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Staying healthy is a high priority for many. Here in Sonoma County we have plenty of fresh air, opportunities to exercise, and health pracitioners in a broad range of modalities. If you have information you want to share with our readers, please send us your articles.

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2019-09-14Sep 14, 2019

The solution to our health care crisis is right under our noses!  Medicare — now 54 years old — is popular, efficient, and proven to improve health outcomes for seniors. But before we expand Medicare to all U.S. residents, we must improve Medicare for seniors by covering all medically necessary services, including those not currently covered, such as vision, hearing, dental, mental health, and long-term care. We must also eliminate the financial burden of premiums, deductibles, and copays, making medical bankruptcy a thing of the past. 

 

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. 

2019-06-27Jun 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.

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. 

2019-08-30Aug 30, 2019

Did you know that brain cells do reproduce? Many preventable factors contribute to brain decline and eventual dementia, including stress, inflammation, trauma or injury, hormonal imbalance, poor diet, drug overuse, and toxicity. Even Electro Magnetic Fields (EMFs) or radio frequency fields such as from cell phones, towers, WiFi or electrical units, can throw the brain and nervous system out of balance over time. The good news is the brain can heal! In my natural medicine practice, certain nutrients are important for rebalancing the brain.

 

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.

2019-08-27Aug 27, 2019

For 70 years The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society has funded treatments that are saving the lives of patients today. LLS is making cures happen by providing patient support services, advocating for lifesaving treatments and pioneering the most promising cancer research anywhere. At LLS we are relentless because beating cancer is in our blood.  Light The Night creates the opportunity for friends, families and coworkers to form teams and raise money in support of our mission. This year, we gather together to celebrate, honor and remember those touched by cancer.

2019-08-24Aug 24, 2019

It seems like everyone I come in contact with lately is “stressed.”  Why is it that in these modern times, so many feel anxious? The NYT in April reported that “Americans are among the most stressed people in the world.” This survey of 150,000 people worldwide found that Americans reported feeling stress at the highest levels since the study started in 2005. Now, about 55% of adult Americans said they experienced stress “during a lot of the day,” compared to an average of 35% of adults from other places around the globe.

2019-08-16Aug 16, 2019

When considering surgeries and procedures, especially ones that are complex you want your surgeries done at facilities by surgeons who have experience and expertise at doing them Leapfrog is one of many organizations that make public information about hospital safety.  I believe it is one of the most credible.  Its warnings about hospitals performing too few complicated procedures that carry a high risk of complications, even death, are to be taken seriously. Now Leapfrog has a new standard that sets minimum targets that both hospitals and individual surgeons should meet for patient safety.

2019-08-12Aug 12, 2019

With so much misinformation on the internet about CBD oil, one of the most common questions we get from consumers is in regards to the difference of CBD from hemp vs CBD from marijuana. Many prospective cannabis consumers are surprised by the number of similarities between hemp and marijuana. However, the resemblance should come as little surprise, since both hemp and marijuana are versions of the Cannabis Sativa L. plant. 

2019-08-02Aug 2, 2019

With so much misinformation on the internet about CBD oil, one of the most common questions we get from consumers is in regards to the difference of CBD from hemp vs CBD from marijuana.

Many prospective cannabis consumers are surprised by the number of similarities between hemp and marijuana. However, the resemblance should come as little surprise, since both hemp and marijuana are versions of the Cannabis Sativa L. plant.

2019-07-26Jul 26, 2019

It has become obvious that long-term-care insurance is not the answer to paying for nursing home and other kinds of care for the elderly. Sales for this product have been declining, the result of sky-high premiums, rate increases, and the difficulty of qualifying for a policy if you’re sick. But the elderly are not the only Americans needing care. At the other end of the age spectrum, paying for childcare is becoming harder and in between are middle-aged women, many of whom have left the workforce to become caregivers for elderly parents. But what if there were a program where Americans paid a little bit each month through their entire working life just as they do now to qualify for Social Security and Medicare benefits?

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.

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