Companions in Health

From the editor: Furry companions can be good for your health
There's a pie-sized hole in my cedar fence, an opening surprisingly crafted by the tiny teeth of my little mixed-breed dog, Boomer. Looking at his work, which includes numerous other chewed-up items, it is hard to appreciate the health benefits of pet ownership.

Smooth Sailing

100 percent local: All-natural beauty based in Plummer, Idaho
Lori SiJohn is as resourceful as she is resilient. After serving in the Navy and law enforcement, SiJohn applied to both truck driving and beauty school.

Feeding the Kids

Ask Dr. Matt: How can we make sure kids get the nutrients they need?
We clearly have some major problems in our culture when it comes to nutrition. Obesity is our fastest growing public health crisis.

Just the Flax

Superfood: Fighting cancer and aiding the cardiovascular system both possible benefits
ATTRIBUTES: Flax destined for use as a food or oil is grown primarily in North Dakota. Chickens fed flaxseed meal produce eggs that are higher in omega-3 fatty acids.

Food for Thought

Life coaching: Myriad impacts of what we eat
LIFE COACHING Food is vital for life.

Walking for Water

Charity Corner: The Spokenya Run and Walk
Imagine walking more than 4 miles a day to haul gallons of water just so you could cook, drink, bathe and wash your clothes. In countless locales across the world, this is the stark reality that millions face every day.

Street Medicine

Good Read: A compelling look at serving the underprivileged
By turns painfully honest, achingly sad and wryly humorous, Patricia Kullberg's memoir of her work as physician at a Portland clinic serving the city's "dispossessed" is also unfailingly compelling. Fleeing the boredom of work in a suburban clinic where, "My patients were lovely.

Medication Mishaps

Pill Box: Pay attention to the details upon being discharged
My father was recently admitted to the hospital for a problem that stemmed from his previous stay. Unbelievably, he was taking a double dose of one of his medications because he didn't understand that the two bottles — one from before his hospital stay and one given to him at the hospital — were actually the same medication.

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