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Achieve good health the right way - and right now

By April Schulte-Barclay

My first love was ballet. Ballet has shaped many aspects of who I am, especially as a doctor. Through my dance training, I learned what it means to work hard to achieve my dreams and live my passion. I also learned that working hard is required to get where I want to be, but does not guarantee I will get there. Also, I have the choice to make things easier on myself or harder on myself. Those same principles apply to achieving mental, emotional and physical health. Perhaps one of the most ...


Doctors taking a new approach to dying

By Erin McIntyre

Dr. Thomas Motz has found himself saying a particular phrase more in the last four months than he has in the past 26 years of being a family practice physician. The words are: “I can’t fix you.” It’s not something he learned in medical school, to communicate in four words that a patient has little or no options left to extend his or her life. But it’s an important conversation, and it’s one more local doctors will likely be having as a result of ...

Health and Wellness briefs: Oct. 11, 2016

By Staff

White Cane Safety Day on Saturday Every Oct. 15, the National Federation of the Blind celebrates National White Cane Safety Day. To make our people more fully aware of the meaning of the white cane and of the need for motorists to exercise special care for the blind persons who carry it, Congress, by a joint resolution approved in 1964 authorized the president to proclaim Oct. 15 of each year as White Cane Safety Day. The local organization’s chapter will be doing a white cane ...

Tattoo artists replace what cancer has stolen

By Charles Ashby

Having a mastectomy or other surgery to treat breast cancer can be a demoralizing experience for women, but one Boulder man has come up with a way to help them empower themselves. Noel Franus first got the idea when his sister-in-law, Molly, told the family that after the double mastectomy she was about to have, she was going to do something more than just have her nipples tattooed onto her breasts. “She was surprised to discover that she wouldn’t be getting her nipples back ...


GYM: Neutral Spine Push-up Progression

By Staff

Neutral Spine Push-up Progression The following modification on the push up focuses on a neutral spine and engaged core, when done properly, and increases the stability of the muscles supporting the spine. Start in a high plank position. Slowly lower yourself to the floor with your knees and hips being the last to touch the floor. Bend at your knees, anchor your core without holding your breath and push up maintaining a neutral spine. Drop your toes back to the floor and rise into the ...


Born of empathy, group comes to aid of bedridden moms-to-be

By Richie Ann Ashcraft

After 25 days of mandatory medical bed rest inside the Labor and Delivery department at St. Mary’s Hospital, Shiela Gray welcomed a visit from Joseff and Marlena Diedrich, founders of the Acts of Grace Foundation. Acts of Grace is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing simple acts of kindness and support to pregnant women on hospital bed rest. They bring flowers and small gifts, but mostly provide once-a-week companionship to expectant mothers.  Gray, 34, of Grand ...


GYM: Plank

By Staff

Plank The plank is a commonly performed exercise with numerous variations. Many of these variations do activate the core in the most effective manner and actually activate muscles in a way that is not the most beneficial for maintenance of a healthy core. The following method of performing the plank will increase core stability and avoid less-effective methods. Start in a prone position with your elbows directly under your shoulders. Your arms should be parallel, and your palms flat ...


GYM: Modified progressive push-up

By Staff

Modified progressive push-up Start in a prone position with your hands close to your shoulders so that your hands are just underneath the shoulders. Bend your knees to 90 degrees. Focus on maintaining a neutral spine by engaging your external core muscles as opposed to holding your breath. With your core engaged and no movement in your spine, press up into a hand and knee support. In this position straighten the legs and lift your knees off the floor so you are in a high plank ...


There’s something in the air

By Richie Ann Ashcraft

Those people coughing and sneezing this time of year may wonder if trees or grass are to blame, but it’s peak season for weed pollen, most likely the cause of their symptoms. Doctors say that knowing what irritants people are being exposed to is crucial information needed to treat those who suffer from seasonal allergies. “Trying to help people without that data is really just like flying blind,” explained Dr. David Scott, of the Allergy and Asthma Center of Western ...

Health and Wellness briefs: Sept. 20, 2016

By Staff

Natural Grocers offers lectures on healthy eating Natural Grocers, 2464 U.S. Highway 6&50 offers free lecture opportunities this week. Lectures are open to the public and always free, and there is seating for 19 people. ■  Friday, Sept. 23 — Toxins in Your Food, Sponsored by Wellness For a Lifetime. Learn what legal food additives are known toxins (some carcinogens) and what to eat instead for more optimum health. ■  Sept. 24 — Fall in Love ...


