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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 us your articles.

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2018-05-11May 11, 2018

Sonoma County Department of Health Services convened a collaborative of community partners under the South Santa Rosa HEAL Zone Project, which has been funded since 2007 by grants from Kaiser Permanente Northern California Community Benefit Program. Local organizations have joined the partnership to help improve health in underserved areas. Programs aimed at reducing sugar-sweetened beverage consumption among Southwest Santa Rosa residents ultimately work to address health risks associated with unhealthy weight.

2018-04-02Apr 2, 2018

Our local community health center known as Santa Rosa Community Health has done something that is deeply meaningful to me. My dad, whom we lost less than a year ago, was a frequent visitor at the clinic’s largest location known as Vista Family Health Center.

2018-03-30Mar 30, 2018

Verizon and other telecommunications corporations have applied to several Sonoma County cities and the Sonoma County approval to install new 4GClose Proximity Microwave Radiation Antennas (CPMRA) near homes.

2018-03-30Mar 30, 2018

Recent news that Sonoma County’s overall health ranking has fallen to No. 7 in the state, down two places from last year in a state-wide health survey, should concern us all. More alarming was the Sonoma County Department of Health Services’ January 2018 report noting that our childhood cancer rate is the 4th highest in California and that cancer is the leading cause of death in all age groups.

2018-03-29Mar 29, 2018

As you peruse the aisles of the farmers’ market this Spring, you may come across some stalks that look very similar to celery stalks but longer and a rich red color.

2018-03-28Mar 28, 2018

The decision on WHERE cannabis can be grown has only partly been decided as Sonoma County enters into farming and selling this now legal crop in California. People who voted to make this beneficial plant legal so that it can be grown for fiber, medicinal solutions, as well as recreational use, are afraid of WHERE this crop will be grown The ease of stealing and selling it attracts criminals and has caused death to innocent people living near grows.

2018-03-16Mar 16, 2018

In an instant back in October, the fires changed our community. For many people, there was terrible trauma—emotional, physical, and financial; for others, while less, it was still palpable. What do we know about how individuals and communities successfully manage massive traumas from natural disasters?

2018-03-15Mar 15, 2018

When one needs urgent medical attention after hours, should they go to an Urgent Care Clinic or a hospital Emergency Room (ER)?

2018-03-14Mar 14, 2018

Dr. Sonkin will describe how attachment can offer insights into the causes of, and treatment for intimate partner violence. Daniel Sonkin, Ph.D. is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in independent practice. Since 1978, his work has focused on the treatment of couples and individuals experiencing intimate partner violence.

2018-03-09Mar 9, 2018

What Is a Sanctuary Garden and How to Build One Image SourceEveryone needs a place to escape reality. That might be in the latest novel you are reading or in your own head. That doesn’t matter. What matters most is that, when you are looking to escape reality for just a little while, do you have an appropriate place to do this? Your answer might be, “Yes. I go to my bedroom” or “that’s what my living room is for.” Sure, these rooms serve their purposes but what we are suggesting is that you build a sanctuary garden on your property. If you have the means to make this happen you will find that creating a space that serves no other purpose other than for you to “get away from it all” makes the goal all the easier on you.

2018-03-01Mar 1, 2018

March is one my favorite months at the farmers’ market. We still have lots of winter greens and citrus but we also start to see wonderful seasonal vegetables during March from green garlic to artichokes.

2018-05-11May 11, 2018

The 24th annual Bike to Work Day (BTWD) traversed the nine counties of the San Francisco Bay Area on Thursday, May 10. Under blue skies and soft breezes, most riders stopped to pick up treats and this year’s tote bag at one of 400 energizer stations staffed with dedicated volunteers from bike coalitions, local companies and governments. Nearly 100,000 pedalers strong, the riders turned a typical May Thursday morning commute into arolling celebration of bike riding.

2018-02-28Feb 28, 2018

What happens in Idaho in the coming weeks undoubtedly will not stay in Idaho. What happens there could make a big difference in how much you pay for your health insurance – or whether you can even get insurance.

2018-02-28Feb 28, 2018

In an instant back in October, the fires changed our community. For many people, there was terrible trauma—emotional, physical, and financial; for others, while less, it was still palpable. What do we know about how individuals and communities successfully manage massive traumas from natural disasters?

2018-02-16Feb 16, 2018

Too many are getting too much fluoride. How do we know? Dental fluorosis.

2018-02-16Feb 16, 2018

What does the Santa Rosa Southeast Greenway have in common with the increased popularity of bicycling in Santa Rosa? Eric Anderson, co-owner of the recently renovated Astro Motel, which caters to cyclists, had this to say: 

2018-02-05Feb 5, 2018

During the fires, the question came up regularly: “How bad is the risk from all of this smoke, and is it long-term?” Also, recently a major medical journal stated that there are 20 million premature deaths a year worldwide due to air pollution. While US ozone levels and pollution have improved over recent decades due to government regulations, the Trump administration is now cutting funds to the EPA and gutting protection for air quality.

2018-02-05Feb 5, 2018

The Tomato History has origins traced back to the early Aztecs around 700 A.D; therefore it is believed that the tomato is native to the Americas.

