From Desperation to the Desert

From Desperation to the Desert

For any journey into the online health underworld, you'll need to be equipped to separate hype from healing
Five years ago, against practically anyone's better judgment, I knowingly abandoned any semblance of medical evidence to follow the bizarre-sounding health advice of strangers on the internet. The treatment was extreme, expensive, and potentially dangerous.

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Books to Grow By

Expert advice on how parents can approach the exhilarating, frustrating, delightful and humbling work of raising kids
Kids aren't the only ones who can benefit from a summer reading assignment.

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Bye-Bye Comfort Zone

Sticking to a routine can help you avoid stress, but taking on new challenges brings unexpected rewards
Predictability gets kind of a bad rap. But, in fact, it makes life easy.

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Passing the Torch

Arguably Spokane's most active philanthropic couple, Dave and Mari Clack reflect on years of helping medical students feel at home in Spokane
When students go to medical school through the University of Washington's regional WWAMI program in Spokane, they're in for years of hard work, but unlike students at most medical schools, they have a support system that's ready to help out when life kicks them in the pants. WWAMI is short for Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho, and students from all five states train to be doctors through the WWAMI program in Washington.

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Way to Glow!

Charity Corner: Light up the night with the Glow in the Park run
Bust out your best pair of neon leggings and any other brightly colored and/or retro-themed attire, and start planning your race day outfit now for the annual Glow in the Park run.

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Can-Do Attitude

How to savor summer's bounty long after the warm sun has set
For many people, harvest time marks the end of one season and the beginning of another important piece in the food system: preservation. Whether you've spent months planting, caring for and transplanting seedlings into food-producing superstars or found a reliable vendor who does the same, fall finds us thinking about how to preserve summer's goodness through the coming winter and beyond.

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The New Black

Activated charcoal isn't new, but is it really as magical as its marketing claims?
During a recent trip to Ulta Beauty, on a mission to find a new facial cleanser, I was struck by a trend I observed on the shelves: Activated charcoal as a major ingredient in skin-care products is a big thing right now. There were soaps, facial masks and scrubs in unexpected, deep-black hues by nearly every major brand.

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Creature Comforts

Mysterious and powerful, the bond between animals and humans provides elements of healing and understanding
Linda Irish had been breeding Old English Mastiffs for several decades when she hit upon a novel way to connect with her Sheridan Elementary students. With her principal's permission, she brought a 6-month-old brindled mastiff pup named Macie into the classroom, tapping into the mysteries and magic of the human-animal bond.

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Reaching Out

Providence Health Care reaches across the state line to form an alliance with Kootenai Health
If it were the dating world, you might label the relationship between Kootenai Health and Providence Health Care through the years as "friends with benefits." The two operated separately and had never formalized any kind of relationship, yet they shared certain values, and they'd occasionally get together for a common goal.

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WSU Researchers Battle a Rare Genetic Disease

Innovation: The tricky fight against "orphan diseases"
Mike Gibson has studied a rare genetic disease since 1980. Last April, his research took an important step forward.

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What's In Your Genes?

Genetic testing is poised to radically alter the future of health care
Picture a time in the not-too-distant future when whole genome sequencing is routine. A time when, before babies even learn to talk, their parents will have the ability to learn what the future may have in store for their offspring: Is their little girl predisposed to getting breast cancer?

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24-Hour Fitness

Does requiring first-year residents to work some 24- or 28-hour shifts make things safer for patients?
Last year, when she was a second-year resident at Kootenai Health in Coeur d'Alene, Hollie Mills made it through her marathon 24-hour shifts without any coffee. "There are residents in my programs that do drink, like, 20 cups of a coffee a day," Mills says.

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Sweet Salvage

100% Local: A new cider from local backyards, roadside trees and abandoned orchards
Unlike the rest of their artisanal hard cider offerings, Liberty Ciderworks' co-founders and cidermakers don't have an exact idea of what's in their latest creation, the Spokane Scrumpy Cider. Known for their award-winning English-style ciders, Liberty's latest special batch, a limited release produced last fall, is made from a literal mash-up of apples picked from local backyards, roadside trees and abandoned orchards — apples that would otherwise have gone to waste.

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Parenting Made Simple... But Not Easy

Life Coaching: The essential ingredients for successful parenting
Raising a healthy child can appear to be a daunting task. Parents worry about many issues such as: Is my child going to the right school?

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Just For Girls

Ask Dr. Matt: A guide for happy peeing
Let's talk about peeing.

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Meet the Beets

Superfood: Good for the eyes, and then some
ATTRIBUTES: Virtually the entire beet plant is edible. Beet greens can used like their relatives, spinach and swiss chard.

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Never Stop Learning

From the editor: There's no reason to be content with the status quo
As students return to the classroom, they're poised for all kinds of growth: getting to know new teachers, making new friends and learning about the world — and themselves — in all kinds of ways. But if you haven't officially gone back to school in, well, quite some time, and even if you're not about to commit to spending the next nine months studying, what's to stop you from experiencing all those benefits — meeting new people, trying something totally unfamiliar, gathering up your courage and taking a risk?

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Ten Years

Charity Corner: Partnering for Progress
In the summer of 2007, four medical volunteers traveled from Spokane to Kopanga, Kenya to work at an understaffed and inadequately supplied clinic that treated severely malnourished residents of the area. Upon returning, they were determined to continue their efforts to help the people of this destitute region.

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Sugar Addiction?

Pill Box: How much is too much when it comes to sweet treats?
I heard someone recently refer to sugar as a drug.

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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.

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