Health and wellness briefs: Sept. 26, 2017

Fixing health care is topic

of documentary at library

Health care is a $3 trillion enterprise, and only two-thirds of those dollars go to actual health care.

On Wednesday, Grand Junction residents have a chance to learn where the other trillion dollars go, at a free screening of the documentary “Fix It: Health Care at the Tipping Point.”

The free screening will be from 6 to
7:30 p.m. at the Mesa County Central Library, 443 N. Sixth St., in Grand Junction.

According to event organizers, the film reaches across the political and ideological divide and makes the case for business leaders to support health care reform.

It was produced by Richard Master, CEO of MCS Industries Inc., who investigated the causes of the high cost of providing health insurance to his employees.

The 58-minute film will be followed by comments from a Grand Junction small business owner, regarding his experiences providing health insurance for his employees. The audience will then have a chance to comment and ask questions.

The film is presented by Western Colorado Days of Action, a citizen group devoted to addressing issues affecting justice and quality of life on the Western Slope.

For information, contact Kayla at civic-, 787-5371; or online at or

Events are planned locally

to explain Irlen Syndrome


The third annual International Irlen Syndrome Awareness Week will take place from Oct. 16-20. Approximately 15 percent to 20 percent of the general population suffers from Irlen Syndrome, the brain’s inability to process visual information, affecting daily functioning.

Learning Associates of the Grand Valley provides services for individuals with Irlen Syndrome in western Colorado, Utah and Wyoming. The following events are planned for Grand Junction.

■ Out West Books, 533 Main St., Grand Junction, from 9 to 11 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 16. Irlen Syndrome specialists will be at the store to provide information. All who come are entered into a raffle for free screening, a $100 value.

■ A “Turn Out the Lights” event will occur in countries around the world at 10 a.m. locally Oct. 17, and all businesses, schools, and public buildings are asked to turn out the fluorescent lights for one minute in support of Irlen Syndrome sufferers.

■ Colorado Mesa University, Student Center, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 17: Come see the informational table and get information about how to identify Irlen Syndrome and the ways to eliminate symptoms this light sensitivity disorder creates.

■ Mesa County Public Library, Central Branch, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 19: Get information and talk to people who wear Irlen Spectral Filters. Enter a drawing for a free screening and schedule a free consultation.

Can a person’s ‘good’ cholesterol be too high?


High levels of high-density lipoprotein, or “good” cholesterol, are generally considered healthy. But can you have too much of a good thing?

Possibly so, a study in the European Heart Journal found. Danish researchers tracked more than 116,508 men and women, average age 57, for an average of six years. There were 10,678 deaths.

After adjusting for other factors, an HDL of 73 milligrams per deciliter in men and 93 in women was associated with the lowest all-cause mortality. Compared with that, men with HDL levels of 97 to 115 had a 36 percent increased risk for death, and twice the risk above 116. Women at greater than 135 had a 68 percent increased risk.

“These people should protect themselves — exercise, stop smoking, eat a healthy diet and so on,” said Dr. Borge Nordestgaard.


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