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2018-11-01Nov 1, 2018

For over 40 years, West County Health Centers (WCHC) has offered its broad range of medical and support services to an ever-growing patient population. From its modest beginnings in 1974, with one clinic in Guerneville, to seven patient sites treating a total of 12,838 patients in 2017, WCHC are known for their services to the medically underserved in our communities.

2018-09-27Sep 27, 2018

The Aztecs, the last of the great pre-Colombian native civilizations adored the avocado and made “bitter water” from ground coca beans and spices. They incorporated the areas older and newer cultures, along with their agricultural methods, in the mid-15th century.

 

2018-09-26Sep 26, 2018

In the not so distant past, the controversies around what risk different chemicals such as Glyphosates posed to human health pitted the Federal regulators against the Industry representatives. Now, in this new era, many of the leaders at the Environmental Protection Energy have actually come from the ranks of Chemical Industry lobbyists. Not surprisingly, despite increasing evidence of human toxicity, these regulators seem to be losing interest in limiting human exposure to these potentially dangerous substances.

2018-09-01Sep 1, 2018

At the farmers’ market you will find all sorts of grapes in season from Concord grapes to seedless grapes to green grapes. They are great for making jams and jellies, juice, grape seed oil, raisins, currants and sultanas, not to mention wine. Although my favorite way to eat them is by popping them off the vine and into my mouth. 

 

2018-08-31Aug 31, 2018

As our children return to school, beauty surrounds many Sonoma County campuses, with bucolic hillsides and sprawling farmland. Yet, unseen toxicity lies within and around these rural schools. For the first time, data about this toxicity is now available to inform parents and the community.

 

2018-08-28Aug 28, 2018

A new health insurance option awaits consumers this fall. Proponents say it will offer lower premiums and relief from increasingly expensive Obamacare policies sold in the so-called individual market.  That’s the place where people who don’t have employer or government-sponsored insurance turn when they need coverage.

2018-08-28Aug 28, 2018

What fairly new idiocy is raining down on unsuspecting souls who just want to watch a favorite TV show—not have an on-air doctor’s visit? Medical advice thru pharmaceutical advertising, that’s what!

 

2018-08-21Aug 21, 2018

Despite challenges common to small rural hospitals and to our community, we are happy to announce that for the foreseeable future, we have our community hospital management agreement.

2018-08-19Aug 19, 2018

Today’s high stress feline executive lives under a great deal of pressure. Making mission-critical decisions, such as deciding on the most advantageous window seat for napping, and management of distracted, unfocused humans takes a toll on even the most laid back kitty VIP.

2018-08-02Aug 2, 2018

What fairly new idiocy is raining down on unsuspecting souls who just want to watch a favorite TV show—not have an on-air doctor’s visit? Medical advice thru pharmaceutical advertising, that’s what!

 

2018-08-02Aug 2, 2018

Melon season is really when I feel summer is in full swing. As I walk the aisles of the farmers’ market and the undeniable smell of melon is in the air I am in heaven. As I child I loved using a melon baller to eat the interior flesh of a cantaloupe. In all honesty this is still the way I prefer to eat the sweet flesh of any melon.

2018-10-29Oct 29, 2018

The peak flu activity in the US usually runs November to April. With the season right around the corner, discussions about prevention and risk arise again. Most persons who contract influenza will recover without any long-lasting problems. However, influenza can cause serious illness and death, particularly among older adults, young children, pregnant women, and those with certain medical conditions. Recent estimates claim that 80,000 Americans died during the 2017-2018 season from influenza. Medical organizations recommend routine annual influenza vaccination for all persons aged ≥6 months that do not have contraindications

2018-08-01Aug 1, 2018

Today’s high stress feline executive lives under a great deal of pressure. Making mission-critical decisions, such as deciding on the most advantageous window seat for napping, and management of distracted, unfocused humans takes a toll on even the most laid back kitty VIP.

2018-07-31Jul 31, 2018

With the Trump administration attempting to roll back many progressive measures, and with the possibility of a Supreme Court that is unfavorable to abortion rights, it seems useful to look at the current state of abortion access in the US. While this data is a few years old, it is the most recent available and comes mainly from a very reliable source, theGuttmacher Institute (although definitely “pro-choice”).

2018-07-31Jul 31, 2018

Now that marijuana is legal, a slew of questions come up about the health risks of cannabis use. One such concern is the safety of marijuana consumption when breastfeeding

2018-07-23Jul 23, 2018

On August 4th & 5th, survivors, caregivers, friends and family will join together for the Relay For Life of Northern Sonoma County event at Cardinal Newman High School in Santa Rosa.Relay For Life is the signature fundraiser of the American Cancer Society. It is a team event where team members take turns walking around the track for 24 hours. Because cancer never sleeps, neither do our participants. This year’s event includes teams from Cloverdale, Healdsburg, Windsor and Santa Rosa, Rohnert Park and Sonoma. Opening Ceremony begins at 10 a.m. We will celebrate survivors with an honorary breakfast at 9.

2018-07-16Jul 16, 2018

Occupy Sonoma County is participating in Plastic Free July, and we urge everyone to join the challenge atPlasticFreeJuly.org where participants are counted and receive information on how to reduce plastic consumption.

2018-06-29Jun 29, 2018

Knowledge and careful preparation are vital when you’re planning a medical procedure or surgery. At this crucial time, it’s helpful to expect a positive outcome and be a pro-active partner with your heath team. This can make the entire experience easier and improve your outcome! Consider practicing these suggestions and share them with your loved ones.

2018-06-26Jun 26, 2018

June is the beginning of summer and the time of year when all of our favorite produce starts rolling in. It’s a sight to behold and one that only gets better as we ease our way into long summer days.

