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HW: Taking control of weight loss March 03, 2009

By Melinda Mawdsley

Three Grand Junction women are ready to be candid about shedding pounds and inches of body fat. Linda Johnson, Hollie Caudell and Andrea Laible volunteered for a three month, weight-loss study at e-fit, 2829 North Ave. For the next three months, the women have agreed to be open and honest for a series of Daily Sentinel stories about their goals and weight loss. The e-fit study began Feb. 2 and goes through May 1. Originally, the e-fit staff thought 50 volunteers would sign up for the ...


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Local woman earns more than $1 million selling supplements

By Carrie Marfitano

When Bette James Laughrun began using Isagenix products more than six years ago, she was not thinking of a career. “I had some health issues, and I thought I’d get involved with them to help my health,” the 72-year-old Laughrun said. “All of a sudden I was making money. Today I am one of the millionaires with Isagenix.” Isagenix is a network marketing company based in Phoenix. Laughrun is one of 32 Isagenix “millionaires,” or sellers in the ...


Briefs: Local Health February 17, 2009

By Staff

Autism board asks for local comment • The Colorado Autism Commission is holding public hearings on the Western Slope to educate residents about the commission’s work and to hear stories about Coloradans affected by autism. The first hearing is from 6:30–8:30 p.m. Monday in the Glenn Gallegos Board Room at Mesa State College. The second hearing is from 6:30–8:30 p.m. March 2 in the Delta-Montrose Electric Association’s board room in Montrose. Anyone who ...


Doctor partners with other health care providers to get medical supplies to those in need around wor

By Melinda Mawdsley

Dr. Rebecca Mashburn is trying to save the world one strip of adhesive tape at a time. Mashburn, a family physician with Western Colorado Physicians Group and Primary Care Partners, collects and donates new and overstocked medical supplies to poor countries around the world through the organization Project CURE. Project CURE stands for Commission on Urgent Relief & Equipment and is headquartered in Denver. St. Mary’s Hospital, Community Hospital, Family Health West and Primary ...


Best Blogs: African Computers February 10, 2009

By Staff

The message below is from former Daily Sentinel reporter Emily Morris. Emily is serving in the Peace Corps in Senegal and needs your help. Please read on: Hi everyone, If you’re broke, stop reading now and forward this post to anyone with disposable income. As you may or may not know, my main objective here is to provide my middle/high school with computers. Recently, I learned World Computer Exchange is sending a shipment of computers to Senegal and, if I had a paltry $1,725, I ...


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HW: Honing in on pain February 03, 2009

By Melinda Mawdsley

Mary Hill was unfamiliar with the BioMeridian machine, but she was willing to try anything to feel healthy and pain-free. She has no regrets.  Hill, 74, had two BioMeridian tests at New Life Chiropractic in the past year. A metal probe was used to measure electrical conductivity at 58 points on Hill’s hands and feet. The points in the tests relate to traditional acupuncture points. The process was noninvasive and pain-free, and results appeared immediately on a computer ...


Briefs: Local Health January 20, 2009

By Staff

Not wise to ignore medicine cabinet • American College of Emergency Physicians wants the public to use the New Year as a reason to clean out and restock the medicine cabinet. Like refrigerator items, medicine cabinet supplies pile up and expire. In addition, showers and baths create humidity in a bathroom that may cause some drugs to lose potency, said Dr. Nick Jouriles, president of the American College. “If a pill loses potency, you may not be getting the necessary ...


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HW: Spa owner comes to terms with her religious beliefs

By Melinda Mawdsley

Vicky Thurlow doubts most Grand Junction residents know about her double life. Thurlow, a local resident for 17 years, is a visible member of the community as the longtime owner of The Grand Junction Athletic Club, Day Spa and Salon. What people may not have realized is that, although Thurlow appeared healthy because she worked out furiously, she was depressed for years. Anti-depressants didn’t help. Getting outdoors to swim, ski and run didn’t alleviate her depression ...


Briefs: Local Health January 13, 2009

By Staff

Tickets to Black Tie & Boots now on sale • Tickets are on sale for Hospice & Palliative Care of Western Colorado’s annual Black Tie & Boots Gala. Seating is limited for the event Saturday at Two Rivers Convention Center. A champagne reception and silent auction begin at 6:30 p.m. with dinner at 7:30 p.m. Dancing follows at 9 p.m. to the music of Boogie Machine. The event also features a live auction. The theme to Hospice’s gala this year is ...


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HW: East meets West under one roof at GJ medical practic

By Melinda Mawdsley

It’s unusual to find a medical doctor and a naturopathic doctor working in the same building, let alone with the same patients. The Integrative Medicine Center of Western Colorado, which opened in April, is changing the norm. Experts in several health and wellness fields, including doctors practicing Western and Eastern medicine, work under the same roof at the center. The professionals collaborate to provide patients with holistic care by using complementary treatment methods. ...


