Tuesday: Health

Health care town hall

MARQUETTE — A Saturday town hall on health care hosted by the Marquette County Democrats featured officials from that political party, but much of the discussion was non-partisan. Speaking at the University Center at Northern Michigan University were State Rep. Christine Greig, D-Farmington ...

Unlucky strike, part two

Prince Alexei Romanov, a great grandson of Queen Victoria and an heir to the throne of the Russian monarchy was never a healthy boy. He suffered from severe bleeding beginning in infancy. Like other male descendants of Queen Victoria, he was expected to follow the usual pattern: the royals ...

Established gout treatment raises new controversy

If you are a 50-year-old male, and you have pain in your big toe, do you have gout? Is that how it works? And if you had a glass of wine in the last year, then the pain in your foot must be caused by gout. Isn’t that how it goes? But this leaves us with one very important question: what is ...

Re-thinking thinking

MARQUETTE — Mindfulness can be defined in many ways, one of which is “paying attention in a particular way.” According to Jon Kabat-Zinn, founder of mindfulness-based stress reduction, that involves “on purpose,” “in the present moment” and “non-judgmentally.” Choosing to ...

Tricking the body to heal through inflammation

I’d like to present for you today, a common scenario, one which occurs on a regular basis. An individual has experienced chronic pain from some particular part of the body. Perhaps it started with an old high school sports injury, which led to this recurrent pain. Eventually, in the face of ...

UPAWS offers humane care

I recently had the opportunity to again visit UPAWS – the Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter. I must say that I remain very impressed with all the humane things they continue to do for animals in need. The humane treatment of animals is generally defined as treating them with tenderness, ...

Toxic toadstools

MARQUETTE — Who doesn’t love a tasty helping of freshly picked mushrooms? It depends on the mushroom. Most people probably buy their mushrooms from a grocery store, but the more nature-loving segment of the population might want to glean them from the wild. If there’s anything ...

Exercise reduces clogged leg arteries

Anyone perusing the headlines these days certainly has read a thing or two about heart disease. How could you not, with heart disease being the cause of one-third of all deaths in individuals over 35 years of age. That is a fairly impressive number. Likely, you know someone who has suffered a ...

Unlucky strike

Prince Leopold, the son of Queen Victoria, had suffered joint pain from a young age. At age 30, he followed his doctor’s advice, kissed his pregnant wife, Princess Helena, goodbye, and traveled from the United Kingdom to his Cannes residence, the Villa Nevada, where the weather was supposed ...

Food foundation

MARQUETTE — A “plant part salad” originally might not have the same allure to a kid as a hot fudge sundae, but the youngsters who created such a salad Wednesday at the Peter White Public Library sure gobbled it up. As part of the library’s “Build A Better World” summer program, ...

Cancer screening, prevention a must

The four most common cancers in the U.S. are breast cancer, lung cancer, prostate cancer, and colorectal cancer. It is so very important to take personal measures to prevent these all-too-common cancers, and to follow the recommended cancer screening guidelines. Today, let’s review what we ...

Dreaded tick bite has serious consequences

Their second date started with a short walk in the park, but became an extended affair, into the farthest reaches of the grounds, because of the delightful conversation. And though Walter thoroughly enjoyed the meeting, the date led to serious consequences. None related to relationships or ...

Healthy hula hoops

K.I. SAWYER — Hula hoops and health can go hand in hand, or rather, hip to hip. That was one of the activities available to youngsters who took part in last Tuesday’s UP4Health Physical Challenge at K.I. Sawyer Community Center. Christin Compton brought her daughter, Mackenzie, to the ...

Are you actually what you eat?

Jim takes expressions such as, “You are what you eat” literally. In his mind, he sees a vegetarian turning into a broccoli, a pescatarian joining a school of fish, and a carnivore taking the shape of a cow grazing in a vast meadow. I am afraid that in an attempt to remain who he is, Jim ...

Chronic fatigue syndrome reality conflicts with medical study

Medical research is a funny thing. I don’t say that in the literal sense: research generally is as much fun as having a tooth pulled. It is in regard to the statistical analysis required of any medical study that I refer. As the cliche goes ‘numbers can lie’. The term “Evidenced Based ...

Local doctor talks about anesthetic procedures

MARQUETTE — Being under general anesthesia is a strange thing: You’re alert one second, out the next. And when you reawaken, hopefully you’re a healthier person. Explaining the various procedures available in today’s medical world was anesthesiologist Maureen McNeely, who gave the ...

Control of chronic pain a challenge

Why do people seek medical care? The most common reason is pain. But what is pain, and what causes it? There are many question surrounding this charged topic, especially with the epidemic of opioid addiction, with the heartache, financial ruin and death that is associated. These are questions ...

Talk with the Doc: Michigan has number of fish hatcheries

The State of Michigan currently has a total of six state fish hatcheries located in both the Upper and Lower Peninsulas. Following is a list of these six hatcheries and the year they were established. ≤ Marquette State Fish Hatchery was established in 1920. ≤ Thompson State Fish ...

Mindful MONDAY

MARQUETTE — Performing a flexible bird of paradise yoga pose wasn’t necessary for the youngsters who took part in the latest Mindful Mondays session at the Peter White Public Library. The happy baby pose probably would have been easier. However, it wasn’t all about the skill. This ...

A few fun facts about Taquamenon

I recently made yet another visit to Tahquamenon Falls, one of my favorite natural attractions in our great Upper Peninsula. I have many great memories of this location, as I had the good fortune of working several summers at the Upper Tahquamenon Falls souvenir store while in high school in ...