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Health and Well Being

Staying healthy is a high priority for many. Here in Sonoma County we have plenty of fresh air, opportunities to exercise, and health pracitioners in a broad range of modalities. If you have information you want to share with our readers, please send articles to: e-mail Vesta
FLUORIDE: Simple Solution to a Complex Problem? FLUORIDE: Simple Solution to a Complex Problem?
August 1, 2013
by Vesta Copestakes

Sonoma County’s debate on putting fluoride in our water system is heating up. It will cost more than $10 million to establish and more to maintain. Some people think it’s an effective way to help children grow up with healthy teeth - others consider it a poison in our water system. As the discussion continues, we have opportunities to learn the pros and cons of this concept.

The ReThink Your Drink Campaign is a perfect example of why this isn’t a simple solution. People don’t drink tap water. They drink bottled water, soda, coffee, fruit juice and more. Putting a glass under the faucet  isn’t the most common way to ingest liquid. 

This campaign is especially targeting Latino communities where people have grown up with a distrust of tap water. This same community is the target for fluoride because children coming to emergency rooms with severe dental decay are primarily Latino children.

ReThink Your Drink tells us that people are choosing sugared drinks that are cheaper than bottled water. These sugared drinks are rotting our children’s teeth. Can we convince people to drink fluoridated tap water to save their teeth?  Read on…

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Rethink your Drink Sonoma County Campaign Rethink your Drink Sonoma County Campaign
July 1, 2012

Sonoma County: The Foodie Haven That Loves Its Water

By Cat Neushul

Sonoma County is a trendsetter when it comes to food and beverages. So locals are hoping to leverage that reputation for the health of the nation, as the Rethink Your Drinkcampaign hits the Santa Rosa Wednesday Night Farmers’ Market July 11.

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Smoking Oxycontin Oxycontin - stealing young lives - a mothers warning
March 16, 2017
My son is missing. I haven’t heard from him for weeks. He is in his mid twenties, a handsome blue-eyed blonde with a winning smile and a great laugh. He is talented and smart, and a great person through and through.
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“The Interconnectedness of All Things” 
Mental Health Series Begins “The Interconnectedness of All Things” 
Mental Health Series Begins
March 1, 2017
Insights from the peer mental health movement offer hope to any seeking a life of peace, wellness, and fulfillment. Beginning March 3, Sonoma County will have an opportunity to study and integrate the lessons of the peer movement in a new 9-part series titled “The Interconnectedness of All Things.” 
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C’mon, Are We Still Worrying about Dioxin and Mercury? Wellness Corner - March 2017 - C’mon, Are We Still Worrying about Dioxin and Mercury?
March 1, 2017

Environmental exposures are in the news again. Actually, I guess they never really left. With the new administration taking charge, questions about the role of government in protecting the health of the population become important to consider.

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Health Care Advocacy Health Care Advocacy
March 1, 2017

Sonoma County Health Centers advocates for health care and public awareness of community health centers on national, state, county, and local levels. Sometimes our advocacy efforts require us to mobilize our volunteers to show support for health care issues that concern our patients and participate in annual health care events in a variety of ways.

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The Best Defense Against Ticks and Lyme Disease is YOU! The Best Defense Against Ticks & Tick-Borne Diseases is You!
March 1, 2017
According to the Centers for Disease Control, Lyme disease is the most commonly reported vector-borne illness in the United States. The tick responsible for transmitting the bacterium that causes Lyme disease is the black-legged tick (Ixodes pacificus). This tick is prevalent in Marin and Sonoma counties and officials at the Marin/Sonoma Mosquito and Vector Control District are urging the public to take personal protection measures when participating in outdoor activities.
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Sonoma County Schools kindergarten dental-health assessment pilot Sonoma County Schools kindergarten dental-health assessment pilot
February 15, 2017

Kaiser-funded initiative to gather data on childhood dental needs, test school-based treatment strategies

A trip to the dentist is as easy as A, B, C at three Santa Rosa City Schools elementary schools serving as test sites for simplifying state-mandated oral health screenings of kindergartners and for school-based delivery of dental care.

