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Hot lemon water helps cleanse liver in springtime

By April Schulte-Barclay

Do you suffer from any of these symptoms: tremor, allergies, joint pain that moves from joint to joint, tendonitis, fibromyalgia-like symptoms, eye or facial tics, sudden spurts of anger, dizziness or vertigo? If so, you may experience those symptoms worse in the springtime. That is because the environment and weather associated with the seasons may affect our health. Natural occurrences in our environment can be mimicked in the human body. The link between spring wind and our physical ...

Health and Wellness briefs: March 28, 2017

By Staff

Insurance for hearing aids one topic of April meeting A free monthly meeting of the Western Colorado Chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America will be from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, April 1, at the Center for Independence, 740 Gunnison Ave. in Grand Junction, There will be two topics: An update from the task force for insurance for hearing aids in Colorado and information on looping in western Colorado. First, Lucas Marquardt, a businessman as well as a commissioner ...


G.Y.M. Rotational Stability 
Core Workout

By Staff

Rotational Stability 
Core Workout Core stability is one of the major determining factors in our performance for athletic endeavors or daily activities. The following three exercises will help with this necessary function and improve overall performance and balance. Side Plank Tuck to ‘T’ Start in the side plank position with a dumbbell in your top hand, extended overhead. You should be looking at the dumbbell. As you bring the dumbbell down and tuck it under ...

SPONSORED CONTENT: What the bone allows

By Penny Stine

SPONSORED CONTENT: A reader information feature brought to you by JP Dental and The Daily Sentinel Teeth can fail for a variety of reasons, and it can be devastating for people when they do, especially when multiple teeth begin to fail, loosen or fall out of the mouth entirely. Eating becomes a challenge. Smiling becomes less frequent, and self-confidence plummets. While traditional dentures offer a cosmetic and somewhat utilitarian fix for those who have a mouthful of failing teeth, ...

Health and wellness briefs: March 14, 2017

By Staff

2 doctors switch locations John Bratteli, MD, will soon see his patients at Red Canyon Family Medicine, a division of Primary Care Partners in Fruita. Bratteli has practiced at Family Physicians of Western Colorado, also a PCP division, for more than 10 years. Lynn Price, MD, will move from Red Canyon Family Medicine and will join Family Physicians of Western Colorado. Dr. Price joined the Fruita practice earlier this year. Both transitions will take place later this month. Family ...


Fatigued?10 ways to replenish your reserves

By April Schulte-Barclay

If you find yourself drinking coffee while alternating eating sweet and salty foods, your energy plummets after lunch, and you feel as though you have to struggle to maintain a good mood and have good sleep, then you may have something commonly referred to as adrenal fatigue. The background story with adrenal fatigue usually involves a person who has a history of burning the candle at both ends or has had chronic exposure to extreme stress, or both. Adrenal fatigue can cause myriad ...

Health and Wellness briefs: March 7, 2017

By Staff

Pregnant women may want to avoid licorice Pregnant women may want to avoid licorice, which may affect the cognitive abilities of their children, a study suggests. Licorice contains glycyrrhizin, a sweetener derived from the root of the licorice plant, and is used to flavor candies, soft drinks, herbal teas and other products. Pills and supplements containing concentrated licorice are also a popular herbal remedy for respiratory ailments and other ills. The analysis, in The American ...


GYM: Single Leg Mountain Climber

By Staff

Single Leg Mountain Climber Start in a high plank position with each foot placed on a paper plate or gliding discs. Bring one leg forward keeping the other leg back. Alternately change the position of your feet as in a traditional mountain climber. Start by completing one round of 30 seconds and as you progress and become more comfortable, work up to 3 rounds of 30 seconds with 30 seconds break in between. Note: Several people have recently asked what muscles some of the exercises ...


SPONSORED CONTENT: Neonatal Intensive Care gives fighting chance to at-risk newborns

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A reader information feature brought to you by St. Mary’s Medical Center and The Daily Sentinel By Nancy Lofholm/For St. Mary’s Medical Center What if my pregnancy doesn’t go as hoped? What if my baby develops problems in utero? What if I can’t carry my pregnancy to term? What if my baby is born with heart problems? Breathing troubles? Many mothers-to-be find themselves mulling over such questions. Ninety percent of them won’t face any of the hypothetical ...


CMU’s integrated center offers physical, mental health services

By Katie Langford

In the spring of 2014, Colorado Mesa University was wrestling with how to respond to tragedy — reports of sexual assaults, several student suicides and an uptick in drug and alcohol use that year left students and staff worn down. A group of students and administrators looked at ways to improve physical, emotional and mental health on campus, and a handful of recommendations have gradually changed the way the university approaches health and wellness. The new student wellness ...