Briefs: Local Health January 06, 2009

By Staff

Child oral health screenings offered • Hilltop Community Resources and Marillac Clinic will have two training sessions and oral health screenings aimed at dental care for children. The first is from 9 a.m. to noon today at the Mesa County Health Department. The second is from 1:30 to 5 p.m. at St. Mary’s Family Medicine Residency. The program is part of the “Cavity Free at Three” state initiative to prevent oral disease in children. ‘Freshstart’ ...


HW: Laws target health ID theft

By Melinda Mawdsley

New federal regulations aimed at detecting potential health identity theft are changing some procedures at Grand Valley businesses. Patients checking in at local hospitals or physicians’ offices can now expect to show photo identification at every visit. That wasn’t always the case, local hospital officials said. In November, a new regulation from the Federal Trade Commission required all financial institutions and creditors to develop an identity theft prevention program. ...


Briefs: Local Health December 30, 2009

By Staff

Ties between cancer, poverty studied • A report released Dec. 1 found that in Colorado poverty is an important factor associated with the risk of getting cancer, being diagnosed with cancer in its later stages and dying from cancer, according to the Colorado Cancer Coalition and the Colorado Comprehensive Cancer Program. The report, “Cancer and Poverty in Colorado: 1995-2006,” is a study about the relationship between cancer and poverty. According to the ...


HW: Doctor cautions asthmatics about making changes

By Melinda Mawdsley

A local asthma and allergist specialist is concerned that misinformation may cause some asthma patients to stop taking their medications. Earlier this month, an advisory board to the Food and Drug Administration recommended that Serevent and Foradil no longer be prescribed to asthmatics. Both are long-acting bronchial dilators. Research has shown that either drug is linked to an increased risk in asthma-related deaths and hospitalizations, said Dr. Williams Scott, with the Allergy & ...


LS: Bruce Cameron Column December 28, 2009

By Staff

When I was in sixth grade, I noticed something wonderful, something I’d never seen before: girls. Well, OK, I’d seen them, but I felt about them the same way I felt about housecats: They did only what they wanted to do, and they weren’t any fun to wrestle. And, like cats, they could be cute sometimes, but they always left me feeling mildly allergic. And then one day the girl in front of me in class smiled at me, and chemicals flooded my brain, turning it into the Love ...


Briefs: Local Health December 23, 2008

By Staff

Type 2 diabetes info series offered • St. Mary’s Hospital Diabetes Education program is holding a four-week series entitled “Diabetes from A-Z” beginning in January. The classes meet from 4 to 6 p.m. on consecutive Wednesdays at the St. Mary’s Life Center Grand Mesa room. People with Type 2 diabetes and their supporters are encouraged to attend. The classes covers all aspects of Type 2 diabetes. A physician’s referral is required to be able to ...


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HW: Massage Therapist Deccember 23, 20009

By Melinda Mawdsley

Practicing massage therapy in Colorado is about to get tougher. Effective April 1, all massage therapists must be registered with the state’s Department of Regulatory Agencies to legally practice. The registration requires a massage therapist to purchase liability insurance, complete a criminal background check and pass a certification test, according to the state’s regulatory agency. Consumers may be surprised that none of those items was previously required in ...


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HW: House that enables people to be near hospitalized loved ones needs expansion

By Melinda Mawdsley

Grand Junction residents may have passed the Rose Hill House countless times, unaware of the healing going on inside. Located near the intersection at Patterson Road and Seventh Street and tucked behind a shopping center, Rose Hill is a hospitality home where families of St. Mary’s Hospital patients can stay free of charge. Without the opportunity to sleep, eat and bathe at Rose Hill, “I don’t know what I would have done,” said Alice Weingard. Weingard stayed at ...


FRI BIZ HOLISTIC CLASS

Duo sees future in stress

By Staff

Joseph Rolley and Deborah Rosenbaum stole more than a moment as the workout crowd thinned out around them while they stood, facing each other in the Crossroads Fitness pool on a recent Saturday morning. As they looked at each other, silent and oblivious to everything around them for more than a minute, it wasn’t the silent treatment they were practicing. It was a more intimate exchange, and one Rosenbaum later described as “gazing.” It’s a meditative technique ...


Narcisstic Moms December 02, 2008

By Melinda Mawdsley

Not all traits that mothers pass along to their daughters are positive. For nearly 20 years, Karyl McBride has researched the effects narcissistic mothers have on their daughters, noticing that narcissism is potentially passed through generations. McBride, a Denver licensed marriage and family therapist, released a book in September titled “Will I Ever Be Good Enough?” about the daughters of narcissistic mothers. Through research and conversations with her patients, McBride ...


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