent trip my wife and I took to El Paso, Texas to work with migrants crossing the border. The situation is very complex, and one of the take-home messages was that polarization in our country is preventing any reasonable conversation about how to deal with these complex humanitarian problems. Very notable was the willingness of our government to risk the lives of desperate people in order to implement deterrence as a central strategy.
|2019-03-04Mar 4, 2019
Why should we change the way we treat aging, dying, and death? Because the traditional ways do not fit who we are now. Just as many of us have worked to become more conscious about such things as food, health care, community connections, and spiritual development, so now we are raising consciousness around the way we leave this precious life.
|2019-03-01Mar 1, 2019
Despite the wetness of our days, we can look at the sky and earth and see the beginnings of Spring. Go outside and look around you. Clean out that garage, that kitchen drawer, and, AND, your emotional clutter. Be honest, be active. New beginnings abound
|2019-02-28Feb 28, 2019
Pain and Suffering: Do opioids have a place in treatment? Severe pain can be terrible and very debilitating. Extracts from the poppy plant have been used to relieve the distress from pain for millenia. One of the downsides of the efforts to rein in the heavy use of opioids has been the difficulty in obtaining the medications by people who really need them. Clearly the pendulum had swung too far towards liberal prescribing patterns. Opioid overdose deaths are at stunningly high rates in this country, and although Americans make up only 20% of the world's population, we consume 80% of the opioids.
|2019-02-27Feb 27, 2019
Patients for Affordable Drugs Now, which collects stories about patients having trouble paying for their medicines and is building a patient advocacy community to make their voices heard. His group has collected some 15,000 patient stories, more than 100,000 emails, and has trained patients to be advocates to testify in state legislatures and lobby Congress.
|2019-02-21Feb 21, 2019
California State Treasurer Fiona Ma announced today the availability of $27.3 million in mental health wellness grants for children and youth. This competitive grant program funds facility acquisition, construction and/or renovation, equipment acquisition, and applicable program startup or expansion costs for crisis residential treatment facilities, crisis stabilization facilities, mobile crisis support teams, and family respite care.
|2019-02-18Feb 18, 2019
|2019-06-27Jun 27, 2019
A new report finds that a state-funded nutrition program showed promise in its first year. The Medically Tailored Meals pilot project aims to improve the health of low-income Californians living with chronic illnesses including heart disease through improved nutrition.
|2019-06-27Jun 27, 2019
Cancer survivors, caregivers, friends and family will join together to "THINK BIG" for the American Cancer Society's 3rd Annual Relay For Life of Northern Sonoma County. This year's event, the signature fundraiser of the American Cancer Society, will take place at Analy High School on July 20 and 21.
|2019-06-26Jun 26, 2019
Being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease in your twilight years is a scary prospect. But, while it’s true that 40 percent of people living in the U.S. will develop it by the time they die, there are methods for lowering your risk for the degenerative disease, including taking a swab test to determine your Alzheimer’s risk level.
|2019-06-10Jun 10, 2019
In the midst of the current state and nationwide measles outbreaks, a letter informing parents on the importance of vaccinations to prevent illness was sent from Sonoma County Health Officer Dr. Celeste Philip. “I would like to encourage all unvaccinated children receive the measles vaccine as soon as possible during this current outbreak,” said Dr. Philip. “Vaccinations are safe and the most effective way to prevent many childhood diseases.” Sonoma County has reported no cases of measles, however is still vulnerable.
|2019-06-01Jun 1, 2019
I credit the Sonoma Overlook Trail, and now also the contiguous Montini Preserve, for adding years to my life (too early to tell, though). This is because hiking became what I would do for daily cardiovascular exercise.
|2019-05-28May 28, 2019
After months of suspense, two Sonoma County agencies have been awarded $660,000 to reframe the county's approach to pedestrian and bicycle safety efforts. The CalTrans funding will allow the Sonoma County Transportation Authority and Department of Health Services to join a growing number of jurisdictions across the country to launch a Vision Zero program, a means of reframing the way pedestrian fatalities and injuries are thought about and, hopefully, reduced.
|2019-05-22May 22, 2019
Sonoma County Library’sTogether at the Table program series encourages community members of all ages to come together to learn about important topics and interact and engage in a safe space. Next up on the agenda? Cannabis.
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