Happy Holidays

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Today I offer my final post. With the holiday season upon us, it seemed a good opportunity to discuss stress reduction. The holidays are accompanied by multiple stressors; crowded stores, travel delays and often family strife. It can be overwhelming.
Before the festivities begin; stop,  take a deep breath and just …

21 November 2010  community health

Tips for the cold and flu season

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    The cold and flu season is upon us, with its fevers, chills and sniffles. The majority of upper respiratory syndromes with cough, runny nose, sore throat and congestion are viral in nature and will resolve on their own in the otherwise healthy individual. The common cold generally responds to …

17 November 2010  community health

I was sorry to miss the recent visit from the Mad as Hell Doctors, but they came to Chico when I was away. Here is a summary for those who missed it.
Health food for thought

By Evan TuchinskyParadise (Calif.) Post, Oct. 19, 2010
Last week I took an assignment from another newspaper …

8 November 2010  health reform

In praise of pomegranates

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I recently returned to Chico after working and traveling out of town. One of my first stops was our local Saturday farmer’s market, where I scored a bunch of pomegranates. It was a neighbor who first turned me on to this yummy fruit when she shared some from her ranch. …

1 November 2010  nutrition

My recent travels took me to New York City where the famous St Vincent’s Hospital was forced to close its doors, a victim of the rising costs of medicine. St Vincent’s served Manhattan’s West Side for 160 years treating victims from the Titanic and 9/11 disasters as well as serving …

1 November 2010  community health

School days

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I found myself recently wandering the campus where I went to medical school. It has been closed; the school and university hospital moved across the city. The yellowed and weedy lawn made for a desolate backdrop. There is something sad and eerie about an abandoned hospital.
I imagined all the …

26 August 2010  medical training

Chicoans were treated to an evening of therapeutic humor at the Enloe conference center recently. Mark Clark and Dee Munsterman extolled the many benefits of laughter for health and well being. Laughter releases natural endorphins that control pain and enhance the mood while lowering the production of stress hormones. …

20 August 2010  healthy living

On getting older

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I was enjoying lunch at a local caf when I overheard one staffer say to another that she was facing her twenty fifth birthday soon. She went on to say, 25 is the last “real” birthday, after that “you’re just getting old”. I had to laugh, since I’m well past …

20 August 2010  aging

Back to school

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Back to school for many children means returning to the environment in which they are bullied. Bullying is a form of abuse, defined as recurrent episodes of physical or psychological intimidation. It can take the form of taunting, name calling, threatening, stealing and physical assault. Other forms of bullying include …

19 August 2010  community health

Give blood

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Blood Source held an annual blood drive this past Friday. It was an opportunity to make a donation and sign up with the bone marrow registry. There was a great turnout from our community; many of the donors were giving for the first time. I was impressed with the efficiency …

17 August 2010  community health
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