Blog Archives (2019)

Getting Clear on What Health Actually Is Can Help You Clarify Next Steps (by Priti Chanda Klco)

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Getting Clear on What Health Actually Is Can Help You Clarify Next Steps (by Prita Chanda Klco) I went to the doctor recently for a routine check-up. I was asked to give a “medical reason” (a disease or a problem) for making the appointment. In a system where disease is more billable than health, it’s easy to spend most of…

6 Steps to Winterize Your Skin (by Sheree Beddingfield)

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6 Steps to Winterize Your Skin (by Sheree Beddingfield) Winter is upon us and with the colder temperatures many people struggle with dry skin. As we heat our homes, the dry air of these Colorado mountains becomes even drier. Here are six steps to protecting and hydrating your skin that should help.   1. Use a non-drying soap in the…

Breastfeeding Back to Work (by Lorraine Redmond)

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Breastfeeding Back to Work Employees who become new parents want to do the best for their baby and their job. Now they don’t have to choose between the two. Colorado is the 16th state to pass legislation regarding breastfeeding support in the workplace. The Workplace Accommodations for Nursing Mothers Act went into effect August 2008. Colorado employers are required to…

How to Have Excellent Family Meetings (by Lori Weckbaugh)

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How to have excellent family meetings! (by Lori Weckbaugh) You know that something needs to change, because they are ignoring your message or fighting with you or their siblings. Children become willing to respond to messages for change when they are hearing good news We all want to hear what’s right with us rather than what’s wrong Affirmations build self-esteem…

A Peer’s Perspective: The Ritual of Should (by Jill Davis)

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A Peer’s Perspective: The Ritual of Should (by Jill Davis) “When the mind is thinking it is talking to itself” –Plato I have been looking forward to the long-awaited film adaptation of Stephen King’s book about Derry, Maine and the sinister entity that has lurked forever in the town. Over the years, so the story goes, there is a ritual…

Wonder Why It All Blows-Up? (by Lori Weckbaugh)

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Wonder Why It All Blows-Up? (by Lori Weckbaugh) Has this happened to you; you’re out for a leaf-viewing drive, everything seemed fine when you left home, yet a few miles down the road your harmless question (where would you like to have lunch?) silence, a grumpy sound in a sarcastic tone— “How would I know where would YOU like to…

What breast cancer screenings do I need? (By Shelley Schreiner)

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What breast cancer screenings do I need? October is Breast Health Awareness Month! It’s a great time to get serious about breast health and breast cancer screenings. But knowing what screenings you need when (not to mention paying for them) can feel overwhelming. We’re here to help. The first step in monitoring your breast health is to learn what’s normal…

A Good Night’s Sleep (by Ann Casey)

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A Good Night’s Sleep A good night’s sleep is vital for every human being to thrive.  A night of quality sleep allows us to wake feeling refreshed and energized.   When we have a hard time falling asleep or don’t sleep at all, we feel moody, irritable and fatigued.  Without a proper bedtime ritual, the quality of your sleep can…

Creating Fun to Create Change (by Kim Philia)

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Creating Fun to Create Change Several years ago, I rescued a brown lab named Charlie, who had many bad behaviors; digging, chewing everything in the backyard, and intense aggression towards other dogs. These bad behaviors developed because he was left in his previous owner’s backyard by himself day and night. Hence, the reason for his undesirable behaviors was isolation and…

What? Infant Social and Emotional Development? (by Beth Russell)

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What? Infant Social and Emotional Development? Parents around the world want their children to grow up to be happy, secure individuals able to have healthy relationships throughout their lives. Only 80 years ago, most people believed that infancy was not very important in the development of a child. It was thought infants just needed to be fed and kept clean…

Is CBD Right for Me? (by Lucas Smith, PharmD)

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Is CBD right for me? As a pharmacist I have had many questions from my community about CBD, marijuana, and other hemp based products. In most of those circumstances I recommend full spectrum hemp oil. Chances are if you are one of the millions of Americans suffering from chronic pain, arthritis, migraine headaches, loss of motor control, depression/anxiety, or insomnia,…

Feeding Young Kids without Losing Your Mind (by Emily Anderson)

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FEEDING YOUNG KIDS WITHOUT LOSING YOUR MIND Feeding small children can be frustrating.  They seem to be constantly hungry, except not for the dinner you just spent 45 minutes preparing.  One day they love meat but the next they won’t touch it. And let’s not even talk about vegetables! Parents spend the first year of a child’s life very aware…

Better Than Jail (by Mike Orrill)

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Better Than Jail Recently I had a gratifying experience….I went to Drug Court. No, I wasn’t in any trouble; I was invited by a friend in our county’s probation department. According to our friend Wikipedia, “drug courts are problem-solving courts in which the judiciary, prosecution, defense bar, probation, law enforcement, mental health, social service, and treatment communities work together to…

“I wish they would all die!” (by Mike Orrill)

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“I wish they would all die!” (by Mike Orrill) That’s what an angry friend once said to me when told I was working with people struggling with drug addiction.  “I just wish they would all die!  They’re a drain on society and don’t offer anything worthwhile. They don’t deserve to live.” The root of such a statement is a misunderstanding…

23 1/2 Hours: The Single Best Thing We Can Do for Our Health (Dr. Mike Evans video posted by Mike Orrill)

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In some ways, health is a very simple thing that is within reach of everyone.  Watch this 10-minute animated video about the one simple thing you can do……and it only takes a 1/2 hour/day.  Take some control of your health today and see what a difference this will make in your day to day life.

The Science of Pain and the Effects of Opioids on Pain (Dr. Aaron Carrol video posted by Mike Orrill)

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No one lives without some chronic pain, but for many this pain is debilitating and life-diminishing.   Narcotic pain medication (aka Opioids) is often the medication prescribed by doctors.  But how does it work, and why can it be so dangerous?  Watch this 8 minute video on pain and how opioids impact it by Healthcare Triage and Dr. Aaron Carrol.