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Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar Fasciitis

Custom orthotic shoe inserts can help! By Stacy Harkleroad LO, CPed Plantar fasciitis is probably the most common cause of heel pain. Symptoms come on gradually and are often worse first thing in the morning. Plantar fasciitis means inflammation of your plantar fascia band of tissue (like a ligament) that stretches from your heel to your middle foot bones. It ... Read More »

July is Eye Injury Prevention Month In the Blink of an Eye

July is Eye Injury Prevention Month In the Blink of an Eye

By Johnson City Eye Clinic That’s how quickly it can happen – in the blink of an eye. You have no time to react. That’s why it’s so important to protect your eyes from harm. According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, an estimated 90 percent of eye injuries are preventable with the use of proper safety eyewear. Even a ... Read More »

Summer Fun with Food Safety First

Summer Fun with Food Safety First

By Monique Richard MS, RDN, LDN As summer heats up, picnics prevail and family gatherings fill the calendar. The farmer’s markets are hopping as warm weather recipes are whipped up in kitchens across the country. Whether it be a parade, an Independence Day celebration or family reunion, the joy of a social gathering around some summer favorites is one of the ... Read More »

What does Independence Day Mean to Your Financial Advisor?

What does Independence Day Mean to Your Financial Advisor?

By Michael D. Bird, CFP®, MBA As a nation, we celebrate Independence Day on July 4th amidst fireworks, and whatever else we decide.  Maybe it’s outdoor activities, including parades or something more strenuous.  It’s more than just a day from work—we’re celebrating the founding of our country.  But the idea of independence can mean different things to different people.  For some ... Read More »

July is Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month Juvenile Arthritis: Early Signs and Symptoms

July is Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month Juvenile Arthritis

Learn the early signals that could indicate your child’s symptoms result from a juvenile rheumatic disease. By Susan Bernstein Young children often are sidelined by illness or fatigue – the flu-like bug picked up from playmates at daycare or the sore arm caused by a tumble on the playground. When symptoms like pain, stiffness or fevers occur at odd times, ... Read More »

Facilitating God’s Healing Power with Healing Touch

Facilitating God’s Healing Power with Healing Touch

By Paula Swift As long as I can remember, the idea of things beyond what we can see has always been a fascination for me. Whether it was “supernatural” activity, the space beyond our telescopes, or the mysteries of the wind, there was always a sense of something more than the logic and theories of matter. It was instinctively real, ... Read More »

Highlands Neurosurgery Welcomes Dr. Andrew Rice

Highlands Neurosurgery Welcomes Dr. Andrew Rice

Highlands Neurosurgery, PC, a private, nationally recognized brain and spine surgery practice located at Bristol Regional Medical Center, has added neurosurgeon Dr. Andrew Rice to its medical team. Specializing in minimally invasive spinal surgery techniques and treating a wide variety of spinal and intracranial diseases, Dr. Rice is the practice’s fourth neurosurgeon, joining Dr. Travis Burt, Dr. Jody Helms and ... Read More »

Meet one of Appalachian Sustainable Development’s Champions: Robin Robbins

Meet one of Appalachian Sustainable Development’s Champions

By Sylvia Crum Recently, Robin Robbins, ASD’s Appalachian Harvest food hub manager and Scott County Virginia farmer was the subject of a “Champions for Change” spotlight that aired on “At This Hour with Kate Bolduan,” a news program produced by Cable News Network (CNN). CNN journalist Kate Bolduan chose to feature Robbins and her family farm after talking to Farm ... Read More »

Margarette Falls Spells Watery Splendor

Margarette Falls Spells Watery Splendor

By Johnny Molloy No matter how you spell it Margarette, Marguerite, Margaret, the hike to Margarette Falls, deep in a mountain gorge, is worth your time and effort. The falls in June can still be bold and the gorge provides relief from the summer heat. The hike is 2.6 miles there and back. Situated in the Greene County portion of ... Read More »

