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2017-08-02Aug 2, 2017

Since February  Sonoma West Medical Center has added strong new leadership in the persons of Interim CEO John Peleuses, Chief Nursing Officer Barbara Vogelsang, Laboratory Manger Portia Diez, and several excellent additions to our clinical staff. We have been gearing up for new lines of service which should help stabilize the financial base for our hospital while allowing us to continue our excellent clinical care in all our current departments. 

2017-05-24May 24, 2017

The incidence of chronic illness, especially nonspecific inflammatory problems, and emotional distress like depression and anxiety is currently skyrocketing in our society. Many of these illnesses have not been very responsive to conventional, pharmaceutical-based treatments.

2017-05-24May 24, 2017

There may be no greater an endorsement for a medical procedure other than a physician saying he would have it performed for himself.

2017-05-22May 22, 2017

Horticultural activities release happy hormones and help us overcome anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues.

2017-05-22May 22, 2017

I’m a designer of sustainable smart villages that are beautiful walkable places surrounded by park-like landscaping with few cars and lots of small locally owned businesses and housing for every income level but I can’t focus on building these communities of the future because we are currently living with escalating national poverty from federal tax and spending reallocations to the wealthy where it’s supposed to trickle down, but the trickle keeps getting slower and weaker every year. 

2017-05-18May 18, 2017

My son is missing. He had a job with a promising future, a truck, many friends. Now he has nothing. He is a heroin addict. I am terrified, and I want to warn parents of the dangers of Oxycontin. It is headed your way via a huge marketing campaign. Please read the story and tell as many people as you can.

2017-05-18May 18, 2017

State Senator Mike McGuire’s groundbreaking legislation - SB 790 - that significantly restricts pharmaceutical companies from giving gifts and incentives to medical professionals was approved today in the Senate. California has an opportunity to put patient care and drug affordability before corporate profits with SB 790. 

2017-04-25Apr 25, 2017

In last month’s column, we looked at the emotional distress resulting from our modern individualistic lifestyle. This month, we will explore how human thinking has evolved to support a more collective mental processing style. Contemporary cognitive research findings have interesting implications for our long-term emotional health in this era of manipulation away from community via advertising and political maneuvering.

2017-03-31Mar 31, 2017

Insights from the peer mental health movement offer hope to any seeking a life of peace, wellness, and fulfillment.

2017-03-29Mar 29, 2017

I recently listened to the story of a 29 year-old recovering meth addict, who we decided to call “Joe” to keep him anonymous. He had a bright smile, and a kind and gentle demeanor.

2017-03-29Mar 29, 2017

Outside the Council on Aging’s office is a newly completed tiny house that COA hopes to transform into thousands ofMeals on Wheels for home-bound seniors by selling raffle tickets to win the 191-square-foot tiny house and using the proceeds from the raffle to help fund COA’s Meals on Wheels program. And that’s where altruistic tiny house enthusiasts can help out.

2017-07-30Jul 30, 2017

This is the time of year when many of us gardeners, if we’re lucky, have counters laden with about 100 zucchinis and all kinds of other produce pumping out of the garden

2017-07-30Jul 30, 2017

Thanks to a collaborative effort between several local agencies, in 2016 Sonoma County was accepted into the World Health Organization (WHO) Global Network of Age-Friendly Communities (GNAFC), one of 175 communities in the growing Age-Friendly Network in the U.S.

2017-07-20Jul 20, 2017

With the recent detachment of the Russian River area from the Palm Drive Health Care District, RRARA currently seeks ongoing funding for the RRARA Coordinator to be able to continue our important work.

2017-07-12Jul 12, 2017

The Redwood Empire Food Bank (REFB) has received a $50,000 grant from the Morgan Stanley Foundation to fund its School Pantry program, a child hunger initiative that helps ensure low-income families have a readily accessible source of nutritious food to prepare well-balanced meals at home. This generous funding will allow the REFB to expand the School Pantry program to a new program site, located at Roseland Elementary, and help sustain eight existing sites in Sonoma County.

2017-06-28Jun 28, 2017

Interested in exploring alternative healthcare options but find them a bit beyond your budget?

The Phoenix Rising Wellness Project is offering aCommunity Holistic Clinic twice a month in Guerneville, providing holistic healthcare to the community without the price tag that comes with most alternative therapies.

2017-06-26Jun 26, 2017

According to the Centers for Disease Control, tick-borne diseases are on the rise. From May through July, people will get more tick bites and tick-borne diseases than any other time of year in the United States.

2017-06-26Jun 26, 2017

A story in the Press Democrat on May 22 told an amazing story of a 6-year old boy who was resuscitated by a bystander after essentially drowning while playing in an apartment complex’s pool.

2017-06-26Jun 26, 2017

“Ah summer, what power you have to make us suffer and like it!”  —Russell Baker

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