Gut Reaction

Gut Reaction

How the most powerful treatment against bacterial infection is becoming obsolete
A stew of bacteria constantly sloshes around in our guts. Most of it is supposed to be there, helping to digest food and absorb nutrients.

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Get Out the Map

A winter getaway can help you not just survive, but thrive, in winter's cold, short days
Bears hibernate in the winter, snoozing through the dark days, living off fat stores. By the end of the season, they emerge lean and ready for spring frolicking.

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In Search of Normal

Ken Hopkins reflects on the moment that changed everything
On the first day of the year 2000, an inflatable Extreme Sno-Tube II sled came barreling down a hill at Spokane's Holmberg Park toward a 7-year-old boy.

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Cascade Serenity

Sleeping Lady dates back to the 1930s
Not far from touristy, ever-popular Leavenworth, Sleeping Lady is more "aahhhh... " than oom-pah-pah; more eco-resort than Bavarian motel.

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Mineral Magic

Soak in the healing waters of Quinn's Hot Springs Resort
If you've overdone the downhill skiing or if the cold winter weather is irritating your arthritis, head east to Quinn's Hot Springs Resort, 145 miles from Spokane, for mineral hot-tub soaks, hearty Montana food and miles of hiking in the adjacent Lolo National Forest. Miner and Irish immigrant Martin Quinn would be proud to see the frolicking that now goes on at the hot springs he laid claim to in 1885.

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City Slickers

Tap your inner cowboy or cowgirl at Western Pleasure Guest Ranch
Dude ranches aren't just about getting in touch with your inner cowboy or cowgirl. At Western Pleasure Guest Ranch northeast of Sandpoint, you can enjoy Old West ambiance without saddle sores, and still get plenty of outdoor exercise.

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Derailed

Edge up to Glacier National Park at Izaak Walton Inn
How often do you have the chance to sleep in an authentic railcar? The Izaak Walton Inn on the edge of Glacier National Park near Essex, Montana, is awash in railroad history, from its 1930s lodge to genuine cabooses and a locomotive outfitted for overnight guests.

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Edibly Evergreen

Nutrient-packed microgreens can be grown locally, even in the depths of winter
It was during one of her pregnancies that Mary Finlay discovered she could not eat lettuce, not even organic lettuce. Then she tried microgreens — the term for young plant varieties like pea shoots and radishes that germinate quickly, sometimes in as little as a week.

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Fighting Trauma

Aiding children who have experienced adverse childhood experiences just got a little easier
As if it weren't enough to experience abuse, neglect, homelessness, hunger, or some combination of all of those things, many children face a world of adults who don't really understand how to help. Study after study documents the effects of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) on a person's health and brain development.

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Preserving Progress

From The Editor: How to keep yourself, and community, healthy in the year ahead
For thousands and thousands of years, humans have worked to heal each other. But many of the greatest medical advances have occurred in just the past two centuries.

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A Clean Start

CHARITY CORNER
Next time you crawl out of your cozy, warm bed to groggily climb into the shower, don't take it for granted. The first-world luxury of hot, running water, soap and shampoo isn't something everyone has access to — a fact easy to overlook by those who do.

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Up All Night

Ask Dr. Matt: How much sleep is too much for a newborn?
My 2-month-old daughter has stopped sleeping through the night!

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Hemp: High in Protein, Not THC

Superfood: Hulled hemp seeds are legal and delicious
ATTRIBUTES: Hulled hemp seeds are legal and delicious. The strains of cannabis used to produce hemp seeds don't contain detectable amounts of THC, the compound in marijuana that produces a high.

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Clean Out the Cabinet

Pill Box: How to safely dispose of those old prescriptions
I would like to dispose of some unused pain medication.

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Baby Steps in Healthy Economics

Their Own Words: Whitworth President Beck Taylor
Beck Taylor is the president of Whitworth University. In addition to overseeing the university's 3,000 students, he continues his collaborative research at the intersection of economics and child development.

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Heartfelt Care

Healthy Design: Improving cardiac care through smart construction
By definition, a Cardiac Intensive Care Unit is not where anyone hopes to be in need of finding a bed. Even the prospect of visiting such a unit can be a little unsettling.

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How was 2015 for you?

Life Coaching: A Year in Review
"Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards." — Soren Kierkegaard

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