Center for Medical Missions

Center for Medical Missions

A ministry of Christian Medical & Dental Associations By Mandi Mooney “Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey ... Read More »

Heat and Exercise: Keeping Cool in Hot Weather

Stay safe during hot-weather exercise by drinking enough fluids, wearing proper clothing and timing your workout to avoid extreme heat. Whether you’re running, playing a pickup game of basketball or going for a power walk, take care when the temperature rises. If you exercise outdoors in hot weather, use these commonsense precautions to prevent heat-related illnesses. How heat affects your ... Read More »

How to Divert Your Kids When Headed for Trouble

How to Divert Your Kids When Headed for Trouble

By Susan Merrill No matter how old or young your child is, they can always run into trouble, especially when it comes to opportunities and choices with friends. Maybe I just felt like my kids were at risk more, because I was pretty particular about things my kids were exposed to, like movies, music, crude language, clothing, etc. I have ... Read More »

July is UV Safety Awareness Month

July is UV Safety Awareness Month

We all love to take in those warm summer rays, but everyone must remember to protect their skin and eyes from the damaging effects of the sun. The sun emits radiation known as UV-A and UV-B rays. Both types can damage your eyes and skin: • UV-B rays have short wavelengths that reach the outer layer of your skin • UV-A ... Read More »

ACCEPT “DIFFERENCES” WITH A BOUNDLESS LOVE!!!

ACCEPT “DIFFERENCES” WITH A BOUNDLESS LOVE

A “beauty from ashes” story about Life… and Autism. By Debbie Lee Imsande I will never forget the early years when my son Luke was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. . . and the emotional rollercoaster that followed. I want to reflect back upon one ordinary day. I was sitting with a close friend, and spiritual mentor, whom I call Sweet ... Read More »

Protect Against Actinic Keratosis

Protect Against Actinic Keratosis

By Casey Watkins, MD Actinic Keratosis (AK), also known as a solar keratosis, is a skin lesion that can cause the texture of the affected area to feel scaly and rough. These lesions are a sign of extensive sun damage and are considered precancerous.  AKs are caused by damage to the skin by ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun or indoor ... Read More »

Treatment of Cataracts

Treatment of Cataracts

By Johnson City Eye Clinic A cataract is the clouding of the natural lens inside the eye, causing vision to become blurry, hazy, and less colorful.  Cloudiness may start out in only a small part of the eye and may not initially be noticeable. As the cataract grows bigger, however, it will continue to cloud more of the lens and affect ... Read More »

Ladies, Don’t Let PMS Cramp Your Style: Nutrition and lifestyle modifications can help!

Ladies, Don’t Let PMS Cramp Your Style

By Monique Richard MS, RDN, LDN Is premenstrual syndrome (PMS) literally cramping your style month after month? Do you often feel overwhelmed by how your menstrual cycle affects your mood, sleep, appetite, cravings and energy level? Nutrition, physical activity, and sleep transcends into all facets of our life—positively or negatively enhancing it. The intricate hormonal cascade and physiological changes during the ... Read More »

Making Your Retirement Healthier

Making Your Retirement Healthier

Preparing for Retirement Starts Today  By Michael D. Bird, CFP®, MBA Many people think about a worry-free retirement, where each week is a comfortable collection of pleasurable activities along with a nice vacation occasionally.  The reality is that retirement is a continuation of what you’ve been doing and what I call the “MacGyver” retirement.  You know about the character of ... Read More »