Eggplants make their arrival in June and continue through October. Some call them Aubergine, which comes from the French. Eggplant is a member of the Solanaceae or nightshade family, which includes tomatoes, potatoes, and peppers.

2018-06-25Jun 25, 2018

From the famous line in “The Graduate” encouraging the young man into ‘plastics’ to have a bright economic future, to the recent death of a pilot whale in Thailand due to a “belly full of black plastic bags” (NYT 6/4/18)--18 lbs to be exact-- the impact on our world is profound.

2018-06-01Jun 1, 2018

The headline in the Wall Street Journal seemed to sum up the president’s plans for dealing with America’s high drug prices. “Drug Industry Relieved By Price Proposal,” it read and then described the president’s blueprint as falling short of “more far-reaching ideas.” Since the plan contained no major threat to the status quo, it’s no wonder it boosted pharmaceutical stocks.

2018-06-01Jun 1, 2018

June is the beginning of summer and the time of year when all of our favorite produce starts rolling in. It’s a sight to behold and one that only gets better as we ease our way into long summer days.

Eggplants make their arrival in June and continue through October. Some call them Aubergine, which comes from the French. Eggplant is a member of the Solanaceae or nightshade family, which includes tomatoes, potatoes, and peppers.

2018-10-12Oct 12, 2018

In the cow-dotted fields of Sonoma County, dairy goat farmer Jennifer Bice has always forged her own path. As her goat dairy company Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery celebrates its 50th year, Bice looks to the future, adapting her farm to the immediate challenges of climate change, drought, and wildfires to protect the animals she loves and the land that sustains them. 

2018-06-01Jun 1, 2018

If Walmart or CVS tried charging five times more than local grocers for bread, milk and bananas, their customers would promptly start buying locally. Yet a new report from the Consumers Union shows those same chains get away with pricing prescription drugs several times higher than local pharmacies.

2018-05-17May 17, 2018

The situation with the E coli outbreak at the time of this writing (mid-May) is that 172 people have been identified nationwide as being infected, with California reporting 24 cases and 1 death. The source appears to be romaine lettuce, probably cut and in bags, coming out of Yuma, Arizona.

2018-05-11May 11, 2018

Sonoma County Department of Health Services convened a collaborative of community partners under the South Santa Rosa HEAL Zone Project, which has been funded since 2007 by grants from Kaiser Permanente Northern California Community Benefit Program. Local organizations have joined the partnership to help improve health in underserved areas. Programs aimed at reducing sugar-sweetened beverage consumption among Southwest Santa Rosa residents ultimately work to address health risks associated with unhealthy weight.

2018-05-11May 11, 2018

The 24th annual Bike to Work Day (BTWD) traversed the nine counties of the San Francisco Bay Area on Thursday, May 10. Under blue skies and soft breezes, most riders stopped to pick up treats and this year’s tote bag at one of 400 energizer stations staffed with dedicated volunteers from bike coalitions, local companies and governments. Nearly 100,000 pedalers strong, the riders turned a typical May Thursday morning commute into arolling celebration of bike riding.

2018-05-01May 1, 2018

Healdsburg District Hospital (HDH) has acquired a new magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machine. TheSIGNAtmMRI purchase was made possible by a grant from theKalmanovitz Charitable Foundation that was coordinated by theHealthcare Foundation Northern Sonoma County. The MRI unit arrived in a portable building unit which will be permanently located on the hospital campus and allow for expanded services for hospital physicians as well as local physicians in need of services.

2018-10-06Oct 6, 2018

For one thing, Cliché’s have a certain “commonality” that can instantly unify us – or move us apart!  (Depending upon the cliché, of course!) Time flies – can’t believe the year is almost over!  Surely, we can hear each other chiming in on that one as summer ends, the leaves begin to turn and the tree nuts fall.  It’s easy to agree time moves fast – and relentlessly, cliché notwithstanding.

2018-10-03Oct 3, 2018

Board of Supervisors approved formation the Sonoma County Coast and Lower Russian River Municipal Advisory Councils. On Sept. 25, the Board of Supervisors approved the formation of both the Sonoma County Coast and Lower Russian River Municipal Advisory Councils. The application process for both are now open.

2018-10-03Oct 3, 2018

When I was young girl we had a pomegranate tree in my backyard. The neighborhood kids and I would pluck off the fruit from the tree and bust it open to find all the little seeded jewels inside. We would fill up our hands and pop the plump juiced filled seeds into our mouths and let the juice explode, satisfying our thirst and sweet tooth all in one fall swoop. It's an experience that I still get excited about as an adult. I get giddy at the first signs of pomegranates at the farmers' market. The pomegranate tree is native from Iran to the Himalayas in northern India and has been cultivated since ancient times throughout the Mediterranean region of Asia, Africa and Europe.

 

2018-10-03Oct 3, 2018

It’s been a few years since I’ve monkeyed around with noise ordinances and the like, so perhaps now is a good time for a refresher.  It is a complicated issue—we must balance the inevitable noises in our surroundings with the interests to enact a law to define (and more importantly, enforce) acceptable noise standards. 

2018-10-01Oct 1, 2018

Do you like seeing trash and litter on our sidewalks, streets, yards, and waterways? We didn’t think so. Not only do our open spaces look better when they are clean and tidy, it contributes to a healthier environment.

2018-10-01Oct 1, 2018

Sonoma County DRAFT Fire Recovery and Resiliency Plan - PUBLIC COMMENT DEADLINE: October 26, 2018. As we continue to recover and rebuild a year after the North Bay fires of October 2017, the DRAFT Recovery and Resiliency Framework just released by the Sonoma County Office of Recovery and Resiliency offers a pathway for starting to look forward.

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