 

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Sweetwater Springs Water District Drinking Water Warning for the Guerneville Water System
February 9, 2017
If we need to operate our wells while the flood water is up, the District will notify Guerneville customers via automated telephone message system that a Precautionary Drinking Water Warning is in effect. We will also advise local public agencies, and the media. Additionally there will be signs with the announcement of the warning set out in various areas of downtown Guerneville, Rio Nido, Vacation Beach, Neeley Road, Guernewood Park, etc.
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Love, Chocolate and Parenting Fails Love, Chocolate and Parenting Fails
February 1, 2017
In my family, the physical embodiment of love is chocolate. I didn’t mean for this to happen. I know all about the psychological damage done when food is used as reward and punishment. There were extenuating circumstances, I swear!
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7 Signs Your Relationships Sucks 7 Signs Your Relationships Sucks
February 1, 2017

~ OR ~ you’re one of the Lucky Ones!

If you’re in a happy relationship, perhaps this slightly sardonic take on The War of the Sexes will make you even more grateful for how wonderful true love can be. But, if you’re in a situation that is proving less than workable, and you’ve been eyeing the exit, perhaps one of these items will crystalize your resolve. 

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Politics and Psychological Distress Wellness Corner - February 2017 - Politics and Psychological Distress
February 1, 2017
As a result of the election coverage and transition to the incoming President Trump, increased stress levels and worsening relations between different groups in our communities have become the norm.  Regardless of political persuasion, most of us lament this development and the effects on our emotional health, which can show up in our relationships and physical well-being.
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Sonoma County Adopts Opioid Prescribing Guidelines Sonoma County Adopts Opioid Prescribing Guidelines
January 23, 2017
The Committee for Healthcare Improvement, a coalition of healthcare providers that is part of Sonoma County Health Action, announced health care organizations across Sonoma County are implementing common guidelines for safe pain management. The purpose of adopting standardized practices across all emergency departments and most primary care providers is to ensure that clinicians follow best practices for addressing pain while simultaneously curbing the nationwide opioid epidemic.
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Grief-on-Beach Coping with Grief and Loss on Valentine’s Day
January 7, 2017
If you recently experienced the death of a loved one, coping with your grief during holidays such as Valentine’s Day can be overwhelming. Everyone around you seems to be celebrating love and togetherness, but you are struggling with the fact that your loved one is no longer physically present in your life.
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Recovering Equilibrium  in the Time of Trump Recovering Equilibrium in the Time of Trump
January 4, 2017
The morning after Trump’s election a sense of dread fell over me. Sebastopol, my home of seventeen years, felt for the first time treacherous. My psychotherapy clients, friends, and family have had similar reactions. Some can no longer bear looking at the news. Others can’t stop looking.
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Fluoride-Free Water Closer Than Ever Fluoride-Free Water Closer Than Ever
January 4, 2017

How to think about Healdsburg Measure T

Healdsburg is the only town in Sonoma County that fluoridates its water. In the 2014 Measure M campaign to stop fluoridation, and the 2016 Measure T campaign to require safety-related information on Healdsburg’s fluoridation chemical, the California Dental Association (CDA), almost exclusively, funded both campaigns to keep fluoridation, swamping the many small local contributions for safe water.

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Voices Sonoma County VOICES of Foster Youth helping each other in Sonoma
January 4, 2017
From a very young age I felt there was no set place for me in the world. I was born in Santa Rosa, but lived the first 5 years of my life in Southern California with various relatives, sometimes with my parents who were extremely unstable. 
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Steve and Lewis Griffith Forestville Family honored on Rose Parade Float
December 28, 2016
Last month I got a call from a woman in Texas who wanted me to know that her brother and nephew are about to be honored by being on the American Heart Association float in the Rose Parade on January 2nd in Pasadena. She wanted it to be a surprise for her brother to see the news in the Gazette, the paper from his hometown, Forestville. We placed it in our Forestville, The Good Life column and waited until he read it. Great surprise, Sis! 
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