Beach Safety – Make Sure Your Beach Time Remains Fun and Safe

A day at the beach is one of the favorite ways families like to spend their vacation or holiday time. However, the beach is a natural environment that may harbor a number of dangers for both children and adults. Make sure your beach time remains a happy time, free of accidents and injuries. Sunburn No matter how much experience people have with sunburns, they always seem to forget their own individual tolerance to ultraviolet rays and suffer a painful burn. Never go to the beach without a good supply of sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30. Re-apply the sunscreen frequently, even if the label says it will last for hours. Sweat and water will wash off the sunscreen, leaving you vulnerable to severe burns. Children, in particular, should be monitored carefully for sunburn. Apply sunscreen before they leave the house to allow it to penetrate into the skin and re-apply every few hours. Always carry extra clothing. If you are on the beach for a protracted period, cover up little ones with a tee shirt and long pants to prevent painful burns. Use a lidocaine-containing cooling ointment to soothe minor burns after a day on the beach. Heatstroke Beach time can be so much fun that you can forget the amount of time you've been out in the sun. Heatstroke can occur any time you are in high temperatures and are engaged in vigorous physical activity. Signs of heatstroke include high body temperature, lack of sweating, flushed skin, nausea or vomiting, dizziness, rapid heart rate and fainting. If someone in your group suffers these symptoms, immediately get them to a cooler spot. Cool down the body with damp cloths or a fan. If the person is conscious, have them drink water to re-hydrate the body. Take them for medical treatment to prevent further damage to the brain and body organs. Water Dangers Being at the beach includes water dangers. Ensure that your family knows the rules of safe swimming so that every beach visit is a happy occasion: • Drowning dangers: Teach all family members to swim as soon as they can understand the instructions. Small children who have not yet learned to swim require constant supervision. Always assign one family member for this task to avoid confusion that leads to unattended children getting into trouble in the water. • Never dive off rocks or jetties unless you know the depth of the water for certain. Reckless diving can cause neck and spine injuries. • Heed warnings about riptides. These warnings are often posted in swimming areas. If you are caught in a sudden riptide, swim parallel to the shore until you can break free of the pull of the current. Wave your hands to call attention to yourself to get help from lifeguards or other people on shore. Foot Injuries One of the most common beach injuries is cuts and scrapes on the foot. Many beaches are strewn with rocks or fragments of seashells, many of which have sharp edges that can easily cut the skin. In addition, beachgoers may leave pop tops, bottle caps or broken glasses behind that can be a hazard to walking with bare feet. Wearing aqua shoes or flip-flops whenever walking the beach can help to prevent these injuries. However, your beach bag should also contain a small first-aid kit that contains some Band-Aids, gauze and tape to treat minor foot injuries instead of going to the emergency room. The kit should also contain over-the-counter pain reliever such as aspirin or ibuprofen to relief discomfort from these minor injuries. Jellyfish Stings Jellyfish are aquatic creatures found in many coastal beach areas. These sea animals have long, trailing tentacles that contain thousands of microscopic barbs when in contact with human skin. The sting generally causes a burning sensation, reddish marks on the skin and itching or throbbing of the area. Some individuals may be sensitive to the toxins and may feel nausea, headache, dizziness, muscle spasms or fainting. In severe reactions, death can result. Anyone that has been stung should be carefully monitored for severe reactions. To treat minor stings, remove any visible tentacles from the skin, rinse the injured area with household vinegar for 30 seconds and soothe the area with calamine lotion or lidocaine sunburn-relieving gel. If you suspect a severe reaction, get medical attention for the victim immediately.

A day at the beach is one of the favorite ways families like to spend their vacation or holiday time. However, the beach is a natural environment that may harbor a number of dangers for both children and adults. Make sure your beach time remains a happy time, free of accidents and injuries. Sunburn No matter how much experience people ... Read More »

Tips for a Healthy Prostate:

Tips for a Healthy Prostate:

Reduce inflammatory foods – Avoid sugar, processed foods, fried foods, red meat, processed meats, gluten and alcohol to keep your prostate healthy. Increase anti-inflammatory foods – Consuming a diet rich in organic fruits and vegetables, Omega 3’s (from Wild Alaskan Salmon), high fiber foods, walnuts and especially pumpkin seeds will help to reduce inflammation. Reduce stress – Stress increases inflammation, ... Read More »

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