GYM: Neutral Spine With Leg Extension

By Staff

Neutral Spine With Leg Extension In order to complete this exercise, you will need to be able to maintain a neutral spine in a supine position with one hand under the small of your back (lumbar curve) and without the pressure on the hand changing as you move from legs extended to knees bent with feet flat. Your abdominal muscles are engaged as you raise your knees so you have a 90 degree angle at both your hips and knees. At no point in this process should there be any change in the ...


Healer, heal thyself

By Charles Ashby

ealth care workers can’t continue to be good caregivers if they don’t learn how to care for themselves, author and motivational speaker LeAnn Thieman is telling the staff at Community Hospital. As part of a yearlong program, Thieman is helping medical staff and other caregivers at the hospital learn techniques designed to improve their own health and mental state of mind as a way of helping them help others. “As I travel this country talking to health care givers, ...

Calm anxiety by changing your body’s landscape

By April Schulte-Barclay

Anxiety is prevalent in today’s high-paced, high-stress environment. People who have anxiety may experience heart palpitations, incessant worrying and general restlessness and agitation. The anxiety may come from a known root cause such as an impending job loss or having a sick loved one. However, commonly anxiety may also feel “unrooted” in that the cause is unknown. For anxiety of both kinds, patients are commonly prescribed anti-anxiety medication, which can ...

Health Briefs, Sept. 6, 2016

By Staff

12-week wellness program offered through St. Mary’s St. Mary’s Hospital is offering a 12-week comprehensive wellness L.I.F.E. Program (Lifestyle Improvement with Fitness and Education) to assist participants with weight loss and behavioral changes to improve overall health. The class will run from Sept. 13 through Dec. 6, The L.I.F.E. program incorporates weekly exercise, nutrition, team support and goal-setting to assist with long-term lifestyle improvements. All ...


GYM: Neutral Spine Awareness

By Staff

Neutral Spine Awareness Start in a supine position, arms by your side and palms facing upward, Gently move around until you settle comfortably in a neutral position. There should be a space between your lower back and the floor. This is the lumbar curve. Take one hand and as you bend at the elbow and rotate to a palm down position, place this hand under the small of your back (lumbar curve). In this position think about how much pressure is on your hand and then bend your knees ...


GYM: Neutral Spine

By Staff

Neutral Spine The concept of neutral spine has been mentioned numerous times since the inception of Get Yourself Moving. Neutral spine is the natural position of the spine when all three curves of the spine — cervical (neck), thoracic (middle) and lumbar (lower) — are in good alignment. This is the ideal position for maximizing performance and maintaining spinal health. Neutral spine is fairly easy to achieve in the supine (face up, horizontal) position. In an upright ...

Patients differ; health care shouldn’t be one size fits all

By April Schulte-Barclay

I am more and more recognizing a general desire of patients wanting true answers to their health concerns. For this to happen, it is important that patients and health care practitioners alike consider that each patient is a unique individual and that symptoms are rarely isolated from other parts of the body. This means that within a group of patients with the exact same chief complaint and diagnosis, each patient may have different causative factors behind the symptom and therefore ...


Ancient practice flares up

By Charles Ashby

The idea of using cups to help ease pain or speed the healing process may not seem like an obvious choice, but it is gaining in popularity across the country. The practice was highly noticed over the past couple of weeks as viewers of the Olympics wondered what those round red marks were on the backs of people like swimmer Michael Phelps and gymnast Alexander Naddour. It was from an ancient Chinese medicinal practice known as “cupping.” That’s the practice of using ...

Health and Wellness briefs: Aug. 22, 2016

By Staff

Speaker will address child sexual abuse To help promote health and wellness, the Fruita Community Center and Family Health West will offer a speaker series free to the local community. The series covers a broad spectrum of topics intended to help enhance one’s health and well-being. All presentations will be at the Fruita Community Center, 324 N. Coulson St. in Fruita. The first session will be from 5:30 to 
7:30 p.m. Sept. 27,  and the topic is “Preventing ...

Overcoming mental health stigmas

By Charles Ashby

Andrew Romanoff wants to change as many stigmas around mental health as he can, and he’s not alone. The former speaker of the Colorado House is now executive director of Mental Health Colorado, a Denver-based group that advocates for programs for mental health and substance abuse disorders. He is trying to highlight mental health issues statewide, while another group is doing the same thing locally. While Romanoff is driving from Denver to Grand Junction to hold a forum on mental ...

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