2018-01-30Jan 30, 2018

Atul Gawande‘s book Being Mortal is on theNew York Times best seller list. I did not want to read it but a friend who is an M.D. gave it to me and I thought it had an important theme.

2018-01-22Jan 22, 2018

When many people think of Yoga, they imagine people contorting into wild shapes or standing on their heads. They think of thin, toned women in cute spandex gracefully moving through power vinyasa flows or chanting OM and they assume yoga is just not for them.

2018-01-22Jan 22, 2018

Putting “death” and “café” together may seem unusual. In the United States, many ignore our own mortality. Many Americans do not accept that they will surely die, much less talk about it, especially with strangers. On the other hand, eating at one’s favorite café is something to enjoy. Being in a café setting talking about death may not seem inviting, yet it can be invigorating.

2018-01-05Jan 5, 2018

With the new cannabis laws starting January 1, and with Santa Rosa positioned to be a hub in the industry, it seems worthwhile to revisit the role of medical marijuana in this new legal climate.

2018-05-08May 8, 2018

The opioid crisis is a major talking point on the national political stage. Despite much talk by the president and many others, relatively little has been done to date to combat the crisis, which continues to grow. This is a problem for all parts of the nation, including rural areas. A May 1 report in the Journal of the American Medical Association stated, “Drug overdose deaths are at unprecedented levels in the United States.”

2018-01-01Jan 1, 2018

Since 2006, fire departments participating in the Bucket Brigade Challenge have recruited nearly 10,000 participants who donated thousands of units of blood for patients in Northern California hospitals. Last year, Windsor Fire Protection District took home the coveted Bucket Trophy with 86 participants.

2017-12-29Dec 29, 2017

Bioremediation can be defined as any process that uses microorganisms,fungi,green plants or theirenzymes to return the natural environment altered by contaminants to its original condition.

2017-12-29Dec 29, 2017

With freeze warnings in the forecast across Sonoma County, Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E) is urging customers to be cautious when heating their homes.

2017-12-19Dec 19, 2017

January 1st, 2018 will be the first day in history that anyone over twenty-one years old can legally buy cannabis products in Sonoma County. Tonight the Sebastopol City Council voted to allow adult use sales and  permits to its existing two dispensaries, Solful and SPARC.

2017-12-15Dec 15, 2017

In the first weeks of October, the Tubbs Fire raged through the Coffey Park neighborhood destroying nearby K-Mart and numerous businesses along Hwy 101. Flames and high heat scorched Kohl's Department Store and destroyed Chloé’s French Café located on the north side of Sutter Health's Largest Medical Office Building in Sonoma County. But the building survived even though nearly 300 widows blew out and smoke and heat damage closed the center for nearly two months.

2017-11-29Nov 29, 2017

In his book Drawdown, Paul Hawken lists food waste as the third largest combatible cause of climate change. His research indicates that with a 50% reduction in food waste by 2050, we could reduce emissions equal to 26.2 gigatons of carbon dioxide, or 8% of greenhouse gases.

2018-05-08May 8, 2018

Breeding and killing billions of animals for human consumption requires vast amounts of land, water, and fossil fuels. According to the United Nations, animal agriculture is responsible for more greenhouse gas emissions than all modes of transportation combined, or as high as 51% if greenhouse gases (GHG) from transportation, refrigeration, deforestation, etc, that are typically categorized separately but are a direct consequence of animal agriculture, are taken into account. To reduce our own GHG footprint and set a better example for others, a shift to plant­based foods is essential to preventing a climate catastrophe.

2018-05-02May 2, 2018

On March 28, a California judge ruled in favor of forcing coffee sellers to post signs that coffee contains cancer-causing agents. Uh oh! Just how dangerous is coffee? Do these warnings serve any useful purpose? And how can we make sense of this latest attempt by the government to protect our health?

2018-05-01May 1, 2018

Healdsburg District Hospital (HDH) has acquired a new magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machine. TheSIGNAtmMRI purchase was made possible by a grant from theKalmanovitz Charitable Foundation that was coordinated by theHealthcare Foundation Northern Sonoma County. The MRI unit arrived in a portable building unit which will be permanently located on the hospital campus and allow for expanded services for hospital physicians as well as local physicians in need of services.

2018-05-01May 1, 2018

As far back as Cave Man/Woman times raspberries have been eaten, as evidence show us by the remains of raspberry canes found in a variety of dig sites across Europe, Asia and North America. Of course this delicious fruit is still enjoyed today.

2018-04-23Apr 23, 2018

The end of the late rains and beginning of warm weather is the ideal time for an increase in mosquito populations. Our vector control technicians have documented over 800 new sources of mosquito production in the October 2017 burn areas. These sources include swimming pools, spas, compromised septic systems, and depressions caused by the removal of foundations and debris.

2018-04-19Apr 19, 2018

Each year, in honor of Bike to Work Month in May, the Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition (SCBC) honors one inspiring cyclist as Bike Commuter of the Year. This year’s winner Dr. Tracey Jones is so dedicated to bicycle commuting that when she moved to Santa Rosa for her job at Kaiser, she prioritized choosing a home within cycling distance of the hospital.

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