Health care changes ‘not promising’ for rural areas

By Gary Harmon

Western and rural Colorado are unlikely to fare well in the effort to repeal, replace and/or repair the Affordable Care Act, an effort that won’t be easy, parliamentarily speaking. Those are among the findings of the Colorado Health Institute, which began looking at the possible future of health care soon after Donald J. Trump’s surprising presidential election victory. Any changes to the Affordable Care Act are likely to be “not promising” for the Western Slope, ...


GYM: High Plank Alternate Shoulder Tap

By Staff

High Plank Alternate Shoulder Tap Start in a high plank position with your hands placed below your shoulders, a neutral spine and your feet about shoulder width apart. Maintaining a neutral spine without rotating your hips, pick up one hand and tap your opposite shoulder and then return to the starting position. Repeat the same action on the other side. Your head, shoulders and hips should stay in alignment. Rotating or hinging at the hips are common errors with this ...


Health and wellness briefs: Feb. 28, 2017

By Staff

Sign language basics given for those with hearing loss Learn about the options of various communication access for people who are deaf or hard of hearing at the Western Colorado Chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America. A free monthly meeting is scheduled from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, March 4, at the Center for Independence, 740 Gunnison Ave. The meeting will include the presentation, “Introduction to American Sign Language and Sign Language ...


Let’s stop treating organs as if they’re disposable

By April Schulte-Barclay

We need our organs — all of them. We may survive with fewer organs than we were born with, but it is likely that we were born with all of our organs for a good reason. We live in a medical culture that hastily removes organs rather than offering strategies to solve the root cause of disease. With that in mind, I would like to offer the concept that we can save diseased gallbladders before they reach a critical level of sickness and must be surgically removed. If your gallbladder ...


GYM: High Plank Dumbbell Pull

By Staff

High Plank Dumbbell Pull Start in a high plank position with a dumbbell placed on the floor just outside of one hand. Maintaining core stability, reach across and grasp the dumbbell with your opposite hand. Pull the dumbbell across your body and place it on the floor. Place the hand you used to move the dumbbell just inside the dumbbell, which is now on the other side. Repeat to move the dumbbell back to the other side. Focus on maintaining a neutral spine throughout the ...


G.Y.M. Resistance Band Chest Press Lunge

By Staff

Resistance Band Chest Press Lunge Anchor your resistance band and stand facing away from the anchor point in a full, upright, neutral-spine position with one handle in each hand. Your elbows should start at 90 degrees with your arms parallel. As you step forward into a forward lunge, extend your arms forward, keeping them parallel while maintaining an upright body position. The temptation will be to lean forward. The weight should transfer to the forward knee. When returning to the ...

Garfield chips in to mental hospital campaign

By Dennis Webb

Garfield County commissioners this week committed $50,000 toward an effort to build an expanded Grand Junction psychiatric hospital to serve western Colorado. The county’s contribution comes as Mind Springs Health, the entity that plans to build the hospital, begins seeking support from area counties as part of a fundraising effort. Mind Springs already has raised more than $10 million of the nearly $18 million it is pursuing through a fundraising campaign to begin construction on ...

Technology keeps patient in the process of dental implants

By Sponsored Content

SPONSORED CONTENT: Penny Stine/The Daily Sentinel Consumers are used to virtual tours of real estate property for sale, digital communications with friends and family members and online reservations systems for events and accommodations. The digital age has impacted and changed many aspects of day-to-day life, and while we may lament the good old days, no one wants to go back to recordkeeping or communication done solely with paper and pencil. Digital tools and techniques are also ...

This Valentine’s Day, give yourself the gift of self-love

By April Schulte-Barclay

The Beatles said, “All you need is love. Love is all you need.” While we could argue that our needs extend beyond love, no one can deny its tremendous importance in our lives. In fact, love has also been referred to as the greatest force in the universe and that which makes the world go round.  It also may be said that there are two primary emotions, love and fear, and that other emotions are simply extensions of these two primary emotional forces. Love encompasses the ...

State of sex ed, no Planned Parenthood worry citizens

By Gabrielle Porter

The lack of a Planned Parenthood facility in Grand Junction and the quality of public school sex education loomed large among complaints raised by Mesa County residents during a town hall-style meeting headed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado and other advocacy groups Saturday afternoon at Colorado Mesa University. Members of ACLU of Colorado, the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice and Pro-Choice Colorado asked about 50 attendees Saturday whether they have ...

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